Hi! In honor of Kristen Stewart's birthday, here it is the first chapter of One More Chance's sequel!
It's going to be about 15 - 20 short chapters, full of fluff as per your request and with a little bit of Drama, you know me ;) I love some good drama to keep it interesting!
Anyway, sorry it took so long, but I needed a break from this story and I wanted to focus on Sweet Little Angel which is my main story right now.
As for updates, I don't know sometimes it'll be once a week others it'll take two. It depends on my schedule and whether RL is being a bitch or not.
Betaed by Cattinson and prereaded by Lisopera!
You and Me
Chapter 1: You and Me
"You and Me" – Lifehouse
What day is it? And in what month?
This clock never seemed so alive
I can't keep up and I can't back down
I've been losing so much time
'Cause it's you and me and all of the people with nothing to do
Nothing to lose
And it's you and me and all other people
And I don't know why, I can't keep my eyes off of you
One of the things that I want to say just aren't coming out right
I'm tripping on words
You've got my head spinning
I don't know where to go from here
There's something about you now
I can't quite figure out
Everything she does is beautiful
Everything she does is right
I opened the door to our home and was met by the usual screaming, so I smiled to myself.
It means everything is alright. I would be worried if I was met by silence.
"Andrew! Come clean up this mess, now!" Bella hollered from the kitchen just as I saw two fireballs cross the hallway and run into the living room. "Melanie!"
"Yes, Mrs. Cullen?"
It never gets old every time someone called her Mrs. Cullen it would bring a huge ass fucking smile to my face.
"Edward will be here soon, can you please clean up this mess so I can finish dinner?"
"Of course, I'll just bring the twins' clothes upstairs."
Then, my pretty little girl came out of her hiding place and spotted me in the foyer as I hung my coat.
"DADDY!" She screamed running to meet me and I caught her mid run, throwing her into the air at the same time.
"Crap." I heard Bella say as she came out to the hallway too "You're early." She said but still smiled as she waddled her way to greet me too. I pecked her lips and stroked her growing Belly.
Seriously, it seemed as if she had two giant magnets in there, always pulling my hands to touch her. It was amazing.
"My last patient cancelled." I explained kissing her again. "You missed me?"
"You know I did." She kissed me back.
"Dad!" I heard another high pitched voice scream at me and I turned to see Andrew run towards me too in his superman pajamas and my old cape. "You're home!"
"I am!" I smiled at him, leaning down to kiss his cheeks loudly.
This is what I've been coming home to for the past four weeks since the honey moon, a happy household full of screams and joy, my very pregnant wife and my two perfect kids. I didn't know how life could get any better than this I've been smiling so much lately probably everyone at the clinic thinks I'm on something.
"Dinner is not ready, give me a few more minutes." Bella said walking back into the kitchen, I followed as I set Marie free to go and chase her brother again.
"Sure," I shrugged "want any help? You shouldn't over do yourself." I reminded her worriedly. Sure, Lee gave us the green light right before the wedding but she should still take it easy on herself.
"I'm fine thanks, and you? Cooking?" she smirked and I rolled my eyes at her.
I sat on a stool by the breakfast bar, right across from her as she started chopping some carrots.
"I'm serious baby, did you take your afternoon nap at least?" I snatched a piece of carrot.
It was her turn to roll her eyes.
"Yes, I did. I also took my vitamins and did my exercises. Anything else?"
She cocked an eyebrow at me probably in annoyance, but I can't help but worry. I ask her the same thing every night, and probably call her about twenty times a day to make sure she didn't forget to take her medicines. I still have that image of her lying lifeless against the ground, surrounded by blood in the middle of the street. And god, the few days she was in coma after that definitely aged a year or twenty.
"I'm sorry. I just… I worry." I looked down and her eyes softened, understanding where my mind was.
"I know… It's Ok." She stopped chopping whatever else she was chopping and walked around the bar towards me. "I'm sorry, too. Hormones, remember?" she stood between my legs and I put my hands on her waist.
I kissed her belly and then her nose.
"How did the peanuts behaved today? Huh?" I decided to lighten the mood.
She giggled, the sound going straight to my groin.
"Very good, they should start kicking anytime now. I called Lee we have an appointment on Wednesday. He says he can try to find out the sexes." She said excitedly and I joined her.
"Really? But you are not five months yet."
"I know that's why I said try. Anyway, are you sure you don't wanna know?" She bit her lip, suppressing her smile.
"Positive, I want it to be a surprise."
"Ok," She smiled "If you don't wanna know, I don't wanna know either." She said with a firm nod.
"Yeah, it's you and me… we are in this together." She wrapped her arms around my neck and rested her forehead against mine.
"Thanks." I pecked her lips once, twice.
"Besides, I know you'll crack in a week or two." She winked, leaning back.
"Hey! That's not true. I can control myself."
"Sure honey." She patted my cheek dismissively and walked around the bar again resuming her cooking. "I know you, you have to know everything and worry about anything, I also know you'll want to have a mini version of Toys "R" Us in the nursery room before the peanuts arrive."
"I'm going to ignore that and your lack of faith in me." Mostly because she's probably right, but I won't tell her that, but by the smirk on her face she knows already so I change the subject again. "Anyway, you need any help with that?" I motioned to the chicken breasts she was seasoning and she gave me a look to which I sighed exasperatedly "Alright, what can I hand you instead?"
She giggled in amusement.
"Would it be too hard for you to pass me a can of sweet corn?"
I glared at her playfully but turned around and opened the pantry anyway. I handed her the can and sat back on the stool and stared at her in her element. Then something in the corner caught my eye, it was Sam, licking something from the floor. As I looked closely I realized it was chocolate syrup spread all over the floor, which explained Bella's earlier screaming.
"You want me to clean that up?" I asked her, guessing Melanie was busy somewhere upstairs since she hadn't come back here.
"You don't mind? You were up early." She asked opening the can and taking a spoonful of corn directly into her mouth.
I shook my head.
"I'm fine. Do I wanna know how this happened? I thought we hide the syrup on the top shelf?"
She swallowed and took another spoonful.
"He used the pout on Melanie," she said by a way of explanation, to which I chuckled "I swear he has her wrapped around his pinky." Bella rolled her eyes "I think he has a crush on her by the way."
"Really?" I asked amused "Why?"
"She told me he offered her a chocolate from his secret stash under the bed. A new unopened bar of chocolate."
I laughed out loud.
"Then it must be serious. I guess he likes brunets like his dad." I winked.
She chuckled and blew me a kiss.
"How was the surgery by the way?
"Fine, long but everything seemed to work out fine."
"I'm glad," she swallowed and took another spoonful "how's your dad? Are they still up to helping us this weekend?"
We were finally celebrating the twins' birthday this weekend, Bella is still taking it easy but she is stronger so between her mom and Rosalie they have been preparing everything. Alice would have helped too but she is so busy with Camille, and after organizing our wedding she needed a rest.
"Yeah, mom can't wait…" then I remembered the white tights on my dresser "pretty girl, do I really have to dress up too?" I whined as I wiped the floor with a towel.
"Yes, you have to. It's a costume party, c'mon it'll be fun."
Wearing tights didn't sound like fun to me. Marie wanted to dress up as Rapunzel –no surprise there- so that meant I had to dress up as fucking Flynn Rider.
"Flynn Rider doesn't even have tights in the movie, who picked up that costume anyway?"
"Your daughter." She gave me a pointed look and I cursed under my breath. She had me there, she knew I couldn't say no to my little princess. "Now, stop whining. It's just a stupid costume, everybody is dressing up."
"Easy for you to say, wonder woman is way cooler… and sexier."
"Awww pretty boy, you have the hots for wonder woman?" She was amused.
"Of course! She has a whip." I winked.
She burst out laughing.
"Are you into that, sunshine?" She was truly amused.
"Maybe?" I went for an innocent face. "With you I'm into a lot of things."
She laughed out loud again, blushing in the process.
"Alright, if you stop whining I'll wear my wonder woman outfit for our own after party." She finished with a coy smile.
"Deal!" I beamed, tossing the towel into the sink and caging my pretty girl against the counter. I kissed her hard before she took another spoonful of corn.
"I missed you today." I lean down and press my lips against her bare shoulder. She is wearing one of my v-neck shirts so the neckline is too big for her tiny form.
I freeze and lean away.
"Excuse me?" I laugh.
"Oh, sorry…" She blushed, holding the empty can sheepishly "uhm… can you hand me another one? I think I accidentally finished this one."
"What about if I hand you ten cans in exchange for a good kiss."
"You don't have to ask for that." She whispered standing on her toes to meet her lips with mine.
"Mommy and daddy sitting in a tree… key yey yey yey way and gee!"
Oh, right. We are not alone. We have our own personal little cockblockers in the house.
Bella and I burst out laughing and turn around to see Marie and Andrew sneaking their heads around the doorframe with two wide smiles on their faces.
3 days later…
If Marie ever questions if I love her after this, then something is seriously wrong with her.
Cause right now, I'm in the middle of our backyard, under the blazing sun setting up a trampoline, wearing the tightest pair of white tights, a fucking loose long sleeved medievalish shirt, a green wool vest and a freaking hat with a freaking long red feather on it.
Flynn Rider my ass, I look like a gay version of Robin Hood.
Of course, she says I look handsome. As for Bella, at least she had the decency to shut her mouth and laugh her ass off in the bathroom.
Good thing, I'm not the only one suffering.
Jasper's here too.
His costume is same as mine, only his is completely green. He's supposed to be Peter Pan. Alice and Camille are both fairies.
So the two of us are sitting here, scolding at the ground and grumbling nonsense every once in a while.
It didn't help when Emmett arrived in the coolest Joker's costume ever. Liam wanted to be Batman so Emmett went to a Halloween store and got his own costume. Rose obviously came as Cat Woman.
Right now, all the men are outside setting up the swings' sets, tables and games as the women inside prepared the snacks. Marie, Andrew and Liam are in the back porch playing with Sam while we all wait for the guests to arrive.
"Don't you feel… kind of, hum… exposed?" Jasper's voice makes me look at him.
"Yeah, I mean… this thing, is really tight." He moves uncomfortably, placing a bowl with chips over his lap.
Ok, I have to admit Jasper's way worse than me. At least my shirt covers the family's jewels. And I'm wearing boots, he's wearing something close to ballet shoes.
"At least if you want you can just hide inside the house, I have to greet parents and talk to them while pretending no one is staring."
"This is ridiculous, why do adults have to dress up too? We look like just came out of a bad Vegas show. I keep waiting for Raining Men to play on the speakers."
"It was your wife's idea." I reminded him.
"Why did Bella even listen to her? Doesn't she know she's still crazy with hormones?"
"Well, Bella's kind of crazy with hormones too." I deadpan.
"DADDY!" I hear Marie yell from the back porch "Mommy needs you!"
"I'll be right back." I say standing up, in that moment Alice and Adam walk out of the house holding a gazillion of balloons.
I walk back into the house, with Marie and Sam on my heels. As soon as I step into the living room I shiver, the AC is on to it's full potential so the house is freezing. Yeah, I know it's hot outside but Christ…
I take the golden throw from the back of the sofa in the living room, carry Marie with me while wrapping the blanket around us and follow the voices.
"Baby?" I ask, entering what I think is our kitchen but now looks more like Willy Wonka's factory.
There are candies, cakes, pastries, snacks and junk food everywhere. Bella is by the breakfast table with Rosalie -who is wearing one of Bella's hoodies over her costume- placing sandwiches on colorful trays.
"How many kids are coming?" I ask stunned, a freaking army?
"The twins' whole class, Andrew's friends from soccer and Maries' classmates from her painting club, among some other friends… Why?" She looks up with a panicked expression "You think is not enough? Did I miss anything?"
I shrug, because honestly I have no idea.
She turns to Rose.
"I told you we needed more juice boxes." She grabs her phone and fires a text to someone, my guess is Gianna, who has been helping her too.
"Mommy, can I have a caramel apple now?"
"Sorry Marie, you have to wait till the party starts." Bella says before turning back to me. "Edward, can you please help Emmett setting up the tables so we can start bringing out the food?"
"Sure, just let me finish with the trampoli-"
"You are not done with the trampoline?!" Shit "Jesus Edward! The guests will be here soon!"
"I-I'm sorry… it's just, the instructions are in Chinese or something so-"
"God! Where's Alice?" She looks out the window.
"She's with Adam filling the backyard with balloons."
"Went for more ice."
"She went to pick up the entertainer."
"Why isn't anyone ready?!" She cried throwing her arms in the air.
"Hey," I quickly took a few steps towards her "Baby, calm down…"
"I asked you one thing. Just one thing Edward, get a damn dictionary I don't know but I want that trampoline ready in 3 minutes!"
"Bella, take it easy. Rose?" I told her with a look to give us a moment. She nods quietly and takes Marie out of the kitchen.
By the time I sit on Rose's chair Bella is crying heavily in her hands.
"What's the matter?" I wrap my arms around her, covering us with the throw. "Shh… it's ok, baby." I kiss the top of her head. "Talk to me, is Ok."
"No is not!" She looks up at me. "We are not ready, the kids will be here soon and no one's ready and I wanted a clown but no one was available and then the ice is not here and we have red cups instead blue cups and the trampoline is in Chinese and I'm starving and I look fat and all I wanted was a fucking clown! And Emmett said he could dress as a clown and he came as a the fucking Joker!"
She ranted, to which I listened… or tried to. She wasn't making much sense to be honest. What was wrong with the red cups? And I hate clowns, I mean… have you ever seen that movie, It ?
"Baby, it's Ok. Andrew doesn't even like clowns."
"But that's what you have at a kid's party." She cried in my chest.
"I'm sure they are gonna have a blast no matter what, have you seen the backyard? It looks like a miniature Disneyland replica." I soothed her.
"You think so?" She sniffed and I smiled warmly at her.
"Positive. You should see Andrew, he's high on adrenaline already, he can't wait for the swings to be ready and Marie won't stop staring at the inflatable castle."
"I swear." I kissed her nose "Now, stop worrying. Is not good for the peanuts."
She took a deep breath, calming herself and caressed her belly tenderly.
"I know, I'm sorry. Is just that, I want it to be perfect. It's their first birthday party, and it's the first time you get to celebrate it with them." She looked down. "I want it to be perfect."
"As long as I get to spend the day with them and you, that's perfection to me. White tights and all." I nuzzled her cheek and she giggled cleaning her tears with the throw.
"It's not that bad, you do look kind of hot." She winked.
I made a face.
"If you say so, pretty girl. But to me this only proves how much I love my daughter."
She laughed again.
"Sorry, but Marie fell in love with the costume, I couldn't say no to her."
"Flynn Ryder doesn't have a hat. He's not even a prince." I argued glad her mood swings didn't last that long. She's has them constantly, specially when she is reminded of the time we were apart.
We are working on that. We still go to our weekly sessions with Karen, the therapist Dr. Jones – the school's counselor - recommended us. God, those were heavy in the beginning. Bella would cry for hours the first month after each session, of course I joined her too sometimes but I wasn't as bad. Her pregnancy hormones weren't her best friends then.
"It doesn't matter, the only thing she sees is her daddy dressed as prince charming. That's her dream come true. Tights or no tights."
"Can't I just switch to regular pants? I'll keep the rest on." I tried to bargain.
"Jasper would kill you."
"I can take him."
She bit her lip in amusement.
"You know, the tights are kind of growing on me." She caressed my thigh and I suppressed a groan.
"Really? Now?" She kissed my jaw "Don't start something you can't finish, pretty girl. I'll only end up embarrassing myself if I walk out right now." I said adjusting myself.
"Who says I won't finish?" She cocked a brow and I swallowed.
That was another thing, after months without having sex after the accident and with all her hormones messing up with her head, she was horny as fuck, all the time. She has even stopped at the clinic a few times just for sex, saying she couldn't wait till I get home.
You won't find me complaining.
She nodded, biting her lip in a mischievous way.
"There are kids and people all around the house." I said hoarsely.
"We'll be quiet, c'mon pretty boy… I need you." She whispered, nibbling my jaw.
I crushed my lips against hers.
Somehow, and don't ask me how… two minutes later we ended up in the laundry room.
There you go! Hope you liked this as a re-introduction to pretty boy and girl's life! Next chapters will be a bit longer, I promise!
In case you don't remember, Melanie is Mrs. Cope's (Carlisle and Esme's housekeeper) daughter and Marie and Andrew's nanny. Karen is the therapist Mrs. Jones (Andrew and Marie's school's counselor) recommended them.
The story starts around April. Bella is 4 months and 2 weeks pregnant.
Till next time!