3rd Person POV
After Edward flung her into the bolder, Victoria raced through the trees her natural gift allowing her to feel that Edward was not in pursuit so she assumed that he was with the wolf. Those Cullens were the strangest vampires she had ever come across, however she had no doubt that he would be hot on her trail soon. When she attacked Jacob, she heard a howl off in the distance and instinctively knew that it was too far east and not near the others. She was already near the water so she decided to take a swim up north around the small peninsula and come back south closer to the lonely howl. Victoria emerged from the water and wrung the extra water from her clothes, normally she didn't care, but she wanted to be able to move easily.
As she moved quickly the terrain began to get more rocky as the elevation grew higher and higher. Her gift was evasion and so she didn't normally pursue danger, but her instincts told her that this was where Bella would be and as she got closer she began to smell her. It was different, with the faint smell of wet dog mixed with multiple different smells that Victoria knew to be the Cullens, especially Alice. Bella baffled Victoria and she couldn't figure out how one human girl could have such an impact on her.
To Victoria humans were stupid and weak, she could murder hundreds in a matter of minutes if she wanted, how Bella remained alive was quite a mystery. She wanted Bella to suffer for being simply a pain in the ass, but even more so Victoria was curious about Bella. How was this girl able to surround herself with things that most humans considered to be monsters?
Victoria felt confident if the Cullens had not gotten involved then her army would have completely decimated the wolves. Once Victoria knew she was heading in the right direction she climbed up into the trees and began to softly float from branch to branch, trying not to jostle or give away her approach. She could feel that Edward was once again after her.
Edward followed her scent to the water and then assumed that she would head south towards either La Push or Forks. So Edward ran along the shore line, but he was running the wrong direction.
Victoria did not know that, but could feel Edward's pursuit which made her nervous and anxious. She saw Seth and Bella, she was awake, sitting at his side, and running her hand down his back. When the battle started, Seth kept flinching, while he watched his sister and brothers fighting and his movements kept Bella from sleeping. Alice and Bella continued to ask Seth yes or no questions, and for the first time he wished that he could speak in wolf form.
When Alice wasn't asking Seth questions she was trying desperately to see her family, especially Jasper. If there was ever a time that she was desperate to see his future it was then. She would get flashes of Jasper tearing apart a vampire, but then one of the wolves would get involved causing her to loose the image. It was extremely frustrating for Alice, and her head was starting to hurt trying to see things that were either fuzzy or just simply not going to appear. Alice probably should have been watching for Victoria's decisions, but she had to choose because she can't see two futures at the same time and Jasper was her priority.
There was a strong wind that helped disguise Victoria's movements and because Alice was worried and distracted trying to see her family, no one noticed Victoria getting closer and closer. Had Alice not been there or Bella not have so much vampire scent on her, Seth probably could have smelt Victoria coming, but with him already sitting with one vampire, smelling another one coming would have been more difficult. Victoria felt that, if she could incapacitate Alice and kill the dog, then she could take her time with Bella, and not have to rush it. She saw Alice leaning against the rock, with her eyes closed, deep in concentration as Victoria leaped from the tree, landing over Alice and immediately tore her tiny head from her body. Then she ripped Alice's arm and threw it at Bella, but Seth's paw smashed it into the ground.
Bella screamed and Seth howled fiercely as he stood over Bella, while she scampered behind him. Seth could feel that Leah and Jacob were on their way, but it didn't help him know how to fight and protect at the same time. He felt so unprepared and he was scared that he was going to let Jake down by not keeping Bella safe.
“You're next, dog!” Victoria hissed, and leaped at Seth who dodged once, but then instantly Victoria pounced again landing on Seth's back. He tried to buck her off, but he also had to try and be aware of where Bella was. The wolves smelled so terrible to Victoria that she really didn't want to bite another one, so instead she used both of her hands to squeeze hard on Seth's shoulder crushing the bones there. Seth whimpered as Victoria continued to move down his back crushing as many bones as she could. The further Victoria went the harder it was for Seth to remain standing and ended up crumbling to the ground.
“No! Please, stop hurting him!” Bella screamed as she scrambled to her feet. “You only have a few seconds before the rest of the pack and Cullens know you are here. Take me instead.” Bella wasn't sure what Victoria had planned for her, but based on the warning the Laurent gave, it was going to be something slow and painful. Bella just hoped that it was slow enough that Jacob could find her before Victoria finally killed her.
“You really are a stupid girl.” Victoria hissed, as she sprung towards Bella. “Climb on and I'll let him live.”
Bella leaped onto her back, praying that she wasn't making the stupidest decision of her life.
I leaped, landing next to Leah and began to search for Bella, but I couldn't see her anywhere. Seth, where is Bella? I asked.
I thought she was here. She was right behind me. Seth answered panicked.
Where is Victoria? Leah asked.
I don't know. Seth began to cry and his body shook, which caused him to howl in pain.
The rest of the pack and the Cullens arrived. Jasper ran to Alice and frantically began to piece her back together, with Esme's and Carlisle's assistance. Leah continued to comfort Seth trying to get him to relax so his body could heal, his crying and shaking was making it worse. I began to sniff around trying to find Victoria's scent but it seems that she must have been up in the trees where her scent is much harder to trace. The harsh winds were making it extremely difficult.
The moment her pieces were back in place, Alice snapped back to life and she began screaming about Victoria.
“Victoria, has Bella!” Alice screamed.
Immediately my snout was in her face, and Jasper looked at me cautiously. Where? Where did she take Bella! I growled, and suddenly I heard Edward's voice interpreting it for me. It's about freaking time you showed up, I mumbled.
“Sorry, I followed her scent to the water and then I thought she would be heading back towards La Push for Bella, so I went that direction. I didn't realize that she figured out that Bella was here. I heard everyone running here, so that is when I changed directions and started running.” Edward explained.
“She is going back to Seattle, but hasn't decided specifically where.” Alice answered.
Let's go! I insisted.
Jake, we can't go chasing her around Seattle as wolves. Embry said, worried that I was going to get mad at him for contradicting me.
We need you, Jake. Leah insisted. Sam deserves to have you here, when we bury him.
I whined, because I knew that they were right. I needed to stay here for my pack.
“Jacob, Bella is alive . . .” Alice stated.
How do you know that? I questioned.
“Because Victoria is still planning different ways to kill her.” Edward answered fiercely.
I couldn't decide if I felt relieved or even more nervous. Of course I was glad that Bella was still alive, but I hated to think of what torture she would endure. Promise me, that you'll bring Bella back to me.I said to Edward.
“I will, Jacob.” Edward promised.
ALIVE! I clarified. And truly alive, not a frozen over corpse that moves.
“I'll do my best.” Edward answered.
I knew that was just going to have to be good enough, because that was the best answer he could give me.
The Cullen family ran together towards Seattle, except for Carlisle who offered to stay behind to treat Seth. Seth wasn't able to phase back yet so everyone, but myself, phased back and carried Seth towards La Push. I ran back to Sam, and I saw his broken and stiff body. I phased back and knelt down by his side, and I couldn't hold it together any longer. I cried for my alpha and wished that he would have been able to train me. I cried for my pack family who lost their leader and was now going to be following me. I cried for Bella and I wanted her here with me and not in the clutches of a sadistic vampire. I was so scared, so alone, and continued to cry until I couldn't cry any more.
Then with shaking arms I lifted Sam's body and carried him home. I knew that my life was never going to be the same, from now on, I was alpha.
Song Heroes and Friends by Randy Travis
Chapter 17 - PARTY TIME
“Come on, Jacob.” Bella pulled me from our bed at Charlie's house and I just wanted to remain naked and comfortable. We had taken a lazy Sunday afternoon “nap” and I knew that we were going to need to head out for our bridal shower this afternoon. It was a couples shower or “wolf pack” shower and I could only imagine what it would be like.
“No, you come here.” I grinned, and she rolled her eyes.
“Jacob. . . we have to leave in an hour.” Bella protested.
“Plenty of time,” I smiled and pulled her into my arms holding her tightly to my chest. “I really like your dress.” It was a soft pink and came down just past her knees with a rippled layer at the bottom and had thick straps that crisscrossed along her back.
“Well thank you, it is incredibly comfortable.” She snuggled into me and rested her head on my chest.
We settled into a comfortable silence as we snuggled together, until I decided that we needed to get up. I went and took a shower, grabbing a pair of khaki shorts and a black t-shirt and got ready to leave. Rachel really wanted to have it at her house, complaining that we always had everything at Emily's. Two years ago Paul and I repainted the house, it was still red but no longer faded. Rachel added some window boxes that had flowers and a small garden in the back.
Bella and I got out of the Rabbit, parked in front of the garage, and I took her hand.
Bella had a huge grin across her face. “What are you thinking of?” I asked.
“I'm really glad that we are having this party here.” She looked around the place. “It's just . . .”
“Where it all started.” I finished for her.
“Exactly!” We both grinned and I suddenly I had an idea.
“Wait right here.” I told her as we approached the front porch and I dashed inside the house, closing the door behind me. I briefly saw my dad in the corner of the kitchen before I opened the door back up. “Bella!” I yelled, like I was seeing her for the first time today and I leaped off the porch and wrapped her into a hug, swinging her around in a circle.
Bella giggled and hugged me back. “Oh, Jake . . .”
I laughed and kissed her, cutting off whatever she was going to say. I placed her back down on her feet and took her hand to go inside the house. Dad was now at the front door and it didn't surprise me that his curiosity got the better of him.
He smiled warmly at us. “Jake and Bells, good to see you both.”
Bella leaned over and gave him a hug, which he reciprocated and I patted his shoulder warmly. Bella and I had dinner with Dad at least once a week, and him and Charlie still went fishing regularly.
Rachel was in the kitchen, pulling some country ribs out of the oven and the smell made my mouth water.
“Do you want some help?” I asked, as Rachel flipped the oven door closed with her foot.
“I'm good, thank you.” Rachel came over, turned the oven off, and then we hugged each other. I squeezed her tightly and I could feel her baby bump pressed into my stomach and I smiled at her. “Yeah, it is really getting out there.” Rachel commented, rubbing her stomach.
“That is what happens, Rach.” I shrugged.
“True, you and Bella have been together forever and it would be my luck that I'm knocked up when you get married.”
“And you'll be as beautiful as always.” Paul said, coming from down the hall.
Paul and I acknowledged each other, and him, Dad, and I settled down in the living room until the party began. It didn't take long for the place to get very crowded, and we opened the front and back door and spread out to the backyard if needed. It was such a great time to mingle with my friends and it had been a while since we were all together.
The food was fantastic, Emily brought chicken legs and wings and Sue brought sides and cake. Bella and I both appreciated the gesture of the party, but I wasn't really sure what we needed it. From living in the apartment in Seattle, we have picked up things here and there so that we had a mostly furnished kitchen even though some of the appliances had seen better days. We also had one couch, a small kitchen table, three chairs, and two bean bags. There is no doubt that we needed help in the furniture department.
I was working with Paul and Jared to come up with a bookstore and cafe that Bella could work in and for us live above it. Living in your place of business is not as easy as it sounds and there are a lot of regulations that they have to follow. The construction has started and they are hoping to be finished when we get back from our honeymoon, but if they aren't I know that we can live with Charlie for a little bit longer. I know that Bella worries about him once we are no longer living there.
The party was a great success with us getting a new microwave, a cookie jar that said 'Doggie Treats' that had several dog bones on the side, several bath towels, wall decorations, a welcome mat that said 'wipe your paws', a crock pot, several serving trays, a leash and choke chain, stainless steal cookie sheets, glass baking pans, plastic storage containers, and a large rocking recliner.
Despite not wanting to be the center of attention, Bella graciously hugged each person and thanked Rachel over and over for all her hard work. Bella settled down on the couch with the girls, discussing last minute wedding details and decorations. All the guys went outside to the backyard where we played an unorganized game of football, Embry, Seth, Quil and me against Paul, Jared, Colin, and Brady. I was surprised the difference in those who still phase (Quil, Colin, Brady, and myself) and those who didn't, for the first time I actually had to be a little careful with Paul when tackling him. They were still almost just as fast as before and Paul and Jared were still very strong from using their muscles on a daily basis with their construction company.
It was a warm summer evening and it didn't take long for all the shirts to be removed and most of us removed our shoes as well, so that we were barefoot with shorts on. Charlie, Sue, and Dad all talked to each other and the girls came out and began to cheer on their guy. So naturally we all began to show off and the game was forgotten as it turned into a free for all, bodies slamming into each other and ended with a huge dog pile.
* * * *
I woke up in the middle of the night to loud whispers outside Bella's bedroom window at Charlie's house.
“I can't tell, they are using blankets,” I heard Embry whisper. It sounded like maybe he had climbed up the tree and apparently was looking inside the bedroom. I thought about crawling out of bed and mooning him, but decided to be still and figure out what he was doing in the tree to begin with.
“What respectful wolf uses blankets?” Quil mumbled.
“Most likely a naked one,” Jared snickered.
“Ohhhgg,” I heard Brady groaned.
“What is wrong with you?” Seth asked.
“I think I have seen Jacob naked enough to last a life time.” Brady sighed.
“You and me both,” Paul agreed.
“Come on, let's do this.” Colin encouraged.
“There is no way we are all fitting inside Bella's tiny room. I vote Quil, Paul, and Brady hog tie him up and toss him out of the window, Embry and I can catch.” Jared suggested.
There was a moment of hushed whispers and I couldn't catch what they said and then I heard the branches of the tree rub slightly against the side of the house and saw someone's fingers slide under the ajar window as it slide completely open in a loud screech.
While they were talking I slipped out of the bed, making sure that Bella was completely covered and hoped she didn't wake up suddenly and flash one of them. I pulled my shorts on and was crouched down in front of the closet, waiting for them to come into the room. They are such stupid fools if they thought they could hog tie me and throw me out of a window.
Paul came in first through the open window and stood there as I saw Quil crouched on the window sill with one leg hanging inside the house. I sprung, knocking Paul into the desk, and books and Bella's lamp crashed to the ground as I ran into Quil knocking him from the window. Quil grabbed onto me as I reached out onto the branches of the tree, both of us dangling in the air.
“Dammit, Jacob!” Both Paul and Quil said.
I began to laugh until I heard Bella's panicked voice. “Jacob! Where are you? Who is that?” She began to yell.
“Oh damn, we should have thought about this before breaking into the chief of police's house.” I heard Embry say.
In the next moment the bedroom door slammed open and Charlie came in, aiming his gun right at Paul.
“Don't move!” Charlie threatened, as he moved closer.
“Charlie,” Paul whispered, not moving except for his hands up over his head like he was under arrest, and maybe he almost was.
“Paul?” Charlie asked, seeing his face in the full moon light. With the window completely open it was actually quite bright in her room. Then I saw Charlie look over at Bella, and I could see Bella curled in a ball with the blankets tight to her chest. Even though she was covered, because of how tightly she held the blankets it was easy to tell that she was naked. “What the hell is going on?” Charlie asked, looking between Bella and Paul.
I could feel Quil laughing as he hung onto my waist and several of the others as well.
“Shut up, you idiot,” I glared at him.
“Oh come on Jacob, look at that,” he nodded his head towards the window. “Bella is naked, Charlie is in his boxers, and Paul is only in his shorts, you couldn't ask for a more awkward situation.”
“It's . . . I . . . not what . . . um . . . looking for Jake,” Paul stammered.
Bella looked back and forth between Paul and Charlie, completely confused.
“So you two aren't . . .” Charlie paused, with his gun still pointed at Paul.
“What?” Bella questioned. “No, Dad! I honestly have no idea what Paul is doing here. Where is Jacob?”
“Get off me, you idiot,” I said to Quil, as I began to wiggle.
Quil dropped to the ground with a soft thump as Charlie walked to the open window. Charlie looked right at me dangling from the tree. “What the hell, Jacob?”
“I think the guys were trying to kidnap me.” I answered. “But instead I attacked them, knocking Paul into the desk and Quil out the window. Sorry, I didn't mean to wake you up.”
“Why were you being kidnapped?” Bella asked, from the bed.
“Bachelor party,” Paul answered, “um . . . surprise?”
“Good grief,” Charlie mumbled, “next time use the damn door.” He turned and walked out of the room and I heard Paul exhale loudly.
“Sorry Bella, we didn't mean to wake you up.” Paul told her.
“What are you going to do to Jake?” Bella asked.
“I can't tell ya, but I promise to bring him back in one piece.” Paul answered and Bella opened her mouth to speak again. “And I promise that only one naked tonight will be you.” Paul smirked and Bella turned bright red.
“How long will he be gone?” Bella asked quietly.
“The next time you see him will be for rehearsal dinner tomorrow, well guess technically tonight.”
“Alright,” I saw Bella yawn, “Jake, you be careful out there. I love you.” She said to the open window, I wasn't sure if she could actually see me or not.
“Love you too, Bella.” I said as I swung down from the tree and Paul climbed out, landing next to me.
We ran together as a collective group zigzagging through the trees for several miles. I would have thought it was completely random except for we arrived at a large mud pit about 50 ft long and 4ft wide. There were torches that lined the path and barbed wire that arched over the pit.
“Alright, this is a timed event.” Jared explained. “You have to go through the mud without hitting the barbed wire. Each scratch that you get will add five seconds to your time.”
“Jacob would you like to go first or last?” Seth asked.
“I'll go last, and learn from you losers.” I smirked.
“Whatever,” Paul sneered.
“Then you go first,” I challenged.
Paul jumped barefoot into the mud, splattering everyone around. The mud came just over his knee and there was four feet until the barbed wire started. He crouched low into the mud and used his arms to pull himself through. His back and shoulder hit the barbed wire a few times with only minor scratches and finished with a time of 4:47. Everyone went through with Quil being the fastest at 3:55, however hit the barbed wire so many times that it bumped his time up to 5:10. It is a good thing that he couldn't really feel the barbs or he would be hurting.
I watched closely as each person went and honestly felt like being the biggest of us all was probably a disadvantage. It was very difficult to get my body through the mud without hitting the barbed wire. I tried to keep my body completely submerged into the mud except for my elbows that I used them to pull myself through the mud and pushed with my legs. I felt proud coming out at 4:41, which irritated Paul, but made both Seth and Brady happy because they tied at 4:28. They bumped their chests together and I slapped their backs.
“Great job, guys!” I encouraged.
“Thanks, Jake!” Seth grinned.
The mud dried quickly against my skin and there was a crumbly trail of dried mud in our wake. I jogged with Quil and Embry and it was fantastic being able to spend time with them both this summer. I loved working with Quil and seeing him everyday, but it wasn't the same without Embry around. I usually would visit Embry when I was in Seattle and I enjoyed being able to spend some time with Jackie as well. Embry and I would double date sometimes and that was always a lot of fun. Quil still had a wicked sense of humor and always had a great time with whomever he was with. A few girls have tried to get him to date them and he has gone a few times. I think it was either to be nice or as a 'I'm-not-gay' statement, either way he wasn't interested in any type of serious dating life.
By the time we got to the next obstacle we were all laughing and punching each other. There was a large cliff about 12 feet high. The cliff had jagged rocks sticking out and patches of grass or moss in random sections. The moon was high and bright and we could all see very easily. We decided to go in height order so we started with Seth, Colin, Brady, Jared, Quil, Paul, Embry, and then myself. Again we were timed and would add it to our mud pit time. Seth struggled with this one, and it probably didn't help that he went first. Jared and Embry both did surprisingly well and seemed to hop easily from one rock to the next, making it to the top in less than a minute.
“Wow, that was awesome.” Paul said to Embry, giving him a high five.
“Come on, boss man, do you think you can beat that?” Quil asked.
“Oh I know I can.” I answered confidently.
“Twenty bucks says you don't beat Embry's time.” Jared challenged.
Embry's time was 42 seconds and I knew that it was a good time, but I had several inches of height on him and my wolf strength so I felt confident.
“You are on.” I smirked. “Step back,” I waved them with my hands to get them away from the edge. Then I stepped back several yards from the cliff and sprinted forward, jumping high into the air and my fingers grabbed onto the edge of the cliff, my feet pushed against the rocks as I used the momentum to fling myself over the edge, landing on my stomach.
“Time?” I questioned, rolling over to my side.
“Eight seconds,” Brady announced.
“You are such an ass,” Jared rolled his eyes while Seth and Paul laughed.
“It's not my fault I'm the biggest and the strongest, I don't even exercise.” I grinned.
Quil reached out his hand, helping me up off the ground and we all laughed together as we gathered for the next event.
“This one is a two part course,” Embry explained. “First you have the tarps with soap on it down this hill. At the end there is a wide pond with several planks that I have placed in the water. You have to jump from plank to plank, if you fall in the water then you have to start completely over up here. Any questions?”
“Can you move your plank? Like with your hands as a paddle?” I asked.
“Yes, but just towards another plank, you can't stay on the same plank across the pond.” Embry answered. “Jake, let's have you go first this time.” He grinned mischievously, most likely getting revenge for me slaughtering his time in the previous obstacle.
“Alright,” I agreed.
The tarps weaved through the trees so once again there were several torches that lined the way. I took two long strides and jumped on the tarps, surfing along the slippery surface upright. I could hear their murmured amazement with punches and bragging that they could do the same. I admit that learning to surf four years ago when I went to Florida was coming in handy right now. I made it to the end of the tarp and took one long step and leaped onto the first plank. My foot barely touched the plank before the soap caused to it to slip off and I landed flat on my back in the water. I resurfaced and I could hear a roar of laughter from the top of the hill.
“Shut up!” I yelled as I walked out of the chest deep water.
“Hurry Jake, your time is still going.” Embry smirked.
I sprinted up the hills side, flipping off Embry when I got close enough and I immediately slid down the tarps again. I took the time to wipe my feet in the grass and leaves before jumping onto the first plank, making sure that I kept my balance and was able to hop from plank to plank until I reached the other side.
“TIME!” I yelled, when I reached the other side.
“3 minutes and 38 seconds,” Embry called.
All of them learned from my mistake with the slippery soap and took it more carefully on the planks, however Quil, Jared, and Colin all fell off their plank and had to start over. It was hilarious seeing these giant men splash into the water. Seth got close to falling on the last plank and lunged making it to the other side in the fastest time. Embry went last and was proud with his time of 2:55, he probably didn't care what it was as long as he beat mine.
Together we walked a little ways, the pond had a stream that flowed into it and we followed that until there was a branch of the stream that flowed the other direction. On the side there were four kayaks that held two people.
“Alright,” Paul started, “I want one wolf in each kayak.” We all paired up, I was with Embry, Quil with Jared, Brady with Seth, and Colin with Paul. “We have had a lot of rain and so the river is high and moving fast, so basically don't kill yourselves.” Paul smiled.
I thought he was joking until I started to realize where we were. “Um Paul, doesn't this stream end in the waterfall?”
“Yep!” Paul grinned.
There was one massive waterfall that fell down into the ocean that we used to all jump off of when we were messing around as wolves, but none of us have been there in years. It started very wide and so we were all able to get into our kayaks, the wolf sat in the back to steer and we each had double headed paddles. Then Paul yelled for us to go. This event was basically a race to who could get to the bottom first.
The moon shone bright and we could all see the water splashing against the rocks as we paddled as quickly as we could through the water. We went in a snake like pattern so that we didn't go so fast that we couldn't control it, I knew that steering would be very important as it began to narrow. It closed quickly with Quil and Jared in front, then myself and Embry, Colin and Paul, and Brady and Seth, however we were all very close together and at times our kayaks would bang against each other.
“Get ready, Embry!” I yelled. The river would widen and then narrow again three times before the waterfall. We accelerated, however so did everyone and there was no change in the order, but Colin and Paul got close to passing me.
“Back off, Colin.” I ordered.
“Ha, I'm not a wolf right now you can't alpha me,” Colin laughed.
“Oh yeah. . .” I challenged, even though I knew he was right. Colin looked a little scared and my kayak slammed into a large smooth rock.
“Pay attention, Jake.” Embry scolded.
“Shut up, I'm still your alpha too.” I grinned and he looked over his shoulder and smiled back.
“Like I could forget that.” Embry rolled his eyes.
On the next wide area Brady and Seth almost tipped over and I reached out with my hand, keeping it from tipping over. Colin and Paul took the opportunity to pass Embry and me and we all raced toward the waterfall. The waterfall branches into two separate falls, one hugging the cliff side weaving back and forth in a quick deceleration. The other branch is a direct drop off close to 100 feet.
“Jake?” Embry yelled over his shoulder cautiously.
“Do you trust me, Em?”
“With my life,” he answered.
“Good,” I answered as I steered us directly towards the drop off. The other three kayaks went down the other branch as Embry and I propelled over the edge. “Lean back!” I yelled and he did, holding his paddle level and not looking down. I leaned back as well, trying to keep the nose of the kayak from taking the direct hit when we finally landed.
I could hear Embry screaming as well as several yells and curses from those on the other waterfall. As we fell there was water all around us, and I knew that we were in trouble as the water pelted my back and shoulders. We weren't riding the stream, but rather being consumed by it.
“Embry, abandon ship!” I yelled. Immediately I flung my paddle and he did the same and we both used our arms to lift ourselves out of the kayak right as the tip of the kayak slammed into the water, flipping it over plunging us both under water.
There was a massive amount of bubbles from the kayak and constant water falling to the surface, I looked through the bubbled to find Embry. I wrapped my arms around him and pulled to make sure that he wasn't still attached to the kayak. Embry moved easily and I helped him as we swam towards the surface.
We both emerged from the water, gasping for air. “Are you alright?” I asked, my breathing labored from worry.
“Yeah...” he breathed heavily, and I kept my arm around his back holding him up and he draped his arm across my shoulders as I swam us a little further from the waterfall.
I saw the other three kayaks splash into the ocean one right after the other and Quil and Jared began to paddle quickly towards the other fall.
“JAKE!” I heard them both yell.
“Over here!” I yelled back to them.
“Are you insane?” Paul yelled as he paddled over to us.
“I guess,” I answered sheepishly. “But I did make down first.”
“You are supposed to stay in your kayak.” Paul clarified.
“You said, just don't 'kill yourselves' and we lived.” Embry smiled.
“Sure, sure,” Paul mumbled.
Embry and I smiled at each other and gave a high five before we both swam back to our kayak.
Together we all paddled towards the beach and as we approached I saw a fire glowing. We were all quiet as we approached and I saw my dad add a log and sparks floated high into the sky, as the first light of day began to flash across the water.
“Dad?” I questioned.
“Jacob, I knew that I couldn't race around throughout the forest, but I wanted to give my part. I'm really happy for you son and I wish the very best for you and Bella.”
I stood speechless for a moment as Dad rolled closer to me and I fell down on my knees in the sand and hugged tightly to him. “Thank you,” I whispered.
“I love you, Jacob.” He smiled brightly and I could see the morning light reflect in his eyes.
“I know, I love you too.” I leaned back and stayed crouched down in the sand.
“Come on,” he nodded his head towards two large ice chests. “There is about a weeks worth of pizza that you boys will probably eat in an hour.”
There was an excited roar from us all as we began to devour the pizza. I looked around at my friends and dad, laughing with one another and felt like the luckiest guy alive.
Aww, thank you. It was a really fun chapter to write, so I'm very glad that you enjoyed it.
I love these boys. :D
My husband help me to think of them when we were in the car on our trip. I wanted something all male and different than a strip club for the boys to do for Jacob. I'm really glad that you could visualize the events. They were really fun to write.
Oh just wait... it will come...
omg! i have so much to comment on
2 chapters ago chapter:awwwwwwwwwww i loved jakes proposall!!!! the ring was gorgeus!!!!!!!!!!
1 chapters ago chapter:the dress seemed really pretty!! but yea that must have be awkard for edward...
this chapter:lol i loved charlie and the whole kidnapping soooooooooooooooo funny ;P their games seemed like a lot of fun :)
hope ur vacation was great!!!and happy belated halloween!!!!!!!!!!!sadly, i have finished must of mine, all thats left is some loolipops :P