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Holding Broken Glass

Summary:
It's been years since Bella and Edward were married, and Bella has been a vampire for decades. They return to Forks after about 55 years. They've been there peacefully for a few months. The wolves - if there even are any left - don't seem to know of their return. But when a choice is presented to the Cullens, what will their decision be? A more important question; How will it affect them? What trouble could it bring? Rated Teen for safety only, as my language may get coarse. Disclaimer: Stephenie Meyer owns. I don't. =(


Notes:


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{Edward’s Point of View}

I found her in a place I wasn’t expecting.

The meadow.

She sat against a rock, looking more frustrated than anything. Without a word, I sat down next to her.

She didn’t say anything, just looked over at me, a blank expression on her face. “Why is it that I can’t cry?”

I sighed. “Everything in your body basically stops really functioning.”

“Oh.” Goes against nature, came her thoughts, “Why did you save me?”

I looked over at her, but she was looking ahead. “I didn’t want to, you know.”

That’s not what I asked.

I almost smiled. “It was a general vote.”

How many people voted to not change me?

“Three.”

Who?

“Jasper, Rosalie and myself.”

Why?

“Jasper and I both had an idea of what you would feel if you survived and your friend didn’t.”

He was more than that.

“I can tell.”

She sighed impatiently. You weren’t supposed to answer that.

I shrugged. What about Rosalie?

I sighed. “She has her own reasons,” she finally turned to look at me, “and it’s not my place to tell you what those are. It’s her story to tell.”

Kalli looked curious, but said nothing. But her thoughts were a torrent of ideas and questions, some more serious than others.

I’m not staying here you know. Her abrupt change of thought made me stare.

She smiled dryly. “Don’t look so shocked.” She said, standing.

I stood as well, looking her straight in the eye. “You can’t leave.”

“And why not?” She asked; a hint of fire returning to the red eyes, “Who are you to stop me?”

“Your newborn senses will kick in with the slightest whiff of human blood,” I said, “Unless you want to be a murderer for months, you should stay with us.”

“Why, because you only eat sparingly?” She snarled.

“We don’t drink human blood,” I said; her arrogance was starting to get to me, “We drink animal blood. Now, do want to learn how to live off animals rather than people?”

She didn’t say anything, just kept glaring. “Why are you so intent on leaving?” I asked.

“I’d rather be by myself than take out my feelings on someone that was nice enough to save my half-dead butt.”

“We’ll understa-“

“No, Edward,” she said, “I have a feeling that not many people can understand what I’m going through right now.”

My temper was rising. “Almost all of the people in that house have experienced something similar, if not the same, thing you’re going through now.”

“Give me one example.”

I took a step closer to her, glaring down. She was shorter, but she didn’t show she was intimidated as she glared back up at me. “One example?” My voice was close to a hiss, and now she did blink in slight shock before returning to her glare. “One example is my wife and me. Before you were born, I met her and, not long after, left her so she would be safer. I would have been better off staying with her, the state she was in for all those months of my absence. She went through a living hell each and every day."

I took an unnecessary breath. “She had to hold her stomach in order to keep herself together. Whenever someone so much as mentioned something that reminded her of me, she would go short of breath. Then, when Alice saw her cliff-diving, she told Rosalie. Who told me that Bella had committed suicide. I went to kill myself. How’s that for an example?”

Kalli, who had been shocked by my outburst, now looked embarrassed. “I’m sorry, Edward,” she took a deep breath. “I just feel so outside of my own control. And I’m not trying to blame my problems on someone else; I’m just very overwhelmed at the moment.” She sighed, “I apologize for my arrogance. Josh always said it would be my undoing.”

Her thoughts became consumed by memories. “Now, which is the way back to the house?” She asked, attempting a smile.

“Just follow me.” I took off running, and she followed soon after. She easily kept pace with me, her red eyes gleaming with exhilaration. The trees whizzed by in an instant as she glanced at me and set an even faster pace.

It wasn’t long until both of us were racing. You’re going down, Edward.

I laughed. “You wish.”

She only grinned.

“Hey!” I called, getting an image of her leg sticking out in front of mine, “No tripping!”

“What?” Though it was clear from her smile Kalli had understood what I had said perfectly.

To get my point across, I tripped her. “None of that!”

“Cheating bastard!” She called after me, scrambling to her feet.

I laughed. The girl that was racing me now was a completely different one than the one I had argued with in the meadow. I would have to ask her if she had been diagnosed with a multiple personality disorder.

So deep in my thoughts, I didn’t realize Kalli was behind me until I fell flat on my face.

She burst forward, but not before turning back. “Loser!”

I watched as she went farther. I shook my head and went to catch up as we approached the house.

{Bella’s Point of View}

Flashback

Aro looked murderous as he called his family to him. “Don’t forget the treaty!”

Sure. Just because he had double-crossed us, we weren’t allowed to ignore the treaty. That made perfect sense. I scowled as they ran off, leaving the flame and debris of the recent battle.

Flashback farther

I could feel Edward’s gaze on my back as I walked forward, my hands raised in a sign of truce. Carlisle stood next to me, looking slightly regretful. “Surely, Aro,” he called, “we can work something out?”

Aro smiled; his chalk-like skin stretching. I held back my grimace of disgust. “I do believe we can, my friend.”

Some hours later, a treaty was put in place. Our coven could not get any larger, and the Volturi would otherwise leave us be. However, they would be checking up on us every so often.

I glanced over at the corpses of Jared, Brody, and Collin. Thankfully, however, we weren’t without revenge. Alec lay burning, and Felix’s ashes had already been thrown into an incinerator.

Flashback over

I looked around at the faces of my family. The ones I knew and loved and meant the world to me.

In saving a girl’s life, had I helped to doom us all?

My thoughts were interrupted as Edward walked in the front door, looking rather disgruntled about something. I thought maybe he hadn’t been able to find Kalli. But when she came in grinning, I had second thoughts.

“You know that wasn’t fair.” We looked at him in confusion.

“Oh, Edward, we’re even. You trip me, I trip you.” Kalli said, feigning a sympathetic tone.

“You beat him?” Emmett asked from his chair, and Kalli nodded, “High-five!”

The echo of the high-five resonated throughout the house as Emmett cringed.

Rosalie smirked into her magazine. “Did she high-five too hard for you, Emmett?”

Emmett scowled at her. “Not my fault the newborns all get super-strength.”

Kalli frowned. “What do you mean?”

“All newborns are stronger and faster and generally more powerful than older vampires,” Carlisle explained, “It may not seem possible, but you could most likely beat Emmett in an arm-wrestling contest right now.”

“Thanks for telling her that Carlisle,” Emmett said, “Now I’m going to get beaten again.”

“Again?” Kalli asked, smirking.

I grinned. “After I first changed, I challenged Emmett to an arm-wrestling contest.”

“And beat me.”

“Oh, Emmett, it was fifty some years ago, don’t be such a sore loser.” Alice said, rolling her eyes from Jasper’s lap.

“So why is it newborns are more powerful?” Kalli asked as she plopped down on a floor cushion.

“It’s the human blood in your system,” Esme said.

She nodded and looked around at all of us, brows furrowing in a question. “So why is it some of you have topaz eyes, some of you with black, and the rest somewhere in between?” She asked, turning back to Carlisle.

“It means we’re hungry,” Jasper said, “As we become hungrier – or thirstier, I guess you could say - our eyes get darker.”

Kalli arched her brows. “Then doesn’t that mean about half of you should go eat?”

“Finally!” Rosalie said, throwing her magazine on the coffee table, “Now I have an excuse to go.”

Edward rolled his eyes.

“I’ll go with her.” Emmett said, standing.

Jasper now rolled his eyes. “Of course you will.” Emmett glared when Alice and I smirked.

“Anyone else coming?” Rosalie asked, gathering her keys.

Kalli looked over at Esme, whose irises were a dark copper. “I’ll be fine, Esme,” she said, smiling, “Don’t go hungry over me.”

And since Esme was going, Carlisle of course went as well.

“Thank God those two are gone.” Kalli said, rubbing her temples.

We all stared. “Which two?” I asked.

“Rosalie and Emmett.” She replied, her mouth screwed up in disgust, and she looked at our confused faces, “Wait. Is it normal for a vampire to be able to see other vampires... together in the past or future?”

We stared. “I’ll take that as a no.” She said, smirking. She reached for Rosalie’s magazine.

However, it wasn’t long before there was another outburst. “Jeez!” Kalli said, rubbing her temples again, “Do you think you two could have had a rockier start?” She asked, looking from me to Edward.

We all stared. “What do you mean?” Edward asked.

“I keep getting these visions that have been in the past and future, and they’re always between the two people I’m looking at.”

What Kalli didn’t say, she must have asked Edward in her mind, because he answered a question the rest of us hadn’t heard.

“I think it means that you see future and past relationships between two – or maybe even more – people,” he said.

“Oh.” Kalli said, looking a little pleased, and a little disgusted, “Do you think I see romantic relationships, or all types?”

Edward shrugged. “We’ll have to find out somehow.”

“Is there a specific reason some vampires get abilities?” Kalli asked, looking at the four of us.

“Yes,” I said, “My ability came from my klutziness as a human, Edward was always perceptive as a human, Jasper was influential in his human life, and so on.”

“So,” Alice said, grinning slightly, “What exactly do you think caused this ability?”

Kalli laughed. “It’s funny, because I can think of something,” she said, thinking back, “People were always telling me to mind my own business; apparently I was too nosy for them.”

“You sound like Alice,” That earned me a frown, but I continued, “Do you like to shop for hours on end?”

Kalli smiled. “As long as the person I’m shopping with is fun to shop with.”

Alice looked pleased, and her eyes glinted as she realized someone else may enjoy shopping as much as she did.

Jasper looked relieved. “Good,” He said, and his relief spread to the rest of us, “Now she won’t drag me along when one of the other girls are busy.”

I grinned. “Seriously, Kalli,” I said, “You’re saving our butts.”

Kalli looked at us both. “Is she that bad?”

“Depends.” I said, “Do you mind staying in the mall for eight hours?”

Kalli only grinned and turned to Alice. “I think we’re going to get along very well.”

Alice smiled back. “If we’re going to get along well, though,” she said, looking Kalli up and down, “you need to take a shower and get some new clothes.”

Kalli rolled her eyes. “Which way to the shower?”

“Up the stairs, first room on the right.” I said.

Kalli nodded her thanks, and disappeared. I started, until I realized that Kalli had reappeared at the top of the stairs. She grinned at my expression before making her way to the bathroom.

Alice went up to her room to get clothes for Kalli, and I watched her go with a worried expression. “What’s with the face, love?” Edward asked.

“I’m worried Alice may scare Kalli away.” I said, not taking my gaze from upstairs.

Jasper laughed. “I wouldn’t be surprised if she did, but let’s intervene when -“ he was cut off by a surprised scream came from upstairs. We all looked at one another and then went running up the stairs.