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Cozener

Summary:
All she can do is fight. Fight, and never back down or give up. Never show any hurt or pain, be brave and show her enemies a strong face. War is a hard thing to do. Bella Swan is close to just losing it. Her fiance is kept down with the power of another Volturi member, who is ruthlessly trying to capture her and all of her family-siblings and Cullens. She's the only one who can stop the fight. But can she find it in herself to do it? Sequel to Deceiver.


Notes:
Most charecters are owned by Stephenie Meyers. Becka, Aaron, Alex, KJ, Jasmine and the new Volturi members are all just a prt of my imagination that I created to go with the plot.


13. Chapter 13

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“I’ll just sit here while you all have your fun and make sure none of you can be torn to pieces,” I said grumpily, sitting down Indian style and pouting slightly.

Everyone else seemed to smirk at me, and a small measure of relief seemed to pour out of Edward as if he had somehow gotten Jasper’s gift. It was obvious he rather me stay on the sidelines doing my part than being in the action. Even though I could handle myself just fine.

Some habits never seemed to die.

“Oh, cheer up Bella. You can still squeeze some of them apart,” Aaron suggested lightly. I immaturely stuck my tongue out at him, and he chuckled and turned away from me, grinning.

Edward bent down and touched my cheek. “It’ll all be fine Bella. You just have to do your part, and we’ll take care of the rest,” he whispered softly to me, his whole face soft and gentle.

I sniffed slightly. “But what if you get hurt? Or what if I can’t protect you from something. It will all be my fault, and I don’t know what I would do if any of you—“

He silenced me with a quick peck on the lips. “Nothing is going to happen,” he said, sincerity ringing in his tone. “We’ll all be careful, and if we let something happen, you can come in and do whatever you want to the person responsible.”

I forced a smile that he could easily see through and nodded. “Fine. But now I’m hoping that something does happen, and that makes me even guiltier. Your fault,” I added, touching the end of his nose with my index finger.

He smiled crookedly at me and stood up. Becka looked down at me and laughed. “This is so awesome. For once, you have to sit back and let other people do the fighting. Quite humbling, isn’t it?” She laughed as I scowled at her.

“Come on and shield us already,” Alex moaned, not even bothering to play nice. He just wanted to get this over with so he could go back to whatever he had been doing earlier. Though I doubted Aaron would want to continue playing ball. More likely, he would want to turn the TV on to his favorite sports channel, and just sit there until his mind finally fuzzed out.

I rolled my eyes and expanded the shield, making it so that they were invisible to the outside world, but could clearly see the distortion of the shield, something I usually tried to hide. I preferred seeing things clearly, but none of them could sense the shield the same way I could. I didn’t want them to hit their heads or anything. Even if it was amusing to watch.

“There, all set. Go get them good!” I said enthusiastically, earning a groan and rolling of the eyes from everyone. I smirked a little before turning serious. “If you guys have any issues at all, just say my name. I can hear you all as long as you’re still in the shield.”

They all nodded again, and I could tell that they realized how serious I was about this, how serious this was in the first place. Even if they had the advantage of surprise and me with them, it would be dangerous.

Edward leaned down and gently pressed his lips to mine before straitening and giving me a calm smile, sincerity echoing in his deep eyes. I couldn’t distrust that face, no matter how much every part of my entity wanted to. I was suddenly convinced that everything was fine, that nothing was going to go wrong. I once again thought of Jasper’s ability to change your emotions.

Becka came over to me, and held my hands lightly. I mentally blocked her ability to move me, but let her take the others away. I would be staying in my little spot all alone until they got Jade alone, whim they would bring to me.

I felt them appear in the forest, though I couldn’t send another shield out to see what was around them in fear that the one they were in might drop. That wouldn’t have any good results. Whoever was around them would realize that they were there, and would know to come and get me so they others could be visible again.

I tried to concentrate solely on the people in my shield, but there was a faint prickling on the back of my neck, metaphorically. It was a human saying, and an animal instinct. I was sure someone was watching me.

I looked around, hearing and seeing nothing. I briefly felt around, careful to hold up my other shield. I felt someone flying towards me from behind me, and I spun around, hair whipping my face, my teeth bared.

“Well, I can say that I am most definitely impressed, Bella. I didn’t know how well you could focus your powers. I should have let you out much more to experiment,” Aro said in bemusement.

I relaxed my stance, and gave him a small smile, though I knew my eyes tightened slightly. I knew that Aro was nothing but diplomatic when alone, and I didn’t sense any other of the guard around.

“Aro, what brings you to North America? Surely you would rather be in Italy than the New World?” I asked lightly.

He chuckled. “Actually, that is very true. I find Italy much more comforting, much more beautiful. But I thought I would get out for a bit, and maybe visit some old friends.”

I raised my eyes slightly at him. “I’m shocked Renata allowed you to leave the castle alone. Or is she here somewhere, hiding in a place I can’t feel her?” I let my eyes drift around, now looking at the trees to emphasize my words.

“I thought it would be better if I talked to you alone, so that you wouldn’t feel endangered,” Aro said evenly, raising his hands in a calming gesture. “I came simply to talk.”

I nodded, and briefly closed my eyes to allow myself to see the others more clearly. They were fighting now, slipping in and out of my shield. Jade hadn’t been caught yet, so they couldn’t come back. I was glad. I wanted to speak to Aro now.

“What is it you wish to talk about?” I was being carefully polite, cautious so I wouldn’t upset him in any way. Something good may be coming, and I didn’t want the chance to ruin it like only I could.

“My dear, I think it’s time you gained your real freedom.”