Author: CullenCrazy1918 PM
"You-your eyes," Alice stuttered yet again. She furrowed her eyebrows. "Th-they're black." I felt the smirk pull at my lips. "Glad to know you're not colorblind, Leech," I murmured, sarcastically. "What are you?" Alice asked, a very determined look setting over her face. My smirk grew and I chuckled darkly. "Wouldn't you like to know?" Alice's glare came back full force.Rated: Fiction T - English - Romance/Drama - Bella & Alice - Chapters: 18 - Words: 49,894 - Reviews: 298 - Favs: 247 - Follows: 477 - Updated: 03-25-13 - Published: 09-22-12 - id: 8547505
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A/N: What's this?! An update?! This fast! :P So I know I left the last chapter on a pretty big cliffhanger and I got tons of awesome reviews so I thought I'd give you guys this one. Big thank you to Emma Lee Rose! See you at the bottom!
"I'm-" I stopped and acknowledged Ren, "We're… hybrids."
I waited and watched Alice, hoping for some sort of reaction. All I got was a slight twitch of her eyebrow. She was silent for quite a while and if she had been human, I would have been extremely worried. I wasn't even sure she was breathing. Not that she needed to.
"H-hybrid?" She finally spoke. Her eyes met mine with utter confusion before darting to Ren and back to me. I nodded slowly. "Of what exactly?" She asked slowly, cautiously. I looked over to Ren, hoping for some help.
"Well we're part human," she started and looked at me for confirmation. I nodded. "And part vampire." Alice laughed humorlessly.
"That's not possible," she stated. I scoffed.
"Said the ninety-two year old vampire," I exclaimed sarcastically.
"Bella," Ren murmured in a warning tone. I rolled my eyes and didn't argue with her.
"How… how can you be half vampire?" Alice asked, still completely confused. Oh, so she can believe in vampires and werewolves and shape-shifters but god forbid a half vampire comes into her life, I thought sarcastically.
"It's a long story," Ren whispered before looking to me. I raised an eyebrow. What did she want me to do? "You know more about the … way we are what we are." I sighed and clenched my jaw. She was right. After I had learned what I truly was, I delved into research. I had to understand why I was like this. I shrugged a shoulder and tried to think of a way of explaining this.
It's actually quite complicated, now that I think back on it. I'm not entirely sure how to put it all into words but I guess I have to try for Alice's sake. I took a deep breath and turned to Alice again. She was looking up at me as she bit her lip softly and I swallowed a growl at the sight. Forcing myself to focus, I started explaining as best I could.
"We were never fully human," I started. "It's hard to explain really because it doesn't even make much sense to me and I've been researching it for the past five years-" Alice cut me off.
"Wait, how old are you?" She asked. She scooted forward a few inches, her knees pressing more into my thigh. I sighed.
"Technically, twenty-three," I told her. Her eyebrows raised in shock. "I was eighteen when everything happened," I explained. I don't think she completely understood what I meant but I'd get to that part of the story soon enough.
"My blood, and Renesmee's as well, was different from the start," I muttered. Alice nodded for me to go on. "Well," I paused and tried to think of a way to say this, "My great-grandmother sort of… had an affair with a vampire. She got pregnant and gave birth to my grandmother, Marie, a full bred hybrid. My grandma didn't have a great childhood because her parents were both dead. Her mother had died during childbirth. So she came across-" Alice cut me off again.
"Wait," she started. I sighed and ran a hand through my hair. "If you grandmother was a full bred hybrid, what does that make you?"
"I'm getting to that," I told her, trying to maintain my patience. Alice smiled apologetically. "As I was saying, my grandmother came across a group of vampires, The Volturi." Alice's eyes snapped up in surprise. She didn't say anything though so I went on. "The Volturi explained to her what she was and trained her. She worked with them on fighting vampires who were becoming a menace to humans and-" This time, Ren interrupted me.
"Tell her about the journals," she mentioned. I bit my tongue and forced myself to take a deep breath.
"Fine," I said through clenched teeth. "Grandma Marie wrote down every vampire she met or observed in these journals. She researched covens and nomads from the Volturi's records as well. That's how I know all the information I do about your family. Happy?" I turned to Ren and she rolled her eyes.
"Be nice," she warned quietly. I ignored her and went on with my story.
"My grandma met my grandpa and she fell in love. She had a child with him, my mother. She died shortly after giving birth. Since my grandmother was a hybrid but my grandfather was human, my mom still had the genes of a hybrid but they weren't really… activated?" I turned to Ren and rose an eyebrow. "Is that the right word?"
"I guess," she murmured, shrugging.
"What do you mean "activated"?" Alice asked. She pulled her knees up and rested her chin on the top of them, her eyes trained on me.
"I'm getting to that. Now since my mother refused to follow in my grandmother's footsteps, even though my grandma really wanted her to, she never had to deal with all this shit," I took a pause again and I felt Ren's eyes on me. I refused to turn to her, knowing I would be met with pity. "My mother thought she was keeping her family safe by refusing to accept what she was. What she didn't know was how badly that plan would backfire." I took a deep breath and decided to tell a story from one of my family vacations.
"When I was fifteen, my parents took me to Italy. I loved it. It was beautiful and exciting and new. The problem was, we just so happened to show up on the week of Saint Marcus Day," I murmured. Alice's jaw clenched. "My dad decided it would be a good idea to go on the tour of the castle that day." Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Alice's hand clench into a fist. "We were all spared, obviously. One of the vampires had smelt my mother's and my blood and realized what we were. He caught us before we walked into the room. I remember walking back out of the castle, completely confused as to why so many screams were coming from inside. My mother begged the man to not say much. She didn't want to scare me. That was my first encounter with vampires."
I decided to stop talking for a second. I shut my eyes tightly. Talking about my parents was killing me. I hated this. I hated remembering them. I wish I could just forget about it all.
No you don't.
"You okay?" Ren asked softly. I looked up at her but didn't respond. She knew which part of the explanation I was at. Her lips twitched as she tried to smile encouragingly.
"When I was eighteen, after my last day of high school, I was walking home, thinking about how great my life was. I had just graduated and gotten accepted into my dream college. My parents supported me one hundred percent." I paused again and took a deep breath. "When I walked up the street to my house, I could feel that something was off; something was wrong. The closer I got to my driveway, the more uneasy I felt. I-" I stopped and took a shaky breath. I felt Ren reach over and take my hand. "I-" This time, I was cut off by the sounds of the front door opening.
"Hey Bells, it's just me," Charlie said as he closed the door. "I was just gonna come grab some clothes. I'm heading to Seattle to-" He froze as he walked past the room. His shoulders tensed and in a second, he had spun around, facing us, and pulled his gun from his belt, aiming it right at Alice. Without thinking, I jumped up and blocked Alice.
"Charlie," I growled quickly, trying to repress the instinct to rip his arm off for threatening my Alice. His eyes that were glaring at the vampire behind me, met mine and his jaw clenched.
"Move," he ordered harshly. My whole body had picked up shaking again and I felt the familiar heat burn through my veins. My breathing was labored as I was trying to calm myself back down.
"Bella," Ren whispered, trying to snap me out of it.
"Isabella Marie Swan! Move!" Charlie yelled as he tensed his hand as if he would pull the trigger any second.
"Make me," I snapped. I felt Alice move a little behind me and my right arm shot out to make sure she didn't move out and into danger. I felt her cool hand grasp my wrist and for some reason, that small connection made me relax considerably.
"Do you realize what you're doing?!" Charlie spat at me. "She's one of them!"
"You don't think I know that!" I yelled back. "I know exactly what I'm doing!"
"Oh really," Charlie scoffed. "Maybe you're forgetting what they did to us. What they took away from us!" This is what really pissed me of. I took a menacing step forward but Alice's grip on my wrist tightened, silently telling me not to do anything I'd regret.
"I'm not forgetting anything! How dare you even accuse me of that! I-"
"Move out of the way young lady!" Charlie interrupted me. I snorted.
"Why should I listen to you? Huh? You're not my father!" Charlie flinched.
"No," he whispered. "No. He was killed. Murdered. In cold blood!" I couldn't stop the snarl that ripped through my chest at his statement, and Alice's wrist tightened even more so on my wrist; she tugged me back a bit but I didn't budge.
"I know! I was there remember! I was the one who walked in and saw them lying there lifeless! Not you! I was the one that saw how ripped open their bodies were! I was the one that couldn't stop seeing red for weeks after! Not you, you asshole! No! You're the one that sat here in little old Forks and threw yourself a little pity party!" I forced myself to stop and tried to fix my breathing. Alice had frozen behind me and Ren decided now was the time to intervene.
"I think now is a good time to stop and not say anything we'll regret later," Ren spoke slowly. Charlie continued glaring at Alice for a good few more minutes, his gun still aimed, his finger twitched on the trigger.
I took this time to attempt to pull myself out of this mess. My entire body was shaking like a werewolf's. My heart was racing. My body felt like it was on fire. I felt like the only thing keeping me sane was Alice's cold grip on my wrist. She must have sensed how much trouble I was having because she slowly leaned into me, resting her forehead against the back of my neck. I tensed up a little at first from the coldness but I couldn't help but relax as I felt her cool breath fan down the back of my shirt.
My eyes met Charlie's again and his conveyed his curiosity and confusion about Alice and my interactions. My lip twitched and I shrugged a shoulder. Charlie's arm came down slowly, lowering the gun. I relaxed further and I felt Alice nuzzle her face into my hair some more. I watched Charlie's eyes flicker between Alice and me, getting sadder each second.
"I…" He trailed off before shaking his head as his shoulder slumped in defeat. "I'm not okay with this."
"And I don't give damn what you're okay with," I muttered. Charlie looked at me blankly for a moment before slowly nodding his head.
"Umm… I'm going to Seattle for a few days so…" He murmured. I bit my lip and nodded uncomfortably. He looked like he wanted to say more but he didn't.
A few moments later, the door closed softly and we all heard the purr of the police cruiser as he backed out of the driveway.
"Well that was interesting," Ren joked, trying to calm the mood of the room a bit. Finally realizing how close Alice was to me, I slowly pulled away. Alice held on tighter for a moment before sighing and letting go before she sat back down on the couch, looking up at me expectantly.
"You really need to start explaining all of this," she murmured. I took a deep breath and nodded slowly as I went into my story.
I explained to Alice how I had walked up to my house, seeing the door shoved open so hard that the wall behind it had cracked. I had rushed in, calling out for my parents. Alice's eyes darkened when I went on to tell her that I walked into my parents room to see them sprawled out, blood gushing from hundreds of wounds. They looked as if they were torn apart as easily as paper. I called the police, not knowing what else to do. No one could help though. My parents were dead. Ripped apart like they were nothing.
In the back of my mind, I had known that no human could be capable of this.
Technically, since I was eighteen, I wasn't forced to be shipped off to some relative I had never met. I had planned on staying with a friend before figuring out what I was going to do but that never ended up happening. A few days after my parents' murder, a man was following me as I was walking to the store. I turned a corner, and he was suddenly in front of me.
He was extremely pale and had bright red eyes. He reminded me of the people I had seen when I went to Italy with my parents.
Alice tensed up more as I told her that he spoke to me, explaining that he knew who I was and that he would help me if I went with him. At first I refused, but then what did I have to lose? My family had already been taken away from me.
He took me to Italy where I met the Volturi, who explained to me what I was.
"I remember scoffing and telling them they were crazy," I mumbled. Ren chuckled a little beside me. "They told me that even though I was a hybrid genetically, that particular part of me hadn't been activated yet. I told them they were crazy again but they went on to tell me that since I wasn't a full bred hybrid, I had to be given venom in order to trigger the hybrid gene. They told me that they were more than willing to provide the venom if I chose to become 'What I was destined to be'," I quoted Aro, rolling my eyes. "I thought about it and eventually went 'what the hell' and went for it. And here we are."
Alice shook her head quickly.
"What do you mean 'provide the venom'?" She asked, confused.
"Hybrids can obtain vampire venom without any pain whatsoever, except from the actual bite that is. Usually we have a "donor," someone who is our usual source of venom, that gives us venom through a bite," I explained as well I could, purposely leaving out who my "donor" was.
"A bite of which you're supposed to get every few months, not every nine, Bella," Ren argued. I rolled my eyes.
"So you get bitten by a Volturi member to get venom which makes you into what you are?" Alice asked, not quite believing what I was saying. Ren and I both nodded. "Who?" She demanded. I bit my lip and looked at Ren, who turned away.
"I um… I can't tell you that," I whispered.
"Bella," Alice whined.
"Listen, I'm being as honest as I can, believe me. It's just too dangerous to tell you that."
"My "donor" is a member of the Volturi, which means sh-they're powerful," I paused and took a deep breath, rewording my explanation. "The "donor" and the hybrid develop a sort of connection. Say I told you who was giving me venom. If you wanted to hurt me, you could easily do that by hurting h-them. And vice-versa. I guess you could look at it as I'm sort of a weakness to my "donor." Plus," I added," not many vampires can easily give venom without taking a lot of blood."
Alice looked as if she was processing for a few moments before shaking her head slowly.
"This is unbelievable," she muttered. "How do I know what you're saying is true? That it's not just some made-up story?" I rolled my eyes and shrugged.
"Well I don't know how to exactly prove-" Ren cut me off.
"I do!" She exclaimed. I turned to her and instantly noticed how her eyes dropped down to the left side of my neck.
"Ren no," I ordered but she continued anyway.
"When we get venom, it feels really good, like a drug. And it's common for "donors" to always use the same site," as Ren explained, she moved my hair away from the left side of my neck.
"Which makes that site extremely sensitive," she went on.
"And Bella's site," Ren whispered, smirking as she lowered her face to my throat. Alice started growling softly next to me but she didn't move. "Is right... here." Right as she said this, she nudged her nose against the extremely responsive area right as my neck meets my shoulder. I couldn't help it as my eyes rolled in the back of my head, I arched my face away to give her more room and I whimpered rather loudly.
A snarl ripped through Alice's throat and Ren pushed herself away from me, smiling apologetically.
"Sorry," she murmured. Alice blinked hard and huffed before looking back at me. I blinked my eyes a few times and shoved Ren's arm.
"Don't do that!" Her lip twitched, and she sat back.
"Do you have bite marks?" Alice asked, curiously, trying to look over at my neck. I rolled my eyes and pulled my shirt down to my shoulder. Alice's eyes widened when she saw the scars. They weren't extremely deep and I doubt anyone would really see them unless they were looking specifically for them. Alice reached out a tentative hand. I didn't protest so she slowly traced the marks on my neck. I bit back a moan and tried to control my racing heartbeat. "Wow," she whispered.
"Yeah," I mumbled, not really sure how to respond to that. There was an increase of the tension in the air as Alice traced her finger over the scars slowly before bypassing them and running a finger over my pulse in my neck. I watched Alice's eyes grow visibly darker and her lips parted slightly as she stared at my neck.
A/N: So there you have it... A bit of an explanation. I know I left some things out. Can't tell you everything now, can I?
Any questions you think Alice missed? I tried to put in as many as I could. If you think of some or just have any in general, let me know! I want to make sure all questions are answered (for the most part). What do you guys think? Please review!
Next Chapter: Alice gives Bella something and Ren and Bella have a little talk
[may not update for a bit... depends if I have some time to write more in the next few days]