A/N: I'm back!!!!!
Finally because I am so sorry this took so long to come out.
I needed a little bit of motivation and I got it. Gotta love Stephanie Meyer on Oprah.
This is the first chapter and I know that it is a little shorter than the last story but I just need to get into the story before I write that much.
I want to thank everybody who has come back to support me and read the sequel.
Without further ado here is Chapter 1 of Crimson Crescent.
Bella's Point of View
"Dear Cullens, we know your secret. You didn't do as well hiding it as you thought you did. I know that you are wondering what could we possibly want with you. Well let's just say this, if you don't come out of hiding then your secret will be exposed. And oh, have you noticed dear Sue Clearwater is missing? We know all about her and her children. So why don't you come home and we will settle this? -Mike"
"He's not getting revenge on us as vampires. He is getting revenge on us as humans," Edward stated. "They are finally strong enough to take us on."
"But what could the people in Forks want with us," Esme asked. "We left."
"But with a lot of problems left behind apparently. There is only one person that I could think about that would still have a vendetta against us and his name is Mike."
"Mike Newton," all of us answered at once almost in a whisper. We looked around frantically at each other not knowing what to do. Mike Newton was a vampire and he was looking for his revenge, starting with Sue and eventually he would work his way to me.
Every fiber of my being was shaking from my head to my toes. I thought that Mike Newton was a good person but he was vindictive. He was hurt, rejected and now a vampire which could be dangerous. I couldn't even begin to imagine why Newton would want to hurt me after all of these years. Yes, he was hurt by me in high school but there was no reason after almost 8 years of my marriage to come back and haunt me. I just couldn't understand how somebody could hold a grudge for that long but then I think back to Vladimir and Stefan, who held a grudge for centuries.
Now I was pissed. My entire life was finally going back to normal. What, I could only get one day in my entire life without somebody coming after me? Was my life really that doomed and I could never be safe. We had defeated the Volturi, gotten past Victoria, James and Laurent along with the newborn but here comes Mike Newton to kidnap Sue of all people. Why not try to take us head on instead of kidnapping an innocent person? Why would Sue be the first one that he chose? I may understand getting back at us but Sue Clearwater? She wasn't a vampire like us or a werewolf like the pack for that matter and she was such a sweet person. Now, because of me, she was probably dead.
The room was dead silent around us except for the heartbeats of the humans in the room. I looked around quickly, scanning the faces of my family and realized that everyone was staring at Edward and I. Apparently nobody grasped the conclusion that we had come up with. Now we had to think quickly to come up with a solution for the situation.
"Who's Mike," Ross asked frightened. Everyone's head snapped to look at him but immediately came back to me like they were watching a tennis match. It was kind of creepy to watch everyone move with perfect synchronization.
I took in a deep breath and sighed. "Mike was a guy that we went to high school with in Forks. From the day that I started at that school he wanted to go out with me. At one point, he even asked me out every single Friday. I didn't know if he was interested in me because I was the new girl or he genuinely liked me. I never thought of Mike that way because I was so deeply in love with Edward and I thought maybe he would have realized that I wasn't remotely interested in him.
When Edward had left me," I stated still repressing those memories. "Just for those 8 months, it was when Jake and I started hanging out. He was the only one that I didn't need to fake being happy around. I think Mike's jealousy started when the 3 of us went to the movies. He must have felt out of place, like he was interrupting us, and I felt bad for him. I tried time and time again to tell him that I wasn't interested but for some reason he just kept on trying.
Then when Edward came back I thought that it was all over. Mike went back to being my friend and never mentioned anything about a date ever again. When he came to my wedding he even had a date and I figured with me being married that it was over. Apparently it's not."
"So he knew where you lived because of your wedding," Ross questioned.
"And from our graduation party," I continued. "Mike always seemed like the one guy at that school that never gave up on me. Even when Edward came back we were at least still friends. I never thought that he was capable of being this vindictive."
"How could he be a vampire," Alice spat out. "I should have seen something like this."
"You were a little busy," Jasper stated. "The Volturi took all of your time. You were trying to protect us and you know that you can't protect us from everything that is out there. You are only one person."
"I should have at least made sure that the house in Forks was safe before we sent them there."
"I'm done discussing this," Seth yelled. We all looked at him, shocked, because we had never heard him upset. "My damn mother is missing. Who gives a shit who the hell this Mike guy is. We need to find her."
Jacob put his hand on Seth's shoulder trying to calm him down. Seth's whole body was trembling, like he was going to burst from within. I was afraid that he was going to phase so close to Jake and Leah. However, after a minute of absolute silence Seth's breathing regulated. If my mom or dad had been taken I would have reacted the same way. We really needed to get moving.
"Seth we just needed to discuss what could possibly be Mike's motives," Carlisle spoke. "It will be easier to find him once we look back and see what he really wants. But to begin with we need to go to Washington. As much as I don't want to split up we need to. Ross and Nessie need to stay here because of school and Annie will stay behind out of harms way. Josh will also stay behind with Bella, Edward and Esme. It would be better for Bella to stay away from Forks until we get this settled. And Leah…because you are pregnant you can either stay here in Utica or go home to La Push were you can be protected by the others. You will be safe no matter where you decide to stay. However, I'm a little afraid of an attack if you go home because it is so close to Forks but it is entirely up to you."
"I think that I'm going to stay here," Leah answered. "If I'm home then I will just think about her that much more and I don't want to put anymore stress on the baby. I think that phasing for that battle might have been too much."
"And I'll take a look at you before we go just to make sure that everything is alright."
"You're welcome. So does anybody have any objections?" Everybody shook their head no. "Good. We could wait until morning to take a plane to Seattle or we could drive there. It would end up taking the same amount of time."
"Plane," everybody yelled. Apparently nobody wanted to drive or put that many miles on their cars. Esme stood up and kissed Carlisle on the cheek before going upstairs to her study to make the travel arrangements. I think that our family alone where keeping the airlines in business. As I looked up everybody was heading off in their separate directions. Renesmee and Ross came over to Edward and I.
"Momma, are we going to be alright," Renesmee asked me. I looked at her and then at Edward. He just looked at me with a blank expression on his face.
"I'm sure that if we could defeat the Volturi taking down Mike Newton really shouldn't be too big of an issue. I don't know why he would do something like this."
"Did he ever seem like that type of person," Ross asked me.
"Not really. I mean he was persistent but I didn't think that meant that he was vindictive. I just can't believe that one person is capable of having this much hate in his system. I just wanted one day in my life…" I could finish my sentence before I ran out the door and outside into the cool winter air.
I collapsed about 100 yards from the house and broke down. I sobbed quietly to myself. Why couldn't I be stronger than this? We really should have no issue defeating this guy and here I was freaking out about nothing but was it really nothing. A minute later Edward was there next to me with his arm around my shoulders. I couldn't even open eyes to look at him. I felt ashamed.
"What's wrong love," he asked lovingly.
"I can't do this anymore," I sobbed.
"I don't know if I want to live anymore."
"What are you talking about?"
"My entire life for the past 10 years has been nothing more than a mess. Everyday there has been somebody after me. First James, then Laurent, then Victoria with her newborns and the Volturi. We finally defeated everybody and I had 2 days of peace, thinking that my life was going to be okay, and now this happens. I'm just sick of putting the people that I love in danger. Charlotte and Peter died for me. And now Sue. I just don't want this anymore. Maybe I should just go and not involve anybody else in this."
"You know that none of us would let you do that. Think about your daughter and what would happen to her if she lost you."
"I understand that but what if this puts her in danger? I would rather sacrifice myself then let anything happen to her."
"And that is what makes you a good mother Bella."
"You called me Bella," I stated looking up at him. His face was full with sorrow. "You never call me Bella."
"It's because I am being very serious. Don't you dare think that you shouldn't be alive right now. If you weren't alive I wouldn't be either and you know that. I don't want you to think like that. There are so many people here that love you. Notice how Nahuel called you before he called anybody else. The letter wasn't addressed to you it was addressed to the Cullens but Nahuel thinks of you like a mother. He loves you, I love you and so does Renesmee, Jake, Seth, Ross, my family. Bella you light up peoples lives and you need to realize that without you our family wouldn't be whole. Don't you sit there and think that we would be better off without you. We tried living without you once and it was impossible. Please, stop thinking of yourself like that. Mike is probably just pulling our leg. Do you really think it will be hard to defeat him after all of the practice that we've had?"
I shook my head no. "But what if one of us gets hurt?"
"It's not going to happen. We have been through enough battles now to know what to expect. We know how to protect one another."
"But what if something happens to you again," I sobbed. "There is no way that I could live with myself if something like that happens again."
"I will be more careful. We will stick together love and we will fight through it. Plus do you really think that there is any chance that Mike could have assembled an army better than ours?"
"That is true," I chuckled through my sobs. He grabbed me and pulled me against his stone chest. He held me in the snow for what felt like just minutes but in all reality it was so much longer.
Ann's Point of View
This was just one of those days that you knew was too good to be true. I was finally home and I had my brother with me again. I felt like I had lost him forever, thinking that everything that had happened was my fault, and that he had died because of me leaving his daughter without either of her parents. When I saw him standing across the field from me it was one of the moments in my life that I was truly happy. Did I want him to be a vampire? No but it was better than him being dead. This way I could be honest with him and have a member of my family with me again.
I don't know if it meant that I was selfish because of it because I was happy. So what if we had another vampire after us? Right now that meant very little to me as Josh and I stood watching his daughter sleeping.
"Thank you," he whispered to me.
"For what," I asked.
"Taking care of her while I was gone. I was so worried about her when I got kidnapped."
"You were scared for her? What about you?"
"I didn't know what was happening to me but I kind of figured it out. I was either going to be a vampire or I was going to be dead. Either way I wanted my daughter to be taken care of and you stepped up to the plate."
"Well she is my niece after all. There was no way that I could leave her to be taken care of by somebody else."
"Still it means a lot to me."
"So how are you doing," I asked as we stepped away from Annie's room and sat on a bench at the end of the hallway.
"I'm still a little bit in awe of this family. When I first woke up I was scared. You have no idea how scary it was because there were all of these people looking around at me and they were wondering if it was really a good idea that they kept me alive. The little blonde one said that they should have killed me, that they had already given the Cullens enough reason to fight. I was scared the entire time that I was there but I was just hoping that you would realize that it was me. I never wanted to fight you."
"And you didn't. You knew what was going on which was surprising."
"Well the Volturi really didn't try to keep many things hidden from me. They thought that they were going to destroy all of you and it would be a piece of cake. Well they were obviously wrong."
"Yes they were."
"And what is with this whole shocking thing?"
"You mean my power," I asked.
"What do you mean?"
"I apparently can shock people."
"So can I. It's just an extra power that comes when you become a vampire."
"I guess that our father got shocked one too many times as an electrician."
We both laughed quietly to ourselves and then my laughter turned into silence. He looked at me with questioning eyes.
"I never even got to tell dad that I was alive, that I was okay and that I was still his baby girl. I feel so horrible about that."
"He knew," Josh whispered.
"I told him everything. I knew that he was going to pass away so I told him that you were okay, about everything that you told me and I told him that you loved him. He believed that you were better off and he wanted me to tell you that he loves you. I told him that you wanted to see him but it wasn't safe for him to know anything and he understood. He understood why you stayed away and never came home. I think in the back of his mind he always knew that you were there looking out for us."
"Really," I sobbed. He pulled me into his chest and let me sob like a baby. My big brother was there for me and my dad knew everything. My dad didn't die thinking that I didn't love him and I was thankful that he had told my dad. I couldn't even begin to imagine how hard it must have been for my brother to have to deal with both of my parents being sick.
I was the one that was there at the funerals and everything else but he had been there through the whole process which must have been even harder. I remembered how much I wished that I could be there for them and for him. Josh had so much taken away from him when his wife died or when our parents died or when he thought that he had lost his daughter and that he was going to die.
"Anyways," he stated trying to change the subject. "Does that Alex guy make you happy?"
"Of course he does."
"Good because if he didn't then I would have to do something about it. I can tell you right now if he ever hurts you then there will be hell to pay."
"I know and thank you." My over protective brother was back again and I could be thankful for that.
Renesmee's Point of View
"So we still have to go to school tomorrow," I asked my dad. I looked at the clock and it was almost 4 in the morning.
"Yes you do and when you get home you can take a nap. I don't know how many more absences the school will allow before you get in trouble. Why don't you two go downstairs and go to sleep. I need to go find your mom."
"Is she going to be okay?"
"She should be. I think that she is just upset that she can't have one day without somebody after her. I'm going to go check on her."
He kissed the top of my head before rushing out the door. Ross looked at me with exhausted eyes and I took his hand leading him downstairs. We got changed for bed and we laid in bed looking at each other. I could tell that he was afraid.
"There was nothing that you could do to prevent this," I told him. "It's not your fault that something happened to her."
"But I should have made sure of where she was going, gotten a number or something. We should have known sooner what happened to her. It's just not fair that this happened to her."
"I know that it's not but it wasn't you or Annie which it could have been. We were so preoccupied with the Volturi that we didn't look to see if everything was okay here. I knew that one of us should have stayed behind but it Mike has an army or anything like that it wouldn't have made a difference."
"I just want everything to be okay. I didn't realize that this whole vampire thing had so much drama. It's like watching a soap opera for the supernatural."
"Yeah except that we are actually living it."
"I can't believe your dad is going to make us go to school tomorrow."
"Ross you have missed more school than any of us which is why you need to go. I could probably get away with another day or so off but there is no way that you could. We have a big Spanish project coming up and we need to do it."
"It's way too hard to concentrate on Spanish class when we have all of this going on at home. It's like teachers don't really care what the students go through at home."
"Well it's not like we can go to them and say there is another group of vampires after us. That would go over well. We would probably be admitted to the mental institution."
"That is very true but who knows, maybe I'll get into another car accident."
"How about you don't? You have no idea how scary that was for me to deal with."
"And you have no idea how much it scared me when you went off to Volterra and I didn't know if you were going to live or die."
"Okay so we are even. When it comes to it I will stay with you. I'm not going to the next battle. You and I will stay together."
"Do you promise?"
"I love you Renesmee."
"I love you too Ross. Now let's try to get some sleep. Nothing will happen to us tonight."
I leaned over and gave him a kiss and then he grabbed me by the waist pulling me closer to him as we fell into a deep sleep. My dreams that night were filled with the blood red eyes of the awaiting enemies.
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