Chapter 2:

Esme

I watched intently as Alice moved around her's and Jasper's new room, smiling with every new space she found. They were so cute! I knew by the look on Rosalie's face, and even Carlisle's, that Jasper seemed to pose some sort of threat to them. But I looked at it as though he really only needed a mother. Behind his mask of danger and power, he was a sweet guy. He just needed a little lift in order to be comfortable and happy around us. But for now, he had Alice to keep him happy, so that was enough for me. I was happy from the begining to have Jasper as my son. And of course, Alice as my daughter. After all, I have always wanted a large family. And now I have one. Yes, Alice had indeed taken over Edward's room, but she assured me that eventually he would accept it.

In the few minutes that I was watching them adjust to everything, I decided to leave Alice and Jasper to themselves. Besides, if I wanted Jasper to eventually become comfortable, I had give him the chance. As I walked away and down the stairs, I could hear Rosalie bickering to herself about our newest family members. I rolled my eyes. As much as I love Rosalie, she really knew how to make a nun swear sometimes.

"Rosalie, you have to give them a chance", I told her once our eyes met.

"I don't have to do anything", she reprimanded.

"I know you hate change, but you can't honestly tell me you've never wanted a sister. And another brother besides Edward would be nice, too. Wouldn't it?"

"I don't want a sister or a brother. Especially not them!"

"Keep your voice down!" I demanded, knowing that Jasper and Alice could hear her perfectly.

"Esme, I'm sorry, but you can't tell me that you accept this! I mean honestly, did you see those scars? I know I'm not blind, so they're definately there"

"Yes, Rosalie. I did see them. But I don't care. I just want him to be comfortable, not judged", I looked at her with all seriousness, knowing that at some point she was going to have to give in and be quiet.

"Fine. I'll deal with them staying with us, but I will never see him as my brother. Or her as my sister", she walked away and up the stairs. I shook my head. I just couldn't see why Rosalie couldn't at least give them the smallest chance.

About a half hour later, I decided to take Alice and Jasper on a quick tour of the house. Jasper stayed glued to Alice's side as we went through the house. I found it interesting to see Jasper surveying his surroundings. His eyes constantly flickered to every possible exit, making me slightly nervous. I felt bad for him. Not only because I knew some of his past, but also because he seemed to want to leave as soon as he could. But I had a feeling that he would never leave Alice behind that easily. And if not leave her, he would take her with him. Although, he knew as well as I did that it would be nearly impossible to make Alice leave. Especially after all the time they had spent looking for us.

"So, what do you think?" I asked once we finished the tour.

"It's beautiful", Alice stated, smiling. It seemed to me that she smiled every chance she got. I didn't mind, though. This family needed a little more cheerfulness.

"What do you think, Jasper?" he looked up at me, suprsised. Like this was the first time I had acknowledged his presence.

"It's... nice", he stated quietly, continuing to look around. It was obvious to me that he didn't like to look into people's eyes all that much. I smiled, though. Happy that he was finally communicating with me. It was small, but at least it's a start. It was then that I heard Edward's voice.

"What is all my stuff doing in the garage?" I couldn't help but giggle, and neither could Alice. The three of us raced downstairs as Edward and Emmett came into view in the living room. They were suddenly startled by Jasper. Jasper got back into his defensive crouch from when he first arrived.

"Jasper, it's okay", I reassured. He straightened back up, as though my voice helped him cope.

"What the hell is going on?" Edward asked.

"Edward, language", I scolded. Alice giggled, seeming not to notice how awkward everything had become. She went up to Edward and hugged him. Edward looked down at her with a look on his face, showing that he was extremely confused. Jasper growled from next to me.

"Hi, Edward. I'm Alice", she pulled away, "Calm down, Jazz", I thought it was cute that she had a nickname for him.

"Ummm... do I know you?" Edward asked.

"Well, not yet, but you will", he started shaking his head.

"Esme, what's going on?" he asked.

"Edward, Emmett. This is Alice and Jasper. They're going to be joining the family"

"What?"

"Awesome!" Emmett recoiled. Edward stared at him like he was crazy, like he usually did, "I always did want a little sister", before I knew it, Emmett had Alice in a bear hug. Jasper started growling louder than I had ever heard him do before, which I admit scared my slightly. Emmett put Alice down immediately, obviously intimidated.

"Jasper, it's okay, he's not going to hurt me. Don't you trust me?" Jasper looked up at Emmett, shaking his head. But Alice and I both knew that he wasn't shaking his head about trusting Alice, just that he didn't trust Emmett, "Sorry, Emmett. He doesn't deal too well with meeting other people", Alice explained to him.

"Oh. Okay", I think that was the least amount of words I had ever heard come out of Emmett's mouth.

"Don't worry, I'm sure he'll get used to you. He kinda has to, anyway. Right, Jazz?" Alice looked up at him while Jasper still glowered at Emmett, "Jasper", she half whined, half scolded. It was an interesting sound, but he finally looked away from Emmett and down at Alice.