Quote: “The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for” – Allan K. Chalmers
We drove in comfortable silence down the long stretch of rode, Felix’s hand securely in mine while his other held tightly to the steering wheel. We were going to meet my family, no our family, to stay with them for the next few years at least. We hadn’t seen them in a few months due to our travels and I couldn’t wait to get there. The Cullen’s had recently moved and purchased a large thousand acre property in Abbotsford British Columbia and built three homes there.
Renesmee and Jacob had their own place, since living under the same roof as your parents can be awkward especially with a mind reading father. They, too, had only recently rejoined the Cullens after a few years living apart. From what I gathered it was a difficult time for Bella and Edward who never had to deal a prolonged absence of their only child but Renesmee and Jacob insisted. Renesmee had lived a very sheltered life for many years due to her rapid growth. While they both knew that it had been necessary once she reached her full growth she grew a bit restless. They wanted some time to be independent, to experience the world. To survive and live on their own. However, no matter how much they grew and enjoyed the experience they couldn’t stay away for long and had now rejoined their family.
As for the other home, I knew that particular dwelling was for Felix and I while the rest were staying in the main manor. While I wanted to be close to them both Felix and I wanted some independence and Esme was more than willing to oblige. I had yet to see the finished product but I was sure it was going to be amazing like all of Esme’s work. From my talks with Alice I successfully concluded that Esme was in renovation heaven with these three projects and I couldn’t help but smile.
It had been twenty years since that fateful day that Felix and I left the Volturi and not a day had gone by that I didn’t thank some form of deity for him. We had spent our time in various ways but went back and forth from staying with the Cullen’s, one year with the Denali’s, and travelling around the world, though far away from Italy. Felix embraced his new freedom cautiously at first but it didn’t take long before a new spark ignited behind his eyes.
At one point we spent a few years alone but not travelling, settling in a town in northern Canada. While it was nice it also got annoying. It had been the first time I had to repeat high school and it was just as bad as the first time, if not worse. Everyday it took a lot of effort not to back hand many of the students and teachers through the walls since I was sure that it was frowned upon. I was fairly sure that human teenagers, well humans as a whole, weren’t always that annoying. I sighed internally knowing I would have to repeat that whole fiasco again for the next few years.
It also challenged my self control greatly and I was forced to feed more than usual to resist the warm and delicious student body but I managed. Unfortunately Felix couldn’t join me in that particular purgatory, he could never pass for a teenager being he was physically twenty eight. We had to pretend we were brother and sister in public during that time, orphaned several years ago leaving Felix to raise his ‘baby sister’. I hated not being able to show any real affection for him in public but I always made sure to rectify that at home. He did, however, get a kick out of the idea of me being in school again and often refered to me as his ‘naughty school girl’ so we made it work. At least I wouldn’t be alone next time I underwent that horror.
It took a few years for us to adjust to this new life, Felix especially, but the Cullen’s helped us immensely in the beginning and still do from time to time. I could never express how much it meant to me that he committed to the ‘vegetarian’ lifestyle despite his dislike of it. Something he wasn’t afraid of voicing every once in a while. He had a few slip ups in the beginning but each I could tell he was genuinely remorseful though I suspected it was more out of fear of disappointing me than the loss of life. I easily forgave him knowing the truth behind the words ‘love is blind’ and that change for someone who is so accustomed to a certain way of living is hard. He tried and that was more than enough for me.
Financially we were well off. Part of it was due to the Cullen’s and Alice’s uncanny ability to predict stock market trends. However, the majority of our money came from Felix’s hobby or rather job. At first he was all over the place on what he wanted to do, never before having to interact like this in the human world and having his needs provided to him by the Volturi. He joked around in the beginning about selling his ‘services’ to the government, claiming he would be the ultimate assassin. Though I knew he was kidding there was a small ray of seriousness and hope in his eyes. I quickly squashed that particular ambition though I had to admit it saddened me slightly when I saw him pout, even if it was playfully. Even though the idea was ridiculous I felt a little bad for doing it.
Therefore he had surprised me one day after Emmett had dragged Felix, Edward and Jasper to Vegas, while I was subjected to Alice’s version of a ‘girls’ night, that he wanted to play poker professionally. He was remarkably good and many of our travels now were now due to the various tournaments he entered throughout the world, many with million dollar minimums. I had never pictured him for just sitting around with cards in his hands but as he put it, ‘I like watching them squirm while I clean them out of their money’, and it made him happy. I was just surprised he found something he enjoyed doing that didn’t require smashing someone’s face in.