A/n: Here's a chapter I couldn't wait to write, it's from Jacob's POV. It's the first time we meet Jacob in the series. So here is that famous scene from Twlight. Don't forget to submit any requests for your Jacob POV's. Enjoy x
Today I was finally reunited with an old childhood friend Isabella Swan. Me and a few of my boys were on the First Beach, just hanging out when we saw a group of kids from Forks coming towards us, we all decided to mingle.
The Forks kids introduced themselves although I wasn't really paying much attention. I wouldn't remember that many new names in one go so why bother trying? As the last two girls caught up to the others, one of the guys introduced them as Angela Webber and Bella Swan, that caught my interest, that was one name I did know and I was looking forward to finally meeting her again. I had known her when we were really young. She used to come out here every summer and she used to come over to my house and play with my sisters. I remembered Isabella really well, even though girls were icky to me at that time I found Bella really pretty back then. I heard she was back in town, my dad had sold her dad Charlie that god awful truck he had wanted me to drive, to give to her as a welcome home gift. You see she normally lives with her Mom in Phoenix but she got married and was moving around a bit so she was coming to live here with her dad. I know all this because my dad and her dad are best friends. I looked up at her from the stone I was sat on by the fire I knew instantly which one was Bella, I remembered what she looked like all those years ago, I had a good memory. She still had dark hair, dark eyes and fair skin, she wasn't just pretty anymore, Isabella Swan was beautiful. I noticed how her hair shone red when the light from the fire caught it and it memorised me.
I watched as she and Angela sat down and was offered sandwiches and drinks by some other guy whose name I didn't bother to pick up.
I finally managed to pull my eyes away a started talking to my best friends, Embry Call and Quil Ateara, Sam Uley was sat near us but he was giving me the creeps, he'd been acting so strange lately, and he grew like 3 foot taller in a month. Okay that was a slight exaggeration but he had changed dramatically in the last few weeks. Embry and Quil had briefly mentioned to me that they noticed how much he'd changed and he freaked them out a bit too so we all felt a little uncomfortable around him, at least now I knew it wasn't just me and my crazy imagination going wild.
As we talked and ate I occasionally caught Bella's eye, I noticed she was quiet. She didn't join in with the mindless chatter amongst her friends that much, she looked deep in thought. I wondered what she was thinking about, she frowned when she was thinking and she looked so intense, it was quite cute.
When the food started to disappear some of the bigger crowd broke off into smaller groups to do their own thing. The only ones left behind were me, Quil, Embry and Sam, two kids playing music on a CD player and Bella Swan, I gave it a few minutes after her friend Angela left with some hikers before I decided to go over there and take her place.
"You're Isabella Swan aren't you?" I said
"Bella," she sighed, and I mentally hit myself, I knew she preferred to be called Bella, Dad had mentioned it, but I couldn't be sure going by my dad, he's not the most reliable source, for all I knew I could have offended her by giving her a nickname before she knew who I was. I was glad she preferred Bella, it suited her better,
I held out my hand for her to shake, "I'm Jacob Black," I introduced myself, "You bought my dad's truck,"
"Oh. You're Billy's son, I probably should remember you,"
So she didn't remember me, that kind of stung although it really shouldn't, it was a long time ago, "No, I'm the youngest of the family - you would remember my older sisters." I hoped she wouldn't because then it wouldn't be just me and it'll mean that Bella just had a terrible memory
"Rachel and Rebecca" she recalled, ouch, now that did sting. "Are they here?" she asked, this girl just kept throwing punches, I had to remember that it was probably because she was thrown together with my sisters when we were younger and I didn't really spend all that much time with her, but still, it shouldn't bother me so much.
I shook my head, "No, Rachel got a scholarship to Washington State, and Rebecca married a Samoan surfer - she lives in Hawaii now"
"Married. Wow," Bella looked a bit shocked, to be honest it surprised us all too, Rebecca was only 19. But my sister's happy and I'm happy for her.
But enough about me, I was dying to get to know Bella, I wondered what she really thought of the Chevy, I wondered if she cringed the thought of driving it just like I did.
"So how do you like the truck?" I asked her
"I love it. It runs great," she said, and it looked like she meant it, go figure.
"Yeah, but it's really slow," I laughed, "I was so relieved when Charlie bought it. My dad wouldn't let me work on building a car when we had a perfectly good vehicle right there." But dad didn't know that I already had the chassis for the Rabbit at the time, Quil and I rescued it from the junk yard, there would be no way I was driving that truck which to me was nothing but pile of scrap metal.
"It's not that slow," I found it amusing that Bella was trying to defend the truck
"Have you tried going over sixty?" I asked her
"No," she replied
"Good. Don't" I remembered the horrible sound the engine made when it breeched 60 mph on the gauge. I was good with cars, but some things just didn't want to be saved. As I grinned so did Bella
"It does great in a collision," she said still defending the truck it made me laugh,
"I don't think a tank could take out that old monster," I joked,
"So, you build cars?" Bella asked, she looked impressed but really if I thought about it a 15 year old who could build a car from spare parts is quite impressive.
"When I have free time, and parts," I shrugged, speaking of parts… "You wouldn't happen to know where I could get my hands on a master cylinder for a 1986 Volkswagen Rabbit?" I said it jokingly, but then again you never know…
"Sorry," she laughed, oh well it was worth a shot, "I haven't seen any lately, but I'll keep my eyes open for you," we seemed to be getting along great, I hoped she wasn't just humouring me, because I felt comfortable talking with Bella, it felt as if we've been friends the whole time. Maybe we could become good friends, our dad's would like that. The thought made smile.
"You know Bella, Jacob?" a blonde girl asked me, she didn't sound like she was just asking a polite question, but I didn't know the girl, she might always sound like that.
"We've sort of known each other since I was born" I laughed and smiled at Bella, I remembered her, but she didn't remember me
"How nice," okay that tone definitely wasn't nice, "Bella," she called again, she was giving Bella what I could only describe as a dirty look, I seriously didn't like this girl, "I was just saying to Tyler that it was too bad none of the Cullen's could come out today. Didn't anyone think to invite them?" The girl narrowed her eyes at Bella, I didn't like the way she spoke to her, but what did the Cullen's have to do with anything? They never came here, those stupid old myths must be as hyped up in their family as they are in our tribe. As I watched Bella's face she looked hurt by Lauren's words. Had she invited the Cullen's?
Sam then spoke up, "You mean Dr. Carlisle Cullen's family?" he said
"Yes," Lauren replied, "Do you know them?" she asked in a patronizing tone
"The Cullen's don't come here," he snapped, Jeez he needed to cool it, he was turning into a major jerk these days, we all knew the stories but that's all they were, just stories. I noticed the guy the blonde girl sat with was trying to start conversation again but she was staring at Sam, I wasn't surprised he was quite abrupt.
Bella also looked a bit taken aback, "So is Forks driving you insane yet?" I said trying to distract her with small talk, it seemed to work as I noticed her grimace just at the mere mention of the towns name.
"Oh, I'd say that's an understatement," she muttered and I smiled in agreement, I knew how she felt. My distraction only worked for a short while, she looked lost in thought, probably contemplating what Sam meant earlier. But finally she looked at me, "Do you want to walk down the beach with me," she asked, how can I shout hell yes without looking like a dork? I jumped to my feet, probably looking too eager than I should. But Bella looked keen and who was I to turn her down?
We walked along the beach and the temperature begun to drop, I noticed Bella slipping her hands in her pockets to warm her hands up, I wish I had the guts to ask if she wanted me to warm them up for her. My hands were always warm these days.
"So you're, what, sixteen?" she asked me, cool she thought I looked older
"I just turned fifteen," I admitted
"Really?" she looked really surprised, "I would have thought you were older," it was strange, not a lot of people thought I looked older than fifteen, but Bella thought so and I was flattered
"I'm tall for my age," It's true, I'm a total bean pole, Bella probably thought I was older because of how tall I was
"Do you come up to Fork's often?" she asked, she looked hopeful as if she wanted to see me more, it made me wish that I did frequent Fork's more, and I would if it meant I could spend more time with Bella, we were getting along great.
"Not too much. But when I get my car finished I can go up as much as I want" I said, and then I remembered I had to able to drive legally first, "After I get my license" I added
"Who was that other boy Lauren was talking to? He seemed a little to old to be hanging out with us" she said, what Sam said earlier must still be bothering her
"That's Sam, he's nineteen" I told her, but she was right he looked a lot older than that especially lately, that major growth spurt he just went through also seemed to have aged his face, a few months ago he was just as gangly as me and looking at him now no one would believe it. Not only did he get taller but he bulked up too, like he'd been hitting the gym every night, Embry was convinced he was on steroids. All these changes happened around the same time his personality changed. He didn't usually hang around with Quil, Embry and I but a bunch of us usually hung down at the beach together like Paul and Jared, Seth Clearwater would often tag along and Sam would often be there too. But a few weeks ago, something went off, everyone and yet no one's talking about it all at the same time. He went missing for a while, freaked out big time. His girlfriend Leah was really worried, I heard they broke up, he started dating her cousin, Emily. The poor girl, perhaps he felt sorry for because she was mauled by a bear the other week, but still such a jerkish thing to do ditching Leah like that. Ever since all that happened he's been acting a bit weird, he's not as animated as before, mostly just kept quiet and kept to himself.
"What was that he was saying about the doctor's family?" she asked
"The Cullen's? Oh, they're not supposed to come on the reservation" Sam had already said that much, but I didn't think I should say anymore. I looked away from her. Whether I believed the stories or not, I still wasn't supposed to tell anyone about them
"Why not?" she asked
I chewed on my lip, "Oops, I'm not supposed to say anything about that," she already knew too much, but I could understand why Bella was so interested after the way Sam snapped about it earlier.
"Oh, I won't tell anyone, I'm just curious" she smiled an irresistible smile and I gave in, I'll tell her the truth. But it was still Sam's fault, he sparked her interest.
"Do you like scary stories?" I asked her trying to sound as ominous as I could
"I love them" she said looking excited, didn't think this sort of stuff usually worked to impress girls, but Bella definitely seemed different than other girls.
I took a seat on one of the twisted roots of the driftwood tree I usually sat on to think, I didn't mind sharing this spot with Bella, in fact I hoped I could share it with her more often, I looked down at the rocks and smiled, if she wanted a story I was going to give her one, I had to make it sound cool and not make myself look completely lame, I wondered if she knew any of the legends already, Charlie knew some from my dad, he may have passed some of them on to Bella, "Do you know any of our old stories, about where we came from? The Quileutes I mean?" I asked her
"Not really" she admitted
"Well, there are lots of legends, some of them dating back to the flood" I smiled remembering some of the older stories that I thought were ridiculous and gave her the first example that came to mind, "Supposedly, the ancient Quileutes tied their canoes to the tops of the tallest trees on the mountain to survive like Noah and the ark." I smiled again trying to picture them actually doing that, then I thought of the story that was constantly drilled into my head growing up, the one the tribe seemed to put more stock in above all others, "Another legend claims that we descended from wolves, and that the wolves are our brothers still. It's against tribal law to kill them" I told her and paused waiting for her to laugh, but she didn't she was listening intently, seeming actually interested in everything I was saying, so I continued to the part I knew she was waiting to hear, "Then there are the stories about the cold ones," I said a little stiffly, I may not believe the stories but still they send a shiver down my spine and I felt a powerful hatred that I couldn't quite understand towards the mythical monsters.
"The cold ones?" Bella asked sounding more curious, I noticed her sit up more,
"Yes. There are stories of the cold ones as old as the wolf legends, and some much more recent. According to legend, my own great-grandfather knew some of them," I recalled my father telling me the stories, I remembered how proud he sounded when he spoke of his grandfather, it must be nice to be able to believe so blindly in something so impossible, "He was the one who made the treaty that kept them off our land," my eyes rolled, the whole idea of it was so far-fetched,
"Your great-grandfather?" she pressed, fishing for more information
"He was a tribal elder," and a deluded one at that, "like my father." I continued, "You see the cold ones are the natural enemies of the wolf, well not the wolf, really, but the wolves that turn into men, like out ancestors. You would call them werewolves," Werewolves… like there's such a thing, or Cold ones for that matter, so why did the thought of them make my hair stand on end?
"Werewolves have enemies?" Bella asked
"Only one," I paused for dramatic effect and Bella smiled waiting patiently, "So you see, the cold ones are traditionally our enemies. But this pack that came to our territory during my great-grandfathers time was different. They didn't hunt the way others of their kind did, they weren't supposed to be dangerous to the tribe. So my great-grandfather made a truce with them. If they would promise to stay off our lands we wouldn't expose them to the pale-faces," Bella definitely fell into the category of pale. I winked at her. But she was frowning now, her eyes were narrowed as if she was confused.
"If they weren't dangerous, then why…?"
I hid a grin, she was really into this so I was going to play up to it, "There's always a risk for humans to be around the cold ones" I said trying to sound more menacing than before, "even if they're civilized like this clan was. You never know when they might get too hungry to resist,"
"What do you mean, 'civilized'?" she asked
"They claimed they didn't hunt humans. They supposedly were somehow able to prey on animals instead,"
"So how does it fit in with the Cullens? Are they like the cold ones your great-grandfather met?"
"No," and for another dramatic pause, "They're the same ones," her face was frozen, I was really freaking her out. I think I needed to remind her that this was just a story. But I was having too much fun with this, I couldn't help smiling, "There are more of them now, a new female and a new male, but the rest are the same. In my great-grandfathers time they already knew of the leader, Carlisle. He'd been here and gone before your people had even arrived," okay I was having way too much fun with this, Bella was taking it so seriously I had to bite back a smile, I'm sure I wasn't fooling her.
"And what are they?" she then asked, "What are the cold ones?" I was waiting for her to ask this particular question, I gave her a dark smile.
"Blood drinkers," I replied, sounding more intimidating than I meant to, "Your people call them vampires,"
I watched as Bella turned her head to the waves, I could only see half of her face, but from what I could see, she looked totally freaked out and her arms were covered in tiny little goose bumps, okay I'd had my fun now. Charlie wouldn't be happy with me if he found out I'd been scaring his daughter, "You have goose bumps," I laughed
"You're a good storyteller," she replied still looking out at the ocean
"Pretty crazy stuff, though, isn't it?" I said reminding her that it is all just craziness and nothing she had to worry about, "No wonder my dad doesn't want us to talk about it to anyone," actually my dad would go ballistic if he knew I told Bella, when it came to this stuff he was just as crazy as his grand-father, he had too much faith in the stories, it must be something to do with being a tribal leader. Technically I was next in line but there was no way I'd ever be like that, I'd still share the stories and pass them down just as they always have been, I wouldn't turn my back on the traditions of my people I just wouldn't enforce them to put so much stock into them.
"Don't worry," she said still staring out at the waves, "I won't give you away," I wondered what was going through her head,
"I guess I just violated the treaty," I laughed making a joke to help un-freak Bella,
"I'll take it to the grave," she promised and shivered slightly, I hoped she did because if Charlie finds out he'll probably tell my dad and that wouldn't be a good thing.
"Seriously, though, don't say anything to Charlie. He was pretty mad when he heard some of us weren't going to the hospital since Dr. Cullen started working there," Actually our dad's had fallen out over it, Charlie didn't understand my dad's prejudices against the Cullen's nor could my dad explain it. It was a bit awkward, personally I didn't have anything against the doc but I did have a strong intuitive feeling to stay away. Again probably something to do with the stories that had been drilled into me since birth. Dad and Charlie did make up, but they obviously didn't resolve their differences, it was just never mentioned, I knew that Charlie had high praises for Dr. Cullen.
"I won't, of course not," she said, I believed that I could trust Bella with this, she didn't seem like the gossipy type like her friends, especially that blonde hag, oh how I hated her. I wondered what Bella made of it all.
"So do you think we're a bunch of superstitious natives or what?" I didn't want her to think that so I tried to sound like I was messing around with her, I don't think I sounded convincing enough. But she gave me a reassuring smile which almost immediately eased me,
"No," she said, "I think you're good at telling scary stories, though. I still have goose bumps, see?" she lifted her arm for me and sure enough the tiny little bumps still covered it. Was this really the reaction of my good story telling or was there something else bothering her? I decided not to dwell on it.
"Cool," I forced a smile for her
We both turned our heads at the same time when we heard the sound of someone approaching, A guy and a girl were walking towards us
"There you are, Bella," the guy called, he sounded a little to relived and he sent a quick jealous glance my way, it was so fast I wasn't really sure I saw it, as he got closer I noticed that this was the guy who, other than me, couldn't stop staring at Bella, maybe they were together
"Is that your boyfriend?" I asked
"No, definitely not," she whispered and then she winked at me, she wasn't wearing a frown anymore and colour had returned to her cheeks, it made me smile. We were really hitting it off, and I was really attracted to her, I hope she wasn't put off by the age thing.
"So when I get my license…" I started, I wanted to know if she'll be interested in seeing me more
"You should come see me in Forks. We could hang out sometime," she said, excellent, she wanted to see me again.
They guy and girl finally reached us then, "Where have you been?" he asked Bella, wasn't the answer obvious enough for him? Loser. He seriously thought he had a chance with Bella?
"Jacob was just telling me some local stories," Bella informed them, "It was really interesting," she flashed me a beautiful smile and I could do anything but smile back
"Well," the guy muttered, "We're packing up – it looks like its going to rain soon," all of us looked to the dark sky, the dude maybe a creep but he wasn't wrong.
"Okay," Bella got up, "I'm coming,"
"It was nice to see you, again" I quickly looked at the guy, who's name I still hadn't bothered to learn, to see what he made of me saying 'again' to her, I hoped for a look of pure jealousy. I wasn't disappointed.
"It really was," Bella smiled at me, "Next time Charlie comes down to see Billy, I'll come, too," she said, my eyes quickly flashed to jealous boy and his expression hadn't faltered. It made my already large grin spread to my ears.
"That would be cool,"
"And thanks," she said, she pulled the hood on her coat over her head and I watched her as she headed back up to the car with the others. I could feel light drops of rain and I made my way back to the bonfire. Everyone had gone except for Quil and Embry.
"Can't believe you ditched us for a girl," Quil shook his head
I punched his shoulder lightly, "I'd ditch you for a hotdog," I joked