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Enduring Love

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Story Banner Edward leaves more then just Bella behind during New Moon. Unbeknownst to Edward, he leaves Bella pregnant and in more danger then he could have ever dreamed possible. Now three years later a reunion is possible, will they finally be a family or will a new danger stop that from ever happening. Story Banner by Pixiefanpire


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1. Chapter 1

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Enduring Love

Chapter 1

There was only one word that I could use to explain what I was seeing right now, and that word was fate. I mean, how else could I possibly explain the fact that I was staring at four members of the Cullen family?

Part of me couldn’t believe my eyes; I mean I have been helping Bella try to find the Cullen’s since around two months after they left. Considering the fact that we were approaching Bella’s twenty-first birthday, in addition to the three year mark of when they all left, it just seemed strange that we would all end up in Rochester, Minnesota at the same time.

Of course, if I was honest with myself, I would have to admit that it made sense that a doctor as good as Dr. Cullen would have a reason to come to the Mayo Clinic. It is, after all, one of the most renowned hospitals in the world. I just had to believe that it was a sign that they should be reunited with Bella, making Bella's family whole once again.

My hopes are that, if anything could come of all this, is that Bella and Edward could be together again. She still loved him so much, and I couldn’t help but believe that Edward loved Bella too. But before any of that could take place, I had to work out a way for them to meet again. Which, considering how Bella always described Edward, could be a very complicated task.

Decided that, if I was ever going to do something to help my friend be happy again, I had to talk to the Cullens; now rather than later. If I waited, I would very likely miss this chance. I took a couple of deep breaths and then forced my legs to walk over to them. “Alice and Emmett Cullen. Is it really you?”

Alice and Emmett both turned around at the same time. Where Emmett looked a little bit confused, Alice was practically vibrating with excitement. If I hadn’t been so nervous about what was about to happen, I probably would have considered it humorous. But before I knew it, Alice was pulling me into a hug. “Angela Weber, I can’t believe it’s you. How are you doing? Are you staying here? What news do you have about Forks?”

I could plainly see that the Cullen’s were more than shocked by Alice’s reactions to seeing me, but by the end of her questions and the mentioning of Forks, they seemed to understand. They all had to know that news about Forks would also mean news about Bella Swan.

Realizing that I had yet to respond to any of Alice’s questions, I began to speak. “I’m doing good-wonderful, in fact, since I’ve found all of you. I’m, um… Actually I’m staying here at this hotel for the next week.” At this point, I didn’t think it was a good idea to tell them that I was here with Bella, or the others. That type of news would be better delivered somewhere a little more private.

Looking at all of them, I forced myself to continue, “Actually, if you have time during your stay here, I would love to talk to you all in private.” Wanting to get my point across, I stared directly into Alice’s eyes, hoping that I was able to convey to her just how important this is. If my eyes couldn’t convey my need for this, maybe mentioning a certain person would work. I looked at all of them and said, “I have a lot of information I need to share with you all concerning Bella and Forks.”

Immediately Mrs. Cullen got a hopeful look on her face, “We would love nothing more then to speak with you. Would you be available to come to our room?”

“I would love to Mrs. Cullen, but I need to take care of a few things first.” I looked at my watch and noticed that it was almost eight. I would need enough time to go back to my room, get a few things and make up an excuse to Bella. “Could I maybe meet you up in your room in an hour?”

Mrs. Cullen gave me the warmest smile. “That would be wonderful dear, but you must call me Esme. We are staying in the Presidential Suite on the top floor. Come up whenever you can, it doesn’t matter what time it is.” One thing was for sure, Bella was dead on when she described Esme’s loving nature; it was definitely something that pulled you in.

I watched as the Cullen’s began to make their way to the elevator. I really hoped that I could pull this off. Needing a few more minutes, I stayed in the lobby in hopes of coming up with a good plan. Unfortunately, I realized I couldn’t come up with anything, so I decided to just get it over with and make my way up to our own suite. I knew I was just going to have to wing it.

I very slowly made my way into our room and found Bella alone on the couch, reading a book. In all honesty, I thought Bella looked absolutely wonderful. And though for the most part I knew she was happy, she still truly missed the Cullen family, especially Edward.

“Hey Angela, did you have any luck at the gift shop?”

It wasn’t until that moment that I realized that I had completely forgotten why I had gone downstairs in the first place-in search for something sweet. I had hoped to find a good piece of chocolate, when instead I found the Cullen’s. “No I didn’t find anything of interest.”

I looked over at the table and noticed my laptop, when inspiration struck. “Actually, if you don’t mind, I thought I would head to the all night coffee shop around the corner. I figured I could get some work done and enjoy a hot chocolate at the same time.”

“I don’t mind at all. I’m getting tired myself so I figured since the other two were already asleep, I would get to bed early as well.” She looked at me with a sheepish grin before she continued. “Hopefully by the time you return, I’ll be done with my sleep talking.”

I chuckled. “Oh you’re not that bad, your sleep talking is definitely quieter then Jacob’s snoring.”

Bella laughed. “That’s probably true, though I would venture to say that my sleep talking is much more entertaining and embarrassing.” I couldn’t help but nod at what she was saying, it definitely was the comedic part of the night when you stayed overnight someplace with Bella Swan. When she saw me agree with her statement, she stuck her tongue out at me and said, “Go enjoy your hot chocolate. I’ll see you in the morning.”

Laughing, I made my way to the bedroom so that I could get my messenger bag and purse. I made sure to get a few things that I wanted to bring with me before I headed into the living area to get my laptop.

Once I had everything I needed, I turned to Bella. “I’ll try to be quiet when I get back so I don’t wake anyone.”

“Don’t worry about it. I’m just glad that you were willing to come with me. It means a lot to me.”

“I was more than happy to come along,” I said as I waved goodbye and made my way out of the room.

Looking at my watch, I realized that it had only taken me around fifteen minutes to get out of the room with a good story. I knew that before I handled this, I needed to call Jacob and let him know what I was going to do. I had always promised him that I would always be honest with him.

I pulled out my cell phone and was going to call, until I remembered the fact that vampires could have really good hearing. Not knowing for sure whether or not they could hear me right now, I decided to send Jacob a text instead of calling him.

J-

BIG NEWS…I’ve run into four members of the Cullen family (Alice, Emmett, Dr. Cullen and his wife). I have spoken with them and have plans to go up to their room and visit with them tonight. I plan on telling them everything.

Please don’t be worried, you know there is nothing to be worried about when it comes to the Cullen’s. I’m hoping to reunite two people destined for each other.

FYI…There is no use trying to talk me out of it.

<3 A

These were times that I was glad about the perks of being Jacob’s imprint. His only wish was to make me happy, and with him knowing that I wanted to reunite Bella with the Cullen family, he wouldn’t fight me too much on this.

In preparation to have more privacy with my phone call with Jacob, I decided I would try and be as truthful to Bella as possible, so I made my way to the coffee shop so that I could get that hot chocolate. She wouldn’t need to know that I would not be drinking at the coffee shop; I was at least being honest with the act of going there.

As soon as I walked out of the hotel, my phone started to ring. I smiled at the caller ID seeing that Jake was calling. “Hello.”

“Are you sure about his Ang?” Jacob’s husky voice couldn’t hide the worry I could hear it in his tone.

“You know that I am, Jake. You also know for a fact that there is nothing to be worried about when it comes to the Cullen family.” In hopes of easing any tension he may be feeling, I added, “You know I wouldn’t put myself in danger. I’m not a thrill seeker; never was and never will be.”

“I know honey, I just worry about you. You know I don’t want anything to happen to you. When I’m not around to guarantee that you’re safe I tend to feel a little anxious.”

“I know that. Why don’t you tell me what you’ve been up to, anything happen after we left?”

A little too quickly for my liking, I could hear Jacob saying, “Why? What did you hear?”

Well, that definitely put me on edge, what had happened since we left yesterday? “Jake, spill. I can tell you’re hiding something from me.”

“Sam and Jared picked up a fresh scent this morning.”

“Just a passerby? Or do you think it’s more than that?” I asked, getting worried.

“We aren’t sure yet. The scent is somewhat familiar, something we haven’t smelled in a while. We’re going to be doing more runs than normal, just to be on the safe side.”

Needing to be a little careful with what I said now, I walked into the coffee shop and got in line. “Jake, do you think it could be one of the Cullen’s? I could ask them later if any of them have been back recently.”

“It doesn’t smell like any of the Cullen’s, but it’s worth a shot.”

“What can I get for you?” The teenage girl said once I got to the front of the very short line.

“Just a second Jake,” I brought the phone down enough so that I could speak to the teenager behind the counter. “Yes, could I get a large hot chocolate please?”

“Would you like whipped cream on that?” She asked.

“Yes please.” I smiled at her. What was the point to have a hot chocolate without whipped cream? It was just like a cherry at the top of a sundae; an absolute must, in my opinion.

“That will be $3.62 please.”

I paid for the hot chocolate and got back onto the phone with Jake, “Sorry about that, Jake.”

He laughed, “Let me guess, you’re having one of your daily chocolate fixes?” He knew me and my need for something chocolate. I couldn’t let a day pass without having something chocolate, and it was in a desperate situation that I would order a large hot chocolate.

“Yes.” I could feel myself blush, but hey a girl’s gotta have her chocolate. Trying to change the subject, I asked, “So how is Seth doing? Is he missing his Nessie time?”

Jake laughed, “He’s a lost puppy without her around, but I guess I’m not one who should be talking. I find myself in the same boat. I really do miss you Ang.”

I smiled, “Oh Jake, I miss you, too. More then you’ll ever know.”

“What time do you go meet with the Cullen’s?”

I picked up my hot chocolate from the counter and started to make my way out the door. “I plan on going up to their room as soon as I get back to the hotel.”

“What all are you going to tell them?”

“I plan on telling them everything that has happened since the day they left Forks.”

“Does that include what happened to Ben?” I know he and the rest of the pack still blamed themselves for not getting there in enough time. They were against extremely bad odds on that night, it just couldn’t be helped.

“Yes, I’m sorry Jake, but I plan on telling them about that as well. I hope you don’t mind.”

“I’m just worried about your feelings during that part of the story. I know it was a very difficult time in your life, and I feel so bad that you ever had to go through that.”

My eyes started to tear up, not at the memory of Ben this time, but at the pain I could hear in Jacob’s voice. “Jacob, honey, I’m fine. Yes, it was a sad time in my life, and a part of me will always love him, but I am deeply in love with you now. Okay?”

I heard him sigh, “I love you, too, Ang. Please be safe.”

“I will. I want you to be safe as well. I’m nervous about you being out there with a possible threat in the area.” As soon as I said the words, I internally cringed. I knew I had just unleashed the cocky Jacob.

“Don’t worry about me; I’m excited about the fun this will be.”

“Jake, stop it.”

“Sure, sure.” Yep, the cocky Jacob was out.

I was getting close to the hotel, so I decided it was time to get off the phone. “I’ve gotta go, I’ll call you tomorrow to let you know how everything went, okay?”

“Okay. Love you, Ang.”

“I love you, too. Bye.”

“Bye.”

I placed my cell phone back into my bag and made my way into the hotel. Once I got into the elevator, I started repeating the lines the Little Engine That Could was always saying. I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.

It was only moments later that I found myself at the door to their room. I took several deep breaths and knocked, but before I could even finish my second knock, the door was opened by Dr. Cullen.

“Angela, it’s good to see you. Please come in.”

Looking around their room, I was in awe at the splendor of their suite. There was a large living room, kitchen and dining area with very expensive furnishings. I could only guess what the bedrooms looked like.

“Thank you Dr. Cullen. I’m glad that you all agreed to meet with me.”

Following him into the room, Dr. Cullen spoke, “Please, call me Carlisle.”

When Carlisle went and stood next to his wife, Esme grinned at me. “It was wonderful to finally meet you downstairs Angela. Alice and Edward always mentioned what a nice, caring person you always were.” Alice grinned and nodded her head in agreement.

I could feel my cheeks grow pink from embarrassment due to her kind words. “That was very nice of them.”

Never having spoken to Emmett when we went to school together, I was shocked when he started to speak to me. “So how’s Bella?” He gave me what I would consider a worried look. “How’s my little sister, Angela?”

I was touched by his endearment. “I’m glad to hear that you think of Bella like that. I know she has always considered you like a big brother, Emmett.”

“Really?” He said with the most hopeful look on his face.

“Most definitely. I know for a fact that Bella always felt this kind of sisterly affection towards you. Add to that, the fact that you would find any reason to embarrass her, made her think of you as a big brother.” The fact that Bella could be embarrassed so easily probably made it all the more fun for someone like Emmett.

Emmett got the hugest grin on his face. “Cool!”

I had to get started while I still had the courage. “I have a lot of information I need to tell you. Is there a certain place you would like to do this?”

Carlisle waved his hand over to the table, “We normally have family meetings at the dining room table.” The mention at the dining room table almost made me laugh. I knew that would be the only thing they do around the table. Being brought into their secret a little over two years ago, I knew they didn’t eat food.

Alice must have noticed my reaction to Carlisle’s comment. “Angela, you have to tell us everything that we have missed; both the good and the bad.”

“It will be hard, but I need to do this. You all need to understand what you left behind.” I was going to work on remaining calm. Although I understood why they probably left, it didn’t mean I didn’t get angry about how this affected Bella. “Before we begin, there are a few things I need to go over.”

“Please, go ahead. Feel free to say whatever you like.” Carlisle seemed to get the sense that what I may have to say regarding Bella may not be nice towards any of them.

“Some things that I have to tell you, you aren’t going to like very much.”

We all sat down at the table where I asked my first question. “May I ask where the rest of your family is?”

They all had to know that my question in particular had to do with Edward’s whereabouts. Esme looked at me and answered, “The rest of them are at home. Originally it was only supposed to be Carlisle and me on this trip, but before we left Alice, said that she and Emmett had to come with us.”

Being surprised by that comment, I looked at Alice with what I would assume was a surprised look on my face. “Did you see something, Alice?”

To say they were surprised by my question was an understatement. They all sat there, perfectly still. I decided to explain my question. “Okay, I will be upfront about this. Due to extenuating circumstances-and not because of Bella-I know that you’re all vampires.”

When they didn’t respond, I continued, “Shortly after my high school graduation, Jacob Black-one of the Quileute members down in La Push-imprinted on me.” That comment got Carlisle reanimated, looking at him and I went on. “You see, the wolves are back in La Push. And when I saw Jacob again after he started phasing, he imprinted on me.”

“What does that mean?” Emmett asked, clearly confused.

Carlisle answered the question for me. “When a wolf imprints, it means that they, in essence, meet their soul mate. When this happens, they can’t keep secrets from that person. That person is then brought in on our secrets.”

Emmett just stared at me with his mouth hanging open. “Wow, seriously?”

“Yes, but I have to admit that I’m glad I know. My knowing made it a lot easier on Bella. She was finally able to talk to someone other than Jacob, who up to that point, was not very sympathetic when it came to your family.”

Alice looked a little relieved by this. “Is that how you know about my special ability? Did Bella tell you?” When I nodded, she finally answered my question from earlier. “In all honesty, it wasn’t that I saw anything. I could see that Carlisle and Esme were going to meet somebody, but I couldn’t see the person. It was so strange, though I couldn’t see who it was. I could see a meeting taking place in this room, where Carlisle and Esme would hear some things that would cause a wide range in emotions.”

At those words, I could easily believe what I would say, in addition to the emotions that would cause. Alice continued with telling her vision. “From their reactions to the meeting, I made an executive decision that it would be best if Emmett and I joined them on this trip. I figured that we could maybe help out in some way.”

“Okay. Well, I’m glad you joined them, but do you think we should include the rest of your family in this discussion?” Part of me was absolutely relieved that I didn’t have to worry about Edward being here to read my thoughts right now. When they saw me shudder at my own question, I tried to reassure them with what I was thinking. “Don’t get me wrong, I truly believe that Edward should hear all of this. I know that Bella wants you all to know everything, especially Edward. I just don’t want him close enough to read my thoughts. I also think it would be beneficial to Edward to be near Jasper when he hears this. I have a feeling that Edward will truly need help from Jasper when he hears this story. From everything that Bella has told me about Edward, he was always someone who was prone to overreacting or even being overly dramatic about certain situations, and what I need to share with you will probably cause a roller coaster of reactions.”

“Overreaction is Edward’s middle name,” Emmett muttered. It appeared that Emmett was sick of this particular tendency of Edward’s.

After a moment, Alice spoke, “Angela is right. It is a good thing that Jasper is there with Edward. I can see him being his normal overreacting, head-up-his-butt, doesn’t-know-when-to-just-stop-brother.”

Emmett chuckled. “Awe Alice, you’re just talking nice so you don’t scare Angela. I’ve heard you be much more creative in your descriptions of Edward before.” Alice stuck her tongue out at him, causing Emmett to laugh even more. “Everyone knows that any news pertaining to Bella will invoke a very dramatic Edward.”

“Look whose being nice with their words in front of Angela, now.” Alice sneered, causing me to laugh.