Her Dreams Give Her Wings
Epilogue Part Two - Blame It
"Are you sure about this?" I asked Jake hesitantly as he snapped his phone shut and sat onto my front porch. I followed his example and sat down next to him.
"Cameron knows what he's doing," he said reassuringly.
I sighed and rested my back against the concrete step behind me. "And you're sure you guys don't want to do it?"
Jake laughed deeply. "Someone has to drive and keep you girls in check."
I bit my lip as I thought it over. It really couldn't be that horrible, could it? I mean, it's not as if I haven't drunk before. But it seems so much worse when we're drinking and then going bowling. So much more illegal. I shuddered at the thought of being busted.
"Where are they?" I exploded and stood up on the porch. I was getting way too antsy for my own good. I just wanted Julia and Cameron back here so I knew that they weren't getting in trouble.
"Ness, Cameron's cousin is getting the alcohol," Jacob guaranteed calmly from behind me. I began pacing in front of the porch, not really listening to him. Every time a car would drive down the street, I would turn and wait to see if it was my two best friends.
No such luck.
Finally, after a half an hour of me pacing my front yard, I saw the familiar Honda pull into my driveway. I let out a sigh of relief and walked quickly towards the car.
"Guys, what took you so long?" I demanded as they both got out of the car. Jacob came to stand behind me and rested a hand on my shoulder.
"Don't get your knickers in a twist," Julia chuckled. She walked around the front of the car with her purse in her hands. "Joey had to take care of his kid, so we had to wait a while."
"That's fine," Jacob announced before I could say anything. "It's in the car?" he asked Cameron.
Cameron nodded. "The trunk."
"Nessie, come on!" Julia practically squealed and pulled me to the back of the car.
She pushed the key in the lock and waited for the trunk door to pop open. When it did, she pulled out a bottle of a clear liquid and another bottle of Sunny D. I looked at it in confusion. She rolled her eyes and walked towards my front door as if she owned the place.
I followed her in, silently saying a thank you prayer that Edward and Bella chose today to take Peyton to see Esme and Carlisle. If they would have somehow just popped up at a time like this...
"Here," Julia breathed and set the two bottles on the kitchen island, "we have the cheapest, nastiest, most repulsive vodka ever and Sunny D."
I paused. Every action in my body, every thought in my head. They just...stopped.
"Is that supposed to sound appetizing?" I asked warily as I glanced at the bottle of vodka.
Julia snorted. "It will when you mix it up with some orange juice, too!"
I sighed. "I don't know, Julia..."
Suddenly, her eyes got really wide and droopy. She stared up at me from under her lashes and her eyes got a little misty. Her mouth even started twitching, looking like she was about to cry. She was too good of an actress.
"Please, Nessie? This could be fun!"
"Can I ask one question first?" I suggested meekly. She jumped and clapped her hands, but nodded. "Why'd you have to get the nastiest one?"
She shrugged and Cameron laughed from behind me. "It was cheap, and it's more fun," she concluded with a laugh.
I raised an eyebrow at her argument for it. "But, I heard it's nasty..."
Her eyes squinted into tiny slits. "Nessie," she hissed, "the Sunny D and orange juice will almost dilute the taste of the vodka. If it's too strong for you, just plug your nose."
I held up my hands in my defense. I knew I would never win a fight against Julia. "Whatever you say, Jules."
Jacob sighed and sat on the stool next to the island, and Cameron followed his lead. Julia let out a whoop and ran over to the cupboard, grabbing two cups out of them. She set down the cups on the island and grabbed orange juice out of the refrigerator. After she got everything situated, she came back over to me.
"Are you sure about this, Ness?" Jacob asked warily as he watched Julia pour orange juice into the two cups.
I nodded confidently and he sighed. Cameron laughed loudly and threw an arm over Julia's shoulders while she poured in the Sunny D. "Look at you. You should be a bartender."
She flashed him a smile without looking away from the cups. "Yeah, baby. It's how I do."
I rolled my eyes at my so-called best friend. I bit my lip as she grabbed the bottle of vodka and unscrewed the top. She cleared her throat as she began to pour it in.
Jacob watched curiously from the sidelines, just like me. "How much are you going to put in there?" he asked her as she kept going.
"Enough," she answered simply and set the bottle down. She slid the red cup in my direction over the island's top and jutted her chin out to me.
"Drink up, baby girl," she teased and winked playfully.
I scowled at her.
"You know," Jacob started and stood next to me. I turned to look at him. He was staring at me with concern. "You don't really need to do this if you don't want to."
"I do want to."
He looked down at me doubtfully. "You don't seem like—"
I cut him off quickly by lifting the cup to my lips and mumbling, "I want to."
I tilted my head back just a little. I let the fruity drink pour into my mouth. I flinched just a little when I felt a tiny burn, but that was it. Julia was right, it was diluted.
I opened my eyes to see Jacob gaping at me. Julia was bouncing up and down on her stool and Cameron was trying to control her.
"What?" I asked them.
"Did you really just chug that whole cup?" Jacob asked incredulously.
I glanced down at the red cup that was in my hands and noticed that it was empty. I turned it upside down and a little drop of yellow drink spilled out.
"Oops," I giggled. It felt like I was suddenly on top of the world. My adrenaline was pumping, and I got the sudden urge to do flips around the kitchen.
"Ooh," Julia squealed and smacked Cameron's hands away from her. "Nessie's got it happenin'!"
I laughed loudly and pounded my cup on the table. "Fill me up, bartender."
I stepped out of Jacob's truck and nearly broke my ankle. I giggled and took hold of Julia's shoulder as I pulled of my red heels and threw them over my shoulder.
I heard a groan behind me and saw Jacob picking up my shoes. Julia and I linked arms and skipped off towards the entrance of the bowling alley. Cameron held the door for us and threw Jacob a glance.
"Nice shoes, Jake," he snickered.
"Shut the hell up," Jacob said, punching his shoulder.
A middle-aged man worked behind the counter of the alley. He licked his lips at Julia and me causing us both to "Ew," in unison. We laughed anyway and started bouncing around as Cameron and Jacob paid for our bowling and we got our shoes.
"What size?" the man asked, his eyes nowhere near our eyes.
"Five!" we said together, making us both erupt in laughter yet again.
Cameron handed Julia her shoes and took her hand, leading her to lane six.
"Hey, she's mine!" I pouted and grabbed her hand out of his, running towards the lane.
We were still giggling as we sat down by the seats at the lane. I somehow managed to plop myself down onto one of the bluish-green seats around the lane. I pulled my leg up so it was bent and I could reach my shoe. I slipped them on quickly, a little disgusted that I was touching someone else's used, nasty shoes. I was pulled out of my trance when I heard something that sounded awfully like a pigeon being run over by a tractor.
"I came, I came. I saw, I saw. I hit 'er right there in the jaw, in the jaw!" Julia sang loudly and jumped up from her seat when her shoes were on. She poked Cameron in the forehead, making his head get pushed backward roughly, and skipped up to get a ball. Right when she stepped one foot up the step to get to the machine, her other foot got caught and she went flying down. She landed on the hardwood floor with a thud. I busted out in hysterics.
I heard Cameron curse under his breath and go to get his girlfriend up, but she was already standing when I looked back to her.
"Woo!" she let out a short, victorious yell and did a little dance.
I was laughing all the way over to her. When I made it by her side, I grabbed onto her arm for support. "You just ate shit!"
She beamed brightly. "I know, wasn't it great?"
I nodded happily. I turned back around to get the ball, but two men were standing in my way. "Excuse me!" I shouted in their faces. "I don't appreciate you standing here, even if you're friends."
"Just friends?" Jacob mocked and held onto his chest. "Ouch, that'll leave a mark."
I smirked at him. "I see you've gotten over your pussiness."
He quirked an eyebrow. "Pussiness?"
I nodded in mock seriousness. "Oh yeah," I snorted and then giggled at the sound of it. Whoever was the first person to snort must have looked like an asshole.
"No move!" I commanded and pushed my boyfriend to the side. It took some extra strength to knock him out of the way, but I did. I sauntered over to the ball machine...thing and picked up a nice looking purplish-pink ball.
"Julia! Get your white ass over here and let's bowl!"
She saluted me like a sailor. "Aye aye, captain!"
I blinked a couple times when my vision went blurry. "Whose turn is it first?" I shouted and stared down the lane.
"Control your girlfriend," Cameron chuckled. "Even if she is drunk, she can't act like it."
Julia let out a short laugh. "This is pretty much her first time, that's not gonna happen!"
"I'm right here, you know," I commented wryly. "And I'm perfectly fine." Julia smiled innocently with a slightly glassy look to her eyes. "Can we bowl already?"
"Let's do it!" Julia yelled with excitement and picked up a light pink ball. She did a couple practice swings and then walked up to the lane slowly. She stumbled a bit trying to get up there, but she made it.
"Must you be so loud, Jules?" Cameron asked sarcastically and rubbed his head.
Julia threw me a look over her shoulder and then looked him in the eye. "This isn't loud. You know what's loud?" she asked. When he didn't answer, she mumbled, "Wars...are loud," she looked uncertain of her sudden analogy. She thought it over for a moment and shrugged. "Yeah, those things are fucking loud!"
"So eat it!" I defended my best friend and poked her boyfriend in the chest. He rubbed it and gave me a mock hurt look. I rolled my eyes. "Ba-by!"
"Shut up," he mumbled lightheartedly. He smirked at me and waved his hand. "Bowl, Julia, before someone here sprouts a gray hair."
She looked to her left. She jabbed her finger in that direction and giggled. "Looks like it's too late for him over there," she whisper-yelled.
"Aw, poor man."
"Oh my God!" Jacob exploded. "Bowl already!"
I put my hands on my hips and glared at him. He put his hands on my waist and steered me to the lane.
"Like this," he said as if he were telling a child.
He put my fingers in the right holes, but made the mistake of poking my side as his hands moved back to my waist.
I shrieked and spun around, my hands flying up in the process, sending the ball flying backwards, landing hard on the lane. Julia, Cameron and Jacob erupted in laughter as I stood with my hands on my mouth, my face cherry red.
"Ssstrike!" Julia yelled.
People at surrounding lanes glared for a minute until Julia gave them a look that was supposed to be frightening.
I giggled and grabbed another ball. My tongue stuck out of my mouth as I tried to find the right angle to bowl from. I squinted one eye and then finally gave up and closed my eyes and let the ball go.
"Score one for the boys back…here," Julia said, with a frown. She shrugged and got up for her turn.
She sat on the ground and put the ball between her legs. She rolled it back and forth for a while and then pushed it forward. I brought her another ball and sat down with her. She did the same thing again.
"Okay kids, let me show you how the pros do it," Cameron said and grabbed a ball.
"That's what she said," Julia sang as she skipped back to the chairs.
"Help! I've fallen and I can't get up!" I shouted as I lay down in front of the lane.
"You do know that won't stop me from going, right?" Cameron smirked, quirking an eyebrow.
"Assault!" I yelled and threw my arms over my face.
Julia latched her hands around my wrists and tried, unsuccessfully, to drag me back to the chairs. She gave up after a minute, huffed, and sat down next to me. I giggled at the look on her face and she punched my arm.
"Oh my Jesus! Do you hear that?" she screeched and jumped up.
I looked up at the ceiling while I tried to find what she was talking about. I gasped when I heard it and jumped up.
"What?" Jacob asked, looking at us as we had finally gone insane.
"Go girl its ya birthday, open wide I know you're thirsty. Say ahhh, say ahhh.
And we don't buy no drinks at the bar, pop champagne cause we got that dough. Let me hear you say ahhh, you want me say ahhh…"
Julia grabbed my hand and pulled me to an open space by our chairs. We shared a glance and then broke into the dance we did for the song at our last recital.
"I'm gonna rip my pants!" she groaned.
I laughed as we both dipped down low.
"It's Loso, might be to drunk to know so. I make'em say ahhh. Just like I'm your doctor, all I prescribe is cranberry and vodka…"
Julia grabbed Cameron and I grabbed Jacob as the next part included guys. They looked skeptical, and a little…turned on? I smiled to myself.
We stood them in front of us and turned our backs to them. I heard Jacob gulp.
"Yea this how you do it girl, just tilt your head back right, open wide, ahhh. There you go, uh uh no hands baby, just make it easier."
For the last part, we did the splits slowly and tilted our heads back.
Cameron coughed. "Why have we never been told about these dances?"
Julia held her hand out and he helped her up. Jacob did the same for me and then leaned it to kiss me. I held my hand out in front of his face.
"First date, remember?" I winked.
"Ooh, burn!" Julia snickered.
"Can we bowl now?" Jacob wondered.
"Let's get this ball on the lane!" I commanded, "Cam, it's your turn! Stop sucking off my best friend's face and get your Aussie ass over here."
He grinned at me. "Thank you, Captain Obvious."
I returned it. "You're welcome, Lieutenant Sarcasm."
I searched my bag desperately for my iPod and pulled it out triumphantly. I was barely aware that Jacob lifted me into his truck as I started digging through his glove compartment. I lifted the black cord out and attached it to the stereo and my iPod as soon as he started the truck.
"Whoa, where's the fire Ness?" he chuckled.
I threw him a glance and went back to scrolling through my play lists. I found one that I had labeled as 'FUN!' Looked promising, so I pressed the center button and waited for the music to flow through his truck.
Jacob grabbed my iPod from my hands as The Maine's version of Pour Some Sugar On Me began.
"Hey!" I pouted.
He threw me a 'you can't be serious' glance and scrolled through the songs while he was driving. He clicked on one with a smirk.
I squealed and clapped when I heard it and noticed that he had passed up Julia's street.
"Where are you going?" I demanded.
"I'm taking you home," he said in confusion.
"No! I have to say goodbye to Julia! Turn around, mister!" I screeched.
He shook his head, checked all around him, and made a completely illegal U-turn.
We pulled into Julia's driveway, behind Cameron, and I jumped out before Jacob put the truck in park.
"Start the song over!" I instructed him.
"What's the magic word?" he asked in a sing-song voice.
I jutted out my lower lip. "Please?"
He chuckled, but complied.
"Julia!" I sang and threw open the passenger door.
She looked at me with bright eyes. "Dance with me!" I grabbed her hand and pulled her to the grass. Jacob turned it up and she squealed happily.
"I can make your bed rock, I can make your bed rock, girl. I can make your bed rock, I can make your bed rock…"
"Oh my God!"
We all turned at the sound and saw Julia's sister running down the front porch in her pajamas. She joined us and we danced like we were, well, us.
When the song ended, I hugged Julia and Kelly and let Jacob pull me away. Cameron laughed at the expression on my face. I stuck my tongue out at him and jumped in the truck.
I rested my head back as he drove me home. The effects of the alcohol were definitely wearing off, and I felt a little…embarrassed about the way I had acted. I glanced out the window and noticed that little drops of rain were present, more falling faster and faster from the sky.
He pulled into my driveway and cut the engine. We sat for a minute and listened at the soft beating of the rain on his truck. Jacob slowly got out of the truck and ran to my side. He opened the door for me and helped me out.
We ran, laughing, to the front porch and then stood, staring at each other.
I bit my lip and looked up from under my lashes. With heels on, I didn't have to reach very far, but I still had to stand on my tip toes.
Halfway to his lips, he stopped me. "I thought this was our first date?"
I smiled softly and put my finger to his lips. "Shh."
He smiled and brought his lips to mine. He was everywhere. The rain in my hair, the wind on my skin, and when he whispered my name that way, my heart beat faster. Everything was Jacob. I could never imagine living a life without him in it.
"I love you," I reminded him.
"You're breaking all the rules tonight, huh?" he smiled.
In response, I kissed him again, running my finger slowly down his jaw, and then kissing the corner of his mouth.
Don't ever leave, I silently pleaded.
"I'm right here," he promised as if he heard me, "forever. I love you."
After an infinite moment with Jacob, the lightning flashed and reminded us both where we were. We said our goodbyes and I walked inside, feeling more intoxicated than I had all night.
Edward and Bella were cuddled together on the couch, wrapped in a blanket. Bella was asleep on his chest, but Edward turned and smiled at me when I came in. I gave him a breathless smile and walked upstairs. I knew he would have asked me questions, but he didn't want to wake Bella, and she would want to hear everything too. Well, mostly everything.
I pulled off my heels and fell back on my bed, a smile plastered on my face. I touched the locket at my neck and frowned. There was something…incomplete about today.
I crept into the hallway and stopped outside of Peyton's door. I heard faint sounds of a happy baby inside so I pushed the door open. The quiet hum of the dehumidifier was the only sound I heard. I furrowed my brow and started to close the door when I heard a very happy little giggle.
I smiled and turned the light on dimly. As I slowly made my way to the crib, my heard gave an uncomfortable squeeze.
God, she was beautiful. So perfect and healthy, that glow ever-present. I rested my hands on the rail and took a deep breath. She looked up at me with those big chocolaty eyes. Her little mouth sucked greedily on a purple pacifier for a few seconds and then she pushed it out with her tiny little tongue.
I carefully placed my arms under her head and body and lifted her, cradling her close to my body.
And though later I would come to realize that it was only gas, she smiled at me.
A/N: *teary-eyed* I can't believe that it's really over. I can't thank everyone enough for their incredible support. Let me just say that I never expected this kind of response from something I came up with in the middle of Geometry class. As always, my friends get a huge hug for their pushing me to continue, even through the tough times. Gah. Julia, lovey, you know I could have never done this without you, thank you. I know I say this every time, but I love you all so so so much. Review and tell everyone. Thank you.
P.S. Don't you dare think that this is over. I have already started the sequel, Her Wings Set Her Free, so please stick around for that. Hugs&Kisses