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....
7. Family Lost, Family Gained
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I opened my eyes to a lighted darkness, remembering the fire that coursed through my veins for what seemed like an eternity. The pain let up for small increments, but then returned, doubled. I remember the same voice that spoke to me in the woods, spoke to me through the fire that had consumed me.
I cringed at the painful memory, taking a look around my surroundings. I was in a dark blue painted room with a beige carpet, sitting on a bed in the center of the room, the headboard against the wall. There was a nightstand on either side of the bed, as well as a bookcase on the far side of the wall. The room was foreign to me, but it felt safe and welcoming.
The door across the room from the bed swung open and I saw the angel's face that tried to calm me. He stepped into the room, his black hair falling into his eyes, with a girl behind him of the same hair color. They approached me cautiously as if they were worried they might frighten me, like a wounded animal. I simply sat there, taking in both of their features.
The both of them were unbelievably gorgeous with the same ocher eyes, the only difference being the girl's small ring of green surrounding her eyes. They had very pale skin that matched mine, which I noticed was several shades paler than when I was in the woods. That discovery made me nervous about what could possibly have happened since the woods. Where was I? Who saved me and why?
The people before me stood still, stopping their slow walk in front of the bed. It seemed that they were taking in my appearance as I was taking in theirs. They smiled at me when they looked back to my face, making me feel less anxious, and I let a small smile slip onto my face.
"Where am I?" I asked quietly, noticing a difference in my voice.
"You are in our home," the girl told me. I noticed her voice, like mine, was light but hers were the sound of wind chimes, whereas mine was a bit more soothing. "My name is Raven, and this is Theo, my husband."
I stared at them. They couldn't be old enough to be married, could they? I shook off that question for the moment and turned instead to more important ones.
"What happened? I remember being dragged into the woods, the pain, and then you," I pointed to Theo, "picking me up."
Raven looked a little apprehensive and looked at Theo. He nodded his head, as if they were communicating through silence. He turned back to me and took a few more steps forward, taking a seat on the bed near me.
"Before I being, what is your name?" he asked, his voice sounding like that of a man not yet twenty, but fully developed. It was slightly deep and calming.
"Isabella, but everyone just uses Bella instead." He nodded.
"It suits you." I was ready for the usual blush to stain my cheeks but it didn't, surprising me immensely. He sighed softly. "Bella, we found you in the woods being attacked. He was lowering you to the ground when we pulled him away and I brought you here, while our family followed close behind.
"There was nothing we could do to stop the…process…so we simply made you comfortable." He paused and I heard him call for two other people.
Another handsome man and beautiful woman, though older by a few years, came into the room. Like Theo and Raven, they smiled at me warmly and stood next to Theo.
"I am Charlie Swan, and this is my wife, Renee," he said, motioning to the woman whose hand was clasped in his own. "We are the parental figures of our family."
I nodded in acknowledgement. I examined what they looked like more closely during the silence, noticing that both of them stood tall, as if they were part of the nobility. Both had the same colored eyes as Raven and Theo, though Charlie's had a browner tint to them. They were both brunettes, Charlie's a darker color and curly while Renee had straight hair that reached the middle of her back.
They looked to be n their twenties, though all of their eyes held such age in them. I sighed and looked out the window, noticing that it was already night, the moon out and shining brightly. I turned back to the family, waiting for one of them to speak.
"How to begin?" Charlie asked when he saw my stare, smiling softly. "Well, you have gone through some changes. Depending on you, it could be either good of bad." He stopped and I nodded, urging him to continue. He sighed. "The changes you went rough have made you stronger faster, harder, and more dangerous. You…you're no longer human, Bella."
I gaped at him, eyes wide. "What do you mean, no longer human? What could I be then?!" I was beginning to panic. "I still feel like me. I sound a little different, but nothing more."
"Bella," Theo said softly, "there are other differences besides your voice. You're paler, your looks are enhanced in addition to what Charlie said a moment ago."
"So what would I be then, exactly?" I asked quietly.
"You are now a vampire," Raven told me warily. I gasped. "I'm sorry if it upsets you." Theo took her hand and gave it a gentle squeeze.
"That's…that's impossible," I choked out. "Vampires are nothing but myth! A bedtime story to scare little children." Charlie chuckled.
"I assure you Bella, we are quite real. You are now more proof of it." He held out his hand to me. "Why don't you take a look in the mirror?"
I hesitantly took hold of his hand, standing shakily on my feet, and walked into the washroom. I gasped audibly as I saw my reflection. I looked quite different, yet still the same. It was indescribable. What stood out the most to me were my blood red eyes.
I walked out of the washroom not knowing what to do with myself. How long had I been there? What time and day was it? Were we still in Tennessee?
I looked at the vampire family standing before me, which suddenly brought the thought of my own family to the front of my mind. How could I even forget about them for a moment? I turned and walked quickly to the bedroom door only to be stopped half way there by Theo.
"Bella? Where are you going?" he asked.
"Please move, I need to get back home. My family will be worried about me." I hoped that they would let me go.
"I'm sorry Bella, but you can't do that," Charlie said from behind me. I whirled around and stared at him incredulously.
"You can't be serious! Am I a hostage?" I turned to see him smiling sadly.
"Not in the least, but going near humans would be dangerous. You're new to this life. You would kill your own family if you came near them due to the blood lust."
I gasped. "It's not…I would never. They're my family, the people who raised and took care of me."
"As a newborn, you wouldn't be able to distinguish the difference once you would smell their blood," Charlie said. I could feel my eyes tingle with the familiar sensation of tears.
"But…but I p-promised them! I t-told my b-brothers that I w-wouldn't be l-long. H-how can I do this to th-them?" I looked around to see them all with grim expressions on their faces. I fell to the floor, dry sobbing. "They'll think it's all their faults! That they didn’t do something right." I looked up at them, pleading.
"How can I let them think that? Live the rest of their lives always wondering if there was something they could have done to save me? After losing the second youngest child, now they lose their youngest? How is that fair?!" I demanded.
My throat felt like it was closing up. The sobs shook my entire body, making it impossible to talk. In my grief filled state I was unable to notice that as I cried, no tears came with it. I never got to say goodbye…just like Emmett. How could this happen? Why us? How would my family cope with two siblings and children now missing and assumed dead?
"How will I live without them?" I asked quietly. "They were the ones holding me together after my brother's death. Now I'm lost to them, and they to me." I felt someone's hand on my shoulder and looked up to see Raven.
"We are sorry this happened to you, Bella. With all my heart, seeing your reaction, I wish you were at your human home right now, with your mother, father and brothers." I nodded.
"Thank you." It remained silent for a few moments. "I wish I could have said goodbye, or told them that I would be okay. I love them so much!" I began to sob quietly.
Theo knelt down and took me into his arms. I clung to him, remembering that that was something my brothers would have done, especially Nathan. I missed them all terribly and I always would, the ache in my heart would never fully go away.
"Shh Bella, it will be alright," Theo whispered, trying to soothe me.
I shook my head. "I can try to be without my family, knowing that they're safe. But what about them?"
"Bella," Theo sighed, "they're not your family anymore. We are, if you choose to stay with us. You're dead to them."
I looked up into his face, my eyes glistening with non existent tears. "You're wrong. They will always be my family."
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