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When you didn't die

Summary:
New Moon AU: Alice never told Rosalie that Bella jumped, and so Edward never knew, and didn't go running off to the Volturi. Alice, however, still went to check on Bella. Starts during New Moon, when Charlie's at the funeral and Bella and Jake are at the kitchen table. Create your own banner at mybannermaker.com!


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5. Sometimes you really do get by with a little help from your friends

Rating 5/5   Word Count 2053   Review this Chapter

When I woke up, it wasn’t like those fairy tales where they forget where they are and lay there in bliss for a moment.

I knew what had happened. I knew who had been there. At least, I thought I did. I was kind of fuzzy on the details.

Something was poking into my skin. Ew. An IV.

My right arm was enclosed in a heavy cast, and I could feel sticky band aids covering my legs.

I could feel Jacob’s warm hand engulfing mine, and someone’s tiny cold one resting on my forehead. I sighed. Vampire and werewolf…if my previous experiences of their interactions were correct, the two would be ready to murder each other.

I cracked one eye open. Yup. Alice, her tiny face screwed up in a glare, snapped her eyes to my face, and Jacob, who was snarling under his breath, copied her a moment later. They both started talking at rapid speed.

“Bella! I saw everything! Well, only part of everything. How did you lose control of the truck like that?” Alice started.

“Bells! I thought you were gone for sure. I turn up at the border line after smelling another leech and he’s holding you, and you’re bloody and half dead, and-” Jake cut in. His hands trembled for a moment while he closed his eyes tightly and shook his head. “Sorry,” He said, and kissed my forehead gently.

Alice raised one eyebrow. “Well, clearly we’re all not on the same page. Ok Bella, spill,”

I blushed, my signature red. “Jacob is…there for me.” Jake laughed at my explanation of our confusing status.

His laughter stopped suddenly though, and he looked directly at Alice. “Alright, leech, it’s your turn. What happened? Why was he here?”

My eyes whirled to Alice’s suddenly uncomfortable face. “Well…I accidentally kind of told Rosalie that you had nearly died and were with were hanging around with werewolves, and she sort of let that slip to Edward, and you know how overprotective he can be, so he decided to come rushing here, and then when I told him to go talk to you, he just told me to mind my own business.”

Jacob growled. “He should mind his own business.”

Alice frowned. “I really don’t like this, but I think I agree with you. Bella’s actually been doing all right here, and doesn’t need a complication.”

“Ahem, I’m still here guys.” I said bitterly. “Besides, Alice, how could he be ‘overprotective’? He…I don’t know what all he told you, but he…we’re over.” I did some major covering up of the cringing I was doing. I blinked quickly to get rid of the tears.

Jacob’s face softened. “Hey, honey, don’t cry. You’re alright, Bells.” I was engulfed in a hug, and buried my face into his burning shoulder.

Alice, meanwhile, had gone quiet. I pulled my head away from Jake to see why she wasn’t talking as usual.

“Edward Anthony Mason Cullen, you are so dead.” She muttered. Her eyes bored into mine. “Bella, what did Edward tell you?”

Jake and Alice were staring at me intently, both eager to hear what apparently no one else had known.

“He said…that he didn’t love me. And that…I wasn’t good for him. It made sense, but I just…and he didn’t want me to go with him. I wasn’t g-g-good enough,” And right there in the sterilized hospital room, I started bawling.

Jacob moved to re-embrace me, but Alice was quicker. Her stony shoulder was comforting, and the rhythmic circles she traced on my back eased my crying.

I don’t know how long we spent like that, me crying into Alice while Jacob watched on with concern, but it must have been long. A nurse poked her head in.

“Isabella? You’re dad’s here to see you!” She announced brightly. I pulled away from Alice, took a deep breath, and pasted a fake smile on my face. Alice and Jacob both sank into seats further from the hospital bed.

“Bells!” Charlie gasped, pushing past the nurse. “What happened this time?” He must have found out during a patrol – his uniform was still on and a gun hung loosely from his belt.

“Ran into a tree. Don’t worry, Dad, it’s not as bad as it looks.” I assured him, not that it did anything to calm him.

“Bella, what am I going to do with you? Jake won’t always be there to run you to the hospital!” He started pacing. “I wouldn’t be surprised if you tripped holding a knife and cut your leg off! Or if you were to jump off a cliff!”

Jacob started laughing, but halfway through covered it with a hacking cough. Charlie turned to him.

“You okay, Jacob? You really don’t sound too good.”

“Oh, no worries, Charlie. I’m fit as a fiddle!” Jacob said happily.

Charlie shrugged and sat down on my bed. “The doctor said you’re free to go home if you want, Bella.”

“Okay, Dad. Hey, Alice just got back. She heard about the crash and wanted to make sure I was ok. She can spend the night with us, right? She can’t get a plane until tomorrow.”

Charlie looked around, confused, until his spotted her next to Jacob. “Alice? Oh, sure! It’s great to see you again, Alice!”

Three hours later, Jacob, Alice, and I sat in my room. Jacob and Alice, of course, were at opposite sides of the room, and I sat on the middle on the bed. We, or rather they, were conferencing what to do now.

Upon entering my house, they had both frozen, and then raced upstairs. By the time I caught up with them, they had determined that another vampire had been here – Victoria. And not alone. The informed me that there had been maybe 5 vampires in my room.

“We can watch them, no worry!” Jake said confidently.

“Listen, mutt. If it was just about the town, I’d be fine with your pack watching. But with Bella? Victoria’s dead set on getting her, and I just don’t think you’ve got what it takes. Besides, I’m fairly sure that Victoria might have even more vampires with her.” Alice retorted.

This had been going on for an hour. A long, long hour. “Alright, guys, I’ve got an idea. Want to hear it?” The last time I had suggested something they both vehemently refused. Probably because I had wanted to offer myself up to Victoria.

“Bella, if it’s something stupid again, then no, I do not want to hear it.” Alice said wearily.

I frowned. “It’s not stupid; basically, what if you guys worked together? You both keep saying that the other one isn’t strong enough. Maybe if you both worked together, you could crush Victoria and her friends.”

For a long moment nobody said anything. I was starting to think that I would be refused again, when Jake spoke up.

“Listen, shortie. I think it’s worth a try. Let’s be honest – we have no idea how many friends Victoria has, or their experience. Our best shot is to work together.” He stuck out his hand.

Alice wrinkled her nose, then daintily grasped his hand and shook it. “You’re right. You get your brothers, I’ll call my family. Get them here by tonight. Eleven o’clock, out in the forest behind the house.”

Jacob nodded. “One thing – You better not call him.”

Alice nodded.

He crossed the room and kissed me long and hard. He broke away and jumped out the window in a split second. He was gone by the time I opened my eyes.

Alice came over and sat by me. “Okay, Bella. I’ve got some calls to make. Do you think you’ll be fine up here for a few minutes?”

“Alice, I’m 18. I think I’ll be okay for 5 minutes.” Alice looked at me skeptically.

“Alright…I’ll be outside.” She crept silently out of the window.

I snuggled under my blankets, shivering. This day had been way too interesting.

First, the murders in Seattle. It wasn’t like it was threatening me, seeing as how I had vampires and werewolves who were there for me, but it was still horrible.

Second, the accident…and the persons involved with it. I must have been delirious…that was the only possibility. Except that Jacob had seen him too, and Alice had confirmed it all. It made absolutely no sense; why would he be there? Edward didn’t give a damn about me anymore.

Shit. I thought the name. I waited for the ripping sound of my heart that was sure to come. And waited. And waited.

Ah, there we go. Dull pressure filling my chest, and then…

Nothing.

“What?” I managed to whisper out loud. What did this mean? No crushing, blinding pain? No cold seeping through me? No zombie-like wails?

Alice climbed through my window again and plopped onto the chair by my bed. “Whew, you sure are one heck of a chore, Bella. It took absolutely forever to contact Carlisle, thank goodness he agreed to tell the others for me, otherwise I’d be on the phone for at least 5 minutes…Bella? Are you alright?”

I nodded, too shocked to speak. What did this mean? That I was over him? That I really had moved on?

“Bella? Ok, something must have happened in the minute and 17 seconds I was gone. Talk to me, Bella,” Alice commanded.

“I think…” I started, “that I moved on.”

Alice raised her eyebrow. “It really took you this long? Jeez, Bella, those shoes that Rose intercepted weren’t that amazing. Chill,”

I started laughing. It was like that laughter gas stuff that they give you at the hospital sometimes. “No, Alice! I mean…I’m over EDWARD!” I sang out.

I jumped up. “Alice, do you know what this means? No more nightmares, no more pain-filled flashbacks, and best of all, I can totally and completely love Jacob!” I threw my arms around her.

She patted my back. “Um, good for you? Just hold up a sec, Bella.” She walked us over to my bed and sat down. “I’m really happy for you. Really, I am. But did you ever think that maybe, if Edward were to come back, and explain himself, would you, I don’t know, take him back?”

She wrung her hands nervously. I narrowed my eyes.


“Alice, I moved on. This is what he wanted me to, anyways. I’m not going to leave Jacob. He deserves more than I can give him, but if I’m who he wants, then he’ll at least get that.” I raised my eyebrow. “What are you getting at, anyways?”

“Weeeeeeeeellllll,” She began, “Edward wasn’t exactly…truthful with you. I guess you could say. What he told you was inexcusable, cruel, and ultimately a lie. He still loves you, Bella.”

What. The. Hell. “Alice, listen, this is not the best topic to joke with.” I told her sternly.

She sighed and took my hands. “Bella, I’m really glad for you, that you’ve found someone else. But Edward loves you. A lot,”

“Are you…Are you serious?” I gasped. “Well, even if you think you’re right, I bet you’re not.”

“Don’t try betting against me, Bella. I tend to see the future,” She tapped her head.

I shook my head. “Whatever. That’s…unfortunate. I couldn’t leave Jacob, after everything he’s done for me.”

“I’d never ask you to do that, Bella!” Alice insisted. “I just wanted you to know your options…”

I sighed. “So, when are the others getting here?”

Alice smiled. “They’re all on their way. Jasper will be here in…about an hour and a half. He’s catching a plane.

We sat together on my bed in silence. Not uncomfortable, just quiet.

“Bella, how about you go to sleep? I’ll wake you when everyone’s here and ready to go meet the wolves.” She suggested.

“You better wake me up,” I warned.

She laughed quietly, though it still managed to ring. “Of course, Bella. Now go to sleep!”

I willingly complied. It had definitely been a long day.

Before my mind completely slipped away from consciousness, I had to make sure. “Alice?” I mumbled.

“Hmm?” She asked quietly.

“Don’t tell Jacob about Edward,” I muttered. I clutched Alice’s granite hand as I fell asleep.