Where on earth is she?! My thoughts are driving me crazy right now, if she doesn’t appear in the next five minutes I am going to … Finally!
I saw her and her extravagant car in the end of the street, but it took her only seconds to reach me. I wonder how many traffic rules she broke to get here, and how many are we going to break to get there?
“Are you sure of this?” she asked with a serious expression in her face, if I didn’t know better I would say she is worried about me.
“This is not the best moment for…”
“Leah! I am not taking you if you are not sure!”
“I am sure Rosalie!” I screamed at her.
I know it’s a lie, but I am not sure of anything right now and it’s not the best time to start thinking. I got in the car and she gave me a meaningful look.
“Just go!” I ordered.
If you are wondering why I am with Rosalie in her BMW M3 at full speed down the road to Port Angeles, well I don’t really know either, but I can tell you what has been happening in the last few days around here.
It all started like six days ago, it was a normal day, well, you can’t really consider your life normal when you are a shape shifter and you have a lot of blood suckers as family, but you get my point. Anyway, it was my day off, Seth was in school, Quil was hanging around with Claire, Embry was patrolling around the Cullen’s house and Jacob was visiting Billy. Now that he has an imprint, he barely sees his father, so we forced him to go. Soon we will know that that wasn’t a great idea.
It’s been two years since the almost war with the Volturi, after that, Embry and Quil joined our pack and we’ve been patrolling around the Cullen’s territory. Is not really necessary, but the leeches are part of our family now, and Jake can’t stay away from his imprint for a lot of time.
One week ago, Nessie decided to practice her new hunting techniques in the forest, so she could show them to Jake afterwards. Bella was the one who decided to go with her, I am not sure why the others didn’t but I think they had better things to do at that moment. So, Nessie got bored with the practice and challenged her mother to play hide and seek. Cute, isn’t it? The problem started when Bella started looking for her daughter and she didn’t appear anywhere. Everybody knows how children can be sometimes, but when you are a mother with extremely good senses and you can’t find your daughter, then you have a good excuse to panic.
Everybody got worried when the hours started passing by and there was no sign of her. We looked everywhere, and not only us, Jacob talked to Sam and he promised his pack was going to search in their territory.
One day, two days, even I started to get worried, where on earth was she? In the middle of the confusion Bella began to blame herself for leaving her alone, then Edward said it was his fault for not going with them, and everyone started blaming themselves, which was no use at all.
Then a letter arrived. Nobody knows how or who brought it there, it just appeared on the porch of the house when everyone was too depressed to realize a stranger was between us. The fact that there was no scent bothered me, but the content of the letter was what really caught my attention.
Dear Cullen Family,
There is nothing to worry about, the child is safe with us and we will be glad to return her to you if one of your special and talented members accepts to join us in a little trip to Italy. We’ll be leaving at eleven o’clock, make sure you choose well,
Just when I thought we could finally live in peace, these stupid leeches decide to appear again! Ah! I just want to kill them all! Why can’t they leave us alone? And why did they have to mess up with Nessie? The kid looks like a ten year old girl, but she just has two years old. Don’t they have common sense? Apparently not.
Well, there was only one thing we could do, exchange Nessie with one of her relatives. Everyone knows the Volturi would love to have Bella, Edward or Alice in their royal guard or whatever you call it. But things aren’t that simple. In these two years I learned how big Alice and Jasper’s love is, they are inseparable, and giving up the pixie is like giving them a nuclear bomb, so forget about that idea. That leaves us Edward and Bella, they are inseparable too, if one of them has to go with the European blood suckers I am sure they’ll end up going as a couple. Well that isn’t a very good idea either, and they can’t leave their daughter behind just like that.
It took me like three hours to realize that we couldn’t send any of them, not even the ones without cool powers. They are a perfect family, they all have found the love of their lives, and we are not ready for a war with the Volturi, we had to find another way.
Five minutes later I was asking Jacob permission to sleep for a few hours. I had been running for 17 hours around the Cullen’s house and I needed to rest. Well, that was only an excuse to get out of there, Edward was a little busy to read my mind, but I couldn’t risk myself. It was like having an epiphany!
I will be the one going to Italy. It is perfect! I don’t have a mission, a lover or an imprint tying me up to Forks or La Push. Besides, they didn’t really say which specie they were talking about, and they are looking for someone special and talented, I totally qualified! Who would have thought that being a freak between freaks would be useful?
Before I regret my decision I ran home and called Rosalie, she was the only one who would agreed to help me. Let’s just say that in these two years we developed some kind of respect for each other. We are not friends, but she is my favorite leech of the family.
I told her my plan and, just as I expected, she agreed to help me, she didn’t sound very happy with my decision, but that wasn’t really important. She knew where the Volturi were thanks to some of Alice’s visions, so she asked me to wait her in the road that was in the middle of both territories.
Well, now you know what happened, what do you think is going to happen next?
“Leah, we are here.”
Rosalie’s voice brought me back to earth.
“They are hiding in this restaurant?” I asked confuse.
“Of course not! There is an old building at the end of the street; they are waiting for us there.”
“I have to go alone.”
“Rosalie think about it, if you and I go there and it turns out to be a trap, or, I don’t know, what if they are more than three? They can kidnap you too!”
“I am not leaving you alone.”
“Well I am not taking you with me, I’ll just talk to them, free Nessie and tell her to come here and meet you.”
“Are you serious!? Do you really think things are going to work that easily? What if they think you are some kind of joke and decide to kill you?”
“I am fast enough to get out of there in time.”
We remained silence for a while, we both knew this was probably the last time we would see each other in a long long time. Damn it. Maybe I won’t see her ever again, maybe I won’t see any of them again, not the leeches, not my pack, not my family… What on earth am I doing? What was I thinking?
“Why are you doing this Leah?”
“Because I am the only one who can do it,” I answered instantly.
I got out of the car and took a deep breath, it’s now or never.
“Take care of my family and the others” I asked Rosalie without looking at her.
“Leah,” she called and I turned around. “Thanks, for this,” I didn’t answer this time.
I run in my human form to the old building and entered through the front door. I have to hurry, there are a couple of hours left and I know Alice can’t see me in her visions, but if they notice that I am not there, or that Rosalie took her car, they are probably going to try to stop me.
The sweet and disgusting scent of vampires hit me when I entered a huge hall. It was all dark, but with eyes like mine this isn’t really a problem.
“Nessie!” I run to her when I saw her in one of the corners of the hall. “Are you ok?”
“Yes, they were very nice to me,” she told me with a smile, but I am not buying that.
At least she looks fine, no broken bones, normal pulse, everything seems ok, which is a real relief; I don’t want Jacob to kill me. Well, he is probably going to kill me anyways when he notices I am not there.
“Well, well, well, who do we have here?” asked a beautiful voice from across the hall. I recognize her from the almost war, it’s Jane.
“We asked for a talented vampire and they send us their pet?” That was probably Felix.
Suddenly I was able to distinguish them all; the whole famous quartet was here, Jane, Alec, Felix and Demetri. I put myself in front of Nessie and tried to concentrate myself, this is not a good time to transform in a giant wolf.
“I came here voluntarily,” I started explaining them. “You asked for a special and talented member of the family, so here I am.”
“Leah? What…?” I shut Nessie up with one of my you are going to die looks and continue talking.
“My name is Leah Clearwater and I am the only female werewolf in Quileute history.”
They looked at me as if they were about to explode with laughter, but they didn’t, they just started talking to each other.
“She is one of a kind.”
“Aro is not going to like this.”
“Are you kidding me? He’ll be thrilled.”
“Yeah right, and then Caius is going to kill us all.”
I turned around to talk to Nessie.
“Ok Ness listen to me,” she looked at me confuse. “Rosalie is waiting for you outside and she is going to take you back home, ok?”
“You can ask her everything later, just walk to the restaurant that is a few blocks away and then you’ll find her.”
“Ok.” she looked me with sad eyes and I beg that she didn’t start crying.
“Yes master,” I turned around when I heard Jane talking with someone over her cell phone, probably Aro, she didn’t seem please. “We better get a big cage, we have a new pet.”