AN: I was going through my reviews and I noticed that how Renee is actually spelt so thank you!
Lost Betwixt Worlds thank you so much for the review and correcting me on Renee's last name and I'm pretty open to your ideas :) Also BriMary6714 no Charlie and Renee don't know their vampires. I've been trying to be extremely careful about some of the things Jasper says but when he's in Major mode he really doesn't watch what he's saying.
Warning! A very human Marcus in this one, oh and when you picture him don't picture him as that really old guy that played him. Picture a more sophisticated and a tiny bit older Alex O'Loughlin (The main guy from Hawaii Five O) Also important question at the end.
I am so sorry about the super long delay Christmas kicked my ass then I got sick. Anyway on with it...
I wiped my eyes and whispered, "Thank you."
"Anytime Darlin'." I knew that Jasper was back with that sentence.
"I'm so sorry about what Rene said."
"Shh it's okay." Jasper whispered.
I sniffed and laid my head in the crook of his neck. "You know it's going to get worse?"
Jasper sighed and said, "Well we will deal with this together."
I smiled and kissed the side of his neck. "Together."
When Isabella was completely calmed back down we went downstairs and as soon as we entered the living room Charlie jumped up to his feet. "Bells I think we need to talk."
I watched them walk outside together and stood at the french doors watching them. Peter came up to me and rested a hand on my shoulder. "Thanks for jumping to defend us like that." He said very quietly.
I rested my hand on his shoulder as well. "I'll always defend you and Char and now Isabella to the very end. I'm just sorry that I brought up some things that you guys would rather not remember."
"Hey man it's alright. I know that you don't like to remember as well." Peter was quick to say.
Just then Charlotte came to my other side and wrapped an arm around my waist and I put an arm over her shoulder. We presented ourselves as a solid unit like always. "No need to feel bad Jaz. You got us out of there and that is the best thing that anyone could ever had done for us. You showed us a different path even when you were lost and didn't have anyone to lean on yourself." She leaned her head against my shoulder as Peter tightened his hold on my shoulder. "Me and Peter always had each other and you to lean on and look for guidance and comfort with. You didn't really have anyone."
"I had you two." I defended.
"Not really Jasper. You were really to busy taking care of us and making sure we didn't die. It's always been that way." Peter said quietly.
I shrugged. "I liked doing that. You two matter to me."
"We know that Jasper. We aren't ungrateful or anything but we are so unbelievably relieved that you have Bella because even though you are a solitary man and take great joy and pride in taking care of others you finally have someone to take care of you. You have someone to lean on and someone to comfort you. You can never go wrong with Bella she will always be there for you. She is your constant." Charlotte said.
The emotions that were coming off of them nearly brought me to my knees. I squeezed Charlotte closer to me and tightened my hold on Peter. "You know I feel the same gratefulness for you two. If it wasn't for you Peter and later you Charlotte I would have been lost in Maria's clutches forever."
We stood there for a long time staring out at Isabella and her father, not hearing their conversation, lost in our own thoughts. I was constantly feeding off of Peter and Charlotte's emotions and feeding it back to them in a cycle and it was one of the best things I've ever felt.
After a while Isabella and her father came back in but we didn't move. We gave slight nods to them and continued to stand there. I knew that Isabella understood when she sent me her understanding, thankfulness, and love back to me. I closed my eyes and absorbed the feelings. I could hear people chatting quietly in the background, no one wanting to interrupt us, which we were very grateful for. Finally we broke up and I pulled Charlotte in for a hug and a quick kiss on the forehead and Peter and I just grasped forearms in understanding.
We went to where everyone else was and I made a beeline for Isabella, she was sitting next to her dad. I put my arm around her and she instantly curled into my side, tucking her head under my chin. I smiled and rested my hand on top of her head. There was a bit of a lull in conversation as Renee and Charlie took this in, Charlie with a smile, Renee with a slight sneer, but it was soon picked up and we spent a long time talking. Esme bringing out snacks and Charlie, Isabella, and Renee eating, with us pretending too.
It was late afternoon when a few familiar scents filled my nose. I slightly stiffened and Isabella looked up at me. A quick glance around the room told me that the scents weren't unnoticed by anyone else. We waited a minute or so and then there was a knock on the door. Esme went to go answer it and there standing at the door was no other then Marcus. Of course he was looking bored as always, but it was a surprise to see him there. "Marcus." Esme said respectfully.
He nodded and swept into the house. When he entered the room all us vampires politely greeted him. He stared impassively at us until his gaze landed on Isabella. We were all floored to see a slight smiled on his face. "Hello Marcus." she said.
He gracefully walked over to where Isabella was sitting and picked up her hand and laid a kiss on the back of it. "Hello Little One."
I do believe all us vampires jaws dropped. Confusion was coming off of Isabella in waves, and I was too astonished to be jealous that Marcus was still holding her hand. Just then Renee opened her ginormous mouth and asked rather rudely, "Who are you?"
I almost snarled at her, only Isabella's calming hand on my arm calmed me enough to only let out a quiet growl.
Marcus turned to face her with a raised eyebrow. "If you had been listening when I came in you would have already known who I was as the lovely Esme had already said my name. However, you obviously missed that but again the young Isabella has said my name loud enough for you to hear but yet you still ask?"
I wanted to laugh at the look on Renee's face. "My name is Marcus." He said then turned away from her dismissing her from his sight. He turned to face Charlie and closed his eyes for a second before reopening then he appeared to be looking at things that weren't there. Which is what he was actually doing. I assumed that he was looking at Charlie's lines. His eyes followed the line that went to Esme and then the one that went to Isabella, then he did something I never thought I would see. When he focused on the lines of Isabella his eyes widened and his mouth dropped open a bit.
I cleared my throat a little and asked, "Marcus? You okay?"
He seemed to pull himself together and looked at me. "Whitlock, come I have things to discuss with you."
My first thought was good things or bad things but he was back to being impassive so I couldn't get a read on his emotions, which was annoying. I kind of wanted to punch him in the face but that would probably be a bad choice on my part. We walked over to a corner of the room and I stood waiting for him to start. "Fist thing, I want to talk to you about the three." I immediately stood up straighter and paid more attention. "The little one, Alice, well lets just say she's finally on the pedestal that she always wanted to be on. Well at least her head is." I felt like fist pumping it up but I held on to my dignity. "Carlisle has been spending time with dear little Jane. She wants to see if she can drive a vampire insane." I almost broke down laughing at that one. "Edward has been spending a lot of time with Caius and he's bringing back some of your methods. Starting from the toes up. Santiago has his fun with him too."
I just lost all my dignity, I started fist pumping it up and yelled, "YES!" See toes up is breaking off body parts, starting with the toes and burning them in front of the vampire. It's terrible, torture that can last years. Oh and it's painful that and Santiago is gay and I have the feeling Edward's going to know what it feels like to be violated.
I did not care that everyone was staring at me. "God Marcus if I wasn't with Isabella, and was gay, and if you wouldn't drop kick my ass I would so kiss you right now!"
The amusement in the house went up and I was almost giggling like a school girl but Marcus had me beat. He laughed! Straight up laughed. The amusement changed to shock in like three seconds and it almost knocked me on my ass. "Thanks for that. I hadn't laughed like that in years!" Marcus said when he finished laughing.
I finally picked my jaw up off the ground. "No problem."
He seemed to notice that everyone was looking at us so he faced the room and said, "Carry on." He turned back to me and then turned serious again. "The next thing I want to talk to you about would be your mate, Isabella."
I was instantly tense. "what about her?"
"Relax it's nothing bad. I just wanted to talk about her lines."
I relaxed a bit then curiosity set in. "What about them? Are they different then everyone elses?"
"In a way, yes they are. She has more lines then I have ever seen in a person before, vampire or not. And her lines are strong, the bonds she forms are more likely then not forever. And the bond between you two is the most amazing one that I have ever seen. It's this bright crimson shrouded in golden light and it glows. I don't think it could be severed at all."
My eyes got continuously wider through his explanation and by the time he was done I was feeling such a warm, loved feeling that I couldn't help but let it ease out of me and to everyone else. "That's amazing."
Marcus nodded. "Agreed. It's almost like she draws people to her. I think that she could easily manipulate people if she wanted too."
"Isabella isn't like that." I said. He just nodded and turned to study the lady in question. I was a bit curious so I asked, "Do you have a line to Isabella?"
He nodded absently. "Mmmhmm. My line indicates fatherly love for her."
I chuckled a bit. "Charlie's not going to like that one."
Marcus shrugged. "I don't care."
"So why did you decide to come all the way here?" I asked Marcus turned to look at me and cocked an eyebrow. "Well it's just that you really could have called over the phone to give us news on the three twats."
"Yes I could have done that but I wanted a chance to observe the Little One and to speak with her and the last time I was here I felt a slight pull."
"Like the mating pull?" He nodded. "I thought that you already had your mate?"
"Didyme was not my mate. She was my companion for a long time, we had grown to love each other like mates."
"I did not know that."
"Not many people do. So I'm going to be staying in the area for a while."
"This is going to be weird." I muttered.
"No it wont be. I am going to be sure to stay out of the way."
I rolled my eyes. "In case you haven't noticed this is a very small town, you need to come up with a cover story to stay here."
He sighed. "I'm a friend of your father's and I wanted to come to see how you and Peter were doing."
I was silent for a moment. "That's a good one."
"Well then. I'm going to take my leave now." Marcus shook my hand then went around to everyone to say goodbye, kissing Isabella on the hand, "Goodbye for now Little One."
Then he was out the door. Everyone was silent for a moment before Renee said, "that was kind of creepy?"
"What was creepy about that?" Charlotte asked.
"Well he seemed to have an unhealthy interest in Bella. I mean he's got to be as old as Charlie!"
"Add about a couple thousand years and you'd be close." Peter muttered loud enough for only the vampires to hear. It took all my willpower not to snort.
"He didn't have an unhealthy interest in her. I think I would have noticed." I said with a little bit of heat in my voice.
Renee just scoffed. "Renee enough." Charlie said.
"No not enough!" she practically screeched.
Before anything else could be said I cut in, "Isabella reminds Marcus of his dead daughter."
Renee looked at a lost for what to say. "And the only reason she got a kiss on the hand is because he's Italian they do that a lot over there. And again she was singled out because of that little fatherly feeling he's got there." Rose said.
Renee opened and closed her mouth a couple of times. "W-well where did he even come from? Was he just staring in the front window and said hey that girl looks like my dead daughter I think I'll go in."
I wanted to hit myself on the head. God she was stupid!
"No. Marcus is an old friend of mine and Jasper's father. He was coming to visit us. Do you have a problem with that?" Peter asked slowly to make sure she got it all.
She rolled her eyes and crossed her arms over her chest. "Whatever."
We all rolled our eyes at her and turned away. "So where are Aro and Caius? Usually they don't go anywhere alone?" Esme asked.
Renee snorted and we all ignored her. "His brothers stayed in Volturra. Marcus is looking for something and we had some things to discuss anyway." I said.
"So is he staying for a while?" Isabella asked.
"Of course Darlin'."
She smiled a brilliant smiled. "Great! He seems really nice and I want to get to know him better. He seems to lonely."
"That's very nice of you Bells." Charlie said.
She turned to smile at him. "Thanks daddy."
Renee snorted again. "I still say he's a creeper and don't come crying to me when somethings happens."
All of our jaws dropped as we looked at her in disbelief. "How dare you accuse someone of something like that?!" Everyone could hear the thinly disguised anger in Esme's voice. "You have no right to judge him. Jasper has known Marcus longer then half of his life. He would know."
Renee snorted again. "He doesn't exactly keep the best company." She muttered.
"That's it. Get out of my house!" She didn't raise her voice. In fact she lowered it, but that tone was scary as hell. Renee looked at her in disbelief. "You heard me get you. Ever since you walked in here, you have had something bad to say about everyone. Even your own daughter and frankly I am tired of it. So I want you out of my house! Now!"
She started at Esme for a second then got up and stormed outside screaming, "Let's go Charlie!"
Charlie seemed to deflate. "I forgot I drove her."
"Oh that sucks! I'd hate to be you right now!" Emmett said.
Charlie turned a glare to him and Esme stepped up and said, "Just come back right after."
He nodded. "Yeah but it's still going to suck."
Isabella gave him a kiss on the cheek. "Be strong. Or put some earplugs in. I know you keep some in your car."
He fist pumped once. "Yes! This is why I love you so much! You got the greatest ideas!"
She rolled her eyes. "Yes I know. Now go before she burns your car down."
"She wouldn't." He said then paused to think. His eyes got comically wide. "Shit I'll be back!" And he practically ran to his car.
"Yeah I know Renee's a bit psycho." Isabella said.
There was really no way around it because she really was. We were about to say something when Isabella's phone rang. "Hello?" She answered.
"Hey Bella, do you think you could come to the game?" Angela asked.
"Why?" She asked.
"Please! Jessica and Lauren dragged me here so they could drool over Mike and Tyler. Please I'm begging you. I've lost like a hundred brain cells already and it's been like fifteen minutes!"
She snorted. "That sucks. Yeah I'll come."
"Oh my god! I love you and your lucky I'm not a lesbian because I'd show you!" Angela squealed.
Isabella blushed bright red. "Angela!"
"damn that would be hot!" Emmett said and Peter agreed.
"Sorry Bella. I'll see you in a bit then." then the phone hung up.
Isabella's cheeks still hadn't cooled all the way when she turned to look at us. "come on Jasper let's go."
I chuckled at her expression and threw my arm over her shoulder. "Alright Darlin'."
Twenty minutes later I was ready to scream and Isabella and Angela didn't look any better. "how can you guys do this?" I asked.
"It's torture." Angela said.
"Can we leave?" I asked.
"Oh God please!" Isabella said.
Angela sighed. "I didn't drive."
"You can come with us. Let's go." I said, standing up.
I would have run out of there at vampire speed but that would have been incredibly stupid and there was no way in hell was I leaving Isabella alone with all that testosterone. When we were finally outside Isabella said, "Why don't we go get something to eat?"
I shrugged. "Let's go."
"Come with us Ange."
She nodded and ten minutes later we were sitting in a dinner eating some nasty smelling food. Well I wasn't really eating because there was no way I was spitting that up later. I kept the girls entertained with stories about Peter, Char and me. Soon Peter and Charlotte showed up and slid into the booth with us, along with Emmett and Rose. I looked at them and raised an eyebrow. They all shrugged. "We got bored." Emmett said.
I rolled my eyes. "Yeah so you decided to come here?"
Peter shrugged. "Little Bit is fun."
Isabella glared at Peter. "Don't call me that! I am not little!"
I, unlike everyone else, was smart enough to hide my laughter. "Bell you're like a foot shorter then me and like a hundred pounds soaking wet." Emmett said. "You're scrawny!"
Isabella's glare intensified. "I am not scrawny!" When they laughed at her I felt her emotions start to go everywhere. They went from anger, to sadness, to disgust, to embarrassment and back. I was concerned.
She stood up with a huff and started walking back towards the bathrooms. "Darlin'!" I called but she just ignored me.
Angela stood up. "I got this one."
We all watched her walk back and even though we knew that it was rude, we were all listening in.
We heard the door open and a little bit of shuffling then Angela's voice rang, "Bella?"
"Hey Angie." Isabella said and we could all hear how sad she was feeling and it was killing me to stay seated.
"What's the matter?" Angela asked. I could almost picture Isabella shrugging. "Come on you can tell me."
"It's kind of lame."
"If it upsets you it's not lame." Angela reassured her.
We all heard a big sigh then Isabella started speaking, "It's just that I could see Jasper trying not to laugh when Emmett called me scrawny. Does he think me unattractive?" Where the hell did that question come from? "I mean I know I'm little and all boney but he's never said anything before."
Angela sighed. "Bella he doesn't think that." It was silent for a long moment and I assumed Angela was studying Bella. "You have really strong body image issues don't you?" There were sniffles and I knew that Isabella was crying. "Hey, shh. It's okay." Angela whispered.
Emmett and Peter were smacked upside the heads by their mates angrily and they didn't even protest. I was too shocked to even say anything. "When did this start?" Angela asked gently.
Isabella sniffed a couple of more times before answering. "I started to develop before all the other girls and they started to tease me horribly for it. I thought something needed to change and I found a way to do it." there was a pause then she continued, "However skinny I got it was never enough. I didn't really have a lot of friends because I kept changing schools because my mom was always moving around so no one noticed. Until one day when I was sixteen my friend Callie was very worried and she knew that something was wrong. She along with the school nurse, her parents, and a couple other friends staged I guess and intervention and confronted me. It took me a long time to get over it and finally become comfortable in my skin however when I came here and started dating Edward he always controlled what I was eating and things like that. I guess it's just coming back."
It was silent for a long time before Angela said, "I'm so proud of you."
"W-what?" Isabella was almost floored with shock.
"Do you have any idea how strong you are? It takes a lot of courage and strength to even admit your wrong with something like that and to want to change? That's unbelievable. Don't worry I got your back this time." Angela said.
Everyone finally stopped listening in and we all looked at one another in shock. "I had no idea!" Peter whispered.
"I never even guessed that Bella was like that." Charlotte said.
"That's why it was so easy for Edward to control her." Rose said quietly. "She was already having issues and some low self-esteem and Edward swoops down and starts to woo her. It was almost too easy." Rose sounded like she wanted to hit herself.
"Well now that we know. We can all help." Emmett said.
We all agreed. "But you guys can't treat her any differently. You have to subtly do it." I said.
They agreed and we waited for the two girls to come back to the table. Angle slid in and Isabella was going to sit next to her when I grabbed her arm and sat her on my lap. I put my arms around her waist and brought her in close. I leaned down to whisper in her ear, "I heard what was said in the bathroom" She stiffened and I could tell she wanted to bolt. "And it doesn't change how I feel about you." she relaxed. "And if it helps I think you are the sexiest most beautiful woman in the world and nothing will change that."
She turned to smile and me and give me a light peck on the lips. "I love you Jasper."
I tightened my hold on her. "I love you too Darlin'."
Wow okay so this chapter kind of took on a life of it's own. So how did you guys like it? What did you guys think of Bella's little problem? Believable? Anyway so were they in the bathroom alone? Or was one of Jessica or Lauren's friends in their or the hag bitches themselves? And don't worry Renee is leaving in the next chapter. Esme's gonna kick her ass! I'm just kidding...or am I? Anyway I would love to hear some idea's about who Marcus' mate should be. I want her to be Bella's age and I want it to be one of her friends. So that leaves Angela or an OC. Tell me what you think of that idea or if you don't even like the idea. I don't really have his mate planned so maybe I'm willing to change my ideas. :) Review please!