Hello! I just wanted to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BELLA! I told pretty much everyone I know today and that's why everyone thinks I'm on crack or something now. Anyway, enjoy the rest of the story!

Disclaimer: (and this counts for the other chapter I forgot to put this on) I don't own Twilight. Now, who want's Bella's b-day cake? Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Bella, happy birthday to you!!!

The Volturi

Bella's PoV:

The rest of the week after I received the message, the others filled me in on who the Volturi were. I was surprised to learn that Carlisle used to be one of them. Well, if Carlisle survived, then there might be a chance that I might, too.

The week passed by fast. And that means I'm getting a visitor today! Yay! No.

I was at the Cullens' house, when I heard the doorbell ring. Edward stopped in his tracks. "They're here." My breath suddenly stopped. Carlisle quickly ran down to open the door. I, on the other hand, shuffled sluggishly down the steps one by one. I took a deep breath, and then walked into the room. It wasn't just one person, but five.

I guessed the one up front was Aro. He did not look what I expected. Actually, none of them looked like what I had expected. The one I guessed was Aro had long black hair. The others had…other colored hairs. Examples? White…blonde…whatever…I thought they would be like the Cullens, with the topaz eyes, but I was wrong. They all had cloudy red eyes. Aro saw me and then smiled. It reminded me of a mouse (me) locked in the eyes of a snake's. I couldn't move. I couldn't speak. I couldn't even breathe. Edward probably sensed my horror and pulled me closer to him.

Aro spoke, "So you're the mix?" Why, thank you for labeling me as a…mix.

"Yes," I answered. My voice sounded smaller than when I would normally talk.

"Well, we hear that your abilities are quite fascinating and I must see!" He reminded me of the boy version of Alice with his preppiness. What he said was the last thing I had expected him to say. I thought he would say something like "You will die" or "Why do you exist?" or something along that line. But no. He thought I was fascinating and just had to see.

I hesitated, "Okay…" I lead the way to the swimming pool and stood at the edge. I turned around and Aro was behind me, motioning for me to go ahead. I took a deep breath and let go of Edward for the first time since Aro had arrived. I jumped into the pool as a mermaid.

When I surfaced, Aro clapped his hands. "That is wonderful! Can you do anything else?" I sighed and nodded. Now he's making me feel like a guinea pig in a lab. I scooped up a bucketful of water and played around with it while Aro watched with fascination. I might as well make him like me or at least not think of killing me or anything so I got enough water to make a sculpture. I turned it into a block of ice and with a snap of my fingers, pieces or ice broke off and left an ice sculpture or Aro himself. (Wouldn't that be the coolest thing to do?) Aro gazed at it for a while before he turned back to me.

"You really are a fascinating creature, Bella!" I heard Edward growl after Aro called me a "creature". Aro pretended to ignore that and then continued, "You know, we have an opening in the Volturi." Yeah right! Like I would actually join your little royal vampire clique! I tried to think up or a way to lay him down easy.

"I'd rather stay here…where I'm more comfortable…" What a lame rejection. Oh well, better than saying "Fuck off you bastard."

I changed back into my vampire form and then got to Edward's side again in a flash.

"Oh, too bad. The others would love to have you around," he smiled.

"I'm sorry, but I know I'll feel more at home here."

Aro and his guards paused at the door. "Oh, wait, I want to try something before I leave." He put out his hand, like he wanted a handshake. Cautiously, I took it. He didn't shake it. He just…held it there, until he finally said, "How very interesting." From the corner of my eye I could see Edward smirk a little. Aro shook his head. "It really is a shame that you cannot come with me. You will be a very beneficial vampire to us." I just shook my head. He turned around and walked out the door, "I hope that I can see all of you soon!" he called over his shoulder. Carlisle held the doorknob in his hand. He was itching to close it, I could tell.

"It was very nice to see you again, Aro!" Carlisle said before he carefully closed the door.

I just stood there, not believing anything that just happened. Edward looked at me with widened eyes and then waved his hand in front of my face. I stopped him, and stared at him in the eye.

"That's it? I got scared for nothing?" I yelled. Alice passed by us, whistling some kind of tune.

I grabbed her before she could run into the next room. "YOU KNEW ALL ALONG?" She chuckled softly. I gripped tighter onto her shirt. "YOU KNEW??? I WAS THIS CLOSE TO HAVING A HEART ATTACK AND YOU COULD HAVE TOLD ME?!"

Alice held up her hands into surrender. "I'm sorry! You do know that if something was going to happen to you, I would have told you! You know I wouldn't let anything bad happen to you!" She glanced at Edward. Then she added, "Unless I just absolutely had to see it."

I sighed heavily, then let her go. She sprinted to the next room. Then, I realized something. I turned to Edward. "Why did Aro do that when he was about to leave?"

Edward chuckled. "He can also read minds, but he has to be physically touching the person to read his or her mind. He just wanted to try doing it to you. Luckily, it didn't work, like I still couldn't read your mind." I let out my breath, happy that he didn't try to poison me or anything I thought he was trying to do to me when he held my hand.

"Well, at least it's over. I'm still alive, and so are you," I whispered in his ear. He chuckled then scooped me up wedding-style and gave me a passionate kiss on the lips.

There you go. The ending on Under the Sea. I hope you enjoyed the story. Sorry the last few chapters couldn't be longer but remember, it's the quality, not the quantity! Anyway, please review nicely!

I might write a sequel, but I might not. Depends if I get any ideas or not, so please send me ideas for the plot for the sequel if you want one!

Just wanted to say this one more time. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BELLA!!! HOPE EDWARD HAS ALREADY TURNED YOU INTO A VAMPIRE BEFORE TODAY! OR ELSE YOU WOULD BE OVER TWENTY!!!