A/N: Written for LJ Comm The Air The Sun's June 2010 Drabble Prompt (turn your iPod to Shuffle and write five 100 word drabbles based on the first five songs). These are all New Moon Cullens-Don't-Come-Back.

Five Times Jacob Black Didn't Know What To Say

1. Little Red Riding Hood, The Bobs
little red riding hood / even bad wolves can be good / i'll try to be satisfied just to walk close by your side / maybe you'll see things my way before we get to grandma's place

"I climbed trees when I was little," Bella says wistfully. "There was a lemon tree in the backyard of our old house. I picked all the lemons, even the ones at the top."

"I'm surprised you didn't break your neck."

"I wasn't clumsy back then. It started with puberty." She turns her face up to the pines, and the green moss tints her pale skin. "I miss it. Being up so high."

Jacob wants to say that he would bend the trees down for her, if she asked him to, but he can't think of the right words to use.

2. Get Ready 4 This, 2 Unlimited
y'all ready for this?

"Okay." Jacob points at the field. "On a 3-2 count, the guys on base will be off and running. Why is that?"

Bella gives him a Look.

"C'mon, Bells, think about it."

Another Look.

Jacob sighs, and Ichiro strikes out, ending the inning. "Okay, okay. You really do hate baseball." Bella says something, but he can't hear it over the SafeCo Field speakers blaring jock music. "What?"

She leans up to his ear. "They run because nothing bad will happen if they do." He feels her sigh against his skin. "They're lucky."

He doesn't know how to respond to that.

3. I Have a Little Dreidel, Barenaked Ladies
my dreidel is so playful / it loves to dance and spin / a happy game of dreidel / come play now let's begin

He holds her at bay as he pushes the tape labelled Cordon Elementary Holiday Pagent into the VHS player. "Hey, you said I could pick the next movie! It's not my fault you didn't specify!"

Bella gives up struggling against his unrelenting arm, moans, and buries her face in a couch cushion. "I didn't mean home movies and you know it, you jerk." Her voice is muffled.

The video starts playing, and Jacob blinks. "Is that-"

"Shut up."

"Are you-"

"Shut up!"

The second-grade Bella twirls across the stage in her dreidel costume, and Jacob is completely speechless.

4. Bob Dylan, The Maddening Crowd
i search the beaches walk the sand / i cut my feet on broken glass / strap the sandals on my feet / i'm run down but i still hit the street

He nearly kissed her today.

He walks along the beach of La Push in the darkness. They'd been play-fighting over the last cookie. Bella had been laughing - laughing - and did a surprising little twist out of his arms and she was right there, face flushed, smiling lips inches from his... and then she jumped away like she'd been scalded by hot oil. She said he'd won the cookie fair and square.

Something is pent up inside and Jacob almost howls at the moon, except that's too damn cliche even for him. But what else is there to do?

5. Girl on the Wing, The Shins
we could have been so good-natured if i'd relented when you insisted / but we've been backed against all nature's walls far too long

There's patience and then there's masochism and his heart hurts all the time.

He starts before he can change his mind. "Bella... I've been thinking."

She nods. "I have too."

"I..." His lips don't want to form the words. "Bella, we can't be friends anymore."

"I know."

He thinks he might pass out. "We'll be okay." Trying to reassure himself as much as her.

"Yeah," she says softly. "I think we will be." Then Bella stands on her tiptoes and kisses him. She kisses him and thank God his mouth is occupied, because Jacob has no idea what to say.