Somehow I knew there was going to be trouble. The moment you find happiness, heartache always
falls into your lap a moment later. It’s the vicious cycle of unfair life.
Somehow this life of mine always had moment of joy followed by moments of
suffering. I didn’t want to suffer anymore. I didn’t want Nessie, Ryan, or Mia
to suffer. I wanted whatever it was haunting us to go away.
Edward had stayed behind when everyone else went home. He wanted to figure it out. He was always
analyzing. That was one of the things that I hated about him in the beginning.
Then I thought, someone has to, might as well be him. I stretched my hands
behind my head, resting it in them. Nessie and Leah looked at me. “What?”
“Nothing.” Nessie replied. She held Ryan close to her. She still looked a little uneasy but with
the passing time she became less worried.
“Nessie, we didn’t find anything. Everything is going to be okay.” I tried to reassure her.
She didn’t seem convinced but she nodded. I got up from my seat and picked Mia
up from the playpen. She giggled happily in my arms. I kissed her cheek. “Did
you miss daddy?”
“Of course.” Leah smiled. “They seemed sadder than normal when you left.”
I looked back down into Mia’s green eyes. They sparkled. I just wanted to hold her forever. I
wondered if they really could miss me yet. They were so young. But I guess when
they are used to me being there, the sudden absence might unnerve them.
Whatever the case, it didn’t matter now because I was home. Seth would be here
soon as well. I was surprised he wasn’t here already. He barely left Mia’s
side. He must have stopped by his house to see his mom. That was a good thing.
She was probably missing her kids, with Seth practically living here and Leah
living with Kale.
“Maybe you should go to bed.” I suggested.
She shook her head. “Nope, not a chance. I want to spend time with you and the babies.” She
yawned again. “Besides, I’m not the least bit tired.”
I kissed her forehead. “Uh huh, sure you’re not Ness.”
She grinned. “Don’t start that with me Mr.”
I sat down next to her. Mia cooed softly and patted my hand with her palms. She was the
sweetest looking thing in the world, well besides her mama. I smiled. Ryan
reached over and pulled a strand her short brown hair. She protested with a
shriek. “No Ryan. Don’t pull your sisters hair.” I said trying to sound stern
but it came out more like a muffled laugh. He let go and she went back to
playing with my hand.
“They really are beautiful.” Leah whispered.
I looked over at her. The softness in her eyes said something. Her cold heart had started
melting. Thanks to kale, and maybe the babies. She seemed to care about them a
lot. I couldn’t believe in just six years the wolves and the Cullen’s had
changed from enemies to friends, all because of my love for Nessie, and now our
children. They would have the strangest family ever.
A week later
I looked out the window at Seth, Mia, Ryan, and Leah. They sat in the grass letting the babies
crawl on the soft green blades of spring. Nessie hadn’t felt anything strange
in a week. That was proof enough for me. there couldn’t be anything to worry
about. At least, I hoped not. I treated everyday as if it were a gift. How
could I not? After all everyday you live is one, even vampires can die.
I turned around. “Huh?”
she shrugged her shoulders, her long auburn hair danced around her shoulders. “You just looked
concerned that’s all.”
I rubbed my temple. “Nope, just thinking.”
“Well don’t think too hard, you might hurt yourself.” She teased, a smile creeping on her
I stood up.“Gee thanks Ness. You sure know how to wound a guy.” I put
my hand over my heart and grimaced as if to say I was deeply wounded.
She laughed. “My sincerest apologies oh mighty one.” She bowed.
I rolled my eyes. “You’re so dramatic you know that?”
“Sure do.” She winked and gave me a quick peck on the cheek. “I’m going to the main house
today. Keep an eye on them okay.”
“’k” I said and plopped down on the couch.
“That doesn’t mean watching T.V. all day Jacob.” she called as she headed out the door. I thought
I heard her chuckle as the door clicked behind her.
“Yeah, yeah, yeah whatever.” It was just like her to ruin my fun. I couldn’t be mad though. She
was just so darn cute. I turned the T.V. off and headed outside. I sat on the
steps and watched them play. The twins were getting smarter by the day. They
didn’t speak yet, unlike their mother, but I was kind of happy about that.
Nessie did grow up way to fast. Sure it was a little beneficial for me when she
realized she was in love with me but if I could I would’ve liked her to live a
normal childhood. I would have waited for her Just like Quil and Claire.
“Ryan! Don’t hit your sister that’s not nice.” Leah scolded. Ryan smiled playfully and I smiled
too. This was nice. We were a happy family and my children weren’t going to be
grown up in six years. I would have a little longer with them like this. I
sighed and leaned back on my elbows. The warm breeze was comforting. It felt peaceful.
Almost too peaceful though. Like the calm before the storm. Aw Jake don’t go ruining a good time with
I heard the rustling sound of footsteps coming closer. All three of us smiled warmly at the
scent. Charlie was here. When he came into view I got up and picked up Ryan
from the grass. It had been a while since Charlie had visited.
“Hey Charlie! Good to see you.” I smiled.
“Good to see you too Jacob. Let me see that little guy.” He said reaching out to take my son.
“It’s kind of nice to see that things aren’t progressing as quickly with these
I laughed. “I got to be in agreement with you there.”
As I watched him hold Ryan and laugh with the Clearwater’s, It made me glad I had phased in front
of him seven years ago. He was shocked and terrified of me for awhile but he
eventually came around. At the beginning he didn’t want to know too much about
us and the cullen’s and what Bella had become, but with Nessie growing so fast
he wanted to know everything after a few years. Bella had told him the whole
story one night and he was blown away. I was there to witness that one.
He took it like a champ though and now he was one of our biggest supporters and secret keepers.
He kept his eye on things in Forks and never let anyone get too close to any of
us. It was hard to imagine that at one time I had pictured Charlie Swan as my
father-in-law. Never thought he’d be my grandfather-in-law instead, It sounded
way to weird. Actually I didn’t think this family could get any weirder. I looked
at Mia and Seth. Okay maybe it could.