The Adventures of the Cullen Clan
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Chapter One: Please Come Home
Beta'd by the lovely princess07890 :)
"Alice, what's she doing now?"
"Edward! For crying out loud, I just checked on her twenty seconds ago. She is fine!"
I knew Alice was beyond aggravated with me, but I couldn't help but worry.
"I know, Alice, but what if something happens? I know you all think she's in control, but we all thought that before and look what happened to Angela." I insisted for the millionth time.
"Edward, she's not had a lapse in four years. I think that's a pretty damn good record. Now, if you want her to come home, just let her be." Alice told me sternly.
"It was just a dream. I would never leave her. Haven't I proved to her, that I'd never do anything to hurt her? Why does she have to do this?"
"Like I've said before, Edward, you are over one-hundred years old, Bella is twenty-one, and she needs to see the world for herself. She's not alone anyway, she has Angie." As if that's a comfort, Angela is just as young as Bella. At least I have Ben on my side.
"What if she leaves me for good? What if she changes? Vampires may not change often, but we still change. I couldn't handle it if she wanted someone else." I whispered, but knew my sister could still hear me.
Alice sighed. Although, it wasn't a sigh of aggravation, but one of sympathy. She pulled me into her arms and let me cry on her shoulder. I felt like a huge pussy, but nevertheless, I had been doing this every couple of days. Bella and Angela went off on their own six months ago. Originally, they were only going to be gone for a few weeks. The time between her home calls to check in grew more abundant with each call. I'm afraid one day the calls will stop.
She says she's having too much fun to come home. I've offered to go with her, but she says she needs to do this for herself. She needs to be an adult, but really how much of an adult can two twenty-one years olds trapped inside seventeen-year-old bodies be?
To top it all off, Alice will not tell me where she is. Bella barely calls me anymore; her phone calls are more often to Alice. If I try to call her, she doesn't answer. I know this means she doesn't want me anymore. I can't live without her. I need my Bella.
"Edward," Alice says softly as she strokes my hair.
"Yeah," I reply my voice cracking with my tearless sobs.
"Bella loves you, she misses you like crazy. That's why she won't talk to you. She knows if she does that she'll come running back. She needs to find herself. I promise you that at the first sign of trouble, I will tell you and we'll bring her home. You need to pull yourself together, the family meeting is in an hour and you need to voice your opinions. I think Carlisle is just as sick of the girls' absence as you are. I don't think he'll let it go on much longer. You know when Daddy speaks, we all listen," she laughed. I laughed, well snorted really, at her lame attempt to lighten my mood.
It was true; Carlisle was our leader and for the majority of us, creator, we had to listen to him. It was something built in us. Of course, Ben, Alice, and Jasper were not related to Carlisle through venom, but they chose to be under his leadership and would follow him anywhere. Rebekah is first and foremost Carlisle's biological daughter she's bound to him differently, but it's still just as strong.
At first, everyone was on board with the girls wanting to 'find' themselves, but now we are all just sick of it, rather they are sick of Ben and me moping around. I think it is probably more of the latter. I pulled myself together as I joined the family in the living room of our lake view home in the hills of Tennessee. Not a prime choice for vampires, but Esme fell in love with this house.
"All right family, first order of business is to decide on our new living arrangements and background stories. Ideas?" Carlisle asked starting our meeting.
"I don't fucking care, but get my girl home," Ben said, I agreed.
"Language," Esme scolded.
"Sorry mom," Ben smiled. She just shook her head. We knew we'd get anything we wanted by calling her mom, and we all used it as an advantage.
"I agree, the girls have been away long enough. I'm not including them in our move decision, but the will of course be with us. Esme, do you have any ideas on where you'd like to live, dear?" Carlisle asked.
"I was thinking West Virginia. It's been so long since we've been there. It's beautiful this time of year."
"Objections?" We had none. So now, we had a location. Esme would find the home; or homes in this case.
"Anyone have an idea on background stories?" Carlisle moved ahead.
"I think some of us should go back to high school. Teach those two brats a lesson," Rosalie laughed.
"I agree. They didn't get to finish first time around." I agreed.
"I'd like to finish high school," Ben added.
Rosalie said, "I'm not doing high school again. I think Em and I should be in college. We could go to WVU or Marshall depending on where we live."
"That's fine. Rebekah, Bella, Angela, and Alice can be the daughters of Esme and me. I think we should say you're all a year apart. Alice can be a freshman, Angela, a sophomore, Bella, a junior, and Rebekah can be a senior. You're all young enough and look enough alike to pass as ours. Rosalie and Emmett can be married, and cousins of our family. Esme be sure to get them a house near ours but not too near." Carlisle instructed as we all laughed. "Jasper and Edward can be twins. Do you think Edward can still pass for seventeen?"
"Yes, I think he can." Alice agreed as she looked into our future.
"Good, they can be our foster sons, juniors. Ben can be Emmett's brother, who came to live with us after their parents' tragic death; I think you'll pass for a sophomore just fine, that will allow you to be with Angela. Embry, well you're just too big to be in high school, maybe you could get a job and live close by." Carlisle offered.
"I could work as a mechanic I'm pretty good with cars. I can work with that, but can I be close to Bekka's age, you know, so it's not creepy?" Embry asked.
"Sure son, I think you could pull off nineteen."
"Daddy," Rebekah asked softly.
"Yes, pumpkin?" she had him so tightly wrapped around his finger it was pathetic, but in a comical way.
"Can Embry and I live together?"
"We'll make sure we have a guest house or garage apartment. Maybe, Embry can also do our lawn care as well."
"Sounds good to me," Embry said throwing his arm around Rebekah.
"Alright, Alice get my estranged daughters on speaker phone. Everyone stay quiet. That means you two." Carlisle poked his finger toward Ben and me. "Also, no one should breathe."
The phone rang three times before a sleepy sounding Bella answered. The girl loved her sleep. I had to admit I was jealous. She was the only vampire I knew that could sleep. Of course she was the only vampire I knew who had the talent of changing back to her human form.
"Are you alright, sweetheart?" Carlisle asked in his fatherly voice.
"Yes, just sleeping," she yawned loudly. "What's up Daddy C?"
"It's time for you two to come home. We are moving to our new location. You've had your fun, now it's time for you to be with family."
"Edward, put you up to this didn't he?" I shook my head; she acted as though I was horrible. I was really starting to think she no longer loved me.
"No, he did not. I'm the head of this coven, and as your leader I'm telling both of you to come home." Carlisle said sharply.
"We're not ready. Please, let us stay longer."
"No, Isabella, it's time to come home."
"Carlisle," she whined.
"Come home with in the next twenty four hours or I'll make you Edward's sister when we move!" he said sternly.
Bella gasped, "You wouldn't!
"Yes, I would. I've done it before with Emmett and Rosalie. Get on the next plane and get your asses home. That's final. Understood?"
"Yes, sir," Bella sighed. She sounded completely disappointed to be coming home. I felt another round of sobs coming on. Alice rolled her eyes at me and thought, if I didn't know any better, I'd swear you were a menstruating teenage girl.
I stuck my tongue out and tuned back to my father's conversation. "Alright, do not delay. I want you home no later than Friday. Understood?"
"Yes, sir. Can I talk to my husband now?" Bella asked grumpily.
"Sure, I love you both. Hurry home," Carlisle told her before handing me the phone. The family scattered.
"Hello?" I said softly.
"Hey." I didn't really know what to say at this point. I didn't know where I stood, was I still her husband?
"I never took it off," she said.
"Never took what off?" I asked for clarification.
"My wedding rings. I never took them off. I still love you, Edward. I just needed to find myself. I needed to know who I was without you. That dream really shook me up. I don't want to fall apart if you were to ever leave. I wanted to learn to be strong for you."
"Bella, I will never leave you. I know in that dream I left you, but that will never happen in real life. Do you know how many times Alice has had to stop me from hunting you down?" I asked rhetorically then answered, "one-hundred and twenty times."
"Wow," she mumbled.
"Please, hurry home."
"If I said no to Carlisle, would he have gone through with the punishment?"
"Yes, most definitely," I chuckled.
I couldn't wait for Friday to get here. I wanted her so badly that I could smell her in the air. I hung up the phone and went to my bedroom because I had packing to finish.
I sat on the front porch waiting for Bella to come home. The past two days had been awful. I hated waiting. I had spoken to her on the phone for a long while, but it wasn't the same as having her in my arms. She had apologized for not calling me more often. She was afraid she wouldn't be able to stay away if she heard my voice. Ridiculous, I know. All of this over a stupid dream that I left her in the woods, and told her I didn't want her anymore. I would never do something so stupid.
What I didn't understand was if it made her feel so horrible, why did she do the same thing to me? She didn't have an answer.
I waited, on the front porch steps for hours, on Friday morning, before a heard the familiar hum of Carlisle's Mercedes. I stood in anticipation. The car stopped Carlisle and Angela both got out. I held my breath as the back door opened and Bella emerged. She looked beautiful, different even. She was in her human form. Angela had told Ben that she had refused to be in vampire form. It made me think she regretted becoming one. I knew it was her choice to be changed, but not when she was changed.
"Hey," Bella said as she stood in front of me twirling some of her hair in her finger. I wanted to hug her, kiss her, but I was afraid she'd reject me. I didn't know what had been going on with her.
"Hey, welcome home." I said softly.
"Thanks, I'm just going to take my stuff to our room," she told me. She started to walk off, but I stopped her.
"Baby, do you not want me anymore? Bella, please tell me what I've done so I can fix this. I can't stand not being with you."
"Edward, you've not done anything wrong. It's me. I... please, just give me time." She walked into the house leaving me standing in the yard.
Carlisle wrapped his arm around my shoulder. "Son, I don't know how to help you, but maybe she just needs to be reminded of why she made the choice to be with you. I don't believe she's experienced a great change. I think she's a confused little girl. If she didn't want to be with you, then my threat to make her your sister wouldn't have mattered."
I walked slowly up to our room. The scent of her was burning my throat, wonderfully. I almost gave into the temptation to attack her. Do it! Alice said in her thoughts. I stopped on the steps letting her human scent engulf me. I opened my black needy eyes and took off.
I found her in the shower. I didn't give her a chance to respond as I grabbed her from behind and bit into her neck taking long pools of her blood. I'd forgotten how good she tasted, even if it was a facade'. After a couple of minutes of drinking the sweetest nectar of my life, I stopped. I flipped her around and shoved her roughly against the shower stall, breaking a few tiles. The look on her face was pure shock. She had yet to utter a word.
"Tell me you'll never leave me again. I can't handle it if you leave me again. Tell me!" I demanded in a growl. My chest heaved with my labored breaths.
"I won't leave again," she whispered. I crashed my lips to hers, groaning at the wonderful sensations I had missed for so long. Six months is nothing in vampire time, but for me it was like an eternity of endless nights. There was no light in my life without her.
I ripped my clothes from my body and entered her roughly. I was reclaiming my mate and nothing could stop me, not even her. I'm sure that sounds barbaric, but I am a vampire, and at our very core we are animals. Sometimes the need to claim what's ours is brought out in a rough animalistic and raw manner. I pounded into her as hard as I could; she never made a sound as I screamed that she was mine over and over. I felt her clutching to my back, her nails ripping my flesh, not in distress but in passion. She wanted this as much as I did. I bit down on her neck as I started to come. Drinking made my orgasm more powerful, and last longer. When I finally pulled away, I realized that our bathroom was demolished. Not a single thing was in its original place. I didn't remember moving from the shower, but it was obvious that we had.
I looked down into Bella's eyes and gasped.
Was this why she wasn't coming home? Did Angela know? I told Alice, I shouldn't have left her alone.
"Bella, your eyes!" I cried in anguish. Her eyes transformed into her beautiful chocolate human eyes.
She pushed me off her. I watched her naked form walk into our bedroom. "Talk to me Bella," I begged.
"Fine, you want to know the truth?" I nodded.
"I didn't leave because of a nightmare. I left because I needed to know what else there was in the world. I want to be with you always, but I needed to see and experience life as a vampire first hand."
"So, you killed people?" I asked disgusted.
"No, I never killed anyone. I am not venomous; I have no venom. I compelled people. I only took a little from each person. Angela is the only person I've ever 'killed'." I looked at her as though she were crazy.
"Bella, you have to be venomous. You turned Angela. I could smell the venom in her system." I was completely confused.
"Yeah, I guess. I stayed in my human form, so maybe it's not present in my human form." She shrugged as if it wasn't a big deal that she was drinking. Drinking, is how we referred to human blood. It was like alcohol or a drug to us.
"I can't believe you're being so casual about this. You could have killed someone. You couldn't have known that you wouldn't kill the first person. You deliberately set out to kill people," I yelled throwing my hands up in the air in defeat.
"I only drank from the bad ones," she whispered. I stopped cold.
"Just like you, I only drank from the bad ones. I... I only killed the bad ones," she whispered again.
"Edward, please," she begged with tears in her eyes. This was my fault. I told her the stories of my rebellion. Stories that I'd never shared with anyone, but her. She used it to justify her actions. I sat down heavily on the bed, not caring that it groaned in protest. Not only was she drinking she was lying to me, a sure sign of a user's problem.
"So, you killed people?"
"Only the bad ones; I killed the murderers, child molesters, the scum. I never hurt an innocent person. I can turn the venom off. I can drink without killing. I just..."
"Choose not to." I finished for her. That was even worse. She chose to kill those men or women. The thought of her lips on another man's neck sickened me to the core. "Alice checked. How could she miss something that big? How did Angela not know? Was she killing too?"
"No, she didn't know. I hid it from her. I hid myself from Alice. I sent her false visions. It's no one's fault. I did what I did on my own. I'm sorry, Edward, it won't happen again," she vowed.
"I can't trust you. You will have to earn my trust as well as the families. I want you to confess what you've done. God, I could really beat your ass for this." I mumbled.
"Spank me? Like a punishment?" she asked.
"Yes, I really could. You are being a rebellious child who needs her ass whooped."
"It's not 1918 anymore. People don't get spanked," she argued. I wasn't seriously considering whipping her, but the way she talked you'd think she wanted me too.
So, I asked, "Bella, do you want to be punished?"
"Yes," she whispered.
"Whatever way you want, Edward. I just... I can't live with the guilt of what I've done. I need punished. It's one of the reasons I stayed away. I was punishing myself. Maybe, Carlisle should make us siblings on the next move." She sighed as she plopped down in the floor in front of me. We were both still completely naked.
"No, that would be punishing me. I did no wrong. I won't be able to trust you again for a while . You will be with me twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week from here on out. If for some reason, I cannot be in your line of sight, then another member of this family will be with you. You will keep your mind open to me at all times. We are going back to high school; you are not allowed to do any of your work at vampire speed. I'm serious Bella. You do what I say, when I say it, is that understood?"
"Yes, god, can't you just spank me and be done with it?" she rolled her eyes.
"I should spank you, in human form so I know it hurts. I'm so disappointed in you Bella, I can't even think straight. Once I've calmed down enough, I'll deal with you. Put your clothes on and go sit with Carlisle. You can tell our father what you've done. He'll be even more disgusted with you than I am right now." I growled getting angrier by the second.
"You did the same thing. No one hated you for it, they accepted you back," she argued.
"That's where you're wrong, love. Carlisle forgave me, but I got my ass handed to me on a silver fucking platter. I never told you about that one. Maybe, I'll let Carlisle spank you." I huffed.
Just thinking about the day I came home after my human binge gave me chills. Carlisle had never been so upset with me. He beat the shit out of me and I let him. I took everything he gave me, because I deserved it.
Bella dressed and left the room quickly. I followed her with my mind; she had obeyed me and opened her thoughts to me.
I'm lucky he didn't send me away. I should be thankful for anything my family does to me. I'm evil, a monster. How could I have thought it was all right? I told him it wasn't right.
Him? Who is this him? Was she with another man while she was away?
AN: The next chapter will be from Bella's point of view. I will be switching to different POV throughout the story where needed. I will not cover the same material unless it's absolutely impossible not to. I really hate stories in MPOV's that say the same thing over for each person. This story will have more drama, not necessarily every chapter, but there will be more. We will also see the return of some characters from Mr. Cullen. Any guesses as to who Bella's him is.
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