Surprise, Forgivness, and Resolve
I was in Alice's room discussing place setting when my phone rang. It was Charlie. He wanted me to come home, now. He stressed that I couldn't bring Edward back with me to our house. Charlie and I were on shaky speaking terms still and he was worse with Edward. It made me suspicious but I did as I was told because I didn't want to irritate Charlie. Edward would be in my room waiting for me no earlier than 9:00pm. When I got home, Charlie was waiting for me in the kitchen. I was afraid he wanted to make one last attempt at trying to talk me out of marrying Edward so it surprised me when he jumped up and pulled me into a fierce hug. It was very un-Charlie.
Without letting me go he began talking, "Bella, I'm very sorry about how I acted when Edward proposed to you. I wasn't prepared for him to take you away so fast. Its not that I don't like him because I do. I wasn't ready to consider giving you away yet. You are and always have been my little girl. I'm so sorry I ruined two events in your life that should have been happy and wonderful. Can you ever forgive your stupid, old dad? Ill do anything to make it up to you."
I was crying at his heartfelt apology. " Oh, dad of course I forgive you. You don't have to do anything to make it up to me. I love you, dad."
Charlie had placed his hands on my shoulders so he could see my face. " I love you, too, Bells. I kind of already did something though." He said this sheepishly. Before I could ask, I saw headlights in the driveway. Charlie smiled at me then rushed outside to greet our visitors. I wished I had Edward's mind reading abilities so that I could see what Charlie was doing. I heard a voice then that I haven't heard in months and yet I recognized it instantly. I stood there, petrified in the middle of my kitchen as I watched Charlie, Sue Clearwater, and Billy Black drag an angry Jacob Black in and set him in front of me.
"This is pointless. I don't want to be here and she doesn't want me here either." Jacob shouted as they brought him in. He was struggling to stay in human form so Charlie wouldn't see him as a wolf.
" Sit down the both of you now. I don't know what happened between you two but you are going to work it out right now." Charlie shouted over Jacob's protests.
" Dad, you can't force him to do this. I don't want him to me just because you're gonna make him," I said to Charlie.
" You don't want to talk to me anyway. You don't want me anywhere near you. Its why you didn't tell me you were marrying him," Jacob's words dripped in spiteful malice. He looked at me then and I could tell that he saw the pain on my face.
" Is that what you think? That I don't want you there? That I want you out of my life?" I questioned him. I saw the regret he felt about his unkind words.
"I don't know, Bella. This is hard for me especially because of how I feel about you. When I found out about your engagement, I was crushed. I thought you would at least have you tell me yourself. I'm extremely hurt and not even an invitation," he moaned.
I looked the three adults and knew that I couldn't speak freely with them there.
"Can I have a minute alone with Jake, please?" I asked them.
Charlie led Sue and Billy outside to the porch. I had to admit, Charlie was getting better at taking hints.
When the door closed, I began, "Jake, I'm sorry that I didn't tell you about the wedding. I was afraid of you turning into a werewolf on me. I wanted to tell you and I want you to be there but there are two problems. First, you're a werewolf that kills vampires. There will be almost all vampires on Edward's side of the guest list. Second, you just said yourself that you have feelings for me. I don't know if you could handle it when the preacher asks for objections. I have half a mind to ask him to skip over that part. We didn't want to take a chance with you at the wedding." Jacob was silent and calm during my speech.
"You really want me there. He doesn't though," Jacob said, clearly brooding over my fiancé. I could tell that he was forgiving me but not happy with my choice at all.
" Jake, he's just being cautious. We have to protect our guests and we don't want to have to worry about you," I told him. He wanted to be there for me and I wanted my best friend at my wedding. I had an idea.
"You are my best friend and I want you to be at my wedding. I'm going to need you for support. If you promise to be on your best behavior and not disturb the wedding in any way, you can come." As I said this, his face lit up and he had that smile on I like seeing on his face.
He pulled me into a bear hug and said, "I promise. No matter what, I wont ruin your wedding, even though I want to. I don't like him or his kind but I want you to be happy. He seems to be the only one you'll have." He meant to keep his promise. "Actually, I've been trying to see you as my sister, now. I want you to be the happiest person I know. Isn't it natural for a brother not to like his sister's boyfriend and be overprotective of her?" he asked me with a grin.
Yeah, I suppose. Thanks for that and Edward is my fiancé. You're the first of my new adopted siblings. I get Alice, Jasper, Emmett, and Rosalie soon too," I said this with a laugh.
He pulled me back tight into his ever-feverish chest. "I hope you know what you're doing," he muttered into my hair. I ignored his comment.
"Charlie!" I yelled, "You can come back in now!"
For a few hours, all five of us discussed wedding details. Sue remarked that it was that it was a good, interesting match.
When I asked what she meant, she said, "its sweet that the son of the town doctor and the daughter of the chief of police fell in love. It's a story I've never heard before."
She didn't know the half of it.