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Epilogue: (Ten years later)
I waited for Edward to finish getting dressed in the living room of our own two story house in Port Angeles. As I waited I glanced at the photos that decorated our mantle.
The first photo was from our high school graduation. We all stood smiling in the hideous yellow robes. Edward, Jasper, Rose and I all wore the sashes indicating we were graduating with honors. Edward had the Valedictorian medal around his neck. Peter and Charlotte had thrown a cookout for the entire class after graduation.
The second photo was of Rose, Emmett, Jacob and Embry standing in front of Rose and Jacob's auto body shop in Forks. Rose went to Washington State for Business classes and a trade school for Auto Mechanics. Jacob took classes in Port Angeles.
At first, when Rose volunteered her help to Jacob he accepted it reluctantly. They had butted heads at first. However, Rose's ability and hard work impressed Jacob. He stood up and kicked his friend Paul out of the shop one day when he started giving her a hard time about being a girl. That in turn earned Rose's respect. They soon found they could work well together and made plans to open their own shop that was affordable one day. A few boys from La Push work for them, Quil, Seth and Jared.
Emmett surprised us all. He decided midway through senior year in high school he wanted to teach children with special needs. He went to Washington State too. He now works at Forks middle school and is the high school football coach.
The next picture was the group of us all dressed up on the front steps of the church at Rose and Emmett's wedding. They were married after college six years ago. The wedding was huge for Forks and they got everything that they wanted. They tried for years to have children, but Rose was unable to conceive. They were currently on the waiting list for adoption.
The fourth photo was Phil Jr.'s class picture. It was hard to believe that he was in sixth grade. We exchanged letter once in awhile and met a handful of time. He was a good kid and very athletic like his father. As far as I knew, Renée had no place in his life.
The next photo was one I never expected to see, or at least not with the couple in the photo. Alice and Jasper got married in Las Vegas five years ago. Even though Alice got her perfect ring right after college graduation, they decided to wait until Jasper finished his graduate program. Alice had just opened her own salon in Seattle. She had Irina, Jessica and Lauren working with her. After her public embarrassment in high school Lauren had become a different person. She was much nicer than ever before and Jessica had always been a follower.
About a year after he proposed we got a picture in our e-mail saying that Jasper and Alice eloped and were married by Elvis. If that was not enough of a shock, six months later Brandon Emmett and Brendon Edward Hale were born healthy at Seattle General hospital. Identical twins that were adorable with their dark black hair from their mother and piercing blue eyes from their father. Alice learned even more to loosen up and let go. She gave up trying to dress two rambunctious four year olds in good clothes.
The next photo was one of my favorites, although some of the others might find it funny. It was from four years ago. Edward was in his second year of medical school and I was working at a local daycare to stay with him in Seattle until he was done. We were living in the apartment that Carlisle and Esme insisted on renting for us while we were in school.
I entered the apartment and was greeted by Tony. I was looking forward to tonight. Edward had been working hard and we rarely had alone time. I smelled something delicious as soon as I walked through the door so I knew Edward was already back.
"Hello," I called out. There was no answer so I made my way towards the kitchen. The sight in the living room caught my attention. The room was lit by candles on the table and the table was set for two. But what made me stop was the huge white teddy bear in my seat. In front of it was a huge large black bear sitting on the floor. I went up for a closer look, a sparkling caught my eye. Attached to the black teddy bear's hand by a ribbon was a round diamond surrounded by emeralds with a white gold band. My breath caught in my throat and a hand flew to my mouth. I spun around to look for Edward to find him kneeling behind me. He was dressed nicely with a tie. The candle light danced in his eyes. He looked very nervous.
"Honey bee, I love you more than anything. My only regret in life was that I waited too long to tell you and I almost lost you. I don't want to chance waiting too long ever again. Isabella Marie Swan, will you marry me?" He asked.
"Yes," I nodded with tears rolling down my cheeks. He reached over and loosened the ribbons from the bear and took my left hand in his, took his promise ring off and replaced it with the diamond ring.
"I told you I would replace it one day." He kissed my hand.
I sighed and let out a giggle at the picture of the bears. They currently had a home with the other teddy bears. Edward still gave me one every year on my birthday. The next photo in the lineup was of our wedding. We got married by Billy Black on the cliffs of La Push. Emmett and Rose stood up for us since Jasper and Alice had their hands full with newborn twins. It was a small wedding. Charlie and his date, Sue Clearwater, with her two kids, the Hales, Cullens, Jacob, Embry, Angela and Ben.
The last photo was a recent addition. I looked at the black and white photo as I rubbed my stomach absentmindedly. I got a kick to my hand in response that made me smile.
"I think you should stay here today." Edward came up behind me dressed in his scrubs. I turned to him rolling my eyes.
"I am fine," I insisted. I planned to work right up until I had the baby. I had opened my own daycare with Angela. Once I got pregnant Angela suggested I come in a little bit later in the mornings. I agreed because I didn't want the kids seeing me getting sick first thing.
The best part was our daycare was right next to the clinic where Edward was doing his first year residency. About three years ago Dr. C decided he was done with working at the hospital and wanted better hours. He opened a clinic in Port Angeles with Dr. Eleazar Denali and Dr. Carmen Denali. Garrett joined them and was in his second year residency. Kate and Embry worked as nurses with a few other girls from Kate's class.
Edward still looked hesitant. So I tried to reassure him again. "It is better this way anyways. If I go into labor you are right next door. You wouldn't have to come back here driving like a wild man to get to the hospital."
"I don't drive like a wild man," Edward scowled.
"Sorry, it must be the other Edward Cullen I married." I rolled my eyes as he gave me a dirty look. Tony brushed against my legs meowing. I leaned down to pet him and Edward stopped me from falling over.
"I got him," He bent to pick up my cat, who was getting on in years. I petted him before giving a kiss on the forehead.
"Can you check his food and water for me?" I asked. Edward nodded and gently placed Tony back on his feet before disappearing into the kitchen.
He came back a moment later and we left for work. Edward gave me a kiss before leaving me at the door at the daycare.
I entered the cherry room where Angela and our assistant Tia were already working with the kids.
A small girl with blonde hair came over to me and tugged on my blouse.
"Mrs. B., will you read to me please." She asked. The children called me, Mrs. B and Angela, Mrs. A since it was confusing with both our last names being C. Angela and Ben got married out of college. They now had two children, the oldest in kindergarten and the youngest was here at the daycare with her. One of the best parts of working at the daycare is that I could easily bring the baby to work with me. Esme and Charlotte were going to take turns covering for me when I was on maternity leave.
A small group of children joined us as I read two Curious George books to them. Afterwards they got up to head to table where Tia had set up an art and craft project for them. I tried to get up from the floor and was struggling a bit.
"Ang, a little help," I asked. She came over and helped pull me to my feet.
"Thank you," I groaned as I stretched my back. It was killing me from sitting on the floor.
"No problem, but you may want to skip the floor until after the baby is born." She giggled, but then eyed me in concern as I grimaced. "Are you okay?"
"I am fine. My back is just bothering me. You are probably right about the floor." I dropped my hands to my side. "If it is alright with you, I am going to take my lunch now." I told her.
"We will be fine, go." She insisted before heading towards Tia. I walked next door to see what Edward was up to. Embry was behind the desk and gave me a smile.
"Hey Bells, how are you holding up," He gave me a smile.
"I am as fine as I can be for being thirty-nine weeks." I told him with a smile. "Is Edward with a patient?" I asked.
"Nope, he just finished with his last one before this afternoon. He should be in his office." Embry told me before picking up the ringing phone. He waved me on through.
I walked on down the hall. Kate gave me a wave and a smile before going into an exam room.
I knocked on Edward's door and waited until I heard him say come in. I entered and Edward's face lit up from behind his desk, his arms were behind his head looking relaxed. Garrett was sitting in a chair on the other side. Garrett gave me a hello before exiting.
"I am not interrupting, am I?" I asked.
"Nope, we were just talking." Edward smiled at me. We had become good friends with Garrett and Kate. Edward was grateful for the help he gave that day that seemed so long ago. Edward patted his lap for me to sit.
"I am too heavy." I shook my head. Edward rolled his eyes and patted his lap again. I waddled over and sat on his lap.
"So what do I owe the honor for the visit from my two favorite girls?" He kissed my cheek as one hand caressed my belly.
"I was hungry so I thought I would stop by and see if you wanted any lunch." I answered as he nuzzled my neck.
"Mmmm, already ahead of you. I ordered a chicken and spinach white pizza, it will be here in about ten minutes." He started to kiss my neck.
"But you don't like white pizza." I frowned
"Yes, but red sauce hasn't been agreeing with you." Edward pointed out and moved a hand to my breasts, which he seemed even more drawn to now that I was pregnant.
"Thank you," I told him.
"You can thank me better than that," he said huskily as his eyes darkened. I leaned and kissed him hard on the lips. Our lips moved in sync and his tongue brushed against my lips. I let him in and felt his tongue curl around mine. I moaned into his mouth. I pulled back slightly.
"Teddy, I want you now," I practically demanded. His eyes looked hesitant before nodding. He helped me to my feet. He stood slightly to pull his scrubs and boxers down in a hurry. He reached up my dress and pulled off my underwear and stuffed them in his bottom drawer.
"Edward." I chastised.
"What, I am just adding it to my collection. I still think our little peanut was conceived right here in this room. I think that is also why you get so horny whenever you are in my office." Edward gave me an impish wink before pulling me back on his lap. I blushed bright red.
"We need to lock your door." I reminded him.
"Garrett did it on his way out. I saw him." I was horrified by the idea that he knew. Edward chuckled and kissed me hard before trying to guide me down.
"I think my belly is too big." I told him in frustration.
"Turn around," Edward helped me stand again. I turned around and he moved to the edge of chair slightly. He helped guide me on him and we started to bouncing. I moaned and leaned back against him and he started to kiss and suck on my neck. We climaxed together and he wrapped his arm around me as I relaxed against him. His office phone beeped and he answered it.
"Thank you, I will be right there." He hung up and lifted me off him before standing up. "Pizza is here." He pulled his boxers and scrub pants on. I nodded and stretched as my back let me know it didn't exactly enjoy my last activity. "You okay," Edward asked looking concerned.
"I am fine. My back is just sore." I answered rubbing my back.
"Sit on the couch, put your feet up, I will be right back." He kissed my cheek before grabbing his wallet and hurrying out.
I took a few cautious steps around his desk. When I got towards the front corner a ripping back spasm went from my back and wrapped around to my front. I gasped in pain and hunched over gasping for breath as I held on to Edward's desk. That is where he found me moments later.
"Honey bee?" He hurried forward dropping the box on the desk. The smell made me nauseous. He supported me as all I could do was whimper. "Is it your back? Is it constant ache or is more like spasms?" He asked switching into doctor mode.
"Spasms," I bit my lip.
"Have these spasm wrapped around to the front here," He placed a hand gently to my lower front. I nodded.
"I am going to bring you to Carmen so she can look at you." Edward told me placing an arm around my waist to gently guide from the room.
"Edward, no I don't want to bother her. It is too early." I shook my head.
"Bella, it is not too early." Edward answered. Before I could respond another spasm hit me and I cried out as my knees buckled. Edward braced me from falling and I felt a gush of liquid run down my legs.
"You're right, we aren't going to Carmen. We are going to the hospital." Edward informed me. As we exited his room he saw Kate looking at a chart.
"Kate, can you tell your mom that Bella is in labor and we are heading to the hospital. Her water broke clear and she has been having back contractions, probably around five minuets apart." She nodded and hurried down the hall. Edward kept an arm around me as he guided me down the hall. Embry's head shot up when he saw us.
"Is she okay?" he asked in alarm.
"She is in labor, we are on our way. Can you run next door and tell Angela?" Edward asked. Embry nodded and jumped up.
"Embry, would you call my dad too." I asked.
"Of course, Bella." He ran ahead to hold the door open for us.
We reached the car as another contraction hit. I swore as I grabbed onto Edward.
"Try your breathing," Edward reminded me. I gave him a dirty look and tried to focus on breathing as Edward sped to the hospital. It was luckily not that far away.
He parked in the closest spot he could and hurried to my side grabbing the hospital bag from the back seat that we kept in the car.
"Do you want a wheelchair," he asked and I shook my head. I knew from birthing books and class the longer I could walk the better. We hurried in the front door and into the elevator. Another couple were about to enter. When they saw me very pregnant they backed out.
"That was rude," I gasped as another contraction hit.
"I think it is the paranoia of being stuck in elevator with someone in labor if the elevator breaks down." Edward snickered and I gave him a panicked look.
"We are not going to get stuck, honey bee, I promise." Edward retracted quickly.
"Well, if we do, at least I have a cute doctor to deliver the baby." I clutched onto him for support. The elevator dinged and he helped me out to the desk.
"Bella Cullen, Dr. Denali should have called ahead." I told the nurse at the desk.
"Yes, we have a room for you this way Dr. and Mrs. Cullen." The nurse guided us down the hall.
"How far apart are your contractions?" she asked.
"They are about four minutes apart, lasting about thirty seconds." Edward answered for me.
"Did your water break?" she asked.
"Yes," I nodded.
"It was clear too," Edward added guiding me over to the bed.
"Don't get in just yet." She said with a smile. "Change into this, you can use the bathroom." She pointed to the door in the corner. I waddled over stopping for another contraction. I changed quickly and headed back into the room. Edward helped me into the bed. The nurse attached little monitors to my belly to check the baby's heartbeat.
"Sounds nice and strong," the nurse smiled. I started to smile before pain hit me again.
Carmen walked into the room wearing her white coat and scrubs.
"Hello, Bella, how are you holding up," she smiled. Before I could answer another contraction hit.
"How many centimeters is she," she asked the nurse.
"I was just about to check." The nurse brought Carmen a pair of gloves. She put them on.
"Okay, Bella, I need you to bend your knees and relax as best as possible." She instructed. I nodded and leaned back into the pillow squeezing Edward's hand.
"Alright, four and half centimeters and about an eighty percent effacement." She spoke out loud. "How are you handling the pain, do you want something for it?" I shook my head as another contraction hit.
"Okay, it looks like your contractions are under five minuets that is good. Let us know if you change you mind. I will be back in a little bit to check on you." She left the room.
"Help me up, I want to walk," I asked Edward.
"I think you should stay in the bed right now," Edward instructed.
"Please, I feel restless, I need to move," I pleaded.
"It is alright. It could help progress things. Just make sure you hold on to the railing or your husband." The nurse smiled as she took off the monitor. Edward grabbed my slippers and helped me put them on. We walked the ward a few times until the contractions became too much and Edward made me lay back down.
"Water, please," I asked.
"I can't, honey bee. You are too far along. How about some ice chips?" Edward gave me a regretful look.
"Fine," I muttered. He ran out of the room and was followed back by Carmen and the nurse.
"It has been a half hour, I am going to check you again." Carmen smiled. I just nodded and leaned back.
"Well, Bella, you seem to be one of the lucky ones." She pulled off the gloves. Lucky? How was this pain lucky? "You are six centimeters, maybe slightly more dilated and completely efface. I think in a couple hours you will be pushing. I will come back in another thirty minutes to check you. I want you to stay in bed now. Do you want anything for the pain?" I hesitated and then shook my head.
After that the contractions became faster and stronger. I held on through squeezing the life out of Edward's hand. I saw him grimace a few times but he remained encouraging and never complained. About an hour and half later I was ready to push. So I guess the lucky part was I was in labor for a couple of hours rather than days.
Edward and the nurse held my knees for me encouraging me to breathe and to push. After what seemed like forever I heard our baby's first cries.
I watched with tears in my eyes as Edward cut the cord, then laid our beautiful baby girl on my chest.
"Do you have a name for her?" Carmen smiled.
"Jasmine Rosemary," Edward answered beaming with pride.
"Can I borrow her a moment. I need to get her measurements then I will clean her up a bit so you can feed her." The nurse asked kindly. I nodded but felt the instant loss.
"Jasmine is six pounds and ten ounces and nineteen inches long." The nurse called out. "Come here dad, you can help with the first bath." The nurse called and I watched from the bed as she instructed Edward how to hold the baby and wash her gently. After which Edward put on his first diaper ever.
He brought me the baby all swaddled and with the nurses help I got her to feed. I kissed the top of her head, I could now tell that it would be just like her dad's.
"You three have a group waiting for you. Would you like to deliver the news, Dad?" the nurse smiled up at him.
"Yeah, I better before they break down the door." Edward smirked before kissing both me and his daughter on the head.
While he was gone I contemplated quietly. It had been about four years since I heard about Renée getting out of jail and ten since I saw her. What if I couldn't do this? Tears welled in my eyes. Edward looked alarmed when he came back in.
"Are you in pain, honey bee," I shook my head.
"What if I can't do this, teddy? I don't want to end up like her." The tears fell faster. He brushed my hair from my face.
"You are nothing like her. If anything you are the opposite. You will be a great mom. I know it. If you were like her, you would run off with my money years ago." He joked at the end. I cracked a small smile.
"You are going to be the best mom," Edward promised as I nodded. Jasmine had fallen asleep in my arms.
"Are you alright with the others coming in to see the baby?" Edward asked.
"Yes, I am sure they are dying to meet her." I smiled.
Edward left again and came back with a group of people.
"She is so beautiful." Esme was first by the bed.
"Would you like to hold her," I offered. Esme's smile grew as she took her into her arms. Charlotte and Rose surrounded her cooing.
"Just one question, why name her after Jasper, Rosie and Alice. What did I do?" Emmett teasingly huffed.
"Brandon is named after you." I pointed out.
"Here, Grandpa." Charlotte handed my father the baby. My father looked nervous holding her.
"Sue passes on her congratulations. She is sick with a cold and didn't want to bring it with her." Charlie smiled adoringly at the baby. "She is a beauty, just like her mom."
'Thank goodness for that. She is a girl, she shouldn't look like her dad. That would be terrible." Emmett snickered punching Edward in the arm. Edward pushed him back.
I watched as Rose took the baby from Charlie and walked over to Emmett.
"Look, she is so precious." Rose tried to pass her off to Emmett. Emmett's smile grew worried as he held her as if she was made of glass. "She's so small. I am going to hurt her."
"No, you are not," I reassured him. Although it was a sight to see Jasmine's tiny form cuddle against her giant uncle.
"You need to get use to it, in a month we will have our own." Rose smiled hugely. Her mother gasped.
"The adoption is going through." Peter asked with a smile.
"Yep, we will have a one year old girl from Cambodia in a month." She answered.
"Congratulations," everyone told them as hugs went around again.
"Alice and Jasper wanted me to tell you that they will be down this weekend." Esme told me. I nodded before letting out a yawn.
"I think we should let Bella get some rest." Dr. C. winked at me as he handed Edward back the baby. They said their good-byes and left.
Edward handed me the baby and settled next to me on the bed with an arm around me. He kissed the top of my head tenderly.
"How are you doing," he asked.
"I am a little sore, tired, but most of all happy." I answered holding my baby to me snuggly. "You?" I looked up at him, his eyes were dancing with happiness.
"I am happy. I have everything I need, a beautiful, healthy baby and a beautiful, healthy and happy wife." He kissed me tenderly on the lips.
A/N: It is all over and they have their happy ending. Are you shocked as Bella that Alice got married by Elvis. I thought it was amusing. Everyone has come a long way in the story.
Because of the crack down I tried to tone down the intimate scenes. I am going back too to tone other parts down. Do you think it was tone down enough or should I do more? I am under the impression that you are not suppose to get too detailed, but PM if I am wrong.
I am about 90% sure I will post the original version on TWCS soon. I want to go back and make corrections first.
Thank you all for reading and thank you even more for the ones that take the time to review.
Will I be writing more stories? Good change. I have few ideas in my head. I am currently four months pregnant and I want to make sure first I can finish with out it becoming too much.