After Bella's eighteenth birthday party when Jasper tried to attack her, the Cullen family left her at her most weakest. Soon after they left, Bella found out that she was pregnant with Edward's child, and the only people that she could trust was Angela Webber and Ben Cheney. It's been about ten years. What happens when the Cullen family returns to Washington, finding out that?
11. And you need to have faith in treasure
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I looked up to see Carlisle and Esme, and I gave the two of them a smile. Even though I had been around the Cullen family again, this had been the first time I was face to face with them. I truly had missed them. When Edward and his family left, I never stopped about thinking about those two.
"Hello, Carlisle, Esme," I said with a light smile as I watched them each take a seat on either side of me.
"Bella, we need to talk to you," Carlisle told me, turning to look at me with a smile.
"You need to talk to me, Carlisle?" Bella paused as she looked at Esme and me, and I nodded my head. "What do you need to talk to me about?"
I smiled at Bella, feeling Esme squeeze my hand, then I glanced past Bella to look at my son. Edward was talking to Angela and Ben and I was grateful because I knew exactly what they were saying to Edward. I just didn't understand what was taking my son and Bella so long. I wasn't the big expert on love - that was Alice's department - but Bella was ignoring both Alice and Edward. Sure, Bella was upset at them, but this had gone on too long. At least, that's what Esme and I both thought.
"I don't mean to pry, but… how much longer are you going to punish Edward and Alice?"
I held up my hand to stop her from saying anything. "I know it's none of my business, Bella, but I hate this – we all do. We hate seeing them so sad and miserable at home. Alice tries to be happy but you know Jasper can detect it when someone's unhappy, especially his wife."
I sighed as I looked down at my hands and then over by the pool where Alice had joined Edward, Angela, and Ben. I could see the sadness in both their eyes. But they had hurt me pretty badly and I wasn't sure if I could just let go and forgive them right away. Although, they both were a part of Renesmee's life, and I should at least talk to them, especially Edward. I honestly just wasn't sure where to start with him. Yes, I was still upset about what Edward had done to me, but that was in the past and I knew that I needed to let it go.
"I know I should talk to the both of them, especially Edward, but I don't know. I just don't know where to start with him. He broke my heart and I am not sure what to say…"
"Oh, Bella," Esme began as she placed a hand on my shoulder, giving me that motherly 'worried' look, and she sighed. "I know you're upset but please do this for your daughter. I can tell that all she wants is to see you happy. And from what I remember, Edward used to make you happy. Isn't that correct, Bella?"
I sighed and nodded. It was the truth. Edward Cullen had caused every smile and laugh for the majority of my time in Forks, WA. Now I was a mess and I knew the reason. I was still head over heels in love with Edward.
It had been a few days since I had seen Bella and that was at the barbecue. Angela, Ben, Rosalie – hell, my whole family was getting on my case about my feelings for Bella. Even Alice was pretending to be in the nurse's office, so that she could leave the two of us alone in our Science class. What made it funny was that we were doing that same project in class as we had been doing the first time I met her - identifying the mitosis stages of an onion root. This had to be karma, right?
As I looked at her, she quickly turned her face away, and it was like she was shy. Bella was the furthest thing from shy, though. Even when falling or tripping over something, she wasn't shy. When she confronted me that first time she found out what I was? Ha. Bella Swan was not shy.
"Well, this is interesting," I said to her as I slid the first piece of microscopic glass under the microscope and I glanced at her before I looked down at it. "It's prophase."
As we wrote down the answer, I watched her, and I couldn't help it. Her fingernails were painted, and that was different. A lot of things about her had definitely changed and that was something that I was not used to. To me, Bella was a completely different person – like a stranger really. Although a lot of things had changed about her, I loved how beautiful she had become when she transitioned into a vampire.
"Isabella," she paused as she wrote down the answer on the worksheet and then turned to look at me. "I like it when you call me Isabella."
Wow. She was finally talking to me? I was really glad, especially about the fact that she told me to call her Isabella. I remembered when she was human, she hated that name, and I looked at her to make sure I heard her right. Bella nodded her head as I watched her grab the next slide to figure out our next answer.
As I said her name, it sounded so beautiful, and I knew if I was a human teenage boy, I would be blushing right now. I was a hopeless case and I turned to look at her more intensely. Bella was so beautiful and all I wanted was to have her back in my life.
"Anaphase, Edward," Bella said to me looking at me before turning back to her paper and writing the answer. "So, was there something you wanted?"
God, I wanted her. Why didn't she understand that? I couldn't say that, though. That would only push her away and that was the last thing I needed right now. I wanted Bella to let me be in our daughter's life.
"Since Renesmee's birthday is coming up, what do you suggest I get her? I don't want to get her something she already has," I told her as we finished up the last answer on the worksheet, while everyone else was struggling.
I saw her smile and was glad I was sitting down. If I had been standing, I would have collapsed. It was the way she made me feel – all nervous and off-balance. Even when she was a human, I never once felt like this, and I didn't understand it. Was it because she was a vampire now? I shook the thought away when I looked over at her beautiful face.
"Honestly… I don't know what to get that girl myself. She's pretty much spoiled and it's because of Angela and Ben," she said with a little laugh as her face lit up. "She has every electronic toy in the book but she loves to read. She's a fast reader just like you, Edward. Don't get her a car… although, Angela's trying to let me get her one."
I laughed softly and I nodded my head. "Has she read Wuthering Heights?"
When I mentioned that book, her face lit up, and I smirked. I guess that was still her favorite book. I remembered that she took that book with her everywhere. It had always comforted her, and I was sure she had read it after I left, to keep her spirits up. I felt horrible that I had left her alone and pregnant, with only her books to keep her company. I was still tormenting myself about what I did, especially since Rosalie continued to remind me of what an ass I was. She blamed me for making her miss the birth of Renesmee! Hello? I was her father and I missed my daughter being born. Yet, Rose just didn't think sometimes, and one of these days, I was going to snap.
When Edward mentioned my favorite book that he used to teased me about, I smiled just the slightest, and I set my pencil down. I grabbed the slide under the microscope, placing it back on the rack where the slides went. This was why I was still in love with Edward. He could make me smile or laugh. No matter that he had made so angry after he left me, I still remembered some of the good times. However, one thought kept running through my head that made me sad. Edward had missed out on a lot and I just wished that he hadn't – especially for Nessie. She deserved to have a father. Better late than never was my motto right now.
"Actually, she loves that book," I said with a smile as I shook my head. "I had to replace my original because she read it so much."
"Does she like Romeo and Juliet?"
"What teenage girl doesn't?" I asked him with a grin as I glanced over at him.
Edward had become very good looking over the last several years since I had last seen him. Although, it was probably my new, clear vampire vision that made me think that he looked like a damn Greek god. Let's face it, though – every girl at high school was in love with him. From what Rosalie told me, Edward had turned down every girl that had attempted to ask him out. I didn't know why that was but I had to admit that I was very, very curious about it.
"What are you going to get her?"
"Honestly, I don't know. I am still thinking about that. Although, maybe we could do something together, like a joint gift or something along the lines like that?" I suggested with a shrug of my shoulders as I looked over at him with a little nervousness in my eyes.
"Yeah, that sounds pretty good. I was thinking that maybe we could actually get her some jewelry. I mean, she'll be legal soon enough. Although, Bella… if you think about it, a car would be nice. I am not trying to control what to get her but a car would be pretty cool. We could get her a regular car… nothing too fancy. She's no Alice."
I sighed. I knew that he was right, though. Most kids on their eighteenth birthday got a car. I bit my lip as I wondered if it was a good idea, though. It wasn't like she was going to run away when she got the car, especially with her father back in her life. No, maybe a car would actually be a good idea.
"All right… her birthday's soon. We can go right after school since Ben and Angela are taking Landon and Nessie to the mall for some new clothes," I said with a roll of my eyes.
He laughed softly, which sounded like music in my opinion, and he looked over at me. "After ten years, you're still not into the shopping experience?"
"No. If it were up to Alice, I would look like some fairy, and honestly, I like my own style."
Edward chuckled. "I don't even know where you come up with these sayings but she will say that you have improved in your style."
"What – has she said that?" I asked with interest as I saw the teacher looking our way and I pretended like I was checking my answer.
"No, Bella, but let's face it – you look good as an immortal," Edward said with a grin as he looked over at me and he set his pencil down. "Bella, you look really beautiful. I mean, you were beautiful before… but there's just something about you being a vampire. It suits you."
I smiled just the slightest when I heard his words. I knew that sooner or later, I needed to talk to Alice. Mostly, I needed to talk to Edward about leaving me because I was still hurt. I really wished that there was an easy way to bring up the subject. For now, it was about our daughter. Nothing would ever distract me. Well, Edward would just because he was so handsome and gorgeous. Sure, I may be upset, but I still had the right to stare at the father of my daughter.
I chuckled at the way Bella's nose twitched when she was in thought. God, she was the most beautiful woman, especially when she was thinking about something. We were at the car lot in Seattle since we wanted our daughter to have the best car. I was glad that Bella was opening up even more to our Renesmee getting a really good car. I was pretty sure that all the kids would be jealous of her as well.
"What's her favorite color?" I asked Bella as she scrunched up her nose, making her look even more adorable, and I glanced over the cars around us.
"She likes silver, black and blue," Bella said as she looked over at me before turning back to look at the cars surrounding the two of us.
"Hmmm," I said as I looked at the cars and I glanced back to Bella. "I got it. What if we get her a custom made car?"
I watched her raise her eyebrow and I laughed lightly. "What are you talking about, Edward?"
I led her to a black Mercedes Guardian which had a price tag of about one hundred and fifty thousand dollars. Our daughter was worth every penny. It was the type of car that I would have bought Bella if I would have stuck around long enough.
"Edward, this is so expens –"
I stopped her with a smile. "Hey, this is for Renesmee, and she deserves the best, Bella. Look, I was thinking that we could have the outside of the car a dark blue with the interior items being black. The floormats could be silver."
As she looked over at me, I wasn't even sure if she was happy or not, but when she wrapped her arms around me, hugging me, I figured she let the price go.
"That's a wonderful idea," Bella said with a smile in my direction and I nodded my head. "Let's go find a salesman to see if they could do that."
"Of course they can, Bella. I'm Edward Cullen. Whatever our daughter or you want, the two of you will get it," I thought with a smile as we approached a man. "Hello, we'd like to buy a car for our daughter."
- All you've got to do is breathe.
- It ends with breathing your name.
- How do you breathe now?
- Every time you breathe, there's treasure.
- You take my undying breath away.
- It's time for all the precious treasures.
- Just take a deep breath right now.
- Let's breathe out the truth now.
- He did come for the treasure.
- You leave me absolutely breathless.
- And you need to have faith in treasure
- It's all about the secretive treasures.
- It's always going to be breathless.
- You're my sweetest treasure, baby.
- And you were always the hidden treasure.
- Breathe my name when you see me.
- So, there's a new treasure comin'.
- And she's what takes your breath away.
- You are filled with such treasure.
- It's just about the breath you take.
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