Chapter 3

It was easier than I had thought it would be. I had never actually fought an older, more skilled vampire before, just the newborns that one time. I wouldn't go as far as saying it was fun, but it wasn't dull either. We had taken out the small coven in less than ten minutes. We had had to carry the pieces a ways away before we could burn them, but Quil and Embry came and helped out so that didn't take long either. I had phased back as soon as I could, because I didn't want to leave my car on the side of the road. Jake and Seth were meeting me at the Cullen's house, to discuss how much we should tell Mom about this. I didn't think that we should tell anything, really. She was so happy right now, with Charlie, and I didn't want to ruin that. Seth and Jacob thought we should tell her what happened, but I suspected Seth's choice had more to do with wanting to brag about it, instead of the responsibility he claimed it to be about. Oh well: either way I was outnumbered.

I pulled up to the big, white house deep in the woods a couple of hours later. Jake, Seth, Bella, with Renesmee, Edward, and Sam were on the front steps waiting for me.

"Took you long enough Leah, we've been waiting for hours!" Seth told me.

"Well, I'm sorry my car isn't as fast as you guys." I joked. Like they could expect me to get here sooner than them.

"Leah, you didn't answer my question before- did you hear about Mom and Charlie!? Isn't it going to be awesome?!" Seth was about to explode with happiness.

Looking behind him, I smiled, replying, "Yeah, Seth, I heard." Bella smiled back at me, the little half-vampire in her arms smiling too. Renesmee pressed her hand against Bella's cheek and smiled up at her, then back at me again. Bella raised her eyebrows at me, holding Renesmee out slightly, asking me if I wanted to hold her. I had never held her before, not sure of what I felt, but now I stepped towards her with my arms outstretched, as she reached for me, too. As soon as she was securely in my arms, she pushed her small, hot hand against my cheek, and a brilliant image filled my mind. Me and her, reading, talking, just hanging out. Along with the picture, there was one word that she thought: family.