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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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8. Rescue

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It was harder then I had imagined- being invisible. I had to constantly weave in and out of the crowds, fearing the contact that would give me away immediately. I somehow managed to reach the ‘waiting room’ of the Volturi ‘headquarters’ with out my position being revealed. I let out a grateful gust of air, relieved that I didn’t fail…yet.

But a cloaked figure’s head whipped around to face me, his brows furrowed and his mouth set in a grim line. He gave up on finding the source of the noise and turned around. I didn’t breath again.

The elevator, unfortunately, was locked. I had to wait for a member of the Volturi to use it before I could sneak in. But I didn’t have the time to wait. I had no idea what Aro was doing to the Cullens. Sure, Carlisle was his friend, but would that stop Aro from using cruel and unusually torture. I wasn’t sure how to torture a vampire until the image of Jane leaked into my brain. I shuddered before my resolve heightened. I had to find the Cullens. I had to.

I saw Felix walk up to the elevator and I hurried at my chance. I squeezed in before the door closed, anticipation welling up in me. But that feeling was crushed as soon as Felix sniffed the air around him, his eyes narrowing. I shot at him another illusion-one of clear air. But using Edward’s ability, I could tell he wasn’t completely fooled. And then to my utter horror, he starting to reach out to the space around me.

I jumped away as soon as his hand rushed forward. That then turned into a game of dodge. It was as if we were dancing, weaving in and out. But, he couldn’t see me, so it was probably very humorous to any onlookers.

Finally, the metal doors opened and I jumped out, running away as fast as I could. No doubt was I thankful to escape from Felix, but the Cullens were somewhere along the passageway. Demitri’s gift tipped me off on that. All I had to do, though, was get them out undetected. And that was were Hermes came in.

It only took a few minutes to reach the end of the wall way, and the many rooms behind solid stone doors. I gaped at the sight of it. Guards were posted at every door, it seemed impossible. A shiver ran down my spine. To have the Cullens so close and to have them blocked off by some vampires. It was frustrating to say the least. And terrifying. I stood there for at least ten minutes, gauging the chances of an attack against them. It was at least ten to one…not very good odds.

But something crashed from behind me. My head, along with ten others, whipped around to face the noise.

Hermes stood behind me, a sly grin on his face. I stared at him in shock- how did he expect to escape this? He was powerless against ten vampires. Sure, they couldn’t hurt him, but he would be trapped.

“And here comes the part where you create an illusion of me running away,” Hermes muttered under his breath. I quickly conjured up the illusion, sending ten vampires running after it. Hermes grinned at me and patted my shoulder. “I think it’s time that you become visible again,” Hermes told me. “I may have senses superior to even the greatest vampire, but it would be nice to be able to see the person I’m risking me butt for.”

I rolled my eyes before revealing myself, glad to be able to quit the act. I stared at one of the solid stone door, wondering how to move them.

“How do we free them?” I whimpered, feeling powerless once again.

“Bella?” a faded voice suddenly called. I could recognize it anywhere.

“Edward?” I responded, my heart feeling light again.

“Bella!” Edward called. “Bella where are you?”

I ran over to the door the voice was behind and pressed my ear to it.

“I’m right outside your door,” I responded. “How many others are with you?”

“It’s just me and Jasper,” he sighed. I heard something loud echo from behind the door. “We both can’t move it. I don’t know what these things are made of, but it’s very heavy.” His tone was resigned, but that only made my will even stronger.

“I know what you’re thinking, Edward,” I snarled. “I’m leaving this place without you and the rest of us. Now you push while Hermes and I pull.” I motioned for Hermes to come over and we both took our positions. “Now,” I whispered before I started to pull. I heard a grunt behind the door, and knew that they were keeping up their end.

The stone didn’t move, though. I leaned against the door, my heart heavy. But then an idea occurred to me. Emmett. His gift was strength, exactly the thing that we needed. “Let’s try this again,” I said quickly. “Now!”

Using Hermes’s, Edward’s, Jaspers, mine, and Emmett’s strength that I borrowed, the stone door slowly slid out of it’s frame, gradually revealing Edward and Jasper behind it. I was rewarded with a desperate kiss from Edward and a hug from Jasper.

Looking at Edward was heart breaking. His eyes were pitch black and his clothing was torn. He was covered in dirt, I was guessing from the fight that lead to his capture. Jasper wasn’t in better condition.

“What did they do to you?” I whispered, horrified at the answer. Edward sighed and kissed me again before responding.

“Aro’s friendship with Carlisle saved us from Jane,” he said. “But the real torture wasn’t knowing what happened to you.” I looked away from Edward’s eyes, guilty.

“I’m sorry,” I said quietly. “I should have been with you.”

“No, then none of us would be free right now,” Edward told me. I nodded, the guilt not disappearing. Hermes couched impatiently and Jasper was already by another stone door, assumingly Alice’s. “Let’s go free everyone else,” Edward said in earnest. I nodded, finally with Edward again.

About ten minutes later the rest of the Cullens were gathered around us, thankful to be free at last. Now the hardest part began. How to sneak nine god/vampires out of Volterra…

Thankfully we had more help on the way.