A/N: The idea for this came to me while I was studying, as you can guess. I have wondered how the Cullens feel about their education. Don't worry, this still has fluff. Enjoy, and review!
"Alice... will you... please... focus?"
Jasper did his best not to submit as Alice's kisses traveled slowly down his neck.
"How can I... focus," she spoke between kisses, "when you look... so... handsome in... intellect mode?"
Jasper closed his eyes and exhaled slowly as her hands began to wrap around his stomach. "You have an exam to study for... A major one, I might add."
Alice withdrew abruptly from his neck and Jasper relaxed as her lust faded quickly from the room. She huffed stubbornly and slumped her chin on his shoulder. "Fair enough."
He shook his head disapprovingly and turned his attention back down to the thick volume called 'The Fundamentals of Advanced Engineering' that lay open on his lap. "Alright, give me a few examples of electrical circuit components that contribute to impedance."
Alice was still behind Jasper, but he could feel her hands move to his shoulders and start massaging them. "Well, you have... the resistors," her voice seemed confused, but her hands started to move down his back, "... the inductors," and onto the belt of his pants, "...capacitors..."
"You said you wanted me to help you study."
Alice sighed. "I do."
"Alright then, so you have to concentrate... Okay?"
"Okay..." she pouted and collapsed opposite to where he sat on the bed.
"Okay. Now... explain the difference... between... alternating current and... dire-... Alice!"
"Don't think I can't tell what you're doing!"
"I'm not doing anything."
Jasper exhaled exasperatedly and flushed out the lust that had suddenly engulfed his body. "I thought that we both agreed on this. Opening up new horizons and taking up new things in college this year."
"That's why I've taken up my first ever engineering course," she smiled convincingly, yet felt far from enthusiastic.
He sighed. "Look, I know that going through college for the fourth or fifth time can make things seem pretty pointless... But how many people can say they've majored or studied Fine Arts, Literature, Astronomy, Physics, History, and everything else in one lifetime? We're incredibly lucky this way. It's not the first lifestyle a vampire would choose, but it beats... other alternatives. If this is how we're going to live, then we might as well make the most out of it, right?"
"One last time; the difference between alternating-"
"Alternating current periodically changes direction, while direct current travels in only one path," Alice replied without a moment of hesitation.
Jasper quirked an eyebrow, "You said you were having trouble-"
"Jasper, I can be just as much a tech junkie as Rosalie. I'm pretty sure I know my fair share of engineering."
"Then why did you insist that I review you?" Alice folded her arms across her chest and looked down. It was strange for Jasper to feel embarrassment coming from her, since Alice was always so confident in her actions. "Come on... tell me," he nudged her shoulder encouragingly.
"Because... it just seems like it's been a while since we've had a moment like this."
"What do you mean?"
"Like this!" she took both his hands in hers and rubbed them gently. "Just you and me."
"We're always alone together."
"Yeah, but lately, it hasn't really felt right. You're always busy and I'm always just trying to catch your attention."
"So, you miss spending time with me?"
"No, silly. I miss you," she began playfully locking her fingers together with his.
"Why didn't you just tell me?" he lifted her head up so she was looking into his eyes.
"You just seemed so preoccupied recently with college. I didn't want to draw you away from it; at the same time... I didn't want to draw you away from me."
Alice looked back down at their intertwined hands, feeling ashamed and embarrassed. Jasper sighed and began to fill the room with his guilt. It was bad enough that he had been neglecting her, and even worse that she was ashamed to admit it. He thought back on the past few weeks and realized how foolish he had been.
"Alice... I'm sorry... I didn't even realize how... how stupid I've been lately," he lifted her head once more. "I'm sorry."
"Don't get me wrong; I know how important this is to you. And I'm really happy that you've become so passionate about your studies. Your intelligence is one of your very, very many gifts," she reached her hand out and stroked his cheek. "You're right about how lucky we are being immortal and... forever learning. We have enough time in our lives to become everything we want to be. This is what you enjoy the most and if it makes you happy... then it makes me really, really happy."
"Have I really become the husband who does whatever he wants and neglects his wife and leaves her alone, happy for his happiness?" he smirked slightly and she laughed. "It's not what I enjoy the most... and it's definitely not what I love most. I've always had this... natural curiosity about things and I didn't exactly have the chance to get a proper education in my early years. Emmett, Rosalie, and even Edward get tired of going through endless cycles of high school and college, but I don't think I can ever get sick of learning and trying to understanding things... enigmas, and all."
"Who knows, you might even be the one to come up with the ultimate theory of the universe!" she piped.
Jasper chuckled and put a hand on her cheek. He stared at her, amazed at how she could have such patience and love for him, as he stroked her face. "But no matter how much of a fun or rewarding experience it is, it's never gonna be the best part about living forever. It's never going to compare to spending eternity with the biggest enigma of them all," he shook her shoulder playfully while she giggled. "My greatest priority in life will always be protecting you and making you feel loved. You're the greatest gift any man or vampire could ever have and I get to spend every day of my very long life with you... And I'm never going to take you for granted, ever... again," he took both her hands and kissed them gently. "Do you forgive me?"
Alice sighed and suppressed a giggle as Jasper pouted for a dramatic effect. They stared at each other for a while and she knew that even though she already forgave him, Jasper wouldn't let down if she didn't accept his apology. He was too much of a gentleman that way.
She smiled softly at him, unable to resist his charm. Suddenly, a booming voice broke their silence.
"Aww, kiss him, Alice!" came Emmett's voice downstairs; distant, yet loud enough for both of them to hear.
Alice laughed and rolled her eyes. Jasper shrugged, silently agreeing with Emmett. She chuckled and leaned over to wrap her arms around his neck, kissing him on the lips.
Jasper stroked her hair and wrinkled his nose. "Okay... maybe I can... do get sick of it... Somedays."
"There's nothing wrong with that."
Alice laughed and toyed with one of the curls on his hair. "So... since we've got this," she ran a hand over the book on Jasper's lap, "done with... What do you say we move on to a different subject?"
"Like... what?" he raised an eyebrow slowly, his hands pulling her closer. He looked smooth and clam, but both were steadily getting excited.
"Hmm... Anatomy?" she bit her lip innocently.
"Well, screw engineering, then," he tossed the book away and barely noticed when it landed messily on top of his desk as Alice threw herself on top of him. Her enthusiasm reached its peak as she finally felt his lust filling and overwhelming her.
"Okay... keep it down, kids," Emmett called again.