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Inner Workings of the Salad Bowl

Summary:
Believe me. The title will make sense once you read this. What if Jacob didn't break the rules? Jacob never went to Bella's room that night and Bella never had the dream. She has no idea that Jacob is a werewolf. Set a few days after Jacob practically tells her that they can't be friends.


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7. Surprise Visit

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“Jacob,” I squawked out, confused to why he was there. “Uh…hi.”

“Hi, Bella,” he said with a sigh. He then straitened up and snapped his head in the direction of Laura. “What is a leech doing here?” he asked filled with disgust. Laura growled in the background. That made me snap. How dare he abandon me and then criticize the vampire that is putting my life back together.

“Laura is the woman who jut saved me from Victoria!” I yelled in his face. He looked taken back by my response.

“So one bloodsucker abandons you and you run right to another?” he asked frustrated.

“I don’t think you should be talking Jacob,” I said venomously. “You broke my heart twice. I don’t think I can deal with it again,” I said with tears streaming down my face. I closed the door quickly and started to walk towards Laura. Jacob pounded on the door.

“I’m sorry, Bella!” he yelled desperately. “I just can’t let myself hurt you!” The pounding stopped and then I heard a ripping noise. Then it was quiet. I walked over to Laura and sobbed in her shoulder.

“Werewolves,” I swore I heard Laura say in disgust. I sobbed harder and wished that Alice would hurry up and get down here.

“It’s going to be okay,” Laura said soothingly. I nodded my head in her hard shoulder. “You know that your torturing him,” she said. I looked at her funny. “I can see that he loves you and you’re making him miserable,” she said. “Just thought that you should know.” I nodded my head.

“He’s just trying to protect me,” I whispered to myself. I didn’t want to be angry at Jacob, but I couldn’t help it. “Maybe I should call him,” I thought out loud.

“I don’t think that’s such a good idea,” Laura said solemnly.

“Jacob is, or was, my best friend. It will be fine,” I said mostly to myself. I didn’t know why I was doing this. Most likely it would be because I felt sorry for him. He couldn’t help what he was…

I picked up the phone and dialed his number shakily. I heard it ring a few times before Billy picked it up.

“Hello, Billy. It’s Bella,” I said as calmly as possible.

“Hello, Bella,” he said a little coldly.

“Um…I need to talk to Jacob. We need to fix some things,” I said running my hand through my hair.

“Sorry, Jacob’s not home right now,” Billy said quickly.

“Can you tell him that I called?” I asked.

“Sure. By Bella.”

“By-” I was cut off by the dial tone. “He’s not home,” I said to Laura.

“I gathered that,” she said quietly. I walked over to her and sat down next to her.

“What can I do?” I asked hopeless.

“Keep on trying,” Laura told me. I sighed and closed my eyes.

I woke with a start on the couch. An old blanket was draped across me and my head was lying on a pillow. I sat up and looked around the house. It seemed like nobody was home and it was dark. I remembered the incident with Victoria and Jacob, so I covered my head with my blanket. I then heard the rattle of pans and I jumped up and snapped my head towards the kitchen.

“Hello, Bella,” Laura said from the kitchen. I got up to stretch my legs.

“What happened?” I asked wearily. I walked over to her.

“You fell asleep so I decided to make you some dinner,” she said kindly. My mouth dropped open.

“You didn’t have to do that!” I said overwhelmed. Laura chuckled.

“I wanted to,” she said truthfully. “Now sit,” she commanded me. I obeyed and sat down in one of the chairs surrounding the table. I looked at the dinner she made. It was pancakes. I laughed.

“Pancakes for dinner?” I asked jokingly.

“It’s the only thing I knew how to make,” she said laughing, too. “Now eat,” she said still laughing. I took a bite of pancake and it surprisingly tasted good.

“Wow, they’re great,” I said with a mouthful of pancake. Laura leaned back in her chair proud of herself. After I was done, I placed my plate in the sink and went over to hug Laura. “Thank you,” I said. “For everything.”

“My pleasure,” she said patting my hand.

I heard the door knocking and assumed that it was Charlie. I opened the door quickly.

“Hey, dad-” I stopped in mid-sentence.

“Hi, Bella,” Alice said timidly.