Part Nine: Reflections
Third Person POV
Skylar stood at the mirror adjusting her clothing and primping for her coming of age party. She wasn't excited nor did she feel it was really for her as much as it was for Alice and the others. She didn't want to disappoint the family so for that night she planned to ignore all of her feelings of hurt and wanting. She smoothed her hands over the lavender dress she'd picked out for the night. She was trying to decide if she was going to wear her hair up or down. After a few minutes of contemplating Liz burst into her room in a royal blue short party dress with her naturally curly hair flowing freely. Sky decided on a bun.
"Don't you look girlie," Sky gave her sister half of a smile.
"Alice picked it out. I'd forgot to go shopping for this damned thing." Liz stood beside her sister and looked at the two of them in the mirror. They looked the same but different. She remembered Embry's words he could tell the difference between the two of them and he still chose her. Liz always viewed herself as the less desirable of the two. Sky's look had a royal flawless beauty that Liz didn't think she had.
"Thank you, but we are identical so if you think I look that way then you look that way too," Sky snickered and Liz rolled her eyes.
"You should wear your hair down," Liz stated ignoring her sister's statement. "It makes you look younger."
"I don't want to look young!" Sky snapped and Liz rolled her eyes.
"Jake looks young," Liz retorted and Sky glared at her.
How dare you bring him up today? Sky snapped at sister in her mind.
"What does it matter if I bring him up? You're always thinking about him. Most of the time I pretend I'm not aware of it but why should I? You know I can hear you thoughts I just … I want you to be happy and you won't be happy until you at least try talking to him again. I refuse to spend eternity with you sulking like this. You should at least try again if not for you do it for me so I won't think you're a punk," Liz taunted and this snorted a little. A few memories of when they were younger went through their minds.
"I ain't no punk," Sky muttered and fought against her smirk. Liz got up off the bed and wrapped her arms around her sister. They looked at their reflection in the mirror.
"I love you Sky," Liz whispered and kissed her sister's shoulder.
"I know you do." Sky winked and sent thoughts of love her sister's way. "Leave me alone I need to make a call!" Liz went to walk away and Sky swatted at her behind. After her sister was gone she took a couple deep breaths to steady nerves. She picked up her phone and pressed a few buttons and now she listened as it rang, rang, and then went to voicemail. She chuckled darkly as tears now formed in her eyes.
"Figures," she muttered before ended the call and just like that her heart was broken all over again.
Liz was spinning around and around with Emmett on the dance floor when a familiar scent hit her nostrils which made her stop dead in her tracks. She fought against the crowd to get to the front the door. She made it there just as the door opened. Embry, Quil, and Claire were standing on their doorstep. Embry held a big red gift box.
"Is that for me?" She reached for it and Embry held it back from her.
"No, it's for Sky, since when have you become so greedy! You didn't even tell me hi," he teased.
"Hey everyone come on in." She moved so they could come further into the house. She led them over to the gift table. Embry took in everything that was Liz and his stare made her feel special but she felt a little awkward him staring at her that way with all of her family here especially her sister.
"Well, I'm going to go away this is a little uncomfortable." Quil patted Embry on the shoulder and left the couple. Liz lowered her gaze to her feet and shifted her weight from one foot to the other.
"You look beautiful," he whispered and kissed her forehead. Immediately her body began to tingle with a new energy that she was still trying to fully understand.
"Th-thanks," she stammered and then cleared her throat. She didn't know what to say next it was a little odd she was rarely at a lost for things to say. Embry chuckled as he watched the perplexed look on her face.
"Come on little woman time to get something to eat, I heard Sue and Esme worked together on the eats I'm sure they came up with an amazing spread." He grabbed her hand and Liz started to ramble on about the cookie brownies that she'd tried. As they made their way into the kitchen she passed her sister who was standing in between Alice and Rosalie. Sky averted her eyes because she didn't want her sister to see her jealous, Liz did the same because she didn't want Sky to see her guilt.
"We should be dancing," I announced as I approached my sisters and my sad looking daughter. Sky shook her head but I grabbed her hand and pulled her towards the dance floor regardless. I pulled her into the center of the festivities and I spun her around like I used to in the music room when she was little. She chuckled a little but the pain she was in seemed to override any attempts I made at making her smile.
"Patience is a virtue and good things come to those who wait but sometimes you must go after what you want because if you don't, it might slip away..," I mused and she started to cry. She gripped me tightly and I felt her tears as they fell against my shoulder.
"I tried, he wants nothing to do with me," she whimpered against my shoulder.
"What did he say?" I asked.
"I tried to call him but he didn't answer," she explained.
"So you're operating off an assumption. You don't know if he was busy or something's wrong with his phone. Sweetheart when you're this miserable one attempt simply isn't enough," I advised and the only reason I did was because I knew Jacob's heart. I knew what they both wanted even if they both didn't. I was truly a lucky father that both my little girls had two men that adored them and would be there with them throughout eternity.
"I don't think I have it in me to try again," she confessed.
"You do Skylar you're stronger than you give yourself credit for and in no shape or form are you a punk," I whispered and she chuckled.
"Dad, there's somewhere I've gotta be," Sky declared before she pulled away from me and raced for the front door. I shoved my hands into my pockets and shook my head.
"I'm glad you did that because I was thinking the exact same thing," Leah cooed as she wrapped her arms around me from behind.
"You know what they say about great minds they think alike," I retorted and then twisted her around in my arms and rocked her in the music.
"I hope both our kids end up as happy as we did", she thought as she sighed and rested her head on my shoulder.
"I'm sure they will it takes time to get to where we are. I was blessed by fate when you came to me and rescued me and each day we exist together you remind me what a lucky man I truly am." Leah didn't say anything she simply placed a little sweet kiss on my lips.
"Ditto baby," she smirked.
Third Person POV
Sky abandoned her shoes as soon as she entered the forest in attempt to head to Jake's house. One more try that's all she had left in her. She ran with ridiculous speed but not for long. She approached Jake's wolf in the forest sitting staring up at the moon. She cautiously approached him and entered his line of vision.
"Jake?" She reached her hand out and smoothed along the side of his face as she caressed his fur. He closed his eyes and sighed. He lowered his head and nuzzled it against her body. "I miss you so much Jake," she cooed as she rubbed behind his ears. She brushed her lips against his fur on the top of his head. Within seconds Jacob phased back into his human form and his arms were wrapped around her while he was in his barest form. He head at her chest and tears in his eyes.
"I've missed you too Skylar," he murmured.
"Then stop torturing me this way. You're the one that pushed away I never did. I never wanted you gone," Sky accused. Even though her words were lethal her she cradled his face in her hands. "Why are you denying us happiness? Please stop this nonsense," she begged at a whisper. Jacob held onto her the fabric of her shirt possessively like he was holding on for dear life.
"I didn't realize how alone I was without you, Skylar, how did I become so wrapped around your finger?" Sky gave him a little smile as her eyes filled with tears for the millionth time over him.
"The feeling is mutual Mr. Black. My happiness revolves around you … and I would really love it if you would kiss me," Sky said boldly and to her surprise Jake eagerly answered her request with her first kiss and it was full of passion and wanting. They were all hands and tongues and Jacob went to move her closer to him when he realized he was still in a state of undress.
"Oh shit!" He backed up and covered himself. He ran to the area where he'd left his clothes. Sky bursts into a fit of laughter.
"You know I didn't even realize you were naked? I was too focused on your face," she said as he reemerged from the bushes. She wrapped her arms around his neck and he lifted her into his arms.
"Same here, you have the most angelic face I've ever seen," Jake declared as he kissed her cheek. "Now isn't there a party we need to get to?" Sky simply shook her head.
"I'm more than happy where I am right now." Sky kissed Jake once more in the moonlight and she was sure that this night was her coming of age. This was the end of an era and the start of her life … with Jake.
And they all lived happily ever after … THE END.
Author's Note: I really enjoyed this prompt. It took a lot longer that I originally predicted but it was well worth it. Thank to whomever thought of it! I hope you all enjoyed it too!