Please review or rate! The Cullens, Jacob, and Seth move to New Hampshire, where a new vampire comes into their life; but not before a devastating car accident alters Bella's family forever. EXCERPT: Edward sat back down on the bed next to me, and held the neatly-wrapped package out to his daughter. “This is from your mother and me; happy birthday,” he said gently. While her eyes were transfixed on the package, I shot him a silent thought. What is this? He just smiled and left me hanging. Renesmee slowly turned and walked towards the package, thrilled at the prospect of an unexpected treasure. She took the box and carefully untied the ribbon. When she lifted the top of the box, she revealed a stunning gem in the shape of a heart. It was identical to the one Edward gave me after graduation, but instead of a flawless and colorless diamond charm meant for a bracelet, it was a blood red ruby attached to a delicate, silver chain and meant to be worn around her neck.
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3. Edward's Gift
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While Renesmee playfully stayed frozen in her stance, Edward went to our ridiculously enormous closet, courtesy of Alice, and brought back a small package, wrapped in white paper and tied with a red ribbon.
Edward sat back down on the bed next to me, and held the package out to his daughter. “This is from your mother and me; happy birthday,” he said gently.
While her eyes were transfixed on the package, I shot him a look.
What is this? I thought we were getting her a dog for the new house.
He just smiled and left me hanging. Grrrr.
Renesmee slowly turned and walked towards the package, thrilled at the prospect of an unexpected treasure. She took the box and carefully untied the ribbon.
When she lifted the top of the box, she revealed a stunning gem in the shape of a heart. It was identical to the one Edward gave me after graduation, but instead of a flawless and colorless diamond charm meant for a bracelet, it was a blood red ruby attached to a delicate, silver chain meant to be worn around her neck.
“It’s like mom’s, but red!”
“That’s right,” he said, proudly. “Do you want to wear it today?”
“Oh yes, thank you! I love it!”
He took the box from her and removed the necklace. She turned and held up her hair, and he fastened the chain around her neck. When he was done, she walked over to the mirror and stared at the symbol of her beating heart.
And then, remembering her big day, her reverie broke without warning.
“I can’t wait to show Alice!” she exclaimed as she hugged us both. “Thank you!”
In a flash she was out of the cottage and headed up to the main house.
“Wow,” I said. “I take it that’s a real ruby?”
Edward shrugged. “I got the idea right after she was born. I figured she was old enough...” he laughed and corrected himself, “mature enough to look after it. Besides, I wanted to give it to her while we were still here, in Forks. I want her memory of it to be tied to this place.” Then he flinched. “Ness forgot to run at human speed.”
I walked over to my dresser and grabbed my brush. “What?”
“Alice would like us to know that Ness looks perfect, she loves the necklace, and that our new clothes are waiting for us in the living room.” He sighed. “With Renee and Phil’s flight leaving at two, I understand why we’re having a party in the morning, but why do we have to get dressed so early?”
I rolled my eyes. “Family portrait; Alice says the light will be perfect between 7:45 and 8:00 this morning.”
He sighed again, resigned to his fate. I saw the look of confusion cross his face again. I wasn’t going to let this go on all day.
“OK, Edward, what gives? That’s the third time I’ve seen that look on your face. What’s wrong?” I asked.
Edward shook his head. “When Ness was in here, I didn’t start to hear her thoughts until she jumped up on the bed. And I wasn’t aware of her waking up earlier these past couple of months. I’m so attuned to her mental voice that I can usually hear her the second she starts to wake up. I don’t understand why that’s changed.”
I thought about that as I brushed my hair. “Maybe her gifts are still developing. I mean, would it be so unusual that, like me, she can shield her mind?”
“No, I suppose not...” He sat and contemplated it. “Do you think she knows she is doing it?”
“I don’t know. Why don’t you ask her?”
Edward nodded and looked around. “I’ll go get our clothes.”
It was clear that Edward would be thinking about this new development with Renesmee all day. Vampires with special powers, powers that went beyond strength, speed and highly heightened senses, felt an understandable sense of unease when their gifts were rendered useless.
But when it came to my daughter shielding her thoughts from her father, I had to admit I wasn’t upset by the idea of it. The very idea of Charlie knowing what went through my head as a teenager... well, embarrassment, mortification, humiliation; those words didn’t begin to cover what I would have felt. I would have died.
Edward came back into the room and hung two white garment bags on the bed’s canopy.
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