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Deja Vu

or Not on My Watch AU from chapter 3 of New Moon. Bella is taken to Florida with Renee. However, she is even more heart-broken without Jacob Black to cling to. She is sent to an asylum by a distraught Renee. Alice wasn't looking. She'd promised to leave Bella alone. But sometimes the visions come before you ask. She couldn't help it. She sees Bella being sent off and goes to convince Edward she really isn't better off without him. "Because I'm not going to let you do this to her! I know what it's like in there, Edward. Maybe I don't remember it, but... look. What more harm can you do?"

I disclaim. Alice's POV.

25. Chapter 25

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Edward is dead. I am going to kill him… very… very… very slowly!

“She’s awake…” says the man, into the cell phone. You can almost make out the other end of the conversation.

“She is? Is she all right?”

“I wouldn’t go that far.”

“What’s wrong?”

A heavy sigh- “Isn’t it obvious?”…

“Alice?” Jasper usually doesn’t interrupt when I’m Seeing, but sometimes he can see the troubled expression. Akin to the time, just a few months ago, when I saw a strange girl suffering horrible, horrible things (the memory still makes me shudder) Jasper knew me well enough to see the fear and horror on my face and wake me. His power comes in handy.

I suppose he saw the intensity and sorrow in my vision. “Bella’s one of us now. Come on, please. We have to go.”

He can be around her now, since she no longer smells sweet, will no longer be such an exquisite temptation to him. She is safe- and immortal. She can be with Edward forever.

Of course, there’s still the problem of the emotional climate, but I hope that can be ignored enough so that we can go back. “Jazz… you’re okay to go, right? I know it’ll be hard.”

He laughs. “Darling, I can handle it… for you. Anything for you.”

“I know.” I flounce, teasing, and he laughs.

“How I love you.” He kisses my forehead, takes my hand, “Let’s go, my love.”

We walk out of the room we’ve rented…

“No, Carlisle. Not to me, at least.”

The boy is intentionally ignoring it, you can see that clearly. He doesn’t want to admit to himself his own failure.

“She is physically completely healthy, like every vampire ever.”

“Good,” he says, and you hear such groundless relief in his voice. Doesn’t he see? How can he not comprehend that a broken heart cannot be healed with a little bit of venom?

“I didn’t say she was doing well,” your father corrects, and you approve, wholeheartedly, of the sternness in his voice. It is a reprimand that is deserved- and yet his recipient doesn’t seem to comprehend.

“What do you mean?” he says, and there’s no accusation, only bewilderment, in his voice.

“I mean that she hasn’t forgotten. The only time she screamed…”

He claps his hands over his ears. “Don’t.”

Though it is the primary trait in his character, the blonde man shows no mercy. “You need to hear this, Edward. The only time she screamed during the transformation was when she was thinking about you… and… and she kept saying, over and over and over, ‘he doesn’t love me,’ so loud that I had to hold her down to keep her from shouting so everyone could hear.”

Your brother winces. “I really hurt her.”

And you nod, in satisfaction. He understands. Thank God…

I cling to Jasper’s hand on our way there. The run is brief- it takes some time for me to synchronize my step with Jazz’s, given the difference in our heights, but we manage, after so much time together.

The sound of our supernatural footsteps in time is soothing, and I need it desperately. Because I know, I know, the far-from-peaceful noises made by the second most important person in my life.