"Jakey what's going on?" a voice asked.
I registered a small, extremely pale figure with curly hair in
the doorway to the vampires' house. Jacob had told me about her
before- she was his imprint. I couldn't remember her name but I
knew she was a half vampire. Her hair shone a reddish bronze
colour in the dim light. Amber's always shone pink gold.
"Oh my God," she cried, clutching his arm.
"It's fine okay Nessie? Don't now," he held her.
Amber was conscious again, and screaming with the agony that
ripped through her every time she was moved. The sound of it tore
through me too and I tried to muffle the sounds coming from my
mouth with my hand. Nessie was trying to get past Jake to help
Amber. Everything around me was spinning and it made me even more
unsteady when a vampire ran past me to get her. Nausea
overwhelmed me and I vomited.
"Someone help him out for Christ's sake- Leah!" Jake shouted
while still comforting Nessie.
I spat the disgusting taste from my mouth, and squeezed my
eyelids together to force out the moisture. I looked up to see
Leah stony faced, and up to her arms in blood like me.
"There's nothing I can say to him," she retorted shakily, "Sam
will have to, or get one of his pack...I don't know!"
"Edward where's Carlisle?" Jacob called after the vampire.
"Fine, don't answer, whatever right? I'm not worth an answer."
"Shut it Jake," a female voice from inside called.
I was only vaguely aware of all of this going on. I didn't even
realise I'd tried to follow the vampire called Edward, who was
carrying my Amber in his arms. I could see her long sheet of hair
disappearing swiftly through the doorway. Several hands blocked
my way and I crashed into them, blindly.
"Jakey, Grandpa's not here he's at the hospital..." Jake's
imprint worried rapidly.
Her bell like voice was drowned out by another muttering in my
ear. Hands grabbed me roughly by the shoulders and I looked
around, confused. Dark eyes, steely with determination looked
right back at me.
"Kyle she's going to be fine okay? As soon as the doctor gets
here it'll all be over," Cameron assured me.
"They're vampires Cam, they..." my words wormed their way into
my mind, before they finally made sense.
"Kyle, please talk to me!"
"They're vampires Cameron, let me go! Amber!" I shouted but I
was surrounded with people restraining me.
All I could think was how stupid I'd been to agree to let them
take her here. She was in more danger of dying at their hands
than of her injuries. There was so much blood how the hell were
those vamps going to stand it? I knocked someone in the jaw
before my wrist was pinned against my side.
A sleek car screeched into the driveway and a blonde haired
vampire in blue scrubs jumped out. I fought to get to him but
there was no use.
"Don't touch her! She's mine, you better not touch her," I cried
He surveyed me in an almost sympathetic way before he walked
towards the house and spoke as though his coven were already out
there in front of him. Of course, they have excellent hearing.
"Alice you can bring Jasper out here away from everything. I'm
sure he'll agree when I say this young man needs his assistance.
Bella, I think you'd better run over Charlie's so he doesn't come
over," he said quietly.
A female vamp ran out of the house and another appeared by my
side. She was short and petite with a shock of black hair. She
skipped over with someone who was clearly her mate hovering
behind. He already looked wary of the situation as she led him
towards me. Carlisle the doctor ran past them into the house
already asking the rest of his coven to fetch him supplies.
"What are you doing to her in there?" I asked.
I felt strangely calm now and my breathing came more even. I
didn't feel like shouting after anyone or screaming accusations.
I felt Cameron's grip on my shoulders loosen until I was free to
"I need to know what's happening. She's my imprint," I said
"I know and Carlisle is going to do his very best to save her.
He is the best. I could tell you what will happen but there are
so many wolves involved I can't see," she trilled, irritable
towards the end of her speech.
"What are you talking about, what have wolves got to do with
anything?" I asked her, confused.
"Oh it's nothing, I forgot," she said offhand.
"Alice there's a lot," her mate said stiffly. He had a southern
accent. She frowned up at him, nodding in agreement.
"Yeah I know Jazz," she faced me, "Would you mind coming
somewhere else with us? It's just there's a lot of blood. Jasper
can't handle his thirst as well so we avoid these situations when
they come around."
She looked me in the eyes without hesitation. Hers were a honey
gold. I felt as though I should be shouting by now, protesting
against having vampires near Amber while she was in this
condition. She'd just admitted this vampire Jasper couldn't
control himself but I accepted this information more calmly than
I thought possible.
"I'd rather stay here," I shook my head.
"Alice I don't mean to be disrespectful but it's not just the
blood," Jasper said jerking his head towards me, "Could we go?"
"Yeah, just calm everyone Jazz, they could all use it. You can
help from a distance," she said, giving him a kiss on the cheek.
She danced off into the trees, pulling him with her.
I dragged myself over to Leah who was sitting on the bonnet of
the truck. She was covered in blood and half her shirt had been
ripped away. She rubbed her temples like her head ached. She
looked at me and flinched at my gaze. I didn't say anything and
waited for her to speak.
"Today was eventful," she murmured.
I found I couldn't speak. I didn't even know why I'd come over
to sit by her. I guess I just needed to do something other than
stand there staring up at the house.
"If you're wondering why you're calm it's because of that
bloodsucker," she nodded in the direction he went, "he's got this
lovely freaking ability to make you feel calm, when you really
want to rip him apart."
I nodded because I didn't have the strength to put words
together and form a sentence. I was being made to wait outside as
vampires, who were meant to be my enemy, tried to save Amber. It
"Alice is psychic but she can't see wolves," she smirked
"You can go now Leah," Jake said.
We both looked up to see Jacob and his imprint Nessie. She had
her head rested against him and her eyes were dropped to the
"If only you'd said that the moment we arrived. Lover boy and
his imprint plus those leeches- they've just made today for me,"
Leah said. She leaped off the truck and ran off, kicking dirt
behind her. She didn't turn to look back.
"She'd kill me if I told you why," Jake shook his head when I
looked at him questioningly.
"Jakey, do you mind if I go see Grandpa Charlie? Mom's already
there," Nessie said quickly.
"Huh?" he said.
"I'm distracting you before you say something that'll give her
an excuse to kick your butt," she admitted, "come on."
"I'm coming back okay Kyle? I'm just dropping her off."
I nodded half heartedly as Nessie rested her head against him
again. I couldn't meet her eyes. I knew she was sorry for me. I
watched them all the way to his car. I felt sick seeing them
happy together. You couldn't help being happy when you had your
imprint. Even if the world is burning around you her presence
alone makes it better.
"What happened?!" I heard a vampire yell from inside the house.
"Her heart's failing, lack of oxygen-"
"Pass them quickly!"
I ran towards the door frantically pushing past people or
objects, whatever stood in my way. I heard the frantic beeping of
a machine through the shouting. The beeping sped up until it
stopped. Suddenly it was a long continuous noise.