Chapter Thirteen

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Damn you, ever-nagging plot bunnies ... I just can't get this one out of my head. I am focusing on one story, but I wanted to get a foundation on this new one. So, here we go ... This will be similar to Buying Love, Friends with Benefits, Mafia Princess and The One That Got Away, with shorter chapters and weekly updates: Sundays with teasers on Thursday.

The training will continue next chapter. Emmett will work with them and they will learn that collaborating as a team is the best way to fight these dark, evil creatures. Carmen will see that ... and well, let's just say she'll get a nice serving of crow. She is their biggest advocate, but she's old school. Also, Edward will be introduced to the magical community as their leader. How will that impact everything?

And what about the darkness? The evil? Jacob? Aro and their compatriots.

Chapter Thirteen

EPOV

I worked with Bella, showing her the combinations that Emmett showed me. She was a quick study, but she couldn't really fight quite yet. She was still healing from her latest ordeal with Jacob and I didn't want to hurt her. I could tell that she was afraid of me hitting her, but I could never do that. It killed me to even fathom hitting a woman.

I understood the fae mentality of revering their females. They were something special and should be cherished.

But, I refused to deny my mate the right for vengeance and the ability to protect herself. I would do it for her, but having her by my side meant more than anything.

As the sun began to dip in the sky, Emmett ended our training session. "Make sure you drink a lot of water and stretch out," he said. "Tomorrow, we'll work with having you guys be a team. Also, there are some magical weapons you both need to be trained on. Edward, you have your father's scimitars and Bella, you'll be trained with a staff."

"A staff?" Bella growled.

Emmett held up one finger and ran to a shed. He removed the staff, tossing it to her. She caught it deftly. "Flip your left wrist," he commanded. Bella did so and four very brutal looking blades popped out. "Use your power." The blades burned white hot. "They will not melt. As they get hotter, the stronger they get."

"This is doable," Bella said. "Edward, can you help cool them down?" I blew a cool breeze and the blades returned to their normal color before disappearing into the ebony wood. "How do you know this, Emmett? You were just as clueless as all of us."

"Eleazar filled me in. He was supposed to be the one to train us, but when his powers were exhausted in the final battle prior to your father's death, he wrote everything down. He gave me that information and I devoured it last night," Emmett shrugged.

"When?" Rose asked. "We ... um, mated, for almost four hours ... uh, last night."

Emmett beamed, kissing Rose and smacking her ass affectionately. "You crashed, baby. I was wired, so I read and absorbed all this information. It's so fucking cool." He looked back at me. "And Edward, the history of the fae ... no words, man."

"I have a lot of homework to do," I snorted. "On top of maintaining the human façade. Damn."

"Speaking of which, you're going back to work on Monday," Carmen said, strolling out of the castle. "So am I. You've got the rest of the weekend to attend magical matters. Like, introducing yourself to the North American magical community. I've scheduled a livestream on the intranet for tomorrow evening."

"We have an intranet? And a livestream?" I squeaked. "And what do I say? Hey, I'm Edward Cullen. I'm your leader."

Carmen gave me a wry look. "Edward, really?"

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