A/N: This begins the Emmett and Rosalie's story in my Highland series. It's not really necessary to read the previous stories to follow this one. Hope you enjoy!



The sound of crying woke the blonde haired beauty and she quickly rose to check on the bairn. She quick stepped to the braided rug by the cradle to minimize exposure to the cold stone floor. Bending over the cradle, she pulled the babe out of her bed and went swiftly to the rocking chair by the fireplace. Within a moment she had the wee bairn suckling gently at her breast.

She hummed a soft lullaby to still the infant's restlessness. The baby had big, beautiful brown eyes and softly curling mahogany hair like her mother. A soft sigh of contentment escaped Esme Alice's lungs. The nurse maid smiled at the child of her heart, not her body. A few more minutes passed and the pretty lass was sleeping soundly again.

Rosalie gently laid the sleeping child back in the cradle and set it to rocking gently. As she quickly returned to her own bed in the corner, her mind was busy reminding her of memories she'd rather stay hidden. The pain they brought her was too much and she angrily swiped the tears from her eyes. This night was going to be filled with nightmares again. She could never forget the feeling of loss and the heart-wrenching emptiness that consumed her.

Rosalie had decided months ago that she would never forgive herself. The loss she felt was less than she deserved. The hair shirt she donned daily to castigate herself for her own perceived crimes would never be enough punishment. She could only pray that God, if there really was one, would forgive her. She had flayed her flesh open many times with the flogging whip. Surely that punishment still wasn't enough though. She thought herself condemned to hell. And even then, the fiery pits the priests spoke of may not be enough punishment for the crimes of her past.

The horror of the screams in her dreams kept her from sleep once again.


A/N: So, this is just a short beginning and a glimpse inside Rosalie. She's going to be OOC from the SM series… maybe we will like her better by the end. What do you think she could have done to feel as though she needed to beat herself to find forgiveness? I honestly am not sure what chapter the answer to that will come up in… But stick with me! We will answer it : - )

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this so far! Hoping to post Chapter One this evening.