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Waxing Crescent

Bella's constant worrying over Jake drove Edward to take himself away from her, leaving her so she could be with Jake. What tragedies will befall her? Is Edward still be waiting in the wings for Bella?

Thanks to Nightrose,the best beta ever!!!

2. Chapter 2

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Everything gone, gone so quickly...

Walking down this beach brought back so many memories. Unfortunately, most of them were painful, for one reason or another- Jacob telling me about the 'cold ones', every time Jake was away tracking Victoria, cliff-diving, Jake kissing my without my permission. But there were a few good occasions sprinkled amongst them- the bonfire, riding my motorcycle with Jacob, and the first time Jake kissed me after he left again.

Jake was now my rock, my support when I was drowning in my river of pain and regret. With him gone, I no longer had an island to stand upon and keep me safe and loved. But clinging to a rock would have to suffice. He was the one who pulled me out of said river whenever I was in or in danger of falling into that deep depression again.

Jacob leaned down and kissed me, just as the moon came out. The kisses that he gave me weren't like the ones that...he... had given me. They didn't cause my heart to stutter and go hyperactive, they didn't make my skin flush, and they didn't make me loose control. Instead it only made my heart flutter a bit, but that was it.

The moon was only a sliver, a waxing crescent, something that comes right after a new moon or a solar eclipse. When he pulled back, he gazed deeply into my eyes, triggering a blush. But I never turned as red as I used to, now it was a faint pink. I remembered the conversation on the beach we had had two years ago, about imprinting. He had stared just like that then too. But I knew that he was not to be mine, I wasn't his true love, his imprint.

We weren't the only people on the beach, Emily's sister, Gwen, was walking down the beach in the opposite direction. Neither Jacob nor I had met Gwen. She had come down from the Makah reservation to visit Emily and Sam. I decided that this was the time to meet her.

"Let's go and say hi to Gwen." Jacob complied by nodding.

I walked up to her, she seemed to recognize me. I wondered how she could recognize me, I had never met her before.

"Hello, are you Emily's sister, Gwen?"

"Yes." She looked a lot like Emily, but without the scars. She looked like she was Emily's twin.

"I'm Bella Swan, it's nice to meet you." I put out my hand.

"Nice to meet you too." She took it with a gentle shake.

"This is Jacob, Jacob Black." I gestured toward Jake.

Jake's eyes were wide, staring at Gwen. They were filled with...filled with love. And with that, my rock was gone, I was drowning... what was left of my world had just imploded... along with my heart...


Gravity had shifted. The Earth didn't hold me here anymore, Gwen did. I had imprinted on Gwen Young, and that was going to kill Bella. Kill her even more than she already had been slain...

More than she ever was...