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Choice

Summary:
Edward and Bella have been married for two months now. Bella still hasn't reconciled with Jacob, and her transformation is only one week away. Then...Bella becomes pregnant. Choices will have to be made. Choices that could change Edward and Bella's lives forever. ^^ This beautiful banner was made by the talented Vatina!CHAPTER FIFTEEN: SHADOWS IS UP! (THE LAST ONE, GUYS!) :(BUT LOOK OUT FOR THE SEQUEL...SUNRISE!


Notes:
This story is based on a theory that my wonderful friend, Maria, and I had. Hope it works! I don't own any of it. All belongs to the wonderful Stephenie Meyer! © Edwards Rose 2007


11. Chapter 11: Storm

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Chapter Eleven: Storm

I watched dark clouds race across the sky. A shrieking wind had begun to blow, the snapping of branches becoming more and more frequent. I shuddered and was grateful that Edward and Carlisle were the drivers…any human wouldn’t have been able to drive in these conditions. I could feel the tension rising in the car. Alice had seen Jane during a thunderstorm, and one was approaching now…

I had gotten past the fact we were going one hundred and thirty miles per hour. For once, I actually wished we could go faster. Edward’s hand was clenched in mine, and the contact was soothing.

Suddenly, Edward’s phone began to ring. I watched him apprehensively as he smoothly picked it up. His face was a mask, lips moving too fast for me to read. Then, the car veered sharply off the road. I would have slammed into the side if Edward had not held onto my arm.

“What…?” I asked, knowing he had pulled over for a reason.

He'd thrown the phone in the backseat and was already yanking me out of the car.

“Bella, get on my back, we have to run.”

Before waiting for my response, he threw me ungracefully against his body, and then we were streaking through the darkening forest. My eyes were still wide open in surprise, the rush of air stinging them cruelly.

“Rosalie and Emmett just called…the Volturi are coming. They caught our scent, and Rosalie picked up their trail on the edge of town…but it was too late.” Edward’s voice was taut, vibrating with emotion like a piano string.

A nauseating terror clenched my stomach, seeping into my veins like acid. The Volturi had evaded Alice, evaded Edward…and now we were paying the price. Thunder rolled, mounting to an unearthly, keening sound while lightning flashed across the sky. What if they hurt Charlie, the Cullens, my baby…? A fresh wave of terror rolled over me as I thought about Edward and the baby.

Edward’s hold had tightened on me, his speed increasing rapidly…to the point of almost recklessness. I turned my head to the side, hair whipping in disorder, when I spotted it. A dark shadow was streaking close to us, with the unmistakable outline of a black cloak.

“Edward,” I squeaked.

He turned his head a fraction-of-an-inch and saw the shadow, too. He cursed low and made a sharp turn, plunging effortlessly through the thick brush. I was too scared to notice where we were…a clearing.

Then the shadow flew in front of us…blocking the path.

A child-like laughter rippled on the wind. “Not fast enough, Edward!” called little Jane Volturi.

My eyes rapidly took in her appearance, her face seeming to glow wildly. Edward gave a low growl and feinted towards the right. He couldn’t get away, though; not with my extra weight. Jane sprang lithely in front of us, crouched low. Lightning flashed, causing her eyes to become illuminated with a ghastly, phosphorescent glow.

And then I remembered.

My nightmare.

“No, Edward! Don’t fight her!” I pleaded hoarsely in his ear.

He gently slid me off his back, arms spread in front of me. His voice dropped low, angry and full of determination.

“You’ll never hurt her, Jane. I swear that I will kill you before you even touch one hair on her head.”

“Edward, don’t…!” I pleaded grabbing onto his arm. Jane’s powers were too great, she could kill him in a minute.

Jane seemed to know this too. “How touching,” she hissed. “You seem to forget who I am, though.” She cocked her head, giving an almost sympathetic smile, exposing her pearly-white teeth.

A roar echoed from Edward’s throat, almost like a challenge. In a flash, he hurled himself through the air and met Jane midway.

“No!” I screamed.

They landed with a loud crash on the ground. Edward had Jane pinned down, but with a hiss, she retaliated. With a surprising amount of force, she leapt off the ground until she was standing. Edward crouched down and made another lunge, but Jane had other plans.

Her eyes closed, fingers contorting in mid-air. Edward stood frozen, then collapsed to the ground.

“Edward…!” I called, my voice lost to the howling of the wind.

He was motionless, face pushed into the dirt. His eyes were wide, open and staring, directly at me. I felt the tears pooling just at his expression…full of unvoiced pain and suffering.

I was alone now.

Jane lightly walked over to him, and placed a foot delicately on his back. He didn’t move. She turned slowly towards me, a maniacal smile on her face.

“Hello, Bella. I see your consort still hasn’t had the courage to change you.”

She took a step forwards, I took one back. “Don’t hurt him anymore,” I pleaded, “I’ll be changed soon!”

“Oh, you see that won’t be good enough anymore. Alexander did get through to us…we know you are carrying his child. A strange occurrence…”

I tottered backwards, tripping over a stray log. I scrambled back to my feet, eyes riveted on Jane’s face.

“Well, I guess that can’t be helped." she shrugged. "Of course, we can’t have a half-vampire child…so there’s only one solution left. I’ll just have to kill you myself.” I saw her lick her lips in anticipation.

My eyes widened in horror, thinking of our child…Edward would never forgive himself.

Jane sniffed the air, closing her eyes. “Your blood really is alluring. I can’t believe he could resist the call,” her eyes flashed open. “However, there is one thing I want to try before I kill you. My…talents may not work on you, but they may work on the child you are carrying.”

“No!” I cried, one hand going protectively to my stomach. I glanced behind me desperately; was anyone going to come…?

Jane saw this and smiled. “No one is coming, Bella. The rest of my family has found yours. By the time they find you…you’ll be dead.” She gave a light laugh, as if she heartily enjoyed the subject of my demise.

I didn’t have any other options. I turned and ran. Adrenaline coursed through my blood, and I prayed I wouldn’t trip. I knew she could easily outrun me, but I had to try. The wind stung my face and I heard her laughter following me.

Instantly, she was in front of me. “You can’t outrun me, Bella.” She grabbed hold of my arm and twisted it behind my back, bringing me to my knees.

I screamed in pain as I heard the bone snap. The baby… Her eyes closed as she concentrated on my innocent child, about to be hurt by all her evil.

“No!” I breathed hoarsely as the pain from my arm reaching a blinding point.

Suddenly, there was a flash of bright light that came from me…repelling her instantly. Jane was thrown backwards, and with a howl of rage, she was gone.

I couldn’t focus on what had just occurred…I must’ve been dying…she must’ve killed me and the baby. I fell on the ground, exhausted, and tried to move towards Edward.

Then the dark night closed over and I knew no more.