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Alliances

Summary:
A year or so after The Cullens' run in with the Volturi, Alice has a vision that will bring the terrible Italian vampires back to their doorstep, only this time, there are 3 new commers. The Cullens must fight for their right to survive yet again, and battle against a new danger that appears as a beautiful face.


Notes:
Just about everything in this story happened in a week long dream I had a few weeks ago. I just never got around to writing it out until now.


10. Suspicion

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As the week went on, Alice's visions never came back. Jasper and Carlisle would sit with her for hours on end trying to force a vision from her, but still nothing. Stephanie and Connor never came down from the room that used to be Edward's either. Like I had taken Jasper's gift, I could feel the anguish and tension around me.

"Jacob, I think you should leave so we can give Stephanie and Connor some relief." I frowned at Jacob who had refused to leave the couch even after all his bones were completely healed.

"Now why would I do that? It's her problem, not mine." Jacob laughed, smirking at me.

I glared at him. I hated when he acted this way. I was about to tell him to leave again, when I heard Edward's door open and footsteps along the top most floor. I turned to look at the stairs, and sure enough, Stephanie and Connor were descending the winding staircase slowly. Everyone in the room tensed. Stephanie looked around for a moment, cautious. Then, a warm smile spread across her lips as she made her way to the couch Edward, Jacob, and I were on.

"May I speak to the do-Jacob, please?" Her voice was hitched up in a sweet tone that I didn't trust.

"What do you want, bloodsucker?" Jacob leapt from the couch and grinned at Stephanie.

Stephanie's lips twitched slightly as she fought to keep her smile in place. "Please excuse my behavior the other day. If you are friends with my brother and sister-in-law, then I will try and... accept that." She looked thoughtful for a moment.

"Yeah, I'm sure you're really sorry." Jacob's grin became wider. "So, Laurent was your friend, was he? You know, he was a complete coward when we killed him. Ran away screaming like a little baby." He barked out a laugh.

"Jacob!" I hissed.

Stephanie's nostrils flared, and her smile looked painful. "You would do well to watch what you say, mutt." Her tone had gone murderous.

"See, you really don't want to accept me at all. That's fine, I enjoy pissing you off." Jacob started laughing again.

Stephanie was shaking, her hands balled up into tight fists at her sides. She wasn't smiling anymore.

"Stephanie, STOP!" Edward yelled, jumping to his feet.

It happened so fast that even I had almost missed it. Stephanie lunched at Jacob, just as she had before, but instead of jumping on him, she punched her fist so hard into Jacob's face that he went flying through the living room and crashed through the back windows. I heard Leah and Seth growl in anger outside. Blood was smeared on Stephanie's fist, and I recoiled from the smell.

"WE'RE LEAVING!" Stephanie screamed. She turned on her heel and stomped out the front door with Connor and Emmanuel following her.

I could hear Connor trying to calm her down outside.

"Stephanie, they're family! We can't just leave them!"

"I'm not staying around with that filthy dog here!"

"Fine, but when you've calmed down, we come back."

There was something strange about their little conversation. Sure it sounded genuine, but it felt a little rehearsed. Connor's promise to come back didn't sound all too friendly either.

I sighed and turned my attention to the broken wall. Jacob was standing outside the house. His jaw was lopsided and the left side of his face was covered in blood.

"You deserved that, Jacob." I muttered.

"Oh come on! How come she is the only one allowed to hit the wolves!?" Emmett whined from under the stairs where he and Rosalie were constructing a massive house of cards.

"Come inside, Jacob, I'll fix you up again." Carlisle frowned.

Jacob stormed back into the house looking ready for revenge.

"Edward... can we talk?"

Edward looked surprised for a moment, but followed me out the doors and into the forest regardless.

"What is it, Bella?"

"I have a bad feeling about Stephanie and Connor leaving... it all seems rehearsed. Stephanie and Connor's reaction to Jacob, Alice losing her vision, and then right before they left, Stephanie and Connor's conversation was sort of unconvincing." Nothing was going right.

"Well, Bella, I don't really see how they could be related to Alice losing her visions..." He trailed off and stopped dead on the little path we were following. His mouth was hanging open slightly and his eyes were huge. "No... it couldn't be..." he muttered.

"What is it Edward!?" I went to his side and looked around to be sure we were safe.

"Bella! Do you remember what Emmanuel's gift was?"

"Yes, he can take powers away..." I gasped. "No! You don't think... with Alice?"

"It's the only explanation as to why Alice lost her gift so suddenly. The wolves must not affect Emmanuel's gift because he's on the same wave length as the wolves, like Renesmee."

"But why would Emmanuel do that?"

"I don't know, but we need to go back and tell the others, see what they think." He grabbed my hand and we ran back to the house.

Esme was sweeping up the glass from the window and every time she looked up at the hole, she would sigh loudly.

Edward went to Alice and I followed him.

"Alice, we think we might know what is going on with your visions." Edward began, sitting in front of Alice.

"What do you think it is?" For the first time, Alice looked very tired, like she was worn out.

"We think it may be Emmanuel's gift..." Edward began.

Suddenly, Alice clasped her hands to her head and she started screaming a high pitched earsplitting sound. Edward and I jumped back in shock.

"NO! THEY'RE GOING TO THE VOLTURI!" Alice screamed. Just as suddenly as it happened, she went limp on the floor.