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This World

Summary:
After seven months of healing, Bella starts to notice some changes. She is taller than before, warmer, and stronger. She figures it's a fever and brushes it off. But when a strange visit from Renee reveals interesting family scandals, Bella undergoes a monstrous change. Then, a vengeance crazed vampire comes to town with one intent-kill Isabella Swan. When Bella is changed even further, what will happen? After things settle, she lives quite happily for forty more years, until her past comes back to haunt her. When old love is revived and new love arises, who will Bella choose?


Notes:
Hi, this is my first story. I expect it to be quite long, but I'm unsure. I do guarantee twists! As it said on my profile, none of the charactes nor settings belong to me. Sadly. :( Anyway, enjoy!!!


3. Chapter 3. Finding Out

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Finding Out

I was instantly worried. Mom wasn't a very serious person, and had a very short attention span. The way she said it made me think of a long and drawn out discussion. A very important one at that. I was immediately wary. "Okay...?"

She sighed and raked a hand through her hair, a habit she picked up from me. I glanced around the room nervously; her behavior was beginning to make me anxious. I heard her sigh loudly again and my eyes darted to her face. She was watching me.

"Bella...look, don't be judgmental or anything, ‘kay? And listen to all the story. I know you don't usually interrupt anyone, but I need you to be understanding. You are gonna go away to college soon. You'll become an independent woman, and I'm so proud."

She was getting teary-eyed again, and her voice was cracking. She gave me a watery smile and reached forward. She cupped my cheek and tenderly stroked my cheekbone with her thumb. She calmed me instantly in the way only a mother can.

"Sweetie..." She huffed as she heaved herself up and walked across the room to the window. Her back was to me as she stared out at the surrounding forest.

"About nineteen and a half years ago, I got pregnant with you. Charlie and I...we were so happy. Him especially. He immediately took me shopping and allowed me to live worry free for the whole duration of the pregnancy. He was so ecstatic; I knew that if I told him, he would be absolutely crushed. I was also worried he would kick me out, and at the time I had nowhere to go. I wouldn't be able to raise you on my own. I was trying to finish college, and if I had to support you, me, and go to school, we would have lived in a cardboard box." She laughed bitterly.

"Well, as you know, Charlie was good friends with a boy from La Push, Billy Black. I met Billy at a high-school party I went to with Charlie. We immediately became friends. Charlie was so glad his girlfriend and best friend were getting along. It made him so nervous, the idea of us meeting. He was very relieved.

"Anyway, it was all innocent in the beginning, hugs and pats on the back. Little things. But soon Charlie and I got married. It was all fine and dandy in the beginning. You know, we were going through an extended puppy-love phase. But I slowly became unhappy. The passion, y'know, that spark, it died quickly. Same with the marriage."

She took a deep breath and turned to face me, though didn't come any closer.

"Bella...Billy and I had an affair. Charlie and I didn't make love for a long time. I'm one hundred percent sure that you are Billy's child. Charlie...isn't your biological father." She scanned my face.

I was too shocked to think. It took a moment for the shocked numbness to slowly drain away and be replaced with fury. All of these years, I had been believing nothing but a lie? I had believed Charlie to be my biological father, but he was really just Renee's convenient husband?! The one who kept her off the streets?! And she hadn't told me, so I was living with a man and costing him money when he wasn't even responsible for me?!

I was trembling with rage. I doubted anyone but she and I knew, but I had to know just how honest this woman had been. "Does Billy know?" My voice was steady and calm, but she knew I was angry. Only she was wrong.

Angry was an understatement.

"No." She squeaked, looking like a deer caught in the headlights. That pushed me over the edge. I felt my back cracking, and fire ran through my veins, making my limbs tingle and my head go numb. My mind cleared and everything blanked. For an immeasurable moment I was surrounded by blackness. Then suddenly, it felt like I had exploded.

Everything hurt as a fireball traveled through my system. I was being roasted alive. But, as soon as the pain came, it was gone, and I was cold. It was so very cold. But then my skin prickled, as if my whole body had fallen asleep. I felt something squeeze me, but it soon snapped off. I looked around and was amazed, everything was sharper and clearer. The colors were more saturated, and there were eight of them!

And suddenly, I heard everything. Cars on the freeway miles away from here, animals deep underground in the forest behind us, the glug-glug of the swimming fish. And I smelt everything too! The aromas were wonderful, everything clear and distinct in its smell.

I then remembered that I was in the room with Renee, and I looked around and gasped. Most of the furniture was overturned, except for the table and chair that held my mother in the far corner. I focused on her and saw terror in her eyes. I looked behind me and saw nothing, except some white in the corners of my vision. I turned back to her in confusion, and nearly fainted at what I saw next. There was a mirror behind her.

And in it was a huge white wolf.

I leaned to the left, and the wolf copied me. I leaned to the right, and it did the same. Oh god no. This was not real. This absolutely could not be happening. Impossible. Improbable. Insane!

Suddenly, my mother screamed. It was a blood curdling shriek that you only heard in horror movies. Then again, you only came face-to-face with a gigantic white wolf in horror movies too.

There were shouts from around the hotel, and pounding footsteps on their way here. I knew I had to get out of her, because no one could see me like this. I looked around me frantically, searching for some kind of escape. That's when I spotted the window.

I wasn't exactly sure what my limits were, and I didn't know what could hurt me, but I was positive that being discovered would be way worse than a broken foot...or paw. So I ran to the window and jumped. I made sure to keep my eyes closed-just in case. The glass shattered with an ear-splitting crash. I shuddered, because my new sensitive ears hurt from the loud noise.

I landed with a dull thud, and took off. I was amazed by my speed, and pumped even faster. Before I could blink, I was dodging trees and hurtling stumps in the forest. Faintly, I heard Renee breaking down in hysterics to hotel staff, and I felt a twinge of guilt. She had no idea of what she just saw, and she probably thought she was going crazy. Then again, I might have been too.

Suddenly, I was bombarded with voices. But they were inside my head!

BELLA?!

What the hell?

GIRLS CAN PHASE TOO?!?!

Oh shit...

Bells, it's Sam; I'm on my way, stay calm.

Hey Belly, welcome to the family!

She was already a part of the family, idiot.

Oh, right. Sorry Bell.

Oh God! Voices now too?! I am crazy!!!

No Bella, you're not. Everyone else, phase back, I'm gonna go talk with Bella.

Got it.

Good Luck Bella.

This is SWEET!

See ya' guys.

Bye.

And then I heard little pops. Suddenly, my mind seemed emptier, it was as if I could tell, somehow sense that there were less...wolves here...wherever here was. Now I only heard one voice, Sam's voice, and he calmly instructed me to wait in the meadow near La Push. He sent me images that showed me how to get there, and I took off. He said he would be there soon, but he wanted to grab me some clothes. I agreed reluctantly, and continued making my way to the clearing as I heard another little pop.

This would definitely be interesting.