I was engaged! It sounded like a swear word to me, but I couldn’t complain about the results that were to follow. I loved Edward more than life itself, and he knew it. I would die for him. I would be immortal as a vampire, as his wife. I wanted to spend the rest of eternity with the most perfect boy on the face of the earth. But of course, he had his own list of things to do before he would change me into a vampire. We had to get married. Edward wanted me to himself, no one else. CHAPTER 16 Will be up soon! Sorry for the delay...I just graduated from High School! Banner by ME! Let me know if you would like me to make you a banner! send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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6. Chapter 6: A Twist in the Road
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Chapter 6: A Twist in the Road
“It’s-It’s about Jacob…”
My heart stopped beating at Charlie’s words. It was my worst fear, and I hated that I was the most probable cause of the boy’s rash actions, and I didn’t even know what had happened yet. I had left Jake hurt and broken, and I hadn’t even bothered to check up on him because it was too painful for me. I imagined it would be painful for him too, but maybe I was being selfish; only protecting myself. I always seemed to be selfish, especially when it came to my love life.
Edward squeezed my hand, pulling me back to reality. I wished I could have stayed in my head, at least I could hide from the truth. Anything would be better than discovering the fate of Jacob Black. It would crush me, but not as much as when Edward had left me. I felt moisture start to form in my eyes at this thought, Charlie continuing slowly. I could tell he was having as hard a time telling me this as I was having listening.
“Billy said that Jake’s gone missing,” Charlie said, his voice very soft. I could tell that he didn’t want Billy to hear him. I couldn’t even imagine what he was going through: Jacob was all he had left. But, maybe he wasn’t letting Charlie into all he knew, as Charlie didn’t know the clan’s secret. I secretly hoped that it was just a formality for Charlie’s sake, and mine.
“How long?” I choked, trying to fight back tears. I couldn’t hurt Edward: not again. He had already seen my cry for Jacob Black and I hated the pain that it caused him. I always seemed to put him through so much guilt and pain, and I was still a human. I couldn’t imagine how it would be when I made him feel guilty for turning me into one of them. I wouldn’t cry for Jacob Black in front of Edward again. I’d promised my self that much.
Charlie didn’t answer me right away, and that worried me. It must have been bad, and I knew it. I closed my eyes, holding my breath as I waited. I felt Edward press his icy lips to my hair: he already knew what was coming from the vision he picked out of Alice’s head. She had now joined us at my other side, her arms wrapped around me too. I was in the middle of a vampire sandwich, and I would have had a smart comment to make if the mood hadn’t been so serious. My heart returned to a dull thud in my chest, barely moving now. This was all my fault and I knew it.
“H-he disappeared after he received--I’m so sorry, Bells--your wedding invitation,” Charlie said softly. “He said that Jake took off in an angry state and hasn’t returned since. Billy thinks--”I toned Charlie out, my heart having stopped in my chest again. I hadn’t sent Jacob a wedding invitation, this is exactly what I wanted to avoid. I closed my eyes, anger starting to build in my chest. This is exactly why I wanted a veto power on the guest list and someone had stepped over my wishes. And now, my former best friend, was missing because of it. I didn’t know where he was, or if he was safe. At least if he hadn’t received a letter, I would have know that he was in La Push if I ever needed him, but that was besides the point. Jake could be hurt, or worse, dead somewhere and no one knew were he was. Unless…the Quileute clan! They would have to know where he was if he was in his wolf form. They just had to! I couldn’t look at Edward or Alice, knowing that one of them had caused this. At that moment I wished Edward could read my mind to understand my annoyance with either him or Alice. They would feel my wrath when I finished with Charlie.
“I’m really sorry, Bells. I’ve got the force out looking for him, but we haven’t found anything,” Charlie said, his voice still low. Out of the corner of my eye I saw Alice start to get up. She must have seem my future reaction and was trying to escape my explosion. I gabbed her wrist before she could get away, throwing her a dark look. Edward looked at me with questioning eyes, but then a look of understanding came in them.
“It’s alright, Dad. I trust you’ll find him. Jake couldn’t have gone far,” I said through clenched teeth. I was furious with them for going against my wishes.
“Are you alright, Bells?” Charlie asked, concern in his tone.
“I will be, but I’ve got to go, Dad. I’ll see when I get home tomorrow,” I said closing Edward’s phone after his goodbye. I would be using my extra day with the Cullens to travel down to La Push, whether Edward liked it or not. My eyes narrowed as I stood up, Alice taking a seat back down on the couch, biting her lip. How could they have gone against my wishes? Didn’t they know if anything happened to Jacob it would still hurt me, even if I was going to marry and spend the rest of my life with Edward?
“Which one of you did it?” I asked darkly, unable to speak louder than a dangerous whisper. Edward and Alice both shifted nervously on the couch, refusing to meet my gaze with their golden eyes.
“Erm…did what, Bella?” Alice asked, pretending like she didn’t have a clue at what I was talking about. I glowered at her. “All right, all right, so we know that you’re upset about the invitation that got to those dogs.” Alice looked slightly guilty as she finally met my gaze, however, Edward didn’t.
“Upset? Upset?!” I raged, pinching the bridge of my nose to control my rising temper. “My best friend could be dead somewhere and you are thinking that I’m only upset? How could you do this to me? You knew it was hard enough not being able to see him again, but now this?”
“What does it matter if he promised not to interfere with your life again?” Alice asked softly, her golden eye calming me slightly. I couldn’t stay angry with them, and they were right. “He wasn’t going to step in, Bella. I saw that.”
I gapped at Alice: I knew she was right, she was always right. Why was I letting this bother me so much when I knew that I would never see Jake again? It was inevitable. Jake would die and I would live forever with Edward. Why was this such a hard concept to grasp? I knew that I would outlive, by far, all of my friends. Being with Edward would turn me immortal, and it’s what I wanted. However, I still couldn’t fight the feeling of wanting to know where Jacob had gone. I wanted to make sure he was well and safe before I went through my life altering transformation.
“But…but why?” I stammered, still not understanding the need to go against my wishes.
“Because I would have wanted a choice if things had worked out differently,” Edward said softly, looking at me for the first time. I automatically knew that he was the guilty party. I glowered at him for a moment.
“You play dirty,” I hissed, my eyes narrow. “You know you already won me and yet you do this to Jake. Why?”
“I wasn’t playing dirty,” Edward said, standing up and wrapping his arms around my waist. “I would have wanted that option if you had chosen him over me. I would have wanted to be there for you on your big day.”
I could tell that Edward had meant everything that had come out of his mouth. Edward was right too. I didn’t want to pressure Jake into feeling like he had to come to our wedding, as I knew it would be painful for him. I wanted to give my soul attention to Edward that day and not having Jacob there would make things easier. I loved Jacob, but his presence would make things more difficult on me than necessary. It was hard enough saying goodbye to him once.
“You’re right,” I said, allowing him to take me into his arms and comfort me. “But I’m still going down to La Push today to talk to Sam.” I said firmly, watching Edward’s eyes darken.
“Bella,” he groaned, his face now in my hair, breathing in my scent. “It’s not going to change anything…”
“I just want to make sure he’s safe and then we’ll leave. Everything for the wedding will be on schedule, I promise. I will marry you Edward,” I said, giving him a kiss on the cheek because his lips were on my neck.
“We?” he asked suddenly, pulling me away and holding me at arms length to study my expression. “Do you want to start a war, Bella?”
“But I thought they trusted you?” I asked, confused now. I raised my brow, still studying his perfect eyes.
“They only trust us not to kill them,” he answered darkly. “We don’t return the favor on their land. It would break the treaty, Bella. We don’t need that kind of stress before we break it on August 13.” I watched as his lips turned up at the mention of our wedding date. He would be the happiest vampire alive that day, and I would finally get all my demands. I could hardly stand the wait.
“Fine, but I’m going,” I said. I had made my decision and I wasn’t about to change my mind. “I don’t want to see Jake…I just want to make sure he’s okay. It shouldn’t take more that five minutes with Sam, or even Quil or Embry. Just someone that can read his thoughts.”
Edward closed his eyes and sighed. “Please, Bella,” he begged me. “Do you know how much anxiety that will put me through? I would be tempted to cross the line if you’re not back within a timely fashion. I don’t think I could control myself…”
I looked into his melted topaz eyes, my own soul pleading with his. I didn’t know how he could claim he didn’t have a soul when I could see it every time I looked in his eyes. It was so clear to me. And checking on Jacob was something I had to do; it would be closure for me. It was all I wanted.
“Edward,” I breathed, not letting my gaze falter. I had to do this for myself so that I could happily marry him and not have any regrets about turning into a vampire. “I promise I will be back in an hour, and if I’m not, you can start a war for me.” I winced at the thought, but I wouldn’t let it come to that. I would be back in an hour, even if I had to bring them with me. I secretly hoped that I wouldn’t have to.
I heard Edward hiss in the back of his throat at my words. It wasn’t a good sign, even if he was allowing me to go. If I had to, I would sneak out later. The Cullen’s couldn’t hold me captive forever, as I was due home tomorrow. Edward couldn’t stop me from checking in on Jacob, and he knew it. I was too determined to let him stop me. However, before I could even point this out to Edward, I saw Alice’s face turn blank. The cat was out of the bag now.
“Bella,” Edward groaned, his eyes closed now in frustration. “Please.”
“One hour, that’s all I want,” I said, giving him a set of pleading eyes when he looked at me again. He couldn’t resist that look, or so I had thought. But Edward shook his head at me, his lips paper thin. “Don’t you want me to be happy?”
“Cant I just distract you instead?” He asked, ignoring the last bit I had said. I knew it had hurt him, but he was working on a new tactic. He let his sweet breath fill my nostril. I felt my knees grow weak, stumbling slightly. Loud laughter suddenly exploded from behind me, causing Edward’s eyes to darken. I didn’t have turn around to know who had just entered the room.
“Fall down again, Bella?” Emmett’s booming voice chuckled as he entered the room. I turned in Edward’s arms to see a joyful looking Emmett and a moody Rosalie enter the room. “I wonder if she’ll still do that when she’s one of us?” he laughed, the pair crossing the living room to the stairs.
“It’s nice to see you too, Emmett,” I said, rolling my eyes. He always took too much joy in my human clumsiness. I cursed myself inwardly. I couldn’t wait until I was beautiful and graceful. “And you, Rosalie.” She didn’t even acknowledge my existence she headed up the stairs. This could only mean that the rest of the Cullens had returned from their “camping” trip.
Suddenly, I felt a warm calming feeling come over me, making me relax in Edward’s arm: Jasper was home. I watched as he crossed the room gracefully to Alice, his golden eyes matching hers. I suddenly felt like I was invading on a personal moment and I looked away with a blush. It was only a matter of time before Carlisle and Esme joined us too.
I went to reach my hand into my pocket to pull out the keys to my truck but Edward stopped me before I had even moved an inch. I groaned as I looked up into his dark gold eyes. Edward wasn’t happy with me.
“Bella,” he said firmly, holding my arms to my sides as restraints.
“I have to,” I said, my tone pleading now. “I need to make sure Jacob is alright so that we can get married, Edward. Please.” I knew that it hurt Edward every time I said Jacob’s name, but needed to go to La Push. “You can follow me to the boarder if you want to and wait for me. I promise that I wont get into any trouble or danger, Edward.” I was begging him now.
“One hour,” Edward said after a moment of silence. He seemed extremely unhappy with my decision to go. He knew he couldn’t fight my will power. “And please promise me that you’ll stay safe? I don’t want a broken bride”
“You got it, warden,” I teased, giving him a quick kiss. “Do I need shackles too?”
“No, but you should take the Volvo,” he said, his mind working a few steps ahead of me. “Just so Charlie doesn’t see your truck.” Edward was right. If Charlie saw my truck then I would be in big trouble. He might put me under house arrest and take back his blessing if he ever found out I was lying to him.
I gapped at him. I had never driven the Volvo before; he never let me drive. Edward always complained that I drove to slow and it shook up his nerve. According to him, I was a walking danger magnet, and I couldn’t disagree. Bad luck seemed to follow me where ever I went, even though I hated to admit it.
“Fine,” I grumbled. I was more frightened of injuring the car than myself. It was possibly the most expensive thing I would ever drive, though if Edward had his way, I would have my own new sports car before long. “Are you coming?” I looked up into his eyes, feeling my heart melt inside me. I hoped he would. I wanted him to be there to comfort me if the time came.
“Bella, I will never leave you, but I’ll have to stay on our side of the line,” Edward said softly, knowing that Jasper and Alice were listening now. I imagined that Emmett and Rosalie were listening from upstairs too, as it was too quiet in the house. “I want you to take a phone with you incase of any problems that my arise with those dogs.” I flinched at the tone he used. “Sorry,” he muttered, running his icy hand through my hair. “I just want you to be safe and happy.”
“I will be,” I promised. I threw him a charming smile as he took my hand, leading me toward the garage.
“Tell Carlisle and Esme we stepped out,” Edward said lightly to Alice, his arm snaking around my waist now. However, Alice giggled.
“They already know, and be careful. I don’t want to have to go battle werewolves on the line,” she said, throwing me a wink. I felt one more wave of calm come over me before Edward closed the door to the garage behind me.
I walked past Alice’s Porsche and Emmett’s jeep on the way to the silver Volvo. I waited patiently next to the drivers side of the car, my hands shaking slightly from the thought of driving this car. I hoped I wouldn’t break it.
“Relax,” Edward said, gently handing me the keys and placing a kiss on my forehead. “It’s easier to drive than that truck of yours,” he said with a wink before climbing into the passengers seat. “I think you might actually like it.”
“Don’t count on it,” I said, turning the key in the ignition. The engine purred under the hood and I slowly backed out of the garage.
The ride to the boarder La Push was too short for me, my nerves making my stomach ache. I was expecting the worst from the clan, but I hoped that I wasn’t correct. Edward seemed to understand this anxiety and just kept his hand on my knee, making small circles with his thumb. I loved him so much. And I hated to admit it, but I was enjoying driving the Volvo. Maybe Edward was right about needing a new car. I pulled over to the edge of the road, my heart rate starting to pick up.
“What are you going to do for an hour?” I asked in a barely audible tone. I was nervous. His hand gently caressed my cheek, his eyes burning into mine.
“I’ll find something to do,” he assured. He leaned over and gave me an anxious kiss, one that was almost too tense. It was as if he felt that he would never see me again. I felt him pull away a few moments later, his eyes sad. I knew I couldn’t be away from him for to long without going insane myself. “Come back soon and in one peace.” Edward said through my open window. He kissed be again quickly before I put the car into drive and went through the boarder. I watched Edward until he disappeared in my rearview-mirror.
- Chapter 1: Anxiety
- Chapter 2: Announcements
- Chapter 3: Considerations
- Chapter 4: Preparations
- Chapter 5: Hiding
- Chapter 6: A Twist in the Road
- Chapter 7: Circumstance
- Chapter 8: The Truth
- Chapter 9: The Dazzling Game
- Chapter 10: Shock
- Chapter 11: Surprise
- Chapter 12: Meet the Connors'
- Chapter 13: Manipulation
- Chapter 14: Beyond Repair
- Chapter 15: Arival
- Chapter 16: Bridal Torture
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