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Chapter 38 Power_暮光之城:破晓 Breaking Dawn

 "Chelsea is trying to break our bindings," Edward whispered. "But she can't find them. She can't feel ushere. . . ." His eyes cut to me. "Are you doing that?"I smiled grimly at him. "I am all over this."Edward lurched away from me suddenly, his hand reaching out toward Carlisle. At the same time, I felta much sharper jab against the shield where it wrapped protectively around Carlisle's light. It wasn'tpainful, but it wasn't pleasant, either.

  "Carlisle? Are you all right?" Edward gasped frantically.

  "Yes. Why?""Jane," Edward answered.

  The moment that he said her name, a dozen pointed attacks hit in a second, stabbing all over the elasticshield, aimed at twelve different bright spots. I flexed, making sure the shield was undamaged. It didn'tseem like Jane had been able to pierce it. I glanced around quickly; everyone was fine.

  "Incredible," Edward said.

  "Why aren't they waiting for the decision?" Tanya hissed.

  "Normal procedure," Edward answered brusquely. "They usually incapacitate those on trial so they can'tescape."I looked across at Jane, who was staring at our group with furious disbelief. I was pretty sure that,besides me, she'd never seen anyone remain standing through her fiery assault.

  It probably wasn't very mature. But I figured it would take Aro about half a second to guess—if hehadn't already—that my shield was more powerful than Edward had known; I already had a big target onmy forehead and there was really no point in trying to keep the extent of what I could do a secret. So Igrinned a huge, smug smile rightat Jane.

  Her eyes narrowed, and I felt another stab of pressure, this time directed at me.

  I pulled my lips wider, showing my teeth.

  Jane let out a high-pitched scream of a snarl. Everyone jumped, even the disciplined guard. Everyonebut the ancients, who didn't so much as look up from their conference. Her twin caught her arm as shecrouched to spring.

  The Romanians started chuckling with dark anticipation.

  "I told you this was our time," Vladimir said to Stefan.

  "Just look at the witch's face," Stefan chortled.

  Alec patted his sister's shoulder soothingly, then tucked her under his arm. He turned his face to us,perfectly smooth, completely angelic.

  I waited for some pressure, some sign of his attack, but I felt nothing. He continued to stare in ourdirection, his pretty face composed. Was he attacking? Was he getting through my shield? Was I the onlyone who could still see him? I clutched at Edward's hand.

  "Are you okay?" I choked out.

  "Yes," he whispered.

  "Is Alec trying?"Edward nodded. "His gift is slower than Jane's. It creeps. It will touch us in a few seconds."I saw it then, when I had a clue of what to look for.

  A strange clear haze was oozing across the snow, nearly invisible against the white. It reminded me of amirage—a slight warping of the view, a hint of a shimmer. I pushed my shield out from Carlisle and therest of the front line, afraid to have the slinking mist too close when it hit. What if it stole right through myintangible protection? Should we run?

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