AN: First, thank you to Jutey, Scrappin-Mastiff-Mom, AmberGlow2, FlameCrystals, wherthewild1s-trulyare, ChildOfTheApocalypse, juliet233, pricel, Gotsta Have My Hardy, moonfairie, Anima Bella, Jesusrocks, uptonmama, ImmaDazzlingCullen so back off, The Shang Kudarung, oneiros lykos, 4vr17Vi, VegetarianVampiresxo and silversbreath for the reviews, alerts and favorites and for sticking with me throughout this long journey.
I'm so happy that you all fell in love with and cared for Elizabeth and the rest of my original characters. It means so much to me that you all reviewed with such kind words. I'm flattered. Alas, this is the last chapter in Elizabeth's story. Again, thank you so much for reading this fic. I never expected it to do as well as it did. Also, please feel free to add me on your author alerts. I'm going to be starting Eternal Dusk very soon and I would love if you'd all read it. Again, Thank you so very very much!
Second, it seems that I didn't explain something clear enough in the last chapter. Trent is indeed among Elizabeth's blood family...He did come back as a spirit to help save Elizabeth. Sorry if I confused any of you. Hope that cleared it up. Enough of my babbling; On to the last chapter!
45. The Happily Ever After:
It's been a week since I died and came back. That was a weird experience, let me tell you. It had hurt like no one's business and then, perfect and complete blackness and loss of feeling but not loss of comprehension. It was like I was trapped inside my body with no way of moving, speaking or otherwise communicating. And then my family had come. My blood family. Their love and energy had filled me up and made me whole again.
Because of what they had done, I now had bits and pieces of them in me, too. I can feel them, each one of their personalities inside me when I do different things. For instance, I am now a very handy green thumb courtesy of my grandmother, Sarah. The roses that I had inexplicably wanted to plant in front of the porch are already starting to bloom.
I'm also criminally good at conjuring things from thin air now. That I had help with from both my mother and Marcus. Another handy trick I learned was how to heal minor cuts and bruises that I had acquired during my short re-life. Mary is to blame for that. I haven't figured out what I've gained from my grandfather or Trent yet, but I'm sure that they'll present themselves when they're needed.
Going back to work was horrible. Facing Mrs. Newton after Alex's kidnapping was the single most difficult thing that I had ever had to do. She was so depressed and I couldn't do anything about it. It took everything in me not to blurt out that I knew where her son was and that he was alive and well, so to speak. I wasn't looking forward to the heartbreak she was going to face when the police discovered his charred remains...Which would happen as soon as Carlisle could find a John Doe that matched Alex's physical description as much as possible. I had elected to sit that event out, when it came time for that.
Hours after Alice and Jasper had taken Alex to Alaska to introduce him to the Denali clan, we got an exuberant phone call from my father's cousin, Tanya. He wouldn't tell me exactly what she had to say. He only summerized that she was very grateful to us for thinking of her and sending her such a "handsome spessimine" to nurture. Somehow, I think Alex finally found himself a soul mate and I couldn't be happier for him.
Speaking of soul mates, Jacob was living with us now, much to my father's and Aunt Rosalie's chagrin. Esme was currently drawing up blueprints to build him a small home of his own on our land, just to make everyone happy. She promised me that she would allow enough space for two for when I finished high school. Alice was already planning the wedding so I didn't have to worry about anything until I came of age.
All in all, life was pretty much back to normal. Well, as normal as it could ever be when you were a witch who had been adopted by a coven of vegetarian vampires. My junior year of high school was starting up in a couple of months and I can't wait for it to come. The sooner I graduated, the better. I now had something to look forward to in my future and I was going to strive for it. It felt good to have some level of stability back in my life.
Beside me, Jacob's hand entwined with mine. I turned my face toward him and gave him a smile. His answering smile dazzled me with the love that radiated from it. I leaned my head against his bicep and sighed, taking in the rest of the room and ever single member of my family. This was how it was always meant to be. This perfect moment was supposed to happen. Though it had been a tragic beginning, fate had dealt me a loving, perfect end.
No. This wasn't an end but a whole new beginning. This was the start of a new branch in my life and I would do my best to make sure that that branch grew. I had all of my life ahead of me now, unhindered and filled with a certainty that the ones I loved would never leave me and I would never leave them. No more would I have to fear for my safety or theirs. We'd be fine. We always were. I sighed again with perfect contentment and settled in against Jacob's side, blissfully awaiting my bright future.
AN: I might have an idea for a sequel. I'm not sure yet, but there is definitely something in my mind that is brewing. Maybe add me to author alerts to see if I act on that thought or not. I think I can even write an alternate ending to this to make room for said sequel. Hmmm. Anyway, look out for Eternal Dusk, which will be going up as soon as I can find time to write. I have a busy October lined up for me. Thanks again for reading!