Who We Are
Sequel to 'What We Become'. Two years have passed since Bella gave birth to the twins. Things have changed, but things have also stayed the same.
Horrors keep coming back to scare Bella, and soon she is afraid to even get lose to Edward. What can happen when you forget what happens most?
AN: So this is a bit of an introduction to the second part of my series. We shall see how this unfolds, and that will tell me whether or not there will be a third part. Sounds good? So, to new readers, it would be wise to go back and read "What We Become." Believe me, you won't be dissapointed.
12. Chapter 12
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Edward fell against the hospital wall. He clutched at his chest, his head back. He held onto the wall to keep him erect. He wanted to scream and shout, but instead he started to cry. He’d been crying so much lately, but this was for an entirely different reason. He opened his eyes and stared at his father. Carlisle let his shoulders relax as he took in the state of his youngest son. After a couple seconds the both of the shared a smile, and then Edward turned to the surgeon. “Let me see her.”
“Of course.” The doctor led Edward down the hallway and into another room. There was his Bella looking dead, but alive on the small hospital bed. Carlisle had paid for a single room, and Edward’s mind suddenly thought of how much Bella will love the window when she wakes up. The doctor left the two of them alone. Edward walked to the side of the bed and looked at his sleeping wife. She still looked so fragile, her head wrapped in bandages. Her eyes were sallow and grey, her skin a sickly pale white. But to Edward she was still the most beautiful girl in the world.
Pulling the chair up to her bed, he fell against the bed. Edward took Bella’s hand within his. It was so cold. They still did not know if Bella was going to be alright; they had to wait until she woke up, until they did the necessary tests afterwards.
“Take your time, love. I’ll always be waiting here for you.” Edward whispered against her cheek. He smiled and a tear slid down his face. “Everything is going to be okay now, my darling.”
Pink fingers grabbed at the white sheets of the hospital bed. A mass of copper curls were making their way towards the head of the bed. Bella lifted her hand and pressed it against her daughter’s face.
“Hello, Annie.” She whispered. “Did you miss me?” The child nodded and then curled up into the side of her mother, her cheek pressed against her breast.
“I missed you too.” She rubbed her daughter’s back. “And my son?” She asked. Edward smiled obediently and helped Henry as he cuddled into the other side of her. A sense of peace, of ease, swept through her. Her heart lurched. Bella closed her eyes and smiled.
She soon felt cool fingers running up her cheeks and cupping either side of her face. She leaned her head into his hands. Bella opened her eyes when she felt Edward’s lips gently graze her forehead. A tear fell from her eyes and he wiped it away. His face was right there. She smiled at him, and he smiled back, looking her over.
“How are you feeling?” He asked, his voice a melody to his ears.
“Super.” She whispered. “Never been better.”
“Mmm.. You’re still my Bella.” He whispers back.
“Is that a good thing or a bad thing?”
“We’ll see.” He said it seriously, but he had his grin on his face. Edward looked into her eyes slowly and tried to see into her soul, but all he got back was her beautiful brown eyes staring just as intently. It was Bella who broke the silence.
“What’s going to happen to me now?”
“They’re going to do some tests to make sure they got it all. They’re going to find nothing-- they’re going to tell us we can all go home. You’ve been healed. Then we’re going to go home and everything is going to be alright.”
“Is that what you hope or is that what’s true?”
Edward sighed and looked away. Bella closed her eyes, waited, and then opened them again. Edward was gone standing in front of the window, looking out at whatever he could see. It wasn’t much but a parking lot and a cemetery not far out in the distance. His back was turned away from her, so Bella couldn’t figure out what he was thinking.
She laughed a short laugh. Edward, surprised, turned and looked at her steadily.
“Am I that hideous now that you find me disgusting?”
“What?” Edward asked with an air of incredulousness. “How could you even think that?”
“Well..” She wondered, with a smirk. “Why haven’t you kissed me yet since I woke up?” Edward looked away and frowned.
“I didn’t know if you wanted me to or not..”
“Of course I want you to kiss me! Why wouldn’t I? You’re my husband.” Bella was still smiling.
“I know that.. But before..”
“Edward.. Forget about before, okay? This is now. I know now. I don’t want to know before anymore. That’s just a far away memory now. Well.” She grinned. “Except certain memories, of course.”
Edward tried to smile. “What would those certain memories be?” He took a step closer to the bed.
“These two..” She tightened her grip on their children. “Oh! They’re sleeping…” She whispered. And giggled a little more. Edward couldn’t help but smile. “Hmm.. What else?” She rested her head into the pillow and turned to her husband. “There’s the memory of how we made these little rascals.” She laughed some more. Edward was aware of how care-free she was being. Happy to be alive, his mother would say. “And our wedding, and all the days after that…”
“And all the nights as well.”
“Haha. Let’s not forget about those. So many good memories.” She whispered again.
“Yes.” Edward took another step towards her.
“Yes! And so many more to come, I’m sure.”
“Yes. Speaking of memories..” They shared a smile. “I want another one.” Bella winked.
“Don’t be silly, Edward. I want another baby. Another one. Okay?”
“No don’t Bella.. me. I want another one. And I’m going to get one….. And you’re going to help.”
“With what money are we going use? My parents?”
“We won’t need it.” She smiled. “I didn’t tell you. I got my book published. They want to publish it! 250, 000 they are sending me! Isn’t it amazing?”
“So will you make me a baby? Hmm?”
“I’ll see what I can do.” Edward whispered with a sly smile. He reached over the bed and cupped her face in his hands once more.
“Will you kiss me now?” She asked.
“Because I love you.”
“Because of who I am?”
“Because of who we are.”
Edward laughed. And closed the distance between their lips. It was as if heaven fell from the sky and brightened his world. Their world. He knew now that for at least a little bit of time, he could relax. Because he had his family.
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