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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.


5. New Consciousness

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Chapter 5: New Consciousness

EPOV

A roaring whirlwind of pain bursts through my veins. Saturating blood glides down my throat as my empty cold heart recoils from the torpedo that launches all our memories into glorious view. I can't stand it. The agony of being so alone with my guilt consumes my ability to reason. But the blood, oh beautiful bubbly blood...beating from beyond the barrier. An elixir so strong and powerful that it drags me back from my sewer of self-pity. Emmett was right. I needed to feed. I had been stuck in a world that exists only in dreams. I hoped to sleep, to close my eyes and only think about my Bella. Forever together in heaven. But I knew that could never happen. Soulless Edward, doomed to walk the earth without a partner for eternity. A crinkling sound stopped me from my thoughts. A brimming brown bear broke me free from my fleeting worries. I crouched into a cat-like stance and prepared to pounce. The bear neared the river, bending down to drink from it's gleaming white water. I froze in place, readying myself for the precise moment. I completely stopped every movement from within. Don't move. I didn't breathe or blink. Nobody could play dead better than Edward. The bear relaxed and lowered its head in order to take a full gulp from the stream. In the blink of an eye, faster than anything known to man I snuck up behind the grizzly and jumped on top its back, grabbing its neck ever so gracefully; latching on with my teeth. In one swift motion I introduced my venom into its system and slowly awakened as the sweet, sensational, succulent blood seduced me. That was it. After that last meal I felt a rush of desire sweep into me. I realized that I had been so weak. What had I done to my sweet Bella?

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BPOV


I took the final step. I was finally here. Our meadow. I relished in the beauty of the vegetation around. Breathing in the aroma of various wildlife I felt almost at peace. There was only one piece missing. My Edward. I began to circle the outskirts of the meadow. Each time I walked around I came closer to the middle. I finally plopped down in the center and stretched my aching body out. I was completely exposed in the setting sun. Twilight was nearing. Another day closes to an end. Another night welcomes me into its grasp. My body began to let its guard down, my breathing growing deeper and more intense I fall into a deep slumber.

My eyes fluttered open, it had become completely dark.

What time was it?

What happened?

I must have dozed off.

It was way late
.

I peeled myself off the forest floor and patted off the debris from my clothes. I slowly stretched as I prepared for my hike through the jungle towards my home. I felt a change in the wind blow my hair over my face and heard a rustling of leaves stir behind me. I bent over to bury the treasure chest that contained clues to my next voyage. I had planned on visiting Jacksonville to see my mother. Perhaps Edward had stopped in and secretly I hoped that he had left behind some breadcrumbs. I placed a rock over the buried booty and began on my 5 mile journey. I froze dead in my tracks as a shiver ran down my spine. Abruptly a noise interrupted the serene night and I began to shake in my converse. My knees weakened and I swooned backwards. Another sharp bang caused me to turn around ever so slowly as I shut my eyes tight.

Somebody was here.

I dared not peak. I squeezed my eyes and prayed for the boogeyman to disappear. My heart thudded sporadically in my chest, threatening to run away. I squinted through the slits of my eyes and my heart came to a halt as my breath caught in my throat. My eyes widened into huge saucers as I realized nothing was there. In the midst of this night only guarded by a full moon, I ran towards the edge of the meadow. I came to screeching halt as I saw the form of person appear from deep within the woods. A deep red glow resonated from its face. A low hiss came crawling from the creature as I realized I had met my demise. Slowly she stalked towards me. A hunter from my past. A lowly creature with nothing to live for, nothing to live for except to avenge her mate. Victoria. She circle around me coming closer and closer as she licked her lips. I couldn't get the courage to move or even blink. The words stuck in the back of my throat like dried rose spines threatening to deepen their impact.

I choked out her name, "Victoria!"

She purred, "Yes my pet?"

"What do you want with me? I am nothing can't you see?" I screamed.

"It doesn't matter to me what you think of yourself. Edward is lost without you. I relish in his misery. Once I send him your head neatly packaged in box, he will know what it is to feel pain," She grinned.

I shuddered at the thought of being beheaded. Then I realized what Edward would do. Well what he might do if he still loved me.

No, I couldn't think like that now. I must be strong. But what if this was all for nothing? What if he really did not want me anymore?

I was wrong to have let him leave so easily. I needed to let him know that I still knew and believed in our love.

Would he find the box?


I was jolted back to reality as Victoria coyly slammed me against the ground. She climbed on top of me and bent over my face breathing her venom upon my features.

She whispered into my ear, "You're so dead, bitch!"

I wanted to scream. I felt my body rise into the air and fly across the meadow. A burst of pain sedated my thoughts of self pity. I wallowed in misery as multiple bones snapped and crushed under my weight. Oh God did it burn! He wouldn't save me. We would never be. Blood coughed up from my mouth as my vision blurred. Victoria's eyes turned pitch black as she sauntered so venomously towards me. She no longer could contain herself. She had smelled my sweet elixir.

"I really wanted to torture you some more, but your essence calls to me so. I guess you lucked out, witch!"

In that moment Victoria leaped atop of me in one swoop and hit me with her teeth. I felt a piercing in my mouth as Victoria cut through my cheek. Apparently the blood in my mouth called to her more than she could ever imagine. She slowly licked the sticky substance off of my visage. She pushed my head back and leaned forward into my neck, taking in my scent, her nose brushing lightly against the skin. Goose pimples arose as she became delightfully elated with her victory.

Without a second doubt in her mind she whispered, "For you my love, forever my James," as she leaned in and tore through my neck.

I felt the familiar sensation of when James had bit my hand. I began to scream first in my mind and then the howls graduated into the night sky. I felt a tugging sensation jostle my broken body and then I was alone. I cringed at the burning power radiating from underneath my skin. I felt my body on fire. My limbs began to shake violently. From the distance I heard a voice yelling my name. It was so familiar. He sounded hurt, scared and full of surprise. JACOB!

"Run! Run!" I yelled. "Don't let her get you too!" I screamed from the consuming sting throbbing from deep within.

"Oh Bella," Jacob sobbed on my chest; yelling, "No!!!! Bella wake up!"

I heard another deep voice cry from behind Jacob, "It's too late, Jake. She'll soon be one of them, too." It was Sam.

"We can at least help her choose the right path. I won't give up on her" exclaimed a determined Jacob.

My body shuddered as the full effects of my transformation commenced. I moaned in agony and slowly slipped in and out of consciousness. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
My eyes flew open. I was on a bed. It was small and broken in the middle. Chains wrapped around my wrists and ankles. I sat up with a startled look. What happened? I felt so free, so alive. I felt reborn into a new body. My muscles no longer ached, my exhaustion had dissipated into nothing. I brought my arms to my face breaking free from the shackles that imprisoned my wrists. They broke away like shredded paper. My face, hard like marble, smooth like silk. I grinned. I stood up and pulled away from the pitiful metal clasps around my legs. I wished to be at the door and in a flash I was there.

Wow! How quick had I moved?

I turned towards the door and willed my hand to open the knob. I looked back dejectedly as the remainder of the door handle crushed in my hand. Uh-oh! I finally came out of the room by knocking the door down, off of its hinges. A loud gasp thundered in my ears from the living room. So familiar this place. I sensed pain and flashes of my last fight with Jake appeared before my eyes. I peered up at the couch and caught site of Jake and Sam vibrating on the couch. A fowl smell emitted from their bodies.

"Oh Jake, you need to shower, you stink!" I stated.

Sam laughed. "You don't smell so hot yourself, girlie."

I raised my arms above my head and took a peek. I shrugged my shoulders and denied any such accusation.

"What happened?" I asked.

"It's a long story. Why don't you tell me what you know to have happened and we'll fill in the rest". Sam offered.

I agreed and settled back. As I told my story, random thoughts plowed through my head. A lightning bolt hit me hard. Edward. I had made up my mind to find him and hunt him down. I had so many questions. He was my soulmate and I wasn't going to give up so easily without a fight. No one would stop me now. Not even Victoria!
Wait a minute, Victoria!


"Jake, Victoria! What is going on? You know what I am? How did you find me..." Questions rushed out of my mouth as Jacob slowly walked over and placed his finger over my mouth, gently hushing my inquiries.

I settled back once again as Jacob explained everything. Sam looked on wearily as I reacted to stories of Quiluete werewolves and Victoria's demise. A new dawn arose as I slowly became enlightened to a fantasy world of vampires and werewolves coexisting in this day and age.

Was I dead?
One thing I new for sure. I needed to find Edward and I needed to find him fast. He was the only one who could snap me out of this dream. I needed to know that I was not crazy and that he had existed once before.