Bella charges forward to find herself blocked by -- A FOUNTAIN - Suddenly, GONG! The clock tower bells chime. It’s noon! Bella jumps into the fountain, wades through the shallow water to the other side -- she jumps out and barrels through the crowd. Finally, she SEES –

BELLA’S POV - BENEATH THE CLOCK TOWER

Edward, in the shadows, just inches from the sunlight.

BELLA
Edward! ----

GONG! Bella’s cry is drowned out by the BOOMING CHIME. She pushes toward him, fighting to reach him as --

CLOSE ON EDWARD (IN SLOW MOTION) - as he unbuttons his shirt, exposing his bare chest --

ON BELLA (IN SLOW MOTION) - calling his name –

ON EDWARD’S FACE - he closes his eyes, welcoming death -- then slowly --Edward takes a step into the sunlight, the rays hitting his shoe, but before the sun touches his skin --

BELLA SLAMS into him - it’s like running into a brick wall--

BELLA
No, Edward! Don’t!

Edward opens his eyes and looks at Bella as the clock booms its final CHIME. He’s amazed, already dead in his mind.

EDWARD
Carlisle was right... heaven...

BELLA
No, I’m here. I’m alive.

EDWARD(confused)
You’re... not real.

BELLA
Look at me! Alice was wrong.

He begins to realize... she is real.

98.

EDWARD
Bella?

BELLA
Please, step back. I’m alive, I’m –

He suddenly kisses her, stepping back into the shade with her. They soak each other in like starved people suddenly nourished. He pulls away to look at her...

EDWARD
You’re here.

BELLA
I’m here.

They share a long look, he’s about to kiss her again... when suddenly, he stiffens -- and abruptly PUSHES Bella behind him, taking a protective stance in front of her --They face the DARK ALLEY that runs under the clock tower. Out of the alley’s shadows emerge –

TWO FIGURES IN HOODED OVERCOATS. Both stunningly handsome males in their 20’s: FELIX, huge, strong; and DEMETRI, slender, elegant. Both have unsettling burgundy red EYES.

EDWARD
I won’t be needing your services after all, gentlemen.

FELIX
Aro wants to speak with you again.

EDWARD
No rules were broken.

Demetri’s smile suggests he doesn’t agree. He’s the more gracious of the two. But no less dangerous.

DEMETRI
We should take this conversation to a more appropriate venue.

EDWARD
Fine. Bella, why don’t you stay and enjoy the festival?

FELIX
The girl comes with us.

EDWARD
That’s not going to happen--

99.

ALICE suddenly appears, lightly tripping through the alley toward them, pulling back the hood of her white swing coat.

ALICE
Come on, guys, it’s a festival.

She reaches Edward and Bella, positioning herself in a protective stance, as well.

ALICE
We wouldn’t want to make a scene.

FELIX
There won’t be any scene. And we’ll still win.

EDWARD
But not easily –

JANE (O.S.)
Enough.

A very tiny, young woman appears, JANE. She also wears a dark overcoat, her Botticelli angel-like face peering out from under the hood.

SEE her CRIMSON IRISES.

Felix and Demetri are back off immediately. Edward and Alice step back, as well. Bella can see they’re afraid of this small girl.

EDWARD(nodding to her)
Jane.

BELLA(sotto to Alice)
Who is she?

ALICE(sotto to Bella)
Just do as she says.

Jane tosses Edward an overcoat. He dons it.

JANE
Follow me.

Jane simply turns and heads up the alley, confident they’ll follow. Felix, smirking, gestures for them to go ahead of him. Edward takes Bella’s hand...

100.

EXT. VOLTERRA STREETS – DAY

Jane leads Edward, Bella and Alice through several narrow, dark alleys. Felix and Demetri bring up the rear. Edward never loosens his grip on Bella’s hand. Their path dead ends at a WALL OF BRICK.

Jane just strides forward and, without breaking pace - drops down into an OPEN H*** in the street; it’s a drain. Alice follows Jane. Bella looks down, sees nothing but BLACKNESS.

EDWARD
It’s alright. Alice will catch you. Edward takes her wrists, dangles her over the h*** –

INT. SEWERS (CONTINUOUS) – DAY

-- ON BELLA as she drops through the darkness, to be caught by Alice. Edward lands beside them, then Felix and Demetri.

Edward pulls Bella close as they follow Jane through the sewer. He meets Bella’s eyes, trying to look reassuring, but he’s tense as hell. Finally, they reach –

A FOLDING IRON ELEVATOR DOOR. Jane easily pulls it aside. They all enter. As the door CLANGS shut on them –

SMASH TO:

CLOSE ON MODERN ELEVATOR DOORS OPENING.

They all exit into --

INT. VOLTURI HEADQUARTERS - LOBBY (CONTINUOUS) – DAY

An elegantly decorated space with old world charm. They’re greeted politely by GIANNA an attractive (human) receptionist.

GIANNA
Buon pomeriggio.

They head through the lobby to --THE LONG CORRIDOR that Edward traversed earlier. Finally, they reach the carved double doors which open--

INT. CIRCULAR WHITE MARBLE HALL (CONTINUOUS) – DAY

Bella, Edward and Alice enter to face the three ancients: Aro, Marcus, Caius. Eight VOLTURI GUARDS (including Jane, Felix, Demetri) line the walls in a variety of modern dark overcoats.

101.

BELLA’S POV - THE FLOOR - there’s a depression in the center that leads to a drain. Bella shivers. Aro rises, greets them like old friends, taking Edward’s hand and shaking it –

ARO
What a happy surprise! Bella is alive after all. Isn’t that wonderful?

Caius responds with a sour expression. Marcus could care less. Aro doesn’t release Edward’s hand, looks at him as --

ARO
Her blood appeals to you so much it makes me thirsty. How can you stand to be so close to her?

EDWARD
It’s not without effort.

ARO(laughing)
I can see that.

Off Bella’s look, Edward explains --

EDWARD
One touch and Aro can see every thought I’ve ever had in my life.

ARO
You’re quite the telepath yourself, Edward. Though... you can’t read Bella’s thoughts. Fascinating.

He releases Edward’s hand and turns to Bella.

ARO
I would love to see if you are an exception to my gifts, as well.

He reaches for Bella’s hand. She hesitates, does she have a choice? Aro laughs at her reluctance, further extends his hand. Bella finally takes it. A beat as he holds her hand... confusion sweeping over him.

ARO
Interesting.

He releases her, moves back to his chair, deep in thought.

102.

ARO
I wonder if --

EDWARD(reading Aro’s thoughts)
No!

ARO
Let’s see if she’s immune to all our powers, shall we Jane?

Jane turns toward Bella but Edward springs in front of her--Jane instead focuses her gaze on Edward which FLINGS him across the room where he collapses, writhing in agony. Jane concentrates on him with a small smile, enjoying his pain.

BELLA
Stop!

Bella and Alice rush to his side. As soon as Jane looks away, Edward’s pain ceases.

ARO
Jane, dear. The girl?

Jane’s gaze now turns toward Bella who cringes, awaiting the pain...but nothing happens. Jane’s grin is replaced by anger. Aro laughs like a child with a new toy.Jane, infuriated, moves toward Bella, but Aro stops her with a tiny gesture.

ARO
Remarkable! She confounds us all. So what do we do with you now?

MARCUS(seemingly bored)
You already know what you’ll do, Aro.

CAIUS
She knows too much; she’s a liability.

ARO
That’s true. Unless Edward intends to give her immortality... (looks at Edward)But that’s not your intention, is it. Shame.

He nods to Felix who moves toward Bella, but he only takes a step before Edward tackles him.

103.

BELLA
Edward, don’t!

Alice leaps to help but several Volturi guard hold her back, which is no easy job. As she struggles mightily -- Edward is David to Felix’s Goliath. Edward will lose, but he’ll go down fighting. -- Edward is fast, anticipating Felix’s moves before he makes them, but Felix is stronger ---- Felix grabs Edward, throws him into the ceiling, SMASHING against the marble; he drops like a stone. Is then immediately KICKED across the room.

BELLA(to Aro)
Stop this! Please!

But Aro ignores her, leans forward to study Edward. Jane is itching to step in. Aro gestures her back.-- Felix takes some hits, but then lifts Edward overhead,

CRACKING him like a nut, then flinging him against a wall --Bella runs toward Aro but a Volturi Guard flings her away; she flies HARD against the wall.

The guard is then occupied by the thrashing Alice --Bella, bruised, but not broken, makes another attempt to get to Aro -- finally reaches him, kneels in front of him --

BELLA
Do it! Kill me! Just leave them alone!

-- as she yanks her collar back, exposing her neck to him. Aro is surprised and intrigued. A beat.ARO
Enough.

Felix immediately releases Edward who manages to look up. He sees Bella kneeling in front of Aro.

EDWARD
Get away from her -- !

Edward moves toward Aro but is quickly immediately pinned by Jane’s invisible powers; he writhes in agony. Alice can no longer bear Edward’s suffering--

104.

ALICE
Edward, stop. I’ve already seen it.

EDWARD(through gritted teeth)

Alice, stay out of it.

ALICE
I know what to do.

Aro, intrigued, gestures for Jane to stop; Edward goes limp.

ARO
Ah yes, the clairvoyant. I saw your gift in Edward’s thoughts. What is it you’ve seen?

EDWARD
... don’t...

ALICE
I’m the one who will change Bella.

Bella is taken aback by this. Aro is surprised, as well.

ARO(beat, then gestures)
Please. Be my guest.

ALICE
Not here. Her father is in law enforcement. If she goes missing, there will be questions.

CAIUSHe is easily dealt with.

ALICE
It will happen, Aro. See for yourself.

She thrusts out her hand. Aro nods to the Guards who release her. She gives him her hand. He closes his eyes--

SMASH TO:

EXT. FOREST - DAY (ALICE’S VISION)

Edward hunts a deer. Matching his pace is another vampire - Bella! She’s pale and beautiful - she and Edward smile at each other as they take a last grand leap for the kill –

SMASH BACK TO:

105.

INT. CIRCULAR WHITE MARBLE HALL – DAY

BACK ON ARO, utterly delighted. He releases Alice’s hand.

ARO
Mesmerizing! To see the things you’ve seen, that haven’t happened yet!

Alice moves to Edward’s side, helps him up.

ALICE
I’m so sorry.

ARO (to Bella)
Your gifts will make for an intriguing immortal. Go make your preparations.

Bella hurries to Edward’s side, too. Caius is put out.

CAIUS
You’re letting them leave?

ARO
Dear Caius, the girl’s disappearance will be conspicuous at best. And surely you see her potential.

MARCUS(dispassionately)
Let us be done with this. Heidi will arrive any moment.

Aro gestures - Demetri throws open the carved double doors. Caius glares at them threateningly.

CAIUSWe will make sure she follows through. I would not delay. We do not offer second chances.

Edward, recovered now, takes Bella by the arm and, with Alice, they cautiously back toward the door –

INT. VOLTURI HEADQUARTERS - LONG CORRIDOR (CONTINUOUS) – DAY

-- Demetri leads Bella, Edward and Alice out of the hall. As they make their way up the corridor, they see coming toward them

-- A GROUP OF TWO DOZEN TOURISTS, led by a beautiful vampire, HEIDI. Edward, Alice and Bella stop to let them all pass. As Heidi passes Demetri, he gives her a flirtatious smile –

106.

DEMETRI(sotto)
Nice fishing, Heidi, save some for me.

Heidi smiles. She gives Bella a curious once-over, then continues on.

HEIDI(to the group)
This way, please. Stay together...

A HUSBAND and WIFE, 60’s, cameras around their necks, pass Bella. The Husband winks at Bella –

TOURIST HUSBAND
Unusual tour, isn’t it?

TOURIST WIFE
Bill, get a picture of that bust there.

As the Tourists file past, we HEAR a variety of languages, German, Japanese, English. The group is moved toward the carved double doors which swing open for them. They file into the marble hall --Edward pulls Bella forward, but she cranes her neck back as the last of the tourists disappear inside. As the large doors close... we begin to HEAR SCREAMING-- Edward and Alice rush Bella out-
PUSH IN ON BELLA’S TORMENTED FACE as the SCREAMING gets louder... and louder –

SMASH TO:

INT. BELLA’S ROOM – NIGHT

ON BELLA’S SLEEPING FACE as the SCREAMING CRESCENDOS -- Bella sits bolt upright, yelling –

BELLA
-- Stop!

She catches her breath, disoriented, confused.Then she turns to find Edward lying beside her, looking at her.

BELLA
It...wasn’t a dream.

EDWARD
Go back to sleep. You’ve been through a lot.

107.

BELLA
No, you might --

EDWARD
I’ll be here when you wake up.

Beat, she looks at him, wary.

BELLA
Why? Out of guilt?

EDWARD(realizing)
You... think I asked the Volturi to kill me because I felt guilty?

BELLA
Didn’t you?

EDWARD
I went to them because I thought I’d lost you.

BELLA
You didn’t even want me.

Now Edward takes her by the shoulders.

EDWARD
Bella. The only reason I left was to protect you. I wanted you to have a chance at a normal, happy life.

BELLA
But it was so easy for you to leave.

EDWARD
I had to be convincing. But easy? In my hundred years, I’ve never had a harder time than what I just went through.

She’s beginning to believe him.

BELLA
I kept seeing you. Visions of you. Always protecting me. I thought I was going crazy.

EDWARD
Your own instincts were speaking to you. I wish it had been me. But you’re the heroic one. You saved me.

108.

He moves to kiss her... but abruptly stops. Suddenly --

HER DOOR swings open - she spins toward it as the LIGHTS flip on and Charlie enters. Edward is gone.

CHARLIE
You alright? Another nightmare?

BELLA
I’m okay. You don’t have to worry.

CHARLIE
Last time you said that, you disappeared. You want to talk nightmares?

BELLA(sincere)
I’m really sorry, Dad.

CHARLIE
Just... don’t ever do that to me again. Okay?(offher nod)And you’re grounded for the rest of your life.

BELLA
I know.

CHARLIE
Get some rest so I can keep lecturing you in the morning.

He kisses her forehead. Exits. A beat... she turns to find Edward sitting on the bed.

EDWARD
He won’t forgive me easily.

BELLA
Nope.

EDWARD
Will you? I don’t deserve it but... I hope you will. Because I honestly have no idea how to live without you.

Bella melts in his eyes. He kisses her.

BELLA
You won’t be able to get rid of me once Alice changes me.

109.

EDWARD
She won’t have to. There are ways to keep the Volturi in the dark.

BELLA(pulling away)
They’ll come after your whole family. You’d risk that just to keep me human?

EDWARD
Just? You really don’t understand what you’d be giving up.

BELLA
I really do.

They look at each other; an impasse. She decides something, grabs her jeans, pulls them on—

BELLA
You’re not the only one with a say in it.

INT. CULLEN HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAWN

CLOSE ON BELLA –

BELLA
You all know what Edward wants. And you know what I want. But I won’t force myself on you...

INCLUDE THE ENTIRE CULLEN FAMILY who surround Bella. The house has been restored to it’s original warmth and beauty. Edward sits off to the side as Bella addresses them.

BELLA
I think the only fair way to handle this is by vote --

EDWARD
You can’t be serious--

BELLA(firmly)
This is my meeting, Edward.

Edward, frustrated, sits back. She faces the family again.

BELLA
However this turns out, I’m not letting the Volturi hurt you. I’ll go back to Italy alone --

110.

EMMETT
The hell you will. I’m not missing another fight.

BELLA
That’s not up for a vote, Emmett. I don’t want you involved.

ESME
We’ve always been involved, honey, and we’re not going to stop –

BELLA
No, please-- I want you to seriously think about this. If I join you, you’ll be stuck with me for a long time - forever. It’s a huge decision. And I want - I need your honesty here.

They nod or otherwise communicate agreement.

BELLA
Then let’s take a vote... Alice?

Alice jumps up and hugs Bella.

ALICE
Like you’re not already my sister. Of course, yes!

Bella smiles. Jasper rises, but keeps his distance.

JASPER
I vote yes. It’ll be a relief not to want to kill you.

BELLA
Um. Thanks? Okay, Rosalie?

Rosalie, torn, looks at Edward who’s stony toward her.

ROSALIE
Edward, I’m sorry for what I did. I really am. And I know you’re not ready to forgive me...(to Bella)But this isn’t the life I’d have chosen for myself. I wish there’d been someone to vote no for me...(she exchanges a glance with Carlisle - then...)So... no.

111.

Bella takes it stoically. Emmett bounds over and lifts Bella into a bear hug.

EMMETT
I vote hell yeah. We can pick a fight with these Volturi some other way. Esme approaches and embraces Bella warmly.

ESME
I already think of you as part of the family. Yes.

BELLA
Thank you, Esme.

Carlisle moves, not to Bella, but to –

CARLISLE
Edward –

EDWARD
You can’t go along with this, Carlisle, you know what it means.

CARLISLE
You’ve chosen not to live without her, which leaves me no choice. I won’t lose my son. (turnsto Bella)But Alice has never turned anyone. It’d be safer if I did it –

The front door suddenly SLAMS. Edward’s gone. Bella blanches but turns to the family.

BELLA
Thank you. Thank you all.

EXT. CULLEN HOUSE - SAME

POV FROM AFAR ON A HILLTOP -- REVEAL IT’S VICTORIA watching the house down below. Off her seething fury --

SMASH TO:

EXT. HIGHWAY - MOMENTS LATERA FERRARI has pulled over to the side of the road.

VICTORIA PEERS IN THE WINDOW. The DRIVER, a middle-aged man smiles --

VICTORIA
Where you headed?

112.

DRIVER
Seattle.

VICTORIA(a slow grin)
Sounds perfect.

As she climbs in...

INT. EDWARD’S CAR – MORNING

Edward drives Bella home. He is somber. She is resigned.

EDWARD
When?

BELLA
After graduation.

EDWARD
Just two months.

BELLA
It’ll be best for Dad that way. I can pretend to be at college somewhere. Carlisle suggested it. But...(quiet, emotional)I wish you’d be the one to change me.

EDWARD(beat)
Would you be willing to trade for that?

BELLA(hopeful)
Name it.

EDWARD
Five more years as a human.

BELLA
The Volturi won’t wait that long.

EDWARD
I’ll settle for three.

BELLA (sadly, shakes her head)
I won’t risk it. It’ll have to be Carlisle.

He takes her hand.

113.

EDWARD
Why are you so willing to give up your soul?

BELLA
Because I don’t believe you’ve lost yours. And I want to share mine with you forever.

He looks to her, kisses her hand... then suddenly Edward SLAMS on the brakes –

THEIR POV - THE ROAD-- Someone stands in the road directly in front of them -- it’s JACOB. He glares, then turns and walks into the woods.

BELLA
What is he doing?

EDWARD
He wants to talk to me.

BELLA
Well, he can talk to me first.

She pushes out of the car –

INT. WOODS – MORNING

Edward and Bella tramp through the woods to FIND -- Jacob leaning against a tree. His expression is hard.

JACOB
You’re still alive.

BELLA
I’ve been calling you.

JACOB
Couldn’t drop by?

EDWARD
He thinks I’m keeping you away.

JACOB(spinning on him)
Stay the hell out of my head!

BELLA
Dad grounded me, Jake. We’re trying to get back before he wakes up.

114.

Jacob doesn’t buy it. Bella is frustrated. But Edward takes a step toward Jacob. Calm. Diplomatic.

EDWARD
Jacob, I know you have something to say to me, but I’d like to say something first. Alright?

Jacob leans back against the tree, arms folded, waiting.

EDWARD(sincere)
Thank you. For keeping Bella alive when I... didn’t.

JACOB
No, you didn’t. And it wasn’t for your benefit, trust me.

EDWARD
I know. I’m still grateful. (then)But I’m back now. And I’m not leaving Bella’s side till she orders me away.

She looks at him. He returns the look. Jacob sees the devotion between them. It wounds him. But he masks it.

JACOB
We’ll see.

EDWARD
Either way, we’ll handle Victoria from here on out.

JACOB
She’s been laying low. Ever since your freaky sister showed up. Guess she can’t stand you Cullens either.

EDWARD
She’ll come back.

JACOB
She does, she’s ours. She killed on our turf.

EDWARD
We’ll see.

JACOB
My turn to talk. I’m here to remind you about a key point in the Treaty.

115.

EDWARD(reads his thoughts, nods)I haven’t forgotten.

JACOB
Good.

BELLA
What? What key point?

JACOB
If any of them bites a human, the truce is over. That’s bite, not kill.

BELLA(realizing)
But... if I choose it, it’s none of your business.

Jacob is horrified, starting to shake with rage.

JACOB
If you... what!? No. No way. I won’t let you --

EDWARD—
Bella, step back –

JACOB
You’re not gonna be one of them.

BELLA
That’s not your call –

JACOB(even more intense)
You know what we’ll do to you - I won’t have a choice –

EDWARD
We’re done here –

Edward takes Bella’s arm, starts to pull her away. Jacob lunges, trying to extract Bella from him –

JACOB
You don’t speak for her!

Edward PUSHES Jacob away; he flies back ten feet in the air, but mid-air he PHASES INTO A WOLF!

116.

-- The Jacob-wolf lands on all fours, spinning to face Edward in an attack stance. Edward shifts stance, as well, readying for a fight –

BELLA
Stop!

Edward and Jacob circle one another, seconds from lunging –

EDWARD(to Bella)
Get out of here. Now!

But Bella races between them, forceful, insistent.

BELLA(to both of them)
You do this, you’ll be going through me.

A long tense beat, none of them backing down - it could go either way –

BELLA
I swear to God, I’m not moving.

Both rivals see she’s dead serious. Edward backs off, ever-so-slightly... the Jacob-wolf does the same.

BELLA(turning to Edward)
Give me a second. Please.

Edward shakes his head. Doesn’t move an inch.

BELLA
Read his thoughts. Is he going to hurt me?

Edward does, and finally, reluctantly backs away. But his eyes never leave the wolf’s. They glare at one another.

Bella carefully approaches the Jacob-wolf, blocking his line of sight. Her voice is kind, pleading.

BELLA
Jacob, I love you. You’re my best friend. But...I can’t change how I feel. Please don’t make me choose. (quietly, emotionally) Because it’ll be him. It’s always been him.

117.

Anguish sweeps through the wolf’s fierce face. It’s even harder to take than when he’s in human form –

BELLA
But you know how important you are to –

Suddenly, the wolf BOLTS out of there...

ON BELLA - fighting tears as she watches him disappear...

BELLA (V.O.)
There were problems ahead.

Seemingly insurmountable... Edward’s arms wrap around her from behind.

BELLA (V.O.)
... If I didn’t become a vampire, the Volturi would kill me. If I did, my best friend would do the job himself, or get killed in the attempt.

She turns to face Edward, looking into his loving eyes...

BELLA (V.O.)
Victoria was still on the loose, putting everyone I loved in danger...

He kisses her tenderly, washing away her concerns.

BELLA (V.O.)
But I’d already survived the worst -- losing Edward. So I knew I could survive anything...

EDWARDI’m here. Always.

And she sees that’s the truth, believes it. He takes her hand and together they turn, heading out of the woods...

BELLA (V.O.)
And soon, I’d be like him. We’d face our fate together. Forever.

Off them, hand in hand, inseparable... as we begin to –

FADE TO BLACK:...

HEAR the agonized HOWL of a wolf in the far distance...

THE END

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Comment by Ela on October 8, 2009 at 8:54am
Where did you get this from?
Comment by Rose Patterson on October 10, 2009 at 7:01am
UH WOW! But they've done what they did in Twilight - they've missed out really good bits!! :( Its too brief, and that takes a lot of the emotion away from some moments. x

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