* * Cecelia * *

I bury myself into my pillow, distraught is to weak a term to describe how I feel. I feel like someone has stuck a knife into my heart and is twisting it and twisting it until my flesh is smushed so thin it is no longer solid, then they drink my flesh and blood just to spite me…

I wake up slowly; my hair is matted too my face. I have tear stains all down my cheeks. I don't care, not anymore. Everything I wanted but now I can't have, thrown into the blender, creating a horrific concoction that I'm being forced to drink.

Lists upon lists of tortures used on me daily, nightly. No friends, no Emma, no home, no life. No Seth, Seth rings everyday, he can't help it, I can't live without it. He can't travel around with me, it would seem abnormal.

I had everything I wanted, it's hard having it taken away. I guess that's what happens when you meddle with immortal. Play with fire at risk of being burned, play with vampires at risk of having your entire happiness taken away.

Getting to know vampires is more complicated than I, so wrongly, assumed. I still refuse to blame them, they were protecting themselves, which is only natural and to be expected. They didn't and don't know that we're innocent. They want to live in peace and we threatened got the wrong people and that does make me wonder, who really is to blame?

My phone wakes me up. Its ring sounds loud, only because everything else is quiet.

"Seth?" I ask into the phone. Usually he calls me around half eight, I check the time, it's one. So why's he ringing?

"Yep, it's me!" he replies, sounding relieved, I'm not going to lie, it's good to hear his voice.

"Is everything okay?" I ask, slightly worried.

"Yes, everything is fine. I just miss you is all," he says, sounding way too happy.

"What's up?" I ask, smiling.

"I've decided to come visit you. Is that okay?" he asks. So that's why he's in such a good mood.

"Of course, come. Won't anyone be suspicious?" I wish it was easier, like it was before we were kicked out.

"I won't stay too long, no-one will notice I'm gone. I'm fast, remember? Will you tell your dad I'm coming?" He sounds so happy, it's contagious.

"My dad wouldn't care anyway. He's out on an archaeology dig with Tay's dad. They've decided to camp nearer the site, they won't be back now for weeks," I explain dejectedly, although part of me is glad they've gone.

"Okay, I'm setting off now," Seth says, enthusiastically.

I get changed into some decent cloths, I wear a white top with navy sleeves, some skinny jeans and baggy brown woollen jumper. I brush my hair and teeth, then I scrub the tears from my face.

After cleaning myself up I knock on Tay's door.

"What?" she shouts from inside.

"Just letting you know that Seth's coming round," I say through the door.

"Yeah, K," she says, nonchalant.

Then the doorbell rings and I race down the stairs to get the door.

It's Seth. I throw my arms around him and hug him tight. It's like suddenly I can breathe easy, like a huge weight lifted off my shoulders.

"It's not their fault… They don't know that I didn't do it… And if I had it would be completely unacceptable." I find myself defending them, even after what they've done.

"Well they -" Seth starts, ready to defend me if it means disparaging his friends.

The computer beeps, I have a new email.

"Shall I just ignore that…? It might be Renesmee… maybe?" I know it won't be Renesmee, or any of the Cullen's.

"You should check who it is," Seth replies.

"You sure?" I ask.

He nods, so I walk over and open the email.

My Dear,

You'll be glad to know that the Cullen's, who have been a nuisance too you and I for so long, will be dealt with swiftly.

I see it only fair that you should know the facts.

The Cullen's have wronged me many times, but not to worry delicate one, they shall be punished. I am Aro. As founder and leader of the Volturi I protect Vampires from themselves and keep the Vampire Community from collapsing. In essence I am the law of the Vampire world.

I must apologise for any inconvenience the Volturi website may have caused, I believe it was the roots of the Cullen's anger.

I am sure, however, that you understand the necessity of the website, it is the only way to bring the Cullen's to justice.

As you know the Cullen's are incredibly selfish. They have, on a number of occasions put the Vampire Community at great peril, experimenting with things more powerful than your small mind can imagine.

They are only concerned about their own pleasure and have refused to join me and share their rare abilities. Alice again and again refuses, to use her power for the greater good.

I will conclude my message by suggesting a collaboration in the future. I am confident you would not waste your potential, for I know you have seen the foul selfish ways of the Cullen's and do not share their misconceptions.

Farewell my child,

Aro

"Who's Aro?" I turn to Seth.

"An vampire who drinks actual blood, he thinks he's king of the vampires and tries to control everyone. He's a psychopath. Why?" Seth asks the last part, getting up from the chair in the corner of my room and coming over to see the email.

"It's just that he wrote this email trying to convince me to join his governing coven." I explain, absently twirling my hair around my finger, at ease as a plan formulates in my head.

"Don't be fooled by his words and pompous attitude, he's evil and he knows it. The Cullen's aren't selfish, don't for one minute let him trick you into thinking they are. Alice wouldn't be helping anyone by joining the Volturi, in fact she would endanger many. The Volturi stop at nothing to get what they want, with Alice they would be unstoppable." He speeds up, getting stressed, obviously under the impression I'm actually considering joining the Volturi.

"But it sounds so legit! Your telling me this guy hasn't been wronged by the Cullen's? What if they've tricked you into thinking that Aro's the bad guy?" I say, resisting the urge to grin mischievously.

"NO, I've haven't been fooled be anyone, Cess you have to believe me. They have a vampire who can change the way you feel about people, she'll manipulate you, you won't be you. Please…." Seth trailed off, looking desperate.

I just burst out laughing, which confused him.

"I was joking, of course he the bad guy 'my dear'. Or should I say: of course he's creepy af, 'my child'. No way the Cullen's are evil 'delicate one'." I put on a Italian accent.

"How do you know he's Italian?" Seth asks, once he's recovered.

"Because Volturi is Italian and means power or danger." I reply, happy to finally know the truth and motivated to do something about it.

Just then Tay burst in holding her phone, the email enlarged so it fit neatly in the screen.

"Hey Seth," she acknowledged, then turned to me. "Have you seen the email?!"

"Yep and if you've got it I bet Emma has too." I grin, ecstatic that I have an excuse to ring Emma.

"Let's find out," says Tay, pulling up Em's number on her phone.

She presses dial and puts it on loud speaker so I can hear the droning, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring…

* * Emma * *

Cecelia and Taylor had been gone for a week now. I was more lonely than ever. Just for a few blissfully happy months (if you didn't count the fact that vampires had been threatening and harassing us for almost all of that time), I had had two people more like family to me then Gran and Granddad. But that all came to and end when the Cullen's rolled the dice and came up with a double six.

My email bleeped and I opened the new arrival.

My Dear,

You'll be glad to know that the Cullen's, who have been a nuisance too you and I for so long, will be dealt with swiftly.

I see it only fair that you should know the facts.

The Cullen's have wronged me many times, but not to worry delicate one, they shall be punished. I am Aro. As founder and leader of the Volturi I protect Vampires from themselves and keep the Vampire Community from collapsing. In essence I am the law of the Vampire world.

I must apologise for any inconvenience the Volturi website may have caused, I believe it was the roots of the Cullen's anger.

I am sure, however, that you understand the necessity of the website, it is the only way to bring the Cullen's to justice.

As you know the Cullen's are incredibly selfish. They have, on a number of occasions put the Vampire Community at great peril, experimenting with things more powerful than your small mind can imagine.

They are only concerned about their own pleasure and have refused to join me and share their rare abilities. Alice again and again refuses, to use her power for the greater good.

I will conclude my message by suggesting a collaboration in the future. I am confident you would not waste your potential, for I know you have seen the foul selfish ways of the Cullen's and do not share their misconceptions.

Farewell my child,

Aro

"Aro," I tested the word out, rolling it around my mouth. "Aro." I didn't quite know what to think of this situation. I felt curious, that was for sure. Was this Aro telling the truth? I didn't like to think so. In my mind the Cullen's were the 'good guys.' How could he accuse them of being selfish? He was the one being selfish, he was! How could he say that about them? I'll agree to a 'collaboration' in your dreams—wait, vampires didn't dream. And I am most certainly not his child! Ew!

My fingers tapped out a strongly worded reply, telling him I would never help someone as selfish and stuck up as he was. He could go f*** himself for all I cared. And the Volturi could go jump into a volcano. It would make no difference to me what they did because I wouldn't be having anymore to do with them than I already had. The stuck up bastards.

I sent it and waited, waited… And waited. Waited. Eventually I gave up and went to bed, hoping he would have answer back in the morning. When I woke he had sent another email. I blearily opened it with one lazy click of the trackpad.

risposta sbagliata

Wrong answer…

Then something hard hit my head.

I wake up slowly, it's dark and the light beam coming from the small round window in the corner casts strange shadows on the floor.

The walls and floor are stone, rough and cold on my skin. There are two velvet armchairs in the corner. The chairs are embroidered with a shield fitted snugly into a large V, at the top there's a small ruby which is positioned in the opening at the top of the V. The shield has been split into four parts, in each section something has been embroidered. In the top right and bottom left there is a bird in flight, and in the upper left corner and the bottom right there is a tree.

A sudden throbbing at the back of my head makes me wonder what happened. I remembered sitting in my room answering that email from Aro, and then… what? Gingerly I reach my right hand up to feel the part of my head that hurts. It feels sticky. I pull my hand away and my fingers are red.

All I know is that I've got to get out of here. I feel for my phone in my back pocket, where I usually keep it. But it's gone, and it's not in any of my other pockets.

Just then I hear the squeak of hinges, and a door, that I hadn't noticed before, swings open. I freeze where I am and try to make myself as small as possible.

"You won't find it." The man's face is covered by the shadows. His black robe blent in with the darkness, making it hard to see him at all. He stepped forward slowly, his boots making a loud clomping sound.

"Won't find what?" I asked, standing to face this seemingly faceless man. Once I was at what I would judge as his eye level, I could see his eyes, blood red and hungry. They looked like the eyes of someone you didn't want to cross.

"Allow me to introduce myself to you, face to face, Dear One. I am Aro, one of three leader of the Volturi. I charged dear Demetri with retrieving you from your charming residence. He did the job most eloquently, if I do say so myself. It is a pleasure to meet you at last." He flicked a switch and a small light flickered to life, revealing his appearance to me fully for the first time. He had long black hair, tied in a ponytail at the nape of his neck. Now that the light was on, I could see he was wearing a jet black suit, not robes, as I had previously thought. And though all these things were odd in the extreme, they were not what made me take a step back. His skin was almost translucent and looked like it would break at the slightest touch. But he was smiling, appearing to be at his upmost ease in this cold, stone room.

"Why am I here, Aro?" I ask, regaining my composure.

"Ah, dear Emma, please allow me to formally apologise for—" my phone begins to ring loudly. "Aha!" Aro gives a short laugh. "Answer it, Emma. Say what I tell you to or your dear relatives will find themselves quite unable to participate in this game we call life." I had snatched my phone back before he can even finished, not wishing to hear anymore of his ramblings.

"Hello?"

"Hey, it's us!" Tay and Cess said. I thought that there was another voice mixed in with theirs.

"Is that Seth with you?" I asked.

"Yeah. Hey, Em," came Seth's voice.

"Did you get an email from Aro?" Tay asked, not wasting time beating around the bush.

I glanced at Aro, who nodded.

"Yeah, I did."

"What did you think of it?"

I look at Aro again, waiting. He just smiled at me, clasping his hands.

"Um, well, I think that you shouldn't answer it." My vision is slightly impaired by tears threatening to escape.

"Are you okay?"

"Yeah. I'm fine." Keep your voice steady, keep your voice steady.

"Em, we're coming back to get you, okay," Cess says.

"Inform them that they are not to come and retrieve you from your home. You do not wish to have any involvement in the situation about the Volturi anymore. You are done with such foolish child's play," Aro whispers to me.

"I don't want you to come and retrieve me from my home, Cecelia. I do not wish to have any more involvement in the situation regarding the Volturi. I'm done with your foolish child's play!" I end the call and sob into my hand, my shoulders shaking. Maybe at least if I talked like Aro they would understand that something was wrong.

"Fascinating…" Aro murmured, watching the tears run down my face.