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{{Life as a Cullen}}

Summary:
Young Renesme Cullen is still trying to find her place in the world, but finding a good balance between her human and vampire side is proving to be harder than she imagined. And to top it all off she can't shake the feeling that there's a even bigger family secret, one that's being kept from her. Can she make it though it all? More importantly, can her family survive the looming danger Alice foresees?


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3. Snitch

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Slowly I rolled out of bed, holding onto my forehead which started to pound the second I stood up. I'd barely slept, because of the recurring dream I'd been having that constantly woke up me up what seemed like every hour during the night. I could smell the bacon and eggs all the way from Rachel’s old room where I slept. Billy was already at the table in his wheelchair.

“There she is” he joked when he saw me. “Hey Uncle Billy” I yawned, and went over to kiss him on the check before I sat down next to him at the table.

“Morning sleepy head” Jacob joked too.

“What time is it?” I asked, rubbing my eyes.

“Just a little past eleven” Billy answered, flipping to the next page in the newspaper

“You alright Nessie?” Jacob asked, putting some bacon and eggs on both my plate and his before he sat down.

“Yeah it’s just this…weird dream I’ve been having”

“What about?” he asked me, taking a monster sized bite of food, I just shook my head.

“Nothing I guess”

“Eat, it’ll make you feel better” he told me, pushing my plate closer.

After breakfast, I took a quick shower, and while I was brushing my hair I heard Seth, Leah, and Sam in the living room.

“Ness” Seth ran over and squished me into a hug. He was older than me but the youngest in the pack. I remember whenever the rest of the pack was out running or hunting he would always be the one to stay behind and babysit me with Emily. I remembered us always fooling around during wedding rehearsals too. His mom and my Grandpa Charlie were married, which for most probably would’ve made things awkward. But not for me. To be honest I never really thought about it much.

“Hey Seth” I said, suddenly feeling grateful that I wasn’t completely human, because he would’ve crushed me.

“Come on, I have to show you something!” he exclaimed excitedly, grabbing my hand and pulling me out the door before I could say anything to protest. Leah was saying something to Billy and Jacob in Quileute so I couldn’t understand any of it. “Tada!” Seth exclaimed once we got to the front of the house. I looked over. Parked right next to Jake’s car, was this busted old truck. It was black I think, it was sort of hard to tell because it was so rusted.

“Seth…what…” I stuttered confused. He ran over, and patted the hood of the truck with his hand.

“She’s a beauty isn’t she” I tried to hold back my laughter, but still couldn’t help smiling a little.

This is yours?”

“Mom just bought her for me today off that used lot in Seattle.” He told me proudly. “An early birthday present, isn’t it great!”

“Yeah Seth it’s…” I could tell he was incredibly excited about it, and I didn’t want to ruin that. “…somethin” was all I managed to say. He gestured for me to hop in on the other side, so I did. The inside was actually pretty decent looking compared to the outside at least.

“I admit it could use a bit of a fix up but it runs, that’s what it counts” I laugh, but this time not because the cars a piece of crap but because of the fact that he seems to be so happy over such a thing.

“Nessie!” I hear Jake call my name. Him and Leah came out to the front just as we were getting out of the car.

“What’s up Jake”

“We’ve gotta head to Sam and Emily’s.”

“You’re kidding me. You promised we’d go to La Push today” I accused, reminding him of what he’d said just last night.

“I know Ness I’m sorry, something has come up, and we need to get over there now” he told me, and went over to his car. I stayed put. “Renesme” he gritted his teeth.

“No” I said firmly. “I am not going back to Emily’s and waiting for you all day. Jake you promised me”

“Seth” I heard Leah say firmly, and they headed over to his car.

“Don’t make me carry you Renesme you know I’ll do it” he threatened.

“I’d like to see you try” I challenged. “You can do what you want Jake, but I’m going to La Push today with or without you” There were several long seconds of silence as we stared each other down.

“You know what Jake, actually I was planning on heading down to the reservation to meet some guys and go cliff diving. If Ness wants to come along” My face automatically lit up, but Jakes just became sterner.

“No” he said. Leah said something to Seth in Quileute again but he ignored her.

“Jaake” I whined.

“I promised your mother I wouldn’t take my eye off you” he said. I looked to Billy for support but he just shrugged and shook his head.

“I've seen Bella angry, I'm not touchin that with a ten foot pole" He backed off.

“Oh come on Jake please” I begged further, folding my hands like I was praying. “Whats the big deal, anyways. I’m not a day old I can take care of myself. Pleeeeaassee” I begged once more. He sighed even deeper. He turned to look at Seth.

“You don’t let her out of your sight for one second Seth” he ordered, eyes so stern they almost reminded me of Bella herself.

“Yes!” I exclaimed, practically jumping up and down in excitement.

“Your back before nightfall…” he continued, this time staring and pointing at me. “And, no cliff diving” he finished, as if this was the most important rule of all. I didn’t get it.

“Thank you, thank you!” I exclaimed, wrapping my arms around him as far as they could go. He kissed the top of my head

“You’re more stubborn than Bella ever was” he muttered, before pulling away.

Leah brushed past me to get to Jakes car growling from deep within her chest as she did so.

“See you later Uncle Billy!” I kissed him on the cheek.

“Alright Ness, you kids be careful out there” I skipped to Seth’s bucket and hopped inside. “You take care of her Seth!”I heard him yell, as we pulled away after Jake did.

The reservation was so beautiful, even when it was overcast and murky outside like it was. I’d almost forgotten how gorgeous it was since I was always so kooked up inside all the time. The beach was only about twenty minutes from Jake house so it didn’t take us long to get there.

I loved hiking up the cliffs; I reached its edge in just a few short seconds. I wished that it was a longer hike, I missed running by myself. I hadn’t been able to in several months, and plus a few weeks since this whole mess was going on now.

“Slow up Ness” Seth yelled, he was fast too of course, but much slower than me. I laughed.

“Slow poke!” I joked; I had to talk a bit louder than normal because of the sound from the wind and the waves. “It’s so beautiful out here” I said, more to myself than him. “Who else is coming?” I asked him, reaching behind me and pulling my hood on.

I found a clear spot over by a tree and sat down. Seth was acting weird. He stayed where I had just moved from looking all around him, for a second I thought he was just looking around for his friends, but he looked…careful. Cautious, like he was checking to see if anyone had followed us our something. After a few more seconds of searching he finally came back and sat down next to me.

“I wasn’t being completely truthful when I told Jake that I was meeting friends up here.” He said. I squinched my eyebrows confused. “I figured you needed a bit of freedom for at least a few hours” I smiled at him and chuckled a little as I turned back out to face toward the water. “Actually, I brought you out here, because I wanted to talk to you” he said. I turned back to face him, looking confused again.

“What about?”

“About your Aunt” he said “About what she saw” I felt my eyes go wide with excitement suddenly.

“Seth…” I began, and scooted closer to him so he could hear me better. “...do you know what she saw?” he sighed, shaking his head.

“No” he growled. “They tell me about as much as they tell you. Were the two youngest, I guess they think its best” I laugh a little, just now realizing that was true. “I brought you out here because I want answers. I figured you would too”

“Well you figured right” I told him, sort of half joking.

“A couple days ago, when the pack went out they left me behind. I know they weren’t going out running, otherwise they would have let me come”

“Well if they weren’t just out running, than what were they doing?”

“I think they were… looking for something, watching for something. And whatever it was they were looking for, it was dangerous enough that Sam made me stay behind” he seemed just as confused by all of it as I was. “A day later” he continued the story and I scooted in even closer, more interested now. “I overheard Billy and Quill’s Grandpa talking. They were speaking in Quileute so I couldn’t pick up a lot, but they said that Sam and Jake were going to your Grandpa Charlie’s place, to protect him”

“What?” I asked immediately. “Why does Charlie need protecting?” I felt my heart start to beat a little faster now. He shrugged his shoulders, and shook his head.

“I don’t know, but whatever it is it’s got to do with what everyone’s been out hunting. What has to do with you” he finished.

“But I don’t understand Seth” I said. “Why would someone want to hurt Charlie, or me? What does that have to with Alice’s vision”

“There was a council meeting last week while you were at Emily’s. I wasn’t allowed in, but you know how I like to be nosey” he joked, and I chuckled. We thought so much alike it was sometimes scary. “It wasn’t easy and I couldn’t catch a lot, but there was one thing I heard Jake say loud and clear.” He puffed out his chest as he broadened his shoulders and cleared his throat before he spoke. “Renesme can’t know about the Volturi” For some reason I felt my stomach instantly churn when he’d said that name, Volturi. I was sure I’d never heard it before, but it was unsettling that something I’d never heard of could spark such a strong physical reaction from me.

“Volturi” I repeated the name, and felt the same tightening in my stomach. “What is that? What does that mean?”

“I was hoping you’d know” Seth said. I tried my best to think back, but I could pull the name from nowhere. “My best guess is that it has something to do with your kind.”

“You mean Vampires?” No one liked to use the word around me for some reason. I guess they thought it would be offensive.

“Yeah and pretty powerful ones too, otherwise why would we be involved” I nodded realizing his point.

“So you’re saying that there are Vampires in Forks that want to hurt me and my family, and for some reason no one could tell me about it?”I growled. “I don’t believe this I can’t believe Jake didn’t tell me any of this. Ugh! And my parents!” I screeched “Putting me under 24 hour surveillance like I’m some kind of prisoner.”

“I know your pissed Renesme, trust me I am too. But they were only doing what they thought was best. I mean that’s gotta count for something right” he sounded more like he was trying to convince himself than me.

“My parents are just ridiculous sometimes” I clenched my fists in frustration.

“Their only protecting you Ness”

“They protect me too much” I half laughed. “I am overprotected. Besides they can’t protect me from everything. I am human too.” Seth laughed.

“You’re also part vampire Ness” he said, as if that made me simply impervious to anything.

“So” I said. “I could trip and scrape my knee on the sidewalk…” I trailed trying to think of other things …I could hit my head on a piece of coral I could…get mauled by a bear” I finished. For some reason Emily had popped into my head. I noticed Seth immediately tensed up once I’d mentioned Emily’s accident. “I’m only trying to make a point.” I continued through the awkward silence. “I mean they were just out camping, she even had Sam there to protect her and he’s a werewolf for crying out loud. I’m only saying if it could happen to her, it could happen to anyone, even me.” I could hear Seth’s heart start to beat a little faster when I’d said Sam’s name. “Seth” I poked him, he seemed to have zoned out. He shook his head as if to come back to reality.

“Yeah…” he stuttered “…I guess I see your point” there was another little bit of silence before he spoke again. “Like I said before Ness we both want answers, and I’m gonna get them for us” he promised. “If I’m gonna be snooping around I have to be more careful around the pack” I nodded agreeing. “You can’t tell Jacob you know anything about this, and please watch what you think around Edward.” He begged “If any of them find out I told you this, they will rip me a new one” A large part of me felt bad suddenly. Seth was jeopardizing not only where he stood with the pack, but with his family just to help me understand what was going on. It didn’t seem fair. But there was another part of me, an even bigger part that was screaming at me to just get over my guilt. That finding out the truth about whatever was going on as much more important than all that. So I did...