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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.


3. Chapter 3

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Slowly, three figures got out of the car. All of them wore grey cloaks, but Jade had pulled hers down o she could look at me with her ruby eyes, and so I could look back. I recognized Felix standing behind her, but wasn't sure who the third person was. The posture was familiar, but I couldn't place the memory.

"Nice car," Jade commented, taking in the shiny black vehicle I was standing next to defensively. "That's one thing I would never try to destroy. I would want it for myself."

I was instantly suspicious at her behavior. She was acting as if we were old high school friends, meeting up again for the first time in years. I glanced back at the unfamiliar person, and everything became clear.

"No," I spat, taking a step away from them. I was prepared to just leave right then and there, no matter what could happen to my car. There were more important things here right now, and I couldn't even fix them.

Jade was truly smiling now. She gestured to the man in the cloak. “Why don’t you come out here right now? I’m sure Bella would love to see you again.”

He stepped forward and lowered the cowl. His messy bronze hair fell forward, partially obscuring his forehead. His large eyes were black and flat, showing no emotion.

I took a step back as I tried to put a shield on his mind, but the connection between him and Jade was too strong. I couldn’t find a hole to break through.

Jade laughed. “You can’t break the connection now Bella,” she whispered. “It’s much too strong for anyone to break. But you on the other hand….” She trailed off thoughtfully.

Felix and Edward stepped forward, and I cursed in multiple languages for what I was about to do. I knew I couldn’t fight Edward, and I knew that he had to fight me. So there was one alternative.

I grinned. “Goodbye everybody. It was nice to see you all again,” I said cheerfully before calmly stepping off the side of the cliff. Jade looked at me angrily, and Felix and Edward’s faces stayed blank.

At least at first. Though Felix remained unfeeling, something flickered in Edward’s face. Something akin to worry and panic…and a flicker of pain. It was something only Edward would know, from the memory of me jumping off a cliff.

Before I could do anything though, I was falling. I shot straight down, feet first, to the bottom of the mountain. Trees flickered past me, and I pulled out my phone. I would be falling for awhile.

“Hey Becka? Would you mind picking up my car and hiding it somewhere? I ran into some people,” I said quickly, all business. It was all I could afford to do right now. I would break down if I did anything else.

“Sure,” Becka said, noticing the odd tone of my voice. “Where is it?”

I frowned. “About halfway through the main mountain pass in northwestern Montana. Just be careful—Jade and company is up there,” I added in a hard voice.

Becka let out a sigh. “Can I please kill her? I know you want to, but it would really let out a lot of tension,” she begged me. I laughed loudly, before noticing I was about to hit the ground.

“Do whatever you want,” I said quickly at vampire speed. “I would love it if you killed her—I really don’t care right now. But I have to go. Bye,” I said, before hanging up. I put my phone back in my pocket and landed smoothly on the ground without the barest jolt.

I glanced up. It seems that I had just fallen about seven hundred feet—something that would have easily killed a human—without even breaking anything. A first for me. Usually, a shoe or my sunglasses would somehow crack.

No one was following me, and I could hear a car going off, one that wasn’t my Mustang. It seemed Jade decided to let me keep my car as a peace offering for what she just did to me.

I sunk to the ground. A small stream bubbled a few feet away, surrounded by moss covered rocks and small ferns. Birds chirped in the distance, and there was a faint coat of mist on the ground. It was extremely dark, since any light there might have been near the top of the mountains turned into shadows down here.

I barely took any of this in. The only thing I could really see was Edward’s blank face, devoid of any feeling or recognition. The way he easily followed Jade’s orders to try and either kill me or take me to Italy.

But something else passed before my eyelids. The momentary panic that he displayed right before I stepped off the side of the cliff. The short bout of pain from the memory of my supposed death.

It was a small detail, something that would have been blown off by any other person, but I knew better. It proved that he was fighting Jade, that he was trying to get free. It was improbable that he would on his own, but it gave me hope.

I just hoped that he wouldn’t lose himself anytime soon.

The small girl that Jade had called Martha was staring at me again. Something about me seemed to interest her to no end, and she would keep up her vigil for hours at a time.

Not that I could show my annoyance. Or any other emotion, that is. I was trapped in my mind, unable to express anything at all for as long as I was trapped like this.

Except for today, my mind reminded me.

It was true. For the first time since I had been captured, I had finally been able to show something, even though I had wished it had been under any other circumstance.

The memory of me being ordered to try and hurt Bella was one of the worst times in my life. Unlike any of the other times I had almost hurt her, I wouldn’t have stopped, and I wouldn’t have been able to choose to stop. I would have been forced to follow through until she was a pile of limbs at my feet.

Even the thought of that happening was painful. To know I could have done that was unforgivable, counting all she had done to try and protect me.

And then she jumped off the cliff, and I was finally somewhat in control of myself. It had brought back memories of when Rosalie had told me jumped off a cliff to die, and the pain brought back control.

It was torture, not being able to follow her, knowing she would fall apart as soon as she knew we were gone. But Jade had ordered us all into the car, and then we were gone.

Right now, I was unsure of where we were. I knew we were in America, somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. In a small hotel, obviously five star. I had a room to myself, and Martha was watching me.

I wished I could say something to her. But my mouth remained shut, my face blank. I was an observer in my own body, unable to interact with anyone.

Martha seemed to sense my desire to talk, to ask why she was so intent on me. She shifted slightly in her seat next to the window, smiling shyly at me.

“Bella really misses you,” she whispered. My love’s name sent a shiver down me internally, not one she could see. But she could sense it. “I promised I would help her without doing anything to expose myself, and I want to keep that promise.”

I just stared at her without emotion, the same as I had done for the past few hours. I truly hated Jade’s ability, and wished I could wring her neck to make her let me go. If this girl knew Bella, talked to her and watched her, it truly was torture not to be able to ask.

Martha chuckled. “It’s very odd talking to a person who is there in mind in body, but not in control of said body. It’s a new learning experience.” Then she sighed. “I’m just lucky that she won’t do it to me. If I can’t control my body, I wouldn’t be able to use my powers, much like you right now.”

I was shocked that she knew I couldn’t read anyone’s minds. As soon as I lost my body, it was like Bella put a shield around me again. Everything was a blank.

Martha went on. “And then Jade’s upset she can’t control Bella at all. The one person Aro really wants, and he can’t even control her. It’s such a case of irony. But a good thing,” she added thoughtfully. “I mean, if they could control Bella we would all be doomed. I’m not even sure if Bella has a full scope on her powers.”

I thought it was funny. Where everyone outside of this problem revered the Volturi, the Volturi revered a young vampire without a full handle on her powers. It reminded me of when Bella had actually been human still, and she treated my family like gods, though we were far from it.

“I just hope Bella’s okay right now. She already seemed upset earlier when I saw her,” Martha murmured. “I mean, one person can only take so much, and she’s such a private person that she wouldn’t talk about her real problems with anyone.”

Abruptly, I found myself talking quickly to her. “Why can’t you go to her and see? Just make sure she’s fine and knows to stay away from us?”

Both of us froze in shock. I stood up, checking to see if I really had control over myself, or if it was just a rare mistake. I flexed my arms, marveling in the fact that I could move on my own.

Martha watched me in wonder. “It seems Jade is having a temper tantrum right now down in her room. I would leave now and get as far as you can,” she advised. I nodded and went to the window. The sun was obscured by thick clouds, though it was nearing noon.

I jumped and went to search for my only love.