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This is the sequel to my story "Somewhere." you have to read that first to understand the plot because this goes off of that one's epilogue. Somewhere's epilogue can be read seperately from the rest of the story, but there still are minor references in Nowhere to it's predecessor. Edward and Bella are finally together again and getting ready for their wedding. all is well until they go to tell Charlie. Charlie has fallen asleep on the couch and on the news is something that will change their lives forever. now they must run. this time not to find each other, but to escape the danger ahead for them. Places to hide are scarce, even in such a large world, especially with a tracker. Meanwhile, the city of Forks is just finding out about the mysterious news...

in this story, Bella and Edward will once again start running around the world, but with more events and to farther places. but this time, they will have somebody else with them. this story might not go the way you think. =] Disclaimer: I do not own anything to do with Twilight.

16. Do or Die

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Edward’s POV

I flailed around in the woman’s arms the entire way, still in shock as we rounded a corner to a very luxurious house in who knows where. I was surprised at the woman’s strength. I usually could be considered quite strong, except of course compared to people like Emmett. I knew that there were some exceptionally strong women out there, but they usually showed some of their musculature on their bodies; they were not lanky and thin like the woman before me.

She set me down, not in the least bit gentle, and grabbed my wrist to guide my to the heavy wooden door adorning the large building. I was led down a long and ornate hall that had seemingly no end to it. I resisted as much as I could, but the woman was good at what she did; kidnapping.

She must be the one that had taken Jasper; the reason Alice couldn’t see. Though, I still don’t have a clue how she couldn’t have seen that. Well, she had said she was far from infallible. Maybe she knew something like this would happen.

The woman finally let go of my hand when we came into a well lit, cavernous room. There were three rather large chairs set up at the far end, holding three heartless men. Aro, Caius and Marcus retaliated the deathly stare I gave off. It was one thing to chase us around—something that actually could be considered justifiable—but it was another to separate me from my love in such a vicious manner. The brutality of whatever power the one member of the guard had was enough to tear my heart to pieces; whether or not what I was seeing was really how Bella felt.

I swallowed the venom that had come to swim behind my teeth and straightened myself out. Aro spoke as if this was nothing big, and that made me all the more angry.

“Good evening, Edward!” Aro exclaimed. “It is so nice of you to join us; I hope you will enjoy your place,” he grinned at his last remark, “at my side.”

My eyes bulged prematurely, having heard his intentions before he had spoken them aloud for the rest of the group present.

It wasn’t as if I hadn’t expected such a thing. Aro was no fool; he had seen what happened with Jasper. There was no chance that he was going to let me out of his sight. I groaned internally at the thought. Being in the same room with Aro for too long was aggravating; I couldn’t imagine spending forever at his side. Especially without Bella.

My usually flawless poker face wavered for a moment as I let out a small sigh of misery. I was seriously thinking about trying to escape, which was definitely not the brightest thing to attempt among people like these.

Before I was able to know what was happening, something quite unusual, Aro had grabbed my hand in his. He grasped it tightly—as if it were his only support of life--while he took in the way my life had played out so far.

I could hear his mind reeling with the onslaught of information. Now that he knew everything about me, it wouldn’t be nearly as easy to slip out, since he would probably be able to guess at the tactics I used. He began to speak of what he had seen of the recent events only a mere second after finishing viewing them.

“Ah, you were going to wed this girl, were you? That didn’t turn out too well for you, did it? Maybe if you hadn’t run from this Alice you wouldn’t be here today. However, you should have been paying attention, especially with such a wonderful gift as yours.

“I see your innocence, I really do, but such innocence as this has made you all the guiltier. You see, you ought to have taken the liberty of immediately destroying that photograph, and any others who witnessed such a tragedy. Seeing your alternate way of life, I can understand why you didn’t; but in such a case it is in fact necessary.

“And, after all this, you and your lovely Bella still have not been wed. That appears to me to be quite odd after all this hardship you are going through after just the attempt. I would think that such a couple would have already taken care of it during your time running from us. You are, after all, quite effective at hiding. Of course, it wasn’t enough.”

Aro finished his monologue with a line that was like a dagger straight through my chest. And I was reminded of the truth of his words. Why had I not married Bella in this time? I should have taken her off quickly to have it done. I’m sure Alice wouldn’t have minded in this situation; it seemed her wedding plans would take much longer to complete now anyway.

“So, Edward,” Aro began, “you must take one of two choices. Either you join us here—which does include helping us track down the rest of your party of guilty people—or, we can kill you now. Which do you prefer?”

I saw Jane smile from across the room as I debated the decision internally, obviously waiting for the time when she would be able to put me in the pain necessary to immobilize me and burn me to ashes.

Finally, she thought, something fun to do around here.

Aro heard what she thought since he was still holding onto my hand, and instantly flashed his eyes to the youthful girl across the room from him.

“No, Jane,” he told her.

I smiled, though only briefly, because of Aro’s protection from the little package of pure evil. My smile was almost instantly changed back to its previous scowl as I came back to realize that I still had to make my choice.

A tortured sob broke through the dead silence, instantaneously putting into my protective mode when I recognized who it belonged to.

Aro released his grip from my hand and went dashing around the corner after which he abruptly stopped. I saw her face through his mind as I followed suit and went to stand in front of her to protect my love.

“Well, well, well, look who we have here,” Aro said triumphantly. “This will save us some work.”

I growled at him as I saw his intentions as well as his plans. He intended to capture Bella as he had me, and then proceed to find Alice where he had a pretty good hunch that she was just outside.

Felix was already there and attempting to pull me away from Bella. Though it was very difficult to resist his strength, I did not budge. I would stay here and protect here, no matter what happened. She is my love, my life, my everything, and I am not letting anything take her away from me.

My feet fell out from under me as I felt myself internally burned, as if I was reliving my transformation. My heart ruptured as I was able to see the frightened face of my fiancé in front of me. A look of fortitude spread consumed her after only mere seconds of my internal torture. I was abruptly relieved of my hurting and thrown back into what had been happening the entire time I had been incapacitated.

Bella had broken free of Felix’s grasp on her, and broken his hold on me also. The new look of concentration on her face keyed me in to what had happened to the cursed little girl that was Jane. I felt extremely lucky that Bella had such a powerful gift at her disposal.

Out of nowhere, Alice appeared in between us, grabbing both of our hands and beginning to pull us away from Aro and Felix who were now trying to anchor us back. We broke free at a brief moment of weakness on one of their parts and raced out of the fearsome place I had been trapped in.

Jasper followed along with us when we burst out of the door, splitting the wood into two with the force. We disregarded the mess in our mad dash out.

The screams of the angry guard echoed in the gloom passing by us as we also heard the footsteps of a large portion of them following behind us through what should’ve been a glorious countryside.

We ran with them following us all the way to the airport where we promptly boarded the first plane out, not caring where it was headed. We could go anywhere, as long as it wasn’t here.