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Awakening Dusk

Bella and Edward's story after Eclipse. A new chapter in their relationship, Bella's change, a new treaty with the wolves. A conflict in the Volturi coven will make them choose a side. Canon. Not OOC "Bella" he called.I turned to glare at him. "What do you want Edward?He was in front of me in a flash. His eyes were on fire, they smoldered. One of his hands pressed on the small of my back and the other tangled in my hair. "You". His voice was low and husky. "All of you. Every part. Right now".Create your own banner at mybannermaker.com!BellaandEdward4-1-1-1-1.jpg picture by bedazzledangel

This is my first story. It's sort of how I expected Breaking Dawn to be. I hope you enjoy it.

9. Leadership

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Chapter 9


"He who cannot agree with his enemies is controlled by them"

- Chinese Proverb -


I heard the screeching of wheels and the thundering crash that followed. Before the noise had died away, I was already running. It had been close, well, close enough for my hearing and imperceptible, to the other less sensitive ears of the common humans that had gathered in the now cramped space of my father's living room.

It was almost a welcomed distraction. I don't think I could've handled another round of sympathy and condolences, brought on by my father's passing. I wasn't in denial. I had felt loss before.

I was just a kid when my mother died, but that didn't mean that I was oblivious to the pain that surrounded my whole family; to the tears I saw in my sister's faces, to the vacant look in my father's eyes.

No. This pain was not new to me. That look of emptiness that had been plastered on my father's eyes, after mom died; had been copied in my own not too long ago. It was the look of someone who had lost all hope of being whole again. It was the look Bella had when she showed up for the first time at my place, carrying two rusty old bikes in the bed of the pick up truck. The look she had everyday, after Edward had left her. It was the same look that she conjured in me, when she chose him.

A look that had now left my face because it has been replaced by something so powerful, so great, that it left no space for anything else. Love. It had interlaced with every part of my existence, with my very soul. All it took was just one look into the endless green pools in Lizzie's eyes. I could loose myself in them forever, drowning in the sensation, letting it posses me completely. She was the only comfort I looked for. The only one I needed. As long as I had her, I could live through anything else.

It only took me a matter of seconds to get there. Even in my human form, I was much faster than an average man. I could even hear the sound of some of my fellow pack brothers as they started to follow.

What I saw, knocked the wind right out of me, like I had been punched in the gut. I recognized the now turned over, mangled silver car, as soon as I saw it. The wheels were still turning aimlessly in the air, and a thick column of smoke was rising from the engine, as the oil dripped into the manifold. I knew there was no vampire inside it because, it was about fifty yards inside the boundary line, and I would've smelled it a mile away.

As I heard the weakening sound of a beating heart, everything in my head clicked at once.

"Bella?" I screamed before I even got to the wreck.

Nothing. No experience I had ever had, could've prepared me for what I saw next, the faces, contorted in agony, of the newborns I had killed, could've been a beautiful sight, compared to the disfigured body that lay at my feet.

"Bella! Oh Bella. Oh no!" I felt bile rise up in my throat and I swallowed hard. I hadn't yet noticed the tears falling down my face, until I felt my breath hitch in an uncomfortable sob. She lay unmoving, and if it hadn't been for the weak murmur of her heart, I would've thought she was dead. The real question was; how can she still be alive? Her body, from the waist down, was pinned under the car, and the right side of her torso, looked like it had collapsed inside her. Her eyes were opened, and although she didn't say anything, I could sense she could hear me.

Some of my pack brothers had arrived and were now examining the wreckage. I heard Seth's hard intake of air, as he recognized the bloody mess that was now Bella. He took out his cell phone, and I could tell it took him a huge effort not to shout the words he was now saying. "Edward, come quickly. There's been an accident." I could make out a frantic reply from the other side of the line. "Yes....it's...Bella. Bring Carlisle."

It felt like time had come to a complete stop, and we stood still with it. I had seen her eyes move at the mention of his name, she looked like she was trying to say something, but her breathing was too shallow. I thought about moving the car off her, but even though I didn't know anything about medicine, something told me that wasn't a good idea. I also didn't have to be a doctor to tell that she was dying; her slowing heartbeat and her labored breaths were obvious pointers to that fact.

He arrived in less than two minutes. I guessed that the speed it must've taken him to get here should've made a sonic boom.

"NO! Oh no, BELLA, no!" he said falling to his knees beside her.

He looked pale, even for a bloodsucker. The doctor reached us a few moments later, and started examining her. His hands moved with mastered knowledge, as he assessed the damage, but I was surprised to hear his voice tremble as he spoke.

"I'm sorry son" he whispered, "There's nothing I can do."

By the look on Edward's face, I had the horrifying feeling that I was seeing a man being burned alive at the stake. There is no other way to describe the pain I saw reflected on the face of the man I had once considered my enemy.

"NO! There HAS to be something! Try anything!" he screamed in broken tearless sobs, as he swept back the hair that was matted to her face from the blood flowing from her nose and ears.

"Bella love! Please. Please! DON'T LEAVE ME! I love you." He couldn't talk, as he bent over her disfigured form.

That hit me hard. ‘Don't leave me?', he knew she was dying, it didn't have to be this way! Hadn't she decided she was going to become one of them? She had told me that herself. Then, what the hell was he doing? I heard her cough, and saw a stream of blood ooze from her mouth.

"What are you waiting for LEECH? Save her!" The words escaped my lips before I even registered their meaning and before they died away in the air, the disapproving shouts from the other pack members filled the silent gap. Tension seemed to become a personified force, making it hard to even breathe.

I was aware that some of the other vampires had joined us. Making the tension gather power. I could see the small one with the spiky black hair; Alice. She was shaking with silent cries as the motherly one held her. I had never noticed before, how human they looked. The thought that they could even have feelings, had never entered my mind. Bella had always referred to them as good people, with their hearts in the right place. That's a load of crap, I had thought. But, I could see that now. I could see the sadness in their stone cold faces. They cared about Bella. They sincerely loved her.

So not even the threats erupting from my pack brothers, could shake my decision. I would protect these leeches; it was the right thing to do. For Bella. I would not stand around and do nothing, while the life of my friend sneaked away from her broken body.

"Son, you must do it! Before it's too late," The vamp-doc said in a hurry.

Good, we are in a hurry; before the others get here and rip our heads off. I thought, sensing the impending arrival from the rest of the pack.

"I'm sorry Bella! I'm sorry!" I saw a frightening look of determination flash on his face, as he looked in her glazed eyes. "BELLA, PLEASE! Keep your heart beating. My love. My life. My SOUL!" he begged her, screaming as her eyes closed.

Finally! I thought. I had expected him to bend down over her jugular, all Hollywood style, but instead he took a silver object the doc gave him. As the fading light reflected off the thing, I recognized it; it was a syringe, and it looked like it was made from steel.

"What's that?" I asked confused.

He shoved the needle straight into her heart. "My venom" he answered as he pushed the plunger down, making her heart jump, like he'd shocked her with paddles. He bent over her, like he was kissing her, brushing his lips at her throat, at her wrists, into the crease inside her arms. But I could hear the lush tearing of her skin as his teeth bit through, again and again, forcing venom into her system at as many points as possible. He moved fast. I saw his tongue sweep along the bleeding gashes, washing the venom over her skin, sealing it shut. I realized what he was doing; the venom was holding the poison and the blood inside her body.

It was done.

The doc lifted the car off her body, and I felt vomit rise up in my throat for the second time today.

"Carlisle!" Edward gasped.

Her legs were splayed in very odd angles, and her body looked almost completely flattened at the waist. She was bleeding profusely from a deep gash in her hip.

"Her femoral artery is severed, there's no time to fix her here. We must get her home at once, so I can stop the hemorrhage." The doctor was all business now. "Jacob" he said as Edward lifted Bella carefully off the ground. "Thank you."

I didn't answer, what was I supposed to say? : You're welcome? Anytime?

"I know you've done so much already, but could you please tell Charlie: Bella was in an accident? Just tell him she's in bad shape and we had a helicopter transport her to Seattle. Tell him to call me, I'll take it from there" he urged.

I nodded. Considering the growls from the few pack members that were there, I would not be around long enough to keep that promise.

As soon as they disappeared through the darkening forest, mayhem erupted.

"What are you going to do now? Jake!"

"You let them bite a human!"

"What about the treaty?"

"This is war!"

"Quiet!" Sam's voice resounded above the others. Even without his wolf form, there was no contesting his command. "Meeting now, in the clearing."

We started running, shreds of clothes flying all around as we started phasing. The shouting inside my head was total chaos. I could make out Seth's worried thoughts. ‘This isn't good Jake. Sam s' really pissed'. I ignored him, I had to prepare myself for the hell I would have to go through now. I was the first one to get there, Leah reached me two breaths behind, followed by Sam and the others. We had gathered around in a circle. Sam's hackles rose, as he paced back and forth at the top of the ring. He stopped in front of me, his eyes furious.

‘What have you done? Jacob'

I shook my head, struggling to focus under the undeniable weight of his judgment. ‘I did what I felt was right. She was dying'

His muzzle pulled back on his teeth. ‘So you interfere in the natural law of the universe and condemn your friend to a soulless eternity as a monster?'

‘No!' I flinched as growl erupted from his chest.

‘They have broken the treaty, Jacob. With your help, and inside our own land!' He screamed inside my head.

I fought against the severity of his accusation. ‘No Sam. It doesn't have to be this way. They only did, what they did, because it was necessary, it was the right thing to do, to save her.'

His answering howl shook the ground under me. ‘Save her! She's dead Jacob. There's nothing left of Bella inside that body, that is now becoming one of them. Our enemies'

The power of his reprimand made me fall on my hunches.

‘Sam, they are not like the others, the Cullens are good people.' Seth said standing beside me.

It was one thing that I had to pay for my actions, but a wholly other thing to have Seth pay along for them too. ‘Shut up Seth' I warned him.

‘On that we agree. Shut it Seth.' Sam ordered as he stood before us. ‘There is no argument, they broke the treaty; they must pay the consequences. We attack tonight, before the transformation is complete. They will be too distracted to expect an attack, we'll have the element of surprise on our side.'

‘No!' I felt fear rise up in me like mercury on a thermometer, at his unbearable sentence. Seth cried a mournful yelp beside me.

‘You will do as you are told' Sam ordered, using his Alpha voice.

I felt my legs give out from under me and I sank to the ground. Seth's fur was burrowing deep in the mud as he whimpered.

‘Paul, Jared. You two will take the blond, and Edward. He's fast, and he can read our thoughts, but I'll fight with you, I'm sure between the three of us, we can handle them. Seth, Collin, Brady, and Leah will concentrate on the doctor, his wife, and the psychic.'

He turned to me. ‘Jacob, you are our strongest fighter, I know you've already been trough a lot with your father's passing, but the pack needs you. Tonight you'll stand with us and fight. You, Embry, and Quill will take the big one and the soldier.'

He then looked away, avoiding my eyes. ‘Whoever has a clear shot on....the last one; will take her. We can't allow the transformation to be over, and have a newborn endangering our family's safety. Remember; she's already dead, and keep focused. Don't be distracted by their human appearance. They are our enemies. We are what we are, because of them. Tonight we fight as one; for the treaty, our land, for our families.'

I felt the anger seep into the very core of my being. I had never felt more of a monster than I did now, at the realization of what I was about to do under his orders. No one could do anything. No one could resist the Alpha's command. No one. Except me. I could already feel the tight bonds that had been holding me down, start to loosen as I embraced my true self. The place of the true Alpha. Sam took a step back and yelped as he became aware of my resolve.

‘You hypocrite' I accused as I towered over him. ‘Now you refer to them as enemies, but when you needed them to defeat the army of newborns you thought of them as allies. We took their knowledge and went to war as comrades, and now that they are weak, we attack them?'

‘This is different. They have broken the treaty and created a newborn!' We stood toe to toe, facing each other.

‘I will not follow you Sam. The treaty was made to protect our families, and you know very well that the Cullens pose no threat to any of them. As for the fact that they bit a human; well, I as Ephraim's heir, have granted them permission to do an exception.' I said letting my Alpha voice soak my words.

A surprised whine escaped his throat, at the realization of my power over him. ‘What are you doing? Jacob. Have you forgotten your ancestry? Did your sense of duty die with your father?'

It was my turn to flinch back. The words burned me like they spewed acid. I had to fight the urge to rip his throat out. ‘I have not forgotten what I am Sam, and I will not fight against my brothers; but I will not take part on the killing of innocents, on behalf of a treaty that does not apply here.'

A growl erupted from his chest. ‘Even if you defeat me Jacob, the pack will never follow you.'

‘I will never fight you Sam, you are the true leader of this pack. But, I will not be part of the murders you are planning. I choose to go my own way.' I turned from him and dug my nails in the mud as I ran at full speed.

I was amazed no one followed, and even more surprised at how quite everything was. I was sure I would've been bombarded with accusing thoughts coming from the pack as soon as they saw me leave. I couldn't hear anything, but the steady pounding of my paws against the bracken. I was enjoying this quite, this freedom. Unfortunately, not for long.

‘Jake man, wait up.' Seth's voice said in my head.

My paws sunk deep into the earth as I came to a stop. ‘What the hell do you think you're doing? Seth'

‘I'm coming with you. I want to be part of your pack' he said reaching me.

‘There is no other pack! There's just the pack, and then there is me; by myself. Go back to Sam' I snapped at him.

‘Is that an order? Chief'

This kid was really annoying me now.

‘We're coming too, Jake' Quill and Embry joined us.

‘Why are you here?' I asked.

‘You were right bro, killing the Cullens like that is wrong. Even if they are leeches, they have fought with us, not against us. It's just not right.' Embry explained.

‘I'm coming too' Leah said as she arrived.

I could not believe what I was seeing; even Leah! I would've never thought of her siding with the vampires.

‘I'm not a leech lover, Jacob' she said hearing my thoughts ‘I'm just here for Seth'

Great. This was going to be fun. Things were not going as I expected. I did not count on being responsible for the lives of others, as I rebelled against Sam's decision.

‘You don't have to worry about us Jake, we can take care of ourselves' Quill answered my unspoken worry.

‘Besides, Sam won't attack tonight, it would be suicide, he knows they're out numbered' Embry added

‘Seth' I said turning to him ‘phase back and warn the Cullens; tell them what happened'

‘I'll go with you' Leah said ‘No matter what you think about them, they are still bloodsuckers. I don't trust them.'

‘Fine' I said giving up ‘Embry, Quill, do you guys mind going with them, and keeping a perimeter around the Cullen's house for tonight? I'll join you as soon as I can get away. I sort of need to explain why I left in such a hurry. I still have to deal with the funeral.'

‘Sure man, we understand...and sorry about your dad. Anyways, No worries, we'll take care of everything here, and keep you posted until you can get back.' Embry offered

‘Thank you' I said already running.

I needed to get away from them and phase back. I already felt a knot tightening in my throat. Maybe I had been in denial. I realized now that I couldn't talk to my father about all that had happened tonight. I would never get to hear his voice again. I missed him already. Billy and I had not always agreed in everything, but we would always listen to each other, even if we shouted the words in anger. We had no secrets, he had known about my change even before it happened. He had never thrown in my face that I had almost attacked him, when I phased for the first time. I missed my dad. I felt a baseball sized tear swell up in my eye. I threw my body forward, gaining speed. I needed the comfort I had ran away from before. I needed to be held and let the sentiments spill out of me, before they took over me completely. I wanted to feel wrapped around my neck, the soft arms of the only one capable of taking away my pain. Liz, the thought of her was like fuel to my system, I ran faster to my save haven; to Liz.