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EPOV: "I love you," Bella whispered against my neck. "Only you," she looked up at me. "I love you too," I whispered back, "more than you'll ever know."
Some sentences in italics are Stephenie Meyer's words, not my own. No copyright infringement here!
The other sentences in italics would be the dialogue between Jacob and the Pack.
Also, Jacob's "brothers" in this story is just a reference to the Pack, not his biological brothers.
My legs carried me fast and hard through the forest. I dodged the thick trees as if it were a game. I was running—no, I was flying. The air caressed me from every angle, tousling my hair, saturating what little clothes I wore. I was forever accelerating and never slowing down or tiring. I felt invincible.
What I was—what I am—it was a burden. The worst thing to have ever happened to me. I had sacrificed so much for something I had no control over. But I was rewarded too; strength, agility, speed. The speed was by far the greatest thing that had ever happened to me, such a contrast from this wretched curse.
Nothing I had ever tried while I was human had ever given me the high I got when running. I felt free. I felt alive.
I ran and ran until I reached the edge of the cliff. It was just sun rise and I could see all the way beyond the horizon. The ambient pink, orange, and yellow glow of the rising sun seemed to emanate from the waters and from the mountains valleys. It was beautiful.
I slumped to the ground and swung my legs over the edge, watching the sun rise further as if it were being born from the mountainous depths. I fell on to my back and pillowed my head with my hands, just staring at the colorful sky.
Such beauty and magnificence could only remind me of her. Though truthfully, she was never not on my mind. It annoyed my 'brothers' a great deal. But it wasn't something I could control.
I don't know how long I just sat there, watching the sky turn from a colorful mixture of yellows, oranges, and pinks until it faded into a bright blue.
My stomach growled loudly and I knew it was time to go home. Things to do, places to go, food to eat. That's all my life was now.
I rolled over and hopped up on my feet, taking off towards home. The feel of my stealth body cutting through the wind helped clear my mind some.
I ran through the backdoor—I insisted Billy kept it open—and hunted around the kitchen for simple foods that even I was capable of making. Settling for grilled cheese that could never compare to Bella's, I made six sandwiches and took them all to my room with a tall glass of homogenized milk; the fat helped my build.
I grabbed my unused textbook and sat against the headboard with my stack of hot sandwiches. I was falling behind on homework fast and if I didn't catch up, Billy would throw a fit and probably blame Sam. And if that were to ever happen, Sam would disallow me from our midnight runs which I so craved. And there was no disobeying Sam.
I had finished only two questions of my riveting trigonometry homework (not) when I heard Billy's voice call for me.
"Jake, it's for you," he yelled.
I rolled my eyes. I never understood his need to yell. Not only was it a small house, but I also had amplified hearing, like a dog. I heard him just as well as if he'd been standing right next to me.
He carefully wheeled into my room and threw me the cordless phone. I caught it in one hand without looking and answered.
"Hey Jake, it's me," I heard her say. Just hearing her soft voice brought a smile to my face.
"Hey Bells, what's going on?" I tried to ask casually though the excitement was much too hard to conceal. I wanted to jump from the bed and sing the Pointer Sisters', "I'm so excited".
"Nothing really," her voice snapped me out of my musical thoughts. "I just...wanted to talk to you," she said slowly.
"Well, I'm glad you called. We barely get to talk anymore," I said sadly, slumping against the headboard and leaning my head back. Goddamn priorities… all I wanted was to talk to her and I couldn't even spare five minutes to do just that.
"Yeah, I know. Everyone's been so busy lately. You with your ritual thing…and me with school and homework and friends…and Edward," she listed it all.
"Edward? Has he been bothering you? I could beat him up if you want," I joked but the intent was clear. No one hurts my girl and gets away unscathed.
"No, no," she said quickly. "I don't want you to beat him up. He's kind of…my boyfriend," she said quietly.
"Oh?" I said, shocked. It came out more like a question. "I thought you said you guys weren't going out?"
"I know. I just—I dunno why I said that. But I just thought I should call and let you know, because you're my best friend and all…so I figured you of all people should know, right?"
"Yeah, I'm glad you told me. Actually, while we're on the topic, I guess I should tell you about this hot chick in my class. I think she kind of has like…a major crush on me or something. But who wouldn't, right? I guess I could give her a try, who knows what could happen?" I said breezily, stringing words together on the spot. I hoped it made sense.
I also hoped she couldn't hear the pain in my voice as it quivered slightly. I tried clearing my throat hoping to hide the pathetic mewling of my voice. The only relief I felt from her news was that she had chosen to tell me over the phone instead of driving up here to tell me in person. I doubt I would have been able to hide the sadness in my eyes; that was a given.
"Give her a try? She's not a motorcycle, Jake. You can't just 'give her a try'," she sniggered at her own joke. I smiled at the sound. "What's her name… if she's even real that is – hssss," I heard her hiss and stumble followed by a loud noise and static when the phone dropped.
After several moments of concern, I heard her breathe heavily into the phone.
"Sorry about that," she said sheepishly.
I laughed. "Wish I was there to catch you," I said before I remembered the reason why she'd called. "Oh wait, I guess Edward can do that now, right?" I said.
"Err-yeah. He's pretty…gifted at foreseeing my calamities," she mumbled.
"I guess I should go find another klutz to catch then."
"I thought you found a girl Jake. Didn't you just say there was this 'hot chick' in your class that had a crush on you or something like that?" she provoked me with a giggle.
I laughed. "She does like me, okay? Just because you're not completely infatuated with my glorious handsomeness and raw masculinity doesn't mean the other chicks aren't," I grinned.
"Sure, Jake." I could almost hear her eyes rolling over the phone.
I loved the way she said my name.
But she was no longer mine. She was Edward's.
I sighed heavily on the phone.
"You okay, Jake?" she asked softly, no doubt hearing the frustration on my side.
"Yeah, I just…" I dropped my head back against the headboard with a thud.
Should I tell her? Tell her that I love her and I don't want her to be with this Edward character.
I took a deep breath and winced.
The stench was strong. They were back. My nose burned. It was disgusting; too sweet, and too cold. It hurt to breathe. I had to get to Sam.
"Bells, I gotta go but I'll talk to you later okay? Billy needs my help," I said hurriedly.
"Oh, okay," she replied. "See you later then."
"Yeah, bye," I said quickly not giving her a chance to answer back as I clicked off the phone and ran out the house.
I always tried my hardest not to phase inside the house because Billy got pissed when I broke things. I phased as I jumped off my porch and ran towards my brothers. Following their thoughts and scents led me right to them and we all converged into one group quickly.
We ran as a pack, zipping past the trees and hurdling over fallen branches. I ran alongside Sam.
Where've you been? Sam asked me through our connection.
Sorry, I was doing my trig homework, I answered back.
And talking to her, I'm sure? He saw right through me. I didn't need to answer back. He heard my entire conversation with her anyways as I thought it over in my head.
Is it the same ones again? I asked, effectively ending the previous conversation. It was heading into an area that I wasn't ready to talk about just yet. That pack of three?
I think so. The scents are familiar. But there's one I just can't seem to place. A new scent, he answered back.
A new scent? As in another one? Can we handle four of them? I glanced back at the rest of the pack. Were there enough of us to take down four bloodsuckers?
I'm not sure. But I don't think it's a vampire. I think it's human.
Of our newly formed pack, Sam was the only one that could differentiate scents from far distances and was therefore able to decide whether it was an enemy or not and how many enemies there were if there was a chance we'd have to fight.
The thought of a new scent being there made me cringe. If a human was there, it would be even more difficult. We couldn't risk harming the human but we had to be quick so the human didn't become the feast.
Right away, we sped up together, the entire pack increasing in speed also.
We reached the borderline of trees but had caught a glimpse of them from much further back. Their cold hard skin sparkled unnaturally in the little sunlight that shone down on us. Crouched down on their knees, they were leaning over a slumped, frail body and were snarling at each other with feral glares. It sounded as if they were fighting over the human. We had to move quickly.
Sam bounded forward first, heading for the blonde haired bloodsucker that was gripping the neck of the human.
I ran after him and tackled the red-headed woman closest to me who let out a fierce screech before clawing me right across my abdomen. She appeared weak but had a vicious glare and a ferocious fight.
Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Quil and the rest of the pack trudge forward on all fours, growling with their teeth bared.
I sunk my teeth into the red-head's arm, the one that was latched into my skin, and would have ripped it off entirely if she hadn't moved away so fast. She managed to rip into my skin, shred off some of my fur, and break my leg. I was able to scar her skin with teeth, deep bites covering the entirety of her hard skin until she snapped her leg down on my paw and I heard a sharp snap.
I howled loud into the air and swiped at her with my paw. My claws left three deep incisions in her face... it reminded me of Emily's scars. Through our connection, Sam heard my thoughts and snarled at the same time the red-headed bloodsucker screamed. She kicked at my face and ran.
Coward, I heard Paul snarl.
Both the red-head and the blonde got away but one was killed. I heard the woman call him Laurent as she screeched and ran when we tore off his head.
I scoffed. Bloodsuckers had names?
Sam, Paul, and Embry took off after them, following them all the way to the edge of the cliff before they watched them jumped off and dive in to the water. There was no use of chasing after them. Our fur slowed us down in water and the bloodsuckers' ability to not breathe gave them a greater advantage.
I quickly burned the remnants of the dead bloodsucker while Seth attended to the human girl that sat in the middle of the field, still paralyzed with fear. I saw Seth watching her closely in his human form, clothed in his short pants. He did not approach her though. He could see she was still too scared.
Sam was the first to attempt to speak to her. I watched the remainders of the bloodsucker burn but listened intently as Sam spoke to her.
She did not respond. She only sat their watching our half-naked bodies scrounging the field for any parts we had missed.
After several minutes, Sam ran up to me and I could see the nervousness in his eyes. Emily.
"I expect you to take care of her, Jacob. Make sure she is well and try to explain whatever you can without giving away what we are. The shock might have made her foggy so try to calm her down and not scare her with what we are. I have to check on Emily but I know I can trust you with this," he said with one hand on my shoulder, like the big brother he was to our entire Pack.
I nodded and shifted my gaze back to the girl. She was looking down and fidgeting with the hem of her shirt. I would help the girl and I wouldn't let the Pack down. I wouldn't let Sam down.
At least she wasn't hurt, I told myself.
She appeared to be somewhere around my age. I hoped she wasn't frightened of me or my brothers. That would make things difficult.
Sam took off towards home as I went to speak to the girl. I tried to keep a safe distance away from her as I crouched down and leaned forward slightly to speak to her.
"Are you alright?" I asked quietly, my voice trailing to her with the wind.
She didn't look up but nodded in acknowledgment.
Good, at least she was communicating.
"It's okay," I crept towards her infinitesimally. "You're safe now."
I sat a mere foot away from her, listening to her breathing and waiting until she calmed down. When I was sure she was no longer scared of me, I moved leaned forward again.
"You look so pale."
I'm not sure what possessed me to do it, but my hand hesitantly reached up and my fingers trailed across her cheek. She seemed startled at my hot touch but she didn't pull away. Instead, she tilted her head upwards and for the first time since I'd entered the field, we made eye contact.
And then the world seemed to stop spinning. My heart stopped beating and then started again in double time. My skin broke out in hot sweat. My eyes widened. My breath came out shakily. She was beautiful. Exquisite. Unique. Perfect.
I couldn't take my eyes off of her. Her skin was pale and beautiful. Her eyes were a beautiful shade of a rich deep brown caramel. The perfect crook of her nose made me want to lean down and kiss it. Her hair was in locks and was a strange coppery-red colour. It fell delicately down her back with short bangs framing her face. Her lips were plump and red. A sharp red. A natural red.
"I-I don't know what happened," she stammered and looked back down at her frayed shirt.
Tell me she felt it too. She had to have felt it.
And then I did something out of question. I leaned forward on my knees and wrapped my arms around her, pulling her to me and cradling her against my chest. I felt her stiffen for a split second before she relaxed and melted in my arms and into my chest. I rocked her back and forth, rubbing her back and soothing her with sweet words.
I'm not sure how long we sat there in the middle of the field. It seemed like time had stopped between her and I. We were in our own world without any priorities or wants. All we needed to survive was each other.
And food, I decided when I heard her stomach growl.
"You need to eat," I told her. She nodded heavily against my chest. She felt so weak against me.
"I don't want to go home," she whispered. She pulled away and looked up at me before I saw pink tinge her cheeks. She looked away again and buried her face in my chest. If I didn't have amplified hearing, I would have missed it when I heard her mumble, "I want to stay with you."
And though I had only met her less than an hour ago, I understood completely. I couldn't be away from her either.
I stood up carefully and held her against my chest, pulling her with me. Her legs were weak and she was leaning heavily on me. I wrapped my arm around her waist and swooped her up in my arms, taking her by surprise. Her eyes widened and I grinned. She chuckled silently.
We went to Emily's for breakfast. I knew everyone was there already. I didn't need to hear them through my connection to know that's where they would be. Their boisterous voices could be heard all the way from Forks, anyways.
As I led her inside the small wooden house, I leaned down and whispered in her ear. "I didn't catch your name."
"My name's Renesmee," she said quietly. She looked up at me with questioning eyes. I knew what she wanted without the need for her to say it with words.
"Jacob," I said stretching my hand for her to shake.
She took it gently. I felt a quick shock travel up my arm when her skin made contact with mine again. I had felt it in the field but I thought nothing of it. At least now I knew the feeling was coming from her. She was the one making my heart beat faster and slower at the same time.
"Renesmee? That's an interesting name."
"It's an old Native name from my tribe. It was also my great-grandmother's name," she smiled gently at me.
"I like it," I replied as I held her hand in mine and led her to the kitchen.
The boisterous laughter stopped the moment we entered.
"Jacob, who's your friend?" Emily was the first to speak, walking over to us with careful but warm eyes.
"This is Renesmee," I said simply.
"Ren," she corrected me and smiled back at Emily. Emily gave her a sweet smile and wrapped her arms around her in a sisterly embrace.
"Over here we have Paul, Embry, Quil, Jared, and Sam of course. And this is Emily," I listed everyone's names.
"Hi," she whispered shyly. I grinned. She was so beautiful.
I sat her on a steady chair around the table and pulled mine as close to hers as possible.
We all ate together. I spoke to Renesmee, trying to learn as much about her as I could. I wanted to know everything about her.
I could feel my brothers watching us contemplatively. But I didn't care. I was transfixed by this new girl who had changed my life with just one glance. I couldn't draw my eyes away from her preciousness, her perfection.
It was like a blind man seeing the sun for the first time. Like a collector finding an undiscovered Da Vinci. She was so beautiful. I noticed her blush when she met my awed gaze. I noticed how her eyes would drop as if in embarrassment, but I knew she was having as much of a hard time keeping her eyes away from mine for any length of time as I was to her.
I couldn't help it. I was no expert on the subject, but I knew it before I really knew it. I had imprinted.
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