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Chapter 39 The Happily Ever After_暮光之城:破晓 Breaking Dawn

 "So it was a combination of things there at the end, but what it really boiled down to was... Bella,"Edward was explaining. Our family and our two remaining guests sat in the Cullens' great room while theforest turned black outside the tall windows.

  Vladimir and Stefan had vanished before we'd stopped celebrating. They were extremely disappointedin the way things had turned out, but Edward said that they'd enjoyed the Volturi's cowardice almostenough to make up for their frustration.

  Benjamin and Tia were quick to follow after Amun and Kebi, anxious to let them know the outcome ofthe conflict; I was sure we would see them again—Benjamin and Tia, at least. None of the nomadslingered. Peter and Charlotte had a short conversation with Jasper, and then they were gone, too.

  The reunited Amazons had been anxious to return home as well—they had a difficult time being awayfrom their beloved rain forest—though they were more reluctant to leave than some of the others.

  "You must bring the child to see me," Zafrina had insisted. "Promise me, young one."Nessie had pressed her hand to my neck, pleading as well.

  "Of course, Zafrina," I'd agreed.

  "We shall be great friends, my Nessie," the wild woman had declared before leaving with her sisters.

  The Irish coven continued the exodus.

  "Well done, Siobhan," Carlisle complimented her as they said goodbye.

  "Ah, the power of wishful thinking," she answered sarcastically, rolling her eyes. And then she wasserious. "Of course, this isn't over. The Volturi won't forgive what happened here."Edward was the one to answer that. "They've been seriously shaken; their confidence is shattered. But,yes, I'm sure they'll recover from the blow someday. And then . . ." His eyes tightened. "I imagine they'lltry to pick us offseparately.""Alice will warn us when they intend to strike," Siobhan said in a sure voice. "And we'll gather again.

  Perhaps the time will come when our world is ready to be free of the Volturi altogether.""That time may come," Carlisle replied. "If it does, we'll stand together.""Yes, my friend, we will," Siobhan agreed. "And how can we fail, when /will it otherwise?" She let out agreat peal of laughter.

  "Exactly," Carlisle said. He and Siobhan embraced, and then he shook Liam's hand. "Try to find Alistairand tell him what happened. I'd hate to think of him hiding under a rock for the next decade."Siobhan laughed again. Maggie hugged both Nessie and me, and then the Irish coven was gone.

  The Denalis were the last to leave, Garrett with them—as he would be from now on, I was fairly sure.

  The atmosphere of celebration was too much for Tanya and Kate. They needed time to grieve for theirlost sister.

  Huilen and Nahuel were the ones who stayed, though I had expected those last two to go back with theAmazons. Carlisle was deep in fascinated conversation with Huilen; Nahuel sat close beside her, listeningwhile Edward told the rest of us the story of the conflict as only he knew it.

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