Because of Her
Used to be Completeness: Edward and Renesmee A fluffy collection of family moments between the Cullens and Nessie, and maybe Jacob. I changed my penname from Friday13, so don't freak out on me. No longer a one shot. Rated T for minor swearing in later chapters.
9. Three legged Wonder Mutt
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“Nessie!” Seth was the first one to spot me as I ran at a human pace towards the awaiting bon fire. He scooped me up into his arms as soon as I was in reach, his light chuckles mixing with my bell-like laughter.
“Uncle Seth! I missed you a bunch.” I informed him as I snuggled up against his warm chest.
“Really now, how much did you miss me, this much?” He set me down in order to hold out his hands about a foot apart. I shook my head vigorously before responding.
“Nope, I missed you this much.” I held out my hands as far as they would go, before breaking into several fits of giggles. Uncle Seth just laughed and mussed my hair before walking off to talk to Paul and Colin.
I closed my eyes and took a deep breath, relishing the feeling of the cool air hitting my lungs. It really wasn’t what could be considered a nice day to go to the beach, what with it being the middle of winter and all, but of coarse werewolves’ body temperatures are much higher then those of normal humans, so it was perfect for them.
I looked over to see Claire sitting all bundled up next to Emily who was talking with Sam about something.
I hummed as I skipped my way over to them, my white fur jacket swishing with my movements. Aunt Alice had thrown a fit when I had put on my normal jacket, complaining about how boring it was.
Instead she put me in a big, white, sleeveless overcoat/poncho thingy that had white fur lining the edges. Under that I had on a tight white turtleneck sweatshirt and white sweatpants that were tucked into furry boots that were, you guessed it, white. She said, and I quote ‘but Nessie, white makes you looks like an angel, don’t you want to look all pretty for Jacob?”
I had looked over to Uncle Jazz with a pleading expression, but he had just smiled and shrugged.
“Hey Remy!” Claire yelled, waving her arms around. She’s been calling me Remy for almost a year and a half now. I smiled and waved back as I ran the rest of the way to her.
“Hey Claire, where’s Quil?” She pouted as I said this, making me regret asking.
“He’s jumpin’ off the cliffs over there with Embry and Jared,” she huffed as she crossed her arms. Her bottom lip jutted out in a very overdramatic pout.
“Why didn’t you go over to jump with him?” I asked as I glanced over at the small silhouettes of the guys about 100 meters away or so. It looked like Paul was flailing his arms around…weird.
“He said it was too high for a little girl and that I had to stay over here. But it’s no fun!” The little light bulb flicked on in my head as I came up with a plan. I motioned with my finger for her to lean closer to me before I whispered into her ear.
“How ‘bout we sneak up the road to the cliffs there, Paul told me last time that only the bravest people jumped from those.” Her eyes widened as they sparkled with mischief; apparently she liked my plan.
“Oh, but how would we get away from Sammy and Emily.” I thought about that for a moment. How would we get away from Sam and Emily? Then I snapped my fingers as I leaned in again.
“Just follow my lead, ‘kay!” She nodded her head.
Together we skipped over to where Sam and Emily had moved in order to feel the heat from the fire.
“Um, Emily?” I asked sweetly while tilting my head to the side and looking up at her from under my eyelashes. I could see her melting and had to fight the urge to grin evilly.
“Yes, little one?”
“Can Claire and I go pick some of the flowers near the road?” Cue the extra innocence.
“Why do you need flowers?” Sam asked suspiciously.
“For Jakey of coarse!” I made sure to sound slightly offended, as if him not knowing was a crime. He just blanched before looking away.
“Of coarse you can, would you like me to come with you?” Emily asked. She was so nice; too bad I had to say no.
“No, it’s okay. We need you and Sammy to stay here so it looks like everything’s normal. That way it won’t ruin the surprise!” I said, using my signature I-get-what-I-want-because-I’m-so-cute smile. Her eyes got wide and I could practically hear her thoughts. They were probably along the lines of ‘awwww.’
“Alright, you do that and me and Sam will stay right here. Just be careful okay.” We both nodded our heads before trotting off towards the road.
The second we knew we were out of earshot Claire turned to me grinning.
“That was a-MAZING! You totally fooled ‘em Remy!” I just laughed before taking her hand and pulling her along.
I had seen the high cliffs a few times when on walks with Jakey or Uncle Seth, so I knew where they were, but I had never jumped from them before. Heck, I hadn’t ever jumped off a ‘cliff’ in my whole life. Daddy was extremely against the idea of me cliff jumping, although I don’t know why. Mama said it had something to do with her though.
We continued walking up the road until we reached the turnout. Once there we followed the small dirt trail that lead through the trees up to the peak.
When we got close enough to the edge, the two of us sank to our knees and crawled over. With our finger curled over the lip at the cliffs end, we both tilted our heads to peer over into the dark abyss below.
It was a little bit scarier than I had thought it would be, what with the freezing dark blue, almost black waves crashing violently over the jagged rocks sending white spray into the air with every hit. It was also a lot higher up then the cliffs that Jake was jumping off.
“M-maybe we shouldn’t do this after all.” I whispered as I slowly began to stand up and back away from the edge.
“Yeah, I think so too.” Claire carefully got off her knees and stood next to me as we continued to watch the waves while the harsh wind whipped our hair around our faces. I sighed, knowing that we had to get back to the others before they got suspicious.
“We should go-,”
“Nessie!” Jake yelled. Startled, I turned on my heel to face him, losing my balance in the process.
It all seemed to happen in slow motion. I felt my eyes widen as I began to fall backwards, the wind blowing me all but off my feet. I could see Jake sprinting towards us; hear him yelling my name frantically as he reached out for me. My hand reached for him as well, but one big gust of air was all it took to make me lose the last bit of traction I had.
“Jake!” My scream shattered the air, catching on the wind as I was catapulted towards the angry ocean beneath me. The icy wind stung my face and eyes as I dropped, free falling at unimaginable speeds. Though I was terrified, I couldn’t help but feel the adrenalin racing through my veins. I screamed again, but this time for a whole different reason. It was like a roller coaster, fast and terrifying. I shut my eyes tightly, as I let my muscles relax.
Suddenly I felt a warm pair of arms wrap themselves around me, encasing my whole body. I squinted my eyes against the rushing air and was only allowed a brief glimpse of Jacob’s face before we crashed into the waves.
The force of the impact knocked the wind out of me, and without thinking I opened my mouth to inhale. Water immediately flooded my lungs as the air was forced past my lips. I struggled, attempting to get out of Jacob’s hold in order to reach the surface. It seemed he got the cue, for we immediately began to rise towards the light I could see so close above us.
That was the last thing I saw before everything went black.
My eyes flew open as I choked and coughed up whatever water was in my lungs. The first thing I registered was that my throat was raw and my head hurt as well as the rest of my body.
“Nessie.” I heard Jake’s strangled whisper before my shaking form was pulled to his warm chest. I welcomed the warmth, since my body had just begun to register how cold I was. My coat and sweatshirt were gone, leaving me in my soaking wet t-shirt, sweatpants and boots with my hair plastered to my neck and face.
I coughed once more before falling silent and burying my face into his chest.
“Here sweetheart,” I heard Emily say as a blanket got wrapped around my shoulders.
“We should get her near the fire where it’s warm.” Sam was right, being near the fire did sound good, I wasn’t sure how much colder I could get before I was sure my blood would freeze.
“J-jake,” I coughed out. He shushed me and brushed the hair out of my face. He gently lifted me up into his arms as he stood and began walking towards where the others sat. Once there, he sat down on the ground with his back against one of the fallen logs and sat me on the ground next to him.
I could feel the stares of the group on my face as I curled into a ball, hiding my eyes. I felt scared and ashamed, scared because I didn’t know what was going to happen, and ashamed because I had done something deceitful. I felt unwanted tears well up in my eyes and tried unsuccessfully to hold them back so that the others wouldn’t notice.
“Nessie, are you okay?” Uncle Seth asked as he came to sit next to me on the ground. I simply shook my head yes, too cowardly to look up at him. He sighed before leaning over and scooping me up into a bear hug to rival Uncle Em’s. “None of us are mad at you, Ness. We’re just worried. After all, that was quite some trip you took there.”
There were a few chuckles from the group before another voice piped up from the left.
“Oh man, that means the little leech jumped off the high cliffs before any of us! Shit, that was gonna be my title!” I couldn’t help but giggle with the rest at how honestly upset Paul sounded. He usually wasn’t the nicest of guys. In fact, I had been under the impression that he hated me period. But maybe I was wrong.
We all just sat around telling stories for a while, or at least the others told stories. I just stayed quiet since my throat still hurt. Jake was quiet too, which had me a little worried. I knew he was still angry with me, and I knew he was waiting until we were alone to lecture me.
“We should probably head over to Emily’s place and make dinner before it gets too dark.” Jared said from his spot next to Kim. Upon hearing the word food all the boys began grabbing things and putting them into the back of the trucks and cars.
Emily came over with some of Claire’s extra clothes and took me to her car to help me change out of my wet outfit.
“That was pretty clever you know, the flower thing. Too bad instead of flowers you almost gave him a heart attack.” Emily laughed. I know she meant it as a joke, but it still stung.
“I’m sorry Emily.” I whispered. Her laughter ceased immediately as she hugged me tightly.
“I know, little one, so do the others. We understand that you two were just curious, and we also understand how you fell. You can probably blame your mom for that one, since you got the klutz gene from her.” I smiled into her shoulder before pulling back. She smiled down at me before handing me a water bottle and sending me on my way.
I walked slowly, dreading the upcoming car ride with Jake. By the time I reached the Rabbit he was already in the front seat, leaving me to hop into the car and buckle myself in. The ride to Emily’s house was even worse then I had feared. Jake didn’t talk at all; in fact, he didn’t show any form of even acknowledging my presence. He just drove on without a word or glance.
I can honestly say I had never felt more relieved to be out of a car then I had at that moment.
Jake’s silence had not disappeared as I had previously assumed it would, no. Instead he remained silent the entire ride, not once relaxing his tense posture. It made me feel that much more guilty about my offense and I was positive that if he didn’t talk soon, I would end up begging on my knees for him to say something to break the awkward sheet of ice that had seemed to form between us.
The sound of laughter and the smell of hot chocolate permeated my senses as my feet landed with a quiet thud on the ground next to Jake’s Rabbit. Without looking back I briskly strode towards the little house some twenty feet away, being mindful of the sneaky patches of ice that littered the ground around me.
I attempted to ignore the blood pounding in my ears as I listened to Jacob’s rhythmic breathing behind me. Once again I was tempted to sneak a peak at his face, but somehow managed to squish the urge. My guilt would only double if I caught even the slightest glimpse of anger on his beautiful features. But what was I even feeling guilty about?
Sure, I lied in order to sneak off, but that in itself was only a minor offense. But I did potentially put Claire in danger too, so that’s makes two strikes. But was falling really my fault, could I really be blamed for losing my footing? I suppose I could, but it seems a little unjustified seeing as how I wouldn’t have even lost balance if Jake hadn’t scared the crud out of me.
Don’t get me wrong; I don’t blame Jake for it either, how could I? But that’s exactly the point, my mind argued, it really wasn’t anyone’s fault, stuff just happens some times. I subconsciously narrowed my eyes as I fought with myself internally, completely forgetting about the ice.
I made a high pitch noise in the back of my throat as I felt the earth slip once again out from beneath my feet. Did I seriously just ‘eep’? I thought girls only did that on t.v. I landed on my butt with a small “mph”, my legs spread out in front of me with my hands on the ground behind me, holding me up.
“Nessie! Please tell me your okay?” Jake’s hands were suddenly everywhere, fluttering over my body searching for any noticeable damage. Oh, so now he chooses to talk.
I don’t know why, but I suddenly found myself getting angry.
“Oh, so I’m not invisible anymore? I could have sworn I was, what with the way you’ve been avoiding talking to me.” Irrational, that’s what you’re being Nessie, purely irrational, I scolded myself. I watched as Jake blinked his onyx eyes rapidly before he looked down, ashamed. Ugh, now look what you did you jerk-face!
“I’m sorry Jakey, I didn’t mean it.” I took advantage of the fact that he was kneeling at my level and quickly tucked my head under his chin, relishing as his skin’s warmth encased my small frame. With a sigh of relief or resignation, I couldn’t tell, he wrapped his arms around me and pressed his nose into my hair.
“Yeah, me too.” I looked up at him with curious eyes, before realization dawned on me.
“Yeah, you did kind of overreact,” I agreed before my hands flew to mouth in order to muffle my childish giggles at his miffed expression. In all honesty, I wasn’t even sure what was so funny; maybe today was just one way too hectic day.
“No, I believe you under reacted,” his voice was much lighter now, the previous emotions swept away by our newfound entertainment.
“And how, might I ask, did you come to that completely untrue and ridiculous conclusion?” He shook his head, his hair flinging excess water into my face making me laugh as I attempted to push him away. What is it with all the longer haired guys in my family doing that, I mean seriously! First Uncle Jazzy and now Jakey too, maybe it’s just a ‘J’ thing. I think I’ll see if Jared does it.
“You, cute little 2 year old you, just jumped off of a huge cliff into the ocean during, not only the middle of winter, but in the middle of winter in the state of Washington. And you think I’m overreacting?” His tone was playful but his eyes showed just how worried he really was.
“Well…technically I didn’t jump.” His eyes sparkled with mirth as he chuckled under his breath.
“You are definitely your mom’s daughter. It was bad enough having to save her from drowning, and now you-,”
“Wait, what do you mean ‘bad enough I had to save her’? I didn’t know mama almost drowned. I didn’t even know vampires could drown.” His eyes widened as he stuttered out a response.
“W-well it was when your mom was human, so…yeah, it’s not even really that important, haha, not important at all. Heh.” He brought his left hand up to scratch his head, something I knew he did when he was put in an awkward position or situation. I raised an eyebrow at him accusingly, ‘calling his bluff’ as Uncle Jazzy would put it. He tilted his head up and looked into the sky before continuing. “If you really want to know you should probably ask her or Ed- I mean your dad, it’s really not my story to tell.”
I opened my mouth to argue, but thought better of it.
“So…you’re not mad, right?” His head swiveled down so his eyes could lock on mine, the previous anxiety melting into happiness.
“Nope, I was more worried then mad. S’not like it was your fault or anything.” I heaved out a sigh of relief, glad to have been forgiven.
“So, why were you so quiet and upset in the car earlier?” Once again his gaze traveled elsewhere, an unreadable look on his face.
“Heh, funny you should ask. I wasn’t mad at all actually, I was just kind of freaking out a little.” His laughter sounded slightly hysterical, and not in the good sense.
“What were you freaking out about, I mean it’s not like I died or anything?”
“Yeah, you didn’t end up dead, but I might.” The mumble was so low that I almost didn’t even catch it.
“What the heck are you talking about Jake?” His words puzzled me. Was someone gonna hurt Jacob?
“Oh, it’s nothing really, just me thinking about having to explain this to your dad. I was trying to figure out how to get away with my arms and legs still intact.” I felt the color drain from my cheeks at the thought of explaining to daddy how I not only lied to Emily and Sam, but how I also ran off and got myself flung off the edge of a cliff.
“Ugh! I’ll be lucky if I’m even allowed to walk down the hallway on my own after he hears about that. I’d have more freedom living in a giant bubble. In fact, I wouldn’t put it past him to actually put me in one!” My whines were somewhat muffled as I pressed my face into the front of Jake’s big jacket, hiding my now distress-filled pout.
“Attack of the Vampire daddy…ha!” I rolled my eyes at Jake’s joke. It was kinda funny, but not funny enough to make me forget the upcoming encounter with the ‘vampire daddy’.
“You won’t find it so funny when you end up having to get a prosthetic leg, Jake. Actually, you could write a book about it. I see it now, a best seller, Jacob Black-the three legged wonder mutt. Heck, you could make it into a movie even.” He laughed.
“Yeah, well we’ll jump that hurdle when we reach it.” He smiled as we walked towards the house.
“Hmm, good luck trying to jump itwith one leg, Jake.”