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?
12. It's all about the secretive treasures.
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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."
"She's not going to go for this, Alice. It's not going to work."
"Oh Landon, it will work. Don't you trust me?"
"Hmph! I don't know you and you're crazy, Miss Alice. Why should I trust you?"
Alice laughed at his words. "Oh Landon, I'm perfectly sane. If you want to do this, then trust me. Renesmee is going to love what you planned."
I was listening to Alice and Landon concoct a plan to ask Renesmee to go out with him while Renesmee was out with Edward, shopping for some school supplies and books. Renesmee and Edward - those two had so much in common it was scary and it made me wish that Edward had been there for her all along when she was growing up. Oh well, there was no use in wishing and wanting that he could have been there. Edward was here for our daughter now and he was doing everything he could to make up for it. I knew very well that Edward would never have left me alone, especially if he had known I was pregnant.
I walked out the kitchen with a goblet of fresh deer blood which I placed in front of Alice, earning a smile from her, and then plopped a bowl of ravioli with crackers inside of it - a strange combination, in my opinion – in front of Landon.
"What are you two bickering about now?" I asked with a shake of my head as I looked over at the two of them, curiosity in my eyes.
Alice's eyes twinkled as I looked over at her when she began to speak. "He doesn't believe me, Bella! Can you believe that? He doesn't believe in my match-making skills so he doesn't think this is going to work! Isn't that just crazy?"
I just laughed softly as I looked over at Alice after listening to her statement. I was nestled between her and Landon, who had scooted over to eat his ravioli.
"Landon, I hate to burst your bubble of incredulity, but it's the truth. Alice is a genius when it comes to these kinds of things," I told him with a smile, shaking my head when he tried to open his mouth to say something. "Don't talk with your mouth full. That's so rude, Landon Jacob Cheney."
Alice's mouth dropped open as she looked over at Landon. "Your middle name is Jacob as in Jacob Black, the werewolf? Is this some sort of joke?"
I laughed. "Not the same Jacob. I don't even know how he's doing."
"Didn't you mention you wanted to visit him, Mama?"
I watched as Renesmee and Edward joined us and I saw Edward's face tense. I knew he never approved of Jacob, and to this day, I still didn't know why. I just didn't understand why Jacob had this effect on Edward, making him act crazy. Whenever Jacob had been around me, that was when Edward would act really protective of me.
"Yes, I did want to visit him. As long as we're so close it would be silly not to. Maybe we could go visit him this weekend..."
"Bella," Edward frowned as a deep sigh left his mouth and I shook my head. "I am not sure if that's a good idea."
I let my eyes glared at him. "And why not?"
"Edward, we've been over this before," Alice interrupted as she held up her hand. "This is not your choice to make."
"What are you all fussing about?" I asked with a growl. "Are you telling me who I can or cannot be friends with?"
"It's not that, Bella," Edward said, trying to appease me. "But you know how he felt about people he knew being turned into vampires, and you just want to waltz in with Ben and Angela? And how do you think he will react when you introduce him to your vampire daughter? I don't think he's going to take that news so well."
"Hey, how about me?" Landon cut in. "I'd love to meet a real werewolf! And I'm not afraid of how he might react."
I had to laugh at Landon's words because he sounded so excited about getting werewolves and vampires together – well, in my damn opinion, it wasn't a good idea. It was practically suicide being around one if you were a vampire and I didn't want that wolf anywhere near my friends or family, especially Isabella and Renesmee. No fucking way was Jacob going anywhere near Bella. I don't care how good of friends they were before.
"Bella," I sighed, grabbing her arm, leading both Alice and Bella on the back porch, shutting the sliding door behind us once we were outside. "It's been ten years. Why don't you let sleeping dogs lie?"
"He would never hurt me," Bella said to me with that stubborn voice of hers, totally ignoring my snotty pun. "Jacob's not like that. And I'm sure he would be delighted to see Ben and Angela again, and to meet Renesmee and Landon."
"Bella, you're right. Jacob would never hurt the human part of you," I sighed as I leaned against the brick part of the house next to the sliding glass door, and I frowned. "But you can't go to La Push. Think of what effect this will have on all the others in the wolf pack."
"Edward," Alice sighed as she kept her hands at her sides, glancing over at me. "This is not something that is going to stay secret, especially if Bella goes back to Forks. If she goes back, she could run into Charlie, and that just won't be good for anyone, especially if Jacob's there."
As I looked over at her, I simply nodded my head as I ran a hand through my bronzed hair. "I'm sorry, Bella. It's just – people change. The Jacob you knew before is gone. You've been gone a long time. I'm sure he's not going to act like nothing's different."
"Nonsense. Jacob was my very good friend. There's no way that he would be unwelcoming. I can't believe you're saying these things about him." Bella scowled at me, but I pushed on.
"I'm sorry, Bella. But I don't think you've thought this through. Come on… you know very well that I would never ever lie to you. It's not like me…"
But Edward did lie to me. He lied to me the day that he left me alone in Forks, saying that I meant nothing to him and that he didn't love me. I hadn't really questioned him about it yet because I knew I felt way too emotional about it. I just wasn't sure how to bring it up but I knew it needed to be done and soon.
"Bella, we're just looking out for you," Alice sighed as she looked at me. "That's why we had to leave you those years ago."
Alice held her hand up to stop Edward, emotion blazing from her eyes. "No! I am so sick and tired of this. Bella, I know you hate my guts, and I'm sorry that I never wrote you back. I tried to tell myself it was better for you that way. It makes me sick at how wrong we were. But now, Edward and Bella, you two really need to talk, and it needs to happen before Landon and Nessie's birthday bash. You two need to sort this out so you can enjoy the party because it's going to be a big hit! I am going to make sure of it."
With that, Alice, aggravated, walked inside, and plopped down next to Renesmee, who give her a worried look. I walked over and shut the sliding door, giving Alice some space.
"Wow," Edward said with an awkward laugh as he looked over at me. "I haven't seen her that riled up in a really long time."
"Alice is back," I said with a shake of my head, not sure if that was a good or bad thing. "I know she's right. We really need to talk, Edward."
"I know, but not here. Let me take you somewhere," he said as he looked at me pleadingly. "Please, Bella. I need to do this. Let me do something for you for once."
Bella & Edward's Meadow
I looked around the meadow, a little smile coming across my face, then I looked over at him, my eyes shining. It looked just like the meadow in Forks. Well, there was an actual waterfall here, so this was definitely new, and I had to admit that this was even more beautiful.
"Edward, where are we?" I asked him as I turned to look over at him.
I saw that dazzling smile of his and I knew that if I was still human, my heart would skip a beat at the smile that always made me weak at the knees.
"It's a meadow… right in the middle of nowhere. No one even comes here but I don't think anyone knows about it, Bella. Isn't it the most beautiful place you have ever seen?" he asked me with that same smile that was making me feel like I was going to lose my mind.
"I have to admit that it is. The waterfall just takes my breath away. It would be a perfect spot for a little house," I said out loud and I looked away. "I am going to kill Alice."
Hearing the words slip from her mouth, I knew that she was trying to change the subject. Living together was the one thing that I knew wasn't meant for us. At least, it wasn't for us right now. I wanted to be with Bella more than anything but I had to earn her trust. It didn't help my resolve that Bella was so radiant right now, especially when she smiled.
"Bella, she really missed you, and it's incredible that Jasper hasn't lost his mind."
"Why would he lose his mind?"
"Alice has been writing down plans and ideas for you to forgive her," I said with a laugh as I shook my head. "With her sudden outburst earlier, that's not happening."
Bella shook her head. "I really did miss the two of you when you guys left Forks. Did you really mean what you said to me that day, though?"
"Did I mean what? I said a lot of things to you that day," I told her as I ran a hand over the back of my neck as the two of us sat down on a tree bark.
"Edward, I need to know because it has been killing me for many years. Did you ever love me?"
My face went white as a ghost as I remembered what I had said to her. I shuddered to think that she really believed my lies but I had been so cold and hostile to her. That was the day that I wished that I could forget but it was impossible. It was the day that I had screwed up everything.
"Bella, I did – I do! I never stopped loving you."
I watched her reaction and I frowned. Then, she spoke. "Why did you say those cruel words to me, Edward?"
"Because, Bella, if I hadn't, you would have tried to leave with my family when that was the whole point of us leaving. Bella, Jasper almost bit you, and you weren't ready. I didn't think it was right. God, I didn't want that for you when you had a choice," I sighed as I looked down at my hands. "And the last thing I ever wanted was to leave you alone, especially when you were pregnant."
"It was really a miracle," she told me with a smile. "Yeah, it hurt like hell when I wasn't feeding from bags of blood."
"You drank blood when you were pregnant?" I exclaimed as I looked at her in awe, truly impressed.
"Yeah, didn't Rose tell you?"
I shook my head no. Oh yeah, I was going to kill Rosalie for not telling me this. Honestly, she would not tell me nothing, and I didn't understand why. Renesmee was my damn child and she wasn't telling me shit. It just angered me that my sister was being so damn spiteful about these events.
"Rosalie doesn't tell me much," I shrugged as I looked over at her and I sighed. "I want to know everything, Bella. It is still hard to know that I got you pregnant and then wasn't there for you. I don't want Nessie to hate me…"
"Edward, she could never hate you. She loves you very much," Bella said to me as she grabbed my hand.
"Do you hate me?"
"Edward, I was so upset with you, but I could never ever hate you. You're the first boy I ever loved, and to be honest, you were the only guy I loved," she said as she glanced over at me.
I couldn't help it. Did Bella still have feelings for me? We still had so much to talk about, but as I looked up at the sky, I saw that it was getting dark. I knew that Alice wouldn't mind visiting with Renesmee for another hour or two. I was going to make sure that Bella and I talked about everything we needed to if it was the last thing I did.
"Bella?" I took a deep breath.
"Um… do you think there's a chance for us getting back together?"
Now the ball was in her court. I just hoped that my question wasn't too premature.
- 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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