A/N- The last chapter… We made it.
Thank you so much to all of you who have reviewed this story at some point in time. I read every single one of them. I did take about a year off in the middle of this story, but I came back and I finished it off and personally that makes me feel so proud.
I will not take up all your time here, but I do want to mention that this is the last chapter and there will be no sequel. I'm sad to see it go, but it's time for me to move on.
Enjoy… for the last time
Six years later…
I was finally full grown, I couldn't believe it. My life may have been short compared to that of a human, but I was so happy to have stopped growing. I looked into the mirror and it was as though my father was looking back at me. We did look strikingly similar. Only two differences, my hair was brown and my eyes were blue. I walked out of the bathroom and headed for the main room. My sister Montana was so beautiful. Her long blonde hair was slightly curled and her side fringe covered one of her soulful brown eyes. I loved her brown eyes most. They reminded me of the color of mom's human eyes. I missed mom's human side. I used to lie on her chest and just listen to her heart beat underneath her skin, it was one of my favorite things to do as a small child. The tradeoff wasn't so bad though. I got to witness my mom reach her full potential. Dad was right, she was made to become a vampire. She was so fierce, yet compassionate, and I was more scared of her than dad.
"What are you doing?" Monty asked me as I sat down next to her on the couch. "You're all dressed up."
I looked down at my outfit. I was just in a pair of dark grey jeans, dad's old motorcycle boots, a white shirt and dad's motorcycle jacket. I looked hot, I knew that.
"They're just clothes." I smiled at my sister. "Where's Garrett?"
My sister's mate Garrett had recovered fully from Aro's attack, but it had taken years. Once his head was fused, his body had to work on re-connecting everything else. Montana never left his side and his first words when he could finally speak again were, 'you're still so beautiful'. It was a heart touching moment, if you were a girl… No, even I could see that it was. I had been dubbed a little Romeo when I was younger and I still was, but I didn't go around showing it anymore. I was reserving it all for my mate. I let out a sigh. My mate… Soon.
"Garrett's in court with mom and dad, it's trials day."
Trials day, I loved that day. Mom and dad had worked hard on their hierarchy and laws, and over the years it grew stronger and stronger and eventually they began their fair rule and the vampires fell in line. Though there were still some vampires who liked to disobey the rules, but they were swiftly dealt with.
"Did dad finally let you two date yet?" I asked. Once it was found out that Garrett was Montana's mate strict guidelines were set in place by dad. No touching, no kissing, no being alone together… It was a long list. Montana never cared though. She was just glad Garrett was alive and healing. She was happy to wait as long as it took.
"No, but I'm wearing him down. I know he's old fashioned so I'm going to suggest a chaperoned date, that or a double date with him and mom." Monty let out a laugh and I joined in.
My dad would never go for a double date.
"What about you, baby brother?" Monty asked.
"What?" I feigned confusion.
"When are you going to go and get your mate? Is that why you're so dressed up today?" I stayed silent. "You know, it was sweet of you to wait until I was allowed to date Garrett before you professed your love to your mate, but it wasn't necessary."
I let out a scoff. "I didn't wait because of you. I waited for other more important reasons."
"Sure, sure. So are you going to go and get her? You've said you've known who it is for years now."
My sister was right. I knew exactly who my mate was. I could feel my connection to them, I had for years, but it hadn't been the right time yet, plus I wanted to wait until I was of age so that mom and dad couldn't stop me from seeing her. I knew that once she was in my life I would never be able to let her go again.
"Yes, okay," I finally caved. "I'm going to go and see her, tell her I love her, everything."
"Can I come?" Monty asked.
"Oh, hell no," I responded. No way. That would be a disaster.
"Monroe!" Rose admonished from the other side of the room. "Hell is not a word we use."
"Sorry, Aunt Rose." I had enough sense to look embarrassed.
"Fine, go by yourself then, Romeo. Are you going to tell mom and dad that you're leaving?"
"No!" I replied quickly. They wouldn't allow me to leave all alone. And it's not even due to the bear attack any more, it's due to their power. I hate having guards.
"We've always had guards," Montana reminded me. "How are you going to slip past them?"
"Easy," I responded with a smirk. "I was a distraction for you once, so it's time for you to return the favor."
That memory was always a bittersweet memory. It was the day of the fight against Aro and the Denali's. Montana had told me silently that she had to leave, that her mate was in trouble. I created a distraction and she slipped out. Once everyone in the room realized, they weren't happy at all, but it didn't matter because Montana was out of the room and no one dared to follow her. Not long after she left I couldn't hear her anymore and it cut me deeply, she was just gone. And then when mom and dad came back without her, I just broke. My sister, my best friend, was gone. Thankfully she wasn't stupid enough to get herself killed, and now she owed me the same favor in turn. A mate for a mate, or well, a distraction for a distraction. I let out a laugh.
"Okay, when are you leaving?"
"Soon, I want to see mom and dad first though, just in case something happens to me."
"Let me come with you, I can protect you," Monty pleaded me. She was always so protective of me, but I needed to stand on my own at some point.
"Sorry, Monty, I need you to stay here and keep my disappearance a secret. I will be fine," I promised her. I leaned over and kissed her forehead and stood up. "I'll send you a message when I need you to distract everyone. Be ready."
She nodded her head in response.
I walked downstairs and headed for the courtyard. Trials day really was one of my favorite days. Watching my mom and dad in action, seeing how badass they really were. It was the best. I walked along the columns until I was towards the back of the crowd. No one, but family knew who Montana and I really were, everyone just thought we were relatives of Jasper's who had been changed, and it worked out well. No one ever questioned it because why would they, hybrids didn't exist and we didn't look like immortal children anymore. Our hearts had slowed as had everything else. We were being overtaken by our vampire qualities fully and no one was ever the wiser. In a way, my sister and I got the best of both worlds. We got to be human without being breakable or slow, and we got to be a vampire with everything that comes with that.
"Come forward!" my mom beckoned and a dirty looking vampire stepped closer. Mom and dad were up on the second floor balcony, imposing their rule on everyone down below. "State your crime." Mom always gave them once chance and one chance only to confess. If they lied then the punishment would be ten times worse.
"I kidnapped a human girl in hopes of changing her when she turned eighteen," the vampire whispered.
I watched mom closely. She absolutely hated vampires who took underage humans as their own. It reminded her of what James had done to her, but mom never flinched. She was used to this. It was a common occurrence even though every vampire knew that we had a zero tolerance policy for it and the penalty was always death, no exceptions.
"Peter, Emmett," Dad spoke, "Kill him."
They didn't hesitate. Emmett grabbed the guy around his chest, trapping his arms and Peter pulled his head off. His body was quickly torn apart and thrown into the fire that always burned nearby during the trials.
"We have a zero tolerance policy for crimes of these natures against humans," Bella re-informed everyone who was here. "The penalty is always death."
No one dared to say anything.
Now, I mentally sent to my sister. It was time for me to go and get my mate. I stood where I was. My sister never failed to disappoint. She was the master of all scheming. So I wasn't surprised at all when she came out the door on the balcony and jumped into Garrett's waiting arms. Mom and dad turned their attention to the pair, as did everyone else. Montana pulled Garrett's head to hers and kissed him hard. I could feel dad's anger from here. I took that as my cue and quietly stepped away, disappearing into the forest.
I didn't get far before I noticed someone chasing me. I darted off to the left and looped back around, jumping on the back of my assailant. It was Teddy.
"Hey, Teddy," I said, smiling widely as I held onto his fur. "Walk me a ways?" I asked him.
Teddy bear was now a fully grown grizzly bear and he was the best. Emmett liked to argue that his dog Wolf was the best, but I had a bear, a fucking bear. Bear beats dog every time. I loved Teddy so much, he was always with me and Montana growing up. Though when he reached his full size mom and dad kicked him out of the house and into the forest, but we found him a good cave and taught him to hunt animals with us. He loved his new home, but visited the house all the time.
"I'm going to get my mate," I told Teddy as Teddy walked me through the forest slowly. "She's great. I'll introduce you to her when we get back. I bet she'll love you."
I allowed Teddy to take me for as long as my patience allowed me, but it wasn't very long. I jumped off his back, hugging his side, before taking off. I wanted my mate and I wanted her now. I had waited too long. I took off running and I didn't stop until I reached my destination. I slowed as I neared civilization and I followed the pull in my heart until I was standing in front of a diner. I stopped and looked in through the windows. I saw her, she was working behind the counter and I felt an overwhelming amount of hope. She was my future, I just knew it.
"Monroe," someone spoke and I turned around. I let out a sigh of relief when I noticed who it was.
"Hey, Grandpa." I walked up to him and gave him a hug.
Sue and Charlie had left the ranch not long after their baby boy, Gray, was born. As mom and dad gained more power it just wasn't safe for them anymore, the risk just wasn't worth it. We still saw each other, usually meeting someone in the middle, at a safe place.
I looked up as six year old Gray got out of Charlie's police cruiser, Sue following him. My smile grew wider. I kept my eyes on Gray until he noticed me.
"Monroe," Gray said excitedly as he ran to me and launched himself into my arms. I hugged him tightly.
"Hey, that's Uncle Gray to you." I let out a smile, technically he was right, but I wasn't going to call him that.
"Hi, Sue," I said as I put Gray back on his feet and hugged Sue.
"What are you doing here, Monroe?" she asked me.
"Oh, just following my heart," I answered.
"Does Bella and Jasper know you're here?" Charlie asked me.
"Of course," I lied, but Charlie could see right through me. "Look, my mate is here, in that diner. Can you wait out here whilst I go and talk to her?" I asked them politely. I would really prefer to do this without an audience.
Charlie was about to protest, but Sue stopped him.
"Of course, Monroe. Go on."
I smiled at her. I took a deep breath, I could do this. She was my mate, she would like me.
"Go get her," Gray said, slapping me on the backside.
"Gray!" Sue yelled, pulling him back.
I left the safety of my family and made my way into the diner. This was a small town and as soon as I stepped in everyone's eyes were on me, even my mates. I didn't hesitate in making my way over to her and standing in front of her. Thankfully everyone else had turned their attention back to their meals.
"Do I know you? You look familiar," she asked me and then flushed. "I'm sorry, that was rude of me, what can I get you?"
"I want you," my mouth answered before my brain had a chance to intervene. I wanted to slap myself for that one. I was just glad that Sue, Charlie and Gray didn't have superhuman hearing. "What I mean is… Angela, I like you, a lot."
"Do I know you?" she asked again, she was thinking really hard. "What is your name?"
"Monroe Jasper Whitlock, ma'am," I answered automatically and I watched as recognition crossed her face.
"Do you know Jasper Whitlock?" she asked me.
"Is he a relative of yours?" she asked me and I didn't want to lie to her at all.
"He's my father," I told her the truth and she gasped.
"That lying, cheating…" she petered off, not wanting to curse I suspect.
"Umm, Angela..." I waited until I had her attention. "My mother is Bella Swan, you're her friend correct? You were a bridesmaid at her wedding?"
"You're Bella and Jasper's boy?" she questioned confused. "How is that even possible?"
"Come home with me and I'll explain everything," I promised her.
"I can't. I'm working and I live here in Forks." She was scared.
"Angela, you belong with me," I told her, but she didn't seem to understand me. "You can leave. All of your siblings have moved on, they are in college. You don't need to stay here anymore. Come with me, Angela. Our future is together." Oh, this was coming out so wrong, where were my poems now. Dad was right, love made you stupid. "Come with me, please."
I didn't say anymore, I just stared at her. Okay, so maybe my love for her was seeping out, not that I could control my gift. What I felt, others felt. She seemed to be thinking about it, she was actually considering my offer.
"Okay," she accepted and I was so happy. She took off her apron and grabbed my outstretched hand. I brought her into a hug, not wanting to let go.
"Let's go," I told her as I led her outside. "I will explain everything on the way."
"Romeo," Charlie said as soon as we stepped outside and I froze. "I hope you didn't dazzle the poor girl with your words. Hi, Angela."
"Hi, Charlie… Oh, he must be your grandfather, this is all so strange."
"Angela, may I ask how you feel towards Monroe?" Sue asked and I was glad that she did. If I was smart I would have asked her this questioned before getting her to give up her current life for me.
Angela turned and looked up into my eyes.
"I don't know how to explain it," Angela responded. "My whole life I have looked after everyone else, my siblings, my parents, but I look at this man in front of me and I feel like for the first time in my life that someone will finally be looking after me. It's a wonderful and freeing feeling. My heart feels as though it's swelled and I just feel at complete peace. I think I love him."
I smiled so widely at her.
"It's because you're my mate," I told her.
"Like Bella and Jasper?" she asked and I nodded my head. "Oh. I always admired their strong bond and how they were able to trust and help each other so early on. Is that what we have?"
"It won't be exactly the same, but yes, pretty much."
"Wow." Yes, wow was right.
"Let's go. I want mom and dad to finally see that I have my mate. They're going to be so surprised that it's you."
"Let's go," Angela agreed boldly. I smiled at that. We said goodbye to Charlie, Sue and Gray. I went by Angela's place, so we could grab her stuff and take her car with us. Once we were in the car on the highway she turned to me. "Okay, explain this all."
"Gladly," I told her. "You came to my parents' wedding. You couldn't see me because I was hidden under my sister's shield."
"You have a sister?"
"Yes, a twin sister. Her name is Montana and I love her so much."
"I can't believe that Bella has twins. It's so crazy."
"Anyway, I saw you that day and I just knew that we belonged together. It's hard to explain, but I just felt drawn to you."
"Why did you wait for?"
"I was only nine at the time, too young to pursue you, but I kept you in my heart. I knew there would come a time when we could be together. I just had to wait for it. Plus you were still in school at the time."
"So you just waited?"
"Of course. We mate for life and I knew you were my mate."
"What are you exactly?" Angela asked the dreaded question.
"Human," I answered truthfully, but offered no more.
"Bella was human when she had you, what is Jasper?"
"He's, umm, a vampire."
"I knew it," Angela announced, fist pumping the air. "Sorry."
"No, need to apologize. I'm just glad you're not running for the hills."
"So you're half vampire, half human?" Angela asked.
"Yes, well I was. My human qualities seem to be disappearing, I'm not sure why exactly. Uncle Peter said he was going to research it."
"Do I have to become a vampire?" She asked. "Jasper didn't turn Bella into a vampire."
"You don't have to become a vampire, it's not a requirement. I'll explain the details of that later. As for mom and dad, well, mom was changed into a vampire about six years ago. You'll see once we get there. Do you have any more questions?"
"Not at the moment." Angela reached out and grabbed my hand. "Maybe one more?"
"So being your mate, that means we will be together forever?"
"And you're okay with that?"
"Angela," I breathed out. "You're the most beautiful woman I've ever seen. You're quiet, observant and very kind. My dad always said that you had the purest emotions he's ever felt and mom said that you never cared what others thought of you and what you did, that you only ever did what you thought was the right thing. You're a kind and gentle soul, Angela, just like me."
"Just like you? Tell me more about you?"
"There's not much to tell. I've only been alive for seven years. When I was younger I got the nickname of Romeo because I was big into reading poems and reciting their words to others, usually love poems. When I was eleven I stupidly got in a fight with two bears. I was almost killed." I heard her gasp and I pulled down my shirt to show her my scars. "Everyone expected me to be scarred because of it, but that's just not me. It wasn't the bear's fault, it was mine. I was young and stupid, but it wasn't all bad. I got Teddy out of it all."
"My pet grizzly bear, dad killed its parents and mom brought it home for Montana and I to look after. He's my friend."
"I can't wait to meet him."
"You'll love him, he's the sweetest. Do you have any other questions?"
"No, I just can't wait to see everyone again. I really enjoyed the wedding."
"I know," I agreed. "I watched you all night, but not in a creepy way at all."
"Are you sure you're Romeo?" Angela teased me.
"Yes," I replied, "My love for you just consumes me fully, Angela, I cannot think of anything else but you."
Angela turned red and nothing more was said. I drove as fast as I could. I was so thankful that Rose had taught me how to drive when I was younger. I was so excited to bring Angela to my home. We finally arrived and I pulled up to the back of the house. I got out and quickly ran around to help Angela out. She smiled at me.
"You're in trouble," Montana announced as she came down the steps with Garrett by her side.
"How?" I questioned back. "You were supposed to distract them and lie for me."
"I did, but then I caved." Monty was smirking at me. Great, just great. I wasn't worried though. Montana got a pardon for going into the battlefield after her mate, so surely I would get a pardon for going to Forks for my own.
"Angela, this is Montana, my sister."
"Nice to meet you finally," Montana walked over to us. "I'm the better half. I'm smarter, faster and stronger. That there is my mate Garrett."
"Angela, it's a pleasure to see you again."
"You're not going to try and eat me again are you?" Angela asked and I could tell she was scared. I put my arm around her.
"Don't pay attention to him," Montana told my mate. "Garrett jokes about snacking on everything. It's part of his charm actually."
"MONROE JASPER WHITLOCK!" Mom yelled from inside the house. Oh great, here it came.
It may have been a coward's move in some people's minds, but I grabbed Angela and placed her in front of me. I don't care what you said, my mom was a badass motherfucker and I didn't want to be on her bad side.
She came through the door and her eyes landed on Angela.
"Angela?" Mom questioned confused.
"Hi," Angela replied with a wave.
"Mom, meet Angela."
"I know who she is."
"My mate," I added and mom's anger disappeared completely.
"You mated with our little Romeo?" Bella asked in amazement. Angela nodded her head. "This is so perfect." Bella was down the steps in an instant and had Angela in her arms. "I've missed you so much, Angela."
"Me too, Bella, me too," Angela said, but her voice was strained.
"Mom, let her go, you're squashing her." I pulled my mom off my mate.
"Sorry," Bella replied.
"So you're a vampire and Jasper's a vampire?" Angela questioned out loud.
"Is that a problem?" Bella asked.
Angela shook her head no. "I only have one question."
"What is it?" I asked her concerned.
"When do I get to become a vampire?"
I shook my head, smiling like a fool. I finally had my mate and she was perfect for me. I looked at my sister and I could tell she felt exactly the same way about Garrett. Dad came out of the house and stood next to Bella. We were all so lucky to find out mates.
"What's Angela doing here?" Jasper asked confused.
"She's mated to our son," Bella explained to him and he looked shocked.
"Well, this is interesting," Dad finally spoke. "Trust one of you to mate to a vampire and the other to mate with a human. Welcome to the family, Angela."
"Thanks Jasper, or should I call you dad?"
"Oh god, please don't," dad groaned.
This was good. This was right. My family, the Whitlock's, ruled the Americas and we were known as fair, but firm rulers. I had the ranch, my family, my friends, my bear, and now I had my mate, and I had all of eternity to live out my life. I was lucky, so lucky. Life was just perfect and I would never waste one second of it. Never.
A/N- There it is, the end. I can hardly believe it.
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