A Not-So-Every-Day Romance
I originally wrote this for the Odd Ship Challenge, but since Kaiwynn said we could post it... Jake has recently become my favorite character, and I began this story before that happened. Angela has always been my faovrite one of Bella's normal friends, so it was only natural that I put them together, especially since I couldn't bear to separate any of the real couples. Angela discovers the truth about the Cullens, and about the guy she's in love with. Could it really be true? And what happens when she finds out that Bella wants to be a vampire? Can she come to terms with everything and keep the people who have come to mean so much to her, or will their relationships crumble to dust? There is a sequel now posted: A Pretty Strange Love Story. Look it up!
9. Time Together
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When the next day came, I was more nervous than I had been the day before. What if she thought it was all a nightmare? What if she thought it through and decided that it wasn’t worth the risk, and never wanted to see me again? Could I handle that?
I decided to get it over with as soon as possible. I drove over to her place at nine o’clock. When I knocked on the door, Bella answered.
“Holy Crow, Jake!” Apparently she was just as surprised to see me as I was to see her. “It’s really early.”
“Is Angela up?”
Bella studied me closely. “What are you nervous about? She didn’t change her mind, if that’s it. She’s in the shower.”
I ignored her first statement. “Where’s her dad?”
“Work. He left at like six o’clock.”
Bella disappeared up the stairs for a few minutes, then reappeared with her things.
“I told her you’re here, and that I’m leaving. Have fun, and don’t worry. She’s ok with everything.”
And then she left me alone in the house with Angela.
I heard the water in the shower turn off, and her footsteps leading to her room. Then, I heard the stairs creak as she came downstairs.
“Good morning!” she said brightly.
“You’re up early.” She looked at my face more closely. “And you look exhausted!”’
“Couldn’t sleep. Are we still, uh, ok?”
Angela glanced down at her shoes. What did that mean?
“Angela?” I asked, the words coming out in terrified squeak.
“Yeah. We’re ok. I just, had, well, I had a bit of a breakdown last night.” At my agonized expression, she hurried on.
“Bella helped me out, don’t worry. I just had to remember what’s really important.” She changed the subject as quickly as she could.
“So, do I look presentable for whatever it is we’re doing today?”
I took this opportunity to look her over. She was wearing a blue v-neck blouse, and a jean skirt with inside out seams.
“You’re perfect. I was thinking that I could show you my favorite spot, and then take you down to meet Emily and get better acquainted with the pack.” I didn’t miss her shiver, but chose to ignore it.
“Cool. I’m ready when you are.”
I led her out to my car, careful not to touch her. I wasn’t sure if our relationship had changed. She looked at me strangely, but didn’t say anything.
The ride to La Push was quiet. I was waiting for her to say something, and I assumed she was waiting for me to day something, so no one said anything.
When we got to the right place, I pulled over and said, “We have to go on foot from here.” She nodded, and followed me. The walk was relatively short. When we got to the right place, we’d be able to see where the river flowed into a waterfall near First Beach. I knew that Angela would love it as much as I did.
I heard her sharp intake of breath as she spotted the view. “Oh, it’s beautiful.”
“It’s my favorite place to think. I knew you’d like it.”
We sat there for a while, just staring at the water hitting the ground. Then, to my extreme delight, she took my hand. “What’s it like?” she asked softly. “Being a wolf, I mean. Is it scary?”
“Terrifying. Especially the first time. You can feel your bones stretch, and it feels like every nerve ending is on fire. All of your joints pop, and everything goes black. Then, when you stand up, you have fur and claws.”
Angela shivered at my description. “Do you like it?”
I thought for a minute.
“Sometimes. It feels great to protect someone from vampires, and the speed is incredible. We’re the fastest things out there. Other times though, it’s bad. When you start shaking, and know that you could kill someone important to you, or someone else, it’s terrible. It also sucks to have to keep control of yourself all the time. If you lose your temper, everything is ruined.”
She listened silently. “I don’t think I could do it.” She spoke gently.
She began to ask random questions. “What color are you when you change? I thought about it, and I still can’t pick out which one you were.”
“I’m russet colored when I change. I’m the second biggest. Sam’s a few inches bigger than me, but I’m gaining. He thinks eventually I’ll get bigger than him.” I was babbling, drowning her in useless thoughts, but what else could I do?
Her brow wrinkled as she thought.
“You were the one who tried to rescue me first.” she said finally.
“It was stupid, but when I saw you dangling there, I just lost it. If I had been human at the time, I would have phased in ten seconds.”
To my utter surprise, she threw her arms around me. “Thank you. It made me feel much better.” We sat like that for a while, with our arms around each other, just knowing that we were together.
Then, reluctantly, I pulled away.
“I promised Emily and Sam that I’d take you to meet them officially. They really want to meet you. They said it’s cause you’ve heard me talk about you so much, but don’t listen to them, please, they live to torment me. Emily is really excited though, she likes having another girl around. But, hey, listen. Don’t stare at her face. It’s a really sore subject around here.”
Angela stared at me indignantly. “I wouldn’t do that!”
“Sorry, sorry, I know. I just wanted to be sure…”
Angela looked down. “Sorry, I have no idea where that came from.”
I just grinned at her. “My bad. Now come on, or we’ll be late.”
The drive to Emily’s was short from the waterfall spot. When we pulled up though, I immediately sensed the whole pack. Crap. I was hoping for Angela to get to know them one at a time, so we didn’t seem so scary.
“Stay by me, ok? They’re all in there, and that usually means that Paul’s mad.”
She clung to my hand tightly.
“Hey, relax. Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?”
She looked down again. “Not I, said the first pig. Well, except for Sam. I might be afraid of him. And, I’m probably afraid of the rest of them too. But not you.”
“Sam? He’s usually the one who normal people like most!” To say I was surprised was an understatement. “He’s also the one who can stay the calmest. He never flies off the handle.”
“That’s the problem! He’s too calm. He just stares at you, and stares, and stares. It’s really kind of freaky.” She shivered.
Emily appeared at the door. “Jacob Black, you get that poor girl in here before she catches her death! Didn’t you notice the rain?”
I looked up sheepishly. Actually, I hadn’t. Oops.
When I looked at Angela, I couldn’t help but laugh. She was looking up too, with a sheepish grin on her face.
“Did you notice the rain?” She asked in a whisper.
“No. But don’t tell Emily or the guys that. She’d never let me forget it.”
I led her into the small cottage. All of the guys were standing in the kitchen, eating some of Emily’s homemade muffins.
“God, Jake. Why’d you bring her here? It wasn’t exactly the best move.” Paul, of course. As I had predicted to Angela, he was already red in the face.
I was about to reply when Emily did it for me. “I told him to bring her, and if you have a problem with it, you can leave.” Paul was shaking already. Not good.
“Hi Angela. It’s so good to finally meet you. I’m Emily, in case you didn’t know.”
“Hi,” Angela said shyly. “I love your house. It’s so cozy.”
Emily laughed. “If by cozy you mean small, then I agree.”
“Do you know everyone?” Sam asked kindly.
“Uh… not really. I know most of the names, but none of the faces," Angela stuttered.
“Well, I’m Sam, this is Quil, Embry, Jared, and Paul.” He gestured to them all as he said their names. Angela nodded to each of them in turn, and clutched my hand while Sam watched her.
“So, what was going on before we got here?” I asked the room at large.
“Oh, we were just wondering if Paul here has fleas. He keeps twitching, and we think that’s the reason why.” Sam shot Embry a warning look, but it didn’t stop him.
“I didn’t know we could get fleas, but...”
“Stop it!” Sam ordered, but it was too late. Paul was shaking too violently, and he knew it. He sprinted out the door, and ripped his shirt and shoes off.Angela gasped as fur broke out along his spine, and fangs tore from his jaw. Then, he came down on all fours, a fully- fledged wolf. He roared, and threw himself at us.
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