Disclaimer: I do not own Twilight… and sadly that's not going to change over the course of the story…
A/N: Yay back to vampires!!!! And a pretty long time coming sequel too… the last one was all Bella's pov so I figured I'd switch over and have this one from Carlisle's pov… Read. Enjoy. Review… (Title's a song by Muse…)
Chapter One – Moving on, Moving In
"This one too Bella?" I asked, picking a box up in her room and she nodded, I kissed her cheek.
Charlie had just gone "missing" just as we had planned with Kate. We hadn't heard from them, but they said when they got where they were going they would call. Bella was nervous about Kate's ability to stop once she bit him, but I was confident that they'd be just fine. So, while the town was still buzzing about what happened to the chief of police, his daughter was moving in with the Cullens.
Bella's mother had wanted her to go back to Phoenix, but Bella was insistent on staying in Forks. There was a search for Charlie for a very long time, but he was eventually pronounced dead, after they found what mysteriously looked like Charlie's footprints going off a bridge into an icy death. The fake suicide was something Jasper and I helped with once they left. Renee even came up to take Bella home with her, but Bella told her how much it would help her in her grief to stay where she felt she fit in. She left out the part that it wasn't really the kids of Forks rather than fitting perfectly with me.
I taped the top of one of her boxes as she wrapped her arms around me from behind. I turned and kissed her head before she threw her arms around my neck. She pressed her forehead to mine, and I smiled as she brought her lips to mine. I was surprised, she had been angry with me earlier when I told her she was getting her own room.
"I love you," she said, "And I am excited."
"Even if you have to sleep in your own room next to Alice's?" I asked as I lifted her right into my arms.
"I still don't see why I have to," she said as she kissed the side of my neck, and added seductively, "I always stayed in with you when I slept over before."
"That's exactly why," I replied in a low growl, kissing her head, "You're much too tempting and I'm afraid I might not be able to control myself."
"But would that be just a bad thing?" she asked as she kissed my cheek.
"Yes," I replied, "Very."
"Oh c'mon," she said, feigning anger and I chuckled.
"I might hurt you, Babe," I said and she shook her head.
"You would never hurt me," she said as she tightened her arms around my neck.
"I'm glad you have that confidence," I said, kissing her head before leaning down and catching her lips with mine.
"Hey!" said Alice as she ran into the room, and I set Bella down, all of this happening too fast for Bella to react properly, "Less making out and more packing."
"Yes, ma'am," Bella teased as Jasper ran up next to Alice, and Bella added under her breath, "Like you two should be the police on the matter."
"It's your own fault," said Jasper, and I chuckled, "You too."
"So being attracted to my love is a crime now?" I asked and Jasper just shook his head.
"No," Bella replied as I smiled, and handed Jasper a box.
"Can't we just finish this show for Bella's neighbors, and just carry everything back to the house?" said Jasper, "This is ridiculous. It would be so much faster to just go through the woods. But no, we have to pack up and unpack when we get there."
"Yes, being human is very annoying and time consuming," Bella said sarcastically and Jasper nodded.
"It really is," said Alice as I handed her another box.
"Be nice to my baby," I said, and they smiled as they disappeared.
"They're being fine," Bella said, putting her hands up on my face, "You on the other hand are puzzling me."
"About what?" I asked kissing her sweetly, "I never want to leave you puzzled."
Bella started to laugh and I looked at her, thoroughly confused with her behavior. She wasn't usually very blunt if I was doing something that was bugging her. She wasn't intimidated by me like most others would be, but she still had issues faulting me. She really had no idea the things I would do for her if she only asked. Usually nothing about me bugged her, but when it did it drove me nuts until she told me what it was.
"Nothing," she said, hugging me, "You're perfect."
"You have to be able to tell me if I'm doing something that's bugging you," I said, sitting on a precariously stacked pile of boxes and watching her while she packed a last few things into a nearby box.
"It's nothing," she said and I just kept watching her, "Fine, you've just been a little too hover=y since Kate and Dad left, I'm fine."
"I'm worried about you, babe," I said simply, "I was assuming you'd miss your dad. I just want to be here for you."
"He didn't die, Carlisle," she said and I rolled my eyes, I knew that, "I can pick up a phone and call him if I want to. Besides, I'm going to see him the minute I get changed."
"In five years," I pointed out and Bella shrugged, "He's not going to be able to make it to our wedding, your birthdays…"
"I'm fine, sweetie," she said, kissing me lightly, "I like that your worried, but you don't have to hover, ok? Besides, we have to start figuring out how we're going to tell mom."
"True," I said, then added in a teasing tone, "I say we tell her we've been madly in love since you moved here, and I'm a vampire that doesn't age so the physical age difference is completely ok."
"Somehow I don't think that's going to go over well," said Bella and I smiled mischievously.
"But it's the truth," I said and Bella smiled.
"Doesn't matter," she said, "It still won't put her at ease."
"How about 'you know when you though Carlisle was my boyfriend…. Well he is'?" I suggested and Bella just started laughing.
"Nope," she said, then added after a moment's thought, "How about we're in love, deal with it?"
"Ah, no, but better than mine," I said, passing a box to Jasper as he ran in.
"How about it just happened?" Jasper asked and Bella burst out laughing.
"I like that one," she said and I rolled my eyes.
"The word 'it' would taint my intentions," I said and I heard Jasper laughing as he carried the box out of the room.
"Ok," said Bella, seeing my dilemma, "We'll figure something out, that's a year off."
"Well yeah, I'm eighteen, in less than a year," she said.
"Well do you really want to get engaged while you're still in high school?" I asked and Bella shook her head.
"But we can tell people, like mom," she said and I sighed in relief, "I mean after a couple months of my being legal to you."
"Ok, yeah," I said and she smiled, "And you do remember that even when you are legal.. until I have a couple rings on that finger..."
"I know," I said, "But that won't stop people from assuming we are."
"Right," I said as I picked up the last box and we headed out the door of her room, "I love you, babe."
"I love you too, Sweetie," she replied and I kissed her in the hallway just before we walked out into the view of the neighbors, and you didn't need vampire senses to know that they were watching.
I walked out of the house with Bella, keeping a respectable distance before throwing the last box into the back of Bella's truck. The cars were conveniently packed to capacity and there were two seats left, and Jasper and Alice had the jeep, I had left the Mercedes at home. We walked over to the truck and Bella threw me the keys as she headed over to the passenger's side.
"Now you're sure about me having my own room?" she asked and I nodded as we pulled out of the driveway.
I needed for Bella to stop asking, I knew she was displeased with me for this, but she had to understand. I would lose control knowing that we shared a room all the time. I intended to be lenient, how could I not be? But I had to make her understand how much I wanted to let her just take me over, she could convince me of things so easily.
"I love you, which includes me wanting to protect your honor," I said and she laughed.
"Well my reputation will be shattered when the town finds out that I'm in love with you," she said and I shrugged.
"I'd rather them talk than it actually happen," I said.
"Oh?" she asked as I followed Jasper down the road towards our house, "And you're not going to defend my honor to people?"
"I will," I said as we started up our driveway, "But really? Who's going to believe me, you're beautiful any man in my position would have already given in."
"I hate you," Bella said light heartedly and I looked at her.
"No you don't," I told her and she smiled.
"I know," she said, kissing my cheek as I put the truck in park near the door.
"Can we handle this?" Jasper asked and I nodded as he jumped into the back of the truck and started unpacking Bella.
By the time Bella and I walked into the house Alice and Jasper already had Bella all settled into the room next to Alice's. The compensation was that Bella's room was right across from my office, she could have any book she wanted, she could anything she wanted period, but I figured that was the best thing to do for her.
"Ok, go check it out," I said and she just wrapped her arms around my middle.
"Help me out?" she asked and I smiled before I picked her up and carried her in the door of her room, "That's not my bed."
"Alice and I picked it out," I said and she nodded as I set her down on top of it, and pealed myself away to walk out the door, "Your dinner will be done in about ten minutes."
"Seriously?" she said, disappointed and I chuckled as I walked out of the room at normal human speed.
The minute I was out the door I ran as fast as I could to make sure the beef stew that I'd had cooking all day while we were packing up Bella. I got there just in time to turn it down and butter up some bread for her. She came down as I was setting at the table for her with a glass of water.
"Thank you," she said as she entered the kitchen, I kissed her quickly before sliding her chair out for her, "Oh? I get all the chivalry tonight?"
"Yup," I replied, kissing the top of her head and sat down across the table from her.
She ate quickly and then went off to bed, she was tired, I went into my office for a while before making a book selection and heading into my own bedroom. I walked in and changed into sweatpants and went without a shirt, I usually did at night. I was in there reading for a few minutes before I heard the door squeak open.
"Bella," I said bracingly without even looking up and then I heard a little sniffle, so my head shot up, "Babe?"
"You were right," she sobbed, "I do miss my dad."
"C'mere," I said, though my saying it was completely pointless.
I jumped off the bed and ran to her, wrapping my arms around her. She clung to me, drenching my shoulder in her tears as I lifted her off the ground and brought her to the bed. I sat there with her in my lap, and kissed her cheek. I pulled her tight so that she would be able to feel me there. I had been waiting for it to hit her.
"It's ok," I tried to sooth her as I laid back on the bed, kissing her face randomly, "You're going to be fine, Bella. He's going to be fine too. Do you want to call him? Kate gave me a cell number."
"No," she said, as I wiped some of her tears away, "I just… he won't be there to walk me down the aisle. He won't be there to help calm mom down when we tell her, he won't be here."
"Shh," I said softly into her ear, "But then we'll meet up with him. Bella, we'll be with him forever. Consider this to be our little break from him before an eternity of him listening in and threatening me."
She chuckled and I smiled as she cuddled into my side and almost immediately fell asleep. I didn't have the heart, or least desire to carry her back to her room, what's one night? I kissed the top of her head and held her tight as her eyes flickered closed.