A/N: This story is dedicated to blackshika98. I've been taking a break from fanfiction for a while and blackshika98 sent me a PM asking me to write more Brother/Sister bonding moments. Without you, this story would have never been written. So this one's for you!
Summary: The Cullens go out for a hunt and Emmett and Jasper stay back to 'baby-sit' their littlest sister. Jasper/Emmett/Bella bonding. Brother/Sister fluff.
Set after Eclipse but before Breaking Dawn. This will probably end up being multiple chapters.
Family, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort, Humor, and maybe a touch of Angst.
Disclaimer: This is fanfiction… I think you all know I don't own Twilight or any of it's characters…
Monday: The Nightmare
"It'll only be for a week," Edward said as he pulled the Volvo in front of Newton's Sporting Goods store.
"Yeah, a long week," I huffed while unbuckling my seatbelt.
"And it will be over before you know it," he said, leaning across the center console to place a kiss on my cheek. "You can call whenever you want, too."
"I guess that makes it slightly more tolerable," I agreed begrudgingly.
"Now, that's the spirit."
Edward gave me another chaste kiss, this time on the lips. I applied more pressure to the kiss, deepening it. All too soon, though, he pulled away. I rolled my eyes and opened my door.
After taking one step away, I heard the unmistakable sound of his automatic windows rolling down. I turned back to him with a smile.
"I love you, my Bella," he said, giving me my favorite crooked smile.
"And I love you," I said back. "Even it you are leaving me alone for an entire week."
"I'm not leaving you alone."
"What do you mean?" I asked, bewildered.
He smirked at me and said simply, "You'll see."
He drove off before I had the chance to ask what he'd meant. You'll see? I'll see what?
I tried not to over think it too much as I walked into work. I greeted Mike and made my way over to the back room to put on my uniform. I got right to work and completely forgot about what Edward had said. Mrs. Newton had me busy stocking shelves and tagging on prices. I was just thankful to have something to keep my mind off having to deal with an Edward-less week.
When I got everything on the bottom shelves in aisle five done, I switched places with Mike so he could work on the top shelves. I probably could have used a small step latter but Mrs. Newton knows how uncoordinated I am and didn't want to risk hurting myself. That was fine by me. I'd rather work the cash register than stock shelves any day.
I was just flipping through a magazine when I noticed someone standing in front of me at the counter.
"Hello, can I help—" my words cut off when it finally registered who it was.
There before me stood Jasper and Emmett. They both had smug smiles lighting up their faces as they took in my surprise. I was surprised for a few reasons. One, because they have never stepped foot in here before, at least not while I have been working here. As far as I know, vampires don't need camping equipment considering they don't camp the conventional way. Reason number two, was that they were supposed to be out hunting with everyone else. By now they should already be across the boarder to Canada. Why would they be here? Why would they ever come here in the first place?
"What are you doing here?" I asked, still completely confused by their presence.
They both turned to each other with wicked smiles. I was used to that from Emmett but not so much from Jasper. Either way, I didn't understand the meaning behind the looks and was about to question them again—demanding an answer this time—when it all clicked.
Yes. Yes, I do see.
"You guys are babysitting me aren't you?" I asked, a little annoyed.
"Why, yes," Jasper said, turning back to me. "Yes we are."
"This is unbelievable," I mumbled, frustrated. "Why does Edward insist I need to be watched over? I'm eighteen, for heaven sakes! I'm a legal adult and I am capable of taking care of myself."
"We know you are, sweetheart," Emmett said looking amused. "But orders are orders."
"What was he thinking? I can't stay at your house for an entire week," I said while looking between the two of them. "I mean, what about Charlie?"
"That's already taken care of, darlin'," Jasper assured me in is slight southern drawl. "Alice called him and took care of everything. As far as he knows, you took a trip to Toronto with Alice, Rosalie, and Esme. She even packed all your human necessities and has it all ready for you back at the house."
"You're kidding, right?" I asked dryly.
"Nope!" Emmett excitedly exclaimed. "And that means for the next week, you're all ours." He grinned widely at me, showing off all his pearly whites.
I just stared at them for a moment, trying to think of a way out of this mess. When I couldn't think of anything, I mumbled out a halfhearted, "great." They exchanged another round of impish grins that only served to unnerve me. And that made their grins widen.
"What time do you get out of here, anyway?" Emmett asked.
"My shift doesn't end until five," I answered back, picking up my magazine again.
I flipped through it to find the page I left off on when Emmett's huge hand covered it. Trying not to get too annoyed, I looked back up at them.
"That's like two hours from now," He complained. "What are we supposed to do until then?"
"I don't know," I said back to him. "Do whatever it was you two were doing before you came in here."
"No, we can't," Jasper said, looking down.
"Yeah," Emmett agreed. "Esme yelled at us to not do that again. Ever."
"Wait, what were you do—" I cut myself off before I could finish. "Never mind. I don't think I want to know." I rolled my eyes at them. "Here," I said, handing them both magazines off the counter. "Read these to occupy yourselves."
They just looked at each other and shrugged, taking the magazines. They went to go sit on the chairs in the small shoe department. I rolled my eyes and smiled to myself. They weren't all bad. Sure, they were annoying at times but I guess that's why I loved them. They were like family to me.
About forty-five minutes later, I looked up as Jasper and Emmett both slammed the magazines down on the counter. I raised my eyebrow at them, wondering what they wanted now.
"Something wrong?" I asked.
"No," Jasper answered. "We're done reading."
I looked at the two very thick magazines skeptically. There was no way they could have read they whole thing.
"She thinks we're lying," Jasper said to Emmett, quiet enough to make it seem like whispering but loud enough for my human ears to catch. "We really did read them."
"All of it?" I asked doubtfully. They nodded. "You both read these magazines?"
"We read them both cover to cover. Twice," Jasper concluded.
"We're fast readers," Emmett answered for me.
"Of course you are."
They didn't answer, just grinned. I was about to tell them to leave and come back to pick me up after my shift when Mrs. Newton came out of the supply room.
"Bella, honey, Mr. Newton and I were thinking about closing up early tonight so why don't you just go home now? I won't dock your pay," she said smiling.
"Oh, er, thank you," I said, taking off my apron.
"We'll go pull the jeep around, Bella," Emmett said as I made my way back to my locker.
I quickly changed out of my uniform, not wanting to make them wait too long. When I was ready, I walked back out into the store. I waved a goodbye to the Newton's on my way out the door. As soon as I was outside, Emmett's oversized jeep pulled up in front of me. Jasper climbed out the passenger side and held the door open for me. I looked up at the huge height, wondering how I would make it to the seat. I suppose if I jumped I may make it…
Before I had too much time to deliberate, Jasper had picked me up under the armpits like a small child. He smiled at me as he placed me in the seat and pushed me gently until I'd slid over enough to be pressed firmly against Emmett's side. Jasper then climbed in after me so we could all sit in front.
Neither of them bothered with seatbelts and I didn't complain about it. I may not like how any of the Cullens drive—it was much too fast for my taste—but I knew I would be safe.
Jasper wrapped his arm around my shoulders and I leaned into his chest as Emmett blasted the radio. They both sang along to some oldies song I've never heard before. I smiled at them, glad to see them both so happy.
I've never really gotten the chance to spend much time with them. Especially since my eighteenth birthday disaster. I normally tired to suppress that event and the months following from my memory. Not having the Cullens around was not a life I wanted to relive. Edward is the only man I've ever loved. He is also the only man I will ever love. But it's not just him I missed. I missed them all while they were away. I even missed Rosalie.
Being with Emmett and Jasper like this in such a carefree way was not something I'd ever experienced before. The only time I'd really ever spent an extended amount of time with Jasper was when we'd been running from James last year.
As far as I can remember, I'd never spent much time with Emmett either. It seems so strange. It feels like I've known the Cullens my whole life. I suppose maybe it's because Edward always talks about them in such a fond way that his memories almost seem like mine. Or maybe I feel like I know them because they are the only people that really know me.
Before the Cullens came into my life, I'd never really had any friends. No one to really talk to. Now it seems like I have a whole new family. And I guess I do. The Cullens have always been like family to me. I love them all. Yes…even Rosalie.
Being with Jasper and Emmett this week may not be so bad. I've never lived alone with two boys for any amount of time so this would definitely be interesting. I'm sure it will be a lot of getting made fun of, for me. Emmett's always been one to poke fun at my humanness. I'm sure Jasper will be no different.
"What are you smiling at?" Jasper asked playfully.
"Just thinking about spending a whole week with you two goons," I said cheerfully.
Emmett's booming laugh shook the jeep and Jasper joined in. I was almost sure the jeep would fall apart with the force of their laughter. I started to laugh right along with them, not being able to help myself.
I hadn't even realized we'd pulled up in front of the Cullen mansion until Emmett cut the engine. Jasper flung his door open and hopped out in one smooth movement. I moved to the edge of the seat and just as I was going to jump down, Emmett came in front of me. He grabbed my legs and flung me over his shoulder and ran into the house.
He dropped me down on the couch and went to sit in the reclining chair across from me. Jasper came in and went over to the cabinets that housed their huge movie collection. He opened the doors and stepped aside.
"Emmett and I though maybe you'd want to watch a movie. We've heard it's a very human thing to do at sleepovers and such," Jasper explained, grinning lazily at me.
"Yes, very human," I agreed, walking over to him. I picked up a movie off the shelf that looked like something guys would be into. I didn't want to bore them by picking something off Rosalie and Alice's many Chick Flick shelves. I passed the movie to Jasper who grinned in approval of my selection.
He went to get everything set up and I went back to my seat on the couch. I lied down, stretching out my muscles across the cushions. When the movie was ready to play, Jasper made his way over to me and lifted my feet. He slid onto the couch and rested my feet in his lap. He pressed play and Emmett turned off all the lights to give the room a very movie-theater feel.
About somewhere halfway through the movie, I fell asleep. I awoke when I saw a bright light shine from behind my eyelids. My eyes popped open and snapped shut just as quickly, blinded by the light.
"I told you that would wake her up," I heard Jasper mumble.
I groaned and the light was flicked back off. I opened my eyes cautiously this time to find myself in Jasper's arms. He placed me down on a bed and Emmett pulled the blankets up for me.
I looked around in the dark to find myself in Edward's room. I stretched my arms over my head and yawned. Pulling the sheets higher up, I snuggled into the pillows ready to fall asleep again.
"She is so adorable," I'm pretty sure I heard Emmett murmur as they left the room, shutting the door behind them.
I think I smiled slightly to myself as I drifted off to sleep again.
I woke again with a start, sitting up in bed and clutching my chest. Tears immediately flooded my eyes and by breathing refused to go back to normal.
My dream was one of the worst I'd had in a while. Normally when Edward is around, I don't have to worry about nightmares. Something about his presence wards them off. But now with him away, they are free to sneak back in my defenseless unconscious mind.
I had dreamt about those months when the Cullens had been gone. The dream wasn't scary or anything of the sort. Just unnerving. I hated that feeling over being alone. I'd felt abandoned those months and that was something I hoped to never relive again.
Silly as it was, I couldn't get the tears to stop coming and spilling down my cheeks. The door burst open and light spilled in from the hall. In the door way I could see Emmett and Jasper's silhouettes. I tried to pull myself together, not wanting to cry in front of them.
"Bells, are you alright?" Emmett asked softly.
That was all it took. Sobs erupted from my chest and I began shaking uncontrollably. In an instant, both of them were on the bed with me asking what had happened. I pulled my legs up to my chest and hid my face behind my knees, trying desperately to stop the tears. If there was one thing I hated, it was being weak.
"You aren't weak, Bella," Jasper said gently but firmly as he smoothed my hair back with his hand. He'd obviously read my emotions and that made me feel worse. I didn't want him to feel my pain.
Without warning, my sobs intensified and I felt a pair of stone arms circle around me and pulled me to an equally stony chest. I turned my face toward whichever one of them it was and buried my head there, undoubtedly staining their shirt with tears. Another set of hands rubbed my back in soothing circles. My cries slowly began to stop and I felt myself blush in embarrassment. I don't even like it when Edward sees me like that, let alone his brothers.
I looked up to see that it was Emmett's chest I had been crying into. I pulled away a bit and he untangled his arms from around me, keeping one looped around my shoulders.
"I'm sorry you guys had to see that," I started, my voice crackling and thick from my tears. "That was so embarrassing."
"Hey, you don't have to be embarrassed around us," Jasper said, moving his hand over mine on the bed.
"Yeah," Emmett agreed. "We're like your big brothers. And we hate seeing our baby sister cry like that but you should never feel embarrassed about that."
"Crying is a very common human action," Jasper said, obviously trying to make me feel better. I cracked a smile at that and he kissed me on the forehead, smiling back. "If you don't mind me asking, though; why were you crying?"
"It can't be nothing," Emmett disagreed. "If it was truly nothing, then you wouldn't have cried."
"You guys will think it's silly."
"Believe me, Bella," Jasper said seriously. "If it made you cry then it most certainly is not silly."
"It's just that I always have nightmares when Edward's not around," I admitted, looking down at the comforter.
"Why only when Edward's gone?" Jasper asked.
"I'm not sure," I said truthfully. "All I know is that when he is around, the nightmares tend to stay away… but when he's not around they always come back."
"What are these nightmares about?" Emmett asked carefully.
"Mostly they're about those months after my eighteenth birthday," I said slowly. "I just felt so alone and I never want to feel like that again."
Jasper placed his hand softly on my back and began rubbing slowly up and down much like he'd been doing earlier.
"Us leaving really hurt you, didn't it?" Jasper sadly asked, already knowing the answer. "We swear that we never thought you would have the reaction you did. We all truly thought you would get over us eventually and move on."
I started shaking my head in disagreement. "No, no. I could never forget you guys. You were like family to me."
"You are family to us, too, Bells," Emmett said, tightening his grip on my shoulders minutely. "We should have never listened to Edward. I knew it was a bad idea from the start. I'm so sorry Bells," he continued, looking down and me and hugging me close. "I should have fought harder to stay."
"It's not your fault, Emmett," I said honestly, trying to relieve some of his pain. "It all turned out okay."
Jasper began to shake his head in disagreement, almost looking disgusted. "Months of depression, feeling completely abandoned by your family, still fearing we'll leave again, and now night terrors? You think that's okay? Bella, that is not okay." He said, cupping my face between his large hands. "What we did was inexcusable. You are family to us. To all of us. Us Cullens always prided ourselves with being able to stay a family. And then we turned around and abandoned our newest member. That's just not right."
His words touched me, and my eyes began to tear up again.
"Bells," Emmett started. "Sweetheart, please don't cry again. We're here for you now. I promise to never leave again."
"Same here, Bella," Jasper agreed. "We won't ever leave you again. We already made that mistake once and we will never repeat it. We love you, Bella."
I smiled widely at that and my heart began to swell. Edward and Alice were the only two Cullens that have ever told me they love me. Hearing it from these two meant so much to me. They really were brothers to me.
"I love you guys, too," I said, my eyes still tearing up in happiness.
"Aww, come here, Bellsy," Emmett said, opening his arms wide. I eagerly hugged him back with as much force and my human arms would allow. "You too, Jazz."
Jasper let out a low chuckle but joined our hug anyway. We all sat there for I don't know how long. After a while, though, my eyes started drooping and my head got heavy.
"Alright, that's enough," Jasper said, slowly pulling away. "Time for the human to go back to sleep. It's only three o'clock in the morning after all."
I yawned in appreciation and let him lower me back down to the mattress. He placed my head on the pillow and pulled the covers back up. He gently placed a kiss on my forehead said a quiet goodnight.
Emmett leaned down to me and placed a kiss on my cheek. "Goodnight, Bellsy."
They were both on their way out the door when I started to panic. Sensing my change in mood, Jasper swung around to look at me worriedly.
"What's wrong, Bella?" he asked, concerned.
"Um… Never mind," I said before rolling back on my side.
"Bells, you can tell us anything," Emmett said in a serious yet calming voice.
Jasper came over and crouched down next to me so our heads were level. "Are you afraid the nightmares will return?"
I looked away from his golden eyes and nodded my head solemnly. A wave of calm washed over me and I instantly felt loads better.
"Not to worry, darlin'," he drawled out, no longer sounding concerned. "We can stay here with you if you'd like." I looked to him to see him smiling at me.
I nodded to him and he climbed back on the bed, laying next to me over the covers. Emmett then laid down on my other side. He ran his fingers through my hair soothingly and my eyes closed again.
I drifted off quickly into a deep, nightmare-less sleep.
A/N: I hope you all loved it! don't forget to leave a review and tell what you think! If you have any ideas for Emmett/Jasper/Bella bonding moments tell me in a review and I will try to write a chapter about it!
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