What if the Cullens had not been in Forks when Bella went to live with her father. What if she had the life she was supposed to have with Jacob on the reservation in La Push. What if after several extremely happy years of marriage the Cullens did return to the area and Bella had to interact with them every day. Disclaimer: All publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners. The original characters and plot are the property of the authors. No money is being made from this work. No copyright infringement is intended.
19. Chapter 19 - Saved
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As soon as Seth was out of sight I heard Jacob lunge. The crash of bodies was like an avalanche and the whole earth shook beneath my feet.
“No,” I cried. “Don’t hurt him.”
I didn’t know whose life I was trying to save. Tears streamed down my face as I scrambled towards the two of them. If only I could get between them, maybe they would stop. But it was not to be. Two other wolves, Quil and Embry, appeared out of nowhere and herded me away from the fight. There was no way I could fight them and there was no way I could convince them to stop.
“I won’t go Jacob. I can’t bear the thought of you two tearing each other limb from limb but if you insist on having this fight I am going to watch it… it’s all my fault.”
My guard continued to lead me away but I fought them. I knew I couldn’t damage them but I could make it necessary for them to damage me. They would give up rather than hurt me.
“If either of you gets hurt it will be war between our families. You may be willing to die, Jacob. But are you willing to put the others at risk? Who would protect the tribe if the wolves were killed? Who would protect our sons? No on should die for my mistake.”
Jacob hesitated a moment and Edward vanished. He reappeared several yards away at a spot I assumed to be on the other side of the treaty line.
“I won’t hurt you, Jacob Black,” Edward said.
There was a short pause and then Edward laughed mirthlessly.
“After the pain I caused you, you have every right to kill me. Were our roles reversed I would surely want to kill you. Now I can only ask your forgiveness.”
Jacob moved to face Edward at a spot several feet away. Quil and Embry stood behind him with Quil taking the second position. I knew that meant that Jacob was preparing to fight. Quil found more joy in tearing vampires to pieces than any of the rest of them.
Edward’s face was surprisingly calm considering he was facing three wolves intent on dismembering him. His calm was explained when Emmett and Jasper emerged from the woods taking up positions behind him.
The two sides stood facing each other and growling. At first it looked as though neither side wanted to make the first move, all of them too aware of the treaty that allowed the two families to co-exist. After a minute the posturing seemed to turn to something else. The growling started to build and it looked as if neither side was in control.
I stood forgotten, away from the scene and was beginning to hyperventilate. It was too much for me to watch the two men I loved above all else tear each other apart. Emotions were beginning to fly and I was afraid that I too would become a casualty of this stupid war. Preparing to die for the second time this day my thoughts went out to my babies. Charlie and Billy would loose so much today.
No. I couldn’t let that happen. More important than Jacob or Edward or even my own life were my children. I would do whatever was in my power to protect them from becoming orphans today. I took a deep breath, squared my shoulders and marched to a spot between the two groups, standing on what I believed to be the treaty line.
“STOP!” I cried. Both sides were surprised into calm and took several paces back. “We don’t need to kill each other.”
My bravery was about to give out when an eerie calm came over me. The unnatural mood seemed to affect everyone and both sides took relaxed positions.
“I need to find out what happened to the boys today,” I said. I stood up and turned to Jacob, speaking softly. “Can I talk to Edward?”
“Fine. Then can I talk to Alice? Esme has probably filled her in by now.”
Jacob looked wary but nodded.
“Jasper, would you please go and find Alice for me?”
It was his turn to look wary.
“I won’t leave my brothers out-numbered,” he said.
“Of all the stupid, idiotic mythical creatures on earth I have to be stuck between you lot.” I was growing frustrated. “Quil, today was supposed to be your day. If Jasper goes to get Alice will you return to the party? I think you will find Claire’s family willing to give you a chance.”
Both sides glared at each other with mistrust in their eyes for several seconds.
“Go, Jasper,” Edward finally said. “The dog will leave as soon as you are gone.”
Jasper hesitated a moment longer and then ran of into the woods. As soon as he was gone Quil gave a little yip and then ran off towards La Push, looking more like a puppy than a fearsome werewolf. As the two of them departed the unnatural calm lifted and tensions started flying between the two sides. I felt certain that my presence between them was the only thing that kept Jacob and Edward from hurtling themselves at each other.
Faster than I would have thought possible, Alice appeared. She took my hands in hers and pulled me down to sit next to her. The relief of having a friend, someone who was not involved in the fight, overwhelmed me. I completely broke down sobbing great heaving sobs on her shoulder. It seemed like ages before I could even breathe clearly enough to ask my questions.
Alice held me and stroked my hair as I released the day’s tension, making gentle cooing noises until I was ready to talk.
“How did he know?” I whispered. It was the best I could do in my state.
“Edward was hunting with Esme. They were near the treaty line and smelled the other vampire in your land. When they heard the voices of your children there was no time to do anything but cross.”
“Why would they do it – risk the treaty for my boys?”
“There are three reasons for that. The first and most logical is that if your sons were killed by a vampire on your property it would be assumed to be a breach in the treaty and our families might end up at war for something we never did. Second, Edward has a bit of a hero complex. He just can’t pass up an excuse to save someone, especially if the person is small or weak.”
Edward growled at her a bit and she stuck out her tongue at him.
“What’s the third reason?”
Her words surprised me. “But I’m not special,” I said.
“You are the reason my family has had such an easy time in Forks. You made all the agreements between Carlisle and the Quileute council. You welcomed us to the school and treated us like any other student. You kept our secret, even when Edward nearly killed you on the first day." It was Jacob's turn to growl. "When he returned from his self-imposed exile he foolishly fell in love with you. After nearly 110 years as a vampire his first love is the one person who is completely off limits, the wife of the Quileute chief. In order to maintain peace between our families you gave up the job that was your true calling. We all care for you and would never allow anything to hurt you, Bella.”
I was speechless. Edward fell in love with me? That didn’t make any sense. He was beautiful and interesting and I was just an ordinary woman. Why would someone like him want a plain Jane like me? Of course the wolves love me too. It’s like I’m some sort of magnet for creatures that don’t really exist. Maybe my mother was right and I read so many books that I really did fall in. That makes more sense than the idea that the god-like being before me loves me.
Jacob’s nose interrupted my thoughts. He was poking at me gently. I looked up and saw remorse in his deep black eyes. Why was he apologizing to me? I was the one who hurt us by falling in love with someone else.
“I’m sorry, Jacob,” I said, stroking his muzzle.
“You did something else for our family, Bella.”
I looked around, surprised to hear Edward’s voice. He was looking at me with an expression that bordered on reverence.
“Your bravery prevented a terrible fight. Had you not put yourself between us, there is no way to know how many would have lived through it. We were all quite out of control.”
I’m not brave. If I were brave I would have said something. But the idea of Jacob and Edward killing each other was more than I could bear. So I fainted.
- Chapter 2 - The Cottage
- Chapter 3 - Dr. Cullen
- Chapter 4 - Council Meeting
- Chapter 5 - Message
- Chapter 6 - First Day of School
- Chapter 7 - Birthday Present
- Chapter 8 - Please Help Me Name This Chapter
- Chapter 9 - Accident
- Chapter 10 - Forbidden
- Chapter 11 - Cold
- Chapter 12 - Walk in the Woods
- Chapter 13 - Consequences
- Chapter 14 - Goodbyes
- Chapter 15 - Stolen Moments
- Chapter 16 - Party
- Chapter 17 - Lost
- Chapter 18 - Stranger
- Chapter 19 - Saved
- Chapter 20 - Decision
- Chapter 21 - Return
- Epilogue - Bella Turns 30
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