ok soo i think this is my last chapter for this

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oh and the little quote i put in the end of the story is something i came up with and idk if it makes sense at all soo yeah =P

Chapter 24


We sat in the living room waiting for Alice, who was trying to see the future again. Bella handed me the letter and I put it in my carry-on bag.

Suddenly Alice bent over the desk and gripped the edge with two hands. I stared at her face, it was blank.

"Alice?" Bella said.

Alice didn't say anything when Bella tried to get her attention. She was rocking back and forth, but she looked blank, dazed even.

"Alice!" Jasper tried to loosen her grip on the table. The door swung shut with a low click.

"What is it?" I asked.

She turned to me, "Bella."

"I'm right here," Bella said.

She locked her eyes on Bella, but they were still blank. She was answering my question, not looking for her.

"What did you see?" Bella asked.

Both Jasper and I stared at Bella in confusion. Jasper's eyes flickered between Alice and Bella's faces. But I just kept mine on Bella. What was she hiding?

Alice finally recovered herself.

"Nothing really," she answered with a smile, "Just the same room as before."

I rolled my eyes and sighed.

"Did you want breakfast?" she asked.

I forgot that Bella was human and had to eat. I laughed to myself.

"No, I'll eat at the airport," she sounded calm.

She got up and went to the bathroom to get cleaned up. I figured that the reason why Bella was so calm was because of Jasper. So I immediately turned to him.

"Something's wrong with her," I stated.

"I think she's just startled by the whole situation," Jasper replied.

Then I went to Alice.

"Did you see something different?"

"No, I saw the room, I told you I saw the room again," she answered.

"Right," I said and looked back at the bathroom.


When we got in the car again to go to the airport I sat next to Bella in the back of the car again. I could see both Jasper and Alice glance back at her every couple minutes.

"Alice?" she said.


"How does it work? The things that you see?" she was looking out the window.

Why was she asking that now?

"Edward said it wasn't definite…that things change?" she strained when she said his name.

The whole car was filled with a wave of serenity.

"Yes, things change…" Alice murmured, "Some things are more certain than others…like the weather. People are harder. I only see the course they're on while they're on it. Once they change their minds- make a new decision, no matter how small- the whole future shifts."

I looked over at her. She nodded.

"So you couldn't see James in Phoenix until he decided to come here."

"Yes," Alice looked in the rearview mirror.

All I could do was stare at Bella in suspicion. Wasn't this the worst time to ask about Alice's visions?

"How about you Caroline? How does your ability work?" she wasn't looking at me.

She tried to sound casual.

"My ability is sort of like Alice's, only reversed. It works best when I touch someone. If I touch, their arm for instance, it's clearer and more vivid. I see everything they've ever done, their past."

"Hmm," she said.

Then I turned back to the window.

"Will it work on me?" she asked.

"I don't think so," I said, "I'm not sure why though."

I looked at her to see if she would turn my way, but she just nodded her head.

Once we reached the airport Bella showed us around, since we didn't know much about airports. We looked at the departing flights board and searched for the flight they were supposed to be arriving on. Then we sat in the long row of chairs by the metal detectors, waiting for them. Bella seemed anxious and I could tell by how she was tapping her toe.

The three of us pretended to watch the other people passing us, but we were really trying to watch Bella.

"You have my letter, right?" she asked me.

I nodded my head and smiled.

"Do you want to get breakfast?" Alice asked repeatedly.

"Later, not yet," Bella replied every time.

For a human Bella didn't seem to eat much. Or maybe it was just now that she wasn't eating. Edward's flight was only ten minutes away now.

"I think I'll eat now," she finally said.

Alice and I stood up, "We'll come with you," she said.

"Do you mind if Jasper comes instead? I'm feeling a little…" she didn't finish her sentence.

I stared at her in confusion as Alice and I sat down, and Jasper stood up. Then they both walked off, Jasper putting his hand on her back, as if he were guiding her.

Alice and I exchanged glances.

"I wonder what that was all about," I said.

"I don't know," she replied.

So we waited…and waited…and waited, but neither of them came back yet. The flight was supposed to arrive in two minutes now.

"I'm going to see if Jasper and Bella are ok," I said.

Alice nodded her head.

I stood up and walked as quickly as I could through the airport searching for them. I wanted to make it back in time so Bella could see Edward when he came in. I started to run, making sure no one saw me. I looked all over, until I saw Jasper.

"Jasper!" I shouted.

He quickly came to my side.

"Bella," he said.

"What?" I was confused.

"She's not in the bathroom," he answered.

I stood there for a moment, remembering everything that went on. Bella was acting weird and now I knew why. She wanted to leave, but where was she going?

Then I remembered in the hotel room when she was on the phone and when I went up to the door, listening to her conversation. I heard the voice in my head mumbling. I tried to make out what he was saying and then it hit me. It wasn't her mother or her stepfather….it was…James.

"We have to get back," he said, interrupting my thoughts.

I nodded my head.

Jasper and I quickly went back to where Alice was waiting, hoping that she would've seen where Bella went. Edward was there screaming at Alice and she was pacing back and forth rubbing her temples. Emmett and Carlisle were just as stunned as Jasper and me were.

"How could you let her run away?" Edward screamed.

"Edward, please none of us knew what she was doing," Alice said, still pacing, "Stop yelling I can't concentrate."

Then I remembered the letter. I quickly went to my bag and pulled out the envelope. I ripped it open.

It said:


I love you. I am so sorry. He has my mom and I have to try. I know it may not work. I am so very, very sorry.

Don't be angry with Jasper, Alice, and Caroline. If I get away from them it will be a miracle. Tell them thank you for me.

And please, please don't come after him. That's what he wants. I think. I can't bear it if anyone has to be hurt because of me, especially you. Please, this is the only thing I can ask of you now. For me.

I love you. Forgive me.


Edward took the note from me and quickly read it.

"The ballet studio," Alice said, "That's where James is, and that's where she's going."

Edward quickly dropped the letter and started running as quickly as he could. The rest of us followed after him. All I could think was, this is it. The moment I was waiting for, my fate. I would either die or live to tell the tale. It would be a miracle if Bella was still alive when we found her. And I knew if she was dead, then Edward would try to kill himself as well and I couldn't let that happen.

I ran as fast as possible and tried to catch up to Edward, but he was much quicker than me. Alice, Emmett, Jasper, and Carlisle were right beside me. We passed the streets and all the buildings. I knew where we were going, but did Edward?

Fifty-Eighth Street and Cactus, Edward. It should be right on the corner.

I looked up at the street sign. We were only and Forty-Fifth Street. I tried to pick up the pace and run faster than I was running at the moment. How stupid I was to just look at Bella and think that nothing was wrong. I should've known by the way she spoke on the phone and the way she was avoiding us that something was wrong.

I passed Fifty-Second Street and followed after Edward. I closed my eyes for a moment and thought about Damien. How much I would give to be with him right now and away from this danger I was heading for. But I had to do this. I had to face my fears and end this madness.

I looked up at the street sign. I was at Fifty-Fifth Street now. Only minutes away. Edward was too far away for me to see he was probably almost there or hopefully he was there by now. I tried to speed up again as I passed Fifty-Seventh Street.

I could hear glass breaking and whaling coming from the ballet studio. I ran faster and saw Carlisle pass me up as we came to the ballet studio. He quickly opened the door and ran in there. I could hear Bella screaming and I could smell her scent. Once we came into the dance room I saw Edward with James pinned up against the wall.

Alice went to Bella, "Bella, Bella it's ok."

And then I saw it on her arm. A huge crescent shaped bite mark on her right arm. I went over to where Edward was.

"Son, remember who you are," Carlisle said.

I heard Bella scream once and turned around, seeing that Alice had blood on her hand. I stopped my breathing and turned back to Edward.

"Bella needs you," Carlisle told him.

"Carlisle, the blood," Alice shouted.

Emmett and I took both of James's arms while Jasper went and started a fire.

"Alice," I said.

She was still by Bella, but Carlisle told her to come help us and she regrettably got up. She glared once at James and then leaped onto both of his legs, ripping his head off and throwing it into the fire. I could hear Bella screaming in the background and I glanced once over at them, but quickly turned back and ripped off one of James's arms, throwing it into the huge fire.

Then I walked over to where Bella was lying on the floor.

"She's losing too much blood," Carlisle said.

"My hand is…burning," Bella whaled.

I held down one of her arms so that she would calm down.

"It's the venom," Edward kneeled next to her.

"You have to make a choice, you can let the change happen," Carlisle said.

I looked up.

Edward shook his head, "No."

I looked down at her leg, which was bleeding a lot. I stared at the blood.

"It's going to happen Edward, I've seen it," Alice said.

I closed my eyes and tried to resist the scent of the blood.

"It doesn't have to be that way," Edward said.

"She still has a chance…" Carlisle turned to Alice, "Give me your belt."

Alice took off her belt and I looked down at Bella, trying to tell her to be quiet.

"Carlisle what's my other option," Edward was looking away from Bella.

"Tie it above my hands."

Alice did what she was told.

"Carlisle!" he shouted.

I smelled the blood again.

"Go Caroline," he told me and turned to Alice, "Alice, go."

I slowly got up and went to help Emmett and Jasper with James. I ripped off one of his legs and threw it into the fire along with the rest of his body.

Finally he was gone and I wouldn't have to worry about him again, but Victoria was still out there.

"Try to suck the venom out," I heard.

"No, I won't be able to stop."

"Find the will to stop."

I glanced back once and then turned my attention back to the fire. I watched closely to make sure that James was dead. I watched as his body burned in the fire.

Then I saw Edward sucking the venom out of her body. I watched in horror as he sucked the life out of her. Then I picked up one more piece of the floorboard and threw it into the fire, watching it grow larger.

It was over now, this was all over. I would no longer have to worry about the nightmares…or Bella getting hurt. She was ok and Edward had saved her. And I could go back to Forks and see Damien. We could all go back to our lives and live normal forever….


I waited in the waiting room of the hospital for a couple of hours, waiting for Bella to wake up. Carlisle came up to me.

"She's awake, I think you should go home Caroline," he said.

I shook my head.

Then he sat next to me.

"I'm pretty sure Damien wants to know that you're ok."

I sat there for a moment. I did want to see him.

"Alright," I replied.

He gave me one small hug and went back to work.

I quickly left the hospital and ran home starting to get anxious to see him again. Nobody would be home because they were still at the hospital. And if I let Damien think that I was dead I didn't know what he would do, so I had to get home as soon as possible.

I ran through the woods and finally found the little pathway that lead to the house. I started to walk now and smiled when I saw the huge mansion. I quickly walked up the porch and opened the door. I looked around the room and didn't see him yet. I went into the kitchen, and then the dining room and still didn't see him.

So I went up the stairs and saw that my door was closed. I walked up to it and slowly turned the knob, not knowing what I would find in my room. Then I was disappointed when I found that he still wasn't there. I stood in the doorway for a moment and tried to think of where he could be.

I quickly ran out of the house and went into the woods searching for him.

"Damien," I shouted.

I went through the trees and searched all over, using the moonlight as a flashlight and when I still didn't see him I started to get worried. So I went into the farther part of the woods and looked for him.

"Damien," I shouted again.

I came to a part of the forest that was surrounded by evergreens. I heard someone coming towards me and slowly turned around. I smiled when I saw his perfect pale face light up in the moonlight.

I quickly ran into his arms.

"You're alive," he whispered.

"I'm sorry it took so long."

"Don't be sorry," he said.

I took in his sweet scent and stared at his crescent scars that were on his arms, easier to see in the moonlight. He pulled out of the hug and held both of my hands. His beautiful smile was striking.

"I missed you," I said.

"Me too," he replied.

"What have you been up to?" I stared up at his eyes, still red.

"Hunting and worrying about you mostly."

"You shouldn't worry about me…I'm not worth it," I said.

He held my face in his hands.

"You are completely worth it."

Then he pulled my face up to his and both of our lips pressed together. I could feel a spark run through my body, something I knew you were supposed to feel when you kissed someone you were meant to be with. I could taste some of the venom that was on his teeth, but I tried to avoid it. Then, he pulled away.

I smiled and stared at his face.

"So you said you went hunting did you catch anything good…" I didn't know why I was trying to change the subject.

"Well I didn't drink any human blood if that's what you're asking me," he slipped his hand through mine again.

"You didn't? How did you learn so fast?" he could do it better than me and he was only resisting it for a couple of days.

"I think knowing that I would hurt your feelings made me resist," he smiled.

"You make it sound like I'm the center of the world," I muttered.

"No, you're the center of my world," he said.

"Why though?"

He paused for a minute.

"Because when I saw you and talked to you…it was the first time I wanted to live for someone…and I've never wanted to live for someone before, I was living because I had to. But now I have a reason to live…and that reason is you…"

I couldn't keep my eyes off of his face. He let go of one of my hands and I looked down. I saw one of the flowers in his hand and he pulled it up so I could see it. He handed it to me and I took it.

"I live because you live," he whispered.

I smiled and quickly kissed his lips one more time and kept them there for a while. And this perfect little night in the woods with Damien was the best night I've had in a long time. This was the little part I wanted to cherish forever. I wanted to stay away from everything bad and I felt like nothing could hurt us anymore. James was dead and Bella was alive. And now I had a reason to be alive…I had someone to live for…

Don't let your past predict your future because the future could hold so much more than the past ever did