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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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8. Allegra: Good Hosts

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Meanwhile, an arm's length away...

Ansel took my hand and pulled me through the trees. Demetri had my other hand, and Jane was grasping my arm. We were like a train of supernatural beings, and probably looked very ridiculous. I giggled.

“What?” asked Demetri.

He was a whole lot more serious than the situation really required. Ansel wasn't going to hurt us. He was more excited than anything else. Besides, if he did think of hurting us, any one of us could stop him... but it wouldn't come to that.

Ansel stopped and looked at the ground. There was a house nearby, and I could smell at least one person that lived there was a vampire.

“I may... well, I'm going to have to...” He sighed. “Okay, mom and dad think that you are dead,” he said bluntly.

I frowned. “I know that. I'll be careful, though.”

He nodded, and pulled me forward again. His arm started shaking, and I knew what that meant. Aro had told me what werewolves were just before I was changed. He explained that just before they changed, they started shaking. It only happened when they were angry.

“Ansel?” I asked quietly.


“Can you... can you calm down for me?” I didn't want him to be upset. I'd only known him for a few minutes, but I couldn't help feeling worried about him. I felt like it was my job to make sure he was okay at all times. It must have been a twin thing... That's how Jane was with her twin Alec, but I thought it was something that grew over time. Alec was out taking care of a little problem in the Amazon, and even though Jane knew he was capable of dealing with it himself, she was still a little anxious.

The trees stopped suddenly, and Ansel tugged me onto a huge lawn. The house it belonged to looked like a castle. I smiled.

“That's your house?” I asked.

“It sure is. My dad and my uncle built it,” answered Ansel proudly. He crossed the lawn in three strides and pushed the door open. I held my breath. I didn't know what to expect.

“Guys?” yelled Ansel uncertainly. “I found someone that might... interest you.”

A blond woman, who looked to be about nineteen, appeared at the top of the stairs. She was beautiful, of course, but in a way that was natural, and not vampire enhanced. A second later, a tall, black-haired man was behind her. They were Axelle and Jack, I knew it. It could see bits of myself in both of them.

“Allegra,” mouthed Axelle. “Oh my God... It's Allegra!”

“Hi,” I whispered.

She descended the stairs quickly, gracefully, scrutinizing every inch of my face. Jack stayed at the top of the stairs. He looked absolutely shocked. Too shocked to move, even.

Ansel was beside me, still holding my hand. It was burning hot, but comforting. Demetri and Jane hung back. They were just inside the front door. I didn't blame them. I knew that if I were in Axelle and Jack's place, I'd be livid at the Volturi.

Axelle stopped a few feet away from me. Her mouth hung wide open.

“I thought they killed you,” she murmured. “But you're... you're here! You're right here!” Her voice got higher with each word. She scooped me into the tightest hug I'd ever experienced.

“No, they kept me alive. Aro wanted to see what my power was, so he let me grow to be seventeen. Apparently he liked my power enough to keep me around,” I said into her shoulder. She let me go, but wouldn't take her eyes off of mine.

“You must be angry at us, Allegra. We didn't go in after you,” said Jack. He walked down the stairs and stood next to Axelle. He absentmindedly placed his hand on her lower back. His arm was shaking.

“No, no, no!” I exclaimed. “I understand. When we want something, we tend to let nothing stop us.”

“We?” asked Axelle. Her face fell.

I looked down at my feet. “I was raised to be in the Volturi, you know.”

Ansel's hand trembled, but he still didn't let go of me.

Demetri cleared his throat. “The reason we are here is because we'd like to... to try being vegetarians. The three of us here, and two more that aren't, Felix and Alec, have never really liked to spend too much time in Italy, actually. At the risk of sounding ridiculous, we really are different that you average Volturi members,” explained Demetri.

Jane laughed. “You can say that again. You should have seen what we did to Heidi's hair.”

“You want to learn to be vegetarians?” asked Axelle, ignoring Jane.

“Yes. Eating humans makes me feel incredibly guilty,” I answered, looked straight into her golden eyes. I'd never seen a vampire with anything but red eyes. They looked unnatural.

Axelle bit her lip and looked at Jack. He smiled slightly.

“I'm just so... I don't even know!” exclaimed Axelle. “I just want to squeeze you!” She threw her arms around me again.

I giggled. She was very, very excited. “Surprise!”

“You can say that again,” said Jack.

“Should she... meet the family?” asked Ansel. His voice was strained.

“Do you want to meet the rest of us?” asked Jack.

“Oh, yes!” I exclaimed. “But... I don't want them to be angry.”

Axelle laughed. “I'm sure they won't be angry at you. We promise to be... good hosts? We've never had to be hosts before, Jack!” she exclaimed.

“How weird!” he laughed.

“This way, this way, this way!” called Axelle, walking around us to get to the front door.

“Uh, mom?” said Ansel.


“I think I have to go for a bit. I'm not good at this yet,” he admitted. His arm was shaking.

“Go ahead,” she said. He ran away without another word.

Just a minute later, we waltzed into a huge, white house.

“Unc! Get down here!” yelled Axelle.

A man who reminded me of Felix ran down the stairs. “Who is this?” he asked.

Jack grinned, and threw his arm around Axelle's shoulders. “My baby,” he answered.

“No, shit?” asked Emmett incredulously. “You've got to be kidding me!” He was looking at me, his jaw dropped.

“She wants to be a vegetarian!” said Axelle, clapping her hands. She was almost jumping up and down, she was so excited.

“But... how did she even get here? Damn, Axy!” Emmett scooped me into a bear hug. “Nice to see you, kid.”

I laughed. “So do Demetri and Jane.”

Emmett's face fell immediately. “Demetri and Jane?”

“They are okay, Emmett,” said Axelle quietly.

He sighed. “We'll see.”

A second later, the entire room was filled with people. I met everyone Demetri told me about, except for Edward and Alice. They were in Alaska, but promised they'd be back before the day was out. An hour later, I felt like I fit right in with the family. Even Demetri, who always hand at least a hand on me, was starting to relax.

I learned quickly that Rosalie, my great aunt, loved to be flattered. “I love that shirt on you, Rosalie. The color goes really well with your hair.”

She smiled. “I know.”

My grandparents, Jasper and Bella, were ecstatic. As soon as Bella saw me, she ran right over and gave me a hug.

“I've been waiting for this!” she exclaimed. “I knew you would come back!”

Jasper, who seemed like the most reserved of the family, followed her example. “Glad you're home,” he said as he swept me into a hug.

Esme and Carlisle, my great grandparents, were all smiles the whole time. Overall, the family seemed quite excited to see me.

After a few hours, Ansel strolled into the room. He looked ten times more relaxed.

Emmett took one look at him and started clapping furiously. “About damn time you changed!” he exclaimed.

Ansel bowed. “I'd like to thank the academy.”

I smiled. I was going to enjoy it in Forks.