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.
:-O BELLA!!!!! WHY WHY WHY??? i really hope edrawd keeps bella there until jake comes....rite?
great chapter, so i was tachnically rite with my guess that it was edwrad...........really hope shes waiting
This is a difficult situation for them all and I think they are scared and emotional, so who knows what will happen. Yep you were right that it was Edward. I knew the previous chapter was a cliffy, but at the same time I assumed that most people would know it was Edward.
yea true, but it was that they didnt hate each other anymore, and i forgot bout the treaty soo yea i guess thats wat throu me off
I absolutely love this story and can't wait for your next update!
Thank you! I update each Tuesday, so that is when the next update will be. :D
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Chapter 32 - LEAVING
I was in Edward's car, sobbing so badly that I hurt from head to toe. After leaving Rachel's house, I went straight to my house with Edward by my side. I had given him a quick hug, but he seemed to be very edgy and I wasn't sure if it was because of the Volturi or because of it breaking the treaty for him to be here. I gathered a bag, filling it quickly with random necessities and some clothes for myself and Jacob. Then Edward walked with me to Seth's house.
I paced back and forth outside of the house. Edward tried to get me to be still, but I was too restless and the longer I waited the more my mind kept filling with worse and worse things that could happen. I needed to go, now. I could face my demons and take this danger away from my family. I went inside alone and Edward went to get his car, parking it in shadows to not be seen.
Saying 'goodbye' to the kids was the hardest thing I have ever done, but I was determined and therefore made it out with just a couple tears, sliding down my cheeks. However once I stumbled outside, I was gasping for air like an asthmatic who couldn't breathe. I gripped tightly to the hand rail that lead down their front porch, but it didn't help as my legs buckled out from under me. I should have fallen to the ground, but cold hands caught me.
“Oh God, help me,” I mumbled, sinking against him. It had been so long since I had been around any of the Cullens that I immediately shivered at his touch and he started to move back so only his hands were on each of my shoulders. “Don't go,” I pleaded, more desperately than I needed to.
“Bella,” Edward shook his head and looked into my eyes. He seemed to be asking permission and I nodded. Instantly he lifted me into his arms and I didn't care, needing the support. I wrapped both arms around his neck and sobbed more than should be humanly possible.
Silently he carried me back to his car and sat down in the passenger seat with me in his lap. I wanted to try and get my emotions under control, knowing that I would need to be strong in order to leave. But I couldn't handle it so I just let it all out, my entire body trembled as I brought my knees up to my chest, curling up into a tight ball. I could feel Edward rocking me slowly with my head against his chest and his arms wrapped around me. My head was throbbing and it felt like I had been crying for days. I knew that my reaction had scared him, but this was so much bigger than when I was a teenager.
“Bella,” he whispered into my hair. “It will be alright.”
“You can't know that,” I blubbered through my tears.
“Maybe,” he shook his head, “maybe not.” He handed me a handkerchief from the pocket of his jeans and I looked at him curiously as I took it from him. “I assumed that this would not be easy for you.” He explained. “I will admit, I underestimated exactly how difficult it would be, but I guessed well enough to bring that along.”
“Thank you.” I smiled despite the horrible circumstances and wiped my eyes and nose. I took a deep breath thankful that the tears had finally subsided, but it left my head still pounding and my body felt very weak and tired, so I relaxed against Edward.
I moved my arm from around his neck, keeping my legs curled up, as I felt across the soft leather of the seat and began to look around. There were two seats that looked like they would hug their passengers, no back seat, and a console between the front seats. It was then that I noticed that the passenger door was still open, but rather than out it went up at an angle. Despite Jacob's best effort I didn't know much about cars, but I could tell that this was expensive and the sleek design just screamed fast. With the dark silver exterior and black and gray interior, it probably looked almost invisible at night.
As I was admiring the car I noticed something move quickly from the street towards the house. My head darted around in confusion, trying to see what went by.
“It was Jacob.” Edward answered for me.
“Oh good,” I sighed, getting out of Edward's lap. My legs were still weak and a little stiff from being curled so long and I could feel Edward watching my every movement. It felt really good to stand and I stretched slightly.
“Oh no,” Edward mumbled. “Bella you need to go inside.”
“I can't say 'bye' to them again.” I immediately started shaking once again. “I just can't . . .”
“Bella,” Edward interrupted, placing his hand on my waist to get my attention. “Jacob thinks that you have left without him.”
My heart sunk and I was so hurt, my whole body cringed as I placed my palm against the car, allowing my weight to lean into it. I wanted to be angry at him, but the truth was that I had thought about asking Edward to take me away and leaving him. This was not Jacob's battle to fight, it was mine. But to think about leaving Jacob behind hurt even worse and I moved my hand over my aching heart, pressing it into my chest.
“He is just panicked. He doesn't even know where to start to try and find you.” Edward explained. “Go, he needs you.”
I nodded slowly, walking with slow careful steps back to the house. Edward stayed at my side as I moved, I assumed in case my wobbly legs buckled beneath me once again.
I knocked on the door and Amber answered. She instantly gave me another big hug, looking over my shoulder she must have seen Edward and I felt her stiffen.
“Is he a . . .?” She whispered softly, not finishing her question.
“Vampire.” I filled in for her. “Yes.” She swallowed slowly, quickly moving back towards her house. “He isn't going to hurt you.” I reassured her.
“Then why is everyone so scared?” She challenged.
I nodded slowly, she had a valid point. Even though Edward himself was not a danger, I could see how she would have associated our fear with him. “Because I have some unfinished business with some other vampires and he's taking me to them. Me and Jacob.” I added at the end.
Amber frowned in understanding. “Jake!” She called. “Bella is here.”
There was a loud clamor in the kitchen as it sounded like a chair was knocked over, probably from him standing too quickly and instantly his arms were around me, lifting me off the ground and holding me tightly to him. “Oh, Bells . . .” I felt his breath against my neck as he sighed. “There is a God,” he mumbled.
“Yes, there is.” Amber said confidently, before walking back into her house, closing the door behind her.
“Jake, I'm so sorry. I didn't mean to scare you. I couldn't wait, I just . . .” I cringed. “I just needed to get talking to the kids over with . . .”
“No, I'm sorry. I should have trusted you.” Jacob kissed my hair as he spoke.
I couldn't let him feel guilty. “No, I thought about it.” I confessed to him. “But I couldn't do it. Partly because I couldn't do that to you and partly because I was too upset to even ask Edward.”
“So that's why you smell like him.” Jacob said. He didn't look upset as he slowly placed me back on my feet and looked over at Edward.
“I wouldn't have taken her without you knowing.” Edward answered, probably more thoughts of Jacob's.
“Have you talked to the kids?” I asked, distracting him away from Edward.
“No,” he shook his head with a deep frown. “I wasn't even sure where to start to try and find you. If I wasn't going anywhere then,” he shook his head, “I didn't need to say 'goodbye'.” He shrugged helplessly.
I felt my heart cringe again for him and I hugged him tightly. “I'm sorry, go talk to the kids, I can't do it again. Together we will figure out what to do after that.” I nodded my head towards Edward, he had moved over to the back of the car.
“Hot damn, is that what we are riding in?” Jacob raised his eye brows, looking really impressed.
I turned to Edward, shrugging. “Yes.” Edward answered. “Do you want to drive?” He smiled, but it still sounded more like a peace offering and it made me wonder what Jacob was thinking.
“I'll be right back.” He kissed me quickly and went into the house.
I shook my head, walking down the front porch. “Leave it to be a car that can make everything right in Jacob's world.” I stood next to Edward, touching the taillights. “What is this?”
“Lamborghini,” Edward paused for a moment, “Reventon.”
I nodded my head like it meant something, but it didn't. I turned and Edward was laughing quietly. “What?” I questioned.
“Jacob hasn't figured out a way to get you interested in cars?”
I scowled playfully. “I know a lot more about them, especially their insides, but not much about specific cars. And I'm pretty sure that this wouldn't normally be seen in La Push. ”
Edward nodded slowly and we stood there in comfortable silence, but I really wished that I could know what Jacob was telling them. Then I realized that I could know, Edward could probably hear them speaking as well as their thoughts and how they really felt. “How is it going in there?” I asked him.
“Jacob is doing well at not scaring them and keeping his emotions under control, but he is dying inside.” I bit my lip as Edward continued. “Asher is extremely smart and can tell something major is happening, but is trying to be brave for Jacob as well as his other siblings.”
I smiled. “He is such a good big brother.” I could feel the tears leak out once again and I took a deep breath to do my best to keep myself together. Edward walked over to me, putting one arm across my shoulders, comforting me.
“Thanks,” I whispered, leaning the side of my head against him.
I heard the front door open and raised my eyes to see Jacob leap over the stairs, taking long strides to stand next to me. I reached out my hand to him and he took it, pulling me into his side and wrapped both arms tightly around me. I could feel how tight his muscles were along his back and shoulders and knew that he was so close to falling apart, the same as I had. I was torn between encouraging him to let it all out and being supportive that he was keeping it together. He would always be strong and I would respect him either way, but after experiencing my own breakdown I completely understood if he did not want to do that.
I could feel the rise and fall of his chest as he held me close breathing deeply. Edward was completely silent and I almost forgot that he was there.
“That is not true, Jacob.” Edward answered something from Jacob's mind.
“Yeah right! Which one of us were you planning on leaving behind?” Jacob asked, angrily. I looked up at him curiously and then over at Edward.
“Neither.” Edward answered.
“There are only two seats, but there are three of us.” Jacob pointed out. “I may not be the best at math, but I know that does not add up.”
“Are you running?” I asked Edward, offering a possibility.
“No, I'm not fast enough.”
My eyes widened in shock because I knew how fast Edward could run.
“Are you riding in the trunk?” Jacob nodded towards the taillights. I couldn't tell if Jacob was actually frustrated with Edward or teasing him in some bizarre way.
“There isn't one.” I answered, remembering that there was no backseat and based on the small size if there was a trunk it would not have been large enough to fit Edward into.
“There is a trunk in the front, but I won't fit. I wasn't sure what was going to happen. This was the fastest car that we already had available. I remembered that Bella would get nervous me driving my Volvo fast, this . . .” he glanced over at the car, “will make my Volvo seem like a snail was moving. So to keep Bella from passing out I thought she would ride with one of us.” He held the keys in the palm of his hand towards Jacob. “So, do you want to hold or drive?”
I watched Jacob as he looked at the keys and then made eye contact with me. We had a silent conversation, reading each others faces. It didn't matter to me, I was completely comfortable sitting with Edward and knew he would keep me safe. It was going to be a speedy trip regardless of who was driving, but I assumed that Jacob would drive slower due to being unfamiliar with the car and not having the same reflexes that Edward had.
Jacob and I didn't break eye contact as he reached out and took the keys from Edward. “Are you sure?” He nodded at me and then Edward, asking us both at the same time.
“Yes.” Edward said, as I nodded.
“Then lets do this.” Jacob walked to the drivers side and I followed Edward around to the passenger side. Edward sat down and I sat in his lap as Jacob ran his hands over the dash and middle console, most likely to find where everything was. The car was started, the only evidence being the dash board lightening up, it was so quiet.
The rain had completely stopped, but at times the car would splash into puddles, until we made it to the main highway. Edward gave him directions and Jacob stayed in quiet awe as we flew over the road. It was quite impressive as it seemed that the car would hug the surface of the road as it went from curve to curve. The trees blurred by faster than I have ever seen and I hid my face in Edward's shoulder. He had one arm around me, from my shoulder across to my hip like a seatbelt, and he ran his other hand through my hair. Edward told Jacob more about the Volturi, their guards and abilities, trying to give him some idea of what to expect.
I shivered slightly and it had nothing to do with the cold body that I was pressed against. Despite the fear and nervousness Edward's words reminded me of, his voice was comforting and allowed me to relax. As I began to get sleepy I worried about Jacob driving and wondered if he was tired, but he was probably having way too much fun to be sleepy. I sighed, yawning contentedly as I settled in and drifted off to sleep.
Author's Note: Edward's car - http://www.thesupercars.org/lamborghini-super-cars/lamborghini-reve...
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“Hey sleepyhead.” I felt a cold hand tousle my hair with a chuckle. “You almost slept through the entire flight.”
“Flight?” I mumbled sleepily. “Emmett?” I sighed confused, thinking that I heard his voice.
“Yeah,” Emmett answered, “but don't worry, you get to experience me landing this kick ass jet.”
“Jet?” I squeaked, sitting straight up in my chair, looking around. My eyes were blurry from sleeping, but I seemed to be surrounded by white, with the exception of dark solid wood accenting.
There were six chairs with thick foam padding, covered in white leather. Three chairs in a row on either side of the plane with the isle dividing them, however two chairs were backwards, facing the other chairs for easy conversation. I shifted slightly in my seat, feeling the seat belt across my lap and realized that the seatback had been leaned back. I felt around my seat, searching for what I would use to raise my seat and Edward reached over from his seat across the narrow isle, showing me what to use. There was an electric adjuster that I used to position the seat to its upright position. Then I noticed I had one arm rest towards the center isle and the other side had dark wood that ran along the entire side of the plane with several cup holders.
Behind the chair that was facing me was a solid wood paneled door, which lead to the pilot controls as well as to a small restroom. The floor seemed to be some durable carpet which was also white with light tan groves that made it easier to walk around in the plane while it was in flight. In front of each chair, there was a floor mat with soft memory foam. The windows were not very big, but the large white clouds were easy to see in the bright blue sky.
I had no memory of being transferred from the car to the plane, but that wasn't really that surprising due to how easily Edward could carry me. I rubbed the sleep from my eyes and stretched, wondering how long I had slept.
“What time is it?” I asked hoarsely.
“Almost 4pm, at least in Italy it is.” Alice answered, handing me a glass of water.
“Alice!” I hugged her tightly, ignoring the water.
“Bella!” She hugged me easily with both arms, not spilling a drop.
I took the glass from her as we moved apart, taking a quick drink. “Thank you.”
The water felt great down my parched throat and then she handed me a sandwich and a bag of chips. “I know it might be an odd breakfast, but it was all I could find in the middle of the night when we left Washington.” Alice said.
“If it is this late, shouldn't this be lunch?” I shook my head, slowly. “I can't believe I slept that long.”
“It was only about 10 hours that you have been asleep.” Edward clarified. “Time change.” He answered my confused face and seemed to be proud of himself that he knew what I wanted to know without the ability to read my mind.
“Where is Jacob?” I asked, looking around again. I saw him laying across the two backseats and our suitcase was between the isle, directly behind my seat. It looked really uncomfortable, but he was sound asleep.
I took a bite of the sandwich and felt a tilt of the plane and clutched onto the armrest of the chair with my free hand.
“Don't worry, Bella, Emmett knows what he is doing.” Alice smiled from the seat facing across from my own.
“I didn't even know he could fly a plane.”
“It is sort of his and Rose's thing. She fixes them up and he crashes them.” Jasper said
I flinched. “Crashes?”
“Jasper.” Edward reprimanded. “He really is an excellent pilot, he just likes to push the boundaries and does not understand that they were not designed to fly upside down for extended periods of time.”
“Yeah, but they should be.” Emmett complained from the front of the plane, clearly he was listening to our conversation.
The plane tilted again and we broke through the clouds and I could see the surface below. It was green, but unlike Forks that was surrounded by forest, this area had beautiful rolling hills that flowed like the ocean. I ate quietly as Alice pointed out the window identifying specific things. I was amazed that she could tell what they were from this distance, to me they looked like tiny pillared structures, small houses, or simply the straight, evenly spaced lines of a large vineyard. It was almost enough for me to forget why I was here until I saw Volterra in the distance.
I would have thought it was a mountain that way the buildings rose higher and higher, but it was the way it was designed so that one portion was raised higher than the next. Homes of various sizes surrounded the large stone walls that surrounded the city. Inside the walls there was a mass of buildings, some were very tall and others were round, with one not the exact same height as the next giving it a staggered appearance.
Even from this distance I could see the tall clock tower and I closed my eyes, clinching my fingers into the arm rest.
“Alice,” I whispered, keeping my eyes closed. “Can you see anything at all? You saw me once before becoming a vampire, what about now?”
“I see nothing.” Alice answered. I took a deep breath, it shaking as it escaped. “But Bella, I haven't seen you in almost twenty years. Remember that.”
I felt the cold touch of someone taking my hand and I knew it was Edward. He was the only one who would feel worse than I did at that moment. He has apologized to me so many times that I literally never wanted to hear it again, but I knew that I would.
I kept my eyes closed as the wheels of the plane touched down there was a slight bounce and my eyes popped open at the same time Jacob startled awake. “Omph, what was that?” He mumbled, sitting up in one seat.
“We were just landing.” Edward told him, placing his hand in his lap. I had dropped it when I got startled with the landing.
“Hey,” I smiled turning in my seat so that my knees were in the isle and reached my hand towards him. He smiled and took my hand in his. “Did you sleep alright?” I asked.
“Sure, sure.” He answered, shrugging and dropped my hand as he turned and twisted his body. As he stretched I heard his back crack along his spine.
“Real convincing.” I teased. He showed me his perfect smile in response. “Did you have any trouble staying awake while driving?”
“Oh man,” he sighed, “that was amazing.”
“Jacob had never driven that fast and still never made it to top speed.” Edward added with a smile. I glanced at Edward trying to decide if he was taunting Jacob, or just filling in details for me.
“Well excuse me for not going over 200 on a major highway, at night, after it had rained all day.” Jacob rolled his eyes.
“Nothing would have happened to Bella if you had lost control of the car.” Edward answered a thought of Jacob's.
“I believe you, but still . . .” Jacob shrugged, looking down as his hands moved over his jeans in a nervous or uncomfortable gesture.
“Did it bother you that Edward was holding me?” I asked.
“No,” Jacob shook his head. “It is just odd.” I stayed silent, letting him continue. “How some things never seem to change.” He glanced at Edward, sitting in the seat across the isle. I had turned sideways and so had he, our legs were pointed towards each other. We weren't touching each other, but we were close.
“Jake,” I shook my head, with a frown. “That is not true, and you know that.”
“I know it is for you.” Jacob smiled at me, but it wasn't his real smile. “But it is the same for him.” Jacob nodded his head towards Edward.
“I'm sorry.” Edward said to Jacob, not denying or defending himself. My heart ached for Edward and for a moment I wished that there could be two of me, one for each of them. One to remain human and live with Jacob and our children. Another to be changed and stay with Edward, and as a bonus it would get us out of this horrible mess with the Volturi.
There was an awkward silence and I was thankful when we came to a stop. I looked out the window and could easily tell that this was not a normal airport because of how secluded it was. There seemed to be only one other plane close to ours and it was about half the size of this one, made for one or two passengers. There was a large hanger where several planes were, but I couldn't tell how many. I unbuckled my seat belt and walked the isle, back and forth. I wasn't sure what we would be doing next, but it felt good to be able to move my legs and stretch.
“Is this landing strip for vamps?” Jacob asked, standing up, but having to hunch over so that his head didn't hit the ceiling of the plane.
“Not specifically, but it is for private planes and given the proximity of Volterra it is often used by vampires.” Jasper answered.
“Where are Carlisle, Esme, and Rose?” I asked.
Emmett came from the cockpit and wrapped me up in his usual bear hug. “They went hunting and will meet us here.”
It was then that I looked at all of their eyes and noticed that they were extremely bright yellow beyond the normal topaz. “You seem, um well fed.” I stammered, not quite sure what it meant, but I could tell that it wasn't normal.
“It was just a precaution.” Jasper said.
Emmett was still holding me as I looked even closer at his eyes and he smiled not bothered by my scrutiny. “I don't get it.” I said, shaking my head.
“Was it to make it easier to be around Bella?” Jacob asked.
“A little bit.” Alice answered, her eyes darting quickly to Jasper. “She still smells very good, but none of us would ever hurt her.” She said, clearly speaking to Jacob.
“It also makes us stronger.” Emmett added.
I laughed, rolling my eyes. It was funny to think that Emmett would feel the need to be stronger, he was by far the strongest of them all. It was hearing that I was the only one who laughed that made me realize that it was so much more serious. I didn't even consider the possibility that they were being overly cautious to be around me. So that meant it had to be something else and if they wanted to be stronger, then in truth they were preparing for a fight.
“Oh no,” I mumbled, resting my forehead against his shoulder. “You all can't, please, don't do this.”
“Bella,” Alice walked over, placing her hand on my back, “we all know that you think of this as your fight, but it isn't. Edward and I made the same agreement, so it is our fight too.”
“And if it is Alice's fight, then it is mine also.” Jasper added.
“And Rose feels like she started it all with calling Edward in the first place. So she wants to make it right as well.” Emmett smiled. “And who am I turn down the chance to kick some ass.”
I sighed, clamoring awkwardly out of his arms. “But none of you actually decided to come and get Edward, I did.” I walked over to Jacob, taking his hand. “And the decision to remain human was mine also.”
“I might have helped with that one.” Jacob squeezed my hand.
I gave him a half smile and took a deep breath, to calm my racing heart. “I don't want you all to fight.”
“We do not want to either, and we are hoping that Aro will listen.” Edward said.
“So that is our plan?” I asked.
“No.” Jacob answered. “We have a plan. You just aren't going to like it.”
I dropped his hands to cross my arms over my chest with a sigh. “Did you come up with this plan while I was sleeping?” I asked, wondering how long this plan has been decided upon.
“Yes.” Edward answered.
I frowned, looking at Jacob. “Why would you agree to a plan that you know I won't like?”
“Because it was the only plan that Edward and I could agree on.”
“And it makes sense.” Edward added.
A plan that they could both agree on and that I wouldn't like, obviously it involved me not going. Were they both going in my place? That seemed like a possible solution they would agree on, but I think they would want someone that they trusted to stay with me. It could be Alice, or they might be insane enough to actually think that I would agree to only one of them representing me. If it were to be only Edward going then he didn't need to come and get me and Jacob in the first place. Or at least we would have departed ways and never left Washington. So that left the possibility of Jacob going alone.
I felt the chill slither down my spine as I looked into Jacob's eyes, knowing that I had figured it out. “No!” I wanted to yell, but I couldn't breathe and it came out as a soft whisper. I felt my chair behind my knees and fell back into it, taking several deep breaths.
“Bella, think about it.” Jacob knelt down in front of my chair. “You don't really need to be there.”
“Yes I do.” I bit my lip to keep it from trembling, but it didn't work so I brought my knees up to my chest, wrapping my arms around them.
“Aro can not see into your mind. Therefore he can get everything from Jacob's mind.” Edward added.
“Don't my words matter at all?” I asked.
“No much, especially since we are here out of a promise that was made, but not kept.” Alice said.
Immediately it was too much and my forehead rested on my knees as tears poured down my cheeks. My lungs begged for air between sobs that rocked through my body.
“We are hoping that I can offer him something that he can't refuse.” Jacob added.
“What?” I asked, my mind completely blank. “What could you possibly have that he doesn't?”
“Oh my god,” I reached out and grabbed onto whatever I felt first. It happen to be his shoulders and I shook my head unable to speak. Aro couldn't have Jacob's wolf without having him. “You can't!” I squeaked out, clutching to him tightly.
“I can.” His hands followed up my arms to face. “He can have anything, but you.”
I shook my head. “So you'll leave our children without a father in order to protect me?” I challenged. He looked down, resting his head on my shoulder. I moved my hand to his chin to have him look at me, leaned in, and kissed him deeply. “There has to be a better solution than that.”
“I know, and there might be.” Jacob said, his face buried into my hair at my neck.
I looked around and only Edward and Alice were still inside the plane. “Please, this can't be the best plan that you were able to come up with.” I begged them.
“It is not the only plan, but Bella I think it is the best place to start.” Edward answered.
I scowled at him, my voice rougher than any other time I had spoken to him. “Because as long as I'm safe you don't care about anything else.”
Edward frowned.“Bella, that is not true, but I do admit that you are my top priority.” He answered honestly.
“Same for me.” Jacob added.
“Alice?” I looked at her.
She shook her head. “Still blind.”
“Even about me?” I asked.
There was a moment of silence as we all collected our thoughts. I never dreamed that this would be the results of an impulsive teenage, decision to go after Edward. I needed to trust Jacob and Edward that they knew what they were doing, but I didn't know how. However, when I should have been more scared then ever before, suddenly instead I felt at peace.
That was amazing cant wait til next week
Wow!!! My heart is racing!!! I can't IMAGINE what you have planned to happen now!!! Great chapter!!
Oh, be careful with that heart of yours, you are too sweet for something to happen to. I think people are going to be thrown for a loop in the next few chapters. Good Times!!
This was a great update. I'm glad that Edward and Jacob and everyone else wants to protect Bella, but I'm scared about Jacob and him having to give up his livelyhood (his wolf), I hope that their children will not suffer, and I hope they will keep Bella safe and her husband will come back to her, after this is all over. I'm trusting you with my heart when I say this: I hope none of them get hurt or worse.
I think that it is great how Jacob and the Cullens support Bella so much. This is a very scary time so I understand your nervousness. Your trust in me means so much, thank you.