"Excuse me," I mumbled, before dashing out the door and racing for the forest. At that moment, I didn't care about the humans. All I cared about was getting away from them. I stopped and fell to my knees, gripping my hair and letting out a cry. I froze as I heard footsteps, maybe a mile away. They'd be on me in seconds. I jumped to my feet, taking off again. This chase was terrifiying and thrilling at the same time. I could hear them calling my name frantically, and this made me run even faster.
I knew which one was fastest. And if he caught up with me, it would be the end of me. I cursed as I realized which direction I was going and quickly turned on the spot. A bit too fast, actually. My feet slid on the wet ground and I crashed to the forest floor. I growled and was up in a second, but I had let them gain on me. I could hear his breathing now, the way his shoes sounded against the damp ground. I pushed myself faster, faster than I had ever ran. It still wasn't enough. I couldn't hear his shoes on the ground for once and I knew it wasn't good.
A body crashed into mine and I cried out as we crashed to the ground. I pressed my cheek against the ground, closing my eyes tightly. Two warm hands flipped me around and cupped my face.
"Bella." His sweet breath swirled around my face and I turned away.
"I-I'm not Bella," I stuttered and his thumb stroked my cheek. His hold loosened for one moment and I was up, backing away. The rest of the family arrived and I kept my eyes at their feet.
"Stop lying," Edward ordered and my breathing hitched.
"I'm not lying." My eyes stayed glued to the ground as I backed away.
"Surround her," Jasper murmured. I snarled and finally brought my eyes to them. Edward was the first one I locked my gaze on.
His eyes were locked on my face, eyes that were a beautiful topaz. They met my own and shone with something I refused to awknowledge. His mouth was slightly agape, as if he wanted to say something but didn't know what to say. His chest heaved up and down quickly, almost painfully. I reached out to brush his face, but let my hand drop inches away from his face. His penny-colored hair was still messy as always and I backed away.
"I don't know who you are," I lied. "But leave me alone."
I saw her move before her feet even left the ground. But I didn't have time to react as Rosalie leapt at me, tackling me to the ground. I thrashed, snarling as she held me down while reaching for my wrist.
"What are you doing?" Edward shouted. She didn't answer, going for my left arm and yanking at the jacket sleeve. I realized what she was doing and struggled to get away, screaming in outrage. She held me tighter, and I hissed.
"Let me go!" I screamed too late.
She shoved my jacket sleeve up, revealing my left wrist and revealing the bite James gave me. I let out a cry, throwing my head against the ground. The others stared at my wrist in disbelief.
"Bella," Alice breathed. I didn't answer, closing my eyes and shoving Rosalie away from me.
"Why can't you just leave me alone?" I cried, scrambling back.
They moved with me, and soon I was at my feet. I tugged my jacket back into place, combing my hair self-consciously. I stopped breathing, zipping up my jacket and staring away.
"You should get back to class," I murmured. "Wouldn't make a good impression to skip the first day."
"The hell we are!" Alice cried. She moved to hug me and I hissed, backing away. Jasper growled back and I lifted my lips, baring my teeth. He pulled Alice behind him, shifting into a crouch. I narrowed my eyes and copied him, crouching. I was surprised to see Edward crouch with me. What on earth . . .
Rose and Emmett looked at us in distress, unsure what to do. I was splitting the family. Damn. It wasn't what I wanted. I straightened and went against every nerve in my body. My muscles ached for a fight, but this was the first time I had ever stepped back.
"Stop," I said loudly.
They all did what I said, straightening and turning to look at me. I licked my lips once before speaking.
"You're going to go back to class," I said through my teeth. "You are going to tell Mrs. Simon that I got sick. You are not going to leave the school." They stared at my profoundly and I suddenly remembered something. I blurred to Jasper, standing only an inch away from him before speaking.
"I would never touch Alice," I hissed. Then I was gone. I raced through the forest silently, relieved when I didn't hear any gaining footsteps. I slowed my pace, and instead of heading toward my apartment, I took a different path. I slowed as I approached my destination.
I stopped short of the treeline, parting a few overgrown ferns to glance at the clearing I had arrived at. I sucked in a breath as I surveyed the huge white house. Nothing had changed. There were cars in the garage, and the Mercedes sat in the driveway. I swore and froze as the door open. Carlisle Cullen in his glory stepped out, golden eyes sweeping the terrain. I ducked behind the trees, watching silently.
"Hello?" He called. I flinched at his voice, backing away and making the mistake of stepping on a twig. His head snapped to the side, eyes narrowing. "Who's there?"
I was gone, racing through the trees and tracing my original path. They were back. I stopped at the high school parking lot, escaping to my car and locking the doors. I had made the mistake of running, and they had followed. My identity had already been uncovered. Damn. I sunk down in the seat, groaning. Rearranging my plans mentally, I glanced out the window and pressed my lips together. Lunch already? I could spot the humans gathering and heading for the cafeteria. But five pale figures made their way toward the parking lot. I sank down in the seat even lower, watching them approach the car a few spots down. It was time to talk.
I made myself known, opening the door and clearing my throat unnecessarily loudly. Their heads snapped over to me and I held my chin up, meeting their amber eyes defiantly. I flicked my hair over my shoulder and approached them proudly.
"We need to talk."
My voice rang out in the awkward silence. They still seemed frozen, as if they couldn't believe it was me. I rolled my eyes, perching on the edge of their car's hood.
"We'll meet later tonight at our house," Alice stated quietly. I tilted my head to the side.
"Who said I would come?" I said coyly, changing my mind a few times. I'd go to Seattle tonight. No, I'd go hunting. No, I was going to Asia.
She grimaced, eyes glazing over for a few moments. They refocused on me and she chuckled.
"Asia? Really?" She smirked and I shrugged.
"Anywhere but your place."
That seemed like a punch in the gut to her. She flinched and I glared at them coldly.
"I'm not coming to your place," I snarled. "Why would I? I just want you to leave me alone. I want no part in your coven. I have my own coven. Do you understand?" They nodded mutely and I smiled dangerously.
"Good. I'm glad we've come to an understanding." I started for my car and glanced back one last time. "Leave me alone." I slammed the car door shut, flooring it and screeching out of the parking lot.
I pulled into the driveway, frowning. I wondered how this would go. I sighed, stepping onto the porch. Ring the doorbell? No. This was originally my house. The papers I carried were from Kaitlynn, and I once again was stunned at her talent. I had given her a name of over two-hundred and fifty names, and she had gotten me back all their background information in three days. I don't know what I would do without her. I opened the door and stepped in, listening to the wood floors beneath me squeak. In a second, she was in front of me, her golden eyes inspecting me critically.
"Oh, Bella, what a surprise to see you," Evie said, false cheerfulness in her tone. Her eyes bore into mine and I realized what she was doing. Checking for my diet.
"Mmhmm, I'm sure it is," I said vaguely, dropping the papers on the table. Her eyes flicked to it once, before back to me. "Is Charlie around?"
"No, he's at the station," She told me. I smirked to myself.
In a second, I had her pinned to the wall by her throat. She growled lowly, hands scratching at my arm. I rolled my eyes, pretending to yawn. She snarled and I tilted my head to the side, baring my teeth viciously.
"Don't try anything, Evie," I said sweetly. "I'm one-hundred years older than you. I've seen a lot. You can't trick me." I laughed as her shoulders slumped and she glared at me.
"What are you going to do, kill me?" She rasped. "Betray your own father." I hissed, holding her tighter against the wall.
"You know," I snarled. "I actually liked you. Thought we bonded. But now, not so much. I would never do that to my father. I came here to teach you a lesson." I picked up the top piece of paper and cleared my throat.
"'Trenton Barles,'" I read. "'Convicted for the murder and rape of over seven women. Escaped convict. Killed in a savage animal attack.'" Her eyes widened and her face paled. She almost looked sick. I dropped it back onto the pile and smiled.
"I'm just going to leave these for you to read, Evie," I said. "And a warning; if you ever turn Charlie against me again, without knowing the whole story, you will regret it." I let her go, humming slightly as I walked to the door.
"Give Charlie my love!" I called, laughing. She must've thought I was crazy. Eh. I partly was. I had to be, to do all this. I left my car in the driveway, taking off on foot. There was one stop I wanted to make.
I raced west, stopping at the line. The wind was in my favor, blowing my scent into the Quiluete territory. I waited patiently, pacing up and down the territory line. I heard his thudding heart and paused, waiting for his russet colored fur to appear. He saw me, and smiled wolfishly, backing into the trees and disappearing.
"Hey Bells," He called as he emerged, only wearing pants.
"Hi, Jake," I murmured shyly. "H-how are you?" He shrugged, sitting down with his legs crossed. I copied him, smiling.
"Eh, I'm good. You?" He asked. I shrugged like him.
"Could be better. The Cullens showed up today." I smiled weakly and he sat frozen.
"W-what?" He stuttered. "But-that...shit..."
He swore again and I glanced around, frowning. My scent must have covered his territory by now. Where were the others? The pack couldn't just ignore my scent. Unless...
"Jacob?" I asked softly. He glanced at me. "Where are the others?" The look on his face told me everything I needed to know. Like the way his chin quivered or the way he wouldn't meet my eyes. I sucked in a breath quietly, and before I knew what I was doing, I had crossed the line into his territory.
"Oh Jake," I whispered. "There aren't any others, are there?" He shook his head and I had him in my arms, holding him while he trembled. His hot skin felt strangely nice against mine, and this time it wasn't such a shock as the first. He buried his face in my neck and I rocked us gently. I was aware that I was in his territory, and I was free game. He could kill me at any moment if he wished.
"I've been alone for seventy years," He moaned. "No one else." I let out a cry of my own and hugged him tighter. His arms wrapped around me and sighed. We sat there, two mortal enemies hugging like there was no tomorrow. So strange. I rested my cheek against his shoulder, my face turned toward his neck. He rested his own cheek against my hair, breathing in deeply. I closed my eyes, trembling like he had earlier. It wasn't fair! Jake and I were supposed to be together. We were so close. I loved him. And then the damned bite changed everything.
"Do you think," He breathed. "that a relationship between a vampire and a werewolf could ever work?" I closed my eyes at his words, biting my lip.
"No," I whispered back. "But I wish it could." I started to cry then, for the lost chance of us.
He held me, rocking me a bit back and forth. His lips pressed against my hair and I sniffed.
"It wasn't fair," I cried. "We still had a chance. Then this happened, and it all went down the drain. We were so close." He murmured soft agreements and comforts, still holding me.
"You said that a relationship can't work," He said softly. "But what about a friendship?" I nodded fastly and pulled away, smiling.
"A friendship could definately work," I promised. He grinned and I pulled him in for another hug.
"Friends," He announced.
"Friends," I agreed. After that, we caught up. I learned what had happened after I had been changed.
The pack had searched for weeks for me. They even went off their own land, risking the treaty. When they realized I was gone and most likely dead, they went to the Sheriff's department in Forks, convincing Charlie to call off the search. They all went to my funeral, and their lives went on. Emily and Sam got married, had a daughter and two sons. Their bloodline still continued on in the reservation. Jared and Kim moved to California, he had stopped changing and wanted to get away from all the supernatural elements. They still had some descendants somewhere in Nevada, and a son had moved back here a couple of years ago. Quil and Claire got together when she was sixteen. They stayed on the reservation and had a daughter, but she died at the age of six. Claire committed suicide over her lost daughter and Quil followed soon after. Seth and Leah went to New York together, and Leah became a lawyer. Leah imprinted when she was twenty-two, and they married. She never had any kids, but they had adopted several children. Seth had lost contact with Jake, but Jake was sure that he had gotten married. The others got married and had children, but their descendants had been spread out across the USA. Only Sam's descendant still survived, but Jake said she showed no sign of change.
Before everyone had moved on with their lives, and a few years after I had 'died', Charlie had gone missing. They knew immediately that this was no ordinary case, and started looking for Victoria, whom they assumed was the cause of his disappearance. They couldn't find her, but they killed a couple of vampires she had sired in order to distract them. Since then, they had no vampire interferences.
I was fascinated about what had happened to my adopted family after I had disappeared. Jake was dying to know what had happened to me, but I didn't have the time. I promised him the next time we met that I would tell him everything, and gave him my cell phone number.
"Just call if you wanna talk," I told him, hugging him tightly. He hugged me back, breathing in my scent. I took a deep breath as well, smiling slightly.
"I hope you know that you'll get a call tonight then," He replied. "You know, your scent isn't so bad. I'm sort of desensitized. But I guess we'll have to deal with the smell when we meet again, won't we? His nose wrinkled at the thought.
"It'll get better," I guranteed. "I better get going . . . " I leaned in and pecked his cheek once and he kissed my forehead.
"Sure thing, Bells. I'll see you soon, though." He released me and I backed over to my side of the line. "Love you!" The last added part made my heart swell and I smiled at him.
"Love you, too!"
I was gone, exuberance in my steps. Seeing Jake had cheered me to the point of forgetting about the Cullens and their arrival. I grimaced at the though, but kept running. Charlie would be home from work by now and I wanted to see him. I approached the house, seeing his cruiser sitting next to my Vanquish. I chuckled lowly. No matter how many times they updated the car, I still despised it. I paused by my car, glancing at the house. A window curtain shuddered slightly and I narrowed my eyes. Someone was a peeping tom.
"Bella," Charlie called from behind me. I spun around, arms crossed over my chest. I waited for an apology. I got none.
"Would you mind telling me," He hissed. "Why an officer came in today, telling me of a new doctor in town by the name of Carlisle Cullen?"