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Dawn's Embrace


Sequel to 'The Day I Died': Bella's problems are not over. Now, with the breaking of the treaty, Bella is in more danger than ever. Not to mention her strange abilities which put her at risk. Can their love, however pure, survive it all? Edward/Bella

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1. Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

'Lady you bereft me of all words,
Only my blood speaks to you in my veins,
And there is such confusion in my powers.'

A haze broke through the darkness that surrounded me. Slowly, it cleared, revealing... voices? My body felt as heavy as lead, but my mind was still in working condition, thank goodness. The voices were just a low muffle, however, I found that when I concentrated on them, they seemed to become clearer and sharper. So much clearer, that I could actually hear what was being said.

"Do you think she's all right?"

"I don't know. It has been three days already..."

"What if something has gone wrong? You heard what Carlisle said, didn't you?"

"Yeah... something's obviously wrong with her. There's no way something like that could happen."

"Would you all stop being so pessimistic? Bella is going to be fine."

"How would you know... unless you had a vision?"

Something was wrong? But what? I tuned those voices out. I felt fine; unless you counted the immobile state I was currently in. Something cool blew onto my face. It was like a chilling breeze in those rainy and windy days.

"I'm fine." I mumbled, barely moving my lips. Finally, I had some movement under control. A strange sound hit my ears, and I realized after a moment that it was laughter - to be more specific, Edward's laughter. I forced my stubborn eyes open; with the force of will I did not know I had. At first, all I saw was darkness, but as my eyes slowly adjusted to the lighting, a familiar face came into view.

"Edward." I croaked, my throat dry from the lack of water. I tried to throw my arms around him - ‘tried' being the cooperative word here. The only thing I managed with that movement was to lift my head off the couch, wince at the soreness in my arms and drop back down again. I was not sure if I were supposed to even be feeling soreness - well, I was a vampire now, wasn't I?

Upon seeing me, he smiled, immediately brightening up the dimly lit room. I then realised that it was actually in the night now. Still smiling that crooked smile of his, he sat on the edge of the couch and pulled me into his arms. "Bella. I'm so glad you're all right."

"Why wouldn't I be?" I replied, my voice coming out a little muffled with his shoulder blocking my mouth.

"Well, you see..." He hesitated, deciding to tell me the truth or not, I guessed. "There were some complications in your transformation."

All at once, the happy atmosphere in the room disappeared. "What complications?" I asked tersely. I could hear that the voices that were talking just now were completely silent now. I was well aware that everyone in the whole house could probably hear this conversation.

He struggled to find the words to answer my question. "Well, Bella... Carlisle himself isn't too sure... he says it's probably not very... umm..."

I have never seen him like this before. Edward was not one for stuttering. I looked into his mesmerising eyes, and then it hit me. I couldn't believe that I didn't know what was going on before. It was so loud, now that I was concentrating on the sound that it was making. The regularity of the thumps it was making filled my ears, soon becoming quicker and quicker as my mind processed this bit of information. How could life be so cruel to me?

"Edward, why in the world is my heart beating?" I jumped out of the couch in shock, a movement faster than anything else I have had in my life. What was the meaning of this? I stood, trembling in the middle of Edward's room. I hugged myself tightly as I listened to the beatings of my supposed-to-be-non-existent heart rapidly increasing with each passing second.

In a matter of seconds, Edward crossed the room and pulled me into his chest again. Even his heavenly scent that was filling my nose in exquisite sharpness did nothing to calm my pounding heart this time. "Don't worry. You'll be fine."

Even though he did not say anything else, it sounded as if he was trying to convince himself rather than trying to convince me. He rocked me gently in his arms for a moment before the door flew open, revealing Edward's whole family standing outside in the doorway. I could feel Jasper sending calming waves into the room, but it did nothing to help my agitation, only succeeding in making me more anxious.

Even in this state, it surprised me too see Rosalie's beautiful face creased in a look of concern for my well-being. Carlisle stepped in and motioned for us to leave the room. "I think it would be better if we had a discussion downstairs instead of this rather small room - no offence, Edward."

It was weird that he was cracking jokes at a time like it. And you know what was even weirder? I actually laughed - although it came out sort of like a choking sound. Everyone else cracked a smile, although their eyes were still filled with worry for me. Edward led me downstairs, to the living room. Once everyone was settled in the sofas - and me in Edward's arms - Alice begin speaking.

"Bella, are you feeling all right?" Her eyebrows creased together in worry.

"I'm fine, I think." I tried calmly. That joke really did help. "But I would still very much like to know why my heart is still beating? Does that mean I'm a vampire, or not?"

"So anxious to be dead, huh?" Emmett joked, earning laughs and glares from different family members.

"It's not funny, Emmett." Rosalie said seriously, smacking him on the arm. "This is not the time to be saying this sort of things."

"Ouch..." He moaned in mock drama, clutching his arm. "How could you do that to me, honey?"

Rosalie frowned at him disapprovingly and turned to Carlisle. "Carlisle had a few ideas on why..."

Nodding, Carlisle said, "Okay, there's no need to panic, Bella. I've been through a few books and I still can't find anything relating to your current situation now. However, your heart's ability to beat is what I suspect to be your so-called ‘powers'. Like Edward can mind-read and Alice can see the future..."

I struggled to take all of this in. "So you're saying that my heart beating is something like Edward's ability to read minds?"

Esme nodded. "Something like that. It must be because of your link to humanity - you know, Charlie and Renée - that played a part in giving you that ability. It would seem that although you are a vampire now, on the outside, perhaps to werewolves and other vampires and don't know about your abilities, you still would seem to be a human to them."

"Great." I muttered. "There was something wrong with me as a human. And now there's something wrong with me as a vampire. God, I'm a freak. I can't even be a proper vampire." I wailed, covering my face with my hands. As I felt Edward's arms wrapping themselves tightly around my waist and his lips touching my hair, there was also a not too subtle snickering in the background.

"Emmett..." Edward growled from beside me, and at once, the snickering stopped. A loud smack resounded throughout the room and a soft chorus of ‘sorrys' was heard. I had to thank Rosalie for that. It was strange how nice she was being to me. "Don't say that, Bella. You are not a freak at all." Edward protested in my ear. "Not to me, at least..." I could practically feel him grinning as he lightly kissed the hollow beneath my ear.

"Distracting me is not going to help, you know." I mumbled into my hands.

Chuckling in the way only Edward can, he gently pulled my hands away from my face. There was no denying his iron strength even though I was a vampire now. I looked down, embarrassed before plucking up the courage to look up at everyone else in the room. All of them looked vaguely amused, though Emmett, in my opinion, looked kind of sulky. Esme was smiling in a very motherly way, gazing lovingly at Edward then at Edward's hand entwined with mine.

"Oh no." I gasped, struck by a sudden thought. "Charlie." I stood up quickly and made my way to the door, but before I could even take a step forward, an iron grip was around my wrist, tugging back onto the sofa.

"It's all right, Bella. I called Charlie and told him that you were staying over for a week." Carlisle smiled warmly as he looked at me.

"And he agreed?" I asked incredulously.

"Not at first." Carlisle hesitated. "But after some explanation..."

"So Bella can stay for a week?" Alice chirped happily, seeing that I was in no danger now. Although I could not read minds, I knew what evil plans she had for me. At Carlisle's nod, she squealed happily, launching herself from beside Jasper, across the space between the two sofas and threw her arms around me. "This is fantastic! We could go to Seattle and shop there! You know the great news, Bella? There's this mall in Seattle that has a twenty-four hour shopping experience thing. I was thinking that we could go there at dawn and shop till the next day, literally!" She gushed.

My eyes widened in horror. Shop for twenty-four hours straight? Alice has got to be kidding me. But the scary gleam told me she was far from joking. "No, no." I shook my head in obvious terror. With my exceptional hearing, I could hear the calm beatings of my heart increasing and increasing. "Save me, Edward." I managed, my throat ridiculously dry.

At this, everyone burst out into fits of laughter, even sulky Emmett. Jasper laughed and stood up, reaching out for Alice and pulling her into his lap. "I suggest you stop that, love. Or, if you push Edward's darling wife -" At this, his grin widened considerably. "- Too much, you might be hunted with a hatchet the next time we go hunting." Everyone laughed even louder after that, and I could feel my cheeks turning a deep shade of red.

"That's if I don't see it first." Alice protested, pouting at her husband, who just chuckled and kissed her on her cheek.

"Jasper's right." Edward smirked, his arms tightening around my waist. At my pleading look, he continued. "Maybe shopping for a few hours, but definitely not for the whole day. I'm not sure, but Bella might need to..." He trailed off as he frowned and looked at Carlisle. "...Sleep."

Talking about sleeping...

I yawned loudly, suddenly feeling exhausted. Carlisle nodded. "In some ways, Bella is still like a human. I suspect that she might still need to sleep and perhaps, eat normal food. You should get some rest. It has been a long night for you." The last part was directed at me.

"Not to worry, Bella. I'm sure Edward will let you rest in his room..." Emmett drawled, sporting an evil smirk. Barely contained laughter could be heard throughout the room. "Though I'm not too sure whether there will be a lot of ‘resting' in this house tonight."

Edward glared at him. "Shut up, Emmett. Bella needs to rest." Giving him a dirty look, he stood up and carried me out of the living room. I leaned into his chest, successfully hiding my blushing cheeks from view.

"Goodnight, Bella. See you in the morning." Alice said cheerily from her spot on Jasper's lap.

"Night." I muttered, burying my burning face deeper into the folds of Edward's shirt. Sooner than I expected, I was been settled down onto Edward's black leather couch. He stood up. "Where are you going?" I asked, hands grasping at the ends of his shirt. I very much wanted his company tonight.

"Relax, Bella." He gave me a dazzling smile. "I'm not going anywhere tonight. Nor tomorrow. Nor the day after. Remember what I said on the topic of me leaving?" He fiddled with the buttons on his music player and pushed in a CD. Immediately, the lullaby that he wrote for me was being played.

The soothing notes pulled my tired eyelids close and almost on the way to sleep, I muttered. "That you are not going anywhere?"

Cold, hard arms wound themselves around me and cold lips were pressed against my forehead. "That right, sweetheart. I'm not going anywhere. At least not without you, Bella."

Sunlight filtered through the window and the sounds of the birds chirping merrily outside could be heard. I sat up sleepily, rubbing my eyes with the backs of my hands. A blanket was wrapped around me, presumably to keep me warm despite Edward's chilly temperature. I turned to the side and was greeted with a peck on the lips.

"Morning, Bella. Had a nice sleep?" Edward smiled, stroking my cheek with one of his hands.

"How could I not? With you hugging me all night." I grinned at him.

He sighed heavily.

"What are you thinking about, Edward?" I asked concerned. I reached out and put my hand on his cold cheek. It was strange that I still found it cold.

His eyes met mine. "About biting you." He said darkly. His golden eyes darkened to an ocher colour. Edward sat down on the edge of the couch, his back facing me and his elbows propped up against his knees. He took a deep breath and shuddered visibly. "That night, I was so afraid that I couldn't stop... that... that I'd continue sucking you dry. That even Carlisle might not be able to save you then. The thought that I would be the one who killed you myself... it was terrible." He closed his eyes and carried on. "And you moaning in pain... it was impossible to stop drinking. After so many years thirsting for your -" His eyes snapped up and met mine. " -Blood, it was so difficult to stop but..."

"You did stop, Edward." I said proudly, sitting up and pulling him into a tight hug. "That's why I'm still here. And if it weren't for you, I would be rotting in a cemetery now." I could see his face harden at the thought. "I'm not upset with you for changing me, Edward. It's what I always wanted, remember?"

"Yeah... to be a blood-sucking monster."

I frowned at his answer. "No, to be with you for eternity."

He sighed again. "What would I do without you, Bella?" The corners of his lips lifted.

"Hmm..." I pretended to think as I tapped a finger against my chin. "Maybe you could go back to doing whatever boring things you were doing before you had the fortune to meet me to brighten up your dreary existence." I grinned at him.

He raised an eyebrow at me. "So you think I'm boring now, do you?"

"How interesting can a guy from the nineteen century be?" I said with a laugh.

He shook his head at me. "You've had less than a day of immortality and you're already bored of me. The cruel fates must really despise me." He let out a dramatic sigh and placed his hand on the left side of his chest. "You wound me, Bella."

I snorted. "That's hardly wounding at all."

There was an evil gleam in his eyes and he smirked - a terribly frightening smirk, if I could say so myself. Not that I was going to tell him that, of course. He put his hands on my shoulders and lowered me onto the couch again. With his face right in front of me, I could clearly see his smoldering gold eyes. "You were saying something, love?" His sweet breath fanned across my face as he stroked my cheek.

I was glad to see that being a vampire did not alter how I smelt things - they just heightened it. And apparently, Edward knew it as well. "Yes..." I breathed in deeply. It was absolutely sinful that someone could smell this good. It was unfair to the rest of society in the world.

"Something about me being very boring, I should think?" He played with some strands of my hair, twirling around his finger. Then, he leaned over and gave my cheek a cold kiss.

I shuddered involuntarily and let out a breath I had not known I was holding. "Yes... About you being boring and -" My breath caught as he pressed his icy lips to my forehead.

"You were saying?" The smirk on his face became more pronounced.

"Yes..." I said breathlessly. I could hear my heart pounding louder and louder before I finally tuned it out. "You were being -" I found that my throat closed up once his kiss drifted down to the corner of my lip.

"I was being?" He murmured against my skin, his cool breath tickling my lips.

"Boring and -" The rest of my sentence - if I was coherent enough to string them together in a sentence - disappeared as he pressed his wintry lips against mine. We could have continued kissing if not for an interruption by a highly amused Alice standing at the doorway, looking at us with a raised eyebrow.

Edward pulled away with much reluctance and turned to Alice. "Why didn't you knock?" He demanded.

"Oh, I did. But it's just that you were to busy with... certain activities that you didn't hear the knocking." She answered innocently, a grin on her pixie-like features.

Come to think of it, I thought I had heard some soft knocking sounds. But they just did not register in my head. I was being too... distracted. Of all times Alice had to come in, she had to do it right at this moment.

Edward must have realised it too, for he growled at her. "What do you want?"

"I just came to see if Bella wanted to use a new change of clothes and perhaps, a shower." She grinned at my blushing cheeks.

"I could use a shower." I mumbled, wriggling out of Edward's arms and standing up. Still blushing furiously, I ran to Alice's room and locked myself in the bathroom. The clothes she chose for me were already hung up on the door. I splashed some water onto my face to cool down my burning cheeks. It was then I decided I was going to take a very, very long bathe.

By the time I came out of the shower, everyone was in the living room already - even Edward. I laughed inwardly as I heard their topic of conversation. It must have been Alice who started it.

"Don't fret, Esme. Edward's better than fine today."

"Shut up, Alice."

There was a loud, exaggerated sigh. "Edward's being a grouch just because I walked in on them smooching in the morning."

A few giggles escaped. "I wish Bella was here." There was another sigh. "She seems to be the only one that can stop the irate monster on stomping and squishing us."

"Keep pushing this, Alice - and you'll see that I'm not the only monster around. I would advise you to keep out of Bella's way when she freaks out."

"Thanks for the advice, Edward. But I can see the future, remember?"

There was a low growl - Edward's, perhaps? Then a tinkling laugh. "Don't push Edward too far, Alice. Remember what happened the last time?" I guess Rosalie was referring to the things he smashed when I was having the ‘vote' on my mortality.

That was when I decided to make my grand appearance. Toweling my hair dry, I walked down the stairs. Apparently, I did not lose my clumsiness and sighed in relief when strong arms lifted me off the floor just when my face was a few inches away from it.

"Thank Goodness you're immortal, Bella." Alice cried.

"Yeah," Emmett grinned. "Fate would probably be so disappointed at all its failed attempts to try and do you in."

I laughed. "It's a miracle that I survived all these years then." At that moment, my stomach growled. "I'm hungry." I announced. "Do you have anything to eat?" I looked around the room hopefully.

"Umm..." Emmett frowned. "There's some deer outside now." He said looking out of the window helpfully. "If you want them, you better be quick, they might run away soon."

"Err..." I hesitated. "I was not talking about, well, umm... eating deer. I was referring to some cereal or something."

"Cereal?" Emmett's eyes widened.

"I don't know. It's just that deer does not sound too... appealing at the moment." I looked to Carlisle for an explanation of this odd occurrence. I was a vampire - wasn't I? My abnormal speed and hearing proved that - then why was I eating cereal?

Carlisle nodded. "This is part of your... abilities. You are able to survive on human food - though I'm not too sure if you would need to drink blood at all."

"This is great!" Rosalie cried, jumping from her seat. I was startled. Since when was Rosalie like that? "I get to practice my cooking skills. And you can sample my food!" She told me with a grin.

I almost laughed at the reactions of everyone in the room. Emmett's eyes were widened in horror and as Rosalie went to the kitchen he motioned to me and told me something in a low voice.

"Don't eat it." He said, shaking his head so vigorously that I feared it might just drop off. "The last time anyone sampled her food was half a decade ago and from what I have heard, the person was sick for a month after eating what she cooked. I mean, I know you're a vampire and everything, but it's definitely better to be safe than sorry."

Edward nodded at me for confirmation. "I don't think you should eat it, Bella. Unless of course, you are suicidal."He said with a smirk.

Alice and Esme sighed and got off their seats.

"Although I hate cooking, I'll do it for you, Bella." Alice trudged to the kitchen where some muttering was heard. "After all," she poked her head out of the doorway. "You are coming with me to Seattle, to shop, right?"

"Do I have a choice?" I answered grumpily.

"No." She grinned and then disappeared into the kitchen.

I sighed and leaned into Edward's arms. I had to suffer hours of torture just for one good breakfast prepared by Alice and Esme. But I had to admit, they were exceptional in cooking.

Half an hour later, I found myself seated at the edge of my seat, breathing in the heavenly smells that were wafting to my nose. Jasper, Carlisle and Emmett had vanished a few minutes ago and Edward and I were the only ones in the room. Alice waltzed in, carrying a plate of scrambled eggs.

"There you go. Happy eating!" She went back into the kitchen. "There's more coming out, Bella." She called.

"You sure this food is safe?" I asked Edward, who chuckled and nodded at me.

"Anything prepared by Esme and Alice is as safe as it can be." He kissed me on the forehead and stared deeply into my eyes. His hands were on either sides of my face. Uncertainty flickered in his eyes and his smile turned to a frown.

"What's wrong?" I asked, just as Alice came in with another plate of food.

"Your eyes," he frowned. "They are still the same brown."