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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


11. Chapter 11- Pain and Glory

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At last the fiery pain stopped and I managed to pull myself up off the gravel driveway. I didn’t even try to imagine what would’ve happened to me if I was still human. I pulled my shield back up…

I was flung again. This time, there was nothing to slow me down. I flew and smacked into a tree… miles away from the house. The tree toppled over.

I slowly picked myself back up. I realized that there was a horrible pain in my wrist. I looked down.

My hand was gone.

I gasped at the nightmarish scene before me. No. This wasn’t happening. It wasn’t…

A childlike, angelic, yet sinister laugh tinkled through the forest. I looked wide-eyed towards the sound and was slammed into the ground. Pain coursed through my body. I heard a couple of sickening cracks.

“Poor little Bella,” said the voice. “Isolated from her family. No one knows where she is.”

I was slammed again. An arm pressed down hard on my throat.

“Can’t scream for help.”

I wheezed.

My eyes widened as Jane’s black and furious eyes gazed deep into mine. “All she can do is experience this.”

Her teeth sank into my shoulder.

With a sudden roar, I flung her off me. I roared louder as my arm went with her. My vision turned crimson with rage. That was it. Now it was her turn to lose an arm.

I grinned, my lips pulling back over my teeth as I let out a low growl. My previous grief was forgotten. The pain I should’ve been experiencing no longer existed. One thought ran through my head: Kill.

“You think I’m helpless?” I purred. Part of my brain-a very small part- marveled at the sound of my voice. I sounded like a sexy villain… like Poison Ivy or something. It felt kind of… awesome!

I launched at her. We rolled, fighting to pin each other, getting occasional bites into each other, and trying to rip each other to shreds. Her teeth sank into my neck and ripped off a chunk. I screeched in rage before tearing off one of her legs. Blinding rage coursed through my body. Jane was going to die right here, right now. My mind was on one track.

Kill. Kill. Kill. Kill.

I wasn’t horrified at this monster Bella. She deserved to come out. Jane deserved to die.

Her teeth sank into my side, so I gave her a hammer-fist to the nose. Thank you, Jasper. There was a satisfying crunch as I smashed her nose. She fell back, roaring in agony. I took the opportunity to do what she did to me: biting a chunk out of her neck.

I leaned into her ear. “You. Will. Pay for everything you have done to me and my family.”

I punched straight through her chest. She cried out. Her cries of agony sounded like music and drove me further. I tore off her other leg… at the same time she flung me by mine.

I cried out as I left my leg behind.

That was it. Her head had to be detached from her body in 10 seconds. There was no alternative. It just needed to happen.

I had to admit that watching Jane drag her legless body toward me would normally be a terrifying sight, but right now it brought about quite a bit of pleasure. I grinned and launched myself at her, grabbed her scalp, and pulled while holding her down with my one knee.

I was about to smash her head into the ground…

“Enough, Bella.”

I whirled around, still consumed by my rage, to see Carlisle with his hand held out.

“Enough,” he said gently, easing toward me.

A wave of calm washed over me. I dropped Jane’s head.

“Easy, Bella,” said Jasper.

At that moment, my pain made itself known. I moaned and collapsed.

Carlisle and Jasper ran to me. Jasper sat on Jane’s torso and held her head. Carlisle came to my side.

“Bella, I need you to try to feel where your… pieces are.”

I cringed.

“Can you move your hand for me?” He asked. “And your arm?”

I realized then that I could still feel my hand and arm. I could feel the ground beneath them. I thrashed them about.

“Where’s Edward?” I asked weakly. Then I remembered our fight. “Oh.”

“He’s coming. He wanted to come with me, but Alice advised against it. Now I know why. He shouldn’t see you like this.” He paused. “Felix showed up to distract us. I’m sorry, Bella. We shouldn’t have left you alone.”

“Why should Edward come?” I asked.

Carlisle looked at me in surprise. “He’s your husband, Bella.”

My eyes pricked. “I wouldn’t be surprised he decides not to be anymore.”

“Why?” Carlisle asked.

I began to sob. “I lied to him. He wouldn’t speak to me all the way home.”

“He still loves you,” said Jasper. “He was just in shock. I doesn’t feel like he wants to leave you.”

“He should.”

“I don’t think he can. Not again. He loves you too much, Bella.”

Carlisle knelt beside me. “Every marriage has its problems. You’ve just got to work together to sort it out.” He pressed something to my shoulder. “Now, I need you to hold as still as possible, ok?”

I nodded.

“Do you want to talk to me about it, or would you rather wait and discuss it with Edward?” he asked.

“Edward first,” I whispered, not wanting to go any further. He needed to know, too.

Carlisle nodded. “Okay. Just remember, I’m here.”

I felt my skin pull, then gasped as bone snapped into place. The same feeling occurred in my wrist.

“Now your leg?”

I thrashed it.

“Bella!”

We all looked to the trees to see Edward. He ran to me and took me into his arms. “Oh, Bella. I shouldn’t have left you alone. I’m so sorry!”

I sobbed. I sobbed in emotional pain and joy, then I cried out as my leg snapped into place while Edward held me still.

“Ssh.” He leaned in toward my ear. “I’ll never, ever leave you Bella. I promise. Never again. Ssh.”

My breath came out in small gasps as I struggled to calm myself.

Carlisle placed a hand on my neck. “We need to find this.” He got up and started to search. He bent over and picked something up. He came back over and put his hand to my neck again. My skin began to pull. I held my breath, waiting for the pain… but there was none. There weren’t any bones to reattach.

I laid there, finally able to relax. The pain wasn’t gone. There were still stings from Jane’s bites. I felt Edward’s hand on my neck, feeling the stinging scars. He kissed my forehead.

“We need to talk,” I whispered.

He rested his forehead on mine. “We will, as soon as you’re taken care of. Carlisle wants you to hold still.”

“Okay,” I whispered. Then… “Where’s Renesmee?” Was she okay? Felix…

“She’s back at the house, sleeping. Rose and Esme are with her,” Edward soothed.

Why was he so kind? I thought he hated me? He was acting as if nothing had happened. I lied to him. Shouldn’t he be troubled? Shouldn’t he be feeling like he can’t trust me anymore? I had thought that we were in a fight. But, the way he looked at me, there was no way you could tell. He looked at me with the deepest love and concern…

Emmett and Alice came running in.

“I’m so sorry,” Alice cried. “I should’ve seen this.”

“It’s fine,” said Edward. “She’s fine.” He leaned in toward my ear again. “I’m proud of you. You’ve done well. You’ve come a long way.” His eyes sparkled. “And I sort of wish I could’ve seen it.”

I smiled slightly.

“Carlisle,” Jasper called. “What are we going to do about Jane?”

Carlisle sighed. “I don’t want to kill her.”

“What else are we going to do?” Edward growled. “We can’t send her back.”

“Keep her pieces in the basement,” said Emmett, shrugging.

Jasper nodded. “Maybe we maybe we could use her to convince the Volturi to leave us alone.”

We all looked at Alice.

“She shook her head. “It’s best just to let her go. But put her pieces together far away from here.”

“I want to ask her a few things first,” said Carlisle. He turned to me. “As soon as Bella feels up to it.”

I struggled to sit up, wincing a bit. Edward helped and pulled me into his lap.

“I can do it,” I said. I closed my eyes to help myself focus.

I let my shield expand. I didn’t want to do this at max. For one, I wasn’t in the best shape at the moment. For another, I thought it best to still leave everyone’s thoughts private. Besides, I hadn’t perfected the technique anyway.

I could detect Edward’s light. He was safe under my shield. I expanded it further…

“Bella,” Edward whispered. “Shield me last, so I can tell Carlisle when you’re done. It will let you focus better.”

I nodded and reluctantly peeled the shield back off Edward. Soon, I had everyone but Jasper and Edward shielded. Jasper was going to be tricky. I had to separate him from Jane’s remains. My face scrunched in concentration.

“Jasper,” said Edward. “Let go of Jane’s head. It’ll make it easier on Bella.”

Thank. You. Edward. He really was good at reading my face… and occasionally thinking logically.

My shield enveloped Jasper, then Edward.

“Alright,” said Edward. “She’s got it.”

I kept my eyes shut, focusing on the lights under my shield and keeping them under my shield.

I heard cracking and popping. Gasping. Whimpering. Growling. I cringed. Edward held me close.

“Let me go,” I heard Jane say.

“We will,” said Carlisle.

Edward let out a sudden feral snarl. “She came to kill Bella against Aro’s orders!”

“Why?”Carlisle asked.

“She makes me weak!” she screeched and… sobbed? “At last I was something. I was important. Not a stupid little girl who just got in the way… until she came along. She made me that little girl again! That helpless, pathetic little human. I hate her!!!

I was practically hyperventilating by the time she finished.

“Ssh,” said Edward. “Don’t listen to her. Listen to me.” He hummed my lullaby.

Jane continued to rant while I focused on my lullaby to help me focus on my shield. I would have Carlisle tell me later. I wanted to know what it was that gave her pleasure when she hurt people.

I heard a crack and a crack and a high keening… then silence.

“You can relax now,” Edward whispered.

I let my shield slide back into place and opened my eyes.

“Get Felix’s remains,” said Carlisle to Emmett, Jasper, and Alice. “Take both of them to Canada. Make sure that they’ll be able to put themselves back together. Then make sure you’re out of there before they do start putting themselves together.”

Jasper grabbed Jane’s head again as Alice and Emmett ran back to the house for bags and Felix. Carlisle knelt before me.

“How are you?”

“It still stings.”

“It will go away soon.” He put a hand over each spot where something was reattached. “Move your hand around for me?”

I moved my hand in small circles. It felt like it had never been torn off.

“Now your arm?”

I did the same with my arm. It felt perfect.

“Good. Now tilt your head to the right.”

I complied.

“Left.”

I hissed in pain.

Carlisle placed a hand over the reattached spot on my neck. It was a soothing touch.

“She bit you here?” he asked.

I nodded gingerly.

He leaned in a little to look at my neck. “It reattached nicely.” He leaned back again to smile at me. “You’re going to have some nice battle scars.”

I smiled back.

“Alright, let’s try that leg.” He took one of my arms and looked over at Edward. “Help me ease her up.”

They both slowly helped me back onto my feet. I kept my weight on my good- or never detached- leg.

“Bella,” said Carlisle. “Put your weight on your other leg.”

I did.

But my weight wasn’t completely on it. Edward and Carlisle were still holding me up. They solely eased me down, gradually adding my weight to my leg. Soon all weight was on it…

And I was fine.

With their hands on me, I took one step, and another, and another…

I was perfectly fine.

Edward took me into his arms, crushing me to his chest in relief. I couldn’t even begin to imagine what it must have been like for him to see me like that. Just the thought of the possibility of him lying on the ground in pieces was too much for me. I crushed him back.

I pulled back a little after a minutes to look at Carlisle.

“This isn’t over, is it?” I whispered.

Edward buried his face in my hair.

“No,” said Carlisle. “I think that this is far from over.”