Disclaimer: In the time I finished my last story and started this one I didn't have a freaky Friday moment with S. Meyer. In other words, I still don't own.
Thanks to my pre-reader for this chapter: Kim Rathbone
A special huge thank you to JaspersBella-Some of the dialogue in this chapter came from her and was in the email that started this whole idea. I heart you babe.
I was so glad it was summer, especially with the last few months I've had. After almost dying I just wanted to enjoy being with Edward and his family.
As I pulled into the driveway of their house I had to smile. Edward was waiting on the porch for me like I knew he would be. Before I could fully stop my truck he was by my door. I grinned as he opened it for me and helped me down to the ground.
"Good morning, Love." He whispered.
He wrapped an arm around my waist and started to lead me toward the steps and inside. I couldn't hear anyone moving around, which with Emmett in the house, is kind of odd.
"Where is everybody?"
"Emmett and Rose are upstairs." He answered, shuddering slightly before continuing. "Carlisle is at work, Esme and Alice went shopping over in Olympia, and Jasper is in the living room reading."
I nodded and headed toward the living room, since I hadn't had the chance to spend much time with Jasper. After spending time with him on the way to and in Phoenix I knew he would be fine with me near him.
Walking into the room I went straight to the couch across from him and dropped down onto it.
"Hey Jasper," I said.
"Bella," He replied tipping his head, but never moved his eyes away from his book.
"What are you reading?"
"God and Generals by Jeffrey Shaara."
"Is it any good?" I asked, glancing briefly at Edward as he sat down beside me.
"It's alright. Not very accurate though."
"Oh, yeah I guess you've probably learned enough to know that."
He finally glanced up and chuckled. "Actually I lived it, so I kind of have first hand knowledge."
"Seriously?" I asked my eyes going wide. "What was that like?"
"Well, only for three years or so. After that-"
"Jasper." Edward said in warning as he cut him off.
"What?" I asked glancing between the two of them.
"It's nothing you need to hear about, Love."
"Because. Here watch some TV." I looked between him and the remote he was holding out before glancing back over at Jasper.
I barely caught the scowl he sent Edward's way before he went back to reading his book.
"Love, the TV."
I huffed and grabbed the remote Edward was waving in front of me, turning the TV on.
As I flipped through the channels I asked, "Jasper, is this going to bother you?"
"No, Bella. You're fine."
"Kay," I said before going back to the TV.
I finally found a re-run of WipeOut and stopped my channel surfing. I loved this show. It was absolutely hilarious.
I'd only been laughing for a couple of minutes when the channel changed. I sat staring at the radar for the Pacific Northwest for a few seconds before I looked over at Edward, who was holding the remote.
"Why did you change it?"
"Because it was ridiculous."
"That's the whole point. It was funny."
"What's so funny about people falling down and getting hit with things?"
"What's not funny about it?"
He ignored my question and instead said, "This is better for you."
"This is boring."
"It's informative, Isabella."
"What's so informative about it? It's going to rain today and tomorrow and the day after that. Not that big of a shocker."
Jasper chuckled and I felt his amusement hit me. I gave him a grin, earning a wink and another shot of amusement. However, Edward didn't find what I said funny and gave me a frown.
I didn't really want to argue so I let him have his way and turned my eyes back to the TV, feeling them glaze over almost immediately.
I don't know how long I sat there until I heard Edward sigh and say, "I'm sorry, Love. I wish I could take that away for you.".
"Take what away?" I asked confused.
He motioned with his head toward my hand and I looked down, finding my thumb unconsciously running over the scar left behind by James. I was still confused though.
"Why would you want to take it away?"
"It's ugly." He growled and I caught Jasper stiffen slightly.
"It's not ugly. I happen to like it. Call it a war wound if you will."
"Don't be silly, Love. Who would ever want a reminder like that?"
"I do because it tells me something very important."
"And what is that?"
"That I survived. That a nomad attacked me, a measly little human, and I lived through it. Granted, if you had let the change happen I wouldn't technically have lived through it."
"We're not going to have that conversation again."
I rolled my eyes in frustration. Of course he didn't want to have this conversation; he never did, but I really didn't want to let him off the hook yet again.
"Can I ask you something?"
"Of course, Love. You can ask me anything."
"When you ever do get around to changing me, how will you feel about the scars I have then?"
He groaned and for a minute I didn't think he was going to answer, but then he surprised me and pissed me off further all at once.
"When you're changed..." I lifted an eyebrow at that because it sounded like it choked him to say it. "Carlisle and I have a plan where I won't have to bite you."
"Don't I get a choice in how I'm changed? What if I want your mark on me?"
"You don't want that. You're skin is too beautiful to be marred up like that."
"Seriously?" I asked standing up in anger.
"Come on, Love. Don't be like this."
"Like what Edward? Annoyed? Frustrated? Or just pissed off?"
I growled at him. "You did not just reprimand me for using the word pissed."
"It's not becoming, you know that. You've been hanging around Emmett too long."
"Oh well, I'm sorry you're perfect little doll has been completely ruined."
"I didn't say that, Love."
"You didn't have to Edward. The message was loud and clear by this whole conversation." I said as I turned toward Jasper. When he looked up at me I asked, "Can you take me home?"
"You drove over here." Edward growled.
"I know that, but I'm kind of mad and I wouldn't want to wrap my truck around a tree or anything. Wouldn't want to add anymore ugly scars." I sneered the word ugly before asking again, "Can you take me home, Jasper?"
"Yes ma'am." He said putting his book down and standing up.
"Jasper," Edward hissed.
"You can feel how mad she is in my thoughts Edward. I'm not letting her drive off like that."
"I will take her then."
"No you won't, Edward. If you haven't figured it out yet, I don't want to be around you right now."
"But his control-"
"Is fine," I said cutting him off this time. "He's been sitting here, feet from me for how long and hasn't attacked. I think I'll be safe the ten minutes it takes to get to my house."
"It only takes a second, Isabella."
"Well, if he comes back with red eyes, you can put I told you so on my headstone." I snapped.
Emmett's booming laugh echoed down the stairs and I shook my head. Of course he would find that funny. Edward, not so much, if the growl he let loose was anything to go by. I couldn't have cared less what he though right now though and moved toward the front door.
Jasper followed closely behind and I could hear Edward hissing words at him, although I couldn't hear what he was saying.
When we got to the front door Jasper reached around me, opening it. Just before I stepped through I turned around and said, "Oh Edward..."
"Yes, Love?" He asked hopefully and I had to fight to keep from rolling my eyes.
"Just so you know my window will be closed tonight." With that I turned and left him standing in the doorway shocked as I walked down to my truck and got in.
Jasper was settled beside me and turning the key in the ignition seconds later. As we pulled away I breathed a sigh of relief and then asked, "What was he saying as we were walking out?"
Jasper chuckled and said, "He was warning me to behave."
"What does he think you are? A child?" Jasper full on laughed at that. It was deep and beautiful. I"d never seen him smile, let alone laugh so I couldn't help but laugh along with him. It was nice seeing him like that.
We quieted down as he turned out of the driveway.
A few miles into the drive I said, "Thank you for driving me home."
"You're welcome, Bella. I want to thank you too."
"For what?" I asked in confusion.
"For saying what you did about your scar."
"Oh, okay." I said before falling silent with my thoughts.
As we turned onto my street Jasper asked, "You still don't understand why I thanked you do you?"
I chuckled softly, "No."
He laughed too and then I watched my house go by. "Ummm...Jasper? You kind of missed my house."
"I know. There's something I want to show you though. It'll help you understand. That is if you don't mind being alone with me a little longer."
"I don't mind." I said honestly.
He looked over and gave me a quick smile before looking back to the road. I sat back in my seat, wondering what he had to show me.
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