Isabella stopped at the small home in Phoenix, there was a small car parked in the driveway, and with her enhanced hearing she could hear two people shuffling around inside the home. She strained her ears and could hear the soft pattering of a heart. Someone was pregnant. Deciding it was dark enough for her to be able to sneak a look at the people inside the home she swiftly moved to the window using the dark of the night and the cover of the clouds to go unspotted. She saw a woman in the kitchen humming a small tone as she put together a sandwich. The obvious baby bump visible through her shirt as she moved, Isabella knew she would have this baby soon. A man came in wrapping his arms around her waist from behind as he rested his head on her shoulder.
“You should be sitting down, Renee.” He said his tone obviously filled with worry for the woman who was carrying his child.
“I’m just making a sandwich, Charlie, it’s nothing to worry about, beside the baby is fine,” Renee replied fixing the sandwich.
Isabella closed her eyes as the uttering of the man’s name began to bring memories back into her mind.
“Bells! Come on Sweetheart we’re going to miss your flight! I don’t want to have another argument with your mom about you being late!” Charlie said at the bottom of a flight of stairs. There was a soft thud, and another voice appeared.
“I know, Dad! I was just making sure I have everything, I didn’t want to leave anything important behind.” 14 year old Bella said running down the steps her converse hitting the floor with a soft thud as she was finally made it down the stairs to her dad.
Another memory hit Isabella as she sat huddle on the ground her knees pressed tightly against her chest. She was terrified of what the memories might lead to, she didn’t want to know about any of this, but a part of her felt she needed to know about her past.
“I think its best if I go live with Charlie for a while. I want to give you and Phil some time alone to enjoy the time you have with each other. You don’t need a teenager with you guys during the time you’re supposed to be on your honeymoon. I want to go to Forks, I’ll be graduating soon and I should spend some time with Charlie while I still can.” Bella said with a smile reassuring her mother she was ready to do this and that this was the decision she wanted to make.
“I don’t want you doing this because you feel you have to, Bella.” Renee said a worried tone in her voice. “Phil isn’t gone to long in-between games, and I want you to be somewhere where you feel comfortable.”
“I’ll be fine with Charlie, I always have been.” Bella said as she walked over and gave her mother a hug making clear her decision was made and there was no going back from this.
Isabella took in an unneeded breath as memories of her childhood came flooding into her mind. She remembered Renee, Phil and Charlie. She stood back up and looked through the window making sure she wasn’t spotted by anyone. Somewhere between the last few years she had been missing her parents must’ve reconciled and now conceived another child. She wanted to cry, was she so easy to replace to them? Her eyes scanned everywhere she could see and she couldn’t get any sense that they remembered who she was. She waited outside until they fell asleep before breaking into their new home. She searched everywhere in the house for anything that led to a reminder of her, something that signaled that they remembered who she was.
An hour passed as she made her way through the home checking every room for an indication that she had once lived here or that she had once been a part of this family. She finally reached the door that led to the attic.
Opening the door slowly as to not make any noise that could possibly wake her parents she stepped inside the attic. Her eyes scanned the room as she saw the several boxes that were labeled Bella. She began to look through the boxes. Each filled with different things that belonged to her. She saw her old clothing, books, CD’s. She had thought that some of these things would bring back some memory of her past, but they were only random objects to her now. She came upon a box that seemed to be freshly opened and inched closer to it.
She opened it with caution, shock ran through her as she noticed the box was filled with newspaper clippings and other small tokens that marked her disappearance. She decided she was going to take this with her and read about everything that had happened to her. Charlie was a cop, so some of these things must be copies of the police reports of her disappearance. She turned to walk out but saw Charlie standing by the door. His face was pale as he looked at her, his eyes scanning her form, come to a rest at her eyes.
Isabella took in a deep breath, she couldn’t do this to him now that he had his life together. She couldn’t let him know she was alive she could practically feel the whirlwind of emotions flowing through him, but this wasn’t her life anymore. She remembered a gift she had seen amongst the several she had come across before. It was one to erase memories, she figured that would be the best option when it came to Charlie. Isabella walked up to Charlie and stared into his eyes, she entered his mind pushing past the barriers that protected his memories and erased the ones with her from tonight. She sent him back to bed, his mind no longer having any recollection that she was there tonight.
Leaving the house behind with the box of items from her disappearance Isabella headed towards a motel, she would rent a room and begin to go through all the papers. Hopefully, she would be able to fill in the holes of the things she couldn’t remember.
Isabella walked around the room pacing, she had just read a few newspaper articles and all the information was overwhelming her. She had gone missing October 5th, less than a month after her 18th birthday. The small town of Forks had done a wide search but after two months of searching they gave up on finding her. Renee had moved back to Forks and into Charlie’s home to continue the search. It was on April 31rst that a body was found, it was a girl’s body same height, weight, eye color, hair color as Bella Swan. The body was burned to a crisp barely anything survived from the fire. Except a few strands of hair that matched Isabella’s DNA.
Victoria had covered her death because the police were checking nationwide for her and it was a risk that they would eventually find her in Texas. Isabella remembered when Victoria had cut off large pieces of her hair one day, taking the strands and disappearing from the room and torture for days. It made sense now, why Renee and Charlie had moved on together, why they didn’t try harder to find her.
Isabella fell onto the bed with a sigh, Isabella or Bella Swan was dead. Her memory, her life, her past had been put to rest once and for all. Isabella looked at the box and put the lid back on, she had come to the decision that her past was to remain the past. The memories could come back, but she stopped being Isabella Swan long ago, she was Isabella Whitlock now and she was happy with the life she had now. No matter what happened in the past, it was over and she had to continue to move forward. The past was the past and the only thing that mattered to her anymore was the present and the future.
At that moment her phone rang and she knew it was Peter, “Hey Pete.”
“Hey Elysia how’s hunting down the past going?” Peter asked curiously. “I haven’t heard from you in a while and I came to the conclusion that you probably forgot about your brother.”
“How could I ever forget?” Isabella said with a laugh, “I’m doing fine, Pete, I was planning on coming home soon though.”
“That’s great to hear, Elysia. Did you find what you needed to about your past?” Peter asked.
“I did discover what I needed to know about my past. I’ll tell you all about it when I get back to Texas.” Isabella said with a smile as the thought of going home was becoming more appealing with every second that passed.
“You’re not going to head back to your original plans and visit the Grand Canyon?” Peter questioned.
Isabella sighed, “No, I don’t think I am, Pete. I can do it another time, there’s no rush in doing it now, especially since I got what I came fore. How are you doing, Pete?”
“I’m fine, Elysia, no need to worry about me. My gift is telling me it’s okay for you to come home.” Peter said, “I would actually like to have you home. Things are getting boring around here and Jasper isn’t as fun as he used to be, the animal diet is making him a wimp and so incredibly boring.”
Isabella laughed, “I’m sure you’re just over exaggerating, Pete. Why don’t you spend all your energy trying to get him back on the original diet? You never know, it might get him to loosen up a bit and let go of all this pent up stress he’s obviously keeping to himself.”
Peter laughed, “I just might Elysia, so anything in your past you found out about that you want to tell me about?”
“I’ll just tell you when I get to Texas, Pete. This is the type of stuff you speak about face to face not over the phone. I’ll leave in about a few hours and should get there tomorrow morning. I plan on stopping for a quick hunt on the way home.” Isabella said looking around the room and mentally making a list of everything she had to gather to take with her.
“Sounds good, Elysia. I’m beginning to fear I’m becoming just as much of a baby as Jasper. If you don’t get here soon I don’t know what’ll become of me.” Peter said with a laugh knowing Jasper could hear him from outside.
“Switch him over, Pete. Vampires tend to be happier with their existence when they’re high off human blood,” Isabella said with a laugh.
Peter’s laugh came over the phone making Isabella smile, “Come home in one piece, Elysia.”
“I’ll do my best, I’ll see you tomorrow morning, Pete.” Isabella said, hanging up the phone. In her hand was the one file she had left out of the box. The explanation to why she felt so connected to Peter.
Peter looked to Jasper as he hung up the phone from his call to Elysia. “I think she has a point, the human diet would be a lot better for you.”
“The blood lust is too much Peter and I can’t handle the emotions of my victims while I’m killing them. Mixed together everything just feels like too much.” Jasper replied solemnly. “I’m sure I could handle the blood lust, but it’s their emotions that kills me.”
Peter nodded, he’d have to ask Isabella to help him. There was no doubt in his mind that together they would be able to get Jasper back on the normal diet without a problem, he only had to wait. Wait to see how his little sister would react to knowing that someone from her past was here, that they were back in her life.
“I understand,” Peter began, “But I’m sure me and Elysia can fix your little diet problem. Animal drinkers are pussies!”
Jasper sighed, thinking of Isabella. Peter had warned him several times to not call her Bella, it wasn’t who she was anymore, she was different from who she once was. “Do you think that she remembers me?”
“Who knows, but from the tone of her voice I don’t think so,” Peter said, “I know my sister, she would’ve sounded different if she found out about that part of her past, but eventually you will have to tell her, she deserves to know.”
Jasper nodded, “I know, trust me I know this.”
“She won’t hate you,” Peter said, “She once told me that in her time leading up to becoming a vampire, she knew she was going to lose all her memories of the past, so she let it all go willingly. She won’t hate you.”
Isabella parked her car a mile away from her home with Peter. She ran her hands through her hair a nervous habit that she had learned from the humans. She paced the road back and forth trying to decide is she was able to do it or not. As she thought about Peter and Jasper, faint memories of Jasper began to come back. She wasn’t angry, she just didn’t know how to handle things. Taking in a deep breath she got back in her car and drove the last mile to the house. As she parked the car Peter was outside in an instant.
“Elysia!” Peter said happy to see her home again.
Isabella jumped out of the car and ran into Peter’s arms and hugged him tightly. She stepped back and smiled. “I have some stuff to tell you, Pete.”
Peter and Isabella both turned as Jasper went to the porch. “Elysia, I should tell you…” Peter began.
Isabella shook her head, she walked up to Jasper and watched as he tensed as she got closer. “It’s nice to see you again, Jasper.”
“You remember,” Jasper said watching her, her emotions were blocked and her eyes were covered hiding her emotions from him.
Isabella shrugged, “I remember some things. I meant what I said, it’s nice to see you again.” In a movement that surprised both Jasper and Peter Isabella moved and hugged Jasper. “You don’t have to apologize.” She whispered in his ear so low that Peter wasn’t able to hear her words. Isabella stepped back and smiled as she kissed Jasper’s cheek. “You’re a good man, Jasper. I know that and you should too.”
Isabella walked back to Peter and grinned, “I have something for you.”
“Oh?” Peter asked a silly grin on his face. “Is it that moving souvenir I asked for?”
“No, we have enough of those as it is I’m not adding onto that collection.” Isabella said as she pulled out the vanilla folder and handed it to Peter. “Read it.”
Peter groaned and turned to Jasper, “Can you believe this? I ask for a souvenir she brings me a book to read.” Peter opened the folder and began to read through the papers. Isabella laughed as she knew Peter was getting to the part she wanted him to see. “This is real?”
Bella nodded with a grin, “Yeah, it’s why we’re so close. Why we’re connected.”
Jasper stepped forward, “What’s in the folder?”
“Elysia and are related by blood,” Peter said handing the folder over to Jasper. He grinned and hugged Isabella.
She laughed, “It was the best thing I got from my trip down memory lane.”
“So you’re his granddaughter,” Jasper said looking through the folder.
Isabella nodded, “Yeah, I am, Pete and I are blood related.”
“This is exciting,” Peter said, “I think this needs a celebratory hunt.”
“I’m all for it,” Isabella said and turned to Jasper awaiting to hear his answer.
“I can’t do it,” Jasper feeling slightly embarrassed. Isabella moved and put a hand on his shoulder.
“Don’t worry about it,” Isabella she said with confidence as she looked back at Peter. “Pete and I can help you with the emotions. Trust us on this.”
Peter grinned, “Oh this is going to be fun.” Jasper sighed but followed the two as they got into Peter’s car. Jasper watched as the girl he once knew spoke and joked with Peter. He couldn’t believe this was the fragile human that he had once known. They arrived into town and Jasper was surprised the clouds were still in the sky he had never seen this place look so gloomy before.
“You can go find your prey, Pete. I’ll stick with Jasper and help him hunt,” Isabella stated as they prepared to hunt. Peter nodded and disappeared trusting that Bella would be safe with Jasper. “You ready for this?”
“I’ve been on the animal diet for too long, I don’t think I’ll really be able to handle this.” Jasper responded as he looked around his body tensing as the scent of several humans hit him making his throat burn with thirst.
Isabella chuckled, “I remember, you weren’t so good at it.” She put a hand on Jasper’s arm. “I’ll find a meal for you just try and stayed relaxed.”
Jasper watched her walk and he felt a loss flood his chest without her by his side. It didn’t take long before she was back a drunk man following after her. She walked into an alley and motioned for him. Trusting she had a plan he approached. She held down the man and looked at Jasper. “I’m going to turn off your power, than you won’t feel what he’s feeling. Hopefully that’ll help you feed peacefully.”
Jasper took in her words and turned to her confused, “What?”
She smiled so widely her pearly whites were showing, “Just trust me.” Isabella kept her eyes on Jasper as she turned his gift off. His face turned to panic as he lost the feeling of feeling other’s emotions. “You don’t feel anything that isn’t your own, so go ahead and feed Jasper.”
Isabella stepped and watched as Jasper hesitantly stepped forward reaching the drunken man. She watched curiously as he seemed to be debating something in his head, but soon his teeth were in the man’s neck. It only took a second for the man’s lifeless body to hit the floor. “That was quick.”
“It’s been a while,” Jasper responded as he wiped his mouth of the blood he had there. “How’d you do that?”
“It’s a gift,” Isabella replied with a smirk. “Now, let’s try something different. This time, I’m going to turn your power up and hopefully you won’t have any trouble controlling your gift.”
“I can’t feed with my gift.” Jasper said with a shake of his head.
“That’s why I said you had to learn,” Isabella replied as she turned to the body of the man and used her gift of lightning to light the body on fire. “I’ll get your next meal, just put the fire out when he’s done roasting.”
Jasper smiled as she disappeared, he was glad she hadn’t been angry at him, it really was a huge relief to know that she didn’t hate him. He put the fire out when the man was nothing more than a pile of dust. He would have to ask her later what exactly her gift was.
Isabella returned a while later with two men following after her. She handed one to Jasper and kept the other. “You ready?” She said facing Jasper.
Jasper nodded, “I guess so.” She turned his power as high as it would go and watched as he almost stumbled back.
“Relax Jasper,” She said as stepped closer she let go of the man and grabbed Jasper by the shoulders. “Look at me, Jasper.” Isabella took off her sunglasses and Jasper’s eyes went wide for a moment, but calmed, but soon his entire body calmed.
“How did you do that,” Jasper questioned as he realized he wasn’t feeling out of control. “I was going into myself and you stopped it.”
“I didn’t do anything, that was all you,” Isabella responded letting go of Jasper. “You have to focus, Jasper. You have to feel what they’re feeling, but don’t let it become what you feel. I have faith you can do this. Just try, if you can’t do it I’ll make it stop.”
She stepped back and as Jasper went to feed and she watched as he relaxed as he took in her advice. When he was done she handed over the next human. “Might as well feed until the thirst is gone. No point in not going all the way.”
Jasper chuckled, “Isn’t three too much though?”
“Don’t complain, just feed,” Isabella said with a smirk.
Jasper once again fed draining the man dry. He watched as their bodies were lit on fire again. “What exactly is your gift?”
“Oh, I can manipulate powers. Turn them on and off, make them stronger, weaker. I’m also connected to the thunder, the lightening, the storm,” Isabella said as her eyes looked up at the sky. “It’s why my eyes are this color.” She grabbed her sunglasses and went to place them back on. Jasper stopped her and grabbed the glasses out of her hand. He pushed the hair behind her ears and placed the sunglasses on for her.
“Thank you,” Jasper said as he fixed her hair again.
Isabella smiled, “I’m assuming you’re not just saying thank you for helping you hunt.”
Jasper nodded, “I’m saying thank you for not hating me.”
Isabella laughed, “You’re too cute to hate.”
Jasper chuckled, “Want to go find, Peter?”
“No,” Isabella, “I want to do something else, instead.”
“What’s that?” Jasper asked leaning in closer the spark between them was growing faster and stronger as every minute passed.
“I want you to kiss me already,” Isabella said. There was a low growl before Jasper pressed her against the brick wall of the alley and kissed her. His hands going to her hips and bringing her in closer to him. Her arms wrapped around his neck and deepened the kiss. She hadn’t noticed her legs wrap around his waist and his hands move to cup her ass.
A deep loud growl caused them to pull apart minutes later. Jasper was soon thrown away from Bella while Peter’s deep growl filled the alley.
“PETE!” Isabella yelled, she stepped in front of him. “Use your gift.” She asked him.
Peter stared at her, “What?”
“Use your gift,” Isabella repeated. “Please.”
Peter growled at Jasper again who had looked ready to attack Peter, but Isabella being in his way was the only thing that stopped Jasper. Peter looked into his gift and when he found what Isabella was talking about he froze. He looked at Isabella with a look of complete shock. “You can’t be serious, Elysia.”
She shrugged, “I was surprised too, but I saw it the instant I got home.”
Peter growled at Jasper, “You just couldn’t stay away from my sister, could you?”
“PETE!” Isabella shouted, “There’s noting that we could, you know this, eventually it would’ve happened.”
“But why now,” Peter practically pouted.
Isabella smiled, “Look, I’m going to go find something to eat, I’ll see you both at the house.” Isabella leaned into Peter so close that Jasper wouldn’t hear. “Don’t hurt him. Remember, he’s your friend.” She turned and smiled at Jasper before she disappeared.
“You!” Peter growled, “You just had to have my sister! You couldn’t try to stay away.”
“Peter… I,” Jasper said, “I don’t know what happened. I’m attracted to her, more than I’ve ever been attracted to anyone. I don’t know what it is about her, but I can’t help what I feel for her.”
Peter hit the brick wall, “I swear, you do anything to hurt her, I’ll rip you apart myself.”
Jasper put his hands up, “I wouldn’t hurt her more than she’s already been hurt.”
Peter sighed, “Let’s just go home so I can sulk in peace.”
“Where did Isabella get off to?” Jasper asked as he looked in the direction she had left.
Peter growled in anger, “You’re coming home with me, no chasing after her.”
“I’ll go with you, but just for my peace of mind where is she?” Jasper asked.
“Elysia doesn’t like this part of town to hunt, she’s picky and only eats people who are on their deathbeds. My guess is she’s in the downtown hospital.” Peter said as he and Jasper walked to the car. “She’ll be home before us her feeding is always quick, she doesn’t bite when she feeds.”
“She doesn’t bite?” Jasper asked curiously.
Peter sighed, “She doesn’t like taking human life. She will if she has to, but most times she wants to let them live as long as they can. She’ll cut them and then takes enough blood to sustain herself for a bit.”
“How often does she hunt?” Jasper asked.
“Every day, sometimes twice a day if she uses too much of her gifts,” Peter said he got into the car waiting for Jasper to do the same. “Get in.”
They arrived back at the house and Peter walked inside throwing the keys on a table and headed to the living room. He sat on the couch and rolled his eyes as Jasper looked around trying to sense Bella. Peter noticed a crack of thunder followed by lightning. “Follow that, and you’ll find her.”
“Thank you,” Jasper said as he was about to go the back door. “I won’t hurt her, not her.” He said to Peter as he left. Peter only waved his hand and began to look through his movies.
Jasper headed outside and looked around as another ray of lightning filled the cloud filled sky. All signs of the sun long gone. He found her laying on top of a boulder on her back. He approached slowly not wanting to startle her.
“I spent the last two years, without any memories of my past,” Isabella said. “And in less than 24 hours, everything changed. I’m getting these floods of memories, and I don’t know how to feel about anything anymore. I’m happy because I at least know that the people I left behind are okay, but there’s still pain there.”
“How’s Charlie doing?” Jasper asked he took a seat beside her as she lay perfectly still.
“He remarried Renee and they’re expecting a child together,” Isabella replied, “They came together again because of the pain of losing me. I brought them together again and that makes me happy, but than I think that although they’re happy they still feel the pain of losing me. I caused them all this pain.”
“Bella,” Jasper said ready to say anything in an attempt to make her feel better.
“No,” Isabella said interrupting him, “Don’t call me that. I’m not her anymore, Jasper. I’m not as naïve as I used to be. Think of another nickname, because I don’t accept Bella anymore.”
Jasper smiled as she still hadn’t looked at him, “Give me some time, I’ll think of something.” He looked up at the sky as there was more lightning. “What are you doing with the weather?”
“I’m frustrated,” Isabella responded with ease. “The lightning resembles that.”
“You shouldn’t be so frustrated,” Jasper responded. “Accept your memories. You don’t have to go back to being that girl, but you should cherish the memories you have. Not all of us get to have that after we turn.”
Isabella opened her eyes, “I’m sorry.” She paused and stared at Jasper as he looked up at the sky, “What do you remember?”
Jasper turned to her, “Not much. Just that I had a mother and father who loved me, a younger sister that cried when I left for the war. The only clear memory I have is of the day I left the three of them.”
Isabella sat up and reached for his hand lacing their fingers together. Jasper looked at their hands and lifted their combined hands and kissed the back of Bella’s palm. He rested their hands in his lap. They were silent for minutes, the thunder subsiding and the lightning disappearing. The clouds remained in the sky shielding them from the rays of the sun.
“What is this?” Jasper asked her curiously. “This connection between us?”
“The mating bond,” Isabella answered truthfully not feeling the need to sugar coat it for Jasper.
“Really?” Jasper asked stunned.
Isabella nodded, “It never showed when I was human because from what I can remember we never actually talked.”
Jasper turned to her and smiled, he would never understand what he did to be so lucky to get Isabella as his mate. He leaned in and kissed her forehead. She leaned against him resting her head on his shoulder and her eyes closed again. “I know you said not to apologize, but I am sorry that I couldn’t protect you from Victoria. I should’ve trust my instincts when I got a glimpse of her emotions.”
Isabella sighed her eyes still closed as she stayed inside her mind. “I accepted it all already. The torture, the death, my transition, I came to terms with all of it long ago. I knew the moment Victoria took me that I was going to die and I don’t regret this, Jasper. Because out of all of this I met Peter and Peter’s a brother to me. I have family with him.” Isabella turned to Jasper and put her hand over his eyes. “Focus for one moment and just think about what would’ve happened if Victoria didn’t take me. What do you see?”
“Edward would’ve come back to you. He would’ve persuaded you to take him back and you would be kept away from me. We would never have known the truth. You would’ve been turned by Edward and he would’ve taken you away from your family, from your life. You would’ve never met Peter, you wouldn’t be happy,” Jasper settled on the last fact and Isabella’s hand from his face. “You and me, we wouldn’t have figured out that we were mates. You would’ve lived an unhappy, unfulfilling eternity with Edward.”
Isabella smiled, “Don’t feel guilty for what happened to me, because it led me here and I like where I am right now.” She rested her head against his shoulder and took in a deep breath. “What happened that you had to come here?”
“Alice and I were only ever companions. We swore that if either found their mate the other wouldn’t interfere. I came home from a hunt and she was in bed with a newborn we had taken in. He wasn’t her mate, so I got angry and left.”
“You just left?” Isabella asked and watched as Jasper nodded, “When I’m angry someone always ends up hurt, it’s not something I can usually control.”
“The power you have?” Jasper asked.
Isabella nodded, “When I get too angry it just takes over. It builds and then boom, a storm. The last time that happened was New York.”
“You were behind that storm that hit New York a few months back?” Jasper asked, his mind then went back to Peter telling him about Charlotte. “It was because of Charlotte?”
“Pete and I, we take care of each other and we protect each other. That day I met her I was being polite, I didn’t know who she was at first, but when she said her name I knew. She then went into detail about how much of an asshole Peter was. I knew that wasn’t true, everything she was saying about Peter were lies. And I thought if she’s telling me this, a complete stranger, who else she has spoken to. She was dragging Peter’s name through the mud and I needed her to shut up. The more she talked the angrier I got. I finally had enough and I tore into her. I yelled, growled, but no one could really hear because of the storm. The rain began to fall and I tore her apart. Her mate was useless, he didn’t even move to protect her. I finally stopped when she was a pile of limbs. I warned her if she talked about Peter again, she would get worse. I didn’t mean to let my anger take over, but when you love someone, you protect them against anything.” Isabella said. “I usually don’t get too angry though, I’ve gotten better at controlling it, but sometimes the anger just builds and I have to let it out. That’s why the storm was days long. I was still angry, but I got it out through the storm, if that makes sense.”
“It does,” Jasper assured as he was curious to know more. “What do you remember from your human life?”
“My mom, my dad, you and the torture. I don’t remember too much. You mentioned Edward before and I honestly can’t remember him.” Isabella replied. “I remember you at my birthday party and the look on your face as you attacked, but I don’t remember what happened after you attacked. I remember you talking to me in Phoenix and running from you in the airport. You killed someone for me, he had blonde hair and I remember watching you kill him.”
“You only remember me?” Jasper asked in shock.
Isabella smiled, “I guess I only remember what I need to. I don’t need to remember the rest, I don’t need to remember this Edward to know that I forgave the past and moved on.”
“His name was James,” Jasper replied. “The vampire you saw me kill, his name was James.”
“James,” Isabella whispered, “He was hers. He was why Victoria wanted me.”
Jasper squeezed her hand, he didn’t apologize he just watched as her face went blank for a second. He watched her take off her sunglasses and rub her eyes. “Are you okay?”
Isabella shook her head. The thunder came again shining through the sky. Isabella began to shiver harder. Jasper moved her onto his lap bringing her closer to his chest as she vibrated against him. She stilled after a few minutes and took in a deep unneeded breath. “What happened?”
“I just got stuck in some memories.” Isabella said, she took in Jasper’s scent. “It happens from time to time. It’s hard knowing what’s real and what isn’t when I remember the torture. I’m not angry or hurt over it anymore, but sometimes my mind retracts back into the memories.”
Jasper nodded he had done the same before. He kissed her head holding her closer. He felt better when she relaxed against him. Deciding to talk on a lighter subject, he spoke again, “How was travelling with Peter?”
Her soft laugh made Jasper smile. “He’s made me do some stupid shit, but it’s nothing I’m not proud of. When we first met, he told me he was giving me my childhood back.”
Isabella and Jasper walked into the house together their hands still laced together. Isabella stopped walking as she heard the familiar music. She growled and let go of Jasper’s hand and moved quickly. He went after her only to see her attack Peter to the floor. She took the control from him and went to the other side of the room. Turning off the T.V.
Peter smirked, “Something wrong, Elysia?”
“You know damn well what’s wrong,” She growled, “You said you destroyed this video.”
Peter shrugged, “I lied.”
“What’s the video about,” Jasper asked moving closer.
Peter was about to speak when a small shock hit him in the stomach. “You said you wouldn’t do that anymore!”
“You said you’d delete the video,” Isabella argued with a smirk. “How many more copies?”
“I’m not talking,” Peter said as he sat back on the couch. Isabella went to the DVD player and took the disk crushing it into a million pieces.
“I don’t want to see this video ever again, Pete.” Isabella said with a growl.
Peter only laughed, “It’ll always be in my memory, and we know that won’t fade.”
Jasper chuckled, “What’s in the video that’s so bad?”
“On our trip to,” Peter began only to be stopped by another shock going to just above his hips.
“Don’t make me hurt you, Pete. I’ll hit you were it’ll really hurt next time,” Isabella said she turned to Jasper, “This video holds a very embarrassing moment, I don’t wish for anyone else to know.”
Jasper nodded and sat down on the other couch. He smiled as Isabella sat beside him close to his side.
“Fine, so can I watch another movie now, Elysia?” Peter asked using the puppy eyes that always got to Isabella.
She threw him the remote and motioned for him to choose. She moved so her head was laying on Jasper’s lap and her feet hanging over the arms. “We haven’t watched those musicals you bought.”
Jasper raised an eyebrow, “Musicals?”
Isabella snickered, as Peter glared at her, “In his defense, the lady assisting us at the store was very convincing. She could’ve told us to by opera tickets.”