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She walked down the stairs with a newly empty laundry basket. Another floor away there are still two cycles running. It's part of the many normal sounds that run through the house on a given day. All of the normal ones are there. And one extra. She had been waiting to see if it would stop. If it would come to her.

But it continued. Simple and rushed and agitated. Over and over, where it was. Her steps, toward it, aren't hurried or too careful. She stopped in the hallway, the basket balanced on her hip, as she finally set her eyes on her husband pacing in the hallway outside the darkened, but still open, coat closet. All the details add up too well.



"Are you planning to wear a hole into our floor?" Her words and tone are gentle, meaning a different question than the one she asked, but not giving into the taught emotion that rests underneath it in her, in all of her family, still, right now.

Date: 2011-02-20 04:47 pm (UTC)
ofthefamily: (Carlisle says don't be an asshole)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
"Possibly. It seems the healthiest reaction."

Instead of running to town.

Finding her.

Asking her what the hell she thinks she is doing.

But he does stop pacing when he finishes his explanation, and Carlisle walks over to take the basket from Esme's hands.

Date: 2011-02-20 05:04 pm (UTC)
ofthefamily: (oceans and streams)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
"Not yet, though?"

The machine is still running.

And they have things which need discussing.

Date: 2011-02-20 05:16 pm (UTC)
ofthefamily: (when alice makes him pretty)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
The basket can wait. (It's all Emmett's anyway. The boy really should clean up after himself.)

Carlisle doesn't speak as he turns to head up towards their bedroom. No one else is in the house, but it doesn't matter. He can't -- he needs even the pretense of privacy. Protection, here.

Carlisle pulls Esme over the threshold of their room, shutting the door and his back hits the doorjamb --

"Edward asked Bella to marry him."

Date: 2011-02-20 05:30 pm (UTC)
ofthefamily: (darkened fate)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
"He asked her as some sort of...some sort of trick. As an ultimatum to convince her not to do what she has asked of us."

Of Carlisle specifically. Since he is the most practiced of all of them at killing humans and turning them into vampires.

"She wants to become like Edward, but sees no problem in not responding to his proposal when it comes to being married."

Date: 2011-02-20 05:45 pm (UTC)
ofthefamily: (With Intent)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
"That was about my reaction. And this was days ago. I only just heard from Edward after he -- "

The book.

"Remind me to show you the present he gave me. I left it in the closet I think."

Date: 2011-02-20 05:55 pm (UTC)
ofthefamily: (family crest)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
"I don't blame you." Carlisle finally steps away from the door, meeting Esme again while finding them both places to sit on their bed.

"Can I just go yell at her now?"

Date: 2011-02-20 06:13 pm (UTC)
ofthefamily: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
"I'll go have Rosalie vandalize something to distract him?"

Date: 2011-02-20 06:21 pm (UTC)
ofthefamily: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
Carlisle shakes his head no.

"He's managing."

For however well he manages anything.

"I hate that I didn't know." Or notice before.

Date: 2011-02-20 06:37 pm (UTC)
ofthefamily: (oceans and streams)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
"No she doesn't."

And nobody has given Carlisle permission to school Isabella clear into next week.

It grates.

Date: 2011-02-20 06:54 pm (UTC)
ofthefamily: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
If anything, this is making Carlisle feel better.

To know that someone else is angry with the situation, alongside him.

Carlisle loves his wife.

"I don't know what to do."

Date: 2011-02-20 07:01 pm (UTC)
ofthefamily: (ascots)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
"I could just refuse."

Date: 2011-02-21 01:27 am (UTC)
ofthefamily: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
"And I cannot make excuses for her age anymore. If she's old enough to choose all of this, she's old enough for me to be pissed with her."

Date: 2011-02-21 01:47 am (UTC)
ofthefamily: (family crest)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
"You are so much more eloquent than I, chère," Carlisle laughs darkly.

"How?"

Date: 2011-02-21 02:00 am (UTC)
ofthefamily: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
"I just want..." Carlisle groans, arching back to land on the mattress.

"I want him to get what he wants."

Date: 2011-02-21 02:18 am (UTC)
ofthefamily: (With Intent)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
A letter has promise.

"It says something that I don't trust myself with confronting a tiny human girl in person."

Date: 2011-02-21 02:35 am (UTC)
ofthefamily: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
Will others see it that way?

Looking up at his wife, "Would you want to read it first."

Date: 2011-02-21 02:42 am (UTC)
ofthefamily: (grinning black and white esme)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
"Please do. I'd love to hear it."

Date: 2011-02-21 02:56 am (UTC)
ofthefamily: (family crest)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
"You were ever the more creative than I -- " and Carlisle tugs at Esme to get her to fall down on the bed alongside him.






He breathes out into Esme's hair. "I won't let her actions dictate my life and my family. Not wholly. Not again."

Date: 2011-02-21 03:09 am (UTC)
ofthefamily: (when alice makes him pretty)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
"Ca va, ma femme?"

Are you alright, my wife?

Date: 2011-02-21 11:52 am (UTC)
ofthefamily: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily









"Edward and I had a conversation that did not involve us awkwardly staring at each other?"

Date: 2011-02-22 01:02 am (UTC)
ofthefamily: (dressing modern)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
Carlisle describes in rather hyperbolic detail the centuries-old medical textbook that was impeccably maintained.

" -- maybe Milliways found it new somewhere! Isn't that insane?"

Date: 2011-02-22 01:15 am (UTC)
ofthefamily: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily





"And he asked me to stay. With him. After he told me."

Date: 2011-02-22 01:29 am (UTC)
ofthefamily: (family crest)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
"Oh yes.

"He needed me."

Date: 2011-02-22 01:54 am (UTC)
ofthefamily: (polite kissing in public)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
"And large ones."

Carlisle leans into Esme's form next to him, for all the world a husband and wife having a moment alone.

"Thanks."

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