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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 =]


8. Cures and Kisses

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KIMI WHITE:

After the whole village had finished with their farewells, it was up to me and my Shimasani to spread my father’s ashes. We walked all over the village, depositing the ashes in the lake and the forest and the land surrounding the village.

This way, my father’s spirit could always be with us. When we were done, Shimasani and I stood by the lake for a while talking about my Nosh.

We finally decided to retire home for the night. I saw Jacob’s silhouette leaning against the frame of the door.

His face was clouded, lost in thought. When he heard us approaching, he turned to us and smiled.

We all walked inside the house quietly. I felt lassitude and decided to go take a warm bath. When I returned Shimasani and Jacob were already eating dinner.

Not feeling much hunger, I reached for an apple. Jacob watched incredulously as I slowly bit into my fruit of choice.

“What?” I asked.

“That’s all you’re eating?’ he asked.

“I don’t feel that hungry.” I shrugged.

“What are your plans for tomorrow dear?” Shimasani cut in.

“I’m going to try to find that plant.” I replied firmly. I knew she wouldn’t try to talk me out of this, since the future of the village depended upon this.

Shimasani looked at me for a moment too long. “Kimi, please remember to be careful. I…I don’t want to lose you.”

“You’d have to worry…if she was going alone. But I don’t plan on letting her go in there alone again.” Jacob grinned widely.

I glared at him, happy that I wouldn’t be alone in my quest but deeply annoyed by how he was babying me.

We talked for a while longer and then went to bed.

When we awoke the next day…Jacob and I went searching for the plant in the forest. We searched all day to no avail. It became our everyday routine, searching all day and then coming back at night, my hope waning slowly.

Two weeks Later…..

I tried to open my eyes, succeeding partway. I sighed deeply and then rolled off the bed preparing to continue what had been our routine. I was so glad that Jacob was here. He really was support…even though he could be rudely sarcastic at times.

I hurried to take a shower and chow down some breakfast. When I finished, Jacob was just waking up. I waited patiently while he got ready to leave.

We started trekking towards the forest like any other day, in search of the plant. Jacob’s face looked particularly cloudy today.

Hmmm…I breathed in deeply. We marked the path that we took each day so that we knew exactly where we had stopped on the previous day. When I saw that point, a fresh wave of disappointment surged through me.

The situation at the village was not good, not good at all. The disease had already claimed the lives of so many innocent people… My father, those two poor boys, Yuma and Jacy, among many others.

We had to find that plant…it was the only way.

I don’t know how many hours we spent searching. But today was the day that my prayers would be answered. I was searching, filled with desperation when my eye caught sight of a few bright orange flowers and dark green leaves. The plant was barely visible….but…

I rushed forward with Jacob close behind me, my heart thumping out of my chest in excitement. When I approached the plant I saw that this was what we were looking for.

I clapped my hand over my mouth, my eyes streaming with tears of happiness. Finally! After all this searching…my village had a chance of surviving.

I tugged on the plant but it wouldn’t budge, its roots locked deep into the ground.

“J-j-Jacob…” I stammered. “We…We found it. Help me!”

He gently shoved me aside and knelt down by the plant. I could have sworn that he used like two fingers, but he had that plant out in no time.

“There must be more in the area.” He murmured.

We kept searching around and sure enough there was more!

I could see why it was described as a plant so hard to find, they were almost completely hidden deep in the forest.

After we had collected all the plants, I sank against a nearby tree in relief. Jacob towered over me, looking at me, but somehow past me.

He went and sat on an old tree that had fallen from what it looked like, a few years ago. Something was wrong.

Instantly I felt guilty. He had been like this all morning and I was so preoccupied with finding my plant that I hadn’t even bothered to find out why. I felt horrible.

I hurried over to where he sat with his back turned to me, unsure if I should give him some space or if I should try and console him.

I decided to go with the latter.

I placed one hand on his broad shoulder and called his name.

He turned to me, slowly, his eyes torn in pain.

My heart tore when I saw his expression. I felt as though his pain was mine.

“What’s wrong?” I asked quietly.

“Nothing!” he snapped. He might as well have slapped me in the face.

I drew back, surprised.

He sighed deeply.

“Look, I didn’t mean that. It’s just some thoughts.”

I nodded quickly.

JACOB BLACK

Thoughts of my past overwhelmed me. I couldn’t believe it but I was actually missing it. Kimi started to ask me a lot of questions and I didn’t want to answer them but I didn’t want to hurt her feelings at the same time. She had no idea who I really was. I wanted to tell her but I was scared she’d think of me differently. I would love to share my secrets with her, just like Bella and I did. She knew almost everything about me and I with her. Why was it so hard for me to open up to Kimi?

I know it hasn’t been that long of a time but we have been getting closer and closer each day. We do talk and I find her a very interesting girl. I wanted to, at this moment, just let out everything welled up in my chest but the reaction of her just terrified me. Maybe, I thought, I should just wait until the time is right.

“I’m sorry, Kimi,” I tried to look at her in her face.

She looked flustered. “What’s wrong with you?”

“I don’t know. I feel frustrated.”

“Well I was trying to help but I guess you don’t want any, in that case,” she mumbled.

“No, it’s not that, honestly. Look, you have no idea about me, why I’m here, and my whole life story. It’s really hard for me to just walk around with a smile on my face.”

“Well, I’m sure you didn’t spontaneously grow out of the woods just like that. I know you’re here for some reason. I just didn’t want to ask like that out of the blue. I was hoping that maybe when you’re ready, you would tell me. I wasn’t forcing you.”

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean it like that. I’m trying to forget my past. It has been great but it just got to the point where I don’t want to think about it anymore,” I know I was being very confusing.

“I don’t understand. You said you had a wonderful past but yet you don’t want to remember. Please, explain.”

“I’ll try to,” I told her, making sure I looked at her straight in the eye. She looked at me intensely and from that moment, I felt like I could tell her maybe not everything, but at least clue her in.

I didn’t care so much about the treaty. Kimi was my soul; she had a right to know. What scared me most was that she might not accept me. Now might not be the time to tell her about my past, but I couldn’t keep it from her much longer.

“Well, to begin with, you know my name is Jacob Black. I’m Quileute and my father’s name is Billy. My mother’s name was Sarah but she died. I have two older twin sisters, Rachel and Rebecca. I’m from La Push, Washington.”

“Wow, very interesting. You have a pretty big family. I’m awfully sorry about your mother. Don’t you miss her?”

“Yes, I do very much. She died when I was young and I’ve been able to get over the sadness but after all, she was my mother, just like your father.”

“I’ve never been to La Push before. What’s it like?”

“Well, it doesn’t really get so sunny over there. It’s mostly cloudy or rainy.”

“Wow, I don’t think I can live like that. Here, we get some sun. Just the way I like it.”

“Yeah me too. I also like to mess around with cars, you know, anything mechanical.”

“That’s cool. I want a Hybrid Lamborghini,” she said, awaiting my answer.

“What?! Why a hybrid?” I laughed

“I don’t want to contribute to global warming,” she said, without a doubt on her face.

“Interesting. You are very strange… in a good way. I don’t think those exist,” I said.

“Well, whenever you have time,” she joked. “Maybe you can invent it and name it after me. Of course, I expect a 50% commission.”

“You’re so funny,” I told her, tucking a lock of her hair behind her ear. I couldn’t help but gaze at how silky her black hair was and how her big hazel eyes glistened in the sunlight. Or the way she bit softly into her soft curved lips…

She blushed.

“Well, what about your friends? I’m sure you had some, at least,” she asked trying to divert my attention.

“I did have friends,” I said hesitantly.

“Well tell me about them--,” she trailed off. “Oh, so this is where your past wasn’t that good.”

“No, actually, it was good, really, the best but after I tell you why…I don’t know how you will feel.”

I looked at her expectantly. She cocked her head to the side and smiled, encouraging me to continue.

“I had two best friends, Quil and Embry. I still remember when we used to hang out in my garage, we were all into cars. And then…my circle of friends grew to include others, Sam, Paul, Jared…” I said sighing.

“Actually, we were more like brothers than friends. There was something that tied us all together, something beyond the power of all of us,” I finished.

She eyed me for a while

“So I guess you did have a lot of friends. Um...so…did you have some friends that were…um…girls…that happened to be um… more than just friends?” She mumbled sheepishly, her russet skin darkening as the blood rushed to her face.

I grinned watching how uncomfortable she looked. I decided to keep her in her misery for just a while longer.

She looked up suddenly.

“You know…I was just curious,” she grumbled, trying to play it off.

“Okay.”

I didn’t think it was possible for her to get redder, but she proved me wrong.

“I did have friends that were girls…and some of them did have crushes on me…and we did go out on a few group dates. But none of those girls meant anything more than friendship to me,” I informed Kimi.

I looked at her for some courage before I went on to explain the next part…the hard part.

I took in a deep breath and then continued. “There was a new girl who came to town, the daughter of my father’s best friend. I liked her…in a girl next door kind of way.”

“But she had a boyfriend, it didn’t surprise me, I knew she would get picked up pretty quickly. And then…he left her and she came to me for reassurance and well…I started liking her more and more,” I paused for a moment.

“But to sum it all up, he came back…and she made it clear that she wanted him…not me.” I finished trying to make it sound as though it did not matter to me that much.

I didn’t want Kimi to ever, ever know how much Bella meant to me. I couldn’t, wouldn’t let her see the pain I endured for her. She couldn’t ever know that Bella was my soul mate…if we lived in a world with no magic or mythical creatures.

I forced my eyes to look up at her. She stared back, her expression hard to understand. She was silent for about two minutes. The longest two minutes in my life.

“This Bella…is she the reason why you left La Push?” Kimi asked softly.

‘No.” I said abruptly. The word, short as it was, stabbed pain into my heart. It pained me, even now, to deny Bella.

She stared at me for while more, her face in an unreadable mask. And then she smiled. I swear it was as though the sun came out.

“I know that you are not being completely honest with me. I also know that whatever it is that you do not want to tell me is the reason why you left your home. I know that this sounds selfish…but…if you never left home, then I would never have met you. That would have been a pretty bad loss for me,” she finished, breathless.

“I guess meeting you was my destiny,” I whispered.

I turned my face to gaze at her, sitting right next to me. When I looked at her, I felt something stirring deep inside me. Even if I was not ready to tell her everything, I wanted her to know how strongly I felt about her. How she filled every thought of every day for me. And how if there were no Kimi, there would be no Jacob.

Our eyes met at a low gaze. I think she knew what was coming at her.

I reached for her hands and pulled her up so that we were both standing.

I reached for her, both my hands cupping her face. She slowly raised her eyes to look into mine.

I moved closer to her, gazing deeply into her eyes. My lips stopped inches from hers, hesitating. But that was only for a moment. There was nothing I wanted more in this world than to kiss her right there and then.

And I did.

KIMI WHITE

I knew when Jacob gazed at me like that, that he wanted to kiss me. It was what I wanted.

He reached for my hands, pulling me off the log. I felt his hands on the sides of my face and I slowly raised my eyes into his. The way he looked at me, the love in his eyes, knocked the breath out of me.

He moved closer to me, lowering his face slowly towards mine. He stopped just inches from my lips, and I was too scared to move, to breathe.

And then his lips were on mine. He kissed me urgently, his lips crushing mine. One of his hands was in my hair and the other was around my waist, pulling me closer to him.

I draped my arms around his neck. He stopped kissing me, his lips wandering down the length of my neck and then back up to my ear, whispering “Kimi, I swear when I’m with you, I feel like time has stood still. I must be the luckiest guy on Earth.”

“It’s wonderful how we just met, and for some strange reason, I felt an attraction to you right away,” I told him.

“You know, it was the exact thing that happened to me as well. That one moment I saw you, I couldn’t take my eyes off of you. I felt like you’re the only one for me in this world from now on. Now that I met you, I don’t know what I would do without you.”

I smiled at him as he instantly pulled me closer to his side, where I rested my head on his chest with his arms over me. “Jacob…I wanted to ask you something. I don’t mean to be rude, but its always been on my mind.” I told him hesitantly.

“Ask away.”

“Um…I was just wondering…is everyone in your tribe…um…as big as you are?”

He chuckled and answered, “Just about.”

Just as I was about to ask him something else, his fingers lifted my chin up and he kissed me very gently. I had a good feeling that he was trying to distract me.

It worked.

I noticed from the corner of my eye that the sun was going down. I didn’t know it was getting this late. I wanted this moment to last forever, but we really did have to get back.

I separated myself from his arms reluctantly, murmuring “We should probably get back. Shimasani must be worried about us. Oh…she’ll be so happy to see that we’ve found the plant!”

He kissed the top of my head and helped me gather all the plants to carry back into the village.

The walk back seemed longer than ever, now that I was bursting to tell Shimasani that we found the plant.

When we finally arrived at the village, I ran into my house. I found Shimasani hunched in our living room, browsing through some of the natural remedies that have been passed down from generations past.

I dropped down in front of her so that we were eye to eye. She looked at me quizzically for a moment and then her gaze wandered to what Jacob and I were holding in our arms.

“Ohhh….” Shimasani gasped, tears welling up at the corner of her eyes.

“My dears…you have found it. You saved our village!” she said struggling to get up.

I quickly jumped up helping her get on her feet.

She covered my face in kisses and the she went to Jacob. He knelt down so that she could embrace him.

“We can start making the herbal remedy right away. If we work all night, we could make enough to save our entire village.” Shimasani chattered away happily.

And we stayed up…all night long. Shimasani and I worked on making the remedy while Jacob stayed and watched, drowsing off occasionally.

The next morning was a busy one…we bustled around the entire village, administering the remedy to all those who were infected. The next few days were even more stressful, as we watched carefully to see whether the remedy was working.

Luck was with us, and all the people were getting better. The remedy worked!

As quickly as the disease had spread, it had also been stopped.

At the end of a week, everything in the village had settled down and was getting back to normal. People were walking around and going about their daily lives.

I rarely got to see Jacob during the week but now that everything had settled down, I went to go find him, to go talk to him.

I found him in the meadow that I went to as a child and when I discovered that my father had died.

He heard me approaching and smiled. He grabbed my hands and pulled me to his side.

“You look happy,” he said smiling down on me.

“I am. It’s over Jake. We don’t have to worry anymore. I just wish that my father was here to see this.” I whispered.

“I’m sure he’s around. Just like I’m sure he would have been so proud of you,” he said assuring me.

“Jake…as happy as I am that you are here…don’t you want to see your family?” I inquired “I mean…I don’t want you to feel as though you have no choice. I want you to be happy,” I continued.

“I’m…not ready to go home…yet. And I am happy…I met you didn’t I?” he whispered back. “I would never want you to leave my side.”

I smiled and leaned my head against his chest.

Everything was fine. I was the happiest I had ever been.