A/N: Happy New Year! I hope you all have a wonderful 2014!
"Dad! DAD!" Arthur shouts impossibly loudly.
I groan and bury my face in Bella's hair, pulling her tighter against me.
"Dad! Wake up and stop molesting mum!" Arthur says, about to pull away the covers.
"I strongly advise you don't move the covers, unless you want to be permanently scarred," I warn him. Bella pushes against my arms, trying to get me to release her. Not going to happen.
"Ugh, mum, tell him!" Arthur complains. "I'll wait outside," he adds, pulling a face.
When he leaves the bedroom I start kissing Bella's neck, pulling her body against mine. I grind against her ass and groan into her neck.
"Edward, we don't have time for this. Remember, Arthur's band is coming around today," Bella reminds me.
"Fuck!" I sit bolt upright, suddenly remembering. "Do we at least have some time?" I ask, glancing down at the tent in my sweatpants.
"No. Now go get a cold shower," Bella says, pointing to the bathroom.
"Not even a quickie?" I ask, massaging her shoulders. The wife loves it when I massage her.
"Edward…" Bella whimpers.
"Come on, we both need a shower," I murmur, nibbling on her ear lobe.
"Alright," Bella groans. I grin and scoop her up in my arms, carrying her into our bathroom.
I place her down on the counter and kiss her deeply, sliding my tongue against hers. My hands slide up her legs as I wait for the shower to heat up, and I continue kissing her deeply.
"For a guy who's nearly 40, your sex drive sure hasn't gone down," Bella comments, giggling breathlessly.
"Hey! I'm not nearly 40!" I tell her, pouting.
"You will be in a couple of years," Bella shrugs.
I pull all her clothes off her and quickly pull off mine, and then push her into shower. I kiss her more firmly, more deeply, showing her that just because I'm getting closer to being 40; it doesn't mean I want her any less.
Bella moans and tugs at my hair as my fingers slip inside her. I get her nice and worked up, pumping my fingers in and out of her.
"Edward," Bella whimpers.
My fingers leave her as I wrap her legs around my waist. I line up with her and slam inside, making Bella moan louder. I lean down and suck on one of her nipples as I drive into her quickly. It still feels so good being with her, even after all this time.
"Kiss me," Bella begs breathlessly. I happily obliged, leaving her breast to press my lips against her own. I reach down between us to rub on her clit, trying to keep up with my promise of a quickie.
"Love you, so fucking much," I groan, grinding into her.
"Ugh, yes!" Bella moans, sucking on my collarbone.
I speed up, feeling that familiar tingling in my groin. I rub faster on her clit, wanting to feel her tighten around me.
"Edward!" Bella cries out as she climaxes, clinging onto me. I pound into her a few minutes time before I start coming, moaning out her name.
When I stop panting against her neck, I press a soft kiss to her lips and then slide out of her. Bella stays wrapped around me for a bit, placing kisses along my jaw.
I put Bella down and quickly start showering, since I know Arthur has to be getting annoyed by now. Also, Beth will probably be waking up soon, too. Beth, our six year old daughter, absolutely dotes on her older brother Arthur. Though there may be six years between them, they're pretty close.
After the shower, I catch Bella glancing at her stomach in the mirror. I walk over and wrap my arms around her waist, kissing her neck.
"We haven't been trying long. But, after last night and this morning…" I trail off, grinning. Bella rolls her eyes at me.
About a month ago, Bella told me she wanted another kid. I quickly agreed – I've always wanted a big family – and so Bella stopped taking the pill. We've been trying, a lot, but so far Bella hasn't gotten pregnant. Last night, however, we spent most of the night making love, so I'm feeling pretty positive right now.
"Come on, you need to get dressed," Bella says, pulling me into our bedroom.
Once we're both dressed – I have to wear a top that covers up my collarbone, because of Bella and her sucking – I leave the bedroom to find Arthur.
I find him in the kitchen, eating some burnt toast.
"I thought you hated burnt toast?" I tell him, frowning.
He quickly turns around, only to glare at me. "About time," he mutters, taking another bite from the toast.
"Sorry, buddy," I say, sitting down next to him. "Want me to make you some unburnt toast?" I offer. He turns and looks at me with a raised eyebrow. "Fair point. Only your mother can cook," I reason with him. "So, what time is the rest of your band arriving?" I ask him.
Arthur stares down at his plate for a bit. "Do you even care?" he finally asks.
"What? Of course I care!" I tell him. "How could you think that?" I ask. He just shrugs. "Is it because of this morning?" I ask again.
"No, it's just…" Arthur huffs. "It doesn't matter." He gets up, then, about to leave.
"Hey, not so fast," I tell him, standing up as well. "Of course it matters. Why would you think I don't care?" I question, pretty hurt.
Arthur huffs and shrugs again. "You're not…you're not my real father."
I freeze, not knowing what to say. I may not be his real father, but I've been here for him for eight years of his life. I love him the same way I love Beth, they're both my children.
"I may not be, but you know I still love you, right?" I tell him.
He just shrugs.
"Do you…do you want to see your real father?" I offer, even though I hate myself for offering. Mike's an asshole who hasn't even attempted to contact Bella or Arthur since being released from prison. Mike may be his real father, but he's never been on Arthur's birth certificate. After I married Bella, I legally adopted Arthur, too.
"No!" Arthur quickly shouts. "It's just…some people at school…" Arthur trails off.
Now I'm pissed. "What did they say, Arthur?" I ask him, quite firmly.
"Just that you, um, you were only here because of mum. If it wasn't for her you wouldn't want me," he admits, looking down.
"Come here," I tell him, and then pull him in for a hug. "Yes, I love your mother, but I love you, too. You, Beth and your mother mean the world to me. I'll always be here for you," I tell him honestly.
When I release him, he hurriedly wipes at his eyes. I pretend not to notice.
Bella and Beth walk in, then, and Bella glances over at us. She gives me a quick kiss on the cheek while Beth runs over to Arthur. Arthur quickly picks up his sister, who starts prodding his cheeks. The doorbell rings, so Arthur walks off with Beth to answer the door.
Arthur comes back into the kitchen with three friends in tow. All of whom Beth is assessing.
"Mom, Dad, this is Seth, Harvey and Liam," Arthur introduces.
Seth grins over to Beth, who reaches over and tugs on his hair. "Beth, no! Let go of his hair," Arthur says firmly to his little sister.
She quickly does what he says, and I'm left wondering why Beth listens to him but not to Bella or me. An elbow to my ribs brings me out of my musings.
"Nice to meet you all," I smile at the three of them, who are trying to subtly look at our house.
"Do you boys want a drink?" Bella offers.
They all say yes, so Bella takes Beth with her into the kitchen to make them some drinks.
"So, who does what in the band?" I ask them.
"I'm the singer, Harvey's on drums, and then Liam and Arthur are the guitarists," Seth explains to me. "Though sometimes Arthur plays piano. You know, for slower songs?" Seth continues.
Arthur shuffles on the sofa, looking somewhat embarrassed. "Arthur gets his talents from me, I can assure you," I grin. "When he was younger he begged me every year for a drum kit. We held back mainly due to the noise," I tell them, grinning wider when Arthur scowls at me.
"Edward, stop embarrassing Arthur," Bella huffs when she returns with the drinks. My grin vanishes at having been caught. Arthur snickers.
"We need to go practise and tune up," Arthur says, motioning for his friends to follow him.
"Call me when you want me," I tell him just before he walks off.
Bella sits down next to me on the sofa while Beth climbs onto my lap. I lean over and kiss Bella's cheek, and then Beth's.
"Daddy, I wanna hear Arthur's band," Beth pouts up at me.
"Maybe later, sweetie," I tell her, brushing some hair from her face.
With a huff, Beth runs off to her room. I thought this kind of stuff only started when they were teenagers?
I turn to Bella, who just laughs at me and shakes her head. I decide to take advantage of having the room to ourselves, so I pull Bella closer to me and press my lips against hers.
"Edward, we have guests," Bella reminds me.
"We better be quiet, then," I grin, leaning in to kiss her again, only to have her turn her head. I groan into her neck.
"Maybe later, Cullen," Bella says, grinning a little.
"You better stick to that, Mrs Cullen," I murmur in her ear, giving it a quick flick of my tongue before standing up.
As I take my seat on the edge of Arthur's bed, I can't help but grin a bit. Arthur's band – who, I've been informed, are called The Beavers (after the official state animal for Oregon) – are currently setting up, ready to play for me. I still can't believe how grown up Arthur has become, though I must say, I am dreading the teenage years.
Emmett and Rose are on the way to having a football team. Their kids; Lily, Piper, Max and Emmett Junior, are pretty close with Arthur and Beth. Apparently (according to Bella) they're even trying for another.
I think Bella and I will stop after three.
"Ok, we're ready," Arthur says, nodding to his bandmates.
My heart swells with pride. I recall his earlier comments about me not being his real father. While I may not be, it's still clear to see the influence I've had on him. Yes, he has a lot of Bella's looks and her love of reading, but his love of musical instruments definitely comes from me.
I listen closely to the music, actually quite impressed. They've written their own song, and Seth isn't a bad singer. Arthur has clearly been playing guitar much longer than Liam.
Once the song is over, they all look over at me with hopeful expressions.
"That was really good. You guys actually wrote that?" I ask. Seth nods quickly, so I'm guessing he wrote most of the lyrics. "It was pretty good. I'm impressed," I tell them.
I walk over and hold my hand out to Arthur, who grins widely. He slaps my hand with his own, giving me a slightly painful high-five. I ruffle his hair in response which makes him scowl at me.
"I can't wait to go to high school to have you as a teacher!" Seth says, grinning.
"I am a pretty cool teacher," I nod.
"Dad!" Arthur whines.
"Come on, admit it. You can't wait either," I wink at him. He just scowls even more. "Alright, alright, that's my cue to leave," I say, holding my hands up as I walk over to the door. "Keep up the practising and you'll be even better," I tell all of them before leaving.
I linger for a moment by the door, wondering what to do with the rest of the day off.
"Your dad is so cool!" I hear one of Arthur's friends gush.
I smile a little wider as I go in search of Bella. I find her in the kitchen, preparing a meal for what looks like hundreds. Sneaking up behind her, I wrap my arms around her waist and start kissing her neck. She squeals a bit before hitting my arms.
"Edward! You scared me!" Bella complains. I continue kissing her neck as I feel her relax against me.
"Can't I show my wife how much I love her?" I ask, my hands roaming up her chest.
"Yes, but not when we have company!" Bella huffs, turning her head slightly. I take that as my cue and kiss her lips while my hands cup her tits. Bella arches into me and moans quietly.
Eventually she ends the kiss, and puts a stop to my wondering hands. Not even my pout can change her mind.
"Oh, by the way, Rose and Emmett are coming over for dinner," Bella tells me. "They have news," Bella adds with a scowl.
"When you say Rose and Emmett, do you mean just them or the whole bunch?" I ask, watching as she hurries around the kitchen.
"The whole bunch," Bella says, chopping some carrots viciously.
"Hey, hey, woah. Slow down. You'll cut yourself," I warn her, taking the knife from her hands. "What's up, beautiful?" I ask her, brushing my hand over her cheek.
"It's just… I shouldn't be jealous, but I am! We have two kids, Edward, two! They already have double that and now they're going to have another? I'm…I'm just feeling particularly maternal today," Bella rants, glancing up at me.
I sigh heavily, glancing down at my wife. "How long have you wanted another?" I ask, cupping her chin so she can't look away from me.
"About a month, since I…" Bella begins. "Damn it. I can't lie while looking straight at you," she huffs.
"You're a terrible liar anyway, love, it wouldn't have made much difference," I point out. "Now, though, I want to know why you were going to lie?" I ask, kissing her forehead.
"I don't know. I didn't know if you'd want another kid. I only said anything because Rose made me," Bella says.
"How long have you wanted another kid for?" I ask her.
"I…um…" Bella starts, clearly attempting to lie again. "A couple of years?" she finally offers.
"You should've said something!" I groan, closing my eyes. If I'd known…we could have another one by now.
"Are you mad at me?" Bella asks in a small voice.
I quickly open my eyes and pull her small frame against me. "No, love, of course I'm not mad. Just promise me you'll tell me about anything important in the future, ok?" I ask her.
Bella nods against me, and then leans up and presses her lips against mine. I kiss her back eagerly, only for Bella to slow things down.
"If you keep rejecting me I'm going to stop putting myself out there," I tell her, pouting.
"Right," Bella snorts, rolling her eyes at me. "Now, let me cook," Bella adds.
"Fine, fine. I'll go find Beth," I tell her, kissing her cheek before leaving.
My quiet afternoon abruptly ends when the McCarty's arrive. Bella and Rose hug, and then Bella moves on to hug each of the children. I just stand back and watch as the living room soon fills with people. Even though Arthur's friends left about an hour ago, we've still got a lot of kids in here.
I glance up to see Bella holding and cooing at Piper, Emmett and Rosalie's current youngest at 3 years. I must admit, seeing Bella with a young child makes me pine for another just a bit.
"You wanna keep her? She screams a lot at night, but sleeps like a charm during the day," Emmett tells me.
"Nah, we're alright. We might have another of our own, soon, anyway," I comment with a shrug.
"Dude!" Emmett gasps, punching my shoulder. Ow. "Really?" he asks me.
Oh, shit. Bella told me not to tell anyone, so that we could surprise people once she was pregnant. "Um, yeah. But you can't tell anyone, ok?" I beg, even though Emmett is atrocious at keeping secrets.
"My lips are sealed," he grins, waggling his eyebrows. "Now, where's my favourite niece?" he booms, glancing around to find Beth.
"Uncle Emmie!" Beth squeals, running over and holding out her arms. Emmett picks her up and swings her around in his arms, making her laugh loudly.
I decide to go over to where Arthur and Emmett Junior – or EJ, as he prefers to be called – are sitting. EJ's a few years younger than Arthur, but they seem to get on pretty well. Max and Lily – twins – are shaking their heads at their dad, as they mostly take after their mother.
Once everyone's sat down, with Piper ending up on my lap, Rose and Emmett announce the news that they're expecting another child. Most of the kids seem pretty excited, though I hand Piper back to Rose when she starts asking about how babies are made.
I stifle my laugh when I hear Rose talking about storks.
"Edward, could you help me out in the kitchen?" Bella requests.
I frown but follow her anyway. She knows I'm terrible at cooking, so I don't understand why she needs my help?
As soon as we're in the kitchen Bella pushes me against the counter with surprising force and kisses me deeply. It takes my brain a minute to catch up, and when it does I pull her against me and kiss her back with as much passion.
"Not that I don't like this," I begin, as Bella starts kissing my neck. "Because I'm really enjoying this; but why, exactly?" I ask, moaning when Bella grinds against me.
"I want another baby," Bella says between kisses. "And I want you," she adds, returning to my lips.
"Bella, we have guests," I remind her, grabbing her waist to hold her still. I can't believe I'm doing this, but I'm very aware that Bella's cousin, as well as 6 young children, are all only in the other room.
"But I want you, Edward," Bella pouts.
"Bella, us having sex now isn't going to make it any more likely for you to get pregnant," I tell her. "And don't even try and deny it," I add when she starts to protest.
"That's not the only reason," Bella states, still pouting. "I'm feeling pretty horny right now, too," she tells me as she gets back to cooking.
"Fuck, Bella. Trying to calm down over here," I groan.
"Sorry, honey," Bella says, flashing me a grin over her shoulder.
I roll my eyes as I grab a beer for Emmett and myself, only to be stopped by Bella.
"Alcohol affects both of our fertility rates," she informs me, putting one of the beers back in the fridge.
"On the man's part it's only excessive alcohol! Come on, beautiful, it's just one," I plead my case. Bella just shakes her head. "I bet Emmett was allowed alcohol," I mutter.
Bella raises an eyebrow at me. "I'd threaten to withhold sex, but that wouldn't help," Bella says, frowning.
"So, what you're saying is that you have no weapons to use against me?" I ask, smirking as I wrap my arms around her waist. I lean down and place a couple of kisses on her neck before leaving her in the kitchen.
When I return to the living room, I hand Emmett the beer. "How come you haven't got one for yourself?" Emmett asks.
"Didn't fancy one," I tell him, trying to shrug it off.
He raises an eyebrow at me but thankfully doesn't comment. The whole conversation is diverted when Bella announces the food is ready, so we all cram around the dining room table. Bella managed to find the high chair we kept after Beth was born. I'm about to ask her why she kept it when I realise she was thinking about if we had another child.
After an amazing meal, all of us are pretty full. The children decide to go and watch a film in the living room, so once we've set them up with an Ice Age film, us four sit around the table in the dining room and Bella makes us some coffee.
"How far along are you?" Bella asks Rose.
"Two months. We wanted to wait until after the first scan to tell people," Rose says, pulling out some ultrasound pictures.
"How long do you reckon you two will wait to announce it?" Emmett asks, looking between Bella and I. Shit.
Bella glances over at me, the expression on her face fierce. I sink a little lower in my chair while I consider hitting Emmett.
"I wasn't supposed to mention that, was I?" Emmett says to me. "Bells, if it's any consolation, Edward only told me accidentally," Emmett adds. "I actually forced it out of him, really. So, you know, I'm the one to blame!"
Ok, I don't want to hit him quite so much, now.
"I'm sorry, beautiful. I didn't mean to tell him. I just saw you holding Piper and sort of forgot," I tell Bella, reaching out to take hold of her hand. I'm relieved when she doesn't pull away.
"Wait, you only told him today?" Bella asks. "Honey, I'm surprised you lasted this long," Bella says, leaning forward to kiss me. I don't question it, I just go with it.
"Woah, woah, she's still my cousin!" Emmett groans.
"And she's my wife," I grin, kissing her cheek. "You're the best," I murmur to her.
"Anyway," Rose draws out, grinning. "You're trying for another? We could both have babies at the same time!" she says.
I roll my eyes at her excitement while placing my arm around Bella's shoulders. Bella shuffles a little closer to me.
Considering I started out by stalking her in a library, I'd say Bella and I have come a long way. And I couldn't be happier.
A/N: Thoughts on how our couple turned out?
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