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Friendships

Summary:
I could not understand why she liked it so much. The rain. When we were in her room packing for her to leave and she mournfully threw all her tank tops into a pile to give to me, she said that she hated Forks because of the rain. Now, on the phone when I called her in response to the wedding invitation, she sounded like the rain was the greatest thing since…well Edward Cullen, her fiancé. For being so against marriage at a young age, Aunt Rene and my mother sure were exited about this wedding. So much so, that we were flying in two weeks early in order to help out. Edward/Bella, Jacob/OC


Notes:
I can't stop writing. It's boardering on obessive.


3. Wedding Bella

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The last minute things were the ones that always made people crazy. However cool and collect the Cullens were, Alice was freaking out. Apparently the caterers had forgotten something and she had to rush around and find a replacement.

Edward looked like he was about to drop dead from nervousness as well and Bella...well I won't get started about my cousin. It was Rosalie who volunteered to help Bella get ready, while Alice and I greeted the guests. This was odd. Rosalie Hale had always seemed so cold and distant. I got the feeling she did not like me or Bella very much. In fact I think the only person he liked was Emmett. Alice too, seemed to hesitate.

"It's alright, Alice," Bella said softly.

Alice nodded and gave me a once over. The dress fit perfectly and actually made me look kind of nice. I smiled at my reflection as Alice added one more pin to my hair and some mascara. She looked impeccable herself, but I had come to associate impeccability with Alice. They were like synonyms for each other or something. After she was sure I was presentable, we went downstairs to greet guests.

The guests were just people from the town, Carlisle's co-workers and friends from Bella's school (Mike included). Normal looking people compared to the Cullens, until he and his father walked in.

He had to be one of the best looks guys I had ever seen in my life. Tall, well built, with dark hair that fell to his chin and deep black eyes, he towered above most of the guests and had a calm, though slightly menacing, air about him. His lips were very full and drawn into a straight line, as if he would rather be anywhere but here. He was dressed in a tux, though it seemed a little awkward for him. To bad he looked a good ten years older then me. And he looked a lot like those guys who had followed me when I first got here.

I looked over at Alice to ask who he was. A small town, one that I would never visit again, could present some opportunities you know. Not that I would do anything bad.

Alice had kept her smile, but her demeanor had changed. She was tense.

"Who is that?" I whispered, pointing to the boy.

"That? That is Jacob Black."

"Jacob Black?" I asked, surprised. "But, Bella said he was my age."

"He is."

"He doesn't look it."

Alice shrugged. "Some people look older...or younger then they really are."

I shrugged and looked back over at him. "Jacob Black, huh? Well that explains the tension. Poor kid, going to the wedding of the girl he has a crush on."

"It's more complicated then that."

She turned to greet more guests and I was unable to ask what she meant.

I didn't see him again until after the ceremony. It was a beautiful ceremony. I had never seen two people mean their vows more then Bella and Edward did. The way they said that they would be together for all eternity made you feel like they really would be.

Anyway, the next time I saw Jacob was at the reception. I was standing next to Bella as the guests wished her their congratulations. He was last in line with his father.

When he got to Bella they stood awkwardly. Edward, gods bless him, had stepped back slightly, though his posture was still threatening. I don't know why. Bella was obviously his now and some underage kid wasn't going to take her away from him.

Bella smiled up, way up, at him. "I'm glad you came," she said softly. "Thank you."

He just nodded and bent and kissed her cheek.

"Congratulations," the man in the wheelchair said stiffly.

Jacob turned to go and he caught me watching him. Our eyes met and his jaw dropped for a moment. He just stared at me, strangely, I could not explain it, but it felt like he saw everything. My every sorrow and joy, like he was ready to share them with me, or something.

I heard Bella's breathe catch and out of the corner of my eyes I saw her eyes flash with something unexplainable. Edward, too, looked surprised. I had never seen him look surprised like that before.

"J-Jake?" Bella said softly. "This is my cousin, Evelyn."

"Evelyn." He never took his eyes off of me as he repeated my name like it was some kind of dessert,

I smiled. "You're Jacob, right? Bella told me about you."

"Really?" His voice was tight and his body stiff. Someone had arrived and he was looking over my shoulder at them.

Bella and Edward followed his gaze and Bella gasped. I turned and what I saw caused me to take a step back. It landed me against Jacob's very warm chest and he put a hand on my arm.

"Sorry," I breathed, stepping away from him. "They're just-"

"Creepy," Jacob finished for me.

"Yeah." And they were.

They were two men and a little a girl. A couple perhaps with their daughter. They were strange though. Their skin was translucent and their eyes a strange red color...at least from this distance. I shuddered.

Jacob's voice was a growl when he spoke. "You said they weren't coming back."

"I didn't think they were," Edward snapped at him. He took a deep breath and I saw his eyes twitch to the side. I noticed how to rest of the Cullens were gravitating towards the trio. "We should go greet them, Bella," Edward said softly.

She nodded.

"Evelyn, can you please make sure the guests have everything they need?"

"O-of course," I stutter. This was really weird.

I had a feeling I was not supposed to hear what he said to Jacob. "Keep a sharp eye."

Jacob just stared at him.

He moved away with a nod to me and I saw him wheel his father to a table and remove his own jacket. He then stood over his father like he was standing guard, arms crossed over his chest. The fact that something weird was going on, was driven from my mind when I saw the muscles in his arms bulging through the thin material of his shirt.

Forcing myself to focus on more important matters, I moved over to my mother and tried to make small talk, but that feeling was still hanging over me. I found myself looking for Jacob and moving over to him. It felt a little safer to be so close to him. He glanced at me and offered me a chair, but we otherwise did not speak.

"What's going on?" I asked finally. "Those people they did not look hu-"

"Don't say it," he said quickly. "Keep that to yourself. For your sake...and mine."

I looked up at him. He was serious and scared. Very scared.

"Look," he said finally, when I saw Edward step in front of Bella. That strange little girl was staring up at him and saying something. "I need you to make a phone call."

"What kind of phone call?"

He wrote a number of a napkin. "Ask for Embry Call...he's my brother." He glanced at his father when he said this.

"Call?" I questioned. That was the name of that one boy.

"Yeah. I need you to tell him that-"

Suddenly Alice appeared. I don't know how she got from her family to here so fast, but she did. "Don't do anything stupid," she whispered to Jacob.

He shot her a hard look so full of loathing that it made my throat catch.

"What's going on," I asked again. "Those people....they don't look human."

"Don't say that again!" Jacob snapped.

"He's right. Just trust us." Alice had a pleading look on her face and she looked around quickly.

"Something strange has been going on. There's something strange about you," I said to Alice. "And you." I turned to Jacob.

"Please," Alice begged. "For our lives and yours, don't say that again. Everything is normal."

"It's no-"I paused and took a deep breath, "Alright, but I want to know everything."

"I can't tell you," Alice said.

"I can," Jacob said flatly. "I will tell you. Everything. Later. Just trust me, please."

I looked up into those very dark eyes. They were pleading and sincere. Though he held himself with maturity right now, his eyes gave his youth and all his feelings away. One of the emotions, I could not place, but I decided to ignore it for the time being.

"Don't look at them," was all Alice said before going to mingle.

Jacob and I sat down in awkward silence. Billy, Jacob's dad, had watched the whole exchange in silence. For some reason I felt like sobbing in terror.

I felt a hand squeeze mine under the table. It was large, warm, and comforting. Jacob.

"Breath," he said softly. "It will be alright. I won't let anything happen to you. I promise"

He sounded grim, as if he would rip out those strange guests' throats given half the chance. It seemed like forever before I heard footsteps behind me. A pair stumbled and I knew Bella and Edward were back.

"We should get going, Jake," Billy said.

Jacob nodded and stood, wheeling his father away from the table. I felt Bella put her hands on my shoulders and squeeze them.

"Wait a minute," I said to Jacob. "You promised you would tell me everything."

He turned and gave me the first real smile he had given all night. "Later. I promise. I'll tell you everything." On that last part his smile faded and he caught Bella's eye. Her hand stiffened on my shoulders, but Jacob had turned and was already leaving.

I did not know when later was, but I hoped it was soon, because it was obvious no one, but Jacob would tell me anything.