New Moon, Alice's Story
Chapter 20: On Bella's Side
Rating: T for mild language
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Disclaimer: I own nothing. Stephenie Meyer owns all. NO copyright infringement intended. Majority of the dialog taken from "New Moon" Book, some from Movie.
"Once Alice changes me, you won't be able to get rid of me."
"She won't need to change you. There are always ways to keep the Volturi in the dark."
Bella stared at Edward, her mouth slightly agape. She looked hurt and then, it quickly washed away and was replaced by an expression of indignation. "No," she seethed through clenched teeth, pushing Edward's arms away. She rose from her bed and marched over to her dresser, pulling a teal and gray striped thermal from the drawer. She tugged it over her head, forcing her arms into the sleeves.
Edward watched her warily. "Where are you going?"
"I'm leaving," Bella snapped. She pulled on her hiking boots, not bothering to lace them up.
"May I ask where you are going?" Edward asked, slowly rising from Bella's bed.
"I'm going to your house," she retorted, searching her desk for her truck keys.
Edward walked over to her, studying her suspiciously. "How did you plan to get there?"
"That will probably wake Charlie."
Bella paused, glancing over her shoulder at Edward. His auburn hair shone dimly from the street light outside Bella's bedroom window. "I know," she sighed. "But honestly, I'll be grounded for weeks as it is. How much more trouble can I really get in?" She turned her attention back to her desk, finally locating her keys under a small pile of books.
"None," Edward said. "He'll blame me, not you."
Bella snatched up her keys and turned to face Edward. "If you have a better idea, I'm all ears."
"Stay here," Edward offered.
Bella shook her head. "Nope." She twisted her long, brunette locks into a loose bun. "But you go ahead and make yourself at home," she said, motioning toward her bed.
She stepped toward the door, but Edward stood in front of it, blocking her exit. He stared at her darkly.
Bella frowned up at him, challenging him. She then turned on her heels and marched over to the window, as if to sneak out of her house in that manner.
Edward sighed, seeing he could not win this battle. "Okay," he relented. "I'll give you a ride."
Bella shrugged in indifference, twirling her keys on her index finger. "Either way. But you probably should be there too."
Edward frowned at Bella. "And why is that?" he asked warily.
She snorted, pulling on her corduroy jacket. "Because you're extraordinarily opinionated, and I'm sure you'll want a chance to air your views."
His jaw flexed with visible tension, his eyes narrowing. "My views on which subject?" he almost growled.
"This isn't just about you anymore. You're not the center of the universe, you know," Bella said haughtily, her own anger beginning to bubble to the surface. "If you're going to bring the Voltrui down on us over something as stupid as leaving me human, then your family ought to have a say."
"A say in what?" Edward asked roughly, his fists tightly clinched at his sides.
"My mortality. I'm putting it to a vote."
I sat up, trying to catch my breath.
Jasper slowly sat up behind me, rubbing my back. "What did you see?" he asked quietly.
"Bella and Edward will be on their way here soon."
Jasper leaned back against the assortment of pillows on our bed.
I stared out the bedroom window as I thought. After a moment, I rose from our bed. "We should get dressed," I informed Jasper. "They'll be here in an hour."
I tossed Jasper a fresh, dark blue button up and a new pair of Levi's. He glanced down at them and then back up at me. "Alice, its three o'clock in the morning… Are you sure they're coming over now?"
I nodded as I began the hunt for my outfit in my walk-in closet. "Yes, positive," I said as I pulled on a matching set of black lace undergarments. I twirled the thin gold band on my left ring finger as I pondered over my wardrobe. I finally settled on a black and gray plaid blouse with sudden hints of green and purple in the tread. I pulled on a pair of black pants and a matching vest.
Jasper had slowly gotten out of bed and was buttoning his Levi's when I emerged from my closet. Jasper's eyes followed me as I went to my dusty jewelry box and riffled through its contents. I found a long silver chain with large black pendants and wrapped it around my neck three times, adjusting the length of each loop.
Jasper approached me from behind, encircling his bare arms around my waist. He bent his head down, his dark blonde hair falling into his face as his lips brushed the side of my neck.
I smiled at him, stealing a kiss.
We both looked toward the door as Edward called our names.
I smirked up at Jasper, pulling out of his embrace. "Told you," I teased, tossing him the shirt.
I skipped out of our bedroom and into the hallway. I heard Carlisle lead Edward and Bella into the dining room. I jumped down the stairs, landing lightly at the bottom of the staircase. Jasper descended behind me in a more human fashion.
Bella sat at the head of the table in the dining room in Carlisle's normal seat. Our father-figure was instead seated to Bella's right along side Esme. Edward sat beside Bella to her left. I settled next to Edward, smiling at Bella. She returned a small smile as she watched Jasper and Emmett enter the room and take their seats across the table from one another. Bella's smile faltered though as Rosalie entered and she timidly turned her gaze to the table.
Carlisle surveyed us patiently until we were all seated and then turned his focused back to Bella. "The floor is yours."
Bella took a deep breath and then raise her eyes to meet ours. "Well… I'm hoping Alice has already told you everything that happened in Volterra?"
I nodded immediately. "Everything," I told Bella. It has been a subject we had discussed at length once the others had returned to the Cullen house earlier that evening. Carlisle had shown extreme concern toward Aro's actions, but was hopeful that his old friend would remain true and faithful to his word. Caius' threatening promise, on the other hand, had been what mainly concerned the others. Emmett and Jasper especially had expressed their uneasiness with the situation, not liking the idea of the Volturi seeing our family as a target of any kind.
Bella studied me carefully before asking, "And on the way?"
"That too," I reassured her. Edward raised dark eyes to meet mine. I'm sorry, I mentally apologized to my brother, but I had to tell Carlisle that Bella asked me to turn her. You may not agree with it, but this is what Bella wants… and it could also put our family at ease again… No more worrying about Jasper losing control around Bella, no more concern over whether the Volturi will drop in on us to check on Bella's condition. Please be open-minded about this, Edward, I pleaded.
Bella exhale and nodded in relief at my reassurance. "Good, then we're all on the same page." Edward turned his eyes away, scowling at the top of the table.
Bella paused, looking around the room, her eyes darting doubtfully back to Edward every few seconds. Finally she sighed and began.
"So," she said slowly, "I have a problem. Alice promised the Volturi that I would become one of you. They're going to be sending someone to check, and I'm sure that's a bad thing… something to avoid…" Bella glanced around the table and then, taking another deep breath, continued. "And so, now, this involves you all. I'm sorry about that. You all know what I want and I know how much I'm asking for. I'm sure you know what Edward thinks too. The only thing I can think of for it to be fair is to just vote."
Edward sighed in frustration, clearly aggravated. "You don't know what you're talking about," he said tersely.
Bella frowned, turning a harsh stare toward him. "Shut up," she grumbled before turning back to the table. "Let's vote." Bella turned her attention to me first. "Do you want me to join your family?"
I smiled brightly at her, rising from my chair and immediately going to her side, hugging her. "I already consider you my sister," I said, unable to contain my sense of happiness. Bella smiled up at me.
"I vote yes," Jasper said quietly. He glanced apologetically at Edward before looking back at Bella. "It would be nice not to want to kill you all the time," he admitted, his face downcast with embarrassment.
Bella nodded thoughtfully and then looked across the table toward Rosalie. "Rosalie?" she asked timidly.
Rosalie pursed her lips, before shaking her head slowly, her golden curls rippling around her face in soft waves. "This isn't a life I would have chosen for myself. I wish there had been someone there to vote no for me… so, no," Rosalie said, looking at Bella with pleading eyes.
Emmett thumped his fist on the table, causing Bella to jump. "I say hell yes!" Emmett barked, beaming down the length of table at Bella.
I glanced at Edward. His hands were clinched in fists as he attempted to control his anger for Bella's sake.
"Esme?" Bella asked.
Esme leaned forward, her caramel waves cascading over her shoulder. "Yes, of course, Bella. I already consider you part of the family."
Bella and I glanced to Carlisle, the only person whose vote was unvoiced. I knew he was voting yes, but his attention wasn't directed to Bella. Rather, his eyes were focused straight across the table at Edward.
"Edward," Carlisle began quietly before his son cut him off.
"No," Edward said through clinched teeth. "How can you do this to me? You know what this means…"
Carlisle leaned forward, his hands folded on top of the table. "It's the only way that makes sense," Carlisle said, trying to reason with my brother. "You've chosen not to live without her, which leaves me no choice." He stared at Edward, pleading with him to understand. "I won't lose my son," he emphasized.
Edward's fist slammed down on the table and he roughly shoved his chair aside, stalking from the room in one fluid motion. Bella stared after him, slightly startled at his reaction.
Carlisle sighed, running his hands through his light hair. "I guess you know my vote," he said softly, staring at the table.
A string of curses and the sound of marble smashing through the glass and plastic of Emmett's plasma TV echoed from the living room, causing Bella to jump in panic. Her lips trembled slightly and she lowered her eyes to her hands, which were fidgeting nervously in her lap. "Thank you," she whispered. "For wanting to keep me."
Esme was immediately at Bella's side, wrapping her up in a warm embrace. Bella clung tightly to her, burying her face in Esme's shoulder.
Bella sniffed and gently pulled away. Esme straightened, but stayed by Bella's side, softly stroking her hair. Bella sniffed again, rubbing her nose before she looked up at me. "Well, Alice, where do you want to do this?"
That I had not seen coming.
I stared at Bella in horror. Now? She wanted me to do this NOW?
Edward reappeared, immediately pushing passed me and stationing himself in between Bella and me. "NO!" Edward growled at Bella. "Are you insane? Have you utterly lost your mind?"
Bella shrunk back from Edward, her eyes wide with fear. Esme placed a reassuring hand on Bella's shoulder.
I glanced nervously at Edward. I had never seen him quite this angry before. "Um… Bella," I said slowly, shaking my head, "I don't think I'm ready for that… I'll need to prepare…"
Edward glared at me, snarling under his breath.
"You promised!" Bella cried, also staring at me defiantly.
I took a small step away from them, still shaking my head. Jasper rose from his seat, coming to protectively stand by my side. "I know, but… seriously, Bella! I don't have any idea how to not kill you!" I pleaded with her, cautiously taking another step away from Edward for good measure.
"You can do it," Bella pleaded. "I trust you!"
A feral growl ripped through Edward's throat as his dark eyes turned toward me. Jasper drew himself up to his full height behind me, a returning snarl building in his throat.
I was trembling now, frantic. I glanced back at Jasper in pure panic.
Bella's face set into a frown. "Carlisle?" she asked, turning her attention to the oldest and most experienced of us.
Edward immediately took Bella's face in his hands, forcing her to look up at him.
"I'm able to do it," Carlisle replied calmly. "You would be in no danger of me losing control," he promised.
"Sounds good," Bella said.
"No, no, no…" Edward shook his head. "Hold on! It doesn't have to be now!"
"There's no reason for it not to be now," Bella huffed, scowling up at Edward.
"I can think of a few!" Edward returned stubbornly.
"Of course you can," Bella said quietly, her frown deepening. "Now let go of me."
Emmett raised his eyebrows at the defiant tone in Bella's voice, casting a bewildered glance toward Jasper.
Edward grimaced and then dropped his hands from Bella's face. "In about two hours, Charlie will be here looking for you. I wouldn't put it past him to involve the police."
"All three of them," Bella retorted, but her face fell and her rebellious expression began to fade.
"In the interest of remaining inconspicuous," Edward said, speaking to Carlisle, "I suggest that we put this conversation off, at the very least until Bella finishes high school and moves out of Charlie's house."
Carlisle nodded thoughtfully and then turned to Bella, placing a gentle hand over hers. "That's a reasonable request, Bella," Carlisle said.
Bella pursed her lips for a moment, contemplating the situation. I could see that she would accept this alternative, wanting to spare Charlie as much pain as possible. "I'll consider it," she relented.
Edward visibly relaxed. He sat down next to Bella and took her hands in his. "I should probably take you home… just in case Charlie wakes up early."
Bella looked at Edward skeptically before turning her expectant gaze to Carlisle. "After graduation?" she asked, leaving her hopes of a vampiric transformation hanging in his hands.
Carlisle smiled at her softly and nodded. "You have my word," he promised her.
Bella smiled over at Edward, having finally received a trustworthy promise. "Okay. You can take me home."
Esme accompanied Bella to the door, helping her into her coat. Edward lingered behind, turning heated eyes toward me.
I frowned at him, ready to defend myself.
Instead, he sighed in defeat. "I need to talk to you about this situation when I get back tonight."
I gazed at Edward solemnly. I'll wait for you on the rooftop.
Edward nodded slightly to me and then turned on his heels and followed Bella outside.
As soon as the pair was out of view, Emmett leaned heavily against the door frame and grunted in wonder. "Wow, what a weird kid," he mused, gazing after Edward and Bella. "Think Edward will actually allow Bella to become one of us?" he asked me, glancing curiously in my direction.
I tilted my head to the side, studying Emmett for a minute. "Yes," I said slowly. "Bella is quite set on her decision, although Edward will try to fight her for a few weeks. He'll eventually give in completely… but he's still going to try to buy more time with her. He wants Bella to wait a few more years."
Emmett smirked, nodding his head. "It'll be awesome to add a new little sister to our family."
Rosalie rose from her chair swiftly, causing us all to turn our attention toward her. We had all forgotten that she was still sitting at the table, quietly listening to our conversation. She cast a dark glance toward Emmett before stalking out of the room.
Emmett sighed and ran a large hand through his dark curls. "Oops," he muttered, his face now full with worry. "She's so sensitive about this… I should go talk to her…" He threw us a half-hearted smile and then jogged out of the room after his wife to apologize and console her.
Carlisle sighed softly, resting his head in his hands. After a moment, the tension in his shoulders went slack. He glanced over to Jasper, who was still standing slightly behind me by the large glass window that overlooked the yard leading to the river. "Thank you, Jasper," Carlisle said. He sighed again, his fingers passing over his eyes. "I will need to speak with Edward about this further when he returns from Bella's house. Please ask him to come see me in my study when he returns."
I nodded. "Of course, Carlisle."
Carlisle rose slowly from his chair and withdrew from the room.
An hour later, I sat perched on the crest of the roof, eye-level with the tall great oak and pine trees of the surrounding forest. My knees were pulled up tight to my chest as I examined the expansive darkness before me, the natural movement of the trees swaying in the breeze causing me to momentarily become swept away in my thoughts. A soft sigh caused me to glance to my right.
Edward sat beside me, his face passively guarded from his true feelings.
I waited for him to speak, giving him the time he needed to collect his thoughts.
"She's not going to change her mind," he finally relented, his shoulder slumping in defeat.
I shook my head. "No," I replied.
He ran his finds through his auburn hair and fell back onto the roof. He stared blankly at the vast, starry night sky above him for a moment before sighing and pinching the bridge of his nose with his thumb and forefinger. "This isn't the life I wanted for her, Alice…"
I gazed down at my brother. "You may not feel that this is the life she deserves, Edward, but this is the life that Bella wants… and she wants it to be with you."
Edward frowned, still staring at the heavens. "I wish you weren't encouraging her so much."
I shrugged, turning toward the forest again. "I don't see a point in fighting with the future. Bella's made her decision and it will make it easier for her if you're supportive… even just a little bit." Plus, this way, it makes it a lot easier for Jasper to be around Bella without wanting to kill her every five minutes.
Edward snorted at my mental thought, but didn't comment. "If I'm going to…"
"Change Bella yourself?" I interrupted, glancing at him knowingly.
He scowled at me before continuing, "If I'm going to support Bella in the way she wants me to… I'm going to do it my way, the old fashioned way."
I smirked. "Of course you are, Edward."
He propped himself up on his elbows, gazing at me intently. "Will she say yes?"
I turned to face him, my disapproval written clearly on my face. "Come on, Edward, that's cheating!"
But he grinned, settling back on the roof, having seen the answer through my mind.
We sat in comfortable silence for several minutes, gazing up at the stars.
"We're going to have to figure out how to deal with Victoria," Edward said. "I won't allow her to threaten Bella anymore."
I nodded in agreement, frowning. "Don't worry, Edward. We won't allow anyone to hurt Bella."
Edward took my hand in his, squeezing it gently to show his gratitude. "Thank you, Alice. I know I can count on you to look after Bella."
I smiled down at my brother. "Of course you can."
Final Nuova Luna A/N: I hope you liked my last chapter of Alice's New Moon. I found this chapter to be especially difficult to write, as I struggled to figure out how to make the story flow, which details from Alice's point of view to include and follow Stephenie's natural course of transition from chapter to chapter. Another reason why it took me so long to write this chapter is because due to a recent move, I could not, for the life of me, find Eclipse. I didn't want a long period of time in between stories, which is quite difficult to do without my highlighted and note-riddled copy of Stephenie's third book. I searched high and low for it and was freaking out until I found it on Saturday morning in a box in the corner of my closet.
I plan to dive right into Eclipse from Alice's Point-of-View and hope you will follow the story!