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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


7. Chapter 7- Family is Forever

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BPOV

Everything in me screamed to get Nessie away and hide her. “Jacob!” I cried. The large russet wolf was by my side quickly, flanked by Leah, Seth, Quil, and Embry.

“Take her,” I gasped, panicked. I refused to look into Nessie’s face as I helped her clamber onto Jake’s back. “I’m going to figure out what’s going on. Take her back to the cottage.”

He looked at me fearfully, but did not move.

“Go, Jacob!”

He whimpered, turned around, and darted off, his pack right behind him, and my daughter…. Her face buried into his neck, shaking.

I shot myself like a comet back to the house and was through the door instantly. Everyone stood frozen with fear and anguish on their faces, but it was Edward I was focused on.

He was on the floor, curled in on himself, dry-sobbing and shaking. I tried to go to him, but my body refused to move. All I could think was that if Edward was in this position… something horrible had happened.

The cry had been his.

He turned to look at me and what I saw, I will never, ever forget… and not just due to my photographic memory. I wouldn’t forget it even when I was human. I had never seen this look on his face before.

It was the look of a man burning at the stake. The pain in his eyes was indescribable. They looked into mine and tore my heart apart.

My legs almost gave way. I wanted to collapse. I felt them give a little, but then his arms were around me.

“Nessie?” I squeaked.

He didn’t answer. He just held me tightly… protectively. Like he was guarding me from something… and that’s when I understood.

I didn’t dare speak the words. I did not want to hear his cry again. I began to tremble, my legs finally gave way. It was only when Edward went down with me that I realized that he had also been clinging to me for support.

“Show me,” I whispered, and cast my shield over Alice at its highest.

Red eyes. Snapping… “EDWARD!!!!” Myself, burning, alive….. Edward crying over a pile of ashes….

I gasped and clung to Edward tighter. I let my shield come back to its natural position. I heard Alice begin to sob, and heard it become muffled as Jasper held her.

Slowly, I began to focus. I may be selfless, but I was afraid. Who wouldn’t? But I remembered the vision… red eyes…

I roared suddenly, the feral sound echoing through the world around us. I’d know those red eyes anywhere.

Jane.

Jane was going to hurt my love again. She was hurting him again.

No, she wouldn’t. No more. Not ever.

I grabbed Edward’s face. “I will not die,” I said with conviction. “I will not put you and this family through that. Ever.”

I still saw anguish on his face, so I kissed him roughly. I felt powerful. That’s why she was coming after me. Because I was more powerful than her. I pulled away and looked at Jasper.

“Teach me to fight?” I growled.

Jasper, obviously affected by my attitude, nodded curtly.

“No,” Edward whispered.

I stroked his cheek. “It’s the only way to stop Alice’s vision from coming true.”

Finally, everyone in the room without extra abilities understood.

“NO!” Esme cried. “Who? Why?!”

“The Volturi,” Alice whimpered.

Why?!?!”

“Because I’m too powerful, remember?” I answered. “They want me.”

Edward nodded slowly in agreement.

“I should’ve known that this wasn’t over,” said Carlisle, taking Esme into his arms. "They're afraid of the size of our family. They only left because they felt threatened. We should inform the packs.”

I cringed, but nodded.

“Our friends, too,” said Emmett. For once, he did not sound like the fun, happy bear. He sounded sad, afraid.

“Do you know for a fact what they want?” Carlisle asked Alice.

She shook her head. “The vision’s so fuzzy. Nothing’s really set in stone yet.” Her breath hitched. “I’m sorry, it’s just the image-“

Carlisle held out a hand. “It’s okay.”

I felt Edward relax a little in my arms. I stood up, pulling him up with me.

“I’m going to call Jacob,” I said. “See if Nessie can stay in La Push tonight until we pull ourselves together so we can tell her.”

“Are you sure you want to tell her?” Rosalie asked.

“She needs to know,” Edward whispered shakily. I rubbed his arm.

“How long?” Jasper asked.

There was a long pause, and then, “There was snow on the ground,” she said softly.

“Again,” I whispered. Would my Christmases ever be happy? Could I go one year without somebody wanting to kill me?

Wait, my family didn’t have to face this. All the Volturi wanted was me.

“I should leave,” I said.

The reaction was instantaneous.

There was a resounding “NO!” Edward held me tightly in his arms again. The whole family was near me all the sudden. I heard “Please no” and “don’t.”

“But all they want is me-“

"But- but we don't know that for sure-" Alice whimpered.

“Bella.” The tone of Carlisle’s voice scared me a bit. It was the tone of a father… an angry father. “You are a part of this family. And families stick together. Families look out for each other. You are not going anywhere.” He gripped my arm. “This family is forever. And we’ll keep it forever.”

And that’s when my confidence failed me. That’s when my fear made itself known. I cried. Edward became my angel again, my savior, as his protective instincts kicked in, overshadowing his grief. His arms came around me. Comforting, not a cage. He pulled my face to his chest.

“We will protect you, like we always have.” He put his lips to my ear. “I will protect you. I promised eternity. We will have eternity.”