Surprise of a lifetime Chapter 8
Surprise of a lifetime 8
I felt so loved as I stood wrapped up in Carlisle’s arms. The whole family had acted as though they were more devastated by having to be away from me than I was. I inhaled deeply to draw in everything I could. I was sure that the rug would be pulled out from under me at some point in the future. It seemed that every time I got too close to happiness it was yanked away from me.
I was surprised when the hug ended and Emmett walked up and put his hand against my stomach gently.
“That is so weird! I can hear two separate heartbeats, but its weird feeling them against my hand.” He pulled his hand away and it was replaced by both Rosalie and Esme.
“Oh my! It is certainly a very strong heartbeat. Bella would you like to hear it?” Rosalie looked up at me with happiness evident on her face.
“How could I hear the heartbeat? My human hearing doesn’t allow me that luxury. I only get to hear it at appointments.” I wanted desperately to hear my baby, but didn’t think it possible.
“I got you a heart rate monitor, hold on I’ll be right back,” She was back nearly before I’d seen her leave. “Here, we just hook this one around your belly, and look for the heart beat, and you put these on your ears.” She instructed me as she set it all up.
“Oh my gosh I can hear the heart beat! Thank you Rosalie! I love it.” I practically sung as I heard the healthy beat that I waited to hear at every appointment.
“Please call me Rose, everyone in the family does.” She reached over and patted my head.
“Okay Rose then. Thanks for the wonderful gift, I love it.” We removed the device from my stomach and made our way over to the living room, Jasper stayed close and I was thankful for that. Just having him near helped me stay calm, when I felt I might cry with happiness, at seeing everyone again. We all took our places and spent the afternoon, watching action flicks and joking around.
We all ragged on Emmett because the first movie was completely awful. He just shrugged and laughed back. We were just finishing the second movie and my stomach grumbled loudly enough for even my ears to hear. Esme and Rose jumped up and Esme exclaimed.
“We got the stuff to make you dinner, because we don’t want you starving yourself.” I groaned.
“Guys I’m not starving myself. I am well within the limits for my first trimester. I still have plenty of time to start looking like a whale.”
“Nonsense, you need to put on a few pounds, I’m going to make chicken primavera. The recipe is supposed to be delicious.” She began moving around the kitchen.
I gave Bella a look and she made a face at me, but didn’t protest again. She knew how important this was to Esme. I moved my arm to the back of the couch and she unconsciously leaned closer to me. Her hair swept against my shoulder and I inhaled deeply. She smelled of berries and salt, the contrasting scents worked well for her, and I yearned to lean in and memorize the scent.
Emmett began regaling Bella with tales of his and Rosalie’s most recent trip to Africa. She laughed as he explained how hard it was to take down a cheetah and some of the other animals in the Savannah. She seemed to be having a good time and I felt some of my worry release. I had been worried that she may have decided that we weren’t as wonderful as she remembered after all.
“Lunch is served!” Esme called from the kitchen.
“Well I guess I’ll just go eat and then we can start the next movie.” Bella stood slowly from the couch stretching lightly before making her way into the dining room where the girls began chatting about the baby and all of the details.
My eyes followed her as she made her way out of the room and when I looked back both Emmett and Carlisle were staring at me.
“What? What are you looking at?” I demanded quietly.
“Just friends huh? Do you honestly expect us to believe that? You really just want to be Bella’s friend? I knew something was up the moment you decided to go into Obstetrics. What have you and Alice been keeping from us son?” Carlisle asked the last part gently and I felt my head fall.
“It was hard enough telling you that we weren’t actually a mated pair. I couldn’t come forward with this at the time. When Alice found me all those years ago she told me a crazy story about her mate being too in denial to accept her, and that we needed to act like mates to be taken into this family. I tried to talk her out of it, I tried to tell her that we could be honest with all of you so many times over the years, but she always saw loosing Edward as the consequence of those actions. She also told me that in the course of Edward coming to terms with their bond that we would meet my mate, but that she would still be human. I knew the moment I saw Bella that she was who I was destined to be with.” I looked desperate at this point because I didn’t want my family to be mad at me.
“Son, you could have told us that when Edward and Alice left the family to go to Alaska after Bella’s birthday party.” Carlisle looked so sad on my behalf.
“You were right five years ago when you told the family that we needed to leave to give Bella some time to mature and grow before coming back. Alice warned me that if I acted too soon that Bella wouldn’t be in the right place to understand everything. I can see now that I needed this time away as much as she did. I needed time to perfect my control and become more self aware. At first when I found out that Bella was going to be pregnant I thought Alice had been wrong all this time. I see now that Bella’s child has brought us all closer together. Do you think Rosalie would have ever been okay with us turning a perfectly healthy girl?”
“You’re probably right, I just wish both you and Alice had been honest with us from the beginning, we love you. You could have told just me and Esme, and then we would have at least had some idea of what was going on. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been for you and Alice to see Edward and Bella together. I am glad Bella is back in your life, but I hope you know you can tell us anything from now on. We won’t do anything to mess this up, but she has a baby to worry about now, what are you going to do?” He had a good point and I didn’t know how to answer him.
“I’m not even sure; right now I just want to be there for her. If eventually she wants more from me than I will be there for her then too. I’ve told all that to Bella, and I just have to go at whatever pace she is comfortable with. Emmett if you do anything to mess this up I will personally make it so that you can’t enjoy your favorite extracurricular activity.” I glared at him and he put up his hands in surrender.
“Hey man, don’t act that way. You know I want nothing more than for both of you to be happy. I’ll do whatever I can to help you out. I can see how happy she makes you already. I hope things work out for you bro’.” I laughed quietly at the thought of Emmett playing matchmaker and calmly thanked both of them.
“Thanks guys, I’m sorry I didn’t tell you sooner. I just didn’t want to do anything to jeopardize my chances with her.” We all shut up quickly as we heard dishes being put away in the kitchen and managed to look nonchalant by the time the girls returned. Esme raised her eyebrow in my direction and I could feel her curiosity.
The girls all took their places again and Bella removed a blanket from the back of the couch to wrap around her legs. Emmett put in the last movie which was The Bourne Ultimatum. We all settled in and it wasn’t long before Bella was leaning against my chest. I pushed the hair back from her forehead and she looked up at me with a small smile.
I felt a wave of contentment wash over me and I realized that the whole family was in agreement about Bella being a part of the family. I had never felt so much hope and joy as I did right then. I noticed that Bella was beginning to doze off and I whispered in her ear.
“Are you ready to go home? I can see how sleepy you are. I shouldn’t have kept you up so late last night.” I murmured gently.
“Mmm, I don’t want to leave just yet. I have all day tomorrow to lie around and do nothing. If I fall asleep just wake me up when the movie is over.” She melted against me and I did my best to remain as still as possible.
The movie seemed to end all too soon and as the lights were turned on I felt the whole family turn to look at Bella and I. I eased my arm from around her shoulders, and gently shook her shoulders. “Bella, Bella wake up the movie is over. I’ll take you home now okay?”
“No, don’t leave Jasper. Stay here.” She spoke while still asleep.
“Darlin’ you need to wake up so I can take you home. You can come over and hang out anytime you like, but right now you need to get into bed.”
“Mmm,” she moaned as she stretched. “Did I fall asleep?” She looked up at me with sleepy eyes.
“Yeah, but that’s okay. No one here minds if you fall asleep. I’ll take you home so you can get a good night’s sleep and we will plan to do this again soon okay?” I pried myself away, worried that I might not be able to if she kept looking so adorable.
“Alright, thanks for having me over guys I really appreciate it. Rose, thanks so much for the gift. I’ll call you later this week and we can hang out. Maybe you can help me with the baby’s room?” Bella moved from the couch and gathered the heart rate monitor.
“I’d love to; here is my cell phone number. Feel free to call me anytime. Em and I are acting like newlyweds, so I don’t have anything else going on.” She gave a wide smile, and walked over to hug Bella.
“I’ll be back later okay guys?” I made my way to the door as they said goodbyes and was opening the door as Bella caught up with me. We got into the car and were sitting in comfortable silence when she spoke up.
“I had a lot of fun tonight, thanks for inviting me over. I hadn’t realized how much I missed everyone. Do you think Alice and Edward will come to visit anytime soon?” She looked over at me.
“They always come to see us at Christmas, so I imagine they will be coming sometime in December. I’m glad you came, everyone was so happy to see you again.” I stated honestly. We spent the rest of the ride in silence. When we reached her house and pulled into the driveway she looked over at me and invited me in. I was helpless to deny her anything, so I followed her to the door way. She unlocked the door and led me in.
“So tell me about your work. Is it hard to be in the delivery room?” She asked as we sat across from each other, I didn’t trust myself to sit beside her when we were alone like this.
“It’s hard because the women are in so much pain, it really is the most intense pain I have ever felt except maybe when you were bit by James that one time. I do my best to help ease some of that by using my gift. It’s been really rewarding. It’s actually a bit of a miracle, to see life being brought into this world.” I replied with ease.
We spent quite a while just talking about the past few years and how we had been brought back to Forks. I laughed when she told me about how she had never thought she would be so happy to be back. The time seemed to fly by and before I knew it the clock was saying it was almost 1:00 in the morning and Bella was yawning and nodding off. She asked me to stay until she fell asleep and I waited in the living room as she changed and got into the bed. As she lay down I continued telling her about how happy I was about being back in Forks and how glad I was to be hanging out with her again. She fell asleep and I once again crept out of the house and started my truck.
My phone rang and I glanced down. I didn’t recognize the number but answered it anyway. ”Hello?”
“Hey there, it’s Jake I was just calling to firm up the plans for Bella’s Birthday party. The guest list right now is Sam, Emily, and the rest of the pack. I was wondering if you could invite your family, I know that would make Bella really happy.”
“Yeah, I can invite them. Is there anything we need to do?” I couldn’t believe Jake and the pack were okay with us all being there.
“Nah I think we’ve got the cake and everything covered. Since you don’t eat, there is no point in you bringing food…unless you really want to. Thanks for being here for Bella; I know she really missed you guys when you left. Just promise me you aren’t planning on bailing on her again?” He pleaded with me.
“Jake I promise that I have spent the past 5 years trying to figure out how I could make it up to Bella, I won’t be going anywhere as long as she will have me.” I replied earnestly.
“I noticed that you might be interested in more than friendship from her. I think you are an okay guy Jasper and I don’t think Edward was a bad guy just confused as hell. You don’t strike me as the type to do something half way, so I’m sure you’ll do what’s right by her.”
“Thanks Jake. That means a lot to me. I know that you and the pack really helped Bella out, and I appreciate that more than I can tell you. I’m glad you are willing to give me a shot, I know I don’t deserve it, but I’m glad anyway.” It felt good to finally get some of this off of my chest. I knew that I couldn’t take back all the hurt we had caused Bella, but I hoped that we would be able to come together to make this birthday overshadow her disastrous 18th birthday.
“No problem, I can tell you want what’s best for her and I understand that. I wish you luck in getting closer to her.” I could tell he was being genuine and I was glad that Jake apparently felt like a brother to her instead of a love interest. I didn’t want to cause any problems.
“Alright well I’ll invite the family and I’m sure we will all be there its next Saturday at two right?”
“Yup, it’s going to be a cookout so let’s hope the weather is alright.” He replied and we talked about that for a few more minutes before hanging up. I felt so much better about everything as I wound down the driveway. I pulled into my parking place and got out of my truck. I was dreading the conversation I was sure was coming as soon as I got into the house. I just knew that the family was going to give me the third degree once I walked inside.
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