The Lure of Esme
All Human....Carlisle and Esme get pregnant against all odds - what callenges will they face, especially when someone from the past pays them a visit? *CURRENTLY NOMINATED AT THE TWILIGHT AWARDS*
I don't own twilight - Stephenie Meyer does.
6. Chapter 6
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Oi - how much bigger can I physically get? I can't remember the last time I saw my feet or the last time my back didn't hurt. Don't get me wrong, I loved feeling my babies move inside me, but the rest of it I could do without. The kids have really surprised me. Edward and Rosalie have taken over dinner duties; Jasper and Emmett have been cleaning for me and Alice has been helping me plan the nursery. My fears of being a horrible mother to them had started to fade. I still hated the fact that they had to do my work, but I never heard them complain - even when one of them stayed behind from a party or a football game.
I was tired of staying in the house and decided I was going to get out for a bit. Carlisle was still asleep upstairs so I left him a note saying I was going to the store. tonight I would be making dinner for everyone - whether they liked it or not. Besides, I had an unusual amount of energy today and I needed to burn it off.
Once I had my list, I made my way to the grocery store. While in the produce section, I heard a familiar voice.
"Mrs. Cullen, what a pleasant surprise."
"Mr. Volterra, what are you doing here?"
"I had just left a message for your husband. It seems my company has been impressed with the work I do here and they want to keep me here permanently. So I found an apartment and needed to get a few things."
"Oh how wonderful. I'm sure Carlisle will be happy to hear that."
"How are you?"
"I'm fine. I snuck out of the house to pick up a few things as well."
"Well, perhaps we can shop together. Would you mind the company?"
"Not at all."
"So tell me how you met Carlisle."
"I was a patient of his actually. He was in Ohio doing his residency program. I was in a car accident and needed surgery on my leg. A few months later I bumped into him at a club and we hit it off. We've been together ever since."
"Your children are very well mannered for teenagers."
"Thank you. Of course there are times when things get a bit out of hand, but it's nothing I can't handle."
"But what will you do when the babies come?"
"What do you mean?"
"Five teenagers plus two newborns...I can't imagine that will be easy."
"I'm sure it won't. But Emmett, Jasper and Rosalie are all off to college in the fall and Carlisle has rearranged his schedule, so I'm sure I'll manage."
"Emmett is the football player, correct?"
"What are Jasper and Rosalie's majors?"
"Jasper is political science and Rosalie is a drama major."
"And your other children?"
"I'm not too sure, but I believe Edward wants to follow in Carlisle's footsteps and Alice is really into fashion and party planning, so I have no doubt she'll do something fantastic."
"What about you? What do you do for fun?"
"I like to restore old houses and I do a bit of interior design as well. But mostly I just take care of our home."
"Well maybe you could do something with my apartment. I'm afraid I'm not much of a decorator."
"I would love to. I just need to clear it with my doctor. I'm not really supposed to be out, but I couldn't stand it anymore."
Aro and I continued to talk as we finished shopping. After we paid, my stomach growled and I knew I needed to eat soon. I also knew that Carlisle was probably up by now as well and he was probably fuming. Once the groceries were in my car, I said goodbye to Aro and drove home. Sure enough, Carlisle was standing in the garage waiting for me.
"Where have you been?"
"Shopping, why? Didn't you see my note?"
"Yes, but you're not supposed to be on your feet."
"No, the doctor said to take it easy. She didn't say I was on bed rest, Carlisle. Now help me with the groceries."
"Esme, my angel, I only want you to be safe."
"I'm perfectly fine. I have quite a bit of energy today and I needed to do something. If anything had happened, Aro or I would have called you."
"Aro? Aro was here?"
"No, I ran into him at the grocery store," Esme said walking into the house.
Aro. I had the sudden realization their run in wasn't coincidental. Aro had started tracking Esme, just like he did with Anna all those years ago.
"Carlisle, what's wrong?"
"Esme," I said putting down the bags and taking her in my arms as best I could. "You must promise me you will not have anything to do with him."
"I don't trust him. I'm sure he'll only be in town for a short time longer, but I don't want you near him."
"Carlisle, that's going to be a bit difficult."
"One, his company is keeping him in town permanently. And two, he wants me to decorate his new apartment."
"No. Absolutely not. Promise me you'll stay away, Esme. I couldn't bear it if something happens to you."
"Will you calm down? Nothing's going to happen to me or our babies, I promise you that."
Dinner went smoothly. After which Esme and I curled up on the couch and watched television with the kids. All the while I kept seeing images of Anna and Aro: the early days when they had first met; Aro drunk and fuming after he had seen her with another man who was only a classmate; Anna's crying face after an argument; and the look in Aro's eyes when he spoke of her after she was reported missing. it wasn't a look of sadness, it was one of satisfaction - the type of look when a possessive man would tell his wife or girlfriend that if he couldn't have her, than no one could. Even after all these years I knew he had killed her. He had too. The police had searched ever inch of campus, her dorm, our dorm, and on her parent's property looking for anything, but no major clues were found. They still haven't found her body as far as I knew.
I knew now that I needed to put a stop to this before it went any further. My wife and my children's lives were at stake.