BAM! So, this is a short chapter, but I have to get back into the swing of things with writing. It's been over a year since I've updated...crazy! Nothing really happens in this chapter...but it sets up the next chapter. Enjoy.

Chapter 41: Protection

"Listen To Jacob, and behave yourself. I don't want to hear that you—"

"Mooooommm," I groaned, rolling my eyes as she ran the brush through my thick, tangled hair. "I know I know. We are just going into town for some ice cream. We'll be fine."

She sighed before nodding. "Alright. Just be good."

"I will!" I smiled. "Besides, what's the worst that can happen?" I didn't miss the way my mohter's eyes bulged slightly right before she averted her gaze.

"Yea…" she tried to hide the uneasiness in her voice as she continued, "so, what flavor are you going to get?"

"Chocolate, of course!" I squealed excitedly.

"What about sprinkles?"

"Oh! Yes!" I nodded, "I'll definitely get sprinkles. Tons of sprinkles!"

[Jacob POV]

"Edward, this is unnecessary. Really I can—"

"Look, this is not up for discussion. You won't see me. You won't even know I'm there."

I resisted the urge to let out my growl of displeasure as I glared at Edward.

"And like I told you, I can protect her just as well as you!" If not better!

"Damn." I broke eye contact with Edward before glancing back at him. "Sorry. That slipped out."

I watched as he closed his eyes and took a deep breath. "I know we bother car about her safety. We both want the same thing."

"Yea, I suppose." I agreed. Turning, I jammed my hands in my pockets and looked up the staircase, waiting to see Nessie pop out of Bella's room.

"I'll be sure to give you guys plenty of room." Edward stated, but I did not answer aloud.

Yea. Whatever. I still don't think I need a babysitter.

"This is not about you Jacob!" He hissed moments before his daughter's face appeared above, as she smiled down at us.

"I'm almost ready to go Jacob!" She shouted, peering down.

"Alright sweetie, I'm ready when you are." I replied, giving her the thumbs up.

She giggled excitedly before retreating back into the room.

"So, what does Bells have to say about this?" I asked him curiously with raised eyebrows.

"Shut up, Jacob." He said flatly, as I watched his face turn blank.

Ahh, so Ms. Cullen does not know yet, huh? Oh, okay then. I smiled at him. "Good luck with that."

Before Edward could respond, Shortie bounced past us, shaking her head in disapproval. "I don't think that's a good idea, and I don't even need my powers to tell me that."

"Thanks, Alice." Edward sighed.

"No problem, anytime!" She said over her shoulder as she walked past us.

"I think you should listen to her."

"This isn't a negotigation. That is my daughter. Remember that."

"Sure, sure." I grinned, and turned around just in time to see Bella and Renesmee walking down the stairs.

"I'm ready now!" She exclaimed, running down the stairs before jumping off the last one, right into my arms. I caught her and laughed.

"Yes, I can see that." I replied, as I set her down. Then, trying my hardest to hide my smirk, I glanced briefly at Edward before looking at Bella.

"So…we'll just go into town for some ice cream, and then it's right back here Bells."

"You better be careful with my daughter Jacob, I'm warning you. If—"

"Are you really going to do this Bella?" I raised an eyebrow at her. Before she should answer, Renesmee tugged on the end of my shirt.

"Jacobbbbb, let's go, let's go already!"

"Bella, my love…I need to talk to you—now." Edward grimaced, and quickly grabbed Bella's hand before tugging her upstairs.

"What in the—? Edward!" The sudden movement took her by surprise. I laughed and scooped up Ness in the process.

"See you guys soon." I called over my shoulder as we walked out the door.

"Bye momma! Bye daddy!"

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