Jacob is extremely full of himself for master-minding Bella’s escape. They head down to the beach, and Jake is mildly excited about the prospect of the Cullens coming after Bella. Bella assures him this won’t happen – they’ll just be pissed at her later.
Bella jokingly asks about the latest “pack scandal,” but this seems to hit a nerve with Jacob. Bella prods a bit, and Jacob finally tells her that Quil imprinted. The pack is worried that maybe the whole imprinting business is more common than the legends say. Then Jake stares intently at Bella for a minute, clearly hoping he’ll imprint on her (subtlety is not your strong suit, SMeyer). But he only succeeds in making Bella feel more awkward than usual.
The two walk down the beach (hand-in-hand, naturally), and Bella is curious as to why Quil imprinting is so scandalous. Jacob is reluctant to explain, but eventually gets around to telling Bella that the reason it’s so weird is that Quil imprinted on Emily’s niece, Claire. And Claire is 2 years old. (Creeeeeepy.) Bella is sufficiently creeped out (good job for having the correct emotion for once, Bella), but Jacob tries to explain/justify this seemingly inappropriate occurrence; he’s upset that Bella is judging. (We’ve got news, Jake – we’re judging, too.) Jacob explains that imprinting isn’t like love at first sight; for now, there’s nothing romantic about Quil imprinting on a baby. Quil will simply become whatever Claire needs him to be – a big brother, a best friend, whatever. Eventually, he’ll become more, and they’ll live happily ever after. (… Still sounds creepy to us.)
Bella asks when Jacob will imprint, and he tells her never – he can’t “see” any girl but Bella. Bella feels slightly awkward about this, and offers to leave. But Jacob begs her not to, promises to stop being so sappy, and suggests they go ride their motorcycles. Which they do. Once the rain makes the roads too muddy to ride, they head back to Jacob’s garage for sandwiches and warm soda. Bella realizes she’s missed afternoons like this with Jacob in the garage, and they both get a little nostalgic. Jacob apologizes again for getting Bella in trouble over the motorcycles, and Bella forgives him.
And then Jake asks something that’s been bugging him for a while – was she serious about the whole Edward biting her thing? Bella tells him yes, and he admits he probably knew that the whole time. But he’s still not happy about it. He points out that it’ll be breaking the treaty, and will start “the war,” even if the Cullens take Bella far away to change her. Bella tries to convince him that it doesn’t have to be that way. She asks if he’ll ever forgive her, and he basically tells her no; she won’t really be Bella anymore once she has those liquid topaz eyes.
Bella asks if this is goodbye then. Jake is confused, until Bella explains that they don’t have years to stay friends – they have only weeks. Jacob is so upset that he almost explodes into a ball of fur. Bella explains that she can’t wait – doesn’t want to wait – much longer; she’s getting older EVERY DAY! She tells Jacob there’s no other option. Jacob tells her anything else would be an option, and says she’d be better off dead and that he wishes she were. Bella gets pissed, grabs her motorcycle, and storms off.
She (somehow) makes is safely back to the Cullens’, where Alice is waiting for her in the garage. Alice can tell she’s upset, but Bella doesn’t want to talk about it. Bella goes to bed early, but is awoken in the middle of the night because she realizes she’s simply too comfortable. Why? Because Eddie is there with her. (Yes, a cold, rock-hard body next to you is our idea of comfort, too.) Bella is expecting Edward to be furious, but he’s not. She kisses him, and he laughs – SHE’s supposed to be furious about the whole hostage situation. Oh, what a conundrum.
And then Eddie starts making out with Bella like he never has before. He pulls her leg around his hip, and asks her why she doesn’t like the bed. Bella’s gettin’ all turned on (though SMeyer would never write that), and starts breathing heavy. It’s funny. Edward then rolls over until he’s “hovering” over top of her. Bella is excited, and asks if this means that Eddie-kins has changed his mind about boning her. Of course he hasn’t. He just wanted to “illustrate the benefits of the bed.” What an ass. Haha. Bella gets all whiney and argues with Edward once again about super-happy-fun-time. Edward maintains that it’s too dangerous, and Bella tells him that one of these days she’s just going to EXPLODE from the pent-up sexual frustration. He tells her she should go back to sleep, but she doesn’t want to.
They both apologize to each other (Edward for the whole hostage thing, and Bella for running off again with Jake). Bella is confused when Ed doesn’t get upset about her trip to La Push. He claims he’s decided to just accept it; he’s going to be more tolerant of Jacob and trust Bella if she says it’s safe. (Wha?) Bella informs him that it may not be necessary – she doesn’t think she’ll be welcome at the Blacks’ anymore after Jacob’s “I’d rather you were dead” comment. Edward feels horrible about this, and, at the same time, has the urge to kill Jacob for saying it. Bella begs him not to, and changes the subject to the previous night’s conversation with Rosalie.
Bella wants to know about the other female vampires in Alaska that Rosalie mentioned, and show off her own jealous tendencies. It’s dumb, and Edward assures her that he was not interested in any of them; Bella is the only one for him (gag). Then Edward hums Bella her lullaby, and she falls back asleep.
Best Worst Lines
“’So what’s the latest pack scandal?’ I asked lightly.” (173)
“’It’s so hard to describe. It’s not like love at first sight, really. It’s more like… gravity moves. When you see her, suddenly it’s not the earth holding you here anymore. She does. And nothing matters more than her. And you would do anything for her, be anything for her… You become whatever she needs you to be, whether that’s a protector, or a lover, or a friend, or a brother.’” (176)
“But I was surprised to realize how many things I missed from my own personal dark ages.”
“I could almost taste the sweetness of reunion in the air, a separate fragrance from the perfume of his breath; the emptiness when we were apart left its own bitter aftertaste, something I didn’t consciously notice until it was removed.” (185)
“Despite his cold hands, I felt suddenly warm.” (Bella’s gettin’ turned ooonnnn.)
“Before I could answer, before I could even concentrate enough to make sense of his words, he rolled to the side, pulling me on top of him. He held my face in his hands, angling it up so that his mouth could reach my throat. My breathing was too loud — it was almost embarrassing, but I couldn’t care quite enough to be ashamed.”
“He held himself carefully so that I felt none of his weight, but I could feel the cool marble of his body press against mine.”
“’Sleep, my Bella. Dream happy dreams. You are the only one who has ever touched my heart. It will always be yours. Sleep, my only love.’” (195) (Who the hell talks like this? Ever?)
Things That Really Irk Us
The hand holding. Bella always mentions that allowing Jacob to hold her hand might be sending out the wrong vibes. But then she does it anyway! Ugh. This continues to be irksome.
The imprinting business is really, really creepy. We don’t care how SMeyer tries to justify it… it’s still not okay for a 16-year-old to be lusting (sexually or not) for a 2-year-old. *Shudder.*
The sexually-charged scene. … Okay, so the scene itself doesn’t really irk us – it’s actually downright hilarious. What irks us about it is that pre-teens and over-40 women probably got way too excited while reading it. Ick.
Bella pulling the jealous card and asking Ed about the perfect vampy women in Tanya’s coven. Doesn’t Edward affirm his love for (and control over) Bella often enough? Apparently not, because she’s still gotta go fishing for compliments and reassurance.
Is ANYTHING going to happen in this book? Seriously. We’re used to getting no plot from SMeyer, but this is just getting ridiculous.Go to Chapter 9.