I didn't fight- somewhere in the back of my mind I knew it would never work, and I'd only be hurt more. Also, something told me that, because I wasn't dead yet, this arm wrapped around my waist couldn't be Victoria. Shivering, I snapped my eyes shut. I didn't want to see death if it was coming.

Moments later- it felt like hours- I felt someone laying me on the ground. Terrified, I cracked my eyes open, and then in shock opened them wider. "We have to get out of here," she whispered, looking over her shoulder. "I only stopped so you c-"

"Alice!" I shrieked, sitting up too fast and wrapping my arms around her. She hugged me back, briefly. "Alice, Alice," I cried, tears streaming down my cheeks. "I thought you were dead, and then Victoria said you were alive and now you're here!" I blubbered. She nodded quietly.

"I'll explain later, but we-"

"Is he…?" I whispered, shaking. To have so much given back to me in such a short time, I had to ask for more. Her delicate expression crumpled, and I found myself crying real tears, sobbing out my heart in the middle of the forest.

"I'm so sorry, Bella. Oh, this is why I didn't want to come," she apologized, looking as though she wanted to cry, too. "Listen, Bella. I can tell you exactly what happened later, if you… if you want to know. But now we have to save Jacob." The flow of tears almost came to a stop when she mentioned his name. "I ran away from Victoria, but he wouldn't leave. He said he wanted to be able to stop her if she came after you."

"Jacob!" I yelped, trying to stand. She pulled me back down.

"Bella, Victoria has an army of newborns. One vampire isn't going to be able to get anyone out of there." I looked into her golden eyes, seeking a solution.

"But two can," I replied, my voice steady. Alice nodded solemnly.

"We can," she answered. I nodded, taking a deep breath to calm myself.