Chapter: 11

Calm Before the Storm

Nora's face went blank.

Then, her eyes glazed with fury. She pulled her fist back, and punched Amy square in the face.

Amy fell from her stool she had been sitting on. People around us stopped their conversations and turned their attention towards us.

"What the hell?" Amy yelled over the blaring music, brushing herself off and rubbing her jaw.

"Let's go." Nora said to Amy, pulling her by the arm out of the club.

My head was swimming. I had no idea what Nora was going to do next. Bella and the Cullen's followed closely behind me. I looked over at Alice with a frantic glance. She looked up at me and shrugged her shoulders.

Nora stopped when she reached her car. She pushed Amy against it and punched her in

the face again.

"Where is he?!" she yelled.

No answer. Nora punched her again. Amy fell against the Impala with a loud thud, and fell hard onto the concrete. This time her lip stared bleeding.

"Tell Jasper to leave" I whispered to Edward, who was standing right next to me.

Edward walked up to Jasper and put a hand on his shoulder.

"I'll be fine, Edward."Jasper said calmly.

"Now, Amy." said Nora, getting down to her level. "Tell me where Chris is, what he wants from me, and what he plans on doing before I break that pretty little nose that your father bought for you."

Amy wiped her lip with the back of her hand.

"He wants you," she said, smiling smugly. "Dead"

Nora punched her again.

"Details Amy, I swear to God no one will recognize your-"

"He's in Minneapolis right now, he's on his way here. He said that 'you don't deserve to live for the shit you've pulled' and he said that he's going to end your so-called "suffering."

"He'll never get the chance," I growled at Amy.

"Chris succeeds at everything he does," Amy said. "She's as good as dead."

"Not this time," I said, barley able to contain my anger. "He won't get within a hundred feet of her."

"Tell this Chris guy that Nora has better friends now." Emmett exclaimed, crossing his arms over his chest.

"Never." said Alice.

Nora and I looked at them, and then at each other.

"Thanks guys." Nora said, smiling.

Amy laughed.

"Who the hell do you people think you are?" laughed Amy. "Look at you. Your just a bunch of rich assholes."

Rosalie walked up to her, looked her in the face, and swung her fist.

Amy slumped on the ground, she was out cold.

"We're better equipt than you think."

We were all on our way back to the Cullen's house. Nora was driving, I was in the passenger seat, and Bella and Edward were cuddled up in the back. I turned around and looked at them. Bella was sitting to the right of Edward. her legs over his lap. They weren't saying anything, just looking into each others eyes. I understood now. I couldn't before. They didn't need words to know how the other felt, they could see into each other's souls. This time I smiled at them. I turned my attention toward Nora, she was glaring at the road like she wanted it to melt. I put my hand over her hand that was on the stick shift. She looked at our hands intertwined, and looked at me and smiled happily. I lifted her hand to my lips and kissed it soflty.

"Now what?" asked Bella.

"Now we wait," Nora said sighing. "I firmly believe that this isn't going to turn into anything even remotely dangerous."

"We can help you anyway you would need us to." said Edward.

"Thank you for that, but if worse comes to worse, and he was to find out about your secret somehow, I would never forgive myself. I don't want to put your family in jeopardy. As far as Jake here is concerned," she said smiling widely at me, nudging my ribs with her elbow. "I don't think that I have a choice on anything that he'll do"

"None at all." I nodded.

"The offer still stands Nora, any friend of Jake's is a friend of ours." Edward said seriously. "Anything you need us to do, just ask." he added.

"I will"

"Were did you learn to punch like that?" Asked Bella.

"Passed experience." she laughed. "Why?"

"I was wondering if you could possibly teach me, I mean you don't have to if you don't want to or anything, but I'd like to learn, sometime."

"Plan on getting into a fist fight Bella?" asked Nora

"It would have come in handy a while back." she said.

Edward laughed.

About half an hour later we had reached the Cullen house.

"Would you guys like to come in?" asked Edward.

I looked at Nora.

"No thank you," she said. "Im kinda tired actually."

"We'll see you later then." He said.

Nora smiled at him, and gave Bella a hug.

"I'll teach you sometime, you'll be able to keep Emmett in his place."Nora said, giving Bella a wink.

"I'd like to see that," Emmett said, getting out of his car.

"One day Emmett." said Alice.

"Heading out?" Asked Jasper.

"Yeah," I said. "Nora's tired"

"Beating the crap out of people tiering?" Emmett asked jokingly.

"Hey, now," said Nora, putting her hands up. "Rosalie is the one who delivered the knockout blow, not me."

Emmett put his arm around Rosalie.

"That's my girl." he said.

"Knocking out a human isn't that hard babe," she said.

"It was still pretty hot."

"This is where we say goodbye." I said awkwardly.

"See ya' guys later." Nora said, as she got into the car.

We drove in silence. Not an awkward silence, but a calm silence. A calm before the storm, I thought to myself. I had a feeling that Nora wasn't telling the entire truth.

"I'm sorry that you had to see me like that." she said sadly, breaking the silence.

I looked at her confused.

"What are you talking about?"

"Beating the crap out of Amy like that," she said, glancing at me quick, then back out to the road. "That was a part of me that I had thought that I had left far behind me, I guess I haven't."

I put my hand on the side of her face.

"You did what you had to do," I said, as she leaned her face into my hand. "I would have done the same thing if I was in your shoes."

She shook her head.

"That doesn't justify my actions."

"Well, I'm glad that you did."

She looked at me with her eyebrows pulled together in confusion.

"Her bitchy entitlement attitude was getting to me, if you hadn't taken a swing at her when you did, I might have."

"Jake!"

"What?" I said, defending myself. "Anyone who threatens you is going to have to go through me first, I don't care if they are male, female, human, or non human. I will protect you, at all costs."

"Yes sir." she said, laughing.

We got my little house a while later.

"What do you say to us taking a little nap and then getting up to watch the sunrise?" I asked her.

"That sounds perfect."

We got out of the car and walked to the front door.

It was slightly open.

I looked at Nora, and she looked up at me, panic written all over her face.

I pushed the wood door open with my right hand, with my left I gently pushed Nora behind me, prepared for the worse.

We quietly walked into the house.

"Jake!" yelled dad. "What are you doing back so soon, I wasn't expecting you guys to be back until later."

"Jesus dad," I said, clutching my heart. "Don't you know how to close a door? Why don't you have the T.V. on? I couldn't hear anything."

"T.V. busted Jake, looks like I'll be watching games at Charlie's a lot more."

"Oh." I said. "We're going to bed dad."

"Night kids."

"Good-night, Mr. Black" Nora said, sweetly.

"Billy." he reminded her.

She nodded and smiled at him.

I grabbed her hand and we walked down the short hallway to my bedroom.

"Well," she said. "This was a pretty interesting night."

"That it was" I agreed.

I looked down into her eyes, she looked down at her feet. I grabbed her chin with the pointer finger of my right hand, and put my left arm around her waist. She looked back into my eyes, and I lowered my lips onto hers.

Her lips were soft, and sweet. I couldn't get enough of them. I pushed her slightly into the wall, I groaned as she rubbed up against me. Her hands started to unbutton my shirt. I slid my hands from her waist to under her butt, and I lifted her up with ease as she wrapped her legs around my waist. She removed my shirt and threw it on to the ground. I slid my hands up her little black dress and over her head.

"Jake," she whispered in my ear.

She moved her lips from mine to across my jaw, and down my neck. She softly bit down, I closed my eyes and shuddered. I carried her to the bed and laid down on top of her, my body in between her legs.

I kissed from her forehead, down the bridge of her nose, down her neck in between the valley of her breasts and down her stomach, and back up.

She brought her hands from where they were resting on the bed and brought them to the buckle of my pants. I looked into her eyes and she undid the button and pushed them down. I rolled to my side quickly and kicked them off onto the floor of the now over heated bedroom. Then I went back to my position on top of her.

I put my hands on either side of her face and stroked her temples with my thumbs.

"Your beautiful." I said.

She closed her eyes and inhaled a slow breath.

"No," she said, shaking her head.

"Yes," I said firmly, ending any doubt she has. "You're the sun and the stars, times one million,"

I rolled to my side, pulling her on top of me.

She tucked her head under my chin.

"Your so warm," she said. Lazily rubbing her fingers over my chest. "I love it."

"And I love you." I said.

She inhaled and exhaled, then she lifted her face up to me.

"I love you."

I smiled at her and kissed her lips.

I rolled onto my side again, setting her next to me, I pulled the covers up over us. She put her head on my right arm and placed her arm around my waist, I put my left arm around her.

"Good night my angel," I murmured into her forehead as I kissed it.

"Good night." she mumbled. "I love you."

"I know you do" I said, happier than I have ever been in my life.

I watched her as she fell into sleep. Amazed at the feeling of her near naked skin against mine. I felt almost selfish. Almost. I finally closed my eyes when her breathing became rhythmic and I knew she was asleep. I don't know what the future had in store for us. And I don't care. I'm living for the now. And right now. I'm the happiest man in the universe.