To prepare for this November’s release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, the final installment to the series, the weekly Breaking Dawn read-along series continues with Chapter 21, “First Hunt.”
As the title chapter indicates, this is the scene of Bella’s first hunt as a newborn vampire. She’d already quickly come to grips with controlling her temper and organizing her thoughts in the prior chapter, so now she needs to control that thirst!
Edward has her jump from the balcony onto the ground outside, and though she’s still wearing the silk dress and high heels Alice put her in during her transformation, she’s able to leap down without any problem at all. “That was quite graceful-even for a vampire,” Edward admits. She ditches the heels and takes off with Edward into the woods.
At first, the plan is to hunt elk, and Edward teaches Bella how to jump over a river and listen in for the noises of wildlife. She finds that she’s nimble in her vampire form and hones in on a few animals nearby. As she goes to chase them down, though, she gets a whiff of something even more desirable – a couple of nearby fishermen.
She takes off to hunt them instead, but when Edward races up to her and stands in the way, she catches herself snarling at him and is able to make herself leave the scene. He’s amazed, of course, by her restraint. “What I wouldn’t give to be able to see into your mind for just this one moment,” he purrs.
Bella eventually refocuses and catches herself a lion. Her skin is far too strong to compete with, and she takes him down without much of a problem. Edward admits he was uncomfortable watching the scene go down and that “Old habits die hard.” He’s used to having to protect Bella, so to see her out-muscle a lion was unsettling.
She’s still thirsty, so they rangle up a herd of deer to massacre, and Bella notices how sensual the experience of watching Edward hunt is. She’s enthralled by the whole thing, but she’s still got some unfinished business to attend to at the Cullen house – fun though hunting may be. She’s still not gotten to meet her daughter, Renesmee.
Edward reluctantly agrees, and they begin their journey back from the hunt.
We’ve already seen a little bit of how this scene will translate to the big screen in Breaking Dawn – Part 2 thanks to the teaser trailer (attached), but Kimberly B. wrote in to state, “I do have high hopes that the hunt will be a thrilling sequence … I also have high hopes that they will be keeping with the humorous feel the book has as Bella takes her first actual leap into the world as a vampire and the reaction to her lack of care for fashion upon her landings and leaps.”
What do you hope happens with this scene? Also, which quotes do you think were significant enough to make the script?
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