Let’s Re-Read Breaking Dawn Together! Chapter 36
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Chapter 36: Bloodlust
“They came with pageantry, with a kind of beauty. They came in a rigid, formal formation. They moved together, but it was not a march; they flowed in perfect synchronicity from the trees-a dark, unbroken shape that seemed to hover a few inches above the white snow, so smooth was the advance. This was almost my old nightmare. Thus far, the Volturi were too disciplined to show any emotion at all. They also showed no surprise or dismay at the collection of vampires that waited for them here-a collection that looked suddenly disorganized and unprepared in comparison. There were thirty-two of them. There were just nineteen of us who would fight, and then seven more to watch as we were destroyed. Even counting the ten wolves, they had us…”
This is it! 4 books later and it all boils down to this inevitable moment. The Volturi have arrived and they’ve brought along my beloved Marcus LOL!
Pg. 684-685 I searched in line for them now and had no difficulty picking out the two petite, deep gray cloaks near the heart of the arrangement. Alec and Jane, easily the smallest members of the guard, stood just to Marcus’s side, flanked by Demetri on the other. Aro, and Caius’s clouded red eyes flickered across our line. I read disappointment in Aro’s face as his gaze roved over our faces again and again, looking for one that was missing. In that moment I was nothing but grateful that Alice had run. “Edward?” Carlisle asked, low and anxious. “They’re not sure how to proceed. They’re weighing options, choosing key targets-me, of course, you, Eleazar, Tanya. Marcus is reading the strength of our ties to each other, looking for weak points. They’ve never been outnumbered before. That’s what’s stopped them. They don’t count their witnesses. Aro just enjoys an audience.” “Should I speak?” Carlisle asked. “This is the only chance you’ll get.” Carlisle squared his shoulders and paced several steps ahead of our defensive line. I hated to see him alone, unprotected. He spread his arms, holding his palms up as if in greeting. “Aro, my old friend. It’s been centuries.”
Pg.686-689 “Fair words, Carlisle. They seem out of place, considering the army you’ve assembled to kill my dear ones.” “You have but to touch my hand to know that was never my intent.” Aro’s shrewd eyes narrowed. “But how can your intent possibly matter, dear Carlisle, in the face of what you have done?” “I have not committed the crime you are here to punish me for.” “Then step aside and let us punish those responsible. Truly, Carlisle, nothing would please me more than to preserve your life today.” “No one has broken the law, Aro. Let me explain.” Again, Carlisle offered his hand. Sidebar-oh goodness, just as things were getting less stressful, old sourpuss Caius comes and ruins everything as usual. Before Aro could answer, Caius drifted swiftly forward to Aro’s side. “So many rules, so many unnecessary laws you create for yourself, Carlisle. How is it possible that you defend the breaking of one that truly matters?” “The law is not broke. If you would listen-“ “We see the child, Carlisle. Do not treat us as fools.” “She is not an immortal. She is not a vampire. I can easily prove this with just a few moments-“ Caius cut him off. “If she is not of the forbidden, then why have you massed a battalion to protect her?” “Witnesses, Caius, just as you have brought. Any one of these friends can tell you the truth about the child. Or you could just look at her, Caius. See the flesh of human blood in her cheeks.” “Artifice!” Caius snapped. “Where is the informer? Let her come forward! You! Come!” Irina stared at him uncomprehendingly, her face like that of someone who has not entirely awakened from a hideous nightmare. She stopped several yards short, her eyes still on her sisters. Caius closed the distance between them and slapped her across the face. “Is this the child you saw? The one that was obviously more than human?” Irina peered at us, examining Renesmee for the first time since entering the clearing. “Well?” Caius snarled. “I…I’m not sure.” “What do you mean?” “She’s not the same, but I think it’s the same child. What I mean is she’s changed. This child is bigger than the one I saw, but-“ Caius’s furious gasp crackled though his suddenly bared teeth, Irina broke off without finishing. Aro flitted to Caius’s side and put a restraining hand on his shoulder. “Be composed, brother. We have time to sort this out. No need to be hasty.” “Now, sweetling, Show me what you’re trying to say.” Uncertainly, Irina took his hand. He held hers for only five seconds. From the corner of his eye, Aro glanced at his audience, his mob, and then turned back to Carlisle. “And so we have a mystery on our hands, it seems. It would appear the child has grown. Yet Irina’s first memory was clearly that of an immortal child. Curious.” “That’s exactly what I’m trying to explain,” Carlisle said. Aro hesitated for a moment. “I would rather have the explanation from someone more central to the story, my friend. Am I wrong to assume that this breach was not of your making?” “There was no breach.” “Be that as it may I will have every facet of the truth. And the best way to get that is to have the evidence directly from your talented son. As the child clings to his newborn mate, I’m assuming Edward is involved.” Edward turned quickly to kiss my forehead and Renesmee’s, not meeting my eyes. Then he strode across the snowy field, clapping Carlisle on the shoulder as he passed.
Pg. 690-691 I saw Jane smile as Edward crossed the midpoint in the distance between us, when he was closer to them than he was to us. That smug little smile did it. My fury peaked, higher even than the raging bloodlust I’d felt the moment the wolves had committed to this doomed fight I could taste madness on my tongue. My muscles tightened, and I acted automatically. I threw my shield with all the force in my mind, flung it across the impossible expanse of the field-ten times my best distance-like a javelin. I held there, contracting this new muscle so that it closely surrounded Edward, a thin but unbreakable sheet between his body and our enemies.
Pg. 692-695 Here it is, the moment we all wished for! Bella realizes she must unshield Edward so that Aro can read him. Here goes… With an untroubled smile, Aro took Edward’s hand. Every secret thought, every strategy, every insight-everything. Edward has heard in the minds around him during the last month-was now Aro’s. “You see?” Edward asked, his velvet voice calm. “Yes, I see, indeed,” Aro agreed, and amazingly, he sounded almost amused. “You have given me much to ponder, young friend. Much more than I expected. May I meet her?” Aro asked-almost-pleaded-with sudden eager interest. “I never dreamed of the existence of such a thing in all my centuries. What an addition to our histories!” Caius hissed in surprise at his words. “Will you introduce me to your daughter?” Aro asked Edward again. Aro released his hand. Edward turned back toward us, and Aro joined him, throwing one arm casually over Edward’s shoulder like they were the best of friends-all the while maintaining contact with Edward’s skin. “Perhaps you should bring a few members of your guard with us,” Edward suggested. “It will make them more comfortable.” Aro nodded as if this was a wise observation he should have thought of himself. He snapped his fingers. “Felix, Demetri.” The two vampires were at his side instantaneously, looking perfectly precisely the same as the last time I’d met them. “Bella,” Edward called. “Bring Renesmee…and a few friends.” “Jacob? Emmett?” I asked quietly. Emmett because he would be dying to go. Jacob, because he wouldn’t be able to bear being left behind. Sidebar-why didn’t she call on Jasper? Oh yeah…HE LEFT US UGH! Sorry I had to get that little tantrum out. Both nodded. Emmett grinned.
Pg. 696-700 This chapter ends with Aro finally meeting the reason behind all of this mess…little miss sunshine herself…Renesmee Cullen. “Interesting company you keep,” Demetri murmured to Edward. For a moment we faced each other in silence. Then Felix greeted me in a low aside. “Hello again, Bella.” “Hey, Felix.” Felix chuckled. “You look good. Immortality suits you.” “Thank you so much.” You’re welcome. It’s too bad…” “Yes, too bad, isn’t it?” Felix winked. Aro paid no attention to our exchange. He leaned his head to one side, fascinated. “I hear her strange heart. I smell her strange scent. In truth, young Bella, immortality does become you most extraordinarily. It is as if you were designed for this life.” I nodded once in acknowledgement of his flattery. “You liked my gift?” “It’s beautiful and very, very generous of you. Thank you. I probably should have sent a note.” Aro laughed delightedly. “May I greet your daughter, lovely Bella?” Aro met us, his face beaming. “But she is exquisite. So like you and Edward. Hello, Renesmee.” Renesmee looked at me quickly. I nodded. “Hello, Aro.” Aro’s eyes were bemused. “What is it?” Caius hissed from behind. “Half mortal, half immortal. Conceived so, and carried by this newborn while she was still human.” “Impossible,” Caius scoffed. “Do you think they’ve fooled me, then, brother? Is the heartbeat you hear a trickery as well? I know well how you love your justice, but there is no justice in acting against this unique little one for her parentage. And so much to learn, so much to learn! We came expecting only justice and the sadness of false friends, but look what we have gained instead! A new, bright knowledge of ourselves, our possibilities.” Sidebar- I like to read in-between the lines. So is Aro hinting at the possibility of having vampire males produce with human women to create these hybrid children? Ok, I’m officially done with Mr. Aro. He held out his hand to Renesmee in invitation. But this was not what she wanted. She leaned away from me, stretching upward, to touch her fingertips to Aro’s face. His smiled widened, and he sighed in satisfaction. “Brilliant,” he whispered. “Please?” she asked him. His smile turned gentle. “Of course I have no desire to harm your loved ones, precious Renesmee.” Aro’s voice was so comforting and affectionate; it took me in for a second. And then I heard Edward’s teeth grind together and, far behind us Maggie’s outraged hiss at the lie. Edward hissed and leaned forward. I clutched at his arm, wondering what could be in Aro’s thoughts that would make him react so violently, while Felix and Demetri slipped into crouches in synchronization. Aro waved them off again. “So much to discuss,” Aro said, his tone suddenly that of an inundated businessman. “So much to decide. If you and your furry protector will excuse me, my dear Cullens, I must confer with my brothers.”
*I’m weak and tired. This is all again too much! My muscles are aching. Why does Aro always prolong things? Is he a drama queen? And Caius needs a V8, he is sooo bitter. I love how Aro is trying to fight off Renesmee’s charm. If she can charm the pants off of a thousand-year-old vampire, then she is truly something special! Let’s discuss!
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