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Oblivion

Summary:
Set during New Moon. After the cliff diving incident, Bella was changed into a vampire and was kept in the dark for months. She doesn't remember anything from her human life and she became Victoria's precious pet who does all her biddings. What Bella doesn't know is that there's a bigger plan that involves killing each of the Cullens. Isn't revenge sweet?


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17. The Truth

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Chapter 17: The Truth

BPOV

I stared at the boy standing in front of me. His facial expression was a mix of shock, anger, confusion but mostly shock. I guess he didn’t know I was changed either. Not much of a surprise. It seems like the only ones who were really aware of my change was Riley and Victoria. If there was one person who would know the truth, it was me. The problem was whatever I do I can’t seem to remember anything. I get the flashbacks and the voices but none of them ever made sense. What if I never remember anything? Would I make the right choice then? I would have to think about that later. I had bigger problems at the moment. This one was in the form of a boy who turns into a wolf.

“You don’t remember” he stated as a matter of fact.

“No, I don’t. Should I?” I continued to stay in the same crouching position as I stared at the boy.

The boy’s eyes widened again and then he started to pace back and forth. He started to mumble things to himself. I tilted my head to the side as I watched him. I caught some of the words he was saying but most of it was just cursing and hissing. He gave me side glances every so often.

“This is all my fault... I should’ve never left you… I should’ve been there... I should’ve stayed at home when I knew you were coming… This is all my fault… And now” he stopped to look at me then groaned. He started to pace again. “I should’ve been there… This is all my fault… I knew she was around the area but I continued to patrol anyway… This is all my fault…”

He kept saying it was his fault. But, why?

“What are you talking about, mutt?” I asked.

He looked at me and his eyes softened. The disgusted look he had earlier on was gone and was now replaced by pain.

“Bells, before you went missing, you went to my house. Then you told my dad that you would be going to the beach but you never came back. We followed your scent but it ended by the cliffs. We looked for you everywhere but we couldn’t find you. We tried looking for the bloodsucker’s scent but her scent was gone as well. It was like…” He paused and looked away.

“Like what?” I asked softly as I stood up from my crouch. I was surprised by my own voice but nonetheless I waited for his reply.

“It was like she was finished with whatever she came there for” he finished.

It sounds very much like Victoria. Once she’s done, she moves on to the next not looking back. We were both silent for a few minutes. It was strange that I was finding comfort in this place. I should’ve been feeling threatened by the boy but I wasn’t.

“I’m Jacob by the way. We used to be friends before… this” he motioned towards me.

I started to wonder what kind of human life I had. First, I find out that I had a romantic relationship with a vampire. Second, a vampire is seeking out revenge and is using me. And now, I find out I used to be friends with a werewolf. Did I really attract danger in the form of mythical creatures? What was next? Witches and faeries?

“I should really let you get back to the border now. I don’t want anyr10;” Jacob suddenly turned around.

Numerous padded steps were thundering towards us. I heard their hammering heartbeats before I caught their scents. I growled as I realized what was coming. Did he trick me into staying?

Jacob was in front of me the moment they stepped out of the trees. One of them was in human form while the rest in their wolf forms.

“Jacob” the guy said in a tone full of authority.

“Not now, Sam…” Jacob stated with the same authority.

“She’s a bloodsucker Jacob! What are you doing?!” Sam demanded.

Two of the wolves growled at me. I was shocked at the way Jacob was defending me. We were supposed to be enemies but he was here on my side, protecting me.

“I don’t care what she is! She’s Bella! Back off Paul… You are gonna regret it later” he threatened.

“How do you know if it’s really her?! She could be someone else!” Sam yelled.

“Jacob” I said his name softly.

Jacob didn’t turn around. He continued to look at Sam. His body was starting to tremble and I had a theory on what would happen if he continues to tremble that way.

“Jacob” I said more firmly.

“What?” he hissed as he turned to look at me.

I flinched at the change of his tone. He looked at me with such intensity. I could see the different emotions running through him and he was trying hard to keep them at bay.

“What if he’s right? What if I’m not this Bella that you’re claiming me to be?” I asked him.

He closed his eyes before answering me.

“Because I know you Bella. You may be different physically but somewhere inside my best friend’s there. You just have to remember”

“But what if I can’t remember, what then? I’m just gonna be another vampire passing by” I said.

One of the wolves suddenly jumped towards me but Jacob pushed me out of the way. I landed on my back as I watched Jacob fight off his pack member. Blood startled to trickle down Jacob’s arm as he pushed the wolf away. Realizing what he had done, the wolf backed off and was looking at me and then Jacob. Sam’s eyes widened as he watched Jacob stand up.

I hissed as I watched a drop of blood hit the ground. My sight was becoming bloody red as I continued to watch the blood drip down Jacob’s arm. The scent was disgusting but at the same time it was calling me. I wanted to suck him dry. It didn’t matter if it didn’t taste good. It was blood. It was enough for me.

The wolves were growling at me. All of them were waiting for an order from their Alpha. I growled back at them as I stood up. Jacob looked at me and then back at his arm. It was starting to heal but blood was still coming out. I licked my lips in anticipation as I eyed the drips that were falling to the ground.

“Bella” he said looking at me.

I looked up to meet his gaze. I was about to snarl at him when I felt a tug on my chest. It wasn’t pain. It was something else. For some reason, the short while I was here, the pain I felt earlier was gone. Instead it was replaced with comfort. I blinked several times as my sight returned to normal. His wound had completely healed in a matter of seconds. Sam was watching me with caution while the rest of the pack was ready to pounce.

“I… Ir10;” I looked at Jacob then Sam then at the wolves and back to Jacob.

I took a step back away from them. I could turn around and follow my own scent and go back to the chaos that was going on in the clearing.

The war.

I stiffened as I realized what I had done. I left the Cullens in the clearing with Victoria and the newborns. I wasn’t supposed to leave but I did.

“Bella” Jacob’s voice snapped me out of my thoughts.

I looked at him puzzled. He was standing as close as he could get to me. I could hear the protest of his pack members but he didn’t give them a second look.

“Jacob, what are your10;”

I was cut off by his hand touching my face. It was warm, almost feverish. I could hear the hammering beat of his heart as it pumped blood throughout his body. I could feel the venom pool in my mouth. I closed my eyes as I swallowed the venom. I couldn’t do this to Jacob. I may not remember him but he was defending me from his own pack. I owe him that much at least.

I opened my eyes to see him looking at me longingly. His face then turned into a huge grin as he pulled me towards him and wrapped his arms around me.

“I knew it was you!” he exclaimed.

His reaction should’ve surprised me but it wasn’t that that made me gasp. As Jacob held me in his arms, I felt whole. I felt complete. The pain and the numbness I felt were replaced by nothing. I felt…

"I'm ruining your spring break," Jacob accused himself as we walked back up the beach.

"No, you're not. I didn't have any plans. I don't think I like spring breaks, anyway."

"I'll take tomorrow morning off. The others can run without me. We'll do something fun."

The word seemed out of place in my life right now, barely comprehensible, bizarre.

"Fun?"

"Fun is exactly what you need. Hmm…" he gazed out across the heaving gray waves, deliberating. As his eyes scanned the horizon, he had a flash of inspiration.

"Got it!" he crowed. "Another promise to keep."

"What are you talking about?"

He let go of my hand and pointed toward the southern edge of the beach, where the flat, rocky half-moon dead-ended against the sheer sea cliffs. I stared, uncomprehending.

"Didn't I promise to take you cliff diving?"

I shivered.

"Yeah, it'll be pretty cold—not as cold as it is today. Can you feel the weather changing? The pressure? It will be warmer tomorrow. You up for it?"

The dark water did not look inviting, and, from this angle, the cliffs looked even higher than before.

"Sure, I'm up for it. Fun."

"It's a date," he said, and draped his arm around my shoulders. (Credit: New Moon)

I snapped out of the flashback. She lied. She said I jumped off the cliff to end my life but I wasn’t. I was doing it for fun… It wasn’t what she said. She made it all up. I didn’t beg her to kill me. Emmett was right. She planned this ahead of time. My eyes grew wide at my realization. It doesn’t matter if I don’t remember my past. What matters most is now and the future. I don’t want to be under Victoria anymore. I was going to make a huge mistake if I keep listening to her. I suddenly pulled away from Jacob’s embrace.

“What’s wrong Bella?” he asked worried.

“I’m telling you Jacob she’s going to lose it! Now step back!” Sam demanded again.

Jacob continued to look at me and ignored Sam’s demands. It was odd since I thought Sam was the Alpha but it looks like Jacob had authority as well.

I swallowed the venom that pooled my mouth.

“You told me earlier that before I went missing, my scent ended by the cliffs, correct?” I asked.

Jacob nodded.

“And on that same day, you said I went to your house but you weren’t there because you were patrolling the area since you caught the scent of a vampire, correct?”

“Yes. Bella, what’s going on?” I raised my hand and I continued to talk. I had to make sure I get my facts right.

“The day before that you promised to take me cliff diving?”

He nodded again. I took a deep breath and then looked at him again.

“Did I ever tell you who the vampire might be?”

“Victoria… the red haired female”

“Did you ever see her that day?”

“We caught a glimpse of her but she moved too fast. We tried following her scent but it ended by…” Jacob paused to look at me properly.

“She was the one who changed you, wasn’t she?” he asked through gritted teeth. His body started to quiver.

“I swear if I ever get my hands on her…” Jacob started to mutter.

An idea started to form in my head. If I could get the wolves to help the Cullens, then I could at least repay them for the hospitality they had given me for the few days I was in their home. I needed answers and the only ones who could really give me that were in the clearing. Most probably suffering the wrath of Victoria and Riley. Riley… Did he know about this too? He was being lied to and he didn’t even know it.

I looked at Sam who was watching me with wary eyes.

“Sam, are there deep underground caves near the area?”

Sam looked at me surprised.

“Y-yes… Up north… Why?” he asked composing himself.

I looked back at Jacob.

“Did you patrol around that area?”

“We never got that far… Why?”

“When I woke up, I was surrounded by total darkness. Even with my improved sight, I didn’t see anything. I was probably miles underground…”

“She took you underground and changed you there! I’m so sorry Bella! If only I stayed with you none of this would’ve happened!”

He pulled me back into his arms again and held me as tight as he could. I could feel the warmth of his body as he apologized over and over again.

If you knew what she had planned for you, Bella…

I shivered at the voice. Jacob pulled away thinking it was because of him.

“Right. I’m sorry” he mumbled.

“Don’t be… This wasn’t your fault. Victoria just outsmarted all of us” I said.

“Outsmarted? All of us? It sounds like you’re saying that she planned this out” Jacob huffed.

I raised an eyebrow at him pointing out the obvious.

“B-but you said she wanted to kill you! Not change you!” he exclaimed.

“According to her, that was her original plan… She said it changed because I begged her to kill me… That it wouldn’t have made a difference…”

“You wouldn’t…”

“I believed her at first… But now, I know what I was thinking when I jumped off the cliff…”

“You remember?”

I shook my head.

“I remember the day before that when you promised you’ll take me cliff diving”

“How?” he asked confused.

I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. Their musky scent filled my nostrils. I should’ve been disgusted but I wasn’t.

“I’ve been having flashbacks these past few days… I had an overwhelming number of voices in my head earlier. It was driving me crazy that’s why I ended up on your land. And then just a few minutes ago, I saw you and I walking by the beach… You were promising me that you would take me cliff diving the next day”

I felt embarrassed having to confess that to Jacob. He must think that I’d lost my head already. Having all these voices in my head was driving me insane.

“Sorry to interrupt your little reunion but we have a little dilemma going on here” a husky voice said.

“Shut up Quil” Jacob rolled his eyes.

I turned around to see that half of the pack was in their human form. The rest had backed out to the woods.

The boy who talked raised a hand towards me.

“Hi Bella… It’s Quil, if you don’t remember” he grinned.

I smiled back at him. I was surprised that they had trusted me that quick.

“We’re still on our guard, Bella but we know you have some sort of control over your thirst… Considering earlier… But your eyes are a dead giveaway as to why we can’t still trust you” Sam said answering my questioned look.

I nodded at him understanding what he meant.

“So, what is the bigger plan, Bella?” Jacob asked as he crossed his arms across his chest.

I looked up to the sky wishing that I wouldn’t be too late.

“She wants me to kill the Cullens in front of Edward” I said looking back at each of them.

They all gasped in surprise.

“What makes her think you could do that?!” Jacob asked after recovering from shock.

“She thinks that after I kill all the Cullens, Edward would be left alone just like he left me alone. She thinks that I would want Edward to feel the pain I felt when he left me alone. She thinks that Edward deserved to feel the pain of being alone for eternity” I explained.

“He should… But you don’t want to” Jacob stated. It wasn’t a question.

I shook my head slowly as I bit my lower lip. I ignored his earlier comment but I would ask him about that later. It was only a matter of time before someone comes here looking for me to finish the job.

“What do you want us to do, Bella?” Sam asked.

I gave him a small smile thankful that he got what I was trying to say since earlier.

“This is what we do…”

EPOV

Emmett better wipe that smug look on his face or else Victoria would know something was up. Victoria was taunting my family. I wanted to snap her head off but I couldn’t. I was glued to the ground and there was nothing I could do about it. I could feel the pressure pushing me down to the ground. It was holding me in place and wasn’t allowing me to make any movement. It had something to do with that Riley who was standing behind Victoria.

The moment Bella moved towards Alice, I felt the pressure pushing harder and harder as she moved away. And when she ran, the pressure was too much leaving my body completely immobilized to the spot.

Could it be that Bella was shielding me all this time? I didn’t know the full extent on what she could do but Jasper said something about Bella’s gift. She didn’t tell him about it but he guessed since I couldn’t hear his thoughts when Bella was near the house. All the newborn’s minds were closed off from mine as they entered the field but when she left, their thoughts were a scramble heading to nowhere in particular.

But why would she be shielding me from Riley’s powers? I saw the fury in her eyes when she growled at me. She proved to me just how loyal she was to Victoria. She attacked Alice when Victoria told her to do so.

She hated me. But… Why did she run? I closed my eyes as I tried to remember what had transpired earlier. I groaned as I felt a kick on my side. I opened my eyes to see Victoria smirking at me.

“Too bad you had to endure this longer than expected… If only she didn’t run, we could’ve started this earlier…” she said.

“Riley! Go after Bella… I need her to finish this job now” she demanded as she turned around to look at the blonde boy standing beside her.

The boy nodded and ran towards the direction Bella went. I felt the pressure slowly disappear and I started to feel my limbs again. I would’ve moved then and there but Emmett’s plan would backfire on us. I had to wait for the right moment.

Bella had that glazed look earlier. She was having a flashback. She had the same look on her face when she had the flashback in my house. I didn’t know if it would benefit us or not but it made her run away from Victoria. Hopefully, so she could clear her head. I could only hope and pray that Bella would give me a chance to explain things first before it’s too late.