Sunday, November 12, 2017 | By: Drotuno

Heaven & Earth Chapter 4 & Pics

Chapter 4
“He’s getting damned good with that thing,” Jasper muttered with an amused tone, coming to stand next to me at the window of the office.
Cracking a smile at that, I let my gaze drift back to my son following his dad around with the drone Alice had rigged for him. Even better was the expression on my husband’s face as he tried to ready the chopper – pure patience and humor. Occasionally, he’d stop, ask Sammy questions on it, and then go back to work.
We were leaving first thing in the morning for Seattle to stay with Carlisle and Esme at the penthouse for at least a week, not that we couldn’t come home if we needed to, but it was easier to simply stay there if the job was there. And Bethy and Sammy wanted to spend time with their grandparents, which meant poor Edward had to load up the chopper for family and a job.
“Well, that would’ve been the thing I’d have taken away if he’d gotten into trouble today.”
Jasper laughed. “Cruel, Mom.”
“Mmm…indeed.” Smirking at him, I turned away from the window. “But somehow they made it through the last day of school without opening a can of whoop-ass on someone.”
Sunday, November 5, 2017 | By: Drotuno

Heaven & Earth Chapter 3 & Pic

Chapter 3
School wasn’t quite out yet when we pulled into the parking lot. Both men with me were quiet, and just knowing the two of them like I did, I was pretty sure neither were upset about being called to the school.
I wasn’t mad, really, but I was a bit disappointed, considering I’d asked all the kids to let it go, to walk away from whatever this little troll decided to do. However, Bethy was the kind of kid who would only allow so much before snapping, a trait she received by pure, unadulterated genetics. It was years of playing games with her dad and uncles, years of being a big sister to a shy boy, and simply being her parents’ daughter, because Edward and I had raised a strong, smart girl who saw through bullshit from a mile away. I should’ve expected this call way before now. I should’ve seen it coming when my daughter pointed out that her brother couldn’t defend himself against this girl at school, simply because he was the wrong gender. It wasn’t that he couldn’t, it was that he shouldn’t do anything, but Bethy was a lot like me, so I should’ve known she would take this into her own hands.
Edward opened the school’s office door and held it open for me.
The woman behind the counter smiled our way, saying, “Mr. and Mrs. Cullen. Mr. Moretti. Come on back. Everyone’s in Mrs. Perry’s office.”
Sunday, October 29, 2017 | By: Drotuno

Heaven & Earth Chapter 2 & Pics

Chapter 2
Sammy may have had my more bookish personality, but he was truly a physical clone of his father. It was so obvious when he walked with Edward across the street to the little barber shop we used in Forks. The two of them walked the same, held their shoulders the same, and pushed their hair from their foreheads the same. Hell, they even smiled at the barber the damn same – all crooked, with a slight tilt to their heads.
Bethy and I sat down at a table in the little park across from them, sharing an ice cream sundae. Abby was with us, sitting down next to Bethy with her own small bowl. The two girls had grown so much. Abby was still the quieter of the two, but they were becoming beautiful girls. They were still very similar like they’d been when they’d met at Mrs. Cope’s Pre-K, with their petite figures, big smiles, and long, dark-brown hair. The biggest difference between the two was that Abby had dark-brown, almost black eyes, and Bethy’s were green like Edward’s.
“So, we’re all going to Aunt Kate’s?” Abby asked excitedly.
“Yeah, that’s what Dad said,” Bethy told her, licking her spoon. “Sammy and I are supposed to stay with Gamma and Poppy for a few days first.”
Abby grinned. “I love Poppy. He takes us to the best places.”
“Do you want to go, Abby?” I asked her with a chuckle. “I think Caleb is going, too. The only one who won’t be there is Kaitlyn. She’s already with Aunt Kate and Obie in Alaska. They went early.”
Sunday, October 22, 2017 | By: Drotuno

Heaven & Earth Chapter 1

Chapter 1
“Mom! Where’s my sweater?” I heard through my bedroom door.
“Closet, Bethy.”
“No, it’s not… Oh, yeah it is.”
Grinning, I shook my head as I dressed for the day. The older my daughter became, the more she was Edward made over. She was almost eleven, going on twenty-one, but still every bit our little girl. She had a touch of his temper, although she maintained hers better than he usually did.
I stepped out the bedroom into the hall, reveling at how she was almost to my shoulder in height. And some things didn’t change. Bethy clung to her colors just like she had as a little girl. Everything had to match. It seemed today’s color was blue. Blue Chucks, blue sweater, and blue fingernail polish. The latter was chipped, because despite how she’d grown so much, my baby girl was still a bit of a tomboy. She was my sports-playing, roughhousing, pilot-wannabe strong girl.
She rushed out of her room and down the hall, telling her brother to hurry up.

New Story! Gravity Series 5: Heaven & Earth

Summary: Gravity Investigations, busy as always, takes a protection detail that results in more than just a paycheck. Edward and Bella, separated by 70 floors of Twi Tech Tower, must fight to stop what could be an act of war. 5th in the Gravity Series. Canon Couples, AH.

So I said I’d never add to this series, but yet…here we are. Plot bunnies are evil and pushy. LOL This will be the longest of the opening chapter A/Ns, so bear with me for just this one time, okay?
When I realized this would actually happen, I wanted a few things to happen…or really, I needed to push myself to make shit happen. I didn’t want to lose the chemistry, and I didn’t want to simply put another in the series if it was not going to be worthy of Mercward. I most definitely didn’t want to lose any continuity from the other stories or character traits/flaws in this series, so this is a test for me, truly.
WARNINGS: This will be a part of a long line of a series, so yes, you absolutely should read the first four in the series before attempting this one. There will be violence, possible character deaths (read my rules before panicking), and foul language, because Mercward is a mouthy fucker. :) Actually, I think he gets it from me, but he just uses it better.
Last thing, there was a long thread in my FB group about the possibilities of how this would start, and you’re all kinda wrong. LOL This one will build a little slower than you’re used to, but you’ll want a seatbelt and an airbag for this story.
I’ll let you get to it. Let’s go see Mercward after 3 years (2 years their time)…

Heaven & Earth Pictures

Friday, August 25, 2017 | By: Drotuno

Six - Chapter 29 - Epilogue

Chapter 29 – Epilogue
Unknown Island off Florida Keys
Bella’s window slipped closed, leaving the cheers and noise of the reception behind us. I shook my head, taking a long, slow gaze around me. Her soft laugh met my ears, and I turned to face her.
You wanted a deserted island,” she pointed out with a teasing lilt to her tone. She glanced around. “Although, technically…this isn’t deserted. It’s a private rental.”
Grinning, I shook my head again. “I did. Did Dad help you with this?”
She laughed, walking to me to cup my face. “Let’s just say I had all sorts of help.”
Her mind had been an amazing place to be all damn day. Our wedding day. She was nerves and love, hope and awe. All day she’d been reminiscing about her life, her past, how she’d gotten to this point. More than one time her father had crossed her mind, giving her the hope that he was seeing her marry, seeing her so very happy. From the loss of him, to her mother’s downward spiral, to living on the streets – zooming forward to this moment, I’d viewed Bella’s life through her eyes as she dressed, walked down the aisle, and recited her vows to me. I’d watched my pretty girl fall in love with me all over again.

Six - Chapter 28

Chapter 28

Salem, Massachusetts
A black cat streaked ahead of us, and Bella chuckled. “Fitting, Rose.”
Grinning, I shook my head. “You look like the cat from Hocus Pocus.”
Rosalie’s amused mind met my own, but she hopped up on the low, brick wall running down the sidewalk. Are you sure this is where we need to be, Edward? she thought to me, her sharp, yellow eyes on me.
“Yeah, Benjamin said it was this cemetery,” I sighed, grimacing at that fact. He had been monitoring the activity in this area for some time now.
I gave our surroundings a slow gaze, trying to find a safe spot for Bella to open a window for my dad, Eleazar, and Benjamin to join us. It was nearly nightfall, and the cemetery’s wall had dark corners, especially near the far back.
“Yeah, that’ll work,” Bella murmured, giving me a small smile for the help.
Friday, July 28, 2017 | By: Drotuno

Even In Death Chapter 22 - Epilogue

Chapter 22 – Epilogue – Halfway to Anywhere
We're leaving here tonight
There's no need to tell anyone
They'd only hold us down
So by the mornings light
We'll be half way to anywhere
Where no one needs a reason

Forget this life 
Come with me
Don't look back you're safe now
Unlock your heart
Drop your guard
No one's left to stop you
“Anywhere” by Evanescence
“Thanks for your help today, Dr. Masen,” Dr. Whitewater called to me from across the parking lot.
“See you in a few weeks,” I told her. I smiled, giving a wave her way before getting into my car.
Volunteering at the Crescent City Health Clinic was rewarding most days. Though, today I was ready to go home; I had plans. It was an hour drive from Crescent City, California, to Gold Beach, Oregon, but I only went a few times a month to help them out, and it was getting me acclimated to practicing medicine again. Colds, skin rashes, and the occasional broken arm at the family medicine clinic was easier than the intensity of a hospital ER or children’s ward.
I pulled onto the 101 heading north toward home. Home. Alaska had been home until a little over a month ago. We’d stayed on the Denali property for almost two years after my change. There had been close calls with my diet, which was why we’d stayed longer than anticipated. A hiking couple had almost ruined me not long after Charlie’s wedding. A scraped arm combined with adrenaline had pulled at me so hard during a hunt that it took Bella’s shield, Emmett’s strength, and Jasper’s calming to get me to stop. Up until that point, I thought I’d been ready to handle a more populated area, but no.
Sunday, July 16, 2017 | By: Drotuno

Even In Death Chapter 21

Chapter 21 – We Can Live Forever
When doubt returns
May it be
That faith shall permeate our scars

When we're seduced
Then may it be
That we not deviate our cause

All sinners, a future
All saints, a past
Beginning, the ending
Return to ash

Now that we're dead, my dear
We can be together
Now that we're dead, my dear
We can live forever
“Now That We’re Dead” by Metallica
Carlisle and I got out of the car just as Charlie’s patience ran out, and he met us at the door. This was the first time I’d get to hear his thoughts, and I found that his mind was not exactly muddled but not truly clear either. He eyed me from head to toe. He noted some changes, but he rationalized some of them with the knowledge that it had been several months since he’d last set eyes on me. As Carlisle and I stepped closer, the one thing that stood out was my eyes, but he pushed it away as being an “unobservant old man.”
“Hey, Charlie,” I said with a smile.
“It’s so good to see you, kiddo,” he greeted, his mustache twitching into a smile. “Dr. Cullen, always a pleasure.”
“Call me Carlisle, please.”
“C’mon in,” Charlie said, standing aside to let us walk through the door. “Edward, son… You know where to go with that beer. Jake’s already stashed his in there.”
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 | By: Drotuno

Even In Death Chapter 20 & Pics

Chapter 20 – We’ll Carry On
Though the sea will be strong
I know we'll carry on
Cos if there's somebody calling me on
She's the one
If there's somebody calling me on
She's the one

When you get to where you wanna go
And you know the things you wanna know
You're smiling
“She’s the One” by Robbie Williams
I sat down on some rocks by the small lake, waiting for the others to finish their hunt. The water was still, the mountain in the distance loomed over its surroundings, and there wasn’t a sound of civilization to be heard. No planes, no cars, no noise. Nothing. Just a slight breeze that stirred the tall grasses around me and a few small creatures off in the distance.
However, it was the sight above that was breathtaking. Without street lights and car headlights and buildings to get in the way, to dull it all, every star in the sky glowed brightly overhead. It was truly magnificent. I wasn’t sure if it was my enhanced sight or if the stars just were better over Alaska, but I took them all in.
He picked a nice spot.
I smiled over my shoulder at Esme, who was taking in the view like I had. “I thought you’d be used to it,” I said softly.
Her smile was warm and sweet as she shook her head slowly. “No. No, that’s something I never want to get used to,” she stated, sitting down next to me and gesturing to the sky. “Once that no longer holds an awe-inspiring beauty, then I’m way too distracted. It’s time to reassess myself, reorganize my priorities.”
Smiling, I nodded.
“This is stunning every time I see it. It makes me see just how small I am in the great big picture.”
Sunday, July 2, 2017 | By: Drotuno

Even In Death Chapter 19

Chapter 19 – Darkness Can Show You the Light
An unforgivable tragedy
The answer isn't where you think you'd find it
Prepare yourself for the reckoning
For when your world seems to crumble again
Don't be afraid, don't turn away
You're the one who can redefine it
Don't let hope become a memory
Let the shadow permeate your mind and
Reveal the thoughts that were tucked away
So that the door can be opened again
Within your darkest memories
Lies the answer if you dare to find it
Don't let hope become a memory

When you think all is forsaken,
Listen to me now
You need never feel broken again
Sometimes darkness can show you the light
“The Light” by Disturbed
“C’mon, Steve,” I called to him, and he hopped down from the steps of the small cabin Bella and I shared on the Denali property.
I set the backpack down onto the ground, and his stubborn ass crawled into the open bag. Leaving it unzipped, I pulled the thing onto my back, immediately feeling Steve shift so that he was holding on to my shoulder. Shaking my head and rolling my eyes, I glanced over at him. His purr was loud, his eyes bright with thin, slivered pupils, even though the day was cloudy. He rubbed his face against my jaw, pushing that purr against my skin.
Bella’s giggle made me smile. “He might just be the most spoiled cat on the damn planet.”
“Hmm?” he hummed her way, clearly affronted at the insult.
“Spoiled, Steve. I’m not sure there’s a cat anywhere that gets to explore all of Alaska’s wilderness.”
Grinning, I shrugged a shoulder, which raised Steve up and down. “Because most cats would get themselves killed. This guy has the best bodyguards to protect him from bears and really big birds of prey.”
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | By: Drotuno

Even In Death Chapter 18

Chapter 18 – Summon Every Nerve
Eyes huge, so little left if something
Cracks and clues, he’s crazy as a straw
Why denied, does no one care or nothing
How, you ask, I ever last so long

Cause I, I went blind, a blinding riot
He’s regretting every word
Those empty lies
One more tonight, a blinding riot
As I summon every nerve

“Take Out the Gunman” by Chevelle
“You’re trying to destroy us! Kill them all!”
The cacophony of mental noise that hit me was almost debilitating. No one wanted a fight, except maybe the wolf pack against the red-eyed bloodsuckers and Caius. The Volturi gaped at the sheer size and number of the pack, second guessing the orders they’d just been given. Caius stepped forward in anticipation, rubbing his hands together.
Emmett and Rosalie came from the back of the pack, standing beside Bella and me. They’d been afraid this would happen, and they weren’t alone in that thinking. Carlisle and Esme had been expecting this as well.
Jake directed his pack, which started to move into a formation of sorts, flanking us as well as stepping toward the front. There were ten of them – ten enormous, pissed-off, growling, snarling, drooling wolves the size of grizzly bears.
Alice, however, pushed by them, calling to Aro. “You saw what you wanted, not the outcome, Aro!”
Sunday, June 11, 2017 | By: Drotuno

Even In Death Chapter 17

Chapter 17 – Fooled the Devil
Sold my soul and signed my name in blood
Stole it back now praying in the dark
Fooled the devil
Begging for a fight
Count the dollars make your bet tonight

Feel strong like an oiled machine
All the anger boils within
Move it
Give it
The high rollers are in
“Seal the Deal” by Volbeat
“Christ!” I snarled, both fists collided with a large tree trunk. My shock at it completely shattering and splintering into a multitude of directions brought me up short, not to mention the snow raining down all around me. “Oops,” I muttered in amusement, but it was short-lived, because my frustration level was high.
Bella chuckled behind me, but her thoughts sank slowly down over me. I won’t let you mess up, Edward. Destroy all the trees you want, but I won’t let you hurt a human. You’d never forgive yourself, baby. Hippocratic oath or not. It’s not you.
Her mental voice was just as soothing as her real one, and with that shield of hers, the scent of the human that had driven me into a frenzy just mere seconds prior evaporated. I sat down hard on a small boulder, brushing leaves and snow from my hair.
Sunday, June 4, 2017 | By: Drotuno

Six - Chapter 27

Chapter 27
New York City
It had been a few weeks since the big fight with Aro in Seattle. Things had quickly settled back into routine, like we’d had before Jane turned up on the Cullens’ doorstep, only this time, there was a lightness to it, a carefree feeling that seemed to have wrapped itself around each of us like a warm hug. With Aro gone and Caius in prison, Marcus was working on getting VI back up and running – the good parts of it, anyway. The legal parts. They were still doing genetic research, still working on some things for the military, but all of it, he’d assured us, was on the up and up. The things they started the company for in the first place, before Aro turned it into his personal playground for research into sixxers.
Benjamin hadn’t been kidding when he said it was time to think about a government-type group for sixxers. Between him, Carlisle, and Eleazar, they’d accomplished it in just a couple of weeks. The three of them, plus Rae, Marcus, and Randall – who’d evidently been a marine when he was younger – were now the unofficial sixxer government. The rest of us had agreed to help when we were needed, but the six of them were “in charge,” although none of us truly knew yet exactly what that would entail…except Benjamin had already texted to let us know we might have our first assignment, which was why Edward and I were sitting on the living room sofa with Carlisle, the rest of the family gathered behind us, as we waited for Benjamin’s call.
Saturday, June 3, 2017 | By: Drotuno

Six - Chapter 26

Chapter 26
New York City
As soon as the window closed behind Jane, we went into planning mode. Carlisle first called Alaska, putting the phone on speaker.
“Hello, Carlisle,” Carmen said sweetly when she answered the phone. “How are things in your side of the country?”
“Just fine, Carmen. And you?” No matter how urgent the situation, Carlisle was unfailingly polite and friendly.
“Good. Things here are good as well.” Then, showing just how perceptive she was, she continued, “I have a feeling you’re calling to speak to El, not just to catch up on how things are here. Did you get a lead on Aro?”
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 | By: Drotuno

Even in Death Chapter 16

Chapter 16 – We Fear Nothing
We fear nothing
We fear nothing
Now that we've come so far
Do you still remember our dreams
The need to have it all?
Don't give up
I feel we are almost there

Life long
Road blocks
High walls
Nothing stands in our way
“Nothing Stands in Our Way” by Lacuna Coil
The buzzing in my head grew louder the longer the stress in the house increased. I sat on the edge of the ottoman by the fireplace, my fingers gripping my hair as thoughts assaulted me.
Jasper was no better off than I was with so many of us now taking seats around the living room. Fear and anger and frustration pulsed through him, coming from various sources. Alice’s visions kept changing; some didn’t even finish before it took a different path. The presence of the wolves were not helping her whatsoever.
Emmett’s mind took a volatile position. He was willing to stand up for the sake of his family, his mate, and his honor. To have taken care of a threat and now face possible punishment for it did not sit well with him.
The Denali women shared the same fear. They despised Aro. They hated him for some past altercation concerning an immortal they loved like a mother. I could only catch glimpses of a beautiful woman and a small child with red eyes. Kate and Irina wanted to go home immediately. Tanya wanted to set the Volturi on fire and then go home.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 | By: Drotuno

Even in Death Chapter 15

Chapter 15 – Come What May
Through the fire
To the limit, to the wall
For a chance to be with you
I'd gladly risk it all
Through the fire
Through whatever, come what may
For a chance at loving you
I'd take it all the way
Right down to the wire
Even through the fire

I know you're afraid of what you feel
You still need time to heal
And I can help if you'll only let me try
You touch me and something in me knew
What I could have with you
Well I'm not ready to kiss that dream goodbye

When it's this sweet, there's no saying no
I need you so, I'm ready to go
“Through the Fire” by Chaka Khan
“Sorry about that,” I mumbled against Bella’s skin while tracing a bite mark I’d left on her inner thigh with my finger.
“I’m not,” she said through a chuckle, her head falling back to my shoulder as I held her between my legs. She skimmed her hand flat down my arm and showed her wrist, where a small nip in her skin glowed in the moonlight. “Apparently, the only thing that can leave a scar on our skin is a bite from another vampire.”
I pulled her wrist to my lips, pressing a kiss there, and then turned to kiss the mark on her neck from James. I was drunk on my love for her at the moment. We’d been in that cave for almost twenty-four hours. We’d only left once so Bella and I could hunt, but we’d raced right back to stay hidden, to stay in the bubble we’d created since I’d woken up from my change.
Saturday, May 13, 2017 | By: Drotuno

Even In Death Chapter 14 & Pics

Chapter 14 – Her Beauty and the Moonlight
Well your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya
She tied you to her kitchen chair
She broke your throne and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah...

Baby, I've been here before
I've seen this room and I've walked this floor (you know)
I used to live alone before I knew ya
And I've seen your flag on the marble arch
And love is not a victory march
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah…
“Hallelujah” by Pentatonix (orig. by Leonard Cohen)
Focusing on Bella’s fingers linked with mine, I let her guide me to wherever she wanted to go. I inhaled deeply, finding that her scent was the most prominent around me, which made me wonder if that was because she was so close or because, despite how all over the place my mind was, she could bring me back to something clear and sharp.
Sounds, smells, sights – they were overwhelming, but I found that I could sift through most of it and ignore the insignificant parts. My train of thought, while mainly on Bella, was everywhere, nowhere, and way out there.
I shook my head, feeling the effects of the blood I’d consumed. Bella and Carlisle had both been right; my thinking was clearer, my emotions not so on-the-surface.
Monday, May 1, 2017 | By: Drotuno

Even In Death Chapter 13 & Pic

Chapter 13 – Springtime of My Life
Hang on to your hopes, my friend
That's an easy thing to say, but if your hopes should pass away
Simply pretend
That you can build them again
Look around, the grass is high
The fields are ripe, it's the springtime of my life

Ahhh, seasons change with the scenery
Weaving time in a tapestry
Won't you stop and remember me

But look around, leaves are brown now
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter

Look around, leaves are brown
There's a patch of snow on the ground...
“Hazy Shade of Winter” by The Bangles (originally by Simon & Garfunkel)
“Yeah, Edward… I’ll see you ’round.”
Bella’s promise repeated over and over in my mind when my body felt like it was giving out on me. I felt weak and physically achy until everything that was hurting paled in comparison to the fiery hell that started in my wrist and hand, traveling quickly up my arm.
The flu, the pain in my ribs, the bump on the back of my head, my back – nothing came close to the molten lava that was now spreading throughout my entire body. Logically, I knew it was Carlisle’s venom, along with Bella’s as she tried to help him. I knew how the change worked. Jasper had explained it. Carlisle had explained it. And my Bella had explained it. I was educated on exactly how the venom pushed through the circulatory system, eradicating everything human in its path, while at the same time healing, strengthening, hardening, and killing.
The illogical part of me wanted to beg for death, beg for an end to all the pain. But I didn’t.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | By: Drotuno

Even in Death Chapter 12

Chapter 12 – Fade to Black
I'll miss the winter
A world of fragile things
Look for me in the white forest
Hiding in a hollow tree (come find me)
I know you hear me
I can taste it in your tears
(Say goodnight) Holding my last breath
(Don't be afraid) Safe inside myself
(Calling me, calling me) Are all my thoughts of you?
Sweet raptured light, it ends here tonight

Closing your eyes to disappear,
You pray your dreams will leave you here;
But still you wake and know the truth,
No one's there...

Say goodnight,
Don't be afraid,
Calling me, calling me as you fade to black.
“Holding My Last Breath” by Evanescence
Jimmy Stewart rambled on about the apartment dwellers around him to his stunning girlfriend, Grace Kelly. The theater room glowed with the bright colors of the old movie as the snowstorm outside pushed against the Cullens’ home.
Turning to my side, I took in the way more interesting view in the room. A smile curled my lips as my handsome husband slowly succumbed to the cold he was dealing with at the same time the medicine started to work. Long, dark eyelashes rested against pale, feverish cheeks, and deep breathing caused his chest to rise and fall slowly, but I could hear his lungs, the congestion. He was better than twenty-four hours ago, but he wasn’t completely over this flu.
Monday, March 6, 2017 | By: Drotuno

Even In Death Chapter 11

Chapter 11 – Fight On
Even if our spirits are broken,
let's confront it!
Single-mindedly, let's fight on
with our fists more... with our spirits more...
with making all sharper.
Still more, let's fight on
even if we get sad and unable to stand up
“Karate” by BABYMETAL
(roughly translated from Japanese to English via A-Z Lyrics)
“Here, Edward,” Bella said softly against my forehead. “Carlisle said it’s time for you to take these.”
“M’kay,” I mumbled, sitting up and rubbing my face. “Any news?”
“Not yet.”
I blindly took the pills and the bottle of water she was handing me. It had been two days since the Denali family had shown up and three days since the Cullens had laid out the trap that should’ve led Victoria and whatever army she’d built straight here. My house in the city was closed up, making it look like there hadn’t been anyone home in a week. Carlisle had deemed me too sick to work, so I was excused from the hospital, which meant I’d been pretty much trapped inside the Cullen home, specifically Bella’s bed, the whole time.
Monday, February 13, 2017 | By: Drotuno

Even In Death Chapter 10

Chapter 10 – Together We’re Invincible
Follow through
Make your dreams come true
Don't give up the fight
You will be alright
'Cause there's no one like you in the universe

Don't be afraid
What your mind conceives
You should make a stand
Stand up for what you believe
And tonight
We can truly say
Together we're invincible
“Invincible” by Muse
A low, rumbling growl emanated from Steve as he stayed perched on my chest. His eyes were dark, his ears back, but his paws gripped my sweatshirt fiercely as we sat around in the Cullen’s living room.
“Easy, buddy,” I whispered to him. When he spun his yellow-green gaze my way, a purr starting up softly. He’d had the shit scared out of him, and since I was the only one in the room he could rely upon, he was clingy.
That last thing bothered Bella a bit, but she understood it. She gazed worriedly at the two of us from across the room, but her eyes were warm, lighter. Even her mood was a bit more controlled since our shower upstairs, and a part of me was proud that I could merely help her in some way. It was hard watching my strong, smart wife second-guess herself over just about every-damn-thing. Before, she would make decisions and never look back, but now she was unsure over her own thought processes. Carlisle said hunting helped her but that I helped her more. I hoped that was true, because as out of my element as I felt, I needed to do something for my Bella. And if touching her, giving her pleasure helped, then I couldn’t exactly complain.
Sunday, February 12, 2017 | By: Drotuno

Six - Chapter 25

Chapter 25
New York City
Fuck me, he’s hot.
Calculus homework, Lit homework, Civics homework. Sweet Jesus, I’ll never see the light of day this weekend.
I need coffee. STAT.
He goes away and comes back with a damned girlfriend. Fuckin’ shame.
Snorting at that last thought that wafted my way as I walked toward the NYU cafeteria, I glanced over to the girl who was staring my way. Jessica. I hadn’t seen her since I’d left class in the spring and didn’t come back.
Smirking a little, I shook my head because the “damned girlfriend” was waiting for me in the corner of the large, filled lunchroom, sipping a cup of coffee as she scrolled through her phone.
Sunday, February 5, 2017 | By: Drotuno

Even In Death Chapter 9

Chapter 9 – Catastrophe, It Reigns
When you came to me with your bad dreams and your fears
It was easy to see that you'd been crying
Seems like everywhere you turn catastrophe it reigns
But who really profits from the dying
I could hold you in my arms
I could hold you forever
I could hold you in my arms
I could hold you in my arms forever
“Hold You In My Arms” by Ray Lamontagne
My eyes were on my house as Carlisle backed out of my driveway. I wasn’t sure I needed to be driven into work. I’d been going in on my own without any problems, and that was prior to knowing I was being followed by good and bad vampires.
Snorting softly to myself, I let out a sigh when I caught one last glimpse of my wife in the front window, and then she vanished.
“I won’t be your taxi every day,” Carlisle stated, seemingly reading my mind, but he smirked at my soft laugh. “Bella kind of thought we could talk privately in the car.”
Monday, January 30, 2017 | By: Drotuno

Even In Death - Chapter 8

Chapter 8 – Together Again
So many fears were swimming around and around in my mind
Who would have dreamed the secrets we would find

I've found a world where love and dreams and darkness all collide
Maybe this time we can leave our broken world behind

We'll be together again
All just a dream in the end
“Together Again” by Evanescence
The car was quiet on the way back to the city. Exhausted, Jake opted to close his eyes during the drive. My mind wandered, taking strange paths of thought. I wondered if Bella would beat me home or if she’d sneak in the back door. I wanted to know what she hunted and where she went to do it. I also knew there was a long night ahead, because despite the help offered by the Cullens, the two of us had a lot of things to discuss about what had happened and what we wanted for the future. No matter what the Cullens or Jake said or wanted, no decisions would be made without Bella and me discussing it first.
Sunday, January 29, 2017 | By: Drotuno

Six - Chapter 24

Chapter 24
New York City
A touch of guilt came over me as I completely hid my thoughts from Bella while we were in Forks. If I hadn’t been surrounded by four other sixxers and an entire diner full of innocent people, I might have really taught that asshole a lesson in just what a “freak” could do. As it was, he’d caused my patience to snap. He’d reminded me so much of the kids at the mental hospital, Jasper’s mother, Aro, the small-minded, small-town people where Rose and Emmett had come from – he was hateful but scared. That was usually the case when someone doesn’t quite understand something or someone: they feared it.
There had been too many people around in that diner, and I couldn’t let Bella know exactly what her ex thought of her, of what we all were. My mind reading was a blessing and a curse, one I’d learned to deal with since I was little kid, but not everyone could handle the mental assault of opinions and nastiness that humans thought every damn day.
Sunday, January 22, 2017 | By: Drotuno

Even In Death Chapter 7

Chapter 7 – Ordinary World
Papers in the roadside
Tell of suffering and greed
Here today, forgot tomorrow
Ooh, here besides the news
Of holy war and holy need
Ours is just a little sorrowed talk

And I don't cry for yesterday
There's an ordinary world
Somehow I have to find
And as I try to make my way
To the ordinary world
I will learn to survive
“Ordinary World” by Duran Duran
Bella and I watched as Alice walked back inside the house, but I glanced down at the feel of my wife’s hand slipping into mine. Since the very beginning of our relationship, that had always felt just perfect to me. And her sweet, soft giggle told me that she felt it, too.
However, that sound, that sweet, gorgeous sound of laughter caused tears to well up in my eyes. “Jesus, sweetheart, I never thought I’d hear that sound again,” I whispered, bringing her hand up to kiss her fingers.
“I know… I’m—”
Monday, January 16, 2017 | By: Drotuno

Even In Death Chapter 6

Chapter 6 – Everything I Needed
From the moment I saw you
It was the look that you had in your eyes
You were everything I needed
From that time for the rest of my life
And I'm counting all the days down
til I can see you and I know somehow
if you need me the way that I need you

Cause I don't want anybody else but you.
I know what to say but I don't know how
I don't want to go through the rest of my life
without you my baby, no
Cause I don't want anybody else but you
I don't want to wait till my time runs out
I just want to tell you how much that you mean to me
You're the only one I see
“Anyone Else” by Orianthi
My car was completely silent for the first twenty minutes of the almost-hour drive I now knew to expect. The grip I had on the steering wheel as I navigated the highway behind Carlisle’s Mercedes was almost painful. The anger, however, hadn’t dissipated. Not even a little. I was mad at Jacob, Carlisle, myself, the circumstances, and maybe even a little bit at Bella for some of it, even though I knew most of it, if not all, was out of her control.
Sunday, January 15, 2017 | By: Drotuno

Six - Chapter 23

Chapter 23
New York City
“I can’t believe today makes six months since we took down VI,” I told Edward as I slid my arm through his and stepped around a group of students on the NYU campus.
“I know,” he agreed. “It seems to have flown by, but part of that is just not having to worry about them.”
It had been a busy six months…but in a good way. Once home, we’d cleaned up the mess, gotten new cell phones since we couldn’t be sure VI hadn’t come back and tampered with our old ones, and tried to focus on the future, rather than the past. Because we’d had to run from VI, Edward and Jasper couldn’t finish out their classes that semester, which meant they’d had to start the classes over again. Rose and Emmett, who were attending a smaller school, had been able to test out of their classes, so they weren’t behind. Neither was Alice, who was taking classes from home. They’d all convinced me to apply over the summer for NYU, and now I was going to school alongside Edward and Jasper most days. I loved the freedom I had now, and school was just the start of it.
Sunday, January 8, 2017 | By: Drotuno

Six - Chapter 22

Chapter 22
Olympic National Forest, Washington
The building was a beehive of activity when I took a deep breath, let it out slowly, and looked around as I waited for the next sixxer to have a seat across from me. We’d finished the fight a few hours ago, and because we couldn’t stay in the high school gym for long, as they’d woken up, we’d sent the sixxers through a window back to the big building in the middle of the forest. Many had been scared enough to want to leave right then, but we’d been able to calm them and promise their safety if they let us help get them home or wherever else they’d rather go. Once everyone had been moved over, we’d introduced ourselves to the group and explained our abilities, telling them they were safe and asking them to be patient while we worked to get them home. Now, as the others in our group cleaned up, Edward, Alice, and I were speaking to everyone individually.
“Oh, this should be helpful,” Edward said, his voice low, as another person moved toward us. I raised an eyebrow, but he merely grinned as Alice let out a hum and nodded.

Even In Death Chapter 5

Chapter 5 – This Truth Drives Me
Catch me as I fall
Say you're here and it's all over now
Speaking to the atmosphere
No one's here and I fall into myself
This truth drives me
Into madness
I know I can stop the pain
If I will it all away
“Whisper” by Evanescence

My heart dropped into the pit of my stomach.
“Bella? Oh, no, no, no…” I quickly tapped redial, groaning when it went straight to voice mail.
“Hey, you’ve reached the voice mail of Isabella Masen. Leave a message, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can…”
The beep signaling the recording made me stumble over just what the hell I was supposed to say. “B-Bella? Shit, what am I doing?” I sighed deeply, squeezing my eyes closed and finally just giving into the madness I seemed to have fallen into neck-deep. “Sweetheart, if this is you, call me back. Please! I think… I’m pretty sure that… You’ve left me clues, baby, and I’m starting to put them together, so if I’m not losing my mind and this is really you, then please, please, please call me. I just… I miss you, Bella. So much, and I love you. That’ll never change, whether this is a cruel joke on me or not. So if this isn’t my wife, know that I will find who has this phone and…”
Monday, January 2, 2017 | By: Drotuno

Even In Death Chapter 4 & Pics

Chapter 4 – No Colors Anymore
I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colors any more, I want them to turn black
I see the girls walk by, dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes

I see a line of cars and they're all painted black
With flowers and my love both never to come back
I see people turn their heads and quickly look away
Like a newborn baby, it just happens every day

I look inside myself and see my heart is black
I see my red door I must have it painted black
Maybe then I'll fade away and not have to face the facts
It's not easy facing up when your whole world is black
“Paint It Black” by The Rolling Stones
The bustle of the hospital cafeteria was loud, from the food line to the conversations around me. I stirred my cup of coffee slowly, gazing blindly out the window. The day was dreary, rainy, and pretty normal for Seattle. Fall was in full swing, so the rain was cold, almost biting. Droplets landed against the glass by me, rolling downward as they collected other drops along their way, and it all pooled along the window ledge.
Bella had loved rainy days. She used to tell me that it made for perfect reading. She’d say that curling up with a good book on a rainy day was just about her favorite thing. Curling up with me and a good book on a rainy day, she’d told me, was the “perfectly perfect” day.