It didn't surprise me to see Alice and the rest of the Cullens waiting impatiently for us once we got off of our plane in Seattle. It did surprise me to see most of the wolf pack waiting a few feet away from them with Leah, Seth, and Jake in the lead.
Alice, unsurprisingly, was the first to notice our arrival. She somehow managed to reach us in a millisecond without the use of vampire speed and was already crushing us to death before the others even got close.
"I am going to kill you the next time you try that kind of stunt, Edward," she growled.
Edward chuckled and patted the top of her spiky hair good-naturedly, earning an extra scowl from his favorite sister.
"Bella!" Emmett yelled, his booming voice causing several bystanders to stare. He pulled me into his arms in a giant bear hug, his strong arms nearly suffocating me.
"Can't breathe," I managed to gasp.
"You don't need to," he pointed out, although he loosened his grip all the same. He glanced at Edward, who had been watching us with a wary look on his face. "Hey Eddie," Emmett purred.
Edward closed his eyes and sighed.
"Oh God, Emmett, what did you do to my room?" he asked wearily.
"Nothing," he mumbled sullenly. "Although we should have painted it pink and thrown out all of your stuff for all the crap you put us through."
"I would have enjoyed that," Rosalie agreed silkily. She grinned at me and gave me a slightly lighter hug than her husband's.
Edward rolled his eyes in amusement and returned his attention to Carlisle and Esme, who had finally managed to pry Alice away from him and were in the middle of scolding Edward for such an idiotic plan.
"Hey, don't we get a hello-hug?" Jake called from his place with the wolves.
I laughed and turned away from my vampire family to face the Quileutes.
"Aren't you supposed to be in Hawaii, Jake?" I asked him, my voice slightly muffled as Seth pulled me into a giant hug that could rival Emmett's for its ability to suffocate.
"Dad postponed the trip so that we could be here when you got back," he explained.
"Really?" I gasped, slightly surprised. I hadn't exactly gotten the impression that Billy Black was all that fond of me.
"Yeah, well, Sam thought that we should be here when you got back after all you did for us," he told me, a sly smile twisting his lips.
I felt my eyebrows rise and glanced at Sam. He shrugged, slightly embarrassed.
"We just wanted to make sure you got back in one piece," he said gruffly.
"Yeah, 'cause if you didn't, those Volturi would've been screwed," Quil piped up enthusiastically.
I rolled my eyes and grinned at the wolves, not really in the mood to explain that the Volturi should be that much of a problem anymore.
I turned at the sound of Esme's voice. The vampire smiled kindly at me, her eyes slightly unsure.
"Bella, honey, are you ready to go home?" she asked cautiously.
I nodded, marveling at the word. Home. I had a home now.
"Yeah, I'm ready," I told her.
She beamed at me, her expression echoed by the rest of the Cullens. Edward walked up beside me and wound his arm around my waist.
"Well then," he murmured. "Let's go home."
The sun was setting over the small town of Forks, its blood-red light turning the buildings of the pathetically small town into scenes from a horror movie. At the moment, it truly looked like a town for vampires.
The newest arrival in Forks smiled up at the red sun, his hands resting lightly on the edges of the branch he was perched upon for unneeded balance. Yes, this would be a good place for him after everything was settled. And it would be settled, of course. Soon.
The new arrival's nostrils flared as a new scent reached him, his lips curving into a grim snarl. Such a horrible scent… it would take awhile to flush it out of this town completely.
Oh well, he did have a while.
The new arrival chuckled and looked up at the moon that was slowly triumphing over the dying sun. With another grim smile he threw back his head and howled, his skin already tingling with the first stages of the change.
The arrival turned his head and glanced back at the small dots of light that could be seen through the forest. They would be home now, reveling in their supposed triumph. The fools, they thought that they had won, that this was over.
It was never over.
Okay, once more I do not own any of these characters. All of the credit belongs to Stephanie Meyer. And, since this is the last chapter, I must thank every single soul out there who has read, reviewed, or even looked up this story. You guys are great! And yes, there will be a sequel to this, although it might take a while since I am planning on working on a sequel to my pride and prejudice story first.
Anyways, thanks again to everyone, have a nice year, and I'm sorry for the wait.