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Open Flame

Summary:
I knew in that instant exactly how Sam felt when he saw Emily, exactly how Jacob felt when he saw Renesmee, exactly how Quil felt when he saw Claire. There were thoughts I had never known rushing through my head, from thoughts of a friendly nature, to thoughts of a passionate nature and everything in between. She drew me like an open flame drew a pyromaniac; and curiously, wonderfully, lovingly and lustfully, I had to follow her. I had to touch that open flame.open flame banner Seth Clearwater comes back from college for Leah's wedding, and the gang gets back together. But when his car breaks down on the side of the road, a very beautiful, engaged young woman comes to the rescue. Can Seth vy for the attentions of his imprint and successfully win her? Author's Note: This fanfiction will be complete once the twelfth chapter is added! Thank you everyone for your support and reviews!


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10. Ten - Search Party

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Ten

Search Party

I seemed to freeze and unfreeze in the same moment. All the strings that had been stretched in the few hours I had been away from her had snapped. I felt my heart stop, start, stop and start again.

What to think? What to do? What to say? Nothing and everything rushed through me. Well, maybe not. One thought seemed to poke out in particular.

“I am going to kill Jacob Ephraim Black.”

“Seth, you have to-“ began Carlisle, but I cut him off.

“I told him to take care of her. I told him that Ginessa was in more danger than Reneesme. And I promised her…” My breathing sped up exorbitantly. “I promised her I wouldn’t be gone long.” I about rushed to the door that second, but Esme blocked my exit.

“Seth, you cannot do anything rash. You don’t even know where Jake is-“

“I’m a wolf, I’ll track.”

“You can’t go alone, Seth,” commented Esme.

“I have to. All of you have to stay here, and all the others are out keeping the other wolves at bay.”

They knew I was right, so all they did was look at me.

“She’s in Russia,” whispered a quiet voice.

All of us turned to look at Alice, whose crimson eyes were glazed with premonition.

“What?” I asked, my heart racing again.

“She’s in Russia,” Alice repeated. She moaned in agony for a moment, and fell back against Jasper. “She’s with them.”

Carlisle knelt by Alice’s side. “Are they the only ones in the picture, Alice?”

“Don’t you dare agitate her pain. I will not have it, Carlisle.” Jasper’s words sheathed the room in pure anger.

“Jasper, sweetie,” began Esme, touching his shoulder.

Jasper clawed her away. “Can you not see how much pain she is in?”

“Jazz,” said Alice. She leant up and touched his cheek for a moment. “Baby, I love you, but you have to let me handle this.” Alice’s eyes seemed to disappear into the distance the moment she finished speaking. “Edward is with them.”

“Thank God,” said Esme, breathing a sigh of relief.

“Bella?” asked Carlisle.

Alice shook her head.

“Just Edward?”

She nodded.

“Seth, you have to go. If anything else happens, call us. Keep us updated.”

I nodded, running out of my apartment, stripping and phasing as I went.

From miles off, I thought I heard Carlisle say, “That kid has some heart.”

*****

It hit me about three a.m. the next morning that I had not slept in over twenty four hours.

Under normal circumstances, this would have bothered me to such a horrendous degree that I would have collapsed in some random forest. But, as I said before, these were not normal circumstances. Ginessa was the only half-normal thing about the entire situation, and now that she had been kidnapped by these Children of the Moon, she did not count as average.

I continued to trek. By the time I reached Alaska, the sun had risen almost completely, tainting the clouds with blood. I hoped the crimson in the sky was not an omen of things to come. Would Ginessa be in a similar condition as Alice? Would I be able to heal her? What if they had bitten her? Would she turn into one of them?

I shuddered.

I had to reach her before then. Anything less was simply not an option.

Seth?

I am not talking to you, Jake. I don’t care where you are, or why. You fed Ginessa to the wolves.

Aw, c’mon Seth –

No! If I had done the same thing to Reneesme, you would have torn me to pieces by now.

Seth, we’re only a few miles out. We could help –

No! I exclaimed again. Let me alone, Jake. Haven’t you done enough?

Jake sighed in his head, his eyes resembling those of a sad puppy. Please?

I shook my head in anger. No, Jake. This is one journey I have to make alone. And not only that, but these wolves are after Reneesme. It isn’t safe for you.

He blinked at me and nodded. All right. But I’ll stay a few miles behind you, just in case.

Jake fell back into the darkness of the forest.

I knew this was one journey I had to make alone, just like I had told Jake. I couldn’t stay mad at him for long, though; anger shared with any member of the pack was short-lived because all our emotions were so raw.

I’m sorry. He meant it with more emotion than ever. But I wasn’t ready to forgive him yet. I raced forward, towards the northern miles of the Pacific Ocean, past the Aleutian Islands, and into the water.

I was happy that my fur was so insulated against temperature. I felt no change in my environment even though it was freezing around me. I silently thanked my ancestors for soundly evolving.

Siberia, though, was colder than ever. In all the years that I had been a werewolf, weather had seemed like an extemporaneous factor which never affected me. My body was able to adjust without my cognition interfering. But my limbs seemed unable to recoup from this. I was constantly shivering, with snow and ice forming on my nose, and in the tufts of hair all around me. Even if I had wanted to stop, I knew I could not have. There was something pulling me in Ginessa’s general direction.

Under normal circumstances, I would have collapsed in total exhaustion, or maybe even from hypothermia after a freezing three-day trip. There was something, probably the strength of the imprint, which was keeping me strong and warm every step of the journey. Even though extenuating circumstances kept my body cold in an unorthodox way, Ginessa warmly lived on in my heart.

Edward spotted me first. He stood at the edge of a massive forest, arms at his sides, penetrating amber eyes seeing past my chilled exterior, to where my soul burned for her.

“How did you know?” he asked quietly.

Alice, I thought.

He furrowed his eyebrows. “She’s all right? What happened to-”

It’s a long story, Edward. When we aren’t pressed for time, I’ll explain it to you.

Edward nodded. “There’s something you should know before you go back to where they are keeping Ginessa.”

My initial reaction was that of a sort of trauma. Images flooded through my head: Ginessa, blood caked on her skin, her hair, her clothes. Broken bones, torn ligaments, pulled muscles-

Edward shook his head. “Nothing as dramatic has happened. They have not touched her, not in the way that you are thinking.

What kind of abuse could be anything worse than what I’ve imagined?

Edward gulped in response to my thoughts. His eyes were closed; pondering. “Seth, remember when Carlisle told you about the Volturi? And when I elaborated?

I nodded. Mind games.

“Exactly. Mind games. I don’t know how they work on our kind, much less on humans, but…she isn’t…I mean…” He sighed. “She refused to answer any questions about you, or about Reneesme, even when she was in ridiculous pain. At least, that’s what they told me, when I arrived.”

Part of my brain seemed unable to function, and the other part of my brain was entirely livid with questions. I had no idea what to think or do-

“Seth, you cannot, under any circumstances, phase back into human form. It is of utmost importance.”

I narrowed my eyes. Why?

Edward sighed again. His sighs were quickly, becoming a habit, one that I was not too apt to like quickly. “Seth, Carlisle may be the practicing doctor, but I have been to medical school a few times before. You don’t have any clothes, so if you change, things could get worse than they already are. I can tell you’re much too close to hypothermia, and your body has one of the thickest winter coats in the world. Besides, I can read Ginessa’s thoughts, and that way, she won’t have to waste energy talking. Plus, I won’t have to translate the wolves’ thoughts to you, either.”

I nodded somewhat regretfully. Edward always made sense.

“Right now, I want you to close your eyes and remember when you first met Ginessa. Recall everything about your unfinished love story. When you see her, you have to imagine her whole again.”
Why?

He shrugged. “It worked for me years ago when I thought it was necessary to leave Bella. Alice kept thinking about how broken Bella was, and I couldn’t stand it. I had to tell myself that what I was doing was going to help her. It hurt to see both Bellas at once, but I did it, and she healed some, with Jacob’s help.” He hesitated. “I guess what I mean to say is that you have to envision Ginessa perfect and whole. This isn’t your fault, and I already know that you’ll blame yourself the moment you see her.”

I nodded, most of me believing his words. But a little ray of hope illuminated within. Could it really be that bad?

To that thought process, Edward had no reply.