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Moonlight Serenade

Summary:
The sequel to A Twist of Fate!


Notes:
Okay, I know where I'm going with this story. AND I'M EXCITED! So... you should be too :D


5. Emmett Loves Bears

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“Excited?” Jasper breathed.

“You bet,” I answered. We were running hand-in-hand towards one of the many clearings in the surrounding forest. It was one far enough from the trail head, so we all knew that we wouldn't stumble upon a random hiker.

“Race ya,” said Jasper, breaking away from me.

“Go!” I exclaimed, darting ahead of him.

The trees rushed past even faster than they were before. The smell of rain and pine filled the air. A laugh bubbled out of my lips. It would be a close race. Jasper and I ran about the same speed, but I could beat him if I really tried.

We broke through the forest wall and the clearing slammed up to meet us. I looked to my right and Jasper was there. The rest of the family was spread around the rest of the clear space.

“Who won?” I asked.

“You!” called Emmett. He ran up and gave me a huge high five.

“Woo!” I danced around Jasper. “What's my prize?”

“Your prize?” asked Jasper, puzzled.

“Yeah! What do I get? I won the race, and I deem that pretty prize-worthy.”

“Well, I can think of something.” Jasper put his hands on my waist and pulled me into him. I snaked my arms around his neck as he pushed his lips to mine. His tongue ran over my lower lip. I shivered.

“Get a room!” Emmett had such a way with words.

We broke away, and Jasper settled for holding my hand.

“Anyway,” started Carlisle, ignoring the last few minutes. “About your powers, Bella. We know that you can stop vampire attacks, but you can't stop the venom.”

My mind flashed back to my first day as a vampire. I stopped Aro from killing a woman... well, for a minute, anyway. The venom was already inside her and she was visibly suffering. I couldn't help that. I left before I could see what became of her.

“We also know that you are immune to the scent of human blood. That most likely has to do with the revulsion you had for it when you were human.” Everyone nodded, remembering what happened when I was around blood back them. “It is beyond extraordinary for a vampire to have more than one power, but you are an extraordinary person, so it works out,” he smiled.

“We need to see if there are any limitations to your powers, if there is any penalty at all when you protect people. To do it, we'll stage a fight. Edward and Alice will 'fight', and you will protect one of them. Easy enough?” finished Carlisle.

I nodded.

Everyone moved away from Alice and Edward. Alice dropped into a crouch, her face was twisted into a snarl. Edward did the same, bearing all his teeth. As soon as I saw Edward lunge for her, the energy flowed through my mind. Edward stopped short, an entire foot between him and Alice. He kept trying, but he couldn't penetrate the space.

Jasper scooped me into an embrace. “You're so amazing,” he whispered into my ear.

I hardly heard him over the sound of my scream. When he hugged me, he did it too tightly. I felt some ribs snap. A sickening crunch echoed in my head.

Several things seemed to happen in the second that followed. Edward crashed into Alice, the sound boomed like thunder. Jasper picked me up gently and took me to Carlisle. Emmett started cussing up a storm, and Esme's gasp could be heard above all the other noise in the clearing.

“What happened?” demanded Jasper.

“It seems that when Bella is protecting someone else, all her natural defenses leave. It's almost like she's human for a short period of time,” said Carlisle quietly. “Put her down.”

Jasper set me on the soft grass. I writhed in pain. My side was on fire.

Carlisle prodded around my torso. Every time he got near the one spot, my side throbbed.

“Carlisle,” urged Jasper.

“Let's her her back to the house,” decided Carlisle. He moved to pick me up, but Jasper was there first. He lifted me up, and cradled me in his arms.

“I am so sorry, Bella.” He voice was tortured.

“Not your fault,” I managed to gasp.

He took off running, it was faster than I'd ever gone. The wind whipped through my hair.

When Jasper burst through the front door, he hesitated.

“Couch,” instructed Carlisle.

Jasper plopped me onto the couch and sat by my head. I moved to place my head on his lap. He stroked my face while Carlisle spoke.

“The break is severe, but it will heal relatively quickly. The pain is probably magnified, just like everything else is. You may have so many powers because when you use them, you become almost human again. It like when you use a power, all your vampire abilities are sucked away and everything is focused on that one power. Anyway, just stay put for a day or two.” Carlisle got up and left the room.

I sighed. At least I wouldn't have to go to school. That was always a plus.

I twisted my head to look at Jasper's face. His eyes betrayed the calmness that was displayed all over his features. I could see what he was feeling, no matter how good he was at hiding it.

“Please, don't feel bad,” I whispered.

“I hurt you, Bella. I broke you,” he replied.

“You didn't mean to do it. You didn't know. It's starting to feel better already.” A spasm of pain shook me, calling my bluff.

He smiled sadly and kissed my forehead. “Ah, Bella. Do you know what it does to my when you're hurt? I'm guessing no,” he sighed.

“Tell me,” I pleaded.

“When Alice and Edward... well, I thought I was going to have to leave forever. There was nothing that I wanted more than to run away and forget everything that has happened to me since I met the Cullens. But then you were there. I realized the things that pulled Edward towards you were able to hook me in, too. I hated to see you upset, even in those early stages of our relationship.

“And then that stinking dog tried to take you away from me.” His face clouded. “It was all I could do to keep myself from ripping his arms off. I told myself you would be happier if I left him alive. It was the only thing I could think of, the only reason I didn't kill him right then.

“Then, I had to give you up to Edward. I didn't want to leave you, especially when the dog was after you. Edward told me you would be safer if he took you to Italy. It'd confuse the werewolves enough. I had to ride with Alice, and you could have cut the tension with a knife. We only said about three words to each other the entire ride to Seattle. My mind was in another place.

“When we were in the car to Volterra, I couldn't think about anything but you. Edward grew more furious by the second.” He was looking a million miles away, into the past. “I guess I can't blame him. I was thinking about kissing you the entire ride there... thinking it very loudly, actually. That kiss, wow... It was the best of my entire life

“When you told me what happened with you and Edward that night... I just couldn't comprehend it. I knew what kind of things Edward was capable of, how persuasive he could be. I couldn't blame you. It was a slap in the face, but it also opened my eyes. All of us fall off the wagon sometimes, be it killing someone or kissing someone.” Like the night he killed the girl in the forest, the night my entire life changed.

His voice shifted to a whisper. “And when Aro took you into that room... when he wanted to change you, it was the single scariest moment of my life. You chose me, though. Not Edward. You told me you loved me. At that point, I knew I'd do it. I knew you'd live through it....

“After I bit you, I saw what it did to you. I hated myself to the very core of my being for putting you in all that pain. Every time you cried out it made my heart ache. I'll never forget those three days, those three agonizing days, not for as long as I live.

“It tortures me to see you in pain. When the pain is out of my control, I tear myself up trying to make it better. Know why?” he asked.

“Why?” I mouthed.

“Because I love you. I love you more than anything on this planet. Love you more than anything on all the planets.” His voice burned with the emotion.

“And I love bears more than anything on the planet,” said Emmett as he strutted through the room. He was talking to himself.

“Way to ruin the moment, stupid,” said Alice, racing through the doorway to follow after him. She must have been listening.

I laughed. My family was the strangest, most wonderful family anyone anywhere ever had.