Disclaimer- All recognizable characters belong to Mrs. Stephenie Meyer, whereas all new characters belong to me.
I sat across from Mitchell, my hands crossed across my chest. "Guess what, it's time to go back in the grave." I smiled. "Tell ol' Luci I said hi." He narrowed Yuzria's eyes and growled. I could only laugh. Two weeks had passed since the day we'd rescued Eliza. She'd also had her baby. They were currently living in Volterra with us, seeing as how she had no where else to go. We had no clue where Annebelle or Rosemary were, but we also knew we'd find them. So, it was time to send Mitchell back to hell.
"You could need me." He said.
"I doubt it."
"This could be a great mistake Noleen. You'll need me against Annebelle."
"No, you won't. Claudia, work your magic."
She smirked and I left her to her job. Hope came running down the hallway, her braids flying behind her. She jumped into my arms and kissed my cheek. Edward wasn't far behind her, a smile on his face. "She insisted on coming to show you what she's learned." He told me.
"Good, I want to see."
"Mommy, mommy, watch me!" She looked at a painting on the wall and scrunched her face up in concentration. She looked adorable.
Edward put his hand on my back and kissed my head. I smiled and watched as Hope made the painting fly over to us, then onto the floor. I clapped my hands and kissed her cheeks. "Hope, that was amazing!" I tell her.
"You really think so mommy?"
"Do you think I'll grow up to be as strong as you?"
I could feel tears pricking my eyelids and nodded my head. I kissed her forehead. "Stronger even," I whispered.
"Can I show Uncle Yuri yet?"
"No baby, he's still sick."
Sick had been the best way for us to explain what had been going on with him.
She pouted, but didn't press the issue. "I'll go show Aunt Lani. Come on daddy!" She grabbed his hand and started to pull him along.
He looked over his shoulder at me and called out, "I'll see you in a bit babe!"
"I'll be waiting." I laughed as I watched a little girl push a century old vampire. It was a sight to see.
I was about to turn and go up the stairs to our room when Aro came up to me. His hair lay around his shoulders like silk. "Bella, I was looking for you. There's been some rumors of Annebelle in India."
"India? Why would she go there?"
"Who knows? I'm sending guards out to scout the area, see if they see anything. How have you been?"
"Good. No dreams, no nothing. It's like she's given up. Although we both know she hasn't."
"Good, good. You know, you and Edward should take a vacation. You need it."
"You know Aro, I may take you up on that offer."
He kissed my cheek and rushed off to deal with more Volturi issues. I sighed and sat down on the steps, my head against the banister. It'd been such a long couple months, I was emotionally drained. "Blood ma'dam?" Someone asked.
I looked up to politefully deny, when I saw it was Yuzria. He grinned and hugged me tightly. "Yuzria, oh thank God. Hearing Mitchell come out of you was horrible."
"You know what was even more horrible? Hearing his thoughts." He shuddered.
I laughed and kept hugging him. "I am so glad you're okay. I was so worried."
"I know Bells."
"Yuzria?" A voice asked behind us. We turned and saw Tori, her eyes alight with happiness. She came down the steps as fast as she could and threw herself in his arms. "Oh baby, I was so worried."
" I'm okay Tori."
She pressed her lips to his and I looked away. I was happy for him, but it still pained me to see him and her like that. I sent him one more smile then walked up the steps. Halfway through I ran into Laurent, who was speaking with Ash. "You two seem to be in a heated debate." I teased, walking up to them.
Laurent turned to me, his face grim. "I want to work for you Nol."
Well, that was a surprise. "Why Laurent? You love your freedom."
"I changed my mind."
"Well, okay then. Ash, find a place for Laurent on your team."
"Fine, but no more." She told me, a frown on her face.
I rolled my eyes and went into my room so I'd have no more interruptions. I yawned and lay on my bed. I hadn't slept in a week and I was dreadfully tired. I closed my eyes, drifting away to dreamland. That's when the door opened and I felt someone lay next to me. I assumed it was Edward and snuggled closer. "Hey baby," I murmured.
"Hello precious," the voice replied.
My eyes darted open and I bolted out of the bed. Edward wasn't with me. No, in his place was someone I hadn't seen in years. Someone I had killed. "Nicholas." I breathed.
He grinned and sauntered over to me. "Let's see, Annebelle is back and Mitchell was until you sent him back to his grave. Did you forget about me?"
I shook my head. "How did this happen?"
"Rosemary has been dabbling in awfully black magic my dear. Now, say goodnight."
Before I could defend myself, he stuck a syringe in my arm and my world went black.
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A/N: Thanks for reading. I know, I'm evil. Hopefully you guys liked the ending. The fourth (and probably last) installemnt of this series will start shortly. I'll take a quick break to work on Forgotten Love and the Visitor for a couple weeks before starting it. Review and let me know what you thought :)