A/N: This is my version of what would have happened had Jacob stayed with Bella during the fight in Eclipse, like she had requested. My story starts right after Bella asks Jake to kiss her and she realizes that she loves him too.
Jacob's point of view:
"I have to leave," I whispered.
"No," Bella pleaded, her lower lip trembling slightly.
I smiled, pleased by her response. In spite of myself, I silently debated staying. Would it really change anything if I did? One last look in her pleading eyes made my decision for me. "Alright," I agreed halfheartedly.
Her eyes grew wide with gratitude, then something else completely. Was it regret, regret for asking me to stay? The tears overflowed and ran down her beautifully rosy cheeks. "I'm horrible," she stuttered through the sobs, "first Edward and now you. I'm so selfish."
Her tears confirmed my decision. She needed me here, with her. I grabbed her by the shoulders and held her tight to my chest. Stroking her hair I tilted her chin up and kissed her lightly, reassuringly on the lips to comfort her.
Bella shoved me away and ran into the tent. Before she climbed inside she glanced back, disgrace and remorse coated her face.
I chewed on the corner of my bottom lip debating my next move. No, I had made my choice; I'm staying. I ran into the trees to shift. "The bloodsuckers coming back," I thought smugly, "This should be interesting." I sprinted back to the campsite and ordered Seth out into the meadow. He gladly obeyed, but not before conveying his thoughts on my most recent display.
"You're sick man," he growled.
"Go chase a squirrel pup," I called after him, secretly hoping he would take that as an order. I then settled myself onto Seth's makeshift pine needle bed and went over the day's events in my head, knowing that at any moment the bloodsucker would show up. "Right on schedule," I thought menacingly," I was just getting to the juicy part."
I closed my eyes- blocking out the various remarks from the pack- to focus all my energy on the memories. As Edward passed I was sure I heard a disgusted snarl deep in his chest. I chuckle quietly to myself, until he opened the tent. Bella was beside herself, to say the least. I couldn't believe I hadn't heard her crying before.
"Are you alright?" Edward murmured anxiously.
"No. I want to die." Bella pleaded. The pain in her voice made my heart ache. I knew that her pain was my fault, but it's better that she knows how she truly feels.
"That will never happen. I won't allow it." Edward replied confidently. "Neither would I." I added. Although Bella couldn't comprehend my growls, she'd understand.
"You might change your mind about that." She whispered.
"About that," Bella groaned, but Edward continued on, chuckling while he spoke," I thought I fought dirty. He makes me look like the patron saint of ethics." Stupid vampire, what would he know about ethics?
"I'm not mad at you, love." Edward whispered. I could hear the smugness in his voice. Dammit! "Jacob's more cunning than I gave him credit for." He said lightly. That's right better not underestimate me next time, it could cost you your girlfriend. "I do wish you hadn't asked him though." The smile had disappeared from his voice. I bet you do bloodsucker.
Bella mumbled incomprehensibly, but Edward interrupted her before I could make sense of it, "Shh, that's not what I meant. It's just that he would have kissed you anyway- even if you hadn't fallen for it- and now I don't have an excuse to break his face. I would have really enjoyed that, too." I could hear the venom in his voice through the smile. I laughed, oh how I would love to see him try to break my face. He'd be the one limping away if I had anything to say about it. Actually, if I had anything to say about it there wouldn't be enough of him left to walk away with.
"Fallen for it?" Bella muttered- apparently into her sleeping bag from the sound it.
"Bella, did you really believe he was that noble. That he would go out in a flame of glory just to clear the way for me?"
"What do you know stupid bloodsucker?" I growled angrily. My sudden outburst startled Bella and she jumped- right into the arms of her beloved vampire. It took her a few seconds to catch her breath before she could respond. "Yes, I did believe that," she finally muttered. There was, surprisingly, no anger in her voice.
Edward laughed softly. "You're such a bad liar, you'll believe anyone who has the least bit of skill."
"Why aren't you mad at me? Why don't you hate me?" Bella asked confused. "How could anyone with a heart hate you, Bella?" I thought. I saw Edward's shadow turn its head toward me, I'm sure he was glaring. "Or haven't you heard the whole story yet?" Bella continued. Oh he heard- and saw- the whole thing down to the tiniest, most enjoyable details.
"I think I got a fairly comprehensive look," Edward answered, "Jacob makes vivid mental pictures. I feel almost as bad for his pack as I do for myself. Poor Seth was getting nauseated." I'm sure the last part was intended for me. Well Seth will get over it.
Bella sat silently leaning against Edward. I wish I knew what she was thinking- probably about me if I had to guess.
"You're only human," Edward finally whispered breaking the long silence.
"That's the most miserable defense I've ever heard." Bella replied, which was true. She loves me; there's no need for an excuse there.
"But you are human, Bella. And, as much as I might wish other wise, so is he. . . There are holes in your life that I can't fill. I understand that." Edward spoke hesitantly. He didn't want me hear his weakness, but I already knew I was better for her than he ever will be.
"But that's not true. That's what makes me so horrible. There are no holes." Bella argued like I wasn't even there.
"You love him," Edward murmured quietly. I know how hard it must be for him to see the truth of things, but I honestly don't care about hurting the feelings of vile bloodsuckers no matter what Bella feels towards them.
"I love you more," Bella said confidently. Ouch, that one stung to hear although I already knew it.
That's it I've had enough of this mushy crap. The talking about me like I'm not even here is getting unbearably aggravating as well. I turned my back to the tent to try and block out their ramblings. Instead I turned my attention toward the meadow and the rest of the pack. "About damn time you got over them," Quil thought, he didn't even try to hide his revulsion, "how the hell am I supposed to prepare to fight listening to their nauseating conversations?"
Sam was going over some last minute details- there wasn't much time now. I didn't want to think about the fight I was missing either so I tried to escape into my own reverie.
"Dammit, stop that!" Bella shouted. Had I been wearing any I probably would have wet my pants just then. What the hell has Edward done now? Whatever, as long as Bella's mad at him I don't care.
"No- you don't understand. I'm not just trying to make you feel better, Bella, I really mean it." Edward pleaded.
"I know you do. What happened to fighting back? Don't start with the noble self-sacrifice now! Fight!" Bella continued to shout. "Is Edward giving up?" I thought hopefully.
"How?" Edward asked weakly.
"I don't care that it's cold here. I don't care that I stink like a dog right now. Make me forget how awful I am. Make me forget him. Make me forget my own name. Fight back!" Bella lunged herself toward him.
"NO!" I jumped to my feet- paws. I snarled in complete disgust. I won't lose her like this. The thought made my stomach churn. Wild snarls escaped my muzzle with as much revulsion as I could muster.
"Careful, love," Edward mumbled, both of them continued to ignore my presence.
"No," Bella growled. She better listen to him before I lose whatever control I have over my anger.
"You don't have to prove anything to me." Edward spoke gently.
"I'm not trying to prove something. You said I could have any part of you I wanted. I want this part. I want every part." Bella said impatiently. I didn't know what I wanted to do more: puke or rip that stupid tent open and bite Edward's head off. My entire body was shaking so hard that it was difficult to concentrate on the rest of the conversation, but I couldn't make myself turn away. First I find out she's engaged and now this!?
"Jacob nobody, but your sick perverted mind wants to hear this. Give us a break we're all getting nauseous!" Embry barked exasperated.
"Perhaps this isn't the best moment for that," Edward spoke calmly.
"Why not?" Bella was extremely persistent. Does she not even care that I'm right outside the tent?
"Firstly, because it is cold." Edward argued.
"Wrong," Bella said defeated, "First, because you are bizarrely moral for a vampire." Bella had lost that battle. The idea made it possible for me to begin to try and control the shaking.
Edward chuckled. "All right, I'll give you that. The cold is second." Ha I could help with that. The cold wouldn't be an excuse for me. "And thirdly . . . well, you do actually stink, love." I laughed again; I did help with that one.
"Fourthly," Edward continued whispering, although I could still hear, "we will try, Bella. I'll make good on my promise. But I'd much rather it wasn't in reaction to Jacob Black." My spine went rigid, filthy bloodsucker, I'd rather it not be at all.
"And fifthly . . ."
"This is a very long list," Bella muttered. Yeah tell me about it I moaned.
"Yes, but did you want to listen to the fight or not?" Edward asked purposefully.
At that tuned into the pack- anything to forget what I'd just witnessed- as they watched the army come over the mountain and split off into two groups.
A/N: Yes I know the majority of the dialogue is the same, but there was much that I felt wouldn't have changed despite Jacob's presence, or that I didn't want to change just so I could write Jacob's input on it. I'm going to start on the next chapter as soon as I can. It will be much more original than the first. Please review. Thanks =]