A/N: Hello Everyone! I realize it's been a very long time since I've updated this story, but hopefully all will be forgiven when I post the next few chapters.

As always, any comments or suggestions are welcome!


A New Heart

Chapter 21: Swimming & Mishaps


"Aren't you glad that we only have to work for one more day this week?" I teased Jasper as he carried me into the house. I was sure that my ankle was perfectly fine by now, but I wasn't going to complain about the opportunity to be closer to him.

Jasper chucked lightly as he sat down on the sofa with me sitting comfortably in his lap. I sighed and snuggled into his neck before a thought occurred to me.

"Is Carlisle back yet?" I asked, sitting up.

Jasper looked down at me and shook his head before kissing me on the forehead lightly. "No, I think he's still hunting," he informed me.

"Hmm..." I thought out loud, "What do you want to do today then, Jazz?" I asked, thinking about the options.

We could cook... But that didn't work out too tell last time. At least there aren't any bags of walnuts around for Jasper to accidentally pop.

We could watch a movie, but that might be something for later tonight once Carlisle gets back.

"I know!" I announced, "Let's go swimming!" It was a gorgeous day outside and I hadn't been in the water for over a week.

There's no sense in having a pool if you don't use it.

It was then that I noticed Jasper's downcast expression. "I don't have a suit with me, but I could just watch you swim?" He suggested, shrugging his shoulders lightly.

"Jazz, hun, don't worry about that!" I giggled, waiting for his reaction to what I was about to say to him. "Who said anything about needing a swim suit? We'll just swim naked." I stated nonchalantly, trying not to smile.

His reaction was just as humous as I suspected. Jasper's eyes widened and his mouth dropped open slightly before he began stuttering out a response, "Umm... I-I don't... you-" he got out before I cut off his nervous ramblings.

I laughed loudly, stopping him in his tracks. "I'm just kidding baby, I actually have few suits that I bought for Tommy that you could use. I bought them as a gift for the vacation we took a few months ago but forgot to give them to him... Come up with me and you can pick one," I said as I grabbed his hand and stood, noting the lack of pain in my ankle with a smile.

I guided Jasper up to the third level quickly, feeling happier than I have in a long time as his fingers interlaced with mine the entire way to my bedroom.

We made it to into my closet without incident, but when I opened up the door that held my hung-up bathing suites, I noticed that Jasper seemed to have gone very still. I turned to look at him and saw that he had a glazed over look to his eyes and was looking back and forth from my body to some of the skimpier bathing suites that I own.

I snorted lightly and shook my head.

Men... What are you going to do?

I looked to the far right of my shelf and found what I was looking for. The three suites that I had bought for Tommy were hanging just as I'd left them. One with a mint green leaf pattern, the other with blue clouds, and the last a lovely yellow-gold color. I grabbed them all and held them out for Jasper's approval.

"Which one do you want?" I asked, breaking him out of his self-imposed trance.

Jasper's head snapped back to my face and he seemed more embarrassed than he should have for been for being caught checking me out. "Well.. maybe I shouldn't. The sun makes them stand out." He muttered in a low tone, bowing his head slightly.

I crinkled my brow in confusion as I thought about what he was saying. "What sticks out?" I asked, not understanding.

"My scars," he claimed, motioning to a crescent shaped white marks on his neck and forearms. My eyes squinted as I tried to get a better view of them and realization dawned on me almost immediately once I noticed the distinct teeth marks in his flesh. I don't know how I'd never noticed them before.

I reached up to stroke the upraised skin on one of the scars and looked him in the eye. "Jasper, I don't know how you got all of these, but don't you ever think they would make me think any less of you! If you haven't forgotten, I've already seen you naked and I definitely liked what I saw," I said, winking and running a hand through his soft golden locks.

Jasper's eyes glowed as he looked at me in admiration. He grinned before pulling me close to his chest and whispering in my ear, "You're so amazing..."

I gave him a peck on the cheek before pulling back and holding up the suites again. "Now, which one?" I asked, gesturing between the three options.

"Which one would you like on me?" He asked, grinning saucily at me.

So sexy...

"I think this one would look great," I said, reaching for the yellow one. An idea popped into my head, and I grinned. "But since I got to choose your swim suit, it's only fair that you get to choose one for me to wear..." I trailed off, batting my eyelashes.

Jasper's smile was so wide that I was worried he might hurt his face as he reached out and grabbed a small white string bikini. I smirked up at him and traded him suites before we went our separate ways to change.

A few minutes later, I grabbed a few towels and headed down to the first floor. As I rounded the corner to the glass doors that lead to the patio, I caught sight of something that made my mouth water.

Jasper was standing just outside of the doors that lead to the pool area and had his back facing me. The sunlight was shining on him in full force and his skin shimmered and illuminated every surface around him. The broad muscles on his back and his curly blonde locks only added to his beauty.

"So perfect..." I murmured, not realizing that I was speaking out loud until it was too late. Hearing my comment, Jasper turned around slowly and gave me a beautiful smile before his eyes traveled further down my body.

He was a blur of motion as he ran to me and held me close to his chest. His hands glided over the skin of my bare back and up to the ties of my bikini top, causing me to shutter with desire. "No, you're perfect," Jasper murmured trailing his nose along my cheek.

I leaned up on my tip toes and planted a soft kiss on his full lips before breaking out of his playful grasp and running toward the pool. "Come on, Jazz! Why are you so slow?" I teasingly complained as I turned back to face him.

Jasper approached me slowly with a predatory look in his eyes and a smirk on his face. "Slow?" He asked, continuing to approach me.

"Yeah, but it not your fault that some snails might beat you in a race..." I goaded him as I took small steps backwards, only coming to a stop when I felt the pool ledge meet my heel.

"I don't know Bella, I think you just hurt my feelings," Jasper pouted, stoping just a few inches from me.

I smirked and raised an eyebrow in challenge, "Then I guess I need to be punished..." I trailed off, not knowing what his next move would be.

His smile widened as he held his hands out to me. "I think you're right."

Before I realized what was happening, I was falling backwards and felt my body being submerged into the cold water of the pool.

What the hell?

I broke threw the water line, spluttering and trying to get my hair to stop sticking to the front of my face. Once I had myself mildly situated, I looked up at Jasper's face in shock. What I found in his expression, however, made me smile.

Jasper was currently rolling around on the edge of the pool in the midst of hysterical peals of laughter. It was such a relief to see him looking so happy and free of worries, even if it was at my own expense.

Today's going to be a great a day...


A/N: As always, reviews and comments are welcome!

What do you think Jasper, Bella, and Carlisle should do with the rest of their day? More swimming? Taking a trip outside of the house, maybe?

And do you believe that Bella is ready to lay the "L" word to Jasper and Carlisle, since they both obviously feel the same way about her?

Review and let me know!

With love,