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I've broken their heart more times than I can count. I just can't seem to change my ways. I did the one thing that Carlisle said not to, I joined the Volturi. When I came back I never thought it would be so hard. It doesn't help that Isabella Swan can't seem to stay away from me.

This is a story about what would happen if Edward had been unable to stop drinking human blood after that time he went out on his own. Everything would be different. The question is: can he still be Edward.

3. Welcome to Forks

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Chapter Three

"Edward, you’re home!" Esme shouted, running out to greet me. She threw her arms around me, and kissed my cheek over and over again. "I’ve missed you so much. Don’t ever do that to me again!" She slapped my arm, narrowing her eyes at me.

"I’m sorry, Esme." I said, kissing her cheek. "But you know I won’t be here for long. I have to go back soon."

"Edward!" Alice ran out the house, jumping on me. She was squeezing the life out of me. "We’ve missed you so much."

The rest of the family appeared on the porch. Carlisle leaned against the pillar on the porch, legs and arms crossed. Rosalie didn’t look please, her mouth was twisted into a frown. Jasper was standing in a position close to Carlisle’s. Emmett leaned against the rail, watching me. It looked like I only had two people on my side at the moment.

"Welcome back, Edward." Carlisle, still wasn’t moving, just looking at me. He was frowning. I had done the one thing he really didn’t want me to do . "It’s been a while." His voice had a cold edge to it.

"Carlisle. Not now." Esme said, holding my hand. "Let him get settled in."

"No, Esme. He needs to understand what he did!" Carlisle took a few steps towards me. "Come on, we’re going for a walk."

I followed him into the woods, walking at a human speed. He had his hands thrust into his pockets, back stiff. It was like he didn’t trust me to walk behind him. That I would do something to hurt him.

"Carlisle, I’m sorry."

He spun around, sticking that finger in my face. "Sorry doesn’t cut it this time, Edward! You did the one thing that I couldn’t live with! You went to the Volturi!"

"So did you!"

"I left. I didn’t become one of them. I’ve heard the rumors going around. I’m not stupid. I’ve heard everything they say about you. How many times have you come back to the United States and never even made an attempt to find us?"

"I’m sorry, Carlisle. What else do you want me to say?"

"Don’t go back. Tell them you want to stay here for a while. Just a few years, Edward. Can’t you give your family that much?" He lowered his finger, shoulder slumped.

I looked down at the ground. "Yes. I’ll stay for a while. I’ll give your way of life another chance. I owe you that much don’t I?"

"You don’t owe me anything. I just want you to be happy. I know you’re not happy in Volterra. How could you be?"

Thunder cut through the silence that had settled around us. A flash of lightning brought the forest around us alive. A heavy down pour of rain fell down around us, breaking through the canopy above us.

"Welcome to Forks, Edward." Carlisle laughed, when I gave the rain an evil glare. "Come on. Alice and Esme have a room for you here. They do it every time we move. There is always a place for you."

We walked back into the house, running out of the rain. Alice started pulling me up the stairs. This house was nicer than any of the others they had ever stayed in. An old house in the middle of the forest. It was perfect. It felt like home.

"I’m so happy you came home, Edward. I’ve missed you. You make life fun." She started chattering away, pushing the door open to the room I suppose was mine.

"I’m happy I’m home too." I kissed her head, ruffling her hair. She swatted my hand away.

"Your eyes are brown." She cocked her head to the side, looking at them.

"Yea. I’ve been in the United States for a month or so. I’ve started Carlisle’s diet again. My eyes were still tinted red so I put my contacts in." I pulled one out, showing her the little thing that I had in my eyes.

She pulled the other one out. "Don’t wear them at home. Besides, your eyes only have a little red tint to them. They could pass for normal human eyes."

I went over to the leather couch, that was facing a wall of glass. "Tell me what you are all up to. We don’t hear about you much in Volterra."

She sat beside me, pulling her knees up to her chin. "We’re going to high school right now. Carlisle is a doctor at the hospital here. Esme is a stay at home mom. We’re trying to live a normal human life while we’re here. This is the second time we’ve come here."

"What about Forks? Is there anything strange about this town?"

"No. There is a little excitement going around now. The police chief’s daughter, Isabella Swan, but she likes to be called Bella, just came back. She’s in my Biology class. She’s very smart. All the guys are trying to date her. I think it’s so funny."

"Why is Carlisle so mad at me? I know he didn’t want me to do what I did, but he’s really mad." I looked out at the trees swaying in the wind outside. Rain was pelting the glass, and a roll of thunder shook the house.

Alice didn’t answer right away. "You left us, Edward."

"I know. I’m sorry about that."

"Carlisle felt like you had betrayed him. The fact that you couldn’t stick to our way of life was something he could live with. The fact that you outright disobeyed him by going to the Volturi was what really got him. He worried for years over wether or not they were going to kill you. We all did. You never came back." She looked like she would be crying if she could.

"Sorry doesn’t cut it does it?" She didn’t have to answer for me to know the answer. "I’m going to stay here for a while. The Volturi can kiss my ass, they don’t need me that much. The rest of their guard can handle things for a while."

"Then I should tell you a few things. According to Forks, Rosalie and Jasper are twins and Carlisle and Esme’s foster children. Emmett and I were adopted by Carlisle and Esme. Jasper and Rosalie go by the last name of Hale."

"Where do I fit into this wonderful lie you’ve told the town?"

She thought for a second. "You could be Carlisle’s brother. Visiting while your school is out."

"Perfect. I’ve been Esme’s brother as well. I’ve been everyone’s brother now."

"Take it or leave it, brother, or should I say Uncle Edward!"

"I’ll take it. Just don’t ever call me that again. I swear I kill you if you do." I ruffled her hair again, before reclining on the couch. "So here begins my life in Forks."