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One Bite Changes Everything by Heartbroken1






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One Bite Changes Everything by Heartbroken1

Chapter One - Haunted

Jacob Black

I couldn’t believe that Bella would be so stupid as to go cliff diving without me. It amazed me how danger seemed to find the girl sitting next to me. The truck eased to the curb in front of her house and we sat in the comfortable silence.

Due to the limited space in the cab, even though she was sitting near the door, we were still touching. I pressed my cheek to the top of her head. She tensed against me. I took that as a signal and opened the door, inhaling deeply the clean scent brought on by the rain.

It was a beautiful night. The storm from earlier had blown over, leaving clear skies and the stars were shining brightly. I walked around her truck, opened her door and offered her my hand. On the porch she reached up and took the key from the eave.

“Yeah, that’s safe,” I teased.

She rolled her eyes and giggled, opening the door wide enough for me to enter the dark house first. She flipped on the light.

“Are you sure you’re okay?” I was worried about her.

A weak smile crossed her face, a twinkle in her brown eyes. She squeezed my hand. “Yeah, I just need a good night’s sleep.”

“Well, I guess I’d better get going. I’m on patrol tonight. Don’t worry, I’ll keep you safe,” I promised.

“I don’t worry about my safety.” The lines of her face dropped in concern. “I worry about you, Jacob -- you and the pack. I would never forgive myself if something happened to any of you while you’re protecting me from Victoria.”

“Are you kidding?” I laughed. “She’s nothing! It will be fun when we finally get our hands on her.”

“Jake, stop it.” Her head moved back and forth. “I will always worry. I would rather she got me than any of you.”

“Bells, it’s my job to chase and kill bloodsuckers. It’s what I’m made for.”

She rolled her eyes and opened her mouth to protest.

“Okay, fine,” I cut her off. “We won’t talk about this any more tonight.” I took her hand in mine and kissed it. “I’ll call you tomorrow.”

I walked back out into the night; over to the forest. Once safely out of sight, I phased and began my patrol. Anything new? I questioned my brothers.

No. It’s been pretty uneventful this evening. It was Jared. I’m headed home. With that, his voice was gone.

How’s Bella? Embry thought. I heard she went cliff jumping.

She’s okay. She promised she wouldn’t do anything that stupid again, I informed him.

That’s good, he agreed. What was she thinking?

Who knows! It’s Bella.

We ran all night looking for the trail of the red-haired bloodsucker that wanted to kill my sweet Bella. There was no sign of her though. When the sun began peeking over the mountains I headed for home. I crawled into my bed and began to dream -- of Bella.

Bella Swan

The first rays of sun entered my room, waking me from a dreamless slumber. I rubbed my eyes and tried to open them. My arms stretched up over my head and I winced. My throat was scratchy, so I cleared it and groaned. Everything hurt. My little stunt yesterday was going to cost me for a few days it seemed.

It was so stupid! I cursed myself for the danger I kept placing myself in. For what? To hear the voice of a man who didn’t love me? That’s just pathetic! I couldn’t do this anymore. What if something did happen to me? It would destroy Charlie. It would probably kill him. This has to stop.

I climbed out of bed, and tried to get rid of the annoying aches in my body by stretching again. Ouch! I’d have to take it easy today. I gathered up my dirty clothes and headed for the laundry room. I’d start a load and then take a shower and get ready for the day.

Jacob promised he wouldn’t tell Billy about yesterday. If Charlie found out, it would not be a good thing. He’d probably ground me forever.

The washer started filling with water and I walked back up the stairs to collect my things for my shower. The warm water felt wonderful on my sore muscles. I deserve this though, I thought. A little reminder of your stupidity.

I pulled on a pair of sweats and a t-shirt and walked downstairs. What to do? I flipped through a Sports Illustrated that Charlie had sitting on the coffee table and even attempted to read a book, only to resort to watching TV. It was a commercial; so I laid down and waited.

My mind began wandering. Charlie would be at the Clearwater’s all day, helping Sue with the arrangements for the funeral that was to take place tomorrow. Charlie had taken Harry’s death pretty hard. Again, I cursed my irresponsible behavior. If he’d taken Harry’s passing so badly, imagine if it’d been me.

I shuddered. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.

“The myth that is vampires...” I was torn out of my thoughts to realize that the History Channel was having a vampire marathon.

Click.

“I’m going out for a bite to drink.” Love at First Bite

Click.

“I can’t be a vampire. I have to go to college.” Once Bitten

Click.

“Abbot!” Even Abbot and Costello were being haunted by vampires today.

I flipped one last time.

“Don’t ever invite a vampire into your house, you silly boy. It renders you powerless.” Lost Boys.

“You’re not kiddin’! Powerless is right.” I muttered under my breath as I pushed the off button and threw the remote on the couch. Well, TV was out.

The buzzer went off on the washer. I went in and put the wet clothes into the dryer and started another load. At least I would get my laundry done.

What to do?

Looking around the tiny house, I decided that the kitchen floor was in need of a good scrubbing so that’s where I headed next. When it was so clean that you could eat off it, I decided that I was done being alone with my own mind. So I took my jacket, just in case, and headed outside.

Sunny days were something I really looked forward to. I missed Arizona but couldn’t bring myself to leave the rain of Forks. Besides Arizona wasn’t really home for my mom anymore either.

I walked further into the forest until the sun disappeared above the foliage. The eery darkness and shadows caused my skin to break out in goose bumps. This was not a good solution for my restlessness. A bird cawed overhead and sent my heart into a tailspin. I jumped and started my hasty exit. When I got the feeling that I was being watched, I quickened my pace to a slow jog. Out of the corner of my eye, something moved and my heart stopped. I started to run.

'Klutzy Bella Swan' and 'running' never did get along, and I found myself face down in the mud. Something moved above me and my stomach rolled. I was toast whether I saw what was about to finish me off or not. I’d rather look it in the eye. Let’s get this over with. I rolled over and my stalker was right in my face.

A blood-curdling scream ripped from my throat. Only to be cut short as realization struck. “What are you doing here?”

Paul laughed and offered me his hand.

I snorted and got up without any assistance from him. “Are you trying to give me a heart attack?”

“Are you trying to get yourself killed?” he retorted. “It could have been something way more dangerous than me stalking you out here.” He rolled his eyes at me. “Jacob would be furious if he knew you were out here alone. Let’s get you home.”

I nodded.

He followed behind me as I stormed toward the house without another word. When we got to the porch, he said, “Bella, please try not to make our job of keeping you alive any harder, okay?”

“Next time, just say hello instead of scaring the crap out of me, okay?” I snarled.

“Bye, Bella.” He was still laughing when I went inside and closed the door behind me.

My attempts to keep myself busy were not working out. I picked up the phone and dialed the number of my sanity.

“Hello?” the gravely voice answered.

“Hi, Billy, is Jacob up yet?”

“Uh, yeah, he’s up. He’s been gone for a while now.”

“Oh, I guess, I’ll just catch up with him later.” The disappointment was evident in my voice and there was no doubt Billy had heard it too.

“When I see him, I’ll let him know you called.” The line went dead and I looked at the phone.

I wrinkled my eyebrows and bit my lip. Where could Jacob be? Why hadn’t he called? Was he okay? I put the phone in its cradle and sat down on the chair. I laid my head on the table and sighed.

The buzzer went off on the dryer and I jumped.

“A little jumpy today, Bella?”

I screamed...

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