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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8. Chapter 8: The Truth
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Chapter 8: The Truth
“So I bet you want to know what I found out?” I asked Edward after a few moments of silence. He turned to look at my as he drove, his eyes staring into my soul. I watched as the corners of his lips pulled up slightly; I knew him too well.
“Only if you want to tell me, Bella,” he assured me, though I knew he was itching with a desire to know what was running through my head.
I looked at him, a smile on my face. He was too perfect, too perfect for me at least. How had I gotten so lucky to have such a wonderful man to spend the rest of eternity with? I wasn’t sure, but I was going to take what I was given. Edward was more than I had ever hoped for, or expected.
“Well,” I started, all the questions I had filtering back into my mind. I had to ask Edward about the Washington Mountains, but I would have to explain it first. I hoped he wouldn’t be angry with me for asking. I assumed that it would be dangerous territory because of the pack’s reluctance on the topic. This worried me slightly as I started to restate the information I had received. “First off, I’m not allowed back in La Push…”
I watched as Edward suddenly because statue-like, not a tensed muscle on his body moving. His eyes narrowed as he drove. Edward looked angry, his eyes dark and clouded. I could see the flexed muscle in his forearm; it was hard and outlined by his pale skin. I feared that he would break the steering wheel. However, after a moment, he loosened up.
“They said that it would be breaking the treaty, as I was going to be one of you shortly. But they knew that before!” I raged, not happy with their decision, but I understood it. “Why the sudden change in heart? I used to be friends with them…with Jake…”
“Bella,” Edward said, noticing my distress. He turned his eyes away from the road again, watching my facial expressions. He looked concerned as he took my hand in his; it’s iciness calmed me. I sighed, letting my body relax for the first time that day. “They never had a change in heart,” he said and I could tell he was having difficulty trying to speak of the werewolves. Edward disliked everything about them, and I knew it. “It was Jacob who made them open up to you. He is the true pack leader.”
“And now that he’s gone…their trying to keep me out?” I asked, knowing the answer before I asked the question. Edward nodded, turning back to the road. He had confirmed my initial thoughts.
I had always know deep down that I wasn’t a welcome member of the pack. I had earned their cold stares by discovering their secrets, thanks in most part to Jacob. However, I was having a hard time accepting the fact that I had only been welcome, and falsely, because of Jacob. I guess I deserved that too. What was Jacob thinking bring a girl who he hadn’t imprinted on into the pack? It was against all their regulations and rules. But Edward had done it! Then it hit me, Edward had tried to stop me but he couldn’t. His connection to me was too strong, making it impossible to keep us apart. It hurt me to think of when Edward had tried to leave. He had left me broken, and Jacob was the only one who could repair me until Edward had returned. I let out a sigh, knowing that I should continue before I upset myself with my thoughts.
“And Jacob…” I stumbled for words, not knowing how to tell Edward about what I had discovered. I didn’t want to upset him in the slightest, he was the most important thing to me. I knew he wasn’t happy that I had traveled to La Push in the first place. “He’s okay but…but he wont phase out of his werewolf form,” I said slowly, glancing at Edward. He had turned into a statue again, not breathing. He was waiting for me to continue. “The pack said that he didn’t want to deal with his human emotions, and I know that’s my fault.” I looked down at my hand in Edwards just as he gave it a light squeeze.
“He knew what he was getting himself into,” Edward said softly, not looking at me. “He caused his own pain. He knew that in his mind, but refused to listen to what you wanted.”
“I know,” I muttered lightly, my heart aching slightly. I felt guilty for doing this to Jacob and even worse for make Edward listen to it. I would never forgive myself for the pain I had caused each of them. It truly hurt me. “But I do love him too…” I let out a sigh, trying to find the strength to continue. I stole a quick glance at Edward to see a frown etched over his perfect features. That stung me more. “But you know I love you more, Edward. I know what I can’t live without and that’s you.”
Edward suddenly turned back to me, his eyes full of concern. “Are you sure, Bella? I hate to see you in pain, and that’s how you’ve been since you found out about Jacob.”
I closed my eyes. I had had worse pain, far worse than any injury or ache in my heart than I had ever had before. That pain was caused from Edward trying to leave my world forever. I felt dead and broken then. I wanted to die because I had nothing left to live for, no one that I longed to be with the same way. I could never go through that again, it would kill me. That pain would also hurt everyone that I was so close to.
“Yes, Edward,” I said, giving his hand a light kiss. “I’m positive that I have made the right decision. I can’t picture myself anywhere but with you.” I gave him a smile, letting him know that everything that had come out of my mouth was truthful. I loved him more than words could say. “But, they also said that Jake was hiding in the Washington Mountains.” Edward snorted at this.
“The filthy hypocrite!” Edward muttered under his breath, looking slightly amused by what I had said. I didn’t understand. What was hiding in the mountains that they wouldn’t tell me? I was determined to find out.
“What?” I asked, pressing him for more information. “What’s hiding in the mountains? Quil and Embry said it was dangerous. They said that vampires wouldn’t dare to go in their territory,” I quoted using the same tone that Quil had used.
“And their right,” Edward said, glancing at me. He was trying to find out what I was thinking from the expression on my face again. It made me smile. “We don’t need to go getting ourselves in any more trouble than necessary. It’s not our land to go on and it’s also no the Quileute’s. But why would he join them?” Edward said this last part more to himself than to me. “I’ll have to tell Carlisle about this, he would be interested.”
“Who are they?” I asked, still trying to find out more information. “Is it another clan? Or are their my supposed mythical creatures lurking in the world that I am unaware of?”
Edward’s body shook with a light chuckle at my words, even thought I didn’t find anything to be funny about my rising annoyance. I hated being left out of things and I hoped that when I turned into a vampire, I would have a power that would help me avoid this. However, he didn’t saying, Edward just continued to drive back toward Forks. We were getting closer and closer to the Cullen’s home ever second.
“What’s in the mountains and why are they so dangerous?” I asked again, looking at Edward. The frown was coming back over his face. He didn’t say anything again. “Edward!” I hissed, becoming irritated. First the Quileute pack and now Edward! What were they trying to hide from me? If it involved the well being of Jacob, I wanted to know. “Well if you wont tell me, I know Alice will!”
“Bella,” Edward groaned. He placed his finger under my chin, causing me to look at him. “You are too persistent for you own good. I don’t want to upset you and I think it’s better if you don’t know about those creatures lurking in the mountains. With you luck, just talking about them would draw them toward you. I don’t want to take any risks.”
I groaned, knowing that Edward was over analyzing my safety again. He often over thought things, making them worse than what they originally would have been if he had just been honest with me from the get go. I crossed my arms in front of my chest; it was my turn to be stubborn. I was going to give him the cold shoulder until he gave me more information.
After a few minutes, I heard Edward let out a sigh. I knew I had cracked his outer shell. A small triumphant smile spread over my face.
“They are called the Hoh Clan,” he said shortly. I could tell that Edward was nervous about telling me about this clan in the mountains. “But you have to promise me that you wont go looking for them, Bella. Please.”
“Edward,” I said exasperatedly. “I wont go anywhere that you aren’t. Trust me, I’m staying with you. I don’t want to go looking for Jacob Black. I-I…I just wanted some closure before I moved on.”
Edward looked at me again, his golden eyes sparkling with understanding. I could stare into those beautiful orbs all day if I could. They were mesmerizing.
“What is the Hoh Clan? Are they werewolves?” I asked, my curiosity getting the better of me. I was interested in the clan that had both the Quileutes and Cullens on edge. It was a rare occasion that this happened and wanted to know about it. I wanted to be well informed of the life I was stepping willingly into.
“Yes, but they’re not like the Quileute,” Edward said quietly. His eyes darkened. “Do you remember how I was telling you that there are only a few families of our kind that don’t drink human blood?” Edward asked, his eyes narrow as he drove. I nodded, waiting for him to continue. “There are also a handful of dogs that can’t resist the temptation of eating human flesh.” His eyes were dark as he turned to look at my gapping expression.
Werewolves ate human flesh? I thought they only hunted vampires? My head was reeling. I didn’t know what was what anymore. Jacob or any members of the pack hadn’t mentioned their being other werewolves outside of their tribe. I guess I should have know that there would be, but I never would have thought that they would be violent toward humans. Were these werewolves human? Did they even have any similarities to the La Push clan? It didn’t seem like it to me. No wonder Jacob wouldn’t phase back into his human form. I was frightened for him.
“Are they human?” I asked: fear escaped my tone. This made Edward more cautious to tell me.
“Technically? Yes, but they don’t like to phase out, as you call it.” Edward paused for a moment thinking. “They could be what you would call a cannibal? The Hoh tribe are built differently from the Quileute, though.” Edward continued after checking to make sure that I was handling his explanation without fear. “They--how do I put this--they can smell flesh on a human like I can smell your blood pumping through your veins. Some peoples scents are stronger to them than others, just like you blood is to me. The only exception is that they are all trackers, like James. Once they have a scent in their nose, they can’t get rid of it until the warm flesh touches their pallet. They have no self control. It’s out of their clan’s ways.”
Horror seemed to spread throughout my body. I felt suddenly numb, fearing for Jacob’s life. No wonder the clan was angry at me. I never would have thought that Jacob would run off somewhere so dangerous to him. Had I really hurt him that much that he felt the need to put his life in danger? That thought hurt.
“I’m glad Jakes not with them,” I muttered quietly. I knew Edward had heard me.
“He’s not?” Edward asked. “Well I don’t see why he would want to--”
Suddenly Edwards phone rang, causing me to jump. I hadn’t been expecting it as I was too engrossed in the tale of the Hoh Clan. I was literally shocked at what he had told me. It had changed my opinion on the purpose of werewolves completely. I had so many questions to ask.
“Hello, Alice,” Edward said as he answered the phone, not needing to look at the number to know who it was. “Yes, yes…”
Edward’s eyes widened at whatever Alice had just said to him. I wanted to know what she was saying. I knew that she must have had a vision that Edward needed to know about. Edward was suddenly speaking so fast and so low that I couldn’t understand a word that he was saying. I hated feeling left out of a conversation. I watched him with interest. After a few moments he snapped his phone shut, the car accelerating.
“What is it?” I asked.
“Lot’s of questions today?” Edward teased, making me feel like I did when I first found out he was a vampire. I blushed lightly at this, knowing that I was extremely curious today. “I wish I could see how you mind works sometimes, Bella. It’s intriguing.”
“Maybe one day you will,” I shrugged. I had know idea what my vampire power would but I hoped that it would give me a deeper connection with Edward. “But what did Alice want?”
“She just had a vision about the wedding an she wants to talk to you about some details,” Edward said. I couldn’t tell if he was trying to hide something or not. And just as I turned to look into his brilliant topaz eyes, my stomach rumbled. I scowled at it as I heard Edward chuckle.
“Hungry?” He asked with amusement in his tone.
“A little,” I admitted. I hated having to waste time with Edward by being human. “But I could just eat the left over sample cake in your kitchen.”
Edward turned to me, his brow raised. He wasn’t buying the whole cake for a meal idea. He knew that I needed sustenance if I was going to have to discuss wedding plans with Alice for hours on end. It seemed like a never ending cycle. Edward quickly turned the car down the next street, heading toward the dinners.
“Edward!” I hissed. “What happens if Charlie decides to stop in for dinner?”
Edward had a thoughtful look on his face for a moment, considering what I had just said. He turned down another street and parked the Volvo outside of a fancy little Italian restaurant.
“I’m not dressed to go in here“ I complained, looking down at my old jeans and t-shirt I was wearing.
“You look beautiful,” Edward said with a charming smile as he scooped me out of the car. “And besides, I can’t have my bride-to-be living off stale wedding cake. What kind of fiancée would I be?” He had too much pleasure using that word, but I had to admit, it sounded good on him. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world for having him all to myself. He would soon be my Edward.
“One that didn’t try and force expensive food on his future wife,” I muttered, knowing exactly how expensive this place was. “I’ll never fit into that wedding dress Alice bought me if you’re trying to fatten me up.”
Edward laughed at my words, pulling me along at his fast paced walk. He wanted to get inside before anyone saw us, and I didn’t blame him. I noticed the summer sun starting to peek lightly from the clouds. I didn’t think it would be very good if the people of Forks saw my fiancée sparkling in the sun. I shuddered as I mentally said the word. How had I let it slip. It just somehow seem right, however.
“Bella watch out for the--”
- 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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