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Best Friends Since Ever

Summary:
Bella and Amanda have been best friends since... ever. So of course that's who Renee turns to when Bella needs help with her post-Edward depression. But Amanda has a huge secret.. one that literally blurs the lines of fantasy and reality. Note- I changed the last chapter a bit to fit better with what I want to write in the sequel, so you may want to re-read it.


Notes:
This is my first (written down) fan fic, so I'd really love people's opinions (however brutal they may be) to help me improve and make the story better. Thanks for reading, I hope you like it!


11. Bargaining Chip

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Wow. That didn't sound totally stupid and cheesy at all, I thought sarcastically to myself. I tried again. "What I mean is, anything I imagine, my appearance, objects, other people, becomes… real. I can imagine that I'm a human, and I am. Or I can imagine I have your power, and I do. I can imagine objects, like that chair, or Jane's outfit, or I can affect other people, like Jane getting a sudden interest in fashion. Well, you saw…" I trailed off, still sounding like a rambling idiot. At least I got my moment to shine before I had to explain.

"So, you can do anything?" Aro looked intrigued… and greedy.

"Well, kind of. There are a few limitations. Distance, for one, concentration, for another. A more complex object, like a person, takes a lot of concentration," I paused and thought, creating a clone of myself. "Or they might appear without bones or skin or something. Little things, like this chair, are easier and quicker." I imagined my apparition away. "Um. Thanks for watching my little presentation." I performed an exaggerated, slightly mocking curtsy.

"Remarkable," Aro murmured. "Positively remarkable. Would you be interested in joining us, Amanda?"

"Not if I don‘t have to." I said, leaving us an extra option, just in case. Aro's look changed from awe-struck to scheming.

"Fine then, where were we? We can't risk her exposing our secrets, like we said, and you're not going to destroy her if she does. Thus you must promise to change her, and mean it."

Bella turned to look into Edward’s eyes. “Mean it.” she breathed. “Please.”

Edward looked pain. For some reason, he didn’t want to change Bella, but denying her was killing him. That’s when Alice stepped forward. She closed her eyes and reached her hand out to Aro’s. I imagined she was having a vision of Bella as a vampire. Finally Aro broke the frozen silence.

“Ha, ha, ha! That was fascinating.” Wow. Kid in a candy shop moment. I can’t believe my life was in his hands.

“I’m glad you enjoyed it.” Alice said dully.

“To see the things that you’ve seen, especially the ones that haven’t happened yet!”

“But that will.”

“Yes, yes, it’s quite determined. Certainly there’s no problem for you two to leave.” I stiffened at the “you two” part.

“Us two?” Bella whimpered.

“Well, a trade for a trade. You and Amanda get to go free and she changes you. Alice and Edward stay here as part of the Volturi, just in case you get any ideas of going against Alice’s vision.”

“No!” She cried, sinking to her knees. My heart lurched. It would destroy her to have to walk away form him. There was only one thing to bargain with. One thing he wanted more then Alice and Edward. I was sure this was his plan, and I had know choice but to play into it.

“I’ll stay.” I blurted out before I could change my mind.

“Oh?” Aro’s eyes darted towards me, a smirk threatening to break across his mouth.

I took a deep breath. “I’ll stay, if they are allowed to leave safely.”

“Deal.” He said, a little too eagerly. “But they still have to change her.” He waved his hands towards the door. “You may leave.” Aro’s eyes gleamed in triumph. I could only imagine how much he wanted me, wanted my power. Caius pursed his lips and his eyes narrowed, he would be a joy to have around. And for forever, maybe

“Just let me say good bye. Please.”

“Fine.”

Bella was struggling. It was against her nature to just leave me here, but she couldn’t bring herself to risk her life, or, much worse in her eyes, Edward’s.

“I’m sorry, Bells.” I hugged her tightly. “He wouldn’t have let me go anyways, wouldn’t have let you go.” It was harder to hold it in now.

“Can’t you just imagine they don’t want you or something?” Edward was clearly hurt by Bella’s pain.

“No. My imaginations wear off as I get farther away. I’m not practiced enough to make them permanent. They’d be after us again as soon as we left the city.” I stepped back from the hug, to look her in the eye. “Don’t worry about me. I think I can be happy here, and the thinking part is all that matters.” She smiled at my attempt to jest. “Besides, think of how much good I can do them. Look what I‘ve already done for Jane,” I nodded to the corner, where Alec looked disgusted as his sister tried to debate whether Orlando Bloom was hotter as Legolas or Will Turner with him.

“Take care of her now.” I said, turning to Edward.

“With my life.” He said solemnly, and I knew she was as safe with him as she was with me. I turned to hug Alice.

Make sure I get an invitation to the wedding. And make sure Bella knows it’s no problem for me to be a bridesmaid. I don’t mind. I projected my words strait into her head. She looked surprised, so I clarified. I don‘t have to give myself your powers to see where they‘re headed. She smiled and turned to walk out. Bella waved, looking sadly over her shoulder as they were herded out. I waved back until Felix shut the door behind them, then I turned to face my new family.