Saturday came very quickly for me. I had been locked in my room for the past three days. I refused to talk to Edward and I only left my room to hunt and go to school.
When Saturday came around, I had decided to pick Angela and Ben up and drive them down to the beach with me. I walked out of my room dressed in a pair of black tracksuit pants, UGG boots and one of Robert's football jersey's with a long sleeve shirt underneath. I had my phone, wallet and iPod in my handbag. I walked out of my room and downstairs. Everyone was sitting in the living room talking but they stopped when I entered.
"Well, I'm going. I'll be back tonight." I said.
"If you come back." Edward mumbled.
I heard what he said and turned to him "You know Ed, I have waited years to see you. I thought you would be the same caring, loving older brother but I guess I was wrong. Ed, if you don't want me around, just throw my crap out of the house. I can move on if you want."
I left the house without waiting for anyone to answer and got into my car. I drove to Angela's house and honked. Angela and Ben walked out and hopped in.
"Hey Bella. Cool car." Ben said.
"Thanks, it's my baby. Now, how do I get to this beach?" I pretended to play dumb so that they wouldn't think I had been here before.
Ben gave me directions and I drove to the well known beach. I pulled up at the beach and as soon as I did, I got hit with a whiff of wet dog. I took a deep breath and got out of my car.
"Hey guys." Mike said as he raced over to us.
We said hi before Ben got changed into his wetsuit along with Tyler, Lauren, Eric, Jess and Mike.
"Bells, you gunna come swimming?" Mike asked.
"Nah. I might get in later. But not now." I replied. Mike smiled and ran off down the beach with his surfboard and the others in tow.
Angela and I were left alone and we just played some music from my car. We were talking when suddenly the smell of dog got extremely strong. I looked up and saw 9 guys and one girl standing there glaring at me.
"Can we help you?" Angela asked, totally unaware of the gravity of the situation.
"Yea, we wanna talk to this lady here for just a few minutes if you don't mind." The leader said.
"That's fine. Bella, I'm gunna go for a swim. See you in a bit?" Angela said.
I nodded and Angela pulled her shirt off and ran down to the water.
"Now, how can I help you?" I said turning back to the pack of werewolves.
"You can get off of our land." The leader growled.
"No, I don't think I will." I replied cheekily.
They all growled at me and the leader turned one of the younger boys and said "Seth, go and tell the Elders that we are bringing a leech to see them."
Seth loped off into the woods before I heard him transform and run away.
The pack all turned back to me and the leader said "Who are you?"
"Name's Bella. What about you?" I asked.
"I'm Sam Uley, this is Jacob Black, Quil Ateara, Embry Call, Paul, Jared, Colin, Brady, Leah Clearwater and the boy who just left was Seth Clearwater." Sam said.
"Ahhh would I be right in guessing your Elders are your parents- Billy, Harry, Quil and Embry?" I said. I couldn't believe that these were the kids I had helped deliver when they were babies.
"How do you know that?" Jacob growled.
Before I could answer, Seth returned and said "The Elders want to see her now."
"You're coming with us leech. I'll drive with her to make sure she comes." Sam said.
I got out of my car and locked it as I walked down the beach. The guys all saw me and paddled in close.
"Hey guys, I'm gunna go and visit some friends of my father's. They live here on the Rez. Those guys are their kids. I'll be back to pick you guys up. If I'm not back when you guys wanna go, give me a call." I said mainly to Angela and Ben.
"That's fine Bella. We'll get a lift with Mike." Angela said.
"You sure?" I asked.
"Yea. Go and see your friends. We are going to head off to the movies after. You can just meet us there." Ben said.
After Ben agreed to text me the details, I said goodbye and headed back to my car.
Sam tried to get into the driver's seat but I was faster. I got in and started the engine.
"I'm leaving without you unless you hop in." I said.
Not only did Sam get in my car but so did Jacob and Seth. The others ran off into the forest and I pulled out of the car park.
"Before you speak, I already know how to get to the Elders meeting place. So let's keep this ride quiet." I said.
5 minutes later, we pulled up at Jacob's house. The scents of all the wolves were very strong as I got out of my car.
Sam walked inside in front of us as Jacob and Seth flanked my sides.
We walked into the living room and waited. Sam walked out a few minutes later and said "They want to see you."
I walked into the room behind Jacob, Seth and Sam.
"What is the name of the leech that is on our land?" I heard Billy ask.
"Billy, in all the years I have known you, you have never called me a leech. What made you start?" I said as I moved out from behind Sam.
"Bella?" Harry said. I nodded and he walked over and hugged me. I then hugged Quil Sr. and Embry Sr. before finally moving over to Billy. I walked over to him and hugged him so tight.
"I'm sorry honey. I didn't know it was you." Billy said with tears in his eyes. He pulled me into his lap and kept one arm around my waist.
"That's ok. You know, Jacob looks just like you. In fact, all your kids have grown up to be a good-looking bunch of people. Have you had any troubles lately?" I asked as I looked over the kids.
"None as of yet but have been able to catch some strange vampire scent just East of Forks, it's not the Cullen's or you but that's about it." Harry said.
I nodded and said "I'll keep an eye on it for you. Oh hi. I haven't met you before." I said to a beautiful young woman. She had copper skin, black hair and she also had three long claw marks down her beautiful face and arms. They looked to be from a werewolf.
"I'm Emily Young, Sam's fiancée. You're Bella?" She questioned. I shook hands with her and smiled at her.
"So Bella, you are a vampire?" Emily asked.
"Yep. I have been one since 1919." I replied.
"Damn. You are what over 100?" Emily asked with a smile.
"Yes. I was born in 1903 so I am 105 years old." I replied. I was beginning to like this girl.
"CAN SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON!" Sam yelled. He was beginning to shake and he was on the verge of phasing. I used my powers to force him to calm down and when he did he said "How did that happen?"
"I did that. As for your question- I have known Billy, Harry, Sue, Quil and Embry since before you guys were born. I actually helped deliver you guys and also your sisters Jacob." I explained.
They all stared at me with open mouths.
"You see, before Jake, Embry and Quil were born, we had been having some vampire troubles. One particular vampire had killed had killed a member of our pack. Bella had separated from her coven and was living a nomadic lifestyle." Billy explained. He looked over at me to continue the story.
"Well anyway, I was actually passing through the Rez when I heard the sounds of fighting. The pack was fighting against a coven of human-drinking vampires. One member of the pack had been killed and they were outnumbered. I jumped down and started helping the wolves fight. The vampires were dead and the wolves all turned to me. They were about to attack me when someone screamed. Billy looked so afraid and all the pack ran back here. I followed behind quietly. When we got there, Jacob's mother was lying on her bed screaming. She was heavily pregnant with Rachel and Rebecca. Her water had broken and she was bleeding heavily. I helped deliver Rachel and Rebecca. I then stayed around here for a while to help where ever I could. Soon after you three were born, I had to leave. This is the first time in 16 years I have seen anyone here." I finished.
"Wow." Jacob said. I nodded and sat down in the seat next to Billy.
"Bella, I want to apologise on behalf of the pack for being rude to you this morning." Sam said.
I smiled up at him and said "No problem. You were feeling protective of your pack and I was a threat. It's ok."
"So Bella, why do you reek of the Cullens?" Billy asked as he pulled a face.
"Be nice. Well, Edward is my older brother. Now my question, what the hell happened to you? When did you stop phasing?" I asked as I looked down at his wheelchair.
"That's two questions Bells." Billy said with a grin. I glared at him and he laughed. "I have missed your glare Bella. Ok well I stopped phasing when Jake was born and I was in a car accident. Because I had not phased for so long, I couldn't heal myself."
If I could cry I would. "Oh Billy. I'm so sorry." I said.
Billy hugged me tighter and said "There was nothing that you could have done. What's happened has happened."
We spent a few more hours talking until my phone went off. I pulled it out and the display read One New Message.
I opened the message and read:
Hey Bella, We are heading off to the movie theater in Port Angeles. We'll see u there. Love Ang.
I sent back this reply:
I'm leaving now. I'll be at the beach in 10 minutes to pick you up
"Well boys and girls," I said as I got out of Billy's lap. "I am going to head off. My friends are waiting for me."
Billy hugged me and said "You are welcome here any time."
I hugged all the others and Sam said to me "If you want, bring the Cullen's to the border tomorrow night. We can work out a new agreement."
I smiled brightly and hugged Sam again. "Thank you so much Sam." I said.
I waved goodbye to everyone before getting into my car and driving back to the beach. When I pulled up, Ben and Angela were talking to the others who were sitting in Tyler's van.
"Hey guys" I said. They all turned and smiled at me, with the exception of Lauren who glared at me.
"Hey Bella. Did you have fun with your dad's friends?" Mike asked.
"Yep. So where are we headed?" I asked.
Ben told me the directions and I drove out of the car park. I saw something move out of the corner of my eye and looked into the forest. I noticed a pair of brown eyes staring at me. I watched as a russet coloured paw rose and waved to me quickly before the wolf ran away. I smiled and knew that they would always be watching over me.
I dropped Ben and Angela off at Angela's home after the movie. I waved to them and Angela said to me "Bella, wanna go shopping with me tomorrow for the dance? I need a dress."
"Sure. I'll pick you up at 10." I said. Ang smiled and I drove away. When I reached the driveway that led to my house. I stopped. I rested my head on the steering wheel and took some unnecessary breaths. It was then that I realised a foreign scent. I shut off my car and got out. I looked around and noticed nothing out of the ordinary. I smelt the air. The scent was vaguely familiar but I couldn't place it. I shook my head and got back into my car. I drove up the driveway and parked in the garage next to Em's jeep.
I picked my bag up off of the front seat and walked inside. I heard movement in the living room and walked in.
"Hey guys." I said. Ali squealed and raced over to me. She threw herself at me and hugged me. "You reek of those dogs." She hissed. Once she had let go, Rose hugged me followed by Esme, Jasper and then Emmett.
Carlisle walked over to me and started checking me for injuries. Edward was sitting on the lounge ignoring me. In the end I got sick of the injury check and cold shoulder and yelled "ENOUGH! Dad, I am fine. Edward stop ignoring me."
"Bella, you have been gone for hours. You didn't check in. We were getting worried. We thought the dogs had done something to you." Rose said.
"Couldn't Ali see me?" I asked.
Ali shook her head and said "No. When the wolves are around, everything gets fuzzy. I can't really see you anyway. I get flashes from you but most of the time a bright light pushes me away from seeing your future. Now you're sure they didn't hurt you?"
"Yes Ali. They would never hurt me anyway." I said.
"Isabella, when will you learn?" Ed yelled "THEY. ARE. WOLVES. They will always hate us. They kill vampires first then ask questions later. You probably just used your powers to make them not kill you and then ran. Bloody hell! When will you learn?"
I was standing there shocked. Ed had never yelled at me that way and he never called me Isabella. He always said that it was too formal. Suddenly, thunder rumbled in the sky and rain began to fall heavily. This is what happens when I feel a strong emotion, the weather changes to suit my mood. If I was happy, it was sunny; if I was sad it rained etc.
"How about Edward, before you bite my head off, you listen to my side of the story or better yet…" I trailed off. I raced up to my bedroom and grabbed my photo album from under my pillow. I raced back downstairs and thrust it into his grasp.
"Look at that. That should clear some things up for you." I said before I raced up to my room, locked my door and put a shield around the room. I walked over to my window seat, curled up and dry sobbed.
I watched as Bella threw a photo album at Ed before racing up to her room. I wanted to go and comfort her but I was curious as to what the photo album held.
We all moved to the lounges and Ed opened the first page.
"Oh god." He whispered. We all walked over and crowded around him. It was a picture of him and Bella. Bella was about 10 and Edward 12. They were dressed up in their finest and were at the park. He turned the page and we saw a picture of Bella and a man. He had her on his shoulder and they were both laughing.
"That's dad. I nearly forgot what he looked like." Edward said as he ran his hands over the picture. I noticed that Ed didn't look a lot like his father but Bella did.
The next picture was one of Bella and an older woman who looked like Ed. The album continued with pictures of Ed and Bella's family until about halfway. It then switched to Bella and two guys. I felt jealousy brew inside of me at the way these two were holding Bella. The next picture was of Bella and three other girls. They were all laughing and each carrying a few shopping bags each. Next was a picture of Bella with a male and a female. Bella had her arms wrapped around the male's neck as he sat on a lounge chair and his arm was around a redheaded woman.
The picture after was one of all of them. It was then I realised that they were all vampires.
"This must have been Bella's coven." Mum pointed out.
"I've never met these guys before. I've never even heard of another vegetarian coven other than the Denali's and us." Dad said.
Ed kept turning pages when he suddenly stopped. He froze in mid page turn.
"Ed?" Rose said. She looked at the picture Ed was looking at and gasped. She grasped his hand and pulled him up to a standing position. She pulled him into a hug and held him close. We all looked down at the picture and Ali gasped as well. It was a picture of Bella standing with Billy Black. Bella was holding two babies, both girls, and she was smiling. I picked up the photo album and kept on flicking. I stopped at a picture of Bella surrounded by three guys. One was Billy Black, the other two were Embry Call Sr. and Quil Ateara Sr. They all had their arms wrapped around one another and were smiling at the camera.
The next picture was of Bella sitting in a hospital bed. She was next to a woman who was holding a baby boy. Billy had one of the woman's hands in his and his other was in Bella's.
I pulled out the photo of Bella, Billy, Embry and Quil and read the writing on the back. Bella's neat script read:
Billy, Me, Quil and Embry- Friends forever.
"So that's why she knew they wouldn't hurt her. Bella is friends with them." Jasper said.
"I am such an idiot. I didn't let her explain." Ed said. He pulled away from Rose and started towards the stairs. Dad raced over and grabbed his shoulder.
"I don't think that that would be advisable son. How about we send Emmett up there to talk to her and give her back the album. She's probably still mad at you and won't want to talk to you." Dad said. Ed nodded and moved back to the lounge chair.
Dad looked at me and I nodded. I picked up the photo album and headed up the stairs. I knocked on Bella's door and heard a silent "Come in."
I opened the door and saw her sitting on her window seat crying. I put the book on her table and walked over to her. I lifted her up gently, sat with my back to the wall and put her back down in my lap. I wrapped my arms around her waist and let her dry sob into my chest whilst I looked out the window into the greenery of Forks. The rain was still falling heavily but as Bella's sobs lightened, so did the rain. Soon Bella stopped crying and was just hiccupping lightly. The rain had stopped but there were still clouds in the sky.
I looked down at the beautiful girl in my arms and said "Are you ok now?"
Bella looked up at me and nodded. She adjusted her position so that she was sitting in between my legs and leant back against me. Her hands covered mine and her head fell back against my neck. I rested my head on top of hers and pulled her closer to me. I nearly moaned as Bella nuzzled her nose against my neck.
"How come I've only known you for a few days but this feels so right? It feels like I've known you forever." Bella said. Her breath tickled my neck and my grip on her waist tightened.
"I don't know Bella." I whispered quietly into her ear. I smirked as she shivered and moved back into me more, if that was possible.
"Well Em, I think I might be falling for you." Bella said. She got up on her knees and kneeled between my legs. She wrapped her arms around my neck and I pulled her flush against my chest. I moved one of my hands up the back of her head and played with her hair. She began to gently bite her lip and I had to suppress another moan. That one little action drove me insane.
"I think I'm falling for you too." I whispered before I pulled her head to mine and kissed her with every ounce of emotion I had.
"Well Em, I think I might be falling for you." I said carefully. I got to my knees and kneeled in between his legs. After wrapping my arms around his neck, he pulled me against him with one swift movement. He moved one hand slowly up my body and started to play with my hair. I bit my lip, waiting for his reaction.
"I think I'm falling for you too." He whispered before his lips were on mine. I had never tasted anything so amazing. His lips were so soft and war. They moved fluidly against mine, almost like we were made for one another. I tightened my arms around his neck as he ran his tongue across my lower lip. I granted him access to my mouth and the kiss deepened. His tongue moved with mine, searching my mouth like an adventurer discovering a cavern.
About 5 minutes later, we pulled apart. His lips moved down my jaw and onto my neck. He lightly sucked and nibbled on the place where my shoulder and neck met. This made me moan loudly and I was glad that the shield was still up. Em pulled away from my neck and kissed my fiercely one more time before I moved so my back was against his chest again and we looked out into the now sunny Forks.
I watched from the trees as my beautiful Bella leant against her window and cried. How could these stupid Cullens hurt her?
I had been a bit carless before and Bella had caught my scent. It was an unintentional mishap on my part. I watched intently from my position in the trees as the burly Cullen- Emmett walked into Bella's room. He walked over to her and lifted her up into his lap. I growled as he did this. BELLA. IS. MINE!!
I watched them a bit longer as the rain got lighter. I growled even louder when I saw Bella turn and kneel in front of Emmett.
I had to restrain myself from jumping out of the trees and into the house when I saw Emmett kiss MY Bella. He kissed down her jaw and her neck. That is supposed to be me.
I jumped out of the trees, covering my scent as I went. I had to bide my time. I would kill this Emmett fellow and then Bella would come to me for comfort. I smirked and began to plan.