Chapter Number: 32
Chapter Name: Company
Page Numbers: 607 – 628
Date of Chapter: December 16th, 2006 – mid December
Summary: With the arrival of Peter and Charlotte, more vampires and/or covens arrive over the next few weeks. We are introduced to the Ireland Coven followed by the Egyptian coven that arrive after Peter and Charlotte, found and sent by Carlisle and Esme. Then some nomad vampires that Carlisle knows (found by Emmett and Rosalie) arrive, first is Garrett, then Mary and Randall (who know each other but do not travel together). Carlisle and Esme return a few days prior to Emmett and Rosalie. Alistar arrives with Carlisle and Esme and prides himself on being very aloof and alone. Then two of the Amazon Coven arrive, sent by Alice much to the surprise of Carlisle and Rosalie since they couldn’t reach them. It seems the third member of the coven, Kachiri, is being kept back by Alice for some reason. Bella is amazed at how well Jacob takes to the company, however he is visually disturbed knowing that these vampires are hunting, just out side of the pack lines and although the pack protects humans, they were in essence condoning this behavior. Although the house is full, since no one sleeps, it works out, with Edward graciously lending cars as needed to provide transportation for those that are hunting outside the Cullen’s territory. It is reassuring to the Cullens, though they remind everyone they are there only to witness, many of the vampires arriving are “talented”, and Bella is interested in seeing and understanding those talents.
With the arrival of everyone, Bella starts to learn to fight with Edward. However, after an initial fight, Edward cannot teach her, he refuses. He is unable to look upon her for weakness; ways to kill her. So Bella starts to learn from Emmett, then other members of the witnesses. While she undertakes fight training day after day, she also works with Kate to learn how to expand her gift from herself. Bella starts to get better at protecting or insulating Edward from Kate’s talent, but Kate feels the need to make bigger strides of progress. She enlists Renesmee’s help, much to Bella’s chagrin, and we find that in Bella’s anger and desire to protect Renesmee, she finds the ability to truly start projecting her gift outward. It is amazing to all. Zafrina steps in with her gift (illusions) to help aid in the experience/training. Edward discovers that his gift works within the circle of protection but those outside of it, he can hear their thoughts, but they cannot use their gifts on him. Bella finds that expanding her gift for long, tires her mentally. It seems she needs to “exercise” her mind to build up the endurance for holding her shield and keeping it expanded.
An amusing interlude occurs while Bella relaxes; Garrett goes to flirt with Kate, asking her if her gift can truly lay a vampire flat on their back. With some witty banter back and forth, Kate offers her hand, palm up, for Garrett to touch her and find out how strong her gift is. He finds that the rumors are of course true and seems taken with Kate.
The chapter ends with the arrival of two Romanian vampires, referred to as what is left of the Romanian coven. It seems they ruled prior to being taken over by the Volturi (which seemed to cause the deaths of their coven members). Stefan and Vladimir assure Carlisle that they were not sent by anyone, but happen to hear of the situation and came to watch the Volturi be challenged. Carlisle vehemently denies they are trying to take down the Volturi, they only need witness so that they will be able to explain the situation and how they haven’t broken the laws. The Romanians do not care whether the Cullens are guilty or not, committed a crime or not, they will be witnesses while hoping to see the Volturi taken down in the process.
In the end, they had seventeen witnesses to supplement the family, the Cullens and the Denali clan’s eleven members (the Denali clan insisting on being considered part of the family). Thus creating a total of twenty-eight vampires to stand before the Volturi in hopes that they can make the Volturi pause and hear their case. Not all the vampires present were eager, Amun, his mate Kebi and Alistair were there against their better judgment, but they had committed to be witnesses. Along with the Romanians who focused only on their bitter resentment of the Volturi who overthrew their empire and seemed delighted in the alliance the Cullens had with the werewolves. It seemed the Romanians hoped that the Volturi had finally met their match.
Characters Involved: Bella Cullen, Edward Cullen, Jacob Black, Renesmee Cullen, Peter, Charlotte, Tanya, Carlisle, Sioban, Liam, Maggie, Amun, Benjamin, Tia, Kebi, Eleazar, Emmett Cullen, Rosalie Hale, Garrett, Mary, Randall, Esme Cullen, Alisair, Zafrina, Senna, Kate, Carmen, Stefan, Vladimir
Characters Mentioned: Leah Clearwater, Seth Clearwater, Quil, Embry Call, Sam Ulney, Alice Cullen, Jasper Hale, Aro, Demetri, Kachiri, Alec, Jane, Caius
Places Visited: The Cullen Residence living room and the yard.
“No way to keep it from Aro at this point. Centuries on the run, that’s what this will mean. Everyone Carlisle’s talked to in the last decade will be on their list. I can’t believe I got myself sucked into this mess. What a fine way to treat a friend.” Alistair grumbling to himself, loud enough for everyone to hear – page 612.
“Looking at you that way, analyzing you as a target. Seeing all the ways I can kill you…It just makes it too real for me. …Find another teacher.” Edward to Bella – page 616.
“She’s obviously got tremendous ability, and we’re only beginning to touch it. She can do better, I’m sure. She’s just lacking incentive.” Kate to Edward and Bella – page 619.
“Nessie, would you like to come help your mother?” Kate to Renesmee – page 619.
“We are not challenging the Volturi… There has been a misunderstanding, that is all. A very serious misunderstanding, to be sure, but one we’re hoping to clear up. What you see are witnesses. We just need the Volturi to listen.” Carlisle to two newly arrived vampires – page 626.
“We’ve been waiting a millennium and a half for the Italian scum to be challenged… If there is any chance they will fall, we will be here to see it.” A Romanian vampire to Carlisle – page 626.
“Well, well, Carlisle. You have been naughty, haven’t you?” Stefan to Carlisle – page 627.
“We did not hope for the same things, but we all hoped.” Bella to herself – page 628.
Important Information learned:
We meet many different covens from different areas of the world along with vampires that prefer to be nomads.
No matter their reasons, which vary, the vampires that have arrived will stand witness for the Cullens.
Bella is able to expand her shield ability to protect others around her, but it takes great mental strength which she will need to build.
The Volturi were not always the ruling vampire coven. They overthrew the Romanian coven to gain their position.
Chapter Prepared By: Una