Twist of Fate
Okay. So another story that just randomly popped into my head. This takes place after Eclipse. Edward and Bella are married. Everything was set for Bella to become a vampire. Then, great news! She's pregnant. She can't become a vampire while she's pregnant. So, she has the baby. Now that the baby's here, she can't draw herself to change. One night, the whole family's gathered together when they receive bad news. Gasp! PROLOGUE ADDED!KELLY- READ NO FURTHER OR YOU'RE IN BIG TROUBLE!
DISCLAIMER: None of them are my characters. They are property of the wonderfully, amazingly, spectacularly terrific Stephenie Meyer, author of my favoritest books ever, the Twilight Saga! Oh, except Lizzie. She's my own creation! :)
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The ride to the airport was practically silent except for the quick, low murmuring of Edward and Alice's conversation.
I leaned against the seat, taking comfort in Edward's arm wrapped around my waist. Elizabeth lay in my arms, sleeping peacefully without any idea of the danger she was in, that we were in.
Thanks to the fact that Edward's driving was more maniacal than usual, we arrived at the airport in a quarter of the time it should have taken.
When we got there, Alice grabbed my bag and Edward helped me out of the car. As we walked, he supported most of my weight. I realized that I was on the verge of losing it and snapping from all the stress. I struggled to keep myself together as we walked through the front doors.
Edward went to the main desk with a pretty blonde woman sitting behind it. She looked up in surprise when Edward spoke.
"Excuse me, but can you tell me when the next flight with an available seat is?" he asked in a low voice.
"Umm...I don't know. Let me check." She turned to her computer and began typing.
"The next flight isn't until midnight tonight and it's to Phoenix," she informed us.
Edward looked at Alice, having a silent conversation with her. Then he turned to me with a question in his eyes. I shook my head. There was no way I was going to Phoenix to escape vampires.
"That's too late," he said, turning back to the woman.
"Well, I'm sorry, sir, but there simply isn't an earlier flight."
"Surely there must be something else available," Edward murmured, turning the full force of his eyes on the woman, whom I immediately felt sorry for.
She became flustered and started typing at her computer again to avoid those eyes. Edward smiled, probably at some thought that I couldn't hear.
"Actually, there is a first class seat to Cleveland, Ohio leaving in an hour. The man wasn't sure if he needed it. I could call him." She looked at us, purposely avoiding eye contact with Edward.
Edward looked at me and Alice in turn. We both nodded. He looked at the woman again.
"That would be fine," he said, relief evident in his voice.
"I'll just be a moment," she assured us, dialing a phone number on a pad.
We went and sat down in the chairs in front of the desk and waited, listening to the conversation.
"Hello. Mr. Johnson?" she said. "Yes, this is United Airlines. We were calling to see if you were planning on using that ticket of yours to Ohio."
She paused waiting for a response. Edward breathed a sigh of relief before the woman could even respond.
"Yes. Okay. Thank you, Mr. Johnson. Oh, it's not a problem, really. Uh-huh. Thank you again. Okay. Good bye."
She hung up the phone and looked at us.
"He says he doesn't need the ticket. You can have it."
Edward toted me forward, already pulling out a wad of bills. He handed it to the woman. I glanced at it. The outside bill was a hundred dollar bill.
"Keep the change," he said.
The woman looked at him in disbelief for a few seconds.
"We'd really like that ticket," Edward hinted. The woman was still frozen. "Now," he added.
"Oh. Yeah. Sorry." She turned to her computer and started typing again. Then, she handed us the ticket. "Please remember that there are no visitors past the security area."
Edward took the ticket with a grateful smile. Then, he dragged me away as fast as humanely possible, maybe a little faster.
As we walked, he talked in a rush.
"Okay, Bella, you know what to do. At the first stop, I want you to get off and go buy a ticket to some place else. You've got the credit card, right?"
"Good. Take some extra cash just in case." He handed me one of those rolls of hundred dollar bills.
"I can't take this," I protested.
"Yes, you can. You're my wife. What's mine is yours. Besides, we don't have time for this, Bella."
I realized we had stopped to argue and got ready to take off again. When I started moving, I was jolted back by Edward's iron grasp at my forearm.
"Edward, what on Earth..." I trailed off, realizing that both Edward and Alice were completely still. I recognized the blank look in Alice's eyes and tried to keep quiet.
When her vision was done, she gasped.
"Oh, Edward! I'm so sorry. I didn't know! I should've Seen!"
Edward didn't respond. He grabbed me and turned me around. Then, we started running in the opposite direction of the terminal.
"Edward! What are we doing? What happened to the plan?"
"Unfortunately, the Volturi were moving a little faster than we realized. They are getting off their plane right now in this exact airport!"
I pulled my breath in sharply. What? They were less than a mile away. I prayed to heaven that they wouldn't catch my scent or Edward's and Alice's thoughts.
As we rushed out the front door, I saw the confused face of the blonde woman staring after us.
Once we were out of the doors, Edward dragged me along even faster. When we reached Alice's Turbo, he opened the passenger door and hurriedly threw me into the seat.
Before I could even reach for my seat belt, Edward and Alice were both in and the car was started.
As we exited the parking lot, Alice spoke up from the back.
"Where are we going?"
"I don't know!" Edward cried, frustrated.
"We can't go anywhere we've been lately," Alice added.
"I know, Alice!" Edward shouted.
"Calm down, Edward," I murmured.
He turned his desperate eyes on me. I looked at him pointedly and then nudged my head in Alice's direction. He sighed.
"I'm sorry, Alice. I'm just under a lot of stress."
"That's fine, Edward. I understand."
We drove on in silence, still not knowing where we were going. Suddenly, an idea came to me.
"Edward, I know where we can go," I said. "It's the perfect place. I don't think any of us have been there in months."
He looked at me with hope in his eyes.
"Where?" he asked.
"That's a pretty good idea, Bella. We could always use the extra help!"
I saw Alice nodding in the rearview mirror.
"Actually, I was hoping we wouldn't have to involve the werewolves," I whispered.
Edward stared at me. He probably saw the sorrow in my eyes because he reached up to stroke my cheek.
"I don't think that's possible, Bella. If we sneak in, they'll attack us. If we ask them, they'll want to help fight."
I sighed in defeat and faced forward again.
"Bella?" Edward murmured.
"It's not your fault. It's never your fault. He doesn't blame you."
"Maybe he doesn't, but I do! I blame myself! It's all my fault. I hurt him so much. He ran away, Edward, and I made him do it! I'm a horrible person!" Tears began streaming down my face. He reached up to brush them away.
"Please don't torture yourself, Bella."
"Why not? It's good for me. I shouldn't have ever tried to love two people at the same time. That was stupid. I forced myself to choose and, in doing so, I forced myself to hurt someone."
"Please, Bella," he pleaded.
I turned away from him, not promising anything.
He was silent for a moment, the he turned to Alice.
"Alice, could you call Carlisle and tell him to bring everyone and meet us at Billy's house?"
Alice nodded and pulled out her small, silver cell phone. She put it up to her ear and began talking in a fast, low voice.
Neither Edward nor I spoke. Elizabeth stirred in my arms. I murmured soothingly to her. She sighed and fell back into a peaceful sleep.
I watched as the countryside of Forks passed us. I knew the instant that we crossed the treaty line because both Alice and Edward grew more tense.
Every time I tried to speak, I felt my throat constrict with the fear of the people I was about to see.
As we pulled up in front of Billy's house, my arms grew stiff around Elizabeth. Edward shut off the car and ran around to my side. He opened the door.
He didn't, however, take me out of the car right away. He stared at me.
"It'll be fine, Bella."
I shrugged my shoulders, wondering if this was true.
He put his hand under my chin and made me look up.
"I promise, Bella." Then, he leaned in and kissed me full on the lips.
I still held the baby in one arm. I wrapped the other one around his neck and pressed myself closer to him. And, for once, he didn't protest. In fact, he tangled his own fingers into my fair.
Once I started to get dizzy, he pulled away, running his hand down my cheek once. He held out his hand.
"Are you ready to do this?" he asked.
"Yes," I replied, reassured by the kiss.
I took his hand and he helped me out of the Turbo. Alice was already waiting for us. Together, we walked up the porch steps. Edward rang the door bell.
"Coming!" Billy's familiar voice called. There was the sound of rolling wheels and the door swung open.
"He-llo," he hesitated when he saw who was at the door.
"Is any of the pack here?" Edward asked. "There are some important issues we need to discuss.
Billy seemed reluctant to answer. I think he was also surprised at the urgency in my eyes.
"Well...Sue is here with Seth," he admitted.
"Perfect. Can I talk to him?"
"Ummm...sure. Come on in."
We followed him down the hall and into the living room.
"Ugh! It smells like vampire in here!" Seth said. He looked up. "Oh...hi." He sounded embarrassed.
Edward led me to a chair and made me sit down. He turned to Seth.
"Seth, I need you to call the rest of the pack together. There are some vampires coming and they aren't vegetarians. We would like your help to fight them," Edward explained.
Seth nodded and ran outside, already shaking.
The rest of us waited, attempting and failing to make small talk.
Sue came over to me.
"May I hold your baby?" she asked.
I nodded and handed Lizzie to her.
"She certainly is a very unique baby," Sue observed.
"That's for sure!" I laughed.
"What's her name?"
"Elizabeth, but we call her Lizzie."
Sue walked around, admiring the baby while the rest of us sat there in awkward silence.
Finally, the entire pack, minus one member, walked through the door. I recognized many of them. Quil and Embry looked uncomfortable. Paul looked like he could explode at any second. Jared looked almost as calm as Sam. Lea looked around, any where but at Sam. There were two younger boys that I didn't recognize. They were also struggling to keep themselves together.
"So, that's everyone except..." Sam said, nudging his head to the right.
"I'll try to get him," Billy said, rolling out of the room.
"Jake! Pack meeting! Your presence is needed!"
Billy rolled back into the room a few seconds later, followed by Jacob.
"Why does it reek like vampires?" he asked.
At the exact same time, both of us gasped.
He probably gasped at the sight of two vampires and me in his living room.
I gasped because of Jake. He looked completely different. His hair hung limp and dull around his face. His eyes were blank. His always russet skin seemed unusually pale and his cheeks were sunken in. He looked someone who had been in prison for years. Except, he wasn't a prisoner. He was like this because of me. I did this to him.
"Oh, Jake!" I whispered, the tears welling up in my eyes. I folded my hands in my lap and looked down.
Edward walked over to me and placed a reassuring hand on my shoulder. I looked up at him and wiped the tears away as best as I could.
"Hey," Jacob said. I wondered if he was talking to me or everyone.
Just then, the doorbell rang.
"That'll be Carlisle and everyone else," Alice informed us.
The werewolves' noses wrinkled with disgust.
"Come in!" Billy called. Within seconds, the entire Cullen family was in the living room.
"What happened, Alice?" Carlisle asked.
"We were taking Bella to the airport, but as we were walking to the terminal, I had a vision that the Volturi were already at the airport, so we had to change our plans. We thought this was the best place to come," Alice explained.
"Excuse me, but what the heck is going on here?" Sam asked.
"Well," Edward started. "There is a group of vampires that are coming and they want Bella-dead."
"Why? What do they want her for?" Jacob asked.
"Do you remember when Bella went to Italy to save me?"
"Distinctly," Jacob sneered.
"And she did save me. But she almost died in the process. To be able to bring her home, we had to make a few promises."
"What kind of promises?"
"The Volturi are the vampires who work to keep our existence a secret. To them, Bella is just a human who knows too much. To stop them from killing her right then and there, we had to promise to change her, which, as you can see, we haven't done."
"So, what's the pla-?" Sam cut off when Alice went stiff. Edward's grip on my shoulder grew tighter.
"We need to hurry. There are seven of them," Edward stated. Alice nodded.
"Seven?!" Paul scoffed. "Let them come. We fought off nineteen newborns. I'm pretty sure we can take on seven normal vampires!"
"But that's just it! They aren't normal vampires. They are some of the oldest, most lethal vampires. They have taken it upon themselves to be the royalty of our kind. They pick people to join them based on their talents. This causes them to be the most powerful vampire coven ever," Edward said. "One of them is like two of us. That's why we need your help."
The werewolves were silent for a moment. Then Sam spoke.
"So, what's the plan?" he asked again.
Edward looked at Carlisle.
"Well, I think we should lead them to some open space. Not the meadow we were at last time. Then, we'll fight," Carlisle said.
"I think we know a pretty good place," Sam interjected.
"What about Bella?" Jacob asked. I tried not to look at him.
This time, Carlisle looked at Edward.
"We don't have enough time to hide her very well. I guess we'll get her to the meadow and one of you can take her off, and then come back."
"I'll do it," Jake volunteered. My eyes widened in surprise. Didn't he hate me?
It seemed like Jake could hear my thoughts because he shook his head. I smiled a little.
"The baby will come with me, right?" I asked anxiously.
Everyone turned to Sue, who still held Lizzie in her arms.
"Of course, Bella," Edward soothed me. My shoulders relaxed a little. Sue handed Lizzie back to me.
I looked at her and her butterscotch eyes stared back at me.
"Is everyone ready to go?" Carlisle asked.
"Bella?" Edward looked at me. I nodded. "Okay, let's go."
We all walked out the door except for Billy and Sue.
The pack transformed and Edward helped me and the baby onto his back. Then, we took off to meet the Volturi.