Chapter 8 Adrenaline
By: ifellhard

Jacob gives Bella an orientation of the motorcycle with particular emphasis on how to use the brakes.  He helps her get it started and she gets going.  She hears Edward’s voice and is startled and loses her grip on the clutch.  The bike falls over with her.  She hears the voice again.  Bella realizes that there’s no déjà vu, so it must be a different trigger.  She thinks that maybe adrenaline and danger – maybe just stupidity must be the trigger.

Bella is ready to go again.  This time she kick-starts the bike, revs the throttle and hears the voice.  She takes off, approaches a curve and realizes that she doesn’t know how to turn.  She hits the footbrake (the one Jacob told her not to use) and wipes out.  As Jacob frees her from the bike, she realizes her recipe for a hallucination: adrenaline + danger + stupidity = hallucination.  Bella is ready to go again and Jacob alerts her to the fact that she has a huge cut on her forehead and she’s gushing blood.  Bella apologizes (for bleeding) and presses against the cut.  Jacob insists on taking her to the hospital.  He takes off his shirt and gives it to Bella to soak up the blood pouring out of her head.  Jacob loads up the bikes and Bella gets in the truck.  Bella talks Jacob into taking her home to change clothes before they go to the ER to keep Charlie from finding out what they were doing.

Questions for consideration:

What is your impression of Bella’s theory on the recipe for a hallucination?  Do you agree with her theory or do you have your own theory of the voice that she hears?

Were you surprised by Bella’s reaction to the blood and how it was so different from the blood typing scene in Twilight?

Bella notes the irony of Jacob holding her hand while Dr. Snow was doing her stitches.  Why do you think that she felt that was ironic?

Is there something you noticed in this chapter that you’d like to discuss with the book club?

Did something or someone in this chapter catch you by surprise?

What is your favorite quote from this chapter?

Did you see any particular symbolism or little detail you have never noticed before while re-reading this Chapter?

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