It was one of those rare occasions where all of us were together in the one room. Since the death of Emmett and Rosalie, we hadn't been a family. We kept to ourselves more and didn't talk to the others. Alice lost her spark, which, along with the loss of Emmett's constant humor, made the great black shadow over our house grow and descend even more. Everyone had lost something, and we were all heartbroken and shattered.
We were all in the living room, each doing our own thing, none of us talking, none of us even really touching, except for Carlisle and Esme, who had their hands clasped and their heads together. Bella and I were lying on the floor near their couch, attempting a jigsaw puzzle and Alice and Jasper were sitting on the couch opposite.
Suddenly, Alice looked up from the blank page she was meant to be sketching on and her eyes darted towards Esme. Esme, understanding what she wanted, held her arms out for her. In the blink of an eye, Alice was across the room and cradled tightly in her mother's embrace. We all watched silently as Esme stroked Alice's back lovingly and whispered lies about how everything would be okay, and that it would all work out.
Soon, Alice couldn't hold in the sobs that threatened to spill from her and she was crying tearlessly in Esme's arms. Instantly, Jasper was beside her, his head resting on Esme's shoulder, as he stared at Alice and tried to calm her, however unsuccessfully. One of Esme's arms went around Jasper as his forehead rested against Alice's.
Alice's cries set Bella off, who was already feeling entirely horrible at not accepting Rosalie and becoming the sisters she wanted to be before it was too late. Carlisle smiled down sadly at his newest daughter and patted the couch next to him for her to climb up. Carlisle wrapped his arm tightly around Bella and guided her head down onto his lap, where he stroked her hair in an attempt to calm her. Bella pulled me towards her, so my head was resting against Carlisle's knee, and her hand stroked evenly through the mess of hair on my head and I was able to relax.
No one spoke a word but we sat in comfortable silence, as Alice and Bella's cries waned. In some ways, we were content, and we were a family. It was because our minds were so relaxed that we didn't notice the distinct human scent until there was a knock at the door. Carlisle motioned for me to answer it so I moved towards it slowly and almost lethargically. We no longer moved fluently, like we had before, our grief weighing us down.
At the door was a young boy of maybe fifteen with curly brown hair and deep, almost purple eyes. He looked strangely familiar, although I was sure I had never seen him in my life.
"Hi, I um…have a letter for you. For you and your family, I mean. To be delivered today," he stuttered. I nodded and held my hand out for him to hand it over. He did so but didn't move from his spot in the doorway.
"She told me to stay until you'd read it," he told me when he noticed me looking at him strangely.
"Who's she?" I asked, almost angrily. I just wanted this boy gone so I could get back to my mourning.
He shrugged, "Just read the letter." I glanced down at it for the first time and gasped at what I saw, dropping the letter to the floor.
"Carlisle," I called and he was beside me in an instant, the rest of my family with him. He bent over to pick the envelope up off the floor. He too exclaimed when he saw it but managed to keep it in his hand. Quickly, he showed it to the rest of the family, who all reacted in different way, except for Bella, who was staring questioningly at me.
"It's Rosalie's handwriting," I explained, my voice lethal as I glared at the boy in the doorway.
"Is this some sort of joke?!" Alice trilled angrily at him and he visibly shrunk back, shaking his head wildly.
"Please, just read the letter. I don't know what's going on either," he begged. Carlisle handed me the letter and softly, I began to read.
My dearest family,
I know this will come as a shock to you, but it is me, Rosalie. Edward, you are wrong. I know there is a God out there, and that he cares for us and I know that we, or you, do have souls. I say you because I am no longer a vampire, I am human. It seems that God has been looking after us all this time and he has seen something good, because after that battle, I woke up in 1933, in the same spot Carlisle had found me all those years ago, a human. I moved to the mountains of Tennessee and waited two years. I wasn't sure if Emmett would come, but I hoped so much that he would. And he did. We built a home, as humans, living in the mountains. And we were happy, are happy.
I know that this may seem impossible to believe but it is the truth. You know it is my handwriting and you know no one can forge it. But if you need further proof, just look at the boy. He's ours, well, our grandchild, but you can see his hair is just like Em's and his eyes are my human ones. He is proof.
Enclosed is a photo of our family. You know I have always wanted to have children and now, I can. In order from left to right: Harrison Carlisle, Sophia Esme, Georgia Edward and Julia Alice, Isabella and Emmett Jnr. Yes, it's an impressive number I know, but Emmett and I love them more than anything in the world.
As much as I love my children, and my new life, I can't forget you. I miss each and every so much and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you.
Alice, I miss your happiness and vitality. I miss my sister and the person I can turn to for everything. I miss you, and thank you. Esme, I miss my mother. I will always remember and cherish the countless times you helped me get through the day with your love and compassion. Thankyou. Carlisle, thank you for everything you have given me, I am so grateful. Edward…I miss you. As much as we fought, we had that understanding. I could complain to you about anything. Thanks for that! Jasper, you are the most compassionate, understanding person I have ever met and I am so grateful to you for all you have done for me. And Bella, I love you. I'm sorry I never got to tell you that, but I do, more than you know. I'm sorry I was horrible for you, I wish now that I wasn't. I wish I could have been that sister and best-friend I wanted to be. I'm sorry I couldn't. But thankyou for making this family whole and complete, I owe you for so much. I miss you all so much and I love you all to death. Thankyou for everything you've done for us, we are truly grateful.
I wish we could meet again, but I'm sure that by the time you know about me as a human, I will be buried under the soil. I'm sorry that we have caused you pain and suffering with our passing, but know that we are happy. I hope that you can understand that, and accept that we are no longer with you. I will miss you.
And that brings me to the end of my letter. I have so much to say, yet so little. I have to most wonderful life here, in the valley and I hope that maybe someday, you will wish to visit. Emmett and I have created this home for ourselves and our children and we love it so much. I have had the most fantastic lives, both with you as my family as a vampire, and with my own children as my family as a human.
Thankyou, I miss you,
Hey, all! It's Emmett. Basically, everything Rosie said goes for me as well. I miss you all so much! But I'm happy here with Rose and my children so I'm not complaining. Sometimes I miss being a vampire, with its speed and strength, and eating animals was cool, but I have everything I could ever have wanted, except you guys of course, but I've already had you for one life, so I can live. Yeah, thanks for everything, and I miss you heaps. Bella, I wish I could have gotten to know you better but hey, that's life. Take care of her, Eddie! And don't make any more mistakes. I miss you. Jasper, I'm sure you miss your favourite wrestling buddy, I do too! Alice…love ya, miss ya. You were the awesomest physic, I haven't found another one like you! Same with you, Esme. You were the best mom! And Carlisle, thanks. You are GOD! Haha!
Anyway, again, thanks for everything, have a good existence,
"Thank you," Carlisle whispered to the boy as he moved to leave and pulled Esme under his arm. Jasper and Alice were holding tightly to each other's hands and I noticed Bella's hand on my arm. I smiled softly at my family and pushed the door closed behind us, making us the Cullen family once more.
The thoughts of my family swarmed around me. They were happy for Rosalie and Emmett. And they were amazingly glad. But most of all, they were content. They were at ease. We could all finally be free of the guilt that had plagued us. Now we could finally move forward as a family and although we would always remember and miss Emmett and Rosalie, we would no longer feel guilty for their deaths. They were happy, so we could be too. And we would.
And that my friends, is the end. Ok, so I can't draw to save my life, but, I have drawn a little sketch of Emmett and Rosalie in the last scene. So, if you want to check it out, there is an indirect link on my profile that goes to my website, or the link here, which I hope works. xsealx . piczo .com/?g=48387036&cr=7 (without spaces)