Here is part 6 of Renesmee and Jacob's story. I hope you all enjoy it and as always thanks for the comments!
I couldn’t place the scent but something about this figure seemed familiar. Jacob stepped in front of me protectively, grabbing me by the arm and swinging me around behind him, but I was too worried to be careful now. I bravely pushed myself away from him and went to stand behind my family.
The cloaked figure did not advance. He stood very still in one place and had his arms crossed with both hands stuffed into the bell sleeves of his cloak. He was huge- almost bigger than Emmett with dark hair. The cloak billowed as the wind began to pick up, and if he hadn’t had the softest hint of a smile on his face he would have looked absolutely terrifying. He took in the entire environment of my family including Jacob before he finally spoke.
“Friends, I come in peace. He relaxed his arms by his side showing his clear solitude and reassignment. “It was not my intention to cause such a commotion.” His tone was perfectly cavalier as smiled at everyone in our group.
Carlisle was the first to step forward sending chills down my spine. Despite his hardened features his body language was relaxed and composed. He offered the stranger his right hand. I stood motionless through the entire exchange.
“Hello Felix, he almost purred.”
Felix relaxed his stance even more. He looked at Carlisle and flashed a brilliant smile letting his cloak fall towards the ground. He caught it effortlessly in one hand and took Carlisle’s in the other. He was disarmingly graceful despite his massive size.
“Hello, Carlisle. Good to see you again. You look well.” He replied easily.
His clothes were very inconspicuous, varying shades of gray and black, but they had the distinct fit and swagger of designer labels. He glanced around at his surroundings, finally taking in the apprehension of everyone surrounding him.
“Truly, I mean your family no harm. May I come in?” he asked.
Carlisle looked over at my father silently questioning his motives. My father nodded and straightened out of his protective stance. Carlisle’s eyes were guarded yet curious as he turned to lead Felix through the door.
“Of course, please come in,” Carlisle held his arm out inviting Felix to follow.
Alice and Jasper were the first though the door followed by Carlisle. My father held his arm out keeping my mother and me behind him. I stepped up the first step onto the porch and Jacob yanked be back nearly knocking me off my feet.
“No!” he whispered in my ear.
I reached out and put my palm out on his cheek to keep our conversation private.
“He doesn’t recognize you….go tell Sam and the rest of the pack but keep your distance for now,” I thought to him. “I’ll be safe here until you get back” I instructed. “He won’t try anything on his own.”
He looked at me with an unfathomable stare for a long time but turned swiftly, rippling as he disappeared into the woods. It felt like half of me had been ripped away. Sadly, I turned and headed inside.
My family had gathered around the dining room table. Carlisle and Felix sat at opposite heads of the table with my father to Carlisle’s right. The rest of my family paired off across from each other. I wanted to sit as well but the only open seats left me sitting beside Felix, so I resigned to leaning against the door frame.
“To what do we own the honor of your visit, Felix,” Carlisle asked politely. “We have done nothing to anger the Volturi. I was under the impression we left on good terms after our last encounter.”
“Of course,” Felix answered. “The ‘Volturi’ have no qualms with your family.”
It was clear nobody missed the emphasis on the word Volturi as he said it. My father was seething at the end of the table. Something in Felix’s thoughts had set him off.
Everyone looked to him expectantly.
“The Volturi is no longer made up of three members” Edward said looking directly at Felix. “Marcus now stands alone.”
You could have cut the tension in the air with a knife. My family was exchanging a series of knowing looks with each other.
And now he is coming for us again?” though it was somewhat a question my mother said it like a statement.
“Yes.” Felix said simply.
“And the rest of the guard?” Carlisle prompted
“They still stand with us for now despite the dissention in our ranks.” Felix explained “Marcus grew weary of Aro’s lack of ‘justice’ at some of the more recent issues that have arisen. Marcus isn’t as open minded to change as Aro and Caius, so he left. Aro was worried that you may be caught off guard by his advance, so he sent me to warn you”
“Is there any threat of more members of the guard siding with Marcus?” Jasper asked.
“It is possible, but highly unlikely. Our guard is very loyal to Aro and they enjoy their status amongst our kind.” He answered proudly.
“Well then, please extend our thanks for our concern to Aro and the rest of the Volturi, but if it is only Marcus, we are very capable of protecting ourselves, if you remember?” Carlisle was being very polite but it was obvious he wanted this little visit to be over.
“All too well, my dear friend” he qualified, “but he doesn’t want to take down the entire family….” He trailed off, and as he did his eyes settled directly on me.
Even though it wasn’t possible, I felt sick. I looked over at my parents and my mother’s eyes were bright with fury. My father suddenly stood bolt upright, kicking his chair out behind him with his foot, shattering it into a thousand tiny pieces.
I was frozen in place by the door. You could hear the soft snarls coming from my entire family who were all on their feet at this point. Felix looked alarmed but remained seated.
“Please, I know this is difficult, but there is more.” he said softly. Carlisle put one hand of each of my parents’ shoulders guiding them back to their chairs. Felix nodded his head in thanks and continued.
“Marcus has not made his move yet, but we suspect that it will be soon. I’m afraid it isn’t just your daughter he’s after, but the others like her in South America. He is threatened by the new evolution of our kind and is worried that the superiority gap between humans and vampires will be lessened if he doesn’t put a stop to the ‘abomination’ and it is allowed to spread.” He rolled his eyes as he finished. He was obviously opposed to Marcus’s theory.
“I thought the Volturi paid a visit to the creator of the hybrids in Brazil?” Jasper said.
“We did, but Aro only dealt with the creator. We let the rest of the offspring survive. Marcus argued that we were unsure if the offspring could reproduce- posing yet another threat- and that we should terminate the situation completely, but he was out voted. We expect him to cause malice to your daughter and to the others at some point” He concluded.
“You said he hasn’t begun his search yet. Do you know where he will start first? My mother asked quietly.
“Marcus doesn’t think he will go alone whatever he decides. He thinks he will try to round up nomads along the way. He will probably save your daughter for last so he doesn’t have to come at your family head on, but we don’t know that for sure…”
He was addressing everyone at the table now in a very business like fashion but at the end of his sentence his gaze lingered on Alice. She raised one eyebrow in his direction, obviously knowing what he was going to ask but wanting him to say it aloud.
“We were hoping you could help us with that part…..” he said grudgingly. Clearly, he was not accustomed to having to ask for help.
“Aro would consider it a great favor to us-”
”I’ll bet he would!” dad interjected before Alice could answer. “I’ll bet he’d like a lot more ‘favors’ from her…from our entire family as a matter of fact.” he hissed. "So much for your masters’ veiled attempt at good-will ambassadorship …of course this would serve the Volturi’s interest more than ours.”
A scowl had spread across my father’s face and he sat with his arms over his chest. He and Felix remained silent for a long time staring at each other, my father’s head cocked listening to Felix’s thoughts.
My family sat quietly, as still as statures until my father looked to his sister and spoke.
“This isn’t merely a favor…it is a trade,” he said thru his teeth. “The Volturi want to let us know that this little visit from Felix is more than a friendly courtesy. Aro would like….no he expects, you to ‘show’ him how this rift will affect them in the end.”
The acid in my father’s voice as he conveyed Felix’s thoughts was obvious.
Felix looked a little ashamed, but nodded confirming the truth of my father’s words.
“This may not be a truly benevolent act on our part, but it does serve your family’s best interest. Your sister has a very useful gift we could all benefit from”
Alice kept her face serene as she turned to Felix. She crossed her fingers on the table in front of her and closed her eyes for a brief moment before she spoke.
“I am happy to help you in any way I can, and I certainly appreciate the warning, no matter what the motive behind it. If I do decide to help you it will be one sided. You see, I can only see humans and our kind. I can’t see half breeds like Renesmee. I will only be able to see Marcus’s decision but if that decision puts him in contact with Nahuel and Renesmee then I can’t see the outcome.” She explained.
“I see.” Felix replied. “Aro will be interested to hear this.”
“However,” she continued “I will be able to see any plan he is putting together until he meets with us…as well as his timeline.”
Felix looked happier with this information.
“I will let Aro know right away. He will be very pleased with your offer to help.”
My father stood up from the table as Felix rose with his cell phone in hand to call Aro. His face was contorted and angry, clearly not satisfied with the way the conversation had transpired.
“A warning is hardly a fair trade, Felix,” he hissed. “Our family is in danger and we are making a generous offer to help you. Is the Volturi prepared to stand with us against Marcus?” he demanded.
Felix didn’t flinch- he dialed the numbers so quickly his hand was a blur.
“We’ll see.” He said as the phone rang………….