I grinned up at my family. I was so happy to see them in such pleasant circumstances. Bella hadn't seen them since we arrived at the airport when she was half asleep.I didn't mind the interruption as my family could see Bella lying in my arms. I saw Bella smiling at them too. She looked at me and I winked back at her, radiating with happiness.Alice was jumping up and down like an idiot.
'I told you they would get back together!'
'I'm always right. Edward and Bella belong together. I knew it would happen. I am amazing, always right.'
I rolled my eyes at Alice and noticed Bella was doing the same thing. I mentally smiled at this, showing how alike my love and I were.I watched as Bella looked at each individual member of our family. Alice was still dancing with happiness and Jasper was smiling.
'Everyone's so happy. I can't remember anyone being this happy in years. Edward and Bella deserve one another and happiness.'
I smiled at Jasper's thoughts. Bella made the family complete and now that she was a permanent member of the family; it made everyone truly happy.It was the happy ending we all wanted. Emmett was grinning from ear to ear and looking at me with a raised eyebrow.
'Eddie gonna score now that Bellsie boo is a vampire. As you're scoring with my little sister you should play 'Like A Virgin' by Madonna as it relates to you both. I know; I am a genius.'
I glared at Emmett immediately and he smiled at me sheepishly. Rosalie was smiling at the situation. I could tell Bella was shocked by Rosalie's attitude.
'Bella looks so beautiful as a vampire. I really hope she will be my friend and my sister.'
I turned to my mother and father. Esme looked like she wanted to cry and Carlisle was beaming with happiness.
'My family is complete. Edward and Bella are back together!'
'My son and daughter reunited. They deserve a happy ending. Now Edward won't be home, I know how worried Esme was about him before Bella. Oops sorry Edward.'
Bella turned to look at me with a smile on her face. I rolled my eyes at her then smiled the smile I knew she loved.
'Edward Anthony Mason Cullen let me hug my sister and best friend!'
'Eddie let me hug Bellsie boo. Maybe me and her can wrestle later so I can prove even with a newborn I'm still the strongest.'
'I really want to ask Bella for her forgiveness for what happened at her birthday party and hug my sister.'
'I really want to greet Bella and show her how sorry I am for being a bitch.'
'I've really missed my darling daughter. I hope I'll be able to tell her this and hug her.'
'I am so proud of Edward for being able to change Bella. Hopefully I'll be able to greet Bella and then later tell her about her powers.We better get out of Italy after her first hunt otherwise Aro will be on the move.'
I winced slightly as Carlisle's last thought. There was no way Aro was getting my Bella. I knew my family wanted to greet Bella so I let go of her.Bella immediately pouted which made me chuckle. I was happy to know she didn't want to leave my arms.
'Love everyone's dying to greet you.'
Bella laughed then got off the bed. I swung my legs off the bed and sat there watching the situation. Alice had thrown her arms around Bella laughing.Bella started to laugh too. I stood up, grinning at the love of my existence and my sister hugging and laughing.
'Oh Bella I'm so glad everything's worked out. I have my best friend and sister back. We have to go shopping and now we can go shopping every day of eternity!'
'It's so typical of you Alice, thinking of shopping as always.'
'How well you know me!'
Alice and Bella laughed together once more then hugged again. Alice moved backwards and before anyone could do anything, Bella was being spun around in the air by Emmett.
'Oh Bellsie boo I've missed you. My little sister is one of us now, like it should be.'
Bella smiled at Emmett then frowned at him. I desperately wanted to know what she was thinking.
Everyone laughed and I smirked at her.
'He kept calling you that in his thoughts during your transformation.'
Bella laughed as I told her this. Emmett put her down and stepped back, winking at my Bella as he did.
'Damn that girl is sexy. That song by David Guetta and Akon: 'sexy chick' could be about Bella Swan.'
A low growl erupted from my chest which caused Emmett to look sheepish again and for Bella to giggle. Bella looked at me and once again I rolled my eyes then smiled my crooked smile.I knew if she was human she would be blushing. I could sense that Bella was happy she couldn't blush anymore. Bella turned back to see Jasper step forward and take her hand.
'Bella I'm so sorry for what happened on your 18th birthday. It's all my fault everything happened.'
Bella took her hand out of Jasper's grasp and immediately he looked hurt.
'Oh god she doesn't forgive me. She blames me for what happens. She should, I could have killed her.'
To everyone's surprise Bella wrapped her arms around Jasper's waist and hesitantly he hugged her back.
'I never blamed you for anything and was never mad at you. There's nothing to be sorry for. I hate the fact you blamed yourself when you did nothing wrong.'
I noticed Jasper wrap his arms around Bella even tighter than before. He looked relieved.
'Thank you Bella.'
Alice started squealing and jumping up and down.
Jasper pulled away from Bella and grinned at her. She grinned back then Jasper kissed her cheek before going to stand next to his wife. Rosalie stepped forward and Bella tensed up.I could see why Bella was nervous. Rosalie hadn't been her number one fan. Rosalie herself looked really nervous. Her eyes seemed to be full of apology.
'Bella I want to apologise for my behaviour to you. Instead of getting to know you like the rest of my family, I resented you due to your humanity and caused upset to everyone.I was stupid and jealous. I'm so sorry and I hope you can forgive me. I want to be your friend and your sister.'
'Rosalie, like I told Jasper, there's nothing to forgive.'
Rosalie immediately embraced Bella and she hugged her back looking so happy that Rose had finally accepted her as a member of the Cullen family.I could see Emmett grinning at the sight of Rosalie and Bella hugging. I knew I was as well.
'Bro our girls are finally getting along!'
Rosalie pulled away, smiled then moved back towards Emmett. Bella turned to Esme and Carlisle as it was only those two left.Without warning Esme rushed at my angel and embraced her. Bella wrapped her arms around the woman we all thought of as a mother. Bella and Esme had obviously missed one another.They didn't say anything as they embraced but the hug seemed to speak volumes to them. I could see they had bonded like a mother and a daughter should.Esme smiled at Bella then kissed her forehead.
'Welcome home sweetheart.'
Bella smiled back at Esme. I watched as she stepped back and Carlisle stepped forward, taking Bella's hands in his.
'My daughter, I'm so glad to see you're okay!'
Carlisle, like Esme, leaned in and kissed Bella's forehead before pulling her into a hug. My love hugged the man we thought of as a father back. My family was complete.Carlisle pulled away then took her hands in his.
'How are you feeling?'
'Good. I have a slight burn in my throat but that's not uncomfortable.'
I noticed Jasper had a look of confusion on his face.
'This is not normal! Something is wrong!'
Bella seemed to noticed the look of confusion as she looked at Jasper, willing him to express the reason why he was confused.
'Bella you are too controlled for a newborn. It's abnormal!'
'Jasper when have I ever be normal?'
Everyone laughed at her words and I could see Bella was waiting for the blush that would never come. I did miss her blush but it didn't matter as long as Bella and I were together.Carlisle smiled at Bella.
'That's good news. It shows you have some control already. I'm very proud of you my dear. Edward can you take Bella hunting? Esme and I have to go back to the Volturi.Alice, Jasper, Emmett and Rosalie, can you be ready to go in an hour. We'll meet at Florence airport.'
The four of them murmured yes and started to leave the room. Carlisle smiled at Bella then let go off her hands.I hurried over to Bella and wrapped my arm around her waist and made a gesture for us to move. However Bella didn't move and I noticed she looked confused.It annoyed me greatly that I couldn't read her mind.
'Carlisle, why do you need to return to the Volturi?'
Carlisle sighed and looked at me.
'Edward I have to tell her.'
I sighed then nodded. I couldn't keep Bella in the dark; she had to know the truth.
'Bella, I have to tell Aro that your transformation is complete and your name will be added to the records.As you know Aro collects talent and he is very interested in you, more than he is in Edward and Alice.The plan is for us to meet at the airport in an hour and we'll fly back to Washington before relocating. We don't want Aro to have access to you here.'
As I heard Carlisle say these words I tightened my grip on my angel's waist, unwilling to let her go in fear if anything would happen to her if I did.Bella leaned into me and I kissed the top of her beautiful head.
'I understand Carlisle. Thank you.'
'Anything for you my child.'
Both Carlisle and Esme smiled at us then left the bedroom. I turned to the beautiful creature standing next to me.
'Ready for your first hunt love?'
Bella nodded, with a look of excitement in her eyes. I gestured towards the window as I wanted her to get used to her vampire skills.Realisation dawned on Bella and she rolled her eyes at me, making me grin back at her.
'Watch me if you're worried love.'
Bella stepped back and watched as I stepped out of the window and fell. A second later I landed on the ground with a gentle thud.I watched as I saw Bella step out of the window, copying me. My protective instincts went into overdrive as I saw my love jumping out of a window.I had to remind myself that she was now a vampire and not some fragile little human. Bella landed next to me with a gentle thud with a smile on her face. I stared at her.The jump she just did was very graceful, even for a vampire. I mentally chuckled at the thought of clumsy Bella as a human being graceful.It seemed she had left her clumsiness behind along with her humanity.
'That was quite graceful – even for a vampire.'
She smiled at this remark. I knew it was the first time she had ever been called graceful and I was pleased with the knowledge I had been the one to call her it.
I took Bella's hand and pressed my lips to hers. She kissed me back then we rested our foreheads against one another's.
'You look beautiful love. I'm glad you weren't entirely with it when Alice forced you into wearing this dress.'
Bella looked confused. Before the change she had been wearing jeans and a T-shirt with a cardiganbut of course Alice had to dress her in something more appropriate to start her immortal life in. Bella looked down and noticed she was wearing a pink floral dress with sandals on her feet.She looked at me with a confused expression and her eyebrows raised. I knew I had to give her an explanation.
'She wanted to put you in high heels but we had to stop her. I helped dress you while you were changing. Alice said you couldn't start your immortal life looking a disgrace.'
'That's nice of her.'
'You know how seriously she takes what people wear. Now are we hunting or what?'
'Sorry let's get back to that.'
I suddenly felt excited at the prospect at hunting with my Bella. I felt being playful so I began to tease her.
'See if you can keep up with me, the fastest vampire in the Cullen family!'
I suddenly broke into a run. I knew I was faster than Bella but she was stronger than me due to being a newborn.Bella easily kept up with me and I enjoyed the company of running alongside someone at full speed; something I had never been able to do before.I knew once Bella's newborn strength wore off I would be running alone again unless I slowed down. As we ran, Bella started laughing. The look of her face showed she loved running.I slowly chuckled at this but Bella didn't seem to notice. When she was human she hated me running and I often had to tamper with her memory.I started slowing down and came to a complete stop. However Bella was still running, laughing away.
Bella stopped and turned around. She was about a hundred yards in front of me. She skipped over to me and kissed my cheek, making me chuckle. I put my hand on her shoulders.
'Close your eyes.'
She did as I said. She looked so beautiful; I couldn't resist stroking her cheek.
'What do you hear and what do you smell?'
Vampire senses made you aware for everything meaning we could smell and hear everything. I could hear the sound of a heart beating and soft thuds of paws.The scent of a bear was very appealing. I wondered if Bella would recognise it.
I smirked at her then nodded. Bella seemed pleased to have gotten it right. Emmett wouldn't be happy to hear she fed on a bear and he missed out.I hoped when we got back to Forks I would be able to hunt mountain lion together; Bella knew it was my favourite.I decided to let her feed on the bear as it was her first hunt plus I wasn't that hungry and we had to hurry up or the Volturi could catch up to Bella.
'It's all yours sweetheart.'
'That seems unfair though.'
'There's another one around or I can feed on some elk. This is your first hunt.'
Bella kissed me quickly then ran off in the direction of the scent. I quickly followed her and saw the bear. It was about five times bigger than Bella.When she launched herself at the bear I thought I was going to have a heart attack. I wanted to run over there and pull her away from the bear before she could get hurt.I had to keep reminding myself Bella wasn't a fragile human. I took a step back and leaned against a tree watching my love hunt for the first time.I started to panicked when the bear's claws were scratching her skin but again had to remind myself they would hurt her.I closed my eyes and rubbed my temple, breathing slowly. I had to get used to this. I had to get used to the idea of my Bella as a vampire.I opened my eyes to see Bella shoving the carcass of her and standing up. She jumped to her feet and turned to me.Her dress was ripped and she had blood on it but otherwise she had done extremely well for a beginner.
'I guess I could have done that better. I'm all bloody and my dress has been ripped.'
'It was perfect for a beginner. It's just it was more difficult to watch you do that than I thought; watching you wrestle with a bear much bigger than you. I was worried I'd have a heart attack.'
'I know. Are you still thirsty?'
'I'll feed with you this time. Do you smell that herd of elk?'
Bella's head turned in the direction I was gesturing. I knew she could hear the several heartbeats and smell the warm scent I could. I watched as her face wrinkled up.
'They're herbivores. Carnivores smell a lot better. Now concentrate love.'
I held out my hand and immediately Bella placed her hand in mine then we ran together towards the herd of elk.Now that Bella knew what she was doing I was able to hunt as well. I waited until Bella had brought down two elk then I brought down three elk.I fed quickly, drinking their blood until they were dry. I stood up once I had finished and quickly buried their bodies.Bella stood up and I noticed she had made almost as much mess as she had with the bear. She copied my actions with burying the bodies then turned to me.
'You're much better at it than I am.'
'Centuries of practice love.'
'Just the one.'
I chuckled at this and cupped her face in my hand. My eyes were now their normal golden colour as I had fed but Bella's were still bright red, showing she was a newborn.Her eyes would be the same as mine after a few months.
'Are you done for today and ready to go to the airport?'
'I think so. Yes let's go.'
I rolled my eyes at her then pecked Bella quickly on the lips before taking her hand.
'I better keep hold of you before you end up running all the way back to Forks yourself.'
'I bet you're just using it as an excuse to keep me close.'
I laughed then brought her hand up to my lips and kissed it.
'You are definitely one of a kind Miss Swan.'
Bella giggled at what I said then blew me a kiss.
'We better get to Florence airport.'
I nodded and we started running, still hand in hand. That feeling of running together made me wish I could always run with Bella. It felt so nice and natural.Bella's face showed that she thought this too. After several minutes I started slowing down as we got nearer to the airport.I hadn't used our private plane in years so I was happy to be able to use it again. I held onto Bella so she knew to slow down too and not continue running.
'We're here love. Now time for the human act.'
'Edward I'm a newborn. All these humans...'
'Love it's only for a minute. We have our own private jet. If it gets too uncomfortable just say and we'll be out of there in no time. I know you'll be fine.'
'Thank you Edward.'
Bella had a wary and confused look on her face. I knew she was probably wondering why I was acting so casual about a newborn being around humansas normally I'd be overprotective and be worried about her being around humans. Carlisle had told me already what Eleazar had said about Bella's gifts.I turned to look about Bella, just staring at the amazing creature in my arms. I could see she was thinking about something intently and to my surprise she suddenly rolled her eyes.Bella caught me looking but instead of telling me what she was thinking, she simply shook her head and smiled. I wrapped my arm around her waist and held her to my side.I could see the rest of our family in the distance standing next to our plane. We started walking towards them when I started smelling the scents of humans.They didn't bother me that much but I was still worried about Bella, despite what Eleazar had said.
'Edward, hold onto me.'
Bella looked really worried and immediately I had to reassure her.
'Bella it's okay.'
Despite just telling her it was okay my grip tightened a little. I still had some protective instincts in me. We started walking a little quicker than we had been before.I hoped the scent of all the humans wasn't overwhelming her. We hurried over to the other Cullens who smiled at us as we approached.
'Bella managed to act normal around humans on her first time since becoming a vampire. Fascinating. It seems Eleazar was right in what he told me.'
Everyone nodded and one by one made their way onto the plane until it was just Bella and I left.
'Of course. When did you get this plane?'
'We've always had a plane but this is a new one. We don't mind flying first class on airlines but sometimes your own privacy is more suited.'
Bella rolled my eyes then followed me onto the plane. I watched as her mouth flew open in awe at our surroundings. It looked more like a living room in a house than on a plane.There were sofas instead of seats, but I could see seatbelts hidden away just in case they needed to be used. There was even a bar and kitchen area.Alice skipped over to Bella and pushed her chin up.
'I guess you like it. Esme designed it herself.'
Esme smiled at this and Bella smiled back. I pulled her next to me on one of the sofas and Carlisle and Esme sat on a sofa opposite us.Alice and Rosalie sat together on another sofa while Alice pulled a few fashion magazines out of her bag and Rosalie started listening to her iPod.
'Ooo that Gucci dress is to die for! Oh wow I must get those new Jimmy Choo shoes. Victoria Beckham looks fabulous in that Chancel dress...'I tried to tune the fashion queen out. 'Next...next...next...god these songs are old...next...next...finally a good song, Lady Gaga, Pokerface.'I tried to tune both my sisters out as I knew I wouldn't want to hear their thoughts about pop songs and fashion.I could hear my brothers making sure everything was in gear before taking off. They were arguing over who spoke first and had to do rock, paper, scissors.Jasper won as Emmett always predictably uses rock.
'This is your captain Jasper speaking. Please remain seated for take-off then you are free to move around. Hope you enjoy your flight.'
'This is your co-captain Emmett speaking. Enjoy your flight as my co-captain Jasper said and Rosie babe I love you!'
I saw Rosalie smile slightly at then roll her eyes.
'My Emmy-bear makes me laugh.'
I heard the engines start and felt the plane start to move. Not before long we were in the air. I knew Bella what to know what had happened with Aro so I turned to face Carlisle and Esme.
'What happened with Aro?'
I saw Bella sit up immediately looking interested.
'Aro was pleased the transformation had gone smoothly and added Bella's name to the records. He saw when he took my hand that Bella had been quiet during changing which fascinated him.Aro obviously really wants to add Bella to his collection.'
'I bet Jane loves that.'
Carlisle Esme and I laughed at Bella's words. Alice winked at her as she turned the page of Vogue.
'She wasn't very happy if I put it lightly.'
'What did you tell Aro Carlisle?'
I tensed up, worrying about what Aro was planning. I felt Bella's hand on mine, entwining our fingers together to help calm me down. It immediately worked and I let out a deep breath.
'I told Aro that we were returning to our home in Forks. He tried to insist we stay longer and enjoy the sights of Volterra.I didn't have to be a mind reader to see that he wanted us to stay so he had a chance to get to Bella. I told him we had to get home. We said goodbye and we left.I don't think he'll bother us. He respects me too highly as a friend.'
'Besides Edward darling we would never had let that man take Bella. She belongs in our family.'
I couldn't stop myself from grinning at Esme's words. I noticed Bella was grinning as well.
'That means so much to me Esme. Thank you.'
'You're welcome dear.'
'I want to ask you about my gifts. Edward mentioned them briefly and told me you would tell me.'
Carlisle chuckled to himself then smiled at Bella. She obviously wanted to know if she had any powers.
'Bella my friend Eleazar was visiting Aro and he has the ability to vaguely identify the gifts of other vampires. He is a member of the Denali coven, a vegetarian family like us.I suspect we'll be seeing them as they will want to meet you. Eleazar said your main power was that you are a shield.'
It all made sense. Why I couldn't read my love's mind and whilst we were with the Volturi why Bella was immune to both Aro and Jane.
'What does being a shield mean?'
'It's the reason Edward can't read your mind. It's a mental shield so it protects your mind from others. It's why Aro can't read your mind either or why Jane can torture you with her gift.Alice and Jasper's gifts still work on you as they are not mental gifts, more physical gifts. Eleazar thinks that you will be able to project your gift and remove your gift from your mind.'
Bella looked stunned by the news. I always knew she was special and now we knew the reason I couldn't read her mind. Bella was a shield. I smiled at this news and looked at Bella.She suddenly looked confused then turned to Carlisle again.
'Carlisle you said a shield was my main power...'
She seemed to noticed everything; too perceptive for her own good.
'It seems you being so self-controlled is another ability. As you were a calm selfless human, it meant that your nature wouldn't allow you to hurt a human.'
'I noticed when we hit the human scent, it barely affected me but I was cautious just in case.'
Carlisle smiled at her, with a look of awe in his eyes.
'Wow she really is a talented vampire.'
'That was the right thing to do my dear. Being a shield and self-control are the two powers Eleazar detected.'
'Thank you so much Carlisle.'
'It was nothing dear.'
He turned to Esme, who smiled at us, before turning to her husband. Bella looked at me and I looked back, feeling in awe of the woman I loved.
'Wow look at you miss talented!'
She chuckled at that.
'At least we now know why you can't read my mind; a reasonable explanation.'
'I'm sure we can test your shield when we get home. Jasper will definitely want to help you, so will Emmett just for fun.'
'COUNT US IN!'
Bella obviously wasn't expecting to hear Emmett's booming voice and it made her jump, resulting in her laughing and me chuckling at her actions.Bella snuggled into my arms and I kissed the top of my head.
'I love you Isabella Swan.'
'I love you Edward Cullen.'
The rest of the plane journey flew by. Before long we were landing at Port Angeles airport. I jumped to my feet and held out my hand to Bella which she took immediately.Carlisle and Esme walked over to the door when Esme turned to face us all.
'See you back at the house. Don't get into trouble on the way and yes I'm looking at you Emmett.'
'I don't want to have to send a search party out again.'
We all laughed at this. I couldn't wait to go back to our house with Bella and our family. We exited the plane then everyone spilt up into pairs; with their mates.Bella and I once again held hands as we ran through the greenness that was Forks. I was so happy to be home. Italy had worn me out, not physically as I was a vampire but emotionally.It was all my fault. I should have stayed with Bella after we returned from Italy instead of hurting her again and making her decide to let the Volturi kill her.I slightly flinched at that. Everything that happened in our past now meant that Bella and I were reunited and she was a vampire.I suddenly heard the running of water and knew we were nearly home. A minute or two later it came into my view. It was just as I remembered it.I smiled then saw Bella looking at me with a smile on her face. We ran up to the door and of course being a gentleman, I opened the door for her.
'Thank you Mr Cullen.'
'My pleasure Miss Swan.'
A few minutes after us Emmett and Rosalie arrived, then Jasper and Alice and finally Carlisle and Esme. Everyone was smiling, happy to be home.The last time I had been here was for Bella's eighteenth birthday party but she was much more breakable then. Esme started walking around the foyer.
'Well it's good to be home.'
Bella giggled at Emmett and he stuck his tongue out at her. Bella opened her mouth to reply but before she could a smell hit my nose that was so foul, I wrinkled my nose up in disgust.All of my family had the same facial expression as me. I looked at Bella and saw she was doing the same. It smelled like an animal, like a wet dog or something.Immediately I realised what it was. I remembered setting the treaty with them...which I had broken. Alice was looking at Bella confirming my suspicions. The wolves were outside.
A/N: Only got 2 weeks of GCSES left so be able to update quicker after that. Thank you to everyone who reviewed and added the story to favourites or alert. As much as I appreciated the story being added to favourites or alerted please please please review as much as it motivates me to write faster