Life for the Cullens has never been more complicated. With a strange kill reported the day of Jacob and Nessie's wedding, something strange is definetly happening in Forks. The question is, what? And what is it to do with Alice?
3. Stranger in the woods
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I stood beside my daughter. She smiled but I could feel her nerves, even without Jasper’s extra ability.
“It will be fine! Everyone feels like this before they get married. Just enjoy yourself. Okay?” She nodded.
“I’ve got to go downstairs, but your dad will be here soon. Will you be okay until then?” She nodded again. I kissed her forehead and smiled.
“Relax. Everything will be fine,” I told her. I headed out and took my place amongst the throng of vampires. The werewolves, Billy and sue were on the other side of the field. Alice and I had managed to set up (which in Alice’s opinion included stringing the trees with lights even though most of our guests could see in the dark) and everything was ready. Finally, it was time to begin. There was no music, just bird song and running water. Jacob was standing beneath the boughs of two trees tied together to form and arch. I heard his gasp as Renesmee came into view. Edward led her out and I tore my eyes away from his to the eyes of our daughter. So young, so beautiful. They reached the end of the short path and Edward handed her hand to Jacob. Then he came and joined me. The minister was an old vampire friend of Carlisle and as I listened to his voice, I smiled. My life was made of happiness.
The ceremony had ended. Some of the werewolves had left after the reception-something about wanting to be away from the smell-but a few remained. The rain had fallen but it didn’t dampen the mood. Renesmee was laughing, Alice was singing, and I was held close to Edward. Perfect.
A scream cut through the night. Every head in the room snapped towards the sound.
“Carlisle, what should we do?” asked Jasper.
“I think we should find out what it was” Our family rose and headed into the rain. We reached the location of the scream. A small, pale body was lying in the mud. It was clear from the vacant expression and pale face that they were dead. There was another scent around. Not quiet human, but not animal either. Something that bordered the two. We followed the scent and heard a high-pitched wail. Sprawled on the grass was a young girl. Her brown hair was matted, coated in mud. She had brown eyes, which looked around fearfully. She was crying as she lay there. Carlisle looked at Jasper and he sent a wave of calm at her. She sat up. Her eyes looked like they were pleading with us not to hurt her. Edward stiffened and growled slightly but we ignored him.
“Are you alright?” Carlisle asked. Tears streamed from her eyes but she nodded.
“What happened to you?”
“I don’t know. It was dark, and there was pain. I couldn’t think, I couldn’t move. Then I was here” she started to cry again and Jasper sent another shot of calm into her system. Carlisle stooped and picked her up.
“Where are we going?” she asked.
“Somewhere safe” he promised.
“Who are you?” was her next question.
“We’re help” In those two words he had her trust. Her eyes were fearful still but her expression was one of grim determination. She realized she was safe. She knew we wouldn’t hurt her. But I don’t think any of us realized how much she was going to hurt us.
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