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"Caius, surely you see the potential. I haven't seen a prospective talent so promising since we found Jane and Alec. Can you imagine the possibilities when she is one of us?" - Aro Edward is gone. Jacob never came to Bella's room. She is alone. What happens when she goes to Italy for her senior class trip?

This is my second fic and my first attempt at a multichaptered fic.

14. Chapter 14: The Hunt

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Demetri left me alone in the bathroom to change. I dressed in the clothes I was provided, hoping to at least procure a pair of running shoes in the near future. I quickly dried my hair and pulled it back into a ponytail. Finished, I returned to my room where Demetri was waiting.

"Ready," I said.

"Alright, let's go."

Demetri led me back down the stairwell to a dark stone hall, which ended at a cavernous garage. There must have been twenty cars in there, all expensive looking. He opened the passenger side door to a shiny black sports car and helped me inside before climbing in the driver's side.

He started the engine and drove straight for the wall. A nanosecond before we would have crashed, the wall opened up and we were driving down a narrow forest-lined rode. I felt like Demetri was Bruce Wayne, and I was Batgirl leaving the batcave in the batmobile.

"I'll show you how I travel in the forest." It was the same velvet voice I remembered last time, only this time it was followed by another voice.

"Will you turn into a bat?" This voice sounded like my own, but also different. Was that what I sounded like as a human?

"Like I haven't heard that one before." The velvet voice answered memory me.

I stared out the tinted window, pretending to watch the changing scenery as I replayed the two memories over and over in my head. It was obvious to me that the velvet voice belonged to a vampire.

I knew a vampire when I was human. That explains how I knew about vampires, but it didn't answer all my questions. Why did I come here? Why did I ask Aro to grant me immortality? Why did I want to become a monster? I knew the velvet voice was key. I had to remember the owner of this mystery voice and all my questions would be answered.

The sound of Demetri's voice brought me out of my musings. He told me we would be traveling as far as we could to leave enough time for hunting and to return to the castle before daybreak. I asked why we had to go so far and he began to explain the rules to me.

He told me that there is one core rule that all vampires live by - Keep the existence of our kind a secret. As members of the Volturan guard, it is our duty to enforce the rules and punish transgressors. Second to keeping the secret safe, we keep the city safe. That means no hunting within the city walls. He said they have food brought in from quite far away, feeding once a week. He also explained that my thirst is greater, because I am a newborn. And after the first year, I would be comfortable with weekly feedings.

All the talk of thirst and feedings reminded me of the monster I was inside, and I vowed not to let it loose again tonight. Demetri brought the car to a stop in a ghetto section of some unknown European city. I opened the car door, and my mind was no longer in control of my body. My predatory instincts took over. All I could see, smell and hear was blood pumping through veins and I had to taste it.

I looked down and saw the drained body of a homeless man. His long hair and beard were greasy and knotted. His skin and tattered clothing were covered with a general layer of grime. There was a chunk of flesh missing from his neck.

A wave of guilt rolled through me. I did this. I couldn't control myself and killed an innocent man. I broke my vow.

My body slumped to the ground. I sat there next to my victim, staring. I was aware of Demetri moving around in the periphery, but not caring to look and see what he was doing. I just let the guilt consume me.

After a small measure of time, Demetri roused me by shaking my shoulder. "Isabel, we need to protect the secret. It is time to destroy the evidence."

He dragged my victim's body next to the remains of his, pulling out a silver lighter and setting them on fire, careful to avoid the flames himself. Then he fabricated evidence to make it appear as though they were keeping warm by a trashcan fire, which somehow overturned while they were sleeping.

He explained that he chose that part of the city to hunt, because the types of humans found there would not be missed. Authorities would not look to closely at the circumstances of their death.

Demetri said there was still time to feed again. Not wanting to end another innocent life, I said I was full. He looked disappointed.

We returned to the car and rode in an awkward silence for a while. I didn't want to talk. I was feeling depressed after breaking my promise to myself. Was there no other way? Was I doomed to spend an eternity as a blood-sucking monster? My mystery vampire said he didn't want to a monster. Maybe he found another way. After all, I was human and he didn't kill me. Ugh. More questions needing answers. How long till I learn the truth of my past?

I tried to pull another memory from my head to no avail. The previous memories were triggered by other thoughts that I had. I guessed I would have wait for that to happen again.

I figured that talking might help trigger something in my brain. I looked over at Demetri. He had a slight frown on his face. Maybe my mood was affecting him. I felt the need to apologize. "I'm sorry you're stuck babysitting me."

"You make it sound like I'm being punished." I hadn't thought of that.

"Are you?"

He chuckled. "Hunting is the last thing I would consider a punishment..." I could see his point "...and getting to spend time with you is more like a reward."

I brought my hand to my cheek. Oh right, vampires can't blush. "How so?" I shyly asked.

"Isabel, you're amazing - so brave, talented and beautiful. I could see it even when you were still a human." I could really get use to this no blushing thing.

Still embarrassed, I looked down. Did he really think that? I thought about it. Aro seemed impressed by my talent, and all vampires were beautiful. Was I brave? Aro said I already knew what they were as a human and asked to be changed. I must have been brave to knowingly seek them out. But, why? Why did I seek them out? I wanted to ask Demetri if he knew. I thought he would tell me. He was the only one who has taken the time to explain things to me. He seemed to care about me. I could ask him anything. We were friends. Right?

I looked up at him and opened my mouth. But when he returned my gaze, I thought about what he already told me tonight about the rules. I also thought about my mystery vampire with what I am sure is the most beautiful voice I have ever heard. If I knew him as a human and knew what he was, he had broken the rules. I felt an overwhelming need to protect him. So, I asked a different question.