I was playing out what I thought would happen when Renesmee grew older and more fond of Jacob, but my thoughts drifted towards Edward and Bella - I'm not a huge Renesmee and Jacob fan. I found myself mapping out a little story of my own, so here it is. Enjoy.
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Leaving For Good
I wrapped my arms securely around my little girl, pushing the thought of her being a fully grown woman to the back of my mind. It was surreal. Only ten short years had passed since the Volturi left, leaving my family to celebrate in their submission and mourn the small loss of Irina. I hate thinking of our Denali cousins' sister as a small loss, but much more could have happened.
And here she was, at a mere age of ten years looking as if she were nineteen or twenty. Her body filled out as much as her mind and her long curls shifted just past her shoulder blades.
A deep sigh escaped my lips.
"Mom…" My daughter's voice trailed off. I blinked myself out of my stupor and pulled back. There she was. Her soft chocolate eyes blinked up at me in worry and I let a smile grace my face.
"Sorry sweetie." I pulled forward and squeezed her gently again. "I was just lost in thought, that's all."
She heaved a sigh and hugged me back before pulling her head from my shoulder and looking at me. "You know I'm not a little girl. I can take care of myself. Besides…" Her voice trailed off again and I sent her a reassuring smile. She continued as before, "Jake will be with me the whole time. Nothing will happen."
"I know that." My voice spoke before I allowed my mind the process all of the horrible things that could happen to my daughter on her own. But I knew if anyone could keep her in line while making sure she was safe from anything dangerous, I could count on Jacob.
As his name flew through my thoughts I heard a crowd of feet shuffle in our direction through the doorway. My eyes peered up to see Edward, Jacob, and Charlie walking in a herd towards us. Charlie's house hadn't changed a bit; each step they took made squeaky tiles groan against the resistance until they met the carpet of the living room floor.
My husband sent me a reassuring smile and slid his arm around my waist as the other two men reached Renesmee. Charlie continued to smother her in hugs and kisses while Jake waited patiently. "We won't be gone forever, grandpa." Her response earned her one last big hug before my father turned his attention to Jacob.
The smug look on his face sent blurry flashbacks to my mind. "Now listen here Jacob Black. You better take good care of my granddaughter, or so help me, I will hunt you down."
I could tell Jake was suppressing a smile as he held his face in the most serious manner he could and nodded his head. "Yes sir. You have my personal promise."
My mind was pulled away while Jacob continued his vow when a very low chuckle escaped from my husband to my left. I jerked my head to face him, confusion etching across my features. He shook his head ever so slightly and waved a hand, dismissing his action. This normally meant he would tell me later. I sighed under my breath and returned my attention to the trio in front of me.
Charlie was shaking Jake's hand firmly – though I'm sure he didn't realize that Jake was faking the hurt expression that crossed his face – while Renesmee skipped out the door.
Once Jacob left, I released myself from my husband and wrapped my arm around my father's neck as he did the same around my waist. My head twisted slightly and I whispered into his ear, "I love you, dad."
"I know you do, Bells." His squeeze tightened ever-so-slightly before we both released and I took a step back as he continued to talk. "Now. I know I'm still on a need-to-know basis, and even though I don't understand a lot of things," He was clearly stating about mine and Edward's extremely young appearances after the ten years we've stayed in Forks. "I just want to know one thing."
My husband and I nodded in unison for his request.
"Will I be able to visit wherever you guys may be going?"
Edward's velvet voice chimed in before I had a chance to answer. "Charlie. You know my family and our doors will always be opened to you, no matter where we may be." A light of happiness gleamed in Charlie's eye before he regained his composure and nodded in our direction.
Edward glanced down at me, catching my gaze. "I think we need to be going. Jacob and Nessi are waiting outside for us."
I nodded my head politely and walked with my father and husband to the door. With one last hug and a kiss on the cheek, I bid Charlie farewell for the first true time in ten years. We turned on our heels and made our way towards Edward's silver Volvo.
As I slid into the passenger seat a loud roar ripped through the air. I glanced up to see Renesmee's huge grin, her body twisted on the back of Jacob's newly purchased motorcycle as she sat behind him with her hands wrapped around his waist. I mouthed the word 'airport' and she nodded her head before Jacob sped off in front of us, leaving a trail of dust and gravel in the wind.
My husband's growl echoed out of his chest and I turned my attention towards him. "Listen, you know Jacob wouldn't cause harm to her on purpose. She's probably the only ten-year-old that could pull off being perfectly safe on the back of a speeding motorcycle." Weather I spoke the words for his comfort or mine, I was unsure, but the tension in the car began to fade. "Are you going to tell me what was so funny back in the house?"
He shrugged his shoulders ever-so-slightly while he pulled onto the main road and follow the tire tracks of our long-gone daughter. "I suppose I could. But it's not as funny now."
I raised an eyebrow of curiosity. "Try me."
"Well…" He proceeded. "When Charlie was threatening Jacob I was listening to his thoughts and he was thinking that if something happened, the last thing he would worry about was a retired cop when an entire coven of vampires would be hunting him across the country."
A chuckle fell from my throat and a smile crossed my lips at the thought of Jacob being scared of our family. But it was true.
We sat in silence – not feeling the need to fill the space with useless chatter – as we pulled into the airport. The drive was extremely quick at 110 miles per hour, but that was how my husband drove.
The entire family waited at the entrance gate for us as we pulled our suitcases out of the trunk and began lugging them across the pavement with ease. Once we reached the small group I looked towards Renesmee.
A smile broke out across her face as she took her luggage from my side, Jake following suit, taking Renesmee's from her and heading back into the crowd to check their bags in. I reached in my pocket and pulled out three plastic credit cards and began handing them to her. As she reached out for the unlimited cash I was about to hand over, my arm pulled back slightly, causing her to stutter.
"Listen to me closely." My bell like voice held a stern manner. "I know you know this, but let me review. Each one is for a different purpose. This one," I handed her the blue card on top. "is for airfare and traveling needs only." She nodded as I handed her a second card, golden this time. "This one is for hotel, housing, and food." Finally I handed her the last piece of plastic, its green coating covered the others in her hand. "And this one is for personal use, but keep it reasonable. You know our rules."
She slid the cards into her pocket and nodded - her glorious and grateful grin still wide. "I know, mom."
Edward appeared at my side with one eyebrow hitched higher than the other out of curiosity. "You know we care about you and we know you want to explore the world on your own terms – after all, we can't keep you locked away forever – but we have our rules and you know them. I want a call at least once a week and I will be keeping track of your purchases."
Our daughter jumped towards Edward, hugging him in a tight embrace. "I know, dad. We'll be good and careful."
Before we could talk any longer, Jacob came to her side. "Sweetie, our plane is boarding. We're gonna miss it if we don't get going."
My husband and I nodded our head and kissed our daughter one last time before she disappeared into the crowd.
A sigh built its way into my chest. Before I had time to think about anything, my ears picked up Alice's feather-light steps approaching us. I turned and sent a smile in her direction.
She returned the favor and grabbed my hand. "Come on, Bella. We need to get inside and get our luggage checked."
We made our way inside the airport, checked our bags in, and boarded the plane. The first class seats were very wide, making me feel small and petit in its comfortable cushions. Edward sat beside me, took my hand in his, and lay back – doing his best to seem human.
The plane pulled itself into the sky and before I knew it, we were on our way to our new home.
Finally, I've got the first chapter out there. So let's see those reviews and hear that C/C, which is greatly welcomed. I am sorry about the briefness of it. I was trying to set up a timeline so you would understand. I didn't want to throw you into the story in a new state with no Renesmee or werewolf. That just wouldn't be right. =P Please enjoy!