Let’s Re-Read Breaking Dawn Together! Chapter 39-The Happily Ever After!
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Let’s continue our journey into FOREVER.
Chapter 39: The Happily Ever After
“The life I’d fought for was safe again. My family was reunited. My daughter had a beautiful future stretching out endlessly in front of her. Tomorrow I would go see my father, he would see that fear in my eyes had been replaced with joy, and he would be happy, too. Suddenly, I was sure that I wouldn’t find him there alone. I hadn’t been as observant as I might have been in the last few weeks but in this moment it was like I’d known all along. Sue would be with Charlie-the werewolves’ mom with the vampire’s dad-and he wouldn’t be alone anymore. I smiled widely at this new insight.”
And so we have reached the very end of our saga. The threat is over and now the hello’s and goodbyes commence.
Pg. 742-754 So it was a combination of things there at the end, but what it really boiled down to was…Bella.” Edward was explaining. Our family and our two remaining guests sat in the Cullen’s great room while the forest turned black outside the tall windows. Vladimir and Stefan had vanished before we’d stopped celebrating. Benjamin and Tia were quick to follow after Amun and Kebi, anxious to let them know the outcome of the conflict. None of the nomads lingered. Peter and Charlotte had a short conversation with Jasper, and then they were gone, too. The reunited Amazons had been anxious to return home as well-they had a difficult time being away from their beloved rainforest-though they were more reluctant to leave tan some of the others. “You must bring the child to see me,” Zafrina insisted. “Promise me, young one.” “Of course Zafrina,” I agreed. “We shall be great friends, my Nessie.” “Well done, Siobhan,” Carlisle complimented her as they said goodbye. “Ah, the power of wishful thinking,” she answered sarcastically, rolling her eyes. And then she was serious. “Of course, this isn’t over. The Volturi won’t forgive what happened here. Alice will warn us when they intend to strike,” Siobhan said in a sure voice. “And we’ll gather again. Perhaps the time will come when our world is ready to be free of the Volturi altogether.” “That time may come,” Carlisle replied. “If it does, we’ll stand together.” The Denalis were the last to leave, Garrett with them-as he would be from now on, I was fairly sure. The atmosphere of celebration was too much for Tanya and Kate. They needed time to grieve for their lost sister. Huilen and Nahuel were the ones who stayed, though I had expected those last two to go back with the Amazons. Carlisle was deep in fascinated conversation with Huilen; Nahuel sat close beside her, listening while Edward told the rest of us the story of the conflict as only he knew it. “Alice gave Aro the excuse he needed to get out of the fight. If he hadn’t been so terrified of Bella, he probably would have gone ahead with their original plan.” “Terrified? Of me?” “When will you ever see yourself clearly?” he said softly. “The Volturi haven’t fought a fair fight in about twenty-five hundred years. And they’ve never fought a fair one where they were at a disadvantage. “You should have seen how we looked to them! There was even a good possibility that they would lose. They’ve never dealt with that possibility before. They didn’t deal with it well today.” “Hard to feel confident when you’re surrounded by horse-sized wolves,” Emmett laughed, poking Jacob’s arm. Jacob flashed a grin at him. Sidebar-Well aren’t we all just one big freaky supernatural family lol. “Absolutely,” Edward agreed. “That was another sight they’ve never seen. Sixteen enormous regimented wolves was a surprise they weren’t prepared for. Caius is actually terrified of werewolves. He almost lost a fight with one a few thousand years ago and never got over it.”
Pg. 746-747 I rolled my eyes, and Alice laughed, leaning forward-she was tucked under Edward’s other arm-to wink at me. I glared back. I loved her insanely, of course. But now that I’d had a chance to realize that she was really home, that her defection was only a ruse because Edward had to believe that she’d abandoned us. Alice had some explaining to do. Alice sighed. “Just get it off your chest, Bella.” “How could you do that to me, Alice.” “It was necessary.” “Necessary!” I exploded. “You had me totally convinced that we were all going to die! I’ve been a wreck for weeks.” “It might have gone that way. In which case you needed to be prepared to save Nessie. “I know Edward had to think we were at a dead end for Aro’s sake, but you could have told me.” “I don’t think so,” she said. “You’re just not that good an actress. Do you have any idea how complicated this was to set up? I couldn’t even be sure that someone like Nahuel existed-all I knew was that I would be looking for something I couldn’t see! Plus we had to send back the key witnesses, like we weren’t in enough of a hurry. And then keeping my eyes open all the time in case you decided to throw me any more instructions. Before any of that I had to try to see every trick the Volturi might come in with and give you what few clues I could so you would be ready for their strategy, and I only had just a few hours to trace out all the possibilities. Most of all, I had to make sure you’d all believe that I was ditching out on you, because Aro had to be positive that you had nothing left up your sleeves or he never would have committed to an out the way he did. And if you think I didn’t feel like a schmuck-“ “Okay, okay!” I interrupted. “Sorry! I know it was rough for you, too. It’s just that…well, I missed you like crazy, Alice. Don’t ever do that to me again.” “I missed you, too, Bella. So forgive me, and try to be satisfied with being the superhero of the day.”
Pg. 748-749 Everything seems to be winding down and Bella believe it or not is just plain exhausted and not to mention creeped out by Nahuel who has had his eyes fixated on Bella the entire night. Bella looks at Edward and she can feel what he’s feeling, she just wants peace and quiet in their own home. “Should we take Nessie…” “That’s probably a good idea,” he agreed quickly. “I’m sure she didn’t sleep soundly last night, what with all the snoring.” He grinned at Jacob. Jacob rolled his eyes and then yawned. “It’s been a while since I slept in a bed. I bet my dad would get a kick out of having me under his roof again.” I touched his cheek. “Thank you, Jacob.” “Anytime, Bella. But you already know that. See you guys tomorrow. I guess things are going to be kind of boring now, aren’t they?” “I fervently hope so,” Edward said. “Oh, Jasper?” I asked as we turned for the door. “Yes, Bella?” “I’m curious-why is. J. Jenks scared stiff by just the sound of your name?” Jasper chuckled. “It’s just been my experience that some kinds of working relationships are better motivated by fear than by monetary gain.” We were kissed and hugged and wished a good night to our family. The only off note was Nahuel again, who looked intently after us, as if he wished he could follow.
Pg. 750-754 Our saga ends with the most perfect and shocking happily ever after possible . Once we were across the river, we walked barely faster than human speed, in no hurry, holding hands. I was sick of being under a deadline, and I just wanted to take my time. Edward must have felt the same. “I have to say, I’m thoroughly impressed with Jacob right now,” Edward told me. “The wolves make quite an impact don’t they?” “That’s not what I mean. Not once today did he think about the fact that, according to Nahuel, Nessie will be fully mature in just six and a half years.” I considered that for a moment. “He doesn’t see her that way. He’s not in a hurry for her to grow up. He just wants her to be happy.” “I know. Like I said, impressive. It goes against the grain to say so, but she could do worse.” I frowned. “I’m not going to think about that for approximately six and a half more years.” “Of course it looks like he’ll have some competition to worry about when the time comes.” My frown deepened. “I noticed. I’m grateful to Nahuel for today, but all the staring was a little weird.” “Oh, he wasn’t staring at her-he was staring at you.” “Why would he do that?” “Because you’re alive. All his life-and he’s fifty years older than I am-“ “Decrepit.” He ignored. “He’s always thought of himself as an evil creation, a murderer by nature. But Nahuel was taught by Huilen, and Huilen loved her sister more than anyone else. It shaped his whole perspective. And, in some ways, he truly hated himself.” “That’s so sad.” I murmured. “And then he saw the three of us-and realized for the first time that just because he is half immortal, it doesn’t mean he is inherently evil. He looks at me and sees…what his father should have been.” “You are fairly ideal in every way,” I agreed. “He looks at you and sees the life his mother should have had.” “Poor Nahuel.” “Don’t be sad for him. He’s happy now. Today he’s finally begun to forgive himself.” The cottage was a place of perfect peace in the silver-blue night. We carried Nessie to her bed and gently tucked her in. She smiled as she slept. Edward and I walked slowly to our room, swinging our arms between us. “A night for celebrations,” he murmured as he put his hand under my chin to lift my lips to his. “Wait,” I hesitated, pulling away. “I want to try something.” I put my hands on both sides of his face and closed my eyes in concentration. I hadn’t done very well with this when Zafrina had tried to teach me before, but I knew my shield better now. It still wasn’t anywhere as easy as shielding other people along with myself. I felt the elastic recoil again as my shield fought to protect me. I had to strain to push it entirely away from me; it took all of my focus. “Bella!” Edward whispered in shock. I knew it was working then, so I concentrated even harder, dredging up the specific memories I’d saved for this moment, letting them flood my mind, and hopefully his as well. Some of the memories were not clear-dim human memories, seen through weak eyes and heard through weak ears: the first time I’d seen his face…the way it felt when he’s held me in the meadow…the sound of his voice through the darkness of my faltering consciousness when he’d saved me from James…his face as he waited under a canopy for flowers to marry me…every precious moment from the island…his cold hands touching our baby through my skin… And the sharp memories, perfectly recalled: his face when I’d opened my eyes to my new life to the endless dawn of immortality… that first kiss…the first night… His lips, suddenly fierce against mine, broke my concentration. With a gasp, I lost my grip on the struggling weight I was holding away from myself. It snapped back like stressed elastic, protecting my thoughts once again. “Oops, lost it!” I sighed. “I heard you,” he breathed. “How? How did you do that?” “Zafrina’s idea. We practiced with it a few times. Now you know. No one’s ever loved anyone as much as I love you.” “You’re almost right.” He smiled, his eyes still a little wider than usual. “I know of just one exception. “Liar.” He started to kiss me again, but then stopped abruptly. “Can you do it again?” He wondered. “It’s very difficult. I can’t keep it up if I’m even the slightest bit distracted,” I warned him. “I’ll be good,” he promised. I pressed my hands to his face again, hefted the shield right out of my mind, and then started in where I’d left off-with the crystal-clear memory of the first night of my new life…lingering on the details.
*Although this will always be the best saga in history(in my opinion) but with all the gearing up and preparation for a fight that never even happens, Breaking Dawn was a bit of a let down for me. However I must say these last few paragraphs really smoothed the icing on the cake! This book proves so many things. Whether human or immortal, family is family and nothing can break the bond that Carlisle Cullen has created for his family. And when Alice left, there was this tremendous hole that I felt wasn’t fixable until she returned. In New Moon when the Cullens left whether you were team vampire or team werewolves, the absence of Alice Cullen I felt was the strongest. She truly is the cement that seals this Cullen family together. I get sooo emotional as I always do after these re reads.
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Don’t look to this as an ending. We can always go back to NewMoonMovie.org and EclipseMovie.org and re-discuss all the books. Twilight will never end for us! And as long as there is a series, saga, or whatever there maybe out there, you will always have a re read to look forward to as long as I’m still breathing lol. I guess it’s safe to say our next re read will be The Hunger Games: Catching Fire?
Also to the many of you who have asked for a couple of years now, about us re reading Midnight Sun…suuuureeee why not! Look for it in 2013!!!
P.S. As always a lot of us went to the marathon or midnight screening of Breaking Dawn yesterday, so please refrain from spoilers…a lot of the readers haven’t seen the film as yet…ciao!