A/N: I did not abandon you guys! I could never do that :) I am so so sorry for the ridiculously long wait. I've got a million excuses. First off, I'm an aunt again! My second nephew, Blake Andrew, was born and we flew out to see him. Me being the… not super bright person I am, left my laptop at the airport :( So now it's gone forever, and some lucky ducky is walking around with the next couple chapters I'd already written! Which means I'm stuck here re-writing them. It's a lot harder than you'd think. And now, drum roll please, the next chapter!
Boston By: Augustana
In the light of the sun
Is there anyone
Oh it has begun
Oh dear you look so lost
Eyes are red
And tears are shed
The world you must have crossed
You don't know me
And you don't even care
She said you don't know me
And you don't wear my chains
"When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity." –John F. Kennedy
"Shit," Jacob thought to himself as he looked around the now-abandoned clearing. "Guys, meet me at Maddie's house, we've got big problems to discuss,"he added. Sometimes he hated the fact that other members of the pack could get inside his head while he was in wolf-form, but today was one of the few day's he was actually glad.
Jake ran back towards Maddie's house, stopping just out of sight to morph back and pick up the dark cargo shorts he'd dropped. He jogged the remaining distance between where he stood and the screen door on Maddie's back porch. He picked up his t-shirt and threw that on as well.
"Jacob?" Maddie's voice called from the top of the stairs. He internally groaned, forgetting that Maddie would be more than a little curious as to where he'd run off to in such a hurry. Not to mention he'd been gone for almost 15 minutes.
"Yeah?" He replied. Jacob heard footsteps upstairs and within a few seconds Maddie appeared at the top of the stairs.
"What was all the commotion for?" Maddie asked him, only slightly interested.
"I thought I saw the Thompson's dog outside, but by the time I got out there he was gone," Jake said thinking of a quick excuse. The Thompson's were Maddie's neighbors, and their little Jack Russell Terrier had recently runaway.
"Oh," Maddie replied. Jacob let out a breath that he wasn't aware he'd been holding, grateful that she bought his story.
"Do you think that maybe we could just stay here and hang out today?" Jacob asked sounding hopeful. That would really make things easier… He'd be able to keep an eye on Maddie.
"Oh, sure," Maddie responded slightly surprised. "But you seemed really excited about going out…" she added.
"Yeah, but now, I don't know I just think it'd be nice to hang around here," he told her. "Oh, and the guys just have to stop by really quickly, I guess Sam's car has been making a funny noise and he wants me to check it out."
"Okay cool," Maddie said, her mood brightening instantly. She had become really close with the guys and enjoyed hanging out with them.
Maddie heard a car pull up outside and made her way towards the window in the living room that overlooked the driveway. She pulled back the old curtain and saw Quil, Embry, Sam, Jared and Paul standing outside.
"The guys are here," Maddie said, turning back to Jacob.
"I'm going to go talk to them for a second," Jake said as he headed for the door.
"Okay, cool, I'll come with," Maddie said following him. Jacob stopped dead in his tracks, his hand already on the door handle.
"Maybe you should just, stay here for a minute," he said. Maddie looked hurt and confused by her boyfriend's statement.
"What, why?" She asked. They were practically just as much her friends as they were Jacob's.
"I just need to talk to them about something really quickly, you know, tribe stuff. I thought you'd rather go and get a movie started," he told her.
Maddie was still slightly thrown off by the way Jacob was acting, she had only wanted to say hi to them for a second. "Yeah, okay," she said not wanting to show her disappointment. "I'll go grab one upstairs."
"Okay, thanks," Jacob said sounding relieved. He gave her a quick peck on the cheek and was out the door. Maddie stood there for a second, still trying to figure out why Jake was acting so strange.
She came to the conclusion that something wasn't right. Maddie wasn't exactly sure what, but whatever it was, Jacob didn't want her to know about it.
I'm a big girl, I can handle myself, she thought. She hated the fact that Jacob was excluding her from this, it made her feel like he didn't think she was capable of handling real problems.
Maddie made her way up the stairs and into Bella's room. Her mind was drifting as she looked through a box of DVD's she'd brought with her when she moved. She heard faint voices and looked towards the other side of the bedroom, where the window was slightly open. Not wanting to be seen, she crawled over to the foot of Bella's bed and leaned against the wall. It wasn't exactly ideal, but she could make out some of what they were saying.
"…. Seth and Leah running patrol down at the Res," Maddie recognized the deep voice as Sam's. Maddie didn't understand what he meant by 'running patrol.'
"Jacob stay here and…" This time she knew the voice belonged to Jared. "… keep things under control," he finished.
"Don't worry Jacob, we'll get them before anything happens," Embry said in what Maddie figured was a confronting tone.
Maddie really had no idea what in the world they were talking about, but it didn't sound good. She knew that whatever it was, it was big, and she was not supposed to know about it.
Maddie was so deep in her thoughts that she jumped when she heard footsteps coming up the stairs. She sprung up and took a few steps away from the window in attempt to mask the fact that she'd been eves dropping. A few seconds later Jacob appeared in the doorway.
"Hey, got a movie picked out?" Jacob asked pointing to the DVD case Maddie didn't even realize she was clutching.
"Uh, yeah," she said checking the title, "2 Fast 2 Furious." Maddie held up the case for Jacob to see, as if it was her alibi for what she'd been doing while he was gone.
"Perfect," he said, smiling. But Maddie couldn't help but notice how the smile didn't reach his eyes. Maybe she was over thinking things, or maybe she wasn't, but Jacob definitely wasn't acting himself.
Maddie and Jacob made their way downstairs to the living room. "Here, you put the movie in and I'll go get some popcorn," Maddie instructed Jake, throwing the DVD case to him. He caught it without flinching and went to go put it in the DVD player while Maddie walked to the kitchen. She grabbed a package of popcorn and began to microwave it.
She was standing by the sink looking at the window out into the backyard. Her eyes surveyed the dense woods that had never seemed more mysterious and she shivered. Maddie jumped when the microwave began beeping, laughing at herself for being so easily scared. She grabbed the bag of hot popcorn and returned to the living room.
Jacob was already seated on one of the worn couches and he scooted over to make room for Maddie. She handed Jake the bowl of popcorn and sat down next to him.
"So what did you and the guys talk about earlier?" Maddie asked as the opening credits began rolling. Jacob shifted uneasily before answering.
"You know, just about Sam's truck," Jacob replied before reaching for a handful of popcorn. By this point, Maddie was starting to get a little annoyed with the way Jake was acting. She knew for a fact that he was hiding something from her, and it was beginning to get very annoying.
"Jacob, how stupid do you think I am?" She asked, her words dripping with anger. "Contrary to what you seem to believe, I'm not completely oblivious to everything that happens around here," she finished.
Jacob was taken aback by what Maddie had just said. She was obviously upset about something that had happened, he just wasn't sure what. "Maddie, what the hell are you talking about?" He asked.
"I heard you guys outside earlier," Maddie informed him, purposely leaving out how little she'd actually heard. "You ran into the woods like a freaking madman today and ever since then you've just been acting strange. Do you not trust me enough to tell me what the heck is going on?"
"Maddie, no, that's not it at all," he reassured her as he grabbed her hand. "If I could tell you, I would, you know that," Jacob finished.
"Well why can't you?" She asked, fighting back the tears that were threatening to fall.
"Because…" Jacob searched for the right words to make Maddie understand how bad he wished he could tell her the truth. "Because I don't think you'd believe me, and I don't want to scare you," Jake answered.
"Jacob, do you really think there's anything you could say to me that would change the way I feel about you?" Maddie questioned, the tears beginning to spill out now. "I love you," she told him. "You are the most important part of my life now and I don't know what I would ever do without you. I just wish there was some way to prove how much you mean to me."
"I love you too," Jake told her. "I'm just scared of ruining what we have. I'd hate to wake up one day and know that I screwed all this up."
Maddie didn't even respond, she was too worried that if she did, it only cause her to cry harder. And that was something she just couldn't bring herself to do. So instead, Jacob continued.
"Do you remember that day in Wisconsin, when I promised that I would tell you?" He asked. Maddie just nodded her head in response; she didn't trust her voice right now. "Well I still swear to you Maddie, I will tell you when you need to know. Right now you just have to trust me."
"Okay," she was finally able to get out. But Maddie was disappointed with Jacob's response. It seemed like since the day she'd met him, that'd been his big motto. Any other day she would have taken that one hook, line and sinker. But today wasn't just any day, and she wasn't one for believing that everything would work out okay. "But what if I'm ready to know now?" Maddie asked him.
Jacob was about to respond when the front door flew open and Bella walked in. Maddie and Jacob had been so preoccupied that they didn't even hear her loud, rickety truck pull up. She was slightly alarmed when she noticed them on the couch, but more so when she noticed the tears streaming down Maddie's face.
"Is everything… alright here?" Bella asked sounding concerned. Jacob let out a frustrated sigh.
"Yeah," he answered.
"I'm just going to run upstairs real quick," Maddie said, making a beeline to the bathroom. Which left just Bella and Jacob standing alone in the living room.
"What was that about?" Bella questioned, gesturing towards the stairs.
"I'll explain later," Jacob said, his voice barely more than a whisper. "But until then you have to promise that you won't let Maddie go anywhere alone… Scratch that, don't even let her out of your sight," Jake instructed.
"Okay, but Jacob if there's something going on…" Bella began, but Jake cut her off before she could finish.
"Not now," he pleaded with her. He heard the bathroom door upstairs open, and knew it was his last chance to get his point across. "And Maddie can't know," he said.
A/N: Yes, I know. A fairly short chapter. But I would rather put up this short chapter and update again soon versus me doing some long chapter and you guys not hearing from me forever! There will be an update soon, promise dudes! And James' motive will be explained soon enough. Hope you're all doing well. Love, Bam