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?
8. Let's breathe out the truth now.
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"What's that?" she asked me when I began taking the duck tape off the box.
"Albums, lots and lots of pictures of all of us, and there's a few tapes in there. Renesmee loves being in pictures, so she's in the majority of them. Want to start from the beginning? Did you know that Angela and Tanya recorded me from giving birth to my transformation?"
"They both thought we would see you guys again," I said with a nervous smile as I glanced at her, and I watched her pull out and hand me the one labeled 'Renesmee's Birth'. "I'd like to see this one first," she said with an eager look in her eyes.
I was definitely in shock after watching the video that had been playing for at least twenty minutes. I never ever thought this was what Bella went through when she went into labor with Renesmee. This made me become more and more upset to the fact that we had all missed this special moment in Bella's life. Sure, there was more blood than there should be during her giving birth to Renesmee, but this was the delivery.
"Oh, Bella," I sighed heavily, as I stared at the screen. I glanced at her for a second, then my eyes went back to the video to watch as Angela took Nessie into her arms. "I can't even imagine the pain you went through…"
"Yeah, it was pretty bad, but Angela, Ben, and Tanya from the Denali clan were there. Tanya was the one that really helped me with my transformation. Edward's not her favorite person anymore, especially after Ben and Angela told her why he wasn't around."
I sighed. On one hand, I felt bad for my brother. Everyone seemed against him for what he had done, but he was still family. On the other hand, he was the one to blame for what happened with Bella, and because of his actions, we missed out on her pregnancy, delivery, and transformation. I would have to get in touch with Tanya to thank her for her help. I was just pretty grateful that Bella didn't go through it all alone. If she had, I am not sure if I would ever be able to forgive Edward. He was mighty lucky!
"Where are Angela and Ben, anyways? I was expecting to see them here," I told her, pausing the video where Angela had just left the room with Ben right behind her, and I looked Bella in her eyes.
"They're probably hunting before it gets too dark. They like hunting together on Fridays," Bella said with a shrug, as she leaned back against the couch and looked at me.
"Bella, if you ever need anything from any of us, don't hesitate to come over and ask. I really think that you and Edward definitely need to talk. I can't justify his actions and say what he did was right but I do know that he was only trying to protect you," I told her with a sigh. I set the remote down and watched as Emmett came over to sit down next to me, wrapping his arm around my shoulders.
"Rose is right, Bella," Emmett told her. "You're like a sister to me. I never did think you were going to end up being a vampire, though, but I'm not complaining. Now, we get to see who is stronger – you or me."
I rolled my eyes, shaking my head. "We both know that Bella would kick your ass, Emmett. It's only been ten years since she's been turned…"
"Bring it on!"
Bella laughed, shaking her head at my husband. Bella and I knew that Emmett was crazy and that was why I loved my big teddy bear. I knew that Emmett loved Bella and I could understand why. I had been a total bitch to Bella in the past but I was going to make up for that.
When we got inside of the house, Esme offered to cook Landon and me something to eat, and we both gladly accepted. While my father, who was also a brilliant cook, helped my grandmother fix the meal, I told Carlisle all about how fast Landon and I grew. I had even brought a few pictures to prove my point. It had been Rose's idea to bring some photos with us.
Landon was eating his plate of pasta that Esme and my father had cooked for us. I was taking small bites, but because Landon hadn't eaten that much today, what with being around Emmett and all that happened at school. He had only eaten a little for breakfast, and had totally skipped lunch. Whenever Landon was stressed about anything like a test or even talking to me about something important, he wouldn't eat. It was a nervous reaction he got at times but I found it particularly endearing. Enough of that – I couldn't be thinking how cute Landon was, especially when I remembered my mother telling me about my father's gift.
When I looked across the table where my dad was sitting, I could see the frustration that was written across his face, and I bit my lip. I wasn't even sure what to say or even where to start for that matter.
"So, you're going to be eighteen soon? I mean, you're going to be celebrating being eighteen soon?"
I could tell by the tone of his voice that he was nervous and I didn't blame him. He never even thought that he could have children with him being a vampire, after all.
"Um, yes, I will actually be turning ten, but I look like I'm eighteen. Mother says I have grown so fast."
"We both have," Landon said around a mouthful of food, which caused Esme and Carlisle to laugh, and I rolled my eyes. "Ew… talk when you don't have a glob of pasta in your mouth."
"Aw, why not, Nessie?" Landon said with that boyish smile that I loved so much.
"Is this your boyfriend, honey?"
I giggled when I looked at Esme and I shook my head. "Oh, no, we're just best friends. I mean, he is the only person to really understand what I am going through. We're actually throwing a joint party to celebrate both of our birthdays since we're only a month apart."
"Oh, so, I'm not boyfriend material now?" Landon frowned as he looked over at me, raising an eyebrow and shaking his head.
"Oh my god, are you seriously asking me that?" I shrieked, as I glared at him, slapping him on the back of his head. "Now, finish eating, or I'm going to tell Ben…"
"Anything but that… I was just messin' with you!" Landon frowned again as I watched him go back to his food. When he continued to mope, I couldn't help but laugh.
"Sorry… even best friends have little fights, but as I was saying before I was so rudely interrupted… our parents are throwing a birthday party for the two of us. They don't see the point of throwing one birthday party after the other, and besides, Landon and I enjoy each other's company," I said with a grin, nudging Landon in the side.
"Yeah, she's the best friend anyone could ever ask for," he said after finishing his mouthful, glaring at me before he went back to his food.
"Geez, how much of that pasta are you going to eat?" I asked with a ridiculous look on my face.
"I haven't eaten since yesterday afternoon. You know how I get when we go to a new school, Ness…"
I looked up and around at everyone. "When we move to a new place, he gets worried for all of our sakes, but I call it paranoia, to be honest. He's crazy."
"You shouldn't worry so much, Landon."
I looked across the table at my dad when I heard those words leave his lips. I was dreading this upcoming conversation but we needed to have it. I had never asked my mother about things because I could tell it hurt her that my father stayed away for as long as he had.
"Look, I am sorry for what I said to you before, but you have to understand, my mother went through hell. Even after I was born, it was really hard on her. It wasn't until after Landon was born that she even was willing to try and move on. Trust me – she's a very beautiful woman but she didn't want anyone else in her life because she was so certain that you were going to come back to her. I just don't understand… why didn't you come back to her? What made you stay away from her?"
- 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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