"That leech had its hands around her throat!" I heard Jake yell from far way. "I wasn't about to pounce, it could have easily ripped her head clean off of her shoulders!"

What was he talking about "leech," what the hell did that mean? I struggled to open my eyes, fighting against the darkness that was drowning me, trying my best to see the world around me once again. But it was all no use, I was in far too deep, lost in the vast abyss of unfamiliarity. I barely even remembered how I fell into this profound state, the only recollection that I had was red eyes; dark crimson eyes that glowed with an unfathomable fury, and anguish. I could feel the fear settle in my stomach, and again I battled to regain consciousness, wanting nothing more than to scream, to cry. I wanted the whole world to know what I saw, what I felt. Those ice cold hands on my throat, the feeling of dread that wafted over me, and the intense willingness to die. Not wanting to deal with the pain anymore, just wanting it all to end.

Another voice interrupted my thoughts, and I strained to hear it, the distance being so broad that it only sounded like a whisper. "I understand, Jacob, but you cant just leave her like this. That parasite tried to kill her! She is only sixteen for God's sake, she shouldn't have to deal with this, no one her age should."

"But we all did," Jacob arbitrated. "We went through our change at that age. She needs to be clued in, she needs to know that there is more to this world that meets the eye."

"I understand, Jake. I am totally aware that you want to protect her, but this isn't the way to do that. This isn't something that you can just blurt out in front of the entire world. We don't even know if she saw anything, or of she remembers what happened if she did see."

"But, Sam, you don't understand, something strange went on out there. And I can in no way shape or form explain it!" Jacob spat.

"What happened?" The second person, who I assumed to be named Sam, asks.

"This weird white light came out of Ari, it cast the bloodsucker away! Shot her straight across the clearing. And I'm not talking some Star Trek 'Beam me up Scottie' bull shit, I'm talking full on flash grenade. The sycophant flew into a tree at least fifty yards away. It was insane! Please believe me, Sam, you have to believe me!"

A light, a freaking light?! A light came out of me? Little Aribella Swan? He had to be joking. He must have been high, or on some sort of hallucinogen. I couldn't have done that, I was asleep, or dying or something.I saw Jake's mom, she told me to go back, she said that Jacob needed me. I can't let her down, if she says he needs me then he needs me and I won't let her down; but honestly if he thinks a light came out of me, than maybe he needed a therapist.

"Jake, you need to relax, she is all right now." This Sam figure spoke; apprehension, authority, and worry in his voice. It seemed like he didn't know what to affirm anymore, like it was all too much for him.

Their voices began to come closer, and I strained myself to fully awaken, no longer settling for just articulation. I forced my arm to move the slightest bit, and felt a heaviness inside my limbs, but obviously it doesn't matter. I want to see Jacob, to calm him down, to let him know that I'm all right, and that I would always be here for him. The denseness of my extremities was almost overwhelming, but I attempted to shift anyway, not caring how idiotic I look.

Nothing was working , though and I am rooted to whatever space was beneath me. There was no changing that, so slowly I open my eyes, and speak. "Jacob?" The word came out gratingly.

"Oh, Ari!" He nearly yelled, quickly making his way toward me and kneeling beside the bed I was placed on. "Are you all right?"

Tiredly I nodded my head yes, and he ran his fingers through my hair, moving it out of my face. Anxiety was clear in his eyes, and I lifted my heavy hand to his cheek in a comforting gesture, hating that I made him so distressed. He smiled beneath my palm, and stared into my silvery blue orbs, immediately softening under my gaze. I smile weakly in reply, but felt myself slipping under again.

"Jake," I sighed, somewhat afflicted in leaving him again. "I don't want to go. Its too dark..." My eyelids began to droop, and I willed them to stay open, not wanting to lose sight of him again.

"Its okay, Rabbit. Me and Freddy will be right here when you wake up, I promise." he whispered sadly, apparently not wanting me to go either.

Soon, sleep consumed me, and I was plunged back into the blackness, missing Jacob's chocolate brown eyes more than anything in that very moment.


The woman that was above me, with her hands around my throat was standing in the meadow where we first met, ferocity and anger were easily detected in her delicate and beautiful features. I didn't want to run, though I knew she was a threat, I wanted to stand my ground; to show her that she didn't scare me, to prove to myself that I was just as strong as everyone said I am.

She made no motion towards me, but she stared at me with such savagery that I couldn't help but be appalled at this woman's distaste for me. Never before had I met her, in my entire life, and she was so quick with animosity against me that my blood ran cold.

Sensing my wariness, she smirked malevolently, taking a step in my direction. I mimicked her movement, but step back, keeping the same amount of distance between us that had been there for the last few moments. Another step, and we are repeating the same advances, hers approaching me, and mine receding away from her terrifying figure. She incontestably thought of this as a dance. Whereas I found it to be a sick game of cat and mouse. There was nowhere for me to run, and I was intimidated beyond all belief.

She could feel the abhorrence radiating off of me, and enjoyed the taste of my alarm. She was a disgusting and twisted creature, anyone could tell that, and she was working the character to her advantage. Rage filled me up, and I took a step in her direction, feeling my chest puff out, and fists form at my sides. I didn't like being scared, I never have. Taking another step proceeding to the demon, I growl, hating that she made me feel so victimized, so exploited. As I got closer to the evil being, the earth around us grew dark, and she laughed maniacally just as the world goes black.

I woke with a start, reaching for anything I could get my hands on, and felt abnormally warm flesh beneath my finger tips. "Ari, honey, are you all right?" Jacob's familiar voice asked, concern pouring out of every word.

"Ju-just a nightmare, Jakers..." I stutter.

He moved to the bed, and pulled me into his arms, laying my head on his chest before he began stroking my hair, humming a lullaby his mother used to sing to us. A feeling of calm consumed me, and I breathed Jake in, admiring his usual and comforting woodsy scent.

Within seconds, I was falling back into a deep slumber, or abundance rather. I didn't fall asleep, but I relaxed to the point where my energy is being regained in a way that is completely unending to me. It became silent between Jacob and I, and I could feel his breath in my hair, looking up at him, I saw that he had fallen asleep.

Sweet dreams, Jacob I think to myself.


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