Chapter 5: Port Angeles
The trip to Port Angeles was awesome on the bike. It was exhilarating to be on one again, and I think Jasper liked how it made me feel. The experience at the Dodge dealer was surreal, though.
Jasper paid just over $51,000 CASH outright for a brand new Ram 1500 Laramie 4x4 with literally everything. It was sexy as hell, I can't lie. Jasper walked in like he owned the place, told the manager exactly what he wanted, and had vehicles ready for a private viewing in less than 10 minutes.
Christ, that was sexy. I kept getting sly little looks from him the whole time we were there, then off and on he would shoot me a dose of lust. Ugh. It was getting to the point that I had to ground my emotions or risk cumming in the middle of the goddamn dealership without even a word from him. Shit, he's good.
He decided on an Austin Tan/Light Graystone exterior with a Light Pebble Beige/ Dark Brown interior. This thing was gorgeous, loaded down with every accessory you could imagine. By the time we left, I was so worked up it was ridiculous. He loaded the bike in the back to strap it down, then we got in the truck. He looked at me with a sly smile as he started the engine.
As we pulled out onto the highway, my stomach made itself known. “Darlin', what would you like to eat for lunch? I’d like to sit and talk with you while you eat.”
I thought for a minute, then decided I wanted a chicken salad from Applebee's, which I saw the sign for just up ahead. “Can we go to Applebee's? They have a really good chicken salad.”
He pulled in the parking lot, turned off the ignition, then leaned over to kiss me sweetly. We walked hand-in-hand into the restaurant, then were seated right away. Thankfully we were seated in a corner booth with no other people near. We would be able to talk freely.
The waitress came to take our drink orders. Jasper ordered a water, while I ordered a raspberry tea. When we were alone, he pulled my hand from the top of the table, brought it to his lips, then kissed each knuckle. I blushed, so he returned our now entwined fingers to the tabletop. “Jazz, can you tell me more about Peter and Charlotte?”
I didn't want to pry, but I really wanted to know more about them before we went to Texas. “Peter is a lot like me, in looks and attitude. He's got dark hair, though... and a bulkier build. Charlotte is a tiny little slip of a sweet thing. Blonde waist-length hair, with an evident Spanish background. They were made for each other. Both have a fun nature, so they like to joke and play around. Peter likes his pranks, but Charlotte keeps him in line most of the time. We were very close before I met Alice.”
He said the last part sadly, so I felt the need to know what happened. Before I could ask, he started speaking again. “There's something I need to explain to you, Darlin'... before we see them. When I was with Maria, the sexual favors came in many different shapes and forms. Most vampires don't hold the same limited views of sex that humans do. Meaning that only having one partner at a time, well... that doesn't hold true for most of my kind. The Cullens are an exception to that most of the time. They manage very well with only their mates. I guess what I'm trying to get at, is that I was very close with Peter and Charlotte before I met Alice. She didn't like that, wanting me only for herself, so I didn't see them but twice the whole time Alice and I were together. We still talked once in a while, but between their diet and the sexual aspect of our being near each other, Alice refused to let me see them.” He bowed his head as he finished talking.
Wow. I tried to put my thoughts in order before answering him. If I'm getting this right, which I'm pretty sure I am, Jasper has had sex with Peter and Charlotte. Hmm, OK, cool. Not jealous. Actually kinda hot, if you think about it.
I took my free hand, lifting his chin for him to look at me. “Jazz, Honey, look at me, please. I'm not mad or grossed out, or anything of the sort. Feel my emotions for a minute.”
I opened up fully, letting him feel my love, curiosity, lust... everything. After a small pause, I spoke again. “You have to remember that my mom raised me. She was always flighty, whimsical, whatever you want to call it. She once went through religions like I've gone through orgasms in the last 24 hrs. She had more than one female companion before she met Phil. Living with her left me to be more open in my life to things other people would look down on. I know my virginity was intact when we got together, but I'm not a stick in the mud.”
I smiled, pulled our entwined hands to my lips, then kissed his palm. “Darlin', are you saying what I think you are?”
Just then the waitress came back with our drinks, so I ordered my salad. While waiting for her to retreat, I took a long sip of my tea. God, it was good. “I'm not saying I've ever been with a girl, if that's what you are asking. You were my first everything. My first real kiss, my first orgasm, the first to touch me or be inside me in any way. Edward never took our kisses past barely chaste, and God forbid he touch any part of my body. Before that, I always was sort of a loner... never even had a boyfriend until I moved to Forks. What I am saying, is that the idea of you being with them doesn't hurt me or make me jealous right now. I know you are mine, just as I am yours. If something like that were to happen, the only thing I ask is that both of us be there. I don't want to be apart from you... especially not during something like that.”
Jasper sat back in his seat for a second and flicked his eyes toward the aisle. The waitress set my salad in front of me, then asked if there was anything else she could get me. I told her with a smile that everything looked good, so she retreated.
Jasper sat forward again as I started eating with my free hand, keeping our entwined hands centered on the tabletop. “Darlin', you said the idea of me being with them... you never mentioned you. I wouldn't want you to be left out of something like that. Is that something you would like to try with me, or would you rather not?”
I smiled behind my fork. I knew he would wonder why I worded it as I did, and the way he responded... well, it proved he was really the one for me. He didn't try to influence my decision one way or the other. He didn't say he would do it without me. He asked for my opinion. “Jasper Whitlock, I love you completely, utterly, and absolutely. Do you realize what you just did?”
Jasper shook his head with a shy smile. I think if he could blush, he would have been tomato red. “You didn't tell me you would think it was hot to see me with someone else, try to convince me one way or another, or even tell me you would do it while I sat and watched. You asked my opinion, without trying to force yours on me. That is one of the many reasons I love you... other than you being sexy as hell, of course. To answer your question, I don't know if I would want to be with Peter or Charlotte that way. I would have to feel a certain level of attraction for them. I don't know if I will or not, yet, of course. I'm not opposed to the idea of it, though. I think we will just have to take it a step at a time. I can pretty much guess within the first 10 minutes of meeting them, that I will know whether I would want to or not. We'll just have to wait and see...”
Jasper looked at me with a small smile, “That's all I can ask for. Please don't say that you will if you don't feel an attraction to them. I don't want you to do something you'll regret or be uncomfortable doing, just because you think it's something I want. I will never tell you what to do. You always have a choice with me. The only time I would ever tell you to do something specific without a choice is if a situation like James were to ever happen again… but it would only be to keep you out of danger. It is the Major in me... and not the human Major I'm talking about. I hope you never have to see that side of me, Darlin'.”
I thought back to the ballet studio. The memories were cloudy, but I remember seeing Jasper in all his Major glory as he fought with James. “Jazz, you forget that I was in the ballet studio when you ripped him apart. Yes, I was hurt... and the burn had already started in my wrist, but I did see the Major come out to play. I know you don't like to fight, but you were glorious in your fury. I think that night was the turning point for me in my feelings for you. I tried to deny them because we were both with other people. I also never thought you could feel the same way about me. I couldn't stop the feelings I have for you, though. The Major is part of you, and I love all of you... Major Whitlock included. Please believe me when I say that.”
He must have been studying my feelings, because he broke out in a sudden face-splitting smile that was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. “Isabella Swan, you are the most amazing person. I didn't know if you'd seen that with all the things happening to you at the time, but thank you for letting me know. I've been afraid that part of my nature would frighten you. I'm glad that I don't have to hide any part of myself from you. I hope you know that the same holds true for you. Please don't hide any part of yourself from me, either.”
I smiled widely, then continued to eat. I finished the last part of my lunch in companionable silence. When I was done, Jasper paid and tipped the waitress, then we headed back to the truck. Just as soon as Jasper shut my door, his phone rang.
He opened his door, sat down, then looked at the caller ID. Flipping it open, he answered, “Hey, Fucker! I knew I'd be hearing from you soon! (pause) Hell yeah, I'm coming home. I'm not coming alone, either, and you know it. (pause) Yes, Bella is coming. She said she couldn't wait to meet you. (pause) Hold your horses, Pete. Let me see if she even wants to talk to your all-knowing ass.”
Jasper looked at me with a wide grin, explaining, “Peter wants to talk to you... he didn't call to talk to me at all. Said that you would know why he called now.”
I took the phone from him, saying right away, “Tell me what I need to know, Peter, then we can have phone sex if you really want to.”
Peter laughed, but Jasper whispered, “Not without me, you won't,” with a playful little growl.
I giggled, then turned my attention back to Peter, “Well damn, Hot Lips, I guess I better hurry it up then, huh. The closest one is the University of Texas, but there's also Palestine College, and Texas A&M if ya wanna go that route. I know it's all a show for Charlie, but those are the closest. All ya have to do is choose which one, then Jasper can have the early admit letter the same day as your GED papers come in. Ya won't have a hard conversation with Charlie, he'll be too proud of ya to give ya a hard time about leavin'. You'll be here exactly two days after the talk with Charlie. Charlotte and I love ya already, and can't wait to meet ya in person, Babydoll. Oh, and by the way, nice ass. I guess that's all the info for now.”
I laughed. When Jasper told me that 'Peter just knows shit', I didn't really know what to think. I guess now I know. This is going to be a crazy fucking ride. “Peter, you know I was kidding about the phone sex, right? I mean I haven't even done that with Jazz, yet. I think he deserves the right for first phone sex convo, don't you?”
I looked at Jasper, who was beaming. “I know, Little One, no worries. By the way, I know ya were thinkin' about goin' shoppin' when ya got down here. My Char is nothin' like that nazi pixie bitch was with ya. Ya have the best shoppin' partner ever in Char. I guarantee it. Can ya put the Major back on, Doll?”
Thank God. I really don't know what I would have done with another Alice. “Sure Peter, and thanks.” I handed the phone back to Jasper, leaning back in the seat.
Jasper talked to Peter a little more as he drove back towards my house, but I only got one side of the conversation. It sounded almost like Peter was setting Jasper's mind at ease about something. If it was something important, I knew Jasper would tell me, so I wasn't worried.
When they finally hung up, I was leaning into Jasper's side. I had curled into him, listening to the rumble in his chest as he spoke. It was extremely comforting. He wrapped his arm around me as we continued the drive peacefully.
In no time at all, we were pulling into the driveway. Jasper asked me if I wanted Charlie to see the truck or not. I told him it was fine. Charlie would be seeing it off and on until we left, anyway.