A New Death
SECOND IN THE FATE'S COURSE SERIES! Three years later. . . Lizzie is now in high school. She's been living her new life for three years now. She's sixteen and just living each day, not looking towards the future, and what it holds; her death.
As she struggles to live out her last year as a human, she meets new friends and discovers new secrets.
I, EdwardBiteMePlz, am the narrarator to this girl's new life, and death. From thirteen to sixteen, Lizzie will finally choose her fate, but is it already chosen for her? By a vampire family far more powerful than the Cullens? They say she could take out the Volturi's guard single-handedly, and Aro knows it. He's not going to let the Cullens keep Lizzie without a fight.
DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT OWN STEPHENIE'S CHARACTERS. I DO OWN THE ONES I CREATED THOUGH.
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The next morning, I got up and took a long shower, letting my grapefruit body wash tingle my nose and help me relax. I became suspicious when I almost fell over after feeling my muscles go limp, but Jasper didn't interfere after that.
I washed my hair slowly, and let the conditioner sit for a significant amount of time before I got out and toweled dry. I threw on some shorts and a light blue T-shirt, and after pulling my hair into a damp ponytail, I got a good book and made my way out the door, ready to read the entire day on the porch.
My foot was barely out the door before I got suspicious. Alice was standing in the hall, ready to pounce.
"Don't you dare," I threatened as my backed my way into my room again, my stomach sinking at Alice's determined expression.
One hour later, I stood in front of the mirror, never feeling more uncomfortable in my entire life.
"Curls, Alice! Why curls?"
My blonde hair that was usually flat was curled so tightly, that my normally long hair looked as short as Naomi Watts's in King Kong.
My eyelashes were curled, I had gold eyeliner on, and black mascara. A silvery gold shadow was brushed across my lids. There was shiny gloss that stuck to my lips like goo. I was humiliated.
"Alice," I moaned again.
The clothes were okay, just a cute shirt with capris, but the shoes. Oh, the shoes. Heels. I felt like crying.
"Stop it! Your hair is totally ruining it!" Alice scolded.
My hair was turning a dull, watery, dreary bluish-gray.
"I can't help it, you're making me miserable," I retorted sullenly.
"Well, you won't be when you find out where we're going," Alice promised, but seeing my horrified expression shook her head, "I promise."
I made my way down the stairs, fighting the urge to disappear. Alice saw the look on my face and growled.
Bella was sitting in the living room with Edward when we came down, she looked empathetically at me.
"So am I," I sighed.
Edward's face was impassive until he saw my shoes.
"Alice, you know that I am NOT allowing that. You know where we're going."
"Thank you!" I cried, turning to go back up the stairs. Alice caught my waist.
"Come on, Edward. Pleeaaaaaasssssssssse?"
"Fine," she huffed but we picked out cute little ballet flats that made us both happy with the compromise.
This time, when I made my way down the stairs, Emmett was there, looking like he was about to explode.
"If even so much as a COUGH comes out of your mouth, I guarantee no one will ever see your face again," I said quietly as he opened his mouth. He seemed to be having an internal debate, but he closed his mouth slowly, obviously sensing I was serious.
Before we left, Alice whispered in Edward's ear so fast her lips looked like they were quivering. Edward smiled and nodded.
"But where's the fun in that?" he asked, and they laughed.
"Sure," I replied.
We made our way out front and I made to open the back door.
I had gotten my permit a month before, but everyone was so protective of their cars I rarely would drive. Bella was the only one who let me drive hers, because she really didn't care.
So it surprised me -that's an understatement- when Edward shook his head.
"You drive," he suggested.
"You...drive," he mimed turning a steering wheel.
I made my way around the front of the car and he handed me the keys.
The Volvo was wonderful, just as I expected. I was like the Cullens in my style of driving, but not as fast. But then again, I wasn't as slow as Bella had been in her truck; which I had been told was pretty horrible. Bella scowled from the back-seat but Edward smiled, just where she couldn't see.
I tried not to laugh.
"So where are we going?" I asked once we turned off the driveway, but Edward refused to give me directions, only telling when to turn. Now we were in Seattle.
"Now turn left up ahead," Edward instructed.
"I can't let you. That's WAY too much money," I stressed.
"This is our sixteenth birthday present to you, and before you made your decision not to go, Alice saw what car you wanted, but we want you to have the experience of trying the cars out," Edward said firmly.
"We WILL get it anyways..." Edward threatened.
"I won't let you spend this much--"
"Good lord, Elizabeth Cullen we ARE getting you a car!"
I remained quiet. I had pulled over on the shoulder, and both my blinkers were flashing.
"You're switching your mind so much neither Alice or I can keep up," Edward pressed.
I bit my lip. I wanted to SO badly, but that would be wrong.
"Fine, BUT," I added as Alice rejoiced in the back-seat," I am NOT going in THERE," I pointed at the BMW dealership.
As if I was going to get a BMW. Right.
"But," Alice complained.
"Nope. Show me where the car is I like, and I'll find it."
Edward smiled deviously.
"This isn't much better," I moaned as we pulled into the Volvo dealership.
"Oh, it'll be fine," Edward soothed.
"I'll just get a little Honda Civic...." I trailed off. Even that sounded expensive and demanding to me.
"Ha! Like we're letting you go NEAR any of those places! Don't get me wrong, Honda has nice, safe, affordable cars, but we don't need affordable!" Alice told me seriously.
I covered my face with my hands.
I sighed and pulled the key out of the ignition, but not before admiring the Volvo's quiet, but powerful engine purring. Bad Lizzie. Bad Lizzie. I mentally slapped myself.
"Come on," he urged, but Alice was already pulling me out of the front seat.
"Oh no," Edward moaned as a blonde headed young man came towards us eagerly.
I heard Bella squeak from inside the car and she disappeared.
Walking along at the blonde mans heels, was a blonde headed kid I recognized from my school. Matt Newton.
They both eyed me appreciatively, and I felt like stabbing somebody. . preferably one of them.
Edward whispered to me, "I know how you feel."
"Show-off," I muttered back.
"That's not what I---" Edward cut of as they reached us.
"Cullen," the man greeted Edward, reaching out to shake Edward's hand, and Alice, and lastly, mine.
"Hey, Lizzie," Matt eagerly held his hand out and I shook it. He tried to maintain his grasp but I broke easily out of it. Being a horse-back rider and living with super strong had it's advantages.
I watched him try to casually rub it, but he winced. I looked away, trying not to smile.
"Mike Newton, what on Earth are you doing here? Looking for a car?" Alice asked innocently.
"Err . . . no. I uh, work here. I go to college in Seattle and work at the dealership and since Matt's on spring break, he wanted to come visit."
"Oh, that's nice," Alice said, hinting that they wanted to be left alone.
"So, would you like some help?" Mike asked, Matt eagerly nodding.
"No thank you, Mike. I think we can handle it, thanks," Edward said dismissively.
"Oh, yeah. You're the car guy," Mike remembered.
Car guy? His vocabulary was so impressive I think I might faint.
Edward laughed. "Yes, I am the 'car guy' I suppose. Well, we'll be looking around, now. Thanks," Edward looked around at me and I motioned off to the left.
"I like those models," I ventured and Alice nodded encouragingly, dragging me that way.
"Funny, I need to go get a car over there," Mike said, winking at Matt. I bit my top lip to keep from snarling.
Crud. My hair. It was slowly growing darker.
Happy thoughts. Happy thoughts. I sighed in relief as it started turning lighter.
"Let's go," I muttered to Alice as she danced her way across the parking lot besides me.
We weaved our way through the cars as Mike and Matt stumbled to keep up. My curls bounced against my shoulders as we moved quickly, avoiding puddles filled with oil and dirt.
"This one's nice," I ventured as I touched a bright red one. I didn't really consider it but I wanted to try out a few.
"Oh, if you like that one we can take it for a test run," Mike offered.
"I thought you needed to take a car in," I ventured innocently, hoping desperately that there were other employees we could ride with. Edward winced and shook his head minutely and I almost groaned out loud.
"Er . . . customers always come first." Mike responded.
No, I silently moaned.
"Okay," I said, wanting to drive the car so much I decided to take the punishment. I was thinking fast, trying to find a reason not to let at least Matt in the car.
"Oh, but not everyone will fit," I said, trying to contain my joy at Alice's decision to take big bags," Our bags need the middle seat."
I dare you to argue, I thought, trying not to glare at Mike.
"Oh yeah," Mike said, put-off. Thank God he was dense.
"Well, is it okay if you guys stay back? The employees HAVE to be in the car," Mike told Edward.
He and Matt both had their backs to me, so my hair turned dark black and I started rocking back on the balls of my feet, hugging myself. Help me, I mouthed to Edward and he was trying to keep a straight face.
"I guess we have to," He said, shrugging, while I went into hysterics.
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