Once Upon A Time.
It was like any other day, as far as I can remember.
The children went off to school, Carlisle was already at the hospital, and I was maintaining our home’s order. All was average; nothing out of the ordinary had occurred recently. My family and I had so far maintained a low-status in Forks, Washington (if one can even remotely refer to our presence “low-status”). Of course the inhabitants of the small settlement have taken notice to our outward appearance, for we do tend to stand out wherever we happen to travel—it’s merely inevitable, I dare say; but such is beside the point.
As I mentioned, it was a day like any other. Though, however, when my dear Edward arrived home earlier than his schedule recommended, I knew immediately that something had gone terribly awry. Well, I suppose his arrival didn’t have to necessarily signify something erroneous; his aura, on the contrary, was clearly tainted with stress and extreme anxiety and confusion. My son revealed to me that he was going to spend time in Denali, with the other counterpart of our clan. Edward didn’t estimate just how long he would be there; I didn’t try to persuade him otherwise. I patiently waited for his return, as did the rest of my family.
The frustration that loomed over our household was completely understandable, in my opinion. However, I would not be the one to judge Edward and the decisions he makes. He is intelligent and very able to make his own choices; however, I shall never desert him in his times of need. I did my best to support the ruling he concluded. Having a human introduced to our family and become familiar with our lifestyle is very hazardous, I understand. The girl seemed trust-worthy and more than willing to keep a secret as imperative as our own. Bella appeared all too eager to join our family (unfortunately), but how could we dare turn the girl away? Edward had chosen her; he found love.
As with every relationship, Edward and Bella’s association was accompanied by inconceivable obstacles. Other than the usual high school drama, an entirely new world of evils had been introduced to the latest addition to our kin. The reality of the vampire world soon bore down on the poor girl all at once. Death and destruction naturally escorted those of our kind, as she soon learned. Chaos became Isabella’s middle name, as trouble seemed to loom nearby, no matter where she appeared to wander off to. Thankfully, Edward had been willing to protect her and keep her from harm. Of course, the rest of our family felt the need to defend Bella, as well. If she was even remotely injured, my son would feel all too responsible for the harm inflicted upon her. He took their relationship very seriously, as I had hoped.
James and Victoria proved nearly too much for my family to handle—almost. The lovers, including their apparent leader, Laurent, were intent on harming Bella, all because she was involved with our family; indeed, it was almost unheard of for a human to mingle about a clan of vampires. Any of our kind would surely find it beyond absurd, especially if he/she knew that our kind was supposed to dine on them by means of “eating.” It was evident the trio were after the human’s demise. They were all so intent on killing her. Edward was furious, resentful. I encouraged him that we would all so fervently protect Isabella with our lives, holding off the rabid vampires for as long as possible. Jasper and Alice took Bella away, hiding her from the track James’ radar.
In the meantime, Emmett, Rosalie, Carlisle, and I all tried to divert his attention. Bella and I switched clothes in order to distract the clan. Isabella was safely out of the state, once James realized we had deceived him. Naturally, he was infuriated and cursed us all... We discovered Bella in her old abandoned dance studio. James had bitten the poor girl—not full out, of course, thankfully. The side of her hand was nicked, from what I was told. Edward was able to suck the venom out of her system before the substance was given enough time to take its full effect. Bella was granted her first glance into the transformation process of the vampire, whether she wished to be enlightened or not.