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Leaving behind everything that matters to her, she heads off to her own personnal hell to protect the ones she loves... After being blackmailed by the Volturi to join them, Bella and her coven go to Italy, breaking many people's hearts. While the others mourn, they fight to escape their jail. And when the do, what will they find in the world they left behind? Banner by Iris!

Third installment of the Untruthful Series. I suggest you read the others first. All charecters except Becka, Aaron, Alex, KJ and Jasmine belong to Stephenie Meyers.

21. Chapter 21

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Something was wrong. Very wrong.

I knew that as we sprinted across the desert sand, causing it to rise up behind us like a smoky haze, clearly giving away where we were. The red spot on a target.

I grabbed Aaron and Alex sharply, forcing them to come to a stop. They both stumbled forward, shocked by the sudden halt. Aaron started to ask what was wrong, but I silence him with an intense look. He recognized that something was wrong.

I walked forward gently as I closed my eyes. Each small step brought more images to my mind. Except I wasn’t watching, I was feeling it all. Flashes came to me, the echoes bringing everything around us to clarity.

Rabbits ran underground.

Dainty trees swayed in the minimal wind.

Coyotes ran around, searching for food.

A large group of people staying in a cave.

I focused on that. I concentrated harder, seeing everything going on as I sent more and more shields into the ground, not daring to even take the smallest of steps to make it easier.

Two figures in cloaks stood at the base of the cave. The rapidly approaching darkness had hidden their approach. They were crowded around a familiar group, trying to put them into a spell of blankness, though my shields stopped them.

“Damn it,” I swore loudly, alarming Aaron and Alex. I rarely swore in anger, and they knew something was wrong. They looked at me in concern.

“What is it Bella?” Aaron asked quickly, ready to run at a moments notice.

“The Volturi,” I spat angrily. “They came while we were gone, and they’re trying to invade the others minds.” I hit myself hard on the forehead. “I should have seen this coming. I knew that they would follow us, and I still let them!”

“Hey, it’s not your fault,” Alex said, looking worriedly out into the vast distance between us and the caves. He turned to me. “Is Becka still there with them?”

I nodded. “She probably didn’t want to leave all of them. She knows how much that would upset me,” I said angrily, knowing I was the reason for this whole mess.

“Wait, Jade is there, trying to take over their minds? And you’re here, making it so that can’t happen?” Aaron asked, and his voice was strained. I looked at him, noticing how tense he was.

“What…” I started, but stopped. I smelled what he smelled, and could feel it coming. I spun around. “What the hell?” I hissed before I was knocked over to the ground, cold hands grabbing my wrists tightly.

“Hello there Bella,” a voice taunted in my ear, blowing cold air into me, along with the smell of human blood. I resisted the urge to gag, instead growling loudly. From what I could hear around me, Aaron and Alex had been taken off guard, just like I was.

“Get off of me now,” I said in a calm, deadly voice. I looked straight into the crimson eyes of my captor. His face and scent was unfamiliar to me, and his accent seemed to be a local one. He obviously was an older vampire, though he appeared no older than thirty.

He dragged me up, twisting me around so he held my arms behind my back. “Why would I do that? Then those Volturi mates wouldn’t be too happy with me, would they? They would be bloody angry more likely.”

Now I snarled to show my dominance. I twisted myself, clipping him hard in the jaw. He loosed his hold, and I jerked free, allowing myself to glare at him with undisguised loathing.

“I was one of those Volturi mates you seem so reverent of,” I said in a black voice. “I just chose to go my own way and let my powers get stronger without someone keeping me as a slave!”

He nodded. “I never said I didn’t respect you. I do, as would anyone else. Not everyone can get away from the Volturi and spark a war with them over their liberty.”

I was bewildered. Here he was giving me praises, yet he wanted to capture me. Was this an Australian trait—being so contradictory? Or was it just a ploy to get me to let my guard down?

He was looking at me apologetically now. Near us, Aaron and Alex were held the same way I had been, though their captures were much bigger them they were. The man across from me was thin and wiry, though that didn’t take away his strength. He had coffee colored hair that partially covered his face, and strong cheekbones and a broad chin. He looked more European than Australian.

“Now mates, I’m plenty sorry about this, but I can’t risk me and my coven getting hurt by the Volturi. So you can just come with us now, and we won’t do anything else to you,” he said evenly, seeing the fairness in his request.

I sighed, and nodded. Aaron and Alex looked dismayed, obviously hoping for a good fight. I shrugged at them, and they nodded. They knew I wasn’t going to risk anything.

As we walked, the man looked more closely at me. “Strange eyes you got there. I’ve never seen a vampire with golden eyes before. Do you hunt special humans?”

I replied in an icy tone. “I don’t kill humans. I hunt animals only. It’s a better diet than killing people to go on with my life.”

He pursed his lips. “I’ve never thought of that before. Must be hard to do though, isn’t it? Having to ignore your bloodlust to go near humans without trying to draw them away.” I didn’t reply, only half shrugged. He sighed. “I haven’t been too polite, have I? My names Henry and these blokes are William and Ben,” he said, pointing to them. Will held Alex and Ben held Aaron. They didn’t respond to their names being cast out.

“You obviously know who we are,” I said shortly. I didn’t want small talk with my captor. I wanted answers, I wanted to hit something really hard, and I wanted to make sure Edward and the others were safe. But I mostly wanted to hit something.

“Aw mate, don’t be like that. What would you do if you were in our positions?” Henry said, drawing out his voice, trying to imitate the American version of a whine.

“We would fight,” Aaron said fiercely. Henry didn’t answer.

We were at the caves.

He nodded us in. I looked straight ahead, refusing to look at anyone. Aaron and Alex flanked me, ready to jump out at anything that tried to come at us.

“Oh, look who’s come to join the party now!” Jade said happily, a taunt marring her tone. I knew my eyes were probably black right now, and I clenched my fist tightly.

“Sit.” Felix commanded, pushing me down to ground roughly. I snarled at him, ready to jump up and decapitate him. My anger was close to exploding, and I didn’t want that to happen here, with so many people I cared about in range of my powers.

A hand grabbed my arm holding me back. I looked back, and saw it was Edward. He was looking at me in worry, though his eyes were the same shade of black mine were. He obviously wanted to hit something too.

“Calm down Bella,” he whispered, pulling me beside him, putting his arm around my shoulder. I leaned into him, drawing support and calm from his hard figure.

“Let your shields down,” Jade commanded me. I looked up at her, raising my eyes in disbelief. I chose to play dumb and draw this out, see if any openings came up.

“I’m sorry, but I was born with them. I can’t pull them down. I had them when I was human too,” I said indifferently. I shrugged my shoulder with a frown. “Sorry.”

A hand suddenly jerked me up pulling me forward. Before anyone could do anything, something hard and sharp bit down on my shoulder, tearing right into the freshly healed wound there. I cried out as the sharp pain of the venom took over. I felt my mind temporarily waver, my shields winking in and out.

That brought forth a sense of clarity from the pain. I growled, lunging forward. Felix was the one who bit me, and I returned the favor, biting down hard on his arm. He snarled, and ripped my shoulder up again, and threw me back.

I landed on Edward lap. His eyes were now alight with concern. He had just been getting up, but my encounter with Felix had lasted only a few second, and he had been hesitant about getting up, worried it would make it worse.

“Bella?” he asked, brushing my hair out of my face. I shook my head, clenching my jaw in the effort to stay conscious. Though my arm wasn’t close to coming off this time, it was only just healed and still tender.

“Keep…your eyes…closed or…or she’ll get…you,” I gasped in pain. I looked at him, making sure he followed through with what I asked. He obeyed, though he pulled me closer.

“That’s why she wears long sleeves and turtle necks,” Jade sneered. She had obviously overheard Becka when we went to rescue the Cullens.

I nodded. “It is, and it just places Felix higher on my hit list,” I growled. I glanced around. Becka was sitting between Alex and Aaron, all of whom had their eyes squeezed tight shut. Alice, Jasper, Carlisle and Rosalie did as well, but Esme and Emmett were watching this all play out. I sent a weak shield out to them. I was always weaker when I was bit by someone.

I looked up to the glowing eyes of Jade, hoping it hadn’t been too late.