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Title: And we all fall down
Author: You can call me Jill!
Rating: I'm switching to M because of language that is going to happen.
Summary: Set during New Moon (why I like to write fics in that time period I have no idea) Edward makes the biggest mistake of his existence but what will happen when he rushes back to fix it? Where is Bella, who has taken her so quickly? Why didn't Alice see it coming? and, most importantly, how much time does he have? I was inspired to write this while listening to Muse's version of 'House of the Rising Sun' and 'Almost Lover' by fine frenzy.
Warnings: New Moon spoilers!
A/N: Not my characters...obviously! And it's unbeta'd.
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Bella’s screams still echoed fresh in my ears as the both of us were dragged, separately, toward the tower,
“SHUT UP! God, you are the most irritating creature to ever grace the planet! One little vampire bite and you won’t shut the HELL up!” Victoria yelled at Bella, I snarled in the grasp of whoever the tall vampire was that had a hold of me,
“DON’T YOU DARE SPEAK TO HER LIKE THAT VICTORIA! YOU’VE DONE ENOUGH DAMAGE LEAVE HER ALONE!” I roared as I tried, unsuccessfully, to get out of the grasp of the one who held me. Bella whimpered and Victoria laughed,
“Edward please, help! Edward it hurts so bad, please make it stop!” Bella sobbed, she screamed bloody murder and winced. I wanted, selfishly, to plug my ears, to stop her sobs and screams. I wanted to hold her tightly to me and tell her that it would be okay, that in three days the pain would go away. Now, however, three days seemed like a lifetime away.
I briefly thought of my own transformation. The burning, internal inferno that raged inside of you while the venom took over. I would never wish that hell on anyone and now I was watching, in horror, as Bella, my Bella, experienced all of it. I heard Victoria smack Bella across the cheek and a horrid growl erupted from my throat,
“DON’T TOUCH HER!” I roared at Victoria who chuckled darkly as we continued our path to the tower.
“Edward there is nothing you can do now to save her so why don’t you just shut up and enjoy the wonderful sound of her screaming. It’s all your fault Edward, you could have saved her, you could have won the game.” Victoria’s voice made me feel ill and I wasn’t in the mood for her mind games,
“At least let me carry her! She’s dying Victoria, I know you’re a heartless bitch but please!” I begged. I couldn’t believe I was begging but I knew Victoria was twisting her arm at unnatural angle. Victoria rolled her eyes and stopped,
“Fine! If it will stop her screaming! I guess I can let you have a few last moments with her before she turns into a bloodthirsty monster that won’t recognize you. Then I’ll rip her head off!” She said the last part so cheerily that it made me more sick, if that were at all possible, “Frank, let Edward go…if he tries anything kill Bella first.” She added. My plan of grabbing Bella and running like a madman were automatically dashed,
“Fuck.” I swore lightly. Frank let go of me and I stood upright waiting for Victoria to release Bella. When she did she practically threw her at me, Bella whimpered and continued to scream at sporadic intervals as I scooped her up into my arms,
“It’s alright angel, it’ll be okay, I’m right here…I promise, I know it seems like a long time but in three days all the pain will be gone.” I whispered as I looked into Bella’s perfect face. It was scrunched in pain and tears ran in constant streams down her cheeks,
“It burns! Edward I’m on fire, it’s like when James bit me…Edward make it stop please! Suck it out anything it hurts so badly!” She screamed again and I winced. Victoria cleared her throat and Frank pushed me from behind, ordering me to follow Victoria,
“I’m sorry Bella, I’m sorry, I can’t…it’s too far into your system…it won’t do any good now love, I’m sorry.” I kept apologizing as I placed light, icy kisses on Bella’s forehead. She mumbled incoherently,
“What was that Bella?” I asked trying to understand what she had just told me,
“I had wanted it to be you. I wanted you to bite me, to turn me, I wanted Carlisle to give me morphine, I wanted it to be you…I didn’t want her, I didn’t want any of this I’m sorry I was a bad girlfriend please don’t leave again! Not now! I had wanted it to be you!” She choked on her sobs and I clutched her more tightly to my chest,
“Shhh now Bella, you were never a bad girlfriend do you understand me? I know you can hear me Bella please listen, I was wrong, I didn’t mean any of what I said, all lies I promise you, all lies. I’m sorry darling, I’m sorry it wasn’t me. She’ll pay Bella, trust me.” I whispered, I didn’t care if Victoria could hear me or not,
“All filled with empty promises aren’t we Eddie?” Victoria snarled from ahead of me,
“Shut up.” I bit out harshly to her. Bella whimpered in my arms,
“Where are they?” She asked. I had an idea of who she was talking about but I asked anyway,
“Who Bella?” I asked quietly. She opened her eyes for the first time in awhile and I saw the pain, I could sense the venom that circulated through her, I winced,
“Alice, Jasper, Emmett, Rosalie…Carlisle, Esme. Where are they Edward? Did they not come? Is Charlie alright? Tell me Edward…please.” She said through a forced breath, she let out another scream as the inferno continued to burn her,
“Oh this should be good.” Victoria laughed and I snarled again at her,
“I said shut up.” I growled. Victoria snorted,
“Bella…darling…they’re dead. Every Cullen but myself is dead.” Bella stared at me with a look of fear and disbelief,
“No, no Edward please…they…can’t be.” She let out a strangled sob and it tore at my heart even more,
“I’m so sorry. We were tricked, we were ambushed…they told me to find you so I did.” I told her,
“Charlie?” She asked. I didn’t know if Charlie’s story was more or less painful than the one of my family,
“Charlie….thinks you’re dead Bella. Victoria sacrificed some other poor girl and threw your wallet and belongings into the mix…Charlie thinks you’re dead.” I said. Bella let out another sob,
“I never wanted this to happen.” She cried,
“Shh Bella, it’ll be alright. Somehow, I don’t know how yet, but we’ll make it out alive and together I promise you.” I tried my best to reassure her. I was surprised she had been able to talk at all with the pain she had to be in. But the human will could be awfully strong when it needed to be.
Bella was silent after that as far as speaking goes. She screamed and sobbed and I did my best to soothe her by humming her lullaby. Finally, we reached the tower of Volterra where the Volturi resided. Where the sick “royal” family of vampires sat ruling over all of us. What they had against my peaceful family was still a mystery to me.
The room we entered was round and cold. It was made of entirely of stone and the floor was shiny and hard. I walked in, clothes tattered and stained, holding a dying Bella in my arms. To anyone else it must have looked like a war scene, to the Volturi it was probably best described as “dinner and a show”. Frank stepped forward and took Bella from my arms,
“Wait what are you doing?! Give her back, don’t you dare touch her!” I yelled. Frank paid no attention to me but strode out of the room with a screaming Bella in his arms. I charged toward him but several vampire stood in my way. I let out a snarl, “You think I’m afraid to die?! You’ve already killed all of my family what the fuck do I care what happens to me?!” I yelled at them.
“Tsk, tsk, tsk….such language Mr. Cullen.” A soft, familiar, voice from behind me brought me out of my stance. I stood up straight and turned to see Aro, Caius, and Marcus all seated like they were watching a play. “But such a, delightful, show of…devotion towards Ms. Swan. I am intrigued.” Aro spoke,
“Aro.” I inclined my head. I had no desire to be cordial towards my superiors but had learned long ago that it was better to be kind and get your way than to just walk in with guns blazing. Aro chuckled,
“I am so very interested in why Bella is such a main fixture in your life. You love her, no doubt, but is there something about her that differentiates her from the other humans? You see I need these questions answered…this is why I needed the help of Victoria. I am curious to see what kind of a vampire your Isabella makes.” Aro spoke and I wanted nothing more than to tear out his throat,
“But my entire family Aro. Did you have to slaughter every last one of them to just have a little chat with me? I thought you admired Carlisle, I thought were, in a way, friends.” I asked finally raising my gaze from the floor to meet Aro’s,
“Such a pity. I had not wanted to kill them but, you see, over the years Carlisle’s family has grown a considerable amount and we thought that it would be more…difficult, for you to listen to reason if you had your entire family around you ready to fight to the death for your human. I guess, in a way, they did. Though they didn’t put up too much of a fight. You have a gift Edward, such a rare, glorious gift that could be of so much benefit to us…think of the possibilities.” Aro looked at me with a sly grin,
“I’m thinking of the possibility of my foot up your--” Aro cut me off before I could finish my sentence,
“No need to bring your temper into this Edward.” He told me, “We can do this civilized…which is the way I would like to keep it,
“But what about Alice? She was gifted, as was Jasper. Why my entire family? Why everything I had?” I asked him. I wanted answers and I wanted them now.
“I did not intend to kill dear Alice, she simply got in the way. Such a wonderful ray of sunshine and life. She will be missed, no doubt.” Aro strode up to me. I backed away a few steps, “I would like to make a deal with you Edward.” I glared at him, Bella screamed from the next room and I tried not to think too much about her,
“I’m listening.” I bit out through clenched teeth,
“Agree to join us, Edward. Stand by our side, help us maintain order and rule in our kingdom, we will provide you with all the humans you would ever need to be satisfied.” He told me,
“I don’t drink human blood…you know this Aro. And what of Bella? What will become of her?” I asked. I wanted Bella to be safe, I didn’t care if I lived or died at this point,
“We will…see, if she is worthy of anything. If it will get you to stay with us we may think a little more about keeping Ms. Swan around. I am so very interested in seeing her as one of us…I bet her eyes are just the most stunning shade of red.” Aro quipped. I let a small growl escape the reserve I was holding on myself. I didn’t want to be making such a decision,
“And if I refuse?” I asked, curious to how my fate would be handled,
“You know how to kill a vampire Edward…and you know we are capable of doing so.” Aro said seriously. I thought for a moment, I didn’t want to join the Volturi, I didn’t want everything Carlisle had built for the family to go to waste and I didn’t want Bella to live our her eternity in a tower. Then again, I wanted Bella to live, I wanted her to see the world again, and I was certain I would be able to find a way out once I truly had my wits about me,
“Edward I need an answer.” Aro said. I opened my mouth to agree but instantly shut it as something moved in the shadows that surrounded the door. It only moved slightly, a fraction of a centimeter, but I was certain that it was there. Aro hadn’t seen my eyes move and Marcus and Caius were uninterested in the goings on between Aro and myself.
Something had moved, and I was certain that it had been small, quick, and pixie-like. Something had moved, and it had changed my answer completely.
“No.” I whispered, a sly, knowing, grin creeping over my face.