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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4. Feeling Human Again
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My mind turned from Renesmee to the changes that were coming. As I unzipped the garment bag with my dress in it, I shared a thought with Edward.
How did we get here so quickly?
His head shot up. “What do you mean?” he asked.
“I mean the move to New Hampshire. My head is spinning when I think about it. But the more I think about it, the weirder it gets! It’s completely opposite of what it should be!”
“You’ve lost me,” he said, sitting on the bed and buttoning his shirt.
“For the past three years, I’ve been awake through each and every second of the day… all 86,400 seconds of each and every single day! No sleep. No missing out on anything! For that reason alone, I should feel like I’ve had more time; but, I don’t. It’s just racing by.”
“You know what they say, time flies when you’re having... well, I was going to say fun, but that doesn’t quite cover it, does it?”
I shook my head. No, not even close.
“How about this?” he offered. “When you get everything you ever wanted, and everybody stops trying to kill you and your family all the time, and when your daughter, the most precious and rarest creature on the planet, grows at more than double the rate of other children, time flies.”
“Okay, yes,” I conceded, “when things are impossibly perfect and the stuff of dreams, time flies. It’s just...” I exhaled and shook my head, “it’s beginning to make me really nervous.”
Edward reached out and took my hand, pulling me towards him. “Why?”
“Because, Edward! Everything here is perfect. I mean, I always knew we would have to leave, I just...” I hesitated while my insecurities rose to the surface. “It’s been a long time since I lived among anyone other than our family.”
Edward waited for me to finish.
“I don’t expect you to understand,” I admitted. “The rest of you have done this like a gazillion times.”
“I do understand,” he said, trying to be reassuring. “We all do. Each and every one of us had to do this for the first time. But you’ll do great, Bella.”
I shook my head in doubt, but he wasn’t going to let me sink into my fears.
“Bella, you have taken to this existence faster and with more grace than anyone we’ve ever seen. And being around Charlie and Renee, and everyone on the reservation, it’s been great practice.”
“All of those people either know what I am or have agreed not to question what I am. This will be my first time living among strangers.” I felt incredibly vulnerable, almost human. “I mean, don’t you ever worry about the trouble that could happen in a new place?”
“No, never,” he said resolutely. “Between Alice and me, we’ll be prepared for anything that might happen. We can pick up and leave at a moment’s notice. Don’t you know that we’ll take care of you?”
He was right. I knew he was right.
I shoved my fears back down and gave him a wry smile. “Yeah, well, you’d better be right.” I raised my arms and gestured at myself. “Just look at what happened the last time I moved somewhere new.”
Edward laughed. ‘I can’t say I’m sorry about that anymore.”
I reached for the dress and slipped it over my head.
“I should hope not. Hey, will you zip me up?” I asked.
He stood and I turned my exposed back to him.
As he zipped me up, he said thoughtfully, “You aren’t making this day any easier on me, love.”
“What do you mean?” I asked, worried that he was disappointed in my confession.
My husband, stunningly handsome in his new suit, spun me around and pointed his finger at me sternly. I mentally prepared for a lecture.
“If you tell her I will deny it, because the last thing she needs is encouragement, but...” He softened his look. “Alice really does know how to showcase your incredible beauty.”
I exhaled with relief and looked longingly at my rumpled jeans, tangled in a ball on the floor.
“Would you like me better if I dressed like this every day?” I asked.
“Bella, I’m not sure it’s possible for me to like you any better. But this dress... this dress is going to make it a very, very long day.”
I wrapped my arms around him and pressed my body against his, and a low groan escaped his lips. His arms tightened around me and he started kissing me furiously. I knew where this was headed. I think the technical term for what we were was downright obsessed.
It took all of my strength to fight the urges inside of me and whisper the words, “Alice…... party... Renesmee.”
He didn’t let go in defeat until I came to our daughter’s name. Edward would willingly make Alice wait, but disappointing our daughter on her birthday was not something he was prepared to do.
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