"But Jakey, my foot feels fine!" Nessie whined as she and Jake sat together on the couch, watching TV. Ever since her Edward left she had spent her energy trying to get Jake to take her outside to play.
"Nessie, I'm glad you're feeling better but you still have to take it easy today," Jake reasoned.
Nessie huffed. "Fine." She crossed her arms and stared ahead at the TV. Of course, this silent treatment only lasted a few minutes and then she was back pestering Jake.
"Come on, Jake! Just for a minute," she begged.
"Ness, you know your dad said you couldn't go outside."
"He doesn't have to know."
"It's my job to take care of you while he's gone and make sure you follow his rules which means you cannot go outside," Jake responded, his voice becoming firm.
"Jakey...come on!" She moaned. Jake sighed and patted his lap, gesturing for her to come sit. She huffed once more but went to sit on his lap.
"Now, Nessie, I want you to listen to me. You think of me as a friend, right?" He asked.
"Of course," she replied immediately. "You're my best friend."
He smiled and continued, "You're my best friend, too and I love that. But, I'm an adult and you, no matter how intelligent you may be, are still a kid. That means some times I have to put my foot down and tell you no."
"Is now one of those times?" Nessie asked in a small voice.
"Yes it is. You can't go outside today because you're ankle needs rest. I don't want any more arguments about it, alright?"
"Alright," Nessie conceded. "I'm sorry."
Jake embraced her. "It's fine, sweetie. How we eat a snack before Rosalie comes over and your dad gets home?"
Nessie perked up. "Okay!"
Edward came home with Rosalie a short while later and Alice was trailing behind carrying a small outfit bag. For fun, Alice and Rosalie spent the afternoon dolling up Nessie. First, they curled her hair into large poofy curls. Next, they painted her finger and toenails a bright red, which was one of Nessie's favorite colors. Then they dressed her in a loose short sleeved red dress that went to her knees with a pair of red ballet shoes. Finally, they applied a red lipstick to her lips before bringing her out to the living room to showcase her to Edward and Jake.
"What do you think?" Nessie asked.
"Doesn't she look beautiful?" Alice exclaimed.
"Well?" Rosalie demanded.
Edward smiled and knelt down to Nessie's level. "You look very pretty, baby girl."
"Thank you, Daddy," she replied shyly.
"Yeah, she looks great but was the lipstick really necessary? She's just a kid," Jake commented.
"I think it looks just fine," Alice defended. "Besides, it's not like I covered her in makeup. It's just lipstick."
While Nessie was already in ballet shoes she took the opportunity to practice her dance skills, assisted by Alice and Rosalie. They put on a show for Edward and Jake and were thoroughly pleased when they clapped for her. When the day ended, Nessie had forgotten all about not being allowed outside.
Also, while Nessie was dancing, Jacob was playing his talk with Ness and the events beforehand in his head so Edward would hear. Edward swiftly nodded and murmured quietly,
"I'll talk to her."
'I already did,' Jake thought.
"Yes, but I think there's more to talk about." Jake shrugged, figuring Edward I we what he was doing.
Soon enough, Jacob, Alice, and Rosalie made their leave, each kissing Nessie goodbye. After she'd eaten dinner and was bathed and changed, Edward sat her on his lap on her bed.
"Baby girl, I want to talk to you about today," he informed.
"What about?" Nessie asked.
"Well, I hear you gave Jacob a bit of a hard time today," Edward explained.
"I did not!" At the sound of her voice, Edward warned,
"Nessie, watch your tone. Now, I know Jake already talked to you about needing to listen to him but we're going to talk some more about it."
"Why?" Nessie whined.
"Because I don't feel like he really covered everything. Now, just listen to me. You're an amazing child, Ness. You're brilliant, beautiful and so caring. Intellectually and physically, you're years ahead of where the average child would be but emotionally, you are right where you should be as an average child.
"While I love your free and spirited side it also makes you a bit irrational and quick to do what you want to do over what you should. That's why when and adult that's in charge of taking care of you like me, Jake, your aunts and uncles, or you grandparents tell you to do something or that you can't do something, you need to listen and do as you're told."
"I do," she defended in a whiny tone. "I always listen."
He quirked up an eyebrow. "Really? So when I told you that you were not to go outside today and you went to Jacob to convince him to let you out saying, 'he won't have to know' what was that?"
She peeked up at him guiltily. "That might have been not listening."
He smiled. "That's what I thought. When I tell you no, that's final baby girl. I don't want hear about you going to Jacob and trying to undermine my decision again."
She snuggled close to him. "Yes Daddy."
"Good girl. Now, lets get you in bed," he said and picked her up, laying her gently onto the bed before standing to pull the covers over her. "Good night, Ness. I love you."
"I love you too, Daddy."
A/N: Hmm, it would appear Nessie may be on the verge of catching a case of the terrible twos! I think I see a tantrum or two in her future. So, what do you guys think should happen if this defiance keeps up?