Lost and Found by SoapyMayhem
Most of the story will not be beta'd for quick posting purposes, however it has been Pre-read by CaraNo,TexasBella, and my beta TwiMarti. Also, there is a beautiful banner by Annamorphos posted on my profile.
Chapter 71 The End
My toes feel good as I curl them in the wet sand.
For the first time in my life, I have a tan – well as much of a tan as someone with my coloring can have. Oliver however, has darkened up nicely. Oliver's wardrobe which consists mostly of board-shorts, his olive complexion and that messy black hair make him look like a little bronze beach bum.
As the tide starts to come in, an image of James with blood pouring from his head flashes through my brain and makes my stomach roll. I close my eyes and think of happier things just as Emmett suggested and they all seem to fade away.
"Mom, did you see that massive wave?" Oliver shouts as he and Edward run up the beach with surfboards in their hands. The boards scare me, but I'm learning to let go a bit more these days. I can't shelter Oliver forever. There's also the fact that Edward was trained as a Navy Seal and swims like a fish – that helps a bit too.
"Yeah, buddy that was awesome," I reply excitedly.
He and Edward had worked on Oliver's technique for months before Edward ever let him on a board, but after two years of surfing almost every day, my little boy was good enough to go pro.
"How are you feeling," Edward asks as he moves to sit behind me. He loves doing that because he gets to wrap his arms around me and rub my swollen belly.
"Mmm… much better now that you're here," I say relaxing into his embrace.
"Don't tempt me too much, babe. Dad wants me on the grill in half an hour. Emmett butchered some steaks from the wild pig he got yesterday."
I sighed impatiently and then rubbed my ass against his burgeoning erection, loving the way he groaned and cupped my breast.
"Get a room you two," Rosalie shouted playfully as she walked down the beach hand in hand with her four year old daughter Carlie.
Carlie loved Oliver, and even though, I knew he hated the girlie things she liked to play, he played along anyway and never showed one ounce of frustration. They were adorable. Rosalie however was hard to get along with at first, but when Edward told his family what happened with James, she slugged him and became my biggest ally and a few months later my sister-in-law.
We may have had the perfect wedding, on the beach with Oliver giving me away and Carlisle officiating, but we things were by no means perfect.
Edward and I both ended up making use of Emmett's skills as a therapist.
For me, I had to try and get past my anger issues with Edward and we each had to work through dealing with a couple bad cases of PTSD. My episodes were getting a lot less frequent and intense these days – just a few flashes and some nightmares after having a stressful day, but Edward would hold me close and make love to me – he always knew how to make me feel better.
Esme and Carlisle were wonderful parents. They made life on this private island easy and enjoyable.
In Chicago, Carlisle was a renowned surgeon and Esme was an interior designer. Knowing we would be spending the majority of our time on this little island off the coast of Brazil, Carlisle would buy all kinds of medical equipment whenever he had a chance to take the boat back to mainland. He had all the equipment and medication we needed to operate a small hospital, though it seemed that my clumsy son and I were the only ones to really make use of it.
With the impending birth of my second child and Edward's first, for the first time in many years, I felt at peace, safe. Edward was by no means perfect, but his love for Oliver and me was more than enough to make up for all the hardship we had to endure. He promised me once that he would spend the rest of his life trying to give us so many good memories that there wouldn't be room for the bad ones. I told him I planned to hold him to that promise.
I did want to clear up some confusion about Edward's family as many of you thought they were dead. No they are not Zombies... so don't even go there... in chapter 36 Edward said he didn't know where he'd end up - if he'd meet his family in paradise or make his deathbed in SLC... See i was purposefully misleading... *runs and hides*
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