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Bella Swan's POV
I've been living for what seems like a very long time now—from a human's perspective at least. For someone like me, a vampire, it's only been quite a while. Time passes by slowly for us. We're all just going about our lives−or shall I say existence−waiting for something. Waiting for what in particular, I do not know. It has been a hundred years since I've been like this. I was changed by my father Aro when I first arrived here in Volterra. He's not my biological father of course since vampires don't have the ability to have children, but I considered him as my father figure ever since I started this new life. I haven't looked back since. From time to time, I do miss my real father though but he already passed away a long time ago. Sometimes I try to imagine what my life could've been if Edward hadn't left, if Demetri hadn't found me in the forest...but whenever I try to picture it, I just can't. I can't imagine myself being anywhere else than here.
I've been the Princess of Volterra ever since. It was a title bestowed upon me by Aro since he thought that it was fitting for me. When I first joined the Volturi, Cauis, Aro's brother, didn't understand on why Aro changed me. He was furious at first but his anger was subdued to annoyance over time. Up till now, I doubt it that he can still tolerate me. At that time, Aro said that it was amazing to see that a fragile, little human like me could block out his mind-reading ability. I guess that's why he decided to change me. He has been treating me like his daughter ever since. It's great to be part of the biggest and most powerful coven in our world. To others, the Volturi might seem evil and scary but I've discovered that there are some kind-hearted vampires here. I've made a lot of friends here actually. The one I'm closest to is probably Jane. She maybe feared by everyone because of her gift but her personality really reminds me of my old human friends Jessica and Angela and though I would never admit it, she reminds me of Alice too.
Suddenly, there were three frantic knocks on my door which broke my train of thought. I rushed to the door and opened it hastily. Nobody was ever in a hurry here. We had all the time in the world for crying out loud. This must be something important then. "We have to go." Alec immediately grabbed my wrist and dragged me out of my room.
"Go where?" It was three in the morning. Where would he possibly taking me? And why is he in such a hurry? If this is one of Jane and Heidi's surprise shopping trips again...
"We're leaving Volterra." He said, looking around the surroundings.
I stopped abruptly. "Leaving? Why?" Is this some kind of joke? Why would we leave our home?
"The Romanians are coming with an army. Chelsea detected them awhile ago." He said hurriedly, eyes alert. He started dragging me through the ancient stone-covered corridors again.
"The Romanians? Since when did Stefan and Vladimir create an army?" I wrapped my head around the thought. The Romanians were the mortal enemies of the Volturi for the last millennia. They were the ruling coven before Aro, Marcus, and Caius usurped them. They haven't retaliated ever since, so why decide to make a move now? Then it hit me. No, it can't be. He wouldn't dare.
Alec stopped in his tracks. From afar, I could hear hundreds of footsteps and movement. The army is already here. I couldn't fathom the thought. How did they get past the Volturi guards? Where are Demetri, Felix, and Jane? More importantly, where was my father? "Go down the hall and make a left. There's a stairs that will lead you to a secret passageway that will get you out of the castle. I need to go find and help out Jane." Alec instructed me swiftly and disappeared.
Was Jane in trouble? Alec wouldn't disobey Aro's orders if she wasn't, right? He cares for his sister like I care for my father. I'm not leaving without my father. I blocked out all the noise around me and focused on Aro. He was shuffling around nervously in the throne room. I dashed for him instantly. Instead of taking a left like Alec's instructions, I detoured and made a right. I burst in the throne room.
"Bella? What are you still doing here?" Aro scolded me like a child. "I instructed Alec to lead you to safety. Where is he?" He glanced at my back.
"He went to go help Jane. Father, what is happening?" I said in an obvious state of panic. I was still in shock. Never in my existence did I believe that the Romanians were capable in attacking the Volturi. They've always made us believe that they were just old and bitter and powerless. No one ever imagined that they could put up a fight, much less create an army!
"Bella, you must leave. You are not safe here." His said urgently.
"No, I'm not leaving you." I protested. "I'll stay like the others and fight." There is absolutely no way that I would let the Romanians get in here without a fight. They have no right to take what rightfully belongs to my coven.
"No my child, you must not." Aro insisted. "Felix will get you to safety." I could hear the army getting closer and closer to where we were.
"No! I'm going to fight." I said stubbornly.
"Bella," he exhaled heavily. "You have to leave. If Lucius finds you..." He shook his head, banishing away the thought.
I finally understood the reason why the Romanians were attacking us.
Felix suddenly appeared by my side. "But no!" It took me all my strength to struggle against his restraining hands. "No! I won't leave you!" The army was in the same floor as us already. I could hear the pandemonium everywhere.
"Go, go!" Aro urged Felix and ran in vampire speed away from us.
"Father!" I screamed at the top of my lungs.
"Come on, there's no more time." Felix grabbed my arm and led me out to the secret passageway that Alec was talking about earlier.
The passageway took us out of the walls of the city. Felix and I rode on the car that was parked out waiting for us. He sped through the highway and took me to the airport. The drive gave me time to think. The city looked so peaceful from the outside. Did the attack really just happen? Or was I just dreaming about the whole thing? But no, vampires can't sleep—let alone dream. So that means it really did happen. My life, as I know it, is about to change. I can feel it. To start it off, I'm being sent to an unknown location against my will. I mean, where could they possibly send me?
"You're not sending me to Antarctica, are you?" I questioned Felix as we sat in the airport. Felix told me that Aro decided that it was best to send me to an old friend of his for the time being.
He laughed a bit. "No. You're going back to your homeland, to America."
I thought about it for a moment. I don't recall ever meeting a friend of Aro's that was from the US. Who could this friend be? They're not sending me to a complete stranger now, right?
"You're going to stay in Forks." Felix explained further. "With...Carlisle Cullen and his coven."
I let out a low but audible gasp. The Cullens? It still hurts me every time I remember them leaving me like I was a no-good piece of trash. Aro couldn't possibly think that that was best for me! Couldn't he send me to another friend of his? I don't want to spend my hiding with them! "No. You must be mistaken."
"Bella," he sighed. "I know that this is hard for you but this is what Aro thinks is best."
"Why the Cullens?" I sneered at the name. "Aro has a lot of friends around the world, right? Why couldn't he send me to the others?" This day was getting worse and worse!
I heard someone approach from behind me. Felix stood up and greeted the man. "Hello Felix, so this must be the little favour that Aro asked of me?" the voice was soothingly familiar. I turned around and faced him. Carlisle's face was of pure shock. Nevertheless, he never looked a day older than from what I remember him from my vague human memories.
"Hello Carlisle," I said politely. If I could blush right now, I would've from embarrassment from what he just heard me say a few seconds ago.
"Okay Bella, this is where I leave you." Felix said hesitantly. I could understand his wariness because he knew my past with the Cullens and besides, he was my personal bodyguard for like, forever. He wasn't only following orders, he was my friend too and he genuinely cared for me.
I turned my attention back to Felix. "Will I see you again?" And Jane and Alec and Heidi...my thoughts trailed off.
"Soon." He assured me. "I hope it will be that way." He flashed me a small smile then he disappeared through the crowd.
"Well," Carlisle cleared his throat. "I didn't expect you to be Aro's daughter, Bella."
"It can be quite surprising." I said jokingly.
The plane ride went by like a breeze. It was good to finally have some peace and quiet after today's events. It was still so hard to believe that Volterra, my home, has just been attacked. Everything was so surreal. Oh how I wish that this was all some crazy nightmare! Unfortunately, it's not. This is reality. I was really grateful that Carlisle left me to my thoughts. He was pleasant company, although I haven't said a word to him since we got in the plane. Ugh. My father would frown at this behaviour. He always said that the Volturi might be vicious but they are polite. I really should start speaking to Carlisle. He was helping my family, after all. "I'm really grateful that you took up my father's favour, Carlisle." I said to him genuinely. "Thank you for this."
"No need to thank me Bella. Aro and I have been friends for a long time." He said kindly. Well, my father forgot to mention that, did he? Maybe he just thought it was for the best since...
"It's good to see you, Bella." Carlisle added.
"It's good to see you too." I smiled. "After all these years," After all that happened between me and his son...
Speaking of, "So how is the−um, family?" the question managed to stumble out of my mouth.
"They're still the same, actually." Carlisle said plainly. "Everyone is still going about their interests." So nothing has changed for them, huh. I figured.
I decided to change the topic. "How long am I supposed to stay with your family?" I wasn't really prepared for this impromptu "vacation", if you can even call it that. I was still wearing the clothes I left Italy in and I wasn't really able to bring anything with me.
"You can only leave when Aro says."
"Did he give any particular timetable on when exactly that day might be?" I pushed further. I wasn't really welcome to the idea of spending a long time with the Cullens. I'd rather be a nomad and spend my hiding in the Amazon.
"I'm sorry, but no he didn't." Carlisle said apologetically.
We arrived in Forks by twilight. The roads and the forest still look so familiar to me, even after all these years. It's a surprise that nothing much has changed in this place. It was still wet, gloomy, and green. Well, maybe a little too green for my taste. Esme was waiting for us in Carlisle's black Mercedes at the airport. She had the same shocked expression as Carlisle when she saw me.
She pulled me into a warm and motherly hug. "I'd never thought I'd see you again, dear." It was a strange feeling to be hugged again. Nobody really hugged me in Volterra since they weren't really huggers over there. I can't believe how much I missed the feeling.
"It's good to see you again, Esme." I said as I hugged her back.
"Come," Esme led me to the car. "Everyone will be so delighted to see you again." Oh really now?
I kept the snide comments to myself as I sat in the back of the car. I mean, I don't really blame Carlisle and Esme for the whole leaving me thing, but they just can't expect me to forgive the others so easily. I shoved my bitterness down as Esme asked me how I ended up with the Volturi.
"It wasn't long after you left," I started. "I tried to follow Edward in the forest but...I just got lost. I remember passing out and then the next thing I know I was in Italy and I was already a vampire. I didn't even feel the transformation."
"Do you have any special gift, Bella?" Carlisle asked as he drove.
"I'm a shield." I said plainly. "It only works mentally though, I think. I can block Aro's and Jane's gifts but I don't think I can block Alice's or Jasper's."
"Well, I've never heard of anyone blocking Jane before−or Aro for that matter." Carlisle's face was full of wonder.
Esme's face was in awe as well. "Aro must be very fond of you."
"He is." I smiled, thinking about my father.
When we got to the Cullen house, I was amazed once again by how beautiful their house looked. It was so light and open, unlike the Volturi castle which was always dark and mysterious. It was a refreshing sight to see given the circumstances. I walked behind Carlisle and Esme as we made our way to the house. A hundred thoughts raced in my head. Was Edward there? If he was, what was I going to do? I braced myself for the worst.
As soon as I got in, I was pulled into a tight hug by someone who was simultaneously jumping up and down. "Bella! It's really you!" Alice screamed in my ear. "I'm so happy you're here!"
"Yes Alice, it's me." I laughed a little. "You don't need to make a quite a fuss about it."
"I'm sorry. I'm just so excited that you're really here!" Alice said, not making an effort to keep it down.
Emmet suddenly burst into laughter. I didn't even notice him enter the room. "You're the Volturi Princess? Is this for real? Somebody tell me I'm dreaming!"
"Believe what you want Emmet but yes it's true." I snorted.
That just made him laugh more which made Rosalie smack him in the head. It was my turn to laugh this time.
"Oh right, sorry. I forgot that I was in the presence of royalty." He said, straightening himself. "Permission to hug you, your highness?"
I rolled my eyes at him. I have a feeling that this is just the beginning of Emmet's jokes. He pulled me into a bone-crushing bear hug. "It's nice to have you back, little sis!"
It was a surprise that Rosalie hugged me as well. I always thought that she hated me ever since she saw me. "It's good to see you again Bella." She said genuinely. "I'm really sorry for how I treated you before."
"It's alright." I shrugged it off. "Past is past."
"Can you ever forgive me, Bella?" Jasper's said as he cautiously hugged me. Did he still consider me as a fragile little human?
"It wasn't your fault. I was the klutz." I dismissed the topic. I can't believe Jasper was still blaming himself for something that was clearly my fault.
I looked around the hall, checking for a certain someone. I waited for him to come down the stairs but at the same time I wasn't. I didn't want to see him but at the same time I wished I could.
But no one came.
A/N: I'm back! I needed a break on writing Remember Me so I decided to rewrite and continue this one. What do you guys think of the edited first chapter? Oh and what do you think is Bella's relation to the Lucius character? Tell me your thoughts!