Jacob and I wandered down the beach in total silence. I trailed behind him and kicked a few pebbles along my way, waiting for Jacob to speak. My patience was rewarded when he stopped and spun around his face a mix of anger and betrayal. I immediately steeled myself making sure my face was a perfect mask of boredom and annoyance.
"I just don't get how you couldn't tell me," He growled. I raised my eyebrows in surprise and let out a little chuckle.
"Why didn't you tell me?" I countered, his mouth fell open, obviously unprepared for his anger and attitude to be matched.
"Well," He looked around for a moment to hind the fact he didn't really know what to say next "I really couldn't tell you, could I?" He stepped forward angrily as if to prove his point. "It wasn't just my secret to tell," He continued.
"Okay," I nodded, "But answer this, if I had told you, would you have believed me?" I asked, he didn't answer at first and just looked at me "Well?" I asked relentlessly.
"Bella" He started, "I-I don't know what I would've thought," He admitted.
"Exactly," I nodded a small smirk on my face. I had won. "You would've thought I had gone insane."
"Well I couldn't tell you, it's against the rules" Jacob defended
"We've established that" I rolled my eyes, then sighed "One normal friend, is that too much to ask?" I asked, looking at the sky. "It wouldn't surprise me if Blaine turned out to be a hoodoo witch." I chuckled, running my hand through my slightly dampened hair.
"Blaine?" Jacob asked, "Whose Blaine?"
"No one," I waved my hand dismissively "Just a friend from Port Angeles," I closed the gap between us and reached up on my tippy toes to muss up his hair, "My little werewolf" I smirked.
"Hey!" He said, picking me up. There was so much we needed to talk through but he knew me. I didn't like talking about emotional stuff, I'd rather just push it away and let Future Bella deal with it if it ever came up. So instead of talking we messed around.
"Put me down!" I laughed,
"Make me," He joked.
"I can if you want" I raised my eyebrows as he carted me off the beach,
"Go on then" He challenged. I'd be lying if I said I didn't contemplate entering his mind. Finding out what he really thought about my abilities, about me in general. But I knew that he probably would never forgive me if I did so I just looked directly into his eyes.
"Put me down," I said slowly, nothing. I huffed and he chuckled. I had no idea how my mind control worked but he was grating on my nerves. "Down. Now," I demanded, he put me down and after I moved away he shook his head.
"That's really strange," He said,
"Scared yet?" I asked.
"Of you?" He laughed, and shook his head "I know you'd never hurt me," He smiled at me fondly. I hated the way he looked at me, like a little puppy almost. It was obvious he still had a thing for me, despite his werewolf status. But aside from that I was glad to have my friend back. I would have to deal with his infatuation with me and his wolfy-ness later.
Jake and I had made plans for the following day, but when I got home, he called up and cancelled. Apparently, he had some wolfy duties to perform. When I walked in the door Charlie was sitting in the dining room eating what looked to be left over take-out. When I entered he looked at me.
"Where have you been?" He asked, pushing a piece of carrot out of the way.
"I went to go see Jake," I shrugged, and looked around in the fridge for something to eat.
"You two are friends again." It was more of a statement than a question. "That's good." He nodded.
"Yeah" I rolled my eyes and gave up my attempt to find something to eat "I'm going up to my room" I said,
"Alright." Charlie replied, his mouth was half-full with food.
The next day I woke up, had a quick shower then sat back down on my bed mentally cussing Jacob. I had nothing else to do; I sighed and grabbed my keys from my bedside table. I decided I may as well go and see if Blaine had anything on. I put my shoes on and walked downstairs and into my truck.
I walked down the hall and up to Blaine's door. I didn't knock and just walked straight in, calling as I went "Honey, I'm home!" I grinned, hoping I had woken him up. There was a crash from the kitchen, and my eyebrows furrowed as a woman wearing a crinkled shirt and under pants stormed into the living room. "Who are you?" I asked,
"Me?" The blonde almost screeched, "Who are you!" She yelled, I heard a thump and Blaine came into the room clutching the doorframe his hair was a mess.
"Bella" Blaine said, and then looked between the girl and me and winked before stumbling forward "I can explain" He choked out; I would have to find out why he is such a good actor.
"You have a girlfriend?" The blonde asked,
"Girlfriend?" I raised my eyebrows "Try fiancée!" I glared.
"Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry I didn't know" The girl yelled, picking up some skinny jeans that were on the ground, then the purse from the coffee table.
"Get out! You skank! Out!" I yelled, pointing to the door. She stuttered another apology before leaving. We waiting until we couldn't hear her footsteps anymore before Blaine came over and hugged me. I laughed, "You're welcome; I'm guessing you had a big night. Eh Big boy?" I smirked.
"Gymnast" He shook his head in disbelief before letting out a big breath of air "No words," He chuckled. "But why are you here this early?" He asked as he picked up some empty beer bottles.
"Ah, cancelled plans. So I've come to grace you with my presence." I said, brushing off some rubbish from the couch before sitting down.
"Naturally" He smiled, "So, whatcha wanna do?" He asked before walking into the kitchen to dump the rubbish then came and sat next to me.
"Oh, I don't know" I shrugged "I thought you would have some ideas"
"How about we" He paused as he pulled open a draw of the coffee table and produced a joint, "Smoke this" He held the joint up, "Go get some breakfast" He looked around for a lighter then lit the joint and took a drag "And then" he paused "That's all I got" He shrugged,
"Well, it's a start" I said, stealing the joint from his hands and taking a large drag and holding the smoke in my lungs before blowing it in Blaine face.
"Hey! Give me that!" He said, reaching for the joint, I laughed and pulled it out of his way before taking another drag and handing it over.
"Chill out, bro" I chuckled, "This place is a mess" I commented.
"You're a woman, you clean it up" He said, with a casual wave around the room.
I looked at him and raised an eyebrow "I'm sorry, what?" I asked,
"I said you clean it up" He said,
"Do you want me to punch you?" I asked.
"Depends, will you kiss it better after?" He teased, wiggling his eyebrows suggestively.
"You're asking for it," I muttered, turning to him and landed a solid punch on his jaw.
"OW! Fuck!" Blaine cursed, dropping the joint and opting to cradle his jaw. I quickly picked it up and took a drag.
"That was for being a total ass." I shrugged "Honestly you were asking for it"
He glared at me before relenting "True," He nodded taking the joint and taking another
drag. He offered it to me and I shook my head, he put it out on the ashtray on the coffee table. "I'll just go get changed," He said and wandered into his room.
"Oh, Okay, I'll just chill here then." I muttered sarcastically.
"Okay, I'm good." Blaine said, coming back into the room. "I'm driving," He said, picking up his car keys.
"I'm cool with that," I said, standing up.
"Where do you wanna go?" He asked, pressing the button on the elevator.
"I don't know" I rolled my eyes "You're the one who lives around here." I paused "But somewhere that has fruit waffles" I added.
"Waffles?" Blaine asked, stepping in the elevator.
I stepped in after him "Waffles." I confirmed. I reached over an pressed the 'parking lot' button.
"I know this tiny little waffle house, best waffles," Blaine said.
"Brilliant." I stepped out of the elevator and started towards Blaine's car. The lights blinked as Blaine unlocked it and I got in. Blaine got in the driver's seat and started the car. We drove for about 10 minutes and came up to a tiny old building. I got out and Blaine and I walked in. We found a seat and a woman came up to take our order.
"What can I get you?" She asked.
"Cherry waffles" I answered, "And a black coffee"
"I'll take the same" Blaine smiled.
"So, you come here often?" I asked and winked playfully,
Blaine laughed "Every now and again." He shrugged. Our food came and we ate in silence before driving back to his apartment. I slouched on his couch and sighed,
"You know," I started "If I wanted to sit around and be bored I would've done so at home."
"Yes, but at home do you have pot?" Blaine teased before lighting up a joint.
"No, no I do not. Give me that." I said he took another drag before passing it to me.
"Couldn't you go straight back to jail for this?" Blaine asked,
"Yeah," I nodded "If I were dumb enough to get caught." I rolled my eyes and took another puff as my buzz set in. "What's the time?" I asked,
"Noon, why?" Blaine said, looking at his watch.
"I should be going." I stood up and stretched.
"Smoke and run?" Blaine asked, a smirk on his lips.
"No." I rolled my eyes "There's a storm coming" I pointing to the window, "And I wanted to be home before it hits." I explained.
"Oh, okay then. See ya around." Blaine nodded
"Bye." I picked up my jacket and left and drove home. It had just started to drizzle by the time I made it home. I kicked off my muddy boots at the door as the phone rang. I padded into the dining room in my socks to answer it. "Hello?" I answered.
"Hey Bells!" Jake almost yelled down the line, "I got off early, so if you drive down we can hang out." I could hear the smile in his voice.
I groaned, I was really buzzed. The pot I had just smoked was some mad shit, my entire body was tingling and I knew my eyes must have looked like roadmaps. "I'll put my boots on and I'll be there in 10 minutes. Meet at the beach." I said.
"Okay!" Jake said and hung up.
"Perky little bastard." I muttered as I pulled my boots on and swiped my keys from the hall table. I went back to my truck and slowly climbed back in and started the engine. I drove all the way to the beach with minimal problems; I had to pull over twice so I could clear my head. I parked and jumped out, it had started to rain again. I walked the short trail and ended up on a cliff I stumbled and caught myself before falling, some stones broke away from the cliff and fell into the churning waters below. I thought about following them in.
Don't his voice whispered,
"Why?" I asked out loud "Why shouldn't I?" My throat closed up as I choked on my tears.
Because you promised He whispered back.
"And you trusted an Ex-convict?" I asked out loud, before flinging myself off the cliff in a swan dive into the icy water. I heard Edwards voice scream out, I heard myself scream as well. I landed in the ice water. The current was stronger than I expected and I was pulled under. I was thrashed about until something hit the back of my head, hard. Black spots appeared in my vision as my lungs burns. I saw a flash of red before I passed out.
"Come on, breathe!" I heard someone growl. I coughed up water and sputtered, "Thank god," Jacob breathed.
"What?" I mumbled.
"What were you thinking!" Jacob growled "Are you trying to get yourself killed?" He asked
I wanted to make a smart-ass comment but I was too weak so I just closed my eyes and let him carry me to my truck. "What am I gonna tell Charlie?" I groaned.
"You don't need to worry about that." Jacob said, "Harry Clearwater passed away, heart attack. He's off making arrangements."
"Oh," Was all I could muster. I shivered as the car stopped,
"Come here, you're freezing." Jacob said and pulled me close. I was about to pull away and tell him to stick it up his ass, but I was so cold. I leaned into his warmth and a small smile played at my lips. I looked out the windshield and squinted into the darkness. I large dark shape was parked on the side of the road. It looked like a car, but it was too sleek for Charlie. I stared at it for a moment before it clicked.
"Carlisle?" I whispered.
"What?" Jacob asked, un-tainted shock on his face.
"That's Carlisle car." I pointed to it, I was no longer cold. Adrenaline coursed through me. I moved to open the door.
"Don't open that door, come back to the reservation with me." Jacob pleaded.
"It's Carlisle," I sighed "And if something big, bad and nasty is waiting in there for me. I'm sure I can handle it." I insisted.
"There's been vampire sightings, and I can't protect you if they're back" He growled,
"Thanks, but I don't need protecting." I glared before getting out and storming purposefully towards the front door. I grabbed the spare key from the eve of the door and stuck it in the lock, I threw open the door and walked inside, my mind on alert. I stopped in the hallway the muted light from outside lit up the hallway. I closed it and let my eyes adjust to the dark before moving into the kitchen, the light was flicked on.
"Bella oh Bella!" I heard a high pitched screech before I felt a hard rock midget run into my side. "I thought you were dead! I saw you jump!" She screeched,
"What the hell!" I yelled "Get off me!" I pushed with all my strength and she got the picture and stepped back, "Alice what the hell!"
"I saw you jump off that cliff! How could you do that? Charlie would never forgive himself! And my brother! Do you know what that would do to Edward?" She continued to yell
"It's not like that! Calm the fuck down!" I growled angrily,
"Are you saying you didn't jump off a cliff?" She challenged and I was taken aback, Alice had stopped being so goody-goody, I couldn't help but smirk. "You think this is funny?" She asked, putting her hands on her hips. I stifled a laugh and shook my head,
"I did jump off the cliff, but I wasn't trying to kill myself." I explained,
"What? So you're taking up extreme sports now? What the hell Bella?" She scalded,
"Yes as a matter a fact I am. Cause you know, I gotta find something to fill my time since you all left me for dead!" I yelled at her,
"Oh, Bella it wasn't like that."
"Oh really Alice? I am being hunted by a psychotic vampire!" I yelled, "And if she ends up draining me dry that's blood on your hands!"
"Victoria." She gasped, "I didn't even think." She shook her head.
"Obviously." I muttered,
"It's really good to see you though." Alice said, offering a small smile.
"Alice don't. You left. I don't know why and I don't know if I care anymore." I shook my head, I was lying, but she didn't need to know that.
"Edward thought you'd be safer if we left. If you weren't around vampires." Alice sighed, "I told him! I told him it was a stupid idea. He didn't listen. I didn't want to go, Bella please forgive me." She pleaded, "I want my best friend back." She added quietly.
I looked at her, and I truly wanted to forgive her, I had missed her too. But I still couldn't get over the betrayal. "I don't know" I said,
"What is that god awful wet dog smell?" Alice asked, scrunching up her nose.
"You don't smell so good yourself there leech." Jacob's deep voice grumbled, he stepped out of the shadows and smiled at me. "Heya Bells,"
"A werewolf? Really Bella? Do you even know how dangerous young werewolves can be?" She almost yelled,
"Would you give it a break? You are not my fucking mother!" I yelled back,
"And the only person I'm a danger to here is you blood sucker." Jacob growled,
"Cool it," I glared.
"Can Bella and I talk alone for a moment?" Jacob asked Alice, seemingly ignoring me,
"Certainly," Alice hissed, turning on her heels to leave
"You're coming back though right?" I asked before I could help myself,
Alice turned around with a delighted smile on her face, "As soon as you put the dog out," She chimed before leaving.
"She's delightful," Jacob muttered sarcastically,
"What do you want Jake, I thought you said you can't protect me here?" I asked.
"Yeah well I had to see if you were alright." He shrugged,
"Well I'm fine, you can leave now." I snapped,
"What? Would you rather spend time with your bloodsucker?" He asked,
"Damn it Jake it's not like that! I am so not in the mood for this! I almost died today, this is too much." I complained grumpily. Jake chuckled and I glared up at him, "What are you laughing at?" I asked
"You." He smiled, "You're just so . . . . amazing."
I looked away and he tilted my head up, he was slowly leaning in. I was about to say no when the phone rang, Jacob angrily sighed and turned to answer. "Swan residence." He greeted angrily, "No, he's not here right now." He paused, "He's planning a funeral." He muttered before hanging up.
"Who was that?" I demanded, "Jacob, who was that?" I asked again,
"Carlisle, he wanted to talk to Charlie." He said,
"Why?" I asked,
"I don't know Bella! He didn't say." He huffed angrily,
The was a slight gust of wind as Alice ran into the room full speed, "Where's the fire Alice?" I asked,
"Edward, he thinks you're dead." She gasped,
"Dead? Why would he think that?" I asked,
"Because," She paused to scowl at Jacob "You told him she was."
"What?" He laughed incredulously,
"You said Charlie was planning a funeral. He must have assumed Bella's! Oh crap." She swore, "Bella, do you have a passport?"
"Well usually I'm not allowed out of the country, but I know someone so I have a pretty good fake one." I shrugged,
"Good, go get it. We need to go." She said
"What why?" I asked,
"Edward doesn't want to be alive if you're not. He's going to the Volturi to kill himself." Alice explained,
"That's a bit of an overreaction. Don't you think?" I said,
"Bella this is serious." She said,
"What do you want me to do about it?" I asked angrily.
"We have to go to Italy and show him you're still alive! No go get your passport!" She screamed at me and my eyes widened. I nodded quickly and went upstairs I could hear Jake following me.
"You're not actually going to fly half way around the world for him are you?" He asked once we were in my room, I ignored him and went to the top drawer of my dresser. I yanked it open and started to search frantically for my passport. "Well?" He demanded.
"Yes, I am." I answered, "Where are you, fucking bastard." I muttered, I shoved the drawer closed, it didn't close all the way as clothes were falling out of it. I went to my bedside table and pulled open the top drawer. "Ha!" I yelled triumphantly, pulling out my fake passport.
"But why Bella? He left you." He growled.
"No offence, but shut it. I'm not doing it for him. I just don't want any more blood on my hands."
"What? Bella what do you mean?" He asked, looking at me worryingly.
"Don't worry. I haven't got time." I pushed passed him and ran down the stairs, Alice was already waiting in the car. I ran down the footpath and went around to the passenger side seat. I got in slamming the door behind me. Jacob's face appeared at the driver's side window.
"Bella, please." He pleaded.
Alice looked at me waiting for a response, "I'm sorry Jacob," as soon as I said it Alice had already peeled away from the curb at break neck speed.
Once we got to check it, the lady looked at my passport before waving us through. Alice looked at me and I looked smugly back at her. I had never been out of the country before, and if I wasn't on a race to try and save my vampire ex-boyfriend I probably would've tried to enjoy myself more. First class was incredibly comfy and I held no shame as I ate gourmet foods and watched in-flight movies. Alice was next to me, eyes closed in concentration, although every now and again she'd scold me for being so calm when Edward's in such great danger. "But I thought the Volturi loved you guys" I said through a mouthful of food,
"Loves our talents yes. But Edward's determined, if they won't kill him willingly he will force their hand." She said, her eyes were still closed.
"Force their hand?" I asked
"Expose himself to humans. If he breaks the law they have to kill him" She explained.
When we landed Alice told me to wait at the main entrance. Within five minutes she came back with a canary yellow Porsche. I swiftly got into the low riding car and shut the door.
"I'm guessing not a rental?" I smirked.
"Well I know you don't have a problem with grand theft auto." She said as she zoomed through the country side. I laughed and looked out the window. "How can you be so calm when Edward could die?" She seemed to want to continue but her voice broke and she couldn't talk anymore.
"No offense, but he's an ass. The only reason I'm saving him is so I can kill him myself." I said. We were coming into a town, there were large crowds of people, all of them were wearing red cloaks. "What's with the outfits?" I asked,
"St Marcus festival, to celebrate the extermination of vampires from the city." She answered while trying to weave around the people.
"And this is where your royalty live?" I asked and she nodded "Well someone has a thing for Irony."
"I can't get through. You have to go, run. Edward will be under the clock tower. Go!" She yelled, I pushed open the door and got out and started sprinting towards the square.
I couldn't see over the throng of people, I looked around for something to stand on. The only thing I could see was the fountain in the middle of the square. I pushed past the people and stood on the edge of the fountain, I looked around and saw Edward looming in the shadows under the clock tower.
"Edward!" I screamed, there was no response, "Son of a bitch!" I cussed and got down from the fountain. I started to run again, pushing past anyone who got in my way. The clock tower started to chime. "Edward!" I yelled as I got closer. I saw a small smile form on his face, he could hear me. "Edward, get your ass out of the fucking sun!" I yelled as I continued to run. The small smile on his face grew bigger and I jumped up the steps and crashed into him, he stumbled back into the shadows; his arms slowly curled around me.
"Heaven" He sighed,
"No you ass. Your Still alive, for now anyway. I should kill your ass for dragging me half way across the world. Open your eyes." I grumbled, he slowly opened his eyes and looked at me,
"Bella?" He asked
"You so owe me for saving your sparkly ass," I complained.
"Bella," His voice broke and he leaned in and pressed his lips to mine. I struggled to push him away,
"Get the fuck off me!" I yelled,
"Trouble in paradise?" I voice I had never heard before asked from inside the clock tower, "Perhaps we can talk somewhere more private?" It asked, I couldn't see into the shadows of the clock tower but it was obvious Edward could. He nodded and put a hand on my lower back to guide me inside. I squirmed in an attempt to make him stop touching me. As we entered I saw that were two men, vampires. Both were wearing dark grey cloaks, one was tall and lanky, the other was much larger.
"I will no longer be requiring your services." Edward said his voice was smooth but tense.
"Aro would like to see you," The buff one said,
"Bella, how about you go enjoy the rest of the festival." Edward murmured to me,
"No. The girl comes with us." The lanky one ordered. Edward growled angrily.
"Now, now. There's ladies present." I heard Alice chime from behind us; she walked in and stopped on the other side of me. With Alice now here I was starting to like our chances of winning a fight against the two vampires in front of us. Suddenly both Alice and Edward stiffened, behind the two meat heads a small girl appeared. Her blond hair was in a bun, she wore a black cloak; she couldn't have been more than 14 when she was changed.
"Jane." Edward greeted coldly,
"Aro sent me to see why it was taking you so long." She announced, before turning on her heels and walking away, the two meatheads followed. Edward again put his hand on my back to guide me through the halls.
"Don't fucking touch me." I muttered to him, shrugging away his hand again. I heard Jane giggle, I glared at the back of her head. We wove through a system of tunnels and eventually we were walking down a massive hallway. At the end of the hallway were two massive wooden doors. As Jane approached the doors opened and we all walked inside. The first thing I saw were three thrones, the middle one was occupied by a man with swaying black hair and misty red eyes. He stood up with a grin and clapped.
"What a lovely surprise! Bella is alive after all. And Alice is here too! Lovely!" He grinned and my eyebrows furrowed as I wondered if he was mentally deranged. He came over and held his hand out to Edward who begrudgingly gave Aro his hand.
"Aro can read every thought you've ever had with one touch." Edward explained quietly.
"Yes." Aro hummed he turned to look at me, "I know all about your little gift, how it fascinates me so." He sighed.
"Well maybe you need a hobby." I snipped, he looked at me and slowly smiled. I doubt anyone ever stood up to him.
"Well, moving on to more pressing matters. Your boyfriend here broke the law." He said, a devious smile playing at his lips.
"Excuse me, that ass is not my boyfriend." I spat
He laughed loudly "He is your mate, you care for him. It's obvious." He shrugged and turned around, he walked back to the middle of the room before turning back around to face me.
"You're a pompous jerk, you know that right?" I raised an eyebrow,
"Bella," Edward hissed at me, I ignored him.
Aro laughed, but there was a sinister twist to it. "You're immune to Edwards gift, I wonder if you're immune to ours." He turned to look at Jane, "Jane" He said
"No!" Edward yelled, launching himself at Jane. Suddenly he stopped short and was on the ground, I could tell he wanted to scream, his teeth were clenched and his face was distorted in pain. He couldn't take it anymore and let out a scream of agony.
"Stop it!" I yelled, "Stop it!" I went and stood next to Edward, "I said stop it you fucking crazy bitch!" I yelled and reached out and touched her mind. She screamed and dropped to the ground, clutching her head. I took a step forward and her screaming became louder. I felt a cool hand on my arm, I ignored in and focussed on Jane.
"Bella, that's enough." Edward whispered, I broke concentration to glare at him, Jane stopped screaming at got up.
"Obedient little bitch, aren't you?" Jane hissed, I went to move forward but Edward stopped me.
Aro started clapping, "Marvellous!" He cheered, "Simply stunning. You shall make an excellent vampire."
"Why would I want to be a fucking vampire? You're all just sparkly self-righteous pricks." I answered.
"You haven't got a choice." Aro's voice became threatening, "You know about us, it's either vampire, or death." With a gust of wind he was in front of me.
"Look, I get it, you're new. But let's just get a few things straight here. I don't like being told what to do. And there's no way in hell I'm becoming a fucking vampire." I growled,
"Well, you don't have a say in the matter." He smirked,
"Really?" I asked, I took a deep break and stared into his milky red eyes, "Because I think you're going to let us go."
He laughed "No, I'm not." I concentrated harder and I felt something snap.
"You're going to let us leave." I stopped and waited for a response, when I there was none I continued "We're not going to be followed, we're going to leave here safely. Understood?" I asked,
"Bella, what are you doing?" Edward hissed, I tried my best to ignore him.
Aro nodded and I broke my focus, a wave of dizziness and nausea washed over me and it took everything I had to stay on my feet.
"You may leave." Aro hummed almost mechanically. I straightened my back and held my chin up as I left. As soon as the large doors closed I couldn't keep my composer anymore and collapsed, Edward caught me.
"Hurry up, we have to leave. Before he figures out what I did." I whispered, it was all I got out before blackness closed in.