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"Jasper, could you please do something about that?" I asked pointing towards Edward who has been standing by the front door staring out the window for the past hour. The morning started out great as if there was nothing glooming on the horizon. It was amusing to wake up each morning to Edward telling me about the conversations with the baby he had during the night. But the entire good mood from the morning changed when Jasper arrived with news from Alice saying that she could no longer see Edward's further. I never did get a chance to convince him to call Emmet instead so now I was a little self conscience with Jasper knowing all of my feelings.
"Don't worry Bella he is in full control right now, he is just waiting on your little house guest." Jasper tried to comfort me.
"He is right; I picked up on a general time frame for when Jacob planed to return. He wanted it to be close to sunset incase he needed to phase he would have the cover of the woods to hide in. I am guessing he will arrive sometime within the hour" Edward stated.
"If you don't relax then I won't be able relax and I am already nervous enough." It took some convincing but I was able to get Edward to move from his position at the door. Jasper was in the middle of telling me a few stories from years ago when Edward interrupted his story telling.
"He is around the corner." Edward announced before he got up and moved to the door before Jacob even pulled into the driveway. I got up slowly and walked to the door as I heard a car pulling into the driveway. I stepped in front placing one of my hands on his chest in show that I wanted him to move back. I opened the door just as Jacob was walking up the steps to the front porch.
"Hello Jacob, how are you today?" I asked deciding to be hospitable like my parents raised me to be. I came to the conclusion last night that Jacob and his father Billy couldn't be that bad if Charlie was friends with them and they were Brady's family. The only things that had me on my guard was the image of the giant wolves that Jacob and his friends apparently turns into and something made Brady stay away from them with no contact at all for so long. Although I did believe that the two probably had something to do with the each other.
Jacob stood in front of me in a t-shirt and a pair of old jeans with grease smears on the thigh sections like one would have if you used your pants to clean your hands off. He stood there smiling back at me with one of his hands around a black urn with gold trim. Brad,. I thought wanting to reach my hand out to take it from him. I wasn't sure if it was the sight of seeing his urn or the cold night air sweeping through the door that made a shiver run through my body. "I'm doing great, never better. I see your bodyguard is still on duty" He responded back.
"If you are not going to be nice then you can leave now." I told him.
"Sure Sure, so can I come inside today or do you want to stay in the doorway?"
"Oh yes, please come in" I took a step back to allow room for him to come inside. Once I closed the door Jacob handed me Brady's urn telling me that Billy said it was ok for me to have it. Billy's only request was that he and his family be allowed to attend whatever burial I had for him which I was fine with. I stood there with tears welling up in my eyes for the love that I had lost.
"Why don't you take a few minutes to yourself and go upstairs? I will wait down here with Jacob until you are ready." It was the first time Edward had spoken and his soft spoken voice startled me although it was laced with nothing but love and concern for me.
I took his advice and went up stairs knowing that leaving the two of them downstairs was a bad ideal. I was hoping that Jasper's presence will keep them calm and peaceful. Edward knew I needed space at the moment to compose myself. This will not be my last time saying goodbye to Brady, but it almost felt like the first real chance. I was in tears by the time I made it to the top of the stairs. I sat on the lounge chair in the corner of the room and cried. When I was able I began to tell him how much I still loved and miss him and about our amazing daughter. I didn't feel the need to explain about her new extra abilities because she was still extraordinary without them. I thanked him for saving our lives and promised to never forget him. It gave me joy and clamed me to know that I will always have a part of him with me. With that I introduced Morgan to her real father before placing his urn on the self next to my mother and Phil's. I went to the bathroom and washed my face. Before heading back downstairs I looked at the clock and noticed I have been up here for nearly an hour. I was hoping that Jacob will still be here so I can apologize for my absence and thank him for returning Brady to me. It gave me a little bit more peace.
As I got to the bottom of the stairs I could hear a football game on the television. Edward meet me there and asked me how I was doing. After assuring him I was good enough not to postpone this meeting we made our way back in the living room where I found Jasper on my laptop in the corner and Jacob was laying on the sofa with his feet over the arm completely at ease. He looked up to see me eyeing him and stood up.
"Sorry, it is hard not to feel at home here. I used to come here all the time back in the day to watch the games with Charlie. He was really awesome. I am sorry he isn't with us anymore."
"So you're the kid that he always fussed about that always came over to eat his food. Did he use to call you Jake?"
"The one and only." He laughed holding his hands up as if in surrender.
"So that means that Brady was your bother he spoke of that would drop you off and pick you up?"
"Yep. The funny thing is that he used to joke around saying that you and I should get married so he would end up with a son in law who liked sports and fishing almost as much as he did. But in the same breath threaten to kill me because you were still his baby girl." Jacob said reminiscing. The remaining fear I had for Jacob had vanished with his last comment that I had to laugh.
"I guess my dad didn't know that girls tend to choose the exact opposite of who he would have chosen for me." I said as I turned to wink at Edward. I heard Jacob respond with a hard humph sound. "I guess this brings up to the reason why you are here."
"Yeah, I was afraid of that. So what all do you want to know?"
I thought a few quick moments about where to begin. "Why don't we go in the kitchen to get something to eat while we talk?" I gave Edward's hand a squeeze. "We will just be in the kitchen." I told him.
"Cool with me because I am hungry" Jacob said as he made his way to the kitchen.
Edward held onto my hand to keep me next to him. "I don't think you should be alone with him." He nodded towards the kitchen.
"Everything will be fine. And I won't be alone since you and Jasper will be in the next room. And besides you will have a head start if anything were to happen." I explained as I tapped his head. It didn't take a genius to know that he didn't like this plan one bit, but I really did feel comfortable with Jacob now. Charlie always taught me to trust and depend on my gut instincts. As I entered the kitchen Jacob was on his phone and I assumed he was checking his messages and sending out a text. I grabbed two bowls from the cabinet and took up two bowls of chili that I had simmering in a Crockpot on the counter. I sat the large bowls down on the table and went to get us something to drink and some cheese out of the refrigerator.
"Wow Bella, this smell great. Do you have any crackers?" Jacob asked as he put his phone away.
I poured two glasses of lemonade and left the pitcher on the table. "Yes, but you will have to get them. I believe Edward put them on the top shelf in the pantry." I pointed in the right direction as Jacob went to retrieve them.
"So does he like live here with you or something?"
"Something like that." I said around a mouth full of food. I never realize how hungry I am until I start eating.
"Do you know what you are having yet? Boy or Girl?"
"Not a chance Jacob. I will answer your questions later but first you still have to answer mine. What happened? What made Brady leave all those years ago? And please be honest with me. Whatever it was I would like to know." We sat in silence a few moments while we both ate our meal.
"This is really good by the way." Jacob chewed on his last bite of food before getting up and placing his bowl in the sink. He leaned against the counter and took a deep breath. "Alright, so you would like to hear what went down to make Brady leave town…." I shook my head yes as he continued. "…Before I start I would like to ask exactly how much do you know about my family? This will help me know how in depth I need to go."
"Brady never said anything besides that it was a long story and he would try to explain everything to me one day. Other than that he never mentioned any of you, only his grandma who passed away while he was going to college." I didn't want to let him in on the fact that the Cullen's told me all bout him and his wolf pack. I still wasn't clear on what broke the treaty they had so I didn't want to take any chances.
"Ok, so I guess I will have to tell you everything, or as much of it as I can."
"This sounds like a long story so let's go back in the front room because if I sit in this chair too long it will make my back hurt." I got up and cleared the table before heading to get more comfortable on the sofa. I also knew that Edward had to be going insane in the meantime. Several times while I was at the table I saw his reflection in the mirror every time he looked in on us. I sat on the sofa and Edward quickly joined me pulling my feet up in his lap. I noticed how our closeness really bothered Jacob which I didn't understand. Jasper turned off the computer and turned in our direction giving everyone's emotions his full attention.
"So here is what happened….."