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Now You're One of Us

Summary:
While vacationing, Alice and Jasper Hale stumble across the planning of a massacre. Emma Volding is a six-year-old who's mother is killed in the fray. Seeing she has a similar gift, Carlisle grants permission for Alice and Jasper to take her in as theirs.


Notes:
My first Twilight fanfic. It has gotten a lot of positive feedback at Fanfiction.net. And I wanted to share it with other Twilight fans.


5. Chapter 5

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Chapter Five

By the time Jasper got back inside, and had better control of his thought process, Emma was immersed in a bubble bath. Alice was in the spare bedroom, making up the girl’s bed. He lingered in the doorway. “I’m…sorry.”

“I know. It’s okay.” Alice glanced up at him. “Are you alright?” She was concerned about him. She knew he wanted to help Emma, and to be there for her. But she also knew how hard it was going to be on him.

“Don’t worry about it, Alice.” Jasper advised, taking in the mood she was in. “When she comes out, I’ll talk to her.”

“Alright.” Alice looked at the clock. “Her schedule is going to be completely off from here on in…” This seemed to bother Alice. “I wanted her to keep as normal a life as possible.” She frowned slightly.

“We’ll work it out.” Jasper replied. He sat on the edge of the newly made bed. “It’s just going to take some getting used to.” He took Alice into his arms. “Are you truly happy with having her here?”

“Yeah.” Alice smiled. “Do you think she’ll be happy with us?” Alice knew they’d never be able to completely replace her family. They wouldn’t try. She just hoped Emma would accept them one day as her new family.

“Well.” Jasper chuckled lightly now. “She loves Emmett.” He looked up, hearing some giggling in the bathroom. “Let me guess…Emmett’s in there?” He raised an eyebrow at this.

“Yep, but he just went in there long enough to help her wash her hair. I was going to do it, but he insisted.” Alice grinned.

“Oh.” Jasper kissed the top of Alice’s head. “Parenthood really seems to suit you.” He was glancing around Emma’s room. It was already decorated with ornate dolls, and he was willing to bet there would be new clothes in the closet the very next afternoon.

“It suits you too.” Alice assured him. “She might just think of both of us as friends for a while anyway.”

“Alice! She’s done.” Emmett called out, coming out of the bathroom. “She is too adorable.” He saw Jasper in the room then. “Hey Jazz. Feeling any better?”

“Yeah, I guess. Listen, guys. After you have her dressed again, can I get some time alone with her?” He wanted to gauge Emma’s true feelings about him for himself. Then he wanted to have a talk with her. He wasn’t sure what he’d say to her without revealing anything he shouldn’t. He figured it would probably come out naturally.

“Sure, Jazz.” Emmett nodded. “I’m right down the hall if you need me.” He turned and went to see Rosalie. He knew his wife was not very happy with all the time he’d been giving Emma. It was time to make up for it.

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Emma came into Jasper and Alice’s room, wearing a long flannel nightgown. Her hair was neatly braided into a ponytail which frilled at the end with the curls she had. She studied Jasper from the doorway. He was looking through a magazine. Alice had told her to go right in. “Jasper…?” Her voice was soft, almost timid.

Jasper glanced over. He offered a kind smile, by way of a peace offering. ‘How about a truce, hmm?” He came over, and picked her up. “I feel really horrible about how things have gone for you since you’ve been here where I’m concerned.” Emma was uncertain of him now. He intended to correct that as best as he could. “Did you have a nice bath?”

Emma nodded. “Uh huh. Emmett blew bubbles.” She grinned. That was one thing she did love about being here, as opposed to her former home. She wasn’t lacking in the love and attention department anymore. She thought about how Esme, Bella and Alice had all hovered over her when she’d started crying earlier. That would’ve never happened at home. She looked up at Jasper. He puzzled her. She just didn’t understand why he was suddenly avoiding her.

Jasper sighed silently to himself, and he paced with her slowly. “I’m sorry, Emma. I’m sure you must be really confused right now…”

“Did I make you mad at me…?” Emma asked now. She’d asked the question before. She hoped he wouldn’t leave again.

“No, darlin’, you didn’t.” He sat down with her in a chair. “What did Alice tell you?” He wondered if his mate had given her any explanation at all for his behavior.

“She said you weren’t used to children much…” Emma replied slowly. She had the distinct feeling there was a lot more to it than that. She was studying Jasper’s facial expressions, clocking in any change of mood or feeling. He didn’t flinch.

Well, that would make sense, except for the fact that Renesmee is here most of the time, and she is my niece But Em doesn’t know that. “Well, that’s partly true. I’ve never been a father, Emma.” He decided to expand on Alice’s explanation. It was the best one he could give her for now. “I’ve never even considered raising a family apart from Alice and myself.”

“You don’t want me…?” Emma started to get down. She’d leave if Jasper didn’t want her. She’d never wanted to irritate him or make him uncomfortable. Though, he did intrigue her. She wondered how she always managed to feel calmer around him.

Jasper quickly amended his statement. “No, I mean, I’ve changed my mind.” He pulled her close to him, being careful to monitor his strength. “I’ve never wanted anything as much as I’ve wanted to have you stay with us.” He relaxed a little, when she laid her head against his chest. “What do you think of staying with us forever?”

The question caught Emma off guard. She’d realized early on that the Cullen family had always intended on keeping her with them. Though she hadn’t gotten up the nerve to ask why, she always felt somehow what they were doing was wrong, and illegal. At the same time, Emma didn’t feel like she was in any immediate danger. She had the strongest notion if anything bad was going to happen, it would have already. She knew Emmett and Jasper in particular were very protective of her already. “I’d like that…” She said softly, hugging Jasper close. “I like you and Alice. And the others. Except Rosalie.” She made a face as an image of the blonde came into her head. “She’s not nice.”

Jasper laughed at that. “Yeah, well. That’s Rose. She’s my twin sister, and we haven’t quite gotten her guest trained yet.” He heard a loud bang against the wall. Emmett and Rosalie were listening in the next room over. Rosalie had overheard Jasper’s jab. His smile widened a bit. “I think she heard us.” He stood up, setting her on her feet. “Alice and I did something for you…” He took her by the hand led her to the room on the other side of them. He released her into the room, and watched quietly as she looked around. She was quiet for a long time, and he began to wonder if they’d done something wrong. “Do you like it?”

“It’s beautiful…” Emma breathed. “I like the dolls…” She picked one up, and blinked. She recognized it. “Hey, this is mine…” When had they gotten that from the hotel room without her knowledge?

“Yep!” Alice was in the doorway now. Jasper was holding her close, as they watched Emma move from one part of the room to the other, exploring everything. She smiled up at Jasper. “I take it the talk went okay?”

“More or less.” Jasper replied. His mood had definitely improved. He glanced up, hearing Edward and Emmett talking. “Baseball sounds good…” He then glanced at Alice. “But what about Emma…?”

“I had thoughts on that.” Esme said now. She was coming in from the kitchen. By now, the massive hallway contained almost the entire household. Bella, Renesmee and Carlisle were the only missing members. “If you guys could maybe lay her down for a nap, and come in the living room..it’s time for a family meeting.” Esme had talked to Carlisle about having Emma living there, and trying to keep things from her. Her position was that it wasn’t okay. Carlisle had agreed. After all, they were sure Emma had questions about her former mother. Alice had told them that she’d seen what looked to be a human attacking her mother. They couldn’t explain it away as an animal, even if they had intended to.

Jasper blinked, looking over at Alice. Esme couldn’t seriously be thinking about exposing them so soon? He glanced at Edward. His brother wore a similar expression of disapproval. But they would be no discussion of it. It was apparent Carlisle and Esme had already reached their decision. “Emma, come here, little one.”

Emma went straight to Jasper’s side without hesitation. She had the sense that something important was about to happen. Jasper looked a little worried. “Are we going to watch baseball?” She glanced at Emmett, wondering.

“Yep, but first, you need to take a nap.” Alice said. She picked her up, and laid her down in the freshly made bed. “I’m sorry your schedule is a little messed up right now. We’ll get it fixed right up.”

“We’ll be right in the living room if you need us, okay, Emma?” Jasper said quietly,as he began to give off feelings of relaxation in her general direction. He kept at it, slowly moving to the door. He saw her slowly close her eyes, even if it was reluctant. He closed her bedroom door silently. He followed Alice out to the living room. I don’t think we’re going to like what Carlisle and Esme are about to say. In fact, I can guess what it might be. I guess we’ll just have to try and understand their view point.

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Esme and Carlisle smiled warmly at Jasper and Alice. “We’ve come to a decision.” Carlisle began. He shifted slightly on the couch. “We think it would be best if we tell her the truth as soon as possible.” He studied their faces. Jasper was clearly aghast at the idea. Alice merely looked intrigued.

“But what about the rules?” Alice said after a minute or two of silence. “Telling her would sentence her to death.” Alice squeezed Jasper’s hand. She could feel her mate tense at the word death. It was the very thing they’d rescued her from in the first place.

“It is a possibility, yes.” Carlisle acknowledged Alice’s concern. “However, in the long run, it might be easier to help her adjust if she knew the truth.” He turned to Jasper. “You know she’s realized there’s something very different about us.”

“She has, but she hasn’t bothered to question it…” Jasper began, his voice low. “Alice and I figured it was better if it was left unsaid until she did ask…” Jasper wasn’t ready to give in to telling her. She was wary enough because of Rosalie. If for some reason the revelation of the truth went wrong, it could end badly for all of them. “Are you positive this is completely necessary?”

“No it’s not.” Rosalie said now. She had entered with Emmett. Bella and Edward were behind them with Renesmee. “It’s not a good idea at all.”

“Rose…” Esme said now. “In the long run, the longer we keep the secret…you know we always have the possibility of a visit from the Volturi. Suppose that happened out of the blue, and she had no clue what was going on? Don’t you think that would put her on even more edge?”

“But if we tell her, there certainly will be a visit.” Rosalie insisted. She was not sure they’d be able to talk the Volturi down again. They had been extremely lucky with Renesmee. They wouldn’t have such luck with a human child. Caius was not the most compassionate of their breed. “I’m not willing to let another human die for us.” Her eyes shifted to Bella. “Sorry, Bella…”

“This was my choice from the beginning.” Bella reminded her. She gave Rosalie what she hoped would be a comforting smile. Bella did have to agree with Rosalie, though. She didn’t feel the immediate desire to put an innocent child into danger. “Is there not another way?”

“We’ve tried to think of one, but there really is no other alternative.” Carlisle assured her. He turned to Edward. “What has she been thinking about all of us, anyway?” He was naturally curious. Emma really hadn’t talked much to any of them except Emmett, Jasper and Alice.

“Well. She is indifferent to you and Esme. She likes Jasper a lot, but she’s been puzzled by his avoidance until earlier, apparently.” Here, he paused, to give Jasper an approving smile. Jasper had found the strength to deal with the barrier he’d unintentionally created to keep Emma at bay. “She has a dislike for Rosalie, but if I’d been treated the way Rose treated her so far, I probably would too.” He glanced at Rosalie. The blonde was looking slightly ashamed. “There’s still time to fix it, Rose…” Edward told her. His voice was calm, and soothing. “She’ll listen to you, just like she listened to Jasper.” Edward was grateful that Emma was still young enough to be perceptive of others’ emotions. He amended his thought, though. Emma had the same type gifts as Jasper. Though she could only feel other people’s emotions. She couldn’t manipulate. “She sees Emmett as an older brother. Apparently, she had an older brother at one time, but he was killed two years ago. Emmett really reminds her of him, which is why she’s naturally drawn to him.” Edward smiled at Alice now. “And you. She doesn’t really know what to make of you yet. She likes you, she’s just amazed at the energy you’ve put into making her feel happy. She’s never had that before, unless she’s thrown a fit, apparently.”

“Daddy, what does she think of me and Mama?” Renesmee asked now. She could have very easily tried to find out herself, but Bella had insisted firmly that she didn’t do anything that might scare the little girl.

“Well, she thinks it’s neat that she has a playmate close to her age.” Edward said, smiling at his daughter. Then he looked up at Bella. “And she thinks you cut good fruit.” He chuckled at Bella’s expression. “She likes you.” Edward was glad to get all of the little girl’s immediate perceptions of them out of his head. “She also thinks I don’t want her here.” He turned to Rosalie. “I’ve been a bit skeptical of this too, but I think Jasper and Alice can handle it well enough.”

“She shouldn’t be here! We could put her in a foster home. That’d be the right thing to do! Having her here is bad for all of us!” Rosalie all but shouted passionately.

“Stop yelling, you’ll upset Renesmee.” Bella pleaded.

“You can’t just be happy for us, Rose?” Alice asked now. She was decidedly unhappy with her sister’s reaction. “We love Emma.”

“Exactly. You love her. That means you’re going to hurt even more when the Volturi hand down their death sentence. There are no other options but that. They’d never allow us to change her.”

“That’s enough, Rose.” Emmett said firmly. “Esme and Carlisle have already made their decision.” He took her into his arms, and tried to sooth her. “I don’t necessarily think it is the best decision myself, but if they think it is, we’ll have to trust their judgment.” He took her to their bedroom. He would try and calm her down further.

“The only question now is. How?” Jasper looked to his adopted parents. Did they have some special way they planned to tell the child? “Normally, we can’t tell anyone, so we’ve never told anyone. Bella guessed all on her own, you remember.” He had to give his sister-in-law credit. She had been determined that Edward was hiding something. She’d gone and done all the research she could.

“We haven’t gotten that far. That’s why we called this meeting.” Carlisle explained. “We’ll have to be delicate and precise at the same time.” Carlisle shook his head. “There might not be an easy way except to be straight forward.”

“But that might send her running.” Bella said suddenly. “I mean…she’s not me Her mother was killed by…”

“There is that…” Jasper muttered. His head snapped up. Emma was awake. Alice disappeared from his side in a split second. “Let’s just think about it for awhile. Maybe one of us will come up with a tactful way…” He turned, and followed Alice.