I just stared at the Denali coven. All of them were extremely beautiful. I sat in the car waiting as Edward got out and rushed to my side and opened the door for me. I knew there was no point in trying to get out myself. It would just upset Edward. I accepted Edward's hand, even though I didn't need it, to help me out of the car. It amazed me that I felt absolutely fine despite a car journey that was around fifty five hours. A human would be dead to the world after that. I smiled slightly at my ironic choice of words. Edward gave me a look that he always gave me when he wanted to know what I was thinking. I just shrugged, letting him know it wasn't important and didn't matter. Edward took my hand in his and led me over to his extended family. The rest of the Cullens were standing by the side of them; having obviously greeted their family and all that was left was for Edward and I to greet them. Edward let go of my hand and went over to Carmen and Eleazar, hugging the couple together.
"It's good to see you."
"You too Edward. We're glad your family have decided to come and live in Alaska."
I watched as Edward pulled away from them and hugged a beautiful woman. I had to control my natural instincts to be jealous.
"Hello Kate, wonderful to see you again."
"Likewise Edward. So glad you're here."
Edward turned to the remaining two women. I knew the one with the strawberry blonde hair was Tanya; exactly how she had been described.
"Irina, Tanya, good to see you."
Edward pulled the two women in for an embrace but when he and Irina pulled away, Tanya was still holding onto him. I was working extremely hard not to growl at this blonde bimbo. Edward quickly pulled away from her. He turned back towards me and walked over, pulling me to him and presenting me to the Denali coven.
"Everyone this is my Bella, my love and fiancé."
Kate stepped forward first and hugged me. I immediately hugged her back.
"Welcome to the family Bella. It's so good to meet you."
"You too. Thank you Kate."
I was hugged by Carmen and Eleazar next. They were very welcoming as well. I watched as Irina stepped forward, worrying if she would mention Laurent and wondering why Tanya was just staring at me. Just like the rest of her family, Irina pulled me in for a hug.
"Good to meet you Bella. I don't blame you for what happened with Laurent."
"You too Irina. I'm still sorry for what did happen."
"It's not your fault. I blame those werewolves."
I couldn't add anything to that as the werewolves were just protecting me; plus I didn't want to speak of Jacob or any of the others. I watched as Irina stepped back and Tanya stepped forward. Suddenly Edward stepped away from me.
"I'll just be getting the stuff out of the car and taking it inside love."
He kissed my forehead and quickly left my side, just as the rest of the family had disappeared from view. I turned back to face Tanya. She was looking at me with a sheepish expression on her face.
"Bella I'd like to apologise for how I just acted just then. I just saw Edward and just wanted to be in his arms."
I just stared at this woman.
"That wasn't really an apology. That was just you stating that you wanted to be in my fiancé's arms."
Tanya sighed as she ran a hand through her hair.
"That's true. I'm sorry Bella. I know I have acted inappropriately and I am extremely sorry. I've heard so much about you and you sound like an amazing person. I would like to welcome you to the family and would love to be friends with you. I also promise that I won't try anything with Edward. I will hide my feelings for him and won't do anything to ruin you upcoming marriage."
"Thank you Tanya."
Tanya stepped closer to me and pulled me in for a hug. I hugged her back, feeling happy that there wasn't a problem between Tanya and myself. She was the reason I had been a bit on the edge about going to Alaska and living with the Denali coven. To know that Tanya wanted to be my friend and part of her family meant a lot to me. I had been so worried the Denali coven wouldn't accept me but it seemed like they all had. As Tanya and I pulled apart and smiled at one another, suddenly the rest of the family appeared. Edward was grinning at me, obviously relieved with what had happened with Tanya and I, whereas I could see Rosalie slapping Emmett for trying to take a picture of the two of us hugging. I rolled my eyes at my big brother and smiled at the family.
"Yes everything's fine. You lot can stop hovering now."
"Good to know Bellsy boo!"
Edward took my hand as we all started to walk towards the Denali household. It was very similar to the Cullens house back in Forks. Once inside we all made our way to the living room and settled down on various love seats. Edward pulled me onto his lap to make room for Emmett who had Rosalie seated on his lap as well. I couldn't help but glance at Tanya and was relieved to see she wasn't looking at Edward and I at all. I didn't want to be seen as rubbing my relationship with the man she had a crush on in her face but I couldn't suddenly act as if I wasn't in a relationship with Edward. It would defeat the whole meaning of the objective. I just leaned against Edward's chest and sighed contentedly when he wrapped his arms around me. I watched as Eleazar and Carmen stood in front all of us seated with a smile on their faces.
"I'm so glad you're all here. Carmen and I have been looking forward to this since you announced you were moving to Alaska. I'm sorry about the circumstances you're moving in but glad you're here all the same."
Ah that immediately reminded me of my unpleasant situation. My poor mother and father believed that Edward and I had tried to run away together and had been in a car crash; leaving our bodies unidentifiable because of an explosion that occurred due to a petrol leakage. It physically pained me to think of how my parents were feeling. At least Renee had Phil; Charlie had no one. Well I hoped Billy Black and maybe Sue Clearwater would support him and look after him in his time of grief. Thinking of Billy Black made my mind move to Jacob Black and the Quileute tribe. I was glad the other werewolves were fine with my situation but of course Jacob Black could never be happy for me when it involved Edward. I still couldn't quite believe he had striked me then later had demanded I chose between him and the Cullens. Well that was a no brainer. I was seriously happy to have that mutt out of my life. He just tried to manipulate me and make me feel guilty for loving Edward and not him. It had never been about me becoming a vampire; it was all about me picking Edward over him.
"Yes they are sad circumstances Eleazar. Esme and I will be heading back down to Forks in a few days for the funeral of Bella and Edward. I'm letting Alice, Jasper, Emmett and Rosalie decide if they want to come or not. They can come and pay respects to their deceased siblings or if not, I can simply say they found it too traumatic to come. Your family are welcome to attend. It may show people we actually have family."
"Eleazar and I might attend Carlisle. It might cause too much suspicion if Forks is overrun with gold eyed freaks like us."
Everyone laughed at that and even I had a little chuckle; despite my sombre mood and the fact my eyes were ruby red due to me being a newborn.
"You're right Carmen. Besides I doubt the werewolves would be happy with more vampires."
At Carlisle's words, Irina jumped to her feet.
"I must go to Forks! This would be the perfect time to get revenge!"
Kate and Tanya stood up and made their way over to their sister. They both took her hands and led her out of the living room. I glanced at Eleazar and Carmen who both seemed saddened.
"Please forgive Irina. She finds the loss of her mate Laurent difficult to bear with."
Upon hearing Carmen's words I felt extremely guilty. Because I had gone looking for the meadow I had bumped into Laurent and that event had led to his death, causing Irina to lose her mate. I saw Jasper frown at me out of the corner of my eye and a second later, Edward was stroking my arm and placing a kiss on my forehead. Carmen obviously saw this and panicked.
"Oh Bella I wasn't blaming you! Not in the slightest! If it was anyone's fault it was Laurent's. I do not mean to speak ill of the dead but Laurent's actions led to his death. He wasn't following his new diet and was intending to kill you, on the orders of that Victoria. I hate werewolves but they did the right thing by saving you. Don't tell Irina I said this but you are a much better addition to our family than Laurent ever was."
I felt touched at Carmen's words and the smiles of the rest of my family.
"Thank you Carmen. That means a lot."
Carmen smiled at me as Edward kissed my cheek. Carlisle coughed slightly, drawing the attention back to him.
"I just want to say that could people make up their minds about the funeral by tomorrow night. We'd have to leave the morning after tomorrow to get to Forks in time for the funeral."
"Oh boy another fifty five hour car journey! Shame Bellsy Boo won't be there to distract me again and remind me that my Rose can't sleep!"
"Emmett you don't have to come if you wish."
"No I'll come and so will Rosie."
I laughed as I watched my family communicate. Edward raised his eyebrow at me when hearing me laugh so I just nodded my head in the direction of the family. Edward couldn't help but smile. Eleazar just turned to us, slowly shaking his head with a smile on his face.
"It's getting late so everyone's probably retiring to their rooms. Edward you remember which one is yours?"
"Yes, thank you Eleazar."
"It's been redecorated to suit the two of you, rather than just be Edward's bachelor pad."
Edward took my hand and led me out of the living room as the rest of our family were seemingly talking gibberish. Edward led me up the stairs, not saying anything as he knew I was taking it all in. The house was stunning. It was obvious the number of girls living there outweighed the number of boys. Everywhere was beautifully decorated. Edward finally led me to a door on the second landing and opened it, letting me walk in first. The room was enormous, bigger than mine and Edward's room put together. The room had a bed, sofa, television, mini library and a walk in wardrobe. There was a door leading off the room into an en suite bathroom with a bath that was probably big enough for four people. I saw no reason to ever leave this room; besides hunting and seeing the family. I immediately jumped onto the bed and spread out like a starfish, shutting my eyes and sighing in contentment.
"Oh no you don't!"
I opened my eyes to see Edward pouncing towards me. I screamed as my fiancé flew through the air and landed on the bed, trapping me with his arms. Edward leaned down to nuzzle his face in my neck, causing me to gasp. Edward pulled away from my neck and rested his forehead against mine.
"I love you Bella."
"I love you too Edward."
"This is the start of our forever."
"It truly is."
Edward captured my lips in a kiss and I eagerly kissed him back, knowing that I was living the life I was meant to live.
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