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Not Like This

When Bella jumped off the cliff, Alice didn't see anything, and Jacob didn't make it back to the beach in time to pull her out of the sea when he did. What happens to Bella when no one is there to save her? May continue if you like it. R&R! (Be nice about the banner--it's my first time making one ^.^)


10. Werewolf, Meet Vampire

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Four Months Later

I smiled widely, taking in a lungful of human-scented air through the car window and feeling exceptionally pleased with myself when I realized it wasn’t so appetizing. While I would miss the complete privacy of the cabin in Alaska, it was great to be home!

I ached to see Charlie and ease his mind, but I couldn’t yet—I could withstand the smell from a distance now that several months had passed, but Edward and I didn’t want to risk anyone’s life should my restraint end at that. Instead, I was coming home to visit Jacob.

Edward grudgingly half-smiled when he looked over and saw me bouncing on the seat with pure unadulterated joy radiating from me. I grinned back, feeling a little guilty that I couldn’t control my happiness at finally seeing my best friend in front of my boyfriend, but shrugged it off—as he had pointed out(while trying to seem appropriately sad, but failing), Jacob and I were now natural enemies, so there was nothing to worry about. I frowned thinking of that conversation, but shrugged and shoved it out of my mind—I wasn’t going to let anything get in the way of my happiness today!

“Excited, aren’t you,” Edward murmured rhetorically. I caught a flash of pain in his eyes and fought the urge to roll my eyes.

“At this point—no offense—I’d be this happy to see Jessica,” I rebuked him gently. “I haven’t seen anyone outside of you and Alice and Jasper in a long time, and even then the others couldn’t visit often.”

Edward grimaced at me before needlessly turning his attention back to the road. “That dog better mind his manners,” he growled softly. “I’ll tear him limb from limb if he doesn’t.”

I smirked. “Start flexing then, because Jacob’s not all that tactful,” I said jokingly, narrowing my eyes dangerously when Edward perked up at the thought.

Edward eased the car off the main road, taking a worn path into the forest carefully, watching for stray branches stretching into the path’s way. The quiet purr of the engine faded into the background noise of numerous birds and wildlife scurrying through the forest as we stopped and got out, running the short distance into the forest to find a small meadow similar to the one where Edward had shown off his skin to meet Jacob in.

Edward stopped so suddenly I almost crashed into him, managing to step nimbly off to the side just in time. I looked around interestedly, comparing the layout of the small meadow to my “special” meadow and finding only a few things alike. Edward was tense, his eyes darting every which way and his nostrils flaring gently as he tried to locate Jacob.

I found a flat-topped rock to sit on and sank gratefully—I felt strangely lightheaded after running sometimes; Edward said it was probably an endurance thing. A shaft of sunlight shone on the rock just next to my hand, so I amused myself with watching my own skin sparkle as I drew my hand in and out of the ray of sun.

“He’s on his way,” Edward announced suddenly. “He should be here soon, he thinks.” I nodded, fanning out my beautifully lustrous hair and smiling at him.

Edward caught my dreamy gaze and smiled back, his teeth gleaming even in the darkness of the forest. He walked over to me and crouched down, staring deep into my eyes. “I love you,” he blurted out.

I grinned cheekily. “I love you too,” I said, smiling coyly. My smile turned into a small smirk as Edward’s eyes smoldered—oh, I loved to tease him!

I heard a faint snap in the distance, reverting my attention to the expanse of dense forest beyond the meadow. I saw a small russet-colored speck moving quickly—Jacob! I stood on the rock to get a better look, and Edward chuckled softly at my short stature.

I closed my eyes and thought of hiding. “It’s gone, “ Edward reassured me. “I can’t smell you at all.”

The wolf poked its head into the clearing warily. Edward slowly walked to the far side of the meadow to keep from spooking Jacob, and I walked cautiously towards him. The wolf caught sight of me and dropped its jaw, letting its pink tongue loll out carelessly. Jacob barked and in a flash, the wolf became my best friend, hesitating behind a large bush before bounding towards me with his arms wide open.

“Bella!” Jacob ran straight up to me, throwing his arms around me like he hadn’t seen me in years, then recoiling immediately. “Wow, I forgot you’re all known as the Cold Ones for a reason!” he said, rubbing his arms briskly.

I grimaced, trying very hard to deal with the wooden feeling of deflated lungs after getting the stench of wet dog stuck in my nose. “You smell funny,” I said petulantly, rubbing my nose for effect. “Not breathing is uncomfortable.”

Jacob smirked and stuck his tongue out rebelliously, reaching out for my hands. “Your cold hands are uncomfortable, and I’m dealing with it. ‘Course, not having to smell you helps too,” he said cheekily, dancing just out of reach when I tried to reach up and tousle his hair. “That cold skin probably makes you really slow,” he teased.

I quirked an eyebrow, feeling my muscles become taut in response to his challenge. “Wanna bet? You can’t count on me tripping anymore!” I said smugly, glad I brought a hairtie with me and I pulled it out of my face into a quick messy ponytail. I heard Edward chuckle behind me, and smirked at Jacob—I would probably beat him soundly.

“There’s another clearing east of here, about three miles away—that’ll be our finish line,” Jacob said. “Give me a moment to phase and we’ll have your boyfriend start us off.” He jogged behind the bush again, appearing a few moments later as a wolf with the shorts he was wearing strapped to his

back. I imagined I felt my cheeks burn when I realized why he hesitated behind the bush as he stood next to me, his monstrous size making me feel shorter than Alice.

“GO!” Edward shouted, and we were off. I flew nimbly through the underbrush before deciding to use the trees, jumping up into a strong evergreen and leaping from tree to tree, grinning at Jacob below as he growled in discontent. I glanced back, seeing Jacob’s fur being buffeted by the small slipstream I was causing, and put on a burst of speed. A short growl behind me told me I was winning, when suddenly I ran out of available tree limbs and I jumped to the ground, running the few feet left to the middle of the clearing.

One minute I had the finish line in sight—the next, Jacob was standing there in human form(thankfully clothed). I stopped short, my feet grinding into the soft ground. “How did you do that?” I demanded, stretching my legs out so the sudden stop didn’t force them to cramp up.

Jacob smiled. “We catch you, remember? Of course we’re faster.” He looked at me inquisitively as I glowered at him. “I saw something weird every time you were in sunlight. What was that?”

I didn’t answer—I saw a sunlit area nearby and merely stepped into it, smiling sheepishly at his awestruck expression and making sure again that my smell was completely supressed as he inched closer. I tried hard not to giggle at his entranced expression, extending a hand so he could take a closer look.

His expression shifted to something I couldn’t quite recognize. “This is unbelieveable,” he whispered. “It’s like you’re made of crystal.”

I stayed completely still, even when his light touch tickled. I was somewhat surprised Edward hadn’t followed us here, but I shrugged it off—his eyes had been turning black for the past week, so I figured he was hunting small game to hold off the edge of the hunger.

“Pretty cool, huh?” I said, breaking the silence. I was careful not to breathe as he nodded, still completely entranced.

I heard his heartbeat speed up as he looked into my eyes. A wild, unfamiliar look in them rooted me to the ground—I couldn’t move, try as I might, and part of me screamed at the unresponsive whole, telling me that Jacob might be THISCLOSE to phasing on me.

So this is what deer feel like,I thought irrationally as Jacob slowly yet deliberately closed the distance between us.