A/N: Wow, so sorry about the huge wait. I had so many exams and testings and stuff this week and I lost power for a week and lost some of this chapter and wow school kills me -_- Please review and the next one should be up soon!

Chapter Thirty-Eight

Calm Before The Storm

Chapter Song: Wipe Your Eyes by Maroon 5

"Ariana? Ariana!" Jacob said louder, interrupting out what I thought was a close to silent car ride.

"Huh?" I pulled my attention from looking out the window.

"Did you hear anything I just said?" He laughed.

"Yea—no. I'm sorry."

"You've been awfully quiet the past few days, you know."

"Sorry. It's just, there's been a lot of stuff going on at school." I lied.

"Like?" Jacob wondered.

"Work. Stresses me out." Lie. It's been a week since I received the disastrous phone call from my mother, saying it was time to go back to Australia. I kept it a secret from everyone, my decision still lingering in my mind. But every time I kept thinking that my answer would lean towards a 'maybe' or even close to a 'yes', it'd go right back to a big no. My answer would be changed every time I thought of Sam, or the pack, Emily, and most importantly Jacob. I couldn't leave them. They were my new family. Unaware to my attention, my heart began racing.

"Ariana, what's wrong?" Jacob could hear my heart quicken.

"Huh? Nothing, just nervous for my science test." Okay, that was half a lie. I did have a science test, a hard one at that, but I wasn't nervous all because of that.

"Are you sure? If there's something going on, tell me."

"There isn't, Jake. I swear." I put on a fake smile. He seemed to believe it. "Could you possibly drive faster? I'd like to get there before first period ends." I laughed.

"I'm going the speed limit, calm down." Jacob joked. I was late for school this morning due to the fact I woke up late and was cramming the last bits for my test. Okay, maybe that wasn't all of it, maybe Jacob and I's quick morning make out session lasted a little longer than expected. Fine. A lot longer.

"Happy? Here we are." Jacob pulled his truck into the school.

"Thanks for the ride, Jake." I clicked the home button on my phone and looked at the time. "Oh God, I'm so late." I shuffled to get the backpack near my feet when a loud rumble of thunder sounded. As I straightened myself back up, I watched drops of water plummet onto the windshield. It went from softly landing against the glass to pounding against the windows.

"And now I just got later." I sighed, hitting my head against the back of the chair.

After an hour and a half of sitting in Jacob's car parked in the school lot, we came to the conclusion that the rain wasn't going to let up. I finally didn't care enough to go to school, being that I was beyond pissed off I missed my test, so Jacob drove us home. Sure I was less than thrilled it was another boring day of school, but I wanted to get my life back in order. I needed a sense of normalcy. As Jacob pulled into my driveway the rain came down in sheets in front of us.

"How are you supposed to get into the house without popping out a tail?" Jacob wondered, taking the keys out of the ignition after shifting the car into park.

"Run." I simply said, a soft sigh escaping through my lips.

"Please be careful." Jacob pleaded, putting a warm hand on mine. I looked down to it and relished in the moment, a small smile lifting my lips, but not much. I looked back up at Jacob.

"You know I love you, right?" I cocked my head, bringing my free hand up to caress Jacob's cheek. The thought of me leaving him tugged roughly at my heart.

"Yes." My fingers trailed down his cheek to his jaw line and I leaned into kiss him. With every in-sync move our lips made, my heart tightened and fluttered at the same time.

"What was that for?" Jacob asked after we pulled away, realizing we had to come up for air eventually.

"You know what that was for."

"Then, love you too." Jacob replied. I smiled, unbuckling my seatbelt and taking a deep, preparing breath for the run I was about to do.

"See you inside." I pecked Jacob's lips once more and opened the door, swinging my legs over the side and almost immediately feeling the rain soak through my jeans.

One.

Two.

Three.

From Jacob's car, I made a run for it and dashed to the front door. The rain was coming down in sheets, and it was almost impossible to see in front of me.

Four.

Five. My hair was sticking to my face and the cold water was like icicles on my skin

Six.

Seven.

Eight.

I reached the front door and yanked it open with such a force I never thought I possessed. My wide eyes fell on Emily, carrying a laundry basket through the living room. My heart jumped as she scared me, what was she doing here?

Nine.

Ten.

I saw her frightened expression for about one second before my legs began tingling and my body lost its sense of balance. My body disappeared into water for a split second and I fell to the ground with a loud thump. My bare stomach hit the wood floor and stung. I propped myself up on my elbows and blew a wet piece of hair out of my face.

"Hey, Em." I warily smiled.

"Em? Is everything alr—" Sam walked into the room. His eyes looked from Emily to me, and they stayed on me for a while with raised brows. Behind me, the front door quickly opened and closed and Jacob came up right behind me, looking down to my tail.

"I'm never going to get used to that." Emily sighed with a quiet chuckle, she walked away into the next room.

"Me too." Sam agreed. I sighed, that same piece of wet hair falling back in my face.

"Aren't you supposed to be at school?" He asked.

"Well if you haven't noticed, it's raining."

"Oh really?" Sam suppressed a laugh."

"Yes, really. There's a monsoon outside, I don't just like growing a tail for no reason." I turned my head around and reached my arm back, balling my fist tightly to dry myself off. Jacob stepped back as the steam reached him. In no time, I was dry and I had my legs back. Jacob came over to me and helped me up from the floor, of which Sam had no intention on doing.

"Thank you." I brushed my jeans off and looked to Sam.

"What?" He asked, crossing his arms over his chest. I rolled my eyes and grabbed Jacob's hand.

"Let's go, Jake."

"Uh, Ari…" He stopped as we were walking. So maybe I was being oblivious due to the fact I had so much on my mind, or maybe it was because I wanted to get out of Sam's sight and move onto the rest of my day with Jacob. Sam stared at me like he was waiting for something to happened. His eyes were staring down to where I held Jacobs hand. Suddenly, that same tingling sensation came over me and I stopped walking. My eyes widened as I looked down and realized Jacob's hand had been wet.

"Oh, come on!" I yelled in frustration. With that, my legs disappeared and a tail was in its place.

And I was on the floor…again.

"This isn't funny." Sam found this hilarious, but me? Not so much.

"You're right, it's hilarious." He laughed and walked into the kitchen. That was good old Sam for you, my brother.

The next day I found myself sitting in the biology lab late after school, tapping my pen against the black table surface. Was the answer C? Or maybe it was A—no there was no way I've answered A way to many times in a row. I had been sitting in the room for the past forty minutes making failing attempts at completing this test I had missed yesterday due to the rain. I didn't know half these answers, and truthfully, I didn't really care enough to know them. My mind was in a different place—another world, another country. I shook my head, shaking the thoughts away. Stop, you need to focus, I scolded myself.

Question Thirteen- What is not one of the phases of mitosis?

I thought about the question for a second before my mind began to wander again, so I had to reread.

Alright. Question Thirteen-Who's going to be the most heartbroken when you leave?

Sam

Emily

Jacob

You

My heart began racing as I reread the question over and over. I blinked a few times and before I knew it, question thirteen was back to its regular science subject. My heart calmed down when I skimmed all the questions, all of them seeming normal. Calm down, Ariana, it's the upcoming full moon. But, a full moon's never affected me like that. It was just the stress doing it. It had to be.

"Ariana." My name echoed through the room though I didn't hear it. The only reply to it was the sound of my pencil writing against the paper.

"Ariana!" My name loudly entered my mind. My head snapped up to see the teacher standing up at his desk, looking at me with his brows raised. "Times up." he put down the stack of papers in his hand. I looked down to my half empty test and sighed loudly, my head hanging low.

I shamefully handed in my test and slung my backpack over my shoulder and walked out of the class. I pulled my phone out of my pocket and looked at the time. It was a quarter past five, no wonder the halls were so empty. A warning sign of low battery flashed across my screen before my phone went black. I tapped my screen multiple times. It was dead. Damn it. How was I supposed to tell Jacob to pick me up now? As I walked through the suspiciously empty hallways I began hearing a loud sound pounding against the roof. Far down the hallway straight ahead, I could see a mist of grey outside. It was so dark it almost looked like it was—

My pace picked up and I began running towards the door. The soles of my boots slammed against the linoleum as I ran. I stopped quick in my tracks as I reached the door, not needing to go any further. The rain came down in sheets, making it hard to see far out. My heart sank into my stomach as I watched the rain pound into the pavement I was supposed to be standing on. Subconsciously I reached for my phone and tried to use it, then remembered about the lack of battery. I cursed myself out for using it too much last night. I heartbrokenly walked back to where I had been standing before and slid off my bag, letting it crash to the floor. My legs, not being able to hold me up any longer, felt numb. I leaned my body against the wall of lockers and slid down them, landing on the cold floor. Tears welled in my eyes, how long was I going to have to stay here now?

I stayed in that same position for hours. At least that's what it felt like. It had to be, the sun had set and the harsh fluorescents had flickered on. Occasionally a teacher or two would come up to me asking what I was still doing here and I'd lie saying I was waiting for my brother to pick me up, his work was keeping him busy. As they told me to go outside, they realized the continuous cold rain outside. My arms wrapped around my legs and my face was pressed to my knees. My eyes were squeezed shut as I contained the burning sensation of tears behind my lids. Through the loud patters of rain against the building, I could hear the clicks of high heels against the floor. Great, it was yet another teacher to explain why I'm still here at God knows what hour it is. The heels stopped close to me and after a second of silence, I lifted my head to see the figure.

"Alice?" My voice cracked, my eyes scanning the perfectly dressed vampire.

"Oh, Ariana." She cooed, a sympathetic look plastered across her beautiful face. "What—what are you doing here?"

"I saw you," she gave me that same sympathetic look again.

"You saw me?"

"Yes."

"And you came?"

"Of course." She nicely replied. I genuinely smiled.

"Thank you." I whispered.

"it was either this or giving Rosalie an unneeded make over. I think she owe's you one." I quietly chuckled and looked down to the floor.

"Did you by any chance call Jacob? Or Sam?"

"I tried, they didn't answer. The lines might be down because of the storm, you never know with Forks crappy service. But I'm glad I came in time, I thought you would have left."

"What do you mean?" I looked up to her, and followed her moves as she sat down on the floor with me.

"I mean, I not only saw you sitting here but I had a vision of you walking home after it let up and it started again, and—"

"tail in the middle of the street. Wow, Alice, you just saved me big time."

"I know. Hey, I was bored of being home anyways. A little outing is just what I needed." I kindly smiled towards the vampire and we sat in silence for a few more minutes, listening to the rain.

"I know about Australia." She admitted.

"Huh?"

"Australia, I know about the phone call with your mom. Does Jacob know yet? Did you make your decision?"

"Whoa, whoa Alice, hold up. One question at a time. How do you know about that?"

"Being able to see the future can come in handy sometimes." She said quieter in case of any nearby listeners.

"Is there anything you don't see?" I rhetorically asked and paused for a moment. A loud sigh escaped through my mouth. "and no, I have not made my decision yet. I mean, yes I have, but…" I chomped down on my lip. "Jacob doesn't know."

"You didn't tell him?"

"I haven't told anyone. I already know my decision because every time I think of going back, I think of Jacob. And Sam, the rest of the pack. And that always stops me. How can it not? They're my family."

"I get that, completely. Family means everything."

"It's so frustrating," I groaned, "because I have another family too. My best friends back home and my mom, how can I leave them?"

"You did, you have for months now."

"Exactly. Sure, I miss them but I'd miss Jake and everyone more than anything. I'd even miss you, Alice." I giggled.

"Well if it means anything, I'd miss you too. A lot!"

"You're the closest thing I had to a girl friend I had from the second I got here."

"We bonded a lot over the past few weeks, that helped greatly."

"Alice, did you see my decision? I want to make things easier on myself and see how this turns out. I just want to know already, I'm tired out the confusion." Alice looked over to me, our eyes connected, and she said the answer I was least hoping for.

"No, I didn't."

But I knew she was lying.