Disclaimer: I do not own Twilight or any of the characters.
A/N: Thanks to Sunray16 and Angelinia who beta this story.
Jasper watched as Edward, Emmett and Laurent left, still quite wary about letting the vampire go.
"You promised, Jazz," Alice reminded him, not needing Edward's ability to read his mind.
"I know," Jasper turned to her with a grin, the one he always had when she, in a sense, had read his mind. However, the grin fell when he saw how angry she was. To be more precise, she had let herself feel as angry as she was at the moment.
"You didn't let me fight at all," Alice said to him, her eyes narrowed.
"I know," Jasper said. "I couldn't… not with this guy..."
"Hmph," Alice said.
"I'm actually surprised that you didn't come and join me in the fight," Jasper muttered, there really wasn't anything he could say to her about the other issue. He knew that she hated it when he protected her from things that she deemed to be not dangerous to her. However, he also knew that he was never going to stop protecting her... because without her, he had nothing.
"I saw that you were the only one that would have been hurt if I tried anything," Alice hissed at him bitterly. "How am I supposed to fight if I know you're going to get hurt?"
"Alice," Jasper sighed, wrapping her in his arms. He was filled with sorrow, a little guilt (that he didn't let her resolve her issues with James) and overwhelming happiness. He didn't let any of these feeling leak out to her, never wanting to influence her when they had an argument (the very few times that they ever have had an argument). "I am sorry."
"I know, Jazz," Alice sighed, she didn't need his influence to make her melt, she could never stay angry with him for long. Especially, she had to admit to herself, because of his overprotective nature, she loved that side of him too much. "But you're still going to have to make this up to me."
Jasper chuckled at that; he loved making things up to her. "If I must."
"Well, we better get going," Alice said, and started running southeast.
Jasper raised an eyebrow as she ran away; she wasn't heading home. He quickly caught up to her, but didn't ask his questions, he didn't need to.
"I wanted to talk to the author... Stephenie Meyer... I thought now would be the best time," Alice said.
"Alright," Jasper smiled at her. "Do you want me to go with you?"
"Actually... I would like to talk to her alone," Alice said.
"Of course you will," Jasper smiled at her. "You don't having any schemes up your sleeve, do you?"
"I'm not wearing any sleeves," Alice said innocently, pleased that she had seen that it was going to be sunny when they got off the plane early this morning.
Jasper rolled his eyes and smiled at her. They ran most the way in silence, and it really didn't take them long to reach the small town, though they had to wait in the shadows for an hour before the sun went down. At twilight, thinking this was a fitting time to meet the author, Alice went to the house that was indicated in the note that had been in the book and knocked on the door.
"Yes... I'm sorry..." a woman started saying, but the thoughts of apologizing for the wait died as she looked at the person in front of her. Her eyes went wide and she said in barely a whisper, "Alice?"
Alice smiled at her, "I'm just as I looked in your head I suppose."
Her eyes widened farther and the woman nodded her head slowly.
"I guess you weren't expecting me to just show up on your doorstep one day," Alice chuckled.
"I... just..." the woman swallowed hard. "I sent the books less than two weeks ago..."
"We're read fast," Alice shrugged.
The woman laughed at that, seeming to snap out of her shock a little. "You do everything fast."
Alice laughed too.
"Why don't you come in?" the woman said. "I'm all alone at the moment, but I'm sure my family will be getting home soon."
"Oh," Alice said, coming in house and looking around.
"I really wasn't expecting you to just show up... but I suppose I should have," the woman said. "I'm Stephenie, by the way, as I'm sure you have figured out."
"Yes, but I knew that long before I got here," Alice smiled and Stephenie smiled back realizing quickly that Alice was talking about a vision she saw of her.
"I suppose this means this really is all real," Stephenie said sitting down on the couch, looking very relieved. "I'm just really glad I didn't give this to a publisher... that would have been disastrous."
"We're all glad you didn't do that," Alice agreed, sitting across from Stephenie, acting human even thought she needn't have bothered, seeing as she already knew what Alice was, it just seemed natural for her to do that.
"So how did the reading go..." Stephenie asked, excitedly. "Was it difficult to read... was it interesting... are you going to change anything that happened... or everything...
Alice chuckled at the many questions Stephenie seemed to have for her.
"I sorry," Stephenie said smiling sheepishly at her. "I have just been thinking about this for the last two weeks. I sent the books to you, as I said in my letter, because I wanted to know if you all were real..." she looked at Alice with wide eyed wonderment, like she could hardly believe her eyes that she was really looking at her. "Once the books were gone though... I realized that you would read them... learn everything that I've... um... for lack of a better word, wrote."
"Therefore changing the future of everything that had been written," Alice smiled.
"Exactly," Stephenie said. "A part of me wished that somehow you wouldn't have read this... for at least I knew that in the book everything will work out in the end. I know Edward could never let New Moon happen anyway, but I was just thinking that if you tried doing things the same as in the book, that he and you two, would have to touch Aro... he would know everything about the books then... So I supposed everything really has to change... I just hope I didn't do any damage here."
"Well, we did read them, and everything is going to change," Alice said, "but I can't see how this could be a bad thing, we all love Bella already..."
"You see... you might just scare her off, now," Stephenie said teasing, but worried, too.
"I promise we won't come on too strong," Alice chuckled.
"Somehow, I find that hard to believe," Stephenie said chuckling. "So, which was the hardest book to read?" she asked with a more serious tone now. "I would think New Moon must have been hard... and Breaking Dawn... especially the Jacob book..."
"Yes, they were both difficult to read," Alice said. "And you should have seen Rosalie's face when she started reading Jacob's first chapter."
"I could image," Stephenie said, laughing at the image she had brought up.
"It was especially bad when you didn't even tell us about what was going to happen with the baby," Alice continued to laughed. "Why did you do it from Jacob perspective anyway?"
"I have no idea," Stephenie shrugged. "It's just what was there when I typed that part."
"You're going to have to explain that more to me," Alice said, raising her eyebrow, intrigued to learn more about this gift that Stephenie seemed to have.
"I don't really know how to explain it," Stephenie sighed with a thoughtful expression. "It was like a wave of tiredness would come over me and I would just have to sit down, or go to bed. I would always wake up in front of the computer screen, and there would be several pages written. When I read them, the images just filled my head and it seemed so real... I don't know." She started shaking her head, it still felt so crazy that something like that would happen, and yet, she had proof that it was all true sitting right here in front of her.
"Hm... I wonder what would happen if you became a vampire," Alice mused allowed.
"Oh... I don't want to become a vampire," Stephenie said shaking her head, looking almost scared.
Alice looked at her.
"Um... that's not to say that there's anything wrong with being a vampire," Stephenie added on hastily. "It's just that I've got everything I've ever wanted in life... A family I love, friends I enjoy spending time with... I don't need eternal life or beauty..."
"It's not for everyone," Alice shrugged, not mentioning the fact that she wasn't really offering to make the woman a vampire, she was just wondering how the power would evolve if Stephenie was a vampire. "Still, I feel like we should give you something... I know for a fact that your book would have sold millions of copies before... um... unfortunate things happened."
Stephenie shivered at how Alice phrased that.
"Here, take this," Alice said, handing her a slick credit card. "There should be more than enough."
"What... no, I can't take this," Stephenie said, shaking her head.
"We're all looking at these books as a guide to make our future better," Alice told her. "Making sure that we learn from the mistakes that were in these books... I'm sure it won't be as simple as all that, and we'll come to some difficult parts, but we are grateful for what you've done for our family. Please, just take it."
Stephenie took the credit card, knowing that Alice wouldn't take no for an answer. "Thanks."
"Oh, by the way, Eclipse was the hardest book for us to read," Alice said.
"Really... but I thought Bella was in the least amount of danger there," Stephenie said, genuinely surprised. "Not to mention I thought most of you, Emmett in particular, would have found some of the chapter... amusing."
Alice laughed at that knowing what chapters she meant immediately. "Oh, we did."
"But I guess you didn't realize how hard it was for Edward to hear what Bella was thinking," Alice went on with a more serious tone. "You know... after Jacob's second kiss..."
"Oh," Stephenie's eyes went wide, a sudden understanding coming into them. "I never thought of that... I didn't think to look at the book from his perspective before..."
"Edward almost decided never to meet Bella at that point," Alice said truthfully. "He thought if he took himself out of the equation, that she could have a happy life without him in it to disturb her."
"But he changed his mind, right?" Stephenie asked, devastated.
"Yes... or I should say Renesmee, changed it for him," Alice smiled. "Knowing that he could have a family with Bella... I don't think we'll see any trouble out of him... but for a while... he was dead set on never meeting her and wasn't even sure if he wanted to read the last book."
"I'm so sorry..." Stephenie sighed.
"It's fine... everything worked out in the end," Alice shrugged.
"Right," Stephenie giving her a weak smile.
"By the way, I was just wondering why you had something on the back of the first book, but there wasn't anything on the back of the other books that you gave to us," Alice questioned, for she had looked the books over closely after they had finished reading them and had noticed that they had obviously been cheaply bound, in a way that suggested that there weren't many copies made.
"Oh," Stephenie laughed, and smiled at Alice in a knowing way. "Well, I was hoping by putting in 'About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him — and I didn't know how potent that part might be — that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.' That it would make you all want to read this... I was sure it would have piqued the interest in anyone that read that. By the way, which one of you did read that?"
"I did," Alice laughed.
"I was hoping it would be you," Stephenie laughed. "You're the best at keeping things from Edward when you want to... And you did, didn't you?"
"Of course," Alice laughed even harder. "You should have seen him as he slowly realized what was going on... He was so cute."
"Oh... I wish I was there," Stephenie sighed.
Alice looked at the door then, hearing a car coming, and she was sure that it was Stephenie's family. "I should be going..."
"So soon…" Stephenie frowned.
"It sounds as if your family is almost home... and you know the fewer people that know about us... the better," Alice said.
"I understand," Stephenie sighed. "I hope you'll let me know how this all ends though... in this new future you're going to be creating."
"I'll be sure to drop by here again," Alice smiled at her. "Though I don't think that will be for a few year."
"Oh well, maybe I'll see what happens anyways," Stephenie said and Alice was gone.
"So, how did it go?" Jasper asked when Alice came running up to him, he needn't have asked really, he could feel that she was pleased by this meeting.
"Good," Alice said.
"So what now?" Jasper asked, feeling her normal impatience when she was about to start one of her plans... one that was proving to be more difficult than she had thought it would be.
"Sh..." Alice said, her eyes were blank and she was obviously looking for something. "Where is he?"
"Who?" Jasper asked softly, it was some time later, and he had watched her patiently, sending his patience at her too, seeing as she was starting to get really irritated the longer she stood there. He didn't mind that they had been there for nearly five hours, sitting there watching her was enough for him. However, Alice seemed to be really impatient now.
"Garrett," Alice answered. "I thought that seeing as we were sending Laurent to our cousin, we really should find Garrett, too. But I can't see him anywhere."
"Do you really think that would be a good idea?" Jasper asked. "Wouldn't it make it more suspicious..."
"Laurent would more likely keep to our lifestyle choice if he had someone that was doing the same thing alongside him," Alice shrugged.
"Don't give me that," Jasper rolled his eyes. "You just liked the idea of being little miss matchmaker."
"Maybe," Alice giggled.
"But you can't find him," Jasper said.
"Argh, don't remind me," Alice groaned. "He hasn't made one choice that I could tell for five hours... not one."
"Hm..." Jasper hummed thoughtfully.
"What?" Alice said impatiently when he didn't voice his thoughts. She could be more impatient the Emmett at times like this, Jasper thought, smiling smugly inside.
"I just thought that Garrett didn't really strike me of someone that really decides to do anything," Jasper said. "I mean, he sort of just goes with the flow... up to any challenge that he meets, but doesn't really decide to do anything... go anywhere specifically."
"He just follows the path he's on until it's at its end," Alice groaned.
"Maybe," Jasper shrugged.
"Well, that's just annoying," Alice huffed.
"You'll have to tell him that when we do see him," Jasper chuckled.
"But when will that be?" Alice groaned, "It didn't even say where he was in Breaking Dawn, it just said that Rose and Em had found him and told him to come with us."
"Well, I suppose we could scour the nation looking for him the old fashion way," Jasper shrugged.
"No, we can't do that. It would look odd if we're looking for him for no apparent reason," Alice sighed. "Besides, we have to get home soon... you have human closeness lessons that you have to take from Carlisle."
"Right," Jasper bowed his head.
"I'm sorry," Alice was next to him in a moment, her eyes peering into his in the way that was more intimate then any embrace. "I didn't mean..."
"I know," Jasper said, "I was just thinking about... why I promised everyone I would do this... Alice what if I hurt her..."
"You won't, Jazz," Alice said softly, putting a comforting hand on his, a gesture he always does to calm her down... though his touch has an extra power behind it never ceased to amaze him how much this action by her always seemed to affect him.
"I was worried all day about what Laurent might do... what danger he poses to our family," Jasper said, having to say this, having to get this off his chest. Alice frowned at him, she was confident that he would never do that, and he smiled at the confidence, vowing to live up to it, but still he had to say this all now. That was why she didn't interrupt him... she knew what he needed. "But he won't be near us... Me on the other hand... I'm going to be right there... if something happened..."
"I know," Alice said, touching his face when he could no longer talk. "And that's why I know you're not going to do anything to hurt her. Why you're going to get as much help from Carlisle as you can take."
Jasper sighed, tension leaving him in the overwhelming confidence she had in him.
"Let's go home," Alice said then and the two of them turned toward Forks and rushed home.
She was looking at the bank statement that she had just gotten. She had decided to use the bank card that Alice had given her, wanting to know just how much was on it... her curiosity having gotten the better of her. She can't say that this was totally unexpected, after all she knew better than any other mortal she imagined, how little value money had to the Cullens. Still... this was unbelievable! Well she would certainly never have to worry about wanting anything in the future... nor would her kids... or their kids...
Hm… still, there was something that she could do to say thank you for this very generous gift, even if Alice wouldn't have considered this to be a generous gift. For last night she had another one of her type-sleeping episodes, as her husband liked to call them, and was highly intrigued when she found what she had written. It was Twilight, from Edward's point of view. Almost a chapter was done... and it was an enlightening read. She could definitely see more clearly into Edward's mind than she had before. Yes, Alice would definitely like to see this, she thought to herself, and of course she was going to have to wait a while before she got to the finish off this book.
Then it hit her, this book wasn't for the Cullens. No, this book didn't pop into her head so she could give it to them. This book was for Bella... she had the right to understand what was going on, too, didn't she? She had as much right to hear what Edward was thinking as Edward had to hear what Bella was thinking after all. She shivered though, would it really be right to send a book like this to Bella when Edward's first thoughts of her was that he was going to kill her? No… that wouldn't be right, but Bella still deserved to know.
It was a few weeks later, and she had written six chapter of Midnight Sun, as the book had seemed to have titled itself just like the other books had. The more she read what she had written, the more she could see that Bella really need to see this book. She never would have thought about giving this book to a normal human girl... they never would have understood, but she knew Bella would. She knew that Bella would be able to look past Edward's first thoughts... to see that he wasn't the monster that he, himself, believes he is. She supposed this insight into Bella's character could only have come from the long months she had almost been living through Bella's life... in Bella's mind.
Ah... but the trouble was, there was so much in this book that wasn't believable... that Bella would resist believing. Wouldn't she? Hm… she wasn't sure about that or not. Bella was a reasonable person… would she believe in mind readers, really physics, and well... vampires in general? That one was harder for her to believe Bella would do. But how to make this all more real to her? Ah... Jacob Black. The kid has no idea his legends are real, but he would have heard of them... he would have a link to that reality that neither one of them could deny... right?
Well, here goes nothing, she thought as she sent her second package to Forks... er, well this one went to La Push and the last one went to just outside of the small town's borders, but that was close enough. She had booked all the flights heading out from Phoenix to Seattle, and thanks to Alice, that was no trouble for her, though she felt a strange giddiness doing something like she was someone rich and powerful. She had just sent the manuscript she had been working on for the last seventeen days. Though it only had twelve chapters in it, it was all she could do before it was time for Bella to start school.
She hoped that Jacob would follow the note, and that he wouldn't read without Bella. She had to bank on Jacob being the boy she remembered in Twilight... that didn't believe the legends, and therefore would be more understanding. He didn't have as much reason to hate Edward and the other Cullens, though she cringed at the thought of the first chapter... Well, she was sure that this was going to end up being interesting for them... and now it was time to go back to her normal life... she seriously was hoping that she would have a break from her type-sleeping, though not for too long... she really wanted to know what was going to happen next.
A/N: Well this is it, the last chapter for this story, though I will post an author's note that will tell you when I will start the next story. I still don't know what to call it, and for those that haven't read my Reading Midnight Sun, I had added, Destiny's Sunrise and Rising Sun, as possible titles because they go more along with Meyer's theme. However, someone had suggested Blue Moon and I kind of like it. The reason they gave me was because Edward was associated with the moon (and Jacob was more about the Sun) and because the term once in a blue moon means a once in a life time event. Another suggested that I liked was Eternal Sunrise... I like the sun rise theme because the sunrise to me seems to mean that things are looking up... that anything could happen when the sun rises. Anyways, let me know what you think. And I'll have to pick a title soon.
Oh, and I just want to make this clear, the Cullens didn't have anything to do with Bella getting the books early, they don't even know that she's in the town early because they were expecting everything to start as the books said they would. I like the idea that neither Bella nor Edward will know that the other had read a book about the other... I think it should make for an interesting first meeting.
And now to the thanks to everyone that had reviewed this story, thank you so much;