Chance Cullen

A special girl changes the lives of the Cullen's as they know it when she comes into their lives. I suck at summaries so just give it a chance! Rated T for memories of child abuse and for the language Rosalie thinks at one point. Not to intense but I didn't want to take any chances at all.

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2. If only you knew how much I love you

Esme POV

Chance slept in Rosalie's arms last night. She had her little head placed on Rose's shoulder and her quiet snores were as cute as ever. Today is the day she will meet her other siblings. I wasn't sure how she would react but Carlisle and I decided it would be best to introduce them one at a time starting with Alice and ending with Emmett. Emmett means well he really does but his size would intimidate her. As I heard her little breathing speed up I knew she was beginning to wake up so I sent everyone but Alice out. Chance ever so sweetly stretched her arms and gave a small yawn. She opened her eyes and looked at Rose a bit confused. She probably forgot falling asleep on Rose at all.

Her eyes darted across the room but as they landed on me her tenseness left and she calmed down significantly much. I took this as a sign to move a bit closer and smiled at the thought that I was comforting her solely by my prescence. "Chance there is someone I'd like you to meet." I said. Chance tensed up a bit but relaxed as Rosalie began rubbing her arm. "This is our other daughter Alice." I said. Alice moved towards us a little bit making sure not to scare Chance.

"Hi, I'm Alice. I know this is all really scary but I know one day we will be great friends." Alice smiled as she said this knowingly although I knew that Chance had no idea that Alice meant completely what she said.

Chance glanced at me and I nodded my head encouragingly at her. "I'm Chance." Chance barely whispered but I knew Alice could hear her. Alice beamed on the fact the little one had spoken to her.

"Would you like to meet my brothers?" Alice asked.

I heard the change in heart beat of Chance. It accelerated a bit but she calmed herself down. "Ok." She whispered.

Alice left and returned with Edward because he was the least likely to startle her in anyway. "This is Edward." Carlisle said.

"Hi Chance, I've been excited to meet you." Edward's voice was different than usual. It was calm and gentle. He too had a soft spot for little ones.

Chance scooted closer into Rosalie's chest but said "It's nice to meet you." Even if it was barely a whisper it was an improvement.

Jasper came quietly in and softly spoke to Chance. "My name is Jasper. It's a pleasure to meet you." Jasper kept his voice calm and collected.

"I'm Chance." Was the simple reply he received.

We waited for her to be completely comfortable before bringing in Emmett since his size usually intimidated children until his personality showed them he was just one big teddy bear. As soon as she was comfortable with sitting between Rosalie and Alice with Jasper and Edward close to her, Emmett very cautiously approached us. "Chance, this is Emmett. He's our oldest son."

Emmett flashed his goofy grin and waved at little Chance. "We'll have so much fun together! I'll teach you all sorts of cool things!" Emmett said excitedly but not in his usual loud voice.

Chance shrank into Rosalie a bit. Emmett backed away a few steps. Chance didn't say anything but waved her little hand to him. That was enough to make Emmett smile a huge cheerful smile and Chance started to slowly become used to him being around.

"Well Prancy Chancy, we are going to be very best friends one day." Emmett said smiling again.

Chance let out an adorable bell like giggle which caused as all to smile.

In the following days, Chance slowly began speaking to Carlisle and myself more and more. She would finally tell us when she needed something. She told me if she was hungry and Carlisle if she needed more medicine. She still sleeps between us and we have decided not to push her into sleeping in her own bed until her fears were gone. We have been giving her the love and nurturing that she has always deserved yet never been given. She has begun trusting Alice as well as Rosalie and was beginning to at least not be nervous around the boys.

That's where the cutie pie was now. With Alice and Rosalie getting some sort of makeover. I prayed that they wouldn't terrify her to much with the amount of beauty supplies they owned. I saw Edward wander into the room that I was in. He sat beside me on the couch. "Mom, her thoughts are so sad. She's still afraid that we are going to hurt her and wanders why we are all so kind to her. She thinks we are going to send her back."

"What triggered those thoughts? Do you know?" I asked my worried son.

"That's what is strange, us being nice to her. It reminds her of some person that was nice to her for a while but then hurt her."

"Do you know who? Or what they did to her?"

"I do but Rosalie and Alice both say she needs to tell you and Carlisle herself."

"Is it bad?" I asked slightly worried for my little one's aching heart.

"I'm not going to lie, it's pretty bad but Alice sees her healing."

"So right now I should just make sure she knows we will never harm her in any way?" I asked.

"That's what I think is best." He answered.

"Well I will make sure she knows."

Alice and Rosalie brought Chance in the room wearing one of Alice's dresses and heals that were both way too big for her small body. She had cute makeup on to. I couldn't suppress my small chuckle as I smiled at her. I heard her tiny tummy growl. "Are you ready for dinner?" I asked her.

"Yes please." She responded politely.

"Want to help me cook?" I asked her hoping that answer would be yes.

"Really? I can help?" She asked

I smiled. "If you would like to."

We went to the kitchen and she helped me make her favorite meal. Macaroni and cheese. After dinner, Carlisle came home. He did his usual thing. Kissed Chance on the forehead and sat with her talking about her day.

After dinner I gave Chance her bath and noticed she was tired so I asked if she wanted to go to bed. She gladly accepted the invitation. Carlisle and I stayed with her until she fell asleep but got up to go talk to the kids and check on Jasper's progress with getting the necessary documents.

"How are the papers coming?" Carlisle asked Jasper.

"They are all ready except the adoption papers which I'm very close to finishing." Jasper answered.

"And don't worry. Chance will love the idea." Alice added in.

"I'm excited I just wish she would start to not be scared of me." Emmett sighed.

"She's getting better about that and has improved from the first time she met you." Rosalie comforted.

"She's still timid around Edward and myself too." Jasper added.

"She's been hurt and it'll take time." Edward finished.

"She sure is a cutie." Emmett said.

I laughed. That is the first time I've heard Emmett call anything a 'cutie'. We sat having small talk until Alice stopped and looked at us. "You two need to go be with Chance. She's about to have a nightmare."

Carlisle and I quickly ran to our room and got back in bed with Chance. Sure enough, Chance began thrashing in her sleep. I tried to wake her but my touch scared her more. After many unsuccessful attempts to calm her down, Jasper came in the room and began using his gift to calm the terrified little girl. She became still and her little tear filled eyes flew open. She flung herself into me and began sobbing. Carlisle placed a comforting hand on her back as we both tried to say soothing words to her. She finally calmed down and looked at us both. "I'm sorry." She cried.

"Hey, little one, no need to be sorry." Carlisle answered.

"I woke you up though. Aren't you mad?" She asked us.

"Of course not baby. We are just worried about you." I soothed.

"It was so scary. It was like it was real." She sobbed.

"Do you want to talk about it? Sometimes that can help." Carlisle asked.

"I was back in the woods with my mommy and daddy. It was the night the men killed mommy. I was scared after she sent me to hide and didn't come get me. I found my way back to her and the big man shot her. Then he and his friends took my clothes off and got on top of me. It hurt really bad." She said.

So those monsters hurt my little girl? They would pay for that. "You know we would never let that happen ever again right?" Carlisle asked her. She didn't answer. "Because we wouldn't. Never in a million years."

"Really?" She asked.

"Chance, I know you probably don't understand this yet but we love you very much and when you love someone you do all you can to protect them from ever being harmed."

She had a tear fall down her cheek. "No one has ever loved me. My mommy said she did but then she wouldn't ever be nice to me." She said sadly.

"Now you have a whole family who loves you more than you could ever imagine." Carlisle told her.

She smiled and slowly drifted into a peaceful slumber between us.

The next morning, after breakfast I noticed Chance eyeing Emmett playing Super Mario Brothers. I thought of telling Emmett but Edward beat me to it. I heard him quietly tell Emmett to ask Chance to play because she was afraid he would say no.

"Hey Prancy Chancy, want me to teach you how to play?" Emmett asked happily.

Chance nodded and Emmett patted the spot next to him on the couch. They played for a long time and I heard them both laughing. Emmett finally exclaimed "I believe you are the best Mario player in the world!" causing Chance to giggle.

"Thanks Emmett." She said in a normal volume. It was the first time she spoke to one of the boys in more than a whisper. After Mario, Edward began playing piano. Chance was with me at the time and asked "Who is playing the pretty music?"

I smiled and responded "Edward is, would you like to go watch?"

She nodded and I led her to the piano room. After watching for a little bit, Edward asked "Would you like me to teach you how to play something?" Chance smiled and nodded.

The next half hour was spent with Edward teaching Chance how to play chopsticks. Once she mastered that she gave Edward a hug and thanked him which surprised us both.

A few days had passed and Carlisle had to go back to work. I heard him saying goodbye to Chance. "I have to go now but I promise I will be back soon and you will have a blast with Emse." I smiled at his tone of voice. He was becoming more and more paternal and it was melting my heart. The kids were at school so I decided today was a perfect day to have our first girly day.

I smiled and made my way to the living room quickly bidding Carlisle farewell before telling Chance of my plans. "So I was thinking since it's just the two of us, we could go and have a girly day." I said. "Would you like that."

"Yeah." She said. She talked in a normal volume when I was the only one around.

First we got our nails done. I picked red and Chance picked sparkly pink. She laughed when she got her pedicure and it came time for the scrubbing part of her foot. She was one ticklish little girl.

After our nails, we went to the salon and got our hair done. I just got it washed since my hair wouldn't grow but Chance got the dead ends cut off. She said she liked having her hair done and I thought what girl wouldn't?

We went to the mall next and bought Chance a few more outfits and finished our trip with a stop at build-a-bear. Chance picked a cute little white bear with a pink nose. The outfit she picked was similar to one of her own. A red sweater, blue jeans, and light brown UGG boots. We finally got in the car to go home.

Once we were home I decided to show Chance my art room. "Chance, do you like art?" I asked her.

"It's pretty." She answered.

"Want to see my art room?" I asked.

"Yes please."

I led the way up the stairs and to the room. She looked at all the paintings before her eyes landed on one of bouquet of flowers. "Do you like that one?" I asked her.

"It's really pretty." She said.

"Do you want to paint a picture?" I asked.

"That'd be so fun! Can I really?" She asked.

"Why of course." I told her.

I laid out a new canvas and some paints for her to choose from before putting an old shirt on her so her own would stay paint free. She painted a beautiful flower. It was much better than any other 8 year old's painting. She was an artist.

Chance waited up for Carlisle to get home. He arrived at 9:30 and she was very pleased to see him. He had to do a quick exam on her to check on her injuries. We took her up to our room and laid her out on the bed. Carlisle checked her ribs causing her to flinch a tiny bit. Carlisle sympathetically said he was sorry and then told her that the good news was that her infection was gone but the bad news was he did have to give her a few shots. I knew these were necessary but that didn't mean I liked the idea. I held her still while Carlisle injected her little arm with five different shots. She cried a bit but was ok after a little bit.

Once Carlisle finished she looked at us both very seriously. "Are you my new mommy and daddy?" She asked.

I felt warmth in me even at her mentioning us as mommy and daddy. Carlisle smiled and answered her. "If you want us to be." He said.

"But that doesn't mean you have to call us mommy or daddy unless you want to." I added.

"I want you to be my mommy and daddy." She told us. We both smiled widely and gave her a hug. It was late and Chance told us she was tired. We laid down for yet another peaceful night of sleep with our little girl.

Carlisle POV

This morning when it was time to go to work, Chance asked if she could come see where I worked. I couldn't say no to her so I agreed. We were in the car when she said "I think you and Esme are the nicest and my favorite people in the world."

I smiled. "Why thank you Chance that means a lot."

After the drive, I helped her out of the car and walked inside with her. I introuduced her to the nurses and my fellow surgeons who all talked about how adorably precious she was.

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Chapter 2: If only you knew how much I love you

Esme POV

Chance slept in Rosalie's arms last night. She had her little head placed on Rose's shoulder and her quiet snores were as cute as ever. Today is the day she will meet her other siblings. I wasn't sure how she would react but Carlisle and I decided it would be best to introduce them one at a time starting with Alice and ending with Emmett. Emmett means well he really does but his size would intimidate her. As I heard her little breathing speed up I knew she was beginning to wake up so I sent everyone but Alice out. Chance ever so sweetly stretched her arms and gave a small yawn. She opened her eyes and looked at Rose a bit confused. She probably forgot falling asleep on Rose at all.

Her eyes darted across the room but as they landed on me her tenseness left and she calmed down significantly much. I took this as a sign to move a bit closer and smiled at the thought that I was comforting her solely by my prescence. "Chance there is someone I'd like you to meet." I said. Chance tensed up a bit but relaxed as Rosalie began rubbing her arm. "This is our other daughter Alice." I said. Alice moved towards us a little bit making sure not to scare Chance.

"Hi, I'm Alice. I know this is all really scary but I know one day we will be great friends." Alice smiled as she said this knowingly although I knew that Chance had no idea that Alice meant completely what she said.

Chance glanced at me and I nodded my head encouragingly at her. "I'm Chance." Chance barely whispered but I knew Alice could hear her. Alice beamed on the fact the little one had spoken to her.

"Would you like to meet my brothers?" Alice asked.

I heard the change in heart beat of Chance. It accelerated a bit but she calmed herself down. "Ok." She whispered.

Alice left and returned with Edward because he was the least likely to startle her in anyway. "This is Edward." Carlisle said.

"Hi Chance, I've been excited to meet you." Edward's voice was different than usual. It was calm and gentle. He too had a soft spot for little ones.

Chance scooted closer into Rosalie's chest but said "It's nice to meet you." Even if it was barely a whisper it was an improvement.

Jasper came quietly in and softly spoke to Chance. "My name is Jasper. It's a pleasure to meet you." Jasper kept his voice calm and collected.

"I'm Chance." Was the simple reply he received.

We waited for her to be completely comfortable before bringing in Emmett since his size usually intimidated children until his personality showed them he was just one big teddy bear. As soon as she was comfortable with sitting between Rosalie and Alice with Jasper and Edward close to her, Emmett very cautiously approached us. "Chance, this is Emmett. He's our oldest son."

Emmett flashed his goofy grin and waved at little Chance. "We'll have so much fun together! I'll teach you all sorts of cool things!" Emmett said excitedly but not in his usual loud voice.

Chance shrank into Rosalie a bit. Emmett backed away a few steps. Chance didn't say anything but waved her little hand to him. That was enough to make Emmett smile a huge cheerful smile and Chance started to slowly become used to him being around.

"Well Prancy Chancy, we are going to be very best friends one day." Emmett said smiling again.

Chance let out an adorable bell like giggle which caused as all to smile.

In the following days, Chance slowly began speaking to Carlisle and myself more and more. She would finally tell us when she needed something. She told me if she was hungry and Carlisle if she needed more medicine. She still sleeps between us and we have decided not to push her into sleeping in her own bed until her fears were gone. We have been giving her the love and nurturing that she has always deserved yet never been given. She has begun trusting Alice as well as Rosalie and was beginning to at least not be nervous around the boys.

That's where the cutie pie was now. With Alice and Rosalie getting some sort of makeover. I prayed that they wouldn't terrify her to much with the amount of beauty supplies they owned. I saw Edward wander into the room that I was in. He sat beside me on the couch. "Mom, her thoughts are so sad. She's still afraid that we are going to hurt her and wanders why we are all so kind to her. She thinks we are going to send her back."

"What triggered those thoughts? Do you know?" I asked my worried son.

"That's what is strange, us being nice to her. It reminds her of some person that was nice to her for a while but then hurt her."

"Do you know who? Or what they did to her?"

"I do but Rosalie and Alice both say she needs to tell you and Carlisle herself."

"Is it bad?" I asked slightly worried for my little one's aching heart.

"I'm not going to lie, it's pretty bad but Alice sees her healing."

"So right now I should just make sure she knows we will never harm her in any way?" I asked.

"That's what I think is best." He answered.

"Well I will make sure she knows."

Alice and Rosalie brought Chance in the room wearing one of Alice's dresses and heals that were both way too big for her small body. She had cute makeup on to. I couldn't suppress my small chuckle as I smiled at her. I heard her tiny tummy growl. "Are you ready for dinner?" I asked her.

"Yes please." She responded politely.

"Want to help me cook?" I asked her hoping that answer would be yes.

"Really? I can help?" She asked

I smiled. "If you would like to."

We went to the kitchen and she helped me make her favorite meal. Macaroni and cheese. After dinner, Carlisle came home. He did his usual thing. Kissed Chance on the forehead and sat with her talking about her day.

After dinner I gave Chance her bath and noticed she was tired so I asked if she wanted to go to bed. She gladly accepted the invitation. Carlisle and I stayed with her until she fell asleep but got up to go talk to the kids and check on Jasper's progress with getting the necessary documents.

"How are the papers coming?" Carlisle asked Jasper.

"They are all ready except the adoption papers which I'm very close to finishing." Jasper answered.

"And don't worry. Chance will love the idea." Alice added in.

"I'm excited I just wish she would start to not be scared of me." Emmett sighed.

"She's getting better about that and has improved from the first time she met you." Rosalie comforted.

"She's still timid around Edward and myself too." Jasper added.

"She's been hurt and it'll take time." Edward finished.

"She sure is a cutie." Emmett said.

I laughed. That is the first time I've heard Emmett call anything a 'cutie'. We sat having small talk until Alice stopped and looked at us. "You two need to go be with Chance. She's about to have a nightmare."

Carlisle and I quickly ran to our room and got back in bed with Chance. Sure enough, Chance began thrashing in her sleep. I tried to wake her but my touch scared her more. After many unsuccessful attempts to calm her down, Jasper came in the room and began using his gift to calm the terrified little girl. She became still and her little tear filled eyes flew open. She flung herself into me and began sobbing. Carlisle placed a comforting hand on her back as we both tried to say soothing words to her. She finally calmed down and looked at us both. "I'm sorry." She cried.

"Hey, little one, no need to be sorry." Carlisle answered.

"I woke you up though. Aren't you mad?" She asked us.

"Of course not baby. We are just worried about you." I soothed.

"It was so scary. It was like it was real." She sobbed.

"Do you want to talk about it? Sometimes that can help." Carlisle asked.

"I was back in the woods with my mommy and daddy. It was the night the men killed mommy. I was scared after she sent me to hide and didn't come get me. I found my way back to her and the big man shot her. Then he and his friends took my clothes off and got on top of me. It hurt really bad." She said.

So those monsters hurt my little girl? They would pay for that. "You know we would never let that happen ever again right?" Carlisle asked her. She didn't answer. "Because we wouldn't. Never in a million years."

"Really?" She asked.

"Chance, I know you probably don't understand this yet but we love you very much and when you love someone you do all you can to protect them from ever being harmed."

She had a tear fall down her cheek. "No one has ever loved me. My mommy said she did but then she wouldn't ever be nice to me." She said sadly.

"Now you have a whole family who loves you more than you could ever imagine." Carlisle told her.

She smiled and slowly drifted into a peaceful slumber between us.

The next morning, after breakfast I noticed Chance eyeing Emmett playing Super Mario Brothers. I thought of telling Emmett but Edward beat me to it. I heard him quietly tell Emmett to ask Chance to play because she was afraid he would say no.

"Hey Prancy Chancy, want me to teach you how to play?" Emmett asked happily.

Chance nodded and Emmett patted the spot next to him on the couch. They played for a long time and I heard them both laughing. Emmett finally exclaimed "I believe you are the best Mario player in the world!" causing Chance to giggle.

"Thanks Emmett." She said in a normal volume. It was the first time she spoke to one of the boys in more than a whisper. After Mario, Edward began playing piano. Chance was with me at the time and asked "Who is playing the pretty music?"

I smiled and responded "Edward is, would you like to go watch?"

She nodded and I led her to the piano room. After watching for a little bit, Edward asked "Would you like me to teach you how to play something?" Chance smiled and nodded.

The next half hour was spent with Edward teaching Chance how to play chopsticks. Once she mastered that she gave Edward a hug and thanked him which surprised us both.

A few days had passed and Carlisle had to go back to work. I heard him saying goodbye to Chance. "I have to go now but I promise I will be back soon and you will have a blast with Emse." I smiled at his tone of voice. He was becoming more and more paternal and it was melting my heart. The kids were at school so I decided today was a perfect day to have our first girly day.

I smiled and made my way to the living room quickly bidding Carlisle farewell before telling Chance of my plans. "So I was thinking since it's just the two of us, we could go and have a girly day." I said. "Would you like that."

"Yeah." She said. She talked in a normal volume when I was the only one around.

First we got our nails done. I picked red and Chance picked sparkly pink. She laughed when she got her pedicure and it came time for the scrubbing part of her foot. She was one ticklish little girl.

After our nails, we went to the salon and got our hair done. I just got it washed since my hair wouldn't grow but Chance got the dead ends cut off. She said she liked having her hair done and I thought what girl wouldn't?

We went to the mall next and bought Chance a few more outfits and finished our trip with a stop at build-a-bear. Chance picked a cute little white bear with a pink nose. The outfit she picked was similar to one of her own. A red sweater, blue jeans, and light brown UGG boots. We finally got in the car to go home.

Once we were home I decided to show Chance my art room. "Chance, do you like art?" I asked her.

"It's pretty." She answered.

"Want to see my art room?" I asked.

"Yes please."

I led the way up the stairs and to the room. She looked at all the paintings before her eyes landed on one of bouquet of flowers. "Do you like that one?" I asked her.

"It's really pretty." She said.

"Do you want to paint a picture?" I asked.

"That'd be so fun! Can I really?" She asked.

"Why of course." I told her.

I laid out a new canvas and some paints for her to choose from before putting an old shirt on her so her own would stay paint free. She painted a beautiful flower. It was much better than any other 8 year old's painting. She was an artist.

Chance waited up for Carlisle to get home. He arrived at 9:30 and she was very pleased to see him. He had to do a quick exam on her to check on her injuries. We took her up to our room and laid her out on the bed. Carlisle checked her ribs causing her to flinch a tiny bit. Carlisle sympathetically said he was sorry and then told her that the good news was that her infection was gone but the bad news was he did have to give her a few shots. I knew these were necessary but that didn't mean I liked the idea. I held her still while Carlisle injected her little arm with five different shots. She cried a bit but was ok after a little bit.

Once Carlisle finished she looked at us both very seriously. "Are you my new mommy and daddy?" She asked.

I felt warmth in me even at her mentioning us as mommy and daddy. Carlisle smiled and answered her. "If you want us to be." He said.

"But that doesn't mean you have to call us mommy or daddy unless you want to." I added.

"I want you to be my mommy and daddy." She told us. We both smiled widely and gave her a hug. It was late and Chance told us she was tired. We laid down for yet another peaceful night of sleep with our little girl.

Carlisle POV

This morning when it was time to go to work, Chance asked if she could come see where I worked. I couldn't say no to her so I agreed. We were in the car when she said "I think you and Esme are the nicest and my favorite people in the world."

I smiled. "Why thank you Chance that means a lot."

After the drive, I helped her out of the car and walked inside with her. I introuduced her to the nurses and my fellow surgeons who all talked about how adorably precious she was.

During my lunch break I decided to take Chance to the play ground. We played for a while until she began to get cold. I asked "Would you like some hot chocolate?"

"Yes pretty please." She said sweetly.

"I'll be right back." I told her. I made my way to the concession stand and stood in the decently long line. After a while I heard a shriek and instantly recokgnized it as Chance. I ran as quickly as possible without looking unhuman to my little girl. She was on the ground obviously having fallen from the swings and was clutching her wrist.

"Daddy!" She screamed. If that name had been for anything but pain I would have been extremely happy but she needed me. I took her into my arms and lifted her up carefully carrying her to my car. "Daddy." She sobbed again.

"I'm right here baby, daddy's got you." I told her.

I called Esme while I was driving to the hospital and filled her in on what happened. Once we arrived I carefully carried her to a bed in the ER and ordered x-rays. Esme arrived shortly after they had been taken and rushed to Chance's side. She took the hurt little girl in her arms.

Chance did indeed have a broken wrist and I knew I couldn't handle to set it myself because it would hurt her so I asked a trusted co-worker to do it. Esme and I held her while her arm was set and then I gently asked her what color cast she would like. She answered with pink.

After she had her cast on, we took our little girl home. Reflecting on it, it felt very good to be called daddy even if the circumstance was unpleasant.
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