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An Ocean Away

Twins Ansel and Allegra live very different lives. Ansel lives in Forks, eagerly anticipating the day he will become a werewolf. Allegra lives in Volterra, loving the life of a Volturi guard member. The problem is, they have no idea they're related. Part four in the Twist of Fate series.

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2. Allegra: Fishing

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Meanwhile, an ocean away...

“Allegra!” called Felix from the city walls. All the animals I had painstakingly lured towards me scattered, leaving me alone on the soft grass of the Italian country side. I sighed. Felix knew that I didn't like to be interrupted, but he would do it anyway. Aro had warned him about what would happen if I wasn't allowed to practice in peace, but once again, Felix didn't care. He liked pushing my buttons.

I got up swiftly and ran towards Volterra. It must've been time to eat, for Heidi was talking about how she was going “fishing” that morning. She slipped on her shortest skirt, her tightest shirt, and left, promising that she'd come back with some food. It was slightly revolting, the way that she would get the humans to go with her.

I couldn't deny my thirst, though. It had been a few weeks since I was able to feed, and I'd only been a vampire for six months. The burning in my throat had grown stronger as the days went on. I was kept away from humans for the most part. Demetri and Felix each kept an eye on me whenever I was forced to interact with them, and when it was clear I was uncomfortable, they'd quickly remove me from any situation.

I was expecting the thirst before I was changed, though. I knew it would be hard, and I knew my thirst would always be one of my top priorities. I could restrain myself if I tried hard enough. I figured it was just because I knew what being a vampire was going to be like before I was one.

I slowed down as I approached the city gates. Felix was there waiting for me.

“I'm sorry I had to interrupt you,” he said.

“No, you aren't,” I replied, smiling slightly.

“No, I'm not,” he agreed. “Heidi's back.”

I nodded.

We walked in comfortable silence to the meeting room, where Heidi had led the unfortunate few who were going to become our meal. Demetri was waiting for us at the door. We took our usual spot, at the front of the circle, and waited for the okay to eat. Our food was passed out on the ground. It was the most humane way.

“How was it?” he asked. His deep voice was nice, soothing. “Any responses?”

“No, it was uneventful,” I answered truthfully. “Felix scared them away before I could get anything out of them.”

Demetri chuckled. “Always in the way, that one.”

Felix threw a punch at Demetri's arm, but he caught it, and twisted Felix's arm around. He was one of the fastest people I knew, and that was saying a lot considering all the people I knew were vampires.

Heidi sauntered over, still in her tight clothing. I resisted the urge to roll my eyes. Everyone knew she was stunning. She didn't have to flaunt it. Her purple eyes, which had always made me feel uncomfortable, were trained on Demetri.

“Hi, Demetri,” she said, smiling her devastatingly beautiful smile. She ran her hand through her long, mahogany hair. I was immediately self conscious. My hair, which was black and waved most of the way down my back, was nothing compared to her's.

Demetri frowned. “Hello, Heidi. Nice fishing.”

“Thanks.” She glanced at me, and her expression fell. “Allegra,” she greeted, then walked away.

“Nice to see you, too,” I murmured.

“She doesn't mean any harm,” said Demetri so quietly that only I could hear.

Heidi never liked me. When I was a little kid, she never talked to me. She always left when I came into the room.

Jane was behind me just a second later. “Let's put hair dye in her shampoo,” she whispered. Jane was the closest thing I had to a best friend. She spent the most time around me while I was growing up.

I grinned. “She'd smell it.”

“Not if we told her it was new, special shampoo that was guaranteed to make hair shiner than it's ever been. The smell just means it works.”

“Pink dye,” I said, trying not to laugh.

“We're doing it tomorrow.”

I nodded. Aro entered the room, then, and everything went quiet. He told us we could start eating.

After we ate, Demetri and I went to the library. We always spent our evenings there. None of the other members of the guard even liked the library in the castle, and I considered it our spot. We would light the fire, and talk about anything we could think of.

Being full was pleasant, there was no doubt about that, but it also made me feel guilty. I had been raised for my entire life to believe that humans were there simply to sustain us. I knew now that they were more than that, and each time I fed the guilt got a little worse. I had read books by humans, about humans, and they had all the same emotions, all the same feelings as we did. They were just like us.

“Demetri,” I asked quietly.

“Yes?” he asked.

“Are there... are there any other options? I feel so guilty, Demetri. I... I don't like eating humans,” I explained. It was something I had thought long and hard about, but just recently had the courage to discuss with anyone.

He cleared his throat, but didn't answer.

“Oh, well, if it makes you uncomfortable,” I whispered, looking into my lap.

“No, no,” he said quickly. “There is another option.”

“Really? What is it?”

“Well, we can survive on the blood of animals, but it is nowhere near as satisfying.” He wouldn't look at me.

I laughed. “Are there any of us that do that?” I asked incredulously. The idea sounded ludicrous.

“Yes,” he said reluctantly. “There is a rather large clan that lives that lifestyle. They reside in the Pacific Northwest, the United States.”

I smiled wistfully. “How odd. I think I'd like to try that.”

“Figures,” he muttered.

I ignored him. “I wonder if they would mind letting me try it with them. I mean, here it would be dreadfully hard. Imagine the temptation. But there, where everyone does it... oh,” I sighed.

“You can't go there,” said Demetri firmly.

I frowned. “What's wrong?”

He stood up. “Listen to me, Allegra Ava Black. You are not to go there. For my sanity, and most certainly yours, too.”

For the first time in my entire life, I had the urge to stomp my foot like the seventeen-year-old I was. “Who are you to tell me what to do?”

“Shouldn't you stay here, practicing your power?” he asked, an exaggerated calmness in his every word.

“I am sick and tired of 'practicing my power,'” I murmured. “I don't even know what good it will be... what kind of help is he expecting from them?”

When I was changed, Aro was almost frantic to find out what my power was. Soon enough, we found out I could control the will of any animal I chose. Aro was ecstatic, but I saw no use for my power. He told me that I was to practice every day, no matter what. Demetri didn't even know what his plan was.

Demetri shook his head. “I am sorry I yelled at you, Allegra. Perhaps I can explain it to you later, but now is not the time.” He gazed into the fire.

I knew not to push it. Demetri was incredibly wonderful most of the time, but he also had a temper. He had only lashed out at me once or twice, and I hated it.

He dismissed himself soon after. Sometimes Demetri needed to be alone, so I stayed in the library. There was something I wanted to do, anyway...

As soon as the coast was clear, I drifted over to the computer. Just like the library, nobody really used the computer, either. Aro got it in one of his attempts to modernize, but nobody used it.

I went to the only search engine I knew, and typed in my full name. I found a birth registry website, and my mouth fell open. Allegra Ava Black, daughter of Jack and Axelle Black, was born in Forks, Washington. That was in the Pacific Northwest... One entry lower, just under my name, was the name of another person born on the same day, just a minute before I was. Ansel Astaire Black... my twin brother.

“Demetri!” I called. He had some explaining to do.