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Happy Ending

Summary:
i'd like to say that this isn't your typical "Jacob finally imprints" story, except that it is. The teen rating is a safety net. Just in case something later in the story requires it. Jacob/OC ok. I'm really, really sorry. This story is just not working out. so unless I have some huge story epiphany, this story is cancelled.again, I'm really really sorry.


Notes:
This is my first story. Enjoy!


4. Chapter 4 : obsessed

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Chapter four: obsessed

Amber

That night, I couldn’t get Jacob out of my head. I was distracted all through dinner. I didn’t even notice Tyler glaring at me from across the table. He hadn’t really been too mad. He had been worried about me. I had been prepared for him to really rip into me, but he just made me promise I wouldn’t tell on him.

I thought about what he had said when we were walking back in the direction of his car. I had looked back to wave goodbye to Jacob. Tyler had leaned in to whisper in my ear. “Don’t waste your breath Amber. I hear he’s still pining over Bella.” For a second, I thought I saw Jacob wince, as if he had heard what Tyler said. But that was nonsense, of course. I looked at Tyler.

“The chief’s daughter?”

“That’s the one. She supposedly hooked up with him and then ran off and married Cullen.” His voice was full of resentment when he said the name, and I remembered she’d turned him down. “She would have left him, Cullen that is, but he got her pregnant and she had to marry him to protect her dignity or something… Anyway, all I know for sure is that Bella broke that Jacob kid’s heart. He’s totally NOT over her. You have no chance whatsoever.”

I was surprised at the fall in my spirits at his words. I didn’t like Jacob… Did I?

“I don’t- I mean I wasn’t- I mean-“

Tyler rolled his eyes. “Of course not. How silly of me.” His voice was dripping sarcasm.

“So Amber, how was your day at the beach? Did you have fun with Tyler today?” My mom spoke to me, yanking me out of the memory.

“What?” I asked, a little disoriented.

“I said, did you have fun at the beach with Tyler today?”

Tyler shot me a warning glance across the table. “Sure, it was fun. Tyler mostly ignored me the entire time.” I smiled to suggest I was joking. “But it was still fun. Some of the Quileute kids came and I hung out with them mostly.”

“Oh, well, I’m glad you had fun sweetie.” I just nodded and went back to my thoughts.

Later, sitting on the bed I always used when we stayed with Aunt Beth, I thought about what Jacob had said that afternoon, about us maybe seeing each other again. It had almost sounded like an invitation. Had he been trying to ask me out? I quickly dismissed the idea. Jacob didn’t like me. At least he didn’t, like like me. He probably just thought I was some kind of stupid girl who needs saving all the time. Anyway, I wasn’t looking for a relationship.

Despite my denials, I couldn’t shake the overwhelming desire to see him again. I bit my lip. I was way too obsessed with him. We had only met once for God's sake!

A knock on my door interrupted my thoughts. “Come in.”

My mom appeared, drying the wavy, auburn hair I had inherited with a pink bath towel.

My mom was a big woman. I had her hair and pale complexion, but had my daddy’s gold-flecked blue eyes rather then inheriting her celery green ones. I also inherited Daddy’s slender build. Mom and I got along well, and I often looked to her for advice.

“Hey sweetie.” My mom said, sitting down on the edge of my bed. “Are you ok? You seem kind of out of it today.”

“Yeah. I’m just tired from the beach trip.” In reality, though I should have been exhausted, the opposite was true. I felt all jittery and overexcited.

“Okay. Well, I know you don’t really like to hang out with Tyler and his friends.”

My eyes widened in surprise. I’d never told her that.

“I could tell Amber.” She said with a smile, correctly interpreting my facial expression. “I always felt bad, but it would have hurt Beth’s feelings if I told her. I’m sorry if you had a bad time today.”

“No!” I said a little too loudly. “I mean, no. I was a little bored at first so…” I suddenly felt bad for lying to my mom about the beach trip earlier.

“What?” My mom asked, looking confused.

“Promise you won’t be mad at Tyler? It wasn’t his fault. You probably shouldn’t tell Aunt Beth or she’ll yell at him.”

Her eyes narrowed slightly. “Why? What did he do?”

“Nothing! It was my fault. I was bored so I wandered off into the forest. I didn’t go far, but I fell asleep. I tried to find my way out again when I woke up, but I guess I went the wrong way. I got lost.”

“Oh! Amber! Why didn’t you tell me?” She touched my hair with her warm hand.

“Tyler made me promise not to. Like I said, he thought you’d be mad at him. I have to admit, I thought you’d be mad at me too.”

Mom put on a stern expression. “You bet I am. That was very irresponsible of you.”

I flinched. “Are you going to punish me?”

Her expression softened. “No. I think being lost was enough of a punishment. How did you find your way out?”

I looked down at my hands in my lap. I wondered how she would react if I told her about Jacob.

“Um… A Quiliute boy named Jacob Black heard me crying and came to investigate. He led me out.” I looked up to gauge her reaction. She didn’t seem upset.

“Well that was nice of him. Though you should never trust a stranger.” My mom smiled. “You got very lucky.” She paused for a second before asking. “Was he cute?”

Much to my chagrin, I felt my cheeks burn. “Mom!” I protested, looking down again.

“Well, was he?”

“I guess,”

“did he seem nice?”

He had been wonderful. “Sure.”

Before my mom could subject me to any more embarrassing questioning, Ruby started screaming for her. She sighed. “Don’t ever go into the woods alone again.”

“I promise.”

She kissed me on the forehead. “Love you, good night.”

“’night Mom. Love you too.”

She got up off the bed and walked to the door. “I’m coming! Hold your horses!” She shut the door behind her.

I curled up under the covers and lay awake, thoughts of the afternoon, and of Jacob swirling in my mind.