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The Edge

Summary:
What if Alice never saw Bella jump? Will Bella ever be able to let go of Edward? theedge22.jpg The Egde image by hatchick113


Notes:
Bella continues life in Forks with out Edward. Jacob has picked up the pieces, will she finally realize he is there for her? Will she ever be able to let go of Edward?


2. Chapter 2

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We sat there in silence for a while, our hands still resting on Jacob’s bare chest. His skin was so warm, and he was so strong. I felt safe with Jake. Something I hadn’t felt in a very long time. I could feel his heart beating under my hand, steady and healthy. I suddenly thought about Charlie. He had lost his friend today, totally unexpected. I couldn’t bear to think about losing Jacob. My Jacob, my own personal sun. I looked up at him through my lashes; his face was motionless and betrayed no hint of emotion. “Jacob?” I asked quietly, “What are you thinking about?”

“You.” Was all he said. He took his free hand to smooth my hair and closed his eyes. My heart fluttered, and I felt a faint blush appear on my cheeks. I like that. I liked to know he was thinking about me. And I liked just how close we were in this moment; just how safe I actually felt. I never wanted to leave, but I checked the clock on the TV and gasped a little. Jake opened his eyes and looked down at me questioningly. “I didn’t hurt you did I?” He asked, gently assessing our positioning.

“No, no. I’m not hurt. I just realized what time it was. I really need to be getting home. Charlie will probably be home soon and I need to have some dinner ready for him. Or at least be there for him…I don’t even know what I can do for him…I just don’t know…” I trailed off. Jacob pulled my chin up to look in my eyes.

“Bella, everything will be ok. I promise. Things will work out and Charlie has you. That’s the most important thing.” He said, starring into my eyes. His warm fingers brushed moisture away from my cheek lightly. I hadn’t even noticed how hard it had become to see, to focus on everything. Tears were silently falling down my cheeks. “I’ll take you home to him now, Ok? I just need to go get your truck first. Are your keys in the ignition?” He continued to wipe tears from my cheeks.“Um, yeah…I think they are.” I caught his hand in mine and held it to my cheek. A low sob broke through my lips. “Bella…” He said sweetly and quietly, almost a whisper. “I’ll be right back. I promise.” He took our hands off my face and gently kissed my palm. He then shifted me carefully off his lap and turn to walk silently out the door.

His sudden absence made me feel chilled. My arm prickled where it had been pressed against his warm chest. I missed him already. How odd. He had only been gone all of five seconds. How could I be so selfish? I very nearly got myself killed today. What would that have done to Charlie, losing two of the most important people in his life in one day? I could never forgive myself for the pain it would have caused him. And Jacob. I could see it I his eyes. It reminded me of something…It reminded me of the look in Edward’s eyes the day he left me. The look still haunted me, because back then I could not place it. I had seen that look ravage Edward’s perfect face once before, just prior to Jasper pulling out of the Cullen’s garage in the black Mercedes with me in the back. The look was pain; excruciating, unparalleled pain.

Just then I felt his warm arms around me once again. I pulled my arms roughly around his neck and hugged myself closer to him, just sobbing; tears pouring down my cheeks. “Oh Jake…”I said between sobs, “I’m s-sorry! I’m so, so sorry! H-How could I d-do that to you?” I was shaking. His arms were around me and he did his best to calm me, slowly rubbing my back with his hand. “Bells, it’s ok. I’m ok. You’re ok. Shh… It’s ok Bella.” He held me tightly, and just stood there while I sobbed uncontrollably and clung uselessly to his shoulders.

When I had finally calmed down and my sob’s had turned to uneven breathing Jake pulled back to look at my face. “Bella, where did this come from? Did something happen while I was gone?” He looked at me, starring into my eyes, trying to decipher the many emotions I was feeling.

“No…” I paused, just looking at him. “I just…I was just thinking about how much pain I must have put you through today.” My heart sank, and I looked down. He let out a sigh, and pulled my chin up to look in my still tear filled eyes.

“That’s just the risk you take when you love someone. Sometimes you get hurt.” He looked deeply into my eyes, his gaze clear and honest.

“Jake, I…I’ll never do anything like that again. I swear.” I looked at him wide eyed.

“Ha, ha. Sure Bells, you say that now.” He let out a chuckle. “Just try to think things through a little more next time.” He smiled my smile. “Now I think I should get you back to Charlie’s…And I think I better drive. That ok with you?” He lifted his right eyebrow, as if daring me to challenge him. I smiled weakly at him, “That sounds great Jake.” He shifted me, and was now cradling me in his arms as he walked us out to my truck.

He opened the passenger side door and gently slid me into the leather seat. He walked quickly around the truck and hopped into the driver’s seat, turned the key, and coaxed the truck to life. We started down the muddy path to the highway as he wrapped his arm around me, pulling me to his side. I laid my head on his shoulder and gently nuzzled into the crook of his neck. I looked down at him. His muscles bulged and rippled down his chest; he looked like a body builder although I knew he’d never been to a gym in his life. His russet skin seemed to glow even in the faint light. I timidly reached up to trace a small scar just under his collar bone. The light pink scar puckered lightly away from his skin, I wondered if he had acquired this little bit before he had turned into a werewolf.

“Jake?” I asked quietly, still tracing the little scar.

“Hmm?” He replied comfortably.

“Thank you.” I whispered. I could feel his cheeks rise into his smiling response and his warm breath washed over me as he sighed. He pulled me closer and we rode the rest of the way home in silence.