Let’s Re-Read Breaking Dawn Together! Chapter 16
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Chapter 16: Too-Much-Information-Alert
“His face changed again, and he did something that made my mouth fall open with a pop. I heard a gasp behind me, and I knew that Rosalie was back, and just as flabbergasted as I was.”
Another day passes as we await the impending doom that is Bella Swan-Cullen’s baby. The Cullens now want to hunt so Jacob and Leah run the perimeter to make sure Sam and the old pack are no where in sight.
Pg. 309-313 We took a winding path through the eastern mountains. It was a familiar route. We’d run these mountains when the vampires left a year ago, making it part of our patrol route better to protect the people here. Then we’d pulled back the lines when the Cullens returned. This was their treaty land. Thank you, Leah suddenly told me in a much different tone. For? For letting me be. For letting me stay. You’ve been nicer than I had any right to expect, Jacob. Er, no problem. Actually, I mean that. I don’t mind having you around like I thought I would. She snorted, but it was a playful sound. What a glowing commendation! Don’t let it go to your head. Okay-if you don’t let this go to yours. I think you make a good Alpha. Not in the same way Sam does, but in your own way. You’re worth following, Jacob. My mind went blank with surprise. It took me a second to recover enough to respond. Er, thanks. Not totally sure I’ll be able to stop that one from going to my head, though. Where did that come from? I want to stay with you. She told me. I won’t be a pain, I swear. I won’t follow you around. You can go wherever you want, and I’ll go where I want. You’ll only have to put up with me when we’re both wolves. And, as I’m planning on quitting as soon as I can manage it…maybe that wont be so often. I’m happier now, as apart of your pack, than I have been in years. This is a bit to deal with, Leah. Let me think about it, ‘kay? Sure. Take your time.
Pg. 315-320 You’re headed back to the bloodsuckers? Leah asked. Maybe. It’s hard for you to be there, but hard to stay away, too. I know how that feels. I know it’s going to be bad for you, Jacob. I understand that-maybe better than you think. I don’t like her but…she’s your Sam. She’s everything you want and everything you can have. I couldn’t answer. I’m sorry about this Jacob. I’m sorry you’re in pain. I’m sorry it’s getting worse and not better. Thanks, Leah. You know what’s crazy? She asked. Well, almost everything is crazy right now. But what do you mean? That blond vampire you hate so much-I totally get her perspective. It was a good thing we’d spread out to run our watch. If she’d been within biting distance…Hold up! Let me explain! Don’t want to hear it. I’m outta here.Wait! Wait! She pleaded as I tried to calm myself enough to phase back. Her pain was enough that I broke stride under it. There’s something wrong with me. I don’t have the ability to pass on the gene, apparently, despite my stellar bloodlines. So I become the freak-the girlie wolf-good for nothing else. I’m a genetic dead end and we both know it. We do not. I argued with her. That’s just Sam’s theory. Imprinting happens, but we don’t know why. You really want to imprint, or be imprinted on, or whichever? I demanded. What’s wrong with going out and falling in love like a normal person, Leah? Imprinting is just another way of getting your choices taken away from you. You don’t want to imprint? Hell, no! That’s just because you’re already in love with her. That would go away, you know, if you imprinted. You wouldn’t have to hurt over her anymore. But back to my original point, Jacob. I understand why your blond vampire is so cold-in the figurative sense. She’s focused. She’s got her eyes on the prize, right? Because you always want the very most what you can never, ever have. You would act like Rosalie? You would murder someone-because that’s what she’s doing, making sure no one interferes with Bella’s death-you would do that to have a baby? Since when are you a breeder? I just want the options I don’t have, Jacob. Maybe, if there was nothing wrong with me, I would never give it a thought. You would kill for that? I demanded, not letting her escape my question.That’s not what she’s doing. I think its more like she’s living vicariously. And…if Bella asked me to help her with this…She paused, considering. Even though I don’t think too much of her, I’d probably do the same as the bloodsucker. Because if it was turned around, I’d want Bella to do that for me. And so would Rosalie. We’d both do it her way. Ugh! You’re as bad as they are! That’s the funny thing about knowing you can’t have something. It makes you desperate. And…that’s my limit. Right there. This conversation is over. Fine. Yeah, I wasn’t running with her when this was finished. She could go be miserable in La Push.
Pg. 321-324 Alice opened the door for me before I could walk in. She nodded. “Hey, wolf.” “Hey, shortie. What’s going on upstairs?” “Maybe another break.”“Another rib?” “No. Pelvis this time.” “See, I told you I didn’t hear a crack. You need your ears checked, Edward.” Alice made a face. “Edward’s going to end up ripping Rose into small pieces, I think. I’m surprised she doesn’t see that.” The procession came down the stairs then-Edward has Bella this time. “Jake,” she whispered, and she smiled through the pain.Edward placed Bella carefully on her couch and sat on the floor by her head.Carlisle came down slowly, the last one his face creased with worry. “Carlisle,” I said. “We went halfway to Seattle.There’s no sign of the pack. You’re good to go.” “Thank you, Jacob. This is good timing. There’s much that we need.” His black eyes flickered to the cup that Bella was holding so tight.“Honestly, I think you’re safe to take more than three. I’m pretty positive that Sam is concentrating on La Push.” Carlisle nodded in agreement. It surprised me how willingly he took my advice. “If you think so. Alice, Esme, Jasper and I will go. Then Alice can take Emmett and Rosa-“ “Not a chance,” Rosalie hissed. “Emmett can go with you now.” “You should hunt,” Carlisle said in a gentle voice. His tone didn’t soften hers. “I’ll hunt when he does,” she growled, jerking her head toward Edward and then flipping herhair back. Carlisle sighed. *As the group leave to go hunting a very tired Jake decides to relax on the couch. “You looked tired,” Bella commented. “Dead beat.” “I’d like to beat you dead.” Rosalie muttered, too low for Bella to hear. I just slumped into the chair, getting comfortable. It was really quiet. Might as well take a nap,I figured.
Pg. 325-328 *This chapter ends on the weird, freaky, sweet, or just plain rotten note…depending on your feelings toward Bella’s abusive and now apparently talking from the womb baby!! And then Edward said, “Did you say something?” in a puzzled tone. Strange. Because no one had said anything, and because Edward’s hearing was as good as mine, and he should have known that. He was staring at Bella, and she was staring back. “Me? I didn’t say anything.” His black eyes were focused on her face. “What are you thinking about right now” “Nothing. What’s going on”“What were you just thinking about a minute ago?” he asked. “Just…Esme’s island. And feathers.” “Say something else,” he whispered. “Like what? Edward, what’s going on?” Edward. Very lightly, put both of his hands against her huge, round stomach. “The f-“ He swallowed. “It…the baby likes the sound of your voice.” “Holy crow, you can hear him!” Bella shouted. In the next second she winced. “Shh, you startled it…him.” Her eyes got all wide and full of wonder. “Sorry baby. What’s he thinking now?” “He’s happy.” Edward said in an incredulous voice.” The adoration and the devotion. Big fat tears overflowed her eyes and ran silently down her face and over her smiling lips. “Of course you’re happy, pretty baby, of course you are. How could you not be, all safe and warm and loved? I love you so much little EJ, of course you’re happy.” “What did you call him?” Edward asked curiously. “I sort of named him.”“EJ?” “Your father’s name was Edward, too.”“Yes, it was. What-? Hmm.” What.” “He likes my voice too.” “Of course he does.” Her tone was almost gloating now. “You have the most beautiful voice in the universe. Who wouldn’t love it.” “Do you have a backup plan?” Rosalie asked then, leaning over the back of the sofa with the same wondering, gloating look on her face that was on Bella’s “What if he’s a she?” “I kicked a few things around. Playing with Renee and Esme. I was thinking Ruh-nez-may.” “R-e-n-e-s-m-e-e. Too weird?” “No, I like it,” Rosalie assured her. “It’s beautiful. And one of a kind,so that fits.” “What’s he thinking now?” “He loves you. He absolutely adores you.” In that moment I knew I was alone. All alone. I wanted to kick myself when I realized how much I’d been counting on that loathsome vampire. How stupid-as if you could ever trust a leech! Of course he would betray me in the end. I’d counted on him to be on my side. And most of all I counted on him to hate that revolting thing killing Bella more than I hated it. Yet now they were together, the two of them bent over the budding, invisible monster with their eyes lit up like a happy family. And I was all alone with my hatred and the pain that was so bad it was like being tortured. The heat unlocked my frozen muscles, and I was on my feet. All three of their hands snapped up, and I watched my pain ripple across Edward’s face as he trespassed in my head again. “Go, Jacob. Get away from here.” He was helping me find the escape I was dying for. The object in my hand was a set of car keys.
*I’ll leave it alone since Jake is already hurting so much. And what was your first reaction to the baby’s name? I was like…WHAT! but it has grown on me I guess lol. How bizarre that Edward can hear the fetus eh? And I soo badly want Jacob and Leah together…yea I went there.
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