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Author's Note: I am so sorry it took so long to post this story! I'm also really sorry that I didn't do the Cullens watching New Moon, but right now I want to be as far away from New Moon as possible. I eventually WILL go back and write it and I'll let you all know.
It may take a while, but this series was the first to get me into fanfiction and I WILL finish it.
So here's the thing about Eclipses.
Nobody cared about them.
I mean sure, there were the nerdy astrologists who freaked out over MySpace over the fact that an eclipse was coming and another might not come for another however many years. Normal people usually sat in their houses and went about their lives as normal.
But me, I looked out for eclipses. No, not because I was one of those nerdy astrologists.
I was looking out in case it was time for a crazy redhead named Victoria to come kill me to get revenge for my boyfriend, Edward Cullen, killing her boyfriend.
That's right. Edward Cullen. From Twilight.
I could hardly believe it myself. I, Melody Jayne Waters, was now Isabella Marie Swan in the town of Forks. I don't really know what happened. I just crossed into the borders of Forks and BAM! Bella Swan activated.
I never complained before. I was a happy fangirl with Edward Cullen as my boyfriend.
But then, of course, the Twilight period passed and New Moon approached. And of course, Edward left me as he did Bella, and even though I promised myself I wouldn't, I became best friends with Jacob Black, who now hated me because the Cullens came back and I was now back together with Edward.
Oh yeah, who had also proposed to me.
My life couldn't be normal for one moment, could it?
Melody-This whole 'two names' thing is gonna drive me crazy
I don't want to say this is like second grade because that's what I say in the book, but seriously it's like second grade with the whole notes thing, and I'm pretty sure Erica's ready to burn the notes when I give them to her-
You made the choice here, okay? You can't have it both ways when-damn it, wait, that's what I said in the books too-
Damn that author for taking all the good lines!
The whole 'mortal enemies thing' just-
Oh forget it. I miss you too. A lot. Doesn't change anything. Sorry.
If this was his idea of a joke, it wasn't very funny. Okay, except for the part where he struggled to find the words to write down, that was pretty funny. It served him right, though, for making me act like a kid and talk through Erica. I would have talked through Uncle Charlie, but that would be taking it too far.
Erica was over at Embry's (Embry had seen her more than I had) and Aunt Erica was out with her friends celebrating her transition into official motherhood, since her other friends were already parents. Edward had already had his daily visit (though I'd still be seeing him later) so it was just Uncle Charlie and I for dinner, which meant that awful clumpy spaghetti. Maybe I could convince him to order in instead.
I dropped the note on to my desk as I shook my head. I knew the whole conditions of ungrounding me involved Jacob, but I didn't know if I wanted to hang out with him. Jacob Black infuriated me like no one else. And not in the good way, either. Sometimes I just wanted to rip his fur out and shove it down it throat and other times I wanted to cry and hold him and beg for his forgiveness, though why should I have to beg?
I was brought out of my thoughts when I heard Uncle Charlie calling me down for dinner. I skipped down the stairs, trying not to groan at the thought of that gross spaghetti.
However, when I got down there, I was surprised with the smell of Chinese food, and there were take out containers on the dining table. "What, no spaghetti?" I asked cautiously as I walked in and sat down.
"No. I thought I'd make your favourite," Uncle Charlie said. "And since there's no way in hell I could possibly make this, I thought I'd just order it instead."
Great. The one thing that I knew I could count on was different. Now that the whole Eclipse thing was out of the bag, I told everyone what happened in Eclipse as opposed to letting them read it since it focused on Bella's relationship issues and I wouldn't put it past someone like Emmett to read parts I specifically tell him not to read.
"So," I started as I grabbed a plate. "Any particular reason you're trying to butter me up?"
"What, I can't buy my niece her favourite dinner?" Uncle Charlie asked. "Besides, with the baby coming, I want you to know that I'll love you just the same."
I almost corrected him and said "babies", but Uncle Charlie and Aunt Sarah weren't aware yet that they were having twins. The only reason I knew was because Edward heard two heartbeats instead of one. "I have two older siblings, Uncle Charlie. I've had this talk before. Now, the truth because I'm forced to really pry it out of you?"
He sighed. "It's about Jacob."
My fork froze halfway to my mouth. "What about Jacob?"
"Don't get mad at me, okay?"
"Why would I get mad?"
"Because it's about Edward, too."
I groaned. "Uncle Charlie, if you're trying to gang up on me about Edward while Aunt Sarah is out, so help me-"
"I'm not! I let him in the house, don't I?" He asked.
I huffed. He had a point there. "So do you have a point to this or what?"
"So I'm thinking that maybe you deserve a parole for good behaviour. For a teenager, you're amazingly non-whiney."
"Why, thank you, I take pride in that," I told him. "So are you saying that I'm no longer punished? I'm free?"
"Conditionally," He said, holding up a finger.
Ugh, right. Stupid Jacob.
"This is more of a request than a demand. You're free, but I'm hoping that you'll use the freedom...judiciously."
Man, I was really behind on my Eclipse dialogue. "And that means...?"
"I don't want you to spend all of your free time with Edward," he said.
"Hey! I spend time with Alice and Erica too!" I defended. Erica lived in the house (part time-I swear she would spend the night at Embry's if Aunt Sarah and Uncle Charlie were okay with it) and Alice had no restriction whatsoever. Uncle Charlie absolutely adored Alice. "I speak to Angela and her boyfriend Eric too. I'm not a total recluse, Uncle Charlie."
Uncle Charlie hesitated before he opened his mouth. "You and Jake used to be joined at the hip, and now-"
I made a face of disdain as soon as he mentioned Jacob's name, and I interrupted him. "Could we please move this along...?"
He rolled his eyes, but continued. "Use your new freedom to see your other friends, too. Keep it balanced."
"Can do, Uncle Charlie," I told him. "Do I have any restrictions on my freedom, too?"
He gave me a look. "Just don't forget your friends, particularly Jacob."
I made the same face as before. "The Jacob thing might be harder than you think, Uncle Charlie."
"Don't you miss him at all?" he asked.
"Unfortunately," I grumbled under my breath.
"Then what's hard about it?"
I huffed. I didn't want to tell Uncle Charlie the FULL truth for fear of the Volturi-he and Aunt Sarah were ready to finally start their own family and lives for real and I'd be damned if I let myself be the reason another person was unhappy. "It's just complicated, okay? I can't include Jacob being my friend because he wants to be more than friends."
"Isn't Edward up for a little healthy competition?" Uncle Charlie asked sarcastically.
I flinched at the thought. "Please don't even joke about that."
"You're hurting his feelings, avoiding him like this. He'd rather be just friends than nothing."
Then you didn't know Jacob Black. And I hurt Jake's feelings? What a load of crap! "Me and Jake no longer being Siamese twins is not my fault-I'd be perfectly willing to speak to Jake if he was perfectly willing to speak to me. But since he isn't, I can't exactly control that. Where did you even get the idea that Jacob wanted to be friends again, anyways?"
Charlie looked sheepish. "The subject might have come up today with Billy..."
I rolled my eyes. "And you say Aunt Sarah and Fiona are bad gossipers."
"Billy's worried about Jacob," Charlie said. "Jake's having a hard time right now. He's depressed."
Well, when I was worried about Jacob, I wasn't permitted to see him. Tough love, Billy. I was not your pawn to move around however you pleased. I mean, Stephenie Meyer did that enough.
"And then you were always so happy after spending the day with Jake."
"Who's to say I'm not happy right now?" I retorted.
Uncle Charlie gave me a look, and I sighed in defeat. "Okay, fine. Balance."
"I'll have to live with that," He agreed as he got up and took his plate to the sink. "Oh, you've got some mail. It's by the stove."
He practically chucked the letter at me, and I rolled my eyes when I saw that it was opened. "You opened it already? I'm shocked."
He shrugged as I pulled out my acceptance letter to the University of Alaska Southeast. I still thought it was a good idea to apply to Alaska in case my transition didn't go as well as Bella's and I'd have to end up staying in Alaska to learn control.
"Congrats, your first acceptance," He said.
"Thanks, Uncle Charlie."
"We should talk about tuition," he said as he switched on the coffee maker. "Your Aunt Sarah and I talked with your parents, and they said that they'd pay some, but we insisted on paying a little too-"
"Don't even think about it, Uncle Charlie," I interrupted. "Soon you'll have tw-one kid of your own to save up college for. I know that that's still eighteen years away, but college fees could change by then. Besides, you've already paid for me basically freeloading off of you and Aunt Sarah since we moved here. And you let my best friend live here rent free."
He nodded, and not so subtly asked, "Where's Edward going to for college?"
"I don't know yet," I answered. "We talked, but even I don't know where I'm going yet."
Thankfully, the knocking on the door saved me, and I ignored Uncle Charlie's "go away" as I sped to the door and opened it, revealing my no-so-perfect-I've-learned vampire on the other side.
He might not be perfect, but he still looked it, which was annoying. I gestured at him. "Stay right here," I told him, before I turned around and ran to Uncle Charlie. "Uncle Charlie, do you mind if we go out for a while? I'll be back before ten, I promise."
He looked like he was going to argue, so I said, "Who just got ungrounded?" and cupped my ear, waiting for his answer.
He grumbled. "Fine, fine. But make sure you're back before ten."
"I wouldn't dream of it," I assured him as I ran upstairs, grabbed my Eclipse book off of my shelf, tossed it into my backpack, and barreled back down the stairs to the front door. "Bye, Uncle Charlie!" I called out behind me as I shut the door.
"What's all this?" He asked as I grabbed his hand and led us to his car.
"I have been officially ungrounded," I told him. "Just like Bella in the books, which shouldn't be too much of a surprise."
"Okay, I get that, but where are we going?" He asked as I got into his car.
"He pulled my wrist up to his face, our hands still twisted together," I read as Edward pressed kisses to my head. We were in our meadow, surrounded by the flowers and tall grass. It was sunny for once, and the sun setting made it the perfect romantic location. When Edward was gone, I never came to the meadow, except for that one time with Laurent, but now that he was back, I looked for every opportunity to come here. I didn't want to read poetry, so I grabbed Eclipse to read instead. "His eyes closed as his nose skimmed along the skin there, and he smiled gently without opening them. Enjoying the bouquet while resisting the wine, as he'd once put it." I looked up from the book and over to Edward, who moved from kissing my hair to kissing my cheeks. I lowered the book. "You're quite poetic, if you think about it."
"You mean Stephenie Meyer is poetic," He corrected as he kissed my cheek. "Marry me," he said, suddenly turning the conversation around.
The question made my stomach turn, but I made sure to equip myself with ways to defend myself. "Ask me tomorrow."
"But I'm asking you today," He retorted. "Marry me."
"Ask me tomorrow."
"But I'm asking you today."
"We both know that I'm a procrastinator."
"Speaking of procrastination-have you filled out those college applications I gave you?"
Uhhh... "So marriage..."
"Don't change the topic," He said. "There are still a few open deadlines. And a few places willing to make exceptions."
"You mean there are a few places that Carlisle is willing to make a generous donation to?"
"And where exactly are you planning on attending, Mr. Cullen?"
"Don't you already know where I've been accepted?"
"Well, yeah, but it's still polite to ask," I told him. "Why do you think I let so much stuff that I already know pass me by? Like Carlisle's history with the Volturi? Or about how you got turned?"
"Alright, alright," he relented. "Syracuse, Harvard, Dartmouth, and I just got accepted into the University of Alaska Southeast today."
"What a crazy coincidence," I said. "So did I. And Harvard? Dartmouth?" I shook my head. "Once you said those names to Uncle Charlie, he'd be treating you like a son in no time."
"I certainly hope so, once we get married, I'll be his nephew-in-law, and I'd rather him like me than want to kill me."
"Who even said we were getting married?" I held my hand up to him. "Do you see a ring on this finger?"
"No, but I can fix that for you."
I groaned, putting my hand back in my lap. That was a stupid decision. "What is it with you and the marriage thing?"
"What is it with you and wanting me to change you myself?"
"I love you. I would be fine if Carlisle did it, but I would rather the main reason why I want to do this do the deed himself."
"And I would rather I be married to this girl before I damned her soul for eternity. At least then we'll be guaranteed to be together so I can spend eternity apologizing to her."
I gave him a look. "You know, sometimes I wish you'd go along with the book."
"Where's the fun in that?"
"Then I guess you won't mind me not applying to college, since that's what Bella does in the book," I said, crossing my arms. "You and I both know I won't be in any position to be around other people. Besides, I'll have all the time in the world for college."
"There are a lot of human experiences you've never had," He pointed out.
"I'll get to those."
"There won't be human experiences afterward. You don't get a second chance at humanity, Bella." He smirked. "There, I went along with the book. Are you happy?"
I punched him in the arm, but lightly, since I probably would have broken my fingers if I really tried. "Not in the slightest."
"Bella, I really want you to think about what you're giving up for me," he said seriously. "Your family. Your friends. Humanity."
"Erica's my closest friend, and she already knows all about this stuff, and she has Embry to protect her if anything. For family, I'll have the Cullens, since I'll be a part of your coven. As for humanity," I waved him off. "Humanity is overrated."
"Vampirism is overrated. Just read those 'I Hate Twilight' forums."
"Ew, you actually go on those?"
"What else is there to do when you're sleeping?"
"Think about how to get on Uncle Charlie's good side."
"Speaking of your Uncle, has he mentioned Seattle?" He asked. I swear, Edward was just as dedicated to keeping things to the plot as I was.
"No, he didn't get the chance," I said as I picked at the grass. "I'm sure Aunt Sarah knows, but I'll get him to bring it up somehow anyways. Have you guys been keeping an eye out?"
Edward nodded. "We've been monitoring the situation for a few weeks. All the signs are there-the unlikely disappearances, always in the night, the poorly disposed-of corpses, the lack of other evidence...Yes, someone brand new. And no one seems to be taking responsibility for the neophyte."
"It's not like Victoria cares," I muttered, rubbing my hands over my arms.
"Hey," I heard, and I looked over to see Edward putting his hands on my arms. "You're absolutely safe. You know how this ends, remember? All the major events of the books that have happened so far have happened accordingly, so there's no reason why this shouldn't happen. Okay?"
I nodded. "You're right. I hate saying that, you know."
"I know," he said, and he leaned over and pressed a kiss to my mouth. I smiled into the kiss, but didn't let myself get too carried away as I pulled away from him. "Only a few more weeks till graduation."
"Are you sure you won't wait?"
I shook my head. "No. I'm sorry. I know you want me too, but if we're gonna keep things in flow with the story, I'm changing at the right time."
"That doesn't make sense, though," Edward mused. "Why would Stephenie Meyer end the series right after Edward and Bella get engaged?"
Gulp. "It's called leaving it up to the imagination, Edward." I hated lying to him, but I was still going to keep Breaking Dawn under my belt for as long as possible. I took a deep breath. "Besides, I'll learn control in Antarctica."
"Lovely. I love penguins," He said sarcastically.
"I do too. But grizzly bears sound like a challenge."
"They are. Not as much as wolves, though."
I couldn't help the anger that boiled. As much as I hated Jacob now, I still had the memories of pre-wolf Jake, and I loved pre-wolf Jake. I pushed his arm. "That's not funny. You didn't have to make that joke."
"I know, I'm sorry. I shouldn't have suggested that."
"No, you shouldn't have," I agreed. "But I really do need to see Jacob."
"You know I was against that in the books."
"It doesn't mean you have to be against it now."
"Unfortunately, Book Edward and I agree on this," He said. "I'm sorry. I know how much you care for him, but it would start a war."
"It wouldn't have to, if you just let me go by myself. I've slapped a werewolf before, I'll be fine. Besides, I have Erica. She's always with Embry down there, and if she told Embry to back off, he'd listen. He's so whipped it's ridiculous."
"Werewolves are unstable. Sometimes the people near them get hurt. Sometimes, they get killed."
I was half tempted to throw Jasper into his face, but that would be unfair. "I'm aware of what happened with Emily Young, but you don't know them like I do. And yeah, I'm aware of the whole 'crossing paths with them' backstory, so please spare me that. Even knowing all that, I don't care. Besides, you know Jacob was one of Charlie's conditions." I leaned my head on his shoulder, admiring the way his skin sparkled in the light from the sun. "Whether you like it or not Edward, Jacob saved my life. On multiple occasions. And whether you like it or not, you can't dictate who I can and can't see."
He huffed. "I'm not okay with it."
"You're just going to have to live with that. I blame myself for Jacob turning into a werewolf-if I had just left him alone, or better yet, steered him away from all this supernatural nonsense, he might still be old Jacob. And old Jacob was my friend. If there's any shred of him left, I have to help him. Besides, if anything, I need him to get over his stupid feelings for me."
He sighed but leaned his head on mine. "Do you know how much I love you?"
Distraction tactic. I'd allow it. "Not as much as I love you." I surprised him by jumping on top of him, pushing him down to the ground and kissing him.
He responded to it, before pulling back. "Not possible."
I smirked. "I'm just gonna have to show you, then."
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