17-year-old Ana Forrester has lost everything. Her parents, her place in this world, her story. After a near-fatal car crash, the Cullens take her in, where she meets Seth Clearwater. Soon, she realizes that her life may have a chance to turn itself around. But when the Volturi threaten Ana’s safety, she must make a choice between her new family, and the wrath of the Volturi. THIS STORY IS COMPLETE!!!!!!! THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO READ & REVIEWED!!!! HOPE TO SEE YOU AT ROUND 2!!!!*~Nymphadora_Cullen~*
In case anyone's wondering, in this story, Ana is 17, which means everything is happening now. Bella's been a vampire for two years, and Nessie is, I guess, about the physical representation of a ten or twelve-year-old. Also, I'm planning to do a playlist for this fic. Check the chapter notes to see what music works for each chapter If anyone has any questions, please leave a review.
10. Chapter 10: Moment of Truth
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Chapter 10: Moment of Truth
Before the end of the month, we set up camp in a meadow that Bella told me had been used for family baseball games. “I remember this one time….” She began, but stopped. “Never mind,” she muttered, “I’ll tell you later.” I heard her voice break; she would, only if there was a later.
Seth, Jake, Nessie and I slept in a tent together, one of those fancy ones where it was partitioned into two rooms. Jake and Seth slept in one room; Nessie and I slept in the other. The other wolves and the Cullens stood outside, keeping watch. I’d tried inviting Leah, Seth’s sister, inside, but she shook her head. Alice had come in, finally bowing to my persistent pleading. She didn’t stay long, however, claiming that Jasper needed to hunt. He had looked quite thirsty that day.
We spent our final week out in the meadow, waiting for the Volturi; during that time, despite the dark cloud that hung over us, we tried our best to have fun.
I’d watched the Cullens and the wolves play baseball; it was quite an interesting game, with Nessie hitting a home run to get Jake home, but Bella hitting a grand slam, bringing Carlisle, Jasper, and Edward home; Nessie, Jasper and I had chuckled when her parents shared a passionate kiss over home plate, with Emmett muttering, “Get a room,” earning him a slap from Alice.
We’d had campfires, roasting marshmallows, hotdogs, and telling stories. Jake had given us a lovely rendition of a few local legends, and Bella had replied with a scary story ending with Edward and Emmett covering Jake with leaves, which started a leaf fight that lasted until Nessie yawned, causing Edward and Bella to postpone the festivities. But the week still marched on, despite our best efforts to slow it down.
The night before our confrontation, Nessie and I were talking. Suddenly, she took my hand, and placed it on her cheek. I paused, wondering what she was doing. I already knew about Nessie’s gift; she’d told me about it shortly after my arrival, during a rainy afternoon with nothing to do. Now, I saw pictures running past me, like video on a movie screen. I saw all the Cullens and the wolves, along with other vampires: Men, and women, all different sizes, and many different faces. When she took her hand away, she stared at me for a minute.
"Where was that from?" I wondered.
"The Volturi's last visit," Nessie told me. She paused.
“You’re scared, aren’t you?” She asked.
I didn’t speak, but I could tell that she understood.
My stomach churned as I saw them enter the clearing, walking in synchronization. Their footfalls would’ve echoed in tandem if I could hear them, but even without the sound of marching footsteps, I still felt shivers racing down my spine. I curled my arms around Seth’s furry foreleg, hoping for some comfort. A moment later, I felt his cold, wet nose against my neck.
“Thanks,” I whispered, “We’ll find a way through this; before long, we’ll be safe.”
Edward nodded. “Seth says that he hopes so too.” Edward paused, his head tilted to the side. “He also said he was right. Something to do with Aro….” Suddenly, Edward snickered. “Yeah, Bella said something similar once.” Edward muttered.
Edward had promised to be Seth’s “mouthpiece” for me; Sam wanted all the wolves in canine form despite protests from both Seth and Jacob. Thankfully, Edward was a person who greatly appreciated my relationship with Seth.
By now, the black figures had lined themselves up on the other side of the field. I noticed that two figure seemed shorter than the rest of the shrouded figures. “Jane and Alec,” Edward answered my confused thoughts. “Yes, they are the youngest, but also the most powerful of the Volturi. Jane can torture you mentally with a single glance. Her brother, Alec, on the other hand, can give you total sensory deprivation. Even if someone bit you while you were under his influence, you wouldn’t feel a thing.”
I noticed that we were not too far away from Jasper, who was now staring at me strangely. It wasn’t until I felt dozy did I realize what Jasper was up to. I saw Edward walking up to Carlisle, but my eyelids were getting too heavy, making me incapable of seeing anything.
“It’s the best way,” I heard Nessie say, “I told Jasper that you were quite restless last night, and I thought you needed it.”
I didn’t want to, but Seth’s fur was so warm, and Jasper’s influence was so strong….
I snuggled closer, and drifted into a comforting darkness, Seth warm at my side.
- Preface/Chapter 1: Forks
- Chapter 2: The Cullens
- Chapter 3: Seth
- Chapter 4: Imprint
- Chapter 5: Continuation
- Chapter 6: Grief
- Chapter 7: Future
- Chapter 8: Volturi
- Chapter 9: Countdown
- Chapter 10: Moment of Truth
- Chapter 11: Reality
- Chapter 12: Sacrifice
- Chapter 13: Fire
- Chapter 14: Recovery
- Chapter 15: Epilouge: Together
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