So sorry for taking so long. My teacher decided to throw a research paper at us and I had two presentations to get ready for too!
Ugh. Teachers, they just don't get it.
So here you go. I put some Jake up in here and I hope you like it!
We arrived to our destination.
The house was a pale blue color and seemed very…cheery is the best I could come up with, when daisies and shit were all growing. I half expected a rainbow to show up over it. Perhaps a unicorn to prance by?
"So is her name 'Miss Sunshine' by any chance?"
Quil nudged me. "Be nice."
I just shrugged it off. To be completely honest I was a little scared that Quil was going to ignore me. While Paul was like my brother, Quil was my best friend and I didn't want to start off on the wrong foot with his girlfriend. I mean, what if he got mad at me and didn't want to be friends anymore? That'd suck ass, and I'd probably have a breakdown with my roller coaster emotions this month.
I took a well-needed breath and followed the guys.
Quil knocked on the door and it opened.
A woman in her early thirties was revealed. She had tanned skin like everyone in La Push and her hair was black. She had warm brown eyes and a dimple in her left cheek.
What the hell? Quil was dating a cougar? I'm not one to judge, but seriously?
"Come on in, Quil," she said. "Hi," she greeted while we walked inside. "I don't think I've seen you around before." No shit.
"Tess, this is my friend, Jayden. Sam adopted her."
Her eyebrows shot up at the last part. "Really? Wow. I had no idea."
Quil nodded and followed her through the hall. Jeez, he was like a dog on a leash. Ha.
"Quil!" I turned at the screaming to see a little girl, about six run to Quil and grab onto his leg and scream in delight.
They had a fucking kid?
Okay, do not freak out. There are plenty of teens out there that have kids. With older women. With a seventeen year old boy. A father.
Who the hell am I kidding here? How the hell does Quil have a kid and a girlfriend and not tell me? I was hurt, truly. I thought we were close, and don't you at least think of mentioning to you best friend that you have a girlfriend, and that you conceived a child with her?
"Momma took me to the zoo and I saw wolves!" Whoa. Wait a minute. She knows they're wolves? Well, I guess with them being an item and all that they would all know about it.
"That's great. I want you to meet somebody." Yeah, I'm a 'somebody.' Why am I not a special, or best friend?
So the kid latches on to Quil's arm, and since he's like a giant he doesn't really have a problem with her hanging on him like a fly on shit. She smiles at me, hiding behind his sleeve. "Claire, this is Jayden."
I give the best smile I can, and hope I don't freak the fuck out of her. I squat a little to her level. "Hi, Claire. All my friends call me Jay."
She giggled and hid again, Quil smiled like the proud father he is and kneeled down so that he can set her safely on the floor. She still clung to his finger, but talked to me. "It's Uncle Jakes birthday today."
I swallowed down vomit and smiled, though it probably looked like a grimace. "Yup, I know. Did you get him a present?"
She nodded and bolted down the hall and came back with a poster that was bigger than her. She handed it to me and I opened it gently.
It looked like shit.
No, really. It was brown and big. The paper was white, which made the brown paint look like someone had seriously taken their morning dump right on it and gave the kid a brush to move it around.
Of course I didn't tell her that.
"It's beautiful! Wow. I know he'll love it," I lied.
She took it from me and laid it on the floor. "It's of when he is a wolf!" Wow. The kid had a set of lungs on her.
I was a little jealous that she had seen him in wolf form and I hadn't.
"You got your stuff all ready? You know, you have to help me blow up the balloons," Quil said to her.
Tess came back from a room and handed a Hannah Montana backpack to Quil. "Make sure she doesn't eat too much sweets and go into a rampage, okay?"
Quil rolled his eyes. "Jay here loves her sweets, but she likes all that yogurt and stuff that you eat, so I'll put her in charge."
Tess smiled and went down to give Claire a hug. "You be good," she said and Claire nodded. "Listen to Quil and Jayden and all your uncles. And don't break anything."
We walked out of the house and got in the car.
Quil put on a pink CD and I looked at him weird. "What is that," I asked, pointing to the CD in his hands.
He smiled. "It keeps her quiet." He stuck it in and out came the theme song for freaking Hannah Montana.
Who'da thunk it?
Claire started singing along and was lost to her own little world. I had time to question Quil. "So…Why didn't you tell me you had a kid?"
"I mean, I didn't expect you to tell me right away, but seriously."
"You think that—and the she was my. Jay, Claire isn't my little girl. I mean, I do think she is mine, but not in that way. Ugh, I'm messing this up. Claire is my imprint."
I stared at him with my mouth wide and open in shock. When I finally noticed I snapped it shut. "Wait, so she's like you soul mate?" He nodded. "And you like—like her?"
"Not like that, but yes. I'm whatever she needs me to be, and right now that's a friend or a big brother figure."
I sighed in relief. "I get it. So, do we really have to decorate? Is he really coming over? Do I get to stay and have cake, or am I going to be sent to Paul's with a doggy bag? No pun intended."
He rolled his eyes. "It's up to you. I'm sure Sam won't kick you out since he treats you like you're his daughter now." I smiled.
"Hmmm. I guess I can help you guys decorate and then I'll see if I want to stay or not."
He cleared his throat. "Just so you know I'm not sure if Bella's coming or not, so…"
"So don't put any shit in her food? Yeah, I got that." I turned around to look at Claire. "What else do you like, other than Hannah chick?"
She giggled. "It's Hannah Montana. I like Wizards too! Oh! And I like Sonny!"
Not entirely sure who the heck those people were I smiled and turned in my seat, turning the knob on the radio higher. "So, do you have balloons?"
We got to the house and after Quil got Claire out—since I couldn't get the squirming worm out myself—we went inside. "Come on Jay! You can make me a crown from the balloons!"
She was lucky if I succeeded in not popping it.
Quil went to get the bag and pump, I knew I wasn't going to have that werewolf air and be able to blow up that many. Claire had gotten her Hannah backpack and dumped out all of her toys on the floor. This kid had her own Toys R Us!
Quil threw the bag at my head and sat on the couch with his own. He automatically started to turn into some circus clown and make Claire a tiara, sword, poodle, and a necklace. Me? Well, I didn't think I was doing to bad. I had popped a total of three balloons, but my fourth on was staying alive.
"You really suck at this, don't you?"
"Well Quil, we can't all be freaks of nature like you."
"Oh yeah, because you're the definition of normal."
Ugh. He had me there. "Ha! Look Claire, I did it!" I handed her the puny balloon/worm looking thing.
She looked at it and then looked up at me. "What is it?"
"It's a snake! See," I pointed, "That's the head."
"Yeahhh." She went back to her toys and balloons that Quil made for her. I looked at Quil.
"Dude. I really suck at this." He nodded. "I give up. I'll leave the ballooning to you." I sat beside him on the couch. "Hey Claire, want to pop my back?"
She screamed out a "Yes!" while Quil said "No."
I got off of the couch and laid on the floor. "Okay, don't jump or anything, but walk on my back, softly."
"No. No, you are not doing that Claire." He pulled her off the floor from coming my way. He looked at me. "She's not doing it."
I sighed. "Well it's not like you can do it. You'd break me."
"Fine," he said. He let her down. "If you get hurt it's your own fault."
Claire clapped and walked over to me. I lay back down. "Remember, softly."
"Yeah," she said and got on my back. She wasn't even heavy and I got about three pops out before Quil stopped our fun.
Some time later we had a bunch of balloons hanging from the ceiling and string brushing us from everywhere. Claire was already planning to spray the first guests with that string spray crap and Quil was right along with her. He really did change when he was around her. He seemed younger, and a lot happier. Like he was a kid again instead of the serious boy I was used to.
The front door opened and Quil and Claire and me all rushed at the intruders, spraying like no tomorrow.
Of course it ended up being Sam and Em with the birthday cake.
Sam looked like he was going to bust a gut, Em was turning red, I hoped not from madness, and Collin and Jared were in back of them cracking up and pointing.
"Did you see—"
"No, but when he—"They continued laughing until Sam told them to shut up.
"You," he pointed at me, "are in big trouble."
I put my hands up, throwing my now empty can at Quil's head. "Aww, come on Sam. I didn't mean it! I promise I'll be good for the rest of the day." I put my pinky in the air. "Pinky promise."
"Oh," Claire said. "She pinky promised! She means it."
Sam rolled his eyes and went to the kitchen saying, "I'll think of a punishment. Just you wait."
"Come on," I called back, "you know you love me."
He snorted. "Not the things you do, Jayden."
"I'm hungry. Anyone else?"
We went into the kitchen and Em handed me a piece of the giant sub she was cutting. I shared with Claire and Quil got half of a whole sub like Collin and Jared.
"That's all you're getting you guys. I don't want you to spoil your appetites."
"Yeah, like they ever get full!"
Once we finished we were all outside. Claire was playing with her Barbies, Collin and Jared were passing the football around, and me and Quil were sitting on the grass, looking at the sky.
"That one looks like your butt!"
He looked at me with a raised eyebrow. "You don't even know what my but looks like!"
"Psh. You think you're fast enough when you run in to the forest? Believe me, I have caught a few glances."
"You know, it's kinda creepy, knowing that you are always lurking somewhere, staring at me."
"Ugh. I count it as a nightmare, so you have nothing to worry about there, buddy."
He laughed. "Keep telling yourself that."
I was upside down.
I really was. I got the hiccups and Collin said that the only way to get rid of them was to drink water upside down. So, here I was, waiting for Jared to get me a glass of water while Quil held me by my feet and Claire and Collin stood by waiting to see if Collins master plan worked.
"This better work. And tell Jared to hurry up on that water favor my head is getting woozy!"
Just then Jared came out with a glass in his hand and smears of chocolate on his lips.
"Hold it right there mister," I said and twisted to face him as best as I could upside down. "You had some cake!" I pointed at him and everyone looked at him.
"Dude, why didn't you tell me," Collin complained.
Jared shrugged. "Because I'm Em's favorite."
"Pass me that water so I can get rid of these hiccups and eat. I'm starving!"
"You just ate a sandwich," Quil said.
"That was like an hour ago. Plus, I hang out with you guys, what do you expect?" Jared handed me the water. "How am I supposed to drink it?"
Collin laughed. "Jared was supposed to get a water bottle."
I looked at Jared. "Thanks a lot. Just pour some in my mouth, and do not get it in my nose."
I put my hands on Quil's feet to steady myself and said, "Ahhhh," while opening my mouth.
Only he didn't pour it in my mouth, but in my nose like I told him not to. I felt like I was freaking drowning and was trying to get some air. Quil, the dumbass, didn't even let me down until I went for his balls, and by that time I pushed his feet out from under him. Making both of us fall in the process.
I heaved in big breaths and slapped Quil. "You" breathe "dumbass! I" breathe, "could have died!"
Claire, the little traitor, was laughing her ass of and rolling on the floor, along with Collin, who was holding onto his stomach, and Jared, who looked guilty.
"That was so not even close to funny, you guys." I hiccupped some more and lay on the grass.
"Come on you guys, Everyone's coming and the food is done," Em said from the porch.
Of course the guys took off after the word food was said and I was left alone since Quil took a squealing Claire on his shoulders inside. I felt a little lonely now that he was with Claire, but I knew it was his imprint and he loved her. It only made me even sadder to know that Jacob didn't see me the way everyone else saw their imprints.
Maybe ours was just a broken one, or maybe it wasn't really meant to be?
I hiccupped again and closed my eyes. I wasn't sure how I was going to handle seeing Jake again. I wanted to see him, but at the same time I didn't because it always seemed that whenever something starts to go right with us something, or someone ruined any progress.
Did I love him?
I felt like I did, even if I hadn't known him for a long time. My heart told me I did, but my mind was saying that we weren't at that stage yet, and to not rush into things.
I heard someone moving towards me and smiled. "Hey, you're not that quiet either at being sneaky, Quil." I flipped over and hiccupped when I saw Jake.
I probably shouldn't have said that since Jake thought for some odd reason that I wanted to get it on with Quil.
"I, umm, didn't know it was you," I said. Hiccup.
He shrugged and put his hands in his pockets. "What are you doing out here? Shouldn't you be with Quil." He said the name like it was the devils.
I laid back around. "I don't want to deal with you right now, so if you don't have anything nice to say then leave."
"Look," he said, coming over to me. I shut my eyes. "I didn't come here to fight with you—"
"Yeah, I know. You came 'cause it's your birthday. Happy freaking birthday." I hiccupped.
"Well, yeah. But I mean out here. I wanted to say sorry. Quil kicked my ass earlier for saying that stuff to you."
"Good. I'm just sorry he wasn't able to leave a mark." So I was being a little harsh. So flippin' what?
He sat down beside me. "I—I shouldn't have said it, Jay. I'm sorry."
I looked over at him. "Actions speak louder than words, Jacob."
He looked at me. "Jay." I waited, but he said nothing.
I hiccupped. "Ugh! I hate hiccups!" I slapped the ground.
"You know, if you drink water upside down it's supposed to get rid of them."
I rolled my eyes. "I tried, and failed on that one. The guys aren't so good on following my instructions."
"Did you breathe with a paper bag?"
I shook my head. "We have no paper bags."
"Well, there is one more I know," he said, but his voice sounded deeper.
When he didn't tell me I said, "Say it already," with a hiccup at the end.
"You hold your breath." He plugged my nose.
I looked at him. "That's it?" My voice sounded nasally. I shrugged and took a big breath and closed my mouth, making my cheeks look like big gumballs, closing my eyes.
I wanted to ask him how long I was supposed to hold it, but if I opened my mouth the air would come out and I would have to do it again. I hiccupped, but still held my breath.
That is until I felt someone's lips on mine, and seeing as Jake was the only one next to me…
My eyes sprang open and I gasped. But because of my gasping my mouth opened and Jacob took the opportunity to slip his tongue in.
I knew I should have pushed him away, hell, any person would, but he damn did he ever have the softest lips ever!
My hands had a mind of their own and slid up into his hair. Jake moaned when I tugged him closer and grabbed my hips to pull me onto his lap.
Kissing him felt so good that I couldn't find it in me to stop. I mean, he had just basically told me that I was wanted to share my bed with Quil earlier today!
His tongue fought against mine. He tasted sweet, like caramel with male mixed together—if male was even a taste. His hands tightened on my hips when I pushed closer to him, making us chest to chest.
He pulled back to let me get some air, but trailed kissed down my jaw to my neck. Gosh, why did he have to be so good at this?
His lips were warm and soft, lightly touching my shoulder. I hadn't had a hiccup in a while so I figured they were gone.
"Jake." I pushed him a little to get him to listen to me. "Jake, stop." I slapped him.
He sat back a little, momentarily confused, but still looked at me with lust filled eyes. "What? Did I hurt you?"
I shook my head. "No, no. We need to stop. Hell, I know I want more," he smiled and came closer but I pushed him back where he was, "but, we're not ready for this step yet. You are so not getting off that easy."
He looked at me like I had a third eye. "We were just kissing, Jay."
"Yeah, but you were going to do more, and that is not happening. Plus, with everything that has happened I don't think we are even at the kissing stage yet."
He sighed. "Jay, I don't know what happened that day. I was just—just so mad and I don't know what came over me. I—I'm sorry. I know you said it doesn't matter if I say that, but right now that's all I can give you. But if you let me show you—"
I put my hand up to stop him. "I—I honestly don't trust you," he looked down with a defeated expression, so I continued, "right now, but if you promise not to hurt me like you did and be an ass, then I'm fine with it." He smiled. "We're not even on dating terms and you're going to have to work real hard to earn it. From the bottom up, starting with 'hellos' and that's it. No kissing." I can't believe I'm saying no kissing! "But you know that everyone in that house is going to kick your ass when they find out, right?"
"Yeah," he laughed. "I know. But I'm ready for that. I want to be good enough for you, Jayden."
I smiled. I couldn't help it. "Damn straight!" We laughed.
He put his finger under my chin. "I have to ask you something."
"It's my birthday. Can I ask you for something?"
I shrugged. "I hope it isn't a car, 'cause I can not afford that!"
He shook his head. "Nope, not a car."
I gave him a 'I'm waiting' look. "Spit it out, man!"
"A kiss." And then he smiled.
I stared. I didn't know what else to do. So, I punched him. In the face. Hard. Then I got up and left him on the floor, sitting there wondering what the hell just hit him. "I don't know about you, but I am sure ready for that cake!"
I turned to go back into the house. But I immediately stopped. Why? Because there, in the kitchen windows that faced the backyard were all the guys, staring daggers at Jake. I was fine with it until they turned their looks to me.
So….I ran like hell into the forest.
*gasp!* I can't believe she kissed him. lol. Too bad she said no more kissing, but who knows? I t could happen. lol.