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The More things Change

Summary:
The Cullen family undergoes many changes--some people leave, some people arrive. Marriages, babies, and imprints confuse the issue even more.


Notes:
This is a sequel to "Home"...you don't have to read that to totally understand this, but it would probably help alot! Yeah, I know I sound like I'm begging for reads, but I'm just trying to be helpful! So go read "Home" if you get confused...


6. Chapter 6: The Second Vision

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...Wrapped in Bella’s arms, I could only watch the images as they began to bombard my sight. They sped through my mind so quickly I only had a few seconds to focus on them before the next was crowding in. I saw a man, standing in the rain outside the bus station. I saw the same man in Charlie’s living room, looking confused. I saw him surrounded by my family, still looking rather confused. Then he was standing on our front porch, looking angry. This image lingered a little longer than the others, so I was able to see him more clearly, study his face. His eyes were normal looking, human eyes. Yet there was something about him that I couldn’t quite figure out. Something different, and not quite like a normal human. Something angry and searching, strong yet vulnerable at the same time. His eyes revealed a soul that was hurting and longing. He looked almost frantic, like he was on the verge of giving up. Or indeed had already given up.

Then the image was replaced, and my family was fighting the Volturi...but it was at our house. And this man stood in the middle of the struggle, violence raging around him, while his eyes were locked on Felix, the two of them glaring at each other, not moving despite the battle. Then I saw him standing in the Volturi audience hall, facing Aro and Marcus who actually looked a little...scared. Next the scene shifted to our porch again, and his face was heart-wrenchingly sad! Then suddenly, he was smiling brightly, a look of utter happiness on his face. Now a beautiful girl, whose paleness screamed vampire, was smiling happily at me in near adoration. Then a wedding, which I guessed was Bella’s, since I saw my entire family there, along with others of our kind. The man and beautiful girl were there, also.

I saw Bella—holding a baby??? But before I could think more about the baby, I saw that Bella was a vampire. Inwardly, I sighed with relief. At least that vision hadn’t changed. I saw a beautiful girl, who must be Bella’s child, smiling and laughing with...Jacob! Then the Volturi again, and the strange man being held back by Emmett and Edward, screaming at Jane, who stood at the edge of the woods, smiling that evil smile of hers which I hated with every fiber of my being. Fire erupted around Jane, and she ran off. And the last thing I saw as the vision faded, was an incredibly beautiful woman, the most beautiful I’d ever seen—more so even than any vampire could hope for, and yet she wasn’t a vampire. She was holding a baby, and smiling down at it. Then, just before the familiar sights of Bella’s bedroom reappeared, the woman’s eyes looked right at me, and she was still smiling. But I had no idea who, or what, she was.

"Alice? Alice!" Bella said frantically, shaking me slightly. I touched her arm. "I’m fine, Bella," I said, somewhat breathlessly. I was silent a few seconds, letting the vision sink in. Then I realized I needed to go home and tell Carlisle what I had seen. I looked at Bella. "I have to go," I said standing. Bella wore a look of fear, so I smiled and hugged her. "Don’t worry, Bella!" I reassured her. "Everything’s going to be okay—for you, and for me! And I don’t just know it—I saw it! Thanks for helping me tonight!"

"But—but I didn’t do anything, Alice!" She said. I shook my head. "You were there for me when I needed it. And that’s the very best thing that one person can ever do for another! I’ll see you tomorrow." I squeezed her one more time, then turned and went downstairs, calling goodbye to a slightly worried Charlie on my way outside.....

Sean’s POV

Present...

I sat back on the swing, my mind numb with what Edward had just showed me. I noticed that Alice was watching my face with anxiety. She loved me? She loved me! How? Things like that are impossible...aren’t they? I mean, this is real life, not some sappy romance novel! But, I couldn’t deny what I had just witnessed through her own memories. She loved me.

And what about me? I couldn’t really deny the feelings in my mind either, as much as I might want to. My reason was fighting wildly with my emotions, and my reason was loosing. Because I did love her. I loved her more than life itself! God, I hardly knew her, so how could I love her so much? Hell, I didn’t believe in all that mushy, mystical soul-mate baloney! But why did I feel like this for Alice?

I heard Edward chuckle, and I glanced up at him. I’d forgotten he was even there. "What?" I asked, irritably. He rolled his eyes. "Tell her, Sean! Tell her what you were just thinking!"

My eyes grew wide, and I felt my face heat up. "Wha-I-I-I, uh mughf...um, well it’s—ah, I’m not, well it’s kind of...uh," I sputtered. And I probably would have gone on sputtering if Alice hadn’t rescued me by shooing Edward into the house. He retreated, grinning widely, obviously very happy at my discomfort. Man, for some reason, he just really bugged me! Maybe it was because he knew what I thought of Bella and his love for each other. I had ridiculed it, of course. Now here I found myself confronted by the same relationship. And if that was true, boy did I have some apologies to give Edward!

Alice spoke. "You see? I love you, Sean. I can’t help it...we just met recently, and yet it’s like my whole being is tied up in you! Jasper and I—we needed each other, we rescued each other. But as deeply as we love each other, neither of us felt this way. Now he has Robyn, and I have you. I know, it doesn’t make any sense. I don’t understand it any better than you do, but like I told Bella, I can see firsthand how she and Edward feel."

"Me, too," I muttered, glancing at the doorway to see if he was lurking nearby. I didn’t see him, so I turned back to Alice. But I couldn’t bring myself to look her in the eye, and instead looked down at my hands as I nervously wrung them. "Look, remember when I told you about Bridgett? Ever since she ditched me for a vampire two nights before our wedding, I’ve kept my emotions in check, and haven’t allowed myself to get too close to romance. And so, after centuries of keeping my heart safe, I—I have trouble...expressing, well...love. I can’t deny that I have...feelings that are—beyond friendship towards you, but I need some time to...sort things out, if you understand me?" I looked at her then, a pleading expression on my face. I needed her to know how I really felt, but I just couldn't bring myself to say the words just yet, until I had thought things over a little more, and I hoped she understood.

To my complete delight, she smiled radiantly, albeit a little sadly. "That’s all right, Sean. I can’t ask for more than that. I’ve waited my whole life for you...a little more time isn’t much to ask." She leaned towards me, still smiling. I felt like I was drowning in her eyes (yeah, I know—pretty sappy, but I couldn’t help myself!), and found I was slowly leaning towards her as well. And then, just before our lips actually touched, a loud "HA!! I KNEW IT!!!" rang out form the door day behind us. I yelled, and jumped off the swing. Turning, I saw Edward standing there, grinning like a big kid. Which surprised me, considering he was usually very reserved...well, except for where Bella was concerned.

"Do NOT sneak up on paranoid people like that!" I exclaimed through clenched teeth. He laughed. "Sorry! I’m just glad to see that my little sister Alice is finally feeling better! She’s been moping around ever since her break up with Jasper, and hanging around the bus depot every night until you finally arrived." I glanced back at Alice, and she smiled shyly, ducking her head. Edward continued. "You’re lucky Emmett isn’t here...and my advice to you is, now that you’ll be staying around, you’d better learn how to play ‘guitar hero’ and ‘Halo’ real quick...like before he gets back in a few days!"

"Staying around," I muttered, frowning, trying to remember just what exactly I had forgotten. Then it dawned on me...the vampire girl from Alice’s vision—Maria. "Aw, crap," I muttered.....