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The New Kids

Summary:
The Cullens start high school for the first time since Bella has been changed and Renesmee has been born. Will Nessie learn to love Jacob the way he wants her to? Or will she meet someone at school and repeat the history that brought her Mom and Dad together? The sequel to this story - Nothing But Time- should be up ASAP! Keep a look out for it!


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19. Chapter 19

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I slumped down onto the grass and just laid there, feeling the cold grass on my cheek. The sun was beginning to set when I heard a car screech into the garage. A second later my mother was on the ground next to me, seeing the sparkle of her skin made me cringe.

"Renesmee, honey, are you alright? Alice called us." There was an edge of panic in her voice. Jacob ran up behind her and sank down onto the grass beside my head and started stroking my hair without saying a word.

Several hundred feet away my father burst through the trees at full speed, Aunt Alice and Uncle Jasper weren't far behind. Jasper immediately started sending waves of calm in my direction, as if he expected me to be hysterical. But I was already calm, getting worked up and overly emotional wasn't going to fix this. I was surprised at how quickly I became resigned to the fact that I'd ruined everything.

My father stopped, turned to Jacob and growled fiercely. "This is nothing like that, and if you don't stop thinking about it I will make you, dog." I hadn't heard my father talk to Jake like that since I was a baby. He must have really struck a nerve, I wondered what this situation could possibly reminded him of...

"I tried to call you and warn you, I swear Nessie, I did all I could. I'm so sorry," Aunt Alice told me apologetically.

"It's okay." I started sitting up and five pairs of hands all reached out to try and support me. Grabbing my mothers, I pulled myself to her. "Can I please just go to bed?"

"Of course, baby," she said as she picked me up and cradled me in her arms. I would normally object vehemently to being carried, but I didn't have it in me today. It was actually strangely comforting.

"Do you want me to come sit with you?" asked Jake.

"Thanks, but I'd rather be alone."

My mom carried me inside and up the stairs, tucking me into my bed like I was a toddler. After she left I tried to clear my head, to think about things objectively. At least Owen would be safer, this was probably best for him. As much as I tried to tell myself that, I couldn't get rid of the nagging feeling that it wasn't right. I was good for Owen, and he for me. I took three deep breaths and closed my eyes, they stung from all the tears. The rest of the family arrived home and I listened as my father explained the situation to them.

"Oh no! Not again," Aunt Rose moaned.

"What do you think we should do, Carlisle?" my mother asked.

"That is up to you and Edward. You are her parents, and we will all support whatever you decide to do."

"Just tell him and turn him!" Uncle Emmett exclaimed.

"Don't be ridiculous, Emmett," Grandma Esme said.

What my father said next absolutely floored me. I'm sure they could all hear my heart stop at his words, although they were probably so shocked themselves that they might not have noticed. "I think Emmett is right, about the telling him part anyway. Turning him is completely between he and Nessie."

"You can't be serious," Uncle Jasper said with disbelief.

"As it stands he knows enough to get himself, and us, into trouble. I don't think telling him the truth will make things worse than they already are. And I can't bear to see Nessie this way, it will affect her deeply to lose him."

He was right, it would affect me deeply. Is that the only reason my father was advocating for the truth? I figured that he would be thrilled with this development.

The idea of telling Owen the truth sent chills down my spine. What person, other than my batty mother, would willingly sign up to date a vampire? How do you even bring something like that up? 'Oh, about the glowing thing...its because I'm half vampire. And my brother is actually my dad and you were right! He can read your mind!' I almost laughed out loud at the idea of saying that, it was all so ridiculous. Instead of laughing, I began crying, because however crazy it sounded, it was true.

I heard my parents get up and make their way upstairs. There was a soft knock at my door and then my mother spoke, “Nessie, baby, you're dad and I would like to talk to you. Can we come in?”

I sat up and wiped the tears from my eyes, trying to compose myself. “Yes,” my voice cracked. They walked in holding hands and sat together at the end of my bed.

"I'm hardly thrilled about this, Nessie," my dad started. "I know it must seem as if I don't like Owen, but that isn't the case. Overall I think he's very good for you. But do you know what the murder rate would be around the world if every father could hear the thoughts of their daughters boyfriends? It isn't anything personal against him."

He had a point. I guess he was behaving as well as could be expected. It hardly mattered now though, there was no more boyfriend. "Daddy, do you really think I should tell him?"

"It is up to you, but yes, I think you should."

"But the Volturi..."

He looked thoughtful for a second, and then spoke sadly. "Unfortunately, he's seen enough and been around us so often that the Volturi would likely go after him regardless. Alice doesn't see them coming anytime soon, but they will want to see you eventually. It might be best for us to go to them first, I don't think they'd send someone halfway around the world because of a human boy. If they came to visit us however..."

I shuddered at the thought of confronting the Volturi again, and at the idea of putting Owen in so much danger. My mind was warring with itself, the lines between right and wrong had never been so blurred before. I knew what I wanted. Owen. But what about him? Would he even want to be a part of our secret?

I knew what I would do. I would tell him, and if he wanted nothing to do with it, we'd leave. My family wouldn't be happy, they liked it here, as did I, but they would do it for me. My stomach began to churn uncomfortably, the possibility that he might reject me was heartbreaking.

My father smiled a crooked smile, "I've been there, Nessie. I know how you feel, trust me. Just go get it over with."

Now! He wanted me to go do this now? I wasn't ready, I thought I'd have a few days to pull myself together, figure out what I was going to say.

"It'll be okay, Renesmee. Don't worry about what to say, just tell him the truth. You can do this."

I can do this, I can do this. Three deep breaths. I can do this. My parents gave me a reassuring smile and left to let me get dressed. I pulled on jeans and a blue turtle necked sweater, trying to cover as much of my offending skin as possible even though it was already dark out. I didn't bother with makeup, no amount would cover the fact my face was puffy from crying.

"I'm going!" I called toward the living room on my way out the door.

"We'll see you and Owen in a bit!" Aunt Alice called back.

My heart lept at her words. Owen was coming back here with me! At least I knew he wouldn't run away screaming, not tonight anyway. I ran out the door and and turned down the driveway, picking up speed. It only took me a couple of minutes to get to Owen's house, and before I knew it I was knocking on the front door.

Karen answered, a wide smile on her face when she saw it was me. "Nessie! We weren't expecting you tonight, Owen told us you'd gone hiking. How did you get here?" She looked around the driveway for whoever had brought me.

"Um, Jake dropped me off on his way to Wren's," I lied.

"Okay, well Owen is in his room, go on up."

I walked up the stairs slowly and knocked softly on his door, trying to keep my emotions in check. Just breath, I told myself over and over again.

"What?" he grumbled.

I pushed the door open and saw him laying face down on his bed. It was like a weight being lifted off of my shoulders just to see him again. "Can I come in?"

His body tensed and he raised his head to look at me, his eyes were piercing, bright green, and very confused. "What are you doing here?"

"I'm doing what you asked. I'm going to tell you the truth, if you still want to hear it."

He sat up and leaned back against his headboard. "Of course I do, I just didn't expect you tonight."

"I didn't expect to come over tonight either, but my parents thought it would be a good idea to get this out in the open as soon as possible. Can I sit?" I motioned toward the bed.

He nodded and folded up his legs, making room for me. "Your parents? You mean Carlisle and Esme."

"No, I mean my parents, Bella and Edward."

He smiled and rolled his eyes, "Very funny, Ness. But be serious."

"Do I look like I'm joking?"

"Well...No."

"I swear, Owen, nothing I say tonight is a joke. I will only tell you the truth."

His forehead crinkled as he decided if he was going to believe me. Instead of waiting for him to reply I just starting spilling everything. I wanted to get it all out before he could interrupt me.

"Bella and Edward are my parents, they met in high school. She was human, he was...not. They got married right out of school and didn't know that they would be able to have children, and then I came along. My mother almost died giving birth, and to save her my father had to turn her into what he is. So I'm only half human, and the rest of my family isn't human at all. But we're no threat to you, not really."

I knew that I'd only opened the door for more questions and had not really answered anything. But I hoped that he'd just pull a Grandpa Charlie and tell me that he didn't want to know anymore, and we could go on pretending like nothing happened.

"If you're only half human, what's your other half?" he asked calmly. So much for hoping.

I looked down at my hands twisted in my lap and whispered so low that I wasn't sure if he'd be able to hear me, "Vampire." The tears began stinging my eyes as soon as the word left my mouth, telling the secret was harder than I thought it would be. I felt like I was revealing too much of myself, like I was standing naked in the middle of the school cafeteria.

I heard him snort in disbelief. I looked up at the skeptical expression on his face, it washed away immediately when he saw the tears on my cheek.

"You're serious? Oh my God, you aren't kidding. But...but, things like vampires aren't real! Nessie, this really isn't funny. Cut it out and tell me the truth."

"I am," I told him softly, looking back down at my hands.

"I don't believe you."

"Let's go for a walk and I'll prove it," I wouldn't want his parents or sister to burst in while I was showing off my unnatural abilities, or come running when they heard his screams. It was definitely best to take this outside. I got up and headed for the door and he followed. Good, at least he wasn't so terrified that he wouldn't be alone with me. He didn't really believe me though, so the terror was yet to come.

"What, are you going to drag me out to the woods and drink my blood?" he said sarcastically.

"That's really not funny," I snapped at him. We didn't pass any of his family as we slipped downstairs and out the back door. One of his many dogs bounded up to him and turned on its tail and ran the other direction as soon as he spotted me. Owen laughed and shook his head.

"I swear, I've never seen anyone who repelled animals like you do."

I raised an eyebrow, and looked at him pointedly, "I wonder why that is."

"Oh, right. Scary vampire, of course the animals don't like you."

"I'm getting a little sick of your sarcasm. There's no point in me telling you the truth if you aren't going to believe me. You saw me in the sun today, you tell me, did that look human to you?"

That shut him up quickly and we plodded along in silence until we were a few hundred yards into the forest behind his house. I stopped and turned toward him, slowly lifting my hand to his face. What should I show him? Nothing that would scare him too much. I let my palm rest against his cheek and thought of a baseball game with my family from last spring.

Owen took a sharp breath and let a string of expletives fly that would have made Uncle Emmett blush. Good thing that I'd taken him out of hearing range from his parents! I was so shocked that my hand dropped and I took a step back.

"I'm sorry," he stammered, "but hell, Nessie, a little warning might have been nice. What was that?!"

"Well, some of us have special abilities. That's mine. I was trying to show you a memory of my family playing baseball, before I was so rudely interrupted. Would you like me to try again?"

"Uhh...sure."

I put my hand back onto his face and let the scene play out in my head, his eyes got wider and wider every time Aunt Alice threw the ball and it was hit into the surrounding forest. When I pulled my hand away again he just stood there and stared. I put my hand back up and began to think of all my favorite moments with him. The first day we talked in class, him meeting my family, laying in the garden, on the couch at Wren's, the first time he kissed me, dancing at the benefit, kissing in the front seat of his car.

"It's like watching a movie about us," he sighed.

"Do you believe me now?"

He furrowed his brow and thought for a moment, and then nodded slowly. "I don't want to, and the rational part of my brain is telling me this is crazy...but I guess I do. I have about a million questions."

"Does this mean...do you think we'll be okay?" I couldn't help the hope from welling up inside me, was it really going to be this easy to make everything right?

"Yeah, Ness. I love you, all of you, even the crazy parts."