Chapter 31 – Epilogue
"Who's a stinky boy? Did my Jakey make a mess?" I ask in a singsong voice. My son looks up at me from his place on the changing table and smiles. "It's okay, sweetie. Mommy loves you even when you're stinky."
I finish changing Jake's diaper and quickly put his clothes back on since we're already running slightly behind schedule. I lift a squirming seven-month-old into my arms and turn to find my handsome husband leaning in the doorway, smiling at us.
Some days, I still find it hard to believe that he is mine—that this life is mine.
"Let me take him while you wash your hands. Everything's in the car and ready to go," my amazing husband tells me.
I do as he says, wandering into the bathroom with my mind focused on how we got to this point in our lives.
Just two years ago, I hated my life and thought I would never be this happy again. I was married to someone who loved his job more than me, and he was cheating on me to boot. But once I made the decision to leave him for good, that was when my life really started.
I vividly remember the way Edward looked when I arrived in Forks, so grown up and incredibly handsome. And the way his first kiss felt on my lips still sent my heart rate into overdrive. Sure, I had been crying over my failed marriage and was scared for the future, but little did he know that I was also crying because I just wanted to be loved by someone like him.
Somehow, Edward always knew just what I needed and made no apologies over giving it to me. When we talked after the disastrous first kiss, he had no idea that his words were the exact thing that I needed to hear at the time.
"If you need a friend, I will be a friend. If you need a lover, I will gladly show you what it's like to be worshipped."
And worship me, he did. It was just what I needed. Even if it was wrong, I couldn't find it in me to care. This beautiful, smart, sexy man put me first and acted as if I were the most important thing in his world.
Then, he never stopped. Every day since then, he's treated me like I'm precious to him. Falling in love with him was so easy that I almost didn't even realize it had happened.
"Babe? You coming?"
I shake myself out of my memories and join my family in the living room. I smile at my two men, who mean the world to me. They are practically carbon copies of each other, with the exception of Jake's darker hair, although his is just as wild as his daddy's.
"Ready," I announce, picking up my purse and putting on my winter coat.
The drive over to Carlisle and Esme's house is short, and before I know it, Edward and I are saying goodbye to our son for the next two days.
"You be a good boy for Poppop and Mimi," I hear Edward tell him while I give Esme instructions.
"You know how to thaw the breast milk, right? And don't forget to mix it up because it settles. He really likes table food better than the baby food, but I left plenty of that just in case …"
Esme cuts me off with a smile and a hand on my shoulder. "We'll be fine. I take care of him every day, and you'll only be a phone call away," she reassures. "Now, go! Enjoy some quiet time with your husband." She turns me around and pushes me toward the door.
Of course, I sneak back in to give Jake one more kiss, finding Edward doing the same.
"All right, sweetheart. Let's go now, or else we'll never get out of here," he says, leading me to the door.
We get in the car and make the almost four hour drive to Hotel 1000 in Seattle. We weren't able to come back for our anniversary since I was still nursing Jacob too often, but decided to make the trip now that he only nurses twice a day.
And although it's not our wedding anniversary, it's another anniversary of sorts—the two year anniversary of when I returned to Forks, and two years since the love between us grew.
We're only staying for two days, so we'll be back in time to celebrate Jacob's first Christmas with him and our family. But, in the hustle and bustle of daily life, having a baby and returning to work, Edward and I are in desperate need of some alone time.
Thank God Esme and Carlisle were more than willing to take Jake for two nights. I have no doubts that Uncle Emmett and Aunt Rose will make an appearance at their house as well. They love spending time with their Godson, and frankly, I'm pretty sure they're practicing for when it's their turn.
When we walk down the hallway toward our room, I realized that somehow Edward was able to book the same exact suite that we stayed in for our honeymoon. God, I love this man!
He takes our bags into the bedroom, and I follow him in. My arms go around his neck as soon as he's put everything down, and I just hug him tightly, thankful for the time alone with him. I love being a mother and couldn't possibly love Jake more, but I am so ready for some time with my man.
"The first thing I wanna do," he says quietly as he holds me to him. "Is get in that bathtub with you." His hands rub up and down my back gently.
"Mmm, that sounds fabulous," I tell him with my head resting on his chest.
We strip rapidly, both of us used to hurried sexcapades these days since there's no way of telling when we'll be interrupted, and then make our way into the bathroom. Edward gets the tub going while I start teasing him a little, hugging him from behind and running my hands up and down his torso.
He turns and kisses me soundly while the tub fills with hot water and scented bubbles. "There's no rush tonight, Mrs. Cullen," he tells me with a sly smile. I realize this means he has some teasing of his own planned.
Bring. It. On.
We slip into the water together and I lay with my back on Edward's muscular chest. Using a washcloth, he rubs the bubbles into the skin of my neck and shoulders, massaging a bit as he goes. I hum in contentment, enjoying how he always knows just how to take care of me.
Before I know it, he's kissing my neck and running his hands over my body under the water. That's just one more thing I appreciate about Edward; I may no longer have the same body I had before Jake, but he constantly tells me how sexy my new curves are, and he takes every chance he can get to appreciate them.
He's getting me good and worked up, so I spin around and straddle him, capturing his mouth with my own. We kiss passionately for what seems like hours, enjoying the freedom to do so.
When I start grinding my center over his, he gently pushes me back a little. "Baby, we can't in here. We need a condom."
I look at him shyly and bite my bottom lip in nervousness. "What if I don't want to use a condom?"
"What are you saying? You're ready?" His eyes light up in excitement.
Edward's made no secret of the fact that he wants more children and would have started trying as soon as the doctor cleared me to have sex again. Surprisingly, I was the one who needed to wait a little while. Between nursing, then starting back to work and trying to get into a routine, it took me some time to get into the swing of things. Edward's a fantastic father and helps out wherever he can, but middle of the night feedings belonged to me no matter what. Even if Edward gave Jacob a bottle, I'd still have to get up to pump.
Now that things have settled down, I'm ready. There's nothing more in the world I want than to give Edward the full family that he desires.
"Yes," I say quietly. "I'm ready."
He cups my cheeks in his hands and draws my face in for a gentle kiss. "I love you, Bella. You know I'd wait."
"I know," I tell him. "But I don't want to wait anymore."
With that, our talk is over. We kiss passionately, our tongues mingling in a practiced rhythm, as Edward pulls my body over his.
I slowly slide down his erection until our bodies meet. The feelings of fullness, completion and love threaten to overwhelm me as we push and pull, give and take, until we're both crying out in ecstasy.
No matter how wrong it might have been when we started out together, there is nothing more right than being with Edward—my love, my life, my family.
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