Kimi White is a Native American healer of the Haisla Tribe who just might be enough to erase his pain and open his eyes. But what will happen after Bella hears about this? How's Edward going to react? Most of all, how would Jacob feel about this? Is his life going to revolve around Bella, even when, BETTER opportunities arise? Read and find out =] btw, this is our first story so... dont be too harsh.
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10. Beginning of Journeys
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I couldn’t believe everything that just happened. I mean a world with vampires and werewolves? When I was younger, my Shimasani used to tell me stories about other Native American tribes and their ancestry. One of those stories did mention a tribe who had the power of the wolf, and the ability to change, if needed.
But that’s all I made of them…stories. Never in a thousand years did I expect those stories to be real. Nor that the boy I loved would be a …werewolf.
Not that I was afraid of him. I couldn’t be afraid of him. Shocked…yes I was. But afraid…no. And it does make sense. I liked to think of the wolf, the one that saved me in the forest when I was looking for the cure, as my guardian wolf. And well…Jacob had also held that protective position. When he’s there, I always felt as though nothing could harm me. When his arms were around me, there was no place safer.
I never thought that Jacob was the wolf. But it did make sense.
And I loved him even more for it.
We were still in the forest sitting on a little log. I was watching Jacob’s clouded face.
“Kimi,” he said evenly. “I…have to go home. My brothers…my family…they need me,” he whispered, closing his eyes.
“You understand don’t you?” he asked, cupping my face in his hands.
“Yes. So when are we leaving?” I asked.
He drew back suddenly, his eyes narrowing. “We?” he started. “There is no we. There is only I. There is no way that I am going to take you down there when a whole coven of vampires are going to attack us.”
“I can’t just let you leave on your own. What if…what if something happens?”
“Kimi…” he started. “Nothing would happen. My pack is pretty large. We would be fine.”
I shook my head. “But you said so yourself, that vampires have tremendous strength and they are dead Jake! Your not! Your heart is still beating, you’re still vulnerable, and you could get hurt!”
He shook his head, smiling mockingly. “Oh, so you think I’m weak now.”
I wasn’t amused. “I want to come with you.”
“Please,” I begged.
“No. You’re not coming with me,” he said, as though it were final.
“Well…then I won’t let you leave without me,” I pouted.
“Oh really? I’ll change into a wolf and run off. You can’t catch me. Following me would be useless,” he said, so full of himself.
“I’ll find a way to get to La Push,” I threatened.
He laughed. “By the time you get there, everything would be over!”
“Fine. Leave. But I won’t be here when you come back. I swear I’ll kill myself,” I said. I was bluffing of course, but he didn’t have to know that.
That wiped the smile right off his face.
He scowled. “That’s not funny,”
“I wasn’t trying to be. I can’t…I won’t let you go alone. What if something happens to you, Jake? I swear if you try to run off without me, I’ll slit my wrist and then your Bella or some other vampire can come suck my blood!”I know I was overdoing it, but there is no way that I was letting him leave without me.
He rolled his eyes. “You are so dramatic. I know you could never do something like that. You won’t be able to do it, not when you know that you’ll be leaving your Shimasani and your village alone. Not when you know how much I love you.”
I knew I had him now. “Is that a risk you want to take?”
He stared at me for a moment, and then his expression grew angry. “You don’t understand! I don’t want you to get hurt. I couldn’t bear it if you got hurt. Just please, listen to me and stay here!”
“No, Jacob, I can’t understand. You don’t want me to come because you’re worried that I’ll get hurt. You think it’s a walk in the park for me, knowing that you’re going to be fighting these monsters?” I asked, now on the verge of tears.
“That’s different. I can take care of myself. I’m not human like you! You could get killed!” he argued back.
“As long as your heart beats, it doesn’t matter what you can change into, you are human. You can get killed too!” I screamed.
He quickly closed the distance between us, cupping my face once again in his large hands.
His eyes were pleading. “Please. I can’t take you. I love you too much for that.”“If you love me so much, then you would take me. Because…because…if you don’t…I promise I won’t be here when you come back!” I whispered fiercely.
He closed his eyes in defeat.
“Okay, okay. I’ll take you. But you are not coming onto the battlefield. Do you understand? You are going to stay in the village with Emily. You have to promise me that you will do that,” he spoke.
“I promise,” I said, crossing my fingers behind my back.
I’ll find a way around his demand later.
Edward took me away deep into the forest, while Jake left with Kimi.
I could not believe it. I…tried to attack Kimi. Part of me was horrified to see what I had been turned into…and then there was another part of me, a part that wished that Jacob and Edward hadn’t been there. A part that wished that no one stopped me, and that I could sink my teeth into her soft skin and taste her sweet blood, pumped with adrenaline.
I thought about Jacob. My Jacob. I was so curious to know what he’s been doing and how he met this Kimi. I wondered if he had imprinted on her. He obviously meant a lot to her, but I was not sure whether it was in that way.
I looked up at Edward. “I-I’m sorry, Edward,” I murmured.
“It’s not your fault, love. I know it’s not something you can control,” he assured me.
“But if I tried harder…but their so hard to resist. Especially, Kimi. Her blood smelled so sweet” I said.
“You can’t help it. There’s no use worrying about something you can’t change. For a while at least,” Edward said in his soothing voice.
“I just…I just feel so weak,” I told him.
“Bella, love, it was like this for all of us. What we all manage to do now took years of practice. I’m very proud of you. Your doing great.” He encouraged.
“Poor Kimi. Can you imagine what was going on in her head?” I asked.
“Actually…yes, I can,” he said with a grin. “It looks like Jacob has a lot of explaining to do.”
“Explaining?” I asked confused.
“She didn’t know. Anything. All she knew was that he left his home, he didn’t tell her for what reason, and she does know about you and me but nothing else. Well…I imagine that’s going to change now,” he finished.
“The way he was looking at her…,” I started.
“He imprinted on her,” Edward said softly, watching my face closely, worried.
So Jacob imprinted on Kimi. I didn’t know how to feel about that. I mean, on the one hand, he was finally happy. He deserved that. But on the other hand, I couldn’t help but feel that this girl wasn’t good enough for him. A small, selfish part of me couldn’t help but regret that he wasn’t mine anymore.
“What are you thinking?” Edward murmured, right by my side, his fingers lifting up my chin.
I shook my head slowly. “It’s not important,” I finally said.
“Hmm…” he murmured, pulling me close to him.
“I-I…would like to apologize,” I started.
“For what? Are you sure it would be the best thing for you to go near her again?” he asked me.
“I wouldn’t want to leave things like this. That poor girl must be scared out of her wits. Besides, you’re with me. If I loose control…you can take me away…again,” I explained.
Not only did I want to apologize to Kimi…I wanted to see my best friend again. I wanted to take in his beautiful face, and his dark eyes. I wanted to see personally, what Kimi meant to him. I wanted to see him happy, no matter how hard it was for me to see him with her.
Edward nodded next to me. “I understand,” he murmured, his velvety voice soothing.
“Can we go now?” I asked him
“Whatever floats your boat, love.”EDWARD CULLEN
I tracked down Jacob and the girl quickly enough, with Bella gliding quickly beside me. I was amazed at how graceful she had become. She rarely had any acts of clumsiness. Well…for Bella anyway.
When we approached them, Jacob was on the guard his whole frame centered before Kimi, shielding her from harm.
I liked reading her thoughts. She was a kind girl and she really did love the mongrel with her whole heart, as he did her. I was happy that he finally imprinted and would finally leave from Bella.
Then again, I knew that this hurt Bella. She would never tell me, but I knew that this was hurting her, to see Jacob with someone else, when she knew that she loved him and he her.
I could see Kimi trembling, hiding behind Jacob.
“What do you need?” Jacob asked stiffly.
Bella answered. “Jake, I just wanted to apologize to the both of you, especially Kimi.”
Kimi was surprised but Jacob knew that this would be coming.
I looked at Kimi, trying to decipher what her thoughts were. I can’t believe this girl just tried to kill me. It’s so hard to take this in. I don’t know what to say. Should I forgive her? Well, I know she didn’t intentionally try to… she couldn’t help it. But something tells me that it was more than the attraction for my blood she was feeling.
“Kimi, it’s not something I can control, I hope you know that,” she pleaded.
“Yeah, I know. But, it’s really hard to be taking this in. One minute, you find out that mythical creatures are real, and then your boyfriend happens to be one of them… and then you almost get killed by another… who--” she took a breath, “are all somehow connected to one another,” she exhaled loudly.
Bella drew back a little, but she tried not to make it too obvious. I know she was thinking about Jacob now. How I wish I knew what Bella was thinking now.
“Yeah, I know. Trust me; it was hard for me to get through that night too. When Edward told me I was really shocked, but I wasn’t scared,” she said.
“I’m not scared, I’m just shocked. I love Jacob and there’s nothing in the world that can stop me from loving him,” she told her.
Jacob looked at Kimi, and then at Bella. This will be interesting, he said grinning to himself. I completely agreed.
“I accept your apology, Bella,” Kimi started. “And it was nice talking to you. Well… getting to meet you.”
“Thanks, Kimi. It was nice meeting you too. I hope we talk again soon. And, I promise to resist killing you,” she laughed.
You’d better not, Kimi thought. “I know you’ll try not to, and thank you for that too.”
Well that was good. Jacob looked very tense now that the conversation was over. I can’t afford to waste anymore time, I have to get down to La Push. How am I going to manage Kimi going though, she cannot get hurt. I had to protect her. But how am I supposed to watch her and help fight with my family. I was appalled to hear this. How can the dog take her there? Does he not care about her life? I had to talk to him. I walked over to him but he took a step back.
“Jacob, I want to talk to you,” I told him,
“I have to get going… we have to get going.”
He turned around and started to head out the woods. Kimi followed behind him.
“Jacob, why are you taking her with you? It’s too dangerous!” I called out.
He stopped in his tracks and so did Kimi. Please, don’t worry about Kimi and me, I can protect her just fine.
“You just said that it’s going to be difficult for you.”
I’ll manage. She’ll stay with Charlie.
“Charlie isn’t going to be enough to protect her. What if they flee after her? What is Kimi supposed to do then? There will be nothing that you can do once you get taken up in the fight.”Then what exactly do you propose. There’s no other way. She insists on coming and I want to take her with me.
“You’re something else. Try to make her understand.”You try!I turned to Kimi. She was really confused. Why is Edward only talking and Jacob just staring at him?
“Kimi, I can read his mind. As well as yours. Jacob doesn’t need to talk, I just need to respond,” I told her.
“Sure,” she said hesitantly.
“It takes time to get through. You’ll get used to it,” I told her. “I need to talk to you before you go, though.”
“Well, Kimi. I know you want to be with Jacob and all but it is really unsafe for you to be there,” I said.Can you hear me?
“Yes.”Good. Well, I want to go because I don’t want to be away from Jacob. I can’t bear even a day without him. Just knowing that he would be away for so long is really hard. And worst of all, he’s going to be fighting. That means he can get hurt. Why should I even take that chance and be away from him. I can’t stay away from him, knowing there’s a chance he might get hurt. Why would I even dare to take that risk?
“Wow, you think a lot,” I began. “Jacob is a strong fighter. He’s really good at defending. He has even fought and killed another vampire. You really shouldn’t worry about him. He heals fast as well. So why worry?”Because I love him. I’m sure if you were going off somewhere, Bella would ask to go to, even if you didn’t want her because she would get hurt. In the back of your mind, you know that more than ever, you’d want her there too. You feel like you can protect her, and you’re sure of it.
“Sometimes things don’t turn out the way you expect.”
Well, there’s no way I can stay away from Jacob. I’m staying with him regardless.
I looked at Jacob. What did she say?
“You’re both going.”
See… there’s nothing you could have done.
“Well, I hope that everything works out,” I told him.
“We’ll be heading off now,” Kimi started to speak. “It was really nice meeting you two. I hope we get to meet again, soon.”
“We will, hopefully,” Bella smiled.
It always amuses me how this small girl can be this stubborn. But what am I to do? I can’t refuse her anything. It already pained me to deny her coming with me, and then when she threatened to take her own life…I just couldn’t say no.
I waited while she packed. She kept it light, taking only a small backpack with her. She left her Shimasani a note, not wanting to tell her face to face, knowing that her grandmother would never let her leave, in danger like this.
“So how are we going to do this?” she asked cheerfully.
“Traveling in my wolf form is fastest. Your going to have to ride on my back,” I told her smugly.
She frowned. “From here to La Push?” she asked.
I grinned. “Still want to come?”
I walked into the forest, phased and then came back for her. I kneeled so that she could climb up on my back, grumbling under her breath, “I don’t see why we couldn’t get there like everyone else.”
I ran through the forest while Kimi threw both her hands around my neck, holding on tightly. Well tightly for her. Of course, it didn’t feel all that tight to me.
I would stop once in a while to give her a break, and I would fill her in about all my brothers back home and more about me and being a werewolf.
When I finally got to the part about imprinting, she looked at me quizzically, pursing her lips.
“Is that what happened with me?” she asked.
“Yeah,” I answered.
“How does it feel…to imprint?” she pondered.
I thought for a while. “Imprinting…is like love at first sight, only a thousand times stronger. When you see the person meant for you, it’s as though nothing else matters in the world. All the other bonds and relationships aren’t what hold you to the earth anymore. It’s the person you imprinted on. You’re willing to do whatever and be whatever that person needs you to be. Your needs don’t matter. Only hers do,” I answered, trying to be as thorough as possible.
She nodded, her lips still pursed in thought.
I continued on, telling her about Quil and Claire. She looked shocked.
“But Claire’s only a baby!” she exclaimed.
“Remember what I said, the imprinter is willing to be whatever they need to be for the imprinted. He doesn’t think of her that way. He just wants to be near her, make her happy in whatever way possible.”
She laughed under her breath. “That’s…remarkable. I never would have believed that anything like that was possible,”
“Some things are just too strong,” I agreed, gazing at her fondly.
We continued on until we finally reached La Push.
I thought I would take her to meet all my brothers and Emily before I took her to meet my old man. He probably already knew I was here from Sam. They knew I was coming.
I kneeled down, letting Kimi climb down and then ran into the forest to phase and put on some pants.
I came back out towards her and reached for her hand.
We both walked towards Sam and Emily’s house.
She looked really nervous. I squeezed her hand gently, trying to reassure her.
“Just relax. They know all about you anyway. They’re expecting you, “ I told her with a smile.
She nodded and took a deep breath.
We walked forward.
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