Disclaimer: All recognizable characters belong to Stephine Meyer no copyright infringement is intended.
A/N: This is a calibration between CoveredInGlitter and myself. The idea is hers and something she requested to co-write with me. I will be writing all of the odd chapters and she will be writing all of the even chapters.
This is AU and I tried to find a balance between the book and the movie.
Important things to note:
italicized text is flashbacks/memories
Italicized and single qoute text is thoughts
Italicized and bold text is a vision
This has not been looked over by my beta so please forgive my mistakes.
We hope you enjoy this story.
"Kill her," Aro said indifferently with a wave of his bony pale hand. In a flash Edward moved Bella behind him dropping low as his lips pulled back into a snarl. Felix grinned at the challenge and moved forward like a looming giant then slammed into him throwing him back several feet. Alice tried to help but with her attention so focused on Bella Demetri managed to grab a hold of her.
Alice could now only watch helplessly as Demetri held her tightly by the throat. Felix continued to pound on Edward like a rag doll much the Volturi's amusement. Edward cried out in pain as Felix slammed him into the ground shattering the stone floor.
"Stop it!" Bella screamed at the top of her lungs as she cried hysterically. "Please stop!" her desperate screams fell on deaf ears. Her body shook uncontrollably as she fisted her hands tightly in her hair looking as if she was going to pull huge chunks out. "Stop it!" she continued to scream helplessly "Kill me!" She dropped to the ground, the sound of her knees slamming into the stone floor echoed throughout the room. She squeezed her eyes shut tightly as she curled into herself "You're killing him!" she continued to scream "Please stop!" she used her hands to cover her ears trying to block it all out "Take me instead!"
Alice's eyes darted quickly around the room to Bella's hunched over body on the stone floor as she cried. To Jane and Alec who stood over by the guard wearing matching ominous smiles. Marcus who sat in his chair looking board as usual then to Caius who sat in his chair with a large excited smile. Then lastly her golden eyes settled on Edward who was still desperately trying to defined Bella. She could see that Edward was at huge disadvantage and when he was clearly losing his battle Alice could not help speaking out. "Wait," she cried breathlessly with her eyes glued to Edward "I'll do it, I'll change her myself."
"Wait," Aro said as he held up his frail looking hand signaling the others to stop. He turned his red eyes from the fight to look in their direction, "Demetri," he said simply, smiling fondly.
Demetri released Alice allowing her to walk towards Aro with cautious steps. He gave her a soft smile "Now, dear, sweet Alice you wouldn't be lying to me would you?"
Alice flashed him a smile "No of course not Aro, she will be one of us. I've seen it." She held her hand out to him palm up, trying to keep from appearing nervous. She knew the moment Aro touched her nothing would be private. Every memory, every thought, every moment, everything that was hers and Jasper's would be his. When Aro reached out and lightly pressed his fingertips to her palm, she fought not to shutter.
Their bodies stilled for several seconds overtaken by the vision then they both relaxed a large smile was plastered on Aro's face. His eyes glowed at her ecstatically as he eyed her like a fine treasure "Marvelous, simply marvelous," he murmured to himself. Alice shifted uncomfortably under his intense gaze and looked down. He then lifted his head to address everyone else "Bella will be one of us." He turned his blood red eyes, which glowed with greed and desire back to Alice "You simply must join us."
She felt a cold chill run up her body the Volturi never requested anything. She lifted her head back up and smiled stiffly trying not to appear frightened "Thank you Aro, that is very kind of you, but I belong with the Cullen's."
"Nonsense," Aro said dismissively with a wave of his hand. "Your gift is truly phenomenal, you belong with us."
Alice shifted uncomfortable again, fighting to keep the smile on her face "You think too highly of me Aro."
"My dear you are far too modest."
Alice swallowed thickly feeling highly uncomfortable as Aro watched her with hunger filled eyes. "Thank you Aro, but I really could not imagine living with anyone but the Cullen's."
Aro's mouth twitched slightly in annoyance as his jaw locked "Yes," he said quietly "I suppose Carlisle can have that affect." He was silent for a moment then his eyes lit up slightly "One moment, please." He turned and floated back to Marcus and Caius, with Renata shadowing his every step. After a moment of sharing thoughts Aro turned to give her a somber look, though his eyes shined with joy "I'm afraid we can't let you leave my dear."
Edward hissed but the noise came out strangled due to Felix holding him by the throat.
"Why not?" Alice asked trying to keep all the hostility out of her voice.
"We need a bit of insurance," he said as he flashed his brilliantly white teeth. "You're not the only one who could change her and we have decided that until she is changed we'll hold onto one of you. You'll know if something changes, should you be lying to us." He paused seeming to ponder something over "Or we could simply kill Bella--"
"No!" Alice cried fearfully. Her eyes dropped as she spoke quietly glaring into the ground "I'll stay."
Edward hissed again as Bella began to cry harder and cover her mouth with her hand.
"Wonderful," Aro said as he clapped his hands together, smiling gleefully. He nodded to Felix signaling him to let Edward go.
Felix growled in annoyance "lucky bastard" and let him go allowing Edward to drop to his feet. He darted quickly to Bella's side, helping her off the ground. He held her in his arms as she watched the whole thing with wide eyes.
Aro smiled at them good naturally "Please take all the time you need to say your good-byes."
In the blink of an eye Alice was standing in front of Edward. "I can't believe they are doing this to you," Edward hissed through clenched teeth as he looked down at his petite sister.
"We're not really in a position to say no," Alice said as she glanced at the Volturi over her shoulder.
"I can't leave you here Alice."
Alice shook her head slowly as she turned back around to face him, "Edward you have to go back."
"You can't expect me to just leave you here?"
"This isn't right Alice," Bella spoke up meekly.
Alice smiled as she reached out smoothing down Bella's hair "It will be alright."
She turned her attention back to Edward "That's exactly what I expect you to do. I expect you to get on a plane and go back home. I expect you to tell my husband that I love him and always will. I expect you will tell him to not come to Italy, and then I expect him to kill you and get on a plane anyway," she finished with a small smile.
"You have to Edward," Alice said as she looked at him sadly "Bella can't stay."
Edward looked down at her guiltily "I'm sorry,"
Alice gave him a small smile "I know, I'm sorry too."
"You have nothing to be sorry for--"
"My vision is the reason we're here, but I can see we are just going to have to agree to disagree."
Edward smiled down at her sadly and pulled her into a hug lifting her off the ground in the process. "Jasper wont be the only one on the plane."
"I know," Alice said sadly.
"I will come back," he whispered as quietly as he could in her ear "and keep an eye on Demetri."
'Why?' Alice asked mentally.
Edward sighed and spoke again "Just, keep an eye on him."
Alice nodded and kissed his cheek. Edward kissed her back and lowered her to the ground. Tears streamed down Bella's face as Alice moved over wrapping her in a tight hug and kissing her cheek. "It's alright, Bella," she whispered to her soothingly in her bell like voice.
"Alice--" Bella whimpered.
"I'll be fine," Alice said giving her a smile. "I'll see you soon, okay?" Bella nodded too emotional to speak. Alice hugged her and kissed her again, then turned to look at Edward "You should go."
Edward nodded and wrapped his arm around Bella leading her away. "Edward?" Edward stopped walking looking over his shoulder with a glare. Aro smiled as he held his hands up in front of him with his fingertips pressed together "Tell Carlisle hello for me." Edward turned around and continued walking leading Bella out the door.
"Where is she?" Jasper all but growled as he grabbed Edward by the scruff of his shirt. He was breathing deeply, his eyes only showed fear as his body shook slightly. Edward let go of Bella fearing Jasper would accidentally hurt her in the process. Carlisle moved forward grabbing her and handing her off to Esme. Emmett lunged forward grabbing Jasper by the shoulder to keep him from doing anything that might draw too much attention.
"What happened," Esme asked worriedly as she looked over Bella, "Where's Alice?" Bella burst into a fresh set of tears causing Esme to wrap her tightly in her arms as she threw Edward a frightened look fearing the worse. 'She's--'
Edward shook his head to calm her then looked down as he spoke quietly "Aro took her. She told me to tell you she loves you, always will and to not come to Italy."
"Oh God," Rosalie cried as she dropped into a hard plastic dark blue chair. "Oh God," she whispered as she leaned forward putting her face into her hands. Her blond hair cascaded down over her face as tearless sobs racked her body.
Esme stood in shock for a moment, with a strange mixture of relief and sorrow etched into her face. She hugged Bella and whispered soft reassurances to her then slowly guided her over to the chairs next to Rosalie. She moved Bella into the second chair to Rosalie's left and then sat herself down in-between them. She held Bella in one arm and wrapped the other around Rosalie's shaking body and murmured softly to her.
Jasper growled and shoved him backwards, with murder in his eyes. "I'm so sorry Jasper," Edward whispered as he shrunk back from his brother.
"Let go Emmett," he said harshly as he continued to glare at Edward. Emmett hesitated then slowly let go, his large hand still hovering over his shoulder incase he would have to grab him again.
"I'm--" Edward stared only to have Jasper hiss as he passed him and stock off towards the ticket counter. He couldn't focus on anything else in an effort not to breakdown.
"Jasper, we need to talk about this." Jasper ignored Carlisle and continued walking around the long line then strode down the long counter coming to a stop in front a teller cutting a man off.
"Hey, pal why don't you try waiting in line like everyone else," the nasally voice of the aggravated man said. Jasper growled low in his throat and glared at him over his shoulder. The man stared wide-eyed and held up his hands as he stepped back "Never mind," He turned quickly and all but ran back to the line. Jasper turned his attention back to the worker.
"I need to be on the next flight to Italy."
The woman stared at him in shock for a moment before speaking "you'll have to take a connecting flight."
"I know where is the next plane?"
She looked down at her computer typing "one way or round trip?"
"Doesn't matter, whatever's available." He spoke sharply and had it been any other situation he would have felt bad for speaking the way he had to her. However at the moment he could care less, his only concern was Alice. He was staying angry knowing that if he allowed himself to get sad he'd only spiral into a depression.
After a moment of typing she looked up "okay the next available fl--."
"No," Jasper interrupted harshly, biting back a growl "the next flight."
"Sir" the worker started to explain calmly with a slight crack in her voice sounding if she was struggling not to cry. "The next flight is all booked."
"I don't care!" Jasper yelled as he raised his fist in anger. His hand stopped millimeters from the counter top with Carlisle gripping his forearm tightly. The woman burst into tears-as did several other people in the immediate vicinity- Jasper's voice was desperate as he spoke quietly "I need to be on the next flight." He looked up into the watery eyes of the teller and had never wanted to cry more in his life. He watched as the tears spilled down her face feeling that it was just wrong that these people had to express themselves in ways he couldn't.
"There is a flight to New York that leaves in 45 minutes," The woman spoke through her tears.
Jasper snarled and stocked off with Carlisle keeping pace. "Jasper, slow down," he said as he reached out and grabbed his shoulder.
Jasper whirled around knocking his hand off him. "Don't touch me," he growled through clenched teeth.
Carlisle looked at his son sadly seeing that he was struggling to hold himself together. He truly feared for his emotional wellbeing, knowing how big of an influence Alice was in his life. "Jasper," Carlisle spoke calmly "he isn't going to hurt her she's safe--"
"Safe!" Jasper yelled as he moved forward invading Carlisle's space. Several people stopped and turned and look at them. "She's with the Volturi, I'd hardly call that safe."
"Jasper," Carlisle said sharply as he glanced around the airport, taking note of how many eyes were now on them. He lowered his voice before speaking again "I know you're upset, but please keep your voice down. We need to think this through."
"I already have," Jasper, said as he whirled back around and began scanning the airport.
"What?" Carlisle asked gently not wanting to upset him any more than he already was. "storm them and demand that they return her? Aro wants her--"
Jasper growled dangerously as he turned back around, "He can't have her." His eyes were hard daring Carlisle to challenge him "And if he wont return her I'll join them and then find a way to get her out."
"Jasper," Carlisle sighed and shook his head, trying to reason with the logical side of his son. "They'd never let you join. Not with those thoughts."
Jasper lowered his head and closed his eyes clearly struggling "I have to get her back Carlisle." His voice cracked as his hands trembled.
Carlisle looked at him; his gold eyes showed sympathy for his son. "We will Jasper," he said as he placed a hesitant hand on his shoulder feeling him flinch. "Come on," he sighed wishing there was more he could do "let's get back to the others."
Jasper stared at the terminal that led to New York, but that was not what his black eyes saw. He did not see the hundreds of people waiting for their flight; he did not smell the blood or hear the pounding hearts. All of his senses were lost in a memory.
"I've been alone for so long," Alice whispered as she curled into Jasper's chest. He could feel her small soft hands slid around his waist as she held onto him tightly as if she were afraid he would disappear.
Jasper wrapped his arms around her tightly in reassurance; she had always spoken of being afraid that he would disappear just as the memories of her past had. He kissed the top of her head her short black hair tickled his face, as he could not help breathing her in. He whispered just as quietly back to her "As long as I am around, you'll never have to be alone."
"Promise?" Alice asked as she pulled back and looked up at him with wide golden eyes.
"Promise," Jasper said confidently as he smiled at her fondly and kissed her softly on the lips. Alice smiled against his lips and kissed him back running her tongue along his lightly scared bottom lip. Jasper grinned when he pulled back slightly and whispered against her lips "I swear Alice I'll always be there for you."
"That's a pretty big promise."
Jasper smiled as he picked up her small hand in his larger scar covered one "I also promise to love you," he pressed his lips to her knuckle then continued "to worship you,"-kiss-"to honor you,"-kiss-"to make you happy"-kiss-"to always be the man need"-kiss-he then looked up with companionate red-orange eyes and lifted his other hand running it along her cheek "and I swear I will always protect you."
His final promise echoed in his mind as he blinked at the tears that threatened to spill but never would. He turned slowly with a heavy heart, as the man in him screamed to save his wife and keep his promise but the soldier in him knew that without a plan it was suicide. He allowed Carlisle to lead him back the others his heart breaking more with each step he took.
Alice sighed heavily as curled up into herself on the stone floor looking even smaller than she already was.
"This isn't a good idea Aro," Marcus hissed as he shifted uncomfortably in his chair.
"Nonsense," he said looking like a child on Christmas morning "she's a wonderful addition."
"I highly doubt her coven will sit by and let this happen, her bond is strong with Edward and if her bond is anywhere near as strong with the others then we are in for some trouble."
Aro brushed him off "There is only six of them and Carlisle wont start a fight."
"Maybe not but what of her mate? You said so yourself--"
Aro turned to smile at him and patted his hand "Dear Marcus, you worry far too much, we'll deal with that if it becomes a problem."
"You know it isn't so bad," Alice looked up to see Demetri standing to her left smiling down at her.
"I wont be staying for long, so it doesn't matter," she said as she turned her head back around staring at the wall.
"Something you've seen?" He asked with a smirk as he squatted down next to her.
"If I had, it isn't something I'd wish to share with you," she sneered at him, as her lip curled up over her teeth in warning for him to leave her alone.
"Ooo, temper, temper," Demetri, said with a laugh.
Alice glared at him out of the corner of her eye "I was just stolen from my family, forgive me for not being in the best of moods."
He leaned in and whispered in her ear, "I'll stay with you if that makes it more bearable." When he pulled back he gave her a smile that made her skin crawl.
"It wouldn't," she bit back sharply and stood marching away from him with her small fists clenched tight.
"Alice," Aro called in a singsong voice.
Alice sighed and lowered her head as she came to a stop then turned around slowly. Aro sat upon his chair smiling at her like the cat that ate the canary. He lifted his thin pale hand and beckoned her to him with a long gnarled claw like finger. She walked forward with heavy steps coming to a stop in front of him "yes Aro?" she said as she bit back a snarl.
He held his hand out, as his pale thin lips pulled up into a smile with his red eyes shining brightly in excitement "don't be shy."
Alice felt sick to her stomach as she lifted her hand and hesitantly placed it in his.
Jasper lowered his head clearly struggling "I have to get her back Carlisle."
"We will Jasper."
When the vision ended Alice wrenched her hand back as Aro smiled pleasantly "my, he seems so desperate to have you back."
"May I be excused?" Alice asked frostily. Her visions had always been something she had happily shared with her family, but with Aro she felt like she was being violated.
"Yes of course," Aro said as he waved her off with a smile. Alice turned sharply on her heel and darted to the door. When her hand hit the knob Aro spoke again "Oh and Alice?" She turned looking over her shoulder "don't wander too far."
Alice nodded curtly once and wrenched the large heavy oak door open disappearing behind it. She walked quickly down the hall; her face tight with anger as her clenched fists shook. She was breathing deeply and struggling not to cry. After walking several yards it became too much. She leaned on a wall her breath coming out in gasps as her body shook in anger. She leaned back against the wall and slid down it pulling her knees to her chest. She pressed her forehead to her knees and closed her eyes, imagining she was back home, with Jasper's arms wrapped tightly around her as he reassured her it was just a bad vision.
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