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.
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So here I stand, captured and helpless, in the presence of my enemies. I couldn’t even comprehend at the moment how Carlisle had ever been able to reside with such menaces. I am sure that there are many different other ways this issue could have been handled; for all the public knew, we were wearing body glitter.
But, nevertheless, Aro still stood before me, a righteous smirk present on his face. I attempted to steal a quick glance behind me to the porch, to see if the rest of the Cullens had emerged, but my captor quickly caught my head and held it fixed to stare into the eyes of his master.
“My, Carlisle, you do have one fine addition to your coven,” Aro removed his eyes from mine and turned them upwards to stare directly behind me.
“Why do you find it necessary, Aro, to capture half my family without valid reasoning?” Carlisle responded, his irritation evident in his voice.
“You must know by now my friend that I do not capture people without an immediate threat,” Aro replied to his once friend confidently.
“And may I ask, what possible threat do these four present?”
“Are you truly that out of touch with the human world these days?” Aro openly insulted my soon-to-be father-in-law. “I would have assumed you would have more in-depth information considering your lifestyle and occupation. Alice, Isabella, and Edward have all violated our most important rule, exposing themselves as immortals openly to the public.”
I was so enraged at this point that I decided to make my presence known. “What human would think of glittering skin as a vampire?! They all think we sleep in coffins with fangs!” I spoke as quickly and as loudly as I could before the guard’s hand clamped down on my mouth.
“Oh but you are wrong, Isabella. Was it not you yourself that unraveled our secret when you were a mere human? I do not take chances on matters such as this. If there is one curious person in the world, there is sure to be more with access to the same resources you had to you.”
I swear I saw Edward’s eyes drop to the ground guiltily. How did Aro know anything about that? No one other than the Cullens knew anything about how I had found out about vampires. Had Edward actually told Aro? I instantly felt betrayed at the thought.
“You may let her speak, Felix.”
The guard removed his hand from my mouth, only to return it to lock around me just above his left.
“Then why not just destroy the resources?” I asked. “If there are none, then there is no possibility.”
“Oh, I have every intention of doing just that, young one. But there are matters to attend to here first. I cannot just leave this crime unpunished.”
“Aro,” Carlisle spoke up. “May I ask why my dear son, Jasper, has been captured? What crime has he committed?”
“He has associated himself with these three,” he answered calmly.
“But you admit that he has done nothing against you?”
“He has helped the criminals to escape many a time,” the Volturi leader retorted.
“Aro, are you telling me that you would not follow and help your mate if she were in any sort of trouble?”
“It is irrelevant. She is a criminal; he knew what he was getting himself into when he followed her with the other two.”
“Then maybe you do not truly love your mate the way Jasper loves Alice; enough to follow her to the ends of the Earth.”
Aro glared at Carlisle. I will admit that that had been quite a low blow, but it wasn’t like it wasn’t well deserved.
“Fine then!” he yelled in frustration. “Release him!”
The guard proceeded to release Jasper, but not without a few sour looks aimed at Carlisle. I was beginning to become very annoyed with this Felix holding me here. He could at least let me look anywhere other than directly at Aro, who wasn’t even speaking to me at the moment.
“Now, for the rest of you, how do you explain yourselves,” Aro inquired, “since you are so insistent that you are innocent.”
Edward was the first to speak. “We were merely running from my sister here—who was not happy about my fiancé and I wanting to be wed in a Las Vegas chapel. It was dark when it began and the sun had just risen when we ran right in front of the chapel, the only way to escape. We weren’t even in direct sunlight. The glow is light enough that we could have been wearing body glitter like Bella suggested. After all, it is Vegas. Please understand that there are a number of ways that this could be explained to the public as a hoax. I highly doubt any human would relate luminous skin to a vampire anyway.”
“Well put, Edward,” Aro began, “But I am afraid that this is not simply a matter of how to explain this to the public. After all you have still exposed yourselves to the world, whether it is publicized or not, it is against our law. Punishment is due.”
Since I was forced to look at the menacing creature before me anyway, I glared at him with the most intensity that I could muster up. Unfortunately, no one seemed to notice.
“What kind of punishment were you planning for such a minor offense?” Carlisle asked.
“This is no minor offense, I assure you of that Carlisle. My plans are quite simple as is the usual for these situations. They either must be destroyed or, since I do not like to waste such extraordinary gifts, they may join our guard.”
I heard Emmett and Jasper growl from deep in their throats to my right. Obviously they were not happy about these options, Jasper especially. The only thing I could really think of at this moment was my sorrow for Alice and Jasper. With either option they would be without each other, whether irrevocably or halfway across the world from the other. I for once felt lucky that I would either be able to be with Edward as a member of the Volturi guard, no matter how horrendous that sounded, or be with him in death. And though he may not believe it, I certainly do believe that there is a heaven awaiting us, and that we have the souls to go there.
“May I consult the three privately for just a moment, Aro? I ensure you that I am not going to have them attempt to run.”
Aro sighed. This was obviously taking longer than he had expected. “Very well, but please do remember that we can still hear you.”
“Thank you,” Carlisle replied respectfully.
Alice, Edward and I were released then. Jasper immediately grabbed onto Alice as did she him. Edward followed their example and wrapped his arm around my waist as we proceeded into the house.
“What have you done? Do you know what this means? Now we are all at stake since Aro knows of how Bella learned of us,” Carlisle whispered as softly as he could.
“I think we should join,” I announced. “It’s better than dying, and we may just be able to see each other again instead of being permanently removed. It’s the only possible way.”
“She’s right,” Edward stated. “To accept death would be to give up on everything we have built in this new life. I will join with Bella.”
“I guess I really have no choice, as Bella pointed out,” Alice said sorrowfully. “I can’t just die and leave Jazz here. And I am not going to let him kill himself after me. I can’t even imagine him doing that to himself.” Jasper tightened his grip on her as she laid her head down on his shoulder.
“Then I guess it is settled. Please, do not ruin any of your chances while you are there. You may get lucky and find Aro to be merciful at times,” said Carlisle.
We all stood there for a moment, holding onto our loved one, never wanting to let go and face what was out there for us. But eventually we did have to step out and face our fate.
“Welcome back,” the Volturi leader said with a bit of sarcasm in his voice. “Have you made a decision?”
“We have chosen to join the guard,” Edward proclaimed, his voice filled with regret.
We all stole a quick glance back at our family, longing to go running to them and never leave, but we were being prodded to run behind the leaders ahead of us. We followed reluctantly, and with that, our fate was sealed.
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