Beyond the dawn

Over a decade after dealing with the volturi, Bella and Edward have settled into family life. Vampire blood burning in her veins, Bella is restless despite the treaty with the pack, and when a neighbouring wolf pack crossing La push territory threatens to change everything forever no one walks away unscathed

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5. Chapter 5 ~~ Alpha versus Alpha

With the briefest of glances shooting between them, Bella and Edward breezed onto the front porch of the house, focused on the subtle changes in the movements and sounds of the forest that signaled someone was approaching .

"It's Seth."

Edward whispered to Bella, his brow furrowed as he listened intently to the thoughts of the approaching wolf. Bella's posture subtly adjusted as she relaxed in the knowledge there was no threat.

The sleek , lean form of a light brown wolf tore through the trees, eyes slightly wild and fixed on Edward, willing him to interpret his thoughts. He scrambled to a stop, claws tearing at the ground to gain purchase. Bella tensed again, sensing something wasn't right, coiled and deadly in anticipation of what Edward was to say next.

" It's Jacob. Seth needs us to come."

Seth turned back toward the forest, briefly glancing back at them to make sure they had understood. Before he could focus on their position, they were running along side him, whipping through the thick brush of the forest soundlessly.

Breaking into the clearing , confusion at the scene before her left Bella frozen in uncertainty. Sam and Jacob snarling, fangs snapping, monstrous paws tearing through fur, sinew and muscle. She looked to Edward her eyes beseeching him for some sort of explanation in the thoughts that eluded her, and that screamed through his vampire mind.

Edward shook his head imperceptibly, sensing her studying him for clues.

"Jacob...I don't know Bella? He's so angry."

Seth whined, nuzzling at her hand. Leah crept into her peripheral vision, and growled, fangs bared as she chastised Bella into action.

"Jacob! Stop this!"

She shot across the clearing toward them. Edward, fearing for her regardless of her strength, forced himself between the snarling pair a split second before she could reach them. With a grunt of effort he sent the dueling pair skidding away from one another.

Jacob howled in frustration, as he hunkered down ready to strike once more. A blur of white fur, Leah threw herself at him. Screaming through the mind link :

"Jacob, enough."

Sam's Bright blue eyes in such stark contrast to his jet black fur , flitted between Jacob, Bella, and Edward furiously calculating the situation. With a final growl, he turned toward the rest of the pack, and commanded they come.

Jacob watched them defiantly. As six pairs of wolf eyes lowered from his fierce gaze, and they sloped off behind their alpha.

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Jacob, Seth, and Leah walked back into the clearing where Bella and Edward patiently waited for them to finish phasing.

"Where's Renesmee?"

Jacob asked anxiously.

"She's asleep at the house."

Bella replied tersely.

"Can I see her? I won't wake her, I just need to be near her, and be around when she wakes up."

Even though it was a question, Bella felt there wasn't much she would be able to do to keep him away even if she wanted to right now."

"Are you going to tell us what the hell is going on?"

Bella narrowed her eyes at him. Impatient and more than a little anxious to get some answers. Edward slid his hand around the back of her neck, and caressed her with a reassuring squeeze.

"Let's go back to the house, and I will explain to you all at once. I don't want to have to repeat everything for Carlisle and the others."

Jacob sighed. It took all his concentration to keep his thoughts neutral to stop Edward gleaning the reality of the situation before he could begin to put everything into words.

" Seth and I will watch the house tonight, make sure Sam stays away for now."

Leah said softly, touching Jacob's arm in a rare moment of vulnerability towards her friend.

Jacob nodded, his jaw clenched in a knot of tension. Bella studied her friend's face, a knot of apprehension growing steadily in the pit of her stomach.

Edward fixed his eyes on Jacob Cooley.

"You had better keep up. I do not like being kept in the dark."

He thought he saw a flinch flicker through Jacob's eyes before he turned to run.

 

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