The Cullens were all seated at the dining table waiting to hear what we had to say, some a little more patient than others. I wasn't sure how to start. Emmett seemed to see my struggle and squeezed my hand.
"We spoke to the alpha male's mate while you were gone. Laurent and Victoria killed three of their people. They want to, team up to take them out together."
The uproar started up instantly.
"That's insane! They can't be trusted!"
"There has to be a better way…"
"This is a way to eliminate one fight. If you guys fight with them you can help them save lives. There is no telling how much more killing they will do if they are not stopped."
Alice growled at me but Carlisle silenced her. "What do they suggest?"
"We can have a meeting to start off, to see if it would be possible to work together."
"That means breaking the treaty," he stated.
"I don't think Sam really cares anymore. They killed a werewolf's father. All of them are too furious to deal with that."
Carlisle seemed to be considering it which I knew he would. He never wanted the fight to begin with. In the end his vote would count the most so I was really talking to him more than the others.
Esme seemed less stressed after their hunt. I think she understood that this would be better for her children. Now they would only have one fight and teaming up with werewolves pretty much insured that no one would get hurt. Her children though all seemed very against this all.
Edward said it was insane to team up with them. A small part of me had to believe it could be true. I had never thought the pack would wage war but they did. Obviously I couldn't trust them as I had been able to before.
Alice, of course, was against it with full force. She was so angry her eyes were pitch black. Of course anything to do with me she didn't want to go for.
Rosalie didn't want to fight or work with the werewolves. Of course she would probably be okay just leaving Forks and letting someone else deal with them.
Jasper didn't say anything. He seemed to be struggling to deal with everyone's emotions. It must really suck to feel others emotions, being influenced by them. I really hope if I do get an ability it's nothing like his. It would make me crazy.
"When would they like to do this?"
"Carlisle you can't be honestly considering this," Alice objected.
"Would you rather fight against them and Victoria's army?"
She didn't reply.
"Um, I can rearrange a time. Whatever is best for you guys."
"Would they be willing to meet tonight?"
"I don't see why not. Would the baseball diamond be a good place to meet?"
"Yes dear. That should be a perfect place, just in case things do not work out," Esme answered.
I smiled at her but tried not to think about all of the things that could happen. The meeting broke up and we went our separate ways. Emmett and I lounged in the living room. I made a call to Emily. They agreed to meet us tonight. I was willing to miss another day of school in order to be a part of this. We didn't do anything on Fridays anyway. It was a great thing that I was a straight A student…And that Emmett would kill me soon so I wouldn't have to worry much about my future career plans. Charlie would probably be upset with me when he got back. I should probably call him…
"What are you thinking about?" Emmett asked pulling me back against his chest.
"I wouldn't recommend that. It could lead to the explosion of the brain."
I snorted. "Oh so that's what that feeling is."
He kissed my forehead. "Things are getting better don't you think. We only have to go after two vampires now. Well and whatever army she can bring." He frowned. "That sounded better in my head."
"No, things are getting better. I'm worried about the wolves though. They are going to be on edge already with the death of Harry…I haven't talked to Charlie in awhile. I wander if someone told him. They were best friends."
"You should call him," Emmett suggested.
"And say what? Sorry but your best friend is dead. Have fun for the rest of your trip."
"Uhm…Maybe not exactly like that but yeah. I haven't had to grieve in awhile so I am not exactly sure how this situation is handled."
I sighed. This would be so much easier if I knew he had already known about his death. I was terrible with emotions, one thing Charlie and I had in common. I really didn't want to say the wrong thing, I mean it's not like I could make this worse but… If I kept thinking about this I knew I would talk myself out of it. Before I could change my mind, I found Charlie's name in my contacts and pushed the green button.
It rang several times before Charlie's gruff voice came into my ears. I didn't even have to ask, he knew. "I am so sorry." Even more so than before. It was partially my fault. If James hadn't been coming after me Emmett wouldn't have killed him and they wouldn't have in the area to kill the tribe's people.
"Ariel just told me about it. I still can't believe it." He cleared his throat. "They say it was an animal attack. I'll be coming back but you probably won't see me around much. Once I help Sue with the funeral I'm going to gather a group to go track it down."
I felt the blood drain from my face. "I don't think that's such a good idea. You should just take a break for awhile. You know, to grief."
Charlie couldn't go after the "animal." What if they were still out there? I should have never come here.
"I'll be fine Bella. This thing needs to be stopped before it hurts anymore good people."
I agreed completely but he wasn't the one to do it. This meeting had to go well or Charlie's life could be in danger. "Yeah but don't you think someone else could handle it."
"It's my job Bells. Don't worry about me. I've been doing this for awhile. I can handle myself." If only that were true. "Listen I've been meaning to talk to you," he said, changing the subject, "I know about the situation with Renee. I had my suspensions from the beginning but I wasn't sure. She is upset about you being gone, even if you can't tell."
"You talked to her?" I questioned surprised. She had stopped calling my cell phone awhile ago.
"Yeah, after Ariel told me about the phone calls." Figures she'd tell on me. "Renee wants to figure out her marriage problems then she wants you to come back to live with her."
I held my breath. He couldn't ship me off to live with her. That would ruin everything. It would be best if they all just assumed I ran away but if Charlie made me go back to her he would think it was his fault and I didn't want that. Once things cleared up here we would have to leave right away so I can become one of them. I'd see them again eventually…
"Don't worry," Charlie said in response to my silence. "I told her the choice was completely up to you. You can have a place with us for as long as you like…Now, about Ariel."
I sighed. Dodge a bullet and get another.
"She is trying really hard for you to like her. Just cut her some slack alright?"
"Alright…" This conversation was less painful as I expected.
"Now what's this I hear about some bout some boy?"
Emmett smiled. I had forgotten he could hear the whole conversation. I really hoped Charlie wouldn't say anything embarrassing.
"What'd she tell you?"
"That you were dating one of the Cullen kids. What else was she supposed to tell me?"
"Nothing," I said, maybe a little too quickly.
"Which one is he?"
"The big one? He's too old for you?"
"He's only a year older than me."
"Exactly a year too old."
"You're being unreasonable."
"I'm your father. I'm supposed to be unreasonable. Are you having sex?"
Ugh! And there is the embarrassment. My cheeks flamed red hot as Emmett muffled his laughter. I don't care that we were having sex, I wasn't telling Charlie that.
"You know what," he said suddenly, "Don't answer that. I don't want to know. Just be careful."
"Listen I need to get back to work."
Thank god! We said our awkward goodbyes and hung up the phone.
"That didn't go anywhere near the way I had expected it to."
Emmett laughed. "What would you have told him if he wanted an answer to the sex question?"
"I would have lied of course. That would have been too awkward." I suddenly remembered what Charlie had said. "They could all die if they go into the forest."
His face went serious. "I know. We'll take care of it though, I promise."
AN: I'm sooo sorry it took me forever to update! R&R X_X