'To ruin your life,' she repeated, looking back at Jacob again. For a second, nothing happened, but then he opened his eyes and shouted out in – shock? Surprise? No, it sounded like pain.
Suddenly I remembered my parents mentioning a certain Jane of the Volturi who was able to torture people with her gaze. They had described her as small, blond, evil-looking… This must be her. Shit! What if she started torturing me as well?
'I'm so sorry, but why are you going to ruin my life?' I said. My voice did not rise above Jacob's screaming, but she heard me anyway and smiled an angelic smile.
'Because I can,' she said. 'Because you are a black mark on the Volturi's record. Because you associate with people – things – like this!' She glared at Jacob and I wondered if the meanness of her look made any difference in the pain you felt. I decided to ask her.
'Er… okay, very sorry about that. I was wondering, this torture-thing you do, does it make any difference whether you look happy or mean?'
She seemed surprised. 'Ah, no, it doesn't, I think. Maybe I should test it.'
'Maybe you should.'
Her brow furrowed. 'I'll test it on your boyfriend, you know,' she said, gesturing at Jacob, who was panting.
I shrugged. 'Be my guest.'
'Nessie – Nessie, get out of here!' Jacob said, looking at me with crazy eyes. 'She's mad, she'll hurt you, make sure you - '
'Jacob, don't worry, I'll be fine,' I said impatiently. 'No, but really Jane – can I call you Jane? – how does it work, this torture-gaze thingy? I suppose there's no way I could learn it?' It would be something new to keep the boredom at bay, at least.
'Why would you want to know something like that?' she spat. 'You're just like the rest of those half-breeds, with all your little do-goodery shit. But no more; I will break you!'
She lost a bit of my respect then. Really, what kind of evil overlord speech was that? Then again, she wasn't an actual evil overlord, just an awesome minion, maybe she just had to practice. But back to business. 'I don't think I want to be broken,' I said, while next to me Jacob started screaming again. 'Maybe you should do it to someone else?'
'Someone else?' She raised her eyebrows in what was probably supposed to be an intimidating manner. 'Like your boyfriend, for instance?'
'He's as good as anyone, I suppose.'
At that moment, the door to my room opened and – yes! – Alice came in! She looked from Jane to me to Jacob and seemed to grasp what was going on. 'Jane,' she said, smiling just as angelically as the other girl did, 'How nice to see you again. What has brought you here?'
'This,' she said, gesturing at Jacob and me. 'I'm going to destroy them.'
I raised my hand as if I were in class. 'I thought I'd traded me for Jacob?' I said, hating how uncertain I sounded.
She waved my words away. 'Fine, fine, I'm here to destroy the dog.'
'Oh. Well, that's all right then,' said Alice, when I didn't seem upset. 'But could you please do this outside? I do hate cleaning up the blood afterwards, especially when it smells as disgusting as his.'
'Don't you care for the pup at all?' asked Jane incredulously.
Alice and I exchanged looks. And in that moment, I realized that not only did we not care about the pup; she cared about me. I saw it in the way her amber eyes shone when she looked at me, I saw it in the way she just kept on coming closer to me.
'Nessie, what's going - ' said Jacob, but then Alice and I had grabbed each others hands and jumped out off the window.
Freedom at last!
Four hours later, I came back to pick up the not-entirely-empty bottle of wine. Jane had followed Alice's request and finished Jacob outside; I could smell the familiar odour of a barbecue not too far off. Why anyone would barbecue in this weather was beyond me, but that's the Dutch for you, I suppose. And it was a nice way of recycling and giving back to the earth and all that.
In my room, in contemplated writing a note for my parents, but decided against it. They'd find out soon enough.
a/n So, there. Not the best I've ever written, but it's always bothered me, so really, I had to write something. Not sure if I'm posting anything tomorrow, so until then: Happy Saturnalia & Birth of Mithras day, everybody!