Okay, so I've had this idea for quite some time now, so I'm excited to finally put it on paper!
Well, not exactly
I'll leave out some of the more...gory details of things like hunting, but pretty much every other detail I have in mind is going into this story.
Disclaimer: I own nothing involving Twilight...unfortunately.
The new character will be nothing like the Cullens, yet almost exactly like them. That, and she defies all of what Carlisle's theories say.
Allow the setting to set itself...and enjoy!
It was the perfect day for hunting.
There was a herd of elk passing though the Forks area, and the mountain lion population was growing. The sun made the green on the trees seem to fill the air as Carlisle, Edward, Esme, and Bella were passing though the forest. The ground was moist with the rain from the past night, the moss soft and springy. The Cullenss sharp senses quickly picked up the scent of the herd as well as the predators following them, and the four vampires ran quickly for the hunt.
Once the family had their fill, another scent filled the air, but was faint and smelled of grapes, pine, bread, and age, if that is possible. The four vampires exchanged looks, but they all decided to follow it to wherever-and whoever-it was leading to. After five miles, the four stopped at a small, sunny clearing where a black-haired girl in a long cream dress stood in front of them, her back to them. At first inspection she appeared human, but her scent proved otherwise. It had been her scent they followed, meaning she must be...
A vampire like yourselves, yes, an aged female voice said inside their heads.
"Who -" Esme started.
My name is Arya, and you need not fear me, Esme. I have been looking for you for quite some time now, Carlisle. I am pleased to know Bella has joined your family, and that Edward no longer has to exist alone and in misery, the voice said again.
"You seem to know us better than we know you. How is that possible?" Carlisle asked. "And we'd all appreciate it if you turned around and told us yourself."
"Very well," said the vampire - Arya, she claimed her name was - and slowly, she turned to face them, her golden eyes glittering in the sunlight just as her skin was illuminated in the same way. "Why don't you all come forward more. I can assure you there are no mortals around, not for a five mile radius, at least."
"How do you know this?" Edward asked, stepping forward into the light with Carlisle, Esme, and Bella. "Why can't I read your mind?"
Arya laughed, a sound like a babbling brook. "Simply because you are not being permitted access to certain thoughts, and they is what I am thinking of. Not even Aro can read them, which is saying something."
Carlisle was confused. "You can speak into our minds, block your thoughts, and you obviously know about us from somewhere. That defies everything!"
Arya locked eyes with Carlisle. "I have discovered that the number of abilities a vampire has depends on how many vampires' venom was coursing through their veins at the time of death and changing. In my case, there were three. The reason I know so much about you all is because I can read every thought you've ever had as long as I choose to focus on your mind. The more minds I focus on, the less I am able to hear."
Edward tensed. "Like Aro."
"Except he needs physical contact. I do not," Arya said, but she herself tensed at the name of the old vampire.
"Mind if I ask how old you are?" Bella asked.
Arya turned her gaze to her. "I could not tell you. Not because I don't want to, but because I do not know. Time was not kept very well back then, just as Carlisle knows, but I do know that I was around for the assassination of Julius Caesar and much more before that. I'd say far back in the years we call BC. If you wish to have an exact age, take Aro's and subtract it by...I'd say thirteen."
Esme's eyes widened. "Wow."
"That's a long time to be wandering alone," Carlisle said, but something in Arya's expression forced him to stop.
"All that time and you still have not found a mate?" Edward asked, and a flash of a man's face that looked oddly like Carlisle entered his mind as he triggered an unblocked memory.
"Do not assume such things, Edward," Arya said. "Not everyone has the most pleasant memories of loved ones."
Carlisle put his hand on Edward's shoulder. "That is enough." Turning his gaze to Arya, he asked, "Would you like to stay with us for a while?"
Arya smiled. "Yes, I would. Thank you."
Carlisle nodded with a smile. "You are welcome." With that, the five vampires sped off to the Cullens' home.
Along the way, Bella and Edward started to race each other, and Arya just so happened to join in. Just like Bella, she quickly passed Edward, but soon, with a laugh, she ducked her head and gained impressive speed, reaching the house before anyone else.
Rosalie and Emmett were standing on the porch with Alice and Jasper when Arya raced up, stopped, and was joined by Bella, Edward, Esme, and Carlisle.
Rosalie started to object to Arya's sudden appearance when Alice said, "It's okay, Rose. I knew she was coming."
"It doesn't mean I have to like it," Rosalie retorted, but Arya didn't seem to care.
"Being alone for most of my existence has gotten the best of me. Being here for a while will definitely be a change," Arya said as Alice vaulted over the railing.
"Hi! I'm Alice!" she said, scooping her up in a hug. "I can already tell we're going to be great friends."
"Me too," Arya said, then turned to Jasper and Emmett. "Jasper, Emmett, I'm Arya. You'll get used to my knowing things soon enough."
A wave of calm feelings settled on Arya, and she smiled. "It's not worth it, Jasper. I'm not a fighter, much unlike Emmett, and I most certainly am calm. Well, I was, but that's besides the point." I can tell you what I'm thinking if I please and make it sound as if it was your own, if I chose to. I am a free-range Aro, so to speak, but whatever I read from someone's mind neither he nor Edward can read. That, and some of my thoughts are blocked only because I know they contain pointless information that will lead them nowhere. "Does that help?"
Emmett laughed. "Impressive speed you had there."
Arya laughed back. "I have concluded it has to do with the age at which I was changed. My speed and strength are higher than most vampires only because I was so young."
"How old were you?" Rosalie asked finally.
"Thirteen," Arya answered, and just then Jacob and Renesmee walked over. "Hello."
Jacob was about to phase when he realized everyone else was just standing there, obviously having a conversation, not an argument, and calmed down, scooping Renesmee onto his shoulders happily. "Hi."
"I'm Arya. You are...Jacob, and the little one on your shoulders is Renesmee," Arya concluded after a moment.
"How did you know that?" Jacob asked.
Arya laughed. Now do you understand?
He put a hand to his head before saying, "Okay! So you got in my mind! Now will you do me a favor and get the hell out?"
"I've been out," Arya said. "Your mind screamed that to me along with quite a few profanities after I thought that to you." Turning to the entire Cullen family as well as Jacob, Arya said, "Do you mind if I tell you all that you have the most interesting mind glows I have ever seen?"
"Mind glow?" Edward asked.
"Yeah. It's almost like your mind has its own light or something that I can see, and it has to do with the fact that I have to choose which mind I read," Arya said, then turned to Bella. "But yours is nonexistant. I understand, though, that you must have one-everyone does-but your sheild is up."
"Yeah, it's not something I like to take down often," Bella said.
Suddenly Arya stilled, and her eyes flashed red for a moment. She blinked, and they resumed their golden color. She moved, looking at the ground, before looking at Alice, who was still, then looked to Jasper and Edward.
"What did you see?" Jasper asked.
"The Volturi," Alice said. She turned her gaze to Arya. "They think you're joining our family, and want to investigate."
"I know," Arya said. "They'll be here in three days time. Jane, Alec, Demetri, Felix. I already see us in Volterra."
"See?" Carlisle asked.
Arya turned to him. "The blocking isn't really an ability as much as random, unpredictable visions are, like this one. All of my visions are about a choice I must make. Coming here was one of them. This visit the Volturi wish we pay is another. Long ago, another vision turned me away from Europe and Asia and coursed me here to North America. Another made me return home."
"The Volturi...but...why you?" Edward asked. "It doesn't make sense."
Arya shook her head. "It's not that way. The Volturi don't know it is me here in Forks with you all, but they know a vampire is, and they obviously don't want that. Maybe it's your size, or maybe there are more than one reason, but Aro and Caius wish to see us all in Italy in person. He will not be hapy to know it is me that is here."
Esme looked at Arya with a nervous, confused look. "But you don't pose a threat to anyone, let alone humans."
"Mortals are not what the Volturi care about at the moment," Arya clarrified. "I do pose a threat to the Volturi if I choose to go against them at any point in time. Just as Aro seeks Bella, Edward, and Alice's abilities, he has been after my own for quite some time."
"What do we do then?" Rosalie asked.
Arya looked at Carlisle. "No matter what this is going to happen. Aro's decision is practically set in stone."
Carlisle nodded, then looked to his family. "We will wait for the Volturi's arrival, then follow to Volterra if they wish. We cannot go against Jane's will this time. I'm sure she'd love to destroy you, Bella, after her attempt failed."
Bella nodded, reaching for Renesmee. "In the meantime...?"
"Let's just continue our normal lives," Carlisle said, and just then, as the sun was covered by the clouds, everyone heard Charlie's car start up the drive.