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Games of Fate

There are those that want to use her.
There are those that want to protect her.
Why is a seven year old girl so important? Vampires, werewolves, military men, and a small child all will come together and their choices will either save or kill them all.

I do not own nor do I make money from the twilight world. I do however play in that playground.

9. Chapter 9: checking things out

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Charlotte and I took my truck into town. The silence was thick as neither one of us spoke. Both of us were just trying to get a handle on what just happened. When I called Japer to let him know something was coming, I had no idea he was brining it with him.

That poor kid was nothing but skin and bones. There was no light in her eyes, and the weight of the world pressed upon her soul. It is no wonder the tiny thing is so broken. Someone will have to answer for the sins they’ve inflicted on her, and I will be more than happy to see that justice done.

I pull into the same mini mall Jasper was at earlier. I want to see if I can catch the girl’s scent and follow it to some answers. I turned the ignition off and sat looking off into the distance. I felt Charlotte place her hand on my leg rubbing soothing circles with her fingers.

“You’re not coming with me, are you?” she asked worriedly.

I took a deep breath and looked at my beautiful wife. She knew me better than I knew myself, and although I know she can handle herself in a tough situation, I was going to keep her out of danger as much as possible.

“We need some answers and someone needs to do a little recon. This is the mini mall Jasper was at when I called him home. I am going to see if I can catch the girl’s scent, and see if I can check out where she comes from.” Charlotte gives me a hard stare as I talk. “You are going to go buy the child some clothes, toys, whatever the hell you think she needs. She isn’t going to be leaving us anytime soon.”

“Is this something you know? Or just a feeling you’re getting?” She is trying not to be scared, but I know better.

“I know, and I have a feeling, that what I find today isn’t going to be pleasant.” I opened the door to get out, and start unbuttoning my shirt.

“What are you doing?”

“If I run into anyone I don’t want the girl’s scent on me. Besides,” I throw my shirt in the front seat of the truck leaving me in my wife beater and jeans exposing hundreds of bite scars, “I may need to look a little intimidating.”

Charlotte walks over to me and runs her hands over my chest. An uncontrollable purr rumbles through my chest. I wrap my arms around her as she takes my earlobe between her teeth. “Be safe, my husband.”

“I will.” I answer as I kiss her sweetly. “Meet me back here no later than 20 minutes, and don’t forget food.”

Charlotte nods, and walks at a human pace towards the shopping center. Once she was safely inside, I take a deep breath to center myself to the task at hand. I need to follow Bella’s steps from Jasper’s truck to wherever she came from.

Closing my eyes, I inhale deeply searching for any trace for her intoxicating scent. Walking between the rows of parked cars I finally found it. I jogged slowing as I followed the smell to the back of the building. The alley was drenched in her fragrance. I walked up and down the passed the dumpster until I found another trail leading out of the other opening of the alley.

I smelled no one with her. She was here alone. What kind of parents let such a small child wander about alone? I followed her trail for six blocks, and noticed we had come into a residential area. It must be her neighborhood.

Then I smelled them, vampires. Not just one or two but a great number of them all together. This could not be good. I noticed one leaning against a large oak tree smoking a cigarette. He noticed me too, and I took note of his expression as he took in my scars. I had to give him credit he didn’t let his fear take over his brain. I was going to have to play this one cool. I nodded my head in acknowledgement as I came up to him.

“You here for the job?” The vampire asked wearily as he sized me up.

“Maybe, just depends on the job.” I answered. “Mostly I just wanted to see what all the fuss was about.”

The vampire snickered a bit as he took a long drag of his cigarette. “Seems like some Volturi babysitter lost a prized pet, and now he is trying to cover his ass. If you want the details, they’re holed up in the house on the corner.“

“Why aren’t you over there? Not interested?”

“I maybe a vampire, but those assholes over there are sadistic fucks. This pet is just a little bitty thing, and they ripped her family to confetti when they found she had gone. When they start going after children I take off. I am not that much of a monster.”

Bella. They are looking for Bella. I need more information. “What is so special about this kid? What do they want her for?”

“I don’t know, but whatever it is I want to part of it. There are certain lines I won’t cross, and this is one of them.” He looked intently at my face, as if he recognized me. “I’m Garrett, by the way,” he said as he held out his hand to shake mine.


“As in Peter Whitlock second in command to a Major Jasper Whitlock?”

“That would be me. Have we met?”

“A long time ago on the battlefield. After the Southern Wars, and the both of you joined with the Volturi, Maria got sloppy. I managed to escape her army with my mate without too much of a problem.” He looked towards the house on the corner anxiously.

“If you don’t mind me asking, what are you hanging around for if you aren’t going to help in this little recovery mission?” I had to know. Garrett seems like an okay guy, and I wonder why he hadn’t taken off yet.

“My mate, Ben, is still over there trying to see if there was someway we could better our pocket without compromising the kid.” He takes another long drag. “What they did to her parents is going to haunt me forever.”

I have heard enough, and I need to get back to Charlotte. “I’ll see you later, Garrett. I left my wife at the mall, and I really should be getting back to her. It was nice talking to ya.”

“Yeah, you too,” his eyes were fixed on the corner looking for his mate.

I ran back the way I had come. I needed to get to Charlotte. I needed to get back home, and tell Jasper. We need a plan, and we needed it yesterday.