|A Different Journey
Author: Mysterious Soula PM
What if when Laurent came to look for Bella, he offered her another choice? Could the last yr in Denali have changed him?What would Bella chose? Would Laurent really be able to control himself if she agreed to go with him? Will Edward come back?Rated: Fiction T - English - Drama - Bella & Edward - Chapters: 23 - Words: 82,483 - Reviews: 91 - Favs: 62 - Follows: 55 - Updated: 09-10-10 - Published: 07-06-09 - id: 5196151
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Five years later
Five years later I could remember the birth of my son like it was yesterday. Edward paced back and forth while Carlisle examined me and the rest of the family hovered like vultures. I screamed as the pain got worse and my belly quivered. Edward held my hand like he thought I would disappear. Soon the pain grew sharp as my belly rocked and I think I remember Carlisle saying the baby was trying to chew his way out. Before I knew it Carlisle called out that it was a boy. Edward pressed the bundled baby to me as tears poured down my face. I couldn't take my eyes off of his strikingly green eyes. I gasped at his beauty or maybe it was the pain I still felt. I could smell blood and with my son in my vision I knew it wasn't him bleeding. My eyes grew heavy and Edward took the baby away before coming back empty handed. He looked worried and I could hear Carlisle saying something but everything was beginning to fade. All I could think was that I couldn't die now, not after so much I had survived. I was mostly vampire for Christ sake and I had a son and a fiancé that needed me. I told Edward I loved him, struggling to keep my eyes open. The last thing I could remember was Edward pulling my wrist toward his mouth.
I woke up a few hours later a full fledged vampire. Everyone was overjoyed when got on my feet and I found out that Edward had finally bitten me to finish my change and possibly saved my life. After all this time I had gotten what I wished for and then some. Nathan Anthony Cullen was the center of all the Cullen's and the Denali's universe. Shortly after Nathan was born, Edward and I were married in our meadow. The Cullen clan and the whole pack attended much to our surprise. We honeymooned on Esme Isle for a week before returning to Forks. We stayed in Forks for about a year before concerns over Nathan's growth caused us to pursue answers. For eight month we chased myths all over the world while our son grew almost three times as fast as a human child. There were many nights filled with discussions of his future at this rate. Carlisle carefully tracked Nathan's growth and after taking measurements twice a day since his birth Carlisle saw that his growth was slowing. Edward and I were able to breathe easy over the next couple months while we continued to search for peace of mind. Finally after what seemed like forever Alice and Jasper stumbled upon another half vampire/half human in South America. We were able to meet with the individual and he confirmed what we were hoping for. He stated that he reached full maturity after about six and a half years and he has remained the same.
With the mystery of Nathan's growth spurts solved all we needed to do was keep away from the Volturi's prying eyes. My shield did provide us with the ability to protect ourselves if anything happened, but we did not want to chance the Volturi thinking our son was an immortal child. I was fairly sure Aro would listen to me if somehow they did learn of Nathan, but that was a chance no one was willing to take. So after putting off the inevitable the Cullen family packed up and headed out of Forks. We traveled across the US to New Hampshire and continue to stay under the radar of any vampires. It hasn't always been easy, but necessary and I love my life now.
Alice and Rosalie did not deter in the slightest just because the baby turned out to be a boy and Nathan thrived on their attention. I think he learned early on that girls seemed to show him more attention when he let his aunts dress him. At five years old, Nathan is more like a fifteen year old. Obviously he has Edward's eyes, but that's not the only thing he inherited. Nathan has a pretty interesting gift as well. Only an hour after birth Nathan stunned Esme by showing her pictures when he made contact with her skin. This new form of communication was a godsend when infants can't speak. Eleazer explains that his gift is kind of like projecting pictures or scenes into someone's brain. So whatever Nathan can think up he can show you. Emmet made the most of Nathan's gift early on and turned his projections into games. Emmet would show Nathan pictures of animals and then ask him to combine them. Needless to say Nathan spent hours making Emmet laugh. As my son got older he realized he could focus these projections better to show people whole memories or to tell stories. Currently, Eleazer thinks he could teach Nathan to insert false memories into people's minds. I am not particularly thrilled about this concept but it may be useful if someone sees something they shouldn't. The idea behind the technique according to Eleazer is to plant the memories in hopes of confusing the subject that if they saw something they shouldn't it could be concealed.
Back in Forks, everything has been quiet as far as vampires go. Nathan really enjoys using the web cam to talk to Uncle Jake and the rest of the pack. Now that I think about it, it's rather amazing how far vampire/werewolf relations have come. In little over a year Nathan will be at full maturity and we won't have to be as careful. So far we haven't really tested Nathan's indestructibility and I don't plan to let anyone try. As far as we can tell he is more vampire then anything else. But he does have a heart beat and he sleeps at night. Honestly I think he got the best of both worlds; the best being the absence of blood lust. Nathan has been home schooled his whole life but next year he wants to enroll in high school with the rest of us. I am not thrilled to go back to high school yet, but I am excited for the future. Nathan wants to go to college and study medicine just like his father and grandfather. I think Charlie was a little jealous, but he loves Nathan more than anything and will do anything to guarantees his happiness; even if it means keeping his mouth shut about him not having any interest as a police officer. I told Charlie it might be hard to explain why the bullets would bounce off him if he ever got shot, but I think he still takes it personally. All in all I don't know what the future holds for us, but I do know that we have eternity to find out.