If they weren't going to tell me what was going on, I'd find out myself.
I paused at the edge of the trees and phased back human. I yanked my clothes on, not caring if I had done them up wrong. I forced the door open as I trampled, noisily and purposely, into the vast house.
"Leeches?" I called. "Oi, Blondie!" No reply. "Alice? Carlisle?" Still no reply.
I was halfway up the stairs when the front door flying open stopped me. Edward was standing with anger spread thickly across his face.
"Jacob!" He shouted. I ignored him and continued to race up the stairs. Nothing had changed, except there was nobody here. The beds made, the rooms extremely tidy..
"Where are they?" I murmured, running back downstairs. He would hear me.
"Well, Jacob, I don't think that's any of your business." My eyes narrowed into slits.
"Yes, actually it is." I said bitterly. "For two reasons. One, because I am practically a part of your family now" I didn't pause for his reaction, "and two, because Nessie is getting upset about it. And as you may have noticed, that is within my concern."
He glared at me. Maybe I'd have to go innocent.
"Edward." I spoke clearly and loudly. "Please tell me why.. what's.. who.." I struggled to find the right words. He hesitated, then looked me in the eyes.
"Something very bad has happened, Jacob."
"Uh-huh; I kind of figured that far." He didn't speak. "Yes.. What is it?" I muttered impatiently.
"Mmhmm, I know that. Duh. It's going on in Afghanistan, it's on the news all the time and-"
"A war between our kind, Jacob."
"Your kind?" I slyly corrected him.
"Yes. And the Volturi have ordered that everybody must fight; there are too many against them to possibly win.
See, we are allowed to pick our side. It would seem fairly logical to side with the team against the Volturi, but Carlisle doesn't want it to be that way."
"So.. are there many newborns?"
I gawked at him.
"And we don't know what to do with Renesmee." He interrupted me.
"Well, I'll look after her."
"Not possible, Jacob."
"Why not?" I snarled. "I am perfectly capable of-"
"Not on your own. We are not only worried about Nessie's safety, but also yours."
"You mean it's happening here?" He nodded calmly.
"We're not sure. It's meant to be happening pretty far out, but Alice senses that they will move closer in. It's probable that it will happen in the clearing." That reminded me.
"Where's Blondie and the rest of them?"
"They're.. trying to negotiate with the Volturi. About how it's not possible."
"Well why don't me and Nessie just take off? I don't mind travelling half the world if it's to keep her safe." He shook his head, his eyes glassy; absent.
"They'll just follow your scent."
"But I thought you said they were newborns, surely they couldn't trace us halfway round the world, they'd need to be pretty experienced, wouldn't they..?"
"I didn't say there were only newborns."
"How many 'others'?"
"About fourteen, I think."
"Fourteen?!" I repeated, horrified. "Nessie." Was all I could say now.
"I know." He murmured.
"What do we do?!" I shouted, jumping up. I gripped the banister with extreme force and clenched my teeth.
"I don't know."
"Well at least try and think of something!" I shouted, anger pulsing through my hot veins.
"You don't think we are?!" He snarled. I ignored him and threw my head back, groaning. I suddenly felt fear.
"What about Leah and Seth?" I whispered.
"They go back to La Push."
"You know they won't do that."
"Well. You're the 'Alpha' aren't you? Make it an Alpha command."
"Aww, Edward, you know I don't like to-"
"It's for their own safety." He reminded me. I nodded.
"Now?" I complained.
"I think so. It would be... better.. to have them out of this area as soon as possible."
"Thanks, Edward." I patted his shoulder, then sprinted into the forest. I hoped they were still in their wolf form.