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Demetri - DPOV

'I truly cannot comprehend why someone would even want to live in Washington' is the first thing that crosses my mind as I make my way to the gray town of Forks. It wasn't bad enough that it had started to rain heavily one hour ago, but something about this place was messing with my tracking abilities. It frustrates me to no end because never before have I encountered something that throws me off my mark… until today.

Stupid assignment, I knew that I should have sent Felix to check on those wannabe vampires, but I was so bored that I jumped at the opportunity to leave Volterra for a while. It seemed simple enough: fly to Seattle, drive to Forks, check if the Cullen's are entertaining a human, and report back. I have done far more dangerous things and have completed more difficult tasks for the Masters. This should be like a walk in the park. But being here now has me believing I'm in for a big surprise.

When I stop at their house north of town, there isn't a vampire in sight. The cars are missing, and it looks like they just left town on a whim. I recall the essence of Carlisle and start to track him. My gift shows me he's northbound. Probably Alaska, from the looks of it. I don't even bother to check where his mate is because she never goes anywhere without him. What about Edward? South. Forks. Woods. I smile. Time to track a Cullen. Let's hope he is the one with the human because I do not want to follow the rest to Alaska. I'll bet my next meal that the rest of the bunny lovers are up there too. So why, oh why, is Edward still here?

I start to track Edward, and all the signs point to a house in Forks and the woods behind it. I groan when the annoying feeling that started when I entered this damn state keeps pulling at me, wanting me to go deeper into the forest. Where to go first? Behind the house or deeper into the forest? I growl at my one indecisiveness. Fuck that! I'm here to do my job, so I investigate the spot where Edward's scent is still the strongest. He briefly stood here with a human and then walked back towards the house. He got into his car and drove off to Alaska probably.

The human traveled deeper into the woods. I'm sure of that. Even an idiot can follow the trail that the human left. A delicious smell, broken twigs, pieces of fabric, and blood, it's like a fucking roadmap. A map that points in the same direction as that frustrating pull that's getting on my nerves. I might as well follow it and see what I find before I report back to Aro.

I make my way through the forest at high speed and stop after a mile when I hear a heartbeat. The smell of this human is much stronger here, and I shake my head when I realize that I like it. It reminds me of Greece, my home before I got turned. It almost overpowers me. What the hell is going on?

On the forest floor lays a human girl, her clothes ripped, scratches on her arms and legs, I can smell the blood, but it does not call to me like it usually does. I find myself walking up to the girl that is oblivious to my presence, and I shake my head as I hear her whisper, "Edward… please… don't leave me… don't take my family away… please, Edward."

I need to find out who she is and what she knows. The Masters are expecting a full report from me, and what she knows, will decide her future. I frown as I pick her up from the cold forest floor. I notice that she is shivering and that her lips are blue. Stupid rain! I cradle her on my lap and pull my cloak around her. She surprises me as she looks up into my red eyes and says, "Edward?" There is no fear in her eyes as she sighs before continuing, "Just my luck, another vampire… You might as well eat me, that's all I'm good for, so it seems."

I chuckle but can't seem to look anywhere else than in those beautiful chocolate brown eyes. Her scent intoxicates me, and I can see my future in the depths of her chocolate brown eyes. The love I will have for this beautiful creature, the gorgeous vampire that she will be, and eternity I thought I would never find but that will come true because of this little human, my mate, at last. I had given up on the idea of ever finding her. Thousand years is too long to keep hoping, but here she is, and she's mine. I smile softly as I say, "Cara mia, I'm not going to eat you. I'm going to love you for eternity."

She looks at me with a sad look in her eyes as she says, "You're not the first vampire to promise me his love forever. You will get bored with me and leave me as he did. I'm not worth it. I'm just a stupid human." The anger that rises inside me is beyond measure. Who made my mate feel this way?! I will have his fucking head on a spike while I burn the rest of his useless body, limb for limb. Somebody is going to pay for making my mate feel inferior. Nobody treats the mate of Demetri Volturi like that. It is high time to find out what happened here.

I ignore her remark as I tighten my cloak around her and say, "My name is Demetri, cara mia. Can you tell me why you are here, deep in this forest, all alone, and why you are so sad? I want to help you." She takes a long look at me as if she's trying to figure out if I'm going to change my mind and still eat before breaking her gaze and saying, "I'm Bella, Isabella actually, but I don't like my given name very much, so everyone calls me Bella. I moved to Forks about six months ago. The reason why I moved here, is a story best kept for some other time. On my first day at Forks High, I saw the Cullen's. I mean: how could you not see them? They're simply too hard to miss. They stand out in a crowd being so beautiful and all.

In Biology, Edward acted so weirdly as if I smelled bad or something, and the rest of the week, he was nowhere to be seen. The others came to school like nothing was wrong, but I couldn't help but notice the weird looks they were giving me. The following week Edward returned, and he started talking to me in class. For a moment, I thought he was schizophrenic because of his constant mood swings.

That same day he saved my life when he stopped a van from crashing into me in the school parking lot. He was my knight in shining armor. The girls at school were so jealous. He had never shown interest in a girl before, so they kept saying how lucky I was to get his attention."

The tears start running over her cheeks again, and I give her time to calm down and collect her thoughts. I softly run my thumb in circles over the small of her back and contemplate what she said so far. Her name was Isabella, but she likes to be called Bella. I wonder if she knows that Bella means 'beautiful' in Italian. She truly is just that, so beautiful. I'm probably biased as hell. But her long brown hair, her luscious curves, and her beautiful chocolate brown eyes make for the most beautiful human I have ever laid my eyes on, and she is all mine. I will never love another woman now that I have found her.

What did she say about Edward again? He smelled her and then vanished for a whole week? And he stopped a van in broad daylight? Dumbass! What a great way to not keep the secret. I put my finger under her chin and lift her face so she's looking at me again. Oh god, I could look into those eyes forever. I give her an encouraging smile as I say, "Please continue, cara mia. I would love to hear the rest of your story."

The sweet smile that she gives me almost makes my dead heart beat again, and I vow to myself there and then that I will do everything to make her smile again. She is my life now. I smile as she takes a deep breath and says, "Okay, let's see. A few days later, I went to Port Angeles with friends. I got attacked by four guys. Edward came out of nowhere and saved me. He took me out for diner and told me he could read minds. That's how Edward knew where I was and that I needed help. He, however, couldn't read my mind.

I remember asking him if there was something wrong with me. He laughed at that remark and said he no longer had the power to stay away from me. So, I let him into my life and my heart, which was my biggest mistake. A week later, I found out what he was, what they were. Vampires. An old legend told by a friend of mine, a book I found in Port Angeles, and my own observations all pointed to the same conclusion. So, I told him, and he freaked out.

He told me I should be afraid of him, that I could not outrun him, that I could never fight him and that it was in his nature to drain me. He told me that's what he wanted to do the first day he saw me. He wanted to drain me in front of the whole class. He had never smelled anything like me before; I was his personal brand of heroin.

Do you want to know what I did? Instead of running for the hills like any normal person would have done? I told him I didn't care. That I knew he wasn't going to hurt me. The stupid lamb had fallen in love with the lion. So, after that encounter, he told his family about us. I was surprised when they welcomed me like I was their long-lost daughter and sister. Only Rosalie had her reservations."

She shrugs her shoulders and stares into the distance. I look up and see that the evening is setting in. I need to get her somewhere dry and warm. She stopped shivering a while ago, but I'm sure she's still feeling cold. I can't have her getting sick. I softly caress her cheek to get her attention and smile as I say, "Cara mia, before you continue your story, please let me take you somewhere warmer, where you can change into dry clothes. I'm afraid you might get sick, and I don't want that."

She looks up at me in surprise, like if she was not expecting me to care for her, and I smile softly as she says, "Okay, I guess you can take me home. My dad is working the night shift, so he isn't home. I can change there and find something to eat too. After that, I'll tell you the rest of my story. Is that fine with you?"

I nod as I stand up with my mate in my arms before walking back towards her house. I can see on her face that she is wondering how I know which way to go, but she doesn't voice the question out loud, and while I walk further, her eyes close slowly. She must be exhausted, my Bella, so I let her rest in my arms while I think about what she said when she told the second part of her story.

So, the Cullen boy first ran off when he met his singer. He should get credit for that because not many vampires resist the urge to drain their singer. Why would you want to? It would be a total waste of marvelous blood. There is truly nothing like it. But knowing that Bella is my true mate, I feel I owe the boy. That feeling will probably fade away quickly when my Bella tells me the rest of her story. I'm still going to kick his ass. I'm sure of that. But not only the boy was guilty of exposing us to the human. The whole family had joined in this charade of playing house and had welcomed her into the family.

Aro is not going to be pleased, that is for sure. A human knows our secret, and that human is still alive, while the vampires that told her our secret are nowhere near her. He was going to flip as only Aro can. Oh, and Caius will have a field day with this. He has been waiting for the Cullens to fuck up for decades. This news will make his millennium.

I look back at the human girl in my arms and realize how lucky I am to have found her. So many things could have gone wrong in the last couple of months, and she would have been lost to me forever, my precious and fragile Bella. I wonder if she feels the pull too. With that thought, I exit the woods behind her house and quickly get her inside. I make my way up the stairs and put her on her bed. The whole room smells of her and that idiot, and my senses tell me he always entered through the window. This story is getting crazier by the minute. What the fuck is wrong with using the door?

I use his essence to track him down. I smile as I learn that he's on his way to Alaska as well. Good, Master Aro will want to know where the bunny lovers are when I call him to give my report. I check the whereabouts of the rest, and they are all in Alaska, like the happy family they portray to be. I snort at that thought, just as a scream sounds in the silent night, and I see Bella kicking and screaming on her bed. She is having one hell of a nightmare. I quickly pull her back into my arms and kiss the top of her head as I say, "Calm down, tesoro mio. I'm here. No one will hurt you ever again."

She wakes by the sound of my voice and tenses up at my words. She then tilts her face up, so she can look me in the eyes before saying, "I'm not ready to believe you right now, but there is something, this strange feeling I got the moment I saw you that makes me want to believe you so very much. You're not dazzling me, are you?"

The horror on her face is instant. I snicker as I say, "Tesoro mio, I will never dazzle you. I don't have to. You like me for me." I can feel the stupid grin on my face. For fuck sake, since when do I grin? The dangerous and ruthless Demetri Volturi does not grin. This girl is going to be the death of me. I can hear Felix and Alec laughing already. Bella smiles as she shakes her head and says, "Let me guess, you don't do unpretentious quite well, do you? Must be a vampire thing."

With that said, Bella starts to pull away and sighs once more before saying, "I'm going to change my clothes, and then I'll tell you the rest of the story. Is that okay?" I nod as I stand up and walk out of her room as I say, "Sounds like a plan. Take your time. I'll be waiting downstairs."

I make my way to the kitchen and quickly see if there's something edible for my Bella. It throws me how quickly I've come to see her as mine. I've heard many stories about the strength of the mating bond, but to experience it myself is something else. I make her a sandwich that smells terrible to me, human food is disgusting, but I hope she can appreciate the gesture. I hear her coming down the stairs, and I rush to meet her. I pick her up and carry her to the kitchen. I chuckle as she huffs and says, "I can walk, you know?!" The tone in her voice, however, is completely opposite to the smile on her face and the raising of her heartbeat. So, she likes it when I sweep her off her feet. Good to know. I smile as I place her on one of the kitchen chairs and say, "Okay, Bella, let's get you fed, and then you can tell me the rest of your story."

She looks surprised as she sees the sandwich I made and says, "You cooked for me?" The blush that colors on her cheeks is simply gorgeous. I must be the luckiest vampire on this planet, for this stunning creature is my mate. I suppress a purr and give myself a mental slap. I do not purr. Luckily Bella stops my train of thought as she says, "This sandwich is quite tasty, thank you so much. Let's see, where were we?

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