Bella's POV

After my talk with Jasper, I went across the hall to his and Alice's room to talk with Alice. I found her sitting on the bed flipping through a fashion magazine. "Your husband is the most infuriating person on the face of the planet."

Alice chuckled. "You do realize he can hear you, right?"

"Who said I didn't want him to hear me?" I asked as I sat down on the bed with my best friend. I had no problem with Jasper hearing me. I'd told him myself that I thought he was a pigheaded idiot. The jackass had the nerve to be proud of that fact.

"He did agree for you to be changed," Alice pointed out. Obviously she had been listening.

"On his terms! I still say he shouldn't have had a say in it anyway," I grumbled.

"Yeah, well, Jasper's never been good at staying out of things when his family is involved. I mean, your everyday things he'll stay out of most of the time, but when there's a serious issue where safety is at stake, he's going to get involved," Alice said.

"Well, it's annoying. The whole thing about my change was settled already. Edward was going to change me after graduation." I decided to leave out the part about him only agreeing if I agreed to marry him. That wasn't important right now.

"Is it really that big a deal? So Carlisle turns you instead of Edward. Honestly, it's probably safer that way. Carlisle's control is superb," Alice said.

I glared at my best friend. "Alice, if I wanted to hear about how much better Jasper's plan was, I'd still be across the hall talking to him. I came in her to vent to my best friend."

Alice laughed. "Okay, sorry. It's hard sometimes. He is my mate after all."

"Right, sorry," I said. I'd just realized I might be putting her in a pretty awkward position.

"It's okay. He can be kind of stubborn sometimes. Though I think it might be a family trait," Alice said teasingly.

I scowled halfheartedly. "Well, I guess it's not horrible. At least now I won't have to marry Edward to get him to change me."

Just then, Edward entered the room. "Hey. How did it go?"

"Hey. It was so so. He agreed to let me be changed, but he wants Carlisle to do it. Stubborn ass thinks he can weigh in on my decisions." I muttered the last part to myself, but I knew they could hear me.

Edward looked a cross between disappointed and relieved at what I told him. I chose to believe he was disappointed that he couldn't be the one to do it. Anything else would piss me off right now.

"Okay, well, I better get out of here," I said after a minute. It was still pretty early, but I still had that paper to write and now I would have to lie about it.

Edward's face fell. "Do you really have to go now? I thought we could listen to some music or watch a movie or something."

"Edward, I have to do that paper. I've already lost time due to the information I learned about Jasper and then having to come here to talk to him about the change. I have to get to work on this. I'm heading to the library after this to get some studying done and then I'm gonna go home to write it," I told him.

"Well, when can I see you again?" Edward asked.

"You'll see me at night, like you always do. If you mean the awake version of me, you'll have to wait until Monday," I told him.

"Come on, Edward. You got to see her more than you thought you were going to this weekend. Besides, this way you and Jazzy can spend some quality time together," Alice said with a smirk. She was obviously teasing him.

Edward rolled his eyes. "Very funny, Alice.

"Okay, well, I better go," I said before standing up from the bed.

Jasper came in at that moment. "Leaving so soon, Bella?"

"Yeah, I still have that paper to write. I only came here today to talk to you. I was hoping you'd see that my change was my choice, but..."

"But I'm an infuriating, pigheaded man," Jasper said with a smile that made me want to smack him.

"Yes. I'll do my best not to hold it against you for long though. Now I need to get going," I said.

"Alright. I'm going to be dropping by later tonight," Jasper informed me.

I frowned. "Why?"

"I would like to meet Charlie," he said.

"Why?" I asked again.

"Because he is my family too and I would like to get to know him a bit," Jasper said.

"You do realize my father isn't a big Cullen fan, right?" I asked. About the only one he actually liked. Then again, aside from Carlisle, Edward and Alice were the only ones he'd actually met. Still, I didn't see any conversation between him and a Cullen going smoothly.

"Well, that's okay. I'm not technically a Cullen. I was a Whitlock and am now a Hale. Cullen is nowhere in my name," Jasper said with a smirk.

I rolled my eyes. "You know what I mean. You are a part of the Cullen family. My father will dislike you on principal."

"Well, then I guess I'll just have to convince him to like me," he said.

Ugh, fine. I give up. It's your funeral. I'll see you later," I told him.

"Come on, I'll walk you out," Edward said.

"Not so fast, Edward," Jasper said as he took him by the arm to stop him. He then spoke in a serious and almost deadly quiet voice. "If I ever hear about you blackmailing Bella into marriage again, I'm going to be using your arm as a frisbee."

Edward gulped in fear before nodding that he understood.

"Really, Jasper? Was that really necessary?" I asked irritably. I couldn't deny that I was somewhat touched by it though. It was nice to have someone care enough that he would threaten your boyfriend with bodily harm. It was nice yet irritating at the same time.

"Yes, it really was," Jasper said matter-of-factly.

"Come on, let's go," Edward said before leading the way out of the room. "You know, Love, I know that you and Jasper being is really good for you, but I'm starting to think that it's going to be really, really bad for me."


A few hours later, I was at home working on my paper. I'd managed to gather enough information on the family without going back to when it was the Whitlock family. I didn't even have to lie either. I just spent most of the time talking about my mother's side of the family.

I was typing away at my computer when I heard a knock on the door. I knew it was Jasper, so I got up and made my way downstairs. Charlie was already halfway to the door when I got there.

"I got it, Bells. Go finish your paper," Charlie said as he made it to the door. He opened it and sure enough it was Jasper.

"Hello, Chief Swan. My name is Jasper Hale," Jasper greeted.

Charlie looked Jasper up and down. He did not look too impressed by him. "You're a Cullen."

If Jasper noticed the irritation Charlie showed while speaking to him, he didn't show it. "Well, it's Hale technically, but yes, the Cullens are my family."

Charlie turned to me. "Did you ask him to come here? Did you think I'd go easier on him if this guy came to talk to me?"

I snorted. "Trust me, if that's what I wanted, Jasper's the last one I would ask to come."

Jasper grinned at me in return before returning his gaze to Charlie. "I'm not here for Edward, sir. I wanted to come because Bella's important to me and I thought you and I should meet."

Charlie narrowed his eyes at Jasper suspiciously. "Important to you? Important to you how?"

"Oh, no, it's nothing like what you're thinking, sir. I just see her as family. We all do," Jasper said.

"Really? Is that why you left her?" Charlie asked bluntly.

"Dad," I groaned.

"No, it's okay, Bella. I understand how your father feels. I never wanted to leave, Chief Swan. None of us did," Jasper said.

"Right, and I understand that you couldn't help it. Your family moved. It happens, but to leave her like that? For your brother to just abandon her in the woods? She almost died!" Charlie practically growled.

"Dad, please stop," I begged. I didn't need him pissing Jasper off at Edward any more than he already was.

"I am in no way condoning what Edward did. I think he believed he was making it easier for Bella, but in reality, he was destroying her. I have made my displeasure about what he did known. Ask Bella, she'll tell you that I haven't been easy on him. In fact, just the other day at school, she was asking me to take it easy on him," Jasper said.

It was mostly true. I'd asked him to take it easy on Edward, but that had been today at their house. Telling my father that would've gotten me in trouble though, so I appreciated his white lie.

"And what did you say?" my father asked curiously.

"I said that I would go easier on him when he proved he deserved it," Jasper said.

Charlie slowly began to smile at Jasper. "Why don't you come on in, son?"

"Thank you, sir," Jasper said as he walked inside.

"So, Jasper is it? I must admit you have me intrigued. You seem to be taking my daughter's side over your brother's," Charlie said. By the look on his face, he was more than intrigued. He was satisfied.

"Well, he may be my brother, but I can't and won't condone what he did. Like I said, I've been hard on him and I will continue to be until he proves he deserves anything different," Jasper said.

I looked between my father and Jasper and scowled. This was unbelievable. Jasper and Charlie were hitting it off over their anger at Edward. It was infuriating!

"Would you like to stay for dinner, Jasper? I was gonna order pizza," Charlie said.

"I would love to. Thank you, Chief Swan," Jasper said politely.

"Charlie. For you, it's Charlie," he said before starting for the phone. Before he did though, he stopped next to me and whispered, "I like him."

"Yeah, you would," I said before looking at Jasper who was smiling. Just when I thought the urge to smack him was gone, it came back with a vengeance.