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"Yes, I would have to say it started during his rebellious years, he fought hard against living off of animal blood saying something about us being vampires and humans being our blood bags. Their sole purpose is to be our food and nothing else. His exact words were the vicious truth Carlisle is that humans are made to be our food, we are superior to them and they should be happy to grace our palate."

"I didn't think anything of it at the time because my sole purpose was to help him but now that I think about it those were the same words that Aro used when I left after my years with them."

"I think we should stop and speak with my friend Peter before heading to Montana, he might be able to shed some light on what's going on with the other factions. He knows things about everything; don't ask me how or why – he just does. If we are going to war we need to be properly prepared and Peter just might be able to help us" Jasper says quietly.

Jasper POV

"Hello Jasper" Peter drawls as Charlotte says "about fucking time you called."

"Hello Peter, how is it you always know it's me?" I ask quietly wondering if he knows the real reason that I am calling.

"Of course I know the reason that you are calling and Bella, whom I can't wait to meet, is right. The Volturri will fall; Athena will make sure of it."

"How…I….when….how did you know about her?" I ask him once again surprised about his knowledge.

"I have my ways, so you and the family will be coming through on your way to your final stop – which by the way is gorgeous and the perfect place for Esme to vent and the family to regroup after the news you are about to lay on them."

"Huh…..I'm not even going to ask. Yes, we will stop by before heading to the house in Montana."

"Aro's good intentions – for himself – have paved his own way to hell and I want to be there on the sidelines when he goes tumbling back in his hand basket drenched in gas."

"Excellent, brother I can't wait to see you and Charlotte" I say somehow knowing that everything will work out from here.

"Everything will be fine, brother; we will make sure of that. Say hello to Bella for me, and just so you know, she'll love the ring" Peter says hanging up.

Hanging up I laugh as I realize Peter already knows about Bella asking me to marry her, however she did agree to let me pick out the rings. I pull her ring out and look at it again savoring the beauty that would uniquely Bella's, knowing that she will love this ring for its simplicity.

Just then I sense Bella coming into the room and I quickly hide the ring in its box and in the top drawer, turning just as she approaches me with her arms open wide.

Pulling her into my arms I lean down kissing her passionately running my tongue across her bottom lip asking for entrance which she gladly gives. Our kiss deepens for a few moments before she pulls back and I lean my forehead against hers.

"How's Peter?" she asks tightening her arms around my waist as I smile remembering our conversation.

"He can't wait to meet you," I reply as she giggles, running her hands up and down my back.

"What's so funny?" I ask lifting my head to watch her, Bella watching is one of my favorite pastimes.

"Peter's cryptic messages always leave you frustrated and laughing, don't they? I think he and I are going to get along fabulously, Char will help me keep you on your toes" she replies looking at me from underneath her eyelashes.

I look at her quietly for a moment, pondering whether what she means as she smiles mysteriously at me, but then I realize that as long as she is with me I don't care about anything else, she's my world and I would give up anything as long as she is continuously by my side. I would give ANYTHING, even my life.

How little did I know that it will almost come to that, when the time comes for us to take down the Volturri?

Bella POV

Jasper is laying on the couch with my head in his lap and we are content watching the children playing as the family is out preparing in their own ways for the journey ahead of us. Jasper is playing with my hair as I think back on the conversation with the family when I finally told them about my visions and the truth about Edward.

To say Esme's reaction was an understatement would be putting it mildly, very mildly. She was so filled with fury and rage that Jasper collapsed almost passing out and I was left trembling in the wake. It took every ounce of energy that I had left, INCLUDING holding Jasper's hand to keep myself together.

I had just enough energy left to wrap Carlisle and Esme in a bubble with my shield as Carlisle held Esme immobile whispering in her ear attempting to calm her down as she snarled and raged on.

I'm extremely glad that I thought ahead enough to want to tell her separately, so that the children would never have to see her this way. I wanted them to always remember her as the loving, caring, calm mother figure that they have grown to love.

I heard pounding on the door briefly, so I leaned down to kiss Jasper before walking slowly over to open it. Seeing Emmett standing there with an anxious expression on his face doesn't startle me as much as the next wave of rage that washes out from Esme.

Just as I open the door wider to let him in my strength gives out and I faint into his arms as my bubble collapses from around Esme and Carlisle. Emmett catches me as he looks at Esme stunned to see her in her current condition. Carlisle continues to struggle to keep her contained as Jasper struggles up from the couch to reach me in Emmett's arms.

I'm conscious enough to feel myself transfer arms, hearing Jasper whisper "Help Carlisle" as his arms tremble in pain while he cradles me in his arms leaning against the wall.

His soothing southern voice says gently, "I've got you Darlin', let me be your rock now" before I give over to the blackness and allow someone else to be in charge.

But then just as I'm almost sucked in to the darkness, Athena comes surging to the surface aiding in giving me her strength to help Esme. This time instead of being at the end of a tunnel I am coherent as she simmers below the surface of my skin.

My eyes blink open and I am standing in front of Esme being held in the cage of Carlisle and Emmett's hands. I raise my hands framing her head, I lean both our heads back as I pull her anger, rage and fury from her sucking them into the void where mine currently reside. I see the family in my peripheral vision watching us in stunned silence as Esme screams and rages.

The move is so powerful, her anger and rage so fierce that I have to protect us in a bubble as I eat up her emotions and drown them in love. I shove Carlisle and Emmett out of the bubble only subconsciously aware that they stumble back.

By the time that I let her go she is sobbing in my arms as I release the energy bubble around us. I hear Carlisle whimper as he remembers his anger and rage before I whisper in her ear, "The Volturri will fall and you will rise from the ashes, as will Edward."

Stepping back I release her into Carlisle's arms as she cries out her grief, in real tears. It's the least that I can do for her. I hear the family gasp in surprise to see tears streaming down her face. That's when I realize that the rest of the family has come into the living room carrying the sleeping children in their arms.

"Put the children down in the other room" I command as the family looks on unsure of what is happening and even more unsure of what to do, still in shock seeing Esme like she was.

"Please" I add softly beckoning Jasper to me, "I need your help my heart. Please keep the children asleep for a moment as I seal off the room" as I watch Alice and Rose return from laying the children down.

Sweeping my hand across the air in front of me I place a shield of energy around the room they're in ensuring that they sleep through the coming noise. I also shield us from the rest of the hotel as I gesture for every to sit down.

Before I start I go over to Carlisle and Esme who are sitting on one of the couches facing the window. Esme is rocking back and forth with her arms wrapped around her body, while Carlisle is rubbing circles on her back as he murmurs encouragement to her.

"Esme" I ask, "Would you like me to dull the sound for you so you can't hear anything?"

Esme turns to look at me reaching out to caress my cheek as she shakes her head.

"Then I need you to stay calm okay, I can't control the outcome if you get angry again. I know how you feel because I feel it and because I cursed someone who is innocent in all this. I'm going to do everything within my power to bring him back. We are all here for you and will be throughout everything, understand?"

Esme nods her head whispering, "Thank you for telling me Bella and for helping me."

"No thanks are needed Mom, I love you and we'll get through this okay?" I say reaching out to give her a hug as well as Carlisle because they both need our support.

I look at them both silently asking again, to which they look at each other then at me before nodding their heads to let me know they are okay. I stand up and come to face the family with Jasper behind me for physical, mental and emotional support.

"I need for all of you to understand the severity of the situation we are about to embark on. I realize you are going to be enraged by what I am about to tell you but for the sake of myself, Jasper, our parents and the children, it is imperative that you stay as calm as possible during this discussion."

"What I am about to show you is going to fucking piss you off, but hold that anger until you get outside and then you can tear the forest apart. If you don't think you can hold it, nod your head after I show you so that I can take your anger and rage from you. As you saw with Esme I can do that but it must be done quickly so that it doesn't spread to others."

"Know this – your anger and rage is a disease that can be used against you by your enemy. We DO NOT want to give our ENEMY any other ammunition that they can use against us."

"Is everyone ready?" I ask turning to Jasper before facing the rest of the family. After getting nods all around, I take a deep breath, close my eyes raise my hands and show them they visions I have been having recently.

Edward is going to the Volturri to seek help in breaking the spell. They'll be surprised to see him in the state he's in, more so because they've never come across a vampire with his soul intact and they will want to know the story about what happened.

They'll be disappointed in his threat to kill Charlie, but more concerned about a witch who is able to place such a spell on a vampire. They find it disturbing and unconventional and will coming to see Bella, Edward also tells them about her being pregnant and they want the babies to see what kind of power they might have.

They'll come under the façade of friendship because of Carlisle but when Bella refuses to join them as well as protecting her babies; they don't take the news very well

****

Well brothers it appears our plans to destroy Carlisle and his family have not gone according to plan.

****

"It's nice to see you again Edward, how is the family?" Aro sneers as he reaches out to touch Edward's forehead, reading all of the memories past and present.

Pushing him away, Aro laughs "you couldn't even destroy the girls' father and she thwarted you at every opportunity. This girl is feisty I must meet her, I wonder if she is as strong as the witch who put the spell on you 50 years ago.

I wonder, brothers, if she is the one from the prophecy, the one the witch spoke of before we killed her for her betrayal of warning us about the old woman seer.

We'll have to plan a visit to go see them; we can make it anytime because their little seer is incapacitated as well."

Edward looks at them in horror of what they are saying before being dragged away screaming.

Then I show them my discussion with Carlisle.

"Carlisle, this is not the way. If you go to them now, like this, not only will they succeed in destroying you but also the whole family as well. EVERYONE will die; it's not just us and our family at stake here."

"Think of Esme……think of getting the real Edward back…….think of the rest of the family…….think of your grandchildren…….Jr……Airic…….Cat"

"I completely agree that we must avenge Edward but we must also get him back. We still need to deal with James first as well as getting Alice's visions back."

"I think she is a direct descendant of the woman Aro and his brothers were talking about. If she is then her powers are greater than theirs and we are going to need them."

"BELIEVE ME, I swear the Volturri will fall, I have seen it. But we do not have the luxury of going I there pissed off; we must do it the right way not the angry way. Please Carlisle, Dad; we can't do this on our own."

Jasper speaks up, "I can strategize an attack, however; you are familiar with the Volturri, their guard, everything that we could possibly need to know about them to defeat them."

"If we defeat them correctly, others will think twice about coming up against us and attempting to replace them as the new royalty. We need to take them out in such a way that ON ONE else will want to make a play for power in their place."

***

"So, Bella, I think the questions now would be – how much of what's happened has been Edward and how much is influenced by the Volturri" Carlisle asks sneering the name Volturri.

"I don't know Carlisle, I honestly don't. So far my visions of Edward have been limited and consist mainly of him recently. I think that might have to do with the spell Aro was talking about. I think it also depends on when you started noticing the difference in him."

"I'm going to say right after his rebellious years, he came back much different than when he left. In the beginning he was jittery, jumpy, startled by the smallest things and spent a lot of time in his room."

"At the time I chalked it up to him weaning himself off of human blood, but now that I think about it those symptoms could have been anything."

"He picked fights with Rose when she first got here, then the next day he would want to spend all day with her getting to know her."

"He fought going back to school and playing a teenager more often than not. He had multiple personalities or maybe just split personalities, every day was different. I couldn't seem to keep up with him and neither could Esme."

"After about five years he took off again to roam the world, but came back calmer like he was when I first turned him. The only problem was it was a dark calmness, kind of like the predator that pulls wings off of flies before moving up to bigger victims."

Putting his head in his hands Carlisle takes a deep breath and thinks back over all the years with Edward.

"Yes, I would have to say it started during his rebellious years, he fought hard against living off of animal blood saying something about us being vampires and humans being our blood bags. Their sole purpose is to be our food and nothing else. His exact words were the vicious truth Carlisle is that humans are made to be our food, we are superior to them and they should be happy to grace our palate."

"I didn't think anything of it at the time because my sole purpose was to help him but now that I think about it those were the same words that Aro used when I left after my years with them."

"I think we should stop and speak with my friend Peter before heading to Montana, he might be able to shed some light on what's going on with the other factions. He knows things about everything; don't ask me how or why – he just does. If we are going to war we need to be properly prepared and Peter just might be able to help us" Jasper says quietly.

"That's a great idea Jasper and we can also use that time to tell the rest of the family about what's going on. They need to be as prepared as possible for what's coming" I say getting up and kneeling down in from of Carlisle to pull him into a hug.

"Dad, we're going to get Edward back and make him better, and the Volturri will pay" I say.

Jasper tenses behind me as I open my eyes looking around at the family to see them all in a rage, so without thinking about it I flashed my hands out in front of me hunched my shoulders and pulled my hands into fists, feeling their rage and fury leave them and get sucked into me. I swayed back into Jasper who automatically wrapped his arms around my body cradling me to him gently.

I have enough strength to say, "ENOUGH!" loudly as Jasper continues to hold me in his arms. "This is not the way we shall succeed is toppling the Volturri if we can't get our own feelings under control. I realize that you guys are pissed off, but imagine how I feel to have condemned someone who was innocent in all this."

"You all are bystanders in this fucked up drama battle that the Volturri started in the obsessive maniacal quest for power."

"We need to gather ourselves together, deal with our emotions and strategize a plan of attack. As of now, no one and I FUCKING MEAN NO ONE are to go after the Volturri. You are to pack your belongings so we can check out of this hotel, we are going to see Jasper's friend so that he can help Jasper plan, then I am going to make arrangements with Alice's relatives to help her get her visions back."

"In the meantime you are to make peace with your anger, spend some time with your loved ones, give much needed support to Esme and Carlisle in their time of need, and think of anything that might help us in the coming battle."

"I don't want to hear anything else out of your mouths except strategies or taking your leave, UNDERSTAND?!?"

I turn my back on them before they can answer feeling their surprise and disbelief at my tone of voice and words, feeling Jasper following behind me as I release the energy around the room holding the children. I lay down with the children letting their spirit of innocence keep me sane as I cry out my grief, frustrations and anger. However, as I fall asleep in the arms of my heart I come to realize that in order to conquer the Volturri and destroy them we must all face our inner demons so that they cannot be used against us.