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Daunting

Summary:
Daunting Thank you, Marauder by Midnight, for the banner 3rd and last story in the 'Life in Love' series Sequal to 'Possibilities' "This is what we have been waiting for. This was the formidable fight. This was something that I wasn’t sure we were even going to win. Each pair of daunting red eyes stared back at me, filled with hope that they would win. Hoping, just like us, that they would live."


Notes:
Disclaimer-I'm not Stephenie Meyer-end of story


14. Month 3

Rating 5/5   Word Count 1503   Review this Chapter

“Carlisle, when does the morning sickness end?” I groaned, walking into his new office, which was now in an old guest bedroom upstairs. I didn’t bother to knock-I was feeling grumpy this morning, especially after spending a long fifteen minutes next to the toilet.

“Hello, Bella.” He greeted me, looking up. I slumped down in a chair across from his desk. He put down his book, “Was it bad today?” he asked me, sympathetic. I nodded,

“I’m just so tired of feeling horrible every morning.” I mumbled.

“It should end in a month give or take. Everyone is different, but your second trimester is said to be the healthiest time in a woman’s life. Morning sickness should stop.” He assured me.

I sighed but nodded, “Thanks, Dad.

“You’re very welcome, Bella. Is there anything else you wanted to ask me?” he asked, a smile playing at his lips. He cocked his head to the side, curious. He definitely could tell something else was bothering me.

“Well…there isn’t any way to tell…how…um, big I will get is there?” I asked.

“Is that one of the things that has been bothering you lately?” he asked me. I nodded,

“It’s silly-but I can’t stop thinking about it.” I admitted, blushing.

“It’s not silly;” he grinned now, “that is normal. But I’m afraid, normally, there isn’t a tool that will be able to tell how big you are…luckily, we have something nobody else has.” He continued to smile. I was confused,

“What’s that?” I asked him.

“Ah-it’s not a ‘that’. It’s a ‘who’. Alice.” He said, and I smiled too as she skipped into the room right on cue.

“Well, let’s see here….” She sat down, and then her eyes became glazed over as she searched the future.

“Do you see where my hand is right now?” she asked me suddenly, reaching over so that her hand was a little ways away from my stomach,

“yes.” I said, hesitantly.

“You’ll be right about there at 9 months.”

“I’ll be huge!” I groaned, hiding my face with my hands.

“Cheer up Bella-it’s not forever. And think about the reward you’ll get from it.” Alice pointed out.

“Perhaps I should call Edward in here.” Carlisle murmured, flipping his phone open and hitting the correct speed dial.

Edward was in the office a few seconds later, “Bella, do you want to go running?” he proposed. It was a ruse to get me distracted, so that I wouldn’t be upset. I looked up,

“But I already ran.” I informed him. He nodded,

“I could carry you.” he offered. I took up the offer, despite how I was falling into their distraction plan,

“Well….okay. Thanks Alice, Carlisle.” I said to them. Carlisle winked at me and Alice smiled.

“Do you have a name in mind yet?” Edward asked me, after a few minutes of running. He held me so that my head rested on his chest.

“Er…no. you?” I asked him. He smiled and shook his head, making his face glitter even more from the sun,

“I’ve never had to think about it before.” He told me. His auburn hair was swaying with the wind as he ran. I was perfectly content with staying in his arms. They felt reassuring and safe when they were around me.

“Edward,” I said to him as he stopped in a meadow, “you know I’m happy about being pregnant, right?” I asked him, as I lay down next to him. He pulled me closer to him, putting an arm around my shoulders so I could rest my head on him. His other hand was lying gently on my slightly bigger stomach.

“Yes.” He answered me, lying on his side to look into my eyes.

“Good…and you know I love you, right?” I asked him, as he leaned in a little closer.

“Yes.” he whispered.

“Even better.” Then his lips touched mine and all of my worries disappeared for the moment. Perhaps that was his intention in the first place. Either way, I was happy.

***

“Edward!” I called him, smiling with my lap top seated on my lap. His hair was disheveled as he ran into our room. He looked alarmed,

“What? What’s wrong?” he asked me, walking quickly to my side.

“Nothing is wrong, silly. Look at this e-mail I opened from Angela.” I said to him. Edward looked over my shoulder at the computer screen.

“Angela and Ben are getting married?” he murmured. I smiled,

“Isn’t that exciting?!” I asked him. As long as it was somebody else’s wedding, I was perfectly okay with being excited instead of nervous.

“Actually, there was a letter downstairs for us.” Edward said to me, pulling it out of his back pocket. I snatched it from him and read it,

“Angela wants us in her wedding.” I murmured, suddenly touched and honored of being in her ceremony.

“I don’t know if it’s possible…” he shook his head, looking at me. I tried to hide a frown, but it didn’t work.

“When is the date?” he asked me.

“It’s next month.” I told him. Suddenly, he smiled,

“Then we’re going.” And with that he ran to Alice’s room. I was confused again,

“Um…What?” I asked him, setting my lap top on the coffee table and walking down the hallway. “I thought you just said it might not be possible.” I told him as he started explaining to Alice and me,

“Demetri is supposed to come next month. If it’s on the 22nd, that will be your excuse. When he asks where you are, Carlisle can show him the wedding invitation-and because they think we don’t know, it will look like a mere coincidence. The excuse will be perfectly legit.” He explained.

“Perfect.” Alice breathed, beginning to smile as she put down a magazine.

“One small problem-I look like a vampire.” I said to them. It would be perfect, if it wasn’t for my power not working.

“Not when I’m done with you. We’ll need brown contacts and a lot of make-up…though you were already pale before…I’ll need to experiment with you, Bella.” Alice told me, taking my hand and leading me into her bedroom sized bathroom.

After an hour of Alice having her fun, she was finally satisfied, putting the last bit of blush on my face, which I really didn’t need much of for obvious reasons.

“I’m such a genius.” She exclaimed, turning me around so I could look at myself in the mirror. I saw my eyes widen as I gasped,

“Alice-I look completely human!” I squealed. “Thank you! I’m so excited I can go!” I hugged her as she laughed,

“It’s no problem. We should wash all of this off though-you can take the contacts out if you want; they are going to dissolve from the venom anyway, though.” She told me. “It really is too bad your power can’t change your eye color...it’s really bad you can’t even use your power while you’re pregnant! It would be so simple to just turn yourself into what you looked like when you were human.” She sighed unhappily but shrugged, “More fun for me though, right?” she smiled and I grinned back at her.

After all of the make-up was off of my face, I grabbed the invitation and dialed Angela’s cell phone number.

“Hello?” she answered. I smiled as I talked,

“Angela, how are you? It’s Bella.”

“Bella? I haven’t talked to you in forever! I’m fine-did you get the invitation?” she asked me.

“Yes! Congratulations, Angela. Edward and I are so happy for you! That’s what I wanted to talk to you about, actually.” I told her.

“Thank you so much, Bella. Do you think you can come? Ben and I talked it over and we really want the both of you in the wedding. But if you can’t-”

“No, we would love to come Angela. We are both very touched that you want us to be a part of it.”

“So you can come?!” she verified. I nodded but forgot that she couldn’t see me,

“Yes, we can come.” I said quickly.

“The rehearsal dinner is the 20th, but I would really love to see the both of you before then. Just to catch up, you know? Plus, we need your size for the bridesmaid dress.” She added.

“Of course. I miss Forks, so I think we’ll come two weeks earlier. When I’m in town, I’ll come see you.” I promised.

“Alright, that sounds wonderful. See you then, Bella.” And with that we both hung up, eager to catch up on everything that had happened since graduation as soon as we saw each other.