Chapter 6: Preconceived Notions and The Choices That We Make (Nessie's POV)
Getting to the airport as well as the flight back was a blur. Somehow my father had arranged a private jet for us that flew us straight back cutting our travel time. Jake was given the job of calling Sam and convincing him of Amore’s vision and to let my family help them. His eyebrows furrowed as Sam picked up the phone, “Sam its Jake listen to me…I know that she is in labor trust me this is a good time for this conversation. Amore had a vision she is going to have twins Sam, she saw something choking one of the babies if you don’t allow Carlisle to deliver the babies it is not going to end well.” His eyes snapped shut, and he grimaced. I had no doubt that Sam was flipping out on him. I held onto his hand encouraging him not to give up. “Listen to me Sam, I know that you are having a hard time trusting us but I promise you they just want to help. Please, think of Emily, and the babies. Give Carlisle a chance; he is a good guy and a wonderful doctor. SAM I swear on everything that means anything to me, Renesmee, my father, my sisters, my pack… the Cullens just want to help.” A look of relief crossed his face briefly and then his face went pale. “I will call him now; get her ready he will be there any second.” He hung up and called my grandfather, “It’s all set, do you know where their house is? Ok, good. Carlisle? She sounded really bad I heard her screaming in the background. Thank you. Okay, we will be there as soon as we can.” He snapped the phone shut and pulled me to him and kissed my forehead as he squeezed his eyes shut. I looked at him frantically, “What happened?” He whispered again, “She was screaming in the background…Nessie if anything happens to her or the twins…I don’t know what Sam will do…” I comforted him, “It will be alright, my grandfather knows what he is doing.” I put on a brave face for him but to be honest I was terrified myself. Amore met us at the airport in her Mercedes. She looked at us soberly, “hey you two,” she hugged us and kissed our cheeks. “How is she?” I asked. She shrugged. “Grandpa hadn’t even left yet by the time I left to pick you guys up”. Jake let me have the front seat, from the back he leaned forward towards Amore, “Will they be ok?” She scrunched her nose. “I’m not sure Jake, there are some choices that need to be made that will set the course for the outcome. Plus I barely know Sam and Emily they are a little fuzzy to me. I was shocked that the vision came so clear this morning.” I was staring straight ahead willing my grandparents house to just pop up in front of us of course it didn’t happen. Amore was nearing 100mph and then she looked at me, “Ness, you’re shaking…” I ignored her, “I’m fine, we have more important things to worry about.” I felt Jake’s eyes burning a hole into the back of my head but I didn’t turn around.
When we pulled up my grandfather’s car was still in the driveway the back door wide open. “Not a good sign,” I thought to myself. He hadn’t had time to shut the back door let alone get the car in the garage where it was usually parked. I shuddered at the thought of what might await. My family was assembled in the living room along with the rest of Sam’s pack and their significant others, Billy, and Sue. Everyone greeted us solemnly. My mother came up to me and hugged me, “Your grandfather needs you and Jake up there.” She said quietly. I nodded my father came over to me, “Hi sweetheart,” he hugged me tightly and then kissed my forehead. “We need you to scrub up and help your grandfather. You paid such close attention in all of your pre-med instruction from me and your grandfather and Emily prefers you over me.” I swallowed hard and nodded. My father tucked my hair into a surgical cap and had me wash my hands with medical grade soap. I put on a set of scrubs that he brought me from the hospital. He smiled at me sadly, “I’m sorry to make you do this.” I shook my head, “No, its ok, I told Emily that I would help her anyway that I could. I want to do this.” Jake washed his hands with the soap as well he didn’t need scrubs he was just going to be there for Sam. We walked up the stairs. I knocked on the door. “Grandpa it’s me and Jake.” “Come in” my grandfather said clearly. The first thing that I noticed was the pained look on Sam’s usually emotionless face. It was ripping him to pieces that his wife and children were in danger. Jake walked up to him and put his hand on his shoulder. Sam nodded at him. I smiled at Emily who was panting and tears were streaming down her cheeks. “Nessie” she gasped. I went right to her, “Shh, it’s alright Em. My grandfather is the best doctor in Forks. You and the babies will be fine.” She smiled at me a little and I turned to my grandfather. “What is going on?” He was performing an ultrasound. “Emily told me that she hadn’t had an ultrasound, and the doctor somehow must have missed the second heartbeat at her appointments. I am getting a look at them to see where they are and to see what the problem is. I am assuming that the cord is wrapped around one of the baby’s necks.” Emily gasped. I rubbed her hair. My grandfather looked at her, “It happens fairly frequently Emily.” He looked back at the screen. “Just as I suspected it is wrapped around baby A’s neck. It will be alright Emily. I have to give you some medicine to numb you and then we will perform a Cesarean it will be just fine, alright?” My grandfather’s calm voice seemed to comfort her and she nodded. He turned to me, “Renesmee I have to give her a spinal block I need you to keep her calm.” He turned to Sam and Jake, “You both have to step out for just one moment.” Sam started to object but my grandfather looked at him seriously, “Time is of the essence Sam. I will call you back in very shortly.” Sam kissed Emily on the forehead so gently; his eyes were full of agony. “I will be back as soon as I can.” Emily nodded, and Jake led Sam out of the room. We helped Emily to sit up, and my grandfather positioned me in front of her so that she could lean against me. She put her head on my shoulder and wept, “Oh, Renesmee I am so scared.” “It’s ok, Emily, just think you will be a mommy soon!” I tried to calm her down, she smiled a little. My grandfather rubbed her back gently, “The pain is short-lived but you will be their mother forever.” She perked up a little. “Ok Emily, I need you to stay very still. I have to inject this medication into your spine; I know it is easier said than done with the contractions but no sudden movements.” He numbed her back and then she sucked in a breath as he injected the medication into her back. “I gave her a little something for the pain in the car when I picked them up just to take the edge off of it, but this should help immensely,” He informed me. Once he was finished we lay her down on the table. My grandfather set up the surgical drape and the then hooked her back up to the monitor and called Jake and Sam back into the room. Sam’s eyes searched his wife wildly, but they calmed down when he saw that she was pain-free. He took her hand and kissed it. “Are you alright?" She nodded weakly. The baby’s monitor started beeping indicating that baby A was in distress. “It’s go time," my grandfather said. “Who’s ready to be a mommy? We have two babies that are very anxious to meet their parents.” Emily smiled and my grandfather got to work. “Ok, Emily can you feel that?” She shook her head. “Just a little pressure,” my grandfather warned her. I held her free hand while Sam held onto the other one. Jake and I glanced at each other briefly he looked very uncomfortable. I was used to this kind of stuff. My father and grandfather hoped I would follow them into the medical world at one point. My grandfather had me reading his medical books and watching documentaries from the time that I was little. I looked down at Emily she was very still but tears slipped down her cheeks as she held her breathe waiting for the same thing that every woman in delivery is desperate for; her children’s first cries; indicating that they are ok. Moments later my grandfather smiled widely as a strong wail filled the room. I grabbed the aspirator and handed it to him as he cleared out the baby’s breathing passages. He handed the baby to me. “Congratulations, you have a healthy boy.” Emily laughed, “Renesmee was right.” “Told you so,” I joked as I picked up a towel and my grandfather handed me the screaming and writhing little boy. He was so tiny. I toweled him off and wrapped him up handing him to his proud papa. “Congratulations,” I said quietly. Sam had tears in his eyes as he accepted his son with shaking hands. He kissed his forehead and held the infant up to his wife. Emily smiled weakly, “Samuel Jacob,” she whispered. Jake looked up in surprise, and Emily smiled at him. My grandfather chuckled “Here comes Samuels’s brother.” He gently brought their next child into the world and smiled at him. “He is perfect.” He handed the identical twin of the first baby to me. I couldn’t help but smile at him. He was so sweet, while baby Sam’s cry had been loud and angry his cry was quieter and he almost looked as though he were confused. I cleaned out his nose and mouth with a sterile aspirator, then dried him off and brought him to Emily. I held him at her side, she was crying and sat in contemplation for a moment before softly saying, “Levi Joshua.” She looked to her husband for approval. He had fresh tears in his eyes as he nodded indicating that he liked it. My grandfather interrupted their private moment, as gently as he could, “In just a moment I will have you stitched up the babies look ok they are a little on the small side I would say they are between 5 and 6 pounds each. They are breathing just fine, but I want them in the incubators that Edward grabbed from the hospital until I can properly assess them.” He gestured to the incubators which were right on the other side of the room. “Nessie I need you to help me bathe them too,” I nodded, the dizziness was back but I kept it at bay they needed me. Looking into little Levi’s sleepy brown eyes helped I didn't realize that tears were pouring down my face until Jake asked me if I was alright. I nodded and turned to Emily, “is it ok if I take Levi to bathe him now?” She nodded at me, “thank you for helping me Renesmee, I will never forget this.” I smiled at her, “I told you I would help you, congratulations.” I whispered she smiled wanly and I held Levi up to her so she could kiss his little face. Before taking him to get cleaned up, I walked over to Sam with him and he smiled at me kindly as he kissed his sons face for the first time. Jake didn't take his eyes off of me as the tears continued to pour down my face suddenly Emily’s heart rate started to decrease the monitor beeped wildly Jake took baby Sam as Sam rushed to his wives’ side her eyes had rolled back in her head and Sam screamed, “what’s wrong!” My grandfather spoke calmly as he quickly worked over her “some women cannot tolerate multiples it is hard on the heart. The blood volume increases more than normal with more than one baby and when it filters back through the heart it can cause heart failure.” He looked at Sam seriously, “I will do all that I can if it's not enough I can save her by changing her while her heart is still beating.” Sam’s face turned to stone. I was normally intimidated by Sam and very rarely spoke to him except in passing. Yet, as I looked at him I became so angered that he was letting his hatred of what he felt that we were stand in the way of saving his wife, “Sam don't be an idiot they need a mother. It doesn’t matter if she is human or vampire,” I screamed. He winced but I seemed to get through to him. My grandfather looked at him evenly, “I will only do it if there are no other options. I would never do this to someone who had another choice.” Sam tearfully nodded his consent my grandfather. He worked over her for what seemed like an eternity after a bit her heartbeat was restored. We all breathed a sigh of relief. He wouldn't have to change her. Emily slowly came to as my grandfather explained what had happened I took Levi over to the little table that was set up with an infant tub I kept his little body covered with the towel only exposing the part that was to be washed and then quickly drying him off and covering him to keep him warm. Someone (I guessed my Aunt Rosalie) had run out and bought preemie baby boy matching outfits one blue and one green. I put the green sleeper on him with the blue hat I thought it would be cute to mix it up so that he matched his brother who was older by a minute. Levi’s brown eyes were fully open now and he stared at me intently, “hello little man,” I cooed. “Aren't you handsome, you will be quite the ladies man someday.” I swear he smiled at me and I giggled at how the preemie clothes were even a tad big on him. I wrapped him in a blanket and held up a pacifier turning to Emily, “can he have this?” She nodded I gave it to him he accepted it gratefully suckling it noisily. I giggled and held him up for his mother and father to see and then I carefully placed him into the incubator labeled” Baby B”. I turned back to my grandfather he was talking to Emily, “Ok mama, you are all set congratulations. It is up to you and Sam but I would prefer if you stayed here for a few days to a week to recover. That was major surgery you just had plus your heart complication. I want to keep a close eye on you and those babies. Emily looked at Sam pleadingly and he conceded. Grandpa smiled, “good in a couple of hours we will bring you something to eat Emily, so start thinking about what you want. We can get you anything you desire. You need the calories, especially if you are going to attempt to breastfeed these two. I need you to try as soon as you feel up to it.” She nodded, and Sam handed me his namesake. He looked at me seriously, “thank you Renesmee. You were right I was being an idiot,” he whispered. I offered him a pardoning smile and I got to work cleaning him up. Jake looked at me again his forehead wrinkled in concern, “Renesmee, why are you still crying everything is ok.” I waved him off the dizziness was starting to come back I closed my eyes and steadied myself and then I took baby Sam to the table where I had bathed his brother as I worked I heard Jake talking to my grandfather. “Carlisle you have got to check her out something is wrong with her she kept getting these dizzy spells she hardly ate and wasn't herself the entire week we were gone. She barely slept she was having these nightmares every night. She would scream and cry in her sleep.” I had placed Sam into the incubator next to his brother turning it so that the babies could see each other once I saw that both babies were safe, warm and happily sucking away on their little pacifiers I turned to my husband in shock. His words were so revolting I felt like he had slapped me. I was so dizzy I could barely find his face but when I did my eyes locked onto it in anger. The tears continued to come so furiously that I could barely choke the words out, “They weren't nightmares Jacob, how could you say that. They were dreams of our daughter,” I let out another sob and then the floor flew up towards me and everything went black.