A/n: I still only own the plot and y'all are still blowing me away by your response to this story. SO THANK YOU FOR LOVING IT. Thanks to my awesome pre reader JoyfulyetHesitantPen.
It has been two weeks since I found out that Edward was trying to kidnap me and that I was mated to Garrett. Charlie had instantly loved Garrett when they first met a couple of days after the revelations. Garrett and Charlie had gotten along like two peas in a pod; Charlie was always inviting Garrett over to the house, so I got to spend a lot of time with him. Garrett could sit for hours with me reading or watching sports with Charlie. He loved spending time with Charlie, when they weren't talking about sports, they were talking about wars. I never knew that Charlie had a secret passion for war history and Garrett was able to tell Charlie truths about the Revolutionary War.
It was a Saturday. Charlie was at the station and Vic, Garrett and I were awaiting the arrival of Jasper and Emmett. Vic didn't go into to many details with them over the phone, all she said was that I was in trouble and they responded that they were coming. I was excited and nervous to see Jasper and Emmett again.
I wanted to hate them, to yell at them for leaving me, to make Jasper feel the pain that I went through when they left but a part of me had a feeling that as soon as I saw them, I would collapse in a fit of tears and throw myself at their rock hard bodies. Emmett was my brother; I didn't care about not being related to him by blood or venom, and I missed him so fucking much. Jasper I missed because I never really got to know him but I always had a feeling that we would get along famously.
We weren't sure when they were coming nor was I sure if Rose was coming with Emmett. There was something that I wanted to discuss with everyone once we got the bad news out of the way. I knew that it was against the law for humans to know of the existence of vampires but I wanted to tell Charlie. I was tired of keeping secrets from him. Plus, when I was turned; which was another thing that needed to be discussed, I wanted to keep my daddy in my life. Charlie had done so much for me and I didn't want to just disappear on him one day and have him sink into a depression, like I did when Edward left me.
We were halfway through the second movie when I noticed Vic and Garrett stiffen; guess Jasper and Emmett was here.
"Are they here?" I asked to which they both nodded. I took a deep breath and stood up; Vic and Garrett shadowing me, and walked towards the back door where I was sure they would turn up. I kept walking to the tree line and then stopped, waiting for them to make themselves known.
A few minutes later, Jasper, Emmett and a vampire that looked similar to Jasper emerged from the woods. I was guessed he was Peter. I wasn't particularly shocked to see Rosalie emerge after Peter did. Jasper and Peter's stance immediately took on that of soldiers while Rosalie flitted behind Emmett. Emmett looked like his old self, not caring that I was standing in between two red-eyed vampires. From what I could tell he was only happy to see me again.
"Bells I missed you so fucking much," Em said and I was nearly crippled with the amount of sadness that I heard in his voice.
"Why Em? Why did you leave me? I thought you loved me." I could feel the tears threatening to fall; I shook my head and tried to keep the tears at bay... for now. It also felt as if my heart was breaking all over again as well.
"Sis, I didn't want to. God knows I didn't want to. But I didn't have a say in the matter. I begged and pleaded, but no one listened to me. I tried to leave once, to come back to you but Dickward told me that you didn't want to see any of us, and I believed him so I stayed away."
I was a blubbering mess once Em had finished talking. I knew deep down in my heart that Em really did love me and would never have left me but my brain kept saying that none of them loved me, that it was all just a ploy, that they only wanted to play games with the human. I launched myself across the small clearing that we had created and straight into Em's arms. He just held me as I cried, soaking his sweater.
After awhile I felt myself start to calm down and I knew that it was the work of Jasper, but I didn't mind. I pulled back from Em's hold and wiped the tears, giving Em a watery smile which he returned. I looked over at Jasper and said, "Thanks Jasper, I needed that."
"Any time darlin'." he answered with a smile.
I walked back over to Garrett. He promptly wrapped his arms around me and asked if I was ok. I nodded that I was, glad to be in my mate's arms. I knew the others were probably wondering what was going on, so after placing a kiss over Garrett's heart, I turned around and said, "Why don't we go back to the house and I'll explain everything that has happened, as I'm sure all of you have questions."
Everyone nodded their heads and then Garrett picked me up and we jogged back towards the house. Once everyone was seated, I told them everything that had happened since they left me. A couple of times Jasper, Em, Peter and even Garrett had to go outside and tear up the forest when they heard parts of my story. Rosalie didn't say or do anything and I rightly didn't care. A couple of times Vic had to hold me when the tears and pain got to be too much.
"Bella, I have some things that I want to say to ya," Jasper said once he came back in. I nodded my head and Jasper came to sit on the coffee table in front of me. He picked up one of my hands and held it with his and said, "I want to tell you how sorry I am for what happened..."
"Jasper stop please," I said, cutting him off mid-sentence. I placed my other hand on top of his and said, "You don't need to apologize for my birthday party. I know that you would never hurt me. You only felt the bloodlust of everyone in that room. I know that you wouldn't have attacked me had Edward not flung me into that table cover with glass plates."
"Bella, how can you say that? I almost drained you that day."
"But you didn't and you wouldn't have. You were able to be in that ballet studio when I ran off after James alone. I was bleeding but you didn't react, you just helped Em to rip him apart and that was a whole lot more blood than that stupid paper cut. I trust you Jasper, and the only person that I blame is Edward."
"Thank ya Bella, for not only believin' in me but also not blamin' me. I know, I know, don't say it but for the longest time, I believed that I was the cause of you and Edward's relationship fallin' apart. But I can see now that Edward would have found another way to get us out of Forks so that he could have your blood."
I nodded my head and then gave Jasper a hug. When I pulled back from the hug, Jasper kept his hand in mine and I heard a low growl emanate from somewhere to my left. I turned my head and I saw that Garrett was the one who was growling and his pitch black eyes were focused on mine and Jasper's clasped hands. I didn't know what he was growling about, till Jasper leaned down and whispered in my ear, "Sweetheart, he's feeling threatened. You are his mate but he has yet to claim you as such, so his beast feels that I am tryin' to steal you from him."
I looked up into Jasper's eyes noticing for the first time were orange; he just nodded his head and placed a kiss on my cheek. He then dropped my hand and, quick as a flash, Garrett was by my side and checking me over. Once his examination was concluded, he wrapped me in his arms and nuzzled my neck. I could hear a purring sound coming from him and I just giggled.
"Isabella," Rosalie called out to me.
"Yes Rosalie?" I asked looking her in the eye to show that I wasn't afraid of her.
"I wish to speak to you about my actions the first time that we met," she replied while sweeping her hair behind her shoulder.
"Very well Rosalie. Shall we speak outside?" I asked with a raised eyebrow.
"Yes, if you don't mind," she answered while standing up from her spot on the couch next to Em.
I nodded my head, untangled myself from Garrett's hold and walked over to the coat rack. I slipped on my coat and tugged on my runners and then walked outside, sure that Rosalie was following me. I stopped when we reached the tree line and turned around to face Rosalie. In a very human movement she fidgeted for a few minutes; without looking me in the eye, and finally after taking a deep unneeded breath, she looked up and said, "I would like to apologize for the way that I treated you in the past."
I nodded waiting for her to continue, knowing that there had to be more she wanted to say. If she had only wanted to apologize, she could have simply done so in the house. "Look, the reason why I treated you like shit was because I'm very protective of my family and when you came along and learned of our secret, I was afraid that you would bring the Volturi down on us. Humans aren't allowed to know of our existence and here was Edward bringing a human into our house. I thought if I kept acting rude towards you, you would take a hint and leave while your life was still in your control."
"I'm sorry Rosalie but at the time I truly thought that I was in love with Edward and it didn't matter to me how rude you were towards me, I was going to stay in the Cullen family."
"I have no aversion to you being apart of my family; I see how you light up my Emmy's life when you're around and I also saw how depressed he got when we left you. I never want to see him that way again."
"Thank you for your honesty Rosalie."
She nodded her head and then went on to tell me about how she became a vampire. I didn't think that I would ever feel sorry for Rosalie, but I was shedding serious tears over her story. I can't believe that something like that had happened to her. It was no wonder she had such a tough shell. I didn't know if I would ever crack that shell of hers all the way through, but I did have a feeling that she wouldn't be the ice queen towards me anymore.
We walked back to the house with our arms linked, planning on going to see a movie. I knew that we would become friends but I didn't know if we would ever be best friends or sisters. I guess time would tell.
As we entered the house, I knew that it was time to bring up telling Charlie about what was going on. I took a seat in between Garrett's legs, took a deep breath and said, "Guys, I have something I want to ask you all."
"What's wrong my angel?" Garrett asked, tightening his hold on me.
"Well, I know that it's against the Volturi's laws but I need to tell Charlie what's going on. He's done so much for me after Assholeward left that I would hate to just disappear on him one day."
"It is against the law, Sweetie," Peter stated, "But I know for a fact that you telling him won't bring any more trouble upon us."
"What? Can you see the future like the Pixiebitch?" I asked confused.
"Fuck no Sweetie, and don't ever compare me to her again. I just know shit."
"What's that supposed to mean?" I asked with a raised eyebrow.
"I can't explain it, I just get these feelings or snippets of information."
"Interesting. So if I go about telling Charlie, no problems will befall us?"
"Not from what I can tell."
"Good because he needs to learn the truth."
Everyone just nodded their heads and we went on to talk about happier things. It was great to learn what everyone had been up to. Jasper explained to me that he and Alice were never mates, merely two vampires spending time together till they had found their true mates. I also found out that Em and Rose had been spending more and more time away from the Cullen house. They wanted to travel more and Rose confessed that she had hoped that it would bring Em out of his funk; which clearly didn't happen till he met up with me again.
Charlie was due home soon and the place was completely empty except for me. The Whitlock's, McCarty's, and Vic and Garrett were all back at the Cullen mansion, and I was currently in the kitchen whipping up Grandma Maria's lasagna for Charlie. I knew that he would need something good and hearty to warm him up once he got home. I didn't know how I was going to go about telling Charlie about the world of vampires and werewolves. I had just finished whipping up a cheesecake for dessert when I heard the front door open.
"Hey, dad. Dinner's ready," I called out to him.
"Hey, kiddo. It sure smells good," He answered.
As I waited for Charlie to come into the kitchen, I placed the cheesecake in the fridge, took out the salad, and then removed the lasagna from the oven. I had just finished plating dinner when Charlie walked into the kitchen.
"Mmm, it sure smells good in here kid."
"Thanks dad, I made sure to make your favorite."
"Where's Vickie and Garrett tonight?" he asked while looking around to see if they were hiding somewhere.
"Vickie is showing Garrett around Seattle."
"That was nice of her, so will either of them be joining us sometime tonight?"
"I'm not sure," I said with a shrug.
We lapsed into silence after that. After we had finished our second helping, I placed the dishes in the sink, flicked on the coffee pot and then got out the cheesecake. I cut up the cheesecake, placed a slice on plates for Charlie and I and then went back to the table. Charlie licked his lips after I placed the piece in front of him and had half of it gone before I had his cup of coffee sitting on the table. I just laughed and cut him another piece. Once we had finished, I knew that I couldn't put off telling him anymore. Charlie went into the living room and turned on the TV while I loaded up the dishwasher. Once I was done, I grabbed him a beer and then walked into the living room. I handed Charlie the beer and took a seat on the couch.
Garrett's scent was faint but I could still smell it, so I took in a deep breath and it helped to center myself. "Dad I need to talk to you," I said once a commercial came on.
"What's up, Bells?" he asked, putting the TV on mute and turning his head to look at me.
"I've been hiding a secret from you and I think its finally time that I told you."
"What? Did Garrett get you pregnant or did you run off and get married to him?"
"No, nothing like that. This is a secret I've had for a long time."
"Alright Bells, I'm listening."
"Dad, the world that we live in is not the world that you think it to be. There are vampires and werewolves in the world. The La Push boys are werewolves; actually shapeshifters is a better term for them, and the Cullens as well as Vic and Garrett are vampires. Garrett and Vic drink the blood of humans, but only the dregs of society and the Cullens drink the blood of animals. That's why their eyes are golden." I waited with bated breath to see what Charlie was going to say.
"Bells are you having some sort of breakdown? Vampires and werewolves don't exist."
"No, Dad I'm not having a breakdown, I'm telling the truth. I'll call Jake and Vic to come and prove my point."
He didn't say anything, so I got up and went into the kitchen. I dialed Jake first and after the third ring he picked up,
"Hey, Bells. What's up?""I need you to come here and prove to Charlie that you are a werewolf."
"I didn't know that you were telling him today."
"Yeah, after I talked with the Whitlock's, McCarty's, and Vic and Garrett, they all agreed that it was best to tell him now."
"Ok Bells, I'll be down in five minutes."
I hung up with him and then dialed Vic's cell.
She picked up instantly, "What's wrong?""Nothing, I just need you to come here and prove to Charlie that you are, in fact, a vampire."
"I'll be there in two minutes."
She hung up before I could even reply. I walked into the living room, told Charlie that they would be coming soon and sat back down on the couch. Before the two minutes were up, there was a knock on the door, I got up to answer it and Vic walked in; I wasn't sure how she was going to prove to Charlie that she was a vampire, but it should be interesting.
"Hello, Charlie," Vic greeted him as she walked into the living room.
"Hey, Vickie. Do you know what's wrong with Bells?" he asked with a raised eyebrow.
"Nothing is wrong with her. What she has told you is the truth," she said with a smile.
Charlie shook his head and said, "Prove it."
Vic nodded her head and was out of the house in a flash, after a few minutes she came back with a dead fox. Charlie was shocked when he saw the dead fox but said nothing, just watched to see what she was going to do with it. Keeping her eyes on Charlie, she lowered her head and sunk her teeth into the fox's neck and drank its blood. I knew that she wasn't one for animals, but it wasn't like she could bring in a human and drink from him; Charlie would probably have a heart attack.
Once the fox was drained of its blood, Vic looked up at Charlie; who had paled considerably. Before he could say anything, there was another knock on the door and I knew that it was Jake. I went to answer it and after giving Jake a hug, we walked into the living room. Vic's nose wrinkled but she said nothing.
"Come on Charlie, I'm going to show you something cool," Jake said while clapping Charlie on the shoulder.
"Are... are you going to drink blood from an animal as well?" Charlie asked shakily.
"No, that's a leech's job. I've got something much cooler to show you."
Charlie shakily got up from his chair and followed Jake outside. Vic and I stayed inside, already knowing that Jake was going to turn and that he wouldn't hurt Charlie. After a few minutes, Charlie and Jake came back in; Charlie looking like his was going to puke, and sat down in his chair. I went to get him some cold water and after he drank half of it, he said, "Ok, ok I believe you guys. But why tell me?"
I then told him everything from the first meeting of the Cullens, to the first meeting of Vic and of what Edward was planning on doing. He was pissed beyond belief when he found out that Edward was threatening to kidnap me. Vic told him of our plans and he said that we should call the other nomads because he wanted his baby girl protected. I then told him about Garrett and I and how I wanted to be turned as well so that I could stay with him forever. He didn't like the idea of the pain that I would be going through during the change; which Vic told him about, but he was glad to know that I wasn't going to just disappear on him.
I was glad that Charlie was now taking all of this well; the first shock aside of course. Vic said that she would start tracking the nomads down right away, so that we could get him. I then called Jasper, Peter, Garrett, Em and Rose to come over and they were there in a flash. They told Charlie about their lives as vampires and Jasper promised that once everyone was gathered, he was going to train us all up so that we would be ready for when Edward arrived.
Jake said that we would have to have a talk with the Elders about what was going on as well and tell them about the new vampires that were coming. He said he wasn't sure how they would take having human drinkers in the area but he had a strong feeling that as long as they didn't hunt in Forks or La Push, he thought that they would be able to remain here. I told Jake to set up a meeting with them and all of us would attend. Jake said that he would and then left after saying goodbye and promised that he would call once he knew when they wanted to meet.
Once Jake had left, Charlie asked where everyone was going to stay, and Jasper told him at the Cullen house. We spent the rest of the night answering all of Charlie's questions.
At one point he pulled Garrett to the side wanting to talk to him. They were too far away for me to hear, but I knew that the vamps knew what was going on, "What are they talking about?" I whispered.
"Charlie is just telling Garrett that he wants him to protect you forever. He doesn't mind that you both are mates and that you'll become like him one day. He just wants to know that you'll always be protected," Rose answered me.
"Hope he's not being to hard on him," I replied.
"Nope. Garrett is promising him that you'll always be protected. Even when you're a badass vamp," Em replied, and I just giggled.
I was so glad that Charlie liked Garrett, I knew that me becoming a vampire wouldn't be too hard on Charlie now, knowing that I'd still be around to visit with him; once I was no longer a newborn that is. Soon Jasper, Peter, Em, Rose, Vic and Garrett said that they were leaving so that Charlie and I could get some sleep. I hugged them all and whispered to Garrett that if he wanted, he could come and spend the night with me. He just nodded his head slightly, said goodbye to Charlie and then left.
After I had cleaned up, I said goodnight to Charlie, and went upstairs to get ready for bed. I opened my window before I went into the bathroom and when I came back into my room, Garrett was there waiting for me with his arms wide open. I raced over to the bed and climbed into his hold, snuggling down. This felt much more real than when Edward and I snuggled. I knew that Garrett and I needed to talk about when I was going to be turned but I was too tired to do so, and I fell asleep after placing a kiss on Garrett's lips.
A/n: So what do we all think? I was going to go in a different direction with this chapter but I changed my mind at the last minute, so y'all are lucky lol because I'm sure I would have lots of "Update asafp" from you guys or screaming at me. *waves* until next time.