I do not own Twilight or its characters. Stephenie Meyer does.
Calumet Township, Mi, 2018 (Twelve years later)
We were sitting in History class and the teacher was going on about the Declaration of Independence.
"Pssst. Bella…" I ignored him and tried to stay focus.
"Hey….Bella… Psst." He started tapping my shoulder with a folded triangle of paper. Why he didn't just whisper what he wanted or message me on the laptop sitting in front of me was beyond me. He was calling attention to us as heads were turning in our direction.
I turned in my seat. "What Emmett," I hissed as low as I could.
He smiled widely and waved the note again. Don't take a class with Emmett they all warned, but I ignored them. How bad could he be? I snatched the note and faced forward again. The teacher glanced in our direction. When he went back to his lecture Emmett started up again.
"Read it," he hissed. I groaned and decided to placate him or he would probably get worse.
I opened the note and tried not to laugh. Really?
Do you like Edward Masen? Check one:
_Yes, he's my Adonis
_Maybe, depends on how big little Eddie is
_No, he's fucugly
An inquiring mind wants to know
Before I could answer the teacher was beside me and cleared his throat. I glanced up apologetically.
"Miss Cullen, may I see that please. No note passing in my classroom." He said sternly with his hand out.
"Yes, sir," I placed the note in his hand. He unfolded it and looked at it.
"Well, since this note was so important that it had to interrupt my class. I think I should only be allowed to read it out loud." Please, don't. Thankfully I could no longer blush. I was going to kill him when we got home. The both of them.
"Please, do, Teach," Emmett snickered behind me.
"Alright then." I saw a glint of mischievous glint in his golden eyes as he cleared his throat. "Bella, do these pants make my butt look big? Emmett." I burst out with a small giggle as the rest of the class laughed.
"That's not what it said." Emmett's voice raised above the laughter. The teacher turned the note over so Emmett could see it. It was what was written there. I bit my lip from laughing out loud.
"Stand up, Mr. McCarty, and to the front of the class." I heard Emmett push his seat up and grumbled under his breath. "What was that?"
"Nothing, sir." Emmett huffed.
"Please, do a 360° for the class." The teacher directed with a bit of a smirk on his face.
"Are your serious?" Emmett glared at the teacher.
"Either that or detention, young man." He replied coolly.
"Fine." Emmett grumbled as he spun in his circle.
"Class, show of hands, do these pants make his butt look big? Raise them high in the air if you think that they do." I raised my hand high in the air and looked around to see about half the class do the same.
"Thank you. Does that answer your question, Mr. McCarty?"
"Yes, thank you, Mr. Whitlock." Emmett frowned for half a second before another evil grin spread across his face. "Sir, could you answer another question for me?"
"If it pertains to the class." Jasper seemed suspicious.
"Is it true the South lost the war because they just sucked at fighting?" Emmett asked cockily. I gasped lightly before I covered it quickly. I couldn't believe he just did that. I glanced at Jasper and although the fury was in his eyes, he masked it on the rest of his face.
"We haven't gotten to the Civil War yet, but you can help the class out and write a seven thousand word essay on the differences between the North and the South. When you have it completed you can present it to the class." Jasper answered his voice sounded tense. Emmett scowled. "Today, though we are covering the Declaration of Independence. Mr. McCarty, can you tell me who signed it first?"
"George Washington," Emmett looked a bit smug.
"Incorrect. Washington never even signed it. I hope you do better on your paper. Class anyone know the answer." Jasper gazed out at the class.
I raised my hand in air.
"Miss Cullen," Jasper called on me.
"That would be John Hancock." I smiled cheekily at Emmett.
"That is correct. Mr. McCarty, return to your seat." Jasper directed. Emmett scowled and came back to his seat shooting me a glare.
Five minutes later the bell rang and moved quickly out of my seat and into the hall. I could hear Jasper call Emmett to wait a moment. I smirked thinking Jasper was only going to be the start of Emmett's problems. Esme and Carlisle would be less then pleased. Everyone had been so supportive that Jasper wanted to try teaching instead of being the student this time around. Everyone here thought that he was a first year teacher. His sister Rose was still in school and lived with him since their parents died. They even had a small apartment nearby set up as a decoy since they really still lived with us.
I headed to my next class and an arm came around my waist. I glanced up at my husband.
"Stealing my clothes again," he teased slipping his hand into the back pocket of my jeans.
"I have no idea what you're talking about. This shirt belongs to me." I batted my eyelashes at him.
"You never answered that questioned in class." He was looking very smug.
"I did. The answer was John Hancock." I gave him the answer he wasn't looking for. I knew what he really wanted to know.
"I'm talking about the note." Edward gave me a pointed look as we walked around a group of slow moving freshmen.
"I answered that one too. I think Alice should get him some pants that doesn't make his butt look so big." I gave him an innocent smile. Alice and Rose passed by going the other way giggling.
"You know what question I'm talking about." Edward pinched my butt making me squeal slightly. Heads swiveled towards us. Girls looked envious and guys were given Edward some hateful looks too.
"Oh, that question."
"Well?" Edward prompted.
"Hmmm, I'm afraid I don't have an answer on that yet. I suppose I have to get an answer for the maybe, first." I teased him. He frowned slightly as he pulled us to a stop outside of classroom.
"I would've figured last night would've given you that answer." He said heatedly. The intensity of his glare almost affected my resolve.
"I'm afraid it was too dark to notice," I shrugged lying through me teeth.
"Do I need to drag you into a supply closet and show you, baby?" Edward's eyes bore into mine.
"Perhaps later. I have a test this period." I kissed his cheek and took a step back. "See you at lunch." I slipped into my classroom.
I waited until he started to head to his class before I lowered my shield and gave him a small replay of last night. In his surprise, he stopped short and the person behind him ran into him.
I giggled and headed to my seat.
It was the last class of the day and I was sitting in Biology class with Edward next to me. We waited as the teacher prepared a video for class. When he finally got it started, Edward let out a low groan.
"What's wrong," I whispered.
"You think after all this time they would find a new movie on mitosis." Edward groaned.
"Really, I don't remember seeing this before," I shrugged. Edward gave me an incredulous look.
"Dr. Banner played this in class," he looked slightly amused.
"Really? I don't remember it." I bit my lip and looked closer at the film. It didn't look familiar at all.
I felt Edward snake one foot around my chair leg and drag my chair closer to him.
"I suppose you were distracted. If I recall, you sat with your arms crossed and looked like you were trying to become a statue." He leaned down and whispered into my ear, his breath tickled slightly. I glanced up at him, his eyes were hooded as he smiled crookedly. I recalled the class lightly.
"If I recall, I wasn't the only one distracted." I smirked back. Edward chuckled and ran his nose along my cheek. I glanced at the teacher who must have seen the video one to many times himself. He was snoozing at his desk. Most the class appeared half asleep or playing on their computers silently.
"True, I was distracted. I didn't realize it then but our bond was trying to tie us together. All I wanted to do was to reach out and touch you."
"You felt it too then," I whispered. "I thought if I moved slightly that I would end up jumping you in class."
Edward let out a laugh that sent may dazed heads up and looking around for the source. They looked confused at what they had missed. Edward waited until they were all busy again before speaking.
"Like how you jumped into my lap the morning you woke up to find me in your room." He smirked mischievously. I glanced away and I felt Edward's fingers cup my chin and turned my face to look at him again. He lightly brushed my cheeks with his finger tips.
"If we were back then you'd be bright red right now," his voice was full of amusement, but his eyes had a bit of longing.
"Do you miss me being human?" my voice was almost too soft for him to hear. He paused frowning slightly and kissed my lips chastely.
"I fell in love with you when you were still human. There are things I will always hold in fond memory and miss. Like your blush and your heartbeat. But you're still my Bella. Each day I think I couldn't possibly love you more, but I find that is untrue. Although there are things that I miss, there are things that I can't say I'm not pleased about. I have enjoyed many hunting trips and other explorations with you." His gaze held mine.
"I enjoy those explorations too. In fact the sooner school is over the sooner I can answer Emmett's note." I teased. Edward's eyes darkened as he pulled me closer and we pretended to watch the end of the movie.
We raced home after school. As soon as I stepped out of the car Edward threw me over his shoulder.
"It's later," his eyes were dark and filled with anticipation.
We were half way up the stairs when Alice called out. "Wait," she called from the living room looking worried.
"What," Edward hissed in irritation stopping on the stairs. He placed me on my feet so I could see what was going on. The others drifted into the room.
"I don't know, we all disappear tomorrow," she exchanged a look with Edward.
I frowned. The only time we have disappeared before were when the wolves were involved.
"Has anyone noticed anything out of the ordinary?" Carlisle asked. We all shook our heads.
"Bella, answer that, it's Charlie," Alice gave me a blank look. My cell immediately started to ring.
"Hello," I answered.
"Isabella Marie, where are you?" his voice sounded strained.
"In Brazil. I told you Carlisle opened a clinic here and Edward was helping out." I gave my automatic answer for the story we had for Charlie and Renée.
"Are you telling me the truth?" he sounded skeptical. I furrowed my brow and glanced at Edward who seemed also perplexed.
"Why would I lie," I responded hiding the nervousness out of my voice.
"I don't know. Apparently a lot has been kept hidden from me. Like the fact my step-son can changed into a huge wolf." My body froze except for my eyes. I glanced around at the others who had different expressions of concern, curiosity and irritation. What did Seth do?
"You're telling me Seth can turn into a wolf?" I scoffed like it was a joke.
"He isn't the only one either. At least half a dozen of them can. Happened when this girl showed up. She reminded me of one the cousins of the Cullens, but she wasn't at the wedding. Tall pale blonde with golden eyes looks like she needs to eat a few meals. She came yelling about them killing some guy named Laurent.
"Irina," Edward muttered like a curse.
"Dad, this sounds like some weird dream. What did you eat before going to bed last night?"
"Oh, I'm not dreaming anything. I was very much awake. I want some answers. I will fly to you if I have to." I opened up mouth to try to talk him out of it when Carlisle came up to me and held out his hand for the phone. I wordlessly held out the phone to him.
"Charlie, it's Carlisle. You're welcome to visit us. We are in Calumet, Michigan." Carlisle invited him warmly.
"Why the lie," Charlie sounded aggravated. I felt Edward's arm snake around my waist when I bit my lip. I leaned into him.
"I will explain when you get here. It's not a conversation to be had by phone." Carlisle insisted.
"I'm going on the first available flight." Charlie grumbled.
"Very well. We will see you soon." Carlisle agreed before hanging up.
"What are we going to tell him," I asked worriedly as I took my phone back. We couldn't tell him the truth.
"As much as we need to, without telling him everything. My hope is that he won't press too much if he believes that not knowing would protect you." Carlisle reasoned.
"But what about the Volturi?" I glanced at Edward, then at Carlisle again.
"The Volturi knows there is always speculation about vampires and myths relating to them. As long as they don't feel our secret is being jeopardized they will leave him alone." Edward promised me. He glanced at Alice.
"I still can't see how it will go?" she frowned looking frustrated.
"Perhaps Seth is joining Charlie on the trip," Esme suggested.
"That would make sense." Jasper agreed.
"Seth is cool. Maybe he will want to play fetch." Emmett snickered. Rose reached up and smacked him.
"I don't think so, young man. You're grounded for that stunt you pulled today in Jasper's class." Esme scolded him. Emmett grumbled and pointed at me.
"It was her fault." He pouted.
"Was not. I didn't do anything." I glared back at him.
"You changed the note to make me look bad." He insisted pleading his case.
"That wasn't her. That was Alice. She gave me that note before school." Jasper spoke up.
"Jasper is already punishing me by writing a paper," Emmett whined.
"That was him as your teacher. If you're going to act like a kid then I'm going to act like your parent. When we are done here I want you to dust and vacuum both guest rooms as well as change the sheets. That is to start. I will find you more to do later." Esme smiled at him, but was speaking in a no nonsense voice.
"You can also apologize to your brother and sister." Esme ordered.
"Sorry," he looked thoroughly put out. He went on to do his duties.
It was mid-afternoon the next day when Charlie pulled up with Seth and Sue. I was excited to see him. We video chatted and talked all the time, but this was the first time face to face. We used school as an excuse to stay away, then traveling abroad and finally Edward assisting Carlisle with his traveling free clinic. As much as I hated it, I had the 'N1H1 flu' during his wedding to Sue.
We waited in the living room as Carlisle went for the door. Edward grabbed my hand to keep me from fidgeting. We decided to forgo the make-up and contacts and hoped he wouldn't ask too many questions.
The group entered the room before Carlisle. Sue looked a bit nervous but was mostly calm. Seth looked completely apologetic; muttering he was sorry, but it was either phase or Irina was going to kill them. I knew Charlie was going to retire from the force soon. He looked healthy though, so I'm sure Sue was feeding him well.
"Dad," I stood up to greet him. He eyed me skeptically as I came forward to hug him. His scent only tickled my throat slightly. I was lucky that I had a strong enough control that I have never slipped. Seth's odor seemed to help too. I now knew what the Cullens always complained about.
"Bells," he answered back suspiciously. "You have changed a great deal." His eyes slightly narrowed as he studied me carefully.
"New diet," I shrugged innocently. Emmett snorted with laughter across the room.
"What kind of diet is that?" Charlie asked suspiciously.
"Vegetarian," I answered. Charlie didn't looked convinced. He crossed his arms across his chest.
"Well, you're paler than you used to be. Perhaps you need to add some meat back into your diet." I nodded though I inwardly cringed at the thought.
"Charlie, good to see you again." Edward spoke up as he came up beside me. Charlie's eyes left me and settled on him.
"Edward," Charlie's voice was terser as he glared at Edward accusingly. Edward sighed and placed an arm around my waist.
"We can answer most of your questions, Charlie." Edward spoke after a moment of uncomfortable silence.
"Most. I think I deserve complete honesty." Charlie replied sharply.
"Charlie, we will do our best to answer your questions. Please have a seat first." Carlisle spoke up. Charlie glanced around the room at the rest of the family. He nodded and took a seat on the couch next to Seth who was already sitting there. Sue sat next to him.
"May I get anyone anything?" Esme offered. "Something to eat or drink?" Charlie and Sue refused, but Seth perked up.
"I could eat, I'm hungry." Seth answered.
"You just ate on the plane then had me stop at McDonalds not twenty minutes ago." Charlie exclaimed incredulously.
"I'm a growing boy." Seth shrugged sheepishly. He was now about six foot four and didn't look like that young boy he once was.
"Well, how about a sandwich?' Esme offered. Seth nodded and Esme disappeared. Edward told her softly under his breath to make it two.
"Let's cut to the chase, what is going on around here? The boy can change into wolf, and I know somehow the strange women that showed up at the Reservation reminds me of this family. I doubt it has to due with being a vegetarian." Charlie sounded exasperated. I noticed how much older he looked.
"Charlie, there are things in this world that are hard to explain. Like Seth being a shapeshifter." Carlisle started.
"You're telling me that all of you change into animals too?" Charlie's eyebrows rose up.
"No, we can not change forms but we are unique in our own ways." Carlisle answered vaguely. Esme returned with Seth's food and handed it to him. He immediately started to eat the first sandwich, finishing it in three large bites.
"I want honesty. I wanted to know what my daughter has gotten involved with." Charlie was starting to turn red as his patience was wearing thin.
"I wish we could tell you everything, but we can't. Not only for your own safety but Bella's as well. There are some of our kind that are very protective of our secret and will destroy those that may be threats." Carlisle explained.
"You put my daughter in danger," Charlie accused Edward.
"He didn't. I know what was going on before I got involved with Edward. We aren't in any danger." I argued. Well, we weren't currently and I saw no need to tell Charlie what happened in the past. Charlie's expression told me that he didn't quite believe me.
"Charlie, you know that I love your daughter. I would never intentionally put her in danger. I tried to protect her from our world but I ended up hurting the both of us doing that. The fates had decided that we belong together and fighting it caused more harm than helped." Edward explained.
"When you left that time, you did that to protect her." Charlie muttered recollecting.
"Yes. Charlie, we didn't leave you in the dark to hurt you either." Edward insisted, he gave my hand a small squeeze.
"So I'm not really going to get answers am I?" Charlie sighed.
"I'm sorry, Charlie, but it's what is safest." Carlisle nodded.
"You're safe though. Is this why I haven't seen you in person in a few years? You don't look as if you aged a day." Charlie leaned back in the couch looking more relaxed.
"Yes, Charlie, we are all safe. We haven't visited because we didn't want to raise any suspicion. However, you may continue to visit us if you would like as long as you don't ask questions about us." Carlisle offered.
"I would like that." Charlie nodded. He looked over at me. "Does your mother know any of this?"
"No, and we still don't plan on telling her anything. She seems happy right now with the phone calls and the video chats." I explained. Renée, although disappointed that I haven't visited, seemed thrilled that I was off exploring the world and sharing my adventures with her.
"That is probably a wise thing to do." Charlie nodded. It was followed by an awkward moment.
"Seahawks are playing aren't they? Anyone want to watch?" Emmett broke the silence with a good suggestion.
"Yes, they are playing the Colts, should be a good game." Charlie looked interested as Emmett quickly found the game on our widescreen.
Later that night Seth approached me before heading off to bed.
"Hey, Bella, can I talk to you for a minute?" he asked shyly.
"Sure, Seth, what is it?" I paused on the porch of the house.
"I found this when I was clearing out Jacob's room when Rachael returned." He held out a small leather pouch to me. "Billy said that Jacob had made it for your graduation."
I took it carefully and opened the pouch and turned it upside-down. Out slid a small carved wolf on a chain. I stared at a moment not sure what to think.
"I'm not sure if you really want that, but it was yours so I figured it should be your decision to keep it or not."
"How is Billy," I asked.
"He's doing well. With some grant he received several years back, he was able to make some improvements and add an addition to his house. Of course he had free wolf labor to do the grunt work. Paul and Rachel live with him. They have four boys and a girl now. He spends some of coldest months visiting Rebecca in Hawaii. She has two little ones." Seth told me.
"That's good to hear." I smiled that Billy must have accept our gift. "How many wolves are left?" I was curious. I thought since we left that there was no need for them to keep changing.
"There is myself, Quil, Embry and Colin. I'm actually Alpha," Seth blushed slightly. "Sam stopped changing a few months after you guys left. Paul, Jared and Leah about a year after you left. Then lastly Brady about five years back." Seth continued.
"Oh, yeah, I think you know the guy Leah imprinted on. Michael Newton. Wasn't he in your class in Forks?"
"Um, yeah, Mike was in my class." I wonder how that happened. It seemed like an odd pair.
"Yup, they have two daughters, so I guess in a way that makes you an Aunt." Seth smiled. "They were the receivers of the grant, last year. Funny how that happened after Newtons was struck by lightening and needed a bunch of repairs to the store."
"The grant gave out more money?" I asked in surprise. As far as I knew I gave that one donation.
"Yup, the Pacific Northwest Trust gave Billy like… I want to say it was forty thousand the first year. Each year after that a family seems to get about a ten thousand grant. Whoever runs the trust seems to know which family is the most in need too."
"That sounds great." I nodded. Seth let a big yawn.
"Sorry, I need to crash. Oh, apologize to the others. I'm not sure if the blonde vampire was a friend or not, but she took Claire hostage and we had no choice."
"I'm sure they will understand. I'm sorry about Claire. I hope she's alright." I apologized.
"She will be fine. I'm going to go catch some Zs." Seth disappeared into the house.
The moment he was gone Edward appeared by my side.
I glanced up at him and he grinned guiltily.
"Why didn't you tell me that you continued to send money to the Quileutes?" I wasn't upset with him, just curious.
"I wasn't sure how it would go over. I didn't want to bring up bad memories." Edward answered. I had married a truly amazing man.
He reached out a finger and brushed the wolf that still laid in my open palm.
"That is a nice carving," Edward murmured looked at me to gauge my expression.
"He must have worked hard on it." I agreed. The carving was very intricate and small.
"What are you going to do with it?" Edward asked. He didn't seem upset or jealous.
"I don't know," I wouldn't wear it. I only wore the necklace Edward gave me around my neck besides my rings. "I think I would like to put it in the box with my other human memories."
"I think that sounds like a good idea."
I went to our room to my window seat. I lifted the seat that acted like a lid and reached inside the hidden box. I pulled out a small cedar chest. I closed the lid and sat on it.
Edward brought me my key and I opened the small chest.
Inside were memories from Forks; A dried corsage from the Prom Edward tricked me into going to. A small business card from Bella Italia. A lid from a lemonade bottle that Edward had kept from our first lunch together. A copy of our year book. I dropped the wolf inside. Then I pulled out a scrap book that I had started on my eighteenth birthday.
Inside were pictures of the kids I remembered. Details were fairly blurry, but some faces I doubt I would ever forget. Like Angela, Ben, Jessica and Mike.
I flipped through the pages and paused on one. It was taken inside the Black's garage. Either Quil or Embry must have taken the picture. Jacob was kneeling beside the bike with a wrench in his hands. It was before he was a wolf since his hair was long and in a ponytail. I was sitting beside him on a crate with a few other tools in my hand. I was pale and you could see bags under my eyes. However, we were laughing at something.
I glanced up at Edward who had a small frown on his face. I sighed knowing that it was obvious that I missed him that was bothering him. I knew he was okay with Jacob when he was a friend still. Edward caught my eye and smiled slightly.
"I do have to wonder what it must have been like for him to phase for the first time with that much hair." Edward finally spoke. I grinned and giggled at the mental picture.
"It must have been quite the sight." I smirked. I closed the book and placed it back in the chest.
It no longer hurt to remember Jacob. I chose to remember the happier moments that we had. But I lived in the current time and for the future.
I was happier now than I have ever been. I was with Edward and we weren't in any danger.
After all that we went through I had my happily ever after.
A/N: That is the end. Yes, Charlie knows something is up but no more or less than he did in the original series. Only Seth didn't change on purpose in front of him.
Thank you for all for reading story and Thank you for those of you that took the time to review as well.
I do have a few other ideas floating in my head and trying to work out one currently. So another story from me will show up in the near future.