Author: luv2beloved PM
Ness gets the freedom of going off to college by herself in sunny CA. Jake left Bella after she came back from her honeymoon pregnant. Jake and Ness meet while attending the same college. Story takes place about 8 years Post-BD. Full summary inside. R&RRated: Fiction M - English - Hurt/Comfort/Romance - Jacob & Renesmee C./Nessie - Chapters: 14 - Words: 52,083 - Reviews: 267 - Favs: 135 - Follows: 138 - Updated: 11-22-11 - Published: 04-26-10 - id: 5926690
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It has been a while since I have been here on FanFiction. I have been reading a lot though of all of your work and have become a huge Jake and Nessie fan. I have also been in a huge writing rut and decided to start with what inspired me to write a few years ago. I have so many projects going on with my personal endeavors but need to take a break. Which brings me to my newest story.
This is a Jacob and Renesmee story set about 8-10 years post Breaking Dawn. Actually nothing happened in Breaking Dawn past Jacob seeing Bella after the honeymoon. There is no imprinting at that time. I have been working on this story for a few weeks now and I hope that you all enjoy it. Please remember to review and let me know your thoughts.
It will seem to be moving along slowly at first but I promise I will get to the heart of it shortly. Every chapter will be based off of a song with the total theme being based off of the song Fireflies by Owl City. The story will also be going back and forth between Jake and Nessie. The story will be rated M for future violence, love, lust, language and anything else I will throw out at you. There will be new original characters as well as characters that we all have grown to love and enjoy by the wonderful Stephenie Meyer.
Disclaimer **Implies for the full length of the story: I do not own anything Twilight related. All the characters and some plots belong to that of Stephenie Meyer. I just enjoy taking them and twisting some new life into them.
The story is being Beta'ed by some of my most prized and treasured readers- MyLionMyLamb and KIMMIE39
I am also Beta'ing two stories for Johnnyboy7 be sure to check them out. One is an All Human Bella and Edward and the other is a Ness and Jake story which is part of a trilogy.
I have also started a Nessie and Jake Community so if you have any recommendations please let me know or if you are looking for great stories check it out. I have been trying to add stories that are completed or that the plot is very well developed and being updated on a regular basis.
Now onto Fireflies
Chapter 1 Playlist: Last Dollar by Tim McGraw
1, 2, 3 Like a Bird I Sing
"Are you sure this is what you want to do?" My father, Edward Cullen, asked for the umpteenth time since bringing in the last of my bags from the car.
I stood and looked around my dorm room with my mother, Bella Cullen. I knew without a doubt that this is what I wanted. It has been something that I wanted for a while. Almost an entire year to be exact.
"Yes, Dad I'm sure."
It has been hard to hide my feelings and plans from my dad. When I sat my family down in at the dining room table to discuss my desires to leave and try to live life as a human everyone tried to fight me tooth and nail. The only one that seemed somewhat supportive was my grandfather.
"Renesmee, what is so important that you needed to have all of us here?" My mother asked with her hand embraced in my father's.
I reached into my pocket and pulled out the large envelope and placed it on the table. "I have been accepted to UCLA and I want to go."
I tried to keep my voice strong. I knew with a hint of doubt my family will say no without any further discussion.
I respected everyone's thoughts and feeling on this subject, but there were really only two that I needed. My parents' faces went from shock to pissed in a matter of seconds. My dad let out a low growl and hissed before standing up, slamming his fist on the table. The table slightly cracking.
"Absolutely not!" He bellowed. "We cannot send you across the country."
"Dad this is something that I have been wanting. I have applied to several colleges and this is the one I choose. It's time for me to try and learn life outside of these walls."
"But why California?"Mom asked while her perfect face trembling. "Why not go somewhere around here with us?"
"Because it's sunny," my voice was so quiet, but I knew they all could hear me. "I am half human. I don't have all the restrictions like you do. You don't know what it's like."
I looked over to Rosalie. I knew that if anyone would be my backup person it would be her. She eyed me as well and I could see the hesitation in there. "I wish I could go if I had the chance."
I smiled at her thankfully. I could begin to see the faces of everyone else slowly melt from the stone expressions that they usually wear.
"She's not your daughter and she's not going!" Dad continued to stare at me. "And that's final!"
I already made my decision before walking down the stairs so when I saw Alice look at me and then drop her head down I knew that she saw my future. She may not see me directly, but she can see those around me.
"Edward, she's already gone," Alice spoke up quietly.
I nodded in agreement as Mom and Dad looked over at me shocked. "It's true. As far as we are all concerned I am pretty much considered legal. I have applied, I have accepted. I have already paid for my tuition. I also have already sent my roommate an email. I leave in three weeks."
"You'll miss your birthday," Alice's face seemed to fall at the idea of not giving me another useless party with food and cake that no one will eat but me.
"Yes, Alice, but I still have a lot of shopping to do before hand."
Alice jumped up and ran to me pulling me into a hug. "We need to leave in twenty-nine hours. The sun will hide behind the clouds then."
I looked up to my parents and could see that Mom had lifted her shield so dad could get into her head.
After several minutes, Dad let out a heavy sigh. "Renesmee, we won't be there to protect you."
"Jasper and Emmett have taught me well. I can hold my own and I know how to destroy our kind if it ever got out hand." I countered.
"Your diet, you need to hunt, there won't be many places around LA to hunt."
I smiled. "I have actually have not hunted in close to four months. I have been living entirely off of human food. Like I said I have been thinking about this and planning."
"I won't be able to read anyone's minds to know if someone is getting too close to your secrets."
I let out a breath. "Dad, is that about people finding out or is it the male population that you're afraid of?"
I watched as Dad opened and closed his mind a few times. I knew what his answer would be without him actually saying it.
"Like I said, I know how to take care of myself."
"Alice can't see you. How will we know if you are in trouble?"
I tried to not get frustrated. I knew all these questions would come up. "Alice can't see me now. So I am sure you will have her get in tuned with Bridget and Alice will help keep an eye out like the way she does now. Besides I have my cell."
And so the conversation continued like that for several more minutes until Mom and Dad could not come up with anymore excuses. I think they realized that you can only keep a bird caged so long before you need to let go so it can fly.
I watched as both of my parents' faces fell slightly. I knew that this was going to be hard for them. After all, most parents had eighteen years with their children before helping them unpack into a college dorm room of freshmen year. My parents, however, only had nine years. I guess now would be as good as a time as any to catch you up on my family dynamics or the better word I would use is the family secret.
You see, I'm not entirely human. I am part human and part vampire.
How you ask. Well simple. My mother was human when she and my father, a vampire, consummated their marriage. Hence, creating me, Renesmee Carlie Cullen. I know a mouth full right! Now my mother was "born again" as a vampire shortly after my birth. It was the only way for my father to save the love of his life.
That was almost nine years ago to the date. Now why would I be in college if I was only nine years old? Easy. I look and I act like your typical eighteen year old. I grew up quickly, becoming fully mature when I turned the ripe old age of seven human years. Forever frozen in the body of an adult in their late teens or early twenties. In some ways I am the epitome of a child's greatest wish: to grow up fast and to never worry about getting old. The Peter Pan Syndrome as some would call it. However, there is a down side: never having a normal life! Never to know what it is like to have friends, to go to parties, to enjoy life to the fullest, to find…love.
Which brings me to where I am today, standing in the dormitories of UCLA. I had to fight my family tooth and nail to have them allow me to experience college life with no strings attached. And when I mean no strings, I mean no mind-reading father, no future seeing Aunt, no emotionally challenged Uncle. This was something that I wanted to experience for me. I needed to branch out and learn to take care of myself. Learn who I really was and what I wanted. Granted, my family and I will be around together forever, but I was ready to live the human side of my life. The side of me that has been itching to be set free. To be able to do so entails leaving my family.
And a large family at that! You already met my father, Edward, who is the mind reader and can read everyone's mind except for my mother. Bella has a very special and unique gift of being able to block others from her own mind. Now that is a gift I wished I had. Especially during the last year or so while I was planning this college experience before going public. Come on, what teenager really wants their father poking around inside their head. Granted, I did not have a normal teenage life. No boyfriends or really any friends for that matter. I lived a very sheltered life. Another reason to be here at UCLA!
Next are my Grandmother and Grandfather, Esme and Carlisle. The two most compassionate people you will ever find. Esme loves to take care of me. I was a child to her just as much so as I was to my mom and dad. She is somewhat of the peace keeper in the house hold of vampires. Someone has to be when you have six frozen forever teenagers. Carlisle is a doctor and the best damn one I know. How can you not be the best when you have lived for over three hundred years?
Then there are my aunts and uncles.
Aunt Alice is the seer of the family. She can see the future but it is not always set in stone. The future is based off of decisions that are made. She can "see" everyone in my family except for me. Grandpa thinks it has something to do with me being a Halfling. I call it a blessing! Now Aunt Alice also has another talent, or at least she thinks so, I call it madness: she's a shopaholic. But thanks to her my dorm room is awesome looking and I am stocked for the entire year with new clothes! My Uncle Jasper is Aunt Alice's husband and he can feel emotions of people or can manipulate emotions onto others. An empath. It does come in handy, especially when I was sitting around the table a few weeks back discussing my educational future with the rest of my family. Let's just say it could have ended much differently. I may be here without the blessing of my family.
Aunt Rose is the beauty of the family and I am the apple of her eye. She is really the only one that totally thinks this whole living forever thing sucks. She thought her life was stolen from her. The biggest thing that she hated was never to be able to have children. But that changed when I came along and she began to live vicariously through Bella. She is like a second mother to me and I am like a daughter to her. Her husband, my Uncle Emmett is the largest but most gentle of the family. Do not let his size scare you. He is actually just a big teddy bear and is the Joker of the family.
Speaking of which where is everyone?
"Your Uncles are out scouting the area, making sure there aren't any hidden dangers," Edward said standing in front of the door.
I rolled my eyes. See what I mean about me wanting to get away for a while?
"Renesmee, it's only for precaution," Bella put an arm around my shoulders and squeezed lightly. "This will be the first time you have ever been away without one of us nearby. We worry."
I smiled and looked up to her bright honey gold eyes. "I know, but you don't need to worry. I'm a big girl now, remember?"
Edward smirked. "You will always be our baby girl. And besides you're nine."
"The sun is going to come out in thirty-three minutes, Edward," Aunt Alice poked her head in the door from outside the hallway. "We need to get moving."
Edward nodded and Bella let out an unnecessary breath of air.
"Well, I guess this is it then," I said looking back and forth between my parents and Aunt Alice trying to make it look like I wasn't begging for them to leave.
"Oh, Renesmee, who will go shopping with me?" Aunt Alice stepped fully into the room and gave me hug.
I looked over her shoulder to Bella, knowing full well it won't be her. "Maybe you will finally get Mom to accept the Gucci line of clothing."
"Humph, I think I have a better chance of committing suicide first," Alice pulled away, but kept me at an arm's length. "I really wish I could see you. I know your parents are going to be bugging me regardless. So, stay out of trouble and be good. That way Edward won't be the first vampire to have a coronary."
I smiled. Not sure how to really answer. Yes, I was planning on staying out of trouble, but I was also planning on taking full advantage of living life and all the human experiences that I could. "Yes, Aunt Alice I promise."
She looked deep into my chocolate brown eyes for a moment before nodding her head and leaving. "Fifteen minutes left."
Edward and Bella walked over to me and wrapped their cold arms around me for one final family hug. Bella's shoulders were shaking with quiet sobs. I knew that if she were human she would be able to make the Nile River look tame.
"Mom, it's only for a few months and then I'll be home for the winter holidays," I tried to console her.
Mom shook her head. "It's not that, I'm just scared that you'll never want to come back home."
How could she think such a thing? "I'll always come back home. I need to do this though. For me, remember?"
Edward gave me one final squeeze on my shoulder before taking Bella's hand. "Come on Bella, it's time to leave. Our daughter's roommate will be arriving shortly and the sun is going to make its appearance in a few minutes."
The two of them walked at a human pace to the door while I followed. They turned and looked at me with sad eyes one final time before exiting my room and walking down the hallway. My eyes stayed on their backs until they turned the final corner. I closed my door and leaned against it sighing. Finally, freedom to think, to feel, to react and make decisions on my own. I looked around my sparsely decorated room for a moment while my back was against the door.
"Okay, first things first," I pushed myself off the door and began to unpack my clothes. Thanks to Aunt Alice I will not have the need to go shopping for anything. I think she prepared me an outfit for everyday I will be here on top of any special occasions.
I reached for my iPod and put the earbuds into my ears. I had my playlist set to shuffle and began to unpack. With my vampire side, meaning my speed, I managed to get everything put away and the bed made within an hour. Then again it probably was not that hard to do considering the size of the dorm room was about the size of my closest back home.
I went to my bed to lay down squealing when one of my favorite songs came on. I closed my eyes and began to sing.
"1-2-3 Like a bird I sing 1-2-3 Like a bird I sing
Cause you've given me the most beautiful set of wings
I'm so glad you're here today
Cause tomorrow I might have to go and
1-2-3 Like a bird I sing
Cause you've given me the most beautiful set of wings
I'm so glad you're here today
Cause tomorrow I might have to go and fly away
Fly away, Fly Away, Fly away, Fly away
Cause you've given me the most beautiful set of wings"
1-2-3 Like a bird I sing
I let the final notes breeze through my mouth and opened my eyes to a set of bright blue eyes staring back at me.
"You have a beautiful voice," a girl who looked to be about eighteen and with dark hair said to me. "You must be Renee-smee Masen."
At first I looked at her with confusion on the last name she used, but then remembered that it was suggested to use my father's given name for security purposes. We can't have certain people know who I really am. She held out her hand for me to shake. I sat up and took her hand. "Close, Renesmee and you must be Bridget Sanders."
She smiled revealing a perfect row of white teeth. "Yep, but everyone calls me Bee, don't ask why. You know like a bumble bee?"
I smiled in return. "Okay, I won't."
Bee looked around the room for a moment. "Hmmm, my mother was right, these dorm rooms are small. And plain."
Small was not the word I would have used. Pint size was more like it. "Yeah, I'm really surprised they are able to get two sets of beds, dressers, and desks in here."
Bee walked over to the other side of the room where the other bed was. She put her hands on her hips and her eyes glazed over in concentration. "You know we can stack the beds up over here," she pointed to the wall close to the only window in the room. "Then move the desks over there to the far wall next to the closet. Stack the dressers on top of each other for the TV to be higher up and make it more like a sitting area."
I glanced around to visualize her thinking and it sounded like a good idea. I shrugged my shoulders. "It would seem like it might open up more floor space."
Bee had a wide smile on her face. "We can always try it out and if we don't like it we can move everything back."
Together Bee and I began to shift the furniture around. I had to constantly remind myself to not use my full strength, especially when it came time to lift the twin size bed up on to the other one.
"So, Renesmee, where are you from?" Bee asked after we moved the dressers to the far wall.
"A little of everywhere," I started. "My family moved around a lot."
"I know what that's like," Bee started. "My dad's in the Navy. So I have been uprooted a few times. Is your dad serving as well?"
I shook my head. "No, we just like to move. It helps keep us on our toes." And out of prying eyes. I wanted to add.
"Where were you born?"
"Um, Washington State. What about you?"
"New York. What are you majoring in?"
I chewed on my lip. I haven't really thought about what I planned on studying. I came to understand more of my human side and to see how humans act with each other. So far I have learned that they like to talk.
"Not sure yet, I am actually interested in the way people interact with each other. You?"
"Then you would probably love my major. Physiology. "
For the next two hours or so while putting our room together we continued to ask questions and getting to know each other. I learned that Bee hated most green vegetables, but loves the color green. She has a younger brother who's ten. Her favorite food is lasagna and has a belly button ring that her parents don't know about.
After all the furniture was rearranged we stood around the wide open space looking around.
"I think you're right," I started. "It does seem like we have a little more room. We could probably fit a small couch in here now."
Bee nodded. "It's still missing something."
I watched as Bee made a small circle, her eyes never leaving the walls. I wasn't sure what she was looking at.
"Got it," Bee almost shouted. "Paint! I'm thinking purple walls, like the purple in your quilt with giant lime green polka-dots like the color of my bedspread."
"We can paint the walls?" I asked not remembering that part of the rules.
"Yeah, as long as we paint it back at the end of the year."
I took my phone out of my pocket and noticed that it was already close to five. "Well, maybe that can be tomorrow's project. Are you planning on going to the orientation at six?" I asked her.
"Yeah, it's required that all freshmen go, I think," Bee said as she walked over to her dresser. "I'm going to go ahead and take a quick shower."
I nodded. I looked into the mirror that was hanging up on the door debating if I should change as well. I was wearing my favorite pair of dark skinny jeans and a light blue short sleeve sweeter shirt and my blue Converse shoes. It was freshmen orientation on a college campus, how dressed up does one need to get?
Bee walked out of the bathroom wearing a pair of jeans and a T-shirt so I knew that I was safe in what I had on. Bee went to her bed and grabbed her room key as well as her wallet.
I put my phone back into my pocket and grabbed my own set of keys and wallet. "Anything else you think we should bring?"
Bee shrugged her shoulders as she made her way toward the door. "I don't think so. We should be getting a big packet of stuff so we shouldn't need any paper or pens or anything."
I followed her out closing the door behind me double checking to see it was locked before making our way down the hall.
"I don't think I'm ever going to get used to this," Bee mentioned as we made our way to the center of our dorm.
"The fact that we're in a co-ed dorm. It's just weird knowing that there are guys sleeping in here as well."
I looked around and noticed all the guys that were walking in the same direction as we were. "Yeah, but we're split up by floors. It's not like we're all sleeping in the same rooms."
"Oh, I know, but it's weird."
I didn't really understand. So what, there will be guys on the second, fourth, and sixth floors of our building. It's not like they have access to the girls' floors. Each door required our security key card to get in.
"What classes are you taking?" Bee started up the small talk again as we walked to the Student Commons building.
"Oh, the basic classes right now. English 101, World History 101 and Music Appreciation on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. My Tuesday and Thursday classes are Biology and Calculus."
"Really what time is your Cal class?"
"I think its early morning."
"Wow, I think we might be in the same class. Would that not be cool to be rooming together as well as taking some classes together?"
Bee continued to talk about her class schedule while I listened with one ear and took in my surroundings as we walked. I came to UCLA on a whim. Never went for a tour. I only knew about the school from what I saw on the internet. While researching for colleges to attend my number one requirement was it had to be sunny. After spending the last nine years of my life cooped up in some of the rainiest places on earth I was ready to feel the heat and see the brightness of the sun. With a houseful of vampires, the sun is a luxury that I never have been able to indulge much in.
That and it helps that my family will not be able to just "pop" in whenever they wanted to. This experience needed to be for me and me only.
The campus was huge and it took Bee and I about twenty minutes to walk from the dormitory over to the Student Commons. When we entered the brick building it was already packed. She and I followed the signs to the tables for us to pick up our information and check in. After receiving our welcome packets we took seats in the back of the room.
"God, this is exciting," Bee exclaimed. "Look at how many cute guys there are."
I looked around and did agree that there appeared to be some very cute guys but not any of them would be able to hold my interest for long. For starters, they would age, where as I will live forever. It will take some one extra special for me to find them interesting.
A small bell that reminded me of a dinner bell rang loudly through the air and everyone began to quiet down as an older gentleman who appeared to be in his sixties walked up to a podium. "Good evening all incoming freshmen. My name is Doctor John, I am the President of UCLA and I want to be the first to welcome you to a new year."
I sat there with arms and my legs crossed trying not to nod off to sleep while Doctor John went over all the rules and what is expected of us and the requirements for graduating and policies for when we do get into trouble. To me it seemed like a waste of time when all anyone would need to do is read the ten page packet that was in our welcome package.
We all applauded when Doctor John finally announced that we were free to go. Bee and I ended up leaving the Student Commons building and walked in the direction of Café 1919 to grab something to eat before heading back to the dorm. The place was packed. I was thinking that the entire campus had the same idea of getting a late dinner. It took us close to an hour before we finally received our food and since there was not any place to sit inside so we went ahead and walked back to our room.
By the time I unlocked the door I was tired and hungry. I was glad that I spent the last six months or so trying to wean myself off of drinking blood and learning to live solely on human foods. That is another benefit of being a Halfling. I do not get the bloodlust like that of my vampire family. I always have been able to go weeks without hunting. Whereas my family had to go at least once a week sometimes more if they were planning on being around a lot of humans.
I threw all my stuff onto my desk and settled onto the floor with my chicken parmesan while Bee went to turn on the TV.
"What do you want to watch?" she asked while flipping through the channels. "Oh, look, Interview with a Vampire is on. I love Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in this. Have you seen this movie?"
I tried not to role my eyes. I think it was one of the first movies that I watched with Uncle Emmett and the two of us laughed the entire time. The theories and myths that Hollywood and the literature world have come up with for my kind were so false and many times, stupid. But then again, I guess it needed to be to help keep our secrets safe.
"Yeah, I've seen it a couple of times."
"You mind if we watch it? I mean we don't have to if you don't want to."
I stabbed a piece of chicken and put it in my mouth. "No, its fine."
I was finished with my dinner before the opening credits were completed and quickly changed into pajamas and climbed into bed which was the top bunk. I learned while Bee and I staked the beds that she was afraid of heights. I told her that was fine that I wouldn't mind the top. I'm not even sure how far I made it into the movie before closing my eyes and having sleep take over my mind.
With the sleep came the same dream that I have been having for the last few months. The faceless man hunts me every night. He just stands there looking at me. I'm never able to tell much about him except that he looks lost. I couldn't tell you if he's tall or short. Light skinned or dark. The only thing is his dark eyes are always looking into the woods and back at me. I take a step forward and he would take a step back. A couple of times he has taken a forward step, but I backed away. The dream was always frustrating and on some mornings when waking up I was more tired than when I went to bed.
The bright sun made itself visible through the blinds. That is going to need to be fixed today. Some nice dark curtains are going to be hung up and the sooner the better. I sat up and banged my head on the low ceiling. I rubbed the top of my head for a minute while I looked around.
I smiled as I remembered that I was now a freshman in college. And that today will be marking the first full day to my human independence and freedom.
"Oh, good, you're awake," a groggy voice called out.
I jumped down from my bed and landing softly on the balls of my feet in a crouch position. I straightened myself up and adjusted my shorts and shirt. I looked up and saw Bee's blue eyes looking right at me.
"Wow," she breathed. "Were you a gymnast or something?"
I blushed totally forgetting to climb down my bed instead of jumping from it. I guess the typical human would not do that. "No, I have bunk beds back home." I lied. "So, we still plan on painting?" I said trying to change the subject.
Bee's eyes lit up like it was Christmas morning. "Most definitely. I know that there is a Home Depot not too far away. We could walk there, but with all the stuff we may have to carry back it might not be a good idea. Then again, I am sure there will be a lot of guys that wouldn't mind helping us carry things back."
I nodded and walked to my closet to get a change of clothes. "Okay then, walking it is. I'm going to get changed and then we can leave."
I walked toward the bathroom with my bag of toiletries and clothes. "Oh, by the way, I need to find something for that window. The sun first thing in the morning is not the most welcoming sight on the eyes."
"There's a Bed, Bath and Beyond that's across the street from the Home Depot."
I smiled. "Perfect."
By the end of my second day with Bee I was beginning to call her a friend and I was thankful to have made a human friend. If the next nine months or so of the school year is anything like the last twenty-four hours than I am glad that I made the decision to branch out on my own. I'm glad that my parents have given me the most beautiful set of wings. Because without them I wouldn't be able to fly away.