First, I have to say that I am sorry that it has been a month since this story has been updated. RL is just not exactly cooperating right now. It is hard for me to get any writing done and it is mainly because I can't seem to focus. I will try to get another update done soon. Secondly, I have to thank my best friend and beta Cullen818. She is always there for me and she continues to inspire me every day. I am so lucky to know her and even luckier to have her as my friend and beta.
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We waited for what felt like days for Aro's guard to get here. My pacing never stopped and nobody said a word. The emotions in the room were getting to me and I was beginning to feel drained. I knew that I would need to hunt soon, but I wanted to know what the fuck was going on first.
My daughter's soul mate was Edward. That thought kept creeping back into my head and every time it did, I wished that I had never heard that from Alice. Why would she tell me that?
All our heads snapped in the direction of the door. Coming up the driveway and fast was the Volturi. They were finally here and now I would get the answers I so desperately needed.
Carlisle walked to the door and opened it just as Aro stepped out of the car, followed by Demetri and Felix. The shock was immediate; none of us were expecting Aro to come. The three of them walked up to the door, never saying a word.
"Aro, I'm shocked to see you here," Carlisle said as he extended his hand.
Aro shook his hand, "Yes well, I wanted to tell you in person what your daughter has planned to do."
My eyes narrowed and before I could stop myself I growled, "That bitch will pay if she fucks with my family."
Aro chuckled, "I understand that you are angry with her, but like I told Carlisle before, she is mine. If anyone makes her pay, it will be me."
I looked to Edward and spoke only for him. Is he thinking about Alice's plans? He shook his head no and that pissed me off. I didn't have time for his games. I wanted to know right fucking now what Alice was up to.
"Well, you have our attention. What is it that Alice has planned to do?" Carlisle asked.
Aro's emotions changed instantly from concern to anger. Whatever Alice was planning to do, pissed him off. We all made our way to the living room and sat down, waiting to hear what that bitch was up to.
Aro began pacing and when he stopped, his eyes fell on Edward. He sighed, "What you have to understand is that Alice's plans not only affect the Volturi, but these plans also affect you all as a family."
"What is she planning?" Edward asked.
Aro shook his head, "Alice is using the red head to her advantage. Edward, you killed her mate and well Al…"
I cut him off before he could continue, "Edward didn't kill James. Emmett and I are the ones' who killed him. And as far as Victoria goes, if Alice thinks that either of them have a chance…"
Aro narrowed his eyes, "If you'll let me finish now," he all but growled. "I don't give a fuck who killed James or what Alice thinks she is going to do. All I care about is the havoc that she is about to cause if we don't catch her. Edward, I need your help finding her."
Edward was shocked, "How do you expect me to find her when Demetri wasn't able to do that and he is a tracker?"
Aro smiled, "You can get into the heads of everyone and know if they saw her or the red head. If one of them were seen than we have a chance of finding them. I don't know how Alice was able to get around Demetri's gift, but I will find her and with your help."
It was clear in Aro's tone and emotions that he wasn't asking Edward to help, he was telling him. I suddenly recalled Aro saying Alice was going to cause havoc if they didn't catch her. What could she do?
I had to know, "What havoc is she going to cause if she isn't caught?" I asked, quickly becoming impatient.
Aro turned to look at me, but his eyes quickly moved to Bella and then Anastasia. I growled because if that was any indication of what Alice was planning, I would kill the bitch before she had a chance to fuck with them. I heard Edward's growl too and knowing that he read my mind; I turned to look at him.
Before I could say anything, Aro spoke again. "It would appear that the two of you knew what I was going to say without me saying it."
"I read it in your mind, but even if I wouldn't have been able to hear your thoughts; it was clear what Alice's plans were with the way you looked at Bella and then Anastasia," Edward spoke through clenched teeth.
I could see Edward struggling to contain his anger, but it was seeping out and pouring into me. His emotions were adding to mine and the weight of it was too much. I wasn't sure how much more I could take before I exploded and ripped someone's head off. I felt Edward's regret and I looked at him, giving him a nod so he would know that I understood.
"Yes, I suppose that my meaning was clear, but the plans are so much worse than just a look in someone's direction," Aro paused. "Renata has seen some disturbing visions and the ones' that Alice's wrath was directed at was Bella and Anastasia."
"What?" I yelled.
"I don't know why, but she has planned to kill Bella and Anastasia," he held up his hand to stop me before I could speak. "I know you want to run after her now and rip her to pieces, but we need to find her together. She is very conniving and the fact that she isn't alone bothers me," Aro told us.
"I don't care if she is alone or if she has ten other vampires with her; I'm going to rip her fucking head off and no one is going to stop me. Nobody threatens my wife and daughter and gets away with it. I will put an end to this," I spat.
I was seething with anger. My whole fucking body was shaking and my vision was red. I moved to stand next to Bella and Anastasia. I would protect them with everything that I had, even if it meant me losing my life in the process.
"That won't happen, Jasper," Edward said. "I'll help you protect them. I'll stand by you, no matter what."
I wanted to believe him, I wanted to trust him, but how could I? Could I possibly forgive him for what he had done? I knew he was only listening to Alice and her bullshit visions, but why couldn't he just come and tell us? Even if he only told Carlisle, that would have at least been better than keeping it to himself. I was torn over what to do. Would he fuck me over if I trusted him?
"No," he whispered. "I can't tell you how sorry I am, but I will not betray you and I will not let anyone take your family away from you."
"Do you think that if you help me that I will let you be with Anastasia?" I asked.
"I would never help you just to get in your good graces so you'll let me be with your daughter. I'll always want her no matter what, but I won't let Alice hurt Bella or Anastasia. And Jasper, I wouldn't let your life come to an end to save them, it would be mine," Edward spoke.
The truth in his words caused me to soften a little. He would risk his life to save my family. I would let him fight by my side and I would trust him, but him being with my daughter was a whole different story. I didn't know if I could handle that. I didn't know how to handle that.
I was caught completely off guard by Aro's thoughts of what Alice was planning. I should have known that she would want to do something like this. I never wanted to believe that she was capable of so much violence and hatred. I could see now though, that she was far worse than I could have ever imagined.
To top it off, she was with Victoria. I had to wonder if she was with more vampires' or if it was just the two of them. I was brought out of my thoughts when I heard Jasper's thoughts. He was conflicted and I couldn't blame him. He wanted to protect his family and he wanted to trust me, but he wasn't sure if I could be trusted.
Aro walked over to me and clapped me on my shoulder, wanting to read my mind. I waited patiently for him to read my thoughts because I was sure he would have something to say about one of my many thoughts.
"Edward, no matter how much you want forgiveness, it will never come until you can forgive yourself. It all starts from within; you just have to look a little deeper. You may think that your family forgiving you is something that you don't deserve, but the truth is; you do. You just need to accept that," Aro said.
I turned to look at him, "What makes you think that I deserve forgiveness? I could have done things differently. I should have told my family about Alice's visions, but instead I kept them to myself."
"You really think that would have mattered, Edward? She would have manipulated you in a different way. She would have found a way to hurt you as well as everyone else. You want so quickly to take all the blame, but really what exactly are you guilty of?" Aro questioned.
Jasper turned to look at Aro, "What do you know about forgiveness? You're the Volturi, you don't give forgiveness and yet you stand there and tell Edward that he deserves to be forgiven. You even question as to what he is really guilty of. Well, would you like to know?"
Aro glared at Jasper, "You think you could tell me something that I don't know? Because I saw all of his thoughts; I saw everything and if you would take your head out of your ass for five fucking seconds, you'd see what I see."
"I highly doubt it," Jasper said.
"Well, look at it this way. If Edward hadn't followed Alice and her false visions, you wouldn't have Bella or Anastasia. So, maybe you should thank him, instead of being so angry with him," Aro told Jasper.
Jasper looked at Aro for a moment, not saying anything, but his thoughts were loud and clear. Could Aro be right? Of course he was right. If Edward had stayed behind and didn't follow Alice, I wouldn't have Bella, my beautiful wife or Anastasia, my wonderful daughter. Was if fate? Or did I owe Edward a thank you?
I tried to block out Jasper's thoughts because I felt that he deserved privacy, but I could still hear him. I looked over at Anastasia and instantly a smile appeared on my face. Every time I saw her I fell more in love with her. I wanted to tell her so badly how much I loved her, but I didn't know if I should ever tell her.
I couldn't get Alice's plans out of my head and the more I thought about it, the more anger I felt. I could see Jasper clenching his fists and the strain on his face was apparent that my anger was affecting him. I tried to reign in my emotions, but it was proving to be extremely difficult. I would look at Anastasia and I wanted to run out the house and begin looking for Alice right this second.
I wanted to take Anastasia away from here and hide her from Alice. I could run out the door with her on my back and go as fast as possible. They would never catch me, but what about Jasper? I agreed to help him, to stand by his side. I couldn't just run away with his daughter.
Maybe the four of us could run away. Jasper and I could hide Bella and Anastasia some place and then we could go looking for Alice and Victoria. Find her and then kill her. We would keep our mates safe and take care of the problem all at once.
Even though hiding Bella and Anastasia was a good idea, I knew that Jasper would never go for it. So, I decided to keep it to myself. I turned to look at Aro, still not convinced that I would be able to track Alice down when the best tracker couldn't find her and nodded.
"I will help you find Alice. I think we should start now, the sooner we begin, the sooner we can find her," I said.
"I agree, we shouldn't wait. We need to start looking now. I don't want to give Alice a chance to sneak up on the family," Carlisle told us.
Aro shook his head, "She won't sneak up on us. I have Renata looking for any decisions she or the red head may make. She'll inform us if she sees anything."
"Hopefully Renata sees before anything happens because I will not hesitate to attack Alice even though you want to deal with her," Jasper told Aro.
I could see the plan formulating in Jasper's head. Emmett and Payne were thinking about the fight. Bella, Anastasia, Katrine, and Sarah were all worried about the family getting hurt. Carlisle was ready to do whatever it took to protect all of us. Demetri was seething over Alice avoiding his ability and Felix was thinking about ways to attack the red head.
Aro's thoughts troubled me though, he didn't want Alice to be destroyed, but instead he wanted to keep her, to force her to join the Volturi guard. I wondered if she would choose his way or death in the end, but I didn't really care. I wanted her to die because of the things she was planning and I was going to see to it that she received death, for it was the only option I would give her.
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