A/N: Hmmm *thinking face*, I don't really know where I'm going with this... A-man to me a-man! Oh yeah, and BTW this story is going to be all jumbled up, between like all the twilight stories... oh yeah, and people should be old enough not to be told that if you don't like it, don't read it! Haters will be haters so you couldn't blame... (fill in the blank)
NOTE: ooooo time pass
Then they fell in love: It All Began With An Imprinting
Bella and Edward were driving down the road; neither one speaking as they quietly listened to the music gently played in the car when they spotted Jacob Black dressed in nothing but a pair of cut off jeans as per usual. The kid hardly ever wore anything and for some reason for Edward, it was sort of irritating. He just couldn't understand why the dumb mutt had to constantly prance around half naked all the time like he didn't own anything shirts or shoes.
Edward quickly read the teen's mind and found that Jacob wanted to speak to him and judging by his thoughts, the Shifter did not sound happy, well the feeling was mutual, Edward wasn't happy about seeing the boy either. The Vampire turned to the girl beside him and she nodded, indicating that it was okay for Edward to stop. Edward sighed, he'd hoped that she didn't want to talk to the Shifter, but she was the dog's best friend, so what could the Vampire do but allow this.
Edward parked the car on the side of the road, cussing mentally to himself. He honestly did not want to deal with the mutt at that moment; he had things to do that were so much better than having to deal with the mutt. Edward and Bella got out the car and walked into the woods where Jacob was waiting for them.
"I'll never forgive you for leaving Bella and I'll never forget about it," the young Shifter said through clenched teeth.
"I understand," Edward said, keeping calm while the Wolf seethed before him. "I'm very grateful for you taking care of Bella while I was gone." Bella blinked at Jacob, not sure if she liked where this was going. She knew her friend was short tempered, the kid could explode at any moment and that wouldn't be good for him. She was worried that Jacob would try to attack Edward. She didn't want her best friend to get hurt because of his emotions. He was angry, that much was obvious, and when angry, a Shifter was unpredictable. Bella hoped that Jacob could reign in his anger enough not to try and attack Edward, just so he wouldn't end up being hurt.
"Jake, Edward and I will be together," the mahogany haired girl said sternly to her friend. Jacob glared at Edward for a long moment, different thoughts running through his mind until one came to him. The Shifter smirked icily then proceeded to remind the Vampire of the treaty that was placed so many years ago.
"You remember that if any of you bites a human the treaty is over," Jacob all but growled, still glaring at the Vampire.
"I want it Jacob, you have to understand," Bella pleaded, her voice shaking with emotion. She would not allow Jacob to try and talk her out of what she truly wanted. She wanted to spend the rest of her life with Edward, she was going to marry him and he would turn her and they would be together forever.
"You're throwing your life away for a leech!" Jacob shouted angrily this time turning to Bella and turning his heated glare towards her. Bella wanted to curl back in fright, but she held her ground, glaring right back at her possibly ex-best friend. "How can you want that?"
"I want it Jake!" Bella said firmly. Jacob felt the anger surge through his body and before he could even think over his plan, he Phased right there and growled dangerously at Edward. Edward got defensive, ready to attack but Bella stopped them by putting herself between them and holding her hands out as a way to keep the boys apart. "Please," she pleaded. "I don't want things to be this way. Don't do this! Please. At least try to get along... for my sake. I love you both too much to lose either of you." Jacob stared angrily at Edward and was about to snarl at the 'leech' but then their eyes locked.
Something deep inside Jacob seemed to snapped then refasten and his entire body filled with a warm fuzzy feeling and the only thing he could see, the only thing he could smell, the only thing he could hear, think of, dream of at that very moment was Edward Cullen. The only thing important in his life was Edward fucking Cullen. His entire world... entire universe, his gravity was now Edward Cullen. Edward Cullen was now the sole reason for why Jacob was living on this earth, his only reason for wanting to stay alive anymore. Edward fucking Cullen was the other half of Jacob's soul.
"Fuck!" Jacob screamed in his head, feeling dread and confusion and fear grip his entire body. "What have I just done?!" Jacob turned quickly, not wanting for the Vampire to even catch a hint of the Shifter's thoughts; then he ran deeper into the woods and didn't look back.
Edward stood there for a few seconds, confused by what little he'd caught from Jacob's thoughts but he quickly pushed it aside when Bella turned to look at him. He really didn't want to dwell on anything that involved the Wolf right now, or any time at all.
"I should take you home," Edward said gently before Bella could say anything first.
"Yeah... um... sure," she said. They walked to the car and Edward opened the door for Bella, she got in and he shut her door the zoomed to his side and got in. "Edward-."
"Not yet Bella, just... not yet." Bella nodded then looked out the window sighing while thinking about what had just happened, imagining what would've happened if she hadn't been there. She shook her head, not wanting to think about it anymore. She didn't want to think about her boys hurting each other because of her. She wanted them to be happy and she hoped that someday they'd be able to be around each other without wanting to attack each other.
Edward too, was thinking about what had just happened. He was thinking about Jacob's last thought just before Jacob had run off. What had happened? Why had the Shifter freaked like that? What had happened in those last few moments before the Wolf had disappeared into the woods? Why had he even bothered to meet them anyway?
"Edward?" Bella said gently, sounding a bit worried. Edward looked at her and smiled his infamous half smile as a way to reassure the girl he loved.
"Are you okay?"
"You just seem a bit distracted and... and distant."
"No, I'm right here, nothing's wrong."
"Okay..." Bella didn't sound convinced, but she let it go, Edward would talk to her when he was ready. They were quiet once more. Edward pulled up at Bella's house and they got out but Edward didn't move from his side of the car. "Aren't you going to come in?"
"No, not tonight Bella. I'll see you tomorrow okay?"
"Okay." She kissed his cheek then slowly pulled back. She couldn't help feel worried as Edward stood there stiffly; not moving to hold her or touch her, but Bella let it go. Edward had a lot of on his mind, she would respect that he needed time to think things through. "Good night Edward."
"Good night Bella."
"I love you."
"I love you too." Bella relaxed slightly at the response and rushed inside as Edward got into his car and drove home.
As Edward drove towards the house he saw a very frustrated looking Alice standing by the door waiting for him. He tried to read her mind for answers but all he got was a Beethoven symphony he'd been playing a while back. Edward shook his head and rolled his eyes as he pulled up with a sigh and got out the car and walked towards a foot tapping, arms crossed, looking-very-pissed pixie girl.
"Alice?" he said simply, looking at the spiky haired girl.
"Where have you been?" Alice asked not bothering to hide her annoyance at her adoptive brother.
"I was out, why? What happened?"
"Here," she gestured the house with a flimsy wave of her hand, "nothing. In here," she tapped her head, "darkness."
"What does that even mean?"
"Well, you see..." She stopped and looked around like she was trying to see if anyone was listening. "The thing is, well... I was looking into your future with Bella..." She stopped and blinked at her brother.
"It came out blank!"
"What?" Edward was quiet confused. How does a future come out blank? Unless...
"Your future came out blank, dark, like Bella's when that Wolf saved her." Edward had the urge to tell Alice his name was Jacob but stopped himself. Why should he care what Alice calls Jacob Black? The Wolf was nothing but an irritating mutt... right?
"What are you trying to tell me Alice?"
"I'm not sure, but I have this crazy feeling that it's got something to do with you and one of the wolves, most probably Bella's friend whatshisname."
"Jacob Black." Edward was surprised at how snappy his voice sounded and Alice looked at him strangely, a brow raised in question.
"Yeah... Jacob Black."
"I'm sure it's nothing to worry about. Bella wants Jake and I to try and get along. It's probably just that." Edward didn't even realise he'd used the mutt's nickname, and Alice didn't ask him about it since it was obvious that he didn't even realise he'd done it.
"Yeah... probably." Alice didn't sound too convinced but Edward let it go. "Well okay then."
"Was that all?"
"Yep, that was all."
"Don't worry about it, it's probably nothing."
"Alright!" Alice said going back to her usual perky self. "I'm going to find Jazz now, bye-bye."
"You do that Alice." Alice kissed her brother's cheek then rushed off into the woods. Edward rolled his eyes and went inside.
A month went by agonisingly slow. Edward spent most of his time with Bella, but he couldn't help but feel like something had changed between him and his girlfriend since their confrontation with Jacob in the woods. He wasn't sure what it was, he couldn't decide since he hadn't since the Wolf in a while. He constantly had to stop himself from thinking about the Shifter, but most times he didn't even realise he was doing. He didn't want to be worried about the Shifter, the boy was just a constant annoyance to him, why should he care if the Wolf's disappeared for a month. He should be happy, no, rejoicing that he didn't have to deal with that insufferable mutt! Yeah, he was damn happy about that!
"Don't you think so," Bella said loudly looking at Edward expectantly.
"What?" Edward turned towards Bella; away from the TV he'd been 'watching'. Bella sighed, shaking her head. Edward was so distracted lately, ever since... ever since the thing with Jacob in the woods. Bella tried not to think about it, not to dwell on it, but it was so hard not to if her boyfriend was constantly acting weird because of what had happened. She wanted to talk to Edward about it. She knew she would have to eventually because she couldn't stand this suffocating distance between herself and the love of her life.
"Don't you think it's weird that I haven't heard from Jake in over a month?" Bella repeated, throwing a glance at Edward to see what his reaction would be. The boy seemed to stiffen but then relax and shrug.
"Oh... um... I guess."
"I'm a bit worried Edward. What if like... he ran away or something?"
"Don't you think his father would've told you and Charlie by now if he had run away?" They got up from the couch and headed to the kitchen so Bella could warm up Charlie's dinner since he was due home any moment.
"Yeah... I guess." Bella shrugged and sighed. She was about to say something else but then heard Charlie's car pull up outside.
"I should be going."
"You don't have to go."
"It'd be better if I did."
"Bells?" Charlie called from the hall.
"I'm in here, dad." Charlie walked into the kitchen and saw Edward. He didn't even bother to hide the frown, at least he didn't comment this time. "Hey dad, you heard from Billy?"
"Yeah, I went to see him today. Jake's not doing too well. He's been in bed for the last three weeks and he's getting worse each day. Billy's a wreck about it."
"Do you know what's wrong?"
"I'm not sure Bells, but they probably do know. I thought I heard Billy and Sue whispering about something called imprint and how it was making Jake worse not being around it, but that wouldn't be a disease right?" Edward and Bella looked at each other briefly. Jacob had Imprinted but hadn't said anything to Bella? Something wasn't right there.
"No, I'm sure it isn't. I should probably go see him tomorrow."
"Yeah, that'd be nice Bells."
"Here you go." Belle placed Charlie's plate on the table in front of him. "I'll be right back." Bella gestured for Edward to follow her. They went out the house to Edward's car. "You'll come with me tomorrow right?" Bella asked while taking Edward's hand in hers.
"I can't cross the border but I will drive you there." Bella smiled, nodding her head.
"Okay, I'll see you tomorrow then."
"Okay." They kissed quickly then Bella rushed back into the house and Edward got into his car and sped home.
At around two in the afternoon Edward drove Bella to the border of La Push. He stayed in his car and listened to classical music as Bella made her way to Jacob's house. He couldn't help but feel a bit unnerved at the fact that he hadn't spotted a single Wolf since he'd gotten here. Weren't they afraid that he'd attack them or something? Or maybe Jacob's illness was worse than Edward thought and they were all trying to spend as much time with the young Shifter as they could.
No, that couldn't be it. Edward was just being paranoid and over thinking things. The Wolf would be fine and he'd be back to his annoying ways in no time. But what about the whole Imprinting thing? Edward shook his head. He didn't want to think about this anymore. He decided instead to concentrate on the music that was softly playing in his car, deciphering all the notes and in his mind playing along with the music.
It was about half an hour later Edward was pulled from his mind by the sound of heavy footsteps coming towards him fast. The Vampire's eyes snapped open and he saw Bella running towards the car, tears streaming down her face. Edward got out the car and rushed towards her, not even realising he'd crossed the border line, not that he even cared.
"Bella," he said wrapping his arms around Bella, comforting her as she sobbed loudly against his chest. "What happened Bella? Is Jake okay?" Edward started getting nervous. He didn't like this. Why did he care if Jacob Black was okay or not? It shouldn't matter to him. Maybe it was because it affected Bella? Yes, that had to be it. There was no other logical reason for him to care this much about the Wolf's wellbeing. It was only because the boy's health affected Bella in this way.
"Oh my goodness, Edward. He's... he's dying," Bella wept, taking in deep breaths as she tried to get her words out clearly. "He's dying."
"What?" Edward felt a tightness in his chest that he didn't like at all. What was wrong with him? He really shouldn't care so much, he really, really shouldn't.
"Jake's dying. He's... oh my goodness Edward!"
"It's going to be alright Bella."
"No it's not, he doesn't have much time Edward; he's going to die!"
"It's okay Bella, it's going to be okay, I promise." Edward picked Bella up and walked to the car.
I don't need Cullen! Edward heard Jacob shout to himself. I don't need him! Bloody leech! ... but I do need him... fucken hell! I wish everyone would just leave me alone. Fuck! Why did it have to be Cullen, of all the... FUCK!
Then Edward saw exactly what Jacob looked like from some else's mind. The kid looked so bad, so frail, so life less, so not Jacob Black...
Edward shook his head and shut Jacob's and anyone else's thoughts out of his head. He put Bella in the back seat and drove her home. Just his luck, Charlie was home. Edward picked Bella up gently and walked into the house with her. Charlie saw them and got up quickly demanding to know what happened to his daughter while glaring at the Vampire.
"She went to go see Jacob," Edward said, forcing himself to sound calm. He could feel all sorts of emotions building up within himself and threatening to let themselves be known. He couldn't lose himself, not in front of Charlie.
"Oh," was all Charlie said. "I'll take it from here." Charlie took Bella from Edward. "Thanks." Edward nodded then rushed out the house and into his car. He sped home as fast as the car could let him. As soon as he got home he got out the car and ran into the house. He felt like he was going to be sick, violently so. He rand passed his family and to the bathroom. He knelt in front of the seat and dry heaved a few times, waiting for something to come, but of course, nothing came. It felt painful, his chest felt like it was trying move from its location and out through his mouth.
"Edward," Alice called, knocking once then walking into the bathroom. What she found shocked her so much that she let out a gasp. "Edward?" Her brother was lying on the ground in a foetal position looking like he was in deep pain, clutching his chest while breathing in and out slowly. "Edward, are you okay?" Alice knelt down beside her brother. "Edward?" She put her hand on his arm. He was shaking, hard. "Ed-."
"I did that," he muttered, sounding delirious. A shaky hand moved from his chest and he ran the finger through his hair before the hand quickly went to his chest again, gripping at it as though he was trying to keep his inside, inside. "I did that to him."
"What Edward? What happened? Please tell me." Alice blinked a few times, feeling the telltale sign of tears that will never fall.
"He's... oh my goodness he's dying Alice, dying. And it's all my fault. I should've... oh my goodness what have I done?"
"Who Edward? Who?"
"J... Jake, oh my word! Jake's dying, Alice." Alice felt her un-beating heart break. The way her brother was saying his enemy's name, it was filled with so much emotion. But why? What was the sudden change that caused her brother to act this way? What had happened?
"What happened? How?"
"Oh my goodness Jake! I'm killing him." He couldn't have bitten the Wolf could he? Edward would never? Right? It couldn't be that! Edward had a lot of self control. He'd never bite anyone, no matter how angry he was at them. He'd never purposely hurt the Wolf enough to actually kill him... right?
"How, Edward? How are you doing that?" She wanted to help, so badly it hurt. But she couldn't if Edward didn't tell her anything.
"Oh God please don't let my Jake die." Alice looked at Edward confused and a little shocked. Had he just said 'my Jake'? He couldn't have. No, he just couldn't have.
"Alice?" It was Jasper.
"Jazz, it's... I don't know." Jasper walked in – struggling to keep everyone calm while absorbing all of Edward's emotions – followed by Carlisle and Esmé.
"What happened?" Carlisle asked looking between Alice and the still curled up Edward.
"I don't know Carlisle, he just..."
"Oh God, what have I done?" Edward wailed into his hands. "What have I done to him?"
"What is he talking about?" Esmé asked looking worried and close to tears. She wanted to hold her son, and whisper that everything was going to be alright into his hair. But she couldn't do anything, not yet. They still needed to know what was wrong, what had caused Edward to have this level of a psychotic break.
"Jacob Black. He and Bella went there today," Alice said slowly, rubbing her brother's back, trying to soothe him.
"Oh God, don't let him die," Edward wailed.
"Edward," Carlisle said gently, kneeling in front of Edward who was now leaning against the bath tub with his hands covering his face. "Talk to us, please."
"Alone, please, alone Carlisle. Just you, only you." Edward didn't want to share his guilt with the rest of his family, especially Jasper, who was trying really hard to keep Edward as calm as possible.
"Okay, alone." Jasper led Esmé and Alice out and shut the door behind him. "They're gone now. You can tell me." For a moment Edward said nothing, gathering his thoughts. Carlisle waited patiently, a reassuring hand resting on his son's shoulder. After a while Edward let out a long sigh and so began to tell Carlisle what'd happened, starting with the confrontation in the woods till the moment he'd been sent the image of Jacob by one of the Shifters. Carlisle sat there, listening to his adoptive son, never saying a word, just listening.
"What do I do Carlisle?" Edward asked, looking at his father with desperation in his glistening eyes.
"Edward, you couldn't have done anything to Jacob that should damage his health in such a way, but..."
"Have you ever heard of Imprinting?"
"Yes, a little bit from Bella."
"Hmm... yes, well Imprinting is something that happens to Werewolves, Shifters to be more specific. They Imprint on someone who is to be their Mate. That is how they find their ideal Mate." Edward nodded not quiet understanding. "Edward, I think maybe that that day in the woods, when Jacob ran off... he Imprinted... on you."
"What? That's impossible. We're natural enemies. It can't be! It's... it's crazy!" Edward shook his head in denial but something in the back of his mind was mauling over the idea, thinking that maybe, just maybe, what Carlisle was saying could be true.
"Is it really? There is no law saying that it can't happen and if all you say is true then I don't see any other explanation. Jacob needs you Edward. Only you can save him now."
"At least go see him, see if you can talk to him."
"What about the treaty?"
"If what I say is true then they will not care about the treaty rules." Edward nodded and got up. "It's worth a try."
Edward nodded to his father then rushed out the house and to his car. As he was about to get inside, he figured that he'd get to La Push faster if he ran. He ran straight to Jacob's house and no one attempted to stop him. He walked into the house praying that he wasn't too late, that he hadn't used up what little time there was. Edward rushed up to Jacob's room and found the boy's father and a few other people in there.
"Jake?" he called quietly. Everyone turned and looked at him, relief filling every part of their bodies as they saw the Vampire standing at the door, looking towards the bed.
"Ed?" Jacob called back weakly. Edward smiled at the nickname. Bella had tried to call him that before but it hadn't sounded right, but when Jake said it... there was something sweet about the way the Shifter said it, something Edward liked about it.
"I'm here Jake." Edward walked towards the bed. Jacob looked worse than before, skinnier, paler. Edward took Jacob's hand, it was cool, not inhumanly warm like it usually, and that unnerved Edward. "I'm right here Jake." Jacob smiled up at Edward.
"Hi," Jake said with a tired smile. Edward chuckled.
"Hello." The two boys looked at each other lovingly; everything just seemed to fall in place. That slight feeling of emptiness Edward had been slowly developing over the month that Jacob was around seemed to disappear, it was filled up instantly by a Jacob sized space and Edward felt content. The pair was so engrossed in each other that they didn't realise they were now alone. "Why didn't you tell me Jake?" Jacob tried to look away but Edward held his face in place. "Jake?"
"You have Bella. She needs you. And besides, you don't even like me." That actually hurt Edward quiet a lot. Not only would Jacob die for Bella, but he'd die for Edward too... to make him happy. He didn't want the Wolf to die, not because of him, not because of Bella. He wanted the teen to be happy too, to be alive.
"You need me more than she does, Jake." Jacob shook his head.
"Bella need you too." Jacob took the hand that was on his check and held it tightly. "Ed, you can't tell her. It'd crush her, just like when you left her. I don't want that to happen to her." Edward nodded, understanding where Jacob was coming from. He didn't want to hurt the girl either; he did love, even though it wasn't quite the same love as before.
"I know Jake, I know." Jacob was such a good friend. In another life, Edward might've quite content with being Jacob's friend – well in a life where he wasn't a Vampire and Jacob wasn't a boy who could Shift into a giant horse sized Wolf.
"So..." Jacob swallowed, "so you'll just forget about me?" Edward looked at the Wolf gently, seeing how the boy tried not to let that thought affect him.
"That's impossible," Edward said after a while. "I can't just forget.
"We-we could still be friends."
"Has that happened before?" Jacob shrugged but the 'no' in his mind was clear to Edward. None of the Shifter's that had Imprinted had stayed 'just friends' with their Imprints. After a while things had turned and they'd become more than friends.
"If it's what you want Ed. I'll be anything you want me to be, a companion, a friend, anything." Jacob purposely avoided the 'lover' part because he didn't think Edward would be comfortable with that. He was sure Edward was still in love with Bella and would want to continue his relationship with the girl. "I'll give you any and everything that you want."
"I want you," Edward breathed, leaning closer to Jacob, but leaving enough room for him to move away if anyone walked into the room. Jacob felt the heat rush up his neck and to his cheeks at those words.
"Ed... I don't think-."
"I know. I know Jake." Jacob sighed and leaned back on his pillow and Edward moved away but only a bit. "Hey Jake."
"Hmm?" Edward got into the bed and under the covers and wrapped his arms gently but firmly around Jacob's already heating up body. Edward smiled at the improvement, it wasn't much, but it was enough to keep Edward hope that Jacob would improve, that he would get better.
"Maybe I do love you." Jacob smiled, a slight blush gracing his features once again.
"I can't help it," Jacob answered back with a grin. The Shifter turned over so he was facing his Vampire and he too wrapped his arms around Edward. The Vampire's smile widened. He gently pushed Jacob onto his back then proceeded to lay his head on the Wolf's chest, allowing him to hear the soft but solid thump, thump, thump of Jacob's heart. Edward let out a content sigh as Jacob's arms tightened around him while the Vampire hummed a random lullaby softly till Jacob fell asleep.
"Maybe I really am in love with you," Edward whispered before shutting his eyes and concentrating on the sound of the Shifter's strong beating heart...
Yay! This is the first (Edited!) chapter... Please R&R... if you be hating on my pairing then you shouldn't have read it in the first place. Hater's are like an eyelash in my eye. If you have nothing to say then don't say it at all...
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