Title; Don't Blink

paring: Bella/Jacob

Summary: Vampire Bella sees Jake after 20 years.

He's older. Changed. I can see that lines have formed around his eyes, his mouth. His hands look different – more worn, more fragile than when I first met him all those years ago. I couldn't believe how warm he still was. I also couldn't believe the smell that came from him. It was so ... dog like. How was it that I had not noticed it when I was human?

"Bella" He whispered. My ears barely picked up the sound of his voice, but I knew his voice anywhere.

"Jake." I said back softly. It took all my strength not to turn and run. My hands shook a little.

"What's the matter, Bells?" He asked, and I couldn't help but note that his brow still made the same adorable wrinkles it made when we were young.

"You've aged." I said. It was a statement full of wonder, and curiosity. How could he age when I had been the older of the two, once upon a time. I remembered the jokes we use to have, adding up ages. Now I wanted to subtract them, and make him young again – I wanted to make him more like me.

"You blinked." He stated softly. "Aging is a normal process, for the rest of us. Don't blink again Bells. I'll be gone before you know it."