Chapter 36: Its My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To (Amore’s POV)
Eventually the sobs subsided. Not because I was any less upset but because I just couldn’t cry anymore. My mother looked so worried; I couldn’t let her be so concerned about me. “What is the matter?” She asked me hysterically. I just shook my head, “It is so important and I cannot even remember what it is.” She hugged me, “Well take your mind off of it for a bit and I am sure it will come back to you.” Just then Nessie came bursting into my room, “Hey, are আপনি alright?” She asked. I nodded I decided to take my mother’s উপদেশ and let it go momentarily. “I’m fine, I am sorry that I put all of that on আপনি down there.” She smiled at me, “Don’t apologize I am the one who owes আপনি an apology. I never should have let আপনি out of my sight that night.” I sat পরবর্তি to her and put my hand on hers, “I am such a horrible friend,” she thought to herself. Out of instinct I immediately thought, “No আপনি are not; আপনি had no way of knowing.” Nessie’s eyes widened. “How did আপনি do that?” She wondered aloud. “Do what?” My mother asked. “She just answered my thought inside my head!” Nessie exclaimed in wonder. I smiled at her, “I gained a few powers, but that’s a new one. I didn’t know that I could answer people back.” My mother sat up, “Let me try!” She took my hand, “are আপনি feeling any better?” she asked. I closed my eyes and focused as I answered, “A little thanks for the good advice.” My mother’s eyebrows furrowed in concentration. “Did আপনি hear me?” I asked her hopefully. “No, she ব্যক্ত in disappointment. Nessie’s eyes lit up, “Hey, maybe it only works between আপনি and I because I have a similar ability in being able to share my thoughts and memories through touch". I smiled widely at her, “wow this is even better than a secret language, we can talk about people and they won’t even know!” We giggled as my mother rolled her eyes, “Oh great, just what we need,” Nessie and I laughed. “It won’t work around my dad though,” she warned me, “he will hear whatever we say.” I shrugged, “it’s still pretty cool.” Her eyes lit up with curiosity, “what else can আপনি do?” she asked me. “I have visions, like Aunt Alice the only difference is I can share them through touch and I can see the wolves.” Suddenly Nessie’s eyes darkened, “Can আপনি see half breeds?” I nodded, “I saw a vision of আপনি and Jake last night.” Her face flushed a little as my mother looked at her through narrowed eyes, “that reminds me Renesmee, what were আপনি thinking!” My mother hissed at her. She ignored my mother and continued, “Can আপনি see Nahuel? If আপনি could see him it will help us to find him.” I swallowed hard. That was one vision I wasn’t looking অগ্রবর্তী too. I closed my eyes and focused on him. Nothing came to mind. “It doesn’t work that way every time Amore,” my Aunt Alice ব্যক্ত from the hallway. “You cannot always will a vision into being.” I looked at her in confusion, “It was so easy with Seth, all I had to do was think of him once and I knew where he was last night.” My aunt walked into the room, “I understand, আপনি are very close with Seth so it is much easier to see him. Nahuel on the other hand isn’t going to come to আপনি as seamlessly.” I set my jaw in determination; I wasn’t going to give up. I turned to Nessie, “I promise the মিনিট that I see anything I will let আপনি know.” She smiled a tight smile. “Good.” I looked at the clock it was already 4:00. The whole morning had passed so quickly. I stood up slowly, “Hey let’s go downstairs, I really want to go see Seth.” My Aunt Alice stood in front of me, "actually আপনি should just stay in here for a little bit longer, আপনি know to make sure that আপনি are really feeling better.” I raised my eyebrow at her she was অভিনয় so funny. I sat down and stared at her curiously. She closed her eyes for a মিনিট and then her eyes snapped open as a brilliant smile spread across her beautiful face. “Ah, perfect. There is just enough time.” I giggled at her weirdness as she grabbed my hand and rushed me into the bathroom to touch up my hair and make up. She ran to the closet and grabbed a black dress with a তরল পদার্থ রাখিবার জন্য টব neck and threw it at me and she grabbed Nessie a purple dress with a little matching jacket. “Here put these on, here are the shoes. I will be right back”. She grabbed my mother and when they reappeared they both wore dazzling dresses themselves. Aunt Alice in Silver and my mother in red. Aunt Alice fixed Nessie’s hair and make up পরবর্তি fussing the whole time, “such a pretty girl and আপনি take it for granted I cannot believe আপনি walked around like this today!” Nessie rolled her eyes, “I didn’t know coming to see family was a special occasion.” Aunt Alice smacked her arm playfully, “don’t sass me, girl,” she teased. Nessie and I laughed while my mother stood in the door rolling her eyes. “Really Alice, are আপনি done yet?” She stepped back and looked at us with a contented smile. “Yep, all set.” They led me down the stairs where I was met দ্বারা a chorus of, “Happy Birthday’s” I looked at my new family in awe. I totally hadn’t seen this coming. My mother and father smiled at me, “are আপনি surprised?” My mother asked hopefully. I nodded, I couldn’t say anything. I had never had a surprise party before the thought behind it left me unable to speak. Aunt Alice led me outside I gasped at the yard she had decorated with the lights from Nessie’s party and there were lilies everywhere. It was beautiful. “Ok, before we do anything we are doing presents,” Aunt Alice squealed. I smiled in awe I couldn’t believe that on শীর্ষ of this there were presents too! My Aunt Alice went first (of course). “Your present from me and Uncle Jasper is an entire দিন of shopping for new clothes with me!” I laughed at her, “Thank আপনি that is wonderful, I can’t wait.” Nessie and Jake were next. Jake brought a small pile of gifts over to me. They got me an easel, canvas, paint brushes, paints and charcoal pencils. I went to hug them to thank them when Nessie gave me one আরো present, “It is something that I am sure আপনি were missing.” I looked at it in bewilderment as I ripped the paper off. “It’s my sketchbook.” I gasped. I couldn’t believe it, I looked at her trying to keep my voice from breaking, “I thought that I would never see this again. Thank you,” I whispered. She kissed me on my cheek, “Happy birthday my sister,” She whispered. She touched my face and her voice echoed inside my head, “Later on tonight look inside the last page.” I nodded at her. My grandparents were পরবর্তি they gave me a new laptop, “I don’t want your education to suffer. I will be teaching আপনি from প্রথমপাতা for a bit until আপনি are আরো settled.” My grandfather ব্যক্ত with a smile. Aunt Bella and Uncle Edward gave me a collection of Tennyson’s poetry. “I used to read these poems to Nessie,” My Aunt Bella offered with a smile. They also gave me an iPod, Uncle Edward watched for my reaction as I opened it, “I compiled a playlist for আপনি for when আপনি paint.” I smiled at him, “such thoughtful gifts,” I replied. Seth gave me a beautiful bracelet that had made for me from leather and sandstone. “I প্রণয় it,” I told him as I kissed him gently. I noticed that my father looked away almost uncomfortably I thought it was funny. Leah gave me a rectangular gift I opened it, it was a ছবি album of Seth’s baby pictures. I looked at her in adoration, “Leah this is a beautiful gift, thank you.” Seth turned to his sister, “Are আপনি kidding me?” He fumed she smiled at him and shrugged. My father and Jacob hooted with laughter. My parents gave me my final gift. “Since Alice trashed your car we thought that আপনি might be needing this,” my mother slid a key into my hand. I squealed with excitement as they led me to the garage. Jake and Seth pulled the car cover away to reveal a brand new, Black Mercedes SL600 convertible. I screamed and hugged them both. Everyone laughed at my reaction. “Happy Birthday Amore” my mother told me as she hugged me.
As the party wound down, Seth and I গাউন away together for a bit. He wrapped his arms around me and kissed my forehead. “So this doesn’t creep আপনি out at all? I asked him. He looked at me in confusion, “What do আপনি mean?” “Well, don’t নেকড়ে have a natural aversion to vampires?” I asked him worriedly. He put his hand under my chin forcing me to look into his eyes, “Amore, there is nothing that could ever change the way that I feel about you. Besides, I don’t mind ভ্যাম্পায়ার like your family, আপনি know vegetarians.” He smiled. “But I look so different.” I hesitated. He smiled at me, “you were beautiful then and আপনি are beautiful now. আপনি are still the same person. I প্রণয় আপনি I don’t care what আপনি look like.” He leaned over and kissed me carefully. “Now that আপনি mention it, I do like the new hair,” he winked at me as I threw myself on him and kissed him so passionately that he fell over backwards with me landing on শীর্ষ of him. He started laughing, “Easy,” he chuckled. I grimaced, “sorry, I have to work on the whole realizing my own strength thing.” He smiled at me and picked himself up and then helped me up. “I was worried,” I confessed. “About what?” He asked. “That আপনি wouldn’t be attracted to me anymore.” He looked at me seriously, “Amore, I explained to আপনি how imprinting works. It is beyond physical and personality attributes that attract couples to each other. I don’t care what আপনি look like, what আপনি are, অথবা what your name is. আপনি are my everything, I want to marry you. I want to be with আপনি forever.” His eyes clouded over; “when I thought I হারিয়ে গেছে you…” his voice broke. I kissed his neck, “but আপনি didn’t lose me, I am right here. I am not going anywhere.” He looked at me sadly, “Can আপনি forgive me, for letting আপনি down.” I shook my head, “Seth there is nothing to forgive. আপনি did nothing wrong, what happened to me is not your fault. I প্রণয় you.” He smiled at me and then he kissed me tenderly, something about the চুম্বন changed it became আরো urgent. He pulled away, “I will avenge you,” he promised. I put my fingers to his lips. “There is nothing to avenge. I am নিরাপদ now, I am better off than I was before. I am not as fragile and I will be here for আপনি forever.” A growl ripped through his throat. I knew that he didn’t agree with my view of things. Jake came into view. “Seth, it’s time.” He ব্যক্ত seriously. Seth nodded at him and led me back to he party which was wrapping up. The guys were all getting ready to go somewhere and I noticed the sound of নেকড়ে howling in the near distance. “What is going on?” I asked in alarm. Seth smiled at me with a strange glimmer in his eyes, a mix between anger and sadness. “Guys night, we are going hunting.” He pulled me close, “Happy Birthday Amore. I প্রণয় you. I will call আপনি tomorrow.” He lifted me up and kissed me so fervently that had I still needed to breathe I most likely would have passed out from a lack of oxygen. I looked at him dazed, “I প্রণয় আপনি too, be careful.” With that he bounded off into the woods. Jake and Renesmee were in the distance fighting over something. I saw him shake his head furiously he bent over to চুম্বন her and disappeared before she could go after him. She growled and stalked past me into the house. “Where is daddy,” she demanded of my Aunt Bella. “He is already gone,” she told her. Renesmee growled and stormed into the house and I heard something shatter. My grandmother put her hand to her forehead, “What now, isn't it bad enough that Emmett just destroyed one of my dining room chairs that I had imported from Italy.” My Aunt Bella smiled at her apologetically, “she gets her anger from Edward.” Aunt Alice was straightening the back yard up, “and her stubbornness from you,” she directed to Aunt Bella who threw a branch at her. “Hey, where are they going?” I asked. All of the men were slowly disappearing. My grandmother smiled at me gently, "hunting, dear. Don’t worry.” I frowned something didn’t feel right, “they all go together at the same time like that?” Aunt Alice giggled, “You know it’s like how girls go to the bathroom together.” I tried to smile at her but something inside of me told me that there was something wrong, very wrong. I went into to the house to look for Renesmee. She was in my room switching stances from pacing back and froth and running to the large window and staring out attentively. “Nessie?” I asked she jumped as I ব্যক্ত her name. “I’m sorry but I didn’t mean to startle you.” She looked back to the window, with a worried look on her face. “What is going on?” I asked her. She didn’t answer me. All of a sudden the walls disappeared and I was in the woods I saw my father, my Uncles, my grandfather, Seth, Jake all the নেকড়ে being chased দ্বারা Nahuel… and people in cloaks. They were looking for Renesmee. I gasped out loud Renesmee ran up to me. “What is it?” She demanded, “What did আপনি see?” Wordlessly I placed my hand on her cheek and relayed the vision to her. The blood rushed from her face. “We have to go and warn them!” She shrieked. “Nessie, no it’s too dangerous. They want you, stay here I will go.” She shook her head firmly, “We both go.” I didn’t agree with it but I could see that there was no arguing with her. I turned to go downstairs and she hissed, “What are আপনি doing? We can’t walk দ্বারা them they will never let us go.” She gestured towards the দেওয়াল of my bedroom that was made up of a single window. “How good are আপনি at jumping?” She asked. I had never attempted it but my instincts took over. I threw her on my back and leapt form the open window. I hit the ground gracefully and she hopped down we ran after them I concentrated on their scent. After a bit I came across the scent of Jake and Seth, Nessie followed me and within moments we were face to face with the wolves. Jake and Seth disappeared momentarily and came back in human form. Jake stormed up to Nessie and got in her face, “What the hell are আপনি doing?!” He demanded “Do your parents know আপনি are out here, do আপনি have any idea how dangerous this is?!” She looked at him her eyes flashing, “Jake shut up, Amore had a vision.” Just as she was about to tell him what happened Nahuel stepped out from behind a tree. I gasped and Seth threw me behind him protectively. Jake whipped around and growled as he threw Nessie behind him as well. Naheul held his hands up protectively. “Wait, I am here to offer a warning. I come as a friend.” “A friend?!” Seth spat the words out venomously as he stalked towards Nahuel. Nessie reached out and grabbed me to her side. “You killed my girlfriend,” he snarled. Nahuel looked at him patiently the redness that I had remembered in his blood thirsty eyes was gone. Now they just looked pleading and scared. “Listen to me, please; I am so sorry about that it was not in my control.” Seth walked up to him and threw him into a tree, “not in your control? I will tell আপনি what isn’t in your control. The fact that this ends now, আপনি will die tonight.” Nahuel didn’t fight back. “Please just listen to me” Seth slammed him into a tree. “There isn’t time, they are coming for Renesmee and now they have seen the young one that আপনি have they want her too.” Seth ignored him as he lifted him up and threw him against another tree. When Jake heard the mention of Renesmee's name he turned to her, “Is this আপনি were trying to warn us about?” He whispered in horror. She nodded crazily, “The Volturi forced him to do this they are holding his family captive. He didn’t mean to kill Sienna. They are coming for me tonight. They are taking me back to Volterra.” His face twisted in anguish as he yelled for Seth to stop, “Seth, enough hear him out.” But it was too late Seth was too far হারিয়ে গেছে in his rage. Jake ran over to stop him অথবা at the very least protect him, but Seth didn’t need the help Nahuel never fought back. This was not the same maniacal vampire that had attacked me. Something odd was going on. Suddenly Jake was on the ground writhing in agony for some unforeseen reason. Renesmee’s body tensed and she screamed for Jake. I picked up a scent of vampires, but it was not the scent of any of the Cullen’s. A few cloaked figures slid effortlessly between the trees and stopped a few feet in front of us. There were four of them. The two in the front who appeared to be the leaders were much tinier than the two hulking figures that stood behind them. It was hard to tell if they were male অথবা female until the one spoke. It was a female, “Hello Renesmee. Are আপনি going to introduce us to your friends?” Renesmee’s eyes narrowed, “Hello Jane.” She ব্যক্ত coolly. “I trust that আপনি remember Nahuel.” The cloaked female continued, switching her malevolent gaze on him. “I suppose he has been filling আপনি in on what has been going on.” She ব্যক্ত with no emotion reflecting on her angelic face অথবা in her voice. “A bit.” Renesmee admitted. Jane moved অগ্রবর্তী with her explanation,“You see, Nahuel is very conflicted. He has a hard time taking orders; he needs a little help sometimes.” She nodded to the figure পরবর্তি to her, “Alec.” She ব্যক্ত he looked at Nahuel and narrowed his eyes. Suddenly Nahuel's eyes became blood red again. He growled at Seth and was no longer submissive. In front of my horrified eyes he lifted Seth with one hand and threw him. He landed on the ground with a sickening thud and didn’t get up. Jane turned her invisible torture onto Nahuel at that point. “We are no longer in need of your services, traitor. “She informed him maliciously. He squirmed in pain beside Jake. “Seth, no!” I screamed in terror I ran after him but Renesmee tackled me, “Amore do not সরানো an inch.” She muttered through clenched teeth. I sobbed as I looked at his broken body I couldn’t help him. She placed her hand on my cheek and her voice rang throguh my mind only for me to hear, “When I give আপনি the signal run, get as far from here as আপনি can and warn the others that the Volturi are here.” I whimpered as she helped me back to my feet. “You’re friend is a little feisty.” Jane surmised. “Perhaps she should যোগদান the others,” she ব্যক্ত wickedly, gesturing towards Jake and Nahuel. “That won’t be necessary, Jane.” Nessie retorted. Jane smiled at her, “You can make this easy অথবা hard on yourself. Aro requests your presence; he is interested in this new born as well. আপনি are to come with us.” Nessie nodded. Jake watched in horror ফ্রোজেন to the ground. Nessie looked into Jane’s face and replied evenly with no emotion, “Very well Jane I will go with আপনি on one condition. আপনি let all of my বন্ধু go. Just take me; I will not put up a fight.” I gasped but kept it under my breath. Jake growled. Jane turned to him, “Silence mongrel.” She commanded as she intensified the invisible current that kept him paralyzed yet thrashing in pain. She turned back to Nessie, “I’m sorry but this is not up for negotiation. She comes too.” Nessie gently touched my hand, “NOW!” She told me silently. I let go of her hand and met her eyes sadly as I tore off between the trees. “Demetri, Felix,” The small girl commanded. I heard them coming after me. I ran faster I had to get away I couldn’t fail Renesmee this time. I was much faster and stronger this time around. I didn’t hear them behind me any longer I noticed with relief. I had outrun them! The পরবর্তি thing I knew I was blind, I couldn’t see where I was going and then I felt their arms around me and heard their laughter, “she’s a looker this one,” one of them chortled. “Silence” a superior male voice demanded. “Carry her back to the others." “Yes Alec,” one of the other voices complied. I remembered that I was strong so I struggled as much as I could I hissed I lunged for whatever I could bite but to no avail. I had failed Renesmee again and this time there would be no saving us.