Danger Comes When You Least Expect It
I woke up to the sound of…well nothing…I sat up in bed and saw that Jasper wasn't in the room; there was no note left; I felt myself start to panic a bit. Not because of being alone, but for that Jasper may have gone to talk to Charles alone and get himself or Charles in trouble. I quickly got out of bed and ran around the room towards the window, that's when I saw it, Jasper watching the sun rise. I couldn't help but calm down a bit and smile. If only I had packed a camera. That's when it dawned on me, Alice packed camera in my suitcase.
"Remember to take pictures for us Bella."
Good 'ol Alice, always thinking one step ahead. I scurried back to search through my bag. Once it was in my hand I stopped suddenly in my tracks.
Could vampires even be captured in a photograph?
I couldn't believe I even thought that, but then that was a cliché about vampires, they couldn't be photograph, and they had no reflection. That last one I knew for a fact wasn't real because Alice spent almost all of her time in the mirror trying out different hairstyles out on me, mom, Adrianna, and Esme.
I sighed and held a firm grasp on the camera and walked back to the window. I still had good lighting for the kind of picture I wanted and I quickly snapped the picture.
Darn, I wanted to take the picture without him knowing, but then that probably wouldn't have worked because he probably heard me get out of bed.
"Good morning beautiful, I hope you rested well."
"I did actually. So when are we going to visit Charles and his coven?"
"You're not going to give this up, are you, darlin'?" Jasper said sounding defeated. I hated forcing him, but at the same time I know that Charles is a good person, and deep down, I know that Jasper wants to make amends too.
"Nope, you're going to face this whether you like it or not Jazzy, you need to face this." I said in a cheeky tone, but that was only to lighten the mood.
"Ok fine, you win darlin' we'll go over there after you eat some breakfast. There's a place I read about that I want you to try, considering I really haven't had that kind of appetite for awhile." This time, it was Jasper's turn to grin. I couldn't help but smile too. He was good at making me smile. No wonder he was so popular when he was in school.
"Sounds like a plan, I'll go get dressed then we can go to that café and eat, well I eat." I grabbed my change of clothes and went to the bathroom to change. As I got my shirt over my head I heard Jasper whispering softly, so softly that I almost would've thought I was hearing things. I quickly, and as quietly as possible, got to the door and opened it just a crack. I could hear Jasper talking on his cell, but sadly, I could only hear his side of the conversation.
"I know you guys miss her, but we're still on our vacation."
"Look, I know you want her opinion on what to have as centerpieces, but we'll be home in a few days Alice. Thank goodness I remembered to take her phone out of her bag that I know you packed just in case your vision was right."
"Yes Alice, I'll make sure to let her know you wanted to know, but no, I won't let her use my cell phone to talk to you, you're just going to have to wait until we get back. Give the family our love."
"Yes Ally, I promise to tell her, now I have to go, I think Bella's done changing."
I saw Jasper hang up his phone and I couldn't help but softly laugh to myself, only Alice would want to ruin a vacation with wedding details, in a way Jasper saved me from having to talk about anything related to the wedding, now don't get me wrong, I love that I'm marrying Jasper, but when it comes to arranging every little detail I would rather just let Alice handle everything and only worry about not tripping over my own two feet walking down the aisle.
"I'm all ready to go." I announced as I reopened the bathroom door and walked out. I could see that Jasper was a little distracted. "Is everything ok?" I suppose Alice's call frustrated him.
"Yeah darlin' I'm alright." He let out a sigh. "Alice called; she wanted your input on centerpieces for the wedding."
I couldn't help but sigh as well.
"I know, I heard your hushed conversation with her. I honestly don't care what she decides on, because I know that it'll be great." It was true, yes, but I honestly didn't want to deal with it.
"That is exactly what I was trying to tell her…god I love you darlin'" He said with a big grin on his face, I couldn't help but smile too. His smile is so infectious. Just as I blinked he was right in front of me and took my face into his hands and leaned in and gently kissed me. I felt myself melt into him. I loved this feeling. I loved being in Jasper's arms. I know that that sounds so 'mushy' but it was the complete and honest truth.
We pulled away from each other and gazed into each other's eyes. That caused us to kiss each other again. This kiss, however, was more urgent and passionate. I could feel the wanting and sudden lust in it. I started feeling even more raw emotions. That's when Jasper took me by my shoulders and pulled himself away. I was a bit stunned and dazed from the kiss, and then I realized those emotions left me.
"So sorry darlin', I don't know what came over me."
"Well, I'm not sorry, that was one hell of a kiss." I said with a goofy grin on my face. If he could bush, Jasper would have been as red as the shirt I was wearing.
"Ok, I think that's enough stalling, let's go get you some breakfast and get this confrontation over with so I can get back to spending time with my wife to be." And with a wink he took me by the hand and we walked out of the house and down to the street towards the café.
Once we finished eating Jasper paid the bill, we got into a cab and Jasper gave the cabbie the directions to Charles' place. That's when I realized I had no idea where we were going, and was curious how Jasper knew it, because I know that Charles didn't tell me when I saw him.
"I've known Charles all my human life, and some of my vampire one. I've come across him enough to learn where he lives." I couldn't help but smile to myself at the fact that Jasper had answered my unasked question.
"Do you think that he'll even let you in the door?" I asked as we hit a bump in the road, it jolted me a bit and I looked out the window and saw that we were a few minutes outside the main city, which seemed to be a theme with vampires. Staying out of the main city and keeping mainly to themselves and not bring a lot of attention to themselves.
All at once the man slammed on the breaks in front of a long dirt driveway. I leaned over to see where this dirt path led and all it led to was a patch of trees.
"Is this even the right place Jazz?" I asked as I looked around for the house.
"Yes, their house is behind the trees. Charles always did like his privacy." Jasper paid the fee and we got out of the car. The cab drove off leaving us facing the dirt path leading to, what appeared to be nowhere, but was apparently hiding a house.
"Bella, it'll be much faster if I carry you in my arms. Don't forget to close your eyes darlin'." I wasn't given a chance to argue, because Jasper quickly picked me up. I hugged Jasper's neck and squeezed my eyes shut. I felt a small breeze and opened my eyes a little. Jasper didn't notice and ran at vampire speed down the dirt road and through the trees. I could feel my stomach lurch a bit and once we stopped I felt as if it were up in my throat.
"You can open your eyes now-…oh darlin' are you ok?" Jasper asked worried. I guess my face said it all. I nodded as I willed myself to start breathing again, and after a few seconds everything felt as if they were in their normal positions again.
"Y-yeah I'm ok; I made the mistake of having my eyes while you ran. I now know why you told me to close my eyes." I rolled my eyes when Jasper started to chuckle. I smirked and smoothed my clothes after Jasper put me back down on my own two feet.
We walked up to the front door of what looked to be a two story log cabin-inspired home with a lot of windows.
What is it with vampires and windows?"
As I was thinking about that Jasper rang the door bell, and it was quickly opened by a woman, who had to be a vampire, she was so breathtakingly beautiful not to be one. She had long black hair that was sleeked down. I noticed that she had some blue tinted streaks in her hair. Her eyes were a powder blue.
Wait, she looks like a vampire, but why aren't her eyes either red or topaz?
"Hello Jasper, to what do we owe this unexpected visit? Oh and I see you brought the human with you."
I couldn't help but feel a little annoyance with her, whoever she was. That was the one thing I hated about still being human around vampires. She was considered 'inferior' because she couldn't run or hear like a vampire.
"I decided I want to try and talk to Charles. I want to try and make amends."
"Why the sudden change of heart Jasper?" another, who I assumed was a vampire said as she came to the door. This one had chestnut-colored hair, but instead of the blue eyes, she had topaz-colored eyes, but I could see red speckled in them. I've seen this before when my family went a little too long without hunting. Oddly enough I wasn't afraid for my life.
"I'm tired of avoiding Ireland all together because I'm afraid of running into Charles here. Plus, I'm getting married soon, and I wanted to invite you all to the ceremony." Jasper said exasperated. I could sense that he was getting frustrated with having to explain himself to these two women. Just then the brunette took in a deep breath and I could see that she was fighting herself.
"God, how can you stand to be around such an intoxicating smelling human Jasper?" I couldn't help but take a small step to hide some of myself behind Jasper.
"Please excuse Cassandra, it's been a few weeks since her last hunting." The black-haired vampire said as she put her arm out against the door to create a barrier between Cassandra and me. I secretly thanked her for doing that. Cassandra quickly shook her head to clear her thoughts.
"Oh my goodness, yes, I'm so sorry I'm not usually that forgetful. Please excuse me while I go out the back door to hunt." And with that she took off out the back door and was gone into the forest. I couldn't help but sigh with relief. I could see that Jasper was a bit annoyed with her, but quickly let it slide when I touched his forearm.
"Please come in, the boys are in the living room watching TV, I'm sorry we don't have any food for you to eat if you get hungry…er what's your name sweetie?"
"Bella, it's alright we stopped at a café to eat before we came…er I don't think I know your name either." I said with an uncomfortable laugh.
"Nadine, the name's Nadine. And it's alright I think you're the human that Charles and James said they 'rescued' from a drunk man trying to put the moves on you." Nadine had a calming personality about her. I could feel comfortable being with her. I think that was something that vegetarian vampires were known for.
We walked to the doorway of the living room and we saw Charles and James yelling at the television while a basketball game was on.
If I didn't know better I would've thought I was at home.
They were both screaming at the top of their lungs that the referee had made a bad call. I would have to agree.
"Oh for the love of god, do you boys always have to yell and scream when the ref makes a bad call?" Nadine said with a hint of annoyance, but teasing at the same time. I couldn't help but softly giggle myself.
"Hey it's not just a 'game' Nadine.."
"Yeah, we have money on this game, and the referee is ruining our chances of getting double our money."
"Well, if you wanted to double your money, why didn't one of you bet on the other team too?" I asked in a hushed voice. I felt kind of stupid for speaking up, but it was a serious question, they obviously didn't think of that, because Charles groaned and James smacked his forehead.
"That's because they didn't think, they just decided to spend their money and gamble it all." Nadine said as she stood between the two vampires and the television.
"Sounds like something Charles would do." Jasper said in an aggravated tone. I saw him roll his eyes, and I saw Charles clench his jaw.
"Are you sure you aren't talking about yourself Jazz?" Charles said as he got up from his spot in the chair and walked over to Jasper. I couldn't help but feel the anger between both Jasper and Charles coming off of them in waves. I think Jasper was picking up on Charles' emotions and sending out even more anger. I wasn't sure if I should step in. The human in me told me to stay out of it, but the stubborn, stupid human was wanting to try and get in the middle and break it up.
"Hey, break it up! Both of you need to take a breath and snap out of it!" Nadine beat me to it and got between them and shoved them away from each other. James quickly got up and stood in the middle with Nadine.
"Ok, I've had it! Charlie, you and Jazzy gotta get over this stupid feud! Nadine, maybe you should take Bella out of here. I have a feeling this could get messy and wouldn't want her hurt; Jasper here wouldn't forgive us if that happened." James said with a wink and grin. I couldn't help but laugh with him, but it is true, Jasper would flip if I got a bloody nose from either one of them.
Nadine nodded and quickly ushered me out of the room and took me upstairs to her room. Once we were in her room I could've sworn I was in Alice's bedroom. I mean she had tons of closet-space and all the clothes to fit in there. She had a vanity mirror on top of having all the perfume and makeup she wanted.
"If I didn't know any better I'd swear I was back home with my family."
"How so?" Nadine asked with laughter in her voice.
"One of the vampires I live with, she has about the same amount of clothes as you do, plus she has the same amount of makeup and perfume." It was true; Alice had enough clothes in her closet that she could open her own clothing store. Hell, she could probably open about three of them.
"Really now, looks like I'll have to pay this woman a visit one of these days."
"I think you and her would have a lot in common, and like trading fashion tips." I couldn't help but smile.
"I bet you're wondering why I have all that makeup out on the vanity table over there, well if not I was going to tell you anyway." Nadine started with a smile. Her smile was infectious, and I nodded to urge her to continue. "Well I am one of the 'lucky' vampires that has a special gift; that gift is the ability to absorb powers from other vampires and use them as my own for a short period of time, and since I share a space with Cassandra, who has the ability to alter the way we appear to others. James has that same ability, which is rather odd, but then they are both related to one another so I suppose that makes sense."
Wow, that would come in handy for vampires wanting to blend in with the humans, well for the vampires that want to live a 'human' lifestyle'.
"So you use the makeup on your 'human' appearances?" I asked while walking over to get a closer look to the makeup table. I ran my fingers across the table while taking in all the different types of blush, lipstick, eye shadow, mascara, and other various makeup and hair products. I looked up to see my reflection in the mirror. I couldn't help but see how plain and ordinary I was compared to the beauty of Nadine. I know that Jasper thinks I'm beautiful, but I couldn't help but still feel self-conscious about myself. I've always been that way though; I've always been my hardest critic, quick to find the tiniest flaw in myself.
What was going on down there? I quickly ran to the door, but Nadine beat me to it first and lead the way down the hallway to the top of the stairs. I couldn't quite get a good look at what was going on, but I could see furniture flying and paintings torn and glass shards all over the floor. I peeked from around Nadine and what I saw both scared me and infuriated me. Jasper was being held down on the floor by a vampire I had met when I was younger. I couldn't remember his name, but I did remember his face. He had my best friend in by the neck back when I lived in New York. He was the vampire that told me that Aro wanted me changed, due to some kind of rule that is a part of some kind of Vampire code. But then I remembered that I had until my 18th birthday to be changed. That wasn't for another eight months, so what was this man doing here?
"Bella, you stay here ok, I'm going to go help them ok." Nadine said and without waiting for my reply she rushed down to try and end the fight. I hated that I was so fragile, it annoyed me to no end; most of all I hated that that seemed to be an excuse to keep me human.
"Well, look who we have here, it's the human that everyone is so fond of." I nearly jumped out of my skin and turned to see a petite looking vampire with pale brown hair. The longer I stared at her, the more I realized that her eyes weren't the friendly topaz-colored eyes, but that of bright crimson. That only meant one thing, she wasn't of the vegetarian vampire lifestyle.
Now, I should've been terrified and tried to have run, but instead I decided to stand my ground and not move. I wasn't quite yet sure if that was the smartest move I could've made.
"Well, Aro was right about you being a stubborn one." With that said she barely squinted her eyes at me and stared a hole through me. She must've been trying to use her gift on me, whatever that may have been.
"Jane, don't strain herself, if what Aro said about her is true, neither of our abilities will work on her." A boy, who oddly enough looked fairly similar to, who I assume was Jane. They must've been twins. The boy had the same color eyes, that wasn't such a good thing that much I knew. But his hair was a bit darker than his sister's.
"I was only seeing if what Aro said was true, Alec, no need to get huffy brother." Jane said with a cloyingly smile towards me. I couldn't help but take one step away from her, because that was no ordinary smile, that smile was that of a predator that had cornered its prey before devouring it.
"I'm not afraid of you, either of you!" I couldn't stop my voice from sounding shaking. I mentally cursed myself. I hated to show any kind of fear of them.
"Really now, well don't worry, we aren't going to hurt you. Aro wouldn't like that, he has seen through various vampires that she is rather special."
I couldn't help but feel smug about the situation. I was safe from these two hurting me.
But that couldn't be said for those on the first floor.
"Oh darn, sounds like Demetri and Felix are destroying your friends' home." Jane said with a sarcastic tone and sadistic grin. I didn't care if they chased after me, I had to go down and make sure that Jasper and my new friends were ok. I ran down the stairs, thankfully I didn't trip, to see that the living room was trashed. I looked to my right and saw James and Charles fending off a rather tall vampire. He was very well skilled. Nearby I saw Jasper fighting with a vampire that was about his same height. He had dark black hair that was somewhat spiked up. I gasped when is saw that Jasper had, what looked to be a dislocated shoulder, but was still able to fight. I heard a scream and turned around and saw Jane staring a hole into both Nadine and Cassandra.
That was her gift, to cause pain to others? I was very scared at this point. I felt as if I was having an out of body experience and the room started to slowly spin around me. I wasn't feeling light-headed but all this seemed a bit too much for me to handle.
A few moments later the screaming stopped and I saw Alec start to focus on Cassandra and Nadine and they let out a sigh and fell to the floor. They were gasping for air after the pain stopped.
I jumped out of my skin, I turned and saw a vampire, with slicked back blonde hair standing at the top of the stairs. He had amber colored eyes. I was literally to the point of screaming from all of the insanity that was going on around me.
That's when I noticed that everyone stopped dead in their tracks, the intruders were wide eyed and as this vampire glided down the stairs they all bowed their heads to him. Whoever this vampire was, he must have been in charge of them.
"I thought that Aro's instructions were to only deliver a message, not to destroy the place!" The vampire shouted. I cringed a bit at his tone and covered my ears a bit. That's when he locked eyes with me. I couldn't help but feel mesmerized by his gaze.
"My name is Loki, and you have my sincere apologies for how these vampires conducted themselves in your home."
"That's all you have to say? You're sorry that your minions destroyed my friends' home?"
Where did that come from? Since when did I stand up to a vampire that was trying to harm my family, friends and I. This Loki dude just smirked at me. He walked up to me and stared deep into my eyes.
"Where I was raised you would not speak unless spoken to, be glad that I'm a gentleman and I don't put you into your place human!" He all but snarled at me. I couldn't help but feel a bit frightened of him. I wasn't afraid of the vampire twins, but this vampire, Loki, really frightened me to the pit of my stomach.
Before I could even blink he struck my check hard with the back of his hand. I stumbled back a bit, but was able to stabilize myself. I held my warmed cheek and scowled at him, but didn't say another word to him.
"Aro did said that you were a feisty one, now, if there isn't anything else, we will be going now." With a snap of his fingers they practically ran out of the house through a shattered window and were gone into the night.
Jasper rushed over to me to make sure that I was alright. I told him that I was just fine, that the only thing that hurt was my cheek. He gently moved my hand to check out the damage. According to him, I had a red handprint mark on my cheek. "You're lucky that that damn vampire didn't break or fracture your jaw."
I could see tears trying to form in his eyes as he checked me over. I felt his emotions rush over me. It was worry, relief, and anger. I hugged him tight and whispered that I was fine, and that I was just glad he was safe as well as the other vampires.
"I'm so sorry, I didn't me-" I was cut off by Charles holding up his hand. He proceeded to tell me that there was no need for an apology. From what I could tell, Charles and Jasper were no longer enemies, but they weren't exactly friends either. He also told me that he was glad that I was ok. Turns out that Charles, James, Cassandra, and Nadine had grown fond of me. I couldn't help but grin.
But one thing loomed in the back of my mind. Why didn't Jane's and Alec's powers work on me, but work on Cassandra and Nadine, and why did Aro think I was so special? I mean I was only a human, and I was going to be changed, but I knew one thing for sure, I wasn't going to join Aro, I would rather die than join that.
Scary thing? I had a feeling that it could possibly come down to that.
A/N: so what did you think? I know a lot longer now ;) I knew you all would like it! Also, Loki is like a vampire version of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde type. In other words, he's harmless yet at the same time he's dangerous.
He is in charge of Jane, Alec, Felix, & Demetri. They answer to him and he answers to Aro.
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