Last one for tonight, and won't be able to write again until Saturday...fyi :)
End of Chapter 25
"Or maybe it's just their प्यार of power that binds them together....I think royalty is an good description." I कहा as I shook my head.
"But if there are only five..." Bella began asking.
"Five that make up the family." I correct her. "That doesn't include their guard."
Bella took a deep breath, her eyes focusing on the सीट ahead of her. "That sounds......serious."
"Oh it is," I said. "There were nine members of the guard that were permanent, the last time we heard. Others are more...well...transitonry. It changes आप see. And many of them are gifted as well, with a variety of gifts. Gifts that make what I can do look like a parlor trick. The Volturi choose them for their abilities, physical या otherwise."
Bella opened and closed her mouth, reminding me of a मछली out of water. It seemed like she wanted to ask something but couldn't get the words to form.
I nodded at her, guessing that she was wondering about how bad these gifts would be. "They don't get into too many confrontations. No one is stupid enough to mess with them. They stay in their city...only leaving when duty calls."
"Duty?" Bella wondered.
"Didn't Edward tell आप what they do?" I asked, surprised that he didn't tell her more.
"No." She said.
As she began saying no, I felt as if someone was listening again to our conversation. I turned again to see business suit guy leaning forward, his earphones lifted to one side. I took a deep breath, trying to calm myself...it wouldn't help anyone if I लॉस्ट my temper on a plane.
I leaned in to Bella, close enough that my lips moved just above her ear. I knew that there was no chance that anyone would hear a word I said...even if they tried.
"There's a reason he called them royalty, the ruling class. Over the millennium, they have assumed the position of enforcing our rules...which actually translates to punishing transgressors. They fulfill that duty decisively." I said.
Bella's eyes popped open, a gasp escaping her mouth. "There are rules!?"
"Shhhh!!" I कहा urgently.
"Shouldn't somebody have mentioned that to me earlier?!" She whispered angrily. "I mean, I wanted to be a...well to be one of you! Shouldn't somebody have explained the rules to me?"
I laughed at her, the look of hurt on her face was priceless. She was hurt that we kept things from her.
"It's not that complicated, Bella. There's only one core restriction. I think if आप think about it, आप could probably figure it out yourself."
She squinted her eyes, trying to figure out what the rule could be..and after a few सेकंड्स she shook her head. "Nope, I have no idea."
"Maybe it's too obvious. We just have to keep our existence a secret." I कहा as I shook my head in disappointment.
"Ohhh." She कहा as it all sank in.
"It makes sense, and most of us don't need policing. But, after a few centuries, one of us tends to get bored...or crazy. I don't know. And then the Volturi step in before it can compromise them, या the rest of us." I explained.
"So Edward....." Her voice trailed off.
"Is planning to flout that in their own city, the city they've secretly held for three thousand years. They are so protective of their city that they don't allow hunting within it's walls." I said.
"Volterrra is probably the safest city in the world...well from vampire attacks that is." I said, the humor of it all making me smile.
"But आप कहा they didn't leave. How do they eat?" She कहा as her voice raised an octave.
"They don't leave...I suppose आप could say the order delivery." I कहा as I smiled at the joke. "They bring in their खाना from outside, from quite far away sometimes. It gives their guard something to do when they're not out annihilating mavericks. या protecting Volterra from exposure..." I said.
"From situations like this one, like Edward." She कहा as she finished my sentence.
"I doubt they've ever had a situation quite like this. आप don't get a lot of suicidal vampires." I said, disgusted.
Bella was finally understanding the severity of it all. She was gripping my hand, sobs and quiet screams escaping her lips.
"We'll do what we can, Bella. It's not over yet." I कहा as I hugged her.
"Not yet." She कहा discouraged. "And the Volturi will get us if we mess up." She कहा as she began shaking.
"You say that like a good thing." I said, now it was my turn to be confused.
She just shrugged. I can't believe she just shrugged. What was going on in this girls mind? She knew my brother may die and if he did she..what...wanted to die too?
"Knock it off, Bella, या we are turning around in New York and going back to Forks." I threatened.
"You know what. If we're too late for Edward, I'm going to do my damnedest to get आप back to Charlie, and I don't want any trouble from you. Do आप understand?!" I कहा sternly.
"Sure, Alice." She said.
I pulled away from her, far enough that I could look her in the eyes. I had to get her to understand that I was not playing..I would not let her get herself killed because of us.
"No trouble?!" I demanded.
"Scout's honor." She mumbled as she took her hand and saluted me.
I could do nothing but roll my eyes at her, and when I did she just laughed quietly.
"Let me concentrate, I'm trying to see what he's planning." I कहा as leaned my head back and pushed my fingers to my temples.
The first thing I saw was Edward walking into a great room, waiting for his time with Aro and the others.
When they entered he would beg them to end his life for him, beg them to end his existence but he felt he had nothing to live for. I wasn't sure what their response would be, because they didn't know he was going to ask...yet.
I was searching just about to look into Jasper's future to make sure that he didn't do anything stupid when Bella put her hands on my arms, breaking my concentration.
"Alice? Alice, we have to go." She कहा urgently.
I opened my eyes slowly, allowing my eyes to adjust to the lights of the plane.
"Anything new?" She asked as the annoying man in the suit leaned forward...again.
"Not exactly..he's getting closer." I कहा softly. "He's deciding how he's going to ask."
Bella bit her lower lip, her nerves getting the best of her. I took her hand led her द्वारा hand off the plane, pulling her along behind me.
I knew that we had to hurry if we were going to make our connecting flight. We arrived just as they were calling the final boarding of the plane. I handed the ticket girl our tickets, and declined to check our luggage. She motioned for us to go through the metal detectors, which we both did quickly, grabbing our bags at the end and running onto the flight.
The stewardess looked at our tickets and ushered us to our seats. Once again we were in first class, the difference between this flight and the पूर्व is that first class was less crowded...and I didn't see the man in the suit..which I was thankful for.
Bella took her सीट and began looking out the window, लॉस्ट in her own thoughts. I smiled at her and returned to searching the future.
The first thing I looked for was Jasper, I knew that this was foolish but I had to know that he kept his promise to me.
I saw him, Emmett, Rosalie, Esme and Carlisle sitting in the living room of Tanya's. Concern on each face as they discussed what could possibly be going on. I smiled, knowing that he did keep his promise, and with any luck I would keep mine too.
I looked for Edward and saw him walking into the center room of the castle. I saw him begging Aro to end his life, they deliberated a मिनट before deciding to deny him his request.
I opened my eyes, joy filling every part of my body. I looked to my side and saw that Bella had fallen asleep, I knew I should let her sleep...but I knew she would want to know.
I shook her shoulders a few times before she woke. "Bella." I कहा too loudly.
"What's wrong!?" She asked.
"It's not wrong, it's right. They are deliberating, but they have decided to tell him...no." I कहा as I smiled.
"The Volturi?" She asked. Was she really awake?
"Of course, Bella, keep up. I can see what they're going to say." I कहा as I shook my head at her.
"Tell me." She demanded.
Just then the stewardess walked over to our seats, a smile on her overly painted face. "Can I get आप ladies a pillow?" She asked, trying to give us a hint to keep it down.
"No thank you." I कहा as I smiled up at her, locking my gaze on her face.
I looked down at Bella, the look on her face was priceless. Obviously she realized that I just 'dazzled' the stewardess into going away. Bella looked like she was going to say something but shook her head, letting it go.