themidnightson: (Those Hands)
[personal profile] themidnightson
Everyone knows he's coming before he hits the door.
He isn't making an effort to be quiet as he walks to the house.



And it isn't as though he misses the looks they exchange with each other. Relieved and conflicted, so many different emotions. Hands that end up in other hands. Still, when he does open the door and then close it, quietly, it's like everything pauses. Not exactly. Electronics are still on, screens making noise, but there's a static stillness.

They know where each other are.
All home. All accounted for.


It can only be him.


He walked toward the staircase, making it one step up before he has to look over.

Jasper's gaze was even elusive, already too in tune with everything he was feeling, and Alice smiled, wobbly but bright. Rose looked away, only to elbow Emmett for good measure as if she could read his mind for what he was planning to say, which earned the first sound of theirs to break the silence at a What?.

Edward meant to say something. That was what you did when everyone was waiting on something. His hand lay on the railing and he looked over them. The so many different facets, different reactions and emotions and opinions. How much damage. And the strange, uncomfortable, yet obvious, relief his presence brought them in different way without relaxing them.

There really weren't words.

He met their eyes and then headed up the stairs.
No one was all that surprised or disappointed by it.

As Edward neared the second floor, conversation started back up in the living room with Jasper commenting on vacuousness of the woman rambling about What Not To Wear still. It wasn't an easy starting line, but it worked. Especially when Alice frowned and Rose threw a pillow at his head, which he ducked and Alice had to deflect straight back to them.

The anxious tension was still there, but so was the riotous assortment of voices suddenly. Which left two. Esme was another floor above, paused in the act of sorting something, listening, and Carlisle was ---




"Seriously?" is quiet, right outside the study door.

Date: 2010-11-30 06:01 pm (UTC)
ofthefamily: (Carlisle says don't be an asshole)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
BrainAge is quietly chirping at Carlisle from his Nintendo DS in his hands.

Rather amused, "Don't judge. Come in."

Date: 2010-11-30 06:15 pm (UTC)
ofthefamily: (ascots)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
"A game called BrainAge? It's not actually out for distribution just yet, but Alice saw it and thought I'd be amused."

As if it was a completely normal topic shift: "How long has it been for you, since you left Milliways?"

Date: 2010-11-30 06:19 pm (UTC)
ofthefamily: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
"Mmm."

It's been more like fourteen, for Carlisle. Just asking for reference. It's all skewed, when you start to include the end of the universe in things.

Ready to go?

Date: 2010-11-30 06:28 pm (UTC)
ofthefamily: (he will figure you out)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
All he can do is move forward. (He doesn't know what would be the better option than that here.)

He closes down the game and stands from behind his desk, more casually dressed than is his habit - he'd changed for hunting.

Date: 2010-11-30 06:56 pm (UTC)
ofthefamily: (family crest)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
Carlisle walks out slightly ahead of Edward, trying to make himself feel like he isn't being watched.

"Esme?" Carlisle calls. "We're going out for a bit."

Date: 2010-11-30 07:07 pm (UTC)
sheisourheart: (Are you sure?)
From: [personal profile] sheisourheart
She hadn't been too far away.


But at the address, she appeared at the base of the stairs between the second and third floor. There is a lingering look between Carlilse, and Edward steps behind Carlilse.


"If you two are going to be long, would you mind picking up more heavy mounting screws for the paintings?"

Date: 2010-11-30 07:08 pm (UTC)
ofthefamily: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
"I doubt we will be out that long, but I will not forget to pick them up later if needs be." A tight-lipped kind of smile; trying to make provisions.

Date: 2010-11-30 07:20 pm (UTC)
sheisourheart: (She's An Ordinary Girl In Her World)
From: [personal profile] sheisourheart
Except that even tight-lipped, it's still a smile. Something he hasn't been doing for months. Esme smiled, easier than anyone else there. Leaned up and placed a kiss on Carlisle's cheek. "Thank you."




He wasn't exactly looking or not looking, when she stepped back. Waiting. Standing there. A tiny island even inside. Again. Edward?

Date: 2010-11-30 07:39 pm (UTC)
sheisourheart: (Hey There Love)
From: [personal profile] sheisourheart
Neither of you will listen if I tell you not to go hard on the other, will you?





"I had some ideas for how you might want to change your room." Given the obvious. And the way he was staying away at nights, and the reason for it. "If you'd like to see later."

Date: 2010-11-30 08:00 pm (UTC)
sheisourheart: (Listening)
From: [personal profile] sheisourheart
It is slightly teasing, when Esme, turned toward the stairs.
"It'll be less tortuous than that. I promise. Just two or three suggestions."


Everything was quite serious. Beyond that even. But she'd been there. Years and years ago. When Edward wouldn't have looked up or managed the sentence. When haunted looked red instead of black and home took years instead of months.

It wouldn't be anywhere near easy, but she was aware of how much worse could have been. They were together. All of them. And there were other acknowledgments for how and why that had to be made and made room for now.





She made a shooing motion with her right hand,
"Don't wait on me. I'll be here all night."

Date: 2010-11-30 08:03 pm (UTC)
ofthefamily: (polite kissing in public)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
Carlisle kisses Esme's cheek as he walks back to the stairs to descend, heading out.

(Alice jokes something about the game from upstairs. Jasper chortles at her, in his way.)





"Do you have any preferences?" Once outside.

Date: 2010-11-30 09:26 pm (UTC)
ofthefamily: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
Over the river it is.

It's close. Carlisle's not stupid.




Carlisle runs faster than he has since the previous summer. When he takes the river, launching himself at a high leap towards the opposite bank, it helps to get him into the mindset where he needs to be.

Just take care of the task.

Leave it behind. Just for an hour or two.

Date: 2010-11-30 11:11 pm (UTC)
ofthefamily: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
No one in the family has done much hunting since being back as yet - it takes longer than it used to to find suitable prey.

Carlisle skids on his feet to a halt when he smells the small group of worthwhile targets.

Date: 2010-11-30 11:43 pm (UTC)
ofthefamily: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ofthefamily
You can --

Go first.

Go quickly.

Go, and then leave?

If he wanted.

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