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Breathless Treasure

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?


9. He did come for the treasure.

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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?"


When those words left my daughter's mouth, I sighed. Immediately, everyone except for Nessie left the table, and I knew that both Bella and Nessie deserved this answer. I just hoped that it would bring some closure for Bella. And I wanted to have a relationship with my daughter. Because of my choice, I had missed almost ten years of my beautiful daughter growing up. It was also obvious that she liked this Landon guy too. I didn't know her well enough to play the protective father role.

"You should have come for us. She needed you but she had to turn to Tanya and the rest of the Denali's."

I remembered the last time we ran into the Denali clan and it wasn't a good one. Tanya didn't even say anything to me, or even try to flirt with me, like she usually did. It had been a relief but it was strange when she didn't even say a word to me. It didn't make sense until this very moment.

"I went back to Forks, Renesmee. I even went to Seattle but your mother wasn't there. Trust me when I say this – I did go back to look for her."

Renesmee's eyes went wide and I guess that she was surprised. "You came back?"

"Yes, I did." I looked over at my daughter. She was the spitting image of Bella. "I looked for Bella for years. I didn't even know that she had gotten pregnant. You see, Renesmee… Carlisle and the rest of us – we didn't think it was possible for vampires to reproduce. If I had known she was pregnant, I never would have left her."

I watched her nod her head. "But you still haven't answered my second question. I deserve to know why you weren't there when I was growing up. Why did you leave Mom in the woods in the first place?"

I sighed softly, remembering that horrible time when I broke up with Bella near her house, and I ran a hand through my messy hair. I stood up and looked down at Nessie, then I looked towards the sliding glass door that led to outside.

"Did your mother ever mention a guy named James and a woman named Victoria?"

When I saw her grimace, I realized that Bella had told her about James and Victoria. It was something that I wished had never happened. It had been all because of James wanting to play cat-and-mouse. If it hadn't been for those three nomad vampires coming into town, none of this would have happened, and the more that I thought about it, the more frustrated I became.

"Well, I blamed myself for everything that had happened, Renesmee, and –"

"You can call me Nessie."

I felt my dead heart leap when she said that because I remember the words that she had said earlier.

No, you left my mom when she was pregnant. You don't get the privilege of calling me Nessie.

"Are you sure?"

"Yes, now that I know the truth. For so many years, I thought you never came for us, never thought about us, but you really did."

"I loved your mother – I still do – but back then James and Victoria were bad news. I left because I thought if it weren't for me, she never would have been in so much danger. If it weren't for me, James never would have attacked and bit her, but he did. It never should have happened. And there were so many other small things that happened, and more that could have happened. I left to protect your mother. I really thought that when we left Forks, she would wind up with Jacob. I just wanted her to be happy and safe."

"Jacob's the werewolf that was in love with her, right?"

I laughed and nodded my head. Bella really hadn't talked much about Jacob? I guess that was a good thing then. "Well, now you know. I didn't feel like I could be in her life, but she always in mine. But, Nessie, you have to believe me. I really did go back and try to find out how your mother was.

"We moved a lot because Landon and I were always growing… too fast, actually. It wasn't our faults, though," Nessie explained.

"Yeah, I'm sorry about that. Your growth rate is kind of my fault," I told her with a little shrug. "My powers matured the fastest out of your aunts and uncles, along with your grandparents here. Do you have any special abilities?"

"Actually, yes… both my mom and I have special talents. I know you read minds but –"

"Wait, so you and your mother have gifts. What are they?"

I had to admit that I sounded like a little kid but I couldn't help it. I always knew that Bella had been special but I was curious as to what her vampire ability was. However, I was even more curious about our daughter's gift. I knew she was beyond special because she was our little girl. I still could not believe that I was a father to this unique young lady and I wouldn't change that for anything.

"My mother is like a shield. As you know, she was always able to block your power. She can block other powers, too, but she only uses her power to protect those she loves."

"Mainly, she protected you," I confirmed to myself and she nodded her head. "Hmm, what about you, Nessie?"

"I can project my thoughts into another mind when I touch someone with my hands. I also have the ability to enter any mind I wish. I can even enter ones that are shielded like my mother's."

"What do you mean?"


I looked at my father, then got to my feet so we were both standing. I thought it would be better this way when I demonstrated by power. For some reason, I wanted him to be proud of me, so I really wanted to make an impression on him. I heard everyone come in behind us, and saw them stop at the entrance of the dining room. I placed my hands on his face, along his cool cheeks.

I then began to show my father the first time my mother held me after she changed into a vampire. I had been so little at the time, too. I was bundled up in a pink blanket that Angela had wrapped me in. Kate and Angela had been the ones that took care of me for the three days of the change, while Tanya stayed with my mother. My mother had the happiest look on her face when she looked at me and I made sure to show that image to my father.

After a moment, I pulled my hands away, and I swore if my father could cry, he would have tears streaming down his cheeks. The look on his face simply broke my heart but I knew he would want to see every moment of my life.

"I'm sorry."

My father shook his head and gave me a bright smile. "Don't be. I am very glad that you showed me."


It had been a few days since Renesmee had talked to Edward and they actually had forged a pretty good relationship. I had to say that I was a little jealous of their closeness but I was not about to confront Edward. I wasn't even sure what I would say. It had been ten years. Right now it was somewhat awkward. Sure, we had a few classes together, but we only spoke about things going on in class – nothing of a personal nature. Every now and then, I would catch Edward and Alice staring at me, and all I would do was frown.

I hated the situation I was in, especially since I realized I still loved Edward. I had thought if I ever saw him again, I would be strong, but I was wrong – I felt like a weak and confused little girl. I still believed that we were soulmates but I wasn't sure what to say to him. It was like he was even more perfect than he was when I first met him ten years ago.

Today we were all at my house since Renesmee thought having a barbecue on a Saturday might be fun. I think that this was her way of trying to get everyone's problems out in the open, though.


I turned my head and saw that Landon was looking at me with a sheepish smile. Landon really liked Nessie and I knew that every time he got close to talking to her about how he really felt, he would back out because of his nerves. You would think a vampire – well, half vampire – wouldn't suffer from nerves, but he did. I really did think he was good for my daughter just like I knew Angela thought that my Nessie was good for her son.

"Landon." I noticed the look on his face. "Is everything all right? You look kind of pale… at least more pale than you usually do, sweetheart."

Landon sighed and he took a seat next to me. Rosalie and Emmett watched him curiously.

"I tried again but I froze. I tried to tell her that her hair looks nice. I mean, really… what's wrong with me?"

I giggled softly as I placed a hand on his shoulder, and I squeezed it softly. "Oh Landon, I'm sorry."

"It's not funny," Landon frowned and he looked down. "I'm really scared that if I tell her that I like her she will only want to be my friend. Don't get me wrong. I love being her friend but I want to be more than just friends."

"I know you do, Landon. Everyone can see that – well, except Nessie," I said with a nod and I smiled at Emmett and Rosalie sitting across from us. "Hell, even Emmett here can see it."

Landon shifted his eyes over at Emmett but quickly averted them when he saw the look Emmett was giving him. I could tell that Emmett was in "protective uncle" mode and I laughed and shook my head when Rosalie slapped him in the arm.

"Ouch, Rose! Why the hell did you hit me?"

"You keep scaring Landon, or at least… you're trying to," Rosalie said with a shake of her head and she turned to Landon with a smile. "Don't worry about this big goof. He's harmless. He's just protective of family, and since you are family, he really won't do anything to you."

"Are you sure?" Landon frowned and he glanced to Emmett, who smiled at him.

"Look, kid, I'm not going to hurt you. If you ask anyone here, I am just a big goof ball or a teddy bear. I just like to have fun," Emmett said with a huge smile and he glanced at Rosalie before he looked back at Landon. "Although, if this "thing" that you want with Renesmee works out, you better not hurt her because I won't be nice about it."

Landon gulped and he nodded. He then looked back to me and frowned. "Bella, what do I do? I'm going to lose my mind."

I looked at him and laughed to myself. I knew the perfect person to help him with his problem. And Alice would totally enjoy this challenge. I knew that she was the one that could help out love-sick Landon. "You know what? That's really not my department, Landon…"

"But… but Bella," Landon sighed and he looked down at the ground. "I… I really like her and…and… and –"

I placed a finger against his lips to stop the sudden outburst he was about to let go. "Calm down, Landon. You didn't let me finish."

"Oh… I'm sorry."

I shook my head and looked at him. "Go talk to Alice, Landon. She's really good. I think she might be able to give you some pointers."

Landon didn't waste any time and I laughed. "He's got it bad and he doesn't even know it."