Chapter 14 She Who Giveth Can Also Taketh Away (Jakes POV)
She was like a feather in my arms as we walked down the staircase. I couldn’t tear my eyes from her face. She looked just like herself again, well minus the swollen stomach. She was cute pregnant when it wasn’t killing her. Something about the fact that she was carrying my child made her all the مزید attractive to me. Se was glowing with happiness and it was contagious.
As we stepped into the living room there was a burst of applause and shouts of happiness. Everyone had thought that she and the baby were at deaths door, immortal یا not. Amore came up to us and hugged her.
“I told آپ that everything would be alright.” She کہا a little smugly. “Godmother knows best.”
Nessie groaned at her and then giggled. I stepped past her and started to place Renesmee on the couch.
“No, Jake! We are going to the گیراج now; I can’t wait to see your face!” I picked her up and headed out to the garage. Everyone followed us curiously although I knew for sure that a few of them already knew what it was.
Amore smiled widely, “Oooh Jake آپ are going to LOVE it!”
I turned to her, “You do know that آپ are kind of annoying, right?”
She nodded, “and آپ are pretty pushy.”
“Alright آپ two…” Nessie chastised us for arguing, but she shook her head and smiled. “Jake let my father take me آپ will need to have your hands free…”
I reluctantly passed her into Edward’s awaiting arms and Emmett pulled the tarp off of something that was sitting in the back corner of the garage.
My mouth hit the floor…if I was still human there is a small chance that I might have passed out.
Renesmee laughed, “Jake, honey- are آپ alright?”
I picked my jaw up off of the ground and stammered, “Th-th-this is for me?”
She nodded her head excitedly, “Do آپ like it?”
I stared at her in awe, “Like it? I love it! I cannot believe you!” Staring back at me from underneath an oversized white bow was a brand new Black 2009 Ducati Desmosedici RR; my dream bike. I walked up to her and kissed her. It was quite a kiss, I was so happy that she was alright and now this?
“Ahem…” Edward winced as he tried to look away from us.
I chuckled. I had forgotten that she was still in her father’s arms.
She smiled at me, “So go check it out… go for a ride…”
I shook my head as I took my wife into my arms. “Uh-uh, I am not leaving your side until the baby is born and that’s final. Stop trying to get rid of me.”
Emmett glowered at Rosalie, “Babe, how come آپ never bought me a Ducati for our wedding.”
She rolled her eyes at him, “Emmett don’t be ridiculous. I bought آپ a car. Besides the greatest gift آپ could have received was me.”
He rolled his eyes as groans amassed from various family members. He continued to mope, “But babe…it’s a Ducati… I would look awesome on it…”
Amore cracked up at her parents.
Edward smiled at him, “Em, آپ can have mine now that Bella is out of that phase I never use it.”
Nessie perked up in my arms, “No way! Daddy I want that bike so I can go with Jake.”
Emmett winked at her, “It’s ok Nessie, I can share.”
Edward, Charlie and I both growled, “No,” at the same time.
She wrinkled her nose at us, “Geez… overprotective much? Daddy آپ just کہا mom used to ride one…”
Edward glared at Bella, “Thanks love… now we can’t even tell her no.”
Bella rolled her eyes, “Lighten up Edward she takes after آپ with the reflexes and coordination she would be fine.”
Renesmee smiled at her mother appreciatively.
“Get through this pregnancy first Renesmee and then maybe I will teach آپ how to ride.” She winked at her daughter.
I snorted to myself in remembrance of how much Bella sucked at riding a motorcycle. The fact that she was a vampire now held no weight on my view of her as dangerous behind wheels period…especially when there were only two wheels…
“No way, IF she ever learns it will be from me.”
Edward looked at me in betrayal, and I shrugged at him.
“You never saw Bella learning…it was bad…”
Charlie glared at me, most likely remembering that he was still mad at me for hiding the bike thing from him. He spoke up changing the subject purposely, “Renesmee how on earth could آپ afford that!”
She smiled charmingly at her grandfather, “Grandpa I always save all of my birthday and Christmas money.” Peals of laughter rang out amongst the Cullen’s at the ridicule of her statement.
Charlie scowled and turned to my father, “Billy are آپ seriously going to let him ride that thing after the accident he had? He almost killed himself.”
Renesmee stiffened in my arms as she spoke venomously through her teeth. “How odd. آپ never told me that story Jacob.”
I looked away from her and briefly met Bella’s glance before she turned her head away from me. She seemed like she was still mad at me.
“It was a long time پہلے Nessie. It’s no big deal.” I hated lying to her.
“No big deal?” Charlie scoffed as Sue tried to calm him down. “Jake crushed the bones on an entire side of his body! Billy, آپ can’t seriously allow this…”
My father looked at Charlie in amusement, “And what would آپ suggest I do Charlie. Tell my full grown son who is out of my house, married and about to be a father that he cannot ride a bike. I cannot tell him what to do.”
Nessie arched an angry eyebrow at me, “Oh yea? Well I can…”
Emmett hooted, “Ha, the patient ones shall be rewarded! I call dibs on Jake’s bike.”
Nessie flashed her eyes at him angrily and his laughter quietly abated. She turned back to me and whispered viciously, “You and I are going to have a little talk later Mr. Black…”
I smirked at her she was really adorable when she was angry; it was even مزید endearing دیا that she was so pregnant.
“Ah, the mood swings are back.” I teased.
She looked at me savagely as she snarled, “You haven’t seen anything yet.” Chuckles rang out through the crowd of people in the گیراج and outside.
“I will wear a helmet…” I offered.
She narrowed her eyes at me. “I suggest آپ wear it for the rest of the night if آپ are going to be anywhere near me.”
I snorted at her but when I saw how angry she truly was I quieted down. “I’m sorry I never told آپ about it.” She looked away from me. I kissed her cheek and whispered into her ear, “I love you; آپ are the best wife ever to buy that for me. آپ know… آپ are awfully cute pregnant…”
That seemed to do the trick; she looked at me and smiled as she kissed me.
“Oh, EW!” Amore groaned, “Can آپ two refrain from the PDA please its kind of overkill…”
We smiled at each other as I carried her back into the house.
“Do آپ want to go back into the living room for a bit?” I asked her.
Renesmee yawned, “I’m kind of tired, can we go back upstairs?”
I smiled at her as well as the thought of having alone time with her now that she was back to normal. “You got it.”
We were about to head upstairs when Bella came up to us.
“Jake… I am sorry. She کہا as she looked away in embarrassment. “I was a complete jerk; none of this has been your fault.” She finally looked at me, her eyes riddled with worry and remorse. “Can آپ forgive me?”
I smiled at her, “Always do, Bells.”
She rolled her eyes, “This kind of thing hasn’t happened that often.”
I snorted, “What are آپ referring to being mad at me یا the death threats?”
She laughed, “Ok, I know I haven’t always been the easiest to get along with I am sorry.”
I winked at her, “its ok mom.”
She groaned, “Do NOT call me that Jake its weird.”
I laughed, “Ok grandma…”
I held back my laughter, “Ok, ok Bella…”
She nodded and then looked at Renesmee and whispered so low that no human in the house would have heard her. “Jake didn’t lie to you, he wasn’t injured on a bike. He has always been good on bikes even when he was human. He stood up with us years پہلے when we had to fight in order to save my life from a vengeful vampire who was after me when I was still human. So please don’t be mad at him. I hate that story and have asked him not to tell آپ about it.”
Renesmee looked from her mother back to me with wide eyes.
I nodded, “It’s true Nessie, I wouldn’t lie to آپ and I hated never telling آپ everything but your mother really wanted to keep it from you. I had to respect her wishes.”
Her eyes searched my face in concern, “How bad was it, honestly don’t sugar کوٹ it.”
I shrugged, “It was bad, my entire side was crushed سے طرف کی a vampire…” I hurried to the better part because her face fell. “But it was alright, your grandfather took care of me and I healed in no time…wolf remember?”
She settled back into my arms looking relieved, “I’m glad that آپ didn’t lie to me Jake.”
Bella looked at me, “He saved my life Nessie, quite a few times. He is a good guy. Let him ride the damn bike.”
Renesmee smiled at her mother. “Thanks mom, آپ know آپ can tell me all of this stuff now, I am an adult I can handle it.”
Bella smiled fondly at her daughter as she kissed her forehead, “You know I'm too young to be a grandma, right?”
Nessie laughed at her. Everyone had filed back into the living room and the wail of a couple of unhappy babies filled the house. Nessie looked up.
“Are Sam and Levi here?”
I smiled at her, “Obviously, Sam and Emily have been basically living here so that Emily can help with you.”
Nessie turned towards the family room as though she were struggling to see the babies. “Can we go in thee for a little bit, I have been dying to see them.”
I knew that she should go lay down but I can’t ever say no to anything that she wants. The three of us headed to the living room where I set Nessie down gently on the couch. My dad and Charlie and Sue left leaving Sam and Emily. Everyone was lounging carelessly around the room, some watching TV, یا on the computer. Amore was drawing the babies as Seth watched her; adoration shining in his eyes. Leah and Nahuel were off in their own little world sitting in the dining room. I had managed to block the thoughts of my pack out pretty well the past few days as I was otherwise occupied when Renesmee was at her worst but now their thoughts came back loud and clear.
“She looks really good Jake.” Seth observed silently.
“I’m relieved.” Leah chimed in never looking away from Nahuel.
“Thanks guys,” I didn’t know what else to say. I still couldn’t quite believe that they had followed me into vampirism. Their loyalty towards me as their leader was very similar to the fortitude of Renesmee's love for me. It was unconditional and I knew that they would follow me to hell and back if need be; they had already proven that in Italy. I cringed as I remembered that the Volturi might be a problem yet again hoping that it would all just blow over.
My attention was pulled back to Nessie as Emily handed her Levi. He was a few weeks old now and was filling out nicely. He quietly observed her as she cuddled him to her kissing his cheek. He smiled at her briefly. She looked so natural holding a baby. I knew that she was going to be a great mother. Amore and Rosalie had sat with Nessie on the سوفی, لٹانا flanking her as I stood back and watched. They were discussing the perfection of the little baby in her arms and discussing Sarah when Renesmee yelped wincing in pain as she quickly handed Levi off to Amore. Rosalie grabbed Nessie as she slumped over. I ran to her in panic and scooped her up in my arms.
“What happened Nessie?”
Carlisle was at my side examining her.
“I think it’s a rib یا two,” She cringed as her grandfather checked.
His face paled, “It is every single rib on her right side.”
Nessie grunted, “I don’t think that Sarah liked being sat on سے طرف کی Levi.” She smiled weakly.
Carlisle ushered us upstairs and began to tape Nessie’s ribs. I felt as though my throat were closing up on me as I had a flashback of him taping Bella’s ribs. It wasn’t over. The danger was imminent. Bella had followed us and looked at me worriedly, “How is she?”
“Mom I’m fine, it’s not so bad.” She was a bad actress though, her forehead had beads of sweat on it and she wore a constant grimace. Carlisle grabbed the measuring tape to measure her stomach.
“Well, آپ are now measuring 32 weeks.” He کہا quietly.
I looked at him in alarm, “She was just 30 weeks yesterday.”
He nodded solemnly, “I know. Listen to me Renesmee, آپ cannot get out of بستر anymore except to use the bathroom. آپ are officially on بستر rest.”
She nodded and then cringed in pain as she emitted a small shriek. Bones cracked and tears rimmed her eyes.
I panicked, “Carlisle do SOMETHING.”
He checked her again, “its two مزید ribs on her other side, they are cracked.”
Bella headed for the door, “EDWARD!” She screamed
He was at the door before she had finished yelling for him, the burning man was back.
Bella looked at him urgently, “You need to talk to he baby, try to read her mind convince her to stop moving… Renesmee doesn’t have too many مزید ribs left to be broken…”
Edward walked briskly to my side, I moved over and he got down onto his knees.
“It’s ok Nessie, daddy will make it stop, ok?”
She nodded as she bit her lips to keep from screaming in pain.
He turned his head to Nessie’s stomach, “Sarah, its grandpa. Can آپ hear me?”
He paused for a moment and then smiled, “Good. I need آپ to do something for your parents. Every time that آپ اقدام آپ are hurting your mommy badly. آپ are very strong, can آپ please try to stay very still?”
He smiled widely and then looked at me and Nessie. “You are right, she is a girl. Sarah says that she loves آپ and Jake very much. She keeps saying it is her job to protect them… speaking of آپ I am sure. She کہا that from now on all will be still.”
Nessie sank back into the pillows in relief. Her hand swept across her stomach as she whispered through her tears, “Mommy and daddy love آپ too Sarah. آپ don’t need to protect us… we are supposed to do that for you.”
Edward concentrated, “She کہا that she is hungry.”
Nessie smiled, “I am starving myself.”
I grinned at my wife, “What will it be now?”
Her eyes twinkled, “Mountain lion?” She asked hopefully.
Edward smiled, “I will talk to Sam and see what we can do.” He and Bella slipped out of the room after kissing their daughter on the forehead. Carlisle wrapped her other ribs up and then tucked her in.
“You need to get some rest,” He told her.
She mumbled an unintelligible response as her eyes drifted shut.
Carlisle eyed her, “She’s quite the trooper.”
I agreed, “She is remarkable.”
I turned to him in a panic, “If the baby is growing at this rate when will she deliver?”
He shrugged. “I cannot say for sure, but it could be nay time now.” I looked at him in horror. It had been less than a month.
Carlisle looked at me calmly, “You have to stay as composed as آپ can. She will feed off of your energy and it could be the difference between life and death here. She needs to see that آپ think it will be ok.”
I squeezed my eyes shut as he patted my back and stepped out of the room. I lay down carefully اگلے to my beautiful wife stroking her hair. On a whim I leaned my head down to her stomach.
“Please Sarah, be ok, and go easy on mommy.”
I felt the gentlest nudge and knew that Sarah was doing her best. Love for my child overwhelmed me as we shared a common goal for the first time. Keeping Renesmee safe.