with humans always finding some explanation, no matter how mysterious the deaths, even an armyisn't really risking exposure.
“Not that the covens in the South care much for what the humans notice or do not,” he said, bothcontinuing his story aloud, and finishing his silent thoughts to me. I didn't want to admit it, but it allmade too much sense. And if it was an army of newborns we were up against, I wasn't sure wewould be able to stop them before the Volturi stepped in.“It's the Volturi that keep them in check,” Jasper said, having come to the same conclusion asmyself.
And thank goodness for that,
he thought, then quickly added,
when he felt my anxiety.Jasper had always been grateful for the existence of the Volturi, and even knowing that they wouldcome to destroy us, to destroy
couldn't take away his respect for them.“They are the only ones the southern covens fear. If not for the Volturi, the rest of us would bequickly exposed.” He was still speaking to Bella, but for a moment it felt more like he wasdefending his feelings toward the Volturi to me. To some extent I could understand. With all thehorrors he'd seen, it must have granted him at least a certain amount of peace, knowing there was anend – that there were still rules and limits to what would be tolerated among the power-crazed,ravenous villains he lived with.Bella listened silently, her breathing steady but shallow, as Jasper explained how different thecovens in the South are, compared to those who live up North. They truly lived as vampires, thekind from humans' stories and legends. They came out at night, and had no regard for human life. Ikept watching, gauging her reactions, but her expression remained undeniably relaxed, and it wasn'tuntil Jasper spoke of war that she spoke.“But what are they fighting for?” she asked, her voice barely a whisper.“Remember the map with the red dots?” he asked her. She nodded nervously, and Jasper sensedhow greatly I wanted him to stop.
She's fine, Edward. I've been keeping a steady calm flowing in her direction, but she barely needs it anymore. She's... fascinated.