Chapter 3

Down

Edward's POV

The look in your eyes makes me crazy
I feel the darkness break upon her
I'll take you over if you let me

Down- Blink 182

As I got ready to hit the sync button on my computer, my mind drifted out to Noah and Sadie. My mind did this without me really thinking about it; a reflex of being an over-protective father.

Noah wasn't dreaming, he slept peacefully which surprised me after his long day. Like Bella, he usually dwelt upon his day in his dreams. Sadie was just like her mother also, talking in her sleep while she dreamed of playing in the ocean that was just outside our home. I smiled a little and clicked the button, the twenty-nine new songs added to my iPod. On the third song, I suddenly felt a sharp turn in Sadie's dream. I had been listening without paying attention but now I couldn't get out of her head, out of her nightmare. I was fixed in her mind as if my feet hand been put into concrete and I couldn't break free.

As Sadie and Noah played on the beach, the sunny day suddenly turning into a thunder storm. They stood up together, their faces creased in worry. Coming up out of the ocean was a fast moving force.

Vampires. And not just any vampires, bright-eyed newborn vampires.

Sadie and Noah stood on the rain soaked beach, their hands intertwined, awaiting the force that was coming.

A scream broke me out of my trance and Bella was gone in a flash. I was fast enough that I overtook Bella and nearly ripped the door to Sadie's room off the hinges. I stopped mid-step as I looked around her room, feeling Bella at my side.

It seemed as if everything in Sadie's room was spinning around in the air in a fast circle. Her control had slipped. I raced to Sadie and had her in my arms and out of her room in a split second.

"Sadie!" I shook her gently, trying to wake her up. Her screams continued and my quiet heart twisted in pain.

"Sadie, sweetie, wake up." Bella cried at my side, brushing Sadie's sweat soaked hair away from her face. I heard Noah's foot steps as he raced towards us. The second he reached Sadie he placed his hands on her face and her screaming stopped and her eyes fluttered open, half dazed.

"Noah," She whispered in a hoarse voice. "Did you see it?" I looked to Noah who nodded his head. I looked back to Sadie who I had cradled in my arms. Her brown eyes filled with tears as she started crying, burying her face into my chest. I clutched her close to me.

"It's alright, Sadie." I shushed her. The family was already standing around us. Bella had Noah in her arms as he cried into her neck. The thoughts and worries of my family gushed in my head, but Emmett's thoughts summed it up perfectly.

What the fuck just happened?

The next thought was Carlisle, asking to see me as soon as Sadie and Noah were settled. I glanced at him and nodded.

I stood up, clutching a still sobbing Sadie to me. Bella followed me up to our room where we placed Sadie and Noah into the middle of our bed, pulling the gray comforter around them. They were in the middle of the bed as Bella and I took the opposite sides on either side of them.

"Sadie," I pulled her away from me, my heart hurting even more looking at her tear filled, red-rimmed eyes, reminding me so much of Bella. "Can you tell me what happened?" She nodded, but sobbed again as the images flashed through her mind. I cringed on the inside, but kept my face composed. "Take your time, sweetheart."

She swallowed hard. "It was hor-horrible, Dad-daddy." She stuttered. "They are comin' for us."

"Who," I pressed gently.

She closed her eyes and shook her head. "I don't know. I'm not sure. Bad people." She fell into sobs again and I held her to me, rubbing her back.

"Noah," Bella asked him. He looked at her, his eyes —my human eyes—shining with tears.

"Something bad is comin'. Soon." He wiped at his tears and I placed a hand on his back, he seemed to relax under both Bella and my touch. Soon, they had both fallen back into a quiet slumber. Their minds were blank as they slept. Bella and I just looked into each other's golden eyes, asking the same questions.

"Go talk to Carlisle," she whispered as she focused her eyes on our children. I ran my hand through both Sadie's curls and Noah's thick locks. I got up and kissed Bella's forehead and she pulled my face down to hers, our lips meeting in a rough kiss for just a moment. She still knew how to take my breath away.

I hurried down to Carlisle's office where he waited for me.

Sadie and Noah are alright now?

"Yes," I sighed, sitting in the leather chair closest to me. I rubbed my hands over my face. "They are sleeping,"

What do you make of Sadie's nightmare? Carlisle sat in the chair next to me.

"I'm not sure. It just doesn't seem like a nightmare, but I don't know what else it could be." I held my face in my hands. This nightmare had scared Sadie and Noah senseless. What would make Sadie dream something like that? Neither her or Noah knew about newborn vampires and that included Jasper's past. Bella and I had decided together to wait until they were a little bit older before we let Jasper tell them. Even then, we wanted the sugarcoated version told to them.

How could it be anything but a nightmare?

I sighed. "I don't know,"

What was it about?

"A newborn army was coming up out of the ocean. Sadie and Noah stood before them, alone." My teeth snapped together and a low growl escaped. I heard the astonished gasps throughout the house. Jasper's thoughts stuck out the most as he had flashbacks of his past. Creating new vampires, training them, fight them...killing them when they were useless. We both flinched.

"I thought they didn't know about newborns," Carlisle asked.

I stood in front of the widow, glaring. "They don't. Unless..."I trailed off.

I swear on my life, Edward, I haven't said a word to them. Jasper told me and I knew he was telling the truth.

"Jasper hasn't said a word," I leaned my forehead against the window, slumping my body forward. I felt Carlisle's hand on my shoulder.

"Go to your children, Edward. We'll discuss this later," He squeezed my shoulder.

"Thanks, Dad." I let the seldom used sentiment slip out, knowing that it was the best word for the moment. I heard as Carlisle's heart swelled with pride, pride for me.

"Anything for you, son." His hand slipped from my shoulder and I head towards my room, throwing him a half smile.

Bella was leaning against the door frame, waiting for me, her arms opened. I embraced her, inhaling her scent. Of course, she still smelled wonderful, but just in a perfume way. No more throat on fire for me. Her hair smelled of her strawberry shampoo.

"Edward," She sighed thought it sounded stressed. I pulled her away from me, looking into her troubled gold eyes.

"What's wrong, love?"

She sniffed. "Are you sure it was just a nightmare?"

"Of course, Bella. Sadie can't see the future. She's not like Alice. If there was anything dangerous coming, Alice would tell us." I cupped her cheek, brushing my thumb across her cheek. I kissed her lightly on her other cheek, rubbing my nose with hers. She wrapped her arms around me and I lifted her up that our faces could be level. Our kiss was short but definitely not chaste. I lowered her to the ground and pecked her lips once more.

"You're still worrying," I smoothed out the crease that appeared in between her eyes.

She sighed. "Let's just lay down and talk about it tomorrow." She suggested, pulling me towards the bed. We took our earlier positions on the bed. Sadie automatically snuggled closer to me as Noah held onto the back of her shirt.

"I'm so happy they have each other," Bella's voice was full of love as she brushed back Noah's hair. Her eyes held the pain of ever losing them.

I reached my hand out and cupped her cheek. She met my eyes.

"We'll never lose them," I told her, my voice low with ferociousness.

The next morning was subdued. Everyone was quiet as we got ready for the school day. I got Sadie and Noah ready because Bella had to quickly write an essay that was due for English.

After they ate a quick breakfast, we piled into Emmett's van and drove to school. My fingers my tapped my knee impatiently, wanting to drive. Damn. Why couldn't I have been fifteen? I would be that much closer to getting my license and I could drive my own car.

Bella's hand covered mine, stopping the tapping. She squeezed my fingers, her eyes never leaving Sadie and Noah who were both looking rather tired.

We dropped them off, after I nearly had to drag Bella away from them and Noah reassured her in his thoughts that he and Sadie would be fine. The day was long being away from them, though I was never completely tuned out of their thoughts. Focusing on their minds made it easier to block out all the other minds of the thoughtless children and teachers. Bella appeared distracted, of course, but her mood seem to worsen even more after she got out of English class. After much pleading, I finally got an answer out of her.

"The teacher hates me!" She flung her hands into the air, her usually quiet voice loud with annoyance.

"Oh. Is that why you had an essay last night?" I grabbed her hand and tried to calm her by rubbing comforting circles onto her knuckles.

Bella groaned. "Yes. She told the class to blame it on me. So I walked in there today with Alice and everyone is giving me dirty looks. It's horrible..." She trailed off, seeming to be thinking rather deeply about something. Lord, she knew how to drive me crazy.

"Bella what are you thinking about," I asked her, not being able to bear the silence. Somewhere else in my brain, I registered the fact Noah and Sadie had started lunch: chicken nuggets and mashed potatoes.

She sighed, her face lined with worry. "I talked to Jasper and Alice about it, but," She paused. "For some reason, I get a really bad vibe from my English teacher. I don't know what it is, but its just something that makes me feel very uneasy around her. I don't know what it is." I pulled Bella closer to me, wrapping an arm around her waist.

"It's alright. Tomorrow, I'll listen in and see what she's thinking," I offered to Bella. She smiled up at me. I knew if my heart still beat, it would have been racing. She still had the power to amaze me time and time again.

Bella's POV

Tidal waves they rip right through me
Tears from eyes worn cold and sad
Pick me up now, I need you so bad.

Edward and I parted ways with a quick kiss. The rest of the school day flew by and before I knew it, I was racing to get Sadie and Noah.

Both of them looked tired as Edward and I picked them up from school. They both fell asleep on the way home and stayed asleep as we carried them up to their rooms. I tucked Sadie into her bed, just watching her for a few minutes. She mumbled something about not wanting chicken before she turned over, twisting her blankets.

I smiled down at my beautiful daughter and placed a kiss to the top of her head. "Sleep well," I whispered. I shut her bedroom door and listened for moment. Through the patter of rain I could hear Rosalie tinkering out in the garage while Emmett chatted to her about going hunting this weekend.

Jasper was talking on the phone to Peter, an old friend from his human based diet days. Alice was busy clicking away on the computer, no doubt looking at the newest fashion trends. Esme was in the kitchen, reorganizing the cabinets, cleaning them.

Edward was on one of the other computers, researching as he typed away. I decided to do my own research — I was going to the library.

I breezed to the front door, hearing Alice telling Edward of my plans. A clairvoyant sister was always helpful.

"Love you," I heard him from the third story.

"I know," I smiled as I breezed out the door and out to the garage. Since was I playing the age of fourteen meant I couldn't drive so that meant enlisting the help of those who could under our charade.

"Emmett," I sang from the doorway. Rosalie was underneath the bus, as I had taken to calling Emmett's van.

He eyed me and my innocent smile. "What do you want?"

I laughed. "Just a ride to the library." I dangled the keys to my Lexus in front of him. He sighed, rolling his eyes.

"Fine," I tossed the keys to him, giving him a huge smile as I climbed into the sliver SUV. Emmett got in and started the drive to the library. He turned on the radio, putting on a station that only played rap and R & B. Annoyed, I turned the dial to a rock station and so started our radio battle. That was the nice thing about Emmett. No matter how serious things got, he was always himself which meant he was the best person to go to when you wanted normalcy.

He pulled up in front of the library, thank you GPS, and let me off.

"Do you want me to wait for you," He asked, leaning over the passenger seat.

I shook my head. "Nah. I'll just walk home," I winked at him and he smiled.

"See you home, then," He laughed as he drove off. I shook my head, smiling and turned to face the library. It was just like any other library, though much better than the one in Forks. It was quite large which made me hope that they would have the information I needed. I made my way inside and quickly began looking for books that would help me. I started at one of the computers and did a search of the library. Finding the section I needed, I made my way over there and picked out several books, all on dreams.

The first couple that I skimmed through mostly stated that dreams were just a way of our consciousness playing out the day's events in an obscured manner, or they were a way of living out our desires or wishes. They basically shot down the claim that dreams were a way of telling the future.

I sighed as I put the books away, decided that I would need to find books that varied from the norm. I wasn't dealing with the norm, anyways. I was dealing with half vampire children with exceptional mental abilities.

Time to venture to the skeptic section.

I had trouble finding books that were more theory based than fact, but I did find them and read these ones with more earnest because they talked about dreams being able to foretell the future, in a way at least.

One book talked about how dreams were a metaphor for future events. For instance, if you had a dream of floating on a cloud, you would wake up the next day thinking that it was completely odd, but if someone asked you the next day how you felt, you would probably respond with an enthusiastic answer such as, "I feel like I'm on Cloud Nine." The dream showed that you would be feeling rather high and happy. It was all about taking the dreams and interpreting, not taking them so literally.

I thought back on Sadie's dream. It was pretty straight forward and I could see nothing that it would be saying metaphorically that it wasn't already saying. A newborn army was coming. Simple. No need to elaborate on that.

I sighed as I put the books away, noting the time. My mind still tried to find another meaning of Sadie's dream, but I couldn't find one. I couldn't see past the simpleness of the dream. What else could there be? I felt like something was there, but I couldn't find it. Dammit.

I walked out of the library, after trying to get a card, failing since I didn't have a parent with me to sign the card also. How annoying, having to do everything with an adult. I could now see the drawbacks of pretending to be so young.

I started down the sidewalk, heading for the woods I could see about two miles away. I would go to the woods and then take off towards home.

I was almost to the woods when a car pulled up beside me. I could tell from the noisy engine that it was no one I knew. I kept walking.

"Hey sweetheart. What are you doing out so late?" A rough male voice asked me and a heard the chuckle of another male. I ignored them. They were annoying and I highly doubted that if they knew what I could do to them, they would run away, screaming.

"Don't be like that darling. We just want to have a good time," The another male told me. I turned my head to look at them. They were driving an older car but they looked rather clean cut. Why do men find joy in harassing women?

I narrowed my eyes at them. "I wouldn't want to mess with me, if I was you," I nearly growled, dropping the human facade from my face just long enough to scare them and scare them, I did.

"Dude, this chick is crazy. Let's get out of here," The male in the passenger seat said in a rush to the driver who took no time speeding away.

God.

Humans, males in particular, were irritating.

I rushed into the forest and took off running, sensing the wildlife around me while I ran. There was enough room in my brain to think about the information I had gathered and being able to run without running into anything. I thought back to a human memory of running with Edward for that first time. I couldn't believe I had reacted like that. Running was effortless when you were a vampire. You barely had to think about it.

I was home soon enough and rushed into the house, stopping to check on Noah and Sadie who both still slept peacefully. Then it was to my bedroom where Edward was doing homework that was due tomorrow. With that as a reminder, I grabbed my backpack and started on my own, finishing quickly. I looked up and found Edward staring at me.

"What," I asked him, putting my books away and tossing the pack into the corner.

He shook his head. "Nothing." He threw his crooked smile at me. "I just love staring at you." he got up from his desk and came over to where I sat on the edge of the bed. He placed his hands on either side of me, pushing me back to lay against the bed. I giggled as he came to hover over me.

"You are so beautiful. You always have been," He dragged his lips across my cheek, making me shudder. I wrapped my arms around his neck.

"Hmm," I sighed, contented. But then, the thoughts of my earlier research popped into my head. I pulled away from Edward a bit. "Edward, did you find anything today?"

He sighed and held himself above me. "Not really. Everything based on fact, of course, didn't fit and some of the theories were just ridiculous. What about you?" His dark golden eyes looked down at me.

"I did find something," I said, sitting up, pushing Edward out of the way so that I could go to our closet to put on some pajamas. He followed me as I explained to him what I had learned.

"So what do you think?" I asked him once we were back in bed, underneath the gray covers, facing each other with his hand resting on my hip.

"It's most certainly interesting." He paused. "What could the metaphorical reasoning be behind Sadie's dream?"

I shrugged. "I'm not sure. I've been thinking about it and I feel like there is something there but I'm just not seeing it."

"I feel that too, love." We were both quiet and thoughtful. Edward's hand ran comforting circles on my hip. I groaned.

"That feels so nice," I breathed as Edward's hand slipped under my waistband. "Let's just forget about this," I panted. "Until morning."

"Good idea," He nearly growled as he rolled us over.

AN: Oh man, I'm so mean. I just stopped before the good part. This is un-beta'd because I didn't want to wait any longer to post this chapter. Alright, time for news! Dreaming All Alone got nominated over at Twilighters' Choice Awards for Best Sequel! Yeah, I just about died! So go vote for it when the time comes. .com. Yay! So I hope y'all enjoyed this. It IS shorter than my usual chapters. It doesn't even brake 4,000 words. Gah. SORRY! But I hope y'all like!

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