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Chapter 11 - I Need you now

It's a quarter after one, I'm all alone and I need you now

And I said I wouldn't call but I'm a little drunk and I need you now

Well I don't know how I can do without

I just need you now

I just need you now

Oh baby I need you now

Lady Antebellum


Forks Hospital

"Hey Bella." Jake said over the phone.

"Hi Jake. Where are you? I've been waiting for you?" Bella said with annoyance.

"I'm at the hospital with dad. Look he...he is really sick. Can you come down to the hospital? Please Bella, I'm goin' crazy here by myself. No-one is telling me anything." Jacob said his voice laced with distress and worry.

"I can't Jake. I can't. I don't want to run into Dr Cullen." Bella replied.

"But Bella..."

"Sorry Jake, I just can't. I still need to adjust to life without Edward."

"I need a friend right now. My dad is really sick and all you care about; STILL is Edward." Jake said. He stared at his phone in disbelief. How can she do that to me? I thought we were friends. Rosalie was right.

"Don't be so dramatic Jake; I'm sure he will be fine. I guess this means you won't be over today to hang out."

"Look up selfish in the dictionary Bella. There might actually be a picture of you there." Jake said his voice full of anger as he hung up.

Jacob continued pacing around the waiting room as his father had more and more tests done. An hour turned into two before Carlisle finally came into the waiting room to see Jacob.

"Jacob, you can go in and see your father now. We are going to keep him in for a few days then he can go home."

"But what..what exactly is wrong with him?" Jacob asked.

"I will be in shortly. I will explain everything then." Carlisle said with a reassuring smile.

Jake, just nodded and walked into the Emergency Room where Billy Black was laying in a hospital bed.

"Dad, how are you?"

"I'm okay. Has the Doc told you anything?"

"No. He said he would be in shortly. What is wrong?"

"They are waiting on confirmation but Doctor Cullen is pretty sure I have Emphysema." Billy said flatly.

"What...What is that exactly?"

"Hi Jacob." Doctor Cullen interrupted as he pulled the curtain around them.

"Billy, Jake I have had the results confirmed and yes I'm afraid to say that my diagnosis was correct. You do have Emphysema."

Jake stared at Carlisle and was about to speak when the doctor continued.

"It is a lung condition. It generally happens in smokers. Your father tells me he only quit smoking three years ago. I'm afraid the damage was already done. This disease can usually be maintained for about ten to fifthteen years with walking and plenty of breathing exercises. Given your father's paralysis he has a shorter time."

"But...but he is fine. I can make sure he does his breathing exercises." Jake pleaded.

"I know. I'm sorry I don't have better news. Emphysema is a cruel disease. We will do everything we can to make sure it is as pain free as possible. In the mean time Jake I need you to make sure your father keeps all his physio therapy appointments and help him with his breathing exercises."

"Yeah of course."

"Look Jake I know this is a lot to put on your young shoulders. Is there someone I can call for you to come over and be with you?"

"No... No I'll call Rose myself."

"Rosalie?"

"Yeah. Your daughter is the only person I want to see right now."

"But she..."

"I know. She lives on the other side of the country. I just need her and I think I may have fuc...sorry I mean messed all of that up."

"Well you call Rosalie and I will go and sit with your father." Carlisle offered smiling slightly. Why do I know nothing about Rose's love life? My eldest child has always been a mystery!

New York City

Rosalie was looking at her phone. She hadn't returned Jake's call. She knew she should. She also knew that she was being unreasonable. He had called the next day after they had fought and apologised. Jacob had left the ball in her court. The longer Rosalie left it the harder it was going to be and the more time it gave him to fall back in love with Bella. Or so she thought.

"You know you could just call him instead of staring at your phone." Edward commented.

"I know. I just...I just don't know what to say." Rose replied with a shrug of her shoulders.

"Look, it's like this. I love you because you are my sister; I have too, but Rose you make it hard sometimes. You make it hard for people to love you because you are cold and you shut them out. The guy deserves a chance. You should at least hear what he has to say."

"You're right. I know I make things difficult. I don't even know why I do it."

"Just call him." Edward said as he kissed her on the top of her head as he walked out of the apartment. He didn't want to push his luck too far.

Before Rose could call Jake she walked into her bedroom and thought about what she wanted to say. All of that went out of the window when her phone started ringing. Rose nervously answered the phone.

"Jake, hi I was going to call you back. I was...I just...I'm sorry I really over reacted and I just didn't..."

"Good, because I need you now." Jake interrupted.

"What's wrong?" Rose asked. She didn't like the sadness she could hear in his voice.

"It's my dad. I have been at the hospital all day. He has been diagnosed with Emphysema, I just...I just don't know what to do."

"Oh God Jake, I'm so sorry. Umm let me think. I can change a couple of things and fly home tomorrow."

"Really?" He said surprised. "You would do that."

"Of course I would do that. You need me right?"

"I do. I just don't know what to do. Your father told me that because of my dad's paralysis that his life expectancy isn't as good because he can't go walking to help his lungs."

"Well there are other things he can do. He can sit on your front porch and do lots and lots of deep breathing. You have all that fresh air at La Push. That has to be good, right? Better than living in a big city. Also a lot of things can change and there could be some new treatments that my dad doesn't know about." Rose said trying to reassure him.

"Yeah. Its early days. So I'm sorry about being angry with you about Tanya and Edward."

"I should have told you. I was scared that you and Bella would get back together."

"No that was never going to happen. I don't want her. I did want to be her friend but just like you have been saying for a very long time she never returned the friendship."

"What do you mean?"

"I rang to tell her about my dad and she wasn't interested."

"Look don't waste any more time thinking about her. I'm going to organize my ticket and I will be there tomorrow. I'm going to be there for you Jake."

"How did I get so lucky? You are amazing." He said smiling into the phone.

"You're not so bad yourself."

Black Residence La Push

Jake had picked Rose up at the airport. They drove back to the Reservation and Jake filled Rose in on the details of Billy's prognosis. They now sat comfortably in the living room eating take out, with Billy.

Jacob got up to answer the house phone and Billy turned to Rose. "Thank you."

"What for?" she asked as she continued eating.

"For being here for Jake. He needs someone. He is trying so hard to take control of everything and handle things on his own. He is only 18 years old; this is too much for him. It isn't fair on him."

"Well he isn't alone. He has his friends and he will have me for as long as he needs. I'm going to come back as often as I can. I promise." Rose said taking Billy's hand.

"You love my son very much don't you?"

"Oh umm... well I haven't told him that but I guess I do."

"He loves you too. He has for a very long time even if he wouldn't admit it."

"So what did I miss?" Jake asked as he returned to the living room.

"I was just telling Rose how nice it is that she is here and that I'm going to leave you two alone and go and have an early night."

"Do you need any help?" Rose asked.

"No thanks, been doin' this for years. Have a nice night guys." Billy said as he made his way to his bedroom.

"He is so strong." Rose commented.

"Yeah I know, but for how long? I know we had plans, for me to move to New York..."

"Jake! Obviously you can't move now, I know that. You wouldn't be much of a son if you did move cross country and honestly you wouldn't be the man that I...well you know." Rose trailed off with a shrug of her shoulders.

"Yeah well I... you know too. Since we have decided we can't say the actual words."

"It will just make it worse."

"I know. We also have to be realistic. A cross country relationship will be hard." Jake added.

"It will be. But anything worth anything is always hard. So I think we will be just fine." She said as she placed her hand on the side of his face.

Jake looked into her blue eyes and felt like he could see forever, before he pulled her closer so he could kiss her. It didn't take too long before the spark that was always between them turned into a raging fire.

He took her hand and helped her off the sofa and he led her to his bedroom.

"I'm so happy you're here." He said as they began undressing.

"I wouldn't want to be anywhere else." She replied.


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