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Chapter 14 part 2

Chapter 14 Part 2

With Edward gone, Bella had no way of communicating with Alice without her Grams hearing. Of course she would have a contingency plan. Her Grams wasn't stupid. If Edward had stayed and Alice had run off with the first potion, Edward would know what Grams was thinking and they could come up with a plan. Or, he could and she'd follow his lead. But the situation was different. Edward wasn't here.

"So, are you going to let me in dear?" her Grams asked, feigning innocence.

"Why? So you could use the backup potion you made on me to control me?" Bella asked crossing her arms.

Bella, there's another potion? Did you know about this? Alice silently asked next to Bella who shook her head no in response.

"Drat, I forgot about that mind reading ability of yours," Her Grams muttered. "No matter, let me in."

"Do you honestly think I'll let you control my power?" Bella asked in disbelief.

"I don't see why you shouldn't," her Grams answered honestly. "It'll keep you from being distracted; he was a distraction from the very beginning. I'm trying to keep you alive."

"No, you're not," Bella rebutted. "Using that power will kill me. I felt the extent of its power the last time I used it on three vampires. Using it against a whole coven? I won't be in control of my own body. It'll kill me."

"But you will have destroyed the vampires who hunted you and your mother," her Grams said through her anger. "You will not die in vain. You should be willing to sacrifice yourself for your mother. She did so for you." It is what is right…

"So that's the extent of the prophecy you want to happen," Bella said. "I kill them, end up destroying myself and who's left to restore order."

"I would've thought it was obvious," her Grams said, looking a bit smug. "Me, of course."

"You hate vampires," Bella said in disbelief. "You wouldn't possibly be able to unite the two worlds under a peaceful coexistence."

"Now you're catching on…" her Grams said, the grin on her face widening.

"You…you wouldn't!" Bella shouted. Bella, what? What's her plan? Alice was silently asking, though she had a pretty good idea where this was all going.

"I would." Her Grams said, determined. "In a heartbeat, I would."

"You can't kill an entire race!" Bella rebutted. "I won't let you kill them."

"Not all vampires are like your precious Cullens Bella," Her Grams countered. "They should not walk among us. They must be destroyed. Even if it means your beloved vampire is part of that sacrifice."

"I won't let you do this," Bella said, determined.

"Go ahead, Isabella," her Grams said menacingly. "Use your power. Will me to stop. Will me dead."

Bella, don't! This is exactly what she wants you to do! You use your power and she'll have the control she wants…Don't do it…get the potion away from her and I'll get rid of it…just don't give in to her..Think of Edward, he wouldn't want you doing this…Alice pleaded with her, trying to help Bella see reason.

Bella had no intention of using the gift like her Grams wanted. She had a different plan in mind. Her Grams was correct in her assumption that Bella had been practicing the craft. She has simply been focused on her gifts that she hadn't let on how much of the spell book she had remembered. Only few spells needed to be practice and one came to mind in this moment. This potion her Grams wanted to use on Bella was a strong curse; one that would essentially be impossible to break. Unless…you were a powerful witch capable of more than her Grams could even fathom. Bella knew what spell to use. She would break the curse; banish the ill will against her by her Grams. Once she did it, the potion would be rendered useless against her. It could work on someone else, but not against Bella.

"I'm sorry," Bella said, not showing clear if her apology was towards Alice or her Grams. This is why the moment she apologized, her Grams made a reach for the potion while Alice continued her silent protests. Bella needed to potion to be out in the open. Bella didn't have time to enact the spell just as it was written, and she hoped her improvisation would work. She held both hands out straight ahead of her, palms facing her Grams. She took a deep breath, hoping something so simple would work.

"It's done, nothing to worry abo-hey, what's going on?" Edward appeared suddenly behind her Grams. Bella panicked, fearing her Grams would hurt Edward and she quickly used her telekinesis to pull him within the barrier. She hadn't meant to throw him to the ground in the process, but she needed to disempower the potion in case her Grams decided to use it against her.

Edward, her Grams is trying to get Bella to use that power…she has another potion as back up…Alice was informing him.

Bella…don't give in to her, you're better than her…He silently pleaded, just as Alice had attempted not too long ago. She simply nodded, showing her acknowledgement and hoping he'd realized she wasn't going to use that power.

With her focus back on her Grams and her hand out-stretched in front her; she quietly recited the simple words:

"I return the pain, I return the curse, Send it not again."

"I return the pain, I return the curse, Send it not again."

"I return the pain, I return the curse, Send it not again."

"So mote it be."

The wind picked up as soon as she uttered the last words. Her Grams was in a panic as the potion in her hand exploded, the liquid evaporating into the air. But Bella wasn't done. She needed to make sure her Grams would not be able to recreate that potion, or any other potion to use against Bella ever again.

"I bind you Grams. I bind you from using magic, from causing harm against others and yourself."

"I bind you Grams. I bind you from using magic, from causing harm to others and yourself."

"I bind you Grams. I bind you from using magic, from causing harm against others and yourself."

"So mote it be."

A mist now circulated around her Grams, swirling as a glowing green light emerged from the center of her Grams's chest, flowing outward and becoming part of the mist. It circled her until the light burned out and the mist disappeared into the air. When it was over, her Grams fell to her knees, crying out in shock and pain.

"What have you done?!" Her Grams demanded from where she knelt.

"I bound your powers," Bella told her, feeling guilt for having to resort to such measures. But she couldn't be sure her Grams wouldn't try to control her again. "I'm sorry."

"You foolish girl!" her Grams seethed. "How am I supposed to rule the two worlds without my magic?! I'm useless." Give me my magic back! I order you!

"It's not your destiny to restore order," Bella told her. "It's mine. I will do so with my family by my side as my counsel."

"You won't be able to defeat them if you do not allow me to control your power!" her Grams warned. "That's the only thing you had that rendered them powerless." Now you will fail.

"I think you're wrong," Bella countered. "Jane was the biggest threat and she's gone now. We'll fight them together. I thought I could do it on my own, but I was wrong. My family makes me stronger. They're not a distraction, they're not a weakness. I'm just sorry you won't be able to be part of this. Goodbye Grams."

"Bella," Alice stepped in. "You don't think she'll betray you, do you?"

"She hates everything about vampires," Bella told them. "Without her magic she's as good as dead and fortunately, she won't be able to. When I bound her powers, it bound her thoughts. She won't be able to tell them anything. If she tried, she'd meet the same fate as my aunt."

"What!?" her Grams shouted, unaware that Bella's spell worked in such a way. "How could you do something like that…binding my thoughts as though you have a right to control me!? That's not in the spell books!"

"You were the one telling me countless times I'm such a powerful vampire-witch hybrid," Bella explained. "I'm sure the way I use magic brings about a spell in a slightly more powerful way than how you would…but what do I know? I've only managed to keep you out with the barrier and destroy your potion…oh, and bind you powers…"

"Come on Bella," Edward spoke up, taking her hand. "We should head back; get everyone up to speed on everything that's going on."

"I agree," she smiled at him. "I really am sorry Grams. I really wish it didn't come to this."

She waited another moment before the taking off toward the main house, ready to finally fill everyone in on what was really going on. She just hoped they wouldn't be too angry with her for keeping the secrets.

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"So Jane's dead," Emmett asked for clarification. "And you've already mastered your powers?"

"And your Grams was trying to control your ability to will things to happen," Jasper added. "But you managed to stop her before she officially turned you into her own personal weapon."

"Don't forget she bound her Grams's powers and destroyed the potion," Alice added, proud of the fact.

"But not with my powers," Bella corrected. "I used a spell, no physical powers were used. The situation is nothing to be proud of."

"Who cares?" Rosalie jumped in. "You can kill every single one of the Volturri guard in the blink of an eye. We have nothing to worry about, so I don't see why you should too." Such a drama queen.

"Were you not listening to what Bella just told you?" Edward asked in disbelief.

"I will not use that power ever again," Bella said matter-of-factly. "I don't care if my Grams is out of the picture when it comes to that power, but you didn't feel how I felt when I used it. It has too much control over me when I let those instincts kick in. It's evil. No person should have that much power over another person…"

"It's ok Bella," Edward assured her as he placed her arms around her, trying to comfort her. "You don't have to do anything you don't want to."

"Except that without that power, we're all royally screwed!" Rosalie exclaimed. "Alec is going to be here in a month and a half, followed by the guard! How do you expect us to fight if she won't use her damn magic!?" Stop being a selfish bitch Bella!

"It does not make her selfish!" Edward said angrily. "If anything, I'm the selfish one for standing in the way of letting her use it."

"It would selfish of her to want to use it," Emmett chimed in. "Personally, I would love to fight with these Volturri. I don't want to miss my opportunity." He smiled.

"How do we fight without their powers affecting each and every one of us?" Jasper asked. Unless you have some power that keeps us all protected from their powers, we could all be useless…

"We'll figure it out," Bella said, determined.

"How?" Rosalie asked, not believing a word that came from Bella's mouth.

"We just will," Bella rebutted. "We have time to figure it out before Alec shows up here. I won't rest until I find a way to keep you all safe from their powers so we could fight."

"Bella, you're not fighting," Edward told her.

"I may have to," Bella said, looking him in the eye. "I made the mistake thinking I could do it myself and maybe I'm not meant to. Maybe I'll be more successful with you by my side. But it won't do anyone any good if you try to keep me on the side lines like I tried to keep you. We do it together, or I go in alone. We both know which power I'll end up resorting to if you make me do it."

"I don't like this," he shook his head, refusing to give in.

"Edward, we'll be stronger together," Bella told him. "I'm sure of it."

"And you're not going in alone." Alice said. "You go in alone, you get yourself killed. And then Edward gets himself killed. So no, I don't care how much power you can use on me to shut me up, I forbid either of you to go into this alone. I'm not losing my family, do you both understand me?"

"Yes, I understand you perfectly," Bella told her. "Don't you, Edward?"

"I understand, but it doesn't mean I like it," he shook his head, wishing there was a better way around all this.

"You don't have to," Bella said. "Unless you're back on your power trip and think I'm a pathetic weakling…" His head shot up, his eyes indicating he was working himself up to a panic. He definitely didn't want to be in that situation again. They'd made such good progress…

"Bella, you know that's not what this is about," he tried assuring her.

"I know," she smiled. "I'm teasing."

"That's not funny," he told her. We've made some really good progress; I don't want to do anything to mess this up; it's important you know that.

"Don't get your panties in a twist, Eddie," Emmett teased. "We all fight. We're in agreement?"

"I'm not in agreement," Rosalie scoffed. "Am I the only one thinking clearly here? Say the rest of them all come up here searching for Bella. There's seven of us and what, fifteen of them? Maybe fourteen if we take Alec out in time! Even if Bella somehow figures out how to protect us against their powers, there's still too many of them. We're outnumbered even in an even power match."

"She's right," Jasper stood. "We would need more in numbers if we even stood a chance."

"I can get in touch with some acquaintances I've made over the centuries," Carlisle stood up as well. "I may have to divulge a bit more than I prefer without being confident in confidentiality, but I'm sure some would not have no issue standing up to fight. I can think of quite a few vampires who feel the Volturri have abused their power."

"You may want them to come here first," Edward added. "We'll be able to see in their minds if they can be trusted with the truth about Bella. I won't risk her safety if there is the slightest seed of doubt."

"Of course," Carlisle said. "I'll start making the calls."

"No," Bella said, shaking her head. "This isn't right."

"I agree," Rosalie voiced her thought. "I say we let Bella use her power and she kills them alone."

"That'll kill her Rosalie!" both Edward and Carlisle said. And I care because?

Edward tried to lunge at Rosalie but was restrained by Bella. She wouldn't have his family turn against each other because of her.

"Stop it!" Bella demanded. "I'll do this myself if having you join me brings hardship and tension between everyone. This isn't what I wanted! And I don't you risking your family and friends just because of something that was determined before I was even born. I didn't ask for this, but I have no choice in the matter. They're after me, not you. So you all have a choice, and I will respect it if you chose to sit this out. My destiny is not your burden to carry."

"I'm fighting with you," Edward told her, taking her hand in his.

"Jasper and I are fighting with you as well," Alice said, smiling at Bella.

"Of course we'll join you as well," Esme told Bella.

"I'm not letting you have all the fun," Emmett added. "I'm in."

"Emmett!" Rosalie scolded.

"What?" he asked. "Whether you like it or not, Bella is family. We don't abandon family, Rose."

"Ugh, fine." Rosalie crossed her arms in defeat. "I'm in." But if I go down, I'm taking you with me!

"I'll call the covens," Carlisle said.

"Carlisle…" Bella started but Edward cut her off.

"I think it's for the best Bella," Edward tried to convince her. "They'll be given a choice. But they are family and will stand by us if we asked them to." I know you don't want them to sacrifice themselves for you Bella, but you're worth it.

"So, should I make the calls?" Carlisle asked, looking at Bella for an answer.

"I don't like involving them into the mess that is my destiny," Bella sighed. "But if they choose to join us, I can't take that right away from them."

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That night, Edward and Bella snuck off to relax at the cottage. Now that Edward knew the barriers were in effect and working wonders, he saw no reason to stay away. He could spend as much time he wanted with her here and not have to worry about being tracked down unless another vampire decided to follow his scent. The two lay in each other's arms in Bella's king sized bed—Esme insisted on a king, though Bella could hardly see why since she didn't exactly sleep. It did come in handy on nights such as this though; when she and Edward had the entire place to themselves and would not be interrupted. No one was currently welcome passed the barrier; no interruptions were guaranteed.

"Do you think we'll really be able to figure out how to fight them together?" Bella asked in between their heated kisses.

"Are you doubting your abilities, Bella?" he teased her before leaning in to capture her lips. It was easy to get lost in the moment, especially since it was so natural for them to be together.

"Unless I have a power that blocks their ability, then yes," Bella managed to say. "I doubt myself very much."

"I'd have to disagree with you," he said, kissing slowly down along her jaw to her neck. Bella couldn't help but moan at the sensations he caused to go through her. "I think you're very talented Bella…and very powerful. I can't imagine you being incapable of figuring this out."

"Edward," she breathed, she was turned on but trying to be serious at the same time. It wasn't working, clearly. "I'm really worried." He pulled back for a moment, taking the time to show he could be serious if that's what she needed.

"Bella, we'll help you find something," he assured her. "Did you check for anything in your spell book?"

"I've looked through it, yea," she said, annoyed. "It's useless for what I need. I don't want to be the reason anyone ends up killed. I couldn't live with myself."

"Hey," he soothed her. "Try to relax for now…first thing in the morning, we'll hit the books. We'll find something, anything that can help us all in a battle, if it even comes to that."

"It will." Bella said. "You know it will."

"Then we'll face it together," he smiled. "But for now…" he caught her lips with his, wanting to help her worries go away. Getting lost in each other wasn't something they could do that often; he wanted to enjoy every minute of it. He almost lost it completely as he felt Bella completely melt into the kiss and her leg snaked around his hip. The action brought the two even closer together yet it still didn't feel close enough. Ohh, that feels amazing! Mmmm, Edward… I want you…ugn ask him to make love to me…

Edward pulled back, startled.

"Are…are you sure, Bella?" he asked, thinking she said it out loud.

"Huh?" she asked, still completely caught up in their make out session. "Edward, why'd you stop?" she pulled him down to capture his lips again, but after a moment, he pulled away. He's killing my buzz…why'd he have to stop…oh, if this is how it feels to kiss you, Edward…I can't wait for the big reveal of making love to you…

"Are you sure that's what you want Bella?" he asked again, wondering why she was acting as though she hadn't just asked him to make love to her. "Now?"

"Am I sure what?" she asked, confused and slightly frustrated for him pulling away.

"Are you sure you want me to make love to you," he asked, as though it was the most obvious.

"Wh…why would you ask?" she seemed to panic, wondering how he could've known what was in her head. She hadn't said that out loud.

"It's what you said…just now," now Edward was beyond confused.

"I didn't say that, Edward," she told him cautiously. "I thought it…"

"You thought it…?" he asked, astounded. "Are you telling me I heard your thoughts?"

"Well I didn't say out loud for you to make love to me…I thought it in my mind," she explained. "Because I wasn't sure if you would want to…so I didn't say it out loud." She looked away, embarrassed.

"Hey," he said, soothingly. "Why'd you look away?"

"This is kind of embarrassing," she admitted. "You're not supposed to be able to read my mind…but you did. Can you read it right now?" He tried to concentrate on her mind.

"Think something," he told her as he tried getting through. So she did, she thought about how much she loved him and how much she wished the destiny thing was out of the way so they could finally be together without having to worry about someone coming after her.

"So, anything?" she asked.

"No," he said, his mood quickly deflated. "But I heard you earlier..I know I did."

"Well what made earlier different from now?" she thought aloud, more to herself. But then she realized…

"What? What are you thinking?" he asked, hoping they could figure it out so he could hear her mind again.

"Well…when you heard me earlier…my guards were down," she admitted. "I was completely lost in the moment, feeling completely safe with you. Now I'm kind of embarrassed. Do you think it's something I could do again?" He looked at her, thinking about the situation and how she'd let him in.

"Yes, I do," he smirked at her. "I think we may have just figured out our way of evening the playing field against the Volturri, Bella."

"Oh yea? I'll bite. How's that?" she asked.

"There's a block of some sort protecting your mind from attacks; you theorized yourself that it could be a shield that you'd want to learn to expand," he explained. "Now we know it's actually there; we'll have to work to help you expand it…"

"You really think it's a shield," she asked, unsure and not wanting to give false hope.

"I do, but you know…I could be wrong," he thought. "Maybe we should practice some more…" he looked at her suggestively. He didn't have to ask her twice.

"Good idea," she smirked. "Wouldn't want to go to the others with doubts about this..."

And they spent the rest of the night and most of the next morning practicing expanding her shield…

A/N: I wanted to get this up tonight since I wouldn't be able to post in the morning..hope you enjoy it! Let me know…...until I post again…

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