The Twilight Saga

Bella’s happily ever after lasted two days. This is Bella’s own account of what happened after Breaking Dawn, her growing understanding of her powers, her battle to remain with the man she loves, finding her place in her new family, and the ever-present threat of the Volturi.

New posting Chapter 55 - Postscript

 

Cold Gray Light

by Chris

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Contents

Chapter 1 - Intuition

Chapter 2 - Warning 

Chapter 3 - Hope

Chapter 4 - Plan

Chapter 5 - Escape

Chapter 6 - Journey

Chapter 7 - Motherhood

Chapter 8 - Dreams

Chapter 9 - Calls

Chapter 10 - Danger

Chapter 11 - Fight

Chapter 12 - Inquisition

Chapter 13 - Peace

Chapter 14 - Talents

Chapter 15 - Return

Chapter 16 - Talk

Chapter 17 - Training

Chapter 18 - Together

Chapter 19 - Moods

Chapter 20 - Untruths

Chapter 21 - Departure

Chapter 22 - Unwelcome

Chapter 23 - Drill

Chapter 24 - Arrival

Chapter 25 - Discovered

Chapter 26 - Words

Chapter 27 - Manipulation

Chapter 28 - Consultation

Chapter 29 - Awakening

Chapter 30 - Impass

Chapter 31 - Tale

Chapter 32 - Ancestors

Chapter 33 - Shadows

Chapter 34 - Voice

Chapter 35 - Messages

Chapter 36 - stand-off

Chapter 37 - Patrol

Chapter 38 - Diplomacy

Chapter 39 - Rules 

Chapter 40 - Eyes

Chapter 41 - Disclosure

Chapter 42 - Why

Chapter 43 - Reconciliation

Chapter 44 - Confession

Chapter 45 - Spirit

Chapter 46 - Disbelief

Chapter 47 - Teams

Chapter 48 - Practice

Chapter 49 - Match

Chapter 50 - Betrayal

Chapter 51 - Realization

Chapter 52 - Confrontation

Chapter 53 - Untangling

Chapter 54 - Revelation

Chapter 55 - Postscript

Chapter 1 - Intuition

 

From the moment I walked through the door I could feel his eyes on me. Boring into me, owning me, watching even the minutest move I made.

I thought that I’d lose this intuition when I became a vampire. But in reality it had just got stronger along with everything else.

I thought for a moment about the one big change that my transformation had made, my thirst. Although I was still young, and the thirst for blood should be overwhelming, I had been able to handle it from the first moment I awoke in my new life.  No one knew why that was. I could cope with human scents even up close, when I should have wanted to drink them dry. The scent caused me physical pain, an intense burning from my nostrils all down my throat, and feeling my throat squeezing tight with the dryness. But it was bearable. This was unusual for a new born. My kind usual manage this much control after a few years. But even with my self control the thirst was still there, the longing for something to put out the dryness.

My mind churned again. My mind could think of so many things at once. The dryness was always one of my thoughts, sometimes near the surface, then moving back into the background.  I could keep all the thoughts in my mind -- juggling two, five, ten thoughts in parallel -- but never mixing them. Like watching ten TV channels at once. Another vampire trait.

Maybe I was just being paranoid. Maybe there was no one looking at me. I still hated attention just as I’d done as a human, I still shied away from it. I was just letting my imagination run away with me again. No one was looking at me. But I could hear his heartbeat six feet to my left, slightly behind where I was standing. He was sitting on a chair next to the loveseat. He was close enough to feel the warmth of his skin in the cool of the morning air. I could smell the strong scent of the skin pouch he wore round his neck. A smell that forced out every lesser smell from that part of the room, like a car headlamp blinding out a flashlight. It was not just the animal fur with its heavy notes that I could smell, but what was inside it. The herbs and berries that it contained, each type giving a new harmony to the smell. Some sharp, some sweet. Some I knew -- citrus, juniper, cinnamon -- some I had no words for.

Maybe he was just looking at Nessie like everyone else in the room. My four month old daughter was reciting a poem for her audience in her beautiful childish voice, complete with dramatic pauses and carefully characterized accents for the speeches. She was a very advanced four month old. She looked more like a small four year old, but she would have been counted as a genius in any preschool. This was because she was half vampire and half human, and of course could never be allowed in preschool. Her brown hair, with a tinge of bronze that came from Edward, fell down her back in beautiful curls. Her eyes were a warm milk chocolate color that had been mine when I was human, and were now excited by the attention she was receiving. Her complexion was pale with a healthy pink glow of excitement.  We knew now that her rate of growth and progress would slow and she would be fully mature in another 6 and half years, and then live forever.  We’d learned this from Nahuel only two days before. My dark worries of losing Nessie had vanished.  We’d thought we would have to watch our daughter grow old and die in fifteen short years, and we would mourn her for ever.

I didn’t look to check if I was right about Nahuel and his staring. I had caught his eye only once that morning, when we came in and gave the usual greeting to our family and their two remaining guests.

I still didn’t understand why these guest were still here. Yes, I was grateful to them, especially him. So grateful it hurt. He had saved us all: my daughter, my husband, my vampire family, my wolf friends, and me. And he put himself and his father and his sisters in danger. How could I not be grateful to him. We all were.

I’d asked Edward twice why they had not left with the other guests after the standoff with the Volturi. The first time was after the celebrations when all the other guests had left and we had taken Nessie back to our cottage to sleep in her own bed. This was the first day that we’d met them, the first day of the stares. Edward had given his answer, saying Nahuel was so glad to know that a family like ours could exist. A family with a half vampire child, the only one Nahuel knew of that was not related to him, and a surviving mother. Nahuel’s mother died in child birth and so did the mothers of his half sisters.

It is rare to find a vampire who would want a physical relationship with a human woman, even rarer to find a women who survived such an encounter. Her life could end at any moment if he did not concentrate fully on keeping her alive. And what about the outcome of such an encounter? Mortals are not compatible with half vampire babies, the babies are so much stronger than the women.  I had only survived thanks to the care given to me by my vampire family and because Edward changed me into a vampire as soon as the baby was out. The memories of this violent birth were now dimming for me. The vampire venom had mended the terrible damage and left me whole, strong, and beautiful.

According to Edward, Nahuel had spent his long life, over 150 years, thinking he must be evil to the core to have killed his mother. But seeing me set him free from his guilt. He now blamed his father for not caring for his mother as Edward had for me, and for not changing her when Nahuel ripped his way out of her.

The second time I’d asked Edward why Nahuel and his aunt (a full vampire) were still with us, Edward said that they wanted to learn more about our vegetarian lifestyle. This was how we liked to describe our abnormal hunting habits in the Cullen family. Unlike other vampires we only hunted animals, not humans. This gave us distinctive golden eyes which intrigued the normal red-eyed vampires.  When I asked this second time, it was not what Edward had said that set me thinking but the way he said it. If I wasn’t his wife and didn’t know him so well I would not have noticed the slight tightening of his straight shoulders under his tan colored jumper, and that he was holding his perfect jaw a eighth of an inch higher than normal. He was lying to me.

Edward lied a lot. He had to. When you can read the minds of everyone in a mile radius then you have to lie to appear normal. You have to learn to ignore the thoughts most of the time.  You have to answer only the questions people say out loud and not all the far-reaching ones they think in their heads but don’t dare ask. Edward also felt he must not betray confidences of those around him. It was not as though he could stop hearing thoughts if he wanted to, and not as if people could stop thinking when he was around, so he just didn’t pass these thoughts on. I was a shield which meant that he could not read my mind, not even when I was only human.  Now that I was a vampire I had learned to remove my shield if I wanted, but I could only do so for a few moments at a time and even then it was exhausting work.

But why would he lie to me about why Nahuel and Huilen were still here? We had just made it through the worst danger imaginable: the whole of the Volturi forces lined up against us, the judges, jury and executioners of the vampire world. We had survived that, so what now? What was he covering up? Surely we had to have a break from peril sometime.

Maybe bad luck was something that I’d brought with me into this life. Since I met Edward as a human I had always had bad luck. My life before Edward, before my return to Forks to live with my Dad, Charlie, was a quiet life in the big city of Phoenix with my Mom, Renée.  The memory of this former life was becoming hazy, almost a pre life to my human life, as if I was now in my third life, not my second. I’d had too much on my mind to sit down and think about it, though that was the only way my family said that I would remember it for the future.   As I remembered it now, it was a happy but lonely time of looking after my hair-brained mother and being the adult in the relationship even though I was the child. She didn’t need to be looked after in a physical way but in an emotional one, helping her to organize and control her life.  I was the one who made sure we went to the store when we needed groceries and that we went to the bank when the bills needed to be paid.  In many ways you could say I was her keeper rather than her daughter. This role was taken by Phil, her husband of nearly three years.

I argued with myself that I had already brought my shield through to my vampire life along with my strange ability for self control.  I was sure that I could not have brought anything else. I had left my clumsiness behind, which was a truly good thing.  I now moved so fast and was so strong that if I was clumsy lots of things would get broken.  Not just inanimate objects, but living things.  Even people.

I looked over at Edward, to keep my eye from straying to Nahuel. His beauty never failed to amaze me. He was stunning. His eyes were a warm amber color. But this morning more like stone than liquid. Something was bugging him. No doubt he was hearing things he didn’t like. His face muscles twitched slightly and his teeth locked together noiselessly. His smile remained, a facade to keep the others away from his upset within. I had no idea what he had heard or who it was that was having these thoughts, but my mind turned to Nahuel again, though I didn’t let my eyes follow. Edward would tell me when it was right and certainly not in the middle of this gathering.

Edward applauded when Nessie came to the end of her poem, pride now on his face. I felt a jolt of joy at his pride. I was proud of her, naturally, and applauded loudly too. But to have him so in awe of her gave me such a feeling of belonging. I had, in the end, been able to give him something so worthwhile. A daughter, our miracle. It made up for the lack of balance in our relationship. He had given me everything: his love, his life, my new life, money, possessions, a home, a car, a family. But the one thing that that he had never imagined, that none of our vampire family had thought possible, came from me. She was a delight to them all, and especially Edward.

It was only as I turned away from Nessie’s performance that I noticed Alice was staring into thin air, her eyes out of focus, completely still. I knew she was seeing something. My sister’s ability to see into the future was enviable. It had made her top of the Volturi’s list for acquisitions.  It was this ability that had saved the family and herself many times over. The future she saw was only one of the possible outcomes. If decisions that had been made were changed then what she saw would change.

“Demetri is coming,” she said simply in a clear chiming voice, not altering her stance at all. “Aro has decided. He will follow Carlisle to us.”

Carlisle was at her side in an instant. “But why?” he whispered. “Why now?”.

The image of the the Volturi tracker was instantly in my mind. It was not possible for anyone normal to run from Demetri. He had a gift for finding them. But this gift needed access to someone’s mind, and it was something I could block with my shield. As well as being a tracker, Demetri was a warrior, with centuries of experience working with the Volturi.

“But why, Alice?” he asked again.

Alice had gone back into her trance. This time it took her over a minute to come round. “He comes only to observe,” she said with a little relief in her voice. “Aro will order him to stay with us and just observe. He is to watch Nessie grow for Aro and to find out more about the wolves for Caius. He is to cause us no trouble. He will be ordered to hunt like us. Aro wants to see how this will change his character. He is report back regularly by letter. This order will be made at full council the day after tomorrow. He will arrive three days after that.”

She looked around the stunned room.

“Please look for more,” Carlisle urged her.

“Demetri will bring a note with him from Aro but they know that I can see what it says so you will be forewarned. Aro is staring at it so that I can read it...

My Dearest Friend Carlisle,

I am sending my dear one Demetri to visit you as an emissary. I feel that our last meeting left a rift between us which I want to close. I have asked Demetri to learn about your life style and your beloved granddaughter so that we may better understand each other in future.

I ask you to take Demetri into your hearts and your home, and to this end I will ask him to make himself useful to you and cause you no trouble. Please use him as a son.

Yours in friendship,

Aro”

Carlisle looked aghast. “Is there more?” he said, shaking his head.

Her face returned to the distant mask, but seconds later disgust was clear on it.  She came back to the present again shaking her head. “Uh, that is so gross”.

“I saw part of the inner council meeting that was only the family, no guard. It is so gross.” she said, hardly able to speak for revulsion. “Aro says he wishes to watch a half vampire child develop first hand. He says that he will order Demetri to try to father a child when he has returned from his visit. He laughs and says that he may have learned some restraint from us. The mother is to be the only human they trust, their administrator Gina. They will promise her immortality if she successfully gives birth, but she has no choice. If she says no, she’s lunch. He says it will be a great honor for Demetri to father a child to be brought up and studied in Volterra. Caius is against the idea, the decision will be put off until a later date... I can’t see further than that, I’m not attuned to them, I can’t see so far ahead into their futures, I can’t see if she will become pregnant or if they will kill her, it is many months away, it may change.”

There was stunned silence.

All the joy after the last successful encounter with the Volturi was gone.

Then the speculation started. Alice could see the event but not the motivation behind it. It boiled down to three simple questions: why this? why now? and why Demetri? A dozen answers to each question came from the gathered family.  The most likely answer was that they wanted to catch us doing something against the rules as soon as possible, and Demetri can stand up for himself.

The others gave little thought to the planned baby. It was beyond the immediate worry and didn’t affect us personally. But my mind was on Gina and how I could help her.  I had only just survived my own pregnancy and I had had good medical care and love from all my family. I felt cold, cold to the heart.

Had I started some new vampire fashion? Would lots of vampire males want to father children? And what of the vampire females, would they want to become stepmothers? I thought of the loss of human life. I thought of Gina.

I found myself a spot on the floor and sat there still, shocked, horrified.

The discussion went on for nearly an hour, until Carlisle looked at the clock and said that he had to go for his shift at the hospital.

He turned to our guests, “Nahuel, Huilen. It may be best if you were not here when Demetri comes to call. I do not wish to ask you to leave but for your own safety I must ask you to think about what you want to do.  You know you have our thanks for what you have done for us, and I owe you for the safety of all my family. You are welcome here at any normal time.”

It was Huilen who spoke this time. She spoke simply in her heavy accent. “We will leave before he arrives.”

Carlisle smiled warmly at her. “That is for the best. We can visit you before long, and maybe meet Nahuel’s sisters if that is possible.”

The others continued to speculate after Carlisle had gone, Emmett debating with Jasper the possibility of beating Demetri in a fight. Jasper thought that if there were several of us it may be possible, but it would only bring the rest of the guard down on us, a battle which we would not win this time.

Alice touched me lightly on the arm, tutting at my pants and jumper combination. My favorite sister was never happy with my lack of fashion sense. But she could see the future, and would have known the day before about this particular lapse of mine. I thought to myself that I would suggest to her that she warns me in advance next time, so that I don’t disappoint her again.

“You know, I thought you would have learned a little by now Bella,” she chided quietly. “I will just have to take you back to your cottage and show you how to match up those pants myself. I didn’t spend weeks putting together your wardrobe for you to use it like this.”

 

That morning I must have really gotten under her skin. How could she care so much about fashion when she’d just given us the news about Demetri? Really. It made no sense.

I looked down at my outfit. It didn’t look that bad to me. I’d made sure that some of the threads in the jumper were exactly the same tone as the pants, but if it made her happy we could be home and back in a very short time. A few minutes out of the house would do me some good.

“Edward,” she chimed. “I’m taking Bella back to your cottage, can you look after Nessie by yourself?” The look on her face one of great effort.

He smiled warmly at her. “By myself? I don’t think that I will ever be allowed to look after Nessie by myself. She has too many fans for that.” He looked quizzically at her while he made his answer, as if they were having another inaudible conversation but failing to understand each other.

It was true. Most of the room were watching Nessie again, just waiting to see what she would do next, fascinated by her. Her Aunt Rose and Grandma Esme sat on the floor with her.

“We’ll see you soon,” Alice chimed again, wincing with effort, like a small child trying to remember a really difficult times table sum.

As soon as she said this I looked around the gathering to smile a normal goodbye. Then I saw him, Nahuel. He was staring at me. Staring at me with total adoration in his eyes as if I were the only thing he could see in the world.  The only thing he had ever seen. Like a blind man seeing the sun for the first time.

Oh no... no please no, I screamed inside my head. My face turned from a smile to sheer dread, his calm face turning from adoration to puzzlement at my expression.

Edward stiffened beside me, but said nothing.

Alice tugged my sleeve and we were off through the patio doors at the rear of the house,  running back to my cottage hand in hand. I was only too glad to go, and Alice's excuse was perfect.

As soon as we were over the river she said in a very hushed voice, “Shield me, stop him reading my mind.”

 

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Rachel,

Thanks for the comment.

She does need to get her head around this so much before she causes too many other problems.

Best wishes

Chris

Hi Chris,

 

I really liked this chapter between the two girls. It was really needed after all the stuff at the Denali's. Hopefully Bella can learn how to control what is happening. Until next time...

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Hi Delilah,

Thanks for you comment,

Bella is under sooooo much stress poor girl and is diving into one of her guilt spirals. Alice is about the only person she can talk to and trust. But as we know Alice relies on her vison so much sometimes she doesn't feel all that is going on here and now around her. I can't tell you more - just what this space.

 

Best wishes

Chris

 

AWSOME-TASTIC FABALOUSITY

Ashley,

Thank you for your comment, I'm glad you enjoyed it. - It was a very jolly comment!

Best wishes

Chris

I just read all 16 chapters and I frickin' love this story! I love where it's going! Bella needs to get her head together, I think she might lose it lol

Hi Warriors,

All 16 chapters at once! Now that is dedication I'm impressed and very glad you enjoyed it.

I always think its a real honour that someone I've never met and probably lives on the other side of the world spends some of their free time reading my story. Thank you!

Please could I ask you why you chose mine to read - there are so many on the site, I'm trying to work out what attacks people to a story so I can do a better job.

 

Poor Bella, she has such a difficult life, just when she thought it was going to be OK after the Volturi standoff all this kicks off. She is in the middle of something that she can't control and doesn't understand. She's got to stop feeling sorry for herself and try to find some answers - but this is Bella and things aren't that straight forward for her.

Thanks for the comment

and best wishes

Chris

 

 

I love your story !!!!! * New reader* I think I am though I have been reading way to mny fan fics that I forgot the number I have commented on lol post more soon !!! !♥♥♥

Alex,

thank you for reading the story.

I'm really glad you enjoyed it.

I'm hoping to post more in the next few days, when it through the editing stage.

best wishes

Chris

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Chapter 17 - Training

 

A small party arrived in the cottage at two o’clock. Alice had brought not only Nessie, but Edward and Jasper as well.  I smiled quizzically at Jasper.

“Don’t be confused Bella,” he rang out in his deep bass voice, “I’m here to make you feel angry, really angry. I believe that helped in your last training sessions.”

“Oh, well I guess that is a lot better than someone threatening to hurt Nessie. That’s what Kate did to get me worked up last time.”

“All in a good cause Bella,” Alice replied, without any of the shock that I thought should have been present. “She had no intention of letting anything hurt her I’m sure. You just needed a bit of pressure to focus your shield. We’ll forgive you for being horrible to us all when Jas makes you upset,” she smiled, “but don’t say anything you’ll regret too much!”

She continued, “Now this is what I want you to do. Try to stop Edward from hearing anyone else's thoughts, but let Edward see Nessie's visions if she puts her hand on him.”

“A wrong way round shield over Edward and no shield over anyone else. OK, I think I should be able to get my mind round that.”

“I’m going to get you in the mood then Bella,” Jasper grinned. I turned my head to look at Alice and in a flash he was behind me with his hand on my shoulder. Suddenly I felt a blistering anger and resentment surge though me. I’d not felt like this since we had faced the Volturi.  This was true anger, not like I'd felt when fighting Fred, when I was just defending my family and friends. This was righteous fury at an injustice, but it had no cause, it was confusing. A red haze covered my vision. I hated them all, all except Nessie. I turned and faced Jasper. He was touching my shoulder!

“How dare you!” my eyes blazed.

“Ooo, too much Jas, cut it back, before she goes for you,” Alice said in a hurry.

He dropped his arm away from me.

“I don’t know, she’s still fairly tame I think,” he winked at me.

And that was enough. I flew at him, teeth bared, my only focus his neck, but he was gone in a blur. I whirled to find him and within a sixteenth of a second I was on the floor, Jasper on my back, pinning me to the ground, I couldn’t move. “Come on now Bella, I’m not you enemy. Focus on you shield, on protecting your daughter. Stop Edward reading her mind.”

I knew the man that held me now could easily end my life. And I hated that I hated feeling so vulnerable. It reminded me of being a human. Jasper's strong muscular arms owned me completely. We got up. Jasper had my arms pinned behind me. But despite his hold I still obeyed his word and turned on Edward rather than him.

This time I saw my Edward a new. I’d never looked at him through these eyes before, hate filled eyes.

I saw the smirk on his face and my hate turned to rage. Edward was reading other people's thoughts again. They were probably Jasper's thoughts about me. Edward was laughing at me. I hated everything about him, his crooked smile, his weird bronze hair and the arrogant tilt of his head. I would have attacked him if it was possible, but Jasper’s arms were restraining me well and I couldn’t budge.

Jasper whisper to me, “Fight with your shield not your body. Don’t let him read Nessie's mind. Do it now!”

With a quick glance to one side I could see into Jasper's eyes, warm, amber and encouraging.

“Now Bella,” he urged, almost silently.

I felt the shield, a skin-like, muscle-like layer expanding from me over Nessie.

“Well, I can’t hear her now,” Edward said.

“No, I’ve just got her covered in the normal way.”

I felt for the edges of my shield, the spandex expanding and contracting as I pushed and pulled it. I took it from Nessie and pushed it over Edward.

“I can hear her again.”

“I know,” I snapped. “I’ve just got you covered the normal way round, but that is useless. How do I do this?”

“Think of wrapping me round in it but not under it”

I pulled the shield off him and pulled the edges of it to make two halves of a canister shape. I wrapped it around him.

“Well that’s much quieter,” he said. “I can only just hear Nessie's thoughts. Have you left a hole somewhere?”

“Yes, I thought it might be a good idea to let you breathe,” I spat. I was starting to pant with the concentration.

Alice continued with the exercise. “Nessie, please can you go and show Daddy some of you pictures.” Nessie skipped to Edward’s side and put her hand up towards his face. He bent down obligingly towards her outstretched palm. My shield moved with him, but the top was still open. As he bent down the opening pointed towards Alice. He straightened immediately, “What was that Alice? Bella, put this shield down!”

On top of the anger I felt panic. What had Alice been thinking about? She was the only one who was good at repressing the thoughts that she didn’t want Edward to hear. But what had Edward half-heard? I was sure of one thing; it wasn’t going to be good.

I tightened the shield, pulling the edges of the canister together to make a cone over the top of his head.

“Bella, stop, I need to hear Alice. I can’t hear anything.”

“Nessie, touch Daddy’s hand and show him a picture,” Alice encouraged.

“Wow, Nessie, that’s bright. Can you turn it down a bit? Daddy can hardly see."  He turned to the rest of us, "I can only see Nessie's visions and can’t hear any thoughts. Were you trying to provoke me Alice? That was hardly necessary, you know.”

“A result, I think,” Alice said. “Best let her go, and calm her down, Jas.”

Jasper loosened his grip but only let go with one hand. As quickly as the anger had come, it was gone, replaced with calm. The sudden switch between the two was more than I could take. My knees buckled, but Jasper’s arm were back around me, this time supporting me. The shield had gone in the emotional uproar, allowing Edward to hear thoughts again. He was at my side in an instant and I was out of Jasper’s arms and in his embrace.

“Well done my love,” he kissed the top of my head, “that was remarkably effective. It’s only that quiet for me if I’m a very long way from anyone human or vampire. Usually it’s only that quiet if I’m hunting alone. It was both refreshing and unnerving at the same time.”

He shook his head very slightly but quickly from side to side, as if trying to dislodge something and get back to normal. He looked unsettled. I wasn’t sure if it was the experience or what Alice had thought that was making him look that way, but I couldn’t ask that now.

“Well, enough for now,” Alice chimed. “We want to end this session on a high, and I’m thirsty.”

My eyes flashed to her face. Her eyes were a dark honey, not black. She didn’t need to hunt. This was an excuse.

“Nessie, do you want to show Uncle Jas and me how you can find a deer?”

“Oh yes,” came Nessie’s excited reply, and she jumped three foot into the air in her joy.

Alice became still for just a moment.

“We will have no problems,” she laughed. “You will have ninety-eight minutes peace and quiet, bye for now.”

“Bye Mommy.”

And they were gone.

I couldn’t fathom her actions. Why did she do that? Suddenly my daydream of Jasper, Nessie and me in the forest came flooding back. Horror hit, but then I thought it was only a daydream. Alice could see our future, and everything was fine.

Edward’s lips were at my ear, his breath cool and gentle on my neck. “And what shall we do for ninety-eight minutes?”

Oh, it dawned on me, alone time, that is what it was about. Jasper must have felt Edward’s mood and given Alice a nod without me realizing it. For the second time in two days I was glad I couldn’t blush because I’d have been bright red now thinking what Jasper must have sensed.

  

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