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Stay With Me

Summary:
What would have happened if Bella had answered Edwards call instead of Jacob? WHat if he knew Bella wasn't dead? What if he came back...?


Notes:


6. Reunions

Rating 5/5   Word Count 3314   Review this Chapter

I was very nervous but I knew I had to get this over with. Charlie unlocked the door and walked in. He put his jacket on the rack, talking to me before he even looked up.

“Hey Bells. Dinner smells great. How was-” he stopped as soon as he saw us, standing there, hand in hand.

“Hey Dad,” I hesitated.

“What….the ..hell are you doing here?” he grunted through clenched teeth.

“Dad, it’s O.K. Edward’s home and staying for good,” I smiled reassuringly but it wasn’t enough.

“Get out of my house!” he yelled. “Now!”

“No!” I shouted back.

“It’s O.K Bella,” Edward whispered in my ear. “I’ll be back later.” He let go of my hand and walked out the door into the rain.

“Why is he here in this house Bella?” Charlie exclaimed, almost yelling as loudly as he had been with Edward.

“He was here because he loves me,” I replied. “Nothing can keep us apart. There was a… misunderstanding. That’s all. But everything’s fine now.”

“Bella, I never, never want to see him in this house again and I never want you to get near him again. Do I make myself clear?” He had calmed down some but his face was bright red.

“Yes,” I said. Charlie looked confused.

“I thought teenagers were supposed to be stubborn.” he said.

“I’m not going to be. I’m just going to pack my things and leave.”

Everything was silent. Charlie looked as white as Edward and I was afraid he wasn’t breathing until he spoke again.

“W-What?” he whispered.

“I’m eight-teen and I have a right to live where I want to. If I can’t be with my boyfriend then I’ll just leave. When do you want me out Dad?”

“Alright Bella,” he choked, “he can come here. I want him out by nine-thirty every night though.”

I sighed and Charlie seemed to relax too. I pulled the lasagna out of the oven and put Charlie’s on a plate. I felt the tension in the air, though Charlie’s face seemed a normal color now.

“You have a letter Bella,” he finally said, while getting out of his seat and walking to the counter. He washed his plate and tossed the envelope towards the table. I barely caught it before it slid off the edge.

“It’s from La Push,” he turned around and eyed me curiously. I winced when I saw the address. I could only imagine what Jacob was going to say. I took a deep breath and slowly opened the letter.

Dear Bella,

Just checking to see if you were alive. Is the bloodsucker back yet? I’m sorry I left the way I did but I guess that phone call just surprised me. I miss you. You should come down to visit sometime, or do your bloodsuckers not like the idea of you hanging out with werewolves? I think they’re hardly ones to talk, considering the fact that they’re vampires. I wish he hadn’t called, Bella. I really thought you were getting over him….I wish you had. Well I guess I’ll see you around, actually I probably won’t but whatever. Goodbye.

Jacob

Every word was torture to me. I winced as I read back over the letter for the third time. I should never have brought Jacob into this. He didn’t understand and his feelings for me were just too strong.

“So, what’s up with Jacob?” Charlie asked casually but I could tell curiosity was burning inside of him.

“Nothing really,” I said calmly. “I have a test I need to study for. Night Dad.”

“Night Bells.”

I dragged my feet up the stairs, not wanting to see Edward right now but knowing he would be there. I didn’t want him to see my pain. I opened the door slowly, to see Edward laying on my bed. He looked up and smiled at me. I didn’t smile back and his eyes looked troubled.

“I know about the letter from Jacob,” he said calmly. I laid down beside him and laid my head on his chest. We sat like that in the silence for a while before Edward finally spoke.

“Please tell me what your thinking before I go mad.”

I didn’t know what to tell him. I thought carefully and still I couldn’t speak. All I could do was hand him the letter, which I still held tightly in my arms. He read it and put it back in my arms and held me close.

“Please Bella,” he whispered.

“He’s my best friend Edward. He worries about me just as much as I worry about him. When you left,” I paused to see his expression. He flinched and his eyes became hard. “I went to visit Jacob and we spent the whole time together. Then he changed. He became a bigger, stronger Jacob, but still my friend.”

Edward pulled me closer to him and I just closed my eyes in pain.

“I need to see him,” I blurted out.

“No,” Edward said firmly but yet in a soothing way. This surprised me. How could he of all creatures not agree to let me see a werewolf.

“What?” I breathed and sat up quickly.

“Bella, he’s a puppy. A puppy who couldn’t control himself enough to stay with you over a phone call. Werewolves are dangerous enough but young ones are even worse. He can’t control himself.”

“He was perfectly fine then,” I defended. Edward knew exactly what then meant. He paused and closed his eyes in frustration and agony.

“I won’t let you see him Bella. It’s absolutely out of the question.”

“I’m afraid you can’t stop me,” I said, clearly annoyed by his persistence of me staying away from Jacob. “I’ll get Charlie to take me.” I walked towards the door but Edward was quicker. He was in front of it as soon as I got up. I walked towards the open window.

“How are you going to explain to Charlie that you came out the window to ask him for a ride?” Edward asked, clearly amused at my stubborn attitude.

“You can’t lock me up here forever, all I have to do is call him up here right now and get him to take me.”

That was exactly what I did. “Charlie!” I yelled.

“Wait,” Edward said. “You can go. Just let me take you to the border.”

“Um, I’m going to visit Jacob tomorrow alright?” I yelled down the stairs.

“Alright Bella. Good night.” Charlie replied.

Edward sighed and his eyes softened.

“Just call Jacob so he can pick you up on the other side of the border.”

I had no intentions of Edward taking me over there. I had to convince him I could go on my own perfectly fine.

“Edward I’m driving to Jacob’s tomorrow. I don’t need to be picked up like a five year old.”

“Please Bella, try to be reasonable. I’m letting you go but please just let me take you to the border.”

I sighed, knowing couldn’t win against those golden eyes. Edward relaxed too. He pulled me in his arms and held me, kissing the top of my head. Then he picked me up and laid me on the bed. I fell asleep quickly.

*************

I called Jacob the next morning but I got no answer. Edward could see the disappointment in my face. I looked into his eyes and I saw something I had never seen from him before. Jealousy. I didn’t need him to be jealous. I didn’t love Jacob like I loved Edward. I went up to Edward and hugged him. I leaned back and smiled.

“So, what are we going to do today.”

Edward’s smile brightened and the jealousy disappeared.

“Anything you want love,” he said.

“Let’s go to the meadow.”

“Then let’s go.”

We walked to the door, when the phone rang. I rushed to pick it up.

“Hello?”

“Hey Bella. I’m sorry I didn’t answer your call. We’ve been getting a lot of sales calls lately so I didn’t bother to see who it was.”

“That’s alright Jacob.”

“Hey, why don’t you come over?”

“Um, actually I have plans now.”

Edward grabbed the phone and started talking.

“She’ll be there. Can you pick her up at the border? Yea. Thanks. Bye.”

He hung up the phone and turned to me. I sat there in confusion.

“I thought we were going to the meadow?” I questioned.

“You wanted to see Jacob and now you have the chance,” he smiled warmly and grabbed my hand, pulling me to the door. I let him drag me, too confused to do anything else. Hadn’t I just seen jealousy in his eyes? And now he was taking me to the source of his jealousy? Sometimes Edward didn’t make sense.

We must have arrived at the border because Edward’s silver Volvo slowed to a stop about thirty yards from Jacob’s Rabbit. He leaned over and kissed me goodbye. I walked out and started heading across the invisible line.

“Bella!” Jacob exclaimed.

“Hey Jake.”

I ran up to him and he gave me a huge bear hug.

. “Cant breathe Jake,” I choked.

He laughed and let me go.

“So come on. Let’s head to my house. Then I want to take you somewhere.”

He pulled me to the car and I got in. On the way to Jacob’s house we had silly conversations. I asked him about the adventures of Quil and Embry, his two best friends. He asked me about high school. By the time we finished telling our short stories, we were there. I jumped out to find Billy waiting by the window. His face brightened when he saw me.

“Hey Bella.”

“Hi Billy.”

“I’m going to Sue’s so I’ll be back later.”

“O.K, dad,” Jacob said, and pulled me with him to the beach.

We walked along the shore, content with the silence. Jacob started looking around, like he expected to see something, and I was getting annoyed.

“What are you looking for?” I finally asked.

“Huh? Oh, nothing.”

“That’s not true and you know it,” I nudged him in the ribs.

“Well, the pack said they wanted to see you, and they said they were coming to the beach.”

“Oh,” I said.

I liked Quil and Embry. Jared was cool too and besides the temper, Paul could be nice. Sam still sent chills down my spine. Sometimes I still got mad at him when I would hear something come out of Jacob’s mouth that he would never say, knowing it was the Sam in him.

“That’s not a problem, is it?” Jake questioned. He looked worried, but I wasn’t mad.

“No, of course not. Are they coming now?”

“Soon,” he sighed. He stopped looking around and he didn’t look stressed anymore.

“So, what’s the news with the wolf pack anyways?” I asked.

“Nothing. It’s kind of boring now. We do our patrols, knowing we’re not going to find anything and then we’re done for the day. Things are slow in La Push. Now that your bloodsuckers are here, that red head hasn’t shown up anymore.”

I shivered at the thought of Victoria. Had she really stopped looking for me? I doubted it but maybe the Cullen’s return had postponed her event.

“Good,” I said quietly. “I’m tired of worrying about you.”

Jacob chuckled.

“Please Bella, don’t try to humor me. We’re born to kill their kind.”

I looked away and Jacob automatically winced.

“Sorry, Bells. I didn’t mean anything like tha-”

“It’s O.K.” I interrupted, not wanting to hear anymore about killing. I heard a bunch of guys yelling, and I turned around to see what was going on. It was the rest of the pack, laughing obviously at something someone had said. I saw Emily, walking beside Sam and I smiled warmly.

“Hey Emily!” I yelled, and gave her a hug.

“Hello.”

Quil and Embry kissed me on the cheek and Jared and Paul both waved. Sam smiled at me, and I forced a smile in return.

“How’s it been Bella?” he asked.

“Fine, I suppose.”

His smile widened and I couldn’t help but laugh. He did too and gave me a friendly hug. At least no one held any grudges against me for hurting Jacob like I had. We all sat down on the sand, Emily had brought towels for everyone, and Jacob and I shared. Emily and I started talking about all sorts of things. She asked me how school was, and when I was coming back. I had hesitated before I had answered but finally said, “Soon.”

Her smile brightened, and she laughed. We had a great time. We laughed about the crazy things Jacob and Quil had done and Embry added a few embarrassing times Sam had experienced. I really enjoyed seeing the guys like this, not angry with each other, almost like true brothers. Jacob kept me close to him the whole time, not allowing me any room to myself but I didn’t care. He was warm and it was starting to get chilly.

Finally, it got quiet and everyone started at Sam, who was looking at me.

“Bella,” he started. I looked at Jacob, who refused to look at me.

Sam continued. “I know the Cullen’s have returned but are they staying?”

I glared at Jacob, who flinched.

“Yes, they are staying.”

“So, does that mean you wont be visiting much anymore?”

“I will come and visit, I promise. Maybe not as much as I used to, but I’ll be here whenever you ask to. Is that the reason you came out here? To see if my loyalty only belonged to them?”

Sam looked at Emily, trying to find an answer but she simply looked at me, waiting patiently.

“I might date Edward, and they might be some of my best friends but so are you guys.” I looked around and my eyes stopped at Jacob.

“I’m a neutral country. Friends with everyone, even if the don’t get along with each other.”

Sam sighed . “Well, it’s getting late and we have a patrol soon.” he stood up and everyone else did too, except Jacob and I. The started to walk up the hill but Sam stopped and looked at Jacob.

“Take her home. It’s late and we don’t want to start problems.”

Jacob nodded and helped me up. We walked to the car in silence. Jacob stopped in front of the door to his car.

“I’m sorry about that,” he whispered. “Next time, I’ll warn you.”

“It’s fine Jake, really.”

“Good.”

He let me in the car and we drove to the border. I had called Edward, and he was waiting for me, leaning lightly against his car. His golden eyes gleamed in the moonlight, and he looked more glorious than ever. I sighed in awe and jealousy. He hugged me and let me into the car.

“So, how was your day?” he asked politely.

“It was great.” I left it at that, not adding much except that we went to the beach and joked around. Edward pulled into the driveway and kissed me on the cheek.

“I’ll be in your room.”

I walked into the house and found no one home. Charlie’s cruiser was in the driveway, but where was Charlie?

“Dad?”

I walked into his bedroom but he wasn’t there. I knocked on the bathroom door but it was unlocked and empty. I ran up to my room. Charlie wasn’t there either but Edward was. He saw the panic on my face and was at my side in an instant.

“Where’s Charlie?” I nearly shouted.

Edward relaxed, obviously not seeing this as an issue.

“Billy came by and took him to Sue’s to watch a game.”

I sighed, in relief. I was surprised Charlie hadn’t left me a note but he was probably in a hurry. Edward chuckled.

“What did you think happened to him?”

I looked away embarrassed but Edward pulled my chin up, forcing me to look at him.

“I thought maybe Victoria had come back for me,” I whispered.

Edward hissed at the sound of her name and pulled away. When he calmed down, he retuned to my side and pulled me to the bed. We sat down.

“Victoria will never hurt you or anyone else in your family as long as we’re here.”

“Alright.”

“Now, it’s late and Charlie will probably expect you in bed by now so why don’t you get some rest?”

“Fine,” I grumbled and closed my eyes, drifting into a dreadful sleep, where Victoria was bound to be lurking.

*****************

I had been right. Victoria was in my dreams. I awoke with a last, final, dreadful image of her, bloodthirsty and wild. Her eyes were as red as her hair, which was practically in flames. She kept chasing after me and in every dream, I wasn’t fast enough to run away. I remember one part which I had hoped I would never see again. Edward was in front of me, about fifty yards away. He wouldn’t run to me and he kept beaconing for me to hurry. I turned around and saw Victoria. She was far away, further away than I was from Edward but she could run. I ran as fast as I could, but it wasn’t fast enough. I was nearly to Edward’s extended hands, when she bit into my throat, arising me from my sleep.

I gasped quietly and my hands naturally went to my neck. It was clean. Edward held my hands at my neck and looked at me in confusion.

“I’m not going to eat you Bella. Please don’t tell me that was part of your dream.”

I laughed.

“No, it had nothing to do with you eating me.”

“Then who?” he pleaded.

“V-Victoria.”

He looked out the window and I could tell he was frustrated, but at what, I wasn’t sure.

“It was just a dream.”

“I know. It’s fine now.” I said.

“Yes,” he agreed. “Come on, let’s go downstairs.”

“What about Charlie?”

“He’s not here but he left a note on the table.”

I knew Edward wouldn’t tell me where Charlie was. He didn’t like to use his powers when I was involved. He wanted me to have as many human experiences I could possibly have. Sometimes it could have been helpful though. I saw the letter on the kitchen table.

Morning Bella. Sorry I didn’t leave a note to tell you where I was. I should have left a message on the phone or something. I’m going fishing and wont be back until dinner. Have fun, and why don’t you go visit Jacob again. You haven’t seen him a lot and he misses you. Well see you later.

Charlie.

I knew he would say something like that. I wanted to spend time with Edward today, not with Jacob.

“So. Can we go to the meadow today?” I asked.

“Of course. Anything you want.”

Edwards phone buzzed on the kitchen table and he picked it up.

“Hello? What? But you said she was gone! Yes, we’ll be right there.”

He hung up the phone and grabbed my wrist, pulling me back upstairs.

“Get dressed. We’re going to my house.”

“What is it?” I asked frantically.

“Just get dressed and I’ll explain on the way.”

He left me alone to get dressed. I slipped into a nice pair of sweats and a sweater. I ran to the bathroom and brushed my teeth. After looking in the mirror one last time, I went back downstairs. Edward was already pulling me to his car, which I assume he had gotten while I was dressing.

“What’s going on?” I demanded.

“Get into the car.”

Edward practically threw me into the seat and but on my seat belt. He got into his own seat and sped down the road.

“Victoria’s coming,” he stated bluntly.

I felt my heart beat slower.

“She’s not coming alone.”

I didn’t say anything, I just stared out the window, seeing nothing. This couldn’t be. It had to be another dream, but I knew it wasn’t.