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The Power of Love

Summary:
Exactly how strong is the bond that Edward and Bella share? Join Bella and Edward as they embark on a journey where their love is challenged. Watch as Bella and Edwards' roads cross and divide. Can they each handle their mistakes? Will Edward abandon Bella or will their love survive the hardships life has to offer? This is set right after Edward leaves Bella in New Moon and begins with Bella in a deep depression.


Notes:
Disclaimer: I do not own Twilight or any of the characters in this story. This story is written for fun. I am an enthusiast and a fanatic of the lovely Stephenie Meyers. Also please be patient. This story is already written. The first 5 chapters are short; they are glimpses that help set up the story. As the story progressed it seems that the chapters get longer and longer. Also this story is told from various points of view. Each view will be posted to avoid confusion.


14. Jacob's return

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Revenge, when it gets a hold of you, reason steps out the door. There is no control, no stopping a train dead on its tracks. Perhaps that is what that strange feeling was that brewed inside my chest. It burned with agony, with loss. I relished the sadistic feeling as I willed for it to explode. But that would mean that I would transform.

What would Bella say if she knew that I had chosen the evil side.

The easier way.

To be and exist as the beast that I am.

Once it gets a hold of you there is no turning back. All I could think about was Edward and how he didn't deserve Bella. Oh sweet beautiful Bella with her bouncy brown hair.

What was I thinking?

Why did I allow her to dismiss me?

I am not sure what had come over me. Perhaps it was the anger knocking at my door. The monster in me was begging to be let out. I did not want Bella to be part of this world. Such a cruel and vicious reality existed amongst my kind. Although my Bella was no longer human I wanted to protect her from all evils including herself.

I was a coward.

I had left her.

What kind of protector was I?

I was no better than that damn bloodsucker.

The shiver up and down my spine increased in frequency and intensity. I began to inhale and exhale deeply. The added air circulating within my body helped calm me down. However I felt myself grow in size and I knew that I had distorted in shape. I closed my eyes and pictured my lungs filling with air concentrating on inhaling through my nose and exhaling through my mouth as I released the energy from within. I was able to reverse the morphing effect.

How shameful.

I ran restlessly in the dark woods until I reached a glistening stream that beat against the rocks of the blue-gray mountain. I sat down and thought about the last few months. My poor Bella, I hated myself for leaving her. But who am I to tell her what to do and how to act? Bella asked for me to stay. She had reached out for me on so many occasions. And each time she asked, I was there. Now that she felt she no longer needed me. I felt powerless. But what could I do?

Bella made her choice. She doesn't want me.

But see, if weren't for Edward and the influence that he has over her, then Bella would have had me stay.

Stupid bloodsucker, venomous creature. Bella will never be the same because he stepped into her life. I am permanently different because of the presence of those soulless creatures of the night. Edward should pay.

I am so sick and tired of placating to everyone.

I was used and abused. I let Bella reel me in and throw me away, just as he did to her. She must be practicing what she would say to Edward since he discarded her so effortlessly. Where is her Romeo now? I was her test subject. Someone for her to help her prepare for the inevitable rejection that soon will occur.

Edward didn't deserve her. He tainted her. He has no idea how to care for her. He hasn't spent as much time as I have with her. I am tired of being mistreated and ignored. I am now a man, a were-man per se, but those who cross my paths will hear my roar!

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As I neared my hometown I smelled an overpowering sticky smell.

Vampires.

I looked down the main road and caught sight of a shiny Volvo.

Edward.

So this is where he has been this whole time? Parading around Forks? Doesn't he care that Bella is missing?

A volcanic mass of anger rose within me, I shied back into the woods. But not before he caught scent of me. He car sped up and screeched to a halt at the spot I had last been. He gracefully jumped out of his car and ran towards stopping only 2 feet away.

"Where is she?" He demanded.

"Who?"

"Don't play games with me? Bella. Where is she?" His dark eyes widened and his body stiffened.

"You know Edward, you left her. Why would you even care what happens to her?"

Edward caught on to the implication embedded in my previous statement.

"Why, has something happened to Bella?" Please tell me!" He pleaded to me with his ocher eyes.

The pleasure was all mine. The bloodsucker was in agony and appeared all distressed over his precious Bella.

Guilt swept over me. This wasn't me. But the anger ripped through me. All I wanted was for Edward to feel half the pain that I have seen Bella go through. He has no idea.

"Don't you know, bloodsucker? Bella has been missing for months." I happily kept out that I had been closer the love of his life than he could ever imagine. If only he knew that I had been with her this whole time. A battle would surely result.

"Look, I have been looking for almost as long as she has been out of Forks. I had pretty much given up hope that I would ever see her again and then I found clues here in Forks. Clues that stated she would be in Jacksonville. I had been down there last month found nothing. I left her clues with Rene but I still haven't seen or heard from her." Edward bent his head down in shame. He had failed.

"Please, Jake, just help me." Again he pleaded with me.

If what this bloodsucker says is true, then Bella is misleading him. She is in Jacksonville now. If she knew he was heading there, why did she prolong it? Why not be with her beloved bloodsucker? As much as they are trying to meet up, they just are doing it all wrong. Or maybe she is purposefully avoiding him. Oh, Bella, damaged and broken she still fears that Edward will not want her.

Why did I leave her?

She must be up to something.

I peeked over at Cullen and grasped the pain that he was in. Good, I thought to myself. That'll teach him Maybe now he'll come to understand half of what Bella is feeling. Slowly I registered the confusion, comprehension and then anger that played on Edward's face. I had been blocking my thoughts from him up until now.

"Teach me what, exactly?" Edward engages.

A quiver runs through me and I begin to shake. A ripping sensation deafens the forest as I explode into the beast that I am. Edward awaits, grinning at me with a crooked smile. He dare not make a move first. Smart little bloodsucker, always planning out each move, so calculated and precise. With the months of practice, wrestling with Bella, I felt confident that I could defeat Edward. Now he would know what loss feels like. I launched at him at full speed. I crashed into his solid, marble physique. He jolted backwards and I recovered instantly from the impact. I went at him unexpectedly again. This time his statuesque form did not hold up and Edward went flying into the air. I ran around from behind and pounced on his torso as he came crashing towards the ground. We both landed with a thud. Wide eyed, I could see I only had a moment to strike, Edward was devising a plan to get out of my grasps. I leaned in, closer to his face with saliva dripping from teeth and opened my jaw, taking a bite out of his upper arm. Edward winced in pain.

I will make you into swiss cheese, for Bella.

I lean forward again this time taking aim at the other shoulder when I feel two hands spring up from behind me, tugging at my fur, pulling me off of my prey. Quicker than expected, Edward jumps up and yells, "NO! Emmett, Jasper. This is between Jacob and me. I need to settle this for Bella." They release me from their grasps.

He eyes me warily and just as I thought he was trying to come up with a truce, he pounces on me. He had me completely pinned. He mimicked my earlier move and stood there with his mouth dropped open allowing the venom to drip ever so carefully out of his mouth. He moved inches closer to my face and smiled.

"Truce."

"What" I screamed. Oh yah, wolf form didn't help. I just looked up at him.

"Look, I know you know where Bella is. Please just tell me. I want to make things right. Did she give you instructions to avoid me like to plague?" He said with concern and conviction.

"I just want to know that she is ok." He pauses taking an unnecessary break.

"I want her to hear what I should have said years ago. I want her to know that I am sorry and that I am a coward. I want to beg to her to come home. So I am going to get up and let you go. I don't want to fight you. I believe that you are important to Bella. I can respect that."

I slowly morphed out of wolf form and crouched down into a sitting position now that I was back in human form.

I looked at this desperate man and stated, "She is in the swamps of Florida."

At first, he acknowledged that I had been with her, but didn't register what type of relationship we might have had. He didn't question the justification for her to be in the swamp.

Before leaving he smiled at me again and said, "thank you."

He was almost out of sight after he had realized the power behind each word.

He looked at me, " Why is Bella in the swamp and not living with Rene?."

I responded, "It's complicated. It's also her story to tell."

Then his eyebrow furrowed, "How do you know this ? Have you been there with her?"

Again, I attempted to avert the question.

"I have always been there for Bella".

"Funny. Is she hurt?

"I doubt it. Bella is a big girl now. If you know what I mean.

Edward looked at me quizzically and attempted to abstract that piece of info of Bella's safety.

Anger flashed before his eyes as his sister stepped out of the car and told Edward about her vision.