Rated M/ Disclaimer: Twilight and the twilight characters are owned by Stephenie Meyer. No copyright infringement intended. I own nothing but the plot and some of the personality traits the characters may have.
This chapter has been beta'd by Bobbi Wordsmith, thanks sweetie for taking the time to beta this chapter for me!
The more I thought about what the next chapter should be is when I realized that the story was finished, so yes this is the epilogue. PLEASE read the authors note at the Bottom!
Where there is love
Snuggled up under Edward, like I was usually every night, I heard Elijah's babbling coming from the baby monitor. I smiled against Edward's chest.
"I'll get him," Edward spoke in a raspy voice. He started to get up, but I pressed him back down into the bed.
"You had a long day, and came home late last night, I'll get him."
"I don't mind, chéri. You're with the kids all day and…"
I placed my finger over his lips. "…go back to sleep baby, I have him," I told him. Edward nodded his head against my finger. I slid from the bed and looked at the time, five a.m. on the dot as always. I swore the boy had his very own internal clock.
I exited our bedroom shutting the door behind me and heading up the hall to Elijah's room. I peeked in on the girls, with Ethan first to make sure they were all still asleep as well.
When I walked into Elijah's room he had successfully pulled himself up in the crib. A huge smile spreading over his face seeing me.
"Good morning handsome," I said, walking over and cutting the baby monitor off so that we didn't wake Edward.
Elijah cooed and began bouncing in his crib until he fell flat on his bottom. I walked over to his crib and he reached up for me.
"Why do you get up so early, uh?" I asked him as I picked him up from his crib. His hand touched my nose and began trying to pull at it.
"That's my nose, see you have one too," I told him tapping his nose. He giggled shaking his head away from my tapping finger.
"Are you hungry, Eli? You ready for eat eat?" I asked him, walking over to the rocking chair. I sat down and began to ready myself to breastfeed him.
Breastfeeding him wasn't an easy task because for the first few days he was born, he was on formula. We had to wait for all the morphine that was in my system to be gone before they gave me permission to breastfeed.
They tried talking me out of breastfeeding because of the gunshot wound, but I basically told them to go fuck themselves. I knew my breast milk was best for my son, so pain be damned, I was going to breastfeed my son.
Elijah started bouncing in my lap. I laughed at how excited he got at feeding time, he reminded me of Keiara when she was this little.
Rocking back and forth in the chair, I looked down into his face as he started to feed from my breast. His hand rested over my chest as he looked up at me.
I loved the connection and the one-on-one time breastfeeding provided. It was something no one could take away from me. Rocking in the chair I sing the itsy bitsy spider as he continued having his breakfast.
Once he was finished, he pushed my breast from his mouth like he always did. I fixed myself back into my shirt then burped him. He had a completely satisfied look on his face as he looked at me.
"I bet you're all better now, aren't you?" I purred, standing him up in my lap. He cooed bouncing up and down. I got up from the chair and placed him down on the floor. Then I walked across the room and got down on my knees.
He started to whine, no doubt hating the distance I put between us.
"If you want me, you have to crawl, Elijah. Come on, crawl to mommy," I called to him. I'd been trying to get him to crawl for the past few weeks, but he was just as stubborn as his father and refused to cooperate. He cooed pulling on the carpet under him trying to get to me.
"Come on, baby, you can do it," I said. He giggled showing me his gums. He got up on his knees and my smile expanded over my face. I was hoping he was getting ready to crawl but instead he fell back down on his belly and started laughing.
I shook my head and crawled over to him laughing as well.
"You are such a silly baby, aren't you?" I asked him. He lifted his arm up gripping my hair and pulling lightly.
"No. No pulling mommy's hair," I giggled pulling my hair from his grasp. He started cooing again, drool dripping from the side of his mouth. I used my hand to wipe his mouth, then I picked him up.
"Are you going to crawl for me soon?" I asked him. He just cooed some more with drool dripping from his mouth. I kissed his cheek and then held him against my hip.
"Let's go wake up daddy," I said, picking his stuffed animal up from the floor and placing it in his crib. I walked back to my bedroom and saw that Edward was still in bed. I sat down next to him and Elijah began his babbling again.
"I don't know, Eli, I don't think daddy is waking up anytime soon. He went to bed really late," I grinned, but Elijah still reached out for Edward. He started twisting in my arms a bit as if trying to get me to let him go.
So I did, placing him on Edward's chest. Elijah pulled at Edward's chest hair making Edward jump, but not before making sure he had a hold on Eli.
"That is a really mean way to wake your father, Eli."
"I didn't know he was going to do that, I swear," I teased, trying not to laugh at the red spot that was now forming on Edward's chest.
"Sure, he gets this from you."
"Impatience," Edward said opening his eyes. I smiled looking down at him.
"Maybe, but he gets his stubbornness from you, he still won't crawl," I replied. Edward looked into Elijah's face.
"Why won't you crawl, Eli?" Edward asked. Elijah just pulled at Edward's lip making him groan. I peeled Elijah's fingers away from Edward's lip then lifted him from Edward's chest. He began whining in protest.
"You can't sit with daddy if you're going to abuse him, Eli."
"Son, just tell mommy that's how we play," Edward said sitting up in the bed. Elijah giggled as if he knew what his father was talking about.
"Are you going in today?" I asked Edward. He shook his head, running his fingers through his hair.
"We finished everything up last night in New York; no need to go in today," he answered. Edward flew out to New York yesterday morning before the sun came up. He never stayed the night away from me and the kids anymore, even if that meant he was flying back in the middle of the night.
If it had to be an overnight trip, he sent Mac and Jessica instead. I knew that he should have been at all the meetings, but after everything we've been through, I had a right to be selfish and want my husband home with me.
"The kids will be happy to hear that, they missed you yesterday," I told him, though he hadn't been away for more than 20 hours at best. The kids hadn't seen him at all yesterday.
"Are they the only ones who missed me?"
"I don't know. I think your wife missed you, but she did have two other men on her mind."
"Yeah, those men had better been our sons," came his reply. I laughed leaning into him and placing a kiss on his lips. Even with morning breath, I couldn't keep from kissing him.
"Of course, they were, baby. You guys are the three most important men in my life," I mumbled against his lips.
"Hmm, do I get to tell the chief that I passed him on your list of most important men in your life?" he asked, and I laughed shaking my head.
"No, you may not. My dad is on a list all by himself."
"Sure, you just say that so he doesn't feel like he's in third place."
"You can be so childish sometimes."
"Maybe, but you love me."
"Yes, that I most certainly do," I replied, just as Elijah pulled at Edward's ear and started babbling loudly in it. Then he started giggling as if he had told Edward a joke.
"What were the plans for today?" Edward asked taking Elijah's hand into his own.
"I had a few errands to run for the show, Bree was going to watch the girls and Ethan."
"Leave them home with me," he said.
"Baby, are you sure? You look like you're ready to pass out as it is," I said shifting Elijah in my lap.
"Yes, I'm sure woman. They are my children. Go run your errands and leave me with my children," he told me. I rolled my eyes with a smile on my face.
"I was going to take Elijah with me, you know, so they don't try to keep me too long," I told him. Edward started laughing.
"See that, Eli, mommy's already starting to use you to get out of shit," Edward said and I slapped his chest hard.
"Oww, that hurt."
"Good, don't swear in front of him, do you want his first words to be a curse word?" I asked. Of course Edward laughed.
"It would be a great story to tell when he gets older," he replied. I shook my head placing Elijah on the bed with Edward.
"You would think so. Take him, I'm going to go get breakfast started," I said getting up. Elijah turned his head at me and reached out for me.
"Oh, so you don't want to stay with me, uh?" Edward asked lifting Elijah up. Edward stood Elijah up on his chest then blew a raspberry into his stomach. Elijah giggled and I was forgotten. I went downstairs to the kitchen and pulled out what I planned to cook and then turned the little television on to watch Lauren and Mike's morning show.
I missed working, I didn't think I would miss it this much, but I loved being on camera. Alice and my show hadn't started in the spring like we had hoped, because we both wanted to stay home with the kids. Neither of us actually had to work; it wasn't going to stop us from wanting to do just that. We were finally getting it all in motion for the fall. Makeena was still on board thankfully, and I even managed to talk Rose into being a co-host as well.
So it would be similar to The View, but we were working to make it our own. I started on the pancakes first, since I knew it was the first thing the kids would ask for when they woke up.
"I think he's hungry, he's been gnawing at my finger for the last five minutes," I heard Edward say as he came into the kitchen. I laughed as I turned to look at the two of them.
"He has a jar of bananas."
"Ah, right, he's nothing like his sister was at this age, he likes bananas," Edward said and I laughed. Kiah use to spit the bananas back at Edward whenever he tried feeding one to her.
"Yes, Eli is more like Keiara was, eating everything he can get his little fingers on."
"Hmm, you sure they're not Emmett's children?" Edward teased, and I flung some pancake batter at him.
"Hey, woman, I am holding our child," he yelled, shielding Elijah. I laughed and turned back around to the pancakes in the pan.
"Speaking of Emmett's children, Rose is pregnant," I said smiling as I moved the cooked pancakes from the frying pan to the serving plate.
"Really? That's fucking awesome."
"Cheri, Eli isn't even crawling yet, so he is nowhere near ready to say his first words."
"Yeah, whatever, just still watch your language please," I said pouring pancake batter into the frying pan. I felt Edward behind me before he said a word.
"Yes, wife," he replied then placed a kiss on my neck. I shook my head and finished up breakfast while I watched Edward feed Elijah his jar of bananas.
"So, when does Rose plan on telling Emmett?"
"Tomorrow, she thinks Father's Day will be perfect," I answered as I set the kids' plates up at the kitchen table.
"Tomorrow is Father's Day already?"
"Yes, don't act like you forgot," I said with a roll of my eyes.
"I did, honestly. Am I getting something special for Father's Day?"
"Yes, your four children," I replied with a smirk. Why he thought I would tell him what we had planned for Father's Day was beyond me.
"You're a horrible liar, cheri," he said with a grin as he placed a spoon of banana in Elijah's mouth. I smiled back at him.
"Maybe, but I'm still not telling you what you're getting for Father's Day," I answered and he laughed.
"I could ask the kids."
"You could, but then I would have to take one of your gifts away and you really don't want me to do that," I replied with a flirtatious smile.
"Hmm, what gift would that be?"
"The gift a mommy gives a daddy in the privacy of their bedroom," I told him. I watched his eyes dance with the possibilities I was offering him. He didn't say another word about Father's Day and I grinned in success.
"Eric Masen received his sentencing of seventy-five consecutive years in the state prison, with no possibility of parole," Lauren's voice said coming from the television. Edward and I simply looked at each other neither of us saying a word.
I had forgotten all about Eric being sentenced. After the shooting I refused to give Eric Masen anymore of my attention. He didn't exist in our world anymore and we were all happy. The last time any of us saw him, was when he was allowed to view Elizabeth's body before her funeral. Priscilla said she wanted him to see just what he had caused. Since then we didn't discuss Eric. The house phone rang and Edward got up answering it before I got to it.
"Yeah, we just saw," he said into the phone. I turned the channel to one of the children morning shows and continued making breakfast. Edward continued talking to whom I had to assume was Emily. She stayed on top of anything public related that affected the family in any way.
"No, tell them Isabella and I haven't changed our minds. We're not doing an interview," Edward told them. Ever since the shooting the media had been trying to get the family to do an interview, but everyone refused. We were all sick and tired of our lives being on display like some dramatic soap opera.
"I know. She's going today, don't know let me ask," I heard Edward say, and then he turned to me.
"Emily wants to know if you are doing any interviews for the show?"
"A few with the ladies in July, but I'm still not discussing the shooting," I answered. Edward nodded his head, placing the phone back to his ear and repeated what I said to Emily.
"Thanks, Emily, you're the best. I love you too," he said, then he hung up the phone. We didn't say anything regarding Eric as I continued making breakfast. Moments later the kids came running into the kitchen with smiles on their faces.
"Daddy!" they all screamed, running over to Edward. He gave each of them a hug and asking them how they slept.
We all sat down to have breakfast together. I smiled watching them talk to Edward, and laughed at the way Elijah tried to join in.
"Eww, daddy, Eli is spitting up!" Kiah yelled pointing at the food coming out of Elijah's mouth. Keiara started screaming also, while Ethan laughed at his sisters.
"I think that means, he ate too much," Edward said wiping at Elijah's mouth. The kids agreed while Elijah looked upset once Edward stopped feeding him. I gave him a juice cup and some Cheerios to calm him down. It was astounding how much Elijah could eat.
"Mommy, are we still going to Aunt Bree's house?" Keiara asked me chewing on her pancake.
"No, the three of you are going to stay home with daddy," I answered.
"Yay!" they all yelled causing Edward to grin at them. I smiled looking at all of them. Before Edward came into my life, I didn't think any of this would ever be possible.
Edward was a new man, but still the man I fell in love with. Watching him with our children was like nothing I could have ever imagined.
He was patient, attentive, and so playful with them. Each of them had their own relationship with him, and when they wanted his attention he gave it to them.
"Isabella, you okay?" Edward asked with a lopsided grin as he caught me staring at him.
"Yes, I'm perfect," I replied. He grinned, then turned his attention back to Keiara who was telling him about her dream.
After breakfast, I took Elijah upstairs and got him and I dressed. I was hoping to be finished with my errands as soon as possible.
"Is Seth going with you?" I heard Edward ask as he entered our bedroom.
"I didn't plan on him coming with me," I replied slipping into the blue dress I was wearing. Edward didn't say anything and when I looked at him I saw the concerned look on his face. I walked over to him and cupped his face in my hand.
"I'll be fine, baby. I'm just running to the station and then a few errands for tomorrow," I said making him look down into my face.
"The press backed off some, but they're still relentless, Isabella."
"I'm aware of that, but does that mean I should have to walk around with a bodyguard every day for the rest of my life? I feel like the first lady with secret service up my ass," I told him causing him to laugh at my joke.
"Are you sure you and Eli will be okay?"
"Yes, and if for any reason I feel like we're not, I will call Seth."
"Cross my heart," I answered. He leaned down and placed a kiss on my lips. I finished getting dressed and then told the kids to behave for their father. Edward was a sucker when it came to the kids and he pretty much let them do whatever they wanted.
I got Eli into his car seat and then climbed into the car. Edward and the kids waved goodbye to us as we pulled out of the driveway.
Have I said how much I loved our new house? It was secluded and our own little part of the world away from the rest of civilization.
I turned the radio on and Elijah started babbling along to the music like he always seemed to do when we were in the car. My cell phone started to ring and I saw that it was Rose. She always called to see if I'm on time.
I answered the phone, and her voice came through the speakers of the car. Elijah started looking around for her and it made me laugh.
"Please tell me you've left the house?" she said and I laughed.
"Yes, you worry too much," I replied.
"Yeah, right, the only thing you've ever been on time for was your wedding," she joked causing me to laugh out loud.
"I was on time for your wedding too."
"That's because I didn't give you a chance to even be late," she retorted with a laugh.
"Eli's looking for you, he can hear you," I told her, looking in the rearview mirror as Elijah looked around the car.
"Eli! Hi baby! I can't wait to see you!" she started yelling causing him to giggle and twist some more in his car seat.
"He's still looking for you. Are we still making that run to the baby store after the meeting?"
"Yes, I have to get the stuff to surprise Emmett tomorrow," she answered.
"Do you think he knows you're pregnant?"
"Please, it took him forever to even realize I was hinting I wanted to try."
"True, but I would think he would notice your tits got bigger," I replied with a laugh.
"Oh, he noticed, he just thinks God is being extra generous. I swear this man is so outrageous sometimes."
"But you still love him, and you're having his baby," I said with a smile on my face.
"I know! I am so damn excited!" she yelled making Elijah scream out as if trying to reply to her. We continued talking until I arrived outside of the building. I hung up with her and texted Edward, letting him know that I arrived. He was such a worrywart, not that I could really blame him.
I climbed out the car and was happy that it appeared there weren't any paparazzi out, thankfully. I took Elijah out of the car seat and grabbed his diaper bag.
We went up right to the floor and the moment I walked off of the elevator, I could hear Alice and her daughter Kendall up the hall.
I swear Kendall was just as loud and hyper as her mother. I often felt sorry for Jasper, though he never looked upset, just blissful.
"Kendall, look, your boyfriend is here!" Alice yelled as we came into the room. I laughed, walking over to the two of them and placing a kiss on both of their cheeks. Alice was a confident believer that Elijah and Kendall were going to get married when they grew up.
Edward liked the idea, and it really didn't matter to me because they were still babies, and seriously, it would be kind of awesome if it happened. Jasper on the other hand was not okay with the idea of his only daughter being married off before she could talk.
"Where's Rose?" I asked placing Elijah down next to Kendall.
"Bathroom, the minute she hung up with you, she had to throw up again," Alice answered as I sat down next to her.
"She has morning sickness like I did with the girls, remember that?"
"Oh yeah, I remember. I'm just happy I didn't have it with Kendall," Alice said smiling, as she looked back at Kendall and Elijah playing on the blanket that was spread out on the floor.
"Please tell me this part doesn't last forever," Rose said coming into the room. I smiled at her.
"It doesn't last forever, you look great though," I told her. She rolled her eyes then walked over to Elijah picking him up from the floor. He grinned at her, cooing again as if trying to tell her something.
"What time is the meeting supposed to start? Bella and I are the ones with babies and they're late," Alice said.
"I sort of told the two of you an earlier time, to make sure you were both on time," Rose said, hiding her face behind Elijah.
"Damn it, Rose. I could have gotten laid before I left this morning!" Alice shouted, making me laugh.
"Eww, that is still my brother you're talking about, Alice," Rose told her.
"So what. I was so damn horny this morning. Kendall was still sleeping and everything," she continued.
"Don't worry, Alice, she's about to have a baby. She'll see how difficult it is to get that alone time," I said and Alice started smiling.
"Oh yes, payback is a bitch," Alice said. Makeena arrived a little while later and we teased her about the hickey on her neck. Over the past few months, she and Seth had become real serious. I kept telling Edward he should just start planning Seth's bachelor party now.
"Bella, Seth asked if you need him to stay. Edward called him," she said with a smirk and I rolled my eyes.
"I told Edward I was going to be fine, I should have known he was going to call Seth," I said pulling my cell phone out of my purse.
"You shouldn't be surprised, Bella," Rose said. I knew she was right. After the shooting, I was lucky if Edward let me go pee alone. Angela and Emmett told me how distraught Edward was when he thought he might lose me, that he refused to see Elijah without me and that he threatened the doctor.
I understood, because I remembered how I was while he was missing. Seven days of not knowing was the worst feeling I ever experienced, and I still said that even after being shot. He was protective of me, worried everyday someone else would try to get to me or the kids to get to him.
I couldn't be upset though, he stopped his overnight business trips because of the anxiety it caused me. So I could only imagine how he felt when I was out of his sight, knowing the paparazzi could be on my ass at any moment. We saw a counselor about our anxiety, but we both felt more comfortable when we were together. I didn't mean around and up under each other nonstop 24-7, but we were together always.
I texted Seth to let him know that I was fine, and that if I need him I would call. The station managers came in a few moments later, and we started our meeting about the show. Each of us was so excited about finally getting this started.
Everything went smoothly at the meeting and it was over quickly, since Alice and I had the babies with us. We both knew if we didn't have the kids, they would have tried to get us to do some work while there, and we had entirely too much to do today.
Alice was planning something huge for Jasper's first Father's Day, and Rose had so much to get done so that she could surprise Emmett with the news of their new addition.
"Bella, what are you doing for Edward?" Alice asked as we started to leave.
"Tomorrow, the kids and I are treating him to a do-nothing day. I have to pick up our gifts for him; the kids picked out a watch which I got engraved. I'm making his favorite for dinner and then once the kids are put to bed, we're doing some role playing," I said with grin.
"Oh goodness, here comes baby number five," Rose said making me laugh.
"There is no baby number five coming from me, at least not until all the kids are a little older. It is so hard having them all so close in age," I said, shifting Elijah in my arms.
"True, but at least they will get to really grow up together, think about how much fun you, Angela and Jake used to have," Rose pointed out. I knew that was true.
"That's what Edward keeps saying, he's ready for another one already," I sniggered, making them both laugh.
"He would have you pregnant for the rest of your life if you let him," Rose joked.
"Probably," I replied with a smile. We all left to do the needed shopping each of us had to do.
"Daddy, look I can jump really high!" Ethan yelled, as he jumped on the couch. I laughed as I walked over and picked him up.
"That's really cool, son, but unless you want mommy to kick my butt for you hurting yourself, don't jump on the couch," I told him. He laughed as I put him on the floor.
"Daddy, I'm hungry," Keiara said coming into the living room.
"Already?" I asked her. She nodded her head and I laughed shaking my head. "Okay, give me a sec and I'll make the three of you some lunch," I told her.
"Okay, love you daddy!" she yelled already running from the living room.
"Love you too!" I yelled back. When I turned around Ethan was smiling up at me.
"What?" I asked him. He laughed shaking his head.
"Nothing," he replied. I rustled his hair and then started walking for the kitchen. The moment I walked out of living room I was sure I heard the squeaking of the couch again. I walked back into the living room and watched as Ethan dropped down on his butt seeing me.
"What did I say about jumping on the couch?"
"To not to," he answered chewing on his lip.
"No more jumping on the couch or you'll be in trouble, understood?"
"Yes, daddy," he said with that sad look in his eyes. He did that whenever he thought it would get him out of trouble. For the most part it worked on Isabella, but it wasn't working on me.
"Go play with your sisters, until I call the three of you down for lunch," I told him.
"Okay," he said, getting off the couch and running to join Kiah and Keiara. I walked into the kitchen and started to clean up the dishes from breakfast.
I could hear the kids in the distances, laughing and running around and I couldn't resist smiling at myself. I never gave much thought to the family life before Isabella came into mine. Now I couldn't imagine my life without them.
I was still trying to talk Isabella into one more. I really wanted two more, three girls and three boys. I knew that was a lot, but I loved seeing Isabella with our children. She was the best mother I could have ever wished for my children.
I used to think God sent me Isabella by accident, there was no way I deserved her. But now that I had her, I was never going to let her go.
The house phone started ringing pulling me out of my thoughts, and I wiped my hands on the dish towel before picking it up and answering.
"Hey, baby," Isabella's voice rang through the phone. I smiled cradling the phone between my shoulder and ear.
"Hello, beautiful, how did the meeting go?" I asked her as I continued cleaning the kitchen.
"Great, we start officially promoting the show in a few weeks," she answered, and I could hear Elijah in the background.
"Did you let them know, you won't be available the last few weeks of August?" I asked, seeing honestly already knowing that she probably did.
For our anniversary this year, we were renewing our vows and then we were going away to Brazil for a second honeymoon. We would be alone for a week and then the kids would join us that following week.
"Of course I did, I can't wait by the way."
"Me either, chéri, you do know that no clothes are allowed in our room while we are away correct?" I asked, causing her to giggle.
"You just remember that goes both ways. Where are the kids, it sounds quiet?"
"Upstairs playing. I'm in the kitchen getting ready to make them lunch."
"Yummy, Eli and I are going to lunch at Eclipse now with Alice and Rose," she said.
"Bring me back a cheesecake," I told her and she laughed.
"I knew you were going to say that, after we have lunch, I just have a few other errands to run and then we'll be home."
"Is Rose and Alice going with you to run those errands?" I asked, knowing that the moment the paparazzi got wind she was out, they would come flocking to her location.
"Yes, and you didn't have to call Seth. I told you I would call him if I felt like I needed to," she said.
"I know, cheri, I'm just worried."
"I know baby, but we're fine, promise. Eli, tell daddy we're fine," Isabella said, then I could hear Elijah trying to talk to me. I smiled into the phone.
"You protect your mommy, Eli!"
"Oh yeah, Edward he's going to cute them to death," Isabella joked.
"Just be careful, Isabella."
"I am, promise," she said. We got off of the phone and I finished making the kids their lunch. I called them down, but they didn't answer me. I walked upstairs and into their playroom and saw them all trying to get under the desk in the room.
"What are the three of you up to?" I asked.
"Daddy!" they shouted, and then I saw Queen Elizabeth run from under the desk and across the floor. I swear I think my children let this damn rabbit out just to make me chase after her. I started trying to catch her and I honestly think the rabbit became faster and faster each time.
I was definitely guaranteed my exercise chasing after her. She jumped up onto the desk then onto one of the shelves. I tried reaching her and she knocked down the toys on the shelf causing me to jump back so I didn't get hit.
The kids started shouting for her but that wasn't helping at all. She continued climbing up the shelves until she was at the top. Now I had to figure out how to get up there without breaking anything in the kids' playroom.
I climbed up on the desk and heard it start to crack under my weight. I was praying to anyone who would listen that this damn desk didn't break while I was standing on it. Apparently though, I had no such damn luck as it gave out making the kids scream as I caught myself before I did some serious damage.
"Daddy, you broke our desk," Kiah yelled, as if I didn't already know that. I tried for about forty-five minutes to get that damn rabbit down. When I finally did get her, I warned the kids if they let her out again without my or Isabella's permission, Queen Elizabeth was going back to the pet store.
Eventually, we all sat down together for lunch. After lunch we played outside for a little while. I had no idea how the kids seemed to have so much energy. I talked them into watching a movie in our home theater. Isabella loved this room, because it was like most home theaters. We had large bean bag-like pillows on the floor to sit in, with a large television up against the wall.
It was extremely comfortable. I wasn't sure when we all fell asleep, but I was soon woken up by something wet falling on my face. When I opened my eyes, Isabella and Elijah was standing over us. I realized the something wet was Elijah's drool.
"Did you four have fun?" Isabella asked. I stretched and looked around seeing the kids were all asleep on the pillows.
"Yes, but now I see why you take them to the jamboree," I replied making her laugh. I got up from the pillow and took Elijah from her arms then placed a kiss on her lips.
"Did you run all your errands?"
"Yup," she answered popping the P.
"Am I allowed to know what you needed to get?"
"Nope," she answered with a smile on her face. We walked out of the theater and went out into the living room.
She sat down on the couch and I placed Elijah on the floor, then gave him some of his toys to play with. I sat on the edge of the coffee table and removed her shoes.
"I have to tell you something, chéri."
"Tell me what?"
"Promise not to get upset," I said with a grin. She looked at me with a brow raised.
"What did you do, Edward?"
"I broke the desk in the kids' playroom," I told her with a little grin on my face.
"How the hell did you do that?" she asked. I started telling her what happened and she was laughing before I even finished the story.
"I really think that rabbit likes getting under your skin," she said as I sat down next to her.
"Yeah, one of these days, I'm going to ask Angela the ingredients for rabbit stew," I replied, making Isabella laugh some more.
"Baby, you can't do that to their rabbit. They love that rabbit and you know it," she said, rubbing my chest as if to rid me of my irritation. We sat there quietly as we watched Elijah play with his toys.
As much as that damn rabbit got on my nerves I did love my children, and they loved that damn rabbit.
"Thank you," I said and Isabella looked up at me.
"Our children, this life, you…pick one," I replied and she smiled at me shaking her head. She always thought I was being ridiculous when I thanked her for our life, but I wanted her to know how grateful I was for them.
"You're welcome, even though I should be thanking you," she replied. I shook my head placing a kiss on her lips. Our life wasn't perfect and we were bound to run into more issues, but I knew without a doubt that Isabella would be there with me always to face the inevitable.
That's the end people!
There will be some future-takes to the story but it is complete.
I really hope you enjoyed the ride, and thank you all so much for reading! It is always a bittersweet thing when a story ends isn't it?
I would like to thank so many people for their help with story, I don't want to name names because I know i'll forget someone but you all know who you are and know that I love each of you!
Keep your eyes open to future-takes and outtakes!
If you enjoyed the story come check out my other story "The Daily Grind" if you haven't already!
Okay I'm starting to word vomit because I really don't want to mark it as complete but it is complete : ( Thanks for reading!