I lifted her into my arms. My body shook as Michelle's venom entered my bloodstream. I ignored it as much as possible, focusing on Sarah. Her eyes opened slowly, looking up at me.
"Jacob… I love you," she whispered. "I promised I wouldn't go out in the woods, and I didn't, I understand now. I'm sorry,"
"Don't apologize. I love you," I whispered, my voice shaking as a tear ran down my face. I kissed her lips lightly and stood up from the ground and carried her back to the clearing. My leg was on fire as I ran, but I didn't focus on the pain. I had much more important things to worry about.
I could smell what was happening before I could see it, but when I stepped into the clearing I saw the large controlled fires blazing with purple smoke billowing away from the flames. My walk faltered as I took another step and it felt like I had accidentally stepped into one of the fires.
"Quil!" I shouted.
He looked away from the smoke to me and stared at my love in my arms. He ran towards me and took her out of my arms as I winced in pain. I didn't want to let her go now, but someone had to get the venom out of her.
"She was bitten," I huffed through clenched teeth. I fell to the ground, feeling my leg twitch and burn even more. I felt my torso start to convulse slightly and I blacked out.
Noone knew what would happen to a werewolf if they had vampire venom in their system. Death was thought to be the most likely answer. I would find out what the answer really was, soon… hopefully.
The pain in my arm was unbearable. Pain wasn't the right word for what I felt, but that's what it was. The burning sensation I had felt in my throat from throwing up wasn't even close to this burning feeling. I literally felt like my arm had been held in a fire. I couldn't scream, I could barely breathe, I had lost all of my energy. I wanted to drift away into unconsciousness, but the heavy panting and deep thuds that made the ground shake kept in me in the present.
I should never have left Jacob. I should never have left my room. I should have never told Hunter I loved him. So many mistakes I made, and I didn't realize any of them until this precise second.
I could feel my heartbeat inside my head. I could feel my blood pulse through my veins. The burning started to move and get worse. As it crept to the crease of my elbow, I wanted to scream out in pain, but I was afraid that, if the panting and ground shaking thuds came from some sort of animal, that I might scare it away.
Michelle's words stuck into my head now as they started to make sense. "I'll either kill you like this, or have someone else do it when you're… let's just say, 'different.'" I thought I had felt her teeth bore into my skin, but I threw that thought to the wooziness.
My guess was that I had been bitten, and for someone who's knowledge of vampires was very little, other than badly written kids movies, Van Helsing, and Interview With a Vampire, I knew that the pain I'm feeling must be venom, like that of a snake.
The venom was traveling through my bloodstream and unerringly making its way to my heart to stop it. I was being changed, or at least I was until she drank my blood.
I heard a loud metalic screaching coming from right next to me. I wanted to see what was happening, but I was too feeble and weak. A loud, agonized howl filled the forest as soon as the screaching stopped and a strong sweet smell filled the air along with the smell of fire and smoke.
I felt someone's presence at my side and felt familiar warm arms wrap around me. I forced my eyes open as I took in his delicious musky scent. I looked into his deep brown eyes that looked like the sun in this never ending darkness that I seemed to be slipping into more every second.
"Jacob," I whispered. His eyes had never looked so old or pained in the entire six months and three and a half weeks that I knew him. Six months and three and a half weeks… almost seven months. "I love you," a tear ran down his cheek and I wanted to kiss it away, but I couldn't move. "I promised I wouldn't go out in the woods, and I didn't, I understand now. I'm sorry."
"Don't apologize," he whispered. "I love you," his voice came out shaky, he was crying. His face bent to mine and he kissed my lips lightly. I wanted to keep his face to mine, but he suddenly stood up and started running in the direction towards the clearing where I had first truly believed his secret.
"Quil!" he shouted as his step faultered. "She was bitten," he huffed. My eyes had already closed back and I was slipping slightly.
"Jake!" Quil shouted.
Oh, no! What was wrong with Jacob, my Jacob? Please, no!! "Lord, please, don't take him, please. Take me instead, just leave him. Anything but him. In Jesus name I pray, Amen." I prayed.
"Take Jacob back to our home, we'll have to work with Sarah here," Carlisle said, his voice drenched in worry and sorrow. "Edward, stop the bleeding at her head, be careful of her arm. I have to suck out the venom."
I felt cold hands replace the familiar warm ones and was automatically frightened. Their touch was so unfamiliar, it scared me to my core. I started slipping into unconsciousness as I felt cold lips being pressed to my forearm. I couldn't hear anything at first, then, suddenly, I pictured Jacob's face and drifted into the blackness, hoping God had heard me.
I finally opened my eyes as I felt my body shake from the cold. I looked around the room and saw the familiar face of my favorite actor on my closet door. The pink surrounding was comforting, but the air was on way too high. I clutched my blanket and pulled it to me tighter. A warm hand touched mine and I thought of Jacob. Everything had to be a dream, a very realistic kind of dream, the kind of dream I never had. The pain in my forearm let me know that it was real. I winced and felt a tug in my scalp.
"Oww!" I whispered as I carefully brought my hand up to my head to lightly touch the place I felt the small tug.
"Don't move too quickly," Seth whispered.
"Seth, where's Jacob? Is he alright? Tell me he's okay, lie to me if you have to. TELL ME HE'S OKAY!" I cried.
"He's fine, honestly. He's at the Cullen place. He was bitten too, only we don't react to that very well," his face darkened.
"Don't… don't tell me the bad things. I don't want to know them," I whispered.
"Sarah, he's fine. That's all you really need to know. He's going to be okay, and so are you."
"Can I see him?"
"Not now, at least I don't think so…" he trailed off.
"Where's Quil?" I asked.
"Living room, why?"
"He's taking me to see him, he has to."
"Carlisle told us not to let you leave."
"We're going to Carlisle's, he won't care," I argued.
I threw the blanket off of me and quickly realized that I was wearing different clothes.
"Did you…?!" I asked frightened.
"No! Alice did," he replied, holding his hands up in the air like he surrendered.
I sat up and slid my flip-flops on. I walked quickly to my door and felt woozy.
"Quil Atera!" I shouted as I saw his sleeping body lying on my couch. He didn't flinch. "Quil!!" I shouted louder as I pulled on his arm.
His body rolled and fell into the floor.
"What the hell!!" he shouted as he stood up.
"Take me to see Jake!" I demanded.
"I was told not to let you leave," he argued.
"We're going to Carlisle's there's no real way that he can object," I rebuttled as his face morphed to the point where you could see the recognition of the point I made.
"If I get in trouble, I blame you."
"You won't, just please," I begged as I held my hand to my chest. I felt a sharp stabbing pain in my heart. It felt as though it was literally tearing. "We have to hurry," I exhaled sharply through my teeth.
I rushed to Quil's car and slid in the backseat, knowing that was the proper place for me. Seth slid into the passenger seat as Quil started the car.
Not even five minutes later we pulled up into the Cullens' driveway. I slammed the door as I got out of the car. I ran to the porch and was stopped by Edward at the door.
"I'm sorry, but you can't see him right now," he whispered as he placed his hands on my shoulders and gently led me down one of the steps.
"Let go of me!" I cried. "What if that was Bella or Renesmee?! Huh?! Wouldn't you want to be in there?!" I tried to reason. "I don't care if he's messed up or whatever just let me see him!!" I sobbed.
His face hardened, his expression turned contemplative. One more plead would make him give in.
"Please?!" my voice shook even as I whispered. Tears fell from my face and left cold trails down my cheeks as the wind blew around me.
He stepped back, not hesitating in the slightest. "Up the stairs, last door on the right," he informed.
"Thank you," I sang as I wrapped my arms around his waist quickly then flew up the stairs. I ran down the long hallway until I saw the last door at the end.
I looked through the doorway and saw him lying there on a hospital bed. His leg was wrapped multiple times. I didn't want to know what they had to do to him, I was glad Michelle was punished for what she did to him.
I looked at his face as his eyes were closed. His face was paler than I had ever seen it. I stood at the doorframe as the tears streamed down my face faster. My heart was still torn, but slightly mended at the sound of the heart monitor that said he was still alive as it beeped with every everlasting beat of his heart that he had poured out to me and given to me on too many occasions to count. A sob escaped my throat and I started to fall to my knees. I grabbed onto the doorframe and held myself up as I contained my sobs of relief that he was still alive.
"Sarah," he whispered as I took in a deep, short breath.
"Oh, Jacob!" I cried as I walked to his side. "I don't think I can explain how happy I am right now," I cried as I took his face in my hands.
His warm rough hand wrapped around my wrist. I felt so much safer and at home as I felt his warmth.
"Don't ever do that to me again," I whispered as I let out another tear.
"I told you I'd never take myself out of your life, I'm keeping that promise as best I can," he murmured as his hand slid up my arm.
"You're doing a great job," I tried to smile at him.
"Don't try to smile," he whispered.
"What do you want me to do then?" I asked as another tear rolled down my cheek.
"Come here," he whispered as he wrapped his arms around me and hugged me close to him.
His face buried in my neck as mine buried in his. His warm breath sent chills up mine spine as he breathed deeply.
"What happened to you?" I asked as I loosened his embrace to look into his eyes. I kissed below his ear lightly, before I was too far away, craving to feel his skin underneath my lips.
"Vampire venom, it doesn't work very well in my system. It's like how Mason kissing you didn't set well with your stomach," he laughed. "The venom is supposed to burn away the blood and stop the heart, but it doesn't work the same with us for some reason. When humans have venom in their system they can breathe and 'live' after the change, but us… we die," his voice trailed off.
My heart stuttered slightly and fresh tears bursted from my eyes, rolling down my cheeks quickly.
"Sarah, I'm fine. Please, don't cry," he whispered as he kissed my forehead.
"You almost died," I whispered. "Why would I not cry?" I asked through my sobs.
"Because, I'm alive, I'm here… with you."
"You can never leave me," I whispered as I pushed his hair back off of his forehead.
"I won't if you don't," he promised.
"Seems like a fair plan," I smiled.
I bent my face to his and he kissed me. His lips broke the yearning that wrapped around mine. I slowly pulled away and felt his hand carress my jaw.
"Thank you, for saving my life," I whispered.
"Thank you for being in my life so I could," he laughed.
His arms wrapped around me again and just held me to him as we realized that I wasn't being threatened anymore. Nothing would separate us. He was mine forever, and I was his.
"Our projects are due tomorrow," he whispered.
"School is irrelevant right now," I whispered back.
"When can you leave?" I asked him.
"Well, I heal quickly… probably a few hours, maybe two if I'm lucky."
"You're extremely lucky," I laughed.
"To have you, yes," he whispered as he stared into my eyes.