I let out the breath I didn’t know that I was holding.“Let’s go!” Alice chirped excitedly, turning and bouncing towards the entrance of the bookstore. We quickly followed.As we stepped into the bookstore, our eyes quickly searched for Bella. We found her sitting behind a table at the back of the bookstore, her head bent over a book she wassigning.We walked over silently, as she gave the book back to the fan with a sweet smile.“Next, please.” She called, looking at her hands. Carlisle cleared his throat, causingBella’s head to snap up. My mouth full open as her topaz eyes connected with mine.
She’s a vampire. That’s why the scent was so familiar, yet I was sure we never met before.She is a very young newborn, how can she stand to be around humans?
She is beautiful!
Now we can be a family, forever!
I wonder what happened while we were gone.
Maybe she will fight with me!
Love, joy, hurt, pain, loss, anguish, agony, fear. Her emotions are changing so quickly,and they are so intense.
Jasper thought.Bella stood and slowly backed away from us.“Bella, please stay.” Alice pleaded. Bella stopped in her tracks, but didn’t say anything.Her eyes darted from person to person, she was extremely anxious.“Bella, I – ” I started to apologize, but was interrupted by a beautiful, clear, high sopranovoice.“Momma!” The small voice shouted. A little girl, around the age of four, came runningtowards Bella. She was the most beautiful little girl I have ever seen. Her face wasastonishingly beautiful. Her shiny bronze-colored hair fell in ringlets to the middle of her back. Her warm chocolate brown eyes were aware, intelligent, and not at all childlike.Her skin was cream and roses, just like Bella’s use to be. Her heart was thrummingquickly, almost like a bird’s. The strange scent we smelled earlier was coming from the blood in her veins.Bella held her arms out at exactly the right moment as the little girl leaped into them, buther eyes never left ours.
Bella has a daughter? How? That girl has to be around four years old, and we were only gone eight months.
She looks . . . she looks . . . she looks like Edward. She has the same colored hair.
She must be Bella’s daughter. She has the exact same color eyes and skin. But she has Edward’s hair. That is imposable. Vampires can’t have children.
Carlisle was arguing withhimself.
Edward! You didn’t!
Alice thought shocked. Oh, crap. She knows.
Edward, I feel extreme protectiveness coming from Bella. We better be careful.
Jasper thought.The little girl reached up and placed one small hand on Bella’s check.In my mind I saw Bella’s face through the girl’s eyes.
What’s wrong momma?
Her thoughts were worried.“Nothing sweetie.” Bella answered tenderly, still staring at us.Wait! What! Did Bella just answer the child’s thoughts?