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Vengeance, Sweet Vengeance

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!!!

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

14. Chapter 14

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“So that wasn’t the attack?” Sam asked.

“No,” I said. “Jane did that on her own.”

“My pack and I will stay,” said Jacob. “Reinforcements in case something like this happens again.”

“I’ll let the Elders know of the attack,” said Sam.

“Actually,” said Carlisle suddenly. “I was considering moving.”

Everyone stared in shock.

He got up. “It’s about time, anyway. We all should look older. And then with the Volturi suddenly after us maybe somewhere more desolate and away from human life would be best.”

I had told myself that this day was coming. I had tried to be ready for it. But I didn’t expect it to come so soon. Charlie. What about Charlie? I was going to miss him. We had come up with the perfect plan to allow me to see him and we were suddenly moving to “somewhere more desolate and away from human life.”

“Charlie?” I whimpered softly.

Edward pulled me into his arms from behind. “We’ll get you a Magic Jack, love. It will allow you to call him and him to call you through the internet without any long distance charges to him. And all he’ll have to use is a normal land line.”

But that wasn’t all.

Jacob was staring at the top of the staircase towards Renesmee.

“You’re welcome to come with us, Jacob,” said Carlisle. “You are a part of this family now.”

Earlier, I would’ve cringed at that. The reason Jacob was a part of this family was because he imprinted on Nessie. But now, I just nodded vigorously. He may have imprinted on my daughter, but he was also my best friend. As far as I was concerned, he was my family whether he had imprinted on my daughter or not.

“I’ll think about it,” said Jacob.

“So we’re leaving?” Rosalie asked.

“Nothing’s for sure yet,” said Carlisle. “I meant to discuss it after Nessie wakes up.”

After a while of silence, Sam spoke. “I better head back to the reservation.”

Jake nodded. “I think I will, too. Discuss… moving… with my dad.”

I wanted to cry. By moving we were making Jake choose his imprint over his own father… but hadn’t I done the same? In a way?

It still hurt to watch.

It was another three hours before Nessie woke up. During that time, I seriously thought of all the ramifications of leaving. I’d be leaving my father. But I would be able to contact him. Maybe even visit during Christmas?

We heard Nessie get up, then. I almost got up but Edward put a hand on my back. “I’ll go get her,” he said, then took off up the stairs.

Carlisle gestured for us all to come into the dining room. We sat at the long table together as a family. The last big decision made here… was whether or not I should be changed. Now again, the decision to be made at this table, the decision that could cause a family fight, was my fault.

Jasper knelt down next to me half a second after I sat down.

“None of this is your fault, Bella,” he said softly.

“Stupid mood reading vampire,” I mumbled. He laughed.

“I just don’t want you to feel responsible for something you shouldn’t feel responsible for. If anyone’s to blame…” Anger began to leak into his voice. “It should be the Volturi. Not you.”

I smiled sadly. “Thanks Jasper.”

He smiled back and gave me a hug. “What are big brothers for?” he said softly.

I felt so loved in that moment I wanted to cry. Whether or not I naturally felt that way or the feeling was being enhanced by Jasper, I didn’t know. I didn’t care. I just hugged him back.

Edward and Nessie came in then and she immediately ran to me and sat on my lap. Edward took a seat in the chair next to me and took my hand.

“Bella,” said Carlisle from the head of the table. “Before we begin, there’s something you need to remember as we make this decision. This decision is going to affect you more than any of us.” He took a deep breath. “When we leave, we’re leaving to disappear. No one will know where we’re going. Not even our cousins in Denali.”

“So we’re not going to move in with them?” asked Rosalie.

Carlisle turned to her and shook his head. “No.” He turned to Alice. “I’ve been talking to Alice about options. That’s the first place the Volturi will look, and if they find us there…”

Everyone at the table shuddered. Esme looked as if she was about to cry.

“So, no, we’re not going to stay with any of our friends. We’re not going to stay in any town. There will be no visits to cities for shopping or anything like that. We won’t be going to school. We won’t be going to work.” He looked at me. “We won’t be talking to anyone outside our own home.”

I was hyperventilating then. Something I never thought possible as a vampire.

Carlisle looked at me with an expression I had never seen before. He looked like he was about to cry. “Bella, you need to understand that you may very well never see or talk to Charlie and Renee ever again.”

I was a statue.

“We won’t see Grandpa Charlie anymore?” Nessie asked, her voice shaking.

Edward kissed her forehead. “No, sweetheart. It’s for his own safety.”

I still didn’t move.

Charlie. Oh Charlie. Charlie! After being able to keep him I was going to lose him. After the amazing favor Jacob had done me.

And Renee. Oh Renee. What would she do? She emailed me almost every day. Called me every week.

I couldn’t cry. I couldn’t move. Even if I wanted to.

“Bella?” I felt Edward’s fingers gently comb through my hair. “Come on, Bella. Talk to me, love.”

No one else spoke. They just stared at my frozen form.

“Just give her a moment, Edward,” said Carlisle.

Edward turned to him. “This isn’t going to be one of our ordinary moves,” he whispered.

Carlisle shook his head. “We’re not even moving anywhere in particular.”

“Y-you mean… we’re going to become nomads?” said Alice, shocked.

Carlisle took a long, deep breath. “Yes.”