Chapter 6 – Total Blackness

Bella stood in the living room with her arms crossed over her chest resting on her belly. Her big brown eyes were glaring across the room at her best friend. The Cullen's had gotten up and snuck out to hunt while they could; which left Kate, Bella and Jake in the Cullen house together. Kate had been in her room most of the day avoiding Jake and just listening to her MP3 player. Jake decided to pretend his brain was stuck in his ass and started giving Bella choices and something that sounded like an ultimatum.

"Jake what the hell is wrong with you?" Bella snapped.

Jake shook his head negatively. "Nothing is wrong with me Bella. I'm just trying to get you to understand you've got a long line of choices you could be making rather than this choice you've already made. It's not too late to change your mind."

Bella scoffed as she rolled her eyes. "I already made my choice. I made my choice before graduation."

"IT'S THE WRONG CHOICE!" Jake's voice snarled out as his body began to tremble slightly.

Bella frowned. "Jake, I love you…But I'm not IN love with you. I'm in love with Edward, it's always been Edward, it's always going to be Edward so don't think you're going to come in here and try to change my mind. He is my husband I'm going to have his child."

Jake growled lowly in the back of his throat. "Bella don't you understand you are going to die giving birth to that thing. It's already shredding apart your insides. Edward is going to turn you into one of them. This is ridiculous. You're only eighteen you've still got your whole life ahead of you. Why are you choosing now? I don't understand. Carlisle could take that thing out of you and you could go to college and meet some great guy or you could just live your damn life instead of throwing it away for some blood sucking leech. Edward doesn't even want you to have that thing; shouldn't that tell you something?"

Bella walked over and stood in front of Jake. "I know you don't understand, but you can't change the way I feel inside. I've been in love with Edward since my junior year. He's not brainwashing me, they aren't forcing me to become a vampire. I wish you'd understand that this is what I want. It's what I've always wanted. I know what's going to happen when I go into labor so you standing here trying to make it seem worse isn't going to work because believe me you can make me imagine anything that I already haven't."

Jake shook his head. "I just wish you'd choose something different; go a different route. I don't want to lose you. I know I already lost you; I just wish you'd suddenly decide to change your mind about everything."

Katherine had decided to leave her room, she needed to stretch her legs and possibly go for another walk. She'd been walking the perimeter around the house as of late. She had been on her way down the stairs when she stopped because she could hear Jake and Bella arguing back and forth. She shook her head. She could honestly understand Jake wanting a different life for Bella even if it wasn't with him, but he still had no say so in it. She leaned against the wall trying to be as quiet as possible. Jake was the one with the super hearing and since he hadn't say anything to her yet about her eavesdropping, chances are he was too invested in the conversation with Bella to realize someone was listening in.

Bella sighed heavily as she rubbed her ever growing belly. She walked over and sat down on the couch. "Jacob, why haven't you told Kate she's your imprint? Don't you think I can tell you like her? You guys are always fighting and I know you're the one starting it because you think if you piss her off enough she won't want you; all you have to do is look in her eyes. She likes you and she fights back with you because it helps with the pain of the rejection. You are hurting her and yourself more than is necessary."

Jake shook his head as he sat across from Bella. "I don't know how to tell someone they are my soul mate Bella. It's going to ruin her life you know that right? What's she going to do move to La Push marry me and pop out some kids or stay in New York and dance the rest of her life. I know which one I would take. Don't think for a second if I could get out of La Push and stop being a protector I wouldn't; because I would…in a heartbeat actually. Once all the stuff with you and the birth of the little demon child, Kate will be going back to New York and I'm going to stay here and continue to patrol and kill vampires. I'll probably end up going back across the border and I'll probably take my rightful place as alpha."

Bella smirked. "I thought you said you didn't want to be in a pack let alone lead one." She reminded him cheekily.

Jake chuckled softly. "Yea well, something's you can't run away from in life. I know eventually I'm going to have to take over being alpha. The elders will demand it. The Black family name has always been the alpha of the pack and the chiefs of the tribe. Dad's word has always been golden when making decisions for the good of the tribe."

Bella nodded. "You really think the elders would force you to take your place?"

Jake pursed his lips. "Yes, Sam doesn't have alpha blood, he's got the right type of bloodline to be in the pack and he took the alpha position when the pack needed one because he phased first. The elders are good with him being the substitute alpha until I'm of age and ready to take it over. By the time I turn eighteen, I have to take over the responsibilities, unless I take them over before then and my little stunt of leaving the pack to come protect you and having Seth and Leah defy Sam will show them that I'm more than ready to lead the pack."

"You know my sister likes you – a lot. You are an infuriating mess of get on my nerves." Bella laughed. "Her words not mine. When a guy can annoy her easily, without even trying; it means she's attracted to you. And you seem to be able to annoy her with zero effort."

Jake chuckled as he leaned back on the couch. "Yea well I like annoying her. She's more fun to fight with than you are Bells. She actually fights back; you just get pissed and stomp your foot at me. Kate actually tells me off." He chuckled deeper. "She cusses and yells and rolls her eyes exaggeratedly at me. I love it."

Bella laughed along with him when she suddenly got silent and a knowing look crossed her face as she watched how his eyes and face changed when he would laugh about annoying her little sister. "Oh my God."

Jake straightened up as he looked at Bella and noticed she had a look on her face that told him she was suddenly having an epiphany. "What is it Bells?" He asked.

"You're in love with her."

It was a statement not a question.

It was a TRUE statement.

Jake's eyebrows shot up to practically his hairline. "W-w-what?" He stuttered out.

Bella looked at Jake and locked eyes with him before they scrapped down his face and his body. She noticed how his muscles went ridged; actually his whole body went ridged. "Jake you look like you're about to stroke out. You're in love with her. And don't even try to deny it. I can tell."

"That's insane Bella. I'm not in love with her. I barely know her." Jake insisted roughly as he stood up and walked over to the windows.

Bella stood up and walked over and stood next to him. She smirked as she nudged him in the side with her elbow. "C'mon Jacob just admit it. You're in love with Kate. It's the imprint working overtime because you are trying to ignore it or reject it so vehemently."

Jake sighed heavily. "I refuse to admit something that isn't true. You're out of your mind Bella. There's no way I could be in love with a bitchy selfish little brat; ever. I could never be in love with someone like her." His tone held a certain amount of finality in it.

Katherine frowned as she pushed off the stairwell wall and continued down the stairs and out the front door. She didn't understand why it hurt so much to hear Jake's denial of how he could never be in love with someone like her. She walked out along the same path she'd taken over and over. She inhaled as the silent tears slid down her cheeks. Why did it hurt so much? She felt so weak for crying over someone she barely knew; but she had to be honest with herself she was quite attracted to him. Who wouldn't be?

"Well – well – well…What do we have here?" A voice sounding like bells said.

Kate's eyes snapped to the side and she watched as a very handsome blonde man walked from the trees with a smile on his face. "Something I can help you with?"

The blonde smiled. "I was just passing by and I smelt you. You smell divine."

Kate's eyes grew wide as she suddenly noticed the blondes ruby red eyes. She gasped audibly. "Oh God."

As he watched the fear seep into her eyes; the smile on the blondes face grew into an evil grin. "Oh good you know I'm a vampire so you already know you shouldn't run, because you can't out run me." He stepped closer to the young girl. She was young. She was VERY young. He inhaled and groaned audibly. "God you smell so good. You're blood just seems to call out to me." He backed the young girl against a tree as his nose brushed against her throat and neck. He could hear her breathing getting labored and she was shaking.

"Please don't hurt me." Kate couldn't believe how shaky her voice was and how fast it became that shaky. She tried to calm her raging nerves, but it just wasn't happening she could feel herself shaking from head to toe and it was made worse when his nose touched her neck.

He chuckled. "My dear beauty. I'm not going to hurt you…I'm going to drink from you. My only problem is if I don't drink all your blood and kill you then my venom will burn through your veins and in a few days you'll be a vampire like me."

Nothing ever sounded so good as when Kate heard several loud howls. THANK GOD; was really all she could think as the vampire who had her pinned against the tree growled lowly.

"Let me guess – Judging from the wet dog stench coming from you those are friends of yours." He stated more than questioned.

She exhaled shakily. "N-not really f-f-friends of mine. M-more like acquaintances of an f-f-family member." She couldn't get words out without her shaking forcing her to stutter.

"That's a shame. I'm going to have to cut this REALLY short. Hmmm so do I make a meal out of you now or come back for you later. Decisions – decisions…" He taunted her as he continued to inhale her luscious scent. Suddenly he spun her around and pulled her back against his chest as his lips skimmed the soft skin of her neck and he could feel her jugular vein as it pumped blood through the side of her neck. "You're blood just won't stop calling to me and those mutts are getting closer. Maybe I'll live to drink another day…until then beautiful." He spun her around until she was facing him. He lifted her hand and kissed the back of her hand. "I will be seeing you again; soon."

His head snapped to the side as he hissed as three wolves skidded to a stop; a very large russet wolf, a semi large sandy wolf and a small grey wolf.

"Don't worry mutts I left your human alive; though I have promised to come back and see her in the very NEAR future." He suddenly turned and swung his arm back as it hit Kate in the stomach and launched her backwards and she flew back first into a tree and her body crumpled to the ground.

Kate's back and head felt like it exploded as she slammed into the tree, when she came to rest on the dirt ground below the tree, she looked up through half lidded eyes and watched as the vampire took off and all but one wolf gave chase; Jake. She was blinking slow trying to will away the black spots as they filled her vision. She blinked a few more times and notice Jake disappeared and reappeared shirtless with his khaki cargo shorts only on; his mouth was moving but she couldn't hear the words coming from his mouth and before she knew it total blackness consumed her.