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Dream's Shadow

Summary:
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!


Notes:
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.


39. Chapter 39

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“I am so sorry, Carlisle, Esme. Please, forgive us…”

Carlisle stands stiffly. He may speak his mind to me, but I don’t think he would do so to these former friends.

Emmett is not so inhibited. “What the hell? How could you? I thought you were our friends…” He moves somewhat menacingly towards Carmen, the nearest of them, currently sitting on the couch he stands by.

Eleazer growls at him, but Emmett doesn’t retreat. This is getting very dangerous. They both look about to attack.

“Stop it!” I holler. “Don’t fight, for God’s sake!”

Carmen strokes Eleazer’s arm as Rosalie calms Emmett, and soon the two are somewhat less confrontational. I am relieved. I really have had enough battles for a single day.

“I’m sorry. Really, truly, sorry… a combination of hurt and fear and revenge… it was unstoppable. It took us over just as the thirst did. I’m so sorry.”

I can see the scene replaying in all five minds, that heady mixture of lust for revenge and love and safety mingling. Jane is a terrifying creature. To those of us who have known the greatest physical pain- the change- the idea of something surpassing it as her power supposedly can is absolutely horrific.

And then, where Jane is, the Volturi follow. If they did not comply with the plan to kill us, they themselves would die… painfully.

Mixing with that was the unity the women of Denali felt. They were as much one as separate entities… truly sisters. A single soul split between four bodies, it seemed. I could see it in their minds, that if one suffered they all did.

I could relate to that.

I pass these emotions and musings to the other minds, sharing from one to the other what had happened, the reasons behind their betrayal. I see nods and slight smiles acknowledging my actions. I also hear ruminations, my family members considering what they’ve seen.

Edward proposes something. “I have a suggestion. How about a truce? Everything just returns to the way it is? It’ll be safer than usual, since we’re usually pretty close together. We’ll stay here, and you’ll return to Denali.”

I am surprised he has found it within himself to forgive them… in a good way. I would say I am proud of him, if he were mine to feel such emotions for.

The vampires nod. “That works for us… I’m sorry.”

Carlisle nods. “So, are we agreed?”

“Yes.”

“If you’d excuse us… I think it’s best we go home and figure out how to ascertain this never happens again.”

Again, Carlisle’s head bobs. The other clan takes this as it is meant… a dismissal. They understand that, though forgiven, they are far from our good graces. With a final look around at us, they stand as one, lifting themselves elegantly and swiftly. They lunge to the door.

In seconds, they are gone. The door rattles with the speed of their departure, the room swirling with wind from the sheer speed. Finally, I am alone with my family in our home, a thing delayed much from my original intent. Our life is going to start now.

And I don’t know where to begin.