My Home Is Where You Are
AU. Edward never came back in New Moon. It's three years later. Bella is in her second year at Yale University. What would happen if the Cullen's end up going there also?
4. Chapter 4
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Oh! My! Gosh! That's all I could think since I got back home. I was sitting on my bed as I listened to the music playing from the stereo in the commons area. Ryanne was exercising by dancing around like a crazy person. I always thought it was weird that she would dance to stay in shape, but after a couple of times watching her, I tried it and it's actually a lot of fun. Plus, it actually does keeps you in great shape.
I sighed and put a pillow over my head. I was still in shock from my visit to Forks. The announcements that my dad and Jacob told me kept replaying over and over in my head. Plus, the box that my dad found in my old room, as he was changing the house around. I just couldn't believe any of them. It was like from shocking to more shocking to most shocking.
Well the cookout was fun. Getting to see Jacob and the rest of the pack was great, I really missed them. I asked Jacob what it was that he wanted to tell me and he told me that he would tell me later. He just wanted to spend the night celebrating me being back. So I let the subject drop. So that night went pretty well, until we got home. That's when I found out Charlie’s shocking news.
"So kid, did you have a good time?" He asked me.
"Yeah, it was really good seeing everyone again." I replied with a smile.
"That's good." Charlie looked around nervously, "So I have something I want to talk to you about." He looked at me.
I sat down in the chair, "Okay dad. What is it?"
He thought for a second before he finally said, "What do you think of The Clearwater’s?"
That question confused me. "Um.. well Seth and Leah are good friends of mine, we get along great. And Sue Clearwater is really nice."
Charlie nodded, "I'm glad to hear that."
I was beyond confused at what Charlie wanted to tell me.
"Dad, what are you trying to get at?"
He took a deep breath in and let it out, "Sue Clearwater and I are engaged."
My jaw dropped and my eyes went wide.
Charlie just stared at me for a while.
"Bella? Are you okay?"
I shook my head trying to get my mind to work straight.
"You're engaged.." I said mostly to myself.
"Yes." Charlie mumbled.
"About 8 months."
I looked up at him. "8 months? Why didn't you tell me?"
Charlie shrugged, "I wanted to tell you in person."
Charlie sighed then, "You should come back more often, you know. There's a lot of people that miss you around here."
I looked closely at him and saw that he was frowning, "Dad, I'm so sorry. I know I don't visit much. It's just Forks holds to many memories.." I looked down at my hands and sighed, "I'll try and come visit more. So, when's the wedding?"
So that was the shocking announcement.
The more shocking announcement was Jacobs. Jacob imprinted. I was extremely happy for him when he told me that. When he told me he imprinted on Leah Clearwater, I was a little shocked, but still happy for them both. Jacob was one of my best and closest friends and Leah was a good friend and almost my step-sister. I thought it was amazing that they imprinted on each other. Then Jacob told me more shocking news.
Jacob and I were walking along the first beach at La Push. I looked up at Jacob and noticed he wouldn't look at me. "Jake? What's wrong?"
He still wouldn't look at me. "So, I have something else to tell you Bella."
Jacob sighed. "I'm going to be a dad."
My hand went over my mouth. "Oh My Gosh! Leah's pregnant!" I muffled cause my hand was still over my mouth.
He finally looked at me, and I could see all the guilt and sadness in his eyes. I dropped my hand and hugged Jake. "That's amazing Jake! Why do you look so sad?"
"You don't understand Bella, Leah's not pregnant."
I looked up at him confused, "But you said you are going to be a dad."
I thought about it for a while before realization hit me.
"Oh. You mean that.." I looked down and whispered the rest, "someone else is going to have a baby by you?
"Yes. I didn't mean for this to happen Bella. I only imprinted on Leah a couple of months ago." He put his head in his hands, "Before that, I was just having fun like any normal teenage boy. I went to a party and ended up hooking up with this girl from school." He looked at me, "She found out she was almost 3 month's pregnant about a month ago."
"What does Leah think about this?"
He scoffed, "She says she's okay with it. That it happened before we got together. That she understands that this girl and the baby are going to be in our life now."
"And you don't believe her?"
"No, I do believe her. I can see her thoughts when we are in wolf form remember? I would know if she was lying."
"Are you okay, Jake?"
He looked up at me, "What if I'm not a good dad, Bella?"
I laughed and hugged him. "Jacob, you're going to be an amazing dad!"
He chuckled and hugged me, "I hope you're right, Bella."
WOW. Those two announcements keep replaying over and over in my head. But the most shocking news I got over my visit to Forks was the secret box. The box that I knew nothing about. That secret box that Charlie found under a floorboard, when he was redoing the floors and putting carpet down in my old room. When Charlie handed it to me, I was kind of confused at first. Once I opened it, I didn't really think of anything. I thought he was just giving me some old pictures or something. But once I turned the first picture over, I was speechless, shocked, sad, and happy all at the same time. It was like I was on an emotional roller coaster ride. I couldn't think straight.
Once I could think clearly again, I put the lid back on the box and put it in my room. I didn't want to go through it at that moment. I decided to go through it once my dad was asleep. That way if I crumbled on the floor and started crying my eyes out, I wouldn't have to explain to my dad why I was like that.
That night, I looked through the box. The box had all of the pictures I had of him and his family, the airplane tickets that Esme and Carlisle gave me for my 18th birthday, and the CD that Edward made me. I put the CD in my stereo and listened to it that night over and over again, trying to understand why he would leave this behind, until I finally fell asleep. I came to a couple of conclusions as to why he left it behind because, one; he never thought I would find it and he didn't want anything that reminded him of me. Or two; he wanted me to find it as a remind that he still loved me all this time. He never stopped. He only left for my protection. Yeah, I was more convinced on option one. Option two was just too ridiculous.