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A year or so after The Cullens' run in with the Volturi, Alice has a vision that will bring the terrible Italian vampires back to their doorstep, only this time, there are 3 new commers. The Cullens must fight for their right to survive yet again, and battle against a new danger that appears as a beautiful face.

Just about everything in this story happened in a week long dream I had a few weeks ago. I just never got around to writing it out until now.

17. Jacob

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Everyone around me let out sighs of relief and hugged, congratulating each other on defeating the Volturi.

Edward and I ran right to where Jacob still lay, surrounded by wolves and shirtless boys. I couldn't hear his heart.

"Carlisle!" Edward thundered.

Carlisle was at Jacob's side in an instant, looking worried.

"Everyone back up, please. Bella and Edward, I'm going to have to crack his chest, you both need to take the other vampires and get back." He was in full doctor mode, sounding businesslike as he gave us orders.

"Quil, I need you to run to my house and get my tool bag and packets of blood, bring Alice with you, she knows the combination to the safe with the blood." He spoke to Quil, who was one of the only wolves in human form.

Quil nodded and sped off.

Edward and I hadn't left yet. I was frozen. Jacob couldn't die.

Carlisle was doing chest compressions on Jacob and blowing air into his mouth. Each time, his chest rose and fell mechanically. My eyes stung like I was going to cry.

"Come on Bella, you shouldn't see this." Edward said softly, pulling on my arm.

I looked for a long moment at Jacob's lifeless form and then nodded, allowing Edward to tow me away. We rounded up the other vampires just as Quil and Alice were running back, bags of blood and tools in their arms.

We all stood far enough away so that the blood would not bother us, but not so far that I didn't hear Jacob's sternum crack as Carlisle worked over him. Someone suggested we go back to the house. I refused, wanting to be as close to Jacob as possible, in case he didn't make it.

After a few hours, groups of vampires broke off to go hunt or go to the house. Edward and Alice stayed with me in the trees. I held Renesmee close. She touched my cheek and Jacob's face swam in front of my eyes.

"I don't know, Nessie." I murmured.

A single tear ran down her pink cheek and I hugged her even closer. Edward wrapped his arms around us and we waited like that for hours.

Carlisle didn't come to where we waited until dawn. His shirt was blood stained and he had a grave look on his face.

I shook with both grief and anger.

"Calm down Bella." Edward whispered.

"How can I calm down!? Jacob is dead isn't he!?" I yelled, waking Nessie up accidentally.

"No, Bella. Jacob is alive, but barely. He is being taken back to the reservation to rest. I've done all I can. I'm not sure if he'll survive, but there is a chance." Carlisle said quietly.

"He's alive?" I choked.

"Yes, but you cannot see him for a while. He's not conscious."

My body flooded with hope. Jake was a survivor, he could live through this. I knew he could. I looked up at Edward's face and smiled. He smiled his crooked smile back.

Nessie touched my neck and I nodded to her.

"Everything will be alright, sweetie."

She smiled a toothy grin and laughed.

I adjusted my grip on Nessie, and took Edward's hand. With Alice and Carlisle talking quietly behind us, we made our way back up to the house.