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A Dose of Emmett

Summary:
AH Emmett/ Bella, Edward/ Rosalie, Alice/ Jasper Instead of Edward, Bella falls for the lighthearted Emmett. I always thought Bella needed someone with less angst, so imagine Edward had fallen for Rose and she still changed Emmett because she cared for him in a more mothernly way. So this leave Emmett as a loner but he embraced what he is and his lifestyle but when Bella walks in things began to change.


Notes:
Standard disclaimer not mine.


9. Explanations

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Chapter 9: Explanations

BPOV

My mind was racing. I hadn’t prepared myself to tell Charlie about my relationship with Emmett. I was worried about what Charlie and Emmett may or may not talk about, well more what Charlie was going to say to try and intimidate Emmett. I knew he wouldn’t be able to hurt him, but it was a scary thought, Emmett was, after all, a vampire.

I sat in my room listening to their conversation, and I was not pleased. Charlie was being way overprotective. Luckily, Emmett played along and smoothed out the situation. Emmett was his charming self and had managed to get Charlie to calm down. Of course, that didn’t last long and he kicked Emmett out, not even giving me a chance to say goodbye.

Charlie called me downstairs and I braced myself for the conversation I was about to have. I dragged my feet to the foot of the stairs and walked down slowly. He waited with a look of displeasure on his face until I reached the last step.

“Bell, I am not happy. Emmett is not right for you. He’s older than you, has more experience than you, and doesn’t seem like he respects you or me. Don’t think I didn’t see you two about to kiss,” Charlie fumed.

“Dad, Emmett is a great guy, and you can’t tell me who to date,” I responded.

I saw his anger falter. “I don’t know about that, Bella. I just wish you would have picked someone better suited, like Jacob. I don’t want you to get hurt.”

“Dad, Emmett is who I want, not Jacob and not anyone else,” I said, controlling the anger that was building.

“Jacob is better suited for you. I thought you two were getting close. He’s already part of the family, why not make it more official,” Charlie said, deflated.

“He isn’t who I want, so just drop it,” I said, walking away.

“Wait, if you’re serious then I guess… I have no choice,” he said, scratching the back of his neck.

“Thanks,” I said, walking up the stairs.

“Wait, I’m not done. Here are the rules. On school nights, you two can’t be out later than ten. On weekends, you have until midnight. He’s not allowed in the house, if I’m not here and he’s never allowed in your room.”

“Fine,” I said, finally making it upstairs.

I stayed awake for a long time; restless at the fact because I couldn’t talk to Emmett after he had left, when suddenly I heard a soft knock coming from my window.

My heart jumped when I saw that Emmett was still here. It felt like every time I was with him, everything felt better. His arms around me were like a shield that let me know everything would be okay. For the first time, I was letting someone take care of me and I couldn’t help myself but let go.

That warm feeling I had quickly faded when he doubted my love for him. I couldn’t believe he would doubt my love, when it was I who was in shock that he shared the same feelings as me. I wasn’t angry, just bewildered at the fact that he thought someone else could replace him in my heart. I found it mind-boggling that I needed to reassure him of my feelings, he really was perfect.

We said our goodbyes, and went to bed with Emmett on my mind and in my dreams.

The next day started off well because Emmett picked me up. Any doubt and fear about us instantly melted once I saw him. He smiled and I blushed, it was almost like our bodies knew when we were near each other and reacted.

However, there still was a nagging feeling that something was different, something I couldn’t explain. The feeling within me was so new and different I wasn’t sure what to make of it. I knew a big part of it was associated with the feelings of safety I felt when I was with Emmett, but there was something else, I couldn’t explain. Emmett was in a great mood, but he was acting mysterious. I knew it wasn’t anything bad because the happiness Emmett was feeling was apparent.

I didn’t protest when he had to leave, but was feeling nervous that he left me alone with Alice and Jasper during lunch.

We chatted for a bit but my mind was somewhere else. It was where ever Emmett was. Alice and Jasper must have understood because they kept an easy conversation throughout.

During Physics, I tried my best to pay attention but it seemed that the more I tried the harder it was. Halfway through I gave up, I could only think of Emmett. I had to pinch myself several times just to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. The vampire thing didn’t bother me, most of the time I forgot that he was one. I knew that things would be easier if he was human, but it didn’t matter to me because being a vampire was a part of him.

Gym was excruciating, thanks to Mike. The conversation was awkward, inappropriate and upset me. I couldn’t understand why everyone was against us and I had yet to meet his family.

My day finally picked up again when I saw Emmett. He drove me home and asked if we could have a picnic.

Emmett was exactly what I needed in my life. He was thoughtful, sweet, loving, caring, and real. When he handed me the necklace, signifying the key to his heart I had to fight hard to stop the tears from coming. I had never experienced something so magical.

The rest of the week Emmett continued to surprise me with flowers and notes placed in my locker throughout the day. The weekend was looking promising. Charlie had accepted Emmett, grudgingly, but I could see him warming up to him slowly. When I finally met Emmett’s family, I was amazed at how accepting and understanding of our relationship and things couldn’t be better.

That Friday night, Emmett dropped me off and was silent throughout the car ride home.

I finally got the courage to ask him what was wrong. I had feared that maybe he had changed his mind once he saw me interact with his family.

“Emmett, is everything alright?

“Not exactly. I guess we should have expected this… Rosalie is coming back. Alice saw it happening and her reaction is not going to be pretty,.” Emmett sighed.

“Oh,” was my only response. His news wasn't surprisingly unexpected, but he was right, we should have known.

“Yeah,” he mumbled.

I panicked at his words. I wasn’t sure what to make of it. It was clear she didn’t like me and from what Emmett had told me she didn’t want us together. We stayed silent for a few minutes; clearly things would be different now that she was back.

Channeling the bravery I had from earlier, I asked him the question that we both dreaded, “What happens now? What does this mean for us?”

He took my hands and cupped them with his, he gazed into my eyes for a few seconds before finally speaking, “Bella, I already told you. You are who I want. If she can’t accept that it’s her problem. I know it seems rushed but I know that I love you. As a vampire we mate differently, once we have chosen who we want, it becomes extremely difficult to break that bond. “

I already knew he loved me, he had shown it to me that past few days, but the way he said it today was so final, so real. There wasn't a doubt in my mind that Emmett's feelings were as stong as my own.

“Good, because you’re stuck with me for as long as you want me,” I said, as I leaned in to give him a kiss. I felt his cool breath on my lips and embraced it until I couldn’t breathe.

We broke away, and he responded, “Bella, I want you forever.”

I couldn’t help it, I gave him a wide smile, his words were exactly what I wanted to hear.

Of course, our trip to cloud nine ended when I heard Charlie scream, “Bella, say goodbye already and get inside!”

He laughed his booming laugh and shook the jeep.

“Bella, I’m not sure what time I will be here tomorrow. I’ve got damage control to worry about,” he said as his tone grew serious.

My heart saddened when I heard those words. I wanted more than anything to spend time with Emmett, but I understood he needed to deal with Rosalie and fight for us.

“Okay, I’ll be waiting,” I said as cheerful as possible.

“Thanks for understanding,” he said, giving me a peck on my forehead.

He got out of the car and opened the door for me, walking me to my door. He gave me a hug and said, “Goodbye.”

“You’re cutting it close kid,” Charlie said, as soon the door was shut.

“Sorry, dad, Emmett was just telling me that he had some errands to do tomorrow so we may not be able to hang out,” I said, heading for my room.

“Good,” Charlie said.

I turned around and waited for an explanation. Way to be supportive, dad.

“What I meant was that Billy invited us over for a barbeque. It’s just going to be him and Jacob, and Harry and his family,” Charlie said warmly.

I knew I would have to confront Jacob about the situation, I just hadn’t expected it to be so soon. I knew he wouldn’t be happy that I was dating a vampire and that he would voice his opinion. I decided to wait and talk with Emmett to ensure the situation was handled properly.

“I really don’t want to go. I have homework and stuff,” I said, hoping he would take the hint.

“No way, Billy asked for you specifically. Besides, we both know you won’t be doing homework; you’ll be waiting around for Emmett. You’ve been spending too much time with him, how about you spend some time with me and some good friends,” he said sternly.

I was angry at the situation; I really didn’t want to go, especially since Billy asked for me. Gee, as if that wasn’t ominous of my day tomorrow.

“Dad, I really need to study and I just don’t want to go,” I said, annoyed.

“I don’t care you’re going, be ready to go by noon,” Charlie said, turning the TV on.

I sighed in frustration; Charlie was really getting on my nerves. I went upstairs and got ready for bed, but sleep didn’t come easily. I wanted to call Emmett but the phone was downstairs, where Charlie was still watching TV. More importantly, I didn't want to burden Emmett wth my problems since he had his own explaining to do.

I wasn’t sure what time it was when I finally went to sleep but when I woke up it was 9 am and was still feeling groggy.

I showered, got dressed, and ate breakfast. I hoped Emmett would be done soon so that I could avoid going to La Push, but as I did some housework and caught up on some reading I realized that that wasn’t happening.

Charlie got off of work early and was home around eleven and ready to go by eleven thirty.

Charlie and I had always had a strained relationship but I hadn’t realized how bad it had become until we were in the car. It seemed that the recent events were the reason behind the awkwardness today. It was then that I vowed to change that. If what Emmett said last night was true, I wasn’t sure how much time I would have with Charlie.

We got to Billy and Jacob’s place soon after. Iinstantly I knew that the barbeque was a set up because we where the first to arrive.

We walked in, not even bothering to knock, to find Billy in the kitchen, telling Jacob what to do.

“Bella! Charlie! Glad you two are here. How are you?”

“Great,” Charlie said, “Do you guys need any help?”

“Well, actually, do you mind helping Jake get started on the grill? I was about to go do it, but Sue Clearwater still isn’t here to help me out in the kitchen,” Billy said.

“Sure, maybe Bella can help you out until Sue gets here,” Charlie said, handing me the fruit bowl he bought from the grocery store to me.

“Umm… sure,” I responded softly.

The situation was beginning to be too much for me. I knew that the wolves would be unhappy with me but setting up such an elaborate ruse to get me here was too much.

Billy asked me to take out the plate of food Jake would be grilling. Jake had been silent the whole time I was in his home and he didn’t say much when I handed him the bowl, except for a thank you.

I went back inside with Billy and helped him cut some vegetables, a few moments passed, and he didn’t try to talk to me. At least not yet, as I was cutting up some potatoes I heard him speak in his soft voice.

“Bella,” he said, “I understood that you needed to know our secret so that you could trust Jacob again.”

He waited and I nodded my head in agreement, dreading what was next.

“What I don’t understand is how you could be so reckless and start dating a Cullen. We told you our secret to keep you safe and instead you walk into the hands of the enemy,” he said, his tone changing into an authoritative one.

“I understand your confusion, really I do. It’s just that,” I hesitated; I wasn’t sure how much Jacob had told him in regards to my feelings for Emmett. “I love Emmett, what he is, what you are, it doesn’t matter to me. I know you’re looking out for me but I consciously made this decision to be with him. I hope you can respect that. Furthermore, I hope in the future you don’t go through such extremes to talk to me,” I said, as politely and calmly as I could.

Billy was about to speak when we heard a knock on the door, the guests had finally begun to arrive.

“Bella, I won’t tell you what to do, that’s your father’s job. But, as Charlie’s friend, I think I should look out for you when he can’t, just like he would if it were Jacob. I want you to know that we will be watching you. For your safety,” Billy said, wheeling away from me to get the door.

I understood where he was coming from, really I did, but the way he talked to me made me feel like a child being told what to do. I had chosen to be with Emmett, despite all the warnings, he was the one I loved and I wasn’t budging.

The party was awkward and uncomfortable for me. Jacob was busy at the grill with Harry, Billy and Charlie by his side. Leah was in the kitchen, helping Sue, and Seth was running back and forth helping with the food. I tried to be helpful but it was clear I didn’t belong. After we ate, I decided to go for a walk, when no one protested I didn’t hesitate or feel guilty.

I was out the door when I heard Jacob call out to me, “Bella, wait.”

“Hey Jake, I’m glad you finally decided to talk to me,” I said, angry at the situation.

“I’m sorry, it’s just that my dad wanted to talk to you and he asked me to stay away,” Jake said as we walked to the beach.

“Yeah, I kind of figured,” I said, watching my feet.

“I know you’ve already talked to my dad but I think you need to hear this,” Jacob began.

“Yes, he did talk to me and I don’t need to listen to anything you have to say. I know what I’m doing, I don’t need a babysitter,” I retorted.

“I know you think you know what’s best for you, but Bella have you thought about the risks your taking with that bloodsucker,” Jacob said, anger was written all over his face.

“I have and it’s worth it. Now can we just drop it and be civil? Or does my dating a vampire mean we can’t be friends anymore?” I responded, walking faster.

He didn’t respond and we continued walking to beach. When we got there I sat down and he did the same.

“Bella, we are friends. And as a friend I am begging you to stop going out with him, I don’t want anything bad to happen to you,” he said, his anger faltering.

“I know you do, but you just don’t understand. I love him, Jake, more than I can comprehend. If he left, if I couldn’t see him again, if something where to happen, I would die,” I said my voice breaking.

“Bella, you can’t mean that. You and I both know he won’t be able to give you a normal life. If only-” Jacob began, but was cut off by a howl.

“Was that-” I began, but Jacob didn’t need to hear the rest of my question to know I was asking if that was one of the pack members.

“I got to go, but this doesn’t mean this conversation is over,” Jake said.

“No, Jake, this conversation is over. If you can’t accept that I choose Emmett then we can’t be friends,” I said, halting his departure.

“You can’t mean that. Your leech will probably not accept the fact that you’re friends with a wolf, it works both ways,” Jacob said with a smug smile.

“He understands that he can’t control me, just like you need to understand that you can’t force me to stop loving him,” I screamed.

“Fine then, I think it’s best that we stop being friends, both for your sake and my own,” he said, running off.

EmPOV

The car ride was silent and awkward for the both of us. Luckily, Bella had the guts to ask what was wrong. I explained to her the situation and she understood. When I expressed my feelings for her again, she responded in the best possible way she could. She wanted to be with me for as long as I wanted her, and we both knew I wanted her forever.

This declaration, however, didn’t change the future. When I got back home, Alice answered my unspoken question.

“I’m sorry, Emmett, I still see those two possibilities,” Alice said when I walked in.

“Oh,” I said, taken aback. “Well, what have you seen?”

“A lot of things keep changing. Right now I can’t see Bella’s future for tomorrow. I do, however, see a great night for the two of you. Rosalie will calm down by Tuesday. These things I know for certain. Other things are fuzzy still,” Alice said, sadly.

“Thanks,” I said, heading for my room.

I turned the TV on and hoped it would distract me enough to not think about my worries. I was nervous about Rosalie, I wasn’t sure how she would react when I told her, and Alice’s prediction wasn’t very uplifting. What really bothered me the most was why Bella wouldn’t make it through the transformation? It seemed she was willing and I knew I would do everything I could to ensure her safety . I was still pondering the wolves when I realized we still hadn’t met up with them.

Carlisle was still, at work until four and I decided to talk to him as soon as he got home. After attempting to distract myself from the inevitable, it was finally time for Carlisle to come home.

I didn’t waste any time and I asked if we could go for a quick hunt and talk; he agreed.

Alice let us know that Rosalie and Edward would be back around ten so we had at least five hours to kill.

We began to run as far away from any human campgrounds and drained four deer in total.

“So what’s on your mind Emmett?” Carlisle asked me, walking slowly back home.

“Why haven’t you set up a meeting with the Quileutes?” I asked, following closely.

“I’m waiting for Edward to translate. We’ll meet with them later today. Is that all?” Carlisle asked softly.

“I do wonder how you feel about changing Bella. It’s obvious what needs to happen.”

“If that’s what Bella wants I won’t deny you or her your happiness. The situation must be dealt with delicately. The wolves will not be happy when we change her and will probably fight. I’m hoping we can use their little slip up against them to renegotiate that part of the treaty. I would prefer being able to change her without consequence,” Carlisle said, lifting a fallen tree out of our way.

“What if they don’t allow it? It’s probably the reason why Bella may not survive the transformation,” I asked, panicked.

“Then we will be even more cautious. We won’t change her unless it’s absolutely sure she survives,” Carlisle responded.

“What if her future never changes? What will I do then?” I asked, in search of Carlisle's wisdom.

“I can’t answer that, only you can. It’s a decision that you and Bella need to discuss,” Carlisle replied.

“Thanks, Carlisle.”

My conversation with Carlisle gave me a lot to think about. For now, I wouldn’t discuss the situation with Bella. I wanted to be able to enjoy our love without a gray sky threatening to rain on us.

We arrived just a few minutes before Edward and Rosalie’s arrival. We all gathered in the living room and braced ourselves for the thunder storm.

“Why does it smell like human? Especially like that Swan girl?” Rosalie asked as she barged into the living room.

The room was silent for a moment, I was hoping Carlisle or Esme would step in but seeing how this was about me, the task fell on me.

“Because … Bella and I are dating,” I responded.

“Congratulations,” Edward said softly.

“This is not alright, Emmett. How did this happen? I leave for a few days and you’re dating a human. This can’t end well; we all know that. Why can’t you just date Tanya? With her there is no risk, she’s already a vampire and accustomed to our lifestyle,” Rosalie said, arms crossed over chest.

“I can’t be with Tanya because I love Bella and there’s nothing you can do about it,” I said firmly.

“I already told you I wasn’t going to support you in this,” Rosalie responded curtly.

“I’m not asking you to,” I responded flatly. I saw the pain of my words affect and instantly regretted it.

“Emmett, I thought… I thought I meant something to you. You’re like my son. I care about you; I don’t understand how you could do this to me? How can you ignore my feelings and be with that human?” Rosalie said her voice became softer and weaker.

“I do value you. I don’t think you’re like my mother, you are my mother. It was you who saved me and taught me this life, along with the rest of you. But you need to understand I love her,” I said, trying to comfort her.

“Why her? What makes her worthy of you?” she asked angrily.

“I don’t need to give you details about my relationship, but just to give you an idea; she loves me, despite knowing what I am, what we all are. She’s caring, sweet, brave, and she wants me, when she could have her pick of any guy,” I said, my mind wandering to Bella and what she may be doing today.

“She knows?” Rosalie asked, anger overwhelming her. “You told her our secret? Do you have any idea what kind of danger we’re in? If you loved her as much as you say you would have kept our secret. How much does she know?”

I had tried to keep calm, and Jasper’s power wasn’t helping me as well but the way she doubted my love for Bella set me off. I walked closer to her, our faces inches apart. I stared into her eyes and defended my love.

“Don’t you ever doubt that I love her, do you understand? Bella is my soul mate, whether you like it or not,” I growled into her face. Edward and Jasper grabbed me and put distant between Rosalie and I.

Rosalie flipped her hair and began again, “Okay, can someone please explain to me how she found out?”

“One of the wolves told her,” Carlisle responded, giving a look to Edward, probably explaining the meeting.

“Why would the dogs tell Bella?” Rosalie asked annoyed.

“Because one of them transformed in front of her that’s why,” Alice responded curtly.

“Stupid dogs,” Rosalie muttered.

“That’s enough, Rosalie,” Esme chimed in. “Emmett has made his decisions and you need to respect that. End of story.”

“She’s right, Rosalie,’ Carlisle said.

“Fine!” Rosalie screamed, before storming off to her room.

Carlisle gestured for us to follow him to the dining area and we all followed suit.

“I think it’s time we discuss the meeting that is happening today. I've already caught Edward up and we will be ready to go soon. But before we do I wanted to consult with everyone on the situation,” Carlisle said.

We all nodded and he continued, “As we all know, since the Quileutes broke the treaty, we have a right to start a war.”

Before Carlisle could continue, Rosalie stormed back down and sat beside Edward, and said, “I wouldn’t mind killing a few dogs to blow off some steam.”

Carlisle gave her a disapproving look said, “However, I think its best we renegotiate the treaty to benefit Emmett.”

“Benefit Emmett? In what way?” Rosalie asked, panic was written all over her face.

“Rosalie, while I do appreciate you being here, would you mind letting me finish?” Carlisle said, keeping his cool.

Rosalie only nodded and he continued, “I think we should change one rule on the treaty about changing humans so that when the time comes we will be able to change Bella without repercussion.”

Rosalie jumped from her seat and walked in my direction giving me a slap, “How could you be so stupid?”

“I’m sorry that I love her,” I responded, ignoring her actions.

“Rosalie,” Esme warned.

“Emmett, are you really willing to take away this girls life just because you have a crush? If you want to sleep with her that’s fine, but don’t go to such extremes and change her,” Rosalie said, while Edward held her back.

“I don’t understand… Why is it okay for you and everyone in this family to have a mate? My whole life I’ve watched all of you enjoy your love, why can’t I? For years you’ve wanted me to find someone and when I finally pick someone you flat out refuse to support us. Rosalie, she wants to be with me, if you care about me the way you claim, you would understand that,” I said, pleading with her.

“She’s just a child, she doesn’t realized what she’s getting herself into,” Rosalie brushed me off.

“No she’s not, she’s not that much younger than when you were changed, and already she has shown more maturity and growth than you have with this situation,” Carlisle intervened.

“I’m not getting into this. Just let it be known that I will not welcome her with open arms and I refuse to ever call her my sister,” Rosalie said, storming off.

Edward followed her but she didn’t want to see anyone. After a lot of begging Rosalie still didn’t want to come out or let anyone in. Edward gave up and we continued with the discussion.

“Let’s continue,” Carlisle said.“I think it’s only fair that we all agree and present a united front. The situation is very delicate, I will do most of the talking and Edward will translate.”

We all nodded in agreement and we took off to the border we had set up long ago.

We all waited on the treaty line until a wolf showed. Edward began translating.

“This is Sam, he’s the alpha, and he wants to know why we’re here,” Edward said.

Carlisle responded, “We’re here because one of you wolves broke the treaty.”

“He was already aware of that, he gave him permission. The safety of Bella was far too important than some treaty,” Edward said.

“Bella isn’t in any danger with us,” Carlisle stated.

“That’s for him to decide. He wants to know if we are going to attack,” Edward said, in a sarcastic tone.

“No, we are peaceful vampires, despite what you think. I am willing to overlook the violation if they are willing to reconsider a part of the treaty,” Carlisle said.

Sam nodded and gave out a big howl and within minutes we heard the paws of more wolves coming closer. There stench was overwhelming and burned my nose.

“He’s calling his pack so that they can all decide,” Edward said.

There were five wolves all together, each one ready to come at us. I recognized Jacob instantly because he had Bella’s scent all over him. My anger was building, why was Bella with Jacob?

“Focus,” Jasper said.

“Sorry,” I mumbled back.

“Okay we’re all here, what is it?” Edward said in a different tone.

“We want the part about changing humans amended,” Carlisle said.

“We’d rather fight than change that,” Edward said, still in Alpha mode.

“Let me explain. By revealing our secret, you have put Bella in greater danger. In our world we must only follow one rule. Humans are not allowed to know of our existence. If they ever found out that a human knows of our existence, the consequences would be... deadly. Our leaders are not tolerable when it comes to this rule,” Carlisle said.

I was curious as to why he decided to play up the Volturi angle; I didn’t protest if this got the job done I had no problem.

“How could they know?” Edward asked as Sam.

“They watch over us constantly,” Carlisle said. “Our leaders have large armies that will come here to destroy us, Bella, and even you for being who you are, especially if you stand in their way.”

“They want time to think about it,” Edward said in his normal tone.

“That’s fine,” Carlisle said.

And with that they were off.