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Confidence

Summary:
The first part of Bella’s second adventure with Beck is over. And now begins her race to save the Cullens from the Volturi. With Cerberus out on the loose and more then a few supernatural creatures after her, will Bella be able to save her family? Oh, and don't forget about a certain revenge crazed demon. This is the sequel to Heaven Help Us and the third story in the series. Will Bella be able to live happily ever after? STORY FINALLY, FINALLY, FINALLY UPDATED!


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4. Clearing

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The house looked empty even from the outside. The door was busted open and I could see the living room furniture broken and disorganized. Obviously, who ever captured the Cullens did it with brute force. I wondered where they were and if they were safe. What if the Volturi already disposed of them? But Carlisle said that they were or used to be good friends. Surely Aro wouldn’t harm Carlisle then. But Carlisle’s words from a few days ago rang trough my head; “Aro will do anything. Even if we are or were good friends, he won’t hesitate in doing…what is necessary.” I shuddered, wondering what Aro did already.

Hermes seemed to see my discomfort and put a reassuring hand on my shoulder.

“I don’t think Aro is that cold blooded,” he said. “I don’t think he would slaughter seven vampires.” But I saw that he was lying through his teeth.

“Considering what the Furies said, I bet he’s done worse in the past,” I muttered. Hermes didn’t try to comfort me any further after that.

“It rained,” Hermes said bitterly. I looked at him in confusion. “We won’t be able to trace their scent now.” I frowned at that news.

“They couldn’t have gone that far,” I said, trying to be helpful. Hermes just shrugged. He then looked up at the sky mournfully.

“Right now I really wish I had my wings,” he said quietly. I ran my hand through my hair trying to come up with a solution. I turned towards the werewolves hopefully.

“Do you have any idea where to go next?” I asked them. They looked at each other communicating through thought.

Back to La Push? Paul’s familiar voice thought.

Cram it, Paul, thought Jacob.

What? We’re on a wild goose chase here!

It doesn’t matter! We said we would follow her!

You two just shut up, Embry thought annoyed.

How about down by the river? I saw that it was close to this house when we came up, Sam thought, eager to break up Jacob’s and Paul’s argument.

I still say we should go back to La Push, Paul thought grimly.

You know that she’s probably listening in, Jared said in a frustrated tone. Suddenly six pairs of eyes were on me. I looked away hastily. I never thought Paul would support me freely, but his words were still a harsh blow.

“How about down by the river, Bella?” Jacob asked quickly. “There’s a clearing down there, too. We passed it when coming up a few days ago.” I remembered the area he was talking about instantly. I only went down there hunt, but now I wished I learned the lay of the land better.

“Sure, let’s go there,” I said, nodding. Hermes sighed and jumped back on Sam’s back. The wolf gave a grunt of displeasure and quickly ran off.

Hey! At least give me some warning first!” Hermes said surprised. Almost falling off the wolf’s back. Sam just growled.

We ran for less then a minute before we reached the river. We approached cautiously, considering our mortal enemies might be down there. I didn’t see anything jumping out at us or another forms of life. I groaned and relaxed my posture.

“No one’s here,” I grumbled. I was really expecting to see my family. I didn’t even try to hide the disappointment from my face. Hermes narrowed his eyes at the clearing, obviously still unsure if it was vacant or not.

“I wouldn’t be too sure,” he whispered and walked forwards. He held his hands out to keep me from following him. “I doubt they will attack a God,” he said to me. I nodded my head, but I was still weary of letting him go out on his own.

He walked into the middle of the clearing for a few moments, but when nothing happened, flopped down on the grass.

“Why would they hide the Cullens somewhere we can’t find them? Isn’t it the point to get you into their little hiding spot?” Hermes asked me. I shrugged and then joined him in the center of the clearing. The werewolves joined us soon after.

I couldn’t help thinking it was unfair that all of this had to happen to me. How could I live happily ever after when I had vampires and demons chasing after me? I buried my face in my hands and tried not to think of everyone I was going to let down. What if I did find the Cullens? What then? Would I go charging into the center of the Volturi army demanding my family back? I shook my head and tried to think of where they may be. But then I spotted something shinny in the grass. I was instantly curious. I didn’t feel like standing up, walking a few feet and then sitting back down again, so I slid over to the object. As soon as I got there I gasped and covered my mouth with my hands. It was his ring. His wedding ring. I picked it up and examined it. Yes, it was defiantly his. I tried not to, but I couldn’t help it. I pictured it in my mind, what it might have been like. Edward fighting off too many vampires, his family beside him. Too many hands trying to push him down on the ground so they could get control of him, his wedding ring slipping off in the process…

“Bella,” Hermes said, shattering me out of my thoughts. I stuffed the rind in my jean’s pocket and then stood up. I looked at him curious. He looked around nervously. “I have a bad feeling about this,” he said, while running a hand through his hair. “It’s too quiet,” he announced, his anxiousness spreading to me. I started to shuffle my feet.

“Is it Cerberus?” I asked feebly, but Hermes just shrugged.

“Maybe we should go back to the house,” I suggested. We would be able to stay there for a few hours and plan out next move. We wouldn’t be so exposed. Hermes nodded and walked towards Sam again, but Sam wouldn’t have any of it. Hermes narrowed his eyes at him.

“I can’t run at one thousand miles per hour like you do,” Hermes said sternly. Sam growled.

“Just let him one last time,” I said urgently. The atmosphere was becoming restless, but I had a feeling that it wasn’t because of the fighting men. Something was provoking fear, and it was certainly coming closer. “How fast can Cerberus travel?” I asked, my stomach full of butterflies.

“I think the question to ask here is how fast the Head Demon can travel,” he muttered. I though back to when I disappeared with Kate. It took mere seconds to reach her destination.

“We should go,” I said, the fear rising to an extreme level. Sam let Hermes on his back with out a fuss this time and we all ran as fast as we could to the house. In the minutes we were running, we all knew something was following us and catching up. As soon as we were all in the house, we slammed the door shut, even though it wouldn’t give any protection.

We all sat turned chairs right side up and sat down on them, the events of the day fully bearing down on us. I found myself breathless with, or what felt like, a cement wall pressing down on my chest. I felt trapped. The werewolves turned back into men and I rushed up into the rooms to find them changes of clothing. When I got downstairs I handed them the clothing and turned my back as they changed.

“Bella,” Jacob gasped. I turned around quickly, expected to see Cerberus crashing through the window. Instead I saw a piece of paper taped to the coffee table. I walked over and inspected the curvy writing on it.

WE’LL SEE YOU IN VOLTERRA.

I looked up at the astonished faces around me. The loud growl in the distance didn’t help to lift the dread over everyone in the room. I thought it was going to be dangerous before, but as it turned out, I didn’t realize just how deadly our situation could get. I looked at my companions around me. I knew I was going to Volterra, but would they follow?