Mattie

©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...?
Hours...?


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...
Forever...


(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.)

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23. DECLARE

I SAT DOWN ON THE PIANO STOOL AND GENTLY caressed the keys. It had been too long since I’d played. I began to play the simple tunes that Edward had taught me, enjoying the music and sense of freedom that washed over me. It had been a week since we had gone to the river. Everyone had grown to trust Tyler, and they enjoyed his company. He only had to go hunting every three days or so, his now butterscotch eyes never grew dark. He was hunting with Jasper and Alice, leaving me hopping up and down waiting for him to return. I let the last chord fade away and turned swiftly to look at Edward, who was sitting on the sofa with Bella.

“Edward,” I asked, begging with my eyes. “Can you teach me something new?”

He nodded and glided over to me wordlessly. I jumped up so that he could sit on the piano stool, but he pulled me into his lap. He played a familiar tune effortlessly.

“This one?” He asked, not needing to look at the keys.

I nodded. He began again slowly. I copied him in a higher octave. I memorised the right hand and he began to teach me the left. Bella stood over us, staring at the piano book currently on the stand, smiling. After fifteen minutes I could play the whole thing through without any mistakes. Edward smiled at me and lifted me off of his lap. Bella took something from the stand and spun it around in her fingers, the same distant smile on her face. She smiled and placed the object back where she had found it. I looked at it curiously. It was a bottle cap. Bella was in Edward’s arms in less than a second. They stared into each other’s eyes, as if nothing else mattered. The only thing they wanted in ‘life’, was each other. They kissed tenderly, the love just spilling out of them. It made my heart ache. I held the bottle cap in my hand. It was from a drink. The bottle had been new thirteen years ago. I knew the story of the bottle cap. It had been from Bella’s lemonade, at lunch time in Forks high school. Edward had kept it as a token of their conversation - one of their very first meaningful conversations. I jumped up off the piano stool and lost my balance, landing in Jacob’s arms. I sighed, I didn’t like being uncoordinated. Jacob picked me up and dropped me onto the sofa. I re-focused my eyes and crawled into Renesmee’s lap. She instantly began stroking my hair. Jacob disappeared quickly when Emmett announced that he wanted a race. I giggled. I thought about Tyler, he was always up for a race. I smiled and sighed, contented.

“Oh Mattie.” Renesmee sighed. “My Mattie. What are we going to do with you?”

I gave her a feeble smile.

“Our Mattie, falling in love, who’d thought!”

I blushed, making her giggle.

“I’m glad you found someone honey.” She kissed my forehead and continued to stroke my hair. We sat like that until I got up, allowing her to join in with the race. I could sense that she had wanted to play. Renesmee loved games, especially when Jacob was playing. Renesmee and Jacob were still children at heart. I skipped happily around the house, searching for something to do. I stopped in my tracks when I reached the kitchen. Before she had left, Alice had put the radio on. I knew it was her. Her scent was all over the kitchen, linked with Esme’s. I listened closely to the song that was playing. It was one of the most powerful, meaningful love songs, I could think of nothing like it. I leaned on the cool marble worktop, closing my eyes. I listened very closely to the lyrics. It was one of the most beautiful songs I had ever heard. It fit perfectly with my life. It described how I felt when I was with Tyler, when I was away from Tyler, and how very much I loved him. The song faded softly into the background, allowing the presenters to begin their easy banter.

“Wow.” I whispered, letting out a gasp of air. Strange, I hadn’t known that I’d been holding my breath. I spun around, walking straight into someone. I looked up, it was Tyler. For once I had been oblivious to his presence. I immediately wrapped my arms around him, he mirrored my actions. I pushed myself up onto my tiptoes so that I could see his face. We were only centimetres apart. My arms were around his neck, his around my waist. I never wanted to let go. Suddenly the urge to tell him was stronger than my fear of rejection. I couldn’t continue life like this, without him knowing, any longer. I took a deep breath, contemplating how to begin, when Tyler spoke. He stared lovingly into my eyes. His eyes were so light that they were milky butterscotch, still as deep as ever.

“Mattie,” He began, taking a deep breath just as I had only moments ago. “You are my best friend, my saviour, the love of my existence, my one, my only. You are my everything. I love you.”

My eyes hadn’t wavered from his. I couldn’t help the tears that were flowing down my cheeks. My heart was pulsing in a steady rhythm, fast, but only marginally faster than usual. I closed my eyes, gathering my thoughts. I opened them again and gazed directly into his eyes.

“I love you Tyler. I love you now, and I’ll love you forever.” My words didn’t have as much passion as his, but words would never be enough to describe my beautiful feelings of love. Tears continued to roll down my cheeks, the moment was so perfect. The sun gleamed through the window, blinding me so that Tyler was the only thing left. He sparkled in the amazingly bright sunlight. I glinted weakly, but seemed to shine. I smiled softly up at him. He unravelled one of his arms from around my waist and wiped away my tears. We stood gazing into each other’s eyes. I knew what I wanted, but I didn’t think. I just came up with the conclusion before consciously thinking about it. Tyler’s breathtaking smile had stunned me for several minutes, making all conscious thought useless. I unwrapped one of my arms from around his neck and ran my hand through his hair. It was soft, almost fluffy. He laughed softly. I watched the way his lips moved. I had never noticed his lips before this moment. They were the only thing about his appearance that had gone unnoticed. My mind came up with another unconscious conclusion. I acted without thinking. Tyler mirrored my actions yet again, long-lost human instinct coming back to him easily. I stared into his eyes for as long as I dared, closing them as his face got closer to mine. My erratic heartbeat reached top speed seconds before his lips very softly, touched mine. I clung to him with as much intensity as my small body could handle. Overwhelming passion filled every cell in my weakened body. He softly pushed me away from him and whispered in my ear.

“You don’t know how long I’ve been waiting to tell you.”

“It can’t be as long as I’ve been waiting.” I whispered back, my breathing irregular and coming in gasps.

“I beg to differ.”

We held each other silently, both trying to control our breathing. I giggled, still breathless. He ran his hand through my hair, tenderly, kissing my forehead and smiling. My heart sped up for a second time. I wondered whether it’d ever go back to normal. He seemed distracted as his eyes met mine, for the millionth time since I’d known him. I questioned him with my eyes, knowing that he could very easily read my emotions.

“Your eyes are the most astounding shade of ruby today.”

I gave a small growl. He chuckled.

“It looks good on you. I promise.”

The momentum of my heart increased again. I sighed.

“I think you should sit down.”

“No.” I whispered, pleading.

“I don’t want you to have a heart attack.” He teased. “Or a heart failure.”

“You’ll have to warn me.” I enjoyed the confusion that appeared on his face. “Because my heart is no longer mine. It belongs to you.”

His smile was one of elation, I returned it easily.

“At least you’re not heartless.” It was my turn to wear the look of confusion. “Because my heart is yours.”

I was speechless again. The reality of his feelings didn’t hit me. He loves you, I chanted in my head, trying to convince myself that I wasn’t dreaming. I was still concentrating on my breathing, which hadn’t yet returned to normal. How could it? It would never be the same again. Tyler chuckled as I attempted to calm myself by taking deep breaths.

“Are you sure you don’t want to sit down?”He said a hint of concern in his voice.

“I’m fine.” I said in between gasps. “Just give me a second.”

My breathing slowed, but didn’t return completely to its normal speed. I sighed and gave up, staring deeply into Tyler’s eyes instead. Disapproval flashed across his face, but my smile erased it. After five minutes, Tyler pulled me up into his arms. It was the first time we had looked away from each other’s eyes. He carried me with ease, into the living room. He sat on the sofa, with me still in his arms. I buried my head in his shoulder and he kissed the top of my head. The tears rolled down my cheeks again as the truth came crashing down on me.

“What’s wrong?” Tyler whispered into my hair.

“It’s silly.”

“I’m sure it’s not.”

“It’s just . . . this has been the best day of my life.” I whispered.

“Mine too. My existence was pointless before I meet you, now I feel that it has a purpose.”

More tears rolled down my cheeks.

“I love you Matilda.” The use of my full name added significance. I treasured his words.

“I love you too Tyler. More than I thought I could love anything, but my love for you . . . it’s ceaseless.”

He kissed away my tears, leaving me breathless yet again.

He sounded irritated. “I have to stop doing that!”

“It’s not your fault you’re unnaturally gorgeous.”

“I could say the same to you.”

I blushed scarlet and he chuckled. Jacob, Renesmee, Emmett, and Rosalie all appeared at once, taking various seats around the room. I was disappointed that my time alone with Tyler had drawn abruptly to a close. We were joined by Edward and Bella moments after everyone had taken their seats. Edward smiled at me from across the room. He knew what had happened - he had ‘heard’ it. Everyone began chatting happily, Tyler also joining in. I couldn’t think of anything to say. After a while I heard Esme humming in the kitchen. I looked at the clock, she was making dinner. Carlisle was in the kitchen with her. Funny, I hadn’t heard him come home. Every few minutes or so Tyler would stare into my eyes, or kiss the top of my head, reminding me that my life was perfect, and that I never wanted that to change.

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