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.
24. Chapter 24
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“If you were an evil mind controlling minion of the Volturi, where would you hide two prisoners with important information?” Becka wondered out loud as we strode outside KJ’s cabin in the Rockies.
“Lock them up somewhere near Italy; close enough to keep an eye on them but far away enough that no one would think to look there,” I said simply, shrugging.
Becka frowned at me. “Oh joy, we get to go and search the European countryside,” she muttered before something clicked on her face. She turned to me, concern in her eyes. “They are keeping them away from large amounts of humans, right? I mean, Jasmine has been working on her control, and that experiment you did with her took away a lot of her bloodlust…”
I understood her worry. “KJ wouldn’t let her do anything that she would regret. Anyway, she would only feel a slight thirst around humans that would be easy to work around.”
Becka nodded absently. She looked up to the sky, where the sun shone down coldly and brilliantly on the mountains. Light was all around us, and we sparkled just as much as the snow.
“Where do you think we should start? I mean, Europe is pretty big, and there are a lot of places to hide people for a long time,” she said uncertainly, digging into her pocket and drawing out a map of the areas around the Mediterranean. I stared at her. “What? I knew you would want to try and find them at the first opportunity, so I grabbed one from Borders.”
I grinned. “And you didn’t get me a book too?”
She rolled her eyes. “Okay, let’s try and be serious. Now, where do you think they could be?” She spread open the map, setting it down on a tree stump. I looked over it, memories surging back to me.
“Bella, I need you to find a good place for us to put the Chinese vampires we just captured. We believe that one of them may have created an army, and we need to learn why,” Aro informed me.I nodded dully. “Of course master. How soon do you need a place to keep them?”
Aro frowned as he thought. “I would say by tomorrow. They are getting on a plane about now, so it would be wise to have a place for them ready.”
I bowed my head. “I’ll get right to it then.”
Aro smiled at me, his washed out crimson eyes looking down at me possessively. I knew he saw me as one of his greatest assets, the cherry on top.
I hated it.
“I’m pretty sure they would keep them away from Africa and the Middle East, because of the sun in those places. My guess is that they are probably somewhere in France…maybe around Marseilles,” I said thoughtfully, my finger gliding to the dot on the map.
“So you want me to take us there for now?” Becka asked. I stared at her for a moment, and then something occurred to me. Becka saw the flash of intuition in my eyes and questioned it.
I slowly shook my head. “I think the Volturi has another teleporter. I mean, how could Jade and Felix get to Australia so quickly? And they got right here from Europe, too quickly for it to have been a plane flight.”
Understanding dawned on Becka. “But if they had a teleporter, then why would they be trying to get me back? Why don’t they just come out of nowhere and take us all back to Italy?”
I frowned. “Maybe they don’t have the same freedom with it that you do. They might not be able to just go anywhere they want like you. They might be able to only go to places they’ve been before, or can only go to special spots.”
Becka’s eyes went wide. “Or maybe they have a magical portal thing!” she exclaimed.
It was my turn to role my eyes. “How many times have you read Harry Potter Becka?” I asked warily. Her face fell and she stuck her tongue out at me.
“It was an idea, okay? I mean, it’s not they could—“ She froze, realization sinking down on her. “They could do that,” she breathed. I cleared my throat, and she focused back on me. “What if they had someone who could manipulate other powers, so they could just follow wherever I teleport?”
I frowned. “Like in the movie Jumper?” Then I realized she was right. “Oh my God, they do. That little girl that came in right before she left…Aro said she could manipulate things around her. She could just bend space to get to places.”
Becka stared up at the sky. “Well, this whole issue just got a whole bunch more interesting,” she muttered. I nodded sadly.
“I think we need to go back to the Cullens,” I said after a moment of tense silence. Becka stared at me. “No, listen. I know where KJ and Jasmine are. But we need to warn the Cullens, and need more help.”
Becka nodded. “You’re right. Let’s head back now.”
We vanished back to the woods by the Cullens new house, only to find Aaron, Alex and Edward standing right there. None of them looked very happy with us.
I reluctantly turned to Becka. “Let me guess, you told Alex,” I said calmly. She gulped and nodded slowly, looking over the three men in front of us.
“I didn’t realize me trying to help you find the leader of our coven would be a topic for discussion though,” she said, sounding strained in her anger. She glanced at me, and we both bolted out of there quickly.
I wasn’t sure if Becka got away, but two cold, hard arms quickly snared my waist, pulling me hard into something. I hung my head, knowing I was trapped. I heard Aaron and Alex chasing after Becka, who wisely didn’t teleport away. No one was ever too happy with us when we went off on our own.
“Are you absolutely crazy now? Why would you run off on your own like that?” Edward hissed, anger filling his voice. “Do you want to hurt yourself even more?”
“Oh, I’ve been in a worse physical state,” I muttered, not meeting his eyes. “But that doesn’t matter. We were going to just see if KJ and Jasmine were still in Colorado! We were worried, and then they weren’t there. At least we came back instead of going off to Europe!”
Edward spun me around, looking deep into my eyes. I wondered if he could see the panic, the worry, the pure and raw fear that constantly consumed me. Something triggered in his eyes quickly, though I didn’t have time to see what.
His lips were frenzied against mine, quickly moving against mine harder than he ever had when he still thought I was human. His hands held my face securely to his as I stood, frozen in shock for a moment, before winding my arms around his neck. I kissed him back just as roughly, feeling everything that I had locked up come back in waves. This was the first kiss we had shared since getting back together really.
Suddenly, Edward’s tongue traced my lips, and I gasped. He took the opportunity and slipped his tongue into my mouth, actually kissing me for the very first time.
After a moment, he pulled away, and crushed me to his chest. “No matter what is going on around us,” he said breathlessly, “you can’t ever run off without me again, alright?”
I nodded, breathing hard. I looked up at him, and saw his topaz eyes lighter than before, staring down at me with fierce love and adoration. I smiled at him, melting in his gaze.
“I love you,” I whispered, laying my head on his hard chest. His arms wound around me, holding me to him gently, burying his face in my hair, breathing in my scent.
“I love you too Bella. So, so much.”
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