3rd Person POV
After Edward flung her into the bolder, Victoria raced through the trees her natural gift allowing her to feel that Edward was not in pursuit so she assumed that he was with the wolf. Those Cullens were the strangest vampires she had ever come across, however she had no doubt that he would be hot on her trail soon. When she attacked Jacob, she heard a howl off in the distance and instinctively knew that it was too far east and not near the others. She was already near the water so she decided to take a swim up north around the small peninsula and come back south closer to the lonely howl. Victoria emerged from the water and wrung the extra water from her clothes, normally she didn't care, but she wanted to be able to move easily.
As she moved quickly the terrain began to get more rocky as the elevation grew higher and higher. Her gift was evasion and so she didn't normally pursue danger, but her instincts told her that this was where Bella would be and as she got closer she began to smell her. It was different, with the faint smell of wet dog mixed with multiple different smells that Victoria knew to be the Cullens, especially Alice. Bella baffled Victoria and she couldn't figure out how one human girl could have such an impact on her.
To Victoria humans were stupid and weak, she could murder hundreds in a matter of minutes if she wanted, how Bella remained alive was quite a mystery. She wanted Bella to suffer for being simply a pain in the ass, but even more so Victoria was curious about Bella. How was this girl able to surround herself with things that most humans considered to be monsters?
Victoria felt confident if the Cullens had not gotten involved then her army would have completely decimated the wolves. Once Victoria knew she was heading in the right direction she climbed up into the trees and began to softly float from branch to branch, trying not to jostle or give away her approach. She could feel that Edward was once again after her.
Edward followed her scent to the water and then assumed that she would head south towards either La Push or Forks. So Edward ran along the shore line, but he was running the wrong direction.
Victoria did not know that, but could feel Edward's pursuit which made her nervous and anxious. She saw Seth and Bella, she was awake, sitting at his side, and running her hand down his back. When the battle started, Seth kept flinching, while he watched his sister and brothers fighting and his movements kept Bella from sleeping. Alice and Bella continued to ask Seth yes or no questions, and for the first time he wished that he could speak in wolf form.
When Alice wasn't asking Seth questions she was trying desperately to see her family, especially Jasper. If there was ever a time that she was desperate to see his future it was then. She would get flashes of Jasper tearing apart a vampire, but then one of the wolves would get involved causing her to loose the image. It was extremely frustrating for Alice, and her head was starting to hurt trying to see things that were either fuzzy or just simply not going to appear. Alice probably should have been watching for Victoria's decisions, but she had to choose because she can't see two futures at the same time and Jasper was her priority.
There was a strong wind that helped disguise Victoria's movements and because Alice was worried and distracted trying to see her family, no one noticed Victoria getting closer and closer. Had Alice not been there or Bella not have so much vampire scent on her, Seth probably could have smelt Victoria coming, but with him already sitting with one vampire, smelling another one coming would have been more difficult. Victoria felt that, if she could incapacitate Alice and kill the dog, then she could take her time with Bella, and not have to rush it. She saw Alice leaning against the rock, with her eyes closed, deep in concentration as Victoria leaped from the tree, landing over Alice and immediately tore her tiny head from her body. Then she ripped Alice's arm and threw it at Bella, but Seth's paw smashed it into the ground.
Bella screamed and Seth howled fiercely as he stood over Bella, while she scampered behind him. Seth could feel that Leah and Jacob were on their way, but it didn't help him know how to fight and protect at the same time. He felt so unprepared and he was scared that he was going to let Jake down by not keeping Bella safe.
“You're next, dog!” Victoria hissed, and leaped at Seth who dodged once, but then instantly Victoria pounced again landing on Seth's back. He tried to buck her off, but he also had to try and be aware of where Bella was. The wolves smelled so terrible to Victoria that she really didn't want to bite another one, so instead she used both of her hands to squeeze hard on Seth's shoulder crushing the bones there. Seth whimpered as Victoria continued to move down his back crushing as many bones as she could. The further Victoria went the harder it was for Seth to remain standing and ended up crumbling to the ground.
“No! Please, stop hurting him!” Bella screamed as she scrambled to her feet. “You only have a few seconds before the rest of the pack and Cullens know you are here. Take me instead.” Bella wasn't sure what Victoria had planned for her, but based on the warning the Laurent gave, it was going to be something slow and painful. Bella just hoped that it was slow enough that Jacob could find her before Victoria finally killed her.
“You really are a stupid girl.” Victoria hissed, as she sprung towards Bella. “Climb on and I'll let him live.”
Bella leaped onto her back, praying that she wasn't making the stupidest decision of her life.
I leaped, landing next to Leah and began to search for Bella, but I couldn't see her anywhere. Seth, where is Bella? I asked.
I thought she was here. She was right behind me. Seth answered panicked.
Where is Victoria? Leah asked.
I don't know. Seth began to cry and his body shook, which caused him to howl in pain.
The rest of the pack and the Cullens arrived. Jasper ran to Alice and frantically began to piece her back together, with Esme's and Carlisle's assistance. Leah continued to comfort Seth trying to get him to relax so his body could heal, his crying and shaking was making it worse. I began to sniff around trying to find Victoria's scent but it seems that she must have been up in the trees where her scent is much harder to trace. The harsh winds were making it extremely difficult.
The moment her pieces were back in place, Alice snapped back to life and she began screaming about Victoria.
“Victoria, has Bella!” Alice screamed.
Immediately my snout was in her face, and Jasper looked at me cautiously. Where? Where did she take Bella! I growled, and suddenly I heard Edward's voice interpreting it for me. It's about freaking time you showed up, I mumbled.
“Sorry, I followed her scent to the water and then I thought she would be heading back towards La Push for Bella, so I went that direction. I didn't realize that she figured out that Bella was here. I heard everyone running here, so that is when I changed directions and started running.” Edward explained.
“She is going back to Seattle, but hasn't decided specifically where.” Alice answered.
Let's go! I insisted.
Jake, we can't go chasing her around Seattle as wolves. Embry said, worried that I was going to get mad at him for contradicting me.
We need you, Jake. Leah insisted. Sam deserves to have you here, when we bury him.
I whined, because I knew that they were right. I needed to stay here for my pack.
“Jacob, Bella is alive . . .” Alice stated.
How do you know that? I questioned.
“Because Victoria is still planning different ways to kill her.” Edward answered fiercely.
I couldn't decide if I felt relieved or even more nervous. Of course I was glad that Bella was still alive, but I hated to think of what torture she would endure. Promise me, that you'll bring Bella back to me.I said to Edward.
“I will, Jacob.” Edward promised.
ALIVE! I clarified. And truly alive, not a frozen over corpse that moves.
“I'll do my best.” Edward answered.
I knew that was just going to have to be good enough, because that was the best answer he could give me.
The Cullen family ran together towards Seattle, except for Carlisle who offered to stay behind to treat Seth. Seth wasn't able to phase back yet so everyone, but myself, phased back and carried Seth towards La Push. I ran back to Sam, and I saw his broken and stiff body. I phased back and knelt down by his side, and I couldn't hold it together any longer. I cried for my alpha and wished that he would have been able to train me. I cried for my pack family who lost their leader and was now going to be following me. I cried for Bella and I wanted her here with me and not in the clutches of a sadistic vampire. I was so scared, so alone, and continued to cry until I couldn't cry any more.
Then with shaking arms I lifted Sam's body and carried him home. I knew that my life was never going to be the same, from now on, I was alpha.
Great update! you are an amazing writer and I can't wait for your next update!
Thank you so much, I'm really glad that you are enjoying the story. Thanks for the compliment. :D
....WHAT??????!!!!!!!!!!!! NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO N O!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PLZ PLZ PLZ PLZ DONT HAVE JAKE GET HURT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
all this is so stressful,and now, this comes???? so, is jacob going by himself, or will there be a cullen with him? i really hope he doesnt have to sacrifice his wolf or himself or anything.....really hope aro will listen to reason and will have a heart :(....
but other then that, great update :) this is y i love weekends, i actually have a break and have time to read this and many other books lol :) cant wai t til teusday :D
I know, I know. It would be bad to lose Jacob at this point. I want the same thing that you do and that is for Jacob and Bella both to return happy. But I don't want to force it and if it is not realistic for them to be live then I need to be prepared to kill one or both of them.
Song – You are My Sunshine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziwQcF1AiyQ&feature=related
Chapter 33 - THE OFFER
It was eerily quiet as I waited for Bella to yell, scream, or cry that Edward and I had made this plan without her. At first I wanted to try and have a way of keeping my wolf a secret, but that wasn't going to be possible. Aro would know about them regardless of who he touched. Alice didn't really have anything to offer, due to her not being able to see myself or Bella. Edward was willing, but I could tell that he wanted me to go first. I wasn't completely sure why, but I knew he had a reason. He just kept saying that it was all about timing.
No one moved except for me and Bella who continued to hug each other, our hands making small movements on our back or hair. Slowly Bella sat up straight, taking a deep breath she wiped the tears from her eyes. “Alright.”
“Alright? What?” I questioned.
“You can go, but you are not going alone.”
“If this is your way of coming with me, then you can forget it.” I challenged, a little fiercer than I intended to.
Bella sighed, shaking her head. “No, I was thinking maybe, Carlisle? He knows Aro better than any of us and would be able to judge if you are being played. If they take you some place he would know where they are leading you and if it is safe.”
It sounded good to me, but I wasn't sure and glanced at Edward, he nodded slowly. “Deal.”
“It is actually a really good idea.” Alice smiled. “And he is here.”
I looked out the window and saw two cars pull up next to the plane. I stood up from the floor, taking Bella's hand as we exited together. Bella walked up to Esme, Carlisle, and Rosalie and hugged them each. They all seemed really concerned for Bella, including Rosalie. Esme seemed to be the most nervous and seemed to actually fidget which surprised me. I wasn't sure if that was a human gesture that she picked up or if she simply didn't know what to do.
Edward pulled Carlisle to the side, I assumed to tell him our plans.
“Would they hurt Carlisle for being with me?” I asked. I wasn't really sure why I cared other than that I knew how important every Cullen member was to Bella. I also admired the doctor for what he has done with his, life, for lack of a better word.
“I doubt it.” Jasper answered. “It would not be a good strategy on their part.”
“Why is that?” I asked.
“Because we would fight.”
“There is not that many of you.” I didn't want to tell him that I didn't think that would be much of a fight, especially under these circumstances. We were here trying to avoid a fight with the knowledge that we would most likely lose, if there were to be one.
“Carlisle has friends. You don't live a life he has without having an impact on those around you. Even vampires that do not understand him, respect him.”
I nodded slowly, he had a great point. After speaking to Edward, Carlisle went over to Bella and Esme and spoke to them. Esme frowned and hugged Carlisle, but didn't seem overly concerned for his safety. Bella left them alone and came over to me, wrapping both arms around my waist and buried her face into my chest.
“I don't want you to go.” She murmured.
“I know.” I closed my eyes, holding her close to me. I didn't really want to go either, but it really did seem like the best solution.
“Are you scared?” She asked, looking up at me.
“Yeah, not about going. But about not coming back.” I frowned with a heavy sigh.
“Don't say that. I don't care that it might be true, I can't handle it.” Bella squeezed me harder and I rested my cheek on the top of her head.
I didn't have any more to say. Everything that I could think of seemed to fall flat, even 'I love you' didn't seem to encompass the magnitude of how I felt. I always knew that I would give up my life for those I loved, but I didn't really know that the opportunity would present itself to do that. Now that it had, I didn't know what to do. How do you walk away not knowing if you will ever return? What do you say, if they were to be your last? How do you let go of the woman holding on to you, without knowing that you will one day hold her again?
“I love you,” Bella whispered and I could feel her breath on my neck.
I closed my eyes for a moment and whispered back. “I love you, more.”
“Sure, sure.” I could feel her lips smile against my skin and I couldn't help but laugh. She sighed, frowning once again.
I looked down into her eyes glistening with tears. “Oh Bells,” I kissed her, picking her up off the ground, holding her to me. Our kisses were frantic neither of us wanting to stop. I don't know how long we held on to each other, whispering to each other.
Alice walked up to us. “It's time, he is getting ready to call again.”
I pulled back from Bella, noticing that it had gotten dark around us. “Alright,” I whispered, taking a shaky breath. I took Bella by the hand and walked over to Edward. “Take care of her.”
“I will.” He promised.
“Don't do anything stupid.” I said, looking at both of them.
“I already am.” Bella bit her lip. “I'm letting you go.”
“I'll be back.” I knew it was something that I couldn't really promise, but I needed to. I needed to believe it just as badly as she needed to hear it.
We hugged each other again, and I kissed her forehead. “Love you.”
“Always,” she whispered.
“See ya,” I nodded to the other Cullen members. “Bye, Alice.”
“Bye, Jacob.” She waved and I waved back.
“Have fun stormin' da castle.” Emmett nodded his head as a 'bye' gesture.
“Think it'll work?” Esme asked.
“It would take a miracle.” Rosalie mumbled.
I rolled my eyes, as I got in the car and Carlisle drove.
I didn't really know where we were going. Well I knew where, I just didn't know how we would be getting there. Part of it seemed to be so normal with other cars coming and going around us and people eating at outdoor tables. Large potted plants were set on either side of large doors that lead to stores and restaurants. There was something familiar, normal people doing normal things, but I saw advertisements in another language, reminding me that I was far from home.
The wheels thumped quietly over the cobblestone road until we parked on the side of a narrow alley. We exited silently and I followed him as we weaved through several alleyways. There were street lights dispersed randomly, but it was still dark and shaded. I was surprised by how many people were everywhere, especially being so close to vampire territory.
“This is actually one of the safest cities in all of Italy.” Carlilse said, as he watched me looking at all of the people. “It is something that the Volturi take great pride in. For all other vampires there is absolutely no feeding within the walls of the city.”
“Then how do the Volturi eat?”
“Their meals are brought in,” he shook his head and frowned. He pointed to a sign in one of the windows. I couldn't read it, but I could tell by the picture that it was for a palace or museum of some sort. “They offer tours all over the city.”
“I'm guessing that the people do not come back out.”
“How do people not notice that their loved ones never returned?”
“I'm sure that they do notice, but if their family comes looking for them then they will simply have the same fate.”
I cringed in disgust. “That's horrible.”
“Yes, which is why I left.”
“Why did you ever join? I can't imagine them having the same principals that you have.”
“Not many vampires do, so that is something I have grown accustom to. I enjoyed the fellowship. Vampires are naturally very exclusive and Aro found my diet choice, or lack there of as he would put it, very interesting. At times they would bring someone in bleeding to test my will power. I found that helping the injured person to be very rewarding. So once I decided that was what I wanted to do, I left.”
“Aro just let you go?” I asked.
“Yes, we left on good terms. I am hoping that will work in our favor in this situation.”
“Do you think it will?”
“I'm not sure, Jacob. You have a few things going for you.”
“Like being a werewolf.”
“Yes, however you shouldn't call yourself that when with them. Ciaus has hunted down almost all true werewolves and he would do the same to you.”
I looked at him in confusion. “True werewolves?”
“Children of the moon - werewolves. You are more of a shape-shifter that happens to turn into a wolf. It has never been an important detail before. Before now, whatever you chose to call yourself did not matter, but for your safety, shape-shifter would be a better term for you to use.”
“Okay.” I shrugged. It seems sort of odd, but if he felt it was important I would try and remember.
“Being what you are puts you under the same supernatural umbrella that we are also under. So that also might make a difference.”
“How is that?”
“I think it would show that you and Bella will always keep our secret, because you have your own supernatural secret to keep. Aro will not be in favor of giving a second chance to Bella, but it might be helpful that you are technically our enemy.”
“What?” I shook my head. “That doesn't seem like a helpful detail.”
“It would keep Bella away from any other vampires that she might tell that she was given a second chance. Appearance is everything to Aro.”
“Oh.” I nodded slowly. “Once we are there, is there anything in particular that I should do?”
“No. I'm sure that you will need to touch Aro.”
“And he will know every thought I have ever had.”
“I would assume the thoughts of your packmates as well.”
I frowned, knowing they wouldn't like that. “I hope that he has a big brain, there is a lot of information in here.”
Carlisle smiled. “I'm sure that he can manage.”
“Is he going to want me to phase?” I asked.
“I don't know. He can get the proof that you have the ability from your mind, but he is naturally very curious so he might want to see it for himself. Will that be a problem?”
I shrugged. “Assuming that I'm phasing on purpose and not because I can't hold it together, it shouldn't be too bad.”
“Is there anything I can do to help with that?” Carlisle asked.
I shook my head. “No, to my wolf you are still one of them.” I frowned apologetically. “Sorry, he doesn't know the difference.”
We settled into a comfortable silence as I continued to follow him through the city. My own feet and clothing seemed to be loud compared to Carlisle's silent movements. I wanted to ask why we parked so far from where we were going, but I guessed that to a vampire it wasn't all that far. Suddenly we stopped over a sewer drain and Carlisle reached down, lifting it.
“Stand back, Jacob.” I could tell by the way he moved that it was extremely heavy. He leaned it to the side and then he seemed to pause puzzled.
“What?” I asked.
“Typically we just jump, letting the grate fall in place behind us.”
“Alright.” I approached the large hole, ready to jump inside.
“Wait, Jacob!” He said with caution. “It would kill you. It is four stories down, landing on solid rock. I could go down first and catch you, but you aren't strong enough to put the grate back in place.”
“Okay?” I looked around thinking of another option. “What do we do, just knock on the front door?” I mumbled sarcastically to myself.
“There is a front door?” I asked completely surprised.
Carlisle set the grate back in place and then we walked down the street. I could see the outer walls of a castle like structure. There were old gray stones cemented with thick grout that rose three stories high, with one tower an additional story high. The sides of the structure were part of the walls that surrounded the city. They were tall and curved around at odd angles rather than straight square buildings I was familiar with. At the top of the wall there was close to 100 arches spaced two or three feet apart from each other. We went towards one round tower and there were several steps directly off the street that lead to a large 20 foot wood door. The top five feet arched from one side to the other filled with plant like ivy woven together, spilling over either side of the door all the way down to the ground.
There was no specific door knob, but there was a metal plate that Carlisle pushed on and the door opened. It opened smoothly and I felt confident that the average human could have opened it easily. I immediately heard many voices and I felt my jaw lax open as I saw 30-40 people gathered together. There were obvious families and couples, but over all they seemed to be strangers to each other.
My eyes were wide as I looked at Carlilse, silently wondering if this was one of the many tours he had told me about.
“Yes, Jacob.” Carlisle answered my unspoken question.
“All these people . . .” The dormant wolf growled within me, rumbling out through my chest. I clinched my fists, as my arms shook.
“Careful Jacob, becoming a wolf will not get us the attention that we are here for.”
“I can't just stand here. I'm made to protect people from this exact thing.” My whole body trembled and I could see that Carlisle didn't know what to do. I was far enough from the other people that I wasn't going to hurt anyone if I phased.
“Jacob if you do it, you'll be the monster here. Not me and not them.” A teenage girl sulked over towards us, not paying attention to anything around her, lost in her own thoughts. “Now is not the time.” Carlisle insisted.
I could tell that he wanted to either touch me or the teenage girl to get us further apart, but he couldn't decide which would be the better option.
“I'll hold it together. I promise.” I whispered, through clenched teeth.
I turned my head and took a deep breath, smelling the fresh potted flowers that were by the front door. I ignored the murmur of voices and walked silently through the large reception area, in order to get my emotions better under control.
The walls had seven feet of yellow-golden oak paneling and cream walls for an additional four feet that blended into the ceiling which had the same paneling from the walls in a large square like a picture frame. Inside the frame there were two thrones with glowing figures sitting in each and one standing between them with his hands out towards the other two. Surrounding them was gold floors and walls covered with large gemstones. To most it would have looked like heaven with the Holy Trinity, looking down on them from above.
“Is that them?” I asked, assuming that he would know who I really meant as I nodded up towards the picture on the ceiling. My shaking was better under control, but it was still a difficult balance to maintain.
“Yes.” Carlisle answered.
“So are they up there?” I asked, still looking up.
“No, more like down there.” Carlisle nodded down towards the floor.
“Well, that seems more appropriate,” I mumbled.
Carlisle smiled, shaking his head slowly.
There were twelve thick, sturdy benches along the walls with purple fabric on the seats and mahogany wooden legs, between the benches were several tables with lamps. In the back were two large chandeliers and a solid round mahogany table with several vases of flowers. I heard the click-clack of heals against the marble floor as a women in a solid red suit came from out from behind a large podium.
“Good evening, the tour will be beginning shortly. If I could please have your names then you will be ready when the elevators open.” She smiled brightly as she returned behind the podium.
She held a pen with a long white feather over the lines in a book where she took the names of those who signed up for the 'tour'. A chill crawled down my back as I glanced at row after row filled with names. It was like a holocaust of thousands or possibly millions of people who have lost their lives.
I vaguely remembered the women, saying her name was 'Elise' and continued to speak sweetly about something as my stomach twisted and churned. “Oh, I'm going to be sick.” I mumbled, stumbling backwards.
“Sir?” Elise, quickly came around the podium. “Are you alright?”
I felt her move me, by the forearms, to a near by bench. I probably looked like I was having some sort of seizure with my shaking and mumbling incoherently.
“I'm a doctor, I'll be able to help him.” I heard Carlisle say, but his voice sounded off like he was speaking into a long tunnel. It was most likely just me as my mind continued to spin.
I came here to possibly offer myself in replace of Bella, but I knew I couldn't do it. I couldn't defend or support the loss of life, especially on this magnitude. My heart was pounding and I felt dizzy. I wasn't able to focus on anything, my mind kept replaying name after name in a continuous loop. Carlisle was speaking to me, but I couldn't focus on him, right now even he was one of them.
“What do I do?” I finally questioned, my own voice growling from my chest.
“You have got to calm down.” Carlisle insisted.
“Right,” I took a deep breath, trying to ignore his smell. “C-C-Calm,” my voice shook from my trembling body.
Elise brought me a glass of water and I drank it quickly. Most of the people around me had been staring or attempting not to and I smiled sheepishly. I handed the glass back to her and she smiled straightening her clothes and hair as she glanced over at Carlisle with a slight blush. I rolled my eyes and then looked at Carlisle as he shrugged slightly, being admired by others was probably something that he was used to. I stood up, walking slowly from side to side to make my muscles stop shaking and perform normally.
I was still trying to decide what I should do when the elevators opened and out came another woman. She was very beautiful with long black hair, green eyes and her black dress clung to her body not leaving much to the imagination.
“Giana, it has been a while. How are you?” Elise addressed her, returning to her post behind the podium.
“I am fine.” She answered politely, but I got the impression that Giana didn't like her, but Elise seemed oblivious to the hostility. Giana looked through the group almost like she was counting them. “It seems that you have a fine gathering.” She nodded with approval. “If you would like to start early then you can go home. I'll cover for you.”
“Wow, that is really sweet. Thank you.”
Gianna had a slight smirk and I instantly did not trust her. As Elise directed the others towards the large elevator, Gianna touched my arm suggestively, standing much closer to me than necessary.
“You, will be coming with me.” She whispered, moving her hand over to my chest.
“That isn't necessary.” Carlisle stepped closer to me.
I took a step back. “Um, no. No, I'm not.” I said to Gianna.
“Yes, you are.” She stepped closer again. “And I expect you to make it look like it is for something other than to see Aro.”
I was speechless and didn't know what to do, but decided to just be still. I didn't encourage her to come closer or push her away, even though I wanted to. It was clear that she would be needed to take me exactly where I needed to go. “How do you know what I'm here for?”
She leaned up on her toes to whisper in my ear. “You are with him,” she nodded towards Carlisle.
I felt her breath on my skin and cringed silently. I touched her shoulders, leaning her away from me and stepped to the side. “You'll take us where we need to go. I don't care what excuse you give in order to get us there, but don't touch me again.”
“Feisty.” She smirked, raising one eyebrow. “You might stand a chance, but I doubt it.”
Carlisle stepped forward. “Let's get going.”
“Of course, right this way.” She moved her hand to direct towards a door marked 'private office', taking several tiny steps. Her skirt was tight to her legs which seemed to make walking difficult, not to mention the four inch heals.
“I hope that you get to feeling better and can join us another time.” Elise said to me, smiling before she got onto the elevator.
“Thank you.” I answered, not sure what else to say. She seemed like such a nice and caring person that I couldn't imagine that she had any idea what horror she was leading the other people to.
The elevator doors closed and Gianna opened the 'office' door. I was surprised that it was not locked and Carlisle and I followed her. There was a small office desk, empty except for a feather pen and a closed leather bound black folder. There was one book shelf, filled from floor to ceiling with books and a single file cabinet. There was another door that we walked through that appeared to be a closet with three coats hanging on the rack and four dress shoes and five boots on the floor. She flicked on the light switch, then twisted the knob, and the back of the closet opened into small elevator. Carlisle and I walked into the elevator as she exchanged her heals for boots and a matching long fur coat, draping it over her arm she joined us inside. The three of us within the elevator, almost filled the available space inside.
There were no controls inside, but once we were in place the door immediately closed and we began to plummet down. Startled by the sudden movement I braced myself against the corner of the elevator.
“Jeez,” I mumbled.
Less than a minute later the door opened with a gust of cold air, into complete darkness. I still had on my jeans, thick boots, and jacket and zipped it up as we exited.
“Jacob, close your eyes for a moment.” Carlisle whispered. I didn't understand why, but I trusted him to do as he said. I could hear Gianna's footsteps in front of me and Carlisle was to my side, holding on to my elbow. The scent of vampire was strong and I knew that I was being followed from behind. It made the hairs on the back of my neck stand out and the wolf within did not like that they were behind me.
After a minute I opened my eyes and could see that it wasn't completely dark. There were arrow slits high above the large room. Everything was still very formal with large intricate pillars along the walls with more details than I was able to see, that stretched up towards the ceiling. The whole room was marble, except for the large throne-like chairs placed in the center of the room. They were dark green with thick gold accenting.
I glanced behind me surprised by the height and size of the two vampires, one was taller than the other but the other was stockier, which said a lot because neither were small. They both had on dark gray cloaks, the taller one looked me in the eyes and I immediately noticed that I didn't have to look down, which was rare.
(AUTHOR'S NOTE: I hate author's notes in the middle of the chapters, but I felt like this one was needed. Ciaus and Marcus are described very differently according to Meyers than they were casted for the movies. I feel like that is confusing when describing them in the story so I thought I would have a quick note to clarify. Ciaus, who in the movie appears to be the youngest, is actually the oldest Volturi member if I refer to the older vampire that is him. Marcus, who in the movie appears to be the oldest, is actually the youngest of them, but is only a few years younger than Aro so they would appear to be about the same age, but compared Ciaus, Marcus would be the younger one. – I feel like the casting for the characters were reversed, now on with the story.)
I continued to silently look around the room. There were two young vampires, both in black robes, holding hands, standing to the right of the thrones, I assumed to be Jane and Alec. On the other side of the thrones were three vampires two had gray clocks and the one in the middle had on black. He watched my every movement and seemed to be memorizing me. I knew that they had perfect memory, so I assumed that he was their tracker, Demetri. Behind the middle throne was a woman with her hand on the shoulder of the vampire that I assumed to be Aro.
At the exact same time the three of them, sitting on their thrones looked at me, like they just now took the time to notice I was here. Other than their heads, nothing else moved. The one on the left looked bored, the one on the right looked slightly confused before he masked it in a look that was hard to read. The middle smiled warmly, but rather than it being comforting I felt like great evil was hidden behind that smile.
His black robe flowed over the ground as he rose, moving like he floated above the ground as he came down the steps.
“Carlisle, Jacob, I've been expecting you.”
I looked back confused, not sure how he knew my name or why he would be expecting us.
“Aro,” Carlisle approached him, with his hand outstretched. “Good to see you.”
“My friend.” Aro smiled as he reached out and took Carlisle's hand. It would have seemed like a perfectly normal gesture, but I knew that it was his way of capturing Carlisle's thoughts. Aro nodded once, so slightly that I almost missed it. He didn't seem particularly interested until his focus changed to me.
“And you Jacob. Are you a friend?” Aro asked.
I swallowed slowly, not sure what to say. “Only if I need to be.” I answered.
“He is with me.” Carlisle added.
“You both feel you are required to be here.” Aro stated, rather than asked as he glanced at each of us. “Yet Bella is neither of your concern, quite interesting.”
“Despite her no longer being with Edward, Bella is still like a daughter to me. She will remain under my family's protection.”
Aro moved closer to me and I could tell that he was smelling me. I knew that my wolf smell would repulse him from wanting my blood, but I was still concerned that he would consider my ability to phase a threat.
“She is my concern, as my wife and the mother of my children.” I countered. “And I love her.”
“Love,” Aro smiled pleasantly, but also seemed to be dripping with sarcasm, “What do humans know of love?”
I felt my anger boil to the surface, as I glared silently. How dare he question my love for Bella without really knowing me at all. A low growl rumbled in my chest. “Easy Jacob.” Carlisle reminded me.
“As you well know, I am more than human.” I wasn't sure how he knew so much about me, but anything he didn't know before we arrived I was confident that he got when he touched Carlisle.
Aro rubbed his hands together like he was anxious for a present. “Yes,” the 's' hissed slightly, “Jacob, I am quite curious to what you have to offer.”
“Aro, get on with it,” the younger Volturi said, his voice flat like he felt like everything was a complete waste of time.
“Now Marcus, why such a hurry?” Aro countered.
“He's just a simple human that the Cullens have brought to us once again.” The older one scowled.
Aro shook his head. “Ciaus, I think you might be interested in this one.”
Aro smiled as I took a step towards him, but did not extend my hand. “I want a promise that Bella will live, as a human.” I clarified, not sure if he considered the vampire life 'living'.
Aro shook his head. “A promise was made once, yet not fulfilled.”
“You know very well that plans can change.” Carlisle added.
“Besides, you have nothing to worry about, I am under the same supernatural secrecy that you are. Bella loves vampires and would never tell anyone what you are.” I added. “Isn't that the issue? That she knows too much.”
“She told you.” Said the young girl, still holding the hand of the other young male.
I shook my head. “No, I grew up with legends of vampires and was already familiar with the concept before Bella knew anything.” I didn't think it would be helpful to share that I was actually the one who told Bella. I was a kid that didn't know better, but I didn't want to take any chances that they would think that means that we can't be trusted.
“The Cullen family still is responsible for Bella,” said Marcus.
“Which is why I am here.” Carlisle replied.
Ciaus shook his head. “You know very well Carlisle that it does not work that way. Edward and Alice will be held responsible for their negligence, no one else.”
“How about a trade?” I offered and all of them looked at me.
“Jacob?” Carlisle cautioned.
“It is why we are here.” I took a deep breath, cringing from the overwhelming stench of vampire.
Ciaus grinned humorlessly. “There is nothing that you could offer.”
“How about an army of werewolves. Does that appeal?” I had forgotten to use the term shape-shifter, but I also wanted to have his attention. In a second Ciaus was in front of me and Carlisle knocked me to the ground, leaning over me protectively. At the same time my wolf roared within me, rumbling out through my chest and my form began to blur, furious at being protected by a vampire.
“Jacob, we talked about this.” Carlisle hissed at me and then lifted his eyes to Ciaus. “He isn't what you think, he is a shape-shifter.”
I could feel the tremors in my arms, but I held the wolf inside. “You can have wolves in replace of Bella's freedom.”
“You fool, we could take it anyway.” Ciaus sneered, still standing over me.
I shook my head. “You can't have my wolf. He would never follow you. But you can make your own and see what happens.”
“Your wolf will do as we ask.” Said Jane confidently.
“You can torture me all you want and end up killing him, but he will not change.”
“How do we make our own?” Marcus asked, for the first time seemed interested that there was something he didn't already know.
“His ability to shift is genetic.” Carlisle answered. “All you need is his DNA. Not him.”
“Cloning, of course.” Aro stated, like it should have been obvious.
I assumed that Aro already had the idea from when he touched Carlisle, but was giving Marcus and Ciaus a chance to figure it out on their own. It was like a game for him to see how long it would take them to catch up.
“Yes,” I acknowledged, standing slowly from the ground to make it obvious that I was not a threat. “Then you can make as many as you want. What do you say?” I outstretched my hand to Aro.
“That is quite a bargain.” Aro stepped closer. “However, you may have given away your best bargaining chip too soon.”
“We'll see.” I took a deep breath as my hand connected with his. I was so nervous and prayed that I was doing the right thing.
Aro took my hand in both of his, his cold touch making me want to cringe, but I made myself stand still. He stood completely still his expression remained in the same stoic smile.
“Is it a possibility?” Ciaus asked.
(Author's Note: I know it is another sort of cliffy, but there was too much for one chapter and it was the best available stopping part.)
Fabulously suspenseful!! I, too, can't wait for the next installment!! ( it's been a busy week for me - helping my very preggers daughter keep the house ready for the baby, who could come at any time! ) Love it!! Got me on the edge of my seat!!
Thank you Anita. It is a very nervous and exciting time for the characters. I'm posting early this week so hopefully the suspense hasn't killed ya. :D
:-O THATS IT???? omg !!!! so....will they let jake and bella and all the rest go?really hope they do!!! ..but i still dont like the idea of jacob giving up his wolf.....
still, great chapter!!!!hmm, wat will aro say???????? cant wait for more!!
oh and really?? another cliff hanger?? grrr but it was good lol
I'm sorry, but I think if I had put it all in one chapter your brain would have exploded, lol. I know that mine just about did when writing it.
Jacob actually isn't giving up HIS wolf, he is offering them wolves. They use his DNA and they make their own.
I would have to wonder if you despise that I am writing an alternate to such a fantastic story, then why are you reading it? I love knowing my readers opinions and I don't mind criticism at all. However this is not exactly a "short story" that I have written so it made me wonder why you continued to read past part 1.
I think that the title alone reflects that the story is not going to have Bella be with Edward. I do believe that I have remained respectful to Edward and the whole Cullen family through out the journey. I do feel that I understand the vampire mindset quite well actually, I simply prefer the humanity of the wolves.
I do not understand why you feel like the vampires will live longer than the wolves. Stephenie Meyers has stated that in regards to Jacob and Nessie's relationship that as long as he continues to phase that he can live just as long as she can. So therefore, assuming that you are talking about any wolves that the Volturi create they also have the ability to live "millions" of years. As for manipulating DNA, if you are saying that I invented the concept of cloning then that is incorrect. I'm not suggesting that they manipulate the DNA at all, but rather duplicate it. I do not feel like this is an overly original concept, however I do not remember reading it in any other fan fiction.
I don't particularly care about the "faults" in the movies, except when they make what Meyers created confusing. (I'm sorry you find the use of her last name insulting, however I'm not planning on stopping that any time soon.)
Jacob is technically slightly taller than Felix. Felix is 6'7, the last given height of Jacob is 6'8, however after he became alpha he grew even taller the exact amount is not given, only that he is closer to 7ft than 6ft (pretty vague if you ask me).
I have not reduced her "back" , but Bella IS a shy human and not capable of doing anything to the Volturi. In this story she is human and does not have the same powers that she had as a vampire. As for "returning the favor" I have no idea what you are talking about, but consider it returned. Thank you for taking the time to read my story.
whoever came up with these chapters should make it into a book
Aww, that person would be me, so thank you very much. It would be fun to be able to have this in book form.