Chapter 15: Midnight Run
Jacob watched Renesmee as she bounded in front of him, giggling as her feet propelled her forward. She had inherited her father's speed there was no doubt in his mind about that. Her laughter echoed off the bare trees as they flew, her feet barely touching the ground long enough to make a footprint.
He had missed this.
Running, letting loose, enjoying the abnormal part of himself was something he never got to do. Of course he loved his pack and the way they protected the community, but there was more to it than that. Phasing into wolf form had become a chore lately; one he did out of duty to his people. He rarely if ever phased for fun anymore, especially now that Renesmee was at school. There was no point without his best friend; it just wasn't the same. They used to go for night runs all the time when she was younger. They would tear through the rural woods of Forks and La Push, safe from any evils and blissfully un-chaperoned. Of course back then she was just a kid escaping from her overprotective parents and he was the best friend who let her get away with anything she pleased.
Now…it was quite different.
He could appreciate it more. They were two abnormal beings; a shape shifter and a hybrid, neither one fitting in the outside world, yet somehow fitting together perfectly.
Renesmee leaped up into a tree, pausing until just the right moment. Then, without warning, she fell onto his back. Jacob barked a laugh and kept running with her perched between his shoulder blades. It didn't slow him as he galloped up to the meadow that had been their favorite hideout for years. This one was different from the one Edward and Bella frequented; it was closer to La Push and bigger, overlooking a mountain lake. Of course everything was frozen that time of year, but it was still their favorite spot. Even as a child his imprint had yearned for a spot that was theirs.
Paul and Rachel had the beach. Quil and Claire had the lookout point at the cliffs. Edward and Bella had the meadow, Rosalie and Emmett claimed the rocky cliffs.
This meadow was theirs.
She laughed as he burst through the trees, phasing mid-leap. He kept her on his back, landing with a hard thump on the ground below. They tumbled down into the snow, laughing as they rolled into a heap on the snowy ground.
"You've never phased mid-leap with me before," she laughed, straddling his torso. He reached up and brushed a lock of her bronzed hair away from her face, tucking in behind her ears.
"Yeah, well….I didn't because then I'd be naked. Like right now," he chuckled. Renesmee bit back a smile and nodded.
Jacob watched her blush blossoming in the moonlight. "Is this okay?"
"Sure. I've seen naked men before Jacob. You aren't the first."
He raised a questioning eyebrow at her. "Is that so?"
She blushed deeper and shrugged, sitting back on his stomach. "Well….in like movies and stuff. And Leah got me a Playgirl magazine as a joke for my birthday."
Jacob burst out laughing. "You're serious?"
"Yeah," she nodded. "I didn't know what to do with it. I freaked out that my mom or dad would find it," she laughed. "It's still at school, buried somewhere."
"You kept it?"
She shifted on his stomach and looked away. "I was…curious."
Jacob felt something sizzle in his stomach. She was curious about what exactly?
"Anything I can…assist with?"
She shook her head. "No, just….I mean I'd looked at Carlisle's medical books and that was purely educational. I'd always wondered what…like a real one looked like. All…erect and whatnot. This had a lot of dirty pictures in with and I just…it answered a lot of questions unintentionally," she giggled nervously.
Jacob watched as she rolled off of him and sprung up like a sprite would. What questions did a Playgirl magazine answer?
She tossed him a seductive look over her shoulder as she walked away, swinging her hips amidst the frozen grass. The snow was still falling all around them, dimming the light of the moon as it tried to peek through the clouds above. His sensitive ears could hear the snowflakes around him hitting the ground with a soft frozen 'plunk'. It was so picturesque and perfect he suddenly feared it was a dream and he might wake up. What if tomorrow she woke up and the spell of Christmas was gone? The holiday always put people in a good mood, his imprint especially. There wasn't one thing about the day she didn't love. What if that all ended as soon as Christmas was over?
Renesmee's laugher from the corner of the meadow brought him back to reality. Jacob stood up and pulled on his sweatpants, grateful he had brought them despite their haste to leave. Even though they had reached a new level in their relationship he wasn't sure he was ready to go frolicking naked with her just yet.
Renesmee came running, her long legs sending her across the meadow with precision. He watched her push up from the ground and sail almost thirty feet up into the night sky with another peal of laughter. Her bronzed curls went flying as she reached up, grabbing a snowflake out of the air. Her feet hit the ground, making her land just inches from where he stood. Opening her hand, he looked down to see a perfect snowflake resting on her palm. Seconds later it was a drop of liquid. She laughed and took off a second time. Higher and higher she went, sailing up and plucking snowflakes out of the air to show him. It wasn't often that she got to let the part vampire side of her out; most of the time she worked at trying to appear normal. Jacob smiled as he thought of how his imprint loved to show off for him by leaping up into the air and catching snowflakes. She had done it ever since she was a kid; the first year they had done this had been right before the Volturi war.
Renesmee landed in front of him with a soft grunt and showed him another one before it melted. Bored with the game, she wiped her hand on the flannel shirt of his she was wearing and grinned at him.
"You're getting pretty good at those vampy little jumps," he teased. "How high can you go now?"
She shrugged, giving him a coy smirk. "I don't know. I don't get to act this way very often," she admitted, dancing around in front of him. She spun in a circle with her arms out, opening her mouth to catch another snowflake on her tongue. He laughed loudly as it promptly melted, giving her a playful shove.
"You know sometime we could live like…out in the middle of nowhere. If you want."
Renesmee stopped spinning, frowning slightly at him. "What…do you mean?"
"I mean we live forever, right? Let's…sometime just live out in the middle of nowhere, just the two of us. We can do whatever we want and do things like this all the time if you want to. You can hunt and we can run and just…be us. No one else."
"I would actually really enjoy that. You'd…want to live with me?"
Jacob grinned. "Of course I would. If you want to. Even just as friends," he offered platonically. "No pressure. I just thought it would be fun to have a couple years without everyone around us. We could act like ourselves and stay out all night in the woods and…grocery shop like our parents are out of town for the weekend."
She beamed. "I'd love that."
He grabbed her by the hips, pulling her closer to him. "Good. I want you all to myself," he laughed, dipping her backwards into a dramatic pose. Renesmee gigged loudly against the falling snow and let him dip her backwards until her hair touched the ground. She only stopped her laughter when Jacob pressed his lips against hers.
Merry Christmas to those who celebrate! I hope all of my lovely readers are happy and safe and enjoy this little fic tonight! Love you all!