Jasper gave Grace a nod. He was telling her they could talk or do anything she wanted when he and the otjers got back. He was more than aware that both he and Jacob had become like children. But it also was not his fault that they both seemed to have a draw towards the young woman. There was so much he wanted to say and to explain.. But until she discovered it, Jasper had to keep his mouth shut.
And the man gave the faintest of smiles before he was gone. He didn't have the choice as the blood and beating hearts were calling to him. And the moment he made that mistake.. the moment Jacob would be able to tear him apart.
Renesmee's chocolate brown eyes met the other little girl's. She knew how confusing it had been. And she REALLY wanted to be able to tell her. It was just with her mother and everyone hovering so closely she really was at a loss.
"Mac and Cheese!" The little grl cheered as she turned and hid against Bella. She knew that she was going to get talked to later for what she had been up to. But in her defense..the two girls deserved to know what they were walking into. She liked them and didn't want them hurt.
Bella smiled and then pointed at Jacob. [b "It's actually something he is good at. We both are... Esme likes to cook and she teaches us."] The young woman said with a smile. She was still keeping her hold on Nessie though.
Jacob shook his head. It seemed that this was getting trickier and trickier. But then that meant they would have to tell her soon, right? He hoped so because it was a pain having to hide it all again.
"Yeah, my name is Jake. But you can call me Jakey.. If you want." Jake said as he gave Anna a smile. The man knew that she seemed scared now with Jaspet gone. The stupid leech had been using his ability before and so had helped with the tension there had been.
"Bella's right...I love food and so love being in the kitchen. Let me help?" The man asked as he gave a smile.
The girl looked between the men and sighed, shaking her head. The were acting like children. She looked away from them trying not to blush as she saw his smile. [b “Easy children.”] She said to the two boys before looking over at the two ACTUAL children. She smiled as she saw them play. It had been so long since Anna had been a child like this..It was nice to watch.
[b “Maybe we could have a drink while we talk, after I put the little duck to bed.”] She said quietly, looking over at Jasper. His eyes were so dark. She was confused. She didn't understand why his eyes shifted so much after their conversation in the hall. She bit her lip and watched the man leave. It almost made her sad..
She entered the kitchen with them and nodded. [b “Mac and cheese.”] She said as she picked up the child. Anna looked back at Nessie, obviously confused. She didn't understand the big wolf she had been shown. She nuzzled gently against Grace, trying to get her to calm down. She watched as Jasper left, whining softly. He made her feel safe...The child looked over at Jacob and Bella before biting her lip and sliding her hand into Grace's. [b “Graceee..Him names Jakey?..”] She asked nervously. Scared.
Grace went into the kitchen and looked over at Bella. [b “I..I'm not a very good cook..”] She said quietly.
Jacob and Jasper were still very stiff. Had she voiced her thoughts of them struggling like they were and because of her.. Well she would have been right. Not that either male would admit it right out. Well maybe one of them would have. But the fact remained that she didn't and so they did not.
Jake had given a smirk to Jasper when she had asked him to stay. "I like to hang around here. Like Bella said, we're friends and I guess I am used to fighting over pretty things. Besides I love mac and cheese." The wolf man said, flashing Grace a smile. But after he gave the smile to Grace, Jake turned to sticking his tongue out st Bella. It was like the woman was TRYING to give something away. Not cool.
Jasper had given Bella a look at her words as well and also had shot one at Jacob. He knew that the wolf was doing this to get under his skin. But he also knew he had to keep control. [b "It would be good for you to have the company...and like you had said early to explain...But I...you should eat with them."] Jasper tried again.
The man then gave a small smile and nod. [b "Yeah.. see you later..."] And with that, he went to join Edward and Emmett for their hunt. He was beyond hungry and afraid that he would be slipping any minute.
Nessie and Anna came back over to Grace and Bella. Renesmee actually had gone to the new girl and touched her hand and showed her a giant wolf. She was TRYING to give a hint. And then she showed her family with the honey gold eyes they had when they came back. But before she could show more, Bella was behind her and scooping her up.
[b "So mac and cheese?"] She asked with a smile.
Grace tilted her head as she looked between the two men. They seemed to have something against each other. [i ' Do NOT get involved in their drama..You have enough of your own..'] The woman thought with a sigh, shaking her head slightly. The two were like children..But it was kind of nice to have someone fuss over her.. [i ' Don't flatter yourself, Grace..'] She thought with a soft sigh.
The girl tilted her head to the side. [b “Maybe you could..join us for dinner?...”] She asked quietly, trying to hide the fact that she was inviting someone to someone else's house for dinner. She felt like such a burden..She glanced at Jasper and bit her lower lip.
Grace looked away and shook her head. [b “I think I will just feed her..I'm not hungry anyways.”] She said slowly, chewing on her lower lip. It was definitely a lie that either men could pick up on. [b “I um..I'll see you when you get back, I suppose..”] She said slowly.
The glanced over toward Bella and smiled softly. [b “If you are willing to help, I would appreciate it..though I won't need much..The poor girl doesn't eat a variety of things..Mostly mac and cheese..”] She said quietly with a shrug.
[b “I would love to help, I am a wiz at mac and cheese.”] She said with a soft smile, glancing up at Edward. She pushed herself onto her tiptoes and gave the man a gentle kiss, shooing him away. [b “Now get going..I'll keep them entertained. Besides..Jake is used to fighting for pretty things.”] She said with a wag of her brow, sticking her tongue out at Jake. He was still her best friend, even after everything.
"You didn't tell her?" Jacob muttered to Jasper as Grace seemed to be in her head for a few moments. When he got the shake of a head, the wolf male's arms crossed and he gave the vampire a glare. "Typical. Can get people in trouble but can't explain anything." Again the words were spoke quietly.
His attention was soon on the girl before him and the leech. "Yeah, tell me when you can. I wouldn't make you in front of her. Just like I said I can't do anything if I have no clue what's going on."
Jasper gave Jacob a quick shake of his head and a glare. He did not need a lecture from the other man as he knew how bad all of this was.
[b "It might be a good idea if you both eat something. You must he hungry too.. I mean I am sure Anna would rather have someone to eat with her and not eat alone."] He was trying to coax her into eating as he had been able to feel her unease of the food and could also hear her stomach. Of course neither thing he could voice.
[#31f42f "Bella can help the two of you down in the kitchen. She was going to make sure Renesmee ate something too."] Edward said as he had come up behind his wife. He like she was studying his brother and the wolf. He did a much better job at hiding the amusement at the situation than she did though.
Grace didn't know what she was going to tell the man. Did she tell him everything? Risk him getting involved with James as well? That would be tricky. She kept her eyes on the ground, biting her lower lip as she thought it over. Not only did she not know what she was going to say, but how did she say anything without crying? It was so overwhelming..
Help? Now he wanted to help her too? Since when did she become so damned weak that she needed the help of all of these people? How could she accept it? How could she let them all put themselves in danger?..Because it wasn't just for her..It was also for Anna..She bit her lip and looked back up at Jacob. [b “I'll explain it...but not around her..”] She said quietly.
The girl sighed as she looked to Jasper. He seemed so stiff all of a sudden, as if he and Jacob had a long running with each other and they hated each other..But why? Now she was interested, not that she should be. She couldn't focus on boys...Not when there was so much at risk.. [b “I'll get her something to eat..Thank you..”] She didn't want to take anything for herself.
She nodded as Jasper replied. She looked away from the male and her eyes hit Bella. The woman was observing her, as if she was calculating what was wrong with them. When really she was trying not to laugh about another girl being caught between a vampire and a werewolf.
Jacob wanted the explanation. One more than had been offered and so when Grace said she would give it, the man nodded. She...well there was something in him that wanted her. Wanted to protect her and her sister. They...well they were like him. From the way the girl looked between him and the leech, Jacob was sure she at least knew there had to be a draw of sorts.
"Yeah, it would be nice to know what's going on... I can't help unless I know it all. And hearing it from you would be better because it affects you...and obviously your sister." The wolf boy said quietly as his dark eyes went to watch the two little.girls who had gone to play together.
Jasper was more on edge now than he had been. Jacob ALWAYS made him feel this way. But somehow with Anna and Grace being there it was different. A sense that there was something to prove. [b "Esme would be more than okay with you helping yourselves to anything in the kitchen. Anything you want or need is open to you and to Anna."] He had heard both stomaches growl.
He was silent a moment and couldn't help a faint smile from tracing his lips. [b "You'll still have that chance. But once we get back."] The vampire male said, honey eyes seeming to be getting darker. He couldn't hold off much longer..But he also had a need to stay and watch the two girls as well.
Grace tilted her head. What was it about the boy that was so familiar? She kicked her foot lightly. She was trying to watch Anna, but she kept getting distracted by both guys. The two made her feel different. Jasper was a pure draw. She wanted everything about him. But Jacob?...She wasn't sure. He felt safe...familiar. The danger she felt around Jasper, she didn't feel around Jacob. But was that a bad thing? She liked danger. But she also liked safety. [i 'Stop thinking like that! No boys, Grace! Foolish girl.'] She mentally scolded herself.
We? How can we help? So now he was part of it too? She was being a burden to far to many people. But if Jacob was close enough to Jasper to just walk into his house, he would find out eventually. [b “Someone from my past that I thought was long gone seems to be back. He is very dangerous...Especially now..I can't go into detail though..”] She said, glancing at Anna so that he would understand that it scared the little girl. [b “Since Jasper and his brothers are going out, maybe I could explain it to you..Away from little ears.”] She said quietly.
A soft smile spread across Grace's lips when Jasper picked up Anna. [b “Come here, sweetie. Mister Jasper has to go.”] She said gently, taking the reluctant girl from Jasper. Anna whined but immediately went to the kitchen set to play with Nessie. A faint blush spread across her cheeks as her stomach growled. She hadn't eaten all day. [b “I also need to get the little duck something to eat.”] She said quietly.
She glanced at Jasper and bit her lip. [b “Don't forget you agreed to let me get to know you better, Mister Hale.”] She said quietly, using the name from her flirting earlier. She looked between both men and tilted her head. They seemed tense. Like they didn't exactly get along.. Also like two children who had never had a toy before had been tossed one ball to play with. Liked they had something to prove. She didn't understand it. But what made sense with her life anymore?..
Pack was a very funny way for the girl to have described him amd his friends. Because they WERE a pack. Not that he could or would be able to say that. But she wasn't wrong when she had said where she knew him from. "You're not wrong there. Yeah, that would be where you know me from. We're almost always out like that." Jacob said as he felt something. A tug of familiarity towards both the little girl, Anna and her older sister, Grace.
He was amazed that so far the Cullens hadn't seemed to sense what was off about the girls. But he wasn't sure himself even. Just there was that instant want and need to protect them and to help them. "So the le-- Jasper just mentioned you two needed help. How exactly can we help?" Jacob asked. The man had nearly slipped in calling Jasper a leech. Nessie was the ONLY one in the house that Jacob actually liked..up until now that was. The others he tolerated for her.
Jasper had caught the near slip and had shot a warning glance Jacob's way. Though it did surprise him how both Anna and Grace seemed easy enough with the wolf. Something he would have to try and figure out later. And when Anna came to him, Jasper did pick the little girl up and hold her.
[b "I know all of this is confusing...but we do want to help."] Jasper said.
Nessie had been showing Jacob the new girls and that she already liked them. The little girl did peek back over at Anna and Grace. [i "Anna come play with me?"] She asked and motioned to the toy kitchen nearby. The little girl had NEVER had anyone her own age to play with. That and she wanted to show the other little girl a little bit more. With how she had acted with Jake, Nessie was going to show how he was a giant puppy!
Grace tilted her head, obviously confused. [b “I..okay..”] She said slowly, deciding to just leave it alone. She didn't want to pry, especially since she was being a burden to all of them. She chewed on the edge of her lip as she watched Anna stop and move back to Grace's side. She had wanted to go play with the other little girl, but saw the girl go for the new comer. Grace gently ran her fingers through the little girl's hair, ruffling it a bit.
Grace tilted her head when the new man walked into the room. Shirtless? Why didn't he have a shirt on? And he was so dark, compared to everyone else in the house. Grace's complexion matched the Cullens, pale. As did Anna's. But Jacob was different. He didn't quite fit in here. Anna seemed to sense something in the man. Something she related to. She squeaked softly and moved from Grace's side, timidly going over to Jacob and Jasper. She looked between the two of them, not sure of which she wanted more. Much like her sister would be feeling very soon. Did she want to go with familiarity or did she want to go with someone she trusted naturally? Since the other little girl was now in Jacob's arm, Anna chose Jasper.
The little girl pouted softly and made grabby hands for the man. She knew he was supposed to be leaving soon, but she hadn't went to him earlier when she had wanted to, so she wanted to go to him now. Grace was confused as to how well Anna seemed to be taking to these two men. The others in the house made her weary, she could tell. But these two, Anna liked. She also liked Nessie, but she was preoccupied. Grace smiled softly and looked to the darker of the two men. [b “School...You don't look like anyone I have gone to school with..”] She said quietly.
Grace had to stop herself from rolling her eyes as Jasper said they needed his help. That was an understatement. [b “Wait..”] She said quietly. [b “I have seen you around town before! I knew you were familiar. You hang out with that pack of kids from the reservation, don't you?”] Pack. Ha, if only she knew. She was trying to make herself believe that it was why she felt a familiarity with the man, but it wasn't. Something inside seemed to connect. She just wasn't sure what.
[b "Nessie is usually left here with Esme when Edward and Bella are in school. It's the easiest and since we are family...Ness is only allowed to be with family."] Again the man was trying to make it as simple as he could. Still he didn't want to tell her the truth of what they were.
[i "Not fair! Uncle Jazz can do stuffs but I can't?!"] The little girl squeaked, aems crossing and huffing. She wasn't used to people but was overly excited to be around others and so didn't think of how much worse she could be making this. And then big brown eyes went to Jacob and she began to fight against Jasper to be able to go and see her friend. The moment she was on her feet, Nessie ran to the man.
"Just got back fro--" Jacob was starting to say from a patrol. But seeing Grace and Annabeth, the man stopped his words. "School..." He said, changing topics. But brown eyes did linger on the new girl and her sister. There was something..none human about them.. almost wolfy. Though he didn't say.
[b "Grace, Annabeth..meet Jacob. He's been a friend of the family's for a while. Jacob, meet Grace and her sister Annabeth.. They kind of need our help with something."] But that was all Jasper said.
"Nice to meet both of you." Jacob said and offered a smile.
Grace listened to Jasper explain Nessie, but it still made no sense. She had to have gone out at least once..There were children everywhere.. Surely she had seen at least one?.. [b “Who is with her when Bella and Edward are in school?..”] She asked quietly before sighing. It was all so confusing. All of a sudden, the woman felt so very hot.
The sudden rush of heat made her glisten with sweat. Jacob had entered the room from behind them, hence the heat. Along with hot, the woman felt all of a sudden calm. She didn't like the feeling it was giving her.
Grace was so very confused, but with how much Annabeth was struggling in her arms, she put the child down. [b “Stay close, little swan.”] She warned the child gently. It wasn't that she didn't trust the people there..but when it came to her sister..She didn't trust anyone.
[b "Nessie is special and stays with family.. It is hard to explain. And to keep her safe, Edward and Bella don't really let her out of their sight often..So she is home schooled and everything."] The man explained as he was trying to make it sound as natural as he could. He couldn't very well explain her gift or that she was a half vampire child.
But when Renesmee had gripped the young woman's arm, the man was quick to move to the girl and to pick her up. He whispered a few things quickly and quietly to her and uses his ability to TRY and ease Grace a little.
[i "Uncle Jazz said I should say sorry for that... It..I just got excited and didn't think or watch what I was doing.."] The little girl said with a whine and pout. But it was obvious the little girl wanted to say more. However, ALL eyes were on her and she couldn't. She did seem to give Grace a look that said she would explain as soon as she could.
Grace let her hair fall over her face as she walked toward the kitchen. She tried to keep her head clear, but her thoughts were everywhere. In general, her thoughts were of how she would never be good enough for Jasper. In the back of her mind..She thought of her father and how he had told her he would come back for her and for Anna..It hadn't been a threat, it had been a promise. He would get his revenge on them both.
Grace jumped slightly as she heard Jasper's voice beside her. [b “Renesmee has never met a child before?...”] She didn't understand how that was possible. She stepped to the side so that she wasn't so close to Jasper. His scent was making her dizzy.
Grace tilted her head as she saw the girl rush to them. She stopped dead in her tracks as her arm was gripped. She swayed as she saw what Nessie had shown her. It made her dizziness even more. [b “W-what was that?...”] She asked quietly, breathlessly. She didn't understand.
He did want her more than she knew. More than he had wanted anyone before. And that realization scared him. Jasper wishes he could explain it to her. Tell her that there was no reason to be hurt or feel embarrassed. But that would also mean he would have to explain both his and Edward's gifts. The young woman was not ready to know that. And he did not want to bring her into his world in the same way that Edward had brought Bella in.
[b "They're really nice...especially Renesmee.. Anna will actually be the first child she's met.."] Jasper said quietly as he had fallen into step slightly behing Grace. There was so much more that the man wanted to say, but he was given a warning glance by his brother. So again he was forced into silence.
When they got downstairs, Renesmee rushed from her chair and smiled at the newcomers. She was so excited because they didn't have many guests around. [i "Hi! It's nice to meet you both. I'm Renesmee, but everyone calls me Nessie."] The girl said with a giggle as she did reach out and touch Grace's arm and accidentally showed her the meadow and everyone out having a nice day.
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