Chapter One

I watched the snowflakes gently float toward the ground. I sighed in contentment. Even after the recent… transformation, I am still not the biggest fan of snow. It'll have to do, though.

Renesmee has grown six inches. Her body shape is now moving toward an adult's body. It's easier to see her growing so fast, now that we know she'll live as long as her parents. Jacob has been getting more and more attached to her. I can trust him.

Edward, Jasper, and Emmett went out on a two-day, male hunting trip. Ugh. I wish he took me with him. It's not as if I don't like staying at home, even with Renesmee, but I'd like to go hunting with him more often. He would've taken me, but Jacob had a pack meeting to go to, and couldn't watch my daughter. I love saying that.

My daughter. Sigh.

Alice was in her room. I wasn't really paying attention to anything. I just let my mind wander. Hence, me not knowing what Alice was doing upstairs.

Renesmee gracefully danced around the open room. Jumping, twirling- it was a joy to know she was mine. I loved her. Her spiral curls moved even if she was motionless, which she almost never was. The sun reflected off of the snow and the rays reflected off of Renesmee's bronze hair.

It's been two days already, so Edward and the others should be home at around 10:00. I wish I could sleep, the time would pass very quick.

"Renesmee?" I called to her from across the room.

"Yes, mother?" Her lovely soprano voice echoed off the walls.

"Do you want to play in the snow?" I asked.

"Okay. It is beautiful out." She smiled, and I had to smile back. She ran up to me and jumped into my arms, placed her hand, which also got just a bit larger, gently on my cheek. I saw her and I playing in the snow.

"Let's go then." I smiled.

We ran into the snow.

The time went by very fast, and the next thing I knew, Edward came up to Renesmee and I.

"Having fun?" He asked.

I laughed and turned to him. "Yes we are. How was your trip?"

"It was okay, it would've been better with you." He picked me up and kissed me quickly on the lips.

"Okay, you can put me back down now." He laughed. Renesmee reached for him.

"Hello, Renesmee. I missed you." He picked her up and she touched his cheek. He laughed.

"What did she say?" I asked, though I kind of already knew the answer.

"She said she missed me, too." He smiled. "Let's go inside…" he stopped, "that is, unless you don't want to."

"No. Let's go inside. I have to show you something."

We walked inside and Renesmee and I led him to the dining room. On the table stood an intricately designed wood carving of a smiling family- a mother, father, and daughter.

"Tada!" I said holing my hand toward the carving.

"Who made it?" He asked, walking the statue to get a closer look.

"Renesmee and I. Do you like it?" I asked him.

"Yes, of course. It's beautiful." He exclaimed. He examined the carving. "Where will we put it?"

"Well, I was thinking maybe in front of our house next to the rose bushes?" My uncertainty made my idea a question.

"Perfect. It will fit right in." His smile grew even wider.

My eyebrows furrowed. "You seem extremely happy today."

He laughed. "Why wouldn't I be happy? I'm with you, aren't I?" He asked.

"I guess." I said as Renesmee yawned. I looked at Edward. "We should go home."


Renesmee fell asleep in my arms. We walked out the door, we were in no rush. As we jumped over the river an idea occurred to me.

"We should go see Tanya and Kate." I told Edward.

He stopped running abruptly. "Sure. I mean, if you want. What brought this up anyway?" He tilted his head.

"I don't know. I just thought we should because they're probably still mourning for Irina, and I'd love to help." I explained.

"Okay. Us alone, or with the rest of our family?" He asked.

"I honestly do not know. I guess we should, though." I think we should. Carlisle and Esme would probably be a ton of help, also. Alice makes everyone happy. It would undoubtedly be hard for Jasper, however, being around all of there sorrow. I also know that Emmett and Rosalie will help. "You know what? They can come, too."

"First, let's drop of Renesmee at home, then we can tell them." He smiled. We ran straight into our little cottage and brought Renesmee to her room. Before we left, I grabbed a book.

As we were running toward the house, Edward finally noticed the book in my hand.

"What's that for?" He questioned.

"Oh, just in case I get bored." I shrugged my shoulders.

"Oh." He laughed at himself.

The towering house came into our view and we slowed down some. The sun was just setting, the sky was painted with orange, yellow, red, and blue- a truly magnificent sight, especially viewed from behind the mountains. Carlisle heard us coming and opened the door before we made it all the way up the stairs.

"Hello." His timid voice was slightly confused.

"Can we talk to everyone?" Edward asked.

"Okay. Let me get th-" He stopped when he saw them all walk, or run, into the living room. "Here they are." Carlisle led everyone into the dining room, where the statue still stood.

"Oops. We forgot to bring this to the cottage." My mouth twisted down.

"It's okay." Edward said and draped his arm around my shoulders. Everyone sat down. Edward was at one end of the long table and Carlisle at the other. Edward and I exchanged a look. I raised my eyebrows, signaling him to start.

"Bella and I were thinking that we should go visit Tanya and Kate. Actually, it was Bella's idea, but we both agreed to it. They're going through some rough times, as we all know, and we thought it would be a good idea to help them get through the loss of their sister." He stopped and looked around. It wasn't something they had to vote on, it was harmless, but we needed to know if they wanted to go. "What do you say?" He asked.

First of course was Carlisle. "We should."

"I agree." Esme's kind voice said.

"Definitely." Rosalie agreed.

"Sure." That was Emmett.

"Okay." Jasper and Alice said.

"That's settled, but now the issue is, when are we going to go?" He looked straight at Carlisle, of course, he's the leader.

"I say…" Everyone leaned in "maybe two or three days from now." They all sat back, satisfied.

"This should be fun." Emmett said. I couldn't tell if he was being sarcastic or not.

I decided to ask for myself. "Is that sarcasm I hear, mister?" I asked raising an eyebrow.

He looked at me with disbelief. "No. Of course not." He exclaimed, but not angrily.

"Okay." I smiled to myself. "We should start packing." I told Edward.

As me and Edward were walking out, I asked, "Should we wake up Renesmee and tell her, or should we tell her tomorrow?"

He speculated. "Tomorrow." He said, and I nodded.

We walked into our small home. I walked straight to the chair next to the fire. It was the perfect reading spot. I opened my book and began.

"What are you reading?" Edward queried.

"To Kill a Mockingbird." I told him.

"Didn't you already read that?"

"Yes. And?"

"Never mind." He sat down in the chair across the room, closed his eyes, and relaxed. If I didn't know better, I would've thought he was asleep. I smiled and rolled my eyes.

I was lost in my book-reading until he sun came up. Reading until I heard Renesmee give a small yawn. All night, Edward stayed in the same position.

I went to get Renesmee. "Hello, sleepy head." I smiled and she smiled back.

"Hello." She said quietly.

"Guess what. We're going to see Aunt Tanya in a few days." She smiled even wider, and her eyes brightened. She jumped out of bed- we replaced her crib with a bed, she's big enough now. "Edward? She's okay with it."

He literally came out of nowhere. "Great. Let's pack."

We got all of our things together very fast. We had a lot of time to spare.

"Now what do we do?" I asked. Renesmee came up to me and touched my cheek. "She wants to visit Charlie. What do you think?"

"Whatever you want."

"Okay. I guess that will pass the remaining time. Charlie will be so happy." I smiled at that.

We took the Volvo to Charlie's house. I was relieved that I didn't have to where contacts anymore, my eye color is good enough. Renesmee was bouncing in her seat, she was so exited.

"Hey, you guys. Come on in." Charlie said with a huge smile as he opened the door.

"I hope we didn't bother you." Edward's silk smooth voice said.

"Of course not. No bother at all." He looked down. "Hello, Renesmee. Come give grandpa a hug." His smile was huge. Renesmee ran, at a normal toddler speed, to Charlie and jumped into his arms. He rocked back on his heals a bit, but if he can hold me, he can hold her. I know he can hold me because of… I shivered.

"Are you okay?" Edward whispered for my ears only.

"Yeah. I'm fine. Just thought of something."

"What did you think about?" He asked.

"Never mind. It's nothing to worry about." My eyes wandered to the window. He gave an exasperated sigh. "What?" I asked, still whispering.

"I wish I could read your mind right now."

"Well, some thoughts are private, and I'm glad you can't read my mind." I said jutting out my chin. Edward sighed again.

"So, Bella, Edward, how are you guys doing?" Charlie asked.

"Good." We both said at the same time, we started laughing.

"That's good." I don't know if anything could wipe the smile off of Charlie's face. Then the phone rang. "I have to get that." He walked over. I can clearly hear the conversation.

Hello. Chief Swan?

"Yes. This is Chief Swan." He answered.

We need you right away at the station. It's an emergency.

"What kind of an emergency?" He whispered, glancing quickly at us. He had no idea we could hear.

For Pete's sake, Charlie! The bad kind.

"Okay. I'll be there as soon as possible." He hung up. He looked at us reluctantly. "Uh… I'm sorry that you came out here and could only stay for about," He looked at the clock. "five minutes. The station called and there's an emergency."

I made my expression worried, and when I looked at Edward, I saw he did the same thing. "Oh, no. I hope you'll be okay." I exclaimed. "Good luck, and I promise we'll visit again soon. Bye."

"Bye, Bella, Edward, Renesmee." Charlie said.

"Goodbye, Charlie." Edward said. Renesmee just waved.

"That took up a lot of time." I said once we were out of Charlie's hearing range.

"Watch it on the sarcasm." Edward said laughing. It sounded like music. I sighed. "What's wrong?"

"Nothing. That was a happy sigh." I smiled. He smiled back. "Now what do we do?" I asked, to no one in particular, really.

"Baseball?" He suggested.

"There isn't any thunder or heavy rain." I pointed out.

His face fell a little. "Right." He thought for a moment. "How about…" He started, then shook his head.

"We should take Renesmee shopping." I said smiling.

"What else can we buy her?" He asked. "She has so much." He stopped. "Then again…"

"Yes?" I asked.

"Oh nothing. Just thinking out loud. You should be used to that by now." He smiled. If my heart were still beating, it would have been beating irregularly.

"I have an idea." I said. "Let's go home, and maybe you can teach me the basics of the piano." I looked down at Renesmee, who was looking at me with huge eyes. "Oh, and Renesmee, too, of course."

"Okay." I looked at him for a minute. Something seemed different. As a vampire I was very observant, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it. What was it?

We got to the house. The piano sat there in the immense room practically calling to us. We walked over and sat down.

"Ok. First you need to learn the keys." He revealed the black and white keys after removing a cover. "This one is C." He played a note. We were each at different parts of the piano, each sound was heard at different pitches. We went on with our lesson. It wasn't too hard. I was surprised I never looked into playing the piano.

By the end of the short lesson, I knew all of the notes. We didn't really get to playing songs. Edward played a song for Renesmee and I. It was beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

Just like him.

A lump grew in my throat.