Angels and Demons by TheLittlePenguin.
Summary: When an angel and demon are given five years to be together, their time is cut short by the birth of their daughter.
For me, this fic is horrendously underappreciated. It has a good strong plot, a HEA, and a little dash (well a large dash) of suspense, drama and angst all mixed in together with a beautifully planned out romance.
Bella is an angel, and Edward is a demon. All of the characters from the books are split, either on the side of good, or evil. Notably, the Cullen’s are all angels, as are two of the volturi, whilst Caius and a few new characters are demons (which is fitting in his case).
We follow the tumultuous journey between Bella and Edward as they try to fight against heaven and hell respectively to be together, even going through death once again as they’re split apart.
The story rotates through different character’s POV’s, according to the particular plot twist that is taking place. It’s a nice change to read a story where Rosalie isn’t stone-cold and self-absorbed, but rather, understanding and caring and fulfilling her deepest desire to have a child.
"So," Aro said in a loud, clear voice. "You let her get away."
The council was seated in a circle, around the Water of Truth. Both Carlisle and Aro were standing, while Esme remained seated, watching her husband carefully. Alice's huge brown eyes were fixed upon mine. She nodded once, approving of my actions. Jasper remained rooted, confused. Emmett came to stand next to me, taking my hand.
"Yes," I replied.
Aro nodded, his wings glowing bright red - a sign of anger and fury.
"You do know that we are angels, Rosalie," He paced around the room, jaw clenching. "In this world, we dominate the sky. The land beneath belongs to the humans. And right below, where raw fire burns, are where demons thrive."
"So," He continued. "I am to assume, that you let our dearest Bella - an angel - run off with some..."
"Demon." I finished.
He looked at me sharply. "Yes. I'm glad you know who she took off with."
I could feel my wings flutter nervously behind me.
"You know that you're in the wrong?" Carlisle folded his arms.
"It is not wrong to let her go with a man she loves."
Aro laughed, echoing through the hollow walls. "Man? That must be quite an understatement."
"He may be a demon. But to Bella, he is a man whom she loves so much."
I heard him snort quietly.
"You can't keep her away from him," Alice interjected, her voice high and shiny.
"You have seen how much she had suffered when we locked her away," Emmett added. "She can't live without him. Just like how we can never live without the sun. She needs him."
Aro raised his eyebrow, uninterested. "Name of that...demon?"
"Edward," I answered.
We read as Bella and Edward find support in the strangest and most unexpected of places, and grow to appreciate and like characters who we’d normally hate because of their motivations in the books. Tanya is conflicted. She’s in love with Edward, yet knows and respects that he doesn’t return her feelings. And when it comes down to it, she does her best to ensure that he and Bella can be together.
Rosalie’s better side is strongly portrayed in this fic, and at times we even hate Edward and Bella because of it. They’re so focused on being together, they don’t take into account or care about the consequences their actions can potentially have, even when they’re ones that break your heart when you read them.
"Rosalie is coming down," She said casually. Her words shot me like knives, piercing through my skin. "An irony. She went to heaven because your son let her, Caius. And now, she has to come back...because of Bella."
I heard Tanya gasp quietly.
"Right from the beginning, you knew that when Bella falls into sin, Rosalie's soul will be damned into hell. That was the agreement you and Carlisle had."
"What do you mean?" I asked, trying to keep my voice in control.
She turned to me, her slender figure coming to life after being a statue for a long time. "When Bella was born, she was cursed - that if she ever sinned, she would pay with her life. Desperate, Esme went down to Earth, in search of somebody who could atone for her daughter's sins.
"Rosalie was born on the same day, at the same time. Esme, at her wit's end, picked her, and brought her to Aro, stating that whatever sins Bella commits, Rosalie will pay by going to hell for seven weeks."
Alice’s loyalty is highlighted, as is Jasper’s strength and compassion for other’s. Emmett is burly and strong, yet he still holds that sense of playfulness as he and Rosalie prepare for the arrival of their child.
We read with happiness and sadness, laughter and excitement as Bella and Edward survive each obstacle and come out stronger; proving time and again that they should be allowed to love each other, despite their intrinsic differences. And we cheer when the council finally agree, though their success holds a bittersweet tinge for other characters we grow to love.
Jasper stood up. "Aunt," He said in a gentle voice. "I understand that you come with all good intention - but I fear that Bella has to remain."
"And why is that?"
"She is the angel of peace and protection. If she leaves..." He shook his head and pursed his lips.
My mind worked fast. Jasper was right - extremely right. She could not leave her duties. Aro watched me with cautious eyes.
"And..." He continued. "I don't want my sister to go to hell."
"Give me three human years," I said finally. "I will return her to you on the last day of the third year."
Aro turned to Esme and Carlisle. "It is a fair request."
Esme bent her head in defeat, sighing. Alice smiled gratefully. Carlisle and Jasper nodded, agreeing.
"Then it is set," Aro announced. "She will be a mortal for three years before she comes back. But, should anything happen during those years, she will have to regain her seat in the council again."
"As for Rosalie..." He said in a grave voice. "Her time has come."
"Why didn't you tell me?" Emmett whispered.
"What could you have done?" I asked, tears welling in my eyes. "Could you have stopped anything?"
He fell to his knees before me. My heart shattered when tears - crystals - rolled down his cheeks. He pressed his lips to my hands. What would life be without him? Would I survive? Could I still breathe without him by my side?
"Don't go," He begged. "Please, Rose. I'm sorry, I'm sorry to have shouted at you. I'm sorry to have hit you. Please stay."
I stroked his hair. "Take care of Danny, Emmett. He is important."
"No, no, no! Don't go!"
"I will come back. It is a promise."
I knelt down, and wound my arms around his neck. He clung on to me desperately, sobbing hard now.
"I love you, Emmett. No matter what happens, my heart will always be with you."
He shook his head, pulling me tighter to him.
The sky was almost dark.
"It's time," I whispered.
"Please! Rose! Please!"
"Three years. When Bella comes back, so will I."
Daniel's wailing got louder and louder. The door opened, and Jasper came in, with my little boy crying hard. I reached out for him, and Emmett moved away, standing by the corner of the room, his body heaving.
"Mummy will be back soon, Danny," I kissed his cheek, blinking tears back.
He screamed louder and I stood up, walking towards Emmett.
"Be good and listen to Daddy," I pressed my nose against his wet cheek.
Emmett reached out for him, but he wrapped his little fingers around my dress, not wanting to let go.
"Mummy will be back, dearest," I hugged the both of them, wishing that there was no such thing as time in the world.
"Mummy!" He wailed as I pulled away. Emmett closed his eyes, turning around.
I ran out of my chambers, out to where Sulpicia was standing. She took my hand carefully, and we walked.
Away from the heavens. Away from Emmett.
After being given three years to be together, it finally seems as though everything may be starting to fall into place for Bella and Edward, but of course, there are a few more twists that keep us on our toes. Diseases, deaths, births, they catch us off-guard and take your breath away, making you want to finish reading the current chapter as quickly as possible so you can move onto the next one.
But despite the trials they all go through, like a family, they support and help each other to stand strong, leading to an ending that has you gripping the edge of your seat!