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Crimson Wine

Summary:
When James recognizes Alice in the baseball field, he goes after her instead of Bella. Starts from just before Edward brings Bella home for the first time. Mostly from Alice's POV but it might change. Please review, flames are welcome.


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6. Chapter 6

Rating 0/5   Word Count 1053   Review this Chapter

Last time…

As if on cue, Rosalie and Emmett came barreling through the front door.

“We’ve got a problem.”

Alice’s POV

“What’s wrong Emmett?” Esme asked, concern evident in her voice. “Where are Edward and Bella?” Her voice raised in pitch as she automatically assumed the worst.

“Don’t worry, mom. They’re fine. Edward took Bella home,” Emmett explained quickly.

“Well then what is it?” Jasper asked, growing impatient.

“The vampire, in the field, he knew Alice,” he said a little breathlessly. We all just nodded knowingly in response. Emmett was taken back. He obviously expected us to be surprised. “How do you-“

“It’s a long story.” I interrupted him before he could even finish asking. I really didn’t feel like reiterating everything again.

“Yea, well, apparently, he wants to kill Alice,” he said bluntly.

“What?” I was surprised. Why would he want to kill me now? I’m not human anymore; he can’t drink my blood.

“Why would he want to do that?” Carlisle asked, obviously thinking the same thing I was. “She doesn’t have blood anymore.”

“Vengeance,” Emmett suggested.

“That doesn’t make any sense, though. Alice never did anything to him.”

“His pride?” Esme asked. It made sense. I was probably the only victim who got away from him.

“It doesn’t matter why. We need to keep him away from Alice.” Jasper had a point; it didn’t really matter why he was doing it.

“What are we going to do about it?” Rosalie asked.

“Let’s go get him first,” Emmett said excitedly, flexing his muscles at the prospect of a fight.

“No, we’re not fighting anybody,” Carlisle declared with a calm voice of authority. “You have no idea how many more vampires he could have on his side.”

“Do you have a better plan?” Emmett countered.

Carlisle sighed. “If we could get him by himself, then we could take him down,” he said solemnly. Carlisle hated hurting other people, but he would do anything to protect his family, and that includes me.

“What about Alice?” Jasper asked. “She can’t be near here when we do, it will just motivate him to act faster.”

“Jasper’s right” Carlisle said deep in thought. “Alice,” he turned to me. “You’re going to have to leave; it isn’t safe for you here.”

I must’ve looked worried because Esme came over and wrapped me in hug. “Don’t worry, Alice,” she soothed. “Rose and I will go with you.”

Rosalie smiled encouragingly. “Yea, it will be like a vacation; just us girls.” They both pretended to looked excited; I wasn’t fooled. Neither one of them wanted to leave there husbands here where they could be in danger.

“Can’t Jasper come?” I asked. Maybe this whole thing wouldn’t be so horrible if Jazz was with me.

“No, we need his power.” Carlisle made sense, but I still didn’t like it. I guess they needed him more. If Jasper was with them to calm James down, he would be easier to kill.

“What about Bella?” I asked. “Do you think she’s safe here?” By the looks on their faces, it was pretty clear that none of them had even thought about Bella.

“I expect that she is.” Carlisle answered after a moment of quiet thinking. “James didn’t seem to even notice her.”

“But you know Edward won’t leave her while there in town,” Jasper protested, “and we need his help.”

“I don’t want to make her leave if she isn’t in any danger,” Carlisle responded. “I’m sure we can get Edward to help us anyway.”

“When do we have to leave?” I asked in a small, almost childlike voice.

“Carlisle sighed. “The sooner, the better.” I thought I saw something flash across his face for a second…regret? Sorrow? Something along those lines. “You three should start packing. Be ready to leave by morning.” I didn’t even notice when the sun slipped beneath the horizon, but it was dark outside now.

I quickly ran upstairs to start packing. If I only had a few hours left with Jasper, I didn’t want to waste it packing. Jasper followed me up to our room and just stood by the door watching as I threw random articles of clothing into my suitcase. His beautiful, golden eyes were filled to the brim with concern. I knew he was worried about me, and I probably wasn’t making it any better by packing so carelessly. It wasn’t like me to not plan out every outfit perfectly when I go on trips. Then again, Jasper would always come with me on those trips.

The truth is, he isn’t half as worried about me as I am for him. What if he gets hurt? James was strong enough to kill the vampire who changed me without any trouble. Who’s to say he isn’t strong enough to kill Jasper. I know Jasper has a lot of experience fighting newborns, but that’s different. James knows what he’s doing. He’ll stop at nothing to get to me; even killing everyone in my family. That train of thought left me aching. Maybe it would be better if I just gave myself up now.

Jasper, sensing my discomfort, came over and picked me up. He lay down on the, gently placing me by his side. His hand started moving in a soothing motion up and down my back. I was instantly calmed. He didn’t even have to use his power on me; just his very presence was enough to calm me in even the most stressful situations.

“I don’t want you to fight James,” I mumbled into his chest.

“Alice, you have nothing to worry about,” he soothed,” It will be 4 against 1. He has no chance.”

“But what if the follow him and attack when you’re busy with James.” My panic rose a little more with each word.

“Alice, don’t do this to yourself.” I sighed. He was right; there was no point in driving myself insane with “what ifs”.

Nothing more was said, there was no need for anything to be said. Jasper and I weren’t ones to feel the need to fill every moment with meaningless chatter. We were much more comfortable just lying together quietly, enjoying each other’s company. So that’s what we did. We enjoyed this last moment of peace together.

So, what do you think? Should Bella go with them (I could always make them change their minds). The problem with Bella is that there really isn’t much she can do in this story because she’s a human, but if you have an idea let me know.

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