You don't know how you met me
You don't know why, you cant turn around and say good-bye
All you know is when I'm with you I make you free
And swim through your veins like a fish in the sea
I'm singing....

Bella's magenta raincoat got caught on stray branches as she struggled to keep up with me. I laughed, playfully jogging a few paces ahead of her. I enjoyed watching her chase me. It was like those ridiculous night classes that Quil's mother used to bring him to; they used to play role reversal, where you stepped into the other person's shoes and looked at life through their perspective. And Bella was certainly in my perspective, even if she did not know it. My life was an endless chase, always staring at the back of her head as she stayed several strides ahead of me.

Follow me
Everything is alright
I'll be the one to tuck you in at night
And if you want to leave
I can guarantee
You won't find nobody else like me

"Jake!" Bella squealed, jumping as a water snake appeared from under a tree root. "Wait up!" I spun around, chuckling as I found her tangled up in her raincoat, leaning on a tree. It was our tree, in a way. The first place that I had ever really talked to her. She had been breath-taking that night, just like always. But I tried to block that conversation out. We had been talking about them. The cold ones. The vampires. The Cullens.

I don't worry 'bout the ring you wear
Cause as long as no one knows
Than nobody can care
Your feeling guilty
And I'm well aware
But you don't look ashamed
And baby, I'm not scared

I had received his threats. He had forced Bella to stay away from me ever since he had returned, but my clever Bella had escaped his cold wrath for long enough to walk with me on the beach. She was only half here though. The other half of her was with him. She was always with him in some way or another.

Follow me
Everything is alright
I'll be the one to tuck you in at night
And if you want to leave
I can guarantee
You won't find nobody else like me

If only Bella could see how good I was for her. He was a drug, and he knew it. That was why he had left her last fall. He had left her and he had left me here to piece her back together again. I had, too. When nobody else could. Stitches like that were supposed to last a lifetime, but they seemed to dissolve the minute he returned. My poor Bella. She had fallen for his tricks again. That was what I loved the most about her, and also the thing that I despised. She trusted much too easily.

I won't give you money
can't give you the sky
It better off if you don't ask why
I'm not the reason that you go astray
We'll be alright if you don't ask me to stay

"Bella," I muttered, shaking my head as I detangled her sodden mahogany hair from the tree branch. Bella giggled, averting my eyes as I leaned over her.

"I'm sorry!" she laughed, stepping backwards as soon as her hair was untangled. Her clear eyes were wary as I placed both of my hands on either side of her face.

"Don't," she whispered, the smile wiping off of her face as soon as I touched her. Drop your hand, Jacob Black, I hissed internally. It's what she wants. Mustering up all of my will power, I let my hand swing helplessly to my side.

"It's him again, isn't it?" I muttered bitterly, pinching the bridge of my nose as I took a step backwards. Bella frowned, searching my face.

"It's always been him, Jake," she whispered, her voice barely there. I could see it in her eyes; she was trying not to hurt me, yet she needed to make her stance known.

Follow me
Everything is alright
I'll be the one to tuck you in at night
And if you want to leave
I can guarantee
You won't find nobody else like me

"No, Bella," I corrected her, gritting my teeth. "It hasn't. Last January, February and March. It wasn't him then." I was hitting below the belt, bringing her back to memories that no sane person should ever have to experience. Remorse filled Bella's eyes, and I instantly regretted it. But I had to make my stance clear.

"It was me then, Bella," I pointed out, shocked by the tremors in my voice. "You know it, and so do I. He wasn't here- he was God knows where. But I was here, Bella. I was always here." Bella shook her head, tears forming in her eyes as she looked away from my intense gaze.

"Stop it, Jake," she gulped, wrapping her pale arms around her chest. "I shouldn't have come here." I laughed skeptically.

"But you did, Bella," I reminded her. "You always come back."

You don't know how you met me
You don't know why, you cant turn around and say good-bye
All you know is when I'm with you I make you free
And swim through your veins like a fish in the sea

Bella considered my answer, clearly dumbstruck. If only she could see what I could. If only she could feel what she was doing to me. Then surely she would keep coming back.

But she didn't. She only felt what she was doing to him.

Follow me
Everything is alright
I'll be the one to tuck you in at night
And if you want to leave
I can guarantee
You won't find nobody else like me

"Jake, you can do so much better than me," she sighed, using the self-pity card as a last resort. "There are a million girls out there who would-"

"And him, Bella?" I interrupted, anger brewing inside of me like boiling water. "He can't do better than you?" Bella froze, stung by my retort.

"That's just it, Jake," she replied, her voice trembling. "He can do so much better than me. You both can, yet you insist on fighting over me like two little children. He doesn't want to do better than me. He wants me." Of all the foolish things that she had said tonight, this one stung the deepest. Did she have no conception over how much I wanted her?

"Jesus, Bella," I hissed, leaning in again and placing my hand on the tree next to her face. She recoiled slightly, but I did not hesitate. "I want all of you, forever, you and me, everyday. Will you do something for me, please? Just picture your life with me? A life where you grow old and die, but age doesn't even matter because you're simply with me. Wouldn't that be enough? Jesus, Bella, wouldn't that be enough?" It all came out at once, as if I had lost all of my self-control. Bella was frightened, breathing heavily yet still silently.

"I'm sorry, Jake," she whispered, tears flying down her cheek. And then she did the worst thing that anybody could ever do to me. She ducked under my arm and hurried away down the shoreline. This time, I didn't chase her.

Follow me
Everything is alright
I'll be the one to tuck you in at night

And if you want to leave
I can guarantee
You won't find nobody else like me

I was growing impatient, but I could wait. I could wait for an eternity.