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Vengeance, Sweet Vengeance

Summary:
A lone, dark figure stands on a balcony, watching the final moments of the setting sun. It was unacceptable. She made me look weak. Like nothing. I am not nothing. I will never be nothing. That creature was going to pay for making me look like a fool. No one had ever done that to me before. And no one ever would again. Especially not her. I could taste vengeance in the air, and it was sweet. Bella and Edward have lived a blissful life with their family following their encounter with the Volturi one year ago... until sweet vengeance comes to threaten their happily ever after once again. banner by Oh_ Mike How will I go on rated teen for violence and sexual references.CHAPTER 12 is now up!!!CHAPTER 13 has been submitted and is awaiting validation!!!CHAPTERS 14-24 are ready to go!!!


Notes:
This is a plot that's been brewing in my head for about a year. I was just writing the other day, and it reared its ugly head again, demanding to be written. Song that influenced this: Showbiz by none other than... Muse. lol. Go figure. =D


10. Chapter 10- Lies

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BPOV

“I don’t like this,” said Alice, following us towards the front door.

Edward sighed. “We’ll be fine, Alice.”

“But I can’t see.”

“Alice.” I turned to her. “The wolves will not hurt us.”

Her face fell. “It’s not the wolves I’m worried about.”

There was silence for a moment, then Edward said softly, “One of the safest places we can be right now is La Push.”

I was still ridiculously happy about the new alliance between the Cullens and the wolves… so happy that I didn’t even think about what Alice was worried about or of what we’d be safe from. Finally, they had realized that they sought to achieve the same goals: to preserve human lives and the lives of their own. When I had called Billy to see if Edward could come, there was no hesitation. I thought back to a fuzzy human memory, before I was a vampire and after Edward came back. The two magnets. I had tried to force them together, fighting the laws of nature instead of working with them. Well, now the magnets were working together. Were they still repulsed by each other? Yeah. It wasn’t like I could change our opinions on how we smell to each other. But the magnets were now working together for a common goal, creating a stronger force, not to mention a much easier life for me.

Alice sighed in resignation. “Fine. Just be careful? Please?”

Edward smiled and hugged her. “As always, Alice.”

We got into the Volvo and took off for La Push.

I grabbed Edward’s hand. “I think we can take Renesmee home tonight.” I squeezed his hand.

He smiled. “I was hoping you’d say that.” He squeezed back. “This is going to be interesting.”

“Have you actually ever been in La Push before?” I asked curiously.

“My first time was when we brought Jacob back after he was injured in the newborn attack,” he said. “When we negotiated the treaty, it was on neutral ground.” He turned to me briefly and smiled. “Let’s just say that it’s not going to be only the young wolves who will be learning something new tonight.”

We crossed the border. I couldn’t stop the thrill that went through me. We had crossed the border.

We pulled up in front of Jacob’s place and got out. Before we could even take a step toward the house, a small blur launched itself into Edward’s arms. He laughed squeezing Renesmee to his chest and placing a kiss on her forehead, before setting her down.

“Can I go home, now?” she asked.

I smiled. “Yep.”

Her smile would’ve lit up the darkest of voids.

Jacob then came out, smiling. He hugged me first, then… to my shock and joy… Edward. Yet more proof of the new alliance between us.

“So, where’s this campfire?” I asked.

Jake squatted so that Nessie could easily get on his back. “On the beach. It’s already started. The elders wanted to warn everyone first.”

“So what exactly are we doing here, tonight?” Edward asked.

“It’s basically a Q&A session,” said Jake. We started walking toward the beach. “They’ll ask you guys questions and stuff.”

“Questions like…” I prodded.

“Rumor squashing, ‘what’s it like’ questions, and they’re kids so be prepared for some really stupid questions,” he laughed.

We continued a little toward the beach, then Jacob spoke again, letting Nessie down.

“Wait here,” he said. “I’m gonna sort of announce you.”

I nodded. Nessie came over and wrapped her arms around my waist. Jacob disappeared over the hill.

I leaned against Edward’s chest. His arms wrapped around me. We waited in silence, watching the sun set.

It wasn’t long before Jacob came back.

“Okay, guys. We’re ready for ya.”

I took a deep breath and followed Jacob down the hill. The last time I came to a pack campfire, I had been human. I had been “the vampire girl.” I had been accepted. But now I was a vampire. I was their sworn enemy. How were they going to take me now?

There was a collective gasp as we approached the Quileute’s sitting around the fire. The boys I didn’t recognize gaped at me and Edward, especially when Jake’s pack (except for Leah, of course) got up to greet us. When Seth hugged me, I heard a low growl.

“It’s alright,” I heard Sam say.

Billy spoke.

“Everyone, this is Edward and Bella Cullen. Yes, they are vampires. But they are also our friends.” He smiled at me. “I’ve known Bella since she was a little human girl.”

The new member of the pack looked like they were about to lose their eyeballs, their eyes were so wide.

Edward and I sat down in the circle, Seth on one side and Jake on the other. Nessie climbed into my lap.

For the second tim, I heard the stories of the Quileute wolves. This time, I would remember them, word-for-word. I no longer had my pitiful human memory.

“Alright,” Billy turned to us, once finished. “I will open it up to questions for tonight’s guests.”

Hands shot up like rockets.

“However,” Billy continued. The hands sank a little. “Let’s be nice to our guests. Remember, they- like us- seek to preserve human life. They do not drink human blood. Please be respectful.”

The hands stood completely erect again. Edward looked at me before pointing at one boy, who looked- to my horror- to be about 12 or 13.

“Do you need to breath?” the boy asked.

“Go ahead,” I said very quietly.

“No,” said Edward. “We don’t. But we do because we like to. It allows us to taste the air. It’s also just an old human habit that’s hard to let go.

Quil raised his hand.

I laughed. “Go ahead.”

Quil grinned. “This is for each of you. What is your favorite animal? To drink?”

There were a few sounds of disgust. But others just chuckled.

I talked first. “Well, personally. I don’t really have a favorite yet. I’m only a little over a year old… as a vampire. But predators are the best.” I turned to Edward.

He smirked. “Definitely… mountain lion.”

“How old are you guys?” one boy asked.

Edward spoke first. “17.”

I snorted.

“But how long have you been 17?”

I burst out into giggles.

Edward leaned forward, grinning at me. “A while.”

I clapped a hand over my mouth.

Edward continued. “I was born in 1901.”

The boy gaped. “Whoa.”

Edward turned back to me.

“I’m 20,” I said. “I was changed only a couple days before my 19th birthday.” I pointed at another boy.

“This one is mostly for you, Bella, since it was more recent… What’s it like to be… changed?”

I froze.

Edward’s arm tightened around me. “Bella’s situation was unique… she—“

“No.” I closed my eyes, clutching the now sleeping Nessie in my arms. I let me shield recede just long enough to think, I’m so sorry, my love. I lied to you. I felt it all.

It was his turn freeze.

“It hurt,” I said. “It felt like I was being burned alive. If I could’ve spoke, I probably would’ve begged for someone to kill me.”

I felt Edward bury his face in my hair.

“But when I opened my eyes, it was… amazing. I was literally seeing the world with new eyes. I had never felt better in my life, despite the confusion I felt from missing two days.”

We continued the Q&A session. Edward didn’t speak, or move, the entire time.

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“Please say something,” I begged from the passenger seat.

He just stared ahead at the road.

I looked down at my hands. “I’m sorry,” I whispered. “I’m so so sorry I lied to you. I just wanted you to be happy. I didn’t want you to know I was in pain.”

He continued to stare blankly ahead.

My breath hitched. “Please. Please say something. Anything! Please?”

Nothing.

I fell forward, allowing my face to fall into my hands. Edward still didn’t speak. He didn’t even look at me.

What have I done?

I was happy that Nessie was blissfully asleep in the back seat during this. The tension was almost unbearable.

What have I done?

I had lied…to my husband, one of the worst crimes a wife could commit.

What was I thinking?

We parked in the garage and just sat there, not saying anything. After a moment, Edward got out of the car and took Nessie inside. I groaned, unbuckling my seatbelt before sliding off my seat and onto the floor of the Volvo… where I sobbed. I was a horrible wife. I was a horrible person. I wasn’t good enough for Edward. He was probably going to leave me… again.

I wailed at the thought, receding my shield and begging. Edward! Edward, I’m sorry. I love you. Please. Please come back! Please, please don’t leave me!!!

The door opened, and I was relieved until the pair of arms that grabbed me threw me through the door of the garage, while I screamed in absolute agony.