I was sitting on the couch next to Edward. On the floor before us, Reneseme and Jacob were playing chess. Edward smiled as he read both their thoughts and whispered in my ear to tell me that Reneseme was letting Jake win. I laughed lightly. At that moment, Alice came dancing down the stairs, a steamer trunk in her tiny hand. I sighed. It was so sad that we had to leave Forks, but it had been a full year since my transformation and we had to leave to keep the family above suspicion. I thought of Charlie, as Edward absently rubbed my hand. It would be so sad to leave Charlie now just as he was really getting to know Reneseme, but we were going to visit often and that was a bit of relief. Behind Alice, Jasper carried two more trunks, presumably containing more of Alice's limitless wardrobe. They set the three trunks by the doorway and were making their way back up the stairs when Alice came to a sudden halt.
"Oh. How interesting," she said, and I could feel Edward tense beside me as he read whatever vision was in her mind at the moment.
"Bad?" I asked, tensing too. I just knew that we could never really be this incandescently happy for long.
Then, Edward relaxed and chuckled. I looked at him questioningly, wishing that I was the one who could read thoughts for once.
"Actually, it's not bad at all, Bella," he said, kissing my cheek. That distracted me for a good moment.
Jasper cleared his throat, probably sensing the lust that was coming off me at the moment. I was still so addicted to Edward. Then, as if on cue, Carlisle came through the front door. He smiled at us all warmly as he took off his coat and set it on the rack. Alice rushed to his side and looked at him expectantly. Then, the cell phone in his pocket rang. Within a second, he flipped it open.
"Hello?" he said.
"Good afternoon, Carlisle," I hear a smooth female voice reply from the receiver. God, I loved this vampire hearing!
"Elizabeth? Is that you?" he asked, looking at Alice in wonder.
Hearing Carlisle's voice, Esme, Rosalie, and Emmett ran into the room and stood beside Edward and I. All eyes were trained on Carlisle with a kind of curiosity.
"Yes, old friend. It is me," her voice murmured, with a hint of a joy.
"Lizzy, can I put you on speaker? The rest of the family is here," Carlisle said, switching the phone to speaker and setting it on the table by the door.
Emmett looked up with a big smirk.
"Lizzy…seriously?" he asked aloud, with a grin pulling at the corners of his mouth.
"Hello!" she called.. "And a big hello to you, Emmett, and the ever beautiful Rosalie. Ah, and dearest Alice, I am sure you saw that I was going to call. I trust you and Jasper are well…"
"Hey, Liz, when are you coming to visit?" Emmett interrupted.
I felt so out of the loop, as I watched Rosalie, waiting for her to be jealous at another woman garnering so much attention from Emmett. Instead she smiled and called out to the woman on the line, as well.
"Oh, Elizabeth, you have to come visit! Where have you been? What have you been doing? It's been too long!" Rosalie cried with excitement.
I looked at Edward, trying to make my confusion as plain on my face as possible. He just smiled reassuringly at me and patted my hand.
"It would be lovely to see you all again," Elizabeth said with excitement.
"Elizabeth, there is one slight problem though," Carlisle said kindly. "We are in the process of relocating to Canada at the moment."
"Oh? Time to be on the move again, I suppose. Esme, I bet you've found the most wonderful place. Actually, I was wondering…" she stopped short.
It was Edward who spoke this time. "You want to stay with us, Lizzy?" He must have seen her intent in Alice's vision.
"Yes…" she said quite quietly, although our ears had no trouble picking it up.
"Is something wrong, Elizabeth?" Esme asked gently.
"I will explain fully in person," she said at bit nervously. "I just feel that it would be a good idea if I came to stay with you as a member of the family for a while."
Everyone looked to Alice and Edward for some clarification, myself included. Alice looked at Edward and he nodded to Carlisle.
"We would be glad to welcome you into our family for as long as you need." Carlisle then turned the phone off speaker and delivered our new address to her while wishing her all the best.
Esme nudged Carlisle. He hugged her tight and pressed a sweet kiss to her forehead.
"I should probably leave now, then. Elizabeth will need a room to stay in," she said, kindly.
"Yes, of course. Take my car," Carlisle said, pulling the keys from his pocket before hugging Esme again.
With that, she left early for our destination. I was almost lost in my own thoughts; so many questions and no one seemed to be willing to explain.
"I wonder where she's been all these years?" Rosalie wondered aloud. "We tried to find her to witness for us… before… and we couldn't find her."
"Well, everything went fine without her anyway. I bet she's got some great stories for us, though," Emmett said.
No one seemed to realise how out of the loop Jacob, Reneseme and I were. Who was this Elizabeth? Then, Edward answered the questions that must have been on Jacob's mind, as he looked at him when he spoke.
"Yes, she is a vampire... A friend of the family and a bit of a nomad," Edward stated.
"But…" Jacob began, with concern dominating his features.
"Don't worry," Edward replied, presumably answering his thoughts. "She's a vegetarian, like us. She's not a threat in any way.
"How do you know her? Why is she coming to stay with us?" I asked, unable to contain my questions.
Edward chuckled and kissed my cheek affectionately.
"I think it's best if we let her tell the story herself when we meet her in Canada; she's much better at telling it," he replied, but it did not cure my curiosity.
Curious as I was, though, there were other thoughts dominating my mind.
Later that evening, after Reneseme was asleep, Edward and I began to pack up the contents of our cozy home. He moved about quickly, having done this many times before. I moved slowly, sad at having to leave our beautiful little home so soon. However, it was the price to be paid for having everything that I did; my Edward forever, and our beautiful daughter. I heard Edward as he came up behind me and put his arms around my waist in an embrace that never ceased to make me melt. I sighed, contently and worked to show him a little of my thoughts at the moment; how I would miss this place and all the memories of our moments here. He kissed me lightly and comfortingly on the shoulder.
"We'll come back someday," he assured me, his velvet voice gentle.
"I know," I whispered. "I love you."
"As I love you, forever and always."