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NM Alternate Ending

Summary:
It's page 449 of the hard-back version of New Moon. Bella is running across the plaza in Italy. She has to get to Edward before the clock chimes. Before the Volturi do. His life depends on it. This time Bella stumbles and doesn't get there in time. What will happen to Edward now? Will Alice make it out of Volterra and keep her promise to Jasper? Will Bella be able to survive, thinking she's failed... alone in Volterra?


Notes:
So, you remember of course, in New Moon, Bella is running for her (and his) life toward the place where Alice saw Edward would be. It’s a race against time and she’s fighting the crowd…


12. Chapter 12

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They brought Jasper down soon after he and Carlisle arrived. Carlisle was talking to the Volturi and it only took them a few minutes to understand why they suddenly felt like they wanted to grant Carlisle everything he asked. They were impressed and annoyed by Jasper’s talent and sent him down to us so they could finish their discussion without simulated calm and confidence.

The wave of love radiating off of him when our eyes met I was sure could be felt for at least a mile around. In moments like this we never needed words. He could experience my feelings and show me how he felt at the same time. He had been worried about me, he was relieved to see me, he loved me. I walked forward into his arms and let the little bubble of feelings settle over us for a moment. I laid my face against his chest so I could breathe him in. I could feel him doing the same thing to my hair.

Edward remained where he was, leaning against the damp stone wall to give us our moment. He’d held that position for the last 16 hours, motionless, except occasionally when his hand would reach up to pinch the bridge of his nose, a sign of distress. There was something about his demeanor that I couldn’t unravel. He was terrified for Bella, but at the same time there was an undercurrent of confidence that was more than just hope. I didn’t understand it. I’d spent the last 16 hours sitting on the ground looking for the future. I still couldn’t see anything clearly.

Jasper released me and looked at Edward. The expression on his face was a mixture of relief and disapproval.

“I’m so sorry Jazz.” Edward walked forward and offered Jasper his hand. “I didn’t know what else to do.”

Jasper grasped his hand and pulled him into a hug. I knew he was answering with his thoughts when Edward laughed after stepping back and meeting Jasper’s eyes. “Thank you, I‘m truly sorry.” Edward said quietly.

“Is Carlisle with the Volturi?” I asked. I had yet to look away from Jasper’s face.

“Yes. As soon as they realized their feelings were being manipulated they sent me away. I didn’t get to hear hardly anything All I could gather is that they know Bella is here but they can’t find her.”

“That’s right.” I reached for his hand and he gave it to me. “Aro saw her being helped in my vision, but we don’t know the identity of the man. I think I’ve been getting flashes from inside his house, but I’m not sure.”

“I thought the Volturi had trackers.”

“They do.” Edward replied. “They have several, but only one that is truly inescapable. Demetri.”

“But he can’t find her?”

I looked at Edward to read his response. He looked down at his hands and answered without meeting either of our eyes. “Apparently not.” Jasper frowned and I could tell he was absorbing Edward’s feelings. They seemed to confuse him.

I wanted to tell Jasper about the brief exchange I’d witnessed between Edward and the tracker. But after what he had told me about the information being dangerous, I decided not to let Jasper in on it. I would try to avoid Aro’s touch as well and I would spare Jasper from any information that could be dangerous to us or Bella.

A vision caught me off guard. It was clearer than any of the others, though still not absolute. It was of Bella.

From the nature of the light it seemed like early morning. She was hurrying across the plaza, only this time it was deserted. She was heading toward the clock-tower, a look of quiet determination on her face. She was walking toward a hooded figure in the darkness…

“Alice!” Jasper was gently shaking my shoulders.

I focused on his face as the vision faded. Edward was also suddenly at my side, looking desperate.

“What did you see?” He asked anxiously, “Was it Bella?”

“Yes Edward, she was fine.” I frowned though, trying to figure out the meaning of what I had seen. “I think she’s going to come here.”

“No!” Edward exclaimed.

At the same time Jasper asked, “When?”

“I couldn’t tell.” I answered Jasper, “I think it was morning. Edward, it will be fine.”

“She can’t come here!” He declared desperately.

“Maybe it’s the only way.” A thought suddenly occurred to me. “Maybe if they meet her, if Aro can read her mind, he’ll know that she doesn’t intend to reveal us to anyone. Maybe they’ll see that our secret is safe with her.”

Jasper looked as though he would like to share my hope. Edward looked less than skeptical.

“She can’t come here.” He repeated. “I don’t think Aro will be able to read her mind. It’s protected somehow, and even if he could, I don’t think they would see any reason to take a chance on her. Humans are unpredictable… and disposable.”

I sat down where I was and pulled Jasper down with me.

“Decide to bring Bella here.“ I demanded. Jasper was used to playing this game with me, sorting through the possibilities. The more he focused on the decision that Bella needed to come here the more defined the vision became. There were still a lot of small decisions that could alter the whole picture, but as far as I could see, she would be alright…

“Decide to hide her.”

Jasper planned to take Bella to South Africa, New Zealand, Russia, Brazil… With a twitch of my head he knew when the decision would end in disaster and he would quickly change his mind. No matter where he tried to take her, she was always discovered by the Volturi. The images were devastating.

It took me a moment to realize something in the visions were missing.

“Edward,” I turned toward him. He had returned to his pose against the wall. His nose pinched between his fingers. He looked up when I spoke.

“Isn’t Demetri the most powerful tracker?”

“Yes. His mind is amazing. He has several talents combined that make him lethal and impossible to confuse.”

“Then I wonder why he isn’t showing up in Bella’s future.”

Another strong vision burst into my mind and exploded in front of me. Bella was curled up on the ground shrieking in agony.

That was all. The vision vanished.

“What did you just decide!?”

Jasper shook his head, “Nothing, what was it?”

I didn’t answer and looked at Edward who was watching me intently.

“Did you decide anything?”

He shook his head. “Was it Bella?”

I nodded. “I don’t know what it meant, but it wasn‘t good.”

“She can’t come here.”

“Edward. I still think it’s the only way.”

Carlisle looked distressed when we were finally reunited in one of Volterra’s chambers a few hours later. Edward went straight to his side and if it were possible, I knew he would’ve been crying.

“Carlisle-” he choked out before Carlisle grasped him by the shoulders and shook his head.

“Don’t apologize son, I know you didn’t think you were endangering any of the rest of us.”

“But I-”

“No Edward, there is no time for regrets. We will get out of this together and we’ll discuss it on the other side.”

Edward nodded and stepped back to stand beside Jasper. He didn’t look comforted by Carlisle’s words. Nothing but Bella’s safety could comfort him.

I stepped forward into Carlisle’s waiting arms. “I’m so proud of you Alice.” He told me.

“How can you be happy with me?” I heard the sadness in my voice, “I brought Bella into this mess. I saw the vision that started all of this.”

“But you did what was necessary to save your brother, Alice, and I know we will find a way out of this. I will protect my family, Bella included.”

“Alice thinks the only way to save Bella is to have her come here and let the Volturi talk to her.” Jasper said, “Once they see that she is determined to protect our secret, maybe they’ll let her go.”

“We can’t hide her?” Carlisle turned to me.

“No, their trackers will find her.”

“Alright.” Carlisle took a deep breath, out of habit, and looked at each of us in turn. “How do we get her here?”

“I think if I focus really hard I will be able to see where she is. I haven’t done it yet because I didn’t want Aro to see it in my head, but if we’re bringing her here anyway, I don’t see how it would hurt.”

Edward was oddly quiet, perhaps because Jasper was sending waves of reassurance towards him. Perhaps he was coming to terms with what needed to happen.

“If you’re sure Alice.”

I nodded.

“Alright, find her.” Carlisle put his head in his hands briefly before looking up and continuing, “I will speak to Aro. Hopefully my history with the Volturi will help us. I know they’re capable of being reasonable…

I also know what else they are capable of.”