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Chapter 15

When I woke up, I was unsure if I wanted to. Actually, I know I don't. I want to fall back asleep and never wake up again. My reason for waking up, my only reason for even breathing, is gone so there is no need for me to try anymore.

"Maggie?" An angelic voice asked. I opened my eyes slowly and was almost blinded by bright lights before my eyes completely focused.

"Am I dead?" I asked rubbing my eyes. The voice laughed and a warm hand found mine, giving life back to my body. I stopped rubbing my eyes and turned to the large figure in the bed next to mine.

"Jake!" I yelled hopping out of the bed and into his.

"Hey babe." He smiled. His body was bandaged from his shoulder all the way down to his feet. I carefully straddled his body but didn't lean on his torso at all. I then carefully placed a hand on each side of his face and kissed him passionately before pulling away.

"Are we dead?" I asked confused. I could have sworn he died in my arms…

"No sweetheart, we're not dead."

"No, we're dead. We have to be. I watched you die. I felt you're body go limp in my arms. This isn't possible..."

"It is and we're alive." He took my hand and kissed it softly.

"But I…you…I thought you left me Jake." I said looking down. He cupped the bottom of my chin and rose my head back up to look at him.

"I never left you and never will." I kissed him again and then lied next to him.

"What about Brady? Did he…"

"No. Collin got to him before they could do much damage."

"How much damage did they do?"

"Well, he's body was badly bruised along with his bones being broken, like mine. He was also on a respirator the last time I heard but he's probably breathing on his own now." A few more tears ran down my cheeks.

"It's all my fault. If I had just…"

"No. Don't think like that." He soothed as he held me close and pet the loose curls out of my face.

"What about the others? Are they okay?"

"Well, Seth and Esme got beat up a little but other than that, everyone's good. We've gone through this kind of battle before so we knew what to do." I wave of relief and happiness vibrated through my body and I could help but laugh.

"What's so funny?" Jake smiled.

"Nothing. I'm just…so happy everyone's okay."

"You are a weirdo."

"I know, but you love me anyway."

"More than words can describe." He pulled me into a light kiss. Even though it was short, it was sweet and caring, making me want more but I had to stop, for if I didn't it would turn into a pained kiss. He may heal fast, but in my opinion, not fast enough.

He positioned the bed up so that we were now sitting up. We sat together for a little while before he turned to me.

"I want you."

"You already have me silly."

"No, I want you." His face was completely serious.

"You're not thinking what…" I was cut off by Jake's hungry lips colliding with mine. So much for not being too rough…


A while later...

"Didn't that hurt you, even a little?" I asked Jake as he covered our bodies with the stiff/stolen white hospital covers.

"No. Well…it was a good kind of hurt." I rolled my eyes and snuggled close to his unusually warm body. We laid like that for awhile, fell asleep and woke up in each other's the next morning. He no longer needed all of the gauze that so tightly wrapped around his body so Carlisle came in, took them off and checked his 'vitals'.

"I see you're feeling better, although I wouldn't have recommended that type of...activity for at least a couple more days." He said as he flipped through the papers on the clipboard attached to the end of Jake's bed.

"Sorry Carlisle. Is it going to affect him in any negative way?" I asked as I pulled the blankets up in attempt to cover what I could.

"No, not at all. It would be another case if he wasn't such a...supernatural being." He smiled and left the room.

"Did you hear that? He said I'm a supernatural being." Jake said smugly.

"You are also very conceited." I added.

"Don't lie to you're self. You know I'm a supernatural being...in bed."

"Now that I won't deny." I said kissing him.

"Maggie, I have to ask you something." He said pulling away. I rolled my eyes and held myself up on my elbows to be able to look him in the eyes.

"Dude, do you ever rest?" I kissed his left peck then rested my chin on his chest.

"No, no. Although that is a great idea…" He mused.

"Jake." I whined.

"Okay, okay. How much do you love me?" I laughed.

"Is that a rhetorical question?"

"No, I'm being completely serious right now."

"How do I put this…I love you more than life itself. When I thought you were…gone…I didn't think I would be able to take one more breathe if you weren't there breathing with me. I almost hoped I wouldn't wake up and when you're voice was the first and only thing I heard…my stomach was filled with vicious butterflies and my heart couldn't have ever beaten any faster as it did then." A smile had spread from cheek to cheek on his face as it did mine.

"Now you know how I feel every time you smile, every time you laugh, every time the words 'I love you' escape those beautiful lips." I gasped and held my hand to my stomach.

"Are you okay?" Jake asked concerned.

"I think so. My tummy is getting all butterfly-ey again." I said talking about my stomach is if something was actually in there.

"Don't scare me like that. Geez"

"Sorry babe. Was that the all you wanted to know?"

"No…there's more."

"Ask me anything."

"Now, this isn't how I originally wanted to do this but I can't risk losing you. Margaret Elizabeth Swan, will you…" The door swung open and he was cut off.

"Really?" Jake said frustrated.

"Sorry. I had to make sure my baby sister and her mate were still alive but judging by your current…position, you are probably just fine." Lil smiled. Before either of us could respond, basically the king and his men showed up at the door.

"Damn Jake! Half dead yesterday, porking today? You my friend, are my new hero." Paul said pushing his way through the sea of people to the front. Jake took the pillow from behind him and chucked it with such great force I'm surprised they didn't all topple over like a bunch of bowling pins.

"Did you do it yet? Did she say ye-whoa someone could have warned me!" Seth whined as he tried to weave his way through the crowd of people to his safe spot way back where he can't see my half naked body.

"Do what?" I laughed.

"Ugh! Will everyone please go?" Jake asked annoyed. They just stood there and stared at him as if they planned it. I felt his heated glare shooting over my back and towards them.

"Just ask me now."

"No it's not…"

"Jake. The guys will be able to re-watch it over and over again in their heads, Sam will tell Emily and Embry will tell Lilly and she'll just tell my mom and Selena. Just ask me the damn question already." I said equally annoyed as him.

"Gosh you're so damn pushy. I like…"

"JAKE!" Everyone in the room other than him yelled in unison.

"WILL YOU MARRY ME?" He yelled and then cursed under his breath.

"What?" I asked wide eyed.

"Will you…marry me?" Jake said evening out his voice.

"Jake...I…" My jaw dropped.

"I will make you the happiest woman alive if you will just do me that one thing. I want you to be mine in every way." I just sat there and stuttered in his arms, wanting to say yes, but being unable to say it. My hands have never been this shaky, my brain so cluttered with such useless confusion.

"So what do you say?" He asked blushing. I gulped.

"I…I…" I could see the pain in his eyes as if he thought that I would decline. I put each hand on the side of his face and looked him in the eyes.

"Of course I'll marry you, you idiot!" I have never seen him so happy nor have I felt like this ever in my life. He rolled on top of me and kissed me with so much passion I almost completely forgot anyone besides Jake and I were in the room.

"That's enough you love birds. There are children in the vicinity." Sam said with an arm wrapped around Emily's torso.

"Oops. Sorry Seth." I heard his distant whimpers. If he's acting like that just from seeing my bare back, I wonder how he's going to react when Jake plays the whole night over in his head…Oh how that boy will squirm…

"Can someone please hand me my pants?" Jake asked pointed to a pair of tan shorts thrown over a chair in the corner of the room.

"I think it's a little late for that…" Paul said. Jake just glared at him and Paul did as he was asked. He then threw the pants, which Jake so skillfully caught. He dug in one of the pockets and pulled out a small box. In the small box was the very necklace he had given me for Christmas.

"I know this isn't the 'traditional' piece of jewelry a man gives to the love of his life but what the hell, we aren't a traditional couple." He put the beautiful silver chain with it's gorgeous wooden wolf carving and Quileute symbol with the phrase 'J+M Forever' carved on the back around my neck and clasped the hook. I took it in my hand and ran my finger over the inscription.

Never had there ever been words with such truthfulness than those of the pendant that I hold in my hand.

Someone holds me safe and warm
Horses prance through a silver storm
Figures dancing gracefully
Across my memory...

Far away, long ago
Glowing dim as an ember,
Things my heart used to know,
Things it yearns to remember...

And a song someone sings
Once upon a December


The End