22. Hide and Seek

Chapter Synopsis

Bella joins Alice and Jasper in the main room of their hotel, and is worried that they will be able to sense something is wrong; that Bella is plotting to get away. Lucky for her, Alice is having another vision and it’s got Jasper’s attention. When Jasper asks Alice what she sees, she simply responds, “Bella,” but does not divulge any further. Bella is impatiently waiting to get to the airport so she can make her great escape.

On the way to the airport, Bella asks Alice about her visions and how accurate they are. Alice explains that it’s up to people and their decisions, and that the visions and their outcomes can change.

Once they arrive at the airport, Bella realizes that the terminal where they are picking up Edward, Carlizzle and Emmett is the largest in the airport.  Despite Bella never mentioning travelling much before, she seems to know the Phoenix airport in-and-out before getting inside.  So much so, that she knows exactly where the perfect get-away door is on the third level. How convenient.

The trio are sitting and waiting for the plane, and Bella is getting fidgety. When it is announced that Edward’s plane will be arriving ten minutes early, Bella sees that this is her only chance to get away.  She decides she needs breakfast, but asks Jasper to come with her instead of Alice. Her reasoning behind Jasper: she needed to use the little girl’s room and knew Jasper wouldn’t follow her. Also, there are two exits to this bathroom. 

Bella runs, and runs, and runs and runs some more until she is outside. The only transportation available is a shuttle to the Hyatt, which she takes until she can grab a cab. She spends the cab ride thinking about Edward and his sparkly skin. Before she knows it, she’s at her mom’s house and goes inside to find the phone number.

She gives James a ring. James is impressed with her ability to get there so quickly, and tells her to go to the ballet studio. Bella, obviously not thinking this one through or realizing what Alice’s vision meant, runs to the ballet studio. She takes a tumble at least once, being that awkwardly annoying self-proclaimed klutz that she is, but makes it there relatively unscathed nonetheless.

Inside the studio, she hears her mother’s voice again and runs into the long room. However, it is too late before Bella realizes James is a tricksy hobbit, and that the sounds of her mother is an old video recording. Bella turns to see James, yet doesn’t seem the slightest bit miffed about the situation. A little friendly banter is shared between the luxury car salesman and the dumb klutz. Bella even takes time to note that James is wearing a pale blue long sleeve shirt and faded blue jeans. (Clearly vital information.)

James wants to know if Eddie is going to come avenge Bella, and she shares that she told him not to in her letter. James continues to explain (lengthily) how he found her and got her to the studio. James was unsure of where Bella was until Edward boarded a plane to Phoenix. Bella, with her sweet sixth sense, thinks James is done gloating.

James, the sick and sadistic (luxury) car salesman that he is, wants to video tape the following episodes. He decides to share with Bella the one and only time a prey escaped him: He was after a human girl in a mental institution, who was the love interest of another vampire. The other vampire turned the girl in order to save her from James. This crazy girl turns out to be Alice (this could explain the excessive dancing and prancing about). 

James gets really close to Bella, touching her hair and her face, and leaving her frozen to the spot. He starts to circle her. And Bella notes how friendly his face remains. Hmm. He begins to crouch and pounce, and Bella’s flight instincts finally snap on. He comes after her, sending her crashing into the mirrors and then breaks her leg — never letting the camera miss a moment. He tells her to beg Edward to avenge her, but she won’t, and he hits her again. James  sends her flying into the glass again, cutting her head open. Blood! Blood! Blood! So much BLOOD!!

Now Bella is bleeding on the floor and she knows it won’t be long until James eats her. Luckily for Bella, she passes out (after putting her hand up to protect her face).

Best Worst Lines

“It had taken much less time than I’d thought — all the terror, the despair, the shattering of my heart.” (433)

“So instead of panicking, I closed my eyes and spent the twenty minutes’ drive with Edward. … I visualized how I would stand on my toes, the sooner to see his face. … And then I would run to close those last few feet between us — reckless as always — and I would be in his marble arms, finally safe. … I wondered where we would have gone. … I imagined him by the shore, his skin sparkling like the sea. … To be trapped in a hotel room with him would be a kind of heaven.” (440)

“The iris’ were nearly black, just a hint of ruby around the edges. Thirsty.” (445)

“It was strangely easy to converse with this genteel hunter.” (445)

“He stepped back, and began to circle casually, as if he were trying to get a better view of a statue in a museum.” (449)

Things That Really Irk Us

The fact that, even when Bella finds out she’s been had, she isn’t even pissed!

James, despite the fact he is supposed to be scary, sounds like a luxury car salesman, is a “genteel hunter,” is easy on the eyes and also easy to talk to, and does not appear to be physically frightening or intimidating in any way whatsoever.  He sounds better than Edward at this point. Stephenie Meyer obviously has no idea how to write a villain into her story.

Before Bella gets to the ballet studio, she is dripping sweat and out of breath. If we remember correctly, the studio is not even a block from her house. How out of shape is she? It must be all the Cullens’ carrying her everywhere. Maybe sex with Edward really would kill her.

When Bella is in excrutiating pain and gushing blood all over the floor and it’s soaking into her shirt, she doesn’t pass out from the smell. But when they are taking blood samples in Biology and people are picking their fingers, it makes her pass out.

Final Thoughts

There are still two final chapters, an epilogue and a sneak preview of chapter one of New Moon left to go. We have the sinking feeling Bella does not die. Damnit.

Go to Chapter 23.

11 Responses to “22. Hide and Seek”

  1. The Luxury Car Salesman thing is terribly amusing.


  2. You guys have now got me thinking of Carlisle as Carlizzle now… it’s very confusing to other people… It just makes me laugh. Now I call him Carlizzle… and I even called Charlie Claude once. XD

    • Haha! It’s just so much more amusing to think of him as Carlizzle. But yeah… the names have become interchangeable for us now. Haha.

  3. “The iris’ were nearly black, just a hint of ruby around the edges. Thirsty.” (445)

    What the- how are eyes ‘thirsty’?

    …the mind boggles.

  4. Consistency woman. Learn it.

  5. “reckless as always”
    yes, bella is indeed a risk-taker….


  7. James is definitely more sympathic than Edward. Even if he sounds like a car salesman.

  8. SMeyer can write her villains as people you would expect to be the main characters, and main characters you can only see as villains. surely this is a sign you cant write?

    • Another sign Meyer can’t write is that she describes unimportant things in great detail (like the magnets in Eclipse) but can’t describe anything interesting (like now when she makes Bella pass out while Eddie and Co.™ take care of James.) I know this is in Bella’s point of view, but come on!

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