Eternal Flame (Book 1)

The story after Breaking Dawn, new relationships form and the Volturi get closer to Renesmee driving a wedge between her and Jake. Will love conquer all?


32. Surprises

"Nessie, hurry up we're leaving," dad shouted up the stairs.

"Ok, I'll be down in a second," I replied.

I grabbed my bag then closed my bedroom door before running downstairs to find everyone leaving the house.

"Finally," Emmett sighed.

I narrowed my eyes and stared at him until he looked away. We got into the cars and made our way to school. Emmett got in dad's Volvo with us as Rosalie kicked him out of her car for some reason. He squeezed in between Jake and I, spreading his arms across us.

"Isn't this nice?" He said taking in the fresh air from the open window.

"Yeah, perfect," Jake said smiling sarcastically.

"Not that I don't love you or anything Emmett," I said looking away. "But really, what did you do this time for Rosalie to not let you ride with her?" 

"Well, she thinks I'm being to childish these days, weird right?" He asked.

"Oh, how could she say that, that's out of order," dad exclaimed.

"I know," Emmett said, not realising dad was being sarcastic.

I chuckled under my breath. When we reached the school there was a huge crowed gathered in a circle, we couldn't see what they were looking at.

"What's going on?" Mum asked as we got out of the car.

"I don't know," dad said.

We walked over to where everyone was and they backed away a bit. It looked like they were intimidated by us. Although I can't say I blame them.

"You think they're related?" One person asked another.

"I don't know but they could pass as brothers," the other replied looking up at Jake as we passed them.

Then our eyes finally met what they were looking at. It was a red Porche, something like grandpa's, but this one was amazing. Standing by it was a familiar face with a muscular toned body that even I didn't recognised, he stood their smiling at us.

"Seth," I yelled running into his arms.

"Hey Ness," he said catching and hugging me tight.

"Seth, what are you doing here man?" Jake asked as they hugged each other.

"Can't a guy say hi to his friends without there being a reason?" Seth said grinning.

"Not in this family," Emmett muttered with a smile.

After we all said hey and all the hugs and kisses were over the bell sounded. Seth pulled out his timetable.

"Your going to school here?" I asked with excitement.

"Yeah," he said laughing.

"You so better be in my classes," I said looking at his timetable as we all walked to class.

"Well you can all show me about, because knowing this head I'll get lost," he said looking confused as we walked the corridors.

We all chuckled at his expression.

"You are in art with me and Jake, come on," I said pulling Jake and Seth by the hand into the art room.

We took our seats while Seth was being introduced to the class.

"So where are you staying?" Jake asked as Seth sat down.

"I'm renting a place up on fifth avenue, its a nice neighborhood," he said.

"I'm sure it is," I said under my breath.

"What?" He asked.

"Oh nothing," I said as he looked at me curiously.

Just then Carly came through the door, soaking wet from the heavy rain.

"Sorry I'm late sir, I had to take care of a few things," she said trying to catch her breath.

"Try to be on time, Miss Foster," Mr Brown said shaking his head.

"Yes sir," she said taking her seat next to me.

I was going to introduce her to Seth but she didn't seem up for it and he was to busy talking to Jake.

"Hey, are you ok?" I asked her.

"No," she said shaking her head.

"What happened?" I asked her.

"My parents, they had this huge fight and I don't know what to do," she said looking up at me.

"I'm sure they'll work it out, what was the fight about?" I asked with curiosity.

"Me," she said sadly.

"It's going to be ok, I promise," I said looking at her.

"I don't know, I don't think I can face them after that," she said looking down.

I thought about it for a while before looking over at Jake. He knodded his head in agreement, he must be thinking the same as me.

"Maybe you could stay at mine for a bit, I mean there is plenty of room," I said.

"Nessie I can't, your parents have way to many teenagers to look after let alone adding another to the bunch," she said.

"Really, they won't mind. They love having friends over, oh come on it'll be fun," I said trying to persuade her.

"Ok, htanks," she said.

"Great," I said smiling.

The rest of the lesson flew by, Jake was keeping Seth up to date on everything that had happened lately, including the whole Lukas inncident. When we arrived at our table for break I explained about Carly staying with us for a while.

"You have got to be kidding me," Emmet said sighing.

"Come on, it'll only be for a few days, really what harm could it do?" I asked.

"A lot, you should have come to us before you went and offered Nessie," mum said.

"Well I didn't think I needed your permission on everything. Grandpa and grandma will be fine with it," I said.

"Ok well, as long as everyone doesn't run their mouth or act suspiciously while she's around, then it's fine," dad said smiling.

"Thanks, dad," I said giving him a hug.

"So I hear their will be some tiny feet soon," Seth said talking to Emmett in a low voice.

"Yeah, thanks to Nessie," he said looking at me thankfully.

"Ness, don't suppose you could go over to the vending machine for me?" Seth asked turning to me.

"Sure, what do you want?" I asked getting up.

"Packet of chips, any flavour," he said handing me the money.

I walked over to the vending machine and stuck in a few quarters and pressed down on a button that drops a packet of chips out, but it was stuck.

"Come on," I said shaking it.

"Let me," a familiar voice whispered in my ear.

It gave me shivers because I knew who it was. Lukas hit the vending machine and the chips fell out. I grabbed them and was about to walk away when he grabbed my arm.

"What, no thank you?" He asked smirking.

"Not from me," I snapped. "Stop playing games, what do you want?" 

"I think you know what I want," he said dragging his finger up and down my arm, I pulled away.

"I know what you are," I said glaring at him.

"Yes, and I know what you are, you see now we are the perfect couple. Literally," he said.

"So you think," I muttered.

"No sweetie, I know," he said confidently.

"You got a problem?" Jake said standing infront of me protectively.

"Actually now that you mention it, it does kind of smell around here," Lukas said sniffing the air.

"Your lucky you still have your head," Jake said stepping closer to Lukas.

"Jake don't," I warned him.

"Yeah Jake, don't," Lukas said in a high tone as if he was me.

Jake shook his head, he looked like he was going to lose it any minute.

"Is everything ok over here?" Dad asked now standing beside Jake, they both had their eyes glued on Lukas.

"Yeah everything is fine..........." Lukas said still looking at me "dad." he finished narrowing his eyes with a smirk on his face before walking away.

I dragged my fingers through my hair because I felt so frustrated, I mean how did he know that he was my dad?

"Jake you need to stop doing this," dad said as we walked back over to the table.

"Well sorry, but I think I deserve to be angry after everything he has done," Jake snapped.

"Here," I said throwing the chips at Seth.

"You ok Ness?" Seth asked me catching the chips.

"Yeah," I said nodding my head.

"Maybe Carly shouldn't stay over now," Alice started.

"No, she is staying over and that's it. I'm fed up with that guy interferring with my life as it is and this is one thing he isn't going to ruin," I stated as I got up, the bell rang seconds later.

The rest of the day went by pretty slow, but I was determined to get through it one way or another.

"That guy is so hot," I heard a girl exclaim, she was talking about Seth who didn't hear.

I chuckled and showed him and then he started laughing to. My last lesson was physics which I had with mum.

"So since Carly is staying over at ours, where is Jake going to sleep?" She asked wondering.

"Oh my god, I comepletely forgot about him," I said biting my lip while looking down. "Seth's?" 

"I think Seth would love him to stay over, they can have a bit of boy time together," mum said.

"Yeah," I said chuckling.

The class went by supringly fast. Mr Turner was babbling on about the human body and how it works. When the bell went Jake and Seth were waiting outside the classroom.

"Hey," I said walking up to them.

"Hey, so about the sleeping arrangements," Jake started off.

"Yeah, about that I was wondering If Jake could stay at your's Seth?" I asked, Jake and Seth looked at each other and laughed under their breath. "What?" 

"That's what we came to tell you, that Jake will be staying at mine," Seth explained.

"Oh right, good," I said smiling while we where walking outside, Carly came up to me.

"Nessie, don't suppose you could come to my house with me? It's just that my mum will want to know who I'm staying with and I don't really want to go their alone," she said desperatly.

"Yeah sure," I said smiling,

Seth looked at Carly for the first time and he could take his eyes of her.

"Hi, I'm Seth," Seth said introducing himself, his eyes sparlking.

"Oh, hey I'm Carly," she said shyly, blushing.

I looked over to Jake and we high-fived each other because we both knew what this meant. Seth had imprinted on Carly. We were both grinning while Carly and Seth stood staring at each other.

"So were are you staying, with Nessie?" She asked with hope in her voice.

"Um no," he said chuckling and Carly's face dropped with dissappointment. "I'm renting a place up on fifth avenue."

"Really, I live there to," she said smiling.

"I guess we'll be seeing a lot of each other then," Seth said flirting.

"I guess so," Carly said fluttering her eyelashes.

"Ok, lets go," I said pulling Carly to the car.

"Bye," she said waving as Seth waved back.

We were in the car while I was driving and she was still star struck.

"Any more obvious," I said teasing her.

"Nessie, why didn't you tell me Seth was so nice?" She said trying to breath when she said his name.

"Well, one because he is like by brother," I said starting off.

"How many brothers will you have in a lifetime?" She asked sarcasticely.

"And two because I don't see him in that way," I said pointing out.

She rolled her eyes before pointing "Just pull in here."

I did what she said and pulled over. We got out of the car and she opened the front door to her house, her mum was waiting for her.

"Hey hunnie," her mum said politely. "Who do we have here then?"

"I'm Nessie," I said to her.

"Nice to meet you Nessie. I'm Sarah," she said introducing herself.

"You've got a lovely home," I said complimenting the beautiful house.

"Thank you," she said.

"Your welcome," I said smiling.

"So mum can I sleep over at Nessie's for a few nights?" Carly asked.

"Sure why not, I mean it's the weekend anyway. You two have fun," Sarah said grinning.

"Thanks, Nessie is just going to come help me grab a few things so we'll be down in a minute," Carly said dragging me upstairs.

"Ok sweetie," Sarah said.

We walked up the staircase and into Carly's room.  It was full of purple and white.

"You like purple then?" I asked her looking around at the room.

"Yeah it's my favourite colour, what's yours?" She asked while fiddling about in her grip bag, it was purple as well.

"Bella's favourite colour is purple to, but mine is blue I guess I take it after da-Edward," I said forgetting that she doesn't know Edward is my dad.

"Oh cool," she said placing loads of clothes in her bag. "There, all done." 

We walked back downstairs and Sarah met us at the bottom.

"I guess I'll see you on Monday then," she said hugging Carly.

"Yeah," was all Carly said not putting an effort into hugging her mother back.

"Have a nice sleepover," Sarah yelled as we left the house.

"Thanks," I shouted back.

We got into the car after Carly put her bag in the back.

"So you are an only child?" I asked, as I had only seen photos of her, Sarah and her dad.

"Yeah, I got spoilt when I was a kid," she admitted.

"I know how that feels," I said smiling.

"It must have been hard for your mum and dad raising all of you together," Carly said.

"Actually it was pretty easy for them, or so I was told," I said truthfully.

We talked the whole way to my house and when we pulled into the driveway it fell silent. Her face said it all.

"That's what most people think," I said laughing.

I led her into the house after she got her bag from the car. Grandma and grandpa welcomed us home.

"Hey Nessie," grandpa said. "You must be Carly, it's very nice to meet you." 

"Nice to meet you to, your house is unbelievable," Carly said bewildered.

"Nessie why don't you take Carly up to your room to get settled and then come back down for dinner," grandma said.

"Sure, mum" I said.

It sounded so weird for me considering she is my grandma. I lead Carly up the stairs until we reached my room. I opened the door to my room to find Jake and Seth standing talking to each other but they stopped when we walked in.

"Hey," Seth said as we entered.

"Hey," Carly said in a flirty tone. "Nessie, can I use your bathroom?" 

"Sure just through them doors," I said pointing to my bathroom.

"Ok, thanks," she said before looking at Seth and walking into the bathroom.

When she closed the door I looked at Seth.

"Nessie, I'm really sorry," he started.

"What for? I'm so happy you imprinted on her," I said with excitement.

"Really?" He and Jake said at the same time in disbelief.

"Yeah, because she is the only person I can actually call a friend and now I don't ever have to lose her," I explained.

"That's a relief," Seth said, letting out a huge breath.

"You can't tell her yet though, just wait until Sunday," I said as I don't know how she would react when she finds out, and I want the sleepover to be loads of fun.

"Ok, but no later," Seth said.

"Deal," I said nodding my head.

Carly came out of the bathroom and came over to me.

"Well I guess we'll see you two on Sunday then," Jake said giving me a kiss before he and Seth headed for the door.

"Bye Ness, bye Carly," Seth said looking at Carly.

"Bye," we both chorused as we watched them leave

"There space in my wardrobe so you can put your stuff in there," I said pointing to my big walk in wardrobe.

"This is all yours?" She asked in amazement as she stared into the wardrobe.

"Yeah," I said smiling.

"You've got the most perfect life. I mean perfect boyfriend, perfect family and the biggest wardrobe I've seen," she said.

"Think this is big, you should see Alice's," I said laughing.

I noticed her looking at my jacket that I wore to go to the movies with her.

"Here" I said reaching for it and handing it to her.

"Nessie, I couldn't," she said shaking her head.

"Really it's fine, we're lucky if Alice lets us wear anything twice and it would be gorgeous on you," I said truthfully.

"Are you sure?" She asked holding the jacket.

"Positive, besides isn't that what friends are for?" I asked as we both started laughing.

"Thank you," she said grinning.

She started unpacking her clothes into the wardrobe. Her shoes were beside mine and she had her own section for the rest of her items. When she was finished we both walked downstairs.

"Your dinner is ready," grandma said as she looked at me and Carly.

"Aren't you guys eating some?" I said looking around the room with beady eyes, as I really didn't want to eat the food.

"Oh no, we already ate ours, see?" Emmett said grinning and pointing to the dirty dishes that grandma was piling into the dishwasher.

"I see alright," I said as they all smiled knowing they got out of this one.

Carly and I sat down at the table and I could see out the corner of my eyes everyone was watching my facial expressions as I was eating the mushy food. I ate all of it and I was actually very proud of my self, considering.

"Thanks for the dinner, Mrs Cullen," Carly said as grandma picked up the dishes.

"Your welcome dear. Please, call me Esme," grandma said smiling.

"Ok," Carly said laughing.

"Did you enjoy your dinner Nessie?" Grandma asked.

"Yeah, it was unbelievable," I said grinning trying to find the right word without lying while the others chuckled.

"Good," grandma said taking my plate.

"We should probably go do our homework," Carly said looking at me.

"Don't you leave it until Sunday?" I asked confused.

"No, I think it's better to get it out of the way so I can have the whole weekend to myself without involving school," she said sighing.

"That's a really good rule, maybe you could learn something from Carly, Nessie," Emmett said smirking.

"Yeah and maybe Jasper could teach you to shut up," I said smiling.

"Don't waste your breath Nessie, Jasper has tried but it doesn't work," Alice said looking at Emmett.

"All I'm saying is bet you Nessie leaves her homework to Sunday," Emmett said challenging me.

"Oh yeah, well it just so happens Emmett that me and Carly are going upstairs right now to do our homework," I stated getting up.

"We are?" Carly whispered.

"Yes we are," I said looking at Emmett.

Carly and I went back up stairs to start our homework, even though it would only take me five minutes I had to go slower because I didn't want Carly to think she was to slow or something.

"So Nessie, I need your advice," Carly said turning away from her homework.

"Seth?" I asked smiling.

"Yeah, I mean I know this is going to sound crazy because we only met but I feel connected to him somehow. It's hard to explain, you probably wouldn't understand," she said shaking her head.

"Trust me, I do It's the exact same way I feel about Jake. Only way more stronger," I said truthfully.

"He looks at you as if your the only person in the world, It's unbelievably cute," she said smiling.

"Yeah," I said laughing.

"You know what, I think I'm going to ask Seth out," she said confidently.

"Chances are he'll ask you out first," I muttered. "I think this is going to be the best weekend ever." 

"Oh, it will be," she said grinning.

We carried on with our homework and before we knew it we were done. I got changed into my royal blue short pyjamas and she got into her purple ones, our favourite colours. I got my manicure nail set out and after we buffed each other's nails we went onto painting them.

"What colour?" She asked me holding out a selection of colours.

"Blue," we chorused before laughing.

"Ok, so how about we play 10 questions," she said while painting my nails with the beautiful royal blue nail varnish.

"10 questions?" I asked confused.

"Yeah, one person asks the other 10 questions about themselves and vise versa, but the questions have to be the same," she said explaining.

"Ok, ask me," I said.

"Ok, what is your favourite movie?" She asked.

"Easy, A Walk To Remember," I said.

"No way, mine to," she said.

"Really?" I asked in disbelief.

"Yeah, I cry every time she dies," Carly admitted.

"Me to," I said excitedly.

"Favourite food?" She asked.

"Um, meat," I said trying to be as honest as I could.

"Mines is pizza," she said.

"Favourite music?" She asked looking at me.

"I'm kind of old fashioned with music, I guess I get it from my dad," I said chuckling.

"I like pop and rock," she said. "Favourite drink?"

"Anything red, It's my favourite flavour," I said.

"So strawberry then?" She asked a little unsure.

"Yeah, sure," I said smiling.

"Mine is orange soda," she said.

"Favourite colour, well we already know that one so that's answered. Favourite place in the world?" She asked.

"Forks," I said sighing.

"Right, well mine's Florida, I went their last summer. It's the best," Carly said grinning.

"Favourite snack, well mine is chocolate," she admitted.

"Yeah, that's mine, I mean who doesn't like chocolate?" I said lying as I never knew what that tasted like.

"I know right, how about favourite animal?" She asked.

"Dog, I'm a huge dog lover," I said thinking of Jake.

"Me to, but I'm incredibly in love with horses. Any time I get a chance to see them, I jump straight at it," she said laughing and I joined in.

"Ok, two left. Favourite thing that you own, I'm sure that's hard for you to narrow down," she said chuckling.

"It's actually the easiest question, my bracelet that Jake made me," I said holding my wrist up.

"Yeah it is beautiful, mine's this teddy bear that my grandmother bought me last year. It was right before she past away," Carly said looking down.

"I'm so sorry," I said hugging her.

"It's fine honestly, do you have any hot chocolate? That always cheers me up and it's great for sleepovers," she said smiling.

"No we don't have any," I said looking away.

"That's ok, I brought some," she said looking in her bag before pulling out a packet that had chocolate on the front of it.

"Ok, I guess we should go down and make some then," I said getting up and opening the door as we walked downstairs. We walked past all the bedrooms before we finally reached the bottom of the staircase.

"Do you want to go heat it up, it's just I don't know how to," I admitted.

"Sure," she said. "Why are they still in their clothes, its past midnight," Carly asked noticing everyone.

"Um, they like to stay in their clothes because they only get one wear out of it, you know because of Alice. I think they were just about to get changed though," I said.

"Oh, ok," she said walking over to the kitchen as I walked into the living room were everyone was sitting.

"I am not wearing pyjamas, I don't think so," Emmett said folding his arms across his chest.

"Well you don't all really have a choice because humans tend not stay in their ordinary clothes all night," I said whispering.

"Nessie, these clothes are not ordinary thank you very much," Alice snapped.

"Ok, you girls stick on pyjamas and all of you can wear a plain top with your shorts," grandpa stated ."Of course I'll wear pyjamas though." 

"That's fine by me, this body is to fabulous to be covered up anyway," Emmett said looking at himself as we all rolled our eyes.

"Oh please, get over yourself already," Alice snapped as she made her way up to her room.

"Here, Nessie," Carly said handing me a mug with hot chocolate it.

"Thanks, come on," I said as we made our way back to our room.

When I closed the door me and Carly got into bed and put a pillow on our laps for the hot chocolate to sit on.

"I really like your family," she said smiling.

"Yeah, I love them but they can be annoying sometimes," I said looking at my hot chocolate.

"You mean Emmett?" She said laughing and I joined in before a loud thump on the floor boards came below us which made us laugh even more.

"So last question," Carly began. "What is your favourite memory? Mine would definetly be with my grandmother, when I was young I would always go to her house and we would just sit there by the fire talking watching TV." 

"Mine would be when I was younger, me, my mum and dad would go to the forest and have sort of picnics, although we didn't really eat anything we just had fun. The three of us together."

"Yeah, I miss being a kid," she said sipping on her hot chocolate. "Aren't you gonna drink that?" 

"Sure," I said as I put my mouth to the mug and drank a bit of hot chocolate and to my surprise, I actually liked it. It was the first type of human food that I actually didn't need to be forced into drinking it again.

"This is delicious," I said drinking more as Carly laughed. "What?" 

"Nothing, its just you look like someone who has just tasted chocolate," she said chuckling.

"Yeah," I said laughing at how she didn't know how right she was.

"I think I'm going to go to sleep," Carly said finishing her drink.

"Yeah me to," I said setting my empty mug on the dresser along with Carly's.

"Night Carly," I said lying down on my bed.

"Night Nessie," she said.

I quickly fell asleep soon after that.

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