The Twilight Saga

Preface

As Bella sat staring out her bedroom window life continued on as if no one was aware of her broken heart.  She really had no concern for what time of year it was or what the world was doing outside her bedroom window; the only thing on her mind was Edward and why he had chosen to leave her.  She had loved him with her whole heart and every fiber of her being but it hadn’t been enough he left her anyway.  She had tried to lie and convince herself that she had been better off without him but she knew the truth.  The truth was she would never be the same, could never be the same without him. So instead of venturing out to start a new life and moving on as everyone had told her to she sat curled up in her chair and watched life go on outside her window trying to live the memories they had shared.   Alice had been by her side and had tried to tell her that Edward loved her and that the only reason he had left was because he had honestly thought it was best for her, safer for her.  Bella blamed herself for everything that had went wrong and she blamed herself for the fact that in the end he had gotten himself killed anyway.   He had left leaving her behind and not only that but he had tried to take everything that would remind her of him, but he couldn’t take her heart.  Her heart remembered every touch, every kiss and every moment spent with him and she knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that he loved her, had always loved her.  With that knowledge she and Alice had ran as fast as possible to Italy to try and stop him from making the most ultimate of sacrifices but they had been too late.  He had stood in the middle of the plaza in the glaring high noon sun amid thousands and thousands of humans as they sat, stood and froze at the vision before them.  Edward in the sunlight had been beautiful, magnificent.  He was like a god, with rainbow shards glimmering on the sidewalk and reflecting off the windows, sparkling like a diamond.   Of course the Volturi couldn’t let that happen so he had been seized immediately and taken beyond the palace gates to never be seen again.  The crowds began to murmur but in the end they had been led to believe that it had all been an illusion, a trick of the brilliant  sunlight.  Bella and Alice had arrived just a minute too late.  As they had raced as fast as they could down the corridors and up the winding steps that led them to the colorless, cavern like room that held him they could hear his tortured screams as his life ebbed away.  As they barged into the room they saw him lying in the floor with his life already gone, his body a crumbled heap on the floor.  Bella had held what was left him in her arms and cried hysterically begging for someone, anyone to bring him back to her for she knew she could live without many things but to live without the hope of ever seeing him again was impossible.  She had already tried to live without him once and it hadn’t worked and she knew it wouldn’t work now for now all hope was gone, dead in her arms.  Here she sat on the cobblestone floor with the pieces of her one true love in her arms knowing that from that moment forward she would never see his tousled bronze hair, his crooked smile or the love that would shine so bright in his eyes that it was impossible to see anything else.    She had held him until the guards had taken him away and she smelled the fire and knew that her life as she had known it was over.   So now here she was a lifeless entity with no thought of living but just barely existing.  She was a shell of the person she had once been.  She asked herself every day how had it ended like this?  How was she supposed to go on now?  She had given up on life and only wanted to live in her dream world where Edward was as alive as he had ever been.  As she drifted further and further away Edward watched her and ached to ease her pain.  He only asked for one more day with her or even just an hour he just needed to take her pain away.  He too blamed himself for everything that had happened and only wanted to tell Bella that somehow, someway everything would be okay, that she would be okay.

 

  Edward never intended to enter Bella’s room, but he could see her curled up on her bed with tears still drying on her cheeks.  She was clutching an old Harvard sweatshirt that had once been his.  He was drawn inside by the very smell of her drifting through the open window; how many times had he been here before?  How many nights had she left her window cracked for his late night entries?  He wondered if she did this out of habit or in hope that he would somehow come back.  He quietly swung his legs over the window seal and lowered himself soundlessly inside.  The room was exactly as he remembered it.  The soft sweet floral scent of her lingered in the air and just seemed to pull him in.  He could see her Chap Stick and hair clasps strewn on the vanity; she had never been very organized.   He laughed as the memories filled his mind, Bella looking for her keys or searching for her i-pod.  As he continued to scan the room his gaze settled on a corner shelf and he felt his chest tighten.  It wasn’t the deep blue corsage from prom or the crumbled movie tickets from their one and only attempt at a normal date nor was it the baseball from their very first date but it was the 5 x10 framed photos.  He could see Bella in his mind’s eye chewing on her bottom lip and how she had objected to having her picture taken.  He had tried to take everything that might cause her unnecessary pain when he left but Bella had clung to every memory like a lifeline.  He could see the rocking chair where he had sat so many nights and watched her sleep.  How many times had he sat in that very chair and wished to be a part of her world rather than his own?  He crossed the room and saw his Cullen family baseball cap on her bed post.  He realized that there were traces of him everywhere, as if she refused to let him go.  He quickly gathered all these left over reminders and placed them beside the window as if their absence would wash away all memory of him.  He had been wrong to think that she would ever let go or forget so easily.  He now stood by her bedside and watched the soft moonlight illuminate her perfect face.  He could see the faint tracks where her tears had fallen before sleep had finally taken over.  His poor Bella, she would always be his Bella and it made his very being ache to see her in such turmoil.  Edward tried to imagine what it would be like to never see her again, to envision her with someone else but the vision just wouldn’t come.  He couldn’t think of her as anything but his, she would always be his.  He just couldn’t fathom not knowing or remembering her.  He continued to stand at her side mesmerized by the rise and fall of her uneven breathing and the beauty that was Bella.  She began to toss and turn, tangling the sheets and he could see pain radiating from every pore of her body.  He heard her call his name as if what was left of her heart was breaking into tiny fragmented slivers that would never be put back in quiet the right place again.  He thought of Adrianna the angel of time and memory maybe she was right it would be better for everyone to forget.  He could not bear to see Bella in such turmoil and unending pain, if forgetting would heal her and make her whole then that was what he would do.  He touched the small flask in his pocket and the leather pouch that she had given him and he knew what he had to do.  As he stood and lovingly watched her, trying to memorize every facet of her face and ever sigh and moan that escaped her lips she slowly opened her lovely brown eyes.  She blinked twice and then smiled a radiant smile that shone brighter than the sun. 

                                                                                 

“This dream is much nicer than the other ones.”

 

He smiled as he walked to the edge of her bed and knelt by her side, to clasp her hand firmly in his. He saw the life sparkling back into her once dull eyes.  She smiled so serenely and so lovingly it made him ache for what he knew would come next.   

 

“Bella, love I have missed you so.”

 

“Oh Edward I can’t even put into words how much the absence of you has turned my world upside down leaving a huge hole where my heart should be.”

 

Edward cringed as the words fell freely from her sweet lips.  He knew that Bella had no reason to censor her words she would never lie to him, unlike the blasphemy that had poured out of his mouth when he had left.  He regretted the harm he had caused her and would gladly do it over again if he could but he knew that would never happen.   He drew a ragged breath and tried to form the words that he needed to say.

 

“Bella please listen for I do not have much time.  I need to share some things with you and I hope that you understand and that somehow you will remember that you once knew a boy who loved you more than life itself.”

 

Edward could see the look of confusion filling her eyes and worry knitting her brow.  As she gazed into his eyes she pulled on her bottom lip and he knew she was already fretting about what he had to say.  She reluctantly nodded her head and waited for him to continue. 

 

“Bella I know when I leave here tonight you will have no memory of me or this conversation but I still feel the overwhelming need to explain and apologize for the things that I caused to happen.  I have always loved you even before I knew you I loved you.  I spent my entire existence waiting for you.  I was wrong for thinking I could walk away from you and I am so sorry for the pain I caused you.   I want you to know that nothing that happened was your fault if there is any blame it falls solely on me.  I made my decisions and I alone am to blame for what came next.  My love for you was so vast that nothing could measure the depth of my love for you.  Bella before you my life was a cold, dark and miserable place and then you came along and pulled me out of the darkness that had become my life. It was you brought my cold dead heart back to life and at times it was as if I could hear it beating.  I knew I should have left before things went too far but I wasn’t strong enough to leave you or to deprive myself of your company so I stayed.  I am so sorry that my selfishness has caused you so much pain.”

 

Edward had to stop before he came completely undone and became a blubbering mess.  He rested his head on the edge of the bed and felt Bella’s butterfly soft touch as she began to run her fingers through his tousled hair.  He marveled at the exquisite feel of her hand and knew that was just one of the many things he would be missing tomorrow.  She began to mummer soft words of love and comfort in his ear and he could feel the warmth of her breath and the touch of her lips grazing his skin.  Edward struggled to lift his head and see her troubled eyes looking expectantly at him. 

 

“Bella promise me something.”

He waited as she looked at him and nodded her head.  Edward knew she wouldn’t remember him come morning but maybe she would be able to somehow keep this promise.

 

“Love please don’t stop living.  You have to promise me you will get up each day and take whatever cards are dealt and make the most of whatever this life has to offer.  I want you to believe in the gift of love.  I know when I leave you tonight that all our memories will fade and our life together will be no more than a dream that never came true, our lives as we have known them will be over.  I know that time will pass and life will go on, but Bella my heart will remember when you were mine and my heart will not let me forget.  I know that if there is any possible way for my spirit to come back to this earth that I will find my way back to you. I love you always your name and memory will be etched in my heart for eternity and beyond and I will find my way back to you.”

 

Edward raised Bella’s hand to his lips and gently pressed them to each of her fingers, then her palm.  He slowly made his way up her neck until he found her mouth that was parted waiting to meet him half way.  He savored the feel of her lips and the teasing of her anxious tongue as it assaulted his.  He felt very much alive as if a million tiny fireworks were exploding behind his closed eyelids and the sensations that ran through his body had him shivering in want.  Edward struggled to bring this life altering kiss to an end even though it was the last thing he wanted to do.  He carefully pushed Bella away and let her head fall to rest on his chest.  As he held her close he felt the rapid beating of her heart and the shallow breaths she now drew in and out.  She raised her head slightly and looked at him questioningly. 

 

“Edward I know this is a dream, your lips are so soft and warm and the touch of your hand so soothing as if you’re taking all my pain away.”

 

He sighed and drew her closer to his chest so she would not see the truth hiding in his eyes.   Edward never wanted her to feel an ounce of pain ever again.  He knew she had endured enough for a lifetime already.  He would not let her continue to suffer because of him and his poor judgment. 

 

“Bella, my Bella I love you so much and it is for you I am doing the unthinkable.  Please try to get up each day and put one foot in front of the other and see where this new life takes you.  You just have to breathe in and out and know that there will always be someone out there who always has and always will love you.”

 

He eased her back on her pillows and stood beside her bed.  She was watching him as silent tears began to fall down her face.  He held out his hand to catch one and clutched it in his fist as if that would thrust all her pain onto him.  He would leave until she fell asleep.  He slowly made his way to the window before glancing over his shoulder.

 

“Edward please come back I don’t want to be alone anymore.  Just don’t go until I have fallen asleep.”

 

He could see her outstretched arms reaching for him.  That one simple request was all that it took and he was by her side.  He lay beside her and held her close to his heart.  He would do this one thing for her before he left, he would stay until sleep came.

 

“Love close your eyes and go to sleep. “

 

He lost all track of time as he closed his eyes and tried to ingrain every memory firmly in his mind.  He would not let himself forget one second of his life with Bella. He had no idea how long it was before she drifted off to sleep.  He lay perfectly still beside her and listened to her strong heart beat until her breathing evened out and her soft mummers fell silent.  The time had come.  He rose from the bed and gripped the pouch in his hand.   Edward quickly before changing his mind shook the memory dust in the air and watched as it fell on Bella’s sleeping body.  He could see the tiny particles floating like tiny dust fairies in the shimmering moonlight.  He knew in the morning any memory or idea she had of him would be forgotten forever. Edward could hear her talking in her sleep and calling out for him.  The hardest thing he had ever done was turn away from his heart and walk to the window.  He gathered up all reminders of the past before looking over his shoulder one last time.  He drank in the sight of his Bella, his love, the only heaven he ever wanted to know.   He pushed himself off the window ledge and landed softly on his feet already running to the forest.  He found a place to stop and he took the flask out of his pocket.  He knew that Adrianna would be here soon and that he had to finish this.  He removed the cork and turned the bottle up and drained the dark, bitter liquid it held inside.  It took his breath away as he felt a burn going down his throat and then back up again.  He had never felt such pain not even as a new born.  He threw the empty flask watching as it shattered into the bushes.  He cursed the vile fluid that by the light of the morning sun would have erased all memory of his heart.

 

“Edward come we have to leave.”

 

He looked up to see Adrianna standing before him.  She was so graceful and beautiful in a majestic kind of way.  When she took him in her arms and unfolded her golden wings it was mind altering.  She was indeed a sight to behold.  She took off and within seconds they were in Heaven’s gates.  Edward looked around and nothing had changed it was just as it had been earlier.  He could see the streets of gold, he could hear choirs of angels singing the most beautiful hymns ever written but amid all the beauty and perfection he still missed his Bella.  He hadn’t been sure what to expect but he knew that at some point Bella would be gone from him forever. 

He looked at Adrianna waiting to see what was to become of him now.  As her eyes rested on Edward he could see mercy and pity shine in her angel’s eyes. 

 

“Edward you know that I am the angel of time and memory.  I don’t think you really understand what that means but I am going to explain it to you.  When you went to Italy and begged to be killed I was watching you.  Bella and Alice raced to get to you but they arrived too late.  I watched as Bella held your broken body in her arms.  She was devastated and she pleaded and begged for someone to give back her Edward.  I heard her cries and that is why I brought you here.  I feel that even though your heart had ceased to beat it was still a good heart and you Edward were a good person. I think you lived an honorable life despite the circumstance you found yourself in.   I feel that had you been able to live your life you would have been a selfless person who would have changed the world for the better.  It is for these reasons that I think you deserve a second chance.  I had to be sure that you had Bella’s best interest at heart, so I sent you to see her and to see if you would be unselfish.  I know how you wanted to leave and not enter her room but you did it for her.  I know how hard that was for you seeing her like that and then to talk to her and touch her for the last time and yet you never faltered you did the one thing that broke what was left of your heart.  You chose to make Bella’s life better even though it meant her forgetting you completely.  I gave you the potion that at first light will wipe your memory clean, at that time I am sending you back to earth for a second chance to be human.  I hope you are able to have a chance at love, happiness and the life you were meant to have because you Edward Anthony Masen deserve it.  Good luck Edward now sleeps and when morning comes go and find your place in the world for no foot print is too small to leave its mark.”

 

He watched as she began to sparkle so bright he had to cover his eyes and then in a shower of light she was gone.  He had so many unanswered questions.  He didn’t see how he could possibly not remember Bella and even if his human mind forgot he vowed that some way, somehow he would find her again.

He fought to stay awake to not close his eyes but eventually he lost the battle and he succumbed to the effect of the potion.  He closed his eyes as visions of Bella filled his dreams.

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CHAPTER 20

CALM BEFORE THE STORM

 

Bella and Edward lay on the now deserted beach, under a brilliant star filled night.  Their shoes lay discarded as they sifted the fine grains of sand through their bare toes.   Bella marveled at the calm that seemed to ebb around them as if no harm could ever touch them.  She wondered if this was the calm before the inevitable storm.  She had heard the phrase a hundred times in books, movies, plays, songs and cheesy sitcoms however the platitude had never rang as loud and clear as it did on this seemingly perfect night. 

 

She knew that by this time tomorrow it would all be over.  She had no idea what the outcome would be good or bad it was still a complete mystery to her.  Alice’s visions seemed to be on hiatus or so she had claimed in their one brief conversation earlier in the day.  Bella really couldn’t be sure without seeing Alice’s face because she was the master of voice manipulation. All contact was now on hold until after the confrontation.  Alice was trying to keep the Volturi from learning of Bella and Edward’s involvement and where they had been hidden away.   The only thing Bella knew for sure was that in twelve long hours, one way or the other, it would all be over. 

 

The thought of it ending, of it actually being over should have made Bella insanely happy; but how could she rejoice when the fate of her family and friends was still up in the air?  Bella lay back on her elbows lifting her face toward the black sky and a field of stars, “I wish I may, I wish I might have this wish I wish tonight.”  Her soft words floated on the serene night air and she breathed a sigh as she closed her eyes and wished with all her heart that the Cullen’s, Jake and the pack and her dad would all be safe.

 

As she opened her eyes she caught a glimpse of a fiery burning ember streaking through the sky before it faded back to black as if it had never existed at all.  Is that how it would end for Alice, Jazz, Em, Rose, Esme, Carlisle and Jake?  Would their lives be snuffed out like the burning end of a cigarette; their lives fading away as if they had never existed at all?  Bella sobbed at the very thought of a life without them in it.  They were so vibrant and so beyond anything this world had to offer how could they just disappear?  That couldn’t happen, it wasn’t right and it wasn’t fair; but what in life was ever fair or just? 

 

Bella felt Edward’s strong hand cover her own and her erratic heartbeat began to calm at his simple touch.  She knew he was worried as well but he was trying to be strong for her.  He refused to let her see him as weak or unsure of what tomorrow might hold.  She shifted on her side and turned into him.  She rested her head on his bare chest and listened to the strong steady beat of his heart.  It was as if she were checking to see if he was really there and not a figment of her imagination. She had to know that he was human and this wasn’t some elaborate dream.  The erotic beat of his heart made her tremble with want and desire.  She ran a single fingertip along every plane of his chiseled chest; she could feel his stomach muscles tighten as her finger traveled along his smooth skin.  Bella knew the only thing separating then was the thin material of his swim trunks and her dress.  Her finger trailed teasingly along the elastic band of his trunks as her finger tip ran just slightly along the inside of the waist band.

 

Bella drew a shaky breath as she felt his pulse racing and his heart thumping like a drum beating an ancient war dance. She knew he would stop her soon but oh how she wished he wouldn’t.  She needed his touch like her lungs needed the shallow breaths she was pulling through her suddenly dry lips.  She felt his free hand cover hers as he held it firm, yet never moving it from the waist band of his shorts.  Edward turned slightly and she could feel his penetrating gaze on her face and she was grateful for the dark that hid her crimson cheeks.  He studied her closely seeing the anxiety, fear and dread in her chocolate pools.  He felt as if he were drowning in the choppy waters that pounded at their feet.  So much rage and yet so much love all mixed together until they almost seemed like one; each emotion fighting to be given some form of release.

 

Even in the dark Bella could see the look of understanding shimmering in his emerald green orbs. She wanted to look away, to forget why they were here.  She wanted to give herself to him completely and to show him that she was his forever even if forever ended tomorrow.  She wanted to be young and reckless but she knew she wouldn’t.

 

“Bella this isn’t the right time or place for this.”

 

Bella felt a cold chill run through her heart as his words pierced her soul, “Why?”

 

Edward leaned closer to whisper in her ear, “Love I don’t want to make love to you out of some misguided attempt to forget what is happening at home.  I don’t want to be a distraction.”

 

Bella knew he was right but the rejection hurt her already fragile heart, “Fine.”

 

Edward could hear the sadness in the one simple word and it broke his heart to be the one hurting her again.  He breathed her in the smell of strawberries and mint toothpaste. 

 

“Bella I want our first time to be special and perfect; something that you will remember with love not the anger and hate you feel for what is happening on the other side of the country.”  He leaned in close and dropped kisses along her exposed neck trying to convey in his actions how much he loved her. “But if this is what you want then I won’t object because honestly I am kind of tired of saying no.”

 

Edward braced himself on one elbow and lowered his lips to her trembling ones and lightly traced the outline of her lips.  He could feel her breath catch as he ran his other hand up her bare arm in gentle caress leaving a trail of fire where his fingers had just been.  She gasped and as her lips parted he thrust his tongue into her mouth and took what she offered.  The frenzy that exploded behind Bella’s closed eyes was more than she could bear.  She snaked her arms around his neck and drug him closer so that there was no space separating them at all, just the thin fabric of their clothes.  Edward nipped at her bottom lip and savored the sounds of her soft moans and whimpers.  He slowly lowered himself back to the sand, never releasing his hold on Bella so that she was now on top of him. 

 

“Bella there is one thing.”  Bella opened her eyes and looked at Edward with baited breath.  “Just remember, my mother the angel is somewhere watching. “He raised his finger toward the brilliant points of light in the midnight sky.  

 

Bella looked at the twinkling lights and felt guilt like bile rising up her throat.  She knew he was right on so many levels.  She nodded as her hand rested on the center of his chest.  She absentmindedly began to move her hand in small circular motions on his stomach. She felt him flinch at her caress.  His hand immediately covered hers stopping all movement.

 

“I’m sorry you’re right, not here not like this.  I just wanted to forget for a little while to feel normal.”

 

“Bella there are other ways to feel normal.”

 

Bella shook her head, “No it’s more than that.  I am so afraid that when we leave here that we may never get this chance again.  I don’t want to die and never know how it felt to be completely yours. I wanted to get lost in the feel of your skin as if grazes mine and the taste of you on my tongue as you kiss all the bad things away.   But make no mistake about it Edward you are not now or will you ever be a distraction.”

 

Edward could hear the longing and the sincerity in Bella’s voice as he shivered at her touch, “Bella whatever you want it’s yours but if you don’t stop what you’re doing it may be too late to stop.”

 

Bella’s fingers grew still and she rolled on to the sand beside Edward’s still body.  He put his arms around her and held her close as she softly cried, “I’m sorry.”

 

“Don’t be Bella I want all of that too and we will have it just not tonight.”

 

Bella snuggled closer to his side and let her eyes drift shut and her senses took over.  She could hear the notes of a song drifting on the cool night air; she could feel the mist blowing off the tide only a few feet away as it tickled her bare skin.  She was restless and needed to move before she forgot why they had stopped.

 

She rose to her feet and looked at the billowing sea has it raged against the shore.  She wondered what it might feel like to just start walking toward the ocean and never look back to just let the angry waters consume her and take her away from all of this.  She wondered if this was the end or was there something more? 

 

She heard Edward stand up behind her and she leaned back against his chest.  She knew that they would be heading home soon and she had no idea what they might find when they got there.  The only thing she knew for sure was that no matter what Edward would be right there with her every step of the way.  She turned and snaked her arms around his waist.  They began to sway to the music of the night lazily almost liquidly.  Edward could feel the flimsy fabric of Bella’s dress as it tickled his skin and he wondered why he was such a gentleman; oh yeah his mother was watching.

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As the morning sun peaked through the thin curtains of Bella’s room she groaned.  She rolled over to see that it was only eight way too early to be getting out of bed but too late to go back to sleep.  She had had a fitful night’s sleep tossing and turning and then the dreams had started.  She had been in the forest running from some unknown pursuer.  She had ran stumbling along the way as branches and rocks scraped her legs and arms.  She could hear the heavy footfalls behind her and she could smell the scent of fear as it radiated from her slick skin.  She had awoken covered in sweat and shivering.  She was exhausted but knew that the chances of sleep coming were impossible. 

 

Bella climbed out of the bed and grabbed what she needed for a shower.  She made her way down the hall and into the bathroom.  She was sure that Edward was probably already outside talking to Phil.  Bella jumped in and out of the shower in record time.  She wiped the condensation off the mirror with her towel.  She looked pale and as tired as she felt.  She quickly dried her hair and pulled it into a loose ponytail.  She then took out the cosmetics and tried to hide the dark circles under her eyes.  She took one last look in the mirror and thought it would have to do.  She turned the light off and after tossing her bag in her room she went to the kitchen.

 

“Good morning Mom.”

 

Renee looked up from the newspaper and smiled at Bella, ‘Good morning honey, did you sleep well?”

 

Bella nodded as she grabbed juice from the fridge, “Good, so what’s the plan for today?”

 

Renee shrugged, ‘I have to run some errands you are more than welcome to come with but if you and Edward want to spend the day alone that’s fine.”

 

Bella sighed in relief; she really didn’t want to try and keep her emotions at bay under her mother’s watchful eye all day.

 

“Ok that sounds good we can meet up here for dinner.”

 

“Bella honey are you happy?”

 

Bella looked up from here juice.  “Yes.”

 

Renee nodded her head, “Yes I think you are.  I had my doubts about Edward but I think maybe I was wrong.  He loves you Bella I can see it in the little things he does; the way he watches you when you’re not looking and the way his face lights up whenever you walk in the room.  He takes care of you Bella and you let him so it must be love.”

 

“Mom he’s the one.”

 

Renee reached across the table and took Bella’s hand, “I know that too.  My baby girl all grown up.”  Renee jumped up and ran from the room as tears began to fall.  Bella watched her as she fled the room and she wondered what was happening at home.

 

 

 

 

 

Jasper and Carlisle walked thought the dense wooded area that surrounded the meadow and rubbed the blood on the trees and vegetation.  Esme and the girls were showing Jacob where they needed to be and where the newborns would be entering from. 

 

“This will work.”

 

Carlisle looked at Jasper and nodded, “it has to.”

 

As they entered the clearing they continued to leave a trail of fresh blood exactly to the designated spot.  Alice had been unusually quiet and had yet to see anything of use.  She only knew that Victoria would be here with her army of blood thirsty newborns in a few short hours.  The problem was she had not seen any movement from the Volturi.

 

Jasper and Carlisle joined the others to go over the plan one last time.  It was all over now but for the waiting.  Jasper followed Alice to a secluded area behind the boulder.  He knew she was worried he saw her grimace in his direction. “Jazz I don’t want to feel better.”

 

Even as the words came out of her mouth he saw her shoulders relax.  He threw his arm around her shoulders and kissed her cheek, “Alice it will be fine.”

 

Alice didn’t hear Jasper’s words as her head began to spin and her vision clouded and merged into another time and place.  She could see fifteen newborns snapping at one another and growling. She watched as they began to tear each other apart.  Then she could see the smoke and the smell of burned stone turning to ash.   She blinked and looked at Jasper.

 

“Jazz we may not have to worry so much about the newborns.”

 

“What did you see Alice?”’

 

Alice bounced to his side, “We need more blood.”

 

Alice ran to Carlisle’s side with Jasper right on her heels, “Carlisle we need as much blood as we can get.”

 

Carlisle looked up and waited for Alice to continue. “These newborns are young, volatile and greedy.  I saw a vision of some vampire I didn’t recognize telling them to try not to get killed and then I saw a pile of newborns torn apart.  They don’t fight like an army they fight like an individual.  They will be driven mad by the smell of so much human blood that they will rip each other to shreds before they ever get to us.”

 

Carlisle nodded, “Ok Alice where do we need to put it?”

 

“We need to start from the water’s edge and led them to the forest.  I think then we need to have Jacob and the wolves divide up and take them out from the back of the group.  We can move through the trees and take out any stragglers.”

 

Jasper was nodding his head in agreement, “Ok sounds like a good plan.”

 

Emmett clapped his hands. “This is going to be a walk in the park.”

 

Alice bit down on her lip as she wondered why she had yet to see the Volturi and what she was missing.  She knew that Aro was unhappy about Edward’s choice to die over a human girl and if he knew that he was now human well that would be the same as a death sentence.  She wondered if the Volturi had orchestrated this whole little charade; maybe Victoria and her little army had been manipulated by the Volturi from the start.  She wondered if they would show up at all.

 

Alice watched her family as they doused the woods with blood and she prayed that she was right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Really good Sarah! I can't wait to see how the Volturi will play a part in this story...loved it! And it was great as usual! Update soon!

--Kallie!

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