Bella Swan is in a very tight spot. On one side is her coven, the vampires who saved her life. On the other are the werewolves she has come to befriend. She herself is a vampire, but that doesn't change anything-to her. When more and more things start to pile up in Bella's life, will she be able to handle it? Or will she crack from it all and reveal the truth? The sequel to Faker. Banner by the one and only Iris!
So, this is the sequel to Faker! I hope you enjoy this!
12. Chapter 12
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“Would you three be interested in joining us?” Aro asked hopefully, his face expectant. I knew that he thought we would be honored and say yes. He obviously didn’t know us as well as he thought he did.
“What?” Caius hissed in disbelief. His face was clouded in anger. I wondered why he could hate us so quickly.
“Can’t you imagine what the three of them could do for us? Alice and Edward are both already powerful, and just think of what Bella could do,” Aro gently scolded him.
Caius scowled at us again.
Aro turned to Edward, who was tense for a moment. “I do hope you’ve changed your mind about joining us here. You could do so much for us.”
Edward was silent for a moment, clearly thinking his answer through. “I’d…rather…not,” he finally said.
Aro turned to Alice. “No, thank you,” she said, politeness radiating off her, as well as a hint of stress.
He looked at me next, hope almost radiating off his skin. From Edward’s memories, he knew that I wanted to be changed. He would also know Edward’s views on that subject. He thought that I would do anything for immortality. Too bad I was already changed. I wouldn’t have taken up his offer, though.
I shook my head. “Thank you, but no,” I said quietly. I couldn’t abandon Becka and Aaron and Alex and Jake and Charlie. I owed them all so much.
“I’m sorry to here that,” Aro said sadly. “Well, I suppose you should send my message to Carlisle—“
Caius cut him off. “The law claims them,” he hissed lividly.
My eyes tightened. Of course the law claimed me. It didn’t have any hold over Alice or Edward though. I was the one who discovered they were vampires. They did nothing to help that.
Aro looked at him curiously, while Edward glared. “How so?” He snapped. Caius’s face twisted into a dry smile.
“You told our secrets to her. She mustn’t be allowed to leave here with that knowledge. She could expose us,” he declared.
Anger irrationally pulsed through me. I never would expose my own kind to the humans. I hadn’t even told the wolves about the one coven living only a few miles away.
“I would never—“ I began.
Caius cut me off. “You don’t intend to change her,” he went on, as if I hadn’t spoken. “So she has become a liability to us.”
“You have humans here that know your secrets,” Alice reminded him.
He just shrugged. “When we don’t need them anymore, they will serve as our meals. You can leave, if you wish. Only she needs to stay.”
Edward glared, his lips curling over his teeth, and a low growl emanated from his chest.
Caius smiled, and Felix came forward. He looked like he was about to speak when Aro interrupted him.
“Unless she is going to become immortal soon?” He asked uncertainly. I guessed he didn’t like the anger in our conversation.
“If she is?” Edward asked.
Aro beamed at him. “Then you are free to go home, and convey my regards to Carlisle. But you will have to mean it.” He held out his hand, and looked at Edward expectantly.
He froze for a moment. Other people who had began to look at Aro in disbelief relaxed instantly.
I stared into Edwards dark eyes. I could see the conflict and pain in them, and the fierceness.
“Please,” was all I whispered.
If he didn’t agree, I would have to reveal myself. I couldn’t—wouldn’t—let him get hurt. If he didn’t want me changed, fine then. I would just show that I already was. I would do whatever I had to do to make it safe for him.
Alice suddenly stepped forward and placed her hand on Aro’s. I felt my eyes pop as I realized she was letting him see her thoughts. Everything she had done—everything that she or someone else would do.
Aro smiled and leaned over her hand. He looked like he was concentrating very deeply.
Beside me, Edward snapped his teeth together. I realized Alice must be showing a vision of me as a vampire. I was either revealing myself, or just came to them as that. I knew it wasn’t going to be here, though. I didn’t want to show there cold hearted people my true self. If it came to Edward and Alice’s safety, I would. But in no other circumstance.
After a long, tense silence, Aro opened his eyes, beaming down at Alice. Her face was carefully composed, though I could sense some disgust from the posture of he back. I felt bad that she went through that for me.
“That was wonderful!” Aro sang. He looked like he just watched the best show of his life. It probably was. I doubt he had ever come across a seer before. It was probably a new experience for him.
“I’m happy you liked it,” Alice said dryly.
Aro nodded. “Well, everything seems alright. You all are free to go,” he said cheerfully. Caius shot him a look, and then stared us down.
“We will visit as well. I would hurry, for we don’t give out second chances,” he warned. We all nodded.
Behind us I smelled a large group of humans coming. I looked around the room, and saw many of the guard members staring longingly out the door.
I realized again that these weren’t the kind, tame vampires I knew. These were the majority of my kind. Human killers, murderers. They destroyed others lives so they wouldn’t feel their thirst as strongly.
Edward and Alice also noticed. They rushed me out the door with a hurried goodbye to Aro. He seemed to approve of our hasty leaving.
In the hall, I saw several humans coming into the room, speaking all languages. One even held a rosary, and she was shaking so bad I was shocked the floor didn’t start with her.
We crushed ourselves to the wall to let them pass, though I really wanted to jump up and put a shield around them and make them leave. To save them from the horrible fate they were about to go through.
But I imagined that Becka was here with me instead. She would grab my arm and tell me I couldn’t help everyone, and that sometimes you had to let nature take its course. We couldn’t hurt our family because of my softness.
When they were all in the room, another vampire came up. She was as beautiful as Rosalie, and was dressed to emphasize that. My eyes narrowed in disgust when I realized she was the bait for all of the humans. She caught all the food.
Demetri, who had followed us out the door, greeted her warmly. “Heidi,” he acknowledged.
She nodded at him. “Demetri,” she practically purred. Her long brown hair was in a messy pony tail, and some strands fell into her face. It reminded me a little of how Jasmine wore her hair.
She looked curiously before ducking into the old room, where Aro was telling them some of Volterra folklore, about vampires.
“Save some for me,” Demetri said as he came toward us. He spoke low enough so that no human would hear him. Heidi nodded.
We were taken to the room with the human secretary. She looked up at us as we filed into the room. Her green eyes lingered on Edward and I. He was still topless, and I’m sure I looked a little messed up as well. I hadn’t changed in over twenty four hours, and my clothes were still a little wet from my trip in the fountain.
Demetri appraised Edward for a moment, and then threw him his cloak. “You look a little suspicious,” he explained. Edward nodded. Demetri looked like he wanted to say something, but Alice beat him to it.
“Can we leave now instead of later? We’ll stay to the alleys, and be careful of the sunlight,” Alice promised.
Demetri frowned as he thought it through. He obviously didn’t want to upset his masters, but he also wanted his meal.
In the end, hunger beat fear. “Alright, just stay out of sight and be careful,” he warned. We nodded, and he led us to the back door of the castle we were in.
He waved goodbye to us, and left us in one of the dark alleys of Volterra.
- Chapter 1
- Chapter 2
- Chapter 3
- Chapter 4
- Chapter 5
- Chapter 6
- Chapter 7
- Chapter 8
- Chapter 9
- Chapter 10
- Chapter 11
- Chapter 12
- Chapter 13
- Chapter 14
- Chapter 15
- Chapter 16
- Chapter 17
- Chapter 18
- Chapter 19
- Chapter 20
- Chapter 21
- Chapter 22
- Chapter 23
- Chapter 24
- Chapter 25
- Chapter 26
- Chapter 27
- Chapter 28
- Chapter 29
- Chapter 30
- Chapter 31
- Chapter 32
- Chapter 33
- Chapter 34
- Chapter 35
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