It's the summer after New Moon and everything is finally back to normal for Bella and the Cullens (as normal as it can get that is). Atleast it was until one day Bella collapses and then wakes up seeing aura's. Will an old family member of her's be able to sort all this out? And just how many secrets does the Swan family have?
All right so lets pretend that that instead of Bella turning down Edwards proposal (would you have? Didnt think so) she agreed. Don't worry you'll find out why later on. Bella and Edward have been spending the first few weeks of summer together to rebuild their relationship as well. I'm not real sure how long this will be but I all ready have a few more chapters done. Without further ado read on!
13. Chapter 13
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“I’m going to miss you so much, can’t you stay longer?” Bella pleaded, clutching Enid’s forearms and looking at her with her wide doe eyes, ah, she’s been getting lessons from Alice I see. Enid chuckled and smiled fondly at her, her thoughts a warm rush of maternal love and affection for the girl in front of her. She clutched her just as tight and told her
“I’m afraid not dear, but don’t worry, if you need me I’ll come. Oh my, I’m going to miss you so much it just may tear me to pieces!” she hugged her close and I smiled at the interaction (even if Enid was over-dramatic at times; such as throwing herself at Bella when she got here.) from my brief distance from them. We were in front of Bella’s house and Enid was here, and that was it. She didn’t have any luggage or car, nothing. Both Bella and I chose not to ask, figuring with Enid, something’s were better left unknown.
“But, I have much faith in you Bella, keep practicing, look to the journal and don’t be too sad, I’ll see you again at the wedding if not sooner.” She smiled and gently came out of Bella’s arms and turned to me, grinning. I was slightly apprehensive due to the fact that, well, this was Enid and Enid was….different, in a word. Suddenly she launched herself at me in a tight hug. I stuttered slightly but then returned it and she pulled back to look at me more easily.
“Now, you’ll take good care of her, yes?” she asked with a shrewd look to her. I grinned and nodded “Of course, I must say, there will be an absence without you here, visit soon? Carlisle was very interested in some of your stories you know.” She giggled and nodded
“Yes, yes, your father is quite the charmer though I think Esme might be a bit rough towards me now, I’m afraid he’s too handsome for his own good.” She laughed walking back so she was in front of us.
“Thanks Gram, that wasn’t awkward.” Bella muttered sarcastically. Enid just hushed her and with a final goodbye to me and a tight hug to Bella she waved and started to walk, or was it skipping? Down the sidewalk, and soon she was gone. I heard Bella sigh next to me and looked to her, putting my arm around her I asked
“You really are going to miss her a-lot aren’t you?” She nodded and smiled at the point where Enid used to be
“Yes I am, I was a little freaked at first having a grandmother who looked no older than me, but…I grew quite attached to her I guess. I never showed you the necklace she gave me did I?” I shook my head and gently pulled a silver chain from around her neck and a small pendant came out from under her shirt.
“It’s my family crest, kind of like yours you know? It’s the tree of life, just like the tree embossed on my journal.” I took the small silver oval in my fingers and twisted it this way and that, looking at how it glistened. An idea came to my mind and I stored it away for later. I smiled and let it drop back to her chest.
“It’s lovely, you wear it beautifully.” She blushed and I chuckled as she ducked her head into my chest. I ran my hands through her hair absently just enjoying being with her. I heard a gasp and groaned recognizing it, Bella turned her head and I heard her slightly whine of annoyance. She cleared her throat and nodded to the tall girl on the other side of the road
“Hello Lauren, how are you?” The insipid girl just gawked there but snapped back, and a slight sneer came to her face. With her nasal voice she greeted us
“Hello Edward… Bella” she added on half-heartedly.
“So…how are you guys?” she asked, her eyes trained on the ring on my Bella’s finger, which was consequently on the hand resting on my forearm.
“Oh good, good, you?” Bella asked her voice catching slightly with nervousness. Lauren nodded, and slowly made her way over to us, standing in front of us.
“Oh, same old, same old; sad that the summer is ending but glad it’s the last year of school; so can I ask, without prying of course, what is that on your finger?” she pointed to the ring with accusation in her eyes. Bella looked to the ring, and then her eyes flickered to mine, and then back to Lauren. She blushed and twisted around in my arms, having her back to me. She said quietly
“That’s, that’s my engagement ring Lauren.” I actually feared that the girl might topple over from shock. She gaped at us, her thoughts a jumbled mess
This can NOT be happening. No, no, no, Edward can’t marry her; he can’t .He is too good for her, ugh, I ‘de rather Mike be right in sophomore year and go with him being gay. Oooh, wait, what if they had to get married? Oh my, Bella is the slut I always knew she was.
I refrained from attacking the child and smiled to her cordially, deciding to let her vulgar thoughts go and pulled Bella closer, wrapping my arms around her from behind, resting my chin on her delicate shoulder.
“Yes, I’m afraid I can’t wait to have this little angel all to myself any longer, I just want her all to myself. All of her, I’m really quite impatient.” I smirked and her eyes widened. Bella grinned and nodded; gaining some confidence I suppose and rested her hands on my arms.
“Yup, and you know me, I can’t wait for anything.” she chuckled at Laurens shocked expression before finishing the conversion
“Well, I’m afraid we have to go in now we have lots of…practicing to do.” She smiled “But be sure to remember you’re invited to the wedding next summer! And Tyler” she smiled, unwinding my arms and taking my hand leading me inside. I laughed looking back at Lauren as she stood stock-still
Was the extent of her thoughts. Bella shut the door and leaned against it, slumping down to the ground. I sat down next to her looked at her worriedly.
“What’s the matter?” I asked. She shook her head and groaned an aggravated expression on her face as she rested her head in her hands.
“Do you know what she’s going to do now? She’s going to go tell Jessica, whom though I like, wouldn’t exactly trust with private details. Then Jessica will tell her mother and it’s all downhill from there.” came her muffled voice. I put my arm around her shoulder, understanding
“So you’re just worried about being the center of the latest gossip?” she nodded into my shoulder.
“Well, it’s not like that’s anything new Bella.” She looked up rolling her eyes and sighed “Yes I know, but…all right tell me, did she think I was pregnant? She did, didn’t she?” I hesitated in answering before trying to avoid it all together
“It really doesn’t matter what she thinks Bella.” She nodded her head
“See, that means yes.” I let out a breath, running my hands through my hair, upset at how much this annoyed her.
“What’s the matter?” she asked concerned, forgetting her previous annoyance. I shook my head smiling, a mask of contentment
“Nothing, that was quite entertaining back there you know.” She nodded slowly but didn’t let it go
“Yes, thanks, but really what is bothering you?” I sighed; standing up I walked away from the door, wondering if vampires could get migraines. I heard her stand up and her soft footsteps until she stood behind me, her warmth enveloping me.
“I – I’m sorry, if it …if it seemed like I was…whining or something, I’m fine really, no one really listens to Lauren anyway, I mean obviously people will see when we go to school that I’m not… I cut off her rambling, turning around I interrupted her
“No…no I was upset because, because I wish that maybe you were.” I looked to her, seeing her wide-eyed and stuttering
“Uh, I um, well why would- would you….what?” she finished bewildered. I chuckled and pulled her close
“Let me rephrase, I wish there was some way she could be right. I’m so happy that I’m not taking away your soul” she scoffed but I went on “but I hate that I can’t give you that, a child. I can buy you anything you wish, take you anywhere in the world, do anything with you, but I can’t give you a little boy or girl.” I admitted, looking down, being extremely embarrassed for the first time in my years. She put her arms around me and whispered
“Oh, Edward, I – that’s so sweet of you and thoughtful but…I don’t need motherhood. The only baby I would want is yours, and if I can’t have it, then I don’t need, or want to be a mom. Ok?” she finished gently. I looked up and scrutinized her. She couldn’t be serious, I look at Esme and Rosalie, even Alice has thoughts occasionally wondering what she and Jaspers baby would look like, and couldn’t fathom, nor accept the fact that Bella had no…maternal-need in her. She laughed quietly and said
“You don’t believe me do you?” I shook my head and she sighed “All right, um…I don’t know how to explain it. Ok let’s see, I would love to mother your child. If we were both human then yes I would want to have a child with you, but, I know that I can’t and I am fine with that. And I certainly don’t want another man’s baby. So in conclusion, I don’t want to be a mom. Do you understand?” I rolled my eyes
“No, but then again many things you do confuse me.” She grinned “At least I’m entertaining.” I nodded rolling my eyes and pulled her in tight in my embrace
“Yes, yes that you are Bella” I laughed. She pulled back and lead, me to the couch, sitting down she sighed looking at me expectantly
“So…what do you want to do today?” a stray lock of auburn hair fell out and around her face, I pushed it back
“Well, considering I don’t want you anywhere without one of us with you, we could just stay here. Do whatever you like.” I offered. She nodded leaning against me
“Sounds great to me” after she finished a streak of black raced in front of us and leaped up onto her lap. She giggled and stroked the cats hair as it slowly relaxed into her, but it snapped to attention when it sensed me, I grinned. She didn’t feel so hospitable, seeing as she hissed at me. Bella looked from the cat to me, and laughed
“I get the feeling she doesn’t like you. Carie! That was rude….” She trailed off, ruining the effect by practically crooning it.
“What, what did she … think?” Bella avoided my gaze and just giggled. I grinned, pulling her closer, my fingers tracing the bottom of her rib cage; she stopped laughing and looked at me warningly
“Edward don’t you dare” I smiled and asked again
“Then tell me what she said” she shook her head smiling. I sighed “all right then” I attacked her, she started laughing hysterically
“Edward, gasp, stop it! Seriously…fine, FINE! She said you were a barbaric animal who only goes on instinct, now stop it!” she gasped, laughing loudly. I let her go and glared at the cat, damn thing got more attention than I did. Bella snorted but quickly tried to cover it and gave me a fake sympathetic look
“Aw, Edward, do you feel left out? Do you want me to pet you on the head just like Caridwen?” she proceeded to do just that. I nodded smirking annoyed,
“I get it Bella. Seriously, that’s enough. Bella, stop it!” she burst out laughing as she continued, I took matters into my own hands and pushed her thoroughly down onto the couch, I was laying on top of her. She grinned up at me
“Feel better?” I chuckled and nodded
“Considering our current position, much”
“You are getting younger and younger the stronger I get, let me get this straight, all I had to do to turn you on was becoming a witch, that is so not fair” she laughed. I grinned and proceeded to attack her yet again.
I watched her as her soft breath made her chest rise and fall, slipping into the familiar daze that being with her brought. She had fallen asleep during the movie we were watching. Romeo and Juliet. Again. She started to stir and looked up blearily at me
“What time is it?” she asked starting to sit up from lying on top of me.
“Around six, your father should be home soon.” She nodded standing up
“Well, I guess you have to go now…” she started but trailed off heading to the kitchen and looking out her window. I came up behind her and asked
“What’s the matter?” she shook her head, waving her hand for me to be quiet. She fidgeted, her obvious worry making the curtains flutter nervously and the air to chill slightly, she looked to me
“I don’t know, I just don’t feel …. I don’t know it’s probably nothing, I just feel … on edge, you know?” she didn’t wait for an answer before she quietly looked out the kitchen curtains again, when she turned to me she forced a smile on her face and kissed me lightly on the lips before pushing me towards the door
“It was nothing really, I’m just tired. I’ll see you later tonight all right? I love you.” I shook my head, something was obviously wrong; I was about to tell her I would stay if need be but stopped abruptly. I could smell something, or someone. I could smell another vampire. I turned quickly and looked out the window on the door and saw a dark figure in her woods. I turned back to Bella,
“Bella, I need you to do something for me. Go up to your room and stay there. Do you understand? Don’t come down, not until I call for you.” She looked quickly out the window and got the idea of what was going on and nodded
“Fine, but what are you going to do? You’re not going to fight. Are you?”
“No, but still go upstairs.” She sighed and turned to head upstairs. I waited till I heard the click of her door shutting and the snap of her lock. It’s not like it would help against one of us but I still felt better with her doing it. I took a deep breath; my fingers ran through my hair and finally walked out the door.
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