Expect the Unexpected

Shelby Swan is Bella Swans cousin. She goes to live with Bella and Charlie after her mom dies, and they haven't had contact with her dad since she was born. What happens when she goes to visit her old childhood friends, and one of them imprint on her? Read to find out...

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23. Bloodthirsty

A few days later, Jake and I go back inside to check on Bella.

We are in the living room, and Emmett and Jasper are watching a football game. Bella pulls down her sweater sleeve.

"Are you cold?" Edward asks her.

"We got it," Jake says.

Rose helps Bella sit up, so I sit down where her head was, and she lays her head on a pillow in my lap, and Jake sits down by her legs.

"Don't do that," Jake says.

"What?" Bella asks.

"Smile like I'm your favorite person in the world," he says.

"You're one of them," she says, "It feels complete when you're here, Jake."

All of the sudden, she sits up and leans over the couch. I hold her up, and Jake rubs her back. Edward holds a trash can underneath her, just in case. When she's done, I help her lay back down.

"We need to find a way to get some food into her system," Esme says.

"I can only see the fetus..," Alice says.

"The baby," Rosalie corrects her.

"...Maybe I could figure out what it wants," Alice finishes her sentence. I look at Jake, and it looks like he's thinking the same thing.

"Are you thinking what I'm thinking?" I ask him.

"Yeah, you are," Edward confirms, "I think you might be right. They just had an idea."

"It wasn't an idea," Jake says.

"It was a snide comment," I finish.

"What were you thinking?" Carlisle asks.

"That it's probably just looking for someone to sink it's teeth into," Jake answers for us.

"He's thirsty," Bella says.

"I know the feeling," Emmett says.

"If it's craving, it's not gunna want animal blood," Edward says.

"I have some O negative laid aside for Bella," Carlisle says before he walks out of the room. Alice takes Jasper out of the room, and Emmett walks out himself.

"Wait, wait, wait," Jake says.

"You're gunna make her drink that?" I ask, motioning to the blood that Carlisle is putting into a glass cup.

"It's the fastest way to test the theory," Carlisle says.

"Only if you're comfortable with it," Edward says to Bella.

"I'll try anything," Bella says.

"Just hold on," Edward says before getting up and going into the kitchen.

"I think I'm gunna be sick," Jake says as he moves away and clutches his stomach. Bella sits up, because she knows I want to move away, and I do. As far away as possible.

"You're not the only one," I say as I clutch my stomach, trying not to puke.

"This might make it a little easier to take," Edward says offering a styrofoam cup with a straw to Bella.

She raises the straw to her mouth. I swallow a gag, and look away.

"It tastes... good," Bella says after she swallows.

"Your pulse is already getting stronger," Carlisle says when he checks.

"It's working," Esme says.

"I was gunna say this earlier, but I can smell it from all the way over here!" I say. Jake nods, trying not to puke. They all laugh. "I need fresh air." I get up and walk downstairs, with Jake right on my tail.

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