Author’s Notes: I do not own Twilight. Also in this story I made it so it takes place two years after breaking dawn. And I disliked how Jacob and Ashley met in the first chapter so I decided to mix things up once again.
Say Something I’m Giving Up on You
Chapter 3: Welcome to the Swan Family
“Okay I just got off the phone with sheriff Swan and he said it would be alright if I take you to him tomorrow.” said David while he started warming up some food for him and Ashley. It was already extremely late and David thought it would be better for Ashley to meet him first thing in the morning. After the incident he decided for them to stay in a hotel for the night. She was laying on one of the beds and was flipping through the different channels: her eyes were puffy from their crying session and her nose was still slightly pink.
“Ashley can you go grab some ice for these drinks please?”
“Sure there’s nothing in the world I would rather do than go get ice.”
Once he heard the door shut he hurried to his bag and pulled out a nicely wrapped box and placed it on her bed. He hoped and prayed that she would like it and left it up to fate. She returned with their bucket full of ice she placed it on the little table and spotted the box on her bed. “It’s not my birthday and it’s not Christmas so what in the world is this for?”
“It’s to say that I’m proud of you for being able to give sheriff Swan a chance.”
“Hey I gave those other families a chance it’s not my fault they turned out to be money hungry neglectful human beings.”
She slipped off the ribbon and opened the gift to reveal a necklace with a sapphire pendant in the shape of a butterfly. He took the necklace from her hands and fastened it around her neck. She knew she was supposed to be happy about this gift but for some reason it made her heart grow heavy. “Is this supposed to make up for the fact that you’re leaving?”
“What would make you think that?”
“Because in case you haven’t noticed we’re not even close to the agency.”
“I’m staying for a few days until you settle in. But hey you’ll be so engrossed with your new life that you’ll forget about me.”
She pushed him away from her and ran into the bathroom; he knew that this was going to happen eventually but he never thought it would happen this soon. He walked to the bathroom door and attempted to coax her out of the bathroom. “Ashley you can’t spend your whole life in the bathroom.”
“I’d rather spend my life in here than be abandoned again.”
“Who said I was abandoning you?”
“You’re leaving. Once you leave you’re never going to come back. You’ll go on with your life and I’ll be here. You promised… You promised you would never leave me alone. You’re a liar!”
“Don’t say that. You know I’m obligated to go back: I have my job there. It’s not like I can just pack everything up and move here. It’s not that simple.”
The door opened and all he saw was an angry and hurt teenage girl. “Sometimes it can be that simple.” She said and walked over to her bed and lay down; David did not want the incident to affect her opinion of the town so he decided to make her a tea with a special herb. “Look Ashley you can be angry with me all you want but I do not wish for you to wake up with a cold tomorrow from being out in the cold all day. So please drink this tea for me.” She sat up and drank the tea slowly then she went to sleep without saying a word to him.
The next morning David and Ashley were awake and ready to meet Charlie. The car ride was silent until David announced that they had arrived. He was convinced that today was going to be one of her silent treatment days so he got out of the car and motioned her to follow. Standing in the doorway was none other than Charlie Swan. David was the first one to approach Charlie with Ashley hiding behind him. “You must be sheriff Swan.” He said while holding out his hand for his introduction.
“I’m only sheriff when I’m in uniform you can call me Charlie.”
“Hello Charlie my name is David I’m with social services and this young lady hiding behind me is Ashley.” He motioned for Ashley to step forward and introduce herself. She stepped out from behind him and allowed Charlie to get a better look at her.
“Hello Mr. Swan my name is Ashley Lomeli. I’m very thankful that you chose to take me under your custody. I will do my best to make you proud.”
“There’s no need to be so formal. And as long as you stay out of trouble and stay away from my beers I’ll be proud. This is your home now so feel free to make yourself comfortable.”
“If you’re not too busy Charlie I have to go over a few things with you to give you custody.”
“Okay. Ashley there’s some pizza in the kitchen in case you’re hungry. My friend Billy and his son should be coming by with some furniture for your room.”
Ashley nodded and went into the house; David’s heart sank when she didn’t stop to say goodbye to him. He brushed it off and continued on with the legal matters at hand.
“Alright Charlie now you must already know by now that Ashley is a rare case. This means that she would need you as a foster parent for longer than a year. We’re requesting that you stay her foster parent until she at least graduates from college.”
“I don’t see why she would need to stay in my care for that long but I don’t mind having her until then. And I won’t be nosy and ask what that reason is.”
After the paperwork was filled out David decided it was the right time to leave. Charlie knew that something had to have been going but thought it was best to leave it alone. He went into the kitchen and saw Ashley sitting there eating her pizza quietly. “You know if you end up being this quiet the whole time I could get used to it.” She kept quiet and did not respond to his joke.
“Okay look I have a daughter and she use to do this silent treatment to me all the time and to be honest I do not like it one bit. If I wanted to take care of something that would be quiet and do nothing I would’ve gotten a gold fish.”
“I’m sorry. It’s just that with my previous families they preferred if I stayed quiet.”
“Well I am not them. I do not mind if you talk; hell it would make this place seem less lonely if you did.”
“Thanks. You know at first I thought you were going to be another mean person but I guess I was wrong.”
“Well now that we have that cleared up how about you tell me a little bit about yourself while we wait for Billy.”
“I’m pretty sure you have read all about me on my file.”
“I didn’t bother reading your file because it could never possibly tell me who you are. Only you can do that.”
“Well, I like cooking. And I also enjoy watching sports.”
“That is all I need to hear. You’ve passed my first test.”
For the first time that day a laugh escaped Ashley’s lips which caused Charlie to laugh as well. They talked for a half hour until he heard the sound of a car out front. He got up and walked outside with Ashley walking behind him. Billy came up the pathway looking excited as ever while Jacob was digging in the bed of the truck for some boxes. “Oh Charlie she’s very pretty!” shouted Billy as he was conversing with Ashley. Jacob looked through the windows to see that it was the girl from yesterday. His heart started racing and his body was heating up. It took all of his will to keep his emotions under control; he had to do what Carlisle said if he wanted to protect his secret. ‘Jacob I honestly had no reason why you are able to imprint on two individuals but until we figure this out you cannot have any sort of contact with her. If she ends up recognizing you she could be in potential danger.’ He pulled on his hood and grabbed a few big boxes to help cover his face. As he was bring out the boxes he was listening in on their conversation. “Charlie here was waiting all day for you yesterday and was disappointed when you didn’t show up.” Charlie gave Billy a death glare while Billy just gave him a big grin back.
“Well I’m sorry that I didn’t show up yesterday. I honestly did not remember much of what happened. My social worker David told me I had a fever most of the day so he thought it would’ve been better to bring me when I was feeling well again.”
“And we’re all glad you’re feeling better today.” Said Billy has he wheeled himself inside with Charlie following behind him. Ashley turned back around to see Billy’s son carrying large stacks of boxes from the truck to the porch. She walked over to the truck to see if he needed any help. Jacob turned around to see Ashley and quickly turned to keep his face out of sight.
“Hey you must be Billy’s son. My name’s Ashley. Do you need help with any of these boxes?”
He could not believe it: she didn’t remember who he was. He guessed it was better to start over than have her remember him as a stalker. He turned around and took a better look at her: she had long dark brown eyes and dark hair. He caught himself staring and slapped himself out of it and tried not to scare her again. “My name’s Jacob. And no it’s fine I can handle these by myself.” She grabs a box and reaches for another his hand shot out to stop her. “I told you I didn’t need any help.”
“And I am still going to help. Look there are a lot of boxes here and whether you like it or not I’m going to help.” She continued to grab boxes until she had a stack that was just as large as Jacob’s previous stacks. She walked towards the porch and was struggling with the weight of boxes and felt herself falling backwards. Jacob was there just in time to stop her from falling and grabbed a few of the boxes she was carrying. He gave her an annoyed look and she just rolled her eyes at him. Charlie came running out shouting “C’mon Ashley take a break there’s a game on!” She ran up the stairs and looked back to see Jacob still unloading boxes. She waved for Jacob to inside and join them, but he just shook his head and continued reaching for some more boxes. She ran over to him and grabbed his hand to take him inside; he knew he could easily overpower her but decided it was better to just let her lead him. He broke his promise to Carlisle but did not feel guilty about it at all because he knew that no danger will ever come to her because he would always be there to protect her.