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A Change of Heart

This is set during New Moon, and Edward never came back. Bella finds herself questioning her feelings for Jake and trying to decide if she should take their relationship to the next level.

I don't own these characters obviously! But I do enjoy writing about them :)

1. Chapter 1-It was weird

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It was weird. Maybe I hadn’t really looked at him that closely before. Maybe, my vision had just been shrouded before by the perfection of Edward. But Edward was gone, and he wasn’t coming back. Jacob had been my refuge, and my strength for the last several months, and it was causing me to look at him in a whole new light. His brilliantly brown skin, that had almost a deep golden hue emanating from it. His dark brown eyes, that were like pools of rich chocolate, and that body...perfectly sculpted in every way. His warm skin, and his strong embrace, and his...”Bells?” Jacob was looking at me questioningly.

“Yeah?” I said as I snapped out of my trance.

“Are you okay? You’ve been staring at me for about 5 minutes. I mean, I know I’m hard to resist, but usually you’re sneakier about checking me out. Is that drool coming out of your mouth?” he chuckled as a cocky, but beautiful smile crept across his lips.

“Oh yes Jacob, after all of this time, I just can’t contain myself around you anymore. Oh and you’re the one who drools you dog!” I sarcastically stated. We both chuckled, but I couldn’t help but feel that maybe I wasn’t being as sarcastic as I thought. Like maybe, there was some underlying truth to my words, that I was just now discovering. Jacob had already gone back to working on his car. We had spent a long afternoon in the garage, and I was getting very tired. I didn’t know why though, all I had done was sit there and watch him work meticulously on his “baby”. Laziness at its finest. But I enjoyed it nonetheless, watching him be so passionate about something. What I thought was a twinge of jealousy, resonated in me. While I knew that Jacob felt for me, I had never seen a burning passion in him for me before, and I suddenly craved it.

“Hey Jacob, I should probably be headed home soon, Charlie will be expecting dinner. Last time I was late I found him eating from a can of spam, and that’s not something I want to see again.” Jacob laughed while noting that he could totally picture that.

“Hey why don’t we just invite him out here? I’m not ready for you to leave yet and my dad is still on that fishing trip, so I would be all alone if you left.” he said and the pleading in his eyes was adorable. He looked like a little puppy...and how fitting that was. I laughed to myself.

“Hmm well that all depends on if I have some materials to work with for dinner here, and I do have to leave eventually tonight Jake so you’d better get used to the idea of being alone.” Jacob did an exaggerated frown and we walked up to his house. I promptly raided the kitchen, looking for some raw materials to comprise a meal. Actually, I was pleasantly surprised with what I found there. There were frozen steaks, potatoes, and green beans and corn, and it sounded delicious. I put the steaks in the microwave on defrost, as Jacob called Charlie to invite him out. Charlie complied and I began wrapping the potatoes in foil and I popped them in the oven. I seasoned the steaks and gave them to Jake to go grill outside, and I cooked the corn and green beans on the stove. Charlie arrived, and we all enjoyed a filling dinner.

“Thanks Bells! That was delicious, but I should really be headed home, I’ve got work early and it looks like it’s going to storm, so be sure to not stay much longer k?” he was pretty good at being the concerned parent.

“Sure dad, I’ll be right behind you.” I assured him. He left and I began clearing the table.

“Let me do that,” Jake was right behind me and he reached past me to grab the plates I had been stacking. As he did, I felt his arm graze mine and a sudden surge of electricity went through my body. I looked up at him, figuring that he had to of felt it too, but he just went along clearing the table like nothing had happened. It was weird. I had touched and been touched by Jake a million times before. But it had always been just a friendly thing, nothing romantic about it. Man, what was with me today? He was my best friend, and I wouldn’t want it any other way...or would I? I sighed out loud in frustration at my stupid thoughts. Jake caught wind of my mood change and looked concerned.

“Bella, is there something on your mind?” Ohh there sure was, I thought.

“Oh no, sorry, I’m just thinking about this paper I have to write that’s due on Wednesday. “ I said absentmindedly.

He chuckled. “Bella, it’s Friday, surely you don’t have to worry about that for a couple of days you nerd.” He was right, it’s a lame excuse. I just wasn’t ready to face my real thoughts. I could hear the storm beginning outside, the loud rolls of thunder, and then I saw the sky light up through the window.

“Crap, I gotta get going.” I said hurriedly and grabbed my backpack as I headed for the door. Jake walked with me and as soon as we stepped outside, there was what can only be described as a downpour. I mean, I was drenched within seconds. Not only that, but the wind was blowing rapidly and the thunder was literally booming. We ducked back inside his house and assessed each other. We both burst out laughing at our appearances. I knew I had to look like a wet rat, and he, well, looked like a wet dog. The phone rang and Jake ran to get it.

“Oh hey Charlie..no she hasn’t left yet. Yeah she just tried to but we were soaked when we stepped outside..oh hmm well let me make sure it’s cool with her. Bella? Your dad wants you to stay here tonight, the storm is supposed to get pretty bad and go on for a while. Is that cool with you?”

“Ummm okay.” I complied, knowing that I didn’t have any choice in the matter. I was nervous though. Jake and I would be all alone, and I was having these unexpected feelings about him. I was so glad he didn’t know what I was thinking though. He never had to know. We could just hang out, watch a movie maybe, and I would fall asleep on the couch. It would be fun.