You and Me, Together Forever
AN: HEY ALL MY READERS! So I was originally gonna do this chapter with JUST Jacob or Bella, but both the parts we're so short...I DECIDED TO COMBINE THEM.
Today was a pretty good Saturday. I had just finished helping Seth with his homework, Leah wanted to take a nap, and Seth wanted to get out of the house.
So we were dirt-biking.
We had just gotten to one of the lakes and decided to give the bikes a break before heading back.
I liked days like this, when I wasn't an Alpha wolf, wasn't worrying about things at home, I was just Jake. I got days like this with Bella alot, but she's on her honeymoon right now so today was a me and Seth day.
Suddenly Seth turned to me and said "Jake, I know you're older than me, and you're my Alpha, but for right now, in this moment, I need you to take me seriously and see me as a superior."
I could tell this was something that was laying heavily on Seth's mind, so I just nodded and obliged him by saying "Ok, please go on Seth."
Seth took a deep breath before continuing.
"Jacob, as you know, since dad died I have become the man of my house. And as the man of the house I need to make sure every one in my household will always be safe and taken care of. Including the ones that won't be in my house much longer."
I immediately knew where Seth was going with this. It had to do with Leah. But I let him continue, knowing he wasn't done talking.
"Jacob, if you can swear to me that you will take care of Leah, and your guys' baby, for as long as you're alive, I will give you my blessing, as the head of household."
I turned to look Seth straight in the face before reassuring him, "Seth, I swear to you, that as long as there is breath in my lungs and my heart continues to beat I will do everything in my power, human and wolf, to protect, and keep safe, Leah, and all the children we may have."
Seth nodded. I could tell he was thinking but I didn't read his thoughts this time. It was something personal he was working out in his head.
He then turned to me and said "Then, you have my blessing Jacob. Treat them well."
He then held out his hand.
I knew what he wanted. So I took his hand and shook it firmly.
Seth then took a deep breath and said "Ok, enough of this touchy feely stuff, let's make some mud!" before jumping up, grabbing his helmet and jumping back on his bike.
I smiled, laughed and grabbed my helmet, following Seth back to the bikes.
Later that day, when the bikes only had enough gas to get us back home, we called it a day and headed back to his place.
By now Leah was up from her nap and was starting to fix dinner.
"Bike's run out of gas?" she asked as I came up behind her to kiss her cheek and rub her belly.
"Yep, we ran 'em pretty hard today, they're gonna need new shocks soon the way your brother does jumps." I replied.
She just smiled and kept cutting the onions.
"So what's for dinner?" I asked.
"Taco salad." she replied dropping the onion chives into the bowl and opening the olives.
"Yummy." I said trying to get some food out of the bowl.
But Leah was too fast for me and it earned me a slap on the hand with a wooden spoon.
"Owie." I said jokingly, pretending to rub my hand and pout, lip out and all.
"Serves you right trying to put your gross muddy hands in my food. Go wash up for dinner." she said waving the spoon as if daring me to try again.
"Yes mommy." I said jokingly heading to the bathroom.
That comment earned me the wooden spoon hard on my butt cheek.
And THAT one hurt.
After dinner Seth went up to study for a history test while Leah and I sat down to watch The Green Lantern.
As I sat there, I thought about what all I had.
I was now Alpha of my pack, where my heritage truly lied, I had just graduated from high school last month, I was engaged to the most amazing woman in the world, and she was carrying the first of our children. I have a pretty good life.
I smiled at this thought and starting rubbing Leah's belly before kissing her head.
She looked up at me concerned.
"You ok?" she asked.
"Yeah, I was just thinking about how good life is right now. How wonderful our future is going to be." I said before leaning in to kiss her.
"I love you." she said before snuggling closer into me.
"I love you too baby." I replied once again starting to rub her belly.
"You and me, together forever." I whispered in her ear, promising both her and the baby.
We had finally made it home late last night. After checking on Nessie and Carlisle telling us he wanted to do an exam in the morning I was finally able to collapse into the bed Edward and I had at his family's home.
The next morning, after breakfast, Carlisle escorted us into the exam room they had in the basement.
I was shocked at all he had in here, the exam table, an ultrasound machine, basically he had everything to have a private practice right in their home.
"Bella, sweetheart?" Edward brought me back from my shock.
I looked over to see Carlisle warming up the ultrasound machine. I took this as my cue to lay on the exam table.
After lifting up my shirt slightly Carlisle put the familiar goo on my stomach, put the wand on my stomach, and started looking.
Sure enough, there was a tiny line in there, confirming that Edward and I WERE having another baby.
"Well, it looks like you're having two children." Carlisle said, although I could sense the hesitancy in his voice.
"Carlisle, what's wrong?" I asked. Since he was a doctor knowing he was nervous made me nervous.
Carlisle sighed a deep breath before looking at me.
"I'm not gonna lie to you Bella, you got lucky on your first pregnancy. With Edward being...what we are, for you to have such a normal pregnancy and delivery, and to have Nessie just craving blood, we've ALL been very lucky. But I don't know if you're gonna get that lucky twice."
I looked at him confused, not quite getting what he was getting at.
"What are you saying Carlisle? You want me to abort...KILL...my baby?"
"No of course not Bella, I feel that every life starts at conception, you know that. However, as a doctor AND a vampire I have seen this kill mothers before. I think you both need to think about whether or not you want to go through with this. As your father, and father-in-law, I will support whatever you're choice will be. And if you do decide to keep the child, I would like you to stay here for your first trimester, just so I can keep an eye on you and make sure everything will be ok. Sound good?" he concluded.
"So as a doctor, what is your opinion?" Edward asked, knowing, as I did, that Carlisle's personal feelings may be clouding his medicinal mind.
"As a doctor, I feel that this pregnancy may be a high risk pregnancy since the child, like Nessie, has both vampire DNA and human DNA. However, there is no threat or risk at this time." he said.
Edward just nodded as he started wiping the goo off of my belly.
Later that evening we laid in bed with Nessie in my arms, slowly falling asleep.
Suddenly I heard Edward clear his throat, wanting to say something. So I gave him my full attention.
"Bella, as this is your body I feel it should be your decision...do you want to go through with this pregnancy, knowing what could happen? Knowing you could lose the baby, or even...die?"
I won't lie, I had been thinking about this the whole day, tossing back and forth with the decision.
But in the end I always came to the same conclusion:
I looked at Nessie, then looked at Edward before I started to rub my belly.
"This baby is you and me, just like Nessie is you and me. I would never give up you, or Nessie, for anything in this world. Just like I know you would never give me or Nessie up for the entire world."
I could see the wheels turning in his head as he quickly put two and two together...and came up with four.
He smiled before saying "So you wanna do this? You wanna have this baby?"
I just smiled my small smile and nodded.
Edward then nodded, kissed my head, leaned over to kiss Nessie, then leaned in and kissed my stomach.
He then sat up and said "You and me, together forever, no matter what."
I smiled, and feeling my eyes get heavy, closed my eyes to sleep, knowing that what he said went for me, Nessie and our new baby.