Surprise of a lifetime Chapter 7
Surprise of a lifetime 7
I woke up the next morning feeling well rested and oddly, lonely. I stretched slowly and looked around my room feeling as though something was missing. I looked over and saw my chair pulled closer to the bed, and remembered the night before. I couldn’t believe that in such a short time I had let Jasper into my life, had him confessing feelings for me, kissed him, and asked him to talk me to sleep. I felt as though things were moving too fast, and yet I couldn’t bring myself to feel shame for wanting him.
The more I thought about it the more I realized very few of my questions had been answered. I pulled my phone down off of the nightstand and sent a quick text to Jake to see how the meeting had gone.
How was the meeting?
Fine, I told them about the truce with Jazz. Hope you don’t mind
Nah, I figured they would find out sooner or l8er
Yea, what are ur plans for today?
Nothing, what are you up to?
Football with the pack, you wanna watch?
Haha, I’ll see. TTYL
Okay, just call me if you want to.
I rose from bed, and made my way into the kitchen. I started a pot of decaf and began to fix a bowl of cereal when I heard my phone beep. I figured Jake must have sent me another text and I was in the middle of pouring so I finished getting everything ready before making my way back into the living room. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Jasper had sent me a text.
I know guys are supposed to wait 2 days before they call, but do friends have that same rule?
Haha I wasn’t aware there was a rule…
Well then I guess I’m safe huh?
I guess you are safe.
Well not entirely, the pixie gave me a dressing down on my way home last night.
Oh…How is she doing?
She is doing well, she misses you a lot.
Really? She never called me or anything
Yeah, she didn’t want to mess anything up.
What does that even mean?
I can’t exactly tell you…she made me swear. But she was mad at me for kissing you.
Why was she mad about that? Not any of her business who you kiss…lol
True, I think she felt I was pressuring you. What are you doing today?
So far, not much. Just eating breakfast.
Want to come over later?
And do what?
I hadn’t thought it through yet…I just wanted to see you. That sounds desperate doesn’t it?
Well, maybe a little but it’s okay. I’ll forgive you this time.
Carlisle has today off so I think the family was planning on a movie marathon or something.
The whole family will be there? Including Rosalie and Emmett?
Yeah, so does that mean you want to come?
Yeah I’d love to, how is everyone doing?
They are doing well, looking forward to seeing you again.
Okay, so what time should I come over?
How about I pick you up at 3?
Sure, cya then.
See you then.
My head was spinning at the thought of seeing the family I had once considered my second family. I had honestly thought that I would never again see my bear of a ‘brother’ again. Carlisle and Esme had been so kind to me, and yet I hadn’t heard anything from them since they left Forks all those years ago. I had thought for so long that they hated me. I thought they all blamed me for having to leave Forks. I allowed myself to remember Esme’s smile, and Carlisle’s countless stitches and tending to. I felt a wave of unexpected sadness come over me, and I let the loss take over for only a few moments before shutting it down and locking it away again.
I was thankful that Jasper seemed to realize how much his family meant to me. Losing Edward hadn’t been the hardest part of him leaving. Losing his family had been harder in the long run for me to accept. I spent the rest of my morning doing some light cleaning and laundry, it was hard to sit still and I felt restless. By 2:30 I had completed every chore in the house and changed outfits twice. I couldn’t explain the giddiness I felt. I was really happy when the doorbell rang at 2:40 and I was glad to see Jasper standing at the door looking just as nervous as I felt.
“I’m a little early, I hope you don’t mind. Emmett was practically bouncing off the walls and it was driving me crazy.” He quirked a smile at me, and I couldn’t help but melt just a bit.
“Actually that’s fine; I’ve just been hanging out. I got everything done around the house a little while ago. What movies are we going to be watching?” I asked as I closed and locked my door.
“I think it was Emmett’s turn to pick out the movies, so expect plenty of explosions, and action.” He rolled his eyes and shrugged his shoulders.
“The good news is that I really like action movies, its scary movies that I can’t watch.” I climbed into the truck, but lost my footing and fell backwards.
“Darlin’ you should probably just wait for me next time. The family would kill me if I let you get hurt.” He eased me into the truck and shut the door behind me.
“Yeah, I know. Perhaps they should just revoke my license to walk and do anything else that might land me in the hospital. I swear they broke the mold when they made me.” I giggled a bit at the face Jasper pulled.
Was it wrong that I looked forward to her little stumbles? I loved being able to hold her, even if it was just for a brief moment. I climbed easily into the truck and we made our way to the house. I felt her tension rise as we got closer and closer. I put my hand out and she took it and squeezed. Her breathing evened out and she allowed my calming waves to overcome her. She looked up at me and smiled. As we reached the driveway she spoke quietly.
“Can we just sit here for a second? I need a minute before I see them all again.” I opened my other arm wide to invite her in for a hug, and I was shocked when she leaned in against me, and put her head on my shoulder. I wrapped both arms around her and attempted to help calm her down. I did what my mother had done when I was younger; I ran my hand up and down her back and murmured sweet nothings to her.
“It’s going to be okay, they all miss you and can’t wait to see you again.” She looked up at me and I noticed the tears in her eyes. Her emotions didn’t match what I was seeing. She felt happy and nervous, and I gently swept a tear away from her face before asking her.
“What’s the matter? Do you not want to see them today?” She shook her head vehemently.
“I want to see them; I just never thought I would see any of you again. I feel like I must be dreaming and when I wake up I will be back in Portland missing all of you again.” She dropped her gaze, and I felt her hope and worry.
“What if they don’t like me anymore? Won’t they all be upset that I’m single and pregnant? You all come from a different time, what if they all think I’m a bad person.” I couldn’t help but laugh at her silly worries.
“Rosalie is the one who has had the biggest change of heart; you should see the mound of stuff she has already gotten in preparation for the baby.” I felt her awe and her surprise like they were tangible things.
“What? Rosalie hates me! Why would she be excited about me having a baby?” I could tell Edward hadn’t really told her much about any of us, and I was glad to be the one to fill her in.
“Bella, Rosalie never hated you she just couldn’t understand why you wanted to throw away your humanity and ability to have children to become one of us. It was always Rosalie’s biggest wish to have a child and when she was turned she lost that. I’m afraid she may want to live vicariously through you for a bit, just let me know if it gets to be too much. She is so happy you have gotten to experience a little more life before making a decision about eternity. I don’t want to say much more than that, you should ask Rosalie sometime about her change, and why she was so resentful of you.” I gave her a half hug and I could feel that she was beginning to understand our family a little better.
“Oh, I never knew that. I guess maybe I should try to get to know the family better now that I am older and more able to understand some of those feelings.” She smiled and I could tell she was ready to see the family. I let go of her and opened my door. I could hear the family pacing back and forth and heard Emmett trying to come out to see what was taking so long. I was thankful that Esme held her ground and told him to wait that she was probably just nervous, and that I would bring her in when she was ready.
As we walked up the front walkway, Bella’s hand found mine and I felt my smile widen incredibly. I was so happy that I couldn’t restrain the happiness from leaking out and invading the surrounding area. Bella glanced at me and smiled brightly. We reached the door and I opened it wide, to see the family looking like the cat that ate the canary. They really didn’t do mild very well.
“Bella! I missed you so much!” Emmett came bounding across the room and picked her up to spin her around.
“Emmett! She’s pregnant you doof! You may be hurting her.” Rosalie reprimanded him almost instantly.
“Aw, Rose come on, I haven’t seen my baby sis in forever.” Emmett pouted as he put Bella on the ground, but kept an arm around her shoulders.
“Hi Emmett, I’ve missed you too. How has it been?” Bella asked almost sheepishly. She looked up to me, and I could tell she wanted me to move closer. I stood beside her, and Emmett took the hint to back off a bit. She reached for my hand and I gladly accepted her small warm hand in mine. The family passed around knowing looks and smiled at us. Clearly Bella thought of me as a very close friend already and it pleased me that she was so comfortable around me already.
“It’s been okay, glad to be living somewhere near bears again! Has our Jasper here been a gentleman? I will kick his ass if not.” Emmett looked between the two of us and Bella laughed heartily.
“Yeah he’s been the perfect gentleman, although I won’t even ask if you have been. I know Rosalie is tougher than she looks and works hard to keep you in line.” Bella let go of my hand and gave him a light punch to his shoulder.
“Yeah, well I try my best. Sometimes even I can’t perform miracles. It’s nice to see you are doing so well Bella, I can’t wait until you see all the gifts I’ve got for you!” Her eyes lit up and I could tell this was her way of apologizing to Bella for the past.
“You know I’m awful at getting gifts, but if they are for the baby I can’t help but be excited, I know he or she is going to be spoiled rotten. It’s nice to see you again Rosalie.” Bella walked over and gave Rose a hug, and I could feel how happy Rose was that Bella accepted her.
“You will just have to get used to it, we already have a room set up and everything. We were hoping you would let us be like a second set of grandparents.” Esme looked hopeful and I could tell that she was worried she would be rejected.
“Of course, there isn’t anyone else out there that I would rather have as adoptive grandparents than you and Carlisle. This baby will be so loved.” I could hear Bella choking up and I reached out to pat her shoulder.
“Bella, you have to understand that we didn’t want you to feel like we didn’t care for you anymore. We just had to let you do some growing and decide on your own that you wanted us to be in your life.” Carlisle stepped forward with his arms open, and Bella fell into them sobbing.
It felt like our family was back together again. Bella was truly the soul of the family, accepting each of us as we were. When we had to leave Forks last time it had been horrible, but now that she was back we would do whatever it took to keep her with us as long as she would have us.
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