The Jewels of Black Darkness
We all know the story of how Edward and Bella found each other and fell in love. But what about the fearless and feared leader of the Volturi? Aro always knew that Edward and his baby sister Ella would be important, but he never knew how important she would be.Ella has never liked Caius, and if she learned he was planning something dark and evil, something that would harm her mate... Aro/OC, Bella/Edward, Nessie/Jacob, etc.
I've never liked Sulpicia and I've kind of always wanted Aro to have a stronger famliar bond to the Cullen clan...so I thought Ella would be the perfect connection. Plus, I've written plenty of Edward/Bella stories so it's kind of nice to be able to focus on a COMPLETELY different couple, even a non-canon one.
4. Angel of Music
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Ella walked into the conference room and smiled at the humans waiting to talk business. Her artificial blue eyes sparkled at them, ready to negotiate.
“Madam,” The short bald headed man began in Italian. Ella held up a hand.
“Please signor Menizzi, if we are to have any trust in the deal, please call me Ella, or if you are uncomfortable with that, Mrs. Volturi would be quite alright.” She said confidently. The man stared at her, disappointment in his eyes.
“You are married? I wish that I had known...is it recent?” Ella laughed, a tinkling of bells and shook her head.
“Oh no, we’ve been together for what seems like over eighty years. We’ve been married for ten.” She lied.
“You cannot be older than 28!” The other man, tall and blonde and handsome exclaimed. Ella sighed and nodded. “A lady never talks about her age gentlemen, but I married young. I was only 18 when I realized that I wanted to be with him. Now, can we get back to the deal?” The two men are from a company rooted in Romania, Valcom. Ella, the owner of a large scale company, Lanaxx, was looking to buy out the company.
“Yes, Mr. Salvatore was hoping that you’d be willing to fly out to Romania to meet in person to arrange the details.”
“Oh no. You see I cannot travel to Romania, not that I have any complaints with your beautiful country.” Ella stated, crossing her ankles.
“Why not? Mr. Salvatore was-”
“You see, I cannot stand air travel. I’m absolutely terrified. But I will send out an assistant to meet with Mr. Salvatore.” Ella smiled. She stood up, feeling her cell phone buzz and smiled. “One moment, gentlemen, please?” She walked to the other side of the room and answered her phone swiftly.
“I’m sorry to say that I believe this meeting is adjourned. It seems that my family has decided to surprise me with a visit. I’ll conference call with Mr. Salvatore and arrange the trip for my assistant. Thank you very much.” She said, shaking their hands and walking out of the room.
“Idiots...” She mumbled, walking to her car.
Ella pulled her car into the back driveway of the castle in the shadow of course. She walked in through the office area and smiled at Gianna.
“Good afternoon Mrs. Volturi, how are you today?”
“I’m fine thank you Gianna. Am I to understand that the Cullens are here?” She asked, raising an eyebrow. Gianna nodded, looking a bit frightened. “Mr. Caius seemed very very angry about it too.”
Ella rolled her eyes. “He’s always angry. Thank you, have a nice night.” Ella mused softly, walking up the stone staircase. She pulled her hair out of the long ponytail and let her eye color return to her blazing gold. Her skin returned to it’s marble state, as she had a human facade on when she goes to work.
“Jane.” She said dryly, walking past the former witch. Jane nodded, acknowledging her at the very least.
“Felix...” Ella smiled, grasping his hands. He kissed her on each cheek. “Where are the Cullens?” He grimaced.
“They’re in the conference room, speaking with Aro. They’re here for the ball.”
“That’s in a week! Why so early?” Ella asked, crossing their arms and walking towards the conference room. Felix shrugged.
“Beats me ma’am. You should have seen that Bella...asking so many questions about it...and about you.” He smiled slyly. “Me?” Felix nodded.
“About feeding with you.” Elle made a face. “And?”
“And I explained that it is considered very rude to feed with either of the wives without their or their husband’s invitation. Especially yours.” Ella smiled. “Thank you for clearing that up with them. I couldn’t bear to be the one to tell her that. What about the dog? And my niece?”
Felix shook his head. “They’re in a hotel. They won’t be attending. Edward made that very clear, and Aro agreed. Here we are. Good luck in there. You’re gonna need it.” He said, leaving her in front of the big mahogany doors. Ella shuddered and walked in.
“Hello.” She smiled at the Cullens and sat next to her husband, in between him and Caius. She kissed him swiftly before looking at her family. “What have I missed?” She asked.
Caius rolled his eyes angrily. “Your family has arrived early, it seems, to visit with you. They want you and Bella to get to know each other better.” Ella nodded. “Of course Bella, I’ll give you a tour of the city tonight if you’d like.”
“But not too late, right dear?” Aro asked, squeezing her hand under the table. Edward grimaced. “Of course.”
Gianna stuck her head in timidly. “Ella...?”
“You will address her as Ms. Ella, do not forget yourself.” Caius snapped. Gianna jumped. Ella glared at him.
“Of course sir, Ms. Ella, there’s a Mr. Salvatore on the phone for you. And Ms. Athenodora asks if you’ll pay her a visit Mr. Caius.” Gianna said, shaking in fear. Caius turned a sly look to Ella and Aro.
“Of course, I shall see that her every need is met.” He smirked, rising and leaving. Carlisle looked confused at Aro. Ella sent a death look in Caius’s direction, and Aro looked unabashed.
“What was that about?”
“It was a jab at their...marital bed.” Edward grimaced again, not wanting to think of his baby sister like that. Ella rolled her eyes and nodded.
“Bella I will meet you in my bedroom tonight around 9?” Bella smiled uncomfortably and nodded. Ella kissed her husband swiftly and left to take the phone call.
“Well. That was mildly uncomfortable.” Jasper commented, looking at the table. Emmett nodded enthusiastically. “Oh yeah.”
Esme gave her boys a stern look. “Like you two don’t sleep with your wives? You can’t expect them to be celibate. Just because you look at her like a baby sister.”
Aro simply coughed and stood up. “Well, I believe that I have things to attend to. Marcus?” Marcus nodded and the two left the room.
Bella looked around the large bedroom silently. She took in all the pictures around the room, all of the books, and the huge stone fireplace. She looked at the huge canopy bed, and looked in the massive closet. She saw a huge white garment bag, and temptation almost got her.
“Enjoying yourself?” Ella joked, walking into the room. Bella jumped and laughed. “I’m sorry...really. I was being intrusive.” Ella shook her head.
“It’s okay Bella. Are you ready to go on a tour of the city?”
“Let’s go.” Ella said, tying her hair back. The two women walked towards the office area and down the elevator towards Ella’s car.
“Wow. Let me guess, you like to drive fast too?” Bella asked looking at the sleek black sports car. Ella gave her a swift smile. “How can you tell? I think it runs in the family.” They got in and Ella rolled the windows down and put on some music.
“So this ball...” Bella began. Ella knew where this was headed and nodded. “About every fifty to sixty years, the Volturi will hold a ball, and invite every notable coven in the world. It’s a form of a peace offering. To show a new future. Blah blah blah. Anyway, it’s expected that the wives dance with every coven leader and I think every male, but each wife’s first dance is to be with the vampire that has their husband’s full support.”
“So, you have to have your first dance with Caius.” Bella stated matter-of-factly. Ella grinned.
“Unfortunately, yes. And then Marcus. And so on and so on. I don’t have a problem with Marcus, or even Felix. It’s those twins, and Caius. There’s something....creepy about them.”
“And Aro’s not creepy?” Bella asked, raising an eyebrow. Ella sighed. “No, he’s not. He’s just extremely power hungry. He always has been. Even when he was courting-” Bella began to laugh. “Yes I laughed too at that. But even then, he spoke of how powerful I would be as a vampire.”
“Do you think he would’ve loved you still, even if he doubted you had potential?” Bella asked, and the car was silent for a moment, except for the purr of the engine.
“Yes, I do. Just like I truly believe Caius loves Athenodora, even though she has no powers, I’m certain of that. You know, the Volturi comes off as pretty harsh and scary, but...they do have emotions too. Falling in love and all that jazz.” Ella said waving it off.
Bella nodded. “And, is it true? Were you his singer?” Ella smiled.
“Yes I was. He dealt with it for three years before we got married. I was still human when we had our honeymoon, you know?”
Bella blinked back in surprise. “Carlisle didn’t mention that.” Ella rolled her eyes.
“There’s some things that I think should remain between a man and his wife. But yes, and a few weeks later: boom. Full vampire Ella.”
Bella sat quiet for a bit and the car was silent as they drove past notable sites. So far this wasn’t much of a tour, but Ella was still enjoying getting to know her sister-in-law. “I think you’re perfect for Edward.
“Wh-what?” Bella stuttered. Ella laughed quietly. “I said ‘I think you’re perfect for Edward.’”
“I didn’t expect that. I always kind of thought that you saw me as a threat.” Ella gave an acknowledging nod. “I did, but I see now that you’re perfect for him. Just like I’m perfect for my mate. We’d both do anything for them. We’d kill for them.”
“You heard about the vision then?” Ella looked at the road. “I did. And I’m sorry, but I can’t say that it’d be any different. I’d kill anyone.” Bella slightly shuddered.
“Yes. Marcus once told me that as the bond between mates grows, all others fade. Especially human ones.” Bella got quiet and decided to change the subject.
“So where did you get your dress? For the ball?”
“Well, I ordered mine from France ironically enough. You?” Ella said, stifling a laugh. She lived in Italy for God’s sake.
“I have no idea. Alice.” They both say Alice’s name with a laugh.
“You know Bella, I’m really enjoying myself.”
Ella smiled at her sister-in-law and drove on in the night.
It was closer to two when Ella returned to the castle, still laughing. She walked quietly to her bedroom half-expecting to see her husband there. When it was empty, she sighed disappointedly. Once again she let her long hair down and slipped into a more comfortable nightgown (though she couldn’t sleep). She stoked the fire and sat down in her chair with another book; Othello this time. But she was restless and decided to walk around the castle. It was silent, everyone was in their various rooms or studies, and Ella walked towards her sanctuary; the music room. Of course every member of the Volturi had some musical talent, but her prowess on the piano was unmatched in the Italian coven.
The room was covered in mirrors, some of the female vampires (Ella included) found some solace in dance, ballet of course. There were tons of string instruments in one corner, brass instruments in the closet, Felix’s drums sat menacingly in the other corner and Ella’s baby sat in the back, forbidden to anyone but her.
Ella smiled as she gently caressed the ivory keys, taking in the coolness of them. She sat down on the ornate bench and subtly stroked the keys, playing a soft rendition of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. She gave herself into the music and smiled as her fingers moved left and right. Her talent was one that she and her husband had much pride in, even inspiring him to join her at times with the violin.
“Lady Ella?” She heard a voice from the large doorway. She looked up without stopping and smiled.
“Felix, what are you doing in here?” The tall guard member grinned and pointed towards the piano. “Restless are we?”
Ella gave a small giggle and nodded. “How could you tell? Where’s Aro?” Felix looked down.
“I believe that he’s with Caius and Marcus in their joint study, talking about the ball.” Ella rolled her eyes. “I am really not looking forward to that. This is my first one you know.”
“Yes, you were a fragile little human then. So breakable. Anyway, Aro waited for you for a while before he just decided to leave.” Ella frowned. “I feel horrible now. Here I was complaining about him not spending time with me, and I’ve just gone and blown him off.”
“To be fair, you’ve only done it once. How many times have you been blown off? What about that time with the cloak?”
Ella shook her head. “It doesn’t matter. I’ve become a hypocrite.” Felix made a face and shrugged. “Want to play some music together?” She smiled and nodded. “Sure.”
Felix grinned and went into the closet where he pulled out a huge harp. “You ready for all of this awesome music?”
Ella laughed. “Let’s do it.” The two began a lovely medley of Greensleeves, on harp and piano. Felix subtly stopped playing, letting Ella’s piano fill the room. Once the song was over, she raised an eyebrow delicately.
“Your fingers were dancing on the keys m’lady. I couldn’t let my harp playing stomp all over their feet.” Ella smiled and kissed him on his cheek. “You’re a dear. I’m going to go into the garden, if you encounter my husband.” Felix bowed from the neck and opened the door for her. She smiled again and made her way through the hallway. She walked past the picture of Didyme and through the wrought iron gates into the garden. She gingerly touched the roses and took a deep breath. Ella nearly jumped when she heard someone approaching. She saw Caius, Jane and Alec walking, deep in conversation. Ella quickly hid in the bushes, remaining silent.
“If we can just get one of those dogs to kill that wretched girl...” Caius said scathingly. Jane nodded.
“It would start the beginning of the end for our fearless leader.” She said the last part sarcastically. “After all, he’s been preoccupied with trying to collect all of those vampires. He’s done nothing to benefit us.”
Caius held up a hand. “He’d be devastated, dangerously so. He’d launch an attack on the Cullens, and probably die in the process.” He said with a sly smile.
“He handled that whole child fiasco horribly.” Alec chimed.
“We will end it all soon.” Caius chuckled darkly. “Come, let’s go inside.” Ella heard them leave, leaving her in the bushes and a hole in her heart.
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