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New Dawn

Summary:
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.


Notes:
We're tired of the Jacob, Bella, and Edward pair. We're deciding to keep his same personality but give him a whole new story (WITHOUT BREAKING THE RULES) check it out if you want to read something different. By WE, as in there are two authors of this story.. so DUH we share an account =]


7. Farewells and Goodbyes

Rating 4.5/5   Word Count 2191   Review this Chapter

JACOB BLACK:“YAAAWWWWNNNNN!” I yawned, stretching.

I had to lie diagonally across the bed and my feet and head still dangled off the bed.

In my sleepiness, I turned suddenly and tumbled off the bed.

“Ahh...” I groaned. After a series of cusses aimed at the bed, and night stand behind me, I pulled myself up.

I walked towards the door, still looking at where I had fallen, and I banged my head against the top of the door frame.

“Hmm…” I said, eyeing the door.

I stepped out the door and entered the living room, where I saw Kimi and her grandmother cuddled together in a corner.

Kimi was laying in her grandmother’s lap fast asleep, while her grandmother stroked her hair slowly, her own eyes closed as well.

I tried to walk carefully so they wouldn’t awaken but apparently, I was caught.

“Up already?” Kimi’s grandmother asked.

“Yes,” I answered shyly.

“There’s food in the kitchen. I hope you like what is prepared. It’s not much so help yourself. Dear Kimi hasn’t been sleeping well all morning,” she let out with a sigh.

I went to the kitchen. The sweet aroma of pancakes, eggs, and muffins filled the air. It’s been a long time since I ate human food.

I helped myself, happily, chomping down on the pancakes and eggs first.

After about four servings, I decided to eat the muffin. As it entered my mouth, I thought about Emily’s muffins.

No one’s muffins can compare to Emily’s. She just had a way of capturing the true essence of a perfect muffin. It came out flawless, always, rich, moist and oh so delicious.

My mouth watered at the thought. I took a ferocious bite into the muffin, letting the taste flavor my mouth. I think Emily had tough competition here.

These were chocolate chip muffins, my favorite. Emily would never let me eat them in the morning, especially if they had chocolate near them.

I ate about three muffins until my hunger was satisfied. I wondered, was there other people that had to eat? I’m pretty sure, I finished all the food for the morning.

Just then, Kimi and her grandmother walked into the kitchen.

“Shimasani, where’s the breakfast?”

Uh oh.

Her grandmother turned to look at me. I grinned widely in return.

“Kimi, honey, it seems that your guest has eaten what I prepared this morning,” she said eyeing me.

“I’m really sorry, I didn’t know you hadn’t eaten yet,” I explained sheepishly.

“What was there to eat anyway?” Kimi asked.

“I had prepared pancakes, eggs, and chocolate chip muffins,” her grandmother answered.

“It’s okay,” Kimi said.

“I’ll just eat cereal.”

Her grandmother helped herself in getting some fruit to eat and I followed Kimi while she sat down to eat. “I’m really sorry,” I said again.

“Jacob, its fine. To be honest, I don’t like Shimasani’s pancakes that much. The chocolate chip muffins on the other hand, I can’t believe you ate all of them! But its okay, I’ll survive,” she smiled.

“Alright, besides, it’s been a while since I had such a ‘hearty’ breakfast.”

I waited for Kimi to finish eating.

“So, is the cremation today?”

“Yeah, we’ll have to head over to the town hall right away to do the ceremony first and later today.”

Her grandmother finished eating and got up to wash her plate. “By the way, Jacob, you don’t have any clothes with you, right?”

“Um, no, I don’t.” “I’ll give you some of Sakima’s clothes. He was about your size.”

“Thank you..” She left the room to get the clothes. It was just me and Kimi.

“So, did you sleep well last night?” Kimi asked.

“Yeah, most of the night,” I replied.

“What do you mean, most of the night?

” “Well, you see, this morning, I kind of--,”

“Kind of what?”

“I kind of fell off the bed,” I said shyly.

Kimi smiled. “See! I knew the bed was too small for you! Why didn’t you wake me? I didn’t sleep much last night anyway.”

“It’s fine, at least I slept for most of the night, and it was just this morning.”

Her grandmother came back with the clothes, as I headed for the shower. After getting refreshed, I got dressed in the clothes. Surprisingly, they fit me well. I headed out the door to catch up with Kimi and her grandmother.

Kimi looked stunned to see me. “Wow Jacob, my dad’s suit looks really nice on you,” she said.

“Thank you,” I told her.

Her grandmother also admired the suit as we walked towards the town hall.

“It’s not far from here,” Kimi told me as if the walk was too much for me. We arrived in the front of what seemed a large building. It was fancily decorated. I noticed that as Kimi’s grandmother stepped in, Kimi withheld her step.

“Are you okay?” I asked.

“I’m not sure I can go in,” she mumbled as a tear escaped her eye. When I saw this, a strange feeling erupted from my body.

I didn’t know how to explain it but it was a feeling I never experienced before. I felt like it was my job to calm her down and all of her pains barred on my shoulders. I had to hold back this feeling. What I felt like I was about to do, I couldn’t.

“You want me to wait with you outside?” I asked. I probably should have let her stay by herself but I felt the need to go with her.

“Alright, please. The service doesn’t start for at least an hour or more, so I’d love the company,” she told me looking into my eyes. Her eyes had became red with tears welled up in them. Faintly, I saw a smile.

“Let’s go to the shack around the building.”

We walked around the building to what seemed like a miniature version of the town hall except it wasn’t as fancily decorated.

“Are you sure we’re allowed to come in here?” I asked, looking carefully around if anyone saw us.

“It’s no problem. No one really goes in here. My dad and a few other chief members were the only people allowed, with the exception of close family,” she answered.

“What was this place used for anyway?”

“’Secret’ meetings, I guess but I used to come here after school and wait until my dad was ready to leave,” she said, her voice choked with tears.

She blinked rapidly trying to hold them back, but they overwhelmed her. I ran toward her.

She immediately hugged me, with tears streaming from her eyelids. I didn’t know how to react. I gently put my arms around her, carefully.

“It’ll be okay,” I told her. I didn’t know what else to say.

“Jacob, I’m so glad you’re here. I wouldn’t have had anyone to comfort me like this, thank you for showing up when I needed someone the most—” she trailed off and backed away. I was shocked. Was it something I did?

“What happened?” I asked. She looked terrified. I think it was because of me. She looked into my eyes.

“Are you okay?”

“I’m—fine. Sorry, I just, I don’t know, thought of something. It’s not important,” she said, toying with what seemed like a silver object dangling from her neck.

It was a necklace she evidently covered with the neckline of her shirt.

“What is that?” I asked her softly.

“It was a present from my father. He gave this to me on my ninth birthday. He called it my guardian angel,” she said as she let go of the pendant she was caressing.

I froze at the sight of the pendant. It sent a shocking pulsation through my body.

“Is—that a wolf?” I had to ask.

“Yeah, it is. My dad said it is a wolf that is fierce, brave, and strong and will always be there and watch over me,” she sniffed.

“I see.” I didn’t know what to make of the situation.

Does this mean, that I’m “connected” with her? But wolves are respected creatures of most tribes, so it could just be any wolf, although I would like to think that it was me.

“I never thought much about my pendant…before…” she continued hesitantly.

“But since my father died, I can’t help but feel that what he said was true, and that his presence exists.” She looked up suddenly.

“Do you remember when I told you about that wolf in the forest? I mean, I know I was scared before…but reflecting back…I just know that wolf was protecting me.”

“You probably think that’s silly don’t you?” she sighed deeply. I smiled wryly. She had no idea.

“No…actually, I don’t think that’s silly.” I finally muttered. She smiled a little at that.

“We should probably go back inside.” Kimi mumbled and I turned to lead the way.

The ceremony went by quickly. Many of the villagers spoke a few words about Sakima, last of all Kimi.

She walked up to the front next to the open casket, her back straight and her stride stiff. When she turned to face us, I was again astounded by how beautiful she was with her smooth light russet colored skin framed by long wavy hair as dark as night.

Her large almond shaped, hazel eyes were tainted with innocence and her small curved lips were pursed in concentration.

She smiled weakly, the dimples in her cheeks showing prominently.

She talked about her father, her Nosh, and everything he was to her. She talked about his achievements, his dreams, his motivations and what an amazing leader he was.

She delivered the speech very bravely, her clear voice only breaking once or twice. Kimi ended the speech by saying that although Sakima was not here in person, his spirit would always be with them, and not even time could wash away the memories he had painted in his lifetime.

Later tonight was the cremation. Kimi’s Shimasani and the tribal leaders thought it would be best to perform the crematory service in the forest. It took about four hours or so because we had to wait to collect the ashes to disperse throughout the village. I was getting pretty tired hoping this would soon end but more was yet to come.

“Jacob, do you want to come with us?” Kimi asked.

“Where are we going?”

“We have to disperse the ashes throughout the village.”

“No thanks. It’s a family thing, I shouldn’t be there.” I had to give her some privacy. After all, it was her father and this is something that had to be done within the close kin.

“Alright then, you should head back to the house.”

“Okay, then. See ya later, Kimi,” I told her as we parted.

I had to change back. It’s been such a long time but I felt like I needed to get away from these human emotions. I needed to take some time to figure out why I all of a sudden started feeling this way.

Since the whole village was at the pyre in the forest, it would be really easy to not get caught.

My body started to feel tense and really hot. I was quivering rapidly, tearing apart, quickly. I felt my body change. I was a furry, russet colored wolf.

I ran further up north where the weather seemed to chill. I could hear my family.

Oh no!

“Jacob has a girlfriend!!!”

A familiar voice came to me. Quil and Embry. The sound of their voice made me smile. Wait a minute!

WHAT!

“Don’t act like you don’t know, Jacob.”

“Yeah… we read your thoughts!”

I tried to keep my thoughts as far away from human as possible.

But of course, they could hear certain things as hard as I did try, especially if it was of something important to me, like Kimi.

It’s about time you moved past the leech lover.” I heard Quil.

When are you coming back home?” Embry questioned.

So they think that I have moved on… I knew that was far from the truth. I could never forget about Bella. Ever. Even now, that I have imprinted on Kimi.

Kimi is the center of my universe. Whenever I see her face, she is my sun, the air I breathe and the world that I live in. To see one smile from her, I would trade in this world and this sky of mine.

But it doesn’t change the fact that I would always love Bella and I would never become comfortable with seeing her as one of them.

“So, have you two kissed yet?”

“She’s pretty!”

“Yeah. Looks like Bella has some competition.”

A growl erupted from my chest. I didn’t like how they were comparing Kimi and Bella. I tried my hardest to block my thoughts out while I ran.

But of course, my brothers were there the whole time, pestering me with their questions and comments. Soon I could hear Seth’s thoughts, of how Bella frequently contacted him, enquiring about me and my whereabouts.

I didn’t like how close Seth and Edward have become. It’s disgusting. And I didn’t like that Bella was checking up on me. She made her decision. The pain of her choosing him over me, I could deal with. But she chose to be one of them.

Now she was going to have to live with that decision. I didn’t need her pity.

I drowned out all other thoughts, focusing simply on running, tuning in to my instincts as much as possible.

I turned around running back the way that I had come, back into Kimi’s village.

The cremation ceremony was just finished.