A Dark Adaptation of Breaking Dawn
The new moon illuminating the ink blue night, marks the dawn of a new world where chaos is about to be unleashed once again between the wolves and the vampires. Under layers of stone and concrete, a King paces back and forth in his room, shaken by the probability of a fallen kingdom. Men begin to shape into wolves in a nearby distance, mouths watering for flesh. And somewhere in the depths of a Romanian forest, a pair of chocolate brown eyes shoot wide open with a sudden gasp, announcing the beginning of a new life.
For those of you who have read my previous fanfic, "A Dark Adaptation of New Moon", I present to you the continuation of the story. Thank you for all your feedback. I hope you enjoy it!
8. Chapter 8
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Unbelievable. Really it was. I was on my way to defend a pack of bloodsuckers. Un-fucking-believable. It wasn't like I wanted to, or even had a choice. Alice had me by the balls. She told me she knew how to find Bella and with that advantage, I was her beck and call.
Wolves growled and snarled at Alice as we walked through the crowded woods. I'll admit, it looked pretty bad - me in shredded clothing walking next to a dead bloodsucker that has not a hair out of place. Edward stayed behind, sulking in misery - much to my enjoyment. And Leah ... what the fuck was up with her? She hated vampires more than any of us and yet, she defended him. Seth couldn't have said it better - you can always count on her to do the totally unexpected.
We made our way up the slope where Sam and the other Alphas were getting ready to dispatch their packs. Sam turned around, surely picking up Alice's scent. He glared at her.
"What is this?" he asked me, never taking his eyes away from her.
"Sam, you need to hold back the wolves." I said.
He looked at me, disbelieving my words.
"Have you gone mad?" he frowned deeply.
"No" I said. "The Cullens have been captured and are being held in the dungeons. The others won't know who they are. If they attack now, they will think they are with the Volturi."
"So then be it" he said bitterly and Alice was on him at the end of his last syllable, her fangs bared as she clung to him like a cat. I quickly reached for her and pulled her off him just as the other Alphas began to morph
"STOP" I yelled. I give it to the little bloodsucker. Keeping her back was like pulling a cement truck.
"As Alpha, I order you to pull back!" I shouted.
He stared at me hard, his lips pressed together, forming a line. No one, except Sam, Seth and Leah, knew that I was the Alpha. It's a secret I kept well guarded and not because I wasn't cut out for it, I simply didn't want to be looked upon as one. With over five hundred wolves and men surrounding us now, the cats' out of the bag.
"And where have you been, Jacob?" he mused. "Where have you been while all the packs gathered in preparation for this battle? Was it you who taught them how to kill vampires? Was it you who told them what to expect? I think not. Last I remember, you were busy chasing a vampire's pet."
In a fit, I let go of Alice and threw myself at him. She didn't hold me back; instead, it was Seth who jumped in, pulling at me while Sam stood untouched and defiant.
"You have forfeited your rank, Jacob. They will not fight for you and much less, for them" he said turning his eyes back at Alice.
I pushed myself free from Seth and stood my ground. He was right. They wouldn't fight for me. They came here to war against the bloodsuckers and Sam was all for it. They wouldn't try to spare the life of any vampire. But I had to get the Cullens out and not because I cared - truth be told, I didn't give a flying fuck about them. My only reason was Bella. Alice claims to know how to find her, despite how guarded she was by the elusive vampire who took her away.
"Come on" I muttered, pulling Alice by the arm. "I'll have to do this one on my own."
"No you won't" came a voice from behind me. I turned around and saw Seth coming towards me. "Even if it makes no sense... I got your back" he grinned. If there was anyone I wanted by my side in battle, it was him.
I turned to Alice. "Listen to me," I said staring at her dead in the eyes, " I'm gonna get them out of there, but you're gonna get me to Bella. You got that?" I glared at her.
"Bella has to drop her guard before I can see where she is. She's been doing it often in the last few days. I expect that I'll see her again very soon, and when I do, I promise you'll know but finding her will not change anything, Jacob. You may find that losing her was for the best."
I ignored her theory but accepted her promise.
"Go" I said, pushing her towards the trail. She looked at me like she wanted to say something but then pursed her lips and took off into the woods.
The wolves began their howls and like an avalanche, they raced down the forest, their fangs sharp and ready. Seth morphed right away, and circled me, waiting for my signal. I turned and began to run on my two feet as my body took form, and in a matter of seconds I was pulling hard against the ground with all four legs, bolting through the woods, heading straight to the dungeons.
The biggest upset of my life came at me like a jagged dagger, aimed at my heart. I suppose it wasn't hard to guess that at the moment of do or die, Bella would have chosen what she thought was best for someone other than herself. In this case, it was her child. She was willing to sacrifice her happiness for the sake of her son by staying with Gabriel. She minus well have tore the heart right out of my chest, leaving a gaping hole for all to see. Her final moment... her last words... lingered in my head like a poisonous cancer, slowly eating away my sanity and killing me silently.
"Shouldn't you be your sister?" asked the she-wolf known as Leah. She was the first woman I've ever seen change to a wolf.
"Shouldn't you have let him kill me?" I snapped back bitterly.
"Should've..." she mused, "... but you are dead, remember?"
I didn't have the time nor the patience for her juvenile non-sense. I turned around and scanned the area for Alice's thoughts when I picked up the thought of another woman.
I turned and looked at her, annoyed by her thought.
"What?" she asked. I ignored her and continue to look ahead.
"You know, you're not the only one" she said. I looked back at her once again.
"Not the only one what?" I asked.
"Not the only one dumped for someone else." I suppose she heard everything. I turned again, giving my back to her, making it clear that I wasn't in the mood for therapy.
"Well... you're welcome" she said, getting the point.
"Why did you stop him?" I asked.
I could hear her footsteps getting closer until she was standing in front of me.
"I don't know" she said frowning, "I just... felt I had to. You can't just love someone so much and then just give up on yourself when they've let you go. Why should your life end there? How do you know there's not something better lined up for you? I mean," she shrugs, "that's how I see it. It's a bitch having to wait for it, but I like to think that it's worth it."
Her words made sense but did nothing to inspire me. Bella is my life and without her, there's no sense in going forward, no sense in hope. There can't possibly be anything lined up for me that will replace her.
Suddenly, she turned back, looking into the forest. Alice came running towards me.
"The wolves... they're on their way. Sam wouldn't listen and sent them out anyway. Jacob and Seth went also, to try to find them before the wolves do."
Leah turned back and looked at me with startled eyes and then she took off into the forest, undoubtedly shifting into her wolf form and joining the others. I, too, made to run when Alice stopped me.
"You can't go. We have to wait here."
"Edward, don't you see? The wolves want to kill us and the Volturi wants to do the same. Aro knows that I know that he's taken them and he will expect us to come to him. He'll touch us both to find Bella and once he's gotten what he wants from us, he'll kill us. It's a trap."
"Alice, I can't just stand around..."
"I know you think there's nothing left for you to stand for... but believe me, there is. Please trust me on this, even if you can't see it in my head. You have to stay alive... you have to."