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The Pack

Summary:
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.


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


8. Finality

Rating 5/5   Word Count 2280   Review this Chapter

Sam POV

I had thought over everything Emily had said, and it was all so true, but could I just let it go? Yes, they were in love, but he would be damning her to an eternity of nothing.

I sighed and went to our little stereo, slipping a random CD in there. I turned it low so that it would play in the background as I thought and perhaps even discussed things further with Emily. The soft music drifted through the speakers, calming me down a little.

So let me fall
If I must fall
I won’t heed your warnings
I won’t hear them

Someone I am
Is waiting for courage
The one I want
The one I will become
Will catch me

So let me fall
If I must fall
I won’t heed your warnings
I won’t hear them

I sat on the edge of the bed, staring at nothing in particular. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do about the situation with Bella. Yes, I liked her. Yes, I protected her. Yes, she’s a friend to Emily. But she’s in love with our natural enemy, and she wants to be one of them. How exactly am I supposed to deal with this?

I was really worried about Jacob. He loved Bella so much, I knew for a fact he wouldn’t want to kill her. He might be more favorable to letting her go, but then again, he hates her vampire boyfriend.

Something told me this would be harder to decide than I first thought. I ran my hands through my short hair, sighing again. Emily came and sat next to me, taking my hand in hers. She gave me a reassuring squeeze, letting me know that she was there to talk to.

“Emily, I know that what you said has truth to it, but I just don’t know.”

Let me fall
If I fall
Though the phoenix may
Or may not rise

I will dance so freely
Holding on to no one
You can hold me only
If you too will fall
Away from all these
Useless fears and chains

She took in a breath. “Sam, I really can’t say anymore than I have. Everything I thought about the relationship with Bella and Edward and the pack’s involvement, I have shared with all of you. Paul has made his choice, now you have to make yours,” she said quietly.

I nodded. “I know, but it’s so hard. When Bella is changed, she won’t be the same. She’ll be something completely different.”

Emily looked at me with cold eyes. “Are you telling me, that when she is changed, you’ll hate her?” She scoffed. “She’ll still be the same Bella, Sam! You were human once, not werewolf. Do you remember? I was with you then. When you changed, you became something completely different from a human. I still loved you, didn’t I?”

Again, I nodded. I opened my mouth to argue, tell her that it’s not the same, but she cut me off.

“When you lost control,” she said softly, “and gave me these scars, did I shun you and treat you differently? No, because I love you.” She paused. “You may not love Bella, but you do like her a great deal. She will still be the same Bella, just not human anymore. That will be the only difference, just like it was for you.”

She kissed my cheek and brought her hand to my face, tracing it. “You have some things to think on, I’ll just go and clean up the house a little.” She kissed me once more then left the room.

Someone I am
Is waiting for my courage
The one I want
The one I will become
Will catch me

So let me fall
If I must fall
I won’t heed your warnings
I won’t hear

I couldn’t have Emily help me with my decision, it all depended on me. I laid back on the bed, slipping my hands underneath my head comfortably.

I spent hours pondering over what both Emily and Paul had to say. In some ways, Paul was right too. If they had only left Bella alone, she wouldn’t be in this mess, and she would have never been hurt by Edward. If she didn’t get involved with the vampires, her life wouldn’t be in danger. She wouldn’t have had to experience all of those gruesome things, not to mention she wouldn’t be about to be changed into a vampire, and we wouldn’t be discussing whether or not she would die with her family.

On the other hand, if she didn’t get involved with the vampires, she wouldn’t have found true love. She would have been leading a dull life. Bella is special, the way she just accepts all the mythical beings coming into her life. Maybe she was meant to find out about it and join our mythical ranks. Could I really rip her apart from the love of her life, soon to be eternity?

This was all too much. I wasn’t so sure anymore if I could carry out the plan. If I vote to forfeit it, Paul would go into a rage. There’s not telling what he would do; probably go running over to the Cullens’ house and try to kill all the ones he could. It would be such a rash Paul thing to do.

If the others vote, and the number of those who want to continue with the plan outnumber those opposing it, even if I’m among their rank, we would go with the majority. I wouldn’t base this on being Alpha; this would be purely based on what the individual members of the pack think. It may be a little foolish, but right now it seems like the best thing we had.

I closed my eyes, as I once more thought over everything. After a few more hours, I had finally come to my decision. I only hoped I had enough courage to go through with it.

Let me fall
If I fall
There’s no reason
To miss this one chance
This perfect moment
Just let me fall

Paul POV

I don’t understand what’s so difficult about this situation. The obvious choice is to carry out the plan, and if possible, let me kill Bella. I wouldn’t mind putting that leech lover out of her misery. I could only hope that the rest of my brothers came to their senses.

I sat back on my couch and turned on the television, relaxing as Sam had ordered me to do. The others were off in their houses thinking hard about what to do about Bella and her bloodsucker. I already knew the solution; everyone else just had to agree.

Maybe they’ll come to that realization tonight, have some sort of an epiphany. I had my doubts about Jacob though. He’d probably let his love for Bella cloud his judgment, as usual when it came to her. She betrayed us, betrayed him, and he still loved her! I couldn’t comprehend that.

Oh well, everything would be sorted out tomorrow. If the vote comes to keeping to the plan, Jacob won’t be able to object.

I smirked slightly as I flipped through the channels, thinking about how great it would be to kill those Cullens. I can’t believe they actually have names.

Embry POV

This was probably the hardest thing I would ever have to decide in my life. How could I vote to kill Bella, when I had come to like her so much? He leech I wouldn’t mind ending, but if he were to be killed, Bella would be too. Sure, she would still be on this earth physically, but emotionally and mentally, she would have died. She would probably go into some form of catatonic state. Maybe she would be like one of those people who are called vegetables after they get into a bad accident and are basically brain dead.

How would I be able to do something like that to her? She’s always been so sweet and kind, and she does care for Jacob, even if it’s not in the same way he cares for her.

Jacob. She had hurt him so much, and I wanted to somehow take out my anger on her. I don’t think she even realized how deep his wound is. It may not be as bad as when Edward left her, but it can come close.

I looked out my window and into the forest, wondering what Sam, Jared and Jacob would decide.

Jared POV

I wasn’t exactly sure how to make a decision like this. Both Paul and Emily were right, I suppose. I guess Emily just saw it differently than us because she’s a woman and can relate more to Bella, not to mention her opinion isn’t biased since she’s human. Emily was our very own neutral entity.

I walked into my room and pulled on a different pair of pants. After I left Sam’s house, I went for a quick run to clear my head. Hopefully it will help me think more clearly.

Jacob POV

I had locked myself in my small room, refusing to speak to my father and eat anything yet. I had a lot to think about. I had to think about just how I would place my vote.

I loved Bella, the entire pack knew that, so how could I kill her? Then again, I really wanted to rip that filthy bloodsucker that broke her before to pieces. Just thinking about him made my blood boil.

But then, I thought about what Emily said, how if he were to die, Bella would beg for death. I heaved a big sigh. She was right. If Edward were to die, then it would kill Bella, she’d have nothing to live for anymore.

My mind raged for hours, back and forth, back and forth, between two arguments. It was like a really long, painful tennis match in my head. I hoped the other pack members weren’t having this much trouble. It felt like my head would burst at any second.

By the time I fell asleep, I had come to a decision. I got out of bed and changed then ate some breakfast before making my way to Sam’s house. Today was the day we made a final vote and decision about the current vampire situation.

I walked slowly to Sam’s house, so as to stall for time a little. I really wasn’t sure if I wanted to hear what my brothers had decided. However, there was nothing more I could do, so I stepped through the front door and walked into the kitchen, where everyone was waiting.

Emily was standing behind same once again, and my brothers were scattered on chairs or standing. I took a seat to the side of Sam, where I could see Embry, Jared and Paul better. They were all in my immediate vision.

Sam sighed and looked at all of us. “You have all had time to think over things. I assume you have come with your choice made, if not, it will be made right now.” We nodded and he continued. “Paul, as we all know, voted to stay true to our original arrangement. Now it is time for the rest of you to voice your opinions. Remember, this is nothing to be taken lightly.”

He looked to Embry first. “Embry?”

“Let them live,” he whispered.

“Jared?”

“The original plan.” Sam nodded.

Then it was my turn. “Jacob?”

“Live. I couldn’t kill Bella, and killing Edward would be a different form of her death. I can’t.” Sam’s eyes softened for a second before he looked away.

Paul glared at me and growled, but was silenced with a look from Sam. “I understand, Jacob,” he told me. “No need to regret your vote.”

“And what of you, Sam? What is your vote?” Paul asked.

He looked around the room once more, letting his eyes linger on Emily, then on me. “I’m sorry,” he sighed heavily, “Jacob, but majority rules. My vote is the same as Paul’s and Jared’s. It must be done, we can’t endanger La Push or Forks. I’m sorry.”

I dropped my head into my hands, holding back my tears until I went home. It was decided, and now we had to carry through with it. There was no going against majority, or the Alpha. Sam’s choice is made, and we must all follow it.

Looks like we’d be going to war with the Cullens…and Bella.

Emily POV

I couldn’t believe it. After everything I had told them. After everything I had told Sam, and after he had said he saw that I was right, he still chose to kill them.

Sam turned to look at me as tears made their way down my cheeks. He made a move to come to me but I held up a hand and fled to our room. I was disappointed in him, as well as afraid for Bella and Edward.

The pack’s resolution meant their deaths, as well as the deaths of their families. Not to mention that there would be losses for the werewolves as well.

This was a terrible myth we were all living in, and a heartbreaking love story. Bella and Edward were Romeo and Juliet, but I didn’t want the same end for them. I wanted them to live together for eternity, sharing their love, making each other happy. I didn’t want to know that they would end up dying together.

I was beginning to wonder whether or not some of the pack would fall in love, if this is the way they act towards it. I couldn’t deal with them right now. I couldn’t quite grasp the fact that they would kill the Cullens and most likely have no remorse, except for Embry and Jacob since they voted no.

I looked out the window and sighed, taking in the dark sky. A glooming peace this morning with it brings indeed. Well, peace for now anyway. It’s a glooming peace until Bella is bitten and changed, then the storm will strike and thunder will shake the earth, bringing with it the sounds and sights of war.