Old Times...New Beginnings
Edward left. Renne took Bella back to Jacksonville. Edward and the Cullens come back to Forks, but Bella is already gone. Now, sixteen years later Bella is 34 years old and has two twin children. Bella and her children come back to Forks to take care of Charlie. What will happen when the Cullen's meet her and her family? Can Bella and Edward still love each other? How will her kids react?
10. Chapter 10
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I picked up Alice and Jeremy from the Cullen house. To say the least, they both looked relieved to leave. I was embarrassed to have to pick up my kids after what they had done. I was also wiped out from the hospital, I knew Charlie wasn’t going to make it, that added to the burden of everything. I got both of my kids in the car and sped out of the driveway. I looked in the rearview mirror and began a long and well-rehearsed lecture.
“What on Earth were you thinking? Sneaking into the Cullen’s house, and then threatening Edward? Are you two out of your minds?”
“We just wanted to make sure he wouldn’t do anything that would hurt our family,” said Al.
“Have you any sense? Alice would have seen you two to begin with anyway. They all knew you were coming.”
“That’s not the point,” Jeremy clenched his fists, “he was the reason you left, wasn’t he?”
“What are you talking about?”
“You left because he hurt you; I mean it’s the only logical answer.”
“I am not having this conversation, Edward won’t hurt me; I know that, his family won’t either. Now I want the both of you to be civil towards the Cullens, understood?”
“Did I stutter? Are we understood?”
“Yes, ma’am,” they both muttered.
I drove home in silence. When we reached the house, there was an old blue pickup truck in the driveway. I saw Joshua Black in the front seat and parked beside him.
“Good afternoon, Joshua,” I said, “How’s everything?”
“Real good, Mrs. McCleary, how are you?”
“I’ve been better. What brings you here?”
“Well, is it…um, ok that I hang out with Al and Jeremy for a little while? I mean, bring them down to La Push, the beach is real nice. Some of my friends will be there too.”
I noticed that Josh’s hair was cropped down to his neck, and he was at least a foot taller, and more built. It was odd, the last time I saw him, his hair was down to his waist and he was shorter and not nearly so muscular. But it didn’t matter, if Jeremy and Alice could forget about the past few days for a while, then that was fine by me.
“Of course they can, Alice, Jeremy, do you want to go?”
“Please,” they nearly shouted. The three got into the old pickup and drove off.
I was glad to be alone for a while. It had been an abnormally long week, and I needed a break. I went inside and into my room. I laid my head on the pillow and was out in a second.
* * * *
I woke up to soft humming in the room. I looked around and saw Edward sitting in the chair across the room.
“Haven’t you heard of knocking?” I teased.
“I didn’t want your kids to see me,” he chuckled, but his mood quickly changed, “especially that Black boy.”
“What’s wrong with Joshua?”
“He’s changed, different. I saw it in his father and now it’s happened again. This time, it’s that boy.”
“Joshua is a nice young boy. I’m glad Alice is friends with him.”
“I would be careful around him, that’s all I have to say.”
“Now why would you say that?”
“Just…precautions, that’s all.” I always knew Edward didn’t like Jake, but he seemed odd when it came to the subject of his son.
“Really, well I think Joshua is a nice boy…Al seems fond of him. I’m glad, she needs to start acting like a lady.” I muttered.
“Well, I’m glad you’re home,” he came over and rapped his arms around my waist.
“I’m just tired, that hospital is the worst place…needles.” I shivered, remembering Charlie being injected with medication.
“Well, there aren’t any needles here,” he kissed me lightly on the lips, “I love you.”
“I love you too. I’m sorry about my kids, they just aren’t used to the idea of me with another man, especially one that’s dead.” I smiled.
“Al and I talked a bit. She seems to like different things than she led me to believe.”
“You mean like singing and instrumental talents, and a love for old music? Yeah, I know.”
It obviously surprised Edward that I knew about Alice’s hobbies. Her father, well that was another scenario all together. In all honesty both Alice and Jeremy were talented musicians, and Alice had a wonderful voice, Charlie, Renée, Phil, their kids and I being the only ones who knew.
“She…” he trailed off, looking concerned, “did he ever know?”
I knew who he meant. Jack. Poor Jack, he really didn’t know, not that his family would want to know, I think we were all already afraid of what they would say.
“No, not really, at least. Jack knew about Al’s love for music, nothing else. I blame his sports-obsessed family. That’s why Jeremy doesn’t talk much; he’s always been criticized for his love of science by Jack’s family.”
Edward’s jaw clenched and his eyes were black. I was worried one of his famous “safety tantrums” would begin.
“Not all of Jack’s family is like that though,” I added quickly, “some of them respect the fact that my kids aren’t like all the other kids in the family.”
“Did they threaten you?” he snarled.
“No,” I squeaked, “no, they never did. Edward it’s not a big deal. We won’t see them for a long time, alright?”
“Fine, but it doesn’t make it better.”
I sighed and rolled my eyes. He could be so stubborn sometimes. My Edward, my Edward, oh jeez, my Edward needed to settle down. His blood pressure, if he had one would be off the charts right now based on his reaction.
“Can I tell you something?” he asked.
“Sure, what is it?”
“It’s about Jacob Black and his son.”
Here we go again, “what is it?”
“Have you ever heard of werewolves?”
He has got to be joking…
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