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Emmett Cullen was changed in 1935 by the Cullens. But there was another, Isabella, who was also changed....but by another. Caught walking alone near the woods weeks after her brother's death, her life is changed for the rest of eternity.[AU]

I know, I should probably finish everything else, but there's a fire under my tush, and it doesn't go out, not to mention the copious amount of ants in my pants :) So sue me. The plus side of the fire? My bottom is never cold....

16. After and Always Part II

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Bella POV

As Theo drove the car, I couldn’t get my mind off of the fact that my brother was never truly dead. It was so unreal; it would take me the rest of the night to grasp it. When we got home, I left my siblings to tell Renee and Charlie; I needed some time to myself.

Along with my brother’s likeness flashing into my head came another. Unbidden images of Edward Cullen kept popping up in my mind’s eye, and no matter how hard I tried to think of something else, I couldn’t. He was everything but forgettable.

I sighed heavily and laid back on my bed, unable to do anything or think of anything else. I stayed in my place well into the morning hours, up until Raven came walking through my doorway.

She walked over silently and took my hand, gently tugging on it so I would get off of my bed. I sighed and rose from my position, following her out of my room, down the stairs, and into our living room. I sat on the couch next to Theo and opposite of our parents as Raven took her place on the other side of her husband.

Charlie and Renee smiled at me. “How are you doing, Bella?” Charlie asked.

I took a moment to think before smiling slowly. “I’m just fine.”

“I know finding out that the brother who disappeared and you thought dead is still alive is a lot to take in.”

I nodded. “It is, but I’m happy. Happier than I have been in a long time.”

“You know, after all these years, I don’t think I’ve ever seen you smile so much before,” Renee told me.

“I am sorry about that,” I replied sincerely. “At least with Emmett around, it’s a small piece of home returned to me, a piece of my family.”

Theo took my hand and squeezed it gently. “I’m happy for you, Bella. We all are.”

Although I knew that they were being truthful with me, I felt the need to reassure them how much they meant to me. “I hope you all know, you’re still my family as well. We may not be blood related, but you’ve been there for me and I’ll never forget that. Never doubt my love for you all. I’m so grateful to you all for keeping me together when I would have fallen apart had someone I loved not been there.”

Raven rose from her seat to move next to me, taking my hand in her own. “We know, Bella. There’s no need to worry.”

We sat in a comfortable silence in our living room, none of us feeling the need to speak. We didn’t need words to communicate with one another. After some time, Renee glanced at her watch.

“I think you should all get ready for school,” Renee said, looking back up at us. She smiled as we nodded and stood, making our way to our rooms so as to get ready for the day.

The day at school passed in a blur. The clearest points of it were lunch with the Cullens and my brother, as well as Biology with Edward. I was drawn to him like a moth to a flame. It was as if there was this electric current running between us as we sat so close together, yet to far apart at the same time.

After my last class had ended, I made my way to Theo’s car, all the while ignoring the stares from people in the parking lot. Humans were too curious and too sure of themselves for their own good.

I opened the back door on the driver’s side of the car and got in, waiting for Theo and Raven to appear so we could go home and change before the hunt. It seemed a little ridiculous to me that both families would go on a hunt together, but I suppose it’s like a human version of a picnic. In any case, almost everyone had to hunt anyway.

We did a quick change of clothing before leaving for the Cullens’ house when the three of us got home. We drove in the same car with Charlie at the wheel, arriving at the house in record time. I suppose Charlie was just eager to meet another vegetarian coven.

As I stepped out of the car, I was pulled into a bone crushing hug and carried into the house by my brother. He was eager to see me again after, technically, a day apart. We had missed each other a lot over the decades so I wasn’t about to complain. I clung to him as he sat us down on the couch, making sure I was comfortable, and settled into a long forgotten happiness.

The Swans were my family in this life, in every way, but I missed my brothers immensely. Having one of them with me made me overjoyed and thankful. I was happy before, but not as close to the feeling I had when I found Emmett again.

I was glad that my brother had found happiness with the Cullens and Rosalie. He deserved it. If Emmett was happy with everything, then so was I.