Gives Walking It Off a New Meaning
(POV – Jacob)
Lara and I had been hiking for a while now. We were pretty close to La Push. Talking with her was just so easy. I didn't even have to try to keep the conversation going; it just flowed naturally. We were getting to know each other gradually. Lara had told me that she grew up on Long Island, New York with her mom, dad, and younger sister (who, according to Lara, was 15 going on 27). She had a dog back home, too. An Alaskan Malamute named Bandit. "He's half wolf, you'd like him." Lara smirked her what-must-be-trademarked smirk. Her favorite colors were red, green, and blue. Her favorite band at the moment was Social Distortion (I'd never heard of them, but I would have to have a listen), and some of her all-time favorite movies were Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Lord of the Rings. She also liked playing video games and reading sci-fi and fantasy books. "Yeah, I'm just a really huge dork, to be honest…" She had said smiling shyly, slightly blushing.
"What's your last name?" I fired yet another question.
"Jacob, I feel like I'm being interrogated! You've had me doing most of the talking since we left the clearing!" Lara laughed.
It was my turn to blush a little as I smiled. I had been doing A LOT of that today. It was a nice change.
"Sorry, last one for a while. I promise."
I looked sideways at her and to my pleasure she met my gaze with her beautiful green-hazel eyes. They were flecked with a golden-brown color towards the center. It was difficult to keep my knees from giving out from under me.
"It's Edwards. Lara Elizabeth Edwards is my full name." She said and looked back down at the ground in front of her as she walked.
Edward… My smile faded briefly, and a low growl escaped from my chest. Lara must have heard.
"What?" She asked looking up at me again, slightly bewildered.
Thinking about the Bella/Edward/Cullen/Vampire/Half Breed situation still hurt, but now that I'd found Lara it seemed bearable. Somewhere deep inside I knew that Bella wasn't really gone. I could feel that she still existed. I wasn't going to call it living just yet. I decided to just be honest with Lara about it. Well, as honest as I could be without giving away the freak show for now. I'd have to tell her eventually, but right now it was too soon. She'd think I was clinically insane.
"Oh, well, it's just that name… I– I kind of have beef with this guy named Edward…" I started.
"Oh? What kind of 'beef'?" She must have noticed my tension, because Lara's expression changed drastically to that of genuine interest and concern.
"Well, he kind of… stole my best friend, Bella, from me." I kept looking at the ground in front of me as we walked through the forest.
"And you're angry because you have feelings for her?" There was a barely detectable hint of sadness on Lara's voice. I sighed.
"I don't have feelings for her like that anymore." I hurried to get that idea out of Lara's head, and honestly it was the truth now. "I'm mad because this guy just… He's not good for her. His family too. They're just not good. And Bella actually went and married him, and he changed her…" Ha, if only she knew what I really meant by that. "I just miss her friendship more than anything."
"They got married?" Lara looked shocked, her eyes were slightly widened. "How old are they?"
"I'm not sure about him… But Bella will be nineteen in a few days." I tried to shrug it off.
We were silent for the first time for a few moments. We came to a narrow stream maybe as wide as I was tall. Lara was the first to begin to cross by stepping carefully over stones and small boulders.
"I wouldn't lose hope, Jake," she said as she balanced herself on the largest boulder in the middle of the stream. "If her friendship means that much to you I wouldn't let this Edward guy get in the way. Take it from someone who's also lost a best friend... I'm sure it wasn't easy for her to choose between the two of you, but if she really loves him you'll have to look passed your differences if you want to remain friends."
By the end of her small speech Lara was looking at me from the other side of the stream, hands on her hips.
I looked from her to the water rushing gently passed me. I knew she was right, but she still had no idea about the circumstances surrounding the whole thing. I sighed again, trying to turn it all over in my mind. She's right. Vampire or not I'll have to try. I looked at Lara again and gave her a nod of agreement.
"So, do you plan on standing there all afternoon? It looks like it's going to start raining soon… Shocker, right?" Lara was smirking again. That made me smile.
"What? Rain? In Forks? What are the odds?" I asked sarcastically. I then crossed the stream in two large leaps and landed firmly in front of Lara.
She looked at me silently for a few moments.
"Show off…" She smirked and turned to continue on through the forest. My own smile turned into a smirk as well as I turned to follow her.
"Alright, so now it's my turn to interrogate you." Lara looked sideways at me again.
"Ask away." I smiled.
Lara then began to ask about many of the same things that I had questioned her about as we made our way closer to La Push. I still could not get over how effortless being with her was, how we were beginning to have a connection that even I had never thought possible, and that's saying something, what with the whole imprinting thing being explained to you almost the moment you were discovered going through your first phase.
I was vaguely aware of the sky growing greyer and darker as we got closer to La Push. Lara and I were a twenty minute walk away from my house when we heard a loud crack of thunder followed almost immediately by the downpour of rain.
"Why am I not surprised?" Lara shouted through the rain as she stood looking up towards the sky with her hands on her hips. I couldn't help but laugh.
"Come on, we can make it to my place in a few minutes if we run!" I shouted back. Lara nodded and started to laugh also when I took her hand as we started to make a run for it.