Bella ran into Victoria when Edward left her, and fifty years later she is back in Forks with her family. They've formed a band; Tourniquet. An ironic name, to be sure, seeing as they're all vampires...
1. Back in Forks
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“First day of love never comes back…A passionate hour’s never a wasted one…The violin, the poet’s hand…Every thawing heart plays your theme with care…” I stopped singing to myself as I heard a knock at my open door. I looked up to see Andre standing there, grinning at me.
“You’ve got a really good voice, Bells,” he commented. I shrugged. “You should do covers, or write your own stuff.”
“Oh, really? And who’ll back me up? You and Emma? Lee and Michelle? Be reasonable, Dre,” I snapped. He held up his hands in surrender, but then folded his arms and regarded me thoughtfully.
“Isabella. It’s been fifty years,” he whispered. “You need to do something…” I winced. Fifty years since Ed – he left me. Fifty years since Victoria attacked me and killed Charlie. Fifty years since I became a vampire. Andre realised he’d upset me and crossed my room to hug me reassuringly. He was the only one who knew my whole past. I’d found him first, dying because of Victoria, and had changed him. He was about six feet tall, and had blonde hair. He was the father figure, although I was older and the actual leader of our coven. He had changed Emma a decade later, and they had become mates. They were both in their early twenties when they were changed. Lee and Michelle had been dying in a car accident when I found them; Lee had been nineteen, Michelle seventeen. They were mates too. It was just the five of us, and I was the leader. I had taught them all to resist human blood and to hunt animals; it had been thirty years with all five of us, and we were in Forks. Only Andre knew I’d been here before.
“Run the band idea past the others, and then I’ll think about it,” I said grumpily, scowling at him. Andre grinned and hugged me tighter before releasing me and heading to the door. He cast me a look that clearly apologised for upsetting me, before leaving me to my music. I turned up the volume and laid back on my couch to wait for the morning.
Lee was the one to interrupt me when dawn came, racing into my room with Michelle close behind. Lee was the most energetic and happy one of the lot of us, while Michelle was almost his exact opposite. She was a small Asian girl with long, straight, silky black hair, who was always calm and sometimes even managed to calm Lee down. She smiled at me now as Lee flopped down beside me and started scrolling through my playlist.
“You always listen to such depressing music, Bella,” he complained. I shrugged. So? I listened to it, not him. “And it’s always old music, too.”
“Old? Hello, this stuff was new when I was a kid,” I reminded him with a raised eyebrow. “Forty-nine isn’t exactly young, either,” I added. He shrugged. His black hair was cropped short, and he acted like he should be nine, not nineteen. It wasn’t a great help that he was five foot ten.
“So you're older than me,” he said. “Big deal. So Michelle and I were thinking that I’d play keyboard and she’d play bass…Emma would be great on kit, and Andre plays a pretty mean guitar,” he rabbited on, and I rolled my eyes.
“Alright, I'll sing. Just…I choose the gigs, alright?” He grinned, nodded and leapt to his feet, grabbing Michelle and swinging her up over his shoulder as he raced from the room. I sighed, shaking my head, and started to get ready for school. Fun.
Emma was waiting for me outside my room when I exited, dressed in a blood-red, long-sleeved blouse and black skinny-leg jeans with black flats. She was wearing a baby-blue sweater and dark-blue boot-cut jeans with her flat-soled black boots. Her red hair was braided back from her face loosely, and she was watching my face carefully. I smiled at her wearily, and she hugged me.
“If you need me at all today, at any time, you know what to do,” she whispered. I nodded, grateful that she was always there for me. If I needed her, she would freeze time, grab Andre and run to where I was. Then Andre would wipe the humans’ memories so we could continue without being discovered.
“Thanks, Em,” I whispered. We linked arms, and made our way down to the garage.
The first day at Forks High School was the same as it was at any other high school. About sixteen boys asked me out, and I fobbed them all off. If Lee and Andre hadn’t made it obvious that they were Michelle and Emma’s partners, my sisters would have had the same problem. Much to my relief, there were no other vampires there, but either way I was relieved when we got home.
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