Pairings: B/E, Canon
Rating: PG-13 for themes and some language
Spoilers: Primarily Twilight and New Moon, but up through Breaking Dawn, just to be safe.
Author’s Notes: This is based on a “what if?” question. It picks up in the middle of Chapter 10 (“The Meadow”) of New Moon and goes sideways from there, leaving canon. The question is: During Bella’s run in with Laurent, what if the wolves hadn’t shown up when they did? What if they had shown up just a few minutes later? Those minutes change Bella's life forever, and she must learn to deal with the consequences.
Excerpt from Chapter 10:
I couldn’t stop staring at the piano, at Jasper’s pale, scarred hands against the keys. The life I had imagined as a vampire – the fantasies I had created, set in this very house – couldn’t be further from reality. In the last five months my path had veered in ways I still couldn’t completely comprehend, leading me to this looking-glass version of everything I had wanted.
Jasper glanced up at me again; I knew he couldn’t help but be completely aware of everything I was feeling, but for once he didn’t push my emotions.
“Never let an out of tune piano sit, Bella,” he told me solemnly as he turned back to his work, though I couldn’t tell if it was mock-seriousness. “It will only get worse.”
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