Word Prompt: Shred
"He is going to freak out when I tell him," Edward told me, and I nodded with a sigh. We were headed to his aunt and uncle's house for lunch before heading out to Forks later tonight to spend a week with my parents. My mom was so excited she invited half the town over for Christmas dinner, though I felt that to be a bit overboard, I totally believed my dad when he told me that. "I'm a little nervous."
"I'm not," I said with a shrug. "They should be happy for us, I mean, it was inevitable, right?"
"That is true," Edward reasoned as he drove through the large gate and up their driveway. He was right, Carlisle was going to freak out with our news, but he'd get over it. Esme would probably offer to decorate or shop for us I was sure.
I knew Edward was more nervous than I was so I played it cool on the entire drive over. At least one of us had to keep a level head.
"It's now or never," I told him with a wink when I got out of the car. Edward, always the gentleman, had it opened and helped me stand up because of the snow.
"Yup," he popped.
Esme opened the door and ushered us in before running back into the kitchen. Carlisle walked in a few minutes later, but neither one of us had said much beyond a typical greeting. Esme was busy finishing up the soup she was making and I had taken my typical seat at the bar since I knew she wasn't going to let me help. Clean-up was one thing, but helping her cook? Never. I put my oversized purse on the back of the stool before turning around to see Carlisle walking in.
"Hey guys," Carlisle said in greeting as I waved with a smile. Edward looked like he was going to crack as his hand rubbed the back of his neck. I noticed his uncle glance at him a few times before Edward got the nerve to speak.
"Can we talk in your office?" Edward addressed his uncle with a stutter to his voice. Carlisle's expression turned almost somber though Esme's face revealed curiosity.
"Of course," Carlisle answered and they passed by Esme towards the hallway. Edward glanced at me one more time, but I smiled at him for encouragement.
"I wonder what that is all about," Esme commented absentmindedly. She hadn't stopped what she was doing, but I could definitely tell she was paying more attention to me. "I haven't seen Edward look so nervous since, well, it's been a while."
"I don't know what you're talking about," I said and hopped off the stool to get myself a drink. I hoped by not engaging in eye contact that she wouldn't read through me.
"You're not a good liar Bella," Esme reminded me. "You don't have to tell me, I'll figure it out eventually. Mother's always do."
"That is true," I replied and contemplated whether I should tell Esme the news or whether I should wait until Edward was with me. Sighing, I shut the refrigerator door and turned around to see her staring at me. I felt bad as her eyes pleaded with me to spill so I did. I told her everything, though it didn't take me long, and she was in hysteria by the time I was done. I had to tell her to keep it down to avoid Edward or Carlisle hearing us as I grabbed my bag as we snuck down the hall to hear how Edward was fairing.
"Edward I don't understand," Carlisle's voice sounded strangled. "Why does this mean you have to drop out of college? You're right there, one more semester and you're in medical school."
"I'm not going to be able to juggle all of that and Bella hasn't finished school," Edward sounded so defeated it made me want to cry. "It's what has to be done. She'll finish school and then maybe I'll go back, but I can't imagine trying to juggle a family and a residency. I'm not you."
"You both have options though," Carlisle said and I could hear a fast intake of breath from both Esme behind me and Edward inside the office. "Hold on, I don't mean those types of options, but I mean you have me and your aunt. Not to mention, Seattle has some very good daycares and the hospital is teamed with a few, we have a list of recommendations."
"You really think that after I was shuffled around for most of my youth I'd do that to my own child," Edward exclaimed louder than I had heard him before. "I'm not sending my child to a daycare, I don't care how high ranked it is."
"Okay, okay," Carlisle conceded quickly. "What about your interview, isn't it right after winter break is over?"
"I already called to cancel the three interviews I had and drafted an e-mail to every hospital I put out for," Edward stated matter of fact. The last shred of hope Carlisle probably had to talk any sense into Edward had now been destroyed and I could almost feel the shift in tension just standing outside the door to the office.
"You did what? Edward, you cannot just blow your entire future because of an accidental pregnancy. I know you have your inheritance, but do you really expect to do nothing with the rest of your life? It'll get old and what kind of a role model does that set you up to be?" I could hear the anger and frustration behind Carlisle's tone as I held in any noise that may reveal I was standing there.
"I haven't figured that out yet," Edward skirted. "What I do know is Bella is pregnant, we're having a baby, and I would hope you'd be more supportive."
"I'm supportive," Carlisle snapped back. "I'm very supportive, but what I don't support is the excuse that your future now stops because of it. Babies change a lot of things but if all you do is sacrifice everything you'll never be happy. Maybe Bella can put off school instead?"
"Unthinkable," Edward said and I was wondering how long it was going to take for him to crack under his uncle's pressure.
"So, you give it all up to be a stay at home dad while she gets to finish her degree and what, work?" he asked, and I couldn't tell if he was being curious or judgmental.
"Like I said, we haven't figured it all out. It's new, we only just found out," Edward replied and I could feel his determination wearing thin. "We have to tell Bella's parents tonight."
"Her father is going to kill you," Carlisle noted and he probably wasn't lying. "Look, Edward, I love you but you're making a stupid choice and you'll regret it and when you do, I just hope you can pick up the pieces," Carlisle finished as I turned to Esme and grabbed my bag. I quietly unzipped it, but she placed her hand on my shoulder and shook her head before going around me.
"What's going on? I heard yelling," Esme asked innocently and I had to hold back a snort.
"Are you going to tell her or do I have to?" Carlisle asked, and I assumed he was talking to Esme.
"Bella is pregnant," Edward said, but didn't say anything else.
"Oh, yes, Bella was just telling me that," Esme explained. "I'm so excited for you two; you're going to make fantastic parents. She promised to let me decorate the nursery in the condo."
"You don't know the whole story," Carlisle accused, this time I assumed at Esme.
"What story?" she asked pretending not to know what was going on.
"Edward is dropping out of college to stay home with the baby," Carlisle went on. "He's going to throw his whole life away."
"Is that true?" Esme asked.
"Yes," Edward answered concisely.
"Well," Esme muttered. "I guess that is for the best, I mean, trying to juggle a new baby and medical school probably isn't a good idea."
"What?" Carlisle snapped. "You cannot agree with this, Esme. Tell him he needs to stay in school, finish what he's started so that he can provide for his new family."
"Oh, Carlisle, Edward has more than enough money if that is what you're worried about," Esme seemed so aloof I was actually shocked, but because I didn't want this to go too much further for fear of Carlisle saying things he'd wish he hadn't I decided it was my turn to enter.
When I stepped in I quickly took a look at the surrounding. Carlisle was pacing in front of his desk, Edward was sitting in the chairs in front of the desk, and Esme was near Carlisle's side. All eyes came to me as I twirled the boot I had worn on my finger and just smirked in Carlisle's direction. First he stood stunned and then a look of realization crossed over as his eyes went wide.
"You," he accused as I burst out laughing unable to keep quiet one second longer.
"You really shouldn't play tricks on people who are better at playing them," I informed him with a wink as I walked over to Edward's side.
"And, you two," Carlisle said as he looked from Edward to Esme. "You helped her!" The outrage on his face only caused me to laugh harder as I finally settled on Edward's lap. At least I could act as a human shield if he went after him. Esme was laughing, of course, but shrugged when Carlisle looked over at her. "I cannot believe you three, I was about to have a heart attack."
"Because telling me I couldn't take my boot off wasn't going to give me a heart attack?" I challenged, "Even after you knew why I scheduled the appointment for when I did."
"What? I thought it'd be funny," Carlisle lied, it was so obvious, but he tried. His face was still scowling though.
"What?" I thought this would be funny," I remarked back with a shrug. "Come on, babe, let's go get the table ready and give Carlisle some time to cool off."
Edward and I stood up and exited the office to head for the kitchen.
"I'm not sure he's going to forgive me for that," Edward whispered.
"He deserved it," I reminded him and Edward nodded.
"He did, but you should have seen his face when I told him," he told me, "I thought he was going to start screaming."
"Well, he did eventually scream," I pointed out. I moved over to the stove to turn the burner back on to warm the soup up. The sandwiches were cooling in the oven and still warm so I didn't need to worry about those, but I did pull out the tray to Edward to bring to the table.
"I love you," Edward said as he wrapped his arms around me once he came back from the dining room.
"Hmmm, I love you," I replied and leaned back to let him place a light kiss on my neck.
"One day, it won't be a lie," he whispered and a chill went down my back. He was right, one day it wouldn't be a lie, but that day needed to wait.
"As long as it's not within the next three and a half years, we're good," I teased and turned in a circle to face him.
"It could happen sooner," Edward remarked with a smirk. I shook my head at him though I knew he was only goading me. Edward and I had a five year plan and that plan was pretty solid. After those five years, anything could happen and we could fly through live on the seat of our pants, but until then, no way. Neither one of us had a chance to say anything else before being interrupted.
"Well, I'm starving now, thank you Edward and Bella," Carlisle said rather loudly as we jumped apart like two scared teenagers caught during their first kiss.
"I agree, let's eat," Esme said behind him and took over where I had left off.
Everyone wanted to know Bella's prank on Carlisle. Back to real life for them in the next update :)