নমস্কার all!! I couldn't get on line yesterday...something about someone cutting a Ethernet cable অথবা something. SO I'm going to try to get up a few stories tonight. :)
End of Chapter 23
"I'll do everything that can be done, but prepare Carlisle; the odds aren't good." I whispered.
"Alice, so help me if anything happens to you..I will go to hell and back to bring আপনি back." He snarled.
"I've thought about that already Jazz." I ব্যক্ত as I laughed.
"Promise me আপনি will come প্রথমপাতা to me when this is done. Promise we will never be apart again." He ব্যক্ত sadly.
"Yes, I promise. Just one thing Jasper." I ব্যক্ত as I thought of the ultimate promise.
"Anything love, anything at all."
"Don't follow me." I whispered.
"I promise, I know আপনি need to do this. Promise me আপনি will do everything আপনি can to come home, আপনি will get out of there and come প্রথমপাতা soon." He pleaded.
"I promise Jasper. One way অথবা another, I'll get out....and I প্রণয় you." I ব্যক্ত as I hung my head, silent sobs escaping my lips.
"I প্রণয় আপনি too. Never forget that, I প্রণয় you." He ব্যক্ত as I hung up the phone and leaned my head back against the seat.
"I hate lying to him." I ব্যক্ত to the ceiling.
I sat with my head resting against the headrest, thinking about everything I had just promised Jasper. I knew that I shouldn't have promised him I would get out, there was no way that I could be certain that was even possible.
I was deep in thought when Bella put her hand on mine. "Tell me everything, Alice, I don't understand. Why did আপনি tell Jasper to stop Emmett, why can't they come help us?" She asked.
I took a deep breath, keeping my eyes closed. "Two reasons," I whispered. "The first I told him. We could try to stop Edward ourselves...if Emmett could get his hands on him, we might be able to stop him long enough to convince him you're alive." I ব্যক্ত as I turned my head and looked at her.
"We can't sneak up on Edward." I ব্যক্ত আরো to myself then to her. "If he sees us coming for him, he'll just act faster. He'll...I don't know throw a Buick through a দেওয়াল অথবা something, and the Volturi will take him down."
I looked at her to see how she was taking all of this. There was a look of fear..well not fear...panic in her eyes. She did understand what I was telling her. She gripped my hand tighter, trying to get me to continue.
"That's the সেকেন্ড reason of course, the reason I couldn't say to Jasper. Because if they're there and the Volturi kill Edward, they'll fight them Bella." I whispered, my voice cracking at the horror.
"If there were any chance we could win...if there were a way that the four of us could save my brother দ্বারা fighting for him, maybe it would be different. But we can't, and, Bella, I can't lose Jasper like that." I ব্যক্ত as I swallowed the lump that crept into my throat.
I knew that I along with Emmett, Jasper and even Rosalie would do anything to help Edward. I knew that they would lay down their safety if it meant they could help him.
Bella sat watching me, I had to look away and gather myself again. I couldn't let her know how likely it truly was that we wouldn't return from this.
"Couldn't Edward hear you, though? Wouldn't he know, as soon as he heard your thoughts, that I was alive, that there was no point to this?" She asked.
I had to think about that before I could answer her, choosing my words carefully. "IF he were listening. But believe it অথবা not, it's possible to lie with your thoughts. If আপনি had died, I would still try to stop him. And I would be thinking 'she's alive, she's alive' as hard as I could. He knows that."
"If there were any way to do this without আপনি Bella, I wouldn't be endangering আপনি like this. It's very wrong of me." I ব্যক্ত as I looked her directly in the eye.
"Don't be stupid. I'm the last thing আপনি should be worrying about." She ব্যক্ত as she shook her head. "Tell me what আপনি meant, about hating to lie to Jasper." She ব্যক্ত trying to change the subject.
I laughed quietly, and smiled. "I promised him I would get out before thy killed me, too. It's not something I can guarantee...not দ্বারা a long shot."
I hoped that this would help her take it all seriously, how much danger we were facing in a few hours time.
"Who are these Volturi?" Bella asked quietly. "What makes them so much আরো dangerous the Emmett, Jasper, Rosalie and you?"
As Bella asked the প্রশ্ন I heard the guy in the আসন across from us lean in. I quickly shot him a look, one that was not friendly. I usually try to control myself better, but he had no right. He quickly sat back in his আসন and put hid headphones on, returning to his work.
Bella noticed all of this, I forget how observant she is...she leaned closer to me to the point that her head was resting on me to hear the words.
"I was surprised that আপনি recognized the name. That আপনি understood so immediately what it meant when I ব্যক্ত he was going to Italy. I thought I would have to explain. How much did Edward tell you?" I asked, hoping that he had told her their story.
"He just ব্যক্ত that they were an old, powerful family...like royalty. That আপনি didn't antagonize them unless আপনি wanted to....die." She whispered as she shook when ব্যক্ত ব্যক্ত 'die.'
"You have to understand." I ব্যক্ত as I thought out how to explain this without scaring her.
"We Cullens are unique in আরো ways than আপনি know. It's...um...abnormal for so many of us to live together in peace. It's the same for Tanya's family in the north, and Carlisle speculates that abstaining makes it easier for us to be civilized, to form bonds based on প্রণয় rather than survival অথবা convenience. Even James's little coven of three was unusually large...and আপনি saw how easily Laurent left them. Our kind travel alone, অথবা in pairs, as a general rule. Our family is the biggest in existence, as far as I know, with the once exception. The Volturi." I explained.
I didn't know how much to tell her, there were rules about humans knowing about us...and obviously she knew a lot already..what difference would it make if I explained all I knew before I led her to the belly of the Beast?
"There were three of them originally, Aro, Caius, and Marcus." I ব্যক্ত as I looked at her.
"I've seen them." Bella mumbled, my eyebrows rising in surprise. "In Carlisle's study."
I nodded, remembering the large painting that hung in Carlisle's study.
"Two females joined them over time, and the five of them make up the family. I'm not sure...but I suspect that their age is what gives them the ability to live peacefully together."
"They are well over three thousand years old." I ব্যক্ত as Bella's jaw dropped a little. "Or maybe it's their gifts that give them extra tolerance. Like Edward and I, Aro and Marcus are....talented."
I saw Bella about to প্রশ্ন things, but I had to continue before she could start asking questions.
"Or maybe it's just their প্রণয় of power that binds them together....I think royalty is an good description." I ব্যক্ত 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 আসন 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 আপনি 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 অথবা otherwise."
Bella opened and closed her mouth, reminding me of a মাছ 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 আপনি what they do?" I asked, suprised 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 হারিয়ে গেছে my temper on a plane.