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Eternal Reminders

Summary:
Takes place the day Bella escapes Alice to La Push while Edward is away hunting.

What if Jacob hadn't been able to control himself around Bella? Wouls she be yet again endangering herself, as her vampire family believes, or will she prove that werewolves are harmless around the people they care about? And what will the consequences be for poor Bella?

T just in case.


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Notes:
This idea came to me whilst re-reading New Moon. I really like this idea, so I'll be spending most of my spare time updating on here!


8. Body Guard

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Edward’s POV

I ran full out until I made it to the border that separated the pack’s land and the land that allowed us to be free. But once I had crossed over into enemy territory, I slowed my pace down a bit. It would not do to have my presence noted by the pack. The sun would be setting in just a few short hours, so at that point my enemies would most likely begin patrolling, just waiting for me to strike. I was on a tight schedule, but this suited me just fine. It added to the thrill of what I was about to do. Finally, finally, that mutt would get what he deserved. A part of me internally shuddered at the layer of pleasure that coated my thoughts now; I wasn’t normally one to take my aggressions out on another living being, unless it was a meal. But even then, I didn’t relish the thought of the suffering my victim would be going through. Even though it unnerved me to see this change in my own demeanor, I couldn’t bring myself to be repulsed by it. He had, potentially, damaged Bella beyond repair. It only made sense that he would pay the same price.

And how could my thinking be wrong? It was an eye for an eye. This philosophy had been used for millennia, all the way back to Hammurabi and his code of laws. I wouldn’t allow the very small, decreasing voice of my conscience to talk me out of what I was set to do.

I kept running, knowing that I would soon be on the Black’s property; however, I wasn’t prepared for the thick wall of musky scent that the wolves left behind. Instead of patrolling around the border for me, like I had thought, they were patrolling around Jacob’s home. I could tell that it was only one wolf, but the scent was fresh. The wolf was still here. I came to a stop and dropped into a crouch. Cocking my head to one side to hear better, I scanned the trees around me.

And then I saw its eyes.

The creature they belonged to looked as though it was just outside of the line of trees surrounding the small house Jacob resided in. It didn’t appear as though the wolf had seen me yet; their senses were much duller than ours, even if they would insist it to be otherwise. Slowly, I shifted my weight so that I could jump onto a branch above my head. I climbed higher, so that I was halfway up the tall spruce. Using the height to my advantage, I searched the forest for any other members of the pack, but this wolf was alone. I moved swiftly through the treetops, until I was a few trees away from him. He stood in the way of the man-child that I was going to kill, and I knew that I would have to eliminate him if I wanted to get to my target.

I climbed higher into the trees to minimize the chance that the wolf would hear me approaching. I moved several trees closer before making my move. I waited until the wolf was looking in the other direction before dropping from the treetop onto the wolf’s back. He reared back in shock and anger; he knew what was happening to him. I dug my nails into his skin with a slashing motion, hoping to sever an artery. I wasn’t positive that I achieved this, for at the pain of his skin breaking, he bucked even harder. I used this to my advantage and grasped onto one of his forelegs, feeling and hearing a satisfying break under my hands as I allowed him to launch me off of his back.

He howled in pain, but I wasn’t having that. If he alerted the other wolves to his predicament, then I would be outnumbered, and I refused to take chances like that. I wasn’t absolutely certain that my family would continue with plans for destroying Jacob Black, so I couldn’t risk losing my own life before his came to an end.

I allowed the wolf to limp circles around me before striking again. I knew I would have the upper hand, being faster than he, so I simply ran across the clearing, knocking my weight into his side before he could react. He flew back several yards, slamming into a spruce on the other side of the house he protected. Even from here I could see that the dog was unconscious and his breathing irregular. I should have gone over to his body and broken his neck to keep him out of my way-permanently- but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. My quarrel was with Jacob, not this pathetic excuse for a body guard.

I turned to the house. I could hear Jacob inside, his heart beating frantically.

I smirked and ran up to the house.

Don’t worry, Jacob Black, I thought, you won’t have long to fear my wrath.