Chapter 6 – Move
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“Yeah just a lot to take in.”
Jasper nodded in understanding.
“Take your time.”
Bella closed her eyes and was doing her best to focus. But everything was coming at her, all at once. Everything was so loud and potent. Jasper inched his way over and leaned into her ear.
“One at a time… Let’s start with what do you hear?”
“The rustling of leaves, crickets, frogs, and the coyotes off to the distance.” Bella opened her eyes and lifted her head.
She pointed to a bat flying past and Jasper smiled.
“Good. Now I want you to try again. Only this time focus on the ranch.”
“But we’re a good mile out, at least!”
“Just give it a whirl. I want you to focus on canceling out all those other things and focus on whatever you hear at the ranch and the ranch only.”
Bella closed her eyes once again.
“Move past the leaves, crickets, frogs, and the coyotes.”
She let out a frustrated sigh and Jasper ran a soothing hand along her back.
“You can do this, Bella. Relax and concentrate.”
After a solid minute she managed to smile.
“I can hear Bullet back at the stables. He’s snorting and scratching at the stable door.”
“Missing you I’m sure…”
“I can hear the other horses too and there’s an owl somewhere near the stables.”
Jasper tilted his head as Bella pulled a face. She was quick to open her eyes and Jasper nodded upon her in question.
“I think Peter and Char are home now.”
“Ummm… yeah. We should give them sometime before heading home.”
Jasper reached to his gut in laughter.
“You might as well get used to that, darlin’. Those two fuck like rabbits and I’m sure we’ll give them a run for their money.”
He nodded as her eyes were lit. This had him cupping her chin and checking out her fangs.
“You’ve no idea how sexy that is…,” he whispered in awe.
Jasper had never been turned on by a newborn before. Then again, Bella was his true mate and he could feel it with every ounce of his being. Sure it was there when she was human. But now that she was a vampire… There was NO mistaking. Bella was his through and through. And he’d rid of ANYONE that wished her harm. This feeling was so compelling, he let out a bit of a growl and backed her up against a nearby tree.
“You really hungry…” He taunted with a smirk and Bella nodded.
“How hungry?” He uttered but didn’t give her a chance to answer as he went on to kiss her.
“Hmmm…” He hummed afterward then retrieved a blood bag from his jacket.
He planted his hands along the tree and watched as she fed. He wiped a drop of blood off the side of her lip then licked it off his thumb.
“I gotta teach you how to hunt.”
Bella lifted her eyes on this and Jasper gave a mere nod.
“Can’t depend on blood bags alone. I need to know that you can handle yourself out there.”
“What if I can’t…?” She said behind a touch of fear.
“I’m not leaving your side, Bella darlin’. I won’t let you do anything you’ll end up regretting.”
This certainly made a first for Jasper. Never had he been like this with his newborns. No. He was never this chill. Peter and Char knew firsthand what dealing with the Major truly meant. But he couldn’t bring himself to turn into that monster, not around her. The mere idea had him feeling queasy.
“Jasper?” She questioned with concern.
Jasper swallowed back and caressed her cheek.
“It is very important that you listen to whatever I say. No matter how strong those urges become. I need you disciplined and keying in on my every word. You got me?”
“Alright. So what will it be? Human or animal?”
“Guess I’ll try animal first.”
“Cullen diet it is.”
Jasper didn’t comment as he took her hand and led her towards a peak known for deer gatherings.
“Dear God… What is that smell?!” Bella remarked once they got closer.
“Your meal.” He uttered whilst pointing to a nearby buck.
“Fraid so…” He himself was rather blown away by the horrible smell.
He hadn’t experienced that as a cold one. Bella covered her mouth and nose.
“I can’t eat that shit. It smells… well it smells like rancid ass! How come the horses don’t smell that like that?!”
This had Jasper dying of laughter. She was dead serious and that only added to the moment.
“Oh Bella… You’re a riot. You know that?!”
Bella let out a little huff and folded her arms about her chest.
“I’m not eating that… Please tell me humans don’t smell like that!”
“Well you tell me…”
She narrowed her eyes in question.
“You’ve been drinking their blood and you were around them when you first fed.” He reminded.
Bella thought back and remembered how potent Jasper’s scent was, even now it hit her. But it wasn’t so much hunger as much as it was lust. She breathed him in and Jasper raised his brows.
“Your scent hit me more than the humans… I vaguely remember theirs.”
“That’d be the pheromones of your mate…” he uttered with a smug grin.
“So you’ll always smell like this?”
He gave a simple nod and Bella closed her eyes as she breathed him in yet again.
“…fuck… Bella darlin’, you’re driving me up the fucking wall with that.” He uttered as he could sense her lust.
Bella sent him this seductive smile.
“Good.” She said in such a way and Jasper damn near dropped to his knees and ate her out right there.
If it hadn’t been for the seriousness of the moment… he would’ve. The mere idea had him licking his lips. But he had to push those sexual thoughts aside. At least long enough to teach her what all she needed to know. He couldn’t give into those desires every time they hit. If he did, he’d be fucking her nonstop. What he wouldn’t give to lock his mate away and fuck and feed, to his heart’s content. He’d spent so long pining for her and now that she was finally his. He felt this incredibly selfish need to keep her close, at all cost. And that’s when it truly hit… He NEVER felt that way about Alice. Sure, he was protective of her. But the thought of losing Bella had him feeling downright murderous; like that monster he was before when dealing with the newborns. The side he NEVER wanted his sweet Swan to see. Vampire or not, Bella had a heart of gold, as to her reason behind not wanting to feed from humans. Even now, he could sense it. She truly feared the outcome.
“Are you sure I can’t feed from the blood bags?” She damn near pleaded.
“Bella, you can’t always depend on those. Something could happen and you could very well find yourself in a position where you have to feed from the actual source. I will not leave you uneducated. To do that would be beyond cruel. I need to know my mate can survive if we we’re ever separated. And I mean survive in the sense of you not beating yourself up over your over your new diet. I can’t have you taking an innocent lives or worse… creating newborns. We went over this before I turned you.”
“I know. I’m sorry, Jasper.” The way she said this had him caressing her cheek.
She was so different. He wasn’t sure how to act at times. He thought back to his and Maria’s newborns. They had one thing on their mind and one thing only – Bloodlust. Whereas Bella… The bloodlust was there. But she had all these other emotions and it fucked with Jasper, something fierce. He’d never experienced this before. That only proved just how unique Bella was. Still she carried the traits she did as a human. She cared so much about others. If anything, that only made him love her more. He truly thought would be gone, once she turned. At least until he got her bloodlust under control. But that wasn’t the case. She was still Bella. HIS Bella, nevertheless.
“How do you it?”
Bella narrowed her eyes in question.
“Even now… I can sense you. Bella darlin’, you should be running amuck, searching for whatever blood you can find. Hell, to be honest I’m surprised you didn’t devour what humans we had down there. I was already prepared… Prepared as in ready to replace them once you did. But you didn’t so much as bat an eye their direction.” He said this with slight envy.
It wasn’t that Jasper wasn’t proud of his mate, he most certainly was. If anything she had him blown away. That envy had to do with wishing he had that much control when Maria first got ahold of him. He truly was a monster and he had the scars to prove it.
“Well you fed me blood bags…” She murmured with a shrug.
“Nah… Baby, I’m tellin’ you that even WITH the blood bags. You should’ve gone after them as well. You shouldn’t have that much control. The thought never even occurred to you, did it?”
“No. I guess not.”
Jasper shook his head but smiled.
“Well let’s see how you do when you’re face to face with it.”
“Ah now… I’m there every step of the way.” He reassured as he could sense her distress.
Jasper wrapped his arms around her waist.
“Think you can keep up with me?” He challenged with a smirk.
“That’s right, lil darlin’. Let’s test that vampire speed of yours.”
“You’re on…” Bella said with a smile.
“HEY!” She shouted as he took off.
Bella laughed and chased after him.
“Man, you’re slow…” Jasper taunted as he leaped down from a tree.
Bella frowned and Jasper laughed.
“Alright. There’s a campground about five miles out. Once we get there we’re going to take our time. This place is usually booming about this time. I’m talkin’ live music, beer, whiskey, pot, and a few hardcore drugs even. It’s a good place to hunt, considering there’s bound to be a handful of assholes to pick from. And trust me… You’ll be able to spot them if you take your time. But I’m going to walk you through it this first round. However the next time we hunt… I want to see what you can do. Meaning, you’re picking the victim.”
“We’re predators, Bella. There’s no other way around this. I’m not about to sugar coat anything.”
Bella let out a hesitant sigh.
“You can always go back to the deer.”
The newborn wrinkled her nose on this.
“Thanks but no thanks.”
“Then toughen up, soldier!” Jasper gave her a playful slap on the ass.
“Whatever you say, Major.”
“You got that right.” He teased and was heading towards the campsite.
“Just follow my lead…”
“How you doin’?” He questioned once they were within smelling range.
Jasper stopped in his tracks and spun around.
“That should be hitting you pretty fucking hard about now. Can you not smell that?”
“Well yeah…” She replied with a shrug.
Jasper couldn’t help but to roll his eyes. But it wasn’t so much at her. He just couldn’t believe how chill she was being.
“Mad? Nah. I’m confused as fuck is what I am. For one thing you shouldn’t be awake yet. And you’re hungry… I can sense it. Yet you’re just kicked back like it ain’t no big thing. That shit isn’t normal.”
“Umm okay…” Bella uttered looking rather offended.
“I wasn’t exactly ‘normal’ as a human either. But it didn’t seem to bother you…”
Jasper reared back and made the mistake of laughing. This had Bella shooting him daggers.
“Oh baby, I adore the fuck out of you. You know that, right?”
Bella had this confused look about her and Jasper laughed once again.
“Look, I’m sorry for the way I’m acting. I’m just blown away by all this, that’s all. I was prepared for all hell to break loose. Especially considerin’ how you woke in the first place and taking off with Alice like that… Well I thought I’d have to chain you up, lock you in a cage, and toss a few blood bags your way; until you chilled the fuck out.”
Bella’s jaw dropped on this and Jasper sent her a wink.
“Hey, the cage thing could’ve been really hot. I would’ve stripped you down and everything!”
Jasper froze and put a finger to his lips as they heard someone heading their way. They could hear the music off to the distance. Jasper raised his brows as it was a young man and woman they were about Bella’s age. The man backed the woman up against a tree and undid his pants. Bella stifled a giggle with the palm of her hand as the woman dropped to her knees and went down on him, right there. Jasper wiggled his brows and Bella popped him one.
“Owww…” He whispered with a smirk.
Jasper raised his brows however as Bella stole another glance.
“And you were getting on to me…”
“She’s going at that thing like it’s ice cream.”
Jasper softly chuckled.
“Ice cream, huh?”
“Well I hope you like ice cream…” Jasper hinted with a mischievous grin.
“Do you now?”
The man got rather vocal and Jasper was quick to cover Bella’s mouth as she was giggling.
“Shhh…” He murmured behind a chuckle.
“Sorry…” She whispered against his hand.
Jasper pressed her up against the tree they were hiding behind. He looked over out of caution. He nodded amongst himself once the man blew his load. Jasper cleared his throat and locked eyes with Bella.
“Their scent… I want you to focus on it.”
Bella nodded and breathed in the air around them. That fire in her eyes returned and so did her fangs.
“Sex, sweat, and blood…” She whispered and Jasper nodded.
The smell of sex lingered even as the couple left the area.
“Now I’m really fucking hungry.” Bella said and with that painful glimmer in her eyes.
“Good. That’s right where I need you. We’re going in, like we own the place. We need to give the impression that we belong. So for now… I need you to think about something else. That right there is a true test. Can you push that hunger aside and be “human” when needed?”
He nodded. Bella closed her eyes and after a solid minute passed she opened them. Jasper regarded her in a stupor as they were back to normal.
“Human’s one of the things I do best…” She said with full on confidence.
Jasper tilted his head as she headed towards the massive crowd up ahead. He couldn’t help but to stand there and look upon his mate in utter disbelief.
“God damn…,” he whispered.
He could feel that confidence coming off of her and it damn near knocked him off his feet. Bella grabbed a beer and blended into the crowd.
“Son of a bitch…” He muttered and grabbed a beer from one of the coolers as well.
Jasper hadn’t expected this at all. She should be devouring everyone here. But no this girl was walking right through them like it was nothing! The words what the fuck repeated in that head of his. He could sense her hunger but her willpower had him floored. He’d never witnessed such a thing in his entire existence. He found it a massive turn on.
Jasper couldn’t help but to laugh however, as damn near every man she walked past gawked upon her. And they weren’t the only ones… there were a few women giving her the once over as well. One of the men went to grab her ass and Jasper was quick to snatch that hand. He locked eyes with the man and gave a simple nod.
“Try that shit again and this… belongs to me.” Jasper made clear and the man had this oh shit look as Jasper gave it a bit of a squeeze.
He sent him a wink directly after; followed by a playful slap across the face.
Bella hopped onto the tailgate of a nearby truck and took a seat. Jasper plopped down beside her. He clank his beer bottle against hers and they drink those beers, like they belonged there. No one even questioned their presence. Then again, there had to of been at least a hundred people, if not more. So Jasper and Bella fit right on in. Jasper popped a cigarette into his mouth. He lit it then took a drag before wrapping his arm around Bella.
“Now what was that…?” He whispered and Bella smiled.
“Not sure. But I knew I’d be okay…”
“Hmmm… I kind of want to take you in the back of this truck now.”
Bella sort of laughed but regarded him a certain way.
“This is you… isn’t it?!”
“Me?!” He asked in confusion.
“Yeah. You’re using your empathy to make me feel more confident, aren’t you?”
“Fraid I can’t take the credit on this one. That’s all you, baby.”
“I’m serious. Hell, you just strutted on in, like you fucking owned the place!”
He cupped her chin and checked on her eyes.
“You need to tame that down a bit. If you can’t… try looking into the fire…” He pointed towards the bonfire they had going.
“I’m trying.” She said with that look of agony.
“We’ll get you something soon. I promise.”
Jasper took another pull off his beer then flicked his ashes onto the ground. From there he was scanning the crowd, eavesdropping here and there on certain conversations. Damn near everyone here was drunk. He was so focused on finding him and Bella a food source; he hadn’t taken notice of the girl standing directly beside him, Bella however did. Jasper cocked a brow as he felt a hand running along his chest. He thought it to be Bella at first.
“Someone’s looking all kinds of fine tonight…” The blonde declared and went on to comb her fingers through his hair.
This had Jasper cringing on the inside. Bella was beyond pissed and shooting this girl daggers.
“Why don’t we go somewhere a little more private?”
“If you want to go somewhere a little more private. I can take you.”
This had the blonde snapping a look Bella’s direction and Bella nodded upon her.
“You taken, cowboy?”
Shit… Jasper thought in alarm. That was Bella’s nickname for him and man oh man was she livid. Jasper removed the girl’s hand and cleared his throat.
“You might wanna move along now, darlin’. My girl doesn’t take kindly to that.”
The women gave Bella the once over then looked back to Jasper.
“Well hell sug, you know what they say. Two’s company but three’s a party.” The woman went on to reveal a bag of ecstasy she had on her.
Jasper reared back as Bella hopped on down. He didn’t utter a word as they followed this woman into the cornfields. She handed Bella the bag of ecstasy.
“We don’t need pills…” Bella said in a rather seductive manner.
Jasper swallowed back as Bella tossed the pills aside. Bella walked on over and stood behind the woman. Her eyes however were glued to Jasper’s. Bella brushed the woman’s hair back and leaned into her ear.
“So you want my cowboy, right?”
She nodded and Jasper swore the woman was more turned on by that of Bella than him at the moment. Bella breathed along her neck and Jasper could smell the woman’s arousal.
“You want him… You gotta please ME first.”
Jasper was so hard he thought he’d rip through his jeans. This was a side of Bella he’d never seen. He hadn’t a clue where she was going with this. Bella’s emotions were at war with one another and it made it hard for Jasper to focus. But one thing was certain… No matter how turned on he was, Jasper wasn’t up for no threesome. He didn’t share his mate with anyone, man, woman, vampire – what have you. He didn’t peg Bella as the type either. The woman spun around facing Bella. Bella looked to Jasper in surprise as the woman ripped her shirt open and was kissing along her neck. Bella cupped the woman’s chin and shook her head no. The woman narrowed her eyes in confusion.
“I’ll do all the work…,” Bella said with a grin.
Jasper was on the verge of nutting himself. He’d never been so turned on. Bella was dominating this bitch like nobody’s business and this woman was eating it up. Bella spun her back around and waved Jasper over. The vampire was caught flatfooted by all this and hadn’t a clue how to act. It wasn’t until he made his way over that he gathered his mate’s true intentions for this woman. Her eyes were locked to his and he was quick to cover the woman’s mouth as Bella bit down. The woman didn’t scream but let out a deep moan instead. Jasper wasn’t sure if he really approved of this but he was too far gone to care at the moment. He bit down on the other side. He kept the woman’s mouth covered as he and Bella drained her for everything she had. When they finished Bella licked his lips clean.
“Not so sure I approve of your method…,” he uttered trying to be serious about the situation, but all he could think about was feeding and fucking.
“Bitch had it coming…”
“Bella…” He scolded but went on to heatedly kiss her.
He growled into her mouth and pulled at her hair.
“We clean this up, feed you some ice cream, then we’re going to talk about this fucked up night.”
Bella let out a gasp as he went on to flip her over one shoulder and the body over the other and took off.
Bella quietly observed as he stuffed the body into the incinerator. This was something they kept handy at the ranch. Once he finished, he dusted his hands off. Then he waved her on over. Bella smiled as he unbuckled his belt. He pointed to the ground and Bella dropped to her knees. She unzipped his pants and went to work. Jasper gritted his teeth as she licked all up and down his shaft. He brushed her hair back and watched as she figured it out. It didn’t take long before she had it down. Jasper grabbed a fistful of her hair and gave a few pumps. He observed her reaction and once he knew she was truly into it. He went on to give that mouth a thorough fucking. Just as he was to blow his load, he pulled out then cupped her chin. He gave his cock a couple strokes, before firing into her mouth. Bella swallowed it down then licked him clean after.
“Good girl…” He uttered with a wink then helped Bella to her feet.
“Did you enjoy your ice cream?”
Bella laughed but nodded.
“Mind putting your junk away?”
Jasper grabbed his mate and got a protective hold on her.
“And ice cream? Really?”
“Emmett?!” Bella called in surprise.
The cold one entered the area and gave a simple nod.
“Come on, man. I asked you to put that shit away.”
Jasper rolled his eyes and was quick to put ‘it’ away.
“What are you doing here?” He practically snapped and Emmett sighed.
“I would NEVER hurt her. You know this.” Emmett said with an apologetic glance her direction.
“No. I don’t. That’s the same shit Edward used to say and he damn near killed her! I don’t know shit when it comes to you Cullens.”
“McCarty.” Emmett corrected with a curled lip.
“Don’t ever refer to me as that again.”
Jasper drew back a hesitant breath. He held up a hand Emmett’s direction. Then he looked Bella in the eyes.
“We’re going to talk about tonight…”
“Jasper…” Bella groaned.
“I can’t have you doing that shit again. There are rules and revenge is hardly reason enough to…”
“She was a baby killer.”
Jasper tilted his head on this.
“I did what you told me to, Jasper. I listened. There was gossip. Or so I thought it was… but I thought back to the paper from the other day and read about the SIDS baby myself.”
“SIDS baby?” Jasper questioned.
“Jasper, that woman suffocated her own newborn and had everyone believing the child died from sudden infant death syndrome.”
“Shit that was her they were talking about?!” He asked as he’d heard the same gossip when listening in.
“Yeah. Her sister was there. From the sounds of it she came clean to her. The sister was conflicted in the sense of not knowing what to do about the situation. She was talking to her boyfriend during this.”
“Damn… So she killed her own child?”
“A little girl by the name of Summer.”
Jasper closed his eyes on this.
“I’m sorry, darlin’. I… shit.” Jasper pinched the bridge of his nose.
“Once again, I misread you.”
“It’s okay, Jasper.”
“No. It’s not. I should have this down by now. You’re my fucking mate.”
“Sounds like you need to quit depending on that empathy of yours so much.” Emmett chimed in and Jasper sent him a look of utter hell.
“That can’t tell you everything. That much is obvious. Like here I am… And you haven’t a clue on whether you can trust me or not. Quit using that as a fucking crutch. You’ve been pulling that shit for a couple years now. I think it’s time that you trust what she says.”
Bella gasped back as Jasper charged right for Emmett.
“JASPER!” Bella shouted as Jasper knocked him to the ground and was taking jabs at him.
“STOP IT!” She hollered as they were in a full on rumble now.
Peter and Char entered the area as well and exchanged baffled glances. Bella gritted her teeth and went to intervene. Peter was quick to grab ahold of her and shook his head.
“Not a good idea. I got it.” He handed her over to Char and broke up the fight between Emmett and Jasper.
Emmett and Jasper eyed one another down as Peter stood between the two.
“You should’ve told her, brother. You could’ve saved yourselves a lot of heartache. Two years and look at us.”
“It’s not his fault!” Bella defended and Emmett looked upon her apologetically.
“I’m not saying it is. But I knew…”
Jasper reared back on this.
“He was drunk off his ass and going on about how Edward hadn’t a clue when it came to you. Hell, I’d never seen Jasper so fucked up. But he was three sheets to the wind. Mentioned something about some kiss and how he was done holding back when it came to you. Let it known that he was in love with his sister-in-law to be and had been for the past two years.”
Bella regarded Jasper in a stupor and Charlotte smiled.
“Oh Jasper…” Char teased.
Jasper rolled his eyes and Emmett laughed.
“You don’t remember that shit, do you?”
Jasper didn’t comment.
“He downed three bottles of Jack and a six pack like it was nothing. I had to carry his sorry ass back to the Cullen house. Vampires don’t sleep but he sure as hell did that night.”
Bella lowered her head on this.
“Because I kissed him… then turned him down afterward.” Bella said with a wince.
“Jasper, I’m so sorry.”
“Sorry?! You didn’t do shit and you know it. If anything you opened my fucking eyes. Don’t you ever regret that fucking kiss. I sure as hell don’t!”
Bella swallowed back as Jasper was shaking all over he was so angry, not so much at her just the situation in general. It was one thing after another. He hadn’t a clue if he could trust Emmett or not. His empathy told him that Emmett was being genuine. But he’d spent the last 43 years being fooled when it came to that. As much as he hated to hear it, he knew Emmett had a point. He needed to start taking Bella at her word, rather than counting on his empathy to read her. But he couldn’t help it. He was so in tune with her it was a thing of habit now. Jasper lifted his eyes and they locked with that of his mate’s.
“Despite what you think, I am proud of how you handled things tonight. If anything… I was expecting chaos and bloodshed.”
“Well in all fairness we had a little bit of both.” Bella said with a slight grin.
“That we did…” He replied with a grin of his own.
“And you’re a little minx. You know that?”
This had Emmett regarding Bella in disbelief.
“So you’re eating ice cream and feeding from humans… You really are a bad influence.” Emmett uttered upon Jasper but with a playful smile.
“What can I say… corruption’s hot.” Jasper replied with a wink Bella’s way.
“Ice cream?” Charlotte questioned and Bella was quick to change the subject.
“So what about the others?”
“Such as Rose…” She hinted and Emmett recoiled.
“You won’t be seeing her again.”
The way he said this had Bella and Jasper regarding Emmett a certain way.
“Care to elaborate?” Jasper asked.
“Emmett… What did you do?” Jasper hissed once he truly sensed him.
“I had no choice. More people would’ve died. I want to protect Bella, just as much as you do.”
Emmett sighed and nodded Bella’s direction.
“You’re like the sister I always wanted but never had. Forgive me… I should’ve known something was up. The chief… Well that’s on my hands. And I’ll never forgive myself. I’m so sorry.”
Emmett caught her flatfooted as he hugged the hell out of her. Peter placed a hand along Jasper’s shoulder as he was on edge and watching Emmett’s every move. The Major swallowed back however as they broke down and she was hugging him in return. Emmett lifted her off the ground a bit then kissed her forehead. He lowered her back down then cupped her chin.
“I’m in your corner. Never forget that.” He wiped her tears with his thumbs but tilted his head in confusion.
“You really are different, both of you. How?!”
“Not sure…” Bella uttered.
“Emmett, did you kill Rose?” Bella asked with a trembling voice.
He recoiled but nodded.
“Jesus…” Jasper mumbled and staggered back in shock.
“She threatened to put an end to all of this, by killing you.”
“SHE WHAT?!” Jasper spat.
“She blamed Bella for everything. She went as far as to say that we should’ve let James have his way with her.”
Jasper cringed on the inside. He remembered that day all too well. He could sense James. Edward had it right when he said it was nothing more than a sick game of his. James wanted Edward to watch as he tortured and raped Bella. That was the whole reason behind recording it. The Cullens, including that of Jasper never let Bella in on that last part. When James bit her… Her screams had him riled up and to the point where he was in full on lust. It was sickening just how heavy that feeling was. Jasper knew if they hadn’t got there in time. They would’ve arrived to a very gruesome scene. Bella naked, covered in bites, never to rise again. The mere thought had him unsettled. That was one of the most trying days in Jasper’s existence. It should’ve been him. He should’ve been the one to suck the venom out and reassuring her that everything was going to be okay. Then again, it if had been him… He would’ve let the venom spread. He found it beyond cruel how Edward kept her so fragile and for so long. To think… He could’ve lost his true mate that day. Jasper wondered how that would’ve affected him. How does one exist without the other? Sure they hadn’t a clue then… Still, he had a feeling it would’ve affected him somehow.
“She truly wished the same fate as she upon Bella?” Jasper spat in disbelief.
“You know how Rose felt about Bella…”
Bella just stood there with this stunned presence. This had Jasper and Emmett looking to her with concern. Char shook her head and took Bella by the hand.
“Come on… There’s a bottle of Jack with your name on it somewhere.”
Bella jerked out of her hold and Char tilted her head in wonder.
“Don’t. Don’t shelter me. I’m one of you now. I need to hear this shit. No matter how much it hurts or how fucked up it is. So my future sister-in-law wanted me raped and killed…?!” Bella sort of laughed.
“The other killed my father and wants me dead. And my ex-fiancé well… HE’S JUST LOST HIS MOTHERFUCKING MIND! I take the blame for a lot of things. I know I fucked everything up by entering your lives. But I’ll be damned if I stand here and pay for everything Alice, Edward, and Carlisle have done! I’M DONE WITH THE GAMES. IF THEY HAVE A PROBLEM WITH ME THEN THEY NEED TO OWN UP TO THAT AND COME AND DEAL WITH ME, FACE TO FACE!”
Emmett raised his brow and regarded Bella in such a way.
“WHAT?!” She growled and Emmett got this true beam to him.
“Well it’s about fucking time! See?! I knew you were a badass!”
“Oh no… Don’t let her fool you. She’s all badass.” Jasper added with a grin.
“Well she did punch a wolf in the face and she was human at the time. Hell, I’m anxious to see what all you can do. As for entering our lives… If you hadn’t, we wouldn’t know what we do now. Something’s fishy and it’s been that way for over four decades now. Not to mention how fucked up mine and Jasper’s lives would’ve ended up. We need you Bella. We’ve always needed you. Cullen or not… We’re family. I love you and I can’t imagine my life without you. Hell, I don’t want to!”
Jasper was quick to grab ahold of her, as she went into literal sobs. But it was something she truly needed to hear. Jasper mouthed the words thank you to Emmett and he gave a simple nod. He waved Peter and Char over and had them take Bella into the house.
“Alright now really fill me in… Leave nothing out.”
Emmett nodded but reared back as Jasper popped a cigarette into his mouth. He observed as Jasper took a drag and leaned against the incinerator.
“Can I be like you when I grow up?” Emmett teased and Jasper flipped him off.
“Sorry Em. You’ll never be this cool.”
Emmett cleared his throat.
“I missed this.”
Jasper lifted his eyes.
“Just the two of us shooting the shit.”
Jasper nodded in understanding. He felt the same way. Still, he felt the need to be on guard. Not so much for his sake but his mate’s. He’d be damned if he let Emmett in and Bella wind up hurt by it.
“So where do you want me to start?”
“Tell me more about Rose and go from there.”
“She wanted to lure Bella in by going after Jacob Black… If that didn’t work, she’d plans of going after Renee Dwyer. I snapped. I thought back to what Alice did and…” Emmett trailed off and Jasper recoiled on his behalf.
He was truly distraught over what took place.
“The next thing I know… I’m standing over my wife’s mutilated body. Done by yours truly… I burned the remains and have been on the run, ever since.”
Emmett nodded and staggered back in defeat.
“I loved her. I don’t know why. But I did. I never saw this coming. But it was a choice between her and Bella. A choice I didn’t think was fair. But she let me know that’s how it had to be. A choice between my wife of a couple decades or a human girl I’ve known for a couple years. How fucked up is that shit? And how fucked up is it that I chose the human?!”
“What’s fucked up is Rose giving you that ultimatum to begin with. Something Bella would NEVER do. You chose Bella because it was the right path. If you had chosen Rose instead. There would’ve been more lives at stake and you know it. Besides, you were in the same situation. Rose was never your true mate.”
“Are you sure about that?”
“Em, if she was… You wouldn’t have killed her. Trust me. You would’ve died before letting anything happen to her.”
“Is that what it’s like with you and Bella?” The way Emmett said this reminded Jasper of a fearful child.
“Yes and it’s been like that since day one. Only it’s much more potent now. Trust me… You’ll know when you meet her. Rose wasn’t the one.”
“Don’t tell Bella about the ultimatum, please. You know how she is… The guilt alone will eat her alive. And she hasn’t anything to be guilty for.”
“Trust me. I know. Hell, I think Bella’s biggest enemy is herself.”
“Exactly. But it seems like she’s getting better. It was nice… hearing Bella defend herself and get fucking pissed for once.”
“Were you influencing her?”
“No. That’s all her.”
“Guess our little human’s all grown up now. Well vampire now… That seems so strange for some reason. The diet even more so. I can’t picture Bella Swan feeding from a human.”
“I’m sure a lot of things are about to floor you when it comes to Bella. She’s not the same girl that’s for sure. But I will say she’s still Bella in some aspects. She hasn’t lost her humanity for one thing. You should’ve seen her today. Girl was on fire. Like she’d been a vampire all her life. It was the craziest shit I’d ever seen!”
“Well she did have two years of preparation.”
“True. Still, she shouldn’t have the self-control she has. It’s amazing.”
“Yeah you might wanna chill with that by the way.”
“What do you mean?”
“I don’t have to be an empath to know that Bella’s feelings on that. You know she hates being pegged as abnormal.”
“She needs to understand how phenomenal that is though. She’s one of a kind. Surely she sees that.”
“Not Bella. You and I both know what goes through that head of hers when someone points out something that’s different from everyone else. She has the habit of taking it as an insult. All she’s ever wanted was to fit in; When it comes to us especially.
“But that’s just it… she does. Always has. Despite whatever Edward had to say about it.”
“He did a real number on her.”
“That he did. But I’ve taken over and all of that’s in the past. Bella will never know that kind of heartache again. None of us will. It’s time we moved on and press forward. That’s not to say there won’t be some bloodshed along the way. But we do whatever it takes to get out from under their grasp. That includes that of the Volturi.”
“So you know…”
“About Alice succumbing to Aro? Yes.”
“That’s just the half of it, brother.”
Jasper narrowed his eyes on this.
“Carlisle and Edward took that same path.”
“That’s right. Esme and Carlisle got into a HUGE fight. Apparently she found out something she didn’t take kindly to. I caught the tail end, so I haven’t any real clue what it was all about. But needless to say… she was pissed and well that fight ended with her leaving Carlisle. It wasn’t long after that Carlisle went to check on Edward’s situation since he’d gone to Italy. You know about Edward asking for a mercy killing, right?”
“Well you can imagine how Carlisle reacted to that news. Headed out first thing. Last I heard… Each of them was wearing the crest.”
“Big ole shit storm.”
“My thoughts exactly.”
“I suppose the bigger question is… How do we take on the fucking Volturi? You know they’re coming for Bella. There’s no way around this. Vampire or not… we broke the rules. Why do you think Carlisle and Edward bitched out?”
“Yeah well that’s not my style. I’d much rather die than to coward down, to fucking Aro of all vampires. Fuck the Cullens and the Volturi. They won’t get their hands on Bella. I won’t allow it. Besides, how much you wanna bet the moment Aro lays eyes on her he’s gonna change his mind on wanting her dead. He’s gonna want her period. He’ll do whatever he can think of to get Bella to see his side of things.”
“Pffft. Bella would never fall for it.”
“Exactly, and you know what happens when Aro’s disappointed.”
“Well even he has to abide by the law. They are of his creation after all.”
“You know he’ll go out his way to find whatever loopholes he can. How else do you think he managed to get not only Alice but Carlisle and Edward to join his cause?”
“Didn’t you say that Alice was considered bipolar and mentally instable during her human days?”
“Yeah they had her on medication for all that. Of course we know a large part of that was due to her visions.”
“True. Still, it makes you wonder if she’s always been rather instable. Actually, I have a theory on all that mess.”
“Think back to Alice’s story on how she waited for you. That you were her future mate blah, blah, blah… Well… What if she sought you out for a reason?”
“Your empathy. What if the only thing that keeps Alice in check… is you? What if you’re the reason behind Alice being more at peace? Like that of Edward when it comes to Bella. You know… him not being able to read her thoughts and all. I mean think about it… That can’t be mere coincidence. There has to be more behind it. Such as Rose, she would’ve been a murderous mess without me. Hell, I can’t count how many times I had to put my foot down when it came to her little fits.”
“No offense… But I don’t get what you ever saw in her. She’s so opposite of who you are.”
Emmett nodded in agreement.
“I think it was the affect I had on her. Knowing I was the only one that could tame the beast within. But I won’t lie either… I hated the whole infant thing.”
Jasper nodded. That was something that always got under Jasper’s skin as well. That and well it was rather creepy. Rose had this thing about treating Emmett like a literal child. She’d even make remarks about his cute little baby face etc… Then again, she’d always felt robbed in the sense of wanting a big wedding, children, the works. Not that Jasper could blame her. He wanted those things as well, aside from the big wedding ordeal. Still, that gave her no reason to take it out on Bella and she did, every chance she got. Almost like Bella owed her for being human; even more so when Bella wanted to be turned. Rose went off on her and went as far as to tell Bella how stupid she was. But Bella wasn’t Rose. She had other ideas as to what she wanted in her life. Yet Rose felt as if she should be persecuted for wanting a life opposite of what Rose wanted. Rose often enough treated her husband like the child she always wanted, rather than the man he truly was.
“Carlisle.” Jasper uttered with a frown.
“Carlisle’s the one behind this. I could sense it when shit hit the fan on Bella’s birthday. I haven’t a clue how. But I truly believe he’s the one pulling all the strings.”
“As in forced mating?”
“Is that even possible?”
“We’re vampires, right?”
“Then anything’s possible.”
“And what would he get from that?”
“The perfect coven and family; something he’s always wanted.”
“Jesus…” Emmett uttered as he truly thought on it and it made perfect sense.
“But why keep you and Bella apart…? If he knew?”
“That’s what I’d like to know. Why would you go out your way to keep true mates apart? How does keeping us apart benefit him or Edward even?”
“Or Alice…” Emmett added.
“Hell, maybe it benefited the three of them and that’s his reason behind all of this.”
“As in the three of them working together?”
Jasper nodded and Emmett had this ill look about him.
“So we were being played from day one?!”
“I believe so.”
“God damn. What the fuck, man?!”
“You know… I’m rather curious.”
“What Marcus has to say about all this…? You know how he feels about mates.” Jasper reminded.
“Dude, the thought never occurred to me. That could help in our case.”
“I hope so. I’ll take whatever we can get.”
“You think he already knows?”
“If that’s the case then I can only imagine what’s going on between the kings. Things have got to be tense.”
“What?” Jasper questioned as Emmett had this offbeat look about him.
“You’re different. Hell, you even carry yourself different. Like you seem more confident. Happier even.”
Emmett’s hair was no longer blond like that of the Cullens. In fact, it was about the same color of Jasper’s. He had slight stubble along his face and he wore an Irish cap.
“Eh… Let’s just say I’m doing my best to get to the happy part.”
“You’ll get there. You look better already.”
Emmett nodded but had this sense of gloom and Jasper picked up on it. Emmett always was one to wear his heart on his sleeve and he truly loved the Cullens. So Jasper knew this had to of been ripping him apart. You add killing your own wife into the mix and yeah… He could see where Emmett struggled. Of course Jasper wanted his wife dead but he didn’t love her like Emmett had Rose.
“Did she love me?”
Jasper lifted his eyes on this.
“Rose… Did she love me?”
“In her own way, yes.”
“Are you just saying that?”
“No Emmett. Rose truly loved you. But she had her own demons to face and unfortunately that got in the way.”
“But was she in love with me?”
Jasper recoiled on the inside.
“No.” He hated answering that but he wanted Emmett to know the truth.
“That’s about what I figured. It was always me going out my way, you know.”
“Yeah. I know.”
“Carlisle and Esme?”
“They were in love.”
“Damn… Poor Esme.”
Jasper gave a mere nod as he wasn’t sure what to say to that.
“Let’s just hope she’s alive and well and some place safe, happy even.”
“I miss her. But I missed you and Bella most. It’s just not the same without you guys. I never thought on how it would affect me until you guys were gone. Bella… She grows on you.”
“That she does.”
Emmett pinched the bridge of his nose and Jasper was quick to hug it out as Emmett lost all composure.
“They played us all, brother. I’m sorry.”
Jasper planted his hands along Emmett’s face and looked him in the eyes.
“Don’t make me regret this. If I let you in and you betray me or Bella, I will kill you. No matter how much I love you. My mate comes first, always will.”
“I’d rather die than to hurt either of you ever again.”
“Then I’m going to hold you to that.”
Jasper drew back a breath on this.
“Is there anything else I need to know?”
“I’ve told you everything I know. If something else comes to mind, you’ll be the first to know.”
“Alright. Let’s see how this goes.”
Char handed the bottle over and Bella took another hit. Peter opened another bottle and kicked back at the table.
“Think you can trust him?” Char questioned.
“Emmett’s never given me reason not to.”
“You mean other than being married to the wench?”
“Well I was engaged to a spineless imbecile… Guess we all get one.”
“He really was spineless.” Peter uttered behind a belch.
“And an imbecile…”
“I think my balls were bigger than his.” Bella uttered.
Peter and Char had a good laugh at this.
“Honey, your balls were bigger than most of the Cullens combined.” Char threw out there.
“Now there’s an image.”
“What’s that?” Peter asked as Bella finished off the bottle of whiskey she had.
He handed the other one over.
“Me sitting with the Cullens comparing ball sizes.”
“Sounds like one hell of a party.” Peter threw out there and Bella nodded.
“You know it.”
“So what happened with the whole Alice situation?” Char questioned.
Bella narrowed her eyes on this.
“You know… That thing you did. Jasper said something about her ear exploding and that you were somehow behind it.”
Bella took another swig of whiskey then leaned back in thought.
“I’m not quite sure how I did it.”
“Well what were you thinking about when it happened?”
“My father… I wanted her to feel his and Jasper’s pain. Everything she had them endure. I wanted her to feel. A vision came to me when I was dealing with Alice, I could see how he died through her eyes.”
Bella’s hands balled up into fists.
“He invited her in. They sat side by side on the couch and he asked her how I was doing. It was just like normal for them. Dad… He thought the world of Alice.”
Char reached over and wrapped her arm around her.
“He let Alice know that he was upset about me not having any time with him on my birthday, but said he understood; that no teenage girl wants to spend their birthday with their old man. I could sense my father’s confusion when Alice crawled into his lap.” Bella closed her eyes and Peter narrowed his in wonder.
“She got him nice and riled up. Then she kissed him and snapped his neck afterward.”
Twin tracks of blood fled from Bella’s eyes and this had Peter taking her other hand. Jasper and Emmett walked in to see Peter and Charlotte doing their best to console Bella. Emmett looked to Bella in alarm as he’d never witnessed a vampire cry tears of blood before. Bella drew back a breath and reached to her gut in agony. Jasper was quick to react and got her a glass of blood. He handed it over and Bella downed it with one gulp. Bella shook all over and her eyes were set aflame.
“Damn…” Emmett whispered in disbelief.
“Bella…” he called with concern.
“You should’ve killed her.” She said in such a way and Emmett swallowed back as she was looking his direction.
“Why didn’t you?!”
Bella flew out of her chair and slammed Emmett back against the wall.
“I don’t blame you for what she did. I blame you for not doing something about it!”
“Bella darlin’…” Jasper called.
“You saw what she did. Yet you DID NOTHING!!!” Bella roared and socked Emmett in the gut.
Jasper went to intervene but Emmett held up a hand letting him know he had this.
“You’re right. I deserve whatever you have in mind. Hell, take my head in return.”
Jasper regarded Emmett in alarm as he truly meant it. Emmett planted his hands along Bella’s face.
“An eye for an eye. I have it coming. Just do it.”
Jasper recoiled as Bella popped him one but hugged him directly after.
“I already lost my father. I can’t lose you too.”
Emmett choked back on this and Bella dropped her hold. She pinched her eyes shut.
“I need some time…” She whispered before taking off.
Everyone looked to Jasper and he sighed.
“We have to give her this and hope she keeps herself grounded in the process.” He uttered looking plum ill.
“You can’t leave a newborn alone!” Char scolded.
“Char, Bella really needs this. If any of us start to hover…” he recoiled in thought.“That would make us no better than the Cullens. We have to trust that Bella can handle herself. Besides, she’s not your typical newborn. I truly believe she’ll be okay.”
“But the Volturi…” Emmett reminded and Jasper nodded.
“I can sense her… I’ll know if she runs into any trouble.”
It wasn’t just about sensing her. Like right now… He knew she was visiting her father’s grave. He’d a split second of that vision and he’d been having these ever since he turned her. He figured it had something to do with them being mates. This had him looking to Peter and Char in question.
“Hm?” Peter hummed taking notice.
“I’ve been having these visions… When I sense her.”
“That’ll happen from time to time.”
Peter chuckled in response.
“Oh yeah. Might as well get used to that.” He said then took his wife’s hand and kissed it.
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