a/n: Sorry this was a tad late. We sort of had stuff going on behind the scenes and we forgot. Spank us....

Thanks to Lead69 for beta'ing this chapter as always.

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Chapter 8

On the third day after Rachel got her job, I thought I might lose my mind. Billy Black was a very sweet man, but he was not a good conversationalist. Don't get me wrong, we both tried to pass the time with pleasantries, but it doesn't take long to talk about the weather in Forks. It's raining AGAIN…the end.

We usually ended up spending our time watching television, or rather, he watched some type of sports show, and I fell asleep. I did still did my homework, dragging it out for as long as I could. I also still made dinner. Not only did this help to occupy my time, but I felt guilty just hanging around their house and not contributing anything.

So for the past three nights by the time 7:00pm rolled around, I found myself sitting on the couch trying to watch something I had no interest in what so ever.

I had an idea. "Billy, do you think it would be okay if I took a walk down to the beach. It is actually not raining that hard, and I have my umbrella?"

Billy looked at me inquisitively. He seemed to be trying to decide if I had a hidden agenda. For heaven's sake, it was just one night. Everyone seems to think I am some type of juvenile delinquent.

"I suppose that would be okay. You have been a model prisoner here," he said with a smile, "but remember to come back before it gets too dark. We don't want Charlie to worry."

Translation: Charlie will be told if I do anything wrong.

I jumped up and gave Billy a quick hug and dashed out of the door before he could change his mind saying, "Sure, sure. I won't be long. I just need to stretch my legs."

As I made my way down to the beach, I felt like I could finally breathe. The ocean has always been so calming for me. I enjoyed the many times I had come here with my family or friends, but coming alone always made me feel so relaxed.

I put my coat on the rocky soil, and plopped myself down with a sigh. Luckily for me, it had actually stopped raining, so I wasn't going to get too wet. At this point, I didn't care in the least. I felt free for the first time in days.

"Hey there you." I heard from behind me.

I turned with a huff to see who was invading my quiet time, and came face to face with a bare chested Jacob.

Good grief he was built like a god. I had a hard time thinking straight as he stood before me.

He was obviously having a good laugh at my reaction, and it helped to clear my mind enough to say, "Jacob, do you EVER wear clothes anymore?"

He strutted in front of me, "Why, do you see something you like?"

"Whatever. Did you need something? I was trying to have a nice time here, and you are ruining the moment." I replied and turned away from him.

I felt him plopped down next to me as he said, "Oh come on. I was just kidding. What are you doing out here anyway? I thought you were supposed to be grounded. By the way, what's for dinner?"

Great. Now I had Jacob thinking I was his personal chef. This just keeps getting better and better. "I am grounded, but Billy let me out for good behavior. I needed to get away for a bit. The walls were closing in on me."

Jacob laughed and nodded his head, "I hear that. Why do you think I am hardly ever home anymore? The only reason I come home at all is to get some of the great food you have been making. I have really enjoyed having real home cooked meals for a change."

I supposed that was as close to a thank you as I was ever going to get from Jacob, so I might as well enjoy it.

We sat in silence for a minute, and then I asked, "What have you been doing anyway? When do you ever have time to do your homework and stuff? You are NEVER home."

"I spend a lot of time with my friends. It's cool. And as far as homework, I have my ways." He gave me an evil grin, and I thought I was probably better off not knowing.

An awkward silence fell between us again until he chimed in with, "So you and Cullen. I wouldn't have seen that one coming. What were you thinking? He is a douche bag."

I cringed at his forwardness. He had obviously been wanting to ask me that for a while. "That's none of your business Jake, and for what it is worth, I didn't realize he was a douche bag at the time."

"So, you two are a couple or something right? You're not 'slumming' it now are you?"

"If you are trying to ask if Edward and I are together, the answer is no." I retorted and moved to leave the beach. I'd had enough of his third degree.

"Wait…wait…I'm sorry. I didn't' know you were so sensitive about it. I won't talk about him anymore." He made an 'X' across his heart, and said, "cross my heart."

He looked at me with a lame sad puppy face, and I couldn't help but laugh. "Can't we just talk about something else?"

"Sure, sure…let's see….there is always the weather." I laughed and put my head on my knees.

"I am so sick of talking about the weather. Like it has changed in the past fifty days." I groaned.

After that, we sat in silence for a long time, but this time it wasn't uncomfortable. In fact, if he would have just stopped breathing, I could have completely pretended that he wasn't even there. I jumped a little when he finally broke the silence, "So what? He never called you back or something."

"What part of let's not talk about it didn't you understand?" I stated as I kept my head down on my knees.

"I was just curious. If it had been me, I would have called you back. Just so you know." Jake added.

I turned to look at him to see if he was being serious. He just sat there staring at the water and trying not to make eye contact with me.

I just shook my head. I wasn't going to play these games with him. "YEAH, right. Like that would EVER happen." I snorted.

"What? You too good for me or something?" He looked very upset. I think I really hurt his feelings.

"Jake, are you serious? You and I have been like brother and sister. Up until about a month ago, the only thing you were really interested in was your Warcraft video game."

"How stupid can you be, Bells? I have followed you around like a dog in heat, since I first met you. I always kind of thought we had a real connection." I could see that this conversation was headed into dangerous territory.

If I told him how much he bothered me growing up, he would be hurt. If I lied and told him I felt something, I would be leading him on. If I told him I had no idea what he was talking about, he would know I was lying….so I just stared at him.

He must have seen something different in my eyes, because he leaned in to kiss me.

I tried to pull away, but he grabbed my arm. "Come on. Just try it, you might like it."

I continued to try and get up from my seat only to be pulled towards Jake by his strong arms. He wasted no time in crashing his lips to mine. He was rough and jerky like he thought I would end it at any moment. I struggled against his embrace, trying to push him away, but he continued his quest, finally slowing and softening his technique.

Suddenly.... it began to feel.... good. His lips were so warm against my cold ones. With each kiss, he dissolved the wall that I had placed between us. I found myself wanting to be closer to him to deepen the kissing. I placed my hands in his hair, and pulled him closer to me. This earned me a low groan from Jake. He was completely enjoying this, and I was surprised to find that I was getting more passionate.

After a few minutes, my mind began to process what was happening, and I heard my conscience yell, "HELLO....This is JAKE... Little Jacob that you have known forever. Are you sure you want to go down this road?"

I successfully pulled away as we both sat back down with labored breathes. We sat in silence for a minute or two, and then Jake said, "WOW... you have no idea, how long I have wanted to do that." He turned to look at me again, and he continued, "You're a really good kisser."

I blushed and lowered my head. What the hell had just happened? "So, what was that all about?" was all I managed to say.

"I just think you are a really cool girl, Bella. I would like to take you out sometime." He replied.

"Jake, do you realize that I have been coming to your house for almost a month, and this is the first real conversation you have had with me. You are expecting me to believe that you want to date me? You have spent the last few weeks acting like you couldn't stand me."

"Well, I was pissed when I heard about you and Cullen. I mean ... seriously, that guy is such a tool, but I guess I did take out my frustrations on you. Sorry about that." He seemed genuine in his apology, but there was something there that I was missing. just couldn't focus all the kissing and the shirtless chest all around me.

"So what do you say? Will you go out with me? I promise to be on my best behavior." He smiled at me with what I would presume was his best seductive grin. It must have been his best...because it WORKED.

"Sure, but aren't you forgetting something." I said, as I pointed back to his house, "I'm grounded, remember?"

"Oh you let me worry about that. Charlie will be putty in my capable hands. How does Friday night at about 7:00pm sound?"

I looked at him in awe. Charlie....PUTTY? HA...this was something I had to see for myself. "Okay, 7:00pm will work, but I want to be there when you plead your case to Charlie." I was immediately not so worried about the date anymore. There was no way Charlie was going to go for this. Jacob may be smooth, but Charlie was ridged when it came to the rules he had set down.

"Great idea. Let's call him now." Jacob said as he picked up his phone. "I will put it on speaker so you can hear everything."

True to his word, Jacob put the phone on speaker as soon as my father answered the phone. "Charlie Swan speaking."

I cringed at this voice. He was going to be pissed when he found out we were bothering him at work. "Hey Charlie!" Jacob answered cheerfully. I almost felt sorry for him.

"Jacob, is that you? Has Bella done something?" Jacob almost laughed and shook his head at me. "No Charlie. Bella is fine. She made a wonderful dinner again tonight."

"Well, that's good. I don't want her to be a burden to your family. I am glad she is able to help you guys out. So, what's the problem then Jake?"

"That's the thing Charlie, I have really enjoyed getting to know Bella again. I would like to take her out to a movie or something this Friday. I know she is grounded and all, but you know she will be safe with me. What do you say?" Oh boy...here it comes. I could only imagine the string of profanities that Charlie was cooking up in his head during the silence.

"You know what, Jake? That sounds like a fine idea. You just might be a good influence on Bella. Maybe you can help me get her back on the right path." I couldn't believe my ears. I guess my father was completely convinced that I was the slut of the city.

"Thanks Charlie, I will do my best. We all want to help Bella." Jake said and then held the phone away from his mouth so that Charlie wouldn't hear his laughter. I wanted to hit them both.

"No thank you Jake. You two have fun." I then heard a click. That was it? No curfew....no warnings about unprotected sex...no hard time.. "Who are you, and what did you do to my father?"

Jake just pulled me to him and kissed my lips again. "Your father loves me. What can I say? So, Friday night...and Bella...do try to behave yourself." He said with a grin and began walking away leaving me on the beach as it began to rain again.

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