3rd Person POV
After Edward flung her into the bolder, Victoria raced through the trees her natural gift allowing her to feel that Edward was not in pursuit so she assumed that he was with the wolf. Those Cullens were the strangest vampires she had ever come across, however she had no doubt that he would be hot on her trail soon. When she attacked Jacob, she heard a howl off in the distance and instinctively knew that it was too far east and not near the others. She was already near the water so she decided to take a swim up north around the small peninsula and come back south closer to the lonely howl. Victoria emerged from the water and wrung the extra water from her clothes, normally she didn't care, but she wanted to be able to move easily.
As she moved quickly the terrain began to get more rocky as the elevation grew higher and higher. Her gift was evasion and so she didn't normally pursue danger, but her instincts told her that this was where Bella would be and as she got closer she began to smell her. It was different, with the faint smell of wet dog mixed with multiple different smells that Victoria knew to be the Cullens, especially Alice. Bella baffled Victoria and she couldn't figure out how one human girl could have such an impact on her.
To Victoria humans were stupid and weak, she could murder hundreds in a matter of minutes if she wanted, how Bella remained alive was quite a mystery. She wanted Bella to suffer for being simply a pain in the ass, but even more so Victoria was curious about Bella. How was this girl able to surround herself with things that most humans considered to be monsters?
Victoria felt confident if the Cullens had not gotten involved then her army would have completely decimated the wolves. Once Victoria knew she was heading in the right direction she climbed up into the trees and began to softly float from branch to branch, trying not to jostle or give away her approach. She could feel that Edward was once again after her.
Edward followed her scent to the water and then assumed that she would head south towards either La Push or Forks. So Edward ran along the shore line, but he was running the wrong direction.
Victoria did not know that, but could feel Edward's pursuit which made her nervous and anxious. She saw Seth and Bella, she was awake, sitting at his side, and running her hand down his back. When the battle started, Seth kept flinching, while he watched his sister and brothers fighting and his movements kept Bella from sleeping. Alice and Bella continued to ask Seth yes or no questions, and for the first time he wished that he could speak in wolf form.
When Alice wasn't asking Seth questions she was trying desperately to see her family, especially Jasper. If there was ever a time that she was desperate to see his future it was then. She would get flashes of Jasper tearing apart a vampire, but then one of the wolves would get involved causing her to loose the image. It was extremely frustrating for Alice, and her head was starting to hurt trying to see things that were either fuzzy or just simply not going to appear. Alice probably should have been watching for Victoria's decisions, but she had to choose because she can't see two futures at the same time and Jasper was her priority.
There was a strong wind that helped disguise Victoria's movements and because Alice was worried and distracted trying to see her family, no one noticed Victoria getting closer and closer. Had Alice not been there or Bella not have so much vampire scent on her, Seth probably could have smelt Victoria coming, but with him already sitting with one vampire, smelling another one coming would have been more difficult. Victoria felt that, if she could incapacitate Alice and kill the dog, then she could take her time with Bella, and not have to rush it. She saw Alice leaning against the rock, with her eyes closed, deep in concentration as Victoria leaped from the tree, landing over Alice and immediately tore her tiny head from her body. Then she ripped Alice's arm and threw it at Bella, but Seth's paw smashed it into the ground.
Bella screamed and Seth howled fiercely as he stood over Bella, while she scampered behind him. Seth could feel that Leah and Jacob were on their way, but it didn't help him know how to fight and protect at the same time. He felt so unprepared and he was scared that he was going to let Jake down by not keeping Bella safe.
“You're next, dog!” Victoria hissed, and leaped at Seth who dodged once, but then instantly Victoria pounced again landing on Seth's back. He tried to buck her off, but he also had to try and be aware of where Bella was. The wolves smelled so terrible to Victoria that she really didn't want to bite another one, so instead she used both of her hands to squeeze hard on Seth's shoulder crushing the bones there. Seth whimpered as Victoria continued to move down his back crushing as many bones as she could. The further Victoria went the harder it was for Seth to remain standing and ended up crumbling to the ground.
“No! Please, stop hurting him!” Bella screamed as she scrambled to her feet. “You only have a few seconds before the rest of the pack and Cullens know you are here. Take me instead.” Bella wasn't sure what Victoria had planned for her, but based on the warning the Laurent gave, it was going to be something slow and painful. Bella just hoped that it was slow enough that Jacob could find her before Victoria finally killed her.
“You really are a stupid girl.” Victoria hissed, as she sprung towards Bella. “Climb on and I'll let him live.”
Bella leaped onto her back, praying that she wasn't making the stupidest decision of her life.
I leaped, landing next to Leah and began to search for Bella, but I couldn't see her anywhere. Seth, where is Bella? I asked.
I thought she was here. She was right behind me. Seth answered panicked.
Where is Victoria? Leah asked.
I don't know. Seth began to cry and his body shook, which caused him to howl in pain.
The rest of the pack and the Cullens arrived. Jasper ran to Alice and frantically began to piece her back together, with Esme's and Carlisle's assistance. Leah continued to comfort Seth trying to get him to relax so his body could heal, his crying and shaking was making it worse. I began to sniff around trying to find Victoria's scent but it seems that she must have been up in the trees where her scent is much harder to trace. The harsh winds were making it extremely difficult.
The moment her pieces were back in place, Alice snapped back to life and she began screaming about Victoria.
“Victoria, has Bella!” Alice screamed.
Immediately my snout was in her face, and Jasper looked at me cautiously. Where? Where did she take Bella! I growled, and suddenly I heard Edward's voice interpreting it for me. It's about freaking time you showed up, I mumbled.
“Sorry, I followed her scent to the water and then I thought she would be heading back towards La Push for Bella, so I went that direction. I didn't realize that she figured out that Bella was here. I heard everyone running here, so that is when I changed directions and started running.” Edward explained.
“She is going back to Seattle, but hasn't decided specifically where.” Alice answered.
Let's go! I insisted.
Jake, we can't go chasing her around Seattle as wolves. Embry said, worried that I was going to get mad at him for contradicting me.
We need you, Jake. Leah insisted. Sam deserves to have you here, when we bury him.
I whined, because I knew that they were right. I needed to stay here for my pack.
“Jacob, Bella is alive . . .” Alice stated.
How do you know that? I questioned.
“Because Victoria is still planning different ways to kill her.” Edward answered fiercely.
I couldn't decide if I felt relieved or even more nervous. Of course I was glad that Bella was still alive, but I hated to think of what torture she would endure. Promise me, that you'll bring Bella back to me.I said to Edward.
“I will, Jacob.” Edward promised.
ALIVE! I clarified. And truly alive, not a frozen over corpse that moves.
“I'll do my best.” Edward answered.
I knew that was just going to have to be good enough, because that was the best answer he could give me.
The Cullen family ran together towards Seattle, except for Carlisle who offered to stay behind to treat Seth. Seth wasn't able to phase back yet so everyone, but myself, phased back and carried Seth towards La Push. I ran back to Sam, and I saw his broken and stiff body. I phased back and knelt down by his side, and I couldn't hold it together any longer. I cried for my alpha and wished that he would have been able to train me. I cried for my pack family who lost their leader and was now going to be following me. I cried for Bella and I wanted her here with me and not in the clutches of a sadistic vampire. I was so scared, so alone, and continued to cry until I couldn't cry any more.
Then with shaking arms I lifted Sam's body and carried him home. I knew that my life was never going to be the same, from now on, I was alpha.
Haha, yeah childbirth is pretty dramatic. They didn't actually show a video in my childbirth class, but they did in my brother's class and I remember him talking about how horrible it was and how they should have known what they were getting into before getting pregnant.
My pregnancies weren't too bad and I would say I had pretty normal deliveries. My first was long, but didn't really hurt, my second was fast but really hurt, so I'm not really sure which was better.
Aww, yes the other shoe... ummm. :D
lol i love this chapter :P ......i REALLY hate needles...especially in the bac............ :/
anyways really great :) poor bella,all that puking
shopping with edwar and alice wonder how it will go
hmmmm i dont kno wat i want the baby to be, a girl would be really cute but a boy means more probability of werewolfness....hmmmm watever im glad i dont have that desicion :P
ps.if i have a girl....at some point in my life.....i want her name to be iris like the flower and then violet, idont know why both plants and i think colors but i really like the names :D
Yeah, I don't like needles either and the epidural wouldn't be so bad if not having contractions at the same time, that makes being still a little more difficult and it creeps me out that they don't let your husband be in the room. That must be one freaking looking needle... just saying.
I actually had easy pregnancies and wasn't sick, but that is boring so poor Bella had a hard time.
It will be fun to have Jacob there with her when she visits Alice and Edward. It didn't work to have Jacob be there the last chapter that Edward and Alice were in, because of the dress shopping. I just always love the dynamic any time that Jacob and Edward are together.
Sometimes I'm vague because I don't want to make the decision quite yet, in this case I have known what the gender will be, but I just thought it would be more exciting for Jacob and Bella to not know.
Those are beautiful names, I hope that you have a daughter some day to be able to use them.
aww thank u but it will be a looong while til those names can be used :)
Song: 2 in 1 by Evi and Nikiforos (More for the previous chapter, but forgot to include it)
AN: Jacob is now 24 and Bella is 26
2nd AN: I'm taking next week off for Christmas, therefore I will not be posting a chapter next week. So I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Chapter 24 – HELL NO
Bella and I were on our way to Portland, to meet up with Alice and Edward. It was a long drive, at least for a pregnant lady, and I didn't want her to overwork herself, so we decided to make a weekend of seeing them.
The sun was starting to set as we pulled up to our hotel and I could see them in the parking lot waiting for us. Of course I knew that they wouldn't be aging or changing, but it was still weird to see them exactly the same. Alice was literally skipping in circles around Edward and he seemed to be laughing at her. She saw us pull up and started running towards the car. “Wait a minute, Alice.” Edward said, taking her hand and pulled her back. “Give them a chance to get out of the car.”
“You ready for this?” Bella asked, glancing at me as she reached for her door handle.
“I guess.” I said with a sigh.
I got out and walked around as Bella stepped out of her side. Her belly was very large and her ankles were swollen, but her face glowed and she still looked beautiful. She waddled over to Alice and Edward and they both hugged her gently, it was clear neither of them really knew how to be around her right now. I approached them and paused for a moment, they still smelled really bad and my wolf that had been laying dormant raised his head and snarled within me. Bella being pregnant, has made me want to be overly protective of her and being around vampires was much more difficult than I thought it would be.
Bella tripped and landed right in Edward's arms. “Are you alright?” Edward asked, catching her easily.
I was trying really hard to control myself and my arms had been shaking which was why I had let him be the one to catch her. Edward glanced at me cautiously and I took a deep breath to control my emotions, knowing he wasn't doing anything wrong.
“Thanks,” Bella told him and smiled and then she winced, holding the side of her stomach.
“Bells?” I questioned, my wolf calming immediately out of concern for Bella.
Bella shook her head. “Don't worry about it, it will pass.” She breathed slowly in and out and the three of us watched her closely. She has been having a lot of contractions lately, but Bella said that they were just “practice”, Braxton hickups or something, it didn't make any sense to me, but I didn't argue with her.
After a long few minutes Bella smiled and started walking again. “I'm going to go check us in and get our rooms. You guys can catch up.” I was still having a hard time being around Alice and Edward and I felt like a little space would be good for me. I didn't want to ruin this for Bella by doing something stupid.
“Jake?” Bella asked concerned, reaching out towards me. The way that she could completely read me like a book scared me sometimes.
“I'm fine, Bells.” Bella challenged me with a look, and I knew it was stupid to try and lie to her. “Alright, I will be fine. How's that?”
Bella stepped towards me and reached up on her toes, her belly really got in the way when we kissed and I had to lean awkwardly down to be able to kiss her. “Much better.” Bella smiled.
I rolled my eyes, but had a large smile stretched across my face. “It'll just be a few and then I'll be back.”
I went inside and got us checked in and then went out to the car and got our suitcase and placed it in our room. A few minutes later I came back to them. There were several stuffed chairs in the lobby of the hotel that Edward, Alice, and Bella were sitting in. Bella saw me coming back and she used the armrest of the chair to push against to stand up. Bella's breaths were much more shallow than normal due to the weight of the baby and so she grunted some as she stood. Alice had been holding her hand which Bella dropped to push herself up, however Alice gracefully stood up with her. Edward and Alice were watching Bella very closely and I knew that either of them would catch her in an instant if they were needed.
Standing on her own two feet Bella smiled and she reached her hand out to me. Due to Bella's natural ability to fall easily, she has actually fallen many times in her pregnancy. Every single time it about made my heart stop, but I have also learned when it was a dangerous fall or just a little stumble. I took Bella's offered hand and pulled her into my side.
“Did I miss anything?” I asked.
“Not too much, I'll fill you in.” Bella offered.
I knew that Bella was hungry when he pulled in so I suggested that we eat at the hotel restaurant. We walked there together and I had forgotten what it was like for them to sit there and watch us eat. Luckily there was plenty to talk about, however it seemed like pretty much the same stuff just in a different country. Carlisle worked at the small town hospital and the “kids” went to school, with Esme being the supportive stay at home mom.
We were getting ready to leave and I could tell that Bella was really tired, as she rubbed slowly across her stomach.
“Hey, Jacob?” Alice asked.
“Can Bella spend the night?” Alice asked.
“Wow, you really are still in high school.” I laughed. Alice stuck her tongue out at me and Edward rolled his eyes. “Why are you asking me?” I looked at her and glanced over at Bella.
Then Alice looked over at Bella. I think she honestly just assumed that Bella would want to and it was me she was doubtful of. “What do you say, Bella?” Alice grinned.
“Um, I'm not sure.” Bella glanced up at me. “Do you care?”
I wasn't completely sure what to say. It had been a very long time since I have slept by myself, but I felt like that was a pretty selfish reason to say 'no'. I glanced over at Edward, wondering if he would be there too, but didn't really want to ask.
“I can go some place else.” Edward stated, reading my mind. “And I probably will, there is only so much 'girl talk' I can take.
Alice scowled slightly at Edward, but her smile returned instantly when she clutched onto the Bella's hand, bouncing slightly.
I shrugged. “Sure, it doesn't matter.” Then I turned to Bella. “It really won't bother me, if you want to stay the night.”
“Awww, thank you, Jake.” Bella reached up and wrapped her arms around my neck. “I love you.” She whispered in my ear.
“I love you, too.” I kissed her quickly.
It turns out that we were all on the same floor, just three rooms down from each other. Bella came to our room and got some clothes for herself and made sure that I was really comfortable with her being there. It wasn't something that I would have really wanted, but at the same time I trusted them all completely. Bella would be perfectly safe, her and Alice could whisper and giggle all night long, and I didn't have to hear it. The more I talked to Bella the better the idea started to sound.
The next morning we met at the continental breakfast, I was pretty much right about what I thought would happen. Alice and Bella talked to each other for most of the night and Edward stayed out, until Bella fell asleep. After breakfast we went out shopping. Alice took Bella's hand and thousands of dollars later, as well as more bags than I could count we were ready to leave.
“Oh my goodness, Alice.” Bella said, shaking her head. “You know this will never happen again. I can't believe I even let you buy this much stuff.”
“Like you could stop her.” Edward added.
“True.” I acknowledged. Edward and I had talked pretty easily while the girls shopped, even though I think we both struggled to know what to say to each other. We just had nothing in common, outside of Bella. He talked about France and starting high school there, I could only imagine how torturous that would be to repeat high school over and over. Edward heard my mind and sighed, and I assumed that was the closest I would get to a confirmation that it was true.
After lunch we decided to go back to the hotel to drop off the bags. “You look really tired.” I told Bella as I placed the bags down.
“I am.” Bella said with a sigh.
“Take a nap.” I nodded my head towards the bed.
“No, I don't want to waste the time I have with them sleeping.”
“You know they understand that you have to sleep.”
“Yeah, but you know how I toss and turn, not getting comfortable, and then don't end up sleeping. I don't want to do that now.”
“Well, umm...” I thought about it. “Let's go to their room, you can lay down there. If you sleep, you sleep, if you don't, then you were able to spend this time with them.”
“What about their smell?” Bella asked.
I shrugged. “I'll deal.”
“You really are the best, Jake!” Bella reached up and I leaned over to kiss her deeply.
I smiled into her lips. “Thanks, however you are sleeping with me tonight. I missed you.”
“Aww,” Bella kissed me quickly. “I missed you too.”
We walked over to their room. There were two queen size beds and Bella laid down on the same one she had slept in the night before and I propped the pillows against the headboard and sat down next to her. The TV was on with some random movie, it provided a nice distraction and was actually pretty funny.
Bella's pillow was in my lap with her head resting there and I could see a random bump in her shirt where our baby would kick or squirm inside of her. I felt her stiffen and she rubbed across her ribs.
“You alright?” I whispered.
Bella nodded her head. “She's just kicking my ribs.”
I put my hand over hers and then she moved her hand, brushing her hair out of her face. I rubbed her stomach and I could feel her relax. The baby seemed to like my warm hands and I could usually rub a different part of her stomach and it wouldn't take him too long to find it and press some random body part into my hand. Sometimes that was annoying to Bella when he had been all calm, but if he was really pressing into her it actually helped to get him to focus some place else.
With a deep sigh, Bella was able to fall asleep. I looked over at Edward, who had been watching the movements across Bella's stomach.
“Do you want to feel?” I asked, not really sure why.
“Only if you do not mind.” Edward answered, still sitting in the chair next to the small desk.
“Sure, sure.” I shrugged.
Edward moved closer, knelt down on the side of the bed, placing his hand on her stomach. He watched my face at first and then looked at her stomach. I moved my own hand and he placed his where it had been. I wondered if it felt extra warm to him.
“Yes it does.” Edward answered my unasked question.
“Do you know how long you will still be warm after you have stopped?” Edward asked.
“It will take a full year before I would begin to age and it would still be slow for a couple years. It has varied a little from the others who have quit, but all of them are still slightly warm, but closer to 100.”
“Can you hear the baby?” Alice asked.
“Yes, I can hear the swishing, moving sound, but I don't hear the heartbeat. It is too tiny.”
“Can you?” I asked Alice.
“I could last night when Bella was sleeping. It is harder with your heart, Bella's, and the baby's all being so close together.”
Edward moved a little closer to her stomach, tilting his head to the side.
“Can you hear the baby?” I asked Edward. “Not his heart, but his mind, his thoughts?”
“Yes.” Edward nodded slowly.
“Is he saying anything?” I said, really amazed.
“Not really, babies aren't born speaking so it is hard to understand. But he knows your voice and I can tell that he likes it.” Edward moved his hand across her stomach. “He is curious about my touch, not sure what it is.”
“Interesting.” I murmured.
“Does it bother you that I can hear your child?” Edward asked.
I shrugged. “Not really, I never understood why you couldn't hear Bella.”
Edward shook his head. “Yeah, I don't know either. Charlie is hard to hear as well, so I assume that it has something to do with just the way her mind works.”
We both looked at Bella sleeping and I tucked a piece of hair that had fallen into her face behind her ear. I wanted to ask if it was hard for Edward to be around Bella like this. It is not like he didn't know that we were intimate together, but certainly the baby inside her was evidence of that. I think to see Bella with some other man's child inside her, it would almost kill me.
“Goodness Jacob, it is not that bad.” Edward murmured.
“Why isn't it?” I asked.
“Because I know how much you love each other. And,” Edward paused for a long moment. “. . . this is not something I could do.”
“Do you wish that you could?” I asked, my curiosity getting the better of me.
“Not as a vampire, but maybe when I was human. I don't really remember.”
We settled into a comfortable silence and an hour later Bella woke up. The rest of the weekend was expected to be warm and sunny so we were going to stay inside. However by midmorning the following day we were all kind of bored. We had already swam in the indoor pool, but it was too small for it to be entertaining for anyone other than Bella, who couldn't swim very well.
“What if we went for a walk away from town?” Bella asked.
“You want to walk?” Alice asked.
“Yes, I didn't realize how much walking I do in the cafe and bookstore, and now I feel like I need to move more.”
“How far out of town do we need to be for you all to be able to be out?” I asked, looking at both Edward and Alice.
“Actually I decided to go hunting our first night here and we could go out there without much difficulty.” Edward mentioned.
We changed into comfortable walking clothes and then got inside Edward and Alice's rented SUV. It was quite large and spacious and it really was rather warm so we let the windows be down and Bella snuggled into my side. He drove out near Glenwood, OR and then after we got out I carried Bella for several miles, moving quickly. Once we felt like we were far from anyone else and there was no danger of a random hiker finding us, I sat Bella down and she walked with us. Bella mostly held my hand unless she saw something in the trees or on the ground that she wanted to take a closer look at.
There was thick tree coverage as we walked along, with random sunlight coming through. Sometimes the terrain was rough and there wasn't really any particular path to follow. We passed a narrow river that had a fallen tree along the edge and Bella sat down to rest for a moment. I packed up some fruit before we left and we both ate an apple while we waited. We were quiet not speaking when two deer came to the river several yards away. In my mind of joked at maybe Alice getting a snack as well and Edward rolled his eyes at me. Sometimes it was just fun to mess with him and think of really bizarre things just to see what he did in response.
The sun was warm and Bella looked really happy to be out moving around and to be able to spend this time with Alice and Edward.
“Good idea, Bella.” Alice fluttered over to her, taking her other hand.
Bella hugged her tightly. “Thanks, Alice.” Then Bella walked over to Edward and hugged him as well. “Thank you for coming to see me.”
Edward hugged her back. “You are welcome.”
Bella stepped back from him, stepping awkwardly on a rock, causing her to lose her balance. Edward grabbed her shoulders and I was right behind her and I grabbed her hips. At the same time Bella held her stomach and cringed.
We all froze, waiting for the contraction to subside. Bella took several long slow breaths, rubbing her stomach and as soon as she started to relax she stiffened again.
“This . . . This shouldn't . . . be happening.” Bella stammered.
“Let's get you out of here.” I said as I scooped her into my arms, lifting her off the ground. Suddenly Bella tensed again, cringing as I felt her get wet. “Oh, crap . . .”
“Her water broke?” Alice asked, stepping a little closer.
“Y-Yes.” I stammered slowly.
“No, no.” Bella said, shaking her head. “The baby isn't ready, her head isn't down.”
“It's breech?” Edward asked.
“Yes, the doctor said that there was still plenty of time and she would turn when it got closer.” Bella cringed as another contraction rocked through her.
“Lay her down, Jacob. I'll take a look.” Edward said, coming towards me.
“Oh, HELL NO! You want to what?” I looked at Edward like he had gone insane. There was no way that HE was going THERE with my wife.
“Jacob, put me down.” Bella said.
“Have you lost your mind?” I said to both of them, then looking at Edward. “Do you even know what you are looking for?”
“I have been to medical school three times.” Edward answered.
“Somehow I don't see you specializing in 'lady parts'.” I challenged.
“Jacob . . .” Bella blushed. How on earth she could blush at a time like this, I had no idea.
“You are right.” Edward acknowledged.
“See . . .” I rolled my eyes.
“However, I have assisted Carlisle many times. I know what to do.”
I knew that I was being stubborn and maybe even childish, but I really didn't like it. While I was trying to figure out what to do Alice came and encouraged me to lay Bella down. How Alice was still able to get whatever she wanted completely amazed me. Alice had been wearing a jacket, probably to cover herself from the sun in case we weren't able to avoid being around people and she took it off, laying it on the ground. I laid Bella down, right as she had another contraction.
Edward knelt down on her side and began to press his hands into her stomach. “How far along are you Bella?”
“Uh,” Bella paused as another contraction hit her, “32, almost 33 weeks.”
“Alright.” Then he lifted her shirt and did the same, feeling across her stomach. “You are right Bella, her head is still up.”
“You can tell that by feeling?” I asked actually pretty amazed. Maybe this wasn't going to be as bad as I originally thought, if Edward could stay on the outside of her body.
“Yes, I can feel the shoulders and . . .” he pressed again into her side, right next to her ribs. “. . . and I believe that is a foot.”
“Edward, her contracts are between two and four minutes apart, I don't think it is a good idea to move her.” Alice said.
“You've got to be kidding me!” Bella groaned.
“I'm sorry, Bella, but I think you are having this baby out here.” Alice smiled and seemed to be the only one excited about the idea that the baby was coming, NOW. I still didn't like the idea of Edward delivering our baby.
“Jacob, I need to see what is going on inside her.” Edward insisted.
“No.” I answered stubbornly.
“What do you want me to do?” Edward asked. “I can't just open up her stomach and take him out, unless I used my teeth.”
“That's disgusting, Edward.” I shook my head to get that thought out, shuddering as I looked at Bella. She looked at me in the eyes and nodded her head, as another contraction hit her. Alice brushed her hair out of her face and I took a slow, deep breath. Despite my hesitation, I didn't want it to be my insecurity that kept her from getting the help she needed. “Alright, fine.”
I quickly removed her tennis shoes as Edward tore her jeans along the seam on one leg and then tore the other seam. Edward removed his jacket and placed it under her lower back to lift her a little off the ground and I removed her underwear. Edward looked and felt inside her and I was a nervous wreck, taking Bella's hand.
“Bella, you are getting very close. However, I'd like to see if I can get the baby to turn some.” Edward said.
“Okay.” Bella panted.
Edward pressed on her stomach, trying to make the baby shift and turn, frowning when he wasn't getting the results that he wanted. “Jacob, I need your help.” Edward said.
“Name it!” I replied.
“Earlier you were thinking about how the baby likes your touch and would come find your hands.”
“Put both your hands on her stomach.” Edward instructed. I placed my hands so that both my palms were on her and my fingers slightly overlapped one another, pressing firmly. “Let me know when you feel him respond. It might be harder to tell with her contractions.”
“Okay.” We all waited, trying to be patient, but with my heart hammered in my ears, it made it harder for me to concentrate. After Bella's third contraction I could feel the distinctive thump that my baby usually gave me. “He's here.”
Edward placed his hands over mine and I had to bite my tongue to keep from saying something about his burning cold touch. Edward completely ignored my mental complaints as he moved my hands and slowly the baby followed my hands.
It was an extremely slow process, but the baby got in place and Bella became ready.
“With each contraction, I need you to push.” Edward told Bella.
Alice had settled behind Bella, giving her the back support that typically a bed would have provided. Bella would press her back into Alice and she would scream as her contractions intensified. I stayed at her side, wiping the sweat from her face, lifting her legs open, and prayed that this would be over soon. It was horrible seeing Bella in so much pain. I would remind her to breath like we were taught and some of the other pain management techniques. She would relax when the contraction ended, but it seemed to only be long enough for her to catch her breath and the process would start again.
Edward stayed between her legs, encouraging her by telling her what he could see and after four hard pushes there was a slight pop sound as the baby came completely out, landing in Edward's hands. He was so tiny that his head and back could fit in Edward's outstretched hand and his tiny legs squirmed along his forearm.
“You have a tiny little girl.” Edward whispered.
Bella began to sob, the anxiety of what she just experienced overwhelming her. I hugged her awkwardly and kissed her gently. “That is amazing, fantastic job, Bells.” I encouraged.
“I don't hear anything.” Bella blubbered through her tears.
A tiny whimper turned into a full on cry as Edward cleaned out the nose and throat of my tiny baby.
Alice gently laid Bella's back onto the ground and went over to Edward.
“You alright?” Edward whispered to Alice.
It was then that I really noticed all the blood and fluids that covered the ground, Bella's legs, and the baby. It wasn't like I didn't know that childbirth was messy, I just didn't expect vampires to be there at the time. I suddenly became very anxious, what if something happened or if one of them lost control and Bella or my baby got hurt?
Alice looked me straight in the eyes and I could see they were still the same gold color they have been all day. “I'm alright.” She answered Edward, still looking at me. “I would never hurt you or Bella by hurting your baby.”
I nodded my head, to show that I believed her as Edward handed her the baby. Edward swiftly removed his shirt, ripping it in two and handed half to Alice. Then Edward took his shoe lace and used it to clamp the umbilical cord and then pinched it with this fingers to cut it. Alice began to wipe and clean the baby while Edward used the other half of his shirt to clean up Bella. It didn't take Alice long to clean the baby as best as she could out here.
“Jacob, can I have your shirt?” Alice asked.
“Of course.” I slipped out of it quickly, and it was still warm from my body heat as Alice wrapped it around my tiny baby. The crying baby stopped as Alice placed her in Bella's outstretched arms.
“Hello, baby girl.” Bella whispered softly and brought the bundle up to her lips, kissing the baby's hair. “She is so beautiful.”
I hugged Bella and placed my hand on our tiny little bundle. I felt her press herself back into my hand and sigh. “Wow . . .” I mumbled softly.
“You should hold her.” Bella encouraged. I shook my head, she was so tiny and fragile. “You're not going to hurt her.”
I smiled, loving how well Bella knew me. She wasn't insulted or overly worried that I was nervous about holding our tiny baby. I had never seen anything so tiny and quite frankly it scared me so I watched Bella as she continued to coo and talk to our baby.
“Jacob, we never did settle on a name.” Bella said softly.
“I thought we decided on Danielle?” I asked.
“We did, but we don't have a middle name.” Bella said continuing to smile at her baby.
I looked over at Alice and Edward, who were both watching us quietly, they sparkled from the sun that reflected off their skin. “What about Skye?” I suggested. “It was because of the sun that we are out here to begin with.”
“I like it.” Bella smiled and so did Alice and Edward.
“Danielle Skye, that's a beautiful name.” Alice said.
“Alright, Danielle it is time for you to meet your daddy.” Bella shifted slightly and turned our baby to me. Very carefully I took her in my arms, as she squirmed slightly during the transfer. She had a head full of black hair, white fuzzy hair across her body, and her skin was pale like Bella's. Her little lips pouted and smacked together and I brushed my thumb across her soft cheek. Her little lips followed my hand, turning her head.
“I think she might be hungry.” Edward mentioned.
Her little fist rubbed across her face and she started to suck on her knuckles. “Of course she is, that's my little girl.” I grinned, and there was a soft chuckle around me.
At the sound of my voice her eyes began to flutter and I looked into her dark eyes. They were a cloudy black color and she seemed to look right at me. “Oh my god. . .” I whispered as everything seemed to change. I knew that I would love her, and thought I already did while she grew inside of Bella, but seeing her made it all so real. I didn't expect it to feel like this, to want to protect her with everything that I had.
“Jacob?” Edward questioned softly.
I glanced at him and then back at my daughter with a broad smile stretched across my face, knowing that I wouldn't ever be the same. Because now, I was . . . a father.
“Daddy, loves you little girl.” I whispered to her and held her close.
Song – In My Daughter's Eyes by Martina McBride (I put it at the end to not give away the chapter)
Thank you, I send out a group message when I update, which is usually every Tuesday, but I will take next week off. I am really glad that you enjoyed the chapter. :D
Thank was so good cant believe that they didnt have the baby at the hospital but i still liked it and the baby name is a beautiful name
Thank you, I just thought it would be awkwardly fun to have Edward delivery her baby, for that to happen it would have to be away from a hospital. I'm glad that you liked her name, I also thought it was very pretty.
Oh, wow! This was so beautiful!! The 4 'adults' now have quite a bond together!! That first song about 2 in one was so great & opened up to such great other links, I can't wait to show my daughter who is 27 weeks along! I THOUGHT she shouldn't be doing any hiking! but Bella is stubborn! Have a wonderful Christmas with your family!! I am so grateful you and your amazing talent our in my life!! Blessings!!!
They would certainly have an experience that none of them would ever forget. The first song is really fun and I think that your daughter would love it. That particular playlist had several great baby songs.
Yeah, them going on a hike was most likely not the best decision, but when bored that seems to happen. Typically walking is good for a pregnant person and wouldn't cause someone to go into labor unless they are much closer to their due date.
Thank you for your many blessings. :D
"Braxton hickups", love it, really funny. Good work JJ.
What an awkward chapter. Spending the night with vampires and not her husband, then giving birth out in the woods with vampires, especially with Edward and Jacob's relationship. I think you did a great job telling the story and especially all the little things Jacob feels.
Thank you, BB
It was sort of an awkward chapter, but I loved the playfulness of Alice and having Bella "spend the night" was to show the immaturity of her. I also don't think it is that big of a deal for girls and it was a good way for them to catch up without me having to think of things for them to talk about. :D
I really like the dynamic of Jacob and Edward and they just bring out an awkwardness that is perfect. Thanks, I'm glad that you felt like I captured what Jacob would be feeling.