AN: Thank you for the lovely reviews. I was asked if this will be a Edward and Bella story and the answer is……YES. However, there is a lot of the story before we get to that part. Thanks goes out to my support team, who has decided to come with me on this wonderful ride: my beta, Princess07890/RAH07890, and my pre-readers SherCullen71 and LadyAngel. Without them, it wouldn’t be worth reading.
I own the storyline for Infinity Claims, but I borrowed the characters’ names from Stephenie Meyer. No copyright infringements are implied.
The next few months were filled with joy and laughter. Carlisle and Elizabeth were loving and doting parents, however, Carlisle seemed to have some type of special bond with his daughter. Whenever Carlisle would come home, no matter what time, day or night, Lizzy Bell would immediately wake up, and look around for him. Carlisle had decided to call Isabella “Lizzy Bell”, because, each time he would say it, she would giggle, which sounded like a bell chiming. If he had blood on his clothes, he would rush to change clothes, so he could get to her. As dark and gory the day or night might have been, it took just one smile from Lizzy Bell to erase it all.
One day, he came home early. Elizabeth had Lizzy Bell in her highchair, feeding her some fruit.
“Hello, my girls.” Carlisle said, laying his case on the counter, and walking over to Lizzy Bell.
“Hi, you are home early?” Elizabeth questioned.
“Yeah, I just felt like I needed to be here for some reason.” Carlisle answered, then turned his attention to Lizzy Bell. “Hello, little one. Are you enjoying your fruit?”
Lizzy Bell blew bubbles, which were colored like the fruit she was eating, and giggled. Elizabeth wiped her mouth, and, when she was clean, Carlisle picked her up. Lizzy Bell placed her chubby little hands on either side of Carlisle’s face, and looked him deep into his eyes. “Dada.”
Carlisle Cullen might have been the badass Don, and men quaked at his voice, but, once he heard Lizzy Bell say “Dada”, he was overcome with emotions. “What did you say Lizzy Bell?”
She smiled one of her sweet, adorable smiles, and then placed a sloppy kiss on Carlisle’s cheek. When she was finished she giggled. “Dada Dada Dada.”
“Elizabeth has she said this, or anything else before?” Carlisle questioned.
“No, but it doesn’t surprise me. She is definitely a daddy’s girl.” Elizabeth and Carlisle’s relationship was still the same. He was a caring and supportive husband, but he didn’t love her like a husband loved his wife. But, Carlisle loved Lizzy Bell with all he had. So many women might be a little jealous of their relationship, but, not Elizabeth, she thought it was beautiful.
A grand first birthday party was held for Lizzy Bell, with all the family invited, along with the wives and children. Carlisle and Elizabeth meet each family member as they filed into the tent that they had set up to hold all the family.
“Carlisle.” Angelo Masen said, shaking his Boss’s hand.
“Angelo, so happy see you. Is this your wife?” Carlisle asked. Angelo was the lead man on the docks, where the gun shipments came in. Carlisle had only heard good things about his work, but, when he took a better look at the woman standing beside him with a little boy holding her hand, his heart stopped. She had to be the most beautiful woman in the world. But as much as he was intrigued by her, he would never break his wedding vows to Elizabeth.
“Yes. This is Esme, and this is our son, Edward.” Angelo bragged.
“Welcome to our home.” Elizabeth said. “How old is Edward?”
“He is eighteen months.” Esme said, trying not to look at Carlisle anymore. She had heard about him, but she was not prepared for how handsome he was, nor how captivating, either. Her marriage to Angelo had been arranged by her parents. He was a wonderful man and good provider, but there was no attraction between them. They had discussed it at length, and they decided to make the best of it for Edward.
“We will have to plan a playdate.” Elizabeth said.
“Oh, I would love that!” Esme replied.
Angelo, Esme, and Edward went into the tent, and placed their gift on the table with all the others. They had gone to Build-a-Bear, where Edward had picked out a white lamb, and then had a yellow ribbon tied around it’s neck.
The party was in full swing, the kids were playing, and the family were enjoying watching Lizzy Bell as all the others seem to follow her wherever she toddled. It was as if they already knew she was their leader.
Carlisle walked over, and took her little hand. “Thank you for coming today to celebrate the first birthday of our little girl.” Carlisle knelt down on one knee, and reached into his pocket. “Lizzy Bell, you have an infinity birthmark on your arm, but you have an infinite hold on my heart.” He then took the necklace that he had specially made for her. On the front was a infinity symbol, but, inside, was a picture of the three of them together, with Isabella Marie Cullen engraved on the other side. After Carlisle placed it around her little neck, she pulled it out, and looked at the picture. “Dada, Mama, Lizzie.” She said, pointing to each.
She closed the front, securing the picture inside, and held it tight in her hand. “Luv Dada.”
Carlisle swept her up in his arms, and hugged her tight. “Oh dada loves you Lizzy Bell.”
Aro stood in the back of the tent with a close friend and ally, Caius Martell. Over the years, Aro had filled his head with lies concerning Carlisle, and had convinced him to be part of taking over control of the family.
“Have you found someone to take the problem off our hands?” Aro asked.
“No. Are you sure you want to keep her alive? I mean wouldn’t it be simpler just to kill her?” Caius questioned.
“It might be simpler, but I need her alive, just in case something goes wrong. Keep looking, and let me know when you have found someone.”
Carlisle looked around the tent, and was extremely proud to be the leader of a such loving, caring group of people. They might be crooks, gun runners, loan sharks, and hitmen, however, they were loyal to the family. Then, he saw Aro and Caius in the back; the look on their faces was one of evil. He couldn’t help but wonder what had he done to his brother to make him hate him like he did. Glancing away, he saw Victoria sitting with a group of wives, rubbing her rather prominent belly bump. Aro had called and gloated that he and Victoria were expecting twin boys. Then, he proceeded to say that men always made better leaders of the family than women. He then questioned Carlisle about when he and Elizabeth were going to have more children.
“Aro, it is none of your business when we are going to have more children. The next leader has been born, and the family will be Isabella’s to rule when she reaches twenty-five.” Carlisle snapped. “Brother, you need to remember your place and watch your tone.”
“We will see.” Aro quipped softly.
Carlisle had a very uneasy feeling about Aro, so he added a extra guard on Elizabeth and Lizzy Bell, and had Ben to start following Aro and gathering intel on his movements. He may be his brother, but that wouldn’t stop him from killing the motherfucker if he tried to harm his family.