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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.


5. Confrontation

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Stephanie stood still in the middle of the assortment of couches, her eyes still closed. Her face scrunched slightly in concentration. I watched her, fascinated. Edward suddenly stiffened next to me and then flinched. I looked at him alarmed.

"I understand, Stephanie." He muttered. He composed his features and stared hard at Stephanie.

I looked back over to Stephanie. Her eyes were now open and a smug smile touched her lips. "Good." She turned her attention to Emmanuel then. "Emm, go pack a few things that you'd like to bring with you." Her smile turned warm and motherly.

Emmanuel nodded and left the room with Stephanie quickly following after him.

I eyed Edward. "What was that about?"

"She showed me what she would do to us if we were lying to her. She didn't go into too much detail, but it was enough."

I shuddered. "But how could she show you something without taking down her shield?"

Connor cleared his throat and I jumped. He was so quiet that I had almost forgotten he was still there. "Stephanie can do some strange things with her gifts like she can show only Edward an image in his head, but still keep herself protected from other mental and physical gifts." He sighed softly and stared into my eyes for a moment. "I really hope you are not lying about all of this." He looked over to Edward then. "If you are, I would not hesitate in helping Stephanie tear you apart." His usually kind face turned dark.

"Then it's a good thing we're not lying." Edward stated dryly.

"We shall see." Connor stood up suddenly and paced slowly towards the hall. "It's time to depart then."

Edward and I rose from the couch and followed him to the foyer where Stephanie was waiting with Emmanuel, a small bag clutched in his hands. Connor took Stephanie's hand and squeezed, never taking his eyes off of us. The hospitality he showed us earlier was wearing thin.

"After you." Stephanie sneered. She really didn't want to do this. Emmanuel shot her a glace, but kept silent.

Edward sighed and pulled me along with him out the door. I could hear the three vampires behind us follow quietly down the few steps on the front porch.

"I should warn you..." Edward began, turning to face them.

"Whatever it is that you are going to warn us of would surely be of no danger to us. Just lead the way." Stephanie stated glumly. She glanced sideways at Emmanuel and tacked on, "Please."

Edward sighed again, but didn't continue. I had a feeling he was going to warn them about the werewolves, but maybe it would be best for Connor and Stephanie and see them firsthand. Edward gripped my hand in his and we started running down the long driveway into the thick trees. Stephanie and the others ghosted almost silently behind us. I permitted myself a fleeting look behind me to be sure they were still there. Their grace while running was spectacular, of course. Stephanie's run reminded me of a cheetah, very similar to Edward's. Connor and Emmanuel also showed the power and grace of a large cat in their run. They all could have easily outrun us if they wanted to. I shuddered and looked away just in time to miss ramming into a large tree.

The run was short, but was less exhilarating as other runs were. This one was filled with tension and anxiety; it took all the fun out of running. I was beside myself with joy when the Cullens' familiar scent started to overpower all the other scents and I knew we were close. Edward and I slowed to a walk as we came half way up the drive. The others slowed as well, keeping an even amount of space away from us. That was understandable; they were on the land of a large coven of vampires and despite how powerful they were, their natural instincts told them to be careful.

As we got closer to the house, I saw movement behind one of the windows. A second later, the front door opened and Carlisle, Emse, Rosalie with Nessie in her arms, Emmett, Alice, and Jasper all filed out slowly. Edward and I quickly joined them and turned to look back at our guests. Emmett whistled low and Rosalie jabbed her elbow at his ribs which he neatly dodged. I heard her sniff unhappily and she tightened her grip on Nessie. Connor pulled Emmanuel close to his side as his eyes swept across my family, finally landing on Nessie curiously. Stephanie's eyes, however, were locked on Carlisle, her mouth hanging open slightly. She stopped dead a few feet from where we stood and stared dumbstruck. I looked sideways at Carlisle. His expression mirrored Stephanie's.

"Stephanie?" He gasped, taking a step forward. He knew her?

Stephanie stood still, her expression confused. "So he meant that Cullen... I never even thought of it as a possibility." She spoke quietly to herself. Did she know Carlisle? I was completely confused now.

Carlisle took another step forward. "How?" He breathed.

Stephanie shook her head and looked at Carlisle. "How indeed; last time I saw you, you were wheeling dead bodies away." Pain flashed across her face and she looked over at Edward, but instead of looking angry, she looked like she was in agony.

"Yes, that would be the last time you would have seen me." Carlisle murmured thoughtfully and rocked back on his heels. "I thought you were dead. I saw something about you in the obituaries."

"It said I died during childbirth, did it not?" She looked back at Carlisle. "Well it was partial truth I suppose." She gazed at her son for a second then back up at Carlisle.

Carlisle froze as he took Emmanuel in. "Another hybrid? So close by?" He was in complete shock.

"Yes. I had him the same way Bella here had her beautiful daughter." She flashed a brilliant smile at Nessie, who smiled back shyly. "But that is not important right now. We were summoned here not to have a get together. You are in danger; from the Volturi, no less. Is this the truth?"

"Sadly, it is indeed truth. My daughter, Alice, had a vision and the Volturi were planning on using you as a secret weapon of sorts against my family. We hope to possibly come to a friendship with you and maybe some protection. This all depends on you of course, if you're willing to cooperate..." Carlisle trailed off, staring at Stephanie, Connor, and Emmanuel with a mixture of confusion and another emotion I couldn't place; happiness maybe?

"We shall see." Stephanie smiled without showing any teeth and glanced back at Connor and Emmanuel. Even though she was younger than Connor, it was odd how she seemed to take the place as leader in her small coven. Maybe it was just a show like with James and Laurent. I repressed a shutter.

"Excuse me." Rosalie interrupted, handing Nessie over to me and stepping forward to stand next to Carlisle. "Since you have been found, and we are in no immediate danger, I think we should know how Carlisle and Stephanie seem to know each other."

Carlisle shot Rosalie a warning glace. "Mind your manners, Rose." He cautioned.

She put her hands on her hips and waited, ignoring the looks Stephanie was giving her. "I think we deserve to know if we're going to be housing them, Carlisle."

Carlisle sighed and looked over at Edward, his eyes looked as though he was seeing something far away and not really looking at Edward at all. I heard Edward's sharp gasp before Carlisle opened his mouth to speak. "Stephanie is Edward's biological sister."