As I rested my head on Jake's lap, he brushed his fingers through my hair, every now and then kissing my forehead. Eyes closed, I listened to my family discuss what had just happened. We were back in the house, sitting in a circle around the living room. The house was back to its original beauty apart from some kitchen appliances that needed replacing and it looked as if no fighting had actually occurred.
The necklace's power had clearly worn off as I no longer felt an ounce of energy left in me. But I couldn't sleep, not yet. There were too many questions still lingering in my mind that needed to be answered. Luckily, my family seemed to be curious about the same things so all I needed to do was listen.
"Man I actually thought we were going to be able to kill those Volturi scum. We were so close." Emmett grumbled. I felt myself already begin to drift off so I decided to try and keep my eyes open in order to prevent that. Emmett had taken a seat across from Jake and I on the couch, leaning forward, resting his elbows on his legs and appearing frustrated.
Rosalie sat herself next to him, rubbing his back with a small smile on her lips. Alice was seated next to them as Jasper stood behind her, his hand massaging her shoulder. Esme sat on the love seat as my father sat on its arm, looking on edge. I lifted my head up more to try and find my mother and Carlisle but I couldn't see where they had gone.
"You okay?" Jacob whispered.
"Where's my mom and Carlisle?"
"Oh …Carlisle's putting her…her hand back on." Jacob said quietly and then my father made a grunting sound as if he was in a lot of pain. Esme rubbed his back, trying to calm him down. I had completely forgotten that my mother's hand was ripped off. I felt lightheaded again and tried to block the image from my head. I wanted to be angry at whoever had done that but it was one of the wolves, and it was in no way their fault. Brianna was behind most of it, along with Corey and that Sarah girl and of course part of the Volturi. I was still so baffled by the fact that someone would go to all this trouble just to kill me. As if I had done something wrong.
"We have to get him back. Caius and Jane and Felix and…" Emmett began.
"No Emmett. There's no reason to start something with them, it's over. We don't want to give them any more reason to come back here." Said Alice.
"Agreed. They've caused enough trouble. Besides Aro will take care of them." Rosalie chimed in.
"What I'm interested in knowing is how Caius was able to pull this off without Aro or Marcus knowing." Jasper said, looking around. No one seemed to know the answer.
"They weren't on speaking terms. And with Jane and Felix and the other members in on it I'm sure that wasn't too difficult." My father said without lifting his head.
"How'd you know that?" Jake asked and my father's only response was pointing to his head.
"Oh yeah…mind reader."
"He was thinking about that a lot while we were fighting. He was fearful that Aro had found out and was somewhat expecting his arrival. I suppose he thought things would go a lot smoother and that it would be too late by the time he arrived."
"I can't believe he was that determined to kill Nessie." Rosalie said, staring at me.
"I can. He's crazy, we've always known that. It was only a matter of time till he got sick of being under Aro's rule and take action on his own. I'm surprised it didn't happen sooner." Jasper replied.
"He had to wait till Nessie was in high school in order for it to work. Brianna was an essential part to his plan along with Corey…" My father said, thinking hard about something.
"What is it Edward?" Jake asked.
"It just frustrates me how I didn't see the pieces come together before now. Corey was involved the whole time and I just thought he was some stupid teenager…I let him go. We had him and I let him go…" It was clear he was extremely angry at himself but it wasn't his fault. He couldn't help it that Corey was able to alter my family's gifts and allow him and Brianna to blend in. How could he possibly have known what Corey was capable of? But before I could defend him, Jacob cut in.
"How did he do that anyway? I mean couldn't you read his mind and see what he was?"
My father shook his head. "No, just as Brianna was gifted, so was Corey. He was able to alter gifts and prevent Alice and I from seeing the truth. I couldn't see any thoughts other than what he wanted me to see. Then he was able to block Alice's visions when they would reveal something. But that's no excuse…I should have known something was wrong with him. He and Brianna had thoughts that just didn't fit with their personality at times…it was so obvious…" He clenched his fists extremely tight. I hated seeing him blame himself.
"Dad, this isn't your fault. It's no one's fault but Caius and Brianna and Corey and Sarah…"
"Who's Sarah?" Jasper asked.
"Oh I think she was the vampire I was fighting." Rosalie said and she was right. I remembered seeing Rosalie tearing her apart.
"She had the gift of changing memories so that Brianna and Corey could adapt into the school and everyone would remember them as their old friends. She was also used as decoy for the wolves…" My father said, clearly getting a lot more information than I had thought out of their minds.
"Wait so she was the girl my brothers found the other day in the woods…we thought she was attacked…" Jake said, musing over this new detail.
"Huh, geeze, they really went all out for this." He said after a minute of thought.
"And what was with that necklace? Britain against vampires? Seriously? Sounds like some stupid made up club to me." Emmett scoffed.
Jasper shrugged and being the big history buff it didn't surprise me that he had heard of them.
"No it was real. They were a small group of people who thought they could kill vampires…"
"Yeah, yeah, yeah, and then all failed except one, great, but what does that have to do with the necklace being all powerful and how did Caius get it?" Emmett asked.
"Clearly the necklace was what helped the one survivor of this group remain alive while fighting vampires and perhaps he was able to pass it on to his family. For all we know he's related to the Volturi or one of its members. Regardless, it's still in the hands of Aro now and I don't think that's a good thing."
"Aro won't use of against any of us. He wouldn't want to start more trouble." Alice said.
"She's right he'll stay away. I just hope…" My father started to say but then his head sprung up as he spun towards the stairs, relief settling over him.
My mother was walking down the steps with Carlisle trailing behind her. She ginned widely at my father and then at me, her hand attached to her wrist now. I also felt relief spread through me as she appeared to be perfectly fine now. She half walked, half ran into my father's arms as they kissed and I decided to close my eyes at this moment and pretend they weren't doing this in front of everyone. Not that I hadn't just been doing that with Jake back in the woods but it still creeped me out.
My mother then walked over to me and wrapped her arms around mine, holding me close and weeping tearlessly.
"Oh Nessie, I'm so sorry…"
"Mom, stop please."
"I know, I know, it's just…it's just…if I lost you…" She continued to sob as my father and everyone else tried to get her to relax. Trying to change the subject, I attempted to discuss her hand, but she just shrugged it off.
Then there was a knock on the door, everyone stood frozen, the tension was palpable as we all sat there wondering who would be at the door at this hour. Then my dad stood up, and to my relief he appeared relaxed as he opened the door. There in opening was Sam and behind him, from what I could see were several of the wolf pack in human form.
"Edward." Sam said, nodding. His nose was scrunched up as were the other's as my father invited them inside. Surprisingly they agreed and began filing in the house. I couldn't believe what I was seeing but more and more of them kept appearing as I realized that the entire pack was here, not just a few of them. My entire family was in a state of shock as Rosalie, Emmett, and Jasper wrinkled their noses up, looking displeased to have wolves in their home, while Alice, Carlisle, Esme, and my mother walked forward to greet them.
To make things stranger, Leah was present, and although she didn't looked the least bit pleased to be there standing in a vampires foyer, she remained still.
I then decided I wanted a closer look and stood up with the support of Jacob and made my way over. Even Jake was in shock as he took in all of his brothers standing there very out of place.
Esme on the other hand, smiled kindly, seeming very thrilled to have new company in her home as Carlisle stood behind her, also grinning.
"Excuse us for the intrusion, this won't take long. My brothers and I…"
Then a growl came from the far left side and I realized it was from Leah. Sam took a deep breath and then continued.
"My brothers and Leah would like to apologize for ruining your home. We would have never attacked under our own free will."
"Oh we don't blame you in the least really. We know what happened." Esme said, still smiling warmly.
"Yes, there's no harm done. We are well aware that you had no control over your actions." Carlisle added in.
"Thank you for your understanding. And I see that you were able to get your hand reattached Bella, once again, terribly sorry." Sam said, side glancing at what looked like Paul, and then smiling sympathetically at my mother. She returned the smile and then nodded.
"Like Carlisle said no harm done. How's Emily?"
Sam's smile faltered a bit.
"She's alright, I'm having a doctor look at her now, she was hit pretty hard on the head but he thinks she should be okay."
"If you want I could take a look at her." Carlisle offered. If I were Sam I would definitely agree to that, just to be on the safe side. You could never go wrong with Carlisle.
Sam nodded, "Thank you that would be really appreciated."
"Sam…Sam can we please go now…I can't stand here any longer…" I heard Colin mutter and it was obvious the smell was really torturing all of them except Seth who stood there smile as always.
Sam growled back at him and then seeing their pain nodded for them to leave. They practically sprinted out of the house leaving only him and Seth.
"I heard I got in a bit of a brawl with you Jake. Sorry about that." Seth said, looking disappointed in himself.
"Don't sweat it kid." Jake replied back.
Then he, Sam, and Carlisle walked out the door leaving us with the lingering smell of werewolf which I didn't really mind at all, but clearly some members of my family did. Rosalie held her nose as she raced from the room, followed by Emmett. Jasper walked, not as quickly, but still with some eagerness to the next room as Alice skipped behind him.
Esme gave me a hug and then retreated to her bedroom, probably going to order some new appliances, leaving my mother, my father, Jake, and I alone.
Taking a deep breath my father turned towards us, eyeing Jake's arms around mine.
"Oh come on dad, don't start back with this over protectiveness again."
"I didn't say a word."
"Yeah but your eyes say it all. Come on Jake let's go hunting."
"Absolutely not. You're not leaving my sight for another month." My mother said. She better be joking.
"Mom, please, I'm with Jacob relax. It's all over, everything is fine." She looked warily between Jake and I and then back at my dad who then whispered something in her ear. Her reaction of giggles and a coy smile made me really not want to know what he had just said.
"Go hunting, we'll be in the cottage if you need us." Oh gosh, I don't even want to know.
My mother still looked concerned but my dad eventually dragged her off and Jake and I were left alone.
"You wanna race?" He asked, smiling down at me.
"I'm exhausted, can you just carry me?" I said, pouting. It worked. He rolled his eyes and lifted me into his arms, carrying me quickly out the door and through the woods.
We didn't go far as he sat me down by a tree and then wrapped his arms around my waist.
"You didn't really want to go hunting did you?" He asked me and of course he was right on point. I was more tired than anything and food was the last thing on my mind. But I wanted to be with Jacob alone. All the drama from the last couple weeks just faded away as I rested my head against his warm chest. He rubbed my back and kissed my hair.
"It all seems like it was just a dream. A really terrible dream you know?" He nodded in response, holding me closer. Then I felt his breathing get a bit uneven.
"You okay Jake?"
He took a deep breath then pulled my face up so that he could see me.
"No. No I'm not fine, not at all. Nessie…if I had lost you…I…" I didn't want to hear this. I didn't want to see him in pain. I placed my finger on his lips but he continued to gaze sadly into my eyes.
"Jacob please. I'm here, you're here. Everything's okay. It's all over. Let's not talk about it. Can't we just pretend it was a dream? That it was just some stupid nightmare and start back where we left off?"
"It doesn't work that way Nessie. Seeing you hurt and in so much pain…as much as I try to get rid of those images they will never go away."
"Well I can help with that." I smiled up at him and aimed my lips towards his but to my great disappointment he backed up. I stared at him confused.
"You said before…where we left off…"
He stood up and took a few steps towards the creek, gazing out in front of him. I didn't understand why he was so upset.
"Jake what's wrong? I don't understand."
"I'm a terrible boyfriend."
"What? No you aren't you're wonderful. What are talking about?"
He looked over at me with pained eyes.
"Don't you remember where we left off Nessie? What happened before everything started to get crazy."
I thought it over and then I remembered. He was referring to the fact that he and my mother had kissed I was sure.
"Oh Jacob I don't care about that anymore. I told you I just want to put the past in the past." I reached up and placed my hand on his cheek.
"I don't care that you kissed my mom or that you were once in love with her. You're in love with me now right?" I asked, grinning at him and he returned a weak smile in response.
"Yeah. You have no idea how much I love you. I know I've said this many times but Nessie you know I would do anything for you. Anything at all." He said, taking my hands in his.
"I know that Jake. And I would do anything for you. So let's just start over."
He smiled and chuckled lightly, his mood seeming to improve.
"Okay let's start over, I'm Jacob Black. And you are?"
I giggled, lightly hitting him in the chest.
"You know what I mean. Not that far back."
"Okay. Hmm…well how about I start off with this. I love you. You are my entire life and I am making a promise to you that from now on nothing will ever harm you. I will keep this promise, I swear to you Nessie." He gazed deeply into my eyes and I believed him.
"I love you too Jake." That was all I could manage to get out. He grinned and then pulled me into his arms, holding me tightly against his chest and then kissing me passionately. The feel of his lips on mine was truly heaven and I could have done this for hours. The passion was rising and I could feel my body melt into his…
"Nessie." I froze as did Jake. We continued to hold each other but Jake's body suddenly got very tense. He stared into my eyes in shock and I was too afraid to even turn my head. I didn't want to see who was standing to the side of us; I wanted to pretend that they hadn't spoken. But as the chills ran down my spine and as I stared into Jake's alarmed face, I had to turn and see.
Slowly we both turned our heads to the side, taking a look at the figure that stood before us, the scent of blood filling the air.
Sorry I had to end it with a cliff hanger but it's just so much better that way! Anyway this was the last chapter of The Trouble With Love, but I will be writing a sequel. Not really sure when that will start because exams are coming up and I'm going to be really stressed so expect the first chapter to start mid December when I am off for winter break. Like I said before, more focus on Jacob and Nessie's relationship but still some action and drama. Thanks so much for everyone who has read this, I really appreciate the reviews and feedback! Hope you liked it and once again look out for The Trouble With Love 2. Bye guys!