And Now, You Die
Death. I could taste it in the air. I could practically feel it radiating around the muddy clearing. I looked down from the tree that I was perched on and saw my family, anxiously awaiting Tanya and her newborns. I had been told to stay in this stupid tree so I didn't get hurt and so I could still protect the family with my shield, which I had perfected. To make my safety even better, Edward decided he would guard the stupid tree; how was a tree going to stop newborns from getting to me?
The crunching of leaves was enough to freeze my family and myself. I saw all the males subtly step in front of their mates, touching them in someway, holding their hands or touching their shoulders. Edward looked up at me, love and concern evident in his eyes. I smiled sadly at him, wishing I could hold him, kiss him; anything! I felt around myself and sighed in relief when I felt the lighter in my pocket that Edward had given me last night.
"Well, well, well. What do we have here?" I heard a shrill voice ask sarcastically. Everyone snapped their heads to the trees where the voice came from. Soon after, Tanya emerged, a sadistic smile on her face. I was shocked to see her eyes were ruby red. She was followed by around thirty newborns with the same deathly eyes, prowling and snarling behind her. I saw Tanya search around the field until her eyes stopped on Edward.
"Hello, love." She greeted, smiling. Edward growled at her. She rolled her eyes and laughed. She stopped half way across the clearing and held up her hand, signalling the other vampires to stop as well.
"Tanya, please." Carlisle stepped forward, but her eyes strayed back to Edward, licking her lips. I only just managed to conceal my growl.
"We don't need to fight." Carlisle continued. Suddenly, she exploded with laughter.
"Of course we don't need to fight!" she cackled. "These," she waved her hand in the direction of the newborns, "are for the slut that Edward claims is his mate." Edward suddenly flew at Tanya, but Jasper and Emmett held him back. My grip on the tree branch tightened and it groaned in protest. I cringed slightly as Tanya's eyes found mine.
"Oh, there she is. Look guys." She pointed to me, "This is the one I was telling you about." The newborns growled at me and I was momentarily confused; what had she said about me? Edward immediately crouched in front of the tree, warning the newborns with a growl.
"Well? What are you waiting for? Go get them!" Tanya screamed. My eyes widened as the newborns charged at my family. I immediately cast my shield around them just before the newborns reached them. My family lunged at the newborns at the same time the newborns lunged for them. They crashed into each other with a loud bang and then I knew.
The battle had begun.
I could do nothing but watch as my family twisted out of the grasps of the newborns, but as Jasper had predicted, they were going for the obvious kill. I looked at Edward and saw that he was fighting off two crazed newborns who were trying to get to me. However, there was a third one behind him that he hadn't seen. The newborn crouched, ready to pounce on Edward.
"Edward, behind you!" I screamed. Edward glanced behind him and just managed to dodge the oncoming newborn.
"You can't win!" Tanya shouted over the snarls and growls of battle. All of a sudden, the trees started to shake. I looked around confused until I saw six wolves the size of horses burst into the clearing, destroying newborns in their path.
"NO!" Tanya screeched. I looked over at her and saw her slowly stepping back, beginning to retreat.
"Oh no, you don't." I growled. I swiftly jumped to the next tree as I saw Tanya dart from the scene. I followed her in the treetops, not letting her out of my sight for one second.
As soon as there was space, I leapt from the tree and into the air. I pushed myself down to the earth, using gravity and landed on top of her. She screamed and kicked but I would not budge.
"Get off me!" She screamed, her arms flailing about the place.
"How about no?" I smiled. I took her head in between my hands and just as I was about to twist, a pair of muscular arms clamped around me and hoisted me off Tanya. I snarled and twisted my head around, ready to attack the offending being. But when I saw their face, I froze.
"You." I whispered. Scruffy brown hair, tight muscles, red eyes; it was him.
"Hello, my dear." He smiled and leaned in closer to me. I gasped and struggled harder to get out of his grip, but the more I struggled, the tighter he held me. His eyes narrowed.
"Stop struggling!" He hissed. I refused and struggled more, desperate to get out of his arms which were sending chills through my body. I started to scream when his hand clamped over my mouth.
"Don't. You. Dare." He seethed. I looked at him with wide eyes until I heard a cough. We both looked to see Tanya with her arms folded across her chest and her foot tapping the dirt impatiently.
"Well?" she huffed.
"Well what?" My creator asked back.
"You've got her now. That's my part of the deal done." I looked confusingly between them.
"Oh, how silly of me. Bella, this here is Bruce. You might recognise him." She smirked. "Anyway, Bruce is a dear friend of mine so imagine how angry I was to discover that his mate had run away from him. He told me what you looked like and, you see, as soon as I saw you, I knew you were her. Not only that, but you manipulated Edward into loving you when I was the one who was meant for him. So, we made a deal. If I deliver you to Bruce, then you'll be out of the way so me and Eddie can get together." Venom leaked into my eyes as I realised that I would never see Edward again. I would be taken away and Tanya would get Edward; she had won.
Bruce started to pull me back as Tanya waved at me. My scream was muffled by Bruce's hand but I dug my feet into the dirt, trying to slow him down. Suddenly, Bruce vanished from behind me and went crashing into the trees. Tanya's eyes widened as she looked over my shoulder. I spun around and gasped as I saw who had thrown Bruce off me.
"Peter." I gasped. He smiled a little at me before he walked over and stood slightly in front of me.
"What are you doing?" Tanya seethed as Bruce stood beside her, glaring murderously at Peter, "Get out of the way!"
"No." Peter's voice was determined. "You have no right to do this Tanya. When will you get it through your thick skull that Edward doesn't love you?"
"He does love me!" Tanya hissed. I glanced at Bruce and saw a smirk light his features.
"Hey Peter. How's Kayleigh?" Peter and I froze at Bruce's words. I heard Peter swallow loudly a few times and saw his mouth open and close.
"H-How do you know about her?" Peter's voice was rough yet low with anger.
"Well, I couldn't let you spread our secret, could I?" Suddenly, Peter roared and lunged at Bruce, pinning him up against a tree by his throat.
"YOU'RE THE ONE WHO TOLD THE VOLTURI ABOUT KAYLEIGH!" He screamed. Peter drew his fist back and started punching Bruce mercilessly. After several blows, Bruce managed to grab Peter and throw him into the trees in the opposite direction, quickly stalking after him.
"Meddling boy." Tanya muttered. I saw her take a step in their direction to help Bruce, but I wasn't having that. Before she could take another step, I grabbed a fistful of her hair and flung her behind me. I heard crashes as she collided with the branches. I crouched in her direction, ready in case she tried anything, but she suddenly flew out of the trees, punching me square in the face. I flew backwards, but managed to do a back flip in mid-flight so I landed on the balls of my feet.
"It's on, bitch." I growled at her. She screeched and flew at me again. Remembering some moves from the Cullen's and Denali's training sessions, I twisted out of her reach and elbowed her back, slamming her to the floor, face first. Once she was in that position, I grabbed her hair and slammed her face of the floor again. Somehow, she flipped herself over and kicked my stomach, sending me into the trees. Branches and twigs snapped underneath me as I fell. I landed on my back but as soon as I landed, Tanya jumped on top of me, her eyes wild. She quickly grabbed my head and started to pull. I felt my neck crack as she started to twist. Pain shot through my body and I realised that I am going to die.
But then I thought of Edward. What would happen to him if I didn't live? What would he do if he found out I had given up and died? No, I had to live; for Edward.
Using the last ounce of strength that I had, I grabbed onto Tanya's shoulders and pushed so she landed on her back with me on top of her. I quickly smacked her hands away from my throat and didn't hesitate to put my hands on her head and twist. A sharp metallic sound ripped through the trees as Tanya's body lay limp underneath me. In my hands, her head lay with her face a mixture of horror and anger. I sighed, defeated as I stood up and dragged her mangled body back to the isolated field. I willingly tore her limbs off her body and gathered wood, placing it on the field and lighting it ceremoniously, watching in sick satisfaction as her body burned into ash. I tossed her head in the flames that licked into the air. Black, sweet smelling smoke filled the air and my lungs and I was filled with accomplishment; Tanya was finally gone from my life.
It was then that I remembered Peter. I snapped my head to look in the direction of where Peter and Bruce went and my eyes widened in horror as I saw familiar black smoke rising there.
Without thinking, my feet ran at a blindingly fast speed to the new smoke. I slapped twigs out of my way and dirt flew out behind me. I ran for a few seconds until I skidded to a halt at the sight before me.
A bonfire had been lit, similar to my own. I could make out body parts sticking out of the flames. I was about to cry out when I saw a figure on the ground.
A figure with blonde hair.
I breathed a sigh of relief as I ran over to Peter. But then, my relief vanished as soon as it came. Bite marks marred Peter's face and arms. He was whimpering in pain as he clutched his torso. Venom started pooling around him and his whimpers of pain got louder.
"Shh, Peter." I cooed, "I'm here."
"B-Bella?" His voice was coarse, but I hushed him again, stroking his cheek.
"It's going to be ok, Peter." I assured him, "I'm going to take you to Carlisle." I started to put my arms underneath him.
"No!" he moaned. "I don't want to live!" I froze at his words.
"What do you mean?" I asked cautiously, not attempting to move him.
"I've been living without her for so long." Peter whispered, meeting my eyes, "It hurts too much. I thought I could live without her, but I can't." Venom leaked in my eyes as I realised what he was asking of me. "Don't cry." Peter whispered. "But please, let me die. I want to be with her again; I want to see her." A gentle hand was placed on my shoulder. I looked up to see Edward staring down at Peter with sadness.
"Is this what you really want?" Edward asked quietly. I looked him over but saw no injuries on him other than his shirt being ripped in three places.
"Yes." Peter whispered. Edward nodded as a sob escaped me. I leaned over Peter and placed a soft kiss on his forehead and stood up, turning around so I didn't have to see what would happen next.
"Goodbye Peter; my brother." Edward whispered. I heard the familiar shredding of metal and the burning of wood. Another sweet scent hit me and I opened my eyes to see myself surrounded in smoke. I wailed as Peter's body burned, but I didn't turn around to see it. A pair of arms wrapped around my torso from behind and a head was placed on my shoulder.
"Are you alright?" Edward whispered. I nodded my head numbly.
"Is anyone hurt?" I asked; it was the first ting that came to my head.
"No. The newborns have been destroyed, but no one in the family got hurt' Except for Peter." He replied, gently kissing my shoulder and nuzzling his face into my neck.
"It's over." I whispered.
"Not quite." I blinked a couple of times and Edward took my silence as an invitation to continue. "The Volturi are coming."
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