Nyx: I'll probably shoot myself later for posting this, but with all justification I promised my friend that I'd post it, even though I must have been either drunk, high or both when I did so. The original name for this story was Meeting The Family, adopted from my good friends Elisa and Sammy, then later rewritten for a better plot and articulation.

Puff: Mr. Magoo! You've done it again!

Nyx: Done what again?

Puff: I don't know...you ask him.

Nyx:I don't own anything you may recognize, all music and such belongs to their respective owners, OCs belong to me.

Puff: Hooray for coffee!


Chapter 1: In Which...My Cousin Arrives

~Bella

Ever since Charlie had sold the old house things have been different...we were in an entirely new neighborhood, closer to the Cullen mansion and the house was much bigger than the last.

I asked my father why and he had said 'I needed a change'.

I was pretty sure he did.

Esme and Alice were all too happy to take over the decorating. It's not like Charlie could say no to them in the first place. Me? I was just happy I didn't have to share a bathroom anymore.

Things were tense in the house and I went into the other spare room that wouldn't be so spare in a few hours. I checked my phone, aware that I had to get down to Sea Tac soon in order to pick up my depressed cousin.

Ever since Elizabeth had called a week and a half ago begging to stay with Charlie and I here in Forks things felt a little rushed. Alice immediately dragged me to the mall in Seattle to pick up bedding and paint supplies.

I didn't know what had happened in New Mexico that was so bad Elisa had begged to move here. All I had known was that Charlie had a half-sister that he rarely talked to that lived in Albuquerque with her two daughters Samantha and Elizabeth.

I think they were fraternal twins, seeing as they looked nothing alike. I had some vague childhood memories of going to visit them when I was younger. I hadn't really talked to them in a while.

Samantha was the trouble maker, with long hair that shifted between different shades of blonde, darkening in the winter and getting bleached in the summer by the hot desert sun.

Elizabeth was the good-girl, she would be good friends with Alice since they both liked shopping a lot.

Unlike myself the twins had spent their entire lives down south in the desert. I had spent most of my time flying between my mom and my dad.

Elisa's car had arrived yesterday afternoon after I had gotten home from school, the delivery guy being some weirdo with a mustache and a bad Mexican drawl. From what I remember he smelled of enchiladas and the doorstep has smelled like that ever since he stood there.

I decided to drive Elisa's car to the airport, seeing as I didn't think my truck would make it all the way there. I climbed into the modest blue Nissan Altima and started the engine. It was a lot fancier on the inside, with the 'push start' engine.

I made it to the airport in record time and I looked at the screens that listed departures and arrivals. I saw the listing for the plane from ABQ - NM and next to it in blue letters read 'Arrived'. So I waited for my cousin, looking around for the glimpse of fiery red hair.

I spotted her then, wearing clothes that I probably wouldn't wear on a plane. I whistled loudly and waved. She spotted me and I strode forward to meet her. I engulfed her in a hug and her shoulders shook slightly. "Hey. You okay?"

"Yeah...can we just...go? Please?" she sniffled. I nodded and we grabbed her bag from the carousels that took people's suitcases around. "So, where's Sam? Why didn't she come with you?" I asked, once I was back in the car. I started the ignition again, clicking my seatbelt in place. She wiped her eyes, smearing her palms down her cheeks.

"I-I just wanted to come alone. I needed some time for myself," she said quietly.

"Why?" I frowned. "I mean, it's not really like you to just up and wanna come visit Charlie in the rainiest town in the history of the United States." I revved the gas up a little more, speeding down the highway so I could get us home before those nasty looking clouds opened up and gave us a storm worth remembering. Elisa didn't answer me, instead brushing her red hair behind her ears and turning to look out the window.

"Fine, don't tell me," I muttered, turning on the radio, flipping to a jazz station. A tense silence reigned in the car, except for the calming jazz music. When we were about half an hour away from Forks she finally spoke up.

"I'm adopted." I gripped the steering wheel tight as I swerved slightly. A loud angry honk came from behind the car and I resisted the urge to pull a Sam and stick my hand out the window so I could give the driver the finger. I righted the automobile and I shot a quick look at Elisa.

"Are you serious?" I demanded. Her lip quirked slightly.

"No, I'm Severus," she muttered. I rolled my eyes at the Harry Potter joke. "Yeah, I was devastated when I found out. I couldn't stay there, I didn't want to, especially when all of them look like each other and..." she trailed off, ducking her head. She sniffled. "I don't even know where I came from!" she burst. I jumped a little, hitting the horn briefly as I did. "I mean, I don't know my parents names, where I was really born, if I even have other family members out there waiting for me," she sighed.

"I could help you search," I offered. She gave me a weak smile.

"Thanks Bells, but, I don't think-"

"If you want answers, I'll help you find them. If you don't and all you're looking for is some peace and quiet with your thoughts, then fine. I understand that you need time to process the fact that you're adopted," I said, turning into the neighborhood.

"Thanks B. For understanding," she said, taking my hand. I gave her a smile and pulled into the driveway. We climbed out of the car and thunder rolled over head.

"Shit!" Elisa yelled suddenly, I jumped again and looked at her funny. She didn't curse often. "I forgot to call Nyx!" I was really giving her a weird look now. She pulled out her phone and frantically began dialing.

"Crap, she's gonna kill me for not calling her as soon as the plane landed," she muttered. I had no clue who Nyx was, but I just shrugged and popped the trunk pulling out one of her suitcases and I immediately toppled over from the weight in my left hand. "Oof!" I gasped. "What the hell do you have in here? Concrete?" I muttered.

"Oh, I'm sorry Bella - No, Nyx I'm not talking to an imaginary friend," Elisa said abruptly. "My cousin. Yeah yeah yeah, I know, drugs are bad. I know, I know. I said I was sorry, okay. Yeah, I love you too. Bye." she hung up and relieved me of the weight of one of her suitcases. She handed me the violin case and I raised an eyebrow at her. "Since when do you play the violin?"

"Since I was fourteen," she said. Elisa was less than year younger than me, but then again, I wasn't entirely sure if her birthday was the same as it's always been. Probably not. Together we hauled her bags inside the house and put them on the bottom landing of the stairs. Elisa went back outside to secure her car before walking back into the house. She stopped abruptly on the steps and sniffed. "Do I smell enchiladas?" I giggled and nodded a little.

"Yeah, the guy who delivered your car yesterday reeked of them," I said, dragging one of her bags up the stairs. I opened the door to her room and gestured to the space. "Well, uh, this is it," I said. She walked in and looked around. "My friend Alice went a little wild when she heard that you were coming. She wanted to help decorate. I hope you don't mind," I said in a rush. She nodded a little.

"Your friend has good taste. What's she like?"

"She's a lot like you...except hyper. And short," I said. Elisa raised an eyebrow at me. I shrugged. "I speak the truth. You'll know when you meet her. And, er, Charlie enrolled you at Forks High, I hope you don't mind." Elisa shook her head.

"Nah, I'd rather not be arrested for truancy, if you get my meaning," she said. I chuckled a little seeing as Charlie was an officer of the law.

"I'll let you get settled in. I'm gonna get started on dinner. Let me know if you need anything important."

"Will do," she said quietly. I went downstairs and began pulling out pots and pans and ingredients for spaghetti. Charlie came home an hour later, when I was setting the table. "Smells good Bells," he said. Elisa came down the stairs and squeezed his waist in a hug. "Hey kiddo. Long time, no see," he squirmed. Elisa smiled a little.

"It's good to see you too Uncle Charlie," she said softly.

"Hey, dad, go get washed up. Dinner's ready," I said. He clunked off upstairs to change out of his uniform and wash his hands. Dinner was eaten in awkward silence, with strained conversation, with the usual asking how the flight was, et cetera. I texted Edward before going to sleep.

My cousin arrived ok. With two seconds he responded.

Okay. Alice can't wait to meet her. I love you.

Love you too. See you at school tomorrow.

I set my alarm for tomorrow before climbing into bed, settling under my comforter. I lay awake for a minute contemplating all that had been said today. Before I fell asleep I could hear the sound of a violin being played in the next room. The song mixed beautifully with the sound of the rain, and with that, I was out cold.


Nyx: So, I realize that I'm included as a character for this story and in my defense, it wasn't my idea.

Puff: You're gonna end up shooting yourself later...

Nyx: Don't you think I know that? Now, go away! So, I hope you liked it. I'll post when I next have time and internet, which will be next week...I hope. Review?