Chapter 31

Disclaimer: I do not own any of these these characters. All rights for their creation go to Stephenie Meyer.

Bella's Point of View

Jasper and I wordlessly followed Emmett outside, as I wondered what he wanted to do. I knew Jasper was just as curious as me. I nearly jumped when I saw the giant jeep parked in my driveway. My eyes widened as Emmett laughed.

"It's my car; each of us kind of have our own vehicle," he laughed. "Rosie's in the front seat," he added, walking over to the drivers side.

I stiffened, wearily looking up at Jasper. He's eyes were just as wide as mine, as we walked forward. Jasper was suddenly a blur, speeding in front of me so he could open the car door for me. I smiled at him, stepping inside. He was instantly beside me, taking my hand. I hurriedly put on my seatbelt, honestly afraid to be in this giant thing. I looked up to see Rosalie staring straight ahead. She suddenly turned around, facing me.

"Hello, Bella," she said, a forced smile placing itself on her face.

I was shocked. I blinked a few times, honestly wondering what was going on. She was acknowledging my for the very first time.

"Hello," I replied, my voice no higher than a whisper.

"Emmett thought we should all get our minds off the um… problem." She bit her lip.

"You two up for a double date?" he asked, grinning at us in the rearview mirror.

I looked over at Jasper, a blush creeping it's way onto my cheeks. He smiled at me; his eyes lit up with approval.

"Sure," I replied, smiling a bit.

"How about you Jazzy?" Emmett asked.

"Of course," he grinned.

"Alright. Jazzy and Bella boo are up for the date," Emmett smiled, turning in the jeep.

"Is that my new nickname or something?" I asked with a laugh.

"Yep," Emmett replied. "Everyone I know has a nickname. Rose or Rosie for Rosalie. I call Esme Ezzie now and then," he laughed. "Although I think it pisses off Carlisle when I call him Carl. Or Car," he snickered. "Oh, and now there is Pete and Char!" he happily smiled, his dimples popping out.

"So where exactly are we going?" Jasper asked.

"Well, since only one of us eats real food, then I guess dinner date it out. I'm in no mood for a movie," Emmett grumbled.

"So what ideas do you have?" I asked.

He pursed his lips. "I honestly didn't think that far ahead." Jasper sighed, shaking his head. "Oh c'mon! I just wanted us to all have fun and hang out today. Not so much as a double date," he mumbled.

"Bella and I could do our own thing while you and Jasper go do those odd things you enjoy doing, Emmett."

Jasper rolled his eyes. "No smashing cars, Emmett. But wait. Rosalie… did you just say you wanted to basically… hang out with Bella?" he asked.

I was just as shocked as he was. She nodded, smiling. Emmett mirrored her, his a bit more smug.

"Okay, that sounds nice," I replied, part of me truly terrified. I noticed how it melted away, due to Jasper.

"Cool," Emmett smiled, speeding up. "We'll drop you two off at our house. Then Jasper and I will do some brotherly bonding," he chuckled.

I smiled, along with Jasper, who reassuringly squeezed my hand. For the rest of the ride, I stared out the window, just wondering how this was going to go. Why did Rosalie decide to give me a chance now? Emmett probably persuaded her. But I didn't mind… it would be nice to have all of the family like me now. Perhaps after all of the fighting is over, and everyone hopefully surviving we can all start over. Like Alice and Edward never existed.

Finally, Emmett stopped the car outside of the Cullen's home. Rosalie leaned over, pecking Emmett on the lips before she slipped out of the car. I did the same with Jasper, but hesitated before leaving the car. I bit my lip, a feeling of uncertainty running through me. Jasper sent a wave of calm, smiling at me.

"I'll see you later," I whispered.

"Bye," Jasper replied, under his breath.

I got out of the car, watching as Emmett started it back up. He twisted around, then zoomed out of sighed, taking Jasper with him.

"So, Bella," Rosalie started. I turned facing her. "I think we really got off on the wrong foot. But… I want to try and get to know you better now. And… have you get to know me." She paused, waiting to see if I was going to speak. I kept silent. "So, what do you say? Would you like to hear my story?"

Jasper's Point of View

"This was your plan all along, wasn't it," I accused, as Emmett laughed.

"You bet. Rose and Bella have needed to talk."

"How the hell did you convince Rosalie to give Bella a chance?" I asked, wonder in my eyes.

Emmett shrugged. "Lots of persuading. Wasn't too bad."

I nodded, staring out the window. "Now where are we going?" I asked. He had never mentioned that part.

"We are going to talk to Peter and Charlotte about the training tonight," Emmett replied.

"Where are they?"

"God you are asking so many questions! In the clearing, that's why we are in my jeep."

"We could have left your jeep at home and ran," I mumbled. "Would have been faster."

Emmett let out a small growl. "I like to drive my jeep sometimes, Jazz. No point in having it if I'm never going to use it."

I shrugged, keeping quiet. Finally, we arrived in the clearing. Peter and Charlotte were in the distance, talking about something. I was too far away to hear; it was just a faint noise. Emmett and I got out of the jeep, running over to them.

"Hey, Major," Peter grinned as I approached.

"You needed to speak with us?" Charlotte asked Emmett.

"Yeah. We are all training tonight, here at the clearing. You two already know about the newborn army…" Emmett replied.

"We have some allies now that will be fighting with us," I added. All three of them looked at me.

"What do you mean?" Peter asked, his eyebrows furrowed.

I launched into the story of the werewolves, explaining how they were not aloud to harm any of the Cullen's, just other vampires. Peter and Charlotte's eyes were wide by the end of my tale, as they wearily looked at each other.

"I thought werewolves could only turn on a full moon," Charlotte whispered.

"Didn't the Volturi already wipe out most of their race anyway?" Peter asked.

"They are simply shape-shifters," I replied. "It could have been any animal. But in this case, it was a wolf. It could have been a bear or a lion."

"Or a squirrel," Emmett interjected. We all stared at him, as he pursed his lips. "Oh, c'mon. Think about it… a dude turning into a squirrel, then attacking someone's face. Badass," he grinned.

I shook my head, turning back to Peter and Charlotte. "Are you two willing to fight with them?" I asked.

"Of course… as long as they will not harm us. We aren't necessarily Cullen's," Peter replied.

"They wont; that will be settled tonight," I replied.

"Man, this will be just like we went back in time, huh Major?" Peter asked with a grin. "It's gonna be pretty damn weird, seeing you explaining old battle techniques like before," he laughed.

"You could also teach some techniques too, Peter," I reminded him. "And Charlotte, you may also."

Charlotte bit her lip. "I'm not too sure about that one," she laughed.

"Alice didn't really think about the fact that there are three vampires here that have already experienced newborn armies. We have the upper hand in this one," Emmett smiled.

"Lets not get too cocky," I whispered. "It seems pretty even. But you are correct, Emmett. We do have more experience than she does. Lets just hope it's enough."

Alice's Point of View

"Riley, are you sure we have enough newborns?" I growled.

"Of course," he grinned. "Don't you trust me? In fact," he murmured, taking my hand and walking me over to a corner, "This one is just about to wake up it appears."

I heard the sound of a heart fluttering, faster than a hummingbirds wings. We stood there for a moment, until the sound finally stopped. There was silence, for just a moment, until the newborn's head shot up. It was a young girl, around fifteen or sixteen. Her hair was brown, falling near her waist. Her eyes were wide, and blood red… just like the rest of us. I smiled at her, as she sucked in deep breaths of air.

"Hello," I whispered.

"H-Hi," she tentatively whispered. "Where am I? My… throat," she croaked, holding it.

"Riley, find her someone to drink," I hissed. He nodded slinking away.

"Someone?" the little girl gasped.

"Calm down, I will explain everything," I smiled. "I'm Alice. What's your name?" I asked. She paused, looking up at me.


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