- "Okay, Emmett. I win, and you cannot say one more word about my sex life to anyone, not even Rose. No allusions, no innuendos- no nothing."
- His eyes narrowed. "Deal. I win, and it's going to get a lot worse."
- He heard my breath stop and grinned evilly. There was no hint of bluff in his eyes.
- "You gonna back down so easy, little sister?" Emmett taunted. "Not much wild about you, is there? I bet that cottage doesn't have a scratch." He laughed. "Did Edward tell you how many houses Rose and I smashed?"
- I gritted my teeth and grabbed his big hand. "One, two-"
- "Three," he grunted, and shoved against my hand.
- Nothing happened.
- Oh, I could feel the force he was exerting. My new mind seemed pretty good at all kinds of calculations, and so I could tell that if he wasn't meeting any resistance, his hand would have pounded right through the rock without difficulty. The pressing increased, and I wondered randomly if a cement truck doing forty miles an hour down a sharp incline would have similar power. Fifty miles an hour? Sixty? Probably more.
- It wasn't enough to move me. His hand shoved against mine with crushing force, but it wasn't unpleasant. It felt kind of good in a weird way. I'd been so very careful since the last time I woke up, trying so hard not to break things. It was a strange relief to use my muscles. To let the strength flow rather than struggling to restrain it.
- Emmett grunted; his forehead and his whole body strained in one rigid line towards the obstacle of my unmmoving hand. I let him sweat- figuratively- for a moment while I enjoyed the sensation of the crazy force running through my arm.
- A few seconds, though, and I was a little bored with it. I flexed; Emmett lost an inch.
- I laughed. Emmett snarled harshly through his teeth.
- "Just keep your mouth shut," I reminded him, and then I smashed his hand into the boulder. A deafening crack echoed off the trees. The rock shuddered, and a piece- about an eighth of the mass- broke off at an invisible fault line and crashed to the ground. It fell on Emmett's foot, and I snickered. I could hear Jacob's and Edwards muffled laughter.
- Emmett kicked the rock fragment across the river. It sliced a young maple in half before thudding into the base of a big fir, which swayed and then fell into another tree.
- "Rematch. Tomorrow."
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