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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.

3. Destiny

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Jasper and I had just returned from a quick hunt at the nearby park. We weren't really thirsty, our eyes a dark butterscotch, but Jasper needed to get out of the house for a little while. The emotional climate surrounding the family since Edward's self-inflicted exile and his own feelings of guilt were suffocating him.

Everyone was home, well everyone except for Edward. Emmett was playing Halo on his XBOX 360 and Jasper sat down, grabbing a controller to join him. Rose was sitting next to Emmett on the couch, flipping through a fashion magazine; and Esme sat in a chair, drawing in her sketchbook. Carlisle was in his office.

I was about to run up to my room and change out of my hunting clothes, when I froze, my eyes glazing over.

The room was dark. The only thing visible was a bed with rails, possibly a hospital bed. On the bed lay a beautiful pale girl with long chestnut hair. I instantly recognized her. It was Bella. Her eyes flew open; they were blood red.

The vision disappeared. I was brought back to reality by the sound of my name being called. "Alice?" Jasper said. I just stared at him for a moment, still dazed, contemplating my vision. He was standing in front of me holding my small hands in his.

"Alice, what's wrong? What did you see?" He worried.

My mouth turned up into a huge smile and he relaxed. Everyone had stopped what they were doing and were looking at me now, waiting for an answer. "I knew it was only a matter of time." I said, confidently.

"What are you talking about, Alice?" Emmett voiced his confusion.

Before I could explain, Esme asked, "Is it Edward? Is he coming home?" There was a hint of desperation in her voice. Out of all of us, Esme was taking the loss of Bella and Edward's separation from the family the hardest.

"Yes. I think so."

"When?" She asked. Her voice sounded cautious, but there was a new light in her eyes.

"I'm not sure." Disappointment began to cloud the light in her eyes.

"What exactly did you see, Alice?" Jasper asked, clearly not satisfied with my vague answers.

"It was Bella. I saw her wake up from her transformation. Edward's going to change her. I knew he couldn't stay away from her. It is only a matter of time now. He is wavering."

"How long?" Carlisle asked, as he joined the rest of the family downstairs. He walked to stand beside Esme's chair, resting his hand on her shoulder.

"I've been getting flickers for the last couple hours. I wasn't sure...but this time it was mostly clear, just a little blurry around the edges. The decision is firming up. I give him a couple weeks at most."


I sat in the window seat on flight 255 from Seattle to New York. Thankfully, Angela saved me when Mike called out my name the second I boarded the plane. Sitting next to Angela with Ben on her other side, I was able to just look out the window and think. That would have been impossible if I was stuck sitting with Mike.

I gazed out the window and began reviewing the last couple of weeks leading up to the trip in my head. I woke up that Monday, looking forward to going to school for the first time since... That was the day we were to receive our tickets and itineraries for the trip.

I sat in homeroom in my usual seat next to Jessica, anxiously waiting for Mr. Berty to distribute the packets. That is when I noticed Jessica staring at me, her mouth hanging open.

"What?" I asked, self-consciously.

"Bella, you're...you're smiling." She said, with a look of disbelief. I didn't notice until she said it, but I was smiling. I could hardly believe it myself; it felt foreign, strange. No wonder she was staring.

She was still looking at me, waiting for an explanation, probably hoping to have something to gossip about. I figured I might as well tell her. She would find out in a few minutes anyway. "Charlie surprised me. Last night, he told me that he paid for the trip."

I spent my remaining morning classes pretending to take notes as I examined my travel package. Of course the Saint Marcus Day festival was not on the itinerary. That meant I would have to find a way to sneak away from the group.

When I arrived at lunch, everyone at the table seemed to know that I was going on the trip. No doubt thanks to Jessica. Mike sat next to me and would not shut up about it. Luckily, he didn't need too much of a response from me, just a few nods and a "yeah" or "uh-huh" every so often. It was like talking to Jessica.

After what felt like an eternity, the first bell rang. I got up and emptied my tray into the trash. I was surprised when Angela stopped me.

"I'm glad you can go on the trip, Bella." She sounded genuinely pleased.

"Um. Thanks."

"So, Jessica is rooming with Lauren. And I was wondering if you would mind being my roommate?" She asked, shyly.

I really liked Angela. She was a nice girl and probably asked me because she knew no one else would want to room with me. "Err...Thanks, Angela. That would be great." I replied, offering her a smile.

I went to World Cultures and handed in my report, marveling at the fact that of all the possible topics I was assigned the one relating to vampires. I remembered thinking maybe it was fate.

I broke off from my previous train of thought, closed my eyes and began to ponder fate. I remembered thinking before that E...He was interfering with fate by constantly rescuing me. Maybe I was right. Maybe it was my destiny to die at the hands or should I say mouth of a vampire. After all, I did have sufficient evidence to support this theory. I, a human girl with an especially delicious scent and a propensity to attract danger, had unknowingly moved to a town inhabited by a family of vampires. I was targeted, hunted and attacked by a sadistic vampire tracker. My natural clumsiness led me to get a paper cut, dripping blood in a room full of vampires.

However, this theory couldn't explain my other near death experiences. I was almost crushed to death by Tyler Crowley's van in the icy school parking lot and nearly raped and murdered in a dark alley of Port Angeles. Each time, E...a vampire rescued me. Then I had an epiphany. Maybe it wasn't my fate to be killed by a vampire. Maybe it was my fate to be saved...saved from this life by a vampire, destined for a new life.

I liked this theory. A new possibility came to mind. Could I convince the Volturi to change me? I didn't know how, but I knew I had to try. I wanted this bad. I would be beautiful, strong and indestructible. Would Ed...would He want me when I wasn't weak and boring? When I wasn't plain and ordinary? When He didn't need to save me all the time? Would He need his distractions then or would I be enough to hold him?

Angela shaking my arm pulled me back to reality. "Come on, Bella. Wake up. We only have fifteen minutes until our connecting flight starts boarding."

"Sorry. I fell asleep." I lied.

Ben handed me my backpack, which served as my carry-on bag, from the overhead compartment. We were the last of our group to exit the plane and had to run to catch them. As I ran, I felt a new sense of urgency and determination. After all, I wasn't just running to catch a plane; I was running to meet my destiny.