My shrill scream echoed through the silent house. Almost before I could blink, Jameka was gone. A huge russet wolf lunged at her and they both fell to land on the ground below. Jacob was snarling, circling Jameka warily. Jameka was crouched in her defensive stance, fingers extended like claws, low snarls coming from her chest to match Jacob’s. Only a second later, Edward, Emmett and Jasper were there, standing by Jacob. Carlisle emerged from the house only a second after that. Man, these vamps were fast.
Once Jameka saw how outnumbered she was, she slowly straightened out of her crouch, and flashed a charming smile.
Edward snarled softly, picking up on Jacob‘s feelings. Oh, that made me feel better. I forgot for a minute that he could read minds also. He wouldn’t let her get away with her nice girl act.
“ Hello friends.” Jameka said warmly.
“ What do you want?” Carlisle asked, his voice hard. Jameka stiffened slightly. Alice, Rosalie, Esme and Bella appeared from the direction of Edward and Bella’s house. I noticed everyone seemed slightly more relaxed since the girls were here.
“ I was just passing through. I thought I would stop by and see you all. I have never seen a clan live as a family that was so large.” Jameka smiled. Edward stiffened.
“ Jacob says you were talking to Mika. And that she screamed.” Edward said, acting as translator for Jacob, who’s hackles were still standing up along his neck.
Jameka stiffened a little more, and her upper lip pulled up, revealing her teeth.
She blinked and then everything erupted into confusion. Edward shouted, “ Bella shield!”
Jameka snarled and seemed to strain.
“ Bella, are you ok?” Edward asked softly. “ She’s trying to get into all of our minds.”
Bella smiled and was locked in a stare down with Jameka.
“ I’ve never been better.”
This only enraged Jameka farther. Jameka finally gave up with a shriek. She whirled and raced through the woods. Everyone turned to stare at me, still frozen in the window, scared silly.
“ Mika, are you ok?” Bella called.
“ Y-yeah. I’m fine.” I managed to stutter.
“ She will be back. She’s a lot in James in which she won’t give up until either she’s dead or Mika is.” Edward replied.
Edward turned to frown at the huge wolf. “ You know we won’t let that happen.”
Jacob sounded like he was complaining as he turned toward the woods.
I felt myself starting to panic. Why was he leaving me? Especially after what just happened!
“ He’s just going to talk to the pack. He’ll be right back.” Edward said gently, looking at my face. Everyone stared at me until Carlisle led the way back into the house. Literally two seconds later, Alice was standing by me.
“ Come on Mika. I’ll get you something to eat.” She smiled gently.
“ I’m not really hungry. Thanks though.”
“ I want you to eat just a little something, so you won’t go into shock.” Alice said, reminding me of Carlisle.
“ Well, um, I can try.” I replied. I tried to relax as she led me into the kitchen. Bella was around them how long before she was turned? And nothing ever happened to her. I would just feel better when Jacob came back.
“ I don’t understand how Jameka couldn’t do anything to us when we were all together. She almost strangled me once with her mind and then hypnotized me tonight. Why couldn’t she do that just a minute ago?” I rambled, the action of tonight finally wearing on me and I slumped wearily in my chair.
“ Bella is a shielder. She has one of the most unique powers ever. As you probably knew, before she was turned, she was the only person Edward couldn’t read. That’s because she was already shielding, she just didn’t know it.”
I blinked in surprise.
“ She can shield multiple people at a time from anything mental. She can’t shield physical attacks but she’s really handy to have around with the mental attacks, like Jameka.”
“ Oh. Well, that’s…nice.” I managed. My eyelids were drooping.
“ Here, I won’t make you eat, but drink this and then go get some rest.”
I took the glass from her and drank the warm liquid. It warmed all the way down my throat, leaving my stomach warm and happy feeling.
“ Esme told me she always used to drink that when she was upset when she was still human.” Alice took the glass from me and set it in the sink.
“ What’s in it?” I asked sleepily.
Alice smiled and winked. “ It’s a secret. But I guarantee you’ll be able to sleep now.”
It was true. I was feeling more and more drowsy.
“I just want Jacob.” I murmured, embarrassed because I was acting like a little kid. Alice patted my arm. Even her cold skin didn’t make me feel anymore awake.
“ He’ll be here in a minute.” Alice crooned. Great. Now I really felt like a little kid.
My eyelids dropped a little more. I distantly felt Alice pick me up and carry me to the couch. Then I sunk into oblivious bliss.
“ Is she ok?” Jacob’s deep rumbling voice by my ear only made me slightly conscious.
“ Yes’ s fine. I mixed some of Carlisle’s sleeping pills into some tea and made her drink it. It was the only way I knew to make her sleep.” She sounded apologetic.
“ I know. I’m going to take her upstairs so she can sleep on the bed.”
“ I would stay with her.” Alice said as I was lifted into Jacob’s warm arms.
“ Yeah. Believe me. I’m not planning on letting her out of my sight.”
I only slightly remember being carried up the stairs. Then I was being laid on the soft bed. This made me coherent enough to realize I needed to talk to Jacob. To make him stay with me. To tell him that I wanted him here with me.
“ Jake.” My voice came out as a croak.
“ Yeah baby?” His voice purred close to ear.
“ Stay. Don’t leave me.” I pleaded, my eyes still closed.
“ I’m not planning on it. I’ll be here.” He answered, his voice serious. I managed to lift my hands and grab his shoulders, pulling him down to me. His chuckle rumbled through his chest. He spread out on the bed next to me. I stretched an arm across his wide chest, snuggling closer, and laid my head on his chest. It was only a matter of minutes before he was asleep, his muscular arms holding me close and his deep breathing gently rocking me.
I was completely content and I remember thinking that I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but here, with my true love, right before I drifted off to sleep.