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.
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Thank you so much. :D I'm glad you are excited, I am going to post it one day early.
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Song: Because You Live by Jesse McCartney
Chapter 34 - BARGAINING
I glanced at Carlisle not sure how long he needed to touch me and then I stepped back, releasing my hand from Aro's. I watched Aro's face until I heard a different elevator open and out came the remaining Cullen family positioned with Edward and Alice in the front, with Bella in the middle and them all circling around her. This was not part of the plan.
What the hell are you doing? I silently asked to Edward.
Edward nodded to me slightly, but didn't answer. Behind the Cullen family was Demetri and the two other vampires that were standing with him. I wasn't sure if they had been captured or if they had surrendered.
“Oh look, one happy family?” Aro smiled, clapping his hands once. “So good to have everyone together.”
Carlisle took my elbow and together we moved so that the rest of his family came on either side of us. Bella stayed in the middle, but reached out and took my hand and I clutched onto her hand tightly.
“Breathe,” I heard one of them whisper and then realized that I had been holding my breath.
I felt so completely lost, but at the same time I felt confident that Edward knew exactly what he was doing and so now it was time for me to trust him.
“Aro,” Edward nodded to him, “I believe that there is one glitch in Jacob's plan.”
“What is that young Edward?” Aro asked.
“They are protectors of human life. Something that would be in conflict with your, diet.”
“Then it was a complete waste of time.” Marcus shook his head and Ciaus returned to his throne, sitting down, but leaned forward watching with interest.
Aro turned back around. “Maybe, but maybe not, clearly he is able to be with you.”
“Yes,” Jasper answered. “That is only possible because of our restraint. Therefore, we are willing to assist in the training of any additional wolves.”
“You would join us?” Ciaus asked.
The entire Cullen family nodded together. “All of you?” Marcus questioned.
“Yes.” Edward answered, all of them nodding again. “In replace we require that Jacob and Bella be allowed to return home for the remainder of their lives.”
I looked over at Edward my eyes wide with shock. Once again I had to remember to breathe as I found myself holding my breath. Bella squeezed my hand and I could feel her body trembling and knew that she was crying, despite her not making a sound.
Marcus shook his head. “I do not trust human relationships.”
“You can trust ours.” I promised. “Bella and I would never leave each other.”
“What if you do not have a choice?” Aro asked. “Imprinting.”
I felt a low rumble built in my chest, simply at the word. By this time in my life there was nothing more that I hated than imprinting. It seemed to cause nothing but trouble. I knew that Quil and Claire would never have gotten together without it, but I still believed that they could have been happy with someone else. We didn't need nature telling us who we should be with. I clinched my hands into fists, probably squeezing Bella's hand harder than I should and could feel my chest continue to rumble.
“I know how badly you despise it,” Aro continued, “but you can not deny the possibility.”
“Jacob will not imprint.” Alice answered.
I felt Bella stiffen next to me as she slowly released a shaky breath. I glanced at her, she looked so scared and her eyes were closed as her body continued to tremble. I was also nervous and thought that Alice was trying to pretend that she could see my future.
“Alice, dear, we both know that you can not see Jacob's future.” Aro challenged, with a slight smirk. It seemed that he took delight in catching her in a lie.
Alice shook her head. “I can not see it, but that does not change that I know who his imprint is. That has not changed.”
“What?” Bella and I both said at the same time. “How?” Bella added.
“Well, um,” Alice glanced at Edward. I knew that she was speaking to him in her mind and I could see Edward's lips twitch as I strained my ears to hear, only hearing a low murmur.
The other Cullen members shifted a little awkwardly and Emmett mumbled, “good luck with that,” under his breath.
“Tell us,” I insisted.
“I will,” Edward said. “Jacob, your imprint is my daughter.”
It felt like everything completely stopped as Edward's statement hung in the air. I don't think it would be possible for me to have been more shocked and I blinked several times trying to wrap my brain around it and couldn't. “Come again?” I stammered.
“It was when Bella and Edward were still together and I spent the whole day dressing up Bella.” Alice began to ramble about different clothing.
“Come on Alice, get to the point!” I glared, rolling my eyes with a sigh.
“Right, once Edward agreed to try then I was flooded with images.”
“Oh jeez,” Bella groaned.
“It wasn't that bad Bella. Besides you were right, Edward wouldn't have killed you.” Alice smiled like we all should be really proud.
“Oh my gosh!” Bella gasped, moving her hand over her mouth. “Is that the real reason that you stopped us?”
“Stopped you?” I was missing something and I just couldn't remember what it was.
“One of the reasons.” Alice answered.
“Oh my gosh!” Bella mumbled again, dropping my hand and rubbed her face with both of hers.
“Well isn't this interesting.” Aro smiled, looking between myself, Bella, Alice and Edward. “A vampire and a human, intriguing possibilities . . .”
“It is extremely rare.” Edward answered. “And Bella would not have survived the birth.”
Aro smirked indifferently, not bothered that the human would survive.
“Which is actually why I came back.” Alice added. “Bella I know you wanted to become a vampire, but I didn't want you to have to become one because you would otherwise die.”
“I can't believe this.” Bella mumbled, still shaking her head.
Bella started to fall and Edward caught her. “Don't touch me!” She beat her fists into his chest as the tears poured down her face. “How could you not tell me?”
My head was swimming with information as I tried to grasp everything that was going on around me.
So Alice and Edward both knew that I had an imprint, but didn't tell me or Bella? Vampires were able to have children? How was that possible if they couldn't change?
I looked down and Bella was still crying, curled up in a ball on the floor, mumbling 'you should have told me' over and over.
Edward was sitting next to her, Bella had stopped hitting him and his arms were wrapped around her. “At first I didn't think it was something that even I should know.”
Edward saying that sparked a memory and vividly I could remember Bella telling me everything that happened between her and Edward. That she wanted to have sex and that they agreed to try and would have if Alice hadn't stopped them. Bella said that she still didn't know what Alice saw and that it didn't matter anymore because whatever it was clearly it wasn't going to happen anymore. Somehow Edward got Bella pregnant while human and then I had imprinted on their child.
“Yes Jacob.” Edward whispered, answering my thoughts.
“What the hell?” I gasped. I thought of how much Bella and I have agonized over the possibility of me imprinting. I even left her for a time after she came back from being kidnapped by Victoria.
“I tried to tell you.” Edward countered. “I called your house every day.”
“You shouldn't have tried, you should have succeeded.” I yelled.
“It wasn't something that I thought you should know over the phone. And once you were back together, I thought it was over.”
“That's total crap Edward, and you know it.” I shook my head as my chest rumbled in frustration. I knelt down on the floor and pulled Bella into my arms. “If you didn't want to tell me, you should have at least told Bella.”
“And expect her to keep that kind of a secret from you?” Edward challenged. “I admit, I made a mistake in not telling you. It may not matter, but I am sorry.”
Bella and I hugged each other, as I was awkwardly still on my knees next to her. I shifted my legs and brought her into my lap as she cried into my chest. I knew how betrayed and angry I felt and could only imagine how magnified those feelings would be for Bella. Edward and Alice were the Cullens she was closest to and she loved them completely. I thought about how much it took for Bella to put her faith in me, especially when she had been abandoned before. I could see where Edward thought it wasn't an issue because we didn't let it be, but I know that it was always in the back of my mind and I would assume that was the same for Bella. Then after Seth imprinted, it reopened the old wound once again.
“Wait, Seth imprinted?” Edward asked. “I swear I did not know or I would have told you before now.”
“Bella never told you?” I wondered. “That doesn't make any sense.”
“I never talked to Edward or Alice about anything that involved imprinting. It was like the topic didn't exist.” Bella explained.
I shook my head feeling speechless. How on earth could something be so complicated, yet so simple all at the same time? I had an imprint, but that was no longer a possibility because she didn't exist and never would.
“I don't understand. How could you possibly know this?” I asked Alice, as I positioned Bella more comfortably in my lap. “I thought you couldn't see my future, and Edward and Bella didn't actually do it. You stopped them.”
“They didn't need to, all they needed to do was to decide to do it and I could see the results of that decision. So once they decided I saw Bella get pregnant, she completely vanished for a moment, which was very freaky and then I saw her getting sicker and sicker. She would have died, giving birth, but Edward changed her. Then it got really complicated.”
“What do you mean?” Bella asked.
“There were huge black outs and portions I couldn't see, which was really confusing and honestly scared me to death. I ran even faster back towards Forks and began to focus on specific futures, such as Edward's and I could see his reaction to the imprinting. It still didn't make sense until I did the same for Bella and I could see conversations and her talking to other people about the imprinting. I even saw her as a vampire approach, I assume Jacob because she blacked out again.”
I rocked Bella in my lap, leaning down to kiss the top of her head. I still felt overwhelmed by the massive amount of information, but at the same time felt better. For the first time imprinting really, truly was no longer an issue for us. I looked around at the other Cullens and saw Aro standing within the circle watching us. I had honestly forgotten he was there and I wasn't sure what this meant for us all.
“Please, let us go home.” I pleaded with him. “You have your answer. I'll never, ever, leave her.”
“And my family will serve here for the remainder of Bella's life.” Carlisle promised.
Aro glided back up the stairs, standing in front of his throne. “What shall we do?”
“Ciaus?” Marcus asked. “Is this an acceptable trade?”
“I do not like the idea of being bargained with.” Ciaus sat forward slightly in his chair. “However the odds of another group being able to have such an appealing offer is very slight.” Ciaus nodded once. “The girl may go.”
“So one vote, yes.” Aro stated.
Marcus and Aro eyed each other slowly. “Aro, it is no secret how much you have wanted Alice and Edward to be among us. You will put on a huge show and then vote 'yes', so therefore lets be done with this. Yes.”
Aro turned slowly and I watched Edward visibly relax and smile. “Well then, you have your answer.”
Bella took a deep breath and squeezed my hand. “You only said that I go could. What about Jacob and his tribe?”
Edward stepped forward extending his hand. “For him to have assurance that we are not lying or have any alternative plans than what has been stated.” He explained.
Aro took Edward's hand. “Welcome.” There was a slight pause, but it felt like an eternity as the only noise was Bella's rapid breathing and the sound of my own heart pounding in my ears. “His tribe will be of no danger from us and once we have the sample from Jacob he will be free to go home.” Aro answered.
Edward walked back, placing his hand on Bella's shoulder. “It's over, Bella.”
Bella let go of me, standing up she placed both hands on each of his shoulders, as she looked around at all of the Cullen members. “It doesn't feel right. It is like you are being punished instead of me.”
“No, Bella.” Edward countered. “I'm getting exactly what I deserve.”
Bella shook her head as she stepped forward and hugged him with her arms around his neck. They sunk into each other as Edward hugged her back. After a few minutes, Bella wiped the tears from her eyes and walked around to each of the Cullen members, thanking and hugging them.
Carlisle had his medical bag brought to him by Esme and took several small vials of my blood. Once completed I shook his hand. “Thank you Carlisle. However I have to admit it is freaky to think that there might be a bunch of me's out there.”
Carlisle smiled. “Most likely you will never see each other. That is what we are here for, to make sure that they are well trained.”
“Will they be hunting vampires?”
“Most likely, but we honestly do not know. I think that is part of the intrigue, it is very rare for us to have something where we do not know what the outcome will be. Your ability to phase gives us the opportunity to try new things.”
“Why would they want something that destroys vampires?” I asked.
Edward walked over to us. “It is the ultimate secret weapon. What vampires would suspect that we would have werewolves working on our side?”
“Yeah, but I can't see it working.”
“It is actually not that far fetched.” Jasper added. “We would train them, so they would know and trust us. As you know we are not a danger to humans.”
“But you are working for those that are a danger to humans, thousands of them.”
“The wolves wouldn't know that. They might not even be kept here in Volterra. The only time I can really see them being used is to handle newborns. If someone is trying to start another army.”
“Typically Aro would use part of his guard, but he found having to replace those that got destroyed rather annoying. With the wolves, he can simply make more.” Edward added.
“You know that Rose and Esme will be thrilled to have tiny little babies to take care of.” Alice came over to us with her arms wrapped around Bella.
“I hadn't thought of that.” Bella mumbled, as she took a deep breath trying to get herself under control.
“This will be great for everyone Bella.” Edward insisted.
“But what about you?” Bella asked.
Edward shrugged. “What about it?”
“This place offers you nothing.”
“Hey, it keeps him out of high school for a few decades.” I suggested.
Edward smiled. “See, leave it to Jacob to find a positive.”
Bella rolled her eyes. “Good job, Mr. Sunshine.”
Her smile stretched across my face for the first time in a long while. I took a really deep breath and felt like it really was over. I wasn't completely sure where we would go from here, but it didn't matter because Bella and I would be going there together.
Edward nodded to me. “And that makes me happy.” Edward took Bella's hand. “You both will go home and live the life that you were suppose to live.”
“Thank you.” Bella stepped closer, hugging him.
Edward hugged her tightly and then leaned back, placing his hands on her shoulders. “My family are not prisoners here. We can come and go as we please.”
“Really?” Bella asked, surprised.
“Yes, we can be around humans if we want. Alice and I will need to be available when Aro wants us, but we can still visit you, assuming you want us to.”
Bella sighed happily and hugged him again. “I'm glad, that makes me feel better. I didn't like the idea of you all being forced to support something that you don't believe in.”
“The loss of human life here is unfortunate, but would be happening whether we are here or not. That is something that is not within our control.”
“Yeah, I get that.” Bella said, as she stepped back our hands found each other once again.
Edward and I looked at each other and I wasn't sure what to say. I was so thankful and yet I couldn't help the doubt. Is it really over? I asked, too scared to say it out loud.
“Yes Jacob, it's over.”
“Why did I need to go first? I'm guessing that you always planned to have your family join.”
“Yes, that was part of the plan and Marcus was right, Aro would have agreed just based on having us join. He has wanted me and Alice for so long. While Aro is very curious about what Bella would be like as a vampire he knows that if she is turned that we would never join him. Back when we made the agreement he thought for a moment that we might decide not to change her and hoped that would be what he needed to get us to join. However your wolf was what persuaded Ciaus to agree to it and without that he would not have agreed and neither would have Marcus. Marcus actually wouldn't have agreed, but he just didn't want to deal with Aro's theatrics which is why he voted 'yes' when he did.”
“So I really did need both of you.” Bella smiled at me and Edward.
Edward and I both nodded.
It made sense and oddly enough I had to agree with Bella and that it did take both Edward and myself to get us out of this ordeal. Carlisle and Esme stayed here and Edward shook hands with Aro once again and then we left with the rest of the family back to the private jet. Bella sat in my lap as I called Quil, asking him to spread the news that the danger was over.
We were flying through the night sky when Bella rested her head against my shoulder. We were both really tired and I slouched in the seat so that my head was supported by the headrest with my arms wrapped around her waist.
“I love you, Jacob Black.” Bella leaned her head back, tilting to the side to look into my eyes.
“I love you, Bells.” I looked down and kisses her lips. “Always.”
wow this is amazzzzzzing
That was a fantastic chapter!! everything is all wrapped up, too! I almost expected you to write "The End/Beginning.." before the 'reply' section.
I'll ready anything you write anyway, but I am at my daughter's house and her baby could start coming at any time now ... so I will soon be in an 'altered state of mind' -- birth coach, then Grandma!
It's been an exciting adventure with you through all of Bella's Sun - 1 & 2.!! .
Thank you Anita, it has been a pleasure writing this story. As you mentioned everything is wrapping up, but I certainly created a few loose threads that I think need to be addressed before it comes to a close.
Your encouragement has been fantastic thank you so much. I do agree it has been quite an adventure!! :D
I absolutely love this story! can't wait to read more!
Aww, thank you so much. :D
Yah, did it again JJ. Nice interweaving BTW.
Thank you DG (is it stupid if I still call you that, hehe)
When I first started this story it I knew eventually it would all come around to this chapter right here. :D