Description: Edward was the newest member of the Volturi guard, picked for his ability to read minds, as well as his beauty. Aside from listening to everyone's thoughts for Aro, his main job was 'fishing' with Heidi. He enjoyed his work until he comes across a certain 'fish' who completely captivates him. Will his obsession with Bella cause him to try out the 'vegetarian' lifestyle, or will he succumb to his nature?
An alternate version of 'Twilight' and 'Breaking Dawn' (Let's leave 'New Moon' and 'Eclipse' out of this, shall we) so if you don't like certain aspects of BD i.e. monster hybrid baby, then perhaps this isn't the story for you.
AU, canon parings, slightly OOC, lemony encounters
Edward and Bella POVs, except for the preface, which is written in the third person.
Disclaimer: Stephenie Meyer owns all Twilight characters and story lines. No copyright infringement is intended. All settings and characters, etc. are the property of their respective owners. All subsequent chapters fall under the same disclaimer.
"Why must you still work for them, they are awful creatures who do nothing but use you?" Carmen asked her mate Eleazar.
"The Volturi don't let their guard break away cleanly. I was allowed to leave with you, but I always knew that they may call on me again one day." He told her.
"So, what is it exactly that they're looking for?"
"Aro heard of the Spanish flu epidemic occurring here, and he wants me to travel the hospitals to see if there are any humans worth saving."
Eleazar and Carmen walked through multiple hospitals, searching for any latent abilities which may be useful to the Volturi once they are turned into a vampire. They had already been to North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, and have since begun their search in Illinois. After still coming up empty handed in Rockford, the couple decided to move on strait to Chicago.
"Do you smell that?" Carmen asked.
"Are you referring to that awful stench of rotting corpses?"
"No. Smell again, my love."
Eleazar took a deep breath. "Ah yes, there are vampires in this city. Perhaps we should move on right away. The last thing we need right now is to run into any trouble."
"But it smells like the vampire is in that hospital over there. Do you think a vampire is actually feeding on the ill?"
"Most wouldn't choose to feed on the ill, the smell alone is nauseating, but I'd assume it would be easy pickings, it's not like human diseases can be transferred to us." Eleazar considered.
"Oh, those poor humans. They have enough to worry about than to become a vampire's meal. Eleazar, we should check it out."
"My dear, those people will probably die anyway. It's actually better that the vampires are feeding on them as opposed to healthy humans with their whole lives ahead of them."
A man with golden hair, walked out of the hospital and locked eyes with Eleazar. At first glance, Eleazar thought he was just another human, because he was wearing a doctor's coat, but then he realized that the man was actually the vampire who they had smelled.
The golden haired vampire walked cautiously over to Eleazar and Carmen. "Hello, my name is Carlisle" he said and extended his hand out to Eleazar, to greet him with a handshake.
"You are a vegetarian?" Eleazar asked shocked.
"As are the two of you. I'm very pleased to meet you; I've never come across any other who share my affinity for human life." Carlisle said while shaking hands.
"Yes, we too thought we were alone in this world. I'm Eleazar, and this is my mate Carmen."
"If you're a vegetarian, then why are you in the hospital with the humans?" Carmen asked.
"As unbelievable as it sounds, I'm a doctor. I work in this hospital, but unfortunately, my time here is up and I must move on."
"You are able to work around blood?" Eleazar asked fascinated.
"Yes, well, I've been doing it for a very long time. It wasn't always easy, but I've grown accustom to it. I've actually never even tasted human blood until yesterday."
"Yesterday?" Carmen asked.
"I've decided to take a companion. I've walked this world alone for two hundred years, and I have never found anyone who shared my beliefs. But I felt a strange connection with a boy who was dying here, and so I acted rash and decided to change him. He is still enduring the transformation now, but I had to leave briefly to retrieve a few personal items at this hospital before he awakes, and we must leave the area."
"Wonderful. I have never transformed anyone myself, but I have always wondered about the process. Do you mind us traveling with you for a while so we can observe the newborn ourselves?" Eleazar asked.
Carlisle was reluctant to agree because he didn't know these vampires, but he considered the indisputable fact that they were vegetarians like him, as evident by their golden eyes, so he figured they may be of use while trying to initiate his new son into the world of vampires.
"Sure, of course." Carlisle agreed, and led the way to his apartment.
When the three vampires arrived at the small apartment, the freshly bitten boy was lying on the couch with his face distorted in the torture of the venom burning through his system.
"Oh, poor child." Carmen commented.
"Yes, I have agonized over my decision to turn him, and even more so as I watched his pain, but I can't bring myself to regret it. There was just something about him that I couldn't turn my back on."
"Oh Carlisle, you have made yourself a very talented companion, indeed." Eleazar said suddenly.
"Eleazar has a gift of sensing vampire's extra abilities, as well as their latent forms in humans." Carmen explained.
"How interesting, and you believe Edward has an extra ability?"
"Yes, he has a very special talent of telepathy. He will be able to read the minds of anyone and everyone around him. What a wonderful and useful gift." Eleazar was a good man and had no desire to betray his new friend, but the boy's ability was exactly the kind of thing he had been searching for, and whether he left Carlisle and his new son in peace or not, Aro would soon know of his existence anyway. If Eleazar couldn't figure out a way to take the boy back to Italy, then the Volturi will come for him, and kill Carlisle in the process.
"Carlisle, when was the last time you fed? Your eyes appear to be darkening." Eleazar said quickly.
"Well, I admit, it has been a while. I've been so consumed with the needs of the sick at the hospital, and now with Edward going through the transformation, I just haven't found the time to go hunting. Besides, I figured I can go when Edward wakes, he'll need some instruction on hunting animals."
"Oh, that's not a good idea Carlisle" Carmen jumped in. "As a newborn, he will be very strong and may need to be restrained for one reason or another, it's best if you're at your full strength before he wakes."
"Yes, I guess that is true. I just hate to leave him while he's so vulnerable like this. I had to leave briefly earlier, and it was extremely difficult for me."
"Fear not my friend; we will stay with him until you return." Eleazar offered.
"I don't know. I really want to be here for him when he wakes."
"Carlisle, he will be burning for another day at least, please, go fed yourself. It must have been very difficult for you to bite him without killing him, when you were already thirsty." Carmen told him.
"It was definitely not the easiest thing I've done." Carlisle said honestly. "Yes, well perhaps I will take you up on your offer."
"You can trust us" Carmen assured him.
"Thank you, I really do appreciate this. After two hundred years, it's nice to know that I'm not completely alone in this world, and there are kind people like you out there." Carlisle said, then turned and left.
"Quickly, we must move him before he wakes or Carlisle returns." Eleazar said to his mate.
"What are you talking about, where are we moving him?" Carmen asked confused.
"He is exactly what Aro sent me out to find."
"You can't be serious? We cannot steel this boy from Carlisle."
"We don't have any other choice. I must return to Italy soon, otherwise Demetri will come searching for us. Either way, Aro will touch me and read my thoughts, and know of this boy's abilities. If we take him without Carlisle's knowledge, then perhaps they will spare his life. You know Aro would kill Carlisle callously, just to get to this boy."
"We can't just take him; I just gave Carlisle my word that he can trust us." Carmen said frustrated.
"I'm afraid we don't have any other choice."
Eleazar and Carmen carried Edward to the train station, where they boarded the first train headed east. They could have easily carried him across country quickly enough, but they needed their scents to disappear so Carlisle couldn't track them. They got off after only traveling for a few hours, because they feared that Edward would wake soon, and they didn't want the newborn to kill the entire group of passengers onboard.
When Edward awoke, they had him secluded in a wooded area in the hope that he would hunt animals, but like any other newborn, he craved blood of the human variety. He quickly found some campers to drain, but they weren't enough to quench the burn in his throat. Eleazar was saddened by Edward's preferred diet, but he knew that life with the Volturi would be carnivorous anyway, so he hesitantly dismissed it.
The three of them boarded a boat to cross the Atlantic, but unfortunately for the human passengers, none survived the trip. They abandoned the boat just off the coast of Italy, and swam the rest of the way to shore. It wasn't long until they reached the gates of Volterra.
"Now Edward, you must control yourself here, the Volturi will not tolerate conspicuous killings. Do you understand?" Eleazar asked him.
"Of course." Edward didn't speak often, because he didn't have much to say. He vaguely remembered his human life before, but as a newborn vampire, the majority of his focus was purely instincts. He didn't give himself the opportunity to grieve for the life he lost, and he automatically viewed humans as nothing more than a food source.
The three vampires were greeted by two guard members, and escorted to the throne room to meet with Aro.
"Ah Eleazar my dear friend, you have returned at last." Aro greeted them fondly. "And I see you have brought someone with you."
"Yes Aro. I have searched for a long time and found many gifted vampires, but none who possessed talents that would be of any real service to you. I had even worse luck amongst the ailing humans, but then we came across this talented newborn." Eleazar stepped forward and extended his hand, which Aro promptly took.
Aro's interest intensified, and his eyes immediately gazed towards Edward. "You have done well Eleazar…you have done very well. Young Edward will be an extraordinary asset amongst our family here."
Aro walked closer to Edward, and reached for his hand. Once touching, Aro was able to read every thought Edward ever had, including those of his sister.
"Truly fascinating. When I touch you, I am able to hear everyone's thoughts in the entire room. I will thoroughly enjoy having you by my side, my new young friend." He told Edward, and then turned back to Eleazar. "Now, go back to Chicago and seek out Edward's sister Alice. She is human, but from Edward's memories of her, I believe she may have some powerful latent talents as well."
Edward's sister Alice always had dreams of the future, and Aro knew that her extra sense would only increase with immortality. Edward was not upset whatsoever by the news that his beloved sister would be taken from their home and brought to Italy to be turned. Like most vampires, Edward thought of all vampires as superior beings, and it would only benefit his sister to be turned.
Edward quickly became everything Aro wanted him to be, a loyal guard member always by his side, and a vicious killer like all vampires should be. He was smart and cunning, and he possessed another quality which Aro didn't consider before, his ability to dazzle those around him. Aro decided that once Edward reached vampire maturity, and was trustworthy to be inconspicuous around the humans, he would accompany Heidi on her fishing trips.
But Edward was young, only seventeen when he was turned, so he was restless and would go stir crazy within the confines of the Volturi compound. However Aro wouldn't allow the newborn to run freely amongst the humans at that time, and he hoped with the arrival of his sister, perhaps Edward would calm down a bit.
Alice arrived a few weeks later and was immediately turned. When she awoke, she didn't take to her new life the way that her brother had. She hated what she had become and though she wasn't angry at Edward for it, she definitely didn't agree with his view on things. Edward convinced her to give it time, but Alice only grew more and more depressed from the lifestyle. She always did as she was told, and gave her visions to Aro, but her heart remained sad and before long, Alice disappeared from Volterra.
Edward was upset from the loss of his sister, and had no idea what happened to her. He listened to everyone's mind to try to figure out if anyone knew anything, but no one thought of her again, it was as if she never existed.
The vampire Edward, didn't care about the loss of his human family, but he did care about the loss of his vampire sister, and his once vibrant demeanor, quickly darkened as grief overtook him.
*This was just an idea of mine pulled from another one of my stories 'Morning Darkness'. In that story, Edward briefly becomes a 'fisherman' with Heidi, and I liked that idea so I came up with this story. I have yet to write anymore chapters, so if you are interested and would like for me to continue with this story, please review. The next chapter will be from Edward's POV. Thanks for reading.*