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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.

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.

12. Guests

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The feeling of déjà vu was slowly trying to crush me as everyone left to separate corners of the Earth to find help. This time, however, it was warriors we were seeking. Edward and I stayed behind with Renesmee and Jacob who had most of his head wrapped in a bandage, making it very hard for him to talk. Thank God.

The first to arrive were Tanya, Kate, Eleazar, and Carmen. They were willing as anything to help us however they could, even if that meant dying. Edward and I filled them in on the situation and what we were dealing with, but as we were finishing up, more would arrive and we'd have to start over, so I chose to stop telling the story until everyone got there. After three days, 20 vampires had arrived: Tanya, Kate, Eleazar, Carmen, Charlotte, Peter, Siobhan, Liam, Maggie, Garrett, Mary, Randall, Alistair, Zafrina, Senna, Kachiri, Stefan, Vladimir, Tia, and Benjamin. The arrival of Benjamin and Tia shocked both Edward and I.

"We tried to convince Amun to come with us" Benjamin said sternly, "But he's too proud or whatever. So we left him because it would be wrong for us to sit back while you all fought for your lives."

Carlisle, Esme, Alice, Jasper, Rosalie, and Emmett all returned shortly after. Edward and I gathered everyone into the large front room; the majority of the wolves were there too. Edward stood up and everyone immediately stopped their quiet chatter to focus on him.

"Most of you already know the story, but for those of you who don't, here is why we call you back here for battle instead of witness. Not but a couple days ago I came across my sister; my real sister from when I was human." He paused to let a murmur run through the small crowd. "Her name is Stephanie and her mate is Connor. They have a child as well, born and conceived in the same way as Renesmee, named Emmanuel. Their gifts are great as they each have two except for Emmanuel."

"TWO GIFTS!?" Vladimir's voice screeched.

"How is that even possible?" Eleazar mused.

Edward put up his hands. "Please. We do not know how they could have two gifts, but they do. Stephanie is a shield for both mental and physical attacks and her shield can be moved out to attack someone and kill them, she can also read minds like me and it is powerful enough to break through Bella's shield. Connor can shape shift and is such a talented and powerful tracker that he can nearly read your mind as well. Emmanuel can take your gift away, rip it clear from your body or make a copy of it to use himself. We are learning now that he can also give snippets of the gift back to the original owner as Alice here only knows too well about."

"So if Stephanie is your sister, then we must be allies." Stefan began.

"Their power is great and could take down the Volturi." Vladimir continued in a matter-of-fact voice.

"Very good plan, using them to finally take down those Italian bugs. So where are they?" Stefan asked.

"We were allied with them." Edward stated sourly.

"Were? What happened!?" Eleazar growled.

"He happened." Edward snarled, pointing at Jacob.

Everyone turned their attention on Jacob. He tensed and his fellow pack members all shifted their wait toward the horde of vampires.

"What do the wolves have to do with anything?" Tanya asked.

"Everything. Jacob provoked an already upset Stephanie. Stephanie and Connor had been friends with many vampires Jacob and his pack have killed. She holds a personal grudge against him. She came wanting to make a truce, but he basically spat in her face, which is when her decision was made to go to the Volturi then come back here and destroy us. Which is why we called you all here. We need help fighting off the Volturi."

"How could we possibly hope to win against your sister?" Siobhan asked, looking frightened.

I stood up then as a plan began to form in my head. "The Reids have a flaw in their gifts. When they are around the wolves, their gifts no longer work. The same thing happens with Alice. The only one who doesn't seem to be affected by the wolves, though, is Emmanuel. We may have a chance to win as long as we can keep the wolves around Stephanie and Connor and then have a group take them out. That way, I'd be able to shield us all as we try to take out the rest of the Volturi." I was surprised at myself.

Everyone looked skeptical and scared for their lives. It did sound impossible; we were untrained in sophisticated battle. Jasper had never fought against the likes of the Volturi. Many of us would not come out alive. I looked around at all the faces of my family and friends. My eyes landed on Edward's face and he smiled warmly at me. How could I put them in danger? How could I possibly live with myself for the rest of forever if Edward or Alice or, I swallowed hard, Nessie, were hurt or killed?

"When are they coming?" Maggie mumbled.

Alice shook her head. "I'm not sure yet. I won't know until Emmanuel shows me. This is very irritating and I wish to be the one that takes him down." She snarled in a very un-Alice way. "I just know that it's soon; Emmanuel made that clear in the last vision he showed me."

"Then we must get as ready as possible." Sam spoke up for the first time. He rose from his spot on the floor and looked at Carlisle roughly. "We will help you. Are these vampire's fighting habits similar to the newborns we helped you fight before?"

Before Carlisle could answer, Stefan made a sound in the back of his throat.

"Newborns... the Volturi fight like demons, killing all in their path. At least the guard does. Aro can't be bothered to get his prissy little hands dirty."

"Yes, they are nothing like a pack of lowly newborns. The Volturi Guard are highly trained, but luckily for us, most of them rely too much on their gifts to do much physical fighting." Vladimir continued, a slow frown touching his lips.

"Then what do we do to prepare?" Sam asked, looking tired.

Jasper sighed. "We can still use some maneuvering from the lessons about newborn killing, but they must be more precise and quicker. If we go to the field we can practice with everyone now."

Everyone started talking quietly as Jasper lead the way out the front door. I stood behind as I heard everyone sprint in the direction of the field. Edward pulled me into his arms and hummed my lullaby until I unfroze and wrapped my arms securely around his waist.

"Why is this happening? Why do I always put my family in danger?"

"Hush, Bella love. It wasn't you. It was the mutt who put us in danger." Edward chuckled darkly. "Yes, Jacob, I do mean you"

"I thought so." I turned in time to see Jacob running out the door, a trail of bloodied bandages flying behind him like a streamer.

I sighed, superhuman healing or not, his jaw would never heal if he kept rejecting the bandages. "I suppose we should go to the fighting lesson... this time I get to join in!" I thrilled with mock excitement. My eyes tingled a bit and I knew that if I had tears, I'd be bawling my eyes out.