delicately on my tip-toes on one of the wooden fence posts on the
edge of the lawn and looked up as snowflakes fell; human eyes
could never see in the dark let alone see each individual icey
fibre of the snow flakes - I was glad to have inherited vampire
eyesight, it came in very useful.
"Nessie, stop staring at snowflakes and help carry stuff!" Uncle
Emmett called from the other side of the lawn; he was precariously
balancing a stack of five boxes in his arms. I smiled, jumping down
from the post and performing a line of cartwheels across the grass
before propelling myself into the air and swiping the top box from
the stack, landing gracefully on my feet. I turned to grin at him
as Mom and Dad laughed behind us. "You are way too much like your
momma." Uncle Emmett said, walking past me and into the house.
"Not a bad thing, sweetheart." Mom chuckled as she walked past me
with two boxes in her arms. I smiled before my sensitive hearing
picked up on a sound, a motor running, tires crunching on twigs and
dirt, a familiar voice humming to himself; if I heard it the even
more finely tuned hearing of my relatives would have heard it too
which is why without a word I put my box on the floor and dashed
out into the cold, dark night, noticing neither. I was almost as
fast as my family but not quite, the human DNA within me dulled
some of the vampiric abilities, such as hearing and running and I
couldn't go without breath indefinitely...I tried...and
fainted...twice. My foot falls were near silent as I powered
through the undergrowth of the forest, dirtying my jeans and
Converse as I went; a grin spread across my face as I got closer
and closer to the Harley and it's rider.
I glanced out and saw the dim glow of the head light on the dirt
track and back flipped out into the track, around thirty feet in
front of the bike, leaving him with plenty of time to break, which
he did, slowing to stop beside me. "Hey, Nessie. " He said, his
sun-light bright smile burning through the darkness as he removed
his helmet. I replied my launching myself at him, almost knocking
the bike of balance as I did; his arms closed around me and
squeezed me close. I couldn't control the rush of happy thoughts
with were forced from me into him through the physical contact.
"Not used to My Jacob being away for so long."
"Me either." He said as he shifted back and lifted me onto the
seat between him and the handle bars. "Put your feet on the
syrups." He muttered in my ear as he slipped his helmet on my head.
I did as he asked before feeling him lean against me, head on my
shoulder and hands on the handle bars.
The engine growled as the bike moved forward and a sudden
exhilaration moved through me as he sped up, the snow flakes
bending their paths as the wind generated from movement pushed them
away. I laughed excitedly as we powered along the dirt track until
we reached the three story home which was now our home. It was made
of grey stone and on the lower floor two walls had been replaced
with glass; I couldn't help but thing mom had picked this house for
that specific reason for nostalgic value.
Jacob put the stand out on the bike and lifted me off, Mom came out
to greet us as I removed the crash-helmet; Jacob always had a sweet
greeting reserved for her, I often wondered what had happened
between them before I was born, I only picked up on muffled
conversations. My memory was a trait inherited from my vampire
genes, I could remember every moment of my life...including some of
the time spent inside my mother, though most of it is just sounds
and feelings; for example I could remember the first time I had
heard Jacob's voice, it was muffled and strange, he sounded mad
which made me scared at the time.
"Hey, getting settled in?" Mom asked. I didn't know much about
imprinting, only what Seth and Leah had told me but I knew it meant
that Jacob couldn't leave me, it would hurt him; this was why when
we had to move away from Forks he had to move close to us but as a
result he broke from his own pack...kinda...Seth refused to be left
alone with Leah and Leah refused to leave her brother so they had
to follow with him. Grandma was kind and bought them a house so
that they could stay close.
"Just about, Leah took over the bathroom entirely." Jacob chuckled.
"She's a girl, what did you expect?" Mom said, punching Jacob in
the arm with as much force as a baby human.
"Yeah..." Jacob yawned and stretched.
I padded over to where Uncle Emmett and Dad were stood talking and
smiled cheerily "Happy to have your puppy back?" Uncle mocked. I
stuck my tongue out at him.
"Don't be childish." Dad warned.
"I'm nine, I'm allowed to be." I retorted.
"Renesmee..." He said, flashing me an angry look.
"Sorry." I said, looking down to the ground.
"You're room is ready if you want to go see..." Uncle Emmett said
breaking the tension. I briefly touched my finger tip to his palm,
sending him a silent thank you which Dad would have heard.
"Jacob! Come see my room!" I called, his head snapped up and he
beamed, striding across the lawn with Mom by his side. I took his
hand, making him stumble as my rush of thoughts tainted his own
before he walked on behind me, following me to the top floor of the
house where my room was situated.
The black beams were now decorated with silver, glowing lights
shaped like stars, the wooden floor covered in the center by a
large, blue rug. in the middle of the room against the left wall
was my white, four poster bed with its canopy drawn - The matching
set of draws was on the opposing wall at the foot of the bed as was
the wardrobe. At the far end of the room was a set of glass doors
which opened out onto a balcony, just before these was a small
wooden desk and a short bookcase filled with my favorites. I gaped
in awe as I stepped in and opened a door to my right into a
bathroom which housed a large bathtub in the corner as well as the
"Wow, Nessie." Jacob said from behind me as I rushed to the end of
the bedroom and stepped out through the glass doors onto my own
private balcony. I was grinning from ear to ear, amazed at the
beauty of my new room. Of course I missed the cottage where I had
spent the past nine years growing up, developing my gift, adapting
to being one of only a few in the world.
When I had been younger my gift had been sweet but as I got older
it became more refined, it would take me just a second of contact
to communicate a large amount of thoughts and a new talent emerged:
I could sense vampire's gifts and "see" them as they worked. When
ever we visited our cousins in Alaska I had fun impressing them
with my gifts.
Jacob perched himself against the railing and watched me as I took
in the night "Much as it pains me Nessie, I've gotta go...it's
late." I pouted and jumped on him. He was like my brother that I
would never have and I didn't want him to leave "I don't wanna
go...I'll be back tomorrow." he said reassuringly, lifting me up
and carrying me inside.
"Promise. You know I can't stay away for too long." He said as he
drew back the canape and sat me on the bed.
"Okay." I said before grabbing his hand and pressing it to my
cheek, pushing forward a good bye. He left then, leaving me in the
peace of my room.
I listened as the sound of his motorcycle engine faded away into
the sounds of the Canadian woodland around the house. Mom knocked
on the door and stepped inside, smiling as she dashed from the door
to the bed.
"You like it?" She asked, looking around the room.
"Good...I thought you'd like to keep your old furniture...I know
you're going to miss Forks." She said, scooting closer to me on the
She glanced at my throat to the locket which hung there, reaching
out to hold the small oval in her hand "Remember when I gave you
"Of course..." I muttered, my throat clogging up at the memory.
"You still mean more than my own life to me, Renesmee...I want you
to know that....I know it's hard to move away after spending you're
whole life there but at least we're all still together." She
sighed, biting her lip.
"I know, Mom." I said, reaching out to hug her. From a very young
age I had grown accustomed to the icey cold temperature at which
vampire skin was set, it never bothered me.
"You need to sleep, everyone is coming over tomorrow to see us."
"Uncle Jasper?!" I asked excitedly. For close to half a year he
refused to come near me until one day, out of the blue he had
walked up to me as I sat in a clearing playing with Dad and he had
picked me up, holding me at arms length before smiling at me and
bringing me close to him; I remember being confused but then
instantly hugging him in return, communicating an instant sense of
affection for my Uncle. Since then we had become very close,
partaking in silent conversations forced on each other through
projected thoughts and feelings.
"Yes. Now get to sleep, I have to unpack with your father." Mom
said, kissing my forehead. She paused for a moment and grasped a
lock of my long, curling hair. "This is getting so long..."
"You never wanted to cut it, remember?"
"You're old enough to decide on cutting your hair...maybe not
"I like it long."
She smiled and stood in one swift motion before disappearing out of
the bedroom door. I sat in silence for a moment before standing and
going to my wardrobe, pulling out my favorite bed shirt, it was one
of Jacob's shirts which he had given me to dry me off after
swimming with him. I undressed and slipped into the huge shirt
which almost reached my knees. My sheets crunched softly as I got
into them, that perfect, freshly washed crunch which I enjoyed
One of the problems of being half vampire is that even though it's
dulled my hearing is super sharp, making it hard to sleep when you
can hear every single noise around you; somewhere downstairs I
could hear soft rustling as my parents and uncle unpacked the many
boxes, I could tell they were trying to be quiet for my sake.
Somewhere out in the forest a bear rustled, it didn't scare me,
Uncle Emmett Could take it down without a thought. An owl hooted,
the trees creaked softly, the wind rushed through the under growth,
these were all sounds I had known at the cottage which made it
slightly easier to fall asleep.
Dawn broke across the hills, touching my skin and rousing me from
sleep; I could smell something good coming from downstairs which
made em leap from my bed, had I not known Aunt Alice would be here
I would have dressed in simple blue jeans and t-shirt but as she
was coming I slipped into skinny, white jeans, a blue
camisole and a black jacket.
"She's awake." I heard Grandpa say from downstairs and suddenly
there were the sounds of movement downstairs, they had been still
to avoid waking me.
I padded down the soft, carpeted stairs and grinned at my family as
they loitered in the living-room. When I had first been able to
walk and was beyond the stage of being passed around I had
established an order for who to greet and hug in what order.
First was Aunt Rosalie who I hugged tightly.
Next was Aunt Alice who one-armed hugged me as she judged my
After this was Uncle Emmett who I fist-bumped with.
Grandpa and Grandma Who I received tight hugs from.
Then uncle jasper who always hugged me close, I noticed how he
spoke and breathed now when he hugged me, the scent of my blood
must be becoming less appealing.
And last was Mom and Dad who I hugged gently, receiving a kiss on
the forehead from Dad.
I looked around as the chatter began, enjoying seeing almost my
whole family together, it would have been complete with Jacob,
Seth, Leah, Grandpa Charlie, Sue and Grandma Renee. Aunt Rosalie
came to stand with me, talking to me about everything, the topic of
school came up, causing the entire room to start talking with me
about it. It had taken a while to persuade everyone that I wanted
to go to school and now that I was at the end of my growth it was
the perfect time, especially seeing as we moved too.
"Have you matriculated her yet, Bella?" Grandma Esme asked.
"Yeah, just waiting for them to tell us when she can start."
"Which school is she going to?" Rosalie asked.
"Frances Kelsey." Alice replied in-time with Mom, causing everyone
"I'm surprised you didn't send her to one of the private schools."
Grandma Esme murmured.
"Edward wanted to but I wouldn't let him, she's growing up like any
other teenager and that means going to public school." Mom said,
stroking my hair gently.
"I didn't want to go to private school...Jacob couldn't go with
me-" I said before I could stop myself. Six pairs of golden eyes
darted my way in surprise.
"The dog is going to school with her?!"
"How did that happen?"
Mom sighed "Jacob never got to finish school an he wanted to be
with her so he matriculated too, it's for the best, he can keep an
eye on Renesmee."
"And you agreed, Eddie?" Uncle Emmett said tauntingly, causing Dad
to snarl at him.
"Never call me that again." Dad growled, edging slightly closer to
"Honestly..." I sighed.
"Jacob is here." Grandpa Carlisle said, breaking the tension. I
strained my hearing and listened to the grinding of dirt under the
pressure of the wheels. I beamed happily.
"Time to stop breathing." Aunt Rose muttered. My birth had solved
many conflicts, including the utter hatred Rose held for Jacob but
she still kept her cold exterior towards him.
"He doesn't smell." I groaned. To me he just smelled musky and of
deodorant which he plastered himself in to make it easier for those
who thought he smelt like wet dog.
I heard the engine cut out and I jumped a few inches from the
ground excitedly. Jacob knocked on the door politely and waited a
micro second as Mom answered it, hugging him quickly. His eyes
fixed on me as he grinned over her shoulder. I rushed towards him
as he released Mom and was swept off the ground in a tight hug. I
looked outside and saw the ground was covered in a fine layer of
snow which was now melting slowly.
"Hey guys." He sighed as he put me down, everyone muttered a
"So, I hear you're going back to school?" Grandma said, smiling
warmly as she stepped over to him.
"Yeah...just to watch over Nessie."
They entered into their own conversation as I tuned in to a hushed
conversation occurring in the corner between Aunt Rosalie and Dad:
"Are you sure she's ready?" Rosalie whispered.
"She'll be more advanced than most humans there." Dad replied.
"You know that's not what I meant..."
"Her gifts are still developing but she has relative control, if
she forces herself she can cloud her thoughts enough for them to be
unnoticeable if she's in contact but she has to force
herself...it's quite draining for her. We've spoken with her about
avoiding physical contact with anyone as well as a few other things
and until she is n summer break she's not allowed to practice
developing her gifts, it's too risky." Dad said, glancing my way.
"...she'll be fine, she's smart."
"You hungry?" Mom whispered in my ear.
"Mhm." I nodded.
"Jake, want breakfast?" She asked, striding towards the kitchen.
"Sure, thanks, Bells."
The sound of Jake's phone made em turn towards him, I scooted
closer to hear the conversation "Y'hello?" He said.
"Can I speak to Bella?" Leah said curtly.
Mom was already waiting to take the phone from him "Leah?"
"Yeah...I know this is...rude but...can me and Seth come over?"
"You're always welcome, Leah." Mom said, pottering in the kitchen.
"Thanks...Seth wants to see Edward and I... I'll see you soon." The
phone beeped as the other end of the line was cut off.
"Is Seth going to school too?" Grandma asked.
"Yeah. He'll be a Junior though." Jacob replied.
"You're lucky to start as a senior, Nessie, anything below that is
worse than boring." Uncle Jasper said with a smile.
"Not that being a senior is any less boring." Uncle Emmett chimed
"That's only because you have all done it fifty times before." Mom
said, handing me a plate with pop tarts on it.
"Wow, Bells, when you said break fast I wasn't expecting gourmet
but..." Jacob said jokingly. I kicked him in the knee.
I scarfed down my pop tarts and went into the kitchen to wash my
plate, closely followed by Jacob.
"You okay?" He asked.
"Uh huh." I replied.
"Looking forward to Monday?"
"Yeah." I said even though the thought made me heart beat even
faster than usual.
"No need to lie." Uncle Jasper muttered from the doorway, I didn't
recall hearing him move to stand there.
"Stop reading me." I groaned as his violet mist of emotion touched
my skin. Not even vampire eyes could see gifts in this much detail,
even Mom only got rough ideas.
"No." he retorted.
"Play nice." Jacob said, nudging my shoulder.
"I always play nice." I replied sarcastically.
"Renesmee." Dad warned from in the other room, he was always
telling me off for being rude.
I strolled back out into the living room, ducking past my Aunt and
Uncle "We really must thank you, Nessie, if it weren't for you we
wouldn't have an excuse to change our routine, at least this time
we get to go to college." Uncle Emmett said.
"Yes, it's a change for all of us; I really was getting fed up of
pretending to work in Europe." Aunt Rose sighed.
"I miss Europe, though it's difficult in the sunier countries."
Grandpa said thoughtfully.
"Maybe we should go back one day?" Grandma said, sliding closer to
him on the dark brown couch.
Leah and Seth arrived a few seconds later and devoured half of the
food in the refrigerator - I could have sworn that food was meant
We chattered and spoke all day, the wolves and me crowded in one
corner of the room but there was no hostility, there was peace and
tranquility. Jacob and the others left just after night fall, with
much grumbling from me as I didn't want Jacob to leave but he
"Ask him to change for you so he can sleep at the foot of your
bed." Uncle Emmett said playfully.
"Don't even think about it." Dad said, a smile crossing his lips.