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 :)
2. Chapter 2-Black out
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“Hey you’re completely soaked, let me get you some dry clothes to put on.” Jacob headed back to his room to get some and I was grateful, being that I was shivering from being so wet. I stood there awkwardly because I didn’t want to get any of the furniture wet. I was so cold, I just wanted to be warm. I also smelled faintly of moss and dirt from the rain, and I felt like I needed to be clean.
“Hey Jake?” I called. “Do you mind if I take a shower really quick? I feel kinda gross.”
“Yeah no problem,” he emerged from his room, in dry clothes and carrying a stack of clothes for me.
“Man it’s really beating down out there, it’s intense” he said while he looked out the window.
“Jacob Black, are you scared?” I laughed.
“What? No! I was just simply making an observation,” he defended.
“Don’t worry, I’ll be quick so that you won’t be alone out here too long. I’ll protect you from the big, bad storm,” I laughed harder and he just rolled his eyes. We both knew that I wasn’t capable of protecting anyone from anything, and that made it funnier.
I made my way to the bathroom and turned the hot water on. I got out of my wet clothes and hung them over the towel rack to dry for the night. I looked in the mirror and sure enough, wet rat. My hair was a mess and my mascara was slightly running. Man, what did Jake see in me? I opened the cupboard and grabbed out a clean towel. It was soft and smelled like fabric softener. As I got in the shower, the hot water cascaded down my body and it felt amazing. I reached for shampoo and noticed that it was Pantene. I laughed, thinking about big manly Jake using such a girly shampoo. But, he did have a sizable amount of hair to maintain, and it was always perfectly shiny and soft. Thank you Pantene, I suppose. I shampooed and conditioned and decided I should shave my legs. I peeked out around the shower curtain and spotted Jake’s razor on the counter, I reached and grabbed it and hoped he wouldn’t mind if I used it. I shaved until my legs were silky smooth and rinsed the razor out thoroughly before placing it back in it’s spot. I washed with soap and was feeling very refreshed. I was just about to step out of the shower when everything went black. The power was out.
“Ummm Jake!!!” I screamed. This was the last place I wanted to be, with no way to see.
“Bella I’m coming!” he yelled back and he was at the door. “Are you okay? Do you still have shampoo in your hair? Did you slip?” the questions continued until I was finally able to talk over him.
“No no I’m fine. I just...can’t see, obviously. Can you bring a flashlight or a candle or something?” I asked.
“I’ve got a flashlight right here.” he replied.
“Okay, I want you to come in and I’ll wait behind the curtain. You hand me the flashlight, and then leave so I can get dressed k?” I was being overly cautious, because I did not want Jacob to accidentally see me naked. I peeked around the curtain as he walked in to hand me the flashlight. I couldn’t see him at all, it was so dark. I wondered why he didn’t just turn the flashlight on so he could see where I was, but then I realized that he was also being overly cautious. He was afraid that if he shined the light, he would see me, without my permission, and I was grateful for that. He reached me and handed me the light, and I felt his warm hand in the process which gave me slight chills.
“Okay, I’m leaving now, I’m going to go scrounge up some candles for light.” I heard him walk away. I stepped out of the shower and was about to turn the flashlight on so I could grab my towel when..all of the lights came back on! It would have been great but..Jake hadn’t entirely left yet! In fact, he was just closing the door shut and he had definitely caught a glimpse of me in all of my glory! Why hadn’t I waited until I heard the door close to step out? I knew he hadn’t done it on purpose but I was mortified.
“Ummm...the lights are back on.” he said sheepishly from outside the door.
“Just come on out when you’re ready.” He was going to pretend like that didn’t just happen! Which, maybe that was a good thing..but it had happened! Ohhh man. I spent much longer than I needed to getting dressed. I pulled on what appeared to be a pair of Jacob’s boxers and they went down to my knees. I then put on the undershirt he gave me, which also went down to my knees. I searched in the cupboard for some lotion, and put some on my freshly shaved legs. I then towel dried my hair, and combed through the snarls. I found some chapstick on the counter and put it on my dry lips. Jake’s chapstick. It was like our lips were touching. I rolled my eyes at my schoolgirl thought. Thinking it was funny how he had already seen me naked, but we hadn’t even kissed. The funny thought turned to one of embarrassment though as I remembered what had just happened. I decided that I couldn’t stall any longer and made my way out there. I smelled something sweet. Freshly baked cookies. He had baked! Man how long was I in there getting dressed? He had to have started them after the power came back on because they smelled fresh from the oven. He was sprawled out on the couch, eating one and he looked like a little kid, and it was adorable.
“Hey! That’s a good look on you.” he said as he surveyed his clothes on me.
“Yeah well don’t get used to it. Those smell delicious!” I said as I grabbed one and took a bite. We sat in silence for a bit, not uncomfortable silence, just silence, as we watched TV. I knew I had to bring up what just happened though, that’s not something that I could forget about..so I mustered up the courage.
“So, you saw me naked,” I said matter of factly.
“Hm? What? Um..no I uh, didn’t, um.” he stammered.
“Yeah ya did. We both know you did, so let’s just acknowledge it, and move past it.” I couldn’t help but laugh at his stuttering. Sure I was embarrassed, but it wasn’t that big of a deal. It was only for a split second, and I was pretty comfortable with my body. He hung his head down, and nodded. I suddenly felt the urge to wrap my arms around him and kiss him. He was so cute! Looking all ashamed about something that wasn’t even his fault. Instead of that dramatic response, I simply placed my hand under his chin and lifted his head so we were looking into each other’s eyes. I smiled ear to ear, and though he tried to fight it, his smile quickly followed.
“That was your one free pass though. That won’t be happening again mister.” I chuckled and so did he.
“You’re right, next time, it’ll be with your permission.” I knew he was joking but something inside of me agreed with his statement. At that moment I finally admitted to myself, that I had feelings for Jacob Black. Real ones. Not just best friend ones. Things were going to change and the changes were going to start tonight. I leaned back into the couch and pondered about what I would do to show him how I felt.
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