Bella was about to jump to her death. My Bella. I had caused her all this pain and hurt in attempt to save her. I couldn't do anything right. All I could hope was that I wouldn't be too late. I couldn't be too late. I am taking an official break from this story. I might finish it eventually, but no guarantees. I am currently working on a re-write of this story--See author's note (Chapter 8) for details.
This is my fantasy New Moon. It picks up right before Bella jumps off the cliff. The title is after the Nickelback song, which I suppose could serve as a theme song for this story. Enjoy!
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I turned my head to see who was attacking my car and bringing that horrid scent with them, only to see a massive russet-brown wolf clobbering the trunk with amazing strength. Bella’s eyes widened in shock and something else I couldn’t put my finger on.
“Jake, no!” She screamed. She knew this, this thing? But, but. I looked into his mind for an answer, only to see that he was the one thing I dreaded most, and the one thing I least expected: a werewolf. He shrunk back down to his human form when Bella said that, and I was forced to stop the car when she pouted at me. The dog came up to the passenger window that Bella had already rolled down furiously.
“Get off our land bloodsucker!” He screamed. “I could kill you right now, and not just for breaking the treaty!
“You left her, you left her for dead, and you have the guts to show your face around here again? She was a ghost, no; ghost is an overstatement, a shell of a person for months! And when she finally starts to cheer up, you show up here again.” I stopped him after that; his thoughts were enough.
“First of all, I left her because I thought it would be best for her. Second of all, she obviously wasn’t getting better because she was about to jump of a cliff and commit suicide! Come on Bella, let’s go.” I hit the gas pedal, but we didn’t go anywhere. The dumb dog blocked the car. I growled in frustration.
Suddenly, I saw Alice, Emmett, Jasper, and, strangely enough, Rosalie, next to me. Back-up. Right on time, too, as four other wolves were coming up from behind this “Jacob.”
“Hey Bells,” whispered Alice, waving. My angel smiled and became enthralled in her little reunion until a large growl came from another one of the mutts.
“Ahem. Where to start, where to start. Okay. First of all, you leeches are breaking the treaty by simply being here. Second of all, she’s with us now,” he said, gesturing to Bella. “Third of all, there is a-” He was cut short by another vampire, a lethal vampire with fiery red hair.
“Third of all, Victoria’s out to get the little human brat. Hi, Bella,” she said menacingly. Then, to me, “Just hand her over and I won’t have to hurt any of you.” I didn’t understand why she was after Bella, but her thoughts explained it all.
Little brat. That Edward will pay. Nobody messes with me!
Her motives were reasonable enough, but her plan was stupid. Why kill Bella, the love of my life, to get revenge on me? It all clicked then, and I took a defensive stance in front of Bella, my teeth barred. Her blood was pounding, and in any other situation it would have driven me mad, but not now. I didn’t even have her back in my arms for two hours, and I had the concern of losing her again. I had to stop it. I would stop it.
Determination pulsed through the blood that flowed through my dead veins. Victoria would die. Victoria would die. Victoria WOULD die. Soon. Now.
The werewolves created a line in front of us, blocking Bella from Victoria’s view. Not that it would help, as Victoria still had her sense of smell. I could see Victoria pacing back and forth patiently, her hair blowing in the wind. She was determined to kill Bella. I was determined to stop her.
“Leave, leave now, leech,” said a wolf whom seemed to be the leader.
“They’re all leeches, too, and I don’t see you asking them to leave,” said Victoria, almost making me chuckle. She had no idea.
“At least they don’t take human lives!” Continued the leader, surprising me with his defense of us.
She turned and faced Jasper. “That’s a shame, really,” she began. “It’s so much better than that silly little vegetarian diet you live.” I could smell the extra venom generating in his mouth. Victoria turned back to me, Alice grabbed hold of Jasper, and I crouched lower over Bella.
“You aren’t getting her,” I stated. I didn’t have a chance to continue because, out of nowhere, Emmett pounced on her and started tearing her to shreds. Jasper and I jumped in, too, and the werewolves took a stance in front of Bella. We had her completely in shreds when we walked away, and I told the one named Jake to finish her off. He nodded willingly, and out of curiosity, I looked in his mind to find out more about his relationship with Bella.
They were best friends. He helped her kind of recover from my leaving, but never truly could. He was in love with her, and she could never feel the same way. She settled for him as a second choice, but always hoped for me to come back.
I continued walking back to the Volvo to find that the werewolves were still in their position over Bella.
“Thank you,” I said while stepping to the driver’s seat.
“I don’t think so,” growled a dark brown one.
“What do you mean, ‘I don’t think so’,” I questioned. It was my car, Bella was mine again and Victoria was taken care of. What was the issue?
“You came on our land. You broke the treaty,” he said. I understood now, but it hadn’t hurt anybody; in fact, it saved a life!
“To save Bella,” I stated calmly, or as calmly as I could manage for the mutts.
“You still broke the treaty,” he growled.
“Paul, cut it out! He saved me, he didn’t hurt anybody, so what’s the problem?” Bella shouted. I was so proud of her bravery.
“He. Still. Broke. The. Treaty!” He said, jumping up, claws out, towards Bella. I raced over there and got in front of her, taking a hit. I didn’t care, as long as Bella was fine. The wolves Jacob and Sam pulled back this Paul creep, who obviously had a temper problem, and I turned around to check on Bella.
“Bella, are you all right?” I asked worriedly.
“I’m fine, are you okay though?” Ah, Bella was exactly the same as always. No sense of self-preservation, always putting others before herself.
I simply nodded and turned to Sam. He looked at me, frustrated, but with Paul. His apologies were very clear in his thoughts, and he was preparing to verbalize them.“I’m so sorry,” he said. “I really didn’t want to start anything over this, as long as you don’t return to our land. It’s just that Paul, well, Paul has anger-management issues. We’re working on it. But it would be appreciated if you left, and the sooner the better.” I nodded and finally climbed into the car. Bella hadn’t even seen Carlisle yet, and it had been several hours since her near-drowning. Just as I thought that, my phone rang, Carlisle’s number on the caller-ID.