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.
9. Chapter 9
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“Bella, I know you want to leave, but hold still! I can’t do this right if you’re jumping up and down like a toddler,” KJ snapped in annoyance. I just huffed, glaring at Becka and Jasmine for laughing at me.
KJ was looking at my shoulder, wrapping it up in gauze to hide the mutilation it had gone through. He said it should be healed within a week or so, but he didn’t want anyone to see the shimmering scars and finger marks until it looked slightly better.
“KJ, I know you want to protect the bite, but we really need to go! The Volturi will be here soon, and we have to find the Cullens to warn them!” I said desperately.
He sighed, and finished tying up my arm. “Stay here,” he said, his voice worn. I nodded sullenly and he left the room, to return moments later with a black sling. I eyed it suspiciously. “Please, humor me,” he said.
I took it, grumbling about overreactions and vampire healing. I slipped it around my neck, placing my injured arm into it without feeling any pain. “There, happy now?” I asked grumpily. I didn’t need a handicap.
KJ smiled, guessing my thoughts. “Think of it as a disguise. No vampire needs a sling, since they don’t get injured that badly. You’ll just be overlooked.”
I nodded, seeing the brilliance of that plan. “Alright then. But why do you think I passed out? I mean, I know we can sleep, but I didn’t think we could lose totally consciousness like that.”
He pursed his lips. “Well, you’re right when you say we can’t fully fall asleep. Some part of our minds is always awake and alert, while the rest rests. I’m not sure if you were fully out.”
“Oh, she was,” Becka assured him. “Her shields totally dropped from our minds, and that’s not normal. Usually, even when she’s asleep, there’s always something protecting our minds.”
I frowned. “That would explain it,” I muttered.
They all turned to me. “Explain what?” Jasmine asked curiously and cautiously at the same time.
“Well, when I was waking up, I felt another presence that wasn’t in the clearing,” I explained. “I realized it was Alice, but I was still too out of it to say anything. By the time I was fully alert, she was gone.”
“So the Cullens at least know you’re alive?” Becka pressed.
I nodded. “And probably that I’m a vampire.”
Becka looked relieved. “Well, that’s one less awkward conversation we have to subject to in the near future.” I laughed at her tone, and she sobered. “But we’ll have to explain everything else to them.”
I sighed, nodded my head. That was one discussion I wished I could avoid. The looks I knew that would come on their faces, it would be too much for my already frayed emotions. Not even Jasper would be able to calm me down. The betrayal they would believe I committed, how I was a deceiver, it wouldn’t go well inside. I think I might be able to hold it together long enough for them to tell me to leave, or to stay. Then I would become a mess.
“Bella, stop thinking about how they’ll reject you! You did it enough in Volterra,” Becka grumbled, sitting up and leaving. Jasmine raised her eyes at me.
“I had a lot of moments of self doubt in Volterra,” I explained. She shook her head and laughed quietly as KJ coughed once, trying to hide his amusement. I glowered at them wordlessly.
“You’ve had plenty of self doubting here state side as well,” Jasmine said, amusement still in her voice. “I mean, you just don’t see yourself ever in a good light, do you?”
“No, she doesn’t,” Aaron said, walking in as Becka stalked back into the room. “And from what I’ve heard, she just sat in her room brooding most of the time in Volterra when Aro didn’t need her.”
KJ shook his head. “And you call Edward a masochist,” he muttered.
I shook my head indignantly. “I am not a masochist. I am just slightly insecure in the situation I am currently in.”
“And what situation is that?” Jasmine asked.
Alex, Aaron, Becka and I all groaned. ‘Haven’t you been paying attention for the last couple of years? If we ever left without the Volturi’s permission, they said they would hunt you and the Cullens down….and kill you guys,” Aaron said unwillingly.
Jasmine brushed that off. “Oh, KJ and I can just go down to Mexico. They wouldn’t be able to follow us there.”
Alex raised his eyes at her. “Um Jasmine, you don’t exactly do so well in the sun either. You sparkle a lot.”
Suddenly, she smiled broadly, glancing at KJ and I, who quickly looked away, knowing what was coming. “Oh, KJ and Becka haven’t told you? They came up with a way to mix their venom with mine, so I only sparkle slightly now. If I put tanning lotion on thick enough, it’s hardly noticeable.”
The others looked at us disbelievingly, and KJ sighed. “Jasmine is…stuck in way, between her vampire form and human disguise. Her skin is slightly darker than normal vampires are, but she still always has golden eyes.”
Aaron and Alex nodded, and Becka turned to me with raised eyes. “And when did you have time to work on a mixture of venom with KJ?”
I looked down. “You know how you thought I vanished a lot to be alone and hunt?” I started slowly. She nodded. “Well, I was really visiting KJ in Naples. I always went on sunny days,” I quickly added, seeing that she was about to interrupt. “And the fact that they couldn’t really see me helped.”
Becka turned to KJ, curious now. “Why didn’t you have me come as well? I could have come a lot more often to help you.”
KJ shook his head. “What would happen if for some reason Bella’s shield around your mind faltered, and Aro saw what you were doing? I needed someone who had a safe haven in their mind.” She nodded absently.
“Could you do this to other vampires?” she asked, coming back to reality.
I shook my head, frustrated. “No, we can’t. The vampire has to be so young, or else it doesn’t work. The max age we believe it will work is eight years old.”
KJ jumped in to help explain. “The venom has to be so new, that way it can change its characteristics more easily. You’ll see that a vampire that starts out as a vegetarian for its first ten years has more difficulty switching to humans, and vice versa. The venom allows the person to keep a conscious more easily.”
“Unless the person has a rare gift, like Jasper did. He drank humans for the first half of his life, but he had a conscious from his ability of empathy. He has more trouble sticking to it though,” I added, frowning as I remembered my eighteenth birthday party disaster.
“Jeez Bella, you sound so clinical,” Alex teased. I shrugged rolling my eyes before turning to KJ.
“You still didn’t say why I passed out really,” I reminded him.
He frowned. “No, I didn’t, did I?” He looked away at the snow covered mountains outside the window before turning back to me. “We’re a little more delicate than normal vampires. We need to sleep, and hunt more regularly. We have the same strength and ability, but we just retained our humanity enough that it slightly weakens us.”
I nodded absently, distracted by a new buzz in my head coming from Alex’s shield. I strengthened everyone’s quickly, knowing that no information had gotten out.
“Thanks KJ. That explains a lot,” Aaron said, grasping the new urgency on my face. He glanced at me questioningly. My face grew hard.
“We need to leave now. The Volturi are searching for us.”
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