"How are we going to do this?"
We were standing to the side of the clock tower, hidden in the shadows to ensure that we weren't spotted by any humans who saw our skin sparkle in the sunlight. Bella and I were standing hand in hand, trying to prepare ourselves for what we were about to do.
"What do you mean love?"
I was looking at Bella with all the love I could muster. I felt like I had to soak up every moment with Bella because I didn't know what was about to happen. I couldn't predict what would happen.
"Are we going to sneak in or walk in with our heads held high and demand to see Aro?"
I thought over Bella's words, wondering which would be the best course of action.
"I think we should walk in with our heads held high, go up to that desk and ask Gianna to see Aro. If she says no… well we'll get our way no matter what."
Bella nodded in agreement, knowing that it is the right way to go. We don't want to give them any other reason to hurt us or our family.
"Let's the best thing to do. I guess we should go in Edward."
I nodded before looping my arms around Bella's waist. I just had to kiss her. She wrapped her arms around my neck, knowing we wanted just to treasure this moment together. I rested my forehead against Bella's and she smiled when my breath brushed over her face.
"I love you so much Bella. Forever and always. No matter what happens."
Bella looked like she was going to cry. I hated hurting her but I wanted how to know how much I loved her.
"I love you so much too Edward. I always have and I always will. No matter what happens."
I leaned in and kissed Bella, holding her tight against me. She kissed me back, throwing all her love for me and emotions into the kiss. We kissed for a couple of minutes before pulling apart and resting our foreheads against one another's again.
"Let's do this."
Bella nodded and smiled sadly.
I smiled softly back at her.
We pulled apart but I grabbed her hand in mine once again. We started walking and quickly entered a building. I knew where I was going but Bella didn't so she just followed my lead. Eventually we walked into a lobby and I noticed a woman behind the desk. I knew this was Gianna, the woman who desperately wanted to be a vampire and turned a blind eye to all the humans being killed. She was just standing there behind the desk quite happily, as if she wasn't surrounded by bloodsucking vampires. Bella and I looked at one another before nodding. We walked over to the desk and both smiled at Gianna, even though our smiles were as fake as you could get.
"Hello we'd like to see Aro please."
Gianna turned to look at us with a smile on her face before I saw recognition in her eyes and the smile faded.
"Oh my God I remember him. He was threatening me because the girl was in the feeding chamber. How come she's a vampire? That's so unfair! I can't let them see Aro."
"He's busy right now."
Edward leaned forward and spoke in a low, threatening voice.
"Gianna… we want to see Aro and we will see Aro."
"Oh God what do I do? I know the Volturi has their friends as prisoners. I wonder if I turn them over that the Volturi will honour me and turn me into a vampire. Maybe I could keep this guy for myself and get rid of the girl."
I snarled at the human in front of us. I didn't want Bella to know what she was thinking. Bella was also glaring at Gianna. I glanced around to see a few members of the Volturi surrounding us, watching us with an evil glint in their eye. They knew something was going down and they wanted to be around when it happened.
"I'm sorry Sir but you can't go in there without an appointment."
"I have to follow procedure if I want to be a vampire."
I growled loudly, causing her to flinch back. Suddenly Felix appeared out of the shadows smiling at Gianna who grinned back at him.
"She's so easy to manipulate."
"It's okay my dear Gianna. They don't have an appointment but Aro was hoping they'd come. He'll be delighted that Edward and Bella Cullen are here to see him."
"Of course. I'm sorry Felix. In that case I'll let them through."
"He's so amazing. I think he likes me."
"No worries Gianna. Keep up the good work."
"Silly human. I'll have my fun with her when the time comes."
And with that he winked at her. Bella just shook her head in disgust when she giggled in return. I rolled my eyes as well as snarling, unable to believe this stupid woman. Felix turned to us with a smirk on his face.
"Bella looks very good as a vampire. I could ask Aro if I could keep Bella as my own. I'd certainly have fun with her."
"Well well Bella, you look good as a vampire."
My growl echoed the room at his words. How dare he say that about my wife? How dare he think that way about her! Bella squeezed my hand to let me know I had to calm down and that she didn't care about Felix. I stopped growling but just glared at Felix. Felix just continued to smirk as he gestured to us to follow him. We followed him through the underground passages until we reached the feeding chamber. I hated this room so much. I had been in here too many times. Felix pushed the doors open and we followed him in. Inside were all the vampires I had encountered the last times I had been here. Aro, Caius and Marcus were all sitting in their thrones with the others scattered around the room. There was no sign of any of our family members. I just hoped we weren't too late. I would never forgive myself and I knew Bella wouldn't either. Bella and I stopped in the middle of the room, side by side, ready for whatever happened.
Aro stood up at the sight of us, his arms spreading wide.
"Edward, Bella! Oh how lovely it is to see you!"
I couldn't believe it. Aro was acting so casual, as if we'd pop in for a visit. I couldn't help myself as I growled and clenched my fists. I could see this had angered Bella as well.
"Oh cut the crap Aro! What have you done with our family!?"
Aro's cold laugh filled the room, making me shudder at the sight of him. I was determined to remain strong and in control so I held my head up high, ready to give as good as I got. I was glad I had my wife with me.
"Oh how I have longed for such fun."
"Oh dear Edward. Your family disobeyed the Volturi."
"That is a lie Aro."
Bella's voice rang out loud and crisp. All the vampires in the room were looking at her with surprise. Aro was staring at her, his teeth gritted.
"How dare she?"
"What was that Mrs Bella Cullen?"
I hated how he said my love's name. It was so disgusting.
"Our family have not disobeyed the Volturi. We told you the first time we met that I would become a vampire and that was the agreement. Look at me. I am a vampire now. We haven't disobeyed you in anyway."
The room was silent. I just stared at Bella with love, surprise and wonder. She was so brave. I admired her so much. I smiled gently at her, feeling so much love for this woman. Aro had a weird smile on his face.
"Oh this will be interesting. I will get what I want."
"Oh Bella you are a clever girl. Felix, Demetri, Alec, Jane… go and get the rest of the Cullen family. Let's reunite them with dear Bella and Edward here."
The four vampires bowed and quickly left the room. I tried to scan everyone's thoughts but there was nothing to help. Bella gripped my hand tighter, needing to know she was with me. I squeezed back gently reassuring me.
Suddenly I saw my family for the first time in nearly a month. They walked into the room and lined up in a straight line. I gasped at how dead they all looked in their eyes. I immediately understood what had happened to them. Jane and Alec had been in charge of them and had been torturing them. I saw Bella looked confused so I leaned down and whispered in her ear.
"Alec is using his power on them. It numbs all the senses and you're basically a zombie."
My wife stared up at me in horror. I knew the feeling. Our family didn't deserve this.
"Jane's been torturing them and then Alec's been numbing their senses."
Bella just continued to stare up at me. I didn't understand either. Carlisle had been Aro's friend. Suddenly Aro laughed once again.
"Oh Edward you make it sound worse than it is."
Bella glared at Aro, full of anger.
"What's the truth then? Why are you doing this? How did you get past Alice?"
Bella had let go of my hand and had started to move forward. I wrapped an arm around her waist to hold her to me. Before Aro could speak, I got in first.
"Alice's visions depend on people's decisions. The Volturi used this to their advantage."
The three Volturi leaders just laughed at what I had said. I was so angry and so was Bella.
"Why are you doing this?"
Caius just smirked at her.
Bella growled at him and went to lunge at him, but I held her back even though I was growling himself. Aro held his hand up to Caius.
"Time to tell them what I want."
"Brother please. Now now Bella, calm down my dear. We're doing this as we want you to be a member of the Volturi."
The other members of the Volturi did not look pleased at this news, especially Jane. Felix looked quite happy at the news which caused me to glare at him and growl. There was no way in hell Bella would join the Volturi.
"You see Bella, I could tell you would be talented. When I found out you were a vampire, I had to have you. I knew you would turn us down if we asked you. My brothers and I came up with a way to get you for our own. A trade for your family. It all worked out so perfectly. You were away with Edward and we were able to seize your family. They tried to fight but they were no match for the Volturi. We'll even let Edward stay with you if you cooperate."
I couldn't believe this. I would not let this happen. Bella just stared at Aro in absolute disbelief. I knew she wouldn't understand how special she was.
"I will never be part of the Volturi. Over my dead body."
"What a funny thing to say that will soon be true if she's not joining the Volturi."
I would not let him hurt Bella. Aro just grinned at her, showing off all his sharp teeth.
"Well my dear that can be arranged!"
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