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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.
 
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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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Tags: Addicted, Aniya, Aro, Broken, Delilah, Dreams, Familiar, Gabriel, Lost, Strangers, More…Vampire, Witch, ghost

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Oh My Gosh :( poor Gabe. I feel so bad for him, and his mother. Her death is ever so sad, I am sad to see her go, she has been a good character in this story and has bonded with Bella and her son too. It was very touching and sweet. I look forward to reading the second part of this chapter.

Hi Summer,

I hated having to let Aniya go. I loved her character from the beginning and knew this is how her character would end the whole time...hm. Makes me wonder if that is what helped stop me in going forward with this story...I wanted to hang to her a little longer, but even a character suffering seems unjustified. She will be missed.

R.I.P. Aniya

great update!  it was worth waiting for!  can't wait to read your next update!

No! Not Gabe's mother! Maybe now they'll figure it out.

Hi TSOM!

Yeah, sorry. I didn't want to let Aniya go either, but it had to be. Oh I hope they figure things out now. I just wonder what Aro wants with Bella.Thanks for the C&R. Hope to see you back again.

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Hi Kelley! Thanks so much. I was a little worried at first about cutting this chapter into two parts, but I do believe both can stand on their own. I'm just happy you enjoyed it as I posted it. The next part will be up soon. I'm working on chapter 24 now as well. Trying to keep up so I don't get behind. Thanks again.

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                                                        New Readers!

If you would like to leave a comment from the beginning or at the end of the last chapter, I would still love to hear from you either way. I will reply back. Sit back and enjoy the story as it is and I look forward to hearing from you. Best wishes.

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Oh Dear Delilah, this chapter was absolutely AMAZING....I can't wait for the next update and it's wonderful to have you back.

Much twilight love 

Hi Barbara!

Thanks so much. That was only part of this chapter. I'm getting ready to post the next part. Thanks for reading. I'm very happy to be back. I'd like to thank you and everyone else for the great support. You all are my rock right now. 

Delilah

                                                              Familiar Strangers

                                                       Chapter Twenty Three Part Two

He carries human traits. Holding his mother while she lie dead in his arms, he cries like a human. I could hear all of my families mixed thoughts on his loss and how on earth he could be crying, but I was more interested in hearing Carlisle’s theory. He had to know what caused this. I searched his thoughts for a few moments hoping to find the reason, but even he didn’t have one. Could Aniya be right? Was Gabriel the only one like this half human - half vampire?

The grave had been fully dug up. The remains of his father lie below wrapped in a blanket with several different earth and astronomy elements. A box sat next to him. Alice’s thoughts began to come to the forefront of my mind.

Edward, correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t the dead usually end up down there in a box or something?

I thought on her question and I couldn’t believe I missed the obvious. Gabriel wasn’t just half human – half vampire at all. His father was a witch, Aniya specified that herself. Gabriel was half witch – half vampire. My conclusion made complete sense. He was out there in the woods alone when we were pent up against the trees. His mother wasn’t there when I first came back to see Bella at his house and something pulled her out of my grasp when I tried to take her from his property.

I looked around at my family, searching their thoughts again to see if anyone else had put the pieces together, but no one had. Everyone stayed silent as they watched in awe at Gabriel’s tears flowing so easily. Alice walked over to Esme giving her a hug and whispered, “I want you to know how much I appreciate you in my life. You’re my mother and I love you.”

Carlisle gave Esme’s hand a tight squeeze. He knew how much that meant to her. Soon after Alice, the rest followed giving Esme much needed adoration for her role in our lives. Lastly, I stepped in and did the same. Watching Gabriel before us losing his own mother, we couldn’t bear the thought of losing Esme. Carlisle stood a few feet away looking at all of us together, wrapped around Esme and then he smiled and said to me, “If this wasn’t such a sad occasion, I would take a picture.”

With that said Carlisle walked over to Gabriel and offered to take his mother to lie her down next to his father. At first, Gabriel declined, but knew it had to be done so he decided to stand giving his mother to Carlisle and kissing his mother on her forehead and said,

“I’ll see you soon, mother.”

Carlisle asked Gabriel if he would like for him to say a few words on his behalf, but Gabriel said no. I didn’t want to rush him right now, but I was becoming more aware of the growing need to get to Bella. We were losing time every second. I was committed to righting my wrong towards her, I was becoming impatient.

Carlisle was walking in front of Gabriel. Emmett and Jasper took over the role and carried Aniya the rest of the way until she found her final resting place along with her items. Carlisle placed a hand on Gabriel’s shoulders in comfort, “I know hard this must be for you. I want you to know we’re here for you.”

I couldn’t tell if Gabriel trusted us or not. All he did was nod. We all stood around the burial site with no words spoken as the forest around us never sounded so alive. Every animal became very talkative almost as if they were all singing in unison. Some were crying in the inside. I could clearly hear their cries in my head. The only thing I couldn’t hear was Gabriel’s thoughts. My family was trying to do right by him right now, but I still didn’t trust him. Especially now that I knew what he was. Gabriel stopped my thought process when he thanked us and then asked us to go back to the house. He wanted to visit with his parents alone awhile and we retreated quietly. One by one, my family gave him a hug, telling him how sorry they were for his loss. We left shortly after that.

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“Father, for years I’ve spoken to an empty grave. I was not aware that mother moved you and for that I am sorry. Right now I don’t have it in me to say everything I’ve said in the past. All I ask is that you look after mother, please. Someone on your side once said that I should be thankful for having her in my life as long as I did whether I knew she was my mother or not and I have to say that he was right. If you ever have time, you should look him up in that afterlife phone book or something. This is not the time to be making jokes, but I need this. I hope you understand. His name is Charlie Swan, great guy father. You would like him.”

“As for me father, I’m sorry I didn’t turn out to be what you wanted. What I’ve become is not of my own free will. I’m sorry I let you down…” I knelt down, the tears still falling, unsure of what to say now when I felt a hand on my shoulder. I asked them nicely to let me have my time with my parents; I lifted my head to look forward and said,

“Please Carlisle, I know we’re running out of time. Let me have a few more moments alone.”

“This is my time to talk to you Son…”

Instinctively, I jumped up looking at the face that I thought I would never see again, “Father…?”

“Yes Gabe, I’m sorry I couldn’t speak to you before, but when I was removed, I couldn’t hear you.”

“But, how can I see you? How can I hear you?”

“Gabe, I am merely what your friend Charlie is for now. I haven’t been able to move on since my death. I wanted to have a chance to speak to you. To tell you that I don’t see you any less of a man because of what that vampire did to you. You are my son Gabe, and you always will be. I love you.”

“Father, I love you too. Thank you for accepting me as I am.”

“Gabe, you have a long road ahead of you. I need you to let your mother and I go. You have to be strong for what lies ahead. You cannot have your heart troubled in this trying time. I need you to do me a favor.”

‘Yes, anything father.”

“The box sitting next to me, I need you to take it.”

“Mother said those things stay with the one who passed on though.”

“In most cases she would be correct, but in my case, I asked her to do the unthinkable when I was still alive. I knew the day you were born that you preceded any of my peers and myself. You had the gift of light in your eyes, in your soul. You were and are a pure witch to its core. The vampire that did this to you Gabe had no idea of the force in which he was creating. Your internal light is the reason you did not change the way he wanted you to. You have a lot to learn of yourself son. So much I wanted to teach you. Now it all lies in the box next to my body. What is in there is for you to see and only you.”

“What is it, father?”

“Read the letter on top before looking at anything else. It explains the first thing you have to do. Gabe, the family you are now with; treat them with respect. They are like you in many ways that you do not see. They will treat you as their own in time and you must do the same as well. The boy Edward, he weighs on things that are of no concern until the day he perishes. He has done something that is undeniably wrong and he knows that now. Give him a chance to right his wrong with your help. He is a good person, he just made a mistake.”

“A mistake that will cost him if anything happens to Bella…”

“Son, if you let the dark consume you, you will be lost. Do not let Edward’s mistake control your future. He is already suffering enough. He loves the girl Bella as well.”

“If he loved her at all father, he wouldn’t have allowed her capture to take place.”

“Gabe, hear me clearly on this; put yourself in his situation. If my life and your mothers were at risk and you could prevent it by letting go of Bella, would you?”

“I wouldn’t make that choice.”

“You wouldn’t have to Gabe. Your abilities are much too strong. You would be able to save everyone. Edward does not have your abilities, so he had no choice but to choose. Now again, I ask, if you were him, what would you do?”

I let my head fall when I realized what he was saying, “I understand father. I was blinded by his actions and couldn’t see it the way you’ve mentioned. I will have more compassion for his turmoil. Thank you for giving me the chance to think clearly.”

“You’re welcome Gabe. Everything you need to know about your past and future rests in that box. The letter Gabe, you must open that before your travels. Everything else inside can wait until after. I must go now son, your mother is waiting. I must say, it is nice to finally see her again, to be able to touch her and smell her. We will live happy now Gabe. Do not have worries about where we are or how we are doing. Do not let our passing of this life weigh your heart down. We live on son that is all you need to know. We love you. I have to go now. Live your life.”

“Father wait…”

Before I could say more, he was gone. I wanted more time…

Nice touch bringing in Gabriel's father!  Even though they only had a moment together, he gave Gabriel some much-needed help and perspective.  It was also good to see things from Edward's perspective again at the beginning of the chapter.  He is starting to see who Gabriel really is, but he still doesn't trust him.  They will, however, have to learn to trust each other and work together to save Bella.  I wonder what is happening to her?  They have to get to her soon!

Hi Seugnet,

I'm happy everyone really liked his father coming to him like that. I like to think of his father knowing he only had a certain amount of time to say what needed to be said rather than just the basics. He had to make sure that Gabriel knew certain things. I thought it was perfect timing for him to come through after all those years.

Oh yes, I really couldn't see this chapter coming together at all without Edward's perspective. It really needed it for reasons that will come to light later on. He is starting to see things a little differently, but will it be enough?

Oh I'm glad you mentioned what might be happening to Bella. That chapter is next. I looked back on the chapters and realized that it is time to see what is happening on her end. I hope everyone will be interested to see what's going on there.

I came up with something. Not on this story. I was wondering if I could lean on your shoulder a bit and get your thoughts on it. Is there a possibility? You know how to get a hold of me when you have the time to chat :).

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