Hi my name is Isabelle Marie Swan. I was born in the small town of Forks, Washington, but my parents soon got divorced, my mom leaving my dad in the town and taking me with her. We moved around a lot when I was younger, living first in California and later Phoenix, Arizona, especially how warm and sunny it was. I didn't have many friends at my large school there, but I never found that bothersome, as I was always busy trying to keep up with my mom. It was like I was the adult and she was the child, so I never found myself with lack of things to do. Then my mom married Phil, a minor league baseball player, and I could tell how wistful she was to enjoy life on the road with him, even though she never mentioned it to me. Wanting her and Phil to be happy, I made what I believed to be the ultimate sacrifice; I volunteered to move in with my dad, returning to the small town of my birth.
Despite the strange amount of attention I received from the male population at the school, it was Edward Cullen who I was drawn to. The first time we met, in biology class, he seemed disgusted by my presence, moving as far away from possible like I had some deadly disease he didn't want to catch. He tried to switch out the class that day, and when that proved impossible, didn't show up to school for an entire week. I couldn't help but feel like there was something wrong with me; there was no reason I should have repulsed him so much. I tried to go on living as though I never noticed Edward or the Cullen's, but couldn't get them out of my mind.
His secret wasn't anything like the original ideas I had, but it all made sense once I put it together. Edward Cullen is a vampire, but not in the traditional, Dracula sort of way. As it turns out, real vampires don't sleep in coffins (in fact, they don't sleep at all), they don't mind garlic or crosses, sunlight doesn't kill them (although they can't be seen in it, since it literally sparkles off of their skin), and they are irresistibly beautiful. The one thing that is the same from the traditional myth is that they do need blood to survive. However, Edward and his family live off of animal blood, jokingly calling themselves "vegetarians." Edward and I spent every moment together after that, despite the fact that my blood had a particularly alluring scent to him, and every moment we spent together he had to focus on trying not to kill me.
Perfection can't last forever, and that day in the field others of their kind decided to join us. Even though they were the same species, there was something different about the three nomads. Their eyes were red instead of topaz, as they fed off humans instead of animals. There were three of them--James, Victoria, and Laurent. The moment James set sight on me I could see the evil in his eyes, and I knew I was no longer safe. I had to leave home that night, lying to Charlie so James wouldn't hurt him and escaping with Alice and Jasper while Edward and the others tried to locate James. We went to Phoenix, where I fell right into James's trap, finding myself alone with him the the ballet studio where I used to take lessons. With no way of defending myself I believed my life to be over, especially when James took that first bite out of my arm, causing more pain than I ever imagined possible.
On my 18th birthday the Cullens threw a party on my behalf which wound up in disaster. I was attempting to open a gift and cut my finger, leading Jasper into a frenzy and causing Edward to rethink about being with me. He left Forks, they all left Forks, leaving me with nothing to remember him by. I was alone, broken inside that my one love left me forever. The next few months went by in a blur; it was like I wasn't even alive, and I ceased communication with everyone at school. I didn't care anymore. No one could understand what I was going through, and I couldn't even tell them because it would mean giving away Edward's secret. Plus, no one would believe me if I told them the truth; they would probably lock me up in a mental institution.
However, a part of Edward was never gone, because when I was in danger I could hear his voice in my mind. It was only in my mind, but it was so tempting to hear his voice, that I purposefully put myself in dangerous situations to feel closer to him. I became somewhat of a daredevil. Jacob taught me how to ride a motorcycle, and it got to the point where I decided to attempt to jump of a cliff in La Push and into the water, just like I'd seen Jacob and his friends do. Little did I know that Victoria awaited me at the bottom of my cliff, and it was much to my luck that Jacob was there to save me. Alice cannot see wolves in her visions (she sees the future), so she was under the impression that I killed myself, and came back to Forks immediately.
Edward became suicidal thinking about a life without me and ran to Italy with the intention of making the Volturi, who are vampire royalty, kill him. Luckily, Alice and I were able to make it to Italy in time to save Edward, but not without a confrontation with the leaders of the Volturi themselves. Jane (a member of the Volturi) tried to use her power on me, and the entire Volturi was shocked when her power was ineffective, because I blocked it with my mind. The Volturi decided to make a deal: I become one of them, or I was to be killed. After some negotiation, Carlisle agreed to change me after my high school graduation. I cannot wait to become part of their family, and spend eternity with Edward.
Charlie was never as forgiving as I was toward Edward. I was under "house arrest" and had set visiting hours of when Edward could visit me. Charlie was worried about me and Jacob's friendship and he pushed on the idea of us hanging out more, since he saw how helpful Jake was to me during those tough months. So I was let off the hook and was forced to spend time with others around me so that Edward would not consume all my time. This was a good thing because it allowed me to get closer to Angela, who really is a true friend.
As my high school career comes to a definite close, I have been able to graduate from Forks High with my diploma, alongside Edward and Alice Cullen without any regrets and hindrances. The ceremony wasn't all that enthralling in my opinion, but of course it meant a lot to my dad; I guess I can't blame him.
Upon taking those first few steps down the aisle, everything seemed to instantly fall into place. The moment I saw Edward's face waiting for me at the altar, I forgot all of the doubts I previously held about the marriage. I loved him, and that was all that mattered, as long as we both shall live. It was one of the most joyous moments of my life when we were pronounced man and wife, and it seemed as though everything was perfect. Then came the biggest surprise of all - Jake decided to make an appearance. I was overjoyed to see him, and at first everything between us was as it always was. It was obviously too much of me to expect for the entire wedding to run perfectly, and Jake (along with some other members of the pack who came along to watch out for him) got slightly defensive, ending in them having to leave. Edward and I returned to the wedding, and I was able to push the small issue out of my mind and enjoy my wedding day to the fullest extent possible. It was then that I was finally Isabelle Marie Cullen.
Saying goodbye to Charlie and Renee was extremely difficult, as I knew it would be a long time until I would see them again, if at all. But soon Edward and I made it to the location of our honeymoon, a wonderful little island called "Isle Esme" off the coast of Rio de Janero that Carlisle purchased for Esme for their anniversary. (Yes, he bought her an island.) It was on this island that Edward and I finally consummated our marriage, and the night was more amazing than I even imagined. Despite Edward's original hesitation to be together more than one time, I eventually managed to change his mind. However, this didn't come without a surprise. I had always believed that it was impossible for vampires to reproduce, for that was what I had been told. But my obvious pregnancy proved otherwise, and much to my surprise I found myself looking forward to having my child, despite the fact that I never desired to have a child before that point.
The baby came a few days earlier than expected, and everything about the birth was a blur. I recall people fussing over me, and the image of Renesme's face before entering darkness. Then the fire began. The scorching, burning fire running throughout every single vein, burning me alive from the inside out. Every other painful break or fall I'd experienced in my life seemed pleasant compared to this pain that made me want to die a thousand times over. After two long days in which time seemed to move at a complete standstill, the change was complete. I was what I had been begging Edward to make me for over a year - a vampire. I was officially one of the Cullens.
I had been warned that the first year of being a new-born would be one of extreme difficulty, and I believe it was this preparation for the challenge I was to encounter that made me able to control the new-born instincts to the point where I basically skipped over the year of what was supposed to be a lack of control to actually being me. Yes, I looked different, but it didn't take long for me to realize that I was still the same person inside, although all of my abilities were heightened to a degree my human mind never could have imagined. The strength was something I never believed I would be able to have - Edward actually called me graceful. Even as a vampire, that was something I never believed I would ever hear.
My first hunting trip was more successful than anticipated, and I managed to do what should apparently be impossible for a new-born vampire - resist the smell of human blood. I have to admit that I was tempted, and that I did begin to chase after them before Edward stopped me. I growled at him, but that was the worst that happened with that situation. My first meal was a mountain lion - Edward's favorite. Although the experience proved to be rather messy, which Edward says will improve with time, I was glad to find that I wasn't as bad at it as I anticipated. When I returned, I was in for quite the surprise. It didn't take long for Jake to let me know that he imprinted on my daughter. At first I was furious with the concept of that, and even tried to attack my best friend. Given time, I realized that it all made sense. The connection I once felt with Jake, that I needed him with me, had finally dissipated into the normal feeling of friendship that we should have had from the beginning. Now that Edward and I had each other and Jake and Nessie had each other, it was as though everything were finally where it should be.
It seemed impossible that we could win the upcoming battle. This is the Volturi we're talking about, and they aren't ones to take the law lightly. Once they make a decision that justice needs to be served, they have no mercy. We did the only thing possible to save our lives - gather a slew of witnesses to contest to the fact that Nessie is not one of the Immortal Children, and prepare for the worst. Kate from the Denali worked with me on my ability, and I managed to learn the beginnings of using my shield power to protect those around me. When the fateful day came when the Volturi arrived at Forks, no one had any idea what would happen. We were prepared to talk, to fight, or to die. But whatever happened, we had to try. They say the reason the Volturi listened to us was because of me. In the high pressure atmosphere, something clicked in my mind with how to use my power, and I was able to protect everyone on our side from being affected by the "witch twins" powers. Without my ability, we would have been knocked senseless and murdered on the spot. I refuse to take all the credit, but I am determined to learn how to use my power to the best ability I possibly can.
My Dearest Edward.
My daughters Stevie, Lillian, and Renesmee.
My grandaughter Carlie Sarah.
The newest members of the family Jane Carlie, Seth Jr., and Leah Elizabeth.
To All my family I love you all so very much. I don't know what I would do if I didn't have any of you in my life. Love, Bella.