a/n This outtake takes place between chapters 5 & 6. It covers what happened when Jasper left to get a change of clothes for Bella, and is told from Alice's POV. Huge thanks to GemmaH for pre-reading/beta'ing this for me.
This was requested in a review to chapter 6, and I thought it was a fab idea, so thank you. You know who you are. Enjoy.
Disclaimer: Everything Twilight related belongs to SM of course.
As I watched Bella leave with Jacob, I tried unsuccessfully to shake the bad feeling sitting in the pit of my stomach. Come on, Alice, the man was like a mountain, what could possibly happen while she was with him? Try as I might though, the feeling just wouldn't go away. I forced it to the back of my mind, flipped my laptop open and tried to lose myself in work
That worked for a few hours as I concentrated on catching up with my emails. I'd taken leave so that I could stay with Bella, but I still liked to keep up to date with everything. My thoughts were rudely interrupted however, when my stomach made it known that dinner time was fast approaching.
I closed my laptop and stretched, my muscles, stiff from sitting in the same position for so long.
I wandered into the kitchen, trying to decide what to have for lunch. After checking the fridge, I settled on a ham and mayo sandwich, and a coke. I brought my lunch back into the lounge and sat down to watch TV as I ate.
I'd just about finished my sandwich, when there was a knock at the door. I had no idea who it could be, so I cautiously peeked out the living room window to see if I could make out who was there. My heart rate picked up at the sight and a huge smile lit up my face.
I almost skipped to the door, managing to stop and calm myself before actually opening it. It wouldn't do to appear too eager. Oh hell, who was I kidding; I was beyond eager and flung open the door, still sporting my huge grin.
"Jasper," I said in my best 'come hither' voice. "What can I do for you today?"
He ran his hand through his hair and smirked at me, his eyes sparkling with mischief.
"Oh, I can think of a few things, Darlin'."
Oh god! He was going to be the death of me.
I managed to find my voice and invite him inside.
"I'm actually here about Bella."
My warm fuzzy feeling vanished, instantly replaced with the same feeling of dread I'd experienced earlier this morning.
"What about Bella?" I asked in a small voice, not looking forward to his answer.
The worry must have shown on face, because he stepped forward and took my hands in his. Without his gloves on, I immediately noticed how cold he was, but my need to know about Bella pushed this piece of information to the back of my mind, for the time being.
"She's fine, now. Carlisle is looking after her," he quickly said, obviously trying to reassure me.
"Carlisle?" I was more confused than ever.
"My father. Edward took her straight to our house because Carlisle's a doctor and he was the closest."
"Oh my God!" I gasped. "Why would Bella need a doctor?"
"Sit down, Alice, so I can explain."
He led me over to the sofa and I reluctantly sat down.
"Bella was attacked by wolves in the forest. But—"
"What?" I shrieked, interrupting him. Images of Bella, torn to pieces by wild animals, flashed through my mind. I shot up and started pacing the room.
"I knew I should have made her stay here this morning. I had a bad feeling and I should have tried harder, she—"
"Alice!" Jasper shouted, stopping me mid rant. He grabbed me firmly, but gently by my shoulders and looked me in the eye.
"Will you please let me finish?"
"Edward pushed Bella out of the way before the wolves got to her and apart from some bruising and a sprained wrist, she's fine. Oh, she hit her head a little too."
I relaxed a little, but narrowed my eyes at him, unsure as to whether he was telling the truth or not.
His fingers began to rub soothing circles on the tops of my arms and I almost forgot what I was going to say.
"Are you sure she's ok? I want to see her. Now."
"Well, she was sleeping when I left. Carlisle wants her to stay with us overnight, so he can keep an eye on her. I'm here to pick up some clothes for her. I'm sure you can see her tomorrow."
I snorted at him. Like there was any way I wasn't going over there right this minute.
"If you think I'm letting my best friend stay, alone, in a house full of virtual strangers," I said, poking him in his extremely hard chest. "Then you clearly don't know me very well!"
I stood with my hands on my hips, daring him to tell me I couldn't go.
His hands slid from my shoulders, upwards, until they were cupping my face. He leaned in until we were almost nose to nose.
"I'd like to get to know you well," he whispered, as his cool breath washed over my lips. "Very well, in fact."
"I want to go and see Bella," I replied, struggling to hold onto my anger.
His thumbs were stroking my jaw on either side.
"Of course I'll take you to see her," he said softly. "But, like I said, she was asleep when I left."
He placed a chaste kiss on my lips. His hands made their way into my hair and he held me firmly in position.
"She's asleep?" I almost whimpered.
"Yes. Carlisle gave her some painkillers, she'll be out for a while."
He placed another kiss on my mouth, this time pressing a bit more firmly. I sighed and my lips parted slightly, granting him access. He wasted no time and slipped his tongue into my mouth, his lips now moving slowly with mine. I wrapped my arms around his neck, holding myself tightly against him while his hands moved down to cup my ass. I squeaked in surprise as he hoisted me up, and backed me into the wall, holding me there with his body.
The kiss deepened and I couldn't stop the moan from escaping. I could feel his arousal pressing into my stomach, so I wrapped my legs around his waist, grinding against him slightly, earning a hiss from his lips. He was so hard. Everywhere.
Keeping one hand on my ass, he let the other trail up, under my shirt, until his fingers grazed the underside of my bra. I shivered slightly from his cold touch, and I was instantly reminded of something Bella had said about Edward's hands.
Oh my God! I forgot about Bella.
I pulled away from Jasper's lips and gently pushed on his shoulders to get his attention.
"What's wrong?" he asked, looking a little confused.
"We're supposed to be going to see Bella," I replied, pushing him again, so that he would put me down. "Not making out like teenagers!"
"Sorry." He shrugged his shoulders, not looking the least bit sorry.
I straightened my clothes, trying to make it look like I hadn't just been dry humped against a wall.
"I'll take you now, if you like."
"Yes, you will," I said, trying to sound like I was cross with him, but I could tell he wasn't fooled.
"Let me just pack some overnight clothes for us both and we can go."
"Did you say for both of you?"
"Yes, of course. I already told you, I'm not leaving her there all night on her own."
A huge smile lit up his face and he bounced over and swung me round. I couldn't help but giggle at his enthusiasm.
"I'm staying to keep Bella company, not to mess around with you. Ok?" I said, making my intentions clear. Things had already moved faster than I was used to and I thought we'd done more than enough for one day.
"I understand, Darlin'. I'm just happy to be spending some more time with you."
I quickly packed our things before I could be swayed again by his southern charm. As he led me to his car, something occurred to me.
"Where was Jacob, when all this happened?"
His step faltered for just a second, I thought I'd imagined it, before he continued towards the car. As he opened the door for me, I took a good look at him. There was something different about Jasper. I could feel it. It wasn't just that he felt cold, it was everything about him. I let it go for now, as I didn't get the feeling that he was bad, just different.
"Come, on" he said, pulling me put of my thoughts. "I'll explain about Jacob on the way."
a/n Reviews mean a surprise visit from Jasper.