aside, she shuddered, hugging her coat tightly against her. The weatherwas worsening.Glancing towards the ocean, she watched as the waves crashedviolently against the shore. Past memories resurfaced in her mind.Determined to rid herself of the ugly thoughts, Bella found herself tossingpebbles, sending wave after wave of ripples through the water.Suppressing a shiver, Bella fought the memories, past emotions that shehad long since buried. A sense of calm swept through her as she centredher thoughts on Jacob.Human or not, he had quickly become her favourite person. She knewthat the damage caused by those whom she had once considered family,would never heal yet Jacob, her werewolf friend had slowly mended her.Even if at first it was purely friendship, Bella couldn’t deny her feelingspresently. She loved him, as much as her mangled heart could. It wasn’t just friendship or love but a mixture of both plus a brotherly/sisterlyconnection. In her mind, Jacob was the only reason she was still in onepiece.Even though she had calmed herself and had finally accepted the pain,Bella’s mind occasionally wandered to what had been, what could havebeen, if he had stayed, Edward. Abandoned in the forest he had left her todie. An emotional wreck, Bella had Sam and his pack to thank for beingalive. The weeks following had been difficult. Her mind still clungdesperately to the dreams of Edward. Hate coursed through her as sheinternally blamed the entire pack for the departure of her beloved Cullens.Still deluded with her hopes about the vampires returning, it wasn’t till anunwelcomed visit from a certain vampire, Laurent, that Bella finallyrealised what Edward truly was, a liar, a cold blooded, deceiving, heartlessliar. He had promised her dreams, hopes, love. Yet with Laurent corneringher in the forest, Bella found to her relief, Jacob becoming her saviour.Drawing back from her memories, she realised that it had started torain. Yanking her hood up, Bella froze as the distinct words echoed aroundher.“Who’s to save you now?” the voice menacingly chuckled. Shaking, sheslowly turned to meet her visitor.“Victoria” Bella answered, her voice small.“And I thought you’d forget... There’s no one to save you now. No Edward.No Jacob. Nobody. How does it feel knowing that you’re alone and youhave them to blame for your death...?” The red headed vampire almostsang her words, her eyes transforming to black.