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Generated image Jacob has always been willing to do anything for Bella. Now Bella is willing to let him do anything for her. Edward is a little more convincing, Jacob a little more usable, and Bella just a little more vindictive. “He left me! No, no, no! How could he do this? How could he leave me? No, no, he can’t leave me! He left me!” she sobbed. “He left me!” Bella choked, caught her breath. Raised her head, eyes glittering. HE LEFT ME.


4. Chapter 4

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It’s been two weeks since he left me.

That first week… it was hard. My resolve wasn’t solidified, my foundation was rocky. I hadn’t yet embraced the cold. But I had grown strong. Alone… yes I had been alone. Charlie could not understand, could not be a part of the world that he had made for me. Jake had abandoned me. No… no, not Jake’s fault. I was not fit for company, he had ruined me for that.

But the next week? The next week was glorious. I let the ice take my thoughts, my actions, my soul, and it made me strong. I came into my own, as beautiful and powerful as I could ever hope to be now.

Charlie was at work, and I was on the porch, watching the street. I had entered the planning phase, the plotting phase. I would not let him get away with this, oh no. He would suffer, as he had made me suffer. But how? How to do it?

There was the crux, yes? It all depended, didn’t it? Had he meant what he said? That love was no longer possible, had never been? If he had lied, then he still loved me, and the best way to hurt him would be to move on and live as happily as I ever had.

I shook my head. What nonsense. Truth had been spoken in the woods that day. I felt it in the center of me, where my heart had been before. Then there was only one way. Hunt him down. Destroy him.

Once again, I was stuck at a bit of a crossroads. I was no Van Helsing. I don’t think flamethrowers were easy to come by. Besides that was cinema nonsense. Through all of this, I thought nothing of his family. They were of no consequence. I was focused on my target. Tunnel vision perhaps, but I didn’t know it. Besides, how would any of them stand in my way?

The sound of a car in the drive made me look up. It was Jake. He’d not forgotten me. I was fit once more to be with him. I leapt from the porch and headed towards him. The closer I got, the more I realized that something was wrong, different. He was huge.

“Jake?” I asked, looking up at his face. “Jake, what…”

“I’ll explain later Bella, I promise,” he said, urgency in his voice. “I should have been there for you. I know how much he must have hurt you.”

I couldn’t stop it. I launched myself at him in a fierce hug. Someone understood.

“Wow, Jake,” I said. “You’re burning up. Are you okay?”

“I’m fine,” he responded, hands on my shoulders. “Listen, can you come down to the rez with me for a while?”

“Sure,” I said. “Let’s go.”

“Yeah?” he asked.

It was strange, he seemed uncomfortable with me, looking at me in a way he never had. But then, I wasn’t the same was I? As hot as his skin burned, he must feel the ice in me.

“Yes,” I assured him. “Let’s go.”

He didn’t move until I opened the door of Billy’s truck and climbed inside. Then he strode around the hood and climbed in. Gunning the engine, we shot off down the road.