I knew I was dreaming again, but I was surprised to see that I was alone at the falls.
I smiled while disrobing, placed my clothes on the same large boulder as always, then dove into the ice blue pool of water below me. I hummed as I surfaced and wiped the water from my eyes, but caught a glimmering flash off to the side through the trees. I didn't see it again, so I swam leisurely to sit on the rock shelf under one of the falls.
The water tickled my skin as it fell from above, the sun feeling so good on my body, that I couldn't help but tip my head back and close my eyes.
It was only minutes later that I felt the tingle from Edward's touch, while the scent of both Coop and Edward surrounded me. My senses were immediately flooded, arousal pooling steadily at my core even as I blushed wildly at being caught.
I bit my lip, then opened my eyes to see them just below me in the pool, both of them smirking with mischief in their eyes. “Edward has told me of your little naughty streak, Isabella. I didn't believe him, so he asked me to wait with him until after you arrived. We always meet here at the pools, since the place is familiar to me, but I didn't know if you would show since you always meet him in your meadow. When I saw you immediately strip and dive in, I must say that I was quite surprised.”
I bit my lip a bit harder, but he chuckled while kissing my hip. “You are quite erotic to watch when you think you're alone. I can see why Edward likes it so much. Will you come play with us?”
I smirked, all of the tension suddenly leaving me at his playful look, then stood before diving over their heads into the pool. I heard their playful chuckles just before I hit the water, but came up laughing when Edward caught me before I surfaced.
He turned me in his arms, then captured my lips in a teasing kiss. I hummed when I felt that he, too, was naked, automatically tightening my legs around his hips. I felt Coop come flush with my back, which caused me to moan deeply into Edward's mouth.
The sensation of being surrounded by both of my mates was amazing; I was suddenly overcome with emotions. They both noticed immediately, so Edward broke our kiss to wipe away my tears. “Shh, Love. It's alright. Can you talk to us? Tell us what's wrong?”
I shook my head with a sniffle, then wiped more tears. When I felt calmer, I whispered hoarsely, “It just hit me... how good it felt to have both of you surrounding me like this. It just made me realize that I'll never feel it outside of my dreams... never feel both of you surrounding me or making love to me together for real.”
Coop and Edward both shared a significant look. They had not told Bella their plans, for fear of getting her hopes up before they knew for sure whether the plan would work.
Coop was friends with a very powerful witch, who he had spoken to about what it took to bring back her mate, which she had done only a century before with no ill effects. Coop and Edward still had a few details to hash out, but they planned on telling Bella soon, once they had confirmation from Lydia, the witch. They were hoping that they could give this to her for her birthday, which was fast approaching. They only had two months to finalize all of the details.
They both silently agreed that it wasn't time to tell her, then held Bella securely between them for an indefinable time.
It took quite a while for me to feel calm again, but when I did, I resolved not to waste any time that the three of us could be together. Though our time was spent naked and frolicking in the pools under the sun, we didn't make love. It was a fun afternoon of teasing and playing, though.
I felt so much better by the time I heard both the tell-tale tinkling of bells and a click/click/click. I looked at Coop; we smiled sadly at each other. “Time to go,” we both said in unison, then pulled Edward close to us. They held me between them as Edward kissed me softly, saying, “Until tomorrow, Love.”
He hugged Coop, whispered something in his ear, then said, “Keep our little mate happy. I'll see you both soon.”
The dream started to fade. The last thing I saw was Edward blowing me a kiss as I felt Coop's arms wind around me. I hummed, snuggling deeper into Coop's chest, to which he chuckled, “Good afternoon, Beautiful. I'm surprised we aren't both more tired than when we fell asleep.”
I giggled while nodding, “I'm used to it by now, but I felt like that a lot in the beginning. Care to shower with me?”
Coop winced, so I gave him a questioning look. He dropped his eyes from mine before mumbling, “I... I need blood, My Love. I need to feed when I wake, even if it's only a small amount.”
I leaned in far enough to whisper in his ear, now that I knew what the issue was, “So... why don't you come and take me against the shower wall. You can feed while you're inside me.”
His eyes shot up to mine, wide and full of shock; I barely heard him call my name in question.
I smiled tenderly, then said, “We talked about this already, Coop. I'm not scared of you feeding from me, because I know you won't hurt me. Plus, you said it was a bonding experience for both parties. I've already started taking an iron supplement to be prepared for a spontaneous occasion like this, and I truly want this with you. Please, come shower with me.”
He looked at me warily for a moment, then asked, “You brought it with you... the supplement?”
I smiled before starting to nod, which was when he pulled me down into a seriously passionate kiss.
He smacked my ass lightly as our kiss broke, then growled into my neck, “Shower, Isabella. I can't wait to have you naked, wet, and seated on my cock.”
I dashed quickly to the bathroom, started the water in the shower, then hurried to take care of necessities. No sooner did I open the door to the water closet, than I felt Coop pick me up by the backs of my thighs, carrying me into the shower.
I moaned as I kissed and nipped his neck, then heard his fangs click down as the steam started rising around us. I immediately moved to trace my tongue along his fangs, making him groan deeply as he pressed me against the cool tile wall.
Coop whispered in need as he slowly set me down, “I need your sweet arousal on my tongue again... just a little taste.”
He sucked deeply on my nipples, then nipped both of my hips before throwing one of my legs over his shoulder. He growled as his eyes met my already soaked core, then sucked at my folds with a pleased rumble. Two of his fingers slowly entered me, causing me to gasp as he curled them toward my front wall, “Oh, shit... so good. Coop, please.”
He quickened his pace as he gently bit and sucked on my clit. I felt the coil in my stomach tighten considerably in response. He hummed in encouragement, his fingers curling rapidly against my sweet spot, “Mmm... mm-hmm...” That was all I needed to throw me over the edge into bliss.
Right at the height of my orgasm, Coop pinned my hands in one of his above me, lifted me by the ass, then impaled me on his thick length. I cried out, the feeling instantly rocketing me from one orgasm to another, which made Coop growl, “Fuck, that's it... cum hard for me, My Goddess. Christ, I'll never last with your sweet pussy milking my cock like that. Tell me again... I need to hear it, Isabella.”
He was punctuating every word with his thrusts in and out of me, so as soon as my orgasm died down, another started rapidly building inside me. I moved my hair out of the way, tilted my head, then looked deep into his eyes.
“Feed, My Love. Drink from me and cum inside me. I'm so close again.” That was all the incentive he needed, his fangs shooting down again in a fraction of a second.
I moaned as he bit the juncture of my neck, then I felt him tilt my hips before thrusting several times. Each thrust hit my sweet spot perfectly, making me cry out at the intense pleasure. Our orgasms hit us in a rush together. I felt him growling into my neck as I trembled, screaming his name.
Coop carried me with him to the shower seat, never losing our intimate connection. It took us both a long moment to regain our bearings. Once we did, I giggled, “Jesus, that was... insanely intense. We've got to do that again.”
Coop chuckled as he nicked the end of his finger on his fang, then swirled his bloody fingertip over the puncture marks on my neck, “The sex or the feeding, Minx?”
I hummed before offering contentedly, “Both. God, definitely both.”
He pulled me closer to kiss the spot he had bitten, then whispered, “Any time, my sweet mate, but I won't feed from you all the time. It would deplete you. Though I didn't take much, I should still wait a few days before I feed from you again, or your body may not have time to replenish.”
We ended up taking the time to wash each other lovingly, once we had regained the use of our legs, then got out. Coop kissed my shoulder and told me he was going to get my bag for me, so I smiled as I let my hair out of the towel. When he came back, he guided me to the vanity before lovingly brushing out my hair.
Suddenly he stopped, smirked, and whispered against my bare shoulder, “I really want to find you skinny dipping in the pools out of dreamland sometime, Little Minx. It was very erotic to watch you, but I couldn't help wanting to be deep inside you on that shelf under the waterfall.”
I moaned softly as image after image flooded my mind, arousal flooding my core in response. My words were a shaky whisper when I asked, “Then why didn't you?”
He shook his head sadly, “Have you ever wondered why Edward hasn't made love to you in the meadow while you were with him in your dreams?”
I nodded, so he explained, “It's because he can't, Sweet Girl. The rules dictate that if he had made love to you before the battle, he would be able to now, but he can't now since he never did in life. We've spoken about it a few times. Yes, he wants to more than you'll ever know, but he just can't, or he'll lose the privilege of seeing you... seeing us.”
I sighed before whispering, “I figured it was something like that. I saw him warring with himself several times when we were together at the pools. I'll just have to add it to my list, I guess.”
Coop's eyebrows scrunched in confusion. After a second he started brushing my hair again while asking, “What list? Is it something you'd rather not tell me about?”
I shook my head, “No, not at all. I just... well, ever since he started coming to me in my dreams, I've been making a list of things that I'll never be able to have with him now. Most of it is stuff that he would have to be living for... but I was hoping, you know? Hoping he could make love to me at least once in my dreams.”
Coop nodded while kissing my neck, whispering, “For what it's worth, I wish that he could be here with us, too, Isabella. I've grown quite fond of him in the time he has visited me during my rest. I think about the what if's all the time, so you aren't alone in that.”
The next couple of months of days and nights seemed to slip by quickly; our nights filled with making love and deciding how to proceed with our relationship, and our days spent with Edward. Sometimes it was in the library at Coop's house, but others it was at the pools. Edward explained that for him to be able to be with both of us, it had to be in a place that both Coop and I were fond of and had spent time in, plus we both had to be sleeping at the same time.
Coop and I didn't like the one day that we separated and slept at our different houses, so we finally decided to move my things to his house, then demo my house to have another vampire-friendly house built in its place. That way, we could split our time between both places, to be able to explore the whole island together without worrying about getting back to his house from near mine.
Since my house is obviously old but updated, we planned to tell Renee, Phil, and Charlie that there was an electrical issue while Coop was showing me more of the island. My house caught fire, and Coop felt so bad that he insisted on replacing the house himself. That would keep the suspicion off Coop, as well as cover the reason why my house was different when someone flew in to see me.
There were a few times when I was sketching that I went to find Coop, only to find him in the library on the phone. I figured it was about altering the plans to the house that we found, since we came across an amazing plantation/federal style house plan that we both loved. I didn't want to intrude, though, so I always just smiled at him, then went about doing other things until he found me.
A week and a half before my birthday, Coop sat down with me, seeming happily distracted. I couldn’t contain my chuckle as I asked, “Hey there, Handsome. What's got you in such a good mood?”
His eyes found mine, then he asked softly, “If I told you that I had a huge... enormous... surprise for your birthday, what would you say?”
I narrowed my eyes at him, saying seriously, “It's not some off the wall million-dollar sports car or yacht.”
He shook his head, then offered mysteriously, “It is something I know for a fact you would want, but it involves us traveling to somewhere you would never want to be again.”
I thought for a second, then I began to panic. There was only one specific place I would never ever want to go again... the cliff where Edward died. Coop was suddenly holding my cheeks while cooing, “Isabella... look at me. Breathe, My Love. Slow, deep breaths. Feel and breathe with me, Sweet Girl.”
Once my breathing calmed a bit, I shook my head, but Coop tightened his hands on my cheeks to look deep into my eyes. “I would never take you there if there wasn't an extremely good reason, Isabella. It's the only way to ensure it works, though.”
Just then, I heard a voice I hadn't heard in what felt like forever, but would never forget. “Tell her, Coop, or she'll never agree. She needs to be prepared for what's going to happen.”
I choked, my whole body trembling as I whimpered, “Ali? Oh, God... Ali!”
I whipped around, the sight that met my eyes making tears of joy and heartache pour down my face. Carlisle, Esme, Rose, Emmett, Ali, and Jazz all stood there with sad smiles on their faces.
I found myself in Carlisle and Esme's arms before I even realized that I practically pounced them, “I-I'm so so-sorry. I just c-co-couldn't... I-I didn't m-mean to...”
Carlisle cooed to me as Esme stroked my hair, assuring me, “Now none of that, Darling. We understand. We're all here now, and that's what matters. Between Alice, Charlie, and Renee -then Coop, once you moved here- we've been kept apprised of your safety and well-being, so we could wait to see you until you were ready... until now. I'll let your mate tell you why, though, because it has to do with your birthday present.”
I nodded, both Carlisle and Esme kissing my temples before releasing me, only for me to be smothered between Emmett and Rose. She frowned down at me, “Never do that to us again. Emmett has been torture to live with because you were the only one who 'got' him. Promise me, Bella. No more of this no contact bullshit.”
Esme scowled, “Language, Rosalie,” so she responded with, “What, Mom? You've had quite a colorful vocabulary with your worrying about her, yet none of us scolded you.”
Rose smirked at my gaping, then whispered, “She expanded her garden to three times its original size in worry, all the while threatening to drag you back home to us where you belonged.”
I couldn't help my watery chuckle at the horrified look on Rose's face, which seemed to effectively break the mounting tension. Emmett whispered as he hugged me breathless, “There's my Little Bit. God, it's good to see you.”
I coughed before wheezing out, “Em, human still... shit, need to breathe, Brother.”
Emmett just laughed until he caught the scowl on Coop's face, then he carefully and slowly set me down before holding his hands up in surrender.
I went over to Coop, cupping his cheek as I kissed the other one. He calmed considerably, so I said with a smile, “I'm fine, but you can scan me for injuries later if you still feel the need. Em hugs me breathless, but he's never harmed me, or Carlisle would wipe the floor with him.”
Carlisle nodded in finality, so Coop kissed my shoulder, saying softly as he hugged me, “Sorry, My Love. It's just hard not to worry, since I've never seen you around other vampires. Now... you have two more that look quite anxious to greet you, then we'll all sit down to explain what your birthday surprise was supposed to be.”
I nodded with a smile, then turned to practically be made the gooey human center to an Ali and Jazz sandwich. I giggled loudly, but it soon turned into Ali and I sobbing, while Jazz cooed to both of us as he held us protectively. It took us several minutes and just as many doses of calming juju from him for us to settle.
When we finally did, I said seriously with my hands on my hips, “You have a lot of explaining to do, Mr. Jackson. I suppose the Cullens being here has something to do with the enormous surprise you planned that's taking me to the only place I never wanted to see again.”
Coop picked me up by my thighs, then nuzzled my neck before offering tenderly, “My Feisty Goddess, you know I would never make you go there unless it was absolutely necessary. Do you not trust me?”
I melted in his arms, then bit his neck, making everyone around me chuckle as Coop growled sexily. I giggled, then sobered to say seriously, “You know I do, but you still need to explain before you have any chance of me agreeing, Mister.”
Once we were all settled in the family room, Coop let out a sigh while looking at Alice. She nodded seriously, then he looked into my eyes. “Okay. You know that Edward visited both of us at different times until our rest cycle merged the night we first made love. Well, Edward and I became quite close during that time, since we talked about so many things. At one point, we were talking about why he hadn't made love to you. When he explained, he was so frustrated. He ended up growling that he'd do anything to be alive for you... for us... again.”
Sadness swelled inside me for only a split second before he continued, “That got me thinking. I know a very powerful witch, who is also a vampire like me. She was able to bring back her dead mate, with no ill side effects, about a century ago. The phone calls you've walked in on weren't about the new house, My Love. I was talking to Lydia about everything that needed to be done. I want to bring Edward back to us.”
I sat stone still for I don't know how long, until I felt Coop tenderly wiping the tears from my face. I choked out in wonder, “You... would share me? You would bring him back for me?”
He shook his head, “For us, Isabella... for us. Both the Cullens and I have spoken to Lydia on many occasions over the last months. She assured me that the three of us would live happily together for eons, as long no one disturbs the spell while it’s being cast.”
I beamed at him, then asked, “But why do we have to go to Forks?”
He smiled sadly, “Both of us need to cut our hands and let the blood drip into a chalice, which will be used in the spell, once Lydia separates his ashes from the other two.”
Carlisle spoke up then, offering, “Bella, Darling? We had the whole fire area encased to protect his ashes, because we wanted to find a way to separate them and give them to you. It was good thinking on our part, or his ashes would have long been blown away with the wind. I went to check with Lydia just the other day. She was extremely happy that nothing had been disturbed.”
I nodded as I thought, then asked, “Can this really happen? There's got to be a catch or a glitch or something... it can't be that easy.”
They looked around at each other, then Coop pulled me into his lap. “It isn't going to be easy. You'll end up reliving his death while the spell takes place, plus I'll be reliving it with you. It's part of what makes the spell work. There's also a great possibility that he'll return human, since his greatest link is to you, and you're human. You can't be turned until after, since you were human while he was alive, or the spell won't work. He will however, need to be changed within a week of returning, but Lydia believes that Carlisle's venom won't work this time. It will have to be mine, since I've become his other greatest link.”
I let out a heavy breath, then thought about everything that was said. “He'll be alright? No missing limbs or extreme pain or PTSD? And he wants this, too... I mean... he's told you he does?”
Coop smiled widely, “He's quite eager to be united with us in the flesh, Isabella, and is more than willing to do anything necessary. Lydia assured us that he would be completely healthy, physically and mentally, even though he had Spanish Influenza when he was last human.”
Looking for confirmation, I turned to Carlisle, who beamed, “I spoke to Lydia at length about this. She assured me that he would be completely virus free.”
The sudden image of a little bronze haired baby popped into my head, making me gasp. I abruptly stood up to walk to the kitchen. There was no sense in thinking about it, because there wouldn't be time to conceive. Plus, how would Coop feel about me carrying Edward's baby? I mean, he was already being extremely generous by trying to bring Edward back for me, so why rock the boat, right?
I grabbed a wine glass from the butler's pantry, then the bottle of white wine from the wine fridge. I felt Coop wrap his arms around me from behind before whispering into my neck, “Are you upset with me, Isabella? I only wanted to make you happy... to make us complete. We aren't complete without him. I want us to share our days and nights with him, not just our dreams. I want to be able to see the joy in your face when the three of us are all playing in the ocean, or the desire in your eyes when we're both making love to you. I never meant for this to upset you, though... I just thought I was doing right by you.”
I turned in his arms, wondering how he could have turned this all around so quickly. “Ali? Can you come 'ere a sec?”
She giggled as she twirled her way into the kitchen, then held out her hand expectantly. I took her wrist, smacking the back of Coop's head with her hand as I growled, “Never... ever... think that this isn't what I want. You and Edward are what makes me complete, Coop. I want all of those things and more with the two of you, so never doubt that.”
My voice softened as I cupped his cheek, “Something just came to me that I need to talk to you both alone about. It's probably a crazy notion, which you'll both disagree to, but I'll talk to you about it when we rest later today.”
Coop joined me in having a glass of wine. When we returned to the family room, I asked, “So are you staying on Isle Esme, or would you like to stay with us?”
Carlisle smiled softly, “We would love to stay, if you are sure... but Isle Esme is prepared, in case you aren't ...”
I cut him off with a huge smile, “I'm glad you're here. We have much to catch up on. We have plenty of room, and you are more than welcome. Did you bring anything with you? We can get you set up in your rooms as soon as you're ready.”
I turned to Coop, who was smiling widely at me. “We can set Carlisle and Esme up in the suite above the garage, since it has the small sitting area and is more private. The others can be put in the two suites between the game room and the family room stairs. How does that sound to you, My Little Dove?”
I smiled while nodding, “Sounds good to me. Jazz and Em will make a ruckus in the game room if we don't keep an eye on them, and oh...”
I turned to my family before explaining, “The room just off the family room stairs -between your two suites upstairs- is off limits unless I'm with you or you have permission. That suite was made into my studio.”
They all nodded seriously, then Esme asked, “Studio, Darling?”
I smiled, “My art studio. I've been sketching and painting a lot, especially with the dreams. It's been a way to capture the moment, I guess... to savor the time, even though it's only a dream.”
They all hurried out to the boats to get their things after agreeing to the studio terms. Once they were back, I said, “Okay... Jazz and Em? You can set your suitcases -along with Ali's and Rose's- near the main stairs, then make yourselves comfy until we come back. Carlisle and Esme, if you will follow us, we'll show you to your suite.”
Coop made me giggle as he swooped me up by the back of my thighs again. I automatically wrapped my arms and legs around him as I caught the smiles on Carlisle and Esme's faces. I returned it with a sincere, “I've missed you guys so much. It's good to have you here.”