EXT. LA PUSH - CLIFFS – DAWN
The sun is just beginning to rise, reddening the clouds overhead. Bella paces by the cliff’s edge, trying to come to grips with this new reality. Jacob keeps his distance, trying to control his anger.
You just have to... stop.
It’s not a life-style choice. It’s in my DNA.
Killing is in your DNA?
Man, I thought maybe you wouldn’t be such a hypocrite -- what, I’m not the right kind of monster for you? Can’t measure up to your bloodsucking friends --
BELLA(angry as well)
Hey, they manage to survive without hurting innocent people.
Jacob stops -- a beat as his anger is replaced by confusion.
Wait - innocent? -- so... you don’t care that I morph into a giant dog. Just that I... kill people?
“Just?” Those hikers’ lives mean that little to you?
He bursts out laughing.
BELLA(repelled, turns to go)
Oh my God.
Bella -- Bella wait... (he stops her)We’re not killing hikers. We’re trying to protect them.
The only thing we do kill: Vampires.
Vampires? Jake, no –
JACOB(steps back, bitter)
Don’t worry, we can’t touch your precious Cullens - unless they bite someone and violate the Treaty–
That’s not what I -- you can’t fight vampires. They’re too dangerous.
Please. We took out that leech with the dreads easy enough.
You... killed Laurent?
... He didn’t seem like a friend.
No, God no. But... how?
It’s what we do, why we exist. A few “lucky guys” in the tribe have the gene. If a bloodsucker moves to town, our DNA kicks in, we reach the right age and the fever hits --
I wish. Next thing I know, they’re telling me, this is your life now. That future you saw for yourself? Gone.
Desolation fills him. She sees this.
It’s bad, huh?
I just hate feeling... out of control. Like maybe Sam is right; you shouldn’t be around me.
Like you could get rid of me.
You’ve seen Emily.
That lands with her. She nods.
Sam lost it for a split second; Em was standing too close -- he’s still messed up about it.(beat)I don’t want to be that kind of nightmare.
You’re not like that. You save people, right? You saved me from Laurent.
Yeah, didn’t mind taking him out. His red-headed girlfriend will be fun, too.
Bella stops, chilled to the bone.
Victoria. She’s here?
We chased her all the way to the border the other night. But she won’t stay gone. Keeps coming back -- if we knew what she was after...(sees Bella’s face)... What?
I know what she wants. Me.
EXT. FOREST HIGHWAY - DAYA MASERATI with Canadian plates blasts down the highway at a blinding speed –
INT. MASERATI- SAMECLOSE ON VICTORIA, easily controlling the steering wheel with two fingers. She speaks to someone we don’t see, her words laced with longing and fury.
James hated cars. He liked being close to the ground. But I’d steal one occasionally, to throw him off the scent... See, we played hide and seek sometimes. No one can hide like me --(grins to her passenger)-- but no one could seek like James.
INCLUDE her barely conscious passenger, DENISE, 30’s, a pretty bleach-blonde with expensive jewelry. She’s just coming to, a bump on her head where she was knocked out.
What -- what are you -- ?
Some games lasted months... but we always got hungry for each other. (sly, to Denise)So I’d let him find me...
Denise now lucid, looks around to SEE --
IN THE BACK SEAT her husband, MICHAEL’S BODY, well-dressed in a turtle neck, 40’s, sits upright, his head tilted forward as if he’s resting. Denise reaches for him –
Michael? Oh my God –
We never could get enough of each other... (seething)We would have had forever to try.
Denise, scared, shakes Michael’s arm –
—which causes Michael’s head to roll to the side, revealing his gouged, blood-soaked neck and his vacant, dead eyes. Denise starts SCREAMING. Victoria grins.
James always loved a screamer.
Victoria’s hand jets out, grabbing a fistful of Denise’s hair. She yanks Denise over, exposing her neck just as we –
EXT. EMILY’S BACKYARD - DAYON JARED --
Excellent. If the redhead’s after Bella, we’ve got bait.
With stunning speed, Jacob grabs a four-pronged spading fork from some garden tools, and FLINGS it toward Jared’s head- Jared easily, and amazingly, catches it.
She is not bait.
INCLUDE - A picnic table in the middle of this small, quaintly landscaped garden. Jacob, Bella, Embry, Paul, Sam, Jared and Emily are in the midst of a huge breakfast.
I should leave town.
Victoria will follow you and make it harder for us to catch her.
No one can catch her. She can escape anything.
Ooh. She has special powers.
Some of them do.
They all look at her. She instantly regrets saying it.
Like... what? Bella?
The mind reader you said you knew. He was a suckhead? Can they all do that?
That would blow.
No, I -- shouldn’t have - no.
She’s still protecting them.
I don’t know why. It’s not like they stuck around to protect you --
Guys, back off.
Jacob looks apologetically at Bella. She shrinks, stung.
EXT. BELLA’S HOUSE - NIGHT
Jacob walks her to the door.
Don’t worry, we’ve got this place covered. She won’t get near you or Charlie.
Bella nods. He sees she’s blue.
Hey, we should do something fun. Like... cliff diving, right?
I could use the rush.
JACOBSoon. After we catch her.
He offers a reassuring look before jogging into the woods.
EXT. CULLEN HOUSE - NIGHT
Bella tentatively approaches the large, modern glass home. She climbs the porch steps, approaches the door...
INT. CULLEN HOUSE - LIVING ROOM (CONTINUOUS) – NIGHT
Bella enters to find it perfectly intact, lived-in, warm, candles glowing... and the Cullen family enjoying the evening - Carlisle, Esme, Rosalie, Emmett and Jasper. Bella is overwhelmed with joy at seeing them.
But they ignore her. Won’t even look at her. She starts toward them but suddenly --Edward appears and YANKS Bella away, pulling her to the door and pushing her out, slamming it on her --
EXT. CULLEN HOUSE - (CONTINUOUS) - NIGHT
-- Bella runs to the window, peers in at the family who continue to ignore her as they gather around Edward --
INT. BELLA’S ROOM - MORNING
Bella awakens, tears on her face. She can’t take it. Gets the hell out of bed, anxious to leave the dream behind. But it stays with her...
EXT. EMILY’S HOUSE - DAY
Bella knocks on the door, rain falling around her, wind blowing strong. Emily opens the door. Sees her.
Bella. Are you okay?
Yeah, I just... is Jacob here? He wasn’t at home...
Sam appears behind Emily.
He’s with Jared and Embry, keeping an eye on things. I’m heading out soon. Should I tell him something?
-- as Sam wraps an arm around Emily. Their deep love is achingly obvious. Off Bella’s face --
FLASHPOP to Bella and Edward at her birthday party, in a similar embrace, as Alice SNAPS their picture --
BACK ON BELLA - pained.
You want to come in?
-- But Bella’s already hurrying to her truck, determination on her face.
EXT. WOODS - DAYCLOSE ON A RIFLE as it locks and loads.
INCLUDE CHARLIE, who checks it, then notes the position of the SIX MEN in his hunting party, all wearing rain gear. He SEES Harry at the end of the line, pausing, looking down.
You got something, Harry?
ON HARRY - he looks down at a large WOLF PAW PRINT.
Nope, nothin’. The hunting party moves forward. Harry lets them get ahead, stomps out the paw print.
ON CHARLIE as he passes under a huge tree -- WHIP PAN UP THE TREE to find that HIGH ABOVE, crouching on a limb, is VICTORIA. She watches Charlie with a vengeful glare. She noiselessly SWINGS down to a lower branch, getting ready to pounce on Charlie
--ON HARRY - his eye catches her movement; he looks up, SEES the back of her red head -- his breath CATCHES -- She HEARS the sound, even through the rain and wind. Before Harry can raise his shotgun -- Victoria’s standing next to him, WHIPPING the gun out of his hands with superhuman speed. He GASPS,breath stuck in his chest. She grins, about to bite -- but suddenly --
THERUSSET-BROWN JACOB-WOLF smashes into her, knocking her away. She rights herself immediately and takes off --
THE THREE WOLVES give chase, disappearing. It all happened soundlessly, in seconds, unbeknownst to the others...
STAY ON HARRY - he still can’t catch his breath, IN SLOW MOTION he clasps his left arm –
INTERCUT WITH --EXT. ANOTHER PART OF THE WOODS – SAM
ELIGHTNING FAST CUTS of THE CHASE - the wolves are right on Victoria’s tail, blasting through the forest --
BACK ON CHARLIE - SLOW MOTION - He turns to SEE Harry clutching his chest. Charlie runs to Harry’s side --
SMASH BACK TO VICTORIA escaping at breakneck speed she bursts out of the treesto --
EXT. THE OCEAN (CONTINUOUS) – SAME
-- Victoria beelines for the choppy water, dives in -- when she reappears, she’s hundreds of yards offshore --THE WOLVES prowl the beach in frustration as we go –
BACK ON HARRY - SLOW MOTION - he falls to his knees just as Charlie reaches him. Off Charlie beginning CPR...
EXT. LA PUSH - CLIFFS – DAY
Bella’s truck comes to a stop; she climbs out. Ignoring the wind and rain, she strides to the cliff’s edge; looks down –
BELLA’S POV - THE WATER - steely gray. Rough whitecaps.
Bella smiles, tears of relief springing to her eyes. She turns to find Edward’s apparition at her side.
She steps back from the cliff’s edge - which causes him to disappear.
That’s it. She starts pulling off her shoes and coat, adrenaline pumping -- Edward’s apparition reappears, but she keeps going --
Stop this now, Bella.
You won’t stay with me any other way.
She takes a last look at him... then with a running leap --
FLINGS herself over the edge--
ON BELLA SCREAMING with exhilaration as she plummets down, down... then SPLASHES into the water.
EXT. ON THE WATER’S SURFACE (CONTINUOUS) - DAY
No sign of Bella. A beat. Suddenly, she POPS back up. Inhales deeply -- and laughs!
She enjoys a moment of elation and empowerment... then turns to swim ashore... but her smile falters when she realizes how strong the current is...
A WAVE crashes over her head. She gasps for breath. Then
ANOTHER WAVE hits her. Starts to pull her under...
UNDER THE WATER - Bella struggles –
ABOVE WATER - she pops up, looks around in a panic, SEES –
BELLA’S POV - IN THE DISTANCE - something orange-ish, bobbing on the surface of the water -- Bella goes down - then comes up again - THE ORANGE-ISH thing is suddenly thirty yards closer. Bella struggles to stay afloat but the current SMASHES her into a rock, the air goes out of her chest. She sinks.
ANGLE ON THE ORANGE-ISH THING -- IT’S VICTORIA, floating effortlessly, hungry anticipation on her face. She dips below the surface, vanishing...
UNDER THE WATER - BELLA SINKS, struggling at first... Edward appears in front of her, his eyes full of longing and love. He reaches to her, she to him, hands almost touching, things going dark... suddenly A HAND GRABS HER COLLAR –
EXT. BEACH – DAY
CLOSE ON BELLA - barely conscious.
Breathe, Bella! C’mon!
Jacob hits her on the back. She spits up water, coming to.
Bella? Can you hear me?
She focuses, finally SEES Jacob hovering over her, relieved. Behind him stands Sam.
She’ll be alright.
Sam looks out at the water, scanning it. Sensing something.
What the hell were you thinking?
I needed... to see... something.
What? The pearly gates? If we hadn’t heard you scream –
Get her home. I’m heading to the hospital. I’ll meet you there.
Jacob nods. Sam jogs off.
Why would you jump? Didn’t you notice it’s like a hurricane out here?
I know. It was stupid --(realizing)-- Sam said hospital - someone’s hurt?
Harry Clearwater had a heart attack.
Oh my God - does my Dad know?
He and my dad are both over there.
Will Harry be okay?
I don’t know. Come on. I’ll find you something dry and drive you home.
As Jacob helps Bella up, we RACK FOCUS out to –
ANGLE ON THE WATER - where Victoria bobs, watching Jacob guide Bella away... then she disappears below the surface.INT. BELLA’S TRUCK – NIGHT
Jacob drives. Bella wears a fleece jacket but still shivers. He pulls her close, wrapping an arm around her --
Hundred and eight degrees over here. She tucks herself into him.
Must be nice, never getting cold.
It’s a wolf thing.
It’s a Jacob thing. You’re just... warm.
Like the sun.
Like the sun.
Which always comes back. You cancount on me.
She nods. Awkward silence. He fills it.
There are other cool things about all this, like -- I heal fast. Wanna see me stab my hand?
Yeah, ‘cause that would be fun.
EXT. BELLA’S HOUSE/INT. TRUCK (CONTINUOUS) – NIGHT
The truck pulls up to the curb. It’s pitch black outside. Jacob’s still holding her close as he shuts the engine off.
So... this wolf thing’s not all bad?
It’s better. Now that you know. But...
It just... comes so easily to me. More than the other guys.
That’s a good thing, isn’t it?
Maybe.Or maybe it makes me less... human than the others. (beat, quieter)Sometimes I’m scared I might... disappear, you know? Who I really am.
Bella faces him, looks directly in his eyes.
I won’t let that happen.
Their faces are close... and stay close for an intimate beat. They could kiss, their lips near... but Bella blinks herself back to reality and pulls away.
Thanks for driving - for everything.
-- as she pushes open her door. WIND wafts in -- Jacob reacts to a repugnant smell outside –
Holy crap -- !
He abruptly pulls Bella back into the truck, SLAMS her door shut and starts the truck.
There’s a bloodsucker out there.
How do you know?
I can smell the stink. I’m getting you out of here.
As Jacob whips the truck around, the HEADLIGHTS ILLUMINATE –
BELLA’S POV - THE DRIVEWAY -- a black Mercedes is parked in front. Bella spins to the rear window as Jacob floors it –
Stop! It’s not Victoria --
Forget it –
It’s Carlisle’s car! They’re here. Go back! –
It’s a trick –
He’s still flooring it -- Bella cracks her door open while they’re moving - he SLAMS on the brakes. She jumps out –
Damn it, Bella –
EXT. ROAD (CONTINUOUS) – NIGHT
Bella hurries up the road toward her house. Jacob’s suddenly standing in front of her, furious –
Stop. You gotta come with me.
It’s okay. They’re my friends –
Don’t you get it? If a Cullen is back here, this is their territory. The Treaty says we can only defend our own lands.
It’s not a war –
It is. And you’ll only be safe in La Push. I can’t protect you here anymore.
I don’t need you to –
-- You’re about to cross a line –
Only if you draw one.
She starts to move past him, but he stops her --
I’m not letting you do this.
You don’t have a choice. I don’t belong to you.
Her words are a knife to the heart. She sees that, but can’t take them back. He hands her the keys.
Bye, Bella, I hope you don’t die.