Continuation of "Alone" All Human Now that Bella and Edward are together, will their lives settle down or will there be more bumps along the way? There will be a lemon chapter here and there.
4. Chapter 4
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Together - Chapter 4
The next few weeks flew by and before we knew it, it was Halloween. The alarm in my room was buzzing, as was the one across the room. Bella had placed an extra alarm in our room to help her get out of bed. Today, however, she refused to get up. Period.
"Are you not going today," I asked her.
"No. I'm not feeling well."
"Is there anything I can do?"
"No, just let me sleep. I was up half the night."
"I know you were. Do you need me to stay?"
"No. Just drop Mad and Mas at school and I'll pick them up."
I let her drift back to sleep while I showered, gathered my books and dressed. I sat next to her to give her a goodbye kiss, when she grabbed my hand.
"What is it," I asked.
"Edward, I really don't feel well. Can't you stay a bit longer?"
"Do you want your ginger pills? Would that help?"
"It's not nausea. I just feel off."
"How about this, I'll drop the twins off and come back. If you're feeling better, I'll go to the two classes that I have exams in. If not, I'll stay. Okay?"
"Fine. Can you help me up? I need to go to the bathroom."
I helped her up and waited. When she came out of the bathroom, she had a stream of tears running down her face.
"You need to call the doctor."
I reached in my bag for my cell, and remembered I had left it downstairs. Bella sat on the edge of our bed, while I ran downstairs.
"Have you seen my phone," I frantically asked Esme.
"It's in the kitchen on the charger, why?"
I quickly told Esme what was wrong, and she immediately ran up to be with Bella. I found my phone and quickly dialed the clinic. My family sat in silence at the table, while I explained to the nurse what was going on. AS the nurse told me to bring Bella to Labor and Delivery to be evaluated, I heard Bella and Esme already walking to the garage.
The ride to the hospital was long. I hit every red light. Just my luck too. I looked over at Bella frequently, who was silently sobbing. I placed a hand on her thigh, like I usually do when I'm driving. Usually she puts her hand on mine, but not today. Today she just looked out the window. I didn't know what to say to her. I wanted to tell her everything would be fine, but I didn't know if it would. What if something was wrong? What if she was loosing both babies? I knew it was far to early for her to deliver, but seeing as how she did the last time around, it wouldn't surprise me if the same thing happened again. The image of seeing Maddy and Masen so small and helpless in the incubators flashed before my eyes again, as did the image of Bella when she saw them for the first time.
Luckily, we found a parking spot close to the door. I held her close to me as we walked to Labor and Delivery. We checked in, an IV was started and Dr. Danielson was paged. Everything was happening so fast. Bella's nurse never left our room. Shortly after Bella was settled, Dr. Danielson arrived. She examined Bella as gently as possible. I couldn't read her face, and that made me worry.
"Have you called ultrasound," she asked the nurse.
"Yes. They're ready whenever you are."
"What's going on," Bella quietly asked.
Dr. Danielson gently laid the blanket back over Bella's legs, and removed her gloves.
"Your cervix is open," she said. This caused Bella to start sobbing harder than what she was. I sat next to her and held her tightly. "I want to do an ultrasound to see what exactly is going on."
Please no, I prayed. I didn't know a whole lot about pregnancy, but I knew that was a bad sign. Bella calmed down enough to get in the wheelchair waiting next to her bed. Dr. Danielson followed us to the ultrasound room. Now I realize why Bella liked her so much. She was very caring and was very focused. Her pager had gone off a couple times, but she ignored it. She stood behind the technician and every now and then would tell her where to look.
"Is everything...okay," Bella asked, as she tightly squeezed my hand.
Dr. Danielson didn't answer at first. Not good, I thought.
"Lets get you back to your room and settled and we can talk there, okay?"
Once we were back, Dr. Danielson examined Bella again and sat at the foot of the bed and looked at both of us with sad eyes.
"Bella, you lost one of your twins. But the good news is, the other one looks just fine."
"Is that normal," I asked.
"It's what we call Vanishing Twin Syndrome, where the body will occasionally absorb one of the babies. When it happens, usually it's during the first trimester, but it's known to happen during the second as well."
"Did I do something wrong," Bella asked through her tears.
"Absolutely not. There's nothing you could have done to cause or prevent this."
"But my other baby is alright," Bella asked.
"Yes. There's a good strong heartbeat and he or she was moving around like normal. You still have a full bag of IV fluids, so, I'm going to keep you here until it's done and then you are to go home and take it easy for the rest of the week."
About an hour or so later we were pulling into the garage at the house. Bella had calmed down a bit, but was still quiet. I helped her from the car and into the house. Esme was with Alice in the dining room. When they saw us walk by, the stopped what they were doing and met us at the stair case.
“How did it go," Esme asked softly.
Bella buried her head in my chest and I just shook my head. I knew she wasn't ready to talk about it.
That night, after Bella was asleep, I went downstairs to catch up on my studying. I had been down there for a good hour before I heard Carlisle return home from work.
"You're up late," Carlisle said.
"Esme said you guys were at the hospital today. Is everything okay," he asked as he sat next to me.
I couldn't look at him. I was on the edge of loosing it. I had been trying to keep myself together for Bella, but in the quiet everything started to sink in.
"Edward," he said again, placing a hand on my shoulder. "Edward, what is it?"
"She lost one, Carlisle," I quietly said, while trying to fight off my own tears.
"Bella... she uh... she lost one of the twins."
Carlisle sat with me while I lost my nerve and regained it. I couldn't remember if I cried harder at the sight of the twins after they were born, or at the site of Bella sobbing when Dr. Danielson told her she lost one.
"Edward, I'm going to tell you something no one else knows," Carlisle said to me. His voice was serious, yet sad at the same time. "Before you joined our family, Esme and I had tried to have children of our own. We tried for three years before we got the news that she was pregnant. About four months into her pregnancy, she had a very painful miscarriage and decided she didn't want to try anymore."
"How did you get through it? What did you say to her to make her pain go away."
"There were a lot of quiet nights where all she wanted was to be held. Those were the worst nights, because she wouldn't tell me what she was thinking or feeling. Then there were times when all she could do was cry and wonder what could have been. But you get through it, and eventually, she was back to herself. Granted, all of our experiences aren't the same as what the two of you are going through, but maybe just knowing that we've been there will help."
Carlisle stood, and patted my shoulder again.
"Thanks," I said.
"Sure. Don't stay up too late."