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Familiar Strangers...A Bella Story. What happens when Bella falls in love with two vampires? Who will she choose in the end? New readers always welcome!


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Edward has been gone for two years. What has happened in that time? Who will Bella meet that makes the Cullen's come back and why? Will she allow them into her heart once more? This is a tale of old love, new love, betrayal and much more. Who will Bella choose in the end? Will Edward fight for her?  Many questions will arise that needs answers.
 
This story begins two years after Edward leaves Bella in New Moon. I lightly use parts of the books in this. You will see new characters that you do not know, but will hopefully come to love. This story I have planned at least 45 to 50 chapters for. It's my hope that you will enjoy this fanfic as an individual story. I do not use Eclipse or Breaking Dawn in this. Besides the beginning in which I loosely use Edward's abrupt departure from Bella, there is nothing else that will be the same.
 
Sit back, relax and enjoy.
 
 
 
 
 
 

When all is lost, what is there to hope for? This is a twist two years after Edward leaves. What happens when a new guy arrives in Forks, a guy that makes Edward return?

 

 

 

 

 

Familiar Strangers

 

 

Chapter 1

 

 

“No! You have him mistaken for someone else, you...have...to...” My words felt foreign to me, as did my slumping body that melted into nothingness behind me. I felt my body hit hard as I fell, not able to stand upright. I couldn't describe my pain, my shock, my disbelief, nothing felt right, as if the whole world was off its orbit. I looked up to the stars and found none, nothing but a black mass of emptiness. My ears felt muffled as a strange shadowed figure came into view, his lips moving as if he were speaking, but I couldn't hear him.

 

 

“Ms. Swan, Bella, can you hear me?”

 

 

An alien...he didn't look quite right to me. Nothing looked right. I couldn't form words, even in my own head. Why is he looking at me like that, his eyes bulged, his mouth moving so fast that he carelessly spit as he spoke.

 

 

“Bella, breathe, you have to breathe for me. Everything will be alright, just breathe.”

 

 

“Officer Platt, maybe we should call the ambulance. She's taken it pretty hard.”

 

 

The lights were so bright that it hurt my eyes. I wanted to cover my eyes, but I couldn't perform that simple task because I couldn't feel my arms or anything else for that matter. What was wrong with me? Why couldn't I feel anything? I was beginning to lose focus of the pretty lights. Where was my dad? Why wasn't he here to help me? Surely he must have heard something was wrong with my limbs. Did I get hit by a car or something? It wouldn't be the first time, I suppose. I could barely hear the voices around me, and I tried my best to listen to them so I could find out what had happened to me.

 

 

“Oh no…! You shouldn't have told her like this, not after that family just dumped her the way they did. You should have had Billy Black come to tell her,” Adele, Bella's neighbor, scoffed the officer.

 

 

“We are to tell the next of kin, ma’am. There isn't anything else we could have done in this situation,” Officer Platt countered.

 

 

“Charlie was all she had left here. That poor girl, you should let her boss know that she won't be in for a while. How is she supposed to handle the details of the funeral all by her lonesome?”

 

 

No, no, no, it can't be… Char…Dad is...gone?… Funeral? If I couldn't feel anything before, I sure couldn't now, except for a piercing scream which I couldn't quite place.

 

 

“Adele! See what you’ve gone and done? You shouldn't have said anything so close to her. Ouch, she has some lungs on her,” Officer Platt almost screamed out.

 

 

“I'm going to give her a sedative and then we'll take her in.”

 

 

“He was a good cop, Arlene, and this was his only child, so take good care of her. Geez, she's gonna need a lot of support. We should round everyone up and help with the arrangements. I don't think Bella is going to be in any shape to handle this much or at all,” Officer Platt suggested to the rest of the officers.

 

 

“Well, I'll get a hold of the Blacks and let them know, and I will get a hold of others that can help. That poor girl lost everyone she cared about. I wouldn't be surprised if she loses her mind after this,” Adele almost said to herself as she walked away with curlers and a pink long ruffled nightgown on.

 

 

My head was spinning, darkness invaded my brain. I couldn't feel, couldn't stay coherent enough to hear anything, and the pretty lights were fading fast. What was happening? Why did I feel so lost, so alone, so...desperate to let it all end right here and now? The lights dimmed out like the wind blowing out a candle. The lights were the only thing keeping me at the surface and at one point I wanted to stay at that surface, but now, for some odd reason, I couldn't exactly say why, but now I welcomed the darkness. It was home to me for so long inside, now it felt right to allow it to consume me on the outside as well. Ceasing to exist, lingering in the dark, never to feel the pain, the loss, the utter desperation that I felt every single day.

 

 

Bella, just let it all go. Just disappear, and you will not feel anything anymore.

 

 

I could swear that was my voice bouncing off of something, yet I didn't mutter a word of it. I never contemplated suicide, it really never crossed my mind, but whatever had happened to me or was happening to me, I knew it wasn't suicide. I was sure it was death coming, creeping up on me slowly. Even though I should have been afraid of it, I wasn't. It had become my closest kin and I embraced it with open arms. No matter how death found me now, it was here and I wasn't going to shy away from it. What was the point really? Somehow I knew I had lost everyone deep down in my bones, so why should I fear the ultimate ending?

 

 

I relaxed my mind and hoped for the best in the next life, if there was one. I wondered if I would see that bright tunnel of light from near-death experiences that others have talked about. I didn't belong in hell, that I was sure of, so I was truly hoping not to feel the depths of hell's burning flames crawling up my feet to engulf me. So I waited, I waited for something to happen, and it took forever to happen to be honest, but finally the bright light came. Only glimpses of it came in between the darkness. It played its own game back and forth for a while. It confused me. Wait...was this a sign telling me that I was in limbo? Even in death nothing could go right, why am I not surprised?

 

 

“Bella, are you back?”

 

 

A voice... I heard a voice! Was it a long lost family member that perished some time ago? I wondered on that idea at first, until I took in the words that voice spoke. Am I back? What did that mean? Had I been here before in another life or something? The statement begged me to ask for the answer, and so I did, or tried really, but my throat constricted against me and left me little to work with, but I tried a little harder, and finally I said “Back?” That was all I could muster. My throat screamed in agony for relief, for...water? That threw me off. Why would I need the water, why would I be thirsty? I was dead after all, right?

 

 

“Bella, open your eyes for me please. It will be alright, sweetie. We'll take care of you.”

 

 

I couldn't really explain what was happening now, but I had this sneaking suspicion that maybe I hadn't died. I could feel my body, I could smell a distinct aroma of rubbing alcohol, and I could most certainly feel the woman that spoke to me touching my arm, patting if you will. As she asked, I slowly opened my eyes and I was blasted with the bright light above me. Then the woman came into view with her blue button-up nurse shirt that was covered with clouds. Her smile saddened me and I couldn't figure out why.

 

 

“There you are, sweetie. We have been waiting a while for you to come around. Did you know you have been out of it for almost a week? They were worried that your comatose state would stick its ugly face around longer than it has, but I knew you would come around sooner. You're a strong young woman, Bella. Charlie would be proud of you...”

 

 

“Would be?” Why did she say that? I was confused.

 

 

“Oh no, I’ve gone and said too much. Please forgive me, Bella. I-I will go and get someone for you. I'm so sorry...” she spat out, covering her mouth in disgust as she walked away quickly, not giving me any time to ask her again what she meant. It didn't take long to come to terms that I was still alive as I sat there in the hospital room alone, and it didn't take me much longer to pick apart what she had said, and I lost it.

 

 

My dad, my dad was gone. I remember now. Officer Platt caught me as I was walking to the house. He looked grim, his eyes were empty. I greeted him with a nice tone, although his expression worried me a little. I wondered what had happened. Police business, I was sure of that, and he was probably looking for Char…Dad, so I smiled hiding the worry I had and told him that my dad wasn't home, that he should be at the station, but he would have known that, right? I stopped mid-sentence, stiffening my body. I couldn't quite explain why I did that, but I knew I should have. Another officer came into view and stood behind him, and before I knew it my mouth opened and asked the question that anyone dreaded in this situation.

 

 

“What is this about officer?”

 

 

“Ms. Sw…Bella, can we go inside and talk?”

 

 

“No.” My voice was stern; it had to be, because I couldn't move from my spot if I tried. Just tell me what it is. Where is my dad? Why isn't he here? Just tell me what is wrong?” I was asking questions so fast that I swear I couldn't breathe. My chest constricted, my legs wobbly, my heart sped so fast that I felt that a race car wouldn't be able to keep the same pace, and there it was, the answer to all my questions came in the form of three words...he passed away.

 

 

My heart sunk, no, it just evaporated right there in the hospital room and I couldn't breathe again, but my tears welled up so much that I couldn't see anything anymore. Almost a week? That's how long I've been out of it the nurse said. Did I...Do I not get to say goodbye to my dad? Did they have the funeral without me?

 

 

“Oh, Bella,” I heard a voice say, but I couldn't respond. I couldn't breathe. I was trying but I couldn't.

 

 

“Thomas, get a paper bag, quick. Bella is hyperventilating.”

 

 

A few seconds later I was feeling something pressed against my mouth and told to breathe and try to relax. I shut my eyes tightly and tried to heave their pleas and then finally, gradually, I had calmed down enough to open them again, but not without tears still claiming their destination down my cheeks. An older woman was bent over the side of the bed, trying to console me with her saddened eyes.

 

 

“Bella, my name is Pamela, and I'm the grief counselor here at the hospital. It's clear to me that you understand the tragedy of your father's death and I'm truly sorry for your loss...”

 

 

“Please...I just want to know if his...funeral has already taken place. Did I...miss saying...goodbye?” I interrupted her. I didn't want to hear the babble that she was taught to say, it wasn't important to me. What was important is what I had asked her.

 

 

“Bella, you can always say your goodbyes in other ways, sweetie. It doesn't have to...”

 

 

“So what you are trying to work around is the fact that I did miss saying goodbye to him, am I right?”

 

 

Her eyes fell to her lap, realizing that I wasn't going to let her finish as she hoped, and then she said in a whisper, “Yes, I'm afraid so, Bella. They tried to wait...”

 

 

“I wasn't strong enough...”

 

 

“No sweetie, don't blame yourself. It wasn't that you weren't strong, and no one is blaming you for not being there. Some people take this sort of news harder than others. What happened to you only shows how much you loved him, is all. You should never try and blame yourself. As I said before, you can say goodbye in other ways. He knows you loved him and not being able to be there for the funeral itself doesn't mean that you loved him any less,” she trailed off with a somber look.

 

 

I couldn't talk anymore after that. I needed to think, to grieve, and she understood that and let me be.

 

 

Another day had gone by and I was to be released today. I was told that Billy and Jacob were going to take me home, which was of little comfort to me, only because I didn't want to sit in a car with someone I didn't know. Although my health was good, the hospital argued with me about their protocol to seat me in a wheelchair to get to the entrance downstairs. I was fine and they knew that, but my stubbornness apparently didn't win them over and I was stuck in a wheelchair. I was greeted at the entrance by Billy, and it was odd because I was actually eye-level with him in his own wheelchair, and then Jacob came strolling behind with his head down, watching his feet.

 

 

“Bella,” Billy strained to keep his voice steady. “I'm sorry, honey. Charlie was my closest friend. He will be greatly missed. Here, I have something for you, it's a picture...”

 

 

I held out my hand for him to stop. I just couldn't handle anything right now but going home. I needed to rest and wrap my head around all this...alone. I was grateful for the ride, but other than that, I just couldn't handle anything, and he understood quickly. Almost to my street I felt guilty for the way I treated him earlier, and whispered that I was sorry for my behavior, but it was his turn to stop me.

 

 

“Bella, I understand, I really do. No need to be sorry. I will keep the picture until you're ready for it, alright,” he said as he smiled as big as the grand canyon trying to ease my worry.

 

 

We pulled into the drive and my body tensed. I wasn't expecting this, or better said, I just didn't think about how it would affect me, coming back to the house knowing my dad wouldn't be there. My hand that had a hold of the inside knob tightened its grip as the rest of me began to shake uncontrollably. Jacob ran to my side of the vehicle and opened my door gently. Although I didn't know him that well, he could see my fear and his eyes reflected mine. He held my hands and helped me out and said “Bella, if it's too soon for you to be here, we can take you somewhere else.”

 

 

It became clear to me as soon as he said that that yes, it was too soon and I knew where I wanted to be, but I wanted to be there alone, so I asked them to take me to my dad's resting place and they had no problem with it, but what they did have a problem with was dropping me off after I said thank you for their help and that I would walk home. They argued, but in the end it was my decision, and although they almost growled at me over it, they finally left me at the front gate of the cemetery, where above me it said

 

 

                                                    ~~~~~~Forks Cemetery~~~~~~.

 

 

My skin ran cold. The sky began to turn different colors as it came close to turning to its slumber for the night. I never asked them to show me where he was in there. It was silly to do so when I knew I just had to look for the freshest grave. Just thinking of that made me cringe. From now on, whenever I wanted to speak to my dad, this...this place...is where I would have to come. Never will I see his smile warm me, never will I hear his laughter or see the smirk on his face when he was at a loss for words, never would I hear him screaming at his favorite team on the television when they would lose a game and never...would I hear him say...I love you, Bells. It just didn't seem real to be standing here right now, standing here knowing that I had to say goodbye in this way, having to say goodbye to him period. Why did I lose everyone that I cared about?

 

 

The night sky was coming fast; I could see hues of gray, pink and yellow off on the horizon, darkening the quiet, too quiet, deafening cemetery. I had to mentally push myself to walk past the gate and enter. It was almost like a force of nature fighting against me when I tried. Trying to get past it after dark was like a warning from beyond saying:

 

 

                             No living person allowed past this point after dark

 

 

Acting as if I was about to alter the worlds of the living and the dead, I quickly chalked it up to just being my nerves, and I was almost certain that my brain was against me too, trying to convince me that I shouldn't be here yet.

 

 

I wasn't strong enough when he passed to be here when they had the funeral, so I was adamant that I was going to be strong enough to do this now, no matter how much I wanted to put this off, so I pushed through the invisible force that tried to stop me, whether it be the powers of beyond or just me trying to stop me, and I walked through, but not without still having reservations of what I was doing so soon. I walked what seemed like forever, even though this cemetery was small to me. I knew I was walking at a snail's pace, but I had to find my courage and make it strong, because it was fading fast, and then two rows to my right in the right corner, there it was, a heaving pile of fresh dirt below a plaque that I was certain had my dad's name on it. I stood still for a long, long moment and I felt the tears flow, the cold night air chilling them down my cheeks. I shut my eyes tightly and opened them forcing myself to walk. The closer I got, the closer the name on the plaque came into focus, and when I knew I could read it clearly, I stopped again and read it,

 

 

                                                      Charles D. Swan

                                               Loving and Devoted Father

                                                 In the arms of an angel

                                             May you reach your heaven

                                                        Rest in Peace

 

 

I read everything but the dates. I couldn't read that part, the last date would have been too much, too... final. I wasn't ready to let go that way yet. I knelt down beside the lump of dirt and cried aloud. I wept not only for the loss of my dad, but for the loss of the only man that I would ever love, the loss of the only person I would ever call my sister. In this...place, I felt that it was the only place that I would be able to finally say my goodbyes to them in the end when that came. In a sense, I would have to bury them all in this one grave. I knew moving on wasn't an option, but to come here and speak to my dad and to the rest of them as if they all lied here somehow gave me a strange yet comfortable feeling. My mind truly worked backwards.

 

 

I decided to lie down next to my dad and talk to him in whispers, hoping somehow, somewhere, he would hear me, and I stayed that way for a while until I heard a familiar voice that stunned the air right out of me and I knew I must have fallen asleep.

 

 

“I'm so sorry, Bella. I would have come sooner if I would have known.”

 

 

That...voice...it haunted me for so long, and I tried my best to bury that part of my brain that kept it to memory and I thought I had finally erased it, but I see now that I was very wrong. I shut my eyes tightly, whispering under my shaken breath “You're not real, you're not real. Please stop haunting me. I can't take it anymore, especially not now.” Chanting that over and over until... again... I heard that voice that made my heart pound in my chest and also made it plummet to god knows where in despair.

 

 

“Bella, I can assure you that I am real. I promise I'm not haunting you.”

 

 

I don't know what came over me then. I stood up so fast that I surprised myself and went in the direction of his voice, finger ready to push through his ghostly image to prove he was haunting me. I stared the trickster in the eyes while I went at him saying “Not real, huh, what do you call this then?” I pushed my finger towards his chest hard and ---just as I thought--- it went right through Edward’s ghostly image. The mirage of Edward returning after I buried him inside for so long had squeezed my heart tight, as if there was much left to hurt. I felt one single tear fall down my cheek and it enraged me.

 

 

Author's Note: I'd like to thank my friend Seugnet for her fabulous work on editing this first chapter. It is now perfect because of your help. Thank you so very much dear.

 

Also, if anyone would love to leave a comment, I would surely read them and reply. If you would like to leave a comment for each chapter that is fine as well, I will still reply even more so because I enjoy reading your thoughts on each so please do not hesistate to leave one. Please sit back and enjoy and I hope to hear from you.

 

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Thank you very much Eva for the awesome Gabriel banner. It took Nayely and I forever to find this guy, lol. We thank Sarah for ultimately locating him.
 
 
 
 
Below is just a decent pic of Gabriel. I hope you like it. I don't do banners at all, but I wanted to showcase him a bit.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks to the talented Nayely for wanting me to update so bad that she made this above, LOL. Love ya girl.
 
 
Another beautiful banner made by Claire J. Darling. Thank you so much. It's wonderful...
 
 
 
 
 
        
 
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Tags: Addicted, Aniya, Aro, Broken, Delilah, Dreams, Familiar, Gabriel, Lost, Strangers, More…Vampire, Witch, ghost

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that was incredible i loved it!! :p cant wait for the next update <3

Hi Changez,

 

Well thank you very much. I will try and begin writing the next one tonight, but I have work so if I can squeeze some time in there I will. Thanks again for reading and commenting.

 

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Hey Delilah! ;)

Oh. My. Goshicals! This keeps on getting interesting-er and interesting-er and interesting-er. Haha. Charlies back! :D HEHE. Big daddy Charlie's back! I can understand why though. He never actually got a chance to say goodbye to Bella, so it's understandable that he wants to explain himself. Death is one of the only things that we cannot run away from.
Amazing chapter once again! You never cease to amaze me! I'm so glad I started reading this story! :)

-Lauren=)

Hi Lauren,

 

I just left you another reply on my other one, LOL. I love your repeat, lol. Yeah, I can understand why he chose to come back too. poor thing never got a chance to say a formal goodbye.

 

Awe, thanks Lauren. This is why I love getting comments. Makes me smile from ear to ear. I was hoping the readers would enjoy this one so I'm double happy that you began reading it.

 

Thanks for your support.

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Gotta say that I love this story!!!! I just started reading this and I'm in love with it!!!!! I love Gabriel!!! And YAY!!!!!!!!!!! Bella might finally get closer with her dad!!!!!!! Keep going!!!!

<3!!!

Hi Lover of Emmet,

 

NEW READER!!! Thanks for joining the story. You're always welcome.

 

That's really great news. I'm thrilled that you enjoyed it so much. Yes!!! Another Gabriel fan. Woohoo!!! So excited now, LOL.

 

I really hope it works out for Bella and Charlie. They deserve it. Oh I will for sure keep going on this story. Have you had a chance to read my other stories yet? I'm sure though that not all my stories are good though so I don't expect you to read them if you don't like them. I just thought I'd mention them just in case.

 

Thanks for giving this story a try. So happy to have you here.

 

this is so good, i can't wait for more, i luv gabriel, nd im anxious to see how Bella reacts to seeing Charlie again!!!!

Hi Angelbaby,

 

Thank you sweetie. Another Gabriel fan, YES!!! Hm, well that part is coming up in the next one. You won't have to wait very long, lol. Thanks for reading.

 

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omg i looooooove this story!!! new reader btw and i finally got cought up on your story and i just looooove it!!!! EEEEEEEEP!!!!! have you ever thought of publishing a book becuse if you did you would be bigger then j.k. rowling and the one who wrote lord of the rings (not exaterating here). i love it!!!! TEAM GABRIEL ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! possable succubus, charlie comming back from the dead and witches! all the drama but now you need to bring in Jacob-MORE DRAMA WOOOHOOO!!!! pls plspls pls pls pls pls pls pls pls update soon and keep me updated.

P.S. did i mention i loved it-i did all well heres me saying it more I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT!!! lol

P.P.S. UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i loooooove it lol

 

=) Vampiregirl (=

 

 

 

                                                Hold the press! We have...another new reader. Woohoo!

 

Hi vampiregirl, welcome. happy to know that you gave my story a try. Well thank you sweetie. Um, yeah I have thought about it actually. Not sure if I would say that I am up there with the author's you have mentioned, but I have thought about trying to publish one. It makes me smile that you even have that thought with you, so with all sincereness; thank you very much.

 

Yes! Another Team Gabriel. Thank you, thank you, thank you, LOL. Hm, Jacob could possibly be in this story. Not completely sure on that one yet. I'll let you know though alright. Oh and I'm updating today so I hope you get a chance to read it.

 

Wow, LOL, you really do love it don't you, lol.

 

Thanks for giving my story a try and I hope to see more of you soon. Oh and just in case, have you read any of my other three stories? If you get a chance, let me know what you think of them. One of them is my first ever written story so it has some issues, but you still might like it.

 

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                                                                                     Chapter Eleven

 

 

 

 

 

“Hey, who’s in there?” Bella whispered, poking her head from the door frame of her room.

 

 

“Oh, Bella can I speak to you about something before I answer that?” I knew that would make no sense to her, but that was all I had at the moment. Bella’s face slumped in confusion and I couldn’t blame her.

 

 

“Is…anyone in there?” she asked with pointed finger directed towards her father’s room.

 

 

“Well, that depends on how you want to look at it.” This wasn’t going very well.

 

 

“Gabriel, I’m confused. Should I be worried or...” Her face tilted almost fully to one side trying to figure this out.

 

 

I stood there awkwardly not knowing how to do this. Charlie did say that he knew his daughter and I was certainly hoping for that. I walked passed Bella and into her room and sat on her bed. Bella turned slowly, her eyes following my path looking at me even more curious. She walked towards me, but not too close. Her arms now crossed with her shoulders slightly folding forward in worry. I had to hurry, Charlie didn’t know how long he had and if I waited too long to tell her and he was gone by the time I finished telling her, well then I would look like a fool and hurt her feelings and I couldn’t have that so here it went.

 

 

“Bella, do you…Believe in ghosts, spirits?” My hands flailing in every direction while I could tell my eyes were partially rolling just from the thought that it was possible.

 

 

Bella smirked, a small breath of air exhaling. “Um, I suppose I would; yes. You’re real so why shouldn’t ghosts be real too?”

 

 

Okay so maybe Charlie did know his daughter well enough. “Bella, what if I told you that…” I’m taking too long. Just say it Gabe. “Bella, what if your father was here to speak to you? Would you believe me?”

 

 

Bella looked…fragile the moment I mentioned her father’s name. She was naturally pale, but right now she looked to be just as much of a ghost as Charlie. “My…my dad is…here?” her stuttering was verging on comical.

 

 

“Uh yeah. He wants to talk to you.”

 

 

“Can I see-see him?”

 

 

“Under normal circumstances, probably not, but I can make him visible. I have to warn you though that I never believed in ghosts so I never used the chant that goes along with doing such a thing.”

 

 

“Is that who’s in his room?” Bella looked excited yet full of fear at the same time. I was stunned for a moment when gazing at her now. She’s so beautiful. I wonder if she truly knows that. I had to clear my head quickly to answer her.

 

 

“Yes, but he said he doesn’t know how long he has so he wants us to hurry just in case. Are you really up to this Bella? It’s a lot to take…”

 

 

“No, I mean yes, why are we still in here. Let’s go.” Bella rushed to me and grabbed my arm, pulling me off the bed. We left her room and she turned to Charlie’s room. Bella wasted no time in opening the door.

 

 

“D…a…d?” Bella asked. She was probably questioning her sanity.

 

 

“Bells, I miss you. I love you baby girl…”

 

 

Emotions were high in the room so much so that Charlie completely forgot that she couldn’t see him or hear him. I had to stop him so that I could do my chant. “Charlie, remember, Bella can’t see you or hear you yet. Maybe you should hold off on what you want to say until I’ve finished.”

 

 

“Oh yeah, please, I want to talk to her.”

 

 

I closed my eyes and chanted in my thoughts:

 

We see past you and through you.
Let it be no more.
Sight and sound be heightened;
Give form to the one who stands before us.

 

We see past you and through you.
Let it be no more,
Sight and sound be heightened;
Give form to the one who stands before us.

 

 

I wasn’t sure the incantation would work because I couldn’t be completely positive that I believed enough, but as I opened my eyes, I could tell by the expression on Bella’s face that it did work. Tears fell from her eyes as she tried to speak. This was not my moment. I slowly walked backwards towards the door to give them their privacy. I went unnoticed, but I was just fine with that. This was for Bella, nothing more. Walking downstairs, I had to think on what I once believed.

 

 

Rearranging my beliefs as quickly as I did for Bella when I didn’t believe it myself was interesting. Deciding to go for a walk on Bella’s block would take my mind off of things.

 

 

 

                                                                                      **Bella and Charlie**

 

 

 

“Dad, is that…really you?” He was there in front of me, but more translucent. I could see right through him. My limbs were feeling weak with the sight of my…dad. My dad became frantic.

 

 

“Bells, are you okay?”

 

 

The handle to his bedroom door seemed so far away, but I managed to get a hold of it to keep myself steady. “Yeah dad, I’m fine.” I said that as if he never left, but I knew how this would end. My insides felt like they were decaying with just the thought of it. I didn’t want my dad to leave possibly…forever. Dad tried to give me a hug, but his arms went right through me and caused me to gasp for air in sheer panic. This was way different than knowing that vampires were real. I turned looking for my dad once he went through me. When I found him, he was just standing there with a mopey look to him. I didn’t get a chance to ask him what was wrong when he,

 

 

“I guess giving my baby girl a hug is out of the question.”

 

 

Tears fell down my cheeks again because I wanted to hug him too. “Dad, at least we can talk.”

 

 

“Yeah Bells, we do have that thanks to Gabriel. You’ll have to thank that guy for me after…” again dad’s face fell with sadness and so did mine. The silence became deafening even if it was only a minute tops.

 

 

“Dad, you being here…like this, it isn’t normal, right?”

 

 

“Uh no. When you start to figure things out where I’ve been; you kind of start seeing the small cracks between this realm and mine. If you get lucky like I did, you can pass one and since I couldn’t go for good until I spoke to you, I tried it and got through.”

 

 

“So, what did you want to talk to me about?” The curiosity was going to kill me. It must have been important enough that my dad wouldn’t move on easily. He tousled his hair as he was thinking. The more I looked at him in disbelief, the more I felt light headed. His bed was the closest thing to a chair.

 

 

“Dad, I uh, I have to sit down. I…”

 

 

“You don’t look very good Bells. Maybe being here wasn’t a good idea…”

 

 

I had to reassure him that I wouldn’t want it any other way. If this was to be our last moment than it would be the best moment I could ever ask for. I sat down on the edge of my dad’s bed while he stood. He paced a little which kept me agitated to know what it was that he so desperately needed to talk to me about. Finally, he paused in front of me, bending down to my level, now looking up at me.

 

 

“Bells, before I say anything else; I have to say that I’m very sorry that I couldn’t stay longer. I didn’t want to leave you behind like this. I thought…That…I had more time with you. I didn’t get to give you all the love I had to give.”

 

 

I reached out to console dad, but stopped midway realizing that I wouldn’t be able to feel him. A deep sadness circled my heart. “The love you gave me didn’t go to waste. It’s right here dad, in my heart.”

 

 

“I just wanted to have a proper goodbye with my baby girl is all.”

 

 

“I love you, dad.”

 

 

“I love you too Bells. Before I have to go, there is something else that I need to tell you.”

 

 

The look on he gave was indecisiveness. Moment by crucial moment, anger, fear, loathing, and disgust had all casted shadows on his face. I was beginning to become worried and voiced it,

 

 

“Dad, what is it?”

 

 

“Bells, I’m telling you this because I’m not here anymore to serve and protect the town and I want you safe. I don’t want to see you come across the same fate I did. Bells…I wasn’t accidentally shot.”

 

 

This I already knew. Someone purposely shot my dad when he tried to stop them from hurting someone else. His buddies at work told me about the call-in my dad gave, needing back up. “Dad, I know someone hurt you on purpose.”

 

 

“No, no Bells, what I mean is…I wasn’t shot by just some random human. I mean at first, I thought they were human. There were too many of them so I called it in. You see Bells, There were four of them all dressed up like Halloween came early, just standing there in the alley. They were looking at someone that was on the ground, he had this god-awful screech coming out of him like they were hurting him, but I didn’t see a one of them close to him.

 

 

In any case, something was wrong with him and to be safe I pulled my gun out and told them to move away from the guy on the ground. His screeching stopped when I got the attention of the other four. The short one with a cloak on turned to me and said, ‘my, my, to what do we owe the pleasure of the chief’s presence?’

 

 

I couldn’t see her face, but I didn’t need too to know that she was only a child. I yelled for all of them to drop down on the ground and placing their hands behind them, but they just stood there. The young girl raised her arms. I didn’t want to shoot at a child so I hesitated. She lifted the head of the cloak down to show her face. Bells, I never saw such a porcelain-like face before. She looked like she was carved right out of porcelain itself. She smiled up at me as she came a few feet closer and said...”

 

 

Please don’t say the name. Please don’t say the name, Dad, I said to myself.

 

 

“Hello, my name is Jane. I want to play with you.”

 

 

No…Not Jane, please anyone but her.

 

 

“When she smiled at me again, Bells, evil crossed her face and then, I really learned what they were doing to the other guy. He ran off while the four stood watching me in pain that was so…”

 

 

“I got it dad. I know what you mean. Please don’t elaborate.” I already knew what Jane had done to him and my stomach wanted to bring back up my last meal. My heart was racing with fear, anger, all the emotions that my dad had when he began telling me all of this.

 

 

“In the end Bells, one of the others reached down and grabbed my gun and shot me right through the heart. My own gun…”

 

 

Dad was hardly able to believe that he died by his own gun. I couldn’t really stop to think about that part. All I could think of was how to repay Jane with the same misery that she caused me when she took my dad away. Malice wasn’t really me, but Jane took the only person I had left in this world, the one person that I loved and cherished. I will have revenge.

 

 

“I told you this, Bells, because I now know not who they were but what they are.”

 

 

“Dad I know who it was.” I was going to say more, but then a horrid thought circulated in my mind. I couldn’t breathe. I really couldn’t breathe, trying to take in deep breaths and still not able to subside the weird attack. I was responsible for what happened to my dad. My heart literally felt like it was going to burst right through my chest. “Dad…my…fault…you…died…because…of…me.” It was hard to say that, my throat was closing in on me fast.

 

 

“Bells, this is not your fault. I didn’t tell you this to make you feel guilty. Please, just breathe baby. This is their fault, not yours.”

 

 

                                                                                          **Gabriel**

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