DC: I don't own it
Summary: AU. Aro develops a fascination for an old friend's daughter. Nobody will have Bella Cullen but him. He takes her and keeps her for himself. He never expected that his son, Edward, would have the same interest as him only with a desire to keep her safe. Darkfic. ExB eventually.
She was all alone calling for them again. Carlisle bit his lip as he watched her. Esme often discouraged his being impulsive. Being impulsive usually meant moving for them.
But she was all alone! She had no family left and orphaned in the streets. She was crying on their graves yet again. He knew her from the hospital, where he had tried to save her parents after a fire took their home and their lives. He knew she was eight and she loved pandas. She was wearing a shirt with one on it now.
"Come on, sweetie, you'll catch your death," Carlisle said, kneeling down.
She stood up and he held her tiny hand. She clutched a stuffed bear to her chest and walked with him. She looked up at him and he reached down to dry her eyes with a tissue.
"Are you an angel?"
"Not quite. But I can take care of you, Bella."
She stopped walking. Her legs were still healing from the burns. He lifted her up and cradled her against his chest. She laid her head on his chest and closed her eyes.
"I'm scared of the dark."
"I'll protect you," Carlisle promised. He would. He was going to keep her safe from anything that threatened to hurt her, even if one day that included himself.
"Carlisle! Hello! You still there?" Esme asked, waving her hand before his eyes.
"Dad are you listening?" Bella asked.
Carlisle was in shock and lost in memories of his adopted daughter because she just told him that she was engaged. She wasn't just engaged, no she was engaged to the man who played his adopted son.
"Carlisle? You going to be okay?" Emmett asked.
Carlisle nodded numbly.
"You know I'll be good to her."
"I just...need a moment...please."
Carlisle turned and went upstairs. He sat heavily on his bed and had a perfect view of a bookshelf that held Bella's life in photographs instead of books. Pictures of her as a shy little girl to her last prom just two years ago. In the largest frame was a professional photograph of the family as they were now. Carlisle looked at his exact replica in the picture with his arm around Esme's shoulders. They were sitting on a bench and their "children" were around them. Bella's arm rested casually on Carlisle's thigh and her head rested on her arms, Emmett was sitting slightly behind her in a jockish pose that the photographer loved. Jasper and Rosalie were mirroring them on Esme's side.
He looked up at Bella. She was wearing a slimming black dress that had a subtle flare around her knees. She wore a pearl necklace that Esme gave her as a rite of passage into womanhood. She looked so beautiful it broke his heart.
Carlisle sighed and she sat with him. "Bells you're still a baby to me."
"I'm not a baby dad," she said gently, "if I was it would make some things very difficult."
Bella laughed as Carlisle fell back onto the bed groaning.
"Oh relax daddy."
"My baby implied she's having sex!"
"Like you didn't know."
He did. Unfortunately. He saw the bruises on her arms after the first time.
"It's just hard knowing that because doing that with vampires is dangerous and Emmett is much bigger than most vampires."
"Boy you aren't kidding."
"Oh that's nasty."
Bella laughed and Carlisle cringed. "Oh come on dad!"
"Eew! Just eew! I'd like to remain ignorant as far as that goes."
Bella laid back and shrugged. "Fair enough."
"I just know that one of these times he's going to seriously hurt you."
Bella hesitated a bit. "Come back downstairs, we aren't done announcing things."
Carlisle groaned. He could only imagine what was coming next. When they got downstairs Bella took Emmett's hand and they looked at their family.
"Okay part two...I'm going to become a vampire."
Everyone looked at Carlisle. Not only did he never take that sharp authoritative tone with his precious daughter, but he was the only on who objected.
"It's too dangerous. Emmett you don't have the control."
"You can do it if you don't think I'm strong enough," Emmett said, "as much as Bella wants me to do it I would feel better if you did."
"Bella, honey, it's too dangerous," Carlisle said. "End of discussion."
"Well lucky for me it isn't up to you," Bella snapped angrily.
"Don't take that tone with me young lady!"
"I'm twenty, dad, I'm not a kid!"
Carlisle folded his arms. When he wanted to be, Carlisle Cullen could be quite intimidating. Bella adopted the same look and the family knew they were in for a long stand off. Carlisle would eventually win over Bella's human state. She would have to use the bathroom or falter from fatigue soon.
Emmett glanced over and saw Rosalie looking fairly sour. He knew that she had a bit of a crush on him and he hated to think that it would hurt her relationship with Bella. They had been on pretty good terms before Emmett started dating her. Rosalie wasn't having that. But at least she didn't openly make a scene.
Jasper came over to congratulate him on his engagement. Celebrating his favorite sister becoming immortal would have to wait until her father was calmer. The stand off was still going strong. Bella looked tired though. Emmett glanced up at the clock and saw that it was midnight and she was still wearing her heels.
"Okay," he sighed, grabbing Bella around the middle. "Sweetie you can fight later. Carlisle, chill."
"Don't tell me to chill you want to vampirize my baby!"
"Dad you do need to chill! I want to be a vampire!"
"Sweetheart you're getting sleepy, I can tell. How about you guys fight in the morning. Keep in mind I can carry you."
"Fine," she huffed. "We're having sex though."
"What?! No! No young lady!"
"Lots of sex. I'm not a young lady anymore!"
"Alright let's go," Emmett sighed carrying her. Bella squeaked and pounded her fist on his shoulder, making him laugh. In the hall he moved her over his shoulder and she squeaked again. He laughed as she pounded her fists on his back but just gave up and started laughing. "See, I can carry you in many ways."
He gently set her on her bed and grabbed her pajamas. "I'm still a bit rattled. Will you settle for me just kissing you?"
Bella sighed dramatically. "I suppose."
He leaned over and kissed her lightly. He unzipped her dress and slipped it off of her. He replaced it with a worn cotton t-shirt. Then he laid beside her. Bella snuggled into his cold arms and sighed.
"I'll be done sleeping soon."
"And I can play with you all night," he murmured against her head. "Best of all I won't hurt you."
Bella looked up and smiled at him. "As long as you love me."
"Bells not a day has gone by when I haven't loved you. My greatest fear is that you realize how much better than me you can do."
"Not possible," she sighed against his chest. She hugged closer to him. "My teddy bear."
Emmett laughed and kissed her head. "I love you a million red skittles."
"I love you a million hot tamales."
"Man I miss those," Emmett sighed.
Bella laughed and he kissed her. She felt the familiar goosebumps. She hugged even closer and pushed into his kiss. Her lips molded around his marble ones.
"You can bite me now," she whispered.
"I'd kill you."
Bella sighed and dropped it. She wanted to be a vampire. She wanted to lay in her fiance's arms as a lover. Though she teased Carlisle, they did have sex just once. Emmett had broken the bed and nearly broke her in half. His special ability was increased strength after all. The thick bands of muscle weren't just for decoration. They didn't tell Carlisle but she almost had to be rushed to the emergency room when the bed broke and she hit her head hard.
She didn't like being so breakable and generally vulnerable. She didn't like having periods and then knowing that everybody knew. She hated that on more than one occasion one of her family members almost killed her because she cut her hand while cooking. She hated being human in a house of vampires!
"I will miss how warm you are," Emmett sighed quietly.
"I'll be the same temperature as you though so I'll feel normal."
"Nothing about you will ever feel normal."
Bella smiled against his chest. "Night Emmy."
"Night Bella. Sweet dreams."
Carlisle's daughter was known through his circle of friends. After all she made up half of his conversation. Bella was surprised when some of his friends came to wish her and Emmett a happy life together. The greatest surprise was a visit from the three most powerful vampires.
As per usual Marcus looked like he didn't care to be there. Caius looked fairly amused at the idea of a vampire and a human in love. Aro was just happy.
"Carlisle! How have you been dear friend?"
"I've been well, thank you. And yourself?"
Carlisle smiled. "I see you brought your dear son with you. Hello again Edward."
Edward nodded once. "I hope you're well."
"I don't think you met Alice," Aro said, putting his hand on a tiny vampire's shoulder. She nodded once like Edward had.
"It's a pleasure to meet you."
Carlisle smiled calmly.
Wow. Don't sound so excited.
Edward quirked an eyebrow. Carlisle invited the guests in and smiled when he saw Bella talking with Tanya and Kate.
"Sweetheart," he said, touching her shoulder. "I want you to meet some old friends of mine."
Bella turned and smiled at the unfamiliar vampires. She did recognize them from paintings.
"Bella this is Aro and his brother's Marcus and Caius."
"It's a pleasure Bella," Marcus said politely.
"It is," Bella agreed. Aro greeted her with a gentle kiss on her hand.
"It seems you've been keeping our dear Carlisle busy these past years," he chuckled, "the old boy needs excitement."
"I do what I can," Bella said with a charming smile.
"My children," Aro said indicating to the other two vampires. "Edward and Alice."
"It's a pleasure to meet you Bella," Alice said warmly. "I only wish we had more time to get to know each other."
Bella smiled. "Well after my honeymoon I'll have an eternity. Have you met my fiance?"
"I don't believe so," Alice said. Emmett came over a few moments later after hearing the conversation.
"Wow you're tiny."
Bella giggled and slipped her hand into his.
"You two look lovely together," Caius said, in an attempt to be friendly.
Bella looked up at him and smiled.
"I'm really lucky he was willing to settle."
More fake laughter from the group.
"Would you excuse me dear, Jasper wanted to tell me something."
Bella nodded and Emmett went back to his brother.
"What is it?"
"Dude the little one is so cute, introduce me."
Emmett glanced back at Alice who was talking with Bella and Carlisle then back at Jasper.
"Oh come on! She is unbelievably gorgeous."
"Eh, on the short side but alright," Emmett shrugged.
"Oh that's just because you like your girls with a little extra blood."
Emmett grinned. "Just think, you'll have to think of a new reason in a few months."
"How is that going to work?" Jasper asked.
"We're wearing Carlisle down. I don't want to do it, I'll kill her for sure."
"You'll do better than me," Jasper shrugged. Emmett laughed with him. "What do you make of Aro?"
"I don't know. Strange. But then again he's the leader of the Volturi."
"You boys gossiping again?" Esme asked them. "You're like two teenagers."
"We were just talking," Emmett mumbled. Esme giggled and patted his shoulder.
"Esme what do you think of the small vampire?"
"She's pretty," Esme agreed, "she's also Aro's daughter."
"Crap!" Jasper cursed, louder than he meant to. Everyone looked at him. Emmett just snickered and Esme hugged Jasper's shoulders.
"God save me," Bella moaned coming up to them. "My feet are killing me."
"Well you did decide to wear heels," Emmett shrugged.
"The were the only shoes had I had that went with this dress!"
Her dress was light blue. Emmett smiled and looked her over. He didn't know what was sexier, her long smooth legs, her luscious backside or tempting breasts.
"I'm up here sweetheart," Bella said, lifting his chin. He just smiled.
"I liked my choice better."
Emmett laughed and hugged her to him. Bella reached up and whispered in his ear. Esme and Jasper looked at each other suspiciously before the couple excused themselves.
"I hope they aren't being too naughty," Kate sighed. "Jazz how about you and I disappear."
Jasper shrugged. He took her hand and went to find his own dark corner. "So what's his name?"
"Who?" Kate asked as they walked through Esme's massive garden.
"The guy you like."
Kate laughed and Jasper kissed her hand. Several years ago they had been quite the couple. He missed her from time to time, but he appreciated her friendship.
"Look at them," Kate sighed. They both looked over at the happy couple who were sharing a moment together. Bella was in his arms and they were gently kissing each other. "That's what I want."
Jasper sighed. "So really, who is he?"
"Just some guy I know. You don't know him. Hows Rose?"
Jasper shrugged. He didn't like being around his sister lately. Her jealousy was overwhelming.
"Let's put it this way, I think that her not wanting Bella to become a vampire is selfish and disgusting."
"You feel the same way about Carlisle then?" Kate asked with raised eyebrows.
"Well no, but Carlisle is mostly afraid that she'll kill someone when she's a vampire and knows that will hurt her so deeply. He also wants her to live a long natural life. Rosie wants Emmett. When Bella is a vampire she won't be as vulnerable, she won't age and she won't die."
"She wants Bella dead?!" Kate cried in hushed shock.
"Not dead. Just not in the picture. Emmett is fairly shallow but not that shallow. Bella getting older won't have any impact on how he feels about her. She just needs a major attitude adjustment."
Kate nodded. "She isn't doing anything bad is she?"
"Not yet. Plus Em isn't stupid."
Kate looked at the couple again. Bella was touching his face and smiling.
"It's still annoying," Kate sighed.
"She'll get over it."
Jasper shrugged. "It's not that easy. I mean how long did it take us to get over each other?"
Kate looked at him. "That's different though. We were engaged and living together. We were practically married."
"Yeah, but still. When you love someone you don't get over them quickly."
"How long did it take you?"
"A couple years," Jasper mumbled. "But I was the dumpee."
"And I thank you for forgiving me," Kate said, holding his hands, "I do still love you."
"I love you too Katie. My sexy goofy sister figure."
Kate kissed his cheek. "His name is Garrett and he died in the revolutionary war. He's my bad boy."
"I knew it!" Jasper laughed.
"Knew what bro?" Emmett called.
"She's found a bad boy!"
Kate and Bella laughed.
"She's interesting," Aro said.
"How?" Alice asked.
"I can't hear her. Edward?"
Aro nodded. He watched the couple in the garden. Bella shifted her silky dark hair over her shoulder and smiled at her fiance. His large hand cradled her cheek and he kissed her gently. Something about her was enchanting. Her smile maybe. Or how sweet her scent was. She was light hearted like her adopted father and sweet like her adopted mother. She was warm and soft.
Edward glanced over at his father.
"We must leave," Aro said quietly. He sent his children away to tell his brothers they were leaving. He watched Emmett go to talk to Jasper and Bella laughed before coming inside.
"Oh, hello," she said with a smile, "are you having a good time?"
"Oh yes," Aro replied with a smile, "I haven't been to an engagement party in a while."
"Esme surprised me with it, but I'm glad. It's nice to see everyone. Will you be going back to Italy tomorrow?"
"Tonight, actually," Aro sighed, "work never stops."
"What is it you do exactly? If I may ask."
"Regulation mostly," Aro answered with a smile, "we make sure that the humans remain blissfully ignorant of our existence."
"I see. Are there a lot of vampires?"
Aro grinned. "More than you'd think. When a particular coven grows too large we need to keep tabs on them."
"Interesting. Kind of."
Aro laughed, "it isn't for everyone I'm afraid."
"If you'll excuse me, I have to talk to my father. But I hope you have a safe trip home," Bella said kindly. She let him kiss her hand, as many old fashioned vampires were prone to do, and then he left. Bella went upstairs and into her bathroom. Her hand felt dirty. Something about the old vampire was eerie. Like the vampires she would hear in stories before she was adopted.
But there was something else. Something in his eyes. As if he was undressing her or something. When he kissed her hand it was creepy. Even though Eleazar did it every time he saw her.
"Bella? Are you okay?"
Bella turned and looked at Emmett. "Yeah, fine. Just taking a human moment."
He held his arms out and she went to him. She loved that he knew something was bothering her.
"I can't wait to marry you," he whispered against her forehead.
Bella smiled and closed her eyes. All the creepy vampires in the world couldn't bother her when she was safe in his arms.
"I want her," Aro said as he walked through the night.
"Bella?" Edward asked. "Why?"
"I want to know why I am so fascinated by her. I want her blood."
"Are you ordering us to kill her?" Alice asked, confused.
"No. I want her. Alice I want to know when she's alone at night. Away from her family. Far enough away they won't hear her go missing."
"She'll be going to Seattle tomorrow on her own to get her wedding dress. Five thirty she should be driving by herself through the countryside."
Aro smiled. "Perfect."
Edward shifted a bit.
"Edward. You'll go to make sure nobody is near. Will the Cullen's present a problem?"
"Not right away," Alice murmured, her eyes were darting back and forth as she searched many different futures. "Not until they find out she's missing and finish panicking."
"Good. We'll wait."
Edward moved when Aro started walking.
"Dad did the florist call you? I think the estimate is too much but I know you guys want me to have a big beautiful wedding."
"I just want you to be happy," Carlisle chuckled over the phone. "Now why are you talking on the phone while driving?"
"I don't know," Bella laughed, "you called me."
Bella turned on her wipers with some rain began to fall.
"Besides dad I'm not going to crash."
Just after she said that she saw a figure on the road. She slammed on her breaks.
"What was that?! Bella?!"
"Someone in the road! I think she's hurt."
Bella got out of the car and went to the girl laying in the road.
"Dad I think she's unconscious."
"Check her pulse."
Bella reached down and felt the icy skin. Her hand jerked back. There was no pulse. She turned the body slightly and screamed.
"She's dead. She has bruises on her face and knife wounds. Oh god."
"Okay Bella stay calm," Carlisle instructed, "just get back into your car and then call the police."
"Yeah," Bella mumbled. She stood up. "I'll just call..."
She stopped talking when she saw the man behind her. He wore a long black cloak. He had vivd red eyes and a grin on his face. Bella screamed and dropped her phone as he grabbed her.
Strong inhuman hands grabbed her and one squeezed over her mouth nearly breaking her jaw off. Struggling was no use. She could hear Carlisle calling over the phone. She struggled against the strong arms, knowing full well that she was in the hands of vampires that fed on humans.
She screamed as one of his companions attacked the body with an axe. She felt a knife on her wrist and her blood was spilled on the wet cement.
The hand held her mouth again and she clawed at it.
"It's no use struggling princess," the vampire whispered in her ear. He held her wrist up and licked the wound. He pulled a little vial out of is pocket and poured the amber liquid into her mouth. Bella coughed and tried to spit it out but he covered her mouth. He covered her nose, forcing her to swallow it if she wanted to breathe. He carried her through the woods bridal style as she slowly fell unconscious.
"You are mine."
Before I get any questions, this story will be Edward and Bella and no it won't happen in the next chapter. It'll kinda be like vampire heart, where they don't really get together until half way through the story. That's the plan anyway. Subject to change as it always does. It's going to be a darker story. And this chapter has really wanted me to watch Taken again. Love that movie.