A Small Piece of Forever
Nestled under the dark canopy of the trees, Esme sat deep in thought. She had been sitting alone in the forest all day; as Carlisle worked nearly constantly and Edward was always away at school. For the first time since her new life began, Esme felt completely lonely. These extra hours by herself gave her plenty of time to think. Thoughts of her many regrets, and the happy times she had created with her new family. Mostly memories of her human life resurfaced, however blurry they were. She closed her eyes leaning back against the soft bark of the tree trying to clear her mind.
"Deep in thought?" An all too familiar voice quietly asked.
"Carlisle…," Esme said relieved. The pain she had felt disappeared in the presence of her husband. Carlisle sat down beside her.
"Is something wrong?" He asked, concerned. Esme leaned back once again.
"Not really; I was just thinking about how much I miss you and Edward while you're away." Carlisle put his arm around her, hugging her close.
"I'm always here for you, as is Edward, however bad his situation may seem at the moment."
Esme felt guilty for thinking more about her own troubles than Edward's. He was alone when not at home, and had to deal with the problems of becoming a vampire in general. Of course, Esme knew she had handled the situation well when she had been changed. When Carlisle explained the circumstances, she was even pleased. But that was only because she had someone to turn too. Someone whom she loved, and knew loved her in return.
Edward didn't have that. She adopted him, and cared for him as how a mother loved her son, and she was sure Carlisle felt the same. The one thing Esme desperately wanted to know was if he would be happy. If he could eventually find someone he could love as much as she loved Carlisle. Edward had given up on love, believing he didn't have a soul. All Esme wanted was to help her dear son feel well again.
She attempted to put her negative thoughts aside and concentrate on reality. Carlisle was here, if only for now. Esme looked into Carlisle's eyes, deep and full of concern, love, and happiness. She felt like the luckiest woman in the world. It had been over fifteen years since Esme and Carlisle were married, and yet the love they both felt for each other never wavered; instead, it grew. She gazed over at him affectionately.
"I love you," she said, smiling. Carlisle grinned.
"I love you too." Esme held her husband closer, and all of her worries melted away. For the moment, Esme was content, with no dangers, no stresses, or other pointless distractions to keep her away from the one person she loved the most in the world. For the moment, she could be completely and utterly happy.