If there were no monsters and no magic
What if Bella chose Jacob? Would she still get her happy ending?
9. Chapter 9
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There are too many of them! Quil said.
Damn it! Try to get the one that looks like a kid. If we can get her, we might stand a chance. Jacob yelled.
I can’t get to her. Embry cried. She’s too well guarded.
This is nothing like last time, Seth whined, trying to run after one of them. He was thrown to the ground, hitting his head on a rock in the process. His painful howl echoed through my head.
Keep trying! Jacob said.
“The Cullen’s house is empty, Jane,” the vampire in front of Embry said.
“Is it?” Jane asked, her voice soaked with indifference. “Any trace of the girl?”
“Demetri says she is not here, but he wasn’t positive. Aro found traces of her scent in a house nearby, but no one was there.”
“Have Demetri trace the Cullen boy – Edward, was it? – She won’t be far from wherever he is, I’m sure.”
“Of course,” the vampire bowed before leaving her side.
Bella! Damn it! Why are they always coming for her? She must be on the hit list of every vampire in the world. Quil joked.
Not funny, Quil. Leah… I need you to phase back and call Bella. Tell her not to come home, do you hear me?
I can’t phase back, Jake. I’m completely cornered here.
I’m coming. I’ll cover you, but you’ll have to be fast.
Jacob ran in front of me and threw himself at the vampires that had surrounded me. He was moving fast, but they were faster.
Damn it, Leah, GO!
I backed up and ran to my house as fast as I could, phasing only when I reached the door.
Bella was pacing in front of the window when I opened the door and slipped into the room. Her beauty stunned me – like I was seeing her for the first time. She was more woman than child now; Emmett had been right about that. Her hips were fuller, her breasts slightly larger; she was breathtaking. Her scent, which had been muted before by the werewolf smell, now intoxicated me. The heat radiating off of her seemed to call my name, and I wanted nothing more than to take her in my arms right then.
Sensing a presence, she turned around with a slight gasp. “You scared me,” she accused.
“I’m sorry,” I apologized immediately and tried not to notice that her tattoo was clearly visible in her pajamas.
She sighed. “It’s not your fault.”
“Still, I’m sorry.” I said again, keeping my eyes on her.
“Any news?” she asked in a hopeful voice.
“No, not yet. Alice can’t see them right now.” I sat on the edge of the bed I’d bought for her all those years ago. “You should get some sleep.” I told her, but she turned back towards the window.
“I’ve made a huge mess of things,” she said. “I should have stayed. I could have… done something. I could have helped.”
“Bella, you couldn’t have helped even if you were there. You would have been killed.” Or worse, I added to myself. “Besides, how were you to know this would happen?”
She spun around then and glared at me. “It’s not like we didn’t know they were coming one day, Edward. Two people I love have been killed – probably more by now – and it could have been prevented. You could have prevented it.”
“Bella, be fair. I only did what I thought was right at the time. I could not condemn you to a soulless existence – to a life of eternal darkness. You deserve so much better than that. You deserve to have a life, to have a family, to have happiness.”
She laughed. “Look around, Edward. Does it look l have any of those things?”
I winced at her harsh tone, and my eyes drifted to the small, but noticeable swell at her stomach. “Not yet, but you will, and you deserve it.”
She sighed and sat down next to me. “That has yet to be decided.”
I stared into her deep eyes and tried not to get lost in them. There were so many questions running through my head. I wished she would tell me what she was thinking.
“You wouldn’t let me love you,” she said softly. It was as if she were reading my
mind, answering the one question that had plagued me since she left – the one question that hurt far too much to think about.
“You just… wouldn’t. I thought if I agreed to marry you that you would let me, but still you wouldn’t. And I was just so tired, Edward, so tired of you pushing me away,” she continued. Her voice was sad and the pained look on her face broke my heart.
I hadn’t pushed her away – had I? I didn’t want her to be a monster like me, but that never meant I didn’t want her. How could she ever think that?
“Bella,” I started to tell her, but she put one of her fingers on my lips to stop me and the electricity of her touch overwhelmed me.
“No, let me finish Edward. For once, please just let me finish,” she whispered, her heart fluttering so fast I thought it might take flight. I wanted to tell her no, but I couldn’t because all I could think of at that moment was the fact that her fingers were touching my face. I was afraid to move, afraid to breathe, afraid to even look at her because I was sure this was a dream – even though I know I can never sleep or dream for that matter.
“I understand now why you didn’t want to change me, but back then… well; it felt like you just didn’t love me – or want me – enough to keep me.”
“That was never it at all, Bella.”
She stood up then and looked down at me, something burning in her eyes that I couldn’t quite read.
“Do you still?” she murmured, leaning down towards me.
I blinked. I was transfixed by her – by her beauty, her heat, her scent, everything about her. “Do I still what?”
“Love me, want me.”
“Yes,” I breathed. Who was this temptress in front of me, and what had she done to Bella? I could hear the thoughts of my family members, but they were growing dimmer, and her heartbeat was soon the only sound I could hear.
“Close your eyes,” she demanded softly.
I closed my eyes and held my breath wondering what was about to happen.
I gasped when I felt the weight of her body being lowered into my lap. “Bella,” I moaned as she kissed a trail from my neck to my lips and finally pressed her warm lips to mine. This was not a careful kiss like all the ones I remembered so well. There was a frantic urgency in the way her lips touched mine that I did not understand.
The door to the room flew open then, and Alice darted in. “Edward, the decision’s been made. The Volturi are on their way here.”
“Jane, she’s been located,” the small vampire said, walking towards her.
She turned her head away from Jacob to see the vampire. “Good, Alec. We should go collect her then. We mustn’t keep Caius waiting. Leave the wolves,” she said with a sneer.
Once they were gone, I ran from the place I was hiding to Jacob’s side.
“Jake, are you okay?” I whispered frantically between my sobs.
He wasn’t bleeding, but he also wasn’t moving.
“Jake, answer me!”
“I’m fine,” he grunted.
“What should we do? The vamps are leaving.”
He tried to sit up, but it was too soon, so he fell back on the wet grass. “Why did they leave?”
“I don’t know. I don’t know. Something about a girl being located and they were going to get her and take her to Caius. What should we do?” My voice broke again. “There are so many bodies.”
“Leah, just ask Sam. I have to go. I think they are after Bella.”
“S-S-Sam’s dead, Jacob. You can’t leave. What if they come back? You’re the alpha now. We need you.”
Tears streamed down his face. “Sam’s dead?”
“Yes, come on. Let’s get you up and back to your house.”
“Who else is dead, Leah?”
“The only two I’ve seen are Quil and Paul. They are waiting back at Sam’s with the twins.”
“Go get them. Emily can stay with the twins, I need them to go and see if they can get those leeches that look like kids – Alec and Jane, I think is what they called them.”
“Emily’s gone, too.”
“They killed Emily? Was she the only human?”
I shook my head.
“Damn it! Leah, go stay with the twins then and send them like I told you. I have to get to the house, so I can call Bella.”
“Be careful, Jacob.” I whispered and ran off to Sam and Emily’s trying hard not to break down.
It was like watching one of those documentaries on television – the ones where you see the natural disasters with their death and destruction – except it wasn’t some far away country, it was my home, the place I’d sworn to protect. As I limped through the wreckage, I tried not to see the bodies of my pack, my friends, my family on the ground or the vampire parts scattered around. I knew that if I stopped for one second, I would fall apart, and I could not fall apart now. One minute I was doing a routine patrol, and the next I was fighting a war – only there was no way to win this war, it was Sparta against the Persians all over again, and I had very little hope. It was happening too fast and there was no way to stop it now. The only thing I could do was try to buy Bella some time.
My fingers were trembling when I dialed her phone number. This could be the last time I talked to her, and there was so much I wanted to say, but I only had so much time. Every second those leeches got further away, and I had to get them – I had to get them before they got Bella.
She answered breathlessly after only one ring. “Jacob! You’re okay! Who was hurt? Leah said we’d lost two people.”
“Don’t worry about it, Bells. Look – no matter what happens today, I want you to know that I love you, okay? I’ve been really stupid.”
“I love you, too, Jake.”
“I don’t know where you are, and I know you don’t want me to know, but you need to leave. Go somewhere – anywhere – just leave. There are two of them coming for you – the ones that look like kids. We’re going to try and stop them, Bells, but I don’t know if we can.”
“Jake! No! No! No! You can’t,” her voice broke and she was sobbing.
“Bella, I have to try. It’s still a long shot, but it’s the best I can do. I’ll call you when I can.”
“No! No! No! Jacob – you are going to get yourself killed”
“Charlie’s safe, too. We’ve managed to keep him out of it for the most part, but… with all the deaths, I’m really not sure what’s going to happen then.”
“Jacob! What deaths?”
“Bella, calm down, it’s going to be okay. Let me talk to Edward.”
She hesitated. “H-how did you know?”
“Bella, I know you better than you know yourself. It’s okay. Just give him the phone.” I told her.
“Yes?” came his soft voice a minute later.
“You have to keep her away from Forks. You know that she can be creative when she wants something. I didn’t tell her this, but they’ve traced her – well, they’ve traced you – so they are coming. We are going to try and stop them, but…” I trailed off.
“Someone called Demetri – I think – and the two small ones. Like I said, we’re going to try to stop them, but there aren’t very many of us left. Just take care of her, okay?” I said trying to ignore Bella’s shrieking in the background.
“Of course, I will. Haven’t I always?” he asked.
I resisted the urge to argue with him, remembering when he’d left and what that had done to Bella. Instead, I said goodbye and hung up the phone.
“I love you, Bells.” I whispered to the empty house before going outside and letting the red haze wash over me.