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Chapter 32 Company_暮光之城:破晓 Breaking Dawn

 The Cullens' enormous house was more crowded with guests than anyone would assume could possiblybe comfortable. It only worked out because none of the visitors slept. Mealtimes were dicey, though.

  Our company cooperated as best they could. They gave Forks and La Push a wide berth, only huntingout of state; Edward was a gracious host, lending out his cars as needed without so much as a wince.

  The compromise made me very uncomfortable, though I tried to tell myself that they'd all be huntingsomewhere in the world, regardless.

  Jacob was even more upset. The werewolves existed to prevent the loss of human life, and here wasrampant murder being condoned barely outside the packs' borders. But under these circumstances, withRenesmee in acute danger, he kept his mouth shut and glared at the floor rather than the vampires.

  I was amazed at the easy acceptance the visiting vampires had for Jacob; the problems Edward hadanticipated had never materialized. Jacob seemed more or less invisible to them, not quite a person, butalso not food, either. They treated him the way people who are not animal-lovers treat the pets of theirfriends.

  Leah, Seth, Quil, and Embry were assigned to run with Sam for now, and Jacob would have happilyjoined them, except that he couldn't stand to be away from Renesmee, and Renesmee was busyfascinating the strange collection of Carlisle's friends.

  We'd replayed the scene of Renesmee's introduction to the Denali coven a half dozen times. First forPeter and Charlotte, whom Alice and Jasper had sent our way without giving them any explanation at all;like most people who knew Alice, they trusted her instructions despite the lack of information. Alice hadtold them nothing about which direction she and Jasper were heading. She'd made no promise to eversee them again in the future.

  Neither Peter nor Charlotte had ever seen an immortal child. Though they knew the rule, their negativereaction was not as powerful as the Denali vampires' had been at first. Curiosity had driven them to allowRenesmee's "explanation." And that was it. Now they were as committed to witnessing as Tanya's family.

  Carlisle had sent friends from Ireland and Egypt.

  The Irish clan arrived first, and they were surprisingly easy to convince. Siobhan—a woman of immensepresence whose huge body was both beautiful and mesmerizing as it moved in smooth undulations—wasthe leader, but she and her hard-faced mate, Liam, were long used to trusting the judgment of theirnewest coven member. Little Maggie, with her bouncy red curls, was not physically imposing like theother two, but she had a gift for knowing when she was being lied to, and her verdicts were nevercontested. Maggie declared that Edward spoke the truth, and so Siobhan and Liam accepted our storyabsolutely before even touching Renesmee.

  Amun and the other Egyptian vampires were another story. Even after two younger members of hiscoven, Benjamin and Tia, had been convinced by Renesmee's explanation, Amun refused to touch herand ordered his coven to leave. Benjamin—an oddly cheerful vampire who looked barely older than aboy and seemed both utterly confident and utterly careless at the same time—persuaded Amun to staywith a few subtle threats about disbanding their alliance. Amun stayed, but continued to refuse to touchRenesmee, and would not allow his mate, Kebi, to touch her, either. It seemed an unlikelygrouping—though the Egyptians all looked so alike, with their midnight hair and olive-toned pallor, thatthey easily could have passed for a biological family. Amun was the senior member and the outspokenleader. Kebi never strayed farther away from Amun than his shadow, and I never heard her speak asingle word. Tia, Benjamin's mate, was a quiet woman as well, though when she did speak there wasgreat insight and gravity to everything she said. Still, it was Benjamin whom they all seemed to revolvearound, as if he had some invisible magnetism the others depended upon for their balance. I saw Eleazarstaring at the boy with wide eyes and assumed Benjamin had a talent that drew the others to him.

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