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"Youth of the Nation – P.O.D."
"Who's to blame for the life that tragedies claim
No matter what you say it don't take away the pain
That I feel inside, I'm tired of all the lies
Don't nobody know why
It's the blind leadin' the blind
Guess that's the way that the story goes
Will it ever make sense somebody's gotta know
There's gotta be more to life than this
There's got to be more to everything
I thought exists
We are, we are... the youth of the nation"
I frowned at the six that were standing in the doorway.
"Well Bella, they came over to welcome you to La Push."
"You mean they came over to eat."
"Yeah, pretty much."
I sighed and headed back into the kitchen, glad I had a feeling earlier to make extras of everything. I saw the faces that Seth, Collin, and Brady had and knew they weren't happy with this change. I gave them a small smile, not happy with the guests either. I shrugged because I couldn't change this. I didn't know what they were planning but whatever it was left me uneasy. The boys and I began moving all the dishes onto the dining room side table. It's amazing that the six boys/men had invited themselves over to the house but couldn't be bothered to help.
"Dad! Dinner's ready!" I shouted over the joyous yells coming from in front of the baseball game on TV.
Right after I finished calling them, there was a stampede of feet rushing to the dining room. My eyes widened and I quickly jumped out of the doorway. I stared as seven males rushed into the room.
"None of you are going to eat if you're going to act like a ravenous pack of wolves."
Instead of being scolded, they shared smirks and laughs.
"For that, Seth and the twins get to eat first."
I laughed as they groaned. The boys filled their plates while Sam's gang looked on. When I finished preparing my own plate, the gang and my father swarmed the side table. Eating, I noticed that the gang had moved onto seconds and thirds. Damn. Were they not going to leave anything behind?
"Hey! I happen to like those dished! They aren't edible!"
I pushed their hands away from the dishes and quickly gathered the empty one. Carrying them into the kitchen, I loaded the dishwasher. I turned around and smacked right into a warm wall.
"Better watch where you walk, Red."
I felt hands sliding down my back to my ass.
"Why are you calling me Red? And get your hands off my ass!"
Sam quickly moved his hands right before my father came rushing into the kitchen. He gave Sam a look before thanking me for dinner. I went back to the dining room to salvage any possible leftovers but stopped short at what I saw. Seth, Collin, and Brady were sitting on one side of the table glaring at Sam's gang. It was strange. Seth seemed to be shaking and looking a bit green.
"Dad? Can you come here and look at Seth?"
I heard him get up from his easy chair and start walking across the house. What the hell? I shouldn't be able to hear his every movement. I could also hear a faint thump thump sound. I tried to listen to where it was coming from but soon found my face pressed against Sam's chest. The sound was coming from him. How the hell am I able to hear his heartbeat? I pulled my head back to look up at his face. Emotions swirled in his stormy eyes. I stepped back from him when I heard a throat clearing. I turned to see my father looking at me.
"Dad? Can you check Seth over?"
"He was fine earlier. What-"
He looked at Seth and rushed over to the phone.
"Billy? It's Charlie."
"This time it's Seth."
"The others will probably follow."
"I'll have the rest bring him over."
"Yeah. Sam and the boys."
"We'll be there in a few."
When Dad hung up the phone, the room moved. Sam, Paul and Jared helped Seth stand and took him out to Sam's green SUV. The rest of the boys headed out to Jacob's Rabbit.
He motioned for the others to leave before turning to face me.
"Can I talk you to about something? It's important."
"I have to head over to Billy's. Can we talk afterwards?"
I sighed and shook my head slightly.
"Fine. You probably wouldn't listen anyway."
He kissed my forehead before heading out to his cruiser. I looked to see both Brady and Collin looking at me.
"Don't worry. I'm sure Seth is going to be fine. And I'll talk to him when he gets home."
I pulled both of them into a hug. I could feel both of them shaking.
"What time are you supposed to be home?"
Brady glanced down at his phone and quickly grabbed Collin. I looked at my own phone and saw that it was after 8PM. I hugged them both before watching them run down the street to their house. When they turned the corner, I headed back inside. Relaxing on the couch, I waited for Dad to come back. Time passed as I slowly drifted off.
I felt a hand shaking me.
"Bella. You're going to be late for school."
Finally opening my eyes, I saw Brady and Collin standing in front of me.
"C'mon B. It's 7:15 already."
I pulled myself of the couch I had fallen asleep on last night and headed upstairs to the shower. When I finished, I slipped into green La Perla lingerie before tugging on a pair of dark blue skinny jeans. I pulled on a v-necked long sleeve navy shirt and put a black vest on top. Sliding my feet into a pair of navy kitten heels, I grabbed my backpack, stuck my phone into my pocket and grabbed my keys. I headed downstairs to eat breakfast with the boys.
"Have you seen Seth today?"
"Nope. I haven't heard from him or my father since they took him last night."
I saw them the two of them share a look.
"It's happening again."
"This happened a month ago with Jacob."
"So you used to hang out with them and then they got sick?"
Brady nodded his head.
"And then they started hanging out with Sam and ignored us."
"Seriously? That isn't going to happen this time. I will be fighting Sam on this."
We finished breakfast before heading out to the Escalade and to school. Arriving, I noticed that Sam's gang was hanging around a blue truck and Jacob's Rabbit. I parked the Escalade just in time for the first bell to ring.
"I'll see you both at lunch."
I hugged them both before heading to English.
It was strange. The entire class period was an awkward clusterfuck. Even though Ms. Kaptcha began reading A Clockwork Orange to us, Paul and Jared did nothing but stare at me. It was creepy. And it was greatly pissing me off. I would not be starring in their fantasies so there is no reason for them to stare. Just before the bell ran, yes, I was counting, I said something.
"Don't even think of adding me to your spank banks"
"What the hell?" Paul burst out.
"You heard me. Why else would you be staring at me that long and hard unless you were trying to memorize me?"
"I'll show you long and hard."
"Paul! What would Al-Sam say?"
"Whatever. I've got to get to my next class."
Paul stormed away with Jared following, glancing back to look at me before going around the corner. Sighing, I headed in the same direction. Why would it matter if Sam said anything? My life wasn't controlled by him.
By lunch, I was pissed. They wouldn't leave me the fuck alone. Jared kept trying to be my best friend all through Calculus. Then Paul just glared at me through French. A pounding headache was forming behind my eyes and I felt too hot for my skin.
I headed over to the table Brady and Collin were sitting at.
"You okay Bella?"
"I feel like I was run over by a freight train."
"You look like it too."
"Gee, thanks Brady."
I sat down hard and laid my head on the table. Why won't the headache go away? While the boys were eating, I sat there trying to calm myself down.
I turned around to look at the two boys that were heading towards me.
"What did I do to deserve this? Why can't you all just leave me the fuck alone?"
I saw Jacob and Quil share a look.
"And stop doing that. It bothers me when people talk without speaking."
"Maybe you should calm down a little."
"Don't tell me what to do! You're not my father."
My eyes caught the motion of Embry putting his phone away.
"God! Just leave me alone! I hate you all!"
And then my vision went black.
Why is it that it has to happen to me? Seriously? The first time La Push meets Isabella Swan and I have to go and Imprint on her. And with the way she was glaring at me, it's safe to say that she hates me. Now I'm stuck going desk duty because Chief Swan didn't want anyone to go near his daughter. It's even worse because I feel like I'm going through the transformation again. My head has been pounding all day.
Forget what we're told
Before we get too old
Show me a garden
That's bursting into life
"Hey boss, we got a problem."
"What now? Seth changed already and the twins aren't due for a week."
"Spit it out Embry!"
"You forgot boss, there's someone new."
"You mean Isabella?"
"Well, Bella, but yeah. We're in the lunch room with her and she's showing all the signs."
"You for her to-"
"Yeah boss. Jake and Quil are trying to calm her down. But she isn't."
"Give me 5."
I slid my phone shut and hurried out of the station, grabbing my squad car keys on the way. Starting the engine, I turned the light on and rushed towards the school. There was no way I would let her suffer. She was my life now. Everything she feels, I will feel. That explains why I've felt like crap all day. I would be there for her even if she chooses another.
What the hell is wrong with my head? It feels like I was tackled by the entire La Push population. I felt something warm under my head and I had a good idea of what it was. Forcing my eyes open, I immediately glared at the worried face above me. Sam Uley again. Seriously? He had my head placed on his thighs.
"Can I help you?"
He smiled down at me with a tooth-filled grin. I tried to sit up but his grip on my shoulders tightened.
"Let me go! I want to leave!"
Jumping, I looked to where I heard my father's voice.
"Just relax Isabella. Your overworked yourself at school today."
"Why won't he let me go?"
I saw him share a glance with the rest of the Elders behind him. I also clearly heard someone whisper "She needs to get angry". I began to struggle, wanting Sam to let go of me.
"No! I want to leave!"
I finally managed to rip myself out of his grasp. I pressed myself against the wall, keeping them all in my view. I then noticed that I was in the living room of Charlie's house.
"Why did you bring me here? I don't understand why you expect me to suddenly worship Uley when he took Seth away? I hate him!"
During my rant, I slid across the wall closer to the front door; I had to get out of here. Reaching the door, Paul and Jacob moved towards me. Instantly, I sprinted out the door. I got halfway across the yard before I felt a warm body tackle me.
"Get off me!"
A red haze enveloped me. Tremors rocked my body as whoever was on top of me backed off. I pulled myself up and turned to look at the gang that surrounded me.
"You don't understand how I feel! I left the only home I had ever known. I left all of my friends. I left my entire life behind. And just as I'm beginning a new life and meeting new friends, you expect me to be excited at the fact that an asshole keeps following me and taking away the new friends. What is there to be happy about there?"
I looked to my father who had just walked out the front door. I could tell by the look on his face that he hadn't expected that. Everything wasn't all rainbows, sunshine, and puppy dogs. Sometimes life kicked you in the face and laughed while you were down.
"Bella, honey, I didn't know you felt that way."
"How else am I supposed to feel? I left everything behind and was just building a new life. And then Uley decides to break everything apart."
My father shared a look with Sam before turning back to me.
"It isn't his fault Bella. He's just helping them. They're all going through a young warrior phase and he's just pushing them through it."
I could feel myself calming down as Dad explained things to me.
"Then why couldn't they just say that? Instead they act all high and mighty towards everyone around them. And they're so angry!"
Dad opened his arms and I ran to him, pushing my way past Sam and Embry. He pulled me into a comforting hug.
"I just feel like life is changing too quickly. That I'll be left alone," I whispered to him.
He squeezed me hard. Tears formed, burning my eyes.
"Shhh, honey. Everything will be fine. You'll see. Why don't you go upstairs and sleep for a bit?"
I nodded as I headed back into the house, ignoring the glances from the rest of the Elders.
My heart was lodged in my throat, beating and pressing to be released. She hates me. The cables tying me to her were telling me to follow her into the house. I could feel her anger pulsing through her veins and wanting to be set free. Pieces of my carefully crafted world surrounded me. What am I going to do now? I was planning to spend the rest of my life with her. She is my life. But she hates me. What do I do know?
I was slapped out of my inner turmoil by a pitying Beta.
"No problem boss."
I looked over to where Charlie was standing with the rest of the Elders.
"Charlie? How long do you think it will take her?"
"Well, with how angry she was getting and the force of the shaking, it will probably be a week at the most."
"You don't seem happy Charlie."
"Why would I? I was hoping she would be free of this and would be able to go see the world. Now she'll be stuck here for the rest of her existence."
Charlie turned to look at me.
"Sam, this afternoon probably was the right time to make her mad enough to change but with her recent move, I felt she needed more time to adjust."
"You're probably right Charlie," I nodded to him.
"But have your boys at the school to monitor her. I have a feeling that her moods will influence the twins. So it would probably be best to watch them as well. They'll most likely change early because of it. As for Bella, it's best to just let her sleep for the rest of the night. That way she'll recover from overworking herself today."
"Didn't she want to talk to you about something last night when they were over?"
Yeah, this is the chapter that begins POV changes.
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