Twilight Saga: A Different Story

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[center [size18 [i What if everything had been different?]]

[size12 [i A question often asked, but usually the only answer found end up being 'Should have' or 'could have' or 'would have' in the end. But the future is always changing and wavering. Any difference, big or small, gives a completely different outcome.]]

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Mary Alice Swan is to be statistically considered among one of many typical children or teenagers in North America. The seventeen year old has two parents who are divorced a majority of her life and at least of them has remarried.

This girl isn't a typical teenager though for her mother Renee, the one remarried recently, always says it's like her darling was born in her thirties and had just been getting older. Her biological father, Charlie, also agrees with that.

Which is how we get to where we are now; this girl who is seen as an oddity and a 'freak' by many in her home of Phoenix, Arizona is about to do. With a heart of gold she decides to spend her last year and a half of high school with her father so her mother will no longer have to feel lonely as her new husband travels the US in hopes of getting signed onto a major-league baseball team.

And that's where the story starts to sing; in a tiny little place called Forks, Washington that has a Quileute Indian reservation less than half an hour's drive from the main part of town. It's a small town so a large amount of people know and care that she's coming thanks to her father being the police chief....

...That is a large amount of people know [i except] for a little mixed-family who's only lived in the town a few years. They aren't ones to gossip or pay attention to such nonsense since it's usually about them. The girl who is coming is going to surprise many, but none more so than the Cullen family.

Yet she'll be the most surprising to their figuratively 'youngest' son:

Jasper Whitlock Hale-Cullen.]

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+ Isabella Swan is with Edward in this already. She was changed in the very first years of the 1990's so she is the youngest vampire of the family. Edward changed her after being enraptured with her for a month and a hit-and-run putting her on the brink of death. They don't have a daughter.
+ [b Jasper broke away from the clutches of Maria and her horrible Newborn Army not to long after the woman broke his pocket-watch from his human life in a fit of rage after he let two newborns, Peter and Charlotte, escape with their lives. That watch was the last thing he had of his family and the pain of losing it let him escape Maria's enchantment abilities.]
+ None the vampires in this universe sparkle. Their skin doesn't disco-ball the light like diamond would, but rather manages to both deny yet absorb it all at once. Thus, vampires in this world glow in a way.
+ [b Alice and Bella are biologically related. Bella was adopted into the Brandon family as an infant after her biological mother gave her up for adoption. That woman was Alice's grandmother and Bella was Grandma Higgins' first child. This info was discovered through the psychopathic vampire James. Renee is unaware that she has an older sister. Let alone one that is registered as 'dead' officially.]

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[center [b [size13 Mary Alice Swan :]] Taken by Me]
[center [b [size13 Jasper Hale-Cullen :]] Taken by [ Kooza]]

[h3 Roleplay Timeline]

[center [b [u [size15 Alice's First Day of School — Twilight:]]]]
[center [b [size14 Thursday of January 9th, 2016]]]

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[center [b [u [size15 Amount of Time Spent in Forks So Far:]]]]
[center [b [size14 1 year, 2 months, 1 week — Sunday of March 13th, 2017]]]

[h3 Class Schedules]

[b [u [size14 Alice's Classes for Junior Year]]]
1st Period — World Writing & Literature; Senior Level — 7:15 to 8:05
2nd Period — Physical Health & Fitness; Junior Level — 8:10 to 9:00
3rd Period — Pre-Calculus Math; Senior Level — 9:05 to 9:55
4th Period — Cafeteria/Lunch/Op. Free Roam — 10:00 to 11:00
5th Period — Animal & Plant Biology; Junior Level — 11:05 to 11:55
6A Period — Band and Orchestral Ensemble — 12:00 to 12:50
6B Period — Band and Orchestral Ensemble — 12:55 to 1:25
7th Period — US History & Culture; Junior Level — 1:30 to 2:20
8th Period — Language ; Junior Level — 2:25 to 3:15

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[b [u [size14 Jasper's Classes for Junior Year]]]
1st Period — Physical Health & Fitness; Junior Level — 7:15 to 8:05
2nd Period — Automotive Management and Design — 8:10 to 9:00
3rd Period — Trigonometry Math; Junior Level — 9:05 to 9:55
4th Period — Cafeteria/Lunch/Op. Free Roam — 10:00 to 11:00
5th Period — Animal & Plant Biology; Junior Level — 11:05 to 11:55
6A Period — World Art and Creativity; Senior Level — 12:00 to 12:50
6B Period — World Art and Creativity; Senior Level — 12:55 to 1:25
7th Period — World Writing & Literature; Senior Level — 1:30 to 2:20
8th Period — US History & Culture; Junior Level — 2:25 to 3:15

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[b [u [size14 Alice's Classes for Senior Year]]]
1st Period — Study Hall — 7:15 to 8:05
2nd Period — Study Hall — 8:10 to 9:00
3rd Period — Study Hall — 9:05 to 9:55
4th Period — Lunch Time/Optional Free-Roam — 10:00 to 11:00
5th Period — Physical Health & Fitness; Senior Level— 11:05 to 11:55
6A Period — Band and Orchestral Ensemble — 12:00 to 12:50
6B Period — Band and Orchestral Ensemble — 12:55 to 1:25
7th Period — Historical Writing & Verse; Senior Honors — 1:30 to 2:20
8th Period — Language ; Senior Level — 2:25 to 3:15

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[b [u [size14 Jasper's Classes for Senior Year]]]
1st Period — Automotive Management and Design — 7:15 to 8:05
2nd Period — Physical Health & Fitness; Senior Level — 8:10 to 9:00
3rd Period — Pre-Calculus Math; Senior Level — 9:05 to 9:55
4th Period — Cafeteria/Lunch/Op. Free Roam — 10:00 to 11:00
5th Period — Human Biology & Anatomy; Senior Level — 11:05 to 11:55
6A Period — World Art and Creativity; Senior Honors — 12:00 to 12:50
6B Period — World Art and Creativity; Senior Honors — 12:55 to 1:25
7th Period — Historical Writing & Verse; Senior Honors — 1:30 to 2:20
8th Period — World History & Culture; Senior Level — 2:25 to 3:15


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[b "Don't you start,"] he warned Bella. [b "I was worried about her. Last time I took my eyes off of her, she took up cliff diving."]

It was a morbid joke, and his smile didn't quite reach his eyes as he looked to Alice. [b "I was trying to make sure you didn't have any nightmares,"] he spoke quietly to her as his brother and sister doted on the baby.

At the sound of Alice's stomach protesting, Bella's face brightened. [i "You need to eat. From the looks of the fridge, I doubt Charlie has much in the house right now, other than baby food. Edward and I can watch Stephanie while you guys go get something to eat."]

[b "Bella, you can't just-"] Jasper panicked, not wanting to pressure his ex - if that's what she still was - into anything she didn't want to do.

[i "I'm not saying you have to hash everything out right now, but Alice needs to eat before she collapses,"] she reasoned with her brother. Bella looked to her niece. [i "We have about a hundred different things we're going to buy for this one online. So, while you're gone, we're going to take Stephanie to our place to do some online shopping. Find us there when you're ready."]

In a moment of confidence and determination, Bella walked out the bedroom door with the baby on her hip and her husband following close behind her. Jasper heard her explain to Charlie that she was going to babysit for a few hours, and then the front door closed.

The initial silence was deafening. [b "I doubt she'd hold it against you if you'd rather not get food with me. She'll understand,"] he finally spoke, his hands fidgeting at his sides. [b "We can take as long as you need before we talk about anything."]
  Jasper Hale / Kooza / 115d 6h 15m 3s
For the first time in what felt like centuries , Alice slept peacefully. No nightmares, no dreamless sleeping, but... just happy blurring of those enchanting colors of REM sleep, and then of the dream that had made it all possible: her and Jasper, standing in the sunlight in bio-luminescent glory, and he lifting her up to twirl her int he meadow before ending with a kiss.

Even in her dreams, however, she knew achieving that would be either a long-won goal, or something that would have to be decided as quick and painlessly as possible.

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Relatively, Alice was the oddest mix of a heavy sleeper and a light sleeper. She slept very deeply and soundly , sure, but she had developed a sense that had her wake up with ease at some subtle things; like the whimpers of Stephenie or just knowing when her father was opening the door to her bedroom. Thus, she woke up with a slight panic, considering who had been in her room the night previous, but then calmed at seeing no... 'guests' around her room, Stephenie asleep in her crib, and her father opening the door.

[#216bb5 "You still aren't going to school today?"] Charlie asked, eyebrow arched, and once receiving a nod from his daughter he huffed. He moved to close the door, hesitated, before saving, [#216bb5 "Stephie missed you."]

Alice smiled, blew a kiss at Charlie, and he seemed to soften a little from his still lingering frustrations before shutting the door and leaving the house around thirty seconds later. ...And then two seconds after that, Alice was fighting back some giggles at seeing three members of the Cullen family exit the closet with Jasper in the lead.

[#c5911b "Someone whose name stars with a 'J' almost didn't want to get up from the bed~"] Bella cooed, moving to pinch Jasper's cheek a little before instantly dancing her way over to pick up Stephenie again with Edward on her heels.

Alice smiled softly, glancing up at Jasper with a hesitant smile. It wasn't anywhere near as hesitant as yesterday, but it was much better. There were still many things they had to talk about - the sooner the better, but for the moment she was happy just to sit in her room with three of some of the most important people in her life...

...until her stomach growled audibly, anyway, and Stephenie finally started to fuss away.
  Alice Swan / animechick98 / 118d 12h 20m 27s
Jasper felt nothing but waves of love and affection towards the tiny woman in his arms. She was single-handedly giving his family everything they'd ever dreamed of. Rosalie had wanted nothing more than to be a mother, and he knew that Emmett would be a doting father for their son. Bella and Edward would give their daughter everything she desired, and both children would be loved more than they would ever realize.

By the time they reached the house, Alice was fast asleep. With Edward's help, he got her up into her room through the window, so as to not disturb Charlie on the couch, where he'd been asleep himself. [i "Everything okay?"] Edward was kind enough to ask instead of prying in his thoughts.

[b "We talked. It's a start, but I think everything is going to be okay. I need to speak with the two of you, however."]

Jasper made sure her door was shut and secured, instructing Bella to put the sleeping infant back in her crib. [b "I need you both to just listen to me before you say anything. It's extremely important, but you need to be quiet so you don't wake up Charlie."]

[i "We accept!"] Edward blurted out as quietly as he could manage with the growing excitement in his chest.

Go figure he'd ruin his own surprise. [i "What are we accepting?"] Bella looked between them.

Jasper raised a challenging eyebrow to Edward, who gave a frantic nod for him to continue. [b "Part of what Alice and I talked about was the two of you. She feels it would be the most beneficial for Stephanie if she was placed with a family who can give her the love and attention she needs as she grows up."]

Hope fluttered in Bella's chest and it was all Jasper could do not to smile like an idiot. [i "Are you saying..."] she trailed off, not wanting to be wrong.

[b "She's your daughter, if you'll have her,"] he confirmed.

He barely had time to realize Bella's intention of jumping on Alice to wrap her in a hug before he grabbed her around the waist mid-jump. [b "Go hold your baby, let her sleep,"] he laughed quietly at her enthusiasm.

He took a seat in Alice's desk chair, not feeling right to sit on the bed with her while things are still muddled between them. He contented himself with watching his siblings fawn over their new child, knowing that tears would be falling from their eyes if it were at all possible.
  Jasper Hale / Kooza / 254d 3h 31m 18s
[b "I'm sure. The minute Renee came to me with the idea in December, even though I accepted right away... when I Stephenie when she was born a month ago? All I could think of is that I wished Bella and Edward were around to take her instead. I swear she has Bella's nose... which makes sense."] Alice grinned softly, shrugging her shoulders before letting out a long yawn. She laughed a little though at his comment about her making herself the family's favorite, saying "Guess it's a gift that only effects vampires and people in small Northern towns", yawning again after doing so.

A few seconds after the yawn, however, she let out a startled sound as she was slowly scooped up. She blinked, seeing the doubting expression on the one holding her, and offering a small smile. [b "S'okay. This is an acceptable thing. I'm good."] She rested her head on his shoulder, yawning again.

[b "Jazz? I'm running on no sleep for like the past 72 hours. If you three want to be creepies and take care of Stephie all night for me — and manage to do it without waking Charlie or getting caught by Charlie — then that's plenty fine with me. Just remind Bella and Edward that they can't squeal or anything once they find out the news."] She smiled, letting her eyes fall shut. [b "Make it a slow walk back....?"] The pixie girl requested, her voice softly trailing off as sleep tried to consume her.
  Alice Swan / animechick98 / 254d 11h 10m 20s
He held her face in his hands and pressed a kiss to her forehead. [b "No flaming arrows needed. Or any attempt of bodily harm. I'm at your disposal, Alice Swan."]

Her next question came so suddenly that he had to step back to look at her and make sure he heard correctly. [b "You want them to adopt her?"]

It wasn't that he couldn't picture Bella and Edward as parents. In fact, it was the complete opposite. He couldn't imagine more doting parents, aside from Rosalie and Emmett with their new little one. Edward was naturally protective, and Bella would adore any child they would be lucky to have. His dead heart practically warmed at the thought of what Alice wanted to give them.

[b "If you offered for them to adopt Stephanie, I don't think they would hesitate in a second to have her as their daughter,"] he answered honestly. [b "Are you sure this is something that you would want? I'll support your decision either way you choose, I just want to make sure you're absolutely positive that this is something you're going to be okay with."]

She hadn't even broken the news to his brother and sister, yet he could practically feel their excitement already. Then again, maybe it was residual from where they were doting on the little girl back at the house. [b "I think you've officially managed to become my entire family's favourite person in the world. I'm a bit jealous,"] he offered a small smile.
  Jasper Hale / Kooza / 259d 5h 30m 34s
[b "I [i will] get a flaming arrow and stick one into your asscheek. Don't test me. You better hold true to your word, Major Whitlock."] Alice lightly booped his nose for a second time, a more proper, full sized, utterly 'Alice Swan' kind of smile finally blooming to life on her face.

She both did and didn't trust him at his word. She was willing to trust him, but she knew that they [i both] understood that trust would have to be earned properly between them once more. The first step to growth was moving on, though. So, she stood up, and held her hands out to him with a slight wiggle. Not that it was needed of course, not really, but she happily helped him to stand up as well. [b "Before we head back into hearing range of our shared family members,"] she began, voice soft and a little more serious than moments prior. [b "I wanted your opinion on... if you think Edward and Bella would want to adopt Stephenie...?"]

At whatever expression he might give in response, she softly explained, [b "It's just... the moment Renee flew up to give me Stephie a month ago, all I could think about was those two every time I looked at her...."] She trailed off, shrugging her shoulders while rubbing a little nervously at the back of her neck. [b "And I [i know] that if I asked, they'd say yes. I just want you opinion on if you think it be a good or bad thing to ask of them."]
  Alice Swan / animechick98 / 259d 15h 35m 0s
His eyes closed at the feel of her hand in his hair, but the usually soothing motion brought him nothing but shame. He'd hurt her terribly. He could hear it in the way her voice trembled as she explained exactly what he'd put her through. How every decision he'd made had been one of selfishness and pride. How he'd never once taken her feelings into consideration though he claimed to be doing everything for her.

The fact that she forgave him was a miracle, in and of itself. But he didn't want miracles. He wanted to earn her trust. He wanted to prove to her that he was going to change everything to be exactly what he'd promised her.

To prove that they were equals.

[b "I am willing to do whatever it takes to make this up to you,"] he caught her hand in his, placing a kiss to her palm. [b "You are my equal in every way, and I cannot apologize enough for letting things get so fucked up."]

Jasper looked up to catch her eyes, hoping he looked every bit as sincere as he felt. [b "You have my word. From now on, we're a partnership. Decisions will be made together, and you will have just as much say as I do. If not more, to make up for my bullheadedness,"] he gave her a small smile.

He couldn't have been more relieved that she seemed as willing to work on things as he was. Even if she made a playful jab at his habit of withholding his emotions. [b "When you're an empath, you're used to being bombarded with everyone else's feelings. I didn't want you to have to experience that. I figured I'd save you the trouble of dealing with the thoughts that bubble up in here sometimes,"] he tapped his temple. [b "They're not always pleasant. But, like you said; we'll work this through together."]
  Jasper Hale / Kooza / 261d 4h 50m 35s
It was just quiet at first, which was to be expected. Alice bit her lip, hesitating as her gaze flickered between her knees and Jasper's face as h knelt before her. And then, with a shakey inhale, she began to explain all the reasons why.

She talked of how she's been in nothing but danger since he left, and how if it wasn't for wolves and Laurent and his formerly-unknown Uncle Kumboh appearing, that she'd be dead.

She talked about how putting herself in danger was the only time she could remember any of the family's voice or looks or [i anything] clearly because she had no more pictures of them.

She talked about how she was almost catatonic for months, and how the only thing that kept her any kind of sane was... poking at her thighs with some sewing needles because knowing she was still able to get nauseous helped her remind herself she was still alive, because she just couldn't feel anything at all. Not sadness, not happiness... not anything.

She then talked in detail, she told him everything, and once all was said and done, she slowly took his hands. [b "But the one thing that hurt the most, Jasper, is what you just did with your apologies. You talk in 'I's and 'You's and 'Me's. Jasper, a relationship is a [i 'We']."] She squeezed his hands, which was basically like a baby squeezing at a metal pole, but she knew it would still get his attention. [b "You didn't treat me like an [i equal], Jasper, because instead of talking to me about your fears, your worries, your concerns, you just... left. Because you thought it was best for me instead of deciding what was best for 'us', and we can only decide a best for 'us' if it's done [i together], Jasper. That... that's why it broke me so much."] She lifted a hand, slowly brushing his curls back. [b "If possible, you'd say you trust me until you're blue in the face I'm sure, but the fact you made a choice on [i my] safety without talking to me just shows that you didn't see me as an equal in our relationship. And I'm wonder... if you even see me as an equal now."] She continued brushing her hand through his hair, voice soft and contemplative as she spoke. Not filled with any cruelty, but a soft honesty that could cause just as much heartbreak.

[b "I forgive you, Jasper. I forgave you the moment I saw you again. But, that doesn't make things okay. That doesn't make what you did 'Okay'. We have things to work on, Jasper. [i Together.] You need to trust I can take care of myself, that I'm able to make my own choices be they in regards to you or any other situation in my life, and then [i accept] when I make those choices... and I clearly need to go get some flaming arrows to make sure you talk about how you're feeling regularly."] Alice abruptly added on that tease, a soft smile curling her lips as she 'booped!' his nose.
  Alice Swan / animechick98 / 261d 13h 40m 57s
As hard as it was, Jasper forced himself to look her in the eye. She didn't deserve for him to be a coward staring at his feet, like a scolded child. He wanted to see just how much he'd hurt her, from her own eyes, so that he could hate himself that much more. [b "I want to tell you that I knew what I was thinking,"] he spoke quietly. [b "I want to be able to answer every question you have, with every bit of honesty that you deserve."]

Risking a few steps forward, he knelt on the ground in front of her, putting them at eye level with one another. [b "I panicked, Alice. I panicked, and I had no idea how to handle things. It's not an excuse that I've never done this before. I've never wanted to protect someone as much as I want to protect you."]

It was all sounding like pathetic cries for forgiveness. His eyes squeezed shut. [b "I never wanted to make decisions for you. I never wanted you to feel that I didn't trust you to make decisions. I honestly thought that us being in love was blinding you to just how dangerous I am. Your safety has always been my priority, Alice."]

He could never regret their time together, but he would be lying if he said he didn't think frequently about how better she'd be if he'd never met her. How normal her life would be, without fear of being attacked over a small mistake out of her control.

[b "Please tell me everything,"] he begged her. [b "I want to understand why it hurt so much."]
  Jasper Hale / Kooza / 287d 5h 18m 59s
[b "Oh, I know she will be. They're family, after all,"] Alice said softly, smiling at the scene before allowing Jasper to hop with her out of the bedroom window.

As they headed towards the forest, she's surprised to find herself with... a sense of calm, really. She had been planning to lead the way anyway. Head towards it almost gives her a sense of peace. No matter what might happen – and her brain was switching between that cold and warm sensation she has come to know that sent he pulse either racing or soothing – she knew that she'd be okay. She could feel it. One way or another, she'd be okay.

She sighed slowly as Jasper spoke, breathing in to calm herself, and then she looked at him. [b "...I'm not mad at you, Jasper-"] she cut herself off suddenly, biting her lip, before correction, [b "Okay, that's a lie. I am mad. I'm [i pissed]. Not at you, but the way you treat me both before [i and] now."] The pixie sighed, slowly sitting on a log, and looked up at him. [b "You took every choice from me, Jazz. You made all the choices, and now that you see me again, you expect me to make them all. That's not how relationships work. You can't decide things for me – like leaving because [i that's what's best],"] She glared just a little at that, and then wilted, [b "And then you can't come back and put me on an even worse pedestal where, instead of being too dumb of a human to make choices, I'm suddenly all knowing and who you should bow to the word of. That... I...."] She sighed, wilting more, and shrunk in on herself before saying in a sad voice, [b "I'm so [i confused], Jasper. I don't know how to feel. Just... do you even know why what you did hurt me? Do you even understand why it was wrong?"] She looked up at him, beseeching, and then with the smallest of smiles she patted the log next to her. She wanted him to sit next to her so that they could be on even ground. She wanted them to be able to see eye-to-eye both literally and figuratively.
  Alice Swan / animechick98 / 287d 13h 10m 1s
To no one's surprise at all, Bella and Edward jumped at the chance to spend more time with the baby. Jasper could feel their muffled jealousy as they watched Rosalie and Emmett with their new son, but they were trying so hard to be happy for them instead. [b "Alice said that you're more than welcome to see Stephanie any time you'd like,"] he told them on the drive back to Alice's house. [b "You'll have her to yourselves while we talk. Just don't spoil her too much."]

The only sign that anyone was awake in the house was Alice's light coming from her bedroom window. One by one, the Cullens gracefully hoisted themselves up through the open glass. Bella's eyes immediately fell on the sleepy baby, softening instantly with adoration.

[b "Are you ready?"] Jasper murmured to Alice. [b "I figured we could take a walk; find somewhere quiet?"]

Edward was more than eager to take Stephanie into his arms, and Jasper was flooded with the protectiveness pouring from his brother. [b "She'll be in good hands,"] he smiled to Alice, before helping her down from the house.

One benefit of Forks was the absolute peace and quiet after the sunset. Most residents retired to bed early enough that the only sounds were the insects and animals moving about in the dark. The trees behind Alice's house provided enough privacy and cover for their conversation, though the memories of the last time they stood there was not lost on Jasper.

[b "I'd give you permission to hit me and yell as much as you want, but I really don't want you to hurt yourself,"] he gave her a sad smile. [b "I deserve whatever anger you're feeling towards me."]
  Jasper Hale / Kooza / 289d 6h 22m 12s
The kiss to her hands didn't burn like she thought they might at feeling those cold lips again. Like the last kiss she had received, it brought nothing but warmth to the skin even if there was an initial nip of cold at the contact.

She happily accepted the hugs from the Cullens; from Carlisle, from Esme, from Emmet and Edward, and hell, even from Rosalie... though she guessed it shouldn't surprise her so much, considering the sleeping baby in her arms.

[b "Of course,"] Alice informed of Bella instantly, accepting the hug and kiss from her undead aunt, and took a dozing Stephenie back into her arms.

[b "It's already after dark, Jasper,"] She teased of him gently, smiling before closing her eyes as lips brushed her forehead. [b "Remember to offer to Bella and Edward to come babysit Stephie, if they want, so you and I can go somewhere and have that talk properly."] She added, knowing that Bella and Edward would probably her her anyway.

Soon the Cullens were gone, and her and Charlie had a talk that ended with her saying; "I doubt they're staying, dad, but... being normal with them in some way feels good. Even if they live again, I'd like to think I'd be strong enough to survive them coming and going. I can't know unless I treaet them civil. I need to be a big girl, dad."

And that had been the end of that, and it wasn't long until Alice was just waiting in her room, watching as the time passed and she typed away on her computer. Stephenie was asleep against her chest and she smiled down at her baby sister before brushing a kiss to her hair.

And, for the first time in months, her window was gently cracked open for a purpose other than a breeze.
  Alice Swan / animechick98 / 289d 11h 31m 56s
[b "I'll be back as soon as you want me to,"] he murmured to her, pressing a kiss to her hands.

Jasper grabbed the photo of his family and led the way back downstairs. [b "Let's go home,"] he addressed his family. [b "Alice and Charlie need some time to discuss some everything. And I think we need to settle in."]

Carlisle was the first to his feet, approaching Alice with open arms. [i "We're happy you're safe. Let us know if you need anything."]

One by one, the Cullens exited the house until only Jasper and Bella remained. His sister clearly did not want to hand the baby back to Alice, holding her close to her chest and pressing a light kiss to Stephanie's head. [i "Call me if you ever need help with her,"] Bella choked out, handing her back to Alice.

Jasper waited until they were alone. [b "I'll be back later. Try not to give Charlie too much hell over what happened earlier,"] he brushed her hair behind her ear. [b "He's only worried that my being here is going to further upset you."]

He stepped forward and kissed her forehead. [b "I'll be back after dark,"] he promised, tracing her jaw with his thumb before leaving to join his family.

He couldn't help but notice Bella's attention was just as focused on the Swan residence as his was, as they pulled away from the curb.
  Jasper Hale / Kooza / 290d 5h 57m 25s
Alice didn't resist as the blonde pulled her close, she instantly wrapped one arm around his shoulders, and the other to cradle and card at his hair. The motions as smooth as if they hadn't been without contact for nearly half a year.

It was nice to feel like that, and it felt like an odd little blessing to continue to see this more vulnerable side of him.

[b "Oh, Jasper...."] She huffed a gently sigh, carding her fingers through his hair. Absentmindedly, she reached her free-hand out for her hairbrush and began to gently brush out the blonde locks. Vampire or not, messy hair via not brushing was a norm. [b "I'll never understand how much it means, but I'm so glad I could give you something like this. Okay?"] Setting the brush back down, she slowly moved her hands to cradle his jaw, and smiled gently when she found ease in coaxing the super-strength vampire into tilting his head up to look at her.

[b "We'll need to talk tonight– I'm a little more coherent emotionally then I was earlier and... well.... we do need to talk, Jazz. Come back in about three hours when Charlie should be asleep, okay? I've already decided I'm not going to class tomorrow. Tell Bella and Edward they can come too, if they want, to see Stephie some more. If they do, you and I can go somewhere a little more private to talk. Sound good?"] The brunette continued smoothing her hand through his hair, voice gentle even if her expression was a little tired.
  Alice Swan / animechick98 / 291d 7h 50m 31s
Hearing the familiar nickname made his face soften. It was a sign that things were completely ruined; that there may be something there that could resolve together. At her complete mercy, he let her lead him across the hallway to her bedroom. It was just as he'd remembered it, still completely Alice.

[b "Should I be nervous?"] he asked, watching her dig in her desk.

His world spun as she handed him the photograph. If he could, he knew tears would be pouring from his eyes. The family whose memory he'd lost long ago was staring back at him. Faces he'd once loved, and voices he couldn't remember.

His father, the man with hands like leather from years of hard labor. The sweet eyes of his doting mother. And his sisters, who once tugged at his hands to get him to play tag in the yard. He'd long forgotten what they looked like. He couldn't remember what they'd sounded like. Couldn't remember what it was like to live that life he'd once had.

But there they were, in his hands.

Jasper was careful not to hold the frame too tightly, afraid it would shatter. His fingers danced across the glass, tracing the outlines of their faces as if he could pull them to life once more. [b "Alice,"] his voice wavered with emotion.

He carefully set the photo on her desk, pulling her to him and wrapping his arms around her. With the height difference of him sitting down, he buried his face against her stomach. [b "Thank you,"] his words were muffled by her shirt. [b "You don't know what you've just given me."]
  Jasper Hale / Kooza / 292d 6h 5m 28s

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