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Strained Emotions

This is Jasper's point of view of everything that happened it Forks. Bella's arrived and none of the Cullens know how to react. Jasper is by far one of the most intriguing characters to write in their POV. It's so much fun. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it!!

So I've decided that I should probably change the rating of this to teen purely because of language. Of course it isn't that bad, I just want to warn some people. :D

12. Our Idiotic Heroic Brother

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That whole night was tense. No one really said anything. No one was sure what could be said. Carlisle and Esme decided to go hunting so they weren’t here to help in their paternal ways. Emmett still hadn’t forgotten what he showed Edward that afternoon and he was silent and still. He only ever said anything if someone asked him a direct question. Rosalie was the same. When Emmett was upset she was too. Edward was up in his room, his music playing and I was sure he was trying to convince himself that he could get through this without killing Bella. I was just thinking in my room and Alice was taking a walk outside. She said she needed to think. As the sun came up I looked out the window and saw that the rain from yesterday had frozen and that it was covered with a small layer of snow. This was going to be an interesting day.

We all piled into Edward’s Volvo ready for school. Well, as ready as any of us ever are. We all get slightly frustrated with having to pretend and go to school. Well, everyone except Alice that is. She’s happy about everything. Edward drove slightly slower than usual because of the ice, but we still arrived there early.

We all got out of the car in silence and began walking to our classes. No one had said a word to Edward. He stayed behind for a while and stood staring at the old red truck that had pulled in. Rosalie gave it a look of great disdain and walked off. I paused just outside my class to look back at Edward.

That’s when it happened. It was shocking. Alice beside me gasped and stared at Edward. Edward’s face contorted into a mask of terror. And above all was the screeching of tires, trying to stop, but skidding on the ice. I looked over to the old truck and saw Bella looking at Edward, her face just as terrified. She stood just at the end of her truck, right where a minivan was about to hit. Then she was on the ground and the van crunched around her truck. I waited for the screams of pain that should surely be coming from under the wreck, but all I heard was Alice, murmuring, “That idiot! What was he thinking?”

That’s when I noticed that Edward was no longer beside the Volvo. I cringed. He didn’t. He shouldn’t have. Why? She had clearly seen him by his car. How was he going to get out of this one? I turned to Alice and whispered, “We should go over there. You know, pretend to be upset that Edward might be hurt.”

She nodded and motioned for Rosalie and Emmett, who had turned around at the sound of the van, to follow us. We stood in a group watching as they wrenched the wreckage apart. Edward and Bella emerged unscathed. It was a miracle… not.

I could feel the disappointment and disapproval of my whole family. Alice was slightly smug, but mostly she was afraid that now we would have to move. I knew that that was what her fear was. At least I hoped it was.

I watched as they forced Bella onto a stretcher and loaded her in the back of an ambulance. Edward strode to the front and sat talking to the driver. I could feel Bella’s annoyance from where I was. I saw her glance at our family and her shock was brief. Her annoyance overpowered it as then forced and neck brace on her.

After the hurt were taken to the hospital the principal came out and told all the students to go to class. Everything would be fine. Some students, like Jessica Stanley had already escaped to follow the ambulance. The rest of the students slowly turned to their classes and dragged their feet the whole way. I was about to turn and walk to my class, when the principal said, “Oh, Cullens. Don’t worry. As soon as we find out how your brother is, we’ll be sure to tell you.” I nodded and turned away suppressing a sigh.

That day went by slowly. Everyone was seething. No one wanted to see Edward but we knew that it was inevitable.

We had all sat down at lunch, when Alice murmured to no one in particular, “And the mighty hero returns to us mere mortals.”

I looked where Alice was looking and saw Edward walk through the cafeteria doors. He quietly sat down beside Alice and sighed, “Let me have it. Carlisle already told me how… unintelligent that was.”

I felt remorse and regret flow off of him in waves. I silently waited for the storm to break loose, but no one was willing to say their insults out loud. I watched as Edward cringed after attack and attack. His emotions weren’t getting any better so I decided to step in. “Enough. We’ll finish this at home. He doesn’t need us hounding on him right now.”

Everyone quieted down and sat perfectly content to be annoyed and angry. I shook my head and thought that if Alice wasn’t sitting here at school, she would have stuck her tongue out at me.

The rest of the day went slowly until we drove into the driveway at home. Then all hell broke loose.