Bella Swan is all alone. Her love and his family left her in the town of Forks with nothing. When a deadly disease starts to spread, and Bella catches it, what does she have to live for? Some old friends come in to town, and give her back her will to live. They give her a new life that no one can know about, or it could be their demise. As a well restrained newborn, Bella tries to move on with her life. Can she?
All charecters except Becka, Aaron, Alex and a few other people I made up all belong to Stephenie Meyer.
21. Chapter 21
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I drove my truck slowly down to the reservation. I was thinking about I would say to Jake, what I would do. I knew I couldn’t reveal anything, but I needed to talk to him. I wanted him to know I knew what he was, that he didn’t need to hide from me.
As the gap in the trees appeared, and the small houses of La Push started showing up, I began to feel a little uneasy. What if he didn’t want to be my friends anymore, now that he was a wolf? Would he figure out what I was before I could explain to him my lies?
My worried evaporated as I pulled up onto his driveway. Billy wheeled out onto the porch at the sound of my truck, and he looked at me in shock.
“Billy, is Jake here? I really need to talk to him,” I said hurriedly. His eyes narrowed, but he replied, though in an icy tone.
“Yes, he’s here. He’s asleep right now. I really didn’t want to wake him,” he said. My eyes went into slits at his tone.
“Oh, was he out with Sam and his friends last night? Running around in the woods?” I asked lightly. His eyes widened, and he nodded. “Tell him I’m by the beach when he wakes up,” I said in a soft tone.
He nodded gratefully. “I will, Bella,” he promised. I nodded, and got back into my car and drove down to the beach.
When I got there, I walked out by the water, staring off into the distance. This place was calming to me: the scent of the salty water, the sand, the pine trees and the natural wildlife all seemed ageless, just like me. I could hear the birds singing and chattering with each other, the larger animals walking on the ground looking for food. Out in the ocean I could here the sound of mammals splashing around, most likely seals.
I was so lost in the beauty of it all that I didn’t hear Jake come up behind me. Wow, I thought, werewolves must be able to be really quiet.
The wind was blowing away from both of us, so neither of us could smell the other. I didn’t know if there was any lingering scent of vampire on me, but I did know that Jake would smell bad.
He was looking at me warily. “What is it Bella? I already told you that I couldn’t see you any more,” he said, not looking at me. Instead, he was looking down at his feet.
“I came because I wanted to thank you,” I said softly. I had decided that making it seem like I was grateful and normal first would be good.
He looked at me in shock, but quickly smothered it into confusion. “Thank me? Why? I haven’t seen you in awhile.”
I shook my head, a small smile on my lips. “No, Jake, you saw me yesterday in the woods,” I reminded him. His eyes bulged, just like his fathers had.
“You figured out what I am?” he breathed.
I nodded. “You’re a werewolf, aren’t you? I could recognize you yesterday, when you were a wolf,” I said almost inaudibly, though I knew he could hear is.
All he did at first was look at me in shock. Then suddenly he was hugging me in a bone crushing embrace, even to me.
“Can’t-breath-Jake,” I gasped out, even though I didn’t need to breath. He let go of me and laughed.
“I’m sorry Bells. I’m just so happy you figured it out on your own! I was feeling so guilty because I was going back on my promise, and then yesterday I saw you almost be killed by that leech-“
I cut him off. “Laurent,” I informed him. I was a little miffed by the leech comment, but knew that nothing I could say would change his language about vampires.
He snorted. “Oh, that was his name? Well, we took care of him pretty easy yesterday. Do you know if he was a friend of those other bloodsuckers? Sam wants to know if we broke the treaty or not.”
I shook my head. “No, he wasn’t there friend,” I said softly. “He was more of someone they met once, but then went separate ways.”
He nodded. “Well, that’s a relief,” he muttered. Then he looked down at me. “Hey, what was that leech saying to you yesterday? It looked like you two were talking before we came in.”
“Oh, he was just telling me that another member of his coven is intent on torturing me to death, and that the way he would kill me would seem humane. That and just what we’ve been doing since we last saw each other,” I said with a shrug.
His eyes narrowed. “Is the other member of his coven a red haired female?” he asked. I nodded.
“Her name's Victoria,” I told him.
“Do you know anything else that could help us? Anything?” he asked urgently. Sure, I thought. I’m a vampire that could easily kill her or anyone else to come here for you!
What I said was: “Yeah, her mate was killed by...Edward,” I winced, and Jake led me to our tree trunk, and pulled me close to him. “She got angry, I guess. She thought that a mate for a mate was a fair exchange. I guess she doesn’t really know that things with me and Edward aren’t…” By that point I couldn’t talk anymore. It was too painful.
I was glad Jake was with me, though. He held me tight enough that I didn’t feel like I was completely falling apart.
“Hey Jake, what are you doing?” A familiar voice called out. We both looked up to see Sam, Paul, Embry and Jared standing a few feet away, all wearing expressions of disapproval.
Jake stood up, dragging me with him. I frowned, and looked at Sam. I had guessed that Jacob wasn’t supposed to tell me, but I didn’t think they would fight over it.
“I’m just hanging out with Bella,” Jake said casually, as if it were the most obvious thing in the world.
“Why? Didn’t we tell you that you couldn’t see her anymore?” Paul snapped. I looked at him with raised eyes. He had very large anger issues.
“Why can’t he see me?” I asked defensively. I really didn’t mind that much, but I didn’t like how they talked about me like I wasn’t there.
That seemed to miff them. They couldn’t reply because they couldn’t tell me the truth, and any lie they said would make them sound bad.
“Guys, its okay. Bella know,” Jake said happily. I could tell he was overjoyed from my new understanding.
“Why did you tell her?” Paul demanded, visibly shaking now. Sam shot him a warning glance.
“Paul, calm down,” he ordered. Paul glanced at him, took a long deep breath, and stopped shaking.
“I didn’t tell her. Yesterday when we saved her, she managed to fit two and two together,” Jake told them.
Sam gave me a long look that made me feel like he was seeing all the way into my cracked soul.
“Well, I guess that’s alright then,” he finally said, nodding at me. All of the other boys now looked at me with acceptance. They all ran forward and gave me large bone crushing hugs.
“Well, I guess that vampire girl here is a wolf girl now too,” Jared said grinning. I looked at him, thinking he knew that I wasn’t human. Then I realized that he was talking about how I had been with…others….before.
“How about you all take her down to Emily’s. Jake, Paul and I have to run patrol really quick. There was a fresh trail a few hours ago, and I want to see if the bloodsucker came back,” Sam said. Embry and Jared nodded.
“See you in a bit, Bella,” Jake said before running off after the other two. I could hear three popping noises, and knew that they had transformed. I didn’t know why I was so sure, but I guessed that it had something to do with us being natural rivals and sometimes enemies.
“Here Bella, I’ll drive to Emily’s,” Jared offered. I nodded, and the three of us walked in silence to my truck. I looked apologetically at Embry.
“I’m sorry; I don’t think there’s enough room for you. I could go in the back, if you want,” I offered. He waved it off and got into the bed of the trunk. I walked with Jared into the front seat, and we drove down to the town, and to a small cozy little house. I could smell good cooking coming from inside.
Jared grabbed me by the shoulders before I walked in. “Bella, don’t look at Emily’s face too much. Sam doesn’t like it when people do that,” he said in a low voice. I looked at him in confusion.
The three of us walked in, and entered a cozy, bright kitchen, where a girl maybe two or three years older than me was cracking open eggs. She turned to us when she heard us enter.
At first I didn’t know what was wrong with her, since she was looking at us with one side only facing us. Then she turned all the way, and I had to control my expression.
She would have looked nice if not for the three ugly scars running down her face and arm. The left side of her mouth was turned down in a permanent scowl, though the other side of her face was warm.
“Oh, hello boys. Who’s this” She asked.
“Oh, this is Bella Swan,” Embry said causally. Her eyes narrowed.
“So you’re the vampire girl?” She asked. I raised my eyebrows.
“And you’re the wolf girl?” I asked in the same tone. She laughed, and her face warmed up again.
“I guess I am. Help yourself to anything you want,” she said, gesturing to the large plate of food on the table. Jared and Embry both were already eating muffins and bread. I took the end piece of bread, and slowly ate it, shuddering slightly as it went down my throat.
We talked and joked for awhile, until the others came back. Sam went straight to Emily, kissing her with so much love I had to look away. I couldn’t handle watching that kind of happiness.
Jake went straight to me, leaning next to me on the counter. He grabbed a muffin, and joined our easy banter. For some reason, I felt some peace here, with my supposed mortal enemies. I felt like if I wanted to, I could trust these people with my secret, and my life. I didn’t trust them as much as my coven, but the mortal equivalent of the bonds that we shared.
I felt like I belonged.
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