"Wait," Edward interjected.
Jane raised her left eyebrow in irritation, but
Edward couldn’t notice this as he was staring at Carlisle while he spoke in an
"We could explain the rules to the young one.
She doesn't seem unwilling to learn. She was just oblivious of her
"Of course," Carlisle answered. "We
would certainly be prepared to take responsibility for Bree."
Jane's expression was torn between amusement and
disbelief. (Eclipse pg.577 & 578. Stephenie Meyer)
"We don't make exceptions" -she said-
"And we don't give second chances either, but, my dear Cullen Clan, in
reward for your combating today I will let you keep your newborn, perhaps she
will get to your human before we have to."
Jane smirked at us then turned abruptly and
floated away, her almost black clock billowing behind her and the other Volturi
following in an arrow formation behind her.
Silence lasted over 10 minutes, and finally someone
whose voice I wasn’t able to recognize, broke it.
Edward and Carlisle exchanged a surprised glance
then they both turned their heads and looked at Bree, who was still writhing
I stared at this new vampire, perhaps a future
member of my family. She seemed to be like she used to be little and dainty,
whenever she was a human, like Jane and Alice are. But the ravenous vampire’s
look seemed to make her bigger, more adult-like.
Edward wrapped his arm around my waist,
"Let's go Bella, we should give her some room, she needs to calm
I nodded numbly and let Edward push me through the
walkway marked by trees. He walked with me till we got to the forest, then he
threw me on his back and ran back to my house. I closed my eyes in order to
feel healthy at the end of the trip, but that was going to be impossible, since
I was keen to know what would happen to this tiny creature.
I felt my whole body relax as that reeking female
human disappeared from my scent range. Good thing, because I was just about to
lose control. Even though I wasn't in torture from being so close to her, my
throat was still on fire.
All the others from my brand new specie surrounded
me; I quickly sprang up in defense not sure if I could trust all of them.
Carlisle, the leader I guess, reassured me,
"Don't worry none of us will harm you, we just want to learn more about
went on in Seattle."
I stood up straight and looked around at all of them.
He smiled warmly and I immediately believed him. I
loosened up and looked around at the rest of them.
Esme was holding Carlisle's hand and smiling at me
kindly.The small girl with dark hair was looking me up and down with a slight
look of disapproval on her face, what was her problem? A fierce looking vampire
with golden locks was standing a little in front of her, guarding her from…me,
of course, and looking at me as if I were a child, which I guess I was to them.
Riley had said they were a few hundred years old. The big one with black hair
who had, fortunately, killed Raoul, was smiling casually at me, as if we were
life time friends. Do they behave like this all the time? The gorgeous girl was
sort of glaring at me but I got the feeling that was the look she gave to
everyone, she looked like that kind of girl, I’ve met lots like her in my life,
I guess I should be used by now.
I smiled back at them hesitantly, "Before I
explain to you I'd just like to thank you very much for saving me from those people,”
I emphasized the word because I don’t really think that’s what they are, “whoever
they were. You saved my life and I am now forever indebted to all of you."
The big guy smiled wider, until the before subtle
smile on his face became more like a grin,
"Don't worry! With all the trouble we get in
everyday I'm sure you'll find some way to repay us!" I grinned back at
him. I was definitely going to like this boy. What would his name be?
Carlisle looked pleased that I was fitting in with
them a little. "How about we all go back to the house to discuss the
Seattle situation," he suggested.
"Is… is that girl going to be there?" I
asked fearing the answer.
"Who Bella?" He asked and I nodded,
"No I'd imagine Edward would've taken her to her home."
"You mean she doesn't stay with you
"No she lives with her father."
"This is all so complicated; I guess I'm
getting what Riley told me mixed up with the truth. He told us that she was
your pet, he made it sound like you just kept her around so you could show off
your control, a decoy." Everyone laughed Carlisle said
nonchalantly, "No that's not the case at all, but we can talk about that
once we get to the house, I think we would all feel more comfortable once we
are away from all of this." His eyes drifted over the bon fire and the
destruction around it.
We all nodded and we all took off, they made sure
to keep me in the middle so they wouldn't lose me but I understood their
reasoning so I didn't care.
We ran up to a magnificent white house, it was the
most glorious building I can remember seeing. The inside was just as nice and
it was astonishingly clean.
Everyone turned towards the left once we got
through the door and they settled on the couches in the living room.
I sat on the big couch in between the small girl
and her mate. They seemed to still be protective though.
"I guess the first thing we should do is
introduction," Carlisle announced once everyone had settled. "I think
you know this already but I'm Carlisle, I'm the "father" in this group."
He put his arm around Esme. “This is my wife, Esme. The 'mother’” He pointed to
Jasper, “That’s Jasper, he can read and change moods; he was in a newborn
vampire army before he joined us, just like you. After he left the army he
found Alice here, she can predict the future.”
Alice smiled at me and in a trilling voice said,
"Hello." She said and looked me up and down with a worried look on
her face " I hope you like shopping because you are not going to be
wearing that here" I looked down at my blouse and khaki Capri pants and
shrugged, the outfit used to be ok until I went on those adventures through the
water with Diego, I thought.
Carlisle continued, "That is Rosalie,"
he looked at the pretty blonde. "She may seem a little harsh at first but
that's just how Rose is," he winked at her, she rolled her eyes. He nodded
towards the giant of a man, "That is Emmett, him and Rose are together.
They are a little over affectionate so don't mind them." Emmett nodded his
head and grabbed Rosalie's hand.
Carlisle got a slightly more serious tone in his
voice, "Edward is my eldest son, he is a mind reader, and he is in love
with Bella, the human whose smell you like so much."
"He's in love with her, does that mean he
like kisses her and stuff?" I asked.
"Well, yes, of course."
"And he's never bitten her r something?"
Emmett snorted, Carlisle smiled.
"Well obviously not, she is, after all, still
"Wow! That must take some great
"Yes, but he can effect that kind of control
with no need of suffering"
"I can only imagine," I whispered trying
to imagine how hard it would be to kiss a human with sweet blood without
"Well we told you our story how about
I nodded and told them everything that had
happened since I'd been woken up as a vampire excluding the parts about Diego,
I just couldn't talk about that yet.
Then they told me the real reason that my creator
had wanted to battle them, I was horrified when they finished,
"I can't believe it, pretty much everything
I've been told since I've become a vampire has been a lie."
Carlisle nodded, "I understand this must be
hard for you, but be tranquil dear, you are not alone anymore."
"It is but I'll get over it." I was just
teeming with questions, "If you don't mind me asking, why your eyes are
yellow? Riley told me it was because you were old but I don't think that's the
Carlisle laughed lightly, “No, that's certainly
not the truth, the reason our eyes are ‘yellow,’” he kind of made fun of the
color I’d chosen to describe their eyes, “is because we have a different diet
than most vampires, we don't eat humans, instead, we like to call ourselves
“vegetarians” because we only drink from animals.”
My eyes widened, "Does that taste the same as
"No, it's not as half as satisfying or so
I've heard, I've personally never tried human. But it feels more morally
I thought about that, I couldn't imagine any
animal even slightly comparing to a human, I've smelled animal before and it
hadn't sent me on frenzy like humans do.
I looked at all of their eyes, they weren't really
yellow, now I could see it, when they were closely inspected they were an
enticing honey-gold scheme.
I thought about the moral thing he had mentioned,
sometimes I did feel guilty after I drank a human, would it be better if I just
didn't kill humans at all?
I cleared my throat, though again, it was
unnecessary. "I think I'd like to try your way of hunting"
Carlisle smiled brightly, "Excellent, when
you would like to go?"
"Um… as soon as possible, my throat is
“In that case…soon it will be” Jasper concluded
and I saw that he looked anxious, he probably still didn’t trust but hopefully
soon I can change that.