Chapter 17: A Meeting of the Minds (Sienna’s P.O.V.)
The winds whipped at us ferociously as Seth flew through the forest in his wolf form with me clinging to him. It was like nothing I had ever experienced before. We finally stopped outside of the Cullen’s house. Seth gently let me down; I sat on the porch for a moment regaining my bearings. He licked my hand and then disappeared into the woods. Nessie opened the door and came out to me her eyes were rimmed with redness and it looked as though she had been crying. “Nessie, what’s wrong?” I asked her in alarm. She came up to me and hugged me tightly “Come into the house, quickly.” She instructed. I didn’t understand what was going on but it looked as thought they were staging an intervention. All of the Cullen’s were there sting in the living room with serious looks on their faces. Jake and Leah were there as well. Leah was nervously looking out the window with a pained look in her eyes. Jake on the other hand appeared to be furious. He stood with his massive arms crossed over his chest. “Where is Seth?” He asked me. I cowered away from him into Neisse’s arms further. “He is outside; I am guessing that he is on his way in.” Jacob stared past me at the doorway as Seth’s graceful shadow filled the room. Nessie led me over to the couch where I sat between her and her aunt Rosalie who took my hand and held it. “What’s going on? Are you guys ok?” I asked in confusion and worry. Jake took a step towards Seth. “What the hell were you thinking? Do you realize how much danger you have put her in,” he snarled at Seth in disgust. Seth’s face crumbled, “What do you mean? What are you talking about Jake?” Nessie raised her eyes to Seth and said in almost a whisper. “Seth, there are laws. If the Volturi find out that she knows about us Sienna only has two choices… changing or death” Nessie’s voice broke into a sob and she started to fall over but Jake caught her. I felt all of the blood rush from my face and the room started to spin. I almost fell over but Nessie’s uncle Emmett grabbed me. Her aunt Rose rubbed my hand and said, “Shh, it’s ok, calm down breathe it will be alright.” I looked at Seth and wished that I hadn’t. He was paler than any of the Cullen’s and he had a look of pure torment on his face. “I didn’t know… he whispered. “Seth you should have talked o me before deciding to tell her.” Jake said his tone now less vicious. I finally found my voice and remembered how to use it, “I promise I won’t tell anyone about any of this, there is no need for them to kill me I will keep quiet.” Nessie’s grandpa Carlisle shook his head sadly, “W now you won’t Sienna but I am afraid it is not that simple. The Volturi are the ruling family of our kind. They have very strict laws that all vampires must adhere to, they make no acceptations.” I though for a moment. “So what are my options?” Rosalie looked at me with sadness in her eyes, Well you can either be changed into one of us, o they will kill you>” she said quietly. I quietly got up and walked over to the door and stepped outside onto the porch to think. All the while I heard heated discussions regarding the future that I no longer controlled. My head was pounding with the weight of the news I had just learned. I sat on the steps and put my head in my hands trying to regain some control, some sense of self; when I felt a hand on my shoulder. It was Nessie’s aunt Rosalie. “How are you doing?” she asked me as she sat down on the steps beside me. I couldn’t respond I just shook my head miserably. “It is overwhelming, I know” she comforted me with her presence. “They can keep you human as long as possible. Alice can see visions o the future. She will be able to see when the Volturi find out and that should give us enough time to change you if that is what you decide.” I nodded. She thought for a moment. “Perhaps we can take shifts and run with you across the country if we keep you hidden it will buy more time.” I thought about what she said and I shook my head firmly,” I can’t live like that, always on the run” I thought bitterly of my father and my sister that was the exact life that they chose to live running from their problems and nightmares. I would not be like them. I looked at Rosalie boldly, “I want to be changed when it comes down to it. That is my choice.” I told her. She looked at me sadly. “I know we can find another option for you she told me. “Please don’t be so quick to throw it all away.” She told me the story of her earth and how all she had wanted was to be married and be a mom. “Don’t you want to have children at some point?” she asked me. My face hardened. “No” I said bitterly. She looked at me curiously, my impending doom made me brave enough to stand up to a vampire. “You know, I am so sorry that you didn’t get the chance to be a mom. I know that you would have been a wonderful one” I told her sincerely. She looked at me with a small smile. ‘Thanks” she whispered. “But the fact is that being human is not all that its cracked up to be, at least not for everyone. My family and my life is hell right here on earth.” I felt the sobs rising into my throat but I forced them down. I had to get this out; I had to confide my pain to somebody before I died. “My mother died in childbirth with me, and my father and sister have blamed me for her death. They never told me they loved me in fact it was quite the opposite my sister told me that my father hated me and that she did too. I live alone, my father travels for business supposedly and my sister moved away across the country after high school. My house is empty, quiet and cold. Yes your life was cut short and that is a tragedy, and yes things were stolen from you, experiences that you will not be able to recover” she looked down as I said it and I took her hand, “but you have gained so much more than you have lost. You are looking at it all wrong.” I could feel the sobs rising up into my throat again I knew it was only a matter of moments before I completely fell apart. “You don’t realize how lucky you are look into that house ad see all of the people in there who love you unconditionally… forever. I would trade everything, my life I would give it all up in a second if I could have that kind of love even for just one day…”with that my voice broke and I ran off the porch leaving a shocked vampire whose eyes were opened for the first time in nearly 100 years. I ran into the woods and tripped I lay where I fell and cried. I heard footsteps and felt two strong arms around me, it was Nessie’s Uncle Emmett he carried me back to the house Rosalie was waiting in the yard. She came up to us and hugged me as he carried me. She finally looked into my eyes and said, “thank you Sienna.” I sniffed and wiped the tears from my face and said, “For what?” “For saying to me what no one else has ever had the courage to tell me. You are right. I need to le go of my past and move on. She looked at me tenderly, “and I think that you do too…” I looked down and bit my lip. “You will always have a family here” Emmett said shyly to me. Rosalie smiled at me. “So was that your final verdict then Sienna, do you want to be changed, we can move forward together?” I looked into the eager eyes of my future, my family I smiled a little at the sound of the word. I nodded at her and she hugged me. Emmett set me down and the three of us walked into the house together.