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I will haunt you

Summary:
I didn’t mean to kill myself. I honestly didn’t. Was my jump intentional? I don’t know. Was my jump recreational? I don’t know. I remember that I hardly thought at all. Bella's jump off that cliff was a bit more fatal than she had thought it would be. Now she is a ghost, and no one can see her. Will Bella save Edward from the Volturi? More importantly can she? And what will happen to her afterwards? Chapter 12, last chapter is up!Alternate ending is up!


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8. Chapter 8: not again

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I continued running, trying to forget the ghosts I had just seen. I could still feel their dead eyes boring into my back. They unnerved me with their emotionless faces, because even though they made no sign of it, they seemed to laugh at me.

It was also times like this that I was glad I wasn't human. For surely I would have tripped by now on the bumpy street. i stopped for a moment in the square and looked around me. After a quick 360 I realized that the clock tower Alice saw in her vision was right in front of me. Now where was...?

At that moment, I saw a sight I'd never thought I'd see again. There, barely covered in the shade of an alley, was my angel. His shirt lay in a discarded pile at his feet. His bare chest and face were slashed with sunlight, making him glitter faintly. His face was turned up to the sky, eyes closed. I stood for a moment, drinking him in. I had not seen him in so long.

Suddenly, I heard a faint click and the low toll of a large bell. Startled, I glanced up. Noon. Edward took a small step forward, hands out. I instinctively began running again, as fast as I could. I pumped my arms and propelled across the square, running with wild abandon. Blindly, I sprinted through people, not caring about obstacles, because I could de-materialize through them. Up ahead, there was a large fountain, right in the middle of the square. Since I was cutting across the square directly to get to Edward faster, I didn't go around it. I closed my eyes and passed through the fountain. Being a ghost had its perks.

I heard the bell rumble a third time, and I sped up even more. Edward can't die. He can't. Just hold on, wait a second or two. I prayed silently as I sprinted. If there was a god, I would get to Edward on time.

The clock rang for the fourth time, and then a fifth. I cannon-balled into Edward. He staggered back a step (and barely that) with a soft oomph.

"Edward, move back!" I shrieked. Edward stayed put and wrapped he arms around me. "So quick." He whispered. "And painless. They're quite good." He drew in a huge breath, and his eyebrows lowered infinitesimally. "You don't smell as good as before. But I don't care, I'll take it." He tucked his chin over my shoulder and squeezed, me tighter.

"Edward!" I yelled as I laid my hand flat on his chest and tried to push him back. "You're not dead yet!"

He chuckled softly and opened his eyes. "Death that hath sucked the honey of thy breath, hath had no power yet upon thy..." He paused as he ran his hands through my hair, and he frowned slightly. "Bella...why are you so wet?"

"Because..." I looked for the correct wording that wouldn't freak him out. "I have not left this earth yet. Now get in the shade!"

He opened his eyes wider and he turned his head around to look at something. In an instant, he had shoved me behind him, with our backs facing the alley wall. I felt myself turn invisible again as soon as his hand left my arm.

"Edward, hello again." A male voice said. "Aro would like to speak with you."

I peeked around Edward. Two men wearing long cloaks stood in front of us. The one who had spoken had black hair, and the other had brown. Two pairs of glowing red eyes set in unnaturally beautiful faces stared back at us. I shuddered. Vampires, and not the vegetarian kind.

"Tell him that I shall have to cancel my request." Edward said in a polite tone.

"And leave you alone to throw yourself into the sunlight as soon as we leave? I don't think so." The black haired vampire said as he stepped forward menacingly.

"Hmm," Edward said, somewhat disinterestedly, "I've decided against it. I think I shall leave."

The black haired vampire moved forward again. "Oh, I see-" He swiftly leaned over and looked behind Edward, in my general direction. He frowned in confusion, but continued snidely. "Where's that young lady from a minute ago?"

Edward's head spun in my direction and I stared at his empty eyes. I wish I could reach out and assure him of my presence, but that would also mean the two cloaked vampires could see me.

"What young lady?" I caught the anguished undertones in his voice.

The black haired vampire looked around some more. "The one standing here, hugging you a second ago!" He said fiercely, but with the beginnings of uncertainty in his voice.

Edward shook his head slowly. "There was no girl." He said, though he seemed to be trying to tell himself that, more than the two vampires.

The vampires just stared at him threateningly for a few minutes, and Edward stared back dully. Without warning, they stepped to each side of Edward and grabbed his arm roughly and began to drag him down the alley, away from the square.

They didn't say anything, and in this I began to assume that they knew Edward could read minds. Though Edward didn't say anything to respond to their thoughts, I assumed also that he didn't really care about what they said. I began to panic, afraid that they would give Edward what he wanted. I followed them worriedly. What could I do? I became lost in my thoughts, wondering where we were going and what they were going to do to Edward.

Suddenly, I found myself outside of Volterra. The two vampires shoved him away roughly and he stood there, face expressionless.

Then the black haired vampire finally spoke. "Got it? You step back in Volterra, we will do worse than kill you. We will lock you up and make you live the rest of eternity alone, and you will never see your precious human again. Ever." And with that, they stalked off and left Edward there.

He said nothing, and didn't move. His skin glittered like a million diamonds in the persistent sunshine.

I stepped forward and looked around me. No one was there. I slowly reached out my hand and grabbed Edward's. At the feel of my touch, his head twisted in my direction and he gasped.

"Not again." He moaned, and his face twisted in agony and grief.

I frowned