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Chapter5: The Morning After


"I feel terrible."

Edward shook his head, "You couldn't have known."

"Maybe I should have." I stood up and looked out the window at the gray sky "I called her a hypocrite."

"Forget about it. You know about him now and you've taken great care of her."

I didn't answer and we both suddenly heard noises in the kitchen.

Frowning I went downstairs. Edward followed laughing quietly.

Esme stood in the kitchen. She looked much better than she had last night, her caramel-colored hair was flowing over her shoulders, she wore a blue dress and was preparing breakfast.

"Wow." I muttered to Edward, "You really did stock the fridge."

She had made pancakes, put out all sorts of cereals, bread and was even making coffee.

"Alright. Well it seems like we'll have to eat it."

Edward raised his eyebrows, "Excuse me?"

"Well...look at how much work she's put into it!" I hissed, "What should we do?"

"What's going on?" Alice sneaked down the stairs, "Why are we all standing here?"

Edward chuckled, "Esme is making breakfast."

"Oh no!"

"Let's eat it anyway."

The two of them stared at me,

"Have you lost your mind?"

"Hey guys!" The three of us jumped as Emmett came downstairs stamping his feet, "Why are you all downstairs?!"

"Shh!" I hissed, but it was too late. Esme walked around the corner,

"I thought I heard something!" She smiled brightly, "Come on, breakfast is ready!"

"Great!" I turned to my kids, "Hear that? Breakfast! Kitchen, now."

"I'll uh...go and wake Bella." Edward vanished up the stairs, but luckily Emmett and Alice put on their best smiles and followed me into the kitchen.

We ate as much as we could, complimenting her and telling her how great it was.

Finally Bella came downstairs,

"Edward is in the shower." She blushed at those words and we vampires knew she was lying. She sat down and Esme gave her a stack of pancakes.

"Thanks." Bella ate a piece and the cried out, "Oh my Gosh!" She held her hand in front of her mouth.

"What's wrong?" Esme asked worriedly.

"These are delicious!" Bella laughed, "Can you give me the recipe?!"

Esme smiled brightly, "Sure."

Rosalie came into the kitchen, a frown upon her beautiful face.

"What's this?"

"Esme made breakfast." I glared at her and tried to make her understand how important it was for her not to be rude, "Would you like some?"

"No!" She rolled her eyes, "I don't eat breakfast!" She spoke accusingly, as if she wanted to say that it something everyone ought to know.

Then she stormed of.

Alice and Emmett looked at me with pitiful looks, Bella stared at her place a deep blush in her face and Esme smiled at me encouragingly,

"Teenage girls huh?" She rolled her eyes, "I had a phase where I wouldn't eat breakfast either." She handed Alice a small paper bag, "Would you give this to her in school once she gets hungry?"

Alice smiled, "Yeah. Sure."

Bella, Emmett and Alice hurried upstairs to "brush their teeth". Esme didn't know they were throwing up the food I had forced them to eat.

"Was that weird?" She asked, as we put the plates into the dishwasher, "They're not going to hate me because they think I'm their new evil step-mother are they?"

I laughed at her words, "No, they're too old for thoughts like that, don't worry."

"And...I'm not going to be their new step-mother."

This time my laughter had a nervous touch to it,

"Yes, yes of course that too."

She smiled.

"How did you sleep?" I asked, as I took a cloth to wipe the table.

"Brilliantly." She smiled, "Thanks again for doing this."

"It's fine. Really."

"Your kids are amazing. But one was missing right?"

I nodded, "Jasper, he wasn't feeling well."

"Oh no! Should I go and have a look?"

A smile crept upon my face, she was the reason he was ill, he had problems being around humans and had only just got used to Bella.

"No that's alright, I am a doctor after all. He'll be fine."

We looked at each other and she smiled too. We couldn't seem to look anywhere else and somehow I couldn't seem to get enough of her brown eyes.

"I..I should go now."

"Are you going to the hospital?" I asked, "We could drive together I mean I could take you."

"Yeah." She sighed, "Yeah, I'll just uh..get my stuff."

She left the kitchen in the hurry.

"I don't like this."

I turned around to Rosalie.

"I'm not sure what you're talking about. You hardly ever like anything you could be talking about the weather or your hair or Emmetts latest st-"

"I am talking about the second human in our house Carlisle!" She snapped, stepping closer to me, "This is ridiculous! I've already tried telling Edward this and now you as well! Besides, we set you up with a nice vampire lady last night, don't you remember?"

"Yes I remember." I put my arm around her shoulders, "And I'm not romantically involved with Esme, don't worry it's not like that." I lowered my voice, "Rose, she has an abusive ex-husband and he attacked her and her place was a mess..I couldn't leave her like that in such a state...I thought you would understand."

"I didn't know, I'm sorry. I just...reacted.."

"Without thinking it through or actually knowing what was going on."

"I'm sorry."

"Go to school. Esme gave Alice a pancake for you, in case you get hungry."

She rolled her eyes with a smile, "Bye."


"Good Morning Marcy!" I smiled brightly, "How are you feeling today?"

"Oh much better!" She beamed, "Esme was here earlier and she explained loads of things, she's getting in contact with some of her colleagues right now because she wants to see if she can get an apartment for me to move into directly once I get out of here."

"Which will be very soon."

Her swellings had gone back and her wound had been stitched.

"I'm seeing a lawyer later today."

"That's great Marcy. I will definitively testify against your husband in court I promise."

"Thank you Doctor Cullen."

I checked her pulse and measured her fever, before I left.

In the hall I bumped into Esme, she held a mobile phone in her hands and grinned up at me,

"I found a flat for Marcy!" She cried out.

"That's fantastic! Where and how?!"

"In Seattle and through Jenna." Esme was beaming, "I'll go and tell her right now!"

I watched her go with a smile. This job really was good for her. I didn't stay around to listen, but went to see my other patients.

There was one boy called Ned, he came in here regularly, because of his weak heart.

"Dr. Cullen!" He cried out when he saw me.

"Hey Ned." I took his chart and looked over it, his vitals were stable, he had come in last night because of sincere pain in his chest, "Wow, you've grown quite a bit!"

He looked terrible, a thin little brown-haired boy with a pale face. He obviously hadn't slept in a while and was clearly very ill.

"I know! I'm already eight now!"

"Wow! You're catching up with me, buddy."

He giggled and his mother - Luise smiled up at me. I could see the worry in her eyes and wished more than anything else, that I could take it away from her.

"Dr. Cullen...I got a new bike for my birthday, can I ride it when I come out of the hospital?"

"Yes." I just couldn't say no, "If your mother lets you and if you're feeling well enough."

"I will feel fine!"

Luise and I both smiled at each other.

"I'll check on you later again, ok?"

"Ok! Mummy, will you read to me?"

Ned had grown up without a father. Luise's husband had left her for another woman, saying he loved her more and apologizing other and other again and she had never wanted to tell him she was pregnant. She didn't want to ruin his new marriage, he was happier with his new wife and she didn't want to be the one to change that.

Luise and Ned were a gossip topic with the nurses and doctors and this was one thing, where I actually talked with them. We all discussed if Luise was supposed to tell her ex-husband. She didn't want to and it was in the end, her decision, but most of us disagreed.

"Carlisle!"

I turned around to Esme, who was still beaming with happiness,

"She said yes and can leave in two days!"

A smile appeared on my face. I had talked to some of my colleagues to make sure Marcy could stay as long as possible,

"Great Esme, good job, really."

"What are you doing this evening?"

I was taken aback for a moment and wasn't sure how to react, before I finally asked,

"Nothing, what do you have in mind?"

A blush crept onto her face, "Well, I have to put my flat in order and if you have the time you could join me, I could definitively use the help."

I didn't think about my answer, it came absolutely natural

"Sure."

"Great, I'll see you around 7 then?"

I nodded and she waved goodbye, before turning around and leaving. For the rest of the day I worked with a smile on my face.


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