Let’s Re-Read Breaking Dawn Together! Chapter 14
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You Know Things Are Bad When You Feel Guilty For Being Rude To Vampires
“Things hadn’t changed too much, except that now Bella was sitting up in the middle of the sofa, and the IV was gone. Blondie sat at her feet, her head resting against Bella’s knees. Still gave me chills to see how casually they touched her.”
Not much really going on in this chapter, except a ton of funnies from Jacob Black. After Sam’s now-defunct wolf pack was powerless in getting Jake, Seth, and Leah to return to La Push, Jacob heads to the Cullen home to fill the vampires in on what took place.
Pg. 268-271 When I got back to the house, there was no one waiting outside for my report. My eyes quickly caught a small change in the now-familiar scene. There was a stack of light-colored fabric on the bottom step of the porch. Someone had laid out clothes. Huh. Edward must have caught my moment of irritation as I’d bolted out the door. Well. That was…nice. And weird. I took the clothes gingerly between my teeth-ugh-and carried them back to the trees. Just in case this was some joke by the blond psychopath and I had a bunch of girls’ stuff here. Bet she’d love to see the look on my human face as I stood there naked, holding a sundress. I shook the clothes out, snapping them against a tree to beat some of the smell from them. They were definitely guy’s clothes-tan pants and a white button-down shirt. Neither of them long enough, but they looked like they’d fit around me. I rolled up the cuffs up on the shirtsleeves, but there wasn’t much I could do about the pants. Exhausted, I walked slowly up to the Cullens’porch steps in my fancy new secondhand clothes but hesitated when I got to the door. Did I knock? Stupid, when they knew I was here. “They just wanted to talk,” I mumbled, my voice dragging with exhaustion. ” No attack on the horizon.“Yes, “ Edward answered. “I heard most of it.” “I’d tell you to go get some sleep,” Bella said, “but my guess is that you’re going to pass out on the floor in about six seconds, so there’s probably no point.” I headed for the door, counting off the seconds for her as I walked. “One Mississippi…two Mississippi…” “Where’s the flood, mutt?” Rosalie muttered. *HA!!!Hilarious! “You know how you drown a blonde, Rosalie? Glue a mirror to the bottom of a pool.” LMAO! I heard Edward chuckle as I pulled the door shut. “I’ve already heard that one,” Rosalie called after me.
Pg. 272-277 I turned slowly, Edward was already out the door. He had an apology in his expression as he approached me. “Jeez, what now?” “I’m sorry,” he said, and then he hesitated, like he didn’t know how to phrase what he was thinking. What’s on your mind, mind reader? “When you were speaking to Sam’s delegates earlier, I was giving a play-by-play for Carlisle and Esme and the rest. They were concerned-Esme was troubled by the hardships this is putting your pack through. She asked me to speak to you privately about it.” That took me off guard. “Hardships?” “The homeless part, particularly. She’s very upset that you are all so…bereft.” *Sidebar-what in the heck is Edward talking about? He & Carlisle both kill me, they speak like a dictionary at times lol. I snorted. Vampire mother hen-bizarre. “We’re tough. Tell her not to worry.” “She’d still like to do what she can. I got the impression that Leah prefers not to eat in her wolf form?” “And?” I demanded. “Well, we do have normal human food here, Jacob. Keeping up appearances, and, of course, for Bella. Leah is welcome to anything she’d like. All of you are.” “I’ll pass that along.” “And there’s the matter of clothes.” “Oh, yeah. Thanks.” “Well, were easily able to help out with any needs there. Alice rarely allows us to wear the same thing twice. We’ve got piles of brand-new clothes that are destined for Goodwill, and I’d imagine that Leah is fairly close to Esme’s size.” “Not sure how she’ll feel about bloodsucker castoffs. She’s not as practical as I am…” “I trust that you can present the offer in the best possible light. As well as the offer for any other physical object you might need, or transportation, or anything else at all. And showers, too, since you prefer to sleep outdoors. Please…don’t consider yourselves without the benefits of a home.” He said the last line softly-not trying to keep quiet this time, but with some kind of real emotion. I stared at him for a second, blinking sleepily. “That’s er, nice of you. Tell Esme we appreciate the, uh, thought. But the perimeter cuts through the river in a few places, so we keep pretty clean, thanks.” I turned away from him, only to stop cold when I heard the low, panted cry from inside the house. By the time I looked back, he was already gone. What now? I let myself in again. Bella was panting, curled over the bulge in the center of her body. Rosalie held her while Edward, Carlisle, and Esme all hovered. Alice was at the top of the stair, staring down into the room with her hands pressed to her temples. It was weird-like she was barred from entering somehow. “Bella,” the doctor said anxiously. “I heard something crack. I need to take a look.” “Pretty sure it was a rib. Ow. Yep. Right here.” It was breaking her bones now. “I need to take an X-ray. There might be slinters. We don’t want it to puncture anything.” I was too tired to follow them, too tired to move. I leaned back against the wall and then slid to the ground. The door was still open, and I pointed my nose toward it, grateful for the clean breeze blowing in. “Do you want a pillow?” Alice asked me. “No.” “That doesn’t look comfortable.” “Why aren’t you upstairs with the rest of them?” “Headache,” she answered. Her small face was pinched. “Vampires get headaches?” “Not normal ones.” “So how come you’re not with Bella anymore? You two were like this,” I twisted two of my fingers together. “Like I said, headache.” “Bella’s giving you a headache?” “Not Bella, really. The fetus. I can’t see it. I can’t see anything about it. Just like you. It’s killing my head to watch her. And I can’t see more than a few minutes ahead, anyway. The…fetus is too much a part of her future. I have to admit, it’s a relief having you close by-in spite of the wet-dog smell. Everything goes away. It numbs the headache. “Happy to be of service, ma’am.” I mumbled. “I wonder what it has in common with you…why you’re the same that way.” “I have nothing in common with that life-sucker.” “Well, there’s something there.” *Sidebar-Oh snap! Has Jake imprinted on the baby this early?? Hmmm theory theory!
Pg. 278-285 This chapter ends with Jake finally getting a looong nap, and waking to a Twilight zone of his own. The pain in my nose woke me up enough to remember where I’d fallen asleep. I groaned and opened my eyes. “About time,” Blondie mumbled from not too far away. “The chainsaw impersonation was getting a little tired.” Once my face was out of the stinking feathers, I caught other scents. Like bacon, and cinnamon, all mixed up with the vampire smell. “Hey, Jake’s coming around!” Seth crowed. He was sitting on Bella’s other side, his arm slung carelessly over her shoulders, and overflowing plate of food on his lap. What the hell? “He came to find you,” Edward said while I got to my feet. “and Esme convinced him to stay for breakfast.” “Yeah, Jake-I was just checking to see if you were okay ‘cause you didn’t ever phase back. Leah got worried. Anyway, they ha all this food and dang,”-he turned to Edward,-”man you can cook” “Thank you,” Edward murmured. I inhaled slowly, trying to unclench my teeth. I couldn’t take my eyes off Seth’s arm. “Bella got cold.” Edward said quietly. “Leah running patrol?” I asked Seth. “Yeah,” he said as he chewed. Seth had new clothes on, too. They fit him better than mine fit me. “She’s on it. No worries. We traded off about midnight. I ran twelve hours.” He was proud of that, and it showed in his voice. “Midnight? Wait a minute-what time is it now?” “’Bout dawn.” Well, damn. I’d slept through the rest of the day and the whole night-dropped the ball. “Crap. Sorry about that, Seth.” “Naw, man you needed some serious sleep.” I glanced quickly at Bella. Her color was back to the way I remembered it. Pale, but with the rose undertone. Her lips were pink again. “How’s the rib?” “Taped up nice and tight. I don’t even feel it.” *Jake leaves Bella to eat her eggs and blood and leaves Seth to his enormous breakfast. Jake being foolish, declines breakfast & decides to find Leah and hunt with her. As Jacob tries to leave the Cullen home, Carlisle stops him and asks about safe hunting zones for the family. Jake assures Carlisle that things are safe but they should hunt in large numbers and further out than usual. Confirming this with Alice, Carlisle is at ease. Jake tries to leave the Cullen home when he is again stopped…this time by Esme Cullen. “Okay, then that’s settled. I’ll be on my way. Seth, I’ll expect you back on at dusk, so get a nap in there somewhere, all right?” And then Esme flitted back in the room, a big covered dish in her hands. She stopped hesitantly just behind Carlisle’s elbow, her wide, dark gold eyes on my face. She held the dish out and took a shy step closer. “Jacob,” she said quietly. “I know it’s…unappetizing to you, the idea of eating here, where it smells so unpleasant. But I would feel much better if you would take some food with you when you go. I know you can’t go home, and that’s because of us. Please-ease some of my remorse. Take something to eat.” She held the food out to me, her face all soft and pleading. I don’t know how she did it, because she didn’t look older than her mid-twenties, and she was bone pale, too, but something about her expression suddenly reminded me of my mom. Jeez. “Uh, sure, sure,” I mumbled. “I guess. Maybe Leah’s still hungry or something.” “Thank you, Jacob,” Esme said, smiling at me. How did a stone face have dimples, for crying out loud? “Um, thank you.” I said. My face felt hot-hotter than usual. This was the problem with hanging out with vampires-you got used to them. They started feeling like friends. “Jacob?” Esme asked. “I left a basket of clothes on the porch. They’re for Leah. They’re freshly washed-I tried to touch them as little as possible. Do you mind taking them to her?” “On, it.” I muttered, and then I ducked out the door before anything could guilt me into anything else.
*Awww Jake’s got vampire feverrrrr ahahahahaaa. Soo what do we think of Seth! He is really chillin’ hanging out in vamp central! Lol it’s great, he and Edward have a very good friend ship. So any theories on what Alice said about Jacob and the fetus?