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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7. REPEAT

“GO ON NESSIE!” JACOB SHOUTED FROM THE PLACE where we were standing. “You can beat her! She’s a little shrimp!”

I heard Alice growl and I think it was aimed at Jacob. When Renesmee and Jacob had returned, Alice and Renesmee had decided to fight. Alice couldn’t ‘see’ Renesmee, and she was finding it difficult. This was obvious from the growls that were escaping Alice’s lips compared to the giggles that were escaping from Renesmee’s. They were both diving and weaving around each other. Renesmee dodging out of Alice’s way at the right second, every time. Eventually Renesmee went for the kill. They both stopped, Renesmee’s arms were tightly wrapped around Alice, and her teeth close to her neck.

“I win!” she announced.

“Wow, I need some practise, I never realised how much I rely on my sight.” Alice said as she was released from Renesmee’s arms.

I’d watched various fights over the afternoon - Bella and Jasper, Bella and Jacob, Jacob and Jasper, Jacob and Edward, and now Alice and Renesmee. My favourite so far was Jacob and Edward, they fought twice - Edward winning first, and then Jacob the second time. We called it a draw. Night was slowly falling, it was twilight. The sunset lit up the forest in different shades of orange and gold. I was beginning to feel weary when Edward and Jasper stood up to go next. I was leaning against Jacob; he was lying down on the floor in his wolf form. I found it more comfortable to lean against him than to sit on the log. After about an hour my legs and bottom went numb so I had to run around a bit. Jacob’s fur was just the right temperature, exactly the same as my skin. It was incredibly relaxing. My eyes were struggling more and more to see as the light between the trees turned red. I could hardly see the other side of the clearing. Edward and Jasper were still fighting, neither able to gain the advantage over the other. I was reminded of Eclipse when Jasper was showing everyone how to fight newborns. This fight was just how I imagined it in my mind when reading Eclipse. Nothing changes. I thought to myself. Alice whispered something to Bella and she nodded with enthusiasm. Bella crept around the clearing so that she was directly behind Edward, and Alice did the same so that she was behind Jasper. Neither one noticed, they were too focussed. I nudged Jacob; whose eyes were closed, and pointed to Bella and then Alice. He showed his teeth in a wolfy grin and Renesmee couldn’t stop giggling. Renesmee was happy all of the time; I’ve only seen her upset a couple of times in my life. She’s the happiest person I’ve ever known, both human and vampire. Alice gave Bella a signal and they both leaped on to their mates backs. Both Edward and Jasper snarled in surprise as they were attacked from behind. Alice jumped off Jasper’s back and appeared in front of him, whereas Bella put her hands over Edward’s eyes and kissed his neck. All four laughed in unison as Edward tried to get at Bella, and Jasper at Alice. I watched in admiration, once again thinking that very dangerous thought, but thankfully Edward was too distracted to notice me. The light through the trees was purple now. I yawned, I was exhausted. It had been a very long day. My eyes felt heavy so I closed them for a minute. I suddenly felt the wind brushing through my hair and I groggily opened my eyes. I was on someone’s back, my eyes weren’t open for long enough to see who’s, but I guessed Edward because he could keep up with everyone else even with me on his back. I must have fallen asleep in the clearing. I opened my eyes for longer this time; we were very close to the house, only a few meters away and then we came to a halt. The sky was black now, the stars shining faintly in the night sky. There was a new moon tonight or maybe it was a total eclipse. I smiled to myself at the thought. I was put down on the sofa by Edward.

“You’ve been asleep for about an hour Ali-Rose.”

“Oh.” That was all I could say in reply as I curled up on the sofa. Jacob sat down by my feet and closed his eyes.

“Maybe you should go to bed Ali-Rose. You look exhausted.” Edward said as he sat down on the smaller sofa with Bella.

“Hmmm,” was my intelligent answer. “I think I should wait for Carlisle.”

“He’ll be back in less than an hour.” Alice called to me from the kitchen.

I just nodded my head in reply. I heard Renesmee creep to Jacob’s side and shake him.

“Jake? Jake? Wake up.”

I opened my eyes and sat up slightly. Jacob was deeply asleep.

“Give me a hand Ali-Rose.” She said as she struggled to wake Jacob. I smiled mischievously, a sudden rush of energy waking me up. I sat up and then lowered into a crouch. I leaped towards Jacob and ended up in his lap. Jacob woke up with a jump.

“What? What? What?”

I giggled at him as he struggled to get to grips with reality.

“You fell asleep,” I said while yawing myself.

“Sure, sure,” Jacob said as he locked me in his arms so that I had no chance of escape.

 Renesmee sat next to us and snuggled up next to Jacob.

“Don’t worry Nessie,” Edward said, I could hear the smile in his voice. “You have a bed, the question is . . . can you make it upstairs?”

I looked at Jacob, he was deeply asleep again. It was hopeless trying to wake him. I yawned again, which made Renesmee yawn too. We both giggled at each other as Renesmee too, closed her eyes.

“What’s the time?” I asked no one in particular.

“Late.” Edward replied helpfully.

I slowly closed my eyes, not really caring about the answer. I drifted in and out of sleep, hearing several parts of conversation that didn’t link, didn’t add up, or make any sense. I was only slightly aware of being carried up stairs because of the ice cold arms that held me. It felt nice, I was overly hot from sleeping in Jacob’s arms, I always felt hot, but I was sweltering. I was put down on my cool bed, everything felt cool to me. I opened my eyes a fraction and saw Carlisle taking his usual place in my chair. That was the last thing I saw until I fell into a very deep sleep.

 

I felt groggy when I woke up in the morning. My chest was aching more than it had yesterday so I breathed evenly, not daring to take a deep breath. I blinked open my eyes and I felt as though I had gone back in time. I had just woken up to the same thing as yesterday. Everyone was crowded around my bed looking worried. I had no patience for it today, I wasn’t about to repeat myself.

“Am I having déjà vu?” I said in a confident and irritated voice. “Let me guess, the same thing happened?”

“Yes.” Carlisle’s simple answer scared me slightly, but I wasn’t in the mood to be scared, I was still very annoyed. A sudden wave of calm washed over me like the sea over the sand. I felt peaceful, but still agitated. I jumped up out of bed and toppled over into Carlisle’s arms. A ferocious growl rippled from out of my mouth, and shook my whole body. I felt saliva well up in my mouth, I saw red. Suddenly the scene changed. Emmett and Jasper were standing in front of Esme, Rosalie, Bella, Renesmee and Alice, in a defensive position – protecting.  Edward was next to Carlisle, and Jacob was beside Renesmee, holding her hand. I realised what I had done, I sunk back down to my bed and apologized over and over again. I had become the danger. I never wanted to do that again. I must learn how to control my temper. Renesmee made her way past Jasper and Emmett. She sat beside me and wiped away my tears. I hadn’t realised I was crying.

“I’m so sorry.” I whispered. “Jasper, I’m sorry.” I didn’t know why I was apologising to Jasper. I didn’t know what I was doing.

“Don’t worry Ali-Rose.” he said, still not breaking rank. “It’s quite understandable really.”

I took a shaky breath and looked at Renesmee, who smiled, as always. Her chocolate brown eyes sparkled at me, but I didn’t know the meaning behind it.

“No one’s ever been in a situation like this, so we can’t compare it, but don’t worry. Your emotions are bound to be all over the place.” I nodded at Jasper, thankful that he understood.

“I’m still really sorry, I had no idea that I would react like that. I’m sorry Carlisle.” I wasn’t sure why it was Carlisle I was apologising to now, but he had been the closest to me.

“Ali-Rose,” he looked at me, willing me to understand. “It’s fine, we just want to make everything safe. See, everything’s fine, it was just a precaution.” I looked around and they had all returned to their original positions.

“I’m not dangerous.” I whispered, trying to convince myself more than anyone else.

“That’s true,” Jasper answered. “But we could have easily hurt you by trying to restrain you, and well, you used to be strong, so I guess, it was just out of habit as much as anything else. We have to be ready for anything.”

“I know.” I whispered so softly that a human would never have heard it.

“Cheer up tiny vamp!” Jacob used my old nickname and I smiled remembering. “What do you want to do today?”

“I don’t know.” I still felt sorry for myself.

“Come on Ali-Rose, your more interesting than that!” He said, starting to tease me now.

“Umm . . .” Instantly I started thinking. No one ever called me boring!

Alice squeaked unexpectedly. Every head turned in her direction.

“Do we have to ask Alice?” Bella said nudging her.

“Umm, hang on.” She closed her eyes and concentrated for a moment.

“I see.” Edward said. “Alice?”

“I was just checking the weather, you know for this week and for various dates in the future, and we’re having a storm tonight, that’s all.”

Emmett, Jacob and I shared the same expression, we all said at the same time, “Can we play ball?”

Alice laughed at our enthusiasm and nodded her head. Everyone was excited by the idea of baseball; we hadn’t played in so long. There weren’t as many thunderstorms in England as there were in America. I was thrilled by the idea of baseball. I was brimming with excitement all day. We had to wait until seven o’clock to play. I was jumping up and down when it got to six o’clock. At long last the clock said half past six, and we got ready to play. I put on a pair of jogging bottoms and my sporty t-shirt. It was the most casual outfit I had. Alice and Rosalie bought all of my clothes. I added my baseball cap as I ran out of my room at top speed. I skidded to a halt at the back door where everyone was waiting for me.

“Ready?” Edward asked me.

I nodded my head breathlessly. He knelt down so I could jump onto his back and we were off, running into the deepest depths of the huge jade forest.

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