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Last time, he had been there to save me. Now, no one was there. I was truly alone... Another accident occurs at Forks High School. Once again, Bella Swan is in harms way. This time, no vampire was there to help. She was on her own, and is now 'awakened' from the numbness. Can she handle what life has to throw at her now? cloakI am working on this again! The next chapter should be up soon!

All charecter belong to Mrs. Meyer, the genious who brought us the world of Twilight...

24. Chapter 24

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“Master, I can show the Cullens to their rooms if you wish,” I offered casually after the pleasantries of my real family’s arrival. I wanted to speak to them alone, and it seemed that they felt that way too.

Aro frowned slightly, and hesitated before answering. When he did, it was in a careful, reserved voice, slightly uncertain of whether he was making the best choice. “Of course Bella. Have Heidi go with you and give the Cullens the rooms beside the suite you and Heidi both occupy.”

“Thank you, master,” I said, nodding my head to him. He gave me a careful smile, and I gestured to the Cullens to leave the room. They followed me, seemingly cautious in their movements but truly repressing excitement. I knew them well enough to be able to tell the difference.

“Heidi,” I called, not bothering to raise my voice. Everyone in the castle would have heard me asking for Heidi even if I was whispering. She appeared in less than five seconds. “Aro wants you to come with me to take the Cullens to the spare rooms in our hallway,” I informed her, already walking briskly towards the hidden stairs. The others follow me, and Jasper lets his confusion and curiosity spread to me for a moment, relaying the question he can’t speak out loud.

I slightly turn my head to him as I reach the stairs that are hidden deep in the shadows, such that no human would ever be able to see. “Be sure to try and stay out of the way of the other people in the guard,” I said softly, muting my voice so only they would hear clearly. Heidi raised her eyes at me, but didn’t say anything.

We quickly went up the stairs to the hallway off to the side—no one wanted to be near a newborn—and reached the rooms we all were going to be in. I smiled slightly at them all as I gave Alice and Jasper, and Edward and Emmett their own separate rooms.

As soon as Alice and Jasper closed their door, Heidi was pulling me by my arm into our room, an excited look on her face. I knew that she really wasn’t gossipy or anything…just when you live for hundreds and thousands of years, any information to make life more interesting is almost needed.

“What did Aro do?” Heidi demanded quietly, making her voice level so that no one else could hear us. “Did he touch any of them? Invite them to the guard?”

I smiled wryly at her. Of course Heidi would go to the important questions like that first, to make it seem like she wasn’t as interested. “Aro did touch Edward’s hand,” I told her in the same quiet voice she used. “And since Edward reads minds, Aro pretty much got an insight to everyone else.”

Heidi’s red eyes widened considerably. “Aro would definitely want him on the guard. And didn’t you once say something about one of them being able to see the future?”

I nodded. “Alice.”

“I hope the masters won’t want them to join. I don’t think the others would take too well to having more vegetarians like you,” Heidi said, elbowing me in the ribs. I laughed and stepped away.

“Well, Edward’s ability is so similar to Aro’s…but not as restrained. Edward can hear what passes through your head as you think it, but that’s it. I doubt they’ll want another mind reader, and doubt even less that Edward would accept if he was invited.” I pursed my lips. Would he though, if I was forced to stay?

Heidi noticed the darkness starting to form on my face, and laughed. “Bella Swan, you think too much, I think. How about you and I go hunting? I promise to try an animal.”

I froze, staring at her in shock. In the previous three months, she never had even wanted to go near me hunting, preferring to wait for me somewhere closer to Volterra as I roamed the Tuscan countryside. The smell of animals revolted her, she had said.

She smiled at the expression on my face. “Seeing so many people trying your diet made me curious. I want to see if it’s even worth trying,” she explained with good humor.

I smiled sheepishly, slightly embarrassed at my behavior. “Well, you’ll want to get a big predator, since they taste much better than deer or anything like that.”

She nodded, and grabbed her cloak. I grabbed mine as well from the peg on the wall I normally hung it on. We both fastened them around our necks, and went outside.

As we came out, Alice opened her door, and Edward came out with her. I could hear Jasper and Emmett quietly talking in her room, but I didn’t try to hear specifics. “Can we go hunting with you?” Alice asked.

I nodded, and Heidi frowned at me slightly, but didn’t protest. I guessed she was surprised with my choice. Most vampires would hold grudges for decades easily, but here I was, already forgiving the people who had hurt me so badly like a human.

Edward frowned at whatever was going through Heidi’s mind, and I glanced at her, and back to him again. He caught me, and I gave him a timid smile which he seemed surprised at. I looked away quickly though, unwilling to give anything away.

We went to the tunnel Heidi and I always used to go out of the city without being seen, and headed out to the rare but thick forest, searching for good food. I kept a strong lookout for any larger animals for Heidi, that way she would like animals. She wasn’t as used to hunting them, so I knew she wouldn’t be able to identify what she was searching for.

“There,” I breathed, my voice nothing more than a whisper on the wind. I gestured to a large bear, bigger than any I had seen recently. Heidi nodded and moved in for the kill, quickly snapping its neck and tearing away the flesh.

I waited, knowing that my thirst was getting stronger with the scent of fresh blood in the air. I wanted to know if Heidi even liked this new diet, because it would mean less loss of human life.

She pulled back with a frown after the brown bear had been emptied. “Hmm,” she said thoughtfully. Right now, it was just the two of us. Alice and Edward had gone after a different prey after hesitating, obviously unsure whether they could leave me alone.

I raised my eyes. “I’m pretty sure that that doesn’t taste as good as human blood, but it is more vegan, I guess, healthier.”

She nodded. “There is something slightly different about it. It has a…off taste, but I guess that that’s good in some ways. It’s something new, I guess.” She shrugged slightly.

I beamed at her. “So does that mean you’ll hunt with me from now on?” I asked excitedly.

She snorted. “Don’t forget what my job here is Bella. I can’t exactly say ‘no, I’m not getting food for any of you now because I rather be a vegetarian like Bella.’ They wouldn’t exactly be too happy with me.”

I pursed my lips. “I could lie and say that I felt that you all needed to stop killing humans, or else people would start investigating and then we would be exposed,” I suggested. She laughed and shook her head.

“Carlisle said that, before he left to go to America,” she chuckled, walking with me as I tried to find something to eat to sate the thirst burning my throat. “Though someone seeing us back then wouldn’t be as big a deal as it would be now.”

I stopped and stared at her, my eyes wide. “You knew Carlisle?”

She frowned at me, raising her eyes. “Of course I did Bella. He was here for maybe twenty or so years. I saw him quite a bit, since we weren’t as hidden then as we are now.”

I bit my lip slightly and nodded. I never thought of that before. Most of the guard probably knew of Carlisle, and his incredibly strange diet that I shared. No wonder they were more tolerant than I thought they would be. They already were slightly used to it from earlier centuries.

Then the smell of a large wild boar interrupted my musing, and I darted forward, quickly snapping the thick neck and drinking its bland blood. It was better than something like deer, at least.

“Hey, I was going to get that!” a voice behind me teased. I jumped up quickly, looking around quickly to see Alice standing there with an amused smirk on her face.

“Finders keepers,” I teased back, sticking my tongue out at her. Both Heidi and Alice laughed at my less than mature antics.

“Ah Bella, you haven’t changed at all, have you?” Alice asked, humor still strong in her voice. My eyes widened slightly and then narrowed, and Heidi rolled her eyes.

“That’s not exactly the greatest question to ask a newborn,” Heidi said warily, watching me with careful eyes. I made a face at her; I wasn’t going to flip out.

“Heidi, I’m over three months old. I’m not exactly a newborn anymore. I have sense and reason unlike the ones we got rid of in Washington,” I said in annoyance.

Heidi grinned at me. “You’re still the youngest person in the castle by a hundred years nearly,” she reminded me.

Alice nodded, trying not to laugh. “Yeah, Emmett is the closest in age to you, I believe.” She couldn’t hold in her laugher anymore now, though. I glared at her as she giggled.

“Actually though, I think Bella’s much more mature than Emmett is now,” another voice said from the trees. I turned to watch Edward smoothly come towards us from the thick trees. My eyes widened slightly.

“Get anything good Edward? All I got was a deer. Bella got the boar I was hunting,” Alice said grumpily. I looked down sheepishly.

Edward laughed: his chime-like voice seemed to warm my heart, making me feel more alive than I had since my eighteenth birthday. I almost felt high off it. “I got an older wolf. Sorry about your luck though, Alice,” he said with a wink to me. I bit my lip again, slightly unsure of what to do.

Heidi’s phone abruptly rang right then, and she pulled it out quickly. She greeted the person calling her, and listened for a few short seconds. I didn’t bother to eavesdrop. I knew that for some reason Demetri needed her to come in for something.

“I have to go,” she said, confirming my thoughts.

I nodded. “It’s okay. I need to hunt a bit more still, and I’m sure Alice does too. We’ll come back later,” I promised. She nodded, and took off back to the city.

As soon as she was out of sight, Alice charged forward and hugged me tightly, laughing happily and carefree. “Oh Bella, I’ve missed you so, so much! I’m so sorry for what’s happened, especially Charlie!”

“Shh Alice,” I murmured. “Nothing that happened is your fault. It’s just the course of fate.” At my words, she relaxed and pulled back, grinning at me. Behind her, Edward had stiffened, and his expression was filled with pain and guilt. And in that second, I realized I just willingly left myself alone with them, which meant it was time for explanations.

Oh, this was going to be interesting.