Author's Note: After numerous emails asking for it, I'm bringing 'One Bite Changes Everything' back to fanfiction. I'm unable to rework any of the chapters, which was my hope when I pulled the story. If there are mistakes or discrepencies (which I know there are), please just forgive me and enjoy the story. Thanks! ~HB1
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One Bite Changes Everything by Heartbroken1
Chapter One - Haunted
I couldn't believe that Bella would be so stupid as to go cliff diving without me. It amazed me how danger seemed to find the girl sitting next to me. The truck eased to the curb in front of her house and we sat in the comfortable silence.
Due to the limited space in the cab, even though she was sitting near the door, we were still touching. I pressed my cheek to the top of her head. She tensed against me. I took that as a signal and opened the door, inhaling deeply the clean scent brought on by the rain.
It was a beautiful night. The storm from earlier had blown over, leaving clear skies and the stars were shining brightly. I walked around her truck, opened her door and offered her my hand. On the porch she reached up and took the key from the eave.
"Yeah, that's safe," I teased.
She rolled her eyes and giggled, opening the door wide enough for me to enter the dark house first. She flipped on the light.
"Are you sure you're okay?" I was worried about her.
A weak smile crossed her face, a twinkle in her brown eyes. She squeezed my hand. "Yeah, I just need a good night's sleep."
"Well, I guess I'd better get going. I'm on patrol tonight. Don't worry, I'll keep you safe," I promised.
"I don't worry about my safety." The lines of her face dropped in concerned. "I worry about you, Jacob -- you and the pack. I would never forgive myself if something happened to any of you while you're protecting me from Victoria."
"Are you kidding?" I laughed. "She's nothing! It will be fun when we finally get our hands on her."
"Jake, stop it." Her head moved back and forth. "I will always worry. I would rather she got me than any of you."
"Bells, it's my job to chase and kill bloodsuckers. It's what I'm made for."
She rolled her eyes and opened her mouth to protest.
"Okay, fine," I cut her off. "We won't talk about this any more tonight." I took her hand in mine and kissed it. "I'll call you tomorrow."
I walked back out into the night; over to the forest. Once safely out of sight, I phased and began my patrol. Anything new? I questioned my brothers.
No. It's been pretty uneventful this evening. It was Jared. I'm headed home. With that, his voice was gone.
How's Bella? Embry thought. I heard she went cliff jumping.
She's okay. She promised she wouldn't do anything that stupid again, I informed him.
That's good, he agreed. What was she thinking?
Who knows! It's Bella.
We ran all night looking for the trail of the red-haired bloodsucker that wanted to kill my sweet Bella. There was no sign of her though. When the sun began peeking over the mountains I headed for home. I crawled into my bed and began to dream -- of Bella.
The first rays of sun entered my room, waking me. I rubbed my eyes and tried to open them. I stretched and everything hurt. I cleared my throat and that was uncomfortable too. My little stunt yesterday was going to cost me for a few days it seemed.
It was so stupid! I cursed myself for the danger I kept placing myself in. For what? To hear the voice of a man who didn't love me? That was just pathetic! I couldn't do this anymore. What if something did happen to me? It would destroy Charlie. It would probably kill him. This had to stop.
I climbed out of bed, stretching again. Ouch! I'd have to take it easy today. I gathered up my dirty clothes and headed for the laundry room. I'd start a load and then take a shower and get ready for the day.
I hoped that Jacob wouldn't tell Billy about yesterday. If Charlie found out, I knew it would not be a good thing. He'd probably ground me forever.
I pulled the knob on the washer and it started filling with water.
I walked back up the stairs and collected my things and went into the bathroom. The warm water felt wonderful on my sore muscles. I deserve this though. I thought. A little reminder of your stupidity. My brain told me. I laughed a hoarse chuckle. I turned off the water when it was no longer warm.
I dressed in a pair of sweats and a t-shirt. There was no need to get dressed up today. I walked downstairs and flipped on the TV. It was a commercial; so I waited.
My mind began wandering. Charlie would be at the Clearwater's all day, helping Sue with funeral arrangements that was to take place tomorrow. Charlie had taken Harry's death pretty hard. Again, I cursed my irresponsible behavior. If he'd taken Harry's passing so hard, imagine if it'd been me. I shuddered.
"The myth that is vampires..." I was torn out of my thoughts to realize that the History Channel was having a vampire marathon.
"I'm going out for a bite to drink." Love at First Bite
"I can't be a vampire. I have to go to college." Once Bitten
"Abbot!" Even Abbot and Costello were being haunted by vampires today.
I flipped one last time.
"Don't ever invite a vampire into your house, you silly boy. It renders you powerless." Lost Boys.
I pushed the off button and threw the remote on the couch. "You're not kiddin'! Powerless is right." I muttered under my breath. Well, TV was out.
The buzzer went off on the washer. I went in and put the wet clothes into the dryer and started another load. At least I would get my laundry done. What to do? I decided that the kitchen floor was in need of a good scrubbing so that's where I headed next. When it was so clean that you could eat off it, I decided that I was done being alone with my own mind. So I took my jacket, just in case, and headed outside.
Sunny days were something I really looked forward to. I missed Arizona but couldn't bring myself to leave the rain of Forks. Besides Arizona wasn't really home for my mom anymore anyway.
I walked further into the forest and the sun was harder and harder to see. The darkness started to make me feel uncomfortable so I turned around to head back. I got the feeling that I was being watched so I quickened my pace. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw something move and my heart stopped. I started to run.
Klutzy Bella Swan and running never got along and I found myself face down in the mud. I heard something move above me and I felt nauseous. I took a breath. Let's get this over with. I rolled over and my stalker was right in my face. I screamed.
"What are you doing here?" I asked when my brain wrapped itself around the fact that I wasn't in danger.
"Are you trying to give me a heart attack?" I was livid.
"Are you trying to get yourself killed?" He retorted. "It could have been something way more dangerous than me stalking you out here."
I snorted and began to get up. He offered his hand. "Jacob would be furious if he knew you were out here alone." I knew Paul was right. "Let's get you home." I nodded. He walked me to the house without another word. When we got to the porch, he said, "Bella, please try not to make our job of keeping you alive any harder, okay?"
"Next time, just say hello instead of scaring the crap out of me, okay?" I snarled. He laughed and I went inside, closing the door behind me.
Enough of this trying to keep myself busy. I picked up the phone and dialed the number of my sanity. "Hello?"
"Hi, Billy, is Jacob up yet?"
"Uh, yeah, he's up. He's been gone for a while now."
"Oh, I guess, I'll just catch up with him later."
"Okay, bye." The line went dead and I looked at the phone.
I wrinkled my eyebrows and bit my lip. Where could Jacob be? I put the phone in it's cradle and sat down on the chair. I laid my head on the table. The buzzer went off on the dryer and I jumped.
"A little jumpy today, Bella?"