Carlisle held his head in his hands, shaking from his sobs. He had tried to cry quietly, but Edward's superior hearing was impossible to overlook. He heard a knock on the door, and he sighed as softly as he could. (I shouldn't have cried like this.) He thought to himself. He knew in the back of his mind that Edward would hear his cries. "Come in, Edward." He said. He was unable to hide the sadness in his voice. Edward entered the office and said "Carlisle, what's wrong?" He noticed the tear stains on Carlisle's face. There was a long pause before Carlisle answered. Finally, he said "Esme left me..." Edward bolted upright in his chair. "What!? Why?!" he shouted. "She said I wasn't spending enough time with her. I've been working at the hospital a lot more than I usually have." He admitted. Edward put his hand on his father's shoulder for a moment, and then embraced him. "Would you like to take a walk with me?" He asked. "Edward, this is not the time to go hunting." "No no, I wasn't planning on hunting, I just wanted to go for a walk with you...if that's ok." Carlisle couldn't help but smile. "Alright, let's go." They went out the backdoor and walked through the forest, at the same pace a human would. The sky was light gray, as if it were about to rain but it hadn't. "It's a beautiful day isn't it?" Edward asked. "Yes, it certainly is." Carlisle replied. The walked in silence for a few moments, until Edward began to speak. "Carlisle, may I ask you a question?" "Edward, you can ask me anything." "Ok..." Edward said. He thought of what his next words would be and decided to choose them carefully. "What happened between you and Esme?" "It's a long story, Edward." "I'll try to keep up." He promised. "Well, we'd been fighting frequently, and truthfully, I did not know what to do. She thought that I was having an affair. With whom I did not know. So I decided to leave work early but it was too late. She was gone..." He admitted. "What did you do?" Edward asked. "I went to my room, and there was a note on our bed." "What did it say?" He wondered. "It said 'Carlisle, I know that you love me, but in my heart I know I must leave you. Take care of our children. Perhaps we will meet again someday.'" Carlisle stopped to sit on the bottom branch of a tree that was nearby, and began to stare at the ground. Edward sat on the ground a few feet away. The forest was quiet, aside from a few small animals running along the ground. There was a slight breeze, and it was beginning to get dark outside. Carlisle let his mind wander, and didn't notice that Edward was speaking to him. "...Carlisle?" Edward repeated. "Yes?" "Is there anything else you need to tell me?" He looked at him with concern. "No, that is all for now, Edward. I think we should go inside. It looks like we're about to have a storm." He said as he jumped down from the branch and began walking toward their home. Edward followed suit. They were walking faster than they had before.