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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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11. Not part of the plan

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Chapter 11: Not. Part. Of. The. Plan.

EPOV

A few minutes into Emmett’s mind was probably the worst idea ever. In his head, he had already thought of a million possibilities on what could’ve happened to Bella. At the moment, he was talking about how Bella was probably a hired assassin who wanted to get rid of newborns. It was completely senseless since vampires don’t really care about newborns. And vampires were actually assassins since they hunt people. According to him, it was her instinct that had hurt the three of us.

Wow. I didn’t know Emmett could be so creative. I don’t know why everybody was so uptight with this. If she wants to come here, she would. They should just leave her alone.

Oh I can’t believe this. Poor Bella. All alone out there.

That could be possible but then there were a lot of possibilities. We have to communicate with her to know what really happened.

I can’t believe we’re actually listening to Emmett. That Xbox hitting him on his head would be hilarious, though. Hmmm… Are you listening to me Edward?

I shook my head at Alice. As much as I find Emmett’s childish fits entertaining, now wasn’t really a good time. I tuned out the different thoughts of my family. Minus one, of course. Jasper’s mind was still silent. I wanted to be angry at him but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. He didn’t even know how it happened. It all started when he came back from the river. Alice didn’t see Bella with him so we were all clueless until today.

I watched Jasper as he stood by the window again. I assume he was waiting for Bella to come. For some reason, Alice couldn’t see Bella’s future. It was odd. She used to be able to see Bella’s future with no problem before so how come she couldn’t see it now?

There were a lot of odd things about Bella now but I know somewhere deep inside of her, the Bella I knew was still there. She was probably just confused about everything that was why she kept her distance and why she hurt us.

I wouldn’t forget the look on her face as we both looked at each other. She looked like a completely different person when she gazed at me even though her physical appearance was the same. When she ran away from us, the first thing I did was run after her. I had to. I had to get her back. Explain even though she was totally clueless maybe she would remember. Yes, our human memories were a blur to us all but we remember bits and pieces of it and we hold on to it for as long as we can. It was what makes us who we were.

She was so angry when we followed her. She even beat the three of us down. I had never felt that kind of pain before from another vampire. It was excruciating for a few minutes then it slowly went away. It was like we were human again and we were bruising up. I rubbed the spot on my back where she kicked me. It was strange to think that the once vulnerable human I loved so much could now cause me physical pain.

I shuddered at the thought.

I had to stop thinking about that and concentrate on how I could talk to Bella without her running away. Maybe she would remember.

I sighed.

Maybe.

So what if she remembers? She would probably hate me even more.

Someone’s very satisfied.

My head shot up as the voice entered my head. I looked at Jasper who was looking out the window again. I frowned in his direction. I could hear him again?

Well, here she comes. I hope she wouldn’t get− Wait. Why was Edward looking at me like that? Can you hear me?

I stood up from my seat and nodded.

How strange… Maybe it has something to do with Bella’s gift.

I was about to answer him when Alice suddenly gasped. She had a vision that was blurry but I could still make out some of it. There was a girl with a very torn up dress. She was following this other girl into a dark alley. She cornered her and held her against the wall. She tilted the girl’s head to the side and she leaned in and then −

Alice snapped out of the vision and looked at me wide-eyed.

Stay here, Edward. She demanded in her head.

I nodded at her confused and sat down on the couch again. What was that?

Alice stood up from her seat and went to the front door. We all looked at her confused.

“Hi Bella” she greeted.

My body stiffened as I realized what just happened. It was Bella in her vision. Bella was the one hunting the girl down. What the hell was Alice doing? She knew Bella would run away again if she made contact with us. She would just be scaring her away again. I wouldn’t get the chance to talk to her. I clenched my fist as I realized what Alice was up to.

Easy, Edward. Don’t jump into conclusions. Jasper said.

“The rain’s going to get worse for a few hours. Would you like to come in?” I heard Alice ask.

Let me handle this. Edward, tell everyone that they need to keep their distance from Bella if they want her to come in. Tell them not to ask questions or do anything that would confuse her.

I nodded in his direction and watched him walk towards the front door as well. As soon as he got out, I told the rest what he just told me. All I got were pitiful looks from them.

“Don’t worry. We won’t hassle you with questions. We just want you to be comfortable” I heard Jasper say to her.

There was silence for a few minutes and then there was a shuffle. Alice clapped her hands and opened the door.

I suddenly felt nervous. Would she stay this time? Or would she run away again? Alice said that the rain wouldn’t stop until tomorrow evening. Would she stay until then? Would we even get the chance to talk to her. Jasper did say not to ask her questions. I felt calming waves through my whole body.

It’s only Bella, Edward. Let her talk first before you start talking. She’ll get round to it. Jasper said in his head.

I held my breath as Alice and Jasper entered the house. They both gave us a look to go back to what we were previously doing. I tried to move from my spot but was too nervous to do so. I heard Emmett’s game turn back on, and Rosalie flipping pages in her magazine. Carlisle and Esme sat on the love seat while they watched Emmett’s game. Jasper took his seat beside Emmett and took the other controller.

She won’t go inside if you stand there gawking at the door. You’ll scare her away. I’ve seen it. Alice thought as she passed me. She took a seat beside Rosalie and took another magazine. She tapped her forefinger in her head and gave me a look.

I sighed and walked towards where my piano was placed. I haven’t played in a while. Maybe it was time to play again. It would ease me up.

I sat on the bench and opened up the cover. I played with a few notes first to see if it was still in tune. As I sat there playing with some of the keys, I heard the front door close and a deep breath.

I took a deep breath on my own and started to play.

She was here. My Bella was home.

BPOV

Oh god. What have I gotten myself into?! I groaned internally as I took a step towards the front door.

The rain was starting to get heavier by the minute. Usually, I didn’t mind standing out in the rain but for some reason, my instincts were telling me to follow the pixie. She was psychic after all.

I stopped at the front door. I could see all them going about their own business. So, the empath told them to keep their distance. Good. This would be easier for me. I took a deep breath and closed the door behind me.

Nobody looked up from where they were sat. It seemed like they were all concentrating on the game that was on the television. I could see Emmett and Jasper playing and the rest were in the couch watching the two of them. There was one person missing though but I could hear somebody tinkering with the keys of the piano. So, the mind reader decided to get out of his solitary confinement and join the rest of the coven.

Interesting.

He still isolated himself from the rest of the coven though. I shook the thoughts away from my head. It doesn’t matter though because I really don’t care with what they do. At least, that was what I was trying to tell myself.

I still didn’t move from the spot where I was at when I stepped in the house. I probably looked like an idiot who was gawking at the house. The Cullen’s house was bigger inside than it was outside. After all, I didn’t see the inside of the house even though I got a good view of each room from out there. It was huge and very modern. It was very… homely.

For a fraction of a second, I felt like I belonged there. It made me feel complete. There was no gaping hole, no unexplained pain. It was just pure satisfaction and contentment. It felt like I was home.

From the corner of my eye, I saw Jasper’s lips twitch into a small smile.

Ugh. Stupid empath. This was all his doing.

I swallowed and pushed the emotions away. It doesn’t matter. I was only staying here for a few hours. I will be out of here as soon as the last drop falls down. There was no way I could stay here longer than that. It would probably drive me up the walls.

I decided to move from my spot and actually move. I was in their house, I might as well look around. They did invite me inside their house. I haven’t been inside a house this big before. Well, not since I was changed. I was probably in this house a lot if I had a close relationship with… Edward. I still didn’t believe Jasper when he said that the mind reader and I had a romantic relationship. It was just impossible. Vampires and humans were like… taboo for instance. The only relationship that vampires and humans could have would be predator and prey. Now, that would be explainable since vampires feed on humans.

I still had a lot of questions for them but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I don’t want to get too close. I almost slipped earlier when Riley inquired about my current assignment. I was too eager to stay with them for five more days. I did kick myself for being so stupid.

I took the spot by the window where I could see the outside clearly. It was getting darker outside and the rain looked like it wasn’t going to stop in a few hours. I might end up spending the night inside. I gulped at the thought. I should just stay on this spot and look outside. This way, I won’t be able to disturb any of them.

I did a quick peek on what they were doing. They were still watching the game that Emmett and Jasper were playing. What could be so interesting about that? It was just a screen with characters you could control and then kill each other. There was really no point in it. But I guess since they were putting up a show that they were humans, they do human activities as well.

I focused my attention back to the outside. I reminded myself not to get too attached to them. I was already fascinated by their way of living I should stop at that. After all, curiosity killed the cat.

Edward was playing a full song now. The complicated melodies slowly blended into a beautiful harmony. Each movement moved in smoothly to the next. I haven’t heard anything so beautiful before. I closed my eyes and listened to him play. I wanted to go there and see for myself the way he played. I stopped myself. Being inside the house was enough. I was in enough trouble as it was. I took a deep breath and felt calming waves relax my entire body. I gave a small smile grateful for the help.

Argh… What was wrong with me? I’m getting too attached. I should stop it. I shouldr10;

“Hey Bella!”

My eyes shot open and I turned around to see the burly vampire smiling at me. The piano stopped abruptly and I could feel the uneasiness in the room. Emmett didn’t seem to notice it and continued to smile at me.

“Do you wanna play? Jasper’s getting pretty boring since I know his tactics already. I need a new char10;” he was cut off by Alice hitting him with a magazine.

I looked at the both of them uneasily.

“What? I was just being nice. No one even said hello or welcome to our home. It’s rude, you know” he said as a matter of fact.

There were a few minutes of silence. I didn’t really know what to do. I looked outside and the rain seemed to get heavier than earlier. Someone clearing their throat caught my attention.

I turned around to see Carlisle standing up from his seat. Everybody else followed him and looked at me. He took a few steps towards me. When I felt he was getting too near, I backed away one step. He stopped when he realized he was too close for my liking.

“My apologies, Bella. Emmett’s right. We were being rude” he said in a gentle voice.

I shook my head and looked down to the floor.

“You weren’t. I should be the one apologizing. I hurt you but you still let me in your house. I didn’t mean to hurt you. I justr10;”

“It’s okay Bella. We understand. Your instincts tell you that we weren’t to be trusted at the time” Emmett said.

Well, at least I didn’t have to make stuff up. Alice, Jasper and Rosalie all glared at him but he didn’t seem to notice.

I looked up to see him grinning at me. I gave him a small smile. It was hard not to. It was contagious.

“So, do you want to play? We could kick Jasper out if you want or you could do it” he offered.

“Hey!” Jasper exclaimed and hit Emmett.

I tried to stifle a giggle but failed.

Carlisle shook his head then smiled.

“Welcome to our home, Bella” he said.

*****

EPOV

After Carlisle welcomed Bella into our house, Jasper said that she loosened up a bit. Carlisle introduced everybody, including me but I stayed where my piano was because I didn’t know how I would react if I see her again. Well, what really troubled me was how she would react if she sees me again. After all, it was only when she saw me that she had run away the last time. I don’t want that to happen again. If this was as close as I could get Bella to stay, then so be it.

You’re being irrational, Edward.

I shook my head at Alice’s thought. Of course, she would know. Psychic pixie. I went back to playing the piano. It would all come in good time. Right now, I would let Bella be comfortable around my family. I wasn’t the only one who missed her after all.

If you were here with us in the living room, you would know what I’m talking about. Alice continued to taunt me.

“Bella, do you want to change into something more comfortable? The dress you have is torn on the side. I could fix it for you, if you want” I heard Alice ask.

“No, it’s okay. I was going to fix it next time I go to the city” Bella replied.

So, that was why she was hunting down a girl. She wasn’t just after her blood. She was after her dress as well.

I should’ve felt disgusted by what she said instead I felt like I was being hypnotized by her voice. It was so beautiful. It was probably the most beautiful melody I’ve ever heard. This was the first time that I heard her talking without the angry tone. Even then, her voice was melodic. Alice’s voice snapped me out of my thoughts.

“Oh, don’t be silly. I could fix it for you now. Stay here while I get something for you” Alice said and dashed through the stairs towards her bedroom.

Leave it to Alice to worry about Bella’s outfit.

After a few seconds, Alice ran out of her bedroom down the stairs.

“Here. Wear this and I’ll fix your dress. I’ll wash it and dry it as well so that tomorrow, your dress would be nice and clean” I could practically see Alice beaming at Bella.

“You really don’t have to… I’m fine like this… I won’t get sick or anything. So please don’t worry about me” Bella tried convincing Alice.

Edward, come here now and get Bella out of this situation. She’s going to run away if Alice keeps on insisting. She’s not liking it. Jasper thought.

I stood up from my seat and walked towards the living room. Alice was shoving the pair of sweatpants and sweater to Bella while Bella was shaking her head furiously.

“Alice. Stop. If she doesn’t want to, she doesn’t want to” I said.

They both turned around to look at me. Bella gave me a grateful look while Alice looked at me annoyed.

“But Edward! Her dress is all messed up! And its Dior!” she exclaimed.

Ah. That would explain why Alice was so keen on washing it for her. If I didn’t know her better, she would be having the same dress be delivered over night. Brand new.

“Leave her be” I said.

Alice pouted at me but I just shook my head. I knew her schemes already and shook my head again. She huffed and marched up the stairs.

“And that’s my signal to go” Jasper said and stood up from his seat to follow Alice.

“I don’t know about you dude, but I feel kinda tired” Jasper said and gave Emmett a look.

Sorry, Edward. But I know you’ll be grateful for this.

I looked at him confused.

When Emmett didn’t move, he hit him on the shoulder. Rosalie, who was getting the signal that Jasper was sending Emmett, touched Emmett on the shoulder.

“Babe, I need help with something on the garage. You think you could help me?” she practically purred.

Emmett being Emmett immediately responded.

“Of course” And the three of them went their own ways.

Carlisle stood up as well muttering something about finishing some reports and Esme followed. I was left there with Bella. Just the two of us. Alone.

This was going to be a long night.

*****

We probably stood there in silence for a good ten minutes. Neither of us knowing what to say to each other. Every time I opened my mouth to say something, nothing came out. I probably looked like a gold fish. Bella, on the other hand, kept looking outside, then to the floor and then towards me. And then she would do it again.

Jeez dude. Say something already. You’re killing everybody here with the suspense. Emmett exclaimed in his head.

I shook my head in disbelief. Of course, they would all be listening. Bella looked at me amused.

“What?” I asked her.

She raised an eyebrow at me and smirked.

“They’re all taunting you, huh?” she asked.

“You have no idea” I said and gave her a small smile.

“I have to apologize for Alice’s behavior. She’s just really worried about your clothes” I started to say.

“Oh… That’s alright… I guess” she shrugged and turned to look out the window again.

I put my hands in my pockets as I tried to look at anything but her. It didn’t work. My gaze landed on her figure by the window. I watched as she just stared outside. I noticed her biting her lip as if she was hesitating about something. Some things never change.

“What are you thinking of?” I asked softly.

She turned around to face me but looked down the ground.

“Well… I was just curious…” she hesitated again.

After a few seconds, she sighed and looked at me straight in the eye. I almost gasped as I looked into her eyes. It was the brightest shade of crimson red I had ever seen. Jasper was right. She was very satisfied. I wonder if she would ever consider our lifestyle. Her voice broke my trance.

“Jasper said that you and I had a close relationship when I was human… Is it true?” she asked her voice getting softer.

“Yes” I said just as soft as she did.

“This must be freaking you a lot, huh?” I smiled at her again.

“You have no idea” she said returning my smile.

It was awkward but at the same time great. It was like I was getting to know Bella all over again. There was something different about her. She hesitates a lot. It was like she was having some internal battle of some sort. I thought I would be able to hear her thoughts now that she was a vampire, but of course it still didn’t happen. If I did hear her thoughts, then I would’ve probably known the moment she stepped into our area. This made me more curious.

“I’m kind of disappointed that I still don’t hear your thoughts” I admitted to her.

“So, you never heard my thoughts even when I was human?”

“No. Your mind is still silent as ever” I replied.

“Jasper did say something about that” she mumbled.

There was another moment of silence between the two of us. We were both starting to feel uneasy but then I felt calming waves soothe me. I looked up to the ceiling grateful for Jasper’s help. I was a nervous wreck just standing there with Bella.

“He’s something else, isn’t he? He knows when to calm people” Bella pointed out.

“Yeah… He’s helpful at times… Unless he wants to annoy you, then that would be another story” I said.

She nodded and looked outside again. It was frustrating that I couldn’t hear what she was thinking of.

“That song, you were playing earlier… It was beautiful… Did you write it?” she asked.

She was thinking about that?

“Oh… No… That was Debussy’s work… I haven’t played in a while so I thought of just playing something I know”

“Hmm… It was beautiful” she commented.

“Thank you”

“Would it be too much to ask if I ask you to play it again?” she asked shyly.

I smiled at her.

“No. It would be my pleasure”

*****

BPOV

Ugh. I can’t believe I was turning into a softie. I couldn’t help myself though. He kept smiling that crooked smile of his and I’m just… dazzled. His mere presence was enough to knock the air out of me but I had to restrain myself. I had to be in control. I couldn’t let myself fall for him. Did I just say fall for him? What was wrong with me? His family was just my assignment. My assignment. I reminded myself. I wanted to pull at my hair in frustration but stopped myself. I would look like an idiot. Oh god. They were just another job. Just. Another. Job. After this, I would be moving to another town killing newborns again. I think I would rather kill those newborns now rather than stay with him. He just… dazzles me. And I think he knows he’s good at it too.

Not. Part. Of. The. Plan.

I followed him into the room where the piano was. It was right next to the living room. He sat on the piano bench and motioned for me to sit beside him. I shook my head and stood a few feet away from him. With his back facing me, it would be easier for me to think. I think.

“Do you write music?” I asked. It was a stupid question but hey I believe there were players who just played what they know and can’t compose a simple tune.

“Yes” he replied and then started to play.

His fingers moved smoothly against the ivory keys. The room was filled with the beautiful music he was playing. It started out slow with a simple melody then it moved slowly to a complex harmony. It was strikingly beautiful.

I listened in silence as I let the music fill me. I closed my eyes and I could feel each hit of the key tugging at my every nerve. It felt like it was telling me something. This song sounded familiar but at the same time brand new. It was like it was part of a shaded memory.

Memory.

I gasped and everything stopped. I felt I was being pulled back to a shady part of my past. It was blurry and dark but I could make out figures and the piano. It was the exact same piano that Edward has. Then I heard voices.

"I'd like to hear you play," I volunteered.

"It's settled then." Esme pushed him toward the piano. He pulled me along, sitting me on the bench besidehim.

He gave me a long, exasperated look before he turned to the keys.

And then his fingers flowed swiftly across the ivory, and the room was filled with a composition so complex, so luxuriant, it was impossible to believe only one set of hands played. I felt my chin drop, my mouth open in astonishment, and heard low chuckles behind me at my reaction.

Edward looked at me casually, the music still surging around us without a break, and winked. "Do you like it?"

"You wrote this?" I gasped, understanding.

He nodded. "It's Esme's favorite."

I closed my eyes, shaking my head.

"What's wrong?"

"I'm feeling extremely insignificant."

The music slowed, transforming into something softer, and to my surprise I detected the melody of his lullaby weaving through the profusion of notes.

"You inspired this one," he said softly. The music grew unbearably sweet.

I opened my eyes to see Edward right in front of me. His face full of concern.

“Bella, are you alright?” he asked. I could see he was struggling not to hold out his arms towards me.

I breathed in and out deeply for a few seconds then nodded.

“What happened?” I asked.

He brought his hand up to his untidy bronze-colored hair and looked at me again.

“Well, you gasped and then for a few seconds you were like dazed or something. It was like you weren’t here at all. Are you sure you’re okay?” he asked again.

“Yes…” I drifted off and thought back to the blurry memory. My eyes widened in recognition of the song he was just playing. I looked up at him to see his face still filled with concern.

“That was my lullaby, wasn’t it?”

His face was shocked as he realized what just happened.

“You remember that?” he asked.

“I just had a flashback. I think. It was dark and blurry but I could make out the shape of your piano. And you. We were both sitting on the piano bench while you were playing Esme’s favorite then it slowly moved to my lullaby” I explained.

I was confused myself. Was it really a flashback?

His eyes widened as he listened to my explanation.

“That was the first time I brought you to this house” he said.

So, it was a flashback. It seemed like being around the Cullens was triggering my memory. Especially, Edward. But the pain… I don’t understand. Where did the pain come from? I looked around the room and noticed one huge difference between the room now and the one from my flashback.

“Edward”

“Yes?”

“Was this the same house that you had when I was human?”

I noticed his body stiffened slightly at my question but looked confused at the same time.

“Yes… Why?” he asked.

“In the memory, there was no wall dividing this room from the outside. It was wide open. What happened?”

He looked gobsmacked as I talked. Something happened and I wanted to know. If we were together before, how come I was changed into a vampire without their knowledge?

“You know what. Start from the beginning” I said.

“The beginning?” he asked.

“Yes. From the very beginning. How I met you, what happened, and why you didn’t know about me being changed into a vampire” I said.

I didn’t want to go beating around the bush anymore. It was getting me frustrated. If anyone would know what happened, it would him. I looked at him to start talking. He sighed deeply and motioned for me to go sit at the piano bench. I obliged as I watched him pace back and forth.

“About four years ago, you moved from Phoenix to Forks…” he started.

*****

Riley POV

I watched Bella go back to the direction of Forks. It was odd that she forgot all about hunting when it was the first thing she would always ask for whenever we go to a new town. She enjoyed hunting more than doing her job. I noticed how she finished those three humans in just minutes. I could tell she was really thirsty. It was strange that Victoria knew that Bella wouldn’t be feeding like she normally would.

I ran back to the spot where Victoria told me to meet her.

“Well? Did you find her?” she asked.

“Yes” I replied.

“Did you tell her?” she asked again.

I nodded.

“She seemed a bit excited about the fact that she was staying there for a few more days” I said.

A devious smile escaped her lips.

“Perfect” I heard her mumble.