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Bella's POV:

Once in the house I headed for the bathroom as Jake went to his room so that I could see the damage for myself. "Awww crud," I said as I turned and looked at it in the mirror. I had managed to get it on the bottom four inches of the left side of my shirt and the left ass cheek of my shorts.

"Here," Jake said as he came back in and handed me a pair of shorts and an oversized tshirt. "The shorts are probably too big but I didn't know if you would be cool just walking around with a shirt and panties on."

I nodded, "Thanks." With a sigh I unbuttoned my pants and started sliding out of my jeans. I kicked them off once they had reached my ankles and then squeaked when I looked up and realized Jake was still standing in the doorway. His carefree face had changed again into that face that never failed to make the damn butterflies in my stomach go crazy. "Jake?" I said softly.

He exhaled heavily through his nose and raised his eyes from my body to my face.

"I guess it's nothing you wouldn't have seen if I was wearing a bathing suit, huh?" I said softly and bit my lip. I knew it was a stupid thing to do with Jake's wolf staring out at me from his eyes but I gave in to the urge to tug my shirt over my head, leaving me standing in front of him in my bra and panties. Of course they didn't really match, the bra was dark blue and the panties had yellow and orange stripes across them...but at least the trim on them was the same dark blue. I looked at his face again and knew that if he had noticed at all then he definitely didn't give a damn.

His eyes fell shut and I watched his body tense as he struggled for some sort of control. It was wrong...but I loved how sexy he made me feel.

"What do you want me to do Bella?" he asked in a low growl.

"What?" I asked softly.

His eyes met mine, "I can smell your need and you're the one that took your clothes off. If you want me to leave the room then you better tell me now."

My heart was pounding so hard it made my chest hurt, "What's going to happen if I don't?" I wasn't being a smartass...I needed to hear his answer.

He took another deep breath, "I don't know Bells…."

I swallowed, "Then...then you should probably shut the door."

His eyes flared as he realized what I had said and before I could blink again the door was shut and locked and he was in front of me.

"Jake..." I said softly as his hands found my waist before lifting me onto the counter and spreading my legs so that he could stand between them. His lips were suddenly on mine and the fire from the night at the movies was back with a vengeance. I wrapped my legs around him and hung on for dear life as he came apart. His mouth was everywhere, my lips, my jaw line, my ear, my neck. His hands kneaded the flesh of my thighs, my hips, my waist, and then finally my breasts. Though he was anything but organized, his downward traveling lips and his upward traveling hands met perfectly at my breasts. His hands cupped each one reverently and his lips slowed their hectic movements down in order to spread slow open mouthed kisses on the crest of each one.

Those soft lips came back up and brushed across mine. He seemed to have calmed down a bit and was waiting for me to throw up a red flag…but I wasn't ready to. I leaned further into him and groaned softly against my mouth. I bit softly on his bottom lip just as I was wrapping my arms around his neck and he seemed to lose his composure again.

He ate at my mouth like a man starved and when his tongue finally found mine I barely suppressed my own groan of relief. One of his hands knotted in my hair and pulled tight enough to make me gasp into the kiss, which only seemed to encourage him further. He used his hold on my hair to tilt my head back and give him the best possible angle to access my mouth while his other hand squeezed at my thigh.

In reality only minutes had passed but we were both panting like we had spent the last half hour running the track.

"Spread wider for me," he growled against my neck. I was helpless to do anything but spread my legs wider as I clung to his strong shoulders. He pulled my hair tight and forced my head to tilt to the side and back so that he could spread burning hot kisses down my neck without moving his body from between my legs where it was nestled.

The sound of my cell phone going off made me pause but Jake didn't seem to mind it.

"Jake, my phone..." my mind went blank as I felt his fingers slide down my slit over the material of my panties. "Jake...it could be Charlie..." I felt the material being tugged to the side and swallowed nervously.

His index finger slid easily inside me and I moaned into his neck. He hummed his approval against my neck, making goose bumps raise along my skin, "You're so wet Bells…."

His thumb found my clit and he started to rub lazy circles over it as his index finger started to slowly withdraw, and then just as slowly push back inside me. I dug my nails into his shoulders as I clung to him tightly…all I could do was open and shut my mouth in surprise and ecstasy as his big finger pressed inside me again and again. My body was now eagerly awaiting each new intrusion and I felt my hips wiggling against him without my permission.

"Charlie can wait," he said and eased his middle finger inside me to join his index, "can you Bells?"

I shook my head vigorously and clutched tighter to him when he started to pump his fingers in and out of me while his thumb rubbed my clit.

"Bella," he said softly and paused his movements to wait for me to look up at him. "Let me taste you?"

Goosebumps spread across my arms at the idea but after only a moment's hesitation I nodded. The concept was weird and had never done much for me...but the idea of Jake doing it was making me grip the fingers he had inside me.

He groaned roughly and leaned forward to give me a quick kiss before going to his knees in front of the counter and between my spread legs. I had just enough time to take in the sight of his beautiful face looking up at me from between my thighs before he was gripping my panties and tugging them farther to the side so that he could press his mouth against me. My fingers knotted in his hair as he gave me one...two...three tentative licks and then groaned and started licking harder, his tongue rubbing again and again over my clit as it swept over me from bottom to top.

"Jacob," my phone started ringing again but I couldn't have cared less. "Jake...please."

Again he slid his fingers inside me. My spine bowed as the first wave of the orgasm hit me. His fingers and tongue were still working against me and for a few moments every muscle in my body was tensed. And then I jerked against him and went over the edge. My thighs closed unbidden and locked his head against my throbbing body, while I bit my lip hard to keep from crying out. Each pleasurable aftershock had me gasping and rocking against him.

His movements had slowed and he had pulled his hand away, leaving only his tongue to delicately lick at my sensitized body. I shivered and scooted away from him a bit, unable to handle the painfully pleasurable contact anymore.

"Have I told you lately how beautiful you are?" he asked and then laid a soft kiss on my inner thigh.

I shook my head and tried to regain my breath.

He let my panties slide back into place, making me shiver again, and then knelt so that he could pick up the shorts he had brought me. I watched him quietly as he tugged the material up my legs before easily lifting my ass off the counter so that he could pull them up all the way. My phone beeped angrily about my two missed calls. He ignored it and pulled his big t-shirt over my head.

I was still reeling from the orgasm and could only sit pliantly in his hands as he dressed me.

Once I was dressed again he gave me a soft smile and kissed me again. I tasted a hint what I could only assume was me and felt another small aftershock roll through my body in remembrance of the first. After a few moments he pulled his lips away from mine and met my eyes.

"Tell me you don't regret all this Bells," he said softly and I saw a crack in his usual self confidence. I seemed to be the only thing that ever really shook that confidence. "I don't care if you never want to do it again, just say you don't regret this... I need to hear you say it."

God, I felt terrible for making him feel so unsure. Honestly, I was still utterly languid from the orgasm and reality hadn't set in yet. When it did I would have to try my best not to let myself regret it. I leaned towards him and kissed the corner of his mouth, "I don't regret it Jake."

He sighed and gave me a weak but understanding smile, "That was almost believable. Check your phone Bells; I'm sure Charlie is about to burst a blood vessel."

"Jake…" I wanted to make him feel better. I did the only thing I could think of and slid off the counter so that I could kneel in front of him.

His eyes widened before he gave me a rueful smile and used my arms to tug me back up, "It's ok. I'm ok. Now check your damn phone woman."

I picked it up and saw that it was indeed Charlie that had called. Both times. "It was Charlie," I said but realized that Jake had left the room when I looked up. I tried not to worry about it and called Charlie back.

"Where the hell have you been?" he growled in greeting.

"Uh...I'm at Jake's. I told you earlier I was going to come over here after school..."

He sighed, "I know that. Why the hell haven't you been answering your phone?"

"Oh sorry. I was in the bathroom. What's wrong?" I asked, something had to be wrong for him to be this irritated.

"I have to go up to Port Angeles for a few days on a case. I wanted to see you before I had to go but I'm going to have to leave in about twenty minutes so go ahead and stay with Jake and Billy. You can stay the night there if you want, if you take your mutt with you and keep your ass on the couch." I could hear him shuffling as he finished packing his bag. "You can call me if you need anything on my cell. If I don't answer right away then I'll call you back when I can."

"Oh. Ok dad," I said. "Drive safe."

He snorted, "I will, you just make sure you stay out of trouble."

"I will," I drew out the L's with a sigh.

"Ok. I love you Bella."

"Love you too Dad."

He hung up and I glanced up at the mirror. My hair was a mess, Jake's baggy clothes were hanging off me, and my lips were puffy. Taking a deep breath, I slowly washed my face and toweled dry. It was hard to wrap my mind around all that had just happened. I glanced at my cell. In less than an hour my life had changed so much. I thought of Jake and instantly saw him kneeling between my legs again. I had never...felt that way before...never been so caught up and so hungry for another person that I thought I might die if I didn't get to touch them. Another fortifying breath.

I found Jake in the kitchen throwing together some turkey sandwiches.

His eyes met mine as I walked in, "Billy has been outside with your puppy this whole time."

I felt relieved by that. At lease there was one worry laid to rest; I'd have died if Billy had heard us. "Can I stay the night with you? Tonight...and maybe tomorrow night?"

He actually looked surprised, "You want to stay?"

I nodded, "I feel lonely even when Charlie is home, and if no one is there I think I might go crazy."

His eyes studied me for a moment, "You can stay here as often as you like. You know I will never say no to possibility having the chance to be around you. Plus, who would I get to tease if you left?"

For some reason I felt a little better. I was still anxious but having Jake act like his usual self was comforting. He held out a sandwich to me and I took it gingerly. "I really do need to do that homework."

"And I really do need to work on the mower." He took a big bite out of his sandwich and smiled softly at me. "Shall we go try again?"

Jake's POV

By the time the sun had set and Bella had finished her homework things had just about gone back to their usual routine. Other than the occasional staring that I kept catching her doing. I knew she was still trying to wrap her mind around it all, hell I was too, but she seemed almost calm about it. Honestly, once it was over and I realized just how out of control I had gotten, I had expected her to panic. No matter what I had said, I hadn't intended on doing anymore than kissing and a little groping when I had locked the door. I didn't think she was ready. But her soft moans and panted breaths had completely thrown me. She was always beautiful but it was something special seeing her like that while her delicate hands ran all over my body...like she was almost as hungry for it as I was. No...I hadn't intended all the other stuff. It blew my mind that she had let it all happen. We had gone from brief and infrequent make out sessions straight to 'take your clothes off and spread those legs so that I can lick you until you can't stand it anymore' in no time flat.

Not that I minded. Not like I hadn't wanted to do it for a while now. Not like I didn't love every minute of it.

Not like I wouldn't do it again in a heartbeat if she asked.

"Hey Jake," Bella said as she walked up behind me to where I was sitting cross legged on the floor putting the finishing touches on the mower. "Have you seen..." she trailed off as she looked down and saw the gray puppy curled in a ball on my lap.

"She really likes you," she said with a smile.

I glanced down at the puppy I had been working over for the last fifteen minutes, "I think she likes my wolf more than me. At first I could smell she was a little wary but once she decided I wasn't a threat I became just another part of her pack."

Bella nodded thoughtfully, "It's weird thinking of her and a pack...like she is a wild wolf."

"She's always going to be a little wild," I told her. Even dogs have retained a little of the wild, pet wolves more so.

"Hopefully not too wild. She already likes to tear up everything in the house."

I grinned, "That's something all wolves share."

"What is?" Quil asked as he and Embry walked into the garage.

Bella had distracted me enough that I hadn't heard them coming until they were nearly beside us. Of course, they did tread lighter than the average person. I looked up and watched both their eyes widen as they went from me to Bells and then back to me. Shit, I hadn't thought about the smell. Humans wouldn't have noticed it but the smell of sex, even after a few days of fading or a shower, shone like a beacon to the wolves. With it this fresh, they'd have to be miles away and upwind not to notice.

"Tearing up houses," Bells said with a smile that faltered when she realized they were staring at her.

"Quil is especially good at that, huh Quil?" I said and made eye contact with each of them. If they harassed Bella about this I might have to kill them.

Quil blinked and then fell back into his usual smartass self, "Eh, I think you were always the wilder one when we were kids. You broke shit all the time. All I did was watch and then get blamed for it."

Embry snorted and grinned, "I seem to remember it the other way around. I don't think your mom will ever forgive you for breaking her big ceramic bowl that your grandma had given her."

Quil winced, "That is a bad example."

I glanced over at Bella and noted that she had relaxed a bit when the boys had started acting like themselves again. However, I was grateful when she stood to leave.

"I bet you were all terrible. Anyway, I'm going to go inside; there are still some leftovers from dinner if you two are hungry," she said as she dusted off the back of the shorts I had loaned her.

Embry smiled, "Sorry, we promised Sam we'd meet him at the beach."

She nodded at them, gave me a little smile and went inside.

"Wow Jake," Quil mumbled as soon as she was inside the house.

Embry nodded, "Wow."

I rolled my eyes, "She is my imprint, I can barely sleep when she isn't here, and all I think about is her...did you honestly think we weren't ever going to get intimate?"

"More like I didn't think you would have the balls to go for it," Quil said helpfully.

"Or that she would feel comfortable enough to let it happen," Embry said matter-of-factly.

I sighed, "Well I did. And she did. It was actually sort of her doing."

Quiet enveloped us again for a second before Quil broke it, "You probably don't want to hear this but Bella smells fucking fantastic."

"You're right, I don't," I growled, pissed that other people besides me had been given the opportunity to smell this side of Bella. "Stop thinking about it Quil, now."

Quil sighed, "I can't help it, it's all over you...damn." He backed up a step. "Embry, tell me I'm not the only one feeling this."

I looked at Embry and he gave me a sympathetic smile.

"Sorry Jake, it's just really intense," Embry said.

They both seemed to be a little thrown off by it and felt a little guilty but they both continued to take deep breaths through their noses. A growl had trickled from my lips before I realized what was happening. They both took a cautious step back.

Embry grabbed Quil's bicep and started towing him out of the garage, "Sorry again Jake, we will talk to you later."

I nodded and watched them go, still feeling irritated.

BELLA POV

I watched Jake's expression when he walked into the room and saw the blanket and pillow I had put on the couch to sleep with. Surprise lit his eyes for a few seconds before he covered it up and looked resigned. He wouldn't argue with me? I hid my own surprise and lay down on the couch while he flicked off the kitchen light.

Billy had long since gone to bed so I wasn't too surprised that when Jake came back he leaned over me and gave me a soft kiss goodnight.

"Sleep tight Bells," he whispered.

I barely managed to get a 'you too' out before he was in his bedroom.

With a sigh I pulled Angel up onto the couch with me and tried to relax.

I yawned as I woke up and wrapped my arms around the big warm body next to me. I blinked and opened my eyes. Jake was on the couch with me? How the hell had he managed to fit both...I blinked again. He had carried me to his room.

"Damn it Jake!" I growled and pulled back the arm and leg that I had thrown over his body in my sleep.

He stretched a little under me and slowly peeled one eye open, "What is it Bells?"

I growled, "You can't move me when I'm sleeping! If I decide to sleep on the couch then you leave me there!"

The sleepy look was quickly receding form his eyes, "You want me to just leave you there? Whimpering in your sleep? Mumbling my name? That's bullshit Bells."

I frowned, I remembered having nightmares for part of the night but I couldn't remember what they were about. I had called out to him? "People talk in their sleep all the time."

"Well, other people are free to talk and cry in their sleep all they want but you aren't, not when I'm around. It's stupid to just leave you in there and ignore you when you needed me, I don't care if it was subconscious," he didn't look the least bit sorry.

"You can't always be around Jake," I said and looked down at my pillow so I wouldn't have to meet his eyes. I was terrified of coming to need him so much and then have him leave.

He was quiet for a moment, "I would be if you would let me Bells. You know that."

I took a deep breath and sat up, "I'm sorry I was irritated. It's too small to argue over." When I moved to climb over him and leave he grabbed me and pulled me tighter against him.

"Tell me how to make you happy," he mumbled into my hair as he cupped the back of my head.

His soft voice made my heart ache, "Let me go, Jake." Would it make me happy? Not for a long time, but it would pay off the day he found his imprint.

I felt his body tense against mine, "No."

I blinked and then felt his hold relaxing on me so I could slide off of him. I stood up slowly and looked down at him. His dark skin stood out in contrast of his white sheets, his chest bare, and his dark eyes locked on me.

"I'm not letting you go Bells," he said softly. "That may not be what you want to hear, but I'm not."

I swallowed nervously at the intensity of his eyes and looked at the floor; I had wanted to hear it. I wanted to hear more too. Fuck, I was so in over my head.

"Now take your shower and get dressed; I'll drive you to school this morning," he said as he rolled off the bed and then leaned down so he could kiss the corner of my mouth.

Before he had pulled completely away I leaned up on my tiptoes and mirrored his kiss to the edge of his lips. His eyes went wide with surprise and I felt the sudden warmth in my cheeks. I grabbed my clothes and ran out of the room before he could say anything.

I sighed heavily at my lunch tray as Mike continued to tell me another one of his irrelevant stories. After he had found out about Jake dropping me off, he had been following me around all day. I had told him that Jake and I still weren't really dating when he had asked, but I was beginning to wish I had just bit the bullet and told him we were. Apparently telling him I was still single but not by much had the dangerous side effect of making him try even harder to win my affection.

Earlier he had handed me a book and 'accidentally' ended up brushing my hand. Then he had asked me how to do a calculus problem and leaned so close to me I had had to scoot my chair back. Now, just last period he had asked me to go with him to the mall over the weekend to help him find a good birthday present for his mom.

Honestly, I hadn't really enjoyed being around him all the time before today. But now I just wanted to run the other direction whenever I saw him. Was I seriously going to have to sit him down and tell him I wasn't interested in a very clear but hopefully non-hurtful way? I had just about decided that I would when he toned it down about two thirds of the way into the day.

I had just started to relax again when school had ended. Angela and I had walked outside to wait for Jake, and innocently Mike had followed. I, being the idiot I am, had assumed that he was over his earlier charade and was now back to normal. We walked over and stood next to his car while we waited for the rest of our friends together.

"So I'll see you tomorrow after class?" he asked me and leaned close.

I sighed, regretting that I had agreed to give him a couple hours of bio studying before our exam on Friday. "Yeah but only till five. I have to make dinner for Charlie." A lie, but he didn't need to know that.

He nodded and slid his arm around me, "Would you like me to give you a ride home after?"

I barely resisted the urge to cringe at the touch. His arm felt wrong. His skin was too pale, the weight of his arm too light and his body heat too low. "Uh, no thanks, I'll drive myself."

He smiled, "Ok. Well I'll still owe you one. So if there's anything I can do to pay you back just say the word; movie, dinner, whatever." He leaned down and kissed my cheek. I jerked in surprise and then turned to see that Angela and Eric both looked as shocked as I did, and though neither of them looked as appalled as me, Angela didn't seem to approve either.

"Oh hey, Jake is here," Mike said and waved happily to Jake without removing his arm from around my shoulders.

My heart skipped a beat and I moved out of Mike's hold so fast that I accidentally bumped into Angela and sent the books in her hands flying. Apologizing and cursing under my breath, I bent and hurriedly started to help her pick up the mess. I had just stood up to leave when I felt Jake's presence behind me and turned to see him scowling at Mike.

"Newton, can I talk to you for a second?" Jake asked. He appeared to be little more than irritated but I knew better; I could see the anger glittering in his eyes when no one else could.

Mike raised an eyebrow, "Yeah sure."

"Alone?" Jake asked with jaws clenched. I wanted to hug him; I was so proud of him for keeping his wolf in check this long.

At that Mike frowned, "You can talk to me here, I don't hide anything from my friends." Was he hoping that Jake would shy away from the attention?

"Ok fine, I'll make it quick." Jake said with a mocking smile. "Keep your damn hands and your lips to yourself, or I'll rip them off. If Bella wants you touching her like that, she'll ask; but I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you."

Mike frowned but I honestly expected him to have the good sense to shut up.

"She wasn't complaining. But fine, next time I'll ask before I kiss her," Mike said, pulling on a confident face.

I grabbed Jake's bicep and hugged it against me, praying he would let it go. "Yeah, you do that," Jake forced out and allowed me to turn him to leave. We had made it all of two steps before Mike opened his mouth and inserted his foot.

"Although I don't see why it matters to you what I do to Bella. It's not like she belongs to you."

Before I had time to blink Jake had pulled his arm from me, whirled, and shoved Mike back hard against his car. Everyone flinched as they heard how hard Mike hit the metal behind him.

"Listen up Marshmallow," Jake growled as he loomed over Mike and grabbed a fistful of Mike's shirt so that he could force Mike to look up at him, "because I'm only going to say this once." His put his face so close to Mike's that Mike was craning his neck as far back as it would go in an attempt to put distance between them. "Bella is mine and I hate it when people fuck with what is mine. The next time you feel the suicidal urge to touch her, I suggest you remember that I am not afraid of driving my happy ass to your house and beating the shit out of you when there's no one around for you to cry to."

Mike gaped for a moment, "Is…is that a threat?"

Jake's smile was unnerving even to me, "Yes, Newton, it definitely is. One I will be happy to follow through on." He released Mike's shirt with a push and took a deep breath before turning to look at me. "You got any problems with that?"

I shook my head, "I'm sorry Mike."

"Don't apologize to him, he's the one that was acting like a jackass and got himself into this," Jake growled at me before glancing back at Mike, who was pressed as flat against the car to keep as much of a distance between their bodies as possible. "However, if you should feel like apologizing Marshmallow then I'm sure it wouldn't be unwarranted. Not today, because she has places to be, but some other time."

Jake held out his hand out to me, palm up, and I gingerly put my smaller one in it. All at once, it was over and we were leaving. I couldn't believe no blood had been spilled. We got into the truck and silently Jake started driving.

I studied him. His face seemed neutral but his grip on the steering wheel was so tight his knuckles had whitened.

"I'm really proud of you for not, uh, killing him," I said with a smile trying to lighten his mood. Jake gave no sign that he had even heard me. "Jake?" Again he didn't move or speak. "Talk to me please, you're starting to freak me out…" I cautiously reached out to touch his shoulder and flinched when he finally turned and looked at me with the eyes of his wolf.

"Are you ok?" I whispered.

His jaw clenched and he turned his eyes back to the road.

"Jake, please," I said and gathered up the courage to rest my hand on his shoulder again.

A snarl rumbled out of him that was shocking enough to make me pull back away as far as possible into my side of the truck cab.

"Don't touch me right now, Bells," his voice was lower and rougher than I'd ever heard it. He jerkily pulled the truck over to the side of the road.

I swallowed, "You're scaring me…should I text Sam?" He growled again and I fought the urge to panic. I couldn't call Sam; things between them were already so tense that they were already looking for a reason to get into a fight. I couldn't call Charlie, he wouldn't understand and he'd get between Jake and I…which I knew instinctively was a really bad idea right now. "Tell me what to do Jake…"

"Drive home, I'll text you when I can," he said without looking at me and then climbed out of the door and slammed it shut behind him.

I gaped. "Jake!" I jumped outside of the truck and ran up to him as he was stepping into the edge of the woods. I was terrified but some part of me was very secure in the knowledge that Jacob could never hurt me; I grabbed his arm and forced myself to keep hold of it as he looked over his shoulder at me with those wild eyes.

"Bells. Get the fuck away from me. Right now."

I shook my head stubbornly, even though I really just wanted to curl up into a ball and cry.

"GODDAMN IT!" He yelled loud enough to make all the birds evacuate from all the trees closest to us. "If you don't let me go…" he forced out, "then I'm going to take this out on you."

"Jake, you would never hurt me…" my voice was quiet but confident.

He snorted, "I don't want to hurt you Bells, I want to fuck you…to remind you just who you belong to, so you can take the message to that fucking prick the next time you see him and tell him that you couldn't even walk straight for the whole next day." A snarl punctuated the statement.

I felt the muscles in my stomach tighten, along with those a little lower on my body…

Before I could blink I was being pinned against a tree, my face and hands pressing into the rough bark and Jacob's over heated body pressed against my back.

"Do you think I can't smell it every time you get wet for me?" he hissed. "Is this what you want? To lose you virginity on the side of the road, pressed into a tree, with some animal fucking you from behind?"

I knew he meant for the words to scare me but I sucked in a gasp of surprise instead of crying out to be set free. I bit my lip…the feeling of Jacob's ragged breaths on the back of my neck were only making things worse.

"You're fucking insane!" He snarled and dug his fingers into my hips so that he could jerk them back and press my ass firmly against the crotch of his jeans. I cried out softly as I felt how hard he was even through both of our jeans. "Do you know how fucking dangerous this is?" He was furious with me for not pulling away but still his hand smoothed its way around to the front of my jeans where they immediately started working on unbuttoning and unzipping me. As soon as there was enough room his big hand was worming its way down the front of my pants and into my panties so that it could cup my sex.

"Jake!" I cried out as his fingers found my already wet heat and started rubbing hard on my clit.

"That's right," his voice had become rougher as more and more of his humanity had slid from his grasp. "Moan my name Bells…if you scream it loud enough maybe that asshole will hear you."

My body tensed and I could feel myself rapidly nearing that edge of oblivion when I heard something big thundering through the bushes.

Jake snarled and I turned to see what he was looking at. Paul, Jared, and Sam were all standing there in their wolf forms. Paul and Jared instantly seemed hesitant but Sam lowered his head and growled.

"Get the fuck out of here," Jacob snarled. Paul and Jared started backing away but Sam refused and gestured with his head towards me.

Jake hadn't moved, so I was still bent over and pressed against the tree, his hand snuggly inside my pants. "I'm…fine…" my voice was shaky but it wasn't from fear.

Paul shifted, "Jake…we just don't want you to accidentally hurt her…"

"Paul," Jake said in a disturbingly calm tone, "if you don't cover up your dick in the next two seconds then I will take great pleasure in removing it for you."

Paul jerked his pants off from where they were tied around his ankle and pulled them on. "Jake…please…we can feel how close your wolf is to the edge right now. It's not safe to be this close to Bella. Think about Emily…"

I couldn't help but notice how Paul and Jared both seemed to cower every time Jake looked at them.

"The only thing I think about Emily is that Sam was too fucking weak to have imprinted on someone. She didn't deserve to be tied to such a sinking ship," Jake growled.

"I may be a little rough but my Bells appears to be liking it." The satisfaction in his voice was impossible to miss and he wiggled the finger he had against my clit as if for emphasis.

I gasped and tried to stand then but Jake immediately growled and pressed a strong hand down on my back, forcing me to stay bent over for him. I bit my lip, more embarrassed then turned on now, but I couldn't deny that feeling Jacob still hard behind me was enough to keep my breaths shallow and my body aching.

Jake's POV:

I was gentle when I pressed Bella back down but the message was clear; I wasn't ready for her to be out of this position yet. I could smell a tinge of fear coming from her, and I might have let her go because of it, but the scent of her arousal was still thick enough that it completely cancelled out my urge to ease her fears.

Sam snarled at me and took a step forward. He wasn't backing off; whether or not it was because he was actually worried for Bella's safety or because he didn't want to take orders from me, I couldn't yet be sure.

Paul looked nervously between us, "Jake…think about this." Jared seemed to just be watching for some sort of sign to tell him what to do.

Sam chose that moment to start stalking around my side, forcing me to divide my attention between them. He finally stepped just a tad too close and I released Bella and jerked away from her because knew the change was about to hit me hard. Having him practically stalking me with my mate this close by was too much.

I snarled and placed my body between him and Bells, my ears and tail raised in challenge, my head lowered as my growl deepened. Back the fuck off Sam.

The black wolf in front of my glared at me, You aren't my alpha Jacob. You don't get to give me orders.

The statement was the last straw for my wolf. Without any warning I lunged at Sam and body checked the similarly sized wolf, sending Sam sprawling onto the ground.

He recovered fast though and came at me with his teeth bared and his mouth open.

I met him head on and we spent a moment standing on our two back legs, our forelimbs and teeth locked in combat, and then one of us stumbled and went down taking the other with him.

We rolled and thrashed and I noted that Paul and Jared were now standing protectively between Bella and the two huge beasts fighting nearby.

Focus on me Black, Sam growled in annoyance and latched onto the thick ruff of fur on the back of my neck.

I whined and then in turn bit onto the closest part of Sam's body: a vulnerable foreleg. Bone snapped under the pressure of my jaws and I pulled back as soon as Sam released my neck, not wanting to cause any irreparable damage to my friend.

Sam jerked backward and found a small ledge above a stream but it was too late to stop his movement and he fell ungracefully into the shallow water below.

I followed him down and pounced on the black wolf as soon as it had recovered enough to stand, without putting weight on the broken limb. Again the sound of growls, snapping jaws, and the occasional whimper filled the air as we rolled chaotically across the riverbed and onto the muddy shore next to it.

Then Sam lunged at my shoulder, presenting me with a clear shot at the other wolf's neck as soon as I sidestepped the attack. As quick as a blink I locked my teeth around Sam's throat and almost instantly the other wolf froze in place. I closed his jaws tighter and jerked my head to the side, tossing my horse-sized opponent a good five feet to our left.

Sam was instantly alert on the ground where he had fallen but he didn't move to get up. With ears laid flat against his head and his teeth still bared he watched me again close the distance between us.

Show me your throat, the universal sign among canines that one was submitting to the other. I put the force of my will into the demand and I felt it seem to echo through the forest from within my body. It made me shiver.

Sam's ears stayed pinned down but he slowly rolled onto his back.

Yes, my alpha, Jared said softly.

Yes…my alpha, Paul had phased back into wolf form.

Yes, Quil and Embry echoed in unison, my alpha.

I blinked and looked up. The four other wolves of the pack were closing in around us. All of them with their ears and tails lowered. When they got within fifteen feet of where I was standing they all dropped onto their stomachs and crawled the rest of the way towards me.

When they got within a couple feet of me they all slowly rolled onto their backs and presented me with their vulnerable throats. I looked at each of them and felt a sliver of fear run down my spine as I realized that I had accidentally used the alpha command on not just my ex-alpha but also on my entire pack.

I looked back at the place where Sam and I had gone off the ledge and saw my Bells standing at the top of it with a hand over her mouth in surprise. Before I could think about it, I stepped out of the circle of prone wolves and hopped up the six foot ledge to where she stood.

"Jake," she whispered and touched a place on my muzzle that was still stinging a little from Sam's bite. She pulled her bloody hand away and looked at the rest of my body. I knew from the several burning placed on my body that I hadn't escaped the fight untouched.

I ignored her concern, none of the wounds were serious, and moved behind her so that I could nudge her towards the ledge.

"You want me…down there?" she asked in confusion.

I nodded.

In her usual uncoordinated manner she skidded her way down the dirt ledge. I quickly followed her down and kept nudging her with my head towards where the wolves were still laying. I didn't stop until she was in the center of the circle next to me.

"I don't think I should be here…this seems like a wolf thing," she whispered, even though every furry ear could hear what she said.

I licked her cheek and then glanced down at the wolves around him. Recognize my mate. I made sure it wasn't an order just to see who, if any, were fighting my control.

Quil and Embry were quick to scoot forward on their stomachs and lick her hands where she had them hanging down at her sides. She squeaked in surprise but just ended up backing into Paul and Jared who were giving her legs gentle nuzzles.

Only Sam didn't move from where he lay. I ignored him, not really giving a shit now that I had beaten him.

Her life is more important than my own…should you ever be faced with the choice of saving her or saving me… You will save her. I said it softly. Instincts guiding my words more than anything else; I had no idea what I was doing; I needed to talk to my dad ASAP.