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p.s this story isnt mine all credit goes to steph meyer
Demetri and Felix relaxed instantly, and I dropped my arms in defeat.
“Jane.” I sighed in recognition and resignation.
Alice’s thoughts came from beside me. Just stick to the script, no deviations.
Alice crossed her arms and remained impassive. She had seen what would happen if a fight broke out now.
“Follow me.” Jane spoke again, her childish voice a monotone. Without turning to see if we were indeed following, she led the way back down the alley. She didn’t need to check if we were following. Who would dare appose her?
Felix gestured for us to go first, smirking.
Alice was already following after Jane so I wrapped my arm around Bella’s waist and pulled her gently alongside me. We walked in step with Alice as the alley angled downward and narrowed.
Bella looked up at me, a thousand domande in her eyes, but I just shook my head. Felix was watching us closely, his thoughts centred on Bella. If she detto anything it could compromise Alice’s plans.
My role in Alice’s vision was coming up, but it was likely that I would have asked anyway.
“Well Alice,” I went on conversationally, feeling Bella pressed to my side, smelling her wonderful scent. “I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised to see te here.”
“It was my mistake,” Alice answered in the same tone. “It was my job to set it right.”
My curiosity spiked and I fought to keep my voice uninterested. “What happened?”
“It’s a long story.” Alice’s eyes flickered toward Bella then away. “In summary, she did jump off a cliff, but she wasn’t trying to kill herself. Bella’s all about the extreme sports these days.”
Bella’s cheeks flushed with embarrassment as Alice quickly told me the story in her head.
Near-drowning, Victoria, Laurent, Jacob and his werewolf friends. Her pain.
I only just managed to respond. “Hm.” Was all I could manage. What had I done?
After a loose curve in the alley we reached the open hole in the street. Jane had already dropped through and Alice didn’t hesitate o break stride as she strode toward the bacheca behind it. With easy grace she slid straight through.
Bella hadn’t noticed where we were heading until Alice disappeared. I felt her resist and when I looked down she looked paler than usual. I didn’t want her to be scared but I didn’t have a choice.
“It’s all right, Bella,” I tried to comfort her in a low voice. “Alice will catch you.”
She looked at the black hole, doubt all over her beautiful face. I didn’t want her to have to go before me, but with Demetri and especially Felix standing behind us, I couldn’t risk leaving her without Alice o myself.
I was forced to relinquish my grip of her waist as she crouched down over the hole, before lowering her legs through.
“Alice?” she whispered, her voice trembling.
“I'm right here, Bella” Alice reassured her.
I took her wrists, carefully holding on because she was so fragile, and lowered her into the darkness. Well, it was dark for her.
“Ready?” I asked Alice. I already knew she was waiting but I was making Bella feel safer.
“Drop her.” Alice called.
I saw Bella’s face crumple with terror but I let her fall. I didn’t have a choice.
I heard Alice catch her, and moved at inhuman speed so I could be with her sooner.
I moved closer to her, wrapping my arm around her again, before towing her forward.
She responded, both her arms encircling my waist, as she tripped and stumbled her way along side me.
Her frantic heartbeat and erratic breathing told me how she was faring. I was sure she was close to screaming.
I held her più tightly and reached my free hand over to stroke her face, the first time in seven months. Her fragile cheek, just silk over glass, was warm to my touch. I traced her lips, so soft and warm like her cheek. I pressed my face into her hair, just enjoying the smell of her. I kissed her head, and felt the happiness of it, offsetting the fear the subterranean tunnel must be causing her. I could see every detail of the walls and ground, but I knew it would be very dark to her.
She pulled herself closer to me every now and then, realising this may be the only reunion we got.
Behind me, Felix was frustrated with the pace we were moving at and every now and then he would sigh.
Bella started shaking. I thought it was from the overwhelming fear of the tunnel and our company, but then her teeth started chattering. I realised she was cold and let go of her waist, keeping only her hand. I didn’t want to but she was a higher priority than what I wanted.
But she didn’t want me to let go. “N-n-no.” She chattered throwing her arms around me. I moved my hand up and down her arm, trying to warm her with the friction.
We continued to sposta through the tunnel at her pace, Felix sighing behind me.
I saw the end of the tunnel long before Bella did, the iron bars rusting, but as thick as her arm. A door made of thinner, interlaced bars stood open. We moved into the brighter room and Demetri closed it with a bang, snapping a lock shut at the same time. We moved through another set of doors into the same hallway I had walked through before.
Bella relaxed automatically as we walked into the brightly lit hallway, but I tensed, my jaw clenched tight. I gave the deceiving hallway a dark look as we followed Jane to an elevator at the end of it.
I barely noticed as the door was shut behind us and a bolt slid home. Jane was holding the elevator open for us, her expression indifferent. Her thoughts confirmed the expression. She was bored because we had come so easily.
Stepping inside the elevator the three Volturi relaxed. Their hoods fell back and their faces became calm.
Standing in the corner, Bella cringed against me. I was still rubbing her arm but I kept my eyes firmly locked on Jane.
We walked through the reception area, passing a woman called Gianna who acted as receptionist.
Too my surprise she knew exactly what we were.
“Good Afternoon, Jane.” Her face held no hint of the curiosity that burned inside her. She was very good at her job.
Jane nodded to her. “Gianna.”
As Felix walked past her he winked, Gianna’s thoughts becoming incoherent as she giggled.
As we walked past the receptionist, another kind of welcome was waiting. Alec was standing, waiting for us. His thoughts filled with relief as Jane walked around the corner.
“Jane.” He smiled reaching for her.
“Alec.” She responded, embracing him.
“They send te out for one and te come back with two...and a half.” He said, noticing Bella. “Nice work.” He complemented her.
Jane’s delighted laughter filled the room.
Alec’s attention turned to me. “Welcome back, Edward.” Alec greeted me. “You seem in a better mood.” He had picked up on my uplifted mood, now that I knew Bella was alive.
“Marginally.” I agreed in a flat voice. Although I was happy Bella was alive, I was extremely angry of our present situation.
Alec chuckled before turning to look at Bella. “And this is the cause of all the trouble?” he was very sceptical. He couldn’t understand my Amore for the beautiful creature beside me.
I smiled, contemptuous, but Felix’s thoughts interrupted me. He was claiming Bella for himself, to anger me.
“Dibs.” He called casually from behind.
I turned, a low snarl building deep in my chest.
Felix smiled, raising his hand in a gesture that detto bring it on.
Alice stepped forward, touching my arm. “Patience.” She warned. Her vision showed what would happen if I fought Felix. I fought the urge to shudder at seeing the picture of Bella dead on the ground. That could not happen.
I took a deep breath before turning back to Alec.
“Aro will so pleased to see te again.” Alec detto as if nothing had passed.
Jane, eager to agree with him added, “Let’s not keep him waiting.”
I nodded once, preparing myself for what was coming.
Holding hands, Alec and Jane led the way.
We walked into a different room to the one I had entered last time. Almost all of the Volturi was in here, excluding Caius and Marcus.
Aro was expecting us but he was still happy to see Jane again.
“Jane, dear one, you’ve returned!” he detto with evident delight.
He moved inoltrare, avanti and kissed Jane lightly on her lips before moving back slightly.
“Yes, Master.” Jane answered, the ever angelic child. “I brought him back alive, just as te wished.”
Aro hadn’t expected anything different, but he still complemented her. “You are such a comfort to me.” Still smiling.
He turned to us, taking in our group, and I watched as his smile became ecstatic.
“And Alice and Bella too!” he exclaimed clapping his hands together. “This is a happy surprise! Wonderful!” his thoughts were possessive, especially of Alice. He so wanted her to unisciti the guard because of her unique gift.
He turned from us to Felix. “Felix, be a dear and tell my brothers about our company. I’m sure they wouldn’t want to miss this.”
“Yes, Master.” Felix nodded and disappeared back the way we had come.
“You see Edward?” Aro scolded like an adoring grandfather. “What did I tell you? Aren’t te glad I didn’t give te what te wanted?”
“Yes, Aro, I am.” I agreed, tightening my arm around Bella’s waist.
“I Amore a happy ending.” Aro sighed. “They are so rare. But I want the whole story. How did this happen? Alice?” he turned to Alice, his curiosity taking over. “Your brother seemed to think te were infallible, but apparently there was some mistake.”
“Oh, I’m far from infallible.” She flashed a dazzling smile, but at the same time was asking me how does he know what I can do?
There was no way I could answer her so I kept silent.
“As te can see today, I cause problems as often as I cure them.” She finished.
“You're too modest,” Aro chided. “I’ve seen some of your più amazing exploits, and I must admit I’ve never observed anything like your talent. Wonderful!” he exclaimed again, an undercurrent of longing in his thoughts.
Alice flicked a glance at me. How does he even know me?
I couldn’t answer because longing had filled Aro again, but for a different reason this time.
“I’m sorry, we haven’t been introduced properly at all, have we?” Aro continued. “It’s just that I feel like I know te already, and I tend to get ahead of myself. Your brother introduced us yesterday, in a peculiar way. te see, I share some of your brother’s talent, only I am limited in a way that he is not.” Aro shook his head, the envy breaking through his composed voice.
“And also exponentially più powerful.” I added dryly.
Alice was very frustrated. Edward, tell me!
I looked at her and swiftly explained. “Aro needs physical contact to hear your thoughts, but he hears much più than I do. te know I can only hear what’s passing through your head at the moment. Aro hears ever thought your mind has ever had.”
Alice raised her eyebrows. So that’s how he knows so much about me? Everything te know, he knows? I inclined my head. Aro didn’t miss that either.
“But to be able to hear from a distance...” Aro sighed, gestured to us and the exchange that had just taken place. “That would be so convenient.”
Aro looked over us and I heard the thoughts of Caius and Marcus enter the room, slowly followed da Felix. Everyone turned to see the new arrivals, and of course Bella turned the slowest.
“Marcus, Caius, look!” Aro crooned. “Bella is alive after all, and Alice is here with her! Isn’t that wonderful?” both Marcus and Caius looked the same as they had last time, their thoughts the same as well.
“Let us have the story.” Aro detto in his feathery voice.
Marcus and Caius glided toward their thrones but Marcus stoped successivo to Aro, lightly touching his hand. I snorted quietly. Marcus was surprised da the amount of Amore I had for Bella, and the amount she felt in return.
“Thank you, Marcus.” Aro said. “That’s quite interesting.”
Marcus glided to his chair.
I watched as Aro shook his head. “Amazing.” He said. “Absolutely amazing.”
Alice’s frustrated thoughts interrupted me again. What’s amazing?? Would it kill him to say it out loud?
I quickly explained. “Marcus sees relationships. He’s surprised da the intensity of ours.”
Aro smiled again. “So convenient.” He repeated, più to himself than anyone else. Then he spoke to us. “It takes quite a bit to surprise Marcus, I can assure you. It’s just so difficult to understand, even now.” Aro went on, staring at my arm still wrapped around Bella. “How can te stand so close to her like that?” Love, I thought to myself, and practice.
“It’s not without effort.” I answered calmly.
“But still—la tua cantante! What a waste!”
I laughed once without humour. “I look at it as più of a price.”
Aro already knew how I felt, but he was still sceptical. “A very high price.”
Aro laughed. “If I hadn’t smelled her through your memories, I wouldn’t have believed the call of anyone’s blood could be so strong. I’ve never felt anything like it myself. Most of us would trade much for such a gift, and yet you...”
I finished the sentence for him. “Waste it.” I couldn’t help the sarcastic tone of my voice.
Aro laughed again. “Ah, how I miss my friend Carlisle! te remind me of him—only he was not so angry.”
I didn’t like being compared to Carlisle. He was much better than I was. “Carlisle outshines me in many other ways as well.”
“I certainly never thought to see Carlisle bested for self-control of things, but te put him to shame.”
“Hardly.” I said, impatient now. I knew the preliminaries had to end soon.
Beside me, Bella’s breathing spiked. She had sensed the impatience in my voice and knew what was coming.
i know this is another random stop but this is way longer than i thought. keep watching for the successivo one!