When little Bella still hadn't woken up, Esme decided that she should gently rouse her to get her ready for her father. She went in and softly massaged Bella's head. Bella slowly opened her eyes. She lifted one sleepy fist to rub her face. When she hit her new stiches, she began to whine.
"Oh, darling, I'm so sorry. I know that hurts," Esme said, gently lifting her up. Bella nuzzled her face into Esme's cool neck. "Shh, I know. We called your mama, but her phone was off. We did get ahold of daddy, though. He said he's on his way."
Bella snuggled closer to her and Esme rubbed her back. She took the little one downstairs where the rest of their children were watching their favorite television show. Esme thought that she and Carlisle got more of a kick out of Spongebob, as the kids didn't understand some of the hidden meanings behind the jokes, but they thought he was hilarious anyway.
She sat with the toddler on the couch, facing her toward the TV. Edward was happy to see that his little friend was awake and sat close to Esme's lap. The others looked warily at her. They weren't sure what the stitches on her face were, and scooted away slightly, in case they were contagious. Bella didn't seem to notice. She grinned and pointed a pudgy finger at the screen.
"Bob!" She giggled.
"Is that Spongebob?" Esme laughed. "Yeah? Do you like him?"
Bella excitedly put her fingers in her mouth, making a happy squea in her throat. "Is mine Bob!"
"Aw, is he your friend? He's quite a good friend of ours, too! You should ask Edward who his best friend is."
Bella looked at Edward curiously. She still didn't quote know the words to say, so Esme helped her out.
"Edward! Hey buddy, who is your best friend? Who is your TV friend?"
"Barney!" He yelled.
Esme and Carlisle laughed.
"Heeey, you's quiet puh-leeze," Alice scolded.
"I'm sorry, dear, are we too loud?"
Alice only humphed and went back to watching the program. They all quietly watched the rest of the show, until the doorbell suddenly rang. They had all but forgotten that Charlie was coming to rescue his little daughter who was supposedly in peril. Carlisle went to the door and let him in. He was stunned to see a baby in Charlie's arms. What shocked him even more was that he knew who the baby was.
"Hello Carlisle," Charlie smiled sadly. "Can we come in?"
Esme had scooted Bella off her lap and went to the door. She was just as surprised as her husband. She let out an involuntary gasp.
"Is something wrong?" Charlie asked, after an awkward silence.
Recovering from the initial shock, Carlisle put on a smile. "No, no of course not. We were just suprised to see you with a baby, that's all."
"Ah, yes, I'm sorry about that. This is Jacob Black. He belongs to my friend, Billy. I don't suppose you know him...?"
"We do, actually. We saw Jacob once, but he was a newborn then. My he - he sure has gotten big, hasn't he, dear?" Esme said nervously.
"Yes. Well... yes, you can come on in, I suppose. I'm sorry to sound hesitant, but it's a real mess in here," Carlisle bluffed.
They stepped aside to let Charlie and Jacob in. Esme gave Carlisle an incredulous look. He shrugged. Jacob, they had been told, was supposed to be part of the La Push werewolf pack. There had not been wolves for a very long time, but the gene had fallen onto this generation. Little Jacob was not just another pack member, however. He was their leader. He certainly wasn't supposed to be in Forks, let alone right in the Cullen's home. Then again, they could hardly help it now. Charlie had no idea what he was doing.
"I apologize, I'm probably not very good company right now," Charlie said.
"What makes you say that?" Esme asked.
"To be honest, I'm pretty upset. I've never taken care of this little guy before, but it couldn't be helped. That accident down in Lap Push... it was his mother. Some drunken idiot slammed right into her car. She's at the hospital right now. I told Billy it would be alright, but... but I suppose I can tell you truth. Part of it is because he's such a close friend, and part of telling him that was because it's my job. In any case -" Charlie paused and sighed heavily. "We're pretty certain that Sarah had already passed away by the time we got there. We couldn't get her to breath and they weren't sure if she had a pulse. I took Jacob off his hands so he can concentrate on what to do, for now."
Esme and Carlisle both looked at each other guiltily. No matter what they might have thought about the wolves, it hurt them both to hear that this little baby had just lost his mother. If they were honest with themselves, they had to admit that he wasn't bad just because he was a wolf. He was only a baby, after all, and pretty cute at that. Charlie sat down on the sofa and Esme knelt down in front of them.
"Hello," she smiled at Jacob. "Hello, little darling! Look at what a big boy you are! Are you alright? I'm so, so sorry to hear about your mama. That makes me so sad. You have to be a big, strong boy for your daddy now. He needs you. Will you be a good boy? Hm? You sure look like one! Yes, you look so sweet!"
Esme wiggled his foot and tickled his tiny toes. Jacob was wearing a blue and white stripped onsie, with little blue shorts. He had socks tucked into one of the little pockets, but he obviously didn't want to wear them.
Jacob kicked his feet at Esme, grinning when she tickled him. He reached forward and grabbed her hand. He tried tasting her fingers, then shook her hand with both of his. He cooed and smiled up at her. Esme couldn't help but grin back.
"Aren't you just a little cutie pie?" She tickled him under his chin.
Just then, Bella made her way of to them. She was standing on the couch with her little bare feet. She stumbled slightly onto Charlie's shoulder.
"Hey there, princess! How are you?"
"Daddy, I owie," she said. She didn't sound too upset about it. In fact, she sounded rather proud of her battle scars.
"Yeah, Mr. Cullen told me about that! Let me see," he said. He examined all the scrapes and the stitches on her tiny face. "Oh, Bella-boo, what did you do this time?"
"This time?" Esme asked.
"Yes, this little pipsqueak likes to play rough. We get to see the ER about every other month. In fact, Carlisle, I think I should make a deal with you. I can set up a stand in there and start giving tours."
They all laughed.
"We're very sorry about it, in any case. She was pretty upset."
"That's fine. I have a feeling she was probably more afraid then anything. It doesn't seem to bother you too much now, huh munchikin? Speaking of little ones, look who's here Bella! Look, it's your friend Jakey! Can you say hi?"
"Baby!" Bella beamed. "Hi baby!"
"His name is Jacob, honey," Charlie told her. "I know you remember him! You saw him last week."
"Baby Jakey!" Bella reached out one tiny hand and tickled Jacob's fat baby stomach. Her voice went several notches higher when she spoke to him. "Hiii! You is so coot! Jakey so coot! Do you's wanna kissie? Come hewe widdle baby!"
Bella pulled him forward and gave him a huge kiss right on his nose. The adults all laughed at how excited Jacob got.
"Thank you, darling. That was very sweet of you! We need to be very nice to Jake right now. He will be very sad for awhile."
"Poh Jakey." Bella rubbed the top of his head, messing up his thick black peach fuzz.
"I suppose we should be going now..."
"No," Bella whined. "Daddy, I watches Bob!" She pointed desperately at the television screen.
"Oh, I see. We don't want to overstay our welcome with the Cullens though."
"No, it's no trouble," Esme said. "She can stay if she wants to. Besides, Carlisle and I are more then willing to talk to you about what happened, if you like."
Charlie smiled sadly. "You, I think I would like that, actually. Will you stay here with Jake, Bella?"
Charlie got up and propped Jacob up with some pillows. He put him right in the corner so that the little guy wouldn't be able to go anywhere.
"Are you sure he'll be alright?" Carlisle asked.
"Yeah, he can scoot around pretty good, but I don't want to take any chances."
"How old is he?"
"He just had his first birthday about a month ago. He's just so big; very determined, too."
The adults walked off to the Cullens dining room. Bella sat herself down right next to Jacob.
"Hiii," she grinned. "Hi Jakey! You wanna pway?"
She nuzzled her nose into his left temple. He squealed happily.
"Nooooo!" He said, happily.
"Here. Look at me's Jakey!" She waited until she had his attention then covered her eyes. "Peekie boo! Peekie boo! Peekie...peekie... peekie BOO!"
Jacob gurgled when he laughed. He clapped his little hands. Bella did it several more times before she got tired of it. SHe hugged him again.
"I jus' loves Jakey!"
"Lub," he repeated, giving her a very wet, sloppy kiss.
Bella laughed and tried to pull away. She ended up knocking several plush pillows off the couch. Jacob tried to peer over the edge.
"Uh-oh!" He gasped, then waved at them. "Byes-byes."
"What Jake wanna do?" Bella asked. When he didn't know what to say, Bella told him they would watch TV.
They sat together for a little while, before Bella's other new friend returned. Edward had gone off to the kitchen, hoping to sweet talk a cookie or two out of Esme. He finally succeeded and waddled back into the living room and was not at all happy with what he saw.
"Hey!" He whined at the strange baby who had taken his spot.
"Edwah, this Jakey. He's baby. Isn' he coot?" She grinned.
"I guess," he shrugged.
Jacob was eyeing the cookies in Edward's hand. He reached out one pudgy little arm.
"Cookie?" He asked.
"No, mine!" Edward replied grumpily.
Jacob began to whine. Bella frowned and looked at Edward with her big, sad brown eyes.
"Awww, peas share, Edwah? Peas?"
Edward looked sadly at his cookie, then back at Bella. He sighed deeply.
"Otay. Hewe Jatub," he said, breaking off a small piece and handing it to him.
"An-du," Jacob said, trying to say thank you.
"Welcome," Edward grumbled. "Bella come pway now?"
She was about to go when Jacob grabbed her hand.
Bella remembered that Charlie had told her to stay with Jacob. WHen she told this to Edward, he was extremely unhappy about it. Jacob held Bella's arm close. He wasn't about to let her go off without him.
"Stop it!" Edward whacked Jacob's hand away. "She mine's Bella!"
"No, no, no," Jacob flapped his arms at him, trying to hit him back.
Edward caught on Jacob's tiny hands to stop him. Jacob looked at it for a second, then chomped down on Edward's fingers.
"OWIE!" Edward cried.
Bella gasped. "No Jakey! No! That's no nice!"
Jacob giggled craftily. "Bite," he said, an evil smirk on his pudgy face.
"Jakey!" Bella scolded. "You says you's sorry to Edwah. Do now, says sorry."
"Sowwy," Jacob said in a 'whatever' tone.
Edward decided that he would move to the other side of the room. He tipped over a plastic bin where a whole load of cardboard brickes tumbled out. Bella started to make her way over to him when Jacob whimpered. She looked back at, him over to Edward who was waving her over.
"Wai' a minned," she told Edward. "I gets baby."
She went back to the couch and helped Jacob down. She went back to Edward, and began helping him construct a castle. Jacob sat on the floor watching them. He had been hoping that Bella would carry him over and he was pouting. Bella turned around to get another block and tripped over one. SHe fell backward, smashing the progress she and Edward had made.
"Oopsie," she said, embarrassed.
She and Edward laughed. Jacob couldn't stand it anymore. He rolled over into a crawling position. He stretched his back legs so that his butt was way up in the air. Then he carefully lifted his hands from the floor to stand. He slowly waddled over to the blocks and sat down again.
Jacob started his own little tower. He stacked a line of three bricks, and made it four bricks high.
"Be-be," he said, catching the edge of Bella's shorts. "Be-be, look'et!"
"Aww, that so good Jakey! You so good!" Bella smiled, tickling Jacob under chin.
Edward glared at them. He walked stealthily by and kicked the bottom of the bricks, making them all fall over. Jacob sniffled.
"Ohh, Edwah," Bella sighed.
"Sowwy," He shrugged. "Was asident." He turned around and smiled to himself.
Eventually, Charlie came back and picked Jacob up off the floor.
"What are you doing over here, little man?"
"I putted him dere," Bella said.
"Bella, I thought I told you to leave him on the couch, honey," Charlie said.
"But he wants to pway. An' he's otay, I watchded him real careful."
Charlie smiled. "Well, thank you sweetie. We need to go home now. Can you help Edward put the toys away?"
"Oh no, Charlie, that's alright," Esme said. "He and Alice will probably keep playing with them."
"Ok, if you're sure. Thank you so much for talking to me. I really do appreciate it. Bella, can you tell Mr. and Mrs. Cullen thank you?"
"Thank you! Is fun, my come over tomowo's?" She asked.
They all laughed.
"We would love to have you over again, sweet girl, but I think you need to keep Jacob company tomorrow," Carlisle said. "You be really good for your mama and daddy now, ok?"
"Otay. Bye-byes Edwah," Bella said, as the adults made their way to the door.
"Byes Bewa. My wub you," he smiled shyly and hugged her.
Esme gave a little happy squeak. Edward had never treated another person that way. They always had to ask him to give hugs. As they adults were saying good-bye and opening the door, Jacob leaned over Charlie's shoulder and blew a raspberry at Edward. Edward was about to yell, when Charlie walked away with Bella and Jacob, and Esme shut the door.
"Well, did you have fun today, buddy?" Esme grinned, scooping Edward up into her arms.
"Yes mama," he smiled back, snuggling into her. "But I no like dat baby. He twouble."
((Thank you so much for reading this! I really hope you enjoyed it! Be sure to check out the sequel, Baby Pack. ~D.O.L.))