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.
well i am also glad that she came back XD and yea, the trip was pretty fun lol
yea..i guess that would come up...hopefully charlie and sue will miracously live forever thou :)
and aww thank u, for both the comment thing and the smartness, im sorta forced to b smart lol, but no, the lantern thing was good
and thats really great, ur a great writer so yep, good times indeed :P
I love this story!
Thank you so much, glad you are enjoying it. Thanks for the comment.
Song by John Denver: Leaving: On a Jet Plane
Chapter 31 – UNKNOWN
The lantern dropped from my shaking fist and rolled across the rain soaked ground. From the night sky rain continued to fall in random drops.
“I said, what are you doing here?”
“I know that I shouldn't be here, but I'm keeping my promise to you.”
“You couldn't call?” I asked.
“I did, neither of you answered.”
I nodded slowly, remembering that Bella's cell phone was dead and I didn't have mine. There was only one reason that I could think of that he would break the treaty in order to come to me and that was the Volturi. There was a long pause and I knew that he was reading my mind.
“Yes, you are correct.” He answered my unspoken thoughts. “It's time.”
“What do they want?” I asked.
He moved out from the trees, his clothes soaked to the bone and his pale skin glowed, despite the darkness that surrounded us. “They want Bella.”
“That is not going to happen.” I promised.
“How much time do we have?” I asked.
“That is not much of a warning, Edward.”
“I'm sorry, they assumed that Bella was already changed and with me. They wanted us both to come today and stalling until tomorrow was the best I could get us.”
“Why didn't Alice see this sooner?”
“Alice said that he just thought of it randomly and decided quickly to check. At this point it is more of a formality that he is even checking, so he didn't put a lot of thought into it before he contacted us.”
It seemed just too easy for them and fast. “How did he know where you were?”
“They see it as their job to always know where we are. Because of our interaction with humans, they consider us to be a risk and a potential problem if we got too close.”
“Too close? Like with what happened with Bella?”
“Correct. Or simply a human figuring out what we are. I am typically able to know if someone is getting suspicious. I am sure that I do not need to tell you that Bella is unique.” He paused for a moment. “However, nothing like that has ever happened before or since.”
I shifted awkwardly from one foot to the other. “Do you have a plan?” I asked.
“Yes, it consist of several plans.”
“Meaning that when one fails, you keep going down the list until something works.”
“That is a pretty crappy plan.”
“Timing is everything, if you lay everything out too quickly then you may not get the same results.”
I nodded my head like that made sense, but in reality it made no sense at all. However, it was just a little reminder of why I didn't enjoy talking to him.
“Jacob, do you and Bella have passports?” He asked.
“I don't, I've never left the country. Bella might still have hers, but not with her.”
“Alright, we will get you one or sneak you in.”
Him saying that made it suddenly real. “We aren't going.”
“Either you go there or I do. And if I go alone, they will be coming here. Your entire tribe will be in danger.”
“What keeps them from being in danger if I go?”
“Aro is not completely unreasonable and his curiosity often gets the better of him. I think that he would find you . . . um, fascinating.”
“Great . . .” I rolled my eyes. “I'm not a science project.”
“To him everything is.”
And I thought you were a freak. I thought to myself, knowing he would hear it.
“I am not sure about that Jacob. I know a lot of vampires, I do not know very many humans that can shift into a wolf.”
I shook my head. “Whatever . . .”
The rain continued to fall softly around us at times almost stopping and then it would pick up again.
“Jake!?” Bella called from the house. “Is everything alright?”
“Come on Jacob, let's go.” Edward whispered, stepping back into the trees.
“She deserves to know.” I whispered back.
“It is only going to scare her.”
“No, I promised her.”
Edward cringed for a moment and then sighed. “Yeah . . . and this is why she is with you . . .”
I cringed as well. Well this is awkward. I sighed.
“Jacob, it is not that simple. If she comes she will be killed or changed.”
“That can't happen.” I could feel my heart rate increase at the thought. “She'll stay here.”
“No she won't. When has she ever agreed to be left behind or not be involved?”
I sighed, knowing he was right especially with something that she felt was her fault. It was her that went to save him without even a second thought to her own personal safety.
“Jacob, you are wrong about one thing. This is my fault, not Bella's.”
“I agree, but good luck getting Bella to agree with you.”
“JACOB!” Bella yelled. “I'm getting scared, please come back inside. If you can't find it, then just forget about it.”
“I need to get back.” I nodded my head towards the house. “Give me a few minutes to talk to Bella.”
“Okay, and Jacob, I am sorry for your loss. I know how much you loved and respected your father.”
“Thank you.” I picked up the lantern off the ground and went back inside the house.
Bella sighed from the kitchen table, as I came in. “I know it is not that late, but it has been a long day so everyone is getting ready for bed. Sue and Charlie are in the kids' room, Becca will stay with Rachel unless Paul and Kwan come home and we are either walking back to our house or . . .” Suddenly she stopped. “What's wrong?”
I hadn't realize that I gave away my emotions so easily, but it made sense that she would have noticed that I was worried. I didn't know what to do. Could we really just go to Italy? We had our family to consider. We had friends and their family to consider if things went terribly wrong. If we were dead with an army of well trained and experienced vampires coming here.
“Jake?” Bella said cautiously, standing up from the table and walking over to me.
I placed the lantern on the kitchen counter, took the matches that I got from the camping box out of my jacket pocket and lit the lantern. The light illuminated the dark kitchen and I could see the fear and anxiety on Bella's face.
“Please answer me.” She whispered, her teeth leaving indentations on her bottom lip.
“Yeah, it's them.” I said, knowing that she would know who I was talking about.
“Here? Now?” She said panicked and I could see her body start to tremble from head to toe.
“No! No, but Edward is here.”
Bella covered her mouth with her hands, closing her eyes. “What do we do?”
“Would you stay, please? Let me go and handle this.” I pleaded.
“Jacob . . .” She looked up at me, shaking her head. “You've always known that this was part of being with me. We all have our baggage and this is mine.”
She was right, I knew that this day would come, but I never knew what I would do about it.
I nodded slowly. “Most likely we are leaving tonight.”
“What about the kids?” Bella asked.
I felt a huge lump gather in my throat. “Um, we can go to Seth's and talk to them and tell them that we are going on a trip. Charlie can stay with them at the house or Dani and Ash can stay with Rachel and Cindy and Zeke can stay with Seth. They will work it out.”
Bella had tears streaming down her face. “Are we never coming back?” She whispered.
“I don't know, but I hope so.” I felt my own eyes prick with tears as I reached out and held her close. Bella molded her body against my own and I could feel my shirt moisten from her tears. I rested my cheek against the top of her head as my tears trailed into her hair.
Charlie came into the kitchen and probably thought that we were crying about losing Dad and gave us a sad smile. He filled a glass with water and then started to head back, I assumed to go to bed.
“Hey Charlie,” I whispered.
“Yeah?” He turned back around.
“Would you be able to stay at our house a couple days? Bella and I need to take care of something.”
He shrugged, nodding slowly. “Sure, do whatever you need to do.” I felt bad because it was clear that he thought that it was something in regards to Dad's death and I couldn't tell him differently.
Bella let go of me and walked over to Charlie, hugging him tightly. “Thank you, Dad. I love you.”
“I love you too.” Charlie hugged her back, looking slightly confused by the display of affection.
As they pulled back the lights in the room flicked on and we all blinked from the sudden light. Charlie nodded to us as he went back to the kid's room and a moment later I could hear the TV in that room turn on.
Bella took a deep breath, walking back to me. “I'll walk back to our house and gather a few things.”
“Alright.” I leaned down, picking her up off the ground, hugging her tightly. Bella put her arms around my neck, burying her face into my shoulder. I kissed her jaw, right next to her ear and whispered. “Edward is over by the garage if you want to take him with you. Gather whatever you think both of us need and I'll meet go to Seth's house once I make a few phone calls.”
Bella nodded, looking me in the eyes she leaned forward kissing me. Her kissed was filled with so much emotion that I could feel her fears in the way her lips trembled against mine. I could feel her love as she clung to me, holding on as tightly as she could. I kissed her deeply, closing my eyes and squeezing her tightly.
“Bye, Jake.” Bella whispered, kissing me again and then wiggled down from my arms. “I love you.”
“I love you too and we will figure this out. I promise.”
“I know.” Bella smiled weakly, grabbed her coat, and then walked out the door.
My heart was so heavy it hurt. I knew that this day would come, but I didn't know that I would be a father of four amazing children and to have had Bella by my side for almost twenty years. Everything was so different, but the danger and fear was the same. I have talked to Edward several times over the years to gain a better understanding of what we were dealing with. Bella's life was on the line and fighting them would only end in our death. Therefore the only option was to hope that they would be willing to listen and give a second chance that they have never given before.
I took a deep breath to try and get my emotions under control and then picked up the phone dialing Quil. It seemed that power hadn't returned to his house yet so I decided to head over to his house. My mind was a complete mess of panic and fear, but at the same time I hated that I felt that way. It made me feel weak. I had so many questions and there was so much unknown, but I knew I couldn't leave to face this without letting the pack know what could possibly be coming this direction.
My shoes squished through the muddy ground as I walked the short distance. The rain had temporarily ceased however the sky was still filled with clouds, making it difficult to see. There was a single light that moved in random movements behind his house which made me believe it was a flashlight.
“Quil?” I questioned to make myself known.
“I thought that was you Jake.” He said.
“I know what you sound like, how you move, and all that.” He shrugged, coming towards me. He had his arms filled with several large logs and the flashlight was between his neck and shoulder. I reached out and took the flashlight from his shoulder. “Thanks.”
I silently followed Quil inside and he set the logs down next to the small wood burning stove. Claire grabbed one of the logs and placed it inside and then positioned a small kettle on the outside. I could feel a gust of heat escape as she closed the stove door and a slow chill crept down my spine, causing me to shiver.
“What's going on?” Quil asked. It didn't surprise me that he would know me well enough to be able to guess that this wasn't just a random visit.
I took a deep breath, releasing a heavy sigh. “Edward came to Rachel's house tonight.”
“What? He broke the treaty?” Quil said hastily.
“No, I mean, technically yes.” I said, sitting down roughly on his couch, running my hand through my hair. “He had a good reason.”
Quil rolled his eyes, but didn't argue with me. “Do you remember the head vampires that I have told you about?”
“Sort of . . .” Quil shrugged as he sat down in his chair, placed next to the couch.
“Bella went there when Edward tried to kill himself and they let her go only after she promised to be changed.”
Claire gasped quietly. “Bella has to become a vampire?”
“No!” I insisted, sighing in frustration. “Or . . . at least I hope not.” I could feel my own body cringe and I rubbed my hands over my face with my elbows resting on my knees. I felt the couch sink slightly and Claire's hand on my back, rubbing it softly.
“Is there a plan Jake?” Quil asked.
“I'll find out tonight. I'll be meeting Bella at Seth's house. Then we will talk to our kids and . . .” I felt the knot in my stomach tighten once again. “Oh god . . .” I mumbled softly.
Claire leaned into my side and I could feel her arms tighten around me in a hug. “Jake, it'll be alright,” she whispered sympathetically. I really appreciated the comforting gesture, but didn't really have the emotional energy to hug her back and just left me arms limp, resting on my knees.
The tea kettle whistled, causing us all to jump and Claire poured the hot water into a mug with a tea bag. The offered to tea to myself and Quil, but we both declined so she came and sat down on the couch holding the warm mug with both hands.
“Do you want all of us to come with you?” Quil asked.
I felt Claire stiffen next to me, but she didn't say anything. I couldn't dare pull them away from their families and while I had no doubt that any of them would lay down their life for myself or for Bella, I couldn't ask that of them. I sat up straight, glancing over at Claire before I placed my hand on her knee.
“No, you don't need to do that. I think they would perceive that as being hostile and we do not want that. All I want is for them to let Bella live, not declare war on them.”
I heard Claire take a deep breath and she placed her hand over mine. I gave her a weak smile, knowing how much it meant to her that Quil was not in immediate danger.
“Jake, I need some direction. I don't know what to do.”
“I know.” I shrugged. “But the truth is that I don't have a lot to go on right now. I'll keep you informed the best that I can. Edward is going to get myself and Bella into Italy and Charlie is staying with the kids for a few days.”
“Days? How much time do I give the pack before I assume that things went very badly?” Quil asked.
“We are to meet with them tomorrow, probably after sundown to make transportation easier for Edward and Alice. Edward is planning to meet with him first alone hoping that Aro's curiosity about me will make him hesitate about killing them.”
“So best case scenario is that you are an experiment to them?” Claire asked.
I shrugged. “Let's just hope it isn't biology.”
Quil shook his head. “That isn't funny Jake.”
“I'm serious. I have no idea, but I would assume that due to my phasing being genetic, they would want to do testing.”
“Will you be phasing again?” Quil asked.
“If they need me to or if I can't hold it together. It has been a long time since I have been around vampires and especially this many.”
“Are you saying that you are out of practice?” Claire asked.
“In a way, yes. It is never easy to be around the Cullens, but I did get used to it.”
“How long has it been since you have seen them?” Quil asked.
“Dani was three the last time I saw them.” I smiled slightly remembering Danielle's blunt honesty when she told Alice that she stunk. We were all surprised, but decided that it would be best to keep them away from the kids. “Bella has seen them by herself about every two years and she talks to them regularly between visits.”
There was a short pause in the conversation and it gave us all some time to process the magnitude of the situation.
I sighed. “Technically this agreement was made between Edward and Bella, and while Alice was there most likely she wouldn't be 'punished' for not obeying. So assuming that the whole Cullen family doesn't fight . . .”
“Do you think they will?” Quil interrupted.
“Yeah, I think they will. Outside of our pack family, I have never seen a more unified group. Rosalie is the only member that seemed to dislike Bella and oddly enough that seemed to get better after Bella decided to stay with me.”
“As you were saying, assuming that they don't all fight . . .” Quil paused to let me finish.
“Then one of them should be able to contact you to let you know exactly what happened and what to expect from here.”
“And so I should expect to know something tomorrow evening and if I'm not called . . . then what?”
“Assume that we were all killed or that I might be captured.”
“And if you are?”
“Jake?” Quil whispered, closing his eyes, his face cringing in sadness or pain.
“It would only get you all killed. And if you don't hear anything you would need to stay here. They might be coming after the whole tribe.”
“I don't believe that.” Claire said confidently.
“And why not?” I asked her.
“Something always protects us.” Claire answered. “The pack grew unusually large and I don't believe it was just because of the Cullens. The numbers were needed for the newborn army so God, or the Spirits, or whatever, provided what we needed when we needed it. There has not been any new wolf activity.”
“Let's pray that we continue to be protected.” I stood up from the couch and Quil stood as well.
“Be careful and be smart.” Quil placed his hand on my shoulder and I nodded silently.
“You too.” I stepped towards him and we hugged each other. “You're my best friend and I trust you to know what to do when the time comes.”
Quil nodded silently.
“I have a good feeling about this.” Claire said, as I hugged her as well.
“Good, I hope you are right.”
“Do you mind if I use your phone to call Seth and let him know that I am coming?”
“Sure.” Quil and Claire said at the same time. They smiled at each other, he reached into his pocket and tossed me his phone and she walked over to him, putting her arm around his waist.
I caught his phone and dialed Seth's house, it was a great relief to hear it ring and I hoped that I wasn't waking him up.
“Hello?” Amber answered.
“Hey Amber, I need to talk to Seth.”
“Alright I'll get him. Hey Jake, um, I don't know what is going on exactly, but I wanted to tell you that I'm praying for you and Bella.”
“Thank you, Amber.” I wanted to tell her how much I appreciated it and how badly we needed prayer right now, but I didn't want to scare her. I heard muffled voices and then Seth's voice.
“What is going on, Jake?”
“Bella has some left over business from when she was with Edward, that needs to be taken care of.”
“It seems really serious.”
I nodded. “It is, look um, I'm at Quil's house right now. I'm sure that he will want to talk to you all, but will tomorrow.” I said with a slight question in my voice. I looked over at Quil and he nodded to me.
“We don't need to do anything tonight?” Seth asked.
“No, Quil can handle things from here. I'm coming over with Bella to say 'bye' to the kids before we go.”
“Um . . . Jake?” Seth questioned.
“Bella was here and spoke to the kids.
“When?” I closed my eyes already feeling my heart rate increase.
“Um, less than an hour ago. . .” He said, clearly uncertain about the exact time.
“Oh dammit!” I groaned loudly. She better not have left without me. However I started to think about how she kissed me before she left and her telling me 'bye'. I thought that she just simply meant that I would see her shortly, but now it felt like it was done for closure. What if she already knew that she would be leaving? “I'm coming over now.” I yelled before tossing the phone back to Quil and ran out the door.
OH Wow!!! I knew it was coming sometime -- I think I am ready for some heart-pounding fear & action!! Let 'er rip!! I'm ready!!! Great chapter!!! Happy Valentine's Day!! A perfect time to give my heart a jolt!!!
Yeah, I think that everyone knew it would be coming eventually. I'm glad that you are ready, I think it will be pretty intense. So... here we go!!!
That was amazing cant wait to find out what happens
Hopefully Edward will make Bella wait until Jake is with them.
*Sigh* Bella, Bella, Bella. Always the impulsive hero. I'm with Patricia, Hopefully Edward waylays Bella and makes her wait. Or at the very least goes to Italy with her. Look forward to seeing what the outcome of the visit to Italy is. Happy Valentines Day JJ!
Bella, Bella -- It is certainly something that she would do. Especially with her feeling like this is her issue. She can't really go to Italy without Edward (or at least some Cullen) so that is pretty much a given that she will not be alone.
Hold on to your hats, this will take several chapters to get worked out.
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY to you too!!
Thank you for having faith in Edward that he would do the right thing.
Just saying to everyone -- Just because Jacob thinks that Bella left does not mean that she did. I'm not going to say whether she did or did not.