Disclaimer: I own nothing.
Chapter 12: Bella
"It will be fine, Bella," Alice said as she flitted over to the couch and sat next to Jasper. "I'm seeing it very clearly. We'll be leaving early, so we should go hunt soon."
We had planned my training, deciding to leave in the morning for Mt. Rainer to hike and camp on Saturday and Sunday. Everyone was going, and I was nervous. Alice, Jasper, and I had decided to leave first. We ran to the north and fed on whatever we came across. I glutted myself on several deer and an elk. Alice and I sat and waited for Jasper, who was chasing a cougar.
"I need to ask you a favor," I said. She looked back at me and smirked.
"Yes, I'll help you test you gift," she answered.
"I don't know if it means anything, but I could hear Edward's thoughts when I pushed my shield over him." She closed her eyes and then looked at me curiously.
"Try to push it over me," she said.
I pushed my shield over her quite easily, finding it was taking less and less effort the more I practiced.
"Do you feel any different?" I asked.
"No, not at all," she answered.
Edward had mentioned that he felt warmth and comfort when I shielded him. Obviously, I wasn't getting the same response from Alice.
Alice looked at me and said, "I want you to close your eyes and think about tomorrow. Think about Mt. Rainer, really focus." We both closed our eyes. I thought about training. I wondered what would happen. We kept at it for a few minutes, but nothing happened.
"I don't see anything," I said with a sigh.
Alice grabbed my hand. "Let's try again. Don't let go of my hand."
We focused again. I squeezed my eyes shut and began to think about our trip, and that I wanted to see what would happen. My hand started to tingle, and I almost let go, but her hand became tighter around mine. All of a sudden, there was a flash in my head, and I could see Edward, looking concerned; his brow furrowed. Then the view changed, and it was me... My stance was deliberate, and I was not breathing. Everyone was around me, waiting for me to make a move, but I didn't. I became somewhat more relaxed and a smile broke from my lips.
"Alice! I saw it!" I jumped up. "Oh my God, I saw it." I paced around. "What does this mean? My gift... Is a shield supposed to do that?"
"Honestly, I don't know what a shield is supposed to do, but this is really amazing. You could see the vision, but you needed to keep physical contact with me." Alice then quieted, and I could tell she was thinking really hard about this. "Let's find Jasper and try something else." She inhaled deeply before darting off into the trees. I followed her, and it took only a few moments to find him.
After she explained to him what had happened, we went back to the house for a little experiment.
"Let's have some fun with this," Jasper said. "We will try with no contact first. Go ahead, Bella, do your stuff." He winked and I pushed the shield over him. He stood for a moment and smiled. "We have some good emotions to work with. Do you feel anything?"
I shook my head no. He took my hand and I instantly felt a sense of compassion; I had the urge to give Jasper and Alice the biggest hug ever. Jasper smiled at me.
"That is Esme. She is in a glorious mood today. Let's try someone else." He said, and then the tender feeling began to fade into an elated, jittery feeling. I wanted to move around, I felt like dancing, and I smiled without thought.
"That is my Alice," he said smiling at her. "Now, here is where the fun starts..." He had an evil grin on his face. "Now, you know that I can make people feel things. I am going to push a little um... lust over to Rosalie. To do this I have to focus on the emotion, and then push it away from myself. It sounds similar to how you extend your shield. Here we go!"
A few moments later, Rose came running into the room. "Where's Emmett?" she asked frantically, breathing heavily. She paused, narrowing her eyes at Jasper who was laughing uncontrollably.
"You ass!" She yelled. Jasper let go of my hand and jumped to the other side of the room. "What the fuck, Jasper?"
He was still laughing. "I'm sorry, Rosalie. I won't do it again, I promise."
She jumped over, smacked him, and then shoved him against the wall. "Don't let it happen again. Keep your emotions to yourself." She left the room in a huff.
Alice and I were laughing, as Jasper turned back to us. "Well, do you want to give it a try?"
Alice was clapping her hands. "Try me! Try me!"
I took Jasper's hand and extended the shield again, but I was at a loss for what emotion I should try. Jasper sensed my indecision. "She is so excited right now, let's try and calm her down. Relax your body and imagine calming waves, and then, just like pushing your shield, push away the calm."
It was more difficult than I thought it would be, since I was already concentrating on keeping my shield on Jasper. I started by making myself calm, and then trying to push it away. I could feel something happening; a slight shift, but it wasn't enough. I took a few deep breaths and really pushed. Slowly, I could feel the calm leaving me and shifting to Alice, and when I opened my eyes I saw Alice's body lose all tension.
She sighed. "You did it, Bella, I feel nothing but calm."
I started to shake slightly, I couldn't keep my shield extended any longer, and it snapped back into place.
"Wow, Bella. Your shield is like a sponge, you're absorbing powers, it's incredible, it is an incredible gift." She leaned over and put her arm around me.
I looked at Jasper. "Your gift is so intense. How do you deal with it? You live in this house with all these emotions flying around, I only felt it for just a few minutes and I was completely overwhelmed. Oh, and that bit with Rose was priceless."
He laughed. "If you ever notice me leaving the room abruptly, you'll know why. I can usually maintain; if I feel someone is happy, I bask in it, and if someone is sad, I'll try to cheer them up, but when there is sexual tension or arousal floating around, I usually run for the door, and drag Alice back to our room."
They looked at each other and smiled. Alice was right, there are no secrets in this house.