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Dream's Shadow

This is my take on the over- and usually poorly- done plot. Edward leaves Bella again. She is changed and they meet again in the future. There will be a big twist! Requested by Iris. Banner by Iris!

Try it! I know stories like this usually stink, but I thought I'd give it a try. I own nothing. Stephenie Meyer owns all.

34. Chapter 34

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I can’t contain the cry. And I can’t let them threaten him. Me, of course. I am nothing. But his life is precious. It must be maintained at all and any costs.

I will allow my own death, but I must save his life.

Nothing matters more. I charge down the stairs before anyone can come up to discover the source of my yell. I will from now on, even if now on is only a few more minutes, live life on my own terms. I am through with waiting.


The seven gorgeous faces turn to me. I see Tanya for the first time, and sob silently… she is so beautiful. She deserves him much more than I ever can. Her golden hair shines subtly reddish, glinting perfectly, showing mirrored features of ideal symmetry and straightness. She looks like a diagram out of a geometry textbook, all straight lines and perfect reflections.

Jane and Alec are sitting side by side. All vampires, I think, are meant to focus their existence on someone. Edward was so lonely for so long because he lived only for Carlisle, when Carlisle had Esme. Before her, Carlisle lived for God. Now, each of my family members lives for their spouse. Alec and Jane, though gifted formidably and living darkly, are little more than children for all their thousand years. Jane, at least, worships Aro like a distant, charming father… but the core of their existence is each other. Their identical faces so close together is almost too much beauty to bear. This is what angels look like… two twin cherubs smiling in demonic hate, an emotion one can scarcely notice beyond their perfect faces.

Carmen is dark-haired, her skin sallow beneath the vampire pale. She holds hands with a black-haired male of similar coloring and exceptionally large nose. In a human, it would be most unattractive. However, the protruding feature is so perfectly framed it merely adds to the distinction of his features. They are truly a perfect couple… similar enough in appearance that they’re cute together, unlike enough they don’t seem siblings.

I don’t know which is Irena and which is Kate, though I’d guess from the hate open in the shorter woman’s eyes that Irena is the one with white-blonde hair. She has plucked eyebrows, a tiny nose, and a grimace that would put The Grinch to shame. Her companion is possessed of at least six feet and three more of swinging black hair, draping down a perfectly angled back.

Four red eyes, ten gold, and none of them friendly. I sigh and draw in a thick breath.

“I’m Bella. As you may have guessed, I didn’t marry Jake. Actually, I’m engaged to Edward. I’m a vampire, obviously. And I’d really love it if none of you killed my family.”

I reinforce these words in their minds, each of which becomes blank and supple under my touch. No hate. You don’t hate us. None of this ever happened.

A moment passes. I hope and pray it has been enough.

It hasn’t.

Jane is the first to leap.