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A Twist of Fate

Summary:
Jasper is kicked out of the house when the Cullens discover he has cheated on his "vegetarian" diet. What Jasper sees before he leaves is sure to change his and Bella's lives forever. A Jasper/Bella fic.


Notes:
Okay! I know, I know. I've not been good at updating at all. It's been about 4 and a half months actually. I will be deleting those stories, editing them, AND THEN putting them back up. The only other one staying will be We Meet Again. Not to worry though. They will be back. Anywho, this is a Jasper/Bella fic and I hope you enjoy. I'll be MUCH better with my updates on this one.


9. Confusion and Almost Unexplained Anger

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Bella's POV

I woke up terribly confused. It was dark and I was still in my tight, uncomfortable jeans. There was an arm around me, an unfamiliar arm. It took a minute before everything hit me. I knew who the arm belonged to.

I rolled over and looked into Jasper's eyes, my heart skipped a beat. There was very little of the golden butterscotch color I'd become so used to.

I tried to look past it. "How long have I been asleep?"

He grinned, squeezing me tight. "Quite a long time, love. You must have been exhausted."

"Did Charlie check on me at any point? What happened to my truck? Did I miss the entire school day?" I started to panic. I was at the stage that happens right after you wake up, the incredibly confused and lost stage. The fact that going to bed before the sun went down and being awake before the sun comes up was too much for my tired mind to comprehend, especially in the state of being I was in.

"Calm down," he said. I immediately felt more relaxed. Thank heavens for Jasper's talent. He began again, "Charlie did check on you, he seemed concerned but wanted to let you have your sleep. You didn't take your truck to school, I drove you. And yes, you missed the rest of the school day."

"Oh," I said, not knowing which part to respond to first. I couldn't stop staring at his disturbingly dark eyes.

Finally, I gave in. "Are you thirsty?" I asked. He looked at me, an eyebrow raised. He trailed a finger along my jaw. I could barely make out his face in the dim light.

"Why would you think that?" he questioned, tracing my lips with an ice cold finger.

"I can see it in your eyes," I replied. I could see something in his face change. It was almost like he'd forgotten that I could tell when he was hungry or not. I wondered if it bothered him that I knew.

"Ah, yes," he said, his voice muted. "Perhaps I am getting a bit thirsty."

I frowned. Was he hiding something from me?

"Go hunt," I told him.

He smiled wryly. "And leave a pretty little thing like you? I'd never!"

I laughed quietly and pushed his shoulder. "Just go eat. I promise I'll be here when you get back."

He looked at me intensely, and then, as quick as the expression came, it was gone. He pasted on a humorous smile. "If you insist!" he sighed.

He ran his hand along the side of my face and was gone.

I looked at the clock, it read 2:30 in the morning. I groaned, pulling off my jeans and throwing on some sweat pants. My head had just hit the pillow when I felt a very large, warm being scoop me up. It took all I had not to scream out.

"Jacob Black, put me down right now!" I whispered fiercely.

"But I missed you!" he said, hugging me tighter. "And I hardly think it's fair. Your usual bloodsucker has only been out of your life for a day or two and then you have another in here right away. I can smell him all over. I've been in line longer than he has anyway," said Jake. I hated it when he talked about my "bloodsucker" friends like that.

"Jake," I sighed, still in his arms. He put me on the bed and then sat next to me. "You know that I love you, of course, but I just don't love you like that." I'd given Jake that speech so many times that I could recite it in my sleep. I probably had, many times.

He started playing with his hands. "I know, Bella. It's just wishful thinking I guess..."

Great, I'd upset him. I hated the fact that after every time I gave him the talk he got mopey for days on end. Why couldn't he accept that he and I were not meant to be?

"Come on, Jake. Don't be like that." I grabbed his hands and gave them an encouraging squeeze. His face brightened a miniscule amount.

"Well, the reason I came here in the first place was to ask if you'd come up to the rez after school tomorrow. It's been a long while since we've hung out together. I miss you, Bells!"

"I'll be there. And, don't call me Bells," I laughed. He grinned the smile that had been my life support for so long, gave me a hug, and was gone.

I sighed and collapsed onto the pillow. Having friends that needed very little rest, if any, was very draining.

I fell asleep, thinking about the changes in my life.

In a matter of days I'd gone from madly in love with Edward, to gallivanting around with his brother. Never in a million years did I ever think that would be the case.

It seemed like minutes later when I opened my eyes. Jasper was pacing the length of my room.

"What's wrong?" I asked. My heartbeat accelerated. Jasper never showed impatience.

"Why was the stupid mutt in here? He was on your bed, I can smell him all over you." He looked at me, furious. It really didn't take a lot for vampires to get jealous, that much I knew.

"Nothing happened, Jasper. Jake just stopped by. We haven't seen each other in awhile and we miss being together. You smell him on me because he can't seem to go a day without giving me a gigantic hug," I said, reassuringly.

He stopped and took a deep breath. "Terribly sorry, Bella. Sometimes I just can't seem to get a handle on my emotions."

I nodded, not saying anything. He quickly took notice and sat down by me on the bed.

"I'm sorry, Bella, really. I promise you wont see that side of me again," he said, rubbing my back soothingly.

I looked at him. His eyes were considerably lighter, good news there. I decided to tell him about my plans with Jacob. "Uhm, Jasper?"

"Yes?" he asked, his eyes piercing.

"Jacob asked me if I wanted to go up to La Push to see him after school today, I told him yes. I really do miss him, Jasper. Please don't be mad," I pleaded. The one thing that I didn't want to do was make Jasper angry. I'd just gotten hold of him, after all. Losing him at this point would be too much for me.

"You may do what you like, Bella. I don't control you," he said honestly. I was surprised. I'd have thought that he would have said no, just like Edward would have. I would really have to get used to this type of relationship.

"You're not mad?" I asked as a precautionary measure.

"No," he answered. It certainly didn't look like he was lying.

"I don't have to go if you don't want me to. If you need me here I'll stay. It'll only be for a few hours," I said, panicked. I couldn't figure out why he was being so calm. I wasn't used to being granted the pleasure of Jake's company without there being consequences.

He laughed. "Bella, you can do whatever you wish, especially if it makes you happy. I will not stop you if you really want to go," he said, grabbing my hand. I couldn't help the smile that crept over my face.

Forty-five minutes later I had showered, gotten dressed, and eaten. It took awhile to explain to Charlie why I was asleep when he came home last night, but I did it. I told him that I wasn't feeling well. I also told him that I was going to see Jake after school. He looked at me strangely, as if he knew I was hiding something, but accepted my explanation and told me to have a good time at Jake's house.

"Bye, Dad!" I called, closing the front door a little harder than I planned. I was joined almost instantly by Jasper.

"What's wrong?" he frowned as he walked me to his car. At this point I didn't care if Charlie saw me with him or not.

"Charlie doesn't trust me," I sighed. "He didn't believe me."

He opened the door and helped me into the car, making sure I didn't fall. He was in the car and had it started before I could blink.

"How do you know he doesn't trust you?" he asked.

"I can just tell!" I snapped. The lack of sleep the night before was catching up to me, Jasper could tell. He took one hand off the wheel and rested it on my shoulder. I felt the soothing calm coursing through me, it was a feeling I had become very used to.

I shook his hand off, frustrated that my foul mood could be washed away so easily without my consent.

I had a hard time figuring out why my mood had gone so sour so fast. Perhaps Charlie's untrustworthy glance had pushed me over the edge. That after everything that had happened, Charlie was the one who would set me off. I didn't want to yell at anyone though. I was determined to keep what was bottled up inside me in for as long as possible.

When we pulled up to school, I could see everyone turn to look at us. I ignored their curious glances. After yesterday, they shouldn't be shocked anymore. Jasper helped me out of the car. I was still in a bad mood and Jasper knew not to say anything about it.

We walked to my first class in silence. When we reached the door he grabbed my arm and pulled me back before I could walk in, his eyes were on fire. We were inches apart.

"I'll miss you," he whispered, bringing my hand to his lips.

My anger melted and I smiled. "See you soon," I managed to croak before entering the room.

I couldn't help but keep grinning. Yes, I knew that Jasper used a bit of his gift on me. The real question was, did I care? At that point, not at all.