The run towards the Cullens’ mansion was short. It was the first direction I turned in; they would come there first, I had no doubt of that. Otherwise, I could use their phone.
The back door was open and I stepped into the kitchen. Esme was there, her back to me, speaking quickly into a phone.
I cleared my throat to alert her to my presence. She turned and I smiled at her, nodding. In a rush she said, “Yeah, she’s here already. I’ll see you in a bit. Bye.”
She hung up and rushed towards me, enveloping me in a hug. “You had us worried, Marydith.”
I hugged. “I’m fine, Esme. You needn’t worry about me.” We released each other. “And call me Bella, please. I don’t ever want to risk using my true identity again.”
She nodded. “I understand. It will take a bit before they’ll be here. Laurent led them all the way to Phoenix with a false scent.”
“Ah. Our last residence. Clever,” I smiled taking an apple from the fruit bowl. “Didn’t Alice see it was a false track?” I asked, taking a bite from the apple.
“No, they are very good at avoiding her visions. And she can’t see you at all, only when you are with someone else.”
I nodded, swallowing the bite. “It’s an Ether thing,” I shrugged.
“How did you escape?”
“I’ll tell that when all of them are back. I don’t like repeating the same story over and over again.” I continued eating my apple, looking at her while she watched me. I could see the trouble in her eyes. I sighed, putting the half-eaten apple on the counter. “Esme, you can ask me everything,” I told her sincerely.
“I’m just… I don’t understand what you told me about Edward.”
I nodded again, looking for the best way to explain. “I will tell you how my gift works. You know about aura’s, right?”
“Yes, an energetic layer around someone’s body that tells you what the person’s characteristics are.”
“Well, that’s exactly what I see. I see you and you have a brilliant golden glow around you. That glow connects you to Carlisle. In my mind’s eye I will always see him standing beside you, because that’s how I recognize him as your soul mate, even when he’s not here. Except for when you are both in the same room, than I just see the link reaching towards him, binding you together.”
She frowned, but nodded. “I think I understand.”
I grabbed two oranges from the fruit bowl, using the gifts from Iris to show her a golden glow around both oranges, with a thin string of gold between them, binding them. “This is how I see it. And even if I remove one of them,” I explained, reaching for one of the oranges and putting them in the bowl, hiding it under other fruits. A vision of the same orange appeared, still linking to the orange I left on the counter, “I will always see their components. I only have to use other gifts, like reading minds or seeing the future to see who he is and when you are meeting him or if you’ve already met him.” I let the glow disappear. I moved my hand towards my half-eaten apple, making a red glow appear around it, with no connection at all. “This is how I see Edward,” I said softly.
“I understand now,” she said softly.
I met her eyes. “Esme, you have my word, I will make his life as easy as possible while I am here. I feel so guilty for not knowing how to help him or what to do at all.” I looked at the apple, moving my hand towards it. The apple seemed to grow whole again, before it looked like I hadn’t eaten from it at all. “It’s the only thing I can do.”
She swallowed, but smiled anyway. “Thank you. Will you tell me what the colours mean?”
I smiled at that. “Can’t you guess what gold means?”
I chuckled. “It is true, but wealth doesn’t have to come from money. You are truly rich when you own something you can’t buy.” She nodded and I could see she understood. “And with that, gold also represents wisdom.”
“What about the others?”
“Emmett and Rosalie are yellow. I do not quite agree on that if it involves Rosalie, since it represents optimism, but happiness suits them.”
Esme chuckled softly. “Rosalie just isn’t so bright. But we all love her.”
“Jasper and Alice are the most brilliant orange I’ve ever seen. It represents energy and warmth.” I laughed softly and she joined me as we both pictured an energetic Alice almost every second of every day. “Iraz is blue and it tells me he is trustworthy and committed. To what I don’t know, but I am sure that that will be his mate. He will meet her in 2028, although he didn’t want to hear that from me.” I then looked at the apple. “And that’s Edward. It tells me he’s sensual and very thoughtful when needed to.” I didn’t say romantic, but this was just another way of saying it.
At that we both heard the front door open and the family burst in. I was immediately hugged by Alice, who was vibrating with joy, making me vibrate with her.
I laughed. “Alice, please, give me some air, will you?”
“Oh no, I won’t let you go ever again. We were so worried.”
I chuckled. “I know. But I can’t tell you about how kick-ass I was if you keep suffocating me.”
Then I was free, only to be hugged by Iraz as well. “I knew you’d be alright and still I was worried.”
“That’s okay, Iraz. I was worried about you, too. You worry about each other when you care about each other.”
He released me to look at me. “You’re my best friend, you know that, right?”
I smiled and nodded. “Of course I do. As long as you are my best friend, too.”
He rolled his eyes. “Don’t ever doubt that.”