Disclaimer: All Characters associated with Twilight are the property of Stephanie Meyer. All others come from my twisted mind. Enjoy in fun.
TRADGEDY HERALDS CHANGE
Pain. Confusion. Loss. Alone. These were the only emotions that really registered in the days following the loss of my parents. What I had seen had shaken me to the core. I didn't know what to think or believe. Anger at the fact that not only had I lost my parents but my sister was carried off by the raging lunatic that had taken them from me. So now I was alone. Totally and completely devastated. Molly and Greg friends of my parents had taken me home with them. I was told they had located a distant Aunt of mine that had agreed to take me in. That was all I was told. I didn't care, what I wanted to do was curl up in a ball and just let death take me. I didn't understand why he hadn't killed me when he killed my parents or at least taken me like he did my sister. I relived their death over and over every moment of every day. The pain was just to much so I slept.
I stood at the grave site listening as my Father's friends talked of him and how strong he was. How much he meant to the community. It was the first time I had ever seen the one they said was my Aunt. She looked familiar in an odd way. Her husband came with her and their kids. They were all extremely pretty. I walked through the ceremony as if I were the living dead. I smiled tears running down my face as they handed me my Daddy's flag off his casket but I never moved. I just sat there staring. My life was gone now. Pain was all I felt. I closed my eyes as I was approached by one of the girls that had come with my aunt. "Isabella, I'm Alice." She spoke softly. She was so tiny and so pretty. "I know you're hurting sweet heart but if you come with me we're going to take care of you."
I looked up at her and for a moment didn't move. I knew I had to go. I didn't have a choice. They were all the family I had now. In the mind of a 10 year old you reach out unquestioning. I took her hand and a sob choked us both as we looked at one another. I looked up into her eyes pleadingly and then blackness took me. I woke a while later cradled in the backseat of a black car that sped down the highway. I was in the lap of the big guy that had been with my Aunt. He tenderly brushed my hair from my face and smiled at me. "Hey there Pumpkin. Just relax. I'm Emmett and you're going to be safe now. No one will ever harm you again." He brushed his lips across my forehead and I noticed his skin was cold much as Alice's had been when I took her hand. I looked around the car to see the beautiful blond girl looking out the window. "That's Rose." He spoke quietly as she turned to smile at me.
"Where are we?"
"We are about an hour out of Seattle honey." Rose spoke softly. "Are you hungry Isabella?"
"Bella." I sighed shaking my head no. I hadn't eaten since the day my life had been ripped apart. "I don't want to eat."
"Sweet heart, when was the last time you ate?" My Aunt spoke from the front seat.
"I don't know." I said after a few minutes. "When I had supper with my family I guess."
The car slowed and took the next exit. "You have to eat Princess, I know you don't want to but you need to eat." The man in the driver's seat spoke. I wasn't happy but I was 10, I wasn't going to win against them. He pulled into McDonald's quickly ordering me chicken nuggets and fries with juice. I just stared out the window.
He pulled into a national park just up the road and everyone got out. It was then I noticed he had pulled up to a pretty silver car that held four others. As they stepped from the car I realized they were the other children with my Aunt at my parent's funeral. Alice was talking on the phone as Emmett carried me to the table and sat down with me still in his lap. I watched the tall blonde guy that kept watching me. "Bella." My Aunt pulled my attention. "Bella, this is your Uncle Carlisle. My son's Jasper, Paul, and Edward. Alice you have already met."
"Hi." I said softly looking down at the food in front of me. "I don't know your name." I choked back the tears that threatened to take over then felt an odd sense of peace and love wash over me.
"Oh sweet heart, I'm sorry. I'm your Aunt Esme." She kissed my forehead. "Why don't you eat honey. Boys, take the girls and go have a hike while Bella eats. I'll take her Em." He slowly handed me over to her and I watched as they all walked towards the trees. Aunt Esme didn't speak as I ate my food. Uncle Carlisle had gone with the rest of the kids. I had no way of knowing how drastically my life was about to change. I would never in a million years have believed at that moment that I would ever be happy again.
Within the hour we were all back in the vehicles this time I was with Alice and Rose in the back seat as we headed for Seattle once again. Alice was talking and promising to take me shopping and this and that. I smiled at the thought of being able to get new things. My parents were happy but we never had much money. It was obvious that my new family had more than enough. "Alice calm down, you are going to terrify her." Rose fussed.
"Oh please every little girl loves shopping." Alice chuckled as I closed my eyes and drifted off to sleep.
The next few weeks were a big adjustment for me. Daily I had new things waiting for me when I woke. I don't think I ever wore the same clothes twice. My room was huge. Decked out in soft blues and pinks complete with a four poster canopy bed our entire house would have fit into my room. I had dolls out my ears and doll houses that any little girl would drool over. I even had one wall that was a huge TV complete with every imaginable game system and game any child could ever possibly want. In those first few weeks whenever Alice wasn't dressing me up and spoiling me, Emmett was playing games with me. My evenings were spent listening to Edward play his piano and at night as I would drift to sleep the sweet sounds of a guitar would comfort me. My nightmares of the day my family was taken faded to nothing and joy filled my life again.
When I would get upset and cry my family would surround me and before long my tears would subside and peace would take their place. I loved it here even though I missed my parents and my sister. I thought it odd however out of all of my family, Jasper is the one who stayed away. Always on the fringe of things never an active part. He would smile at me and speak but he never held me as the others did or play games with me as Emmett and Paul did.
On my first day at my new school, Alice dressed me and she and Rose took me to school on their way to their school. I had been scared and worried but I sucked it up and went anyway. It wasn't long before I made friends with a few of the kids and then school wasn't so bad. I ran out to the car after school to find Jasper standing next to the door waiting for me. He smiled and lifted me into the backseat of the car before hopping in. "I had a great day. I like it here." I laughed and Jasper, Rose, and Alice laughed too. "Can I come back tomorrow?"
"Tomorrow is Saturday honey but Monday you can come back." Rose smiled over at me.
"Oh yeah." I sighed feeling sad it would be two whole days before I could come back.
"Don't worry Little One. Emmett and Paul have the whole weekend planned out for you." Jasper chuckled. "Before you know it, Monday will come."
I sat quietly beside Jasper noticing that he looked at me every now and then. He didn't say anything else but he did watch me closely. As soon as we pulled up I was out of the car and running to Emmett. He scooped me up and off we went to play hide and seek. Which as always resulted in Emmett finding me, me not being able to find him because he was to good at hiding, and Paul and Emmett wrestling. After Aunt Esme called us in so I could eat Emmett sat at the table watching me. "Emmett, how come you never eat?" I asked as I wolfed down my mash potatoes. They were always my favorite that Aunt Esme cooked. I loved her mashed potatoes.
"I eat Pumpkin, you just never see me." He chuckled.
"Why don't you ever eat with me?" I asked through my mouth full of food.
"Bella, don't talk with you mouth full it's rude." Rose fussed at me. "Yeah Emmett, why don't you ever eat with her?" Paul asked as he threw an apple to Emmett and smirked.
"Because I don't like the food you eat. I like a different kind of grown up food." Emmett threw the apple and hit Paul in the back of the head causing him to curse and Aunt Esme yelled at him to watch his mouth.
"Have you ever tried Aunt Esme's Potatoes? They are really good." I smiled and teased him with my potatoes.
"Yeah, Emmett, you should try them." Jasper said coming into the room and looking out the windows.
"Why don't you try them Jasper?" Emmett raised his eyebrow at him.
"Oh no, I'm allergic to garlic but you aren't." Jasper shot over his shoulder.
"Come on Emmy, try them. I promise they are really good." I smiled sweetly. I noticed all of our family was now in the room as I handed him the spoon full of potatoes. He sighed and took the bite and his face was priceless. I giggled as the family burst into laughter. Emmett hopped up and ran out the door.
"HOLY SHIT! Mom are you trying to kill her feeding her that shit!" Emmett yelled.
"Hey! I love that shit!" I yelled back.
"Isabella Marie Cullen! Do not use those words. Emmett, that is all your fault you know that right. You spend to much time with him. From now on, you are not allowed to spend so much time with her." Aunt Esme yelled at Emmett.
"Awe Mom." Emmett whined. "That's not fair. No one else will play games with me."
"Then watch your mouth. I'm tired of telling you boys to watch your language around your little sister. You can't teach her those words Emmett." My jaw dropped open, it was the first time she had ever referred to me as their sister. My eyes teared up and Jasper put his hand on my shoulder. I saw the concerned look in Aunt Esme's eyes and Jasper shake his head at her.
"Bella, don't cry honey. I'm sorry I yelled at you." Aunt Esme sighed coming to hug me.
"I'm not crying cause you fussed at me." I whispered. "I miss my sister."
"Oh honey, we're your sisters now." Rose came over and knelt by me. "We'll always be your sisters."
"Really?" I sniffled.
"Really sweet heart." Alice smiled. "Just like Emmett, Edward, Paul, and Jasper are your brothers."
"I never had a brother before I came here." I brushed my tears away.
"Now you have four." Edward picked me up from the chair as Aunt Esme took my plate. "Four brothers who love you and will never ever let anyone or anything hurt you sweet pea." I giggled as he tossed me over his shoulder and carted me up to my bathroom so I could take my bath and brush my teeth. Rose as usual came in to help me wash my hair and sit with me while I bathed. I loved my new family and I felt the love they had for me. Once I was done I ran back down the stairs in my night gown to practice my piano with Edward just as I had done every night for the past week. I had begged him to teach me and he was so patient with me as I tried to remember and do what he instructed. He made me practice every night for one hour and most kids would have fussed but I loved it.
When I started to yawn, Paul picked me up and chucked me over his shoulder carrying me to everyone in the room to give kisses good night. Once we had made our rounds he carted me up to bed. As usual Jasper had disappeared. Paul tossed me on the bed as Alice came in to read me my bedtime story and sit with me until I fell asleep. "Alice, how come Jasper always disappears at night?"
"He's in his study reading or doing homework." Alice smiled. "Jasper has a hard time adjusting to being here."
"But he's always been here. Aunt Esme and Uncle Carlisle are his parents." I was confused.
"No Bella, just like the rest of us, he is adopted. Mom and Dad don't have any kids of their own. They adopted all of us. Just like they will adopt you next month."
"Really?" I gasped. I didn't know that. I just thought they were all their kids. "So he has a different name too?"
"Well, yes and no. We all had different names. Now we are all Cullens." She smiled.
"Alice, what was your last name before?"
"My last name was Brandon. Rose's last name was Hale, Emmett's was McCarty, Edward's was Mason, Paul's last name was Garrett I think. Hmmm, I'll have to ask about that." She kissed my nose.
"What was Jasper's last name?"
"His last name was Whitlock. He has another brother and sister too who will be here for Christmas. You'll get to meet them." She tucked me in.
"I don't think Jasper likes me." I whispered.
"Bella, why would you think that? Jasper loves you just like the rest of us do." Alice gasped in shock.
"He never plays with me or spends time with me like everyone else does." I yawned. "He doesn't like me. Pretty music, who is playing that?"
"That's Jasper honey and you're wrong, Jasper loves you more than you can understand sweetie. Sleep now Bella." I nodded and closed my eyes as sleep took me once again.
The next few months passed quickly and I was surprised to realize the school year was half over and Christmas was only a week away. I went to school the last day before Christmas break, all the kids were excited but I was sad. My parents were gone and we didn't even have a tree at my new family's house. I wouldn't get presents this year. Christmas had always been a big thing for my family. I may have only gotten three gifts but Momma always decorated everything and Daddy always found the biggest tree he could find for us. Momma baked lots and lots of cakes and pies and candies too. I missed my Momma a lot listening to everyone's excitement about the vacation.
I left the school at the end of the day fighting back my tears as I had done all day. I creaped into the back seat of the car slowly trying not to let my sisters and Jasper see my tears. I turned my head to look out the side window as I brushed a tear away that had fallen. "How was your day Bella?" Rose asked.
"Fine." I didn't look at them and didn't speak again. When we got home Emmett was waiting on the porch to play as usual. I got out of the car and walked with my head down up the steps and into the house not looking at anyone. I went up to put my back pack away and change my clothes so I didn't ruin my good school clothes. Instead of going back down the stairs to play, I went in my closet and sat in the back corner to be alone and cry so my family wouldn't be upset.
"Bella?" Aunt Esme called coming into my room. I tried to stay quiet so she'd think I was outside. I heard her leave as my tears fell and sobs racked my body.
"Bella, why are you crying pumpkin?" Emmett came into my closet and sat down in front of me. "Come here baby girl let Emmy bear make it all better. You have to tell me what's wrong sweet heart." He pulled me into his lap and hugged me to his big chest as I cried harder. "Talk to me baby girl."
"Jasper hates me and we don't have a Christmas tree and I miss my Mommy and Daddy. I don't have a Mommy and Daddy to buy me presents no more and I don't want Christmas to be here." I whaled and Emmett just held me letting me cry.
"Pumpkin, you have all of us now and we are all going to buy you lots of presents. You do have a Mommy and Daddy, you have Aunt Esme and Uncle Carlisle they are your Mommy and Daddy now. I'll go get you a tree. A great big huge tree and you can come if you want to and help me pick it out." He kissed the top of my head. "Jasper doesn't hate you, he just doesn't know how to spend time with you. He plays his guitar for you every night doesn't he?"
"Yes." I sniffled.
"Why would he do that if he hated you pumpkin?" I shrugged.
"I have to call Aunt Esme and Uncle Carlisle Aunt and Uncle." I sniffled.
"No you don't Pumpkin. They would be so happy if you called them Mom and Dad. They just don't want you to feel like you have to call them that. They want you to be comfortable and happy."
"Stacy, that mean little girl I told you about, she picked at me today and said that I don't have a Mommy and Daddy because my Mommy and Daddy didn't want me no more. That's not true Emmy, my Mommy and Daddy loved me. That mean man took them and made them go to Jesus. I hate Stacy." I heard a loud noise down stairs and something breaking.
"Yes Pumpkin your Mommy and Daddy loved you very much. One day that man is going to pay for what he did to you and I'm going to make sure of that. Jasper, Paul, and Edward too."
"No Emmy, you can't hurt him. If you hurt him they will put you in jail then I won't have no brothers. I don't want him to take you away too. What if he sends you to Jesus too?" I looked up at him with panic taking over.
"No one will ever take us from you baby girl or you from us. You are ours now and we are yours for ever and ever. I promise you baby you won't ever have to worry about loosing us." Emmett hugged me tightly. "Why don't we go pick out a Christmas tree."
"Can we really really get a tree?"
"Yep. Get your jacket Pumpkin, hurry up. Mom will be upset if I keep you out after dark." I hopped up and went to get my Jacket off my bed. Alice and Rose were in my room.
"Emmy, can everybody come?" I asked as he smiled down at me.
"Absolutely baby girl. If you want this to be a family thing, we do it as a family."
"I don't know, why don't you go ask him." Emmett smiled down at me.
"What if he tells me no?"
"He won't tell you no Bella. Jasper will go just because you want him there." Alice smiled. "He's in his study down the hall. Go on."
I ran off down the hall to Jasper's study. I had never been in there but I knew where it was. I knocked on the door softly worried that he would be angry. "Come in Bella." He called and I opened the door slowly. I looked around at the walls and the books made me gasp. I loved books and Jasper had a zillion. "Come on in Little One."
"How did you know it was me?"
"I'm magic. What did you need Bella?" He smiled at me.
"We are going to get a Christmas tree. Will you... I... Can you come with us too?" I finally managed to spit out.
"Hmmm." He stood up from his desk and walked towards me. "A Christmas tree huh? You really want me to come with you?" He knelt down and looked into my eyes.
"Uh huh. Please Jasper. I promise not to bug you." I whispered looking at the floor.
"Little One, you never bug me." He put his finger under my chin and tipped my face up. "I would love to come pick out a tree with you." He stood up and held his hand out to me and I took it as he smiled. "Let's go find you a Christmas tree baby girl." I hopped up and down and pulled his hand running down the hall.
"Emmy, Jasper said he'll come with us!" I yelled as I pulled him towards the stairs.
"See, I told you Pumpkin, let's go get that tree." He laughed as Jasper came down the stairs behind me. I was so happy and excited as we all loaded up into the cars and headed out to find the perfect Christmas tree.