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Dream's Shadow

This is my take on the over- and usually poorly- done plot. Edward leaves Bella again. She is changed and they meet again in the future. There will be a big twist! Requested by Iris. Banner by Iris!

Try it! I know stories like this usually stink, but I thought I'd give it a try. I own nothing. Stephenie Meyer owns all.

49. Chapter 49

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“Jacob Black, what the hell are you doing on my bed?”

He was sprawled on the sheets, garbed in nothing but a pair of black sweats, arms and legs at inconvenient angles, grin far too wide. “Hey, Bells. Good to see you again.”

“You smell.” It was true. I really wish he wasn’t spreading his wet dog reek all over my possessions. It will probably take weeks for the stench to fade.

“So do you.”

“Well, I’m not spreading my smell all over someone’s room… uninvited, may I add?”

There is a twinge of pain in his eyes. “Bells, I just wanted to show you… I have a question. Does my wedding invite still count?”

“What invite? I told Alice not to give you one. I didn’t want to hurt your feelings.”

He laughs cynically. “Oh. Well, it didn’t. It only made me run four thousand miles in giant wolf form because I was too pissed to phase back.”

“Who sent it?” I wonder for a second. Suddenly, it dawns on me. “Edward. He is dead.”

“Technically, you’re right.”

“Did he send it? How could he?”

“It was the right thing to do. I would have wanted…”

“No. You don’t understand. If he hadn’t… you wouldn’t… you… I…”

“Oh.” He is my Jacob again, without any warning. He is no longer hostile, but smiling slightly, earnest and honest. “Bella, you wish he hadn’t sent it to me… because if he had, I never would have imprinted. Right?”

I am ashamed. I am so selfish to deny him this happiness. “Yeah.”

“Well, that’s understandable. I’m happier than I’ve ever been before, but you… you didn’t have anyone. I broke my promise again, and this time it’s for good. We’re enemies now.”

“Do we have to be? Jake, can’t we be friends?”

“That’s why I’m here. To say that even if we never see each other again, even if we’re always on far sides of the fight, I’m still your friend. Under it all, I love you, and I always will. Nothing changed. I just love her more. Like Leah and Sam. Only you have Edward…”

“Do I?”

“Yes. You do. You know, I feel pretty bad about that. You were asleep. I spent about an hour trying to convince him to leave, so I could have another chance with you, that I was better for you. Guess he gave it a shot. This time, I was the one who blew it. Sorry.”

It is an honest apology. I cannot accept it. “I don’t need more guilt. Edward’s got enough for the two of you.”

“Bella, I’m going to stay for the wedding. Then I’ll leave and get back to my own life, my new life. I like it. I just miss you. You needed me so much, and I can’t help remembering how nice it was. Aliene is very independent. You are too, of course. Very proud. But you were so empty. Sometimes the life in her surprises me.”

“Can we not talk about her? I understand she’s the center of your universe, but you have no idea how hard it was for me. To come to have you, to fix me up and make it all better, and find more pain. Jake…” I finish, for the pain I am describing flits across his face. “Anyway, how’d you find me?”