Mates For Eternity

Meeting The Family

Edward and I were lying lazily in his bed. We had made love another three times, and each time it just got better and better. Edward's cool fingers stroked soothing patterns on my bare stomach; I closed my eyes in pure bliss and a small smile graced my features.

"What are you thinking?" Edward murmured to me. His question confused me slightly; why would he want to know what I was thinking?

"What do you mean?" I asked.

He sighed and buried his face in the crook of my neck, "Bella, I can read minds." I froze. Panic washed over me at the possibility that he had heard everything that I had thought about him; particularly as we were having sex.

"Oh God." I groaned and I turned my face in the opposite direction of Edward, shame taking hold of me. How could I have been so stupid! I knew that this would happen; he was just using me to see what I thought of him and now he would cast me away and I would be alone once again. I started to sob quietly at the thought. I felt fingers wrap around my chin and tug me in the direction of Edward. My gaze met his worried face

"What is it, love?" he demanded, searching my face, trying to find the answer.

"You're going to leave me." I whispered, heart broken. Edward suddenly turned incredibly angry.

"What do you mean Bella? I will never leave you, just as you will never leave me." He abruptly stopped, eyes narrowing into slits, "You're not going to leave me, are you my love?" he asked in a threatening tone. His eyes were piercing right through me, full of fury and betrayal. That made me mad.

"What do you mean Edward?" I cried, "Of course I would never leave you! Do you really think that low of me?" he calmed down immensely as I said this, an apologetic look in his eyes.

"I'm sorry." He whispered, "It's just that you're too important to me now. I don't want to lose you. Ever." I understood him at once because I felt the same. I snuggled closer to him and he wrapped his arms around me and kissed my hair.

"Besides," he continued in a light hearted tone, "I can't read your mind." I pulled away from him, cocking my head to the side.


"I don't know." He sighed, "But it's incredibly frustrating." He pulled me tighter to his body and I felt safe. I shrugged my shoulders.

"Now you know how the rest of feel." I replied, laughing slightly. He chuckled next to me, but all of a sudden I felt his weight on top of me. He started slowly kiss down my neck, leaving a trail of hot kisses.

"Oh God. I can't resist you." Edward groaned.

"Then don't." I teased. He moaned as he kissed back up my neck and to the corner of my mouth.

"That sounds like a very good idea." He said huskily. I started to get excited as I knew where this was heading. His lips met mine in a slow but passionate kiss. I could feel his love for me pouring into this kiss and I welcomed it with open arms. His tongue slid in between my waiting lips and our tongues danced in synchronization. Edward skilfully positioned himself at my entrance. The kiss continued when suddenly I felt him nudge slightly into me. We both moaned but refused to break our kiss. He was about to enter me fully when someone knocked on his bedroom door.

"Edward! I know you're in there! The rest of us want a chance to talk to Bella!" Edward's sister, Alice, shouted through the wood. Edward groaned and broke our kiss to turn his head slightly towards the door.

"Go away Alice." He murmured and turned his attention back to me.

"Edward, you let Bella out right now or so help me I will go in there and get her myself!" Alice's high pitched voice threatened. I started to panic slightly. I didn't want her first impression of me to be this; pinned under Edward.

"You wouldn't dare." Edward growled. I saw the door knob turning and I pushed Edward off me and bolted to the door, slamming it shut.

"See?" Alice smugly said, "Bella, I know this isn't your fault, but can you come out now? We want to meet our new family member. Pretty please?" I could just imagine her pouting and batting her eyelashes. I laughed at the image.

"Ok Alice. I'll be down in two minutes." I promised, receiving a growl from Edward. I turned around to face him; he didn't look happy.

"Please?" I mouthed to him. I pleaded with my eyes because I knew that he couldn't resist. His cold face eventually softened and he sighed.

"Fine." He agreed, although I could still hear disappointment in his voice. I sped across the room and kissed him fully on the lips. He eagerly responded and tried to pin me onto the bed again, but I managed to pull away just in time. I pressed my forehead against his.

"Thank you." I whispered. I gave him one last peck and got changed back into the clothes I came in. I quickly ran my fingers through my air in an attempt to brush it. Edward, who was watching my every movement, frowned slightly.

"What?" I asked curiously.

"I personally think you look better without anything on at all." He grinned cheekily. I smiled slightly, a little embarrassed.

"Only for you." I replied. Edward quickly got changed into clean clothes and held my hand, entwining our fingers.

"Shh, love." Edward cooed, "You're shaking." I didn't realise I was until he mentioned it, but I was quite nervous about meeting his family. What if they didn't like me? Edward seemed to sense my distress and brought my hand up to his face, kissing each finger. "Don't worry, they'll love you."

"Are you sure you can't read my mind." I said jokingly. He smiled at me.

"Positive." He whispered. By the hand, he led me across the room and outside the door. He gently pulled me down the corridor and tugged me down the stairs. When we reached the ground floor, he tucked me into his side.

"Ready?" he asked.

"Ready as I'll ever be." I replied. He smiled and gently kissed my hair. He pulled me into the direction of, what I assumed was, the living room. When he opened the door, I was greeted by the sight of his family occupying three of the four loveseats. Carlisle's arm was wrapped around Esme as she cuddled into his side. Emmett had his arms coiled protectively around Rosalie, who had her head laid on his chest. I spotted Alice sitting on Jasper's lap who was whispering things into her ear, making her giggle. I mentally shuddered at the things he might be saying to her. Everyone looked up at us and smiled. I shyly smiled back in return and Edward lead me to the empty loveseat. I went to sit by him, but he surprised me by pulling me onto his lap, curling his arms possessively around me. I snuggled into his chest and inhaled his scent. He smelt like lilac and sunshine; it was pure bliss. There was a moment's pause before Carlisle broke it.

"So Bella, tell us a little bit about yourself." He requested politely. I pulled my face out of Edward's chest and shrugged.

"What is there to tell?" I questioned.

"Well, when were you changed?" I sighed; I knew I'd have to face something like this sooner or later.

"I've been this way for about five years now." A collection of gasps sounded throughout the room and erupted into quiet talking.

"So young." Carlisle murmured.

"Oh you poor thing!" Esme cried.

"Cool!" Emmett bellowed.

"So much restraint." Jasper mused.

Rosalie just stared at me sympathetically whilst Edward rubbed up and down my back soothingly.

"Do you have any powers?" Jasper asked. I shook my head.

"Not that I'm aware of. But Edward said that he can't read my mind."

"Interesting." Carlisle seemed to be in deep thought.

"What about the rest of you?" I quizzed.

"Well, I can manipulate emotions as well as feel them, and Alice here can see the future." Jasper shrugged. I felt my jaw drop.

"Really?" I asked, disbelief lacing in my voice. Jasper smiled smugly and nodded his head. "Awesome." I whispered. The rest of the family chuckled.

"Bella, can we go shopping?" Alice trilled.

"Alice!" Edward snarled.

"What?" she said, defensively.

"There is no way that-" Edward started but I cut him off.

"Sorry Alice, I'm not a big shopping person." I admitted.

"But Bella!" she whined, "Just look at your clothes!"

"Alice!" Esme, Carlisle and Edward scolded. I laughed softly at Alice.

"No, it's ok. I guess I do need to go shopping." I said. Alice started bouncing on Jasper's lap.

"Yay!" she squealed.

"I'm going with you." Edward stated firmly, looking at me. Alice stopped her bouncing to scowl at Edward.

"But-" she was cut off by Edward glaring at her.

"Hmph." She pouted, sitting back on Jasper's lap, "Party pooper." She mumbled, causing the rest of us to laugh.

"Bella," Rosalie said quietly, "how were you changed?" Oh no. No, no, no, no, no. I didn't want to think of that; anything but that! My vision became slightly blurry and I started to hyperventilate. Edward shook me gently.

"Bella? What's wrong?" he asked in a panicked voice. I couldn't respond; the weight of the world seemed to be crashing on my shoulders, making me feel heavy so I hung my head and closed my eyes.

"Carlisle!" I heard Edward cry. Suddenly, the whole family was in an uproar, shouting orders at each other. Carlisle opened my eye but all I could see was a blurry outline of him.

"She seems to be going into shock." Carlisle stated. How did he know that? "She needs to rest." He informed us as he let me close my eye again. I felt a pair of strong arms carry me swiftly up the stairs. A few seconds later, I was placed on a comfortable bed. I felt someone lay down beside me and wrap their arms around me protectively. My trembling form relaxed slightly at their touch.

This often happen when I thought about…that. I would normally have breakdowns like this. And to make it go away, all I had to do was wait.

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