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Alliances

Summary:
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.


Notes:
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.


8. Wolves

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Jacob snarled loudly and Leah leapt in front of him, Stephanie and Connor didn't stop, taking positions that looked as though they had done this a million times. Stephanie took the head and Connor shifted back towards her left heel. The wolves all snarled louder getting ready to strike.

Edward gasped next to me and stared wide eyed at Stephanie and Connor. I took it as his worry for Jacob and his pack.

"Jake, no! They're too powerful!" I screamed, about to leap down the steps to stop Stephanie.

I was too late. Stephanie collided with Leah, sending both of them toppling into Jacob who took out Seth at the same time. It was like a large furry game of dominos. Stephanie leapt to her feet quickly, looking confused.

"What the hell..." She muttered. "Why didn't they go flying!?" Leah wiggled helplessly, trying to get off Jacob, who was also trying to get off Seth.

"They have some broken bones." Edward muttered next to me.

I winced and ran to the wolves to stop Embry and Quil who were now advancing on Stephanie. Connor threw himself in front of Stephanie and snarled ferociously at the wolves. Embry and Quil looked sideways at each other and both took half a step back.

"Stop it!" I cried, shoving at Embry's huge shoulder to push him farther away from Connor. "These two are our friends!"

"Bella, come over here, they want to faze back." Edward spoke next to me, turning his back on the wolf pile up to give them some privacy. I did the same. "Stephanie, Connor, kindly look away so they can faze."

I didn't know if they did, but the howls of pain turned into human cries.

"Get off us Leah!" Jacob's irritated voice yelled.

"I'M TRYING YOU ASS! MY ARM IS BROKEN! I'M GONNA KILL THAT BLOODSUCKER!" Leah screamed.

"My side really hurts!" Seth's muffled whimper came next.

I heard a slight scuffle then their soft footsteps into the forest to put some clothes on.

"Can I turn around now?" I looked sideways at Edward. He nodded and I turned to see Jacob limping out from the trees followed by a battered looking Seth and Leah.

"Oh my gosh! Are you guys okay!?" I ran to them.

"Do we look okay!? I'm gonna rip that reeking filthy bloodsucker apart!" Leah seethed, storm over to where Stephanie still stood, looking frustrated.

Connor growled at her and his face scrunched up in concentration. He shook his head and then closed his eyes tight, in deep concentration again. What was he trying to do?

"What is this!?" He growled under his breath.

"Leah, enough. Would you please explain to me why we just had our bones broken by a rabid bloodsucker?" Jacob shot a glare at Stephanie.

Embry and Quil sat back on their haunches and whined softly.

"They're friends and you caught Stephanie off guard." Edward explained.

"What happened out here?" Carlisle came to our sides and examined the situation,

"Jacob and his pack surprised Stephanie and Connor." Edward announced. He was fighting a smile and I nudged his side.

"Oh dear... come with me Jacob, Leah, Seth, we'll fix you up inside."

"Jake! Auntie didn't hurt you, did she?" Nessie ran down from the porch with Emmanuel holding her hand.

"Auntie?" Jacob looked at me. "Care to explain?"

I sighed. "Go get fixed up and we'll talk about it after we get back from our hunt." Jacob gave me a look, but limped after Carlisle. Leah and Seth followed, Leah muttering to herself. Quil and Embry launched into the woods, probably going to warn Sam.

Once all the wolves were gone I glared at Stephanie. "Why did you do that?"

Stephanie still looked confused and slightly angry, Connor mirrored her expression. "They were werewolves, I acted on instinct." Her voice sounded far away.

"Stephanie... why did you let down your shield when the wolves were around?" Edward questioned softly.

Stephanie blinked. "I didn't. Why do you say that?"

"I could read your mind."

Her mouth fell open a fraction. "Well that explains why they didn't fly back when I ran at them. But I couldn't read their minds! I couldn't read anyone's mind! But now, I can read all your minds as perfectly as before."

"I was unable to transform or get a sense of their minds either, but now I think I'm fine." As if to test it, Connor shifted into a mimic of a giant wolf that looked like Jacob and then back to himself.

"Odd... the wolves seem to have some kind of effect on you as they do for Alice's visions." Edward muttered.

"Wait, so all your gifts were gone? Just like that? How can the wolves do that?" I asked.

"I don't know... Emmanuel, were you affected at all by the wolves?" Edward half turned towards Emmanuel, still holding Nessie's hand.

"I don't think so... but I can't be positive as I wasn't trying to take anyone's gifts away."

"Very odd..." Edward mused. "We'll have to mention this to Carlisle when we get back from hunting."

Stephanie and Connor both looked very sour and they darted into the forest.

"They're angry." It was a statement, not a question.

"They've never met anything or anyone who could stop them." Emmanuel murmured.

"First time for everything." Edward chuckled. "Let's go, Nessie." He tugged on Nessie's arm. She was staring off towards the house, looking worried. "Or you can stay behind." Edward let her go.

Nessie looked at me. "Momma, I have to go check on Jake."

I nodded. "Of course sweetheart." She let go of Emmanuel's hand and sprinted back to the house.

Emmanuel looked a bit dejected and I suspected a kind of romance forming in his mind.

"Shall we then?" Edward smiled at Emmanuel and me.

"Let's go find them before they destroy the whole forest." Emmanuel laughed.

We all ran after Stephanie and Connor, following their scent and the path of uprooted trees.