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Chapter 19 Alice's pov
"I still don't understand why Marcus saved us." Jasper said frowning.
Edward chuckled "That's all down to you Romeo!"
I felt my own giggle burst forth at the confused look on Jasper's face.
"Seeing your devotion to Alice, it reminded him of how he felt about his own mate.
Even though Chelsea was able to strengthen the bonds holding him to the Volturi after Didyme Died, she couldn't destroy the bond the two had shared.
Marcus saw a part of himself in you, the part that makes him different to Caius and Aro, the part that was willing to give up power and conquest to live in peace and be happy with the one you love."
I purred in contentment nuzzling into Jasper.
Live in peace with the one you love, that sounded like a wonderful way to spend the next few decades.
Jasper leant his head on top of mine his arms tight around me, as they had been since the end of the fight, and I hoped would stay that way for several days.
"We're lucky he did." Emmett spoke up from across the room where Carlisle was tending several bites he had received.
My good mood faltered a little, although we had all survived we hadn't made it through completely unscathed.
I glanced up at Jasper, worry washed through me as I thought about the injuries he'd received.
"I can hardly feel them." he lied to me when I caught his eye.
His arms tightened and I knew he had no intention of moving so I rolled my eyes at him and snuggled closer.
Bella appeared flopping down on the sofa next to Edward with a heavy sigh.
"I don't know what Jacob told him." she grumbled.
She had just spent the past thirty minutes on the phone to Charlie trying to get hold of Jacob and let him know it was over, we were still all alive and everything was fine.
"Is Nessie alright?" Edward asked rubbing a hand over her back.
"Yeah, she's fine now she knows we're alright. Jakes going to spend a few days in Forks just so we're certain they're not coming back." she leant into Edward with a content sigh.
"They're not." Edward said confidently.
"Of course not we kicked their a…"
"Emmett!" Esme warned.
I giggled again now everything was over and I knew we we're safe, the dark cloud had passed, the weight had gone from my shoulders and I was so happy I honestly feared I might burst.
I felt Jasper relax as he absorbed my good mood.
"You'd think they'd get the message." Emmett laughed "We don't want their stupid castle or power. They leave us alone and we wont bother them. Although" he added thoughtfully "The more Aro pushes us the more tempting it is to just get rid of him and do it ourselves."
"No." Carlisle stated taking his seat next to Esme "This is all I want." he smiled round at all of us "This is all I've ever wanted." he hugged Esme to himself.
"Now Marcus has taken more of an active role we can hope the Volturi's cruelty will lesson and they will simply fulfil their duty of being a deterrent." Edward said "And with Demetri, Felix, Alec and Jane gone they're not going to risk attacking us again."
I felt Jasper shift a little and looked up to see his face marred with a frown.
Reaching up a hand I ran my fingers over his forehead trying to smooth out the lines and gave him a questioning look.
Shaking his head he tried to smile and leant down to press his lips to the top of my head.
I wasn't fooled but I let it go for now, I just let myself feel happy using his ability to try and get him to relax again.
It didn't work, the conversation muted into the background as I tried to figure out what was bothering him.
I pouted as his arms suddenly disappeared from around me and he carefully stood up and headed outside.
Ignoring the others I followed him.
He was pacing up and down and I could almost see the thick layer of self hatred that weighed him down.
Sadness washed over me at the sight of him and he paused to look up at me.
"I'm so sorry Alice." he mumbled his head dropping.
"For what?" I asked completely confused.
Guilt swirled in his eyes as he looked at me again "After what he did to you I should have killed him, instead I've just allowed him the opportunity to try again."
"Oh Jasper." I darted over to him and wrapped my arms around him tightly wondering what I could say to ease his guilt.
"I'm so sorry, I've let you down." he whispered.
Pulling back I grabbed his face forcing him to look at me.
"Now you listen to me Jasper Whitlock, you have nothing to be sorry about and you certainly haven't let me down, do I make myself clear! I have never been prouder to call you my husband than I am today."
His forehead creased into a frown again and I couldn't stop the smile that spread across my face as I looked at him.
"You protected me and our family and you did it with the minimal loss of life and I love you so much for that I honestly don't know how you can't feel it."
I stretched up on my toes to give him a searing kiss before continuing my rant.
"Killing Aro out of vengeance would have got us nowhere, the Volturi would have retaliated. You did what you had too to keep us alive and that is why you have no reason to be sorry. Understand."
I glared at him fiercely knowing he'd wallow for days if I couldn't get through to him.
A small smile played around his lips and I gave a silent sigh of relief.
"What would I do without you?" he murmured pulling me close to him.
I giggled "That's not something you're ever going to have to worry about. Nothing will ever keep us apart."
I told him, one hundred percent certain of that fact.
Aro had tried and failed.
Our family was stronger than ever. Me and Jasper were stronger than ever.
"Even when I don't know you I still love you." I whispered.
He sighed happily.
"We're meant to be together." he mumbled almost to himself.
I nodded my head the smile on my face could not have been wider.
"For all eternity and after." I confirmed.
We looked over to the east just as the sun broke the horizon, another day was beginning in our forever.
A.N. I'm fairly happy with this story even though it didn't seem to go the way I planned, any way it is now complete.
The title comes from the song 'Somewhere' by Within Temptation.
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