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The Twilight Twenty-Five

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Prompt: Patience is a virtue.

Pen Name: GetDrunkOnVictory

Pairing/Character(s): Carlisle/Esme, Alice

Rating: T

Carlisle opened the bedroom door and watched helplessly as the little girl cowered behind the bed.

"I'd never hurt you, princess. I won't even come inside," he promised his adopted daughter. She stayed where she was and he could see her tiny hands turn white from their hold on her bed frame. "Mom— Esme made breakfast, chocolate chip pancakes and bacon just for you."

Her elfish face brightened, but he could still see the fear lurking in her eyes. He knew it would take a long time to gain her trust, but he wasn't willing to give up on her.

AN: Thank you to RagsStone with Emergency Beta Service for catching my mistakes and to Pandora's Box is Heavy for prereading.

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