So, I got bored and decided to write another chapter for Desperate Measures. Besides, I was reading some of the reviews and I'm really happy that everyone likes this story so much so I wanted to come through with another chapter SO, here ya go, all you faithful reviewers! Love you guys!
Jacob wasn't happy about taking me with him when he returned to the field, but there was no way on this earth that he'd get me to stay behind and hide in the bushes like a frightened little girl. Besides, Damon could be pieced back together, and I planned to see him restored if it was the last thing I did. Jacob's strong arms lifted me from the ground and off we were, racing back to the field and to where I hoped with all my might that Damon was "alright", for lack of a better term. I thought briefly about what I'd do if he wasn't, but then decided against thinking about that because it hurt too much. I didn't want to live a life that didn't include my best friend.
Jacob is fast, and before I knew it, we were back…and the battle was over. I couldn't help the overpowering smile that crossed my face as I saw the Cullens and the werewolves, still intact. We'd won the battle. We were safe.
There was a fire going and the Cullens were adding members of the Volturi to the blaze one by one, getting rid of the mess of bodies littering the battlefield. Jacob lowered me to the ground and my feet immediately made a beeline for where Damon's body had been when he had been torn apart and to my relief, he was still there. His head was nearest to me, but I couldn't bring myself to look at his handsome face when he was…like this.
I turned to look for Edward and found him standing not very far away, watching me.
"Can he be put back together?" I whispered, knowing he'd hear me.
His eyes were dark and briefly he stared at the ground, then back at me. He nodded and began walking toward me, determination in his step.
"We'll have to put the pieces back together. Carlisle can help," He said, looking toward where Carlisle was standing with the others by the fire.
In an instant, Carlisle was there and I…wasn't. Jacob had grabbed me around the waist and had dragged me away from where they were beginning to put Damon back together.
"I need to talk to you," was the only explanation I got from him as he took me away from the field once again. He brought me to a small clearing in the woods not very far from the clearing and then he let me go and slowly turned to face me.
His breathing was elevated, and he looked…maybe angry or upset about something.
"What's wrong, Jake? Are you okay?" I asked.
"Bella,…," He began, but stopped and looked down at the ground, "Bella, what do you want?"
My brow furrowed in confusion, and it didn't help that Jacob wasn't looking at me. I took a deep breath and asked, "What do you mean?"
"You need to tell me right now how you feel, and I need to know what you want. Bella, Damon's in love with you…I can see it, everyone sees it. I don't want to get into this too deep if I'm not the one you want. I love you, Bells, but I want to know that you still love me, too, before we go further with anything," Jacob explained, and my heart melted. Jacob really did still love me, even though I didn't deserve it and frankly, he shouldn't love me.
Tears sprang to my eyes and I couldn't stop the smile from plastering itself on my face.
"Jake,…I've always loved you. I think I loved you even when we were kids. I never wanted to leave you, but I was just so scared and I thought you'd reject me or worse, but I know that now, with the battle over with and everything back to normal…or at least normal for our standards," He chuckled, "…that we can start again. Jake, I'm still in love with you, I never stopped being in love with you. I know Damon is in love with me, but Damon is my friend, and he understands that what we have is…strong, and that I could never love him the way that I love you. Please, Jake, know that I love you…and I want you."
Jacob smiled, and that was all it took. I ran into his arms and he lifted me up in the air, and I literally felt my world fall back into place in that moment. Zach would have his father, I would have my Jake, and Damon would be there to be my friend and Zach's "uncle", and everything was going to be absolutely wonderful. Sure, there would be troubles…it's sort of our thing….but with all of us together, we could beat anything.
Jake's hands found my hair and I sighed into his neck as he chuckled.
"I love you, Bells," Jake whispered.
"I love you, Jake…always," I answered, completely content.
When he released me and lowered me back to the ground, I was still smiling up at him. He was so beautiful. My hand came up and gently touched his face, the face I loved with all of my heart, and then he moved slowly closer to me, his nose nearly touching mine. Then, Jacob kissed me, and I knew I was home. I'd missed kissing Jacob, I'd missed touching Jacob, I'd missed talking to Jacob…I'd missed being with Jacob.
"Are we good, then?" I asked when the kiss was over, still smiling.
"Yeah…we're good," Jacob answered with a chuckle and then grabbed ahold of my hand, leading me back to the field.
Most of the werewolves were congregated toward the end of the field, probably awaiting orders from Jacob. The fire was still burning, but the bodies were mostly ash by now, and the field looked…for the most part…like nothing had even happened. I was quite impressed.
"Are we done here?" Jacob asked Jasper as we walked up.
Jasper nodded. "We did well today…the victory will keep the Volturi from ever underestimating us again."
Jacob left my side to go tell the pack that they could leave and to congratulate them, and I ran over to where Carlisle and Edward were kneeling at the spot where Damon had been ripped apart. I couldn't see what they were doing, but I hoped with all my might that they had been successful at putting Damon back together.
"Hey. Did you-" I stopped when I saw a familiar face come up between them. "Damon?"
"Hey, Bella. I guess you won't be getting rid of me that easily," He winked and stood up on his reattached legs. He was mostly complete, but the bottom half of his left arm was still being reattached by Edward.
"No, I guess not. I wouldn't want to ever be rid of you, anyway, you silly vampire," I joked, even as tears of joy ran down my face.
Damon smiled and waited patiently for Edward to finish reattaching his arm before bounding over to me and whisking me off my feet in one of his huge bear hugs.
"I thought you were dead. I was so scared I'd never see you again," I whispered into his ear as he held me.
"I know. I was terrified I'd never see you or Zach again, but…I guess it just wasn't time for me to die yet," Damon chuckled, and then slowly lowered me to the ground.
"I don't know what I'd do without you," I spoke, being serious for a moment.
Damon just smiled and kissed my forehead sweetly, in his joking way, and I literally thought that I might die of happiness. Everything had turned out exactly how I'd hoped it would, even though my original hopes had been for me to die and no one else to get involved. But, everyone had gotten involved and everyone had tried to save me, like the wonderful family that they were, and I realized then that I should have let them help me in the first place instead of trying to do everything myself.
I felt a warm arm slip around my waist, and I knew it was Jacob. I smiled, content, as we all began going our separate ways, after several tearful goodbyes to the Cullen family. The goodbye to Edward had been the hardest. I was going to miss him.
But, my life was here, with Jacob, Damon, Charlie, and Zach, and I couldn't wait to start living it.
Well, WOW, I think this is actually the end of this story. Wow, it's been a rocky ride, and you know, idk, this could not be the end. I don't know where I'd take it after this, but I'm sure there's other things I could get up to with this story, but we'll see. There's another story I'd like to put a few more chapters in, Damon and Bella: Until the End, which is one of my favorites, so maybe you might wanna check into that Peace out! Love you guys, again, and thank you so much for your support!