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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 :)


21. He's Not Evil

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“What do you mean? There's no baby in here!” I said, my voice wavering. I put my hands on my stomach. There couldn't be a baby in there. I was only eighteen! That wasn't old enough to have a baby. Babies were for old people!

“Well, you're not starting to show yet. That'll be in a few weeks,” explained Aro. “But you do 'have a baby in there', and I suggest you thank it for keeping you human a bit longer.”

“But... it's a baby,” I whispered, looking down at my stomach. It was flat, not even a hint of a baby bump at all. I couldn't even imagine what I'd look like with a big whale belly.

When I thought back, I didn't remember ever using protection, like my family had told me to. I could see why they thought to warn me. Who knew a baby would happen!? I'd just thought of it as a “that will never happen to me” situation. I didn't actually think that I would ever be... pregnant. Besides, protection was the last thing on my mind when Jack and I were in bed.

“Yes, Axelle. That's what happens when you make foolish mistakes,” Edward said sharply. “I thought you knew better, but I was obviously wrong.” He gestured to my stomach.

“I need to talk to Jack. I have to call him. Please, please let me call him,” I pleaded, looking Aro right in his dusty eyes.

Aro looked at me, a wide smile on his face. “Axelle, how would you like to see Jack?”

“What?! Edward, you brought Jack into this too? How could you?” I screamed. “I trusted you, dammit!”

“No, no, no,” Aro laughed. “You may go home! Of course, there is one condition.”

“What, what is it?” I asked quickly.

“You'll have to return once you have your child. We expect you back here as soon as you think the baby is settled. We will change you then,” replied Aro. “Rules are rules, and we just can't have a human running about that knows our secrets.”

“So... I can go?” I asked skeptically.

“Yes!” exclaimed Aro, clapping his hands together. “I just love happy endings.”

“Get me out of here,” I snarled at Edward. I wasn't even going to say bye to the filthy vampires in the room. They wanted me dead.

He lifted me gently, much more gently than he had minutes earlier, and sprinted out of the room. We were in the car in less than a minute. Edward started it, and drove down the streets like he did earlier. I was going to try my hardest to avoid all conversation with him.

“Axelle,” he started.

“Don't,” I whispered.

“Please.”

“Stop.”

“Just listen.”

“No!” I screamed. “I am done with you, Edward Cullen. You take me to the god damn vampire police, and then you expect me to talk to you? Don't ever, ever talk to me again. Stay the hell away from me after we get back.”

“I did it for your own good!” he exclaimed before I could interrupt.

I paused. “How?” I finally asked. I was eager to see what kind of excuse he could make up. “How is taking me for snack for my own good?”

“Aro summoned me to Italy a few weeks ago. He just wanted to ask if I'd join the Volturi, that's the 'vampire police'. I told him no, like I usually do when he asks. I shook his hand by mistake. He saw everything about you, Axelle. He was prepared to send the guard out to kill you right away. Since you're human, they think that you're a risk. It's the Volturi's job to keep the vampire world hidden, and they take it very, very seriously. They were going to kill your mom back in the day for the same reason, and they gave her the same options that they gave you, minus the whole pregnant clause.

“Before he had a chance to send the guard out, I told him that I'd bring you to Italy. He said that if you agreed to it, they would consider changing you. Had they gone out on their own, they would have killed you in Forks without giving you any options. I set up the going away trip as soon as I could. Even the kiss was a planned event. It was all done so I would have some reason to take you on a vacation, some reason to bring you here. Quite frankly, it was pure luck that you chose Italy. I would have taken you here anyway, no matter what place you picked. Alice knew about it, and she knew that we couldn't tell your family. They'd kill me, and that would end up killing you. She must have let it slip just after I picked you up from Jack's, and that must be how Bella found out.

“The reason I didn't tell the rest of the family is because I knew that they would fight. Every single one of them would fight to the death for you, Axelle. And do you know who'd be at the head of the fight? Jack and Emmett. They'd be killed, no matter how hard they fought. I needed to bring you here to save everyone's life, Axelle. Please, don't hold that against me. I was just trying to do what's right. If we're lucky, we'll get on our plane to the US before their plane lands here. They'll kill me without asking questions.” His hands were shaking by the end of his speech. He looked so upset.

“Is that true?” I breathed.

“Yes!” he exclaimed. “I would never do anything to hurt you! You're my niece!”

“But... I thought so many bad things about you!” I gasped. “I feel so terrible about them now.”

“You're not the one who should feel terrible, Axelle. I did all of those horrible, unspeakable things to you. I will never forgive myself, not for as long as I live,” he sighed.

“It was what was best for the family, Edward. You had to do it, I understand. Please don't beat yourself up over it. I'm not angry at you,” I assured him.

I was shocked when the bright lights of the airport shone into the car. Edward drove much faster than anyone should ever even think about driving. He belonged on the race track, not the road.

When we pulled up, he took my suitcase out of the trunk and we walked to check-in. Right as we stepped through the door, Edward froze.

“What is it?” I asked. I scanned the terminal. When I saw what made him freeze, my heart burst into overdrive.

“Jack!” I screamed. Jack was standing about twenty feet away, and he did not look happy.

When he heard the sound of my voice, his head snapped up. His face brightened immediately. “Axelle?” he called. He sounded shocked.

I ran towards him as fast as I could, and jumped into his arms. He spun me around.

“Oh, Axelle. Don't you ever do that to me again,” he breathed. He set me down and grabbed a hold of my face. He kissed me until I was breathless.

“Jack, I'm so sorry. So sorry,” I whispered when we were done.

He did answer. He was looking behind me, right at Edward. “Axelle, I have a little business to take care of.” He stepped away from me.

“No, no, Jack!” I exclaimed.

He ignored me and started walking towards Edward. “Jack, stop it! Stop now!” I yelled.

He spun around to face me. “Axelle, are you kidding me? He takes you to his bloodsucker friends, and you don't think that I should kill him? Really?” he yelled back.

“It's not like that!” I retorted.

“What is it then, Axelle. How did he tell you he was innocent? What lies did he throw at you? Oh, and what did his reeking leech friends tell you? Might as well let me know that too, don't you think?” asked Jack sarcastically, throwing his hands in the air.

It was then that I remembered I had something else to tell him. Something that didn't involve Edward at all. It was something that his 'reeking leech friends' told me. “Jack... I have to tell you something. Something that I found out while I was here.”

When he saw the way my face changed, he was at my side as soon as possible. He tilted my chin up with his finger. “What is it?”

I took a deep breath. “I-I-” I choked. I couldn't spit it out. How would he react? I didn't want him to think less of me once I told him I was having a baby. What if he left me? What if he didn't love me anymore? I couldn't stand it. “I'm sorry! I didn't know! Please, please don't be angry! I don't want you to throw me away!” I cried.

“Axelle, please,” he breathed. He looked so worried.

My heart thundered in my ears. I took one more breath. “Jack, I'm pregnant.