This is the first story I've ever submitted to FanFic. I hope someone likes it!


"Kayden, wash your hands before you touch that fruit. I don't want your dirty hands all over it!" I yelled, frustrated.

"Yes momma," he said. All blue eyes and brown curls. He smiled at me and ran to the bathroom. I waited to hear the stool scrapping across the floor and the water to turn on to know that he was actually doing what I asked of him.

I set up the rest of the table and got ready for out Sunday picnic. Kayden and I always packed ourselves a lunch and invited a friend to eat outside on the back lawn with us. This week, Esme and Carlise, my best friend Alice's parents, would enjoy the breezy weather with us. Kayden was super excited because he thought of them as a set of grandparents, and they too thought of him as a grandson. He had them wrapped around his pudgy little fingers.

I heard their car pull up on the gravel road and Kayden came running down the stairs.

"What have I told you about running down those stairs, Kayden? You're going to get hurt."

He just smiled his huge grin and hugged my leg, like that made everything better.

I heard the knock at the door and Kayden squealed. He ran the rest of the way to the door and stepped on his tip-toes to reach the knob. When he finally had it turned over he threw the door open and jumped right into Carlise. I asked him to calm down a bit, but I knew it went through one ear and out the other. He was very excited to see them.

"Bella!" Esme's cheerful voice called to me from the doorway. They made their way inside, with Kayden still attached to Carlise tightly.

"Esme! How are you?" I asked, curious. She looked a little on the pale side.

"Oh, just feeling a bit under the weather, dear. No worries though! We wouldn't have missed this for the world." She said, smiling at Kayden back. Kayden then crawled out of Carlise's arms to get on the floor. He came running to stand behind me, hidden by my leg, to play the shy guy.

"Oh, Mr. Kayden. Don't act all shy. I already know that's not the case, cutie." Esme said, squatting down to grab Kayden from behind my leg. He hugged her gently, and kissed her cheek.

"Mmmm. I love kids. They're always so warm and cuddly," She said still hugging Kayden. Once they broke away, we headed out towards the backyard and Kayden and Carlise started to play tag, while Esme and I ran into the house to grab some things I had forgotten to bring out.

"You know, Bella, our son and his daughter will be in town soon. I was wondering if I could borrow Kayden for an afternoon for a play date with him and Olivia?"

"Oh, of course Esme. You know I won't argue with a free babysitter," I laughed.

"Very true," she laughed along, "Plus, I think Olivia and Kayden will get along wonderfully. You need to meet Edward, also!" She said.

Edward. Oh, Edward.

Esme had been trying to set me up with her son for as long as I could remember. Every time he was in town she'd try to get me to go out with him. I was always "busy" though.

Not that I didn't want to date, I just knew that Kayden was more important then any of that. I didn't need to drag a man into either of our lives and have him leave when things got hard. Like Jake did.

"Okay, Esme. A play date would be fun." We grabbed all that we needed and walked back out into the backyard.

Our lunch went well. Kayden went on and on about all the crafts he was doing at Pre-K and how much fun he was having with all his friends. Esme asked me about how my school was doing. I said that it was fine, and talked about how I loved owning my own business and how smart the kids were getting. Owning my own pre-school really was like a dream.

We ate and then the boys played while Esme and I talked about how her retirement was going. She, not surprisingly, hated it. She couldn't wait until her son came home so she'd have Olivia to hang out with during the day. She felt "useless" sitting at home all day.

When it started getting chilly outside, the boys made their way back towards us, and I said that it was nap time for Kayden. Kayden pouted, but didn't argue too much. He was pooped.

He kissed Carlise and Esme and told them night. We walked them to the door, then waved them goodbye before I walked him to his room and layed him in his bed. He kissed me and told me he loved me, like always.

"Don't let the bed bugs bite, baby." I said, smiling, already knowing what he was going to say in response.

"If they mess with me, they're messing with the wrong guy!" He said, smiling, then snuggling into his pillow.

I smiled at my beautiful boy and shut his door.

I walked down the hallway with a smile on my face.

Life is good.


So, this is just the beginning. It might also be the end, if no one likes it. It's also the only short chapter I've got.

Let me know what you think?