Here is the final chapter. I cried when writing it so if you tear up easily I recommend a Kleenex or two. I am sad to post this but as I said before, I am working on 2 more stories. I hope you enjoyed reading this story as much as I enjoyed writing it and I am still shocked and awed at the response to my first fanfic. You guys have been absolutely awesome and I appreciate all the warm and loving reviews.
Disclaimer: I know that I don't own Twilight or anything from it but Edward is, as I type, taking a shower in my bathroom so I have to go wash his back *wink wink*
Thanks so much for sticking through this with me and Enjoy!
Shannon aka smmiskimen
The incident with the Volturi had happened almost a year ago. None of us ever returned to Forks High School and we had moved away from Forks, settling in a remote part of Alaska where no one knew us. Edward allowed me to get my GED but only with the promise that I would go through high school again. I didn't want to make the promise but I knew that it was part of being a Cullen. The younger we started in an area, the longer we could stay there. I didn't want to go through it again but I had a feeling that high school would be better the second time around.
Edward and I passed our time talking. He worked on teaching me the piano and several different languages though I seemed to have a hard enough time with English.
Alice, Rosalie, and I took frequent shopping trips and I was learning to love shopping with my sisters. After what had happened with Tanya and the Volturi, Rosalie was never cold to me again. I still think she regrets what she did even though I told her that it was ok and not her fault.
Esme had been working on some blueprints for a house in Rochester, New York. He had researched and discovered that during the summer roughly only 20% of the days were sunny and only 10% were sunny in the winter. This would be an ideal area for us and Alice and Rosalie were excited about the shopping possibilities in New York. At least I wouldn't have to learn another language to survive there.
Before the move to Rochester was finalized Carlisle and Esme took us all to Koro Island in Fiji so that the rest of the family could see the new vacation house. Due to all the recent flying that we had done, Emmett, Jasper, and Edward had convinced Carlisle that the family needed a private jet of their own. It only took a little bit of coaxing before Carlisle had agreed. Rosalie and Alice kept the pilot busy whisking them off to Europe for week long shopping trips that I always managed to get out of, thank goodness.
We spent a month in Fiji relaxing and we had to have some animals brought in and kept on our own "reserve" for hunting purposes. Marmosets just weren't that tasty.
We spent 10 years in Rochester then moved around the world. We only stayed in each place about 10 years. After that, people grew suspicious. I went through high school 9 times and college 5. I majored in Biology, Accounting, Law, English Lit, and then decided on becoming a doctor. It seemed that my ability to block out the smell of blood proved useful in that field. Carlisle was pleased that I followed in his footsteps and always took me on as a resident in the hospital he was working in.
Edward and I were blissfully happy and ended up getting married 5 more times. I began to enjoy the thrill of it and every time I was the nervous bride, always unsure on whether or not Edward was going to say 'I do.' He never disappointed and we did get to enjoy many long honeymoons. I was a bridesmaid for Alice and Rosalie when they both renewed their vows to Jasper and Emmett. And we were pleasantly surprised when Esme and Carlisle were inspired by all of us and repeated their vows in a lavish ceremony. All of us were in the wedding party and Carlisle and Esme took a yearlong honeymoon to travel the world.
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About 40 years after leaving Forks I received word that Charlie had suffered a major heart attack and that the outlook wasn't good. Edward knew that I had to see him so we flew to Forks and he snuck me into the hospital.
I crept slowly into his room as Edward kept guard keeping the nurses occupied. No one that had worked here before was still here so we were safe from being recognized. I walked silently to Charlie's side and sat on the edge of his bed. He looked so frail and old. The machines were beeping silently beside him, keeping him alive for just a little bit longer. I gently picked up his frail hand, careful not to break it.
"Dad?" I said choking back sobs. "Dad, I'm here. I am so sorry Dad that I never came back. I could have saved you. I could have done something. Dad, I wanted to tell you that I am ok and that I never stopped loving you. You have been in my thoughts always and forever. I couldn't have asked for a better dad. I learned French, Dad. I also learned German, Spanish, Finnish, and Japanese. I know Dad, me learning all of those languages. Oh and dad, I am a doctor now; imagine me, clumsy old Bella working on people to save their lives. I know it is funny but I am doing it Dad and I am great at it. Carlisle and Esme have been great to me and Edward and I are even more in love with each other than ever before. Oh and Dad, I have seen the world, I got to experience so many things with Edward that I could have never imagined before. I know you would be proud of me. And Dad? I love you so much and I want you to know it is ok. It is ok to let go."
The clouds broke in the sky and a ray of sun shone through the blinds of Charlie's room landing all around me. Charlie's eyes opened and he saw me sitting there, my skin sparkling in the sunlight.
"Bella?" he said weakly. "Is that you?"
"Yes Dad, it's me. I came back to see you and say good bye. Dad I love you so much."
"But, your skin" he said weakly. "What, what are you? Are you an angel?"
I couldn't speak but just nodded, swallowing the lump in my throat. "Dad, I am here to make it all better. I am here to take you to heaven."
"Oh Bella, my little Bells, I knew you would come to me" Charlie said while reaching for my face.
I lay down beside him and wrapped him in my cold arms. "Dad, you can let go, I am here now and you will be fine." I kissed him gently on the cheek and his eyes closed.
I heard the monitor beeping slower and slower beside us as his breathing got shallower. Edward walked in the room and switched off the monitors then. I looked up at him and he nodded. I squeezed Charlie softly and whispered in his ear "I will never forget you and will love you always. I love you Dad. Goodbye." With that, Charlie was gone and I shook with dry tears.
Edward walked around to me and took my hand, pulling me into his arms. I couldn't walk so Edward carried me from the hospital to the car. I didn't speak to him the whole way to the old Cullen homestead. Edward picked me up out of the car and carried me inside, laying me down on a couch. Esme had apparently been keeping this house up in hopes that we might be able to return to it one day.
Edward got on his phone and started making calls, taking care of all the arrangements for Charlie. We stayed in Forks for 3 days and attended the funeral from the cover of the trees. I collapsed into Edward's arms as they lowered Charlie into the ground. He picked me up and carried me back to the house. We packed our things and headed home to the rest of our family.
It took me several years to come to grips with Charlie's death and then I had to experience Renee's. Hers was much more peaceful. She passed away in her sleep and I didn't find out about it until months after. Now, everyone from my human family was gone.
I resumed life with the Cullens and tried to make sure that I made Renee and Charlie proud.
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It was about 100 years since we had lived in Forks and we decided that it was time to return. Technology had advanced since our departure and all the vehicles were completely electric, well all but in Forks, they still had the old gas guzzlers running around town.
We all pulled up to the old Cullen homestead that we all knew and loved. We walked up to the door and it opened automatically, just one of the new technological conveniences. As we settled in to our old home we knew what would happen. We would have to return to Forks High School and go through high school again. This time I would finally graduate from Forks like I should have a century ago. I knew that this time around things would be better, easier; I had a loving family to surround me and the love of my life, Edward, to stand by my side what ever happened.
My life had come full circle and was now complete.
So? Did you cry? I did. This is the end and I am sad to see this story completed but I will be posting my oneshot soon and then my new story, created by preciousfairymom80 and I, will be in the works. I hope to see you all there!