Romeo and Juliet
Set during one of Bella's visits to Jacob in Eclipse. Bella's attempting to keep up with her reading but the werewolf isn't making it easy.
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"For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch,
and palm to palm is holy palmer's kiss." Jake leant forwards to look at the page over my shoulder.
“What’s that supposed to mean?” he asked, even managing to get a hint of curiosity in there for me. He was clearly only thinking about the bikes.
“It means they’re in love, Jake,” I replied wearily. “She wants him to kiss her.” I should definitely have known better than to try and introduce Jacob to Shakespeare.
“Couldn’t she just have said ‘kiss me’ then. What’s with all the saints and pilgrims?”
I leant back against the couch and rolled my eyes. Then I realized that where he was sitting he wouldn’t be able to see me at all. “I’m rolling my eyes at you, you have no appreciation for good literature.”
“Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too?” he asked in a slightly mocking tone. I smiled faintly, turning back to the page.
“Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer.”
“O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do;
They pray, grant thou, lest faith turn to despair.”
“Saints do not move, though grant for prayers' sake.”
There was a pause for a moment then Jake continued. “No… I still don’t get it. What’s going on?”
I rolled my eyes. “You’re Romeo, I’m Juliet. We’re locked in a passionate and forbidden romance. Don’t laugh at me!” This didn’t stop him laughing softly.
“Sounds fairly accurate from where I’m slouching.”
“Jake,” I said warningly. “We’re not in a romance. You know that if you keep up like this I won’t come and see you at all.”
“Your leech would prefer that.”
I jerked away instinctively, the book dropping from my hands. Turning I saw Jake fall forwards slightly off the couch before he righted himself. “We’ve talked about this,” I found myself snapping. “Jake, you promised you’d try and be nicer towards him. You’re my best friend.”
“And he’s your murderous vampric lover,” Jacob muttered mutinously. “Yeah, I get it.” He lifted the book off the floor and examined where I’d cracked the spine when I dropped it. That was stupid, I always took care of my books and now this one was ruined. It was all Jacob’s fault.
“Maybe I’ll go home early today.” I pulled my cell phone out of my bag and began to flick through for Edward’s number.
“Bella.” Why was it that Jake’s whining voice always appealed to my protective side. “Come on, Bella. Just a bit longer.”
“No, it’s time I got back anyway. I need to cook for Charlie.” I found Edwards number and selected it. Jake’s pleading face made me relent slightly. “I’ll come back tomorrow, same time.”
I sighed. “Promise.”
Jake grinned and let out a yip of joy that seemed to stem at least partially from his wolf side. He began flicking through the book again as I dialed.
“Hey Edward, I need you to pick me up.”
“Its early, what happened?” That was Edward. Always so protective.
“Nothing, okay. Jake’s going to bring me to the border.” I glared at Jake as I said this. He just grinned at me. “Then I need you to drop me off back home.”
“Okay. I’m on my way now. Love you.”
“Love you,” I replied pointedly, still glaring at Jake. This just made him laugh. I hung up the phone and picked up my coat. “Well? Are you going to drive me out there?”
“Of course.” He bowed low. “My lady Juliet.”
I laughed, it was impossible to stay angry at Jacob. He took my coat and led me to the door. In his car he turned up the heating and I sat comfortably, flicking through the book on my lap. It took me several moments to realize we’d stopped and Jake was holding the door for me. I grinned at him and got out, looking across to where Edwards was leaning against his sleek sports car. Jake held out a hand and I took it without thinking.
“Then move not, while my prayer's effect I take.” Next thing I knew his lips were soft against mine. For the half second that the kiss lasted I was too shocked to pull away. Then Jake drew back, a small smile on his lips as he pushed me towards Edward and the border. “Thus from my lips, by yours, my sin is purged.”