Bella stood next to Edward, her breath coming out in soft pants. She had made it; she had saved him in time. She quickly glanced at him; his usually golden eyes were pitch black and narrowed at the new vampire that had just shown himself. Edward tightened his grip as the newcomer stepped closer.
"Greetings, gentlemen," Edward's voice was calm and pleasant, but had a slight edge to it. "I don't think I'll be requiring your services today. I would appreciate it very much, however, if you would send my thanks to your masters."
Bella glanced at the other vampire; his gaze was looking at her with disbelief and then turned to anger as he looked at Edward again. The vampire hissed at Edward, "You hid your thoughts somehow from Aro didn't you?"
Edward stiffened, eyes hard, "I don't know what you are talking about." It seemed like he was saying if more for Bella's sake then his own.
"You know what I mean!" He snarled, his eyes held furry, "Her smell...it is covered a great deal by your own, but I can still smell it! She isn't yours!"
"Shall we take this conversation to a more appropriate venue?" a smooth voice whispered menacingly from the shadows, making Bella jump slightly.
"I don't believe that will be necessary." Edward's voice was harder now. "I know your instructions, Felix. I haven't broken any rules." His grip on her tightened making Bella wince, which earned growls from the other three vampires.
"Felix merely meant to point out the proximity of the sun," the one that was fighting with Edward not even a few seconds ago said in a soothing tone as he came out from the darkness fallowed by his companion. They were both concealed within smoky gray cloaks that reached to the ground and undulated in the wind. "Let us seek better cover."
"I'll be right behind you," Edward said dryly. "Bella, why don't you go back to the square and enjoy the festival?" To Bella it didn't sound like a suggestion, more like a demand.
"No, bring the girl," the first shadow, said, somehow injecting a leer into his whisper. There was anger in his voice as well as something Bella couldn't identify.
"I don't think so." The pretense of civility disappeared. Edward's voice was flat and icy. His weight shifted infinitesimally, and Bella could see that he was preparing to fight.
"She is coming with, and I think you know why." one growled. It seemed she was missing something, and it was annoying her not knowing the missing pieces.
"Alec." the one she heard called Felix, called out in a warning tone.
"You can smell it to can't you Felix. Demetri." Alec growled out, his eyes narrowed and voice filled with venom, "You know what that means! What he did."
The one now known as Demetri looked at Bella, his eyes held the same thing Alec's did when he first appeared, "Yes, we know what it means..." He turned is gaze from Bella to Alec, "Just wait till she meets Aro."
"Then I'm afraid that won't be happening." Edward growled, his calm look completely gone. Bella just stayed quiet listening to their conversation, trying to piece everything together so she would have some understanding, but so far nothing made sense.
"I'm afraid that isn't up for discussion." Alec supplied, small grin coming to his lips as he took a step forward.
Felix and Demetri stole closer toward the mouth of the alley, spreading out slightly so they could come at Edward from two sides. They meant to force him deeper into the alley, to avoid a scene. No reflected light found access to their skin; they were safe inside their cloaks. Alec stayed in the front, watching all the movement ready to act if something went wrong.
Edward didn't move an inch. He was brought Bella behind him in a protective manor, positioning himself to defend her if need be.
Abruptly, Edward's head whipped around, toward the darkness of the winding alley. Demetri and Felix did the same, Alec, who was already looking in that direction eyes narrowed, in response to some sound or movement too subtle for Bella's human senses.
"Let's behave ourselves, shall we?" a lilting voice suggested. "There are ladies present."
Alice walked slowly to Edward's side, her stance casual, if not a little tense. She had a small frown on her face, but quickly replaced with a smile when she reached Bella's side.
"We're not alone," she reminded them.
Demetri glanced over his shoulder. A few yards into the square, the little family, with the girls in their red dresses, was watching them. The mother was speaking urgently to her husband, her eyes on the six of them. He looked away when Demetri met her gaze. The man walked a few steps farther into the plaza, and tapped one of the red-blazered men on the shoulder.
Demetri shook his head. "Please, Edward, let's be reasonable,"
"Let's," Edward growled. "And we'll leave quietly now, with no one the wiser."
Demetri growled in frustration, "At least let us discuss this more privately."
Six men in red now joined the family as they watched them with anxious expressions. Bella was very conscious of Edward's protective stance in front of her, as well as how everyone was acting around her.
Edward's teeth came together audibly. "No."
Felix smiled, and Alec took a step forward but halted when a voice cut in.
"Enough." The voice was high, reedy, and it came from behind them.
Bella peeked under Edward's other arm to see a small, dark shape coming toward them. By the way the edges billowed; She knew it would be another one of them.
Felix and Demetri relaxed immediately, stepping back from their offensive positions to blend again with the shadows of the overhanging walls. Alec stayed where he was though, eyes fixed on Bella who didn't move from behind Edward.
Edward dropped his arms and relaxed his position as well – but in defeat.
"Jane," he sighed in recognition and resignation.
Alice folded her arms across her chest, her expression impassive.
"It seems you have been fooling us." Her voice sharp, her eyes now on Bella as well, before giving a quick look to Alec and saying something to low for Bella's ears to catch. Whatever she said though made both Alice and Edward growl.
"Follow me," Jane spoke again, her voice still had a sharp edge to it. She turned her back and drifted silently into the dark.
Alec gestured for the two vegetarian's and human to go first, smirking as he took his place behind Bella. He stayed a foot behind her, Bella could feel his eyes on her as they went through the ally until they reached a flat, windowless, brick face.
Alice didn't hesitate, didn't break pace as she strode toward the wall. Then, with easy grace, she slid down an open hole in the street. It looked like a drain, sunk into the lowest point of the paving.
Bella took a step back, running into Alec who gave a small chuckle, "Isabella, right?" Seeing the nod, he gave a small smile, "Don't worry. I'll make sure you don't fall."
Bella said nothing, but gave a yelp when Edward brought Bella towards him, "She is fine with me."
Alec glared at Edward, before a small smirk crossed his face, "She isn't yours for long. Not when she finds out what you have been doing."
Bella gave them both a curious look, not understanding what Alec meant, "What does that mean?" She whispered, knowing full well that both of them could hear her.
"You will find out once you meet our masters" was the cryptic reply he gave as he watched Edward push her forward to the hole.
"Alice will catch you." Edward whispered, casting a glare towards Alec, ignoring what he had said, at least to some extent.
Nodded Bella stepped closer so she could look into the dark hole, and took a deep breath, before jumping in. She kept her eyes closed till she felt she was in someone's arms, she heard a chuckle making her snap her eyes open. She wasn't in Alice's arms...Looking up she saw..Felix. He gave her a cat like grin before setting her on her feet, just as Edward jumped down.
Edward seeing Bella put down, gave a quit hiss to Felix, before bringing Bella back to his side. Alice was a few feet ahead of them. Her face blank of most emotions but held a hint of anger.
"Come, we are almost there." Alec informed, as he landed softly next to Edward. It didn't take long to go through the cold tunnel. Bella tried to keep her thoughts strait though, she was confused beyond belief and not to mention freezing cold. Today wasn't her day at all.
Giving a small sigh she looked forward to see the end of the tunnel, there was a gate– the iron bars were rusting, but thick as ones arm.. A small door made of thinner, interlaced bars was standing open. Edward ducked through and hurried on to a larger, brighter stone room. The grille slammed shut with a clang, followed by the snap of a lock.
On the other side of the long room was a low, heavy wooden door.
They stepped through the door, and Bella glanced around her in surprise, relaxing automatically.
Beside Bella Edward tensed, his jaw clenched tight as he brought Bella closer to him.
Harmony Note: There ya go. There first chapter for this fic! Lol this is one of my all time favorite parings too! Things may be a little confusing right now but everything, mostly, gets cleared up in the next chapter!
Ps. If there is a Bella pairings ya want to see...tell me.. I love doing out of the norm!
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