Oh god why won’t something happen.
ADVERB COUNT: 29. But then, this chapter is only 9 pages long.
Alice is having another vision, and sketching it out. Bella watches, before giving her instructions on where appliances go. Guess what, it’s Mom’s house. DUN DUN DUNNN. Alice immediately calls the Clan, and Edward jumps on a plane to Phoenix, coming to save the day. Alice and Jasper tell Bella they will stay in the city to make sure Mom is safe.
Bella flips out, worried that Mom will get hurt, worried that Alice and Jasper will get hurt, etc. etc. Jasper, who has been getting a lot of mileage out of his manpire power, attempts to make her fall asleep, which only pisses her off. She stomps into her room where she can cry in private.
Bella spends three and a half hours rocking back and forth and staring at the wall. Good God, woman.
The phone rings. Jasper is gone, checking out of the hotel. Alice lets Bella know that Edward will be in Phoenix in just a few hours. The phone rings again. Oh man this is chilling. After a second Alice hands the phone to Bella.
Mom is panicked on the other end, asking for Bella. She sighs, tries to calm her down, and is interrupted by “a very pleasant, generic voice–the kind of voice that you heard in the background of luxury car commercials.” Oh snap, it’s Generic Bad-Guy, and he’s got Mom!
So I guess the illustrious Forks Public School Department let crazy red-head have Bella’s records after all. Boo.
He walks Bella through a stilted conversation, trying to help prove to any vampires with her that she really is just talking to her Mom. Somehow, Alice falls for it. James threatens Mom’s life if Bella doesn’t come alone to her house and call the number left on the whiteboard there. Bella tearfully agrees, hangs up the phone, and starts to accept the fact that she’s going off to die.
Well, at least she knows there’s nothing useful she can do in this situation. Way to be a tough, clear-headed survivor, Bells.
She goes out to the main room, looking dead to the world. Alice is alarmed but, again, somehow buys Bella’s weak story of “Mom wanted to come back to Phoenix but I told her to stay where she was.”
Wait, I thought Bella was calling a house number in the previous chapter. Wouldn’t Mom already be in Phoenix for her to have gotten the number? …How the hell is Alice falling for this?
Bella ends the chapter by writing Edward a tearful, apologetic letter, for getting herself eaten. She urges him not to go after James, because that’s what the jerk wants. I love you, please, I’m sorry, don’t get hurt, etc.
Oh God SOMETHING HAPPEN ALREADY.