Growing up around vampires sounds tough right? How about growing up with them as your parents? Trust me even tougher. Then a shred of hope. A boy that I immediately fall for and with the same problem I've grown up with. However, is he hiding something...something he's ashamed of? Let's only hope that this dream boat can stay afloat...
Nothing is mine (of course) except the character (well some of the characters). I thought of this just a little bit ago and I hope you like it.
9. Surprisingly Calm
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At first I thought I was dead. Cold down to the bones dead. But the insistent feeling of someone watching me and the touch of a blanket told me that I wasn't.
It was cold though. Not an insane type of cold but a cool feeling all over my body. Then I jostled myself awake and my eyes sprang open to see Alice sitting on a brown leather couch, staring at me unblinkingly. She didn't move just stared at me, wary almost of what I might do. At first I was confused, not really knowing why she-a very dangerous, strong vampire- was wary of me-a delicate, small human. Then it flooded back to me.
The voice, the lady taking me away from the house, the pain that seared through me. It was all vivid and it was all real. It wasn't a dream it wasn't a nightmare. It was real and I wasn't me. I was one of them.
"W-what happened?" I stammered out the question as my mind whirled with confusion, "Please, Alice, tell me what happened."
"Emma you need to calm down, Carlisle will be here soon. We know you're weak." Alice said but her words flew by me. I was off in my own world.
I stood from where I was and gazed around at the familiar room. I realized it was Nick's and made a dash for the door leading to the stairs but Alice beat me there blocking my exit.
"Emma we know you're scared, just sit down, you need to rest. I know it's hard to realize what you are." Alice tried to soothe but my mind was to backed up by thoughts and emotion that pounded through it I was barley was listening to her.
"You're wrong. I'm Emmaline Atwood...human. I am completely human!" I screamed this time, fighting the feeling that I knew was there and ignoring the feeling that was not there. My pulse. My pulse was gone.
I sank to the floor, my head in my hands, and still pounding with pain. Alice went to her knees and wrapped her arms around me. Unlike before her grip was light and didn't effect me. I rubbed my eyes and found no tears. Then I caught my own reflection in the wall of windows and the pain in my head increased...my eyes. My eyes that were deep brown were now a light, dazzling topaz color and it wasn't me staring back it was a beautiful girl. Locks of dirty blond hair cascaded down to my shoulders, and smooth marble skin covered me. I was dazzling.
"Alice, move I will take over from here." Carlisle said, opening the door and skirting around the both of us, "Emma go take a seat on the bed. I will be right back I have to go get something. Promise me you will stay here?" I nodded, "Good girl."
Both Alice and Carlisle exited the room with grave looks on their faces. I sat numb for a moment then I heard the voice of Alice and Carlisle talking and my ears perked.
"She should be fine. We just need to figure out her gift, start her being a vegetarian, and move her into our house. I really can't believe Elizabeth and Christopher." Carlisle paused, composed himself, and went on, "Go get the whole family. Not Nicholas though he doesn't want to see her in this state yet, I am sure of that."
"What do you think she brought over?" Alice asked, a large sense of curiosity about her.
"Honestly, the way she looks today, it seems to be her sense of coping. She was used to change and right now I couldn't even sense the need for blood in her. One thing is for certain more gifts are bound to pop up somewhere." Carlisle said, "I am sure she will be alright Alice."
I pulled the shocked look off my face when I heard Carlisle's footsteps coming towards the door. He entered, a smile on his face and a crate in his hand. I immediately smelled something that was different.
"Hello Emma. How are you feeling?" He asked, in an almost happy tone but I sensed the edge of it.
"What would the good answer be?" I asked in return.
Carlisle looked up at me shocked, then answered, "Well the usual answer is screaming in pain and only wanting to drink human blood. You have neither so I am going to sum up that you feel fine?" I only nodded and Carlisle let out a sigh.
"This isn't the usual situation is it?" I asked, as Carlisle sat on the bed beside me.
"No, Emma it isn't." He said, pinching the bridge of his nose in thought. Finally he looked up at me with a deep look in his eyes. "Emma, we don't know what is happening in your system right now. Your body," His hands acted out the thoughts in his head," It's-it's just not going through the usual process of becoming a vampire. Even your eyes aren't the correct color they usually are when you first become a vampire. Usually they are dark, hungry. Yours are light and gentle."
"Again, this isn't the usual situation. You said so yourself." I said, bluntly, I didn't want to beat around the bush about my own well being.
"No...No it's not." Carlisle said, reaching around to the crate, opened the door, and pulled out a fairly large cat that mewed up at me with big chocolate eyes. "Emma do you feel any different?" Carlisle asked, holding the cat up to my face.
"Just a little freaked out because you're holding a cat up to my face. It's a little awkward," I said, laughing lightly at what a person would do if they stepped into the room right now.
Carlisle shook his head and placed the cat back into the crate. He resumed the position of pinching the bridge of his nose. For a very long moment he didn't look at me and it seemed that he didn't even breathe.
"Emma I just don't know what to do," Carlisle said, shaking his head and throwing his hands up in surrender, "Follow me Emma."
I did as I was told and followed Carlisle downstairs and into the large living room where everyone waited. I looked around searching for my parents in between the face of the Cullens. However, I couldn't find them. Their faces where no where in the room and everyone else held a grave look to their eyes.
"They're gone." I said. It wasn't a question but a statement. I knew they were gone I couldn't feel their presence.
"Yes, Emma they left," Carlisle said, an even more grave tone in his voice then the look across his face, "However, Emma, we are all here for you."
"I know." I said, a flat tone in my voice as I spoke. I knew they were here but I wanted to two people that had been in my life for as long as I could remember. Though the Cullens were great people it wasn't the same. "Who was she?"
"Who was who Emma?" Carlisle asked, shoving his hands into his pockets.
"The woman that took me, who turned me." I clarified and I saw a look of shock dash across Carlisle's face. "Why do you seem shocked?"
"Because most vampires don't remember being turned this soon after. However," Carlisle said, sitting down on the arm of the couch and allowing Esme to lace an arm around his waist, "these are no usual circumstances and you are now the usual vampire."
"So it's true?" Alice asked, from where she sat next to Jasper, "Emma really is a vampire?"
Carlisle sighed, answering the question without words.
"Well," Emmett said, a smile creeping up onto his face, "Welcome to the family Emma."
Despite the torn feelings I could tell were within the family, they all said they were happy to have me with them and that I was sure to be a plus side to them. Once everyone else had dispersed I sat down on a chair near the window and stared. I didn't let the my own reflection meet my eyes, I only let my thoughts sink through me. Then I heard his voice.
I turned and left my eyes fall on Nick, where he stood, his hands in his pockets and his eyes adverted from mine and on the ground. My mood lifted and I crossed the room in a flash, scooping Nick into my arms, forgetting about the change in strength.
"Em-Emma you h-have to.....LET GO!" Nick finally blurted out, sucking in breath and dropping to his knees as I released him.
"Oh Nicholas I am so sorry," I cried, dropping to my own knees next to him as he heaved in breathes, "No, no I am so sor-"
Before I could finish my sentence Nick's lips caught mine in an odd mix of passion, anger, and confusing. My mind reeled and then I caught myself laughing as Nick pushed me onto the ground and began to tickle me. His kiss now only consisting of laughter, joy, and the fact that we missed each other.
"They changed you?" I asked, once he had stopped tickling me and we sat on the couch.
"Yes, once they saw that my eyes were turning a different color they decided that it would be best just to change me themselves." He said, still not looking up at me, only down at our hands laced together.
That night the Cullen's house was full of a party for ten vampires. Filled with watching old movies, Alice dressing me up, and Emmett nearly breaking down the living room wall. Nicholas and I laughed and watched as Emmett, Jasper, Alice, and Rosalie did a reenactment of Titanic and when Emmett and Jasper acted out one of Alice and Edwards fights (complete with the chair flying through the wall). After the festivities had resided I made my way to Nick's old room, now known as mine, then back tracked to Carlisle's office and knocked.
"Come in. Oh, Hello Emma did you have fun tonight?" Carlisle asked, not looking up from the ancient book he held, "Your first vampire party you are bound to have fun. If you didn't I'm sure Alice would of made you."
"Yes, I did have fun." I said, glancing around at the crowded office and all the artifacts it held.
"But..." Carlisle started my sentence for me.
"But I still want to know who changed me and why. I want to know what happened. Who did this to me?" I left the composed, calm facade fall from my newly found beautiful face.
"Well Emma, I guess you do have a right to know. Sit down this could take a moment." Carlisle said, gesturing to the chair the sat in front of his desk that he sat behind.
"Emma do you remember Carmen your nanny from so many years ago?" Carlisle asked, and continued at my nod, "Well Emma, Carmen is a vampire. She has been a vampire for over five hundred years. For some reason she felt the pull to get you on the side of the Volturi. That day Alice didn't see the vision until it was too late you were already gone." Carlisle rose from where he was and stood at the window, staring out with a blank face.
"What about my parents? Where are they?" I asked, inside I feared I already knew the answer.
"Emma Elizabeth and Christopher left when they caught word about the Volturi coming for you," Carlisle said, not looking at me in the face.
"Oh," I murmured, biting my lip with anxiousness. I searched for the voice in my head, hoping to hear the slightest sign of what to do or say but there was nothing.
Carlisle moved from his side of the desk to the chair next to mine, staring at me with meaningful eyes. I pulled the image into my mind and forced myself to notice that Carlisle was the new father figure, he was the one making the rules, he was my new parents. Esme, she too was my new mother, caring and strong. Alice, my sister and best friend. Emmett, my frightening older brother. Jasper, the person I can run to for anything. Rosalie, I hadn't figured her our yet.
This was my family. This was my future.
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