Jacob's eyes shot open. "What?"
Bella turned over so that she was on her other side,f acing him. He was conscious of his hands still on her waist.
"I didn't say it back before, when you said you loved me too much to let him hurt me. Now I'm saying it: I love you, too."
Jake swallowed, his mouth dry. Was she really okay with discussing this now? He voiced his doubts out loyud.
"Bells, we don't have to talk-"
"But I want to," she interrupted. "Jacob, I chose you over Edward. Hen Jasper k-killed Charlie, I had every opportunity to disappear with him. But I now longer felt safe with him- with the vampires. They killed my father, Jake."
She began to cry, and he pulled her into an embrace.
"You were the only one I could think of,t he only one I felt safe with," she murmured into his shoulder. "And as I said you name, I felt his flow, a sort of warmth, within me. The thought of Edward suddenly became foreign- so did the thought of any other guy. I ached to be with you, ached to be healed and held by you, and I begged to be with you."
ZJacob felt a smile creep onto his face, and his body grew warmer; intinctly, Bella snuggled closer to him, her body nearly melting into his. It took all Jacob had to stifle his moan at the wave of pleasure running through him.
"With Charlie gone, you're the only one who truly loves me. Anf finally, finally, I'm realizing that you have been the one for me all along." She sniffled. "I just wish that I could tell Charlie that I finally made the right choice."
The werewolf rubbed her back.
"Im sure she knows, Bella. And I know that he's incredibly happy about it."