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Dawn's Embrace

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Sequel to 'The Day I Died': Bella's problems are not over. Now, with the breaking of the treaty, Bella is in more danger than ever. Not to mention her strange abilities which put her at risk. Can their love, however pure, survive it all? Edward/Bella


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3. Chapter 3

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Chapter 3

‘I'll sing it one last time for you
Then we really have to go
You've been the only thing that's right
In all I've done

And I can barely look at you
But every single time I do
I know we'll make it anywhere
Anyway from here’


I wondered exactly why I was doing this. It was not exactly on the top of my to-do lists, really. I watched nervously as the car sped past the dark green long line of trees, my stomach was churning in uneasiness and if this car ride did not stop soon, I was sure I was going to puke. And the speed at which Edward was driving at, did not do anything to help either – it just made things worst.

I fingered a sea-green cell phone in my hands fretfully – the one that Edward had just given to me in the morning. Apparently, that was what he was up to when he disappeared when I was in the restaurant yesterday – his plans to surprise me didn’t work so well though, with Victoria popping out of nowhere. The cell phone was of the most expensive and latest model. I usually did not accept such expensive gifts from him – Edward still felt very confused as to why I did not like him showering me with extravagant gifts and bringing me to expensive restaurants to eat – but this time, Edward had insisted that I take it and besides… the phone was really really… nice… So I decided to make an exception this time.

“Bella, I want you to be careful, all right? These werewolves, they are not like us at all – they have no sense of control. Anytime you anger them, they can just lose control and phase into a wolf and…” He flinched. “ – Endanger your…”

“I’m a vampire now, remember? And unless I have forgotten some very important fact, I thought vampires couldn’t die.”

“I don’t want to risk anything, Bella.”

I sighed. “I know, Edward. I promise I’ll be careful, okay?”

He grunted in acknowledgement. I could tell that he was not too happy about my decision to inform Jake and the others.

“Edward, if you are so unhappy about this, why didn’t you tell me not to do it yesterday night?”

He raised a skeptical eyebrow at me. “I’m not as naïve to think that just because I told you not to do it, you would listen to me even though you are already set on that decision. Am I right to think that way?”

“You know me too well, Edward.” I said, a small smile forming on my face.

“Of course I do. I have to, in order for you to be my wife.” He said matter-of-factly.

“That’s true.” I giggled, leaning over the space between the two seats and giving him a peck on the cheek.

“That’s what I get for risking my neck to drive you here?” He pouted at me innocently, whining like a toddler who did not get the toys that he so badly wanted.

“Only a little peck on the cheek? That’s all?” “You’ll get more if you behave later.” I grinned. Great, now, to stop the fight, I was resorting to bribery – even if it was bribery that I did not mind that all.

His face turned serious. “Bella, I can’t go in there with you.” “Why not?” I asked, then I realised what I was missing. “Oh… the treaty…”

He nodded. “So you’ll have to go in there yourself – I don’t think they will know that you’ve… changed. My whole family agrees that you don’t smell or look any different from before the transformation. Even Jasper agrees, though he does not have the urge to… well… eat you now. So play the part, please. Be safe – scream if anything goes wrong, I’ll be there in seconds, treaty or no treaty.”

“I’m glad I don’t look like a piece of chocolate cake to Jasper now.” I laughed, and then said, in a more serious tone, “Nothing wrong is going to happen, Edward.” I assured him.

“You obviously don’t know what werewolves are like.” He said darkly.

“Of course I don’t know what werewolves are like. I’m not a century year old vampire who has nothing better to do than read up on werewolves.”

“Hey!” He retorted. “I most definitely do not read up on werewolves. I have better things to do than that.” He answered me sourly, miffed.

“Yeah, right. Like what – sleep?” I said sarcastically.

“Watching you sleep. It’s very entertaining. And there is nothing else I’d rather do than that.”

“How about listening to my heartbeat, then?”

He frowned, perplexed. “They all tie, actually. It’s difficult to figure out which one comes first on my ‘what I love to do to while time away’ list.”

“They all have something to do with me, I suppose?” I rolled my eyes.

“Naturally.” He smirked. “And I thought that I was the one with the obsession. Seems like the situation has changed.”

He chuckled. “So you’re not obsessed with me now?” His tone was light, but his eyes were carefully scrutinising my reaction.

I laughed, giving him another kiss on the cheek. “I’d say I have become more obsessed, if it were possible.” He smiled his crooked grin at me – my favourite one. “I would say the same for me too.” He stopped the car. “We are here.”

I nodded, getting out of the car. I caught the worried look on his face and reassured him yet again. “I’ll be fine, Edward.”

He nodded warily. “Stay safe, Bella. And I’ll be listening.” Edward tapped himself lightly on the forehead.

I was not sure if he was referring to his mind-reading abilities or the fact that he could probably heard what was being said in Jake’s house with no problems. Shaking my head slightly, I blew him a kiss – to which he responded with a huge grin – and then made my way to Jake’s house.

It was exactly the same as before. But now, with my heightened senses, I could pick out different scents in the surroundings. I could smell Billy, a very old scent of Charlie to show that he had been there, and that the pack – including Jake – was currently running around in the forest nearby. Somehow I knew where Jake was now, but nevertheless, not to arouse suspicions, I made my way to the door to ask for Jake. Billy opened it on the second knock.

“Hello. I’m here to see Jake. Where is he?” Billy regarded me calmly, as if he knew this was going to happen – that I was going to come knocking at his door, looking for Jake. “He just went out for a walk nearby. Jake should be around here – he went that way.” He pointed to the direction in which I could smell Jake’s scent.

“Thank, Billy.”

“You are welcome.” He said gruffly. “And tell Charlie I said hi.”

“No problem.” I answered, smiling. I began walking down the path, hands in my pockets. Soon, I heard some growling noises coming from the direction I was facing in. Judging by the sounds, they were about a ten minutes walk away. The noises sounded playful, and not in the least threatening at all.

I increased my walking speed slightly, jogging – in human speed, of course – towards the sounds. Slowly, they grew louder and louder, till I came upon a clearing with a few gigantic wolves play-fighting in it. The whole pack was not there, but I knew Jake was. A dark-coloured wolf was sitting in its haunches, watching the rest playing. At my presence, they immediately glanced at the dark brown wolf and loped away – leaving Jake and I alone to talk.

“Hi, Jake.” I was slightly surprised to see him in his wolf form, but I, for some reason, could sense that he was not a threat to my safety now.

Jake bobbed his head up and down; his eyes twinkling as if he said hi back to me too. I examined him critically, knowing he could feel my eyes examining him. He had dark brown fur, which glistened in the limited light. He was huge – bigger than normal wolves. His long, fluffy tail lay on the forest floor, twitching occasionally. As if he could sense my nervousness – he most probably did – he suddenly tensed up, his whole body alert and his ears pricked.

“Well, I must say,” I said calmly, trying to dispel the obvious tension in the air. “You look good, Jake. Better than before. You should consider staying in this form forever – much more handsome.” I laughed.

He relaxed at my words and made this weird choking sound, which, I thought, was his way of laughing in this form. His tail started thumping enthusiastically on the ground with such force, it made the surrounding leaves fly up to the air for a few moments. He had examined me too, and I could tell that he was pleased and satisfied with how I looked – still human.

If only he knew how wrong he was. I was glad I had this ‘ability’, or I wouldn’t be here conversing with Jake, my furry best friend, at all.

“You don’t know how cute you look, Jake. Like those adorable fluffy baby wolves.” I teased him.

He growled at me playfully.

“Is that all you can say when you have not seen me in such a long time – just thumping your tail and growling at me?” His only reaction was to thump his tail even faster and to make that choking sound again. I giggled. “How about a hug, Jake? For your best pal in the whole wide world?” I was glad he was not upset with me for the… events that had occurred in the months before. I held my arms wide open towards him and knelt down. I had my doubts on whether he would do it for not, but he stood – making that choking sound which was his way of laughing – and cautiously padded over to me.

He was watching my face for my reaction and it took no effort at all to keep that smile on my face, really. I had missed Jake a lot. He walked over slowly, probably trying not to alarm me and seeing if I really was not scared of him and wanted to hug him. Slowly, he came to my outstretched hands and looked into my eyes, as if to warn me again.

I made no motion to move, and just knelt there on the ground. He came nearer, and I could feel his silky fur beneath my fingers. Finally, I could not keep still any longer, and threw myself at him. Wrapping my arms around his neck, I buried my face into his fur. Breathing in, I remembered something strange.

Alice had said that werewolves smelt bad to vampires – for some unknown reason – but to me, Jake smelt perfectly fine, but not as good as Edward though. I had not noticed it before, but he smelt of wood, forest, lakes and plants. Not a bad scent to me at all. Suddenly, before I knew it, tears were streaming from my face and soaking into his fur. “I missed you, Jake.” I sobbed.

He stiffened in shock for a while, and then nuzzled my shoulder in reassurance.

“Why didn’t you come and see me? I missed you so much.” I continued, rambling on and on till my tears finally stopped. It wasn’t tears of sadness I was crying out – it was tears of joy. I was so glad to see Jake again. At the same time, it was tears of guilt and sadness too, for unknown to him, I had become the thing he hated the most – a vampire.

I pulled away to look at his face, furiously blinking back the last remnants of the tears. “Jake,” I smiled at him. “It’s so good to see you again.” It felt so good to be hugging him again – the warmth of him made me feel so safe despite the reason in which I had come to talk to him about. From my position, I could see his tail wagging frantically. I laughed, brushing my hand through his fur.

I pulled back and knelt down as he sat on his haunches too. I wanted to delay the moment – not wanting to destroy the happy atmosphere – but Edward was waiting and the news I wanted to tell him was really urgent. I smiled at him again and then, with the smile on my face faltering, I said what I came here to say. “Jake, there’s some bad news.”

He immediately tensed up.

“Victoria is back. I saw –” Before I had the chance to finish my sentence, he rose quickly and leaped away, into some bushes nearby. “Jacob, wait! I have not finished. Please, Jake. Don’t go.” There was some rustling in the bushes and suddenly; Jake’s human form emerged.

“I’m not going anywhere, Bella.” He looked slightly amused at my reaction then his expression lapsed back into a serious look. “Victoria’s back?” I nodded wordlessly. He crossed the distance between us and hugged me tightly. “Where did you see her?”

“In Seattle. I was shopping with –” I stopped then, realising it was not a good topic to get on.

“With?” He raised his eyebrows. “The Cullens, I suppose.” He muttered sourly.

“With Alice.” I insisted, glad that he had not called them by his usual term – bloodsuckers.

“So your boyfriend must know that you came here to tell me this.” He sneered.

“Yes, Edward knows. As a matter of fact, he drove me here.” His eyes widened.

“He’s here?”

“Well, not exactly. He drove me half-way and I walked the rest of the way.”

“Oh, for one moment, I thought he had forgotten the treaty.”

It was my turn to frown at him. “Edward would never forget it.” Edward would not forget it, but it didn’t mean he would abide by it – but Jake did not need to know that.

“Of course Edward wouldn’t.” He said, his voice dripping with sarcasm.

“Please don’t be like that, Jake.” I pleaded and his eyes softened.

He nodded. “I’ll tell Sam the news. And we’ll tighten security around Forks. Isn’t the bloo– Edward going to do something too?”

“He and his family are bringing me to Alaska soon – just for a while, till Victoria is taken care off.”

He nodded again, apparently happy with Edward’s plan. Then, he frowned and stared at me, remembering something. “He isn’t going to do anything to you there, is he?” He asked suspiciously.

How could Edward do that to me, when it was already done? But I answered him, nonetheless. “When I return, I promise you that you’ll see me just as I am now.” I was pleased that I had some up with an answer to that question without lying – it made me feel a tad bit better.

“That’s good to hear.” He sighed. “Will Charlie know where you are going?”

“No, I’m going to tell him that Alice is injured and I’m going to stay with the Cullens for a while.” I hesitated. “That’s where you come in.”

“Who planned this?”

“Umm… Edward did.” I answered truthfully. “He included us in his plans?” Jake’s eyebrow was in danger of disappearing above his hairline.

“Uh-huh…”

He took a minute to compose himself. “I’m glad.” He said finally. “He’s waiting for you in the car?” “Yes.” I was not sure where this conversation was leading to now. “I’ll walk back with you.” He volunteered.

I hoped that he was not going to start a fight with Edward now – that was the last thing I needed now – but I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt. “Sure.”

We walked back in companionable silence. I told him what I was up to for the past few months and he, in turn, told me what he was doing too. Much to soon, we reached where Edward’s silver Volvo was located. Edward raised an eyebrow at my company, but at a look from me, his face melted into an unreadable expression. I reached for the car door and opened it nervously; unsure of what was going to happen now. And that was when Jake did the unthinkable.

“Edward,” Jake began, and I involuntarily tensed up. I could see that Jake was gritting his teeth. “On the behalf of my pack, I would like to thank you for –” Edward interrupted him before he could continue any further.

“No, it is I who should be thanking you.” He said smoothly. “If it were not for you and your pack, this plan of mine cannot be executed.” I was stunned. All these sudden gratitude was scaring me.

“But, you must know, that we are only doing this for Bella’s sake.” Jake continued calmly, not showing any response to what Edward said.

“Of course.” Edward inclined his head. “I know that.”

Jake opened his mouth and turned to me. “You should get going.” He nodded his head at Edward.

I smiled at Jake. “I know. You know something?” I asked. “I’d better see you at my place once all this is over.” I added sternly.

“Or else?” He smirked, raising an eyebrow at me.

“Oh, I’ll leave it to your imagination.” I said mysteriously.

He grinned at me. “Remember your promise, Bella.” Guilt seeped through me. “I will, Jake. And please take care of Charlie for me while I’m gone.”

He nodded once. “I will. See you soon, Bella.” I reached out to hug him. “Don’t worry, I’ll be back to see you.” I whispered in his ear. “Exactly the same as what you are now?”

“Absolutely.”

I got into the car. “Bye, Jake.” Closing the door, I waved to him. And saw him wave back as Edward sped away.

“So… do I get at least a real kiss first?” Edward waggled his eyebrows at me suggestively.

“Watch the road, Edward.” I smacked him gently on his arm. “And you won’t be getting a ‘real kiss’ while you are driving, that’s for sure.”

“Still afraid of my driving?” He mocked.

“Very much so. What was that all about, anyway?”

“You wanted me to behave, didn’t you? And I did.” He added proudly. “So I better get my reward soon.”

“At home.”

“Sounds good to me. Although I would really appreciate it if you took a bath before you kiss me. Hate to break it to you, darling, but you stink.” He wrinkled his nose and edged as far away from me as the seat would allow.

“I don’t stink!” I cried, sniffing my hair. It smelt of strawberries.

“Yes, you do. You smell like them…”

“Jake? Jake smells all right – nice, in fact.” Edward gave me a look to show that he was sure I had gone insane.

“Whatever you say, love.”

“Edward!” I cried, I glared at him with my voice going up an octave or two. “I most definitely do not stink!” He just chuckled at me, eyes never leaving the road.

“Hello, Dad?” I was on the phone, with Edward sitting beside me on the couch. Esme, Emmett, Rosalie, Alice and Jasper were out hunting. And Carlisle was at the hospital. So basically, we had the whole house to ourselves.

He picked up on the fifth ring. “Hello?”

“Hey, Dad… this is Bella.” “Hi, Bells. How was the hiking trip? Did you have fun?”

At least he was not asking for the details. “Yeah… it was fun. But…” I paused, trying to inject the anguish in my voice. I hated lying to Charlie, but this was for his own good. “Alice had an accident.” “Is she all right?”

I could tell from his tone that he was extremely worried about her. Charlie was extremely close to Alice; she was like another daughter to him. I feel the surge of guilt for deceiving him. Sensing my guilt, Edward pulled me into his arms, laying his head on my shoulder.

“She’s not all right, Dad.” “What happened?” “Alice –” My voice broke at the effort it took to lie to Charlie. “Alice – she tripped and rolled off the slope, knocking her head onto a huge rock.”

“Oh my Goodness.” My father cried frantically. “Where is she now?”

“She’s over here, Dad. Carlisle’s attending to her here. He said that it would be more convenient and comfortable for her. By the way, can I stay over for more days to look after Alice? They might need my help.”

“Of course you can. I’m going down to see her right after work.” My eyes widened in surprise. I had not expected Charlie to say that. “What?” Edward, beside me, sat up too, listening intently to the conversation.

“I’m going to see Alice after work. I have to see if she’s all right. You know, Bella. Ever since you were injured, with the cast, and Alice came over to help, she has been like a daughter to me. I cannot tolerate the idea of her being injured and I’m not there.”

I paused. “I know, Dad.” I sighed, as Edward’s jaw dropped. “Could you please tell Carlisle I’ll be over in the evening? I doubt he’ll mind, but it’s still polite to inform him first.” Judging from Edward’s expression, I suspected he was forming a plan.

“Sure, Dad.” I knew there was no dissuading my father now. “Be careful, all right? Love you.” “I love you too. See you in few, honey.” The he put down the phone.

“You heard all that, didn’t you?” I asked Edward.

“Yup.”

“So… what are we going to do? Put Alice on a bed with a bandage around her head?”

“I’m thinking…” He said, tapping his head. Suddenly, he stopped. “That’s a good idea. It just may work.”

He leaned over and kissed my forehead. “You, my dear, are a genius.” “Thank you.” I giggled, thinking of Alice’s reaction to my brilliant plan. It was payback for all the tortuous hours in the shopping centre.

Payback felt so good.