A/N: here is the next chapter of All My Life hope you all enjoy this :D I apologize that I haven't been able to update
Why couldn't I open my eyes? Why did everything sound like it was miles away? Wait! Where was I? Why could I remember anything?
The last thing I remembered was that I protecting Jasper, Emmett, and Edward from getting mauled by Victoria and James. Wait! That's it! I had found out that I had a shielding power. I blocked those two from getting to me and the boys.
"Is she ok? She looks dead."
"That's because she IS dead Emmett."
"Alice, when do you see her waking up?"
And as if on cue my eyes fluttered open and I took in my surroundings. Everything was brilliantly white the only thing that wasn't white were the contrasting black furniture. I sat up swiftly and had the urge to readjust my eyes, but then realized that I didn't need to.
Before I knew it I was standing in front of the very family that had abandoned me all those hazy years ago. Standing in front of them now I couldn't help but feel calm, cool, and collected. Then I remembered that that was the mood shifter, Jasper doing it. I gave him a knowing glance and he smirked as he winked.
"Bella, do you remember what happened?" I turned my attention to the blond haired vampire, he looked much older than the others, not just age, but he looked as if he had more 'life' experience compared to the others.
I shook myself from my inner thoughts and nodded my head, 'yes' to his question. I remembered all too clearly what happened yesterday.
"Good, from what Edward, Jasper and Emmett told me, you have the gift to project some sort of safety shield, and is triggered when you feel threatened." I nodded my head again, this was all completely true, and why was this vampire stating the obvious, unless he was verbally confirming it for everyone. I really didn't care, I just needed to go and make sure that my coven/family was ok. I knew that Victoria and James were finally gone, but that doesn't mean that they could've stopped by my house looking for me and done serious damage.
"I have to go." And without little hesitation I was out the door and on my way towards the place I've grown to call home.
When I finally got inside the house and saw that everything was exactly the way I left it I was happy. Faith, Hope, Bryce and Tony were all on the couch watching television. Owen and Anabel were off in Owen's study; Angela and Ben were out back in the wooden gazebo. I thanked god for the sensitive hearing that vampires had.
"Hey Bells, where have you been doing? You've missed the first hour of 'America's Got Talent' the season finale is on. They're about to announce who gets the gig in Vegas. Wanna sit and watch?" I graciously declined Hope's offer and made my way towards my room. All I wanted was some peace and quiet right now, was that too much to ask? I plopped down on my bed, I know that it is a bit useless, seeing as vampires don't need to sleep, but I needed something comfy and soft to relax on when I wanted to. Now some would think that it was so that I could escape when people were annoying me to the breaking point.
I had just closed my eyes and started to meditate and find my 'happy place' when my cell phone rang. I saw the caller ID and realized that it wasn't a number that I had programmed into my phone, but something told me that it was a number that I knew, so I decided to be nice and answer it.
There was a slight pause then, "Bella, why did you leave? I thought that we were going to go shopping?"
Oddly enough even though my memory with them was hazy, I do remember how Alice was obsessed with shopping, clothes and anything related to the word fashion.
"I needed to check up on my family, we can go shopping another night can't we?" I prayed internally that she would agree, because I didn't feel like shopping tonight, in reality I didn't even see the point of shopping, I had decent clothes and that's all I felt that I needed. Hope and Faith on the other hand, they had to have their closets custom made because they had so many clothes that they couldn't all fit in the original.
"I guess so, but you're lucky that there's a four-day sale at Nordstrom going on, otherwise I'd come over and drag you anyway. Oh someone wants to talk to you."
I tried to protest, but before I could get a full sentence in I heard a very familiar voice on the other end of the phone.
"Uh…hi Bella…" I couldn't help but feel butterflies fluttering around in my stomach from hearing Edward's voice over the phone.
"Hi…." I knew that I sounded lame, but I couldn't think of anything to say. I didn't feel mad or hurt anymore around him. I felt only unconditional love, and content; and that was just from hearing his voice. I still was a bit confused when I thought back to where I wanted nothing to do with him, and now here I am drooling over his voice over the phone.
"Uh, Alice tossed me the phone before I could think of what to say…how are you feeling?"
"I'm ok. I don't feel drained like I did when I used my powers. I really don't want to use them anymore. They drain me too quickly." Which was true, plus the longer I used them the quicker I felt out of control, as if something else would happen besides my shield being projected, but maybe I was just worrying too much about it.
"Bella, what aren't you telling me? Jasper can feel your emotions through the phone all the way to the living room, and he says that you feel confused, nervous and scared."
Shit! One of the times where I hated that there was an empathic vampire in the 'family'.
"It's nothing Edward, honest, I just don't really think I have a good handle on my said 'gift', but I guess I'm going to have to get used to it."
I could tell that Edward really didn't believe me, but gave in anyway. He knew that I didn't want to push it, and I respected him for that. I guess that was another thing that I loved about him.
Wait, love, where did that come from? Has that emotion always been there? That kind of scared me. I decided to cut mine and Edward's conversation short and I plopped back on the bed and covered my eyes and let out a long confused groan. Did I love Edward, and if I did, what was I going to do about it?
"I think you should go talk to Edward…alone." I jumped when I heard Anabel's sudden voice. It takes a lot to make a vampire jump, but with my mind preoccupied I guess I was susceptible to it. "But I don't know what to say Ana, I mean, what if he doesn't feel the same as I do, hell, what if I don't feel the same way he does."
"Well you'll never know unless you go talk to him…silly Bella." I couldn't help but smile at Anabel's attempt to cheer me up. It worked, and she was right. I needed to go talk to him.
I got up from my bed and started wondering down the stairs and out towards the woods. I didn't know where I was going, or where I wanted to go, so I just kept walking for what felt merely minutes, then all of a sudden I wondered into a beautiful clearing. There were different color flowers, grass growing over most of the trees causing the scene before me seem as if this section of the forest was sealed off from the rest of it. This place also had a calming effect to it to. Once I reached this destination I felt all my frustrations and anxiety leave my body.
I decided to take this as an opportunity to lie in the grass and look up towards the sky and reflect on what has happened the past 70 years.
"It seems that your human memory has remained, even after all these years." I immediately sat up at the unexpected male voice that came from behind me. I turned and instantaneously felt relieved, and rather nervous for some strange reason, but I decided to go along with it.
"I guess it has. I was just going for a walk, and somehow my feet lead me here."
"Well I'm glad, Bella. I've had an abundance amount of time to think, and I was brainless to ever leave you all those years ago. I still love you Bella..."
Wow… This was somewhat unexpected. I mean I knew I loved Edward, and that what he did was wrong, but I wasn't expecting him to flat out apologize and 'claim his love for me' at the same time. This left me astounded and nearly speechless.
"And what? Do you expect me to come running into your arms and cry on your shoulder? I mean yes I love you too Edward, but-" Wait, back up the thought train! Did I just admit that I love Edward? I guess it was my subconscious making its way to the surface.
"Y-You love me? Even after I left you? Bella, you have to know that all those things I told you were complete and utter lies. I love you and I always have and always will." Again, this damn vampire left me speechless. I couldn't think or even form a sentence.
"Bella, if you still hate me I understand, if you want I'll leave you alone."
I was about to protest Edward's statement when I heard a twig snap right outside the clearing. My attention went directly in that direction. I heard no heartbeat, barely heard any footsteps, either I was losing my hearing, or it was vampire lurking in the shadows
"Who's ever out there show yourself!" Edward yelled towards the woods as he quickly stepped in front of me, and blocking my view. That's when it hit me that he was standing in front of me to protect me from whatever was hiding.
"Edward, what-" I didn't get to finish because he stopped me abruptly and pointed towards the looming shadow that was slowly making itself known.
"Ah, this must be the vampire we've heard so much about. Aro was right, she has beauty as well." I scowled at the two vampires that were slowly slinking over to us. I started hearing a low, deep rumbling sound coming from somewhere around, then I realized that it was coming from the vampire standing protectively in front of me.
"You can tell Aro that she declines the invitation!" Edward all but snarled at the two vampires who were now right in front of us.
"Poor, poor Edward, we wouldn't want anything to happen because you got too 'touchy' now would we? Aro would only like an audience with Isabella. She is free to leave on her own free will." The blond haired vampire said while staring a hole right through me. I couldn't help but feel as if this vampire wanted something more, but I couldn't be too sure. "Elijah, don't you think it's rude just threatening our 'friends' without properly introducing ourselves?" The tall jet black-haired vampire turned and slightly bowed to us. "My name is Xavier, and this gentleman next to myself is Elijah, and we are from the Volturi guard. Please excuse my friend, he tends to get a bit restless when he hasn't fed."
"Well, we would appreciate it if you would refrain from hunting around this area, we would prefer not to have attention drawn to our kind if you catch my drift."
This caused Elijah to try and lash out at Edward. "You saying we can't control ourselves? What makes you so much better than the rest of us? Huh? What makes you so much better?" Elijah was being held back by Xavier, and I could see that he was even having a hard time.
Before I knew it Elijah had broken out of his friend's grasp and hurtled straight for Edward and I, I thought that we were done for, but then he stopped dead in tracks. His body had stopped in motion. It looked as if time had stopped just with him. I didn't think it was my power, because I had a translucent blue shield, there was no shield keeping him that way. I looked to see if this was Xavier's work, but the expression on his face said otherwise. He was shocked, and almost terrified. Edward had no abilities that involved force fields, so that left only me.
As if all at once I started to feel light headed, which was weird for a vampire, but that only confirmed it even more for me. I was slowly starting to have to fight to keep upright.
Why was it always me that is weakened by their power? Why do Alice and Jasper never feel as if they're going to pass out when they use their gifts? This wasn't a gift this was a freaking curse!
"Bella, are you alright?" I nodded my head and closed my eyes to try and stop this gift that was draining my energy. I closed my eyes and took a deep cleansing breath. As soon as I let the breath out I heard a loud thud. I opened my eyes and saw that Elijah was on the ground lying face up facing the sky. He shot up instantly and raced back to Xavier's side.
"Be warned that if you do not comply to Aro's wishes he will have to come to you, and that means trouble for both yours and his coven.
And as if like magic the two vampires were gone and leaving Edward to process what had just happened. I just hoped that what they said wasn't true and that our families would remain safe, but part of me knew that that wasn't the case, so there was only one thing I had to do.
I would have to sacrifice myself to the Voltori for the greater good, but something told me that would be easier said than done.