hay guys, enjoi this one, i had help from friends at school.
The ride to the clearing was like every trip we take. It started out with Ben and Thai fighting over the front seat, and ended up with me there instead. All of us laughing, joking around, all of us having a good time…and then we got there. The smell hit us like a wrecking ball…more than one lot of vampires…and about a dozen more werewolves.
“They brought more with them…” Nate stated his eyes unfocussed as he looked ahead into the future. “There are three more female vampires and one male…” he frowned as he processed that. “And 4 new werewolves…but they’re different…they look…bigger than the Quileute’s…” his eyes flickered back to life as he came back to the present and looked directly at me.
“Are you sure you don’t want one of us to come with you?” he asked, eyeing me meaningfully, the emotion plain in his eyes, he didn’t want me in danger.
I sucked in a deep breath. I looked out the window, watching the spot that I would disappear. I tried picturing the two different scenario’s…one in which I went alone and one where one of them came with me…
I had to admit…the one with them felt better.
My eyes flicked to Thackery. He could see the indecision in my eyes. He smiled at me and nodded.
“Ben?” Thackery asked; his voice breaking the deafening silence.
“Yeah, boss?” he asked, looking between Thackery and me with a confused expression plain on his features.
“You go with Bella…” he was coming up with this from the top of his head. “And Nate and Thai will patrol around the clearing, far enough out so that the Vampire’s and Werewolves won’t hear, and I’ll wait here in the car. If anything goes wrong, Nate and Thai will get you guys out of there and I’ll have the car ready…cool?” he asked us, though I don’t know why he had to ask. Of course it was cool…he came up with it…
No-one could refuse the Alpha.
Except our alpha rules were a lot different than the werewolves one…if they refuse, they get forced to do it and get their will stripped away from them…if we refuse…we die.
Everyone was looking at me, and I looked at each of their faces in return and smiled.
I opened the car door and I was flying.
I had never been good at much before I was a witch…I was okay at school…never good at sports and I’d never had much talent musical ability…but now I could do everything I couldn’t before.
I could read the mind of the teachers, so I got most questions right…I was much more coordinated now, so sports was a given, and now I had the musical ability of a siren…
But the fact that I could run like this…
Now I knew how Edward and Jacob were always happy while running…the speed was exhilarating and exciting…it gives you a sense of freedom, which is exactly what you need when you’re a prisoner in your own body…
Focus Bella, Ben thought anxiously…he’s such a worrier.
The scent was getting stronger now, and I could no longer hear Thai and Nate’s foot falls around me so I knew we were close. I could start to hear them talking…
“She’s not alone…” somebody hissed, Rosalie I thought, but I couldn’t quite tell yet.
“It’s probably just a precaution, Rose, she’s being cautious, just like us…” That was definitely Alice, we were almost there now, I could hear each person’s breathing…what surprised me was that most of the breathes weren’t animals…meaning that they Quileute’s were in their human form…weird.
How do we approach them? Ben thought tentatively.
I tried to think of a good way to do it…something tells me sprinting into the clearing wasn’t the best idea.
Slow down…I thought quickly, we’ll walk in…that way they wont get too freaked out.
I slowed to a brisk human walk and saw Ben do the same. We looked at each other, not saying or thinking anything…having a private conversation reading each other’s facial expressions. He was worried and a little scared. I tried to convince him that there was nothing to be afraid of…but it was a lost cause. He could see the fear on my face as well; there was no denying that I was frightened.
Is it the vampires? He thought tentatively. Is it them your afraid of?
I frowned and shook my head slowly.
He laughed and a sly smile spread across his face.
“Don’t worry Lil’ Red, who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” his voice was amused.
I heard muted growls from behind the thicket of trees…they heard that. There were also light chuckles, from the vampires I thought.
I rolled my eyes at him.
“Let’s go…” I sighed. As we reached the last tree I took one final deep breath, and walked through the trees, careful to avoid the moonlight…that was a completely different thing to explain.
They all stood in a loose circle. The Cullen’s closest to us, with 4 newer vampires behind him. There were 2 blondes and 2 brunettes. One blonde had dead straight hair, like corn silk, and the other had curly, strawberry blonde shoulder length hair. Something burned to the surface, something Edward had told me once…about the Denali coven. That had to be Tanya and one of her sisters, either Kate or Irina…the others must be their newest members; Carmen and Eleazar. The Quileute’s were right next to them, backed up by 4 monstrous beasts, that looked more like a creature from my nightmares than a real animal. They growled menacingly as they took in the rooted figures of Ben and me.
“Say something…” Ben muttered.
I looked at him with panic in my eyes…I didn’t know how to start.
Carlisle coughed and took a slow step forward, with Emmet, Jasper and Edward shadowing him. My eyes flicked to them, though my head still faced Ben.
“Hello Bella,” his voice was oddly formal, and I could sense his uncertainty.
My eyes flicked back to Ben, who nodded in encouragement. I looked directly at Carlisle now and took a small step forward so that I was still in the shadows of the trees.
“Carlisle…everyone.” I addressed them loudly. “Thank-you for meeting me here tonight…I know you got a bit of a shock this afternoon, and I wanted a chance to explain myself…” I cringed internally at the formal tone of my voice. I took in the wary expressions of the people in front of me.
“I mean…” I scrambled around thinking of a new direction to take. “I’m sorry.” It was true. I was sorry. I didn’t like hurting them. “I know this is weird-”
Emmet cut me off.
“What are you?” his voice was harsh and ripped through me hard and fast; I flinched at his tone, before my own temper was ignited.
“Weren’t you paying attention before Emmet?” I snapped; my eyes and tattoo blazing. I heard Thai, Nate, Thackery and Ben all warn me to keep my temper. His eyes narrowed and he bared his teeth. “I didn’t quite grasp the concept as we were told to leave, so pardon me.”
“I’m a witch, moron.” I growled at him, baring my teeth in return. He growled at me and leaned forward in anticipation. I took a step forward as well, but Ben grabbed my arm and held me back.
“Bella!” he yelled at me. I looked at him and saw that I was burning him from my anger. I closed my eyes and took a step back, while I counted back from ten.
“Why didn’t you tell us?” Jacob asked in a quiet, subdued voice.
My eyes opened to a glare. “Sorry, I didn’t think you really cared enough…what with the whole leaving thing.”
Pain shot across his features and from my peripheral vision I saw Edward look down in shame.
I made an effort to calm myself.
“I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have said that,” I said the words as sincerely as I could. “I know why you left, and I would have done the same thing.”
Everyone was looking at each other. I looked at Carlisle who was looking meaningfully at Edward.
Think it’s legit? He was wondering whether I was telling the truth.
“Carlisle, when have I ever given you reason not to trust me?” I asked in a wary voice. “I am one hundred percent legit.” I added quietly.
His eyes widened briefly, as he took what I said in.
“You can read minds can’t you?” his voice was astounded. I heard a small gasp coming from Esme.
I smiled and nodded.
“Can Edward hear yours?” he asked curiously.
“Only when I’m angry or upset…when my shield breaks.” I stated matter-of-factly. “That’s why he was never able to hear me, I had a shield but I dint know how to use it.”
There was a sudden calm surrounding me. I eyed Jasper meaningfully; obviously he felt the tension in the air, and decided to intercede.
Ben moved around me and sat on the wet grass, obviously more relaxed now. He was careful not to be in the direct moonlight.
“So, why did we have to leave earlier?” Alice asked quietly. “I couldn’t see anything.”
Ben and I exchanged a glance. There was no harm if they knew right?
“There was…some family in town…” Ben started. “Not our family, but a family of witches…bad witches…” he trailed off looking at me. I met his gaze evenly. There was nothing to fear here. “They wanted to know if there were any others here…Thackery, knew them from when he first turned into a witch…”
Carlisle took a step forward, his eyes beseeching. “Are they are threat to you?” it didn’t escape my notice that all their eyes flickered to me as he spoke. “Do you need help with anything, of the fighting kind?”
I tried hard not to smile…and failed quickly, and absolutely. Ben started roaring with laughter, and I could faintly hear the laughter from Nate, Thai and Thackery.Yeah, rigght... they all thought in hysterics.
“They’re not after us…” I informed them, my grin fading. I could hear the story of what they did want run through my head. My grandma Marie used to tell me this story when I was younger…about three evil witches, who needed the life of the immortal to become young forever…the life of a vampire or werewolf for example.
The others heard the story, and it dawned on them too…that’s how they knew where we were…they had smelled the werewolf and vampire scent, and it had led them to us…we weren’t the target…
It was then I could hear the faint noise of footsteps running faster than any human could, running directly towards us. I scanned the thoughts in my head, checking to see if it was Nate or Thai. It wasn’t.
Bella, get them out of here! Thackery screamed at me mentally. Get them to the car! I could hear him start the engine as Nate and Thai got there.
Edward was looking at me, his eyes opened wide, with horror and wonder.
“Did you hear that?” I asked quickly.
He nodded mutely.
“Then follow us to the car!” I shrieked at him, and turned on the spot. I could hear them following me, and Ben was right at my heels…he must have filled them in quickly and silently in a vibration of his lips, like he used to talk to them.
There would be little room in the car; I prayed that Jacob brought the Rabbit.
“Jake!” I shouted as I ran, “Did you bring the car?”
I heard a growl from next to me, as I turned and gasped as a great russet wolf was inches from me, with several more around him. He nodded, and I sighed in relief. But one of us will have to travel between cars…
Bella, that’s your job…Thackery amended quickly, as we broke through the trees, into the clearing.
I nodded one fast bob.
“Carlisle, Cullen’s? All of you need to get in this car NOW!” he shouted at them as I ran past, towards the wolves.
“Lead the way to your car…” I commanded, and followed as they took flight. It wasn’t far, which was good…not much difference in speeds.
I looked the opposite direction as they turned back to their human forms, and then quickly got them settled in the car.
“What about you?” Quil asked, as he left the door open and I stepped back.
“I have to run patrol.” I stated quickly. “Thai will be in the car with you, so don’t worry.” As I spoke, Thai burst through the trees and was at my side.
I touched my arm briefly and we exchanged a look. Not thinking or saying anything, but a moment of speechless communication happened between us.
He hoped in the car and Jacob began driving. I stood and watched them leave; quietly…I didn’t want to freak them out too fast. When they were a good distance ahead, I started running. I over took them in no time, and heard all the Quileute’s gasp in shock. I could hear Thackery and Ben running silently with me. We scanned the area around us, checking for immediate danger. I beat the Cullen’s car and Nate soon after that. They did not gasp, but I heard one of them call out to me in shock.
Bella, Ben? Thackery thought and he had my immediate attention. Swap with Nate and Thai…you guys are still new to this, and we need someone experienced in case it comes to hand to hand. Plus you guys drive better. He added, trying to ease the sudden hostility he heard from the tenor of our thoughts.
Okay, I’ll take the wolves. Ben muttered sullenly, and slowed almost to a stop. I sighed and slowed as well. Once I could sense the car close enough behind me, I jumped.
It was an exhilarating feeling, that even in a time of stress, I could feel this free. I landed on the roof with a low thud. The sun roof was open…
That was good.
I stuck my head in, and immediately regretted it.
Jasper’s face was inches from mine, and we both cringed away from the closeness. I turned until I saw Nate.
“Swapsies.” I said in a childlike voice I used to use when we were little. He nodded.
“Carlisle, can you take the wheel for a moment?” he asked politely. Carlisle shot us a confused look, which turned to horror as Nate hopped up and out of the sunroof, past my head.
Be careful, I thought quietly.
I pulled my head out and jumped into the driver’s seat.
“Thanks Carlisle.” I said as I moved him arms out of the way. I mashed the accelerator pedal down until it touched the floor.
“Since when do you drive like this?” Alice squeaked in her chirpy voice.
My mouth twitched. I remembered how slow I used to drive, and wanted to kick myself.
“Recently.” I replied, a smile in my voice.
Suddenly a large shout rippled through my head.
I looked ahead and saw the Sanderson sister’s waiting in the middle of the road. I slammed the brake, and slammed back into my seat.
Mina looked at me and smiled.