Hello readers! A little update/outtake for you to show you what's going on in the lives of Indy and his Bright Eyes. I had way, way too much fun writing this so I hope you enjoy it as well.
Thank to the world's best beta Rhi. Huge hugs for you.
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Chapter 39/Outtake 6: Ian
"Bright Eyes, you seen my…"
My voice trailed off at the scene before me. Bella was lying on her side in our bed, fast asleep. Little Ian was snuggled against her, lightly snoring in his mother's protective embrace.
I just stood there and observed them. Bella was my life. She was the very air I breathed, she was the beating of my heart, and I never thought I could love someone like I loved her, but Ian came close. I never knew my heart could expand the way it had in absolute love for my little boy. Now, instead of one person on this earth to live for, I had two. I couldn't separate Ian from Bella. He was simply an expansion of her and her light.
He would be the only baby we'd ever have. The pregnancy hadn't gone well, and I refused to even discuss her trying to get pregnant again. I couldn't lose her. We had Ian. We had enough. I had her. It was all.
I remembered back to sleepless nights in fear and anguish for her, bedridden and miserable. She had said even if it had killed her, she was having that baby. Those words from her mouth had nearly been my undoing. I had freaked out a bit, and she'd had to calm me down and reason with me. I could live without a lot of things, but she wasn't one of them. The early C-section to protect her life had been welcomed in gladness and relief by me. As much as I loved that baby, it was killing his mother, and I wanted him out of her.
Looking at him now, I felt shame at my thoughts from then. I didn't know. I couldn't have known how I would fall instantly in love with my child, born from his perfect mother.
Bella stirred and raised her head, giving me a warm look. She held out her hand, beckoning me to join them. I carefully laid down, placing a kiss on her lips and one on the top of Ian's head, before I wrapped both of them in my arms, holding them to me.
Bella and I just gazed at each other, still just as in love and connected on a wavelength only we could hear and understand.
Ian stirred and yawned. He began rooting at his mother's chest, wanting to be fed. Bella laughed and adjusted herself, freeing her breast. Ian latched onto her in bliss, sucking and grunting, and I found myself a bit jealous of my son. Those full milk breasts of my wife's were huge and glorious.
"You're so wrong," she said with a laugh.
I shrugged and shot her a grin. "Can't help but envy my lucky son right now."
Bella giggled. "You're cute."
"Hmm. You're cuter."
"Oh, you're just trying to butter me up because you like my milkshake and want a taste."
"Well, you do have a very sexy milkshake. It does bring all the boys to the yard," I replied with a laugh.
"Ha. You're a dork."
"Was there ever any doubt?"
She shook her head. "Nope, but I love you, my Indy."
We just watched Ian eat for a minute, smiling at his enjoyment of it.
"Is there any-"
"Yes. I went past Jasper's bakery and bought you more chocolate desserts than a person can even eat."
She sighed happily. "Huh. This is me we're talking about here."
"True. I know now that if I want to get any doughnuts I better buy them by the dozen."
"Darn straight," Bella said with a nod.
"When Ian gets finished eating, can you take care of him? He needs his diaper changed, and please put some decent clothes on him while I get a shower. Rose and the boys are coming over."
"Ah, God. All the boys?"
"Yep. Oh, don't forget to put away…just go put everything away in the living room."
"Going. I'll make sure that all the windows are locked as well. I still can't believe Wyatt got out on the roof."
"I know. Oh, my God. How Rose hasn't lost her mind by now, I'll never know."
"I can't believe they already have three boys, all just as crazy as their father." I shook my head. "At least little Colton is still too young to be too much trouble."
"True. I wish…"
"I know, love, I know."
"Yeah," she replied and lowered her eyes to Ian, gently stroking a finger over his cheek.
"Hey. I love you."
"I love you," she quietly replied. "After all, you are my moon."
"Yes. And you're my sun, my beautiful wife."
"You, me, him. It's enough, isn't it?" she asked as she leaned down and placed a kiss on Ian's forehead.
"Yes, us three against the world. They'll call us the Three Musketeers."
"I like that. 'All for one and one for all.'"
"Well, it looks like he's finished. Burp him, please. I'm off to get my shower." She placed Ian in my arms and slid out of bed, starting to undress right in front of me.
"Yes?" she asked with a wicked smirk as she pulled my t-shirt over her head, revealing herself to have been completely naked under it.
"So unfair," I groaned with Ian on my shoulder, bouncing him and patting his back. All I could do was look right then, but oh, did I look.
"You naked? Seriously? Like is nowhere near a strong enough word. Come here."
"Oh, no. You wish."
"No, I want."
"You'll have to wait until later. I can give you a preview with my milkshake, though," she said with a giggle and shook her chest, making her breasts swing back and forth.
I sat there, hand in mid-air to pat to Ian's back, and just gaped at her. "Bella Cullen. You're one very naughty girl."
"Hmm. Yeah. You complaining?"
"Oh, hell no."
"Didn't think so. I'm off to get clean." She padded to the bathroom, and I almost fell of the bed with Ian I was so distracted watching her.
"How do you like that, Ian? She teases me and runs away leaving me in this state. So unfair."
Ian made a cooing noise and patted my face.
"Yeah, I know. She is perfect, isn't she?"
Ian let out a string of gurgles and squeals, and I took that as agreement.
"Come on, son. Let's go get you cleaned up and dressed before your cousins get here."
I had started walking to the door and stopped and just stared down at him.
"Did you just say 'da?'" I asked him in amazement.
"Da, da, da!"
I held him to my chest and ran into the bathroom. I wrenched open the shower door, making Bella jump and squeal in fright.
"What?" she asked me with wide eyes. I forgot for a moment why I ran in here as I watched the water running down her body.
"Hmm?" I asked as I slowly drug my eyes up to her face.
"Why did you scare me like that?"
"Oh. Ian! Ian said 'da!'"
"He did not," she replied in astonishment.
"He did. Do it again, Ian. Da, da, da," I encouraged him.
"Oh, my God! He just said his first word!" Bella exclaimed as she jumped up and clapped her hands.
Whoa. More jiggly boobies. Total win.
"Edward. Get outta here before you molest me in front of our son," Bella said with a laugh.
"Uh, yeah." I stepped back and shut the shower door, but only after one more thorough look over my naked wife. I tried clearing my head of the images of naked, wet Bella, but that wasn't working. Just thinking the words in my mind- wet, naked, Bella- were enough to make me harder.
I sighed and gave my son a grin. "I hope you some day meet a girl as half as great as your mom that will drive you just as crazy and will be the center of your universe. A woman like that makes every day a joy."
He did some cooing and waved his arm, so I took that as a "Thanks, Dad, for the advice."
"Carter, get down!" Rose yelled at him as he stood in the middle of the dining room table, apparently shaking his 'groove thang.'
"Disco?" I asked with a laugh as I picked Carter up and set him on the floor.
"Dad says it's the only good music. Disco and Classic County," Carter said. "He says the Bee Gees were gods."
"Your dad is so weird," I replied with a laugh.
"Well, he's your brother," Carter replied.
"Don't remind me," I said with a groan and a long-suffering look.
Carter laughed and took off running to play with Wyatt, who was currently trying to climb the living room curtains. I exhaled a huge breath, trying to have patience, and headed toward the windows before Wyatt pulled all the curtains down.
Rose was trying to change Colton as she yelled at Wyatt, and that's when Carter decided he was in need again to shake his groove thing and started doing his best to get down with his bad self. Toddler Colton leapt up and started dancing around with his brother to Rose's yells of "Come back here. I need to change you!" Meanwhile, Wyatt, before I could reach him, had made it to the top of the curtains and was swinging from the curtain rod that was ready to come out of the wall. I reached him just in time before it did.
I held him in my arms and shook my head. "You know better, Wy."
"I like to climb."
"I noticed. At least it wasn't onto the roof this time. Why don't you go dance with your brothers?" I sat him down, and he ran to them and instead of dancing decided to kick his foot out and trip them both, knocking them down on top of each other.
"Mom!" Carter yelled. "Wyatt spoiled my groove! I'm gonna beat him up!"
"No, you will not!" She let out an exasperated breath. "Wyatt, come here! Time out!"
I just went and sat beside Bella who was holding Ian and watched all this play out. Things were never boring when Rose and Em's boys were around.
Rose took Wyatt to the dining room and made him sit in a chair facing the wall for a time out. He sat there with crossed arms and kicked his feet, acting so like his father that I had to laugh.
I shot Bella a look, and we shared a giggle.
"Not gonna happen with us."
"Nope," I agreed. No way will Ian run wild like Em's boys do.
"You all want three more kids? I'm giving them away today cheap. Hell, I'll even pay you to take them for a while," Rose said with huge sigh as she flopped back down in her chair, Colton back in her arms. He was only sixteen months old, but already, he walked, ran, and talked like an older kid. I couldn't imagine having three kids in five years. Rose and Em must be nuts.
"Uh, we're good. Thanks," I replied quickly. There was no way Rose was slipping out going shopping or something and leaving us with the unholy trinity of terror.
"Well, it was worth a try. So, fancy TV stars, how you adjusting to being just like us common folk?"
Bella laughed. "Believe me, there was nothing fancy about our time traveling the world."
"True. Half the time, the food or water was dicey and the bugs in some places we stayed were as big as my hand. And as far as a decent bathroom, well, let's just say, we became pros at finding a private place to even relieve ourselves. It was an adventure and exciting, but there was nothing glamorous about it at all."
"It was so weird to turn on my TV and see your faces and hear you talk. I would just watch you going, 'That's E and EB!' in disbelief."
"You know, we've never gone back and watched our shows," Bella said.
"You haven't? Why?" Rose asked as Colton wiggled off her lap and hit the floor running. She just shook her head and let him go.
"We lived it," she shrugged.
I leapt up at a knocking on the front door and found my sister there, a frown on her face.
"What's up, sis?"
"What's going on here? Why wasn't I invited?" she huffed as she walked in and yelled out her nephews' names. Carter and Colton came barreling toward her and about knocked her down with hugs and questions. They adored their Aunt Alice.
"Did you bring any cookies from Unc Jasper?" Carter asked hopefully.
"Pfft. I brought tons of cookies," Alice said with a grin.
"Wyatt! I didn't say you could get up!" Rose yelled, and Wyatt shot her a mean face and stomped back to the dining room.
Alice plopped down at the end of the sofa and doled out cookies to a begging Carter and Colton and then tossed the box on the coffee table. "I just don't know if I'm ready for all that yet," Alice said with wide eyes to Ian, before sweeping them over the rest of her nephews.
"With you and Jasper taking over the bakery for his dad and your volunteer work for The Make a Wish Foundation, I just don't see where you'd have the time right now," Rose said.
"Yeah. That's what Jasper said as well. I'm working on right now putting together this whole enormous princess party for a sweet little five-year-old girl with leukemia. Her name is Caitlyn. She's adorable. I pray she makes it…" Alice said as a whisper as her voice trailed off, looking away with tears in her eyes.
Bella reached over and took Alice's hand, giving it a squeeze. Alice had long wondered what her purpose was, but I think she found it in helping dying children getting their dream wish come true. It was heartbreaking stuff, but also some of the most wonderful and touching. Perhaps she became a little too attached to the kids she helped, but that was just Alice, always all in. No one could fault her with being too kind or empathetic.
"Hey, let's go to the movies Friday night, just us girls," Rose said quietly and as she gently laid a hand on Alice's arm.
"Sounds great," Alice said with a small smile.
"Good. You in, EB?" Rose asked Bella.
"Yep. Count me in."
"You girls have fun. I'm looking forward to daddy time with just me and Ian," I said with a grin as I took him from Bella's arms. "Isn't that right, Indy Jr.?"
All the girls broke out in laughter, and I slightly blushed realizing what I'd just said. Only Bella and I called him that.
"You're so fu- uh, frikin' silly, E, you nerd," Rose said with a laugh. It had been a hard adjustment for Rose to give up her cussing, but she had to around the boys. I could only imagine what they'd be running around saying if she talked in front of them the way she used to.
Bella leaned over and kissed my cheek. "My nerd."
"Yep," I agreed with a wide grin. I tilted my head to give her a kiss. It turned into a deep, passionate kiss, and I began to lose myself in her. I felt Ian being taking from my arms. That was good; then I could wrap them around my wife.
"Geez, there they go again," I heard Alice distantly say. After that, all I knew was Bella. I tugged her closer as my hands traveled over her beloved body and then dove into her thick hair.
"Edward," she gasped against my lips.
"Hmm?" I hummed out right before I began kissing her again.
"Edward. Darling," she whispered against my lips.
"Bella," I breathed out from my pores as my lips traveled across her face.
"Husband. We have company," she said gently as she touched my face. "We gotta stop, Indy, but I love you."
"Love you, bright eyes, and I really love kissing you."
"Noticed," she said with a giggle.
"Jesus. We all noticed," I heard Rose say. "Years together and you two still make out like teenagers. It's both cute and sickening."
"Nope, just cute," Bella and I said in tandem, then looked at each other in surprise and burst out laughing.
"Now that was freaky," Alice said with wide eyes.
"Oh, pfft. We do that all the time," Bella replied.
"That's kind of weird, guys. It's like you're the same person, or something. I've said it before, I've never seen anything like you two and the connection you have," Rose said.
I slipped my arm around Bella, pulling her close. "She's the other half of me. The sun to my moon, right, love?"
She gave me a warm look and nodded "Right, darling."
"Okay. That's some sweet shi-, uh, stuff right there. I may go puke."
I glanced at Rose and grinned. "What, my brother doesn't talk to you like that?"
"God, no. It's more like, 'Woman, where's my dinner? Your big manly man needs sustenance!'" Rose bellowed, doing her best Emmett imitation, causing us all to bust out laughing, even her boys.
"That sounded like Daddy!" Carter said.
"Mom! Can I get up now?" Wyatt whined from the dining room.
"Yeah, come on out here, Wy. Tell your brothers you're sorry for knocking them down, and tell your aunt and uncle sorry about the curtains while you're at it, and only then may you have a cookie."
"Okay!" he yelled and tore out into the living room.
"Sorry, Carter. Sorry, Colton. Sorry, Aunty EB and Unc E!" he threw out and then jammed a cookie into his face. "Aunty, Alice!" he then mumbled around his cookie as he hugged her legs.
She giggled and patted his head. "Wyatt. Been climbing today?"
"Yep. Unc E's and Aunty EB's curtains!" he said proudly.
"Uh, err, good job?" Alice replied with a laugh.
Rose shook her head. "That one there is going to give me gray hairs before I'm thirty-five. Thank God I'm blonde and they won't show too bad. Did I tell you all that the other day he climbed to the top of the evergreen tree in our front yard? I had to call Em to get a ladder and get him down, but by the time he got there, Wy had already climbed back down the tree. He's a squirrel, I tell ya."
"Oh, my God," Bella said with a horrified laugh.
"I know. Never a dull moment at the Cullen house between Carter's disco dancing, Wyatt's climbing, and Colton's potty training and trying to mimic everything his brothers do. It's a never ending circus."
"Throw Em into the mix and you have the recipe for chaos," I agreed.
"No kidding," Rose sighed.
"Well, this little guy here is just a perfect angel, aren't you, Ian?" Alice asked him. He smiled and gurgled up at her, content in her arms. "Gah. Babies are so cute!" Alice exclaimed.
"Especially our baby," I replied. "Right, bright eyes?" I just realized she was in my lap- when did that happen? I must have been really, really into our kissing. I pulled her close against my chest, as always loving having her as close to me as possible.
"Right," she agreed.
"Your mom get all moved in?" Rose asked Bella.
"Yep. She's loving her new place here. I still can't believe she moved up here from Arizona, but she insisted she had to be close to us. She loves being a grandma."
"Jean-Luc back?" Alice asked, and Bella blushed a bit, still uncomfortable with this new development in her family.
"Uh, yeah. Uhm, he's moved in there as well."
"You not cool with this?" Rose asked. "They seem to be really in love and your mom is so happy. I swear I even saw Jean-Luc smile last time I saw him."
Bella shrugged. "It's cool, I guess. Mom is happy, and Jean-Luc is a great friend of mine and Edward's, and I know he's a very decent man. I guess it's just the age thing that's weird."
"Your mama doing the cougar thing kinda freaks you out," Rose stated.
"Uh, something like that. Can we drop this for now?" Bella asked, and Rose nodded.
"What about your other friends, Graham and Adam and Sophie?"
I wrinkled my brow. "Hmm. Last I heard from Graham, he was living in Singapore and had met a woman there. I think he's going to live there permanently. Adam and Sophie are still happily married, and Sophie, who's apparently brilliant, just got hired at Yale. Adam couldn't be more proud of her."
"Soph is brilliant," Bella said. "I miss her. Wish they didn't live on the other side of the country."
"She has the prettiest eyes I've ever seen," Alice chimed in.
"Oh, she does. Beautiful aquamarine," Bella answered.
"I think that's what Adam fell for first. I remember the first time they met. Adam had been about knocked on his butt the first time he saw her face."
"Aww, that's cute," Alice replied. "Well, I need to get going. I have tons to do. I just was passing by and saw Rose's SUV here and figured I was missing a party."
"Alice. You brought a box of cookies for the boys. You were not just passing by," Rose said with a laugh.
"Oh, okay. Maybe Bella told me you were coming over today, and I wanted to be here and visit with you all and my dear nephews."
Her 'dear' nephews, beside Ian, dozing in her arms, were currently destroying mine and Bella's living room.
"Yeah, I'm gonna go as well while E and EB still have some living room left. Just send me a bill," Rose said to us with a huge sigh.
"It's fine. Next time, we'll just come visit you," Bella said, thinking to save our house.
"That's definitely the wiser plan. Can I take the cookies, Ali?" Rose asked as she scooped up the box in one hand and her purse and huge diaper bag with the other. She threw them over her shoulder and then snatched Colton as he flew by, placing him on her hip.
"Uh, sure. I brought them for the boys." Alice handed Ian back to Bella, after kissing his face, and then held out her arms. "I need hugs!"
Carter and Wyatt ran to her, and she hugged them both tight, before she stood up, gave Colton a kiss on the cheek, and then breezily told us good-bye as she flew out the door.
Bella and I both gave our nephews hugs and kisses and promised we'd be over for a visit soon. I helped Rose to her car, buckling in the boys in the back seat, and then hastily beat it back inside. As soon as the door closed behind me, I turned around and leaned back against it and let out a breath.
"So. The unholy trinity managed to pull down our curtains, pull every last book off the bookshelf, and rearrange the dining room furniture. Not too bad this time."
"Yeah, they're getting better," Bella agreed and then met my eyes, and we busted out laughing.
"Ah, God. They're terrors!" I said through my laughing.
"Scary." Bella nodded in agreement.
"You hungry, bright eyes? Wait!" I held up my hand, palm out. "That was a very stupid question. Let me go put Ian down for his nap, and then we can cook dinner together."
"Sounds like a plan. But, hmm, I did have another use for Ian's nap time…"
I raised an eyebrow and slowly smirked, remembering her naked and wet in the shower and those awesome jiggly breasts of hers. "So did I."
"Food or sexes first?" she asked me.
"Is that even a real question?" I asked with another laugh.
"Not really. You go get Ian in his crib. I'll go get naked."
I was over to her, taking our son and trotting up the steps nearly before she stopped speaking. Her giggling followed me up the stairs. I hastily, but carefully, changed Ian's diaper, patted him back to sleep in the rocking chair, and then gently laid him down for his nap. I made sure the baby monitor was on and padded out silently, gently closing his door.
I headed to mine and Bella's bedroom with a huge grin of anticipation. My Bright Eyes, my beautiful wife, was waiting for me naked in our bed. If that wasn't something to be excited and happy about, nothing on this earth was.
Thank for reading! I'll add chapters here and there as the mood takes me to write so keep it on alert.
Still writing Shine On and I started a new story The Distance In Between if you would like to check those out.