God Blessed Texas

Friends In Low Places

A/N: Sorry I've been MIA been unmotivated (none of your faults) and my house currently does not have wi fi :/ so I get to update whenever my laptop finds a hotspot…Hope you enjoy this and I plan to try and make this as long as possible to make up for neglecting my awesome readers! Please still read and review this story and let me know what you're thinking! Your input is greatly appreciated :)

Bella POV:

I opened my eyes and was almost convinced that what had happened yesterday evening was all just part of an amazing dream; at least that's what I thought until I felt a cold metal band that encircled my third finger on my left hand. I immediately opened my eyes and quickly sat up to look at the metal band in better light.

So it was all real?

I excitedly said to myself as I examined it. It had engraving wrapping around the entire ring. The engraving resembled that of a vine with small flowers coming from the center, and I nearly fell over when I saw that it had a rather huge diamond setting. How could Jasper afford something this extravagant? I said as I felt myself grinning even wider.

Just as everything was starting to make sense I heard my cell phone ringing. I picked it off the nightstand and saw the caller ID, it was Alice calling. That damn pixie has some explaining to do, when we get back home, for keeping this from me, because after thinking about the past few days I now had a feeling that she, in fact, knew every single detail of what Jasper was planning. In fact, the more I lay in bed and played back the few days it all made sense to me. The last-minute makeover, insisting that I wear hiking boots, and pack extra clothes, and even a passport, it all made sense to me now.

"Darlin'? How are you feeling this morning?" Jasper said in his intoxicating voice.

"I'm feeling incredible. In fact, I almost thought that yesterday was all a wonderful dream." I said as I grinned ear to ear. I sat up in bed and was still playing with the ring that was on my left ring finger. I couldn't help but love the way I felt when I was with him.

"I was just thinking. When do you feel that it will be the perfect time to get married?" I said. Even saying those words felt foreign to me. I was actually going to marry someone that I loved deeply, and would die for, which is somewhat ironic sense Jasper has been 'alive' since the civil war.

"Well whenever you feel is the best time darlin' I just want you happy." I couldn't help but love him even more, if that's even possible, he was so thoughtful and I couldn't help myself; I crawled out from underneath the covers and jumped up into his arms and hugged him tight.

"Well I want to get married soon. I don't want to wait any longer. I want to be forever young, with you always." I knew that he knew what I meant, and I could sense some hesitation in his expression. He was still against me being turned, but then again, he had no choice per the Volturi. Either my family would change me, or I would be killed by the Volturi guard. I didn't want to be separated permanently from my love, I would have to figure out a way to get Jasper to allow me be changed.

"Bella, I love you, but I don't think you need to be thinking about that right now. You're going to have a whole wedding to plan, and of course Alice is going to help you plan the whole thing." Jasper said in a crooked smile that had me weak at the knees.

Wait! Focus Bella he's trying to change the subject!

I couldn't blame him though. Jasper was only trying to take my mind off of the impending future, in hopes that I would forget all about the deal my family made with my fate. I decided to not push the matter anymore and nodded my head in agreement.

"So, who should we invite to the wedding? I mean I don't have any family to invite, but there are some friends from New York, and Forks I'd like to invite. One thing though, can you help me keep Alice reigned in." I said as I softly giggled. Alice had a tendency to go over the top with decorating and guest lists. I knew that I would at least need help with that part.

"Of course darlin'." Jasper said and gave me a quick peck on the lips. I took this opportunity to look him in his beautiful eyes. I could see that he was getting dark circles under his eyes, which meant that he hadn't had a chance to hunt this morning. "When was the last time you hunted Jazzy?" Hopefully he would get the subtle hint that I was giving him the OK to go out and hunt for a few hours. He quickly caught on and nodded his head. We had to be careful how we said things in this hotel, since the walls were rather thin.

I mean, we could hear what was going on above us, and on either side of us. It was as if there were no walls at all, but then we were staying in a quaint bed and breakfast. Which was, again, Alice's idea.

"Don't worry Bella; I'll be back before you know it." Jasper said as he kissed the top of my head. I nodded as I gave a small smile, and then within a blink he was gone and out the window. Thank goodness we booked a room that was at the back of the house. I decided to take the time and call Ross. I wanted to know how he was, and you never know, he could be in Ireland with Crystal and her coven. I scanned through my contacts and finally found the number and dialed.

Ring…Ring…..Ring…"Hello, you've reached Ross Conway, not near my phone, leave a message and I'll get back to you when I can."

I sighed. I decided to not leave a message. He knew my phone number, so if he wanted to talk, he could call back. I know that that's a bit passive-aggressive, but I honestly didn't know how to put what I wanted to say into words.

Ask why he left why he left without a goodbye, or even where he and crystal was going.

It's not that I was jealous of Crystal, I love her like a sister, it's just, Ross was my best friend, and no he IS my best friend. I just wish that he kept in touch better.

I sighed and looked around the room. I decided to do a bit of exploring. I left a short note for Jasper to let him know where I was going. Once that was written I grabbed my bag and decided to walk around the little village we were in. There was a little pub at the end of the street. I decided to check it out, even though I wasn't much of a drinker.

As soon as I opened the door I was overwhelmed with the smell of alcohol, and a cloud of smoke hovered above the tables. I wasn't 21, but then I don't think there is a specific age limit to drink. I decided to try one mug of beer. Thankfully it wasn't very expensive and if I didn't like it, it wouldn't be such a big deal. I quickly made my way through the bar to the counter.

"I'd like one beer please." I said after I got the attention of the bartender. As he was getting that ready I took this as a chance to better check this place out. There was a group of men, looked to be 8, crowded into one corner of the bar. They were playing, what looked to be, Texas Hold 'Em. I wasn't 100% sure how to play the game, but understood enough to win a few games against Emmett and Beau when they wanted a third person to play.

A few looked out of place, two of them were paler than the rest. Now, growing up around vampires I learned to tell the difference. It was all in the way they moved, looked, and even the way they held themselves.

The bartender caught my attention and handed me a bottle. I paid and decided to sit with my back to them.

"Now, what's a pretty lassie like you doing in a place like this?" I jumped a little at the sudden voice. I turned, and I swear he was the spitting image of Emmett, except with an Irish accent and blonde hair. Emmett of course had more muscles compared to this man. "Just waiting on my fiancé to get here. He's doing some shopping." It wasn't a complete lie, but I didn't want to talk to this guy. Something was off about him. "Well isn't he the lucky fellow. Well do you mind if I keep you company?" He said as he sat down, not giving me the chance to shoot him down. I sighed and took a swig of my pungent drink. I decided not to make direct eye contact. I took another glance at the table playing the card game. The two men happened to look in my direction, but it wasn't me they were looking at. They were keeping an eye on the man next to me. As I took another sip I decided to let it slide.

"So, you're not from around here are you?"

"Now, what would make you say that?" I said somewhat sarcastically. I wasn't in the mood for pick up lines especially when I was now

"Well, one, you looked around lost, plus you have a map of the village sticking out of your bag." He said as he gestured to it. "My name's Flynn, very nice to meet you?"

I mentally groaned. He was very cheesy, but I decided to go with it. "My name's Isabella, Bella for short."

"A beautiful name for a beautiful girl." He said as he scooted himself closer; not leaving a lot of room. I scooted away from him to try and leave more room.

"Now you're just being rude. Look, I told you I'm engaged." I stood up, beer in hand, and started to get up, but he grabbed me by the arm rather tight. He had so much force that he made me sit back down in my seat. I was both frightened, and irritated with him.

"Don't be that way lass, I'm just trying to get to know you better." He said with a smug look.

"And I told you I'm not interested, now let me go." I tried to stand up, but he grabbed me again. I started trying to fight back but his grip was stronger than I thought.

"I think the lady said that she wasn't interested." A deep voice said from behind me. Just then, one of the men I spotted grabbed Flynn's arm and squeezed so hard that he was forced to let my arm out of his grasp. I pulled it to me and rubbed away the slight pain I felt. It must've been the look in their eyes, because that's all it took and Flynn was up and out of the bar in a flash.

"Are you alright miss? I want to assure you that we aren't all thick-headed like that gentleman was." I smiled and nodded my head.

"I can see that, thank you for helping me." I said with a genuine smile.

"Oh you're welcome. Any friend of Ross is a friend of ours." Wait! He knew Ross! That was so cool, but then how did he know that I knew Ross? I asked myself. Then it hit me, my first thought was right. They were in fact vampires.

"How did you know that I knew Ross?"

"Well, that's my gift; when I look at someone I can see all their friends and family and how they're intertwined."

"Kind of like a mental facebook." The one that resembled Emmett said with a cheeky grin.

"Oh how rude of us, my name is Charles, and this comic genius is James." They both slightly bowed to me I nodded my head and smiled. I was about to ask why he told me this, but then I remembered Charles' gift and figured out that he knew that I was with vampires, so he must've trusted me with this knowledge.

"Do you both have special gifts?" This was a polite way of asking James if he had any as well.

"Unless you count brute strength as a 'gift'." James said as he flexed his biceps and triceps for me. I couldn't help but laugh. He had the same kind of humor as Emmett. I couldn't help but notice that they didn't have the same appearance as the vampires I've seen before, maybe they've found a way to conceal how they appear to humans. "Not funny James, yes he has a gift, that is he's able to alter appearances. That is why we are able to fit in so well here. They're all already pale, but we would look almost albino compared to them." Charles said as he took a seat next to me. "Wow that must really come in handy, especially when you've been in one place for a long time." I took a sip of my beer and out of the corner of my eye I saw Jasper walk in and search the crowd for me. I stood and waved my arm to get his attention. I was nervous, that he may overreact, when he set his eyes on both Charles and James standing near me. His eyes were both black and almost primal. I felt myself starting to get a little uncomfortable, but decided to not say a word. Within a blink he appeared next to me and placed a possessive hand around my waist.

"Well, I see you managed to find a lovely mate Jasper." James said with a cheeky grin.

"Wait, you know these two men Jazz?" I asked confused

A/N: Ok, James in this chapter is NOT related to the nomad vampire from Twilight. Name is just a coincidence. Let me know what you think!

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