Chapter Sixteen

The Wolf's Out Of The Bag

Jake's POV

"Charlie. Charlie, are you okay?" I asked, moving off the bed and up against the wall inching my way toward the window.

He didn't say anything at first, he just took three steps and sat down on the bed, resting his gun in his lap. He was still as white as a sheet and I was worried he might have a heart attack for a few minutes. But when he started shaking his head up and down, I knew he was okay, just in a state of shock.

"I guess I knew it. The fever, staying in La Push, the temperature change, mood difference, and all. The legends are true. I remember my grandfather telling stories when we would have camp fires and I listened and thought he was just entertaining us. But the legend of the wolves is true. Bella isn't full blood Quiluete though? I don't understand," he all but whispered.

I dared to take a couple of steps toward him and reached out my hand, placing it on his shoulder. That was a mistake. It made him all too aware that I as there and I had been in a very compromising position, with his daughter, under his own roof.


"Jacob Black, I never expected you to be doing....whatever the hell you were doing with my daughter....." he said, jumping up and taking a stand right in my face. I froze.

"Charlie. Let me explain....."

"No you listen to me....I," he screamed.

"Charlie! Bella and I are married under tribal law!" I shouted back and stood a little taller than he was.

"Married?" he asked, looking confused.

"Yeah. If you would let me explain," I said, backing up from him a few steps.

"Bella and I got married in a secret ceremony before the Quiluete Council Friday night. We had to get married Charlie," I said trying to explain.

"What? So help me Jake...." he said, taking a step toward me. I held my hands up, in a gesture of surrender.

"Charlie. We did not sleep together until Friday night. She is not pregnant. I wouldn't have dishonored her like that. Have a seat and let me fill you in," I said, hoping he would take a seat so I felt less likely to have to hit him or something.

He moved back to the bed and sat down, looking up at me with a very disturbed look on his face.

"Okay. I'm listening."

"Do you remember in any of the stories your grandfather told if he ever mentioned imprinting?"

"Imprinting? No, that doesn't ring any bells," he replied.

"Well, it's one of the misfortunes of being a wolf. It is natures way of choosing a mate for you, whether you want it to happen or not. Whether you're in love with someone else or not. It nearly destroyed Sam Uley and Leah Clearwater," I said, lowering my head at the memory.

"I remember something about Leah going through a really rough time about the time before her dad died."

"Yeah, well it was that and Sam imprinted on her cousin, Emily Young. Sam and Leah were going to get married and they loved each other very much. But when he imprinted, he had no choice in the matter any longer and he became bound to Emily, mind, body, and soul. He gave up everything he and Leah had together in the blink of an eye."

"So something like this was going to happen to you and....and to Bella?"

"Charlie, I love Bella. I love her more than anything in this world. She and I have been through a lot together what with Edward and now being wolves. But we found each other in the midst of all the craziness and she loves me too. So when we found out that we could cheat imprinting ma.....mating, we chose the route of being married under Quileute tribal law. We spent the entire weekend together. It wasn't much of a honeymoon, but I'm going to make it up to her Charlie. We planned to ask you if we could get married as soon as I got out of school this summer, then we would get married with another ceremony. That way we could be together. I'm going to work next year while I"m in school and I'll take good care of her Charlie. I swear to you I will."

"I can't believe all of this. My little girl is a wolf....she can turn into a huge creature.....and she's married. I just can't believe it," he said, laying his gun on the night stand and rubbing his head with both hands as he leaned forward and looked down at the floor trying to take in everything I was telling him.

"We didn't want to keep it from you, but as you know these things aren't something we can just tell. There are secrets that have to be kept to protect us all. There's a much bigger picture Charlie."

"I've guessed that. I suppose next you're going to tell me that the, what did my grandfather call them, cold ones, are real too?"

"They are the reason we exist. We began transforming because they were living here, in Forks."

"They? You mean.....oh, how could I have been so blind? It was the Cullens wasn't it? I knew something was different about them. I could just feel it every time I was around them."

"Yes. The Cullens are cold ones, vampires. They however, weren't a threat to the people around here. Don't get me wrong though, I'm not taking up for them. After what Edward did to Bella....."

"Bella was in love with him though. Wasn't she? Did she know about them and what they are?" he asked, looking confused again.

"Yes," I said, lowering my voice as I felt the disgust I had for Edward crawl under my skin. "Yes she knew eventually and she loved him in a way, but when he left it nearly killed her. I never would have wished any harm to Bella, but she and I might not be together if it hadn't happened the way it did. She's made peace with that fact and tried to move on. But Charlie, there are others. And the others sustain themselves with human blood."

"But the Cullens didn't? How did they....?"

"Animals. You know, deers, bears, mountain lions. They had adapted themselves so that they only killed animals," I said.

"I guess I better go talk to Billy. I have a feeling this is going to be a long night."

"Okay. I'm going to find Bella and I'll try to convince her to meet you at my house."

"How will you know where to look?" he asked getting to his feet.

"We can communicate with each other through our minds. It's harder for Bella, because her blood line isn't as strong, but she's doing good. Charlie, give her chance. She can't help what has happened. None of us can. And as far as getting married; I wasn't about to lose her to imprinting and I wouldn't change what we did for anything. She's mine now and no one can ever take her away from me and I'm hers. We will always be together."

"I'm trying to understand Jake. I am, but this is a lot....."

"I know. Just keep an open mind," I said, patting him on the shoulder as I went to the window.

I turned to look at him one last time before I jumped out and ran into the woods to phase. I had to find Bella and make sure she was okay. I started trying to connect with her as soon as I had all four feet planted on the ground, but I was getting nothing.

"Bella. Bella. It's okay. I'm here. Bella, everything is fine. I've talked to Charlie and he's going to be okay."

My thoughts were racing as I tried desperately to make a connection with her, but she was either so upset or she was having trouble concentrating that I couldn't reach her, so I sniffed the ground trying to pick up her trail.

I crossed it about a mile from her house. It looked like she had run in a different direction than the one I had taken. Once I had the scent, I was running faster and faster, but so was she. She was heading toward Port Angeles and I knew she was confused and upset, otherwise she would have been running toward La Push.

It wasn't long before I could hear her breathing and felt her heart pounding, the connection was weak, but it was there, so I waited for her to realize I was with her as I continued running toward her.

I could hear a stream in the distance and was getting ready to jump into the water to cross it, when I saw Bella lying near the side of the stream. She looked exhausted. Her head down on her paws and her eyes were closed.

I quickly ran to her and started sniffing. She was okay. She was just really upset. I nudged her with my nose and she slowly opened her eyes. The moment she looked into my eyes, I could hear the connection getting stronger.

"I'm so sorry Jake. I didn't mean for it to happen. I'm so sorry," she said, and remorse was heavy in her thoughts.

"Baby. It's okay. It may be better this way. Charlie knows now and we won't have to sneak around. I've talked with him and explained most everything. I think he's going to be fine. We just need to go talk to him. I told him I'd find you and we'd meet him at my house," I said, licking her face trying to get her up.

"Sam is going to kill me, Jake. I shouldn't have phased in front of my dad. And Jake, what...what if I had hurt him?"

"You wouldn't have. I would have pushed you away from him. I was about to phase too. Besides, I know you wouldn't have hurt him. We don't hurt the ones we love."

"Sam did. He hurt Emily, remember?"

"Yeah, but you don't have the temper Sam has though," I reminded her.

I continued to lick her face, her mouth, and even nipped at her ears, until she was nuzzling into me. She needed me to hold her, so I phased and bent down to pet her head.

"Come on Bells, phase for me," I urged.

She whimpered a few times then got to her feet and phased almost as quickly and effortlessly as I had. She was shivering, not from the cold, but from her nerves, so I handed her my shorts, which I had tied to my leg and slipped on my underwear. She took the shorts and slipped them on then fell into my arms.

I held her and found a place for us to set down in some dried leaves leaning up against a tree and cradling her in my arms.

"Was my dad mad? He looked so angry when he first saw us, then he looked.....appalled. He couldn't believe what I was. I saw it in his eyes," she said, and I heard her began to cry.

"He said he knew it all along, but he just didn't want to think about it. He remembered the legends his grandfather told him when he was a little boy and started piecing things together. He even.....he even figured out the Cullens."

"What do we do now?" she asked, sitting up to look at me wiping the tears from her face.

"I don't know, but I have a feeling he'll be on our side once he calms down and thinks things through. I have a feeling we can be together more now, now that he knows. I hope anyway," I said, kissing her on the forehead.

"What did he say about us, Jake? He's not going to try to keep us apart is he?"

"I don't think so, but even if he tried, I'm not giving you up. We're together now Bella and that's the way it's going to be forever. Let's go to my house and talk to him. He should be there with Billy by now."

"What am I going to do about Sam?" she asked, getting to her feet.

"I'll take care of Sam if he says anything. Don't worry, it will all work out," I told her just before we both phased and started running to La Push.

It didn't take us long to get to my house and I phased, slipping in the back door to get Bella some clothes, then came back to where she was waiting in the darkened forest behind my house. She quickly dressed and I put my arm around her as we went inside to face Charlie.

He was sitting on the sofa with his hands folded and hanging between his knees looking at the floor when we walked in. Billy was in his wheelchair near the sofa and when we walked in he looked up at us and smiled.

"There you two are. I was about to send out a search party," he said, waving us into the room.

Bella was clinging to my side and I felt her trembling as she approached Charlie. But what Charlie did surprised us all as he stood up and took her from my side and hugged her. He kissed her in her hair and I thought I saw tears in his eyes.

"I'm sorry Bells. I had no idea what all you were going through. I wish I had known so I could have done more to help you," he said pulling back to look at her.

"It just wasn't stuff I could talk about dad," she said, quietly.

"Well what's important now is getting all of this ironed out," my dad said and I stood beside Bella as she and Charlie took a seat on the couch. He was holding her hands in his looking at them.

"Yeah, Billy here was been filling me in on the rest of the details. It seems you and the others have your hands full trying to protect Forks and La Push, so I guess that makes us all on the same side. I have to admit though Bells, I'm not too keen on the fact that you're out there with the rest of them tracking down vam.....vampires."

"It's what we do dad. And besides, we work as a team and we always have someone to back us up," she said, trying to reassure him.

"Yeah, that is until one of us has a headstrong or stubborn moment," I said, coughing the words out under my fist.

Charlie just looked at me then at Bella. He knew his daughter very well and I'm sure knew that her character traits had been carried over during the transformation.

"Jake, you promised me that you're going to take care of her and I'm going to hold you to that," Charlie said, looking my square in the eyes.

"Charlie, I will. I don't think I could make it without her, especially not now. We are a part of each other and our connection is very strong," I assured him as I slid my hand under her hair and rubbed her neck.

"So what happens now?" he asked looking at us both and then to my dad.

My dad was about to respond, when there was a knock on the front door. I walked over to the door and opened it to find Sam standing there with a very worried look on his face.

"Hey," he said, as he walked in and moved past me.

"Sam," Bella said, followed by my dad and Charlie.

"Charlie, I want you to know that this is the way it had to be. We have to keep this a secret. Most of our own people don't know about what is really going on. They just talk of the legends. You're a part of this now and we have to trust that you too will uphold our vow of secrecy," Sam said, looking down at Charlie and then to Bella.

"Sam, my daughter is one of you so there's no way I would compromise her or the rest of you. I know you all have a job to do, just like me."

"Sam, I'm sorry. You know I......" Bella said, and I heard her choke on her own words. She was regretful of everything that had happened.

Sam took her hand and pulled her to her feet, "Bella, I know you and I know your heart. What happened was an accident, but as I was thinking about it on the way here, I think it is for the best. Charlie can be of great value and assistance to us," he said, then he turned to Charlie. "You can be our eyes and ears in Forks and you can let me or Billy know if anything strange happens. You know that all of the missing hikers and that hunter that were found almost dead last year were all because of the vampires. I think together we can make a pretty good team. What do you say Charlie?"

Charlie stood up and shook Sam's hand. For the first time tonight I noted a sense of peace about him and my guess was that he was glad to be a part of this and be able to help out in some way. At least he wouldn't be sitting around wringing his hands. His knowledge of what goes on behind the sense around here would be of great benefit to us all.

"I hadn't put two and two together yet Sam, but now that you mentioned it, it all makes sense. You know I'll help in any way I can. If it will save lives and keep my family, and by that I mean all of you safe, then you know I'll help out anyway I can."

"Okay. Well it's really late and these two have to go to school tomorrow. I'll get out of here and Charlie, remember not to hesitate to call me if you need anything or have anything that looks suspicious."

"I will Sam. I will," Charlie said, as Sam turned to leave.

"Jake, you and Bella get some rest tonight and I'll talk with you tomorrow about a new schedule for patrols. And Bella, don't worry. Things will be fine," he said as he reached for the door.

"Thanks for coming, Sam," my dad said.

"Sure Billy. Thanks for calling me."

After Sam left, Charlie ran his hand through his hair and I knew he was thinking about what to do about me and Bella. But, then again, so was my dad.

"Charlie. They're tired and it's late. I got a full size bed last week for Jake's room so let them stay here tonight. Jake and I will see to it that Bella makes it to school in the morning. She'll be home to get dressed in plenty of time."

Charlie looked at Bella and she tried to smile.

"Okay. I suppose we can figure out all of the details tomorrow then. You'll be okay Bells?"

"Yeah dad, I'll be fine. I love you," she said, as she gave him a hug.

"All right then, I guess I'll see you guys tomorrow. Billy, take care and let me know if you need anything."

"Sure thing Charlie. Don't worry. It's all going to be fine. This is the way it's meant to be."

Charlie gave Bella a kiss on the cheek as he left and I saw the exhaustion and worry in Bella's eyes.

"Hey. Why don't you go take a quick shower and I'll get you one of my t-shirts to sleep in?" I said, as I put my arms around her and pulled her against my chest.

She hugged me for a moment then pulled away, turning to look at my dad.

"Billy, are you sure it's okay for me....."

"Bella, this is your home now. Remember? Go get a shower and then you two can get some rest. Jake don't forget to set your alarm earlier so Bella can get home and change clothes for school."

"Okay dad."

"Thanks Billy," Bella said as she started down the hall.

I went to my room and got one of my shirts for her and took to the bathroom. I knew it would be strange sleeping together in the same house as my dad, but at least we would be together.

When she came out of the bathroom, I gave her a kiss as I went in to grab a shower myself.

"I'll be right in, okay," I told her and she went toward the bedroom.

She was sitting on the bed with one leg tucked under her and the other hanging off the bed looking at a book I had in my room when I came in. I could tell she really wasn't concentrating on the book, so I slid down on the bed on my side right beside her knee.

I pushed the t-shirt up and trailed my finger up her thigh. She shivered and closed her eyes. But when I kissed her knee and started moving up her thigh she moaned softly. I didn't want to push things tonight with all that had happened, but if she needed me I was more than willing to take care of her.

She opened her eyes and I saw the spark of desire which made me want her more than anything. She bent down and ran her hand over my cheek then kissed me passionately.

"This is what got us in trouble earlier," she whispered.

"So are you saying....."

"I don't know what I'm saying," she said, as she rolled me over on my back and slid on top of me.

"You don't mind that my dad is in the room down the hall?" I whispered into her ear, brushing her hair back to expose her tender neck.

"You didn't mind that my dad was down the hall earlier," she reminded me.

That was all it took and the shirt was off and discarded in seconds. I let my hands ghost up and down her sides and back and found my way to the softness of her breasts. I would make her forget about what had happened earlier and then she would sleep curled up in my arms tonight which is exactly where she belonged.

The next morning, the alarm started going off at five-thirty. I rolled over and slammed my hand down on the snooze button, but in five minutes it was going off again.

"Bella. Baby. It's time to get up. You have to be to school soon," I said, smiling down at her as I remembered the wonderful moments of last night.

"I know. But can't I stay here just a little longer?" she asked groggily.

"No. I promised Charlie you'd be home to get ready for school. Come on and I'll make you a quick breakfast," I said, sliding off the bed and pulling on my shorts.

I handed her the t-shirt that never made it back on her last night, and went to the kitchen. I was thinking how hard it was to keep from screaming or moaning last night when we were together, but with my dad nearby, we had to be on our best behavior.

Bella stumbled sleepily into the kitchen and took the glass of milk I and two pieces of peanut butter toast I offered. I wiped the peanut butter off of her lip and slipped my finger into my mouth to suck it off. Even eating breakfast with her was sensual and I knew I would miss her today. But the good news was that tonight we could be together without having to sneak around.

When she had finished eating, I walked her outside and around the back of the house to the woods. I kissed her and held her close for a moment, then she pulled away to get ready to phase.

"Jake, I'll see you this afternoon, okay?" she said, as she slipped the shirt over her head and tided it to her leg.

"I'll be waiting. We better talk with Sam this afternoon, so can you come down here?"

"Sure. I love you," she said, then she phased.

I watched her run off into the misty morning, but something wasn't right. I felt uneasy for some reason as she disappeared out of sight.

When she was gone, I went inside and started getting ready for school. My dad was stirring so I helped him get dressed and put on the coffee for him.

"Did you two sleep well last night?" he asked as he came into the kitchen.

"Yeah, yeah we did," I said with a chuckle. Sometimes he was too much.

I was just getting my things ready to leave for school when the phone rang. It was Charlie.

"What do you mean she's not there yet? It doesn't take thirty minutes to get Forks. I'm on my way. Dad will keep you posted. I'll tell him to call you at the house," I said as I hung up and raced toward the door. "I had a strange feeling when she left. Someone will contact you so you can call Charlie."

"Jake. Jake, be careful," was all he said, as I ran out of the house, ripped off my clothes, and phased.