Chapter Seven: Heavy Soul
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Jeremy reached for his phone again as he tried to get in contact with Bella. She had been ignoring his call since the night before, and he was beginning to wonder why. The only thing he had gotten from her all day was a text stating: I’m sorry. I can’t talk right now, I’ll call you soon.
He sighed as his call went straight to voicemail. He was leaving in a couple days, but that didn’t mean he was any less bored and that he missed Bella any less. It was now that he began to see just how much she actually meant to him, and how much joy she brought to him. He looked up as he saw Elena standing at his door. “Hey.” He said sitting up in his bed. “Something up?”
Elena smiled. “I just wanted to see if you wanted to hang out today. We can do whatever you want, I just want some one on one time with you before you leave.”
Jeremy nodded and stood up, “Sure, I could use a bite to eat, so we can go get a burger or something.”
Elena nodded she followed her brother down the steps and out the door. She waited until she was driving to talk to Jeremy. “So, you and Bella are really serious?”
Jeremy sighed, “Yeah, I guess you can say that. She’s more than just my girlfriend, she’s my best friend, I feel normal with her. It’s a good feeling to have again, she makes things better and I feel like I can really talk to her.”
“You don’t think it’s all moving too fast?” Elena questioned curiously. “I mean, you started dating her right after you broke up with Bonny.”
Jeremy groaned running his hands over his face. “She told you about that?”
“She wanted to come clean, she felt that she was hiding a lot of secrets and she didn’t want that anymore.” Elena said quietly. “She still has feelings for you, Jeremy. I want you to know that before you get too attached to this girl. I can see that she’s nice and clearly beautiful, but you also had a good thing going with Bonny.”
Jeremy laughed bitterly at the thought of a good relationship with Bonny. “It wasn’t a good relationship, it was toxic. She made me feel horrible because I wasn’t good enough for her, I wasn’t good enough for her to admit that we were together. I don’t want this life, Elena. I don’t want to live in Mystic Falls and go to Whitemore college, I want something else, I want something better. I want to finish school in Forks and go to whatever university I get into, and I want to build a life for myself. If Bella is in it, then that’s a dream come true, but if she’s not in my future it won’t change anything. I love you, Elena, but you were right when you sent me to Forks. I don’t belong here anymore.”
Elena nodded, “I guess I should’ve known you would grow so independent.”
“It was for the best, you were right, Mystic Falls wasn’t healthy for me anymore.” Jeremy responded, he gave his sister a wide smile. “Thank you for sending me away, because I found a life I really love.”
Elena gave a small smile. “I’m happy for you, Jeremy, I just want to see you happy and if she makes you happy than that’s all that matters to me.”
Bella took in a deep breath and closed her eyes, she let her mind drift into a focus state. Her hands hovered over the black fur, and she felt the familiar tingling sensation run down her arms and into her hands. She opened her eyes to see the wound healing itself slowly, too slowly for her liking. She fell back in exhaustion as it took a lot out of her to heal a small bite wound.
She reached forward and ran her hand through the black fur of the animal in front of her. “It’s okay, Rosko, only three more to go and you’re going to be okay. I’m going to go get some water and we’ll get back to this.”
Bella stood and hurriedly and headed down the stairs and quickly grabbed a water bottle from the fridge and drained the bottle before grabbing another one and heading back up the stairs. She entered her room and kneeled back down in front of the black wolf. Her new gift let her see his wounds, as if they were shining brightly before her eyes. In the beginning there were 24 wounds, and now she was down to only three small cuts left. The wolf in front of her had barely moved, and only whimpered from time to time, but now he seemed to be better and he wasn’t in as much pain as before. Bella gently ran her hand through his fur to try and calm him. She couldn’t help but give a small smile as he seemed to lean into her touch.
Bella reached for her phone to answer Luther’s Call. “Hello.”
“How are you doing?” Luther questioned concerned. “The last time we spoke you sounded exhausted.”
“This gift is definitely a bigger hassle then the others.” Bella responded quietly, knowing a loud tone of voice would startle the wolf. “It’s taken me eight hours, 20 water bottles, three sandwiches, four apples and six yogurts to heal twenty wounds.”
“I’ve contacted Andrew, and he has the same gift. He informed me that with time and practice things should get easier and you won’t have to heal wounds one at a time.” Luther responded. “I truly hope it gets easier for you to handle this, I don’t want you exhausting yourself for these things.”
“I wouldn’t worry, there’s only 3 wounds left and they’re small, so it should be easier to handle. It’s gotten easier then when I started, but I agree, it’s going to take some practice to make this easier for me.” Bella responded with a sigh. “I have to get going, Rosko is whimpering, the cut on his ear must be hurting.”
“Just because you’ve named him doesn’t mean you get to keep him, Maeva. He’s a wild animal, and belongs in the wild.” Luther responded, knowing his efforts were useless, she had named him and he had no doubt she was going to keep him. “Be safe. I don’t want to see you hurt, and if you need anything Vanessa is staying in Seattle.”
Bella smiled, “Thanks, dad, but I think I’ll be fine.”
Jeremy woke up startled at the sound of his phone ringing. He reached over to his bedside table and answered it with a slight yawn. “Hello?”
“I’m sorry I woke you, but it’s the only chance I’ve had to call you back.” Bella said in a whisper. “Are you doing okay?”
Jeremy sat up with a slight smile. “Aren’t I supposed to ask you that?”
“I’m sorry I haven’t answered. A new gift decided to present itself and I’ve spent the last day working with it.” Bella responded with a yawn. “It’s a bit of a hassle to try and control it. So, if you could forgive me for ignoring you it would make my day a whole lot better.”
“Can you teleport here? I’ll forgive you quicker if you’re here.” Jeremy responded, he smiled as the phone went dead. He stood and locked the door to his room and as he turned around Bella was already sitting on his bed. “Stay the night?” He questioned, meeting her glowing red eyes in the dark.
Bella nodded. “I’m exhausted.” She admitted as Jeremy got into the bed pulling her under the covers with him.
“Want to tell me about your gift?” Jeremy whispered.
“I can heal.” Bella whispered. “It’s a long story, but I’ve been healing this wolf for the last day and it’s finally passed out from exhaustion after I healed it all up.”
“Does this mean every time I get a papercut you’ll kiss it and make it better?” Jeremy teased lightly.
Bella smiled. “You’re an idiot.” She leaned forward and kissed him, bringing him a little closer to her. “I missed you.”
“It’s a good thing you can teleport, I don’t think a long distance relationship would work for us.” Jeremy responded with a smirk. “I missed you too. It’s not fun being here without you.”
“Does this mean I’m forgiven.” Bella responded reaching upwards to brush her hand through his hair.
“Definitely.” Jeremy responded lightly kissed her lips. “Just so you know, your uncle Klaus has been glaring at me every time I see him.”
Bella laughed, “Nik is family, and if you know anything about him, family comes above all else to him. He sees my dad as a brother or a father figure. I wouldn’t worry, he won’t do anything to you.”
Jeremy smiled in the dark of the room and pulled Bella closer. “I’m glad you’re here, Bumble B.”
Bella smiled as she walked through the woods with Rosko in front of her. She had expected the wolf to run into the woods as soon as she let him go and although he did run, he stopped at the edge of the trees and growled back at Bella. Once she had begun following after him he had turned back and walked into the woods. And that was how Bella had gotten here following after a wild wolf in the woods, and watching him sniff around the area.
Bella couldn’t help but smile as the dog turned back around to face her. She paused her walking and sat down on the forest ground, with her back pressed against a tree. The wolf came towards her and sat down beside her before resting it’s head on her lap. She had to admit the wolf was easily growing on her.
Bella leaned her head against the tree and softly ran her fingers through the wolf’s fur. Jeremy would be home in the next few days which was a plus, but she felt something negative building in the pit of her stomach. Her dreams had been weird as of late, she kept seeing gold eyes and kept feeling the knife slash into her throat, and she knew that something was going to happen. She wanted to tell Luther about it, but she knew if she did he would have as many corpses as he could swarm Forks.
She knew that Carsile Cullen was behind her death, the only problem was that she couldn’t understand why. She knew the Cullen’s didn’t know who she was, so they couldn’t be after her for the Volturi. As far as she could remember she hadn’t really done anything to provoke the Cullen’s at school.
Bella sighed and stood up as Rosko stood as well. “Come on, let’s go back, I’ll give you some food and you can rest while I practice my cello.” She rolled her eyes at herself, she was talking a wolf.
Bella walked slowly back to her home and sighed out in annoyance as she saw the woman leaning against the porch. “I’m fine.”
“If you say so.” Vanessa responded. “I’m not here to babysit you, Bella. I’m just here to serve as backup, and to make sure your dad doesn’t drive himself crazy with worry.”
Bella pushed her glasses up on her head pushing her hair out of her face. “I can’t wait to be able to have my eyes back, I hate wearing sunglasses.”
Vanessa smiled, “You want to get a bite to eat? My treat.”
“You’re going to be seen, and I don’t want to have to explain who you are to people. No offense, but word travels fast in this town.” Bella responded with a shrug. She rested her hand on Rosko’s head, thumbing her fingers on his head.
“You keeping him?” Vanessa questioned eyeing the wolf.
Bella shrugged, “I tried to set him free, but he seems to like me. You want some coffee? I have cake if you’re interested.”
Vanessa smirked, “As long as it’s chocolate. I don’t have to watch my figure, so I can eat whatever I want.”
“The joy of being immortal.” Bella responded with a smirk. She had to admit, Vanessa wasn’t as bad as she thought.
Jeremy knocked on the Swan house front door, he couldn’t help his grin at seeing Bella as she opened the door. He quickly wrapped her in a tight embrace, only letting her go at the sound of a large growl coming from behind Bella. “Please tell me you’re not keeping a feral wolf as a pet.”
Bella smiled, “He’s not feral, and he’s less than a year old, so he’s teachable. I’ve already taught him to play fetch, he likes it.” Bella reached forward petting it’s head. “Don’t you, Rosko.”
Jeremy sighed, “You’re going to end up liking him more than me.” He added teasingly as he stepped inside the house.
“End up?” Bella questioned with a smirk. “I already like him more.”
Jeremy smiled, “What does Charlie think of the new member of his home?”
“He made me take Rosko to the vet, at the sight of Rosko not being aggressive to the vet he let me keep him.” Bella responded with a smile, she moved closer and kissed Jeremy slowly. They had done enough talking, and she really just wanted to kiss him again.
Jeremy pulled away at the sound of a snarl. “It seems he doesn’t like sharing your attention.”
Bella laughed and took Jeremy’s hand leading him into the kitchen, “I was cooking just before you came.”
“Your cooking was missed.” Jeremy responded with a smile. “You were missed more.” Jeremy pulled Bella back towards him and kissed her sweetly, before letting her go so she could cook once more.
“Why do you have a cut on your upper left arm?” Bella questioned as she looked over at Jeremy who sat on the counter beside her.
Jeremy shrugged. “Bad training with Ric.”
Bella set down her knife and leaned over and placed her hand above Jeremy’s wound. She smiled at him as the wounds were gone. “I hate to say this, but maybe you should get hurt more. I think this new gift works better on people.”
Jeremy smiled, “I’ll keep that in mind, but that felt a little weird. It kind of tickled…”
Bella rolled her eyes, “I don’t think I was supposed to get this gift.” Bella commented quietly a few minutes later.
Jeremy shifted slightly. “Why do you say that?”
“In my dream, about dying, I found Mike dying, but I didn’t move to heal him. I had another dream, that night I spent with you, I had this dream. It was like the one I had before, we went into the woods, but this time there was no Mike. We were walking in a different path, away from where Mike would be, but before I could really get anything I woke up. I think developing this ability changed the path of time.” Bella said she turned to Jeremy with wide eyes.
“Hey.” Jeremy said jumping off the counter and moving quickly to wrap Bella up in his arms. “You’re going to live, and we can figure out what’s next. We’re both smart, well, you’re a little smarter, so I do think we can figure this out.”
Bella smiled into Jeremy’s shirt. “You may be right.”
Bella laid down on her bed, Rosko was at her feet and her eyes were starting to bat closed. A part of her didn’t want to sleep, she feared what was in her dreams. She wanted to believe that everything was going to be okay, but a part of her knew that something was wrong.
Bella opened her eyes and looked around the forest. Her body stepped forward and she looked around. “Jer, really, now that we know how I die, we can still go the same path, we just have to be careful.”
Jeremy smiled, “Better safe than sorry. I don’t want you getting hurt, Bumble B.” He leaned forward and kissed her head. “Come on, we’ll go this way and make a circle to come back out. Then we can get Ric and Vanessa together so we can all come up with a battle strategy.”
“Battle strategy makes it seem a lot more drastic than needed.” Bella said looking around the forest carefully as she walked. She turned to Jeremy and smiled as he was obviously being as careful as she was.
Jeremy looked over at Bella, he paused his walking and reached out for her tugging her closer. He wrapped his arm around her waist and leaned down to kiss her. He kept her close as he pulled back from the kiss. His forehead resting against her own, “I love you.” He whispered quietly.
Bella felt her heart thumping in her chest, and as she went to respond she felt Jeremy being tugged away from her, while she was being thrown backwards. Her mind moved quickly as she used her fire ability to burn whomever had thrown her away from Jeremy. She ignored their scream of agony to move towards Jeremy, she stood frozen to see Edward’s hand go into Jeremy’s chest.
Bella screamed and with her gift pushed Edward off of Jeremy. She crouched over Jeremy and put her hands over his chest hoping above anything that she could do something to save him. She looked at Jeremy as he put one of his hands over hers. “Jer…”
Jeremy gave a weak smile. “I love you.”
Bella nodded her head, she leaned down and kissed him gently. “I love you.” She whispered she closed her eyes as she could feel him leave her. She could feel her eyes already filling with tears knowing that he was no longer with her.
Bella gasped and sat up instantly as she woke. She felt her cheeks to see she was indeed crying. She brought her knees to her chest and cried quietly. She had always been able to tolerate watching her own death, she had seen it dozens of times before, but seeing someone she loved die was an entirely new experience. Bella wasn’t sure she could ever go to sleep again. She didn’t want to know the future anymore, she wanted to be oblivious, she didn’t want to see him die ever again.