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Bound

"First, tell us what happened," Jane said, sitting down with Riley across from Alice and I. "I want to know how the hell you ended up frozen in a big block of ice, Bella."

"I was blindsided by one of the Thornes after I stupidly took my time in finishing that bastard off," I replied, shaking my head. "Adira. She popped up when I was able to finish Edward off, revealed that she was his mate, then froze me with her gift. Apparently there are vampires who can create and manipulate ice, something new I learned after the fact."

"We all did," Victoria muttered.

"Did the training pay off?" Riley asked.

"Yes," I replied. "I mean, at first I thought it was going to be hard, but…for some reason, I was completely calm when I was there with Edward when I ran into Alec. Then I got angry, but I managed to turn it against him before he ran away. When I caught up to him I was calm, then I exploded. I let lose every ounce of anger and hate in my being."

"Which left him a lump of yuck," Alice said. "It was badass to watch."

"So this bitch froze you and they got away?" Jane asked. "That fucking blows."

"You're telling me," I agreed. "It's my fault, though. I was too cocky over the fact that I'd kicked his ass and I delayed finishing him. I should have killed his ass and been done with it."

"Bella, stop it," Rosalie said. "None of us knew about her gift."

"There's another scent in here," Riley said, sniffing the air. "I just now noticed. Who is that?"

"Dante Thorne," Victoria replied. "He came to give us some information about the Thornes that none of us knew about. Apparently, Nikala is a descendant of Sulpicia's that she turned, which goes against their precious law. Aro knows it, too, so they had her banished. Now Nikala is aiming to overthrow the Volturi and become the ruler alongside Asher."

"They're going to wipe us out because they know the Volturi fear us," Jasper added. "By killing us, it will make them out to be allies to the Volturi, trust they'll use to their advantage to get closer to them, then kill Aro and Sulpicia. It's sad because no matter how you look at it, we're on everyone's enemy list but our own."

"I see," Riley replied, rubbing the back of his neck. "That is…surprising."

"Those fuckers!" Jane hissed. "They break their own goddamn rules and it's no big deal, but if someone else breaks one that's minor and stupid, they go batshit crazy! What the fuck?!"

"What do you expect?" Rosalie asked. "They're fucking royals, Jane. They think they're better than everyone else and that they're above their own damned laws. It doesn't matter. We know what the Thornes plan to do, so we're going to make sure they don't do it. I couldn't give two shits about the Volturi, but I won't stand by and let this family becoming a stepping stone."

"Damn straight!" Emmett boomed. "We'll kick all their black-cloaked asses!" He glanced at Alec, who was staring down at the ground. "Uh, except yours."

"Emmett, she meant the Thornes," I said.

Emmett shrugged. "Well, what if the Volturi try to kill us after?"

"That wouldn't be surprise me in the least bit," Victoria said with a snort. "They've probably realized by now that we're never going to join them, so obviously, they'll try and wipe us out eventually because they're so damned paranoid."

"See?" Emmett said. "If it's a fight they want, then it's a fight they'll get."

I said nothing as I looked to Alice, who was listening intently to the conversation, then to Cynthia, was also listening, though it was clear she was thinking about multiple things at once. I felt bad for Cynthia; she was the odd one out in the group since she wasn't mated to a vampire, so she had no real attachment aside from being Alice's sister.

I have to do something to make it up to her, I thought. Maybe I'll take her, Alice and Rosalie shopping or something to cheer her up. Anything, really.

Then there was Alec. Alec looked like he wanted to go, yet at the same time, he wanted to stay and be with his sister. He was troubled, that much was obvious by the look in his dark red eyes, at which point I quickly realized that Alec fed from humans and there were two humans sitting right next to him. I mentally smacked myself for not realizing it beforehand.

"Alice, Cynthia," I said. "I hate to do this to the two of you, but would you mind excusing us for a little while?" They both looked at me confusedly and I sighed. "Girls, Alec is a human drinker and your presence is probably unnerving him a little bit. And if he even looks at you wrong, my vampire instincts are going to kick in and…it won't be pretty."

"Oh," Alice said, biting her lip.

Alec looked up at last and held his hands up. "I have good control," he said. "I fed before I came down here to Forks, in fact. Trust me; your humans are no danger with me."

"You don't have to feed on humans if you live with us, Alec," Jane said quietly.

Guilt flashed in Alec's eyes and I sighed. "Ali, Cynth, give us a few minutes still?"

Cynthia nodded. "Sure thing."

She took Alice's hand and the two headed upstairs to their room, much to my relief. Even with the fact that Alec was Jane's brother, I didn't trust him or whatever the Volturi did to him. I wasn't about to put the safety of my mate and her sister in his hands, either. Besides, I had a funny feeling Jane was holding back for their sake. She wouldn't normally be this cold.

"Thank you, Bella," Jane said, giving me a brief smile before she jumped up and reeled on her brother. "What the fuck is wrong with you, Alexander?! I haven't seen you in God knows how long and you don't even act like you're happy to see me! What gives? Do you not love me? Did I waste half my life trying to find my twin brother for nothing?"

Alec finally lost his composure. "Damn it, Jane, don't you think I know that?! I tried to do the same thing for you, but I couldn't! I was forced to accept the reality that you were dead and moved on with my life because I had to! This whole time, I believed you were gone and I've been miserable, then out of the blue I run into you, so forgive me if I try to soak this in!"

The two glared at each other as tension grew in the room until Jasper had to step in and try to calm things down. It helped relax Alec and Jane, but neither of them dropped their glares of anger and frustration. No one said anything, which only made things twice as awkward.

"What happened to you, Alec?" I asked, breaking the silence after a few minutes.

Alec didn't break his gaze from his sister. "I was manipulated and lied to," he replied.

"I gathered that much," I said. "Why don't you give us the full explanation of how you ended up in the Volturi's clutches? Help Jane understand why you couldn't look for her."

"I tried to explain that to her already," Alec replied, still not looking away. "But my stubborn sibling won't listen to what I have to say or acknowledge it."

"Because it's a stinking excuse!" Jane hissed.

"Jane," Riley said, urging her to sit back down. "Please, give him a chance."

"Wouldn't you want the same if you were in his position?" Jasper asked.

Jane grimaced. "I…yeah, I guess."

She finally sat down and snuggled into Riley's arms, all eyes falling onto Alec as he looked down at the floor in thought, the gears turning in his head as he struggled over how to go about telling us about his past—or so I assumed. After another few minutes, he closed his eyes, muttered something under his breath, then reopened them.

"That day, when the fire began, I was staring out the window, lost in thought," Alec said without meeting anyone's gaze. "I smelled the smoke shortly after it started and realized there was a fire, and when I saw uncle and aunt fleeing, I assumed Jane was with them and ran out of the house, not even thinking she was still inside until it was too late.

"You see, I noticed fairly quickly that Jane wasn't with them because they drove off without me, and, knowing Jane wouldn't have allowed that to happen, the only alternative was that she was still inside. I attempted to run back in to rescue her, but I couldn't because the entryway was blocked off by fire and debris. I tried calling her name. Nothing.

"Fear clutched at my insides and I panicked, not knowing if she'd gotten out or if I'd doomed my sister to her death by stupidly forgetting about her. Without much choice, I did the next best thing; I ran to town to get the fire department to put the blaze out in hopes of rescuing her. My attempt, clearly, didn't work out very well because of…what happened next."

"The Volturi showed up," Jane said. "Right?"

"Yes," Alec replied. "While I was running for help, someone in a black cloak appeared in front of me, with red eyes and a hungry looking grin. It was a beautiful girl with long blonde hair that seemed to lure me towards her despite how petrified I was when I saw her eyes. At first, she openly said she was going to kill me, but something changed her mind.

"Instead, told me that, because she thought I was handsome and had a good feeling about me, she was going to spare me for a price, then she knocked me out. When I came to, I was in an abandoned shack of some kind where I met several other red-eyed people. A few wanted to feast on me for dinner, but the girl stopped them and, without a word, bit me. It turned me, of course.

"When I came to as a vampire, she introduced herself as Chelsea, then gave names to the others with her. After presenting me with two humans that I killed without batting an eye, she told me what I was, who they were and said that she wanted to see if I had a gift. As you can imagine, for someone who was suddenly sucked into the immortal world, I knew nothing of what she meant.

"I found out fairly quickly; she intended to beat me until I displayed some type of gift within three days. If I failed, she would kill me. I had no other options. Since I'd never fought before, the first two days were murder. She sent the other Volturi guards away and beat me within an inch of my newly immortalized life numerous times. Ripping off limbs, biting, starving…

"By the third day, I was exhausted in every sense of the word. My throat was burning from thirst, my body was weak and Chelsea was losing interest in me quickly. I thought I was going to die that day, but it brought me peace because I thought Jane was dead and at the very least, I'd be reunited with my sister. Apparently, those emotions drew out my gift."

"What's your gift?" Riley asked.

"I have the ability to release a black mist from my body that, when someone is enveloped in it, it strips away their senses," Alec replied. "They cannot see, hear or smell, the three most valuable senses a vampire can possess. I learned this when I created the mist that swirled around Chelsea and I remember her freezing in place and freaking out.

"The mist dissipated shortly after and, when Chelsea realized she was still around, she smiled and delivered two more humans for me to feed on. And wouldn't you know it? It was our aunt and uncle of all people. I struggled, mostly because I didn't want to kill them without asking about Jane. They said they didn't know what happened to her. I believed them."

"Then you killed them," Jane said. She had pulled away from Riley's body to face her brother now, a glint in her eyes. "Good. I hated them anyways. Lousy stinking family they were."

Alec shrugged. "Maybe so, but they were the only real family we ever had, Jane. I tried my best not to kill them, truthfully, but Chelsea wouldn't allow it and…you can guess what happened after she made them bleed. At the very least, she allowed me to bury their bodies and have a brief goodbye to them. I owed them that much for taking us in.

"Afterwards, Chelsea and the others forced me to come with me. Chelsea used her gift, which I'm certain you're all aware of by now, to bind my will to her and thus, I was forced to go to Italy, where I was introduced to the Kings and Queens of the Volturi. They were…pleased to have a new tool at their disposal, especially King Caius and Queen Athenodora."

"That's not surprising," Jasper said. "They're love of cruelty is well known by practically anyone who meets them. With a gift like yours, there's plenty of room for what they enjoy most."

"Wait, I'm confused," Emmett said. "Your gift sounds more merciful than cruel."

"Think about it, Em," Riley stated. "If you couldn't smell, hear or see, and you were unable to move or fight back somehow, you would be anticipating the end, yes? What's crueler then making a person wait for their death, to really draw out the inevitable?"

"Oh," Emmett replied, nodding. "That's pretty damn harsh, man."

"Indeed," Alec agreed. "They felt so as well, so King Aro and Queen Sulpicia had me bound to the Volturi using Chelsea's gift. I never had a choice in the matter, and nothing I said was of importance to anybody at all. I became a pawn that day and I've been one ever since. Even now, as I sit here, I am eternally bound to the Volturi, and to Chelsea.

"These past years have been…difficult. Having to kill innocent people to survive, being forced to slaughter both humans vampires for no purpose other than fun or because they committed a heinous crime that was actually nothing more than not wanting to serve the Volturi. I've never once enjoyed anything I did unless I was given free time. Even then, I was limited.

"The Kings and Queens keep a close eye on their precious 'gems' as they call us. Being one of the most valuable, I was catered to rather frequently. I was given women to use however I wanted, books to read to increase my knowledge, internet, games…those things never mattered to me, though. I just wanted to find my sister and be freed, neither of which were happening."

"That's low," I growled. "They didn't even bother trying to help you search for Jane?"

Alec shook his head. "I was told she was likely dead and that I needed to get over it. There wasn't a whole lot I can do, since any vampire who tried to flee Volterra was tortured and, sometimes, killed. Had I tried, I would've been tortured, but I know I would have been spared since I'm considered one of the 'favorites' of the guard.

"Jane, I know how hard it must've been for you. But think of it this way: you've had this coven to support you and help you in your quest and you were allowed to do whatever you wished without consequence. I was forced into this life against my will. This is the first time I've ever set foot out of Italy in well over twenty years, in fact."

Jane looked like she was about ready to burst into tears. "Alec…I…I'm so sorry…"

She flung herself at her slightly taller brother and he hugged her tightly. "I'm sorry too," he croaked about, and I knew they'd be balling if they could. "I've missed you, demoness."

Jane chuckled. "I missed you too, demon boy."

It was clear that the brother and sister needed some private time, so I stood and quietly excused myself from the room, the others, Riley included, following suit. I shared a look with Rosalie as we made our way upstairs and we decided to have a chat later, but for now, I entered my room to listen to music until Alice came in to visit me, which wasn't long.

She slipped into my room about five minutes later, rubbing her semi-moist eyes as she came to sit with me on the bed. I pulled her to my arms and we laid together, Alice taking the ear bud in my right ear and slipping it into hers so we could listen to the same song.

After that song, as well as the next three, ended, I turned my iPod off, set it aside and rolled onto my side so Alice and I were facing each other. She looked sad, so I began to stroke her cheek.

"I would die if that ever happened to Cynthia," Alice murmured at last. "Just the thought of something happening to her…it terrifies me."

"Nothing's going to happen to her, Alice," I said.

"I know," Alice replied. "Still, my mind has a bad habit of wandering when I don't want the damned thing to. After I caught a glimpse of what was going on…I started bawling and Cynthia had to hold me for at least ten minutes." She gave me a tiny smile. "I'm sorry I listened in on what he was talking about. My visions are nosy."

I chuckled. "It's alright, Alice. You would've been there to listen regardless, but I didn't trust Alec being in the same room as you since he's a human feeder."

"Those Volturi are real assholes," Alice said. "I can't believe they would ever take away another person's free will like that just because they had a unique gift. They'd do that with me, wouldn't they? And Cynthia, and you…Jasper, Victoria, Jane…"

"They've tried to persuade us to join them a ton of times," I admitted. "Even before I knew I had a gift, they wanted me for my speed, Rose and Em for their strength, Riley for his wits, Jazz and Victoria for their gifts and fighting abilities…the only reason they didn't have Chelsea bind us to them was thanks to Marcus and Didyme. They spared us that fate."

"Why?" Alice asked.

"Because they're the only ones with a conscience," I replied in a low growl. "They convinced Aro and the others to let us be, which worked partially because of the influence they hold and partially because Carlisle and Esme were part of the Volturi for several years long ago. That counts to some mild degree, apparently. I'm thankful for it."

"Why do they do it?" Alice asked. "Power?"

I shrugged. "I can't really say, I'm fortunate to have never gotten the chance to really know the Kings and Queens very well. From what I've seen and been told, it's mostly power and a desire to be dominant. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that, as vampires, we don't really have a body of law the way you humans do. The Volturi seek to correct that."

Alice frowned. "They want to be the law of vampires, yet they're corrupt, egomaniacal monsters who bend others to their will, break their own laws and treat humans as food and nothing more?"

"Pretty much," I replied. "Great people, aren't they?"

"I don't get it," Alice said. "Can no one stop them?"

"It wouldn't be that easy, Ali," I said. "The Volturi are massive. The Kings and Queens each have at least six body guards each, combined with the different sects of guards…we're talking an army of vampires with years and years of combat experience in them. Not even Jasper and Victoria, with their prowess combined, would last long against those odds."

"That stinks," Alice huffed.

"It does," I agreed. "If not for Chelsea, though, there wouldn't be a Volturi."

Alice lifted an eyebrow. "What do you mean?"

"Chelsea holds the Volturi together," I said. "Her gift is what keeps everyone loyal to one another, since without it, most of the Volturi guard would probably either leave to live their own lives or try to kill each other. That's the beauty of her gift, I suppose you could say; she can make enemies best friends and best friends into mortal enemies."

"Sounds like a female version of Edward," Alice grumbled.

"She is, only worse," I said. "She delights in causing chaos and tormenting the most innocent of vampires with her gift, and I know if she could, she would destroy this family. Luckily, our abstaining from human blood gives us an advantage."

"How so?" Alice asked.

"It's…changed us, in a way," I said, trying to think of a good way to explain. "If we were human drinkers, there's a good chance we would still be a coven, but our drinking of animal blood has altered our nature to a degree. We're not as wild and unruly as regular vampires. We can think clearer and make decisive actions. It's…given us an evolved conscience, I guess."

Alice nodded slowly, soaking in my words. "So if Cynthia and I were turned and we drank human blood, we wouldn't be able to become as close as the rest of you? And we wouldn't care as much about what we do? Is that about it?"

"More or less," I said. "Sorry, Alice. I'm not the best at explaining all this technical crap; this is more up Riley or Carlisle's alley than mine."

"Alec seems to have a conscience for someone who drinks human blood," Alice remarked.

"That's true, but Alec wasn't a violent person when he was turned," I said. "Think of it this way, Ali; neither Carlisle nor Esme were violent or cruel when they were turned, they were always gentle, loving people. Carlisle was able to abstain from killing humans because of his willpower, but it was extremely difficult for him. Esme wasn't as lucky, yet she kept trying.

"The same can be said for the rest of us. I was always docile as a human, the only thing that changed that was Edward, which is why I'm hellbent on killing him. For Rosalie, she was the same, but her past left her bloody and beaten before she was turned, so she too wanted revenge that she got the most brutal way possible. Cruelty altered who we were when we turned."

"What about the others?" Alice asked.

"Emmett was a country boy who always acted like a big brother to his siblings, Victoria had to live on the streets and struggled to survive, but never killed anyone, Jane lived fairly normally, and while Jasper and Riley were soldiers, Jasper was always compassionate and Riley never actually fought anyone," I replied. "It has a lot to do with who you are as a person."

"So if Cynthia and I were turned, we'd still struggle with the bloodlust parts, but we wouldn't be cold hearted and monstrous because we're good people now," Alice said. "On the other hand, if someone were to turn, say, Jessica Stanley, she would probably abuse her power for her own selfishness because she's not a naturally friendly person. Right?"

"Exactly," I said, pressing my lips to hers. "Now, let's put that aside…I'd much rather be kissing you then thinking about things that we'll be going over in the future."

Alice smirked. "Funny, I was about to do this anyways."

She latched her mouth onto mine and pushed me back onto the bed as she crawled on top of me, smiling against my lips as I wrapped my arms around her to hold her close. Alice and I made out for quite a while, taking breaks in between so Alice could catch her breath, but not once pulling away from one another's arms. It definitely helped both our moods.

Alice eventually started kissing all around my face, including my nose—which we both giggled at—and my forehead. She started to go to my left ear and nibble at it when we heard a knock on my door and Alice begrudgingly stopped what she was doing.

"It's Jane," she said, otherwise not moving.

"Come in," I said, Jane entering shortly after. "What's up, Midge?"

Jane scowled at her nickname—the one given to her by Kate and Amara—as she closed the door and walked over to my bed, mindful of Alice's presence, though her focus seemed to be solely on me. She climbed onto my bed and came to lie next to me and I smiled as I extended my arm out to wrap around her, Alice moving to my other side.

Jane rested her head under my neck. "This whole day has been Hell."

I kissed her forehead. "I know, Janie. How are things with Alec?"

"Awkward as fuck," Jane replied. "I don't know what to do, Bella. I want him to stay with us and join our family, but the stinking Volturi aren't going to let him do that. We both know how they are with their 'gems', and if Alec did join us…"

"He'd have to adjust to living with humans," I replied. "I'm sure Alec would choose our vegetarian diet since he doesn't enjoy killing, so that wouldn't be a problem. The only real downside is the fact that the massive target we have on our backs would grow even bigger in size. At the same time, we can't abandon him. He's your brother, which makes him family."

Jane offered me a small smile. "Is it weird that, even though I still love Alec and see him as a brother, I'm much closer to you and the others?"

"You've been with us much longer," I said. "I'm sure if Alec joined us, you'd get closer."

"Getting him to join us is the hard part," Jane said.

I pursed my lips in thought. "I don't know what to tell you, Jane."

No one else said anything after that. I wracked my brain for ideas on how to get Alec away from the Volturi, but it wasn't easy. Even though Marcus and Didyme were kind and still loyal to their friendship with Esme and Carlisle, their words wouldn't be enough to persuade Aro and Sulpicia to let Alec openly leave. They'd make up an excuse of some kind, or lie.

Unless we can somehow get those two jackasses to relent, I thought. Like that would ever happen, what could we possible do…to…

It hit me like a freight train; there was a way to get Aro and Sulpicia to agree to letting Alec go, even though the idea was insane and extremely risky: we could threaten to blackmail them about their turning Nikala. If Caius and Athenodora found out, they'd be furious and call Aro and Sulpicia traitors. Didyme and Marcus would turn against them too.

Not only that, but the Volturi guard would feel wronged and betrayed by their masters, because even the most loyal guards knew better than to break such an important law. Sulpicia and Aro would be shamed, stripped of their rank, maybe even killed or driven out. They would lose everything they gained, including Chelsea's trust.

No Chelsea meant her gift would no longer work for their favor, meaning no vampires would feel bound to them. They'd be royally fucked after that, fair game for any coven that wanted to wipe them off the face of the planet and gain power for it, even us.

The biggest problem with the idea was the risk factor; Sulpicia and Aro were already massively paranoid, if they knew we were aware of their screw up, they might openly take us out, regardless of how the other Kings and Queens felt. Then again, doing that would backfire on them as well. Didyme and Marcus wouldn't stand for it. So maybe…

"Bella, you're brilliant," Alice breathed, kissing me. "That's a wonderful idea!"

"What is?" Jane asked, confused.

I smiled at Alice, then turned to my sister. "Alec could blackmail Sulpicia and Aro into letting him the leave the Volturi by threatening to expose what they did to the others. If the other Volturi members found out they broke such an important law, it will destroy whatever trust and status those two have built up over the years. They'll have no choice in the matter."

"Holy shit," Jane said, a glint forming in her eyes as her trademark evil grin appeared. "That's the best idea you've ever had, Belly-Button."

I poked her in the belly. "Hey, I have my moments from time to time. We should consult Esme and Carlisle first, though, and Alec. Hopefully, he'll have the balls to do it and it'll work."

"He'll do it," Jane said with a giggle, batting my hand. "I know he will. He wants to be free."

"Good," I replied.

The three of us got up—Alice gave me a kiss once more before—then we headed out of my room, Jane dashing to grab her brother while Alice and I went to Esme and Carlisle's study room, Esme welcoming us in. I proceeded to explain my idea to them while Jane brought Alec in with her, and together, we had a long discussion about the ups and downs of the plan.

About an hour and a half later, the discussion was over and my parents, while hesitant to agree at first, acknowledged that the plan was wise and would give Alec the means to leave. To be extra certain, I asked Alice if she could look into the future to see if Alec deciding to do this would cause any repercussions. She said she saw nothing bad happening. Yet.

"We need to go about this delicately," Carlisle said. "One false move and this plan will become the bane of our existence, and none of us wish for that to occur. Alec, are you certain you wish to go through with this? Once you decide, there won't be a chance for you to turn back."

Alec bit his lip and nodded. "Yes. I want to be with my sister, not the Volturi."

"Very well, then," Carlisle replied, placing his hand on Alec's shoulder. "Do you want me to go with you? My presence would, at the very least, help matters with convincing them."

"No," Alec said, shaking his head. "I appreciate the offer, Mr. Cullen, but if you come with me, they'll think I need to rely on your word and that I'm merely bluffing with my words. I need to make this seem as legit as possible, so it's best for me to go alone."

Jane didn't seem to like this, but she remained eerily quiet about it. She excused herself and left the room while Carlisle and Esme made certain Alec didn't want their help. Alice and I departed from their room and headed downstairs to snuggle on the couch, using the silence to our advantage to enjoy one another's presence.

"You think Alec and Cynthia would be cute together?" I asked.

Alice considered this. "Hard to say. They would be cute, yes, but I'm not sure…"

Alice's body froze in my arms and I knew, once again, she was having a vision. I mentally groaned and hoped whatever it was didn't involve the Volturi, Edward or the Thornes. Right now, I didn't want to deal with them, I wanted to be with my mate in peace for a change.

When Alice snapped out of it, she looked troubled. "Uh oh," she mumbled.

"What?" I asked, grimacing. "What's the bad news?"

Alice pointed and I saw Jane appear in the room, an odd glint in her eyes. "Bella," she said.

I frowned. "What is it, Jane? What's wrong?"

She took in a deep breath and sighed. "I've decided I'm leaving to go with Alec."

A/N: A dangerous gambit and a departure? Uh oh. Man, I really do love my cliffhangers, don't I? xD Sorry, folks. Well, kinda.

I have a question for everyone, and this is one of those things where an answer would be awesome to hear. Do you know of those "vamp out" moments I write (I've done them several times in this story) where the dialogue. Is very. Short. You know? I wanted to know what all of you thought of those moments; ie, do you like them and do you feel they work for vampires in general? I'm curious.

Thanks, everyone. Until next time, which will be a while.

Actually, I have another question. I know there are artistic people here on FF and there's got to be some who read my stories (I hope). I wonder...is anyone with knowledge in that department willing to give me feedback on ideas I have for my book cover? I could use advice. Thank you!