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?
17. So, there's a new treasure comin'.
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I panted as I looked around my surroundings, scared as I gripped the bark tree when I slumped back against it after feeding off of a deer that had been eating. I never got excited eating anymore and it was getting harder and harder to not kill these measly humans. I wasn't a killer and I didn't want to be.
"Riley, what are you doing here?"
I lifted my head to see Edward with some pretty girl in a brown dress, who, too, was a vampire. "Edward, I'm going to lose my mind. I can't take the pain anymore. I need blood… human blood."
It had been weeks since we had welcomed Riley into our family. With Jasper's help, Riley would be fine in no time, but he was still not able to attend school. Esme had taken it upon herself to home school him since he was technically a dropout, and she didn't want him to fall behind from being on the run because of the bloodlust surging through his system. We had learned that before Victoria had been killed off, she had been the one to turn Riley.
We had found out that when Riley had had enough human blood in him, he had killed her. After all, the red head had taken his life right from under him, but he had also been scared at the same time.
Besides the whole Riley situation, Emmett was getting on Landon's case. I wanted to stop Emmett but I knew he was only looking out for Nessie, although he did seem to overly enjoy messing with the poor kid.
"So, how many languages do you know?" Renesmee asked with interest as she looked at Riley with a huge smile on her face.
"Six," Riley said with a shrug as he looked over at her and he bit his lip.
"You know… you should teach her sometime," Emmett said with an innocent smile on his face as he stood up on his feet. "I am sure you wouldn't mind, would you?"
Renesmee smiled at Riley and shook her head. "No, I like learning new things. You wouldn't mind, would you?"
Before Riley had a chance to answer, I watched Landon move so quickly that he was standing in front of Nessie before anyone realized it. He glared at Riley and Emmett.
"What the hell is going on here?"
"Nothing, baby," Renesmee said soothingly as she stood up to kiss him, but Landon ducked his head to the side and her lips caught his neck instead. I could hear Emmett growl at that contact. "Did you know that Riley knows six languages? What were they again?"
"I know Spanish, French, Greek, Italian, German, and Portuguese. My mom taught my sister and me as we were growing up," Riley said as he looked at Landon, then he crossed his arms over his chest and smirked. "You know… girls like that type of stuff."
"Yeah, and girls also like guys who don't eat them!" Landon snapped, a growl erupting from his lips, and he glared at Emmett. "What the hell are you doing? You know how I feel about her!"
Emmett played the innocent card and I had to shake my head as I watched them from the kitchen doorway. I shook my head. Where was Bella when I needed her?
"I didn't do anything. Honestly, I don't know what you are even talking about, Landon," Emmett shrugged as he looked at Landon before looking back at Rose. "You believe me baby, don't you?"
"No, I don't, Emmett. You knew exactly what you were doing when you entered this conversation and I can't believe that you even did this… to Nessie. What the hell were you even thinking about?" Rosalie asked with a skeptical brow, her eyes shooting daggers at him.
"No, don't apologize to me, apologize to him!"
Emmett growled and I had to contain my laughter. Oh man, Emmett apologizing, this was so priceless!
"I don't want his sorry ass apology!" Landon growled as he pushed Emmett back down on the couch, making him sit down, and he glared down at him. "I may be young, but I'm not scared of you! You may be big and burly but I don't give a fuck about that. I'm more man than you'll ever be!"
Before Nessie had a chance to stop him, Landon was gone, and she glared at Emmett. "This is all your fault!"
"Wait, what? I was just trying to make him man up and not be such a wuss, Ness."
"No!" Renesmee growled as she glared at Emmett, crossing her arms over her chest, tears stinging her eyes. "I want you to fix this. He's been through hell already. He does NOT need this. I'm not kidding!"
Before I knew what happened, Nessie came running into my arms, her little arms wrapping around my waist. "Oh, Daddy!"
"I know, princess. I will make sure that your mother deals with Emmett," I said with a glare in Emmett's direction, watching his face get even paler (if that was possible) at the mention of Bella's name.
I watched Alice's face still as she tossed me a dress and I raised an eyebrow. This was the first time that Alice and I were doing something without any guys. Well, Jasper was tagging along since he was carrying our bags, but he loved being around us, and didn't grouse about our shopping. It was nice. The last time it was just the three of us was when we were on the run from James.
"Alice, are you all right?"
"Um… promise me you won't beat Emmett to a pulp?" she pleaded, letting a sigh leave her lips. "Emmett… he kind of verbally attacked Landon."
"Oh no," I breathed as I looked at Alice and Jasper. "Emmett shouldn't have done that. How's my baby?"
"Upset. From the looks of things, Edward's got her," Alice said with a nod as she walked to the cash register. "I think he's a wonderful father, if you ask me. Do you need to go home now?"
"No," I breathed as I remembered the reason I wanted to go out in the first place. "I need to go to the pharmacy."
"Why? Vampires don't get sick," Jasper said, chuckling and shaking his head. "What could you possibly want from that place, anyway, Bella?"
I laughed at Jasper's words before I became serious. I was worried about something, and it definitely was not a joking matter. And the more I thought about it, the more nervous I became. "Um… a pregnancy test?"
The bags from Jasper's hands fell and he looked at me like I had two heads. "Bella, you can't get pregnant."
"That's what I thought too. Yet, Renesmee exists, and now I'm feeling the same way I did before, especially with my cravings."
"Does Edward know?" Alice asked quietly as she looked at me.
"No… for all I know, I could be hallucinating this pregnancy. However, before we go home, I want some cheesecake."
"Wait, human food?" Jasper squeaked as he bent down to gather the bags that fell from his fingers. "Oh, no, Bella."
I remembered when I first realized that I could be pregnant.
"Mom, what are you doing?"
I was sitting in my room with a piece of cheesecake in my hands. I was eating around a strawberry that was sitting in the center. I hadn't been feeling like my normal self and the smell of blood was making me nauseous for some reason. I couldn't really explain it, either.
"I'm sorry, baby. I didn't mean to eat your cheesecake. I'll get you some more later."
"Oh, I don't care, but why are you eating… um, human food? There are no humans around, you know?"
"Oh," I laughed nervously as I licked the tasty cream from my lips and I looked at my daughter. "I just… wanted to see if I could taste anything, that's all."
"Hm, all right."
What was I going to do?
I was still running from Sam even though he was so determined that we were each other's mate. I still didn't think so. If his imprint on Emily broke because of my imprinting, well, that just didn't make any sense. I just didn't believe that Sam and I were meant to be. I had been told that I would never imprint or even have children. Was it even possible for me to have children since I had imprinted?
I turned my head and I saw that it was that kid vampire. His face looked stricken with tears and I felt awful. I didn't know why, either, because I was suppose to hate vampires even if they were the Cullens. Although, he wasn't related to the Cullen leeches in any way.
"You're Landon, right?"
"Yeah – I didn't mean to bother you," he shrugged as he looked over to me with a sigh. "I just needed some fresh air. If you want to be by yourself, I'll –"
I shook my head because it seemed like he could use a friend right now. I just wasn't sure what could be wrong, but I knew I couldn't just brush him off.
"No, you can stay here, and you look like you could use someone to talk to. So, tell me… what's the matter, Landon?"
I stood far away from Landon as he approached that smelly, female wolf. Rosalie had come with me because she knew I was never good at this sort of thing. I really hadn't meant to hurt the kid, but from his shy and quiet demeanor, I wasn't sure what to do. I was just trying to get him to open up more and be more assertive. Yet, I only backed myself into a corner. And then, I heard words I never thought I'd ever hear, especially from the kid's mouth.
"I… I still have nightmares about it. My mother had a really bad pregnancy," he sighed as he blinked the tears away from his eyes. "I love my mother more than anything in the entire world but I almost killed her, Leah. God… she didn't wake up for a week after her transformation. For the longest time, I had nightmares, seeing myself tearing through her stomach so I could get out. Because of my violent birth, I caused my mother a lot of internal injuries."
"Oh, my word," Leah gasped, her eyes wide in surprise.
"Everyone expects me to be this strong man, especially around Nessie. But I feel so useless," Landon said, shaking his head while a frown appeared on his face. "I don't even know why I am telling you all of this. You don't even like vampires at all."
"No, she doesn't, but she has a good heart," Sam said, approaching them, smiling at Leah, who returned the glance with a glare.
I saw Landon smile at the two of them. It was so weird to see him react like that. It was like he felt so comfortable with them, especially the one who was well known for her angry temperament.
"Hey, Landon," I sighed, walking forward, taking another deep breath as I looked at him.
Landon growled when his eyes met mine as Rosalie stood back. "What the fuck do you want? Are you here to tell me what a disappointment I am to you and the rest of your damn family? I know I am not related to any of you but-"
"Landon, you'll always be family," Rosalie said with a smile on her face as she stepped forward. "I think I should be the one to explain what my stupid husband was trying to do."
I gave my wife a smile that showed her exactly how grateful I really was.
"None of us have seen the wild vampire in you until… well, a hour ago, Landon. All Emmett wanted to know was that if something were to put Renesmee in danger, you would be able to protect her," Rosalie said with a smile as she stepped forward, placing a hand on Landon's shoulders. "Emmett's not good at using his words unless he is making a joke, but we all love him for that."
Landon looked at me with a raised eyebrow. "You sure are something else, but you still had no right to do what you did. For all you know, Riley could be hurting Nessie at this very moment…"
"He's not," Rosalie said as she looked at him and she pulled her hand back. "Edward wouldn't let anyone close to his daughter if she were in possible danger."
"I guess so," Landon mumbled under his breath, looking down at the ground before he looked at Sam and Leah. "I really appreciate you two listening."
Leah shrugged her shoulders and took off, while Sam followed close behind her, a smile tugging at the corners of his face.
"Landon, we heard what happened to you, but I think there's more you're not telling us," Rosalie said with a shake of her head.
"Yeah, there is, but I don't really like to talk about it."
Why did I feel like that was a lie?
"Landon, you can talk to us about anything. If you're scared we'll tell your mother, we won't say a word, if that's what you want," I told him as I watched him sit down on the tree bark. I went over and sat down next to him. "I know what it's like to not have anyone to talk to."
"Well, there was this vampire. I was about four years old but I looked to be around eight years old. Nessie and I were in the backyard, and we were testing each other to see if we could figure out who was smarter," he grumbled as he shook his head. "Of course, she won. I don't know how she got so smart. We read the same books."
I laughed a little bit, trying to lighten up the mood. "Yeah, she is really smart. I blame Edward and Bella for that."
"But that day I met the Volturi," he trembled as he looked at me. "Well, I met Aro, Jane, and Alec. They were so intimidating with those red eyes of theirs, I really thought that they were going to kill me."
I then fully understood why he was the way he was. He didn't even need to finish telling us about his experience. "Enough said, Landon. We've met the Volturi plenty of times. However, despite how the Volturi affected you, you're gonna have to get over it. I think I should teach you a thing or two about girls…"
As I watched Leah walking in front of me, I grinned, shaking my head at her stubborn refusal to acknowledge this imprint. God, it was no wonder why we were a match. Leah was my imprint and I was hers. I really enjoyed the idea of the two of us being together, especially after the horrible breakup we had gone through a few years back. Even though she was trying to ignore this reality, I knew she still loved me.
And I still loved Leah no matter what.
"Sam, why are you following me?" she asked with a groan when she came to a halt.
"Because I enjoy watching you, especially when you bend over," I teased her, receiving a glare and scowl in return which made me laugh.
"Oh, now you're sounding like Embry," Leah exclaimed, shaking her head as she looked at me with a raised eyebrow. "What do you want, Sam?"
"I want to take you out to dinner."
Leah crossed her arms over her chest and she glared at me. "Fine… where to?"
"That new restaurant - I think it's called Bartinelli's. Is that all right with you?"
Leah, just like any of the wolves, could never deny food, and I smiled when she simply nodded her head. Oh yeah, this dinner with Leah would just be one of many firsts. I would make sure that she would want this, that she would want us.
Figuring that Landon was in good hands with Rose and Emmett, I decided to see if one of my good human friends wanted to hang out. I smiled when my friend from school, Amethyst, walked through the front door, after my father let her in. We had gotten to really know each other when we had teamed up together to work on an Art Class project a few days after I enrolled at the school. When I had first met her, I had learned two things about her. The first thing was people treated her differently, and not very nicely, because of her eyes. One eye was blue and the other was green. Both eyes had a tint of purple inside of them. The other thing was that she had a nice personality that my whole family loved.
I just hoped that Riley wouldn't want to taste her because she was… a human and he was still trying to contain his lust for human blood. With Carlisle and Jasper's help, I had high hopes for him.
"I can't believe him!" Amethyst spat as she shook her head in total disgust. "That bastard said he was 'intrigued' with me, but he just used me to get close to my sister!"
"Guys can be jerks, Ammie," I said with a shake of my head as I looked at her. "Guys shouldn't be afraid of you because of your eyes. They don't know what they're missing."
Amethyst calmed down, then smiled as she nodded. "I am really glad that you moved here. I haven't had many friends."
I scoffed as I shook my head. "Oh, hush it. Anyways, do you want me to get something for us to eat?"
Amethyst nodded her head and I walked into the kitchen.
Oh. My. God. I had never seen anyone as exquisite as her. Her blood was so tempting but I fought to ignore it, trying to be better than the bitch that had changed me, the one who was nothing but pure evil. When Renesmee brought her into the kitchen, I watched her from my seat on the living room couch. Then, her eyes met mine, and I was so grateful that I was wearing those brown contact lenses so that nothing of my red eyes could show. I knew I would have to change them sooner or later, but for now they did the trick. As I looked at her, I noticed that her eyes were uniquely beautiful, and I gulped.
Her blond curls spiraled down her back and her skin looked so creamy and soft. I wished that I could touch her. She was so very feminine, and no one else could hold a candle to her beauty.
"Oh, hello, I didn't see you!" Amethyst blushed, her cheeks turning pink at the sight of me on the couch, and she raised an eyebrow.
I stood up, knowing that Renesmee was close by, but I was hoping that she wouldn't over-react and block me. I held my hand out to the beautiful girl in front of me. "I'm Riley."
As she placed her hand in mine, she smiled at me. "I'm Amethyst," she said quietly, looking down at the ground a little shyly.
Oh, yes, she was just so adorable, and I was already smitten with her. How was it even possible that this girl could make me feel… so alive?
As I pulled my hand back from hers, Nessie came out with human foods on a tray, and she raised an eyebrow at me. I just gave her a smile. Then, the front door opened and Landon, Rose, and Emmett walked in, staring at me. I backed away from Amethyst since they were so scared I would hurt her.
"I have to go," I mumbled as I shook my head in total disgust at the way they were looking at me, and I realized that I needed to hunt so I could get over the blood urge I felt from being close to her.
"Do you have to?"
I turned to look at Amethyst, and smiled apologetically at her. Nessie grinned and came over to us, blowing a kiss at Landon as she passed him.
"No, don't go anywhere, Riley. Why don't you join us? We were just going to go upstairs and watch a movie," Nessie said as Landon slid behind her, placing his hand on my shoulder. "It'll be fun."
"Um… I don't know. I really should go."
"Thirty minutes, Riley, or I'll hunt your ass down," Nessie said with a smirk on her face.
"Babe, we'll be back in a bit," Landon said as he stole a kiss from her. Then he then gave me a push towards the front door where Rosalie and Emmett had disappeared through. As soon as the door was closed, he turned to me with a knowing smirk on his face. "You like her, don't you?"
- 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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