A/N: Hello everyone! I read the reviews for the last chapter and a lot of you wanted Jasper to be confident, but a some of you also said that you would think it would be cute if he acted shy. I tried to take that into consideration when I wrote this, so let's see what happens! :)
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A New Heart
Chapter 14: Lust
I'm sure that I looked like I had some type of mental handicap as I stood, openmouthed, gaping at Jasper.
As he stood there naked, I couldn't help but compare his body with the many others that I'd seen in the past few years. If I'd thought that the other men had hot bodies, I'd obviously been partially blind. I have to say...Jasper puts them all to complete shame. I strangely didn't feel as bad about checking out Jasper as I knew that I should. I don't think that I could find a single flaw with him. Jasper seemed to glimmer in the light much more than I remembered Edward ever doing... It was beautiful. As I watched a bead of water slowly drip down his muscular chest I noticed a quick movement before my vision was totally blocked.
I was confused for a minute about what had happened until I felt strong, cool, arms wrap around me and the distinct feeling of a not so little Jasper brushing against my bare stomach. His chest blocked out the view of the entire bathroom and all that I had left to see were his broad shoulders.
Not a bad view by any means...
"Uhhh..." I stuttered out before hastily pulling my head back to look up at him.
Jasper stared down at me with a wide grin that I tried to return, but just ended up gulping nervously and trying to keep my eyes from wandering to places where they didn't belong. His hands came up from my back to cup my face gently as he bent down closer to me.
"You came back." He whispered back, almost inaudibly.
My eyed widened significantly for the second time that day before I replied. My hands shot up to wrap around the back of his neck before pulling his face down to my level. I stared into his eyes before giving him a quick kiss on the forehead.
"Of course I came back! I would never leave you, You're way too special for that." I reassured him with a smile and another kiss on his head.
Jasper smiled sweetly at me before gripping my legs and picking me up at a speed that made me a little dizzy.
I was now at eye level with him and my legs were on either side of his waist, but what I noticed the most was the location of his hands. I knew that Jasper didn't mean anything sexual by using his hands to grasp the back of my thighs as he held my agains him, but with him being naked and me being, well... extremely turned on... I couldn't help but really like the feeling of him touching the bare skin below my shorts.
Before my thoughts could get too out of hand Jasper started moving us out of the room at a normal pace. I was just about to relax into his arms when we passed a mirror on the way out of the bedroom.
He's still naked!
As much as I wouldn't mind watching Jasper walk around with no clothes on for the rest of the day, I'm pretty sure that Carlisle wouldn't appreciate having to watch me check out Jasper at every available opportunity.
"Um, Jazz Hun? Don't you want to put some clothes on before we go out there? Not that I mind..just, you know..." I finished absently as I reluctantly let my eyes devour the sight of his ripped abs one last time.
I snapped out of my daze as I saw Jasper cock his head to the side and watch me carefully. Soon a lazy smirk spread over his face, one that I could only assume meant that he could feel my extreme lust and knew exactly what kind of thoughts I was having about him.
Before I could say anything more and embarrass myself further, Jasper sent me a wink and quickly set me down onto my feet. He zoomed away in a blur back to the bathroom before repapering only a few inches in front of me, fully dressed in the clothes that I had picked out for him earlier.
"I guess you didn't need that towel then, huh?" I asked stupidly, before squealing as Jasper tossed me over his shoulder and sprinted downstairs.
I watched Jasper and Bella disappear from my view as they made their way up the stairs to get Jasper a shower. I heard the distinct sound of Bella's musical laughter and Jaspers chuckle before they made it into the room, which brought a smile to my face.
I had always known that leaving Bella behind in Forks was a huge mistake... and I realized this even more once we all found out that Jasper had been affected so deeply by it. I was just so glad to see him smile and speak again that words just could't describe the feeling. These last few days have been some of the best of my life, I don't think that I've ever smiled as much in the 350 years that I've been alive as I had here with Bella.
As much as Jaspers healing has taken a huge weight off of my shoulders... I think the main reason for my joy is completely on Bella. I don't know what type of bond has formed between us recently, but I'm grateful for it, nonetheless. I feel like a hormonal teenager for thinking of her so often, but I just can't seem to help myself anymore. Everything about her just seems to call to me. Her smell, her eyes, her smile, her humor, the way she tosses her hair back when she laughs... The list of her positive qualities just seems to be endless. Even the small distance that I'm away from her right now makes me ache to be near her again. It's a strange feeling, but I wouldn't change it for the world. I just hope that Bella feels as strongly for me as I do for her. God knows that I won't be able to keep this to myself for long, especially in front of Jasper. The thought of having to pretend that I'm completely fine with letting Bella go to sleep on her own, without being able to hold her at night, was nearly cringeworthy.
I really did respect the fact that Bella didn't want to make Jasper uncomfortable and withdraw from her by telling him about our relationship, but keeping it a secret will be a lot harder than I had originally thought.
I shook my head to clear away those thoughts... They would be best saved for another time when there wasn't a chance of Jasper picking up on my internal conflict. I'm sure he had enough of his own to deal with.
I looked around the kitchen and laughed lightly at the mess. I had no idea that walnuts could smash into such tiny pieces like that. On the bright side, some of them landed on Bella's cake, which I'm sure she'll be happy about. The sickly sweet smelling thing doesn't seem appetizing at all to me, but to a human I'm sure it would be delicious. Bella having good cooking skills is just another thing to add to the long list of her admirable qualities.
I can't believe she's even single... Human men must be more stupid than I'd given them credit for.
I decided to attempt to help Bella out by finding a broom in the closet next to the kitchen and sweeping up the mess of walnuts that was left and tossing them into the garbage can.
Just as I put the broom away, my phone buzzed in my pocket. I opened the newest text message that I just received and realized that it was from Rosalie.
'Planning on cutting our trip a little short. Should be there in a few days, do you have an address? Tell Jazz to call us when he gets the chance... Just had a talk with Alice and Edward *rolling eyes*, nothing new there.' -Rose
I tried not to snort at her comment about rolling her eyes at Alice and Edward while I replied. Lately they'd both been getting rather annoying to everyone... Even their teenage classmates in high school, I've heard.
'Let me guess, Emmett's in the dog house again? I'd be happy to pick you up from the airport when you arrive, just call me before you land. I'll have Jasper call you both when he finishes his shower in a few minutes.' -Carlisle
As I hit send I wandered into the living room to look around a little more at the place the I was going to be staying for the next few weeks. As I walked passed the coffee table I spotted a copy of the movie "Bad Teacher". I'd never seen it, but I had heard a lot about it from Emmett when he and Rose first went to see it in theaters.
Apparently it was hilarious.
I'm sure Emmett would like it if he knew that Bella enjoyed the movie just as much as he did. I had a good feeling that our abrupt departure four years ago wouldn't really affect their strong bond with each other. That thought made telling Bella about Rosalie and Emmett returning so much easier.
Like clockwork, Bella and Jasper returned into the living room with Bella dangling from Jaspers back and laughing happily.
I was glad to see that most of the jealousy that I'd once felt when watching Jasper and Bella together had faded. The dominant emotion was joy at seeing them both so happy, only mixed with a little envy that I couldn't be the one holding her right now.
Jasper shot me a smile before placing Bella back down on the carpet and going behind her to wrap his arms around her middle. Bella grinned and reached her hand out behind herself to caress the side of his face before turning her attention to me.
"I think that I've let the anticipation build up enough, so let's all go see what my part of the house looks like before we talk, alright?" Bella questioned, quirking an eyebrow.
I nodded my approval and was once again surprised by Jaspers spoken reply.
"I'd like that, Bella." Jasper spoke the words softly into her shoulder.
Bella turned her head to give him a dazzling smile before placing a quick kiss on his chin and turning her body to face him completely. "Me too Jazz, but I think I'd like it even more if you carried me there."
He returned her smile with enthusiasm before whisking Bella up into his arms and leading the way up the first staircase.
Ok, maybe the jealousy isn't completely gone yet...
I trailed behind them quietly as we all made our way up the two flights of stairs to the third story of the house. When we were at the top of the landing Bella gestured towards the door on the right hand side of the hallway. "This is my art room, I like to come in here to develop pictures and paint sometimes."
We walked down a very 80's looking hallway to get to the room that she was talking about. The hallway walls looked like they had some sort of shiny tin wallpaper that reflected all sorts of light from the windows. The walls were filled with pictures of Bella growing up and in college with other people that I've never met.
In some of the pictures she seemed to be at a bar drinking with friends, while in others it was just her and Tommy along with their staff opening their new office building in Montana. The picture that was the biggest and happened to stick out the most was one of Renée and Charlie holing a baby Bella in their arms and smiling happily.
I smiled as I walked passed them and into Bella's art room. It was a light pink color and had wonderful pictures of different places of the world lining the walls. I could tell from the look of pride on Bella's face that she had taken and developed them herself.
"These are amazing, Bella. Where were they taken?" I asked curiously.
Bella laughed before she answered. "They were all taken in the same few months, actually. Tommy and I decided to take a trip to a few new places after we graduated college. We ended up only going to Rome, Australia, and Chile. The trip ended kind of abruptly when we accidentally went into a gay bar and Tommy hit on some other guys transvestite boyfriend and started a major bar fight... We were asked kindly to never come back again. After that, we had to come back home so that Tommy's broken leg and neck could heal. It was interesting..." She trailed off with a distant look in her eyes and a small smirk.
As she finished telling us the story, Jasper and I were both staring at her with wide eyes.
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A/N: Emmett and Rosalie are officially going to be entering into the story in the next few chapters!
I was wondering how you all think that Emmett should react the first time he sees Bella?
Should he act a little like Carlisle, and entertain some inappropriate thoughts before coming back to his senses? Maybe disbelieving that it's really her? Just plain happy?
Any ideas for what Rosalie should do? Would you like her to be happy to see Bella?
Review and tell me what you think should happen or any comments you have! :)