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Nightshade - Waking Nightmare

Chapter Thirteen/ Forty-One is out.

A new score of vampires threatens life as Bella knows it. Responsible for gruesome murders and missing children, they are now roaming the northwest portion of the United States. The decision had come, to change Bella or not to change Bella? Either way, the small Cullen family does not seem to have a chance at protecting Forks with Emma on the fritz, even if they have help from your friendly neighborhood werewolvesr;  All of this belongs to Stephenie Meyer. I am just playing with it. Incase you have not figured it out yet, this is the sequel to Nightshade.

Everything is ready for Bella to be changed into a vampire. She has made all of her cuts from society and has begun to emotinally withdrawl from her familiy. Then, as the Cullen family hunts one last time before the fateful day, a friend from Bella's past shows up. To her, Bella is Izzie and Izzie is the only one that can help her.

All of this belongs to the beautiful Stephanie Meyer. She made up Twilight. We all her a debt of gratitude. Yea!

Be happy that I don't own this. Or sad. If I did, Bella would already be a vampire. But, she's not. Darn.

19. Chapter 19 - Yukon Ho!

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Chapter Nineteen - Yukon Ho!

A few days later, Carlisle and Esme sat the family down around the dining room table. We all looked at eachother apprehensively. Alice refused to move her gaze from the polished table top.

Esme took a deep breath and started the proceedings, “Alice came to us last night, saying that she had a vision. She has not told any one else, yet. Your father and I thought that it would be best if everyone was informed at the same time.”

“What did you see?” Emmett asked.

“The woman who keeps pestering Emma.” Alice gave Emma an appolgetic look.

Everyone turned. We all expected Emma to be upset. She was far from hysterics.

“Excellent!” She clapped her hands, “What did she look like?”

“She changed her appearance twice in the vision.” Alice informed us all.

“Start from the beginning,” Edward suggested.

Alice paused, to collect her thoughts and sort out the sequence of events, “The vision started with a short, pudgy blonde woman standing on the front porch. She quickly shifted. She grew tall and her skin, which was paler than ours, turned to a dark ebony. She looked herself over and twisted one more time. She turned into Renee and after adjusting her smile, rang the doorbell.

“We answered it. Actually, you answered it Emma. You knew right away something was wrong. The woman said, “So we meet again, my pet.” before she lunged at you.” Alice shuddered.

“But I have never met the woman!” Emma protested.

“Perhaps you have and did not realize it.” Carlisle suggested, “It would be most likely, considering this woman is a shape-shifter.”

“Maybe,” Emma muttered.

I was in a state, myself. This woman was going to impersonate Renee. My mother! How did she know what she looked like? Did that mean that Renee and Phil were in danger? What did that leave Charlie in? I shuddered, terrified for my human family.

Edward saw it and put his arm around me, “Do not worry, Bella. It is going to be fine. I promise.”

I nodded, not trusting myself to speak. I took a great comfort in Edward’s words, though I did leave myself room for doubt. The fear would never go away, not until I atleast knew what we were coming up against.

“When?” I asked Alice.

She shrugged her tiny shoulders, “I am not sure.”

“Because we do not know how immenent the threat is, I feel that it is best for us to leave as soon as possilbe. We knew that we would not putting down roots, and now the reasons have become quite obvious,” Carlisle said.

We all nodded, accepting this news.

“We will be off, first thing tomorrow.” Carlisle announced.

Again, we nodded. What else was there to do? We could do nothing to change, it. We did not know what we were up against. Reluctantly,we all stood to go pack.

“Before you go,” Esme interrupted our thoughts, “We have a surprise,”

Esme, Rosalie and Alice smiled coyly. Edward had to cover his mouth with his hand. His beautiful golden eyes danced merrily. I looked from the love of my eternity, to his brothers and father. They all were in on their wives game. They grinned down. I faced Emma. At least she was just as clueless.

“Emma, Bella, come with me,” Esme stood and led us, by the arm, to the front door. “Close your eyes,” she ordered.

“But, I’ll fall down,” I protested.

“I promise that you won’t,” Esme giggled like a school girl.

“Do not worry, Izzie.” Emma took my hand and gave it a reassuring squeeze, “I will keep hold of your hand. That way, if you fall and look like an idiot, I will too.”

“That makes me feel so much better,” I rolled my eyes before closing them.

Emma gingerly stepped away as someone opened the door. She took the first step outside. It was sunny and I was surrised to find a beam of sun slip through thick foilage of the massive trees. I heard a floorboard on the old porch creak from Emma’s tiny weight. She pulled me blindly out. I trusted Emma, but not enough to were I still held my hand out in case something was in my way, just waiting, lurking, ready for me to ram into it. I knew that Emma would not purposely steer me in a direction like that, but after all, she was momentarily blinded too.

I heard the Cullen family file out behind us. Someone shut the door. When they were all situatated, Alice spoke.

“Open your eyes… NOW!?”

We did. In the tree lined drive sat two, fresh off the lot cars. I recognized which one was mine instantly. The icy blue Audi sat on the left. It was a beautiful sight. So amazing that I almost forgot to be mad. Almost.

“Edward Anthony Masen Cullen!” I shrieked, “What did you do?”

He smiled at me in triumph, “You needed a car, didn’t you? The Audi was perfect,”

“It a nice baby,” Emmett whistled appricatively.

Emma stood beside my fury, blinking. Esme walked up and wrapped hera arms around her shoulders. “What do you think, dear?” she asked.

“What is it? And, why is it sitting there?” Emma asked.

“That would be the new Saleen S7.” Esme informed everyone. “Rosalie insisted that you have it.”

Emma blinked, unimpressed. She had no idea what a Saleen S7 was. Emmett, on the other hand, nearly fell over and wet himself he was so flabberghasted.

“You have got to be kidding me! Her first car is a SALEEN S 7! That is insane! Emma you are so lucky! Can I have a spin in it? After you, of course. Oh my gosh. This beats bear hunting in April! Man oh my!” He yelled.

Before she knew it, Emmett picked her up and spun her around. “EMMETT!” she cried.

“Hehe, oops. Sorry.” He set her back down.

“Esme,” she gasped, “Carlisle. I don’t know what to say. Thank you does not seem enough.”

Esme’s smile split her face, “It was nothing, dear.”

Carlisly hugged Emma, “Welcome to the family.”

Emma and I went down the inspect our new cars. Emma’s mouth would not close. She just stood, gaping at her brand new, shiny car. It was a color that I had never seen. A very soft, very pale lavendar. All of the windows were tinted, as were the ones on my Audi. I did love my car. It was so amazing. That was the only word that I could think of to describe the flawless steel. I trailed my hand up and down it. It was marvelous. I had fallen in love a second time.

“Thank you all so much!” I exclaimed.

My family all gave me vampire blushes. They were just as happy as I. I thought that I was going to cry, I was so happy.

“Do you want to take it for a drive?” Edward asked from my side.

I could barely nod my head yes. My angel gave me the keys. I opened the door. The seats inside were a black leather. I could make out the little holes that let me know that my new car had heated seats. I sat down. My butt fit perfectly in the Audi. Edward was right. This car was made just for me. The wheel was smooth, black Corinthian leather, if I was not mistaken. It was just like the seats. I settled down into it and started the engine.

I started with a silent purr, the complete opposite of my blaring churning truck. I pushed down on the right pedal. The Audi drove like a breeze. I backed out of the long drive and onto the main road. It handled like a dream. The Audi responded more to my thoughts than my touch.

“I love you,” I declared to Edward who sat beside me.

“Thank you. I have good taste, don’t I?” he smirked.

“You knew!” I shouted, still pleased.

“I picked it out on line while you were sleeping.” he grinned.

“Who picked Emma’s?”

“Rosalie. I am surprised how quickly those two have bonded. Rosalie simply adores Emma, much the way Alice does you.” Edward said.

“Is that a bad thing?” I asked.

He shook his head, “No. It is very good. I was afraid that Rosalie would resent Emma, but she does the exact opposite.”

“I am just glad that everyone loves every body.” I smiled as I took Edward’s hand and mine, consequently, slowing down. There was no way that I would go fast and risk by new car.

Edward chuckled, “You won’t wreck.”

“That is coming from the death-defying Edward Cullen.” I retorted.

“As you say, Isabella Swan.” He relaxed back against the seat.

“Cullen,” I said absentmindedly.

I had his full attention. “What?” he breathed.

“Cullen. Isabella Cullen. That is what I will be after we get married,” I responded. I tensed up, afraid of rejection.

“We are getting married?” he gasped.

I pulled off to the side of the road, and faced him. “Yes. I will marry you, if the proposal is still open.”

“Really!” He was excited.

I smiled, “Really really,”

“Bella!” was all he could say. His beautiful golden eyes literally glowed, that was how happy I made him.

Before I knew it, he was slipping a ring onto my finger. It was a platnium band with a large asher cut diamond. Either side of it was flanked by two circular topaz stones.

“Edward,” I breathed.

He leaned foreword and kissed me passionately. Or at least, passionately as far as our standards were. I lost myself. The next thing I knew, Edward was holding me tightly against his chest.

“Hmm?” I smiled.

“You fainted. The thought of breathing just went out of your head.” He tried to be angry, but he was just too happy.

“I don’t need to breathe,”

“Yes, you do.” he said firmly. “Now, I will drive back to the house. You sit and try to stop the impending migraine that is coming.”

I sighed and climbed into the passenger seat. Edward drove my Audi at incredible speeds easy for the car. In seconds, we were parking. Edward carried me inside. When we came in, all conversation stopped.

Alice leapt up and, pulling me out of Edward’s arms, hugged me tightly. “You said yes! You said YES! Now you will be my sister in every way!”

“I know, Alice! I know!” I laughed.

As soon as Alice put me down, Rosalie stepped up. “Congratulations! I am so happy for you! We are going to have to go shopping, now for every thing!”

My happiness ebbed a little bit, at that remark. I had forgotten about the shopping that would ensue because of it. Emma grabbed me next and squeezed me tight before giving Esme room. My adopted mother kissed both of my cheeks and hugged me tightly.

“We are so happy for you,” she whispered.

“Thank you,” I said tears starting to fall. I was so happy.

Emmet swept me up and spun me around. “This is so cool! You are going be a Cullen!”

“She already was one!” Rosalie chided her husband as she embraced Edward.

Jasper tentaively hugged me. I squeezed him as tight as I could. I felt the relief come off of him and Alice. Carlisle was last. He too, embraced me. I grinned.

After the family finished its chorus of congratulations, Edward wrapped his arms around me. I leaned back into his chest, content. Life was becoming more and more perfect with each passing second.

The thing to remember about perfection is that it does not exist. I t might, for a short period, but it is not eternal. That thought rested in my mind above all others as we drove up to Canada. We would make a few quick pit stops on the way, and then we were forsaking human existence for an undoubtably large house on Victoria Island. So few people lived there that it would be a safe place to change me into a vampire and not have to worry about some unweary hiker’s send me into fits.

The first stop was Tennenbark, South Dakota.