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Chapter Eight: Say This Sooner
I was eating a bowl of cereal in the kitchen with Alice, Jasper, Esme, Emmett, Rosalie and Carlisle all sitting at the table with Edward and I.
Jasper had several scratches on his arms and cheeks, as did Emmett.
Carlisle and Edward seemed to be having a non-verbal conversation, and I looked back and forth between when with slight confusion, and finally spoke up when I saw Edward's expression change from calm, to angry.
"Okay, what is going on?" I asked, lowering my spoon.
Carlisle cleared his throat and looked from Edward to me. "Well, Bella, there were a few things that Edward may have left out of what he told you upstairs."
I raised my eyebrows in Edward's direction. "Oh?"
Edward turned to me. "I guess I was just...relieved that you were okay and I kind of forgot.." He said a bit sheepishly.
"What was it that you left out?" I asked him with a smile.
"Well...Alice saw me find the note at your house, and she went to find Carlisle to help me, Emmett, and Jasper. That gunshot seconds before you passed out? That was Carlisle..." Edward began and my eyes widened slightly. "Embry came at him, because he came in through the back door of the house, and Carlisle fired. He had pure silver bullets. It's almost the only thing that will kill a werewolf. How I killed Jacob, however, I...I ripped out his..."
"Heart?" I whispered, feeling as if I wanted to puke.
Edward nodded, a look of disgust upon his face, as well as the other guys who had witnessed it. Alice finally spoke up. "It was actually lucky that Carlisle got there when he did. If he hadn't showed up, Embry wouldn't have gotten distracted, and Embry would have went for Edward. It was the gunshot that also distracted Jacob, allowing Edward to kill him." She said matter-of-factly.
I nodded slowly, processing all of this new information.
"But, what about Sam? Didn't any other 'wolve turn up?" I asked, a bit puzzled.
"Sam is probably still unconscious. I couldn't kill a defenseless person. It just...it goes against all my morals." Edward answered. "And no other 'wolves turned up except for Embry."
I nodded once again, sitting back in my chair away from my cereal bowl. I didn't feel hungry anymore. I knew deep down that this war with the 'wolves would be unavoidable at one point or another, but it was a war over me. Over my safety. But it was always over me, wasn't it? It was my fault that the treaty was now broken because the vampires went over their boundary line to save me. Maybe it would have been better if I had just stayed with Renee instead of coming to Forks to live with Charlie. But, then again, if I hadn't come, I wouldn't have fallen in love.
I was so confused.
"Hey, Bella. Why don't you get dressed and we can go for a walk? Get you some fresh air." Edward said to me and, a bit surprised that, as overprotective as he always was, he would let me go outside.
"Okay. Sounds good." I stood up and at the same time, Esme, Rosalie, and Alice all came around the table to me. Esme held out her arms to me and embraced me tightly, in a motherly hug. "I'm so glad you're okay, Bella." She whispered, and if she were able to produce tears, I knew that she would have been crying.
I smiled and was then swept into a hug by Alice also, so much shorter than me, yet so much stronger. "Me too. I don't know what I would have done without my 'sister'." She said with a smile and last, came Rosalie. It took her a moment but she finally hugged me, delicately, thinking I would break. I hugged her tightly as well. "I'm glad you're alright, too, Bella. It would have broken Edward's heart if anything were to happen to you." She said, being her usual protective sister of him.
I smiled and nodded, at a loss for words to say. I looked past her shoulder at Edward, and saw him smiling at me.
"Now, let's go find something for you to wear." Alice said, and took my hand, pulling me upstairs with her into her room.
She tossed a pair of jeans and a black and grey striped hoodie-like shirt out of her closet and I quickly dressed. She pulled my hair into a ponytail for me, and I was good to go.
"Thanks, Alice." I said to her with a smile, and then returned back downstairs to find Edward waiting near the door for me. He slipped his arm around my waist and opened the door, and soon we were out under the overcast sky.
"Can we go to the meadow?" I asked Edward, our fingers laced together.
"I'd rather not, Bella." Edward said, and when he saw my expression, he quickly said, "not because I don't want to. Believe me, Bella, I want nothing more than to go to the meadow with you. But...it's still dangerous. I don't want to subject you to anything that may harm you. We will go to the meadow sometime, but just not right now, okay sweetheart?"
I understood, and nodded with a small smile. "It's okay. It was just an idea."
"Okay." He said and leaned down, pressing his lips gently to mine. I wrapped an arm around his neck, keeping him there. He didn't make any move to pull back, and, to my surprise, he swept me up into his arms, kissing me fully, with as much passion as I could tell he possessed.
God, if every time he kissed me was like this, I would have to be turned into a vampire, because I wouldn't be able to breath. I loved the feeling of his cold lips against my warm ones. It was bliss.
As we pulled apart so I could breathe, he looked me in my eyes with his own golden ones, which were absolutely smoldering.
"I love you, Bella. So much." He said to me, his voice soft.
I would never get tired of hearing that. Never, in all of eternity. "I love you too."
I knew that several of the family members must have been watching from the windows, probably Alice and Rosalie most likely, seeing me in Edward's arms, our faces close together. I was sure it looked like something out of a fairytale. But to me, it was.
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