"Bella, doit pourquoi nous restons ici?" Natasha whined as she and Bella drove on the small forest path to their small cottage rest home.(Why must we stay here)
"Parce, Natasha, que nous devons le repos nos pouvoirs vous savez cela." Bella sighed as she looked out the passenger window and saw the shrubery pass in a green blur, the result of her sister's driving.(Because we have to rest our powers you know that)
"Et nous pleurnichons le repos à Paris?" Was Natasha's annoyed reply. (And we cant rest in Paris)
Bella sighed at her sister's question. They had had this conversation before, in several languages, and Natasha was getting on her nerves. She replied anyway though, "Nous pleurnichons le repos à Paris parce que nous avons besoin d'un environnement éloigné qui est paisible regagner notre pouvoir."(We cant rest in Paris because we need a remote environment that is peaceful to regain our power)
Bella's phone rang saving her from having to hear Natasha's brilliant reply, "Bonjour, qui ceci est?" (Hello who is this)
"Bella, Vous savez qui c'est. Son Jasmine." Was the exasperated reply. (You know who it is. Its )
"Jasmine quelque chose tromper est? Tout le monde est-il bon?" Bella's voice was full of worry, the others said they wouldn't call unless something was wrong. (is something wrong? Is everyone okay?)
"Se calmer, Bells! Tout est bien! Je m'assurais juste bien! Etes-vous là pourtant?" Jasmine's voice was amused and mocking, but there was an undercurrent of anxious worry. (Calm down, Bells! Everything is fine! I was just making sure you're okay! Are you there yet?)
"Maintenant qui a besoin de se calmer ? Nous sommes biens. Nous sommes presque là.Pourquoi avez-vous appelé? Vous tout a promis vous appellerait seulement s'il y avait un problème." Bela's voice was soothing as she tried to figure out why Jas would call so soon. (Now who needs to calm down? We're fine. We're almost there. Why did you call? You all promised you'd only call if there was a problem.)
"Bien, j'ai voulu vous assurer deux obtenu là sans accident! Ne pas oublier se de présenter à l'enregistrement avec nous régulièrement, autrement nous nous présenterons à l'enregistrement avec vous! Maintenant combien plus long jusqu'à ce que vous commencez l'école?" The anxious worry was replaced by nervous excitement in Jasmine's voice and Bella could practically see her friends excited green eyes and black curls bouncing as she jumped in happiness. (Well, I wanted to make sure you two got there safely! Don't forget to check in with us regularly, otherwise we'll check in with you! Now how much longer till you start school?)
Bella wasn't surprised that Chris took the phone from Jasmine just then and said, "Je plains ceci, Bella. Peux-je parler à Tasha?"(I'm sorry for this, Bella. Can I talk to Tasha?)
She laughed as she said, "Christopher, vous ne pouvez pas nous attendre vraiment pour arriver à la chaumière?" (Christopher, you really can't wait for us to get to the cottage?)
Chris sighed as he replied, "Bella, elle est mon âme et mon coeur. Je dois lui parler vraiment." (Bella, she is my soul and heart. I really must talk to her.)
Bella sighed as well, "Qui j'est d'emporter une âme de l'homme? Ici elle est!" (Who am I to take away a man's soul? Here she is!) Bella laughed as Natasha started squealing in Italian and almost caused an earthquake in Washington.
"Dieu, Natasha! Se calmer ou vous nous tuerez!" Natasha glared at Bella but sobered quickly. (God, Natasha! Calm down or you'll kill us!)
"Me mordre, Toshoos de Friandise!" She murmured and Bella smirked at the name, her sister was truly predictable. (Bite me, Goodie Toshoos!)
"Chris, nous ne devons pas la conversation d'arrêt parce qu'elle est un ange!" Tasha's voice was sad and irritated, as she glared at the cottage that was now in sight. (Chris,we don't have to stop talking because she's an angel!)
There was a mumbling on the other line and Natasha's face softened. "Chris, cela est vraiment doux mais vous ne devez pas l'inquiétude de nous c'est ne nous parlant pas pourrait cela nous mettre en danger c'est le fait que nous sommes si faible." (Chris, that's really sweet but you don't have to worry about us it's not us talking that could put us in danger it's the fact that we're so weak.)
The mumbling on the other line was worried and nervous, and Bella could tell Christopher was worried for them more than the others. He truly was the other half of Tasha's soul, and both Bella and Tasha could tell that the extent of their weakness frightened him. He didn't want Tasha or Bella dead, that could cause a balance shift, and break his heart.
"Non pas se soucier de nous. Nous faisons bien." Natasha's voice was gentle but strong proving through it that she was not frail or weak, and that he had no reason to worry.(Not to be concerned with us. We do well.)
There was a pause, as Chris said something that made Natasha's eyes widen.
"Non! Ne pas tout met la prise pour moi Christopher! Rester à Paris! Personne devrait venir ici! Nous sommes biens et nous avons juste besoin de se reposer!" Natasha, as masochistic as she was, did not like the idea of everyone putting there jobs on hold to watch them meditate and go to human school. (No! Don't put everything on hold for me Christopher! Stay in Paris! No one should come here! We're fine and we just need to rest!)
The mumbling on the phone was more persistent and Tasha looked like she wanted to give in. He was obviously pulling the lovers card.
"Oh, Christopher, je vous aime! S'il vous plaît ne pas venir, bien que! Vous feriez juste des gens plus suspect. Nous partir était assez vous n'avez pas besoin de pour les commencer regarder nous en haut!" She sounded desperate and lonely, her words were pleading. She didn't want them all discovered.(Oh, Christopher, I love you! Please don't come, though! You'd just make people more suspicious. Us leaving was enough you don't need for them to start looking us up!)
Chris said something that made Natasha smile as she said, "Je vous aime aussi! Faites attention! Bon au revoir." When she hung up Natasha said, "He wants to come here, but I won't let him. Do you think I should?"(I love you too! Take care! Good bye.)
Bella shook her head and said, "It would be too suspicious."
"So we're speaking in English now?" Tasha asked sarcastically as they got there bags from the trunk.
Bella nodded, "We better get used to it. I don't think anyone at the school would appreciate us speaking French the whole time."
Natasha reached up under thew eves and grabbed the hide-a-way key. She unlocked the door as she said, "Yeah, people are going to absolutely hate us! We're angels for Christ sake! That means we're beautiful, smart, and strong willed! Not to mention the chaos I let loose at the school, there will be some complications." She had a mischievous smile on her face as she said this which made Bella glare and shudder.
"You wasted our energy on fun?"
"Oh come on Bells! You know as well as I do that if we're there it will be interesting. I just gave it a tiny push!"
"You know a tiny push could turn into something huge!" Bella's heart beat was increasing as she worried about what could happen, though her worries were small compared to what was actually in store for her and her sister, and all of the other nine protectors of the balance.
"Well, maybe it wasn't a great idea so just forget about it and unpack." Bella shrugged and nodded.
The cottage was two stories. Five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a kitchen, living room, and library. It was a fairly large home, and not much of a cottage, but the air was of a mountain escape not a house. The garden outside was well kept and beautiful though they hardly ever came here.
Bella went to her room carrying her two bags. Her room was directly connected to the library were she was always found while they were here. It was a nice small room, originally it was another room for the library, meant to be a study.
Bella put her clothes in the dresser and closet, then sat on the bed with the back pack. Inside were her most prized possessions. Wurthering Heights, Romeo and Juliet, and a compilation of the works of Jane Austin. There was also her treasure was a puzzle box with a locket, photo album, diary, pocket watch, ring, map of Paris, swimming medal, and silver hair brush locked safely away inside.
"Isabella! Descendre nous avons des invités!" Natasha yelled from downstairs.(Isabella! Come down we have guests!)
"Venir! Et ce qu'est arrivé à parler d'anglais?" Bella yelled back. (Coming! And what happened to speaking English?)
"Ne jamais avoir des objections cela! Juste descendre ici!" Natasha sounded nervous and impatient.(Never mind that! Just get down here!)
"Bien, j'aurai raison là!" Bella got up and ran down the stairs nearly falling on the last step, but catching herself on the bar. (Fine I'll be right there!)
When she got downstairs Bella heard the knock at the door and quickly joined Natasha as she opened the door. There on the front doorstep were three beautiful people, or rather vampires. One was a gorgeous man in maybe his late twenties with blond hair and butterscotch eyes, the older woman beside him was a motherly looking woman with caramel hair and the same eyes, The last was a rather excited looking teenager, she was pixie like and had short black hair that stuck out on all sides, her eyes also were the strange honey gold. All of them were, as most vampires are, extremely pale.
It was the pixie vampire that spoke first, "Hi! We're your neighbors!"
Natasha looked at her with a stunned expression on his face as she said, "We've never had neighbors before." Her voice was sharp and accusing and even these strangers would be able to tell she didn't trust them.
Bella sighed as she said, "Natasha, se comporter!" She turned to the visitors and said, "Please excuse my sister, she has terrible manners, do come in!" (Natasha, behave!)
"Que? Vous voulez laisser entrer les sangsues?" Bella just glared at her sister as she opened the door to the three. (What? You want to let the leeches in?)
"Thank you," the man said as he walked with the others. "I am Carlisle Cullen, this is my wife Esme and our adopted daughter Alice."
Bella nodded and shook his hand as she said, "I'm Bella Swan and this is my sister Tasha."
Alice was still smiling as she asked, "When did you move in?"
Natasha rolled her eyes as she said, "About fifteen minutes ago!" Her voice was cuttingly chipper as she mocked Alice.
"Where are your parents?" Esme asked with a kind smile. Bella froze, they had had Johnathan call the school to register them.
Lucky for them Natasha was a convincing liar. "They're dead." She said this with so much sorrow in her voice that pity sparked instantly in their eyes.
"I'm so sorry." Esme said as she put a cold hand on Bella and Tasha's shoulders.
"Oh, don't be," Tasha said as shrugged Esme's hand away. "It was a while ago and we have a great family."
"Where is the rest of your family?" Carlisle asked as he looked around the well furnished cottage.
"Paris." Natasha replied simply as Bella gave her a panicked look.
"Natasha!" She whispered as she glanced worriedly at the three confused vampires standing in the living room.
"What do you mean Paris?" Esme asked worriedly as she looked at the angels teenage forms.
"They'll come." Alice said surely as she glanced at Bella.
"What do you mean, they'll come?" Bella asked as she looked at Natasha for help.
"Oh, well, your family wouldn't leave you here alone, would they?" She asked with a curious and much to innocent look on her childlike face.
"We hope they will." Tasha said, "You know we should really be unpacking."
"Oh,yes I'm sorry for disturbing you, we were just shocked to find that we finally have neighbors. Stop by if you need anything."Carlisle said as he motioned for them to leave.
"Thank you. It was nice to meet you. Stop by anytime you like." Bella said as she showed them to the door.
"It was nice meeting you to Bella, Tasha!"Alice said with a wave as she walked to the backseat of a black mercedes.
Bella sighed as she closed the door, "Remercier Dieu qu'est sur." (Thank God that is over.)
"Pourquoi l'Enfer vous les avez demandé?" Natasha asked as she sunk onto a couch. (Why the Hell did you ask them in?)
"J'étais poli." Bella blushed as she turned back to the stairs.(I was being polite.)
"Visser poli." Natasha muttered as she watched her sister stumble upstairs. (Screw polite)
Everyone jumped as Alice squealed. Edward! AH! New students! OH! They're going to be friends with us!
"Alice, whats wrong?" Jasper asked as he pulled Alice back onto the couch.
"Absolutely nothing! There are two new students moving into that abandoned cottage." Alice grinned smugly about something Edward couldn't understand.
"You mean the cottage a few miles away?" Esme asked curiously as she sat on the arm of Carlisle's chairs.
"Yep!" Alice was bouncing excitedly, though Jasper was trying desperetly to calm her.
"When, Alice?" Carlisle asked as he worriedly glanced at his family. He didn't want these new neighbors to see or hear something that could put his family in danger.
"Fifteen minutes!" Everyone gaped at Alice in astonishment, knowing that she had known of this for quite a while. Rosalie opened her mouth to speak, her eyes brimmed with anger and anoyance.
Before Rosalie could speak though there was the distinct sound of a foreign car driving through the forest. Everyone turned toward the sound of voices. There were two female voices speaking French rather quickly. It sounded almost as if they were having an argument, though they both seemed to know what the other was going to say.
The first voice was whiny and annoyed as the girl asked why they were there. The second voice was much quieter and calmer though there was an undercurrent of annoyance and anger within it. The conversation was hard to follow and they seemed to be talking about resting their power and soon a phone rang and the second woman handed it to the first.
As she started to squeal there was a slight trembling in the ground that was barely noticeable even to the keen senses of seven vampires.
"What was that?" Emmett asked as he looked around for the source of the disturbance.
"That was Natasha Swan, she seems excited to me." Alice laughed as she saw the look on everyones faces as they stared at her.
"What are you talking about Alice?" Edward asked in frustration as she continued blocking her thoughts.
"They're Isabella, Bella, Swan and Natasha, Tasha, Swan! The only thing I can figure out about them though is that they aren't human or vampire." Alice's face went blank as she looked into their futures, it was fuzzy and barely distinguishable, though Alice could just see Bella sitting cross legged three feet above the ground.
When Alice came back Edward looked extremely confused, "What was that Alice?"
"Bella," she said simply with a shrug.
Edward glared as he asked, "What was she doing?"
Alice sighed in frustration as she answered, "I can't figure that out! I keep having visions were strange things like that happen! And I can barely get visions of them!"
Everyone stared at Alice in shock. She couldn't get visions of them? Finally Emmett asked, "What are you two talking about? You get visions of what?" His face showed great confusion as he looked between the psychic and mind reader.
Alice smiled slightly as she answered, "I keep getting visions of Bella levitating off the ground and other stuff like that."
"Levitating?" Carlisle asked. He was intrigued by their new neighbors already and their names sounded slightly familiar, he just couldn't quite remember where he had heard of them.
"Yep!" Alice grinned, she knew that Carlisle and Esme would want to meet them, that meant she would be able to talk them into sitting with them at lunch.
"Well, why don't we go and say hello." Esme said, she aways thought the cottage home was to nice not to be owned by someone already.
Alice's grin grew even wider as Esme said it she nodded and turned to Carlisle who nodded as well.
No one else had wanted to go so it was just Carlise, Esme, and Alice. As they drove they listened again to the two girls talk again. They were extremely surprised to hear Natasha calling Bella down stairs because they had guests. They heard Bella trip down the stairs as she came.
When they got to the door they were met by two beautiful girls who looked to be around seventeen. They seemed to be twins, with matching waist length mahogany hair and brown eyes that appeared to be endless. They had fair skin though Bella seemed slightly flushed. Alice was the first to speak, "Hi! We're your neighbors!"
Natasha looked at her with a stunned expression on her face as she said, "We've never had neighbors before." Her voice was sharp and accusing and they could tell she didn't trust them.
Bella sighed as she said, "Natasha, se comporter!" She turned to them and said, "Please excuse my sister, she has terrible manners, do come in!" (Natasha, behave!)
"Que? Vous voulez laisser entrer les sangsues?" Bella just glared at her sister as she opened the door to the them. They were all shocked to hear Natasha refer to them as leeches. That was a term usually used by the Quileutte tribes wolves. (What? You want to let the leeches in?)
"Thank you," Carlise said as he led the way inside the large cottage. "I am Carlisle Cullen, this is my wife Esme and our adopted daughter Alice."
Bella nodded and shook his hand as she said, "I'm Bella Swan and this is my sister Tasha."
Alice was still smiling as she asked, "When did you move in?" She knew that if they were to just come out and say they knew the two wouldn't be there in the morning.
Natasha rolled her eyes as she said, "About fifteen minutes ago!" Alice was stung by her mockingly chipper voice though she didn't let it show knowing that Tasha was like this to everyone, except her family.
"Where are your parents?" Esme asked with with her motherly kind smile. They all noticed Bella freeze at the mention of parents though they didn't know why.
"They're dead."Natasha said sadly but frankly. Pity sparked in them as they saw the twins standing in their home parent-less.
"I'm so sorry." Esme said as she put a cold hand on Bella and Tasha's shoulders. She was shocked to find that neither of them flinched away.
"Oh, don't be," Tasha said as shrugged Esme's hand away. Esme was slightly hurt that the girls wouldn't accept her comfort as he noticed Bella easing her way away from her hand. "It was a while ago and we have a great family." They were glad to here that but more curious as to where their family was.
"Where is the rest of your family?" Carlisle asked as he looked around. The cottage was well furnished with a classical mood with technology hidden away in subtle places. It was a beautiful home and far to well decorated to be done by a group of average teenagers.
"Paris." Natasha replied. None of them missed the panicked look Bella sent her. That was not an average reaction or reply, and Carlisle could tell there was something strange about the girls simply by looking at them, they held an aura that drew you near yet kept you at arms length.
"Natasha!" Bella whispered as she glanced worriedly at the three confused vampires standing in the living room. They were all confused even Alice. They were intrigued as to what these two were as well as where their family was.
"What do you mean Paris?" Esme asked worriedly as she looked at the two teenage girls in front of her, her motherly instincts were screaming at her to help them, to give them a mother.
"They'll come." Alice said surely as she she glanced at Bella. She wanted to talk to her she wanted her to have a friend when she started school.
"What do you mean, they'll come?" Bella asked her voice gave away her nervousness as she glanced at her sister.
"Oh, well, your family wouldn't leave you here alone, would they?" Alice asked. Carlisle sent her a warning glance.
"We hope they will." Tasha said, "You know we should really be unpacking."
"Oh,yes I'm sorry for disturbing you, we were just shocked to find that we finally have neighbors. Stop by if you need anything." Carlisle motioned for Esme and Alice to follow as he walked toward the door.
"Thank you. It was nice to meet you. Stop by anytime you like." Bella said as she showed them to the door. The three Cullens could tell she was forcing herself to be polite.
"It was nice meeting you to Bella, Tasha!"Alice said with a wave as she walked to the backseat of a black mercedes. As she shut the door she heard the two talking inside.
Bella sighed as she closed the door, "Remercier Dieu qu'est sur." (Thank God that is over.)
"Pourquoi l'Enfer vous les avez demandé?" Natasha asked , her voice showed her annoyance at the visit. (Why the Hell did you ask them in?)
"J'étais poli." Bella replied shyly.(I was being polite.)
"Visser poli." Natasha muttered. (Screw polite)
Alice heard a stumbling and guessed Bella was going upstairs. From her visions alice had seen that Bella was extremely accident prone.
"Well that was certainly interesting. Alice what all do you know about them?" Carlisle was truly curious which made Alice excited. If Carlisle was curious that meant they would be getting to know the two girls outside of school.
"All I really know is that they aren't human or vampires, and Bella always levitates, Tasha has a temper, and there are seven other teenagers like them who will be coming here sometime in the future." Alice smiled slightly holding back the most exciting news.
"Alice is there anything else?" Carlisle sounded hopeful and Alice had to hold in a laugh as she understood just how interested he was in their new neighbors.
"Well," she said, "I had a vision that Bella is going to be Edwards mate." Carlisle's eyes widened as Alice spoke and his eyebrows shot up. Esme looked ecstatic and yet slightly worried. "Is something wrong Esme?"
Esme shook her head as she said, "I'm happy Edward is finally going to find someone but theres something about those girls thats just off. Bella seems perfectly nice but she seemed to nervous around us. How will she be Edwards mate if she isn't comfortable with us?"
There was a knock on the front door and Bella looked out the window of the library to see Alice Cullen on the front step. Bella opened the window and leaned out as she called down to her, "Just a second and I'll be right there!" Alice smiled widely up at Bella and waved. Bella gave her a small smile in return before leaning back into the room and shutting the window.
She hurried downstairs and opened the door to a grinning Alice, "Good morning Alice, can I help you with something?" Alice laughed at Bella's polite question as she answered.
"No, I was wondering if you would like to hang out or if you needed help getting settled in."
Bella smiled warmly as she opened the door wider for Alice to step into the cottage. "Thats really sweet of you, we really don't have anything left to unpack though, if you'd like you could just stay here for a while."
"Natasha wouldn't mind?" Alice asked with a teasing smile.
Bella laughed as she said, "Tasha is talking to her boyfriend Chris so for all she cares Hitler could come for tea."
Alice tilted her head to the side as she asked, "Is Chris in Paris?"
Bella nodded as she said, "He's part of our foster family, John, Jas, Chris, Harmony, Nathan, Ariana, James, Tasha and me. Thats our family, has been as long as we can remember."
"So why are you here while they're there?" Alice asked innocently.
Bella was slightly nervous as she said, "Well, you could say that we needed to rest for a while, you know we needed a break."
Alice nodded as she registered this information in her head, "Bella, I know we just met and all, but why did your sister call us leeches yesterday?"
Bella's eyes widened and she knew she would not be able to lie to Alice so she answered honestly, "Because she doesn't like being around vampires, Aro really freaked her out once and she never wanted to talk to another vampire again. Then you three showed up and well, she was really just being prejudice."
Alice stared at the blushing girl in front of her in shock, that was not what she had expected, what was even more unexpected was Bella continuing, "I'm sorry if she offended you, thats really just how she is. Her brain is as chaotic as her work and she really just gets creeped out by vampires, it was nothing against you personally, just Natasha letting her chaotic brain take over."
Alice was still in shock as she asked, "What do you mean work and why are you connecting my family with vampires?"
Bella was getting nervous knowing that she couldn't lie to this girl, she had been the one who sent her the visions of Jasper and Carlisle. She was the one who guided her to them. With all this knowledge she could not lie to Alice, so she told her the truth, "We know you're vampires."
"How?" Alice asked curiously.
"Well," Bella said, "Follow me." She headed upstairs to the Library with Alice close behind. The walls were covered in shelves of books. There were tables chairs and a desk littered with books maps and papers scattered around the room. Bella went straight to the third shelf from the top on the opposite wall.
She took a large leather bound book from the shelf. There were strange markings and symbols along the cover.
"What is it?" Alice asked curiously as she looked over Bella's shoulder.
Bella laughed as she said, "Don't you mean what am I?" Alice looked at Bella curiously as she continued, "This is our history, it also holds the information we know of you." She turned an started grabbing other books with similar markings from the shelf.
When she was done Bella had ten books on the table. One was the thick leather bound book and the other nine were labeled with the names, Isabella, Natasha, Johnathan, Jasmine, Christopher, Harmony, Nathaniel, Ariana, and James.
"As you probably know we are not human. If I tell you what we are you can not tell anyone or allow Edward to find out through your thoughts. Can you keep the secret from your whole family?" Bella asked as she turned to look Alice in the eyes.
Alice's jaw set as she nodded. She knew she wouldn't have to keep the secret long, once the rest came they would have to tell.
Bella sighed as she said, "Then I will tell you. In these books are the secrets of millennia. The secrets my family and I have discovered and created. We are the protectors of the neutral balance between good and evil, we are the..."