I couldn't believe it. The Volturi had our family! They had kidnapped our family! They had no right to do that! What were we going to do?
"I know love. I'm in shock."
Edward was holding me in his lap, staring at the wall ahead. I didn't know what to say. Edward had been a Cullen for nearly a hundred years and there was a chance his family could be killed. It was all my fault. It was my fault that Carlisle, Esme, Rosalie, Emmett, Jasper and Alice were now prisoners in Volterra.
"Edward I'm so sorry. This is all my fault."
Edward looked at me with confusion.
"What do you mean Bella? How is this your fault?"
I buried my face in Edward's neck, needing to be held. Edward's arms tightened around me and one of his hands was gently rubbing at my back.
"This would never have happened if I hadn't returned to Volterra and gone to the Volturi."
I felt Edward shake his head and tighten his hold on me.
"That is not true at all! Please don't blame yourself my sweet Bella."
Now I was shaking my head, feeling the tears fill my eyes that would never fall.
"It's because I'm still alive that the Volturi have taken our family. They feel like we disobeyed them. It's all my fault Edward. I'm so sorry."
Edward moved back slightly so he was able to cup my face with his hands.
"Bella it is not your fault. Do not blame yourself. The Volturi can't do this. It is nothing to do with the fact you are alive. You told me yourself that Aro forbid the Volturi from killing you and once you hit your head, Aro made Felix get rid of you and take you back to the alley. Aro would have just made them kill you. He should have known I would turn you into a vampire. There is something else going on here. They're just using the fact you're not dead as a reason to take our family, just to look like they have a reason."
"But what's the real reason then?"
I couldn't get my head around it. What was the Volturi planning? Why had they taken our family? Edward let out an exasperated gasp and rested his head on my shoulder. I gently stroked Edward's soft hair and pressed a kiss to his neck.
"I don't know love. I'm racking my brain here but I can't work out what they are planning."
"Will everyone be okay? What will the Volturi be doing?"
"I'm just hoping they won't hurt because of Carlisle's connection to the Volturi. They should just be in a prison cell somewhere. The Volturi have a prison for vampires to wait for their sentencing."
"Will our family be sentenced?"
Edward shook his head.
"I don't think so. There is nothing they can give them a sentence for but I don't trust the Volturi. They always make things up and make up any reason to execute a vampire. They were quite happy to kill us when you, Alice and I were in the presence of the Volturi."
I didn't know how to respond. What could the Volturi want?
"Could this be a trap? Aro has always wanted to add you and Alice to his collection. Maybe he is planning a trade of some kind?"
Edward's eyes widened at my words.
"You might be right. But Bella don't underestimate your power. You are a shield. You can block powers. This will interest Aro. He was already interested in you when we were in Italy and he couldn't read your mind. Aro will be able to see what your power is as soon as he touches someone in the family's hand."
I hadn't thought of that. Had the Volturi set a trap? Were they holding our family hostage in exchange for Edward and I? What about Alice? I had thought Aro would be interested in collecting her due to her power of seeing the future. Speaking of Alice, why wouldn't she have seen it?
"Edward I just thought… shouldn't Alice have been able to see the Volturi coming for them?"
"Yeah… that is what is worrying me as well. She should have seen it."
I moved off Edward's lap and grabbed his phone, holding it out to him.
"We need to get a flight to Florence immediately Edward. I'll pack everything but we should probably leave the majority of the things here."
Edward nodded in agreement and took the phone.
"I'll sort out the flights. I'll meet you by the boat in five minutes. Pack a small bag of our essentials but other than that, leave everything in the room."
I nodded and gave Edward a quick kiss before he left the room. I used my vampire speed to pack as much as I could to leave the house tidy. I had a small duffel bag that I put a few clothes into as well as the essential things we had brought with us. It would be easier on a plane as we would only have hand luggage. I did a quick check around the house to make sure everything was good to go. I let out a sad sigh and hoped that I would be back at this house soon, especially as we had a reason to as we had left our stuff here. I left the house and walked down to where the boat was. Edward was already waiting and he immediately took the duffel bag off me and put it in the boat.
"I've booked a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Rome then from Rome to Florence."
Edward helped me into the boat and jumped in after me. He immediately started the engine and guided the boat away from the docks.
"Hang on tight love. We're going to have to go at full speed; faster than on the way here."
I nodded, already holding onto the boat in preparation. We had to get to Volterra as soon as possible.
We had shortened the time from Isle Esme to Rio de Janeiro and had run to the airport to save time. We had to fly from Brazil to Italy as it was a lot quicker than running the whole way. We had to get to the Volturi as quickly as possible. I hated the fact the Volturi had our family. I just wanted them to be safe. I knew they could handle themselves but the Volturi were the head of the vampire world. They made up the rules as they went along. Whatever happened when we got to Italy, I knew it wouldn't be pretty.
I hadn't been able to sit still on the flight from Rome to Florence. I was so worried. What was going to happen? I just prayed that my loved ones would come out of this alive and everything would be go back to normal. I just wanted to have my happily ever after and the Cullens were a part of that.
"This is your captain speaking. We will be landing in Florence shortly. Thank you for flying with us today."
I turned to Edward and smiled weakly at him. He reached over and took my hand in his, giving it a squeeze.
"Everything's going to be okay Bella."
I nodded and squeezed his hand back.
"I love you Edward Cullen."
Edward smiled at him, however it did not reach his eyes.
"I love you too Bella Cullen."
Edward and I continued to hold hands as the plane landed. As soon as the seatbelt sign was off, we were up. Edward led me through the crowd, enabling us to be one of the first of the plane. We were able to quickly make our way through the airport as we didn't have to collect any luggage. We exited the airport but made sure to keep in the shadows.
"Taxi or steal a car?"
Normally I would have be against stealing a car but I wanted to get there as soon as possible. With Edward's driving we'd be there in half the time.
"You should drive."
Edward grinned at me for the moment before remembering our situation and became serious.
I watched as Edward quickly disappeared. I knew a ridiculously expensive car would appear in front of me and of course I was right. One minute later a brand new Ferrari was there with the door open, Edward gesturing for me to get in.
"You had to get the most expensive car didn't you?"
Edward just smiled.
"That's the way I roll."
I settled back in the seat as Edward put the car into drive and off we went, speeding out of the airport car park. Edward and I didn't talk on the way to Volterra but we held hands across the console, needing one another. I saw Edward was driving over 150mph. After about half an hour, Edward started slowing down and I started to recognise where we were. Eventually we came to a stop and Edward parked the car.
"Don't worry the car will be returned to its owner. The police will always wonder why three cars went missing from Florence and turned up in Volterra."
I let out a soft chuckle at that as we got out of the car. I couldn't believe I was back here. Edward seemed to know what I was thinking as he came to my side. He wrapped his arms around me and held me to his chest. I hugged him back, feeling terrified.
"I promise you love. Everything's going to be okay. I love you."
"I believe you and I love you. Let's do this."
Everything had to be okay.
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