Twilight, the Last Chapter (not including the Epilogue)
Chapter 24 An Impasse
Previous chapter: Edward has some of Bella's nummy blood but it doesn't do anything to him. Bella is seriously hurt. D: James is MIA. And Bella is all fuzzy in the head.
happen in this chapter, we see James taken down in a huge climatic battle where Edward almost loses but doesn't and manages to still save Bella by getting her to the hospital in time. What does happen in this chapter: Not that.
Bella wakes up from happy fog land in the hospital with tubes and wires and Edward sitting right next to her. She apologizes to Edward for being stupid and not telling him that she thought James had her mom. Personally, I think this is one of the times she is right in apologizing. That was the stupid thing to do.
Her mom is at the hospital and safe. When Bella asks what they told her regarding her extensive injuries, Edward replies, "You fell down two flights of stairs and through a window." He paused. "You have to admit, it could happen."
Um. No. First of all, any competent doctor could tell that's not what happened. The injuries that you get from falling down two flights of stairs and a window are quite different that those you would get from getting smashed into a mirror and having someone step on you leg. There would be traces of mirror in her wounds as well and how does that explain the bite mark on her hand? Unless they mind-whammied the doctors, they would have told Bella's parents something completely different than what the Cullen's did.
Also, while we're at it, "if it could happen" we should have seen it before. From Bella slipping on the ice to falling on her face when getting of her truck. She should have had more scars and broken bones, the sort that would make people suspicious and call Child Abuse. There's no way that could have gotten away with no comment. Not in any sort of reality today.
"You have a broken leg, four broken ribs, some cracks in your skull, bruises covering every inch of your skin and you've lost a lot of blood. The gave you a few transfusions. I didn't like it - it made you smell all wrong for a while."
Then we get to the whole Edward Sucking Her Blood point.
"How did you do it?" I asked quietly. He knew what I meant at once.
"I'm not sure." He looked away from my wondering eyes, lifting my gauze-wrapped hand from the bed and holding it gently in his, careful not to disrupt one of the wires connecting me to one of the machines.
I waited patiently for the rest.
He sighed without returning my gaze. "It was impossible... to stop," he whispered. "Impossible. But I did." He looked up finally, with half a smile, "Imust love you."
Well, I don't remember any of that. He sucks her blood and then is "It's all clean." I don't remember hearing any strain or anyone telling Edward to stop or a tightening of her wrists... nothing to indicate that he was having difficulty. Just saying you are doesn't mean anything, unless you can back it up.
While I'm at it, I just realized something else. The only reason why Bella's clumsiness seems to be needed is as an excuse as to why Bella got hurt so badly. It gives her parents a blanket reason to accept her injuries. If it hadn't been constantly mentioned through out the book, it would come out of nowhere. But still, it does come out of nowhere because Bella is never
shown to be clumsy. (I refuse to acknowledge the badminton racket incident.)
Bella apologizes for tasting even better than Edward thought she would. He says she shouldn't apologize for that but instead for "For very nearly taking yourself away from me forever"
Why is this something she should apologize for? Why can't she leave him forever. Bella's response doesn't help at all. "You wouldn't have let me go"
And that is not at all creepy. Or possessive. He's right there admitting that he won't give her freedom if she asked for it. He won't let her go and live her own life. This is, of course, romantic.
Oh hay, remember James? He pulled a Fan Fic Voldemort death.
"What happened to James?"
"After I pulled him off you, Emmet and Jasper took care of him." There was a fierce note of regret in his voice.
It's just like those fan fics with the Mary Sues with Volde getting mentioned with two lines and then forgotten. James isn't spoken about again. The Big Bad of the book is completely forgotten about with two sentences. He doesn't even warrant a paragraph. Or even dying by the Hero's hand. The sidekicks take care of him. The cardboard cut out side kicks take care of him, apparently rather easily and he's no longer of importance. He added nothing to the story and nothing would be lost if he wasn't there. He was a complete and utter non-entity. Which is not what villains are supposed to be. They're supposed to impact the story. Even Galbatorix, who we haven't seen has more impact, because Eragon actively worries about him and what he's done. James should have shown up sooner, had a larger presence and be I dunno... dangerous.
But! As he's not important, I don't get any more data on what to do about him. Instead we move on to the Cullen's story as to why they're here. He came with Carlisle and Alice to talk to sense into her. Carlisle being there for Parental Supervision. Of course, why
Edward needs to talk sense into Bella is unaddressed. Obviously, wanting to leave Forks and Edward is senseless. And why doesn't Charlie follow Bella to talk sense into her instead of the guy she hates? Just... a bit of logic on my end. Coming up to their room, Bella tripped, fell and went through the window. Alice fabricated evidence.
When he touches her cheek.. her heart starts to beat erratically. And when he kisses her, her heart stops. This. Is. Not. A. Good. Thing. Bella cares not, as she wasn't finished kissing him. They kiss, the monitor goes wild. No doctors come rushing in. That is the point of the heart monitor, after all, to make sure the heart keeps beating and when it stops to let people know you're having issues. But as that would ruin the romance, no one shows up.
Except Bella's mom. Edward goes to pretend to take a nap on the couch. He can't leave Bella alone with her mother even for a few minutes of mother daughter privacy. Not that it means much. Renee tells her that she's been sedated for several days and that Carlisle looks like a model and Alice is such a nice girl. Mom is surprised that she's made such good friends in Forks. So, Bella distracts her with "Where's Phil".
Phil got signed! Wonderful news! Bella can move to Florida where there is sun! But OH NOES Then Bella wouldn't be able to be with Edward! Bella says that she lives in Forks and Renee is horribly reasonable in saying that she doesn't have to anymore.
Bella protests. One of the things she uses is that Charlie needs her. He'd been doing fine for all these years, and all of a sudden he needs her. Fortunately, mom shows a bit of sense and realizes it's Edward, saying that she thinks he's in love with her. But then she says that Bella is too young to be dating. She's seventeen and Edward appears to be seventeen. But Bella assures her that it's just a crush.
Mom tells her that she'll stay the night, like she has been because she's too nervous to go home. Seems there's been some nasty crime around. The Ballet studio has been burned to the ground... and they left a stolen car in front. That's how they got rid of James. Mom is convinced that she'll be okay because Edward is watching her.
Edward is just some guy. They're not married... yet... and mom doesn't even know him. Yet, she trusts Edward enough to leave him to watch over Bella. This is, of course, because Bella's mom suffers from Author knows that Edward is okay so She does too. This is, of course, just to get her out of the way so that it can be Edward Bella time again.
Once again, there is the "If I leave you then I can't hurt" you round about with Bella "I don't want you to leave me." "But if you're hurt, I'll kill myself" "But if you're not here I'll kill myself!" "Don't Kill yourself! I won't leave you!" "Don't leave me! Don't leave me!"
Essentially, that's it. Really. Talking about how much it hurt to see the other hurt and how they can't stand to see the other hurt so they shouldn't be around it but Bella can't have Edward leave her or else she'll die.
we get to the point of the venom, and how come Edward just didn't allow her to change. Edward says, But it just seems logical... a man and woman have to be somewhat equal... as in, one of them can't always be swooping in and saving the other one. They have to save each other
equally." And then he says that she has saved him.
Annnd then we go onto to the "Change me!" "No! You need to live!" "You are my life!" "I won't do it to you!" "But I want you too!" "What about your family!" "They'll be fine even if I said a minute ago that they wouldn't!" "I won't end your life!" "I Need to live my own life!"
And this one is always lovely, I glared at him. "I man not die now... but I'm going to die sometime. Every minute of the day, I get closer. And I'm going to get old."
Age really shouldn't be a factor here. It sounds like she wants him to turn her so that she won't get old. Yes, I know, she is going to get old, but they should be happy enough to enjoy their life together and then... well she dies. But instead her insistence that she can only be happy with Edward if she's not getting old makes her look shallow. As if she's afraid he won't love her if she gets old. Potentially a realistic idea, but the way it is presented it's not.
Finally we learn that Alice saw Bella getting turned into a vampire. Edward doesn't believe it will happen but Bella refuses to bet against her. Of course we know that Alice is right. Even if it's not in this book. Bella gets drugged and falls asleep.
And that's the end of the book, not including the epilogue. Which will be TOMORROW. And then NaNo