Fallen Angel Broken Song
Banner by Marauder by Midnight What if... Edward wasn't as strong as we thought he was? ***Eclipse References***
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We were about halfway to Denali when my cell phone rang. It was Tanya. I briefly considered not answering, but decided I shouldn’t put it off. I flipped it open with one hand and put it to my ear.
“Carlisle, what the hell is going on?” she cried in the phone.
She seemed much more upset than I had anticipated. That couldn’t be good.
“I’ve been trying to reach you all day. Edward stumbled in last night, completely soaked and shaking like a leaf. Carlisle, his eyes are red, I mean fricking death red!”
“Tanya, calm down,” I said, maneuvering a turn.
“Is Edward alright?”
“I think so,” she sighed. "I never seen a vampire shake like that, like he was freezing to death.”
“I think he’s just in shock, Tanya. He attacked a girl yesterday; she was his singer. He doesn’t know that she’s one of us yet.”
“Is everything alright? Does anyone know?”
“Everything’s been taken care of. We’re coming up to Denali, and we’re bringing her with us. If you have room?”
“Of course, Carlisle, you know our doors are always open. But how is she changed already, I don’t understand.”
“I can explain everything when we get there. For now I think it’s best not to tell Edward anything. I don’t want him taking off again.”
“Of course. We’ll be seeing you then.”
I snapped the phone shut and placed it on the console. Esme looked at me questioningly.
“Is he alright?” she asked.
“Tanya says that he’s shaking, like he’s cold, and can’t stop. He doesn’t know that Bella is still alive, or that we’re bringing her.”
She put her hand to her mouth, a clear sign that she was distressed. Putting my arm around her shoulders, I pulled her close and didn’t let go.
“The sun’s coming out.”
I jumped at Bella’s voice, because she hadn’t spoken for so long.
“Do we need to…”
“Yes.” She opened her eyes and leaned forward, rubbing her temples.
“My head hurts.” She sighed. “Call Carlisle.”
I pulled my cell phone from my jeans pocket and flipped it open. It rang three times before he picked up.
“Carlisle? Bella said the sun’s going to come out.” I looked over at her. “Do you think we’ll have time to get into the park?”
There was a Canadian National Forest only a few miles away.
“Yes, if you hurry.”
“Yeah, we have time. No, I’ll call Jasper, you call the girls. Yeah, I’ll tell her. Thanks.”
I snapped the phone shut, then waited a few minutes, but Bella seemed hardly curious about what it was I was meant to tell her. Well duh, she knows everything.
“Well?” Again, I was surprised.
“Don’t you know?”
“Like a library, remember Emmett. I have to look for the answers, and sometimes it’s easier not to.”
“Oh. He said to tell you that Edward doesn’t know you’re coming, or that you’re even alive.”
She hissed at his name, a feral sound that made me shiver inside. I turned off the highway into the drive of the park. After dropping change into the tollbooth, I followed Carlisle’s car onto a deserted, tree-lined path, driving as far back into the park as it went. I moved to open the door, but Bella put her hand on my arm again.
“I’ll talk to Rosalie,” she whispered. “Don’t give up on her.”
I shut the door behind me, and watched as everyone else climbed from his or her cars. I wasn’t surprised when Rose split, disappearing into the brush, but when Alice did the same, it shocked me a little. I glanced at Bella, but she ignored me and followed silently behind Rose.
Carlisle and Esme watched their daughters go, then nodded to Jasper and I before walking into the trees together. I strode quickly over to my brother, who seemed even as troubled as I was.
“You ok?” I asked.
“Our family’s falling apart,” he whispered, barley a sound, even for me to hear. “We have to do something.”
I followed silently behind Rosalie, creeping along in her wake, and I knew that she was unaware of me. I knew the hurt in her heart, and I knew that it practically mirrored my own. I waited patiently while she brought down a deer, drank, and then left the body.
The scent of the blood came to me, and I wanted it, needed it, but couldn’t have it. I needed to do something else first. I kept pace behind Rosalie, and when she stepped into an empty clearing, the sun shone down on her skin, and she began to sparkle, like a thousand, brilliant diamonds.
“You’re beautiful Rosalie,” I whispered, dazzled by the spectacle before me.
“So are you Bella,” she said sadly, without turning around to look at me. “Come into the light, and you’ll see.”
I stepped into the clearing beside her, and smiled softly as my skin began to radiate the same way hers did. I knew that I had more curves, thicker, softer hair, paler skin, but this was something new in the realm of beauty for me. In the back of my mind I had known all along about this luminous wonder, but seeing it, discovering it firsthand, was something entirely different.
“Sit,” Rosalie said to me.
“Don’t be mad at Emmett, please Rosalie,” I said as I sat next to her.
“I’m not Bella.”
“He doesn’t understand. He thinks that he should be enough to content you.”
“I love him,” she replied. “He is the only thing that I live for now, not that I live at all. I don’t want to be what I am, and I know that you don’t either. I’m sorry for that.”
“Rose, do you hate Carlisle for changing you,” I asked before I could stop myself.
“No Bella, I couldn’t. He did what he thought was best, and he’s like a father to me.”
A short pause followed before she spoke again.
“He’s not what you think Bella. Give him a chance.”
I knew that we weren’t talking about her or Carlisle anymore, so I changed the subject.
“I need to hunt Rose. Come with me?”
Smiling, she stood and took my hand.
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