It Is That Simple – Futuretake
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Five Years Later
Life was simple.
Bella thrived as a mother to our growing brood of three. But, she still hungered to give me the one thing that she couldn't.
A biological child.
Rosalie and Emmett had four year old twin daughters and a one year old son while Jasper and Alice had a three year old son and one year old daughter of their own.
We had talked about it over and over again and I finally gave in to Bella's request to let Rosalie carry a child for us.
It wasn't easy to make this decision because Rosalie was a fierce and protective mom. Emmett and I both worried about her getting attached to the baby only to have issues arise after the baby was born.
However, Rosalie had undergone thorough psychological tests and was approved to become a surrogate for us. I still had doubts but both Alice and Bella reassured me that my fears were unwarranted.
So, I tried to put my fears to rest. Besides, we had busy 7, 6 and 4 ½ yr old children to keep me plenty occupied.
Kendall and Olivia were the best of friends and worst of enemies. They had to be separated in their dance classes because of their sibling rivalry. But, we made it work.
Bella and Charlie had a tight bond while both girls were clingy with me. I loved my colorful family.
Kendall was tall and lean with her dark brown skin and chocolate eyes, resembling Bella in her mannerisms and personality. While Olivia was a red-headed, green eyed spitting image of me but still had that baby pudge and short stubby legs. She truly epitomized the middle child syndrome.
Then there was Charlie. His birth mother had failed to mention that he was of a mixed race. Which wouldn't have hindered our adoption in the least but imagine our surprise when about two weeks after we'd brought him home his skin began to darken to the point he was darker than his oldest sister.
And the curly hair that was a crazy mess most days leaving little doubt that he was another ribbon in our rainbow of children.
"Edward, can you drop the girls off at school today?" Bella said as I took another sip coffee and nodded.
"Of course baby, but don't forget that you have to be ready tonight by seven. I've been waiting all month for tonight." I smiled as she walked over to place a kiss to my lips.
"Trust me, I won't be late." She pulled back with a smirk.
I knew that she was just as ready as I was for our 'date' night, which entailed a night in a hotel room in Port Angeles while the kids went to stay with Ben and Angela for the night.
"Doesn't it feel weird that our friends know they are keeping our children so that we can go have sex?" I asked Bella as I stood up from the table and helped Charlie down from his booster seat.
Bella laughed and then yelled for the girls to hurry up.
"Not any more than it does to know that your sperm was inserted into my childhood friend's body so that she can carry your child." She said with a hint of sadness to her voice.
I walked over and wrapped my arms around her, "Bella, my sperm only belong to you." I said before I leaned down to kiss her.
"Ewww, kissing is gross." Kendall said as Olivia giggled and Bella pulled away from my lips.
"You keep thinking that way and it'll make Daddy happy forever." I said as I picked up Charlie to kiss him goodbye.
"Da-da," he yelped as I spun him around before slobbering his face with kisses.
I loved my family.
**3 months later**
"Are you sure, Rosalie? It's time?" Bella's anxious voice woke me completely up from the dead sleep I had been in. She finished talking to Rose and told her we'd meet them at the hospital.
"Edward!" Bella said as she shoved me hard to make sure I was awake.
"I'll call Alice." I said with the sleep still evident in my voice as I grabbed my cell phone.
"Tell her to hurry but I'll call Angela in the meantime." She spoke as she began to throw clothes around the room while trying to put on a shoe.
I rubbed a hand over my face and stood to walk around the bed. Once in front of her I grabbed her by the shoulders, "Calm down, baby. It'll be a few hours yet. Besides, you have two different shoes. Is that really how you want to greet our son?"
She gawked at me then looked down at her feet before she sat on the edge of the bed.
I knew the tears were next.
"What if something goes wrong? What if he doesn't bond to me?" Her sobs were heavy as I sat down and pulled her into my lap.
"Bella, baby," I said as I pulled her chin up to look at me. "We've been through all of this. You've been on hormones for months now to get your milk to come in. He'll be our son, a part of you and a part of me. There's no way that you won't be his mom just like you are to all of our children."
I tried to reassure her as her tears lessened and she stared at me, still uncertain.
"But," She started before I placed a finger over her lips.
"But nothing, just because a friend of ours carried this child makes him no less our child than the other three beautiful little creatures that we raise. They all knew that you were their momma right away. This one will, too." I said as I caressed her cheek and watched as her eyes softened.
"Now, let's go have a baby." I said with a soft kiss to her lips.
She smiled against mine and then hugged me tight, "Thank you, Edward." Her voice was small and tight but I knew she'd be okay.
Bella still suffered insecurities and at times had small bouts of sadness over her inabilities to have a child. But, with medication, a boisterous and growing family, and continued therapy, she's been able to work through it all.
Seven hours later, we stood beside Rosalie and Emmett as our son, Ethan Thomas Cullen was born. He weighed in at eight pounds two ounces and was nineteen inches long.
He was massive compared to the other newborns in the nursery. Neither Bella nor I could stop thanking Rosalie or crying tears of happiness with our son in our arms.
Ethan was beautiful and I felt my heart swell with the pride.
I wish our parents had been here to share in our joy.
But, our family never lacks for love with all of our extended 'family'.
"Edward, I know you were against this at first but now that you've seen him, held him, do you understand why I wanted this so much?" Bella asked as we watched our little guy sleep.
I looked at my wife.
My beautiful, stubborn wife.
"Yes, baby. He completes us."
And, he truly did.
I had everything I had ever wanted.
Life was simply perfect.
A/n: I hope you enjoyed this little treat! I know I enjoyed writing it…he is simply one of my favorite Edwards to write.