I OWN NOTHING STEPHENIE MEYER DOES!
The funny thing about not sleeping, we all act like we do. We all came downstairs in the morning, as if we had been sleeping. The only thing missing was breakfast. Although, wild animals in the house probably wasn't a good idea.
When Jack and I went downstairs, the entire family was already in the living room. Emmett and Jasper were battling in a video game. You could tell Emmett was about three seconds away from yelling and throwing something. He's not a good loser. Bella was reading and Edward was holding her and writing on his sheet music. Rosalie and Alice were planning their next shopping trip. Carlisle and Esme were just standing back and watching all of this with amusement. Then there was Nate, sitting in one of the chairs. He was taking everything in and just smiling.
"Tanya, no. We were planning a shopping trip." Alice suddenly said. I guess she saw what I was planning.
"Alice, not to sound too much like you but, it's time." I said to her.
"What's going on?" Esme asked.
"I was going to put this off until later." I said looking at Alice.
"Sorry." She replied with a smile. It clearly said she wasn't.
"Well, I...we needed to talk to you and Carlisle about this. I talked to Jack about this last night. We were thinking of going back to Alaska."
"Darling that's wonderful." Esme said and came to hug me.
"I wanted to say thank you, so much. This change was just what I needed." I said to her while we were hugging.
"Anytime." She said.
"Carlisle, thank you again." I said and walked over to him and hugged him.
"No problem." He said with a smile.
"When did you want to leave?" Esme asked.
"Tomorrow?" I asked and looked at Jack. He just nodded in agreement with a smile. "Tomorrow." I said to Carlisle and Esme. We could pack our things tonight.
"Leaving so soon? I haven't even had a chance to challenge Jack yet." Emmett complained.
"You know he could beat you right now." Rose replied with a smile.
"Not that it wouldn't be funny to watch." Jasper said.
"Probably not as funny as Bella beating him though." Everyone, except Emmett, laughed at that.
"That was pretty good wasn't it?" Bella said with a smile.
"Yeah it was great." Emmett said sarcastically.
"Well, sweetie, you did challenge her as a newborn. You had to know you were going to lose." Rose said.
"It still sucks. I got beat by Bella." Emmett sighed.
"That's a brilliant idea!" Alice shouted looking over at me again.
"What?" I asked her.
"Ask him." She said with a huge smile.
"Hey, Nate?" I looked over to where he was.
"Yes?" He looked curious.
"I was thinking, this was a change for me and it really helped. So, what if you went to Alaska with me and Jack?" I asked him.
"I would love to go back and visit with you. If memory serves me right, I believe I never met your whole family?" He asked.
"You didn't." I remembered now. Irina and Kate were gone at the time. I had stayed home. They were going to Paris because, like Alice they loved to shop. I did like to shop with them but, at the time, I just didn't feel like it. That was when I met Nate. "They'll love to meet you." I told him and smiled. He nodded back and smiled.
We spent the rest of the night just talking and having fun. I would miss living with them. It wasn't like my other family was horrible, they weren't. They were just different. There were definitely some similarities. I hadn't realized how much I had missed them. This was possibly the longest amount of time I have spent away from Irina and Kate. I needed to be back with them. Plus, I did want to introduce them to Jack. I think they will like him. At least, I hope they do. After everyone went to their rooms, Jack and I started to pack. Jack didn't have that much to pack. He decided to keep the house, just in case we ever wanted to come back and stay there. He had cleaned it out and brought what he wanted to keep over here. There were no big things that he had to move. So we wouldn't need to ship anything. Not everything he kept was over here, some he put into storage. I just had my clothes and other little things. We were going to be able to fit everything into the SUV we were driving. As we were packing, Nate came into our room.
"Are you sure you don't mind me tagging along?" He asked.
"No, definitely not. Where would you go if you weren't coming with us? Would you stay with Cullens?" I asked.
"Probably not. I feel like I'm intruding. I would go off on my own again." He replied.
"You have been on your own for too long. It's time you tried to be part of a family. The way I see it, you have two options. One, talk to Carlisle and Esme and see if you can stay with them. They will, of course say yes, as long as you agree with the diet. Two, come with us to Alaska and be part of that family. My sisters will love to meet you and get to know you. Carmen and Eleazar will also love to have a new family member. Your choice." I smiled.
"Those are my two choices?" He asked smiling back.
"You won't win a fight against her. I would pick one." Jack laughed and Nate joined in.
"Fine, I will go to Alaska with you and attempt the family lifestyle. I make no promises." He turned back to face me.
"Good. Are you packed?" I asked him with a triumphant grin on my face.
"Yes, I didn't have that much to start with. Nomads tend to travel light." He replied.
"And leaving in the morning is good with everyone?" I asked, looking at both Jack and Nate.
"Fine with me." Jack said and kissed my head.
"Perfect." Nate said and went back to his room.
"I think we're done." I said looking around the room.
"Good. We'll pack the car up tomorrow and then head to Alaska." Jack said as he picked me up and carried me to the bed.
"Well thank you. I was so tired from all that packing. I was not going to be able to make it to bed." I sighed and sprawled out on the bed dramatically.
"I thought so." Jack laughed and I did too.
"I love you. This all happened very fast and..." I was then cut off.
"And nothing. It was fast but I'm glad. That just means more time with you. I know that sounds cheesy but it's true. I can't say it enough, I'm glad I met you." He gave me a smile and kissed me.
"Well if you're sure..." I trailed off.
"I am. Would I really go to Alaska with you if I didn't?" He asked.
"I guess not." I fake sighed and then started to laugh.
"I am excited for tomorrow." He said as he pulled me closer to him. We were now snuggling on the bed.
"Good. I am too." I said and gave him a quick peck. That was how we spent the night, curled up together.
The next morning we loaded all of our bags into the SUV. We said our goodbyes and promised we would come back soon. We also made them promise that they would come up and visit us soon.
The car ride was actually quite fun. I was driving. I had beat the boys at rock paper scissors, therefore I got to drive. We listened to music and talked the entire way. Nate explained what he had been up to before meeting up with Ava. Before we knew it, we were pulling up to the house. I had called Carmen and Eleazar yesterday and made sure all of this was ok with them. They agreed and were quite happy. I asked them to keep it from Kate and Irina. I wanted to surprise them. They laughed but still agreed. Lucky for me that Kate and Irina weren't home when I called. If they had been, they would have heard.
As soon as we pulled into the driveway, Carmen and Eleazar were standing on the porch. Kate and Irina soon joined them. That was when I saw another male vampire standing next to Kate. I didn't know him. Then, all of us got out and went up to the porch.
"What the hell?" Kate yelled as she hugged me.
"I wanted to surprise you." I smiled and hugged her back.
"Mission accomplished." She laughed and let go.
"You always were the rude one." Irina said with a smile.
"Please, like I could ever compare to you." I laughed and hugged her as well. She squeezed me back.
"Wait, you knew?" Irina said and turned to Carmen and Eleazar.
"Guilty." Carmen said with a giggle.
"She asked us not to tell you." Eleazar replied.
"We've missed you." Carmen said as she and Eleazar came to hug me.
"Why don't we continue this reunion inside." Eleazar said as he let go and we all followed him inside.
"So I see you've brought guests." Kate said.
"Yes and I see you have one as well." I smirked.
"Yes. I'd like to introduce you to Garrett. We're..." She said.
"Mates." I cut her off. She just smiled and nodded. "Nice to meet you Garrett." I said and smiled at him.
"So who are these lovely gentlemen?" Irina said and I noticed she was staring at Nate.
"Well this is Jack and Nate." I said and pointed to each. "Jack is my mate." I laughed. "Jack, this is my other family. That's Carmen, Eleazar, Irina and Kate." I pointed out to him.
"It's nice to meet you all." Jack said with his signature smile.
"It's nice to meet you too." Carmen said and came up to hug him. Eleazar shook his hand. Irina smiled but was preoccupied with Nate. Kate also hugged him and Garrett shook his hand.
"I assume my room is still the same?" I asked.
"Of course." Kate replied.
"Tanya can be quite the drama queen when someone messes with her things." Irina said with a laugh.
"I think you're confusing me with you dear sister." I said and looked over to where she was. She just laughed in response. She and Nate were clearly meant for each other. They were already making goo-goo eyes at each other.
"Why don't you bring in your things and unpack." Carmen suggested to me and Jack. "And Irina can show Nate to his room." She continued.
"Not like that's where he will stay." Kate muttered and everyone else laughed. Well, except for Irina and Nate. They both looked down in embarrassment.
"Wow. He already has her acting shy." I whispered to Kate, who laughed. Then a pillow hit my head and Irina laughed. I just mock glared at her.
"Get moving." Carmen said with a smile.
Jack and I went outside to get our things and were soon joined by Irina and Nate. They grabbed his things. Jack followed me to my, now our, room. Irina went off to show Nate to the guest room. I was guessing that would last about a week, tops.
"This is similar to your other room." Jack said as he set our stuff down.
"Yeah, it is isn't it?" I had never realized the similarities before. The colors and the furniture positions were almost the same.
"I like it." Jack said. "Although, not as much as the cabin." Ha whispered to me as he came up behind me. He now had his arms wrapped around my waist.
"We'll go back there soon." I smiled as he kissed my neck.
"Good." He said and I could feel his smile against my neck.
"Hey we're going hunting and I wanted to see if you would want to join us?" Kate asked, popping her head in the door.
"We'd love to." I said. I needed to hunt and so did Jack, based on his eyes. "Do you want me to go ask Irina and Nate?" I asked Kate.
"Sure." She then ran back downstairs as I went upstairs.
"Hey, we're going hunting and wanted to know..." I started. "Oh! Never mind." I was trying to keep myself from laughing.
"No we'll go." Irina said with a huge smile.
"You sure? I wouldn't blame you if you didn't want to stop the make-out session you had going on." A little giggle slipped out.
"Shut up." She stuck her tongue out at me. "Do you want to go?" She turned and asked Nate.
"I'd love to. Besides, I have to try and get used to animals sooner or later." He smiled at her. He looked so happy. "I'll be downstairs." He gave her a peck and ran downstairs. I started to laugh.
"Again, shut up." Irina punched me in my arm. "But thank you." She whispered to me as she ran past me to head downstairs as well.
"You're welcome." I whispered back and went to join the was waiting for me downstairs as well. I went over to him and grabbed his hand as we ran out into the forest.
I couldn't believe this. We were now like the Cullens, a family of couples. I was glad that we all had someone. I realize now what I was missing even if that does sound like a cliché. Kate definitely deserved someone. Garrett seems really nice and perfect for her. I was so glad Irina found someone too. I thought she would never get over Laurent. We were all hoping it was just infatuation. I think Nate proves that it was. This all seemed so surreal. I never thought the Denali sisters would ever settle down. All I can say right now, stupid as it may sound, is thank you high school.
So there it is! Finally! I may cry! I know I said I would have this done a long time ago. Things, once again got hectic. I had a million papers due and tests. It was bad and when I did have free time I didn't feel like writing. So, for that, I apologize. PLEASe REVIEW AND LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THOUGHT (KIND AND CONSTRUCTIVE ONES ONLY PLEASE!)!