Edward and his children, they played in the living room and watched some television after their brinner, as Lucy called it. Her logic was infallible. “Breakfast and lunch is called ‘brunch,’ so breakfast and dinner shall be called ‘brinner,’” she said with a nod of her head.
Edward kept them up a little past their bedtime since he truly had missed them, their laughter and innocence. When he did tuck them into bed, he spent the time reading them a bedtime story. Lucy fell asleep, her face pressed against his arm. Liam was wide awake and stubbornly trying to wheedle more time with his dad. “Come on, bud. Your sister is drooling on me and you have school tomorrow. Not to mention, you’re still recovering from that stomach thing.”
“Can’t I stay up with you, Dad?” Liam pleaded, pouting adorably.
“No, kid. Come on. I was a bad parent and kept you up a half hour past your bedtime,” Edward said as he frog-marched Liam to his bedroom. Liam grumbled as he clambered into his bed. “I love you, Liam. Have sweet dreams.” Edward kissed his forehead and ruffled his hair.
“Love you, too, Dad,” Liam smiled crookedly.
Edward flipped on the nightlight and slipped out of the room. He checked on Lucy again, kissing her forehead and then went to his bedroom. Despite his nap, he was still bushed. He had every intention of using the time that the kids were at school to catch up sleep. Well, after he called Jenks and spoke to Charlie. But, first he had to call Bella. He hadn’t talked to her since she had left. They’d exchanged texts, but he was so swamped at work that he couldn’t call her. “I’m such a lousy fucking boyfriend,” Edward sighed, scrubbing his hands through his messy hair. “No wonder Tanya dumped my ass. I’m never home.”