I woke up before the dawn. Embry was still sleeping and I didn't want to disturb him, he needed as much rest as possible. I stared at the sky feeling how ironic the situation was - I was happy despite the fact that this day might be a disaster. I knew that it would be logical to fear before the battle but I couldn't think about anything else besides the gorgeous guy next to me. I closed my eyes and silently prayed for him. I wouldn't bare if anything will happen to him.
Suddenly I heard a howling and Embry jumped on his feet terrified.
"What does it mean? Did the fight start?" I asked hoping I accidentally didn't leave my friends in danger.
"Wait" was the only thing he said and ran to woods. After 5 long minutes I finally saw him coming back.
"Nothing has started yet, but it was a sign that all of us should gather".
We walked through forest in silence. The closer we got to the destination the bigger pressure of silence I felt.
"Lilly..." his voice was so quiet that it was hard to hear it."If something will happen to me..." I didn't let him finish and pressed my finger to his lips.
"I don't want to hear it. Nothing is going to happen"
"Shhh... "I kissed him and looked at his eyes. "Nothing bad is going to happen" I repeated it in such confident tone that he smiled. I didn't believe in my words but I hoped that him being optimistic will help. Also, I didn't want to listen to him, cause if something will happen, it'll be too hard to remember.
"We should hurry"
When we reached the field I could feel tension in the air. I took my place next to Nessie and watched how Bella and Edward hugged her with concerned faces. We waited for about 15 minutes until Volturi showed. I needed more time than others to notice their dark cloaks and when I tried to count I lost number. They had much more soldiers than we did. When they stopped about thirty feet away from our first groups, guards moved to give a way to an old vampire. From what I heard at Cullens house it should be Aro.
"Carlisle, my old friend. I'm so happy I can see you again" Aro said it trying to sound innocently.
"Aro" Carlisle stepped forward and smiled "It looks like deja vu"
"Last time we were able to avoid unnecessary violence, why do you think we won't be able to do the same now? Unless you have other plans..." his voice trailed off and I understood that he enjoys acting.
"Our only plan is to protect ourselves" Carlisle's face was stern.
"Then there's nothing to be afraid of, my friend. We are here not for your family. You can leave right now if you want." What a liar! Why he just can't admit that he came here to destroy both wolves and Cullens?
"And what about werewolves?"
"Oh, lovely Alice, I guess you already told everyone about our purpose here?" Alice didn't respond and he continued pretending "Well, we had to make a very hard decision, Carlisle, and I hope you'll understand it. These creatures are dangerous, we can't take a risk"
"What risk? They haven't done anything. They also have to keep their secret like we do" Carlisle tried to reason Aro but no one of us had too many expectations for this conversation.
"They hunt vampires. We only want to protect our kind"
"But there are no rules against destroying vampires. You don't have to protect anything besides the secrecy"
"Because of vampires they kill there is danger to our secrecy"
"They might kill someone's partner. And as I remember the last time, there was created an army of newborns to revenge for partner's loss. Am I wrong?"
"That was our fault. We killed her partner. She created an army to destroy us"
"That's not the point. The point is that the existence of such huge pack sooner or later will cause a war between them and vampires. And the result of this war could be dangerous. I repeat - we don't want to hurt you but we can't take a risk"
"We don't agree with you. And we are on werewolves side"
"Then I'm very sorry Carlisle" Aro examined our group until his gaze stopped at me and I noticed surprise. "Is there a human?" his voice sounded shocked.
"What she's doing here? Have you changed your lifestyle?"
"No. She's been imprinted by one of werewolves"
"That's another reason why we have to act. These things already revealed not only their but also our secrets to some humans"
"You read Edward's mind last time. You should know how it is for werewolves and imprinted humans. There is no threat, I assure you"
"My decisions cannot depend on what I find in people's minds. Thoughts can be too subjective."
I saw how few wolves moved a bit - all of us knew that no talk could make them change their minds and most of us anticipated the fight to begin.
"Aro, is there really no other way?" Carlisle's tone was pleading but Aro smiled and blood thirst blazed in his eyes.
"I'm sorry Carlisle. It was good to know you"
I took the deep breath and watched Volturi regrouping to prepare for battle. When I heard the loud noise like thunder of two colliding vampires I shuddered and closed my eyes.
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