*Everything Twilight belongs to Stephenie Meyer, everything Perfect Game belongs to Kare831*
This is for my awesome beta twimom817 who wanted to know why these two never seem to get caught… well guess what? THEY DID! ; )
One thing about being Chief of Cardiology was that it afforded me the ability to switch schedules around when there was something at home that needed to be tended to. It wasn't always perfect of course because in the medical field there are always so many unknowns. It's always a possibility that on my way out the door of the hospital a patient in cardiac arrest could be wheeled through the doors. Then I wouldn't get the chance to leave until the patient was stable and I had done everything I possibly could for them and their family.
My son was coming home for the weekend to take Bella to her senior prom. He was is in his third year at Juilliard. While I was disappointed that Edward didn't want to follow in my footsteps and become a doctor, I can't be disappointed that he's following in his mother's, and pursuing his career as a musician. Edward is so passionate about his music and it's quite a beautiful sight seeing him sit at his piano. I am so very proud of my boy that I'm bursting at the seams.
Bella, the beautiful little angel who has stolen away my son's heart and guards it with her life, is such an important part of our family. Once the giggly, chubby, little brown eyed, brown haired baby came into our lives via our good friends Charlie and Renee, I knew that she'd forever be a part of my family. My own little Alice adores her like a sister and my wife loves her as if she were one of our very own. Edward was a little timid toward her at first, but it didn't take him long to warm to her. He's been her big 'brother' and fierce protector ever since. Later he became her best friend, and then her boyfriend. Something Esme and I were waiting on of course. Esme felt certain that it was only a matter of time before Edward and Bella found each other.
Esme and I granted Edward a lot of liberties when it came to Bella. Although Charlie and Renee would never have allowed it under their roof, Esme and I allowed them to share a room to sleep because we trusted them and respected them.
I felt so confident that I'd raised my son to be a gentleman and to respect women. I'd never seen him treat Bella with anything less. I could only smile at my son as he looked at Bella with nothing but love and complete adoration. He reminded me so much of myself when Esme and I started dating so many years ago. But nothing could have prepared me for the scene that I would set my eyes upon the night of the prom.
I came home from a late shift at the hospital around two a.m. I quietly crept into my dark house, not wanting to wake anyone. I knew my beautiful wife would have gone to bed hours before my arrival and since we had to be up early the next morning to get my son back to the airport, it would be best not to wake her. I slipped into our bedroom when I heard a soft voice.
"Carlisle, sweetheart, can you just check on the kids, please? Edward and Bella were down in the media room and I think he made a fire in the hearth, just make sure the glass is closed please, my love?"
"Of course, my love. Where is Alice?"
"She and Jasper just came in about fifteen minutes ago. They are supposed to be watching a movie."
I kissed her forehead and promised her I'd check on the children after changing.
I peeked into Alice's room first, the room was dark save for the glow from the TV, but Alice and Jasper were sound asleep on Alice's bed. The only connection between the two was their intertwined hands laying on the bed between them. I closed the door softly and wandered down the two flights of stairs to check on Edward and Bella.
I found Edward and Bella sound asleep, completely naked and wrapped around one another on the feather bed in front of the fireplace. Granted they were covered somewhat, I didn't have to use my imagination to see what had gone on earlier that night. As I stood on the steps staring at the scene before me, so many emotions coursed through me; anger, worry, happiness, understanding.
I could understand how my son felt, wanting to be with his girlfriend in such a way, hell I had been his age at one time or another and I was too a man, so I completely understood. I was angry because I thought that I had taught my son better, to be a bit more respectful of our home and the fact that my wife was in the house two floors above him while he was having sex with his underage girlfriend in our basement media room. I was worried because I know Bella was on birth control, but I didn't see any signs they had used a condom. As a doctor, I very well knew the effectiveness of birth control pills alone. At forty-six I wasn't ready to become a grandfather and I knew at twenty that my son wasn't ready to become a father.
But the happiness I felt at seeing them together and the knowledge that they'd probably always be like that overtook the other feelings. My son was infinitely happy with his life and it had everything to do with the brown haired beauty sleeping in his arms. Seeing them together made me yearn for my own wife, warm and waiting for me in my bed upstairs. So I silently made my way back up to my bedroom and resigned that I would speak to my son about his actions in the morning before he left.
"Edward, son… can I have a word with you in my study?"
"Sure, Dad. What's up?"
"How was the prom last night, son?"
"It was nice. I think Bella really had a great time."
"That's great Edward. Your mother told me that Bella got accepted to Boston College?"
"Yeah… she did. Dad, I'm so damn proud of her, and I can't wait for her to be on the east coast with me next year."
I chuckled, Edward's smile was radiant, lighting up the entire room. He was truly happy with the fact that Bella would be one state away instead of ten states away.
"I bet," I nodded, continuing. "Son… I came downstairs last night to check on you and Bella, and you can only imagine what I walked in on."
I had to bite my lip to hold in my laugh as my son turned seven shades of embarrassment and guilt.
"Dad…" Edward started, but I interrupted him.
"Edward… it's okay, son. Well, it's not 'okay' but you know what I mean. I don't want you to be embarrassed because I understand. I know what it's like to be a man and want to be with your girlfriend in that way. I've been in your shoes before. I have to say that I was a bit angry about it at first, but again, I know what it's like to have that long distance between you and I can appreciate that and the reunion you look forward to when you come home. But son, I have to say that I'm concerned. Are you and Bella using any protection beyond her birth control?"
"Edward… son, you know better than that. I've taught you better than that. I know that you and Bella may not ever be with anyone but each other, but son, birth control pills are only ninety-nine percent effective. I don't know about you, but I'm not ready for you to become a father at twenty years old while you're in your third year at Juilliard, and I'm certainly not ready to become a grandfather. I thought for sure I'd have a few more years before that happened."
"Dad, I'm sorry, I just love Bella so fucking much. I don't want there to ever be anything between us, know what I mean? And I didn't mean to disrespect you and mom, I just wanted to be with Bella. We rarely have time alone together, and to some extent I guess I understand that, but that doesn't keep me from wanting it."
The sincerity in my son's face was killing me.
"I do know what you mean son, but let me tell you something. I was still a resident when you came along. Your mom and I hadn't exactly planned for you… in fact she was on birth control and I was of the same opinion then that you are now. I only wanted to be close to my girl. Granted we were older than you are now and your mother was fresh out of college, one night unprotected and nine months later there you were, kicking and screaming your way into this world. Not that I would change any of that for the world, son. You are one of the best parts of me, and now twenty years later I'm still awed that I helped create something so amazing as you."
"Edward, I won't say a word about this to your mother, but I wanted to make sure that you understand our feelings on the situation. We just both want you and Bella to be more safe than sorry. After all it's not just you that a baby would affect. I know Bella loves kids, but son, she's just way too fucking young. Please, please be more careful with her."
"I will, thanks Dad."
I stood from my chair and pulled my son into a hug. I loved my boy more than life itself, and Bella too by extension because she was everything to my son.
I just hoped our chat would help him understand that he not only has to think about himself and his feelings, but Bella too. His job is to protect her, it always has been.
I felt bad not telling Esme about it, but I felt that I was at least doing Edward a favor. The conversation coming from his mother would have been ten times more mortifying than any conversation with me could have been and I at least spared him that.
The following day, Esme and I drove our son to the airport so he could return to school in New York. As we walked away from him and the security line, I tucked Bella under my arm and kissed her head knowing that someday, at least she'd be my daughter-in-law and the mother of my grandchildren.
A/N: This is one of two outtakes that I had planned. I know they're not long, but they're not supposed to be… just another view on little scenes that happened as we move along in our timeline. If there is a scene you'd like to see an outtake of… I'd love to know what it is! = D