What if Alice never saw Bella jump? Will Bella ever be able to let go of Edward?
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?
4. Chapter 4
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I woke up early the next morning. The sky was a dull gray, and of course, it was raining. I could hear my dad in the kitchen, he sounded like he was having some trouble. I stretched in my bed, fully extending my arms and legs. They felt fine today, of course they hadn’t hurt much yesterday. Next I moved on to my back and neck. I sat up and stretched my arms over my head; the small air pockets bursting between my vertebrae creating an audible pop. Ah. Much better than yesterday. I rotated my head a little to the left and then the right. It was a little stiff, but that could be due to the full night of sleep I got. With the usual nightmares held at bay I had slept like a rock, I couldn’t remember moving once during the night. I got up quickly pulled on a pair of jeans and an old sweatshirt, pulled my hair up into a rough pony tail, and walked down stairs to rescue my dad from the kitchen catastrophe he was about to have.“Hey, Dad,” I smiled a little as I assessed the situation. He had the coffee pot torn apart, and there was a big skillet in the sink with what I guessed had once been scrambled eggs. Now it was just a pile of blackened ash. “Can I help you with breakfast?”
“That bad? And here I thought I was doing pretty well.” His lips pulled up a little at the corners. “Yeah Bells. That would be great.”
I went to the cupboard by the stove and dug around until I found another skillet. I set it on the already blazing burner and turned the heat down. I grabbed a few eggs from the fridge and cracked them into a bowl. While the pan heated I went back to the fridge and grabbed the bread and stuck a few pieces into the toaster. Next, I turned my attention to the coffee pot. What did that poor pot ever do to him? I thought silently to myself and chuckled a bit. By now Charlie had seated himself at the table with the newspaper. He cocked his head to the side, “What’s so funny?”
I smiled, “This poor coffee pot.” I shook my head once. He smiled a little and sighed, then went back to reading.
I finished up breakfast quickly and set it on the table. “Mmmm…Smells good Bella. Thanks for saving me.” He leaned over the table and patted my hand.
“Of course Dad, it’s the least I can do.” I gave him a weak smile and began eating my food. We ate in silence until the phone rang, jolting me from my thoughts. Charlie leaned back and grabbed the phone off the wall and swung it up to his ear.
“Chief Swan.” There was a slight pause. He nodded slowly, and rolled his eyes. “Alright, I will. See you soon.” He stood up and carried his plate and empty coffee cup over to the sink. “Ok Bells. That was the station. They need me to come in for a few minutes so I better get going. I don’t really know when I’ll be home tonight, probably not in time for dinner. If you want, I left some money on the counter over there,” He said gesturing toward a little pile of limp, green dollars and a few coins. “You can order a pizza or something. Maybe Jake could come keep you company until I get home.” He was talking to me but I could tell his thoughts were miles away down at Sue’s.
“Ok, sounds good Dad.” I got up from the little table and slipped my arms around his waist and hugged him tightly. “See you later then.” He hugged me back and kissed the top of my head.
“Alright Bells. See you.” He let me go and headed to the door. He took his coat from the rack and quickly put it on. He opened the door and turned to look back at me. “Be careful today Bella.” I simply nodded and watched him shut the door behind him.
I hurried to clean up the kitchen before I called Jacob. It was still pretty early to wake someone up that had probably stayed up all night protecting me. I washed the dishes quickly and left the pan Charlie had tried to kill to soak in the sink. There was no way I was going to be able to get all that burned egg off now. The front room seemed to be a little neglected, so I picked up in there as well; rearranging the pillows and folding the throw blanket neatly over the back of the couch. I wandered back to the kitchen and looked out the little window. The rain had slowed up, stopping almost completely. Maybe it would be nice enough that Jacob and I could take a walk down at the beach.
The phone rang, making me jump about a foot in the air. When my heart started beating again I picked up the receiver. “Hello?”
“Bella.” I could hear the smile in his voice.
“Hey Jacob.” My lips turned up at the corners.
“What are you up to? Do you want to hang out today?”Of course I did!
“Yeah Jake, that would be nice.”“Ok great! See you in a while!” He sounded almost as excited as I felt.“Alright. See you!” I hung up quickly and grabbed my jacked from the rack by the door; I forced my feet to slow down because I know I would slip on the wet pavement if I didn’t.
Jacob was already at my door when I cut the engine. He opened my door and pulled me into a tight hug. I smiled as he crushed my body against his. “Jacob.” I squeaked, and hugged him tighter to me. I missed him.
“What do you want to do Bella?” He asked, setting me down. I kept my arms around his waist as his hands lingered on my shoulders.
“I don’t care.” I said smiling. And I really didn’t care what we did, as long as I was with him. “I’m up for anything.”He smiled down at me.
“First Beach?”“Sounds great.” I said. I slipped my arms off of him and began walking. He stood there for a while, just frozen in place, then he caught up to me. We walked in silence, just content with each other’s presence.
Rocks crunched and crackled beneath my feet as we walked down the beach together. The waves washed in and out, bringing the briny sea air with them. Seagulls flew over head, squawking and calling as they dove and spiraled through the air. A thin layer of gray still coated the expansive sky. The rain had stopped and it seemed to have cleared the air; I could see all the way out to the edge of the bay. Jacob walked silently next to me. I looked up at his face and I liked what I saw there. He seemed carefree and in the moment. His warm hand gently circled around mine. He looked down at me and smiled softly. I couldn’t help but smile back.
He pulled me toward the half beached tree, bleached from the waves and salt water, and sat down, patting the space next to him for me to sit too. I sat down and he wrapped one arm around my shoulders. We sat there for a long time, just breathing, listening to the waves pull the small rocks back from the shore and pushing them back again. Jacob sighed a little and I pulled myself closer to him. “Bella,” He said, not moving, “can I ask you something?”
“Sure Jake, what’s up?” I looked up at him. He was smiling but his eyes seemed to be concentrating on something in the distance.
“Last night when I took you home…You looked at me before I left. I…I just wanted to know what you were thinking.”My head raced a little and my heart stuttered once. My mind struggled against itself. I loved Jacob, and whether I liked it or not Edward was gone. Jacob had saved me, pieced me back together, and made me whole again. He made me happy, truly complete. If there was some way I could do that for him…be that for him…I would. I gathered my thoughts, and finally let the breath out that I had been holding.
“You, Jacob. I was thinking about you.”It was silent. I could almost hear the gears turning in Jacob’s head as he processed what I had just told him.
“Bella, it’s ok. You don’t have to explain yourself anymore than that.” He tightened his arm around my shoulders.
“Thank you.” I mouthed. He gave me a way out, an excuse. An excuse I didn’t deserve. For now things could stay simple, Jacob could just be Jacob. My sun. My lifeline.
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