The sequel to THE VISION. Ten years after Bella saves Edward for the second time, Alice gets another vision, one that scares her much more than the previous one. What will happen?
1. Chapter 1
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Alice ’s Point of View
I never really thought about that vision anymore, the vision where I predicted my sister’s death, and almost foresaw my brother’s. That was a close event, to be sure. We almost didn’t make it. I still don’t completely understand why Aro helped us, but it doesn’t really matter anymore.
It has been ten, long, blissful years since that happened. I hardly even think of it. But of course I haven’t forgotten. None of us ever can. Because of what we are, memories are forever burned inside our minds, unable to be forgotten, no matter how much we want them to be.
And I can honestly say that I never thought I would have a vision like that one. Not even close to as terrible, as painful, as… unreal as that one seemed to be.
I was wrong.
As I entered this vision, ten years after that one, I could feel, just feel that it was bad. Really bad. Maybe even right up there alongside that vision. And I didn’t want to let go and see it. But it was pointless fighting it. At least Edward wasn’t here; he was hunting.
As I took in the scenery around me, I realized that I had no clue where I was. In the distance, just over the hill I was on, I could see a small church, a house belonging to the God who had forever damned me.
I couldn’t see anything that would make this vision bad. The town that surrounded the church was sleeping; it was either very, very late, or very, very early. I could neither see a sun, nor a moon. It was a new moon.
Even to myself, who has seen plenty her share of new moons, I felt that this was ominous.
And then I turned around.
There, standing before me, eyes blank, looking almost dead, was my brother, his bronze hair blowing slightly in the chilly breeze. He was looking down, his eyes seeing nothing, and seemed very troubled, very depressed.
He pulled out a lighter, running his fingers over it, so that it lit. The flame showed more life than he did. The orange and red flickered, making his face sparkle ruby in the darkness. He watched the flame for a moment, and then closed his eyes.
Edward kneeled, touching the lighter to the dry, dead grass. It lit, swallowing everything around it in its grasp.
Including my brother.
I screamed into awareness, jolting to my feet. Instantly, Jasper was in front of me, his eyes reflecting the emotions that were flowing freely through me. Panic. Anger. Fear. Sadness. Confusion. Horror. All intermingling, all twisting together.
“Alice, Alice what’s wrong?” Jasper demanded.
“Where is Edward?”
“I’m not sure; he left to go hunting about two hours ago. Why? What did you see?”
I pulled out my cell phone, dialing Edward’s number. Nothing.
Of course not…
“Bella!” I called, ignoring Jasper’s questions. I ran through the house, unable to be comforted by the calming waves pulsing through the atmosphere. “Bella!”
“Alice!” Bella was in front of me, her voice thick with concern. “What’s wrong?”
I felt a hand on my shoulder, and then the calming influence becoming much, much stronger. Jasper.
“Edward,” I breathed. “Where did Edward go?”
“I don’t know; he didn’t tell me,” Bella said, worry creeping into her voice.
What’s wrong, Alice? Bella sent to me.
Do you remember that one vision I had about ten years ago?
A look of horror came upon her face.
“What did you see, Alice?” Bella asked me again, her voice telling me she wasn’t sure she wanted to know.
Edward. I don’t know where; I didn’t recognize it.
What was he doing? She seemed almost afraid to ask me.
“Edward was… Edward was killing himself,” I managed to force the words out. The calming waves broke off for a second, as Jasper became too shocked to keep them up, and then they were back, much more powerful than before. Jasper stepped by me, so that he could gently touch Bella’s arm with his other hand. Jasper seemed to be really concentrating on keeping up the calming waves, probably due to our chaotic emotions, but I could see that it was having about as much effect on Bella as it was me. AKA none.
“When?” Jasper breathed.
“I don’t know. Less than a month.” I turned my wild, anxious gaze onto Bella, then. “Has Edward said anything… odd to you lately?”
Bella frowned. “No. Actually, he’s been very… quiet lately. Not saying much. Just… sitting there with his own thoughts. I never thought anything of it…” Bella trailed off, and then another wave of calm went through the air.
“Alright,” Jasper said slowly. “We just need to calm down… and think.” Jasper took a deep breath before continuing. “Alice, think of the image so that Bella can see it. She can put it in my head. Maybe Bella or I will recognize it.”
“Alright,” I agreed.
I concentrated on the image, trying to focus on just the image of the town, and not what happened when I turned around.
Bella frowned, and shifted her focus to Jasper, who sighed.
“I … have no idea where that is,” Jasper admitted.
“Neither do I,” Bella whispered.
I turned to Jasper, desperate. “What do we do?” I asked him.
Uncertainty crossed onto his face for a short moment, and then, “We call Carlisle.”