I woke when I felt Edward move. I rubbed my eyes and looked around as Edward reached forward to grab his carryon bag.
"Are we there?" I asked as I rubbed my stomach feeling little Renesmee start to move.
"Yeah, we just landed." he said as he put his book in the bag.
"What time is it?" I asked as I reached down for my bag.
"10:00 at night." he said.
He had insisted we take a later flight so we got to Florida when it was dark. With it sunny almost year round we couldn't risk him sparkling and freaking people out.
We got off the plane and grabbed our baggage before Edward went over to rent a car.
After we got the car I called my mom.
After 3 rings I heard a very groggy Phil answer.
"Hey Phil, it's Bella, I was just calling to let you guys know that Edward and I have landed and we're heading to the house as soon as we get the luggage in the car." I said as Edward put the bags in the car.
"Ok, well, I hear Josh crying and if I'm right he's hungry so I'll tell Renee and she'll turn the light on for you and unlock the door." he said.
Suddenly I heard mom in the background.
"Or you can get out of bed and do that while I feed Josh."
I heard Phil sigh before saying "Yes dear, whatever you say."
I tried not to laugh as I heard the sheets ruffle as he got up.
"OK, I'll be looking for you guys. Do you know how to get here?" he asked.
"The car has a GPS system. All we need is the address." I explained as we got into the car.
Once we got the address and Edward placed it into the GPS I hung up with Phil and we were on the way.
Due to the fact that we got there so late my mom just gave us quick hugs and kisses before heading back to bed.
Phil showed us to the guest room before he too headed to bed.
The next morning I woke up and rolled over to find the bed empty.
I almost got concerned when I heard Edward laughing with Renee.
I got up and went into the kitchen.
I saw Renee's face light up when she saw me.
"Bella sweetie! I am so glad you guys made it here ok." she said as she hugged me.
"So am I mom. Oh, by the way, I don't know if you know this but dad gave us a couple of rules before we came down here. And one of them was Edward and I sleep in different rooms." I said as he brought me over a plate of food and some milk.
"I know, your dad called a few minutes after you called to let me know you were on the plane. But I explained to him that I only had one guest room and I was not making Edward sleep on the couch so he was going to have to live with it." She said before kissing Phil who had just come into the room.
"And how did he take that?" I asked.
"Not too well, but he had to go with it." she said as she grabbed Phil a plate of food.
I had to laugh at that.
After breakfast I saw mom get up and go upstairs.
While she was upstairs we went ahead and got the kitchen cleaned up and all the dishes washed up.
When she came back down she had Joshua with her.
As soon as I saw him I wanted to hold him so bad.
Mom must have read my mind because she handed him to me right away.
"How old is he now?" Edward asked as he sat down behind me.
"6 months." Renee said as she sat down to eat.
Suddenly I felt myself start to tear up.
"Bella, sweetie, you ok?" Edward asked as he rubbed my back.
I just nodded as I wiped the tears away.
"Don't worry, they're happy tears." I said. "I just realized that in less than a month I'll be holding my own precious miracle."
As I said that Joshua looked right at me and smiled and laughed.
I held him close and kissed his head as I felt more tears slip down my cheeks.
After breakfast and after mom fed Joshua she asked me if I wanted to take a walk.
I knew exercise was important and since Edward couldn't take a walk with me due to the sun I agreed.
We drove to the beach to take our walk.
We ambled down the sidewalk, trying to stay in the range of the infrequent palm tree shadows. Though it was early, the heat was smothering. The air was so heavy with moisture that just breathing in and out was giving my lungs a workout.
"Bella?" my mom asked, looking out past the sand to the lightly crashing waves as she spoke.
"What is it mom?"
She sighed, not meeting my gaze. "I've noticed something about Edward."
"What?" I asked, trying to sound nonchalant. There was no way she could have known his big secret, was there?
"There's something...strange about the way you two are together," she murmured, her forehead creasing over her troubled eyes. "The way he watches you - it's so... protective. Like he's ready to throw himself in front of a bullet to save you or something."
I laughed though I was still not able to meet her gaze. "Is that a bad thing?"
"No." She frowned as she struggled for the words. "It's just different. He's very intense about you...and very careful. I feel like I don't really understand your relationship. Like there's some secret I'm missing..."
"I think you're imagining things, Mom," I said quickly, struggling to keep my voice light. There was a flutter in my stomach. I'd forgotten how much my mother saw. Something about her simple view of the world cut through all the distractions and pierced right to the truth of things. This had never been a problem before. Until now, there had never been a secret I couldn't tell her.
"It's not just him." She set her lips defensively. "I wish you could see how you move around him."
"What do you mean?"
"The way you move - you orient yourself around him without even thinking about it. When he moves, even a little bit, you adjust your position at the same time. Like magnets . . . or gravity. You're like a . . . satellite, or something. I've never seen anything like it."
She pursed her lips and stared down.
"Don't tell me," I teased, forcing a smile. "You're reading mysteries again, aren't you? Or is it sci-fi this time?"
Renee flushed a delicate pink. "That's beside the point."
"Found anything good?"
"Well, there was one - but that doesn't matter. We're talking about you right now."
"You should stick to romance, Mom. You know how you freak yourself out."
Her lips turned up at the corners. "I'm being silly, aren't I?"
For half a second I couldn't answer. She was so easily swayed. Sometimes it was a good thing, because not all of her ideas were practical. But it pained me to see how quickly she caved in to my trivializing, especially since she was dead right this time.
She looked up, and I controlled my expression.
"Not silly - just being a mom."
She laughed and then gestured grandly toward the white sands stretching to the blue water.
"And all this isn't enough to get you to move back in with your silly mom?"
I wiped my hand dramatically across my forehead, and then pretended to wring my hair out.
"You get used to the humidity," she promised.
"You can get used to rain, too," I countered.
She elbowed me playfully and then took my hand as we walked back to her car.
Other than her worries about me, she seemed happy enough. Content. She still looked at Phil with goo-goo eyes, and I could tell that her's and Phil's entire world now revolved around Joshua, and that was comforting. Surely her life was full and satisfying. Surely she didn't miss me that much, even now. . . .
The rest of the weekend was really nice. Phil's high school team he was coaching was in the playoffs so he spent most of Saturday with them. Me and Edward kept Renee and Joshua happy. I think she enjoyed having a couple of extra hands to help out with Joshua.
But like all good things, it passed way too quickly and suddenly it was Sunday evening and Edward and Phil were putting the bags in the car. The sun was still up but Edward had put on a hoodie and was wearing a baseball cap. He had told Phil he was dressing warmly so he wouldn't have to change on the plane.
I kissed and hugged Joshua before putting him in his playpen. Due to the hormone rollercoaster I was riding, I was trying not to cry as I turned to Renee to say goodbye.
She hugged me and kissed my cheek.
"Be safe, call me when you land, and I want updates on you, the baby, and Edward as often as possible ok?" she said with tears forming in her own eyes.
"I will, I promise." I said as we walked out to the car.
I saw Edward and Phil talking before they shook hands and looked up.
"Well here come to two most beautiful women in the whole world." Phil said as we got closer.
"Hey Edward how'd we get so lucky?" he asked as he hugged Renee
Edward just hugged me, kissed my head, and said "I really don't know. I thank God for her every day."
"I know what you mean buddy." Phil said with a smile.
After more hugs and waves we backed out of the driveway and drove to the airport.
Edward's icy fingers brushed my cheek. I looked up, blinking, coming back to the present. He leaned down and kissed my forehead.
"We're home, Sleeping Beauty. Time to awake."
I looked around feeling a little disoriented. I had obviously fallen asleep on the plane and we had just landed.
After getting the bags and finding the car we drove to my house.
It was the middle of the day so I knew Charlie would be at work which meant we had plenty of time to unpack and relax.
It was Monday, which we hadn't planned, but the plane delays were longer than we expected. But thanks to Edward talking to our teachers we had gotten all our work in advance and our homework was done and ready for turn in tomorrow.
After we got unpacked I jumped in the shower to wash the traveling feeling off of me.
After the shower I headed downstairs to hear Edward and Charlie talking in the kitchen.
I walked over and kissed Charlie on the cheek before looking in the cupboards.
"Oh you don't need to cook honey, I ordered pizza." Charlie said as he took a swig of his beer.
About then the doorbell rang. Charlie jumped up to grab it while I pulled out the plates.
Edward came over and grabbed the plates from me and set them on the plate.
"So what was Phil talking to you about before we left?" I asked.
He looked at me confused.
"I saw you two talking and then you shook hands."
He nodded realizing I had seen them.
"Just telling me how important you are to him and I had better treat you and Renesmee well and never break your hearts." he said as he grabbed some glasses.
I walked over and hugged him from behind.
"I don't think that will be a problem." I said.
Then Charlie walked in and we ate dinner.
Edward and I had just finished washing dishes when suddenly my phone rang.
I checked the caller id and nearly fainted. I couldn't believe it. Edward looked at me confused before I showed him the caller id.
His eyes narrowed and I could tell he was contemplating it. He nodded letting me know it was ok.
I flipped the phone open and said "Hello?"
The voice from the past finally spoke after a few seconds of silence.