I had this posted before, but it was deleted. So I went back and cleaned up some of the language in it. Since it's rated PG-13 I didn't get rid of all it, but I did delete some. You can find the link to my orginal in my blog (I'm not allowed to post it here). I will update them both at the same time. :) Enjoy!
A/N What if Edward had been too late, and he wasn’t able to suck out the venom when James bit Bella? Here’s my version of how Twilight would have ended. *Please disregard New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn.*
Previously (Twilight): But the sharp pains were fading. There was a new pain, a
scalding pain in my hand that was overshadowing everything else.
Someone was burning me.
“Edward.” I tried to tell him, but my voice was so heavy and slow. I couldn’t understand myself.
“Bella, you’re going to be fine. Can you hear me, Bella? I love you.”
“Edward,” I tried again. My voice was a little clearer.
“Yes, I’m here.”
“It hurts,” I whimpered.
“I know, Bella, I know”- and then, away from me, anguished-“can’t you do anything?”
“My bag, please…Hold your breath, Alice, it will help,” Carlisle promised.
“Alice?” I groaned.
She’s here, she knew where to find you.”
“My hand hurts,” I tried to tell him.
I know, Bella. Carlisle will give you something, it will stop.”
“My hand is burning!” I screamed.
The burning was excruciating. I couldn’t stand it much longer. I wanted to scream, but I didn’t want to worry Edward. Couldn’t they something? Could they not see the fire?
“He bit her,” Carlisle whispered.
Someone gasped. “No,” whispered Alice.
I couldn’t take it anymore. The fire was spreading up my arm. I let out a blood curdling scream.
“Carlisle, you have to do something. Please,” Edward begged.
“Shh, Bella. Where is it burning exactly?” Carlisle asked.
I wasn’t sure if I could open my mouth without screaming. I had to try. “It started in my hand,” I gasped. “It’s spreading up my arm and into my chest.”
“Carlisle!” Edward screamed.
“Son, there is nothing I can do. The venom has already spread too far. I could try to suck it out, but it’s spread so far I would kill her.”
Someone was crying. I couldn’t tell who. The fire was overpowering all my senses.
“Edward!” I managed to scream. “Please put out the fire!”
“Bella, love,” Edward whimpered “I can’t. I promise you’re going to be fine, but-,” his voice broke. I realized he had been the one crying. He said I was going to be fine, so what was the problem?
“Edward, we need to move her. Jasper and Emmett have set the whole studio on fire.” Someone picked me up, and started running. I wasn’t sure where we were going, my eyes were still closed. I didn’t want to look at Edward’s pained face.
My entire body was burning now. Why couldn’t they put out the fire? It burned so bad.
We had stopped running. It felt like we had gotten in a car. I was lying across the backseat with my head in someone’s lap.
“Bella, how are you doing?” Edward’s voice was at my ear.
I couldn’t answer. I was sure if I opened my mouth, I would scream.
“Carlisle, I think she passed out,” Edward said.
I shook my head. I wish I would pass out. I couldn’t stand the burning any longer. I had to find a way to escape it. I took a deep breath and screamed.
Bella was in pain, and it was all my fault. Bella, the love of my existence, my soul mate, was now doomed to eternal damnation, and it was all my fault.
Instead of bringing joy and happiness into her life, I’d brought pain and suffering. Bella’s turning into a vampire right in front of me and I can’t comfort her. I can’t help her. I can’t do anything.
“Love, please. Everything’s going to be fine,” I couldn’t bring myself to explain what was happening to her. I didn’t want to say the words out loud.
“Carlisle, can you please explain. I don’t think I can-“
“Bella, can you hear me. Just nod your head if you can, please,” Carlisle said.
“Do you know how someone is change from a human to an immortal?” Carlisle asked.
Bella nodded again. I would have been furious at Alice, if the situation had been different.
“James bit you, Bella. His venom is now being pulsed through bloodstream. That’s what is causing the burning sensation. The transformation is going to take about three days Bella. In just a few days you’re going to be like us, Bella. Do you understand?”
Bella nodded a third time. She gripped my arm.
“Bella, I’m so sorry. I never wanted this to happen to you. I love you.” I kissed her forehead. “I’ll always love you.”
I couldn’t answer him. The pain was too much. Instead, I just squeezed his hand. Then, I was pulled into a painless darkness.
I was floating. I don’t know how long I floated. It could have been a few seconds or a few hours, but it was peaceful.
I slowly began to sink back down. The pain began to come back. It was worse than before. My whole body was on fire.
I tried to lift my head. That small movement sent a sharp pain up my spine and into my skull. I let put a moan.
“Bella?” Someone called. “Bella, can you hear me? I love you.”
I love you, too. I wanted to say, but I didn’t dare open my mouth. I knew I would scream.
The fire was strongest in my chest. It felt a hole was being burned into me. I would give anything for the pain to stop. It was too much to bear.
“Alice,” the voice said. “How much longer is this going to take?”
“Calm down, Edward,” a high soprano voice said. “She’s going to be fine. It’s been less than 24 hours since she was bitten. Be patient.”
Edward. He was here with me. How I longed to reach out and touch him! And Alice! She was here too. I would give anything to see her pixie like face. But the burning stopped me.
Why couldn’t they stop it? I remembered Carlisle explaining something to me. He said there was nothing they could do to help me. He said I was going to be like them in three days. I was going to be a vampire in three days. Three days of burning for an eternity with Edward. I could do it. If I concentrated on Edward, I could make it.
For hours I lay burning. I imagined what our life was going to be like, once I was immortal. We would be free to do whatever we wanted. We could get married, and go on a honeymoon. We could lie together for hours in each other’s arms. Edward wouldn’t have to worry about me being a fragile human. He wouldn’t have to worry about anything.
Carlisle and Alice came in often to check on me, but Edward never left. He would whisper things in my ear. He would tell me he loved me and that everything was going to be alright. The fire continued to course through my body, but I was easily distracted by my fantasies about Edward.
Finally, the burning began to leave from my fingertips and toes. The fire was slowly being put out.
It was a wonderful feeling. I’ve never been more grateful for anything in all my life. I moaned softly.
“Bella? Is something wrong? What hurts? Can you hear me, love?” Edward’s voice sounded like angel. My own personal angel.
“She’s going to open her eyes in 28 seconds,” Alice was suddenly in the room.
“Bella, I’m right here. Open your eyes, love,” My angel commanded. I did as I was told.
His face was wonderful. He was smiling my favorite crooked smile. His eyes lit up when I met his gaze.
I slowly brought my hand up to brush his cheek. His skin was so warm. It caught me off guard.
“Oh,” I said.
“What?” A look of horror crossed his perfect face.
“You’re so…warm,” I whispered.
“Does that bother you?”
“No. I like it,” I leaned to give him a kiss, but someone wrapped their arms around my waist and pulled me back.
I immediately turned around to see who was pulling me away from my Edward. It was Jasper.
I grabbed his hands and pulled them off of me. I was much stronger than he was. I as soon as I was free from him, Emmett jumped on me and pinned me to the ground.
“Jazz, Emmett, I don’t think that’s necessary,” Alice said. “I don’t see Bella doing anything wrong.”
“Jasper,” Edward said. “You’re worried about her being a newborn. Do you really want to upset a newborn?”
“Edward, we need to be careful. She was getting too emotional. Another second and she could have turned on all of us,” Jasper replied.
“Emmett, I demand you release me this instant!” I struggled against him. He was pushing back with all his strength. I wasn’t even using half of my strength. Was it possible that I was stronger than Emmett Cullen? The strongest vampire I had ever seen.
“Bella,” Jasper said cautiously, “Emmett is going to release in a minute. If you show any move to attack us, I will stop you. Do you understand?”
Was Jasper serious? Why would I ever want to attack the Cullens? They were my family now. I loved them all. I looked over at Edward. He had an annoyed look on his face.
“I understand,” I lied. I didn’t understand anything at all. They were acting like I was a savage.
Emmett slowly backed off of me. I sat up. I didn’t want to freak Jasper out again. What was his problem, anyway?
I looked up at Edward. He was smiling down at me. I couldn’t help. I jumped up and ran right into his arms.
Jasper attacked. He went flying toward me, but Alice grabbed his ankle and pulled me down. “She just wants a hug, Jazz,” she hissed.
I ignored them. I turned to look back at Edward. I stared into his loving eyes, and leaned my head against his chest. I took a deep breath and gasped.
I could smell everything. Each of the Cullens had a unique scent. I could smell the rain outside. I could smell the cedar the floor boards were made out of.
My hearing was more acute, also. I could hear Rosalie breathing all the way downstairs. I gazed around me. I could see every tiny detail in the room. I stared at Carlisle, Esme, Jasper, Emmett, Alice, and finally I looked back into the eyes of Edward. He was smiling the crooked smile, again.
“Amazing, isn’t it?” He breathed. Then, his lips crushed mine more powerfully than they ever had before.
Kissing Bella was my personal heaven. I didn’t have to worry about crossing that invisible line, I’d made in our physical relationship.
Get a room, Emmett thought.
Be careful, Edward. She might have kind of self-control you have, Carlisle said.
I wish they would leave me alone. They didn’t understand how long I’ve waited for Bella. They’ve never had to be careful with each other before.
Edward, Jasper warned. She can’t focus when you do that. She needs to hunt.
Reluctantly, I broke away from Bella. I looked into her blood red eyes, and saw nothing but love and affection. I kissed her forward before turning to face my brothers.
“Jasper has something he wants to say to you, love,” I hissed.
“What is it?” Bella asked. She looked over at Jasper. Jasper sighed.
“Bella,” Alice interrupted. “Do you want to go hunt? You must be thirsty.” Jasper shot her an annoyed look.
I looked over at Bella. “Do you, love? Would you like to go hunting? You always have been curious.” She looked first at Alice, then at me. A look of disgust crossed her face.
“No, I’d rather stay here with you,” She said.
“I’d come with you, of course.” Did she really think I make her go on her first alone?
“I meant I would rather just stay here. I don’t feel thirsty,” Bella looked up at me with a bewildered look on her face.
I looked around the room. Everyone looked bewildered.
Edward, she’s going to hunt. Even if I have to drag her and shove the bear in her mouth. Jasper threatened.
This is strange. I wonder why Bella isn’t thirsty. She really should hunt though….Carlisle pondered over it for a few minutes.
Poor Bella. She must be thirsty. She shouldn’t have to suffer through it like this. Esme’s thoughts were always so sweet and kind. She thought of Bella as a daughter.
Maybe Bella would rather go on a shopping spree! We can always stay here and shop online. She probably shouldn’t be around humans. She’ll need better clothes now. Only Alice would be worried about the clothes Bella owned instead of her thirst— or lack there of.
Emmett was unusually quiet. His thoughts were directed downstairs toward Rosalie.
“Bella, you really should hunt,” Carlisle said.
“Come on, Bella. At least come with us and watch,” Alice suggested. Jasper put his arm around her waist and held her to his side.
“I guess I can go and watch, but I honestly don’t want to hunt.” There was no hint of pain behind her words.
“Can you promise me one thing, please?” I asked her.
“If you begin to feel, even the least bit thirsty, will you promise to tell me immediately?”
“Of course, Edward. I promise,” She stood on her toes and kissed me quickly, but forcefully on the lips.
“Finally! I didn’t think you two would ever get physical,” Emmett bellowed.
“Shut up, Emmett,” I hissed. I could hear Rosalie laughing downstairs.
Jasper was silently cursing Emmett. He didn’t want anyone encouraging Bells to do something that easily distracted her.
Edward, can I talk to you and Jasper, alone? Carlisle silently asked.
I nodded once and looked over at Alice. She nodded.
“Let’s go change your clothes. Then we’ll met up with the boys before we leave,”
Bella shot me a look that screamed, help me! I had to laugh.
“Don’t worry, love. I’ll see you in a minute.” I wrapped my arms around her waist and crushed my lips to hers once again.
“Oh, yeah! ‘Bout time Edward got some action!” Emmett yelled. Alice smacked him. “That actually hurt a little, Alice.” He moaned.
“You deserved it,” She said with a smug expression on her face. We could hear Rosalie laughing again.
Alice grabbed Bella’s hand, and pulled her away from me. “Come on. I ordered an amazing blue slip dress, that will look gorgeous on you!” Bella rolled her eyes and shot one last pained look, then she was gone.
I turned to face Carlisle, Jasper, and Emmett.
“Well,” Carlisle began. “It seems we have a mystery on our hands.”
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“She’s obviously lying, Carlisle. She’s a newborn. I’ve never seen one act the way she is,” Jasper said.
“She appears to seem content with her thirst,” Carlisle began. “I honestly don’t think she’s lying, Jasper.”
“What else could it be?” Emmett asked.
Jasper shot me a deadly stare. ‘What?’ I mouthed. He just shock his head. He was concentrating very hard on keeping me out of his head, but I could still feel the anger coming off his body.
“I think we should just take her hunting. If she really isn’t thirsty she will be able to resist. Then, we will be able to see if she is lying or not,” I said.
“What happens if she loses control when you have your guard down, Edward? What if hurts one of us? Did you think about that, Edward?” Jasper hissed.
“Jasper, please calm down,” Carlisle said. “Of course, we will be extra careful with Bella. I understand why you are cautious, but I think you’re overreacting.”
A fresh wave of anger filled the room. Jasper was overreacting, but even I was afraid to upset him any more than he already was.
“Wooh, Jazz! Turn it down a bit,” Emmett hollered.
“Emmett, for once will you please be serious?” I asked.
“I’m just saying. I feel like I’m gonna go off on you any minute.”
“Son,” Carlisle asked. “Please try to calm down a bit. Everyone needs to be in their right minds right now. The anger decreased, but only slightly.
“I agree with Edward,” Emmett said. “We should play it by ear.” Jasper glared at him.
We all looked at Carlisle. He was the final vote. Carlisle looked at me. Be extra careful, Edward. I know you love her, but she is a newborn. And, please try not to upset Jasper anymore. Carlisle smiled.
“It’s settled then. Alice and I will take Bella hunting.” I looked at Jasper. “We will watch her and make sure she doesn’t lose control. We’ll be back in a few hours.”
Edward, wait. Jasper thought. He didn’t sound angry. I turned back around.
“Can we have a moment, please?” Jasper asked. He knew they would still be able to hear us, but he still wanted privacy.
“Certainly,” Carlisle said. He and Emmett turned and walked out.
Jasper turned and looked at me. “I am very sorry for upsetting you and Bella. I’m not used to thinking of newborns like this. I overreacting, and I want you to that I will do better to control my emotions.” I was shocked. Only two minutes ago, Jasper looked like he was ready to rip my head off.
“It’s okay, Jazz,” I punched him on the shoulder.
“I also wanted to talk about something else. Carlisle, Emmett, and I discussed it while Bell was going through the transformation. What are we going to do about Charlie and Renée? Even if Bella has some sort of anti-thirst power, she disappeared over a week ago. She can’t just show up out of nowhere. Every police department in the state of Washington is looking for her.”
Charlie. Somehow, he had escaped my mind. I didn’t have a clue what I was going to do.
Jasper must have felt my fear. He sent a wave of tranquility through my body.
“We came up with some ideas, but we thought you would want to be in on the final decision.” He was right. I wanted to be the one who made the final decision. Bella would want to be in on this, too.
“Perhaps we can discuss with the rest of the family, once Bella has been fed?”
Jasper nodded. “Of course.”
“Thank you, Jasper. For everything,” I turned and walked out the door.
I walked toward Alice’s room. The girls were still in there. Alice had made Bella try on 8 different outfits so far. I laughed. I suppose it was time to rescue Bella. I knocked on the door. I could hear someone run to door. They hanked the door open with so much force, that I was surprised the door didn’t come off its hinges.
Bella stood in the doorway. She was wearing the most gorgeous dress I had ever seen. It was my favorite shade of blue on her. It stopped mid thigh and was skin tight. It hugged Bella’s curves perfectly.
I was speechless.
Ha! I knew he’d love it! His face is much more funny than it was in my vision! I wanted to thank Alice and tell how much I loved it, but I couldn’t tear my eyes away from Bella.
“Hello,” Bella whispered.
“Hello,” I replied. “You look….amazing.”
If Bella could have blushed, she would have.
“Thank you!” Alice squealed. “I’ve had this dress for weeks. It was very hard not to think about it when I was around you.”
I ignored her. “Are you ready for your first hunt?” I asked Bella.
“As ready as I’ll ever be,” She replied. I held my hand out for hers.
She placed hers into mine and we turned and ran out toward the woods.
“HEY! EDWARD ANTHONY MASEN CULLEN! WAIT FOR ME!” Alice yelled into the night. I laughed as I realized we had left her behind.
“Edward Cullen,” Alice was glaring at him. “Why did you do that?”
Edward just laughed. Alice turned to me, “Do you see what I have to put with?”
“He’s not that bad,” I defended.
“Hmph. Well, I’m glad you think so,” Alice grumbled, but she turned and smiled at Edward anyways.
We traveled the rest of the way in silence.
Suddenly, Edward stopped and sniffed the air. “Do you smell anything Bella?” he asked.
I took a deep breath through my nose. I was still surprised at how much I could smell. “I can smell the moss on the trees and the clovers in that field over there.” I took another breath. “It just rained about an hour ago. The air smells so clean,” I sighed. It was such a nice day.
“Yes, but do you smell any wildlife?” He murmured. His lips were so close to my ear. His breath was surprisingly warm instead of the cold I was used to.
I breathed in again. A sharp pain went down my throat. A growl erupted in my chest. “Oh!” I shouted. I clung to Edward. I hadn’t been thirsty a second ago, but now I couldn’t concentrate on anything else.
“Just follow the scent, Bella,” Alice told me. “It’ll be okay.”
“Go on, love,” Edward kissed my forehead. “I’ll be right behind you.”
I reluctantly let go of his arm, and took a step forward. I immediately found the scent again. It was coming from the west. I took off in that direction. I found the pack of bears in few minutes.
The pain was unimaginable. My throat burned with thirst. I lunged at the biggest one, and sunk my teeth into his neck.
The fire was instantly was put out in my throat. The thought of blood still made me feel sick, but it tasted so good!
In a matter of seconds I drained the entire the bear. I turned toward the next one. I drained that bear, too. I was beginning to feel full now, so I turned back to look at Edward.
There was a look of horror etched on his perfect face.
“What?” I asked. “Did I do something wrong?” I was horrified. I’d probably looked like an idiot attacking the bear the way I had.
“Bella!” Edward exclaimed. “What were you thinking!?”
“Huh?” Alice and I both asked at the same time.
“What are you talking about, Edward?” Alice asked. “She did great!” She gave me a warm smile.
“You can’t do that to yourself, love!” Edward said. “Next time you must tell me when you’re thirsty.” He wrapped his arms around my waist and hugged me close to his body.
“What are talking about, Edward?” I echoed Alice.
“Bella. You kept saying you weren’t thirsty, but you just attacked two bears!” He was yelling now. He didn’t sound angry, but he was very good at hiding his emotions.
“Edward,” I began. “I wasn’t thirsty,”
“Bella-“ He interrupted me.
“Let me finish. I wasn’t thirsty, at first. My throat felt fine. Honestly, the thought of blood disgusted me,” I paused. I didn’t really know how to continue. It had all happened so fast.
“Then, I smelled the bears, and suddenly I was thirsty. I don’t really know how to explain it,” His eyes were full of confusion. I turned to look at Alice. She was just as confused by it as Edward was.
“I swear I’m not crazy,” I said.
Alice laughed. “Of course you aren’t, Bella.” Her tone was light and fun, but her face was full of worry.
“Are you done, Bella, or do you want to find another bear?” Edward asked me.
“No, I’m fine,” I replied.
“I think we should get you home to Carlisle.” He let go of my waist and took my hand.
Before we started to run, I turned toward Alice. “Are you ready, Alice?” I asked.
“Very funny, Bella. You know,” she began. “You and Emmett might get along better than I thought.”
Edward smiled. “Look, love.”
“What?” I said.
“It’s twilight,” He gently pressed his lips to mine. He pulled back much too soon, but I was anxious to get home so I let him. Then, we took off toward home.
I could feel Bella’s anxiety as we raced home. My actions had worried her. I couldn’t help it. I thought she had been trying to starve herself or something. How was I to know, that the thirst hadn’t bothered her?
I sighed. Bella looked up at me with confusion in her eyes. I squeezed her hand to let her know everything was alright.
I still wasn’t sure what I was going to do about Charlie. Now I had to worry about Bella, too.
As we stepped into the house, Bella turned and kissed my cheek. “I’m going to go take a shower, okay?”
“Of course, love,” I replied. “Take your time.”
Shock crossed Bella’s face for a second, before she quickly composed it to look relaxed. Of course that would worry her. I was usually telling her to hurry back to me, but I needed to talk to Carlisle alone.
She turned and ran up the stairs. I sighed. I didn’t want to talk to Carlisle right now. I wanted to be upstairs comforting Bella. She had to be hurt and confused.
The hot water helped to calm me. I decided to stay in the shower a few extra minutes. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to hear what everyone was saying downstairs. I don’t think I’m ready for that just yet.
“Dammit, Edward!” I suddenly heard Rosalie scream. She must of gone outside, because I heard the door slam just a few seconds later. I sighed. Rosalie had never been a fan of mine, and she probably didn’t like me becoming a permanent part of her family. I always intended to become an immortal, but I didn’t think it would happen so quickly. I barely knew half the Cullens at all, but I feel like I’ve known them for years.
“Come on, babe. Don’t be like that!” Emmett hollered after her. The door slammed a second time. Well, at least Emmett liked me. Jasper was the only one who hadn’t made his feelings toward me obvious. He usually kept to himself a lot. I figured he was only here because of Alice. He would follow Alice anywhere, just as I would follow Edward.
I sighed again. Edward. The last time I looked in his eyes, they weren’t filled with usual comfort and reassurance I was used to. They were filled with worry and concern. He didn’t even try to hide it.
I’d finally gotten relaxed, and I worked myself up again. I started my calming process over again.
I concentrated on my breathing. Deep breath in, deep breath out.
I decided to get out when the hot water started to run out. I dried myself off and looked around to find the old sweats and t-shirt I had laid out. I saw a pair of what could only be designer jeans and an expensive looking blouse.
On top of them was a note:
Did you honestly think I was going to let you wear old sweats on your first day as a vampire? Silly, Bella.
P.S. Don’t even bother. Your plan is going to fail. : )
I sighed. I suppose I could give Alice one day of free reign. How much damage could she do? Besides, she might even lay off for a little while.
Alice squealed downstairs. I heard her run up to Edward’s room. I quickly got dressed.
She burst into the bathroom and pulled me into a bone crushing hug.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you! I promise you won’t regret it. We’ll have so much fun. You are the best sister ever.” She had released me and was now jumping up and down clapping.
I had always thought of Alice as the sister I never had, but I didn’t know she felt that way about me.
I pulled her into a gentle hug. If it were possible, tears would have been falling down my cheeks. I was truly touched. “Thank you, Alice.”
“Huh?” Alice pulled away to look at me in confusion. “You hate it when I buy you clothes.”
“I had no idea you thought of me that way, Alice. I love you so much.” I pulled her back into my arms.
“Of course I think of you as a sister, Bella. You’re part of our family. We all love you.”
“Except Rosalie,” I murmured.
“You heard that?” Alice asked.
“Mhm,” I mumbled.
“She’ll come around. Honestly, she just jealous.”
“Jealous?” Edward had told me the same thing, but I thought he had just been saying that to make me feel better.
“Of course she’s jealous of you. Hasn’t Edward told about him and Rose?”
“Yes, he did. It was just so hard to believe that Rosalie Hale was jealous of me.” It was still hard to believe that she had been jealous of a helpless human.
Alice laughed. “You don’t see yourself clearly, do you?”
“So I’ve been told,” It was true. Edward had told me multiple times that I was much more beautiful than I gave myself credit for.
“Well, it’s true,” Alice stated. “Come on. I’m sure you want to get back to Edward.”
I always felt anxious when I was away from him, and I was ready to be back in his safe arms. “Yes, I do,” I smiled up at Alice.
As I turned to run out the door, I smacked right into Edward.
“Oh!” I exclaimed. Edward chuckled.
“How was your shower, love?” His lips brushed my throat as he spoke. I was still surprised at how warm his breath was.
“Relaxing,” I whispered. My lips met his. He crushed his lips to mine. I ran my tongue around his mouth. His lips parted and his tongue came into my mouth. He had never done that before. He usually would have pulled back by now. I gasped in shock.
“I’m sorry,” he murmured. “I thought you wanted me to.” Edward looked down in embarrassment.
I pulled his chin up so he was looking in my eyes. “Don’t be,” I whispered. “I liked it.”
“That’s my cue to leave.” Alice laughed.
I ignored her. I focused all my attention on Edward. Somehow we had ended up on the couch. Our bodies molded together, moving with each other. His tongue had found it’s way back into my mouth.
“Finally!” We heard Emmett exclaim from downstairs.
Edward sighed. “What’s wrong?” I asked. He wasn’t seriously going to put our boundaries back up, was he? After all, I wasn’t breakable anymore.
“Emmett isn’t going to leave us alone,” Edward murmured.
“It also seems you promised Alice a dress up day?” Edward asked. “Esme is very excited.”
I sighed. “Yes, I did.”
He chuckled. “You’re going to have fun. Alice has lots of things planned.”
I groaned. “Can’t it wait?” I pressed my lips against his once more.
“No, it can’t!” Alice hollered.
“Aw man. I spoke too soon,” Emmett chuckled from downstairs.
Edward sighed again. “Emmett,” we both sounded annoyed.
“Bella, you have two minutes to get in here!” Alice yelled.
“I better go,” I sighed.
“Not just yet,” Edward disagreed. His arm wrapped around my waist and he crushed his lips to mine for a second and pulled away.
After my head cleared, I found my voice. “You need to stop teasing me like that,” I said.
Edward looked at me in confusion. Emmett and Jasper roared with laughter downstairs.
“What did I do wrong?” Edward whimpered.
“That’s the problem, you’re much too good,” I laughed. “You’re always making me dizzy. And, you pull away too quickly.”
“I’m sorry, love,” he murmured. “I didn’t realize I was teasing you.” He chuckled.
“BELLA!” Alice hollered.
“You better go. Alice can get pretty scary, sometimes.”
“I heard that Edward Cullen!”
“Good,” Edward replied.
I quickly kissed him on the cheek, then I ran toward Alice’s room.
The hot water poured from shower head. It felt nice against my frozen skin. I concentrated on the sound of the water running through the pipes. I was trying to keep my mind away from Edward. Last night had been another perfect night. I remembered as he caressed my body with his—STOP! It took all my will power not to jump out of the bathroom and into his arms.
I turned off the water and stepped out of the shower. I dried myself and got dressed. I slowly walked into Edward’s room, but he wasn’t there. So, I ran downstairs and into the living room.
“There you are,” I breathed. He was sitting in the armchair on the other side of the room. I walked over to him and sat in his lap.
He chuckled and pulled my body closer to his. “You haven’t hunted in quite awhile,” he said. “Would you like to do that today?”
The honest answer was no. The thought of blood still disgusted me. But I knew Edward worried when I didn’t hunt, so I told him yes.
“Excellent. I need to show you around the area and tell you some things about it,” Carlisle looked over at Edward and he nodded.
“Just us, or does anyone else want to come?” I asked. I looked around at everyone, and they all shook their heads.
“You two go have fun, dear,” Esme said.
“It sounded like they had enough fun last night,” Emmett smiled.
“You and Rosalie were having a party in your room, too,” Edward muttered. I hadn’t heard anyone in the entire house last night. I had been too focused on Edward.
“Come on, let’s go,” I stood up and grabbed his hand. We headed out toward the door.
After we were a few miles from the house, I turned to Edward. “What do you need to talk to me about, Edward?” I asked.
He sighed. I could tell he didn’t really want to bring the topic up, but I knew it was something I needed to know.
“I’m honestly not sure you’ll believe me,” He admitted.
“6 months ago, if you would have told me I was going to fall in love with a vampire and spend eternity with him and 6 other vampires, I would have had you admitted to a mental hospital,” I said. He burst out laughing.
“But here I am” I finished.
“But here we are,” he corrected.
“So what’s so unbelievable that you can’t tell me?” I asked.
“You know where La Push is, right?” He said after a few seconds.
“Sure. Charlie is good friends with Billy Black. He lives down there,” I said.
“Yes, well the Blacks are defiantly a part of this,” he whispered.
“Don’t tell me they’re vampires, too!” I hadn’t noticed anything strange about them, although I hadn’t really spent a lot time around them. Since I’d come to Forks, I’d spent almost all my time with Edward.
“No, they’re not vampires,” he sighed. His tone implied there was more to it than that.
“Please, Edward. Will you just tell me whatever it is you have to say?” I asked.
“Promise not to interrupt?”
“Okay, here it is goes,” he took a deep breath and began. “About seventy years ago, before Alice and Jasper joined us, Carlisle, Esme, Emmett, Rosalie, and I lived in Forks. We were out hunting one day, when we ran into some “people” from La Push.” He made air quotes around the word people. “One of these “people” was Billy Black’s grandfather.
“These people turned out to be werewolves. They could take on the form a wolf or a man. They usually phased into a wolf when they lost their anger. They are not very stable creatures. The wolves didn’t want us on their land. They almost attacked us, but Carlisle convinced them that we weren’t like other vampires. He told them that we didn’t eat humans, only animals.
“So we made a treaty with them. They wouldn’t attack us as long we never bit another human, and we stayed off their land.” Edward paused. He wouldn’t make eye contact with me. I remembered Jacob telling me this that day on the beach. The memory was human memory, so it was dark and fuzzy, but it was one of the clearest I had. It was the night I figured out Edward was a vampire.
“Is Billy a werewolf? Is that why he has to use a wheelchair?” Charlie had never told me what caused Billy to have to be in a wheelchair.
“No. Billy Black is not a werewolf,” he murmured. “I don’t know why he has to a wheelchair.” Why would Edward bring up Billy, if he wasn’t a werewolf? I finally understood.
“Is Jacob a werewolf?” I whispered.
He nodded. “The pack has grown. We thought the line had died out, but a few years back Sam Uley phased. I don’t know the exact number, but there are 7 or 8 wolves now.”
“I still don’t understand why that is important,” I said.
“The treaty is still intact. We must follow it,” he said. “I need to show you where the line is, so you don’t accidentally cross over unto their land.”
“Oh,” I said.
“There is also another problem,” Edward sighed.
“What is it?” I asked.
“They don’t know about you,” he said. “If one of them were to see you with me they would assume one of us had turned you. They would declare war.”
“No,” I said. “Jacob and I are friends. We’ve known each other since we were in diapers. He wouldn’t declare war on our family!”
“He would. Carlisle can explain it better than I can,” he said. “Right now, we need to contact the leader of the wolves and explain your situation. Carlisle thought it would be best if we called Jacob and asked him to bring some of his friends up here to meet us.”
“Sure,” I said. “I haven’t seen Jacob since he told me about you.”
“As, yes,” Edward smiled. “I remember you telling me about him. Poor boy.” He chuckled.
“What are you going to say to him?” I asked.
“I’m not one-hundred percent sure yet,” He frowned. “I guess I’m just going to wing it.”
He reached into his pocket and pulled out his cell phone. He dialed it and put it up to his ear.
Billy picked up on the third ring. “Hello?”
“May I please speak to Jacob?” Edward was always so polite and kind. Especially to people he didn’t know. I kissed him softly on the cheek.
“He’s asleep, right now. Can he call you back later?” Billy asked.
“It’s rather urgent,” Edward explained.
“Who is this, anyway?” Billy demanded.
Edward sighed. “I am Edward Cullen. My family and I need to discuss something with the wolf pack. As I already said, it’s urgent.”
Billy stopped breathing. “Jacob! Wake up! Phone’s for you!”
“Can I call them back?” Jacob asked sleepily.
“It’s the bloodsuckers,” Billy whispered. I gasped. Edward put his arm around my waist.
“Don’t be offended, love,” Edward said. “They have all sorts of nicknames for us.”
I nodded. I still couldn’t believe Billy had called us that, though.
“What?!” Jacob yelled through the phone.
“Hello, Jacob,” Edward said. “There is a matter that I need to discuss with you and your pack. Would you mind meeting us somewhere?
“I’m sure we can arrange a meeting place off the reservation,”
“Of course,” Edward agreed. “Just tell me when and where.”
“There’s a clearing about 5 miles north west of the rez. Be there at midnight. Just to warn you, I’m sure the whole pack will want to be there.”
“We’ll all come as well,” Edward said. “There’s one more thing, though.”
“What?” Jacob demanded.
“Tonight, will you allow us to explain what’s happened before you jump to conclusions?” Edward asked.
“What do you mean?”
“I would like to discuss this in person with the leader present, but all I’m asking is that you don’t attack us until you’ve given us a chance to speak. We will of course follow the same rule.”
“Whatever, leech,” Jacob muttered. “You’re not making any sense, but I’ll tell Sam not to attack you until we’ve heard what you had to say.”
“Thank you,” Edward replied.
“Whatever.” The phone clicked.
“That was unbelievably rude!” I shouted.
“I’m sorry, love. I did my best to be polite to him. I needed him to listen.”
“Not you, Edward,” I paused. “Jacob. He was awful to you. He called us bloodsuckers and leeches. How could he? The Blacks have been family friends for years.”
“No, Bella,” He whispered softly. “The Blacks have been friends with the Swans for years. They’ve never been friends with Cullens. They’ve hated us since we first came to Forks, over seventy years ago.”
He wrapped his arms around me while I cried silent tears. I didn’t know Billy or Jacob very well, but they had been some of my first friends when I came to Forks. Jacob was the one who told me truth about Edward. Charlie and I had always considered them family.
“It’s okay, love,” Edward whispered in my ear. “They won’t hurt you. They’ll never touch you.”
“What about you, and everyone else?” I whimpered. “What if they hurt Alice and Jasper, Esme and Carlisle, or Rosalie and Emmett? I’m not worried about myself. I’m worried about my family.” He hugged me closer to his body.
“Don’t worry, love. We’ll all be fine. The wolves have promised not to attack us. Once we explain everything, they’ll see that the treaty isn’t broken. They won’t have any reason to attack us.”
“Promise?” I whispered.
He chuckled. “I swear, Bella. Nothing is going to touch you or anyone else.”
“M’kay. I believe you.” I did believe him, but I was still worried.
Edward thought it would be a good idea to wait until after we talked to the wolves to show me the treaty line, and I agreed with him. We spent the next few hours hunting. I asked Edward questions about the wolves, but he was reluctant to answer.
At eleven thirty, we headed home and told everyone about our scheduled meeting with the wolves. Emmett was very excited, but everyone else was uncomfortable. We got ready and headed out toward the clearing Jacob had mentioned.
“Stay behind me and keep quiet, please,” I whispered to Bella. She nodded.
Here they come! Emmett shouted.
There’s a new scent. Thought the leader.
Great, another leech to worry about. Said someone else.
Calm down, Embry. They’ve kept their word, so far.
Shut up, Seth. The last thought was Jacob. They’re still filthy bloodsuckers.
Jacob, please. It was the leader again. We need to concentrate.
The first set of eyes entered the clearing. They were quickly followed by three more sets. Eventually, all eight wolves were standing a dozen feet away.
Damn, look at all of them. Emmett thought
Oh, my. Esme said.
A low growl erupted from several of the wolves.
Those leeches took Bella away from Charlie! They turned her into one of them! Jacob added several profanities to his thoughts.
They broke the treaty! Let’s attack them now!
Embry, we promised them a chance to explain themselves. Then, we can attack them.
Sam, are you blind!? That filthy bloodsucker turned Bella Swan into a vampire. You’ve seen how upset Charlie is. This has affected everyone. We can’t just sit back, and do nothing.
“Welcome,” Carlisle announced.
You have two minutes to explain yourselves, said the leader.
“They’ve given us two minutes before they attack,” I told Carlisle.
Can that leech read minds? Someone asked.
“Yes, I can,” I replied. Several of the wolves growled.
90 seconds, the leader warned.
“Carlisle,” I warned.
“Last week, three nomad vampires came through Washington,” Carlisle began. “One of them came across Bella’s scent, and decided to track her. We all protected her, and tried to make her safe. Unfortunately, the tracker found a way around us and bit her. Edward was able to save Bella before James killed her, but he was too late suck the venom out. He had no choice, but to let the change the happen. The treaty is still intact, we haven’t broken it.”
None of the wolves’ thoughts were coherent. All I could make out was a string of profanities. Most of them came from Jacob and Sam.
I think they’re telling the truth, one of the youngest said.
Shut up, Seth.
Does it really matter if they’re telling the truth or not? Bella’s a leech now! They swore they would never change another human!
They’ve kept they’re word, Jacob. They ha—
Jacob, listen! I don’t like this anymore than you do, but they’re telling the truth. I would love to rip each of their heads off, but they’ve given us no reason to attack them.
A deep growl erupted of Jacob’s chest.
Go, Jacob. We can handle this. After the leader gave him permission, Jacob ran off into the forest.
What’s happening, Edward? Carlisle asked.
Do they believe us? Esme said.
Stupid, dogs. We could take them in a fight any day! Emmett shouted.
Mind-reader! The leader shouted.
“Yes?” I turned to face the black wolf.
Can you translate for us? He asked.
“Certainly,” I replied.
I turned to face my family. “The wolves would like me translate for them.”
“Of course,” Carlisle said.
We’ve decided that you are telling the truth. The treaty remains intact, but we’ll be watching.
“They believe we are telling the truth. The treaty remains intact, but they would want to warn us that they will be watching,” I said.
“That sounds reasonable,” Carlisle said.
We would like to speak with Bella, the leader said.
I turned to Bella. “What?” She whispered.
“They want to speak to you,” I said.
“Alone?” Worry flashed in her eyes.
Yes, one of the other wolves answered.
I nodded. “Are you okay with that?”
When she didn’t answer I turned toward Alice.
“Alice?” I asked.
I can’t see. I can’t see anything! I haven’t been able to see since we decided to meet the wolves. What’s happened?
“You can’t see?” I asked.
“No!” Alice shouted.
What are the leeches talking about now? Someone asked.
I don’t have a clue. Do I look like I speak bloodsucker?
Paul, Jared, concentrate. Sam commanded. Mind-reader. Can we speak with Bella, or not?
“Love,” I whispered. “Will you be okay talking to the wolves?”
Bella nodded. “Will you stay with me?”
I turned to look at the black wolf.
No way, Sam! Don’t let him. Look what he’s done to Charlie’s kid! We need to talk to Bella alone.
“Are you planning on phasing back into humans, so you can talk?” I asked.
Yes we were, bloodsucker.
“I think Bella should be involved in this conversation, then.” I put my arm around Bella’s shoulder, and pulled her closer to my body.
Whatever, leech. Three of the wolves retreated into the forest to phase, while the other four stayed behind.
“What are they doing?” Carlisle asked.
“Three of the wolves are phasing into humans so they can speak for themselves,” I said.
“Okay, leech,” The leader said. “Can we talk to her, or not?”
“That’s not my decision. Ask Bella,” I nodded my head towards Bella.
“I don’t know,” Bella muttered.
“Why not?” yelled the boy standing on the leader’s left.
“If you have something to say to me, you can say it in front of everyone else,” Bella said.
Hanging around leeches has given Bella an attitude. Said one of the wolves.
She’s probably just upset. You would be upset too, if you were turned into a vampire against your will. Said the youngest one.
Shut up, Seth. I smiled. Seth was only one who hadn’t called us either a bloodsucker or a leech. I didn’t like him, but he was my favorite werewolf. The other wolves seemed to pick on him the most, though.
“We just wanted to know if—“ The one on the left had spoken again.
“Go on, Embry,” The leader urged.
“We wanted to know if you are okay.” Embry finished.
Bella stared at him in confusion. “I don’t understand. I mean, I’m alive after all!”
Several of the wolves snorted. Others growled in digust.
Alive my ass!
She’s better off dead.
Poor, Bella. She’s really lost it. The last thought was Seth. He really was a sweet kid.
“So, you’re okay with being a bloodsucker?” The one on the right asked.
Alice snorted. “Okay with it? Bella’s wanted this for a long time.”
“Alice,” I whispered.
What did that leech say? Bella wanted to become a bloodsucker?
You’re right, Paul. She’s better off dead. I growled at whichever dog was Paul.
Bella rubbed her hand up and down my back. “It’s okay,” she whispered. She kissed my cheek.
All the wolves growled in disgust.
“Is that true, Bella?” Embry asked. “You wanted to become a leech.”
Bella nodded. “I wanted to wait, so I could figure out things with Charlie first, but that part was out of my control.”
Couldn’t you have done anything? If you loved her so much, you could’ve found a way to save her. The dogs were really starting to get on my nerves. My patience was growing thin, and Carlisle could see that.
“So,” he began, “Is it agreed that the treaty is still intact?”
“Yes,” growled the leader. “You have given us no reason to attack you, tonight.”
“Thank you. We will leave in peace.”
We turned and sprinted into the forest.
We ran through the forest hand in hand. I didn’t want to stop. I couldn’t get the night’s events out of my head. I had figured out quickly which wolf was Jacob. I don’t think he ever took his eyes off of me. Suddenly, he was gone. I wonder why he took off.
Edward had growled multiple times tonight. It was probably a reaction from the wolves’ thoughts. Again, I wondered what had upset him so much.
Edward had shouted something at Alice. “You can’t see?”
“No!” She had screamed back. I wondered what that was about.
No. I was done wondering. I had to know. I needed my questions answered. Now.
“Edward,” I asked.
“Shh, love. Not here. Not now,” he whispered.
“I need to know,” I started.
“I’ll tell you, I promise. I’ll explain everything. Just please wait until we get home.” He squeezed my hand and kissed the top of my head.
I nodded. “Okay.” We continued the rest of the way in silence.
We arrived at the house in just a few minutes. We walked into the dining room and sat down at the table. Emmett and Rosalie walked in next. They were shortly followed by Carlisle and Esme. Jasper walked in next. He looked over at Edward, and Edward nodded.
“Where’s Alice?” I murmured. I knew everyone could hear, but for some reason I felt safer whispering.
“She has a headache,” Edward whispered back. “I’ll explain in a minute.”
“What were the wolves really thinking, Edward?” Esme asked.
“It was amazing. All of their minds were linked. They could communicate with each through their thoughts. Absolutely amazing,” he trailed off
“That’s fantastic, but let’s get down to what they were actually saying,” Rosalie snapped.
“They were all thinking along the same lines,” Edward spoke as though no one had interrupted him. “They were all disgusted. Well, except for Seth. He was…understanding.”
Emmett snorted. Edward glared at him. Emmett just shrugged.
“One of them, Paul,” he made a face when he said his name. “he believed us, but he wanted to attack us anyway. His mind was confusing. But when Sam commanded him to stay calm, he had no other choice. He was forced to obey.”
“What do you mean?” Carlisle asked.
“He couldn’t refuse. I didn’t think much of it at the time. I was too focused on his thoughts.” Edward sighed.
I squeezed his hand under the table. “What about Alice?” I asked. “You said she couldn’t see or something.”
“She was freaking out,” It was Jasper who spoke this time. “Ever since Edward called the wolves she lost her sight. She was trying not to think about too much. There were more important things that Edward needed to be worried about.
“She said she felt numb. I tried to help, but it was a physical feeling not an emotional one. Then, once we left her sight flooded back to her. She wasn’t it expecting to come at her so fast. She was overwhelmed. She’s upstairs with a headache.”
“I didn’t know vampires got headaches,” I said.
“We don’t,” Carlisle said. “I’ve never heard of an immortal getting a headache. Have you, Edward?”
“No,” Edward answered. “Never.”
“I should go check on her.” Jasper threw Edward one last look before he left the room.
“Why did Jacob run off?” I asked.
Edward sighed. “You knew that was him.”
I nodded. “He stared at me the whole time. He only took his eyes off me once or twice to glare to you.”
Edward chuckled. “Do you remember when you tricked information out of Jacob?”
“Yes. I remember everything about that night. It’s my strongest memory.”
“You told me that you flirted with him. Apparently, he took that seriously. He had a very strong crush on you. Did you know that?”
“No!” I laughed. “I still can’t believe he believed me. I must’ve looked like an idiot.”
Emmett burst out laughing. “You flirted with a dog?”
“Hmph. That was before I knew about you guys. Must’ve done a pretty good job, because I got him to tell me about you, didn’t I?”
“No, Emmett,” Edward warned.
“What?” Carlisle, Esme, Rosalie, and I all asked at once.
“He broke the treaty,” Emmett whispered.
“Yes!” Rosalie hissed.
“The wolves?” Carlisle asked.
“Wait!” I shouted. “I think someone should tell me all the rules, before we go any farther!”
“They’re pretty simple, Bella,” Alice started. “We aren’t allowed to go unto their reservation. They believed us, when we said we didn’t kill humans but they still didn’t want us around their people.
“The easiest thing to remember is that, we aren’t allowed to bite a human. If the wolves were to find out that we did bite a human, they would declare war.” Alice smirked.
“That’s pretty much it,” she finished.
“What do we get out of the deal?” I asked.
“The wolves don’t tell people what we really are.” Emmett groaned.
“Isn’t that a good thing?” I asked.
“Emmett thinks they get the better end of the deal,” Edward whispered.
“Well they do!” Emmett shouted.
“Just get over it, and go on with life, Emmett!” Rosalie complained. “You can be such a baby sometimes!”
“So, how did the wolves break the treaty?” I asked.
“Jacob told you that we were vampires!” Emmett shouted.
“So? Edward was going to end up telling me anyway,” I said.
“Yes, but now we get a chance to kick their asses!” Rosalie shouted.
“Calm down, everyone,” Carlisle said. Jasper snickered from upstairs.
“The dog didn’t mean to break the treaty. In his defense, he didn’t believe the treaty was real. It was before he phased,” Edward said.
“Since when do you defend dogs, Edward?” Emmett sneered.
“I’m not trying to protect him,” Edward began. “I just don’t think it’s fair.”
“Edward’s right, Emmett. It wasn’t the wolf’s fault,” Carlisle said.
“I agree,” Esme said.
“So do I,” I squeezed Edward’s hand under the table again.
“Well I don’t!” Emmett shouted.
“Neither do I,” Rosalie said.
“What about Jasper and Alice, Edward?” Carlisle asked.
“We agree with Carlisle!” Jasper shouted.
“So it’s agreed that the wolves didn’t purposefully break the treaty,” Carlisle said.
Emmett growled in disapproval.
“Unto to the next problem,” Edward sighed.
“Alice, do you feel any better?” Carlisle shouted upstairs.
Alice danced into the dining room with Jasper right behind her. “Yes, I do, Carlisle. Thanks.”
“Why do you think Alice can’t see the wolves?” Edward asked.
“I’m not sure. Maybe they’re born with a natural defense?” Carlisle suggested.
“But, I can hear them,” Edward replied.
“Maybe she can’t see them because they’re filthy dogs,” Emmett joked.
“Maybe you’re right,” Jasper said.
“I was kidding, bro,” Emmett said.
“I know that, but think about it. When they wolves phase, they aren’t human anymore. The wolf in them takes over all their senses. Maybe they’re so unstable that their future is unpredictable.”
“I think you’re right, Jasper,” Edward agreed.
“It makes sense,” Esme said.
“Yes, it does,” Carlisle agreed. I still didn’t know much about the wolves, so I decided to keep my mouth shut. I didn’t want to say anything stupid.
“You’re so smart, Jasper,” Alice leaned forward and gave Jasper a passionate kiss on the lips.
“Sometimes it just comes to me,” Jasper joked. They continued to kiss each other, so we took that as a dismissal to the family meeting