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Edward Cullen is the Volturi's highest ranking guardsmen, his family is respected and revered in the vampire world.When Aro discovers there is a super human race who has the power to eradicate vampires, he calls on the fourth brother Carlisle Cullen to form a treaty with this dangerous race. Edward pleases both his father and Aro in all areas except one...he's never found a mate. Carlisle and Aro decide to make this treaty more binding they demand lead council member Tom Robinson's daughter as a mate for Edward. He's skeptical, she's dating a human and refuses to break up with him...Tempers rage, sparks fly, and a battle of the wills begins. Can love be found in unexpected circumstances? *Warning! Edward is OOC (Out of Character) but you will see hints of the true Edward!!!*

 

All Twilight Saga characters belong to Stephenie Meyer. Any original characters belong to me. This is an Alternate Universe and originally takes place in the year 2000. This is an Edward/OC and Bella/Jacob story. Bella and Jacob will not appear until much furthur into the story.

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Prologue ( E POV) The year: 2000 Soundtrack: Monsters—Matchbox Romance

I looked out into the horizon into the forests of Siberia as purple smoke and incense burned my senses. The fires were burning everywhere, the result of our destruction. Another ambitious coven had tried to raise yet again, another newborn army. They were patient, smart, methodical, waiting for centuries to strike. However, they did not take into account the ways of the Volturi. They, too have adapted with the times learning that if they wanted to stay in power, that they would have to change.

The Volturi came to the realization during the humans’ World War II that a new race was among us. A race that could destroy a portion of our population, a race that would protect our food supply from us. This race, lived among our prey; was a part of it without fear of detection. This race also had access to technology that could wipe us all out. With this information, the brothers’ decided to act. They enlisted their good friend and confidant, one who they knew they could trust, one who lived among the enemy virtually undetected and had built relationships with them. They came to my father, Carlisle Cullen.

Carlisle was considered the fourth leader of the Volturi in our world. This was due to the fact of the respect that the brothers’ had for him. At first, they did not agree with his choice of diet, but as times have changed they have become more open. Their lust to remain in power more important than actual bloodlust and their attitude towards humans.
Carlisle chose to live in the New World, and would converse and advise when called upon. He created me, his wife, Esme, my sister Rosalie, and my brother Emmett.

From the time that my gift became known to myself and Carlisle the Volturi has been involved. Aro was enamored with me, he had a similar gift but needed physical contact. I did not. However, where my gift fell short his took over. I can only see what someone is thinking at the time, once Aro touches someone he can see every single thought the person has ever had. The two of us together are an unstoppable force. I have been in the Volturi guard since 1920, it took a couple of years for me to control my bloodlust. Aro was quite impressed with how Carlisle raised and taught me. My discipline and self control could only be rivaled by Carlisle himself. Because I was so valuable, Aro allowed me to live with my family full time, only calling me to Volterra when my services were needed. That was usually when trouble was brewing in terms of our secret being exposed.

I have been on many missions, all being the same only requiring me to travel to different parts of the world. There are always those that are arrogant enough to believe that they can dethrone the Volturi. The weapon is always the same, raising newborn armies. Newborn vampires are super strong, but wild and easily distracted. They are only after one thing, and that, is human blood. Newborns fighting much older, experienced vampires usually end with the newborns being destroyed. But, when you throw in mature vampires with gifts, then, the newborns are decimated. That, is why the Volturi has been in power for over a thousand years. Aro makes alliances and friendships with gifted vampires, he’s a brilliant politician.

After the humans’ World War II, Aro summoned Carlisle and asked him of what he knew of the “super human” race that he had heard rumors about. Carlisle knew of a couple of different races, one being from the Native American tribes, and other natives in Central and South America. Carlisle called them shape shifters. We had run into a group in 1935 when we lived on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. That particular lot transformed into giant wolves. Carlisle also met another breed in Brazil, they shape shifted into giant Panthers. Aro nodded and acknowledged that he did of course know of such a species that was much different from the werewolves that Caius would lead hunts for all over Europe. His exploits with Felix and Demetri had all but obliterated the werewolf population there.

He asked if we had heard of yet, another race. A race that was purely human, but possessing super human qualities similar to ours. They didn’t shape shift like the natives, they were unbelievably strong, fast, and had weapons that could inflict harm on our species. The problem Aro saw with this was the fact that this race knew of our existence. The rebellious nature of some of the nomads and their making of many newborn armies had drawn their attention. Unbeknownst to us, these humans had destroyed several small bands of nomads themselves. This made Aro nervous he liked the balance of power. This new breed could render all of us extinct. He needed Carlisle to find this race and ask for a meeting. He wanted a treaty. Carlisle advised Aro that in a treaty, concessions are made on both sides. We knew this from experience, we had signed a treaty with the Quileute’s of the Olympic Peninsula in 1935. Aro knew this, and said that was why he wanted Carlisle’s help and experience.

Years have passed and after much investigation we have found that the super human race is much smaller than originally thought. But, no less dangerous. Carlisle has never met any of the leaders of this band, but has corresponded with them. He believes after some time there is now a trust building as this band realizes more and more of us are seeking alternative sources of food such as animals, blood banks, and synthetic blood. That is what Carlisle, Rosalie and I work on. The invention and continued procurement of synthetic blood that will not only satisfy like human blood, but also decrease bloodlust so that we may interact with our human counterparts.

I was seated on the ground overlooking the mountains as all of my subordinates were cleaning up the mess that we had made with the latest group of usurpers. My newest brother Jasper, an empath, and a brilliant strategist came sauntering up the mountain looking for me. We met Jasper and his mate Alice in Volterra in 1950. The human world was on the brink of yet, another war in Asia. Jasper had come to the Volturi reporting activities that he had noticed going on with a former coven member. His wife Alice formed an immediate familial bond with us, and wanted to refrain from consuming human blood. Jasper was not as enthusiastic, but was willing to give it a try. They returned to the United States with us and have been with us ever since. Jasper has struggled with the animal diet, but is doing well on synthetic blood. He is our guinea pig as well as I in our experiments.

“You did well little brother.” Jasper smirked as he sat down next to me.

I nodded and turned to give him a crooked grin.

“It was your strategy Jazz. Your experience with newborns along with your military knowledge is invaluable.”

He shrugged. “I’m glad I can put it to good use.”

He sighed and leaned back on his elbows. “Emmett is supervising the clean up.”

I nodded. My brother Emmett is absolutely huge, and loves a good fight. His strength is so much that the Volturi almost considers it a gift. He’s the strongest vampire that the Volturi has seen in centuries, he along with Jasper now accompany me on these missions as Aro has found them pleasing.

I asked. “Have you called Alice?”

He nodded. “Yes. However, she knew how this mission would go, she wasn’t too worried this time. She wants us all home ASAP.”

I chuckled. I loved my sister Alice. She was the light of our dark world, having seen the atrocities of not only our world, but the human world. Alice always reminds us of our once humanity, and keeps us grounded in that fact. She is also gifted, a seer that the Volturi also calls upon from time to time. Because of our value to the Volturi, we are considered one of the most respected and revered covens in the vampire world.

Jasper cleared his throat. “So, I overheard Alec inform you that you needed to make an appearance in Volterra before heading home.”

I took a deep breath and nodded. “Yes, apparently Aro wants to discuss something with me. Although, I’ll admit I have no idea what it is.”

Jasper grunted his acknowledgment. “I have to say, I don’t know either.”

Just then we heard Emmett’s booming voice. “Hey you two! Let’s get the hell out of here! We’re done down here and I want to get home to my Xbox and Rose!”

We both shook with laughter. Only Emmett would worry about Rose and his video games in the midst of cleaning up after a horrendous battle.

I stood up as did Jazz. “Alright Em, we’re coming.”




We arrived in Volterra two days later. To our surprise the rest of the family met us there. It seemed Carlisle had met face to face with the current leader of the super human race, and the meeting went well. He was there informing Aro of the discussions.

Alice ran to Jasper as Rose did to Emmett kissing and hugging after their long separations. I smiled at the love that emanated from the four of them. Esme came to me and embraced me in a motherly hug.

“Edward, I’ve missed you so. How are you?” Esme said as she kissed my cheek.

I smiled and kissed her back. “I’m fine, mom. You know how committed I am.”

She nodded her head and looked to Carlisle.

He smiled and embraced me as well. Although I noticed he was blocking me for some reason.

“Son, another job well done. You make me so proud. Aro is very very pleased.”

I nodded and smiled.

Alice then came up and gave me a hug. “Welcome back big brother! I’ve missed you!”

I laughed. “I’ve missed you as well little sis.”

I then looked up and caught the eye of Rosalie who was still embracing Emmett. She smiled and nodded. That was her way of letting me know that she was glad all went well. Rose and I have a difficult relationship. It has improved over the years, but we are not affectionate. The residual effects of an attempted match gone bad.
Carlisle had changed Rosalie in hopes of mating us, it did not go well. I felt nothing like that for her, and my attitude completely offended her. Two years later, she found Emmett dying from a bear attack and begged Carlisle to change him. He did, and they have been inseparable ever since. I was glad she found him, Emmett is the best brother anyone could ever have.


Just then Alec, one of Aro’s young guardsmen came walking up to us.

He cleared his throat. “I’m sorry to have to break up the happy reunion, as it is well deserved. But Aro would like an audience with Edward before you all return to the United States. He also would like you to be present Carlisle.”

I turned to Carlisle with my eyebrows raised. He smiled at me and nodded his agreement. He gestured for me to follow Alec.

We made our way down several hallways to the throne room where Aro, Marcus, and Caius received visitors. We walked in and found the brothers all sitting on each of their prospective chairs. They were made of mahogany wood with plush red velvet seating and gold emblems of the Volturi crest encrusted on the backs along with intricate wood carvings. Aro sat in the middle, as he was the leader of the coven, with Marcus on his right and Caius on his left. The room was large and circular, the floor and half of the walls were a white marble and many priceless pieces of art hung on each of the beige walls. Stone and marble statues along with a water fountain were placed in the back of the room.

Carlisle and I approached and both of us bowed our heads in respect. Aro smiled and clasped his hands together.

“Edward! My most favored warrior! You indeed, have outdone yourself again!”

I smirked and said . “Thank you sir. I live to serve of course.”

Aro nodded. “Indeed you do. I cannot ask for a more loyal guardsman. You and your brothers are such a comfort to me.”

He turned to Carlisle. “Of course Carlisle you are our most trusted friend. I cannot thank you enough for changing and raising such fine young soldiers.”

Carlisle nodded. “Thank you Aro. You always know where our loyalties lie.”

Aro smiled. “Yes.”

Aro took a deep breath and looked me in the eye. “Edward, I’m sure you’re aware of the mission your father has been on for us for quite a few years now.”

I looked over at Carlisle and nodded.

Aro continued. “Well, after many years of trying to come to terms, and forming talks; your father has finally succeeded in acquiring a meeting with this super human race. I would very much appreciate you and your brothers attending this meeting.”

I nodded my approval and asked. “Of course, Aro. However, will you not be present for this meeting?”

Aro and the brothers chuckled. “No, I will be leaving this up to Carlisle and you. Your father is an expert when it comes to dealing with humans. His treaty with the shape shifters was very cunning. I expect the same to come out of this new agreement.”

I nodded. “Alright, what is it that you wanted to see me about? Certainly you have enough trust and faith in Carlisle to not need to speak to me of such a treaty.”


Aro sighed and looked at Carlisle. Carlisle nodded. They both were blocking their thoughts from me.

Aro looked me in the eye. “Edward, you have always performed brilliantly. You have never given me cause for any concern. Except for one area.”

I raised my eyebrows. “What are you speaking of?”

Aro looked to Carlisle. I heard my father sigh.

“In terms of finding a mate Edward.” Carlisle said with concern.

I looked at him incredulously. “What?”

Aro raised his hands. “Hear me out Edward. I know in the eighty- odd years that you have been a vampire that you have not found anyone to your liking. I also know you have been exposed to every female in our population. Am I correct?”

I nodded. It was true, I’ve met every female vampire in existence and none of them appealed to me.

Aro continued. “I have decided, and your father agrees, that we want this treaty with the super human race to be binding. We outnumber them, but they have weapons that even we are not even aware of yet.”

Carlisle added. “They are aware that we are working on alternative sources of food, and are also aware that those of us who partake of the other sources are of no danger to humans. They want what we want, to coexist in peace.”

Carlisle put his hands on my shoulder. “Son, we all worry that you are not whole, and you know from our research that an unmated male is likely to fall off the wagon so to speak. Even the most practiced and disciplined of us.”

Aro stated. “Edward, I cannot afford my most trusted and brilliant guardsman to lose control and risk exposure.” “I also believe that you deserve some happiness.”

I snorted and gave both of them a glare. “Are you suggesting that I will find happiness in an arranged marriage? With a human none the less! How is that supposed to work? Regardless of our efforts, humans are still our prey.”

Carlisle sighed. “Well, this is a special human, she is of this master race. We have been in many discussions and research, the mating between our two kinds is possible.”

I pinched the bridge of my nose. “How so?”

Carlisle chuckled. “Believe it or not, there are four couples like this in the world.”

I looked up at him in shock. “What?”

He nodded. “Yes, I discovered the first couple about three years ago. They are very happy. Of course, these marriages were random meetings. Neither their race nor ours knew about it until we started digging together. These couples were afraid of the consequences from both sides. The vampires of course were not feeding on human blood. The animosity is much higher if the vampire feeds on humans.”

Aro stood up and snapped his fingers. Demetri emerged with what looked like a photo album.

He flipped it open and started thumbing through it.

“We have been watching a particular girl for you Edward, for I’d say oh, about ten years or so.”

He peeked up at Carlisle who nodded at him.

“I must say, she is quite lovely for a human.” Aro chuckled.

I folded my arms across my chest and glared. “Who is she?”

Aro continued to look through the album not answering me. He raised his eyebrows at Carlisle.

Carlisle turned to me. “Her name is Amanda Robinson, seventeen years old. She will be a Junior at Bangor High School in Bangor, Maine where we have relocated of course.”

Carlisle continued. “She is quite lovely. I’ve observed her myself. She’s about 5’6” tall, slender, but muscular as all of their race is. She has long reddish-brown hair, not a far shade from your own, and has beautiful green eyes.” “She’s kind, considerate, and really shy actually.”

I nodded just listening. I was too shocked to put into words at how I was feeling about this.

Carlisle started chuckling. “Her interests are music, she’s quite the accomplished pianist; she loves to read, and she paints.”

I nodded. “Well, her interests seem to be compatible. Is there anything else?”

Carlisle nodded. “She’s also very good at karate, and likes to hunt.”

I raised my eyebrows. “Likes to hunt? Well, that will be interesting!”

Carlisle and Aro both started laughing. Carlisle looked over at me. “She’s very proficient with a gun Edward, she likes to go target shooting.”

I shrugged. “Okay, why is this amusing to you?”

Carlisle looked me in the eye. “You need to understand this is not your typical human girl. I’ll just leave it at that.”

I rolled my eyes. I’m a ninety-nine year old vampire, a seventeen year old is not going to intimidate me.

Aro looked up from the album. “Would you like to have a look at your future bride?”

I shrugged. “What’s it matter, It seems like I have no choice.”

Aro laughed. “Edward, we wouldn’t dream of arranging anything of the sort without your interests at heart, it’s taken us years to find someone who we feel is very suited for you.”

I sighed and held out my hand for the photo album. Aro smirked and handed it to me.

I started looking through it. Apparently these two have been very busy over the last decade. They have all sorts of pictures of her from the time she was six years old. She really was quite lovely, even as a child. The most recent picture was taken of her leaving school with a group of friends. She was laughing out loud. She had a beautiful smile.

I sighed and looked up. Carlisle asked.

“Well? What do you think?”

I pursed my lips. “She is quite lovely that is for sure. Umm..I can’t say for certain, but I’d like to meet her. I’ll admit she peeks an interest that I’ve never had before, I don’t know why that is.”

I turned to Carlisle. “Does she know about this?”

Carlisle looked down. “Ummm…as far as I know, No. she doesn’t. That is up to her father to inform her. I’m guessing he won’t until we get settled in and he meets you face to face.”

I gulped. “I have to meet the dad’s approval? I thought this was about the treaty! How much leverage are you letting them have?”

Aro shook his head. “Both sides have given concessions. This is one of our demands, we want a formal bond between the races. Believe me, it took two years to get her father to agree to this. The marriage is happening, end of story. The concession we gave to this Mr. Robinson is that he gets to meet and talk to you first before he informs his daughter. Once that requirement is fulfilled, then the betrothal will commence.”

“What are the specifics of the betrothal?” I asked with a hint of annoyance.

If I was going to be betrothed, I do not want a long engagement. If this is going to happen, it’s going to happen on my terms.

Carlisle answered. “You will spend your Junior year “dating” according to the normal humans. You do need to get to know her Edward, and she, you.”

Carlisle continued. “You will then be legally married in the eyes of the humans next summer.” He eyed my reaction to this.

I simply nodded, understanding the requirement for the façade.

“And what about “our” senior year?” I asked.

Carlisle looked at Aro. “Well, we have decided to leave that up to the both of you. If, you so choose to remain and let her finish, even though she’s married that is fine. Or, if you so wish, you and she can leave the family for awhile to be on your own. We know how it is for newly mated vampires needing to be alone with their spouse. You could home school her so she’d have her diploma.”

Aro added.” I would also like you to bring her to Volterra so I and my brothers could meet her of course.”

I gave Aro a disapproving look. “Are you sure that is wise? None of you are on the alternative diet one hundred percent of the time Aro.”

Caius and Marcus who have been quiet through the whole exchange simply chuckled. Aro also found my new concern for my betrothed amusing.

Aro smiled and raised his eyebrows at me. “My dear boy, she will be in no danger! First of all, she will be your mate, no one would dare harm the mate of the highest ranking Volturi guard, even if she is a human! Second of all, she’s not a typical human. Those of this new race are not appealing to us in that way, however, they are quite appealing in others as you will find out as soon as you meet her.”

He smirked at me. “Having your gift with your wife near you probably won’t be the easiest thing Edward. You’re going to probably hear thoughts that you’d rather not. I ask that you keep your temper in check.”

I nodded my agreement. Aro clasped his hands together.

“Well, now that is all settled, I believe you all have a plane to catch to Boston, and then on to Bangor, Maine! Good luck Carlisle! Congratulations Edward, appreciate this gift!”

Carlisle and I both bowed and walked out to the hallway to meet the rest of the family to make our way to our new home and meet my betrothed. Hmm…Amanda Cullen did have a nice ring to it.
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Chapter 1 Betrothed? Oh, I don’t think so! ( A POV) Soundtrack: Blue October---Hate Me ( From Tom Robinson’s POV)

“AMANDA! Hurry up please!!! You’re going to be late!”

I sighed, and finished brushing out my hair. Checked my face and decided it was as good as it was going to get. I had on a navy blue cashmere sweater with a white T-shirt underneath, it clung to my curves and looked very good if I did say so myself. My dark stonewashed skinny jeans also looked good. I sat down on my bed and put on some black boots, then trounced down the stairs.

This was my first council meeting. Two years ago my mother and father informed me that I, along with my brother, were special. We belonged to I guess what you would call a super human race. When we reach puberty, we begin to experience strength and speed that we never knew we would ever possess. They also informed me of some information that was quite disturbing. Apparently, there are creatures of this world that are real. Even though normal humans created legends and myths about them, my father informed me that they do indeed exist.

Our race, along with another race that my father called shape shifters, exists to combat that threat. I still find it all hard to believe. The world I enjoy living in doesn’t condone such nonsense. Unfortunately, here I am getting ready to go to some council meeting that my father is the head of. Apparently, the enemy race as I like to refer to them, wants to coexist peacefully. My father has struck a deal with them and is meeting with the other members of our race to discuss the particulars.

“Alright, alright I’m coming.” I mumbled as I descended the stairs.

I walked into the foyer to retrieve my jacket from the coat closet. My father was already in the car warming it up. My mother was busying herself with closing up the house. My little brother, Gavin, who is five, is staying with our neighbors and good friends.

“I still don’t understand why I need to attend this meeting.” I said with annoyance.

My mother looked up at me as she held the back door open leading to the garage.

“It’s very important this time Mandy.”

I turned to her. “Why?”

My mother sighed. “We’ll discuss it at the meeting.”

I rolled my eyes and stomped to the car where my father was waiting.

We arrived at the place where this council meeting was going to be held. It was a warehouse that a member owned and could assure privacy. I walked into the conference room with my parents and noticed a lot of people I was familiar with, but had no idea that they were all part of our “group.” I noticed as we walked in everyone became quiet all of a sudden. I also noticed that there were three people sitting at the opposite end of the table. They looked human, but I could tell right away they were different. I didn’t think they were a part of our group, so I was very curious. Were they members of the enemy race? Huh. They sure don’t look like enemies to me, nor do they look like vampires. They all looked fairly young, one man, a blond was sitting holding hands with a woman with caramel colored hair. They were smiling and talking among themselves. The boy with them had bronze colored hair and was sitting with a stoic expression on his face.

My dad cleared his throat. “Sorry we are late everyone, you all know how teenage daughters can be.”

Everyone chuckled including the two older guests. The wife made eye contact with me and smiled. I returned her smile, blushed and sat next to my mother at our end of the table. My father began the meeting.

“Let’s begin by me introducing our guests.” He gestured to the three of them.

“This is Carlisle Cullen, who is a lead member of the Volturi, he and I have been conversing for quite a few years now to come to an agreement between our two races. An agreement that we will disclose tonight.”

My father gestured to Carlisle. “Carlisle, will you please introduce us to the members of your family that you have brought with you.”

Carlisle nodded and smiled at my father. He stood and said. “Thank you everyone for attending, as Tom has said, he and I have been working on a treaty that we hope will be beneficial to both races and allow us and you to coexist peacefully. There are those of us who, in time, hope to become friends. I include my family in that gesture. Let me introduce my wife, Esme Cullen, and my eldest son Edward Cullen.”

Everyone nodded. I pulled out my phone because it vibrated letting me know I had a text. It was from Blake Thurston, a boy that I had recently started dating. He was on the hockey team and was very cute. He had dark blond hair and light blue eyes. You wouldn’t think that a jock would be interested in me, but he was to my astonishment. We happened to be in four classes including Music and Art together. We struck up a friendship, and then out of nowhere he asked me out on a date. My dad wasn’t too thrilled about it, I had no idea why. He said Blake was a nice boy, but that I had other commitments, whatever the hell that meant.

B: Hey, what are you up to right now?

A: I’m having to sit in some meeting with my parents, can’t really talk right now.

B: Okay, Call me later?

A: Absolutely.

I sighed and couldn’t help the smile that spread across my face. My parents were too busy listening to this Carlisle character prattle on and on about some damn treaty. Whatever, I still don’t understand my purpose here. I looked up as I put my phone in my pocket to see what was going on and noticed that the bronze haired boy, Edwin? Edward? Whatever his name was, was completely staring at me. He had a menacing scowl on his face. What the hell is his problem?

Carlisle finished his little speech and I noticed my father rose from his chair.

“Is everyone in agreement with what Carlisle and I have compromised on?”

I noticed everyone nodded their heads in agreement.

My dad sighed. “Well then, to solidify this treaty, to signify the bonding of our two races, I am announcing the betrothal of my daughter Amanda Sue Robinson to Carlisle’s son Edward Anthony Cullen.”

WHAT.THE.HELL?

I did not just hear that did I? No, there has to be something wrong with my hearing. Mom totally needs to get my hearing checked. My eyes almost popped out of my head. I turned to my parents.

“WHAT?”

My mother put her arm around me. “Honey, it’s part of the treaty. This is the only thing that they demanded. A mate for their son.”

Mate? What the hell am I? Some freaking animal? Some possession?

I said the only thing that came to my mind. “You have got be freaking kidding me!”

Everyone turned and looked at me. Usually, I’m a very shy person. Once I get to know people then, I’m quite talkative, and opinionated. However, when my life is being planned without my knowledge or consent, then the anger that usually is very slow to burn, is going to boil over.

“There is no way in hell I’m marrying anyone!” I said with rage.

My father turned to me. “Yes, you are. From this moment on Edward is your betrothed, in a few weeks when the treaty is ratified by everyone there will be an engagement ceremony.”

I looked over at the offending party. He was sitting there with a smug smile on his face. Stupid smug vamp, I’ll show him.

“Engagement ceremony? What the hell does that mean? Are we into some weird vamp Voo Doo or something now?”

My mother pinched my arm and said “Stop it Amanda! You’re embarrassing us!”

I yelped. “Ouch! Damn it, that hurt!”

My father glared at me. “Watch your language young lady.”

I narrowed my eyes and glared back. I swear I ‘m living in the Twilight Zone.

My father turned to all the witnesses of my wrath, especially the Cullen’s.

“I apologize for Amanda’s behavior. I’m sorry Edward, she had no idea about the betrothal and of course that is my fault.”

I snorted. “Why are you apologizing to him?”

My father turned to me. “Because you are being rude, and regardless of the circumstances your mother and I have raised you better than that.”

I rolled my eyes. Me. Being rude to a vampire, and being chastised for it. This is most definitely the Twilight Zone. Maybe this is just a bad dream that I’ll wake up from.

As I was continuing on my mental rant I noticed Edward was staring at me again with that same smirk on his face. It’s like he knew what I was thinking. That smirk made me want to go over there and smack it off!

He stood up and bowed. What the hell planet is he from?

“Mr. Robinson, if it would please you and the rest of the council, may I have a word with Amanda?” He then gave me a crooked grin.

That just enraged me even more, the stupid vamp thinks he’s going to flirt now?
Oh, and there is no way in hell I’m going anywhere with him!

My father eyed me warily. I’m sure my behavior is absolutely flooring him right now. I usually don’t act like this. But, seriously, how’d he expect me to react? It’s not everyday you find out your “betrothed.” What year do these idiots think this is for crying out loud?

I was sitting in my chair fuming and giving the evil eye to anyone and everyone in that room when my father nodded his ascent to Edward. I really wanted to throw something.

The stupid vamp had the audacity to walk over to me and outstretch his hand. Did he really think I would take it? I looked up and narrowed my eyes at him.
This of course made him mad. He bent down and whispered in my ear sweetly.

“ Take my hand darling, we are going for a little walk.”

I whispered back. “Why would I go anywhere with you?”

He smiled again. “Because you do not want the negotiations to fall apart, and start a war do you?”

I gave him an incredulous look. “Shut up. You are so full of it.”

He bent down further and growled. “Get up from that chair right now, or you will be sorry.”

I turned to look at him, and the expression on his face said that he was not kidding. I hid the fear that I felt, and straightened out my emotions. I slid my chair back and got up to walk out with him, but I did NOT take his hand.

After we emerged from the building, he grabbed my hand and arm and threaded it through his, he even entwined our fingers. He took a deep breath.

“I understand you’re upset. I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t shocked when I found out about this myself.”

He looked over at me as we walked around the parking lot. I nodded and looked down.

He continued. “However, I think we should make the best of the situation. You are a beautiful girl, I definitely have no objections.”

I continued to look at the ground, but rolled my eyes.

“You don’t even know me, and I’m a human. How could you even be agreeable to this?”

He chuckled.

“I had my doubts, but talking to my father, and doing some research of my own I have found it is quite possible. You forget that all vampires were human once.”
I cringed. I didn’t want to know anymore. This whole idea is just degrading, sick, I don’t know I have no words.

I looked up at him. “Wouldn’t you rather be with a female vampire?”

He gave me his crooked grin. “Well, I’ve pretty much met all of the females of our species, and needless to say I’m single.”

He bent down and leered at me. “Until very recently of course.”

I shuddered.

He took my silence as his cue to continue. ‘I’m assuming since no one gave you the courtesy of informing you of our betrothal, perhaps I’ll enlighten you with all of the details.”

“Oh yay, I’m just on pins and needles to hear the intricate details of the horror that is my life.” I said with sarcasm. “Literally.” I added under my breath.

Edward smirked. “Just so you know, I can pretty much hear everything you say. We have super senses you know. Secondly, I also know everything you’re thinking, so you better not proceed with any of those crazy ideas that are floating around in your mind.”

I stopped walking and narrowed my eyes at him. “What? You mean to tell me you’re a mind reader?”

He grinned and nodded at me.

I fumed. “Oh this just sucks! A freaking mind reading vampire nuisance!”

Edward shook his head. “No, a mind reading vampire---what’s the term Carlisle used? Oh yes, boyfriend I believe is the term.”

I turned on him yanking my arm from him. “You are not my boyfriend!”

Edward grabbed my arm back and pulled me to him. I crashed right into his chest. He was tall, if I compared him to Blake, they were approximately the same height. I knew Blake was 6’2” I came to the same place on Edward as I did on Blake, right above his chin. He let go of my arm and encircled his arms around my waist.

He inhaled and nuzzled his nose in my hair. He pushed my hair behind my shoulder, and whispered in my ear.

“You smell delectable, it’s a combination of sunflowers and clean linen.”

I about gagged. “Boy, you sure know your way to a girl’s heart Edward, telling me how much you want to drink me.”

He chuckled and put his finger under my chin and made me look at him.

“ You misunderstood what I meant. I’m not attracted to you in terms of food Amanda.”

My mouth hung open. Is he referring to what I think he’s referring to ?

I stuttered. “Ugh…Ummm…”

Edward was laughing at me now. “Wow! I’ve rendered Miss Amanda speechless. This is quite amusing, wait until you meet my brother Emmett.”

I shook my head and recovered from my stupor. “I’m not meeting any of your family.”

Edward narrowed his eyes at me. “Yes, you are. We all are enrolling in school, my sister Alice and I will be in your class. My brothers Emmett and Jasper along with my sister Rosalie are enrolling as Seniors.”

“You can’t be serious!” I said with anger.

He nodded. “Very. We’ve all attended high school before, it’s not our favorite pastime, but we do what needs to be done for the façade.”

He continued. “A façade that you need to be aware of, and participate in.”

I scowled. “I’m not participating in your little charade.”

He glared down at me. “Yes, you are. It’s a part of the treaty; let me inform you of the details. First, my siblings and I will be attending high school with you, my father, a licensed physician and surgeon, will be working at the hospital. Your father of course, will continue with his law practice. Second, you and I are boyfriend and girlfriend as far as the humans know. We will date for this entire school year, this summer, we will be legally married.”


He prattled on. “Third, you will be severing all ties with all your little human friends. Especially the boy named Blake….”

I interrupted. “Excuse me? Who are you to tell me who I can be friends with? Jamie is my best friend! Blake is my boyfriend! I am not breaking up with him.”

Edward gritted his teeth. “Oh yes you are. You are my future wife, and you will not even be conversing with other males without my knowledge or permission, let alone dating one.”

I fumed. “What year do you think this is Edward? What world are you living in? It’s obvious you are not living in the twenty-first century, and since I am an expert on the twenty-first century; we are going to do this my way.”

He gave me an incredulous look. He knew what I was thinking but encouraged me to verbalize it to him.

“We are going to have some rules established.” I said as I made him release me from his grasp.

I ticked on my fingers. “Rule number one. I live my life as normal as possible. That includes having my friends and my boyfriend.”

He seethed. “Wrong.”

I ignored him. “Rule number two. If you are nice, I might consider being friends with you at school, as apparently I have no choice in this betrothal fiasco I’ll consider getting to know you.”

He rolled his eyes and began rubbing his hands through his hair.

“Rule number three. “We are not boyfriend and girlfriend. I’ll do what I have to do for the treaty, but until I actually have a ring on my finger, I am free to do as I choose.”

“Rule number four….”

“ENOUGH!” Edward interrupted as he raised his hands in anger.

“Apparently you need to be educated on the definition of a betrothal.” Edward said with a smirk.

“It means an engagement Edward, I’m not an idiot.” I sighed.

Edward pulled out his iphone and quickly connected to the internet. He went to the definition of a betrothal and showed it to me.

I skimmed it and looked up at him. I pursed my lips.

“Like I mentioned before Edward, we are living in the twenty-first century, this definition has to do with medieval Europe and India.”

He grinned. “Maybe so, but in terms of the treaty, this is exactly what the Volturi wants, and exactly the same practice that we have in my world.”

“Huh?”

He thrust his phone into my hand. “Here, read it a second time. I think you’ll find that we are a little more than just engaged.”

I read it aloud to let the words soak into my head.
“Betrothal (also called espousal) is a formal state of engagement to be married. Historically betrothal was a formal contract, blessed or officiated by a religious authority. Betrothal was binding as marriage and a divorce was necessary to terminate a betrothal. Betrothed couples were regarded legally as husband and wife - even before their wedding and physical union.”
I continued to read. “Typical steps of a betrothal were:”
• “Usually done by the couple's families with bride and groom having no input. Gee, that sounds familiar.” I snarked.
• “Negotiation of bride price or dowry”
o “In modern practice these have been reduced to the symbolic engagement ring”
• “Blessing by clergy”
• “Exchange of Vows and Signing of Contracts
o Often one of these is omitted”
• “Celebration”
I handed Edward back his phone and shrugged my indifference at him. He raised his eyebrows and continued to read to me as if I were a child.
“In most cultures, the betrothed couple is expected to spend much time together, learning about each other. In almost all cultures there is a loosening of restrictions against physical contact between partners, even in cultures which would normally otherwise have strong prohibitions against it. The betrothal period was also considered to be a preparatory time, in which the groom would build a house, start a business or otherwise prove his readiness to enter adult society. A betrothal is considered to be a 'semi-binding' contract. Normal reasons for invalidation of a betrothal include:
• Revelation of a prior commitment or marriage,
• Evidence of infidelity,”
Edward raised his eyebrows at me. “You, dating the boy Blake is an act of infidelity. That could null the betrothal and end the treaty. Is that what you want?”

I smirked at him. “Do you really want me to answer that? Maybe I’ll ask Blake to buy me an engagement ring…”

“You are not amusing me Amanda.” Edward pouted.

“I wasn’t trying to Edward.” I said with indifference.

“Ha! There are a couple of steps that have not been done, so technically, we are not betrothed. You could say we are intended to be betrothed.” I said as I pointed my finger at him and grinned.

Edward shook his head. “What do you think the engagement ceremony entails that your father was speaking of? That’s when you will receive your engagement ring, the ceremony will be blessed by a religious official, and contracts will be signed. So, smarty pants as of right now you are correct. The term would be intended, but once the treaty is ratified we will be officially betrothed and you will have to abide by the rules that I establish.”

I narrowed my eyes. “You mean the rules that my father and yours establish. Don’t think I won’t get my input either!”

Edward grinned. “We shall see….being that I am the groom, and am taking you off of your father’s hands I have a large part in the negotiations, much larger than you do.”

I seethed. “How do you know?”

He shrugged. “Because the Volturi has been around for at least a thousand years, the betrothal is ours so to speak, so we are calling the shots. To use a term from your generation.”

I took a deep breath to calm myself and just glared at him. I turned to walk back into the building. I think I’ve had enough of Edward Cullen for one day. When we walked inside everyone was dispersing, I quickly found my mother talking to Edward’s. They were laughing of all things. Plotting the destruction of my life no less. Edward was right behind me.

My mother turned to me. “Amanda, how was you and Edward’s talk?”

“Enlightening.” I deadpanned.

“It was very enjoyable Mrs. Robinson. We debated a variety of subjects.” Edward said as he walked up behind me and put his arms around my waist.

His mother looked at us and beamed. I scowled.

“Hello Amanda. It’s so wonderful to meet you. I’m Esme.” Esme extended her hand to me.
I took it because I didn’t want to be rude, and I knew she had nothing to do with this medieval fiasco.

“Nice to meet you Mrs. Cullen.” I said sweetly.

Esme smiled a very warm inviting grin and said. “Please call me Esme. You will soon be one of my daughters, and I want you to remember that. Carlisle and I will love you as if you were one of our own.”

I swallowed a lump in my throat. She was being very generous considering my behavior earlier and how I was scowling about her son man handling me at this very moment.

“Thank you Esme, I appreciate that.”

She nodded and looked up at Edward. “I think it’s time we head home, you do have school in the morning.”

Edward groaned. “Oh yes, my favorite pastime. Repeating high school---again.”

I snorted. I couldn’t resist. “No one says you have to attend Edward. Heaven forbid you grace us lowly humans with your presence.”

I heard Esme chuckle to herself.

Edward released me and turned me around to face him. “I’m attending to keep an eye on you. From our earlier discussion it seems my intended needs a babysitter so she doesn’t break the treaty agreement.”

I gave him a death glare.

He smirked and brought my left hand to his lips and kissed my ring finger.

“Until tomorrow my darling.”

I cringed and said. “For God sakes please just call me Amanda.”

He grinned and turned to walk away with his parents and said. “Sure thing darling.”

I turned to my parents who watched our exchange.

“Are you sure you know what you are doing by matching the two of us up? There just might be a war anyway.”
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There might be a war anyway..
I love that :)
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edward is so medevil and.... snarky, sly, cunning.....
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Yes, Edward's history is very diferent. You'll see, that yes he has spent time in high school, college and medical school before, but limited amounts of time....The Volturi has kept him, Em, and Jazz busy....Rosalie and Alice have spent more time in high school than the boys.....Ed's a little out of practice....LOL!!!

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