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NOTE(to readers): The writing in italics is taken directly from The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner but in no way am I claiming it as my own original work, I am merely using it to set up the story.
The Second Chance of Bree Tanner
"Wait," the mind reader said loudly.
He turned to Carlisle and spoke quickly. "We could explain the rules to the young one. She doesn't seem unwilling to learn. She didn't know what she was doing."
"Of course," Carlisle said eagerly, looking at Jane. "We would certainly be prepared to take responsibility for Bree."
Jane's face looked like she wasn't sure if they were joking, but if they were joking, they were funnier than she'd given them credit for.
Me, I was touched to the core. These vampires were strangers, but they gone out on this dangerous limb for me. I already knew it wasn't going to work, but still.
"We don't make exceptions," Jane told them, amused. "And we don't give second chances. It's bad for our reputation."
It was like she was discussing someone else. I didn't care that she was talking about killing me. I knew the yellow-eyes couldn't stop her. She was the vampire police. But even though the vampire cops were dirty-really dirty-at least the yellow-eyes knew it now.
"Which reminds me...," Jane went on, her eyes locking on thehuman girl again and her smile widening. "Caius will be so interested to hear that you're still human, Bella. Perhaps he'll decide to visit."
Still human. So they were going to change the girl. I wondered what they were waiting for.
"The date is set," said the little vampire with the short black hair and the clear voice. "Perhaps we'll come to visit you in a few months."
Jane's smile disappeared like someone had wiped it off. She shrugged without looking at the black-haired vampire, and I got the feeling that as much as she might have hated the human girl, she hated this small vampire ten times as much.
Jane turned back to Carlisle with the same vacant expression as before. "It was nice to meet you, Carlisle-I'd thought Aro was exaggerating. Well, until we meet again..."
This would be it, then. I still didn't feel afraid. My only regret was that I couldn't tell Fred more about all of this. He was going almost totally blind into this world full of dangerous politics and dirty cops and secret covens. but Fred was smart and careful and talented. What could they do to him if they couldn't even see him? Maybe the yellow-eyes would meet Fred someday. Be nice to him, please, I thought at the mind reader.
"Take care of that, Felix," Jane said indifferently, nodding at me. "I want to go home."
"Don't watch," the redheaded mind reader whispered.
I closed my eyes.
"Wait!" the voice belonging to the human girl called out. "Jane, wait, please. Give her a chance, she doesn't deserve this."
"Like I said, Bella-the Volturi don't give second chances." Jane said, glancing at Bella with a wicked sparkle in her eyes, before turning once more to leave the clearing.
"I'll come with you. To Volterra. I'll come with you if you leave her with the Cullens."
"Bella, I won't let you do this-" said the mind reader, moving to stand in front of the human, protecting her from Jane.
"It's not your choice, Edward. It's never been your choice." she replied softly, stepping around the mind reader-Edward-and approaching Jane with a determination that I'd rarely seen even in my kind. "Let her live, along with the Cullens, and I'll come to Volterra willingly. You say you don't give second chances, but surely you make bargains. Think of it as an exchange-her life for mine."
Edward began to growl angrily as Jane's smile slithered onto her face as she took in Bella's stature.
We all waited with bated breath as she thought her actions through.
"I will consult with Aro regarding this...exchange, though I am certain he will be more than pleased with these developments." she addressed the Cullens before turning to me. "Congratulations, newborn. You've been bought another day of life. Enjoy what you can of it."
And with that statement, Jane turned and left, the other two dark-cloaks following silently into the smoke, dark shapes disappearing as quickly as they'd appeared.
There was a collective silence in the clearing and I could hear Bella's heart beating rapidly. She exhaled and I almost lost what little control I had, unable to think of nothing but tearing the girl's throat open and draining her dry faster than she would ever comprehend.
Edward snarled and suddenly I was flat on my back, screaming and rolling on the ground in excruciating pain while Jasper stood over me, rage bleeding into his eyes and my left leg in his hand.
"Control yourself or you will die, regardless of Aro's decision." he snarled, lips curling back over his teeth.
"Jasper!" the mother, Esme, said, appalled at Jasper's actions.
"I won't apologize for this, Esme. I know how a newborn's mind works." Jasper said, grabbing me by my hair and dragging me bodily across the clearing before another voice-the bell voice-cut in, making him seize up in his tracks.
"She's lost her mate, Jasper." the bell-voice said sadly and Jasper turned to the small, black-haired vampire with a pained look on his face. "At least allow her some compassion. She'll need it, very soon."
"Please, Jasper. Let her grieve." Alice whispered, taking the hand that was currently twisted in my hair and removing it as gently as possible. I fell the rest of the way to the ground with a thunk and rolled onto my side, sobbing violently into the earth, not caring if it got in my mouth.
Diego, oh, Diego...
"Hush, child," said Esme, scooping my prone form into her arms on the ground, choosing to rock me gently instead of ending my miserable existence. She cooed into my ear, whispering words that sooth a child, words only a mother knows, and I buried my face in her chest. "It will be all right."
That was the only word I could say as the Cullens stood nearby and watched me fall apart.