And here it finally is. With this, our lovely tale finally comes to a close.

And this chapter is actually longer than half a page! I bet you guys are thrilled.

Billy holds another Fourth of July party that year, and Bella comes. She and Jacob act like normal friends most of the time, and then, right before the fireworks are set to start, she leans up and whispers into Jacob's ear, "Come with me."

They go around to the barn. Somewhere along the way, Jacob slides his hand around Bella's. Bella doesn't pull away.

When they're inside the barn, they sit down and push their backs against the wall. "So," Jacob says. "What's up?"

Bella bites her lip. "I…I like you, Jake." She stops and takes a deep breath. "I really like you."

Jacob doesn't answer. He can tell that she has more to say.

"But…" Bella continues. "I'm a little worried about…what might happen. I mean…what if we got together, and something happened, and we never talked to each other again?" Her voice comes in a frantic rush. "I wouldn't be able to stand it if that happened, Jake—I just—"

Jacob's finger lands on her lips, and she falls silent.

"It's okay, Bella," he says slowly. "I'm afraid of that too. A little."

Bella blinks. "Really?"

Jacob nods. "Yeah. But why should we let it get in our way? Even if we do break up someday, we can still enjoy what time we have, can't we?"

A faint smile comes to Bella's face. "Maybe we can."

Jacob leans in and plants a light kiss on Bella's forehead. "It doesn't have to be that much different," he whispers. "It's not like being a couple turns us into different people. We'll still do normal friend things, and we'll still hang around with other people. We'll still go to movies and eat frozen watermelons together and all the stuff we did before. We'll still be Jacob and Bella."

A smirk appears on his face. "We'll just be holding hands and kissing while we do it."

Bella blushes and looks away. "How do you know that?" she asks.

Jacob grins and raises his eyebrows suggestively. "Oh, you know you want to."

"Shut up, Jake!"

Jacob laughs and wards off her palm when she raises it to slap him. "I was kidding, Bells."

Bella sighs. "I know." She looks down. "I've never had a boyfriend before."

"I've never had a girlfriend before."

"I guess maybe this won't be so hard after all," Bella teases. "I won't be the only one with no clue what I'm doing."

"Excuse me? I know what I'm doing."

"Well…" Bella pretends to think. Smirking, she says after a moment, "I guess maybe you might know. I'll give you a chance."

Jacob smiles and nods. "Come on, Bella," he says, grabbing Bella's hand and pulling her to her feet. "There are some frozen watermelons on the table with our names on them."

Bella laughs, squeezing Jacob's hand enthusiastically. "Watermelon sounds great, Jake. Really great."

And so, hand in hand, Jacob and Bella walk back toward the party, smiling contentedly. Ready for their relationship, ready for whatever would happen in the future.

Ready to face it all together.

And now, our story is over. Aw. I've really had fun writing this.

Thank you all so much for your reads and reviews! You guys have been great. Be sure to check out my latest Twilight long-fic, Where You Belong, which is chock-full of Edward x Bella x Jacob goodness, and longer than this one here will ever be.

Ta ta, darlings!