Chapter 69: The Turning Visions
I was looking at myself in the form of the Goddess Elemental. She was smiling brightly as I went to her. She hugged me tightly, then placed her hands on my tummy, "You did superbly, My Goddess. Everything went perfectly with the ritual and your mates making the bites. Prophecy and the other girls are making your shaman outfit as we speak. They are very well organized, My Goddess.”
At my answering smile, she continued, “Your protector is very strong. His strength will be doubled when your turning is complete. He will gain strength as you do, since your connection will only become more tightly bound. He will be an excellent leader for your shifter army. He will never leave your side unless you order it of him. Your place in any fight will be upon his back, so Prophecy will need to make out the sketches for his battle gear. It must be made by the God of War, God of Destruction, and Goddess of Discord and Chaos. No one else may touch it until it is complete, but they must not complete the battle gear until after you get to Texas. The shaman will show you. Let the shaman guide you.”
At my nod, she continued with a beaming smile. “Now, as for these two, they are perfect. You need not fear for them during this time. Your Carlisle and Messenger will take care of all that needs to be done. Your job, during this time, is to meditate. Speak to them quickly. Let them know they will have to do all of your moving for you. You will still be responsive, but they will need to do all of your positioning. As soon as you tell them, start your meditation. You must hurry."
I nodded, kissed her cheek, then felt myself returning to the bedroom. My mates were hovering over me, so I whispered, "Must meditate. You'll all have to move my positions when needed... I won't be able to. Goddess spoke to me. Babies are fine... I have to... meditate now. Love you... my mates."
My eyes slipped closed again as I saw the loving looks on their faces.
I was running beside Jake through the Texas property. I was no longer pregnant, but I knew my babies were safe with my mates. I pushed off the side of a rock, laughing as I flipped myself up onto Jake's back with ease. He barked a laugh, so I scratched his ear, "Yes, it's time to formally present them. Let's go, so we can meet up with everyone."
He turned sharply, heading toward a field we used for practice. When we got there, all of the shifter tribes were sitting in their animal form around the clearing. Wolves, bears, buffalo, coyotes, falcons, jaguars, panthers... and the last three... red foxes from Australia, great horned owls from the Amazon, and white tigers from Siberia. Wow.
There were also many vampires congregated, and they all looked happy. Jake stopped just inside the line of trees to make one very menacing bark. Instantly, every eye was trained on him. Every shifter and vampire in the field, other than my five vampires, bowed or dropped their heads... whichever fit their form better.
My five all walked toward us from the eastern treeline, heads held high. Jake and I met them in the middle of the field. Char was holding two small bundles, one in each arm. Our sons.
I smiled widely from my spot on Jake's back as he dropped to his belly. Char handed them to me, then Jake stood back up to his full height. I looked down at my sons, smiling proudly as I kissed their foreheads. They looked exactly like their Daddies and I. They were truly breathtaking.
I looked back to my mates who had positioned themselves around Jake. Char was to my left, Peter to my right, Major in front. I noticed Alice and Edward flank Jake's hind quarters. Alice was on the right, and Edward on the left.
We all went forward as I called proudly, "We've gathered here to formally present our two sons. All of you have watched as my pregnancy progressed, all of you gathered as they were born. Now is the time for us to present them to you. Meet Jaiden Nicholas and Preston Alexander Whitlock!"
Cheers and animal calls erupted through the whole clearing. Jasper came to take Jaiden, Peter to take Preston, then we all walked around the field for everyone to see the babies. Everyone was excited to see them, and they all congratulated us. Edward was relaying the congratulations from the tribes, while Jake nodded to certain ones from each tribe. I suspect they were the leaders of their packs.
I noted which ones he nodded to, then filed it away. Once we got the whole way through the introduction, the vision faded to black.
I whispered out as I heard Jasper talking to Peter in the bedroom, "They're beautiful... Jaiden Nicholas and Preston Alexander... they're so beautiful. We were formally presenting them to our army."
I felt both of them kiss me, then heard them say, "Those are perfect names for our strong boys."
I smiled, but didn't open my eyes, "The last three tribes of the nine... great horned owls from the Amazon, red foxes from Australia, and the most beautiful white tigers from Siberia. They all listen to Jake. All mind link to the protector. He's the leader of our shifter army."
I felt Jake lick my palms and felt his muzzle against my tummy. "My protector. Our bond will grow immensely. You will be my mighty wolf. So strong and beautiful. So deadly when needed. No shifter in the histories will ever match your strength and power."
I smiled, then another vision hit.
I felt my power flare as I saw Victoria's face. We were in position on the battlefield. She had just called for the attack. I flipped onto Jake's back as the rest of the front line flipped onto their wolves’ backs, which was the signal for our shifters to make themselves known.
I growled menacingly at her, "You might want to back the fuck off for a second, and really take a look around, Vicky. You've fucked with the wrong Goddess for too long. You see all those huge fucking animals surrounding your pitiful little excuse for an army? Yeah, that's my army, Bitch... along with the wolves and all of the vampires on my side of the field."
Her eyes went wide as all of her army started getting that flight feeling Major was pushing to them. I laughed loudly, "You didn't even know. You all passed right through them, thinking no one could best you. Your little enchanted jewelry pieces didn't warn you. You thought you could defeat my family in the name of James, but I have proof that you were nothing to him. He told me himself, while he video taped my torture. You were useful to him, but as he broke my bones and tortured me, he flat-out told me he had no need or want for a mate. His game was his life... his mate. You've fucked with my life for long enough, and Now. I’m. Pissed."
My eyes flared, my power reverberated through the field, then the vision went black.
I whispered into the air of the bedroom, "Vicky's shaking in her disgusting fur coat on the battlefield. She called for the attack, but I stopped her... our side flipped onto the main wolves' backs as I growled. It signalled the other tribes to come in and surround her army. Major's freaking them the hell out, dishing out the feeling for them to flee, while Vicky gets to hear how she fucked with the wrong goddess."
I heard my mates laugh, then Peter said, "That's my Kitten. Turns into a tigress when she's pissed."
I smiled, "Oh, I was pissed, and she knew she wasn't getting out of there alive."
I heard a round of everyone whispering, "Yes," as I slipped into another vision.
I was invisible to three men in a stone-walled study. I was in the Italian castle. I tuned into the conversation as I walked closer.
The three men were talking in hushed voices. The one behind the desk said in an irritated tone, "We know she has shown herself, but where? Where is she? She can not be hiding herself that well. She must have Eleazar and his coven with her, but why has Demetri not been able to track him? This is infuriating! We know that she was behind the sudden change in the Seattle disaster. How was she able to take out that many vampires? And with enchanted jewels? Caius, what are your teams up to?"
The blonde said in frustration, "Aro, you know my teams have been scouring the Americas and Canada, area by area, looking for her. They are leaving no stone unturned, which takes time. If you would give me another team, the search might go more quickly."
Aro snapped, "We do not have the resources for that. I have already put us short on security here with your two teams, my two in Europe and Asia, Marcus' two in Africa and Australia, plus the team in Antarctica. Every continent is being scoured. How is noone finding one measly elemental! I want her under my thumb, and it needs to be soon. She will be mine! Find her! Take her mates from her, if you have to!"
My power flared wildly as the vision went black, then I growled menacingly into the bedroom, "Aro, Marcus, and Caius in the castle study. They'll know Seattle's defeat was my doing. They'll have a team on each continent scouring for our location, with Demetri trying to track Eleazar and his coven. We have to work on my shielding first thing. He needs shielded from Demetri's gift, or they'll find us before we're ready."
My growl got worse, "Called me a measly elemental. Said I would be under his thumb… to find me, take my mates from me. He's going to die very slowly, and I'm going to be the one to torture him."
I felt my mates trying to calm me while Jake licked my palms, "Darlin', it's not good for you to get this worked up. No one can take us from you... think of Jaiden and Preston, Darlin'. They need you to stay relaxed right now."
Peter whispered as he kissed my neck, "He's right. Think of the babies, Kitten. Ya need to calm down. Your mates are here with ya, and no one can take us away. Jake and the pack won't let it happen if anyone tries."
I took a really deep breath, then slowly let it out. I did that several times as I felt my growl dissipating. Finally it stopped altogether, then I heard them all let out breaths of relief. Edward whispered, "There we go, Sweetheart. Time for your massage. We'll try to keep you breathing deeply. Sync your breaths with my hands on your body, Sweetheart. That's right... slow and steady."
I slipped into another vision as my breaths synced to Edward's motions.
I saw many things throughout the first 8 hours of my transformation. Many were tactical related, fight related, or informational. Each one gave me things to look for, things to practice, or things to show Alice.
I got many visions related to the tribes and their reasons for being here, helping me feel more comfortable with them coming so soon. I knew better than to let my guard down, but it helped to know what had them coming to us.
I also saw flashes of many vampire faces. I had the feeling that most of them were on the level, but a few kept popping back in. I kept feeling unease with each one of them. I opened myself wide as I whispered, "Edward who are these vampires?"
I replayed the ones that gave me an uneasy feeling. He listed their names as each one popped up. "Aaron from a European coven, Felix of the Volturi, Jacqueline a Russian nomad, Demetri of the Volturi, Xander from an Egyptian coven, Jane of the Volturi. Sweetheart, what are these flashes relating to?"
I whispered in reply, "I'm getting flashes of many vampires, but these kept popping up several times. I don't like the feeling I get with these faces. We must not trust these six. I want you to relay the pictures to Alice as soon as my turning is complete. I want their faces on posters, and all the shifters to know those faces. They are to be captured and held if they are seen. No questions, no time for them to get away. Demetri is a tracker, and Jane is a pain dealer. Both are mental, so that's all the more reason to work on my shields. If we can shield from Jane, that would make it easier for us to capture her. The three Volturi can not be allowed to leave alive. If they get back to Aro, we're fucked. Must capture the six... don't kill unless there's no other option. Vampire proof cells need to be constructed on the Texas property as soon as possible. We need to ask the shaman... he knows what to do. Ask the shaman... trust the shaman. Jake's battle gear... the shaman knows. The shaman will guide you."
After that, my vision went black for several hours, so I just stayed centered as I felt my power grow. I felt as Char cleaned me, Carlisle checked me, Edward massaged me, Peter and Jasper took turns holding my body upright for Edward to work his magic, and my mates fed from me.
I never felt the burn everyone claimed to feel during the change. I felt home... I felt my mates... I felt my lovers and caretakers. I had a sense of peace and rightness. I could feel when the wolves would switch off at shift change. I felt Jake licking my palms and nuzzling his nose at my tummy. I sensed Jake's power and strength growing with mine, so I knew we would be one hell of a team with my mates.
A few hours before my change was complete, I started slipping in and out of visions again. I cataloged everything I could about them. Some had to do with Maria, some with the Volturi, and some with future events.
I felt as they lifted me into the metal vampire cuffs at the start of the last hour, knew that only the balls of my feet were touching the ground. I heard the sounds of hammering and a drill, but didn't know what that was about.
My powers flared in the last few minutes of the final vision, then I heard the clinking of metal and screaming. I couldn't tell who it was at first, but then realised it was me fighting against the cuffs and chains.
When the final vision faded, I took a deep breath. I could smell so many things. Not only did I smell coconut, mango, apples, cinnamon, peaches, vanilla, raspberries, chocolate, orange marmalade, and candied apricots, but also leather, tobacco, jasmine, maple syrup, wildflowers, old parchment and ink, magnolias, the ocean, the sun... the sun has a scent?... moss, cherry blossoms, and so much more.
I inhaled deeply, a purr rumbling up out of my chest as the scents all swirled in my head. "I smell my mates," I sighed, "But so much more, too. This is amazing. One of you step forward to let me get your true scent, now that I smell so much more, please."
I felt someone come close, then a hand on my cheek. I nuzzled into the hand, saying softly, "Coconut, mango, ocean, jasmine, sun, magnolia, white sand, and a hint of volcanic rock. Mmm, my Island Oasis."
I opened my eyes, looking into the eyes of my beautiful Char. I leaned my head forward, so she kissed me softly. She backed up with a smile, then I closed my eyes again. "Okay, who's next?"
Another person came forward to put a hand on my cheek, but I instantly said, "Not a mate. Candied apricots, maple syrup, tobacco, old parchment, ink, cherry blossoms... Hi, Carlisle."
I smiled as I opened my eyes to see his huge grin. He leaned in and kissed me softly, then retreated.
I closed my eyes again. Seconds later, I felt a hand on my cheek. I inhaled, then hummed in pleasure, "I'd know this scent anywhere. Apples, cinnamon, leather, passion flower, moss after a fresh rain, fire... an open bonfire, a hint of something spicy... red pepper, and, umm... sex. I don't know any other way to describe it. It's very appealing... makes me want to just jump you, my Passionate Peter."
Before I could open my eyes, he was kissing me with an extreme amount of passion. I moaned into the kiss, "Oh, you'll get your time soon. Just let me finish my little experiment."
He chuckled as I looked at him lovingly. He backed away as my eyes closed again.
I felt another hand on my cheek, so I inhaled. I smiled, "I slept curled into this scent for months. Orange marmalade, wildflowers, worn leather like a baseball mitt, hot chocolate, meadow grass, and fresh baked rye bread. Hi, Edward."
I opened my eyes to see his smiling face. He kissed me softly, then retreated. As I closed my eyes, I said, "Come here, Cowboy. Let me take you in."
He instantly had his nose in my neck, so I buried mine in his shoulder. I whispered, "There you are, My Love. Peaches and vanilla, nutmeg, Texas redbud, the fresh air in the south... the air smells different in the north... sweet tea, black walnut, and gun powder."
I opened my eyes as he whispered into my skin, "You smell exquisite, Darlin'. God I love you so much. How are Jaiden and Preston?"
I smiled as he pecked my lips and backed up just enough to look at me. He kept his arms around me as I said, "Feel, they're moving now."
His hand flashed to my tummy, then he smiled widely. "I still need Carlisle to check me over fully, though, plus Edward needs to do one last work up on my hips and stuff. I feel that the babies are fine, though. They got a lot stronger during my change. Edward and Carlisle will need to feed from me after they finish their checks. We need to make sure that blood and milk are both still flowing, then I need blood and energy both. We'll explain the relationships to the Denali clan, then we can all go out with them for a hunt. When they feed, I'll take the energy from their kills. Jake, if you're hungry, you should get something while we explain everything to them.”
He growled, so Edward translated, "No... he says he'll hunt with them. You can take the energy before he eats. He's hunted in wolf form before, and he doesn't mind it at all. He says he doesn't feel right about changing back yet, but he is hungry."
I nodded, "Okay, Jake. You don't have to change back. We'll do it your way. Just take down something big. I need the energy."
He barked a laugh, then Jasper whispered into my neck. "Are you okay for me to take you out of the cuffs now? I thought you were going to break out of them the last few minutes of your change."
I smiled, "Yes, I'm in control now. It was just my powers flaring. I didn't even realise I was pulling against the chains or screaming at first. I only realised that after a minute or two. I had to get my powers to level out before I would calm down. I'm fine now, though."
He kissed me, nipped my bottom lip, then released me from my cuffs. I flattened my feet against the wood floor as Jasper and Peter massaged my arms. I smiled, then they led me to the bed.