“A new born vampire doesn’t thirst for animal blood the second they turn, you know.” I said, raising my eye brow at the young wolf-boy.
“So, she’ll be thirsting for human blood? How will she be able to resist it? I’m sure vampires’ senses are pretty strong and can detect anything that normal people can’t smell.” Jacob said, wiping another stray droplet of blood from Renesmee’s chin.
“Oh, gee. Thanks, Jacob.” Emmett said, rolling his eyes at the word “normal.”
“Well, Edward went with her, so he’ll be able to stray her away from any human scent.” Carlisle said, sitting down on the couch beside Emmett, who had just turned the flat screen on to some sports channel.
“Well let’s just hope, when they get back, that Bella doesn’t attack Nessie.” Jacob said, pinching the pale child’s cheek.
“She won’t be able to see Nessie until her thirst for human blood subsides substantially.” Carlisle said, running his fingers through his blond hair, trying to put the stray pieces back into place.
“Well, until then, I’ll be looking out for Nessie.” Jacob said.
“We all will.” Rosalie said, shooting Jacob an dangerous look.
“Then, let me be the guinea pig. Let me be the test for Bella, to see if she could be able to resist my human smell.” Jacob pleaded.
“I don’t think that’s such a great idea, dog.” I said flatly, leaning against the wall that sat opposite from the couch.
“Why not?” Jacob asked incredulously.
“If you really want to sign your death certificate, then go ahead, no one’s going to stop you.” I replied, putting my hands up, palms facing towards Jacob as he came closer to me.
“I would have to agree with Jasper. It’s too early to test Bella out, she was just turned.” Rosalie said as she refilled Renesmee’s cup.
“Oh, you guys are no fun.” Jacob said as he hung his head in disappointment.
“We could try it, though. Only to see how she would react. If she has the same problem we have with Jacob’s smell, it might work to keep him alive.” I said after a few moment’s of silence.
“We could try it.” Alice repeated, looking happy at something. She must’ve seen the outcome of the test through one of her visions.
“I can hear them crossing the river.” Emmett said, quickly standing up from the couch with a giant grin on his face. Emmett wasn’t one to back away from some kind of tense confrontation. He practically fed off of dangerous confrontations.
As we all exited the house, Jacob and Carlisle in the front, we approached both Bell and Edward as they approached the house from the river. I made sure I stayed in the back, hidden from view as I watched the whole scene take place. Everyone, I could feel, was tense and I could hear their teeth gritting in their mouths as Jacob approached Bella and Edward, a little quicker than he should’ve.
“Jacob, what are you doing?” I heard Edward ask, his voice sounding alert and cautious.
“I wanted to see if Bella could resist the temptation.” Jacob said, stopping just short of the two.
“By trying to kill yourself?” Bella retorted.
“If that’s what it takes, then yes.” Jacob responded, crossing his arms across his russet-colored chest.
I could see that Bella must’ve gained the same sense of smell that we did, because she suddenly crinkled her nose and her face twisted in disgust as she sniffed the air around Jacob. We all had to suppress our laughs as Jacob threw his arms down angrily, hoping that her reaction wasn’t the same as ours. Unfortunately, Emmett could no longer suppress his laughter and suddenly burst, shaking uncontrollably and doubled over as he slapped his hand against his knee, while booming laughter erupted from his throat.
“Now I know what you guys mean. You stink, Jacob.” Bella said, holding her nose dramatically as we watched Jacob’s face turn red out of embarrassment.
“Right back at ‘cha.” Was all Jacob could muster, causing Bella to smile, which instantly sent the butterflies fluttering in my stomach again as I saw her beautiful smile.
“Looks like she was able to resist the temptation of Jacob’s stench after all.” I laughed as we all headed back into the house.
“Can I see Renesmee now?” Bella asked, which completely took us off guard.
“I, uh, I don’t know if that’s such a good idea, Bella. She is part human and she might give you a different feeling than Jacob did.” Carlisle said, hesitantly as he stopped in front of the stairs to face Bella.
“So, you guys don’t trust my judgment around my own daughter?” Bella asked angrily.
“That’s not it at all, Bella. You’re still a newborn and you can’t just resist the temptation of human blood in one day. That’s too much to put on you.” I said calmly, as I placed my hand on her shoulder.
“That’s just it, though. Bella will be able to resist her scent.” Edward said, sounding pretty sure.
“How can you be so sure of that?” I asked anyway, despite the aura of his confident emotion that suddenly filled the air.
“I’ve seen it happen with my own two eyes.” Edward said, still confident.
He then went into telling us how Bella was able to stray away from the human scent and hold her nose to keep from smelling the scent and attack the humans that had appeared on a trail when they went hunting and how Bella almost attacked Edward. But I still wasn’t convinced. Perhaps it had to do with the fact that Bella was a newborn vampire who was able to resist those hiker’s scent, when I was a more mature vampire who still hadn’t been able to. Was I jealous of this power that she had? Maybe.
“Please, I just want to see my daughter.” Bella pleaded, this time she was looking at me with her pleading eyes. The power this girl had on me was intoxicating.
“We’ll be on standby in case something goes wrong.” I said, finally giving in, but I was still worried about what might happen.
As we all re-entered the house, I followed Bella as close as I could, ready to pull her away if I needed to as we got closer to the suddenly happy Renesmee. When Bella got closer, I decided to place my hand on her shoulder to stop her, still hesitant about letting her get close to the half-human.
“It’s okay, Jasper. Nothing’s going to happen.” Edward reassured me, giving me a confident smile.
But it all happened too fast. Bella went to grab for Renesmee, when Renesmee practically shot out of Rose’s arms to get to her mother, which instantly caused Edward to grab his daughter quickly and me to grab Bella’s arms and pull them backwards towards myself and hold them tightly so that she couldn’t get free. Her skin felt very soft against my hands, which set the butterflies off once more. Apparently, my thinking made Edward angry.
“Jasper, please keep your thoughts to yourself, they’re very unflattering.” Edward said, glaring at me with his golden eyes.
“S-sorry.” I stuttered.
“She wanted me to hold her, she was just a little enthusiastic and impatient, so she jumped out of Rose’s arms.” Bella explained as I kept a strong hold on her arms, trying not to think about how intoxicating her smell was, even for a vampire she had a nice smell, and how soft her skin was, but I completely failed at it, which made Edward angry again.
“Jasper, you can let her go now, I don’t see any danger in letting Bella hold her daughter.” Edward said coolly as he raised his eye brow at me.
“Right, sorry Bella.” I said, quickly letting her go.
“Jasper, can we go hunting? I’m kind of getting thirsty.” Alice asked me, pulling on the sleeve of my shirt.
“A-absolutely. I’m in need of some nourishment as well.” I smiled as I walked towards the door of the house.
Alice was always the one to help me in certain situations. She was always worried about me when it came to my thirst for human blood, but she was always there to consol me and keep me from attacking someone. Again, she came to my rescue, forcing me to remember that I can’t feel this way about my sister-in-law, which made me love my wife even more. I was eternally grateful that we met that day in the diner and that we were meant to be together. ‘Til death do us part, which was never going to happen. We were together forever and that meant eternity. I wouldn’t have chosen anyone different to spend my unending life with. As we walked out the door together, I remembered that the girl who was now arm-in-arm with me, was my soul mate.