"You ought to be on your best behaviour, Edward," Irina reminded them once again as they approach the Cullen's house. "Remember your training."
Irina is irked Tanya had asked her to escort the broody Cullen back to Forks since Kate was deemed too excited to meet the fascinating human and might scare her away with her sexual advances.
"I mean if she got Eddy boy all stirred up, she must be something special, right?" Kate explained her excitement.
Tanya believed the Cullens already got their hands full and need not send the most promiscuous succubus, eventhough Kate's the most qualified out of the three to keep Edward in line.
Something does not sit right with Irina as she feels something stirring the moment they reached Forks. She pushes it away, justifying it is her annoyance at having to babysit the young vampire when she could have used her precious time for something else. Irina also isn't a fan of Rosalie, someone whom she respects but can't stand sometimes due to their mirror-like behaviours at times. She -"29 has had enough of Emmett's jokes about Rosalie potentially belonging to a Denali.
No, to her, Rosalie may have a high sex drive but most times she's much of a prude, just much like her annoying brother.
Edward throws her an annoyed look at hearing the thought when they're about five feet away from the house. She mutters a half decent apology in her mind and trails behind him slowly, for the sake of the human she's about to meet. It had been a puzzling request by Alice last night, but she knows better than to go against the seer.
The moment the door is opened by the excited Alice, Irina catches a sniff of a very sweet smell that rivers of venoms start to pool in her mouth. Clamping her mouth shut, she had to force it back down. And for one second, her fingertips turn warm for one second, leaving her paralysed on the snowy ground.
All vampires speed to her, trying to assist her. But she groans in pain as she feels a strong tug at her heart, as if it's coming alive. She wonders if it's the equivalent of a human's heart attack. Still, the strong feeling keeps her down and Carlisle is saying words that she could barely understand.
Then she hears it, not so heavy footsteps approaching to where all vampires are. She glances at Jasper for his gift but finds Alice holding him back, merely by a soft whisper, "I'm sorry but Jasper cannot interfere."
Irina feels her rage building at Alice's instruction, not understanding why the pixie has suddenly turned into a masochist. A rare nature. She wishes stupid Kate were here to help her.
When the sound of human boots crush the snow not one foot away from her, Irina glances up, suddenly feeling as if time had stopped. Tousled brunette hair is the first thing she notices. It reminds her of the trees; strong, beautiful and natural. Her eyes warm in another shade of brown, throwing Irina into fond memories of her earlier years with Sasha and her sisters. The pink hues adorning her cheeks make her look gorgeous.
The human is perfect. Her beauty rivals any other vampires Irina had laid her eyes on and she has travelled to many continents to be able to make that statement unbiased.
"Is everything okay?" the human asked.
For the first time in over a thousand vampire years, words are stuck in her throat. Concern is written on the human's face and Irina finds herself swoon a little by the kindness shown. To her left Jasper chuckles and she can see the knowing looks sported by the couple.
It is overwhelming and Irina wants to feel angry and sad and scream. Her face must have looked odd because the human fastens her pace and kneels down in front of the vampire, disregarding the soaking wet knee of her jeans in the snow. Her floral smell only heightens and Irina takes the chance to inhale her. Her every being finds her delicious but not in the way she expected. Instead of feeling the vampire thirst, something else lingers in her instinct.
"Are you hurt?"
She notices no one but her. Only one word screams in her head.
She's my mate.
This unexpected discovery made her forget there's a mind reader among them, which proves to be a mistake because as Bella tries to reachout to touch Irina's face, all out of her own accord, Edward steps in between them, effectively shoving Bella away from her. Bella yelps in surprise as she trips and almost lands on the thick ice but centuries of being trained by two warriors made Irina sharp on her toes. She scoops Bella in her arms and stops her from falling, altogether while snarling at him.
Bella's breath hitched and she sighs in relief managing to avoid getting wet yet again in the snow and she releases her breath. Irina's arms remain strong around her and at this realisation Bella turns as red as a tomato, "Erm.. Hi?"
Irina stares amused at her human mate and a smile escapes her, "Hello there."
She is now grateful that her sister Kate isn't here otherwise she'd be teased endlessly.
"I think I'm safe now," Bella hinted to be released.
"Yes, you are." In more ways than one, Irina thought. But no need to scare her off just yet. This is a human she has to handle carefully, one that is infatuated with the silly Edward. Speaking of, she turns to him and snarls. She gently sets Bella on her feet again but stands very close to her, not trusting Edward one bit.
"What the hell, Edward!"
Her eyes turn black and furious. Bella stiffens next to her so she automatically places her right hand on Bella's back to assure her that she is safe. Red fills her skin up from her face down to her chest. Her heart thumps louder and it sends the wrong message to the blonde stranger.
Irina would protect the human and she knows she will win despite his gift. He had never been in a real vampire fight before. And a vampire's strength can double in an attempt to protect their mate especially when they're still human.
"You're wrong! She's mine!" Edward growled.
The rest of the male vampires quickly surround Edward to block him as they make sense of what is happening. The female vampires all surround Bella and Irina, as if taking her side.
But Irina isn't going to let this go. It does not bode well that not a minute within meeting her mate, there's a vampire who almost hurt her. Accident or not, it feels like a crime, especially when he made nonsense claims on her mate.
"Do something stupid like that again and I will have your head," she warned. Images of the things she will do to him stir Edward a bit.
"You think you can win against me? You're just a succubus! That's your talent, to draw men in to-"
Before Edward could finish his sentence, Irina manages to get past all of the Cullens and choke Edward forcefully against a tree, leaving a big dent the shape of Edward's back onto it. Carlisle almost interferes but is stopped by Alice, who shakes her head no. This needs to happen and even if the Denali needs stopping, only two persons have the capabilities to do that - Irina's coven leader and her newly found mate.
Irina tightens her grip on Edward's neck, causing his skin to crack. She chokes him so hard he is unable to utter a word but whimpers of pain.
Alice moves to Bella, pleading her to stop Irina. Confused Bella only needed to see Edward's cracked neck to understand he hasn't much time to live. Following Alice's advice, she calls for the blonde.
Irina is brought back from her rage and turns to the sweet voice of her mate, her grip automatically loosened up. She notices Esme looks worried and happy at the same time. Rosalie looks humoured seeing her dick of brother in the position, probably freling relieved someone is finally putting him in his miserable place while Emmett looks amused.
"Can you please let him go? I'm fine. He didn't hurt me."
She narrows her eyes and the memory of her mate being disrespected and put in harm's way replays in her mind and she tightens her hold again. Bella turns to Alice for help and the pixie dashes to Irina, trying many ways to convince Irina to not kill her brother. But it all seems fruitless.
Quick on her feet, Bella scoops a palm of ice and throws it on Irina's back. Irina glares at her but relaxes as she sees her mate, instantly forgiving her for intruding the moment. "See? It's just like playing snowball fight. It didn't hurt," Bella explained.
"Plus, you saved me."
She mulls it over and relents. She nods and lowers Edward's down till his feet reach the ground but not before whispering threats of a Denali. She then stands in front of Bella protectively. "I'd appreciate it if you don't hurt her, either by accident or on purpose," the last part directed at Edward.
"Irina is right. Son, I think you need to go hunt to calm yourself down. Irina, let's head inside. Bella's getting cold," Carlise called for everyone's attention.
At that reminder, Irina quickly takes off her scarf and puts it around Bella, "Hope you don't mind. You need it more than I do." Bella is stunned but only smiles in appreciation. She again feels awkward as Irina leads her away inside. Bella stares at the blonde as they make their way inside. Her thoughts are all jumbled up having the Cullen's cousin so near that she almost missed Emmett's snicker at the back. She is too caught up when Irina looks back at her to smile that dazzling and charming smile, that she stumbles upon the slippery staircase.
Irina zooms off effortlessly to stand behind her and catches the human in time as she falls backwards. The vampire looks down at Bella and smirks, "My my, falling into my arms twice a day already, Isabella?"
She glares at the vampire without any hint of anger and retorts, "No, it would seem your hands are always out to catch me." Irina grins, impressed at her mate's backbone. Now she knows for sure their dynamics will be nothing short of interesting.