"Alice what did you see," Jacob asked warily. He knew Alice well enough now to know when she had a vision where someone he cared about was in danger, and with everything that's happened to them he dreaded what this one may be. He glanced over at Nessie. She had a nervous look on her face, but tried to hide it when she saw Jacob watching her. So much like her mother Jacob thought.
"Its Bella. Its hard for me to see. Wait. Oh no! Someone has tried to attack Bella." She looked at her family surrounding her as the vision faded. "We need to go to her. Edward is on his way I'm sure."
"Nessie you should stay here. I'll stay with you. Your mom will be fine. She is strong, smart,and can hold her own," Jacob said reassuringly . Nessie scowled at him and crossed her arms.
"Jacob, I'll send someone back with news. Lets go," Carlisle said, and in an instant they were gone leaving Nessie and Jacob alone. Jacob turned to Nessie, and was surprised to see her on the verge of tears.
"Hey, Nessie, they will be ok. I'm sure that its just a misunderstanding." Jacob felt torn. Since he imprinted, he would be anything Renesmee needed him to be. He wanted to comfort and protect her at the same time. He decided comfort was best. He drew her into a hug. She wrapped her arms around him and he could feel his heart swell. He loved her so much.
"You really think they will be ok Jacob? Especially mom," she asked looking up at him. He stroked a hand down her cheek smiling at her.
"Yes, the Cullens protect their own like I will always protect you." Jacob drew back and decided it would be best to distract her. "So, just in case they need me out there I should probably refuel. You guys have anything good to eat around here," he asked. Renesmee temporarily forgetting the problem teased Jacob.
"Jacob you know we always keep an extra amount of food here. You eat like a horse," she stated laughing. Laughing himself he put his hand on her back to guide her to the kitchen.
"Well, with all the excitement that happens around here its no wonder." He looked down at her. "How about some cookies...or ice cream...oh! I know cookies with ice cream and chocolate sauce!"
"Jake its ten in the morning!" Renesmee exclaimed. "Mom and dad would never let me have that!"
"Then we wont tell them," he said as if it wasn't a big deal. Renesmee shrugged figuring if they did get caught then he would get in more trouble than her. So, they set about starting their early morning snack.
She screamed. He should have predicted that. He glared at her. She was now standing in a crouched position snarling at him, prepared to fight. He had to make a decision. He thought of passing it off as him hunting the same cougar but he knew that wouldn't work. His eyes were red. He knew her mate would be here soon, he was fast and wouldn't ask questions.
"Take this as a warning. You will be mine or else those you love will suffer. Tell Emmett I said hello," he said menacingly, and with an evil grin and a sneer he was gone. Just then Edward arrived at her side eyes sweeping the forest.
"What is it Bella?" He searched the woods again before looking at her. "Bella!"
"He-he went t-that way." she pointed east. Her mind was still reeling from his words. You'll be mine. Those you love will suffer. What was he talking about, and what does Emmett have to do with this? She turned to Edward who had a determined look in his eye and he took off. Just as all the others arrived. Alice spoke first.
"Bella what happened all I saw was a man jumping out from the trees to attack you. Are you ok?!" She ran her eyes up and down Bella assuring herself that nothing was wrong.
"Y-ya I'm fine. I'll explain later. We need to go help Edward he took off east," Bella stammered.
"I don't think so...especially if he was after you," Carlisle said. Bella shook her head.
"No, I'm stronger than you I should go," Bella protested. Feeling pressed for time Carlisle shook his head.
"No, Bella you should go to the house. Renesmee needs you. If this guy is after you, you helping in the chase may just the be the advantage he needs to single you out and get you." Nodding Bella gave up. Then they were gone following after Edward. She turned and headed back to the house.
Edward heard Bellas scream and he froze where he was. A million different things crossed his mind. What could possibly be happening now. He wanted to be able to believe that after their fight with the Volturi things would calm down. He raced through the trees following her scent while another unfamiliar one mingled with hers. Another vampire...great. He pushed himself even harder. If anything happened he would... He didn't finish that thought. He knew what he would do he was faced with that decision once before. He arrived at the clearing where Bella stood crouched over prepared to strike an invisible target. After confirming she was ok and the direction of the other vampire he was gone.
He followed the trail of the other vampire for what seemed like an eternity. The trees a blur as he raced to catch up. He finally spotted him nearing the stream that separated the woods from Quileute territory. He knew it was over. No matter how good of terms they were on with the Werewolves he wouldn't cross onto their territory without permission. He stopped on the edge of the bank, watching the other vampires figure disappear into the forest.
Edward was filled with fury. How could this be happening to his family again! He turned to look at Emmett, and the rest of his family as they joined him on the bank. Carlisle spoke to his right.
"I'm sorry son. Its up to the Werewolves now. Hopefully Bella got back to the house to tell Jacob and he is already on his way to let them know." Carlisle patted Edwards back in a comforting way that only fathers can.
Jacob sat laughing with Renesmee while he waited anxiously for someone to return with news. He dipped his finger in his chocolate syrup and wiped it on Nessies nose. She turned to retaliate with some chocolate syrup covered cookies. Jacob dodged it and caught her up in his arms to tickle her. As she squirmed on the tile floor trying to avoid his attempts at tickling her Jacob heard Bellas voice in his head.
'Jacob someone tried to attack me. I'm on my way to the house I'm almost there. Stay with Renesme until I'm there and then go warn the packs. He was headed that direction. It's another vampire.'
Renesmee noticed the change in Jake. She sat herself up and waited for him to say something.
"Jake? Jake what is it?" Nessie glanced around the kitchen. She saw the sleek appliances, expensive table and chairs. The mess that her and Jake left on the counter and on the island. Nothing seemed out of place. "Jake?"
Instead of answering he gave her his hand to help her stand. He looked at her staring up at him expectantly. "Nessie, your mom is almost here. Your gonna stay here with her while I go out with the rest of the pack."
"Jacob no I don't want you to go. Stay with me." She reached out to hug him. He knelt down to look her in the eyes.
"Nessie I promise I will be back. Nothing will happen to me ok? I'll keep in touch with your mom and dad so they can give you updates." She wouldn't look at him. "Nessie, I promise." She finally met his eyes.
"Ok, Jacob. Just please be careful. I love you." She looked up at him through her thick eyelashes blushing. Jacob smiled as his heart flew. Even though it didn't mean the same thing to her as it did him. He would take it.
"I love you too Nessie," he whispered as he wrapped her in a hug.
That's how Bella found them hugging in the kitchen. Safe. She felt some relief at just seeing that for herself. "Hey Jake. I'm here can you take off? I don't want him to get away." Jake turned to Bella as he stood up.
"MOM!" Renesmee yelled as she ran to her mom and gave her a hug.
"Ok, Bells. You ok? " Jacob asked.
"Ya Jake. Thanks for taking care of Renesmee." Jacob crossed the room to where Bella stood to see for himself that she was. He then kissed her on the cheek and left.