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Bella's Wedding Day

Bella's big day has finally arrived. BUT what happens when an old friend comes to wish her good luck? WARNING...if you don't like Jacob, you won't like my story. :)

Disclaimer: Stephenie Meyer rocks! The people are hers...not mine.

14. Home Sweet Home

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Chapter 14 - Home Sweet Home

Jacob POV

Bella had been gone for seven miserable days. I had no idea where she’d gone and it was driving me crazy. I didn’t like the idea of her running around without protection. That was one thing that I did respect about Cullen; he always looked out for her. Although, he couldn’t protect her from himself.

I’d spent a lot of time running these last few days. Yesterday we smelled a bloodsucker. It stayed out of our territory, so we didn’t have to deal with it...yet.

I was finding it really hard to sleep. When I did, I dreamt of her -- and him. It was making me insane. I hope she makes a decision soon or they’re going to have to put me in the funny farm.

The ringing of the phone made me jump. I raced over and picked it up before it could ring a second time. “Bella?” I asked. I knew it was wishful thinking, but...

She laughed. “How did you know it was me?”

Elation filled my body. “I was just hoping, I guess. Are you home?”

“Not yet. We’ll be home late tonight. I just wanted you to know that I’m safe.”

“Oh.” Disappointment was evident in my response. I tried to hide it. “Did you have fun?”

“Surprisingly, yes.” She paused. I hoped this wasn’t bad. “Um...” Oh, no. “I haven’t made any decisions yet. I just wanted to let you know that I’m okay.”

“Sure, sure. Let me know if you need anything.”

“I will.”

“I love you, Bella.”

“I love you too. We’ll talk soon. I promise.”

I hung up the phone utterly confused. I didn’t know if I was happy or sad. I headed out the door to do the only thing I could -- run.

Bella POV

As I hung up the phone, Angela asked “is everything okay?”

“Yeah,” I mumbled. “I should probably call Edward too.”

“Yeah, probably.”

I opened the phone again and pushed the numbers, slowly. It rang twice and went to voicemail. At least he’s making this easy on me. “Hi, Edward. It’s Bella. I’m on my way. I just wanted to call and let you know that I’ll be home late tonight. I’ll call you soon. Love you.” I pressed end and laid the phone in my lap. I closed my eyes and rested my head against the back of the seat.

Angela giggled darkly. “Boy, Bella, I don’t envy you.”

“Gee, thanks for your help.”

“Do you want my help?” Her question was hesitant. “I know you wanted to come to your decision all on your own and I don’t want to offer any unwanted advice.”

“At this point, I’m at a loss. Any insight you have would be actually really appreciated.” It didn’t mean I had to take her two cents. But the dialog I was having with myself wasn’t helping me make any progress.

“Okay, here’s the deal, Bella. It seems to me that you have already made this decision and just don’t want to admit it.”

“What are you talking about?”

“Your subconscious has already decided.” I just stared at her. I was lost as to what she was getting at. “Did you know you talk in your sleep?”

Of course. I nodded.

“I have just spent seven days with you, awake and not. There was only one name crossing your lips when you weren’t able to think so hard. I would assume that means something.”

Dang! Angela was going to be so helpful.

Edward POV

I was so relieved when Aro had bought our little act. Now, if nothing else, Bella would be safe from the Volturi forever. That I could definitely live with. I laid on the bed and stared at the ceiling. Edward, can I come in? The question came from Rosalie’s mind.

Rosalie was home. She’d just been with Bella.

“Please.” I practically shouted. I wanted to know what she had heard, if anything. I was moved so that I was sitting when she entered.

“I just wanted to let you know that I was home,” she said.

I tried to act nonchalant. “Everything went well, I guess?” She nodded. “How’s Bella?”

“She’s fine. I scared the crap out of her,” She laughed

“She knew you were there? Oh, Rosalie. Was she mad?” I couldn’t believe she would reveal her presence to Bella. I hope Bella doesn’t think I sent a spy.

“It’s okay, Edward.” She assured me.

“What happened? Why would you let her know you were there?” I fought to keep my voice low.

“She decided to come home two days early. I couldn’t let that happen. So I just jumped out and told her she couldn’t come home until I told her it was okay.”

“Are you nuts?” I yelled.

“Look, Edward. It’s fine. Really.” Her voice was soft as she tried to appease me. “Besides, she should be home tonight.”

“Thanks, Rose.” I groaned dismissively. I didn’t want to talk anymore. She just snorted and left the room. I had so much to think about.

Just then, my phone rang. I looked down at the caller id. I didn’t recognize the number. I just tossed the phone onto the bed and laid down again to resume my staring at the ceiling.

Another ring signaling a voicemail came. Curious, I picked it up and dialed. “Hi, Edward. It’s me, Bella...” The rest of the message just ran together except for the words, “be home late tonight...Love you.” Was there a decision?

I would wait and go to her house later to check on her after she was asleep. I closed my eyes and pretended to sleep myself.

Bella POV

When Angela pulled up in front of the house, I turned to face her. “Okay, so who do you think my subconscious has already chosen?”

“Are you sure you want to know?”

“Yes, please. Who’s name did I say while I slept?” I was almost begging.

“It wasn’t just his name, Bella. You said you loved him over and over.” I didn’t speak. I just waited for her to continue. She took her eyes off of mine and looked out the windshield, staring into nothingness. Without looking at me she whispered, “Jacob.”

My heart jumped at the sound of his name, but I didn’t outwardly react. I just reached for the door handle, opened it and said, “Thanks for everything, Angela. You are a good friend.”

“I’d do anything for you, Bella. Just let me know if you need anything else.”

“Thanks.” I got out of the car. “Oh! Tell Ben thanks for sharing you.” She was giggling as I closed the door. I waved and walked toward the house. Charlie met me on the porch.

“Hey, kid! How was your trip?” He pulled me into a hug.

“It was really fun. I brought you something.” We walked into the house and I put my bags on the couch. I reached into the Disneyland sack and pulled out the Mickey Mouse fishing hat I’d gotten for Charlie.

“Wow! I love it. Thanks.”

“You’re welcome.” I waited to be bombarded with questions. Instead he just smiled.

“You must be tired. Why don’t you head on up to bed.” I had the best dad ever!

“I will. Thanks, Dad.” I gave him another hug, gathered my things and headed up the stairs. I just threw everything in the corner and headed for the bathroom. A long, hot shower was just what I needed.

I stood under the water until it was no longer warm. I finished up, put on my pajamas and climbed into bed. As soon as my head hit the pillow I felt my body relax and sleep overtake me.