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Old Times...New Beginnings

Summary:
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?


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3. Chapter 3

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I ran home in the rain. She hated me, didn’t want me back. Could I really blame her? I love her more than anything in the world, if only she knew that. She’s here, but she doesn’t want me. Bella has kids, a family, a life that I could never be apart of and we both knew it. But we could try, right? No, we couldn’t. I was being ridicules. She would never want me, not after all the pain I caused her.

My stomach, or what was left of it, was lurching. I moaned in pain and then…well the banana came right back up. Disgusting, just horrid, absolutely revolting. All perfect words to describe, not only the remaining soggy fruit, but me. I was a terrible person. Once at the house I walked in and sat on the couch. Why couldn’t I simply die? Why couldn’t I have been smarter in the past, why?!

“Edward…” Jasper and the rest of the family were in the room, “What’s going on?”

“Nothing.”

“Edward, I can feel what you’re feeling, and right now I might get sick, and I’m a vampire. This was a matter of self-defense against your emotions here, ok. What is going on?”

“Bella,” I whispered.

“What about Bella?” Esme was at my side now.

“She’s here…with her kids. She’s-she’s not…married.”

I really thought Bella was responsible. “Bella? Kids? Not married? I thought she-” I stopped Carlisle.

“Her husband died, Carlisle.”

Well your little human is back, Edward? Rosalie was mocking me. Unmarried with children? I guess she got over you quickly. I growled at her and clenched my fists.

“Well you’re going after her aren’t you?” Emmett said.

“No,” I said flatly, “she doesn’t want me.”

“Do you really believe that? Of course she wants you Edward! Just go after her and get her back! Get her back for all of us Edward!” Emmett put his hand my back.

Carlisle looked pensive, Esme looked like she would, if she could, cry, Rosalie snickered, Jasper looked upset, and Alice looked grim. Alice…ALICE!

“ALICE!” I roared, “YOU KNEW! YOU KNEW AND YOU DIDN’T TELL ME!”

Yes I knew. I saw it a week ago. You didn’t talk to anyone anyway so I didn’t bother to tell you. And I’m glad I didn’t tell you. Edward for sixteen years you’ve been like a zombie, I want my brother back, I want Bella back. Go after her, go get her Edward.

“YOU LIED TO ME!” I jumped at her and tried to slash at her, but Emmett grabbed me and locked me in his iron grasp.

“Stop it Edward.” He warned.

“Let go.” I snarled. I could feel Jasper send immense waves of calm at me and it worked. I took a breath and stopped moving. Emmett, however, didn’t budge.

Edward, she wants you. I know she does. And you still love her, brother. Go get her. Go get your woman back, brother!

Edward, Esme looked at me, you’re my son and you always will be. And I want my son back. I know you still love Bella; I can see it in your eyes. What is your heart telling you?Be kind, be loving, be the Edward you were sixteen years ago, she’ll come around.

Edward, it was Carlisle now, I may not be an emotional doctor, but I think you should do what you think is right. Son, do what you know is right.

Edward, Jasper said, I know this is mainly my fault. But I want to have the Edward I knew back. Go get Bella, and don’t tell me there’s no love left. I can feel it and it’s still there and stronger than ever.

Edward, Alice said, I’m sorry. I just want my brother back. I want Bella back. You both know what you truly feel for each other. You know Edward, I know you do.

“For God’s sake Edward,” Rose yelled at me, “I think I speak for everyone when I say get your moping ass off the couch and get Bella back!” I looked at her with raised eyebrows. “Just go Edward. Go now and get her.” She looked away.

“Alright, just let me think. I need to be alone now.” I went upstairs before anyone could stop me.

Damnit Edward, Rose practically yelled, GET OUT AND GET BELLA! I am sick of you dragging everyone else in this family down into your dark and sad pity party! Go or I will make you go one way or another. At least she cared to a certain degree.

“Thanks Rose,” I whispered, knowing she’d hear.

“Anytime.” I heard.

* * * *

Bella POV

I drove down to La Push in my blue van. Edward was here, no no no no! He “said” he still loved me. But he doesn’t…he can’t. Why would he have left if he loved me? I couldn’t do it again, what about Alice and Jeremy? What about Charlie? What about Renée and Phil and their three kids? What about me? What about…Jack? What would he think of me, for being hopeful for Edward all these years?

“Bells, you worry way too much, honey. It’s just a little car chase, everything will be fine.”

“How do you know?”

“I don’t. All I do know, baby, is that you’re the only girl for me and I’m the only man for you. We’re one in each other Bella. You and the kids, you’re my whole life. I love you, babe. Tell the kids I’ll be home late, and tell them good luck in their game. And…and tell Alice that she needs to stop getting into fights with the cheerleaders. And tell Jeremy to keep up the “Science and Technology Arena” work. And…Bella…tell them I love them both so much. Love ya, sweetie!”

That memory opened up another hole in my heart. Those were the last words he said to me before he…died. He told me he’d be fine, he told me he loved me. That was two men who loved me and left. I felt hot tears stream down my eyes. Oh, Jack, I love you so much, but…I still love Edward, nothing will take that away. Please forgive me.

I pulled into Billy Black’s drive. It was just as I remember it. I got out and rang the doorbell. To my surprise, Jacob Black answered the door.

“Bella!” he cried, “Wow, it’s so good to see you after all these years!” He was tall, taller than most men, and his hair was cropped short. He immediately rapped me in a bear hug. A woman walked up next to him and put her arm around his shoulders. I looked at her very carefully before realizing who she was.

“Leah?” I asked, “Leah Clearwater? Oh my God, it’s so good to see you!” I hugged her immediately.

“Yeah, Leah and I are married now,” said Jake, “our kids are inside.”

“Congratulations,” I gushed. We walked in the house to see kids of all ages running around.

“Kids!” yelled Jake, “get down here!” I saw at least nine kids come downstairs and Leah was holding a baby in her arms. “Kids, this is Mrs. Swan, Bella this is my oldest Joshua, and then there’s Sydney, Alexa, Billy, Patrick, Erin, Adam, Kenneth, Tara, and this little guy,” he tickled the baby in Leah’s arms, “is Charlie.” I was touched, he named his baby after Charlie.

“Wow Jake, this is one big family you have here.”

“And proud of it, come on, Charlie’s in the other room.” We walked into the living room to see Billy Black, Charlie, and some of the little kids sitting and watching ESPN. “Charlie, Bella’s here.”

“Bella!” he said, “Look at you all grown up. I missed you so much honey!” I hugged him close. “How’ve you all been doing?”

“Great, dad.” I looked over to see Jeremy and Alice sitting in the corner talking quietly, they were acting very odd lately. I wonder why….

* * * *

Alice POV

I sat on the couch in the back of the room talking to Jeremy. Mom walked in and was talking to Papa. I looked over to see Joshua Black looking at me from the other end of the room. He was cute and really nice, plus he was my age. Jeremy had his laptop in his hands and was furiously trying to get into the Forks High student list.

“Ok, I can look at some stuff about the Cullen family on the net. There’s got to be some way to hack into this thing.” Jeremy was typing away and I patiently waited. “Ha! I got it, here we can look over it when we get home, ok?” he quickly shut the laptop and went to talk to Adam and Kenneth over on the floor. I, however, wanted to talk to Joshua; maybe he knew something about Edward and his family.

“Hi, Joshua,” I said, smiling.

“Hey, call me Josh. How’s it goin’?”

“Good, do you think we could talk in private?”

“Oh!” he seemed surprised by my question, “Yeah, follow me.”

We walked out of the house and into the shed out behind the porch. “So,” said Joshua, “what do you want to talk about?”

“I was just thinking I could ask you about some stuff.”

“Oh, well…yeah,” he seemed a little disappointed, “ok then, what do you want to know?”

I thought for a minute and chose my words carefully. “Well, Edward Cullen came over to help us load some stuff into the house. I would like to ask about the Cullen family. Do you know them?”

“Yeah, barely.” He stopped and stared at me, pensive. “I do know the family. Edward has four other adopted siblings. Emmett, Jasper, Rosalie, and Alice, his foster parents are Dr. Cullen and his wife, I’ve never met her. I…probably shouldn’t tell you this, but…”

“What?” I put on my best innocent face I could manage and looked at him with big eyes. “You can tell me, I can keep a secret.” He looked at me and then smiled widely. I liked him already.

“Ok, just don’t tell anyone I told you.” I put my hand over my heart.

“I swear,” I declared.

“Alright. My dad and gramps said that there was some “treaty” that I couldn’t break by telling you. Personally, I think it’s a load of crap…Anyways, my people are said to have come from the wolf, or the spirit, one or the other. So, back when my ancestors lived on this land, “demons” came and were threatening everything we lived for. My great-great grandfather, or so I’m told, made a treaty with them…”

“Why did the “demons” threaten your way of life?” I asked.

“They were bloodsuckers,” said Joshua, trying to scare me, “Or as you know them…vampires. They agreed to never, ever come on our land or…”

“Or…?” I pressed.

“Drink human blood!” Now I could tell Joshua was trying to really scare me.

“So, what does that have to do with the Cullens?”

“The vampires who made the treaty were Dr. Cullen, his wife, Edward, Alice, Rosalie, Emmett, and Jasper. They are the same ones, not the descendants. They haven’t changed in over one-hundred years.”

So, the Cullen family were vampires? Edward was a vampire? My mother loves a vampire?! Oh good God!

“Josh, I-I was wondering…if they haven’t aged in over one-hundred years, then they would be the same as they were oh, twenty years ago?”

“Yeah, if all that nonsense is true. Why do you ask?”

“Just curious….” It began to rain again. “Josh, we better get into the house, our parents are probably wondering were we are.”

“Yeah, I guess…you won’t tell anyone what I told you right?”

“Told me what?” I winked at him and walked out into the rain.

The Cullen family were really vampires, huh? Well then, this is going to be interesting…..