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Breaking Dawn, the Battle! by JRParz






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Story Notes:

I'm offering a plausible storyline using one hundred percent BD canon throughout the greater majority of my story.  I use BD dialogue and BD events as I provide you a behind-the-scenes look through the eyes of Jasper, Kate, and Garrett.

I would grade this tale PG13, mainly for the violence.

Although canon in almost every respect, this tale is clearly AU.

 

Twilighted Senior Validation Beta: SassyGeminiMom

 

 

 

 

 

Author's Chapter Notes:

The first chapter of this story picks up while Jasper and Alice are traveling through South America on their way to the Amazons.  The three POVs are Jasper's, Kate's, and Garrett's in that order.

In these scenes, we see what triggers the covert operation and who the players are.  We also see the start of a brand new relationship.

Disclaimer: All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of Stephanie Meyers. The original characters and plot are the property of Stephanie Meyers. The author is in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of any media franchise. No copyright infringement is intended.  This is purely for entertainment purposes only.

 


Chapter 01:  The Shield

Jasper's POV: 

Alice and I had just passed through Panama and were closing in on Medellin as we made our way to the Amazons when Alice suddenly came to an abrupt halt.  I twirled around knowing what it meant, and watched her angelic face with concern.  Then her eyes lit up.   "Jazz, she's a shield!  Eleazar just labeled our baby sister a shield!"

My initial reaction was; why didn't we think of that?  And then suddenly, Alice gasped and dropped ungracefully to her knees, while I watched her eyes glaze over as she experienced another vision.  This one, however, elicited pain and sorrrow one moment and then awe the next.  I tried to absorbing as much as I could, but it crashed down on us like a tidal wave.  Whatever Alice was seeing bounced back and forth like a pingpong ball until she opened her eyes.

"Alice?" I asked, eying her with concern.

"It was amazing," she whispered.  "I... I've never experienced anything like this before."

"Alice, I'm not Edward," I reminded her.

"Oops... uh... I experienced two visions with they have very different outcomes.  They flicker back and forth like showing me what needs to happen... and what could if we don't intervene."  

"Please, darling.  Reign in your thoughts and tell me everything," I encouraged her.

"The first vision is horrific.  We're in the field.  The Volturi doesn't care about the truth.  Aro isn't there for justice... just acquisition."

"Go on," I prodded.

"Aro, Caius, and Marcus were in counsel when suddenly members of our family and friends dropped to the ground in agony."

"Jane," I seethed, nodding my head.

"Then there was this strange cloud-like mist that approached them."

"That would be Alec," I interjected.

"As soon as the mist hit our family and friends, they dropped to the ground as if they passed out.  Even Jane's victims stopped screaming.  Then Aro and Caius walked around and started pointing, and the Guard executed everyone they pointed at."

"Are you alright?" I asked, knowing these visions took a toll on her.

"I wouldn't be if hadn't been for the second vision," she replied with a smile.

"I'm listening," I encouraged.

"Same exact scene but instead of our friends and family writhing on the ground from Jane's attack, it's her that is screaming... in frustration.  Then instead of Alec's mist hitting everyone, it hit an invisible wall.  I watched the mist climb up and over everyone without getting through.  It was huge... globe-like... it was Bella's shield!"

"Bella's shield is that powerful?" I asked with shock.

"Jazz, it was huge!"

I paused to consider this.  "You do realize by rendering Jane and Alec powerless, this changes the dynamics of our confrontation."

"Yes, I was hoping you would say that... and clearly, Bella is the key to everything," Alice replied with a grin.

"But you say you're experiencing two visions..."

"Yes, something I've never experienced before."

"I think the closer we get to our objective, one vision will fade... and the other will stabilize," I theorized.

"Yes.  The second Eleazar labeled Bella a shield; it triggered what could very well happen.  If Bella doesn't develop her shield in time for the confrontation, then we will experience the first vision.  If Bella is able to develop her shield in time, then we will experience the second vision."

"I completely agree," I replied with a smile.

"Now what?" Alice asked.

"We recruit," I replied.

Alice's eyes lit up as she saw how my decision played out.  "Perfect!  We'll recruit from within."

"Do you still see Aro reading Edward early in the confrontation?"

"Yes."

"More than likely that won't change.  Aro will want to know what he is up against and there's no better way to find out than through Edward.  We'll have no choice but to work around him."

"Our cousins; Tanya, Kate, Eleazar and Carmen are a good starting point.  They know how to block Edward."

"Run them through your visions to be sure," I insisted, but Alice was already one step ahead of me.

"Everyone except Carmen," she said with a frown.

"Carmen?" I questioned with surprise.  I knew Carmen was just as versed in blocking Edward as all the others.

"I'm only getting occasional glimpses of her, which probably means she's taken a close interest in our niece."

"And whereever our darling niece is, her pet dog is," I added with a sigh.

"Oh...  Kate is going to be excellent in the role you have planned for her," Alice blurted out.

"Yes, I'm counting on her millennium years of experience and her temperament to drive Bella hard," I replied with a smile.

Alice retrieved her cell phone and smiled.

"You have a signal?" I asked with surprise.

"Four bars... which means we're close enough to Medellin."

"You going to text Kate?" I asked.

"No, Tanya.  I'll have her discreetly set up a meeting."

"I don't want to leave anything up to chance.  So state the obvious regardless how stupid it sounds.  Stress the importance of secrecy, and remind everyone how far reaching Edward's mind reading radius is."

Alice nodded her head; experienced another vision; and then texted Tanya.  She didn't need Tanya to respond back because she would see her future actions. 

While we waited for our team to get into position, I had Alice run through various decisions in order to trigger new visions, and this assisted in formulating a plan.

Kate's POV: 

As Eleazar and I approached the small clearing by the cliff, which was a good twenty miles northwest of the Cullens residence, we came across a pacing Tanya.  Correction... a nervously pacing Tanya, something I hadn't seen in several centuries.  I would have laughed if our situation hadn't been so dire.

"Tanya?" I called out to her, and she stopped dead in her tracks.   

"Tanya, I don't like deceiving Carmen like this," Eleazar pointed out.   I felt sorry for Eleazar, for the stress on his face was evident.  With what was coming, Eleazar's place was beside his mate.

"I'm sorry my dear friend, but Alice was very adamant on that point."

"Alice?!" we both responded with shock.

"Yes.  Our psychic cousin texted me to coordinate this meeting and she was very specific as to who could and could not attend," Tanya replied.

Suddenly, Tanya's cell chirped, which startled us, and I could picture Alice having a good giggle from the vision. 

"Alice!" Tanya answered and although it wasn't necessary, she placed her phone on speaker.

"Hi Tanya, Kate, Eleazar!  It's so good to talk to you... I miss everyone so much," Alice replied in her adorable soprano voice.

"Same here Alice, but we know this isn't a social call," Tanya replied.

"No, Tanya.  It isn't and I'm here with Jazz and we have a lot to cover," Alice replied.

"Can I ask why you've excluded Carmen?"

"I'm sorry, Eleazar.  I know the stress this is causing you, but it's too risky to bring her in."

"But she can block Edward as well as I can," Eleazar argued.

"Blocking isn't the issue.  Seeing her is.  I'm guessing Carmen has taken to Renesmee and will be spending a great deal of time with her."

"Yes, she absolutely adores the little girl," Eleazar replied.  "So...?"

"I can't see Renesmee... nor the wolves... or anyone close to them."

Eleazar's eyes lit up with shock, and then with understanding.  I could tell he agreed now with the decision. 

"Alright, Alice... that we understand," Tanya responded.

"Eleazar.  When you identified Bella to be a shield earlier, you set off a chain of events and as a result, I experienced two very different visions."

"What did you see?" I asked, sounding impatient.  We could all sense something major.

"The first vision was of our death... and the second vision of our survival."

"Has this ever happened to you before, Alice?" Tanya asked.

"No, and based on the way these visions flicker back and forth without solidifying, we're confident that we get to play a hand in our own destiny."

"This is incredible," I replied.

"But remember, Bella is the key," Jasper spoke for the first time.

"It's amazing to think that a three month old newborn is a key to our survival," Eleazar commented.

"Yes, I hear you... but Bella isn't anything like what you would expect of a newborn," Jasper replied.

"But our time is short," I thought out loud.  "There's no way she could develop a shield of this magnitude in three weeks."

"But Kate, you forget... I've seen it.  So, not only is it possible, with our intervention, it's definite," Alice replied.

"And we all know not to bet against Alice," Tanya added with a grin.

"Exactly," Alice responded with a giggle.

"Alice?  Just how effective is her shield?" Eleazar asked.

"It's huge... dome-like... and I saw it render Jane and Alec's power useless."

"This changes everything!" Tanya responded with excitement.

"Wait!  I'm telling you, Alice.  Getting Bella to this point is not going to be easy."

"We know that Kate, and that's why we believe Alice experienced two visions.  If the confrontation were held today, Bella's shield wouldn't be ready and we would die.  But we have over three weeks before the Volturi arrive, and we know for a fact that it's plausable."

"Alright Jasper, where do we come in?" Tanya asked.

"Kate.  Your role is the hardest.  We need you to work with Bella.  We know it won't be easy, but we also know it's doable," Jasper responded.

"Well, she did ask for my help earlier so I guess that's a start," I replied.

"True.  That's a start... but understand this.  In order for Bella to reach her full potential within the time constraints, it means you'll need to push her."

"Is this your subtle way of telling me it could be dangerous?" I asked with a smirk.

"Extremely," Jasper replied with a chuckle. But first and foremost, in order for her to build a strong foundation, she needs to learn the basic fundaments."

"I agree, but we both know that isn't enough," I replied.

"Then you start on her motivations."

"Ah yes," I started laughing.  "Piss off the newborn." 

"I'm sorry, Kate.  Bella will need to experience tangible evidence of what it is that motivates her, otherwise she won't have a reference point," Jasper said.

"This could cause a problem from Edward as well," Tanya pointed out.

"Edward will be a thorn throughout our entire mission, so we'll just have to deal with it," Jasper responded.

"Okay, Jasper.  But even that won't be enough," I insisted.

"I'm impressed, Kate.  Gives me confidence that you are perfect in this role.  Once you've succeeded in your mission, you will turn the reins over to Zafrina."

"The Amazons!" we all responded with excitement.

"Yes.  They don't know it yet, but I've already experienced a vision.  Zafrina and her sisters will be joining our covert operation," Alice responded.

"But... Edward?" Tanya inquired. 

"I won't know for sure until tomorrow, but I don't think I'd recruit them if the Amazons had any problem blocking him," Alice replied.

"So, I play the bad guy by pushing Bella to the brink..." I began to say.

"And then Zafrina takes over to solidify her readiness," Jasper finished.

"Will we know for sure when Bella's reached her full potential?" Eleazar asked.

"Funny you ask that, Eleazar.  Because this is where you come in," Jasper responded.

"Sorry, Jasper.  I can't get a read on her with that shield of hers," Eleazar stated.

"You will after Zafrina gets done with her," Alice replied.

"It's not going to be easy for Bella to trust anyone after my turn with her," I pointed out.

"Yes, but while you're abusing Bella, Zafrina will befriend Renesmee... and the best way to gain Bella's trust is through her daughter.  Bella will know how to expand her shield and Eleazar will then be able to get a read on her," Jasper responded.

"And then we'll be able to proceed to the field confidently," Eleazar stated.

"That's our plan," Jasper finalized.

"I got to say... there's something not right about pinning all our hopes on a newborn," Eleazar commented.

"I cannot reiterate this enough.  I would have agreed with you before experiencing Bella first hand.  So, let me point out something about Bella, the newborn.  I've worked with hundreds of newborns during my earlier years, and never have I ever seen anyone like her."

I smiled, appreciating Jasper's insight and strong leadership.  I could see why the infamous Maria had him as her General.  I never got to see this side of Jasper before, for in peaceful times, he was always the consummate gentleman and strong silent type.  Now, we were witnessing someone who earned respect from his superior knowledge and sound reasoning.  I could imagine my adorable cousin growing moist at Jasper's genius. 

"You're preparing us for a fight!" Eleazar suddenly declared.

"Yes," Jasper replied, "But until Alice sees another vision, we're only preparing defensive measures."

"Another vision?" Tanya asked.

"There's another piece of the puzzle that hasn't been realized yet," Alice replied.

"Your original reason for your abrupt departure," I guessed.

"Yes, so when our course changes again, you'll be the first to know."

"Even with Bella eliminating the Jane and Alec equation, the Volturi still have us outnumbered," Eleazar stated.

"At present time, this is true.  But Alice assures me that our numbers will be there in time for the confrontation.  Although she can't see them, she's also counting on ten wolves, and most importantly, we'll have the element of surprise on our side."

"Are you insinuating we can really beat the Volturi?" Tanya asked.

"As long as we succeed with Bella, most definitely," Jasper replied.

"Look, Jasper.  I know Carlisle would be opposed to us taking the offense here, but we both know the Volturi will scoff at a diplomatic solution.  This is very much about destroying a threat and acquiring talent, and nothing about serving justice," Eleazar spoke.

"I couldn't agree with you more, my friend.  But it would do a dishonor to Carlisle if we act premature here.  Trust me...  If and when it is necessary, we'll be more than ready to execute a strong strategy of attack."

"Okay, Jasper.  We do trust you, and we're at your service," Tanya declared. 

"Wouldn't it be easier to bring Bella into the fold?  I mean, it isn't like Edward can read her mind," I offered.

"I'm sorry, Kate," Alice spoke up.  "But just like Carmen, I can't see Bella... and she really is a terrible liar.  Plus, her knowing, might have an adverse effect on her motivations."

"Plus, Alice already has her performing a covert operation behind Edward's back.  Given that operation doesn't interfere with our new one, and actually works to our benefit, assisting us with her motivations, it's better Bella remain oblivious until the very end," Jasper added.

"Understood," Tanya replied.

"We'll contact you again after we've met with the Amazons," Jasper said before we ended the call.

We all stood there in silence for a few moments.  My thoughts marveled at our baby cousin.

"I know we're all great at guarding our thoughts from Edward, but given what's at stake here, and the extended period of time we'll need to focus on this, I'm suggesting we give serious consideration as to our approach," Tanya stated.

"And we can never forget Edward's range," I added.

"Agreed," Eleazar replied. 

"I'm just blown away with Bella being the most powerful vampire in existence."

Tanya busted out laughing. 

"But sister?  Have you forgotten how special our darling cousin has been from the very beginning when she was a mere human?"

"How so, my smartass sister?" I asked with a smile.

"Bella, even as a human, was able to out seduce a succubus," Tanya responded, and we both laughed hard.  Eleazar rolled his eyes. 

"Did you note the confidence in Jasper's voice?" Eleazar asked.

"Yes, he sounds like a true leader," I replied.

"He is a true leader, but that's not what I meant.  According to Carlisle, Jasper in not an optimist.  He's very much a realist.  From the way I understand it, he applies analytical reasoning after utilizing his vast military knowledge whenever he formulates a plan," Eleazar stated.

"So, Jasper sounding confident is a good thing, right?" Tanya replied with a smile.

"Yes, I'm saying that exactly," Eleazar agreed.

"Did you also detect a sadness in Alice's voice?" I asked, noting it wasn't consistent, but it was there.

"Yes," Tanya replied.

"Alice has always had the burden of seeing the future, and it has to be painful at times," Eleazar commented.

"At Edward and Bella's wedding, Alice told me she saw Edward's death in her visions over a couple dozen times while she and Bella were on their way to Italy," Tanya added.

We all just paused a moment to digest this.

"Well, Eleazar," I said.  "I guess it's safe to say this has nothing to do with an immortal child."

"I agree.  Irina is clearly a pawn in this sick game of Aro's.  She provided the Volturi a much desired trigger, but them coming to destroy the Cullens and have Edward and Alice at his side was inevitable.  I'm also sure that he's very interested in Bella as well."

"At least these revelations make me feel better about our wayward sister," Tanya stated.

I nodded my head in agreement. 

"It's time we rejoin our cousins," Tanya declared, and then we were off.

Garrett's POV:

I just got done tying my hair back as I stepped outside my cabin.  It was then that the scent hit me, and my eyes lit up with recognition.   Quickly, I scanned the forest to the west until my eyes settled on the blonde goddess, not more than one hundred yards from me.  She smiled at me, and I smiled back while I drank in the sight of the most breathtaking, beautiful vampire I've ever known.  I then shifted my attention to my right and eyed the strongest, most powerful vampire I've ever known as well.

"Emmett!  Rosalie!" I called out to them, and they instantly flashed over to me.

"Hey, Garrett," Emmett greeted me in his usual boisterous voice.  I stood 6'3, so it wasn't often when I found myself looking up at someone. 

"Isn't this a pleasant surprise," I declared as we shook hands.  I then pulled his lovely mate into my arms and gave her a hug.

"It's good to see you, Garrett," Rosalie said with affection, and I noted the tension as we hugged.  This wasn't a social call.

"Has a half-century really gone by since I've last seen you kids?" I asked with a smile.  "Tell me...  How is Carlisle and Esme?"  

"Garrett... our family is in trouble," Emmett stated, and I never heard his tone be so serious.   I paused to consider this a moment and then nodded. 

"Okay.  Then tell me my young friends; what are your troubles and how can I help?"

"We're asking you to travel to our residence in Forks, Washington," Rosalie replied.

"We're asking you to witness for us before the Volturi," Emmett added.

My eyes lit up as I now understood the severity.  The Volturi didn't pause for witnesses, and this had me wondering what my good friends had done to bring the Volturi wrath down upon them. 

"Where are Carlisle and Esme?" I asked.

"In Europe," Emmett answered.

"Seeking more friends to witness?" I asked.

"Yes," Emmett replied.

"Surely, you know there's no such thing when it comes to the Volturi."

"We have to try," Rosalie whispered.

"Well, then again... if there is anyone on the planet that could get the Volturi to pause, it would be Carlisle," I responded with laughter.

"Please, Garrett.  Edward is in Forks now welcoming our friends.  He'll explain everything," Rosalie stated.

"I always wondered when this day would come," I commented, remembering the conversation I had with my good friends on the other side of the pond.  Charles and Makenna were adament that it would be sooner, rather than later.

"Garrett?" Emmett called, drawing my attention.

"Yes, I know...  Your brooding brother awaits," I said with a chuckle.

"Not brooding anymore," Emmett responded.

"Oh?  Has the young lad found himself a mate?" I asked, recalling Carlisle telling me about a certain blonde in Alaska. 

"Yes, her name is Bella," Rosalie replied.

"Wait till you meet her, she's quite dazzling," Emmett added.

"Then knowing that there isn't anything I wouldn't do for my dear friend Carlisle and his family, I'll be on my way."

"That's what we were hoping to hear," Emmett replied with a smile.

"Am I to assume you won't be traveling with me?" I asked.

"We're still hoping to locate a couple of other nomads.  Randall and Mary.  Have you heard of them?" Rosalie asked.

"Yes.  I'm not sure where Randall would be, but I heard Mary roams in the Boston area."

"Garrett?" Rosalie said, and then she drew me in for another tight hug.  "You're a good friend."

"Likewise," I replied, and then I shook hands with Emmett. 

"You'll be able to pick up our scent if you enter Clallam County from the north.  Don't be alarmed if you detect a rather unpleasant scent in addition to our own."

I must have looked confused because Rosalie added; "That would be our family dog."  Prompting both Rosalie and Emmett to laugh.

I waited for them to elaborate but they didn't, figuring this was another explanation for Edward.

 

*** *** ***

I proceeded to travel through the thick forest of upper-state New York into Toronto.  Then through Ontario before I came upon the frigid waters of the Great Lakes.  I swam to Wisconsin before traveling on land through Minnesota into North Dakota.  I stopped in Fargo to feed. 

I suddenly found it ironic that my current feeding habits were a direct result from a discussion I had with Carlisle back in the early 1900s.  I had been visiting Carlisle and his lovely mate, Esme, in Hanover, New Hampshire.  It was there that I learned of Edward.

Edward had originally started out as an animal drinker, like his creator, but he forsake animal blood during a rebellious stage and fed on the so called scum of the earth.  Carlisle told me Edward was a mind reader and by using his gift, he was able to play judge, jury, and executioner. 

To say I was fascinated would have been an understatement.  I was long over my guilt in regards to feeding, but here was a practice that served both my need and humanity.  Although I wouldn't have access to their minds like Edward did, I was pretty sure I could camp out in the seedier locations of a city and weed my way through to the murderers and rapists.

I applauded Edward's eating habits, but Carlisle being Carlisle, felt troubled for the young man he called son, and also felt that Edward's conscious would someday catch up with him.   

I never told Carlisle, but I had adopted a variation of Edward's feeding practice, but not having Edward's gift, my biggest challenge was selecting the right prey.  It required much more patience and it wasn't easy ignoring fifty percent of my food supply.  Simply put, females weren't murderers or rapists.  It also took some major discipline not to feed on hunters and hikers whenever our paths crossed in the wilderness.

So, here I was in Fargo, a city with limited crime, and already going on eight frustrating hours.  Then as I stood in an alley by a bar, I overheard a patron brag about raping and killing a co-ed.  Thirsty and impatient, I entered the bar and enticed him and his scum of a friend to step outside for a moment.  I ended up feeding on the both of them, threw their bodies in a dumpster, and burned them to a crisp.

I resumed my travel through the state of Montana before finally hitting Washington state.  I considered feeding one more time in Seattle, but instead pressed on to Forks. 

As I made my way west, I remembered a conversation I had with a nomad that I came across in New Jersey last summer.  He told me about an army of newborns being created somewhere on the west coast.  I wondered for a moment whether the Cullens were involved.   It would make sense to me if something like this were to happen that the Cullens would intervene and put a stop to it.  It would also make sense that the Volturi would feel disrespected. 

I traveled the woods parallel to the Olympic Highway, knowing it would eventually lead me to Forks.  Then as instructed by Emmett, I picked up the Cullen scent, along with the repulsive scent of wet dog.

*** *** *** ***

"Garrett!" Edward called out to me from his front porch. 

"Edward," I greeted him with a smile and firm handshake.

"I'm assuming you talked to Emmett and Rosalie," he replied.  

"I most certainly did," I said as he ushered me inside. 

The room was huge, just like the house, and I noted four vampires I'd never seen before. 

"It appears you've already put together an impressive gathering," I replied while I scanned the room before settling on a couple of animal drinking blonde beauties.     

"Thank you for coming Garrett, and now if you'll indulge me, I'd like you to open all your senses before jumping to any conclusions."

"I can do that," I replied as I noted the crimson eyed nomads standing together in the far corner.  It was obvious they were mated, and from what I could see of their scars, it appeared they'd been in their share of fights. 

I then shifted my attention back to the blondes, noting that the strawberry blonde seemed self assured of herself while the platinum blonde appeared coy.

"Garrett, I'd like you to meet my wife Bella and our daughter, Renesmee," Edward introduced.

"Daughter...?" I responded as I twisted around to look.

My eyes first locked on a stunningly beautiful young woman with long brown hair and then a girl, who couldn't have been much older than two or three, in the young woman's arms.  My initial thought of an immortal child was quickly dismissed when I heard the strange fluttery heartbeat of the toddler... and then I smelled the child's unique scent, half-vampire, half human.  My eyes lit up with amazement.

I smiled at Bella and her child, Renesmee, and then my nose crinkled when I caught the other scent.  Standing close by, as if protecting the young mother and child, was a huge male standing even larger and taller than Emmett.  I smiled at the young Native American while thinking; leave it to the Cullens to befriend our natural born enemy, the werewolf.

Edward burst out laughing followed by my own laughter, forgetting that my inner monologue would always have an audience here.

"Please forgive me for my rather rude behavior, Bella.  Your mate has picked up on a rather errant thought and found it quite amusing," I stated.  "Please know that it is my truest honor to not only meet the newest Cullen, but the newest, newest Cullen.  You and your daughter are precious to say the least."

Bella smiled and Renesmee giggled.

"Would you like Renesmee to show you her story?" Bella asked in her musical voice.

"I would be delighted," I replied with a smile.

"Come closer, please," the precious child commanded in her sweet little voice, and I stepped closer to allow the child to place her small palm on my cheek.   Suddenly, I saw a vivid scene of Renesmee's birth, and marveled over the fact that her mother was quite human at the time.  Then I watched a whole slew of events proceeding up to today.  To say I was stunned would be to put it mildly. 

"What a very beautiful and gifted child," I declared, eliciting a giggle from Renesmee.

"Garrett, I've heard a lot of good things about you," an older vampire said as he approached. 

I took in the sight of him... and his mate, noting their dark complexions.  "I'm sorry, sir.  But you have me at a disadvantage," I replied with respect.

"My name is Eleazar and this is my mate, Carmen."

"Ah yes, Carlisle has talked highly about you as well.  Trust me; the honor is all mine," I replied with a smile.

"We haven't been formerly introduced," announced the platinum blonde that had caught my eye earlier.  "My name is Kate, and this is my sister, Tanya.  We, along with Eleazar and Carmen are from Denali, Alaska."

"Alaska...?" I replied with a smile.

"Perhaps you've learned something of our reputation as well," Tanya said with a smile.

"Perhaps I have," I replied, laughing hard in response. 

Tanya then winked at Kate before she excused herself.

"So, Garrett.  I remember Carlisle telling us about this great colonial adventurer, and how he prides himself on the challenge."

"What might you be getting at, lovely Kate," I replied with a grin.

"I was thinking perhaps your eye color might look better gold rather than ruby."

"But Kate, in order for that to happen, I'd have to change my current lifestyle," I argued with a smirk.

"Ah, so the great adventurer is educated as well.  Tanya dear, you were wrong," Kate declared.  Tanya flitted over to us with a huge smile on her face.  "You said these Revolutionaries are thick headed."

"Are you saying I'm mistaken, dear sister?" Tanya asked, feigning surprise.

"Yes, darling sister of mine.  You see, Garrett here was able to deduce something of great important from a single statement," Kate insisted.

"And what was that?" Tanya asked.

"He realizes that in order to possess golden eyes, he must change his lifestyle."

I felt two things simultaneously.  The first, an instant erection... and the second, a strange tug against my dead heart.  I smiled at Kate, mesmerized not only with her beauty, not only with her feisty teasing, and not only with the close bond she shared with her sister.  But also with the double meaning of her words. 

Could I really settle down to such a lifestyle?  I respected the animal drinkers, but could I become one?  Then a very painful reality set in... our time was very limited.

 

 

 

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