I was redecorating my study for the hundredth time. Carlisle was at work so I needed something to occupy me. I didn’t want to think about what I’ve seen today. Expression of Jasper’s face today, tormented face which decided something, decided to leave. He had a hard time when Bella was around, we all saw that. Although Alice hasn’t foreseen him hurting Bella he wanted to make sure that that really wouldn’t happen.
I knew that Alice would follow him, as she always did. She would follow him until the end of the world if necessary. He was everything to her and even she loved us all, he was the most important person in her life.
I love all of my children, but there is something special in Edward and Alice. It’s not that I love them more, but Edward was, and still in a way is, my lost child, and I’ve always felt that Alice needs me to be a mother to her because she couldn’t remember her human life. Naturally, I didn’t want her to leave, Jasper needed her, but I knew I had to try.
I called her name, softly, knowing she was somewhere in the house just few minutes ago.
A minute later she was knocking on my door.
Esmee: Come on in Alice.
She walked in slowly; she knew what I was about to ask her.
Alice: What’s going on Esme. Need some advice on fabrics?
My brows wrinkled giving her a clear sign that I knew what’s going on.
Esme: Actually, I wanted to talk to you. I know that you and Jasper are leaving. I just wanted to know have you talked to Carlisle about that. Is it really necessary?
Her face suddenly became sad, eyes full of tremendous sorrow. Her vision just became truth and so did my suspicions. I felt sudden urge to find something to sit on; something unusual for a vampire. I grabbed my chair in disbelief. She created right in front of me, kneeling.
Alice: Oh, Esme, I’m so sorry, but I believe it is inevitable. He is in very bad shape. I know he wouldn’t hurt Bella on purpose nor do I see it coming, but he just wants to make sure. He needs to get away for a while and you know I can’t function without him.
Her expression was so apologizing, like she did something wrong, not decided to be a support for her loved one, just like I would be for Carlisle.
Esme: I just wished there was a way… I don’t want either of you going away but I can’t stop Edward from bringing Bella here. You know that I hate being apart from you and not knowing what is happening to you. I still think you need to talk to Carlisle; maybe he has idea that won’t be so drastical. I understand you, honey, more than you could think and I don’t want you to feel guilty.
I could see her scanning through her head in hope that Carlisle arrival would change something. My words didn’t comfort her but her expression suddenly became more relaxed.
Alice: Alright. I’ll talk to Jaz, we’ll wait until Carlisle is home but I’m afraid he won’t change his mind, you know how this works.
She said still looking somewhere in the distance. I looked myself that way but found nothing interesting.
Esme: Oh, I know baby, I know, but my fear for you is immense.
I hugged her like it was the last time I would see her when she whispered.
Alice: Now, Esme. What about that beautiful glass house in Oregon that you were looking?
I was shocked. Clearly, she saw my confused face and laughed.
Alice: I know that was your preoccupation for the last few weeks and I must say you’ve undone yourself. I think that would be a perfect place for Jaz. It’s hidden in the woods just like this one, far from human eyes and still not to far away from you, and you will know where we are for a change.
I was still grasping for air (also something unusual for our kind) but she really surprised me with this one. I just hugged her with all my strength and kissed her in the forehead.
Esme: Thank you Alice. I just hope Jasper won’t mind. But you really made my day! Hurry, go packing and if you need anything just call. I will notice Carlisle and everybody. I love you both so much, don’t you ever forget! And keep in touch daily!
While I was finishing my last sentence I heard the front door close and a car on. Alice’s Porsche, and Jasper waiting in it saying ‘Thank you Esme’ with deeper respect than I deserved it.