The new and improved story of Never! different storyline, plot, whatever, and much better!
P.S. If you don't hear from me for a while, know that we're expecting Hurricane Irene on sunday! don't know whats gonna happen, but the worst would be that my house goes bye-bye! (our house is not very strong on its foundation)
I felt a hand on my shoulder.
"Bella, let's go," I heard Jessica say to me. "We have to hurry, I think they're coming."
Right. They. That was basically what we called all vampires. The kinder word, other than leeches, bloodsuckers, and so on. Oh, did I ever despise those creatures. Loath them. Burn in the seventh circle of hell to all vampires, that's what I say. To the lowest depths of misery and pain and fire to all vampire. Damn them all.
And it was vampires who were forcing us, humans, to run. Run and hide, run and hide, that's been my life since I was fifteen. And I was seventeen now. Fortunately, vampire intend on keeping the human race around, seeing as how they need us to survive themselves. Actually, the human population has barely even dropped in number.
But vampires do love to hunt us humans. Apparently, vampires are the superior race and humans are made to be slaves, for vampire uses only.
Three years I have been running from vampires. Three long years. Me, and a group of people I had become fairly close with. Jessica, Lauren, Mike, Tyler, Eric, and Angela. I was a bit of a loner, and would be just fine by myself like I was for a whole year, but company was nice sometimes. And the group easily accepted me, so I joined them. Together we run.
And we're on the move again. You have to keep moving. You also have to be very careful in everything you do. Vampires are natural born hunters. They're good at what they do. They'll find you eventually. That's if you're not smart. You have to always cover your trail.
We live out in the most dense, isolated part of the forest in Forks, Washington. Not many humans live out there. Actually, not many humans are still free. The vampire never stop hunting. And I mean never, since they don't have to sleep some are on a 24/7 search job.
It's a hard life for a human.
But if you want to survive, you have to deal with it.
And I've learned.
So anyway, I quickly went deeper into the cave and help everyone gather what little things we had. We made sure not to leave a thing behind. Any little thing can be made evidence to who we are and where we're going. The only thing we can do to cover our scent is to touch as little as possible and hope that rain will come soon, and by the looks of the dark clouds above us, a nice storm was on its way.
That's maybe one of the best things about living in Forks, the rain. It rains almost all the time, and I used to despise this little town just for that. But now it's the best thing we have. The humans in Forks have got to be the humans with the most chance of survival just because of that. Because the rain will come and wash away our scents.
With backpacks slung over our shoulders, our group headed quickly and quietly out of the cave, on to find a new temporary shelter.
"Bella," Mike said softly, stopping me, "are you sure you can do this?"
Everyone paused where they were to look at me with concern.
I nodded and gave him an assuring smile, my heart warm to know they all cared about me. "I'll be fine, don't worry about me. We better get moving, yeah?"
He nodded solemnly. "Alright, let's move out."
We followed Jessica and Mike's lead as they tried to follow the half-washed away map that had accidently been left in the rain on day. We didn't have another map, but we made do with this one. We don't exactly know where we are, per say, but we haven't exactly gotten lost yet. We're still in Forks, that much we know. We can't hear any roads, any civilization, anywhere.
We walked for a long time. I was very alert. Angela was definitely the worry-wart of the group. By this point in time, we've all learned to ignore her repetitive line of, "Did you hear that?" and, "What's that over there?" and, "Guys, I think we're being followed," and we never were, by the way.
We walked, and walked, and walked, and I soon felt like I was dying. I needed to stop. So I did. I just couldn't go anymore. It was horrible, I felt like I had no control of my body. I just stopped, sat myself on the ground, and went into a coughing fit. Everyone stopped, turned around, and ran back towards me, each one expressing their concern for me at the same time. I kept on coughing and waved them off with my other hand.
"I'm fine, I'm fine," I told them when I could speak again. I sighed and looked around at all of them. "I am so sorry, guys."
I had been sick for so long. I was pretty sure it was pneumonia from the symptoms. It was really hurting me to breath, I was coughing a lot. I was also wearing a lot more clothes than everyone else was because I got cold easily, but right now I was sweating. It was just getting worse. But what could I do? I had no medicine. Really, I was only slowing down the group, and I hated myself for that.
"Bella, it's not your fault," Angela told me.
"Jesus, Bella," Mike said.
"We need to get you to a doctor," Tyler said.
"Like…now," Jessica said.
I shook my head. "We can't see a doctor. There's no human doctor we can go to. And do you think I'm going to go to a vampire doctor?" My sharp reply earned me sharp pain in my chest, and another round of coughs.
"You need medicine," they all insisted.
"Maybe we'll get lucky and meet another human with some medicines," I said.
"Or maybe you'll die because you're an idiot," Jessica snapped.
"Maybe," I agreed with a sigh.
Mike exhaled sharply. "Alright, fine, we'll have to stay here for the night until Bella gets her strength up," he said. "We made good progress today."
I grabbed his arm suddenly. "I hear water," I said.
Everyone froze, and listened carefully. Face lit up, one by one.
"Bella, you're right!" Angela said. "We must be close to the beach! We must be almost to the La Push reservation!"
When vampires took over, it was them their selves who revealed the existence and the existence of werewolves. The werewolves owned the La Push territory, and as this some sort of treaty made a long time ago, vampire can't step foot on La Push land.
I can't say we would be safe there though, because I've heard of humans being dragged off of that property. May have. Apparently, werewolves existed a long time ago, and none of them have the genetics to become werewolves anymore. They were supposedly the good guys, but they couldn't help us.
It would be more safe there.
But I couldn't go anywhere.
I frowned. "You guys should go. It's not safe tonight, I know it isn't. we can't stay here," I told them. "Go quickly, and I'll find you in the morning. I just can't move tonight."
They all looked at me like I lost my mind. Well, maybe it would have been better if I did lose my mind. Easier. For everyone, not just myself.
"Are you kidding me, Bella?" Eric said.
"Yeah, Bella, we're not going anywhere without you," Tyler said.
"We stick together," Angela said.
"That's right," Mike said, and without another word he dipped down to scoop me off the ground and into his arms and began carrying me onward.
"No, no, Mike," I protested weakly. "Stop, he can't carry me all the way there. We're so not that close. You can't do it. You're too tired and I'm too heavy."
"You're not heavy, Bella," he said, rolling his eyes, though I could hear his breath was a little ragged.
"Stop, stop," I said, but then I went on coughing, and that made him stop. "Put me down," I commanded again, and this time he did. I leaned over into a bush, coughing, because it felt like I as going to vomit. I didn't though.
"Oh my God," I heard Angela mutter.
"I'm fine," I once again insisted in a small, dry voice.
"We have to stop here," Jessica said. "We're not getting anywhere tonight. Not with Bella like this."
I frowned at them talking about me like I wasn't there.
"Alright, everyone drop your stuff," Mike ordered. "We sleep here tonight."
I felt so stupid. I felt so helpless. I felt so…just so plain horrible. Being sick was not fun. And it was hurting everyone around me.
I decided I must get a good night's sleep. I can't be like this tomorrow. Tomorrow we need to move, and I can't be so weak. I'll get everyone killed this way. I wish they would have never found me.
I'd be better off dead.
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