What if after the Cullen’s left Charlie sent Bella off to Portland, Maine? What would happen if there she was told a secret that would change her life?
A rewrite of Elizabeth Moffettie’s Family Secrets and Revealed.
I asked Elizabeth Moffettie to rewrite her stories and she kindly agreed. This is what came out. Please review.
2. Chapter 2
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New Year’s Eve
The weeks had flown by. I now knew my cousins like they were my sisters. It was almost like we’d been together forever. They’d shown me around Portland, and had taken me shopping to update my look. I was probably the most serious out of the three of us but what do you expect after taking care of both your mother and father.
I had finally absorbed that I’d never see Charlie again and that I’d see Renee very little because Phil wouldn’t understand why I hadn’t aged. I didn’t really regret giving up Renee because she had Phil but giving up Charlie was really hard because he only had me.
“Bella, would you come into the living room?” Sigh, Aunt Peggy was calling, that must mean it’s close to time.
I did as she asked but I have to admit that I’m nervous. I couldn’t get either Lilia or Elsbeth to talk to me about the transformation. I remember what James’ venom had done and I was worried that this would be like that.
In the living room Aunt Peggy, Lilia, and Elsbeth were gathered watching the news. I glanced curiously at the TV. It was the New York Ball. I looked at the clock; it was a minute till mid-night.
“Bella please stay in here so you know when it’s coming.” I nodded. Well, what else could I do?
The countdown started. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1. Then, I felt it. Electricity running throughout my body as if I was being put to death in the electric chair, painful in the intensity. As suddenly as it had come, it vanished.
“Elsbeth, Lilia, help me take Bella up to her room so she can get some sleep.”
They practically carried me to my room and with a whispered good night from Aunt Peggy and a cheerful sweet dream from Lilia I fell into a deep dreamless sleep.
I awoke to Lilia banging on my door shouting,” Hurry up Bella! It’s finally time for training! Get up!”
So still feeling weary I dressed and went into the kitchen. Aunt Peggy could cook so I didn’t have to worry about fixing meals. Speaking of which, there she was with a gentle smile and a plate of pancakes.
“Good morning Bella. Eat up; training is very good at working up an appetite.”
I ate and watched an impatient Lilia bounce in her chair. It earned a rare smile. Elsbeth seeing the smile and looking a Lilia couldn’t help smile too.
We trained most of the day. Mostly I had to memorize things before learning how to use them. Everyone thought I was a natural, it hadn’t taken me long to get the hang of everything. The best out of all of it was that I learned how to fly. I could fly as fast as a vampire could run! It was thrilling!
Now I was looking forward to school. I looked different enough to help with my self-esteem and the explanation that we were giving everyone was basically the truth. I was a cousin who had come to live with them. Most importantly there would be no vampires to ruin this first day. At least that’s what I thought at the time.
First Day of School
“Bella, time to wake up”, called Elsbeth. I sighed and went to open the door.
“Do I have time for a shower?”
Elsbeth gave me a warm smile and answered, “Just enough so that you can blow dry your hair and we won’t be late. You go shower, Lilia and I will pick out your outfit.”
I heaved another sigh and grabbed a robe, headed for the bathroom, and took the quickest shower in my life. I’d just gotten through drying my hair when I heard a knock.
“Hey, your outfit is all ready!” cried Lilia.
I called back my thanks and brushed my teeth. Afterwards I rushed into my room. They’d picked out an emerald formfitting sweater and jeans with high-heeled black boots. I shook my head but put on all but the boots. I grabbed a pair of black flats instead and picked up my tan leather book bag and headed downstairs.
“Wait a minute! What happened to the boots I put out for you?” exclaimed Lilia.
“I can barely walk in sneakers as it is.”
“Leave her alone Lilia. You know she’s right. I tried to tell you the heels were too dangerous for her to wear”, reasoned Elsbeth.
I smiled. Leave it up to Elsbeth to defend my decision.
“So, who’s driving?” I asked.
“I am”, Elsbeth said calmly. Uh-oh. I knew that tone, she’d argued with Lilia about driving.“Well, let’s go!” I couldn’t help it, some of my excitement showed in my voice.