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.
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I looked back and forth between Alice's blank stare and Edward's murderous one.
"Alice?" My voice was small. "What do you see?"
I jumped as Jasper ran across the room, Rosalie, Emmett, Carlisle, and Esme following quickly behind him. Jasper gripped Alice tightly and shook her once. I looked away, being reminded vaguely of when Jasper acted this way when Alice had seen James go to the ballet studio. The memory was too fuzzy to really remember, but this seemed a lot like how it must have been. Carlisle and Esme went quickly to Alice and Jasper's side. Carlisle looked tense, Esme looked very worried. I bit my lip nervously and looked back at Edward. His expression was still full of rage, but a flicker of worry flashed across his face now. I touched his cheek and stared at him.
"Edward... what is going on? What did Alice see?"
Edward looked quickly down at me then back up at Alice. "Let her tell you." He growled through his teeth.
I sighed and looked back over to Alice. She was still staring blankly, her mouth in a little ‘O' of horror.
"Alice? What do you see Alice?" I tried to stay calm. Jasper looked at me skeptically; of course I didn't fool him.
Alice finally shook her head and looked around her. Jasper pulled her against his chest and murmured softly into her ear.
"I saw... Stephanie and Connor..." She began slowly, as though she was unsure of herself. "But then it switched to the Volturi. They're waiting for an opening in Stephanie's gift, as Bella said, and Stephanie seems to have let her guard down for a second, but I'm not sure why... she keeps disappearing and reappearing, same with Connor. The Volturi are going to visit them. The whole guard again, the wives too like when they came to us. Only they want to have Stephanie and Connor join them. They will say yes. The Volturi then plans to come back here and take care of us... they're still undecided on the reason, but they're thinking of framing us for something." Her face scrunched up in frustration. "We won't survive Stephanie and Connor's gifts." She looked at each of us sadly.
I stared outraged at Alice. How could the Volturi do this? What have we done?
"This is just crazy!" Emmett thundered.
Carlisle nodded. "Alice, should we call back on all those who helped us a year ago to fight? Is there a chance?"
Alice was shaking her head. "We can try, but I'm not sure how strong Stephanie is. It may be a waste and just more dead bodies."
"Well we have to try!" I shouted, looking frantically at all of my family.
"We will help, Bella." I had almost forgotten Jacob was there.
I felt even more panicked at the thought of Jacob fighting the Volturi. Then I remembered the birth certificates and other legal papers I still had for Jacob and Renesmee.
"No, Jake. You have to take care of Nessie if something does happen."
He frowned and looked down at Renesmee. "I will fight to keep her safe. Don't worry about me Bella; just come up with a plan. I'm going to go tell the others what's going down." He kissed Renesmee on her cheek, and then trudged quickly out the front door.
I scowled after him, but let it go. He was right. There were more pressing matters at hand. Carlisle and Jasper were getting things together and talking quickly. Esme was putting the metal covers down over the windows, just as a precaution I guessed since we were not in immediate danger right then. I looked at Edward and sighed. He was still frozen with an angry look.
"Edward... what should we do?" I whispered.
"We have to find them." He hissed.
Everyone looked at him. I tilted my head.
"We have to find them?"
He nodded. "We have to get to Stephanie and Connor before the Volturi does. Alice said that Stephanie would falter in her shield; we just have to go to them before that happens and convince them to come with us. Alice, could this work?" He looked to Alice with a fierce look in his eyes.
Alice closed her eyes for a moment then they flicked open and she smiled. "I don't see any problems with you getting to them before the Volturi does." She seemed confident.
"Then it's settled. Bella and I will go to find them."
"Edward, you can't go alone!" Emmett began, standing up from the couch where he was seated with Rosalie.
Edward held up a hand to silence him. "We don't want them to think we're attacking them. There are two of them, so there will be two of us. I'll hopefully be able to read their minds and get a feel on how they are once I convince Stephanie to take off her shield, that is. This will be tricky enough with just the two of us."
Emmett huffed and growled to himself as he sat back down. I watched him sulk as Edward stood up, pulling me with him.
Carlisle came over to us and put his hand on Edward's shoulder. "You must be careful, son."
Edward nodded sharply, looking determined. Carlisle turned to me and gave me a warm smile and then put his hand on my shoulder.
"You be careful too, Bella."
I nodded quickly and frowned. We had to go now? I suppose the sooner the better. Esme brought Edward and I both into tight hugs and looked as though she'd be crying if she could. I wanted to cry, too.
"Alice, how much time do we have?" Edward took my hand and looked back at Alice.
"The Volturi will notice her shield break in a couple days. I can't tell what day exactly, but I know it's very soon."
Edward sighed, but accepted the vague timetable. He then looked down at me and smiled my favorite crooked smile.
I smiled back weakly and then picked up Renesmee. She put her small hand to my cheek and looked worried.
"Don't worry sweetie, mommy and daddy will be back soon, hopefully with a new friend for you to meet." I tried to look enthusiastic and calm, but I didn't fool her quick eyes.
"You better come home soon." She glared at both Edward and I.
Edward chuckled lightly and brushed her forehead with his lips. "Soon."
I kissed Renesmee on her cheek and then handed her over to Rosalie. "Take care of her while we're gone." Rosalie smiled and nodded.
I then turned to Edward and took his hand in mine. "Let's go find us some gifted vampires."
"Life is never boring with you around." Edward laughed, bending down to kiss me swiftly and then we were flying out the front door and into the forest.
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