UP WHERE WE BELONG (Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes)

Who knows what tomorrow brings
In a world, few hearts survive
All I know, is the way I feel
When it's real, I keep my pray alive

The road is long
There are mountains in our way
But we climb steps every day

Love lift us up where we belong
Where the eagles cry, on a mountain high
Love lift us up where we belong
Far from the world we know
Up where the clear winds blow

Some hang on to "used-to-be"
Live their lives locking behind
All we have is here and now
All our lives, out there to find

The road is long
There are mountains in our way
But we climb steps every day

Love lift us up where we belong
Where the eagles cry, on a mountain high
Love lift us up where we belong
Far from the world we know
Up where the clear winds blow

Time goes by
No time to cry
Life's you and I, alive, baby

Love lift us up where we belong
Where the eagles cry, on a mountain high
Love lift us up where we belong
Far from the world we know
Up where the clear winds blow

Love lift us up where we belong
Where the eagles cry, on a mountain high
Love lift us up where we belong
Far from the world we know
Up where the clear winds blow

We returned to Forks only two days before Thanks Giving. Esme had decided to do a huge dinner at her house and invited Charlie and I as well as the McCartys. Jasper and I helped her with the shopping. Emmett and Rose were staying at the Cullens until they all returned to school on Sunday. Charlie had agreed to allow me to stay with the Cullens until Sunday since he had to work late into the night due to a really big case they were working on.

Each night Jasper would get up and come get me from the room I was staying in or he would come into the room with me. We never slept apart. I know Esme and Carlisle had to know but they never said anything about it. I did hear Carlisle tell Jasper once that he had best be using protection. Truth is we weren't but I was on the pill so I wasn't worried. I had been on the pill since I started at 12. Mom made sure they put me on it as soon as I had started my cycle and it was the only thing I ever stuck to that she had insisted on.

Thanksgiving dinner was interesting with everyone there. Peter and Jasper were actually much to Esme's annoyance changing the oil in my car because Jasper insisted it had been to long since it had been done. He also had rotated my tires and ran a check on the engine. I sat on the steps from the house to the garage watching them. With all the women in the house it was a little to crowded. Esme, Mrs McCarty and Mrs Whitlock were all there along with Rose and Alice who refused to come out with me because last time Peter had gotten oil on her when he decided he wanted a kiss. The radio was playing softly against the back wall. "Baby, can you grab that wrench on top of the tool box for me?" Jasper called from under neath my car. Peter was on the other side under neath in the back checking my brakes. I hopped up and went over grabbing the wrench and handed it to him. "Thanks babe."

"You're welcome." I was kneeling between his bent knees running my hands up and down his thighs.

"Watch it woman. I'll toss you over my shoulder and cart your ass off to our room." He growled.

"No you won't. We have a house full of family." I laughed. "Yours, mine, and everyone else's."

"Technicalities woman." He growled. "Coming out baby." I moved so he could roll out. He stood up quickly and kissed me leaning so that the only place we touched was our lips so he didn't get me dirty. "Love you."

"I love you too. You're done?"

"Yep. Just have to put the new oil in." He kissed me again and turned to grab the new oil for my car. I stood there as he poured quart after quart in checking my gauges as he went. Once he was satisfied that it had the proper amount in it he closed it up. "Now, that should do you until I get back home next semester break to do it all again."

"You better be coming home before that."

"Yes baby every weekend if possible but on my two days a week with you, I'm not working on your damn car. I wish you would keep mine and let me take yours to Seattle with me."

"Not happening. You need your car for that long trip besides, if something happens, your Dad and mine are both here and I can always ride with Alice if it should break down. Stop worrying."

"I can't help it baby. I worry about you. It's my job to worry about you." He kissed me and we headed inside so he could get cleaned up. Peter had been standing against my car shaking his head at us. He went up to my room to shower while Jasper showered in his. I was sitting on the couch watching Emmett and Edward play some war game. "Baby, do you know where my shirt is?"

"Which one?"

"The blue one."

"Well that narrows it down he only owns about 12 blue shirts." Edward chuckled.

"It may be hanging in the laundry room Bella." Esme called to me. I got up and went to the laundry room gathering his clothes that were hanging in there. I had completely forgotten to take them up earlier. Then I realized the basket with our clothes were on top of the dryer too. I put his shirts over the basket and picked it up carrying it up the stairs to put it away. Jasper met me at the head of the stairs shirtless and took the basket from me carrying it to his room. I quickly set to putting away his clothes as he slipped his shirt on.

"Baby leave that. I'll do it later." He wrapped his arms around me. "I don't want you staying in the guest room while you're here. I moved your stuff earlier." He winked at me when I looked over my shoulder at him. My panties were in the top drawer of his dresser. Hey, these disappeared a month ago. Fucker.

I held them up. "Excuse me?"

"What? Those are my favorites, they go with me to school." He smirked as I slapped his chest playfully.

"They're my favorites to ass and you snatched them. I've been looking all over for them. I thought I lost them somewhere."

"You did actually. In my bed." He laughed and pulled me to him kissing the hell out of me. I finished hanging up our clothes before we headed down. He carried the basket down to the laundry room and put it on the dryer. He was barefoot but he had on his dress shirt and it was all tucked in and neat. I sat down on the couch and he came and sat beside me putting his arm around me as I leaned into him.

"They are adorable together Esme, I see another wedding in the future." One of the ladies said quietly from the kitchen.

"It'll be a race to see if it's Jasper and Bella or Peter and Alice." The other spoke laughing. "Peter asked me for my wedding set that Michael gave me. It was a family heirloom. Michael bought me the new set for our 25th anniversary so I gave him the heirloom one." Ahh, Peter's Mom.

"Oh wow." Esme gasped. "Looks like we're going to have a few more weddings in the future."

"I hear Edward and Sandy, is that her name, are getting cozy too."

"Sadie and yeah, he seems to really be in love with this one. She's with her family in Philadelphia but she'll be here for Christmas."

"Wow, what are you and Carlisle going to do once they are all married and gone?"

"Adopt." Esme laughed. I noticed Jasper's expression had changed from joyful to one of almost complete sadness.

"Baby, what is it?"

He shook his head and kissed me. "Nothing baby. Just thinking. No worries." He sighed and I snuggled into him more as Dad came in.

"Hi Daddy."

"Hi Bells. How's are you?"

"I'm good. How are things at work?" I asked as he took his gun belt off and hung it in the hall way on the hook there so that it was out of the way but easily accessible if he had to go quickly.

"It's good. It's good. Jasper. You headed back to school on Sunday?"

"Yes sir. We're headed out Sunday afternoon. I changed the oil in Bella's car and her spark plugs. I put a new battery in it too and Peter changed her brakes. I'm going to test drive it after dinner to make sure we got it all taken care of."

"Thanks son. How much do I owe you?"

"Nothing. It's my job to take care of my girl Charlie." Charlie just looked at him as he sat down but he didn't argue. He looked back and forth from me to Jasper.

"You want a beer Dad?" I asked as I stood up.

"Maybe one." He sighed and leaned back on the couch. I went in and got beers for all the guys. I gave Dad his and he smiled up at me. I handed Emmett and Edward one before handing Peter one and turning to hand Jasper his. He shook his head.

"I'm good baby. I don't want to drink and then drive your car. I'll stick to sodas."

"One beer isn't going to effect you son." Dad smiled as Jasper shook his head.

"I'd rather not risk it. Drinking is fine in the evening when all the work is done for the day and I have nothing else to do but when I have things I have to see to especially where Bella is concerned, I'm not going to risk it." I went back to the kitchen putting away the beer and grabbing him a soda. "Baby, I could have gotten it." He smiled pulling me down in his lap and kissing me. "Thank you."

"You're welcome." I smiled at him and brushed his hair from his face as Carlisle came in. "Hi Daddy C. Beer?"

"I'd love one Bells." Carlisle smiled at me as he shed his coat and shoes before coming in. I got up to go get his beer but Alice already had it. She handed it to him and plopped down in Peter's lap so I sat back down next to Jasper and snuggled into his side. I dozed off as I sat snuggled into Jasper's side. I heard him set his drink down and shifted slightly. He picked me up and carried me up to his room tucking me into bed and laying down beside me for a while. Peter knocked on the door a short time later. "Dinner is ready guys."

"Baby." Jasper kissed me and I groaned.

"I heard. Ugh, I don't want to get up." He chuckled. "See that's what happens when you keep me up all night." He kissed me.

"I kept you up? Who was it that wanted to make love slow and tender and all damn night?" I laughed.

"Fine, I won't make love to you anymore." He slid from the bed and I rolled out after him hopping on his back as he headed out the room.

"Don't make me hurt you Hale." I growled in his ear and he laughed. "I'm telling you I'll marry Peter if you even think about it."

"I'll kick Peter's ass and lock you in a cage woman." He growled back as he put his hands back on my ass. I wrapped my legs around his waist and he carried me down the stairs piggy back. Esme laughed shaking her head at us as we entered the kitchen.

"Hi Momma C."

"Hi Bells, did you have a good nap?"

"Yes ma'am. Feel much much better now." I yawned and Jasper laughed.

"Sleepy head." He carried me over to the table before untangling my legs from around his waist and sitting me down. He kissed me before going to grab us both something to drink. I was sitting between Charlie and Jasper and Jasper brought over my plate once he had fixed it. Charlie had already fixed his plate and was watching Jasper as he went back and got his plate carrying it over and kissing me before he sat down. Once everyone was seated Carlisle said the blessings and we began to eat. We talked and laughed throughout dinner.

After we were done we cleaned up while the men went in to sit down in the living room. I ran to put our other load of clothes into the dryer kissing Jasper as I came back through. I picked up his empty drink and Dad's empty beer and tossed them bringing them back refills. "Thank you baby." Jasper looked up at me pulling me down over the back of the couch to kiss me. I was headed back to the kitchen as the rest of the ladies came in. He pulled me around to sit with him on the couch. We passed the evening happily with all those we loved around us.

Three days later Jasper again put me into my car kissing me lovingly before he headed back to school. He followed me home and carried my bag into the house before kissing me and leaving me crying on the front porch as he drove away. I was happy and in love yet watching him leave ripped my heart out. I knew it hurt him just as badly but that didn't make my pain any less.

Jasper didn't get to return again until Christmas break. It was rough but then I slept in his bed per his orders when I was at the Cullen's. Esme and I had talked often about the ache in my chest when Jasper was away. She smiled and assured me that soon it would be over and we'd be together non stop. I had already applied to Seattle University and had been accepted. Jasper had been over the moon happy about it. We had however discussed it and decided my first semester would be in the fall because Jasper was taking the summer semester off and wanted me home with him. When he arrived home for Christmas break he held me for the first four hours straight unwilling to let me go even for a moment.

He drug me out to do his Christmas shopping with him because he didn't want to leave me for a second that he did not absolutely have to. He seemed really clingy and I couldn't figure it out. By the time we got back to the Cullen's from Port Angeles that night Charlie had already called and asked Esme and Carlisle to make me spend the night there. He had been called out and it looked like he would be gone all night. I showered and changed for bed before going down to Jasper's room. He was sitting on the bed reading. I went and crawled up on the bed with him and he immediately tossed the book aside and wrapped himself around me. Esme and Carlisle walked by a few minutes later and looked in on us. They both seemed to have notice the change in Jasper as well. Esme smiled and reached in pulling the door to giving us privacy.

"Jasper what is it. Baby, you're scaring me."

"Nothing baby. I just I miss you so damn much and not being able to come home weeks on end is driving me insane. I'm going to come home after this semester. I'll go back with you in the fall."

"Jazz no, that will put you behind."

"I don't care Bells, I miss you to fucking much. I can't focus, I'm depressed all the time. I can't be away from you. Besides, it's not that big of a deal. I'll just take some time off and go in with you. I'll finish 6 months later but it's fine. We'll be together."


"Shhh, don't fight me on this." He flipped me over on my back and made sweet tender love to me the entire night. "I love you Bella. Forever and always."

"Forever and always my Jazz." I sighed. "I love you." I drifted to sleep worrying that Jazz wasn't taking this well at all.

The next morning I woke alone in bed. I slid out thinking that he was in the bathroom and went to find him. He wasn't there. When I went down stairs looking for him my car had been pulled into the garage and his was gone. Esme was in the laundry room. "Momma C, have you seen Jasper?"

"Yes dear. He and Carlisle went to town. He said he needed Carlisle's help with your Christmas gift. Your breakfast is in the oven he wanted me to let you sleep. He said the two of you were up late."

"I'm fine. I woke up because I missed him in bed." I yawned and went to the kitchen to eat. I spent the morning doing our laundry once Esme was done. She tried to get me to let her do it but I wasn't having any part of it. Jasper always brought his laundry home to do when he came in. He only washed what he absolutely had to because it was so expensive to go to the laundry mat there. I refused and did it myself. I didn't feel Esme should have to do it when I was perfectly capable of doing it.

I was finishing putting it all away when Jasper came in. He wrapped his arms around me and kissed my neck. "Hey baby. I missed you." He tipped my face up and kissed me gently.

"I missed you too baby." I sighed. "Did you finish up?"

"Yeah. Are you done or do we have some more shopping to do?"

"No, I got it all finished last night when we went." I sighed.

We spent the rest of the day just lazing around the house until everyone showed up for supper and to decorate the Christmas tree. I had already done our tree at home and was going to leave but Jasper wasn't having any part of that. I argued it was family time and Carlisle backed Jasper up when he insisted I was family as well and I was not leaving. I actually ended up staying the night again because Jasper just couldn't handle the thought of me leaving.

That was pretty much how the entire week went all the way up to Christmas eve. Jasper came to our place for Christmas eve and we went to the Cullen's for Christmas day. Jazz was there at 7am to pick me up because he didn't want me driving on icy roads and Charlie wasn't up yet. I left Dad a note to come on over to the Cullen's when he woke up and we headed over. Alice was her normally bubbly self as she hounded Peter to hurry up. She was impatient to open her gifts. I wasn't in much of a rush.

Once everyone had arrived and were all gathered comfortably Edward and Emmett handed out gifts. I got a new out fit from both Rose and Alice. A new stereo for my car from Emmett, a new digital camera from Dad, and a spa weekend from Esme and Carlisle. Peter bought me another pair of fuzzy pjs because he said he was sick of my pink kitty ones. I of course knew better. He loved my hello kitty pajamas.

I gave Jasper a guitar since he had said several times he wanted a new one. He was thrilled and spent almost half an hour playing with it while we all cleaned up. He waited to give me mine until we were done with lunch. I had just sat down on the couch yawning and curled up watching the fire when he came in. Everyone else was sitting around in various places all over the front room. Jasper came over and sat down in front of me on the couch leaning back into me slightly as Emmett went up the stairs and came back down a few minutes later with Carlisle right behind him. When Emmett had taken his seat again Jasper sat up and turned to face me kneeling down on one knee. At first I wasn't sure what he was doing until his hand went to his pocket and pulled out a small satin box. My hand flew to my mouth as he opened the box. "Bella, you are everything to me. The day you waltzed into my life my universe shifted. I can't live without you, it hurts to damn much to be away from you. I love you baby heart and soul. Will you marry me?" I was crying openly and he smiled up at me as I tried to get my voice to work.

After several seconds I smiled and nodded my head. "Yes. Oh God yes Jasper." I whispered and flung my arms around his neck. He kissed my tears away taking my face in his hands once he had set the ring box aside. He kissed me deeply as everyone around us congratulated us and laughed. Once I stopped crying and pried myself off of him he removed the gorgeous engagement ring from the box and slipped it on my finger.

"Name the day baby and it's done. I would marry you this moment if it were possible and keep you by my side forever."

"Spring!" Alice and Rose said together earning them a glare from Esme.

"Girls, this is Jasper and Bella's wedding not yours. Stop." Carlisle fussed at them.

"We know Dad but spring is such a beautiful time for a wedding." I laughed at them.

"We have time to decide." Jasper smiled at me. "No rush baby, your pace." I nodded and pulled him up to cuddle with me.

Dad headed out to work a little later hugging me before he went. "Looks like I'm going to loose you soon. I'm happy for you Bells, be happy. I love you."

"I love you too Daddy. I am happy."

"Congratulations son. You best take damn good care of my daughter."

"I will Charlie I promise."

"I know you will son. I know you will. Welcome to the family Jasper. You may as well call me Dad." He patted him on the shoulder and headed out. Jasper and I stood on the porch wrapped in one another's arms watching him as he drove away.

The rest of vacation seemed to fly by and once again it was time to say goodbye. I stood on the porch of my house crying once again as Jasper pulled away. So much had changed over the past few weeks. I was engaged, Jasper was taking off after the end of the semester to stay here to be close to me. Life was amazing and I knew it was to good to last.