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Phantasmagoria
Written by: LittleCoward

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Summary: (AU) When Alice and Jasper never return, Breaking Dawn ends in battle. This story follows Jake and Nessie as they're on the run. They slip into new identities just to survive, facing danger every step of the way. Back in Washington, something - or someone - begins to unravel the mystery of what happened in the clearing...

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Phantasmagoria:
1. A shifting series or succession of things seen or imagined, as in a dream.
2. Any constantly changing scene.

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Prologue

Köln, Germany.

As I walked down the street, I began thinking about what I was going to do next year. There was no way I could continue my education at Universität zu Köln, the University that I began attending last year. Even if I pooled all of my resources and asked my family to help, I couldn't afford it now.

I was hardly paying attention to where I was walking, but suddenly I heard a strange growling sound. At first I thought it was those dogs that had been slinking around these past few weeks, but then I laid my eyes upon the most beautiful people that I had ever seen!

There was a small girl with dark hair who was frozen in place, and a larger man with lighter hair. They were standing in front of two other people…. but where were the growls coming from?

Then I realized…. the man was making those sounds! He was slightly crouched, looking into the alleyway.

I ducked behind a corner, afraid that the beautiful people would see me. The dark-haired girl suddenly lurched forward a half-step, then halted and her mouth popped open. She quickly whispered something to the man next to her, and his face became terrible. A snarl echoed through the street.

As soon as the noise left his lips, two more astoundingly perfect people slid from the shadows. They had the most oddly coloured eyes….

They began speaking to the man who was crouched next to the dark-haired girl, but the talking morphed into inhuman hissing, and snarls worthy of Frederik's boxer.

The second man slowly slipped a bit more from the shadows and then suddenly leaped towards the other man. Without thinking, I gasped.

I froze in my position as six perfect faces snapped in my direction. Sheisse! I was appalled at how terrifying some of them looked. Before I could even think, my legs started pumping in a steady, chaotic rhythm, carrying me far from that dark corner of the streets. All I could hear behind me was the waning sound of a woman screeching in the alley.

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Author's Note: This is my first AU story, so I'd especially appreciate any feedback you can give me. I love reviews, but if you can add bits some constructive criticism they're even better!

-LC

p.s. - I'm on the lookout for a great Beta or two. If you're interested, please PM me or mention it in a review!