okay, i said that this bit is long but i've decided to split it up. I'll put this one on and some more tomorrow.
this bit doesnt have a break so im just going to randomly stop. hope you enjoy it.
p.s this story isnt mine all credit goes to steph meyer
The crowds built very quickly but no one ventured down the alleyway I had chosen. It was right next to the clock tower and very dark.
The sun rose slowly and I just sat completely still watching it creep down the clock tower.
I spent my remaining time with Bella. The reason of my existence, cruelly taken before her time.
I chose the least painful memories I could. All of them hurt, but there were some that were happy.
The look of surprise on her face, when I picked her up off the footpath because she was ill at school.
Her reaction the first time I kissed her. Watching her sleep while she dreamed of me.
I paid little attention to the thoughts around me, even when Demetri and Felix appeared, to keep an eye on me I supposed.
Time moved more quickly than I was anticipating, and for that I was glad. The sooner the end came the sooner I could be with Bella.
A small family of four stood at the entranceway of the side-street I was sitting in. They would be the first ones to see me when I revealed myself.
When the clock high above my head reached one minute to twelve I stood, slowly releasing the buttons on my shirt, and dropped the garment at my feet.
My chest glittered faintly in the darkness, but I ignored it. My end was coming. It was so close I could feel it.
I briefly wondered if Alice would see my death. I hoped she wouldn’t. I would cause her pain, nothing compared to what I was going through, but I hoped she wouldn’t hurt.
I relaxed my body. It would be easier for Demetri and Felix to tear me to pieces. I knew their orders. If I acted to expose us, they would act faster.
I moved right to the edge of the shadows, waiting for the last toll of the clock tower.
A deep, booming chime echoed through the square, making the stones throb under my feet.
After the roar of the chime I heard someone call my name. It sounded like Bella.
I'm coming, I thought. I’ll be with you soon. A small smile barely lifted the corner of my mouth.
The clock tolled again, bringing with it Bella calling my name.
Over and over I heard it, coming closer each time. The calls seemed to grow more desperate with each toll that passed and by the eighth chime I was ready. The smile on my face more pronounced, I began the step forward that would put me directly in the light of the sun.
I heard running footsteps and a second later, she slammed into my arms. I caught and steadied her automatically, before slowly opening my eyes. Ah, how lovely it was to see her again.
“Amazing,” I said quietly. I was surprised but incredibly happy. “Carlisle was right.”
I thought back to how I had patronised him, not really believing in a life that awaited us after death.
I greedily took in Bella’s appearance, the first time I had seen her in seven months. She was a little more tired than I remembered, deep bags under her eyes.
“Edward,” she whispered. A thrill went through me to hear her voice again.
“You’ve got to get back in the shadows. You have to move!” her perfect, breathless voice was marred by something. Fear, that was it. How strange.
It felt like she was trying to push me back but I couldn’t tell. All I could concentrate on was her touch against my bare skin.
My life had ended so quickly. I didn’t even notice.
“I can’t believe how quick it was. I didn’t feel a thing—they’re very good.” I voiced my thoughts. I noticed how I had healed in her presence, the hole in my chest gone.
“Death, that hath sucked the honey of thy breath, hath had no power yet upon thy beauty.”
I murmured, quoting Romeo’s line spoken in the tomb.
“You smell just exactly the same as always,” I went on conversationally. “So maybe this is hell. I don’t care. I’ll take it.” It was true, she made my mouth water, but nothing could diminish the happiness of the moment.
“I’m not dead.” She interrupted me. “And neither are you! Please Edward, we have to move. They can’t be far away!” she twisted in my arms and I became confused.
“What was that?” I asked, being polite.
“We’re not dead, not yet! But we have to get out of here before the Volturi—”
The ramifications of her words rushed through my head. Not dead?
And then I noticed the noise from the square, the people’s thoughts and closer still, the thoughts of Felix and Demetri.
I caught hold of Bella, reminding myself to be gentle, before spinning her away from the sunlight.
I made sure she was tight against the wall before turning to face the threat. I automatically spread my arms wide in front of Bella, protecting her.
After she was as safe as she could be in the present situation, I turned to Felix and Demetri.
“Greetings, Gentlemen.” I kept my voice smooth and calm, but I was only just hiding my fury. They couldn’t take her away from me again, just when I had her back.
“I don’t think I’ll be requiring you services today. I would appreciate it very much, however, if you would send my thanks to your Masters.” I only just managed to keep my composure.
Felix spoke menacingly. “Shall we take this conversation to a more appropriate venue?” his subtle threat was not lost on me.
The anger suddenly got harder to control and my voice became hard.
“I don’t believe that will be necessary. I know your instructions, Felix. I haven’t broken any rules.” Although I had come quite close.
Demetri could see that this conversation could get out of control very quickly, and he tried a soothing tone. “Felix merely meant to point out the proximity of the sun. Let us seek better cover.”
Behind me, Bella’s breathing hitched and broke. She was scared.
“I’ll be right behind you.” I answered dryly. “Bella, why don’t you go back to the square and enjoy the festival?” I knew my ploy to get her out was doomed before I even spoke.
Felix’s answer was swift. “No, bring the girl.” His thoughts turned to his hunger. He wanted her for himself.
“I don’t think so.” I answered his thoughts and his words. My voice was icy, and I shifted my weight, preparing for the fight that Felix wanted.
“No.” I heard Bella mouth the word behind me. She must be terrified, yet she was concerned for me.
“Shh.” I whispered only for her, trying to infuse all my love into the simple sound.
Demetri didn’t like where Felix was going with the conversation. He knew he could be unpredictable.
“Felix,” he cautioned. “Not here.” He turned to me, explaining.
“Aro would simply like to speak with you again, if you have decided not to force our hand after all.” His placating tone matched that of his thoughts. He did not want this to happen here. His eyes were constantly flickering to the small family standing closest to us.
“Certainly,” I agreed. “But the girl goes free.” I was bargaining but I knew I had nothing to bargain with.
“I’m afraid that’s not possible,” Demetri was apologetic. “We do have rules to obey.”
“Then I’m afraid that I’ll be unable to accept Aro’s invitation, Demetri.” I answered.
“That’s just fine.” Felix purred. He was toying with the idea of taking me on his own in the fast approaching fight.
“Aro will be disappointed.” Demetri sighed.
“I’m sure he’ll survive the letdown.” My mind was going through the options, tying to figure a way out. It didn’t look good.
Felix and Demetri stole closer toward the mouth of the ally, spreading out slightly to force me back. The perfectly choreographed move had worked many times, according to Felix’s thoughts.
I didn’t move. I knew to keep the advantage I should have shifted but I couldn’t expose Bella, even for a second.
I listened closely to Demetri’s thoughts, waiting for the attack, but from further down the alley, I heard a very familiar set of thoughts, which were yelling my name at top volume.
Abruptly, it seemed to everyone, I turned my head in Alice’s direction. Felix and Demetri followed suite, less than half a second behind me.
“Let’s behave ourselves, shall we?” Alice’s lilting voice announced her arrival to Bella. “There are ladies present.” She came to stand at my side, her body language showing no tension, but she could not hide her thoughts as well.
Both Volturi guards both straitened up and Felix’s thoughts soured. He didn’t like even numbers.
Next to me, Alice was playing out one of her visions, following it like a script.
It’s the only way to get out, She thought before continuing her performance.
“We’re not alone.” She reminded them.
I didn’t even turn to look at the family standing at the mouth of the alley.
I concentrated on Demetri and watched as he shook his head.
“Please, Edward, let’s be reasonable.” He said.
“Let’s,” I countered. “And we’ll leave quietly now, with no one the wiser.”
Demetri sighed in frustration. “At least let us discuss this more privately.”
I tried to tune out Felix but his thoughts were very loud.
I heard my teeth come together in anger. “No.”
Jane’s high, reedy voice came from behind us.
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