a/n: Just a quick update on this story for those who still care(god, I know too that even if I love a story, when it's not been updated in months, I totally lose interest).

I will be finishing this story. I have the next chapter almost done. It's been hard to update this story in the last year because the Bella in this story is modeled after someone who is so close to my heart. And she passed last year unexpectedly. Sometimes it hurts to write this story now as a result, because it makes me sad. But I will finish it because this is my favorite story, and there are times where it makes me happy to write it. When I get that happy moment, I write. And I'm almost there with this next chapter.

I know it's hard to give a crap about a story when it updates so infrequently, I really do understand! And I'm sorry I sorta puttered out at the end here. But for those still interested, I am writing when I can and will finish the story soon.

Thanks to all of you who have pm'd me and left reviews inquiring about this story. I really appreciate it! halo xoxox

a (rough draft) teaser from next chapter, where Edward and Bella visit Renee during Thanksgiving break:

Renee had just given Bella a several minute hug, patting her back and kissing her forehead and pinching her cheeks and telling her she looked gaunt. And now it was my turn. She stood with her hands on hips, sizing me up with a concerned look on her face. Just like Charlie, Renee's youthfulness took me by surprise. She didn't look a day over 35; and dressed in a simple peasant skirt and top and a ponytail, she could have passed for Bella's older sister.

"Well, let's have a look at you, Mr. Handsome Face."

She took both my hands in hers then spread them to the side and gave me a once over.

"Oh, dear. Oh dear, dear Bella. This will never do. I'm so sorry." She shook her head from side to side as if she had just diagnosed me with a rare disease .

"Sorry for what, Mom?" Bella was smiling, probably knowing full well where she was going with this.

"I'm so sorry, baby. He's just so handsome. Tall too, did you notice how tall he was?"

"Yep, all 6'2" of manhood, Mom."

Renee sighed sadly. "And he even smells good. I can sniff out the nice cologne and fresh scent from here. Fancy stuff like herbs and citrus and rare woods."

Bella nodded her head in consolation. "Sandalwood and Rosemary, to be exact. He's a multi-sensory experience."

"Like an Imax movie in smell-o-vision, Bella."

"And Surround-Sound, Mom." Bella lifted my upper lip randomly, pointing with another a finger. "And look at those teeth. They could freaking blind you!"

Renee got a closer look: "My lord, not a filled cavity among them even. It's like you special- ordered him from a factory, his specifications are everything you like in a boy."

I raised an eyebrow to Bella, who actually blushed at her mom's comment. Was I her type from the get go?

So, this was how the genetic inheritance was divied up. Bella got Charlie's impeccable sense of organization. And Renee's random stream of consciousness."