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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…


3. Chapter 3

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Alice

I’d spent enough time with Edward to realize that it’s possible to think in whispers. To think quietly, to keep secrets even from those who have the ability to hear your thoughts. I knew a lot of it had to do with Edwards determination to give us all privacy. Much of the time he stayed out on purpose. But sometimes, it was more than that. I could have secrets from him, if I thought quietly enough, he wouldn’t hear me. Since Bella had come into our lives, I’d tested this theory more than once. There were secrets about Bella’s future that I’d protected very carefully, determined that Edward would not interfere.

I’d seen his decision to leave her in Forks and I didn’t try to sway him. I went along with his choice, because I saw that it would fail. I saw that after a short year or so he wouldn’t be able to stay away and he would go back for her. I saw them sitting in her room and her telling him that she couldn’t live without him anymore than he could without her. I saw her convince him that the only future she could accept was one where she became a Cullen. I saw him agree…

I knew he had to leave her at first. This was so that when the time came for Bella to become one of us, he wouldn’t be able to wonder if it would’ve been better for her if she tried human life without him. This was Bella’s future before Jacob Black.

I had honored Edward’s request that I not look for Bella’s future after we left. I felt confident in the one I already knew would come to pass, though I never let him see it. It seemed silly to pack up and leave, only to return and pick up where we left off a year later. But it was only one year, to our kind, practically no time at all. If it was part of getting Bella for a sister in the end, I was willing to it, and I was willing to hide it from my family, especially from Edward.

I was so sure of Bella’s future that maybe I was lax. Maybe I should have went against Edward’s wishes and checked on her once in a while. Who knows what I would’ve seen, but maybe there would’ve been something. Some clue that things were changing. Maybe the future I had come to depend on wouldn’t have been as clear. Maybe it wouldn’t have had to come to this.

This being me dragging Bella halfway around the world to keep Edward from overreacting to something that hadn’t even really happened. I was once again trying to keep my thoughts in whispers. I knew we were close enough now that he was in range of my thoughts. I knew it was vital to my plan that he not hear me until he saw Bella. That she was alive, and perfect, and beautiful as ever. I knew that until he saw her for himself, he would write my thoughts off as lies, and maybe carry out his plan in a hurry taking away some of our precious time.

It looked like we would make it. Bella was running for him even now. I saw her scream his name and try to push him back into the dark. I saw him smile, obviously thinking she was some kind of ghost. Then I saw the realization cross his face, they would look at each other for a moment and then the Volturi would come. He would protect her. I would show up just in time as long as I parked the car….here!

I hid the car in a dark alley-way shadowed by the closely placed buildings. If I kept to the shadows I saw that I could make it to Edward’s alley without encountering the bright sunlight…

Something changed.

I saw her decide to use the fountain in the center of the square as a short-cut through the crowd. Bella, Bella, Bella, no! She would trip. She wouldn’t get there in time.

It would happen in seconds, there was no time, and with the sun overhead, no way, to get there in before it happened. But. she would be okay…

Edward wouldn’t.

I had maybe two minutes.

My cell phone was at my ear in an instant, I quickly told Carlisle all that I saw, some of it even as it was unraveling before me. There was no time to make a plan with him We would have to trust each other as we had so many times before. We would each do our individual best to save the ones we loved. I told him I would go straight to Edward, I told him where he would be able to find Bella… That was all there was time for. I hung up the phone and ran.

I let my thoughts run rampant as I flew toward the clock-tower. I screamed them at him. Everything I’d carefully concealed over the last several months, everything that had happened in the last couple of hours. I sent him pictures of Bella. Standing beside Jacob in her kitchen… gasping as she realized the weight of my vision… the determination in her eyes when I told her she had to save him… sleeping on the plane… speeding to Volterra.

Please Edward, please, she’s alive. I wouldn’t lie to you, she’s alive and she’s here and we’re all in trouble…