The Animal Within
Jacob Black was not a man of many words, instead he filled his world with thoughts. Thoughts of Bella Swan who was soon to become a vampire. Little did he know that he still featured in her mind although her heart was the possession of another man. Will he ever free himself from the curse of loving Bella Swan, and if so: at what price?
Edward Cullen was an articulate man whose world revolved around Bella Swan. She filled his senses and completed him after years of roaming the world half-empty. He knew she loved another but held tightly onto the promise that she loved him more. Will his stars be re-aligned?
Inside us all is an animal raging to be free but you only know too late when it’s been set loose... And once it has, is there any chance of caging the beast?
4. Chapter 4: Friends are Food?
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I started to feel people around me more than see them. I could sense that Carlisle and Esme were near by, I knew that Edward would be next to me but I could feel him now more than ever. The smell kicked in too: gradually there was a sweet smell that filled the room and I instantly thought of candy. By the time I lost my voice I could grasp that there were different types of sweetness in the room and I figured that these were vampires. The smell wasn’t bad like Jacob had described, the smell was pleasant, seductive and relaxing. I sniffed slightly and an assortment of fragrances ran through my mind, I wanted nothing more than to explore, to find out what they all were… at that moment my lungs gave out.
I struggled for breath, gasping and spluttering but no relief came. I choked until I felt a cool hand on the side of my cheek, “Calm down Bella, relax.” Relax! How was I meant to relax? I needed air! – But what felt like five minutes had passed and I wasn’t dying… I tried to stop my struggle, to stop fighting for relief… It worked, I swallowed in air greedily but it didn’t register: it went in, and then rattled out, unused. I sighed, so this is what that felt like. I looked at Edward and smiled weakly, I tried to speak but no words would come out.
BANG! I jumped, what the hell was that? BANG! BANG! BANGITY-BANG-BANG! Alice danced into the room as the banging continued. Then the shouting began, “BELLA! YOU’RE AWAKE! I’VE BEEN WORRIED, WELL NOT REALLY, I KNEW YOU’D COME THROUGH.” She tapped her forehead and I could hear more banging. I starred wide-eyed as I rushed my hands to my ears, why was she shouting? I mouthed the question and suddenly she gasped, “Sorry, I forgot how loud everything must seem to you. Try to focus on one thing. Block out all the rest.” I could tell that she was whispering, even with my new hearing I could barely hear her. Then Carlisle, Esme and Alice all starting breathing heavily. I tried to block out their breathing, to focus on Edward whispering in my ear, but as I tried to block stuff out I became aware of even more. I could hear the trees swaying and the leaves rustling, I could hear the mice squeaking and their little feet on the floorboards.
I tried harder and as the minutes passed by I found that I could pick and choose what I wanted to hear and finally I heard Edward, only Edward, “- know this must be hard. I’m so sorry. If I could I would have cried, I felt like running from the room, I couldn’t bear to see you in such pain… Your screaming… It tore me apart.”
I nuzzled closer, I kissed him gently on the cheek, expecting to feel the usual cold shock. Instead I felt the softness of his skin, I smelled his scent, but I did not feel a chill. I frowned and kissed him again, my tongue danced with his, but still no chill. I put all of me into it, but still nothing. It was magic, just like before, but different. - Very different. I decided I liked it, but it would take some getting used to… He’d always been so-
- My stomach cramped. I gasped in pain as it seemed to deflate and grumble. Edward groaned, “Already?” I realised what this must mean and instinctively I sniffed. Suddenly a whole new smell filled my scenes; I became completely tuned on a sweet, thick smell as it moved through the forest. I didn’t have to guess, I knew what this was: blood. And I wanted it, bad.
My voice returned as I croaked, “I’m thirsty.” I cleared my throat and my sentence shimmied through the air, “I want that wolf. I want it now.” My chest purred in anticipation: it was moving towards the house.
Author’s Note: I really wanted that sense of just how much vampires differ from humans, but I also wanted to nicely introduce the idea of ‘friends = food’ idea which I thought of after seeing a Finding Nemo poster in the street. I’m sorry for the sort-off cliff-hanger I’ve left you with, I promise it’ll be good! Who do you think it is? What do they want? R&R! Thanks.
- Chrystina Cullen
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