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Convince Me

Summary:
The Cullens are the ruling class of the Volturi, strict and traditional. What happens when Edward is ordered to go and meet with a new coven of 'Vegetarian' vampires called the Swans? Will he find romance with the youngest, Bella? AU!


Notes:


12. Have Two Then

Rating 5/5   Word Count 1275   Review this Chapter

Carlisle POV:

He’d fled. And taken Alice and Jasper along with him. Aro was furious, naturally; he’d prized the three like they were each the prodigal. Caius had wanted to send a team out to ‘take care of’ them, but I assured him they would be returning.

I hoped they didn’t; maybe there was hope for my family after all. The Volturi were like the Mafia: once you were in, you were in for life – or in a vampire’s case, forever.

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Bella POV:

“Bella dear, there’s someone at the door for you!”

Who on earth would that be? It had to be a vampire, that was for sure. Unless humans stayed up till four a.m. on school nights… The only vampire I could think of that would come here would be… No, it couldn’t be.

I made my way down the stairs slowly, not incredibly excited at being dragged out of my bedroom.

“Hello Bella,” a miniscule pixie of a vampire grinned hugely up at me from just inside the doorframe. Her voice sounded oddly familiar…

“Alice?” I asked, and she positively bounced her head of spiky black hair up and down.

“Good to know you two are already acquainted,” a beautiful voice remarked drily from behind Alice’s petite frame.

I couldn’t say anything. Alice cleared the way for him to run forward and clutch me as close to him as was inhumanly possible. It had only been a few days, which should have been nothing to a vampire, but separation from Edward was like separating water from the earth. It couldn’t, and shouldn’t, be done. I needed him to live, lest I live my endless life alone.

We took the time we had now to get used to the feel of each other again: the way his strong arms felt around me, the way his body felt against mine, the way his lips felt against my lips, the way his sweet scent seemed to intoxicate me. I ran my hands over every inch and plane of his body: his chest, his face, his hair. He did the same to me, just as fervently. We may have had superior memories, but memories could not compare to how he affected me in person.

“We do have business matters to discuss, Edward, Bella,” some time later a quiet voice broke through our private little world to bring me back to reality. I drew back from Edward to stare at the speaker, a tall blond haired male with a calmness about him that seemed to exude throughout the room.

“You must be Jasper,” I stepped forward to shake his hand, and he nodded. “Well, come in then, let’s figure this out, shall we?”

I ushered them down the hallway and into the living room, where Alice took a seat in the armchair in the corner, Jasper leaned against the wall beside her, and Edward and I sat down on the couch.

“Alright, what’s the deal?” I asked as Edward’s arm settled around my shoulders. “Why’d you come back?”

“Well love,” Edward began, his choice of words making my long-dead heart threaten to start beating again, “I had to come back, for you. In fact, I never should have left.” He ran a hand through his tousled bronze hair and stole a glance over at Alice, who was smiling with glee.

“So… you came back, but why bring Alice and Jasper with you this time?” I leaned into his comforting embrace even further and Alice looked like she was about to burst with happiness.

“We can best understand what he’s going through, or, in other words, we know the truth. If the Volturi knew Edward was lying to protect you, to keep you from them, he would be severely punished for disobeying orders,” Jasper explained.

“Why do you know the truth and the others don’t?”

“Our powers are the only ones in the city that could derive the truth from Edward, without having him speak. Of course, Aro could as well, but Edward didn’t get anywhere near him – thankfully.” Alice’s musical voice answered my question, but I had another.

“What’s Aro’s power?”

Edward had this answer for me. “He can read minds as well, but he requires contact in order to do so – a touch on the hand or arm. But, unlike me, he has access to every thought a person has ever had, every memory one has ever experienced. So you see the dilemma speaking to him would have presented for me. And luckily for me, these two are much more understanding than him.” He growled the last word in contempt, and I reached my hand over his lap to put his left hand in my right.

“You don’t like him, do you?” I asked softly, and he sighed, which answered my question.

I never did get a spoken reply out of him, and thankfully the silence was broken by soft footfalls padding down the hallway, which soon gave way to my mother’s voice calling my name. She’d disappeared after calling me down from my room earlier.

“In here Mom,” I rolled my eyes at her volume and looked over at Edward and his siblings. He was smiling as if on the verge of laughter, Alice held the same expression, and Jasper looked, well… giddy. I sighed and rolled my eyes again as Renee entered the room, her mood and expression mirroring Jasper’s. That was Renee for you – she was infectious, but here in a more literal sense. Sure enough, I soon felt that same giddy spirit enter me as Jasper fought to control himself.

“Edward!” She squealed just before Jasper whisked the excitement away and replaced it with calm. “Oh, and you’ve brought friends too. How nice. I’m Renee Swan, Bella’s mother.”

“Oh we know,” Alice smiled conspiratorially, and held out a hand for Renee to shake. She took it and Alice continued, “I’m Alice Cullen, Edward’s sister.”

“And you are…?” Renee was already on to Jasper, and he smiled politely as they shook hands.

“Jasper Hale ma’am, Alice’s husband and Edward’s brother-in-law.”

I shot a sideways glance at Edward and he shrugged. I’d thought there were only brothers and sisters in the Cullen family… Oh. That would sound strange to people like my mother, who believed in such things as in-laws.

“Oh how excellent! And did you two find each other as humans, or…?” Renee always found hearing a good love story irresistible.

“It’s an incredibly long story, even for those who have all of time, albeit a very happy one,” Jasper replied, and disappointment fell upon my mother’s face as she stood facing the much taller vampire. Another smile easily replaced it and she continued on with her questions as she took a seat down on the armrest of Alice’s chair.

“So, when’s the wedding?”

“Mom, we’re not quite there yet, okay?” I sighed and Edward squeezed my shoulder reassuringly. “When we do get there, I’ll be certain to tell you right away, alright?”

“Bella, you don’t have to dismiss your own mother from this conversation, you know,” Jasper informed me, resting a hand on Renee’s shoulder to keep her from getting up. “She has a right to understand the situation. And besides, she’d just hear us from inside the kitchen anyways.”

“I wasn’t dismissing her, don’t worry Mom, you can stay here! I’m just so stressed about all of this…”

“As are we all, my love,” Edward assured me, “But we’ll figure it out.”

“How long can you stay here?” Renee asked, her eyes suddenly lighting up.

“Oh no Renee, we couldn’t, not here, it’d have to be in Volterra…” Edward stuttered as Alice began to giggle.

“So have two then!” My mother clapped her hands together in joy.

“Have two what, exactly?” I asked, exasperated.

“Weddings!” She cried, and I blanched even further, if that were at all possible.