Why? Well, because Bella is mortal. She can die at any time, by Rosalie's hand (intentful or compelled) or otherwise.
In fact, the prior night, in chapter 22 ("Compulsion"), Bella almost did die.
So what happens next?
Well, in fact, three possibilities:
- Nothing happens because MSR didn't happen, it's an echo of a thought and concern for both Bella and Rosalie. The seriousness of it made light through their (not particularly friendly yet) banter, but the seriousness of it still there in their minds. This was told in Rose Read, ch 10 ("Fragile") by Jocelyn Torrent.
- Rosalie returns in time to save Bella, and that story continues to Rosalie's statement. This is the continuation of MSR in ch 23 ("Rosalie Needs a Guy Like Me") ... Bella's not a guy, by the way.
- Or ... Rosalie doesn't return in time. Bella dies. And Rosalie goes on. And on and on and on. This is told by Rosalie in my one-shot story "Reminiscence."
In each of these alternatives, Rosalie sees our girl’s end. What she does with what she sees is very different in each of the tellings. Very different, but, as she is Rosalie, very Rosalie.
But it's just fan-fiction, so there's no lesson to be learned here.
Or ask Rosalie the question ... her captive was this close. This close. And she’s doing what because of this knowledge?
Good thing this is just fiction, eh? For we could never lose someone we love just like that ... for we could never be taken away from the ones we love just like that ...
Yeah. Good thing this is just fiction.
"Now is all we have," Rosalie tells Bella, justifying her verbal onslaught and determined rage.
"Now is all we have."
Am I treating the ones I love with dignity and respect and love? Will I be able to say that I was glad to have that last second with them or that I regret the last second and how I treated them?
Because this second could be the last one. Because this second is the last one, for somebody, for at least 3,000 somebodies, at least and in fact.
I hope not find myself living Rosalie's "Reminiscence." I hope that.
... Not that, ahem, I’m stating a position here about any feelings any character may or may not have for any other character in this story ...