HUGE thanks to MoonSpinner for my lovely banner!! xx It takes place after Bella accepts Edward's proposal. The fight against the Newborns never happened and Bella and Edward are still at school. There's a new vampire in Forks. The only problem is, Alice can't see it, and Edward can't hear it. Why is it here? Edward and Bella need to find out before it's too late.
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I was running. Running as fast as I could. Running for my life. I was in a forest, though I had no idea how I came to be there. All I knew was that I needed to run. The footsteps behind me quickened. I began to pant, sweat dripping down my face and chest. The trees seemed never ending, and I wondered if I would ever get out of the forest alive. I didn’t know if I could run much longer. As if they could read my mind, the footsteps behind came nearer, closing in around me. I stumbled on an exposed tree root, and as I fell I felt my hunter’s cold arms catch me. I knew it was the end. I screamed as the cold fangs, dripping with venom, came closer. I screamed as I died…
“Bella! Bella, wake up!”
Cold hands shook me, and I groggily opened my eyes. The face of an angel looked down at me. My angel. Edward. I sat up quickly, and realized I had tears running down my face. I brushed them away, and turned to face him. His eyes were worried, confused, as I looked at him, then became reassured, but still concerned when I smiled.
“What happened, Bella?” Edward asked, taking hold of my hands tightly. “You were screaming so loudly…”
I stared at him, looking deep into his tawny eyes before I answered. “I just had a bad dream, that’s all. Nothing to worry about.” I felt uneasy, not telling Edward everything, but I knew that he didn’t need to worry about me any more than he already did. Luckily, he didn’t seem to notice my awkwardness. Not for the first time in my life, I was grateful he couldn’t read my mind.
Relief broke out on his face, quickly followed by my favourite crooked smile. He pulled me into his lap, and I curled myself up into his chest. This was the place that I felt most comfortable, even though Edward was hard and cold. This was where I belonged. He kissed the top of my head and began to hum my lullaby. He rocked me as I drifted back into an uneasy sleep.
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There was a knock at the door. Caius looked up from his desk, his red eyes glinting in the lamplight. “Come in,” he said, his quiet musical voice carrying through the heavy oak door. A woman entered, closing the door quietly behind her. She was tall, statuesque, her long, black hair reaching her waist. She looked expectantly at Caius, waiting for him to begin.
“I have a job for you, Claire.” As he said this, the woman’s crimson eyes gleamed.
“Anything, Master,” she replied.
“I’m sure you have heard the story of Edward Cullen, and his human love, Bella Swan?” Claire nodded. “Before he left, he promised to turn Bella into a vampire. I need you to go and check that he has complied with our request. I know Aro is quite keen to find out if she has any powers. Personally, I don’t think he has. He doesn’t have the courage, or the determination. If I am correct, and he hasn’t, it is your task to finish her. With your exceptional abilities, that should not be a problem.”
Claire beamed at this praise from her beloved Master. Caius continued.
“If, however, he has changed her, I need you to send for Aro, Marcus and myself immediately. We will need to meet her, just to make sure. I have had Demitri locate the Cullen family, and you know the measures you will need to take to ensure that little Alice Cullen will not see you coming. Your path is clear. Make sure you do not fail. This is a very important task, and we are all depending on you.”
Claire nodded her head again and left the room.
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I awoke the next morning to find that Edward had disappeared from my side. I sat up, anxious already. My heart sped up at the thought of not knowing where he was. In a flash, he was next to me.
“Good morning, love,” he said, kissing me gently on the nose. My heart rate slowed, and Edward chuckled. I blushed; my heart always gave me away.
“Good morning, Edward,” I replied, laying back down on the bed, pulling Edward down beside me. We stayed like that for a while, until we heard a knock at the door.
“Alice,” whispered Edward, a little annoyed. He got up off the double bed and went to open the door.
Alice bounded in, a huge grin on her beautiful face. I smiled back, and slowly got up. Edward had left us alone, and I began to get dressed. I took my time, knowing that I annoyed Alice with my human slowness. She tapped her foot impatiently. I smiled again. I was dreading the agenda for today. The only advantage was that is was Sunday, and that meant no school.
“Hurry up, Bella! We have so much wedding planning to do!”
Ugh. Wedding planning.
I swore I heard Alice mutter something about “can’t wait…vampire…stupid Edward…”. I laughed silently.
I finished dressing and followed Alice into the room she shared with Jasper, groaning the whole way. I was sure I could hear Edward chuckle from downstairs, where he was watching the TV with Emmett.
Alice sat me on her long leather couch, and went to her giant wardrobe. It had to be huge, considering all the clothes she owned. She came back to the couch carrying a large white folder. She opened it, and I saw it contained pictures of dresses. I glanced at Alice, confused.
“Alice, you’ve already got my dress, remember? The vintage lace? 1918?” I asked.
“Yes, but Bella. What about the bridesmaid dresses? Rose and I can’t have something of the rack. You said so yourself. So we need ideas and designs. I need you to help me choose.” Alice answered calmly.
“Fine. But nothing to fancy, ok?”
“Of course, Bella, I promise,” replied Alice, a mischievous glint in her eyes. Something told me she wasn’t promising anything at all. I sighed and began choosing colours and patterns.
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