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One Last Chance

Summary:
Ana Forrester has settled in with her new family. For the first time, she feels as if she belongs. She has parents, brothers, sisters, friends, and her soul mate/imprint Seth But clouds are starting to gather on the horizon, and not just in the tiny town of Forks. There’s another coven that talks of revolution and rebellion. What will happen if they carry out their plans? SEQUEL TO ABSTRACT REALITY!!!!CHAPTER 5 IS NOW UP!!!!! PLEASE R&R!!!!!!!5/7/09: I edited some things in chapter five that are important to the plot. Please re-read it if you have read that chapter already; it's a very important plot fragment!!!!


Notes:
The first time I tried this, the story gor rejected because I put it in two categories... I'll just put it in No Time Frame, but we all know it's also Post BD, too... Love Ya!! :DDDD


5. Chapter 5: Desrtuction

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Chapter 5: Destruction

Edward’s words were confirmed as soon as Sean arrived into full view. His shoulders were slumped, his head bowed. It was like looking at a broken wind-up toy that you couldn’t wind because the key was missing.

Esme and Mary-Kate met Sean at the clearing, Mary-Kate looking as though she would cry.

“Is it true?” She asked. Sean nodded, and she slumped into Esme’s arms, dry-sobbing. “Poor Seamus,” she muttered. “Poor, poor Seamus.”

Seamus himself, meanwhile, had exited the house to find the scene in front of him. “Oh, God!” he cried, seeing Sean walking toward him.

As soon as we were in the house, Sean sat down and began to recount the whole sorry tale.

“I managed to catch up to him on the coast of France, but he wouldn’t listen to me. He nearly tore my head off.” Sean shook his head sadly “I’ve never seen him act so rash.”

Daniel sighed. “I’ve never known Kerry to act out like this, either.” He added. “I’ve known Kerry my whole life, since we grew up in the same village….” He trailed off, shaking his own head in shame. Mary-Kate walked over to him. He wrapped his arms around her frame, shaking with tearless sobs.

Apparently, Sean followed Kerry to Volterra, despite Kerry’s repeated threats whenever Sean tried to stop him. “I lost him somewhere around Venice,” Sean whispered. “By the time I caught up to him again, it was too late to do anything but watch.”

Upon Sean’s arrival in Volterra, he entered to main building, where Kerry asked for an audience with the Volturi. As soon as they were gathered, Kerry attacked. By the time it was over, Jane, Alec, and Chelsea were a pile of ashes, and Marcus had run away.

“They ripped him apart after that,” Sean said, “I arrived in time to see them burn the pieces. I only just managed to get away. I thought they had me for a second there, but I was lucky.” He shook his head. “They want revenge. Three of their best guard members are gone; nothing more than scattered ashes, and one of the ancients has abandoned them, fled to who knows where. The remaining ancients will do anything in their power to avenge this defeat.”

“What can we do?” Seamus asked bitterly as he gazed out the window. “My brother is dead, Sean. DEAD!” he bellowed. I flinched, and Seth wrapped his arms around me. “What if they come here? The Cullens and the wolves are innocents, and the girl will become an appetizer for the bloodbath that will follow when everything is destroyed. This town, this area… no one will survive when the Volturi arrive. They will want the world to suffer for the deaths of Alec, Jane and Chelsea. And that’s just the humans!”

“Seamus, calm down.” Mary-Kate whispered.

Seamus roared. Edward and Emmett glared at him.

“My brother no longer exists because of … of…”

“Of his own ideas, his own morals, Seamus!” Emmett cried. “If he hadn’t been so extreme about his beliefs, we wouldn’t have been in this mess.”

“They killed his Maureen!” Seamus sobbed. “Someone believed she had an immortal child, so they told the Volturi, and she was killed for a crime she didn’t commit. When they burned down the hut with the pieces of her body inside, the flames ate the entire village, too. Including the home of our own Ma!”

“But if it hurt you, too, why didn’t you help him do the deed?”

“Because I knew that messing with the Volturi would be a mistake,” Seamus said. “Going to them is the same thing as handing yourself to them on a silver platter with a sign that says ‘Have at me.’ Even someone here would be….”

“ENOUGH!!!”

I realized the voice was mine only after I’d yelled out the exclamation. I clapped my hands over my mouth, and stared at the room around me in embarrassment. However, I was even more surprised when Edward smiled at me.

“Ana’s right,” he replied. “Just because we go to the Volturi doesn’t mean we doom ourselves when we appear in front of them. I went to them,” he paused; I saw his eyes close as if trying not to remember a horrible moment in his past. “I went to them when I thought Bella had… had died. I went to them, asking to join her in death. They told me no.”

Nessie gasped in surprise. “Dad!” She cried.

“Bella found me the next day, just before I tried to force their hand in my own execution. Another moment before her arrival, and I doubt that I would be standing here today.” Edward glanced at me.

“You’ve survived an encounter with them, too.” He said.

I shuddered, remembering the fear of that moment, and the pain. “Yeah, I did.” I muttered.

“At least half of us have managed to walk away from the Volturi almost unscathed.” Jasper agreed. “Alice, Carlisle, Esme, the wolves, Edward, Bella, Nessie, Emmett, Rose, Ana….”

“But that’s different,” I interrupted. “I’m human.”

“What does that make me, chopped liver?” Seth said. I saw him stick out his lover lip. I giggled, wrapping my arms around him.

“So was I when I first encountered the ancients,” Bella said, “Yet I’m still standing here today, and Nessie’s here.”

“But you had Edward,” I contested. “You two were in love. He promised them you’d become a vampire.”

“But he did want to get married first,” Jake said. “Plus, Bella got pregnant with Nessie, so there was no way they’d change her with a baby growing inside her.”

“Besides me telling them not to touch her?” Rosalie growled.

“Chill, Blondie,” Jacob said, a grin spreading across his face. “I was just getting to that. No need to get all psycho on me.”

A few people chuckled, Edward, Bella and Seth among them. Alice’s peals of silver bell-like laughter also echoed around the room.

“Where have I heard that before?” Rosalie grumbled.