Elizabeth, Renesmee, and Ryan are siblings but they have no idea. Elizabeth is Edward's child and Ryan and Renesmee are Isabella's twins – a boy and a girl. During high school, Edward and Bella could not stand each other. Bella was the quiet girl where Edward was popular. While out celebrating her twentieth birthday, Bella got drunk with Edward, and she conceived Edward's children. Elizabeth is Edward's biological child, too, her mother being a former girlfriend of Edward's. What happens when Edward finds out about his twins with Bella?
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"Call me!" Embry shouted towards her before he spotted Bella and said. "Why, hello there. What's your name?"
"Embry," I scolded. "This is not the place to pick up girls."
"Ah, so she's taken?"
Bella laughed softly, the sound very refreshing.
"Embry, how are you feeling today?" I asked him in an attempt to change the subject.
"Peachy – just fuckin' peachy, Dr. Cullen," Embry groaned as he let his head fall back against the pillow. "When do I get to go home to my family and friends?"
"Well, to follow procedure I am going to run some tests with the help of my father's assistant here. If you're doing better, you might be able to go home in a few days, but you have to stay in bed to elevate your leg, alright?"
Embry nodded his head. "I'll do anything to get out of here."
Elizabeth. My sweet angel. Yes, that's what she was. When Tanya became pregnant, I had been so scared because I wasn't ready to be a father. I had been twenty-two when Tanya came to my place and told me that she was pregnant with Elizabeth. She was even going to get an abortion, but as anyone could see, that didn't happen in the long run. Elizabeth was my pride and joy. I never, ever , wanted my daughter to feel what I had gone through some days when I thought about my birth parents.
Yeah, I was adopted by Carlisle and Esme Cullen. It was hard because Elizabeth was Esme's sister, so technically, Esme was my aunt, but I never considered her that at all. She showered me with love that my own mother would never have been capable of doing. No, the only thing that my birth mother ever cared about was the drugs she could get her hands on. I hadn't seen her in five years, and honestly, I didn't want to. I didn't want her influencing my baby in any way whatsoever.
Just because I was a single dad and trying to become the best doctor, people thought I wasn't a good father. I used to spend so much time with my daughter, but as of late, I hadn't been able to. As my father being my attending, he had given me the next two days off, and I was grateful. I intended to spend my time with my daughter, along with thinking of how to approach Bella about Ryan and Renesmee being my beautiful children as well.
"Daddy, where are we going today?"
I chuckled at her eagerness and I looked over at her. "I told you that it was a surprise, baby."
"Aw, but Daddy…"
"Edward, why don't you tell her we're going to the park to feed the birds?"
When I turned my head to the side to look over at my older brother, I glared at him. Did he have to ruin the surprise? Of course he did. He lived to make my life a living hell. With him dating Rosalie, it only served to complicate matters further. Yeah, Emmett enjoyed it a little too much.
"We're going to the park, Daddy? We gonna feed the birds?"
"Yes, Elizabeth," I said with a sigh as Emmett let out that booming laughter.
"What's going on here?"
As I heard Rosalie's voice, I shook my head. "Your boyfriend just told my daughter where I was taking her."
"Oh, Edward, you should know better than to tell Emmett anything. He can't keep a secret," she said as she looked to Emmett and smiled. "It's okay, baby. It's not like he has some huge secret to tell."
If only they knew what I was actually holding in.
I wanted so badly for everything to go as planned when I confronted Bella. I knew I needed to tell her my suspicions of Ryan and Renesmee being our children. I had never thought that Bella was the type of woman to keep a man from his own kids. Yeah, I was upset. I knew I was an ass, but even so, it wasn't her place to decide this for those two. After all, I wanted a role in my children's lives just like I had one in my baby girl's.
"C'mon Elizabeth, we're going to the park to feed the birds."
I had decided that today would be a day that I would spend with my kids. Jasper had to work yet again, and still not believing that Alice liked him, he went to work with a frown on his face. At least Alice believed me when I told her that Jasper returned her feelings. It was crazy, though. Out of all the guys that Alice had dated, Jasper was the only one that made her act all shy and even jittery. I would endlessly tease her about it too.
I smiled as I looked at Nessie's coloring. She had chosen different colors like blue, purple, and pink for the butterfly on the page. My daughter was pretty creative when it came to things like that.
"That's beautiful, baby."
"What about mine, mama?"
I looked at my son's drawing when he held it up with a grin, showing off Daffy Duck's colors.
"You both are very creative. That's all that I have to say."
Seeing their bright smiles, along with those dimples, I sighed a little bit.
"Why is mama so sad?"
I looked at my daughter and I smiled at her. "I'm fine, Nessie. I promise you that I am perfectly fine."
"Mama, was it really okay for our friend to come to our birthday party?"
I knew that if that little girl wasn't coming, I wouldn't have to deal with Edward's presence. Honestly, with me being back in Washington, I was bound to run into Edward more and more, especially with me working with his father. Who knew that when my best friend suggested a job it would be with my two rascal's father working there too? I certainly did not.
"No, it's fine, Nessie, and you deserve to have friends," I said as I smiled at my daughter and then looked at Ryan, who flashed me a grin.
"Mama, I wish we had a Daddy," Ryan said with a huff of breath escaping his lips.
Ryan was the boy of the family and I knew very well that he wanted to have a father. Sure, Jasper was a great male role model, but I knew that my little prince charming wanted to be able to bond with his father. I really wanted that too, but I just didn't know anymore. I didn't know if Edward was a good father as I hadn't been back here in Forks for that long.
"I know, baby. I know."
"Mama, what was he like? What was our Daddy like?"
I didn't know much about Edward but Ryan had been asking this question for years since he could talk. I had been trying to avoid talking about their father in any way because I honestly didn't know a whole lot about Edward. I had been the quiet girl in high school, while Edward had been the jock – the shortstop in baseball, along with being on the track team as he had been really, really fast.
"What did he look like, Mama? Was he purty like us?"
I laughed at Nessie's words and I nodded my head. How could I deny that? Edward Cullen had been very, very beautiful. Hell, who was I kidding? Edward was still gorgeous in a very manly way.
"Yes, baby. He was very pretty – well, uh, handsome," I began as I looked at them with a smile on my face. "He had the bronze color hair the two of you have, and Ryan, you have his green eyes. Edward was very tall, at least six feet in height, maybe taller."
"Six feet?" Ryan questioned.
"Jasper – he's an inch shorter than Jasper," I explained with a smile as I looked at them. "Your father was very, very active in school. He was on the baseball and track team. Your father was very fast when it came to running."
"And we look like him, mama?"
"Yes, very much, especially you, Ryan," I said as I looked to my daughter with a grin. "Nessie, you have both Edward's and my looks. With Ryan here, he has his father's hair and eye color. Nessie, you have your father's hair color but you have my eyes."
When I looked at my daughter, she grinned so brightly.
"What was he like, mama?"
"C'mon… play with your toys. You can ask me these questions later," I said with a nod of my head.
Honestly, I never thought that Bella would have said such kind things about me to them, but she also was not a bad person, either. I shouldn't have been shocked and I had to make this right. I just wasn't sure what I was going to do. I knew that I needed to confront Bella about the fact that I was their father. She probably thought that I was the same jerk I was when we had slept together. The way I kicked her out of bed… well, it was pretty damn awful.
"Daddy" Elizabeth pouted as she looked up from her coloring book. "When can we feed the birds?"
I laughed softly as I looked over at her. "Well, I don't see any around, baby girl."
"I do, I do!"
When she pointed to the flock of birds by one of the benches in the park, I chuckled. Of course they would be here, but since I had been so distracted by my other two children, I hadn't even noticed the birds. I stood up, lifting Elizabeth in my arms after she grabbed the zip-lock bag with the bread inside.
"I love you, Daddy."
I smiled at Elizabeth's words, kissing her forehead. "I love you too, princess."
As we neared the bench where the birds were, I set her down, opening the zip-lock bag for her, and grinning when she began to break up tiny pieces of bread for the eager birds. She was the highlight of my life, and honestly, I didn't know what I'd do if Tanya had actually gone through with that abortion. It sickened me that she was actually capable of doing that.
When I looked back to where Bella had been, I frowned. They were gone. She most likely saw us and left. I didn't blame her, but eventually, I knew we were going to have to talk. Today wasn't that day, though.
"Jacob, what are you doing here?"
"I'm here to pick up Embry. He said that his lovely doctor and assistant pulled some strings." Jacob said with a grin as he looked at me, crossing his arms over his chest. "You look good."
"Leah would be quite upset to hear you say that," I said with a laugh as I pressed the button for the elevator. "How is she doing, anyway?"
"Bitter," Jacob said with a roll of his eyes as he ran a hand through his hair after we stepped into the opened elevator. "We've been trying to… well, you know… and she always freaks out before it gets too far."
"Well, damn, I'm sorry to hear that," I said with a shake of my head, not really wanting to hear about Jacob's non-sex life. "I hope it gets better."
"Yeah, you and me both. How are the twins doing?"
My face lit up at Jacob's question and I looked over at him after I pressed the button to the floor. "Amazing. They are doing so good. I mean, they are speaking more and more since the last time you saw them. They ask about you, though. You should stop by."
"Isn't there birthday only a few days away?"
"Yeah… can you believe that they are going to be five years old?"
Jacob grinned as he looked at me, shaking his head. "No but it's a good thing. The older they get, the more freedom you get."
I laughed as the elevator doors opened. I saw that Edward wasn't at the nurse's station and I was thankful for that.
"So, have you told him yet?"
I groaned at his words. "Jasper called you, didn't he?"
Jacob looked away and that only gave me the answer that I didn't want to hear. "He's just worried about you, Bells."
"I am absolutely fine, Jacob." I sighed as I tugged at the ends of my hair and I shook my head. "Just worry about your own issues like Leah not giving you any. I don't need to hear this right now."
Jacob frowned. "I'm sorry, Bells. I didn't mean anything by it."
"I know that. I know you didn't. Listen, I'll be right back. Why don't you go ahead and wait with Embry in his room, Jake? I might be a bit if Carlisle's in his office."
When Jacob nodded his head, I closed my eyes for a moment, slowly opening them before walking to Carlisle's office to put my things away. When I got into the office, I hung up my coat along with putting my purse away in the cabinet that I then locked. The day hadn't even started and I wanted it to end already.
"Isabella, are you okay?" Carlisle asked as he walked into the office, offering me a smile. "If you need to take the day off, you could take –"
"No, no, I'm fine, Dr. Cullen."
"Are you sure?" he asked out of concern as he looked over at me, giving me a look when I called him by his professional name.
"Yes, I am. Would you like me to do the proceedings of signing out Mr. Call?"
"That would be a big help since Edward's running a little late this morning."
"Yeah. He's a single father and Emmett couldn't come by to take Elizabeth to daycare this morning," Carlisle said with a smile on his face. "He's a really good father. Do you know the story?"
"What are you talking about?" I asked, raising an eyebrow when I looked at him. "What do you mean?"
"He was twenty-two, almost twenty-three when his ex-girlfriend showed up on the doorstep," Carlisle began as he sat down on the edge of his desk and crossed his arms over his chest. "Tanya was so bad for him. She was the one that damaged him by getting him to become just downright awful, Bella."
I knew what he was talking about because Edward had been dating Tanya Denali six months before we conceived our two beautiful children, but that was a different story. Then again, they had broken up from what Edward told me that night.
"I'm sorry, Carlisle, but… why are you telling me all of this?"
Carlisle gave me a look, raising an eyebrow. "Bella, I saw you at the park the other day with your children. I am not here to judge or anything but I need to know something…"
Oh Dammit! This was something that I definitely didn't need right now but it wasn't Carlisle's fault.
"Are they my grandchildren?"
I simply nodded my head, nearly speechless. "What happened with Tanya?"
"Well, she came to the doorstep, telling Edward that she was pregnant but that she was not going to keep the child because she was not ready to be a mother. I'd never seen Edward so upset, Bella." Carlisle said. "That week was so hard because she was going to go and get an abortion, but when her parents found out what happened, her parents, Edward, and my wife and I took that conniving twit to court. After Elizabeth was born, Tanya signed off all rights."
I couldn't help but wonder if he was a good father as well since he had fought so hard to keep her alive?
"Thank you for telling me this. If you're going to ask to meet them as their grandfather, I don't think that would be fair to Edward or Renesmee and Ryan."
"Renesmee… that's interesting," Carlisle said with a smile on his face. "What does it mean?"
There was no holding back as I looked at Carlisle. I glanced at the clock. Jacob could hold out for a few minutes. "Well, her name is Renesmee Carlie Swan Cullen. Her first name is a combination of my mother's name and Esme. Her middle name comes from your's and my father's name, Charlie."
"What's Ryan's middle name?" Carlisle asked with a smile as he looked over at me.
"Mason. It's almost like Edward's birth last name."
Carlisle nodded, running a hand through his hair. "Do you know when you are going to tell Edward the truth?"
I sighed as I shook my head and leaned back against the cabinet where I had put my purse in. "No. I honestly wish I knew when I was."
"Well, all I can say is don't wait too long. Edward's a good man, Bella, and he'd be honored to know Renesmee and Ryan. Elizabeth would be happy to know about her siblings too."
Before I had a chance to say anything, Carlisle walked out of the office, and I looked around the hospital briefly before I closed my eyes. I was a nervous wreck but I knew what I had to do.
"I need to tell Edward the truth about Ryan and Renesmee," I mumbled under my breath as I walked out the room to go see Jacob and Embry.
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