Title: Unholy Alliances
Sequel to: Read: Meteor Shower
Disclaimer: Don't own anything mentioned
Summary: Jacob's a metahuman, and a completely oblivious one at that---at least when it comes to the fact that he's in love with his vampiric best friend Edward Cullen---or the fact that Edward is in love with him too. When Jacob's cousin Lana is sent to live with him after the disaster the meteor shower left in Smallville, she and the others try to get him to realize Ed's feelings for him, or die trying.
Warning: SLASH, AU, jacob is an only child in this.
A/N: Jacob is NOT a werewolf in this story, he’s metahuman. Bella will be MY Bella, as in OOC (out of character), because I DON’T LIKE CANNON!BELLA. Just like LANA is OOC as I do not like Cannon!Lana.
“Why are you dressing so fancy?” Edward wanted to know, eyeing his sister suspiciously. “It’s only school.”
And now that he looked at it better, he could notice a slight difference in how Jasper was dressed as well. It wasn’t as blaringly noticeable as it was with Alice, but it was there alright, and the vampire looked nervous.
Suspicion high, Edward narrowed his eyes at the couple. “Okay, what’s up?”
“Nothing’s up.” Alice announced, checking her hair in the mirror, not even gracing him with a glimpse in his direction. She checked her lipgloss. “Nothing at all.”
Emmett leaned against the wall, eyebrow raised. “Really? Then why are you two dressed like you’re going to meet the Volturi or something?”
“I wouldn’t dress like this to meet the Volturi.” Alice made up her nose at the thought.
Jasper looked decidedly more uncomfortable. “Maybe we should change into something less…”
“Jasper.” Alice pouted, turning to look at him, her pretty floral skirt twirling as she did so. “We look good. Stop fussing. We have to look good today, you know that.”
Edward and Emmett exchanged looks. “Why do you two need to look good today?” They asked in unison.
Alice smirked evilly before returning to fixing her hair.
Jasper sent his wife a look before whispering to the males: “You two might want to look good for today as well----just a heads up.”
“What did Alice see that has her like this?” Emmett wanted to know, intrigued, and a little self-conscious as he looked down at what he was wearing.
“Promised wasn’t going to tell.” Jasper replied dully. “Just---change into something nicer?”
Edward and Emmett shared a look and hurried upstairs to change their clothes before they had to leave for school.
Billy, believing himself to be extremely subtle and suave, had promised Charlie that Jacob and Lana would pick up Bella in the truck and take her to school. Since Jacob already had to show Lana around his father had told Charlie it wouldn’t be a bother for Jacob to show Bella around as well.
Anyway, Charlie was Billy’s best human friend and Charlie spent a lot of time over, so it meant Bella would as well and Billy wanted Jacob and Lana to be friends with the girl.
Jacob though, knew the real reason to why the attractive brunette was sharing the front seat of the pickup with Lana.
His dad was trying to get him a girlfriend.
“I heard all about the meteor disaster on the news with mom and Phil.” Bella was saying to Lana, looking genuinely sorry. “I’m so glad that you and your family are okay.”
“So are we,” Lana laughed softly. “I mean, we were terrified to be in another meteor shower, I mean, my parents were killed in front of us during the last one, but thankfully we weren’t touched and neither were our friends. That’s all that’s important.”
“Here we are girls,” Jacob announced, parking next to Tyler Crowley’s van. Tyler was the guy Edward and he had had a fight over a couple of weeks ago since Tyler and he were becoming friends and Edward didn’t really like it. Despite Edward’s interference Jacob and Tyler were still friends, and sometimes he felt guilty about it, though he didn’t know why.
Bella sighed, looking around. “Its very----.”
“Dark.” Lana pouted.
Bella nodded in agreement.
Jacob couldn’t help but feel sorry for them. They were from Kansas and Arizona, sunny states, and to have moved to Forks of all places, one of the darkest, sunshine-less places of the world, well…
Getting out of the truck, Jacob waited for them to join him before he felt Lana’s arm loop around his, somewhat intimidated, and it surprised him when Bella did the same thing. Sure, he genuinely liked the girl and felt with her as if he’d somehow known her all his life, but it was shocking to realize she’d obviously felt the same way.
“You two okay?” He asked, understanding how being new to a place could be intimidating, and how they’d want to cling to the only ‘safe’ thing they had.
He was pleased how Bella trusted him enough to cling to him like this.
Plus, as a guy, it was always gratifying to have two of the most beautiful girls in the school hanging off of him.
The students turned to look at him in surprise and envy, wondering out loud who the two girls with him where. He could hear a couple sniggering and wondering how ‘Cullen’ was going to like this, but he didn’t understand why they thought any of the Cullens would mind. They knew about Lana coming and he’d told Edward as the vampire visited him in his room the night before about having to bring Bella, so there shouldn’t be any surprises today.
“Hey Jake!” Tyler appeared, ignoring Lauren, one of his sometimes-girlfriends. He was tall, dark and handsome, and grinning broadly. “Now, is it fair that you have the prettiest girls on your arm?” He then turned his pearly white grin on the girls in question. “My name’s Tyler Crowley, I’m Jake’s friend and captain of the football team. How about you?”
“Nope,” Lana shook her head seriously. “I’m not captain of the football team at all.”
Bella nodded, just as seriously as Lana. “Me neither.”
Tyler looked from one to the other then pouted, turning to Jacob. “They’re playing with me Jake!”
“You’re just too easy Ty.” Jacob snorted, unable to keep his laughter at bay.
“That’s what the girls tell me.” Tyler sighed in mock-consternation, running his hand over his shortly cropped hair before turning to the girls once more. “So, what’s the names?”
“My name’s Lana.” His cousin replied, tightening her hold on him. “I’m Jake’s cousin.”
“And I’m Bella.” Bella tightened her hold on Jacob as well. “I’m not Jacob’s cousin.”
Tyler grinned looking from one to the other and then look at Jacob. “You lucky dog.”
“You’re the dog, Ty, you.” Jacob shook his head.
“Not in front of the girls, Jay.” Tyler pretended to be angered before smirking and looking behind them at something before grinning back at Jacob in a suspicious way. “Dude, I love you.” And out of the blue he hugged Jacob tightly, just chuckling evilly.
What the hell? Jacob blinked, shocked.
And then Tyler was laughing and pulling away and walking towards where some of his football friends were waiting on him.
“What---just happened?” Jacob asked, shaking his head.
Bella’s gaze followed Tyler’s stride before shaking her head. “If I didn’t know better I would have thought that he was purposely antagonizing someone.”
Lana’s eyes went wide.
Jacob suddenly winced, feeling a dangerous glare on his back. “Oh shit. I’m gonna kill the bastard.”
Turning around (the girls turning with him, arms still looped), Jacob saw the way Edward was glaring at him as he leaned against his silver Volvo and flinched. Tyler had obviously seen Edward as he and his siblings had been driving up and had antagonized Edward once more, something he loved to do since the time Edward had told him to stay away from Jake.
He was just playing you and you know it. He sent to Edward, and while the vampire nodded subtly as his brothers and sister got out of Alice’s car it didn’t mean the bronze-haired vampire looked any less pissed.
“Come on, I want you two meet my best friends.” Jacob announced, pulling the two curious girls with him.
Now that he looked at them, Jacob was a little curious. The Cullens were always dressed immaculately and at the pinnacle of fashion, and yet today they looked even nicer than usual, especially Alice, who looked like she was bubbling over with extra energy.
“Jake!” The petite vampiress giggled as she launched forwards and hugged him tightly as if she hadn’t seen him yesterday before he’d gone to pick Lana up from the bus station. Alice then pulled away and looked from Lana and Bella with a wide smile before hugging each girl tightly. “My name’s Alice. I’m so glad to finally meet you two! I’m always stuck with these men so it’s great to finally have somefemales around! Let’s be friends!”
Bella looked a little taken back by the eagerness but she smiled and nodded shyly.
Lana grinned. “I’d love that---not that I don’t like Jake’s company.”
Jacob played off being hurt.
Lana laughed and bumped his hip with hers, causing him to bump Bella’s slightly.
“Let me introduce you to my brothers and boyfriend.” Alice announced, taking charge of the whole situation, motioning behind her to where Emmett, Edward and Jasper looked all extremely uncomfortable with the situation. “The tall muscled one is Emmett Cullen, my foster brother, the blonde one with the dreamy blue eyes is my boyfriend, Jasper Hale, and the one with the hair that could do with acombing once in a while” she threw that over her shoulder, “is Edward Cullen, my younger foster brother, and he’s Jacob’s.”
Edward’s eyes went wide in horror.
For some reason Lana’s smile went large.
“He’s…Jacob’s?” Bella asked, confused.
“Best friend.” Jacob was quick to supply, giving Alice a little glare wondering what she was up to. “We’ve been best friends since I was little.”
He didn’t say since we were little since that would be technically a lie considering Edward didn’t age.
“Oh.” Bella announced finally, looking a little suspicious but shrugging it off.
“It’s nice to meet you all,” Lana spoke up drawing the attention back to her. “It’s hard being new and it’s great to have already made so many friends.”
The bell rung.
“Well, we should be heading to the homeroom.” Jacob announced. “You are all in the same homeroom as Alice and Jasper so---.”
“I’ll take them!” Alice offered, still suspiciously cheerful. “Lets go girls!” And with that she looped her arms around the girls’ and led them away, chatting the whole time while Jasper sighed and walked behind them, resigned.
Emmett and Edward appeared on Jacob’s both sides as they watched them go.
“What’s your sister up to?” Jacob asked.
“We have no clue.” Edward admitted.
“She just told us to all dress extra nice today.” Emmett grumbled, messing with his clothes now that Alice wasn’t anywhere near. “I feel weird dressed like this for school.”
“I thought you guys looked better than you usually do.” Jacob muttered.
Emmett grinned at Jacob, batting his eyelashes. “You were checking me out? Why, Jakey, I never knew you felt that way about me!”
“Oh shove off you big dork!” Jacob laughed, giving Emmett a little shove, both laughing.
Edward looked a little put out for some reason, but Edward was moody like that, so it didn’t really register much with Jacob.
Jasper suddenly appeared from inside the building and sighed at Emmett. “Alice says for you to come with us.”
Emmett made a face. “We don’t have the same homeroom.”
“I know, you know, Alice insists though. You have to do that something, remember?” Jasper announced with a sigh when Emmett just wasn’t getting it, sending a quick look in Edward’s direction. “The Something.”
“The something?” Emmett frowned for a moment in confusion before his eyes went wide. “Oh! RIGHT! That something!” He then cleared his throat. “I have that something I, uh, have to do.” He turned to Jacob. “I have something I have to do.” And with that he walked away with Jasper, who was laughing softly at him and Emmett whining back.
“Is it me, or do your family desperately need to go on a hunt or something?” Jacob asked, shaking his head at how the whole Cullen clan seemed to be weird today.
Well, weird for vampires.
Edward snorted. “I’ve been wondering the same thing, they’ve been like this since yesterday, but I haven’t tried reading their minds to figure out what’s going on. I’ve decided I don’t really want to know.”
“Probably right.” Turning his attention fully on Edward now, Jacob smiled. “So, what did you think about them? The girls, I mean.”
Edward frowned. “I couldn’t read their minds.”
“Huh?” Jacob blinked. “How come?”
“I don’t know.” Edward frowned. “With Bella I could make every few words fuzzily, and that’s happened before whenever a person has a really private mind. But your cousin? It’s completely blank. It’s like there’s something there keeping me from being able to read her.” He frowned. “It’s a little disconcerting.”
Lana had a mental block strong enough to keep Edward in pure darkness concerning her thoughts?
“When are you going to stop letting Tyler use you to get to me?” Edward suddenly changed the topic, agitated. “That’s the only reason he’s being friendly with you, you know. He loves getting a rise out of me. You don’t need friends like that.”
“If it was left to you I wouldn’t have friends.” Jacob grumbled, not wanting to fight about this anymore as they began to walk towards the building since they were already late for homeroom.
“That’s not entirely true.” Ed mumbled back, obviously not wanting to fight about this either. “So…” He cleared his throat. “The Bella girl, she seems really clingy for someone you just met and all.”
“Really, you think so?” Jacob asked, surprised. “I thought it was cool that we’ve just met but there’s this connection already established between us. Along with Lana we had this bonding session in the truck on the way here and I think Bella’s really cool. I like her a lot.”
“Really…” Edward wouldn’t look at him.
“Yeah.” Jacob nodded. “Dad wants me to date her.”
But on what?
There was nothing for him to trip on!
“Date?” Edward’s voice was somewhat squeaky.
“Yeah.” Jacob nodded, hands in his pockets. “I mean, I’m seventeen and I’ve never had a girlfriend before, isn’t that weird?”
“Well, I---I guess, looking at it from a human point of view.” Edward mumbled darkly, hands in his pockets as well, gaze on his shoes. “And, and I guess it’s only natural for you to want to sow your wild oats before you get into a committed relationship or you might---you might resent your partner for taking away that opportunity from you.”
Edward was acting all depressed and serious all of a sudden.
“Edward? Stop getting so serious.” Jacob smirked, slapping his back, hand stinging. “Look, I realized that you haven’t had a girlfriend that I know of since we met, and who knows? Maybe, maybe Lana or Bella---.”
The thought didn’t please Jacob one bit, but he pressed on anyway, because Edward had gotten all down and depressed with the subject of having girlfriends so he must really be lonely. He hadn’t had someone for so long, and he obviously missed it if he reacted that way, and while it made Jacob feel oddly mad to think of Edward with Bella or Lana or anyone else he had to support Edward because Edward was the most important person to him and he wanted him happy.
Edward, for some odd reason, looked like he’d been kicked. “I’m not interested in them.” He turned away from Jacob and began walking away quicker, obviously upset.
Jacob watched him go, feeling that the vampire was angry with him now though he couldn’t exactly figure out what he’d done. He’d been supportive, hadn’t he?
What if he HAS someone he likes and he’s mad at me because I haven’t realized who she is? Jacob stopped walking, wondering why he felt sick all of a sudden. I’m his best friend, I should have figured this out. He sighed. Edward’s always there for me and I’ve obviously been so wrapped up in myself that I didn’t notice that he likes someone.
Jacob continued walking, head bowed. I’ll have to talk to Alice about this, if there’s someone Edward likes she’d know, and she’ll know what I can do to help him be happy…it’s all I really want.
Not knowing why he felt like crying, Jacob continued on alone towards homeroom.
When you said that Edward was Jacob’s you didn’t mean he was his best friend, did you? Lana wrote the note while her homeroom teacher was going on and on about something she didn’t care much about. You meant that he’s JACOB’S, heart body and soul, right?
She passed the note to Alice, who was sitting to her right.
The female vampire must have been a mind reader, because instead of reading the note she just placed it in her pocket and pulled out an already written one, passing it to Lana.
Lana blinked, surprised, before making sure the teacher was still into what she was saying before opening the note and reading it.
I want ‘in’ on the alliance. We all do. We love Edward, we do, but his brooding and jealousy and such when it comes to Jacob is driving us insane because he just won’t DO anything about it, scared to death that he’ll mess up and ruin their friendship. But I know you and Billy understand and see our point, and we want to help. We want in.
So when’s the first meeting of our unholy alliance to discuss what must be done to get those two knuckleheads together?
How about tonight at our place? We’ll come pick you and Billy up…Ed and Jacob are going out on one of their ‘not dates’ so we’ll be able to talk without being overheard.
Lana’s smile grew and she met Alice’s grin, nodding.