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.
Author's Note: This chapter is highly influenced by two songs, so I wanted to give both singers credit for them and to mention that no copyright is intended.
The Box by Randy Travis http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-EEynSrD5s&feature=results_main...
Love Me by Collin Raye http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMgMi3wA3C0
WARNING – Tissues needed.
Chapter 30 – THE BOX
Thunder rumbled in the distance and the sky was filled with dark black clouds. I stood on the sacred grounds before a large hole that had been dug and filled so that a large brown mound covered the surface. As chief, performing funerals was always one of the hardest things that I did. Typically I would do what the family wanted me to do and read a poem, scripture, or blessing for them and there wasn't a single family that did not want Dad to be standing by my side. I was always grateful that he was there, giving me advice of what to say and do for the grieving family.
But today, that grieving family was my own and buried beneath the chunks of dirt was my father.
Three months after the camping trip with the family he had a massive heart attack. Rachel called Sue and Leah and they did what they could, but he died in the back of Charlie's cruiser on the way to the hospital. It was amazing to me how one man was able to touch so many lives. I doubt there was a single person in the tribe that hasn't heard him tell stories or that he hasn't taught to fish or carve. He never let being in a wheelchair keep him from doing the things that he loved.
The past several days have been extremely difficult making arrangements. The younger kids do not really understand, but know that everyone was sad. The older kids all considered him to be their “grandpa” and he treated them all like they were his grand kids regardless of if they really were. It had been such a hard day on everyone. The entire tribe blew me away with their generosity and the way that they gave tribute to my dad. The pack united together and danced, the same that we did for Sam's funeral. Then everyone went back to their own home, except for Rachel's kids, who went with Kim to her house and my kids went with Seth to his house.
Lightening streaked across the sky as big fat drops began to fall over me. I didn't care, but I also knew that Rebecca and Rachel were waiting for me back at the house. Neither of them would appreciate me arriving completely soaked. With heavy steps I turned and began to walk back towards Rachel's house. It was like God waited for me to get there before the skies opened completely and a hard rain beat against the roof of the house.
“Hey Jake.” Paul said quietly as I came inside.
“Hey,” I replied as I took my shoes off, placing them by the door.
“Kwan and myself are going to go help with kid control.” Paul said as he put on his rain jacket.
“Alright, thank you.” I said to both of them.
“Even though I didn't know him as well, he called Rebecca every week and spoke to Sarai over the phone. We will miss him very much.” Kwan zipped up his coat, and opened the door for Paul to leave with him.
“Again, thank you.”
I could feel a lump in my throat gather as they both left and Bella came to me, hugging me tightly which I reciprocated with a sad smile. Charlie and Sue were sitting on the couch, holding on to each other. The TV was on, but I'm not sure that either of them were really watching it. Rebecca and Rachel were sitting at the kitchen table, each with large mugs of coffee and their eyes were red and swollen.
In the middle of the table was an old brown box. I had seen it several times inside the bottom drawer of the desk that Dad sat at to carve and I assumed that it was knives or tools that he used.
“Do you know what this is?” Rebecca asked, when she noticed me looking at the box.
I shook my head. “Not specifically, no.”
I poured myself some coffee and joined them at the table, pulling Bella into my lap. I needed the comfort that her being near me would provide. Bella sat comfortably, resting one arm across my shoulders at times running her hand through my hair that came down to the middle of my back.
Rachel opened the box and immediately I could see an assortment of papers, books, pictures, and several things that appeared to be random at first.
“Oh my gosh . . .” Rebecca whispered, pulling out a folded paper. “Do you know what this is?”
I shook my head and she handed it to me. The paper was yellowed from age and the creases were thick from being opened and then refolded the same way many time. Right in the middle there was a small hole that had been punctured through it. I opened it and read.
If you get there before I do, don't give up on me. I'll meet you when my chores are through. I don't know how long I'll be, but I'm not gonna let you down. Darling wait and see. And between now and then, till I see you again, I'll be loving you. Love me.
The words were vaguely family, but I couldn't place them. “What is this?” I asked.
“It is a letter that Mom wrote to Dad.” Rachel answered.
“Dad read this note at her funeral.” Rebecca, took a shaky breath and wiped the tears from her eyes with the sleeve of her sweatshirt.
“Oh yeah . . .” I nodded, starting to remember.
“Did Billy ever tell you the significance of that letter?” Sue asked.
I turned and looked at her, as all four of us shook our heads 'no'. She was still sitting on the couch, holding Charlie's hand.
Sue smiled sadly, taking a deep breath. “It seems so strange to think of someone not liking Billy, but Sarah's father didn't want her to marry him. She came from a pretty wealthy family and her father had wild dreams of her getting out of La Push and doing something different with her life. He didn't feel like Billy could provide those opportunities for her. He also didn't stop to think that Sarah loved La Push and had no desire of ever leaving. So Billy and Sarah decided to run away and get married at the first place they came to. Nailed to the tree where they were to meet was that letter, and Billy waited five hours before Sarah came and they did exactly as they planned. Billy kept the letter for years as a reminder that Sarah would always come to him and that he would always wait for her. But even more, it was a promise that whether they were together or apart they would always love each other.”
“Wow,” I whispered with tears streaming down my face. Bella was sobbing into my shoulder and Rachel and Rebecca had both gone through an entire box of tissues.
“You do not see love like what they had very often.” Charlie added. “I have only seen it one other time.” Charlie looked at Bella sitting in my lap and we both smiled weakly at him.
“What happened after they were married?” Rebecca asked.
“It was hard for them for several years. Billy wanted to prove that he could provide and that he was worthy of Sarah. It took some time, but before her father died he had given them his blessing.” Sue answered.
We all knew that Dad had loved Mom very much and that her death was hard on each of us.
We rarely ever talked about her and going through this box gave us the opportunity to do that.
There was a dried flower, placed inside of a plastic bag. “Oh wow . . .” Rebecca mumbled. “He kept it.”
“What?” Rachel asked.
“This flower is from when I got married and he flew with us to Hawaii. I didn't want him to come because of it being so expensive and him being in his chair.” She looked down, feeling guilty. “I didn't think that he would be able to actually help.”
I reached across the table to her and took her hand. We all had moments that we looked back on and regretted what we did. She squeezed my hand and then continued. “He was stubborn and insisted on coming and these flowers were scattered all over the front of the house so I picked one and told him to keep it. I placed it in the baggy so it wouldn't get lost on his way back home. I never dreamed that he actually kept it.”
I took a drink of my now cold coffee, grimacing. Standing up, I reheated it in the microwave. As I waited for it to heat, I listened to the rain pound on the rooftop. Looking out the window lightening tore across the sky, followed quickly by a loud clap of thunder. The microwave dinged and I returned to the table. We continued to go through the box, sometimes we didn't understand the significance of something, but often we would smile or cry softly. I knew that Dad was private, especially with his emotions, but at the same time I knew that he loved us all. He always told me that I had Mom's smile, but I always felt like I smiled like my dad.
There was a picture of Mom and Dad standing by the first truck they ever bought.
“Oh my gosh!” Bella gasped, looking at the picture. “Is that my truck?”
“Yep.” I smiled at her.
“It's so pretty and new.”
I laughed lightly. “Yeah, most vehicles do start off that way.”
Bella rolled her eyes playfully and smacked my chest. “Well, duh.”
“Well aren't you Ms. Smartypants.”
“I learned from the best.” She smirked.
“So Quil taught you.” I grinned.
“Actually . . . yes.” Bella smiled, leaning her head on my shoulder and I gave her a short squeeze around her waist.
There was a large crack of thunder and the house shook softly.
“It is really getting intense out there.” Charlie said, standing at the window. As if to respond there was an even larger flash of light and then everything went dark.
“Whoa!” I looked around. “Do you have flashlights?” I asked Rachel.
“Yeah, I do.” She got up from the table and grabbed one from the coat closet and then used it to find two others inside the house.
“There is a lantern with the camping stuff do you want me to get it?” I asked.
“Sure. Where is it?” Rebecca replied.
“In the garage, I'll need to go outside.”
We decided to wait a few minutes to see if the power would come back on and used the flashlights. Sue got some more coffee for herself and Charlie from the coffee pot, before it got cold and they both joined us at the table. We continued to go through the box.
“Hey, cool.” I picked up an old single blade pocket knife. “I gave this to Dad for Father's Day, but then later he used it to first teach me how to carve.” I flicked open the blade and ran my thumb across it, surprised when it cut my finger. “Ouch!”
“Jacob!” Bella jumped out of my lap and tugged me to stand with her.
“Jeez Bella, it's just a minor cut. No big deal.” I washed my hands at the sink with soap and cold water and Sue made me put some antibiotic cream and bandaid on it, before sitting back down.
“Why did you run your finger over the blade?” Charlie asked.
“I didn't expect it to be sharp. Dad taught me with this particular knife specifically because it was dull and so I wouldn't cut myself. Dad must have sharpened it at some point.”
Rachel pulled out an old leather Bible. “Wasn't that Mom's?” Rebecca asked, taking it from Rachel.
“Yeah, I think so.” Rachel answered.
Bella took it from Rachel and began flipping through it. “Did Billy read this as well?”
“Not that I know of.” I answered. “Why?”
“He has stuff written in it, dates when the kids were born, Quil getting married, and several others.”
“He must have done that for Sarah.” Sue smiled. “Each morning she used to read her Bible and would write down small things like a diary.” It was really great having Sue and Charlie here because they were able to fill in some things that we didn't know about, especially about the early years of Mom and Dad's life together.
“Do you think that Dad stayed in love with Mom even after she died?” Rachel asked.
“I do.” Charlie answered.
“Did you ever encourage him to date again?” I asked Charlie.
Charlie glanced at Sue for a moment and then looked down, shaking his head. I always knew that Dad had a lot of respect for Sue and honestly I expected them to get together at some point. Sue went through a lot when she lost Harry and both of her children became wolves, so it created a natural bond between them. However, I also know that Bella felt like Charlie also liked Sue and so I think that the three of them never did anything about it in order to not destroy their friendship.
Sue gave Charlie a sad smile, placing her hand over his.
Bella cleared her throat awkwardly. “Um, I'm going to see what is in the pantry for dinner.”
“I'll help you.” Rebecca volunteered.
Rachel used her cell phone to call around at the other houses making sure that everyone was alright. Emily still had power at her house so Kim was going to take her family there. Apparently it was a good thing we called because it made us realize that Bella's cell phone had died and I didn't bring mine with me. Bella apologized and was able to tell Seth where the missing doll for Cindy was located. Amber said that everyone was fine at their house, they made a large pallet in their living room for all the kids and had a gas stove top so she could still prepare a warm meal for the evening. Paul and Kwan planned to come back once all of the kids were asleep, unless they fell asleep on the couches before the kids went to sleep.
Bella and Rebecca prepared peanut butter and honey sandwiches for us here. We ate around the table with the box still open in the middle of the table.
“Do you wish that we had gone through this while Dad was alive?” Rachel asked.
I shrugged, not really knowing what to say. Part of me knew that Dad wouldn't want us to go through it if he were here and that made me wonder if we should have at all. Despite feeling guilty I wouldn't trade this experience for anything and I felt like I met a different side of Dad that I didn't know was there.
Three hours later and still no power I decided to head out to the garage for the lantern.
“Do you want me to come?” Bella asked.
“Nah, hopefully it will just be a few minutes. Unless the camping stuff got moved I should know where it is.”
I looked out the window as I zipped up my jacket and pulled the hood over my head. It was pitch black and while the thunderstorm had past, I could still hear rain falling against the glass and the wind as it blew through the trees.
I gave Bella a quick kiss and then went outside. It was really cold with the wind blowing against my face, so I ran at a brisk jog to the garage, opening it quickly. I flicked the light switch, forgetting that was why I was here in the first place and turned on my flashlight instead.
The single beam of light shown over several cardboard boxes, spare parts and tools, as I walked around the garage looking for several old plastic milk crates that held the camping supplies. Paul must have put them away because they were in the top shelf in the back. I got them down, filtering through fire starters and random things until I found the lantern.
I put some matches in my jacket pocket and then placed the crates back on the shelf. I then walked out, closing the garage door behind me. A harsh wind blew from the trees and with it a smell that I knew well and my body stiffened. The lantern shook in my hand.
“What are you doing here?”
*Tear* Twas a beautiful send off JJ! Loved the bits of information in the box. Hhmm, Who is the mystery person? What do they want?
Thank you, I knew I wanted to do something special for Billy, but I really didn't want another huge funeral (like Sam's). So I felt like this would be a great way to keep it character focused and also give a great tribute to Billy.
Beautifully written chapter honoring Billy Black's life! NOW the cliff-hanger!!!! OMG - ' .. a smell that I knew well ...' could only be a vampire!!! Right??
I love Billy Black! He is such a great father and doing alone for most of the children's lives would have been so difficult.
Vampire is a very good theory.
wonder which vampire it is
Sorry, I can't say, :D
This was a beautiful upddate, but sad.
Yeah, I know it was sad. I knew when I decided to take Jacob and Bella into their adult life that I would have to deal with Billy's death. I felt like he deserved more than a short paragraph saying Billy died last year, blah, blah, blah. This seems like a great way to be interesting and still show respect to Billy. Glad you liked it.
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I HAD SO MUCH TO CATCH UP ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OK, TO SUM UP ALL THOSE (O srry, caps was on :P ) other chapters : whoa!thats a lot of kids...good thing for the summary and such cuz i had to go bac to see wat child was whose lol
omg!!!! i feel bad for amber, jackie, bella, jacob, seth and embry :'( so they can still imprint huh? boo......
thank god jackie came bac, embry was so <3 broken :(
awww, the last chapter was so cute and funny with the whole but grabbing thing lolz, glad everyone had fun :)
now, for this chapter: WAT???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AS SOON AS U SAID THE TISSUE WARNING + the stuff from last chapt. i kne it was sumthing with billy :'( i really hope they will be alright :( the box stuff was cute and was really sweet how they were learning bout their parents love <3
also........ I KNE IT I KNE IT I KNE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I KNE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i just absolutley kne SOMETHING wooould happen. the whole garage stuff seemed a bit too...i dont kno? innocent? bland? and therefore, cliff hanger * sigh* its a vampire right? i would think so.....but its a smell he kne well, so i dont think its the volutri, hes never seen them rite? yea.... so who????????// edward? nawh, they ok........alice? doubtful.....any other cullen? i highly dont think so........
so yea, the only ones i can think of is the volturi......but that still makes no sence.............. oh well i shall see on tuesday rite ? lolz AWESOME JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
oh and p.s.plz dont think there are ppl losing interest, cuz all who read like :) its a great story too, so i really would like to get a full story out of it.......like The Hunger Games.....(srry really love those books, as i like this tory XD )
ohhh, thats long ....................lol :3
Yep, Jackie sort of came back. I felt like there should be someone who wasn't "ok" with the whole wolf thing and I really did want them to divorce and not be together. But I couldn't do it. And ultimately neither could Jackie because she loves Embry and Embry loves her.
I felt like a fun lighthearted chapter was really needed so that was the goal of the camping trip.
I know :( Poor Billy. I knew that when I wanted to go into Jacob and Bella's adult life that I would be dealing with his death at some point. Going through the box seemed like a perfect way to make tribute to him.
You are very smart :D And I loved reading your comment. Yeah it was hard to decide how much detail to put into his search for the lantern because I agree it was suspicious, but at the same time it was needed. Yep another cliffy.
I'm glad that you are still enjoying the story. I am still enjoying writing the story, it just has grown to be much bigger than I imagined it to be when I started. Good times. :D