Chapter 1

Brand New Day

I'm waking up
The world is turning
The sun is shining again

Brand New Day- Fireflight

"Wow," I said as I took in the new house. It was even bigger than it had looked in the pictures. Esme was on a "green" kick. She figured that since we would be here to see the consequences of today's generation that we should do all we could to make our futures better. Hence, the house she had built for us. It was beautiful and huge. But it needed to be due to the fact that ten people would be living in it.

"Nice one, Esme." Emmett bellowed as he carried two plasma screen TVs into the house. I saw Edward shake his head. Though the house was set back in the woods, invisible to anyone for at least a mile, we had to be careful. Well intentioned, but nosy neighbors might stop by to check out the new family and they might have gotten a bit of a shock seeing a supposed human man easily carrying two TVs.

I carried the box in my hands into the house. Since we had flown overseas we didn't bring much from Forks with us. Esme and Alice had taken care of all of our new things. My box was my personal things like my books, photo albums and other important things I couldn't and didn't want to leave behind.

Noah and Sadie jumped out of the car and ran towards the beach. Yes, we had our own private beach. This was the first time they had ever seen the ocean and their excitement was infectious. We all smiled as they splashed in the clear, blue water.

Noah Charles and Sadie Elizabeth Cullen were my miracle children. Their existence was deemed impossible, and yet, there they were, splashing in the Pacific Ocean. When I first found out I was pregnant, I knew how I was pregnant, I just didn't understand why. When they were conceived, I was a human, but their father was a vampire. It had always been believed that vampires, male and female alike, couldn't procreate. So when I got pregnant, it left me stunned. And when Edward had returned, after his brief hiatus that we all declared as a moment of stupidity, he and his vampire family were equally stunned. But despite their confusion, they welcomed Noah and Sadie with loving arms.

It was then that "Mommy-mode" kicked in.

"Noah, Sadie come on back until someone is able to be with you." I yelled to them. I heard their groans but they came back.

"Mommy," Sadie whined, her little hands planted on her hips and her bronze curls shaking in her ponytail. "You worry way too much," I smiled down at her and Noah who stood with his hands in his pockets.

"I'm your mother. It's my job to worry about you," I told her. "Now go inside and check out your new rooms." They shared a smile with each other before they raced off into the house. I felt Edward come up behind me and wrap an arm around my waist.

"Happy?" He asked me, peering down with a small smile on his face. I smiled up at him.

"I'm with you," I kissed his cheek. "I couldn't be happier." We both walked up the front steps and into the house.

The living room was white with wood accents. Most of the walls were glass but there were folding partitions that you could close over the walls. The rest of the house was the same.

Edward and I walked up the two sets of stairs to our room. Our room was beautiful. The eastern wall was glass and the other walls were painted a soft gray. Our king sized bed was covered in a very light gray comforter with pillows of varying shades of white and gray. On the west wall, there was Edward's CD collection, along with his stereo, but on the southern wall there were scattered shelves. There I put the photos of my dad, Noah, and Sadie. On another shelf, I put my books and on another one I put the photo albums.

I stood in front of the glass wall, staring out at the ocean. This ocean was nothing like the one in Washington. There, the waves were dark, ominous. Here, though, they were crystal clear, soft and gentle as they hit the white sandy beach.

It was cloudy, but the air was warm even to my chilled skin. I could get use to this.

"We start school tomorrow," Edward mused beside me.

I shrugged. "It's going to be interesting to do high school again,"

Edward chuckled. "After a couple dozen times, it gets tedious. But it's worth it, for Noah and Sadie."

"It is worth it," I kissed his cheek as Noah and Sadie came running into the room. I picked up Noah, while Sadie stood in front of Edward with a huge smile on her face.

"Mommy, it's so cool," Noah's little face held a bright smile. "There is a glass wall in my room and I can see and hear the ocean! And, it's green!" Green was his favorite color. A smile spread over my face.

"Daddy, my room is purple!" Sadie placed her hands on Edward's shoulders as he kneeled down to her level.

"Nana, knows what you like," He kissed her forehead. "You know what," He whispered, peering into her brown eyes. "I think Papa put a playground in," Noah's green eyes sparkled as did Sadie's.

"No way," Noah struggled out of my arms and once his feet hit the ground he grabbed Sadie's hand and raced down the stairs.

"Be careful," I called after them as Edward chuckled beside me. "What's so funny?" I turned to him, glaring.

"They are going to be right outside, where we can all see them. You really don't have to worry so much," He wrapped his arms around me and I laid my head on his chest.

"I can't help but worry," I whisper. "Even though we moved…" I trailed off, but he knew what I was talking about. Victoria.

The threats she made to me when the twins were just a few months old, were still fresh in my mind.

"Hey," He lifted my head, his golden gaze burning into mine. "We didn't leave a trail. We took all of our papers and documents with us. We didn't tell anyone where we were going. She won't found us."

I sighed heavily. "It not us, it's them." I shuddered. "They are my everything. I would die without them," Edward crushed me to him and I held on to him.

"I know, Bella, I know." I lifted my head and saw the pain in his eyes. I pressed my lips to his, hoping to take away that pain. His beautiful eyes should never look like that. He pulled away and leaned his forehead against mine.

"We still have a lot to do," He murmured. I nodded and kissed him again, pulling away quickly. I raced down the stairs and into the kitchen. Esme was unpacking the last box. She looked up and smiled at me.

"I was so happy that everything I ordered was here when we arrived," She mused as she stacked the new plates into the cabinet. The kitchen was decked out in the newest appliances and the most modern décor. It screamed Esme with its simplistic design and clean lines.

"A fresh start is always nice," I commented as I grabbed several cups and placed them into a cupboard.

"Yes," She smiled, "It is," She sighed. "I've done this so many times and some moves it's a little repetitive. I think since we were in Forks for so long, this move seems refreshing. The new climate is helpful too." I laughed along with her.

"Esme," Emmett's voice came from upstairs. "Where do you want the box of candleholders?"

"Set them in the living room," She replied. Their voices were no louder than if they were standing right next to each other, but everyone could hear them perfectly. So were the heightened senses of being vampires.

Our family was an unconventional one. Carlisle and Esme were the father and mother figures, while the rest of us were like their children, though none of us were actually related. That didn't matter to us though. We were a family and we stuck together.

"Can everyone meet me in the dining room?" Carlisle's voice called out to us. I went to the sliding glass door that was in the kitchen and opened it. Noah and Sadie were busy on the playground. I smiled.

"Noah, Sadie," Their heads turned to me. "Papa wants to talk to us," They nodded and came running in. They each took one of my hands and I led them into the dining room. So far there was only the long table in the room, but we all stood around it. Each of us were with our respective mates and Carlisle was at the head of the table with Esme at his side. Edward put his arm around my waist, while the twins held my hands.

"So tomorrow is the first day of school," His eyes landed on Noah and Sadie. "This time things are different. We have Noah and Sadie with us," He smiled at them widely. Noah released my hand and raced over to Carlisle. He grinned widely and picked Noah up, setting him on his hip. "Noah, Sadie I know that your dad and mom already talked to you, but out around other people you can't call them 'Mommy' and 'Daddy'." They both nodded.

"We understand," Noah sighed. "If we wanna stay here, then we gotta follow the rules,"

"Right," Carlisle cleared his throat. "Now, we have finally figured this out. Rosalie and Jasper are going to be my niece and nephew. Edward and Sadie are brother and sister as are Bella and Noah, but Bella and Noah are Esme's godchildren. Emmett and Alice are two other children that we adopted." He took in an unneeded breath. We all chuckled.

"This is much more complicated than before," Rosalie mused. "I hope no one slips."

"Yes," Jasper chimed in. "It's going to be much harder, but—"

"But, it will keep us on our toes," Emmett laughed, ridding the room of any tension.

"Alright, everyone," Esme clapped her hands lightly. "Let's finish up this house and then get ready for tomorrow." Everyone dispersed, Noah holding onto Carlisle, talking with him about the new playground. Sadie let go of my hand and tugged on Edward.

"Daddy, I wanna play the piano with you," She smiled sweetly. Edward flashed a bright smile at her, picking her.

"Alright, let's go." He carried her off to the living room, where the piano was. I sighed, contented. This really could be a fresh start for us.

The next morning was full of excitement, as Noah and Sadie got ready for their first day of kindergarten. I was in my room, finishing off my outfit as was Edward. Alice insisted that she leave the outfits for Noah and Sadie to her. I gave in, knowing she would just do it any way.

"Come on, Noah, please for me," I heard Alice pleading. I pulled my shoes on and went down to Noah's room. I leaned on the door frame, watching the hilarious scene in front of me.

Alice was down on her knees in front of Noah, who had his arms crossed and a scowl on his face. Alice had a shirt in her hand. Noah gave a quick shake of his head.

"Please," Alice pleaded again, her features begging. "Bella, tell him, you're his mother," She got up and crossed her arms, looking like Noah.

I choked back a laugh. "Noah, why don't you want to wear what Aunt Alice picked out for you?"

He frowned. "It's not…me." Noah stated with a grimace. He was so cute, but he was right. Alice had picked out a button up shirt. He was a lot like me with his style choices—simple, and he had to like it.

"Show Aunt Alice what you do like," I suggested.

Alice scoffed. "I think I know what my own nephew likes," as she spoke, Noah went over to his dresser and pulled out a dark blue, cotton shirt. I smiled as he held it and Alice let out a shocked gasp.

"Oh no!" she cried out in horror. She held her head in her hands. I let out a laugh and her head shot up, pointing a short finger at me. "This is all your fault! You have passed on your bad fashion sense." She spoke like it was the end of the world.

I laughed and shook my head. I helped Noah pull on his Star Wars shirt as Alice tossed her head and stomped out of the room.

"I'll just go help Sadie," She said, dejected. I laughed again as I helped Noah tie his shoes. Instead of letting me tie them, he knocked my hands away.

"Let me do it," He said as he worked with the laces. I watched as he tied his laces perfectly.

I sighed, but I smiled at him. "Looks like you don't need Mom anymore,"

He shook his head. "I'll always need you, Mommy." He smiled as he pulled on his blue backpack. I took his hand and led him to the stairs.

"Go see what Nana is making," He bounded down the stairs and I went to Sadie's room. I laughed out loud as I saw a scene almost identical to the one I had just witnessed in Noah's room.

Sadie had her arms crossed as Alice pleaded with her to wear the outfit she had picked out. Alice whipped her head in my direction, glaring.

"You've got her doing it to. I hope you're happy," I heard Edward's chuckle from upstairs. "Oh, you're going to get it too, Edward, for not passing on the good genes,"

"Hey," I mocked offense. "My genes are perfectly fine,"

Alice rolled her eyes at me. "Sure, Bella, sure," She stood up and left the room, mumbling about how everyone was going to start looking average without her help. I shook my head and helped Sadie pick out an outfit. She ended up in a red cotton shirt and denim shorts with her black Converse.

"I want Aunt Rosie to do my hair," Sadie said.

I listened for a moment. "Rose is in her bedroom, waiting for you." I handed her, her red backpack and then went back to my room, finding Edward looking at one of the photo albums. I sat down next to him, kissing his cheek.

"What are you doing?" I asked, leaning against his shoulder. He peered down at me, smiling slightly.

"Reminiscing," He pointed to a picture. I smiled. It was the one that I had taken just a couple of weeks after he came back. He was lying down on the couch, Noah asleep on his chest, while his arm hung off the side, letting Sadie grabbed onto it from where she laid in her carrier.

I grinned. "It's hard to believe they are starting school." I looked at the clock. "Speaking of school, we better get going or we are going to be late," I stood up, picking up the album and placing it back on the shelf. Edward intertwined our hands as we made our way to the kitchen.

Noah and Sadie were finishing their breakfast of French toast, piled with strawberries. Thankfully, Esme covered up the front of their shirts with napkins.

"You guys ready?" Edward asked them, kissing the tops of their heads. Sadie turned around, getting on her knees to face Edward. She looked up at him with sadness written all over her face.

"What am I suppose to do when I start missing you, Daddy?" She stuck out her lower lip. Edward brushed her long hair back, sighing.

"You'll have so much fun, you won't have time to miss me, or Mommy for that matter." He cupped her cheeks, wiping away a tear that had fallen.

"But I will miss you," She said, firmly. She sniffed and her lower lip trembled. Edward looked at me, asking me a question with his eyes. I nodded.

Edward disappeared for a moment before he came back with two boxes.

"Mommy and I thought it was about time you two had these," I stood next to Edward and he handed me Noah's box. We opened the boxes, earning gasps from both Noah and Sadie.

"We wanted you two to wear the Cullen crest." I told them. Edward and I had discussed this right before we moved. It was a simple conversation and we both agreed that Noah and Sadie should wear the crest. It was apart of whom we were as Cullens. Even though I wasn't a true Cullen yet, I still wore my crest which hung on a chain around my neck.

For Sadie, her crest hung on a delicate sliver chain. Noah we got him a wrist band that was smaller than Edward's, Emmett's or Jasper's. We fastened the jewelry onto them and they beamed at each other, talking silently.

Just look at these and remember that Daddy and I are thinking of you. We are only a thought away. I directed the thought to them and they nodded.

"Come on!" Emmett yelled from the living room. "We got to go,"

I quickly wiped off Noah and Sadie and we hurried out to the garage.

To commemorate the new house, we all got new cars. After much persuasion, I grudgingly let Edward get me a car. I only had a few restrictions: nothing flashy, it had to be convenient for when I was driving with the kids, and the price tag had to be somewhat reasonable. And so I got my Lexus Hybrid.

It had all the stops, including DVD players in the head rests for the twins. I knew just by looking at it that Edward had spent too much, but I accepted it nevertheless.

The price tag on some of the other cars, though, blew my mind.

Alice traded in her Porsche for a Mustang. Jasper was excited about his new Jaguar and Rosalie was still on the ostentatious route with her Camaro. Carlisle got a Buick LaCrosse.

Now, Emmett got rid of his Jeep for an early sixties VW van. With the help of Rosalie, he restored it to perfect condition and now it could easily go over a hundred and fifty miles per hour.

When we all asked the obvious question, why, he merely said that he had always wanted one but back when they first came out, everyone had one. He wanted to wait until they were out of style so that he could look "so cool" with his van.

That's Emmett for you.

With all of these vehicles, there isn't one that can fit all eight of us…except for Emmett's van. So we all piled inside the burgundy van and Emmett started the drive to the new schools.

Edward was visibly annoyed at the fact that he couldn't drive. Emmett claimed that since it was his van that he should get to drive to school.

"You guys are going to have a good day," Alice turned around in her seat to talk to Sadie and Noah. Sometimes, it was nice to have a physic for a sister. "But Bella, you're day is going to be less than stellar," and sometimes it really sucked.

I rolled my eyes, but turned to Noah and Sadie, who were in their booster seats. "Are you guys excited?"

"Yes!" Sadie exclaimed at the same time a heard a 'No' inside of my head. My eyes flickered to Noah, who was sullen.

What's wrong? I asked him, placing a hand on his crossed arms. He swung his head to look at me with his deep emerald eyes.

I miss home, was his simple yet meaningful answer. My quiet heart ached for him. I took his head in between my hands.

Why didn't you tell me sooner? He answered with a shrug.

Everyone was so happy about moving. His eyes filled with tears. He must have been pretending to be happy so that no one else would worry about him. I sighed. He was definitely my son.

I forced him to look at me and I wiped away his tears. You can always tell me how you are really feeling. I don't want to ever pretend that you are happy about something when you aren't. You don't have to pretend for me or the family, ever. He flinched at the force of my words, but that only resounded it in his head. He nodded and leaned against me.

Okay Momma. I placed a kiss on the top of his messy, brown hair.

Edward's fingers glided down my arm and I turned to look at him. His quickly flicked his eyes from Noah to me, asking if everything was alright. I nodded and smile, intertwining our fingers. He nodded and relaxed next to me.

We passed through the town of Hilo. It was pleasant, calm, and quaint. It was bigger than Forks, which helped us to blend in better; at least, that's what we hoped for.

All three of the schools, Hilo High, Hilo Intermediate and Hilo Union Elementary are located on the same street. So Emmett pulled into the high school parking lot and we all got out. Edward and I walked across the street to the elementary school. We were already registered, Edward and I just wanted to make sure that Noah and Sadie were okay.

The school was arranged strangely similar to Forks High. There were several large buildings with numbers on them, though these numbers stood for the grade. We found the building with a "K" on it and went inside. It was a long hallway of doors, each one leading to a class.

We found their class room. Fortunately, they were in the same class. The teacher came over to us. She introduced herself as Mrs. Apple. She was classic kindergarten teacher. She was older, around fifty-five and she wore a denim jumper with a apple on the bib, with a red shirt underneath with brown sandals.

How intriguing.

"You must be the parents," she said as she held out her hand. Edward quickly shook her hand, releasing it before she could be too disturbed by the cold.

"No," He corrected her. "I'm Edward Cullen and this is Bella Swan. Sadie's my little sister and Noah is Bella's brother."

Her eyes widened. "Oh, okay. Where are their parents?" She inquired.

"Our parents both had many things to do this morning, since we just moved here, so they asked if we could drop them off." Edward explained. He was such a good liar.

"That was nice of you," She smiled, though her skepticism was plain on her face.

"It was nice meeting you, but Edward and I have to go. We don't want to be late." I told her. She nodded and scuttled off to greet some other parents.

I leaned down and looked at both Noah and Sadie. "Alright guys, remember, we are just across the street if you need us," They nodded. I felt Edward kneel next to me.

"Just be really loud with your thoughts, should you need us,"

"We know," Sadie rolled her eyes. I smiled and embraced both of them. Edward hugged them and we stood up.

"We love you," Edward grabbed my hand and pulled me towards the door. I threw one last look over my shoulder and watched them hang up their backpacks.

"They're going to be fine," Edward soothed me as we crossed the street.

"I know," I sighed. "So," I smiled. "What was the teacher thinking?"

Edward laughed. "She can wait for parent-teacher conferences," I chuckled.

"I hope Carlisle and Esme have fun with that," I said, my voice tinged with sadness. I wanted to be the one to meet with the teachers. But this is how it had to work so our family could stay without too many questions.

Edward looked at me, worry in his eyes. I smiled and kissed his cheek. "I'm fine,"

"Are you ready?" He chuckled. That's right. Alice had warned me of my bad day.

"Shut up," I grumbled as we approached the campus.

AN: Dun, dun, dun! It's here! Holy Cheese Nips!

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