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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 :)


35. We Want Her

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After I woke up, I really wished I hadn't. I didn't even have time to think before I screamed.

“Oh, good! You're awake!” exclaimed Aro. His voice sounded far away, as if he were speaking to me from another room. I knew he was right beside me, though.

I was vaguely aware that I was lying on a bed, but that was about all I noticed. I was too busy with the mind-numbingly painful feeling coursing through my body.

I clenched my jaw and tried to keep still... it didn't work. The tremors that wracked my body grew larger and larger. The only thing I could think about was the fire in my veins.

“I bet you're wondering about your dear little baby,” said Aro.

I screamed again, partially because I was infuriated he would even bring her up, and partially because it was the only noise I could make. Each beat of my heart rang in my ears. I was certain my head would explode... positive, even.

It felt as if my entire body was throbbing. Each time I took a breath, the air would burn my throat. I writhed on the bed, and scratched at my arms. The fire, the absolute agony, was just under my skin. I knew I was going to start bleeding.

“You can't have her back, you know. We are going to keep her. Oh, and go ahead and bring your family into it... I'm sure the two or three of you that survive the initial attack will be very easy to hunt down,” he continued. The smile in his voice made me sick.

Hot tears ran down my face. The pain... it was too much. I couldn't handle it. Even falling down on the sidewalk made me sick. But this, this was different. I imagined that it was like being hit by a truck while getting shot in the back... all while on fire. It was not a good combination.

“Kill me,” I managed to moan. My throat closed up a second later, and I somehow managed not to gag. I tangled my hands in my blond curls and pulled my hair.

“Oh, silly girl. That'd be no fun at all, now, would it?”

“Monster,” I gasped. My chest heaved. I wished with every ounce of my being that I could just stop breathing. With each breath, the fire moved, setting another part of my body ablaze.

“We don't talk like that here,” said Aro darkly.

I felt another incision on my side. He bit me... because I called him a monster. It was torture.

I screamed again and clutched at my side. My entire torso felt as if it were about to dissolve into itself. The feeling that resonated through my body was too intense to be described. The pain of my stomach staples was a stroll in the park compared to what was happening to me on that bed in Volterra.

I didn't know if seconds had passed, or minutes. Days or hours. I was going to die. It wasn't a matter of life or death, it was a matter of time. The longer it went on, the more tortuous it got. My body would spasm uncontrollably, and the only thing I could hear were Aro's satisfied chuckles. My insides were being incinerated, and all he could do was laugh.

I was so delirious because of the pain, I hardly noticed when the very tips of my fingers started to feel normal. It wasn't until almost my entire hand didn't hurt anymore that I realized the fire was ending. I wasn't going to die... but I was going to become a vampire.

My fevered screams shrank to dull whimpers. Finally, after the eternity that was the last few days, the last fire was extinguished. The last spot that hurt was my heart. When my heart stopped beating, I knew. There was no more fire.

I closed my eyes and didn't move. I didn't want to look at Aro's stupid dusty eyes. He was the one who had killed me.

“Open your eyes,” demanded Aro.

I cringed once more, and then did as he commanded. He was insufferable, but I somehow couldn't disobey.

He was there, along with Felix and another girl, just staring down at me.

“I hate you,” I whispered, looking right into Aro's eyes.

He smiled. “Oh, I know you do. You'll thank me for it in the long run. Now, because you obviously aren't thirsty, how wou-”

“How do you know I'm not thirsty?” I asked quickly. I sat up slowly. Felix watched my every move carefully. The girl just stood there, looking at me. She was beautiful, just like the rest of them.

“Well, that gene just evaporates, doesn't it?” asked Aro, mocking Jack almost perfectly.

My heart sank. If Jack listened to what I told him, he was still waiting for me. He was probably worried sick.

“How long has it been?” I murmured.

“About three days,” answered Aro.

Before I could say anything else there was a knock at the door.

“Aro, Carlisle and one of his... children are here to see you,” called the person on the other side of the door. It was Demetri.

“Ah, let them in!” Aro exclaimed.

The door swung open, and Carlisle and my dad burst into the room. Jasper headed straight towards me, while Carlisle stood at the door.

“Oh, Axelle,” sighed my dad.

I hugged my knees and looked down. He would be disappointed in me. I left for Italy with my children and my husband, and I didn't even call him... I could be dead, and I didn't even say goodbye.

“Are you okay?” he asked.

I nodded. He wrapped his arms around me and gave me a tight hug.

“Aro, I will be taking my granddaughter with me,” said Carlisle firmly.

“Oh, I expected that,” Aro said.

“And I will also be taking my great-granddaughter.”

Aro shook his head. “I'm afraid that's impossible. You see, we want her.” Aro made it sound like that made everything okay. “And if you even think about disputing, you should know that it wouldn't end well for you. You know what we are capable of, Carlisle. Do you really want to bring that upon your family? Death always happens to bring a certain... sadness to things, doesn't it?”

Carlisle glared at Aro with more hate than I'd ever seen from him. “Aro, you know that I've respected you for centuries. I think this friendship is now over.” Carlisle held out his hand, and Jasper helped me up. It wasn't as if I needed any help. I was up and had my hand in Carlisle's in less than a second. I was too disturbed to be excited about my speed, though.

Carlisle turned and left the room, pulling me along with him. My dad took my other hand. We weren't the only ones that left, though. Felix, Demetri, and the girl followed us.

When I heard Allegra, my Allegra cry from down one of the cold, stone hallways, I turned and tried to run. I needed her, she needed me. I wasn't going to let her stay here.

“No,” murmured Carlisle.

I didn't listen. I pulled away from his grasp, and attempted to find her. I only got about a step away however, before I felt a sharp pain in my head. I gasped and fell to the ground. It was just enough time for Felix to scoop me up and get an unbreakable grip on me.

“What just happened?” I breathed.

Jasper looked infuriated. If it weren't for the two others in the room, he'd have ripped the little girl to shreds. She had a satisfied smile on her face.

“That was me,” she admitted, raising her hand.

“Why would you do that?” I cried. “I just want my baby! Just my baby,” I started to sob, but no tears fell from my eyes. That was one thing about vampires... no tears.

“No can do,” said Felix. “Boss' orders.”

My body went limp, and I allowed Felix to carry my along behind Jasper and Carlisle. They were both very tense.

When we got to the lobby, Felix let me go.

“It's dark, so you can leave now. Remember, don't come back here... it will not be good for you,” he warned. Then he, Demetri, and the girl who had hurt me turned and swept out of the lobby.

I didn't move from where Felix put me. I knew that I was supposed to walk, but I couldn't. I could not leave the building if Allegra had to stay inside of it.

Jasper put his arm around my waist. “I'm so sorry, Axelle. It'll put the entire family in danger. You don't understand how dangerous the Volturi is... there's nothing we can do.” His voice cracked slightly. He loved Allegra, too.

Finally, I walked towards the door. Carlisle and Jasper had to explain repeatedly what it would mean if I tried to go back there. They told me to think of Jack and Ansel, and what'd happen to them if I attempted to take Allegra back.

When I stepped out the doors, I knew that something inside me had changed. I would never be the same. Ever.