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Fiery Secrets

Summary:
Mandy did something that is looked down upon by most vampires. Something that made her coven kick her out. She runs into Edward Cullen in the forest near Forks. She meets the rest of the Cullens and Jasper agrees to teach her how to hunt animals instead of humans. But Mandy is keeping secrets. Those secrets will have to be revealed for the sake of the werewolves. She must figure out a way with the help of the Cullens, to save the werewolves with out fighting. If she doesn't they may give up hope and go to fight a battle they can not win. <a href="http://www.mybannermaker.com/link.php?nurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mybannermaker.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://img363.imageshack.us/img363/1985/mybanner486c27020118ett2.jpg" alt='Create your own banner at mybannermaker.com!' border=0 /></a><br>


Notes:
I do not own any of these characters or places besides Mandy, Kaylan, Mitch, and Amy. The rest belongs to Stephenie Meyer!


2. Chapter 2: Bad Liar

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Chapter 2: Bad Liar

“You brought the freaking Volturi after us!” Paul howled.

“Um, I guess you could say that,” I said.

“Calm down Paul! Don’t blame yourself Mandy. Imprinting is something extremely hard to resist so I don’t blame you for leaving your coven. How were you supposed to know that they’d run off to the Volturi? This is nobodies fault but theirs.” Sam assured me.

“Thanks Sam.” I smiled at him.

Jacob’s arm tightened around my waist and I looked up at him. The corners of his mouth lifted in an attempted smile. I could see the worry in his eyes though.

“I say that we fight!” Seth declared.

“We could take those filthy leeches,” Embry agreed.

"Not that I don’t believe in you guys but… no. This is the Volturi we’re talking about here. Their guard is picked out for their strength and powers. Jane would have you all writhing on the ground in an instant,” I told them.

“Mandy’s right,” Jacob said, “we have to figure out another way.”

“But what?” Quil asked, “It’s not like we can hide or run away forever.”

“I’ll think of something. Don’t worry,” I muttered.

“You do that Mandy. If you can’t think of anything we have no option but to fight,” Jared said.

“I won’t let that happen,” I hissed.

Sam clapped his hands together. “Ok, so that’s settled. We’ll meet again in three days.”

There was squealing as chairs were pushed back and everyone shuffled towards the door. I got out last, right behind Jacob. It was raining again. I turned to head back towards the Cullen’s house when he grabbed my arm.

“Whoa there, where are you going?” he asked.

“I’m staying with this vampire family. They’re going to teach me how to hunt animals so that don’t have to murder and I can have pretty eyes,” I told him.

He smiled. “That’s great Mandy!” Then his smile faded away again. “Would these vampires happen to be called the Cullens?

“Yes actually. You know them?” I said.

He nodded. “I guess I never had time to tell you my story. You never told me yours either.”

“How about I come over tomorrow? It’s getting late and you really need some sleep,” I suggested.

“Sounds good but you need to stop worrying about me so much,” he said.

“You have a living body,” I pressed my ear against his chest and listened to his steady heartbeat. “You need to take care of it.”

Jacob didn’t say anything. He wrapped his arms around me and pulled me close to him. I closed my eyes and enjoyed his heat. I loved it because it reminded me of fire and the way it felt when flames licked harmlessly at my cold skin like an overexcited puppy.

“I love you,” I whispered.

Then I was gone. I ran effortlessly to the Cullen’s home. I rolled in the mud and washed myself off multiple times to get rid of Jacob’s scent. I knew other vampires didn’t like it. I didn’t understand why. His smell reminded me of nature. It was like rain and pine needles and fresh autumn air.

When I smelled normal I bounded into the house and plopped down on the couch next to Emmett like I’d lived here my entire life. The TV was on. It showed some commercial for shampoo. I turned to Emmett.

“Hey do you know where Jasper is?” I asked.

He jumped like he’d just noticed that I was sitting next to him.

“Well don’t you just pop out of nowhere,” he muttered. “Jasper’s upstairs playing chess with Alice.”

“Thanks!” I squealed.

I hopped up the stairs two at a time. When I reached the top I realized that I didn’t know which room was Jasper and Alice’s. I held still and listened intently. When I heard the soft murmur of two voices and the click of chess pieces I knew I had the right room. I knocked lightly.

“Come in,” Alice called.

I pushed the door open. Alice and Jasper sat cross-legged on the carpet with a chessboard between them. They both looked up when I entered.

“Hey Mandy,” Jasper greeted me. “We’re almost done.”

He moved his bishop into position.

“Check mate!” he declared.

Alice groaned and flicked her king over.

“You win. Again,” she sighed.

“See it’s much more fun when we don’t use powers. This way it lasts much longer because you don’t give up 30 seconds into the game.” Jasper started to put the chess game away.

“Powers?” I asked, “What powers do you guys have?”

“I forgot that you don’t really know anything about us,” Jasper said, “You already know about Edward’s mind reading. I can sense emotions and influence them. Alice can see the future.”

My eyes widened. “Those are sweet powers.”

Jasper laughed. “Can you do anything besides shield your mind from Edward’s power?”

“I can talk to fire,” I said, “and it likes me. It always does what I tell it to do and it never bites me.”

“Really?” Alice looked awed.

“Yup. I’m also…” I trailed off.

I was about to say ‘immune to the hatred between werewolves and vampires’ but I stopped myself.

“You’re also what?” Jasper asked.

“Nothing. Hey ready to go hunting?” I quickly changed the subject.

“You’re a really bad liar. Reminds me a bit of Bella,” Alice commented.

I raised my eyebrows and bit back one of those sarcastic remarks that are always on the tip of my tongue.

“How about we go now,” Jasper suggested, ushering me out of the room.

“Have fun!” Alice said.

She gave me a strange look. As I followed Jasper down the stairs I though I heard her mutter, “Maybe Edward’s right.” I gulped. I wasn’t so good at this secrecy thing. I didn’t want them to find anything out until I was sure I could trust them though.

Suddenly I had a stroke of inspiration. What if the Cullens knew something about the Volturi that I didn’t? What if they knew something that could help save the werewolves? I decided to wait until I’d heard Jacob’s story. Then I would know if he and the Cullens were enemies. Jacob didn’t seem too thrilled about me staying with the Cullens. I snapped back to reality at the sound of Jasper’s voice.

“Are you ready?”

“Heck yah!” I replied.

“Hunting animals is much different then hunting humans both in the way you feel about it and in the techniques used. When you hunt animals you don’t feel all of that guilt and you don’t feel as much like a monster.” He paused to make sure I was listening to what he was saying.

I nodded.

“Ok, when hunting animals you should stay low and hidden. Get as close as you can before you let your instincts take over and you pounce. Kill it quickly so that it doesn’t make too much noise or suffer.”

“Got it,” I told him.

“Now are you ready to try?” he asked.

“Ready as I’ll ever be,” I replied.

“Then let’s do this.”

I breathed in deeply through my nose. A deer. Its blood called to me. It didn’t call as strongly as human’s blood but it still called. I crouched down and crept forward. When I got close enough I gave myself over to my senses and pounced.