Nate stood outside Megan's door deciding whether he should knock or walk away as if he didn't come. At the party he had been dancing with a friend trying to make Megan jealous but he didn't think it was going to work this well. According to her best friend she had cried a lot lately spending most of her time alone. All he wanted was to talk to her and make her understand that if she weren't going to marry him he would have to move on. He didn't particularly care to move on but it was something he would have to do.
As he stood their deciding what to do the door swung open and Megan was standing on the other side. "What do you want?"
"Um, I thought we should talk."
"Go ahead," she stood there with her arms crossed.
"Do you think I could come in?"
"Suit yourself," she answered stepping away from the door so that he could come inside.
Her parent's house was clean with floral patterned couches and an area rug that seemed very expensive. On the walls they had family portraits and paintings from various artists that came from his mother's studio. He looked back at Megan noticing that she had been crying and it took all his willpower not to take her in his arms. "What you saw at the party was no big deal. I just wanted you to know."
"Well, now I do. If that's all, I have a date tonight that I have to get ready for."
"With who, Megan," he asked grabbing her arms.
"It's none of your business," she shrugged out of his grasp turning away from him. "You could just take out Molly. By the way you looked good on the dance floor, she seems like a lot of fun."
Nate shook his head wishing he had never spent time with Molly. He hadn't meant to hurt Megan by it. "Marry me, Megan," he said taking her in his arms.
"Tell me why you won't marry me," he whispered in her ear.
Nate felt her arms droop and her body start to shake as she started to cry. "I just can't."
He turned her around and pushed her chin up so that she was looking at him. "You're so beautiful," he smiled kissing her gently on the lips.
"My mom told me about your parent's struggles when they first got married and it scared me. I know it has nothing to do with us but it tells me how much of a responsibility it would be to be part of this family."
"It would be but I can't do it without you."
"Really," she asked.
Nate smiled down at her," Now will you stop being pig headed and marry me?"
"Yeah," she answered.
Bella walked into her house noticing all the boxes that were stacked by the door. Looking through the top two she noticed that all the stuff belonged to Brian. His clothes were folded neatly and packed away and now they were all in boxes lining her hallway. Before she could check the next box he came downstairs. "What is this all about?"
"I was hoping to be finished before you got home."
"Answer me Brian."
"I love you Bella," he said picking up the first box. "But someone has to do the right thing in all this mess and that someone is me."
Brian walked out to his car throwing the box in the bed of his truck. "So this is it, you're just going to leave me?"
"You made your choice."
"What are you talking about?" Brian leaned down to pick up another box and take it to his truck when she stood in his way.
"I know you were with him the other day."
She sighed," I had lunch with him."
"Yeah and I'm going to be Alpha of the pack. I couldn't marry you. I would always wonder if you're with him."
Brian pushed past her dropping the second box in the truck. "So I'm not allowed to even be friends with him?"
"You're not just friends with him that's the problem." He opened the door to the cab and climbed in. "I got to go. I'll pick up the rest of the boxes tomorrow."
Bella watched as he drove away feeling lonely. Now what? Even if she chose Jase, they would never speak to each other again. She had ripped a hole in their relationship that she wasn't sure could be repaired. Bella turned to her house that all of a sudden felt big for just her. She couldn't go in there tonight. The house would taunt her with memories of the times they had spent together.
Love was really confusing. She had never heard of anyone being in love with two people at once. Things would be a lot easier if she could just cut herself in half. Maybe she could, just like a cartoon.
Minutes later she was still standing on the sidewalk trying to figure out what she was going to do when she decided she didn't want to be alone. Getting in her car she drove to the only person who could make her feel better.
Jase's house was bright with light shining out of every window. The house was pretty but not really something she would want to spend the rest of her life in. She wasn't even sure how Jase had ended up in it. According to him he hadn't liked the place when they were looking.
He must have seen her pull in the driveway because he stepped out of the front door. "What are you doing here?"
Instead of answering Bella ran at him and jumped into his arms. He started kissing her and before she knew it they were laying on his bed. "Make love to me." That night he did just that.
Two months later
Despite the one night that they had spent together Bella had been avoiding him like the plague. He wasn't aware of it at the time but his brother had left her that night. Over the last few months his brother had started dating another woman and overall he seemed to be moving on. Bella, on the other hand, seemed to pulling away from him.
Jase stared in the mirror trying to get his tie right and was having no luck. He didn't understand why he was in the monkey suit anyways. Nate wouldn't notice that he wasn't at the wedding. From personal experience, he knew the only people that mattered were the bride and groom. It wouldn't be that bad but he didn't want to go anywhere that Bella might be. If she wanted distance, he would give her distance.
Before he could finish his thought the doorbell rang. "One second," he yelled out. Trying one more time to get the tie on pulled it up and this time it was straight.
Heading towards the door he noticed Bella standing outside. She was beautiful with her hair done up and her bridesmaids dress on. He opened the door and she walked in. "You look wonderful."
"Thank you," she answered. "I need to talk to you."
"I think we have needed to talk for some time."
"I'm pregnant Jase."
His jaw dropped and his didn't know what to say. His mate was pregnant. "Is it mine?"
"Yes. I haven't wanted to tell anyone because I don't want to rub it in Brian's face. That's why I haven't talked to you. I wanted to tell you so bad."
"I think it's about time we stop worrying about how our relationship is going to effect Brian. He's the reason I married Chelsea."
"What do you mean?"
Jase sat down on his couch looking at his hands. "The night of the bachelor party I was trying to find a way to tell Chelsea that I wasn't going to marry her when Brian told me that he was in love with you."
"You were going to leave her."
"Yes, but I didn't think it was fair to Brian that I try to steal you away." Bella sat down beside him and ran her hand through his hair. "Marry me Bella."
"I have to," she said seriously. "Or my dad would kill you."
Jase laughed pulling her to him kissing the top of her head.
Five years later
"Sophie, get your butt over here," Jase yelled to his daughter.
"No daddy, you have to catch me."
Jase ran around trying to keep up with his four year old. Her brown curls were bobbing with every step she took and her blue eyes were shinning with glee. "Gotcha," he said picking her up as she squealed in delight.
"We don't have time. Your Aunt is going to have her baby any minute. Don't you want to be there to meet your new cousin?"
"Yes. Is Uncle Brian excited?"
"I'm sure he is."
"I just got off the phone with Brian. The doctor said she should deliver any minute now," Bella said coming down the stairs. "Is Sophie ready to go?"
"All set," he answered.
Jase watched as Bella knelt down to put Sophie's shoes on. His daughter reached out her hand to place it on Bella's expanding belly. According to the doctor she was having another girl and despite joking around with her that they would have as many kids necessary till they get a boy, he was happy to be having another girl. In four months their family would be complete and sometimes the years they had spent apart seemed like a bad dream.
The first year had been hard on his brother and him. They had barely been able to speak to each other but the awkwardness had worn off as soon as he had found his wife, Kalia. Now the family was close spending weekends together and even vacations.
His wife stood up leaving room for his daughter to dash out the door and to his truck. Bella put the last of the things she needed in the backpack that she seemed to always be carrying around. This bag held things to keep his daughter occupied during the hours they would be sitting around and any snacks she would need.
When she was done he grabbed her hand till she turned to him. "I wouldn't trade a minute," he said knowing she would understand his meaning.
"Me either," she answered giving him a kiss.
*Thanks again for reading. I would really appreciate any last comments you have. When I finished the last story I thought I was done but days later I couldn't get over the fact that I had separated them. I was concerned about the fact that the beginning of this story was sad but overall I am happy with how it turned out. What do you think? Is this how it should have ended?