Let’s Re-Read Breaking Dawn Together! Chapter 13
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Good Thing I’ve Got A Strong Stomach
“It was weird that Sam would send Collin rather than Embry. That wasn’t what I would do if I were sending a diplomacy party into enemy territory. I wouldn’t send a kid. I’d send the experienced fighter. A diversion? Leah thought. Were Sam, Embry, and Brady making a move alone?”
Pg. 244-247 Carlisle and Rosalie were off in a flash, darting upstairs. I could hear them debating whether they should warm it up for her. Edward stayed, holding Bella’s hand. They stared into each other’s eyes, but not in a gooey way. It was like they were having a conversation. Kind of reminded me of Sam and Emily. I knew what it was like for Leah, having to see that all the time. Having to hear it in Sam’s head. I would never blame her again. And if it meant that I had to have a pack, how could I blame her for taking my freedom? I would do the same. If there was away to escape this pain, I’d take it, too. “This was your idea?” Bella whispered. “Don’t blame me for this one. Your vampire was just picking snide comments out of my head.” She smiled a little. “I didn’t expect to see you again.” “Yeah, me either.” I said. “Edward told me what you had to do. I’m sorry.” “S’okay. It was probably only a matter of time till I snapped over something Sam wanted me to do,” I lied. “And Seth,” she whispered. “He’s actually happy to help. I don’t really have anywhere else to go. The wolf thing is a lot less appealing since Leah joined up.” “Leah?” she gasped. “Why?”“To keep an eye on Seth.” “But Leah hates us.”“You’re scared of Leah, but you’re best buds with the psychopath blonde?” There was a low hiss from the second floor. Cool, she heard me. “Don’t. Rose…understands.” “Yeah. She understands that you’re gonna die and she doesn’t care, s’long as she gets her mutant spawn out of the deal.” “Stop being a jerk, Jacob.” And then Carlisle and the psycho in question were there. Carlisle had a white plastic cup in his hand-the kind with a lid and bendy straw. You couldn’t see what was in the cup at all. But I could smell it.
Pg. 248-253 Bella reached out and took the cup from him. Rosalie put her arm under Bella’s shoulders, supporting her head, too, like you did with a newborn. Blondie was all about the babies. It made me feel awkward. I should’ve left when Bella’d offered the chance. I didn’t belong here, being a part of this. Bella lifted the cup to her face and sniffed at the end of the straw. She flinched, and then made a face. “Bella, sweetheart, we can find an easier way,” Edward said, holding his hand out for the cup. “Plug your nose.” Rosalie suggested. She glared at Edward’s hand like she might take a snap at it. “No,that’s not it. It’s just that it smells good,” she admitted in a tiny voice. “That’s a good thing.” Rosalie told Bella eagerly. “That means we’re on the right track. Give it a try.” Bella shoved the straw between her lips, squeezed her eyes shut, and wrinkled her nose. I could hear the blood slopping around in the cup again as her hand shook. “I’m okay. It tastes good, too.” Bella sighed and put her lips to the straw again. She took a real pull this time.“How’s your stomach? Do you feel nauseated?” Carlisle asked.Bella shook her head. “No, I don’t feel sick. There’s a first, eh?” Rosalie beamed. “Excellent.” “I thinkit’s a bit early for that, Rose.” Carlisle murmured. Bella gulped another mouthful of blood. Then she flashed a looked at Edward. “Does this screw my total? Or do we start counting after I’m a vampire?”“No one is counting, Bella. In any case, no one died for this. Your record is still clean.” *Bella continues to drink her blood, while Jacob cracks jokes in his mind and Edward even enjoys a few grins.Carlisle assured Bella if her condition improves, then he would remove the tubes since they aren’t doing any good. And anyone could see it-the cup of human blood had made an immediate difference. Her color was returning-there was a tiny hint of pink in her waxy cheeks. Her breathing was easier, and I would swear her heartbeat was stronger, more even. “Would you like more?” Rosalie pressed. Edward flashed a glare at Rosalie before he spoke to Bella. “You don’t have to drink more right away.” “Yeah, I know. But…I want to.” Rosalie pulled her thin, sharp fingers through Bella’s lank hair. “You don’t need to be embarrassed about that, Bella. You body has cravings. We all understand that.” Her tone was soothing at first, but then she added harshly, “Anyone who doesn’t understand shouldn’t be here.” Meant for me, obviously, but I wasn’t going to let Blondie get to me. Carlisle took the cup from Bella’s hand. “I’ll be right back.” Bella stared at me while he disappeared. “Jake, you look awful,” she croaked. “Look who’s talking.” “Seriously-when’s the last time you slept.” “Huh. I’m not actually sure.”“Get some rest, please. There’re a few beds upstairs-you’re welcome to any of them.” The look on Rosalie’s face made it clear that I wasn’t welcome to one of them. It made me wonder what Sleepless Beauty needed a bed for anyway. “Thanks, Bells, but I’d rather sleep on the ground. Away from the stench, you know.” She was really looking better. She pulled herself forward. Being careful of the tubes, and scooted into a sitting position. Bella finished the second cup quickly. “How do you feel now?” Carlisle asked. “Not sick. Sort of hungry…only I’m not sure if I’m hungry or thirsty, you know?” “Carlisle, just look at her,” Rosalie murmured, so smug she should have canary feathers on her lips. “This is obviously what her body wants. She should drink more blood.” “She’s still human, Rosalie. She needs food, too. Does anything sound particularly good to you, Bella?” “Eggs,” she said immediately, and then she exchanged a look and a smile with Edward.
Pg. 254-258 I blinked then, and almost forgot how to open my eyes again. “Jacob,” Edward murmured. “You really should sleep. As Bella said, you’re certainly welcome to the accommodations here, though you’d probably be more comfortable outside.” “Sure, sure,” I mumbled. Now that it appeared Bella had a few more hours, I could escape. Go curl up under a tree somewhere. “Get her a blanket or something,” I muttered as I turned for the door. Before I madeit, two howls pierced the still morning air. There was no mistaking the urgency of the tone. “Dammit,” I snarled, and I threw myself through the door. I hurled my body off the porch, letting the fire rip me apart midair. What is it? I shouted in my head. Incoming Seth answered. At least three. Did they split up? I’m running the line back to Seth at the speed of light. Leah promised. Seth do not challenge them. Wait for me. They’re slowing. Ugh-its so off not being able to hear them. I think they’ve stopped. Shh. Feel that? Someone’s phasing? Feels like it. Seth agreed. Leah flew into the small open space where Seth waited. Got your back, bro. They’re coming. Seth said nervously. Slow. Walking. Almost there, I told them. It felt horrible being separated from Seth and Leah with potential danger closer to their end than mine. Wrong. I should be with them, between them and whatever was coming. Look who’s getting all paternal. Leah thought wryly. Four, Seth decided. Kid had good ears. Three wolves, one man. They came into view a few seconds later, walking as Seth had thought. Jared in the front, human, hands up. Paul and Quil and Collin on four legs behind him. There was no aggression in their postures. Should I warn the Cullens? Seth wondered. What is the plan is to divide us? I asked. The Cullens know something’s up.They’re ready. Jared cleared his throat, and then he nodded to me. “White flag of truce, Jake. We’re here to talk. Think its true? Seth asked. Makes sense, but… Yeah, Leah agreed. But. *Sidebar-is it me or is Leah Clearwater sofa king cool? ROFL. We didn’t relax. Jared frowned. “It would be easier to talk if I could hear you, too.” I stared him down. I wasn’t going to phase back until I felt better about this situation. Why Collin? That was the part that had me most worried. “Okay. I guess I’ll just talk, then,” Jared said. “Jake, we want you to come back. You’ve torn our family apart. It’s not meant to be this way. Sam is willing to take this slowly, Jacob. He’s calmed down, talked to the other Elders. They’ve decided that immediate action is in no one’s best interest at this point.” Translation: They’ve already lost the element of surprise, Leah thought. It was weird how distinct our joint thinking was. The pack was already Sam’s pack, was already ‘them’ to us. “Billy and Sue agree with you, Jacob, that we can wait for Bella…to be separated from the problem. Killing her is not something any of us feel comfortable with.The point is, we’re going to wait and reassess the situation. Decide later if there’s a problem with the…thing.” Ha, Leah thought. What a load. You don’t buy it? I know what they’re thinking, Jake. What Sam’s thinking. They’re betting on Bella dying anyway. And then they figure you’ll be so mad… That I’ll lead the attack myself.
Pg. 259-265 This chapter ends with Jacob making his Alpha male decision on whether or not to return to Sam. “Jake?” Jared asked. I huffed a sigh. I’m going to have to talk to him, and I want to be positive there isn’t anything else going on while I’m phased. I lifted myself up on my hind legs, catching the moment just right so that I was fully upright as I shimmered down into my human self. “Oh, hey Jake.” “Hey, Jared.” “Thanks for talking to me.” “Yeah.” “We want you to come back, man.” Quil whined again. “I don’t know if it’s that easy, Jared.” “Come, home. We can sort this out. You don’t belong here. Let Seth and Leah come home, too.” I laughed. “Right, Like I haven’t been begging them to do that from hour one.” “So, what now, then?” “I don’t know. But I’m not sure things could just go back to normal anyway, Jared. I don’t know how this works-it doesn’t feel like I can just turn this Alpha thing off and on as the mood strikes. It sort of feels permanent.” “You belong with us.” I raised my eyebrows. “Two Alpha’s can’t belong in the same place, Jared.” “So are you all just going to hang out with the parasites for the rest of your lives? You don’t have a home here. You’re already out of clothes. You gonna stay wolf all the time? You know Leah doesn’t like eating that way. Sam is sorry about what he did to you.” I nodded. “I’m not angry anymore. But I’m not coming back, not now. We’re going to wait and see howthis plays out for the Cullens as long as that seems necessary. Because. Despite what you think, this isn’t just about Bella. We’re protecting those who should be protected. And that applies to the Cullens,too.” At least a fair number of them, anyway. Jared frowned. “I guess there’s nothing I can say to you, then.” “Not now.We’ll see how things go.” Jared turned to face Seth. Concentrating on him now, separate from me. “Sue asked me to tell you-no, to beg you-to come home. She’s brokenhearted, Seth. All alone. I don’t know how you and Leah can do this to her. Abandon her this way, when your dad just barely died-.” Seth whimpered. “Ease up, Jared.” I warned. “Just letting him know how it is.” I snorted. “Right.” Sue was tougher than anyone I knew. Tough enough to play on her kids’ sympathies if that’s what it took to get them home. *Leah arrives and Jared tries his last ditch attempt with her, but there is no way Leah is giving Jared or Sam a second thought. “Anyway, please, Leah. We want you back. Sam wants you back. Sam told me to beg. He told me to literally get down on my knees if I have to. He wants you home, Lee-lee, where you belong.” I saw Leah flinch when Jared used Sam’s old nickname for her. And then, when he added those last three words, her hackles rose and she was yowling a longstream of snarls through her teeth. I didn’t have to be in her head to hear the cussing-out she was giving him, and neither did her. You could almost hear the exact words she was using. “I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Leah belongs to where she wants to be. Look, Jared, we’re still family, okay? We’ll get past the feud but, until we do, you probably ought to stick to your land. Just so there aren’t misunderstandings. Nobody wants a family brawl, right? Sam doesn’t want that, either, does he?” “Of course not,” Jared snapped. “We’ll stick to our land. But where is yours land, Jacob? Is it vampire land?” “No, Jared. Homeless at the moment. But don’t worry-this isn’t going to last forever. There’s not that much time…left. Then the Cullens will probably go, and Seth and Leah will come home.” Leah and Seth whined together, their nose turning my direction in synchronization. “And what about you, Jake?” “Back to the forest, I think. I can’t really stick around La Push. Two Alpha’s means too much tension.” “What if we need to talk?” Jared asked. “Howl-but watch the line,’kay? We’ll come to you. And Sam doesn’t need to send so many. We aren’t looking for a fight.” “See you around, Jake.O r not.” “Wait, Jared is Embry okay?” “Embry? Sure, he’s fine. Why?” “Just wondering why Sam sent Collin.”“That’s not really your business anymore Jake. I’ll let Sam know about your…instructions. Goodbye, Jacob.” “Yeah, bye, Jared. Hey tell my dad that I’m okay will you? And that I’m sorry, and that I love him.” “I’ll pass that along.”“Thanks.” “C’mon, guys.” Jared said. Was that okay? I asked them. It worried me, speaking for them that way, when I couldn’t hear exactly what they were thinking. I didn’t want to assume anything. Did I say anything you didn’t want me to? Did I not say something I should have? You did great! Seth encouraged. You could’ve hit Jared, Leah thought. I wouldn’t have minded that. I guess we know why Embry wasn’t allowed to come. Seth thought. I didn’t understand. Not allowed? Jake, didya see Quil? He’s pretty torn up, right? I’d put ten to one that Embry’s even more upset. And Embry doesn’t have a Claire. There’s no way Quil can just up and walk away from La Push. Embry might. So Sam’s not going to take any chances on him getting convinced to jump ship. He doesn’t want our pack any bigger than it is.
*Wowwwwwwww Seth hit the nail on the head. This Sam is very smug but smart to not send Jake’s best buddy Embry Call. I’m sure Sam would’ve lost Embry to Jacob for sure. And Sam is a coward to send Jared to do his dirty work & to beg Leah to come back…smh. Jake and Leah together are the most awesome pair! So what do we think of this blood drinking human Bella? Rosalie again continues to disgust me. And I’m really annoyed that Alice is completely M.I.A. that always bothered me about this book.