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.
4. Chapter 4 - Council Meeting
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I arrived home to find Quil playing with cars on the floor with Charlie.
“Jake is meeting with the council. Seth and Embry are running patrols along our boarders. The council said that you should go to the meeting. I have the boys.”
I knew that babysitting would be hard for him now. He loved running patrols better than any of the rest of the pack. But Quil was the most reckless of them, eager for a fight. It was not out of malice, he was just an overgrown kid who liked to play rough.
After kissing the three of them goodbye I left for the council meeting. I guessed they wanted to know exactly what Dr. Cullen said because usually these meetings were limited to council members. As the alpha wolf Jacob was technically the chief of the whole tribe but he never saw himself as special and the council was run as a body of equals. If anyone had the final say so it was Billy.
“Bella,” Billy greeted me as I entered. He was there with Sue, Old Quil and Jacob.
“Hello,” I muttered, sitting beside Jacob not sure what I should do.
“Bells honey,” Jacob said, “the council wants to know exactly what you and Dr. Cullen said to each other in the hospital today.”
I repeated the scene in the emergency room. There were several exclamations when I said that Dr. Cullen attended to Billy. Jacob’s hands started shaking so violently that I wished I could have kept that to myself. He had perfect control of his wolf since the day we were married and never had a problem in front of me before then.
I decided to omit that I went to Dr. Cullen’s office and made it sound like the rest of our conversation occurred in the hallway. They waited until I was finished and then all started speaking at once.
“What does he mean by they intend to live by the treaty. Either they will or they won’t.” Sue Clearwater heard exactly what I heard in that statement.
“There’s no way you’re teaching his family, Bella. I don’t even want you at that school if they are going to be there.” I knew Jacob would give me a hard time about this but omitting that part was impractical.
“We should forbid the tribe from setting foot inside that hospital as long as Dr. Cullen works there,” said Billy.
Only Old Quil stayed quite. The eldest of tribe elders was never likely to speak until he had something important to say. He waited for everyone to calm down.
“I was a young child when the Cullens came to the Peninsula eighty years ago. Although their numbers were great, they offered us a treaty. They promised not to hunt humans and we believed them. Their golden eyes showed that they were different and our legends told of Carlisle Cullen coming in the past, alone. We demanded that they refrain from ever biting humans, from creating new vampires as a part of the treaty and they agreed. They never threatened our tribe nor harmed the people of Forks.
“It is wisdom for us to be vigilant. They are vampires and could revert to their true nature at any time. Their coven has grown and we must know whether any of them were responsible for the newest members. It is imperative that the members of the tribe know what we are facing.
“Personally, I see no immediate danger. I am old and do not wish to go far if I were to need a hospital, though I would not want Dr. Cullen to treat me. I do not think we should dictate to our members how they should respond, it is not our way. Each family should decide what to do for themselves.
We should contact the doctor to learn how the new members of their coven came to be. I agree with Dr. Cullen that we should try and live side by side without animosity. Violence should be avoided at all costs.”
The room was silent for several seconds after the speech. One by one the council members’ tempers calmed. It was Billy who spoke first.
“I think that Bella should relay the message to Dr. Cullen. He already knows her and she has proven that she is not afraid. If she is willing to teach members of his family then she can be trusted with this task.”
“NO!” Jacob was adamant. “Bella will not teach any of the Cullens. She will not teach at Forks High as long as they are staying here. She will get a job at the reservation school. We can arrange that. I won’t have my wife around those bloodsuckers.”
“We have a few days to discuss this. Let’s go and inform the tribe of the situation and meet again to work out the details.”
Billy knew that Jacob would ultimately give in to whatever I wanted. He also knew that this would be less likely if there was an audience. He was allowing his son to loose this argument without loosing face in front of the council.
We drove home in silence, Jacob fuming at the idea of me, his wife, regularly confronting a group of vampires. Quil took one look at our faces when we arrived and made a quick exit, pausing only to say goodbye to the children.
“I have to talk to the pack,” Jacob said and left.
I got dinner ready for the children and ate without paying much attention to what they were saying. They were very excited from their stay with Charlie and Sue followed by spending the afternoon with Quil. Billy told Charlie all about his trip to the hospital and the new doctor with the pretty gold eyes that looked just like jewelry.
“Pitty eyes,” Charlie repeated all through his bath.
Jacob came home as I was getting them into bed. “How would you like me to read the story tonight?” he asked the boys.
“Daddy read lug nuts!” Charlie called, clapping his hands. Usually Jacob reading the story meant that there would be car crashes with great sound effects. It took twice as long to get them to sleep after that but the boys loved it.
“Tonight I’m going to read from a special book that mommy made with stories that Grampa Billy tells. Mommy even drew the pictures all by herself.”
“Grampa stories!” Billy said, his eyes growing as wide as saucers. He believed the Quileute legends unquestioningly the way some children believe in Santa Clause with no need for proof beyond the fact that he was still safe and alive. In his case, the wolves did protect him exactly as he believed.
I watched my three boys snuggled up on the bed reading from the book I made. The children claimed I was the best artist in the world when they saw my drawings and Jacob agreed. Knowing why Jacob chose to read them that particular story tonight cast only the faintest of shadows on the satisfaction that welled up in my heart.
“Jacob,” I began after the boys were asleep.
“There’s nothing to talk about, Bella. You are not risking your life every day to pretend to teach English to a bunch of vampires.”
“I have a job, Jacob. I’m not just quitting a few weeks before school starts because you said so.”
“I said no.” His voice was low because of the children but the intensity was frightening.
Jacob had never told me no in our entire relationship. Even before he imprinted on me he always wanted to give me what I wanted, since then it was impossible for him not to. My happiness was the purpose of his life.
“If it were that dangerous you would kill the Cullens tonight and not risk the lives of our friends and family in Forks.”
“I can’t lay a finger on those filthy bloodsuckers because of the treaty. That doesn’t mean I’m just going to have my family flaunt themselves in front of those leeches every day.”
“The treaty exists because they don’t hunt humans.”
“And that so called doctor said they INTEND to abide by the treaty, not that they would definitely abide by it.”
“I have responsibilities, Jacob, not only to the school, but also to the students. Some of them have been in my class their entire high school career. If I’m there I can look out for them, be certain that they are not in danger.”
“If you were there and something did go wrong you would be the next target. You already know too much. When the treaty was made it was assumed that the tribe would not be mixing with outsiders. You are only safe on the reservation.”
“I don’t think Dr. Cullen would allow them to hurt me if something went wrong. You didn’t meet him. He sincerely wanted us all to live in peace just as it was last time.”
I had no real reason to believe this beyond a feeling in my gut. Still, I wanted to believe that Dr. Cullen meant what he said. I knew that my double connection as the wife of the tribal chief and the daughter of the police chief put me in a dangerous position. I was hoping that it would put the entire peninsula into a safer position. I could cause a lot of trouble for the Cullens if I chose to. They were more likely to be vigilant if they knew I was watching. Charlie and Jacob would hunt them to the ends of the earth if anything happened to me.
“You are my wife, Bella. I love you more than my own life. I couldn’t bear it if something happened to you. Please teach on the reservation for me Bells, at least do it for our children. Please think about your family.”
Jacob was pleading, his arms outstretched and his head low so that he could look me in the eye. It pained me to hurt him like this but I knew that I was doing the right thing.
“Jacob, since the day I fell in love with you I have watched you go out and hunt vampires. You may be strong but you are not indestructible. Trust me to do this just as I trust you every time you leave. I am thinking about my family. When I married you the entire tribe became my family and I can look out for them best if I am at school where I can keep an eye on the Cullens.”
Jacob pulled me into a hug and buried his face in my hair. “I just couldn’t bear it if something happened to you,” he whispered. He was right. As much as I loved Jacob I would never need him as much as he needed me. I was essential to his existence. Very seldom did this inequality in our love become an issue. The truth of it almost made me want to give in because I knew that he couldn’t. The inequality was what made me accept that I had gotten my way, because I could demand it and he couldn’t.
- 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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