This is a short two chapter sequel to Broken Imprint, which I recommend reading it first, and is about Brianna, a hybrid that Carlisle and Esme adopted. Please review. From Brianna's point of view:
"I've also got a degree in law from Harvard," Brad said as he inspected his reflection in his spoon.
"Yeah," I said.
My dad's been there twice, I thought to myself. Cocky, idiot, know-it…
"Were you listening?" Brad asked giving me a smile that I guessed was supposed to be charming.
"I'm sorry, what?" I said.
"I said, now that the bills paid, want to go back to my place?" he asked leaning forward.
"No," I said firmly, sitting up straighter. "I think you should take me home."
"I gotcha." He winked at me.
I don't know why I accepted a date with this idiot, I thought as we stood.
He put his hand on my lower back as we walked out the front door, and I elbowed it away.
"You okay, babe?" Brad asked.
"Don't call me that," I said.
"Is there something else you'd like me to call you?" He smirked as he unlocked the car doors and got in without bothering to open the car door for me. It was something Daddy did for Mom all the time.
I gritted my teeth as I got into the car. When he started talking about the charity he supported, I stopped listening. After fifteen long minutes he finally got home.
"So, are you going to invite me up?" Brad asked wiggling my eyebrows.
"I'm sorry, I'm not that kind of girl," I replied. "Plus, I'm not feeling well."
I got out of the car and slammed the door.
"Oh, playing hard to get, I see," he said rushing up to me and trying to block my path.
"I'm not playing anything," I said, gridding my teeth as I tried to step around him.
"Oh come on, baby. I just want a piece of …" his hand grabbed my but, and he broke it off when Felix flew the door open with Jasper right behind him.
When Brad picked me up for my blind date, I was afraid they'd play the big brother card before my date even started, but now I wished they had.
"I don't know if you got the hint, but you need to leave her alone," Felix said in a low voice as he cracked his knuckles.
"Come on in, Brianna," Jasper said. "We'll take care of this kid for you."
I giggled as the blood drained away from Brad's face. I followed Jasper inside as Felix stood outside.
"Come on, don't I get your number at least?" I heard from behind me as I stepped onto the porch.
I turned to go after him and beat some sense into him, but Felix was faster. He started to charge Brad at a human pace with his fists clenched, causing Brad to scream like a girl and jump in his car. Jasper and I doubled over in laughter as Brad drove away.
"Oh, I don't know how I didn't strangle him," I said, rubbing my temples as we stood on the porch.
"You shouldn't be dating anyway," Jasper muttered.
"You sound like Daddy." I frowned at my brother.
"Well, if there are guys like that out there …" Felix muttered.
"You're not helping." I swatted Felix.
"Sorry, have to take Carlisle's side and help him protect our …" Felix trailed off and looked out at the forest, just to my left.
"What is it?" I asked, since my sight, smell, or hearing wasn't as strong as theirs.
"I don't know," Jasper said. "Carlisle, Edward?"
Dad and my other brother came out through the open door and walked to the railing.
"Who is it, Edward?" Jasper asked for our benefit.
"I'm not sure, but, oh!" I caught the glance that he shot back at me.
"Who is it, son?" Dad asked.
"Wait a minute," Edward muttered as I finally saw who it was.
My hands flew to my mouth as I gasped. I didn't even think … couldn't even imagine.
"Tiana?" I whispered before asking louder. "Tiana?"
"Brianna," Tiana smiled sadly at me and put her hand on her belly.
My eyes widened, but I ran down the stairs to hug Tiana. My younger sister pregnant? The sister who looked just like me; long strawberry, waist length hair, slim body, and similar facial features. My new life and world was colliding with my old one. I didn't even know she was still alive after my vampire father had kidnapped, beaten, and nearly killed me before I was taken in by the Cullens. I'd assumed that my half siblings had been killed when my new family came. I wrapped my arms around her and started sobbing.
"I'm sorry," she whispered as she wrapped her arms around me. "I'm sorry I couldn't tell you."
"It's okay." I pulled away from her and brushed away my tears.
"I felt like I need to be honest with you though." Tiana brushed away her tears away too. "When Father went to get you, we ran away because we knew what he was going to do if we stayed."
"We?" I asked.
"Yeah … Billy and I," she said naming a son of another vampire and fellow hybrid.
"Billy?" I asked dumb founded.
"We kind of fell in love," she whispered. "And we … we were afraid that if …"
"And you were afraid Father would find out?" I confirmed.
"Yeah, and this is how this happened." She gestured toward her belly.
"But that doesn't explain why you're here, now after all this time …"
"We aren't ready to be parents," she explained looking over my shoulder, and her gaze fell on Dad. "We wanted a better life for our baby, so we were hoping that we could work out something."
"I think that'd be something for us to think about," Dad said approaching us. "I'm Carlisle, Brianna's adopted Dad."
"Adopted?" Tiana asked, looking at me.
"Yeah," I said brushing my hair behind my ear. "He's the best dad. Everything I wished we had growing up."
"I'm happy for you," Tiana whispered.
"Carlisle, Brianna?" Mom's voice came from the porch.
I looked over my shoulder to see Mom standing on porch with a worried, motherly look on her face.
"We'd like to help you in whatever way we can, Tiana," Dad said, putting his hand on her shoulder. "Come meet my wife, Esme."
Tiana hesitated and fallowed Dad as we walked the short distance to the porch.
"Mom, this is my half-sister, Tiana," I said. "Tiana, this is Esme, my adopted mom."
"Oh, I'm so pleased to meet you," Mom said, holding out her hand to shake Tiana's.
"Thank you," Tiana said, smiling a little as she shook Mom's hand.
"Let me know anything I can do to make you feel comfortable," Mom said, putting her hand on Tiana's elbow. "Are you hungry?"
"I … I suppose I am." Tiana bit her lip.
"Come on," Mom said. "I have some left overs from dinner, which doesn't happen very often around here."
"Thank you," Tiana whispered as we stepped into the kitchen.
My brothers seemed to disappear to give us privacy as Dad and I followed Mom and Tiana into the kitchen. Tiana and I sat at the large counter.
"I hope you don't mind human food," Mom said. "We tend to have a lot of it."
"I eat it sometimes," Tiana said. "Not quite used to it though, if I'm being honest."
"I understand." Mom smiled at Tina as she put some lasagna on a plate. "Between Briana and our grandchildren, we tend to have a range of interest in eating human food."
"Right." Tiana put her hands in her lap. "I … I can't imagine having such a large family …"
"We didn't either," Dad said from my side. "I was changed years before I turned Esme or my oldest son, Edward. I didn't imagine how many kids I'd have, let alone grandchildren."
Tiana nodded as she accepted a glass of water from Mom. "Thank you."
She took a sip as silence fell over the kitchen.
"Do you mind me asking if you've had any medical treatment?" Dad asked.
"I don't mind." Tiana sighed as she put her cup on the counter. "I haven't had anything done; there wasn't a way I could go to a doctor for care. I did a pregnancy test about a month ago, and the baby has grown quickly. Other than that, I don't know much else."
"If you're up for it, I'd like to give you an exam once you're finished," Dad said.
"I was hoping I could get checked out soon," she replied. "I'd like to make sure the baby is okay."
"What do you want to do … after the baby is born," I asked quietly.
"I'd like to give the baby up for adoption." Tiana looked down at her hands. "I … I kind of was wondering about Arian?"
"Arian?" I asked.
"Yes … Father made is sounds like she'd been taken in and adopted by the family?" She looked at Carlisle.
"Yes," Dad replied. "My oldest daughter took her in and adopted her with her husband, and they are very happy together."
"Would it be okay if I talked with them?" Tiana asked, leaning forward.
Why would she want to talk to Rosalie? I thought. Mom and I shared a look.
"I'll run it by them," Dad replied calmly. "For now, I'd like to have you settle in and discuss what your plans are in the morning. We need to focus on the health of you and your baby."
Tiana nodded and took a bite of food. "This is delicious, Esme."
"Thank you." Mom smiled widely; she loved taking care of people.
Tiana ate quickly as I asked her a few questions from where she was staying to money to jobs to my upcoming graduation from beauty school. When she was done, I followed Tiana and Dad up the stairs to his large study. Half of the walls were lined with floor to ceiling book shelves while the other half was the vast array of medical supplies Dad accumulated.
In less than a minute, Dad pulled out a medical table, where Tiana sat awkwardly, waiting for directions. He pulled out an ultra sound machine and a heart monitor that I saw him use when Ness was pregnant three months ago.
"We may not get to see anything," Daddy said. "The membrane maybe too thick to see, which happened during two other pregnancies."
"How will you know they're okay then?" Tiana asked, her brow furrowing.
"Through the heart beat and the old fashioned way of checking," Daddy explained. "By feeling your tummy, which I've been able to get an accurate feel."
Tiana nodded, but still looked worried.
"Lay back please and lift up your shirt," Dad asked, and Tiana followed his directions.
Her belly was covered with some bruising.
"How are you doing with the movements?" Dad asked when he caught sight of the black and blue marks.
"It's just a little uncomfortable." Tiana shrugged. "Guess it's the human side of me that bruises easy."
"Hmmm," Dad said as he pushed some buttons on a machine. "Some of the previous pregnancies, the other's got huge bruises. The worst was Bella, who was human at the time."
"Really? She survived too?" Tiana raised her eyebrows.
"Yes. My son put his venom in her right after." Dad held up a clear bottle with some gel in it and turned it upside down. "This will be cold."
Tiana nodded as he squeezed some of the gel onto her belly. Placing the monitor onto her belly, he pushed it around. A fuzzy image came onto the screen.
"Just as I feared; I can't get a clear image, which means we'll just get a heartbeat." He cleaned up the monitor before going to what I assumed to be a heart monitor.
He put the monitor to her belly and moved it around. A whooshing sound came on it, and Dad pushed a few buttons.
"The heart is exactly the same as Ness' was," Daddy said. "Nice and strong."
"It's healthy?" Tiana asked.
"Very healthy." Dad replied as he whipped off her belly and then his equipment.
Tiana sighed and closed her eyes.
"You okay?" I asked.
"Yes." She smiled and opened her blue eyes. "I'm just relieved. I may not want to keep the baby, but I hope that they're healthy and happy."
"Now for some measurements," Dad said holding his tape measure. He placed it vertically on her stomach and wrote down the measurements. He then pressed his hands around her stomach. "You're close to full term, and I'm sure you'll go into labor within a week. It's hard to know with hybrid pregnancies. If you're feeling up for it tonight, I'd like to go over some things about labor just in case. If not, we'll talk tomorrow."
"May as well get it over with," Tiana said and sighed. "I feel fine, but I'd rather be safe than sorry."
Dad launched into detail of labor as he felt her stomach, from contractions to clean up. A half an hour later, Tiana sat up on the table, her eyes drooping.
"You look exhausted, Tiana," Dad said. "Let me show you to a guest bedroom and bathroom so you can clean up and get some rest."
"Thank you, Carlisle." Tiana stifled a yawn. "I'm exhausted."
"Which is a normal part of you growing your baby," Daddy explained as he led us down the hallway to the bedroom on the end while Mom stood in the doorway to the room.
"I've got some towels for you to use," Mom said as she held up some towels for Tiana to use. "I found some clothes my granddaughter used during her pregnancy, and put them into the drawers for you. There are some pajamas on the bed as well. And I just changed the sheets as well. The bathroom is just through there."
"Thank you," Tiana said timidly as she accepted the towels from Mom.
"You're welcome," Mom said. "I love having guests."
Tiana smiled and then yawned.
"Oh, you poor dear!" Mom put her arm on Tiana's elbow. "You go get your shower and get right to bed."
"Mom, she's not a baby," I said.
"But's she's dead on her feet," Mom argued back. "Now you sleep in as long as you want, sweetie. I'll have something for you to eat in the morning. Come on, Carlisle and Brianna. Let's have Tiana get some rest."
"Can I talk with Brianna after I get my shower?" Tiana asked, making Mom hesitate. "It won't take long. It's just …. I miss my sister."
"Oh, sweetheart." Mom hugged Tiana. "Of course, but please not too late."
"Yes, ma'am." Tiana smiled at Mom and then looked at me. "I'll be ten minutes, okay?"
"Okay, I'll be up here in a few." I smiled at her, earning one in return.
"Come on honey." Mom put her hand on my shoulder, causing me to turn. "Arian and I made some pie today. You two can have some. Won't that be nice?"
"Of course." I giggled. She was in full 'mom' mode. I loved her for it.
I held Mom's hand as we walked downstairs. In the kitchen all of my brothers, Bella, and Alice sat at the large kitchen counter. I assumed Rosalie had stayed at her house to be with Arain.
"So what does she want?" Emmett asked.
"We aren't sure exactly," Daddy said as he sat down next to Felix while I sat between Edward and Jasper. "We're going to talk with her tomorrow."
"What happens after the baby is born?" Jasper asked.
"Not sure," Dad said. "We'll have to see what she wants."
I bit my lip.
"What are you thinking, little one?" Jasper asked.
"I don't know," I replied. "I'm excited to see her again, but I never thought it'd be like this. I'm so glad that she's okay."
Edward took my hand and gave it a squeeze. I leaned my head on his shoulder, enjoying the closeness to him.
"Sorry I didn't get you out of your date from hell," Edward said. "He was thinking some vial things."
I snorted and rolled my eyes.
He's an idiot and I want to forget that nightmare, I thought.
"You're too young to date anyway," Edward commented.
"What, am I supposed to wait to be as old as you," I asked.
"Hey now." Edward frowned at me while Emmett, Felix, and Jasper laughed.
"Brianna, be nice to your brother," Daddy said. "Although, it's not a bad idea."
I giggled and hugged Edward's arm.
"Here is some pie for you and Tiana," Mom said as she sat two plates with slices of apple pie and forks on them.
"Thanks, Mom." I gave Edward's arm a final squeeze before picking up the plates and heading up the stairs.
When I got to the guest room, the door was partly open to revile Tiana sitting on the bed, brushing her wet hair. It was a dark red color since it was wet.
"Hey," I said shouldering into the room and closed it with my back. "Mom made pie with Arian."
"She's going to make me fat," Tiana said with an amused voice.
"She loves making things for people." I grinned.
"You seem happy." Tiana accepted the plate I held out for her.
"I'm very happy." I sat crossed legged on the bed. "My parents are, oh I can't even explain it."
"I want that for the baby," Tiana whispered.
"You don't think you can give that?" I asked as I stabbed a bite.
"Maybe in ten years," she replied. "You know what it was like growing up. I'm just feeling … I'm not ever sure of the words."
"Like you're in a funk?" I asked and she nodded. "I was that way too."
"How'd you come out of it?" Tiana wiped her mouth with a napkin.
"My parents," I said honestly.
"They seem like wonderful people," Tiana commented.
"So wonderful." I smiled. "They have so much love."
"I've made the right choice in coming here." Tiana smiled. "We aren't ready to be parents."
"So, you and Billy?" I asked.
"Yes, Billy and I." She got a goofy grin on her face.
"You love him?"
"More than anything. He, somehow, is so pure after everything we've been through." She tucked a strand of hair behind her ear. "He made me see everything we were taught was wrong."
"I'm so glad that you see that." I smiled. "We were definitely wrong."
"We started drinking animal blood just before I got pregnant, so the baby will know nothing of human blood," Tiana said as her voice became chocked up. "I just hope it's enough to redeem myself, after all of the lives …"
Tears spilled over her and she covered her mouth. I picked up the two plates and moved them to the end table beside the bed. I sat beside my sister and wrapped my arms around her as she cried.
"I'm so sorry, Brianna," Tiana said as she held onto me. "I never meant to hurt people. I'm so sorry."
"Oh, honey." I kissed her hair. "We were manipulated. It was those two men who ran our lives and told us lies about ourselves."
"That's what Billy said, but I can't help but think if I did something different." Tiana sat up and I handed her a tissue.
"I thought the same," I admitted. "But Mom and Dad helped me see that there isn't any sense in thinking that. We are living a life that is so different from how we were raised. We aren't killing people, and we are building a life outside of that. We're getting touch of our human side."
Tiana laughed. "I suppose you're right."
"And you're here to give the baby a better life." I touched her cheek. "That's the best thing you could give him or her."
"Oh, I hope so." She touched her tummy. "I hope so."
"Now finish your pie before Mom comes up here and has a fit." I handed her pie again.
She laughed as she accepted the plate. We talked for fifteen minutes before I excused myself for the night when Tiana continued to yawn nonstop. Walking downstairs, I smiled to myself.
"Hey, honey." I looked up to see Daddy standing at the end of the stairs.
"Hi, Daddy." I stood on the stair above him and gave him a big hug and a kiss on the cheek.
"Are you okay?" he whispered.
"Yes. A little surprised, but I'm glad that she's changed." I put my hand in his. "I'm proud of her."
"I'm proud of you too." Daddy gave my hand a squeeze. "More than you know, darling."
I hugged Dad again as tears filled my eyes. The next morning I woke up early, and walked downstairs to the large kitchen counter, where Mom was cooking and Tiana sat drinking a large cup of milk.
"And I'm making you eggs, which is good for you and the baby," Mom said, cracking some eggs into a large bowl. Tiana gave Mom a week smile in return.
"Mom, are you overwhelming her?" I asked as I stepped up Mom as she took out a whisk for the eggs.
"We're just getting breakfast ready for her and that baby," Mom replied as she whipped up the eggs. "There's some for you too."
"I don't mind," Tiana replied. "I may as well eat because I don't feel like hunting at my size."
"See everything works out anyway." Mom smiled at me.
I giggled as I accepted a kiss on the cheek from Mom before I went to get some orange juice.
"Carlisle had to go to work today," Mom said. "But Rosalie and Emmett should be over soon."
"Who's taking Arian?" I asked.
"Jasper and Alice are going to take her to the bookstore this morning," Mom explained as turned the eggs over in the pan.
"Oh, right." I poured Tiana and me a glass of orange juice.
Mom served us breakfast and we talked quietly with Mom. When we finished, we put the dishes into the dishwasher.
"Esme?" Rosalie called out as the front door opened.
"In the kitchen," Esme replied.
Tiana sighed as she sat on the chair, holding her belly.
"You okay?" Esme asked.
"Yes, just get tired after standing for too long," Tiana explained.
Rosalie and Emmett entered the kitchen as they held hands.
"So this is your sister?" Rosalie asked quietly.
"Yes, this is Tiana. Tiana, this is Emmett and Rosalie," I said. "My bother and sister as well as Arian's parents."
"Nice to meet you," Emmett said as Rosalie nodded toward her.
"I was hoping to talk with you about the baby." Tiana put her hand on her belly.
"Do you want to give you some privacy?" Mom asked.
"No, I don't mind you being here." Tiana held her hand out from me. "And I'd like the support of my sister here."
I took Tiana's hand and gave it a squeeze.
"Billy wanted me to thank you for taking Arian in and giving his sister the home that he wished he could've," Tiana said, her eyes filled with tears.
"Tell him thank you," Rosalie said as Emmett wrapped a thick arm around her. "We've wanted children for years, and Arian's been our chance we didn't think we had."
"That's why I've come here." Tiana took a deep breath as tears fell down her cheeks. "If you're willing, I'd like you to adopt this baby. They need good, loving parents like you."
"Oh, we'd be honored." Rosalie stepped out of Emmett's arms and gave Tiana a long hug.
Part two will be up soon. Please review!