Operation Cold Ones
Bella has been keeping a secret from Edward & evryone shes ever known. “What the hell is going on Bella!” he cried out. The sound of the gun sounded off frightening the students as it echoed in the classroom. "I'm sorry Edward." Truely original fanfic!
7. Before You Kill Me
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Then I saw her, a beautiful strawberry blonde vampire, who had just been thrown in after us. She leaned over the floor on her knees, uncontrollably shaking as she lifted her head up.
“Tanya,” Edward breathed out unsteadily.
“Edward,” she whispered back. Oh, God.
Only two could survive and those two were going to be Edward and I. Tanya’s gasp had slowly turned into a whimper as her mind began to fully understand the situation. We were going to have to kill her. My mind scattered hurriedly to find any other possible solution.
We have no other option, Edward.
I turned my attention to him, but he wasn’t paying me any mind. He stared blankly into space, focusing on Tanya’s presence back and forth as more vampires filed into the arena. Edward nodded to me in acknowledgement. His eyes showed remorse, a remorse that he was already beginning to feel, as was I. If I could puke, I literally would. This game was sick, cruel, nasty, as would be the ending. Do this for Jasper, for Esme, Carlisle, the family, I kept reminding myself. From my side I heard Edward sigh in resignation, but when I looked back at him I saw he was staring at Tanya intently. Reading her mind, most likely. Checking to see what her strategy would be. I remember there being a time when Tanya loved Edward, but did she still? Surely, she wouldn’t go down without a fight, but would Edward be enough of a reason for her to not fight back? For all I knew she could be planning to target me and survive with Edward.
No, she knew what that would do to Edward. I came to the realization of what it would not only do to Edward but to the rest of my family. An unfathomable rush started coursing in my veins, a rush of determination. This went against everything I believed in, everything Carlisle had made this family, and I was in no position to lose any part of that family, not even Bella after all that has happened.
This can’t be. No. No. Edward. Oh God. Why? Why?
She backed away slowly and deliberately keeping her eyes on me, as if she felt I was going to pounce on her at any moment. Her head shook aimlessly as did my thoughts, scattered mindlessly in my head. I was repulsed and completely against taking part of this in the first place, but now I would betraying a friend and a family that had accepted us as their own by surviving this horrific little sick game of theirs.
It’s inevitable what will happen, Edward. You won’t save me.
Her dry sob came short and hard. Alice threw me a glance, her face contorted in disbelief. Then the sound of a bell rang clearly throughout the arena. My attention was focused back on Alice. I was stopped when there was a sudden blare of red light coming from four feet away from me. A fire blazed wildly in the center of the cage. Of course, how else were we supposed to tear each other to shreds and stay in shreds? I fathomed in rage. The next thing I knew my hands were wringing hysterically. My feet rushed towards the opening of the cage. My hands were gripping onto the hard steel as I rattled it wildly. I was surprised it didn’t break, either there was some stupid curse on it or my strength had been temporarily disabled.
"Stop this sick madness!" I yelled. "If you’re half of the high class people you claim to be, you won’t try to win this way! Killing us makes you no better than most of the vampires here! We have family too, you know?” My voice was beginning to crack, I needed to stop before I really broke down. “Not all of us are bad, but none of us deserve to die this way!” I screeched, falling to my knees. I felt Alice’s hand on my shoulder, warning me to calm down.
“You’re wrong,” said Madam Irina from the front of the cage door. “You ALL, deserve to die, the most painful slow death possible,” she finished, glaring at me hard and sternly. I could feel her disgust for me, for us, as she waved her hand to dismiss me and walked away. The fire continued blaring from behind me. I could feel it’s heat. A bell rang and I could hear the growling from behind me begin. No one wanted to die, but I was the one who wanted it most. For Bella.
And then I sprang. The blonde man was my first target. He was earlier thinking of ways he could take me down. I seemed to be the strongest to him. He crouched a mere three feet away from me, the very spot I was just in. His snarls echoed in the room along with the sound of the other’s who had begun fighting behind me. I would have to multitask, and hopefully Alice’s visions would help guide me. The crowd watched in silence.
We were dancing now, just like Jasper had taught me. Keep moving. She was young and she wasn’t a very skilled fighter yet. I easily pounced on her, pinning her for a brief second, but long enough to yank her left arm from her body. She let out a deafening scream, leaving me paralyzed for a second as I struggled to throw it into the fire. She jumped onto my back for that brief second that I was unguarded, pulling me down to the ground with her right arm. Abruptly, I held tight to her shoulder blade as I flung her across the arena. She yelled out once again, her arm in my grasp. Her screams were slowly becoming less agonizing and more resigned, but this didn’t make me feel any less shameful of what I was doing. She did not motion to come back for me. At that moment another vampire had sprung onto her from above. The boy about her age had positioned himself on top of the cage. I turned away, unable to see him finish her off. There were seven vampires left, each in combat except for myself. Edward could hold his own but I decided I would just help him for now. I ran into the girl he was fighting head first, throwing her into the bars of the cage. She whimpered in pain as I tugged on her hair, pulling her head free from her body and tossing it into the fire. Edward helped me, silently tearing the rest of her apart.
“The way I see it it’ll make us stronger if we stick together from now on. It will also give us less heads to kill if I’m one less person going after someone,” I whispered, throwing more limbs into the fire.
“Like it makes a difference,” Edward spat in disgust. “I’ll always be a monster no matter how much you try to decorate the title!”
There were only five of us now. Tanya was successfully dodging the attacks of another young vampire on the opposite side of us. I shuddered to think of it coming down to us having to kill her. For lack of a better term, I wish she would just drop dead. It would make this easier for her. She didn’t deserve such a horrible death. The fire blared even stronger and burned with the scent of all we’ve discarded. The last vampire for us to kill was a small girl, she couldn’t be more than thirteen maybe. My hand immediately went to my mouth. I took a step back involuntarily.
“Edward, she’s so young,” I choked. Her eyes looked submissive and she stood there limply.
“Edward, you said everything would be okay,” she whimpered. She knew Edward? What was going on?
“I’m sorry, Josie. I lied,” he sneered. Oh god. He then pounced on her making her fall face first into the ground, but she didn’t fight back. She just wailed under Edward’s pressure. He was frozen as well. Oh, poor Edward. I felt dry sobs rising out from my chest as I tried my best to shake away the thoughts and concentrate. Ever since I had gotten into the cage, I hadn’t had a vision. In fact I hadn’t had one since this morning and I was starting to panic that I wouldn’t get them back until I was out of this place.
Kill her, please. Please kill Tanya, I kept chanting in my head as Josie cowered under me. How can I betray someone who has put their trust in me? That was what I was going to do to Josie and that’s what I would do to Tanya. I willed my mind to leave my body as my monstrous acts commenced once again. Rip. She let out a deafening scream.
“I’m sorry,” I whispered as I moved my grasp to her neck. Her screams and pain would stop shortly if her head was the first to go. With one last crunch she was free, her memories and what was left of her soul burning in flames. I continued in silence, glancing over my shoulder every now and then at Alice. She stood alert but her eyes were clearly defeated. She hasn’t had a vision this entire time, but at the same time I didn’t want to see the inevitable outcome. A high-pitched wail brought me back to reality. I tossed the last of Josie’s torso into the flames before I turned to the source of the sound. It was Alice who had been thrown into the ceiling by the remaining male. I tensed to help her but she easily recoiled with a thrash of her own, sending him into the door of the cage.
“I’ve got it Edward!” she panted. “Watch her!” she warned motioning toward Tanya who lay limply on the floor. Her face angled towards me. She looked so helpless and resigned. I didn’t move at first and then her lips moved. The male’s roars were making it difficult for me to make out what she was saying. She spoke louder.
“Before you kill me Edward, just hear me out!” she wailed with heavy sobs. I inched my way slowly towards her. Her expression transformed into a peaceful smile. Alice was would be fine long enough for me to let Tanya speak her last words. This was the last push. It was necessary no matter how barbaric and even if I did make it out of here, the Denali clan would surely be after me for as long as I lived. “Edward…” she whispered. “I’m sorry it had to end like this,” she whimpered. If she could cry I know she would. “You and your family have been very generous to me, to all of us,” she continued. “I don’t resent you. I just want you to know that. I have so much respect for you because you feel so passionately about so many people, especially Bella. You have a future ahead of you and I don’t. This is why I think you deserve to live, not me. I won’t fight you Edward. I love you. I can’t fight you because I love you, I’ve always loved you!” she sobbed turning her head into her shoulder. It wasn’t until then that I realized her right elbow down was missing. I cried out freely now. Pounding my fists into the floor, echoing even louder than the other vampire’s growls. Her thoughts only echoed her words times ten.
“I can’t do this to you, Tanya. Fuck!” I screamed. I would surely go insane after this. Hell I was already insane, but the list of reasons for me to go to hell was only lengthening by the second.
“Edward…it’s okay,” she stuttered in between her sobs. “Yes you can. You need to be there for your family and Bella. The bond I have with my family and my personal being doesn’t amount anywhere near to how you feel about yours and who you are,” she said.
“Is there anything I can do, Tanya?” I whispered in disbelief. My hands were shaking. I was nowhere connected to the world. I was trapped here in this torture chamber, forced to watch and breathe in the monster that I was while others watched and laughed at my weakness.
“I’m sorry Edward, there’s nothing you can do to stop this. You can’t always be the hero you know,” she chuckled. Her left hand slowly lifted up to my cheek and I didn’t stop her. “There’s one thing I’d like to ask of you though,” she asked hesitantly. “Before you kill me…” Her words bit at my already empty soul, driving deep into the nothingness that rests there. “Kiss me?” she begged.
I was hesitant at first, but I realized it was the least I would ever owe her, or the rest of her family. I would grant her anything she wanted right now, if it would mean I would be reunited with the people I loved in return. Her eyes were gleaming with a determination I couldn’t fathom. Her hand slowly snaked its way behind my neck, lightly pulling my head down to her. Her passion burned into my eyes, making sure that they were locked with hers. Her lips parted slightly, blowing her sweet breath lightly across my face.
Then my eyes shut and I began to see something else. Alice was having a vision. Alice comprehended it mere seconds before I did. Bitch.
“Edward, no!” Alice shouted from behind me. Two things happened at once. I felt large pressure topple me from above, pinning where Tanya was just lying, but now Tanya was standing above me smiling a sickly smile as she went to reach for my neck.
“Oh hell no!” Alice yelled, appearing behind Tanya and yanking her backward all the way to the other side of the cage. I charged all my strength against the bastard on top of me. I was deliberating on whether I should be side by side with Alice but she seemed to be holding her own just fine. The male and I now swiftly circled each other with clean defensive movements. He had good tactics. He might be harder than the others.
“You know, I thought it was impossible to fool you Edward,” Tanya laughed carelessly. I tried to focus back to the task at hand but I knew that I would soon lose control. “And you were actually going to kiss me? Haha, maybe I should have waited for that first,” she said seductively. “I didn’t lie about everything.”
“Just shut up and fight,” Alice screamed at her, tackling her into the stomach. They flew several feet into the air, Alice slamming Tanya straight into the top corner of the cage.
“You’ll never win!” she continued. “Why do you even bother fighting for her Edward? She’s betrayed you and ALL of your family! Huh? Did you forget about that? Stupid humans, I would have been better for you. I actually love you Edward. I wouldn’t have hurt you that way.”
“And what the hell do you think you’re doing now, huh Tanya?!” I screeched at her.
“Tsk tsk Edward…things have changed,” she yelled over Alice’s growls that were beginning to become louder with her rage.
“If I can’t have you, no one can. Not even that dumb bitch of a human you insist on keeping as a pet!” My arms shook at the final straw, my body abruptly slammed into the vampire in front of me, sending him off the other way as I rushed to rip Tanya into shreds. I grabbed her by the neck pining her to the bars.
“No one talks about Bella that way, you traitor!” I yelled as I tightened my grip on her neck. I swiftly removed her other arm, accompanied by her wails.
“You’re calling me a traitor?! You were about to fucking kill me, Edward! And I was going to LET you!”
“Yeah, ‘cause that was the plan all along wasn’t it, Ms. Righteous!” She squirmed under my grip, finally able to find her way out by thrusting her foot into my side throwing me a few feet away from her.
“No!” She inched towards me lividly. “The plan was for me and Ronaldo over there to survive and take down you and Alice! You’ll never win, Edward. You won’t take more than you already have away from me. You’ll pay!!” she roared, charging at me.
“Ahhghh…” I dropped to the floor, writhing in such an unimaginable pain. The room was blurry, it was like my changing all over again. So I was dead, this was hell. I tried moving around my arms, feeling no sense of ground. I’m sorry Bella, I failed you, I sobbed. The pain continued throbbing, traveling from by head down to my feet in agonizing amounts. But just as abruptly as it started, it ceased. I kept my eyes closed in fear of what would come next. But all I could hear was the voice of a woman. My eyes fluttered open slowly.
“Stop the fight,” the voice said sternly. “Get them out of the cage,” the voice continued. It was Madam Irene, the voice. Why did she make us stop? I sat up quickly trying to get hold of my surroundings. I was still in the arena. The fire was still blazing. Alice was lying across the floor and Tanya was next to me. What had happened? Alice was waking.
Where are we Edward? I could hear her think.
“I guess you’re lucky leaches,” the voice spoke again. “I’ve decided to keep all four of you. You’ll be useful. Don’t make me regret it,” she said from the exit of the cage. “Get them out and get the next ones in now,” she whispered to the guard. “I remind you that you’ll be helpless once again out of the arena. So don’t even try it,” she sneered.