The Lost Daughter of the Russian Empire

Chapter 12

Bella POV:

We finally got our entire luggage on the train and went to find our seats. As we got on we passed two couples that looked so happy with each other. The short girl with the pixie haircut with brown hair was yelling at a bear-like guy. He didn't seem afraid of her. He even chuckled when she went to hit him. They acted like brother and sister. Who knows, maybe they were. They all looked so happy. I have no idea why, but I felt some sort of connection with the short girl and the tall burly guy.

I was jerked out of my thoughts by Edward bumping into me.

"Come on Bella, we need to get to our seats now. So quit dawdling and let's go and sit down."

I stuck my tongue out at him and continued to walk and we finally found our seats.

"Carlisle, do you now how long it will be till our next stop?"

"We should be there in a couple of hours. Just relax Bella; we will get to Paris when we get there. I know that you are excited to see if you are in fact the real Bellastasia, but I think you're going to give Edward here a migraine."

I looked over to Edward and I saw him rub his hands against his head. And then went down and started to pinch the bridge of his nose. I giggled quietly to myself. He's so adorable when he's frustrated…cut it our Bella, all he wants is to help me see if I really am in fact the long-lost granddaughter to the Duchess. After that he is out of your life.

I sat and looked out the window at the passing scenery. I felt as if I were floating it was moving so fast. I started feel dozy and I let the much needed sleep wash over me.

Dream/Flashback

"Bella! Get your butt up now and sweep the foyer!"

"Yes, Miss Hanniggan. I will get right on that…as soon as I go to the restroom."

"No, you ungrateful little brat! You will go and sweep now. You don't get a choice here. Don't make me put you in the choky. (a/n lol I had to put that in there. I love Mitilda.)

I instantly froze. The choky is a small room with no wiggle room. It has spikes jutting up all over on all four sides. If you even move an inch you would stab yourself with a spike. I ran over and picked up the broom and started sweeping. Miss Hanniggan didn't really want the floor swept. She just liked putting things in your way when you weren't looking so you would either squeal with surprise or you would fall over it and hurt yourself. I guess you could call her a Sadist (a/n they like to inflict pain on a person.)

I was almost finished sweeping the foyer when Miss Hanniggan kicked an ataman behind me as I was backing up and I jumped, which caused me to fall backwards over it and making me hit my head. I didn't shed a tear. That was exactly what Miss Hanniggan wanted. She wanted to make you cry.

"Aw poor Bella, did you hurt yourself? Aren't you going to start crying? You know you want to."

I so wanted to slap that dirty grin off of her face, but I was too little to do anything to her.

"Girl, you better listen to me."

I still ignored her comments. I knew if I said something to her I would end up in the choky for the rest of the day.

"Fine Bella, you want to be that way let's see how you act when you spend the rest of the day in the choky."

I started to panic. In the choky, there was no where to sit, squat. You had to stand otherwise you would bump into a spike.

"No, no Miss Hanniggan. Ok, I do want to cry, I want cry, just don't put me in the choky, please….

END DREAM/FLASHBACK

"…No, please...not the choky…please Ma'am I won't ignore you, just don't put me in the choky…"

"Bella, Bella! Are you ok? You were having a nightmare I seems."

I felt my face turn a bright shade of crimson. I somehow developed a habit of talking in my sleep. I think Miss Hanniggan was to blame for that. All those times of being sent to the choky scarred me for life I guess.

"No..err…I was..um… "

"You don't have to lie to me. You don't have to tell me if you don't want to."

"No, it's ok. I was having a flashback of when I was in an orphanage. The woman in charge, her name was Miss Hanniggan and she was a callous foul woman who got her "kicks" from causing the other children pain. She even had a place for you if you made her mad. She called it the 'choky'."

"..the choky? What in the world is a 'choky?"

I giggled inwardly, he had no idea I guess. Well, then again, he didn't grow up in that orphanage like I did.

"The choky was a place that Miss Hanniggan, the lady in charge of the orphanage I grew up in, put kids that gave her trouble. It was a broom closet that she had renovated with spikes, and a small square opening so you could look out and wish you could get out. I guess I was dreaming about the last time I was in there. It's not very fun. You have to stand because there's no room for you to sit down unless you wanted to be prodded with a spike."

"Oh my, Bella, I'm so sorry that that happened to you. I also grew up in an orphanage, but luckily I ran into Carlisle, literally and he took me in and legally adopted me, that is until I was eighteen. Then I no longer needed a legal guardian. He still feels like a father to me though."

I was taken aback by this. Edward, my Edward..wait Bella! He's not yours, so you have no claim on him...Edward did not have the upbringing that I assumed he did. This changed my perspective of him now. I no longer thought that he thought that he was above everyone else. I liked this. It made him seem more human to me and not as much god-like he still seems to me.

"Bella? Are you ok? You look like you're deep in thought or either you're sick."

I laughed a bit then started to turn a slight shade of pink. "No, you just dazzled me…that's all."

"…I dazzle you?"

I couldn't talk I felt self-conscious now. Did I offend him? He did in fact dazzle me, especially when he smiled his crooked smile. Once he smiled I melted and I could no longer form proper sentences.

"Yes Edward, you do."

He smiled that darn crooked smile and I instantly melted. I giggled to myself. He was doing it on purpose now.

Just as I was about to add to my reply a man was walking up and down the isles announcing

"Attention passengers, we will be arriving in Berlin, Germany. Those who are leaving then need to start gathering all of their belongings and be ready to depart."

That was our cue to get our things ready. Carlisle helped me with my baggage, since he only had one suitcase and I had two. We waited for permission to leave the train. Once that came we hurriedly got up and made our way towards the nearest exit. I was behind Carlisle and Edward and I passed the same group of people and I saw the gorgeous blonde grab a short brown-haired girl by the arm. Her hair cut was almost like a pixie, I remember reading a book that Miss Hanniggan didn't know about that we snuck in. It was about them when I was in the orphanage.

I had to laugh at that. Apparently she wasn't suppose to leave the train yet. And that girl didn't know it. She looked like me a little…I shrugged it off and proceeded to leave the train. I let out a sigh once we were off the train. Now we only needed to wait for a train that would take us to Paris. Once we were there I could find the missing pieces to my puzzle that is called my life.

I went and sat down. Sassy came trotting after me and attempted to hop up and sit next to me. I ended up helping her the rest of the way up. I decided to take a nap, considering that the next train was due to arrive in about 2 hours.

Edward POV:

We were finally on our way. Now don't get me wrong. It's not that I want Bella gone, I just want her to find who she really is and be happy, even if it's not with me…Why am I thinking this way? Stop it Edward, she's too good for you, she might be royalty. Which in that case, means she is entirely and completely out of your league.

I got up and went to check on her and heard crying, yelling and moaning. I rushed in and saw her thrashing around in her bed mumbling in between tears and screams something about a 'Miss Hanniggan', 'the choky', and that she didn't want to go in. was she having a random dream? This just didn't make any since. I then proceeded to nudge her trying to wake her up.

"Bella, Bella! Are you ok? You were having a nightmare I seems."

I then saw her face turn from fear to relief instantaneously. This made my heart skip a beat. I made her fear go away. Get a hold of yourself Edward, she was probably relieved that it was just a dream and not a reality.

"No..err…I was..um… " I could tell that she was struggling to come up with a lie. She was a horrid liar. Which I guess is a good thing. This showed that she was an honest person.

"You don't have to lie to me. You don't have to tell me if you don't want to."

"No, it's ok. I was having a flashback of when I was in an orphanage. The woman in charge, her name was Miss Hanniggan and she was a callous foul woman who got her "kicks" from causing the other children pain. She even had a place for you if you made her mad. She called it the 'choky'."

This dumbfounded me. This nasty woman got her thrills by causing the little children there pain. This was one sadistic person. I had no clue what a 'choky' but it sounded unpleasant.

"..the choky? What in the world is a 'choky?"

"The choky was a place that Miss Hanniggan, the lady in charge of the orphanage I grew up in, put kids that gave her trouble. It was a broom closet that she had renovated with spikes, and a small square opening so you could look out and wish you could get out. I guess I was dreaming about the last time I was in there. It's not very fun. You have to stand because there's no room for you to sit down unless you wanted to be prodded with a spike."

I was taken aback by this. How in the world would someone not notice a scary room when they went to go and attempt to adopt a child from there. That made me remember my days of being in the orphanage. I was lucky enough to have Carlisle find me by running into me. Literally of course.

"Oh my, Bella, I'm so sorry that that happened to you. I also grew up in an orphanage, but luckily I ran into Carlisle, literally and he took me in and legally adopted me, that is until I was eighteen. I now no longer needed a legal guardian. He still feels like a father to me though."

She was still staring at me and I couldn't tell if she was listening or if she was spacing out on me.

"Bella? Are you ok? You look like you're deep in thought or either you're sick."

"No, you're just dazzling me right now."

"…I dazzle you?"

I was surprised, but in a good way of course. It took all I had not to jump up and down for joy when I heard this.

"Yes Edward, you do."

I smiled again, and this made her blush even more when I did this again. Apparently it's when I smile. I was about to say something else, but I was cut off by a man walking up and down our isle.

"Attention passengers, we will be arriving in Berlin, Germany. Those who are leaving then need to start gathering all of their belongings and be ready to depart."

That was our cue to get our things ready. Carlisle helped Bella with her baggage, since he only had one suitcase and she had two. We waited for permission to leave the train. Once that came we hurriedly got up and made our way towards the nearest exit. I was behind Carlisle and Bella was behind me and Sassy was following behind us. We passed the same group of people and I saw the same rude and self-absorbed blonde grab a short brown-haired girl by the arm. Her hair cut was almost like a pixie.

I had to laugh at that. She obviously wasn't suppose to get off at this stop because the rest of her company was still sitting down. I chuckled at this thought and I continued walking out off of the train.

"Finally, We're almost to France, just one more train. We've already been on two not counting the one we just got off of."

I laughed out loud at this. Since Bella was getting closer to finding out who she really is, but at the same time her enthusiasm was getting a bit annoying. Carlisle was also laughing at loud at this. He was acting as if he was holding something back from me and Bella. Bella especially. Some how I could just tell.

I saw Bella go and sit down on a nearby bench and Sassy proceeded to follow. I took Carlisle aside and politely of course, ask that he tell me what he was hiding from me.

"Carlisle, I've known you for as long as I can remember. You practically raised me. You can tell when I'm lying and I definitely know when you are as well. You're keeping something from me and I want to know what that something is."

I saw him fidget where he was standing and he was about to tell me, but he was interrupted by a high nasally voice stop me in my tracks.

"Oh Eddie-kins, how have you been? You're a hard man to track down. I've missed you."

It couldn't be…could it? Tanya had the nerve to follow me all the way from Russia to Germany. That woman makes my skin crawl. I hadn't a clue why, but she just disgusted me.

"I think that this is my cue to leave you two alone so you can work this out." I understood what he meant. Carlisle wanted to leave me alone with Tanya so I could break it to her gently that I wanted absolutely nothing to do with her.

"Uh…Tanya…what an unexpected pleasure it is to see you. Why are you in Germany?"

"Oh Eddie, I just wanted to break the news to you and that plain girl over there. I was officially deemed Bellastasia! Isn't that fantastic news?"

It took all I had to not let my jaw drop where I stood. This had to be a trick to somehow make me fall in love with her since she was 'clearly' royalty.

"Tanya…sweetie, it seems that you must be confused, because if you must know when I was younger I worked in the kitchen for the Romanovs. And I remember what Bellastasia looked like and you are not her. You do not have her lovely shade of brown eyes and hair. You're hair isn't even brown. It's BLONDE!"

I could tell that this made her unhappy and I was happy. Maybe now she will get the hint that I have no interest in her.

"Well…I…you didn't have to be so rude Eddie. If you knew I was lying you could've just said something and not cause a scene."

"Oh come on Tanya, you're the one causing a scene. Now if you wouldn't mind I think I hear our next train coming. So if you would be so kind as to let me by."

She knew that she was defeated, but she wouldn't admit it to out loud. I left her with her thoughts which she didn't have much anyway and went back over to Carlisle and Bella and we boarded our final train to France.

Carlisle POV:

I was saved by that horrid woman named Tanya. Now don't get me wrong, I wanted to tell Edward about my nightmares and the flashbacks I'm having about losing my children. Now I know that Renee and Jacob probably took good care of Alice and Emmett, but I would never what really happened to my Bellastasia. All I knew was that Renee gave her up for adoption. Did she not know what would happen if little Bella ever found out, let alone our other two children? Would they hold me responsible? Would they hate me? I couldn't think about that right not though, I couldn't let Edward or Bella notice my façade.

"Carlisle? Who is that strawberry-blonde haired woman talking to Edward?"

"That would be Tanya. She knows Edward from when we were trying to find Bellastasia."

I saw her taking this all in. I couldn't tell if she was upset about Tanya or the fact that we were trying to con the duchess. I was in on it only so I could meet my childhood friend and sweetheart, Esme. She had shoulder-length light wavy brown hair. And had hazel eyes to match her beautiful smile. I remember Esme from when our parents used to 'make' us play together. We even made a promise to each other before I moved away, and that promise was that when we were older we would get married, if we weren't already married to someone. I know that that is an odd thing to promise someone especially so young, but we had a 'close' relationship. I moved away when I was seven and Esme was only five, but we both knew what we were talking about. Part of me wondered if right now she was married to someone. If so, that man as lucky and probably didn't even know it.

"Is everything ok Carlisle? You look preoccupied with something."

She's been around Edward too much. She was starting to pick up on his 'ability' to read people. I couldn't lie to her, so I decided to tell her a half truth half lie. I know I'm not setting a good example but I can't just come out and say 'Well Bella I think that you are my daughter and you also have a brother and twin sister. Sorry about not telling you hope you forgive me.' No, I couldn't just come out and say that.

"Well no Bella, I've been having nightmares and flashbacks of my children and fiancé that I lost when I went to war. See, she thought that I was dead so she married someone else. So now here I am and I still have no idea if any of them are alright."

"Oh Carlisle, I'm so sorry. That would be terrible not knowing what happened to them. And of course coming home to your fiancé and find out that she married a different gentleman, but you have to move on, no matter how much it hurts. I know I should do the same. But I can't shake the feeling of being so close to finding out who my family is. Just remember Carlisle, you will find someone that cares for you as much as I know you will her."

I could tell that her words were sincere. Which made me feel even worse about not telling her about my suspicions, but I knew now wasn't the right time to tell her. I was trying to figure out the right thing to do. If I told Bella the truth, she wouldn't believe me and probably leave, or she would be angry that I kept it a secret for so long and ask why I would give her up even though I had no say in it. I knew what I had to do. I had to tell her the truth.

"Bella, I want to tell you something. I don't know quite how to put this, but –"

"Now boarding the train to Lyon, France. Attention all, now boarding the train to Lyon, France."

That was our train, and then we would take one last train to Paris to meet with the Duchess. That conductor had very bad timing. Maybe now isn't the best time to tell her anyway, but when will it be the right time to tell her?

A Few Hours Later.

We were rapidly approaching Lyon and Bella was asleep with her head resting on Edward's shoulder. Those two made a very adorable couple, even if they didn't know it. Seeing this scene made me take out an old photo of Renee, Emmett, Alice and Bella and I all posing for our newest, at the time, family photo. I was in my uniform in this picture because I was to be sent off to training then off to the front lines to be a corpsman.

"Is that your family Carlisle?"

Hearing that voice startled me. I turned to see Edward looking over my shoulder. I couldn't lie to him now; he had already seen the picture. I had to tell him the truth, but I couldn't give him their names, Edward would ask even more. I hated lying but this was necessary.

"Yes, the young boy would be about twenty-two now. And the twin baby girls that we're holding would be about Bella's age. I never found out what ever happened to them. See, when I came back a year after the war was over I saw my boy out in the front yard playing. And I only saw one little girl. She was attempting to walk over to her brother. I then saw Renee on the front porch sitting in a two seated swing with someone, as I got closer I saw that it was another man. He had long black hair that was slicked back."

Edward was staring intently at me waiting for me to continue. It took everything I had not to stop right then and there.

"Please continue Carlisle. What happened once you got to the front porch?"

"Well, I was greeted with a mixture of relief and disbelief. Relief, because I was alive and well. Disbelief, because she thought that I had died in the war. I also saw guilt. I then pieced everything together to make the assumption that Renee had in fact moved on and found another love. I then asked her how my son and daughters were. After saying that I saw that she was holding just one daughter and not two –"

"Did the other twin girl die at birth or did something else happen Carlisle?"

"Yes, something did happen, but nothing to awful bad. She was alive and well, but she and her husband decided that they only wanted a son and daughter and gave the other girl up for adoption. I later found out that it was the man's idea to give her up. I never found out if she was ever adopted or even if she was ok. I always wonder what ever happened to them all. And to answer your other question, yes, that was what I was holding back from you."

I felt some relief when I told Edward this, but I still didn't know how to attempt to tell Bella that I thought that I was her long-lost father.

"Carlisle, I'm so sorry that that happened to you Carlisle. I don't know what I would do if that had ever happened to me. Like I'm sure you do every day, I would feel guilty for not being there, but at the same time I would feel angry about her choice to give up her own daughter for no real reason."

Edward had a good point. I was angry at both Renee for going along with giving up one of her own children for no real reason. I also felt guilty for not being able to do anything and not even try to look for her. But how was I suppose to look for her? I hadn't a clue which orphanage she was placed in.

I decided to let this go for now and get some much needed rest.

Meanwhile In Hamburg, Germany, Twilight Memorial Hospital

Alice POV:

We were finally going to find out why our mother never told us we had another sister. Emmett was just as excited, if not more. I always had a strange feeling as if a part of me was missing and maybe this is would fill that emptiness. We were in the main lobby waiting to see the Chairman of the Board of the hospital. Jasper was getting uncomfortable with all these ill people waiting to see the physicians that were on call right now.

"Jasper, if you're uncomfortable you can wait outside. I don't like to see you in pain."

His grim expression turned to love when I gave him the okay to leave. I know that he wanted to support me and Emmett, but I didn't want him to suffer just for me.

"Are you sure Alice? I can wait here with you if you want."

"Yes Jasper, she's sure. Come on, we'll go out and check out what Hamburg has to offer."

I definitely owe Rose one. Even though she and Jasper never completely got along she at least 'attempted' to be civil. I was grateful for that.

"Ally, when is the Chairman gonna come and get us?"

"If I'm correct, and I usually am, he will come out in about...a minute."

I giggled when Em raised his eyebrow and was about to question me when he was interrupted by a gruff voice.

"Mr. and Miss Swan, I am ready for you two. Come on in." We both got up and I practically ran I was so excited. Emmett was lagging behind me but was just as excited.

"Sir, I'm sorry for being so forward, but what records do you have of our mother? Her name was Renee Swan-Black and she was married to a Jacob Black."

"Your apology is accepted and yes, I do have some information on your mother. She was here when she first gave birth to you son. And then here again three years later with you miss."

"Yes, we both know that, but my sister found an old family photo of me and her and another baby. See, there I am standing next to that man and our mother is holding Alice and another baby, did our mother have twins or not?"

"Yes, your mother had twin girls. So yes Alice, you have a twin sister, but she died from complications. I give you my deepest apologies."

I was taken aback by this, we went all this way to find out what happened to our sister come to find out that she died a few days after birth. I got up and started heading towards the door but was stopped in my tracks by Jasper storming in and yelling

"You're lying sir! I can tell, you know what happened to their sister. I can see the guilt on your face as soon as they were getting ready to leave! Now, you better tell them the truth or I will report you for withholding information."

All I could do was grin like an opossum eating poop (a/n lol my step dad says this sometimes :P) Jasper hardly ever raised his voice, and you better stand out of his way when he does. And right now was a prime example of that.

"Yes, I did lie to you two, I hope you both can forgive me. Your mother made me promise if you ever found something that linked to another child I would lie to you. I kept that promise for eighteen years, but no longer. Your mother did in fact give birth to twins, that part is true. That man, Jacob, he some how persuaded your mother to give up one you two for adoption, see, he only wanted one son and one little girl."

I was speechless. How could our mother just give up one of her own children for adoption just to make her husband happy.

"Sir, you must be lying! Our mother would never do such a horrible thing. And our father was a nice hard-working man."

"No Alice, he is in fact telling the truth. I can tell."

Part of me felt miserable for not knowing, but the other half was still furious with our parents.

"Yes, your husband is right Miss Swan. Also your father who raised you is in fact not your biological father. Your father's name is Carlisle Cullen. He was a military medic during the world war. That strange man standing next to you son, that is your father."

"But if that man in the photograph is our biological father, then why wasn't he the one who raised us"

Emmett did have a valid point. If this Carlisle fellow was our true father, then where has he been for the past twenty-one years? Did he even really love us? Did he even know that we existed?

"I know all this, because your mother confessed to me when she came here for advice for what orphanage would be good for your sister. She told me that she did in fact love Carlisle, but Carlisle went off to war and when the war was over he didn't come back for a year she thought that he either died or found another woman." All this information was too much. How could our mother do this? "When Carlisle came back your mother was already married to another man, the man you know as your father, Jacob Black. Your mother was relieved to know that he was ok, but she also felt guilt, for marrying another man so soon and for listening to Jacob for giving your daughter up for adoption."

So Carlisle was not to blame, that much we knew for sure. Our mother had been the culprit. She listened to that man and gave up her own daughter just because he wanted her to.

"Ok, let's say that I believe all of this, what was our sister's name and which orphanage did our mother put her in?"

"Renee didn't have to put her in an orphanage. Turns out that the Tsar of Russia was visiting his mother and wanted to adopt another child for his wife since she could no longer give birth to a child. Your sister's name is Bellastasia, Bella for short."

So our sister was royalty, well not by blood, but it was still royalty. She would get to wear all those gorgeous dresses, get to shop anywhere. Eat exquisite foods and not ever have to clean up after a lazy brother. Oh how great this will be when we go visit her, but we're going to have to bring some proof with us to show her that we aren't demented.

I was brought out of my trance by Jasper asking the most important question…

"You don't mean Charlie Romanov and his family do you? The whole Romanov family died when their estate was ambushed by angry townspeople. It was in all the papers…wait though if you said her name was Bellastasia there are flyers everywhere saying, 'if you know where Bellastasia please encourage her to somehow contact the Grand Duchess in Paris, France.' So there is a slight chance that she would be alive. It was in all the papers, the Grand Duchess was with Bellastasia when the estate was ambushed and they escaped, but no one saw Bellastasia again, just the Duchess."

I was devastated, our sister died…but then my Jazz added that she may be alive. I bet our sister was so afraid with all those angry people storming the mansion. Then to escape with her grandmother, that was so brave of her. It was still sad that she is considered lost, would that mean that we would never see her again? No, I can't act this depressed. We have to go back to France now, we have to meet with the Grand Duchess herself and see if she can give anymore info on our sister.

"Thank you again sir for all the information. We best be going back home, we have to figure out a way to find our long-lost sister. You helped us so much and we didn't even catch your name…."

"Call me Laurent, Dr. Laurent."

A/N: yes i know that Laurent is a French name, but I wanted him in the story... OMG this is my longest chapter yet! This is nine pages long!! Thank you to all who review and I hope to have more. Especially on this one since this is my longest chapter…page wise at least. Now Bella, Edward, and Carlisle are on their way to Lyon, France and Alice, Emmett, Jasper and Rosalie are headed back home, but they're going to stop by and try and visit with the Duchess herself in the next chapter so stay tuned for what happens next in Bellastasia.

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