“What took you two so long?” She asked, her voice faking annoyance. We broke apart but she kept a hand on my arm.
“What do you mean, I told you the other day we would be here around seven and,” I glanced at my watch, “and it’s just after. Surely you would’ve seen that.” She rolled her eyes.
“Ya but I was hoping maybe you would decide to come earlier, you know since you missed me so much. Not to mention you need to get moved in.”
“Sorry to disappoint Alice but we’re here now and yes I did miss you, no need to try and be subtle about asking.” I chuckled and she smiled brightly before switching her gaze to Felix, who had walked up to stand beside me. She quickly let go of my arm and wrapped her arms around his waist, her hands not quite touching on the other side. It was always entertaining to see the contrast between their two forms, not just in their size but their demeanors.
“Hello Alice.” Felix said stiffly. He lightly patted her on the head awkwardly and I had to choke back a laugh. She stepped away after a second looking at him and frowning slightly.
“One of these days Felix you are going to hug me back.” She said confidently, a smile playing around her lips as she tried to maintain her frown at his less than warm greeting.
“I don’t hug.” He said seriously, looking ready to bolt for it if she tried to hug him again. It wasn’t that he didn’t like Alice, he just wasn’t really into that kind of physical contact. You mention a good wrestling match and then you’d get a better response out of him.
“As a matter of fact I know you do. You hug Anna all the time.” She smiled, thinking she had him beat. He smirked a little at her antics before wrapping his arms around me and placing his chin on my shoulder. I leaned into his body, enjoying the contact.
“Fine, I don’t hug anyone but her.” He backtracked earning a death glare from Alice. She huffed and crossed her arms in front of her chest. I sensed the majority of others in a nearby room and judging by the occasional snicker they were finding this conversation as amusing as me.
“How about we go inside and see the others.” I suggested quickly. That seemed to snap Alice out of it and she smiled before pivoting and running into the house.
“Psycho pixi” Felix mumbled into my ear but his tone was light and teasing. We followed her and soon entered what I assumed was the main living area. The walls were a cream and the couches white. Alice was now sitting on Jaspers lap in one of the lazy boy chairs while Edward and Bella took up the love seat. As soon as we entered the room Esme stood up from her spot next to Carlisle and headed straight for us, smiling warmly as usual.
She patted Felix on the arm affectionately before pulling me into a quick hug. “It’s so good to see you two.” Esme and Carlisle had quickly welcomed Felix into their lives, like alice, and the others soon followed. Jacob and Edward were the most reluctant but they’ve made great strides these last few years and have never expressed negativity towards him. I think they were merely wary considdering his past.
I sq££zed Esme back and talked into her caramel coloured hair. “It’s good to see you as well Esme.” Felix nodded in agreement and gave a small smile. I turned and spoke to Bella and Edward. “How have you two been?”
“Very good thank you. I’m glad you two have decided to stay with us for a while.” Edward responded kindly. Bella smiled and nodded her head in agreement.
“It’s great to be back with you guys but I have to say you really out did yourself this time Esme with the house.” I glanced around the room, taking more of it in.
“Thank you dear, I’m glad you like it.”
“”Where are Jacob and Renesmee?” I asked, curious as to why I couldn’t feel them in or anywhere near the house.
“Oh they went out to get some food but they should be back any minute.” She said as she made her way back to the couch. I nodded. I sometimes forgot that there are people in this family that still need to eat.
“How have you two been? How was your trip to Hong Kong?” Carlisle asked quietly, his arm wrapping around Esme’s waist.
“We’ve been good. The trip was fun. We got some sight seeing in and I was finally able to put my Cantonese to good use. Felix cleaned a few more men out of their life savings.” I chuckled as Felix grinned widely. “How’s the new hospital? You a legend yet?” I joked.
He chuckled, “No not yet but the hospital is just fine. I think I’m going to enjoy it there, they have an excellent pediatrics ward that I’m anxious to work in.” His eyes twinkled and I was once again struck by Carlisle’s pure compassion and love for life. Emmett and Rosalie chose that moment to enter the room from upstairs.