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The Sunshine Train

Summary:
Create your own banner at mybannermaker.com!John F. Kennedy said once that the courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy. A man does what he must, in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures, and that is the basis of all morality.
I couldn't agree more.
Courage was the reason I was here. Courage and love. We know Edward and Bellas story during Twilight, but what if it was different? What if Alice was the new girl, and Bella was already a vampire? Would Jaspers self-control hold out when he meets a girl whos blood smells so intoxicating to him? Mostly AxJ, all canon pairings. Thank you so much to MoonSpinner for the amazing banner!!


Notes:
Read on and enjoy. Disclaimer: I don't own Twilight, and i never ever ever will :(


19. Goodbyes

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"From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents' strife.
The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love"

APOV

My house was still glowing with light as we approached it, and I could hear the faint sounds of to television from the living room. I took a deep breath, and ripped the buckles on the harness open, swinging the door of the Jeep open before it had even stopped.

I leapt from the high seats, and ran to the door, pushing my key frantically into the lock, and turning it. I paused as the door opened, and turned around.

“Jasper” I whispered to the blond boy who appeared behind me, “Jasper, go wait in my room. Pack stuff or something...I've got to talk to Isaac.”

Jasper nodded silently, and disappeared, his blond hair a glowing blur as he sprung lightly onto the porch roof, and into my open window.

“Alice? Home already?”

Isaacs voice rang from the living room, and I took another deep breath, stepping in the doorway. The backs of my eyes burned with pain, and I let loose a stream of tears that I didn't know I'd been holding back.

“Alice?” His voice was closer, and I suddenly sense him closer to me, as he opened the door to the living room, his face filled with concern.

A choking sob escaped me, and I pressed my fingers to my face, trying to get the words out.

Alice? What's wrong?”

I didn't need to have Jaspers gift, to feel his shock, and worry. I was an emotional person, sure, but I rarely cried so openly. I usually bottled up my feelings, covering them with happiness and smiles. But the bottle was overflowing now, and the emotions wouldn't stop pouring out.

“I...I can't stay here, Isaac!” I managed to say, turning away from him, running my fingers through my hair, “Everywhere I go, it reminds me of her! I...I need –”

I broke off, because I didn't know. I didn't know what I needed, what was I supposed to tell him. Isaac was silent, and I turned to face him. His face was downcast, and his eyes were sad, but understanding. I nearly smiled – he knew me so well. He'd probably seen this coming.

“Isaac, I need to go back to Phoenix. I need to sort things out, I need...I need space. And time. I need to visit Mom, and I need to think.”

He nodded, still not looking at me. I realised right then, just how selfish I'd been. Mom had been his sister, he probably missed her more than I did – but I'd never stopped the think about that.

I ran to him, and hugged him around the waist, pressing my face into his chest. His arms went around my shoulders, “It's Ok Alice. I know how you feel. Just...take care of yourself Ok?”

I looked up at him, wiping the tears from my face with my sleeve, “I promise.”

I ran up the stairs, didn't stop running until I reached my room and slammed the door. Jasper was there already, stuffing clothes into an already bulging bag. I seized another, emptying the contents of my handbag, and all the cash I could find around the room into it.

Jasper took it from me, handing me a warm coat, “I'll be at the car” he whispered, before taking both bags, and disappearing out the window.

Isaac hadn't moved as I ran back down the stairs, he seemed to be frozen.

“Isaac, I'm sorry. I'll call you tomorrow, I'll be fine I just...”

I trailed off, opening the front door before continuing, “Forks it just a little to small for me.”

I turned down the path, not daring to turn around; if I saw his face I might consider turning back, “I'll call you later!” I called behind me, before climbing into the front of the car.

Jasper was sitting in the front seat, motionless as always, his eyes fixed on the dashboard as I revved the engine, spinning out of the drive, the speedometer nearing 60 before my house was out of sight.

“He'll forgive you Alice. He loves you” I nodded, trying not to choke on the tears that didn't want to stop.

I knew mine and Isaacs goodbye was one of the first I would have to endure over the next couple of hours, but that didn't make it ache any less. I couldn't get his face out of my mind, his expression reflected in the car window as he watched me drive away.

I gripped the steering wheel tighter, determined that I would survive whatever was going to happen to me. I would keep my promise to Isaac, and take care of myself. I couldn't let him down.

I knew that all too soon I would have to say goodbye to Jasper, I would have to be away from him for the longest time yet. That thought scared me more than any sadistic vampire that might be tailing me with murderous intentions.

A pair of headlights flashed behind us, and I jumped, my heart stuttering, “It's Edward and Bella!” Jasper said, his voice soothing, “The tracker is following us, but he won't attack”

I could hear the unspoken words that he didn't mention, that hung in the air, like unwanted clouds on a sunny day.

He wouldn't attack us. Not yet

Without turning to look at him, I let go of the steering wheel with one hand, letting it drift down between our seats. His fingers touched mine moments after, linking our hands tightly together.

“Alice” we were nearly at his house, the trees thinning almost ominously as we reached our destination, “I won't let anything happen to you, you know that don't you?”

“Of course I do” I whispered, turning to look at him, not caring that I was taking my eyes off a potentially dangerous road, “I trust you with my life”

“I'm going to have to kill him.”

I didn't speak.

“He's never going to stop, never. Not until he gets you, and I'm never going to let that happen. I know his sort, he's not used to being thwarted, no matter how insignificant the object. But when I defended you...it presented him with a challenge. A beautiful challenge. A large clan of strong fighters, all bent on protecting one vulnerable human. He thinks of himself as a hunter, and nothing else. His existence is consumed with tracking, and the challenges it presents, and now... It's a game to him. His most exciting game ever.” His tone was filled with disgust and anger, the fingers around my hand tightening to almost pain, but I didn't care.

“Carlisle won't be happy” Jasper muttered, more to himself than me, is suspected.

“How...how do you kill a vampire?”

The glance he gave me was unreadable, “I have to rip him apart and burn the pieces.”

“And the woman, Victoria, and Laurent? They'll fight with him?”

“I suspect that Victoria will, she was almost as determined as him in the meadow. Laurent was less effected, and I think James embarrassed him. He's only with them for the convenience.”

“But they...they'll try and kill you?”

His eyes grew angry, “Alice, don't you dare worry about me, worry about yourself. I only care about keeping you safe, and you should too.”

We turned up the drive, my heart thudding louder in my ears with every crunch of the gravel driveway.

Jasper was opening my car door, and pulling me out, clutching me to his chest as he ran to the house, before the car had stopped moving. We burst through the door, into the wide white room, Edward and Bella at our sides. The rest of the family was standing there, waiting for us.

Laurent was there, standing in the centre of the Cullens. Jasper growled as soon as he saw him, his arms tensing around me, but Carlisle held up his hand.

“He's tracking us” Jasper announced quietly, letting me drop to the floor. I gripped his arm as tightly as I could, not wanting to let go of him a moment before I had to.

Laurent's face was unhappy, but unsurprised, “I was expecting that” he said, “I'm truly sorry. When your boy defended her, I was expecting it to set him off, but I've never seen him this devoted before”

“What will he do?” Carlisle said, turning to Laurent, “Is there anything we can do to stop him? Anything you can do?”

He shook his head, “You can't bring him down, he is absolutely lethal. I've never seen anything like him, never seen anyone stand against him and live.”

He glanced at me, “Are you sure it's worth it?”

Jasper shook with anger, his answering roar filling every corner of the room. All the Cullens flinched, and Laurent took a step back, real fear showing in his eyes. I pressed my face into his shirt, not afraid. Never afraid.

Carlisle gave Laurent a grave look, “I'm afraid you're going to have to make a choice.”

He nodded, his eyes sweeping the room, deliberating, “I'm intrigued by the life you've created here, it fascinates me. But this is not my fight, and I will not get in the middle of it. I think I will head North, to that clan in Denali. I wish you luck”

“Go in peace” Carlisle answered formally. Laurent took another long look around the room, his eyes lingering on me for a moment, before he swept from the room.

The silence lasted less than a second.

“He's circling” Jasper said to Carlisle, who nodded.

“How long?”

Emmett and Edward had moved forwards, Emmett touching an invisible keypad on the wall, and with a groan, huge metal shutters began sealing up the glass wall. I watched in amazement, as the fading remnants of sunlight were blocked from view.

“Three miles out, past the river. He's circling around to meet up with the female” I felt his chest vibrate as he spoke, and hugged myself closer to him. His fingers ran through my hair, ruffling it gently.

“What's the plan?”

“We lead them off, as far away as we can get them. We can lay two false trails, make him think she's with us, and Bella and Edward will run Alice in the opposite direction.”

“And then?”

“As soon as Alice is clear, we hunt him.”

Jasper turned to Rosalie as he spoke, “Rose, take Alice upstairs and trade clothes”

She nodded, “Of course”

She gathered me into her arms, and dashed up the stairs, stopping in a dark room, and letting me drop to the floor.

I heard the soft rustle of fabric, and tugged of my shirt and jeans. She handed me hers, and I pushed my arms and legs through the holes, trying not to struggle in the dark.

Rosalie was slim, but I was tiny. The shirtsleeves came down past my wrists, and the jeans hung low on my hips, but I didn't care. We ran back downstairs, and I darted straight to Jaspers side. He wrapped his arm around my waist, pressing his face into my hair. I could see his jaw clenched slightly, but my scent didn't seem to cause him the pain it had done. Or maybe he was making the most of it. Maybe he knew there was no way we could make it out of this alive.

“Esme and Rosalie will be taking your car Alice” Carlisle told me as he passed, and I nodded, tossing them the keys, “Bella, Edward, take the Mercedes, we're taking the Jeep.”

I watched as Emmett and Carlisle packed up the Jeep, realising that them, plus Jasper, made up the hunting party.

“Lets go”

The family walked towards their respective cars, and the room was filled with the sound of revving engines, but Jasper didn't let go of me.

He spun me round, turning my chin up to face him, pressing his forehead against mine.

“I love you, I love you, I love you” he murmured, his words becoming a blur.

Before I knew what he was doing, he pressed his cold lips against mine. I gasped against his lips, his arms wrapping me tighter around my waist, pulling me to him. I breathed his scent in through my nostrils, concentrating on the feeling of his lips moving hesitantly against mine.

Seconds blurred together, and although I know it couldn't have been longer than a few moments, it felt like an eternity. My head spun, and I could barely breath, but I didn't care.

The world faded away. James, Victoria, vampires and bloodlust. There was nothing evil left, nothing threatening us, nothing lurking on the horizon.

Just me and him.

Jasper.

Jasper.

Jasper.

His name beat in my mind, in time with my heart.

He pulled away very slightly, his face blurring before my eyes, as they swam with a fresh set of tears.

“I love you Alice” he whispered again, and I choked slightly, nodding.

A pair of cold arms tugged at me, and I turned to see Bella, pulling me gently away from Jasper, towards the Mercedes.

I backed away from him, my eyes never leaving his face, memorising every inch of his skin. I didn't even look away as Bella pushed me in the back seat, closing the door.

I pressed my face against the window, my hand spread out on the glass. His eyes never left mine, his hand wiping away a tear that had transferred from my cheek, to his.

“I love you” I mouthed at him through the glass.

And then he was gone, replaced by darkness, and the blurs of trees.

I turned forwards, my eyes fixing on Edward and Bella, their hands clasped, as Edward drove us away from the safe confines of Forks.

My heart ached to look at them, and I closed my eyes. I curled myself into a ball on the seat, and cried.