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Awakening Dusk

Summary:
Bella and Edward's story after Eclipse. A new chapter in their relationship, Bella's change, a new treaty with the wolves. A conflict in the Volturi coven will make them choose a side. Canon. Not OOC "Bella" he called.I turned to glare at him. "What do you want Edward?He was in front of me in a flash. His eyes were on fire, they smoldered. One of his hands pressed on the small of my back and the other tangled in my hair. "You". His voice was low and husky. "All of you. Every part. Right now".Create your own banner at mybannermaker.com!BellaandEdward4-1-1-1-1.jpg picture by bedazzledangel


Notes:
This is my first story. It's sort of how I expected Breaking Dawn to be. I hope you enjoy it.


12. Memories

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Chapter 12

Memories


"In our endeavor to recall to memory something long forgotten, we often find ourselves upon the very verge of remembrance, without being able in the end to remember."


Edgar Allan Poe -Ligeia-


"Oh, what's the big deal?" Emmett said annoyed "so you almost killed a human. Almost, being the key word here. You're a newborn; you're supposed to be wild with thirst. If you ask me, I think you're too tame to be a vampire; maybe Edward messed up your change"

"Don't be ridiculous Emmett" Edward snapped at him.

"Well, just look at her" Emmett waved a hand around signaling to me, like a game show host displaying a prize on TV. "When I was changed..." he trailed off, lost in thought.

"Well" he continued, "I remember this one time, about fifty years ago. I was walking up a cart path; on an errand for Rose, and there was this middle aged woman taking down dried sheets from a line strung between two apple trees"

"Emmett!" Edward interrupted him "I really doubt Bella wants to hear about that right now" he said, livid by his brother's attempt to distract me.

Emmett laughed "OK, all I'm saying is that Bella has to learn to get over things; eternity is a long time to wallow in guilt"

Edward looked like he was about to say something, but Carlisle interrupted before he could speak.

"Let's settle down" he said, "We have more important matters to discus. Bella must have many questions for us right now, and we should do our best to answer them"

We were sitting on the white sofas in the living room, each of us huddled together in pairs, I looked around at my family, all of them had their eyes on me; waiting for me to begin. There were so many questions, but one stood above the rest.

"Charlie" I began, looking directly at Carlisle "What does he think happened? How is he? Does he think I'm dead?"

"How about we answer one at a time?" He gave me a knowing smile "First of all I should assure you that for the most part, Charlie is fine"

For the most part? I felt the prickly feeling in my eyes again

He sensed my distresses "When I say for the most part, I mean he's in excellent health; but very worried about you"

He's worried; I pondered. "So he knows something happened to me?"

"Yes, well, since your change happened at an unforeseen moment; seeing as you and Edward had decided to wait for at least a year. I thought it best to wait until you had awakened from your transformation; so you could tell us how you want to proceed"

"What do you mean?" I was very confused by his words. How was I going to proceed? It's not as if I had many choices. I couldn't be around Charlie while I was a half crazed vampire; I would kill him. Moreover, he couldn't know about my change, that would definitely kill him, if not of a heart attack, the Volturi would surely take care of that. A shiver ran down my spine at the thought. One way or another, Charlie would be hurt.

Jasper must've felt my worry because I saw him exchange a look with Edward.

"Calm down love, he thinks you're in a hospital right now, under intensive care," Edward said rubbing little soothing circles on the back of my hand.

"He knows about the accident?" I couldn't believe what I was hearing. Charlie thought I was laying on some hospital bed, clinging to life.

"Yes" Carlisle continued, "He saw the car. And we told him you had been airlifted to a clinic in Minnesota, which specializes in the kind of injuries you sustained"

"But then, if he thinks I'm in Minnesota; won't he try to go there to see me?" I didn't think Charlie was the type to just sit down and wait while his daughter fought for her life on a hospital.

"He did want to go see you immediately after Carlisle told him what happened, but we were able to convince him otherwise. Carlisle told him that even if he flew to Minnesota; you were in such a delicate condition that he would not be permitted to see you. Because the risk of infection was too great," Edward explained.

"And what about Renee? She's not as patient as Charlie" I thought about my impulsive mother, she would not be so easily persuaded to stay away.

"Renee was a little more difficult to convince, but when we told her that Carlisle was personally involved in your treatment, that seemed to appease her to some measure." Edward said smiling at his father.

"What about if they call the hospital and find that there is no Isabella Cullen registered as a patient there? Won't that make them suspicious?" I asked hesitantly, because knowing them, they had probably come up with a way to explain that too.

"Bella, I'm insulted that you even consider that we would not have thought about that before" Alice interjected, making a face in mock horror.

"It's all taken care off. We gave them a number in Minnesota and had the calls redirected here." Jasper said looking with admiration at his petite wife.

"When you live as long as we have, Bella; you learn how to hide your tracks." Emmett added.

"Alice is quite handy in those matters." Edward said giving his tiny sister a smile.

Of course, these vampires were nothing if not thorough.

"So what do we do now? We just tell them I died?" I cringed at the thought of having to lie in a coffin while my parents cried over their dead daughter. I couldn't do that to them. Even if I'd be able to control my thirst and keep from attacking them, I still wouldn't be capable to just lie there and let them suffer.

"Well, that is up to you" Carlisle answered "If that is what you want, but you must know there are other options"

"What else could we do? I can't be near them right now. I wouldn't be able to control my thirst. You saw what happened today, I could kill my own family. And even if I was able to contain myself, I don't exactly look the same, they would notice I'm different" I said, again confused by his words.

"We've thought of something," Edward said trying to explain, "Since your injuries were so extensive, you would need a long time to recover, so that would give you time to discipline your thirst. And when you do learn to control those urges and want to see them again, the changes in your appearance could be easily explained as a result of the reconstructive surgeries you had to undergo"

Wow, I couldn't speak. They really had thought of everything. I just stared at them in awe. I wondered if I would ever be so ingenious given a century or two to practice.

"Clever, don't you think?" Edward said smiling at me with a witty look in his eyes.

"You thought of this?" I asked him perplexed

"Well, I can't take all the credit, Carlisle came up with the idea of the plastic surgery as an explanation to your physical changes" he said, looking proudly at his father.

"Well, you seemed to have covered all the bases" I said elated that thanks to them I would be able to keep my parents in my life, even if it would be for just a short amount of time. Eventually, the fact that none of us were aging would become too obvious to hide. "Is there anything else I should know about?" I asked, looking directly at my husband.

I saw Carlisle and Edward exchange a worried glance and I tensed.

"What?" I directed my question to Carlisle but it was Edward the one to answer.

"There's no need for you to worry; but the werewolves did have some things to say about your change taking place in their territory"

The wolves. Jacob! "What happened?" I asked freezing up in my seat.

"I said there's no need to worry Bella. Jacob stepped in on our behalf; he defended us against the pack" I couldn't help but notice the tone in his voice when he mentioned Jacob's name, it sounded like...pride, but maybe I was just imagining things.

"But what will happen to Jake? He's been through so much already. He can't stand up to the pack. Sam would never let that happen" I was afraid to even think what Sam would be doing to him right now.

"You forget who your friend is Bella" Carlisle said hugging Esme as if an unforeseen force had threatened to separate them.

"We will be forever in debt to him for all his effort," she said and without taking her eyes off him, she reached up to caress his face with her fingertips.

Edward smiled at his loving parents, and then turned his attention to me.

"Jacob, as the true alpha gave us permission to make an exception and save your life" he hugged me tighter against him, placing his chin on the top of my head and bringing my face to rest against his shoulder.

"I'd never thought I'd see the day were we had to thank that mongrel for protecting our lives" Rosalie interjected, making a face.

"Rose" Esme scolded.

"We should all be thankful to Jacob for his...compassion. His goal was to protect Bella, but we owe him the safety of the rest of the family as well. His was a great sacrifice." Carlisle stated looking intently at all his children.

"He broke away from the pack" Edward explained, "He was the only one who could do it. He embraced his rightful position as the true Alpha and stood against Sam's orders to kill us for breaking the treaty. Some of the other wolves followed him; Seth, Embry, Quill, even Leah"

"But won't Sam now try to fight against them too?" I was horrified that Jacob would have to fight against his pack brother for me. No matter what I did, I always ended up hurting him.

"Sam won't attack us. He knows his outnumbered." Emmett said while flexing his biceps "If he attacks now, we'll be ready" he smiled.

Ugh! I threw him a nasty look.

How could he be so happy at the prospect of getting in a fight; I would never allow them to fight against the wolves. No matter what had happened they had been my friends, they had protected me from Victoria when I had no one to protect me. I still considered them my friends, and I owed it to them to try to keep the peace.

"No one will fight anyone" Edward barked at his brother "Jacob has already been through enough trouble on our account. He has assured us we will have no trouble from Sam's pack, and I believe him"

"Ugh" Rosalie said looking disgusted "I hate having to rely on the word of that mutt"

I couldn't help but be angry by Rosalie's comment. Wasn't she aware of all that Jacob had done for us?

"I trust him completely" Carlisle gave her a warning glance, and to my disbelieve she lowered her eyes looking ashamed.

"I know, I know," she said still looking down "I just hate feeling like I'm not in control of my own existence. I am grateful for his involvement on our behalf. I just don't like feeling like I have to rely on someone else to protect us" she looked up at Emmett, her beautiful face becoming worried.

Emmett kissed her on her forehead and wrapped his arms around her to hold her close.

"It's alright Rosie, we'll be fine" he told her tenderly "heck, I'm even starting to get used to their smell," he laughed

"Their smell? Have they been here?" I asked

"Jacob's pack has been keeping a perimeter around our property, just in case. Jacob dropped by yesterday to check on you, and he'll probably come by later today." Edward said.

"Today! Edward, I'm in no condition to be around him. I don't think trying my self control on my best friend is such a good idea!" I said appalled that they even considered using Jacob as a guinea pig.

"He's not exactly human, love. You'll see what I mean," he said with a trace of a smile on his perfect lips. "And we'll be here to help. You won't have to go through this alone"

That rather helped me come down a little. Edward would never let me do something I would regret for the rest of my existence.

"Thank you" I said to him, and then I turned to rest of my family "to all of you, for all that you've done. I'm eternally grateful for your sacrifice. I'll never be able to repay you"

"It's no sacrifice dear." Esme said putting an arm around my shoulders and giving me a hug, "you are part of the family. We always take care of each other" she smiled, sweeping a loose strand of hair from my face and tucking it behind my ear.

A little tight knot balled up in my throat because of her gesture. She had a way of soothing away all my worries, with just the tender look of her kind eyes.

"There now, feeling better?" Edward said kissing my forehead.

"Yes" I smiled.

"OK" Alice jumped up excitedly "Now that everything s' cleared up. Bella needs to clean up. It's been killing me to see her like this. Look at what you've done to your dress" she scolded.

I really was not in the mood to play dress up, but once I looked down at my dress, I changed my mind. I was a mess, my skirt had several rips and tears and was stained with mud and dried blood. My hands and fingernails were also dirty and when I touched my hair, I found little twigs and leafs tangled in a chaotic mess. Suddenly, cleaning up seemed like a really good idea. If Jacob was coming for a visit, I didn't want this to be his first impression of his now vampire friend. I looked like a scarecrow with twigs coming out of my head.

"Fine" I agreed, "I could use a shower"

Shower was the understatement of a lifetime. After I had finished cleaning up, I came out of the bathtub to find Alice standing in front of me, holding a brush on one hand and a hairdryer in the other.

"Alice!" I admonished, "Can't you wait until I get out of the bathroom"

"Oh, come on hurry up" she lowered her weapons and handed me a towel.

"Edward" I called "I think your sister is trying to molest me"

I heard him chuckle

I wrapped the towel around me and let Alice lead me to her huge bathroom to begin my torture. I thought it was funny that even though my exterior had changed completely, I had remained the same inside. I still didn't care much about fashion or makeup. It seemed like a complete waist of time. Even more now that I really didn't need it.

"OK Bella, before you insist on wearing your old jeans and t-shirts, I should tell you that they are not here," Alice said taking a step back to admire her handy work on my hair.

"Alice!" I said flying out of her room. I got to my room in a flash and headed for the closet. It was completely full of clothes hung in garment bags, and I couldn't recognize any of them.

"What have you done?" I shot her a nasty glare "Where is my stuff? And, what the hell is all this?" I said holding up a pale blue silk gown

"Oh, take it down an octave, Bella. I gave all of your old clothes to goodwill. Therefore, these magnificent outfits are now your new wardrobe. I will not have my new sister walking around looking like a hobo, so just deal with it," She stated.

"Urgh" I growled

"Stop fussing, I even got you new jeans, so ease up on the drama," she said handing me a pair of artistically faded blue jeans.

Drat, as long as I didn't have anything else to wear I'd have to let her play dress up with me. I slipped on the jeans and white t-shirt she gave me, what other choice did I have.

"You know Alice, I already had a bunch of jeans and t-shirts just like this ones. There was no need to go buy more of the same stuff," I scolded.

"These are not the same, Bella!" she said, like I had just insulted her "These are haut couture, by Dolce and Gabbana, no less. How could you even compare?"

I had to laugh; she looked so funny all worked up like that. I hugged her and gave her a little peck on her cheek.

"Thank you Alice" I smiled at my cute petite sister "I'm sorry if my ignorance upsets you. I really like the clothes"

She turned her head away from me, crossing her twiggy arms in the process; she looked so cute, like a little china doll.

"Oh, come on Alice, you know I love you" I hugged her again.

"Yeah, Yeah, words" she said pushing me away and trying to look annoyed, but I caught her giving a little smile.

I heard the a thunderous rumbling of a motorcycle, as it's tires moved from the pavement of the highway to the soft dirt of the drive, and started moving quickly trough the woods in direction of the house.

My light mood changed instantly. My whole body froze in chagrin.