Gatlinburg, Tennessee 1934
“This is it Emmett, I can’t do this anymore” I told him looking up into his blue eyes.
“Celeste I don’t know what you’re talking about” he replied.
“Emmett, are you seriously telling me that you have no idea what I’m talking about?” I retorted.
“No I don’t” he said looking at me pulling me closer into his arms. I couldn’t believe he was going to deny it, I mean did he really think that I was really that stupid that I didn’t know that he was seeing other women when our wedding was just a couple of days away.
“Emmett” I said firmly pulling out of his arms. “I know about Lillian, I know about all of them actually” I said my eyes were tearing up. I looked down at my left hand, at the engagement ring he had given me; I slipped it off and took his hand. “I love you, I always will, but I’m not going to be with you while you’re out fraternizing with every loose skirt in town” I told him as I put the ring in his hand.
“No” I cut him off, “When you’re done playing around let me know.” I finished. With that I turned from him and started to walk away, my heart was breaking but I didn’t let it show.
“Wait! Hold on to it” Emmett said as he handed the ring back to me “We’ll be married soon, I promise” he said. I looked up at him and said “I meant it when I said I’ll love you forever” and with that I walked away. When I walked into my house I immediately knew something was wrong. “Hello” I called out, “Caterina? Carlo?” I yelled out tentatively for my siblings. Silence echoed throughout the house, I ran upstairs and threw open my little sister Caterina’s bedroom door. As I looked in at the gory scene my scream echoed against the walls, for in the room there was blood everywhere and I saw what was left of my family laying across the floor, I looked at my sister barely ten her throat was tore open her unseeing eyes gazing up at the ceiling. The same could be said of my whole family it looked as though a pack of wild animals had attacked them. I sunk to the ground, tears obstructing my view.
“Nice of you to finally join us” an unfamiliar voice said from behind me. I turned my head around and looked up into the eyes of a demon, red eyes in the face of an angel, she walked closer and knelt in front of me her gaze searching my face. “I’m going to give you a gift” she decided finally.
“What do you mean?” I asked her.
“I see myself in you, so I’ve decided that I’m going to give you a gift” she told me “now don’t fight me, it hurts more that way” she finished drawing my head back to expose my neck.
“NO” I screamed as her teeth pierced my flesh, she finally let go and I lay back onto the floor, a burning sensation started running through my veins. My last coherent thoughts were off my family and of Emmett, my Emmett I thought I love you forever.
Forks, Washington Present Day
I sat in my vehicle reluctant to go inside and start the day; I was growing tired of pretending to be something I no longer was. But, unless I wanted to gain the unwanted attention of the authorities I had to attend high school I told myself. I still looked as though I was seventeen, and seventeen year olds in this day and age were mandated to attend school. A loud engine caught my attention as it pulled into the parking lot, I studied the car and the girl inside, besides me she was the only one in the lot. She turned off her engine and stepped out of her old truck I hurriedly jumped out of my car and hurried to her. “Hello” I called out she turned and looked around.
“Um, hi” she replied.
“Could you show me to the office?” I asked her,” I’m new here” I finished.
“Me too” she replied “The names Isabella, but you can call me Bella” she told me.
“My names Celeste, but you can call me Cel” I said as I fell into step with her as we walked into the small building this school used as an office.
“Can I help you two?” the secretary asked looking at us expectantly.
“We’re new here it’s our first day” Bella told her taking a step towards her.
“Oh, ok” the secretary said with a smile on her face. “Can you give me your names so I can get your schedules?” she asked.
“Isabella Marie Swan” Bella told her. The secretary looked interested, I wondered why as she handed Bella her schedule and a piece of paper for all of her teachers to sign and to return to her at the end of the day.
“And you miss?” she asked looking at me taking in my waist length hair the color of a ravens wing, my pale skin, and my topaz eyes.
“Celeste Annalisa De Luca” I told her giving my real name the one I had decided to use this go-around.
“Well that’s quite a mouthful” she told me as she handed me my papers.
“My father was Italian” I said as I walked out into the hallway where Bella had been waiting for me. “What’s your schedule?” I asked her. She handed it over to me and I compared them, they were the exact same. “Looks like we’re going to be seeing a lot of each other, our schedules match” I finished smiling a bit at her. We walked back out towards the parking lot; other students were starting to arrive.
“See ya in a bit” she said as she walked back towards her truck. My Porsche 918 Spyder was sticking out like a sore thumb. Oh well I thought. I parked it next to Bella’s truck watching as peopled stopped and stared at my car, not caring I walked up to her and she pulled her hood up as we walked down a sidewalk crowded with teenagers. We walked around the cafeteria, and I saw the building marked “3”. We walked towards the door and Bella’s breathing started approaching the hyperventilating stage.
“Bella” I said. She turned around, and I told her “it’s ok at least you’re not the only new kid, we’ve got each other”. She nodded and calmed down a bit. We walked into the small classroom, some kids in front of us were stopping and hanging up their coats, Bella copied them but I decided to leave mine on. We walked up to the teacher’s desk; a plaque on his desk identified him as Mr. Mason. He gawked at Bella as she handed him her paper, she turned red. I stepped around her and handed him my paper he merely nodded and sent us to some empty desks in the back of the class.
I wondered what was up with the people around here and her. Oh well I thought as I looked at our reading list. I could recite these books backwards and forwards from memory. Class went by fairly quickly, the bell rang and a boy with some skin problems and some seriously greasy black hair leaned across the aisle towards Bella and started talking to her. I decided not to interrupt and started walking towards building 6, where I had government next. Trigonometry was after, taught by a Mr. Varner. His was the only class where I had to stand in front of the class and introduce myself. Poor Bella I thought as she blushed and stammered and tripped to her seat next to me after introducing herself.
I walked with Bella and Jessica to the cafeteria after class and a scent caught in my nose. No way had I thought as we walked into the cafeteria. I quickly pulled my hood up and shielded my face as we sat down at a table; I looked out of the corner of my eye to the table sitting in the corner of the cafeteria. There were five of them altogether; my eyes were drawn to Emmett sitting in the middle of them. Just then Bella asked Jessica who they were, I listened in. “That’s Edward and Emmett Cullen, and Rosalie and Jasper Hale. The one who left was Alice Cullen; they all live together with Dr. Cullen and his wife.” Jessica told Bella. “They are…very nice-looking” Bella replied. I still watched Emmett, wondering how he had gotten drug into this horrible life as I heard Jessica reply to Bella’s earlier statement saying “Yes! They’re all together though- Emmett and Rosalie, and Jasper and Alice, I mean. And they live together” she said.
I couldn’t take anymore I had to leave, knowing that Emmett was here still alive and with someone was breaking my unbeating heart. I got up slowly and started to walk towards the table in the corner where he sat. I looked down at my hand looking at the ring he had given me all those years ago. So much for getting married soon huh? I thought as I pulled the ring off as I walked up to his table I kept my head down as I sat the ring on the table in front of him, I turned quickly and started walking away quickly. I heard him gasp and the one known as Rosalie ask him what’s going on. I hurried out of the room and to the parking lot; I jumped into my Porsche and drove out of there as fast as I could, my tires screeching. I drove to the house I had purchased a couple of days ago, and quickly pulled into the garage. I walked to the house determined to get a grip on myself.
I stepped through the front door and walked up the master bedroom. There was a huge canopy bed in the room; even though I couldn’t sleep I still enjoyed lying in bed. As I lay down I thought about Emmett and his promise. All these years and not only is he still alive he’s with someone else and not only someone else, a vampire I thought. I heard a car pull into the driveway and a couple of people get out, I cocked my head to the side and listened carefully five of them altogether and two more in the car. I sniffed the air all of them were vampires, I took another whiff and realized one of them was Emmett. What the hell is he doing here? I thought as looked out the window to the coven of vampires converging on my doorstep.
I heard a knock on my door and Emmett call out “Celeste? Hello? Celeste I know your there open the door before I come in”. I really didn’t want to deal with all this right now, so as quietly as I could I walked to the window in the back and jumped out. I ran through the woods as fast as I could. I heard them behind me; one of them was gaining on me and fast. We were approaching a river and I heard Emmett yell “Celeste, no don’t cross the river!”