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Chapter 35 Deadline_暮光之城:破晓 Breaking Dawn

 "Headed out?" Edward asked, his tone nonchalant. There was a sort of forced composure about hisexpression. He hugged Renesmee just a little bit tighter to his chest.

  "Yes, a few last-minute things...," I responded just as casually.

  He smiled my favorite smile. "Hurry back to me.""Always."I took his Volvo again, wondering if he'd read the odometer after my last errand. How much had hepieced together? That I had a secret, absolutely. Would he have deduced the reason why I didn't confidein him? Did he guess that Aro might soon know everything he knew? I thought Edward could have cometo that conclusion, which explained why he had demanded no reasons from me. I guessed he was tryingnot to speculate too much, trying to keep my behavior off his mind. Had he put this together with my oddperformance the morning after Alice left, burning my book in the fire? I didn't know if he could havemade that leap.

  It was a dreary afternoon, already dark as dusk. I sped through the gloom, my eyes on the heavyclouds. Would it snow tonight? Enough to layer the ground and create the scene from Alice's vision?

  Edward estimated that we had about two more days. Then we would set ourselves in the clearing,drawing the Volturi to our chosen place.

  As I headed through the darkening forest, I considered my last trip to Seattle. I thought I knew Alice'spurpose in sending me to the dilapidated drop point where J. Jenks referred his shadier clients. If I'dgone to one of his other, more legitimate offices, would I have ever known what to ask for? if I'd met himas Jason Jenks or Jason Scott, legitimate lawyer, would I ever have unearthed J. Jenks, purveyor ofillegal documents? I'd had to go the route that made it clear I was up to no good. That was my clue.

  It was black when I pulled into the parking lot of the restaurant a few minutes early, ignoring the eagervalets by the entrance. I popped in my contacts and then went to wait for J inside the restaurant. ThoughI was in a hurry to bedone with this depressing necessity and back with my family, J seemed careful to keep himself untaintedby his baser associations; i had a feeling a handoff in the dark parking lot would offend his sensibilities.

  I gave the name Jenks at the podium, and the obsequious maftre d' led me upstairs to a small privateroom with a fire crackling in a stone hearth. He took the calf-length ivory trench coat I'd worn to disguisethe fact that I was wearing Alice's idea of appropriate attire, and gasped quietly at my oyster satincocktail dress. I couldn't help being a little flattered; I still wasn't used to being beautiful to everyonerather than just Edward. The mattre d' stuttered half-formed compliments as he backed unsteadily fromthe room.

  I stood by the fire to wait, holding my fingers close to the flame to warm them a little before theinevitable handshake. Not that J wasn't obviously aware that there was something up with the Cullens,but it was still a good habit to practice.

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