We started our run home from the reservation. Renesme on my back, Edward at my right side, Jacob on my left. Sam, Paul And Jared in front of us, Quil and Embry behind us. Seth and Leah ran on Jacob's flanks. If it would have been possible for any human to see us what a sight we would have made. Two incredibly fast teengers running at lightening speed with a little girl holding on behind, surrounded by the biggest wolves imaginable. But there was no possiblity of anyone seeing us. The combined super sensory abilities of our vampire senses and those of the wolf pack meant we could pick up human scents and hear any footsteps or movement in a vast radius from us so we could easily take another route to avoid human eyes. Keeping the secret was still our number one rule, I really hoped there would be no hikers or campers in the forest tonight, not becuase of us, but whatever else was out there.
We continued on our path, through the Quilette border to the more familier forest that surrounded our home. Suddenly an unfamiler scent carried on a downward breeze filled my nostrils. We all stopped, everyone had caught the scent. Sam whined and the wolves broke their formation. Spreading out in a wide arc around us.
"Whats wrong Edward?" I knew he had linked into the pack and was riding their thoughts. Renessme tightened her hold on me, reading the danger around her she didnt make a sound. I crouched into my hunting stance and pushed my sheild around us.
"Its been through here, the wolves think it was following something, theres a hiking trail not to far from here. they suspect it might have picked up a human scent and followed it." Edward did not look at me when he spoke, his eyes scanned back and forth across the surrounding forest. Sam trotted up to Edward and looked very intently at him for a moment until Edward spoke, "Ok Sam, let us know if you find anything. And be carefull." Sam turned and galloped of followed by Paul and Jared. Edward turned to speak to me "There going to follow the scent, see what they find. I shuddered at the thought of them running into the werewolf, I had spent some nights since my tranformation reading up on our histories and those of other "mystical" beings, not so many that would have been practical now as I still craved "quality alone time with my husband" more than blood. The few things I had read about "proper" werewolves (not the Quilette) variety was that they were very vicious, freakishly strong, and hated vampires.
"We should carry on home as quickly as possible" Edwards voice broke through my thoughts, and I quickly became acutely aware everyone had been waiting for me to snap out of the daydream I had been in. "Sorry" I offered as we set off running at lightening speed again, Renessmee still in her position on my back wasnt fazed at all, her hand was nonchalantly placed on my cheek and her thoughts were not the least bit worried a she was sure me, Edward and especially her Jacob would let no harm come to her. I wished I was as confident as her.
When we reached the river and took our turns to jump across I started to relax a bit. The house was in full view and Emmett and Jasper were on the walk way awaiting our return. Even though the mood slightly relaxed we did not stop running til we had run clean into the house. Renessme jumped off my back and ran to jacob immediately, he was still in wolf form as he had left Embry, Quil, Seth and Leah outside to watch the perimeter round the house. I know he hated to be seperate from the pack but the thought of leaving Renesmee in a time of danger was too much for him to bear, to be honest I dont think she would have let him leave her if he would have tried. Their ever increasing bond was the source of much iritation from Edward and Rosalie. Personally I had grown to tolerate it, Their devotion to one another was obvious and I knew jake well enough now to know he would be what ever she needed him to be and in the coming years as she would grow into a young woman, she would never be hurt, cheated on or let down by him in any way.
"Bella love!" I snpped out of my thoughts imediatley as Edward called my name. Carlisle, Esme, Edward, Alice and Rosalie were all gathered round the large antique dining table which was covered in old books frm carlisles library. The musty scent from the books filled my nostrils. I walked over to the table focusing my attentions on what ever they were looking at. Carlisle had a grave expression on his face, the news couldnt be good. I quickly looked at Edward whose face was also hard and strained.
"Whats the problem?" I aimed tha question at everyone, seeing as I had obviously missed something.
"Its us Bella, the werewolf is here for us" Edwards voice was strained as he spoke. I hadnt heard his voice break over the words like that since the day he had told us the Volturi were coming for us. I hesitated for a minute then I spoke my words clear and decisive " Then we will have to kill it, before it kills us".
to be continued