Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Twilight Saga 4: Breaking Dawn 38. Power

Chelsea is move to break our bindings, Edward whispered. But she cant find them.She cant feel us here. . . . His eyeb alto apprehendher cut to me. Are you doing that?I smiled grimly at him. I am all everyplace this.Edward lurched away from me dead, his hand reaching sur lay taboo toward Carlisle. At the same era, I felt a much sharper carrier bag over against the scale where it wrapped protectively s softly Carlisles light. It wasnt painful, only it wasnt pleasant, either.Carlisle? Are you all right? Edward gasped frantically.Yes. Why?Jane, Edward answered.The moment that he verbalise her name, a xii pointed attacks hit in a second, stabbing all over the expansile shield, aimed at twelve different bright spots. I flexed, making reliable the shield was undamaged. It didnt seem like Jane had been able to pierce it. I glanced around pronto e precise peerless was fine.Incredible, Edward express.Why arent they waiting for the decision? T botha hissed.no(prenominal)mal pr ocedure, Edward answered brusquely. They usually modify those on trial so they cant escape.I nerveed across at Jane, who was perfect(a) at our group with furious disbelief. I was pretty trusted that, likewise me, shed never seen whatever champion remain standing through with(predicate) her fiery assault.It probably wasnt very mature. But I figured it would take Aro almost half a second to guess if he hadnt al piddle that my shield was more than hefty than Edward had k todayn I al establish had a big target on my fore crack and there was sincerely no point in difficult to salvage the extent of what I could do a arcanum. So I grinned a huge, smug smile right at Jane.Her look narrowed, and I felt an other stab of pressure, this time directed at me.I pulled my lips tolerantr, showing my teeth.Jane let out a high-pitched scream of a snarl. Everyone jumped, even out the disciplined guard. Everyone solely the ancients, who didnt so much as look up from their conference. Her twin caught her arm as she crouched to spring.The Romanians started chuckling with dark anticipation.I told you this was our time, Vladimir said to Stefan.Just look at the witchs face, Stefan chortled.Alec patted his sisters shoulder soothingly, then tucked her down the stairs his arm. He turned his face to us, perfectly smooth, completely angelic.I waited for c withdraw to pressure, whatever sign of his attack, however I felt slide fastener. He act to stare in our direction, his pretty face composed. Was he attacking? Was he getting through my shield? Was I the unless one who could all the same see him? I clutched at Edwards hand.Are you okay? I clotted out.Yes, he whispered.Is Alec trying?Edward nodded. His gift is s first gearer than Janes. It creeps. It will touch us in a few seconds.I saw it then, when I had a clue of what to look for.A strange unresolved haze was feed across the snow, nearly invisible against the white. It reminded me of a mirage a slight warp of the view, a hint of a shimmer. I pushed my shield out from Carlisle and the quell of the front line, afraid to necessitate the slinking blot out too close when it hit. What if it take right through my intangible protection? Should we run?A low rumbling murmured through the institute under our feet, and a gust of rise blew the snow into sudden flurries between our position and the Volturis. Benjamin had seen the creeping threat, too, and now he tried to blow the mist away from us. The snow do it easy to see where he threw the turn of events, just the mist didnt react in any way. It was like air blowing harmlessly through a tint the shadow was immune.The triangular formation of the ancients finally broke apart when, with a racking groan, a deep, narrow fissure opened in a long zigzag across the middle of the unclutter. The earth rocked under my feet for a moment. The drifts of snow plummeted into the hole, notwithstanding the mist skipped right across it, as un tryd b y gravity as it had been by wind.Aro and Caius watched the opening earth with wide eyes. Marcus looked in the same direction without emotion.They didnt speak they waited, too, as the mist approached us. The wind shrieked louder but didnt change the course of the mist. Jane was smiling now.And then the mist hit a wall.I could taste it as soon as it touched my shield it had a dense, sweet, cloying flavor. It made me remember palely the numbness of Novocain on my tongue.The mist curve upward, seeking a breach, a weakness. It found no(prenominal). The fingers of searching haze twisted upward and around, trying to find a way in, and in the process illustrating the astonishing surface of the protective screen. in that location were gasps on both sides of Benjamins gorge.Well done, Bella Benjamin cheered in a low voice.My smile returned.I could see Alecs narrowed eyes, designate on his face for the first time as his mist swirled harmlessly around the edges of my shield.And then I kn ew that I could do this. Obviously, I would be the number-one priority, the first one to die, but as long as I held, we were on more than equal footing with the Volturi. We belt up had Benjamin and Zafrina they had no supernatural help at all. As long as I held.Im going to have to concentrate, I whispered to Edward. When it comes to hand to hand, its going to be unexpresseder to keep the shield around the right people.Ill keep them off you.No. You have to get to Demetri. Zafrina will keep them away from me.Zafrina nodded solemnly. No one will touch this young one, she promised Edward.Id go after Jane and Alec myself, but I can do more good here.Janes mine, Kate hissed. She needs a taste of her own medicine.And Alec owes me many lives, but I will settle for his, Vladimir growled from the other side. Hes mine.I just want Caius, Tanya said evenly.The others started divvying up opponents, too, but they were quick interrupted.Aro, staring calmly at Alecs ineffective mist, finally r. Before we right to vote, he began.I shook my head angrily. I was tired of this charade. The bloodlust was igniting in me again, and I was forbidding that I would help the others more by standing lighten. I wanted to fight.Let me remind you, Aro continued, whatever the councils decision, there need be no violence here.Edward snarled out a dark laugh.Aro stared at him sadly. It will be a regrettable waste to our kind to lose any of you.But you especially, young Edward, and your newborn baby mate. The Volturi would be glad to accept many of you into our ranks. Bella, Benjamin, Zafrina, Kate. There are many choices out front you. Consider them.Chelseas tackle to sway us fluttered impotently against my shield. Aros gaze swept across our hard eyes, looking for any indication of hesitation. From his expression, he found none.I knew he was desperate to keep Edward and me, to imprison us the way he had trustd to enslave Alice. But this fight was too big. He would non win if I lived. I was fiercely glad to be so powerful that I left him no way not to kill me.Let us vote, then, he said with apparent reluctance.Caius spoke with eager haste. The child is an mystical quantity. There is no reason to allow such a insecurity to exist. It must be destroyed, along with all who protect it. He smiled in expectation.I fought binding a shriek of defiance to answer his atrocious smirk.Marcus lifted his uncaring eyes, seeming to look through us as he voted.I see no immediate danger. The child is caoutchouc enough for now. We can always reevaluate later. Let us leave-taking in peace. His voice was even easyer than his brothers feathery sighs.None of the guard relaxed their ready positions at his disagreeing words. Caiuss anticipatory grin did not falter. It was as if Marcus hadnt spoken at all.I must make the deciding vote, it seems, Aro mused.Suddenly, Edward stiffened at my side. Yes he hissed.I risked a glance at him. His face glowed with an expression of triumph th at I didnt hear it was the expression an angel of destruction might wear darn the world burned. Beautiful and terrifying.There was a low reaction from the guard, an tense murmur.Aro? Edward called, nearly shouted, un buryd victory in his voice.Aro hesitated for a second, assessing this new climate warily before he answered. Yes, Edward? You have almostthing further ?Perhaps, Edward said pleasantly, dictatorial his unexplained excitement. First, if I could clarify one point?Certainly, Aro said, raising his eyebrows, nothing now but polite interest in his tone.My teeth ground together Aro was never more dangerous than when he was gracious.The danger you predict from my daughter this stems entirely from our inability to guess how she will develop? That is the crux of the matter?Yes, friend Edward, Aro agreed. If we could but be positive be sure that, as she grows, she will be able to stay concealed from the serviceman world not endanger the safety of our obscurity . . . He tr ailed off, shrugging.So, if we could only know for sure, Edward suggested, exactly what she will become then there would be no need for a council at all?If there was some way to be absolutely sure, Aro agreed, his feathery voice slightly more shrill. He couldnt see where Edward was leading him. Neither could I. wherefore, yes, there would be no question to debate.And we would part in peace, good friends once again? Edward asked with a hint of irony.Even more shrill. Of course, my young friend. Nothing would please me more.Edward chuckled exultantly. Then I do have something more to offer.Aros eyes narrowed. She is absolutely unique. Her future(a) can only be guessed at.Not absolutely unique, Edward disagreed. Rare, certainly, but not one of a kind.I fought the shock, the sudden hope springing to life, as it menace to distract me. The sickly-looking mist still swirled around the edges of my shield. And, as I struggled to focus, I felt again the sharp, stabbing pressure against my protective hold.Aro, would you ask Jane to end up attacking my wife? Edward asked courteously. We are still discussing evidence.Aro raise one hand. Peace, close ones. Let us hear him out.The pressure disappeared. Jane bared her teeth at me I couldnt help grinning back at her.Why dont you heart us, Alice? Edward called loudly.Alice, Esme whispered in shock.AliceAlice, Alice, Alice Alice Alice other voices murmured around me.Alice, Aro breathed.Relief and violent blessedness surged through me. It took all my will to keep the shield where it was. Alecs mist still tested, seeking a weakness Jane would see if I left any holes.And then I heard them running through the forest, flying, closing the length as quickly as they could with no slowing effort at silence.Both sides were motionless in expectation. The Volturi admites scowled in fresh confusion.Then Alice danced into the clearing from the southwest, and I felt like the bliss of seeing her face again might knock me off my feet. Jasper was only inches behind her, his sharp eyes fierce. Close after them ran triplet strangers the first was a tall, muscular womanly with wild dark bull obviously Kachiri. She had the same elongated limbs and features as the other Amazons, even more pronounced in her case.The next was a small olive-toned female vampire with a long braid of gruesome hair bobbing against her back. Her deep burgundy eyes flitted nervously around the confrontation before her.And the last was a young man not quite as fast nor quite as fluid in his run. His skin was an out of the question rich, dark brown. His wary eyes flashed across the gathering, and they were the color of heartily teak. His hair was black and braided, too, like the womans, though not as long. He was beautiful.As he neared us, a new sound sent shock waves through the watching crowd the sound of another heartbeat, accelerated with exertion.Alice leaped lightly over the edges of the dissipating mist that lapped at my shield a nd came to a sinuous stop at Edwards side. I reached out to touch her arm, and so did Edward, Esme, Carlisle. There wasnt time for any other welcome. Jasper and the others followed her through the shield.All the guard watched, speculation in their eyes, as the latecomers crossed the invisible border without difficulty. The brawny ones, Felix and the others like him, focused their suddenly hopeful eyes on me. They had not been sure of what my shield repelled, but it was clear now that it would not stop a physical attack. As soon as Aro gave the order, the blitz would ensue, me the only object. I wondered how many Zafrina would be able to blind, and how much that would slow them. Long enough for Kate and Vladimir to take Jane and Alec out of the equation? That was all I could ask for.Edward, despite his absorption in the coup he was directing, stiffened furiously in response to their thoughts. He controlled himself and spoke to Aro again.Alice has been searching for her own witnesses these last weeks, he said to the ancient. And she does not come back empty-handed. Alice, why dont you introduce the witnesses youve brought?Caius snarled. The time for witnesses is past Cast your vote, AroAro raised one finger to silence his brother, his eyes glued to Alices face.Alice stepped forward lightly and introduced the strangers. This is Huilen and her nephew, Nahuel.Hearing her voice it was like shed never left.Caiuss eyes tightened as Alice named the human relationship between the newcomers. The Volturi witnesses hissed amongst themselves. The vampire world was changing, and everyone could feel it.Speak, Huilen, Aro commanded. Give us the witness you were brought to bear.The slight woman looked to Alice nervously. Alice nodded in encouragement, and Kachiri put her long hand on the little vampires shoulder.I am Huilen, the woman announced in clear but strangely accented English. As she continued, it was apparent she had prepared herself to assort this story, that she ha d practiced. It flowed like a well-known nursery rhyme. A century and a half ago, I lived with my people, the Mapuche. My sister was Pire. Our parents named her after the snow on the mountains because of her plum skin. And she was very beautiful too beautiful.She came to me one day in secret and told me of the angel that found her in the woods, that visited her by night. I warned her. Huilen shook her head mourn to the fully. As if the bruises on her skin were not warning enough. I knew it was the Libishomen of our legends, but she would not listen. She was bewitched.She told me when she was sure her dark angels child was growing inside her. I didnt try to discourage her from her plan to run away I knew even our come and mother would agree that the child must be destroyed, Pire with it. I went with her into the deepest parts of the forest. She searched for her demon angel but found nothing. I cared for her, capture for her when her strength failed. She ate the animals raw, drin king their blood. I needed no more confirmation of what she carried in her womb. I hoped to birth her life before I killed the monster.But she loved the child inside her. She called him Nahuel, after the jungle cat, when he grew strong and broke her bones and loved him still.I could not save her. The child ripped his way free of her, and she died quickly, begging all the while that I would care for her Nahuel. Her dying wish and I agreed.He bit me, though, when I tried to lift him from her body. I crawled away into the jungle to die. I didnt get far the pain was too much. But he found me the newborn child struggled through the underbrush to my side and waited for me. When the pain ended, he was curled against my side, sleeping.I cared for him until he was able to hunt for himself. We hunted the villages around our forest, staying to ourselves. We have never come so far from our home, but Nahuel wished to see the child here.Huilen bowed her head when she was finished and moved ba ck so she was part hidden behind Kachiri.Aros lips were pursed. He stared at the dark-skinned youth.Nahuel, you are one hundred and fifty years old? he questioned.Give or take a decade, he answered in a clear, beautifully warm voice. His accent was barely noticeable. We dont keep track.And you reached maturity at what age? active seven years after my birth, more or less, I was full grown.You have not changed since then?Nahuel shrugged. Not that Ive noticed.I felt a shudder tremble through Jacobs body. I didnt want to think nigh this yet. I would wait till the danger was past and I could concentrate.And your fodder? Aro pressed, seeming interested in spite of himself.Mostly blood, but some human food, too. I can lead on either.You were able to form an immortal? As Aro gestured to Huilen, his voice was abruptly intense. I refocused on my shield perhaps he was seeking a new excuse.Yes, but none of the rest can.A shocked murmur ran through all three groups.Aros eyebrows shot up. Th e rest?My sisters. Nahuel shrugged again.Aro stared wildly for a moment before composing his face.Perhaps you would tell us the rest of your story, for there seems to be more.Nahuel frowned.My father came looking for me a few years after my mothers death. His handsome face distorted slightly. He was sunny to find me. Nahuels tone suggested the feeling was not mutual. He had two daughters, but no sons. He expected me to collapse him, as my sisters had.He was surprised I was not alone. My sisters are not venomous, but whether thats due to gender or a random detect who knows? I already had my family with Huilen, and I was not interested he twisted the word in making a change. I see him from time to time. I have a new sister she reached maturity about ten years back.Your fathers name? Caius asked through gritted teeth.Joham, Nahuel answered. He considers himself a scientist. He thinks hes creating a new super-race. He made no attempt to disguise the disgust in his tone.Caius looke d at me. Your daughter, is she venomous? he demanded harshly.No, I responded. Nahuels head snapped up at Aros question, and his teak eyes turned to bore into my face.Caius looked to Aro for confirmation, but Aro was absorbed in his own thoughts. He pursed his lips and stared at Carlisle, and then Edward, and at last his eyes rested on me.Caius growled. We take care of the frenzy here, and then follow it south, he urged Aro.Aro stared into my eyes for a long, tense moment. I had no idea what he was searching for, or what he found, but after he had measured me for that moment, something in his face changed, a faint shift in the set of his mouth and eyes, and I knew that Aro had made his decision.Brother, he said softly to Caius. There appears to be no danger. This is an unusual development, but I see no threat. These half-vampire children are much like us, it appears.Is that your vote? Caius demanded.It is.Caius scowled. And this Joham? This immortal so fond of experimentation?Perhap s we should speak with him, Aro agreed. pulley block Joham if you will, Nahuel said flatly. But leave my sisters be. They are innocent.Aro nodded, his expression solemn. And then he turned back to his guard with a warm smile.Dear ones, he called. We do not fight today.The guard nodded in unison and straightened out of their ready positions. The mist dissipated swiftly, but I held my shield in place. Maybe this was another trick.I analyzed their expressions as Aro turned back to us. His face was as benign as ever, but unlike before, I sensed a strange blankness behind the fa?ade. As if his scheming was over. Caius was understandably incensed, but his rage was turned inward now he was resigned. Marcus looked worldly there really was no other word for it. The guard was impassive and disciplined again there were no individuals among them, just the whole.They were in formation, ready to depart. The Volturi witnesses were still wary one after another, they departed, scattering into the w oods. As their numbers game dwindled, the remaining sped up. Soon they were all gone.Aro held his hands out to us, almost apologetic. cornerstone him, the larger part of the guard, along with Caius, Marcus, and the silent, mysterious wives, were already drifting quickly away, their formation precise once again. Only the three that seemed to be his personal guardians lingered with him.Im so glad this could be resolved without violence, he said sweetly. My friend, Carlisle how pleased I am to call you friend again I hope there are no hard feelings. I know you understand the strict burden that our duty places on our shoulders.Leave in peace, Aro, Carlisle said stiffly. Please remember that we still have our anonymity to protect here, and keep your guard from hunting in this region.Of course, Carlisle, Aro assured him. I am sorry to earn your disapproval, my dear friend. Perhaps, in time, you will forgive me.Perhaps, in time, if you sanction a friend to us again.Aro bowed his head, the picture of remorse, and drifted backward for a moment before he turned around. We watched in silence as the last four Volturi disappeared into the trees.It was very quiet. I did not drop my shield.Is it really over? I whispered to Edward.His smile was huge. Yes. Theyve given up. Like all bullies, theyre cowards underneath the swagger. He chuckled.Alice laughed with him. Seriously, people. Theyre not coming back. Everybody can relax now.There was another beat of silence.Of all the rotten luck, Stefan muttered.And then it hit.Cheers erupted. Deafening howls make full the clearing. Maggie pounded Siobhan on the back. Rosalie and Emmett kissed again longer and more ardently than before.Benjamin and transient ischemic attack were locked in each others arms, as were Carmen and Eleazar. Esme held Alice and Jasper in a tight embrace. Carlisle was heartily thanking the South American newcomers who had saved us all. Kachiri stood very close to Zafrina and Senna, their fingertips interl ocked. Garrett picked Kate up off the ground and swung her around in a circle.Stefan spit on the snow. Vladimir ground his teeth together with a sour expression.And I half-climbed the giant russet wolf to rip my daughter off his back and then crushed her to my chest. Edwards arms were around us in the same second.Nessie, Nessie, Nessie, I crooned.Jacob laughed his big, barky laugh and poked the back of my head with his nose.Shut up, I mumbled.I get to stay with you? Nessie demanded.Forever, I promised her.We had forever. And Nessie was going to be fine and sizable and strong. Like the halfhuman Nahuel, in a hundred and fifty years she would still be young. And we would all be together.Happiness expanded like an volley inside me so extreme, so violent that I wasnt sure Id survive it.Forever, Edward echoed in my ear.I couldnt speak anymore. I lifted my head and kissed him with a passion that might possibly set the forest on fire.I wouldnt have noticed.

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