"Bells, I wanted to ask you something," Jacob started, slowing the truck down to a crawl.
"What is it, Jake?" I asked him, not liking the sound of nervousness in his voice.
He turned to look at me for a second before turning back to the road. I could barely see how he was biting his bottom lip, as if he didn't really want to ask me anything. As if he didn't think he was able to.
The sun had gone down minutes before as Jake drove me home in his car. Edward had agreed that I could go with Jake, if I promised to be careful and not do anything careless and stupid that could cause anyone to get hurt, especially myself.
"I needed to know if you were still planning on…" He didn't have to finish for me to understand what he meant. "If maybe you had changed your mind for some reason."
It hurt me to think that maybe he wished that if I ever did decide not to get bitten by the love of my life, so that we could be together for eternity, that the reason would be him. I didn't like hurting him, but he was the one who insisted on us still seeing each other, as simply friends.
"I haven't changed my mind, and I won't change my mind, Jake," I groaned. "I've decided that I want to spend the rest of eternity with Edward. I know you may not want to see me anymore after that, but it's the only chance I have, and I don't want to give up on the love of my life."
"But think about everything else that you will be giving up. Think of Charlie, Renee. Think of me. Please."
I hated it when he pleaded. His face seemed to transform into the Jacob I had met that day at the beach. My Jacob. Of course I didn't want to give him up. If I could I would stay with him, but I couldn't lose Edward. I loved him too much.
"I'm not changing my mind," I whispered, looking down at my hands.
There was silence, then the sound of the engine accelerating.
"In that case, I'm going for it, Bella. I'm going to try and save you from making the worst mistake of your life. I can't let you give up like that," Jacob explained as I stared at him wide-eyed.
"Jacob!" I exclaimed. I could feel my heart thumping against my chest with great force. This was being to much the thought of being taken away kidnapped from where I wanted to be. From Edward.
I noticed we weren't headed toward Forks anymore. Instead we were headed in some new direction I did not recognize.
"I love you, Bella. I love you more than my life, and that's why I'm risking it to save you from being changed into a filthy bloodsucker. I would never be able to live without you. Think about the way I would feel when you were changed, and were running around, craving for blood… If you can imagine the agony, the sorrow I'll be in, then try to imagine how I'd be if he…if he killed you." He shuddered at the word while I tried to remember how to breathe.
"Jacob, please listen to me. He won't kill me! We could still be friends. I'd still be me, except for the bloodthirsty part, but we can work that out. Edward did, and I'm still here, alive. We wouldn't have to be enemies," I pleaded, tugging at his arm.
"Just decide now, Bella. Would you rather have him and be my mortal enemy for the rest of eternity, or you could choose me, and you wouldn't have to change anything?"
I held my breath. I wanted to be with Edward for the rest of eternity, but I did love Jacob and I didn't want it to end like this…
But I had to decide now, before we got to far and something horrible happened, so I chose….
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