A few hours later, we were all ready to leave for our meeting with the wolves. "Alight, listen up, especially you three," I said as I motioned between Jasper, Alice, and Bella. They were the only ones not around when we dealt with the wolves the first time. "You will all stay behind me at all times during our dealing with the wolves and you will make your best efforts not to antagonize them. These wolves are very young and they are capable of anything."
"We can handle ourselves, Carlisle. You let Bella and Alice go see one of them alone," Jasper said a bit bitterly. He was obviously a bit upset that Alice had been to see Jacob Black without him there to protect her.
I narrowed my eyes at Jasper warningly. I knew that would be enough for him. "The key word in that sentence is 'one', son. We are talking about an entire pack of who knows how many. I will not risk any of you getting hurt."
"Come on, Carlisle, we can take a bunch of pups," Emmett said eagerly.
I narrowed my eyes at him. "Don't even think about it, Emmett. This is not going to turn into a fight. We are going simply to make sure the treaty remains intact while we are here."
"Your father's right. There will be no fighting," Esme said firmly.
"What if they start it?" Rosalie asked.
"We will cross that bridge when we come to it, but we will do everything in our power to avoid a fight, alright?" Esme asked.
They all nodded, though some of them somewhat reluctantly.
"Alright, let's go," I said before leading the way out of the house.
We made it to the treaty line mere minutes later, as we ran at vampire speed. Just after we got there, several giant wolves came out of the woods. Only one came out in human form. I assumed it was the leader, Sam Uley.
"I am Sam," the man said, confirming my suspicions.
"Carlisle," I told him. "And this is my family. My wife Esme and our children."
'Yeah, I know who you are. Why are you here? We assumed you were gone. Now you come back with a vampire Bella Swan who happens to have bright red eyes," Sam said.
"We explained that," Jasper said with an edge to his voice.
"Bella is a newborn. Newborn vampires have red eyes because human blood still resides inside of them. She has never tasted human blood," I explained.
One of the wolves growled and Edward scowled, obviously having read this thoughts.
"What is it, son?" I asked.
"One of them, Paul, I believe, doesn't believe us," Edward said before glaring at the white and grey wolf. "Maybe you should learn a bit more about us before you go accusing us of lying."
The wolf growled loudly and got ready to attack, causing me to step between him and Edward.
"Paul, enough!" Sam chastised.
The wolf stepped back, but continued to bare his teeth to my son.
"Jacob told us that Bella began turning into a vampire after you were all gone and that she wasn't bitten. Perhaps you could explain that," Sam said.
"No," I said simply. I would not explain that for the same reason I had been reluctant to allow the Volturi to find out, even though it turned out Aro already knew. Bella was an anomaly. She was something that had never existed before. I would not take the chance of the wolves targeting her out of fear of the unknown.
"Excuse me?" Sam asked as though he didn't hear me.
"I said no. I will not explain Bella's existence to you. It is quite frankly none of your business," I said politely, but firmly.
"The hell it isn't!" Sam yelled while many of the other vampires growled along with him. "It is our job to protect the town."
Bella growled next to Edward.
I placed my hand up to stop her from speaking. "Bella is no threat to the town. She has never attacked a human. She has decent control and that control grows every day."
"How are we to know that?" Sam asked.
I was about to answer when I hear two loud snarls. One from Edward and the other from another of the wolves. Surprisingly they weren't growling at each other though. They were growling at the wolf known as Paul.
"He wants to kill Bella!" Edward said angrily.
This time I growled, along with the rest of my family. I rarely ever growled, but I would not stand for my children being threatened. "Sam, I suggest you keep your pack under control. We came here to honor the treaty, but I will not tolerate threats against one of my children."
Sam glared over at Paul, silently telling him to back off. Then he turned back to me. "I am all for respecting the treaty, but I need to be sure that our people and the people of Forks will be protected."
"They are in no danger from us. As I've told you, Bella has never bitten anyone, nor does she have any intention of it," I told them.
"I'd like to hear that from her," Sam said.
I contemplated for a minute before beckoning Bella forward.
"Carlisle!" Edward protested.
"Son, are you under the impression that I would allow anything to happen to Bella?" I asked him calmly.
"Of course not," Edward said.
"Then please trust me. Bella," I beckoned again. She was by my side in seconds and I placed a protective arm around her.
"Hi, Sam," Bella greeted.
"Hello, Bella. It's good to see you, though I wish it were under better circumstances," Sam said.
"How good the circumstances are is a matter of opinion," Bella said through gritted teeth.
"Fair enough. I need to know. Is he right? Have you abstained from human blood?" Sam asked.
"I've never tasted human blood. I can't say that I've never been tempted. All vampires are tempted at one point or another, but I never have and I hope I never will," Bella said.
"You hope?" Sam asked unhappily.
"Like I said, all vampires are tempted. Human blood is like a drug for vampires and it's like we're all former addicts. I can't say for sure that I won't bite a human, but I can say that I do my best every single day," Bella said.
I decided to intervene at this point. I didn't like the way the wolves were all looking at Bella. "And that's why your ancestors proposed the treaty. In case the worst happened. Now we will do our best to make sure the worst doesn't happen and you in turn won't attack us unless it does."
"If it does happen…"
"We are clear on the consequences," I interrupted Sam.
"There is something else you need to be aware of," I told him. I felt I needed to warn them about Melina. They needed to be aware of the danger to the town of Forks and possibly the reservation. "There is a reason we've returned to Forks. We are tracking another of our kind. This one does not share our diet and is a very significant danger to the town. We have reason to believe that she's already here?"
"Are you talking about the redhead?" Sam asked.
"The redhead? What read head," I asked concerned. That certainly didn't describe Melinda, unless she had used her gift to alter her appearance.
"Victoria," Edward growled.
"She circled around for a while, but finally managed to get her a few weeks ago. She was approaching the Swan residence. We assume she decided to go after Charlie when she couldn't get to Bella," Sam said.
Bella's eyes widened in horror when she heard this.
I tightened my grip around my daughter. "Sweetheart, it's alright. Charlie is fine. It was at the house earlier, remember?"
Bella nodded her head, but she still seemed quite upset, probably because Victoria was able to get so close.
"We were watching the house and managed to stop her just in the nick of time," Sam said.
"I'm glad to hear it, however, I wasn't speaking about her. There is another one," I told him.
Sam shook his head. "No, you were the first scent of vampires we've picked up since we stopped the redhead."
"Yes, well, unfortunately, your extra senses may not work properly with this specific creature. She has the ability to appear as anything she wishes. She would be able to mask herself as human if she wanted. You wouldn't even know the difference if she was standing right in front of you," I explained.
"It's possible for a vampire to do that?" Sam asked.
"It's possible for this vampire to do that. She plays mind games and she enjoys it. She's made a sport out of destroying lives. Believe me, I know from personal experience," Jasper said.
A very worried look crossed Sam's face. "A being like this can't be allowed to live."
"I agree. That is why we are here. To stop her once and for all. I simply wanted to warn you in case she does cross your land. She is dangerous and you should take this threat very seriously," I warned.
Sam nodded. "I appreciate that. We will keep our guard up. And the treaty can remain intact as well. Just make sure that you keep your… family under control," he said while eying Bella.
"I will. Thank you," I said politely before leading my family away.