Emmett: "Hey funkymunky2511! What are you doing?"
FM: "It's called sleeping."
*Emmett smacks FM*
FM "What was that for?"
Emmett: "You haven't updated my story in over a month get to it!"
FM: "Calm down! I was busy studying for my nursing school entrance exam. Sheesh"
Emmett: "Well, since that's over get to writing! I need to practice with Bella some more."
Sorry for the delay as you can tell I've been preoccupied but no worries updates should be coming regularly. I hope you all enjoy this.
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Chapter 10: Family
"Your back," Rosalie said.
"Yeah, I am," I responded.
She placed her hand on her hip and waited for me to elaborate, but I didn't feel like explaining myself to her. I could see her impatience growing for one of us to say something but no one said anything.
"So, what happened?" she finally asked.
"The wolves want some time to think about it," I said.
"Stupid wolves," she muttered. "What do they need to think about? The answer should be no, it's part of the treaty."
"That's why we tried to bargain with them," I said.
She sighed and said, "Emmett are you sure about all of this? Is Bella really worth this? Is she even ready for all of this? You been dating for all of five days, you know how fickle humans can be."
"Rosalie," Esme began. The whole room was severely upset and Esme continued, "Emmett can make his own decisions and so can Bella."
"That's true, but she may change her mind once she's changed and realizes that this is it," she said.
I thought about her words and I hated to admit it but she did have a point. Bella was still human and she could change her mind at any minute, once she realized what she was giving up.
"Enough Rosalie," Esme intervened.
"What a great idea! Alice exclaimed, after her vision was over.
Esme smiled at Alice. "I think we should have Bella over and get to know her better. Now that things have gotten more serious between her and Emmett we should make every effort to get to know her."
"I can already tell you I won't be welcoming. If that girl comes into our home I will not hesitate to tell her how I feel," Rosalie growled.
"Fine then, we'll just take her to dinner," Edward said.
"Edward, you can't be serious?" Rosalie screamed.
"Emmett is my brother and I will support him in this. If you don't, I won't force you," he argued.
"Are you sure you want to do this?" Rosalie asked.
Edward grimaced at her thoughts and finally answered, "Yes, I'm sure."
"Fine! Leave then!" she said, storming off.
"Don't worry she won't hold on for too long. Your self control is a lot stronger than hers," Alice giggled.
"Good," Edward answered, a huge smile on her face
"I'm thinking karaoke, just don't tell her right off the bat," Alice warned.
"Okay?" I responded, unsure about our outing.
"Don't worry so much," Jasper said. "Bella loves you and will have a great time."
"Thanks," I said, as a wave of calm overwhelmed me.
"Well, I guess I should get going. Bella must be freaking out that I haven't arrived."
"Go get her tiger!" Edward teased.
I arrived at Bella's shortly after but I didn't go in right away. Charlie was still awake and I wasn't ready to face Bella, Rosalie's words still swirled around in my head. I perched myself in the tree next to Bella's room and waited.
No matter how mad I was at Rosalie right now, I couldn't deny that she had a reasonable argument. Bella didn't realized how much she would be giving up if she chose a life with me. Her family, friends, and humanity would be lost. I knew she was brave, she had after all confronted me about being a vampire. I couldn't deny her intelligence, but I wondered why she would risk it all for me? Her instincts and common sense should have pushed her away by now and yet she remained.
After waiting around for Charlie to be in a deep sleep I tapped Bella's window and she let me in.
All my concerns momentarily disappeared as we kissed; her hot mouth on mine was enough to remind me that we belonged together. I got side tracked when things between us got too heated. I was more than willing to be with Bella but the circumstances were different with her and I couldn't just jump into bed without hesitation.
Not only was her safety in jeopardy but our relationship was as well. I wanted for both us to feel secure in this relationship before we slept together. And truthfully, I was scared about making love to Bella because really I had never made love with anyone only had sex with them. I was really glad that Edward wasn't around to read my mind.
After we discussed our physical relationship we agreed to practice, which pleased the both of us. I expressed to her my fears and worries. Instantly, my fears and Rosalie's words became meaningless as we continued our discussion. I could see the determination and conviction in her words as she professed her love for me. I couldn't and wouldn't doubt her again.
The conversation then steered to the mutt, and I tried very hard not to voice my opinion. Bella was hurt at his reaction and I felt bad that she had to suffer especially because of him.
The discussion died down and Bella fell asleep in my arms. After I was sure she was out for the night I rolled her over to the side and got ready to leave. As I was about to jump out her window I heard Bella's voice. At first I thought she had woken but once I turned around I realized she hadn't, Bella was sleep talking. I lingered a few more moments and heard.
"Love you, Emmett," she mumbled. "Forever," she whispered and I couldn't help but smile.
She tossed around in her bed getting comfortable with the lack of my body with hers and began talking about things she needed to do. When her talking didn't include me I decided it was best to go.
I wrote her a note and left. I came home to find my family scattered and preoccupied: Rosalie in her garage and Edward in his music room. Alice was out hunting with Jasper, and Esme and Carlisle were in his study talking softly.
A sense of relief washed over me as I realized that soon Bella and I would be coming home together and would never have to be apart.
Alice and Jasper arrived and we talked about today's outing. I didn't want to overwhelm Bella with everything going on in her life I didn't want to cause her anymore stress. Rosalie, of course scoffed and sighed while we spoke, making sure she wasn't being overlooked. I made sure to warn everyone to be on their best behavior and they all agreed, but Alice's conniving look didn't reassure me.
It was still early and the last few days' events had my mind spinning. Esme and Alice had decided to organize their clothes so that they could donate it, leaving me some time to talk with the boys.
I asked them to join me for a run which was our code for some "guy time." We stopped running when we were far enough so that the girls couldn't hear us. We stayed quite for a few minutes and just stared at each other.
"Don't be so nervous," Edward teased.
"I'm not nervous," I responded.
"No he's just worried," Jasper chuckled.
"Emmett, it's not like you haven't done it before," Edward responded.
I was cranky as it was and their teasing was the last straw. I managed to get Edward pinned to the floor, but I couldn't do any damage because he moved at the last minutes. I lunged at him again and he moved out of the way before I reached him.
Carlisle finally spoke and asked us to stop.
"Let's just let Emmett talk and voice his concerns. Remember why we started coming out here in the first place," he warned.
No one responded and we all adjusted ourselves.
Finally I spoke, "What if I hurt her?"
"Son, you have to faith that you are strong enough because you are."
"How can you be so sure?"
"Because you love her," Jasper assured.
"All kidding aside, Emmett, you know your strong enough to be intimate with her. I know the situation isn't ideal you just have to remember that you love her and be extra cautious," Carlisle said.
"Thanks, and hey I'm sure the practice won't hurt," I joked.
The all chuckled but didn't respond. We headed back and I showered quickly and got ready to meet her. I raced through the streets, stopping only to pick up a rose, and was at her door at 11, like I said I would.
After telling her about our plans for tonight we talked in depth about our future together, still unsure about the date of transformation. I was excited to know she took me and the transformation seriously. I was even more pleased to know that she was willing to go through all of this to spend forever with me. It was another marker of Bella's bravery.
After finishing her homework we moved to the couch and began our first practice session. As things between us got heated, I realized that my family was right. My love for Bella would help control my lust.
I kissed her soft lips and caressed her soft skin and was met with Bella's warm hands hugging me. My hands began to travel north but had to ct our practice session short when I heard the paws of a mutt heading towards Bella's house.
"What's wrong?" Bella asked.
"We have a visitor," I replied.
"Jacob," I said, containing the anger that was ready to burst.
"Emmett, please don't be mad. Jacob is my friend and he probably came here to talk to me. Promise me you won't hurt him?"
I wanted to say no, but one look into her pleading eyes and I was like goo.
"Fine," I grumbled.
I knew she was right but that still didn't stifle the urge to punch the mangy dog in the face. He arrived and knocked on the front door.
"Careful mutt," I whispered, just as Bella opened the door.
"Hey Bella," Jacob said, his gaze piercing at her.
"Hey," Bella said uncomfortably. "What are you doing here?"
"I came to talk to you about yesterday," he said, meeting my gaze.
Bella looked nervously at each of us, unsure of herself and what to do next.
"I don't think now is the best time Jake," she said, fidgeting with her fingers.
"Why? Because the leech is here," he responded.
I took a step closer to him and Bella intercepted me.
"I have every right to be here, dog. You, however, seem to think that you can continue to break the treaty and come here," I growled.
"Well, since the treaty is up for negotiation, so that others can use it for their benefits, I figured I would too," he responded curtly.
"That doesn't give you the right to come here, mutt. Our request to change the treaty hasn't violated anything. You have!"
"Not yet," he mumbled. "Bella, I really need to talk to you." He redirected the conversation.
"I think you've said all that you needed to say yesterday," she said, facing down.
"Bella, I'm sorry about that I was just angry," he pleaded.
"I think she's made it clear she doesn't want to talk to you," I retorted.
"Stay out of it leech," he said.
"Watch yourself, I don't want to hurt you," I warned.
"Ha, I haven't made any promises," Jacob responded.
"Enough!" Bella interrupted.
I backed off and paced the small area available to me.
"Come on, Bells, I'm sorry. We have a lot to talk about."
Bella looked into his eyes and didn't respond for a few more seconds. "Fine, but not now. I'll go to La Push so we can talk."
Jacob looked at me and then at Bella and took off.
"That was awkward," Bella said, unsure of her words.
"Yeah," I responded. "Are you okay? I'm sorry if things got a little heated, it's just that dog infuriates me," I began.
"I know," she said. "Emmett, you need to understand that he's my friend, despite what happened yesterday."
I sighed, knowing she was right. "Oh, Bella, why did you friend have to be a wolf?" I wondered.
"That isn't important to me. I see him for the person he is and I see you for the person you are," she cupped my face.
"Thanks for that," I kissed her palm.
"So you're really going to go see him huh?" I frowned.
"Yeah, I have to. I need him to know my reasons, and maybe convince him to change the treaty," she reasoned.
"I don't think it will help, but I won't stop you either," I responded.
"Thank you," she said, a soft smile on her face.
"We should probably get going," I said, hoping to steer our focus to something more cheerful.
"Yeah, let me get changed," she said, giving me a soft kiss, and heading upstairs.
Almost an hour later, Bella still hadn't come down, I waited patiently on her couch. When I heard the upstairs creak, I jumped up and waited for her at the foot of the stairs. I held my breath when I saw Bella walk down. No longer was Bella wearing her usual jeans and t-shirt, but a beautiful black skirt that ended just below the knee and a purple blouse that hinted at the line of her breast. Her beautiful brown her laid softly around her face that had the slightest hint of make-up.
"Wow," I responded.
"Am I overdressed? I wasn't sure if-" I cut her and raced to meet her half way.
"You look stunning," I said, before meeting her lips with mine.
"Really? I didn't want to overdue it but I also wanted to look nice," she said, looking herself over.
"You look perfect," I said. "Come on let's get going."
I escorted her to my Jeep and we drove off to Port Angeles. On the way there we really didn't talk much, and we just listened to the radio.
"I forgot to ask, where are we going?" she asks, once we get into the city.
"Alice told me not to tell you, but since we're here I don't see any harm in telling you. We're going to a karaoke bar," I said, waiting for her reaction.
"Emmett, you can't be serious. How? Why? Alice!" she finally concludes and doesn't say anything.
"I'm sorry, but I thought it would something fun for us to do," I said.
"You know I hate being the center of attention," she said.
"I promise you, I won't force you to sing, or Alice."
"Promise," she asked, her eyes filled with innocence.
"I promise," I said, reassuringly.
We get to the restaurant to find my family already waiting for us.
"Bella, I am so happy that your here," Esme said, as we all took a seat.
"Thanks Esme," she responds softly.
"Bella, I'm so excited. I don't care what Emmett says we're going up there to sing," Alice said.
"Alice,don't scare her! I already promised she wouldn't be forced to sing."
"Well, a lot of good that will do. I still see us singing 'Girls Just Want to have Fun' together," she responds.
I squeeze Bella's hand to reassure her I won't let it happen and she smiles weakly.
"So what shall we eat?" I ask to no one in particular.
Bella smiles and everyone chuckles.
Bella looked over the menu for a few minutes before finally decided to order.
"I think I'll just have a salad. I'm not really that hungry," she said softly.
"Nonsense, you should try the fried zucchini," Carlisle said.
"That was unexpected, why zucchini?" I muse.
"I heard one of the nurses rave about it and I thought Bella might enjoy it," he said, shrugging.
"Sure," Bella responds.
Carlisle ordered everything in the appetizer list and orders drinks for everyone. WE all play along and watch Bella try a sample of each appetizer and wonder how could she enjoy such foul smelling food.
"It feels weird being the only one eating," Bella said, in between bites.
"Well the human needs to eat," Alice responds.
"I know, but all this food will go to waste," Bella said.
"Oh, don't worry about that. We'll make sure none if it goes to waste," Esme said.
We talk for a few minutes and the conversation is easy and fun. It was easy to see that Bella belonged with us. The way she was able to hold her own and interact with my family left me truly dazzled.
Soon it was time for the singing to start. The singers went from bad to worse as each participant went on stage.
The announcer called my name and I looked to Alice, who just shrugs and laughs, along with everyone in the table.
"Duty calls," I said, giving a kiss on Bella's forehead and walking away.
As soon as the music starts I begin to chuckle. Alice had picked out "Thriller" by Michael Jackson. As I start singing I see Bella laugh and smile, and even singing along to my words.
When I finish the song Bella got up to meet me halfway and give me a soft kiss.
The dinging doesn't improve after my performance and we all have to endure the horrendous singing.
"Bella, please go up there with me. Let's show these people how it's really done," Alice begged and pouted.
"I don't know. Do you see a good performance?" Bella asked.
Alice scoffed. "Of course," she said jumping from her seat and grabbing Bella.
The announcer introduced Bella and Alice and they began to sing.
Alice sang the first verse and Bella joined her in the chorus. I could tell she was a little uncomfortable so I hooted and hollered for my Bella. She sang the second verse and I could tell she was enjoying herself and was really cutting loose. The stress of today was forgotten, momentarily.
The crowd went wild and clapped when they finished their song. Bella and Alice rejoined us with huge smiles on their faced.
"See that wasn't so bad," Alice said.
"Thanks Alice, you have no idea how much I needed that. Really thank you all for accepting me and for setting this evening for us," Bella said, with watery eyes.
"Your welcome sweetie. I'm just glad Emmett finally met someone as special as you," Esme said.
"Really, Bella, we're happy to have you," Edward said. "Rosalie will come around eventually."
"How did you-" Bella began, and studied Edward intently.
"You didn't-wait I'm confused," Edward wondered.
"How did you know I was worried about Rosalie? I thought you couldn't hear me," Bella accused.
"Honestly, Bella, I thought you had said it aloud. This is the first time I heard your mind." Edward assured.
"How embarrassing," Bella said, shaken her head.
"Don't worry about it, he's always in our head," I said reassuringly.
"If it helps I can't hear you anymore," Edward offered.
"I guess so, but how did you know," Bella wondered.
"I think I do," Jasper interrupted.
"Really? How?" Bella asked.
"Your shield is tied to your emotions. When Esme and everyone here was reassuring you, you were happy and peaceful and that was when Edward read your mind."
"That makes a lot of sense, Jasper," Carlisle said.
"Wow," Bella responded.
"We should get going, or Charlie will have a fit," Alice said.
"Yeah, let's go," I agreed.
Okay I hope this chapter makes up for the lack of updates. I promise to update as much as possible but school is really kicking my butt.
So how do you think Bella's conversation will go with Jacob?
Preview for your thoughts lol
P.S. Please check out my other story Bless the Broken Road.