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?
14. You're my sweetest treasure, baby.
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"Yes, Mom, it is definitely what I want. I want to be with Renesmee more than anything," I explained to her with a shy smile on my face. "I am just so nervous that she's not going to want this."
My mother smiled at me, fixing the collar of my shirt, then she turned me to face the mirror. "Honey, she would be crazy not to want you. Now, do you have everything ready?"
I nodded at my mom. "Yes, Mom. I just hope in a few hours I won't lose my mind."
I was so excited right now. This was the first birthday party that Edward and the Cullens had attended for Renesmee. I honestly was thrilled that this was truly happening. Walking inside the Cullen house, I looked around. Alice had really outdone herself. Streamers were everywhere, blue, black, and silver, which were both Landon and my daughter's favorite colors. This was a big birthday, and in the invitation, Alice had requested that guests dress nicely.
This was a coming of age birthday party and I was rather excited about my baby's birthday. She was only ten years old, but because she had a few friends that she met in a few of her classes, who were human, they just thought that she was eighteen years old.
I was going to go get Jacob in a few minutes and I couldn't wipe the smile from my face. I never thought that what with me being a vampire and him being a wolf that we would ever be friends again. I blamed it on Nessie, though, and the fact that he imprinted on a vampire. I chuckled, remembering the words he said about her the other day.
"Bella, I have to find her. Without her, there's no point of me even existing. She means so much to me and I'd do anything just to have her. There's just one problem."
I heard the sigh leave his lips as I walked alongside of him through the Seattle forest that we had marked as our place to meet up. "What's the problem, Jacob?"
"She's a vampire," he paused, a frown coming over his face, and he took a deep breath. "Vampires and werewolves are suppose to hate each other. What is everyone going to say to this departure from logic, especially since I imprinted on the most dangerous, yet wonderful and beautiful woman on the face of the Earth, Bells?"
"God, Jake, I don't know, but she's your imprint," I said with a grin as I placed my hand on his shoulder. "I promise you that everything will work out in the end. After all, everything happens for a reason. I mean, look at my situation, Jake. I had a half-vampire baby."
Jacob nodded his head, earning a smile from me before giving me one back. "Bella, you're lucky that Edward wants you. I can't even find this girl."
Whoa. Jacob was completely smitten with the girl he imprinted on. He hated Edward, so the fact that he didn't call him a leech or a bloodsucker came as a complete shock. Then again, he had imprinted on a vampire, for gods' sake, so I guess he was tempering his name-calling.
I jumped out of my thoughts, almost dropping the pan of food I was cooking, and I grinned when I saw Leah, Embry and Quil standing behind Jacob. Jacob had told me how Sam and he had their own packs now, just because Jacob was the rightful Alpha. I had met Leah yesterday when I went to meet the members of his pack. I had told everyone at home that I had invited them to the party. Jacob was still my best friend even after not seeing him for years. I wasn't going to let Edward tell me who I could and could not hang out with. No, that wasn't going to happen for a long time.
"Hey," I said with a smile, moving away from the stove when I saw the hungry look on Embry's face, and nodded my head. "There's some food out on counter, Em-"
I didn't even finish my sentence when I watched Embry and Quil head to the counter, making a plate for themselves. I was so glad that Tanya and Kate had bought all that excessive food before they headed on back to the mountains. I was so excited they were going to come back for the party, even though they would be a little late.
Jacob was looking around the kitchen when I noticed him staring at a picture and I snapped my fingers in front of his face. He jumped slightly.
"Oh, sorry Bells," he said, looking back at the picture on the wall, and he smiled to himself.
"You all right?"
As he nodded his head, he turned to look at me, and pointed to the picture of Tanya and Nessie with their arms around each other.
"Hey, you know her, Bells?"
I nodded my head as I put the bowl of potato salad in the refrigerator to let it get cold, and I turned back to look at my best friend. "Yeah, that's Tanya, why?"
"Is she coming to the party today?" he asked, his eyes still on the picture and a bewildered smile on his face. "Please tell me she's coming, Bells, or I'm going to go crazy."
"Why? You are acting so weird and –" I gasped as I turned to Jake, placing my hand on his arm, and I turned to him with a raised eyebrow. "It's Tanya? You imprinted on Tanya Denali?"
As I screeched, Embry, Quil, and Leah looked at me. I laughed as I looked at him with a smirk.
"What is it now, Bella?"
"Jacob… she's stubborn –" I glared at him when he pointed his finger at me. "She's worse than I was when I was a human."
"Oh please… you are just as stubborn," he argued as he looked at the picture with a grin.
"Man, I thought you were joking when you said that you imprinted on a vampire," Embry said as he took a bite of a piece of chicken, shaking his head, and he ran a hand through his hair.
"Whatever… she's coming to the party tonight." Jacob said, not being able to wipe the smile from his face, and he shook his head at the three of them. "Don't embarrass me or you'll pay for it."
I noticed that Leah was quiet and I nudged Jacob when the three of them walked out onto the deck. "Hey, what's wrong with your beta?"
I sighed as I looked at Bella and I raked a hand through my hair before accepting a bowl of chili and nacho chips. After I took a bite of the nachos, I cleared my throat. I wasn't even sure how to begin but I felt that I could tell Bella anything. Running into her in the woods brought us back to that easy friendship we had always had.
"Jake, if it's none of my business –"
"No, it's not that. It's complicated…"
"I am the definition of complicated," Bella said with a grin, which made me laugh. "Tell me, Jake."
"Well… let's see how to start this. Sam and Leah – do you remember the other day when I told you that they used to date in high school?" I reminded her.
"Yeah. Did something happen?"
"Yeah and it's… HUGE. This has never happened. As I told you, there have not been a lot of female werewolves. Actually Leah's the first in our known history. Well, Sam had imprinted on Emily, just like I told you, when Emily came in town to visit Leah," I began as I ran a hand through my hair and sat down at the table. I watched Bella take a seat down across from me. "Bella, when Leah saw Sam the first time after her transformation… she imprinted."
"Wait, what?" Bella squeaked and I smirked as I swallowed the nacho chip. "Is that even possible?"
"Well, when Leah imprinted on Sam, he re-imprinted on her, breaking all ties with Emily. It sucks, but they were together first. So, Emily packed her things and left. Leah's been avoiding Sam at all cost. Even though she was upset at Sam for breaking her heart, she didn't want to hurt Emily."
Bella shook her head. "Wow, so much drama. First, you are a werewolf. Then, I find out that you imprinted on the woman that saved my life, and now… this. You werewolves are drama freaks, aren't you?"
"What's going on here?"
I knew that voice and so did Jacob. As I turned my head, I saw Edward there with the rest of his family, and I sighed. Edward better not start anything. After all, this was my home, and I had invited the wolf pack over for Nessie's birthday party.
"Oh, Jacob was just telling me about the latest werewolf drama," I said as I patted Jacob on his back and I walked over to the Cullens, giving each one a hug – even Edward. "I am glad you guys came."
"Thank you again for inviting us," Esme said with a smile as she looked at me. "Do you need help cooking?"
Esme didn't even let me answer before she led Alice and Rosalie into the kitchen.
"You look beautiful, Bella."
I knew if I was human that my cheeks would be flushed pink because of his words and I looked into his eyes. I was wearing a white peasant skirt with a dark blue tank top. Since the party was going to be pretty much outside and it was a beautiful day, I thought I should wear something spring-y. As I looked at Edward, I internally drooled. He was dressed in a pair of khaki jeans and a buttoned down, white shirt, and he had left the top two buttons open.
"Thank you… you don't look so bad yourself," I said with a smile as I looked at Edward. "Did you park the car and put the cover on like we discussed earlier this morning?"
Landon's and my birthday party was in full swing and it had been for a couple of hours. I was beaming with excitement because this was the best party I had ever had. Landon and I were officially eighteen and legal. My father and his family were here and Jacob was here. I didn't know Jacob all that well but he was my mother's best friend. Also, I found out that Jacob had imprinted on Aunt Tanya. That was just crazy.
"Mom, Dad, are you serious?" I whispered breathlessly as I looked at my present from my parents - the car in the driveway that my father had revealed twenty minutes ago. "It's really mine?"
I was in denial because my mother had told me so many times that I wasn't going to get a car until I was actually 'eighteen' but here I was – staring at the most beautiful car that was customized in my three favorite colors.
"Yeah, do you like it, baby?"
"Mom, I love it!" I beamed as I threw both my arms around their necks. "Hey, Lan-"
I frowned when I realized that he had snuck away and I pouted. He had been disappearing a lot throughout the entire night and it worried me.
"Hey, Nessie, this is from Landon."
As I took the note from Angela, my parents walked away, along with everyone else, and I bit my lip. Why was Landon writing me a note when he could just tell me? And why was everyone else acting like they knew something I didn't? I didn't understand what the hell was going on. So, I opened the note and began to read it.
Hey pretty girl,
I know, I know. You want to know where I am right now, don't you? Of course you do but the car's pretty grand, ain't it? A Mercedes Guardian. You know you have you to let me drive it sometime. Anyways, I have a plan. I got some help, so go to your bedroom. The first surprise is there.
Just to let you know, I love you, Nessie.
When I read those last words, this strange feeling came over me. The 'I love you' made me tingly all over, and it kind of excited me. That's when I noticed that everyone was gone from the back yard. Okay, what the hell just happened? Everyone was abandoning me? Everyone had been acting weird. I shrugged my shoulders as I walked into the house, passing people who were giving me silly grins, and I entered my bedroom.
As I walked in, I saw a beautiful dress lying on my bed that was black with a dark velvet purple sash wrapped around it. I knew that dress. It was strapless and would hang off of my shoulders. I could tell that it would end just above my kneecap and I grinned. This was so my style. Did Landon buy it or did Alice? I also saw a pair of black, strappy heels right beside the dress.
I then grabbed the note that was right next to the dress and I began to read it.
My sweet Nessie,
So, if you haven't figured it out yet, I am not at the party anymore, but fear not, you will see me soon enough. I remember you staring at this dress in the store window, but you thought it wouldn't look right on you. I swear, I am going to have to boost that confidence of yours up. I believe you will look awesome in this dress.
Put it on, then follow the clues. They will lead you to my special surprise for you.
Oh and don't forget the earrings on your dresser. I thought of you when I saw them,, Nessie… my sweet, Nessie.
-Your best friend, Landon
I set the note back down and smiled. It was a game and I was enjoying it. Landon had set up a treasure hunt and I couldn't wait to find him and my surprise. As I walked to my dresser, I saw a sticky note on top of a box. As I opened the box, I gasped at the beauty of the white gold necklace with a heart pendant dangling delicately from the chain. As I popped open the pendant, tears filled my eyes at the picture of Landon and me. I wiped the tears with the back of my hand, then saw a pair of white gold, matching earrings. I picked up the note from the top of the box and began to read it.
I love you,
Nessie, I know if I said this to you in person, I would be a stuttering fool. I don't even know where to start so I guess you are going to have to deal with my shyness and my stuttering-ness to find out exactly what your surprise is. Put on the dress, shoes, and jewelry. Don't put on makeup because you look so beautiful without it.
Meet me where Bella, Rose, Emmett, and the two of us went.
-Your sweet, Landon.
I was so confused. What was going on? Landon was making me worried but he would never put me in any danger. As I put on the dress, I blushed, my cheeks all pink and rosy when I actually saw how the dress hugged my curves. I ran my hands along the curves of my hips and I shook my head. I needed to see Landon and I needed to see him now. So, I finished getting ready, and then I left to go follow my clues.
Oh shit, oh shit, oh shit! I was a mess and it was because of the speech that I had practiced last night. Well, I couldn't remember a single word. Alice's plan of asking out Nessie was going to fail and I was not going to get the girl that I wanted. I didn't think that I could ever be so nervous and I frowned.
Oh God, she's here, and I'm a mess. I straightened my tie that I had loosened and I watched her come into view. She was even more radiant than before and I flashed her a smile. Renesmee was gorgeous, and by the end of my speech, I hoped to land the girl that I had been in love with since I had coherent thought. When I was three, I instantly knew I had a crush on her, but I was so young back then.
"Hey, beautiful," I said with a nervous smile as I walked up to her, taking hold of her hands in mine.
"Landon, are you okay? You're scaring me," Nessie pouted as she placed her hands on the sides of my face. "You're okay, right?"
"You've already asked that, and to answer your question, I am. I just have one question to ask you."
"Did you really make me get dressed up to ask me a question, Landon Jacob Cheney?"
I frowned. "Oh, I'm sorry. We could –"
"Landon, I'm kidding. I'm sorry," Renesmee smiled as she slid her hands over my arms. "Go on… what's your question."
"Renesmee, I just can't take it anymore," I stuttered out as I took a deep breath, sliding my hands onto her hips, drawing her close to me, watching her eyes widen. "Nessie, the thing is… I'm in love with you. I've been in love with you since I was three years old. Everything about you attracts me to you. The way you move, the way you talk… even the way you smell makes me want you so much…"
"Oh, Landon," Renesmee gasped, tears welling up in her eyes.
I wiped her tears away with my thumb. "I had this big speech planned out but I already forgot everything I was going to say. I just want to devote myself to you. I want to be with you romantically. I still want to be your best friend, Ness, but damn, I am going crazy not knowing how you feel about –"
I was interrupted when I suddenly felt Nessie's lips pressing against mine. As I watched her pull away, she smiled at me, her cheeks having that alabaster glow on her cheeks. "I love you too, you stuttering, forgetful fool."
"Bella, she's coming, right? You said she was coming!"
Bella just laughed, pushing me down in my seat. "If you keep acting like this, you won't land the girl that you obviously want, Jake. Calm down."
"I've never seen Jacob so out of control," Quil chuckled.
"I'm not out of control!" I growled, glaring at Quil, my dark eyes turning back to the door when I heard it open.
"Hey, Bella, where are you?"
That angelic voice was finally here and I could smell her beautiful scent of vanilla and flowers.
"I'm in the kitchen, Tanya!"
And then, she walked into the kitchen, noticing me. "Ew, what's he doing here?"
For the first time in my life, I was speechless.
"Oh my God… Jacob's quiet as a mouse," Leah smirked as she nudged Embry in the side. "That's never happened. It is about damn time."
- 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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