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After the Rain

Summary:
RainLet the rain kiss you.Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.Let the rain sing you a lullaby~Langston Hughes*************************"I missed Edward, I missed him like the flowers miss the rain. Jacob was my sun, Edward was my rain. I needed them both to survive..."Will he let her go and grieve her for the rest of his life, or will he allow her to spend the rest of existance by his side? He has to make a decision, it all lies on his shoulders... and this time it's not Edward's choice. Decisions have been made that will alter the path of New Moon. What will Bella do now that she has found the truth? Alliances have been changed. This a a twist on "New Moon" Disclaimer: I am not, nor ever will be the Stephenie Meyer who shared her beautiful characters with us. They solely belong to her. Cheers!


Notes:
This story picks up during Chapter 8 of “New Moon” (after the middle of page 193 to be exact). The morning just after Bella and Jacob went for her first ride on the motorcycle and she falls and cuts her head open. This is my version of what would/could have happened if Bella had a few things altered in her story. Enjoy!


5. Chapter 5 - Turnaround

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I couldn’t take my eyes off him as he made his way toward me. Even though it was Laurent, it was the first vampire I’d seen in months, and therefore it confirmed my knowledge.

They did exist.

Not that I even doubted, but still, seeing him in person just acknowledged that I wasn’t crazy all those pain stricken months I tried to survive. I calmed myself down after the initial shock of seeing him.

My first instinct with Laurent was fear, after all he thought I was the snack at the baseball game. But there was something different about him, something he didn’t hold in his appearance the first and only time I had seen him before. I bore into his liquid topaz eyes and immediately found peace. He stared back at me with what seemed to be, relief.

“Bella,” he paused and briefly closed his eyes. Slowly, after a short thought, his eyes looked up from his long lashes and met mine again. “You're safe,” he stated calmly.

“Uh, yeah, I’m fine,” I said about as truthfully as I could. “Why?”

“Victoria.” I felt the shaking start and my breathing hitch at the very image of the firey red vixen. I wasn’t quite sure I wanted to know where he was going with this, but the nerves got the best of me. Jacob still stood at the back of the truck ready to make his presence known and throw himself between us as soon as he got the signal to do so.

I glanced over at him and he could see I was going to lose it and made his way over to me. He wrapped his secure arm around my shoulder for support. I know he could feel my shaking, but he didn’t press the issue, probably knowing it was about to make its presence anyways.

“Victoria is going to be looking for you. She met up with me while I was on a hunt a couple of hours away from Denali. She is out for revenge Bella. She didn’t know about my connection to the Denali clan and the Cullens. She didn’t realize the company I now keep, and the alliance I now have. She wanted me to come find you and report back to her the layout of Forks and to see how easy it would be to get to you. She thinks the Cullens are still there with you.” I felt the pain start seeping up inside of me and the hole was still aching within me. “I led her on and told her I would check it out for her. I didn’t want her going there herself, so I took off immediately to find you. I didn’t tell the others back in Denali that I was on my way. I didn’t have time, I just took off. I’m just glad she didn’t find you before I did, especially with you out here. Bella, if she finds you…I’m sorry.” His emotion fell from his face and I could tell he felt guilty about that day in the ballfield.

“Oh,” was all I could manage at that point. She was coming after me, and I had no one there to help me.

Jacob was looking at me in confusion as the tears spilled over and rolled down my cheeks silently. Just when I was trying to find Edward, thinking my world and my heart would finally heal, I realized I’m at the top of the food chain for a revenge stricken vampire. Great.

“Um, so what now?” I squeaked out.

“I think we need to get you back to Forks as soon as possible. If she decides not to wait for me to check back, she will most likely try to find you herself. Therefore, the places you go the most, are the places where people are most at risk.”

“No, Charlie. No, she can’t go there!” I cried in fear and my hands flew to cup my mouth as my sobs broke free.

“Bella? What the heck is going on?!” Jacob finally broke in, spinning my shoulders to face him. I was surprised he held on this long. But in my own shame, I couldn’t look him in the eyes, so I just started at the ground. He wasn’t supposed to know about vampires. But I couldn’t keep it from him much longer. He was bound to find out eventually if he thought hard enough. He was the one who put the thoughts in my head in the first place.

“We’ll tell you about it on the way,” Laurent interrupted. “Right now, we have to get back to Forks. When we stop for gas, I’ll call Irina back in Denali. Alice and Jasper are still there visiting, but I’m sure they will want to let the others know as well. That’s pretty much all we can do at this moment. But I’m going with you Bella.”

I felt slight relief knowing I would probably see Alice and Jasper soon, but the thought of Victoria getting anywhere near me sent chills down my spine.

With that I stumbled back into the truck, shaking all the way, trying to keep my breathing steady.

We got the truck out effortlessly, obviously Laurent’s strength was very helpful and I could tell Jake was somewhat offended he wasn’t able to do it on his own.

Once we got the truck out of the mud, I slid to the middle letting Laurent taking the wheel. I knew I had to break the news to Jacob, I couldn’t keep this from him now. I was in no shape to drive, and if I had to spill to Jacob, I didn’t think it would be a wise choice for him either.

“Okay Bells, let hear it.” He seemed a bit angry at what was going on because I had never mentioned Victoria or Laurent to him before and knew I was keeping something from him. I looked to Laurent for confirmation on what exactly I should do. He gave me a somber nod. It took me a minute to think about what I wanted to say. It’s not every day you have to explain something like this to your best friend.

Sorry Jake, but you remember my boyfriend Edward? Well, yeah, he’s a vampire and he killed Victoria’s mate and now she is seeking revenge, so she wants to kill me. Laurent is just an old friend of hers, who no longer feeds on humans and lives with another vampire clan who live the same lifestyle as the Cullens, and he’s here to try to keep her from draining me dry. Sorry I forgot to mention that before. By the way, you were right all along and just didn’t know it.

That didn’t seem like a rational way of explaining it, so I just started at the beginning and went to the end, even including the part where I lied to him about going to Denali. He took the entire explanation pretty well. I guess when you know the truth all along and someone just confirms it, it makes it that much easier to accept. I should know.

“Wow. Okay Bells. So what are we going to do? I mean, this is pretty heavy stuff.” I could tell he didn’t quite know what to do. There really wasn’t much he could do.

“Jake, you are not going to do anything! You are going back to LaPush and staying away from me. I don’t need you or anyone else I love getting hurt because of me. Until this is taken care of, I need to stay away from you.” I felt bad for pushing him away, it was just better than getting him killed.

“You’ve got to be kidding me Bella. You drag me here to Canada, and proceed to tell me your ex-boyfriend is a vampire, and you in turn are being hunted by another, and you want me to do nothing?” That stung. Edward flashed through my thoughts and I could never see him as an ex. He was and always would be with me. And Jacob was hurting, because of me, and I couldn't do anything about that pain. Jacob grabbed a fistful of hair in frustration then running his hand down to squeeze his neck. I could see he was having a hard time holding it together.

“Bella, what is that smell?” Laurent glanced over at me with concern on his face. I was thankful he broke up the conversation I didn’t want to have at that moment.

“Tell me about it. It reeks in here!” Jacob scrunched his nose in disgust. I pulled my arm up and took a sniff test to see if it was me. Nope.

“I don’t have a clue. I don’t smell a thing,” I stated confused.

“It smells like wet dog.” I turned to Laurent who spoke and gave the air another sniff and shrugged my shoulders.

“No it doesn’t. It smells more like rotten pickles. Ewe man!” Jacob corrected.

“You guys have serious problems. Personally, I don’t smell a thing. It’s really the last thing I’m concerned about at this very moment. So you can both shut up.” I sighed and slid comfortably for the long ride home. Just as I found a comfy spot I leaned over to make a pillow out of Jacobs arm. It felt hot, like a sunburn does after you’ve sat outside in the blistering sun for a few hours.

“Crap Jake, your arm is on fire!” I sat up and looked down at his arm and back up to his face.

“Probably got a fever or something. I haven’t felt real good the last hour or so,” he finally admitted. I was so distraught over my own personal issues; I didn’t even notice Jacob not looking so good. Some friend I was.

“Laurent pull over at this next gas station up here. We need gas and we’ll give Jacob a break.” I pointed at the place coming up on the right. Laurent slid the truck over turning into the run down station that only held two pumps and a small snack shack building that was aged, the paint peeling off in spots showing the weathered wood underneath. The sign by the road flickered.

“Really Bella I’m fine. I’m just going to check in with Billy so he can let Charlie know we’re on our way, then we can take off. I’ll tell him to keep Charlie down at the reservation as much as possible. Billy seems to already know the truth, so might as well let him know what’s going on,” he said sliding out the passenger door and giving himself a small stretch. His massive frame took up the passenger side easily, so now that there were three of us, it made the ride that much more snug.

He went to find the nearest payphone and I decided to fill up since we were already here, so I slid out behind him, Laurent exited out his door and leaned against the truck while I fueled up, arms crossed against his chest.

“Don’t you need to call Irina?” I glanced up at him.

“Not at this moment. I’m not leaving your side Bella. If Victoria was to get anywhere near you… I’m not leaving you unguarded.”

“Why are you doing this Laurent? You don’t even know me,” I bowed my head doubting my worth.

“Because, now I know what it’s like to have a family. Well, I know what it’s like to have as close to a family as our kind possibly can. Irina, Tanya, they are all my family, and now, so are the Cullens. The Cullens, the love you Bella. More than you could ever comprehend. Alice was just in Denali and you have her worried. She can’t see you anymore. Not that she’s been looking, but lately she can’t even get the glimpses she used to. She’s worried about you. They would have never agreed to leave if Edward hadn’t convinced them it was best for you. If anything were to happen to you…,” he shook his head slightly.

“Thanks Laurent. I really appreciate this,” I put the pump back on the stand and screwed the cap on the truck. He nodded once and offered me a genuine smile. I couldn’t help but give one in return.

I brushed my hands on my pants as we both turned and took off toward the store to find Jacob and use the phone to call Denali. The bell rang as we walked through the door. The musty smell of the run down place was overwhelming, but the little place served its purpose for what we needed at the moment.

“Um, where are your pay phones located?” I asked the cashier as I looked around.

“Right over there in the back right corner of the store,” she pointed toward the restroom sign hanging from the ceiling.

“Thanks.”

Jacob was already heading up the aisle when I turned to head in that direction, Laurent walked pass me to make the call back to Denali. I met Jacob face to face and he put his hands on each of my arms tightly hold them down straight to my sides, heat racing into the pressure points of his touch. He was breathing heavily and his eyes bore straight into mine. His face was expressionless.

“Jake, what’s wrong?”

“Bells, I’m going to stay with you as long as I can. But then I have to leave. We need to get back to Forks as soon as possible.”

“What are you talking about Jake?” I choked back the tears, my voice cracking. I couldn’t be without him. I needed him, more than he could ever know.

Softly, he continued, most likely not to alarm Laurent. “Bella, not now. Trust me, we need to get home,” he flashed his eyes quickly in Laurent’s direction then back to me. “Just let it go for now, please.” His eyes held trust and I knew I couldn’t doubt him, as much as I wanted to, Jacob always took care of me.

“Okay,” I mouthed silently and he released his grip on my arms.

Laurent finished up his phone call and headed back toward us and we all headed toward the counter so I could pay for the gas.

“I’m going to step outside and get some fresh air,” Jacob murmured and made his way out the screen door. It closed with a bang. I paid for the gas and Laurent explained the phone call he had with Irina as we headed outside toward the truck.

“I got a hold of Irina in Denali, Alice and Jasper are on their way to Forks. Irina and Tanya are going to follow shortly after. They’re going to stick around to see if Victoria ventures back in that area to make sure things stay inconspicuous. They don’t want her wreaking havoc near town. Alice is going to get in touch with the rest of the Cullens. Once we reassemble we should be able to come up with a plan.”

We approached the truck and Jacob was leaning against the bumper with his elbows on his knees and his head in his hands.

“Jake, you alright?” I squatted down in front of him to meet his eyes.

“Yeah, yeah, I’m fine,” he said sitting up. “Just taking a break. I think I’m going to ride in the bed if that’s okay Bells. Still not feeling too great.” Beads of sweat rolled down his temples and his breathing was still deep.

“Sure Jake. I’ll give you my jacket, you can use it for a pillow. Are you sure you’re not gonna freeze back here?”

“Nah, I’ll be fine Bells, I have my coat in my bag if I need it, but thanks anyways.” He hopped into the back and took a spot in the corner behind the passenger side leaning one arm on his propped up knee and throwing the other on the side of the bed. Laurent and I made our way back into the cab. Laurent pulled back onto the highway and we were once again heading back toward Forks. I glanced over my shoulder to see the back of Jacob’s head, black streams fiercely blowing in the wind. Jacob was keeping something from me. I had a very bad feeling something wasn’t right. No, something was defiantly wrong, and if we didn’t get to Forks soon, it would get worse.