Title: Seeds Sown
Sequel to: Diary of Jane
Characters/Pairings: Chloe/Alec, Jane, Aro, Cullens, Jacob Black
Disclaimer: I do not own.
Summary:After a vision of future destruction, Chloe goes to Forks to ruin any chances of it coming true...and maybe plant the seeds for a future alliance with the vegetarians and skinwalkers... If a jealous Alec will LET her, that is...
Written for my Paranormal25 150 Prompt Table. Prompt of the Day # 42: Skinwalker
A/N: I’m basing Vampire!Chloe’s personality off of Madelyn!Chloe, from the Smallville Episode “Spell”.
Warning: This story is not Bella-friendly.
Chloe hadn’t really known what to expect, but she hadn’t expected for the one who read minds to appear across the street from her the moment she stepped out of the junkyard.
Obviously Aro had talked to Carlisle, and Carlisle had asked his son to come greet her---and listen to her thoughts and get a feel for her and why she was there.
Chloe just gave him a pleasant smile and started singing a song in her mind, managing to obviously confuse and surprise the vampire into hesitating before crossing the road towards her.
“Hello.” She reached out her hand towards him. “I am Chloe. You must be a part of Carlisle’s coven.”
“Yes.” He nodded, reaching for her hand and shaking it. “I am Edward.”
She smiled brighter, now having his name. “I’m sorry for the inconvenience.”
“No, it’s not an inconvenience.” Edward shook his head, still wary of her, and yet more curious now than wary. “It’s been a long time since Carlisle heard from Aro…”
“And he’s wary, as you are too. You probably all are.” She motioned for him to lead the way as they began to walk. “It makes sense. I’m just arriving out of the blue and you probably think I’m here on a mission from the Volturi concerning your coven or something.”
“It had crossed my mind.” Edward announced truthfully, giving a little smile. “But Alice would have seen that if that was your intention for coming here.”
“Ah, right, the sister who sees intentions and their consequences.” Chloe nodded, clasping her hands in front of her and noticing with amusement the stares she was attracting with her clothes. “Is there anywhere you can take me to buy human clothes? These---they seem to cause a stir here. No one bats an eyelash in Europe.”
“You sound American.” He noticed, not answering her first question.
“Originally from Kansas.” She replied, amused at his attempt to get out of a shopping trip.
“If you don’t mind me asking---what do you do?” Edward asked, motioning towards a silver Volvo parked a little distance.
“What do you mean?” She asked, knowing what he was asking.
“The Volturi, Aro especially, are known for collecting
vampires they believe special. And if Aro himself called Carlisle to ask him to take care of you and show you the ‘horrors’ of the ‘misguided’ life vegetarians live…you must be a part of the Inner Circle.”
Chloe giggled at the wording that was just so Aro. “I’m the daughter Sulpicia had when she was still human.”
Edward turned to look at her in shock.
She nodded. “Apparently Sulpicia felt guilty, and Aro felt like obliging her, so it was decided that when I became of age I’d be changed so that I could live with Sulpicia.”
“You don’t call her mother.” Edward noticed.
“She left her husband and I when I was barely a year old, and I didn’t meet her until after I was kidnapped and sired on my sixteenth birthday. I don’t remember a mother.” Chloe responded apathetically. “I know Sulpicia though. She is…a good friend.”
He eyed her oddly at that.
“They made me their daughter, Aro and Sulpicia, and I see the future, so both things facilitated my entering the Inner Circle.” She finally responded, giving Edward a long, sorrowful look, letting her thoughts drift in a direction that was beneficial to her.Poor soul. If only he knew what his future held for him.
She looked away and sighed, not needing to see his face to know that he’d stiffened, his eyes widening as he ‘heard’ those thoughts.
“I enjoy it, my life there.” She continued on as if she hadn’t thought something that had shaken him so badly. “I was very curious when Aro told me about your lifestyle though, and I have to admit, I can’t see why you would choose to live your lives drinking from animals.”Especially since, without our protection, you won’t be living much longer. You nor the other covens.
She looked at the car, pretending not to notice how he’d frozen, falling behind her. “I’ve never driven in a Volvo before. Aro is almost completely prejudiced against anything that isn’t a Jaguar. Says we’re predators and we should drive cars that show it.”To think humans are going to be the destruction of them…the very thing they refuse to hurt. The irony.
Edward grabbed her arm and turned her to face him.
Chloe looked at him in surprised innocence. “What are you doing?”
“Why do you want to know about our coven?”
“I told you.” She narrowed her eyes at him. “I’m curious about vegetarians.”And I want to see them in their natural habitat before they go extinct.
His grip tightened on her arm before he let go. “I’m—sorry. That was wrong of me.”
“Yes, it was
.” She agreed, rubbing said arm, which was throbbing slightly. “Be grateful that Alec isn’t here. He would have dissected you for touching me so.”
“You are close to Alec?” Edward asked, eyeing her oddly. “This is surprising. From what we had heard he and his twin were close to none but Aro. … Is he your mate?”
The blush that covered her cheeks and the embarrassment that marred her features were probably the fist genuine emotions she’d showed since arriving in Forks. “He is not my mate!” She refused to look at Edward. “He was my protector when I was a human, and my mentor when I was a fledgling. He grew…used to me.”Even though he can’t see me as a woman, only a child! The idiot.
That was a genuine thought, not fabricated to lure Edward into her trap.
“So, how exactly does your power work?” Edward surprised her by asking. “Alice can see what the future could be due to people’s choices. What about yours? It must be boring to be able to know about yourself and your future.”
She snorted. “I don’t---see my future. Not really.” She hugged herself, despite not being cold. “I can see how something in the future would affect me, but not me, not really. Especially not if I try to force it.”
“But you can see the future of those around you.” He pressed.
“I see the future of what I want to see, or need to see.” She nodded. “And how it might affect me.”
She smirked at the wording. “You could say so.”
“So if I asked you what the future of my coven was…”
She let herself think of death and destruction, of diamond-skinned families with golden eyes falling at the hands of humans with special guns developed to pierce their shield-like skin and destroy them.
Edward’s face went horrified.
Chloe wasn’t looking at him, schooling her features to blankness. “I would tell you that I only work for the Volturi
He was silent, visibly shaken by the violence and death in her thoughts.
They entered the Volvo, Edward opening the door for her, and drove in silence, Chloe looking out of the window, refusing to let a thought enter her mind, and giving Edward time to soak in the horrifying picture she’d painted for him to see in her thoughts.
When they finally reached the Cullen’s home, it was nothing like the palace Chloe lived in with the Volturi…but she loved it nonetheless. It was up in the mountains, above the clouds, and sunlight was finally able to pierce through the clouds.
She’d giggled, racing out of the car towards the beam of warmth, dancing in a circle and pulling off her gloves, letting the sunlight reflect off of her skin like a million diamonds in the snow.
It surprised her how much she’d missed the sunlight.
Only when she realized that she was being watched, did Chloe go still, a bit embarrassed, and turned to see that there were other vampires standing next to Edward, most of them watching her in amusement, a blond female with a smirk.
Clearing her throat, Chloe schooled her features to a Volturi blankness, and walked towards them, bowing her head slightly. “Olympic Coven. Thank you for opening your doors to me. I will try not to impose for long.”
“You were so…happy…in the sunlight.” A tall male with blonde hair looked confused at her. “Why?”
She was genuinely confused at the question. “Why not?”
“In the sunlight…” Edward answered slowly, face conflicted. “We’re shown for what we truly are.”
“I know.” She replied, as if speaking to a child. “That is why
I love the sunlight.” The blonde untied her cloak and rested it over her arm. “Why should we be ashamed of what we are?”
The blonde female eyed her curiously.
The pixie-like female frowned slightly. “But the Volturi are the ones who believe most in not letting humans know of our existence.”
Chloe let her thoughts go to carnage once more, to death and to humans with the weapons the Volturi knew
they were creating, knew
were strong enough to kill a vampire.
Edward and the blonde male both stiffened visibly.
“Because, for now, we are safer that way.” Chloe finally answered the vampire’s question seriously, truthfully. “Not
because we are ashamed of what we are.”
Introductions were then made, and Chloe officially met the rest of the Cullens. They were…intriguing, and she thought the golden hue of their eyes exceptionally pretty, but that was about it. She didn’t think a change in eye color would be enough to make her change her diet of human blood.
“You’re not vegetarian.” Rosalie pointed out bluntly. “And I don’t think you really want to be. So why are you here?”
Chloe met her gaze dead on. “I wasn’t a vegetarian as a human, and I don’t see why I should be a vegetarian as a vampire. But that doesn’t mean I’m not curious about the ones who prefer Tofu.”
That answer was true.
Rosalie gave her a look before nodding. “You should come with us on a hunt. We plan on going as a family tomorrow. You should join us. See how we live.”
Emmet, her husband, looked surprised at the invitation his wife was offering.
Chloe smiled at the thought. “I would like that, very much. Ever since sired I have been…protected
…its only today that I have ever used my vampiric skills in speed and endurance and not just relied on fast cars and drivers. I’m used to being catered to—to an annoying degree, and I think I will enjoy roughing
Alice smirked at the wording.
Rosalie looked intrigued and a little enthralled at the realization of the luxuries in Chloe’s life.
Esme smiled and ushered Chloe in. “You are welcome to stay with us as long as you wish, darling. Come with us. Rosalie, Alice and I are going to have to take you shopping for some normal clothes.”
Chloe looked down at her dark gown. “Yes. We should.”
Alice giggled. “This will be so much fun!”
Chloe eyed her oddly before returning the smile.
She---she wasn’t used to vampires showing so much emotion. She was the one who usually showed the most emotion in the Volturi, and while it was odd they accepted it as a small price to have to pay for the use of her gift.
Edward eyed her oddly, before motioning with his head for the males to follow him, obviously wanting to share with them what he’d ‘gleaned’ from her mind.
Chloe restrained a smirk as she let the women shuffle her towards a lovely yellow Porshe 911 Turbo, which Alice happily announced was hers. The blonde got into the back seat with Esme, and wasn’t quite sure what shopping with these strange yet oddly interesting vampires was going to be like…but she was eager to find out.