Chapter Thirteen: Predicatable
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Bella opened her eyes; her heart was racing as her dream lingered in the back of her mind. The plan she had created would work, she saw it in her dreams. It was a weight off her shoulders to know that Jeremy would live, but it had hurt when she saw Jeremy at her funeral. The look on his face and the tears in his eyes was an image she wanted to get out of her head.
Bella rubbed at her eyes and sat her back resting against the headboard as she tried to forget the look on Jeremy’s face as her casket was lowered into the ground. She turned her head to finally notice that he wasn’t in the room with her. She noticed the plain white notecard that sat on top of her pillow.
I read the plan, Bumble B.
Bella looked at the note, she was finally realizing that this plan would work, but would change something in Jeremy. He would suffer more than she had originally thought, Bella would have the knowledge that Jeremy was alive and he would have to see her die, he’d have to go to her funeral. In the future he would know she was alive, but that didn’t matter when he had to be the one to bury her.
Bella looked over the side of her bed and saw Rosko there. “This is going to be harder than I thought it would be.” She leaned over and pet his head. “You’ll take care of him for me, right?”
Alaric knocked on Jeremy’s door after being told by Vanessa that the young boy was pacing in his room. “Hey, how are you?”
Jeremy turned to Alaric and frowned. “Bella came out with this detailed plan that keeps us both alive.”
Alaric fully entered the room, closing the door behind him. “Okay, I don’t see what’s wrong with that. The entire problem has been that you’re both going to die. If you both get to live and make it to a ripe old age, what’s the problem?”
“I have to see her die.” Jeremy responded, his voice soft as he spoke. “Bella will fake her death, very convincingly, and I won’t know it’s fake. I’ll see her die and I’ll have to be there to bury her, Ric. I won’t be able to see Bella again, I won’t get to go to college with her, or share an apartment… I don’t get the future I wanted with her… We’ll both be alive, but what’s the point if we have to be separated?”
Alaric took in a deep breath, he wanted more than anything for Jeremy to have a normal life, but he knew that was now close to impossible. He couldn’t imagine what it would feel like for him to lose Bella, to lose another person he loved. “It’s going to suck.” Alaric admitted leaning against the wall. “You’ll want to die, and it won’t be easy for you Jeremy.”
Jeremy gave a bitter laugh. “Thanks, Ric.”
“But it’ll be worth it.” Alaric commented quietly. “Eventually Bella will break the Corpse curse and you two will find each other again. The years between now and then won’t be easy, but you have to know that it’ll be worth it when you two can be together without having to constantly worry about the other dying or being hunted by someone.”
Jeremy sighed and sat down on his bed. “I don’t know if I can do it, Ric.” Jeremy admitted softly. “I’m not sure I can handle losing someone else. I can’t imagine losing her even if it is only temporarily. I won’t know it’s temporary, it’ll be real for me.”
Alaric nodded, “I know, but you’ll always have me, Ness, and your family. Jeremy, have you thought about what this will be like for Bella? You will get to go to college, live in a city and experience your young adult years free of worrying about dying. Sure, you’ll miss her, but at least you get to have your friends and family around. If Bella has to pretend to die, she’s going to have to be dead to everyone around her. She won’t get to see you, her dad, her friends, the other corpses. She’ll have to live years alone and away from everyone she cares about.”
Jeremy placed his head in his hands, “She’s worked so hard to get into Julliard and she won’t get to go.” Jeremy whispered tears stinging his eyes as he thought about the future he wanted for them and the future that now awaited them. “But it’ll be worth it. We’ll have forever together, we just have to get through the rough parts first.” Jeremy assured himself quietly. “It has to be worth it.”
“It will be.” Alaric assured with a shrug of his shoulders. “You just have to have faith.”
“That’s easy for you to say, your girlfriend can never die.” Jeremy replied with a sigh.
“Maeva.” Luther greeted with a smile. “What can I do for you?”
Bella extended her report to him. “I need you to read this, because I’ve figured out how to stay alive.”
Luther glanced oddly at his daughter for a moment before reaching for the papers. “Maeva, I will not allow you to be put in danger.”
Bella sighed and rolled her eyes. “Read what I wrote, you need to give this plan a chance.”
Luther took in the look of severity on Bella’s face and took a seat on the sofa ready to read through the plan. He watched as Bella took a seat as well only to watch him intently as he read.
Luther hated to admit that the plan was well thought out, but he didn’t want a life of sorrow and loneliness for his daughter.
“There has to be another way, Isabella.” Luther commented. “This is too much for you, you will give so much up.”
Bella shook her head. “It’s not about me.” She stood and dragged a hand through her hair. “It’s about keeping Jeremy safe and about breaking the curse. I can’t do either of those things if I die and if Jeremy were to die in my place, I don’t think I’ll be strong enough to live.”
“There are other ways, Maeva.” Luther continued, he could see by the look in her eyes that she wouldn’t be relenting anytime soon.
Bella sighed, “No, there aren’t. I’ve looked into anything and dream after dream nothing has worked, but this.” Bella responded gesturing to the plan she had developed. “This works. I’ve seen it again and again, I know that this will work. Jeremy will live and he’ll go to college and live a normal life where he’s as safe as he can be.”
“Maeva.” Luther interjected. “You will be giving up your friends, your family, your future.”
Bella shook her head, tears gathering in her eyes. “I know what I’m giving up, but I’ve seen what the future looks like and it’s worth it. Jeremy is worth all the pain and the loneliness. I’ll be the safest I’ve ever been and once I’m of age, once I’m immortal everything will fall into place. I just have to make until then.”
Luther sighed, “Your plan doesn’t have an exact date of your death.”
“I know.” Bella replied relieved that he was getting on board. “My dreams are… I don’t know the exact date, but I do know that it’ll be close to my graduation. I can finish my last year of high school, Elizabeth will just have to be close by for the right moment.”
“Do you know how you’ll die.” Luther responded quietly.
“Someone kills me.” Bella replied in a whisper. “It’s not any of the Cullen family, the person who kills me has red eyes and every time I see my death, I see their eyes and I feel this hatred that they have for me. I think it’s the Volturi. Which is why I think this plan will work out beautifully, they won’t hunt me if they believe wholeheartedly that I’m dead. And if we use your gift, we can wipe this entire plan from Jeremy’s memory, and Aro will see into Jeremy’s mind and know that Jeremy is of no use to him.”
“I’ll begin to gather things, if this plan is going to work, Maeva, you’ll have to do be alone. The Volturi will believe you have died but others will not be so fast to believe the same.” Luther replied.
Bella nodded, “I know. I’ve thought this out, I know what I’m doing. I know what I’ll be giving up.”
Luther stood and approached his daughter. “You by far have more courage than I.” He leaned down and placed a kiss on her forehead. “Let’s get started. I’ll call Elizabeth.”
Bella smiled. “Already taken care of.” At the look on her father’s face Bella grinned. “I told you I had thought this out. Everything is in place.”
Jeremy’s leg bounced worriedly as he waited for Bella to arrive back. He had spent the last hour with Rosko outside waiting for Bella to come home. After nearly exhausting the wolf they had both retreated back to Bella’s room.
“How long have you been waiting?” Bella asked appearing back in the room, there was a smile on her face but Jeremy could tell how tired she was.
“Not long.” He replied as he stood. He moved and wrapped his arms around Bella hugging her tightly. “I missed you.”
Bella pressed her head into his chest and returned his hug just as tightly. She didn’t know what to say, but for just a moment she wanted to hold him as tightly as she could.
“It’s going to hurt and I’m going to miss you every day, but if all this means that at the end of the day, I get to be with you then it’s worth it.” Jeremy whispered quietly. “We don’t have long left, but I promise the time that we do have I’m going to make it great.”
Bella squeezed Jeremy a little tighter, he was right after all, the time they had left was going to be great and it would be a reminder to them both that the separation would be worth it in the end.
Jeremy pulled back and looked at Bella, he was going to do everything he could to memorize every feature. “Come on, Bumble B, let’s get out of this house for a while.”
Bella nodded, “I’m starving, we should go get something to eat. You’re going to need the energy, Luther mentioned that today he was going to be using fire in his training with you.”
Jeremy groaned, holding onto Bella’s hand as they made their way down the stairs. “The swords were bad enough, I’m pretty sure I saw him smirk when I almost cut my own hand off.”
Bella laughed leaning into Jeremy. “It’s better you then me.”
“Can you heal burns?” Jeremy questioned with a smile. “I think tonight your dad will most likely light me on fire. I’m going to end up looking like Freddy Krueger. You’ll still date me when I’m all deformed and ugly, right?”
Bella rolled her eyes. “You’re an idiot.”
“I’m your idiot.” Jeremy responded leaning down to kiss Bella, tangling his hand in her hair. It would all be worth it, he was sure of it now.