Who: Lynda Moss, Alice Cullen, Carlisle Cullen, Esme Cullen, Rosalie Hale, Emmett Cullen, Bella Cullen, Edward Cullen, Renesmee Cullen, Ninth Doctor, & Rose Tyler. Where: The Cullen's home/the woods surrounding the baseball field. When: April 1, 2009; evening. What: Getting Lynda in a not-so-catatonic state & the Ninth Doctor and Rose's arrival. Why: It's the Cullens. And the Doctor. And Rose and Lynda. Yeah. Rating: PG-13 at the most. Status: Part I of II // To be continued in Part II's thread.
All Lynda could remember and all she could see in her mind was that night on the game station where she met her fate. She could see it in her mind, like a movie, she didn't even know she was still alive and in a whole new world and time. Muttering the name of the last man she had seen, muttering Rose's name and pleading for the Daleks to spare her. Tears streaked the young blonde's cheeks, despite her semi conscious state, her heart breaking for the life she hadn't truly gotten to lead and wishing she would see her new friends once again.
Alice ran into the house with an unknown girl in her arms. It looked quite strange, someone of Alice's delicate frame holding another being in their arms, especially one who was dead weight. It felt like no weight at all to Alice though. She called for Carlisle and Esme, or even anyone else that might be in the house. The girl looked young, vulnerable and if Alice wasn't a "vegetarian", she'd be prey; an easy mark. Questions still lingered in her mind though, not many mind you considering what Alice could do, but a few. Still, she hoped after she came healed and came around; the girl would spill her secrets.
Carlisle rushed from his office down the stairs at the sound of Alice's voice. When he looked at the young girl in her arms, he raised an eyebrow slightly, curious as to where she had found the human at. "Where'd you find her?" he asked, already mentally preparing a place for Alice to lay the girl at and how to get everyone to be human around her.
From the kitchen where she was arranging a vase of flowers, Esme looked up when she heard Alice shouting. Curious, she wandered in the front room, trying to hold her breath instantly smelling the human girl. She looked at Alice and then Carlisle, concerned and curious. "What's going on? Where did this young girl come from?"
"Doctor," she muttered softly, unconsciously, as she lay in the cool arms of her vampire savior. "Rose," she added. "Don't let them..." She continued, though none of it made sense. "They found me," She finally added, the terror in her whimpers clear as day without heightened senses. The young blond girl who was clearly out of her time was mentally fighting some unknown foe that she couldn't defeat.
Alice frowned at the girl, as she pulled her tighter into her arms. "I found her in the woods, just laying on the ground, barely breathing. I actually thought she was dead till I got closer to her and realized I could hear her blood pounding... No idea where she came from or what she is muttering about. Where do you want me to put her, Carlisle? She needs a lot of attention," she said, meaning medically as she tried to focus in on the girl and see what was inside her head, see her tormentors, see her secrets.
Carlisle nodded as he listened to Alice. "We'll put her up in the library. I'll go have Rosalie get the bed and some fresh linen," he said, as he found a small enough hole to start a tear at the girl's jacket. "There's blood and a sizable burn right here," Carlisle said out loud as he pointed to the area on her arm, making mental notes at what was needed to be healed. "But she should be better in a day or two."
Upon hearing the commotion downstairs, Rosalie appeared at the foot of the stairs and gave the human in Alice's arms a deadly glare, fighting the urge to hiss. "Another human? What are we doing, taking in humans now?" She asked, but did what Carlisle requested, not liking it one bit.
Esme looked with worry at the human girl and walked over Carlisle and laid a hand on his arm, to let him know she was there for him and then looked up at Rosalie and narrowed her eyes. "That's enough, Rose. At least Carlisle is willing to help her." She said and turned her attention to the girl.
Something in the girl's mind clearly agitated her further and she started to scream as she writhed in Alice's arms as she was trying to get away. "The Daleks," She cried out then became suddenly still and whimpered sadly. "You said you'd get me out alive," she said, though she would never actually voice that to the Doctor.
Alice held onto her as she writhed and bucked in her arms yelling and screaming about things Alice couldn't see, had never heard of, and had no idea about. In her mind she could see things, but these "Daleks" weren't something she saw. She had no idea what the girl was talking about and that only puzzled and frustrated her more. She was supposed to be able to see. Her gaze settled on Rose as she snarled at the girl. "Try to pretend you know what compassion is, Rose... just for a while, huh?" she asked, a snarky comment but true. She went into the bedroom that Rose had made for the girl and gently, as much as possible anyway considering her condition, laid her down onto it. "What do you need me to do, Carlisle?"
"Go get me one of the IVs and my bag, Alice. Looks like I'm going to have to sedate her for a while until her wounds heal, at least the majority of them," Carlisle answered as he started with the human's vital signs. "Rosa, that's enough of your sarcasm. Alice is right - try to have some compassion while we have a visitor in our home," he said gently, making mental notes until Alice came back with his things.
"Sarcasm my left foot, Carlisle. Once you are done tending to the ward let me know. I want nothing to do with it." Rosalie hissed and left the room.
Esme gave Rosalie a "We are having a talk later" look and joined Alice and Carlisle in the room and looked at Carlisle. "Is there anything you want me to do, love?" She asked Carlisle.
Alice went and pulled an IV pack and needle from his bag. Moving to the bed she handed the IV needle to Carlisle and hooked the IV bag to a hook that was near the bed on the wall - very convenient. Afterwards, she moved to the other side of the bed near the girls head. "I wish Edward was here, he could possibly get into her head and actually see what she had been thinking when she was muttering because I'm not getting crap and its killing me," she said through her teeth though her voice was low and a slight growl. She hated feeling blocked and helpless.
Carlisle took the needle from Alice and flipped the girl's arm over gently and carefully, looking for the best vein to start the sedation process while her wounds healed. Of course, it was going to take time - all wounds couldn't just heal over night, but he hoped that by the next evening, the human would at least be in a not-so-catatonic state. As soon as one was found, he stuck the needle into her and looked to Esme. "All we can do is wait, my love," he said, getting out the peroxide from his bag and began to tend at the girl's wounds.
Esme watched as Carlisle tended to the girl's wound and looked over at Alice and saw her distress and gave her an assuring smile, knowing they would know all in time. She then looked over at Carlisle and smiled softly at him. "And waiting is what we will do. I am sure we'll find out what brought her here soon enough." She said softly, taking a seat near where the girl lay.
Lynda's rest was fitful, despite the drugs she was given and as the day turned into night and the night back into day she seemed to be getting more upset as the time passed and finally two days later the girl's fitful sleep was shattered by her sitting straight up and letting out a blood curdling scream before looking around terrified.
Alice bolted to her feet from the chair where she had previously sat the entire time the girl had slept. Something about the girl had drawn her in and tangled her into her web. The girl screamed like the devil himself was at her heels, if such a thing were possible. She went to the girl's side. "Please... You are safe. Nothing will harm you. We will protect you," she said firmly, trying to break through the girl's terror. "We will not let anything happen to you, I promise." If anyone knew Alice, they knew she meant it for she never promised unless her words were true and she never broke a promise.
Carlisle came running into the library-turned-small-makeshift-hospital-wing from his study. It hadn't been long since he arrived back home from the hospital and took her vital signs before retreating in there until the next hour for more vital signs progress. "What is it? What's wrong?" he asked, concerned. "Did the hum-" Carlisle started to say before looking into the terrified eyes of the girl. "Well, that answers that question."
Once the girl started to scream, Esme had jumped right up from where she had been sitting and without thinking, she grabbed the girl's hand and took it in hers, her soft voice calm as she tried to calm the girl down, feeling intense compassion for her. "It's alright, sweetheart. You are safe, and no one is going to harm you. We are here to protect you." She said softly.
Lynda noticed the coolness of the woman's hands but didn't comment. "W...Where am I?" She asked her accent thick as she looked around. "And where are the Doctor, Rose and Jack..?"
Alice looked deep into the girls eyes. "You are ... at our house, a safe place. We are the Cullens. As for 'Doctor, Rose and Jack' - I know not of whom you speak... Who are you, my dear? And who are the Doctor, Rose and Jack? I assume this 'Doctor' is in some sort of medical field?" she asked, not really knowing, trying to grasp some part of what she meant so she might be able to get a vision from it. Know who and what she was. What she was a part of. Then she might know the girl's secrets, any danger she posed and most of all, their future.
Carlisle removed the stethoscope from his bag, which sat on a table next to her bed. "I'm Doctor Carlisle Cullen. That's my wife Esme and one of our daughters, Alice," he said, nodding to the women on the opposite side of the bed. "You had some blood loss and a burn on your arm when Alice found you. We had brought you up to our home to recover," Carlisle explained, telling her briefly what happened - but leaving out the part that petite Alice had carried the girl all the way from the woods to the house. "Are you hurting anywhere?"
Esme's eyes widened with curiosity when the girl spoke. She wanted to know who the people she talked about were, but instead she took on a different approach and of course, her motherly nature was out in full bloom as she started to speak. "We've told you who we are, how about you tell us who you are as well. What is your name?" She asked, as gently as she could.
She shook her head. "It doesn't hurt" She said as she watched him. "T...Thank you, I don't know how I'm here, I should be dead."
"Dead?" Alice said as a statement and question. "But your right, your here..." she said softly, her mind working overtime trying to figure that out. How could someone who was suppose to be dead be here, alive? She didn't smell, wasn't a vampire. What was she then? Who was she? "What's your name, sweet? Where do you come from?"
"Quite welcome," Carlisle replied, then raised an eyebrow curiously as he remembered to blink at the girl's statement. "Dead?" he asked. "What do you mean, 'I should be dead'?" It was a naturally curious question to either a vampire or human, one that shouldn't go unanswered.
Esme blinked at the girl's statement. She was not sure what to say to that since Carlisle and Alice already asked, so she just watched her, and waited for her to explain if she wished to, but continued to hold her hand as a form of reassurance that everything would be alright.
"I...I don't know" She said as she tried to remember what had happened and all that she had survived. "I...I'm Lynda" She said. "With a Y, not an...never mind" She was suddenly saddened by even that thought of having to explain which Lynda she was.
Alice smiled a reassuring smile at the girl. "Lynda, with a Y. I'm glad to know you. Please, tell me more. I'd love to know more about you." She said this with encouragement. "Tell us about yourself... About these other people you spoke of. You have nothing to fear, I promise you." She tried to convey a soothing tone to draw her out of her terror and allow her to feel free to speak. Alice had felt a spark, of something but then it had passed and she needed more to go on.
Carlisle placed the stethoscope back in his bag and took out a small band-aid from it as he noted that the IV bag was bone dry - and was therefore going to remove the needle from Lynda's vein and dispose of it properly. "Well, Lynda with a Y. You're very lucky," he smiled gently as his cold hands rested on her arm. "The medication worked and you're going to be just fine," Carlisle continued as he pulled out the needle carefully before placing the bandage over top of the small hole in her skin.
Esme smiled gently at Lynda and looked at her, grateful for Alice being so curious to know who she was. "I like your name. It suits you." She said softly. "But can you tell us where you come from, and who these people are that you mentioned? If you don't want to say, we will understand." She added.
"I..." She started. "Can I ask something first?" She could she was not in her time, so she needed to ask this first. "What is the date...?"
Alice wondered where the question came from, but if she had truly been dead then.... "April 1st..... 2009," she said, adding the year just to see the girls reaction. She wondered about her. She was starting to see more in the corner of her eye, a vision beginning to form; she just needed a little more was all.
He nodded in agreement with Alice as he took a step back from the bed, getting out a piece of paper and pencil for Alice, knowing the look on her face. "Where do you live?" Carlisle asked, thinking that she had just moved into the town of Forks and got lost in the woods. "Perhaps we can help find your way back, if you would like us to."
Esme watched as Carlisle and Alice spoke with her and finally stood up, not before looking at Lynda. "If you are hungry, I'll run down and make you something." She said warmly to her and then turned to her husband and daughter. "Let me know if you need me." She said, squeezing Carlisle's hand and then with a smile to each of them, she exited the room.
Lynda watched the woman leave the room and felt bad. "I didn't mean to make her leave." She said sadly. "And are you sure? The date that is, are you sure?"
Alice nodded, her hands writing on the paper without her even knowing it. "Yes, I'm quite sure," she said softly, her eyes taking on a faraway look.
"It's just..." She looked down. "You will think I am mad..."
Eyebrows furrowed as Carlisle looked first to Alice's writing, then at Lynda and chuckled to himself. "I'm sure we won't, Lynda," he replied. "We're here to help you, if we can, in any way."
Alice closed her eyes and scribbled furiously until she suddenly came to a stop. Opening her eyes, she looked down at her papers. Words were spread over it in some sort of pattern. Names, places, and other things she didn't even know what they were really, only what she had seen and written. Seeing isn't always knowing though. At last she looked up, directly into Lynda's eyes. "I can assure you," she said with absolute sincerity and assurance, "We won't think you mad. I think you mad."
"I'm from..." she sighed.”The year 200100" She explained to them. "I don't know how I am here, I died, they found me and I died."
"They? You mean the things you call the Daleks? These?" she asked, holding up her piece of paper. On the paper were words of places and names of people that formed a picture of the TARDIS. In the center was a picture scribbled but it was clearly what a Dalek would look like. Words like 'Rose', 'Jack', Doctor', 'Death', 'Dalek' and others were framed around it, boxing it in. Her vision had been of fire and death. Destruction and mayhem. Something more than even the Volutri were capable of.
That was enough to make Lynda flip out and curl up rocking back and forth. "They...they kill, without discrimination"
"They look like pepper mills," Carlisle commented. "But...with wheels," he said. "What do you mean, kill? How do they kill?" It was starting to come together, but they needed Lynda to be calm. It was going to be difficult, seeing as how the slightest bit of talking about one of the creatures made her upset, but worth a shot.
She calmed herself and pointed on the picture where their weapon was, just opposite the plunger like tool. "There...” She said. "And there." She said pointing to the plunger like tool.
"They make people disappear," Alice said, not a question but a statement. Her eyes glazed over a bit as she was drawn into a memory of the vision, of the Dalek, as if she could touch them it was so real before she blinked and it faded away. "They make people disappear ... forever."
"Not always" She said. "That's only on the game station."
"The game station?" he asked. "That's not in Forks...Maybe it's in Port Angeles," Carlisle looked to Alice first, then to Lynda.
Alice shook her head no. "No... this place isn't here... isn't now... it's far off.... beyond us. Lynda is truly something special," she whispered.
She looked away. "I'm just a girl" She said. "And I failed him."
"No.... you're not just a girl, your more. You're from the future and you survived. That isn't failing. 'Live to fight another day'.... isn't that right? I'm sure 'him', whoever 'he' is, doesn't think you failed."
"That is if he survived." She said.
He blinked. "She said something about a Doctor before, Alice. Maybe that's who Lynda's referring to as 'he'," Carlisle said.
"What do you mean?" She asked. "What do you mean I said something?"
"You were muttering and thrashing about before, when I brought you in, saying Doctor, Rose, Jack and such.... We didn't know who or what that meant - then," Alice said, more pieces dropping into place inside her mind, a whole visual picture playing out.
Tears fell. "Oh" Said simply as she lay back down and curled up on her side. "I'll never see them again."
Shaking her head Alice said simply, "I think you may see them sooner than you may think."
Carlisle smiled at the thought of having a happy reunion among friends. It was good to know that Alice saw this Doctor person and Rose person coming into town. "Alice here has something of a sixth sense about these things," he explained - without giving away the fact that they were a family of vampires. "She's the only one in our family with this gift."
"She sees the future?" She asked as she looked up at him.
"In a way...Yes," Carlisle said. "She sees the future."
"Cool" She said. "Can I ask something?" She asked suddenly
Alice smiled tentatively, as most people didn't take news like that so well. Actually, she wasn't sure she knew anyone who did, except maybe Bella. "Feel free..."
He nodded. "Of course you may," Carlisle smiled.
"W..Why are your hands so cold?" she asked. "I know doctor's hands are supposed to be, it's some kind of law, but it's different with you." she said as she studied them, unaccusingly and full of warm curiosity.
Alice looked into her eyes, like she was trying to see deep into her very soul. "We are.... you could call us, a refined type of human. Faster, smarter, better and sometimes deadlier, but you have nothing to fear from us. I believe you have known "refined humans" before of comes sort?"
"Refined? Does that mean...did...the Daleks make you?" It wasn't logical she knew, but she couldn't help but ask.
"No, no. The Daleks didn't make us," Carlisle said. "We're..." he took a deep breath, feigning trying to act as human as possible around the girl. "Vampires. But you have nothing to fear from us, Lynda. My family does not hurt humans, though we have been blamed for such before. We're vegetarians, feeding off of the blood of animals."
She sat up, her eyes filled with fear and wonder all at the same time as she looked between the two. "Y..You're...real?" She asked as she reached out and touched Alice's face surrounded by her pixie like hair style
Alice managed a smile for her, letting the girl touch her face while breathing in her scent, the scent of her blood, her life-force. "Yes, we are real. We don't hurt humans though. Your Daleks are real. Is it really so impossible for vampires to be real?" she asked lightly and curious.
"Daleks..they are metal and...I guess more believable. Sorry" She said with a blush. "well metal on the outside."
Carlisle nodded in agreement with Alice. "Both of them are truly real," he said before leaving the room, going to his study to bring in the day's newspaper. "Look, Alice, at the headline," Carlisle said, handing the paper to her. "They killed Charlie," he said in a low whisper, barely audible.
"Who is Charlie?" She asked. "And who killed him? And...And...How did you do that?"
"Charlie Swan. Father of Bella, my daughter-in-law. He was also the chief of police here in Forks," Carlisle started, as he moved his hand towards Lynda's own. "The Daleks got him. As far as my speed for leaving and returning so quickly, it comes with being a vampire. Alice had carried you by herself up here from the woods. We all were trying to act as human around you as possible. Of course, Rosalie, my other daughter, thinks that we're now taking in humans," he chuckled, but held on to Lynda's hand.
Alice took the paper from Carlisle and quickly scanned the print reading the story of Charlie's death. "I hadn't realized it had been the Daleks, until now," she said, it all coming together from the visions she had of them and the newspaper story. "It seems your evil has followed you back in time here. All the more reason to destroy them. But ... tell us about this Doctor of yours, if you can..."
She started to shake furiously at the thought of the Daleks being there. "You can't beat them, there's no way to, all you can do is run."
"No, vampires are more than humans. We don't run. We kill. Think of us like you would your Doctor. You hold him above the laws of humans, right?"
"What do you mean?" She asked. "He can die like humans can..I think."
"We do have to worry about Nessie, Alice. She may be as strong as the rest of us, but do you really think that she'd want to kill?" Carlisle asked, as he looked over at Alice before looking at Lynda and giving her hand a gentle squeeze. "Renesmee - Nessie, as we call her - is Bella and Edward's daughter," he explained to her, even before she had a chance to ask.
Alice nodded, "I had forgotten Nessie for a moment. No, I don't think she'd want to kill. Though, Carlisle, I think you underestimate what she would or wouldn't do. She is her parents' daughter, after all," she said pointedly.
"You can't kill these things" She said. "You just can't." Lynda repeated as she sat there trembling like crazy.
"You've made your point clear, Alice," Carlisle said with a nod. "There is no telling what Nessie will or will not do," he continued. "We'll kill them. Once Bella hears word of what happened, she'll want to kill, too. The most important thing is to keep you safe from them, Lynda."
"You can't!" She said a bit more forcefully than her normal nature would allow and gripped Carlisle's hand as she did. "Their only goal is to exterminate, and to become the superior race!"
Alice stood up and went to a desk nearby. Picking up a heavy metal weight she turned to look Lynda fully in the face. Looking into her eyes, without blinking, she crushed the weight in her hand till was nothing but sand. "We can kill anything, metal or not. We have strength that is unparalled, let alone our determination and rage."
"And what about their lasers?" She asked
"We'll find ways around those," he said gently. "No one from this family will be hurt, I can guarantee that," Carlisle promised. And he only hoped that Alice could see that no one would be killed in this battle between these Daleks and the vampires.
Alice looked into Carlisle's face. "Death is a part of life, however our chances of winning the war that is coming will be greatly improved by the visitors joining us," she said as her mind watched a scene in a far off place play out in her head.
She canted her head. "What visitors?" She asked.
Carlisle let go of Lynda's hand and reached into his bag for another piece of paper, ready to hand it off to Alice if she needed it. "I know," he said gently. "Yet the question still remains the same. What visitors?"
Alice waved her hand, trying to see through the fog. "Boxes, like from the other paper," she said pointing to the TARDIS on the paper, "Each carry people. One a man and two women. The other another man and two other women, one younger and one older. One is close by," she said with a human like gasp. "The other is ... on the beach." She stopped. The beach? Could it by the wolves, she thought to herself.
"Two women?" She asked curious. "Do you know what they look like?" she asked.
She squinted, trying to make them out better. "One man looks young but not too young and wears a leather jacket. He is with a young woman, blonde hair. It seems if they are missing someone.... someone was supposed to be with them... you?" Then she tried to focus on the others, "Then there is another man," she said, with a sudden smile, "Really great hair.... and an older woman, but not ancient that has red hair... The other girl, she is young, has blonde hair, and calls the man 'Father'."
"But..." She started as she went to rub her head. "I..I don't understand this." She said.
Carlisle raised an eyebrow slightly. "The beach? La Push?" he asked before heading towards his study to look out the window there. It was dusk - still light enough outside to see everything but getting dark rather quickly. No sign of a box anywhere, unless it was deeper in the woods. He returned to the other room quickly, and looked at both Alice and Lynda. "No box anywhere. Alice, did these visitors arrive yet?"
Alice nodded, "Yes, La Push, and they are here, all of them, both boxes, there and... the one here was deep in the woods, where we play baseball."
"What's baseball?" So many years of waiting for word of when it was safe to walk outside she hadn't the knowledge of the sport.
"It's the all-American past time," Carlisle started to explain. "We play with four people to a team. Course," he smiled over at Alice. "We have to play when there's a thunderstorm coming, since we hit the ball rather hard. But there's four bases, and you run around the bases, trying to get a home run before another player on the opposite team gets you out."
Alice chuckled at the thought of the first game they played in front of Bella, "Yes, it's very fun, even if your human, to watch especially, or so Bella tells us. You'd probably like it. That is where I saw one of the boxes, one of the sets of people, the people that were connected to you, that you should have been with... The others, you didn't seem connected to them, though they seemed on our side, they are in LaPush."
"You have to take me to them." She demanded. "Where are they?"
"We'll have to borrow Emmett's Jeep, Alice," Carlisle pointed out. "They're in a field in the middle of the woods. Don't worry, we'll get you to them," he said gently to Lynda.
She tried to stand but was immediately dizzy and melted back to the bed. "Okay.."
Alice placed a gentle but firm hand on the girl, leading her back into the bed, "Relax, save your strength or you won't be able to move to see them..."
"Why is the room spinning?" She asked as her head started to throb from the hunger and thirst of being unconscious for two days.
"She's dehydrating," Carlisle said. "Alice, go get me a cup of water and a bendy straw," he continued. "The kind that Bella used."
"I'm fine..I promise" She said. "Maybe a bit hungry but I can wait, I don't want to be rude."
Alice got to her feet with a nod and threw from the room with grace and speed. She returned a few moments later with a cup of cold water from that came from a bottle, not tap, and a purple bendy straw that was easy to use. "Nonsense, you need to have fluids. First drinking and then we can try you on eating. Don't want to do too much too fast."
Carlisle took the cup from Alice and held the straw in front of Lynda's lips for her to drink from it. He could tell that she was still shaking a bit, but with luck the water would help greatly.
She tried to refuse it, if only to not be rude, but she couldn't. Even water had a distinct smell and she could smell it and her mouth, though dry as dust, began to water in desperation to have that thirst quenched so she grabbed the water, taking the straw out of the cup and downing the water as fast as she could.
"Slowly," Alice commanded, pulling the cup from her hands. "You will make yourself sick if you drink it that fast, you need to sip it," she said, holding the cup back out to her, but with a firm look on her face.
She didn't listen though, she took the cup and downed the last of the water. "Sorry..So thirsty."
Carlisle looked on as Lynda drank the water. At least at this rate, she would get some of her strength back. "We'll get you another cup full soon," he said gently. "Then we'll have you eating. I'll have Esme cook you something. What would you like?"
She shook her head. "You don't have to..I..I just want to find them."
"But surely you want food? What good would you be to them without your strength but instead starving and bedridden?"
She looked down sheepish. "I don't want to be rude is all." She said.
"Nonsense," Carlisle stated. "Esme's an excellent cook - or so Bella said, and she'd be more than happy to make you something," he continued. "It wouldn't be rude in the slightest. Don't worry."
"You can't be happy cooking for someone when you don't enjoy the same things.."
"Our happiness some from many different things... Helping people also makes us happy. So, please, let us help you and in doing so will help us, make us happy, right, Carlisle?"
"Right you are, Alice," he smiled at her and then looked to Lynda. "You were out for almost two days, Lynda. You need all the strength you can get."
"Okay" She said in a small voice that said she would do whatever she was told.
Alice laughed, "Don't look so frightened, we don't eat humans anymore, not for almost forever." She rose from the bed, "Shall I get Esme?"
Carlisle nodded as he took the cup from Lynda's hand, placing it on the table where his bag sat. "And if you see Emmett, ask him if we can borrow his Jeep since the field's muddy."
Alice nodded, leaving the room calling for Esme and Emmett in her wake.
Carlisle smiled over at Lynda. "Don't worry, we'll get you fed and then we'll go to find your friends."
Esme came up the stairs as she heard Alice and walked in the room carrying a tray of food and laid it on the table next to Lynda. "Here is some food for you, dear." She said softly.
"I feel bad.." She whispered.
Emmett bounded up the stairs from the living room where he sat playing video games for a while after he heard Alice calling for him. "What's up, Pixie?" he asked, peeking inside the library. "Who's the human?"
Alice laughed, "It's another 'stray' as Rosalie put it that I found in the woods. Danger and death is coming. I have seen it. I have also see visitors she knows, people who can help but we must reunite them all. Plus more are at La Push," she said to Emmett.
She looked down a bit ashamed of her human status at the moment. "I could leave" She whispered.
Carlisle frowned at that statement that Lynda made. "Don't leave," he said. "Not when a battle is about to break out in Forks. We need all the help we can get from this," he continued.
Emmett nodded. "And where do I fit in with all of this?" he raised an eyebrow slightly. "Need to borrow the Jeep?"
She laughed slightly, "Yes, of course we do. What would we do without you? We need the jeep to go deep into the woods, where we play baseball and we need to take the girl with us," she said low, not wanting to make Lynda anymore upset than she was.
"What about me?" She asked Alice. "And I just suggested I would leave because I seem to be agitating people here."
Alice turned, "You aren't agitating anyone, it's all inside your mind. Your doubts. You are not upsetting us at all. What would come to pass would come to pass whether you were here or not. However, with you, we have hope."
"What hope do you have with me? I failed last time, I was killed, they found me, so really you don't have hope with me, I am just dead weight."
Alice sighed and tried for patience though it was hard. "Your friends, Lynda, your friends, they are coming, they are here, and they will help. Besides, you're the link to them. Without you, we would have no link, no connection and be lost. Now stop your doubts and self-disgust."
"I agree with Alice," Carlisle said gently. "Without you, we wouldn't know anything about this war that's coming. You're a part of our family now - though human, and we protect and help our family," he continued, giving her an encouraging smile.
Esme smiled and nodded in agreement with everyone else. She looked at Lynda and smiled at her, not even knowing her for very long, but really liked her. "I agree with everyone else in this room," She said, nodding her head, "Like Carlisle said, without you here, we wouldn't know about the war that is coming and vice versa. And we may not have known you for very long, but I for one am willing to welcome you into this family, even though you are human."
She sighed and nodded. "I'm sorry.." She whispered. "I just worry, especially now."
Emmett stepped into the room after going to get the keys to his rather large Jeep. "All right, everyone ready to go?" he asked. Emmett never missed an opportunity to stand in the back of the automobile while one of his family members drove it, and wasn't about to miss this now.
"I just have one more question to ask.." she said with a blush. "It's safe to go outside right? I mean the air..it's safe?"
"Bella breathed it for years and had no issues with it," Emmett laughed. "So I would assume, yes, it's safe."
"It's not where I am from...we have to wait for the news reports to tell us it's safe."
Rosalie came up the stairs and stuck her head in, giving up fighting with what was going on. She looked at Lynda and while she was not happy about it she put on a brave face and walked into the room and stood beside Emmett. "What's going on? I heard that there was some sort of war going on?" She asked and then looked at Lynda. "I'm Rosalie by the way. And this big guy here is Emmett. Don't let his size threaten you. He may be as intimidating as a grizzly, but he's the most lovable of all of us." She said.
"You don't like me being here do you?" She asked noting the tension.
"It's not that I don't like you being here. I am just hesitant of what could happen if another human is around. I don't want my family being shunned for what they are if others on the outside know." Rosalie said, hoping it made sense to her.
"I won't say anything..I mean you can't exactly tell people I am from..." She tried to do the math and gave up. "Hundreds of years in the future where it's dangerous to go outside without being told the weather is safe."
Rosalie nodded and actually cracked a smile, a rarity from her. "I trust that you will not say anything, and being from hundreds of years in the future was an indication. But I apologize before hand if I sounded harsh." She said.
Lynda smiled a bit. "You didn't, its fine...I just want to get to the Doctor."
Rosalie smiled slightly and nodded. "I believe that is the plan at the present moment."
Emmett grinned as he put an arm around Rosalie. "I knew you had some compassion in you," he said, teasing her mercilessly. "Cause either that's a smile I see or I'm imagining things."
Alice laughed, "It's a smile, that or I am too, and I don't imagine things," she said, joking. "Now, we just need to find your Doctor in the woods and go from there..."
"Before Lynda goes anywhere," Carlisle started gently, handing the girl a plate of food. "She needs to eat something."
Esme nodded at Carlisle and looked at Lynda. "You need your strength, so at least try to eat a bit of something." She said in a motherly way.
Lynda pouted "yes sir...and ma'am." She said as she started to eat some of the food.
Rosalie leaned against Emmett and was glad to see Lynda eat something, and then looked at the rest of her family and smirked. "I have compassion, and your eyes are not deceiving you, for I am smiling for once. Heaven help us all." She said with a soft laugh.
"We were just teasing you, Angel," Emmett smiled at her before watching on as Lynda tucked into the food that Esme prepared for her. "You have a funny way of showing your compassion, though."
"Rosalie has always been more reserved in her human emotions than us, Emmett, you above all people should know that," Alice said, taking a seat next to the eating Lynda. "And Esme is right, Lynda, you will need your strength for all that is to come, as will we all," she said as she looked at each of her family members in the room.
Carlisle nodded in agreement with Alice. "We'll have a family meeting once Lynda's friends arrive to discuss what needs to be done," he said calmly. "And if her...Doctor," he found the word strange since it was quite clear that this man was not of the medical profession, "knows of these Daleks, he'll be able to help us than that of us just battling them on our own."
"I agree with Carlisle," Esme said looking at her family members in turn as well as Lynda, "I am sure that he knows of these... Daleks and hopefully he'll be able to explain to us on how we can help and what not." She said.
Lynda finished the food, not realizing how hungry she had really been and gave a sheepish look when they all looked at her. "done" She said holding up the empty plate.
Rosalie nodded her head and looked at the rest of her family. "Now that she is done, are we set to leave, or...?" She asked and then looked up at Emmett with a smile. "I know you were teasing. Which is why I can take it usually." She added.
Emmett shrugged. "Don't ask me Rose. Ask her," he said, not willing to call the girl 'the human' out of respect. "I've got to come up with a nickname for her now," Emmett continued with a laugh.
"At least we're not calling her human, that's a little rude I've found. They don't like it much. Is your hunger gone, Lynda?"
"I agree, Alice. It was very impolite for us to call her human," Carlisle said, grateful now that Lynda ate something. "Rosalie," he started. "Please take the cup and get Lynda some more water. There should already be a bottle open from when Alice last got her some," he said, handing it off to her.
Esme picked up the empty plate and handed it to Rosalie and looked at her. "You might want to take this down as well." She said to her daughter giving her a look to not argue.
"You can call me human..I am a human after all." She said with a smile.
Rosalie grinned at Lynda's comment and left her love's side to leave the room to do what she was told, even if she was the type who did not like to be ordered around. She left the room and returned with a cup of water and handed it to Lynda.
Emmett was having a hard time coming up with a nickname for the human that was in front of him. He had nicknames for everyone else in his family but her, he just couldn't come up with one. "Let her drink the water and then we'll go," he said, looking first to Alice and then Lynda.
Alice nodded, waiting till she had drunk her fill and mentally thought of what was to come and how they should handle it.
Carlisle gave a smile over to Rosalie. "Thank you, Rosa," he said in a low whisper. "For putting aside your differences about humans and talking to Lynda."
Esme smiled, knowing this whole thing was difficult for Rosalie and wrapped an arm around Carlisle. "We all have to put aside differences, and I am glad that everyone is putting forth an effort." She said looking at each family member.
"I can drink this while someone drives right?" She asked. "I just don't want to hold things up."
"I don't see why not." Rosalie said and then looked at Carlisle. "It was not easy, for I would rather just avoid this whole situation. I don't like it, but I am only doing it for the love of my family. I don't want to be high maintenance at the present moment." She admitted.
Emmett nodded. "Yeah, you can. Come on then," he said, but didn't make a move towards the door. Instead he put an arm back around Rosalie and kissed her cheek. "We're going to go, my Angel," Emmett said in a breathy whisper. "Alice, the girl, and I. But we'll be back soon. In the mean time, don't touch my video game and you might want to help Susie Homemaker in the kitchen since we're expecting more humans."
Alice let out a laugh, "Emmett, I'm not sure calling Esme 'Susie Homemaker' is the best thing. You know she is delicate but has her own roar... " Standing up, she looked down at the girl, "Are you sure you're ready for this? It might be more than you imagined," she said, putting out her hand to her
"Alice has a point, Emmett," Carlisle said as he wrapped an arm around Esme. "Her bite is worse than her bark," he chuckled and smiled at his love.
Esme burst into laughter and shook her head at her son. "I agree with Alice and Carlisle. My bark is worse than my bite. Calling me Susie Homemaker is not the best of names, but keep trying, Em. I think you will come up with something, but Rosa and I will hold down the fort while you are gone, and attempt to come up with something edible." She said with an amused smile.
She jumped up downing the glass of water quickly. "Yes, let's go." She said halfway to the door, she thought anyway.
Rosalie smiled and would have blushed if she could when Emmett kissed her cheek and took the opportunity to pull him close for a kiss, not caring if anyone was watching. "Don't worry, I won't touch your game, and Esme and I will make sure everything is safe for your return. You all be careful, especially you, Em." She said softly.
"Okay, how about Mama Bear?" he asked before Rosalie pulled him closed for a kiss. "You better not, and you know we'll be careful. Alice is driving," Emmett continued. "We'll be fine. Don't you worry your pretty little head about it."
Alice nodded towards Rosalie, she'd be careful, they would, she'd make sure of it. She swiftly met Lynda at the door and waited for her and the rest to catch up. "We need to hurry and find them before someone else does or they go off on their own..."
Carlisle looked to Emmett and Rosalie. "Go, Emmett, before Alice decides to leave you behind," he said urgently. "We'll be fine here."
Esme linked her arm through Rosalie's when she went to stand beside her and smiled at her family and Lynda. "Go before Alice decides to be the only one on the mission. You know she would do it too. We'll be fine here. Don't worry and please be careful!"
Lynda was bouncing at the door refusing to wait any longer. "I can go without you guys."
"But you are not going to. If Emmett decides to actually leave. But Alice could leave without him though." Rosalie said trying not to laugh.
"Alice wouldn't leave without me," Emmett laughed as he dug the keys to his jeep out of his pocket. "She doesn't have these," he continued, running after Alice and Lynda.