A/N It's come to an end, my friends. It's been a long journey of daily updates, and loving reviews. You people have made my day every day for many days. And I love that. Enjoy the happy ending. Not that kind of happy ending, you know the one where your face down on one of those tables with a Masseuse working out the kinks in your nether regions? You keep that happy ending to yourself.
I laid Bella on our bed, smiling sadly at what had happened. Through the window I could see Carlisle and the wolves. They had come to bare witness to vampire that broke the treaty. We let them think it was Edward. It worked out well that way. But I guess seeing as we ripped Edward apart ourselves, and dropped the match that torched his body, they understood that this behavior would not be forgiven by us. There was more to it, and he was sitting on the bed beside me, staring down at the girl he'd loved since he was a child.
Jacob, who I had come to learn in passing, cried. There was no shame in it, and I couldn't begrudge him. I wanted to cry too. He sat at my side brushing Bella's hair from her face, promising her it didn't matter, it didn't need to matter.
The possibility of her death, it seemed, had waken him up. He would accept Bella in any form that he could, even this one. He vowed to me to protect her from our nature, keep her from killing innocents. I appreciated it, and I knew she would as well.
Lifting her ring laden hand to his mouth and kissing my mother's stone, he looked up at me "Your not like the other's are you? You don't hold yourself above any one else?"
I sighed, "I'm not gifted. I don't see, or feel, or hear anything that I shouldn't. I'm strong yes, but I was strong before the change, by human standards. I am just a vampire, with no strings attached."
"I can see that you love her." He whispered, "Because you stayed by her side while they burned that fucking bastard. I...I couldn't do that. I needed to watch him die. But you...your love for her is stronger then your need for vengeance. Mine isn't, and I kind of feel like an ass hole because of it. Just...don't keep her from me, like he did."
"I don't tell Bella what to do. She wants to see you, she can. And she will Jacob. She will. It's a different kind of love you two share, I guess. I don't know, I'm new at these things. But it's hard not to love her, Jacob. You needed to know she was safe, that he was really done. It's love, and you shouldn't feel guilty. I mean, your doing so much for her just by being here. I know it's hard for you. And I know it was you that stopped your Alpha from ripping into us. You made him see. "
"No, I forced him to see." He sighed, "You didn't kill her. You shouldn't pay for it. And...they would have killed her too. Did she deserve death? No. Did she ask for this? No. I know she would have eventually, but not this way, not this. That would be like saying I asked to become a fucking werewolf. No one should be persecuted for the inconviences of life."
"Well, that was rather fucking eloquent, did you get that from a fortune cookie?" I laughed, and the feeling was real, even though my heart was breaking. I knew things would be okay.
"Actually, I did." He smiled, "Things are going to be okay. I better go meet up with Sam. I used my Alpha power, and I know it won't go without consequence. He won't admit it, but Sam is fucking delighted to step down. I should have known better then to fight destiny, but I mean, I'm seventeen and the Chief of my fucking tribe."
With that he walked his furry ass out of the bed room, and though only so much was said, I could see why Bella liked him. He made things seem brighter, he was in a way, an arrow pointing towards the sliver lining. He was a cool mother fucker, okay?
"Come in Rosalie." I said, feeling her presence at the door. So many things needed to be said between us, but all I could think of was how she saved my Bella.
She did the one thing she vowed never to do. She changed a human, she saved my Bella. I could forgive her anything because she gave me Bella. It was ironic in the sickest ways, but life is full of plot twists.
"How's she doing?" Rosalie asked, genuine concern in her eyes. Rosalie's maternal skills ran bone fucking deep, and as sire to Bella, they were in full swing.
"She's fighting it with everything she has." I leaned into Bella kissing her ear gently, "One more day, sugar."
Rosalie sighed beside me, "I'm happy for you Emmet. Bella...she's perfect for you. She's the right amount of stubborn and the right amount of compassion."
"She's something else," I agreed, but the crux of the matter hadn't been touched. "What brought you back, Rosie? No, what made you leave?"
"It's stupid. And it just goes to prove how really vain I was, not just on the outside but the in,"She paused, but for once, I didn't interupt, "Here, in the family, I was the odd ball out. I didn't have a power, and I had nothing else to offer the family. I was of no use here. Just a pretty face. So when Aro offered me power...."
"Rosalie...I don't have a gift. I'm not doing much for the family." I argued softly, squeezing her hand in mine. "Regardless, family non the less."
She shook out her dirty, matted blonde hair, "No, Emmett, you protect the family. You are the rock, the strength."
I turned to my ex wife with new compassion. Compassion that didn't even exist when we were married, "Do you know what you protect, Rosalie? Our humanity. No matter how blunt or mean you are about it, you make sure to remind us that we were human once. That we should appreciate what human qualities we have managed to keep."
She looked up at me with her ruby red eyes, "You really thing so?" She squeaked.
"I do." I said flatly, "No, Rose, red looks good on you and all, but the eyes?"
She looked into her lap a little sob escaping her, "Human blood. It's not worth it. And the power Aro offered me, so not worth it." She laughed hard and cold, "I was bait. Like Heidi. I was fucking bait. I lead them...those people. All those people. I lead them to death." She cried a little again, "I killed them, Emmett."
I pulled her into my side, cradling Bella carefully in my arms, "But you returned, didn't you? You came back."
"I couldn't do it any more. I couldn't kill all those innocent people. Aro, he's not so bad, I guess, he let me go. I question some of his governing tactics now, but he let me come home out of respect for Carlisle. I was so scared! I thought...I thought every one would hate me."
"When..." She shuddered, "When I came home and hardly any one was home, I smelled Edward and Bella upstairs, but I was just passing through, I thought maybe if I talked to Esme first....." She shuddered, "Then I smelled the blood! Bella's blood. And I could hear...Edward....the things he was saying...and I heard her cry and his zipper and oh my god Emmett..."
She sobbed into her hands tearless cries racking her body for a good ten minutes before it passed. I waited with a new found patience, comforting her the best I could without cracking a joke. It didn't seem appropriate now, even I knew that.
"I thought it was odd that they were in ou....your room. But, when I heard her begging, I knew what was happening. I broke the door down, and I found him...and he was going to...I didn't stop. I ripped him to fucking shreds." She growled, "She was dying, she was dying in my arms, and I knew I could save her. But it went against everything.....everything that I was."
"What made you change your mind?" I asked softly.
She looked up at me with a watery smile, "For the length of my vampire existence, I have complained that I did not get a say in this life. That I wasn't give the opportunity to choose between death or to live like this. When I looked down at Bella, I realized it was no different. She didn't get a say in her death." She paused, glancing around the room,
"I wasn't sure if I should condemn her to this life, now that Edward was out of the picture, but I looked around the room....and I could smell her on your sheets, and her things...were with your things. Edwards words made more sense....and I realized she was yours now."
Squeezing my hand she breathed deeply, "That was what did it for me. I bit her, because I knew with you she would be happy. Happier then she ever was with Edward. And too, I wanted you to be happy."
"You're something else, Rosalie," I smiled, "I think we've both grown up a little."
"We did. We needed too. They say that vampires can't change, Emmett, but I have changed." Her voice resonated with new conviction, "I'm not that cold, vain bitch any more. I am so sorry for what I did to you. To the family. I want to be better."
I laughed, ruffling her dirty hair, "You already are, Rosie. One conversation with you, and I can already tell you're not the same girl. Don't change to much though, because we loved you as you were. We'll love you regardless, but where is the balance without our Resident Bitch?"
Rosalie laughed, brushing her fingers across Bella's cheek, "She was worth it." She whispered, "You were worth it Bella. You make this family what it is. I'm glad to call you sister."
So it was that the family became what it is. We grieved over the loss of our brother, our son. Not his life, but the loss of him. Who he had been before he broke. We lost a part of our family that day, but found a new one in the form of a brute Native American puppy dog. Jacob played a big part in our lives from that day on, and it was he who made our family whole now.
Jacob put aside his difference's, his animosity towards the Cullens. He took his position as Alpha and chief and dissolved the seventy year old treaty that had brought nothing but tension to the land.
Charlie, as it happened, had been dating Sue Clearwater on the sly. Jacob delightfully informed him of werewolves and Vampires, and the Volturi couldn't do shit about it. In the eyes of the Quillette, Charlie was part of the tribe and welcomed to share in all there legandy-glory.
Bella fought like any newborn did to remain in control of her self, but she was strong, and managed, as Rose, Alice, and Carlisle had, to not kill a single person. One brief stint in Alaska, well, a year long stint, and she was reunited, albeit cautiously, to her father. She didn't even try to eat him, we were all very proud.
Rosalie was welcomed back into the family with open fucking arms after saving Bella. We would have welcomed her back regardless. The venom bond between the two was like glue. Bella was Rosalies little sister in every way but blood. Bella now had a circle of protectors, myself, Jacob, and Rosalie, in no particular order.
Ah, Rosalie and Jacob. I had never seen any one put Rosalie in her place the way Jacob does. I certainly never had the balls too. One slapped to the back of my head, and my marbles retreated north for the winter. But Jacob's every lasting fucking sun shiny rainbows-out-the ass personality managed to melt what was left of Rosalie's frigid heart, and the two are happily fucking. Not happily fucking married, but happily fucking non the less. Bella couldn't have been more thrilled. The wolf pack was pretty happy with the situation too, what with Wolf-o-vision. I knew what kind of freak Rosalie was, and I knew she loved the fucking attention. It worked out for every one really.
Well, that's a story for a different day, isn't it.
A/N Did I just hint at a lemony epilogue? Why yes I did, but not for a while. We've buried it in Canada, my friends and it is over. Thank you for all your support, and comments. It's been real.