How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You
Warning! Contains spoilers to Breaking Dawn! Nessie is grown up, and still very much in love with Jacob. When Jacob proposes, how will the Cullen family react?
8. Chapter 8
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I flew down the rest of the stairs and into his warm, safe arms. he leaned down and kissed the top of my head. I felt completely safe.
So there Dad! Jacob makes me feel safe! Nothing you can do will change that! I knew in my heart that I wasn't really mad. He only cared for my safety. he was too stubborn to see the truth. Everyone else knew that. But they were used to the rest of the family growing up and going off to do what they wanted. Carlisle was much better at understanding, and being patient. My father, not so much.
It probably should have bothered me that I knew he was hearing my thoughts on the subject, but hopefully he would hear the remorse in my thoughts. I leaned into Jacob's bare chest and started to sift through my thoughts. what did I want to tell him first? As I was thinking, I started absent -mindedly running my fingers along Jacob's arm. then, Carlisle broke into my thoughts.
Behind Jacob, was the rest of the pack. Well, the two packs put together.
I looked into every face and tried not to think of how one of them might die during the upcoming battle. Sam, Embry, Paul, Jared, Brady, Collin, Leah, Quil, Seth, and my Jacob. They were all there, and all of them were looking uncomfortable. The sides of their noses were pulled up into a look of disgust. It must smell to them. Several of them were trembling. I'm sure they were already in a battle. A battle against their own instincts, which were telling them to phase, and attack the vampires that were in their presence.
"Thank you all so much for coming," I said to them, attempting to break the tension. Jacob snorted at me, and Leah spoke up.
"It's not like they weren't going to come. It should be us, thanking you all for helping us. It's one of us that was taken. Not one of you." I looked at her and my eyes narrowed. I knew that Leah wasn't exactly thrilled with me being the love of Jacob's life, but she could be so cynical sometimes. I hated it.
"You know Leah," I said to her, "Just because you're a wolf, doesn't mean that Emily wasn't just as important to me as she was to you. Or my mother for that much. So you can just go shove your attitude up your-"
"Okay! Ha, ha-" Jacob laughed nervously. I looked at him angrily, and he just looked at me with a straight face then said, "Hon, I think that it's time for us to go get in the car. Our plane leaves in a couple of hours. Are you all packed?"
"Jake?" Leah protested at his interruption. I could tell that she was just as fired up as I was.
"Leah, I swear if you start anything with Renesmee, I will personally throw you out of the plane." in my head I laughed hysterically. I did have some sense of self preservation, after all. I looked at my father and he had the smallest bit of a smile etched onto his face. He knew Jacob wouldn't let her do anything to me, but nonetheless flew in between Leah, and Jake and me.
I looked around my father to glare at Leah. After that, all you could hear was Emmett's booming laugh. But it wasn't like his usual laugh. it was kind of a nervous laugh, or maybe with a hint of sarcasm, and anger.
"Well, I guess we know who's not sitting next to each other on the plane!" he continued to laugh for a second. hen, when he stopped, the house was left in an awkward silence.
Carlisle was next to speak. "Yes, well, I think that we shoudl be leaving any time now," he was silent for a second while he thought. "I'll take a roll call then, that way I can know if someone is missing," he explained his reasoning.
"Myself, Esme, Rosalie, Emmett, Alice, Jasper, Bella, Edward, Renesmee, Jacob, Sam, Leah, Paul, Embry, Quil, Jared, Brady, Seth, Collin. Is that everybody? Okay, good. I have our tickets here. Good, nineteen of them, nineteen of us. Pass the pile down after you take your own." the tickets went down the line.
When the pile got to the end of the line, Carlisle began to give more directions. "I'll take my Mercedes. Esme, Alice and Jasper will ride with me. Edward, you, Bella, Rosalie, and Emmett can ride in your Volvo." My dad reached into his pocket and took out his keys. He put his arm protectively around my mother's waist and motioned to Rose and Emmett to follow them to the garage. Alice, Jasper and Esme kind of just hung back behind Carlisle. "Sam, Quil, Embry and Leah can ride in Emmett's jeep." Carlisle went over to a wall that had a shelf on it. Tehre were little hooks going down the shelf. there were eight hooks. There were sets of keys on each one. They were the extra sets to all of the cars. He grabbed a set that was haning from the jeep hook, and threw them at Sam.
Sam caught them in the air with one hand. "paul, Jared, Brady, and Collin, you can take Jasper's Ferrari." he threw the keys at Paul. Paul wasn't paying attention, so the keys hit him in the forehead. Everyone snickered silently. We had all heard stories of Paul's outbursts from Jacob, myself, and my mother.
Carlisle looked at me. "Renesmee, you Jacob and Seth can take your mustang. Alright everyone, if you know what car you're taking, get to it! If not, I'll show you." Carlisle offered to the others.
Once everyone was in their prospective places, Carlisle, in his Mercedes, led the way to the airport. I was driving my baby, my mustang once again. I had no problem with that. I rolled all the windows down as low as they would go and let the wind blow through my hair. It felt incredible. When I looked over at Jacob, I noticed that he had been staring at me.
He didn't look away when I caught him staring. I felt kind of self conscious when he did that. Stared at me for long periods of time that is. I turned my eyes back to the road and paid attention to the road ahead and Carlisle's black Mercedes. It didn't take us long to get to the airport what with our driving habits. I turned onto the exit ramp that led to Port Angeles Airport, following Carlisle.
I pulled up behind Carlisle as he parked in a space in the parking lot. We were just going to leave all the cars here. No one would take them. People leave their cars here all the tiem. Besides, we could always find them when we got back, it wouldn't be that hard.
Jacob got out of the car when I stopped in the parking space. I popped the trunk for him. He got both of our bags, and Seth got his own bags. My carry on was on my shoulder, and Jacob had the rest. He put everything in one hand and he snaked his arm around my waist. It felt good to be in his arms...well, arm. We were walking towards the front doors of the airport when I spotted the rest of our large group a couple of feet ahead of us. We all ran to catch up.
As we walked into the airport, Carlisle veered off to the right and through a side door, and not through the inner main doors, like I had expected. My dad turned his head towards me and answered my unasked question.
"Carlisle leased out a private plane. He said that it was the biggest one they had, and it should have just enough seats for us. tehre will be one flight attendant." he told everyone.
Jacob let go of my waist as we still had to go through security checks. I didn't want to move away from him, but I had no choice. We went through security checks and so did our luggage. After we were all done, we were walked outside to a take off strip. It was our own little, well, not so little private jet.
I had already donned my carry on bag again. I was holding Jacob's hand and following the long line of people that I called my family. Both sides: the vampire and the wolves. Carlisle had ot show some I.D. before we could get onto the plane. He had his passport already in hand. I waited a few seconds as my family sped onto the plane. It was my turn to get onto the plane. I stepped up onto the first step, and then I sped imaptiently up the steps. Way in the back, there were two isolated seats. I grabbed Jacob's hand and dragged him back there. I sat down in one of the seats, and he took the other. The seats were leather, and incredibly comfotable. I could definitely fall asleep in one. Fortunately I could sleep along with my wolf family. As for the vampire side, it would be a very long ride.
Also I knew that most of everyone would't be sleeping anyway. A small jet where half of the occupants were vampires, the other half were wolves, three of the passengers were human (the pilots and the attendant) and one passenger was half human, half vampire. What a group, talk about tension!
Everyone was seated. I put my carry on bag beneath my seat and I leaned my head against the seat. I looked over at Jacob and sighed as I took in the sight of him. I had to find some way to make him stay at the hotel with me. There was no chance in hell that I was letting him wlak out of that hotel when the time came for the rest of the family to leave. he had to stay with me. He had to. I settled in for a nine hour flight.
NINE HOURS LATER
When I woke up after about a two hour nap. All of the vampires (and the half vampire...me!) ordered food when the attendant offered it to us. But when she had gone, we all gave the food to the wolves. the portions of the food weren't exactly large, and we knew the wolves would be starving. Of course they had brought their own food, but when were wolves ever not hungry? That would be never. They ate everything there was to eat.
The captain came over the loud speaker and said that we were beginning our descent. Everyone woke up and sat their seats back up. I didn't know what to expect. While I had a perfect memory, I was little the last time that I had an encounter with the Volturi, so my perspective was different.
My thoughts occupied me until we landed. I was still in my thoughts and Jacob's hand suddently appeared in front of my face. I stared up at the love of my life. He was wearing a a half smile on his face. It made him more beautiful than usual. He held out his hand to me and I took it. He pulled me up into a hug that if I were fully human, it would have hurt. It was bone crunching. but I welcomed it. I brought his head down to my own and whispered in his ear, "I love you, my fiance." he looked down at me with tears in his eyes.
"Ness! Jacob!" barked my father, "get off the plane!" I groaned at my father's bluntness. I needed to think of a way to get Jacob to stay with me while everyone esle went to the castle. As I walked in front of Jacob down the aisle and then the stairs I kept looking back at him.
"Alright Ness, what's on your mind?" he asked me.
"Oh, nothing honey," I told him quietly.
"Renesmee Carlie Cullen, tell me what's bothering you." he demanded of me. I didn't answer until we got on the ground. When we were, I had my carry on bag on my shoulder, and I grabbed his hand in my own. I looked up into his face with big puppy dog eyes.
"Jacob, when everyone else goes to the castle, I want you to stay with me at the hotel. My dad told me that he will let you stay with me. All I need is for you to say yes. As I understand it, a couple of years ago, you got your action. Now please, Jacob, will you please stay with me when they go off to fight?"
He looked at me with big sad eyes. I knew he wanted to fight, he was a man, and men can't help that they genetically want to use their fists when solving a problem. but I knew that Jacob was sensitive, and I knew he loved me. If only he loved me enough to stay, and not fight, like I knew he really wanted to.
he looked at me because Carlisle had stopped everyone and was looking back at us. "Renesmee, you can finish your conversation in the hotel, but for now, lets go!" he had raised his voice. Carlisle never raises his voice. so I figured that we had better hurry up. Jacob and I ran to catch up with everyone.
We had chosen to take a flight that would get us to Italy during the night. In Italy, where we were now, it was nine at night. We walked through the airport to baggage claim. We all got our suit cases and headed for customs.
Once through, we headed for the door. Jacob had his arm around my waist and his hand was digging into my skin. Carlisle had apparently called ahead, because there were several cars waiting for us outside the airport.
Outside the airport, the night was beautiful. I could see the stars, and they were beautiful as well. The car arrangements were the same as they were one the first car trip. Each group claimed a car. Some knew already what cars they would get, like Alice, most of us knew that the yellow Porsche was hers. She claimed it before anyone who didn't know, tried to take it. I ran to the only American car there was. It was a midnight black Ford Mustang with red racing stripes down the middle of the hood and the roof of the car. My group followed. Once again, I was following Carlisle. We drove for about five minutes down the streets that were made of different colored flagstones. Slightly bumpy, but beautiful nonetheless.
I was driving with my left hand. I clutched Jacob's left hand in my right. He was looking at me intently. I was going to ignore him until he gave me an answer. I wouldn't ask him again. If he wanted to talk to me, he would have to tell me either yes, or no, straight out. Carlisle turned onto a busier street than what we had been on, so I had to slow down, and concentrate. I needed both of my hands to drive and not hit anybody on the street now. I could see a hotel-like building at the end of the street. I assumed we were going there. I followed Carlisle at a snail's pace until we reached a slightly hidden drive, where Carlisle turned onto it. I put my turn signal on, and turned to follow the car in front of me.
I pulled into the parking garage and got out of my silent rental car. I popped the trunk open with the button on the key. As it opened, I swooped down to pick out my own luggage and left the other luggage to the men. I could carry my own bags.
I searched around for the rest of my family. Spotting them ahead, they were walking at a human pace towards the elevators. I sped up to the speed of a human run, in order to catch up with them. Once I did, I moved to the side to fall in step with Alice and Jazz. She looked at me somewhat exasperated. I knew she was trying to see the future but me and the wolves were blocking her visions.
I heard footsteps behind me and then I felt an arm snake around my waist. I was about to pull away when I heard a voice in my ear.
"Yes, my love," that was all he said.
As I was walking, I turned my head 90 degrees to my right and looked up at him. I had tears in my eyes. I loved him more than words could ever express. A single tear fell down from my eye and began its descent down my face. I watched him reach his hand up and use his thumb to wipe away the tear. It was incredibly romantical. Yes, I said romantical.
We got to the elevators. And we had to take seperate ones, since the group was so big. Ten peopel went into one of the elevators, seven in another elevator. Jacob and I went into our own elevator. Our arms were around each other. I was holding on as if my life depended on how tight I was holding onto him. I didn't want to let go. The doors slid open and we stepped out. I looked around and saw our group just stepping out of the other elevators. I linked my hand through Jake's and started to tow him towards the group.
We all followed Carlisle to the front desk of the hotel. He checked our enormous group in. I'm sure that we were paying a pretty penny for this trip. but it probably didn't even amount to anything when you considered our funds. Our family had money stashed away in every part of the world. It was nice not to have to worry about money.
Carlisle gave me a key and whispered in my ear to hurry up and get Jacob and myself to our room. They would be leaving as soon as they put their things in their own rooms. If he hurried everyone up, then maybe my father wouldn't realize that he, Carlisle, had put me and Jacob into a room together.
I took my bags in one hand and grabbed Jacob's hand in the other. We ran for the elevators that would take us to our room. I couldn't wait to spend the day with him. Hopefully I wouldnt' be too preoccupied with thoughts and prayers for my family, who would be flirting with death the whole time.