DISCLAIMER: STEPHENIE MEYER OWNS TWILIGHT, IT'S CHARACTERS, AND ALL ELSE THAT IS TWILIGHT RELATED

CHAPTER 14

I got back to my room and began to get ready for dinner with Aro. He said we would go to a nice restaurant in town, but I'm not sure how this is going to work. How will he not arouse suspicion when he doesn't eat?

I chose a beautiful dress that flattered my body like no other dress I had ever had on. I bought it yesterday when I went shopping with the girls. It's powder blue with a white tie belt around the waist. It had a plunging neck line that made me a bit self conscience. I accessorized it with pearl earrings and a matching pearl necklace. I chose silver three inch heels that were in no way a closed shoe. I took at my reflection in my full length mirror in my closet and I stunned myself. I don't think I looked this good the whole time I was with Conner. I only hope Aro likes it.

I was finishing my lipstick when there was a knock on my door. I opened it to see Aro standing there in a three peace black suit with a maroon tie. His hair was down, he looked like a dream.

"You look radiant, Isabella. My goodness. I must be the luckiest man alive." He exclaimed.

"You clean up good yourself, Aro. I love the color of that tie. Are we going to dinner or a wedding?" I joked.

"We'll knock them all speechless." He said as he held his arm out for me to take it.

"I know chivalry is a dead art around the world, but I believe it was a travesty for it to ever end."

I smiled at him and graciously took his arm and let him lead me to the garage where Felix was waiting beside the limo. He smiled brightly when he saw us round the corner.

Just as we reached the car, Edward came through the same door we just had.

"Aro, may I speak to Bella for a moment?" He politely asked Aro, never taking his eyes off me. It looked as though he would cry if he could.

"That is up to her, Edward. Is there a problem?" Aro glared at Edward.

"No, not at all." Edward replied.

I closed my eyes, as I let go of Aro's arm and moved to Edward. "What do you want, Edward? Aro and I were just leaving. Can this wait?" I didn't want to be rude to him, but our time ended ten years ago. After all, he's the one who left me.

"Bella, I just have to know if you're sure about this. I don't want you to get hurt. I need you to be sure. I still love you very much, no matter what." I could tell he wanted me to say I wasn't sure by the look in his eye.

"Yes, Edward, I'm sure. I want to know him before I spend the rest of eternity with him. He's my soul mate. Fate has decided this for us and I want to accept it with a clear mind. I need to know Aro before I leap. Let me do this. Edward, read his mind, he's not going to hurt me. I promise you. What are you so afraid of?" I asked him.

"I'm afraid that he's lying to you. I don't want to trust him with you at all. Carlisle has told me I'm being ridiculous, but I'm still just so afraid for you. I wanted you to have a normal human life with normal human experiences." He said, sounding all the more broken hearted.

"Edward, you are the one who left me. Remember that. I did have a human life with human experiences, and the last few months of that were not very good. Do you remember what happened to me? My husband tried to kill me twice. I'm finally healing and trying to move on with my life and you want to stand in my way. What is it exactly that you do want for me? To be unhappy? Go back inside and get on with your life and let me get on with mine. Aro is not lying to me or you or anyone else. Listen to your father and let me go. I'm not yours anymore." I told him, surprisingly without crying.

I turned back to Aro, taking his arm and he led me to the car and helped me inside. Felix shut the door and then climbed in the driver seat. We pulled out of the garage and left Edward standing there. I wanted to see where he stood on this issue and now I know. Now, I'll need to speak to Alice as soon as possible. But first, I have a date with a wonderful man to enjoy. Screw Edward Cullen and Conner Matthews. I'm over them. There, I admitted to myself, I'm over Conner Matthews.

"Are you alright, my dear? You're awfully quiet this evening." Aro whispered to me. "You look a million miles away."

"No, I'm fine. I was just thinking. Thank you for tonight, by the way." I said as I took his hand. We rode the rest of the way to the restaurant in silence.

The restaurant was a nice, old Italian restaurant. It had linen table cloths, candles on every table, and a matrad`e that led us to our table and told us our waiter would be with us momentarily. The staff all spoke with strong Italian accents. It was the most romantic place I had ever been. A few minutes later, our waiter came to us, and handed us our menus.

"Good evening. Would you require a wine list, sir?" The waiter asked Aro.

"Yes, we would, please." Aro answered.

There were no prices on the menu items, which told me one thing-extremely expensive. I ordered the Tortellini with Pesto sauce, and Aro ordered the same thing I did. I just stared at him. He also ordered an eight hundred dollar bottle of wine.

"Aro what are you going to do with that food? How are you going act like you're eating and drinking?" I asked, half amused.

"Well, I'm going to spread the food over my plate, and as you drink your wine, I'm going to switch glasses with you when no one is looking. It will work well. No worries." He answered with a gleam of mischievousness in his eye.

"You haven't ceased to amaze me yet, Aro. Thank you for everything, by the way." I told him, loving this playful side of him.

"You already thanked me about twelve thousand times. You're welcome. Enjoy your dinner, my dear." Aro said.

I did enjoy it, immensely. I can't believe I am sitting in this kind of lap of luxury. I'm very curious as to who Aro really is. Tonight marks my start in finding out. Here we go.

"Aro, can I ask you a question?" I asked him after taking in the beauty of him.

"You can ask me for anything. You must know that by now, I Isabella." Aro answered.

"I'm not asking for anything, per say. I just want to know what you thought when Marcus told you about what he saw with me. I mean, did it piss you off or make you more curious about me?" I began.

"Well, at first, it confused me. I questioned him thoroughly at first, along with reading his thoughts, of course. But it didn't, as you say, piss me off in any way. Why would you think that?" He asked.

"Well, I know how important it is for humans not to know about your kind, so to know that a human, such as myself, was your soul-mate, I would think that would piss you off. Are you glad I am your soul-mate, or were you wishing it weren't true?" I had to know these things to satisfy my own curiosity.

"To tell you the truth, when I read Edward's thoughts, then met you for myself, I was angry at Edward for leaving you like he did. You didn't deserve that kind of treatment. Then when you were testifying in his trial, the only thought that went through my mind was how selfish and stupid Edward was. Then, when Marcus told me about what you are to me, I found myself excited and I didn't want to leave you in Miami. I wanted you with me." He had taken my hand as he spoke.

"That answers that then. I'm glad you weren't angry about it at all. I have to say, I was shocked when I figured it out, then more shocked when you just left my apartment without saying anything to me. That's what made me think you were angry about who I am to you." I told him honestly.

"How do you feel about it, my dear?" Aro asked me.

"I'm still a little confused about it. I mean, I'm not mourning Conner so much anymore and I'm coming to terms with what he did to me. But, I am afraid I'll disappoint you at some point and you won't want me around anymore." Another honest answer.

"You could never disappoint me, Isabella. And I will never send you away or turn my back on you for any reason. However, I do want to turn you before word gets out that the Volturi are harboring a human with knowledge of us. I don't want to turn you until you are ready for that." He said, as the waiter came over to us with the check. He paid and stood, holding his hand out to me.

Once we were back in the car, I responded to his desire to turn me. "Okay, I'll let you turn me tonight, but I want to tell the Cullens', especially Edward. This should come from me and not a guard or his parents."

"I will gather everyone in the throne room upon our return, Isabella. Are you sure you're ready for this? It will be quite painful and I apologize for that, but it can not be avoided, I'm afraid." He told me.

"I'm sure. I don't want to put myself or the Volturi at risk. I would like to call my parents once the change is done, just to keep up appearances. I thought I would not be very happy here, but I find myself able to hum when I'm working again and I look forward to seeing you. When I don't get to see you when I want, I get upset a little. I guess what I'm trying to say is I am ready." I told him as I moved to kiss Aro Volturi for the first time. It was a deep kiss that felt overdue.