AN: I have absolutely no excuse for the length of my disappearance. Just try to remember that you love me when passing judgement. This is a little shorter than what you're used to from me, but know that it's leading into something EPIC! Although this is brief, I hope you enjoy. Let me know what you think!
Thanks to Astridt244 for being the best beta in the world!
My eyes darted between the two opposing figures; both dangerously menacing in their own capacities. I watched in horror as they clashed together in a blur of fists and fur. I couldn't help the scream that passed from my parted lips as I desperately tried to escape Jake's hold on me. His grip only tightened; thwarting any attempt I might have made to throw myself between the two dueling titans.
I continued to struggle against him.
"Jake, please! You have to stop them!"
He held me closer and shushed me.
"I can't Bella. This has to happen. Cullen crossed the line; physically and figuratively. Whatever happens right now is Paul's call."
"It'll be ok, honey."
I scoffed at his reply but I knew deep down that Jake was right. That still didn't make watching the melee in front of me any easier. If anything, it only made me more apprehensive than I already was. I chewed nervously at my bottom lip. I knew that Paul had to be feeling my fear and anxiety, because his rage was spreading a white hot heat throughout my body; and if it were even possible, the rage escalated.
I took several calming breaths as Jake dutifully rubbed my shoulders.
"That's it, Bells. Calm down."
I was desperately trying to find a way to do just that. With my anxiety and Paul's anger, I was all over the map emotionally; and that had to be very distracting for my wolf, who was currently locked in an epic battle to the death. I had to get a handle on myself, and fast. I glanced around to the rest of the pack. You could literally feel the anger rolling off of them. Jake was even fighting his own transformation. Violent tremors shook his form causing him to grip me tighter; I winced slightly but I continued to look on.
There was really no point in trying to keep track of what was going on. I could barely see what was happening; their movements were a blur. Even depending on my hearing wouldn't help. My human senses were utterly useless in this situation.
"Jake what's going on?" I whined.
"Paul's kicking his ass." Jacob growled.
I looked up at him in wonder. He shrugged.
"He's our best fighter, Bells. That volatile nature has to be good for something."
I stood their continuing to shift my weight from one foot to the other, anxiously dancing back and forth. I hated that I was right in front of the action and didn't know what was going on. I sighed. This whole thing was stupid. The entire fight was just an idiotic battle for wounded pride. I really wished that Edward could read my mind because right now, I was mentally flipping him the bird. He couldn't be upset. I was Paul's imprint, his mate for life; his marking me was inevitable.
I snorted. I had only come to this very realization recently; but it was true and he had to let me go. Now it appeared he didn't have much of a choice. If Paul had his way, the only way Edward would be leaving this fight was in a pile of ashes.
This was getting ridiculous. The familiar sound of metal scraping metal brought me back from my inner musings. My heart stopped as Edward's pain filled screams echoed through the air. A chorus of satisfied snarls reverberated around me; the pack was pleased with whatever Paul had done. My eyes darted to the once blurred scene in front of me. Edward was now on the ground, holding what appeared to be a shortened version of his arm.
I watched as the grey wolf chucked the torn limb to the side; a sick wolfie grin spreading across his lips. I could only imagine the insults that he was hurling at Edward now. I didn't have time to concern myself with his well being before they were back at it again. A look of uncontrollable rage adorned Edward's features and before I could blink, he was attacking Paul again. Another blurred battle ensued.
A series of growls, snarls, and hisses erupted from the blurred mass of limbs in front of me. A pained whimper tore right through me as Edward apparently landed a hit on Paul. A rage I'd never felt before flowed freely throughout my body and at the point I couldn't discern whether it was mine or Paul's. Edward had no right to touch him and right now, I could give a damn whether he lived or died. Paul's sure footing momentarily faltered as he regained his composure, barely giving Edward a chance to get in another hit. I willed him to get it together. I would not lose him, especially not to some leech who thought he had some type of control over my life.
It seemed as though we had been standing there for hours. I was waiting for some type of break in movement; something to show that the fight was ending, but there was nothing.
That was until I felt Jacob's arms stiffen around me. I craned my neck to look back at him and noticed that he was sniffing the air. Something was wrong.
"Oh shit! SAM! LEECHES!"
All movement ceased. I noticed the wolves tilt their heads upward; all taking in whatever Jake had sniffed out. A long, deafening howl that erupted from Sam had me reeling. Before I could comprehend what was happening around me, Paul had phased back; running full speed at Jake and I.
That's when I saw them; an army of vampires barreling from the forest that surrounded us. I was utterly panic stricken. They were here…and we were hardly prepared. They had ambushed us; taken us completely by surprise.
Paul had barely reached us before chaos ensued. I was close enough to see the vicious grin on Victoria's face as she sent her minions after us; her eyes trained on me the entire time. We were screwed. This was exactly the opening that she'd been waiting for; and we'd given it right to her.
"Stick with the plan, Jake! Get her out of here! Now!"
"GO! GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE!"
Jake swung me effortlessly onto his back and took off running. I turned back in enough time to see Paul being attacked by a newborn. He'd barely had time to phase and fight back. I couldn't let him die.
"Jake no! Go back! We can't leave them like this!" I pounded at his back. "Please! He'll die, Jake!"
He faltered momentarily before continuing to run through the forest. I couldn't help but think of Paul. 'Stick To the plan' he'd said; but what was the plan? I figured that the further from the battle, the better; and who better to protect me than my best friend and future Alpha, Jacob Black?
I wanted to cry, scream, swear; but I couldn't do a thing. There was no hope; and now the love of my life would surely die at the hand of my enemy. What could I do? It was hopeless.