Hey guys! So, this is my second fanfic and my first Twilight fanfic. I would like to thank my beta X.x Undead Heart x.X for all the hard work that she has put into making this story that much better. =) *heart*
I absolutely LOVE Jacob. So if you hate Jacob fans. That would be me. But please don't hate me. It's just SO tiring to have people hate you. *sigh*
I'm excited about this fanfic and hope you guys are too, so… without further delay…
Disclaimer: (ok, maybe a little bit further delay) I don't own Twilight or the characters used throughout this fanfic. Unless I say that they are my characters… but I don't think any of them will be. *sigh*
"Oh, Bella?" he called after me, his voice more even. He leaned toward the open window with a faint smile on his lips.
"Tomorrow it's my turn."
"Your turn to what?"
He smiled wider, flashing his gleaming teeth. "Ask the questions."
And then he was gone, the car speeding down the street and disappearing around the corner before I could even collect my thoughts. I smiled as I walked to the house. It was clear he was planning to see me tomorrow, if nothing else.
(pg. 225-226, Twilight by: Stephanie Meyer)
When I got inside, I turned and closed the door behind me. I was suddenly aware that I was very hungry. I had noticed that my appetite had been growing lately, so I didn't think much of it. After making dinner and eating plenty of it, I left a note for Charlie that I was going to head down to La Push for a while and that I wouldn't be out too late.
As I headed down the road that lead to the reservation, I tried to remember how to get to the little red house that was in my memories from when I used to come out here with Charlie. It didn't take me long to find it and I was a little surprised by how comfortable I was as I drove up the small driveway.
Before I could cut the engine, the front door opened and Jacob Black came striding over to the driver's door. He opened the door for me and, being my clumsy self, I practically fell out of the truck. I braced myself for the impact of the gravel driveway, but instead was caught by two big arms that wrapped themselves around my waist and pulled me upright. I looked up into Jacob's face. "Thanks." I said quietly. He smiled at me before grudgingly releasing me.
"No problem, Bells." He said lightly. Bells? Oh yeah. That's what he always called me when we were kids. I started thinking back to the days that we would spend making mud pies behind his house. My thoughts were cut off when Jacob started speaking again. "So, why are you here? Are you having trouble with the truck?" he looked a little worried now and I couldn't help but smile at his face. He was just too cute for his own good sometimes.
"No," I replied, still smiling, "I came by to see you." He looked surprised at that and I laughed. "So, what were you up to before I came to invade your life? Oh. How did you know I was here?"
Jacob smirked and looked at the truck. The driver's side door was still open and I closed it quickly and pocketed my keys. "Well, that truck makes a lot of noise, I'd know it anywhere." I blushed but got ready to defend the truck before he continued. "I was just about to go out to the garage and work on my rabbit. I think some of my friends are stopping by later. But if you want to do something else, that's okay."
"No, that's fine, Jake." I said, grabbing his hand and heading off in some direction.
Jacob stopped abruptly, causing me to stop as well, seeing as I was still holding his hand. I turned back to look at him and he had the stupidest grin on his face, which made him just look cuter. "The garage is this way, Bells." He said as he started walking in the opposite direction. I felt my cheeks flush and tried not to let him notice. Of course, the very last strand of dignity that I had was destroyed when I tripped over my own feet on the way there. Jacob caught me again and I started busting up laughing. Jacob eyed me confusedly and I explained that I just failed at life miserably. He chuckled and, amazingly, I made it the rest of the way to the garage without almost getting myself killed.
We talked about random stuff as Jacob worked on the car. It looked amazing and Jacob had opened the passenger side door so that I could sit down.
After an hour, maybe a little more, I heard footsteps on the gravel driveway and some guys talking to each other. I went back to watching Jacob work, but looked up when the footsteps and talking cut off. At the 'door' to the garage were two Quileute boys. They looked to be about Jake's age and they were staring at me. I raised my eyebrows at them before returning to my previous occupation of watching Jake. But now, he wasn't working anymore and so I was really just staring at him for no good reason. I quickly looked away, embarrassed by my staring.
"Hey guys!" Jake called to the two boys that were still staring at me. "This is Bella." He told the boys and recognition crossed their faces.
"Oh. Hi, Bella, we've heard a lot about you…" the taller boy started. Jake cut him off with a look and I almost giggled. Almost.
I glanced over at Jacob and then looked back at the boys. They had huge grins on their faces now and I mentally rolled my eyes at whatever it was that Jacob had said about me. I didn't know him all that well, but he was a guy after all. "And you would be…?" I prompted after a moment of silence.
The taller boy immediately spoke up and walked forward with his hand outstretched. "Oh, sorry about that, I'm Embry and this is Quil." He motioned to the other boy as I shook his hand.
Another moment of awkward silence followed and then Jacob broke the tension by saying, "Who's hungry?" oh! I was starving. Jake glanced over at me because I had jumped up when he asked that. Surprisingly, I hadn't fallen over or hit my head on anything. Maybe I was getting the hang of this clumsy issue. "Sorry Bells, I'm not much of a cook."
I rolled my eyes and headed to the exit to the garage where the other boys stood. "But I am". I announced. Right when I finished saying it, I tripped over thin air. And almost busted my head open on the garage floor. That is, I would have if Embry hadn't caught me. Well, so much for 'getting the hang' of the clumsy issue. "Thanks. Sorry." I said as he stood me back up on my own two feet. He didn't move away until he knew that I wasn't going to fall again. At least not right that second. I glanced at Jacob, who flashed me a brilliant smile in return and headed to where I was waiting. "Do you mind if I raid your refrigerator and see what I can make?" I asked him on our way back to the house.
"Not at all. I think a nice home cooked meal sounds amazing. Don't you guys?" he called back to Quil and Embry. They both agreed and the phrase 'boys will be boys' popped into my head.
In the house I found what I needed to make lasagna and so I did. It didn't take too long to cook and the guys watched TV while I was making it. I could hear their conversation clearly from the other room and over the television and wondered why they were talking so loud.
"…she's hot man." I heard someone say. I didn't recognize the voice and decided that it probably belonged to Quil because he was the only one that I hadn't heard talk yet. "And she can cook. Nice."
"Yeah, where'd you pick her up again? I might have to visit the place, since you probably wouldn't take to kindly to me stealing Bella from you." That was Embry.
Then there was the sound that I recognized as flesh hitting flesh and pictured Jake punching Embry in the shoulder. "Shut up, man." Yup. That was Jacob. "We've known each other since we were, like, two."
I stopped listening to that conversation when I noticed it was almost time to take the lasagna out of the oven. I threw a salad together and found an array of dressings in the refrigerator. Wow. Who needed this many kinds of salad dressing. I got out the ranch and Italian, figuring that if anyone wanted something different, they could get it themselves. I pulled the lasagna out of the oven and turned it off. Everything smelled good and I called to the guys, "Food's ready."
They were in the kitchen in record time and I smiled. I let them get their food as I searched out some cans of soda. When I found some, I put them on the table and watched as the guys tried the food. "Wow Bells. This tastes even better than the mud pies you made me when we were kids." We both laughed and I wondered if he had ever really tried to eat any of those.
"Glad you like it." I replied as I grabbed myself a plateful. I know I just ate, like, two hours earlier, but I was so hungry. I ended up eating more than any of the guys and they all stared at me like I was an alien.
"What?" I asked after I had finished eating. They all burst out laughing and I looked at them warily. And curiously.
"Well, I was just wondering if you had eaten in the past week is all." Embry said to me and we all started laughing. I pretended to get defensive, but couldn't hold up the charade for even a minute, which just made us laugh more.
In the end we only ate half the lasagna and half the salad, so I wrapped it up and put it in the refrigerator with heating instructions. Like I do with Charlie when I'm going to be out late. I told Jake what I had done and he thanked me.
The four of us hung out for about another hour and then I had to go home or Charlie would probably come out here with a shotgun. Jake reassured me that he wouldn't do that, "Your dad loves me." he proclaimed as he walked me out to my truck. I gave him a quick hug and then got in my truck. Jake leaned in the driver's side window to say good bye.
"Thanks Jake, I had so much fun. We should hang out again."
"Sure, sure. How about tomorrow?" his eyes brightened at the thought and I smiled back.
"Sounds great. I'll come by after school again." I told him before starting up the truck and driving back to Forks and Charlie.
The next couple weeks continued like that. I'd go to school with Edward then make dinner for Charlie. And then I'd head down to La Push to hang out with Jake. Sometimes Embry and Quil came over, sometimes they didn't. Jake and I did different things; we would hang out on the beach or in the garage. We tried hanging out in his living room a couple of times, but it was too boring and we'd always end up doing something else in the end. When there was a game on, Charlie would come with me and I'd just make dinner for everyone there. It was a comfortable life aside from the fact that Edward seemed mildly upset whenever I brought up my trips down there. I couldn't understand why, but I let it slip. He'd just have to deal with the fact that I'm friends with Jacob.
Jake and I were actually getting very close; he was really my best friend now. He could always make me smile, even on the saddest days and Quil and Embry were great too until Embry stopped hanging out as much. I tried talking to Jacob about it once, but it seemed like a sore subject, so I let it go. They'd make up soon enough.
All through this I didn't miss the fact that my appetite was growing rapidly and so was I. I had gained a few pounds of all muscle and a few inches in height. I was also never cold and I found that I was hardly ever clumsy at all. I did notice that I would easily get upset about the stupidest things. That is, unless I was around Jacob. On the positive side, I was doing amazing in Gym class now and I wasn't hurting people, or myself, much anymore. While this fact made me happy, I couldn't ignore the fact that I was changing and quickly in many ways.
So? What did you think so far? Any ideas/comments/criticism are welcomed.
I'm going to try to get chapter two up quickly. Thanks so much for reading! =)