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A New Era

Summary:
Takes place after/during New Moon. Edward never came back, and Bella decides to get angry. Just like any sensible ex-girlfriend would do. So, out of spite of what Edward told her to do that day in the forest, Bella starts a new life in extreme sports. She's pissed off and kind of mean, but what can you do? Payback's a bitch.


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2. Chapter 2

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When I arrived at the rafting site, the pack was waiting. In human form of course. They'd been hanging out for a couple of hours with our guide. There were tall cliff walls around us, (Mt. St. Helens) and the river was actually pretty calm. But, in the distance I could hear the rapids. And they sounded... dangerous. Which was perfect.

“Bella!” Seth cheered when I arrived. I surveyed the crowd and quickly discovered that Leah was not there. Of course. I was surprised to see Emily there, however.

“Hi,” I smiled. “I didn't expect to see you here, Emily.”

“Neither did I. Sam didn't explain that his business trip was whitewater rafting. And obviously he can't go without me. I've wanted to do this for years!” She replied.

“Hi, I'm Julia,” a tan freckled red haired woman said. She shook my hand and smiled. “I'm going to be your guide on your trip down the Colorado River.” I should have guessed. She was dressed very well for the outdoors, in all the professional gear. I looked alright in Charlie's fishing gear. My better things were packed away in my bag for the more adventurous parts of the rafting trip.

“Bella,” I replied.

“Bella, I saved you a seat!” Jacob called from the fire they were all sitting around. I dropped my bag and walked over to him and sat next to him. I felt extremely overheated from the fire and Jacob's warm body, but as the sun set I was thankful.

“So we'll leave as soon as the sun rises tomorrow,” Julia explained. “It's a five hour day trip, and it is dangerous. But don't worry, I've never lost a passenger yet.”

“Bella, you're sure you want to do this?” Jacob asked.

“No kidding. We spent all that time protecting you from that one chick and now you're just going to risk your life on a recreational activity?” Quil questioned.

“I never asked you to do all that,” I sighed.

“Oh, I smell a story,” Julia smiled. Everyone looked nervously at each other.

“Well, Bella just had a very bad experience with some guys ex-girlfriend. Pretty scary, death threats,” Jared said slowly

“She doesn't like to talk about it much,” Embry whispered. I looked at the ground and sighed, pretending to be sad.

“That is absolutely horrible. I'm so sorry, Bella,” Julia sympathized.

“Yes, well it made me think. Think about how much of a waste my life would be if I didn't stop being protected. I'm never going anywhere hiding behind this pack of wolves.”

“What a great way to think. Living life to the fullest!” Julia agreed.

“Exactly,” I grinned, glancing at the entire pack, and especially at Jacob. “What kind of person would I be if I let you guys live for me?” Jake rolled his eyes and got up and walked to his tent. I sighed and walked to my tent as well where Emily and Julia would also be staying. So far, my mission to make Jacob approve of this trip was not going according to plan.

The next morning, after an hour long training program, we were all set to get in the water. I must have looked something like a marshmallow with all the gear I had one. My waterproof pants, my under armour long sleeve, Columbia fleece, Northface vest, and lastly a large lifejacket.

“And don't forget your helmet,” Jacob smiled, with a hint of satisfaction in your face.

“And don't forget yours,” I replied, slapping one on his head.

“Uh, Bella, I'm indestructible remember?”

“Well, you explain that to Julia,” I smirked, buckling his helmet underneath his chin. “You look fabulous.”

“Yeah, whatever,” Jacob pouted, walking to the pack and telling them to put their helmets on. I stood there and watched them.

“Bella?” I jumped and let out a little yelp. I turned around and saw Emily laughing. “Sorry, I didn't mean to scare you.”

“You didn't scare me, you just surprised me, that's all,” I replied.

“Of course.” Emily stood next to me as we watched everyone getting ready to go in the water. “He still loves you, Bella. You do know that, right?”

“Unfortunately,” I sighed. “But I think it's better I don't encourage him. We all know that it's not meant to be.”

“Do you believe in all that? Soul mates, destiny... everything like that?” Emily asked.

“Do you?” I replied.

“Just because I believe in it doesn't mean you have to.”

“Alright!” Julia shouted, gathering everyone up around the raft. “The course we're going on is a level three course. Normally, I wouldn't suggest a level three since you're all beginners, but since you're still paying I didn't have much of a choice. Like all trips, it will be very dangerous. There is a risk of serious injury and death.” Jacob cast me a very unforgiving look. I looked away quickly.

“It's important that you listen to my directions very carefully and remember everything I trained you for,” Julia continued. “Since the volcanic eruption of Mt. St. Helens, the Toutle River changes constantly. We will be in the shadows of the mountain the whole time, traveling through the Hollywood Gorge, Teakettle, and Staircase Rapids. There are large waves and bottomless holes, so, let's try to stay in the raft. It will be fun, it will be dangerous. And that's probably why it's going to be so fun. Who's ready to raft?”

Everyone cheered, and started to lower the raft in the water. I was about to go help as well when Jacob ran up to me and pulled me to the side, away from everyone's view and ears. Jacob looked at up at me with those puppy dog eyes and I sighed and rolled my eyes.

“I'm going to do this, Jake. You don't see Sam freaking out about Emily!”

“You weren't here when that happened. Emily showed up rather out of the blue,” Jacob explained.

“Seriously?” I laughed. “Well, clearly it's alright now. I'm going. You're going. I'm excited. You're excited. Let's do this!”

“I'm not excited about how dangerous this is.”

“Jacob. Stop. Life is dangerous, everything we do is dangerous! Driving a car is dangerous, eating is dangerous. Nothing we do is without danger.”

“So, that means that you shouldn't go trying to find more danger!”

“No, it means that we shouldn't be afraid of danger. We have to embrace that life is not easy and safe. Jacob, I'm doing this with or without you. Preferably with you, but I'm doing it.” Jacob looked at me and shook his head.

“You are impossible,” he stated. “Let's go. I don't want to delay this anymore, otherwise I might change my mind.” I smiled and we ran out to the raft, where everyone was already seated, waiting for us. Julia, who was still waiting on the side, gestured for us to sit.

“We saved the front for you,” Quil stated. “This was your master plan.”

“Thanks Quil, you're such a pal,” I smiled. And then I laughed. “Get it, Pal? Like a dog?” I laughed some more, but everyone seemed to roll their eyes. It seemed as if the dog jokes had gotten old. I must have missed that phase.

“Alright,” Julia shouted from the back of the raft. “Let's go!” We all started paddling and I suddenly got a huge knot in my stomach. Butterflies, most people would call them. We steered around a small bend and suddenly the river started to pick up speed. I smiled as the raft started to go faster and faster, and then in the distance I saw the rapids. They were white and bubbly, and most importantly loud. I heard Jacob swear to himself. And I smiled.

“Are you guys ready?” Julia shouted.

We went down a small drop and water splashed in my face, and I felt so a live. The raft bounced up and down as we all paddled through the drops and waves. I was soaked to the bone, but it felt so good. I was kind of weak in the paddling area, but I had a huge pack of werewolves behind me. Everything was good. Until my past caught up with me.

“Bella, what are you doing?” Edward said.

“Jesus Christ!” I shouted looking next to me. There was Edward, just chilling out on the edge of the boat. I glanced around just to make sure no one else could see him.

“This is beyond the level of dangerous I could have ever imagined!” Edward said.

“This was not the purpose of this trip!”I whispered to myself. “You are bringing a damper on my excitement!”

“This is stupid. This is so stupid!” he continued to shout. A huge wave splashed me in the face and when I opened my eyes, he was gone.

This was going to complicate things. A lot. How in hell was I supposed to all of my stunts with him creeping in the back of my mind? I didn't want to see him. I hadn't wanted to see him since I ended my depression stage. I'd wanted to kill him, even. So, it's safe to say, I did not want him in the back of my mind showing up and freaking me out. In the beginning, I saw him because I needed to. But now I'm seeing him for some unknown reason.

After the rapids ended a little while later, we all put our paddles away for awhile and let the river take us on a calmer part. I didn't make eye contact anyone, but just sat there shaking my head. I was soaking, and I could bet that everyone else was too. I glanced quickly at everybody who looked like they were having a good time. Even Jacob had a huge smile on his face. And I was moping. I banged my hand against my helmet.

“Please don't come back,” I muttered.

“We're coming back to the rapids,” Jacob said.

“Perfect,” I mumbled. We started to speed up and I got my paddle ready. Edward fricken Cullen, you'd better not show up. And if he did, I would be throwing myself off the side of the raft. As we started going back over the rapids, which picked up again. Edward, of course, showed up.

“You are successfully pissing me off,” Edward stated.

“Really?” I smiled. “Well then I guess I am ok with this.” And then he disappeared. Problem solved. The only thing better would actually be him being pissed off.

And then, I really enjoyed the trip. The waves were huge, and I still got soaked. The view of the volcano was actually really gorgeous, in between all the waves smashing against my face. My arms were pretty sore, but I could feel my muscle growing. By the end of this trip I should be pretty toned. I should also be pretty tan. All this time I'm spending outside should be well worth it. So many advantages to this trip!

“Bella,” Jacob began after we had returned to my car, which would take me to my next adventure.

“Yeah?”

“I just wanted to let you know, that your little quest you're going on... it's not as bad as I thought it would be. I think you'll be ok. But that doesn't mean you should climb up Everest without oxygen or anything.”

“I won't, trust me,” I laughed. I hugged Jake good bye and the rest of the group and started to drive to the airport. I checked one thing off my list of things to do and checked out what was next on my list. I pulled out my plane ticket from my bag and set in on the seat. I smiled and sped up a little bit on the gas.

I was headed for Hawaii to do a little swimming with the sharks.