A Dark Adaptation of Breaking Dawn
The new moon illuminating the ink blue night, marks the dawn of a new world where chaos is about to be unleashed once again between the wolves and the vampires. Under layers of stone and concrete, a King paces back and forth in his room, shaken by the probability of a fallen kingdom. Men begin to shape into wolves in a nearby distance, mouths watering for flesh. And somewhere in the depths of a Romanian forest, a pair of chocolate brown eyes shoot wide open with a sudden gasp, announcing the beginning of a new life.
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4. Chapter 4
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"How could you not have seen them coming, Alice?" yelled Edward.
"The same way you didn't hear them coming!" she lashed back.
Edward gripped the steering wheel so tightly that it promised to break. All the while, Gabriel just stared at me, oblivious to all the yelling, worry marked all over his face. I, too, stared back at him and not because I was hypnotized or anything of the sort, but rather surprised at the calm between us. The magnetizing pull I use to feel whenever he was around, was no longer there. It was as if we disconnected somewhere. Could the baby have anything to do with it?
After a few moments, I tore my eyes away from his and stared out at the blackness of night. He held his gaze for only a short moment after before turning slowly back around and leaning his head against the seat.
"None of us saw or heard them coming. They were not vampires ... and they were not human" he said indifferently. We all turned to look at him. He stared straight to the road ahead though his eyes were distant.
"What do you mean? What where they then?" asked Alice.
"I'm not exactly sure. I couldn't read anything from them" he said dubiously.
"Did you kill them?" asked Edward.
"No. They vanished before I even came close."
"What were they after?"
"It's not hard to guess" said Gabriel. "But what were they and why would they want her?" he asked quietly, more to himself.
No one spoke for the rest of the drive. Everyone lost in their own thoughts. We drove for hours until we reached the border of Ukraine. I didn't know where we were going and neither did I care. It seemed that no matter where I went, trouble followed me. Despite our little brush on the road, my mind kept reverting back to the moment I woke up and found Edward standing there and when I learned about my new life and the life I was carrying. I suppose Gabriel is right. It's not the baby's fault. I hated it at first. More than anything, I wanted him out so that I continue with my life where it left off, back in Forks, back with Edward. And, yet, with every kick and every move I felt within, I began to find that I, in fact, wanted him despite the paternal origin. Edward was right. This was my child and he was not to blame for my actions. He was the product of lust, yes, but my son nonetheless.
Then there was Gabriel. I no longer know what to think of him. He kidnapped me, but saved me. He promised to kill me, but helped in bringing me back to life. He saved my life once again just a while ago. There was no question on whether he cared for me or not. His actions spoke loud and true. However, his lie completely altered my life. His deceit has paved a new road for me, one that I would not have walked upon if given the chance. I acknowledge the fact that it was I who seduced him but I would have never done so had I known Edward was alive and searching for me. Yes, undeniably, Gabriel felt strongly for me but his passion was corrupt. It was too sinister and possessive. His heart harbored so much pain that with time, it warred with his morality. That he loved me, there was no question, but his selfishness had cost me what I loved most and I could never forgive him for it.
A sudden gasp from Alice broke my chain of thought.
"Alice? What's wrong?" I asked, worriedly.
He face was rigid and her eyes wide and lost in trance.
"They've taken them" she said blankly.
"They've taken who?" I asked but I already knew.
"Japser, Emmett, Rosalie, Carlisle and Esme" she said.
Edward eyes were on the road but I can tell that he was in her head as well as Gabriel.
"The Volturi" murmured Edward. "They've taken them to Italy."
There was silence in the car, and I was afraid to say antyhign in fear that the vision would be interrupted.
"I have to go, Edward." said Alice.
Edward grimaced, torn with indecision.
‘I'll go with you" I said.
"NO!" shouted Gabriel. "You can't go there. It's a trap. They're trying to lure you to them."
"They are my family, dammit!" I yelled back at him.
"And you carry mine" he glowered.
"Edward, turn the car around" I said hastily, ignoring Gabriel's menacing stare.
"Bella..." he said Edward, a note of quiet disproval in his voice.
"TURN THE FUCKING CAR AROUND!" I yelled, leaning forward between the two front seats. Gabriel turned and looked me straight in the eye, just an inch away from my face.
"You are not going" he said slowly, emphasizing each word.
Edward glared at him.
"No, Bella... Gabriel's right" said Alice. "You can't go. It's you they want. I don't think they'll hurt them. I just have to get to Jacob first..."
My heart skipped a beat.
"Jacob? You know where he is?"
"He's in Italy, with the rest of the pack, preparing for the battle."
I sat back against the seat, shocked of the news of Jacob. I can see Edward watching me closely from the rearview mirror. It's been over a month since I last saw him. He took off when he learned that I was bitten. What on Earth would he think of me now? Changed to vampire and pregnant.
"There's an airport just west of here" said Gabriel.
Edward was quiet, deep in thought. Gabriel was staring at him intently and I realized that they were sharing a private discussion in their heads. It was frustrating to have to sit there, completely oblivious to the conversation being held between the two. It felt like watching two people whisper to each other in a foreign language and you just knew they were talking about you but all you could do is sit there and play ignorant.
Edward shook his head once in frustration, his hands tightening once again on the steering wheel as Gabriel slowly leaned back into his seat. After a brief moment, the car began to slow to a stop. I looked around and couldn't find anything in sight other than tall evergreens stretching endlessly down the road.
"Why have we stopped?" I asked.
Edward got out of the car and walked over to my side, opening the door and extending his hand to me.
"Come with me, Bella. We have to talk."
Instinctively, I looked at Gabriel and hated that I did that. He was staring at me solemnly from the side view mirror. He didn't react to Edward's request and I realized then that this must have been part of muted discussion they had.
I took Edward's hand, the familiarity of it sending a shiver along my spine. He helped me out of the car and led me into the woods. I remember a time he had done the same. It was when he left me. If being a vampire meant that you would forget most of your human memories, I hoped that this particular memory will be the first to fade.
We walked a few yards in silence and I got the notion that he was trying to put as much distance between us and Gabriel. He held my hand the entire time, our fingers interlocked and it felt wonderful. It felt as if we were back in Forks, walking hand in hand to our meadow. It seemed like such a distant memory and I hoped that this one, I'd keep forever engraved in my heart.
We finally came to a stop and he turned to look at me, his face so full of emotion that I could not read.
"What's going on?" I asked.
His eyes glanced quickly at my swollen stomach before he looked me in the eye.
"Bella, do you want to go through this?" he glanced at my stomach once again.
"You realize it can kill you, right?
"Bella, you don't have to go through with this. I know I told you otherwise, but I wasn't aware of the dire circumstances. If you still wish to abort it, then come with me."
His words were strange to me and made no sense. This wasn't like Edward.
"What are you saying?"
"I'm saying, Bella... I love you and I am not crossed with what has happened between you and Gabriel, but if this child can bring death upon you, then I'll kill it myself if I have to, but I won't let it take your life again. I've lost you one too many times and I won't lose you again."
My mind was a mess, my thoughts spiraling out of control, making me lightheaded. He was asking me, or rather, offering me to kill the baby... to kill my son. I had thought the offer would have been a blessing a day ago, but now, I found it difficult to even imagine. This was my son.
"Edward, I can't... I mean... I want..."
I could feel his hold loosen by a fraction.
"I'm keeping him." I finally said.
His eyes were fixed on mine, his expression frozen in place.
"Bella, your life is on the line..."
"Yes, I know" I interrupted. "But it won't stop me from having him."
"Is it because of Gabriel?"
"No. It's because I want it."
He let go of my hands, his arms dropping to his side, surrendering his fight.
"Edward, this is not an easy decision for me but I feel like it's the only one, the right one. I do love you... more than anything else in the world, but I won't give up the life of my son, regardless whether or not it'll kill me."
"But, Bella..." he pleaded before I intercepted him once more.
"No, Edward. Go without me."
Once again he froze in place and my heart stopped with him. I couldn't believe what I was about to do but I knew it had to be done.
"What?" he whispered, his face twisted in confusion.
"I can't go with you."
"Bella, I don't have to go to Italy. The others will be fine. The wolves..."
"It's not because of the Volturi. I can't go with you."
I could feel a hard lump forming in my throat and my heart felt like it was beating painfully against its will, for I felt like I was already dying. He stared at me, hope washed away from his face.
"I can keep you safe, Bella" he murmured.
"It's not about that. I can't go with you Edward. This is where I belong. I'm having Gabriel's baby and I can't just take him away from him."
"What are you saying?" he asked, frustration rising in his tone. "He lied to you, Bella. He was the one would put you in this mess!"
"No he didn't. He lied, yes. And because of that lie, because I thought you were dead, I took that step that has now led me here. I did this. And I can't turn back. I can't just walk away and pretend to live a happy life knowing that you are not the father of my child. What do you expect me to tell my son?"
"He loves me Edward, and I suppose at some point in time, I, too, loved him... very much."
"But that was then, this is now, Bella" he glared as he punched the air angrily. "You are not his wife!"
"And I am not yours" I said pointedly, raising my voice to level his.
He stood there, stunned by my response and I could feel my heart breaking to bits. I loved this man and I fought with every fiber of my being to stop myself from running off with him. I couldn't. Fate has put me here, back with a stranger that was my husband long ago. I couldn't just be having his baby for no reason. Despite what my heart feels, my mind tells me this is my destiny, an unfortunate one perhaps, but it is where I belong.
"You don't love him, Bella" he said gravely, "I don't need to read your mind to know that. I can see right through you and I know you don't love him."
"But I will. Someday, I will."
His pain was evident. He stood there, staring at me, broken and I knew that this was it. I was down to the last moments I would ever have with him. He slowly walked up to me until our bodies were separated by only a fine hair. He placed his hands on my face and tilted my head so that I was looking up at him. Tears flooded his eyes, something I had never seen before. He didn't say anything, but his eyes were so deep and so full of emotion that words were not needed to express what he felt.
"I'm sorry" I breathed, tears rolling down my face.
His jaw tightened and his tears trembled then trickled down his face. He leaned in and kissed me. My lips did not refuse. He kissed me softly but lavishly, his lips quivering against mine. All I wanted at that moment was stay locked in his arms, kissing him for all eternity, not having to worry about anything at all. I came here not knowing what was going on and now I'm kissing the love of my life, goodbye.
He pulled away, breathing heavily.
"I'll always love you, Bella" and he quickly turned away and walked off to the direction of the car. After a short pause, and after I found my breath again, I followed his lead.
We arrived back to the car, where Gabriel was standing outside, a mix of surprise and worry on his face. Edward did not stop and headed around the driver's side door.
"Get in. We're leaving" he grunted as he passed Alice, who looked back and forth at me and him puzzled. She turned to look at me once more, her face pinched in emotion and I couldn't find the strength to even wave goodbye. She got in the car as Edward floored it and sped away. I stood there, with my vacant heart and watched the car disappear into the distance, as if it was never there.