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ECLIPSE By Stephenie Meyer
Contents Fire and Ice PREFACE 1. ULTIMATUM 2. EVASION 3. MOTIVES 4.NATURE 5. IMPRINT 6. SWITZERLAND 7. UNHAPPY ENDING 8. TEMPER 9. TARGET 10. SCENT 11. LEGENDS 12. TIME 13. NEWBORN 14. DECLARATION 15. WAGER 16. EPOCH 17. ALLIANCE 18. INSTRUCTION
19. SELFISH 20. COMPROMISE 21. TRAILS 22. FIRE AND ICE 23. MONSTER 24. SNAP DECISION 25. MIRROR 26. ETHICS 27. NEEDS EPILOGUE - CHOICE Acknowledgments
To my husband, Pancho, for your patience, love, friendship,humor, and willingness to eat out. And also to my children, Gabe, Seth, and Eli, for letting me experience the kind of love that people freely die for. Fire and Ice Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I've tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice Is also great And wouldsuffice. Robert Frost
PREFACE ALL OUR ATTEMPTS AT SUBTERFUGE HAD BEEN IN VAIN. With ice in my heart, I watched him prepare to defend me. His intense concentration betrayed no hint of doubt, though he was outnumbered. I knew that we could expect no help - at this moment, his family was fighting for their lives just as surely as he was for ours. Would I ever learn the outcome of that other fight?Find out who the winners and the losers were? Would I live long enough for that? The odds of that didn't look so great. Black eyes, wild with their fierce craving for my death, watched for the moment when my protector's attention would be diverted. The moment when I would surely die. Somewhere, far, far away in the cold forest, a wolf howled.
1. ULTIMATUM Bella, I don't know why you're makingCharlie carry notes to Billy like we're in second grade - if I wanted to talk to you I would answer the You made the choice here, okay? You can't have it both ways when What part of 'mortal enemies' is too complicated for you to Look, I know I'm being a jerk, but there's just no way around We can't be friends when you're spending all your time with a bunch of It just makes it worse when I thinkabout you too much, so don't write anymore Yeah, I miss you, too. A lot. Doesn't change anything. Sorry. Jacob I ran my fingers across the page, feeling the dents where he had pressed the pen to the paper so hard that it had nearly broken through. I could picture him writing this - scrawling the angry letters in his rough handwriting, slashing through line after line when the words came out wrong,maybe even snapping the pen in his too-big hand; that would explain the ink splatters. I could imagine the frustration pulling his black eyebrows together and crumpling his forehead. If I'd been there, I might have laughed.Don't give yourself a brain hemorrhage, Jacob, I would have told him.Just spit it out. Laughing was the last thing I felt like doing now as I reread the words I'd alreadymemorized. His answer to my pleading note - passed from Charlie to Billy to him, just like second grade, as he'd pointed out - was no surprise. I'd known the essence of what it would say before I'd opened it. What was surprising was how much each crossed-out line wounded me - as if the points of the letters had cutting edges. More than that, behind each angry beginning lurked a vast pool of hurt; Jacob'spain cut me deeper than my own. While I was pondering this, I caught the unmistakable scent of a smoking burner rising from the kitchen. In another house, the fact that someone besides myself was cooking might not be a cause for panicking. I shoved the wrinkled paper into my back pocket and ran, making it downstairs in the nick of time. The jar of spaghetti sauce Charlie'd stuck in the...