Hey all you lovely readers! It's Moon's Embrace again (1st Chapter author)! I'd like to let you all know that the other two authors who we were going to write with originally have backed out… So I'm back! This should be an interesting one, so enjoy it.
The thoughts kept repeating in my head. Edward. Here. Here in Forks the entire time! I could've found him so many times over. I never knew. Edward was here in Forks. That forest… I know that forest!
I couldn't keep him out of my head when he was around, when he left, and especially not now that I knew he was so close. Had he ever come back, during the night, to see if I was still around?
The phone rang, but I was still staring at the computer, and ignored it. I had gotten over the initial shock, and I was trying to figure out where exactly it was, so I could go find him myself.
Charlie's voice on the machine shook me out of my thoughts. He was talking about someone, something… I knew I should be focusing on it, but Edward was so close.
I got up so I could get dressed, take a shower, do something. I hadn't done anything in so long… I went out to a club with Angela and some of our other friends, but I hadn't had too much fun. Nothing I ever did seemed to be the same after Edward disappeared.
Doing something now felt right, though. Now that I knew how close he was. I grabbed some clothes and started to stuff them into a bag. I was going to go find Edward, if it was the last thing I did.
I was in the kitchen looking for some food that I could take with me when there was a knock on the door. I wanted desperately to ignore it, to not talk about anything with anyone, and I kept moving in the kitchen, but the knocking came again, harder and more panicked.
"Bella!" A male voice called from the other side. I didn't particularly recognize it, but the frightened tones in the voice were enough to get me to the door.
I took a deep breath and opened the door, right as the man on the other side was about to knock again. "Jake?" I asked, confused. I hadn't seen him in years. We had always been friends, we were close in age and everything, but he looked different than I remembered him; taller, fuller muscles and shorter hair. I had always loved his hair. "Your hair…" It was all I could think to say.
He squinted at me for a second, but then pushed me back into the house and closed the door behind us. "Bella, are you okay?" He asked. He looked genuinely worried for my safety, but I had no idea why.
"Yeah. I was just getting ready to go for a hike," I said, forcing a small smile. My mind was trying to comprehend why he was here, worried, in the middle of my house. "I wouldn't mind some company if you'd like to-,"
"No," he said before I could even finish the suggestion. "Bella, no. You can't go hiking. It isn't safe."
"So why don't you come with me?" I wasn't going to let him change my mind. I needed to find Edward.
"Bella, you can't. Please," his voice turned pleading, although the worry was still there. "It's too dangerous in the forest now. Please don't."
I raised an eyebrow. "Jake, I'm going hiking, in the woods. Now you can either go with me or I can go alone." I paused and took another deep breath. "If you're so worried about me, come with me." I didn't want him to come, I would rather have gone to find Edward alone, but I figured I could ditch him later, and I could be safer while I searched.
"Bella, listen to me," he said, putting his hands on my arms and gently shaking me to get his point across. He was close to me, but that didn't bother me any. "You can't go into the forest. I'm not going to go with you and encourage it. Please." He searched my face with his eyes, and I tried to avoid them.
"Why the hell shouldn't I?" I asked. "It's the same forest it has been, the one we used to run through when we were young, isn't it?"
"No, Bella, it isn't," he said, his face darkening and his voice turning solemn. "There… There have been attacks. Attacks on innocent people, and there's no telling what attacked them."
I gasped quietly, but then shook my head. Edward was out there, who knew how long, and he seemed unharmed. How could there be something out there attacking? "No, there can't be."
"I didn't want to tell you, Bella. I came over here to make sure whatever it was hadn't gotten to you," he said quietly, taking a step back and letting his arms drop. "Charlie was worried, too. They've been searching for a while, and they last a police officer the other day."
I shook my head and turned my head. "Well, it didn't. So now you can leave. I have a hiking trip to pack for."
Jake grunted angrily and turned to the door. "Maybe you and your death wish would be better off…" He sighed and ran a hand over his head, messing up his short hair. "Good luck, Bella."
Before I could say anything, he was gone, jogging toward the trees on the far side of my property. A tear rolled down my cheek. I wasn't sure why, but it felt like that tear was releasing something in my mixed-up mind.
I wiped it off of my face and went back to backing. I found an old backpack my dad had used a while ago for the backpacking he did with his buddies and he had given to me when I moved in to my new house, alone. I stuffed everything I needed into it and double checked everything.
I printed out a map from the computer of the area I was going to check. If I wanted to go, I needed to do it soon. Maybe this was a stupid idea, especially with something out there attacking, but I needed to see Edward. I needed to see that he really was alive.
And there we go! I hope you like where this is going, if you can tell. Review!