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. When his cousin Lana is sent to live with him after the disaster she and the others try to get him to realize Ed's feelings or die trying.
Warning: SLASH, AU, jacob is an only child in this.
Jacob Black was having a mental break down.
Looking down at his hands he leaned against the wall and shook his head. He hadn’t been imagining it. These two weeks since his visit to Smallville and momentarily dying by meteor-crash had him noticing odd things about himself, his body, and the fact that he wasn’t getting injured anymore…and other things as well, like the fact that his hands glowed green on occasion.
Dammit, I think maybe Lana and that blonde friend of hers weren’t yanking my chain!
Closing his fists, Jacob looked up as the bus, the reason why he was driving his father’s old pickup and not his own motorcycle, drove up into the bus terminal.
The few days he’d been in Smallville Jacob had heard all about what Lana called Metahumans, and how these people had been normal but had been mutated due to exposure to the meteor rocks. He hadn’t really believed Lana, despite her serious expression, but now he had no choice but to believe her…
…because he was one as well.
People started streaming out from the bus, some going straight into the arms of loved ones and others going to the side of the bus to wait for their extra luggage.
A tiny figure with a pink parka appeared in the masses of dark colors, and finally his cousin, Lana Lang, appeared completely, smiling and hurrying towards him, enveloping him in a hug.
Jacob smiled as he hugged her back. “How you doing? How was the trip?”
“I felt bad about leaving Nell there in Smallville and the disaster all by herself,” Lana admitted, finally pulling away and grinning when Jacob took the extremely large, extremely heavy dufflebag she’d been dragging behind her. “But she’s right, education’s important, and if uncle Billy is okay with me staying here----.”
“’Course he is.” Jacob announced, slinging the strap of the duffle bag over his shoulder and lifting it as if it weighed nothing. He placed his other arm around Lana’s shoulders and began to lead her towards where the truck was parked. “This everything? I thought girls packed heavy.”
“Yes, well, Nell’s going to bring the rest of my things later.” Lana confessed, breath coming out in white puffs, shivering slightly despite her puffy parka. She was used to sunny Smallville, so dark and cold Forks must be quite a drastic change for her. “I’m glad Billy said I could come here with you, you’re the only cousin I get along with.”
Jacob knew what Lana was talking about. The girl was sweet and very beautiful, and that made girls dislike her on sight. Even their female cousins treated her that way out of jealousy.
“I’m glad you could come here too, Lana. We hardly ever get to see each other anymore, and it can get a bit boring with just me and the old man.” They reached the pickup and Jacob threw the dufflebag in the backseat and got in the same time Lana did. “So, where are your friends going to school now that Smallville High was destroyed?”
“Pete’s gone to Wichita to be with his mom.” Lana sighed. “And Clark and Chloe have gone to Metropolis. Chloe’s originally from there and has family there, and Clark’s grandfather on his mother’s side is some big hotshot over there and is taking him in.”
Jacob sent Lana a look at her sigh. “Gonna miss Clark, huh?”
Lana’s eyes went wide and she blushed. “He’s a good friend, yes.”
Jacob snorted. “You like him. And he likes you.”
Lana hung her head. “He might like me, but he doesn’t trust me, not like he trusts Chloe.”
Jacob started drove them out of the parking lot, curious. “Your blonde friend? Why do you say that?”
“Well, Clark’s full of these secrets, I know he’s hiding something from me, and I’ve begged him to come clean and tell me what it is. Chloe used to do the same, and then she stops and tells me that maybe I shouldn’t press him for his secret anymore! Miss Eternally Curious!” Lana threw her hands up into the air with a mixture of hurt and anger. “He told her his secret.”
“You don’t know that.” Jacob reasoned.
“Yes, I do actually.” Lana sighed, ducking her gaze. “I overheard them talking right before I left, and Chloe was telling him he should tell me but he said he wasn’t going to and snapped at her to stop pressuring him to tell me.”
Jacob frowned, feeling sorry for her. “Well, maybe he’s not the one for you. Maybe it was good for you to get away from him for a while.”
“I’m thinking the same thing.” Lana announced, looking out of the window. There was a moment’s silence before she turned to Jacob, smiling bravely. “So, what’s Forks High like?”
Jacob smirked. “Boring, drab, no cute girls. You’ll have a fan club bigger than the one in Smallville.”
Lana pouted. “I don’t want a fan club. I want a guy who’s dedicated to me and who tells me the truth. Just one guy. I want a guy I can give my heart to and not have to worry that his secrets will break it.”
Jacob reached over and ruffled her hair, grinning as she squealed and batted his hands away with laughter. “Who knows, maybe Eric or Mike will win your heart.”
In the process of trying to fix her hair once more, Lana gave him a sideways glance. “Are they cute?”
Jake made up his nose at the question. “Do I look like someone who’d notice if other guys are ‘cute’?”
Lana giggled. “No, not really.”
“Good.” Jacob snorted, turning a right and waving when he saw Mike and some of the boys by the diner. “Look, that guy over there’s Mike. What do you think about him?”
Lana gave the blondish boy a look and shook her head. “I like tall brunettes.”
The words hung between them in the air.
“Are you sure you’re ready to be looking again?” Jacob wanted to know, sending her a sideways glance.
“Yeah.” Lana nodded. “Clark and I talked before we left and we decided that there were just too many things keeping us apart, every time we get together something happens to tear us apart, its like it isn’t destiny for us to be together. Why fight that?” She looked at her hands on her knees. “And I think---I think Chloe would be better suited for Clark anyway. He obviously trusts her more than me. I should just step away gracefully and start my life over again, right?”
“If that’s what you feel you should do.” Jacob agreed.
“So.” Lana was forcefully cheery all of a sudden. “What about you, handsome cousin of mine? How are the girls treating you? They must be crawling over each other to get to you.”
Jacob laughed at the imagery. “Not exactly.”
“Well,” Lana looked confused. “How about a girlfriend? You never mentioned one when you were with us in Smallville.”
He was suddenly a little embarrassed. “Well, that’s because I don’t have one.”
Now that he thought about it, he’d never had one.
Was that normal for a guy his age?
Was it normal that he’d never really wanted one?
“Girls here must be crazy.” Lana snorted, folding her arms over her chest. “Well, that’s it then. You and I are going to get boyfriends before this month is up.”
“You mean boyfriend and girlfriend.”
Lana blushed. “Of course.”
Chuckling at how easy it was for her to blush, Jacob shook his head. “You don’t have to worry about my love life you know, I’m not even that interested in having a girlfriend now.”
“Really?” Lana asked, surprised. “What do you do then? What things interest you?”
He thought about it for a moment. “Mechanics. I’m really good at fixing cars and stuff, and I enjoy it. Ed just wants to buy everything for me new and stuff, but its different when you make the thing yourself, spending hours and energy on it. The outcome of being able to take it for a spin afterwards is much more satisfactory.”
“Ed…your friend.” Lana smiled, recognizing the name. “The one who you came to Smallville to get away from for a little after your fight and who came to get you during the meteor shower.” She paused. “I never did meet him though, he stayed outside while you came in and soothed me and Nell until Clark and the Kents came.”
“I can’t wait to meet him.” The petite girl announced. “He’s important to you, so I hope I make a good impression.”
He’s important to you…
That was right, but somehow hearing Lana say it like that made Jacob pause and think.
“Does Ed have a girlfriend?”
Why was Lana asking it like that?
Was she interested in Edward?
For some reason that annoyed Jacob.
He didn’t want Lana interested in Edward.
“No.” Jacob growled slightly, tightening his hold on the steering wheel.
For a moment Lana was still, and then she smiled as if a completely different question of hers had been answered. “Well, we’ll all have to find boyfriends then.”
“Boyfriend and girlfriends.” Jacob sighed, not annoyed now that she didn’t seem interested in Edward for herself.
Why was that?
Edward was his best friend and Lana was his favorite cousin.
He should want them together.
And yet he didn’t.
“Of course.” Lana agreed all too easily.
The young Native American sent her a look.
She was acting weird.
Like A Girl On A Mission or something.
It was disconcerting to say the least.
They drove in silence until they reached the Black home, and they parked in the front, Lana rushing to hug Billy Black as he waited on the porch in his wheelchair and Jacob grabbed her dufflebag.
“Uncle Billy!” Lana hugged Billy tightly.
“Lana-Lee!” Billy hugged her back, using his old pet name for her. “You’ve grown girl! What has Nell been feeding you?”
“Uncle.” Lana grinned. “You should know its taboo to tell a girl she’s big.”
Jacob chortled with laughter.
Billy looked mildly embarrassed. “You’re right, Jake’s mom used to swing the frying pan at me whenever I’d comment on her weight---even if it was completely innocent at the time.”
Jacob smiled as he saw his father this way.
It was already doing them good to have a female around the house.
“Well, Charlie called said his own daughter is coming to Forks, says she’s around your age, Jake.” Billy announced, sending his son what he obviously thought was a sly look. “Her name’s Bella. She’s pretty.”
Lana looked horrified and amused all at the same time.
Jacob felt kinda the same way.
“Are you trying to hook me up with Sheriff Swan’s daughter?” The young man squeaked.
Billy’s eyes went wide in badly feigned innocence. “Me? Why I----never!”
“Uh-huh.” He was so not buying the innocent act. “Dad, I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a million times, stop trying to hook me up with random girls.”
“And I told you more than a million times, son,” Billy Black announced, still acting poorly. “I am not interested in your love life. I am thathip.”
Lana bit down on her bottom lip to keep from giggling.
“Right…” Reaching for his pocket when it began to vibrate, Jacob pulled out his cellular and grinned brightly when he saw the name of the screen. “Hey Ed.” He turned his back on his father and Lana, completely oblivious to what was going on behind him.
Billy smirked and raised an eyebrow at Lana. “Let’s go inside, when those two talk they take hours and only notice each other.”
Lana sent Billy a suspicious glance. “They’re really into each other, huh?”
Billy nodded, wheeling himself into the house. “It’s embarrassing really. My son’s completely oblivious to what’s going on.”
Lana smiled. “So it is how I thought it was.”
Billy nodded, leading her to the living room. “I saw it coming for years now, but I thought something would have happened before now.”
“So you’re okay with it?” Lana asked.
Billy made a face. “I was in denial for the first couple of years, then I was resigned to the fact that it was going to happen, and now I’m just so annoyed with the obliviousness of my son that I just need to give it a push and make it happen already! The suspense is killingme!”
Lana giggled. “So that’s why you’re pushing the girls on him. You’re waiting for him to figure it out.”
“Or for Ed to lose his composure and act. The guy’s horribly jealous.” Billy snickered.
“Billy, you are one horrible man.” Lana grinned, sitting down on the sofa. “How can I help you?”
Uncle and niece looked at each other and grinned, and thus an unholy alliance was forged that day in the Black residence in Forks, Washington.