Author's Note: I know some of you may be mad at Charlie but I've always seen him as a kinda conservative old-fashioned person and this is just how I think he would react. I promise he does soften up later. And now, what you guys what you came here for: THE NEXT CHAPTER! remember to R&R please and thank you.
I had just gotten out of the last class of the day and was standing at my locker when Mike walked up to me.
"Hey Bella, can I talk to you?" He asked. He looked like he had something big on his mind.
"Yeah sure. What's up?" I asked.
"Listen, I know you just broke up with Edward but I also know your kid's gonna need a good role model. If you want me to help with that I'd be more than happy." He spoke really fast like he'd been practicing all day and just wanted to get this over with.
I didn't know how to react. I knew he always had a crush on me but I did NOT see this coming.
"Mike, I...I don't know what to say. Can I think about this and get back to you? I'm not saying no but...just give me some time to think about it ok?" I didn't want to say yes OR no but this was just WAY too much for 2 days. I wouldn't be surprised if my hormones exploded right off the scale.
He smiled and nodded. "Sure, I know this is alot but I just wanted to offer. Take all the time you need." And with that he walked away. I could swear I heard him saying "Stupid, stupid, stupid..." over and over again as he walked away.
I walked to my truck and threw my bag into the passenger seat. I then started the car and drove home. When I got home I took my bag upstairs and came back down to get a snack and start dinner.
I opened the fridge and pulled out a couple of the fish that Charlie had caught that weekend. Fried fish sounded good. I even pulled out Harry's recipe for his "homemade fish fried." I knew it was one of dad's favorite dishes so I "smuggled" the recipe from Harry this last summer.
I finished prepping the fish and stuck them in the oven just as I heard him pull into the drive. I grabbed an apple and sat down at the counter to start my homework.
I had just opened my history book when he walked in. He hung up his gun, took off his coat and walked into the kitchen. He stopped short when he saw me.
"Hey." He said, sounding surprised to see me.
'Ya know dad, I do still live here. For now at least.' I thought. "Hey." I said not looking up from my book.
"So...uh...what's for dinner?" He asked acting like he did the first week I had moved here. Like it was weird for me to be living here.
I looked up at him. "Harry's fried fish." I replied.
I could see he was trying to hide his excitement. I knew he loved Harry's fried fish.
"Ok, well...let me know when its ready." And with that he went into the living room and turned on the game.
Dinner was very quiet that night. He didn't say anything except thanking me for dinner. Then he went back to his game.
As I was heading upstairs Charlie finally said something. "Oh by the way, Jacob called for you today. Said he wanted to talk to you about what happened."
"How did he find out?!" I asked. I hadn't planned on telling him til later!
"I told Billy and I guess he told Jacob." Charlie said very matter-of-factly.
I sighed and headed upstairs. I laid on my bed and opened my phone. I went to Contacts and looked up Jacob. I dialed the number with a heavy feeling in my stomach.
It rang 3 times before he picked up. He had happiness in his voice. "Bella! Hey! How are you?"
"Well, if my dad talked to your dad I'm sure you know how I'm doing." I said. Due to the mood swings I was kinda mad at this point.
"Yeah, he told me about what Edward did. What a jerk! Are you gonna be ok?" He asked.
"Eventually." Was all I could say about it.
"Hey tomorrow's Friday right?" Jacob asked.
"Yeah why?" I wasn't sure what was going on.
"Great! I'll pick you up after school and we'll go out and have a fun afternoon ok?" He asked super excited.
"Well yeah sure I guess but-" I said but that's all I could get out.
"Great! I'll see you about 3:30. Bye Bella!" He said. Then I heard the line click as he hung up.
I changed into my pajamas and crawled into bed. I silently prayed I wouldn't have the same nightmare again and fell asleep.
The next morning I woke up to my alarm. It had been a dreamless sleep and I was glad. I got up, took my shower and got ready for school. When I went down to get breakfast I saw a note from Charlie.
'Had to go to work early. I talked to a couple of ladies at work and they suggested you make an appointment with Dr. Bennett sometime this month. They say she's a really good guynacologist.'
I had to smile. I knew he would never know how to spell gynecologist. But this was really sweet. He may be mad, but he apparently still cares about me and the baby. I looked up the clinic in the phone book and made an appointment for Tuesday with Dr. Bennett. I then grabbed an apple and banana and walked out the door.
I wasn't gonna make the same mistake I had made yesterday with the granola bars. Hopefully these would sit better in my stomach. Apparently my baby likes fruit. At least I would think so because I didn't get sick today.
After school I saw Jacob standing by my truck. As soon as he saw me he ran up to me, picked me up and spinned me around.
"Jacob put me down!" I yelled. Everyone in the parking lot turned to stare at us.
"Sorry Bella, but I haven't seen you since your prom. I missed you!" He said super excited. "Come on, let's go." He said pulling me away from my truck.
"Wait! What about my truck?" I asked.
"Don't worry, I'll drive you back here to pick it up later. Come on." He said as we walked to his Rabbit.
He opened the door for me and then ran around and started up the car.
He took me out to a movie and dinner at the diner. After dinner we drove back to the school parking lot and he walked me to my car.
"Thanks Jacob. I had fun tonight. I really needed it." I said as I got my keys out of my purse.
"Your welcome." He said as he pulled me into a hug.
I don't know why, but this felt good. Jacob was and always would be only my friend but for right now having a guys arms around me was very comforting. I pulled away and smiled at him.
Next thing I knew he looked like he was going to kiss me. I decided to stop him before it got too far.
"Look Jacob. I know you probably would like for us to be more but right now I just need a friend ok?" I tried to be as nice as possible.
I saw his face drop but he sighed and smiled. "Sure Bella, I can be your friend." He said as he took my keys and unlocked my truck.
He then opened the door, let me get in and handed me the keys.
"Remember Bella, I'm only a phone call away." He said with a smile.
"I know, and thank you again." I said as I put the key in the ignition.
"See ya soon." He said. Then he shut the door and walked back to his car.
I drove home and was surprised to see the lights still on. It was almost 11 p.m. and Charlie was usually in bed by 10:30.
I walked in and saw he was passed out on the couch. I walked over, pulled the blanket off the edge of the couch and covered him up. Then I turned off the TV and locked the front door. I knew he would wake up around 1 a.m. and head upstairs. He did whenever he had passed out in front of the TV.
I then walked upstairs, got into my pjs and crawled into bed. I knew tomorrow was going to be interesting with Charlie having the day off and I wasn't planning to go anywhere.
I fell asleep dreading tomorrow.
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