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Our Little Voice.
-Chapter IV-Meetings and odd requests-
With Jasper's call out of the way and a little more information on my side, I just have one call left. Unfortunately they are a wild card in the best of days. I just hope they focus on the fucking newborn army instead of on my mate. I sighed, found the number I needed and pressed my finger against my lips motioning the mutt to be silent again while I waited for Alec to pick up his phone.
I had a healthy work relationship with the Volturi. I wasn't considered a part of the Guard, more like a consultant. After all it isn't every day that you find a Vampire with the kind of training I have and with a gift of information like mine.
When Charlotte and I left Maria and the wars behind and ran into the first civilized Nomads they taught us the Laws, with all the scars in our bodies it was practically impossible to hide we took part in them, apparently the Law clearly stated that no Newborns could be created with the intention of gaining feeding territories so we would be screwed if we ran into the Guard.
The little voice in my head told me to travel to Volterra and 'offer' my services in exchange of my life and Charlottes, and that's exactly what I did. It didn't take much to convince Aro and his brothers to forget about our involvement in the Wars, technically we didn't know we were doing something wrong during that time and Aro being the knowledge whore he is, was more than happy to let us go in peace as long as I agreed to contact them if I had any useful information about the Vampires in the world.
Luckily for me, useful information was a really loose term so I only told him about the few Vampires with gifts and just because I knew they would be interested in joining the Guard and I was more than happy to tell him the exact location of Maria and the few Vampires that remained with her after I managed to convince Jasper and a few other of my friends to leave and not look back.
"Whitlock, I was starting to wonder when we would hear from you again. Have anything good for my Masters?" Alec doesn't waste much time with idle chat, he is a good kid even though he gives me the creeps but that's hardly his fault, Vampires shouldn't be turned so young, I think the boy still thinks girls will give him cooties. I had to stifle a chuckle. The mutt shook his head at me.
"Alec I am hurt, you don't really sound happy to hear from me." I sniffed.
"I am already bored Whitlock. Speak or call someone else." He replied tersely. I could hear a few people in the background chuckling.
"Listen fucker, how does a Vampire creating a newborn army sound to you?" The chuckling in the background stopped.
"Hold on." I heard the wind and Alec's quick footsteps echoing in the castle's hallways. "Masters Whitlock is on the line. I believe you will be interested in hearing what he has to say."
"Ah Peter! It's been too long, what do you have for us today?" I heard Aro ask excitedly.
"Aro there is a Vampire creating a newborn army." A few hisses and exasperated sighs filled the air.
"What are you doing in the South again Peter? You are too useful to destroy, run back home now." Aro chided me sounding bored. "I will send a few guards back to Mexico." I sighed.
"Aro I am not in Mexico, this is happening in Seattle and it's not for territory either. The Vampire wants to kill a human." He gasped.
"What are you hiding Peter? No one needs an army to kill a single human." He sounded excited again.
"Well…" I hesitated, there was just so much to explain. "The human has been under the protection of a pack of shape-shifters and now under mine too since she is my mate." I heard a few Vampires gasp.
"Oh! This is certainly interesting. Seattle you said? Who is the Vampire? Did you contact the Cullens? Last thing I heard is that they live in a boring little town just a few hours away from Seattle. They could arrive faster to help you." He said and I couldn't stop myself from growling, the mutt didn't do a good job either. "What is it Peter? They couldn't possibly be involved in this." He couldn't be more wrong.
It took me a few minutes to explain everything I know about what happened between the Cullens and my mate, even at Vampire speed. The mutt went deeper into the woods and came back as a human and offered to add a few things I missed, like the treaty between the Cullens and the pack, how Sam found my mate alone in the woods after Edward left her, Victoria killing several hikers without destroying any of the evidence, which the pack had to do themselves in order to prevent any talk about supernatural things. To say that Aro and his brothers were displeased would be to put it lightly.
"Peter, this is more complicated than I thought. I would like to speak to your mate, well more than speak I would like to see her side of things very much. When are you changing her?" He asked.
"In two days." I was afraid he would like to do that.
"Very well, we will see you in a few hours. Tell your new friends not to worry about our presence there, we will follow the treaty as well." I sighed after he ended the call. I couldn't complain about him offering to help, that would at least prevent anyone in the pack from being injured but I was hesitant about them being so close to my mate, especially while she is still human. It didn't help that she is gifted as well; Aro was obviously excited to hear that. Gifted humans are very rare.
The mutt wasn't too happy about more Vampires coming into town but when we have to deal with an army of crazed newborn Vampires we can't be too picky with those who offer help.
We had to meet the other wolves in the clearing and we had to find a way to keep Bella's father away from his house. Embry said it wouldn't be much trouble since he spent most of his time in the reservation with Sue so that gave us a little peace of mind, Bella and Charlie would be safe there, the two youngest pups would remain with each of them at all times while the rest trained with me.
I went to a dinner and bought six different breakfasts for my Bella, I didn't want her to waste time cooking and she should be able to eat tasty things for her last few meals. She was in the shower by the time I made it back to her place, I left everything in the kitchen and a small note wishing her a nice day and reminding her that I was just a few minutes away.
I walked into the clearing and five wolves were already waiting. I nodded to them and got a few nods back.
"Well, I guess Embry already got you up to speed with what happened during the night." Three of them nodded and the other two growled at me. I shrugged.
"I know some of you may not approve of Bella's decision and that is alright, as long as you understand that it is her decision and she made her choices without coercion from anyone. I can't say I wish things were different, if they were I would be dead and Bella wouldn't be mine, all I can say is that I hope you are smart enough to realize that with her change you will all get to keep your friend forever as well." By the end of my little speech my tone got softer, I could understand their anger but it was prejudiced. Forever is a long time to hold any kind of creature as a 'natural enemy.'
The clearing was silent after I spoke, I suppose my words surprised some of them, I just hope they will really understand what I am trying to say. I had no intention of stealing Bella away from them, she was so lucky to come into this life with people that can learn to accept her and won't be dead in a few decades.
I started pacing in front of them. "Alright, the first thing you have to understand about newborn Vampires is that they get distracted quickly. If a little noise or smell gets their attention it can help save your lives. If you see any of your pack members fighting more than one newborn you should try as hard as you can to distract the others. Like I said yesterday, each of you should be able to destroy one of them, Vampires have the advantage simply because we can stand straight, and covering your own backs will be difficult if you have more than one Vampire on you.
Avoid their teeth and their arms, if they manage to wrap their arms around you, you will be as good as dead. They are very strong, stronger than me or any old Vampire without an enhanced strength gift. It would be best if you stay on defense and only bite and tear their arms and legs as they try to hit you. If I had been trying to hit you yesterday when we first met you could have taken a bite or two from me. I will show you. Sam?" I stopped pacing and got into a mid-crouch. Sam did the same and stepped close to me.
"Just try not to bite my limbs off man. Got enough scars already and whatever you do don't go for my throat right away, it is instinctual for us to protect it, work on getting rid of my arms and legs, a limbless Vampire can't protect his neck, no matter what instincts tells him to do." He nodded and growled at me.
I took a deep breath and tried to remember what was like to be a newborn before I leaped at him. He jumped at the same time and made the mistake of going straight for my neck. I guess it is instinctual for them to do so. My arms went up and pushed him away before I could think of doing it. I sighed.
"Not the neck Sam! Wait for me to try to hit you and focus on my arms!" I leaped again and just when my open palm was about to connect with his snout the fucker bit me. It wasn't hard enough to sever my hand completely but fuck me! It fucking hurt! I couldn't stop a yelp from escaping my lips and I jumped a little shaking my hand. The fuckers were making strange guttural sounds that almost sounded like chuckles.
"Fuckers shut up! It hurts! Fuck Sam those things are sharp! This is really good did everyone catch that? I asked excitedly. "Fucking newborns will be wailing if they get a bite from you, wailing is good! Wailing will distract them and you can bite again! Again Sam, we will do this until you none of you go for my neck on your first jump."
Most of the morning went by like that, practicing and getting bitten by the mutts. Paul was the worst; he actually ate one of my fingers. Sam had to order him to spit it out; in retaliation I broke the fuckers' right leg. He cried a little and I laughed for three minutes straight. It took him about an hour to heal and after that he was more careful about the strength he used to bite me.
Sam and Embry were the best ones during practice time, after Sam's first lunge for my neck he didn't do it again, Embry even managed not to do it at all. Paul and Jacob were the worst. They just didn't get that they couldn't lunge for my throat. They got a little better after Sam told them they wouldn't be allowed to fight the newborns if they didn't get their shit right.
Bella called around two in the afternoon we spoke for a few minutes, she was a little afraid and nervous about meeting Aro and the rest of the Volturi but she was also grateful they were coming since it would even the odds a little and prevent the pack and me from being injured, I tried to assure her that even in the off chance they decided not to stay and help everything would be fine, she wasn't having any of that though and threatened with an eternity of sexual frustration if I didn't at least ask them to stay and fight with us.
I was surprised she had it in her to threaten withholding sex forever when we were not even mated yet! I liked it though, teasing and joking around was just fine with me, and it meant that she was comfortable talking with me. I teased back saying that it would be her loss and she let out a soft little whimper, after we hung up the pack had to physically restrain me to stop me from running back to Bella's home to try and get that sound out of her again.
After another hour of practice, the little voice told me that the Volturi would be arriving to Bella's house soon.
"Guys, the Volturi don't really play around or give second chances. If you attack or say something they don't like you are dead. They have been around for a long time and while they don't really demand bows like human royalty, a little respect with them goes a long way. Don't growl, attack, or you know don't do anything! Sam you better make that an order. If any of you fuck up I won't even be able to help you." I warned them while we ran back to Bella's house. She was already there, waiting with one mutt.
"Did you have a nice day?" I asked her as I leant down to kiss her cheek. I may have licked her too because she gasped and looked up at me questioningly. I wanted to feel bad but knowing that so many male Vampires would be arriving soon had my instincts on edge.
"I'm sorry." I said half-heartedly and licked her neck, she tried to step away from me but my arms moved quickly around her back to stop her.
"He is putting his scent on you Bella, so the other Vampires know you are his." Sam said with humor on his voice. Bella stopped struggling after that. I smiled and kissed the top of her head once her scent was mixed with mine perfectly.
She smiled mischievously at me and stood on her toes to kiss my cheek. I was happy to oblige and was my turn to gasp when I felt her warm tongue lick its way up from my jaw to my temple.
"You are mine too." She said softly and nonchalantly. I had to step away and breathe clean air a few times to control my body reactions to her words. The mutts were laughing their asses off at my misfortune but I didn't care, I was ecstatic about her little display. She wanted to claim me as well! She didn't need to of course, I was hers the moment I looked into her eyes but I was happy nonetheless.
Before I could reply, two cars stopped in the driveway. I leaped back to Bella's side and wrapped an arm around her keeping her close to me. Aro, Marcus, Caius and Renata got out of one of the cars, Alec, Jane, Felix and Demetri from the other. I was mildly surprised to see all three Kings outside Volterra. I could see the pack's struggle to remain calm and in their human forms in the presence of so many Vampires; I only hoped they managed to hold on.
Bella was awfully collected for a human; the only signs that gave away her nervousness were the quick heartbeat and the adrenaline running through her veins, her face though remained perfectly calm, her perfect little mouth was even set in a slight smile. I was really proud of her. I nodded politely to the Kings and the rest of the Volturi and began the introductions.
"And lastly, this is my Bella." I said with a smile.
"Isabella! It is so nice to meet you!" Aro said excitedly. "We heard so many good things about you and your friends." He added turning his head slightly to look at the pack. "Thank you for everything you have done so far ensuring the safety of Isabella and the secret of my kind. Victoria's carelessness won't remain unpunished for long." He gave them a slight bow of his head; they were clearly surprised by what he said.
"You're welcome, thank you for coming here and agreeing to follow the treaty we had with the Cullens." Sam said politely.
"It's the least we can do after all the troubles my kind has brought to this town." Aro replied before turning to me again. "Now Peter, we will have time to catch up but I can't wait anymore!" I grimaced at the thought of his hands touching my Bella. "Oh stop that! It will only take a second." He chided and walked closer to us, Renata followed dutifully.
"Isabella I am so intrigued by your gift and must ask if you would allow me to see if you are silent to me as well. You won't feel a thing and I only need to hold your hand for a moment." Aro told her with a big smile, I am sure he hoped to appear friendly but he was much too flamboyant to reassure.
"Y- Yes, of course sir." Bella manage to say softly and offered him her right hand.
"Oh Isabella please simply call me Aro." He said absentmindedly while reaching for her hand with his. I growled softly barely managing to keep myself from hiding Bella behind my back. I chastised myself for forgetting to lick her hands earlier.
"Remarkable! I can't see a thing!" Aro beamed and turned around. "Demetri, Alec?" I held my breath and hoped he wouldn't call for Jane too, thankfully he didn't.
"Nothing Master." They both said and Aro clapped his hands excitedly.
"Isabella, I will make an odd request but be assured nothing bad will happen to you or any of your friends if you are able to do it." He said cryptically and I let out a chuckle. Aro smirked at me before adding. "Isabella I want you to slap me, but be careful not to use much strength or you will hurt yourself." He and Renata walked back to us.
Bella gasped and looked up at me questioningly. "Renata has a gift too; she is able to confuse anyone with the intention of hurting her Masters. If her gift works on you, you won't be able to slap Aro, if it doesn't he will barely feel a thing so don't worry, just be careful not to hurt yourself." I said kissing her hand softly.
"Oh." Bella breathed and nodded her head. "I am sorry if it works Aro." She gave him an apologetic smile and before anyone could blink again her hand flew towards his cheek. The look of his face after he felt Bella's hand slapping his cheek was priceless. It was a mixture of surprise, awe and fear.
"Absolutely amazing! You will be a beautiful and remarkably gifted immortal! Pity your mate is so reluctant to join my Guard but if you ever manage to convince him you will both have a place with us." He beamed at her and turned back to his brothers.
I let out a sigh of relief, I considered the possibility of him demanding we join his guard and my little voice said nothing to dissipate my fears. I had no interest in becoming one of them but if Bella wants a Coven after becoming immortal I wouldn't oppose to join them. They were the strongest Coven after all and my mate's security and happiness is all that matters to me.
"Peter," Aro said after speaking through his gift with his brothers. "Demetri and Jane will travel to Seattle, your gift is very reliable but I want to know their exact numbers and if they have any gifts we should be concerned about." Demetri and Jane didn't waste any time after hearing their orders and glided off into the woods.
"I also want you to contact your brother and ask him to come back. Don't tell him why or about our presence here though. We will be staying at the Cullen's home for now. If you don't have a place in mind already I would suggest you change your mate there too. It is far away from town and we will be able to help you once she wakes up." He finished with a smile and motioned everyone to go back to the cars.
"It was lovely to meet you all. I will call Peter as soon as I hear from Demetri and Jane. Good day." He said politely and barely gave the pack and Bella time to mutter polite goodbyes before he was inside the car.
We all let out sighs of relief once they were gone. A few members of the pack phased into wolves to relieve some of their stress.
"That went much better than I expected. Aro gets excited really easy though." Sam said with a frown.
"I am a little surprised too and he does. After a few millennia seeing the same things everyday a little change will get you exited as well. Don't be surprised if he offers you and the pack a place in his Guard by the end of the week, if he can deal with the bad smell at least." I replied shrugging, I half expected Paul or Jacob trying to have a go at one of the Guards, it was a little disappointing they didn't, especially Paul, the fucker ate my finger.
"Peter?" Bella's voice brought me back from my little fantasy where Paul was bitten into submission by Felix or Demetri.
"Yes Bella?" I asked.
"My dad is expecting us for dinner at Sue's." She said with a mischievous glint in her eyes. I groaned. Fucking meeting the parents wasn't what I expected when I became a Vampire.
Thank you all so much for your reviews! I'm really happy so many of you like my story so far and I hope you enjoyed this chapter as well; as you can see my Volturi are not so bad.
In my humble opinion it was a bit silly they felt so threatened by the Cullens when they have gifts like Jane's and Alec's. Even with Bella's shield they have way more Coven members and fighting skills than any other Coven in the books… so yeah I'm making them a bit friendlier.
Let me know what you think of the chapter if you can!