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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.

15. Waiting Games

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I glanced around at the other members of the guard as they dropped their hoods. There were more voices in the back of the large sea of cloaks. The Volturi had brought witnesses again. I caught Jane staring at me and her grin was menacing.

"Edward. Don't make this difficult," Stephanie began, taking a step forward. The guard all flinched slightly as she moved. "Ugh! I can't be near the front if we're going to do this..." She backed up behind Aro, Caius, and Marcus, Connor following her.

"Why ever not?" Caius questioned, turning a fraction of an inch to stare at Stephanie.

"The wolves have some kind of power... Connor and I cannot use our gifts around them."

Caius looked thoughtful for a moment. In that split second he almost looked human. The look was quickly replaced by a devious smirk. "Then they shall be the first ones to go." He turned his gaze back on the wolves.

Sam snarled ferociously.

Aro frowned. "Friends! We're only here for the wolves. What can these beasts mean to any of you anyway?" He opened his arms in a show of friendship and warmth. "Bella, Edward, Alice... I still extend my offer to join my guard. I do not wish to harm any of you"

"Yeah, well you might not want me anymore, Aro." Alice chimed.

"Dear Alice, why would I not want you to join my family?"

"Maybe because I don't have my gift anymore." Alice's eyes turned into slits.

Aro made a clicking sound with his tongue and looked disappointed. I caught both Stephanie and Connor glance quickly at Emmanuel, who still looked uncomfortable.

"Can you get a read off of any of them?" Carlisle murmured to Edward.

"Only snippets, like Stephanie is letting bits and pieces out, but in a way that I won't understand, probably just to infuriate me. I did hear something about them having a lot of time. I can only imagine that means that they don't intend to make this a quick clean up like usual. They're prepared to wait, maybe for us to make the first move."

Edward was right, of course. After that initial confrontation when they first arrived, nothing else of particular importance happened. After several hours of just standing there, some of the guard started to get fidgety. It was unusual to see vampires act on little twitches like humans, it was almost unnerving. They were even better than my family at acting as humans. As the day turned to night, the wolves began to become restless. A few of their large heads would droop slightly and then snap back up as they fought off the effects of fatigue.

My throat burned noticeably. I touched my neck and looked sideways at Edward to see him mirroring my actions with what must have been the same pained look that was on my face.

"What are we going to do about feeding?" I wondered aloud.

"Maybe we should have been as prepared as the Volturi." Edward mused, sounding almost impressed. He was staring out at the vampires only a few feet away from us in the darkness, but it did not hide them from my superior eyes.

A few of the Volturi had taken out what looked and smelled like medical blood in little pouches. Each of them was slurping the thick liquid through a straw like they were juice boxes. The burning in my throat intensified.

"Yeah... if only we had thought ahead."

It was cloudy out and a bit humid, the air seemed to stick to my hair. It wasn't until midnight that the moon showed itself at all, and it wasn't until then that the Volturi finally lost their patience.