AN: Okay, so I know it's been a very, very long time since I last updated; my sincerest apologies. I had to sort some stuff out in my life and screw my head back on right before I could do anything else. Now that I have my life back in order, I can focus on other things, like this story. I am so sorry to leave you guys hanging for so long, but if I didn't lose all of you, and there's still people reading this, thank you. This is part 1 of the long awaited date scene where we get to see just how smooth Jasper can be. Hope you like it, and please review.
Oh, and there's a slight overlap from the ending of last chapter and this chapter. I wasn't really happy with the last chapter, now that I've gone back and reread it. I debated on deleting it and starting the chapter over, but I couldn't do that. So, I just tweaked things a little bit. Sorry if it's confusing or some of the details don't match up, but I like this version better. Be sure to review or Pm and give me your thoughts.
Thanks so much for sticking with me and waiting,
Disclaimer: I do not own Twilight; Ms. Stephanie Meyer does. I only own the plot. :)
My undead heart was aflutter, if that was even possible. I tried without success to calm the nervousness that I was projecting, but nothing seemed to soothe the swarm of butterflies in my stomach. She was perfect, but would this really do her justice? How could anything come close to honoring the goddess I was so proud to call mine? "Oh enough already!" cried a very annoyed Edward, "For god's sake man, you're taking her out on a date, not proposing! And the date you've planned is above and beyond what any human would think of, so please, for all our sanity's, CALM DOWN."
"He's right, Jasper; she'll absolutely love it," Alice said as she flitted to his side.
"But you don't know that for sure! You don't know..." I started to say, but was silenced by a death glare from the pixie.
"Are you questioning me, Jasper Whitlock?" Alice said with malice in her voice.
In all my years in the Confederate army and in the vampire wars, I had never met anyone as terrifying as Alice Cullen. She could reduce me to a pile of nothing with just a single glare. She had me quaking in my boots and could bend me to her every will if she so desired. In all my years of fighting, I had never met an opponent that could outdo me. With Alice, though, well I would never stand a chance; she was the Pixie of Death. So, with what dignity I had left, I gulped and said, "Uh... no ma'am, of course not. I'm just nervous is all and saying stuff I don't neccesarily mean."
"She will love it, but if you don't leave now, you will be late," she said in her usual bell-like voice, smiling brightly.
With that, I sped away in the Aston Martin Vanquish I had brought out for the occasion. As I drove, I rehearsed what I was going to do and say. Remember to compliment her, shower her in the glory she so deserves. Open every door for her and act like you are at least somewhat worthy to be in her midst. I sighed and chuckled to myself as my obsessive inner monologue continued until I had arrived at my Angel's house. I breathed in the delightful aroma that lingered here; I felt as though I was finally at home, here, with my Bella.
She greeted me at the door with a warm smile that lit up this dreary little town. "You look absolutely breathing-taking, Ms. Swan," I smiled. "You are the epitome of beauty and elegance, my love."
She blushed the crimson color that I loved on her. "Jasper, stop it; I'm not all that. Can we just go, please? I'm really excited to see what you have planned."
I frowned. "Bella, you are all that and more, darlin. I could spend the rest of eternity coming up with ever adjective I can think of, but no words can describe you. You are the light, the life and joy in my world and I will remind you of that each and every day," I meant every word I said as I led her to the car, opening the door for her.
She sighed and bit her lip, "Okay, fine. If it makes you that happy, then go right ahead; I'm happy as long as you are happy. But, you gotta tell me where we're going; the suspense is killing me!"
I chuckled and smirked. "That darlin is a secret, but all will be revealed in due time," I said as I sped off, out of Forks and towards Seattle.
The drive was rather long, but not as long as it would have been if a human had been driving. See, we as vampires love speed, so naturally we don't obey human speed limits. My Angel freaked out at first, scared that we would crash, but I used my gift to calm her and distracted her with endless questions. After about the seventeenth question in a row, she had had enough. "Jasper, am I being interrogated? 'Cause it kinda feels like I'm a wanted fugitive or something," she said with a nervous laugh.
At this I smiled and laughed too, "No, of course not Angel. I was just trying to get to know you better; know what you like and don't like so that I can do anything and everything to your liking."
"Perfection isn't everything, ya know. Making mistakes is part of the fun of living," she pointed out, just as we arrived at our destination.
To say I was stunned would be an understatement. Before me was the most beautiful scene I had every laid my eyes upon. Seattle's best Botanical Garden was a glow with thousands of fireflies, giving off just enough light to show the path to a single white table in the middle of the garden. A single rose and a flickering candle decorated the table where a silver platter and a golden goblet lay. "Jasper this is... I can't even put into words how amazing this is."
He smiled and looked relieved. "I'm glad that you like it darlin; I was hoping that it wasn't too much or not enough. Come, sit down," He said as he took my hand and led me through the rows a blossoming flowers to my seat, which he carefully pulled out for me.
"Always the perfect gentleman," I teased.
He chuckled at this. "Why of course, ma'am. I was raised in the south, ya know," he said, flashing me a dazzling smile, "I hope you're hungry. I hired the best chef in Italy to make you the perfect meal."
Looking down at my plate, I realized that Jasper had somehow found out my one weakness: three cheese ravioli. "How did you know?" I said with surprise, as I wasted no time in digging into some of the best ravioli that I have ever tasted.
"I have my sources," he said cryptically, as he took a sip of what I assumed was blood and smirked.
I quickly finished the ravioli and was so full that I didn't even want to think about eating until a waiter brought out triple chocolate layer cake. I groaned, "Jasper, are you trying to torture me?"
He looked at me with alarm, "I'm sorry, I thought you liked chocolate cake. I can have the chef prepare something else if this is not to your liking. Are you alright? What did I do wrong?" he said as panic and worry seemed to flow from him.
I had to chuckle a little bit; he was always so serious and quick to jump to conclusions. "I'm fine; but I'm so full that I don't think I can eat another bite. But you have my all-time favorite dessert sitting in front of me... What am I supposed to do? If I eat any, I think I might just explode."
Jasper sighed in relief, clutching his chest. "Bella, for a moment I thought something was seriously wrong and that I had not gotten everything absolutely perfect," he chuckled and shook his head. "I'll have him save the cake and send it to my house; you can have some later after the other festivities I have planned."
"There's more?" I said, highly intrigued and curious.
He just smirked and laughed. "Of course! You didn't think this was it, did you? Darlin, the night is still very young and we have much to do still," he said as her placed his jacket over my slightly shaking arms and guided me back to the car.
"Where are we going?" I asked.
"Only time will tell," he said with a smirk, as we sped off into the night.
AN: Minor cliffhanger, I know. But this is not the end! There will be more, and depending on the response I get, the next chapter might be up as soon as next week. It is currently 4 am though, so this is not beta'd or anything, and I'm slightly tired, so if there's any mistakes, please let me know. Love it? Hate it? Review and let me know!