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Catch the Wind

Summary:
Axelle is seventeen, but her parents still haven't told her their secret. When a new kid shows up at school, Axelle can't help but find him interesting. When all the pieces of the puzzle fall into place, Axelle has some big choices to make. Part three to the Twist of Fate series!


Notes:
Like I have said many times before, I am totally addicted to this story. This story is entirely in Axelle's POV, for those of you that didn't know. I have this one planned out almost all the way... and let me tell ya, there are some HUGE twists :D But that's just how it works with me :)


20. Two Choices

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When Edward pulled up to the gate of the town he told me was Volterra, I couldn't help but feel a little uneasy. The only vampires I had ever talked to were the ones in my family. I had nothing to base my feelings on aside from the warning my dad had given me. Most vampires were like the horror stories. That was enough for me.

“Edward, I don't know if I want to go in,” I breathed. My heart hammered in my chest, and I was sure he could hear it.

“It's not scary in there, Axelle. These people have been friends of mine for a very, very long time. Trust me when I tell you that you will be safe here,” said Edward. He was trying to calm me down, but it wasn't quite working. Night had fallen while we were on the plane, and I couldn't see his face to tell if he was lying or not. Not that I would have been able to if I could see his face.

Edward maneuvered the narrow streets of Volterra very well. It was like he'd done it a hundred times before. The buildings were so close together, I was sure that cars were not usually allowed on the streets here. Edward didn't seem to mind. He pulled right up to the largest building there. It was too dark to see any of the details very clearly.

“Let's go,” said Edward. He got out and went around the front of the car to open my door.

“Edward, please,” I whispered. Something terrible was going to happen, I knew it. He could tell me it was safe all he wanted, I just didn't think so.

He helped me out of the car by the hand. He escorted me through the front door and into the lobby. It looked more like the lobby of a hotel than the front room of a vampire haunt. There was a desk in the middle of the room, much like the ones used for making reservations. Perhaps this was all some cruel joke, and Edward was really taking me to a vampire themed hotel.

“Hello, Edward. It's been quite some time,” said the woman behind the desk. She was a vampire, I could tell by looking at her. She was just as beautiful as my family was. There was just something different about her, though. My stomach dropped when I realized what color her eyes were. They were a dark red, and evil looking color.

I dropped my hopes of a prank then and there.

“Gianna, how have you been?” asked Edward, a genuine smile on his face. He let go of his hold on my hand to go embrace her.

“I've been simply divine,” she answered, hugging him back tightly.

“Still working the desk, I see,” noted Edward. When they pulled apart, I could see that Gianna was definitely attracted to him.

“Yeah, whatever keeps me around here,” she sighed. It was then that her eyes shifted to me. “Snack? I didn't know you decided to change your mind.”

“No, no, no. That's my niece. I've obviously not changed my ways, Gianna,” he corrected.

Snack? She thought I was Edward's snack? I needed to get out of that crypt as soon as possible. Maybe if I put up enough fight Edward would get embarrassed and let me leave. I could make it home on my own if I really had to. I did know a little bit of Italian. Enough to get me by, anyway. I would call Jack as soon as I could. He'd know what to do. I reached for the cell phone in my pocket.

“We need to get going,” said Edward, reading my thoughts. He was going to get to me first. I figured that chances of outrunning him were one in a billion.

“You know the way.” She gestured behind her.

Edward returned to my side and slipped his hand into mine. I resisted as best as I could, but he towed me along easily.

“Please,” I pleaded.

Edward pulled me to a row of elevators. “They would have gotten to you eventually,” he said as he pressed the button. The door opened immediately.

Tears started to gather in the corners of my eyes. Edward wasn't taking me on an “I'm sorry” trip at all. He was taking me as a treat to all of his friends. I just didn't know why Alice didn't tell us. She must have seen that he was planning this. Was she in on it too?

I tried one last time to yank my hand out of his, but he held tight.

“Don't be difficult,” he murmured.

The door slid open, revealing a long, stone hallway. A burst of cold air hit me in the face. This looked like where a vampire should be hiding. I would have bet that there were even cobwebs in the corners. I was just waiting for a rat to run by.

I walked a few steps, but Edward obviously got tired of being hindered by my human pace. He was getting more excited by the second. He swept me up and slung me over his shoulder. The force of it knocked the breath out of me.

I couldn't even see where we were going, my hair had fallen into my eyes. Edward didn't love me at all. He just faked it so he could take me to his little fiends. He and Alice were probably planning it since I joined their family.

Seconds later, Edward practically threw me off of his shoulder.

I gasped. The room we were in looked like it was like the tower of a castle. It was freezing, and filled to the very brim with vampires. I'm talking wall-to-wall bloodsuckers. There had to be at least fifteen of them. They were all involved in conversations with each other that were much to fast for me to understand. Their words blurred together into a buzz, like I was standing in a room full of bees. It looked like some little vampire party. I shuddered. I knew what was on the main course.

“Aro, I brought the one we discussed,” called Edward over the buzzing. The talking came to an abrupt halt.

A vampire from the center of the room stepped towards us. His eyes were fixed on me.

“Great work, Edward. When you told me you knew where the girl we wanted to find was hiding, I was ready to send one of the guard to take care of it. Of course, it's not like you could have helped telling us.” He glanced at a girl, one that looked even younger than I did, lovingly. “You've made things so much easier for us,” Aro said. He was clearly talking to Edward, but his gaze was fixed on me. I felt uncomfortable, so say the least.

“What is going on?” I demanded, careful to avoid catching eyes with Aro. He gave me the creeps. He was a child molester, I knew it. Why else would he look at the little girl and me like he wanted to eat us? Well... why else would he look at her like that, anyway?

“Axelle, your... uncle brought you here because we got word that you knew our secrets. That's against the rules, my dear,” Aro explained. I looked into his eyes then, and was confused by the milky sort of film that covered them. I swallowed back a bit of nausea. It was like he has dust in his eyes!

“But I was raised by vampires! You don't think that I'd betray them, do you?” I asked. All eyes in the room were on me.

“We can't take chances or make any exceptions. You have two choices, and I think you know what they are,” Dusty-eyes clarified, smiling sadly.

“Turn into a vampire or die?” I guessed.

“Correct,” replied Aro, his grin frozen in place. “Although, I do worry what this will do to my friendship with Carlisle. I've heard he's quite fond of you, child.”

“He had a big hand in raising me, actually,” I sighed.

“Ahem,” coughed another vampire from the middle of the group.

“Marcus?” Aro said, addressing the one that had interrupted us.

Another ancient vampire drifted towards us. The others in the room shifted around him, almost like they were guarding him. They did the same for Aro. Marcus reached out and touched Aro's hand.

“Aro reads minds like I do, but he has to have physical contact. He can see every thought you've ever had,” whispered Edward.

I glared at him. I was never, ever going to speak to him again if I lived through this night. He'd taken me to his stupid friends just so they wouldn't have to get off their asses to come get me, shortening my life by a great deal, I assumed.

“Axelle, there is a third option,” said Aro. He looked a little more upset than he had a moment before.

Edward gasped. “No! She was warned!” He turned to me. “I thought you had much better judgement than that! You knew what would happen! Of all the stupid things you would do, this is cert-”

“What's going on?!” I yelled, interrupting Edward. I was eager to see what Aro had to offer. I hoped it was better than the two choices I had already.

“Well, Marcus noticed something. He sees relationships, Axelle. There's one relationship that even we aren't able to break. It's a rather sacred relationship, the one you have going on. We aren't monsters, no matter what you think,” laughed Aro.

“I don't understand,” I frowned. Could he see how I was tied to Jack? How close I was to my family? What relationship would be too sacred for them to break?

It was Marcus that elaborated. “Axelle, you are currently with child.”