Disclaimer: I don't own anything. Twilight belongs to the great Stephenie Meyer. I do however, own Adrian, Rhiannon and the plot.
Previously on Chances:
"Sleep, my love,"
"I don't want to." I lied.
"If you get some sleep now," he ran his nose along my neck. I shivered in delight as his cool breath washed over me. "I guarantee another round when you wake up."
"Is that a promise?"
"I always keep my promises, Bella."
"I'll hold you to it." I whispered.
"I wouldn't think otherwise."
I snuggled into his arms and drifted off to sleep, my body humming with the love I felt for the man lying beside me.
"I love you, Bella," Was the last thing I heard before drifting to sleep.
Three days alone with Bella has been absolute heaven.
We spent the past few days making love and exploring the woods that surrounded the cabin. Bella was enchanted by the meadow we found. I especially loved the waterfall. Bella and I had a great time there.
Bella lay asleep on my chest, mumbling in her sleep. Her emotions were calm but I could sense a tiny tinge of worry. I didn't need to ask what was bothering her. I knew she was anxious to see Adrian again. Despite my attempts to sooth her worries, she still had to talk to him every morning to make sure nothing was wrong. While Adrian feared he might never see Bella again, Bella had the same irrational fear that something might happen to him while we were gone. She's terrified that the wolves were going to attack while we're gone and do something to hurt Adrian.
While I knew that the wolves wouldn't attack yet, I knew that even if they did, we wouldn't have to worry because Peter has been training the wolves and other vampires to fight.
"Jasper," Bella sighed and nuzzled her nose against my chest.
I tightened my arms around her and smiled smugly. I closed my eyes, wishing—for the first time in a long time—that I could sleep.
The calming emotion Bella was feeling was slowly changing. She was beginning to feel terror and fear. She thrashed on the bed, jerking out of my arms and screaming.
"Bella!" I shook her shoulders, hoping to wake her from her nightmare. "Bella, wake up sweetheart, you're safe."
Her screams silenced but she whimpered.
"Bella," I whispered in her ear. "Come back to me, my love."
Her eyes slowly opened and she looked at me. "Jasper," she whimpered.
"Sweetheart, what were you dreaming about?" I asked, running my fingers down the side of her face. She was all clammy from the dream. She shivered from my cold body.
"I dreamed Jacob was killing you." She whispered. "There was nothing I could do but stand there and watch. Paul and Jared were holding my arms and forcing me to watch—" she choked out the rest of the sentence and buried her face in my chest.
"Bella, nothing is going to happen to me." I told her fiercely. "It was just a dream."
"But what if something happens to you? I can't let anything happen. You can't leave me, Jasper." She was becoming hysterical. I needed to calm her down before something bad happened.
I cupped her face in my hands and forced her to look me in the eye. "Listen to me, Isabella." I said. "Nothing is going to happen to me. Jacob will never get that close. I was a soldier, Bella. I know how to take care of myself."
"Do you understand what I'm saying?"
She nodded her head slowly. "I'm just afraid something will go wrong."
"Nothing will go wrong, my love." I said pressing butterfly kisses all along her face. "Do you trust me?"
"Of course I do." She said. "You know that."
I sighed. "I love you, Bella. I won't let Jacob hurt you. He won't hurt anyone." I smiled and sent some calm into her. "Are you ready to sleep?"
She nodded and snuggled in my arms. "I love you, Jasper," she sighed. "Will you hold me?"
Bella fell back to sleep pretty quick and I continued to send her calming emotions so she wouldn't have nightmares.
In the early morning, my cell phone rang. I eased out of bed, careful not to jostle Bella. "Hello?"
"We've got a problem." Peter skipped past the small talk.
"What kind of problems?" I demanded, walking out of the bedroom and onto the deck. I didn't want to wake Bella if I should suddenly raise my voice.
I growled. "What about Jacob?"
"The spies found something out."
"What spies?" I demanded. "Peter, have you been sending humans into the community again?"
"No." He said quickly. "A few of the vampires from the house have been watching the community from the wall. It wasn't under our jurisdiction. They went out on their own and have been watching."
"Why would they do that?" I was pissed.
"They wanted to protect Bella."
Upon hearing that, I knew I couldn't be upset. They were only trying to keep Bella safe. "What did they find out?"
"The wolves are moving quicker than we expected." He said. "They'll be here in a week."
"A week?" I hissed.
"Now that Leah, Sue and Jack are here, Jacob's pissed. He wants revenge now." Peter was speaking quickly. "You and Bella need to come home. Immediately,"
I nodded my head in agreement. "We'll be there as soon as we can." I closed my phone without another word and went back inside.
Bella was just beginning to stir. "Wake up, my love." I whispered, pressing little kisses against her face.
"Mmm," she sighed. "What a great way to wake up in the morning." She whispered, opening her eyes. Her gorgeous brown orbs filled with love.
"Did you sleep well?"
She nodded and yawned. She sat up and looked at me, her smiling falling immediately. "What is it?"
I stared at her in confusion. "What do you mean?"
"Something happened. I can see it on your face."
I sighed and pulled her into my lap. "We have to go." I said. "I got a call from Peter. Apparently Jacob is going to strike next week."
Fear washed over her as she realized what I was saying.
"A week?" she squeaked. "Why... why is he coming so soon?"
"Jacob's family and a few of his wolves have already escaped his clutches. He's angry."
Bella swallowed and buried her face in my chest. "It's going to be okay, my love. I won't let anyone hurt you." I promised.
"I'm scared, Jasper."
"I know." I held Bella for several moments. "We'd better get ready to leave. I told Peter we'd be home as soon as possible."
She nodded and slid out of my lap.
The drive back to the Manor was silent. Jasper was silent, thinking through everything. Every now and again, his hands would tighten until the skin was stretched to the point that his knuckles were white.
I rested my hand on his thigh. "It's going to be okay, Jasper." How did we go from him comforting me to me comforting him? We did a total 360.
He shook his head and took my hand, staring out the window. "I don't want you to get hurt, Bella."
"How do you know?"
"Because you will be there to prevent it," I stroked his hand and brought it to my mouth, kissing it gently. "I know you won't let anything hurt me Jasper. I'll be surrounded by vampires and werewolves who won't let anything happen to me."
"But what if someone slips by them?"
I frowned. His panic was really starting to get to me. "Look Jasper. You need to calm down a little. Nothing is going to happen and you're only making it worse for yourself. You need to focus on getting rid of Jacob."
"You're right." He agreed. "I just don't want to lose you now that I found you."
"You were fine this morning. What changed?"
"I've had time to think about it." He didn't offer anything else and I didn't ask.
We fell silent and I stared out the window. I was used to Jasper's temperature by now that I no longer felt the coolness of his skin. The scenery passed by in a blur. Jasper's fears were sinking into me as well but I didn't want him to know. I sighed inwardly and subconsciously stroked Jasper's hand.
We got home an hour later. Peter and Charlotte were waiting for us when we got back home. "I'm sorry for calling your honeymoon short."
"This is more important." I said. "Until the threat with the wolves is over, no one here is safe. Jasper and I can always go back again when it's over."
Jasper looked at me, blinking and then nodded his head. "She's right."
Peter chuckled and wrapped his arm around Charlotte. "Come inside. Adrian wants to see you before we get into the planning."
My ears perked at the mention. Adrian. I'm ashamed to admit that in the days that Jasper and I have been gone, I haven't thought about him unless I was talking to him on the phone. I'm an awful mother.
"Stop feeling so guilty, darlin'. You deserved to relax without worrying about Adrian every second of the day."
I wasn't surprised Jasper knew what I was thinking about. He and I are connected in a way that surprises even me at times.
"Mama!" Adrian shouted when he saw me. He ran to me and wrapped his arms around me.
"I've missed you sweetheart."
"Mama," he sighed happily and nuzzled his face against my neck.
I looked over at Jasper before turning to look at Rhiannon and Sam. I was surprised to see them sitting close together. Rhiannon met my eye before looking away immediately. I almost laughed. If she could, she would have been blushing like crazy.
Jasper took Adrian out of my arms and started whispering things to him. I couldn't hear what he said but seeing him with Adrian was amazing. It was amazing how much Jasper has changed since the beginning.
Rhiannon stood up and wrapped me in a cold hug. "So, how was the honeymoon?"
"Too short," I sighed and shook my head. "Those wolves get in the middle of everything."
"Don't worry about them, Bella. Everything will work out well." Sam said, getting up and standing next to Rhiannon.
"Let's hope so." I said. "How has everything been while we were gone?"
"We can talk about that later." Jasper said, moving Adrian from one arm to the other. "How has Adrian been? He didn't cause any trouble, did he?"
"Of course not," Rhiannon said. "We've been keeping him busy so he wouldn't miss you much."
"That's good." I said, stroking Adrian's cheek.
I smiled and kissed him on the forehead.
Jasper and I spent half an hour playing with Adrian. He was thrilled to have us back and wouldn't stop clinging to either one of us, in fear that we might disappear again.
When it was late enough, I took Adrian upstairs and gave him a bath before reading him a story and putting him to bed. He was out like a light before his head even hit the pillow.
"He asleep?" Jasper asked, leaning against the door.
I nodded. "All this excitement has worn him out." I stood up from my crouch and walked to him. "What's going to happen to him during the fight?"
"Esme and Sue are going to take him and Jack back to the Cullen Manor. Leah was reluctant to let her take Jack but Sue convinced her that it was best for both of them. This way, Leah won't have to worry about Jack's safety and focus on the fight."
"This is going to be hard for her." I said. "She's going to be fighting against her own people, her husband."
"She knows." He said. "This will be hard for everyone."
Peter walked down the hall. "Jasper, Bella? We're ready to have the meeting." He said.
Jasper nodded and took my hand, leading me to the study.
The vampires and the werewolves were gathered in Jasper's study, waiting. I sat in the chair while Jasper stood beside me, waiting for everyone to quiet down. "Peter told me about the spies that have been watching the wolves. Apparently they are coming earlier than we all anticipated."
Talk erupted around the room.
"Now, Peter told me that he has been training you. How has that been going?" he asked, looking at Peter.
"It's been going."
"I've taught them some techniques but most of them are only in regards to fighting newborns, not wolves."
"We've been teaching the vampires how to avoid them." Sam said. "One of the things they have to learn is to stay away from their teeth."
"Our teeth are the defence mechanism we use against vampires." Leah said. "It's what protects us from them."
"Do you have weakness?" I asked.
Everyone looked at me before looking at them.
Jasper looked speculative. "How much venom?"
"A single bite would do it." Sam said.
He nodded again. "Alright," he looked at me. "We'll start training tomorrow. We have seven days."
They started leaving the room. Only Peter, Charlotte, Sam and Leah remained. "What are the chances of defeating the wolves?"
"There will be approximately five or six mature wolves. There might be a couple of inexperienced wolves with them but they are too young to really fight."
"So Jacob is sending them on a suicide mission?" I asked. "Is there any way to stop them without having to kill them? They are just boys who don't know any better."
"Leave that to me." Leah said. "I'll stop them."
Jasper nodded. "Till tomorrow, then."
A/N: Thanks to everyone who waited so patiently for this chapter. Thanks to those who offered the well wishes. Prom was amazing and graduation went well (I'm no longer a high school student :D)
Now that that's out of my system... who saw ECLIPSE? It was amazing. Can I just say I loved how Jasper had more of a role in this movie than the previous ones?... *sigh* Jasper. How I would love to have my own southern gentlemen like Jasper.
Uh... sorry about the rant.
Next chapter will be the training with Jasper and then the fight with the wolves