A/N: Thanks to Reka for being a wonderful beta! ;)
Legal: It's all Stephanie's! =)
Drea sat up, yawning and holding her lower back.
"Humans were not meant to sleep on the groud," she griped at her mate as he rolled over and gave her a sleepy smile.
"I'm sorry, Princess. I'll get right on building you a fancy bed as soon as we kill all the blood suckers, deal?"
"I will hold you to that, Mr. Black!"
She stood, turning her back to him and stretched as much as she could, trying to ease some of the soreness that had accumulated there. They really had meant to go back to Billy's to sleep but they got distracted. And then they got distracted a few more times. At that point, they pretty much just passed out.
"What'd you say?" Drea asked, turning back to catch Jacob checking her out as she stretched.
"Didn't say anything, babe. Now, come back over here," he said with a sexy growl, holding his arms open to her.
She gave him a little pout, but she was only teasing and was about to run straight into his arms, when she heard him say something again. She stopped and stared at him for a moment. She knew his mouth hadn't moved.
"What did you say?" she asked again.
"I said, 'get over here,'" he repeated.
"No, after that."
He just looked at her, one eyebrow arched in question. Again, his mouth wasn't moving but she definitely felt like she could hear him speaking to her. Only, she couldn't quite understand the words. She closed her eyes for a second and concentrated.
Clear as a bell, she heard, What is she talking about?
"I'm talking about hearing you mumbling!" she responded, getting annoyed with whatever game he was playing. It was too early.
She opened her eyes to give him a frustrated look only to find him staring at her as if she'd grown a second head.
"What?" she snapped. He'd soon learn not to mess with her first thing in the morning; she could be quite grumpy before she was good and awake.
Can you hear me thinking?
She just looked at him carefully for a moment. His mouth definitely had not moved and it wasn't her ears that were hearing.
I, uh, I think so? she thought back at him.
Jacob bounded off the ground and swept her up in his arms. "You can actually hear me thinking? This is cool! Well, it could be bad, but wow!"
This is too weird. I've never heard of anything like this.
"You sound worried. I don't understand. Aren't you happy about this? Doesn't it mean our bond, or whatever, is really strong?" Jacob was starting to worry that his mate did not share his enthusiasm over the new power.
"I'm sorry, Jacob. You're right. This is a good thing. I guess I'm just not as used to the idea of sharing thoughts as you are. Ah! It's too early, baby. Can you please take me somewhere for coffee? I need to wake up so my brain can process all this."
"Of course, I…" Jacob began before he was interrupted.
"Hey! Are you guys decent?" A voice called from just out of sight.
Jacob laughed. He should've known their little "hiding spot" was far from secret with a bunch of werewolves running around. He smiled down at Drea, still tucked into his arms, bridal style. She arched an eyebrow at him. She definitely wasn't a morning person.
"Yeah, Seth," Jacob called back. "It's safe."
A young boy, tall but obviously very young still, came walking into view.
"Hey guys, sorry to bother you, but Bella wanted me to come find you. She said it was really important that she got to talk to Drea."
"It's no problem. We were headed back to civilization anyway. I bet Emily has coffee and breakfast at her house. That work for you, babe?"
Drea nodded her head in the affirmative and watched the other boy for a moment, wondering who he was. Jacob finally noticed her confused look.
"Oh, sorry. I forget you haven't actually met everyone. They all know you because of the pack mind, but…"
Before Jacob could continue, Drea held up a hand to halt him. "The pack mind!"
"Yeah, I know it's a bit weird. I'm sorry," Jacob started apologizing, thinking Drea would be embarrassed that they would have no secrets from his brothers.
"No! It's not that," she interrupted, scrambling out of his arms and onto her own feet. "Phase!" she commanded, getting too excited to explain her idea.
"Uh, okay, but step back," Jacob agreed, not sure what she was going on about yet but trusting her.
Drea stepped back toward the other boy as Jacob pulled his shorts off and phased.
Now, can you hear me? she asked Jacob silently.
Yep, I still can, he responded in kind.
What about the rest of them? she asked, beaming at him.
Tink? she heard Paul ask.
It does work! she cried.
How is she doing this? Paul asked Jacob through the link.
We're not sure yet, Paul. You're at Emily's, right? Just wait there, Jacob told him.
Drea was grinning from ear-to-ear. Seth, standing beside her, was still confused. Being in his human body, he wasn't catching the silent conversation, only watching the wolf and the girl grin at each other.
Jacob phased back and pulled his shorts on.
"Come on, let's get back to Emily's," Jacob called, grabbing Drea's hand to pull her along as he ran.
Seth followed, still lost to what had just happened to make the pair so much more excited.
The two boys kept pace with Drea, but it still didn't take too long to arrive in Emily's yard. Once there, they found Paul, still in his wolf form, practically bouncing like an overgrown puppy.
Drea laughed and reached out a hand to pet him. "If you're thinking at me, I can't hear. I think Jay has to be in the pack mind for it to work."
Paul dropped his head. Apparently, that was exactly what he'd been trying to do.
Bella came flying out the back door as Drea and Jacob walked up into the yard further.
"For you he bounces, all I can get is a hateful growl," she muttered before wrapping her cousin in a big hug and rambling off her news almost too fast to hear. "."
"Slow down, Bells. Let me get inside and see if Emily's got some coffee, okay? Then you can tell me all about it."
Drea and Bella climbed the steps to enter Emily's kitchen while Jacob, Seth, and Paul remained outside to discuss Drea's new trick.
"Okay, so last night," Bella began before Drea held up a hand to cut her off.
"First things first, love," she told her before her eyes began searching the kitchen for Emily.
A half a circuit later, she found her favorite new friend, standing by the sink with an empty coffee mug in her outstretched hand.
"Looking for this?" Emily asked with a grin. "There's fresh coffee on the stove and the cream's in the fridge."
Drea took the mug eagerly and wrapped her arms around Emily to hug her tight. "I love you. You know that, right?"
Emily laughed again and nodded as Drea released her and went to fill her mug.
Bella rolled her eyes and sighed before plunking down in a chair at the table. She was getting really tired of everyone brushing her off and treating her like a child. She was eighteen years old, damn it!
Finally, after a few more minutes, Drea joined Bella at the table and took a sip of her coffee and sighing dramatically. "Perfect! Now, dearest Bella, do tell."
Bella huffed in irritation but proceeded with her story nonetheless. "I dreamt about the battle. You and I were there together. You put my hand on your back and it was like there was an electric current running from the ground and between us."
"So we were channeling energy together?" Drea asked, her eyes lighting up as she considered the idea.
"I don't know, I guess. The point is that I didn't have to call it; you called the power for both of us."
"That might actually work. You should call your boyfriend. Maybe we can try it once before the battle."
"Oh! And when I woke up, my hand was glowing like yours did!"
"Wait, are you sure you were awake for that part?"
"Bella! Your power is active! It came to you without a vampire present," Drea shouted at her, shooting up from her chair. "It must have been the binding. Jacob and I got a new power, now you seem to have, I wonder if Paul benefitted," she continued, mostly to herself, as she began to pace a little circle beside the table.
"Not unless being extra grumpy to me is a power," Bella mumbled under her breath.
"You know, Bells, if you want me to be nice to your blood suckers, the least you could do is lay off my wolves!"
"I'm fine with the wolves, Drea, but Paul's an ass," Bella shot back, jumping up out of her chair and nearly knocking it over.
"Paul just… Never mind. We're not doing this. And certainly not right now with the Volturi on their way. Call Edward, ask him and his brother, the one with the empathic power…"
"Jasper," Bella supplied.
"Right, Jasper. Ask them if they will meet us at the treaty line. We can try your idea and see if your power will work and I have one other thing I'd like to try with them too."
"Okay," Bella responded, trying her best to drop the attitude for the common good, for now. She dug out her cell phone to dial Edward.
"Oh and ask if Alice knows anything new," Drea added as she grabbed her coffee and went out the back to talk with Jacob.
At least she remembered Alice's name, Bella thought to herself as the phone began to ring.