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I walked aimlessly around the home of my new family, the Cullen's. I ached to be in my little cottage in the woods with my husband and daughter, but Carlisle wanted us to stay together in case the Volturi came earlier than expected.
I had just tucked Renesmee in the bed that Esme had kept for her there. I tried to keep a sense of normalcy for my daughter; well, as normal as a vampire family can be. Her life had become somewhat of a circus with new people (vampires) filling the house. She loved everyone and enjoyed watching the countless hours of fight training and getting to know her new friends, but I was thankful for the nights when everyone was quiet so that Renesmee could sleep.
I believed we were as prepared as we could possibly be for the fight with the Volturi. I had practiced my shield and I knew I could protect my family. Looking at it realistically, I knew we didn't stand a chance, especially without Alice and Jasper who had ran when she saw the danger coming.
I couldn't stand to think of what the next day would bring. Would I get to tuck Renesmee in her bed tomorrow night? Would I get to hear her laugh echo in through the woods when Jacob and I took her hunting or see the wind blow through her hair when she rode on the back of her "wolfie". That's what she called Jacob in his wolf form.
Jacob. He loved Renesmee with a love that I had never seen. She was his imprint, the equivalent of mates for vampires. His love for her made me realize that Edward and I were not true mates. That was fine with me because we loved each other deeply. Mates were extremely rare for our kind, almost nonexistent.
I was thankful that even in my new life Edward couldn't hear my thoughts. I secretly wished that he would have been as attentive to Renesmee as Jacob was. I figured his distance for her was because he had little time to bond with her. He had stayed with me during my change, then it wasn't long before we had to plan for the Volturi's arrival. I knew that if we lived through the fight, Edward would warm up to his daughter and be a fantastic father.
I was pulled from my thoughts by loud snarling from the back yard.
Could the Volturi be there already?
I ran with vampire speed down the stairs and out the back door.
I was horrified at what I saw.