Title: Finding Home
Notes: Alice foresees two Nomadic vampires heading toward Forks, all she can tell about them from her visions is that they are very hungry and they are looking for something…what kind of trouble do these two have in store for the Cullens? – Takes place a year post-Breaking Dawn
Disclaimer: I don't own Twilight, I wish I did 'cos that'd be awesome but unfortunately all I own of Twilight is the books and the DVDs.
A/N: I am from New Zealand and therefore I use British spelling and a British spell checker so if it doesn't look right that's most likely why…or it's a typo I missed in editing…a prominent one that people might notice is ochre eyes as opposed to ocher eyes…
Chapter One: Beautiful Day
Bella Cullen stretched out in the sun and closed her eyes contentedly.
"Watch Daddy!" she heard her daughter Renesmee call out. Bella cracked an eye open, to see what the half vampire child was up to now. Up was right, halfway up a tree to be exact. "Are you watching?"
"I'm watching," Edward replied somewhat wryly. Renesmee pushed off the tree and landed catlike in the grass, giggling hysterically. Bella sighed and closed her eyes again, listening to Renesmee's giggles turn into shrieks of delight as her father picked her up and swung her around. Soon the giggling stopped and Bella heard the whisper soft footsteps of her husband coming toward her. She cracked one ochre eye open as he lay down in the grass beside her.
"It's a beautiful day," he said softly.
"It is," Bella agreed as Edward leaned over, kissing her gently.
"Yuck," a little voice stated as they pulled back. Renesmee was standing in front of them, hands on her little hips. Bella laughed as the little girl turned and ran toward the trees just as Jacob Black emerged from them, pulling a shirt on over his head. "Jacob!" Renesmee called as she ran to him. Bella watched as the huge boy lifted her daughter up onto his shoulders easily as he walked toward them.
"Hey Bells, Edward," he grinned.
"Hey Jake," Bella replied.
"Jake," Edward nodded. Bella couldn't contain her smile at the exchange. After so long her two favourite people in the world were getting along like old friends. Like all of the conflict had never happened. It had been months since they had become friends but it still thrilled Bella to no end. Suddenly Bella registered that Edward's face had darkened, and that his attention had drifted somewhere else, probably to whatever he was hearing.
"What? What is it?" she asked.
"Alice is having a vision," he said shortly. Bella quieted to let him concentrate. It took only a few seconds before he leaped up and said "When is this crap going to end?" intense frustration colouring his voice.
By the time Edward, Bella, Jake and Renesmee had got inside Alice had grouped the rest of the Cullens together in the living room. Esme smiled when she saw Jake.
"Hello Jake," she greeted.
"Esme," he grinned at the small vampire as he moved to sit on the couch next to Emmett.
"Ugh," Emmett made a show of holding his nose. Jake elbowed him in the ribs and they both laughed.
"What did you see Alice," Carlisle pulled everyone back to the reason they were all assembled. Alice gave a weary sigh.
"I saw two nomads," she told them. "I couldn't tell much about them from the vision, just that they are headed for Forks, that they are extremely hungry and that they are hunting for something or someone," Alice gave another weary sigh.
"When will they arrive?" Carlisle asked, everyone in the room had taken on Alice's weariness. It seemed drama couldn't stay away from the Cullens for long these days.
"They arrive sometime after dark tonight," Alice told them.
A little while after the darkness fell over Forks the Cullens found themselves standing on the outskirts of town, awaiting the arrival of the nomads. They had fallen into something of a defensive position, Carlisle and Edward stood side by side at the front, Jasper and Emmett Flanked them on either side with Alice, Bella and Rosalie fanned out behind them. They stood casually though, not wanting to provoke their expected visitors.
"So what are we looking for?" Emmett asked.
"One is a tall blonde man, the other is a tiny brunette girl, doesn't look very old at all," Alice told them. They all retrained their eyes on the road in front of them, waiting for signs of the coming vampires.
They waited a long time for the nomads to make their appearance. It was a little after 3 in the morning when they finally appeared at the end of the long straight road. Emmett automatically dropped into an aggressive stance but straightened back into his casual position at a sharp whispered order from Carlisle.
As the two vampires approached Edward managed to catch the man's thoughts, he was concerned by their defensive position , concerned for the safety of the littler vampire and Edward saw him reach out and tuck her slightly behind him. Edward tried to read the girl's thoughts but it was bizarre…they seemed to exist around her rather than within her mind. He caught a snatch of one but it was only the briefest flash before the thought was gone and it only seemed like a piece of a thought rather than the whole thing. He had never encountered anything like it in his whole existence as a vampire. It set him on edge that he had no idea what she was thinking. The two stopped about 30 feet away from the Cullens. The two sides eyed each other briefly; Carlisle glanced at Jasper out of the corner of his eye, Jasper sensing nothing threatening in either of the vampire's demeanours, just hunger and fear of the Cullens, nodded almost imperceptibly. Carlisle took a step forward.
"Hello, my name is Carlisle Cullen."
Not the strongest start I know but I haven't really written in a long time and am having a bit of trouble getting back into the swing of things. Hopefully now that I have the first chapter out I will stop the stutter-y writing and get back into it and it will get better.
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