After a rainy day in Forks, Edward, Emmet and Jasper go hunting. But their trip is disturbed when they find a dead body in the forest. The mystery behind her death is confusing and the mystery behind her life and everything it was a part of is overwhelming. But did the Cullens and Bella throw themselves into a mystery that will end in only more death? Who is this dead girl they found? And what will happen once they find out? ALTERNATE ENDING POSTED!!! Remember to REVIEW!
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The figure’s face has hidden by his dark hood. But, Bella could see the two ruby red eyes staring into her soul, or at least it felt like that. She involuntarily shivered, causing Edward tighten his grip around Bella even more. Her breathing was becoming obstructed, but she didn’t want to loose the security of Edward’s protective arms. The figure continued to stare, and Edward barred his teeth.
“What do you want?” Edward said rudely. In a normal situation, Esme or Bella would have scolded him for being so rude to a guest, but their guest was not welcome and they wanted him out.
“I need to talk to the leader of your coven,” the figure said. None of the Cullens could distinguish if it was a vampire or not. Carlisle took a brave step forward.
“That would be me,” he said with out a quivering voice. The figure looked into Carlisle’s eyes deeply. Carlisle’s hard and determined face started to fall. His eyes became hollow and lost all trace of emotion. Before it could go any father, Edward released Bella and shoved Carlisle away. Once eye contact was broken, Carlisle started to turn back into his normal self. The figure however, took no time in running over to Bella and placing his arm around her neck. Edward stared scared to death, and Carlisle slowly stood up. He shook his head a few times, trying to relieve the pressure in his head. It didn’t go away entirely, but he ignored it for the time being.
“What do you want with Bella?” Edward asked worriedly. The figure smiled, the only indication of it though was a quick sparkle of light that glittered in the darkness of his hood.
“I don’t want her. She’s a mere human,” he was interrupted by a low growl from Edward. “If you’re going to be difficult, I’ll kill her right now,” the figure said warningly. He tightened his grip on Bella to prove his point. Edward’s growl disappeared from the room. “That’s better…” The figure then swept his eyes to each face in the room, the Cullens taking great care in never looking into his eyes. Carlisle, though, had a hard time seeing strait. He felt the room sway away from him and grabbed the stair railing for support.
“What did you do to him?” Esme cried worried, grabbing Carlisle’s shoulder. He looked at her with pained eyes. The figure laughed and pointed to Carlisle.
“He’ll be under our spell soon enough,” the figure said still laughing. Carlisle heard this and clutched his head. It felt like there was a boulder being pushed into it. His legs became weak and he fell to the floor. He wasn’t unconscious, but he was as close as a vampire could be. He heard a swarm of voices around him, but he couldn’t distinguish who was talking.
Edward, though, was still focused on Bella. She looked at Carlisle frightened, obviously not concerned about her own life. This made Edward upset. Why didn’t she react to his arm around her neck? On small squeeze and…
“What do you want with, Bella?” Edward asked again. He took a step forward, but was stopped when Bella started to gasp for air. “I don’t want anything with her,” the figure said again. “I want you. All of you,” the figure said. “And I already have him,” the figure said pointing a finger over to Carlisle. “Pretty soon, all of you will be working for us.”
“Us?” Edward asked confused. Carlisle tried to stand up, but fell down instantly. He yelled loudly out of frustration and jumped off the ground, clutching the stair railing for support. He stumbled his way over to the cloaked figure.
“Get out of my house,” Carlisle said, pointing his finger at the figure. But his intimidating act turned out looking like he was drunk.
“I was already leaving,” the figure said already by the door. “When you’re ready, you’ll know where to find me.” And with that…the figure was gone. As soon as it left the room, Carlisle dropped to the ground clutching his head in pain. Edward moved over to Bella and placed her on a couch. Emmett did the same with Carlisle. His family could only watch as he ripped the fabric and destroyed the frame.
“What did he do to me?” Carlisle asked weakly. His usually calm and collected nature was thrown out the window the moment he made eye contact with the mysterious…thing.
There was a knock at the door and everyone looked towards Alice. She shrugged nervously.
“I have no idea what it could be,” she said defeated. Edward cautiously walked towards the door and opened it slowly. He was surprised when he saw what was on the other side. A small, tanned girl with black hair stared up at the vampire.
“Hello, is this the Cullens residence?” she asked worried. Edward nodded.
“And who may you be?” Edward asked anxiously. The girl looked past Edward and saw Carlisle in pain on the couch.
“Oh no,” she whispered. “I am too late.”
“If you’re talking about the cloaked guy, you just missed him,” Emmett said harshly. He stood up quickly. “If you’re going to hurt anymore of my family-” Emmett said protectively. The loss of a figure head frightened him and he wasn’t going to loose anymore of his family.
“I’m not going to hurt any one,” the small girl said frustrated. “I’m trying to stop them!” she said angrily. She then looked in the room again. “Where’s Nichol?” she asked afraid of what the answer may be. Everyone looked at her. “Nichol…she has curly caramel hair…average features…” she trailed off. But then she saw the look on Edward, Jasper and Emmett’s faces. Her eyes widened in shock.
“We found her dead in the forest,” Edward finally said. The small girl looked at the ground and tears formed in her eyes.
“They took another,” she said crying. She pounded the door way and surprisingly a few splinters of wood appeared under her hand. “Damn it, Nichol,” she whispered. Edward stared at the girl confused. He couldn’t read her thoughts, and that made him cautious.
“And who may you be?” Edward asked nervously. The girl wiped the tears from her eyes and looked at him.
“I’m Marin,” she said and held out her dry hand. Edward took it hesitantly and was surprised to see that she had a strong grip. Esme took control of the situation, then. She walked over to the door way and stood next to Edward.
“Would you like to come in?” Esme asked graciously. Marin nodded and walked into the room. She then got a good look at everyone in the room. She saw one beautiful vampire glaring at her, but everyone else was just looking at her confused. She sat down on an empty chair and cleared her throat.
“I guess you would like to hear the reason behind all of this,” she said quietly. She didn’t wait for a response. She striated her back and ran her hand through her silky hair. “Well, I think I’ll start off with the ‘basics’. There is a group of evil…vampire things. We don’t know that they are really, but we do know that they are evil. They go after vampires to add to their…coven. We don’t know why yet, but they have about ten vampires now. What they do is look the vampire in the eye and depending on how long they made eye contact, the vampire will either do whatever they say or turn into…whatever they are.”
Everyone looked at Carlisle then, worrying about their father and husband.
“What will happen to him?” Esme asked quietly.
“How long did he make eye contact?” Marin asked.
“No less then…ten seconds,” Esme said nervously. Marin closed her eyes and thought deeply.
“I don’t think he will be completely possessed, but you will all have to watch him carefully,” Marin said sadly.
“Can we do anything to help him?” Alice asked eagerly. Marin looked over at Carlisle.
“This may be a little corny right now, but he is the only one that can help himself. If he has a strong enough will power, he will over come it. And judging his reaction…” Marin took a second to look at Carlisle again. “It is pretty much a fifty/fifty chance,” she said. She started to pick at her finger nails. She always hated this part.
“And what are you exactly?” Emmett asked. Marin looked up and looked at everyone in the room.
“I don’t really know what we are, but I know the gist of it. Nichol and I were part of a small group. We don’t choose to be member’s…we just are. I guess you can say we were born to fight these…things. I don’t know what they are called exactly, but they’re basically very evil vampires. I am experienced since I found out about this whole ordeal about five years ago but…” Marin sniffed and wiped a stay tear from her eye. “But Nichol was new at this. You all were the first vampires she was supposed to help out. But…” she trailed off and started to break down into sobs. “We try to keep our lives as normal as possible, but our ‘jobs’ always get in the way…Nichol was supposed to go to her brother’s basketball game…” she trailed off again. She couldn’t go on.
“Oh honey…” Esme said motherly. She wrapped an arm around Marin’s shoulder. “Thank you,” Marin said. She then stiffened up and cleared her throat again.
“I guess that I’m going to have to help you all now,” she said standing up. Her face became hard as she started to give out orders. “Cover your eyes with sun glasses, they help a little and lock all the doors and windows. Is there any food here? Nobody is going to go outside unless you have permission from me. Got it?” she asked everyone. Emmett looked at her confused.
“And why should we listen to you?” he asked incredulous. She was small and not very intimidating. Marin just stood as tall as she cold and stuck her finger right in his face.
“Because I’m the only chance you got.”
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