I'm so, so, so sorry for this long wait until the next chapter, I had finished it two weeks ago, but something went horribly wrong with my computer and I lost the whole chapter...So I had to re-write everything and it just didn't wwant to go back to that good chapter I had... This is the last chapter of this story, as you will noticed I left out Bella's encounter with Emmett, that was done on purpose for it will be in the next Carlisle story, the sequal to this one..."A unfriendly betrayal." I'll let you know trough this story when the first chapter will be up... So I hope you all will enjoy this last chapter...Thanks everybody for reading it and giving me the lovely reviews. 27. Charlie. Oh god, no! please tell me this isn't happening.
I'm so, so, so sorry for this long wait until the next chapter, I had finished it two weeks ago, but something went horribly wrong with my computer and I lost the whole chapter...So I had to re-write everything and it just didn't wwant to go back to that good chapter I had...
This is the last chapter of this story, as you will noticed I left out Bella's encounter with Emmett, that was done on purpose for it will be in the next Carlisle story, the sequal to this one..."A unfriendly betrayal."
I'll let you know trough this story when the first chapter will be up...
So I hope you all will enjoy this last chapter...Thanks everybody for reading it and giving me the lovely reviews.
Oh god, no! please tell me this isn't happening.
I believe those words repeated themselves in my head at least a thousand times before I could turn and look at Bella. Alice even cursed without apologizing immediately afterwards.
"He told Charlie?" Bella gasped. "But – doesn't he understand? How could he do that?" Bella's voice got higher and higher, panic clearly overtaking her. "No!" she wailed.
"Jacob's on his way in now." Edward told her.
I wondered for a second if Bella would attack him as soon as he stepped through that door but all my wonders and worries were overshadowed by one big worry. Charlie knew and he was on his way here. If, and the change of if was very slim, if Bella could restrain herself and not attack her father, it would still be a death sentence for Charlie. Aro would find out. It could be the straw that finished us all.
Bella was pacing at vampire speed. I would have love to know at any time what she was thinking but at this moment I knew, like all of us she worried about her father.
When the door creaked open she stopped and glared at the person walking through.
"Hey, guys." Jacob said happily.
For a second I though Bella had to much, she raised her hands while she was still glaring at Jacob.
"Rose." She said. Without a word Rosalie placed Renesmee in Bella's arms. I made a mental note to ask Bella why she wanted Renesmee in that moment.
Completely unfaced by the angry tension around him Jacob smiled and spoke.
"Charlie'll be here soon. Just heads-up. I assume Alice is getting you sunglasses or something."
"You assume way too much." Bella spat. "What. Have. You. Done?"
"Blondie and Emmett woke me up this morning going on and on about you all moving cross-country. Like I could let you leave. Charlie was the biggest issue there, right? Well, problem solved."
Either Jacob was playing stupid or he just really didn't get the huge mistake he had made. He was still smiling.
"Do you even realize what you've done? The danger you've put him in."
Jacob snorted, "I didn't put him in danger. Except from you. But you've got some kind of supernatural self-control, right? Not as good as mind reading, if you ask me. Much less exciting."
He really didn't get it. He just didn't.
Edward stepped in front of Jacob and glared at him. It was enough to make Jacob stake a step back.
"That's just a theory, mongrel," he snarled. "You think we should test it out on Charlie?"
Edward took a deep breath, like he was preventing himself from attacking Jacob.
"Did you consider the physical pain you're putting Bella through, even if she can resist? Or the emotional pain if she doesn't? I suppose what happens to Bella no longer concerns you!"
Finally, Edward's last words seem to penetrate Jacob's strange mood, his face fell and he looked at Bella with pained eyes.
"Bella will be in pain?" he whispered.
"Like you've shoved a white-hot branding iron down her throat!" Edward snapped.
Both Jacob and Bella flinched at his words.
"I didn't know that." Jacob whispered apologetic.
"Then perhaps you should have asked first." Edward growled.
"You would have stopped me."
"You should have been stopped -." Edward started to argue but Bella interfered.
"This isn't about me. This is about Charlie, Jacob. How could you put him in danger this way? Do you realize it's death or vampire life for him now, too?"
Bella sounded desperate. It was amazing to me that she had kept a clear mind through this but even more that she didn't even worry about herself, specially when she was just minutes away from meeting her father, but about the effect knowledge would have on her fathers life.
"Relax, Bella. I didn't tell him anything you weren't planning to tell him." Jacob said in calm voice.
"But he's coming here!"
"Yeah, that's the idea. Wasn't the whole 'let him make the wrong assumptions' thing your plan? I think I provided a very nice red herring, if I do say so myself."
"Say it straight, Jacob. I don't have the patience for this." Bella growled, taking a deep breath with her nose pressed in Renesmee's hair.
"I didn't tell him anything about you, Bella. Not really. I told him about me. Well, show is probably a better verb."
What is he talking about?. Why would Charlie assume the wrong thing about Bella if Jacob talk to Charlie about himself.
"He phased in front of Charlie." Edward hissed an answer.
"You what?" Bella whispered in shock.
"He's brave. Brave as you are. Didn't pas out or throw up or anything. I gotta say, I was impressed. You should've seen his face when I started taking my clothes off, though. Priceless." Jacob snorted.
"You absolute moron!" Bella shrieked. "You could have given him a heart attack."
"Charlie's fine. He's tough. If you'd give this just a minute, you'll see that I did you a favor here."
"You have half of that, Jacob." Bella's cold voice was for the first time really threatening. "You have thirty seconds to tell me every single word before I give Renesmee back to Rosalie and rip your miserable head off. Seth won't be able to stop me this time."
"Jeez, Bells. You didn't used to be so melodramatic. Is that a vampire thing?" Jacob challenged her patience big time.
Jacob rolled his eyes at her and launched into his story.
"So I knocked on Charlie's door this morning and asked him to come for a walk with me. He was confused, but when I told him it was about you and that you were back in town, he followed me out to the woods. I told him you weren't sick anymore, and that things were a little weird, but good. He was about to take off to see you, but I told him I had to show him something first. And then I phased."
Jacob made it sound like it was not a big deal but Bella didn't thought so.
"I want every word, you monster." She hissed through her teeth.
"Well, you said I only had thirty seconds…" Jacob started but this time Bella's glare and growl kept him focused. "Okay, okay. Lemme see… I phased back and got dressed, and then after he started breathing again, I said something like, 'Charlie, you don't live in the world you thought you lived in. the good news is, nothing has changed – expect that now you know. Life'll go on the same way it always has. You can go right back to pretending that you don't believe any of this."
I didn't particularly like the way Jacob's story was going, how would Charlie be able to ignore the change in Bella now that he knew about the mythical world he lived in? He was a cop, trained to see the connections, what if he made the connections properly. I was pretty sure he had heard about the tribal legends, they were often used for entertainment or to teach something.
Jacob took a breath to continue.
"It took him a minute to get his head together, and then he wanted to know what was really going on with you, with the whole rare-disease thing. I told him that you had been sick, but you were fine now – it was just that you'd had to change a little bit in the process of getting better. He wanted to know what I meant by 'change' and I told him that you looked more like Esme now than you looked like Renée."
Edward hissed as we all looked at Jacob in shock. Comparing Bella with Esme was the last thing that was helpful.
"After a few minutes, he asked, real quietly, if you turned into an animal, too. And I said, 'She wishes she was that cool!'" Jacob's chuckles were met by death glares. "I started to tell him more about werewolves, but I didn't even get the whole word out – Charlie cut me off and said he'd rather not know the specifics. Then he asked if you'd known what you were getting yourself into when you married Edward, and I said, 'sure, she's known all about this for years, since she first came to Forks.' He didn't like that very much. I let him rant till he got it out of his system. After he got calmed down, he just wanted two things. He wanted to see you, and I said it would be better if he gave me a head start to explain."
Bella clearly had calmed a bit, for she took a deep breath and looked Jacob in the eyes.
"What was the other thing he wanted?" she asked.
Jacob smiled, "You'll like this. His main request is that he be told as little as possible about all if this. if it's not absolutely essential for him to know something, then keep it to yourself, Need to know, only."
Despite my worries about Charlie finding out too much now he got the first hint, Bella sighed in relieve. "I can handle that part."
"Other than that, he'd just like to pretend things are normal." Jacob promised her.
I could see Bella's angry demeanor falling, she had a hard time staying angry at anyone, specially Jacob.
"What did you tell him about Renesmee?" Bella asked, still sounding a bit snappy.
"Oh yeah. So I told him that you and Edward had inherited a new little mouth to feed." Jacob quickly looked at Edward. "She's your orphaned ward – like Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson. I didn't think you'd mind me lying. That's all part of the game, right?"
When Edward didn't reacted to Jacob's words he turned to Bella again and continued.
"Charlie was way past being shocked at this point, but he did ask if you were adopting her. 'like a daughter? Like I'm sort of a grandfather?' were his exact words. I told him yes. 'Congrats, Gramps,' and all of that. He even smiled a little."
Bella's anger vanished completely with Jacob's last words, of course in time she would have wanted Renesmee to know her grandfather, both grandfathers, and for her to hear that Charlie would be actually happy with it was the thing that placed a soft smile in her face, before she returned to worry, that is.
"But she's changing so fast." Bella whispered. I wondered if Jacob had found a way around that as well.
"I told him that she was more special than all of us put together." He got up and walked towards Bella without showing any fear. Renesmee reached out for him but Bella held on to her tightly. "I told him, 'Trust me, you don't want to know about this, but if you can ignore all the strange parts, you're going to be amazed. She's the most wonderful person in the whole world.' And then I told him that if he could deal with that, you all would stick around for a while and he would have the chance to get to know her. But that, if it was too much for him, you would leave. He said as long as no one forces too much information on him, he'd deal."
It was silent after Jacob's words, Bella and Jacob looked at each other for a long time. I wondered what Bella was considering to do.
"I'm not going to say thank you." Bella said as she broke the silence. "you're still putting Charlie at a huge risk."
"I am sorry about it hurting you. I didn't know it was like that. Bella, things are different with us now, but you'll always be my best friend. And I'll always love you. But I'll love you the right way now. There's finally a balance. We both have people we can't live without."
Jacob's words were really sweet, so much, I had to kick Emmett's shins so he wouldn't destroy the moment by making gagging noises.
Suddenly Jacob offered Bella his hand. "Still friends?" he asked
Bella smiled at him and took his hand.
"If I don't kill Charlie tonight. I'll consider forgiving you for this."
"When you don't kill Charlie tonight, you'll owe me huge." Jacob joked. Bella wasn't even angry any more she just laughed indulgent at her friend.
"Can I?" Jacob asked when he held out his arms to Renesmee.
"I'm actually holding her so that my hands aren't free to kill you, Jacob. Maybe later." Bella spoke seriously, and I wondered what influence Renesmee had on Bella. Could it be possible that Rosalie's theory was right. That being a mom and feeling like one, with hormones and all, was somehow the reason behind Bella's unnatural calmness?
Suddenly Alice, who I hadn't noticed leaving the room, came bursting through the door.
"You, you, and you." She snapped and the werewolves. "if you must stay, get over in the corner and commit to being there for a while. I need to see Bella, you'd better give him the baby, too. You'll need your arms free, anyway."
Alice was in full command mode, it scared the hell out of Bella.
"Take her." Bella whispered, handing Renesmee to Jacob.
"Am I allowed to leave?" Leah asked.
"Of course." Jacob said, still looking at Bella.
"Stay east so you don't cross Charlie's path." Alice commanded.
For me this was the moment the magnitude of what was about to happen hit. Charlie was coming here, here in my house, where a two days old newborn vampire now lived. I looked at Bella and Edward, who were standing together whispering to each other. I worried for my new daughter. Either way this was going to hurt her, like Edward had said, the pain from the burn or the emotional pain, it would hurt anyway. I prayed that Bella would take the pain of the burn.
While Alice and Edward were helping Bella focusing on the task ahead I reached for Esme. She was looking beyond worried at Bella, muttering words like, stupid, irresponsible and sorry under her breath.
"Esme, give her a few pointers on acting human while I stock the powder room with contacts." Alice snapped after she made sure Bella's eyes were brown again.
"How long do I have?" Esme asked
"Charlie will be here in five minutes. Keep it simple."
I let them to it, Esme would give her all the information Bella would need. I paced in front of the door, trying to get that annoying, too fast working, multitasking vampire brain of mine to calm down and try to think of how to deal with this situation.
What to tell Charlie? Should we go on with Jacob's story and let him make up his mind on his own. What should we tell about Bella's illness. We couldn't tell him that she had been pregnant. But what about Renesmee? She looks so much like the both of them. Charlie wasn't a fool, he would recognize those eyes immediately.
Should we all stay here, or let Edward deal with Charlie. No, that wasn't going to help anyone, we needed man power here incase Bella's control failed.
"Jacob, I need Renesmee." Bella said.
"Bella, that doesn't help me see." Alice told her.
"But I need her. She keeps me calm." Bella said slightly panicky.
"Fine." Alice groaned. "Hold her as still as you can and I'll try to see around her.
I looked at Bella and Renesmee. They looked perfect. Somehow a picture flashed in my mind, a picture of a painting I had seen long ago when I lived in Italy. It was a picture of a vampire, a female holding a small child, a vampire child. Why that picture flash trough my mind I don't know but it remembered me of something important.
'Edward, Renesmee, what if she can't control herself, she has only drunken human blood, fresh human blood will smell even better.'
'Edward, Renesmee, what if she can't control herself, she has only drunken human blood, fresh human blood will smell even better.'
Edward glanced at me before sitting down next to Bella. He looked at Renesmee and lowered himself to her eyelevel.
"Renesmee, someone special is coming to see you and your mother," Edward said in a calm voice. "But he's not like us, or even like Jacob. We have to be very careful with him. You shouldn't tell him things the way you tell us."
Renesmee touched his face.
"Exactly," he said, "And he's going to make you thirsty. But you mustn't bite him. He won't heal like Jacob."
"Can she understand you?" Bella whispered.
"She understands. You'll be careful, won't you, Renesmee? You'll help us?" Edward said.
Renesmee pressed her hand against his face again.
"No, I don't care if you bite Jacob. That's fine."
"Maybe you should leave, Jacob." Edward's voice was hard and cold. I don't think he would ever forgive Jacob for what he was about to put Bella through.
Jacob objected of course, claiming Charlie needed him and maybe there was a hint of truth in it. Charlie would be uncomfortable enough stepping into a house full of vampires, with his new knowledge he would need any support he could get. And Jacob always had shown a remarkable talent for making people comfortable.
According to Jasper Bella was able to relax, although she was quickly distracted. It made me a bit more calm to see that even Jasper trusted Bella enough not to order her away and tell Edward he was crazy for staying here with her.
The sound of the cruiser rumbled in the distance. I heard the wheels hitting the dirt road leading up to this house. Charlie's heartbeat sounded loud, even to me.
I glanced at Bella, she looked in shear panic as we heard the car stop. When the door slammed shut Jasper released a wave of calm into the room. I worked my face so that it showed friendliness and calm. My doctors mask as Esme called it.
Charlie knocked three times, I waited a few seconds, took a deep breath and opened the door.
"Hello, Charlie." I worked hard to sound mildly surprised.
"Carlisle." Charlie nodded, his voice stiff with distrust. "Where is Bella?"
"Right here, Dad."
Bella's voice sounded too different and Charlie didn't recognize her immediately. He turned to the location of where the sound came from, when he finally saw his daughter his eyes flashed. His face betrayed his emotions, shock, fear, pain, loss, anger and suspicion, it was all there.
"Is that you, Bella?" He breathed.
"Yep." Bella tried to sound more like her human self. "Hi, Dad."
Jacob tried to brake the tension by making his presence known, but I don't think it worked this time, Charlie glared angrily his way before turning back to his daughter.
"It's really me."
His jaw snapped shut, anger flash through his eyes.
"I'm sorry, Dad"
"Are you okay?" He demanded after a minute.
"Really and truly great." Bella said solemn, "Healthy as a horse."
That was it for Bella's air, although she held herself perfectly, it was only a matter of time before she had to take a breath to speak.
"Jake told me this was…necessary. That you were dying." Charlie's voice oozed with suspicion.
Bella glanced around, her eyes pleading for help, but there was nothing we could do for her. Jasper tried, with a wave of calm, Emmett took a step forward without Charlie noticing it.
I watched Bella pressing her face into Renesmee's hair, closing her eyes for a second and taking a deep breath.
Jasper, Emmett and Edward tensed, ready to tackle her if she lost control. I could see it flashing in her eyes when she opened them again, they immediately focused on Charlie, like every vampire does during the hunt. Edward squeezed her shoulder, maybe a bit harder than normal but it helped her pull through, with in a second or two her face calmed. Charlie hadn't even noticed.
"Jacob was telling you the truth."
"That makes one of you." Charlie growled.
Like she knew and understood exactly what was happening, Renesmee moved and drew attention to herself. We all heard her sniff in Charlie's scent but Charlie was too awe-struck to notice. Bella grabbed her daughter closer to her, afraid Renesmee night not listen to her father or being over taken by her instincts.
"Oh," Charlie breathed. "This is she. The orphan Jacob said you're adopting."
"My niece." Edward lied smoothly.
"I thought you'd lost your family." Charlie snapped, glaring at Edward.
"I lost my parents. My older brother was adopted, like me. I never saw him after that. But the courts located me when he and his wife died in a car crash, leaving their only child without any other family."
Good, plausible story I had to admit.
Renesmee looked at Charlie, still hiding under Bella's hair.
"She's…she's, well, she's a beauty." Charlie stuttered.
"Yes." Edward agreed.
Renesmee leaned more forward, breathing in the air saturated with Charlie's scent.
"Kind of a big responsibility, though. You two are just getting started."
"What else could we do?" Edward said as he gently touched Renesmee. "Would you have refused her?"
Charlie shook his head, he was already completely under Renesmee's spell. "Jake says you call her Nessie."
"No we don't!" Bella snapped, quickly glaring at Jacob. "Her name is Renesmee."
Bella's harsh voice brought Charlie back out of his adoring haze. For a moment, just a small moment I had hoped he would just except the story and let Bella be but…
"How do you feel about this? Maybe Carlisle and Esme could…?"
"She's mine." Bella hissed, just like the possessive vampire she was, "I want her."
"You gonna make me a grandpa so young?" Charlie asked, there was only surprise in his voice, all the suspicion was gone and I prayed to the dear lord that this battle was won.
"Carlisle is a grandfather, too." Edward pointed out. The words made me glow with pride, it had been so close to disaster, I couldn't help but smiling widely.
"I guess that does sort of make me feel better." Charlie laughed. "She sure is something to look at."
Still glowing with pride and happiness I didn't understood immediately what was happening, but the tell tale sounds of shock and hyperventilation reached my ears the moment I watched Renesmee making eye contact with Charlie. The small happy bubble that had started to form, the hope of acceptance, the pride of my granddaughter, the awe I had for my daughter not attacking her father everything imploded as I watched and heard Charlie realize that something serious was wrong. Charlie recognized her eyes, the eyes that only Bella's father would recognized, because there were exactly Bella's eyes.
We all stood rooted in spot, nobody even dared to breath as we watched Charlie trying to put two and two together.
I watched Jacob gather his thoughts first as he walked over to Charlie and whispered in his ear. "Need to know, Charlie. It's okay. I promise."
Charlie blinked a few times before turning towards Edward. For a second I thought he was going to hit him, his eyes looked so angry.
"I don't want to know everything, but I'm done with the lies!" He said angrily.
To my surprise Edward didn't flinch, I would have if it was my father in law who was glaring at me like that, but Edward stayed calm.
"I'm sorry," he said, "but you need to know the public story more than you need to know the truth. If you're going to be a part of this secret, the public story is the one that counts. It's to protect Bella and Renesmee as well as the rest of us. Can you go along with the lies for them?"
Everybody watched tensely as Charlie made up his mind. He turned back to look at Bella and the little beauty in her arms. Suddenly his face relaxed and huffed.
"You might have given me some warning, kid."
"Would it really have made this any easier?" Bella said with a soft smile. Bella looked more relaxed than I had ever expected of her. It was like she had already won the battle against the pull of the human blood. I made a mental note to talk to her later about how proud I was off her. Charlie wasn't safely back in his car yet, but the fact that he was so close to her and still was alive was something really special.
"Whoa, How old is she?" Charlie asked when Renesmee smiled a blinding smile at him. She like her mother was overriding every instinct to feed, prove that this little girl wasn't the monster we had feared.
"Three months." Edward smoothly lied. "Rather, she's the size of a three-month-old, more or less. She's younger in some ways, more mature in others."
With a waved and a flashing smile Renesmee won Charlie's heart. If she was a goddess from now on Charlie would be her priest.
I felt Esme's arms wrapping around me as we watched Jacob and Charlie batter about all the strange think Charlie didn't want to know.
"Bella is doing really well." Esme whispered in my ear.
"Yes, but I'll be only able to relax once he is safely back in his car."
Which was something that didn't happen until Seth pointed out that it was time for dinner. Charlie, on invitation from Emmett, stayed to watch a few games. I would have been the perfect host if it wasn't for the fact that I feared for Bella. The longer Charlie stayed the harder it would get for her to focus on keeping him alive. She would need to feed again tonight or maybe tomorrow morning, if Charlie would come back we couldn't risk her to be thirsty.
I don't know why I even let myself think these things because one way or the other Bella destroys every assumption I make. While Charlie settled in his chair next to Emmett to watch the game, Bella walked outside with Renesmee and Edward.
"I need a second to get some fresh air." She had said and we all understood it. I didn't expect her to come back in so soon but within five minutes she was standing next to me.
"You are doing very well." I whispered to her.
"Thank you, it just hurts but it isn't as bad as I expected." Bella shrugged.
"You keep amazing me, Bella. Just be careful."
After that she enjoyed playing with Renesmee, singing songs to her, listening to Edward play and even joined Alice in her hunt for proper clothes for Renesmee. We all watched her closely but she didn't show any sign that she was fighting against herself very hard. Only twice I saw her winch and grimacing, but it was always her focus on Renesmee that kept her from loosing herself.
To do something other than hovering over Bella I ran upstairs to get a book, the next in the long line of mythical stories, in the hope to find a clue to answering the questions that surrounded Renesmee. I sat down in a lounge chair and started to read.
When it was time to say goodbye to Charlie, we all watched and listened closely.
"I don't know how much we should tell Renée about this." Charlie spoke first.
"I know, I don't want to freak her out. better to protect her. This stuff isn't for the fainthearted." Bella agreed.
"I would have tried to protect you, too, if I'd known how. But I guess you've never fit into the fainthearted category, have you?" Charlie made us all chuckle, Bella was anything but fainthearted. "I'll think if something. We've got time to discuss this, right?"
"Right" Bella promised him. Charlie lingered at the door, something was on his mind but he didn't say anything.
"You gonna stand Billy and my mom up, Charlie? C'mon. Bella and Nessie'll be here tomorrow. Let's get some grub, eh?" Seth said as he pulled on Charlie's arm but he didn't move.
"Jake says you guys were going to take off on me." Charlie muttered. We now all understood what was bothering him so much that he stayed all afternoon, because it wasn't always very comfortable for him, or any human to stay in our house for so long.
"I didn't want to do that if there was any way at all around it, that's why we're still here."
"he said you could stay for a while, but only if I'm tough enough and if I can keep my mouth shut."
"Yes…" Bella said sadly, " but I can't promise that we'll never leave, dad. It's pretty complicated…"
"Need to know." Charlie inserted.
"You'll visit, though, if you have to go?"
"I promise, Dad. Now that you know just enough, I think this can work. I'll keep as close as you want." I could hear the smile in Bella's voice, Edward had been right, if Charlie stayed a part in Bella's life she would be so much happier.
Suddenly Charlie did something we would never have expected and put himself at great risk. He stepped forward to give Bella a hug. For a second there was pure panic in Bella's eyes, but she quickly regained herself as she held her breath and carefully hugged back.
"Keep really close, Bells." He murmured. "Real close."
"Love you, Dad." Bella managed through her teeth.
When she stepped back we all sighed in relieve. Only Jasper shook his head, muttering something about a family of unnatural vampires that made Alice giggle.
For a moment I was distracted by what Charlie's request would mean for my family. We could stay here for a while and take some time off, just doing nothing, but going shopping and fueling cars would be a problem because the humans would see us, even if we stayed just a year, the kids were supposed to be at college, to have them walk around town was going to be cause for gossip. We all had agreed that we shouldn't stay here much longer, it was just too dangerous.
But what about Bella, and her father. How we would deal with that was going to cause even a vampire a headache.
"Do I ever get to hold her?" Charlie asked. Bella hesitated for a second but smiled as she looked at a sleeping Renesmee.
"She's…sturdy." Charlie groaned. Of course non of us had noticed it but if you looked at the whole picture, Renesmee did weight a bit more than your average three-month-old.
"Sturdy is good." Charlie said as he saw Bella's glare. "Prettiest baby I ever saw, including you, kid. Sorry but it's true."
"I know it is."
Charlie cooed a few minutes over the sleeping beauty before looking at Bella again.
"Can I come back tomorrow?"
"Sure, Dad. Of course. We'll be here."
I was a bit surprised by Bella's willingness to let her father come back, I expected her to want to keep a distance, she must have been in great pain the whole day. Was she loving her father so much that she was willing to go through that again tomorrow just for him to be happy and see his daughter and granddaughter.
"It's Bella, remember." Edward hissed at me from the piano.
"Of course." It was Bella, of course, the girl who would give up her everything for the people she loved. I think in her mind the pain was a good price to pay for Charlie's happiness.
"You better be." Charlie said to her. "See you tomorrow, Nessie."
"Not you, too!" Bella groaned.
Her name is Renesmee. Like Renée and Esme, put together. No variations. Do you like to hear her middle name?"
Middle name? I didn't knew she had one.
"Sure." Charlie said.
"Carlie. With a C. like Carlisle and Charlie put together."
My head snapped towards Edward, he was beaming and nodding at me with a huge smile on his face.
"Sorry we didn't tell you earlier." He whispered.
I nodded and smiled back. It sure was a crazy day, I thought as I looked around the room. Everybody was relaxed, even Jasper, although he stayed close to Bella. For the first time in a long while everything seemed so normal, like a family should be.
"Go eat, Dad. We will be here." Bella said as she softly nodded at her father.
"See you tomorrow, Bella." Charlie said as he waved goodbye. When I heard the car door slam I sighed in relieve. Bella had done it. Edward immediately stopped playing.
"Wow." We heard Bella breath outside.
"Wow, that is quite a bit of an understatement." Jasper chuckled.
"Edward, I did it!" Bella squealed happily.
"You did. You were unbelievable." Edward told her.
"Now that is an understatement." Esme said proudly.