©Molly Looby No way. I knew I was dying. I knew I was dying fast, but this hit me like a speeding bullet. How long did I have left, years, months, weeks? Days...?

For Ali-Rose life is just a fading moment. Fighting from her inevitable death is the only thing she can do to save her family from the grief that is sure to engulf them. But something on the horizon is about to change her life...

(This is a Twilight fanfic set twelve years after the end of 'Breaking Dawn', but not from Bella's POV, from the POV of Ali-Rose - all will be revealed if you care to read on.)

(Author's Note: Before you read Mattie, please can I just point out that it was written when I was fourteen-fifteen years old, and it was also the first thing I ever wrote and finished, for my own benefit and that of a close friend. I know it has its flaws and I'm okay with that because this story made me grow as an author more than I could've imagined. I truly hope you enjoy it.)




“Oh why not?”

“It’s a surprise. Don’t worry, you’ll find out soon enough.” Alice shut the front door behind her. She was going shopping with all of the girls, leaving me to entertain myself.

Weeks had passed since my accident. I ran my hand gently across my cheek. It had healed in one day. A smooth pink line now ran across my face. Carlisle had been intrigued. I was more werewolf than I thought. September had arrived and with it more sunny days. I couldn’t understand this country. There was something wrong with it being hotter in September than in August. I was suddenly in the air. I screamed in shock, giggling at myself. I was swung round and dropped on the sofa.

“Jake!” I complained, still giggling.

“What?” He had a mischievous grin on his face. “It was just too tempting to resist.”

I heard someone cheer from outside. Jasper, Emmett, Edward, and Tyler, were playing some sort of game. It looked as if Edward and Tyler’s team were winning. They began throwing a ball around. It just looked like catch to me.

“What do you want to do then Mattie, anything in particular?”

“I’d like to know what Alice is doing.”

He chuckled. “Can’t you guess?”

“No. What is she doing?”

“What’s the date?”

“Oh.” I finally understood. It was one day until my birthday, two days until Renesmee’s and five days until Bella’s. “So that’s what she’s been up to.”

He chuckled again. The interesting ball game outside caught his attention.   

“Go and join them, I’m going to go upstairs and turn my laptop on.”

“Okay,” he agreed jumping up. “But if you get bored just shout, K?”


Jacob raced outside and Edward automatically began describing the rules to him. Tyler winked at me and I stuck my tongue out at him. I skipped up stairs and turned my laptop on. I flicked through various files until I came to the one I was looking for. I read through what I had written in July. I hadn’t written a thing since Tyler had appeared. I quickly began to type, unable to resist it any longer. I didn’t notice that Tyler was sitting beside me until he said, “It’s very good.” I almost jumped off my bed in shock. He chuckled at me. “Sorry, did I scare you.”

“Yeah you scary vampire!” I teased.

“When did you start writing this?”

“July. I haven’t written anything in ages and I felt kinda guilty. Do you want to read it?” I hadn’t let anyone read my work. I told them that it was unfinished and that they couldn’t read it yet.

“Okay. Why don’t you read it to me?”

“Alright.” I scrolled up to the top of the document and began. We sat together in my bedroom for about half an hour, Tyler listening closely to my work. I edited as I went and laughed as I remembered things that had been said. Tyler enjoyed listening to my story, learning about my life before he came along and changed it. When I had finished reading it through he watched me type. I finished the fifth chapter and jumped up. I stretched my arms and legs, stiff from sitting in the same position for so long. Tyler and I made our way downstairs and found Edward on the piano and Jacob on the sofa. Jasper and Emmett were still outside. We sat with Jacob until Alice came home. I got sent up to bed early. I was alone for a whole hour until Tyler appeared. I lay chatting to him until I drifted off to sleep . . .  for the last time as a four-year-old.


“Mattie? Mattie?” Someone was prodding me and whispering my name.

“Huh?” I replied.

I heard Tyler’s smooth voice at my ear. “If you don’t wake up soon, Alice will explode, and then force you to get up.”

“Mmmm.” I mumbled. I opened my eyes.

“Happy Birthday.” He whispered kissing my cheek.

I smiled, sitting up.

“Alice has been very patient, but I think she’s reached her limit.”

I giggled. “Do you think she’ll let me get dressed first?”

“Probably not, you can get dressed later.”

I nodded and slid off the bed. Taking Tyler’s hand in mine we made our way downstairs. The living room looked just the same as usual, except for the pile of presents in the middle of the floor. Alice jumped up to greet me.

“Happy Birthday Mattie!” She hugged me before spinning me round and sitting me in front of the presents. Jacob was yawing. I wondered what time he had woken up. He was on the larger sofa with Renesmee and Bella, Edward was on the arm. Carlisle and Esme were on the smaller sofa with Jasper. Emmett and Rosalie were on the armchair, Rosalie in Emmett’s lap. Tyler sat on the floor in front of me, his back against the sofa. Alice skipped around until finally, she sat next to Tyler on the floor.

“Open something!” She squeaked, clearly the most excited person in the room. Every present was wrapped in different wrapping paper. Different colours and patterns jumped out at me. There was no way to decide which one to open, so I took the one from the top of the pile. The wrapping paper was every colour of the rainbow. It was book-shaped, but it didn’t feel like a book. I admired it for a minute before sticking my finger under the paper. I ripped the paper off in seconds, more excited now than I had been a moment ago. The wrapping paper fell away and I was left with a notebook – a diary. It was white with a flower that curled up the sides. It said Diary on the front in swirly writing. On the inside cover it read:


We hope you like it! Lots of Love

 Nessie and Jake x

I flicked through the diary and put it to one side, thanking them for my present. The diary would surely help with my story. My next present was a new skirt, followed by a top that matched it perfectly. I continued opening presents well into the morning. I got clothes, books, games, hair accessories, jewellery, make-up, a new jewellery box, and a small camera. It was as though Alice had bought something from every shop she’d come across. I jumped up and hugged them all once I had opened everything. Alice encouraged me to get dressed into one of my new outfits. I agreed and raced upstairs. Once I had finished in the bathroom, I spread my new clothes out on my bed and made the difficult decision of which one to wear. I chose a sparkly purple top and the long matching skirt. I did my hair, brushing through it quickly. It looked better than usual. I spun round and found Tyler in the door frame.

“You look beautiful.” He said as I walked over and put my hand in his.

“Thanks.” I giggled.

“I’ve got something for you,” he produced a thin square silver parcel. I spun it around in my fingers, wondering what it was. “Open it.”

I obeyed immediately, slowly ripping off the shiny paper. It was a CD. The cover was plain white with the words, Happy Birthday Mattie, written in Tyler’s elegant handwriting.

“What’s this?” I asked, slightly confused.

“It’s a CD of the world’s most beautiful songs. Every one of them reminds me of you.”

I was speechless. I could only stare blankly at the CD and into his eyes. He kissed me very softly and whispered in my ear, “Happy Birthday.” I stood frozen for a few more seconds.

“Mattie!” Alice called from the bottom of the stairs. “Are you ready yet?”

I nodded and Tyler answered for me. “She’s just coming!”

When I made my way downstairs I had to have photos taken. Lots of photos – too many. When we had spent an hour on endless pictures, Jacob, Carlisle, Emmett, and Tyler jumped up, almost simultaneously.

“Go and get changed Mattie,” Jacob said, a huge grin stretching across his face. “We’re taking you out for the day.”

Before I could answer Alice bustled me upstairs and told me exactly what to wear. Within minutes I was bundled into the car and we were on our way.

“Where are we going?” I asked the second Carlisle had pulled away.

“You’ll see.” Emmett answered, swivelling round in his seat to smile at me.

I was sitting in the back between Jacob and Tyler. It was an odd sensation for one side of my body to be hot and the other side cold. We had been driving for five minutes when I asked again.

“Please tell me where we’re going.”

“Nope.” Jacob said, enjoying my curiosity.

“It’s my birthday.” I pleaded.

“It’s not going to work.”

“Fine.” I crossed my arms, ignoring him.

Emmett was flicking through the radio stations. “There’s nothing good on.” He complained. He was flicking through them so fast I that hadn’t recognised a single song. “What CD’s have you got in here Carlisle?” He began searching the car.

“I don’t have anything we’ll agree on.”

“That’s fine, Mattie can choose.”

“Here,” I said, handing Emmett the CD Tyler had given me. Emmett looked at it quickly before putting it in the built in CD player. The familiar beginning of my favourite song filled the car. I closed my eyes, remembering. Tyler whispered the lyrics softly in my ear as the song continued. The rest of the CD was breathtaking, better than I could have ever imagined. Every song was beautiful and reminded me of Tyler. I found a tear rolling down my cheek as we pulled up in a car park. I quickly wiped it away and looked out of the window. We were in a very busy car park, surrounded by trees. I jumped out of the car as quickly as Jacob would let me. I heard screaming from where I stood - screams of delight, but also terror.

“Where are we?”

“This Mattie . . .” Jacob said, an enormous smile on his face. “. . . is Bloodstone Park.”

“What’s Bloodstone Park?”

Jacob pointed high above the trees. There was a dark blue metal track, it came up and went back down again. I was about to ask what it was when I saw a cart full of people whizz past. The track was for the cart, and the cart was some sort of ride.

“Where are we?” I asked again, stunned by the speed in which the cart had moved.

“It’s called a theme park.” Jacob explained. “Humans come here to have fun. We thought you’d enjoy it.”

“We’re . . . going on that?”

“If you want.”

I took a deep breath as we made our way towards the entrance. I had no idea what to expect. Carlisle paid for our tickets and Jacob led the way towards the closest ride. The queue wasn’t very long. Jacob said theme parks were usually a lot busier. As I watched the ride go shooting off at a remarkable speed, again and again, I realised that Jacob had chosen the fastest one in the park to go on first. He was brimming with excitement when it was our turn to board. We sat four in a row. Jacob and Emmett were on the ends, Tyler and I sat between them.

“You ready Mattie?” Jacob asked, unable to control his excitement now.

I nodded, unsure. Tyler squeezed my hand lightly before letting go to allow me to hold on to the metal bars on my shoulders for dear life. I held my breath as the cart rocketed out of the station. Not knowing whether I was enjoying myself or not, I closed my eyes tight shut. I opened them again after a couple of seconds. I was flying. Well, that’s what it felt like. The wind blew my hair around and cooled my face. I wasn’t flying . . . I was running. It felt like I was running through the forest at vampire speed. We went over a loop and I squealed in delight. We sped round the last corner and came to an abrupt stop. I jumped clumsily out of the cart, over balanced and landed in Jacob’s waiting arms.

“Enjoy that?” The smile on his face couldn’t have been bigger.

I nodded, slightly breathless.

“You would have found it more fun than we did, but that was pretty good.”


“Tyler, Emmett and I, can run that fast.” He said simply.

“Oh yeah,” I replied. “That was brilliant! Let’s go on another!”

We spent the rest of the day going on every possible ride. Jacob explained to me all about theme parks at any available moment. It was really quiet, so we never had to queue for very long. At one point it threatened to rain, but as Alice had predicted this morning, it stayed dry. She’d been watching the date for weeks. As afternoon began to turn to evening we left the park.

“Did you enjoy yourself Mattie?” Carlisle asked as we drove faster than was necessary along the motor-way.

“Yes, it was brilliant! Thank you.”

“You’re very welcome.”

“Are you tired?” Jacob asked.

I nodded.

“You should have a rest. You won’t be going to bed for a while yet.” He chuckled.

I re-positioned myself so that I was leaning on Tyler’s cool body. He stroked my hair and I quickly fell asleep.

I was woken by Jacob. I opened my eyes and was helped from out of the car. I was stunned by the sight that greeted me. Alice had dressed the house and surrounding trees in fairy lights. They twinkled beautifully in the evening moonlight.  The fairly lights also covered the inside of the house. Glitter covered every surface and candles glowed. Soft music was playing in the background. Everyone was standing in front of the dining table, which was holding a brilliant cake. The cake was three layers high. It was covered in white icing. Happy Birthday Mattie was written in Edward’s perfect handwriting. That icing was dark purple. Flowers made of icing ran around the outside of the cake. It was amazing. For the first time in my five years, human food looked tasty. Edward chuckled.

“I’m glad you like it.”

“Who made it?”

“Esme and I.”

I thanked them both. Alice danced to my side, smiling. I suddenly felt underdressed. Everyone was dressed up, including Emmett, Carlisle, Jacob, and Tyler, who must have changed quickly while I was distracted.

Alice spun me round to face the back of the house, which was made entirely of glass. Fairy lights were sprinkled around the garden too, but that’s not what caught my attention. A present was hanging on the wall. I had a good idea about what it was. It had a hanger sticking out of the top. It was my turn to change. We all sat in the living room. I sat in the middle of the floor, trembling with excitement. I unwrapped the shiny pink paper slowly. A bag was revealed. I fumbled with the zip. I was speechless when I pulled it out of the bag. It was the most beautiful dress I had ever seen. The fabric was soft and flowing. It was blood-red in colour, making me smile. I couldn’t function for a few seconds until Alice squealed for me to try it on. I raced upstairs, being careful not to trip on the dress. I slipped it on quickly. I gazed at myself in the mirror. The colour of the dress went well with my hair and skin tones. The material clung to my waist, making me look slim and perfect. You could only just see my feet. It fitted flawlessly, as I knew it would. As I spun round the fabric flowed around my ankles, like ripples in the sea. I brushed my hair, and as in the morning, I was surprised at my own beauty. It was becoming more prominent every hour. I made my way downstairs to the smiling faces of my wonderful family, tears in my eyes. I didn’t try to hide them.

“You like it then.” Alice asked, dancing on the spot.

“I love it. Thank you so much.”

They all replied with a smile. Emmett pushed all of the furniture to one side of the house and Alice put my CD on. Tyler took my waist and I realised they had created a dance floor. Tyler and I spun slowly to our song. I was oblivious to the people dancing around me. In that moment it was me and Tyler, no one else existed.

“Have you had a good birthday?” He whispered.

“The best.”

“I’m glad.” He smiled - the smile that took my breath away without fail every time.

“Wait here.” He whispered. He was back before the words sunk in. He spun me around and gracefully slid a necklace around my neck. The chain was slender and delicate. Hanging on my neck was a heart made of white gold. I had been taught the difference between silver and white gold from a very young age. In the middle of the heart was a diamond, which sparkled in the candlelight. I spun the heart round in my fingers. Something was engraved on the back. Tyler whispered the words as I read them.

“I will love you forever, and forever is how long we have.”

I fixed my eyes on his. I wrapped my arms around his neck as he wrapped his around my waist. We swayed slowly to the music, unable to break our gaze. I kissed him softly. He kissed me back and smiled. We continued spinning and turning into the night, watching each other’s eyes. I secretly wondered when mine would glow liquid topaz like his. Knowing that when they did we really would have forever.

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