Eighty Years Later
I rolled my eyes as my brother changed the radio station for the twelfth time. Apparently, he couldn't find the one he wanted to listen to.
"Music just has no hope anymore," my brother mumbled as he turned the radio station down.
I chuckled and shook my head. "Well, times are changing, Em. What do you expect?"
He shrugged his shoulders and turned his jeep into an empty parking space. The school parking lot was entirely empty due to the fact that school was already in session. We both got out of the car and I couldn't help the smile on my face when I saw the car next to us. I motioned towards it with my head, causing Emmett to jump back and forth on his feet.
"I can't wait to see her! I'm going to drag her into a utility closet as soon as I can!" Emmett exclaimed as we walked up the stairs towards the school.
"Emmett, you can't! You have to wait at least a day before you guys start touching each other in public, you know this!" I said with a chuckle as I adjusted my book bag on my shoulder.
"Yeah, yeah. I know," Emmett grumbled under his breath.
"You don't think I miss him, too? You're not the only one who has been away from their better half for a month!"
Emmett put his arm around me and said, "Aw, Bella-Bear, don't worry! You'll see Broodward soon enough and you guys can have all kinds of welcome home sex!"
I rolled my eyes. My brother would never learn the meaning of discretion. But the thought of seeing my husband did perk up my mood. I wasn't lying when I said we hadn't seen each other in a month. The last time I saw my husband was the night of Angela's funeral. She actually died last month of old age. She lived to be ninety-eight years old and outlived everyone we knew, including Ben. Edward and I attended her funeral. We had to wear sunglasses and stay towards the back because, according to Alice, her children knew who we were from pictures Angela kept in photo albums. It was a lovely ceremony, though it was sad she was gone.
Edward and Angela kept in touch up until about ten years ago. Even though it had been twenty years since they had last seen each other, Angela wrote him an email once a month, religiously. Ben had asked her to marry him four years after high school and they had four kids. At the time, Edward was invited to the wedding, but came up with the excuse of medical school holding him back, though he sent a very generous wedding gift. As far as Angela knew, Edward had never gotten married and had stayed single. They spoke of me often and I was happy to hear she still had thought of me and missed me. Angela was a good person in and out. I had hoped her children and grandchildren turned out the same. And according to Edward, they had, and I would know first hand. We were now going to school with her grandchildren's children. He had met them when he first came to school and said they were nothing but nice.
He and the rest of our family always came to our new home first. Though this home wasn't exactly new. We had been here before; eighty years before to be exact. Forks was definitely not a strange place to me. Emmett and I made our way down the corridors and I couldn't help but smile. Sure, things had changed in the past eighty years, but Forks High was still the same. Fuzzy memories filled my brain of times that I hadn't thought about in years; a time when these halls seemed foreign to me, and I wasn't sure how I would make it through the next second, let alone the next day. I opened my shield to my memories, knowing that my husband would be able to see them and it would make him smile.
"Having flashbacks, little sis?" Emmett asked, bringing me out of my thoughts.
I smiled up at him. "Seems like just yesterday, doesn't it?"
Emmett gave me his adorable dimple filled smiled before opening the door to the school's office for me. The smell of the human blood hit us full force and we both had to take a deep breath before we made our way into the room. The older woman sitting at the desk was writing something down on a piece of paper and humming a tune. When I recognized the tune, I couldn't help but smile as I remembered my wedding.
"Now it's time for the happy couple's first dance!"
I gave my father a kiss on the cheek before I walked over to the dance floor. Edward was standing there waiting for me already with his hands behind his back and a smile on his face. He looked absolutely lickable in his tux, and I couldn't wait to be alone with him. Edward held out his hand as I walked up to him.
"May I have this dance, Mrs. Cullen?"
I took his hand and smiled. "Of course, Mr. Cullen."
Edward wrapped his left arm around my waist and his held my hand in his right as he pulled me against his body. When the music started, we started to move.
"You're dancing," Edward teased with a smirk.
I chuckled and shook my head. "And not tripping!"
Edward laughed before I wrapped my arm tighter around his shoulders as we listened to the lyrics of our wedding song.
Tale as old as time
True as it can be
Barely even friends
Then somebody bends
"I still can't believe you're mine, forever," Edward whispered into my ear.
I closed my eyes and whispered, "I still can't believe you want me forever."
Just a little change
Small, to say the least
Both a little scared
Neither one prepared
Beauty and the Beast
Edward kissed below my ear. "That'll never change. I love you. Always have, always will."
Ever just the same
Ever a surprise
Ever as before
Ever just as sure
As the sun will rise
Tale as old as time
Tune as old as song
Bittersweet and strange
Finding you can change
Learning you were wrong
Certain as the sun
Rising in the east
Tale as old as time
Song as old as rhyme
Beauty and the beast.
When the song was over, Edward cupped my face in his hands and gave me one of the sweetest kisses we had ever shared. People were cheering and clapping in the background, but we weren't paying attention. We were the only two people on earth in that second. When we parted, Edward rested his forehead on my own while rubbing my cheeks with his thumbs.
"You are my everything," he whispered to me before kissing me again.
"Hello," the woman said, interrupting my thoughts and causing my shield to slam back to me. "Can I help you?"
"Yes. Hi, I'm Emmett Swan and this is my little sister, Bella. We're here for our first day of school"
The woman smiled and said, "Of course! You're the new Chief of Police's children, right?"
Emmett gave the women his best smile and nodded as she blushed. I rolled my eyes. No women could resist any of the men in my life. I turned my head a fraction of an inch when I heard the other women in the office begin to whisper.
"I heard the Chief's wife is half his age. He must have some money," the one with red hair said.
"How do you know he has money?" The black haired woman whispered back.
I looked over at Emmett and rolled my eyes. Some things would never change in a small town.
"Why else would someone her age want someone his age?"
"Well, I heard the chief was one good looking man. Maybe that's why," the black haired woman challenged.
"If he's so good looking, why did the mother run out on them? He was probably having an affair with the younger one," the red head guessed.
"Those poor children, growing up with no mother and a step mother that is only a couple years older than you. It's a shame."
My jaw went tense when they mentioned my mother. It had been sixty years since I had last seen my mother. She passed away of a heart attack twenty years after my "death." I remembered the day like it was yesterday.
Edward was showing me a picture of Angela, Ben and their kids when we caught their scents. I quickly extended my shield to hide their thoughts before we made our way towards the door. Edward gave me a thankful smile. When I had first learned my power was a shield, it had taken me ages to learn how to control it. But now that I had, I always shielded other people's thoughts for Edward so he could get some peace of mind.
"Charlie, Tanya, how are you?" Edward asked as he opened the door.
Tanya gave him a smile and a small peck on the cheek before Charlie gave him a handshake. Tanya had completely changed after being with my father. She wasn't cocky, she wasn't bitchy, and most importantly, she wasn't after Edward anymore.
"Bella, sweetheart, how are you!" Tanya exclaimed before giving me air kisses on both cheeks.
She had also tried to fill the mother role for me. According to Edward, in the beginning, her thoughts were filled with concern that I wouldn't accept her and my father's relationship because of her past with my husband. Now, they were filled with wishes of me someday calling her mom.
That wasn't going to happen.
I wasn't trying to be rude, but I had a mother. There would be no way I would call her mom, which had reminded me, it had been awhile since I had last seen my mother. I would go out to Florida once every couple months to check in on her and to make sure she was doing ok. She and Phil were still together, but never had any other children. She had opened her own business and looked to be completely happy. Every night, before sleep, she would kiss my picture, tell me she loved me, then would roll over and go to sleep. When I first saw her do that, I sobbed for three hours straight. Not because I was sad, but because I was happy. Though her life was full, she never forgot me.I would have to go see her soon.
I opened my shield and said, "We should go see my mom this weekend"
Edward closed the door behind my father and nodded.
"Good, what are you guys doing here?" I asked as I moved over and gave my dad a hug.
"We need to talk, kiddo. Do you have a minute?"
I didn't like the tone in his voice. We all moved to the living room and Edward sat next to me while Tanya and my father sat on the other couch.
"What's up, Dad?"
Charlie took an unneeded breath. "Bells, Alice called a little bit ago. It's your mother. She's passed away."
I didn't really remember much after that, which was weird for a vampire. I was sure if I thought hard enough, I would've remembered, but to be honest I didn't want to. We flew to Florida that night. Renee died of a heart attack in her store that morning. The police report said that even if someone would have been there, there was nothing anyone could have done. The rest of my family came with us, too. I honestly didn't know what I would do without them. Edward sent a check to Phil, sending his condolences and apologizing for not being able to make the funeral. Phil understood and was all around surprised Edward had even contacted him, let alone gave a check for the funeral. My father and I went to Renee's grave the night of the funeral after all of the employees went home. We stayed there until dawn, when the Cullens finally showed up to say their goodbyes. When Edward and I had finally gone home, I sobbed for ten hours, and then was silent for forty eight. Edward was with me every step of the way.
The woman sitting behind the desk began to gather papers together as she spoke.
"Where did I put… Oh! Here they are! Emmett and Isabella Swan. Emmett you're a sophomore and Isabella you're a freshman, correct?"
I gritted my teeth and nodded. It didn't matter how many times we said Bella and I asked to be called Bella, they always called me Isabella.
"Damnit," Emmett mumbled under his breath too low for the woman to hear. I had to hide my giggle. I had forgotten that he and Jasper had taken a bet to see if they would call me that or not. Emmett thought if he said Bella, they would, too. Jasper disagreed.
"Here are your new schedules," she explained as she stood from her desk and walked around towards us. "I'll walk you both to your classes so you don't get lost, and if you have any trouble after class, just ask one of the students. They will help you."
I wanted to snort. Yeah, right. People generally stayed away from us and that was fine by me. Emmett and I followed her out of the office and down the corridor. She continued to talk about something having to do with school, but I was paying no mind. The halls of Forks High were almost exactly the same. Sure, there had been remolding done and new classrooms added, but I could still see the original foundation. When we passed the doors Emmett and I had walked in from, I looked outside. There was a kid on a motorcycle driving out of the parking lot. I smiled. Jacob didn't come into my mind often anymore, but when he did, it was only good memories. I remembered the times that were good, and I remembered my friend. I missed him, even after all of the years past. I made a note to try and go see his grave. We were meeting with the new wolf that night, anyway. I would bring it up. The new wolves consisted of Sam, Paul, Seth, Embry and all of the rest of the guys' grandchildren. Amazingly enough, Sam and all of them were still alive. Though old with age now, they were still around, due to the wolf inside of them and the lonely one or two nomads that would travel through Forks every once in awhile. It would be good to see those men. Billy Black died five years after we left Forks from complications due to his disability. We were grateful that Sam allowed my father and me to come and say goodbye.
Charlie and I walked through the Blacks' house toward the back room. If I could cry, tears would be in my eyes from the memories that came to mind from being in that house. It had been six years since Jacob had been gone, and I could still smell a hint of his scent everywhere. Sam was explaining to Charlie Billy's condition before he opened the door.
"It won't be much longer," Sam explained, and Charlie nodded.
"Dad, why don't you go in first? I'll wait out here," I suggested.
Charlie shook his head. "No, Bells. I need you in there with me, especially after last week…" Charlie trailed off, and looked down.
He had a slip up the week before and killed a man. It was his second kill and he was still beating himself up over it. I gave him a little nod and we moved into the room. Billy did not look well. He was struggling to breath and his head was drenched in sweat. Charlie walked up to his friend and sat down in the chair beside the bed. When he grabbed his hand, Billy jumped and opened his eyes.
"Charlie?" Billy asked, confused.
"Hey there, Chief."
Billy gave a weak smile. "I thought I would never…" he stopped, and took a deep breath, "see you again."
"I had to come, you know that," Charlie responded.
Billy looked over at me and gave another smile. "Bella," he whispered.
"You're looking good, Billy," I told him.
"I'm still…" He took another deep breath, "dancing."
We both chuckled before he and Charlie continued to talk. Billy fell asleep around nine o'clock that night and Sam came in to sit with us around eleven. Billy woke up around two in the morning calling out for Jacob.
"Billy," Charlie started. "Jake's not here."
"My boy," Billy whispered. "Look at my boy, Charlie. Look how beautiful he is."
Charlie, Sam, and I all looked over to where Billy was pointing, even though we knew nothing was there.
"Billy?" Sam asked as he leaned up towards him.
"Jacob, my boy," Billy whispered one final time before closing his eyes for the last time.
Charlie and I both listened as his heart beat for the last time and venom filled my eyes.
"He's gone, Sam," Charlie whispered.
Sam looked back and forth between Billy and Charlie before he let out a loud sob and grabbed Billy's hand, and started to cry. Emily rushed into the room just before you could hear the distinct sound of a wolf crying in the distance.
We stayed and helped plan the funeral for Billy, but had to keep a low key because as far as anyone knew, Charlie and I were dead. It was in that week that we had found out what happened to Jacob. Apparently, the heat was too much for him to take and since Jacob was young and already a passionate person, the heat from become a werewolf was too much for him and it caused something to snap inside of him. I blamed myself for not being able to save him in time, though I never told anyone. Not even Edward.
"You two are actually very lucky," the woman said, taking me out of my thoughts. "We just had a family move here from Alaska about a month ago."
"Oh, really?" Emmett asked with a tone that said he was very interested.
I rolled my eyes and chuckled.
"Yes, Dr. and Mrs. Cullen and their children. He's the new doctor in our hospital. Two sets of twins. Um." She looked down at her chart. "Rosalie and Jasper Hale. They are sophomores like you, Emmett and Alice and Edward Cullen. They are freshmen, like you, Isabella."
I clenched my jaw and nodded my head.
"I'm sure they can help you out around here, seeing as they are brand new as well."
We walked up to a classroom door and I had to suppress my smile.
"Well, here we are, Bella. Oh! Actually, it looks like Edward Cullen is in your class, so you can introduce yourself!" The woman said with a smile as she opened the door to the classroom.
"Mr. Lutz, excuse me for the interrupting, but I have your new student, Isabella Swan," she said as she handed me my schedule.
"Yes, hello," Mr. Lutz said as the woman walked out of the room. "Welcome to Biology. You can have a seat right there. We're working on a lab today, so do your best to try and keep up."
I nodded and turned to walk towards my table. I sat down and gave a smile to my lab partner.
"Hello," he said in the most beautiful voice I had ever heard. "I'm Edward Cullen. You're Bella?"
Edward held out his hand for a handshake and the small smile on his face was gorgeous. I took his hand and shook it.
"Yes. It's nice to meet you, Edward."
Edward smiled and turned back towards the front of the class as Mr. Lutz began to explain the next step in the lab. About half way through the lecture, Edward brought his right hand over to my open notebook and quickly wrote something in the corner. He pushed my notebook back towards me and I bit my lip as I read the note.
I love you, beautiful.
I leaned back in my chair and put my left hand down to my side. Seconds later, I felt fingers intertwine with my own. He squeezed my hand as I opened up my shield and told him…
I love you, too, Edward.