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Bella's Wedding Day

Summary:
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. :)


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


16. Chapter 16 - Jacob's Imprint

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Chapter 16 - Jacob’s Imprint

Bella POV

I ran down the stairs and found the note from Charlie -- fishing, of course. I grabbed my keys and ran for my truck. I put the key in and remembered the magnet I’d gotten for Billy. It was just a little something to let him know that I’d thought of him while on my trip. I ran back into the house to get it.

I dug through the bag, searching for it. I pulled out the t-shirt I bought and threw it over my shoulder. I wasn’t sure I would give it to Jake, but just in case. I found the magnet and headed outside.

Once back in my truck, I turned the key. It roared to life. I took a deep breath and shifted it into drive.

I pulled into the front of Jacob’s house at 7:32. I cut the engine. This is it.

I knocked on the door softly. Billy answered quickly. “Bella! How was your trip?” It was actually two questions in one.

I chose to answer only the question he'd asked, not the underlying one. “It was really fun.” I looked into the house passed him. “Is Jacob here?”

“Yeah, he’s still asleep. I’m sure he’d want you to wake him though.” My eyes made their way to his. He smiled.

I smiled back as I entered their small house. “Here,” I handed him the mouse shaped magnet, “I got this for you.”

“Thanks, that was very thoughtful of you.” His eyes were warm, yet concerned. “Go on, I’ll let you wake him.”

I walked back to Jacob’s room and opened the door. The moment my eyes found him sleeping peacefully on his bed my heart started thumping against my chest. I struggled for breath. I closed my eyes and focused on my breathing.

I concentrated on making my feet move, never taking my eyes off his sleeping form. When I got to the bed I sat on the edge. “Jake,” I whispered softly, touching his shoulder.

He sat up swiftly, disoriented. I jumped back. “Bella?”

“Hi.” I smiled weakly. He just looked at me. He rubbed his eyes. Blinked. And grabbed me and pulled me into another one of his bone crushing hugs.

Jacob POV

My heart was beating out of my chest. “I’m so glad you’re back, safe. I missed you so much.” I kissed her on the cheek. Something was wrong though. I put my hands on her shoulders and looked into her face. “Is everything okay?” I asked trying to understand her expression. Oh, no. She’s chosen Edward. I closed my eyes avoiding the pain that was coming.

“Jacob,” she spoke so softly. I opened my eyes and looked into hers. “I have one question for you. I want the absolute truth.” I nodded. “This question is the do or die one for me, okay?” I cringed at the irony of her word choice.

“Okay.”

She closed her eyes and inhaled deeply. She exhaled, opened her eyes and took my hands. She turned to sit with her legs crossed under her so that she was facing me completely.

“Jacob, have you...” she paused. I raised my eyebrows encouraging her to continue. “Have you, um...”

I squeezed her hands. “Just spit it out, Bells. Have I what?”

Another deep breath and then the words rushed out, “have you imprinted?” This was not the question I was expecting.

“Have I imprinted? That’s your do or die question?”

“Yes.” She dropped her head. “See, if you haven’t, then you still could. I couldn't handle having you leave me like Sam left Leah.”

I pulled her into my lap. “Bella, my sweet, sweet Bella.” I kissed her.

She kissed back only momentarily before pulling away. “Jacob, please. Answer the question.”

“Yes, I have.” I was so excited to finally tell her what I wanted to tell her all those months ago.

“You have?” her voice cracked and the tears started to form in her eyes.

“Bella.” I hugged her tightly and kissed her hair. “You are the one who is destined to be mine forever. I want to give you the future you saw once.”

“You imprinted on me? I am your...” she stopped.

“Soul mate.” I finished her sentence and kissed her deeply, but she pushed against my chest, backing away from me.

“What kind of sick game are you playing, Jacob,” she spat. Her eyes narrowed. Her face was livid.

“I’m not playing any games.” I spoke the words as sincerely as I could.

“You told me that you had not imprinted on me -- on anyone. Why change your story now?” Her anger and frustration filled the room.

I stood and pulled a shirt out of my drawer. “Let’s go for a walk.” I pulled her toward the door. She followed slowly.

My heart was beating intensely in my chest. How was I going to convince her that I’d lied before? I was not lying now.

We walked quietly toward trees behind the house. We came up to a rock and I sat down. I pulled her toward me. She stood between my legs with her arms folded across her chest. I put my arms around her waist. With me sitting and her standing we were almost the same height. She kept her eyes from my face.

“Bella?” She just grunted. “Bella, look at me, please. If you’re going to understand this, you have to look into my eyes.” She stubbornly let her eyes make contact with mine. “Bella, you want the truth?”

“Uh, yeah,” came an irritated, sarcastic reply.

“Okay, you have to promise me that you will not take your eyes off of mine. Promise?”

“As long as you promise the same thing.”

I pulled my hands from her waist and took her hands in mine, interlocking our fingers. I looked down at them. I rubbed her knuckles with my thumbs. "Deal," I said as my eyes made their way back up to hers. “My sweet Bella.” I waited. She bit her lip. “Do you remember when I told you that I would never find anyone else.” She continued to bite her lip while she nodded. “Well, the truth is that I imprinted on you long ago.” She gasped. I squeezed her hands. “I lied to you before because I would rather not have you than have you choose me because of some stupid wolf thing. I have loved you for so long.” Her eyes began to glisten. I hoped that was a good thing. “I wanted you to want to be with me because you loved me as much as I loved you -- or almost as much.” She smiled meekly. The first tear spilled over onto her cheek. I wiped it away with my thumb. She took my hand in hers and kissed it.

“Jacob. I’m sorry you felt like you had to lie to me.”

“I just didn’t want you to be with me out of some warped sense of obligation. I needed for me to be your soul mate as well.”

“I understand.” She muttered quietly. Her body tensed and she took a step back. My heart fell to my toes only to soar as she threw her arms around my neck, melting her body into mine. “I love you, Jacob Black.” She met my lips with a kiss. “I am so very in love with you.” Another kiss. She took my face in her hands and looked intensely into my eyes. “You are my soul mate.”

I grabbed her around the waist and pulled her into my chest. I pressed my lips to hers and kissed her with all the emotion I’d felt these last seven days we’d been apart. Her tongue caressed my bottom lip and my breath caught. I loved this woman who was now mine forever.