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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.

26. Chapter 26

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“AHHH!” The scream comes and then… silence. Nothing pierces the peace of the air. Bella is finally quiet, finally at rest.

I barge in the door. “Hello, all,” I chirp. Bella looks up at me.

“Hi, Alice,” she whispers, and I gasp.

I’ve never seen anyone more beautiful in my whole entire life. Not even Rose compares to this, my newly remade sister. The red glints in her hair. Her eyes, always large, are even bigger now, a bright crimson, the color of blood…

Thirst, consuming, burning… “I need him. I need his blood, Alice, please!” she begs you, her eyes widening.

“La tua cantante…” you hiss under your breath, watching her eyes follow the man as you keep her pinned down. Emmett has her arms, you have her legs. Edward is nowhere to be found, and that worries the watching-part, the bit of your consciousness that knows what’s going on, that this is a vision.

Where is he? He should be here with you.

Experimentally you say, “What would Edward think?”

She snarls. “Don’t be cruel, Alice.”

Emmett glowers at you. Bella continues to hiss. “Damn, Alice, that’s mean. Don’t ya know it hurts her when you talk about our idiot brother?”

“What… I’m sorry…”

“Edward...” Bella whispers, and pushes past you to lunge for the blood…

“You look lovely,” I manage.

She stands, slowly, trying out her new body as she waddles towards me. It is hard, but she manages the few steps and them embraces me. “Alice,” she breathes. “God, I missed you.”

“When I was a human,” I say, “they locked me up for the visions. I looked up my past, while you were in that place. My parents told everyone I’d died. They gave me shock treatments…”

“Why are you telling me this?”

“I just thought you should know,” I said. In fact, I was testing her- did she remember, did she know her own life? “It’s the news I have to share.”

“Alice, where’s Edward?” she asks.

“On his way, I’m sure… hang on.” I close my eyes and…

Hurtling towards us, a blur of white and red-brown and ferocious beauty like a lion hunting, his limbs long and rushing, impossible to see with the speed of his movements… “Hang on, love. I’m almost there,” he whispers, and runs faster, runs to meet her, runs to beg her forgiveness…

“Yeah. On his way.”

“Alice… what happened… I don’t… I don’t… remember.”

“What’s the last thing you remember?” I ask.

“I remember… when Edward…” and she started to sob. “I remember when he left.”

Damn. That totally… the whole point of this was so she wouldn’t remember, so that this couldn’t hurt her, so that she’d be safe and happy and…

“He doesn’t love me, Alice,” she said, shaking her head. “He doesn’t love me. I don’t know how I’m going to survive the rest of eternity knowing this like I do, that he doesn’t love me.”

“Bella, you asked to be changed. You aren’t… Edward… Edward loves you, Bella. He left because he didn’t want to hurt you.”

“That’s incredibly stupid,” she whispered. “Can’t you come up with a better lie than that?”

“Truth, Isabella Swan, is stranger than fiction.”