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."
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“Bella, love Bella can you hear me?” Edwards’s voice faded in and out, like somebody was turning the volume up quickly and then back down again on a radio. I stayed still, though I was able to realize that I wasn’t lying on the floor anymore. It felt like I was on the living room couch.
“Carlisle, what’s wrong with her?” Edward asked, as if he was in agony. It was still hard to understand him.
Carlisle mumbled something I couldn’t hear, I knew he was most likely talking to Edward.
I heard Alice’s voice…..and then I heard Esme’s….there was Tanya’s…..I couldn’t understand any of them.
I felt stiff…I didn’t want to move. But I knew I would have too-but I almost couldn’t. Was something holding me down?
I tried to open my eyes, they fluttered. When I was finally able to open them I saw faces all surrounding me. The late afternoon light was shining through the windows as I struggled to grasp what just happened.
All of it was blurry before I finally focused my eyesight. Edward was the closest, kneeling down next to me with a worried expression I knew all too well. Alice was sitting on the arm of the couch, behind my head. Carlisle was more in front of me. Esme, Rosalie, Emmett, and Jasper were in the room, too. I realized all of the Denali clan was close-all on the outskirts of the room to not make it too crowded and overwhelming for me.
“Bella, can you hear me?” Edward asked again.
I opened my mouth, “What happened?” I asked him, clearing my voice just as if I woke up from a deep sleep.
“You…well, you fainted.”Edward told me. He seemed a bit flustered with the idea himself.
“Bella, what did you feel before you fainted?” Carlisle asked me. I looked at him, still not moving,
“I was feeling dizzy, my vision blurred. I felt like I was going to be sick again, though.” I told him, trying to remember what happened.
I tried to sit up, and Edward helped me. “Do you feel any better?”Edward asked me.
I smiled warily up at him, “not really. How long was I out for?” almost afraid of the answer.
“Five minutes.” He informed me. I groaned-this wasn’t supposed to be happing to me! I was a vampire now! I shouldn’t be getting sick and dizzy, and I most defiantly shouldn’t be fainting.
“Bella, this has never happened before. I wish I could do some brain scans at the hospital, but because you’re a vampire your brain wouldn’t show up on the screen.” Carlisle sighed frustratingly.
“I have a theory.” Alice said quietly. Everyone looked at her, including Edward. He went ridged.
“No. absolutely no, Alice. That’s impossible!” Edward said to her. She just smiled,
“If I saw it, it’s not impossible.” She pointed out.
“But-that can’t happen. She’s a vampire!” Edward shook his head, slightly panicking. He knew that Alice was right, but couldn’t quite grasp it all the same. What she was right about, though, remained a mystery for me and everyone else.
“Would somebody care to explain to the rest of us what the hell you two are talking about?” Emmett asked, annoyed. Alice and Edward did this all of the time-and I suppose I would get sick of it too if I lived with them as long as he has.
Suddenly Esme clamped a hand over her mouth, jumping up from the couch she was sitting on. She made me jump as well. Her eyes got big,
“You can’t possibly think-?” Esme began to ask the two of them. Alice and Edward nodded, though Alice’s nod was more enthusiastic and Edward’s was a bit stiff, as if he was in shock. Esme looked shocked herself. I, too, was starting to become panicked now,
“I agree with Emmett.” I mumbled.
“Alice, she isn’t-?” Carlisle began to ask, suddenly understanding what we all didn’t. Alice nodded happily again.
“Think about it Carlisle, not only did I see it,” she held up a finger to make her point, “but her symptoms make sense with this theory. I mean, all apart from the fainting…but that may have some tie to it.” Alice explained to him. He stayed still for a moment, thinking it over. He let his head rest on one of his hands as he thought, staring at a spot on the living room floor. Edward looked at him, reading his thoughts, as he did so.
“It was her heart,” he murmured quietly before standing up and raising his voice, “Of course!” he exclaimed, suddenly solving the puzzle. Edward turned his attention away from Carlisle and to me-he was actually gaping at me now. I was officially panicked. I felt myself starting to hyperventilate.
“It’s Bella’s heart! During the transformation it wasn’t responding normally. Because she inherited some human traits from it, this is one of them that we didn’t see coming until now!” Carlisle explained. What human trait!? All of us that didn’t understand what the four seemed to just stared at them, waiting for an explanation impatiently.
“But physically-” Esme interrupted him.
“No, Sweet-her heart acts like a power. A power doesn’t have to work like a human at all.” He explained to her. She formed an ‘oh’ with her lips, understanding. Now I have a new power?
“Can somebody tell me why Edward looks like he just saw a ghost?” I asked them. Emmett couldn’t help himself and his quite chuckle turned into booming laughter, but then coughing when I glared at him.
“Oh, he’s just in shock.” Alice smiled, patting his shoulder.
“Shock about what? What’s going o-” I stopped myself. I clamped my mouth shut, looking at my stomach, which now that I noticed, all eyes were on. Oh.
“But I…but I can’t be…but” I started stuttering. This couldn’t be happening! Some power…I think I would take flying over this.
“Bella, you’re pregnant.” Carlisle said to me. I wanted to faint again.
“But I-but this-I wasn’t-how can-this can’t-you’re saying-I’m pregnant.” I dropped down to a whisper, folding my arms across my stomach. I wasn’t sure if this was bad or good. There was a person inside of me. Right under where my arms were.
“Bella, when you’re ready I can go over some details. For now I think it’s best we let them be alone for a while.” Carlisle said. The rest of them nodded and disappeared out of the house. Very subtle, I thought. I realized my mouth was still open in shock, and I closed it. I looked up at Edward; my eyes were a little big. He mimicked my expression completely. We stared at each other for a minute so that our brains could process everything.
“Wow.” I gulped, finally breaking the silence between us. One episode of fainting and throwing up, which must have been morning sickness, and now all of this, happens. Why to me? Why does everything weird that nobody has ever seen before happen to me?
“Are you upset?” that was all he asked me. His expression remained the same.
“I….” I took a breath as Edward looked like he was afraid of the answer, “no.” I whispered.
“Are you positive?” he asked me, un-sure. I nodded,
“Yes.” I whispered again. He opened his mouth to say something, but then closed it.
“Oh god-you’re upset!” I said to him, letting my head fall in my arms, which was resting on my legs. Edward didn’t even want a child-he was upset. And it was my entire fault.
“No, no Bella I’m not.” He rushed over to me, sitting down and really moving for the first time.
“Yes,” I groaned, “yes you are. It’s my fault.” Why was this happening? This baby isn’t even human! It…oh god….I have no idea WHAT it is!
“Stop it, Isabella.” He said to me, putting a finger under my chin and tilting my face up gently so that he could look at me. I bit my lip as he talked,
“I’m not upset. What you saw was me trying to adjust to this situation,” he assured, “I was just…afraid. Afraid that you were upset and were wishing that this wasn’t happening. I could never forgive myself if you didn’t like this…since I did this to you.” he explained. He was blaming himself-it was completely like him to feel like this.
“Edward,” I took his hands in mine, “I’m not upset. I’m not wishing this wasn’t happening. I…I just never really saw this coming. I mean…I guess I thought about it once when I threw up, but I just dismissed it. I’m a little…scared…and a little confused…and I feel weird. But I’m okay.” I said to him.
“You’re scared.” He stated. I nodded,
“Just the whole idea mortifies me a little. I mean…am I even ready to become a…a…mom?” I asked myself, almost choking on the last word. His hand brushed hair out of my face,
“I’m so sorry, Bella.” He said in agony.
“No-don’t be sorry. There is nothing to be sorry for.” I disagreed.
“But Bella-” he began.
“I’m pregnant, Okay? And though I am slightly freaking out about this-I’m pretty sure that’s normal. Don’t be sorry-because I’m not.” I said to him, before leaning in and kissing him before he could say anything more. We stayed like that for a while, before he finally pulled back. One of his hands remained caressing my cheek,
“Okay.” He whispered before kissing me again.
“Can you make room for one more in your heart, Edward?” I asked him as I pulled back.
“Yes, Bella. Of course.” He nodded.
“Are you happy?” I asked him, my voice breaking.
“Oh, love,” he held my face in his hands, “more than you can imagine.” He whispered, smiling. He leaned in and kissed me again, “I never thought I would find somebody like you, and here you are. And to be giving me a child is more than I ever thought I would have. I love you more than anything. I cannot believe you have given me so much and that you continue to bring me great joy and happiness every day. Thank you, my Bella.” He whispered. He kissed me once more.
I smiled, “I’m going to be a mother, and you are going to be a father. Aren’t you at all scared?” I asked him.
“More than you can imagine.” He said again, and then he smiled.
“Good, because I thought I was the only one.” I murmured as he put his hand on my stomach and one over my hand,
“We can do this, Bella. You will be an amazing mother, I have faith.” He said. That made one of us. I was not sure I could do this. I wasn’t even planning on this happening to me- To us.
“Hey Edward?” I asked him after a few moments of lying like this.
“Yes?” he answered.
“Will you still love me when I’m….well, you know- huge?” I blushed.
“Mrs. Cullen-I will love you no matter what you look like. You’re beautiful always.” He said to me.
That helped a little.
“You can come back, you know.” Edward called out to Alice, who sounded like she was bouncing up and down on the deck outside. There was a small tapping noise, and the little tinkering of her two necklaces clinking together.
“Finally!” she exclaimed. The sliding glass door in the back of the house, where another small sitting area was, opened and closed as Alice ran to where we were.
“Yay! Bella, you will have the best dressed baby the world has ever seen! Forget Prince William-his clothes will seem like rags once I’m done with your kid.” She said happily.
“It’s a boy?” I asked her, alarmed, and slightly excited. She shook her head,
“I never said that.” she pointed out. I grimaced as Edward patted my knee.
“And of course the nursery will be amazing. Now where to put it? I need the blueprints of your house Tanya.” Esme said coming in with Tanya. She nodded and went upstairs to get them.
“So we’re uncles, Jasper.” Emmett mused, leaning against the wall.
“I like the sound of Uncle Jasper. It sounds less stupid than Uncle Emmett.” Jasper joked. Emmett rolled his eyes,
“Yeah, Uncle Jasper sounds totally awesome.” Emmett said sarcastically.
“Wow-a little baby in the house will be hard to get used to.” Kate said, smiling.
“Si…That is why we have 9 months to get used to the idea…esperar-Carlisle, will Bella be giving birth in 9 months or will it be less, since they are both vampires?” Carmen asked with her Spanish accent.
I became alert and I felt blood run from my cheeks as he explained, “I wouldn’t know for sure. I suppose it would be 9 months…though vampires can excel quicker than humans…Alice?” Carlisle asked her.
“Hmmm.” She said quietly, looking into the future. Her eyes glazed over, staring at us and yet at a different world.
“Focus on a calendar or weather outside.” Edward suggested as he watched her sift through my future. When it looked like she found what she was looking for she came back to reality. Her eyes focused back to us.
“It will be in May. So yes, 9 months. I couldn’t tell you the date though, I’m afraid. Everything was rather blurry.” She informed us.
“Is that normal? The vision being blurry, I mean?” I asked her. She shrugged,
“It’s not the first time. It could be a number of reasons-I wouldn’t worry about it unless it continues.” She told me. I nodded and looked back at Edward, who was watching me.
“In May…a month before his or her’s father.” I mused. Edward’s grip tightened on my hand as he winked at me.
I would have a son or daughter in 9 months. Suddenly, I realized that was not much time at all.
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