Disclaimer: I'm STILL not SM…go figure! I'm just taking out her toys and playing with them.
AN: LOL…I'm guessing maybe people weren't thrilled with the last chapter? Thanks to the few of you that DID review! Anyway, out of the ones that reviewed, oddly enough, most of you had the same idea for powers! When it comes time for his change, I promise, I'm keeping a list of everyone and their ideas! But you guys have REALLY sparked my imagination and it's going to be tough picking just ONE power for him to have!
ABOUT MY NOVEL: I've finished first edits and have rewritten the ending which is much more happy-happy, joy-joy than the first one, which kind of left you hanging. The thing is…I'm SO not done with these first characters, but the second set need to go find their adventure. *sigh* Anyway, I'll be sending it to BLilTXgrl to read soon and then she can critique it. I love it when she does that. LOL. Seriously. She's a God-send, peeps! Love that girlie!
Wow, I thought derisively as I all but stumbled through my door. What a shitty day this one has been! I sank into my recliner not even bothering to take off my gun or equipment belt and dropping my head back, I sighed as I thought about everything that had transpired over the past twelve hours of my day.
First, it started with oversleeping. I have never overslept. My body has its own internal alarm clock that has never once failed me. But…I guess spending half the night out at my in-law's, learning way more about them than I ever wanted to, I suppose I was due to oversleep just this once. My secretary, Marjorie, called me when I didn't show, to make sure I was still alive, I'm sure, and I had to haul ass in.
Once I arrived at work, good ole' Marge handed me my coffee before I proceeded to walk straight into Mark, spilling my piping hot beverage all over me and my uniform, burning myself in the process. It wouldn't have been bad if it weren't for the fact I was also dripping wet. Naturally, this meant I had to go straight back home to change clothes and drop my soiled uniform off at the dry cleaner to get the stains out.
The second time I made it in, I had to deal with the newest crop of shit that came with being the town chief of police…Mrs. Newton called to say someone had thrown a rock through the store window. I sent Mark out about it and then she called back, quite irritated that I hadn't personally handled such an offense. After reassuring her Mark was more than capable in handling details of the broken window, Mr. Webber came in hauling his twin boys, both who admitted to throwing the rock in the first place. After dealing with them and all of the paperwork, I received a phone call from Bella, making sure I was thinking about what we'd talked about…as if I could think about anything else!
Lunch finally rolled around and after eating a crappy sandwich Mark had brought back from some new deli that opened in town, Marjorie informed me that "The Quileute Chief" wanted to speak to me. With a sigh, I answered to an irate Billy Black, who, apparently really is no worse than an old gossiping woman, because he somehow got last night's conversation from Jacob or Leah or Sam or someone, and was raising holy hell about me even considering doing…whatever I wanted to call this changeover. That led to a horrific fight and him hanging up on me. Well, one good thing about that, at least I wouldn't have to be the one to tell Sue I was considering becoming a…vampire. There, I thought it. I had, throughout the day, wondered if last night was a dream or something, but considering Bella and then Billy's call, I had to accept it…not only was my daughter and her whole family vampires, but they wanted me to join their coven. Yes, my life had surely turned on its head.
A knock sounded on my door bringing me back to present and with a weary sigh, I accepted the fact that I was too tired to go open it. "Come on in," I called and Jake popped his head in.
"Hey, Charlie, you okay?"
My eyebrow rose and he laughed. "Bella's eyebrow does that exact same thing. Nessie's does too."
I smiled at that. "Did you, uh, happen to say anything to anybody on the Rez, Jacob?"
"No…not that I…" he paused, then, "Damn it!" he growled in exclamation. He dropped the grocery bags he was holding onto the floor. "Charlie, I'm so sorry. I went for a run earlier and it completely slipped my mind that Sam could hear me. Since he's Alpha of the other pack, we can communicate. Usually we stay out of each other's heads, but I guess he was being nosy and…" he paused at my incredulous expression. "What?"
"You two can communicate telepathically?" I know my voice rose an octave or two. "Is that like Edward can do?"
His lip turned up in disgust. "No, it's nothing like Mr. High And Mighty. When we are in wolf form, we talk to one another and can see each other's thoughts. Edward can hear us then, too, and that helps out on occasion. But since Sam is Alpha of the other pack, I can hear him and he can hear me. Our packs can't intermingle thoughts anymore though."
I blinked a few times as I processed this new information. "I have the feeling I need to know everything before I change."
"Are you doing it, then?" he asked me, and I wasn't sure, but it seemed as though his tone were hopeful.
"You sound more excited about it than your father does, Jacob," I told him.
He shrugged. "Like I said last night, I want Nessie to be happy. She loves you more than you realize, Charlie. But Dad on the other hand…eh, well, let's not go there. So, are you? Going to go through the change?"
I took in a breath and nodded. "I shouldn't, not when so many people die without the option, but…I just got Bella back a few years ago. Call me selfish, but I don't want to let her go anytime soon."
Jake smiled sadly. "That doesn't sound selfish to me, Charlie. I told you, I'd do the same thing."
Something had been bothering me all day and I had to ask it. "Jake, you said you and Ness were…whatever, last night, right?"
"I assume since she's part…Edward's…" I couldn't bring myself to say 'vampire' out loud, "Then she'll be…like them, right?"
He nodded again.
"Okay, but what happens when you die?"
He sounded so sure, I almost didn't press on, but I had to make sure my granddaughter wouldn't get her heart broken years down the road. "But you will age…won't you?"
He shook his head. "It's a wolf thing. See, we stop aging until our imprints turn of age, but then, we kind of hover in limbo until we decide to stop phasing. When we stop phasing, we start aging. I'll just never stop phasing." He chuckled. "It'll be easy living with a person who's part vampire."
"And children?" I queried.
At that, he scratched his head. "Ah, uh…I'm not sure. I think Carlisle and Edward have talked to Nahuel's sisters, but they're keeping me in the dark about offspring…and I'm kinda glad. No use in getting our hopes up prematurely. Besides, Ness is still a kid. She's gotta grow up first."
"But if it were possible?"
He rubbed his jaw. "I wouldn't risk her, Charlie. Bella will have to tell you what she went through to have Nessie."
At that, I gasped. "You mean it wasn't a normal pregnancy? I realize it went quickly, since, well, since she's here and everything, but didn't things go like a normal baby's growth would, just accelerated?"
Jake shook his head and chuckled flatly. "Not even close."
I shot him a look. "Again, something I need to know, right?"
He thought a moment, then nodded. "Yeah. Especially if you pull and Edward and fall in love with a human. Vampire dudes can breed. That's a scary thought. Though, it explains a few legends we have heard about in the past."
"I won't fall in love with a human, Jacob," I promised him. My heart was broken once by Renee, and now, again, by the fact that Sue wouldn't want to be with me and I had burned that bridge anyway.
Jake laughed out loud. "Now that one, I wouldn't bet on, Charlie. I know now it'll be tough and all, but the future is kinda endless now. Who knows what may happen?"
I pursed my lips, but remained silent.
"To go back to what you originally asked me, I don't think I'd want Nessie to even think about kids, Charlie."
"Why?" I implored. Jake and I hadn't talked much, but to find him this mature, to converse with him like this was fascinating. I wondered briefly if Billy knew what a wonderful son he had.
He sank onto the couch and thought a moment before his words began spilling out. "Okay, so, I've given this a lot of thought. I mean, alright, I know I imprinted on my best friend's daughter and she's half vampire…that's weird enough when you think about the fact she's supposed to be my enemy and all, but, there's something bigger and badder to worry about."
"And that is?" I pressed.
He blew out a breath. "What would a half vampire/half wolf baby look like or even become? The Volturi wanted to examine her as it was. Can you imagine what they'd do with a crossbreed? Holy shit…they'd have a field day." He paused and shook his head. "No, there's no way we could protect her. Even if we had all the witnesses come back, it would surely mean a war this time." His eyes caught mine and I could see the desperation in them. "I honestly don't think it would be the best idea to even try for it."
Wow, I thought again. Yes, Jacob was definitely not a child. He had given a lot of things a lot of thought. It made me respect him even more. However, I held in my thoughts on the matter of children. If Renesmee grew up to be anything like her mother, even given the slew of risks it seemed would come there way, Jake would never be able to tell her 'no'. And I had the distinct impression Edward thought the same thing. Time would tell on that particular matter.
"You hungry?" Jake asked me, bringing me out of my reverie.
My stomach growled. "Starved, actually. Thanks, Jake, for doing this."
He shrugged. "No big deal. I, uh, I hope you don't mind, but I invited someone else…"
"It's not Sue, is it?" I just didn't think I could deal with that at the moment.
He winced. "Uh, no, it's not. But you're not far off the mark…"
"Jacob, I can't deal with your father, either."
Jake shook his head. "Nah, I wouldn't do that to you. Seth's coming."
"He's in agreement with you. I talked with my pack today. I had to let them know we would have a new leech in the group."
At that, I winced, but he didn't seem to notice as he pressed on; "Yeah, I told them about everything, mostly so Seth and Leah could be there for Sue or whatever. I didn't know Sam heard me earlier. I really do feel bad about that. I knew you probably wanted to be the one to tell Sue and Dad…" he trailed off and I could hear the regret in his voice. He stood and gathered up his bags before heading to the other room to prepare supper.
I stood to take off my 'cop gear' and followed him into the kitchen. "It's not your fault, Jacob. You couldn't help that, I guess. And, well, I need to talk to them both. It just caught me by surprise when Billy blasted me like he did."
Jake washed the potatoes as he thought before he spoke; "Dad…he doesn't get it. Even though Bella lets me take Ness with me to the Rez and she's interacted with Dad, he's not happy. I think he had hopes I'd settle down with someone…normal."
I snorted at that and Jake grinned. "I know, right? Hello, wolf here, and he wants me to find a normal girl. We've had fights over it. He never wolfed out, so, he never imprinted. He had heard stories from Grandfather and his pack mates, but he hasn't experienced it so he can't know what it's like."
"It must be tough for you," I commented as I pulled a beer out of the fridge. I gestured to it and Jake's grin grew as he shook his head. Good boy. He knew I'd attempt to tan his hide if he thought he would drink a beer, underage, in my house.
"Tough how?" Jake asked as he made himself at home, using utensils last used by Sue. I felt the pang in my heart but ignored it as I focused on how I wanted to phrase my next comment.
"Tough every which way," I told him. "You're a wolf, an enemy of vampires, but you imprint on one, who just also happens to be a child. She's the kid of your best friend and former…whatever you and Bella were. Your dad doesn't approve of her and you're also the leader of your pack." I took a swig. "Not to mention the fact that you're still just a kid."
He shrugged as he popped the potatoes in the microwave to cook. "Eh, well, being a wolf helps you grow up quickly. Having your heart ripped in two will do that to you, too. But as for the other…well, I've got six years and counting before I have to really be too much of a grown up. That should give me time to figure everything out."
"It's hard to believe she'll be fully grown by then. But, at the same time, she's already so mature, it's almost like she's grown now."
Jake nodded. "Edward's already given me a 'talk'," he stated with air quotes and a sour expression on his face.
I laughed at that. "I am sure he has. Do I want to know?"
He shook his head and grinned. "Probably not. Like I'm scared of him. Edward should know by now it's Bella that scares the everloving shit out of me, not him. The worst Edward would do is rip me to pieces. Bella would make me suffer." So quietly, I almost didn't hear him, he said, "She already has."
I walked over from where I was leaning against the counter and placed a hand on his shoulder. "You know, now that I'm in the loop, if you want to talk to me about anything, I promise to be objective."
His face showed surprise before he did something that shocked me; he turned his huge body around and hugged me tightly. "Thanks, Charlie. That means a whole lot."
I patted him uncertainly on the back and he let me go. He cleared his throat and said, "There's Seth."
I didn't hear anything, but then, all of a sudden there was a knock on the back door. "Come on in!" I yelled and Seth walked in. I believe he had grown since the last time I saw him a few days before. He was now almost as big as Jake.
"Hey, Charlie!" he enthused as he snagged a soda from the fridge. "How are you?" He paused, then said, "Well, I guess I kinda have an idea, but, I just want ya to know I think you're doing the right thing and if Mom and Leah don't see it, then they're just being blind about the whole thing."
I blinked at his slight outburst. "Er, thanks, Seth. For what it's worth, I hate I hurt your mother's feelings. She means the world to me…"
He nodded. "Nessie and Bella come first, Charlie. They're your family. Mom will understand that in time. Leah on the other hand…" He trailed off before he added, "Well, I'd watch out when you go hunting for a few years. She might come out and kill your butt, just warning you…"
I swallowed hard. "Is she…violent in wolf form?"
Jake and Seth grinned. "Lethal," Jake stated and I resisted the urge to shiver. That girl was so angry as a human, I had no doubts she could really hurt something or someone when she let her animal nature take over.
"Come on, Seth, let's hit the grill and let the chief get cleaned up. We'll be out back if you need us, Charlie," Jake told me.
After a shower and some meds for the headache that had dogged me all day, I was more than eager to delve into the huge plate of meat Jake put down on the table. He even fixed it like I liked it, which was admittedly slightly more done than the boy's steaks. "These are great, Jake," I said after I took the first bite. "I'm impressed."
Seth grinned. "Yeah, Edward told him if he, as a vampire, had to learn to cook for Bella, Jake damn well had to learn to cook for Nessie."
Jake rolled his eyes. "Like I wasn't going to anyway. Damn pushy vampire."
I chuckled. "Is it becoming easier to talk about them like that?"
Jake shrugged. "Since my first transformation and Sam telling me what was happening, I've called them that. Saying it with love and irritation simultaneously has become something new."
"Except for Rosalie," Seth snorted.
Jake growled. "Barbie drives me up the damn wall. She's just so fucking obnoxious."
"Jake, language," I couldn't help but comment, earning a laugh from Seth.
"You should hear his inner monologue. I'm surprised Edward hasn't beaten him up for it."
"Edward understands that A) I have the right to say whatever I want in my head. And B) how fucking obnoxious Rosalie is, so there."
"She's always been nice to me," I commented.
Jake rolled his eyes. "Like I said, you've been snowed, Charlie."
"I need to have Bella tell me the truth about everything. I want to know it all. What really happened in Phoenix, where they went when she ran away with Alice, all of it."
"Whoa," Seth supplied in an awed tone, "You're more perceptive than Edward thinks, aren't you, Charlie?"
I nodded. "I let things go only because Bella wouldn't open up if I had a crowbar and a case of WD-40."
At that, Jake chuckled. "No doubt. Well, yeah, she needs to tell you. She should probably also tell you about Seattle and the weekend after her graduation…"
"Not to mention this past winter," Seth piped up.
My mouth opened and closed as I shook my head. "It's not your place to tell me, but yes, I deserve to know it all. Full disclosure, so I can enter into this peacefully."
"What about everything else?" Jake asked softly. "Your job here and everything?"
"I started that today," I told him. "I have paperwork started to step down as chief and let Mark take over. He'll have to hire someone to help him, but I don't want to just…leave."
Jake nodded. "It would be easier for you to leave with everything handled than to have this look like a car accident or something."
"Exactly." I stood to gather the plates, but Seth beat me to it.
"I got it, Charlie. You can just go rest in the living room."
"I'm dying, boys, but not today," I deadpanned.
"You might," Seth muttered.
I turned to Jake, who grimaced. "Dad and Sue just drove up."
I didn't want to ask how he knew, but I felt sure he was right. I took in a breath and then let it out. "Okay. I'll deal with it. Call Bella. Tell her I'll be over in a few hours. I need her to tell me everything. Tomorrow is Saturday and I told Marjorie I was going fishing and not to bother me. I want you to come back, too. I want everything out in the open."
He nodded solemnly. "Want me to stay with you, Charlie? For this talk with Dad and Sue?"
"No, Jake. I'm sure some very ugly things will be said and I don't want you to feel badly toward your father or Sue because of what will be discussed tonight."
He looked like he wanted to say more, but instead, hugged me again. Seth, too, gave me a hug, and with their acceptance, I went to face my best friend and ex-girlfriend.
AN2: Okay, so, another poll in reviews…who wants a love story here? And if so, do you want it to be with Sue, who I will NOT change into a vampire, just FYI. Do you want Charlie to find love with another vampire, or do you want to see a more mature version of Twilight where he falls in love with a human? I want you guys to kind of help me along with this one. Give me some feedback!