As I looked into his red eyes my mind was racing with questions. What were they doing here, what do they want, did they know that I was alone. I don’t know how they could know that I was going to be alone today, unless they were watching the house, but then, Alice would have seen them watching us. Or would she?. It seems too much of a coincidence that the day he decides to visit it the only day that I am left here all alone. I wish Edward was here so that I could have some sort of idea what they wanted.
I was very aware of Jane on his left hand side, she was trying to see if I left my shield down and to see if she could hurt me. I can normally control my emotions but when it comes to her, and I remember what she did to my Edward, the pain he was in…..before I could even think about it I was growling at her, unable to control myself.
“Now now, Bella” laughed Aro, he was smiling as if I should be happy to see him standing at my front door, “were all friends cant we try to get alone?”
Was he being serious? Did he think we were friends? The thought made me laugh.
“Of course Aro” I tried to sound nice but I didn’t quite manage it, “its not as if you have done anything to make me not like you, all you have done is try to kill my family!”
“Ah see now they were both complete misunderstandings, surely you can understand that, what would you have done if you were in out possession?”
“I would have found out the truth before sentencing innocent people to death! Or did you not think of that before or were you just looking for a way to kill us!”
“Bella? I know that we haven’t done anything to gain your trust but I can assure you I am not here to harm you” he sounded hurt by what I had said……..good
“What are you here for then?” I was starting to get annoyed at how he can never just say things straight. Does he always have to make everything so dramatic? No wonder Marcus always looked bored! If I had to be around him for thousands of years I would be as well.
“We just came for a little visit, may we come in?”
Before I could answer him he had let himself in and went to sit on the armchair next to the fireplace. For a moment I imagined what it would be like if I shoved him into the fire and watched him burn.
As Felix walked passed me he winked and said “looking good Bella” if I could still shiver I would have, that creeped me out.
Jane, Felix and Demetri followed after Aro and sat on the couch. How was I meant to get rid of them? I really didn’t want to be in the same room as them anymore. Why hasn’t Alice called to see if I was ok? Could they have? No they wouldn’t….they wouldn’t have gone after them first would they? There was four of them and with Jane they could have easily killed them…no I wouldn’t think like that….Alice would have seen them and Edward would have heard them coming. But still, the thought of it put me in a panic but then Aro asked something to pull me out of the thoughts I didn’t want to have.
“So, were is little Rennesmee? How old is she now 10?” he still had that stupid smile on his face, how I wanted to rip it off! How dare he say her name! I still detested how he looked at her when we last met, he looked her like he wanted to collect her, the thought made me want to through up.
“Yes she is 10, but physically she is 17 years old” I really wanted to change the conversation, I didn’t want to talk about my daughter to him anymore.
“And what about those wolves of yours? They still around?” there was on odd glint in his eye. Then I remembered he wanted to collect them as well. He wanted guard dogs. I had to laugh then the thought of the Quileute wolves joining the Volturi and being the “pets” was really funny.
“They weren’t MY wolves! I didn’t own them! They are my friends!”
“So there still around are they?”
“Yes! Why do you care anyway?” I really wanted to know what he was up to. Not knowing was extremely irritating.
“I don’t just trying to make polite conversation, so were is your husband, gone out has he?” the way he said that, it sounded like he was finally getting to the point of this “visit”.
“Yes he has gone out……he has went hunting with Jazz and Emmett….he hasn’t gone far though and he will be back soon” I was starting to panic again. But just then Alice, Rosalie and Esme came rushing through the door.
“Alice!” Aro’s eyes both lit up and looked disappointed as soon as he saw Alice, he wanted nothing more than have her join him. He wanted Edward to join as well but he knew there was less chance of him joining than Alice. But he was also aware that there was now four of us and with my shield he didn’t have the advantage of Jane.
“Did you have a nice shopping trip?” words cannot describe how happy I was that they were here.
“No not really, it got cut short by an unexpected event” he shot an extremely angry look at Aro, she didn’t like the idea that I was alone in the house with them anymore that I did. “ Edward and the boys had to cut there trip short as well, there on there way home”.
Edward on his way home. I felt instantly better, as soon as he was here nothing bad will happen he wont let it and then the Volturi will be even more out numbered. A huge smile came across my face as I came to that conclusion.
“Ah that’s good! How I have missed Edward!” just as he said that the door opened and I was in a panic again, it was Nessie and Jacob, they certainly do have a sense of timing. The one time I would have been happy for them to stay out late they had to come home early!
“Hey mum! Are these friends of yours? I think I can remember them….have I met them before” I was so happy she couldn’t remember then completely I didn’t want her to remember.
At the same time Nessie has said that Jacob shouted “What’s going on?!” he definitely remembered who they were and he was not happy, I could see him shaking, he was trying to fight the urge to turn into a wolf “What are they doing here?!”
“Jake I haven’t actually got around to that part yet!” I snapped, I know that I shouldn’t have but having Nessie here made it harder to fight my panic. I did not want her in the same room as him! I didn’t even like having her in the same country as him!
“Well well isn’t this nice!” Aro stood up and started walking towards Nessie, I instinctly put myself between him and her, if he thought he was going anywhere near her he was wrong.
The strain was too much for Jake and he turned into his wolf. Aro thought this was amusing.
“Hahaha this must be a fun house to live in!” was he really not aware of the fact that Jake was about to attack him? I didn’t want this to turn into a fight so I said the only thing that I thought would get Aro out of the house.
“Aro I know that Carlisle would want to see you, why don’t you go visit him at the hospital I can take you if you like?” everyone turned to me shocked. Esme wasn’t particularly happy that I was trying to take him to Carlisle and Alice and Rosalie just didn’t want me to be by myself with him, but I had to get him away from Jake and more importantly Nessie.
“Why that would be lovely Bella! How kind of you! I wanted to discuss something with him anyway and I would love to see him at his work!” the way he said this I instantly thought that this was going to be a bad idea “Jane, Felix, Demitri you can all stay here im sure the Cullen’s will make you feel right at home”
As I walked out the door I had one last look at the living room. Everyone looked worried except for the tree cloaks on the couch, they looked happy.
The drive to the hospital was extremely uncomfortable and silent, I didn’t know what to say to him. When we got to the hospital I went straight to the reception and asked the receptionist, Jill, about Carlisle.
“Hey Jill, do you know were Carlisle is? I have a visitor for him”
She smiled back up at me “sure Bella he’s in his office, he’s doing some paperwork. Do you want me to phone him or do you just want to head over there?”
“Ill just head over thanks Jill” and I left with Jill smiling after us looking a bit confused about Aros appearance.
“I must admit I do admire Carlisle’s strength” Aro said as we were walking human speed to Carlisle’s office “I don’t know how he can stand being around the smell of blood all day, its mouth-watering”
Yes this was definitely a very bad idea.
When we got to Carlisle’s office I didn’t bother knocking he would have heard us coming anyway and im was pretty sure that someone would have phoned him and warned him.
And right enough as I opened the door he was standing very still behind his desk.
“Bella?” he came straight over to me as soon as we closed the door “are you alright? What’s going on?”
“I’m fine” I said smiling “I just thought that Aro would want to pay you a visit before he leaved” I shot Carlisle an apologetic look. Even if he has spent many years and had been a little but fond of the Volturi, any affection he had for them was lost the moment they tried to destroy his family.
“Carlisle how nice it is to see you again!” Aro went over and embraced Carlisle as if they were the best of friends, the sight of him touching Carlisle sent a shiver through my body.
“I wish I could say the same Aro, but the last time I saw you, you tried to kill all I care about”
“I am sorry about that Carlisle I didn’t want it to come to that, but what was I supposed to do, I was only trying to enforce the law even you cant blame me for that” and he gave Carlisle one of those smiles that didn’t quite look right
Carlisle just ignored his question and asked his own “what is it you want Aro?”
“I came to talk to you Carlisle” he looked at me “perhaps it is better if we talk alone”
“Very well” Carlisle sighed “Bella could you wait outside please?”
“WHAT!” I shouted “YOU EXPECT ME TO LEAVE YOU ALONE WITH HIM!, NO!”
Carlisle come over to give me a kiss on the forehead and looked down at me
“Please Bella, just trust me”
“Ill be sitting outside the door im not going any further than that” and with a smile from Carlisle and a warning glare to Aro to warn him that is he harmed Carlisle I would kill him, I went outside and listened through the door at there conversation. I had to strain to hear them as they were talking in low voices.
“Will you not reconsider Carlisle” asked Aro
“No and anyway it is not my choice to make, you know they will never join you Aro, there bond here is love not money, power and blood like it is with you and your….family” so he did want us to join him. How can he still have that hope.
“Well this is a sadness, I cannot let you continue they way you are going Carlisle, soon you will be more powerful than the Volturi”
Carlisle laughed “I don’t want to be more powerful than you Aro, I just wanted to save those children and look after them, is that such a bad thing that I wanted a family? That I wanted a wife and kids? Yes I had to create them but that doesn’t make them feel any less my family. I love those kids as if they are my own flesh and blood and I am not going to let you corrupt them and turn them into something there not Aro! If you want to have part of MY family then you are going to have to destroy me and if you do, then there will be even less of a chance of them joining you!”
There was a long silence and with each second that ticked by I got more and more anxious. What was Aro going to do? Would he attack Carlisle? He must know that if he layed one finger on him I would more than gladly kill him.
“It seems you have left me no choice Carlisle” he sounded like he was looking down at the ground as if his decision upsets him, “ but this has to end”
“Yes” Carlisle said “it does”
And then there was an awful sound, a sound that can only be made my pulling apart another vampire.
I immediately flung open the door and froze at the sight I saw when I entered the room
“oh my god!”