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Summary:
"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?


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


7. 7: Preparation

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I yelled, pleading. "Change me!"

"Ha, ha, ha," Aro laughed. "How wonderful. That is what you want."

"Yes," I cried. "More than anything."

"Do you understand what you are asking for? What you will be giving up?" Asked the one who must be Marcus in a dull voice. It was the first time he had spoken since I entered the room. In fact, until now I wasn't even sure if he was paying attention. He sat in his throne the entire time staring into space with a dead uninterested look on his face.

I was ready to blurt out, "yes", when it hit me. Charlie and Renee. I would never be able to see them again. I thought about it for a moment and decided that I could handle it if there was even the slightest chance I could be with Edward again. If there is one thing that I know, it is that I would never be able to truly live without him. Sure, life would go on without him, as it had for the last six months, three days, and how many hours - I had no idea what time it was - but it wouldn't really be living.

But what about Charlie and Renee, would they be able to cope with it? I didn't want to cause them pain. And I knew I would be hurting them greatly. But they would survive. Charlie had been living on his own for years before I returned to live in Forks. He had managed to survive without me and could do it again. Renee had been living without me for over a year now and she had Phil to take care of her.

"Yes," I answered, decided.

"And the pain?" He continued to question me.

I winced, remembering the burn of the venom, and knowing the fire I would have to endure. "I am not afraid," I said, hoping to convince myself as well as them.

"Magnificent," Aro exclaimed. "I'm incredibly curious to see how you turn out." He was obviously elated. Caius and Marcus appeared indifferent. But, I thought I saw a trace of sadness in Marcus' eyes.

"Felix," Aro called and I thought I heard a whispered "yes!" "Be a dear and prepare a room."

"Yes, Master." Felix answered. Looking disappointed, he turned around and left through the same door we had entered earlier.

Felix returned in only a matter of minutes. With an unseen signal from Aro, he and Demetri once again lifted me by the elbows and carried me away. Followed by Jane, we swiftly moved through a maze of long hallways. The wainscoted walls were adorned with lighted antique bronze sconces and beautiful paintings in large gilded frames. The floors were covered in a thick pine green carpet. It reminded me of the halls of castles from my childhood fantasies. The only thing missing was a suit of armor.

We came to a halt at a solid oak six-panel door, where I was released from their grip. Felix turned the bronze handle, opening the door, and walked inside. Demetri placed his cold hand on the small of my back and led me into a small room with Jane behind us. The small room had dark hardwood floors and bare almond walls. It was empty except for a hospital bed, complete with metal side-rails.

Demetri slid his hand from my back and wrapped it around my waist, placing his other hand behind my thighs, scooping me up and lifting me onto the bed. "Lie down, " he instructed and I immediately complied.

I smirked as he proceeded to strap my wrists down and Felix took care of my legs. Silly vampires. It's not like I could escape if I wanted to.

Jane noticed my amused expression and sneered, "they're for all the thrashing around you'll be doing, while you're writhing in pain and screaming for us to kill you."

"Oh," was the only response I could give. She smiled wickedly. And I heard someone snicker, probably Felix.

After I was all strapped in, they simply stood there. What were they waiting for? I started wondering who was going to be the one to do it. Maybe Felix would get his chance after all. Then, I began to worry. He didn't seem to have as much control as the others. Would he be able to stop before killing me?

I thought, no hoped, maybe it would be Jane or Demetri instead. They were also the ones who found me. Then, I realized that it didn't matter who changed me, because it wouldn't be the one that I wanted to do it. I wanted Ed...Him to be the one. I wanted Him to want me, the way I wanted Him, forever. And I wanted Him to prove it by changing me himself. But I knew that was never going to happen.

A powerful spasm of pain rippled through my chest. I instinctively tried to wrap my arms around myself, forgetting that they were in restraints. Watching me struggle, Jane laughed. Her childlike giggle somehow managed to sound sinister, before it came to an abrupt stop.

I was the last one to turn my head as Aro seemingly floated into the room, his long black robe lightly grazing the floor. And with a nod of his head, the others disappeared, closing the door behind them. Aro was going to change me himself? His ominous presence had my mind scrambling to decipher the obvious import of his decision. I came up blank.

Aro slowly glided to the head of my bed. He brushed my hair away from my face, delicately resting his hand on my cheek, and whispered, "tali intrigante silenzio."

Aro then used the hand on my cheek to turn my head to the side. He leaned closer, tilting his head toward my exposed neck. I saw his burgundy eyes darken and a flash of white teeth, before closing my eyes.