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Oblivion

Summary:
Set during New Moon. After the cliff diving incident, Bella was changed into a vampire and was kept in the dark for months. She doesn't remember anything from her human life and she became Victoria's precious pet who does all her biddings. What Bella doesn't know is that there's a bigger plan that involves killing each of the Cullens. Isn't revenge sweet?


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10. Strangers

Rating 5/5   Word Count 3723   Review this Chapter

Chapter 10: Strangers

APOV

I rolled my eyes as I listened to Emmett recall their encounter with Bella. Again.

“She grabbed me by the hand and flipped me to my back! It was awesome!!” he exclaimed with his eyes wide open.

“I am so gonna challenge her to an arm wrestling competition next time we see her! I hope she stays!!” he continued excitedly.

Only Emmett would say something like that. I watched in amusement as Rosalie hit him at the back of his head.

“You douche! She doesn’t even remember you or any of us for that matter. What do you think would make her stay?” she asked.

I didn’t listen to their conversation anymore. Emmett’s arguments won’t make any sense anyway. My eyes wandered around the room and they rested on Jasper. He was standing by the window looking outside. He seemed to be thinking hard about something or looking at something outside the house. I tried talking to him about it but he never said anything. We never got to talk about what happened after Bella ran away.

Still nothing, Edward? I asked in my head.

I watched Edward shake his head slightly. For some reason, ever since Jasper returned, his mind was completely silent from Edward. Not a single thought from his mind.

“Maybe we’re scaring her away, that’s why she keeps on running” Emmett’s voice boomed throughout the living room.

I noticed a small smile that played at the ends of Jasper’s lips as he listened to Emmett talk.

“What do you know that we don’t, Jasper?” I asked curious. He knew something and it was time for him to talk. I was getting tired of worrying about him. Something happened when he ran away, something that involved Bella. Everybody looked at Jasper.

“Ever since you came back, your mind had been silent. And yesterday afternoon, you went out without telling us anything. What’s going on, Jasper?” Edward asked.

We all looked at Edward then Jasper. It was the first time that Edward ever said anything longer than a sentence.

The smile disappeared from his face and he looked out the window one more time before turning around to face all of us. He sighed quietly and looked at each of us. His gaze landed on Edward before he started talking.

“For the past week, I’d been getting pinches of emotions that were coming from the outside. They would usually last for a quarter of a second then it would be gone. Most of the time, it was nothing. I didn’t think of it as any threat. And then two days ago, I finally found out what was causing those different emotions. We all saw who it was. Bella stood there and took all of us in one by one. When her gaze ended on Edward, I felt a stabbing pain on my chest as she continued to watch him. That’s why I broke down. It was different from all the pain I’d ever experience. It was like a parasite that was starting to consume me. Then I felt all the different emotions all of you were sending me. I had to get away from all of you. It was getting hard for me to breathe so I knew what I had to do. I had to get away” he paused and looked at me.

“I’m sorry I ran away Alice. The emotions were too much for me to take and I needed space to breathe”

I nodded solemnly. I understood him.

“Maybe it’s Bella’s talent!” Emmett exclaimed. He was excited again. I fought the urge to roll my eyes at him.

Edward snarled in his direction and he quickly shut up.

Jasper shook his head.

“No, it wasn’t. If it was, then you would’ve felt the pain too” he said while Emmett nodded.

I wonder if he really understood that. It was too much information for his brain to process.

Edward smirked at my direction.

Jasper glared at the both of us and I looked back at him urging him to go on.

“What do you mean it wasn’t? Do you know what talent she has?” Carlisle asked confused.

Jasper gaze fell to the ground.

“We talked” he said softly.

I watched Edward’s eyes darken as he looked at Jasper. I felt the calming waves that Jasper was sending Edward. I think we all felt it. Edward closed his eyes and pinched the bridge of his nose with his forefinger and thumb.

“Don’t even try calming me down Jasper. Just talk” Edward said through gritted teeth.

Jasper sighed and continued. According to him, Bella presented herself to him but didn’t want him to go anywhere near her. They kept their distance while they talked. Most of it was him explaining our relationship with her. He got to ask her a few questions but her answers were all short. It was like she was hiding something. I wouldn’t blame her for doing that. She doesn’t remember us. We were strangers to her.

Edward’s expression changed from an angry one to a pained look. By the time Jasper finished talking, he was facing down. Everybody was quiet and lost in their thoughts. Nobody knew what to say.

“Did… Did she say who changed her?” Edward asked softly.

Jasper shook his head.

“No. She said she doesn’t remember who changed her. All she remembered was darkness. She didn’t say more than that”

Edward nodded and looked outside the window where Jasper was looking out earlier.

“Is she still out there?” he asked.

“Not right now” Jasper answered.

I looked at him as realization hit me.

“You were out talking to her yesterday again, weren’t you?” I asked.

He was silent for a few seconds and then he nodded.

“I just answered more of her questions. I didn’t get to ask her anymore. It seems like she was avoiding it. She didn’t like it when I start asking about her”

“Where is she now then?” Esme asked. Of course, my mom being a mom got worried about Bella.

“She’s out hunting”

“Hunting?!” Carlisle asked alarmed.

We were all aware of Bella’s diet and with her being in Forks, there were certain boundaries to be aware of.

“Don’t worry, Carlisle. I told her about the area she was allowed to hunt. That was the main reason I went out yesterday. Apparently, she knew something about that. And that kind of bothered me” Jasper said.

“What do you mean?” Carlisle asked.

“During my conversation with her, every now and then she would slip and say something she knew about us. Some things that she wouldn’t have gotten while she was observing us. And before you ask, I don’t know why she was observing us in the first place”

“Maybe she wanted to know if we were any threat to her” Emmett suggested.

Carlisle shook his head.

“That wouldn’t make any sense Emmett” he said.

“Well, maybe she wanted to be part of our coven and she’s observing if she’s going to fit in or not” Emmett suggested. Again.

“Don’t you think she would’ve had been here by now if she wanted to be part of this coven?” Rosalie pointed out.

Emmett shrugged.

“Let’s say for arguments sake that she did want to be part of this coven, why did she have to hurt the three of you?” I asked out loud.

“She has a point” Jasper said.

“Did she say if she was part of another coven?” Emmett asked.

Everybody looked at him.

“What?! You all just said that if she wanted to be with us, she would’ve been here by now. But what if she’s already part of another coven? Maybe they told her to come here and ask us about the hunting grounds. After all, we have a permanent residence here”

Wow. Emmett was determined to make his point. But it still didn’t make any sense.

“That still doesn’t make any sense Emmett. If she was just going to ask about that then why did she have to hurt three of you?” Rosalie said.

There was silence for a few minutes until Jasper spoke up.

“That’s not the only thing I’m worried about”

We all looked at him puzzled.

“Remember when I said that I’ve been getting pinches of her emotions during the week? Well, most of the time, it felt like she wasn’t there at all. She did the same thing when I was talking to her by the river. It was like she was keeping her emotions in check. I asked her about it and then she said something that I couldn’t take of my mind” he paused as he looked at all of us.

“She said she was trained to do it. When she realized she said that word, she stopped abruptly and changed it” Jasper finished.

“What are you trying to say, Jasper?” Carlisle asked confused.

“Well, if she was able to hurt you and you actually felt pain, then we should be on guard. She is stronger than any of us. And Emmett did say she was fighting off newborns when he first saw her. I’m guessing whoever trained her did some serious job at training her. Bella isn’t the same as before. She isn’t the Bella Swan we know anymore. She’s no longer a fragile human. She’s a vampire”

*****

BPOV

I closed my eyes and listened carefully to my surroundings. I heard the wind blowing south, the leaves rustling as the wind touches them and the pitter patter of small feet against the forest floor. The sound of the river’s current was faint and distant. I opened my eyes to look at my surroundings. There weren’t a lot of humans wondering these areas of the woods. I looked up to see the dark clouds hovering in the sky. It looked like it was gonna rain in a couple of hours.

If I was gonna hunt, I have to get out of here. I won’t be able to get anything that would satisfy me.

I ran around the area looking for someone who was lost, someone alone, someone easy to target. I let my instinct take over as I ran. A musky scent hit my nostrils and I stopped abruptly. This must be the border that the empath was talking about. I wrinkled my nose and breathed in the scent. It was nastier than I thought. The smell reminded me of a dirty wet dog. I almost gagged as I took another unnecessary breath. I better get out of here before the mongrels start coming out. I shuddered at the thought and looked around. This was all the Cullen’s fault. If they didn’t have any treaty with the dogs, I would be able to feast on the little town. One human wouldn’t hurt. I sighed as I gave up on that thought. I can’t do that. After all, I can’t give them trouble just because I was thirsty. I would have to look elsewhere. I’ll go back before the first rain drop falls.

I headed to the previous town where Victoria and Riley left me. I’m sure they wouldn’t mind if I hunt there. I don’t think they would be there anyway. They were in another town doing God knows what. This one was bigger than Forks. There are more chances for people to wonder around the woods. If not, I could always go to the town and pick my unlucky prey. I hope this wasn’t part of the treaty.

My lip curled back at the mere thought of feeding. I was so thirsty. I couldn’t believe I haven’t fed for days. It had been almost a week now since the last time I hunted. I wouldn’t have noticed the burning in my throat. If Jasper didn’t say that my eyes were almost black, I would’ve forgotten all about hunting. It was odd that my fascination with the Cullens made me forget the burning sensation in my throat. The empath did say I had a close relationship with them. I think that was the reason why I was so drawn to them. Maybe my subconscious was trying to make me remember my human life.

After with my conversation with him, I forced myself to look at my past. My human life. It was unsuccessful though. It was a complete blank. It was dark like it usually was. Jasr10; I mean the empath tried helping me remember things but that didn’t work out either.

I sighed. I can’t let myself get attached to them. I was supposed to just observe them and now I was talking to one of them. I won’t let her know about that of course. Not. Part. Of. The Plan. I mentally hit myself in the head. I couldn’t slip up either. I almost slipped out on some instances but I managed to cover them up easily. I know she wouldn’t want me to reveal anything about her. I wonder why though. I wonder what they did to her. I remembered her expression when she was talking about them. It was almost the same whenever she would look down at me. I shook off that thought. I was looking at this way too deep. For all I know, she just doesn’t want to mess with them. After all, they were a large coven.

The burn in my throat tingled reminding me of my thirst. I slowed my pace as the trees thinned out. I started to walk at human speed as I took in the different sounds and scents in the area. A pulsating beat took me off my trance. I looked to my left and sure enough there was a man walking in the distance. He was hiking by himself in the woods.

He was the perfect prey. It was time to put my act on.

The man was humming to himself as he walked towards the deeper part of the woods. After a few minutes, the melody started to become familiar to me. I started to hum quietly along with him as I walked on his other side. When he finally heard me, he stopped humming and turned to look at me. I could feel his gaze burn on me as I continued to hum his melody. I turned to look at him slowly not making any eye contact and he smiled at me.

“Now, what is a beautiful creature, like yourself, doing in this area of the woods?” he asked.

I looked at the sky and took in a deep breath then I looked back at him.

“I just needed air. It’s nice to walk outside in the afternoon” I replied.

“Aren’t you cold?” he gestured towards my dress and my bare feet.

I shook my head and shied away from him.

“Do you need anything?” he asked softly.

“Well…” I started slowly.

“Yes? Anything I can help you with, sweetheart?”

I looked him straight in the eye and he gasped. He was frozen in his spot as I moved closer to him.

“I am… thirsty” I replied.

I held his gaze as I continued to walk towards him. When his senses finally kicked in, he turned around and started to run. I was in front of him in an instant.

“Oh… Don’t be like that” I said in a disappointed tone.

I patted him on the chest as he started to walk backwards. His heartbeat quickened as I continued my movements. His back hit the tree and he looked at me terrified.

“Why are you running away from me?” I asked almost disappointed.

He shook his head violently.

“Don’t worry…” I started.

“I’ll make it quick” I whispered in his ear.

I craned his neck in the angle that would give me the most access. I rubbed my nose against his skin. His blood was calling me.

“Hmm…. You smell so good” I said softly.

My tongue touched his skin and I felt the venom pool in my mouth. I groaned in anticipation as I licked the pulsating vein.

“I promise to finish as quick as I can” I said and looked him in the eye.

“You better” a familiar voice said behind me.

I turned around to see Riley perched in one of the trees. I groaned in annoyance as I looked at him.

“Rir10;”

“Go feed. You need it” he motioned for me to continue what I was doing.

I turned to face my victim and didn’t hesitate anymore. I let my instinct take over as I devoured my prey. My teeth sunk unto the soft skin of the human and blood started to fill me. The taste of blood on my tongue was enough to make me moan in pleasure. I could feel it coursing through me as it filled me up. The sweet taste of blood was enough to satisfy me for now. But all good things must come to an end. The human stopped squirming and in a few minutes, I was able to suck him dry. I dropped the body to the ground and I licked off the remaining blood that trickled down my hand.

“Was that enough for you? Or do you want another one?” Riley smirked.

I looked up to see him on the same position as I had seen him a few minutes earlier.

“If another stray comes, then yes” I said.

I couldn’t take the sweet taste of blood away from my mind. It had been too long.

Riley nodded and got down from his position. He motioned for me to stay and ran towards another direction. I stood there for a few minutes and then I suddenly heard two pulses and some irregular breathing from the distance. He threw two humans my way. It was a guy and a girl. They hit the ground with so much force that they weren’t able to stand up.

“Enjoy”

It was the last thing I heard from him while my instincts took over. I consumed the two humans in a matter of minutes.

As I stood up and licked my lips, I heard Riley walk towards me. I turned to face him and he stood there in front of me. His face was full of concern. His hand caressed my left cheek and I leaned on his touch.

“Why haven’t you been feeding?” he asked softly.

I looked at him and felt ashamed of myself. How could I betray the only person who truly cared for me? I couldn’t let him know about my interactions with the Cullens. She would know eventually. I had to be as convincing as I could.

“I had been too occupied with the Cullens” I replied at the same level as his voice.

“Did they track you down?” he asked suddenly alert.

I shook my head slowly.

“I’d been watching them individually. I had to make sure my emotions were in check every time I go near their house. The empath senses me from time to time” I explained. It was the truth. Jasper was the only who got suspicious of me.

“No problems though, right?” he asked.

“No. No problems” I said and looked him in the eye.

There were days that I question Riley’s concern for me. Most of the time, he would be on Victoria’s side and wouldn’t say anything to defend me. Everytime it was just the two of us, he would look at me like I was the most important thing in the world.

“Okay… Good… Victoria wants you to stay a bit longer” he said.

“Longer?” I asked almost excited. I changed it quickly and tried looking confused at him.

Riley raised an eyebrow at me but brushed it off.

“Yes. Five days to be exact. But then she wants a full report afterwards” he said.

I nodded. Five more days with the Cullens. It was enough time for me to get to know them a bit more. After all, they were a part of my human life.

Riley and I talked for awhile as he gave me an update to what they were doing in the other town. Apparently, there were more newborns to be taken care of so they were dealing with them. I was going to question why I wasn’t the one getting rid of the newborns when they should be the one observing but decided against it. I knew Victoria had a reason behind it. Now that I think about it, I was the only one who could do it without getting caught. The mind reader couldn’t read my mind. The psychic wouldn’t be able to see my future because I’m not making any decisions. Then, there was the empath. I was good at controlling my emotions. Was good. I wasn’t good at it anymore. After all, he did find out about me.

After an hour, we went our own ways. I went back to Forks, back to the Cullen’s residence. Jasper knew about me hunting but I didn’t tell him what time I would be back. I was sure he would be able to sense me though. I didn’t guard my emotions as much anymore. It was no use anyway. He would still know.

As I settled on one of the trees near the house, I felt a rain drop fall on my shoulder. I looked up to see the dark clouds getting darker. They were moving faster than earlier and raindrops were starting to fall. I groaned in frustration as I realized I would be sitting out there in the rain. My dress was already ruined and it was going to get worse. I decided to get a new one on my next hunt. My next victim would have to be stripped off her clothes. Of course, I had to choose my prey carefully. Like I usually do when I was in a city.

I heard the front door of the house open and I looked down to see the psychic smiling at me.

“Hi Bella” she greeted.

Of course the empath told them about me. How stupid could I get?

“The rain’s going to get worse for a few hours. Would you like to come in?” she asked.

I looked up at the sky again and saw darker clouds moving in. She was right of course. She was a psychic after all. I hesitated. I couldn’t go inside their house. They would bombard me with questions about… me. I can’t let that happen.

The door opened again and this time her mate stood there beside her.

“Don’t worry. We won’t hassle you with questions. We just want you to be comfortable” Jasper said as he tried to send me calming waves.

I hesitated again. I didn’t know if I could trust him or his coven. After all, they were talking about me behind my back.

Rain started to fall down and it was getting heavier by the second. I groaned as I gave up.

The psychic’s smile grew wider as she clapped her hands. She opened the door and motioned for me to come in.

I could do this. I could handle myself. I could make them believe I was the Bella they knew.