Disclaimer: All characters are the property of Stephenie Meyer. I own nothing other than the following plot line.
A Stained Seduction
Chapter 1: Vision and Interruptions
Watching Bella sleep had quickly become the highlight of my nights. I no longer had to find something with which to occupy my mind. I had no need, no desire when something far more appealing was to be found sleeping soundly in front of me. I had to admit that during these times, when she was completely submerged within her own subconscious, that it was not her beauty or the ever madding pull of her blood that held me so tightly to this room.
It was her dreams.
Though I still-much to my own chagrin- could not read her mind and actually see them, I had found an alternative. Bella's words, tumbling softly from her lips, held my complete attention. Now that she was asleep she had no chance to edit her thoughts, and they flowed freely through out the room. Her dreams, thought sometimes repetitive or frivolous, ensnared me as I lay beside her every night awaiting her talking spells to begin. And despite the knowledge that I knew she loved me, it still caused a rush of emotion to shoot through me when my name, spoken softly in sleep, fell from her mouth.
It was one of the things I was waiting for tonight. She had fallen asleep nearly an hour ago and I was aware of it the first moment she started to dream. Her eyes rolled frantically beneath her eyelids as whatever scene she was seeing played like a film inside her head. "No, Alice. No cloths…" I sighed in contentment. It had begun. Just as I settled myself in, I heard the faint clinking of my phone buried in the pocket of my jeans. I swore softly, unhappy to be interrupted so soon as it had begun. My family, like Bella, knew that I spent my nights with her in the her small room and they knew enough that they were not to interrupt me unless it was an emergency. I quickly removed the small phone from my pocket. I was coming to the realization that I didn't like cellular phones. They always seemed to go off at the most inopportune times.
The name displayed on the small lcd screen was Alice's and I couldn't help the worry from leaping into my mind. I answered it quickly then, hoping that she hadn't seen anything dire in the near future.
"Edward?" she asked, despite the obvious.
"Yes, Alice, It's me."
"Edward you need to come home now."
"Alice, I'm with Bella. can't this wait till morning?" I asked, not willing to leave her unless I had no other choice.
"Edward, I had a vision…about Bella. I know that you don't want to be bothered now but you really have to 'see' this."
"Fine." I said grudgingly, snapping the phone shut. I ignored the crunching of the broken glass as I slipped it back into my pocket. I hated to leave Bella unprotected, not that their had been any sign of danger recently, I just wasn't about to miss anything. I hoped that this would be quick, though the chances of that were slim. I kissed Bella lightly on the forehead before jumping out of her window. I landed in a crouch on the grass and started to run towards home. It didn't take long and before I knew it, I was home.
What I saw upon entering the house made me wary. All twelve pairs of eyes belonging to my family members were trained on me with unreadable expressions. I braced myself for whatever bad news I was about to receive. Their thoughts, or lack thereof, did not ease my tension. Each of their minds were intentionally blank with the exception of Alice, who was picking apart my expression while she nearly vibrated trying to stand still.
"This had better be good." I managed to ground out despite my nerves.
"Oh, it is, Don't worry, Eddie. We wouldn't pull you away from her without a good reason."
"Well, what is it?" I was growing impatient now. I wanted to get back to Bella before her talking ended. They looked to one another, nervousness passing from one person to the other. This was enough. "Just tell me what's going to happen already. Stop being so cryptic."
"You have to see it for yourself, Edward." Alice said, her musical voice resounding through out the room.
"Fine then, let's 'see' it."
A bright yellow nursery, sunlight filtering through the crack the wind had made in the draperies. The room held a mothers touch. It seemed as if every space in the room was filled with the love and happiness that baby's were known to spread to its parents. The whole room was serine; a round wooden crib the focal point in the room. For as beautiful as the crib was, however, the baby that it contained was exponentially more beautiful. A baby slept soundly, until as if the breeze had ruffled him, he began to stir in his sleep. Within a few moments he was screaming. The shrill sound piercing the calm stillness of the room. Then, the door crept open, only to reveal Bella, in her night cloths. She walked hastily to the side of the crib before lifting that baby to her arms. She rocked him gently, humming her melody. A pair of arms snaked around her waist. "I think he was just scared" she whispered, leaning her head back against his chest. After a few moments the baby seemed to have forgotten what all the fuss was about and fell back into the peaceful serenity of sleep. Bella set him back into the crib gently. Then stepped back to admire him. Again she leaned her head back onto his chest. "He's beautiful. A miracle." Bella whispered, seemingly completely content. "Our miracle" Edward said resting his chin on Bella's head.
The vision ended as quickly as it had begun; the scene folding away to be replaced by the light living room walls. Every eye was trained on me, anxiously awaiting my reaction. I didn't know how to respond, my mind was too caught up in what I had just witnessed to even be bothered by the staring. All I saw was pieces of the vision replaying in my mind. The look on Bella's face as she placed our baby in the crib. I had never seen a lot that full of adoration on either of our faces as we looked down at the small bundle in the crib.
"Edward? Can I speak to you privately please?" Carlisle asked, breaking the silence that I had just begun to notice. I nodded absently towards him, still to shocked to speak. The emotions I was currently feeling were so jumbled that I didn't know what sense to make of them. I wasn't paying attention to where he was leading me but it wasn't much of a surprise when we ended up in his study. He took a seat at his desk. I normally took a seat on one of the two chairs that sat opposite of Carlisle's but I didn't I was too keyed up to sit. My mind was in a haze, not an easy thing for a vampire. Bella and I could have a baby. Together. My control around her was good, even more so now that I know what it's like to think she was dead, but was it that good? Did Bella even want children? We'd never talked about it before but in the vision she looked so….happy. She knew I'd give her anything she wanted. And I would, after she was turned. I couldn't let her throw away her last few months of everything. She needed to be a normal teenager at least as normal as she could be with me as her boyfriend. It didn't matter that Alice had her vision. I would treat it like it had never happened, because it will never happen. I just needed to make sure Bella never figured it out. But with everyone else in my family knowing it would be more than difficult on keeping this from Bella, but I would do it. I only needed to figure out how.
"That's what I needed to talk to you about," Carlisle said. I was shocked, I hadn't even know I had said anything." When Alice first came to me with her vision, I was... hesitant to believe the accuracy of it. Alice, however, seemed absolutely positive that it would happen. She had said that it was the clearest vision that she has had, like nothing could sway fate from its course. So I began thinking. Vampires aren't supposed to have children. It isn't logical. But then it hit me. I had never felt so stupid in all of my life. No one had ever tried.
Vampires never have sex with mortals, male or female. I've been a doctor, Edward, a man of science, for hundreds of years, yet I never questioned weather it was possible. I guess that it is." Carlisle was lost in his thoughts, as was the case when he discovered some new bit of information. He was lost in his own thoughts but that was alright with me. I was already thinking of ways keep this from Bella. I didn't like keeping things from her, and god only knew what she would to me when she did find out. I'm not so sure I wanted her to have vampire strength at that point in time.
"Now that we know it can be done, what do you plan to do about it?" Carlisle asked, successfully breaking my train of thought.
"Nothing" I said turning on my heel and heading out the door. Letting it slam loudly against the frame. Leaving a stunned Carlisle behind. As I reached the landing, I noticed that my family, for what seemed like the hundredth time this night, staring at me intently, Shock etched across their faces. With our hearing it was no shock that they had heard everything that had been said. Alice, however, seemed to be the most stunned. "Why" she asked, her musical voice barley audible even to my ears. I paused at the door, my hand resting lightly on the knob as if to open it. That was one of the questions that I heard that night that I actually knew the answer to.
"She deserves as much of a normal life that I can give her. She only has ten more months until the time I agreed to change her. She deserves to have them as normal as possible. She needs to be unhindered. She needs to have fun while she can. Who am I to take those last few months away from her?" I whispered, unmoving. Then I walked out the door and headed back to Bella's house. While I ran I closed off all of the hopefulness that had filled me when I realized that I was the father of Bella's baby in the vision.
Then one thing that I was forced to accept when I learned what I had become. I had always wanted one day to have a child of my own. Alice's vision rekindled the yearning that still remained. As I settled myself back into the rocking chair by the window, I watched her, knowing that I had already taken to much time. I had missed her sleep talking.
I was determined not to mention what Alice had seen to Bella. She truly did deserve as much normalcy she could get with me as her boyfriend.
I just wish Alice would see it my way and keep her mouth shut. I hung my head when I realized that I knew her to well. She would tell Bella what she had seen, and there wasn't anything I could do to prevent it.