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When I finally got to the Volturi, I knew that they were expecting me. I stepped inside the doors and Jane smiled at me. I expected to fall to my knees again but this time, nothing.
Aro grinned widely at my expense. “Welcome, Edward.” he said. The next thing I knew, they were all surrounding me.
I don’t remember what happened next. I didn’t really lose consciousness because that would be impossible. But I became aware
two days later. I sat up, feeling completely different than before. I felt…darker.
I wasn’t alone for long. Jane was sitting beside me. She reached for my hand and I jerked it away. Jane just smiled.
“In time, Edward,” Jane said with a grin. “Don’t tell me you miss her. The human?”
I winced at that. It felt like someone had torn out my heart and torn it in half. I did miss her. I would always miss her, even knowing that she might not feel the same.
Jane smirked. “Then you’ll just have to get over that, Edward. This is your life now. You’re one of us. Besides, she’ll have that werewolf friend of hers.” she added with a grin.
At that, I lost it. I reached to grab her by the throat but something stopped me. I examined my wrists only to find nothing.
“They’re invisible. You didn’t really think we’d just accept you without taking precautions did you? You turned us down not long ago. So needless to say, we were suspicious. You still have to be initiated.” she said with an evil grin.
I froze. “Initiation…what kind if initiation?” I asked, knowing exactly what she meant.
“You’ll see,” Jane said with a laugh. Without another word, she left the room and closed the door.
I lay there for awhile. I knew the plan. She had forgotten I could read minds. They weren’t having an initiation at all. They were going to kill me. And I knew that I wouldn’t fight them. I would let them do what they planned because what was the point in fighting? Bella didn’t want me and I had nothing to live for.
I drove as quickly as I could manage without hydroplaning on the water slicked road.
When I parked in the Cullen’s driveway, Carlisle and Esme were loading the car, looking worried. Jasper came out with Alice. He had one arm wrapped around her for what seemed like as much physical support as emotional.
“Bella!” Alice said as she wiggled out of Jasper’s grip. “I had a vision!” she said quickly. “Edward is in danger. We might not get to him in time…”
I tried to keep myself steady. “Where is he?” I asked quietly.
“He’s with the Volturi…he wanted to join them,” Alice told me. I could feel Carlisle’s eyes on me.
“Bella…” I heard him say as he rushed over. He was holding me up in seconds, keeping me from falling. “We’ll get there…he’s going to be fine.” he assured me.
“I’m coming with you,” I said when my head stopped spinning.
Carlisle laughed a little. “I figured you would say that,” he said as he led me to the car. Once everyone was in, we were on the road, headed for the airport. Edward would be fine. He had to be. I would just keep telling myself that.
Before I knew it, we were on the plane, headed for Italy. I kept quiet, listening to the sounds of the plane. I also kept an eye on Alice. I could tell when she had a new vision by the way she seemed to tense and Jasper’s arm tightened around her. She never told me what the visions were. She would lean toward Jasper and whisper so quickly that I had no chance in catching what she was saying.
So, I gave up on that eventually too. I began to focus on my thoughts. This was my fault! Edward had left because I hadn’t been ready to go through with the wedding! I should have just gotten it over with! It was bound to happen sooner or later…but now I wasn’t so sure.
I forced this out of my mind almost as quickly as it entered. Soon, I was thinking about Edward. He must believe he didn’t deserve anything but what the Volturi had to offer. I knew better. I had to prove to him that he was worthy of so much more.
After a connecting flight and hours more of flying, we arrived at out destination. I ran behind Carlisle, Esme, Alice and Jasper. They kept their paces slow to let me keep up but also to keep from drawing attention to themselves.
When the door opened again, it wasn’t just Jane. It was Marcus, Aro, and Caius. Suddenly, my hands were free. I sat up and they gestured for me to follow them. We went into a large, open room. There stood Jane along with the rest of the Volturi.
Without warning, I suddenly experienced blinding, staggering pain. I glanced up to see that it wasn’t just Jane causing this pain. Everyone seemed to have joined in. I fell to my knees and gritted my teeth, trying to keep my composure. This didn’t feel like all the other times. This was deeper somehow.
The searing pain continued to rip at me as if I were human again. As if I were mortal and this could potentially kill me. My mind began to believe my body and I soon found myself panicking.
I couldn’t take it anymore. I curled into a ball on the floor, willing them to stop but they didn’t. I don’t know what happened but just as I was wishing to slip into the blackness and sleep, knowing that I never could, I did. Relief washed over me, even if it was only slightly more comfortable, it was something.