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When Twilight Ends

Summary:
Something is happening in the small, sleepy town of Forks, Washington. Something unexplainable. Something dangerous. Something evil. Under the cover of darkness it strikes without warning, killing in the most savage fashion. No one knows where it comes from. No one knows when it will happen again. Bella's transformation is slowly slipping closer, no longer shadowed by visible danger. But something has been overlooked-a loose end had been left undone, an error gone unnoticed. And now, it has been set loose. The Cullens, the Werewolves, and Bella are now racing time to stop the destruction reeking havoc upon the little world of Forks. Only one knows the key to unlocking the deadly secrets, only one knows the truth. As the seconds tick by, Edward finds himself amidst a dangerous plot and he is forced to make a decision that could change the path of destiny and forever. But will he make the right choice? Even if it meant sacrificing what is most sacred to him? Author's note: Look guys,I've been trying really hard to work on this story....but I've been sick alot lately. I have an immune deficency that causes me to have to go to the hospital often...its hard to type when i'm all tubed up on a hospital bed. I'm sorry....but i've started working on it again, so it should be up soon.


Notes:
This is my first actuall Twilight story and I hope you enjoy it! It is what I think should happen after the events of Eclispe and some. Please read and review! *Rated for further chapters*


4. Escape

Rating 4.5/5   Word Count 3018   Review this Chapter

Tiny puffs of snow swirled in a downward spiral towards the earth, falling from piles of darkening gray clouds. The brief sunlight had already faded into the shadows of twilight, leaving behind an inauspicious darkness where not a single pinprick of a star dared to glitter even faintly in the oncoming night.

Bella and I sat in the recesses of flickering candles and I watched as shadows danced across her pale face as she slept against my side. The room was quiet and peaceful; there was not a stir in the air, only the gentle lull of tranquility. Everything seemed to hang timelessly in a comforting blanket of silence. Her tiny hand was fragile and warm as it rested in mine, relaxed and open. I could feel the fevered pulse of her blood beneath the ivory skin. Gently, tenderly, I smoothed the base of my thumb over the faint creases of her palm and her fingers gave a light twitch in response and curled unconsciously around my palm, but, other than that, she remained unmoving. Her head was tilted against my chest. She had let loose the braid in her hair and it spilled like dark satin over her exposed neck in wild curls, hiding the flushed skin from my view. I took my free hand and brushed back the wispy strands, revealing the bandaged gash on her neck and the faint lines of tendons beneath the pale membrane of her skin, strained from the angle of her head. Closing my eyes, I drew her limp hand to my cheek and let the warmth spread over my icy face.

Carlisle lay on his stomach only a couple feet from us, his head bowed over a thick book. His golden eyes flickered back and forth as he read and the information that he was absorbing poured from his thoughts and into mine. Esme had her head resting on his back and her wavy, caramel hair splayed out on his shoulder and onto the white carpet. Beyond my mother sat Alice and Jasper nearly nose to nose as they hunched over a chess board, their thoughts were concentrated on the game. Jasper held his chin in one hand, his eyes narrowing as Alice's hand flicked his white pawn over with a black knight. Then, sitting on the couch was Addy. She stared with wide, unblinking eyes at the board game that Alice and Jasper played as she rocked slowly in her spot.

I turned back to the window then to hide my frown. When my family had arrived home in the wake of the beginning flurry of snowflakes, Addy seemed unaffected by Bella's presence or smell. She had merely sniffed her shoulder than walked away, seeming no longer interested in the fragile human whose life source flowed thick and hot only inches from her grasp. Though it had bothered everyone else, Carlisle had said that as long as she can control herself, why worry unnecessarily why she shouldn't be able to control herself. I, for one, had found it suspicious but had voiced no opinion.

"I won," Alice announced, planting her queen right next to Jasper's king. She added: "Again."

Jasper chuckled to himself. "You have an advantage." He agreed reluctantly. Alice only responded with a beaming smile, her face triumphant. She turned to the newborn on the couch.

"You want to play, Addy?"

Addy's face brightened and she crawled down from the couch. Jasper scooted over, allowing her room to play. She plucked a pawn from the board and held it up to candle light. "Soo, this...can it move anywhere?" she asked.

Jasper shook his head, "No, this only goes forward one or backwards one."

She set it back down and lifted a rook. "What about this?"

"That can go diagonal."

"And the queen can go anywhere, can't she?"

"Yes."

Addy then balanced a knight in her hand. "What can I do with this?"

Jasper smiled weakly. I could tell he didn't enjoy the attention. "Forward two, to the side one. Like an L."

"An L?" Addy echoed, scrunching her nose in thought.

Jasper nodded than sighed.

"Are you ready or not?" Alice asked in a challenging tone.

Addy lifted her chin slightly than smacked down a pawn forward one square.

Alice pursed her lips and eyed her chess pieces with consideration. I can't see... I heard Alice as she began the thought in confusion than she shoot an uneasy glance at me. I knew she didn't like being blind. Slowly, she slid a rook across the board, her face displaying her hesitancy.

I turned away from the game when Bella stirred in her sleep and mumbled something unintelligible. Carlisle lifted his eyes from the book and watched us silently for a moment. Bella heaved a sigh and pulled her hand from mine, flexing her fingers and stretching her neck.

"Is she awake?" Carlisle asked, marking his place and closing the book. Esme shifted her head off his back and moved into a sitting position; her hair cascaded over her shoulders as she leaned forward towards Bella and me.

I ducked my head to watch Bella's face and smiled to myself. "No." I answered after a moment. I had never told any of my family of Bella's amusing antics as she slept and I intended to keep it that way.

Carlisle moved towards us by the window placed a hand on the side of Bella's neck.

"What are you doing?" I watched as he slowly began to pull back the bandage off her neck. Her skin showed red around the sutures.

"I wanted to take her up the hospital for this laceration," he frowned. "I think it's infected."

"What are you going to do?"

My father's frown deepened slightly. There's nothing I can do without the proper equipment. Aloud he said: "I was going to let it air out for a while-the gauze could be trapping in the bacteria."

"Can't you just give her a dose of penicillin?" I said, wrinkling my nose slightly as the smell of Bella's blood darkened somewhat. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Jasper's back stiffen. But other than that he didn't move. I'm fine. He thought gruffly, sensing my protective stare.

Carlisle raised his eyes to me briefly. "I don't have any," he answered, gently unpeeling the rest of the medical tape. "I used the rest this morning on a little girl with the chicken pox-it was a bad case. I had to place her in the ICU because the fever had almost destroyed her organs." He froze and narrowed his eyes. "Edward, don't move."

Confusion and fear sparked in my chest. "What? What's wrong?"

"Hold on-Esme, get me my bag, please."

She was back in a split second. Carlisle stuck a hand in his black bag and pulled out a medical scope. He switched on the light and aimed it right at my eye. With his free hand, he pulled back an eyelid much like he had before last night.

"Carlisle, what the hell..." I began to protest.

"What are you looking at?" Alice came up behind Carlisle. Addy won. She pouted at me.

"The color of your eyes, Edward..." the doctor's voice trailed off. "Do you feel different?"

I scrunched my eyebrows together. "I always feel different-I am a vampire."

I received no reply.

"What do you see, dear?" Esme asked, sounding worried for my welfare. I rolled my eyes.

"Edward, hold still," Carlisle, reprimanded sharply. "It looks...well...like there's this little piece of green-"

Alice gasped and her eyes grew distant only a second before the front door flew open with a tremendous bang and we all swiveled our heads towards it. Against my chest, Bella jerked awake with a startled gasp. Alice leapt to her feet, pushing Addy back against the couch protectively.

I saw Emmett's silhouette standing just beyond the threshold, dripping with icy water. "Soorrry." He gasped and he shook his head out like a wet dog, spraying us all with droplets of water. Rosalie pushed past him into the house, looking absolutely livid. She was screaming a stream of curses in her mind as she wrung out her long blond hair and flipped it over her head, letting the drops puddle on the carpet.

Carlisle stood, his face wrought with concern. "What happened?" he demanded. Bella slithered out from under my arm, her eyes wide as she stood. I followed her example, keeping a hand under her arm.

"You wouldn't believe what just attacked me and Rose! It chased us onto a frozen lake-we didn't know that until the ice broke and we fell in-"

"No," Rosalie sputtered, glaring viciously. "You fell in-I jumpedin trying to save you."

"Pssh," Emmett waved her off with a hand. "I didn't need to be saved. You were just overreacting."

"What was it?" I persisted through clenched teeth, already knowing the answer.

Emmett turned to me, his golden eyes wide. "It was like vampire-zilla!" he exclaimed. "That thing was a beast..."

"I think it was the same thing that attacked Edward-that's why we decided to run instead of trying to fight it. I didn't want the same thing that happened to you-happen to me."

"Makes sense," I growled sarcastically.

"Why didn't I see this?" Alice's voice raised an octave, her large eyes panicked. Jasper laid a hand on her shoulder, his face dark.

"It's not your fault," I said reassuringly. "Don't panic now."

Bella's face looked green. "And you guys came straight here?" she asked in a high, hysterical voice.

"Well, yeah," Rosalie raised her eyebrow disgustingly. "What's it to you?"

"Edward!" she squeaked desperately.

I understood completely. "You led it here?" I spat the words out with contempt, the hackles rising on the back of my neck.

Rosalie bristled. What did you want us to do? She hissed silently.

I groaned.

"We have to fight!" Emmett bunched his fists.

"We have to get out of here!" Esme countered loudly, angrily. I thought I heard Addy whimper.

I looked down at Bella and saw her staring at Carlisle expectantly. I knew she, like the rest of us, looked to him for the final word. I whirled on Alice, eyes wide. She was on the floor again rocking back and forth, holding her head between her hands.

"There's nothing there," she moaned. "Everything keeps going black..."

"We can't just run!" Jasper spoke with an implacable expression. Being the militant that he was, running from a fight was inexcusable.

I released Bella and glared at my brother. "What do you intend we do, then?" I stipulated acidly. "There's no way we should put any of us at risk. You felt what this thing can do from my experience-what if he got his hands on Alice or Esme?"

Carlisle looked at each of us with a pensive expression. "I...agree with Edward..." he said slowly. "It's best if we just leave for now."

Emmett huffed indignantly, crossing his arms.

"Well, why are we just standing here then?" Esme glared at Emmett.

"We're going to have to take your jeep, Emmett," Carlisle spoke pointedly. "I, Addison, Edward, Bella, and you will ride together. Alice and Jasper-you two need to notify the Quileute pack, they should be on the look out as well. Rosalie and Esme will have to go on foot,"

"You're going to send Alice and Jasper into the Quileute territory?" Rose jabbed her finger towards the two vampires. "Are you asking for a war, Carlisle?"

I saw Carlisle shoot a glance at Bella. "They will need to know if something like this is loose." He answered calmly.

"What about Charlie?" Bella asked me, tugging frantically the sleeve of my shirt.

"He'll be with the wolves, Bella...he'll be safe." I assured her distractedly, letting my free hand run soothingly through her tangled hair. Bella bit her lip but said nothing else. I knew she wasn't entirely convinced.

"We'll be fine," Alice spoke quickly. "I'm sure of that."

Addy, silent and unnoticed, had inched her way next to me. I could feel her trembling. "Edward...I don't feel so good."

I ignored her and pulled the hooded sweatshirt off my back and handed it to Bella, "Wear this-it's going to be cold..."

Bella obliged more calmly than I expected and I realized that we had been through this routine before. That thought sickened me. Was it always going to be this vicious cycle?

Within the proximity of only a few seconds, everyone was ready to leave. Carlisle swung the door open, letting in a blast of snowy wind. The fragile flames of the scattered candlesticks were puffed out and we were plunged into darkness. Bella immediately clung to my side with a gasp and I could hear the pounding of her heart thudding out of control.

"Come on, Addy," I said, lifting Bella into my arms.

Addy shook her head; her pupils dilated so fully that the bloody redness of her irises had disappeared.

I paused on the threshold and gestured angrily at her. "Come on!"

When she didn't move, Carlisle yanked her by the elbow and towed her out the door. I sprinted to the red jeep backed into the shadows of our garage and threw Bella into the seat. With blurred hands, I fastened the spider web of buckles and turned towards Carlisle who hoisted me Addy's huddled form and I repeated the process, and then climbed in between the two while Carlisle jumped into the front passenger seat. Emmett took the wheel. The engine roared to life and Emmett thrust it into high gear. We lurched backwards and Bella jerked forward in her seat.

"Take a right on the highway." Carlisle instructed.

"I know." Emmett growled grumpily, spinning the car around with a wild turn of the wheel.

"Edward..." Bella started, leaning forward against the seatbelt.

"Are you Alice will be okay?" I asked my father, clenching the shoulder of the seat in front of me.

No one can be entirely sure of anything at this point.

"Edward..." Bella said louder.

"What is it, Bella?" I asked, frowning worriedly.

"I think something's wrong with Addy."

I turned my head. Addy sat next to me, her body shaking so badly she couldn't seem to hold her head up right. Melted snow droplets beaded her spiraled curls and clung to her eyelashes like bits of clear diamonds. Her fists were clenched so tightly that her veins popped out, strained against the snow-white skin.

"Carlisle, something isn't right," I said slowly, drawing in a deep breath. I hadn't noticed it before but her smell had an undertone that was oddly familiar.

"What's wrong?" he asked, spinning around in his seat.

I stared at the newborn, trying to penetrate the wall surrounding her mind. Her eyes were empty and unseeing; they darted around the cab, oblivious to the sudden audience watching her. Mixing with the water on her face, a tiny orb of blood slid slowly from the corner of her mouth.

"Bella, close your eyes," I demanded. I don't know how I knew what was doing to happen next, but I did. So much that I leaned away from the vampire and grimaced.

Addy's body convulsed and she doubled over, gagging. She heaved once, twice than vomited blood. It pooled on the gray carpet, acid bubbles of clear venom bursting on the surface. Thin strings of blood-streaked vomit hung from the corners of her mouth and she gasped in ragged bursts, her face twisting in disgust and fear.

"Oh, my god," I groaned.

"Addy, are you alright?' Carlisle asked hurriedly, reaching over the seat.

Unable to speak, Addy just shook her head and retched again, her eyes flying open. The putrid smell of curdled animal blood filled the interior of the jeep.

"Gross!" Emmett choked as he pushed his car to go faster. Snow jetted by, creating a white curtain out the window and the world was blotted out by white.

"I don't want to go back..." Addy groaned, rocking her head back and forth.

"What?" I asked, bewildered. I pressed myself protectively in front of Bella, keeping her in the corner.

Addy squeezed her eyes shut, her mouth turning down in a sickened grimaced. Sobs, horrible, gut-wrenching sobs shook her thin frame. They were tearless and uncontrollable.

"Carlisle, do something!" I hollered. "She's losing it!"

"I don't want to go back!" Addy's voice raised a hysterical octave.

"You're not going back, Addy," Carlisle soothed gently. I have no idea what she's talking about.

Addy threw her head back and her sobbing grew louder.

"Addy, calm down-"

"No...no, no, NO!"

Bella jumped in fear. She plugged her ears, her face turning a swallow color of green. She buried herself against my back.

"Addy..." I said loudly, sternly, hoping to snap her out of it.

"I don't want to go back!" With that, Addy raised her head and opened her eyelids, meeting my horrific stare with pale colored eyes. The pupils had contracted to pinpoints and the irises had turned chalky. "I'm sorry..." she whispered monotonously.

Unconsciously, I pressed a hand to my dead heart. I was vaguely aware of a pain slowly intensifying within my chest. Like the low buzz of the radio, I heard Bella and Carlisle's voice speaking to me in blurred voices. Bella was shaking me because I had pinned my weight on top of her and she could barely breathe. But it didn't seem to register. I closed my eyes and concentrated hard.

The pain was unbearable.