Chapter Five: Make Your Move
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Bella entered Jeremy’s home, setting her backpack by the door. “So your sister was hunted by a vampire, she was killed but came back to life and you were killed only to come back to life as well. Your ex-girlfriends were two vampires and a witch? You know, I’m being hunted by two covens, but still your life seems a little more interesting than mine.”
Jeremy laughed, “And Bonnie doesn’t really count as a girlfriend, we really only made out a few times. She was always too scared to take it any further, she cared too much about what my sister thought.”
Bella sighed, “Still more exciting than my life.”
“You have incredibly amazing gifts, B.” Jeremy responded as he and Bella headed to his room.
“Jer, the only mildly exciting thing I did was when I took a trip to Spain when I was 13.” Bella responded with a shrug.
“You went to Spain?” Jeremy questioned in return.
Bella nodded, “Yeah, a friend of my father took me to Spain. My mom had left to Hawaii with her boyfriend at the time and left me home alone. And Luther couldn’t watch me because he was going after Volturi members that were getting too close. He asked an old family friend to watch me, his name is Nik. My dad has known him for over 900 years, they go back a long time, Nik is sort of like an uncle.”
“He sent you to Spain with someone you didn’t know?” Jeremy questioned in surprise.
“No, I met Nik before that. He spent a few holidays with my dad, and by extension me.” Bella responded casually. “He’s not a corpse, but my father sees him as one, Nik is the only vampire my father has ever met that didn’t want to kill him.”
Jeremy nodded, “Are you telling me that you never dated anyone though? Because I told you all my horrible stories, I expect at least one in return.”
Bella laughed, “Jeremy, I’m going to live forever, there’s no point of me to date someone I can never really be with. Not to mention, if you date someone you’re supposed to open yourselves up to that person, and I’m not exactly someone who can be very open about who they really are. So no, I’ve never really dated anyone.”
“You never really dated anyone? That sounds suspicious.” Jeremy said with a smirk.
Bella rolled her eyes. “Technicalities.” Bella said with a shrug.
“I want to hear about these technicalities.” Jeremy said flopping down on his desk chair.
“There was a kid named Roger, we sort of might’ve dated. It lasted a good two months, but then we both got bored and let things go.” Bella said taking a seat on Jeremy’s bed. “It wasn’t exactly the definition of a relationship.”
“But you dated him.” Jeremy said in confusion, not being able to understand the burning in his chest, and the sinking feeling in his heart. “How long ago?”
Bella shrugged, “Towards the end of Junior year, we ended it right before the end of the school year.” She smiled at Jeremy. “Are we going to watch a movie or are you going to continue to grill me about a guy that I didn’t really date?”
“Okay, what do you want to watch?” Jeremy said with a smirk. “Spiderman series?”
Bella leaned back against the wall of Jeremy’s bed. “I bet Lauren and Jessica wouldn’t love you so much if they knew how much of a nerd you are.” She laughed at his affronted look. “Don’t look at me, put the movie on.”
Jeremy smiled he stood and put the movie in, he moved and sat beside Bella on his bed. “Do you need me to explain to you who Spiderman is?”
Bella laughed, “No, I know who he is.” She paused and looked to him. “He’s the one who loses his parents in a shooting in an alley right? He’s raised by his butler?”
Jeremy looked at her with wide eyes. “That’s batman!”
Bella laughed and leaned back on the bed. “It was a joke, Jer.”
Jeremy smiled and turned back to the T.V. in his room. “You’re going to love this.”
Halfway through the movie Bella had fallen asleep and was leaning against Jeremy’s shoulders. Jeremy didn’t mind, he had seen her almost every night climb out of her window and go for a run. And most times she didn’t return until it was close to midnight. He could see now that her sleep deprivation had caught up to her. He carefully maneuvered her so that she was laying down on the bed. He draped his blanket over her and turned off the movie. He sat down at his desk and took out his drawing pad, deciding that maybe he’d just draw for now.
Jeremy turned his head as the door to his room opened. “Hey, Ric.” He whispered.
Alaric smirked as he saw Bella asleep. “I bought pizza. I’ll be downstairs if you need anything.”
Jeremy nodded and turned back to his drawing. He kept looking over at Bella to make sure she was okay.
Bella looked around as she was in the woods, she knew these woods. She took a step forward and felt her body surge as she lost control of her body and she knew in the pit of her stomach what was going on.
“Did you bring the flashlight?” Bella questioned turning her head to look at Jeremy.
“Yeah, but I don’t think we’ll be out for that long.” Jeremy responded with a sad smile. “We both know what did this.”
Bella nodded, “Yeah, and I think we know what family was a part of this.”
Jeremy leaned over and kissed her temple. “Come on, we should be reaching the others soon. I think Mike’s group is near.”
Bella nodded, she took a hold of Jeremy’s hand as they walked together through the woods. Bella’s hand tightened around Jeremy’s and the two paused as they heard the sound of gurgling. Together they took off towards the sound.
Bella placed pressure on the wound on Mike’s neck. “Jeremy, you have to go get my dad, you have to get someone here, he’s going to bleed to death.”
Jeremy took out his phone. “No signal, stay right here, I’ll be right back.”
Bella nodded, she reached over and took off her sweater and ripped the sleeve to wrap it around the wound to help stop the blood. Bella gasped back as she felt the sharp end of a knife at her throat. She fell to the ground to see the golden eyes that hovered above her.
Bella grasped at her throat and blinked rapidly as everything around her began to turn black.
Bella gasped out as she was shaken awake. She sat up and looked around and met Jeremy’s eyes. “I’m awake, right?”
Jeremy nodded, his hand came up and cupped Bella’s cheek making sure she looked at him. “Yeah, you are. You okay, Bumble B?”
Bella nodded, “Yeah, just a bad dream.”
Jeremy shook his head. “No, it was more than that. This was your gift, right?”
“I have to go.” Bella said moving off the bed to stand. “Sorry, Jer.” She said hurriedly walking out of the room. Jeremy followed her as she rushed down the stairs. “I’ll see you tomorrow, Jer.”
Jeremy froze at the door as Bella hurriedly walked out and ran to her house across the street. Jeremy sighed and turned to Ric, “You were right.”
Alaric raised a curious brow. “About what?” Alaric shook his head. “Stupid question, you’re in love with Bella aren’t you?”
Jeremy nodded, “Yeah, I am.” Jeremy sighed. “So what do I do about it?”
“What do you want to do about it?” Alaric questioned in return. “You know Bella better than I do, so you have to know how you need to approach this.”
Jeremy nodded, “Yeah, you’re right, Ric.”
Bella climbed out her window and turned towards the street. She paused and carefully approached as she saw Jeremy standing there. “What are you doing?”
Jeremy shrugged, “I see you do this all the time. I thought maybe I’d join you this time.”
Bella smiled, “Okay, come on.” She took off at a soft space. “Why did you really come out?”
“I was worried, whatever you saw in your dream seemed to really affect you.” Jeremy said running beside her. “I just needed to make sure you were okay.”
Bella nodded, “I saw my own death, I experienced it actually.”
Jeremy stumbled for a moment. “You saw your own death?”
Bella nodded with a shake of her head. “It’s happened before. It’s just… hard to see it, to know what’ll happen if I’m not careful. At the very least, I now know how to avoid it.”
“Why don’t you talk to Luther about it? You could always talk to me.” Jeremy responded with a smile. “I’m an awful good listener.”
Bella smiled, “I don’t want to scare you. Seeing the future, it’s a lot to take in. And Luther… I don’t know about Luther.”
“He’s not going to leave you.” Jeremy responded simply. “I know that’s what you’re scared of.”
“I’m not…” Bella shook her head. “I’m not scared of that.”
“Yes you are.” Jeremy responded as he moved faster to keep up with her. “You do that to me all the time, but I have the patience of a saint. Look, I can’t imagine how hard this will be for you, I know your mom really messed you up, but not everyone is like her. There are people out there that care about you, your dad, your father, me. We all just want you to be happy, and I think you have a hard time believing that we’ll stick around. You trust Charlie because he’s always been there, but because Luther came later it’s harder for you. It’s harder for you to trust someone because you think they’ll exhibit the same behaviors as her.”
Bella stopped her run. “Jer, it’s not that easy. I can’t just… I do trust you. I trust you far more than you really know, but Luther. It’s different.”
Jeremy paused. “Is it really?” Jeremy took a step closer to Bella. “He’s your dad, and I know he stayed away from you for the longest time, but from everything you say about him and all the calls you have on speaker with him. He loves you, Bella. He loves you like any dad loves their kid, the way he talked to you, it was like how my dad talked to me. Are you sure that the only reason you act like you hate him is because you think that’s how you should feel? Because I don’t think you hate him, I think you love him just as much as you love Charlie, but you’re not sure if he’ll disappear like Renee.”
Bella sighed, “Usually on my runs, I run until I’m physically tired. You’re sort of ruining that purpose for me, Jer.”
Jeremy smiled, “Okay, come on, let’s get back to running. You can think about what I said.”
Jeremy entered the Swan home and watched as Bella came down the stairs with her backpack. “Feeling better?”
Bella shrugged her shoulders. “I suppose you can say that. I’m going to be skipping the first few periods, so I don’t think I’ll need a ride today.”
Jeremy looked at her curiously. “Is something wrong? Are you okay?”
Bella nodded, “I’m fine, Jer. I just have something to do.” She smiled and walked out of the house with him. “I did some thinking last night and got some things cleared up in my head.”
Jeremy smiled. “Okay, is there anything I can do to help?”
“Make an excuse for me?” Bella said with a grin.
“Sure thing.” Jeremy responded, he stood frozen as in a second Bella had disappeared. “Teleportation.” He whispered as he shook his head and made his way back to his car to head back to school.
Bella appeared in a hotel room. She took a seat on the bed making an extra amount of noise to catch the attention of the man that was sitting on the desk in the room.
“Maeva.” Luther said standing up, a wide smile crossing his face. “I’m happy to see you’ve gotten your teleportation back. This must mean that you’re feeling better.”
Bella nodded, “Yeah, I am feeling better. I guess I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. Not to mention that I made a friend who happens to be in the brotherhood of Five.”
Luther stumbled slightly as he approached her. “You must be careful.”
Bella nodded, “I know, but Jeremy is nice, he goes to school with me and lives right across the street. He helped me kill a coven of vampires that came after us. They weren’t part of the Drakonas coven, just a coven that thought I smelled delicious. Anyway, Jeremy said something to me last night, and it got me thinking and the more I thought the more I realized he was right. And you know it sucks when someone is right and they prove you wrong.”
Luther sat beside her and sighed. “You’re in love with the boy.”
Bella laughed, “That’s not what I came to talk about.”
Luther looked at her questioningly. “Was it to alert me that your powers returned? Or did you merely want to test out your gifts?”
Bella shook her head, she looked up at the roof and took in a deep breath. “I don’t hate you.”
“Maeva.” Luther began, wanting to stop her from saying something that would upset her.
“Just let me do this.” Bella responded quietly. “I always tried to make Renee happy, I thought that if she was happy she would love me. And then as I grew up she started leaving more, she would go on trips with her friends and leave me home alone. It was happening since I was eight, but I thought if I tried harder she would stay. And when you came, I loved you the moment I saw you, because I finally could understand that I wasn’t different, I was like you, my dad.”
Bella rested her elbows on her knees and rested her head in her hands. “When you came along, you were always there. You never left, and I saw you every day and you were always happy to see me. You were always proud of me, and I didn’t have to try to make you happy. I didn’t have to try with you. And I guess that scared me, and I somehow created the belief that if I pushed you away. If I did everything I could to make you hate me, then it wouldn’t hurt when you left.”
Bella laughed bitterly and looked at Luther. “But you didn’t leave.” She whispered, she stood and began to pace the room. “You didn’t leave! Despite my attitude, my snarky remarks, and everything, you STAYED! And Renee left, I got angrier because you didn’t leave and she did. She left despite all my efforts to make her happy, she left. I hated that I gave you every reason to leave, and you stayed. I don’t hate you. I really don’t, I love you just like I love Charlie, but it’s hard because I’m scared that you’re going to leave. I hate Renee, I can’t love her anymore, she ruined my childhood and I put all that hatred onto you.”
“I’m sorry.” She said wiping at her eyes to stop the tears that spilled out of her eyes. “I’m sorry I ruined so many years. I’m sorry I pushed you away so much, because I don’t want you to leave. I want you to stay, and I want you to continue to nag at me to be safe, and to reply to my snide comments with sarcasm. I don’t want you to disappear one day.”
“Maeva.” Luther said approaching her and embracing her in a hug. He held her closer as she cried softly in to his shoulder. “Shhh… my little Maeva. I’ve always known you didn’t hate me, I’ve just been waiting for you to realize it as well.”
Jeremy smiled as Bella walked into class during the middle of a history presentation. She hurriedly moved and took the seat beside him. “You doing okay?” He whispered.
Bella nodded, “Yeah, I’m good.” She responded leaning back in her seat to listen to the lecture.
Jeremy doesn’t ask her again how she is, he knows she’ll say something when she’s ready. Meanwhile, he would continue to make jokes to make her laugh and smile.
Jeremy smiled as Bella got into the car, “So what’s the plan for this afternoon?”
“I have to start practicing for my audition during winter break.” Bella said putting on the seatbelt. “There’s two weeks left until we go on break.”
“I should probably start putting together college applications.” Jeremy responded as he drove out of the school parking lot.
“Do you have any idea what you want to study?” Bella questioned. “Or where you want to go?”
Jeremy shook his head, “I figured I’d apply to every school in the nation and see who accepts me and who doesn’t.”
Bella laughed, “That really sounds like a good plan.”
“Are you just applying to Juilliard or are you applying anywhere else?” Jeremy questioned curiously. “I haven’t heard you mention any other place.”
“I’ll apply to other music programs, but Juilliard is the main choice.” Bella responded. “It’s been my dream school since I was 13.”
“Are you scared about your audition?” Jeremy asked.
“No. I’m not, I guess I just want to make sure I play at my best.” Bella responded with a sigh.
Jeremy looked to Bella as she seemed a bit distracted. “Everything okay in that head of yours.”
Bella smiled, “Yeah, just thinking. You told me to do that, remember?”
Jeremy parked the car. “I did. So, does it make you feel better?”
Bella nodded, “Yeah, it did. Thanks, for forcing me to do some thinking. I really needed it, especially after the dream.”
“You want to talk about it?” Jeremy questioned.
“We were in the woods, looking for a body.” Bella responded, “And we found one, it just wasn’t the one we were initially looking for. I went to help stop the bleeding from the wound, and next thing I know there’s a knife to my throat and I’m on the forest floor and I’m bleeding out.”
“Do you know who did it?” Jeremy questioned, his fists turning white as they clenched the steering wheel.
“Carsile Cullen.” Bella whispered. “I’m not sure why yet, but he was the one who slit my throat open. I’m also thinking that he was the one who stabbed Mike to use as a diversion.”
“Why wouldn’t he just bite him?” Jeremy questioned curiously. “Why go through all the extra trouble?”
Bella shrugged, “I’m not sure, but at the very least I’m now certain that I’m going to be staying away from the Cullen family.” Bella got out of the car and turned to Jeremy. “I never thanked you.”
“For what?” Jeremy questioned as he made his way around the car to Bella’s side waiting for her to continue. “I don’t remember doing anything worth thanking me for.”
“Thank you for talking to me about Luther.” Bella said. “You were right, and you helped me admit that I was wrong and by extension you helped me get my last power back.”
“That was for a more selfish reason.” Jeremy responded with a smile.
Bella sighed, “Jer…”
“I’m glad I helped you with your dad, because I knew it was hurting you. But I also just wanted you to know that I had no plans on leaving you.” Jeremy responded with a smile. “See, purely selfish.”
Bella laughed, “You’re an idiot.”
“Maybe.” Jeremy responded with a shrug. “But I’m your idiot.”
Bella nodded, her eyes going back to the dream she had. Her and Jeremy were together in a different sense than being friends.
“Hey, Bumble B.” Jeremy said taking a step forward. “I’m going to kiss you…”
Bella smiled, “Yeah, it’s about time.”
Jeremy smiled and he leaned closer his lips slowly brushing against Bella’s. In a second the kiss heated up, with his hand on her neck and her arms on his chest gripping his shirt.
Jeremy pulled back with a wide grin on his face. “Hey, bumble B, you want to be my girlfriend?”
Bella laughed, “Sure, why not?”