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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22. SUMMER

I TOOK A DEEP BREATH, ENJOYING THAT I WAS ABLE to do so without suffering a stab of pain in the process. I had wanted to go to the river. It was a sunny day and I had needed some fresh air. Tyler, Edward, and Bella had agreed to come with me. I took another deep breath, almost tasting summer on my tongue. We were running through the forest, I was on Bella’s back. I breathed in her scent. It was sweet and flowery, better than any human perfume. I watched Edward and Tyler race ahead. Tyler, impossibly, trying to beat Edward. Edward was teasing Tyler, they looked like brothers. It might have been because they had lived in the same era, or maybe it was due to Tyler’s good heart. It was like watching Edward and Emmett, or Jacob with Quil and Embry. It made me feel warm inside. I’d had another good night. Not needing Carlisle at all. No one knew why. Carlisle spent most of his free time trying to figure it out, he was enjoying the mystery. We stopped when we were a foot from the river, Edward and Tyler still laughing at one another. I jumped down from Bella’s back, losing my balance as I hit the floor and ending up in Tyler’s arms. I felt healthy enough, but my speed and strength were still appalling.

“Careful.” Tyler said to me, voice like butter. Tyler hadn’t been hunting yet today. His eyes were still stunning amber. He was glad of the break, deer and elk were not at all appetising.

“So what are we doing here Mattie?” Bella asked, suddenly where Edward was standing.

“I just wanted to get some fresh air. I miss the forest and the river.”

She nodded and turned to Edward, silently communicating with him by removing her shield. Edward was whispering back so fast and soft that if I wasn’t a vampire expert I wouldn’t have been sure that he had said anything. I took Tyler’s hand and lead him towards the river. The river was amazing in the sunlight. The water looked beautiful as it flowed past the bright green grass. The sun reflected off the surface, giving the water a diamond look. The river’s natural beauty always took my breath away, but today, with Tyler’s hand in mine, it could have been a hole in the ground. Tyler’s skin sparkled like a million tiny diamonds, more beautiful than I could have ever have imagined. Edward and Bella didn’t have the same aspect of beauty that Tyler had. His beauty was devastating. But I guessed that that level of beauty could only be seen by someone who was unconditionally in love with him. Who else had seen this beauty? I wondered. My back muscles suddenly tensed as I thought about possible competition. I let a short snarl escape my lips. The sound of Tyler chuckling relaxed my posture immediately.

“What are you snarling at?” He asked, still chuckling.

“Nothing.” I answered a little too quickly. I felt my cheeks burn. They were probably vivid crimson. Tyler touched my cheek with the back of his hand and I thought I saw Bella smile. I continued towards the river only stopping to kick off my flip-flops. I dipped my foot in the water, a shock travelled through my body as the cool water hit the burning temperature of my skin. The river was wide and deep. A human with the world record for long-jump would only just clear it. Edward, Bella, and Tyler, on the other hand, could clear it easily. I looked into the clear water, wanting desperately to jump in. Our river was cleaner than most, touched by no one. I sat down on the edge with my feet in the water, enjoying the flow of water through my toes. Tyler was eyeing me curiously. He sat down beside me and stared into the distance. Strands of his hair were maroon in the sun, looking vivid against the soft chocolate.

“What are you thinking about?” Tyler asked softly, breaking the longest silence that there had ever been between us.

I stared into his deep eyes as I spoke. “That your hair looks good in the sunlight.” I blushed again. “It has maroon in it.”

He laughed.

“What’s so funny?”

“I was just thinking about how your hair looks good in the sunlight.”

“I’ve got certain bits in it that are the same colour as Edward and Nessie’s.”

“I know. I can see them.” He seemed to think about something for a second. “‘Good’ wasn’t a strong enough word. You look beautiful.” He pronounced every word in the last sentence perfectly, putting emphasis on the word ‘beautiful.’ I felt as though my heart should stop, but it had the opposite effect. My heart hammered in my chest, threatening to kill me in the process. I heard Edward chuckle. I glared at him, but that made him laugh even more. I was about to growl at Edward when I felt Tyler’s hand on mine. The emotion stopped in its tracks and turned instantly to love, a permanent, fanatical love. Edward and Bella joined us on the bank, Bella dipping her feet in as I had. Edward was sitting beside me. I had an urge to push him in. He chuckled at my thought.

“No chance.” He said, smiling at me.

“Maybe I could if I really tried.”

“Nope.” He shook his head. “I’m not going in the river.” He added for Tyler and Bella.

“If I get Tyler and Bella on my side, you’ll definitely be going in!” A flicker of desire appeared on their faces at the same time.

“No.” Edward said laughing, looking between them both. Tyler and Bella stood up. I smiled up at them. Just as Edward was about to go into the water he wrapped me up in his arms. We splashed into the water, soaking both Bella and Tyler’s clothes. The temperature of the water stunned me, it was colder than I had expected. My heart seemed to freeze in my chest, thought it was beating faster than normal. I suddenly realised that I was still underwater. The river was deeper than I had expected and I couldn’t reach the bottom. Just as I was beginning to panic, Edward pulled me to the surface and put me on his shoulders. I took a deep breath and tried to focus my eyes on Tyler. When my head stopped spinning, Tyler was no longer standing where I had last seen him. A splash of water that hit me in the face alerted me to where Tyler was now. The water came up to Edward and Tyler’s shoulders. I had never realised the depth of the river before. Edward lifted me on to Tyler’s shoulders and jumped out of the water. Tyler placed his hands in mine and held me steady. Edward wrapped his arms around Bella and made his way over to the water. Bella’s struggles slowed Edward down but eventually they both landed in the water, drenching me again. I splashed Edward as he resurfaced, laughing like a child as I did so. He splashed me back and it quickly became a game. All four of us played in the river until the sun began to disappear. Tyler took me to the river bank and I tried to climb up. My arms wouldn’t take my weight and I fell back into the water numerous times. Tyler lifted me up as far as he could and I took Edward’s hand. He pulled me up and I collapsed on the ground, panting, where Tyler was already waiting. We all lay on the ground letting the evening sun dry us. I dried first, my body heat speeding up the process. Edward and Bella began racing around the forest, becoming only blurs. I sat up, trying to watch, but of course, I could only see the colours of their clothes and hear bursts of laughter. I caught Tyler’s eye and I moved so that I was closer to him, I automatically put my hand in his.

“Have you had a good day?” he asked tenderly.

“Yes.” I sighed. I crawled into his arms and he held me in his lap. I was exhausted.

“I would have never have guessed that you can’t swim.” He said, more to himself than to me.

“I’ve never had to learn.”

“I can’t imagine not being able to swim.”

I laughed quietly. I was caught in the moment, in his cool, strong arms. I wanted him to know. I wanted him to say it back. I couldn’t bring myself to even imagine, because if he didn’t return my feelings I would be destroyed. My body would never be able to cope with the rejection.  So why did I feel as though he felt the same? If I was so sure, why couldn’t I bring myself to say it? Three words. The most powerful three words in the whole of existence. And yet, they weren’t enough. It didn’t cover what I was feeling. No words would ever be enough to describe the everlasting love that I felt for Tyler.

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