Alice's Twin Sister wrote:NovaAlbion.... but could we look at it from a poison point of view? Say instead of looking at it from a venom standpoint with anti-bodies. For example, a person who takes a small amount of poison over a long period of time and builds up a tolerance for it. Well I suppose immunity would into play again. But given the fact that Bella does Kiss Edward a lot and is actually exposed to his oral secretions then she would actually be given very small doses each time. Now I understand that it isn't entering her blood directly.
But understanding how oral/buccal medications work. She could absorb the venom into her oral mucosa thus it enters her bloodstream that way. It's just a thought however obscure it is.
I mean if we look at it from a strictly clinical standpoint then we have to assume she is actually being dosed in very minute amounts with each kissing exposure. So it could stand to reason she may actually be building a tolerance or even a small immunity to the venom. However, in a large dose exposure as in if she were intentioanlly bitten then she still may not be able to fight off the full effect of that much poison in her system even despite this.
I DIDN'T MEAN TO IMPLY THAT IT WAS THE ONLY WAY!
I don't think that I ever claimed that James' bite was the only way to build up immunity. I merely proposed that if Bella could not be turned, immunization was one
potential mechanism for providing that result.
I had considered trace amounts making it through the skin and oral membranes, but I know that ongoing exposure to trace toxins, especially those not metabolized by the body, tend to build up to toxic levels. (Or in this case to a sufficient level to trigger the conversion process.) So, not being a biochemist, I shied away from that particular method, even though, for some toxins, it works. I like it.
OH, OH. LOOK WHAT YOU DID (See below)
Now that you bring it up, there is another aspect that has two interesting points.
First, the vampire scent is obviously composed of the aromatic components of venom. Bella has been breathing fairly heavy concentrations of this stuff for a year and a half. Transportation through the lungs, directly into the blood stream is a distinct possibility. Talk about second-hand "smoke".
Also, we probably can be pretty sure that the vampire scent/aromatic components of venom is/are also responsible for triggering the development/phasing of werewolves among the Quileutes. Hm, an extreme allergic reaction among a genetically sensitive population?
THREE-PACK, SIX-PACK, TEN-PACK - TOO MANY WEREWOLVES!
If this is the case, it can explain several things. One, the large number of werewolves. The pack had never had more than three wolves at a time. Yet, in spite of strict territorial boundries, there are now ten werewolves. Sam, Jared and Paul are easily explained by their travels to and from and through Forks. Even if they did not come into direct contact with the Cullens, trace amounts of venom in the "contaminated" environment were apparently sufficient to trigger those "older" young men who by age and temperament were vulnerable to the change.
The younger boys didn't get a chance to cross over into "blood sucker" territory very often (they couldn't drive), so that would limit their exposure. So what changed the additional seven werewolves? Bella did.
HOW BELLA CREATED WEREWOLVES
If our theory is correct, Bella was, by what ever mechanism, building up levels venom, or at least its aromatic components, in her body. She also would exude trace amounts of venom through her skin, respiration and other bodily wastes.
This build-up, obviously started in Twilight
. While it may have reached equilibrium under the conversion threshold, something that we still are not sure of, the build-up was rapid, especially with Bella spending a great deal of time with all of the Cullens in closed spaces (the car, hotel, hospital) and spending time with Edward kissing and breathing around him. It doesn't help that he spends all night, every night in her bedroom. She doesn't even get a chance to detoxify. And of course, Billy and Jacob (he was doomed) came to Bella's house, twice. Of course, Billy can smell vampire scent. But Billy and Jacob may have dragged enough contamination back to La Push to trigger Embry's change. (It may take months at these extremely small trace amounts. Or Bella could have just given him a big dose on her first motorcycle trip to La Push. Or both.)
By the time of her birthday (seven months, March 8 - September 13th 2005), Bella has built-up to near conversion levels of serum venom. Then the Cullens leave and she begins to gradually detoxify (four months, September 15, 2005 - January 17, 2006). While the venom levels have significantly dropped, she is still secreting significant, but apparently undetectable, levels of vampire venom. Then she goes to La Push.
"Hi, Jacob! Hi, Embry. Hi, Quil. Here is my gift to you. All you gotta do is breath." Embry almost immediately phases, misses a week of school and joins "La Push gang". He was seen cliff diving with the "gang". Jacob gets the highest dosage, but must have been really happy to be with Bella. He didn't phase until after the "Puking Mike" date on February 21st. Bella gives Quil a ride (March 10th). The next she hears of Quil (about May 25th), he has phased and imprinted on Claire.
Of course, we didn't see any Bella interaction with Collin, Brady, Seth, or Leah. But we know she was in La Push - a lot, and that she was all over town. We don't exactly know when Quil, or the others, phased. (We can be sure it was before June 3rd - Eclipse Legends bonfire where there was a full roster, even if Brady and Collin were not there.)
IT'S NOT MY FAULT - Han Solo
Now all of these werewolves may not have been strictly Bella's fault. Since it had been six months since her last exposure, Bella may have been nearly venom free. And there were other potential sources of contagion. Sam, Jared, Paul, Embry and Jacob fought Laurent and may have brought contamination back to La Push. The pack was trying to deal with Victoria. Alice returned and was at the Swan home when Jacob brought Bella home from "cliff diving". And of course, the Cullens returned and Jacob had some degree of interaction with them.
But I'm betting on Bella. Danger Magnet. Only she could make her own enemies. And in such alarming quantities.
End Geek Alert
So yes, you have proposed a valid alternate immunization theory. And triggered some potentially sound speculation as to the problem of too many werewolves. What do you think?
" ... I sometimes think I'm not writing novels, I'm writing Rorschach tests."
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