July 28, 2011
Ness and I had just finished eating and Ness was going to go and hunt real quick before bed – with Bella and Edward of course; for safety reasons. Ness was complaining that the deer here didn’t taste the same; apparently American deer had a certain tang to them. Yuck.
Emmett was watching the house that night and it was almost ten when I heard some rustling outside.
It was too early…their little night-watch started at a quarter till eleven. I sent Emmett a quick text, asking if he was just coming early or something. My body was tensed up, ready to strike.
My heart started racing when his reply was negative.
I speed-dialed Edward, tapping my foot anxiously until he picked up. “Something’s out there,” I hissed, and I heard Edward notify the others.
“We’ll be there in a second, Jake. Make sure it’s me before you open up,” he demanded, ending the call.
Normally I wouldn’t be this worried. It’s just I don’t know who the target is here, and I want Nessie to stay safe, so this is pretty scary to me.
I went over to where Ness was standing and enveloped her my arms, kissing her hair. She was still holding the bag of chips she was in the process of eating and I heard crunching. Her jaw moved against my chest.
I felt her grab another, and carry it to her mouth sneakily, and I laughed. Once I pulled away, she stuffed several chips in her mouth at one time.
“Okay, okay. I see. Food is more important,” I joked as I feigned a hurt expression. She just rolled her eyes, her cheeks blushing in embarrassment. That didn’t stop her from grabbing another chip, though.
I heard some more noise outside and I planted my feet firmly on the ground, my muscles flexing and rippling from the strain I was putting on them.
I heard a knock on the front door a few seconds later. My head snapped up and I cautiously walked towards the door. As I slowly approached it, I listened closely.
I heard steady breathing.
Once I saw Edward through the peep-hole, I swung the door open.
“We caught it,” Edward hissed, and my eyes widened in surprise. Edward was already walking away, so I scrambled after him.
I followed Edward out of the house and into the back yard with Nessie tailing behind me. All of the Cullens were surrounding a man.
He was tall with scraggly hair. It seemed as though he was missing teeth, and his face was covered in an uneven, closely shaven beard. His clothes were ragged and he smelled absolutely revolting; which was ironic because his persona carried an air of arrogance. He seemed to think he was above all, from his body language.
He stood there calmly and didn’t try running away. I think he knew he couldn’t.
I pushed Ness behind me and hissed at him.
“Who are you?” I asked, a growl rumbling in my chest. I felt heat flashing over me, but I controlled it easily.
The others probably already knew what was going on, but they were too focused on him to explain to me.
“Don’t use that tone with me, Jacob!” The man demanded. I bared my teeth; the growl loudening. “I am Luca,” he continued, looking at me with amusement. I hated when people did that.
“What the hell are you?” I asked tersely, and he chuckled.
“You really don’t know, do you?” he questioned back.
“I asked you first,” I growled. He tsked his tongue at me in a disapproving way.
“Does Children of the Moon sound familiar, Jacob?” he questioned, studying my reaction. I looked straight at Edward and Carlisle. The others didn’t seem surprised, so they definitely already knew.
“Wait – those things Aro mentioned?” I asked Edward, and he nodded slightly. Luca laughed again. He was really itching at my nerves.
“I’ve heard several stories where some friends of mine have encountered those of Luca’s kind here, since they’re mostly populated in Europe. I should’ve considered this when we moved here,” Carlisle said, and I frowned slightly.
The Cullens were making a semi-circle behind him, with me in front of him, keeping him from running – though he seemed too prideful to do that anyhow.
“What are you doing here?” I asked Luca, and the damn thing laughed again.
“I’ve come for your mate,” he said, staring at Ness now, who was slightly visible from behind me. I felt her shrink back.
“Her scent is absolutely delectable and we real werewolves love a fresh flavor of flesh,” he said, his eyes twinkling. A growl erupted from my body and I started shaking, feeling the heat flash in every part of my body. I swallowed, trying to control my breathing.
“As soon as we came across her scent we were simply entranced. So now, we’ll take her. The easy way, or the hard way. It’s up to you,” he explained calmly with an eerie smile.
Edward was crouched low, growls escaping him, and the rest of the Cullens were baring their teeth, or crouching with their fists rolled at their sides. I pushed my anger as far down as possible, trying to keep in control, but failing miserably.
“We want her,” he stated, looking through me, as if he could see her.
“Well, what are you waiting for? Tear him to pieces!” I exclaimed, my voice cracking.
Real scary, Jake.
Carlisle looked at me, worry in his eyes. He obviously was considering what the best thing to do here was. I was in control, but I wasn’t sure how long I would be. Nobody will ever hurt Renesmee.
“The Children of the Moon are pretty much invincible from anything but silver bullets, and Wolfsbane. Tearing him apart won’t harm him, he’ll just put himself back together and heal from anything else we try to do,” Carlisle explained. I shot him a disbelieving look.
“Then get some silver shit, and shoot it!” I spat, my thoughts surrounding Nessie. No way in hell am I going to let some primitive creature eat my wife.
For the love of god!
“We don’t have silver bullets just sitting around. You can only kill them during a full moon, anyway… and unfortunately Luca’s the leader of a pack. It won’t be that easy,” Edward said.
I looked at him like he was an idiot. Luca was listening closely, smiling slightly. Asshole.
“Then let’s get her the hell out of here! Get a bunch of bullets! Do something!” I shouted, waving my hands around. I can’t let anything happen to Nessie. As corny as it sounds, and as many times as I’ve said it, I won’t – can’t live without her. My girl is the only thing that keeps me sane, nowadays.
Nessie was holding my arm now, sending calming, loving thoughts through to me. Alice was freaking out about how she didn’t see this coming. Bella and Rosalie were stressing over Nessie’s safety, along with Esme. The guys were all defensive, and staring holes into Luca. All hell is breaking loose, and the bastard ignored them, as if they weren’t there. His gaze was affixed on me, and my wife.
“We can’t do anything about this until the full moon,” Carlisle said, a look of concentration on his face.
It won’t be too hard; we have a coven of vamps, we’ll get some silver bullets. It can’t be too hard, right? I know my hope is probably evident through my writing, but hell. I don’t know what to do. I don’t know how to keep Nessie safe enough, especially if these things come thrashing through, trying to kill her. There’s a lot of us, but there are a lot of them, too.
“See you soon,” Luca said, preparing to leave. They arched into a defensive pose, but Carlisle stopped them.
Luca walked past, his arrogance radiating off of him.