If there were no monsters and no magic
What if Bella chose Jacob? Would she still get her happy ending?
8. Chapter 8
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Edward and I were sitting away from Emmett and Alice. I thought at first it was just a coincidence, but Emmett and Alice both kept looking back at us over their shoulders and grinning like a couple of cheshire cats. They must be up to something.
We hadn’t spoken since the flight took off an hour ago, but every few minutes I would catch his topaz eyes watching me. My heart was still pounding, and I wondered if he was happy to see me.
“You look tired,” he commented.
“I am,” I sighed. “It feels like I’m always tired lately…” I trailed off.
“Why is that?”
“It’s just been a long week.” That was the understatement of the year.
“So… that is an interesting tattoo you have. How long have you had it?” Edward asked, his eyes twinkling.
“A while,” I admitted, blushing again.
He laughed. “How are you feeling? Are you hungry? You didn’t eat much earlier.”
“I feel fine. I’m not hungry.” I lied. Well, it was partly true. I wasn’t really hungry.
“Are you sure?” he asked again, his eyes narrowing.
“Do you not believe me?” I asked innocently. Why is he looking at me so strangely?
“Your heart is racing,” he murmured. “Tell me what you’re thinking.”
“Nothing, really,” I said.
“Please tell me, Bella,” he breathed, staring at me from underneath his long eyelashes.
“Are you happy to see me?” I asked.
“Of course I am, Bella, don’t be absurd. If I hadn’t wanted to see you, would I have flown across the country to ‘rescue’ you?”
“I guess not. Thank you, by the way, for coming. You were the last person I expected to see, really. I nearly had a heart attack when I opened my eyes and saw you two there.” I said.
“That was an interesting conversation we walked in on,” he said finally in a calm voice.
I winced. “Exactly how much of it did you hear?”
“I heard it all, Bella, but I would have known even if I hadn’t heard it.”
“Alice had a vision.”
I sighed. “Oh… well, I don’t suppose you want to give me a hint as to what was in the vision.”
He chuckled. “Not even a little. I am curious about one thing I heard, Bella. Why did he think you were coming to me?”
“He thinks I’m still in love with you,” I stammered after a moment.
I sighed and looked down at my hands; I could feel the tears stinging my eyes. “Does it matter?”
“Bella, look at me, please. It’s been too long since I’ve been near you, I can’t bear to not see your beautiful face.”
I pushed my hair out of my face and looked into his eyes. His hand caught my wrist and brought it to his face.
“Bella, do you still love me?”
“Yes,” I whispered.
“For the thousandth time, Jacob, she didn’t tell me where she was going.” Leah growled.
I sighed. “I really screwed this up, didn’t I?”
“Just a little,” she agreed.
We were walking back to Sam and Emily’s after patrol when the sickly sweet scent hit my nose.
My entire body tensed up, and I started shaking involuntarily.
A cloaked figure stepped out of the trees. I squinted at it. That can’t be a vampire, its way too small. It’s got to be a kid or something. The figure lowered her cloak and smiled at me, she had the face of an angel, but all I could feel were the flames burning my skin.
“Leah, go!” I screamed before everything went black.
We’d been off the plane for a grand total of ten minutes when my phone rang again. I was sitting with Emmett while Alice and Edward went to baggage claim to get my bags.
“This is getting ridiculous!” I grumbled.
“Want me to yell at him for you?” Emmett asked.
My phone buzzed in my pocket, and I pulled it out.
“No, Emmett, I might as well get this over with.”
“You’re not fun any more, Bella.”
I stuck my tongue out at him and flipped open the phone. “Hello?”
At first no one was talking; I just heard screaming, and then a quiet voice whispered. “Bella? Bella? Thank God you’re okay!”
“Leah? Is that you? What’s going on?”
“Bella, there’s been an attack.” Leah whispered frantically again. My entire body went rigid, and the color drained out of my face.
“What are you talking about? What kind of attack? Where’s Jacob?”
“Jacob wanted me to call you. He says it’s not safe for you to come back to La Push right now. Stay wherever you are.”
“What kind of attack, Leah? What’s going on? Where’s Jacob?” I asked her again even though in my heart I know the answer.
“Vampires, Bella – at least ten of them.”
“Ten? Are you sure?” My voice was getting louder, and in the back of my head I thought maybe I should be quiet, but I couldn’t.
“We’ve already lost two people, but Jacob wanted me to call you. Do you hear me, Bella? Don’t come back.”
“No, Leah. Wait! I’m coming back. Where’s Charlie? Where’s Jacob? Leah, answer me! Where’s Jacob? Where’s Jacob?” I sobbed into the phone.
“Bella, I’m serious. Stay where you are. Do you understand? We will call you when it’s safe again.” Leah said and the line went dead.
“Bella?” Emmett asked.
I was looking around frantically trying to decide what I should do first when Edward and Alice got back with my bags.
“Bella, what’s wrong?” Alice asked; she looked horrified. “Your future just disappeared.”
“We’ve got to go back!” I shrieked. “We’ve got to go back.”
“Bella, talk to us. Tell us what happened. Who was on the phone?” Edward asked in a soothing voice walking towards me.
Why would ten vampires be in Forks? There hasn’t been any vampires come through since the Cullen’s left. One I can understand, maybe even two, if they thought perhaps the Cullen’s were still there. But ten? It just didn’t make any sense.
“Bella? Answer me please.” Edward said, his voice becoming strained.
“There’s been an attack.” I said between sobs. “Someone attacked the pack.”
“Who would attack a pack of werewolves?” Emmett asked.
“Ten vampires? That’s ridiculous. Are you sure?” Edward asked.
“Yes, I’m sure.” I said impatiently.
“Why would ten vampires be in Forks?” Alice asked.
We stared at each other for a few minutes, and then I gasped – because I knew exactly why ten vampires would be in Forks and exactly who they were.
Identical looks of recognition flickered on Alice’s face first, then on Edward’s and then Emmett’s face, and then before I knew what was happening, we were running through the airport.
Edward pulled out his phone and called someone – Carlisle probably – when we got to the Volvo. His muttered conversation was too low for me to hear, but I didn’t have to hear it to know what he was saying.
“Why didn’t I see that?” Alice asked.
“Wow, Bella. You really are a danger magnet.” Emmett said and both Alice and Edward glared at him.
The silence in the car was deafening as Edward raced down the dark streets at speeds that used to make me panic. Edward’s jaw was clenched, and his eyes were black with fury.
“Someone has to say it,” I begged. “I won’t believe it until one of you says it.”
“Volturi,” Edward spat out, his velvet voice sounded absolutely murderous.
“Why didn’t I see that?” Alice asked again, but no one answered.
Carlisle and Esme were waiting for us when we pulled into long driveway to their house.
“Come on, Bella. Let’s get you inside,” Alice murmured when Edward stopped the car. “Are you hungry? Esme bought some groceries, and I’m sure she’d love to make you something to eat.”
“I’m not hungry,” I said, but I allowed Alice and Esme to pull me into the kitchen as Carlisle, Edward, and Emmett went into the living room.
“It’s good to see you, Bella. I only wish it were under better circumstances.” Esme said with a smile.
“Jasper and Rosalie are hunting; they will be back in the morning.” Carlisle called from the living room.
Ten minutes passed without a single word being spoken between the three of us. I could hear the low murmurs of the others in the kitchen, but they were speaking too low for me to understand what they were saying.
“Can you see Charlie?” I asked Alice.
Her beautiful face was troubled. “No, but that doesn’t mean anything has happened. He could be with someone from the pack, though, and I wouldn’t be able to see him,” she said quickly.
“You look exhausted,” Esme said. “Why don’t you let Alice show you to Edward’s room, so you can get some rest?”
“That sounds like a good idea,” I agreed. There was no way I could go to sleep, but at least if I was alone I was free to go to pieces.
Alice grabbed me in one hand and my bag in another and led me up the stairs.
“I’ll give you the tour in the morning,” she promised.