©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.)



I WOKE UP TO FIND ALICE IN MY ROOM. SHE WAS sitting in my chair, which was usually occupied by Carlisle. Dominating her face was a huge smile. She danced across the floor until she sat next to me on the bed. I looked at her in awe; I wished I could be like her. And then an idea struck me, but I had to get rid of it extremely quickly. It was too dangerous to think that. You never know who’s listening.

“I know you’re going to hate me for saying this, but I have to. How do you feel Ali-Rose?”

I giggled quietly to myself. Alice always knew how to make me laugh. “I feel fine, the same as I did yesterday, and the day before that. I’m just a little tired, but I’m sure that’ll fade.”

“That’s good then, because as you saw this morning we don’t handle fear very well.”

“Yeah I’ve noticed. Can’t blame you though, you’re only human.”

It was her turn to laugh then. Alice’s laugh sounded like chimes, it was beautiful.

“Can I get up now, or will I just be carried back up here?”

“You can come down now, we’ve all calmed down a bit.”

“That’s good; I’m getting very fed up with this room.”

“Okay then, let’s go.”

Alice bounced off my bed and waited patiently for me to move, it was exceedingly obvious that she wanted to help me in some way, but she knew me well enough not to ask. I slid off my bed easily and stood upright. I put my hands above my head and stretched. Every muscle ached, but I wasn’t sure whether it was because of my lack of exercise or if it was something more serious. I swung my arms back down and smiled at Alice. I took a step forward and my leg gave way, I crumpled towards the floor, but I ended up in Alice’s arms.

“Are you okay?”

“Yeah, fine. Can you let go now?”

“Oops, sorry, are you sure you don’t need help?”

“Yeah I’ll be fine.”

She gave me a sceptical look, steadied me, and let go. I stood still for a second to get my bearings and walked towards the door.

“See,” I said as I opened the door. “I told you I’d be fine.”

She sighed. “I hate having blind spots. The thing is, twelve years isn’t very long for immortals, so I haven’t had very long to get used to it. I hated it when I found I couldn’t see Bella when she was with Jacob. It was even harder when Edward was pushing me to see Bella while she was pregnant with Nessie. But the thing I hate the most is that I’ll never see it coming. I’ll never be able to help you.”

The gloomy look on her face made me angry at myself, even though I knew I couldn’t do anything about it. I knew that when she said she’d never see it coming, she meant death. Maybe it would make it easier if they knew when it was going to happen, but then again, it might make things worse.

“Come on Alice, I’m fine right now, there’s no need to worry yet, please just be happy.”

“Okay Ali-Rose, but only because I hate making you unhappy, you’ve won me over, like everyone else in your life. You’re just like Nessie.”

“That’s what I do best!” I winked at her and continued across the landing. I came to a halt when I reached the stairs. Slowly does it, I thought to myself. Alice was by my side ready to catch me at any moment. As I moved my legs up and down I noticed how much slower my reactions were. It was painful to watch. I was already just like a human. At least my eyes hadn’t got worse yet.  Eventually I made it to the bottom of the stairs. I felt oddly triumphant. I hadn’t needed Alice’s outstretched hand once. As I happily strolled into the living room the channel on the T.V changed to my favourite comedy. I smiled and jumped onto the biggest sofa between Bella and Edward. Edward growled quietly, so I gave him my biggest smile, teasing him was my favourite game. Alice skipped over to the smaller sofa, which oddly, was holding Jasper, Emmett and Rosalie. Alice sat on the arm of the sofa and put her feet in Jasper’s lap while twining her fingers with his. Emmett sat beside Jasper with Rosalie in his lap. The image looked so perfect I wanted to take a picture to remember the moment, but my thoughts were interrupted by Carlisle.

“You seemed to have perked up a bit Ali-Rose, do you feel better?”

“Yes thank you, I feel perfectly normal, watch.”

I pushed Edward with all the force I could manage. He didn’t move even a millimetre – how pitiful. Edward growled and pushed me back, not so hard that it would hurt, but hard enough so that I ended up in Bella’s lap. Everyone laughed at me and I heard Rosalie sigh with relief. I looked over to her and smiled, she smiled back. If any human girl had seen the beautiful smile Rosalie gave me, they would have cried.

“I’m still going to check you every hour, but you seem a lot better, which is very promising.”

I nodded. Carlisle was sitting in the arm chair, Esme stood behind it, her hands on the back in a protective and loving way. I sat up and looked at her. Her caramel hair glowed from the sunlight that was gleaming in from the glass wall behind her. The Cullen’s had this house built before we left America. It’s an exact replica of their house, our house, in Forks. My mind drifted to Forks for a moment, it was all Edward needed. He pushed me with as much force as before, but this time I didn’t know it was coming. I ended up in Bella’s lap again, snarling. I leaped towards him, but he held me back with one hand, laughing. That made it final, Edward was definitely my brother. I gave up, panting.

“It’s not fair,” I complained to him. “Not only are you incredibly strong and fast, you can read my mind too!” 

“I’m sorry Ali-Rose - it’s just the way things are,” he gave me Bella’s favourite crooked smile before he continued. “Maybe one day we’ll fight fair.”

“Oh that reminds me, Bella -”

“No!” Edward snapped at Emmett.

Everyone looked between Emmett and Edward.

“Edward, it’s going to happen now. It would have been safer if you hadn’t snapped at him.” Alice said simply.

“Why didn’t you tell me? I don’t want to do this!”

“Don’t blame me, just because I haven’t been concentrating on your near future lately. Also . . . it doesn’t help that you’re sitting next to Ali-Rose.” She stuck her tongue out at him and winked at me. “Anyway, I have to see this.”

“What what what?” I whined, still very much confused. “What’s going on?” When no one answered me I looked towards Emmett. “Emmett, what’s going on?”

Emmett looked around the room before deciding to answer me. “Well Ali-Rose, I was just going to ask Bella whether she could shield me so that I can fight Edward without him cheating.” He had a mischievous grin on his face.

“It is not cheating! I can’t help reading your mind. Believe me Emmett sometimes I wish your mind was silent.”

Emmett chuckled and looked towards Bella. “How ‘bout it little sis?”

Bella pondered it for a split second. I had no idea what the outcome would be, Bella would never make Edward do something that he didn’t want to do, but she looked like she wanted to see what would happen as much as the rest of us.

“Bella please . . .” Edward looked pleadingly at Bella. The whole of time and space seemed to stop at the depth of his stare. Bella looked longingly towards him, so I elbowed her in the side.

“I think we should have a vote.” I announced, saving Bella from an obviously heart-rending decision.

“I agree!” Alice joined in.

“Okay . . .” Edward sighed heavily. “What’s the vote Alice?”

“You obviously didn’t think about that very well.” Alice said, teasing her brother.

“What have I done now?”

“Well, it was Ali-Rose’s suggestion, so I didn’t even see it coming, let alone the outcome - which makes it twice as exciting, even though the outcome is pretty obvious.”

“Okay then, whatever Alice. What’s everyone’s vote?” Edward sounded extremely bored.

“I’m in!” I said immediately. “I’ve always wanted to see this!”

“Me too! Sorry Edward.” Alice jumped down from the arm of the chair pulling Jasper up with her. You didn’t need to see the future to guess the outcome of this vote.

“Yeah, I’m with Alice.” Jasper smiled at Edward. “Come on, Emmett’s been waiting for what . . . nearly seventy five years for this!”

“So I’m already outnumbered?” Edward said looking defeated.

“Definitely!” Rosalie said jumping off the chair to let Emmett stand up.

Carlisle and Esme chuckled and smiled at Edward.

“Just be careful boys; please try not to break anything.” I knew that when Esme said try not to break anything, she meant the trees. Fighting in the house was definitely a bad idea. The only exception was if anyone was fighting with me. That could stay inside, as long as I didn’t break anything.

“To be honest Edward,” Alice’s smile was getting bigger and bigger. “You did well to put it off for this long.”

Edward sighed and then smiled at his favourite sister. “I know.”

Everyone that was still sitting stood up and made their way to the back door, but I didn’t move, it appeared that they had forgotten something.

Edward spun round in a motion so fast that my eyes couldn’t keep up. “What have we forgotten Ali-Rose?”

“Jacob and Nessie,” I answered simply. “They wouldn’t want to miss this.” My smile was teasing.

The remainder of the Cullen’s looked round. Rosalie caught my eye. She was smirking, obviously very happy with the way things had turned out. She winked at me. Edward let out a slow menacing growl, gave me a frightening smile and lowered into a crouch. All I could think was ‘Uh Oh . . .’ I closed my eyes and braced myself for the impact that was sure to come.

“Edward,” Carlisle warned. “Be careful.”

The next thing I knew I was upside down being carried out of the house at the speed of light. I had no idea where I was being taken. My eyes were tight shut; the wind whistled past my ears and ruffled my hair. I slowly opened my eyes. We were in the forest. It reminded me of Forks. I closed my eyes, imagining that I was there. Our house was built just in front of a forest, which made hunting easier. At the thought of hunting my mouth started to water and my throat burned. I hadn’t been hunting in a good month. I was fairly thirsty. Before I could consider this anymore, I was flung on to Edwards back as he ran as fast as he could around the forest. I screamed with delight. This was definitely the thing I missed most about being a vampire. The speed. The trees rushed past us, the dew from last night’s rain glittered in the sunlight. Edward’s skin sparkled brilliantly. The forest seemed more like a jewellers than a forest. Edward was the diamonds, the trees were the emeralds. I stared at my skin, willing it to do something other than glint pathetically. Suddenly we came to a halt in a clearing that I had never seen before. It was large and round and very far away from any form of civilisation. Edward set me on my feet and looked closely into my eyes as the rest of the Cullen’s appeared in the clearing, along with Jacob and Renesmee. Edward continued to stare into my eyes, I wanted to look away, but it was impossible. I didn’t know what he was looking for, or whether he found it, but after what felt like a decade he released me from his stare. Bella literally appeared from nowhere, but suddenly she was right next to Edward, taking his hand. He gazed at her in the same way that he had done in the house, it was so passionate, adoring. I felt like I should leave, so I skipped over to stand next to Rosalie instead. Rosalie had a sly smile on her face.

“You have no idea how long Emmett’s been waiting for this.”

“Yeah, I know. I’m glad he’s finally got his chance. I wish I could fight, with any of you, and have any sort of chance.”

“Don’t worry Ali-Rose, I’m sure you’ll get your chance someday.” She smiled a heart-warming smile. My face lit up as I tried to copy her, I gave up giggling. Jasper ripped a tree out of the ground and placed it on the outskirts of the clearing. Rosalie and I went over to it and sat down.

“I’m sorry if it’s not very comfy Ali-Rose, but it’s the smoothest trunk I could find.”

“Its fine, you really didn’t need to bother, I’m the only one who needs to sit down, and the floor would have been fine for me.”

Bella, Esme, and Alice, joined us on the tree trunk as Edward and Emmett stood facing each other in the middle of the clearing. I was quivering with excitement. I had never seen Edward fight before, only Emmett and Jasper. Sometimes Bella would join in too. I was never allowed to fight properly, because if anyone lost their concentration they could easily kill me. The closest I’ve ever been to a proper fight was with Edward in the living room.  Jacob was chuckling quietly from behind me, he would enjoy this the most, aside from Emmett. I concentrated on Edward and Emmett as they both lowered into a crouch. I knew I would find keeping up with them difficult. My eye sight was not what it used to be, I growled softly, annoyed with myself as Bella stood up and glided to the other side of the clearing. I held my breath as the fight begun. They were both a blur, I couldn’t even pick out shapes. It was just a cloud of colours to me. Instinctive snarls rippled from the blur, it sounded like Edward, but I couldn’t be sure. Rosalie was stiff beside me, totally absorbed in the fight in front of us. Alice was watching just as intently, until she suddenly snapped out of it. She skipped over towards Jasper and whispered something to him. He laughed quietly. Alice returned to the log and knelt down beside me, she whispered in a voice so low that I barely heard her.

“Do you want to know who wins?”

I just shook my head as I fixed my eyes on the battle again. Nothing had changed; the blur was still as difficult to recognize as before. I wondered who would win, I thought Emmett would win easily, but I wasn’t so sure anymore. It looked like an even fight to me, but on the other hand, I had absolutely no expertise in combat. The fight came down to Speed vs. Strength. I was entirely engrossed. The fight continued for a lot longer than I thought. I gave up trying to guess the outcome and just watched. Eventually Emmett froze with Edward’s teeth centimetres from his neck. Emmett roared deafeningly and stalked towards where Rosalie now stood. Edward looked smug as he winked at me.

“I want a rematch!” Emmett called from somewhere in the trees.

Edward just chuckled. We all made our way over to him, Esme the only one bothering to match my speed.

“Emmett and Rosalie have gone hunting by the way, I’m sure we could catch up to them if we wanted.” Edward said the smug smile still in place.

“Jazz and I went yesterday, we’re fine.”

“Yeah, us too, we went earlier today when I spoke to the pack.” Jacob said. “Well done Edward, to be honest with you I wasn’t expecting you to win.” Edward just replied with a euphoric smile.

“Esme . . .” Carlisle said. “Do you want to go?”

Esme took less than a second to decide her answer. She glanced at me when she spoke. “Yes, I think that’s a good idea.” Carlisle nodded and they swiftly disappeared from the clearing. I sighed heavily; I would have to wait a while until I could hunt.

“Hey Edward,” Jacob said suddenly. “Can I tell the pack about this? Seth will be very pleased!” Edward nodded and just like Carlisle and Esme, Jacob, pulling Renesmee with him, disappeared.

“So,” Edward said turning to look at the remainder of what was, a minute ago, a large gathering. “What do you want to do now?”

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