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The Pack

He found out from her, in her own words, what her plan was. What it was that she had chosen. He wasn't ready for it, and neither was the rest of the pack. Now, they have to decide what to do about it.

Disclaimer: Twlight is not mine neither are the characters. Stephenie Meyer thought it all up...good for her!

1. Decisions

Rating 4.5/5   Word Count 1388   Review this Chapter

I watched as that bloodsucker led Bella back to her house where Charlie was yelling for her, purple faced. I couldn’t take it anymore. My anger took over and I phased, racing into the woods.

I couldn’t believe it; I was in total shock. How could she do this? How could she want to be one of…them? A leech!

I had to get back to the pack and tell them what was going to happen. I had to tell them about Bella’s choice, her decision. They needed to know.

I began to calm down a little bit when I was nearing La Push. As I reached the edge of the forest, I phased back and quickly made my way to Emily’s. We all kept a change of clothes there just in case we might need it. I didn’t want to stop at my house because I wanted to go straight there, I needed to. When I slipped on a pair of pants, I walked through the front door.

My brothers were sitting at the table waiting for me to return, and Emily was standing behind Sam. “Well, how’d it go?” Paul asked me. I sat down and sighed. “He remembers the terms of the treaty and will abide by them.” I was really tempted to add for now but I decided to keep myself under control instead.

“Good,” Sam said nodding. I felt my face contort in anger. “No. It’s not good,” I said furiously. Everyone looked shocked, except for Sam who kept his calm expression.

“Jacob I don’t like those bloodsuckers any more than you do, but the treaty….” I cut him off mid sentence. “The treaty doesn’t matter. Not anymore!” I let a string of profanities leave my mouth, and my hands were beginning to shake violently.

“Jacob, you need to calm down,” Sam told me in his calm tone. I took a few deep breaths and let my head fall into my hands. Embry and Jared exchanged worried glances.

I looked up at them and saw they were all watching me cautiously, as if at any moment I would either fall apart or explode. “What is it, Jake?” Embry asked me. “She wants to be one of them,” I muttered.

“Are you talking about Bella?” Sam asked quietly. I nodded. Embry looked like he had just been slapped.

Paul jumped out of his chair, knocking it over. “What?!” he shouted angrily. “What do you mean she wants to be one of them?” I glared at him. “What do you think it means, Paul, other than the obvious?” I asked him.

He shook his head in disbelief. “She wants to be a god damn leech? After all we did for her? We risked our lives for her! We all took turns making sure she was okay. This is how she repays us? By turning her back on us and choosing them over us?”

Sam turned his gaze to Paul. “Sit down Paul; we have things we need to discuss.” Paul scowled at Sam. “Don’t tell me to calm down. Bella,” he sneered her name, “chose them, over us, over Jake! After they left her here for dead! We took her in when she needed us to and protected her while they were off doing God knows what in another part of the country. And now, they’re back and she welcomes them. They hurt her and Jake was here to help her through it, we all were. But who does she choose? The leeches,” he said the word as if it would burn him.

When Paul was done his rant he picked up the chair he knocked over. Jared sighed. “Are you done now, Paul?” he asked. Paul just gave him a curt nod, as if speaking would set him off again.

We sat there looking at each other for a few minutes. Emily had stayed silent the entire time, standing in the background. I frowned slightly as no one said anything. To my relief, Embry asked the question I didn’t want to. “So what do we do now?”

Sam looked thoughtful. “Well, if you’re right Jacob and Bella does intend to become one of them, then they’ll be breaking the treaty by changing her. All it takes is one bite and the venom will spread through her body. Within three days she would be one of them.” He looked at me then. “Do you think you would be able to persuade her to reconsider?”

I shook my head. “No. This is what she wants and once her mind is made up she won’t go back on her decision,” I told them sadly. Sam nodded and continued. “Do you know then when they intend to make her one of them?” Again I shook my head in reply. “She just told me it was none of my business what she does, only revealing what she intended to do and not when.” Sam sighed heavily.

“Then we have to decide what we’ll do when they change her.” He was addressing the entire pack now. “If we get wind of her being bitten, do you want to go the moment we hear of it or wait until her transformation is complete?” Jared looked thoughtful, but Paul spoke up first. “We should go the moment it’s complete. I want to make sure it’s the entire coven fighting, including Bella,” he said with an evil gleam in his eye.

Emily gasped. “Paul! You want to kill Bella?” He looked at her, his face softening. “It’s what she is going to choose for herself, so she should be fighting with her family. We weren’t good enough for her so it’s only right.”

I could feel my walls crumbling. Even if Bella becomes one of them, I wouldn’t want to see her die. Nor do I want to see her in pain and killing her bloodsucker would hurt her more than any physical pain ever could. I grimaced as I thought about how much she loved him, that thing.

“Let’s vote on it then. Out of the five of us, who wants to kill Bella once she’s changed?” Sam asked the pack. Paul raised his hand at once, slowly followed by a hesitant Jared. Embry still looked undecided and I wasn’t sure what Sam wanted. I did know, however, my choice. I did not want to see Bella dead.

“If we let Bella live and kill most if not all of her coven, then she wouldn’t have anyone to help her through it all. She could become a total savage,” Embry said. I nodded in agreement. No one would be able to stop her from feeding from a human if she lost control. And if she did that while still in Forks then we would have no other choice but to kill her.

This was all so frustrating! “We haven’t really come to a decision about this,” Sam said speaking up. “I wouldn’t want to do anything in the middle of the transformation; she’ll be in enough pain as it is.” Paul looked up. “All the more reason to relieve her of it.” I looked at him sharply. “Oh come on Jacob, she didn’t choose you and you’re still protecting her! She broke your heart damn it!”

I looked away from him and stared at the floor. I knew he was right but I just couldn’t do it. But after the transformation, she wouldn’t be the Bella I love, she would be a bloodsucker. Why did this have to be so difficult? Right, because I fell in love with her.

“We’ll go with this plan for now. Just patrol the La Push borders and make sure no vampires come onto the reservation. If by chance one does get through our ranks, and it’s a Cullen then they broke the treaty and we can attack early, if not then just kill it. Don’t go on their territory. We don’t want to give them a reason to have the upper hand because we broke the treaty. When they change Bella it means war.” He looked around the table and his eyes lingered on me for a fraction of a second longer. “Be prepared for when they change her and make sure you’re ready for anything, even if that means killing Bella.”