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Thankful

Summary:
Third part of to my stories "Alone" and "Together". **ADULT CONTENT** All Human. Bella and Edward have moved up to Seattle with the kids to start their lives... find out what happens.


Notes:


3. Chapter 3

Rating 5/5   Word Count 1339   Review this Chapter

EmPOV

I couldn't keep my eyes off of Rose for the rest of the night. Before we joined the family downstairs, we promised we wouldn't tell anyone, except Bella, since she kind of already knew. There were a few times when I saw tears in her eyes while looking at Bella and the kids.

I know Rose is going to be a good mother. It's in her nature to love, even though she doesn't see it all the time. The truth is, I would do anything for this woman. There's just something about her that makes me feel complete, and knowing that in a few short months we would have something made from both of us, made my heart soar. There is no one else on this earth that's good enough to be my child's mother than her. I just wish she'd understand that being pregnant is a beautiful time in a woman's life. Maybe spending some time with Bella and Alice will help her.

I just can't wait until we tell everyone.

BPOV

I knew Rose was pregnant by the way she kept looking at Emmett. It's the same look I would give Edward. I have to admit it felt a little odd not being the pregnant Cullen, but I was done. Our little family was complete with Lillian. She's going to be our drama girl, I can already tell.

Everyone had finished dinner and were all gathered in the family room with the kids, while I cleaned up the dining room and did the dishes. Jackson and JJ had passed out a few minutes ago, which only left Lilly, Charlotte, Masen and Maddy. I could handle that. Of course I could really enjoy the evening with the family if Edward helped. There's a nice thought. I think the last night I had all to myself was... in high school. Really, would it kill him to dishes once and a while? I sighed heavily and realized it was a battle I wouldn't win. As much as I loved to argue, I didn't even bring the subject up. When I started cleaning, the kitchen clock read 7:30. When I was done, it read 10:30 - three hours of cleaning and not once did he come and check on me!

By the time I joined my family, they had started a small bonfire in the backyard. I was exhausted and ready for sleep, but it had been a while since the entire family was together. I sat next to Edward, who barely acknowledged I was there. He was too pre-occupied with Emmett and Jasper. Figures. I'm just your wife, no one special.

I really don't know what was wrong with us anymore. One minute he's the Edward I fell in love with; the next, it feels like he's just some guy who's here because we have kids together and that's it. What happened to our relationship? What happened to the simple things? I really didn't think I looked all that bad. Granted, I just gave birth, but the majority of the weight was gone. One thing was for sure, I was not the petite Bella from high school anymore. But what does he expect? I've carried five children and have new curves. But even those he only acknowledged when we were in bed. Even that was suffering. Was it obvious to the others? Did they see something I didn't?

It was then that I noticed Charlotte and the twins running around in the back yard.

"Edward," I scolded. "You couldn't put the kids to bed?"

"Busy."

"So was I."

"Yeah, but you're done now."

"I'll put them down," Esme said.

"No, Mom. Bella will do it. She doesn't mind," Edward said.

"Well neither do I. Besides, it's been a while since I've done it," Esme said again.

"Really, Esme. Let Bella do it. It's her job anyway."

That stopped everyone in their tracks. My job. Interesting...

"Her job," Alice said.

"Yes."

"Funny, I thought as parents and spouses, it was both of your jobs," Rosalie barked.

"All I mean is that the kids only seem to sleep through the night when she puts them down."

At this point, everyone was yelling, and I was sitting here, starring straight at the fire, trying to figure out when this change happened.

"FINE! I'LL DO IT," I yelled.

"No, Edward will do it tonight, and he'll get up with the kids during the night and first thing in the morning, too," Esme ordered. "And to make sure that happens, I'm staying the night."

"You don't have too," I said.

"No, but I do. I don't know where Edward gets off telling you it's your job, but I will not have it."

Later that night, after everyone was settled, I made my way to our bedroom. Not only were Esme and Carlisle staying, but so was everyone else. It irritated Edward to no end, and I knew I would get an earful. Edward was sitting in bed, reading, like usual. I quickly changed and climbed in bed next to him and wondered how long it would be before he said anything.

"Happy now," he quietly said.

"What are you talking about?"

"You've made my entire family stay."

"So? It wouldn't kill you to help out more. I understand you're tired from work, but I'm here all day with the kids. And pretty soon I'll be going back to work too."

"Yeah, been meaning to talk to you about that. I don't want you to go back."

"Excuse me?"

"I expect you to stay home."

"Expect me? I've worked too hard to get where I am at work, Edward. I'm not throwing that away."

"Well I'm not putting our kids in daycare, and I'm not hiring a nanny."

"I can't bring them to work."

"Then you'll stay home."

"No, I won't."

Edward dropped his book, pulled me over on my back and pined me down.

"Yes, you will," he growled. "You will stay home and keep the kids in order."

I've never seen him like this before. The look in his eyes scared me.

"Get off of me."

"No. You will honor me like a wife is supposed to."

"Edward, we can't."

I knew what he wanted, and I knew he would take it if necessary. That was his new thing these days. Even though the doctor told us to wait the usual six weeks, the past few days he hasn't been able to control himself and it hurt worse than anything. No matter how many times I begged him to stop and wait, he wouldn't.

I felt his lips on my skin, but it didn't feel right. They weren't his usual kisses. These were forceful. I turned my head to the side and let a tear roll down my cheek. When I felt him reach for my pajama bottoms, I kneed him in the groin, grabbed a pillow, and flew out of the bedroom. I knew Alice and Rose were still awake in the living room, and decided to join them.

"Bella, what's wrong," Rose asked.

"Nothing," I lied. "I just wanted to spend some time with my sisters, that's all."

I sat down next to Rose and tried to hide my hands. I could already see the bruising from Edward's grip on my wrists. But I didn't do it fast enough.

"What's this," Rose asked again.

"It's nothing."

"Bella, don't lie to me. What happened up there?"

I couldn't tell them. I didn't want them to know, only because it would upset Edward and would cause another argument. But at the same time, I wanted everyone to know. Maybe then Edward would get the hint that he's slipping back to his old ways. But tonight was not the night. Not with the kids in the house. I didn't want them to hear it. And if it cost me a few bruises and a couple emotional scars, I'd gladly take them.