Graduation came and went. I decided that I wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to myfriends and family, so Edward was happy to put off my immortality for a bit. Ithought 19 was a good enough age, and the Volturi probably would not bother mebefore then. They measured things in vampire years, after all. Plus, I was prettysure that if I had some time, I could convince him to change me himself withoutthe marriage condition. Edward suggested traveling for a while since I already hadan alibi for the fall, and I was open to anything so long as we did it together.I had not talked to Jacob since that terrible night, and was trying my best toforget about him. Sometimes I faltered, like when I unthinkingly mentioned him toAngela three weeks ago when she needed a mechanic. My heart ached a littleafterwards.______________________Edward’s POV:I was enjoying watching Bella sleep, like usual, when I realized that I leftsomething at my house for her. It was an antique necklace that matched theengagement ring she refused to look at or acknowledge. They both belonged to mymother. I did not really understand Bella’s problem with worldly commitments, butI figured I should start small.I scanned the area for conscious thoughts before I could jump out of her windowand get it. It was silly; the chances of someone seeing me in the dark, unblurred,for a fraction of a second was extremely unlikely. It was very late at night. ButI did not like to take chances when I could help it.There was no one awake in her neighborhood. I let myself wander farther out ofcuriosity. Someone was driving through town. They were thinking about pinacoladas. And getting caught in the rain. What the hell? This is what I get forsearching out of boredom.I was about to close myself off to all thoughts when I got the most horrifyingimage from a different mind. It was even worse than the one Alice saw of me with adrained Bella. In this, Bella was mangled beyond repair and death was not comingsoon enough for her. She was being tortured.I ripped myself away from the picture. I had to stop myself from crying out inpain so I would not wake Bella. Who would think such horrible things? Whoever theywere, they were close, so I had no choice but to submerge myself back into thedespicable thoughts.Mixed with Bella, there were images of James. The feelings behind them were clear.Love. Devotion. Revenge.NO!Victoria.I was such a fool to think that she had given up. That the return of the Cullenshad scared her away. I had no choice but to call the person who owed me nothing.Less than nothing. I used Bella’s phone.“Please have opposable thumbs right now…” I mumbled to myself as it rang.My hand was trembling with rage and fear when he picked up. I tried to keep myvoice low.