"What's your favorite color?" Sulpicia asked, sipping some blood out of a chalice. I wrinkled my nose in disgust, the sight of blood always made me want to throw up.

"Blue," I answered.

Our conversation was cut short by a guard walking in. Sulpicia and Didyme stood up immediately and the guard bowed. I couldn't see his face due to the hood of the gray cloak covering it.

"You may rise." Didyme muttered. The Volturi Queen's guard stood as soon as she uttered those words.

"Caius wishes to see Lady Azure." The Guard said.

"We'll continue this at a later time." Sulpicia said and sat back down on the chair.

"Have fun." Didyme said and winked at me.

I immediately looked down and blushed.

"Follow me." The guard uttered and grabbed my arm in a tight grip.

We strolled down the stairs of the tower. He and another guard nodded at each other as we passed. 'Strange.' I thought.

"What's your name?" I asked.

"Santiago." The guard said and let go of my arm.

We walked down the halls of the castle for what felt like forever. Santiago stopped by a door and I almost bumped into him. The guard turned to face me, "Caius is in there." He said and left immediately.

I hesitated before opening the door. Caius looked up at me immediately and flashed me a smile. His blond hair was tied back into a messy ponytail.

"Azure." Caius said.

The way he said my name made my heart flutter. He stood up from his desk and walked over to me. In his hand was a necklace that had the Volturi's insignia on it.

"I want you to wear this. It will keep you safe from harm." Caius said and handed me the necklace.

"I don't want this stupid necklace and I don't someone like you as my mate." I spat, throwing the necklace onto the ground.

"Watch what you say." Caius hissed.

"Or what?" I demanded. "I don't want a mate that's cruel, selfish, and sadistic. You like to hurt others for your enjoy-"

I was cut off by Caius pinning me to the wall. His hand was wrapped around my throat. Caius tightened his grip, cutting off my airway. 'I can't breathe.' I thought.

"Caius." I heard Aro growl and then a loud crashing noise. The grip on my throat was gone immediately. I fell to the ground and I was briefly aware of someone catching me. I took in deep breaths as I rubbed my throat.

"Come on," Marcus said, helping me up onto my feet. "Let's go."

I took a quick glimpse behind me and saw that Aro and Caius were fighting. Marcus steered me out of Caius's office and into the throne room.

"Are you okay?" Marcus asked, checking to make sure I had no other injuries.

"I nearly just died." I deadpanned.

Marcus sighed, "I need to go make sure my brothers haven't torn each other's limbs off. You should go back to the tower."

I departed the throne room and went back to the tower. Sulpicia and Didyme were busy chatting to each other about something in a language that I didn't know. The two were so engrossed in their conversation that they didn't bother greeting me.

I sighed and headed towards the mirror in the central room of the tower. I gazed at myself through the mirror. My blonde hair was disheveled and there was a hand-shaped bruise on my throat— from Caius.

I hated him so much. He was living up to the cruelness that I've heard so much about. I ran my fingers through my blonde hair as I headed towards the room I woke up in. I didn't want to be locked up in this tower for eternity, but I didn't have a choice in the matter. It was up to Caius, not me.

I laid down on the bed and closed my eyes letting sleep take over.

I shivered as I walked through the halls of the castle. My idiotic self had managed to get lost in this massive place. I jumped when I had a growl, before I could even try to run, I was pinned up against the wall. I let out a scream when I felt teeth on my throat.

I woke up in a cold sweat. That was the scariest dream that I ever had. I groaned and sat up when I noticed the unmistakable aroma of food. A plate of eggs and bacon sat on the table to my right. The food smelled good but I wasn't in the mood to eat right now.. I noticed a note next to the plate of food and rolled my eyes as I unfolded it.

'I'm sorry about yesterday. Get dressed in something nice and meet me in the throne room- Caius.' the note read. I scoffed and crumpled up the note. I definitely wouldn't be meeting him in the throne room. He really thought that I would forgive him. I don't forgive anyone easily.

I took a small nibble of the bacon and tossed the note at the wall. 'I hate it here.' I thought. Being trapped in a castle with vampires and no way to escape was awful.

If I even managed to escape Demetri would locate me instantly and I would be brought back to this miserable castle. I decided to go to the bathroom to take a quick shower.

Once I was finished and dried off I changed into a t-shirt and a pair of jeans. I needed to find a way out of this castle, I didn't want to be Caius's mate and I certainly didn't want to be turned into a vampire, I was perfectly happy being a human. I also wanted kids someday though the only way to do that was to stay human long enough.

A knock on the door broke me out of my thoughts. "Come in," I whispered, knowing that they would hear me.

"Good morning," Didyme said, walking into my room with Sulpicia behind her. The two gasped when they saw the bruise on my throat.

"Who did that?" Sulpicia growled.

"Caius," I mumbled, looking at the ground.

"I'm going to go injure him." Didyme hissed and sped away before I could stop her.