They brought the Volturi’s and remaining lackey’s remains to the forest and after piling them all up together, set them alight. Exhausted, Bella was wrapped up in a blanket and sitting in Isaac’s lap on the ground quietly eating a slice of pizza. Derek and Peter had suggested they’d go home and let them deal with the disposal of the Cold Ones, but Bella refused.
Watching them burn and leave this life forever was something she needed to see; they would never go after her again. She didn’t have to be afraid that they were going to take her away again. They tried twice and failed. All the bad ones were gone now. Even with Jasper and Alice saying they’d make sure the Volturi stayed away from her, there had always been this nagging feeling in the back of her mind. She should have listened; if she had listened to herself, she and Isaac wouldn’t have been in trouble.
But now that they were gone, it was a relief and watching them burn was her treat.
Bella could hear Argent talk to Scott on the other side of the pyre, about what had happened, what Scott had witnessed and how he had been thrown off. Was he really throwing a fit about Bella being a True Alpha, like himself? It wasn’t as if she’d wanted to be one, although the extra strength did help her a lot in Eichen House, she didn’t mean to be an Alpha. And now she had Peter and Derek in her pack and Isaac too. Or, she wasn’t quite sure where Isaac was. For all she knew he was still in Scott’s pack. She didn’t care.
Well, she did. Isaac was hers, but it was his choice. She wasn’t going to force him to do anything; that wasn’t who she was.
“But Scott,” she heard Argent say after the young wolf’s rambling had finally ended. “Beacon Hills has been known to have various packs in the past, and that went swimmingly most of the time.”
“Yeah but how is this possible, though? She’s killed before she became one.”
“I don’t know, Scott,” Argent sighed. Bella could hear him throw something on the fire, causing a spark. “True Alphas are exceedingly rare. All we know about them is what has been written in the books, such as one appearing every 100 years. Such as the previous True Alphas, like yourself had never killed – either an innocent or a monster. But, if you have been paying attention to the girl as I have, you’d have noticed that she’s not like any ordinary werewolf. Or girls, for that matter. Do you need reminding on how she entered our lives?”
“This is a great chance for us to rewrite bestiaries, learn a great deal more about what’s possible and…”
“A better way to kill us?”
“No, Scott,” Argent sighed tiredly. “To broad our horizons. To allow Emissaries like Deaton help you guys better in the future.”
“But what will the impact be on me now that there’s another True Alpha in Beacon Hills?”
“It’s likely that more supernaturals or even hunters will try to kill you.”
“Wouldn’t it better then if she’d leave again? Just as fast as she entered our lives?”
Isaac let out a low growl and protectively put his arms around Bella. “He’s such a whiny asshole,” he muttered in Bella’s ear. “You’re not going anywhere.”
She didn’t want to move; her whole body still ached from the experience. It still felt out of place. She felt off balance, mostly because the baby had claimed the shield for itself. Now that she allowed herself to be aware of the changes in her body, it was almost as if it all came down on her at once. But she needed to put Scott in his place.
Sighing, Bella slowly got to her feet and walked around the fire, allowing the heat warm her body. It was funny how the Cold Ones were providing heat at the moment, the irony in that thought didn’t escape her. Scott’s whole pack was sitting on his side. In all honesty, there was Scott’s side of the fire, and Bella’s side and that was just ridiculous. Isaac needed his friends.
“Nothing’s changed, Scott. And if you need my help for whatever reason, I will help you. I just hope that you’ll return the favor. What happened in the past few days, even with everything getting thrown in your face, you should have realized that Isaac and I were missing. Your betas. Your pack members, but you didn’t even care. You cared more about saving your own skin and of your closest friends. I shouldn’t blame you, really. Isaac’s been away for a couple of months, and I’m the new guy, but you should have noticed. That’s being responsible for your own pack, especially facing the danger of assassinations.”
“Don’t you start, Bella,” Scott said, glaring at her. “You have no idea what we’ve been through in the last few days.”
“No, and you know why? You didn’t inform us. We were uninformed about the dead pool. I should feel lucky that the Volturi swung by because they knew about it, at least all the details.”
“We weren’t all together, some of us were at the police station, and we were fighting-”
“Derek was with you. He and Peter found us today. You had your friends round up all the supernaturals on the list for protection. Where were Isaac and I? Were you worried at all?”
“I didn’t think-”
“No, you didn’t. I had to overhear a conversation between Stiles and Argent to learn about the dead pool. The day after, I heard something about it from Peter. You should have told me about the dead pool, Scott because the Volturi told me and said Isaac and I were on the list as well! You’re a crappy Alpha, Scott. You’re supposed to care about your pack!” She said, taking a deep breath trying to remain her cool. “Everyone should have the same information, especially if they’re just as affected by the situation as everyone else. Especially considering I don’t have just my life to worry about anymore!”
“What do you mean by that?”
“Oh, here she goes,” Peter said, sucking in a breath.
“What?” Derek asked curiously, trying not to draw too much attention to themselves.
“What I mean, Scott, is that I’m pregnant. I’m going to have a baby in about… four months. I’m a bit fuzzy on the details. I’ll have to check again with Deaton, but something is growing inside of me.” Bella could hear how everyone fell quiet at that, the only thing she could hear was the crackling of Cold Ones and some owls hooting in the distance.
Sighing and tiredly rubbing her eyes, she continued. “Here’s the thing; don’t worry that I’ll steal your pack away from you because I don’t want to do that. I know a lot of responsibility comes with having your own pack, a lot of power, but I’m not interested in that. Even before all this, I was planning on happily living my life in Beacon Hills, with Isaac, in our new house and staying the hell away from you. I don’t care what Isaac does, hang out with you or whatever, because you’re his friend. Now that I’m like you, I plan on doing the same thing as I did before. Nothing’s changed.”
When Scott kept looking at her as if she was wearing a polka dot bikini, she rolled her eyes at him and looked at Argent, who looked just as dumbstruck as Scott. “It’s very indecent of us, for me to get knocked up like this, but what can I say? Can Isaac and I still crash at your place? Or would you rather for us to find a hotel at this hour?”
“You can stay at the loft,” Derek spoke up as he, Peter and Isaac had joined them. “At least until you get your house sorted.”
“How are you supposed to swing that?” Peter scoffed, looking at his nephew, shaking his head. “Offer your own bed?”
“Why not? I’ll just crash with you,” he smiled cheekily.
“Oh dear God,” Peter muttered, rubbing the back of his neck. “I’ve dealt with pregnant werewolves before; I suppose it’s safer if she’s with us than with Argent…”
“What’s the worst that could happen?”
“Mood swings. Loads of them. Your mom nearly tore my head off once.”
“Alright, let’s go,” Bella smiled at Peter and Derek before looping her arm through Isaac’s. “Isaac and I have a lot of sleeping to do.”
Derek raised an eyebrow as he followed. “As long as that’s all you’re doing in my bed.”
“The woods are a fantastic place to have sex in,” Isaac replied happily. “We’ve been sneaking off from Argent’s place to do it.”
“Don’t worry, Derek. We’ll be sleeping for days,” Bella assured him. “Or at least, I will.”
While Isaac had been sound asleep; he didn’t get as much as ‘downtime’ as Bella had received over the last few days, she found herself unable to drift off in hopefully peaceful oblivion. She kept thinking about if she wouldn’t have gone with Aro; she knew it’d been bad news when they showed up in her house. If she hadn’t gone with Aro, she most certainly would have lost Isaac. That was why.
A lot of the events over the last few days were fuzzy, and that frustrated her to no end. They’d been gone for almost five days, and she could only remember the last day and a half, somewhat. Because she’d become aware.
“I need air, Bella,” Isaac muttered in his sleep as he tried to pry open her vice-like hold on him.
“Sorry,” she whispered, letting go of him and propped herself up on her elbow as she gently brushed her fingers through his hair. “Go back to sleep,” she murmured. She wasn’t sure what she’d do if she’d lost him. Probably go on a rampage and then some. When she was sure he was back in dreamland, she quietly left the bed, slipped on the robe that Peter had provided her and went downstairs where she heard him and Derek quietly talk.
“Can’t sleep?” Derek asked, and Bella shook her head. “The kitchen is over there if you want to make yourself something.”
“Thanks,” she said as she sat down on the steps of the stairs. She was quiet for a moment before speaking up again. “Sorry to have interrupted you guys.”
“Oh, don’t be. We were just discussing things. How you handled Scott, for one,” Peter replied. “Magnificently, if I may add. It’s about time the runt gets put in his place.”
“Yeah, I don’t really understand the relationship you have with Scott,” she said with a small smile on her face. “Are you jealous of him?”
“No,” Peter scoffed.
“Peter’s been a pain in the ass for years,” Derek explained and then continued telling Peter’s story. How he always assumed he was the Alpha and not any of the women in their family. How he killed Derek’s sister to become an Alpha and bit Scott. How he caused mayhem for a long time, even returning from the dead. By the time Derek was done with the story, Bella’s head was swimming with the information.
“So basically you’re a manipulative, power hungry, asshole?” She looked at him, and Peter merely shrugged. “I suppose I should take it as a compliment that you once again, are a beta under a female Alpha but do I have to be afraid that you’ll hurt Isaac or me?”
“No, I think I can reach my goals one way or the other,” Peter smirked and cocked his head as he looked at her. “Can I threaten other people that I have a badass Alpha if they hurt me?”
“Wuss,” she huffed, crossing her arms over her chest. “I’m okay with whatever, as long as we don’t get hurt by your actions.” She then realized something and visibly shuddered. “Ew. I don’t like this feeling. Can’t I de-alpha myself?”
Derek smiled at that. “Sure, but look at it this way; you’re in a better position to protect yourself, Isaac and the bun in your oven. Word will spread that you’re not like any other True Alpha and hell, the Hales joined your pack!”
“Somehow I find that not reassuring.”
“I’ll make sure he behaves.”
“Nope, not working either,” She said with a shrug, pulling the robe closer to her. “I’ll swing by the house tomorrow to see how far they are and then I’m going by Argent’s to-”
“The only thing you’re going to do is rest, and maybe we’ll go to Deaton so he can check you over. But other than that? You’re not going to do anything,” Isaac’s voice sounded from behind her, causing Derek and Peter to grin widely. “Come back to bed, Bella.”
“No,” Isaac groaned as he walked down the stairs and scooped her up before taking her back to bed. “I’ll give you a massage or something, but you need sleep just as bad as I do. Leave your new subjects alone.”
A week later, after ‘her men’ didn’t allow her to leave the loft for whatever reason, Bella was finally allowed to go outside. She was well rested, as was Isaac, and apart from their memories, everything looked as if nothing had happened. She had grown frustrated and wanted to check up on the house. She didn’t want to inconvenience Derek and Peter any longer because she could tell that they were getting frustrated as well.
“I can’t believe they’re done,” Bella said in awe as they were standing in the house. Everything was fixed to what she and Isaac had decided, and the walls were painted, the floors were laid and windows replaced.
“It’s amazing,” Isaac smiled widely as he walked into the kitchen. “Bella, you have to see this, your kitchen is perfect!”
She followed him in and was astounded. Even the kitchen she had wanted was in there. It was bigger, spacier, than the original kitchen and it had all the latest technology in there, but the thing that she loved the most was the professional six pit stove with a huge oven underneath it. “Oh, this is… wow…” she said breathlessly. “I mean, I knew it would look great but…”
“It’s always best to see it in person, isn’t it?”
She nodded as she grabbed Isaac’s hand and headed upstairs. “What will be our bedroom and what shall we turn into a nursery?”
“You want to discuss that now?” he laughed as he followed her.
“Yes,” Bella said with a nod. “I hate what the Volturi did to us, but I am grateful that they made me aware that I do want this. That this baby is happening and that you and I are going to be awesome parents. I want our home to be more than ready for him or her when it arrives.”
“Are you sure? I have some money put aside because I was already planning on making a nursery for the baby in the hope you’d change your mind, but it’s not much…”
Bella smiled as she turned and put her arms around his neck, pulling him down towards her. “I’ll pay everything that’s needed for this house. Our furniture and what not. I understand you want to pull your own weight, so how about I leave the nursery in your hands? If you need money, all you have to do is ask.” She was well aware that Isaac wanted to be the one taking care of them, and she was going to allow him to when they got settled as he made enough to support them. She was also aware that he needed that. “And once we’re settled, I won’t touch the money again, apart from setting up a tiny allowance for me every month and it won’t be more than you receive from your hard work.”
He nodded as he softly kissed her. “I’d like that.”
“Good,” she smiled at him. “So do I.”
They had so much fun trying to figure out every room and what they wanted to do with that that they lost track of time, and it wasn’t until it became dark that they both had gotten hungry and decided to get something to eat before returning to the Loft to continue talking about the house. Maybe even buy things on the internet so they wouldn’t have to go out to the shops.
Another week later, their house had the necessities, to Bella it was most important that they had a bed and something to sit on, she was itching on leaving Peter and Derek to themselves. Fortunately, she didn’t have any run-ins with Scott. Isaac had them, maybe, she wasn’t aware, but she didn’t mind if he did.
Before they’d move into their house, Isaac wanted her to stop by Dr. Deaton to make sure she was progressing alright with her pregnancy, and they discovered that not only was she pregnant, she was carrying two babies, which surprised them both, seeing as they didn’t have twins in their family. It was going to be yet another adjustment they had to deal with. Twins. Not just one baby but two.
Both were still in shock as they walked towards their house, quiet and deep in their own thoughts, but Bella stopped as soon as she unlocked the door. “We’re not doing this right,” she said as she pulled Isaac back after he had stepped over the threshold and quickly looked around to see if there were people in the street watching them.
“What are you doing?”
“We’re not doing this right,” she said again, a mischievous smile appearing on her face before lifting Isaac up. No doubt it looked weird, he was near twice her size and safely in her arms as she maneuvered him through the door and across the threshold.
“Oh gee, as if I didn’t feel emasculated enough with you having money and me having to work for it.”
Bella grinned as she kicked the door shut and continued to carry him up the stairs.
“Should you even be lifting in your state?”
“I’m pregnant, not broken.” She plonked him on their new bed and pounced on him before eagerly kissing him. “Welcome, home, Isaac.”