I chuckled. “You can open your eyes now, Edward.”
He smiled with his eyes closed. “Nah, I think I’ll just sleep for a bit longer.”
“You can’t sleep without my help,” I reminded him. He sighed, before opening his eyes and smiling. “Hello, Sleeping Beauty.”
“I could say the same,” he said before leaning up to kiss me.
We were interrupted when the door opened. Carlisle, Alice and Jasper came in and greeted us.
“Iraz was right,” Jasper said.
“He told us there was a danger coming,” Edward said.
“The Volturi is coming,” Carlisle said.
I felt Edward stiffen behind me. “Who is the Volturi?” I asked.
They shared a look and Edward nodded. “We’ll see you at the house.”
The three of them disappeared and I looked at Edward questioningly. He shrugged. “They left me to it,” he said, before taking my hand and leading us out of the hospital.
“So who are they?” I asked as soon as we are outside.
“They are a very large coven of vampires, the largest and most powerful one. They enforce the laws of the vampire world.”
“Laws?” I snorted.
He looked at me with a raised eyebrow. “Yes, we have laws. Hunts must be inconspicuous, attention should not be drawn, newborn vampires must be trained before freed. In other words, we are not allowed to expose ourselves to humans, unless we have the intention of changing them or killing them.”
“How many of them are there?” I asked.
“Well, the family itself only consists of 5 members. Aro and his wife Sulpicia, Caius and his wife Athenodora and Marcus.”
“That’s not that big,” I frowned.
“No, but they do have a guard. Aro only allows the ones with the best of skills to join the guard. There are ten members of the guard as far as I know.”
We reached the Cullens’ mansion and stepped inside. The family was gathered in the living room. Iraz hugged me and whispered a “Missed you” in my ear.
“You are wrong, Edward,” Alice said. “When they arrive the coming night, they will be here with 32 of them.”
Esme gasped. “We won’t stand a chance.”
Alice looked at me. “They know you are here. They are curious, but also completely terrified by what you are. The chance that it will end up in a fight, is enormous.”
I rolled my eyes. “I’ll go have a talk with Sam tonight. I’m absolutely sure of it that the wolves would like to help us.”
“Even then, they are still with more,” Jasper said.
“Marydith counts for fifty,” Iraz said.
“Yeah, we finally get to see some Bella action!” Emmett cheered, earning a slap across the back of his head from Rosalie.
I chuckled and looked at Edward. He winked at me, making me blush. He chuckled before kissing my forehead. “Love you,” he murmured against my skin.
“Mmmm, me too.” He gave me a playful glare. “I’m going to La Push.”
I ran off, but as I reached the kitchen, I felt my hand being grabbed and I was pulled back. I crashed into Edward’s chest. “Didn’t you forget something?” he asked.
“Not that I know of,” I smiled.
He growled and leaned in to nip at my neck. I moaned. “Are you sure?” he asked.
“Ugh, yes,” I breathed.
He travelled his kisses up until he reached my lips, kissing the corner of my lips. I tried to turn my head, but he kept his lips on the corner. “Okay, I love you,” I said impatient causing him to chuckle before kissing me deeply. He continued his assault until he pulled back suddenly. I stared at him as he stopped breathing, his eyes closed.
“What’s wrong?” I asked. He opened his eyes and I gasped as his coal black eyes stared at me. “You’re thirsty.”
He swallowed and nodded. “I think I need to go hunting tonight.”
“How can you… Can you smell my blood?” I asked, checking my shield.
“No, but I felt your heartbeat and I remembered the smell.”
I frowned and touched his cheek. “Go hunt. I’ll go to La Push and we’ll see each other after that.”
He leaned his head into my hand and nodded.
“Let me guess. You need another favour?” Sam chuckled.
“I’m afraid so, but this is much more serious. I need you there.”
Sam nodded. “Go on.”
I told him about the Volturi. We were at La Push beach with the rest of the pack, all of them in human forms.
“But I need you all to stay hidden at first. This Volturi coven is dangerous and could cause a threat to you all.”
“I understand,” Sam said.
“When are they going to be here?” Embry asked.
“Tonight. A little before midnight, when a thunder storm will hit the city.”
“We’ll be there,” Paul answered for him.
School that day was interesting. Edward and I walked into the school, hand in hand, and that caused quite some rumours to appear.
I was still scared. If there was one thing I’d worry about during the meeting with the Volturi, it’s Edward’s safety.
He is my only weakness.
“You really think so?”
I looked up from my locker to see Edward frowning at me. I must have forgotten that I let him inside my mind again.
“You don’t have to worry about me. I’ll be fine.”
“It’s not only a negative thing,” I said, touching his cheek. “I just care enough about you to want to protect you.”
“You love me,” he smiled.
“You love me, too.” I kissed him softly.