This is the sequel to Unusual Imprint, which you don't have to read first, but I recommend it. From Arian's point of view:
My eyes opened and fear rushed through me. I was here in the bad room again. I didn't allow myself to cry out like I wanted. I stayed quiet because Leo made me promise. He said that if I cried, Father would hurt me even more. This dark room meant that Father would be running his experiments again. Father told me that Leo and I were created to make vampires stronger and to destroy evil creatures like the wolves.
His experiments hurt a lot, and the room was always a place where I experienced this hurt. I wished I wasn't here. I wished I could be with my brother, Leo, and he would protect me from Father. I also wish I could see the kind lady with long, blonde hair like mine. She would bring food to Leo and me after we got out of the bad room.
Sometimes even the kind lady would hold and sing to me, which would always make me feel better. She would make me feel warm inside. I wanted to go stay with the kind lady and Leo, and there would be no more experiments.
I held my breath as a tall male vampire entered the room. He came up to me, and he placed a large stick into my arm. He pressed down on the end, pushing something into me. It always started like that. Leo said they were injecting something into our bodies to test us and see if it would make us stronger.
The pain spread through my body, and I couldn't think of anything else. My body felt very hot, and soon I'd be hot all over. I was so scared, and big tears rolled down my cheeks. My body began to hurt everywhere. I imagined Leo holding me so I could feel calmer. The burning spread throughout my body causing me to curl up into a ball. I ached so badly that I fell asleep so I didn't have to feel anymore.
When I woke up again, Leo sat beside me on the small cot I had. My body was sore all over, and I knew it would take days for the aches to stop. Leo looked worried. His long blond hair, which resembled Father's and mine, fell forward, hiding his face.
"Leo?" I whispered.
"Are you feeling all right, Arian?"
"I fell asleep again," I told him softly.
I saw his jaw working, and I wasn't sure what he was thinking. He always became quiet after I came out of the room.
"We have to get out of here," he said for the hundredth time.
Leo always said that, but I knew Father wanted us to make the vampires stronger.
"I'll think of a way," he whispered, looking at me, and promising. "I'll find away to save you."
"Hold me, Leo."
His eyes softened. He picked me up in his warm arms, and I laid my head on his chest. My body relaxed a little in his arms. I loved being held by Leo. He made me feel safe, and I knew he would take care of me. His warm body helped my aches feel better, too. I relaxed further as he ran his large hand over my back, and I soon fell asleep.
That night I dreamed of a golden-haired woman who rocked and sang to me. She kissed me on my forehead and told me I was safe. A large man with dark hair entered the room, and I was a little scared of him, but I knew he would keep me safe. Mommy and Daddy. Those words echoed in my mind as the dream ended.
Rosalie's point of view:
Carlisle, Emmett, and I ran through the forest, following the scent of deer. I could smell their blood as we got closer, and the venom pooled in my mouth. Running faster, we came across the herd. I enjoyed hunting since it gave life some variety, and we got to use our rare speed and strength at full force.
We each took down a deer, and we quickly drained their blood. I stood, wiping the blood off my face before my husband or adopted father could see it.
I then smelt something … different from anything else I had smelled before. The scent was similar to Nessie and Leah's children, but it smelled off, like the blood had been diluted by something else. I inhaled deeply, breathing in the scent again as Emmett stood, wiping the blood from his mouth. Carlisle did the same, and his eyes were the caramel color that showed we had just fed. I took another deep breath and the strange smell again hit my nose.
"Do you smell that?" I asked.
"Smell what?" Carlisle replied, and Emmett gave me a strange look.
"Don't you smell it?" I asked. "I can't put my finger on it, but …"
I trailed off as Carlisle and Emmett stared.
"Maybe an animal you haven't come across before?" Emmett suggested.
"I don't think so." I rolled my eyes at him. I knew I wasn't crazy.
"If you say so, babe."
"We should head home," Carlisle said.
I nodded in agreement, although my heart was insisting that I go toward the unusual smell. I felt as if I had to see what was behind the odor. We ran again, and I was surprised that the smell was getting stronger. There was no way they could miss it.
"Please tell me you smell that, too," I said.
Carlisle nodded, his brows furrowing. We slowed to follow the scent instead of taking our usual path home. The smell continued to grow stronger as we ran. Carlisle then stopped abruptly. I gasped as I stepped up next to him.
A two-year-old girl curled up on the ground looked up at us with large blue eyes that were filled with fear. Her hair, skin, and clothes were covered in filth. I could tell she was half vampire, half human from her scent and heartbeat. However, there was a big distinction in her scent. She shivered from the cold weather, snow, and lack of clothing, because she only wore a thin shirt and pants. There were no shoes on her feet, and many small cuts covered them.
Where did she come from?
"Hello," Carlisle said gently, and the girl flinched. "We won't hurt you."
The girl clutched her shirt as she looked at Carlisle. She seemed frightened of him. Her large eyes turned to me, and they were pleading with me. Carlisle took another tentative step toward her. The girl whimpered and seemed to be bracing herself for something. The girl's eyes shot back toward me.
In that moment, my heart broke for her. She was obviously scared, and I wanted to do anything to take that fear away. Where were her parents? Shouldn't they near to protect and care for her? She shouldn't be in the middle of the woods or look as unhealthy and as neglected as she did.
"Rose, maybe you can …" Carlisle said looking over his shoulder at me.
"You want me to …" I asked, not understanding him.
"She seems to be afraid of me. Maybe you can approach her and talk to her."
I nodded, looking back at the girl. I slowly walked toward her; I didn't want any sudden movements to frighten her. She didn't seem to be afraid of me like she was of Carlisle. I knelt down next to her.
"What's your name?" I asked.
"Arian," she whispered.
"I'm Rose," I said, and the little girl nodded. "How did you get here?"
"Leo." She pointed to the forest. "He hurt."
"Leo?" I asked.
"He my brother. He runned us away, but he hurt band and told me find nice people."
"What happened to Leo?" I asked.
"He say he too tired and had to go to sleep for a long time," she said simply.
It dawned on me, Leo must've died. Her innocence made me ache further for her since she obviously didn't realize that he was dead. How did these two end up in the forest alone and hurt? My mind searched for answers, but I couldn't find any possible solutions to how Arian or Leo could've gotten here. It was obvious they came from somewhere nearby, how did we not come across them before?
My focus returned to the little girl and what steps we should take. There would be no way she would go back to where she was before. The wind blew her smell toward us. There was a strong smell of body odor and urine, and my heart ached for the serious neglect she went through.
"Just like the others," I muttered. "Carlisle, do you think she is half, too?"
"I think so," Carlisle said. "How did Leo bring you here, Arian?"
She whimpered as she stared at Carlisle. Why was she so afraid of Carlisle? He had an amazing bedside manner with many of his patients that caused many to trust him easily, which didn't seem to be the case for Arian.
"It's okay, Arian." I said. "He's my father, and he won't hurt you. I won't let him."
Arian relaxed a little but still looked afraid of Carlisle. Emmett, sensing the girl's fear, kept his distance.
"How did you get here?" I asked.
"Leo runs me and him away."
"Away from who?" I asked.
"Father," she whispered. "I shouldn't say-Father said not to. Leo say it okay when I find good person. Father hurt me and Leo for experiment. For vampire stronger."
"Your father did experiments on Leo and you to make vampires stronger?" I asked, trying to make sense of what she was saying, and the little girl nodded.
A growl deep in my chest rumbled. I didn't allow it to be too loud since I didn't want to give Arian a reason to be afraid of me. I heard Emmett and Carlisle growl, too. What father would did this to their child? I felt so angry; I wished Edward was her. He would know what the vampire looked like so we could go after him. I also felt like crying for her. She was such a dear child, and someone had done these experiments for his or her selfish reasons.
I stood slowly and looked at Carlisle and Emmett. Carlisle looked upset while Emmett looked pissed.
"What should we do?" I asked.
"We'll bring her home," Carlisle said. "We'll figure out what to do from there."
"Should we go find the boy?" Emmett said. "He shouldn't be far off."
"We should all head home first," Carlisle said. "We can look for him after we get her cleaned up."
"Should we explain that he is …" I asked.
"Not yet," he said. "It seems that there are going to be a lot of changes for her."
I sighed as I looked back at Arian. She looked so scared and confused. I slowly went and crouched by her again. The smell coming off her almost made me gag.
"Would you like to come and live with me?" I asked.
"You nice?" Arian asked.
"You no let them hurt me?"
"Okay," she said, looking as if she wanted to trust us but at the same time was unsure. "Leo come, too?"
"He will," I said choosing my words carefully, "but he won't wake up."
Tears filled here yes. Instinct took over, and I reached for her. Arian didn't pull away, instead she buried her face in my chest and sobbed. I cradled her close. I felt a stirring in me that I had never felt before. I felt a great amount of affection for her, something that not even my adopted nieces had been able to create.
"Shhh," I said. "It's okay. I'm here."
We started walking slowly. I kissed her on the head even though her hair was filthy. My hand ran up and down her back, and I could feel how thin she was. The crying eventually stopped, and she fell asleep against me.
"What are we going to do?" I asked Carlisle as we approached the house.
"I'll examine her since she's asleep," he said. "I'm sure Edward will be able to sort through her thoughts once she wakes. I think you should bath her and get some food into her when she wakes up. We need to get some weight on her."
We came upon the house and saw Alice standing on the back porch, looking worried.
"You three disappeared. What happened?" Alice asked. She gasped when she saw who was in my arms. "What happened?"
Edward came quickly to the back porch followed closely by Esme. She also gasped when she saw Arian. Carlisle quickly explained as we made our way into the house. I carried Arian up to Carlisle's study and let him look at her. He undressed her revealing many large bruises and cuts on her small body. She was so thin that bones stuck out of her frame. She looked so sick that it made me want to cry and find the people who did this to her.
"It's obvious that she's half vampire and half human," Carlisle said after he cleaned several large cuts and drew some blood. "I think there is something else mixed with her blood, though, but I won't be sure until I do some tests."
"How did this happen to a child?" Esme said. She looked as if she would be sick.
"I don't know," Carlisle said. "Hopefully, Edward can find something when she wakes up."
Edward nodded, looking sick; no doubt he was thinking of Nessie as Bella stood wrapped in his arms.
"We should bathe her," I whispered as I brushed her hair out of the way.
"I'll get some clothes we had for the girls," Alice said, and I nodded.
Esme and I went into the bathroom just as Arian started to move a little. Her eyes slowly opened and took in her surroundings with big eyes. She clutched me as she saw Esme.
"It's okay, Arian," I whispered to the frightened girl. "This is my mother Esme. She won't hurt you."
She again relaxed only a little, but more than she did around Emmett and Carlisle.
"We want to clean you," I said as Esme turned on the water to the bath and tested the temperature.
"It experiment," she stated, her eyes going dull, but I could tell she was scared.
"No," I said. "You will not be experiments on here. No one will hurt you anymore. A bath is how we get clean."
Her large eyes looked as if she wanted to trust me, but she wasn't sure if she wanted to believe all that I said. I hoped Arian would trust and believe me eventually. At that moment, Alice came in, and Arian hid her face in my clothes again.
"Would you want to meet my sister?" I asked. "She has some pretty dresses for you."
"Dresses?" Arian asked.
"It's something that women and girls wear. Esme is wearing one," I said.
"Oh," Arian said, her eyes looked at Esme. "I get dress?"
"Yes," Alice said, stepping forward and holding one up. "A nice, pretty one."
"Okay," Arian whispered into my chest while sneaking peeks.
"Are you ready to get into the water?" I asked.
Arian nodded as I knelt next to the tub and set her in. She looked at me, unsure of what to do. Esme handed me a large cup we used to bath Ness and the twins when they were younger. I filled the cup up and slowly poured it over Arian's body before I moved to her hair. To my surprise, she didn't shriek, cry, or play like most children would. She just sat there listlessly as we cleaned her.
"Do you like your bath?" Esme asked sweetly.
Arian looked at me, and I nodded my head a at her and smiled.
"I like it," she whispered to my shyly to Esme.
"Good," Esme said, smiling at Arian.
"I like warm water," Arian said.
As I washed her, fury flew through me. The bath water quickly became dark. I could feel and see bones sticking out of her. Some of the dirt that was washed off revealed even more bruising. Even light touches of the wash cloth would cause her to wince. After we finished, I dried and put Arian's dress on.
"Would you like something to eat?" Esme asked Arian.
"Food?" Her eyes lit up, showing us how hungry she was.
"Yes," Esme said. "I'll make you sandwich."
"I never has sandwich," Arian said.
We walked into the kitchen where Jasper and Edward were sitting. The moment Arian saw the two men, she put her face into my chest, clung to my shirt, and refused to look away. With the women in the room, Arian seemed to relax. With the men, however, she seemed unable to.
"Shh," I soothed. "They will not hurt you."
"She's afraid of men," Edward said, who sat at the large counter that doubled as a bar area. His jaw clenched as he fell silent for a moment. "She remembers many male vampires hurting her. She was injected with something, and they … they hit her."
I ground my teeth together as I listened to Edward. Closing my eyes, I cuddled with Arian, glad that she was safe now. Opening my eyes, I looked at Arian. She was hiding in my chest again while clutching my shirt tightly.
"Arian," I said gently. "Look at me."
Arian shook her head violently. I put my fingers under her chin and brought her eyes up to mine.
"They are not like the men you met," I told her. "They will not hurt you."
"They different?" she asked.
"Yes," I said softly.
"But you stay?"
I saw her relax, and I looked at Jasper, who I was sure, making her feel more comfortable.
"Where are Carlisle and Emmett?" I asked.
"Trying to find the boy," Edward answered.
I nodded as I sat at the bar stool. Arian rested her cheek against my chest and took peeks at the others around the room. Sometimes she would hide her face when Edward or Jasper would move. Esme quickly put a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in front of us, along with a glass of milk. I lifted the sandwich and tore off a piece. I knew I had to give her small pieces so she wouldn't eat too quickly and choke.
"Do you like your sandwich, sweetie?" Esme asked, and Arian nodded.
After Arian finished her sandwich and drank two glasses of milk, she rested her little head against my chest again while watching the family with big eyes. I wondered what she was thinking. My arms tightened around her when one of the others would scare her with a sudden movement or sound. Jasper slowly moved to sit down next to me. She watched him with wide eyes, and I knew he must have been sending her calming waves.
"Thank you, Jasper," I said.
"You're welcome," he said. "She feels attached to you already, just like Nessie feels for Bella."
I always wanted children, always. I constantly resented the fact that I couldn't. My heart often broke whenever I saw women with their children. I became jealous that their bodies could give them the one thing I wanted most. Things got better when Nessie and the twins came along. I knew it wasn't the same, but I could show my motherly affection toward a child in a roundabout way, as well as have a hand in raising them.
Could Arian be my second chance, though? Could she see me as a mother figure? A part of me hoped, but another part of me felt too scared to allow myself to do so. I didn't think I could face the disappointment if that didn't work out for me. I kissed the little girl's head as these thoughts passed through my mind. Maybe, just maybe, I could hope as she curled into me.