Hello everyone! I'm back! So sorry this took so long, I was keeping it for a while because I didn't really like it, but I had five hours in an airport yesterday and actually managed to turn it into a good chapter. Enjoy!
Jasper sleeps through the rest of the day and night, only stirring when the sun starts to peek over the horizon. He blinks sleepily, snuggling closer. "Good morning, sleepy," I chuckle. "How are you feeling now?"
He considers it for a moment before smiling up at me. "Pretty good, actually." Slowly, he sits up, stretching cautiously, his smile growing. "Well it's about time." He jumps up from the bed, pulling me up with him. "Let's go tell Carlisle."
I laugh, standing up. "Okay, but you might want to put pants on first."
He looks down, puzzled. "Why aren't I wearing any pants?"
I shrug. "You asked Alice to take them off."
"Why would I do that?"
"How should I know?" I laugh. "Just put some on and let's go."
When he's fully clothed, he pulls me down the hall to Carlisle's office, knocking on the open door. Carlisle looks up and smiles. "Well, look who's out of bed. I take it you're feeling better?"
"Yes, actually," Jasper replies, taking a seat in front of his desk, "Thanks to you."
"Well, I'm glad I was able to help. So what are you up to now? Going to go hunting again?"
Jasper hesitates for a moment. "Well, actually, I kind of wanted to talk to you about that first. What are the chances…" he trails off.
"Of it happening again?" Carlisle guesses. Jasper nods. "Funny you should ask. I've been thinking about that myself. For all the years that we've been doing this, you'd think we would have seen it before. Plenty of animals out there are rabid. I think what happened to you was something of a freak occurrence. The poison, which on its own would have made you feel ill for a bit, but wouldn't have been as bad as it was, probably allowed the rabies into your system. I think it was just a coincidence that the two things happened at once, which is why we don't see it very often. So the chances of you contracting it again are very low."
Jasper sighs, relieved. "Okay. Thank you for everything you did."
Carlisle smiles. "You don't have to thank me, Jasper. You're my son. I would fight for you the same way I'd fight for anyone else in this family. I care about you."
He nods. "I know that, but I also know I'm not always the easiest or most grateful patient." He hesitates for a moment. "Would you like to come with us? Hunting, I mean."
"I'd love to, Jazz." He stands from his desk chair and follows us outside. Jasper takes a deep breath before allowing his instincts to take over and running into the woods. Suddenly, he stops, crouching behind a tree, on the other side of which is a roaming herd of deer. He looks at Carlisle uncertainly, but Carlisle just nods encouragingly. Jasper turns back to the herd, springing out from his hiding spot and catching one. Carlisle watches him for a moment before capturing one himself and draining it neatly. When Jasper stands again, Carlisle smiles. "So how did it feel to get back out there again?"
Jasper smiles back. "Good, actually. Thanks."
"Of course," Carlisle replies easily. "Come on, let's get you back."
We head back to the house to find Esme sitting in the kitchen. "Jasper!" she exclaims happily, reaching out for him. "Feeling better?"
He nods, accepting her hug. "Yes. Thank you, Esme, for everything. It meant a lot to me."
She smiles, releasing him and leaning back against Carlisle, who wraps his arms around her waist. "Any time, Jasper. Oh, Seth, there's someone here to see you."
As if on cue, Lily enters the kitchen, walking arm-in-arm with Alice, who breaks away to wrap her arms around Jasper's neck, standing on the tips of her toes. "Hey stranger," she murmurs. "Feeling better?"
Lily smiles, leaning up to kiss my cheek. "I didn't know you were coming today," I say.
She laughs. "I thought I'd surprise you. Plus, I didn't come just for you. I came to see Alice. Why, are you not happy to see me?" she teases.
I grin, wrapping my arms around her waist and hugging her tightly, her feet lifting off the floor. "Of course I'm happy to see you," I murmur, kissing her softly before setting her down. "Let's take a walk." I look up to Jasper, who's keeping Alice pressed into his side. "You gonna be okay for a while?" I ask.
He nods. "I'll find some way to keep myself occupied," he answers, not taking his gaze from Alice.
"Thank you again, Lily," Alice calls out as we turn to leave. "I owe you one."
Lily smiles. "Any time, Alice." She threads her fingers through mine as we walk back out into the forest.
"What was that about?" I ask her curiously.
She shrugs. "She just needed someone to listen for a while. And as a fellow girl in love with a supernatural being, I thought I'd help her out." I frown, and she smiles. "Don't worry, Seth, she's okay. She was just stressed out about Jasper, and how she couldn't help him. But she's feeling better now."
I nod. "That was nice of you."
"I guess. I understand what it's like, feeling like everything is so much bigger than you, and so out of your control. It can be overwhelming. She just needed a friend."
I glance over at her as we walk. "Do you feel like that often?"
She smiles, wrapping her arms around my waist. "You're worrying again. No, I don't feel like that often, but it can be overwhelming sometimes. I don't mind though. The trade-off is pretty great."
I chuckle, pulling her closer. "Yeah, it is, isn't it?"
She nods. "So how are you doing, now that he's okay?" she asks, sitting down at the edge of the river.
"I'm alright," I answer, sitting beside her and pulling her against my side. "I'm glad he's alright, but it gave me a lot to think about."
"Like what?" Lily asks.
I shrug. "I guess I always kind of thought of him as indestructible. Now I realize that he could die, just like the rest of us."
"I think we do that with a lot of people," she murmurs. "Our parents, our friends. We never want to believe that anything will happen to them. But it really just means that we have to enjoy what time we have with them. Do you think he's going to be okay?"
I consider it. "I think so. He's been through worse than that."
She nods. "I hope you're right. If this whole situation made you question his mortality, I can only imagine what it did to him."
"I know it scared him a bit," I admit. "It scared all of us. But I think it also made him realize what you said about enjoying the time we have."
Lily nods again before turning to look at me. "Alright, no more sad stuff. We've have enough of that. I brought you something."
I smile. "Oh? And what might that be?"
She grins, leaning up to kiss me softly before reaching into her bag and pulling out a cupcake. "Alice and Esme and I made them this morning. They like to decorate, but they can't taste them, so I helped."
"You've had that the whole time?" I chuckle, taking it from her.
"I know," she laughs. "I'm surprised you didn't smell it before. Usually you can sense food a mile away."
"A mile and a half, actually," I tease her lightly. "And I think since it's your birthday tomorrow, you should help me eat it."
She rolls her eyes, but laughs. "Like you ever need help eating anything. Alright then, we'll split it." I cut it in half, handing her a piece. When she's not paying attention, I dip my finger into the icing and put it on her nose. "Seth!" she squeals, pretending to be angry.
I give her an innocent look. "It was an accident!"
"Liar!" she shoots back, wiping it off her nose and eating it. "Tasty though."
I chuckle, finishing my half of the cupcake before reaching into my pocket. "Actually, speaking of your birthday, I thought I'd give you your present a little early."
She smiles, excitement lighting up her eyes. "What is it?" she asks eagerly. I pull it out, a necklace with a little silver wolf pendent. She gasps softly, reaching out to touch it. "Seth, it's beautiful," she murmurs. I smile, fastening the chain around her neck. She grins before tackling me in a hug. I could have stayed upright, but I fall back beneath her anyway, hugging her against my chest. "Thank you, Seth. I love it."
"I'm glad you like it," I reply, kissing her cheek softly. "I was so worried I took Alice with me to the mall."
She laughs. "Yikes. You must have really be worrying then."
I shrug. "I just wanted something perfect. You've been so incredible about the whole wolf thing, and the vampire thing, and…everything. I just wanted something that would remind you how much I love you."
"I always know that, silly," she smiles. "But I appreciate it." she kisses me softly, her arms wrapping around my neck. "You are the best boyfriend ever, you know that?"
I grin. "Yeah, I know."
She laughs. "Don't let it get to your head. You're still coming to the party tomorrow, right?"
"I wouldn't miss it for the world," I assure her.
She smiles. "Good. My parents really want to meet you."
"Oh, actually, I think something just came up," I tease lightly. She smacks my arm and I laugh. "I'll be there."
"Everyone else is welcome too." She sighs happily resting her head against my chest. "You know, I really like your family. Both of them."
I smile. "Yeah, I'm pretty fond of them myself."
She stares at me for a minute. "You're back," she remarks.
""What do you mean?" I ask.
She shrugs. "Before, you were so worried all the time. I missed seeing my happy Seth. But now you're smiling again. I like it."
I grin, kissing her nose. "Good. I missed it too."
She smiles. "Are you really nervous about meeting my parents?" she asks.
"Of course I am!" I answer. "It's the most terrifying thing I've ever done. And I've done a lot if terrifying things."
She laughs. "Aww. Don't worry, I'm sure they'll love you just as much as I do. They already like you."
"Why's that?" I ask. "They haven't met me."
"No," she agrees, "But they've noticed how much happier I am since I found you." She pauses. "Don't be scared if my dad pulls out his old hunting rifle. He's never actually shot anything with it."
I chuckle. "That's comforting. Come on, let's go back."
Back in the kitchen, we sit across from Carlisle and Esme. "Are you coming to the party tomorrow?" Lily asks.
"Of course we are," Esme assures her. "We wouldn't miss it."
"You aren't worried we'll eat your family?" Emmett teases from the couch.
Lily laughs. "I probably should be, shouldn't I? But honestly, I'm not worried at all."
Yay! We needed some good times after all of that! Please remember to review, it inspires me!