hide Bella. Of course, that was because of our escort choice.“Jacob?” Bella called, walking out of the kitchen after she heard him greet us.Her face was confused.“Hey Bells.” Jacob shifted uncomfortably, knowing from the phone call what weneeded from him.Alice was focusing all she could on the blurry male in her vision when she gasped.“Alec,” she choked. “The fourth person is Alec,” she told no one in particular.Bella looked concerned and confused by Alice’s reaction.“What gift does Alec have again?”“It’s unimportant,” I interjected. Great, just we need..She scowled. “So what’s the plan?” she asked defiantly.“Bella..” I started. She was going to hate this. “We’re going to hide you.”“No!” she yelled. “I told you no hiding! I said that months ago.” And I neveragreed.Demetri can’t track you or Jacob, so he’ll escort you,” I continued.“I’m not going,” she said stubbornly. “Just change me! It’s inevitable anyway. Itwill just speed things up.”Carlisle shook his head and decided to step in.“Bella, none of us are in favor of an emergency transformation if it can beavoided. You decided to travel and attend years of college as a human and we haveevery intention of making that possible. It’s unanimous among us.”“Everyone?” she clarified, looking at Rosalie. Bella knew that Rose valuedhumanity, but she probably expected a snide comment about her endangering thefamily like always. Heck, I expected it. But she just nodded. Even her thoughtsweren’t offensive. Huh. Ice Bitch was melting.“Well I’m glad everyone’s vote matters but mine,” Bella mumbled. I sighed andcontinued my instructions.“We acquired a modest house a few months ago that no one knows about. Jasperbought it in cash with a false name in case we ever needed a hiding place nearby.Jacob will take you up to the guest room where you will stay until this is over.It’s the only room with a bed in it or seats at all, actually. We’ve only juststarted to decorate the house. But there is some food in the cabinets that Jacobcan get you when you arrive.” I glanced at Jacob for confirmation. He nodded. Ileft out the part about Jacob’s responsibilities after they arrived because thatreally would not help to calm her.After checking with me in her thoughts, Alice slipped behind Bella and gave Jacoba set of handcuffs. She also whispered instructions in his ear. I’m glad we hadthe cuffs laying around for some reason, even though it pained me to think of mylove restrained like a criminal. But Bella can be feisty when she is determined. Iknow that better than anyone.Bella was still shaking her head and refusing to go, completely missing theexchange.I was pleading for her to cooperate, but she was going regardless.“There’s no point to this! I can’t live without you!” she yelled.“I’m not dying today, Bella,” I said softly.“But if anything did happen to me..yes, you can,” I said evenly. “And you will,” Iadded firmly. “People care about you.” I nodded my head over her shoulder, towardJacob. “I care about you. I need you to exist, even if I’m not there to witnessit. Promise me.” She can’t ever harm herself. Not my angel.