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After a rainy day in Forks, Edward, Emmet and Jasper go hunting. But their trip is disturbed when they find a dead body in the forest. The mystery behind her death is confusing and the mystery behind her life and everything it was a part of is overwhelming. But did the Cullens and Bella throw themselves into a mystery that will end in only more death? Who is this dead girl they found? And what will happen once they find out? ALTERNATE ENDING POSTED!!! Remember to REVIEW!


9. Burial

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Everyone just stared as Marin’s body laid limp against the tree. Her body was paler then usual, but there was a smile on her fading red lips that lingered there even in death. Her eye lids were lightly closed, which gave the appearance of her in a gentle sleep. Everyone knew different, but no one wanted to believe it. Sam walked over to her hesitantly and put two fingers on her neck for a pulse. The vampires knew the truth, though. With their ultra-sensitive hearing, they could hear a heart beat easily. But there was no heart beat, aside from the werewolves, in the small clearing. Sam looked at Marin in shock and disbelief. The werewolves knew their leader’s reactions and they hung their head in sadness. They only knew Marin for a very short period of time, but they grew close to her. She brought the werewolves and vampires together to fight a common enemy. They all knew that they would never hurt or attack each other again. A mutual agreement that was unspoken but was undoubtedly there existed between the two groups. An ancient rivalry was disappeared, but the person that acted as a catalyst went with it. Despite the celebration going on around them, all eleven creatures stood in a circle and mourned Marin and Jared who were lost in the battle. Tears only fell from the four that could cry, but the effect was still the same. The vampires behind them disbanded, leaving them all to pay their respects. After a while, it started to rain. The werewolves tore themselves away from Marin and picked up the body of Jared. After a respectful nod goodbye, they ran into the forest and disappeared from view. Carlisle sighed and leaned down to stroke the small body of Marin. He straitened up a few seconds later.

“What should we do with the body?” Carlisle asked gravely. The vampires looked to the ground and said nothing. After a few minutes of deep thought, Edward spoke up.

“She had no family. I read her thoughts before she…” Edward trailed off, not wanted to say the word. “We should have a short burial for her in the cemetery,” he said quietly. They all nodded and Emmett picked up Marin. He looked at her face sadly.

“She doesn’t look dead,” he said solemnly. No one had the energy to respond to his comment. They all started to run away from the sight, but Esme stayed behind.

“We’ll all miss you,” she whispered before she heard her name being called by her family. “Thank you,“ she said before turning around. But she gave one last fateful glance over her shoulder. There was a slight shadow in the middle of the meadow, but it was gone within the second. Esme shook her head and then ran from the clearing and everything it symbolized. Before she was out of range, she swore that she heard a small voice saying ‘No... Thank you.’

The sun wasn’t shining, the sky was cloudy and a slight drizzle sprinkled tiny droplets of water over the two fresh dug graves. Figures wrapped in all black stood by and stared at the mounds of earth that covered their friends. Jared’s tombstone had his full name, birth and death dates on it and a wolf was engraved at the bottom. Marin’s though only had her first name. The Cullens didn’t know her last name, and never found out where her home town was. Edward wanted her buried with her family, but they had no idea where her family was. Defeated, they settled on burying her in a small cemetery in Forks. It wasn’t their most favorite option, but it would do.

Flowers were laid on top of the graves. Edward wrapped his arms around Bella and kissed the top of her head when she started to cry. When Jacob came back to Emily’s house where Bella was staying, she expected Marin to come bouncing in after Jacob. She never thought that if someone did die, that it would be Marin. A girl devoting her whole life to fight the vampires, then dying that their hands?

“This isn’t the way it’s supposed to be,” Bella said though her tears.

“And how is it supposed to be?” Edward asked, trying to sooth his fiancée.

“We all were supposed to live through it all and live happily ever after,” Bella whispered, realizing how childish her words were. Edward sighed and patted her shoulder.

“There’s no room for happily ever after in the world,” Edward said gravely. Bella closed her eyes and rested her head on Edwards’s shoulder.

“Even for us?” Bella asked, opening her eyes to look at Edward. He stiffened and wondered how he should respond.

“I don’t know,” he said honestly. Bella sighed and plucked a wild flower from out of the ground. Edward looked around and saw that practically everyone else had left or was waiting for them both in their cars. “We should go now,” Edward said unwillingly. Bella nodded and then stood up strait.

“You go ahead, I’ll catch up in a few seconds, okay?” Bella asked slowly. Edward looked unsure. “There’s no evil vampire after me now,” Bella said with a dry chuckle. Edward gave in and walked over to his car, which was parked in sight. When he was gone, Bella walked closer to Marin’s grave. She shook her head. “You never stopped fighting, did you?” a few tears escaped her eyes. “You stopped the feud between my husband and my best friend.” Bella tried to wipe the tears away. “Thank you, Marin,” Bella whispered. She fumbled with the wild flower and then placed it lightly on Marin’s grave. “I hope you found your family, Marin. They’ll be proud.” Bella stood up and then looked over at Jared’s grave. “Thank you, too, Jared,” she added in before she smoothed out her skirt. She looked at the forest not so far away from her and stared into it’s depths. There were tanned figures standing on the forest’s edge. Bella squinted and then blinked. When she opened her eyes again, the figures were gone. “I could of sworn I saw-” Bella said to herself before cutting herself off. She shook her head. “Great, now I’m seeing things,” she said before turning around and walking over to Edward’s Volvo. She got in and then buckled her seat belt.

“Are you okay?” Edward asked nervously. Bella nodded and then wiped a tear from her right eye. Edward sighed, backed up and drove out of the parking lot. Bella looked out the window. The sun showed it’s self from behind the clouds and the sunlight reflected off the rain droplets creating a sea of sparkles expanding across the whole cemetery.

“How can something so sad be so beautiful?” Bella wondered. Edward placed his hand on her shoulder.

“Everything’s beautiful in it’s own way, Bella. You just have to look deeper then the surface sometimes,” he said slowly. Bella nodded and then placed her head in Edward’s shoulder.

“So when are we going to tell Charlie?” Bella asked, referring to their engagement. Edward smiled and he glanced over at Bella.

“How about tonight?” he suggested. Bella nodded.

“Might as well get it over with,” Bella nodded. Edward laughed.

“It’s not going to be as bad as you think,” Edward said calmly. Bella shifted in her seat so she could face Edward.

“And how do you know?” she asked, raising an eyebrow. Edward leaned back in his seat, his eyes sparkling.

“Oh, I have my ways.”

A few miles in the air, a small sparrow wandered too high up. From it’s place in the sky, it saw a silver car wind it’s way around the twisted landscape. He didn’t linger on it too long though. He turned a sharp left, out maneuvering a hawk that tried and failed at getting a fast meal.