A/N: Ah! You guys are amazing ^_^ Her's the Epilogue! And if you like my writing, go check out Lesson's in Forbidden Love. Ir's an AU-All Human with Edward as Bella's English teacher. This story is NOT about sex. I focus on the love and the angst of a t/s relationship. Now, ENJOY!!!
It had been close to twenty-five years since the day I left the tiny, rainy town of Forks, Washington. Alice, Jasper, Edward and I had moved from state to state and sometimes even to different countries to start a brand new life with brand new names.
We weren't always able to start out young because of the lack of a guardian, but we did the best we could. It was enough to be with Edward, but the inconsistency of moving so often had taken its tool. Had my memory not been perfect, I doubt that I could have remembered all of the many places we stayed and homes we had.
Maybe home isn't the right word. None of the places we lived ever truly felt like home and the saying, 'home is where the heart is,' comes to mind. I only lived in Forks for two weeks, but so many pieces of my heart were left behind when I left. It was the place that my father had lived before he passed. It was the place that saved me from my hell. It was the place where I said goodbye to almost everyone that I cared about. It was my home.
I breathed a sigh of relief as I stood outside the office of Forks High School, holding Edward's hand. It was late November, just after three in the afternoon and we had just registered for classes. Edward (freshman) and Jasper Whitlock (sophomore) were brothers who lived with Alice Brandon (sophomore) and Bella Masen (freshman), all of whom were emancipated minors and just moved there from New York.
With that story, the four of us could stay in Forks for up to six years if we wanted to and with being in the same grades, we were able to have matching schedules with our spouses. I was pulled out of my thoughts by a tap on the shoulder. I turned around to see a tall girl with beautiful blonde locks and flawless skin. She looked to be about eighteen.
"You must be the new students. My name's Rebecca McCarty. You can call me Reece. My aunt volunteered me to show you guys around." She looked panicked for a second. "Not that I don't want to! I mean…" I started laughing and held up my hand to stop the needless rambling.
"Don't worry about it. I'm Bella, this is Edward, Alice, and Jasper." I pointed to my family. She looked at us appraisingly and smiled. There was something about that smile that was very familiar as well as her name and I searched my memory as Reece led us through the halls to her aunt's classroom.
"So, I know it probably seems a little pushy, but my aunt has a really big heart and she was all worried because you all live alone and you're kind of coming over for dinner tonight. Actually, you'll probably be spending a lot of time with my family seeing as it's the holidays and all. I wouldn't argue if I were you. Either you'll lose anyway or you'll hurt her feelings."
We got to the small English classroom and I froze in the doorway along with the other three members of my family. Suddenly, I knew exactly why the girl was familiar. Her smile, along with her name, belonged to her father, Emmett McCarty and her aunt was none other than Esme Cullen, my second mother. I turned to my family, but I was the only one in shock. Alice, Edward and Jasper were all looking at me smiling.
"Surprise," Edward whispered. "I know you were wondering about them. She looks happy, doesn't she?"
The love I felt for my husband in that moment was staggering. He knew even though I never said a word. I turned back to the middle aged woman now walking toward us. It was all I could do to control my breathing and not cry.
"It's so wonderful to finally meet all of you. The town's been abuzz for the past week. It's so awful what you all have been through and to live on your own at such a young age. I want you to know that you can come to me for anything that you need. Don't hesitate."
Esme smiled the same heartwarming smile that I had seen when she welcomed me into her family and all I could do was nod. She invited us to dinner and the taste of food was a small price to pay to be able to see my family again. She led us to an SUV and drove us to the house that I knew so very well on the outskirts of town.
Nothing had changed. It was exactly the same as it had been when we left. Edward eyed the piano longingly. We bought a piano sometimes, but with having to move so often there were long periods of time that he couldn't play. It had been two years since the last time he sat at a piano.
"Do you play, dear?" Esme asked Edward. He nodded. "Oh, you should play something! Neither Carlisle nor I play and the children have no interest. To be perfectly honest, I can't even remember why we bought it."
Edward smiled and walked slowly to his old piano. He took a long moment to take in the glossy wood and the slick curves before sitting at the bench and stroking the ivory keys with delicate fingers. He began to play my lullaby. It had been so long since I heard it outside of my memories. He played so beautifully it was almost heartbreaking to watch.
The music drifted into Esme's favorite song and I heard a small intake of breath from my once mother. She recognized it. Edward's smile grew and he played with renewed vigor as he finished the piece and returned to me. Emse was still looking at him with an emotion that I couldn't place.
"She knows us," Edward said so low that only the four vampires in the room could hear. "She doesn't know why, but she feels like she needs to take care of us."
Just then, a young girl with dark curly hair who looked to be in her early teens ran through the door and hid behind the piano. A boy who looked to be the spitting image of the girl if only a little taller came through the door with an evil grin on his face.
"I don't know where you are Jenna, but I will get you back for that!" He yelled while looking straight at the piano. Reece came back in the room at the last of the boy's speech and rolled her eyes. I couldn't hold back my laughter.
"Can you two not behave for five minutes? Can you not see that we have guests?" The dark haired boy glanced over at us and grinned just like Emmett.
"Howdy! I'm Derek! The prankster behind the piano is Jenna. I'm the older more mature one." Jenna shot out of her hiding place and glared at her brother.
"You're older by six minutes and I hardly think you're more mature! And I thought you didn't know where I was?!"
Jenna's haughty attitude reminded me of Rosalie and I couldn't keep the smile off my face. Then entered the forty-year-old Rosalie, herself, who even with laugh lines looked like she could be a model. Right behind her was Emmett, still as big as ever, with a look of pride on his face for his children.
"Alright you two, go help your uncle unload the car and your cousin's going to be here soon with more bags," Emmett bellowed and the twins stalked off out the door. Emmett turned to us and "Hey there, I'm Emmett."
Meeting my family for the second time was incredible. Emmett and Rosalie had the three children that we had already met and when they talked of their kids I melted with the love that filled their voices. Minutes later, Carlisle introduced himself and Edward informed me that he too felt like he knew us. It was amazing.
We sat around talking for a good twenty minutes before another car pulled up and a pregnant woman with pale blonde hair and Esme's kind eyes walked through the door holding the hand of a rather shy two year old. She spotted us sitting on the couch and came straight over.
"You must be the kids everyone is talking about. I'm Isabella." She held out her hand for me to shake, but I couldn't move. She lowered her hand without offense. "I know you guys have probably been through a lot, but you aren't alone. I know you don't know us yet, but we're here for you."
She stared into my eyes and sighed. I finally got the nerve to speak. "You're name is Isabella?" She smiled.
"Yeah, my mom said that she just had to name me Isabella. There was no other choice." She laughed and her soft voice made it sound like music.
I was stunned. Esme really had remembered. I felt the tears escape my eyes and I hid in Edward's shirt as to not alert anyone. Edward just held me until I was ready to join the rest of the family for dinner. I knew that we could only stay for four years and then have to leave for college, but it was four years that I got to spend with my the people that I loved. Maybe I would even get to visit from time to time after that.
Finally, I was ready to face everyone. Edward and I made our way to the already busy dining room table and I enjoyed the company of my family. I always wondered what had happened and now I knew that I had made the right decision all those years ago. My family was happy and together again for the first time in twenty-five years.
No matter what happened in the future, I had gotten the closure that I needed. I would no longer wonder and I would no longer fret. I had Edward and my family had happiness.
A/N: So, yeah. I thought that was a happy ending ^_^ Let me know what you think!!!