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Bella's Point of View
"Mommy!" Renesmee rushed into the house, her knapsack on her back, and her ponytail loose. "Daddy! I'm home!"
"Hey, Ness," Edward said, picking up our seven-year old daughter up and twirling her around, making her laugh. "How was Grandma's?"
"It was so much fun!" Nessie gushed. "Aunt Rose and Uncle Em were there! And Lucy's so cute! She's this big now." She put her arms wide. "She's five. She's going to kindergarten this year."
Edward laughed and set her down, ruffling her bronze curls that she'd inherited from him and Charlie. "You're still the biggest, Ness. You show her who the boss is."
Renesmee nodded wholeheartedly. "Where's Mommy?"
"She's upstairs, doing work. She missed you. So did I."
"She's always working," Nessie pouted, and I heard them coming upstairs together.
"Mommy's always working," Edward agreed, sounding pouty like his daughter. They were so much alike.
"She never has time for us."
"She has time for you," Edward disagreed. "She never gives Daddy any attention though."
Nessie giggled her cute laugh. "She always says that you got enough attention before you married."
"You know that's not true," Edward said. "I think she loves you more than she loves me."
Nessie giggled again. "I'm cuter than you, Daddy," she exclaimed. "You're more handsome. She needs cute girls in her life, not good-looking boys."
The office door suddenly opened, and Renesmee darted in, holding out her arms and squealing, "Mommy!"
I dropped my pen and smiled widely. I took her in my arms and hugged her tightly. "Hey, Ness. Did you have fun without Mommy?" I pouted, and she laughed and pushed my lips in with her finger gently.
"I had lots of fun," she said. "But I missed you." She hugged me tightly.
Edward watched us, leaning on the doorway with his arms crossed, smiling. "See what I mean, Nessie? Your mother never hugs me like that anymore."
I rolled my eyes at him. I hugged him like that at night. "Don't listen to your silly father, Ness. You hungry?"
"I had chicken with Grandma and Aunt Rosie and Uncle Em." Her face clouded suddenly. "Uncle Emmett is a pig. He ate all the chocolate chip cookies and made Lucy cry."
Edward started laughing, and I couldn't suppress a little laughter at her cute voice. "Was Lucy very upset?"
She nodded. "Grandma and I made brownies for her. Emmett was forbidden to eat those, so Rosie and Lucy and Grandma and Grandpa and I ate them. Yum." She smiled, pleased.
I kissed her cheek. "Good girl. You have to protect Lucy from her own father. He loves food too much."
Nessie giggled, then became serious. "I think Daddy is sad because he thinks you love me more, Mommy."
I chuckled. "Really?"
Edward walked forward and leaned on my desk. "It's true, though. If I'd known that you would neglect me, I wouldn't have let you out of my sight. I would have hugged and kissed you all the time."
Nessie snorted with laughter. "Daddy's jealous."
"Yes, he's a pouty boy," I said, getting up and carrying her to her room as Edward followed. "I love you more."
"You love me more," Edward interjected, and our daughter giggled again.
"Go away, Daddy," I said, smiling as I set her down on her bed. "Did you shower at Grandma's?"
"Who dropped you off?"
"Uncle Em and Aunt Rosie. They were going home too. With Lucy."
I watched her yawn and brushed away her curls from her face. "Go to sleep, baby. Sweet dreams."
"It's true, though," Edward said as he trailed me back to my office like a puppy. "You don't give me love like you used to."
"Edward, how old are you ?" I asked disapprovingly. "Our seven-year old daughter needs me more than you do."
"Wrong," Edward said, smiling as he hugged me from behind. "I need you more."
"You had enough before we married," I retorted, though I turned around to hug him back.
"I love you," he whispered as he leaned in to kiss me.
Nessie huffed indignantly and threw down her pencil on her desk. "This is funny homework."
Edward looked up from his desk, though I continued to be immersed in my own work. We were all doing work in the office. Nessie had just come home from her third day of school and was doing homework.
"What's funny homework, Ness?" Edward asked sweetly. He was such a loving father, perfect in every way. I appreciated the way he took care of our daughter, especially since I was always busier than he was, juggling between business and hospital work.
"Mrs. Grahams gave us a prompt to write about in our journal." Nessie frowned. "She said to write about the biggest mistake we made in our lives. I can't think of anything."
Edward looked thoughtful. "That's a very good prompt to write about. Everyone has big mistakes they made in their lives."
Nessie perked up. "What about you, Daddy? Maybe you can give me an idea."
"My mistake?" Edward looked surprised. "Hm. I don't know."
She looked disappointed. "You said everybody had one."
He smiled. "I do have one. It was when I let Mommy leave me for some time before we began dating."
"Why did she leave you?" Renesmee looked truly shocked, as though she had thought that her mother and father had always been together.
"Mommy was stubborn," Edward said simply.
She smiled at that. "What about you, Mommy?"
"Hm?" I asked vaguely, signing a couple files.
"What was your biggest mistake?"
I looked up at her briefly, then looked back down at the files. "I don't know, baby."
I turned a page of my file. "Oh, I don't know…" I said mildly. "Getting knocked up by your father?"
Edward shot me a glare. "I thought we agreed to forget that."
"You agreed. I didn't."
"What's getting knocked up?"
Edward and I froze as we exchanged an oops look. "Uh…"
"Nothing?" I said nervously before making a face and returning to work.
"Surprise, surprise!" Alice burst into the office and made a ta-da gesture. "Hello, my lovelies!"
"Aunt Alice!" Nessie got up and ran to hug her.
"Hey, Ness," Alice said cheerily. "How's second grade? Meet any nice boys?"
"Alice," Edward chided.
She grinned. "What?"
"Alice," I said, frowning. "What are you doing here?"
She sighed as she collapsed on an armchair. "Jasper's not coming home tonight. He's got a lot of paperwork to look at in his office. You don't mind if I sleep here tonight, do you? It's scary at our house when Jazzy's not around."
"Yeah, stay!" Nessie said enthusiastically.
I shook my head, sighing. "Alice…"
"Alice, I have a question," Nessie said suddenly. "What does getting knocked up mean?"
My jaw dropped, and Edward tried not to laugh. Alice blinked at her niece's question. "Huh?"
"Getting knocked up," Nessie clarified. "I asked Mommy what her biggest mistake in her life was, and she said 'getting knocked up by your father'. What does that mean?"
Alice looked at the pair of us incredulously before throwing her head back and laughing hysterically.
I sighed and buried my face in my hands while Edward and Alice tried to solve the situation. I turned back to the files, with an amused smile on my face.
"You owe me," Alice hissed at me as Nessie chatted happily with her father, who had distracted her with the subject of her teacher.
I quirked up an eyebrow, then turned my gaze on my little family.
I had been reluctant to start one seven years ago. But looking at my handsome husband and my beautiful daughter, I was thankful that I hadn't insisted on that ridiculous plan of getting married at thirty. I was thirty-two with a seven-year old daughter. I didn't regret a thing.
When Renesmee began twirling around the room gracefully, humming, I grabbed the stereo remote and turned it on. She had inherited her parents' love for music.
"Go on, Ness," I encouraged. "Dance."
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