AN: I know that I am two days latter than I planned and their are reasons but I will don't want them to seem as excuses. I'll just say work and life got in the way too much. But since I'm posting this chapter a little late, I thought that I would also post the next chapter up tomorrow.
Hope you all enjoy Elijah's POV, I had fun writing this chapter.
After helping Charlie tear out Bella's stereo from her old rusty truck, I said good bye and climbed into my vehicle and sped away back to my apartment. Inside I sit down and try to remember everything that I have known about Cold Ones. From what Charlie has told me about Bella's ex-boyfriend and his family, I am almost 97% sure that they are Cold Ones, that would explain the bite mark on her right wrist too.
But how is she still human then? When a Cold One bites a human, it instantly releases the venom it holds in its teeth into its prey, rendering the prey immobile from the pain. If the human isn't drained dry then the venom will run unhindered through the body and after three days, a new Cold One is made. But Bella isn't a Cold One, not even slightly. Her body temperature is normal, her skin is soft and pliable, and most importantly, her eyes are still brown and not from contacts.
Did she ever know that they weren't human? Or did she fall to their strong powers of persuasion like all the other humans? Charlie told me that their last name was Cullen. I can't remember ever physically meeting a member of the Cullen Coven but I have heard of some of their members.
Carlisle Cullen, the patriarch of the family and clan leader who likes to play doctor in every town they move too. He was changed before all of them and was the one that changed most of the other coven members, or as he calls them, family members.
There are four males in total but only three females in the coven. Carlisle Cullen and his wife Esme Cullen are basically parents to the other members. Jasper Cullen is probably the most famous of the coven just for his vicious military skills and all the battles he has won. Jasper has a wife who can see the future but I can't remember her name or the other couple's names. The other male, Edward, doesn't have a mate and from what Charlie told me, he is the one that dated Bella for over six months and then broke up with her a few days after her birthday.
The only thing that I can't really explain for sure is the vampire activity last spring that Charlie thinks were wolves. Usually if a coven starts to cause problems in an area, they will either stay and cause more terror or move on. Since there haven't been any more attacks since the spring, I'm guessing they either left or the Cullen's dealt with them. But around that same time, Bella apparently fell down a flight of stairs and through a window, breaking her leg and losing lots of blood.
That sounds too much like a coincidence and I don't believe in coincidences. Since the Cullen's aren't here though, I can't compel the truth from them. I can't ask Bella about it because she doesn't know that I'm a vampire and I hope to keep it that way, that girl has dealt with too much supernatural for her age. Not only has she met and dated a Cold Ones, she is also best friends with a newly transformed shifter from the nearby reservation. I may be new to this town but that doesn't mean that I'm not watching and listening to what goes on.
This little town is almost like Mystic Falls except the supernatural only seems to happen to Bella. I get up from my spot on the couch and head to the window to look out at the town. My apartment is on the third floor of this small building but from here I can see most of the small town. I can see the school, the grocery store, the gas station and even the Swan's house from here. In the apartment below mine a father yells at his teenage son for trying to sneak in past curfew. It would be perfectly normal except the son is clearly drunk and doesn't seem to have a care in the world about what his father feels.
I may have only known Bella and her father for a little more than two months but in that time I have come to care and respect their little family. They may not be well off and may not say much to each other but you can tell that they love each other in the little things. Like Charlie checking Bella's trucks tires each night after she goes to bed and slipping a little extra cash in her wallet when she isn't looking. Or tonight when Charlie put the box of stuff Bella had set out for herself to remember in her truck for her.
Bella will go up and above her responsibilities by making Charlie fancy dinners, or as fancy as they can be in a household kitchen. She doesn't think I've noticed but I can tell when she will deliberately skip the recipes that are more fattening and go for the ones better for a human's health just for Charlie.
That is what a real family should be like, they should love each other unconditionally and be able to trust each other explicitly. I only wish that my family could've been like that, even when I was human, but we never were and never will. I'm sure I'll see my siblings every decade or so but I wouldn't be surprised if that is because one of us has a problem that needs the others to help.
The son in the apartment below storms into a room and slams the door while the father paces angrily for a time before going to his room too. It is very similar to my childhood and how Niklaus and my father would always fight, even over the smallest things. At that point in my life I was the second oldest behind Finn and we had to keep the rest of our siblings safe. When Niklaus and father would start fighting, it was my job to take Rebekah and Henry away from everything while Finn took Kol. I got Rebekah and Henry because they were less volatile and easily reassured while Kol could snap at any time and could start a fight. Finn was more able to handle that as he was the older brother and could easily calm almost any situation down.
I sigh, missing not so much my family but the feeling of protecting each other and having each other's back unconditionally. Not the back stabbing Niklaus has started and I fear will never end.
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