AN: It's been forever since I last updated, I am so sorry about that! But yay! Chapter 20!
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"Renesmee?" I called softly when I heard her fluttering heartbeat nearby.
She hissed, staying in her hiding place.
"Renesmee," I sighed. "Come out already. I'll find you if I have to."
There was a whooshing sound as she jumped down from the tree above me, landing on her feet with the slightest thump. Her bronze curls were spread around her face wildly, small branches and leaves poking out of the locks.
I sighed, reaching forward to pull the foliage free. "Ren, this doesn't change anything."
"It changes everything," she hissed, pulling away from me. "How can you even say that?"
"Because it doesn't," I replied, letting my arm fall to my side. "You and I can do what we've always done. We could leave right now if you wanted to."
She stared at me for a moment, her eyes studying my own. "But you don't want to."
I sighed and twisted to the side slightly, leaning against a nearby tree. "Yeah…"
She bared her teeth in anger, "No. We should just leave. They might starve us again."
I closed my eyes as my throat burned at the thought. I hadn't had nearly enough blood lately, and I was feeling it too. "I know that, Ren. I know that a lot of things could happen, but I don't think they will."
"They've done it once," she pointed out, her lips still parted in a snarl. "What makes you think they won't do it again?"
"I just know," I argued. "They aren't going to do it again. The only reason they did it before was because they were desperate."
"You don't know that," she spit.
"Yes I do," I said. "I know because I know them."
Suddenly, Renesmee was in front of me. "No you don't. You can't even remember them. You don't know them, and if it was my choice, you never would."
I looked at her calmly as her façade slowly fell. "Ren, I want to stay."
She turned her back to me, saying softly, "I know, Mother, and if it was anyone but you, I would have already left."
I smiled, starting to walk out of the clearing. "Come with me then. Let's go back."
She tensed, her feet frozen to the spot. "First, promise me something."
"What?" I asked, willing to do anything she asked for an opportunity to know my past.
"If they harm us, then we leave. No matter what," she told me, her voice solid and strong. She meant what she said.
I nodded. "Fine."
She seemed hesitant still and almost unwilling to follow me back to the house. I understood her fear, but it didn't make me any less impatient. I wanted to know more, and I wanted to know now.
"Come on," I urged quietly, walking slowly through the trees. I listened carefully for the sound of her footsteps, making sure that she was still behind me.
We were only a few hundred feet from the house when I felt her hand on my shoulder. "Wait."
"What?" I asked, turning around to face her.
"We should hunt first," she told me quietly, hoping the Cullens couldn't hear us.
I felt my throat flame up in pain at the mention, and I had to restrain myself from clawing at it. It reminded me of my hunger, and I knew I needed to feed soon. "Yes, but not in Forks. They'll surely know it was us."
"That means Seattle, doesn't it?" Renesmee sighed dispiritedly.
I rolled my eyes and grabbed her arm, tugging her in the direction of the large city. "I know it's not your favorite place to hunt, but it'll have to do."
She muttered under her breath incoherently, letting herself be pulled by me. We ran quickly, the hunger truly getting to us. I could feel my breath coming in pants of excitement as we finally reached urbanization. Venom pooled into my mouth, and I had to forcibly swallow it back.
Renesmee dodged around a large building, trying to keep in the shadows. If anyone saw my glittering skin, then we were done for. She scaled a brick wall, and I did the same. We landed in a dark alleyway, the tall buildings allowing very little light to shine through.
For a moment, I was worried that we wouldn't be able to lure any humans into the alleyway. It was very eerie, and I knew they wouldn't wander into it unless provoked.
Fortunately, Ren was already a step ahead of me.
A sob escaped her, and I widened my eyes and looked her up and down in panic. She wasn't injured, so why was she crying? She stared at me with watery eyes, tears leaking down her cheeks.
"Hello?" A human peeked around the corner, obviously worried. "Are you alright?"
I looked from Renesmee to the human, knowing now that she was faking.
"No," Renesmee hiccupped. "Can you help me?"
"Oh dear," she said. "Just one moment."
"Okay," Ren responded, sending me a wicked smile.
"How can you cry like that?" I asked as the human woman disappeared from sight.
Her grin grew. "Practice."
"Paul, there's someone hurt in there," I heard the woman say.
"Ann, stop," a masculine voice snapped. "This is ridiculous."
"Hello?" Renesmee called. "Can you help me?"
The man's eyes widened, and he stepped forward. "What's wrong? Are you hurt?"
"Yes," Ren sniffled. "I can't move."
The man approached her, the woman clutching tightly to his shoulder. "What happened?"
"Some men dragged me here," Ren said, wrapping her arms around herself. I tried to stay as far away from them as I possibly could, my back touching the brick wall. I dug my fingers into the stone and stopped breathing. Their beating hearts called to me, but I knew I had to wait. It wouldn't be much longer, but I could already feel my hunting instincts warring to take over.
The woman let go of her husband and kneeled in front of Renesmee. "Is there any way we can help you?"
"Yes," Renesmee told her. "Just lean a little closer."
The woman complied. She didn't have time to move as Renesmee pushed her into the nearest wall, her teeth already ripping into the woman's neck.
The man stood stunned for a moment, and as I saw his lips part for a scream, I grabbed his neck in my hand. "I don't think so."
I opened my mouth in a snarl, venom dripping from my teeth. My coal black eyes were the last thing he saw as I leaned forward and drained him dry.