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Chapter 37: Darkest Times
It was done.
They had Renesmee.
They had the imprintees.
The moon and sun should Eclipse any minute now.
Everything is perfect.
"Everything is perfect now, Master." The three girls said.
"Yes. With the help form the three of you, everything is perfect indeed."
"Soon the Queen will arise." Marishka smiled at the thought.
"She'd rule above all else again." Samirra continued.
"And everything in her way will be destroyed." Yuna ended.
Raven smiled at the cleverness of her little girls. Without them, none of this is possible. They were such great assets.
"Now, for the last thing that you three will have to do."
"We are aware, Father. We will not fail you."
And the plan was underway.
"That's it." Jared growled.
"I'm going after them." Quil said again.
"Quil, no. Stay here." Edward said firmly.
"Edward, they have everyone! Who knows what can happen now?" Sam said.
"He's right. I'm going after them." Paul made a motion to head out the door.
"You will do no such thing! It's too dangerous."
"Too dangerous? What about the imprintees? Your daughter? Aren't they in danger?" Paul yelled.
"They are! That's why this needs careful planning. If we barge in there like crazy there are millions of things that can happen."
"And when we stay here, they die!"
"Stop!" Carlisle said. "Stop right now! None of that will help us."
"Going out there will help." Jared insisted.
"How?" Rosalie hissed. "We don't even know where they are?"
"They can't be too far from Forks. They've been taking them one by one. They have to be close."
"And what do you do when you get there?" Edward taunted. "Kill him? It's not that easy."
"It doesn't mean that because you bloodsuckers can't kill him, we can't." Paul growled.
"And they kill you before you even knew what hit you!" Edward argued.
"STOP!" Esme yelled at the top of her voice. "You're all acting like children."
"Esme's right." Alice said. "Raven isn't doing anything stupid until it's Eclipse anyway." And all heads turned to her.
"What happens during the Eclipse?" Sam asked.
"It's the best time to perform the ritual." Carlisle said.
"What damn ritual? Doc, ever since we were in this mess no one really understood what's happening."
"We don't have time to explain." Carlisle began.
"And you won't let us go out there and kill him right now." Jacob said.
"Very well." And Carlisle began.
"Raven is a Hex, or more commonly known as Soul Taker. He has the features of a vampire, but he isn't one. The one that differs him are his diet, which is instead of blood is soul, his eyes, which are originally violet but changes occasionally, and his form under the sun. Unlike vampires, he doesn't shine but instead he burns. Although he has some sort of magic that enables him under it unlike others of his kind.
"He is the very first one created by the Queen. The Queen is powerful back then. She has control over the whole supernatural world. Until a Warlock, or a Witch, defeated her. The Warlock locked the Queen up in a container. A red stone. A ruby where she will be locked forever. But Raven found a way to break the case."
"How he found a way, I don't know." Carlisle answered. "But then to break the case itself, he would need perfect timing. An Eclipse. Lunar to be exact. Like later today. And then he would also need souls. According to a book I read, every century, Raven would need one special soul and he will choose whether he would feed on it or if he'll use it. And now he has chosen to use it."
"To revive the Queen of course."
"And Nessie's that soul." Edward said sternly.
"What about the imprintees? If Nessie is that special soul, what's their use?" Quil asked in fear of what might happen to his nine year-old Claire.
"I'm not quite sure. Like I said, the book was missing pages, and so does the info. Whatever it is, it has something to do with the revival as well."
"So we act now."
"Yes. Before it's too late. But not without a plan."
"Fine." They grumbled.
In a few precious minutes, the moon and sun would align performing a lunar eclipse.
They have waited all day long. Prepared all day long. Nothing will stop them now.
Nothing and no one.
Everything was ready and that made Raven so eager of the outcome. He could no longer wait. He stood in front of an asleep Renesmee who lay atop a flat rock. In a few minutes now.
He closed his eyes, remembering each moment.
Soon. Very soon.
And then the celestials aligned.
A smile formed across Raven's face as he felt the power brought to him by the alignment. His entire body was filled with power and nothing can stop him now.
He opened his eyes, previously ruby red and now an enigmatic color of violet. He stared at the girl resting ahead of him and he began.
Across the distance, only a blood-curdling scream was heard.
In the middle of the woods, the entire Cullen clan was running along-side the two Quileute wolf packs. They were sprinting fast, passing the trees that blur in their visions. Almost there and gone in a blink, everyone was speeding at the speed of light if possible.
The moment everything went dark, they knew they're running out of time. Above them, the earth shadowed the moon: the eclipse.
"Shit!" Quil thought, running faster. Extending his legs to their limit.
"Faster!" Edward bellowed.
Five more miles away, a few seconds since the Eclipse, Jacob suddenly fell to the ground and whimpered. He was screaming in his head and Edward couldn't take it along with the Black pack.
"What's wrong?" Esme asked as they stopped from their run.
No one knew. For a few more seconds, they watched him writhe on the ground in pain. Soon, Bella gasped.
"Renesmee." She said. "Jacob, get up now! We have to get there fast!" Bella screamed.
But he continued screaming.
"Come on, Jake!" But he wouldn't get up. Emmett came forth and swung him on his shoulders.
"Let's go." And they broke into a run again.
Ten miles away…
Seven, six, five…
Four miles away…
And then four more shifters dropped to the ground. Sam, Paul, Jared, and Quil were all screaming on their heads. Screaming in pain. The remaining wolves couldn't take it so they phased back human and looked at the Cullens in horror.
"What's happening?" Seth asked.
"The imprintees." And Edward looked ahead where they were going. "We have to get there now. Grab them." Jasper took Sam, Rosalie took Paul much to her dismay, Jared was held by Carlisle, and Edward took Quil.
The other wolves, in their human forms, took a run and caught up with the Cullens with only a few feet in gap.
They were now only three miles away and they can hear screams from where they are. Screams of pain and horror. Upon their shoulders, the wolves were whimpering and shaking. Edward was having a headache if it wasn't for Bella's help of mind shielding.
"You guys phase now. Bella will shield you." And they burst right there mid-stride into furry wolves.
And it was quiet.
When they entered the Clearing, nothing was out of the ordinary. The breeze was cool and the trees were swaying their leaves. The eclipse was visible from up above and no one was there. Slowly, they took a step and walked forward. The wolves had stopped quivering and they were breathing fine already. Jacob rolled away from Emmett's shoulder and stood on his own, taking baby steps. The same happened with the rest.
They observed. But there was nothing to observe. Everything was normal.
"You're too late."
All heads turned the direction of where the voice came from and Raven met them in his true form.
Standing not a hundred feet away, standing tall with pale complexion, shoulder length of hair, and violet eyes was Venra, the first Hex. He was wearing a smile on his lips and mischief in his eyes.
"You're too late, friends. I have done it." He was walking forward. "I have revived her Majesty."
"Where are they Raven?" Edward asked.
"Oh, don't worry about them. Soon they'll be gone." And he smiled evilly. "Like your daughter."
Everyone growled at that. Bella was charging forward in a flash and Edward held tight on her waist.
"If you ever hurt my daughter I swear!"
"You'll what? Kill me?" He challenged. "I'm already dead like you, Bella. It would be difficult to kill someone who doesn't live anymore."
"Where is she? Show her to me right now!" She insisted.
"What is all this commotion about?"
Suddenly they all stopped at the unknown voice that spoke among them. Raven was smiling even wider upon hearing it and he walked towards the center of the clearing where someone had appeared out of the mist.
"Forgive the commotion, my Queen. We have visitors." Raven knelt and spoke with respect.
The Queen looked up from Raven and scanned the faces of the Cullens and the wolves with her glowing red eyes.
She was just a teenage girl but then she radiates pure power. Her eyes, her red eyes were looking at their very soul literally, seeing through them. Her black dress reaches only her knees and she wears nothing for footwear. She wore a necklace that has a Ruby resting in the middle of her chest. A pendant. Her skin was alabaster and beautiful and her hair was a flowing mess of copper curls.
"Nessie?" Alice whispered as she realizes the similarities between the girl in front of them and her niece along with the others. The Queen's head snapped her way without any emotion on her face and she tilted her head in question.
"Who are they, Venra?" She inquired.
"Family and friends of your host, milady. As well as that of the others." He answered intelligently.
"You say?" and the Queen stood up much more graceful than anyone in existence. As if her moves were dances and as if she was carried by the wind. She made her way toward them and everyone else took a step back while Raven remained kneeled at his spot.
"That makes them our guests, doesn't it, Venra?" She said cheerfully.
"Yes, my Queen. Indeed."
"Very well, let them stay and see what happens."
The Cullens were astounded to find that whatever Raven's plans aren't done yet. What else could be in store?
"Come, come, my visitors." The Queen said in a singsong voice. "I'll enlighten you."
"My Queen, I don't think that will be a good idea." Raven warned.
"Hush, my darling. I know what I'm doing."
They followed the Queen walk across the Clearing but keeping a respectable distance. No matter how much they wanted to jump and kill her, something was stopping them. The Queen was radiating an aura of so much power. As if even if they worked all together, they couldn't take her. But then they couldn't take her down anyway. She was Renesmee.
Out of nowhere rocks suddenly rose from the ground and formed a circle. Chairs to be exact.
"Why don't you all take a seat and let's discuss this." She said as she sat down on one of the chairs. "They won't pull you down the ground, don't worry." And she smiled.
Carlisle took a seat and Edward followed. Soon everyone else was on a chair but the wolves sat on the ground on the open spaces left.
"I assume that you are Raven's creator, your Majesty?" Carlisle asked.
"Yes. How delightful of you to know!" The Queen said, acting cheerful as a child. "And I was surprised when Venra changed his name. That boy was never contented in one thing. Always wanting more." She continued.
"Now, you didn't come here for a chat, huh? All right I'll tell you." She shifted from her position. "I don't plan to destroy the world if that's what you're thinking. I only want to hold it all in my hands. To have control like before that wretched Warlock locked me up on a piece of worthless rock.
"Venra was clever enough to take me and keep me all these centuries. He tried to break me free but then it wouldn't work. And so I have to wait for the perfect opportunity. The perfect host to contain me."
Carlisle was very much interested in the information he was learning. It wasn't always that a piece of forgotten history was retold in this manner.
"What do you mean?" Jasper asked.
"Well my powers are just too strong for normal humans. I have to wait until my darling son finds an exquisite body for me." And she looked down at her body. "It's absolutely perfect for me. She's a very strong girl, isn't she?"
"Get out of her." Rosalie gritted her teeth.
"You know I can't do that, my dear."
"Where are the others?" Alice asked and the Queen looked at her.
"I assume you're talking about the other four souls that Raven gave me for a present?" And the wolves began shaking. "You must be their other-halves." The Queen said.
"And as for my host…" She looked around and stopped when her eyes landed on Jacob's. "You."
Deep inside, Jacob was raging a war between attacking and not. He was infuriated by the way they all just stand there and watch while the Queen exists and has a hold on the imprintees.
"I'll take very good care of her. I can't say the same for the others though."
The sky lit a color of red then, signaling the arrival of a total lunar eclipse. The Queen looked up and absorbed the rays of the red light as if it was sunlight. The others shielded their eyes from the flaming sight and stood up, backing away.
"The time has come."
The Queen stood up and a sudden gust of wind blew their way. It was so powerful that it almost knocked them down the ground. The leaves from the trees were flying everywhere.
Everywhere they look, it was red. The color of blood. The winds were whispering in their ears and echoing inside.
They could here voices screaming and calling their names and they jerked their heads the way it comes from. The Seekers were all holding the imprintees by their arms. Dragging them toward the clearing where Raven stood. Soon, they were by his side.
They weren't harmed… yet. And the wolves were thankful that they still are alive and well somehow. But that would change in a moment's notice.
Raven reached inside his pockets and pulled out necklaces that have the same pendant as the one around Nessie's neck. Only smaller. He wrapped it around the imprintees' necks and when they were locked in place, they suddenly grew quiet.
The wind began to blow lightly until it brought nothing but a gentle breeze that tingles in the skin. Renesmee stood there quietly with her eyes closed, feeling the wind touch her. Then she opens her eyes, previously red now the empty color of black.
"Almost there." A voice came out from her open lips but it was colder.
The Seekers who were standing by Raven holding the imprintees began walking towards the Cullens and the wolves. A few feet from them and they suddenly fell into the world of torturous imaginations.
Leah was suddenly seeing Sam as he told her about the imprint on Emily. How he broke up with her to be with her cousin. She was shaking the thought but then it never went out of her head.
"I don't like you anymore, Lee-lee." Sam whispered in her mind. "I have chosen Emily over you." And that was that she saw and heard.
The real Sam on the other hand was seeing himself attacking Emily over and over again. Seeing the scar on her face, he attacks her again.
Edward was seeing the past of him giving birth to Renesmee. But here, Bella didn't survive. She died and it was his fault. He was so much enjoying the taste of her blood that instead of injecting the venom, he simply bit her and drank.
Esme was remembering her past with the child she lost. She would see a child blaming her for not taking care of him. Blaming his mother for losing him. She would cry if she could.
Rosalie was seeing her life before. Repeating and repeating over and over again like someone was clicking the replay button. Royce King was there, taking advantage of her without a care. But then on some occasions, she'd see herself with a child. Her very own child and then it would vanish and Emmett would appear. "You will never be a mother, Rose. Never."
And she screamed in pain.
Marishka, the Seeker of the past, very much enjoyed seeing her victim's past life and using them to haunt them. How fragile.
Yuna, the Seeker of the future, on the other hand was playing with Alice. She would make her see visions off Jasper dying in her hands. She would play with her ability to see the future and mess up everything.
Bella was given a hard time. She would see either Nessie's death, her parents dying because of her uncontrollable thirst, or losing Edward. This time, he didn't come back. The Volturi had killed her and she was too late in saving him. She didn't make it in time.
Quil was simply seeing Claire struggle. And he wasn't doing anything. He was standing there. Watching her call for help. He wanted to walk toward her, but his body wouldn't move. He couldn't take a step forward or even call out her name.
To Carlisle, he knows it was just a vision. Nothing but that. Yet to see innocent humans get killed because of him, he couldn't take it. He was a blood-thirsty newborn on a killing spree and he would kill not for food, but for fun. Instead of saving them, he had killed them.
The Seeker of the present, Samirra, was just sadistic enough to toy with the rest: Jasper, Emmett, Jared, Paul, Seth, Collin, and Brady. She wasn't giving them visions unlike the other. In fact, her victim could see their family and friends shake with horror and cry out absent-mindedly. They could see how the imprintees were all walking slowly toward the Queen in a dazed form and they could see how Raven approaches.
But then they were immobilized by excruciating pain all over their body. It wasn't imaginary either. They could see blood flow from the wounds inflicted on the Quileute wolves as slashes were brought to their body by imaginary blades. Emmett and Jasper could feel the fire eating them alive. They feel the heat. They were all writhing in pain on the ground, waiting for death to come and take them for good.
Jacob was watching in horror. Everyone was in pain, crying, or calling out loud names of their loved ones. Bella was calling for Edward, sometimes Nessie and he wondered what she was seeing. Leah was growling in anger in her wolf form, baring her teeth at no one in particular. Alice was sitting down on the ground, curled in a ball like an armadillo.
And there he stood unharmed.
Have they not noticed him?
"Jacob Black." He heard someone call his name. "We finally see each other again. I see you have survived our fight."
And he bared his teeth as he face Raven.
"No need to be so angry. It will all be over soon, anyway." And with that, Raven made a quick move of grabbing Jake and throwing him across the clearing, more than a hundred feet away.
He stood up and shook his head in shock at the speed Raven managed. He made a run toward his enemy and collided with him, producing a loud sound that beats thunder and lightning.
"You put up quite a fight, Jacob Black." Raven said as he takes another grab on his legs. "But you're not strong enough to defeat me." And he broke his right leg.
The Queen was watching, standing there and watching as the imprintees come closer to her. They would need their souls, yes. Their souls play a vital role here for the process of her freedom to be complete. Once she has taken them, nothing can stop her anymore. They are perfect for her, for her host. Their souls are on the same level as Renesmee's. Their souls take a special part in the supernatural world as the other half of beautiful creatures. Yes, the moment she has all five souls, she will be invincible.
Seeing my family in pain and being tortured, it was something I never wished to see, the very thing on top of my things-I-never-want-to-do list. What's worst? I was the reason behind it. Their love for me, someone, something accidental, was the reason they feel this pain. And I couldn't do anything for them. There was nothing I could do. Instead, I was standing here, watching, shrieking, and crying deep inside as I was locked up, half unconscious of what was really happening around me and in my own body.
I was always told never to give up though…and so I would try fight. I lived with vampires and wolves that always taught me to be strong, especially in trying times like this. I wouldn't let something like this break our ties or our family.
I will think of something. I have to. No matter how stupid it might be or no matter what might happen to me. If it means giving up my life for them, why not do it? As my Momma once said, 'if you loved the one who was killing you and your life was all that you had to give, how could you not give it, if it was someone you truly love?'
We always say 'I would kill for my family' or 'I would die for my family' but would we really? I mean, when really put in that situation, would we really give up your life? Do we really love something or someone that much?
And my answer is a resounding yes.
They were all broken. Broken and there is not an ounce of energy or hope left for them. They were fighting a losing battle. It was all over.
Jacob was doing all his best as he snap his teeth at Raven, push him, and throw him away in order to injure him or buy himself some time. But then it wasn't enough. He was a great deal stronger and he knows much more than him. He had fought hundreds of battle throughout his years of existence, whereas Jacob only lived for not more than thirty years.
But he would fight. He will do his best until the very end. Jacob will keep on trying until he dies. He won't fail anyone. Not himself, not Renesmee.
Until his heart stop beating.
Then Raven got a hold of him and he was down on his knees.
"I remember telling you something before, Jacob. Something that has been proven true." And Raven leaned closer to Jacob. He tilted his head in a way where he can see Renesmee holding Claire while the others, Emily, Rachel, and Kim, were unconscious on the floor beneath her. Then Raven whispered in his ear.
"There is nothing that you have, that I can't take away, Jacob Black."
Renesmee, the real Renesmee, was losing grip on her own body. She couldn't control herself, she can't stop herself. And she was killing her friends.
"Stop, stop, stop…" She chanted herself like a mantra.
But nothing was working. She was almost done with Claire like she was done with the others. After this, she will be gone. She would completely lose control and she would be gone.
She was aware of her family being played at by the Seekers. Her family and friends were all experiencing pain and seeing visions, past, present, and future. They were blinded. She couldn't see Jacob though, where was he?
Renesmee searched around with her droopy eyes and it landed on Raven holding a russet colored wolf on the ground.
"Jake!" She called but nothing. "Jacob!"
And her hands dropped Claire to the ground; unconscious with the others she had drained beforehand. She could feel herself burning inside. The pain of the non-existent flames burn through her, extinguishing her soul and killing her. She screamed. She screamed in her head and no one could hear. She wasn't master of her body anymore. Someone else had taken over.
And Renesmee knew she's die.
She thought of her parents, Edward and Bella, and the smiles they always carry for her. Her times with her father in front of the piano. Her mother's worry over her every time Jake brings her home a minute late from her curfew. She thought of her aunts who always give her everything: dresses, shoes, jewelries, accessories. Her uncles who always fought over her choice of favorite uncle. How they would play with her sometimes. How Emmett would whine when she beats him. How Jasper helps her with her moods. How they bring her hunting in the woods if her parents and Jake isn't around.
Renesmee thought of her grandmother, Esme, who was such a loving mother to everyone. So loving, so gentle, so motherly. How she'd wake every morning with breakfast made already. How tender she is. And her grandfather, Carlisle, who taught her new things if her father isn't there.
Her friends in La Push, who she considered as extended family. Emily and Sam, the pack, Seth, Claire, Rachel, Billy…
She shut her eyes tighter at the thought.
"He promised." She thought. "He promised he'd save me. He promised. He promised."
And she held onto that until now. Until the very last moment. Until her eyes closed and she drifted into unconsciousness.
Jacob saw the light leave Nessie's eyes. He saw nothing but darkness now. Realization hits.
There's no use fighting now. He would die, too. He can't live in a world without her. It's impossible. He'd let Raven kill him. He won't fight. He'll let go.
And Raven felt him grew slack in his hold. From being tensed and eager to get away, he suddenly grew relax in surrender. He was letting go. He wants to die.
And he thinks it's that easy.
Raven smiled and let go of him. Jacob dropped to the ground, not doing anything and closed his eyes. He was waiting. Waiting for a blow, darkness, or anything that will kill him. He waited for the venom, for the set of teeth to sink in his skin, but nothing came.
He kept waiting.
Raven stepped away from him and walked over to his Queen. He wore a smile of contentment and happiness at the outcome of everything. All things came out according to plan. Everything was perfect. And now the Queen's revival is complete.
"Milady," He called and the Queen faced him. "What shall I do with the others?" And he gestured toward the others, the Cullens and the wolves that were still at the mercy of the Seekers.
"Tell the girls to end their miseries." The Queen said in a cold voice. "As for that dog you were playing with." She looked at Jacob who lay immobile on the ground. "End him."
"Yes, Milady. And what are you to do, if may ask?"
"I think it's time to summon some friends, don't you think. Do what I ask you to and leave me for a moment."
"Yes, my Queen." And Raven walked away, heading towards the Seekers.
"Looks like milady wanted all of you gone." Yuna said, seeing the future of Raven's approach and order. "Too bad. You're pretty fun to play with."
"Yes, I wish we can keep them." Marishka said.
"But then, orders are orders." Samirra said and intensified the pain she was inflicting on her victims. Jasper, Emmett, Jared, Paul, Seth, Collin, and Brady all screamed and whimpered loudly, twitching on the ground.
"End them now." Raven said and he continued walking toward Jacob's direction.
"How shall I kill you?" Raven said, looking at him.
The Queen was standing in the middle of the clearing, muttering words and then the wind blew again. Harder and harder the more words the Queen says. Everything was blowing again, flying everywhere. The skies grew so dark now, and the clouds were circling. Her summon was working, soon, more hexes, wanderers, werewolves, the real kind, and warlocks will come and join her.
In the distance, the Seekers were giving their best. Giving everything in their power to do as they were commanded. There was no way out. None.
Until Jasper absent-mindedly used his power.
He had released an aura of confusion throughout and it affected the Seekers. They might be shield penetrators but then they aren't shields. Jasper's power were caught in them and they somehow grew confuse. It affected them and it gave Edward enough time to actually stand and attack Marishka.
The Seeker of the past gave a shriek and her sisters looked at her way, astounded by her voice. They lose concentrations and released everyone from their powers. It took only a moment for them to realize so and it was too late. Emmett and Jasper stood and tackled Samirra to the ground while Yuna was attacked by Bella herself.
The wolves shook their head and stood up, the others under Samirra's hold took longer since they have wounds all over their body, but then when they managed to stand on their own feet, they attacked as well.
Jasper sent a wave of calmness toward the Seekers, then depression, and tiredness. He was playing with their emotions to keep them from attacking again.
Samirra was flashing her powers, and Jasper and Emmett were sent flying by the shock it gave them. But Paul pushed the Seeker back down again and bit down hard on her neck. Samirra gave a cry out before crumbling down to ashes.
The look on everyone's faces was that of shock. They had no idea what happened. Yuna and Marishka looked horrified at the fate of their sister. Anger then flashed across their features and in less than a blink, they had attacked.
The two Seekers left made a flash of their abilities. In an instant, everyone was seeing this and that, horrible images from their past and things yet to happen. They had suffered this before so they had anticipated it. But then these were a lot stronger and they seem more real. The anger of the two girls echoed in the visions. Their minds were filled with death, anger, hatred, and misery.
But then they knew what could kill them now. Samirra had died in the hands of Paul, with a single bite. If only one of the wolves could go near, they can be killed. Yet, it's hard. Hatred and anger over the death of Samirra had brought the Seekers to the full use of their power and it was harder to ignore. Yuna was devastated as much as Marishka and they were giving the Cullens and the wolves all the pain and sorrow they can to avenge Samirra. The difference was the way their powers work. Yuna, being the Seeker of the future, has limitations. She can't see everything too much or else it will weaken her. The farther she tries to look into the future, the weaker she becomes and the more she loses her concentration. Marishka was that of the past, it has already happened and all she have to do was keep looking and flash them to their minds.
And Yuna had done something wrong.
She had seen in Alice's mind what was to happen: that everyone would die in their hands, and Yuna, wanting that to happen so bad, had pushed her powers to the limit. She had attempted to make it come true. Their death would mean revenge for her sister. She had used her power to bring the vision to life. And it was too much. There were too many involved for it to happen.
Suddenly, her ability loosened its hold on the minds of the Cullens and the wolves. They felt a part of their vision disappear slowly and they had taken that opportunity.
Now Raven was aware of Samirra's death. But he could care less. His Seekers have done they're purpose already, and the Queen lives. He had no more use of them.
So he continued with Jacob who was now in human form, changed sometime while Raven was killing him.
"Isn't it funny, Jacob?" He asked as he gave Jake another throw towards the trees. "Seems only yesterday you were with your precious Nessie and running around here?"
Then Raven came again and broke his leg. Jacob cried out in pain. "But now everything is falling apart."
Raven was supposed to give him another one when a silhouette came into his peripheral. He turned to look to see the Queen had approached them.
Jacob was almost unconscious. He was barely holding on. He knew Raven stopped and he knew he turned to look at the figure standing tall in front of him.
"Nessie…" Jacob whispered.
Renesmee's face cracked a smile in a flash. There she was, standing six feet away from him. She was even more beautiful now than he had ever seen…but there was something not right in her, he thought.
Slowly, she made her way closer and closer.
"My Jacob." Her bell-like voice called out to him and upon hearing it, Jacob breathed a sigh of relief and a gasp at the same time.
Then she was face to face with him and he had the chance to stare at her intently: her red lips, her alabaster skin, her long, copper curls, and her full eyes.
Her eyes which weren't the color Jacob last saw. It was different now. They weren't the chocolate-brown shade she inherited from Bella. It was black. The color of never ending darkness.
"My Jacob…" She repeated before touching him with her ice-cold fingers. Then Renesmee had grabbed a hold of Jacob around his neck. She was strangling him.
Jacob closed my eyes as he felt The Queen's breath tickle along the side of his neck. And he knew what she was doing. She was going for it.
When her fangs sank on his skin, Jacob could feel the liquid running out of his body. Yet nothing hurt. He didn't feel a thing. Not the pain of the punctures or the bite itself. He was numb.
Almost half a minute had passed when Renesmee began and she was disturbed from her deed by someone calling for her.
"My Queen," came Raven's voice. "You know better than to benefit from a mere dog."
"I know. I was just curious, my dear." In one fluid movement, she was away from him and by the side of the monster that began all of this.
"Nessie…" Jake called again, in a weaker voice this time. And he only saw her smiling as she stand there by his side.
"I must tell you for the last time, Jacob Black," The monster said. "There is nothing that you have that I can't take away."
And Raven went forth to hold his neck, this time in attempt to snap it, bringing Jacob to eternal sleep.
"Jacob Black?" She whispered.
No one had heard her of course but as if a small miracle had fallen, deep inside, Renesmee had heard the name. And she was waking herself up at the memory of it.
"Jacob Black, why does it sound so familiar?" The Queen muttered to herself absent-mindedly.
By that time, Raven was already gripping Jacob's neck so hard. He was seconds away from snapping his spine, but not before some last words of course.
"Take one last look, dog." Raven tilted his head to give him a clear view of Renesmee. "It's the last time you'll see her."
"Jacob…" Renesmee was still muttering in a soft voice.
"Jacob…" Came out louder this time and Raven heard. He stilled upon hearing the Queen's voice and the doubt that envelope it.
"Jake?" She whispered again. Then her eyes, her eyes that were fading from total darkness to a darker shade of brown, grew wide.
"JAKE!" Everyone else in the clearing heard the scream.
The Seekers were dead only a few seconds ago before that blood-curdling scream echoed in the woods. They had somehow managed to take Marishka down after Yuna made her mistakes. Edward had given Alice that vision. He had made the fake decision to let go and surrender, therefore making his sister see them all give up and die. Yuna took the bait. Edward knew about her hatred for them for killing their sister. And it killed her.
Marishka was harder to control though. Her topaz eyes would glow even brighter the moment she saw her second sister crumble to dust and scatter with the wind. She had given them her all.
She was quite tricky to distract to.
It was only a few moments ago when they had the opportunity to take her down. Now there she lies on the ground; a pile of ash like the rest of her kind. They were on their way to where Raven was with the Queen when they heard Jacob's name being called.
There in the middle of the field, they saw Jake wrapped in Raven's hands that were around his neck, and Nessie standing behind Raven, attacking.
They were heading over there to help. But no, they were held off. Wherever these creatures came from, it was unknown to them. They had no idea. But then they were attacked.
Suddenly, there was an all out war in the clearing.
Raven didn't anticipate the sudden attack and it made him fall down hard to the ground with another body holding a vice grip on him from behind.
"Stay away from him!" The girl shrieked before breaking his arm. He yelled in pain.
Raven pushed Renesmee away and she flew about fifty feet away and landed on the ground. She gave a gasp as the landing took her breath away. Then she stood up once again. Raven was looking her in the eye with hatred.
"When I finally thought you were under the spell, I was mistaken. I underestimated you, Cullen."
"Maybe if you hadn't mentioned the name of the man I love, you might have won." And she charged again.
Thunderous sound was produced at the collision of the two of them. They were too quick. Renesmee had the power of the Queen still inside her body and it helped her. Raven was strong but as the creator, the Queen was stronger.
For the first time, Raven seems to be getting tired and was worrying. This wasn't in his plans. None of them indicate Renesmee fighting him while the power of the Queen remains in her body. One wrong move from him and one wrong control of the power and he was a goner.
He had no idea this could happen.
And what he feared most has been done. Renesmee had used up certain magic from the Queen that took Raven down, very much injured. Nessie was shock at first but she regained her composure. Without hesitation she attacked Raven again and sent him flying across one more time.
"Think of what the power you'll have when you submit to the Queen." Raven said, desperation coloring his voice.
"I can't believe you're using that card, Raven. For someone very systematic, I never thought you'd come to that." And she grabbed him and broke one of his ribs.
Raven was almost out of consciousness, his eyes felt droopy and his lids were closing.
How did it ever come to this? Everything was perfect. He thought.
But he underestimated something; and it wasn't just Renesmee herself. Raven had underestimated the power of a bond between two souls: the imprint. He never thought it could be that powerful.
"You shouldn't play with souls, Raven." Said Nessie's voice, "Not imprinted ones anyway." Then she summoned a power deep within her. The power only the Queen possesses.
"I told you so." She reminded him before proving that whoever created something also has the power to destroy it at anytime.
Then it was all over.
The Wanderers were pretty hard to fight. They were quick and they dodge attacks pretty fast. So Edward and Leah were most likely the only ones who can match them. Sometimes Alice was helping, too. The other Hexes were taken care of by Paul, Collin, Seth and Sam. The werewolves, the real ones, were faced with Jared, Embry, Quil, and Brady since they can't let any vampires come near them. It was just dangerous. That left the Cullens to take care of more than 10 Warlocks.
Everyone was keeping their focuses because these aren't creatures they usually fight with everyday. They don't know their capabilities and so far the odds are in their favor. Only a few were remaining and in the next minute, none of the enemies were standing.
Looking left and right, they checked their family and friends if anyone was injured or not. Seth had a broken leg and so does Jared. Other than that they were all fine.
They looked at where they last saw Raven, Jacob, and Renesmee. Sam, Jared, Paul, and Quil however looked for their imprintees frantically. Scanning the area, they found the people they were looking for in one place and they breathed a sigh of relief upon seeing that they were all still alive.
But something was still wrong and it was déjà vu to them.
Jacob was standing now, although they knew he was still in pain due to the injuries he got from Raven. He was standing there in the field not a hundred feet away from them with Emily, Rachel, Kim, and Claire. Somehow, they were awake again, but weak. They were taking their steps backwards, away from the approaching figure of Renesmee.
Renesmee had fought for her body, and the Queen was doing the same. Someone was whispering in her thoughts, saying that she should submit and go to eternal sleep. That Nessie should give up her body. That if she did so, the Queen will take over and they will rule together, especially now that Raven was out of the picture. The Queen tempted her with invincibility.
And they were having an inner battle.
Nessie wouldn't give up. She doesn't want to give up. She had placed too many people she loves in danger and she can't let that happen. Heck, Jake almost died, too. She can't let that happen.
But the Queen was still stronger than her. She was gaining the upper hand and she was more than half in control of her body. And the Queen was making her advance toward her friends. To kill them. Nessie was willing herself to stop, but whatever helped her snap out of this earlier was gone now. She was feeling sleepy again. She was losing again.
"That's it." Said the voice in her head. "Fall asleep, Renesmee. Everything will be so much better."
And she was already closing her eyes at the command. She will sleep now. She'll let her take over for a while, maybe?
"Nessie!" Bella called in the distance. She made a run for her daughter and Edward followed while the wolves headed for Jake and the imprintees. Five feet away though, they were suddenly shocked and thrown away by an invisible wall. They all fell down on the ground and stood up to walk over again. But the wall remained and they couldn't get through.
"That's it, my sweet girl. Let go." The Queen said. "Let go."
"Nessie…" Jake called while catching his breath. He was looking directly at her eyes, empty and not in the present. She was staring off into space. "Nessie, snap out of it. Come on."
"Kill them, Renesmee. Kill them all."
"Nessie, wake up. We're here. Wake up, please."
"Kill them now, my child. Soon we will be invincible." The Queen whispered in her head. "Drink their blood."
And Renesmee's eyes suddenly focused on Jake's. They looked at each other for what felt like forever, reading each other's emotions.
"Nessie," Jacob called again. "Please."
"Say goodbye." Renesmee's cold voice that doesn't belong to her had returned. And they knew that she wasn't her anymore. The imprintees behind Jacob were all shaking and Claire was crying already. Quil was panicking outside the invisible wall, wanting to get to her then and there.
From behind her dress, Nessie pulled out a small dagger and held it out dangerously.
"Nessie, don't involve the girls in this." Jacob said remembering something about a scene like this at the back of his mind. "Let them go. Their your friends aren't they? Don't hurt them now, Nessie." But she continued advancing.
"Nessie please. You have to wake up again." And she was there right in front of him.
"Move." She ordered. "Move away."
And she grabbed him by the arm and threw him to the side, leaving the imprintees vulnerable and within view.
"I swear if she kills Rachel I will kill her." Paul growled, now in human form with everyone else.
"Paul, it's not Nessie." Seth defended.
"It doesn't matter. Her hands are the ones that holds that dagger." And he tried the wall again.
"Kim!" Jared called and Kim looked his way hearing his voice calling for her. "Kim,"
"Help us!" She mouthed.
"Damn it!" Sam cried pounding on the wall.
Renesmee raised her hand, the one holding the dagger, and was going to strike it on Emily as she stood between Nessie and the rest of them.
"Nessie please wake up." She begged before letting a tear fall down her left cheek.
Then Jake tackled Renesmee to the ground and held her hands away. The dagger had slipped from her hold and she cried in annoyance. She struggled to free herself but Jacob was much larger than Renesmee's frail body.
"Nessie snap out of it!" He yelled. "Fight her, Nessie! You're stronger than that!" But she just shrieked and flipped them over.
Now it was her who has a hold on him and she was angry. Without any further ado, she lowered her head and sank her teeth on Jacob's neck and drank his blood for the second time today.
And this time, he felt it. He felt the pain, he felt the blood draining from his veins and flowing in Nessie's mouth.
Renesmee grabbed a tighter hold on him as she sank her teeth as deep as she could. She can't stop. The blood was so sweet. It tasted so good. Too hard to resist.
"That's right. Kill him. Drain him dry." The Queen told her. "Kill him."
No, She thought. No, stop it.
"Nessie," Jake said again and he placed a hold at the small of her back and one arm at the back of her head. He was hugging her. He was dying and he was hugging her. Since she was still drinking his blood, Renesmee's face was against his neck and her ear was by his lips.
"I'm so sorry." He whispered. "I'm very sorry. Love you." And then he gave her a kiss on her left cheek.
And Nessie stopped.
She stopped drinking and froze on the spot. Her eyes were wide as if electricity suddenly shocked her.
"No! Renesmee, kill him. End his sufferings and kill him!" The Queen said frantically inside her head.
Nessie sat up and the blood was dripping down from her lips and down her chin. She looked at Jake, horrified and at the brink of tears. The wound on his neck was almost close but there was still blood, indicating what she had done.
Cold arms suddenly wrapped around her and carried her away. Far away from the scent of her best friend's blood. She didn't bother to look up at whoever took her away. She was crying.
"Jake?" Bella called. "Jake, are you okay? Where does it hurt?"
The wall had disappeared along with the trance Renesmee was in. The moment she broke from the Queen's influence, the wall had crumbled and the wolves and the Cullens were able to pass. Seth had tackled it at first, not knowing that it was gone. He fell down the ground with a loud thud not expecting the sudden impact.
Everyone else then tried crossing and were permitted with no more hindrance. The Cullens and the wolves made their way to Nessie and Jake while Sam, Paul, Jared, Quil, Brady, and Collin all went to the imprintees who were seated on the ground where Renesmee had left them.
He was taking a deep intake of breath before he answered.
"I'm fine. Where is she?" He sat up and looked around.
There he saw her about fifty feet away and was being held by Jasper and Emmett while Edward stood beside her. She was crying. Tears were flowing visibly down her cheeks. Jacob stood up, swaying side-by-side and limping as he walked toward the reason for his existence. He was not a few yards away when Renesmee suddenly gave a blood-curdling scream and her father and uncles were forced away from her side. She continued screaming as she fell down the ground writhing in pain.
"Stop it! Stop it you fool! You will kill both of us!" The Queen said.
"I don't care anymore!" She answered loudly which shocked everyone else around her.
At that moment, Renesmee had been using the Queen's own powers to destroy it. And so far, it was effective. The Queen had been yelling at her for being a fool, for trying to use her own powers against her. She was. And it was working.
"If you continue this, you'll die. Don't you understand that?"
But then she had accepted that already. Plus, she could no longer control the power she took. In an instant, it raged all over her body, consumed every piece of her, every fiber of her being, down to her very soul. Even the Queen.
The Queen was screaming inside her. And she was screaming loudly. Her body was burning. Flames are crawling inside her skin and it was burning her very soul. She couldn't take it anymore. She was feeling so much pain. She wanted to give up now. For everything to end.
"Nessie? Renesmee!" Jacob was calling to her. Edward and Bella were there, too, along with everyone else. They were watching helplessly as they watch Renesmee scream and writhe in pain on the ground. She was shaking and sweating. She was growing tired.
"Renesmee? Sweetheart open your eyes, we're here." Bella called. If she could cry, tears will flow. "Jasper, do something!"
"I can't, Bella!" He yelled as he concentrated so hard in ignoring the pain his niece was releasing. It was radiating toward him, but he was trying so hard to deflect it. To send waves of calmness and relaxation instead. But it was too hard. The feelings were too intense.
"She's giving all she have." Edward said, listening to his daughter's thoughts. "She's fighting."
"Come on, Renesmee. Fight it. You can do it, baby. You're strong." Bella cried.
"No." Edward said. "She'll die." And his eyes swept to her daughter's vibrating body. "Nessie, stop. Stop!"
"She's using everything. She's not going to only kill the Queen, but herself." Edward answered as he shook his daughter.
"Nessie, stop. It's okay."
Renesmee could hear their voices. She knows who they belong to and she knows her family was here. All of them were here. She was glad. They were asking her to stop, but she can't. It was out of control.
"Nessie," Jacob began. "Listen to me, it's okay now. You can stop. She's gone. She's not coming back anymore."
And she knows the Queen was gone. She felt something inside of her grow empty, hollow, as if a space had been placed there and that was where the Queen was previously. She felt her powers drain away slowly, but not before killing her first.
"Stop it, make it stop. Please!" She screamed at the top of her lungs.
"Edward, do something!" Bella cried.
"Carlisle!" Edward called. Carlisle was making his way to them and just before he grabs a hold of Nessie's writhing body; she stopped.
"Wh-what happened?" Jake asked.
"I don't know."
Everything was quiet. She grew very still. Her heart was still beating and she was still breathing.
Let me know what you think of the longest chapter I had typed in my FFn history. I worked hard on it just for you guys! It took a lot of editing and copy/paste, too. Whew! Your long reviews are the very thing that will surely make me feel appreciated. At least reach this story to 80 reviews, pretty please with Jake and Nessie on top?
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QUESTION: For the next story I'm thinking of, would you prefer Nessie to be the girl who has more role but won't be with Jake in the end, or the girl with very little role but will end up with Jake? The other girl would be Bella. =)
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