Author: EllaRose00 PM
Takes place 11 years or so after "The Healer." Leah's POV. Over the years, armies have grown and lines have been drawn. Some are ready to defend their side but some are still deciding on what they are fighting for.Rated: Fiction T - English - Romance/Supernatural - Leah - Chapters: 18 - Words: 64,861 - Reviews: 3,112 - Favs: 951 - Follows: 1,013 - Updated: 09-23-11 - Published: 02-02-09 - id: 4835861
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The world was dark and desperate. To see it change so quickly was something I couldn't comprehend. Compared to the others, I was still young, barely a blimp on the life span on this earth. I had been ready to see decades roll by, to experience what this immortal life had gifted me with. I was one of the lucky ones. I had all the time in the world and I had him, my soul mate Edward. And from the very beginning of this new life and from our love, a miracle was gifted to me so rare that no other vampire female could ever have. A daughter. When time seemed so expansive and infinite now seemed to be ticking by quickly, refusing to be held down. What would this world become when humans cist to exist? Would we all still be here to see the future?
I watched as Edward talked with General-in-Chief, General Tower, a tall and dark man outfitted in blood stained army fatigues. His unshaven face was old and worn though by the terrors that no one could have ever imagined. His bright blue eyes, wary of his company looked at my love with caution and hesitation. Though, it had been weeks since we have first met, his defenses against us were just as alert as the first day.
We were walking through large tunneled hallways with long hanging florescent lights every 15 feet. We were in a secret compound that had been built by the Cullen's more than 100 years ago, in anticipation that an apocalypse was bound to happen sometime in the future. Started by Carlisle, then with Edward, Emmett and Jasper by his side, this was an amazing feat of underground architecture. The high security and maze of tunnels wound indefinitely made it the perfect safe house for the humans and unarguably the safest place to hide the country's most powerful man, the president.
I walked behind Edward as he continued his conversation with the general. He spoke gently and avoiding direct eye contact hearing how uncomfortable the general felt in his presence. Edward was trying to make the best of the situation for him.
"How fast can we produce them?" the general asked.
"With our speed and ability to work around the clock, about 100 a night," Edward said.
We were walking through many of the hallways, lit up by the bright florescent lights. We passed large gymnasium sized rooms lined with rows and rows of cots. People always stop to stare when we walked by. Vampires, besides the Cullen family, were not allowed down in here. I watched as mothers quickly grabbed the young ones in their arms, while the men stood protectively in front of them. I didn't blame them for the lack of trust, even though it was us who provided their shelter and safety. They knew exactly what we were capable of and what we craved...their blood.
"Bella?" Edward called.
Dazed, I looked over to him realizing how far ahead they had gotten from me. I must have stopped to stare without me realizing it.
I quickly made my way over to him, his hand held out for me.
"Sorry," I said, taking his hand in mine.
We turned the corner to an even more secure area. I watched as Edward stood in front of a camera, as a red laser scanned his whole body.
"Access granted," the computer stated.
The general and I followed him through another long corridor.
"How is this weapon different from any of the others we tried?" the general asked. "Your bodies are completely indestructible."
"It's pretty complicated and technology that has never been used before. We are filming this demonstrating, it's easier if you just watched."
Into another white door, I saw Carlisle standing there with Jasper, staring behind a window. On the other side of the window was a shooting range. Carlisle and Jasper were conferring with each other over a digital tablet that Carlisle was holding.
"Where is Nessie?" Jasper asked as he looked up and saw me.
"She's back with the search party."
"Any updates?" Carlisle asked.
"No, not any new ones," I sadly reported. We had to find Leah. She was the key to what could end this war. Despite our differences, I loved her very much. She was my daughter's best friend as well as second command to my best friend, Jacob.
Jasper nodded. Always the solider, he took his past experiences and became a great leader for us during this war that we had seemingly ambushed us. It was his missions that had the best efforts of getting as many humans as we did in this safe compound.
While Jasper was strategizing our next moves, his counterpoint Alice and Esme were helping the humans here round the clock. Which proved to be very difficult considering most were frozen in fear by us. They made sure each individual had clothing, cots to sleep on and any other human necessities that they needed. Carlisle continued, along with other human doctors that were saved, to attend the medical needs of the survivors. Annabel and Tabitha were great assistants as well. With Annabel's healing powers and Tabitha's ability to use her witchcraft to help heal as well, including their heavenly good looks, the two were regarding as angels sent from Heaven to save them. Though they tried very much to discourage this behavior from the survivors, they were referred to as Saint Annabel and Saint Tabitha. Carlisle's assistance towards humans was difficult and he was grateful to have Annabel and Tabitha by his side. Because of this, he was able to have more downtime, which was spent frequently with Edward and their research of this new technology that were preparing to demonstrate.
Edward was working round the clock on what he stated would help level the playing field for the humans. He had locked himself in the lab as much as he could, when he was not helping us figure out which vampires were on our side and who were against us. We were lucky that most vampires did not realize his capabilities or mine. Only Nessie's abilities were widely known as they were greatly feared.
I helped out were I was needed. Whether it was search the city to help our stock pile of supplies or helping out with the many missions lead by Jasper, I made sure I was always busy. I kept tabs with the pack back home in Forks from my father and their leader Sam. I was grateful that my mother and Phil had took safe housing back in Forks. I felt reassured for their safety as they were protected by Sam's pack. I would text updates to Jacob while he was out with Nessie as she guarded Lucas or when he was running patrols with other's in his pack.
My daughter had been instructed to keep close to Lucas. She was turning out to be our best weapon against the red eyed vampires. Her power were yet to be challenged by another vampire and therefore was Lucas's greatest protector now. He was essential to us winning the war and we could not afford his lost or Leah's for that matter. It was their love that kept our fate hanging in the balance.
"Are you ready for the demonstration?" Edward asked.
The General nodded his head. Carlisle pressed the button on the wall.
"Emmett, we are ready," he stated in the speaker. He turned to Jasper, his face suddenly uncomfortable, "You may want to help him, not that I don't trust Emmett's strength, but he's a wiggler."
Edward turned to me, taking my face in his hand. "You won't want to see this, Bella. Why don't you help Esme and Alice?"
His over protectiveness still had not weaned. I shook my head. "Too late and I told you I wanted to come. I've already seen too many horrible things, what is one more?" I strained to make light of our situation.
Always my protector, he sighed and took my hand in his. He kissed my temple and turned his attention to the room on the other side of the window. The large monitors above the window snapped on displaying to same room. I watched as Emmett and Jasper hauled out a disheveled red eyed vampire. Bald and skin grimed with centuries of dirt he never cleaned, he was nearly as large as Emmett. He fought and yelled his nearly silent screams as they held him tightly bringing him to the opposite of the wall.
"Sound proof," Carlisle stated as he watched the General begin to prepare to put in his ear plugs. The general nodded putting the plugs down to hang across his neck.
I felt Edward's hand tightened against mine. Though, we were sound proof room, as vampires we could hear the muffle sounds that the General could not and unfortunately, Edward could hear the vampire's screams in his head. Carlisle looked back at Edward, his eyebrow cocked in question. I could see Carlisle disgust in having to do this, knowing that he would always think that everyone was redeemable.
"1,782 deaths, Carlisle. He knows the exact number of his victims," Edward argued. "And these were not quick deaths."
Carlisle rubbed his face, clearly under moral distressed. He held the tablet and began typing on it. I watched as the gun on the opposite side of the room adjusted and aimed forward, a red dot visible on the bald vampire's chest as Emmett and Jasper held him forward.
"Ten second count down beginning," stated the computer voice overhead. "Ten...nine...eight..."
The laser on his chest began growing thicker. Jasper and Emmett continued to hold him down, their faces turned away, eyes shut painfully tight. The red eyed vampire's screams became impossibly louder. I watched as slowly cracks started to appear on his arms and face. I wanted to turn my face and bury myself in Edward's chest, but I could not make myself turn away.
Almost without warning, a split second after the computer counted down to one, an muffled explosion went off. I watched as the vampire being executed burst into pieces right before our eyes. I turned to look at the general who stood there silent, mouth slightly open watching the monitors above replayed the execution in slow motion in a loop. The laser that was on the vampire's chest created a hole in his body. Through this hole, a small bomb of sorts was implanted in his body, exploding the second the laser was gone.
"The only way to save the human race is to level the playing field," Carlisle stated. "This weapon will do just that."
The world had changed. It was desolate, gray and frightening. The streets smelled of death and fire. The lifeless, sucked dry bodies lined the streets and Jace and I walked carefully around them. His cold hand painfully gripped mine as he lead me somewhere…some place he said he needed to show me. So I let him pull me quickly down the streets of New York City, my eyes taking in quickly all the destruction that surrounded us. We had been walking for about an hour. It was unsettling to see the city so deserted with no sign of life.
"Jace?" I called to him. A sense of urgency flowed through his steps as he hurried us along. "Where are you taking me?"
He didn't look back at me and didn't answer me.
"Jace, where did everyone go?" I tried again.
"The humans…" he started, still not looking back at me and still pulling me along. "There wasn't any time or warning. When the vampires revealed themselves to the world, there wasn't any reason for them to hide anymore or their eating habits. So they just attacked and..there isn't many humans alive."
Soon we were standing in front of a hospital. Abandoned cars and broken benches were strewn across the entrance. The automatic doors were smashed in but Jace lifted them effortlessly, ushering me inside and then letting the doors fall back in their same position. The hospital was deserted, dark and trashed. If we had been human, it would have been very difficult to see where we were going. Not even the emergency exit lights were giving off any red illumination.
"The army and lots of men with guns tried to fight them but they couldn't win," he continued. "Even with the good vampires and werewolves, they couldn't save as many as they wanted to. I guess the humans who are surviving are hiding."
My head snapped at him as my heart jumped in surprise at his words. I grabbed Jace's shoulder and he finally turned around to look back at me.
"These good vampires and werewolves…have you talked to them? Do you know where they are?"
He shook his head. "No, I've just watch them. I stay hidden."
"Jace, I need to find them. I think those people you've seen are my friends…my family."
"You can't leave me yet," he said with a panicked voice.
"Jace, I'm not going t-"
"I want you to meet Olivia," he cut me off.
"Wha-? Who's Olivia?"
"You mean she's here?"
He turned away and pulled me down the hall way. When we approached the elevators he looked up at me. His eyes unsure but resolved at the same time. I watched as he placed his hand on the button and closed his eyes. I didn't say anything but just watched in confusion. Neither of the buttons lit up but soon I could hear the elevator shaft working and soon the doors dinged open. We stepped inside the pitch black box and I watched as he placed his hand once again the elevator wall. He closed his eyes and the elevator shut.
It was a quiet ride as I felt the elevator drop. None of the floor number lights lit up as we traveled. I stood their impatient and anxious to see where Jace was taking me. I looked down at him and watched him stand eerily still, holding the straps of his backpack and staring at the elevator doors. As the elevator doors finally opened, he reached for my hand again, pulling down the dark hall.
Soon we came to an unmarked door with a soft light seeping through the bottom. He opened the door and I looked hesitantly inside curious to see what I would find.
Pale and fragile, with a soft pink scarf that wrapped around her bald head, a young beautiful girl slept still on a hospital bed. The hum of machines and the quiet beep of the monitors hooked all around her, keeping her alive. The walls were painted with colorful doodles and pictures hung from the ceiling and twirled around above her head like a baby's mobile.
Jace pressed his hand on the monitor. His brows furrowed and then his face became pained. He looked up towards me.
"She doesn't have that much time left," he whispered
"How do you know?" I asked him, stepping to bed and sitting gently next to her. I let my finger trail down her arm, trying to convince myself that this was real.
"The machines told me."
"This is your gift?"
He nodded. "I can tell machines to do things and they can talk back to me. I told them to keep her alive but there is only so much they can do."
I had so many questions: how he found her, where her family was, how he can stand being so close to her. And how he had kept her hidden for so long.
"You have to take her to your friends. They'll change her, make her like me and then I can keep her forever."
I saw the hope in his eyes and the pain when he saw my hesitancy.
"Please Leah," he begged.
I looked at her, taking her hand in mine. She was as young as Jace when he had been changed. I don't think he understood what he was asking. He was asking to exchange one death sentence with another.
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