Chapter Nine: Talks
I heard a knock on the door and thought it must be Esme bringing me the slippers I'm borrowing from her.
"Come in." I called from the bathroom. I heard the door open then shut again. I went out of the bathroom and saw Jacob sitting on the bed. I was kind of shocked to see him.
"Hi. Wow, you look beautiful, Bella." Jacob said as he looked at every inch of me but my eyes.
"Thanks. I'm glad you're here. I could use my best friend right now." I said to him as I returned his stare. His hair was pulled back into a ponytail and he was wearing the same outfit that he wore to my prom that he crashed. The only different was that he had placed a rose in his buttonhole.
"You look nice too." I told him with a smile. "I'm so glad you're here."
At that, he stood up and pulled me to him, crushing me.
"Be careful, I don't have time to re-do my hair." I said, trying to break his grip on me. He laughed and pulled away but kept his hands on my bare shoulders.
"You are the most beautiful bride ever. Edward is a lucky, um, man." he hesitated on the last word, obviously not sure what to call Edward. Then he continued, "if he hurts you, just give me the word and I'll rip him apart." He wasn't joking or making idle threats.
I glared at him as I said, "Jake, you know that wont be necessary. Edward would rather die than hurt me. He loves me too much to even consider hurting me."
Jake thought for a minute. He was silent for so long, I wondered if he was going to say anything else.
Then he whispered, "Bella?"
"Yes?" I whispered back.
"I know how determined you are to be with him. I wont come between the two of you anymore I promise. I just have one favor to ask of you before you marry him." Jacob said, not looking at me.
"What is it, Jake?" I asked him, just a little worried. I wasn't sure I wanted to know what he wanted from me.
Jacob gave me a sly grin and said, "I want to kiss the bride."
I froze; I was so shocked that he would actually ask me for that. He wasn't even asking either. Jacob clearly wasn't going to give me a choice. He was already leaning forward even though I still hadn't said a word. Jacob was inches from my face when Esme walked in. he turned away from me quickly.
"Bella, dear, I brought you the slippers. It's almost time. Your parents will be in shortly." Esme said in a calm voice. Jacob kissed my cheek and left the room to find his seat out back. Esme closed the door behind him and then gave me a knowing look. I couldn't help but blush under that look.
"He was going to kiss you, wasn't he?" Esme asked, clearly already knowing the answer.
"I wasn't going to let him. I was about to tell him he could only kiss me on the cheek." I replied, embarrassed.
"I guess it isn't that big of a deal. Not even worth mentioning to Edward really." She said with a sigh in a teasing voice.
"I'm not going to keep secrets from him. He has a right to know. I love Edward too much to hurt him by lying to him." I replied in a defensive tone. She seemed pleased by my reaction because she smiled sweetly at me.
"It is a good thing you said that. Edward knew what Jacob was planning to do and sent me in here to rescue you. I'm sure that he's reading my thoughts right now to see how you handled it. I'm sure that he is very pleased with you. Here are the slippers. I'll go send your parents in." she said with a smile and handed the slippers to me.
"Esme, thank you. Please go up and tell Edward I love him with every fiber of my being. I want him to know that." I said to her.
"You are very welcome and I will." She said and started to move to the door.
I grabbed her hand and pulled her to me.
"I love you Esme." I told her.
She let out a dry sob and said "I love you, too, Bella." She held me for a minute before kissing my cheek and leaving.
Soon after she was gone, Charlie and Renée came in. Phil remained at the door until I told him to get in here. They all hugged me and gave me words of encouragement. My mom started crying and Charlie and Phil had identical expressions of happiness on they're faces. I sat on the bed with them as they held me and I tried not to cry. I hoped that Carlisle and Esme were with Edward now like my parents were with me.