Thanks be to EBT and MrsSpaceCowboy for pre-reading.
Bella smiled quickly before composing her face and closing her locker door. She turned and felt her blush creep up her neck.
Edward tried to come up with something brilliant to impress her.
"May I, um, walk you? To ISS?"
He internally cringed, but then…
"Sure," Bella replied, trying to hide her smile.
Edward smiled, his braces making a rare appearance. He grabbed Bella's books and turned toward the office.
"How's your hand?"
"It's better now."
She turned her head slightly.
"It's much better now."
"Bella, what are you doing awake?"
"I couldn't sleep."
"You, too, huh?"
Bella took a seat next to Charlie on the sofa. He could tell she had been crying, but he didn't want to push the subject. Before he could figure out what to say, Bella spoke up.
"I miss mom."
It took every ounce of energy in Charlie's body to keep from opening the door and ending what was becoming an obnoxiously long goodnight kiss between Edward and Bella.
"We did it!" Angela yelled as she ran to Bella.
The two screamed and smiled and hugged, their graduation caps lying on the ground with the rest of the class'.
"Edward?" Bella whispered into his ear.
"Close your book."
She looked around at the almost empty university library.
"Why?" Edward asked, still not looking up from his book and the notes he was taking.
Bella leaned in even more.
"Because I wanna go home and get naked," she whispered directly into his ear.
Bella smiled as Angela sang along horribly to whatever song was playing on the radio. It was only an hour into their road trip to San Francisco, and she silently thanked her dad for his college graduation present as she joined in with Angela's singing.
"Do you, Angela, take Benjamin to be to your lawfully wedded husband?"
Bella smiled and wiped her tears from her place next to her best friend.
Edward rolled his hips.
"Say it again," he panted.
He pulled out, in. Out and in.
"Say it again."
Bella raised her arms above her head and weaved her fingers through the headboard slats, gripping until her knuckles turned white.
Edward's thrusts became more forceful.
"Say it again," he demanded before running his tongue over her nipple and biting down.
"Yes," she moaned. "Fuck, yes."
He gripped her hips stronger and let the need to pound into Bella overtake him. He watched as her tits bounced with the force of his thrusts and her face was nothing but pure bliss.
This was his heaven.
"Oh, yes. Oh, yes. Oh, yes," she repeated as she came.
Edward would never tire of hearing her say that.
After he buried his face in her neck and thrust until he came, he kissed her gently from her shoulder, up her neck, and to her mouth.
"I love you," he said, moving the sticky, sweaty hair off her forehead.
"I love you more," she replied, smiling at her new engagement ring.
"You're not my little girl anymore," Charlie cried, the idea of becoming a grandpa overwhelming him.
It was one of the many times he wished Renee had lived to see.
"That's not where that goes!" Bella yelled, showing Edward the crib instructions. Again.
It was just after 8pm when he got home from work, and Edward forced his exhausted body up the stairs into their apartment. He barely noticed the bottles and dirty dishes in the sink, the laundry basket full of dirty clothes, or the bills on the kitchen table. He dropped his bag at the base of the stairs and sighed as he quietly walked up. All he wanted to do was climb into bed and sleep his Friday night away.
Instead, he kissed his sleeping wife, picked up his cooing daughter from her crib, and took her downstairs so Bella could have a few hours of interrupted sleep.
Baby Rosalie began to cry after she fell on her padded bottom, but Edward and Bella were too busy hugging each other and laughing over having watched her take her first steps to immediately pick her up.
"Are you serious?!" Bella screamed.
Angela nodded furiously and then smiled her biggest smile as her best friend threw her arms around her.
"Congratulations! I can't believe you're gonna be a mom again," Bella giggled.
"Are you ready, sweet pea?"
Rosalie played with Grandpa Carlisle's doctor's coat until he opened the door and revealed her mom and dad.
Carlisle smiled as he handed Rosalie over to Edward, a look of sheer joy on his face.
"Rosie, I'd like to introduce you to your baby sister. This is Alice."
"Goddammit, Edward. If you say you're gonna be home by six, be fucking home by six!"
"I'm trying, Bella, but I need to work. We have a shitload of bills. They're not gonna pay themselves!"
"It's good to have you finally join us," Esme smiled, triggering Charlie's.
"Yeah, well… It's nice being so close to the girls. And it saves everybody gas money."
"Honey? We can't stand here all day."
"Yes, we can," Edward argued. "What if she gets scared and we're not close by? What if she starts to cry?"
Edward stared into the kindergarten classroom and watched as Rosalie shyly stayed away from the other students.
"You guys look great!" Bella laughed, taking picture after picture of Alice and Rosalie.
While Rosalie was dressed like Wednesday Adams, she was anything but as she posed for pictures with Alice, who was every bit the princess with her pink tutu and tights, tiara, and giggling.
"Two seconds!" he yelled from their upstairs bedroom.
"Okay, okay. Settle down. Now, what are the rules – Alice, settle down. What are the rules for Halloween with daddy?"
"Only let go of daddy's hand when he says it's okay," Rosalie replied.
"That I get all the candy," Alice threw in.
"No, Alice," Bella laughed. "Only let go of daddy's hand when he says it's okay, and always stay together where daddy can see you. Okay?"
"Yes, mommy," they replied.
"Alright. Let's go," Edward proclaimed when he reached the bottom of the stairs.
The moment the three of them saw Edward, the house was filled with the cutest laughter.
While still wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans, and sneakers, Edward was also wearing a tutu around his waist and a tiara on his head.
As he scrambled to find his car keys and the girls grabbed their plastic pumpkins for trick-or-treating, Bella noticed something on Edward. Before Alice led the brigade through the front door, Bella pulled his hand back.
"Are you wearing glitter?" she asked, moving closer to see his neck.
"I asked daddy to wear it," Alice replied, charging over.
She grabbed Edward's hand with both of hers and began tugging.
"Come on. Let's go. The candy's waiting."
"What can I say?" he shrugged and leaned in to kiss Bella. "Real men sparkle."
"But mom, I just don't understand why he's always around," Alice grumbled as Jasper took a seat next her dad at the dinner table.
"Be nice, Alice, and pass him the potatoes."
Bella hummed, causing Edward to groan. As she brought her mouth up, she lightly scraped his cock with her teeth.
"Your mouth's so good," he moaned, grabbing the back of her head and jerking his hips.
Bella secretly smiled before quickly sucking him back into her mouth until he hit the back of her throat.
When did she get this big?
Edward grabbed onto Bella's hand as he watched Alice cross the stage for her graduation. Next year? Middle school.
"Mom! Would you please tell Alice to stay out of my room?!"
Edward smiled at the picture in the hallway of Charlie showing Rosalie and Alice how to set up a tent during their camping trip the year before.
"Leelee, can I talk to you?"
"Make it quick. I have a math test tomorrow I need to study for."
Alice walked in and closed the door. She moved Rosalie's books to the side and sat down on the bed, crushing Rosalie's notes.
"Get off my notes before I hurt you."
"Leelee, Lauren Mallory asked Jasper to the dance."
"And?" Rosalie asked, looking for the correct chapter in her math book.
"I don't want him to go with her."
Rosalie stopped and looked up, a tiny smile on her lips.
"I want him to go with me," Alice finally realized.
Bella walked quietly into the living room and leaned against the wall, staring at her husband, falling in love with him all over again. Because while he complained about how Mr. Fancy Pants, Alice's cat, and Masen, Rosalie's miniature pinscher, were a pain in the ass a lot of the time, the view of the three of them sleeping together on the living room couch reminded Bella of how much he loved his daughters.
"How's she holding up?" Charlie asked in a panic.
Carlisle and Esme hurried over from the couch.
Edward and Bella sighed and sat at the table.
"She's finally asleep," Bella replied, rubbing her face. "Alice crawled under the covers with her. She didn't want Rosalie to wake up alone."
After a few minutes of silence, Bella finally spoke up.
"She needs a pregnancy test."
"I'm going to Jasper's for dinner!" Alice screamed as she ran out of the house to the one across the street.
"What do you think about having another baby?" Bella whispered. "Maybe a boy?"
The fluttering of Rosalie's report card caught Edward's attention as he closed the refrigerator door. He stared at the As and smiled, pride filling his chest.
Edward lowered his head, his eyes refusing to meet anybody else's.
"I'm not very hungry anymore," Edward muttered. "You guys go have dinner. I have some work to do for tomorrow anyway."
He set the keys on the table and kissed Bella's cheek before walking out of the kitchen and up the stairs.
Rosalie and Bella turned to look at Alice, who was looking every bit ashamed and was crying. Rosalie was still in a bit of shock at what had just taken place, but Bella… Bella was furious.
"I didn't mean‒"
"You didn't mean to say you're embarrassed to be seen with him?" Rosalie scoffed. "Nice, Alice. Real nice."
Rosalie turned around, left the kitchen, and went up to her room.
"I should ground you‒"
"But mom, the dance—"
"But your father worked really hard to come up with the money to buy your dress."
Alice's eyes went wide. She had no idea about the dress. She was going to borrow one of Rosalie's.
"Alice! Invite Jasper to dinner, hang up the phone, and get your ass downstairs to set this table!"
"Are you serious?!" Rosalie screamed.
She jumped up and down, then threw herself at her parents.
"There will be rules, of course, but… We're proud of you, Rosie. We're very proud of you," Edward said as he hugged his daughter.
Once she had let them both go, Edward reached for his wallet. He placed some money in Rosalie's hand along with the keys to her new car.
"Why don't you take Alice and Jasper and go buy a couple of pizzas for dinner?"
"Okay," she beamed.
Alice continued to wail.
"Don't worry, Ali," Rosalie said, trying to console her. "Jasper and I will find Mr. Fancy Pants."
"Let's go! Rosalie's game starts in 30 minutes! We're gonna be late!" Alice screamed.
"Mom, please don't cry," Rosalie begged. "It's UCLA, not the moon. I'll come home as often as I can."
Jasper grabbed Alice's limp hand and squeezed.
"You gotta wake up, baby," he whispered, tears on his face. "You just gotta wake up."
Edward burst through the front door, scaring his three girls.
"Everybody needs to go put on something nice. We're going out to celebrate. I got the promotion!" he beamed.
"Hello?" Rosalie grumbled, still mostly asleep.
Rosalie sat up in bed.
"Leelee, I'm sorry to wake you up," she slurred. "But can you come get me?"
"I told you," Edward panted. "I told you there were benefits to the girls going off to college."
"I didn't realize sex on the kitchen floor was one of them," Bella panted, laughing a little.
Bella sobbed as she placed a rose on Charlie's coffin.
Rosalie let her tears fall but stayed as put together as she could for her mother's sake.
Alice hugged her father's neck a little harder.
"My baby's engaged," Edward said into her hair, trying to hold back his tears. "You're so grown up now."
"I love you, daddy."
"Whoooo!" Alice cheered, cupping her hands around her mouth to sound louder.
Jasper joined in, and Angela clapped harder. Bella and Edward could barely stop smiling as they watched their first born graduate college.
Perfect, Rosalie thought. Everything's perfect.
She smiled and then laughed as Alice twirled in her wedding dress before taking Rosalie's hand again and dancing with her sister some more.
"I don't like her," Bella whispered, practically wrapping herself around Edward.
"Your new receptionist."
Bella looked over her shoulder as discreetly as she could and scowled. Edward followed Bella's line of sight and noticed Rebecca ogling him. When she realized that she'd been caught, Rebecca quickly looked down and began to wade through the paperwork on her desk.
"Everything's perky and in its place," Bella muttered. "She's practically perfect."
Instead of taking Bella out to lunch as they had planned, Edward took her back to his office, locked the door, bent her over his desk, and showed her how much he couldn't care about his new receptionist.
Alice grabbed Jasper's hand and began to drag him across the room.
"Where are we going?" he asked.
"We should be there in case Emmett starts handing out more houses."
"What exactly are we talking about here?" Edward asked, his eyes moving back and forth between Esme and Carlisle.
"Alzheimer's?" Bella asked again in shock.
"One more push, Alice. Come on, baby. You can do it!"
"Shut up, Jasper!"
Rosalie held in her laugh as she held Alice's hand and wiped the sweat off of her baby sister's face.
Bella cradled her cell phone between her chin and shoulder.
"What's up, Care Bear?"
"Hey, mama. Wanna be my date for the fundraiser next week? There's a shiny new dress in it for you," he practically sang.
Edward rubbed his eyes and stepped aside to let him in.
"I'm sorry to wake you."
The 1:16am neon light from the stove mocked him.
"It's okay. What's wrong?"
"Alice and I got into a huge fight. She threw me out."
While Emmett's presence did cause some attraction, for the most part, it was exactly what Bella had hoped for. There was nothing quite like having a family vacation at Disneyland. Her daughters looked more like her pre-teen troublemakers than grown, married women. Even Angela looked like a kid again.
And for one moment, everyone was perfectly happy.
Bella placed her forehead against their bedroom door and sighed. She could hear Edward's sobs through the door. She took a deep breath and prepared to be there for Edward just as he had been there for her when her father had died.
Bella looked into the dining room. Rosalie, Alice, Jasper, Angela, and Ben were completely focused on making Maria smile and laugh. Emmett was out of town at an away game.
"I don't wanna ruin this moment," Bella whispered, leaning her head against Edward's shoulder.
"I know, sweetheart," he sighed. "But we said we would be completely honest with them about this whole thing. This is going to change their lives, too."
Edward wrapped his arm around Bella's waist. He wanted to lose it, to just break down and live in denial, but he had to be strong. His family would need him to be strong once they revealed that Bella was sick.
"Are you listening to yourself?" Emmett yelled.
"When your mother's dying and signs a Do Not Resuscitate order, then you can come talk to me!" Rosalie screamed.
She immediately froze as the guilt washed over her. Emmett's face went from furious to shocked to full of pain.
"Emmett, I'm sorry. I didn't... I didn't mean that."
She walked over to him and put her arms around his waist. Emmett allowed her to hold him for a couple of seconds but then pulled away.
"She is my mother."
Emmett grabbed his coat and walked out of the house.
"I love you."
"I love you, too."
Isabella Marie Cullen
September 13,1957 ‒ February 3, 2013
Beloved daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.
"Real love stories never have endings."
Thank you for everything.
Until next time.