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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.


5. Chapter 5

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I wasn’t exactly sure where I was.

I didn’t even know where I was going. When I had gotten away, Martha had told me to go to Bella. She said that she could help smooth this over. But where was Bella? Her scent vanished multiple times in the woods, probably because she was hunting with Becka.

I sunk down to the ground. I still couldn’t hear any thoughts, because something still lingered of Jade’s ability. Some of my movements were slightly off because it was like something was still trying to hold me back, to get me back to the hotel.

Looking around the dense forest, I suddenly noticed that Bella’s scent was much stronger. Knowing that it would just end up being a false trail, I followed anyway for the off chance that it might take me closer to Bella and her family.

I ran straight to the edge of a cliff, and I glanced up. It was about a seven hundred foot drop, something that would have easily killed a human. It could have even thrown off a vampire slightly.

My eyes widened as I realized this was where Bella jumped off the cliff in an attempt to get away from Jade, Felix and…me. It hurt slightly to know she was trying to put as much distance between her and me as possible, but I knew she was fully justified, since I wasn’t really myself at the time. She didn’t want to fight, so she did what she could to prevent anything from happening.

I took a deep breath, and noticed how her scent lingered still, even though it had been near twenty four hours since she had been here. Her vampire scent was similar to how it had been when she was human, just without the temptation to drink her blood.

I walked forward, and her scent was still extremely strong. I kept going forward and the path lead further into the mountains, a straight path southeast. I realized she ran home last night instead of having Becka picking her up.

It seemed I had a trail to follow now.

I lightly tapped at the door where Bella’s scent was the strongest. I could hear an argument going on inside between Becka, Aaron and Alex. They seemed to be debating on whether to go out and look for something. All three stopped talking, and any movement seemed to freeze.

“It’s open,” Becka called.

I opened the door, and stepped inside. A mirror stood beside the door, and I got a glimpse at myself. My bronze hair was even more messy than usual; more dirt seemed to cover my head than hair. I was covered in mud and bracken, and my clothes were a bit worse for wear.

The three vampires jumped up, teeth bared and growls erupting, too low for any of the humans around them to hear. Aaron took a step forward, his eyes narrowed.

I quickly took off my sunglasses, revealing the warm golden irises beneath, instead of the expected flat black that they had seen so much lately with other vampires controlled by Jade. It showed that I was who my face made them all see, in body and mind.

“How?” Becka breathed, looking at me in pure shock. She knew that the spell I had been under was so strong, impossible for anyone but Bella to break. And even she couldn’t do it, it seemed lately. I wondered briefly if she was having as much trouble with her troubles as Martha had briefly mentioned.

I slowly shook my head. “I don’t know. I was just suddenly…aware. I was myself again. It seemed that Jade was having issues controlling her anger, and it weakened her power. So I just got the hell out of there and came here.” I searched the room as I spoke, hoping Bella was there. But any scent of her wasn’t recent, all from earlier today.

“She isn’t here right now,” Alex said, actually observant enough to know what I was searching for. He was looking knowingly at me, searching my memories without taking them. I saw brief flashes in my mind, much like when Aro went through my thoughts. Except he only saw what happened, not the whole thoughts in it.

“Where is she?” I asked, sounding desperate. And I was. I hadn’t truly seen her in weeks, and it was as much a torture as the three year separation between us.

Aaron just chuckled, shaking his head in amusement. “We aren’t exactly made of money like you seem to be. We actually have to work to stay in this apartment. It cost a bit much too.” I glanced around, noticing how large it was and how nice the appliances were. It would take a bit of money to rent it out.

“She should be back in a bit. She just has a job as an assistant teacher at the university here. She’s teaching Italian,” Becka said, winking. Then she looked me over, frowning. “In the meantime, you might want to wash up a bit.”

I grimaced slightly. I was covered in mud, and Becka and Bella would want a mess all over the apartment to clean up. I remembered from Bella’s human days, and how she always tried to keep everything in her house clean and in the right shape.

“You can borrow some of Aaron’s clothes for now. I’ll wash those for you,” Becka went on, gesturing to my clothes. “Here, I’ll show you to the bathroom.”

She guided me down to the hallway to the second door to the left. Something about her face made me aware that something was wrong. I wished I could read her mind, knowing I couldn’t because Bella would have a shield around her and that Jade still controlled my abilities in some ways.

“You’re hiding something,” I said suspiciously.

She looked a little uncomfortable as she nodded. “Bella really should have been home half an hour ago, actually. We’re a little worried that she decided to go and do something reckless.”

Aaron, who was walking by us to go a room at the end of the hall paused slightly, and shook his head. “Again,” he muttered. I looked at him in alarm as he disappeared into a closet.

Was Bella risking her life trying to save me? I couldn’t live with myself if something happened to her, especially if it was my fault. I had lost her too many times before. Pain seized my chest where my heart should have been beating.

Becka recognized the panic on my face. “Bella can take care of herself if a situation calls for it. We’re really just afraid she’ll try and go to KJ’s house further down in the mountains to get some things back. We don’t want anyone to know what we have there.” I frowned at her in confusion, but she shook her head. “Oh no, this is a discussion you can have with Bella. I don’t even get most of it.” Then she grabbed the clothes Aaron offered, shoved them into my hand and pushed me into the bathroom.

Instantly, I hated the power Jade still had on me. Part of my mind was missing, and I wasn’t thinking like myself. I felt so much more desperate than I did normally, since I was afraid I would lose myself here, where Bella and her siblings were hiding. I didn’t want to be a threat to them, but I knew better than to leave. We had all seen the consequences that could bring.

With a sigh, I went to go clean myself up.