It's the summer after New Moon and everything is finally back to normal for Bella and the Cullens (as normal as it can get that is). Atleast it was until one day Bella collapses and then wakes up seeing aura's. Will an old family member of her's be able to sort all this out? And just how many secrets does the Swan family have?
All right so lets pretend that that instead of Bella turning down Edwards proposal (would you have? Didnt think so) she agreed. Don't worry you'll find out why later on. Bella and Edward have been spending the first few weeks of summer together to rebuild their relationship as well. I'm not real sure how long this will be but I all ready have a few more chapters done. Without further ado read on!
8. Chapter 8
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I sat there, waiting for a response; anything. I got nothing. I looked at him quizzically, finally snapping my fingers in front of him and said
“Jacob! Hello, yea in there?” He blinked and his eyes focused again, and then he began to laugh hysterically. I mean actual hysterical laugh, paired with the large body it seemed…not right. A little disconcerting. I rolled my eyes impatiently and waited for his laughter to die down. It didn’t. I finally, being thoroughly fed up, hit him over the head (I’m doing that a lot lately. I’ve become quite violent since this change. Or maybe it’s just because I finally can) startling him out of his raucous laughter. He shook his head like he was trying to clear it and finally just stared at me and then with a disbelieving face asked
“You can’t be serious Bella? Come on, I know you feel left out being the only weak human when your around all us and all but really I- I cut him off annoyed
“So you’re saying that there are only vampires and werewolves? What, I can’t be a mythical creature too?” I finished looking at him seriously. He just rolled his eyes and said
“All right, I’ll play all long, what kind of ‘creature’ are you?” he asked as if I were a five year old who wanted him to play dolls with him. I narrowed my eyes and answered
“An Enchantress.” He nodded his head grinning
“Ah, yes, and what would that be dear Enchantress?” he asked shaking from laughter. All right, if he wants to be a jerk about it so be it. I straightened up and smiled innocently saying
“Well, it means I can do this” I said still smiling sickeningly sweet and waved my hand above my head in a swift motion causing the light rain to become a full fledged down pour. I brought my hand down but let the rain continue. I smiled again, my eyes wide feigning innocence and asked
“Now what was that you were saying dear Jacob?” I bit my lip to try and keep from laughing at his expression, his face was twisted into a look of disbelief and as though he was trying to figure out how I did it. He had his face up to the sky and he was blinking rapidly from the rain falling in his eyes. A chuckle escaped, then grew into loud laughter. I finally caught my breath and saw him glaring at me, his face contorted in annoyance and anger.
“What’s wrong?” I asked anxiously. He glared but rolled his eyes and sighed
“There was no need to laugh that hard you know.” I grinned but shook my head
“Actually there was.” He glared playfully at me but then got serious
“So you really…” he seemed to struggle saying it so I supplied
“Aren’t human? Yes.” He nodded still looking surprised, and rubbed his hands over his face groaning.
“What’s the matter?” I asked him gently. He sighed and looked up then said
“Nothing, just what is with Forks and mythical creatures?” I laughed and couldn’t agree more. It seriously was getting out of hand, vampires, werewolves, and now an enchantress. And the funniest thing, no one ever noticed, well except me. I shook my head smiling at the irony. But Jacob was suddenly playful and asked excited
“So what can you…yea know, do? Besides the rain thing, by the way could you let up on that a bit?” he asked annoyed. We were soaked so I slowed the rain down to a stop and turned back to him.
“It’s a long story.” He grinned “I’ve got time.” I sighed but did so, I told him everything. From the fainting, to Enid, my history and all the powers; by the time I was finished it had been a whole hour and was now eight o’clock. Jacob had been excited the whole way through the conversation, amazed apparently at what I could do. I on the other hand am still trying to slowly process all this. It’s a little difficult when you wake up thinking you’re one thing and then go to bed knowing you’re something different. He was most overjoyed at the fact that I couldn’t be changed.
“Hold on a minute, you’re saying it’s all right if I am immortal, just so long as I am not a vampire? That doesn’t make sense to me Jacob.” He looked at me like I was missing something very obvious
“Bella, it’s completely different. This happened to you naturally not by becoming some blood-sucking soulless monster.” I glared at him, and felt the anger and rage course through me, trying to resist the urge to slap him.
“Jacob don’t you dare, say those things, especially about the Cullen’s. You don’t even know them; know what they go through, how they resist being what they are just to retain humanity however much they can. Do you really think I would be with someone that vile? No I wouldn’t. If you would just listen, you and the entire pack for that matter you would see they are hardly different from you at all!” I hadn’t risen my voice at all, it was the opposite; my voice had gotten lower and menacing due to the fact I still very much wanted to slap him for insulting, what I considered too be, my family. I heard a small cough from behind us and looked around seeing the petite form of Enid.
“Grandma, what are you doing here?” I asked still slightly disoriented from my defense of the Cullen’s at Jacob apparently. She walked over and stood in front of us introducing herself to Jacob before she addressed me
“Hello! You must be Jacob; I’ve heard loads about you.” She smiled and turned to me an annoyed glare on her face
“And your dear Edward sent me here to come and get you, he’s getting very anxious, really annoying actually, and wants you to hurry back to him. That’s the glossed over version mind you.” She added. I sighed, and felt slightly ashamed. All right very ashamed, although I found it extremely annoying that he didn’t think I was safe here, I also didn’t like worrying him, even if it was completely irrational. I stood up, getting ready to leave when Jacob grabbed my arm
“You aren’t leaving yet are you?” he asked pleadingly. I nodded my head and said
“Yes I am I don’t like having Edward worry, even if he is an idiot for doing…Grandma? What are you doing?” I asked incredulously as she circled Jacob looking at him with an enraptured look on her face
“I’ve never met a werewolf before, they’re fascinating! You know, I’ve met practically every other creature, vampires, centaurs, sirens…but never a werewolf. Jacob can I ask you a question? What does it feel like? When you…morph per se’, does it feel like a tremor, is it by your choice or does it just… BAM! Come up out of nowhere? I’ve heard the myths and stories of course but ….it’s so much more exciting in person!” she finished excitedly. Jacob was staring at her as though trying to figure out how to get of here and asked bluntly
“Who is this?”
“Enid Blair, my great-great-grandmother. She seems to be quite infatuated with you.” I teased. I started chuckling at the sight of tiny Enid circling huge Jacob as though he was some interesting science experiment.
“Ok, come on grandma, leave the nice werewolf alone” I said rolling my eyes and trying to pull her back with me.
“Hold on Bella!” Jacob said and proceeded to ask
“You’ll come back again right? Soon?” I sighed looking at his dejected face and caved nodding
“Yes, sometime, but I have to go. You’re going to tell the whole pack all this aren’t you?” I asked irritated at the thought for some reason. He nodded smirking
“Of course, have to let them know when another freak comes to town.” I scoffed annoyed and waved as I pulled Enid away from her examination of Jacob.
“Oh but Bella, it would be so interesting to see him change!” she said, as though she were a child rejected of a cookie before dinner. I laughed and said
“Well maybe you can come with me the next time I visit.” I said in a much smaller voice next
“is Edward there at the border?” she shook her head, her red auburn hair flying in the wind “No, it’s just me. Oh don’t worry dear, he’ll be fine. A little miffed sure, but he’ll come round! I’m sure of it.” she smiled reassuringly. I smiled back, though not as enthusiastically and nodded.
“I suppose so…but I’m sure he’s not just angry about me coming here. I sort of…blew up at him earlier today. I’m sure he isn’t happy about that…” I trailed off imagining him pacing around the room, trying to control his anger. Enid patted my shoulder and said
“Don’t underestimate him honey, you might be surprised at what you find.”
I drove home (I don’t know how Enid went back to her place but she just started walking off. Truth be told, I don’t think I want to know.) And pulled into my driveway, it was empty except for Charlie’s cruiser. I cut the engine and walked in and up to my bedroom, all ready knowing who would be there, and hoping he would forgive me.
I was pacing inside Bella’s small bedroom, nearly burning a hole in the hardwood floors. I had sent Enid off to get Bella for me, not being able to stand the distance between us much longer; both the physical and emotional distance. Apparently Bella had sneaked off quite suddenly to go see Jacob before Alice could even see it. Alice had gone rigid right before she was about to tell me her ingenious ‘plan’ for keeping Bella away from the wolves. She was quite annoyed at the fact that she couldn’t plot out her plan, and had told me bitterly to ‘just wait her out’ and stalked off to go see Jasper. As I was pursuing my own thoughts that simply went round and round nearly giving me a migraine, I heard the rumbling of Bella’s truck pull into her driveway.
I went to the window and rolled my eyes as I saw her do a sign of the Cross before taking a breath and walking into her house. I heard her walking up the stairs and finally turned around to see her small form illuminated in the doorway. If I hadn’t been so annoyed and angry, I would have thought her an angel with the way the light surrounded her like a halo. Instead I leaned against the wall and had my arms cross, trying in vain to control my temper. I took a deep breath and pinched the bridge of my nose
“Bella” I whispered, not meeting her eyes “Do you have any idea how close I came to crossing the line today? To breaking the treaty and coming after you? Do you know what that would have meant?” I heard her gasp and looked up to her. Did she honestly not realize that?
“You can’t! They’d use any excuse for a fight. They’d love that, you can’t ever break the rules.” She said her eyes wide and pleading.
“Maybe they aren’t the only ones who would enjoy a fight.” I muttered, imagining the satisfaction of hearing the dogs bones turn to dust under my grasp.
“Don’t you start” she lashed out “you made the treaty, you stick to it.”
“If he’d hurt you…”
I tensed, fighting the urge to let my temper out. I tried to be calm, but it was becoming increasingly difficult.
“There’s nothing to worry about. Jacob isn’t dangerous.” I rolled my eyes
“You aren’t exactly the best judge of what is and isn’t dangerous Bella.”
“I know I don’t have to worry about Jacob, and neither do you.” I scowled, tensing my muscles even further in restraint. I heard her soft footsteps as she neared me and felt her warm arms wrap around me. Of course, as usual, her warm touch calmed me.
“I’m sorry I made you anxious.” She muttered into my shirt. I sighed and embraced her as well
“Anxious is a bit of an understatement.” I was fully relaxed now, just by her presence. She pulled herself tighter to me and said
“It wouldn’t even have really mattered now though. I am capable of protecting myself now. And I don’t even get why you came…”
“When Alice saw you disappear I nearly went flying to the border, but she told me to ‘wait you out’” she chuckled and nodded her head.
“But this is ridicules Edward, I mean I know she couldn’t see me with Jacob but you should have known…” and just like that I was tense again.
“But I didn’t” I cut in annoyed “and you can’t expect me to let you-
“Oh yes I can…that’s exactly what I expect.”
“This won’t happen again.” I growled quietly
“That’s right! Because you aren’t going to overreact next time.” I snarled and corrected
“Because there isn’t going to be a next time” she was quiet for a moment and I was cautiously beginning to hope that she consented when she said bluntly
“Is this really just about my safety?” I was on guard now, could she have guessed…?
“What do you mean?” I asked. She answered hesitantly
“You aren’t… I mean you know better than to be jealous right?” I leaned back and looked at her, cocking an eyebrow. Know better than? I think it’s just instinctual.
“Easily, there’s nothing remotely humors about this.” She looked at me curiously and turned down a different path
“Or....is this something else all together? Some vampires-and-werewolves-are-always-enemies nonsense? Is this just a testosterone fueled...?”
“This is only about you” I assured. I added more gently
“All I care about is that you’re safe.” She seemed to search for any lie in my eyes and finding none, sighed and said
"Okay, I believe that. But I want you to know something...when it comes to all this enemies' nonsense, I'm out. I am a neutral country. I'm Switzerland. I refuse to be affected by territorial disputes between other mythical creatures. Jacob is family. You are the love of my life…I don't care who's a werewolf and who's a vampire; I’m an Enchantress for goodness sakes!” I looked at her for a moment, fighting a smile now instead of my temper. Her little tirade had left her slightly flushed and breathless. Though it was amusing to a high extent, her words were comforting to me. But that didn’t mean I was giving in, far from it.
“Switzerland” she emphasized pointing at her chest. I sighed, tired of fighting, tired of not agreeing with her.
“Bella…” I stopped short. During our entire argument I hadn’t noticed it, but now it came in full force. My nose wrinkled
“What now?” she asked impatiently.
“Well…don’t be offended, but you smell like a dog.” I couldn’t help the grin and laugh that escaped at the look on her face. And for tonight at least, the fighting ended.
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