Chapter 4 Gifts
“What Wyatt explained to me was that every member of the Cullen family had in fact been Eumenide during their life. Wyatt believes you all have gifts that carried over threw your transition and that those of you who believe you don’t have gifts, just have not discovered them yet. Everyone looked around at each other and then Alice raised her hand as if we were in a formal classroom even though everyone else had just called out their previous questions. “Yes Alice?”
“Aaryn earlier you said that through practice Eumenides gifts could grow, can our gifts still grow? I use my gift often but it has never changed.”
I thought about this for awhile but I couldn’t be sure if my theory would be correct. I wish I could call Wyatt to help me with Alice’s question but I am sure the Elders would see it as inappropriate to call him in front of the Cullens. “Well Alice it is possible that your gift may be able to grow as well. Maybe it has not changed because while you have used it you haven’t experimented and explored with it. Perhaps you would come forward and we could try something different?”
At this Alice first looked at Carlisle and when he nodded at her to go ahead she walked forward and stood next to me. “Okay.”
“Alice I am going to try to give you a little guidance to try to create the feeling of taking your visions into the past by trying to get you to feel what I felt when I viewed the past.”
Alice looked at me a little confused and said “you can see things too?”
I smiled brightly at Alice as the thought of how wonderful a gift that would be but it was just a fantasy because that wasn’t one of my gifts. “No Alice I cannot. I once had a friend Kara, she was a Eumenide like me and she could. She would often show me her gift, she was quiet proud of being a Seer.”
“You speak of your friend in past tense?” Alice Asked
“Yes, Alice she died when we were twelve.” I answered
Alice hugged me and said “I’m sorry Aaryn.”
“It’s quiet okay Alice, that was a long time ago, and we weren’t apart for long. When I turned seventeen, Kara became my first Seraph and she was with me up until this past fall.” I could feel myself getting sad and thought it would be best to turn things back to our little experiment. I put both my hands out in front of me palm up. Alice placed her hands on mine just like Kara used to do. “Alice when you use your gift you have an emotion that powers your gift. What is that emotion?”
Alice thought for a moment and then said “Curiosity.”
“Good that should make this easier.” I said.
“Easier?” she questioned
“Yes Alice, if your emotion had been fear or greed that would make this more difficult.” The whole family then began to shift forward in their seats to get a better look at what we were doing. “Okay Alice, now I want you to pick a family member. Now think about how you go to their path to look around instead of going to their future try to go backwards, instead of being curious about their future, wonder about their past. Use as much curiosity as you can.”
It was quiet for at least three whole minutes when Alice sighed and said “Nothings happening.”
“Alice this may take a lot of practice and trying, it may be awhile before you get anything. We will try again another time”
Just then Nessie came out of her seat and walked up to Alice and me “Please don’t give up yet, try once more.”
Alice then once more put her head back and closed her eyes. As Alice tried to force her gift backwards, I concentrated on trying to see her gift like Kara would show me but I couldn’t. Alice must not be able to share her gift. So then I thought about how it had felt when Kara shared her gift with me trying to find anything I could to help Alice recreate the feeling when suddenly I felt Nessie place her hands around mine and Alice’s. Then there was a small shock feeling that came through me and I could feel Nessie pulling my emotions from me and giving them to Alice.
I looked up at Nessie to see if she did this on purpose and could see she was just as shocked by what she was feeling as I was. Alice’s ear piercing scream brought me back to the moment and Alice broke from Nessie and me and ran to Rosalie. She threw her arms around Rosalie and was mumbling “horrible, horrible man” A few seconds later Alice had calmed down and looked at me with terrified eyes and said “I didn’t just see Rosalie’s past, I felt what she was feeling at that time.”
At this time I thought it would be the best time for mid day break and to get Nessie some food. Carlisle agreed. As the Cullen Family went inside, I walked to the woods once more. I could tell that I would be calling to Wyatt for assistance quiet often during this task.
When I got to the woods I called to Wyatt, he quickly shimmered and was in front of me. “Good afternoon Aaryn.”
“Hello Wyatt, I have some more questions for you.”
Wyatt did not look surprised at all, and said “I will answer them the best that I can.” I explained to him about everything that had happened during my lesson and he looked pleased. “Aaryn I think it is good that you are helping all the Cullens extend the use of their gifts.”
I couldn’t believe he missed the whole point of my story “Wyatt you don’t understand, Alice didn’t just see Rosalie’s past she felt it. In fact I believe the only reason Alice managed the skill so quickly was because Nessie channeled the feeling of it from me to Alice.”
He smiled at me and simply stated “Yes Nessie is something grand isn’t she?”
At this point I am growing frustrated with Wyatt; he was just not getting it, and was going to make me spell it all out for him. “Wyatt dang it, Nessie has more than one gift! This is her first life right? So she is only supposed to have one gift not two?”
Finally he gave me a look of understanding. “Ah, yes I see why you’re alarmed now. Well Aaryn you see this may be Nessie’s first life but when the perfected beings created her they knew from the start this would also be Nessie’s only life. Nessie is part vampire and instead of living twelve lives to gain access to the after life she will live the length of at least twelve normal lives in her one life. All of the perfected beings including the Elders agreed that it would serve the purpose of good to the best if she was granted all twelve gifts immediately.”
“Oh” I said trying to take it all in. “So then I’m not just here to teach her how to use spells and potions, I am also here to help her discover and strengthen her gifts as well?”
“That is correct.” He said to me pleased with my understanding.
“Okay so two gifts down, only ten more to go then.” I joked to lighten my nerves.
“Actually” Wyatt said “This is her third gift.”
I didn’t understand the Cullens hadn’t said anything about her having a second gift. I better ask to be sure. “Wyatt, the Cullens believe Nessie only has one gift?”
He once again smiled at me as if he knew I was going to ask that question “Well, the Cullens are incorrect. Carlisle has assumed that Nessie has one gift that is a combination of the reversals of her parent’s gifts. While he is correct about the reversal part they are in fact two separate gifts, one gift is the reversal of Edwards ability to read other’s thoughts, Nessie can share her thoughts with whom ever she likes by simply touching them. The other gift is the reversal of Bella’s gift to shield, likewise Nessie can open herself to broadcast her feelings to anyone she wishes. Each gift will grow in different directions and the Elders believe she will be able to perfect them to a point of using them the same as her parents do. You see they also had believed that Nessie’s third gift was just another part of one big gift.”
They had said nothing of Nessie’s abilities to me so I was shocked by this “Wyatt do you mean they have seen Nessie’s Empath abilities before?”
He nodded. “Yes Aaryn they have, they have seen her project feelings onto animals. They thought it was another part of her broadcasting but in truth it is part of her Empath ability, so you see you only have nine gifts left to discover.
I was in awe by all the knowledge that has come to light since I had met the Cullen family. I looked at Wyatt still wanting more information but unable to bring anything to actual question format. “Thank you Wyatt. May I call on you if I have more questions?”
“I imagine you will ask many questions, and I will be pleased to answer them. Peace be with you”
“And with you” I replied as he shimmered away.