Eclipse written from Jacob's pov. Obviously this is the sequel to Jacob's NM. This will be Eclipse as SM wrote it, I will not be changing the ending. For an alternate ending to Eclipse, check out my story Bella's Sun. - http://thetwilightsaga.com/group/officialteamjacob/forum/topics/bel...
(This story starts off the same as Bella's Sun, that story will detour in chapter 3)
Chapter 1 - WAR
Again! Sam yelled, as I picked myself up from the ground shaking dirt and gravel from my fur. Paul crouched down and we circled and evaded one another, each of us reading the mind of the other. Our pack mates watched closely and their own thoughts mixed in as well intensifying the challenge. We all have been practicing for days trying to sharpen our reflexes, and allowing our wolf to react rather than think and decide. When successful our wolf would move almost completely without thought and catch the other one by surprise, it was fantastic. Sam was careful not to let any of us get too seriously injured, but lets just say it is a good thing we heal fast.
When I returned from Bella's with the knowledge that she wanted the Cullens to make her one of them it became clear that the treaty was going to be broken. We had no idea how much time we would have, but we wanted to be ready.
Our greatest obstacles were Edward's ability to read our minds and Alice's ability to know the future. Her knowing what we were going to do the moment we decided was scary and our only option was to be faster than ever before. There would be no time to hesitate or second guess, no time to think. Jasper's ability to control our emotions was equally scary, and I sure hoped that Sam had some idea of how to counteract that because I could think of nothing. We knew that the Cullen coven would be a united front and we would have to be ready.
Fight training turned out to be a perfect way to vent our pent up anxiety and frustration. None of us took the treaty being broken lightly, and would not hesitate to declare war. However for me it was so much more than a treaty that was being violated, it was Bella who was putting herself on the alter as a human sacrifice. How could she not value her life more than that? Does she not see how important she is?
Suddenly I felt Paul's hard head directly into to my chest and I was on my back and his teeth instantly went around my throat making it where I couldn't breathe. Paul stand down. Sam ordered, and Paul's hold immediately released and oxygen refilled my lungs. Great job Paul,Sam acknowledged. Jacob distractions like that are going to get you killed.
Once again I picked myself off the ground and was angry and embarrassed. I hated that Bella still had that affect on me. I couldn't help but think about her, she called all the time and just wouldn't take the hint that we were over. There was never a we to begin without, outside of being her “best friend” and I knew that the love I had for her could not be stuffed back inside the ''friendship box”, we had gotten too close for that. That ship had sailed, and along with it my hopes and dreams of a life with Bella.
Pulling myself together I sat to the side and watched the next set sparring with one another, sometimes it was one on one and other times we had two on one. Some days were spent more on the mental training of combat and others were more physical endurance. Fighting against a large coven was mostly likely not going to be over very quickly and we so we ran for hours and hours. Most of the time we could make a game similar to tag, where one or two wolves would be “it” and would try and hit the others to work on dodging and running. After a couple more hours Sam declared training over and we all went home hungry and tired.
Quil had joined the pack about one week after the Cullens returned. He was so freaking excited to be in on the secret, and have his friends back, he didn't care about anything else. He stayed a wolf for just over a week, not in any hurry to get back to his human life and his girlfriend got frustrated not knowing where he was and broke up with him. They had only been dating about a month, so Quil took the break up well and really so did she. I must admit it is fantastic to have Quil with us and to not have to keep it from him anymore.
The pack feels complete and there is a sense of unity among us all, a brotherhood. Well maybe not all, Leah is still as difficult as ever and never fails to remind us of how she feels like an 'outsider' among 'outsiders'. We have all learned to pretty much take her moaning and complaining as just part of her charming personality.
In no time I made it home, landing on two feet, slipped on my shorts and walked inside. It was dark inside with only a handwritten note indicating that dad had gone fishing with Charlie. I cringed at the idea of what those two gossips would plan and scheme while having the whole day together. As much as I loved my dad, he really needed to get a life so he could stay out of mine. I suppose I could try and just pretend like I wasn't dying a little more each day that I ignored Bella, and then he wouldn't worry so much, but I wasn't really good about hiding my feelings. I always seemed to lay things out straight, just how it was. You couldn't sugar coat crap, and that is just how things are right now.
I walked over to the freezer and smiled when I saw three boxes of pizza staring back at me. I got them all out and turned on the oven while I sat them on the counter. I opened one box took the plastic wrap and cardboard off and placed it in the oven. It would need to cook for 20 minutes so I decided to jump in the shower and get cleaned up. The water felt great relaxing my tired muscles and I washed my hair and realized I would need to cut it again soon. I probably should have weeks ago, but I just didn't have the energy to care.
I got out of the shower, dried myself off, and walked to my room for some sweat pants. As I entered the kitchen I could smell the pizza and my mouth began to water. I removed the hot pizza from the oven and got the second pizza out of the box placing it in the oven to cook. I ate the first pizza while the 2nd cooked, and when it was ready did the same with the third. Once I was finished eating I sat down in front of the TV for some mindless relaxation.
It didn't take long before I heard my dad rolling in the front door.
“Hey Dad, there is some pizza on the counter if you are hungry.” I said from the couch.
“Okay, thanks.” Billy replied as he rolled over to me and dropped a folded square piece of paper that said 'Jacob' across the front into my lap.
“What is this?” I asked picking it up. He completely ignored me as he rolled back into the kitchen, I assumed for pizza. I opened the paper and my eyes about jumped out of their sockets as I read.
Please Jacob, talk to me!! I didn't read any further as the paper dropped from my hands and floated like a feather to the floor, as I bolted from the couch and stormed into the kitchen.
“What the hell was that!?!” I yelled.
“Jacob she's trying. Give her a chance to fix things.” Billy took two slices of pizza and set them on his plate and rolled in front of the kitchen table.
“What on earth for? Do you want me to just pretend that she isn't suicidal? Or has she given Edward up?” I asked sarcastically while pacing back and forth in our small kitchen.
“No. She hasn't. But she cares about you, maybe you could get her to change her mind.”
“Like that'll ever happen.”
“Well maybe it would if you would stop sulking, put on your big boy pants and read that damn note. You might just learn something.”
I stopped dead in my tracks in the middle of the kitchen, “Did you read it?” I was so shocked I didn't know what more to say.
“No, good grief Jacob. Neither Charlie nor I have read it. But the fact that she sent it in the first place is all I needed to know.”
I pulled my chair out and slumped into it, “I can't believe this.” I said shaking my head.
“Come on Jacob, she needs you and I know you need her too.”
“But that's the problem Dad, I need her far more than she needs me. I can't go back to being the friend she wants me to be, too much has happened.”
“Wouldn't her friendship be better than nothing at all?”
“I don't know. What would be the point?”
“And I think she needs you even more than you need her, she just doesn't realize it.”
“I know.” I looked up and I could see the note shouting at me from the living room floor. “I can't deal with this right now, I'm going for a walk.” I said as I stood from the table.
“Okay. Hey there is a bucket of fish outside, would you mind bringing them in.”
“Sure, sure.” I said as I got up and walked outside grabbed the bucket and brought inside next to the kitchen sink. “I'll be back before too late.”
As I stepped outside I could see the sun start to descend and I knew it would be slipping away into darkness soon. I walked over to the beach and listened to the waves come and lick my feet before receding back into the ocean. My mind was a mess, I didn't know what to do about Bella. Why was a friendship with me so important to her if she wasn't planning on giving up Edward and her desire to be one of them? I did the best I could to avoid thinking about that last part, how her skin would ice over, her beautiful heart would no longer beat, and her chocolate brown eyes would be lost forever.
A silent tear slipped out of the corner of my eye and my heart ached at the possibility of Bella being my enemy. The instinct to attack and kill would spread through my body regardless of the face that stood before me. I felt helpless as I sat down in the rough sand, laying flat on my back as I watched the sun continue to slip away. I felt someone come and sit beside me, but I didn't bother to turn my head to see who it was, instead I just watched as the sky filled with blazing oranges and pinks until slowly the colors slipped away into black.
I felt a hand, small and cold, settle itself into my own. For a second I didn't move, had Bella driven out here? I had never known Bella to be this silent, and I'm sure she would have had plenty to say if she were here. Also I knew Bella's scent by heart and this was very different. I could smell sweat mixed with a sweet apple smell, like a lotion or perfume. I lightly moved my hand and could feel the delicate fingers and my thumb rubbed the soft skin at the wrist, it felt so different that I had no idea who's hand it could be. Slowly out of curiosity I turned my head and saw the dark russet skin and hazel eyes that I knew to belong to Jackie.
I laid my head back down and relaxed my hand, which she didn't let go of, and looked out across the night sky. “What are you doing?” I asked.
“You just looked so lonely.”
“Did it ever occur to you that I wanted to be alone?”
“Yes.” She took a deep breathe. “Something has happened to you Jake, and it scares me sometimes.” Her voice trembled some and I looked at her arms covered in goosebumps. She had a tight sleeveless shirt, matching pink and brown pants, and running shoes, I guess she had been running along the beach when she found me.
I brought my hands to my side, making her drop mine, and pushed myself to a sitting position brought her to my side. “Where's your jacket?” I could feel her cold arm against my hot skin and brought my hand around to her other arm.
“In my car, I get really hot when I run so I don't usually need it. I didn't exactly plan on being out so late.”
“Oh.” It was painfully obvious that I was the reason that she was still here and I didn't really know what I thought of that. Jackie was a nice girl when she wasn't spreading rumors about our romance, a romance that was about as real as the Easter Bunny. She had kissed me once in the school parking lot, I didn't kiss her back so it didn't really count as a real kiss, however no matter what I said no one believed me that nothing was going on. I knew it was bad when even Quil and Embry thought I was holding out on them and keeping it a secret from them. Truth be told there was nothing to tell, other than today the only times I saw Jackie was at school and these days the pack pretty much stayed to ourselves.
I heard Jackie take a deep sigh and felt her body relax so that her head rested on my chest. “You're really hot Jake.”
I couldn't help but chuckle. “Thanks.”
She lifted her head and smacked me in the chest with her hand. “Not like that, you dork. Well maybe that is true too.” She ducked her head embarrassed. “But that wasn't what I meant.”
“Sure, sure. It's no big deal.”
“Why are you so hot? You're not sick are you?” She asked as she reached her hand out to probably touch my forehead.
I leaned out of the way. “No I'm not sick. The heat is just genetic, just part of who I am.”
“Your dad's not this hot.”
“Glad you think so.”
She just rolled her eyes. “Ha, ha. Okay, I admit I walked right into that one.”
“The heat skipped his generation, and my mom's family had this issue as well.” We were both silent for a moment, and I hoped that explanation was good enough. “And speaking of my dad, I need to be heading home.”
We each got up and brushed the sand from our legs and back side. “Do you need me to walk with you to your car?” La Push was a pretty safe area, but I thought it would be rude to just leave her there.
“Sure, thanks.” She said with a smile.
Her car wasn't far and we walked in silence. I watched as she unlocked her door and I waved 'goodbye' as she climbed in.
What an unexpected evening this has turned out to be. When I got home I helped dad get to bed, neither of us speaking and I crawled into bed shortly after. The note was still on the living room floor exactly where it had landed and stayed there for two days, neither of us wanted to touch it. However the longer it stayed there the bigger it seemed to grow, soon it would fill up the whole living room.
Finally as I was eating breakfast before school, dad wheeled himself in to watch some TV as he straddled his chair over the note he had had enough. “Jacob pick up that note or I will. And if it is still there I'm reading it this time.”
I glared at him as I finished my last bite of cereal and placed the bowl in the sink. I went to the bathroom, brushed my teeth, and then gathered my books placing them in my backpack for school. As I walked back in, I planned to simply walk right out the door until I saw my dad with the note open on his lap. “What the crap Dad?”
“Hey, I warned you fair and square. If you didn't want to know what she had to say, that is your problem, but I sure as hell did.”
“I can't believe you.” I walked over and yanked it from his lap and shoved it in my backpack and walked out the door making sure that it slammed loudly behind me. I knew he hated it when I slammed the door and I could hear him grumbling inside.
He totally deserved it noisy old man. I never dreamed he was serious with his threat, but I knew I should have. He never has handled secrets very well. I approached Quil and Embry who were both waiting for me at Embry's house, I hoped that they would be able to see my irritation and just let it go, but I guess nothing was going my way today.
“Hey Jake!” Embry called.
“Hey.” I answered sourly.
“Dude Jacob, what crawled inside your pants and died?” Quil snickered.
“Ohhhh.” They both said together.
“Are you still ignoring her calls?” Quil asked.
“What did she do this time?” Embry asked.
“She sent a freaking note from her dad, to mine, to me!”
Quil clutched his stomach and started laughing so hard he almost tripped. “Man, that is awesome.” Quil stammered once he could breathe again.
“You are seriously messed up.” I said shaking my head.
“So what did the note say?” Embry asked.
“You'll have to ask my dad, he's the one who read it.” This time is was Embry's turn to almost fall over laughing.
“Why haven't you read it?” Quil asked.
“If I wanted to know what she had to say I would answer the damn phone, not pretend I was in 2nd grade.” I gave a frustrated sigh.
These guys knew my frustration with Bella more than anyone. Despite my best intention I couldn't help but have her on my mind each and every time we patrolled and they probably wanted me to move on. Or at least settle things so that I could pretend to move on, having Bella tangling in the air wasn't good on anyone. However, I couldn't think of anything that she could possibly have to say to me.
We made it to class and as I pulled out my stuff from my backpack I saw the crumbled note buried deep inside, calling to me, begging to be heard. I know I was being stubborn and stupid, but I couldn't handle feeling the hope that she still cared about me or the pain of knowing it was really over. Finally by 3rd period I had had enough and I couldn't take it any longer, so when I pulled out my books and notepad I reluctantly pulled out Bella's note. I smoothed out the ruffled edges.
Please, Jacob talk to me! There has got to be something that I can do. I'm sorry, I know that it hurts you that I am friends with the Cullens, but they are part of my life too. You are my very best friend and I know that we can make this work. I miss you and I need to figure out a way to be your friend as well, if you would only just talk to me, please Jake, please.
After reading the note, I knew I should respond. There is just something so personal about hand written words that is so much harder to ignore. Maybe it was because it was such a physical reminder, as soon as the phone stops ringing than your window of conversation is over, but with a note that window never closes. I flipped to the next page of my notebook and started to write.
What were you thinking! I do not want to talk to you.
No that wasn't really what I wanted to say and I ripped the page from my notebook and it made a loud tearing sound and everyone stared at me, including my teacher who stopped and looked confused.
“I'm sorry. I won't do that again.” I stammered.
I don't know why you're making Charlie carry notes to Billy like we're in second grade – if I wanted to talk to you I would answer the . . . Well that wasn't really what I wanted to say either, but instead of ripping the page out, I just crossed it out, and tried again.
You made the choice here, okay? You can't have it both ways when . . . It is not like she could have us both she needed to understand that.
What part of 'mortal enemies' is too complicated for you to . . . I had been writing so hard that I broke the tip of my pen and ink leaked over the page.
Look, I know I'm being a jerk, but there's just no way around . . . Dammit it was no longer just the tip that broke as the pen shattered between my fingers. I grumbled to myself as I reached inside my backpack for another pen, making sure that I didn't hold it quite so tightly.
We can't be friends when you're spending all your time with a bunch of . . . Oops should probably stop there, she hates when I use the terms 'bloodsuckers' or 'leeches' to describe her 'friends'.
It just makes it worse when I think about you too much, so don't write anymore . . . Nothing I could think of was coming out the way I wanted it to.
Yeah, I miss you, too. A lot. Doesn't change anything. Sorry.
Angrily I put a dark black line through every word I had written, I was afraid that my arm would start shaking and give away the pain and anger that I felt. I got to the last line and I just couldn't mark it out, the truth of the words sprung from the page. So I simply added my name to the bottom and folded it. I was about to put both notes back in my backpack when the bell rang and Quil leaped from his desk grabbed Bella's note and sprinted out the door.
Quil was going to be one dead dog by the time I got to him as I sprung from my desk to follow him down the hall.
“Oh come on Jake, you know we all were going to know what it says anyways.” Embry tried to reason with. “This will just save you from having to think of it later.”
“That is so not the point Em.”
Embry and I caught up with Quil in the cafeteria with a huge tray of food looking completely innocent, like there was no reason for me to punch him in the nose. He was very wise to remain in a public place otherwise I certainly would have. The rest of the day was uneventful, Quil grew a conscious (black and blue in color) and gave me the note back before walking to my house.
We had an afternoon snack, that would probably be two full meals for a normal person, and then hung out in the garage. I was still in a pretty sour mood, but thankfully they chose to ignore me and just let me sulk. The best of friends knew when to push you on an issue and when to let it go, and these guys were the best.
At dinner Dad apologized for invading my privacy with the note and I easily accepted, but I could still feel the tension between us. Bella had become a thick cloud hanging over both our heads and I knew it would burst at any moment, I just wasn't sure what the damage would be once it started. As I got Dad ready for bed I placed my note back to Bella on his dresser.
“This is my response to Bella, you can read it if you want to, I don't care. I won't reply to another one so if another comes, read it, burn it, whatever, but don't give it to me. I'm done.”
I saw the sadness mixed with understanding in his eyes as I walked out the door. I just wish that my heart would be as “done” as my brain was. I hated the powerful affect that she still had over me, but I was going to simply take one day at a time and keep putting one foot in front of the other. I would make my dad proud and continue to serve the pack to the best of my ability.
- For starters there will not be near as many 'facts' for Eclipse because truthfully there aren't as many. SM has never written a summary for Eclipse, so this will be largely my interpretation. However I really liked having a place to explain where I got my ideas, and I do feel that my interpretation is surrounded by facts.
- The last comment that SM made in her summary of NM was that Jacob left to inform his brothers so that they could prepare for war with the Cullens.
- Jacob's concern about Alice seeing them make decisions, at this point they do not know that she cannot see the wolves. Jacob learns that later in Eclipse.
- Jackie's character is completely fictional. I really like the idea of Jacob having someone to talk to who doesn't know anything and can't be inside his head, so she will pop up from time to time. If Jacob has enough self control to be friends with Bella than he also has enough self control to be friends with someone who is not in the pack.
- Jacob's sense of humor with Jackie is based on BD, if Jacob was still able to be funny while Bella was dying (blond jokes with Rosalie, some banter with Leah) than I think he would have been able to be funny here as well.
- Also my chapter titles may not be the same as Eclipse titles, unless I feel that it lines up well for that particular chapter.
Author's note: I have added a play list for this story, not every chapter but just when something fits. This song is for both chapter 1 & 2
Chapter 2 – BATTLE LINES
There hasn't been another phone call from Bella since I sent my note back. The realization that she might have actually listened to the harsh words I had written and comprehended the truth that we could not be friends, was extremely painful. Wasn't this what I wanted? For her to quit trying and to leave me alone.
Alone. It was a perfect description of what I was. I didn't want to be around anyone, even my pack brothers. The depression had started to eat me alive, and I spent most of my time either closed off in my room or walking along the beach. There was something so peaceful about the waves breaking across the shore line and receding back into the ocean. No one called them a coward for going back into the ocean where they came from, for that was the waves purpose.
That is where I found myself, once again sitting in the sand just watching time pass. Once again I felt someone come and sit beside me, as I turned my head I saw that it was Sam.
“Hey Jake,” he said.
“Hey, is everything okay with the pack?” I asked.
“Yeah, pretty much there was just some things I needed to talk to you about.” I knew that there had been a Council meeting tonight and I figured that it had something to do with that. However I couldn't think of anything that would involve me that Sam couldn't handle himself in regards to the Council.
“Well spit it out.” I encouraged.
“Has your dad ever mention anything about being alpha?” He asked.
“No.” I said while shaking my head. “Should he have?”
“Well you know that the last pack alpha was your great grandfather Ephraim.”
“Yes. Sam I don't really need the history lesson, what is the point?”
He took a deep breath, probably to calm down from my blatant rudeness. “Jacob, being alpha is passed down from one to another. I have always known that I was just holding the spot until you phased and took your rightful place.”
“Wow, Sam.” I started to remember Paul making some snide comment about me being alpha, I sort of thought he was just be dramatic, however it was all starting to make more sense. “I'm not going to fight you for alpha.”
“Well that is good to know, but that wasn't exactly what I was suggesting. I would be stepping down and you would become the leader that you were meant to be.”
“But I'm not a leader.”
“You are more of one than you realize. Have you ever thought about why the others always seem to do whatever you tell them to?”
“I just figured they thought it was a good idea and followed.”
“Nothing is that simple, Jake. They can feel the alpha in you whether they realize it or not.”
“Sam, I don't want to be a wolf.”
“Jake, you didn't loose Bella because you are a wolf.” Sam said cautiously.
“I know that.” I answered bitterly.
“I just wanted to let you know that I will step down if you want me to.”
I took a moment to think about the possibilities that being alpha would allow me, but it wasn't something that I wanted. “No Sam, I would like for you to remain as alpha.”
“Okay. With our pack being so large I think that it would be best to have a second in command and I would like you to take that responsibility. It would help those who do not quite understand why they follow you, to be more at ease.”
“I understand, that will be fine.”
“Let's meet at my house, and I'll gather everyone else up for a pack meeting.”
The pack meeting went very well and everyone seemed to be at ease with Sam remaining as alpha and myself being second in command. I think there was a little bit of a surprise between everyone that I didn't step up, but it also felt settled and I was thankful that we wouldn't have to deal with that anymore. With us all together Sam decided to go ahead and do some fight training for a couple hours before we went back home.
It turns out it was just a couple more days before we were able to put all this training into action. Quil, Embry and I were running patrols and making plans to spend the rest of the weekend together, when we came across a fresh scent. Instantly I worried about Bella, not really sure how diligent the Cullens were being in her protection. Sam wanted us to wait, but I was being a little impatient and the three of us followed her trail until it crossed the Cullen boarder.
Sam alerted the rest of the pack and it didn't take long before we were all together, and we filled them in on what they had missed.
“So what do we do next?” Quil asked.
“Something is going on with the Cullens. They are just pacing around not far from the boarder.” Jared answered.
“Has anyone spoken to them?” I asked.
“No.” Sam answered. “Do you think they already know that we are aware of them being there?”
“I'm not sure how far Edward's mind reading works, but we should assume that the psychic knows that we know.” I answered.
“I have been watching them this whole time.” Jared informed. “They haven't moved, its like they are waiting for something.”
We paced around anxious that our opportunity to fight them has arrived, to control the nerves many ran up and down our border memorizing every bend and curve. I must admit this is far different than what I had been expecting for this confrontation. The more I thought about it, the more it didn't make sense. Why would they just be standing there, provoking us but not doing anything. Were they here to try and make an exception in the treaty for Bella? That wasn't going to happen, hell could freeze over before I would ever agree to her becoming one of them.
The wind was calm and settled around us as we waited. Suddenly they started running through the trees ducking and weaving through the trees, it didn't make any sense at all until we saw the flash of red blazing through the trees.
No, freaking way. Paul screamed, he was royally pissed off. That stupid red head has been with the Cullens this whole time!
I don't believe it. I stammered.
Look closer. Jared insisted I do not believe she is running with them, but rather from them.
She is who they have been waiting for. Embry added.
They should have told us! I snarled. I couldn't believe that they knew it and kept that information from us
We ran along our line waiting, it didn't take long before she leaped onto our side and we chased as she continued to dodge and weave through the trees. In no time she was again back across into Cullen territory and we were forced to remain on our side. She continued to dance along the line with teeth biting at her heals when she was on our side, and blurs of white on their side.
She was on their side running, the deep ravine was not far ahead and she would be on our land once again. Jumping over it was the only logical option for her, Paul, Leah and I ran faster to be ready for her when she leaped, not expecting to let her land on two feet, but instead tearing her to pieces. It was the perfect ambush (or it would have been), as she got ready to leap the large burly Cullen sprung, flinging himself through the air. It was clear that if he missed his target he would have no other option than to land on our side.
Paul saw it too and crouched down ready to spring, the moment the burly Cullen missed he landed right on Paul. Leah and I began to run down the ravine as we watched and Paul and Cullen wrestled each other crashing hard into the water below. The beautiful blond met us down at the bottom and crouched down to assist the burly Cullen.
Dude, she's hot. Quil remarked.
Awh, guys that's gross. She is a freaking leech for crying out loud. Leah retorted.
Up above Embry, Quil, Jared, Seth and Sam continued to chase after the red head, but she was too far away for them to catch her. Paul and Leah both growled sharply, started to circle around the burly Cullen and the blond ready to attack, and suddenly we all felt calm and the fury and anger left us. It was like I forgot what I was upset about and had no desire to fight.
It was really strange, it wasn't until the Cullens climbed up the ravine safely to their side, that I realized that it must have been the mood altering Cullen that had affected us. I wanted to be pissed, but all I could feel was calm. Paul, Leah, and I walked back up on our side and we looked the other Cullens in the eyes.
“I'm sorry,” said the head Cullen. “My son, Jasper, was only trying to protect his brother, he meant you no harm.” He nodded his head to the freaky looking Cullen with blond hair, and immediately our own emotions flooded through us. I had never been more pleased to be pissed in all my life.
“Is Victoria still on your side?” Asked a female with caramel colored hair.
I looked through the eyes of my brothers and saw that they were still chasing her. Sam do you want me to answer her? I asked.
Yes, but do not phase.
I wasn't planning on it. It was then that I noticed that Edward wasn't with them, never really thought I would want to see him, but I must admit it would be easier to communicate if he were here.
I nodded my head 'yes' to the female Cullen.
“May I suggest that we focus on her for now, we can work out these issues later,” the head Cullen reasoned.
I agree. Sam said.
I nodded once again and we all took off, them on their side and us on ours. We continued heading north through the cliffs as she weaved into their territory and our own back and forth. Just past the cliffs once again she jumped landing deep in the water below. There was a stream of curses on their side and ours, it was so frustrating that she was getting away again.
“Let us cross and go after her,” the burly Cullen yelled.
Sam shook his head 'no'.
“We will go straight to the water and take the main land back completely avoiding the rest of your land,” The freaky blond male tried to reason.
Again, Sam shook his head 'no'.
Suddenly the little Cullen's, eyes glazed over, “I saw her swim to Seattle.” Alice informed while looking at us as well as her group.
“Well it doesn't appear that there is anymore that we can do tonight, lets go.” The head Cullen said as they turned to leave.
I lifted my front paws slamming them on the ground to get their attention back, and the head Cullen turned back around.
Jacob what are you doing? Sam asked.
We need to know where Edward is, it doesn't make sense for him not to be here.
What do you mean?
If Victoria trying to kill Bella is even slightly as personal to him as it is to me . . . no one could stop me from being here. Where is he?
Maybe he is with Bella? Embry suggested.
In the middle of the night? I countered
Paul snickered, Oooh kinky. I felt myself growl in response.
“Is there something you need?” He asked. “I'm sorry my other son isn't here to interpret, you're going to have to change back to be able to speak.”
I came and stood behind both Paul and Sam knowing that my remaining pack brothers would surround me as well, as I phased back. Only my head stood up above Paul's tall back and shoulders, so I didn't bother putting my clothes back on.
“Where is Edward?” I demanded.
“He is with Bella.” The caramel colored Cullen answered
“He and Bella left on Friday for Floria to visit her mother,” she informed.
My mouth hung open, that filthy lying fool! How on earth would she expect me to believe that a sparkling vampire would go to one of the sunniest places on earth. Without further thought I exploded back into my wolf form.
That liar! I screamed, as a fierce growl erupted from my body.
Calm down Jacob. Sam said, stepping up to my side.
“I'm sorry that upset you, I don't understand.” The head Cullen stated taking a few steps in front of the female. “Please, lets wait for Edward to return tomorrow and we can meet again if necessary.”
Sam stepped forward and nodded his large head and the Cullens retreated, I assume to their home.
While we were all together we spread out and did a quick patrol of all our land. My head was a mess, I couldn't believe the load of crap that she had tried to feed me. But why would she lie? What would they have to hide? They said that Edward and Bella left Friday and would return tomorrow, that was three days. THREE DAYS!! Holy crap, they have changed Bella!
There was a collective gasp between the wolves as they had all been watching my brain process the information. This was the exact moment that we have been training for.
Let's go! Paul, said excited, it really bothered him that there was such a large group of vampires that was determined untouchable.
With Edward gone this would be a perfect time, they wouldn't hear us coming. Quil encouraged.
But what about the little psychic, would she know? Jared reasoned.
Not to mention that mood altering crap, I have had enough of that for one day. Leah scowled.
Come on Sam, what are we waiting for? I agreed.
Jacob, I think we need more information. I admit that your logic makes sense, but there is no rush. I need to speak with the Council before we just go declaring war on them.
If we are wrong it would be us breaking the treaty and not them. Embry added.
We disbanded for the evening and Sam was going to talk to the Council in the morning. I was so anxious that I volunteered for patrol, knowing that I wouldn't be able to sleep at home. I felt sorry for Quil who was stuck with me. I knew my mind was not going to be in a good place, and I was right. I was a nervous wreck. Part of me was so ready to fight the Cullens that everything in me wanted the treaty to be broken so that battle lines could be drawn and war declared. I would enjoy tearing them to pieces for what they have done. However, the other part of me knew what would be the cause of a broken treaty, and my heart ached at the thought of my Bella being gone forever.
Jake you're killing me here, stop thinking like that. Quil choked out.
Quil I wish I could. The pain was so intense. I'm sorry to put you through this, you can leave if you want. I can patrol the area alone. I wasn't bitter or angry at him, but I knew it was going to be a rough night.
No man, we're a team. Just don't get mad at me if I start singing “My Favorite Things” to counter your depressing thoughts.
You wouldn't dare. I challenged.
He started singing.
Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes.
Snow flakes that stay on my nose and eye lashes.
Silver white winters that melt into springs, these are a few of my favorite things.
When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I'm feeling sad,
I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don't feel so bad.
I swear I'm going to kill you. However I couldn't keep the chuckle in, I must admit that it did make me feel better. Even though he would know my thoughts I would beat him senseless if he ever admitted that the stupid song actually helped.
What song, I didn't sing anything. Quil countered, as he continued to hum.
Alright, I'm holding you too that.
The rest of the night was uneventful, the threat of Quil singing again worked at keeping my thoughts 'happy', or as happy as they were going to get. As the sun rose the following morning Seth and Leah came on and exchanged with us.
I got home in time for the Council meeting, which Sam wanted me to attend. My dad confirmed, through Charlie, that the official story is that Edward and Bella did go to Florida, however we had no idea what time she was expected so I was nominated to call. It was early, but I didn't look at the clock and heard Charlie's sleepy voice on the other side. Unfortunately he wasn't sure about Bella's flight information and said he would look for the information and call me back.
An hour later I still hadn't heard from Charlie so I gave him another call, he had fallen back asleep and would still have to get back to me. This pattern continued throughout the day, as one game after another kept distracting Charlie from finding the information that I needed. By evening I was extremely frustrated, sleep deprived with patrolling all night, and could not relax until I knew what was going on with Bella. Sam has the rest of the pack out training, so that we would be ready once confirmation was made of the treaty had been broken.
I picked up the phone again, I know it has only been 30 minutes since my last call, but she should be home by now. On the fourth ring I hear Bella's voice. “Hello?”
“You're back.” I said, relieved that she was home.
There was a long pause and I thought maybe she was going to hang up on me. “Yes,” she finally answered.
“Why didn't you call me?” I demanded.
“Because I've been in the house for exactly four seconds and your call interrupted Charlie telling me that you'd called.” I could hear the irritation in her voice.
“Sure. Now why are you harassing Charlie?”
“I need to talk to you.”
“Yeah, I figured out that part all by myself. Go ahead.”
Well it became clear that Bella was still human, but we still needed to meet with the Cullens regarding their actions the previous night. I took a moment and debated about going over now, but I was sure Sam would kill me for meeting Edward alone. He was furious with me last time I tried that, by now the treaty was too important to risk breaking because I couldn't keep myself together. The school would be a perfect place to remain calm and I knew Sam would let me meet him.
“You going to school tomorrow?” I asked.
“Of course I am. Why wouldn't I?”
“I dunno. Just curious.”
Crap I probably made the whole 'we-thought-you-became-a-vampire' theory too obvious.
“So what did you want to talk about, Jake?”
“Nothing really, I guess. I . . . wanted to hear your voice.” I know that was a lame excuse, but it was all I could think to say at the time. And oh my goodness it was true, hearing Bella's voice was painfully sweet.
“Yeah, I know. I'm so glad you called me, Jake. I . . .”
“I have to go,” I panicked. This was about to become way too much about me and Bella, and not about the pack, which is what it was suppose to be about.
“I'll talk to you soon, okay?” I said as I hung up.
I darted outside, phased, and started running towards them, immediately they all saw my conversation.
Dammit! Paul and Leah said together.
What the hell? We don't want her to be changed. Embry replied, as I felt the growl rumble in my chest.
I swear I didn't mean it like that. Paul tried to justify. I just was ready for the fight.
After all the training, it would be good to actually use it. Jared added.
But not at Bella's expense. I reminded them.
I could care less about Bella. She has made her choice, now she will suffer the consequences. Leah scowled.
Fury grabbed hold of me like never before, and I was now just inches away from being able to tear her hamstring off.
Stop it, everyone! Sam commanded. Jacob's right. As much as we want to be ready for a fight, it is best if it never happens. I heard Paul and Leah grumbling to one another. None of us take the treaty being broken lightly, however Jacob, you need to remember that she IS making this choice.
Whatever. I huffed. Sam unless you object I'm meeting Cullen at their school tomorrow and we can work out a time to meet with the rest of them. We still need to address them crossing onto our land the other night.
Typically I wouldn't want to meet in such a public place, but in this case that will be fine, just make sure you hold yourself together.
I will. After that we were all dismissed and I went home and crashed. I would see Bella tomorrow morning at school and be able to get the whole mess straightened out with the Cullens.
- I do not know when Sam and Jacob talked about being alpha. It is stated that Sam offers to step down and Jacob refuses. Everything else about the pack feeling Jacob's alpha in him and following what he says is just my speculation. With alpha being genetic I believe they would feel it whether Jacob was the official “alpha” or not.
- The chase with Victoria I tried to make as accurate as possible, between Edward and Jacob they are pretty descriptive.
- I do not know how Jacob learned that Bella and Edward were in Florida, clearly he finds out not long after the chase with Victoria because he starts calling Charlie (starting at 6am) the following morning.
- 'My Favorite Things' – Sound of Music. Gotta love Quil!!
- I don't know much about the Council, I just assume that Sam would have to meet with them before he could declare war on the Cullens, or anything major like that.
*** Important reminder: ALL conversations that Bella is present for will be either directly quoted or summarized from the book.
(Edit- I have no idea why half is white and half is black)
Thanks, I really like being able to put the 'facts' in there. It gives me a great place to put where I got the idea from and what it is based on. I'm really glad that you are enjoying Jacob's pov, you can never be too old for love. :)
It has been interesting juggling both stories, but also nice. When I get stuck on one then I can switch to the other one. I am really looking forward to the next chapter where the two stories will split.
(don't worry, I didn't think you were complaining)