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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.

14. Arrival

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The atmosphere in the field went from a kind of subdued weariness to panic almost instantly. Jasper barked orders at all the frozen vampires to get back to practicing. Edward grabbed my hand and squeezed. Nessie was still asleep on my shoulder, snoring softly.

"Edward... we can't win." I felt as if my stomach was dropping into an endless pit of hopelessness and despair.

He stroked me cheek. "Don't think like that. We have a chance, right Alice?" He turned slightly to look at Alice who was now standing in the spot she had a moment ago been sitting.

She paused and then smiled. "I have a good feeling that we will win this."

"How could you possibly know that? You don't have your visions anymore!" My words came out harsher than I had meant them to.

"I just know." Alice frowned and looked out at Jasper. "I have to know it will be alright." Her voice caught and she excused herself to join the others.

We practiced for the rest of the morning. Jacob looked after Nessie when I joined in, practicing shielding moving targets. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be, but I never quite got it down perfect. As noon crept closer, everyone slowed their movements to be more cautious, their eyes sweeping the trees periodically. At 11:50, Jasper called for us to get into defensive positions. A sense of déjà vu gripped at me again as we all stood in the same places as we had last time we had to face the Volturi, only this time we had Alice and Jasper.

Edward's fists clenched and he spoke to me through his teeth. "I can hear some of them. Stephanie is only shielding herself, Connor, and Emmanuel."

I swallowed. "Should the wolves move up to the front yet?"

Jasper nodded and then called back, "Bring the wolves forward."

Sam bounded forward, followed closely by the others, save Jacob who stayed back with Nessie. He was only to join the fight if it looked as though we needed more help.

We waited silently, well almost silently, the wolves kept growling. After a couple minutes, I could hear the soft footsteps of many vampires several yards in front of where we all stood.

"Finally, the day we have been looking forward to for decades." Vladimir exclaimed triumphantly.

"Indeed. Luck to all!" Stefan cried.

Everyone else mumbled good luck's and a few embraces and kisses from couples rippled through the group. I exchanged a few desperate looks with Edward, who stroked my cheek, and then I shoved my shield out to cover every ally in the clearing.

"Here we go." Edward murmured tensely.

Out of the gloomy trees, several cloaked figures appeared in all different heights. The faces were backed out, but more and more would emerge and slowly, several of the figures took the lead of the massive gathering. They stopped halfway between us and the trees, just as they had before. The six figures in the front all reached up to their hoods, their hands blinding white, and pulled back the fabric to reveal their identities, though I had a good idea of who they were.

Aro, Caius, and Marcus all had similar looks of sadness on their faces as they looked out at us all. Stephanie, who stood on Aro's right, shook out her short hair and had a smug smile on her lips, which disappeared immediately when she caught sight of the wolves. Connor and Emmanuel stood close to Stephanie, Connor with a look of rage, and Emmanuel looking torn.

Stephanie narrowed her eyes, looking right at Edward. "We will give you one last chance. Let us deal with the vermin here, and you will be spared."

Caius shot a bewildered look at Stephanie and then touched Aro's waiting hand angrily. Aro nodded and then whispered softly to Caius.

Edward chuckled darkly. "It is a lie."

I nodded. "I figured as much."