Full Sum: There is a prophecy that claims that a child of a human and a cold one will posses so many powers that it will cause uproar with mythical creatures. Most of those creatures want one thing; power and they'll stop at nothing to get it. But the Cullen's are unaware of that prophecy and when a pregnant Renee shows up at their home, asking them to take her child, they agree.
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"What's wrong with you?" Jane asked with a sneer. "Is the food not good enough for you?"
"Leave her alone, sister," Alec said, seriously. "Aro may like you but he likes her more. One wrong move and you'll be burned."
Jane huffed and left the dining hall.
"I didn't do it for you," Alec said. "I did it so that my sister wouldn't be killed."
"He wouldn't kill her," I said, laying my head on the table.
"I'm going to have to agree with the human," Demetri said. "Jane is too valuable to the guard. He may love this one but he'd sacrifice her in..."
"Demetri!" my love growled.
I lifted my head and smiled at him, "its okay."
"I'll deal with you later," Aro glared. "Leave us."
Alec and Demetri left the dining hall.
"Its fine, Aro," I said. "Their words didn't hurt me."
After all, I knew that they were speaking the truth. Aro did love me, I knew that, but part of him loved Jane too. I may be human but I wasn't stupid. The weeks after I arrived at Volterra, I could see the love he had for her and it almost felt like he was forcing himself to like me...
I shook my head to clear that thought.
No, he loved me. He loved me much more than he loved Jane, at least that's how it seems now.
I've been here a little over two years now and each day, Jane's hatred for me increases. That's how I knew Aro's love for me surpassed his love for Jane.
"Still," Aro said, lifting me onto his lap. "I don't like them speaking to you like that. They should respect their queen."
"They won't respect a human, Aro," I said. "I'm no more to a meal to them."
Aro's chest rumbled, "They will not touch you."
I wrapped my arms around his neck, "Change me, Aro."
"Soon," he promised.
"How soon is soon?" I asked, impatient.
I've been barking up this tree since I found out what he was. I wanted to be like him, I wanted to stay by his side forever. It's like a girls dream to live with someone so perfect, so beautiful, for eternity.
He promises he will but when I bring it up it's always 'Soon' or 'In time'. I was becoming impatient.
"How are you feeling?" he asked, changing the subject.
"Aro," I groaned.
"Just answer the question, please." Aro begged.
"I'm feeling...nauseous," I said, rubbing my stomach. "Maybe this castle is finally getting to me. We should get out more,"
"You know the sun..."
"is keeping us inside," I finished. "I know but there is so much to do at night, and what about rainy days?"
"I'm far too busy, Renee," Aro sighed. "I can send you out with Jane and..."
I snorted, "I wouldn't come back and you know it. Jane would drain me and ditch me in a shallow grave."
"You're probably right."
"I always am," I said, getting up from his lap. The room around me started spinning and my hand flew to my mouth.
I barreled through the dark halls until I got to my room. Once inside, I ran to the bathroom and threw up.
Aro held my hair back and stroked my back.
"Ugh, why does this keep happening?" I questioned as I grabbed my toothbrush.
For the last few days, I've been throwing up nonstop. If I smelled onions, I threw up, if I smelled cheese, I threw up, and sometimes I just threw up for no reason.
It was ridiculous.
"I think I might be up for a night alone after all," Aro said, smiling.
"I don't think I am." I groaned.
"Some fresh air will be good for you," He said, helping me into my jacket. "After all this could be castle sickness,"
"I'm so tired of getting sick! Why can't you change me? Do you like seeing me like this?"
"Of course not, Ren," Aro said, pushing the hair out of my face. "I'll change you soon, I promise."
"I love you." I said, laying my head on his chest.
"I love you too, Renee."
It was nice to get out. It's been so long since I've been outside. Marcus and Caius didn't like me to be outside because they were afraid I would say something or someone would recognize me.
I understood his reasoning during my first year in Italy but after the second year, I was just itching to get out.
You see, for a surprise on my eighteenth birthday my parents bought me a ticket to Italy with three of my close friends.
Little did they know, I would never come back, and unfortunately, neither would my friends.
For the first year after my 'Disappearance', my parents were down here looking for me and so I knew I couldn't go out but Aro fabricated my death and my parents went home.
"It's been so long since I've been out here!" I said, looking up at the stars. "It's so pretty out."
"We definitely need to come out more often," he said, smiling.
I smiled back, "We do."
We walked the streets of Volterra in silence. I felt so comfortable and it was so nice outside.
"I wish I could live outside! Seriously, can we? I don't ever want to go back inside."
Aro didn't answer me.
"I need you to do something for me, Renee," Aro said as we stopped in front of a hotel.
"Okay," I said, slowly. "What would you like me to do?"
"I'm going to get you a room here and then I'm going to run and get something, okay?"
"Why do we need a room here? If you want, we can head back to the castle."
"No, it's alright," Aro said, pulling me into the hotel. "You need a night out."
I smiled, "You're right. This is so cool!"
Aro laughed and rented us a hotel room for the night.
The room was beautiful, but I expected nothing less. Aro treated me like a princess and made sure that I had everything that I could ever want. I was use to being treated like that, the only difference was that Aro didn't just shove gifts at me and expect me to know that he loves me. He showed it through actions AND gifts.
Unlike my parents.
When I was all settled, Aro left for about a half hour. He returned with a suitcase and a bag of new clothes.
"What's with the suitcase?" I questioned.
"We needed somewhere to put your new clothes," Aro said, placing the things on the bed next to me.
"But I'm only staying here a night." I said, confused.
"Or longer," Aro said, kissing my forehead. "Think of this as a miniature vacation. A much needed vacation,"
I smiled and nodded, "Okay, you're right. This is needed. We're always in the castle so it'll be good to get away and spend some time alone."
Aro smiled, "I need to tell you something, Renee."
My smile faded, "Is it bad?"
"No, no!" Aro cradled my face between his hands. "It's great news!"
"Okay, so what's the great news?" I asked.
"I can tell that you are carrying my child," he said. "I can hear the little heartbeat. It's faint but enough for vampire ears to detect. Today was the first day I heard it and I had to get you out of there before they heard it too."
My mouth went agape.
"Are you happy, Renee?" Aro asked. "We made a baby. We made something out of our love."
"A baby," I said, softly. "I'm having a baby?" I asked.
"Oh my God," I started to cry. I was having a baby, his baby.
"Are you okay?"
"I'm having a baby," I said through my tears.
"Yes, you are." Aro smiled.
"I didn't know this was possible," I said. "I thought Vampires couldn't have children."
"That's what I thought too." Aro said, frowning. "I've never heard of this happening."
"Have you talked to Caius and Marcus? Perhaps..."
"No! They must never know about the baby." Aro said, quickly.
"But...I'm going to start showing and..."
Aro sighed, "You asked me what this suitcase was for..."
I caught on right away.
He was sending me away.
"W-why are you making me leave?" I asked. "I love you! I need you."
"I know, Renee, but you can come back," Aro promised. "And after you have the baby, I'll change you."
"How are we going to hide a baby, Aro? They'll see it when I come back." I was confused. Why send me away if they'd find out eventually?
"This is the hard part, Renee," Aro sat down next to me. "We can't keep the baby."
"I...I don't understand."
"A few thousand years ago, there was a new trend, I suppose you could say. Vampires were creating vampire children. They were too young to know better. They'd throw tantrums and wipe out cities! We had no choice but to step in. We now have a rule that immortal child may not exist."
"But if he or she is born...the baby couldn't be immortal," I said. "We'll be fine. We just have to keep the baby away until he or she is born and..."
Aro shook his head, "The future would still be undetermined. They'd kill her without hesitation."
"Even if I did give it up, they'd find her!" I said, panicked. "If it can't learn and destroys towns, they will be the first to hear of it. You and I both know that."
"The baby might take after you more," Aro said. "She might not draw attention to herself."
"Then why can't we keep him or her?" I asked, confused. We could wait and see if she was human, like me, or if she was a ravenous vampire, like Aro. "I can stay hidden. We can find a nice house in a secluded area, or underground, and I can live with our son or daughter until it's determined that he or she is normal."
"it's uncertain, Renee," he said, sighing. "Half vampire or full vampire children have never been studied for long periods of time. I'm not even sure if half vampire and half human children exist."
"But if I give her up and she's an immortal child…then what? She'll terrorize a city, or state, and the Volturi will step in." the thought of Aro, or any of the Volturi guards, killing my child made me sick to my stomach.
"Maybe not," he said, looking pained. "Maybe another vampire would stop her because she's in its territory,"
I gasped in horror
Aro sighed, "I have a coven in mind that will help us. Carlisle Cullen, he's a good friend of mine. I told you about how he stayed with me for a while," I nodded. "He was there when the immortal children started and he helped study one of them for a few months before we decided to kill it," I flinched. "He's never one to turn someone away, Renee. He'll help us."
"I have to give our baby to him?"
"That would be best," Aro nodded. "His family is very kind, fair, from what I've heard. I've never met them personally, actually, I've only met Carlisle, but I hear from the Denali's that they are great people. They will take our daughter and protect her, no matter what."
"Even if she's an immortal child?"
"Possibly even then," he sighed. "He lives in Denali, Alaska right now. He's different from us, the Volturi I mean. He drinks animal blood, only. He's even a doctor in one of the hospitals in Alaska."
Could vampires do that? I mean could they be doctors and drink animal blood? It just didn't seem right. The only vampires that I had ever known were the Volturi Vampires, and they all had red eyes because they drank from humans. They could never be doctors or even work in close proximity with humans, minus Gianna of course but she's never been too close to them so I suppose it's different.
Aro laughed a bit, "I know, it's strange. I've been wondering for years how he manages to stay on that sort of diet. But he will take care of our daughter, I know he will," He said more to himself.
"What do I tell him?" I asked. Vampire or not, if someone showed up at my home and demanded I take their child, I would be weirded out. "Do I tell him the truth? Who the father of my baby is? Why I need them to take her?"
"That would be best," he said. "He needs to know the truth."
I sighed and studied his face intently. He looked just as sad and heartbroken as I did. I knew that if he had the option, he'd love to keep our child but I knew that he was only doing what he had to do to keep our little one safe.
I closed my eyes as the tears started again, "Okay."
I could do this. In the end, it would protect my daughter. The Volturi couldn't harm her or make her do their bidding, as I had seen them do in the past. Aro was the only exception to that. He wore a mask in front of his brothers and other vampires but to me, he had a heart and was a wonderful man.
"I love you," he said, cupping my face gently between his hands. "Don't forget that, okay?"
"I won't," I said, kissing his palm. "I love you too."
I only stayed in Italy for two more days before Aro managed to get me a flight to Denali Alaska.
Leaving Aro was the hardest thing I've ever had to do, thus far. Even leaving my parents didn't cause me this much heartache.
We stood in the desolate airport at three in the morning on Thursday. My flight was just ten minutes away from being called to board and so I held onto Aro tighter.
"You're flight's about to board," Aro said, softly.
"It'll be okay, Renee." he said, stroking my hair.
For my child, maybe, but for me...I didn't know.
"Come back to me when the baby is safe," Aro said, kissing my head. "I'll be waiting."
I nodded, "What will you tell your brothers of my absence?"
Surely, they'd worry about me. They didn't want me to expose their secret so they kept me on a tight leash.
"I told them I paid for a trip to Ireland for you," Aro explained. "All you talk about is going there so they bought it."
"Are they angry?"
"Very much so," Aro said. "But they'll get over it."
My flight was called again and I knew I had to leave.
"Goodbye," I told him.
"For now," Aro said. "I love you."
"I love you too,"
I gave him one last kiss, then turned, and walked to my gate. I gave my ticket to the attendant and glanced back at Aro.
He smiled at me and nodded encouragingly.
I took a deep breath and stepped onto the plane.
We didn't say much after that. He just held me in his arms and stroked my hair. It was soothing but at the same time, it made me want to cry. I stayed strong though.
My flight was announced and I slowly lifted my head from his shoulder.
This was it.
It was time to leave Aro, even if only for a while, and go to Carlisle, who was supposed to help me with my current situation.
The flight was long and very quiet. I wasn't in the mood to pay attention to the move or even read. I just saw with my head leaning against the window, dreaming about a future that I could never have.
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