I considered it. Once. When James had you trapped.
FLASHPOP TO “Twilight” - In the ballet studio, JAMES grabs Bella’s arm and BITES –
BACK ON EDWARD - pained.
I didn’t know if I’d find you in time. If I’d gotten you killed –
It wouldn’t have been your fault –
Either way, I had a plan.
There are... ways for us. At least one way. I would have gone to Italy, provoked the Volturi...
Is there something you’d like to share with the class, Edward?
Certainly not. But I apologize for being a distraction. Perhaps you should rewind to act five, scene one, line twenty-eight eighty-nine -- (reciting)“If you had the strength of twenty men it would dispatch you straight.”
Mr. Berty just looks at him, then moves off, intimidated --
Eyes on the screen, people.
Bella is too concerned to be amused.
EXT. CULLEN HOUSE - NIGHT
Lights glow from inside the beautiful house.
The Volturi are a very old, very powerful family...
INT. CULLEN HOUSE - CARLISLE’S ROOM - NIGHTON AN 18TH CENTURY OIL PAINTING, depicting Grecian figures in swirling robes writhing among pillars and balconies. In a high balcony, FOUR CALM FIGURES look down upon the bacchanal; two black haired, one snowy white, one golden haired...
The closest thing my world has to royalty...
INCLUDE -- Edward and Bella (now wearing a green dress). She studies the painting - the largest on a wall crowded with pictures. The other walls are towering bookshelves.
Francesco Solimena painted this; he often depicted the Volturi as Gods.
Bella examines the golden haired “God.”
Is that... Carlisle?
Yes. He lived with them for a few decades. He describes them as very refined - for killers.
PUSH IN ON THE PAINTING, THE FOURSOME Their features begin to fill in, become real - THEY COME TO LIFE in the painting, turning to leave the balcony through an archway. We FOLLOW THEM into
--INT. A CIRCULAR WHITE MARBLE HALL – DAY
It’s centuries old, its marble cracked and weathered. The open oculus in the domed ceiling is the only source of light. The room is empty but for three large wooden chairs and half a dozen VAMPIRES in elegant 18th century attire.
The Volturi are also what you might call enforcers.
The only rule they have: to keep secret the existence of our kind.
Two of the Volturi, MARCUS and CAIUS, take their seats,
Carlisle stands beside them. ARO moves to the center of the room where we REVEAL --
A ROGUE VAMPIRE is on his knees. He looks feral compared to the others, and terrified. Aro puts his hands on either side of the Rogue’s face. Compassion?
We don’t make spectacles of ourselves, or kill conspicuously, unless we want to die.
Aro then slowly, dispassionately, RIPS THE ROGUE’S HEAD OFF.
Two Volturi Guards (FELIX and DEMETRI) appear on either side, holding him down as Aro easily detaches the head and tosses it aside. Aro calmly sits as the others tear the Rogue limb from limb.
Carlisle has to look away...
INT. CULLEN HOUSE - CARLISLE’S ROOM – NIGHT
-- as Bella spins on Edward –
Don’t even -- talk about that. You can’t let anyone hurt you. The Volturi or anyone else.
EDWARD(sees she’s worried)
Who else would hurt me?
You said there were more dangerous things out there than you. And I know you have at least one enemy
--OFF BELLA’S FACE - FLASHPOPS: -- ON ALL THREE EVIL VAMPIRES, James, VICTORIA, the dread-
locked LAURENT (from ”Twilight”)
-- CLOSE ON VICTORIA - fire-red hair, burgundy red eyes, feral, vicious grin (from ”Twilight”)
You said she’d come after you for killing her mate.
BACK ON BELLA AND EDWARD
Victoria? Yes, some day. But Alice will see her coming. And she won’t win.
Bella looks up at him, pained.
I hate that I can’t protect you.
He laughs, amused. She’s decidedly not.
That was me being serious.
EDWARD(kissing her face)
I know. But you do protect me...
(kisses her nose)
(kisses her lips)
(in between kisses)
You give me a reason to stay... un-dead. But it’s... my job; to protect you...
-- but he stops, smiles, hearing something in his mind –
... from everyone but my sister.
-- as the door bursts open and Alice dances in.
It’s time it’s time it’s time!
INT. CULLEN HOUSE - SECOND FLOOR LANDING – NIGHT
Alice tugs Bella and Edward to the top of the landing, then skips down the stairs. They look down into -- THE LIVING ROOM - Hundreds of pink candles and rose-filled crystal bowls. ROSALIE, ESME, EMMETT, Carlisle, Jasper and Alice look up at her, all of them stunningly beautiful. Bella would love to disappear, but Edward leads her down to --THE LIVING ROOM -- where Esme and Carlisle hug Bella warmly.
Sorry about all this. We tried to rein Alice in.
Like that’s even possible. Happy birthday, Bella.
FLASH! Alice has snapped a picture of Bella with them.
Found it in your bag. Mind?
Emmett moves to Edward’s side. Nudges him.
Dating an older woman. Hot.
Bella caught that. Edward elbows him sharply to shut up.
Rosalie steps up. Shoves a silver package at Bella.
It’s a necklace. Alice picked it out.
She walks away, bored. Bella has to smile. She sees Jasper across the room. They wave to each other.
ALICE(aims the camera)
Show me the love!
Edward pulls Bella into an embrace, they look deeply into one another’s eyes. FLASH!
For your scrapbook. Now open your presents!
Alice drags Bella over to a table piled with elaborately wrapped gifts, a huge cake and a tall stack of china plates.
Alice, I’m the only one who even eats cake. That thing could feed fifty.
Hope you’re hungry. Here, this one’s from Emmett.
The others crowd around... Jasper somewhat away. Bella, no fan of being the center of attention, opens the gift to find an empty car-radio box.
Already installed it in your truck.
Finally, a decent sound system in that piece of –
No hating on the truck. Thank you, Emmett.
Open mine.Alice hands her a box. Bella starts to open it, but –
Ouch - paper cut.
CLOSE ON BELLA’S FINGER - A single drop of deep red blood appears. Bella thinks little of it, but then HEARS a disturbing, grisly SNARL --she looks up just as --
BELLA’S POV – JASPER lunges toward her! Teeth bared, eyes beyond reason----
Edward FLINGS Bella behind his own body, causing her to CRASH into the table, plates shattering as--
-- Jasper SLAMS into Edward; sounds like boulders colliding.
-- Edward pushes him, hard; Jasper SAILS backward, hitting the wall. But he RICOCHETS off it and comes back at Bella.
-- Emmett and Carlisle TACKLE Jasper from the side,dragginghim to the ground --Alice helps hold him down --
But she stops, her head suddenly jerking toward Bella. Then everybody’s eyes snap toward Bella as they catch the overwhelming scent –
ON BELLA - lying amid the shards of broken china. She looks at her arm, seeing now - it’s been slashed by plate shards; bright red blood pulses out of her,
pooling. She looks up –
BELLA’S POV - THE CULLENS (SLOW MOTION) All of them now, including Edward (but not Carlisle) stare down at her, at her blood, with fevered eyes. Six suddenly ravenous vampires
SLOW MOTION ABRUPTLY ENDS as -- Carlisle jumps to Bella’s side. Edward, though white as a bone, snaps out of it and stands between her and the others.
Emmett, get Jasper out of here. (no response)
Emmett reins himself in, elbows Rosalie. They drag the snarling Jasper out. Esme holds her nose, politely exits with the others. Alice looks at Bella, apologetic--
I’m sorry, I... can’t...
She slips out the door. Edward’s still on guard as Carlisle examines Bella’s arm.
I’ll have to stitch this up.
I’ll carry her to the kitchen. He moves to pick her up, but his eyes dart to the blood.
I’ll take care of her, Edward.(Edward doesn’t move)Check on Jasper.
Edward looks from him to Bella. Then steps back, allowing Carlisle to lift Bella and carry her to the kitchen. But just before the kitchen door closes, Bella sees Edward’s agonized face. He turns away, unable to meet her eyes...
INT. CULLEN HOUSE - KITCHEN - NIGHT
Bella sits in a chair opposite Carlisle who mops up her blood as he removes glass shards from her arm. He drops one into a bowl; PLINK. She tries not to look at the blood.
I sure can kill a party.
It’s not your fault. Jasper hasn’t been away from human blood as long as the rest of us.
Seems like you’re the only one it doesn’t effect.
Centuries of practice.
Did you ever think of... living differently?
I enjoy my work too much. Helping people, saving lives. I’m hoping there’s a point to my existence, even if I am damned.
Damned? You’re not damned.
Then you and I agree. But Edward doesn’t believe there’s an afterlife for our kind. (lookingat her)He thinks we’ve lost our souls.
That’s why he won’t... He thinks he’d be damning me.
If you believed as he did, would you risk it? Off Bella, no, not ever...
INT. BELLA’S TRUCK - NIGHT
A large red bow hangs from the new stereo in the dashboard. Edward drives in silence. Bella studies him. Finally --
What do you want me to say?
That I’m a klutz. That I should have been more careful --
You got a paper cut. Normal people get paper cuts. And a normal boyfriend wouldn’t have flung you into a stack of plates. A normal boyfriend wouldn’t have had to fight the urge to kill you --
Stop. I don’t want normal, I want you.
Edward doesn’t respond, just pulls the truck into --
EXT. BELLA’S HOUSE/INT. BELLA’S TRUCK (CONTINUOUS) - NIGHT
The truck stops. Beat.
You can’t protect me from everything - something’s going to separate us -- accident, illness, old age... as long as I’m human...
That’s your solution? My ending your life?
Your giving me forever.
He faces forward again, jaw tight, mind working, tormented. She reaches for his hand --
Carlisle told me how you feel, about my soul, but I don’t believe that --
-- he subtly moves his hand away from hers.
You should go in. It’s late.
He climbs out – instantly he’s opening the passenger side door for her. She climbs out. He looks down at her face - he softens as he takes it in. Puts a hand on her cheek.
I’ll leave my window open for you.
I won’t be coming back. Not tonight.
Then... can I ask for one thing? It’s still my birthday. (offhis nod)Kiss me?
He lifts her face to his, and kisses her. He begins carefully, gently... but it changes, he becomes urgent, with an almost painful edge, as if it were goodbye. Abruptly, he pulls away. With a last look, he turns walks off into the night. Off Bella...
INT. BELLA’S BEDROOM – NIGHT
ON A PHOTO - as a printer spits it out. It’s the pic Alice took of Bella and Edward’s embrace. Bella, troubled, puts it in her scrapbook, her bandaged finger running over it.
INT. HIGH SCHOOL - ENGLISH CLASS – DAY
“Romeo and Juliet” lessons are on the board. Everyone’s scribbling essays. Bella glances at Edward’s desk; empty –
FLASHPOP TO -- (previous scene in truck)ECU ON EDWARD’S EYES, hard, turning away from her...
INT. HIGH SCHOOL - CAFETERIA - DAY
Bella sits with Jessica, Angela, Eric and Mike. They joke, throw things. Bella’s distracted, looking-out for Edward.