New Moon, Alice's Story
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I saw it too late. Jasper was already in forward motion, his momentum unstoppable.
Edward read my mind. A defiant "No!" escaped his lips as he pushed Bella out of Jasper's path and braced himself for the impact.
Edward and Jasper collided with a thunderous bang. Edward shoved against Jasper, sending the older boy sailing back across the room into Edward's piano. Bella collided into the wall on the opposite side of the room and crashed down onto the table full of decorative crystal.
Emmett grabbed Jasper before he had a chance to turn on Edward. Jasper's face was ice cold and his eyes had rolled to a deep black. He was like a shark – one minded, completely focused on one thing: blood. His brilliant white teeth were barred in a snarl, his pale lips curled back. Emmett struggled to keep a firm grip on Jasper while avoiding his teeth.
I rushed to Jasper, unafraid of his strength or teeth or bloodlust. I firmly took Jasper's sinister face in my hands, attempting to soothe him.
"It's okay, Jasper," I said, gazing into his eternally black eyes. His focus flickered, but the demon inside of him roared for satisfaction. "Jasper," I pleaded, "it's just a little…"
The smell hit me like a ton of bricks.
It flowed from her veins, warm, rich, and fresh. My mouth began to pool with excess venom. The monster inside of me was now clawing to be released.
Carlisle jumped to action. "Get Jasper out of here. NOW," he ordered.
Emmett, his own self-control rapidly crumbling, wrestled Jasper into the kitchen and through the backdoor. Rosalie followed after Emmett, a smug smile betraying her. Esme, who was holding her breath, looked guiltily at Carlisle and then quickly followed her two children outside. I was holding my breath too – but the scent of Bella's flowing blood was already beginning to cloud my head.
Carlisle was kneeling beside Bella, checking her head for trauma. Edward stood motionlessly beside them, his golden eyes dark and fixed far away. Bella raised her head and her warm chocolate eyes met mine.
"I'm so sorry," I whispered. And then I ran.
I gasped the cool damp air the second I was out of the house. The Olympic Rainforest filled the air with the glorious scents of rich earth, decaying leaves and damp wood. Once my head began to clear, I started to run again. I had to find Jasper. I had to console him, let him know that it was a mistake and no real harm – unless you consider Bella's arm – had been done.
Edward caught up with me quickly. His face wore a dangerous mask of outrage. He bolted in front of me, catching Jasper's scent.
Edward! I screamed in my head.
His step nearly faltered and he slowed just enough that I caught up to his pace.
Please, Edward. He didn't mean it. It's my fault, really. I should have made sure Jasper had eaten just before Bella got here. I'm sorry, Edward.
A growl ripped through Edward's throat. "He should learn better self-control."
Edward! He's trying! You know it's more difficult for him!
Another snarl. "How would he like it if you were human and I tried to take a bite out of you, Alice?"
"ENOUGH." I leapt at Edward, fury consuming me. I landed squarely on his back. My thoughts hadn't given me away and he was momentarily stunned before his big hands clasped mine as they circled his pale neck.
"Enough," I repeated. "This isn't like James. Jasper isn't a mindless killer."
I felt Edward tense beneath me. I knew what he was thinking. Jasper wasn't a mindless killer now, but he had been.
I growled. "This still isn't the same, Edward."
Edward's shoulders tensed, but then finally relaxed. He sighed and released my hands. I slid off my brother's back and stood in front of him.
"She's okay," I said quietly. "Carlisle is taking care of her."
"But I still couldn't protect her from being hurt – and this time, I was the one who caused her injuries. I can't protect her from what we are. I should leave… she would be better off without me."
"Edward… you could always turn her. She wants it."
He frowned, his eyes piercing mine. "Don't say that, Alice. Bella is not going to be a monster."
Esme and Rosalie appeared through the pine branches.
"How is she?" Esme asked with motherly concern.
Edward looked away, his brow furrowed.
"She's okay," I replied. "Carlisle is working his magic."
Esme smiled. "Thank goodness. Poor child, she must have been terrified. If only I had more control, I could have comforted her…"
Rosalie rolled her eyes and walked away into the night. Esme frowned after her.
"It's alright, Esme," Edward said softly. "No one quite has control like Carlisle." He glanced north. "Let's go find Jasper."
Esme stretched her arms toward me and I gladly fell into her embrace. "Jasper will be fine, Alice. He's too hard on himself. I'm sure he's just disappointed in his lack of control tonight, that's all."
I nodded. Edward's hand tugged mine and then we were off, running silently through the forest, weaving through moss-covered trees and skipping over shallow streams. I held Edward's hand firmly, needing the support. Edward generously kept at a speed that was easy for me.
We were skirting the coast side of Port Angeles when we finally caught sight of Emmett and Jasper. Jasper was still struggling against Emmett and for a moment, I feared Jasper was still fighting his demon.
Jasper froze as we drew near. His eyes swam with a mixture of emotions, feelings so deep and scaring, it frightened me. His gaze dropped as we approached.
"Jasper…" I whispered.
"Alice –" Jasper's eyes immediately met mine. Waves of humiliation and weakness washed over me. My knees began to feel weak.
Edward stepped in front of me. "Jasper," he addressed curtly. Jasper wearily raised his eyes to meet Edward's.
Emmett slowly released Jasper, his own expression uneasy.
Jasper cleared his throat roughly. "Edward," he said, his voice low.
Edward's fists clenched, his emotions still high. "Carlisle is treating Bella at the moment," he reported through tight lips. His jaw locked for a moment and he looked down. "She's going to be fine."
Jasper nodded. "Edward… I'm… I'm sorry. I should have had better control of myself—"
"Yes, you should have!" Edward snapped.
We all stiffened. A moment of dreadful silence lapsed.
Edward sighed. "But I understand… her blood is undeniably appealing."
Jasper shifted uneasily.
Carlisle was almost done with Bella's stitches.
"Edward, Carlisle is almost finished with Bella… she'll want to see you," I said softly to Edward.
My brother nodded curtly, turned on his heels and was soon out of sight.
Jasper stared at me, his eyes dark. "Alice," he whispered thickly. "Alice… I don't think I can stay…I'm not… I'm not strong enough to be around her right now…"
I nodded solemnly. "I'll be back, Jazz… I just have to make sure Edward is alright."
Emmett rested a big hand on Jasper's shoulder. "We'll be waiting for you."
I smiled weakly to Emmett. "I'll come back to you," I said, gazing at Jasper.
Then I turned and ran. I knew there was no way I could catch up with Edward at this point, but I would arrive back at the house only a few minutes after Edward arrived.
The damp wind whipped through my hair. I felt the gentle brush of tree branches against my bare arms. The hem of my dress ripped on shrubs and brambles as my slippered feet flew over the muddy ground.
A few minutes later, I could see the glow of the Cullen house through the trees. I slowed at I entered the open lawn surrounding the house. Edward came around the back of the house, his face shadowed with anger.
"I need you to find Bella new clothes. At the very least a sweater to cover the stains on her dress." Edward's voice had gone cold, void of all emotion, although his face flicked between controlled stoniness and flashes of fury.
"Don't, Alice. Not right now," Edward snapped.
My lips pursed together, but I held my tongue. He was right. Now was not the time.
I followed Edward through the backdoor and into the kitchen. Bella looked small and frail beside Carlisle. I rushed to her side, thankful for Carlisle's handiwork, and carefully encircled my arms around her. "Come on, I'll get you something less macabre to wear."
"Take something from my closet, dear," Esme called softly.
Bella allowed me to lead her into Esme and Carlisle's room, where I carefully undressed her and fit her with fresh clothes. "There, good as new," I smiled kindly at her. "I believe your coat is downstairs…"
I turned to open the door when Bella softly said my name.
I gazed up into her brown eyes.
"Yes?" I whispered back. As much as I wanted to be light-spirited for Bella's sake, my heart was heavy. I knew that Edward wasn't taking the near-accident well and neither was Jasper.
"How bad is it?" Bella lowered her eyes, fidgeting with the edge of Esme's cashmere sweater.
I swallowed the lump that had risen unexpectedly in my throat. "I'm not sure yet," I answered truthfully. I had no idea how Carlisle was going to regroup our family after this incident, and from my lack of visions, he had no idea either.
She bit her lip before glancing up at me. "How's Jasper?"
I sighed. "He's very unhappy with himself. It's all so much more challenging for him, and he hates feeling weak."
Bella nodded. "It's not his fault. You'll tell him that I'm not mad at him, not at all, won't you?" she asked earnestly.
I smiled tenderly at the young girl in front of me, her chocolate brown eyes pleading. "Of course."
I tucked her hand through my arm and lead her down the stairs.
Edward was waiting for us at the front door. He speechlessly opened the door and Bella started toward him.
"Wait, take your things!" I gathered up Bella's birthday presents and slipped them into Bella's good arm. "You can thank me later, when you've opened them."
She smiled and then disappeared through the door. I watched Edward stiffly hold the car door open for her and then drive away into the night.
Esme gently squeezed my shoulder. "How is Jasper?"
I frowned. "Not well… I don't think he nor Edward are handling this well."
Carlisle's brow furrowed. "Yes, I feared something like this would happen."
I drew a shaky breath as Jasper's decision hit me. Esme's arm supported me. "Jasper isn't staying," I whispered.
"Oh no…" Esme sighed.
Carlisle ran his hands through his blonde hair. "I feared exactly this…" He drew a deep breath. "I suspect Edward will come to the same conclusion, then."
"He has not settled on that decision yet… but that is his primary thought at the moment." I glanced at Carlisle. "I need to go to Jasper."
Carlisle nodded. "Yes, yes, of course, Alice. You'll know what we decide."
Esme kissed my forehead. "Do you want me to pack your belongings? I can send them up to Denali… Tanya could forward them on from there."
I nodded. "That would be wonderful." I squeezed Esme's hand in mine and then ran as fast as I could back to Jasper.
PLEASE Review and let me know if you liked this chapter. This story will be focusing on Alice during the period of time that Bella is separated from the Cullens and then Bella and Alice's flight to Italy to save Edward… PLEASE REVIEW!
(I do realize that I'm starting Alice's New Moon story at the attack point of the birthday party. This is intentional. Everyone already knows the story in the beginning, but I believe it's the points that Stephenie didn't let us see that are of interest… so please enjoy!!)