Title: Of Imprinting And Such
Sequel to: Claiming the Wolf
Pairing: Jacob/Edward, Jacob/James
Warnings: SLASH and other unconventional pairings, AU
Summary: Six months later. When Sam tells Edward something in secret the vampire leaves Forks to find out for himself if it is true, and Jacob is left behind confused and with only Bella as company. Why did Edward really leave? What's going on with the pack? And one of the best questions yet...why is James back? What does this all have to do with Jacob's imprinting Edward?
“I think I wanna become a vampire.”
Jacob choked on his drink, pounding his chest with his fist before finally unblocking his airway enough for him to breathe. Once he was sure he wouldn’t suffocate, the young Native American looked up with wide brown eyes at his best friend, Bella Swan. “What?”
“Don’t give me that look.” Bella pouted as she leaned against the sofa in the living room. It’d been six months since Jacob had come to live with her and her father, and by now she acted as comfortably as if Jacob had been living with her all of her life.
“Why would you want to be a vampire?” Jacob asked, not meanly. Sure, he was a werewolf that’d been brought up to hate and hunt vampires, but then he’d gone and imprinted on one, so his view of the ‘Cold Ones’ had changed drastically these last months.
“I’m the only one who’s gonna die.” Bella announced slowly. She’d been quiet ever since her 18th birthday a week ago, and only now was she opening up to Jacob as to the reason. “I mean, you won’t age if you continue to shift----or you’ll age at a ridiculously slow rate, and all my other friends are vampires. I’m the only measly human of the group who’ll get wrinkles and shrivel up and die.”
There was a moment of uncomfortable silence.
“Vanity isn’t exactly a good reason to become a vampire.” Jacob frowned at his friend, more than a little worried about her. She’d been having it rough lately. The kids at school could be fickle. They didn’t seem to have much to say about Jacob and Edward (mostly because most thought it hot), but they commented snidely about the close friendship Bella was forming with Alice and Jasper.
The three had shared a steamy dance-session and a little making out a couple of months back when Jacob and Edward were only getting together, and while that was the full extent of any intimacy between the three it was now big news being dug out and whispered all throughout the high school.
Honestly, Jacob didn’t understand why the students were talking about it all of a sudden after ignoring the incident for months after it’d happened. Maybe it was because now that Rosalie, Emmett and Jasper had graduated from high school their group consisted of Alice, Edward, Bella and himself, and it seemed more like a couples thing—the shifter wasn’t sure.
Whatever it was, he didn’t like it.
He would have been able to take that treatment because his relationship with Edward, the wolf had expected that sort of treatment, yet other than having the eyes of the students constantly on them, and having to live through an embarrassing sex-talk with a flabbergasted Charlie who was sure Jacob was only going through a ‘phase’, the wolf really hadn’t had any problems.
“Its not vanity.” Bella pouted, not meeting his gaze. “I’m just going to get so old compared to you guys.”
“This is a serious matter, Bells.” Jacob cautioned, leaning back on the sofa and placing his cup on the side table. “Think of all you’re going to be giving up. You won’t have children, you won’t be able to go out in direct sunlight---always having to live in dark and dreary places---no sunny Arizona for you anymore.”
“Who needs the sun?” Bella asked stubbornly. “I’m so white I’ll probably just get sun cancer anyway.”
“What about Charlie and Renee?” The wolf pressed on. “You’d have to give up on them too in some way. You wouldn’t be able to go visit your mom and Phil in Florida, and you’d never be able to tell Charlie about the truth and---.”
“You gave up your family and your pack.”
“To be fair, they gave me up.” Jacob snorted darkly, dark eyes going to the window, staring out at the rain falling.
“But if they’d made you choose you would have chosen Edward.”
“Eventually.” Jacob nodded slowly. “But not without a lot of fighting and denial. They probably didn’t realize it, but when they kicked me off of the pack and the reservation for imprinting on him they just made it easier for me to fall in love with him.”
The young male lowered his gaze, growling slightly because he knew he was blushing. Despite having been with Edward for six months already it was still so odd to say things like that out loud to other people, even if it was to his best friend.
“Where is Edward, anyway?” Bella asked, changing the subject smoothly, obviously realizing how uncomfortable it was making him. “He’s usually never far from you.”
“I’m not exactly sure.” Jacob responded, frowning. “He’s been acting weird lately.”
“He’s a vampire, how much weirder could he be?” Bella frowned as well. “Do you think something’s wrong? He’s not still fuming over that fight you had with the pack the other day is he?”
Wincing, Jacob shrugged. He’d tried to repress the memory of what’d happened that night but now that Bella had mentioned it he couldn’t help but relive it.
“Why is it that every time we come to see a movie everyone picks a horror flick?” Bella moaned as she made a face at the poster of zombies and half-naked, screaming blondes.
Mike Newton grinned while going closer to her, placing a ‘casual’ arm around her shoulders. He had yet to realize that he had no chance in hell with her. “Don’t worry Bella, I’ll sit next to you and you can hold my hand if you need to.”
Bella raised an unimpressed eyebrow at him in silence.
Angela giggled and turned to look at Eric, who was glaring daggers at Mike, the smile quickly disappearing from her face.
Tyler was already standing in line to get popcorn, Lauren and Jessica hounding his heels.
A sigh of boredom could be heard before cold arms encircled Jacob from behind. Edward pulled the wolf back against him, leaning his chin against his chin.
While Jacob was more dominant in other aspects of their relationship he was still somewhat submissive in the PDA department, and could sometimes still be caught blushing whenever Edward did things like this in front of others. Still, he enjoyed the feel of his mate like this, enjoyed feeling like he belonged to someone, that he was wanted by someone---even if Edward was more than a little possessive sometimes.
“Let’s just go and watch the movie so we can go home.” Edward grumbled before shifting his face slightly and burying it in Jacob’s hair, taking in a deep, deliberate whiff of the midnight tresses as Jessica and the others returned with popcorn and sodas.
Jacob rolled his eyes at his lover. Honestly, the fact that he was still jealous of the girl was annoying. Then again, Edward was a jealous person, but why did Jessica of all people get him so wound up?
It wasn’t as if Jacob had ever really given her a second thought.
“So, h-h-how have Rosalie and Emmett been enjoying their honeymoon?” Angela asked Edward with a stutter, obviously still not used to him enough to relax. “I think its great and original to pick Africa of all places instead of somewhere like Hawaii.”
Lauren made up her nose. “I would never go to Africa. It’s so dangerous!”
Edward chuckled darkly. “I think the reason why they chose Africa was because it’s deadly. AND because Emmett wanted to hunt a lion.”
Bella looked horrified that Edward had said that around the others.
“COOL!” Mike announced, totally oblivious to the tension coming from the girl he still had his arm around. “I heard that they had those kind of hunting safaris.”
“I didn’t know Emmett hunted.” Eric stated coolly, pushing his glasses higher up the bridge of his nose.
“Oh yeah.” Edward nodded, sounding amused. “He’s a seasoned hunter.”
Bella looked like she was going to faint.
“Ok, gross.” Jessica made up her nose. “Look, the movie’s about to start. Let’s just go.”
They’d gone to watch the movie, and in the middle Jacob had wanted more popcorn and since the vampire was more than a little bored, he had gone to get more for his boyfriend. Jacob contented himself to watching the movie until he began to realize that Edward had yet to come back, but he thought there must be a line at the stand.
It was only until he felt a jolt of unease in his stomach did he get up and stalk out of the cinema room, heading towards the concession stand. Edward was nowhere in sight.
Asking the pimple-faced girl at the concession stand about his boyfriend, he felt himself go cold with dread when she told him that a couple of ‘Rez Boys’ had come up to him and they’d all left together.
Movie and friends forgotten, Jacob took off outside, sniffing the hair, using his sharp hearing.
Sensing Edward in an alley not too far away, Jacob hurried in that direction as fast as his feet would take him without shifting. For a moment he considered shifting, but doubted that the pack would risk themselves and change in Port Angeles, and in their human shapes they were really no threat to Edward. So he only hurried his pace and took the corner, entering the dark alley.
His eyes accustomed themselves to the dark and he could see them perfectly before he rushed them and entered the group of Native American males circling a calm, yet obviously annoyed vampire.
“Jacob.” Sam Uley announced, voice oddly friendly. “How nice to see you. You look good. How has town-life been treating you?”
“Cut the bullshit, Sam.” Jacob growled, looking at the one person responsible for his having been banished not only from the pack, but from his own home and his family. “Get the hell away from Edward. All of you.”
He narrowed his dark eyes, letting everyone know that the first who made a move would get it. Letting everyone know that despite their once-friendship he’d turn on them without a second thought if they so much as touched Edward.
A cold hand went on his shoulder. “Let’s get back to the movie.”
He turned to look unbelievingly at Edward, whose face was drawn, closed.
Edward, seeing Jacob's expression, suddenly grinned. “You don’t need to protect me, Jacob.” He threw a disgusted look at Sam and the rest of the human pack. “Not against a couple of children who only have words as their weapons.”
“Words they might be, Cullen,” Sam sneered right back. “But they’re true nonetheless.”
Edward’s eyes narrowed slightly.
As did Jacob’s.
What exactly had Sam said to his boyfriend?
Edward’s hand went from Jacob’s shoulder to his hand, entwining their fingers, before walking out of the circle of predators, dragging his boyfriend with him.
“What did those bastards want?” Jacob questioned, voice a growl. “What did they say to you?”
“Nothing important.” And yet the tension in his body and the darkness of his eyes said otherwise.
Once they were once more in front of the cinema, and Jacob couldn’t sense the others he turned to Edward. “Are you okay?”
Edward was silent for a moment, just looking at Jacob, before dragging him to the dark side of the building and pressing him up against the wall in a frenzied kiss.
And Jacob had forgotten what he’d been asking.
Which, now that Jacob thought about it, had probably been the reason for the kiss in the first place.
Ever since that night Edward had been acting odd. He always seemed to be busy and preoccupied with something, and the times they’d made love it’d been frantic and without the ease they usually enjoyed. Jacob had been getting more and more worried about what was bothering his vampire, as were his family, and now that he’d rethought about that night he realized that he needed to get Edward to talk about what Sam said to him that night.
But what could Sam have told Edward that had him like this? Stuck in Carlisle’s study going through his most ancient of books day and night, not stopping to eat until he was famished and Jacob had to drag him out to hunt before he went insane out of bloodlust?
“Don’t worry, everything will be fine.” Bella smiled, reaching over and placing her hand comfortingly on Jacob’s.
Jacob smiled and entwined their fingers.
Charlie suddenly appeared, opening his mouth to say something, when he saw their entwined fingers and a large grin split his face. Despite Jacob’s obviously gay relationship and the rumors about Bella’s tryst with Alice and Jasper, Charlie Swan was still obviously hoping that the two teenagers would get together.
Jacob had once overheard Charlie telling a friend of his that he blamed ‘those Cullen kids’ for corrupting the innocent youth of Forks. And apparently many of the parents believed the same, if the answer his friend gave him could be trusted.
Bella and Jacob jerked their hands out of each others' grip.
Charlie’s smile was still in place as he walked towards them and sat down next to Jacob. “No need to get all shy around me you two!” He then hugged Jacob. “Have I ever told you that you’re like a son to me?”
Bella leaned back in her seat and groaned in embarrassment. “Dad.”
Jacob just grinned at Charlie, amused at him and his antics.
Pleased that Jacob and Bella were getting ‘closer’, Charlie picked up the remote and pressed the power button, changing the channel to ESPN. The game was about to start.
The teenagers exchanged grins before getting comfortable to watch the game with the happy adult.
Edward stood as his eyes widened.
He backed away from the desk and the book that lay open upon it, shaking his head. Not believing it.
It couldn’t be true.
That dog couldn’t have been telling the truth.
His back hit the wall and he looked down at his shoes, going numb all over.
There had to be a mistake.
If that were true…
He needed to find out.
But to do that he’d have to leave Forks.
Closing his eyes, Edward slid down the wall and hung his head.
He had to make a choice.
Stay here with Jacob and always be in doubt, or leave Jake and find out for sure.
Not for the first time Edward hated with all his heart the fact that he was a vampire.