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 awakened by the door opening, and the sound of two pairs of feet. I didn’t open my eyes, or even move, for that matter. I had a feeling the Edward had gone somewhere without wanting me to know, and I was determined to find out what it was.
“She’s still asleep, Alice?” asked Edward’s soft voice.
“Yes. And no, Edward, I didn’t tell her.”
“I know. Thank you. I just don’t want her to worry. She has more than enough on her plate at the moment as it is.”
“Did you find anything?” I heard Alice ask anxiously.
“No. There was no scent. I don’t think they reached the country yet. It seems they knew you saw them,” Edward replied, sounding disappointed.
“It doesn’t mean they won’t try again,” Alice pointed out gravely.
“I know. And I want you to keep a special lookout, Alice.”
“Of course, Edward. I don’t want Bella to get hurt anymore than you do.”
“If it’s the Volturi… you cannot let Bella know about this. You know what she’s like. She’ll panic,” Edward said anxiously.
“I know, Edward. Don’t worry, I’ve got it all under control. Whoever it was, they won’t slip through our fingers again,” Alice said. “I promise.”
There was a short pause in the conversation. I heard Edward begin to walk towards the huge gold bed, but Alice stopped him.
“Where are you going to tell her you went? She’s going to want to know. She doesn’t like being left out all the time.”
“I know, Alice. But it’s for her own good. I’ll just tell her I was setting up for our camping trip.”
“Ok, but I don’t want to know about it if she doesn’t believe you. Which she won’t. She can read you like a book, Edward.”
“Good night, Alice,” Edward said pointedly.
“Good night, Edward,” Alice replied, sighing.
“And don’t let me forget to make Emmett go and set up for camping tomorrow.”
Alice laughed her tinkling laugh as she ran lightly from the room.
I felt Edward lie down on the bed next to me, curling his arms around my still form. He kissed me gently on the cheek, and began to hum my lullaby. I fell asleep, and dreamt of faceless figures, drifting ever closer.
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Claire was running through a forest somewhere in Germany, her long black hair flowing out behind her like a flag as she took long, graceful strides. Caius’ words resounded in her ears: ‘do not fail’. She would not fail; she could not fail. Not if she valued her life. She sped up, anxious to reach her destination. She knew she mustn’t think about what she was doing – she was very careful about that – lest the future-reader saw her. Besides, Claire had something else up her sleeve. Something the other side didn’t know about.
She finally reached the airport, and entered at a pace only slightly faster than humans. She drew curious looks from passers by, and she knew they were captivated by her stunning looks and effortless grace. She bought her ticket, and went to wait at the gate. Her flight for Seattle would leave in an hour.