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Time slowed down. Everything around the alpha seemed to still. Jacob could feel the red haze slowly blanketing his mind, consuming him. This man had dared to come into the alpha's home and touch his mate. No one had a right to Isabella except him. No one. Jacob could hear the sharp protests of his brother and his pack members in his head but nothing seemed to reach him.
Adding to the anger that was already soaring in his mind was the protest he could hear in Isabella's mind. Randy was touching her, kissing her. And it felt…wrong.
His grip on her was too tight. Jacob's was always perfect. His lips, trying to force hers to part felt sloppy and cold, where Jacob's lips always lit a firestorm in her bloodstream. She wanted Randy's hands off of her.
She'd been so excited to see him originally but now that he was here and touching her, she wanted him back in New York as soon as was humanly possible. She could feel the anger seething in Jacob. She felt his wolf taking control, the only thing preventing Jacob from attacking Randy was the fact that Isabella still remained in his arms and Jacob wouldn't risk hurting her. Not for any reason.
When Randy finally released Isabella, Jacob let out a growl from deep within his chest. No one in the room could miss the fact that Embry had repositioned himself to meet an attack from Jacob in case he lost full control. Paul on the other hand had positioned himself to aid Jacob if necessary. Embry sent him a sharp look in warning.
"You will not interfere." Embry commanded Paul. It wasn't very often he used his authority as beta but there were so many ways this could go wrong. In this instance Paul's quick temper would not be tolerated.
"Jacob?" Isabella's voice in his mind instantly drew both his attention and his wolf's. "I know you're angry and I know he had no right to touch me but I beg you to remember that he doesn't yet know that I belong to you. I'm going to tell him now but Jacob I need you with me. You have to come back to me. I'll never let him take me from you. Come back my heart. I need you."
Jacob felt himself slowly returning to awareness. His wolf was very reluctantly allowing Jacob control of himself. Isabella could feel Jacob's warmth, love and comfort slowly filling her mind. She visibly relaxed and allowed herself to slip away from Randy, knowing her close proximity had been the only thing keeping him safe.
"Forgive me my sweetheart." Jacob whispered softly.
"There is nothing to forgive. I never should have allowed him to come here. This is my fault." Jacob could hear the deep regret in Isabella's voice and he instantly sent her thoughts of comfort and forgiveness.
Isabella felt like an utter fool. Jacob had warned her of this. He'd told her how much his wolf needed her and how afraid he was of losing her. But she didn't listen. Jacob could have killed Randy for kissing her, she knew that in his mind he'd come very close to doing so. It would have been no one's fault but her own. Randy didn't belong there. She did love him but not anywhere close to the capacity in which it had been. There wasn't room for him in her life or in her heart. She knew that already so why this? Why allow him to come there and place everyone in Jacob's care in danger? If Jacob had felt that he was losing Isabella he would have harmed anyone to keep her, including Embry if he'd chosen to interfere; which he clearly had planned to do. This was stupid. Isabella was no better than Shea.
"My love, you are being too hard on yourself. You are nothing like her. I don't blame you, never that. I am asking so much of you in such a short time. Of course you are trying to hold on to the things and people that are familiar to you. I should have had more control. I know the way he feels about you. I should have been expecting him to react in that way. I should have prepared my wolf. This one is on me sweetheart."
"We both know that is not the truth. This…is all me." She made a move to go around Embry to stand at Jacob's side.
He immediately pulled her into his arms and into a very passionate kiss. Isabella was lost the moment his lips touched hers. Jacob growled when he tasted the other man on her lips but that fierce growl only produced a moan from Isabella. She threw her arms around his neck and gave herself over to his control.
He kissed her thoroughly. He kissed her until she was breathless, kissed her until she felt her knees would give out under the weight of his passion for her. When they finally broke apart and Isabella caught a look at Randy's face, it was epic.
"Bella? What is this? Who is this man?" Randy almost sounded like a spoiled child, his lip poked out like a toddler who's just had his favorite toy taken away.
"Jacob Black." Jacob said confidently. "Welcome to my home Mr. Fowler. Or do you prefer Officer Fowler? It is a pleasure to have you visit with us. My Isabella has been very excited to see her dear friend." Jacob made sure to put special emphasis on the word "friend". He wanted to make it clear that whatever Randy had shared with Isabella in the past was more than over.
"Your Isabella? Her dear friend?" Randy was at a lost for words. "Bella what is going on here? Who is this?"
"This Jacob, Randy. My fiancé." Isabella pulled herself closer to Jacob, allowing him to wrap her in the shelter of his strong arms.
"Fiancé? What are you talking about? You've been here less than a month! You don't know anything about him! What are you thinking? And what about us?"
"What about us? Randy, you and I have not been in a relationship for a long time and I told you I only wanted to be friends. I made that very clear." Isabella was very sure about that. She did love Randy but she hadn't wanted a serious relationship. She was focused on her career.
"Bella, you told me you didn't want to be with me because you wanted to focus on work. And now you're standing here telling me you're engaged to some man you just met!" Isabella flinched at Randy's harsh tone.
"Mr. Fowler, while I realize you are upset by Isabella news I must insist that you cease taking that tone of voice with her. She does not belong to you and therefore in all honesty she does not owe you any explanations about her decision to marry me. She is offering you explanations as a courtesy only. I am allowing it because she feels as if you deserve to know the truth but do not test the level of my patience."
Jacob's expression never changed and his voice never rose in anger but something about his tone had Randy nearly frozen in fear. When he looked at Randy the man saw death in eyes, the desire to kill. Randy could take a hint. Jacob Black was letting him know in no uncertain terms that Isabella Swan was off limits. There was something about this entire situation that wasn't right. Jacob Black oozed power and control. You could tell from the house that he was wealthy, probably drowning in money. What in the world did a man like that want with Isabella? She was beautiful of course. But Bella was simple. Even living in New York and working in fashion, meeting some of the most famous people in the word she'd never been impressed by money or status. What made this man so different? He'd done something to Bella. He was somehow forcing her to be here with him and Randy wasn't going to rest until he got to the bottom of it.
"Forgive me Mr. Black if I sounded harsh. Bella is a very good friend of mine and I care about her safety. I wasn't aware that she was looking to get married so this is all catching me by surprise." Randy was trying to sound polite but he really just wanted to drag Bella out of there and demand she tell him the truth.
"I'm not sure that Isabella was necessarily looking to get married because I know I certainly had no plans on it. But when we met the chemistry between us was undeniable. The way I feel about her goes far beyond the definition of love. She is my everything."
Randy wanted to vomit. But as he looked at Bella staring into the eyes of Jacob Black, looking at the man as if he'd hung the stars in the sky he felt anger. He'd been in Bella's life for years; supported her, provided her with comfort. He'd been everything to her, hoping that when she decided to spend her life with someone it would be him. He'd come to that god forsaken place to bring Bella home and that was exactly what he planned to do. No one was going to stop him from getting out there, least of all her new annoying fiancé Jacob Black.
And there we have it! See I didn't make you guys wait too long this time did I? How stupid Randy must be to try and take the alpha's woman. I hope that you all enjoyed that and I very much look forward to hearing your thoughts.
I like to say this every now and again…thank you so much to everyone who is reading and reviewing, even those who read and don't review. I really appreciate you guys for all of your continued support. I'm really considering taking this story and revamping it a bit and putting it out there in the world a bit. I think we need some good werewolf books, vampires are taking over. Give me your thoughts on the matter. I know you guys will be honest with me.