This is my newly inspired story: Diversions.
This is an odd pairing but I think it can work!
Rated M for coarse language, sexual actions and a bunch of crazy stuff. Anyway, this is set in New Moon when Bella tries to stop Edward from suicide. I will not be quoting anything from New Moon, I'm going to go with what I remember. Disclaimer: Stephenie Meyer is the creator of these intriguing characters. I do not own anything besides my ideas.
"Isabella must stay here in Volterra, she knows too much of our kind." Aro glanced at me with devilish, red eyes. It made shivers run down my spine.
"Never!" Edward growled, and tried to break free of the hold that one of the Volturi guards held him in.
I looked from Alice to Aro to Edward. Alice was pinned down on the ground with a pleading look on her face. Aro was staring Edward down with a cold, menacing glare. Edward was only looking at me with worried eyes. And all I could do was stand there and look at them helplessly. I couldn't help them, or try to pry them out of the guards' hold, a simple flick of their finger and they could break every bone in my entire body.
"Please, let them go and kill me instead!" I begged Aro. Although I knew my plead was worthless.
Edward snarled in response but I looked at him with a pleading stare. He looked at me with confusion and frowned. Could he not see that I was trying to protect them? If anyone should die, it should be me. I'm the root of the problem. If I never decided to pry my nose into someone else's business, they wouldn't be in this predicament.
Aro seemed to be stunned by my response. As were the other two leaders of the Volturi clan; Marcus and Caius. Aro stood up, amusement in his expression. He had the tips of his fingers touching each other. He had a sly smile on his face. I glared at him in return.
"You would give your life for a pathetic vampire?" He raised an eyebrow at me, awaiting my response.
"Yes." I answered quickly, it's a no-brainer.
I would give my life for Edward. He is my everything. Everything I could ever want. I wanted nothing more but to spend the rest of my life with Edward and the rest of the Cullens. They are my family and I would do anything to keep them safe, even if it meant putting my life in danger. I love them.
"Interesting." Aro murmured.
Edward growled and Aro glanced at him. "She is to stay here."
"Can't we come to an agreement?" Alice pleaded, staring up in the eyes of the King of vampires.
Aro smiled at her. "Dear Alice, she knows too much. She cannot be trusted."
"Don't kill her!" Edward yelled, his voice echoed throughout the room
Aro looked at me from the corner of his eye. "Well. I guess there is only one option then."
"No!" Edward sneered.
"Make up your mind, boy! Either she is to be turned...or she will be killed." Aro declared.
He gave them an ultimatum. I know that Edward wouldn't let me die.
"Just...just give her time. Let her live a little longer. She can keep a secret. During the four months of my...separation with her," He paused, cringing at the memory. "she hadn't told a soul."
Aro looked at Edward greedily, holding out both of his hands as if he were receiving a gift. "May I?"
Edward reluctantly held out his hand and Aro nearly snapped his arm off. Aro closed his eyes and smiled, making me feel terrified once again. He opened his eyes and stared at me, directly.
"It seems to be that she is immune to her gift." His voice had an interesting tone to it. I looked to the thrones, where the other two Kings were seated and they stared at me coldly. Marcus had a longing look in his eyes but he was scrutinizing me. Caius looked like he held a grudge against the entire world. He frowned at me as Aro's words registered his mind.
Caius didn't look away. Actually, I was mesmerized by him. He looked angelic but I knew that all vampires had an inner demonic sense about them. His stare was no longer cold but somewhat soft, more gentle. Marcus noticed this and his lips parted for a moment but he immediately went back to the sullen statue I first saw as I walked into this main hall. I had to pull away from Caius's gaze as I heard Edward grunt and struggle against the Volturi guard. Aro was still staring at me with eagerness.
From my peripheral vision, I saw Marcus tell Caius something quickly and probably in Italian. Jane was standing next to them, obviously intrigued in their conversation. Caius's eyes grew wide and shocked. Caius told something to Jane but I snapped out of it, as I saw Aro approach me,
"May I?" He asked Edward.
"Ask her." Edward spat, looking at me with concern.
"Of course! How rude of me." He averted his eyes to me, his palms open. "Isabella, may I?"
I hesitated for a moment, wondering if I should or not. Would he crush my hand? I am, after all, a human and much more fragile to vampires. Assuming that Aro knew what he was doing, I nodded and Aro was more than eager to hold my hand and he closed his eyes with a huge smile on his face. Suddenly, that smile was wiped away and he shot a glare at me, with a frown.
"I see nothing." He uttered, completely shocked.
I wasn't really shocked that he couldn't see anything. Nothing seemed to take me by surprise anymore. I knew about the supernatural for god's sake! I should be used to this by now.
"She isn't to be terminated." Aro muttered, staring at me with hard eyes. "It would be a waste."
"She is a liability." Caius hissed. "She cannot be trusted!"
"And waste this amazing talent? She would make an excellent member of our guard." Aro let go of my hand and clapped joyfully.
"No! Stop!" Edward shouted, making me cringe at the sudden outburst.
Aro sighed. "She will live a while longer. If that is what you wish." Aro said, probably disappointed by the fact that I cannot be turned as soon as he had hoped. "Now, she will live for a year at most. No longer. Now go, I do not want to see you anymore." Aro waved a hand, dismissing them.
Alice and Edward were dragged out of the main hall.
"I'll write you, Bella! I love you!" Edward yelled, before his voice faded into the darkness.
The entire room was silent. I had to fight back the tears as I watched my best friend and the love of my life be dragged out of the room. I couldn't help but let out a little whimper as I realized that I won't be able to see them for a year. I wouldn't be able to see Charlie...or Jacob...or my friends. I'm alone. In a country that I've never been to before. I'm stuck with a bunch of human blood drinking vampires that I have never acquainted with before. Worse of all, it was either that or death.
"Oh Isabella, my apologies. I know this must be hard for you." Aro whispered, loud enough for me to hear.
I turned around and hung my head, not letting him see my tear stained cheeks. I'm not going to let him think I was this vulnerable. I had to be strong for Alice. For Edward. For Charlie. And for myself.
"Jane!" Aro called. Within a second, Jane was at his side, smiling coyly at her King.
"Yes, Master?" She whispered.
Aro gestured to me. "Take Isabella to the guest chambers. Let her settle in. Alert all the guards in the entire castle not to harm her." He said the last part sternly.
"Yes, Master." She nodded.
Jane turned to me with a smile and held out her hand for me to take. I took it, not wanting to be rude, and she walked me past the thrones. I looked at Marcus who had a smirk on his face - not something you'd see often from someone like him. Caius was staring at me, not glaring, but staring.
As Jane and I left the throne room, I felt eyes on me.
Jane guided me into a grand hallway. There were several doors along side but the left and right of the hall, but she led me down right until the end. She opened the engraved wooden double doors and led me inside.
The room was grand. Red, gold, white and black were the obvious main colors of the room. It is Victorian styled, I recognized. The bed is over sized, but that would be a big understatement.
She let me walk around the room as I looked at every single detail. It is probably the most amazing room I have ever been in, which includes the Cullen's house.
Thinking of them brought me emotional pain.
"If you need anything, just call for me. I'll be at your side within a second flat." She snapped her fingers, her grin never leaving her beautiful face.
"Thanks, Jane" I returned the smile, gratitude in my voice.
"No problem. I'll be back later to call you down for supper and I will get Gianna to supply you with you human tools." She notified me. She turned to leave but I didn't want to her to. I still had questions to ask her.
"Jane." I said, feeling a little nervous for stopping her in her trail.
"Yes?" She inquired.
I hesitated. Would now be the good time to ask why they looked at me creepily?
"Why do you all stare at me...creepishly?" I asked, feeling rather silly for my language.
She let out a chuckle. "You're a curious one! I like that. Well, our gifts seem to have no affect with you at all. And you strike us odd."
I frowned. "Odd?"
"Peculiar, strange, foreign, unique. All the same." She shrugged.
"Why do you all find me...odd?" I asked, feeling a bit insecure.
"You're a fine one, Isabella-"
"Bella." I interrupted.
"Bella," She nodded. "but there is something that the Masters see in you. I'm not obligated to say what, exactly, for I'm not entirely sure. Master Marcus may, though-" She cut herself off. "Anyway," She gave me a quick smile. "I must depart, my brother Alec is calling for my assistance."
"What am I supposed to do?" I asked her.
"Well, dear," She winked. "anything that you'd like."
For most of the evening, I sat alone in the room, taking books off of the bookshelf and reading them. I decided I shouldn't think about the Cullens or my family for the meant time, because I know I would break down and cry. I don't think the Volturi would want any disturbances in the castle anyway.
I was halfway through reading The Odyssey by Homer when there was gentle knock on the door.
"Hello?" I called out, cautiously.
Jane opened the door and quietly waltzed in. She had a look on her face that told me that something incredible has happened, because she looked stunned, shocked and surprised all at once, if that were possible.
"Hey Jane." I smiled at her, putting down the book and mentally noting what page I am on.
"Dinner's ready," She grinned. "Gianna prepared your dinner."
I got up from the bed and followed Jane as she led me down the hallway. I knew better than to go out of the room alone. As we walked down the hallway, we made an unusual turn. It is then when I noticed how massive and grand this estate really was. The ceilings were above high. It had an odd air to it, as if this weren't meant to be a house, but an ancient type of architecture. It probably was, too.
"This place is way too big." I stated, as we walked down a freaky, dark tunnel of a hallway.
"That is why you are not supposed to go alone." She glanced at me from behind her shoulder. "I have alerted the entire castle. There shouldn't be any problems with the guards. But I must warn you, do not, still, ever go on your own. Some guards still have impatience with their blood lust. It is why Gianna is always near the throne room."
"Why do you need her here?" I asked, staring at the back of Jane's perfect blond head.
"It helps us with our control, to be around a human and not attack on sight. But," She raised an eyebrow at me as she looked over her shoulder again. "we cannot be tamed."
I nodded, not wanting to ask further questions. It was a matter of minutes before we were finally in the dining area. Gianna was waiting with my plate of food, and I almost felt bad that she was to occupy cooking me dinner. I could have done that myself.
I frowned a little bit as she set the plate down. "I could have cooked for myself." I interjected, almost rudely.
"Master Aro does not want you to stress yourself. You already have much to deal with." Jane said, giving me a good point. I still wasn't okay with this, but Gianna's here to obey the Volturi and obviously I can't boss them around. I had to listen to Edward and be obedient. So I just nodded.
Jane sat down next to me and observed me with intense curiosity. She shook her head once, making me gawk at her with the impression that she found me revolting.
"What?" I asked, defensively.
"I wish I could remember how being a human was like." She stated, sighing again. I saw the longing she had in her eyes, as if she missed something terribly and wanted it back. But I was afraid that was already too late to get back.
"Oh." I whispered.
She crunched up her nose. "I still don't comprehend how you eat that."
I looked down at my finished plate of food. "It's not terrible."
"Yes, I understand that. But I don't find it appealing." She scrutinized my empty plate as Gianna came around to collect it. She handed me a glass of water and I chugged it down gratefully.
"I don't find blood appealing either." I said, sarcastically.
"You're so full of it." She grunted, sounding like my mother when she was upset with me.
"Full of what? The blood or sarcasm?" I raised a brow, finding humor in what I just said.
Jane let out a laugh, it was musical and nice to hear. Jane always looked so serious and that was a big understatement but there was a side of her trying to break free - a careless girl who wanted nothing but a friend to talk and vent to, hang out and just joke around with.
"Both!" She exclaimed.
In some part of the multiple halls, I heard a variety of laughter echoing throughout the room.
"And apparently," She quirked an eyebrow at me with a sly smile on her face. "everyone else thinks so, too."
She giggled slightly and I half-smiled. Hopefully I could get on their good side. I'm already on Aro's good side, knowing that he thinks I have some special ability. He wants me to join their guard, an option that I didn't know how to react to yet.
"Well, I'm done eating." I said, satisfied that there was actually some food in this big estate.
She hesitated for a moment, not following my lead as I stood up. "I believe Master Aro would like to speak with you."
"With me?" I frowned. What did he want from me now? It was bad enough he made me locked up in a place I've never been to before, in a country I've never even been to and with a bunch of thirsty vampires that were probably wishing Aro wasn't here just to sink their teeth into me.
"Yes. Let me escort you to his study." She said as she held out her hand for me to take.
I took her hand obediently.
Aro's study was a long way away from my room. It took us five minutes just to get there! Unbelievable, if you ask me. It takes me five minutes to walk up my block, not to get to a room in the same building you are in. Visualizing that this estate was probably as big as an entire neighborhood, I decided to acquaint myself with these halls, in case I get lost or something.
Hah. Even though I knew I shouldn't go alone, do you really think that would stop me?
Probably. This place creeps the hell out of me.
Jane stopped in front of double wooden doors with scriptures and odd details. It looked to be very old. Jane knocked the door, as if it were necessary. Aro knew we would be here. He could smell our scent, too.
"Come in." He invited.
Jane opened the door and walked in, her hand releasing mine as she clasped hers together.
"Here is Isabella, Master." She bowed.
Aro looked at his most trusted guard proudly. "Thank you, dear Jane. Welcome Isabella." He nodded my way, an interesting spark of emotion hidden behind his red eyes.
"I need to discuss a couple of things with you." Aro studied me. "And it is most important that you know now."