Chapter 8: Adrenaline

28 Dec

Hello, beautiful readers! I was gone for a bit due to exams and holidays and also due to really needing a break from Twilight, but here I am again. Let’s get to it.

In this chapter, Bella reaches a new creepiness high score. Jacob and Charlie reach new awesomeness high scores. It’s really just high scores all around.

Jacob is teaching Bella how to ride a motorbike, and Bella is whining incessantly, as per usual.

I tried to tell myself that the fear was pointless. I’d already lived through the worst thing possible. (pg.182)

The worst thing possible, if I need to remind you, being her first boyfriend of 6 months dumping her whiny ass.

There are over 4 pages of Jacob telling Bella how to ride the bike, and you’d think after that much detail I’d have an idea of how to ride one myself, but I absolutely don’t. Smeyer does this clever thing where she talks about the bike like it’s a wolf, saying it’s ‘snarling’ and ‘growling’ and things like that. I wonder why, you guys?

Just as Bella is about to start the bike, she hears Edward’s voice in her head, telling her to stop being so reckless. Bella is very pleased to learn that the mixture of adrenaline and recklessness makes her hallucinate that sparkly vampires are chastising her.

“Go home to Charlie,” the voice ordered. The sheer beauty of it amazed me. I couldn’t allow my memory to lose it, no matter the price. (pg.186)

Very good, Bella, keep it up, you are just racking up those creepy points.

She finally sets off on the bike, very fast, and she crashes because Jacob hadn’t taught her how to steer (really, Bella? use your tiny brain) and also because she was too focused on listening to Edward’s disembodied nagging.

Unsurprisingly, Bella gets all bloodied up again, and Jacob insists on rushing her to the hospital. See, this is what I really like about Jacob. He doesn’t want Bella to bleed to death, and he doesn’t immediately begin blaming her, even if this time it is mostly her fault.

Bella, on the other hand, is more concerned about Charlie finding out their secret than losing all of her blood through her forehead, which is what is happening. She convinces Jacob to hide the bikes and let her clean up before going to the hospital so she can lie to Charlie. Jacob begrudgingly agrees as Bella once again manipulates him into doing what she wants.

The most disturbing part about all of this isn’t the lying, and it isn’t even how gleeful Bella is that she is hallucinating and has her ex-boyfriend scolding her in her head. The really disturbing part is that Bella is planning ahead and thinking about more situations she can get herself into to make the hallucinations happen again. She is actively planning to get herself into danger and planning to hurt herself.

At this point, I would suggest Bella call into the ER and get treated for being suicidal and demonstrably crazy. Crazy as in, having a mental disorder of some description. As in, she needs some serious help.

It is fairly obvious that Charlie didn’t buy Bella’s lies, and Jacob, knowing they are lies, is concerned, too. Someday, Bella will listen to the only two characters in this series that I like and everyone will live happily ever after… RIGHT?

Since she obviously isn’t going to be riding any bikes anytime soon, after Bella gets several stitches in her face, she tells Jacob she wants to start hiking. She plans to use Jacob (surprise) to find The Meadow. You know, the Meadow where Edward first sparkled for her? They hike, and it is unsuccessful, and the chapter ends with the two making plans to try again tomorrow.

Oh, and Jacob tells Bella that she might taste good. WHY


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