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Love's Light

Loves_light.png banner picture by munky_hashmi This beautiful banner was made by the amazing Marauder by Midnight! thank you! The sequel to My One Love! Life and love can only meet through colossal experiences…like turning into a vampire. This story is all about life with Bella as a vampire with Edward at her side, Jake and Ally's love, Emmett and Rosalie, Alice and Jasper, Carlisle and Esme, and of course, Dan's new life. We all do crazy things when in love, imagine being a mythical creature when in love! WELLLL. Chapter 30 is up and ready to read.

Please read My One Love before you read this, or some things might not make too much sense for you! :) Things are about to get a little crazy in the lives of our beloved characters.

7. special coins and CCCs

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Dan’s POV:

At exactly seven o’clock, I walked out of the bookstore feeling better than I had in a very long time. I knew it was because of an angel named Jane. A shock ran through me as I thought of her, making me grin. I started my usual walk down the street, putting my hands in my jacket pockets and thinking about how great she was.

I liked everything that I knew about her. Her hair, her smile, the way she bit her lip when she was nervous… so cute. It was enticing, this feeling---just thinking about her made my stomach feel all light and fluttery. But the thing I liked the most about her were her eyes. Did I already say that? Well, I’m saying it again: her eyes are so enchanting, so magical.

It was less than a mile from the bookstore to our house, and today the walk was even more refreshing than usual. Cool wind flowed across my face, and rain fell lightly around me, hitting the pavement like small crystals shattering on the ground. I ran a hand through my hair to keep it away from my face, and the action made me smile. Jane did the same thing.

I finally reached the big, white house and sighed…home. Wiping my shoes on the porch mat, I opened the door and walked inside. Alice was sitting on the bottom step of the winding staircase, waiting for me. She grinned brightly and stood up, brushing the bottom of her green dress.

“So…anything you’d like to tell me, Daniel?” She said, walking closer. I looked down, grinning at her short frame.

“Nope, I’m good,”

“Hmm, well, alright then,” She said, simply walking off. My grin faded away and was replaced with a confused look.

“Who are you, and what did you do with my sister?” I asked, following her into the living room. Jasper was sitting on the sofa and watching a basketball game. Alice laughed and sat next to Jasper, tucking her legs under her body gracefully.

“Jasper? Why isn’t she asking me a million questions and planning everything for Friday?” I asked him. His lips twitched and he shook his head.

“Edward made another bet with her …she can’t show enthusiasm until Friday, midnight. He was pissed off at how much she was jumping around when he told her what exactly happened.” I saw how amused Jasper looked when I sat on the other sofa and turned to him.

“That’s amazing. No excitement from Alice? This is going to be great,” I said. Alice glared at me and I laughed.

“Well, I may not be allowed to show enthusiasm, but I that doesn’t mean I can’t help you out a little.” She smiled, speaking as calmly as she could. I groaned and rolled my eyes.

“Alice, what did you do?” I sighed.

“Nothing, really. I just picked out your outfit, got you the concert tickets, and told Esme and Carlisle,” She said.

“Ok, that’s good. Thank God you didn’t go overboard. Hey, what band is it?” I asked.

“The Fray. She’ll love it,”

“How do you know?”

“Duh, she told me it was her favorite band when we were driving home from the coffee shop.”

“Ah…I see. Where is everyone?” I asked, glancing around the empty house.

“Emmett, Rosalie, Carlisle, and Esme went hunting. Bella and Edward are going somewhere for their anniversary.”

“Fun. I’m going to go do some homework, all right?”

I walked up the stairs and got to my room on the east side of the second story. Looking around at the green painted walls, I smiled…green was definitely my favorite color.

I sat down at the desk and finished my homework in no time. This stuff was easier than the first time I ever did it.

I looked up at the book shelf that was attached to it. I pulled out one of my favorites: a slightly battered copy of Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe. It was one of the things I pulled out of my mother’s bookshelf at my parent’s funeral, right before Ally and I were sent to the orphanage.

Heaving a sigh, I closed the book and held my head in my hands. I just sat there for a moment, trying to push the memory away, but not wanting to forget it. Bella was so right…forbidden to remember, but terrified to forget was such a difficult way to live.

Suddenly, a knock came at the door, and I got up to open the door. A tall blonde walked in and sat on my green leather sofa.

“Oh, is it weekly physiatrist time, already Jasper?” I smiled playfully. He’s been through the psychology department in college about three times already. It was a…specialty of his.

“Yep. So…how do you feel about that?” He asked, grinning. We both laughed and I sat back down on my desk chair.

“I feel…nervous.” I said after the laughter faded away.

“I know, I could tell. She’s a girl, Dan, not a crossword puzzle.” He said, looking at one of the paintings on my wall. “Why is this wall so empty?” He asked, pointing to the wall behind him.

“I don’t know…I haven’t found a good enough painting for that one.” I shrugged. I loved art. I couldn’t really draw, paint, or sculpt, but I loved to study it all. Esme had painted three paintings for me and they were my favorites. The other paintings consisted of ones that Alice made, or I found at a store.

“Does Alice know about this?” Jasper asked me.

“Know about what?”

“The empty spot on your wall?”

“Um…I think so, why?” I asked curiously.

“That explains it…” He muttered. I decided to let it go. The empathic held more secrets than I could ever know about.

“So what were you saying about crossword puzzles?” I asked.

“I know you love puzzles and all that jazz, but Jane is not a puzzle, you shouldn’t treat her like one.” He said seriously, leaning his elbows on his knees.

“What do you mean? I don’t treat her like anything.” I said defensively.

“Yes, you do. You’re intrigued by her, you want to figure her out. I can feel it, Daniel. She’s more than that---if you really like her, don’t make her feel like a mystery you want to solve.”

I stayed silent. He was right. Of course he was. Since the second I heard that beautiful girl crying, I had been trying to figure her out, find out what makes her special. Why her green eyes are so hypnotizing, and why she always seems so much more different than all the other girls.

“See, you’re doing it again. You’re treating her like a science project, an experiment that needs a solution.” He said.

“Well, what do you want me to do? So what if I want to figure her out? Is that such a bad thing?” I asked, getting a bit irritated.

“It’s not a bad thing if you know how to cover it up well. You don’t know how. You make her feel like she’s under a sharp microscope. She’s never going to feel comfortable if you keep doing that.” He said.

“I…don’t know how. I don’t really deal with girls all the time you know! In fact, this is the first time I’ve even gotten this close.” I said angrily. I felt a wave of calm fall over me and then I felt guilty.

“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to get angry with you. You’re right. I’ve been inspecting her instead of trying to understand her.” I said, sighing.

“It’s ok. I just thought I’d help you out a little.” He smiled. I grinned back and picked up something off my desk. I threw it to him and he caught it in between his fingers.

“What’s this?” He asked. Before I could answer, he stood up and gasped.

“An original Civil War Confederate coin?!” He said, his voice almost breaking in excitement. “The 1860 liberty seated, legend dollar?!”

Suddenly Alice burst through my door, staring at Jasper with a shocked expression. She flicked her eyes back and forth between me and her husband, her mouth in a perfect ‘o’ shape.

“How did I not see this?” She said, walking forward and looking at the coin. I smirked proudly and shrugged.

“I kept flipping my decision on whether to give it to him or not, and you didn’t know that I already found it. You have all the seated ones except the liberty, right?” I asked.

“Yes…how did you know that I collected them?” He whispered, glancing at me, then back to the coin .

“I don’t know…Alice said I could browse through the books in your room one day, and I saw your binder full of them.” I said. Alice looked at me with such a loving expression, I immediately thought of Ally.

“That was three years ago! You’ve been searching for it all this time?” She said, shocked.

“Yeah. I knew it really mattered to you guys, so I wanted to help…is that alright?” I asked, suddenly worried. What if this was only a couple thing?

“I…don’t know how to thank you.” Jasper said. He finally looked up and I shrugged again.

“It’s my thank-you for all the stuff you did for me. Especially when you took me back to Dallas. I know how hard it was for you to remember that place where you…you know. But you still took me there, and I wanted to thank you for it.” I said, smiling. He walked over and threw his arm around my shoulders, giving me one of those special, Texas born, manly hugs. After about two seconds, he let go and went back to examining his coin.

Alice gave me a tight hug around my waist and leaned up to kiss me on the cheek.

“I definitely think you’re my favorite brother.” She winked, knowing that Emmett would be angry if he would have ever heard that. I grinned and let go of her, stepping back.

“So…why were you talking about the empty wall?” I asked. Alice suddenly grinned brightly, jumping up once.

“Wait, bet!” She muttered under her breath, and stood still. “Well, I got you a little something also!” Alice said to me. She ran off and in less than a second, she was back holding a rolled up canvas paper and some thumb tacks.

“Oh, did you paint something for me in art class?” I asked happily. She shook her head and unrolled it, not waiting until I saw it, but quickly tacked it up on my wall, and stepping back.

I gasped audibly, looking at the painting and seeing a masterpiece. It took me more than a minute to let it sink in, then I noticed a neat signature on the bottom right hand corner.

---painted by Jane Schuler.

Edward’s POV:

Bella, why do I have to wear this blindfold?” I asked again. I was pouting, but I didn’t care. I was sitting in the passenger’s seat of Bella’s new Audi A4 cabriolet that she got a few months ago...it was gorgeous.

Carlisle and Esme bought it for her and I was insanely jealous. She was apprehensive at first to drive such a luxurious car, but she gave in after a couple of weeks. At least she let me drive it sometimes, but I was itching to drive it right now.

“You have to wear the blindfold because I want to surprise you. Since I met you, you’ve been giving me surprises, but this time, it’s my turn!” I could hear the smile in her voice and I stuck my hand out. It took me a couple tries, but I eventually felt around until I could feel her lips against my fingertips. Yes, she was smiling.

“Ok, we’re here!” She said after a couple more moments and I heard the stereo turning off. Then the sound of the quiet engine stopped. I heard Bella’s seatbelt unclick and then the door opened next to me. Bella’s hand enclosed on my own and I got out of the car, holding her other hand also. She was walking backwards and leading me somewhere.

I concentrated and could hear no thoughts of others. So it wasn’t a public place. Then, I heard a wave crash. Then another, and another. So we were close to the ocean?

“Bella where are----”

She pulled the blindfold off of me before I could finish the sentence and I found myself standing on top of a cliff. I looked down and saw the ocean underneath, and then I turned around, seeing my wife smiling slightly, and biting her bottom lip.

“Do you like it?” She whispered. I put one of my hands on her cheek and the other behind her neck, leaning in to brush my lips against hers. She weaved her fingers through my hair and I felt her lean into my chest. Breaking the kiss and grinning, I replied.

“I love it, and I love you.” I whispered. She grinned back and gave me a small kiss on the cheek.

“I love you, too. Happy anniversary,”

“Happy anniversary, Bella,” I kissed her again, but this time she broke it.

“Wait, this is only half the present.” She smiled. Letting go of me, she backed away and pulled the hair clip out of her hair. The beautiful mahogany locks fell down her shoulders and she winked at me. She raised her hand and pulled down the zipper of her blue sweater, very slowly. Shrugging the sweater off, it fell to the floor behind her.

Then, she put her hands under the hem of her black tank top and rose it above her snowy stomach, her full breasts, and over her head. I couldn’t resist holding back, so I leaned in and kissed her neck, running my hand up her back and snapping the bra clip open.

Soon after that, all of our clothes joined her sweater on the floor and I was quickly losing myself in her touch. Suddenly, she pulled away, farther than arm’s length. It hurt me for a second, but then I saw the wicked grin she wore on her face. I raised my eyebrow, but she just took one of my hands and pulled me forward.

Abruptly, it all clicked in my mind.

“We’re going SKINNY DIPPING?!” I nearly shrieked, nearly losing what composure I still had.

“Yup! Are you chicken?” She whispered seductively, tugging on my hand again. I helplessly followed, and we were then standing on the very edge of the cliff. There was a lighthouse only two cliffs away, and suddenly the light shined on us. I looked at Bella and I couldn’t help but smile. She was an angel, no matter what.

“Ready?” She asked, biting her lip again. I grabbed her and pulled her close to my body, taking in the scent of her hair.

“With you? Always.”

And we jumped.

The fall itself, was invigorating…the air whipping around us, and the feel of Bella’s loose hair on my bare chest, staring into her golden eyes. It was almost too much, but then we hit the water and she gave a small yelp.

We fell, landing several meters under the water. With my enhanced eyes, I could see Bella grinning. She waved at me and I waved back. She tugged my hand again and began swimming down further. We both swam, avoiding the small fishes around us and then I saw the sand on the ocean floor. We must have been on a much more shallow end because when I looked up, I could still see the sky and the cliff.

Bella’s fingertips brushed on my cheek and I looked back down at her. She was eagerly pointing down at the ground, and I saw something very shiny in the sand, and caught in between some branches of coral. Ducking down, I pulled at it, seeing that it was a…necklace? I looked at Bella again, but she was just grinning and pointing upwards.

We kicked off the bottom and quickly swam up and broke the surface at the same time. I blinked the water out of my eyes and shook my head to get my soggy hair out of my face. I looked at Bella and she was pushing her hair back also, staring at me. I gave her a quick kiss and raised the necklace up.

“What’s this?” I asked her. She smiled sweetly and brushed my hair back with her fingers.

“Take a look,” She said. I caught the pendent in between my fingers and I saw that it was a dog tag. I looked closer and saw that there was an engraving on the front.

E + B…forever. I was…shocked. I looked up and saw the pure love in Bella’s eyes.

“This is the same engraving on your ring,” I said numbly.

“Don’t you like it? Or should I take it back and get you another?” She asked softly. I don’t know how she remembered, but she did. Those were the exact same words I said to her five years ago.

“I love it more than anything I’ve ever gotten,” I whispered, kissing her.

“Even the Volvo? Or the Vanquish?” She said, grinning mischievously. I nodded, grinning back, and circled my arm around her waist, drifting back towards the shore. We got up and laid down on the cool sand, looking up at the stars.

“You make me so happy, Edward,” Bella said, twisting over and kissing the area between my shoulder and neck.

“Same here, Bella. I feel like the luckiest being on Earth,”

She laid back down and we both looked up again. Slowly, she raised her right arm and I saw her close her eyes, her brow furrowed with concentration. I wish I knew what she was thinking, but I could guess that she was using her power in some way. Then I saw something small falling from the edge of the cliff where we just were.

Bella’s fingers moved with the object and I abruptly noticed that it was all of our clothing in a small bundle. It drifted slowly but surely, and landed lightly on my chest. I grinned and kissed her on the cheek.

“That power of yours comes into great use, Bells.” I said, pulling my shirt over my shoulders, but not buttoning it yet.

“I know.” She said smugly, before I felt something tugging on my shirt. She was just staring at the hem of my shirt, before it shrug loosely off my shoulders, leaving me bare once again. My lips twitched, but I held back my smile.

Jake’s POV:

“JAKEY!!!” Elizabeth Ulley screamed loudly. I gasped happily and quickly picked her up, hugging her tightly. She had a chokehold on my neck and I laughed. She was pretty damn strong for a three year old.

“ALLY!!!” She screamed again, jumping from my arms into Ally’s. Ally grinned and cuddled her.

“How’s my favorite little girl doing today?” Ally asked Elizabeth brightly.

“Great! Guess, guess!” The little one said in baby talk.

“What, what?” Alyson said, playing along.

“Mommy said cookies!” She yelled happily. Sam came in holding a baby bag in one hand and Emily’s hand in the other.

“Hey Sam, hey Emily!” Ally smiled, kissing Emily’s unscarred cheek.

“Ally, you look so pretty with your hair down, you should keep it that way.” Emily said, hugging her.

“Yeah, but I’ll never be as pretty as you, so why even try?” Ally laughed. The way she said it made it sound so ultimately true, and I still wondered why they had this conversation every day.

“Hey Sam. How was the patrol yesterday?” I asked him. He smiled and shook his head.

“Good, Paul and Embry got into a fight though.” He said. I groaned and rolled my eyes, those two were usually the ones that never physically fought, just verbally. We all walked to the living room and sat down on the couches, with Elizabeth still sitting in Ally’s lap, playing with her hair.

“What was it about this time?” I asked Sam.

“Well, I don’t know the exact details, but it something to do with a game on TV.” He shrugged.

“You know what I think it is?” Ally asked.

“I know,” Emily said, nodding.

“Right?” Ally asked her.

“Exactly,” Emily finished. They both looked at us and Sam and I looked at each other.

“What?” We both said at the same time. We both had obviously missed half the conversation---even though we were actually listening this time!

“Duh, it’s obvious that they’re angry. They’re the only ones who haven’t imprinted yet. Leah is different because she’s a girl, so she is much more sensible than that,” Ally said. Emily nodded and handed Elizabeth a cookie, which the toddler happily started to munch on.

“Of course. Paul and Embry want what we have. It’s quite irrational, but they think that they won’t find love unless they imprint on someone, which we know is pretty rare,” Emily finished.

Sam was sitting there with a shocked look, and I guess I looked like that too.

“But…their thoughts didn’t say anything…” Sam said.

“Of course not, they don’t know the exact reason they’re angry, so they just take it out on trivial things.” Emily said, shrugging her shoulders.

“Plus they’re boys.” Ally said simply. I narrowed my eyes at her and raised an eyebrow. She winked back and smiled knowingly.

“Daddy?” Elizabeth’s voice rang out, completely oblivious to the adult conversation.

“Yes, Lizzy?” Sam asked, turning his full attention to his daughter.

“ABC time?” She squeaked. Emily and Sam laughed and Ally sighed happily.

“Go ahead, Liz.” Sam said. While Elizabeth recited the alphabet---or at least fragments of it---I thought about a couple months from now, when I would have my own kid. I would make sure it was as happy as it could possibly be…I would give it anything and keep it safe forever.

“Next time, sing with me!” She finished adorably, grinning with obvious pride. We all clapped, sending her into giggles. I picked her up from Ally’s lap and put her in my own, bouncing her on my knees. She immediately grabbed at my hair and pulled at it.

“Lizzy! Why do you always pull my hair?” I asked, my neck twisting as she yanked at. It didn’t hurt, but I didn’t want it to like fall out or something.

“Boys no long hair!” She yelled, pulling harder. Ally, Sam, and Emily all fell into hysterical laughter and I looked down. I was the only one in the pack that kept their hair long, but I couldn’t help it! It felt so weird to have a buzz like the other guys, like I was shedding my normalness too.

“It’s ok, Lizzy. Later on, we’ll put his hair into pretty braids,” Ally giggled.

“Make sure to use some pretty clips!” Sam said, chuckling.

“And definitely a little dress to match with the new look,” Emily laughed.

I scowled at all of them and picked Lizzy up, walking into the kitchen.

“I’m hungry, what would you want, Liz?” I asked her while perusing the fridge.

“Cookie?” She asked. I shook my head and smiled.

“Nope, no more sugar for you. How about…some PB & Js?” I asked her, pulling out the peanut butter and jelly. Walking to the counter, I opened the cupboard and pulled out the slices of bread.

“Silly Jakey! You no eat pajamas!” Lizzy giggled as I sat her down on the counter.

“No Liz. Pajamas are PJ’s, these are peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. PB & J’s.” I informed her, scraping the butter on one side and the jelly on another.

“Oh…” She went silent for a moment, then: “So can I have some CCCs?” She asked.

I felt my eyebrows scrunch together and I tried to figure out what the triple Cs meant.

“Ok, I give up, what are CCCs, Liz?” I asked.

“Oh my gawd, duh, Jakey! You should know!” Ally said in a false teenage voice, coming in and putting one hand on the small of my back and the other on Liz’s cheek.

“What is it?” I asked, half perplexed, and half savoring the feel of her fingers sprawled on my back. She leaned up on her tip-toes and put her hands on my shoulder, pulling me down to her level. Her lips were at my ear and she whispered,

“Chocolate chip cookies!” She laughed and Elizabeth giggled, clapping her hands together.

“Oh God,” I muttered, mentally smacking myself. I should have been able to figure that one out.

“What’s going on?” Emily asked, coming in, Sam following her like the lost puppy he was.

“I just got outsmarted by a three year old.” I sighed. Finishing up the makings of my 10th sandwich, I started to put them on a plate and cut them in halves.

“Ah, don’t worry, it happens to the best of us.” Sam laughed, putting his hand on my shoulder.

“Here, I made sandwiches, eat up.” I said, putting them on the table.

“Yeah, they’re PB & Js, not pajamas!” Lizzy said, standing on her chair with her hands on her hips.

She was so full of that enthusiastic youth that I loved about kids. I couldn’t wait to have what Sam had. I couldn’t wait to be a dad.