"Why don't you go play, Juliet." Billy said gently as he tried to coax his granddaughter away from the window. "Jacob won't be back from school for another hour."
"Can we call Ethan then?" Juliet asked hopefully.
Billy's face darkened. "No, Juliet, we can't call Ethan." He had hated seeing how happy she was playing with the vampire child the other day. His granddaughter had no idea how much danger she had been in.
Juliet pouted. "Why not?"
Billy sighed. "We just can't. Why don't you go play outside for a little while. It's not raining right now."
Juliet huffed. "Okay." She walked out the front door and down the beach. She sat at the edge of the shore where the waves just touched her feet. She missed Hawaii. She missed her mom and her dad and all her friends. She missed the warmth of the sun and how nice and clear the ocean always was. She pulled her knees up to her chest.
"What are you doing out here all alone?"
Juliet looked up and a grin broke out on her face. "Mr. Sam!" She stood up and hugged him around his knees. She looked up at him. "You're really big now!"
Sam chuckled and picked her up. "You've gotten bigger too. Last time I saw you, you could barely walk and talk. Aren't you in school already?"
Juliet grinned proudly. "I only go to school Mondays and Wednesdays. Guess what, Mr. Sam!"
Sam smiled at how excited Juliet was. He remembered when her mother had first brought the little baby to La Push to show off. Even when she was so tiny, Juliet had been a curious little baby and always found a way to get into trouble. "What?"
"I made a friend and he's my age!" Juliet said excitedly.
Sam smiled. "That's good. What's his name?" He was honestly curious as to who it could be considering there weren't many children Juliet's age on the reservation.
"His name is Ethan Alexander Cullen-Hale. He's got a super long name but he's really nice. He's kinda quiet though." Juliet added thoughtfully, not noticing the dark look that crossed Sam's face.
"Your grandfather lets you play with him?" Sam asked.
"Well," Juliet said thoughtfully. "He doesn't really like me to. He always gets super angry whenever we see Ethan or his family. Do you know why, Mr. Sam?"
Sam smiled. "It's nothing for you to worry about."
Before Juliet could question Sam further, Jacob's car pulled up to the house. As soon as Sam put her back on the ground, Juliet bolted over to the car in time to tackle Jacob to the ground. "Guess what, Uncle Jacob!"
Jacob sighed as he sat up. This child had way too much energy. "What?"
"It's Friday!" Juliet said excitedly. "We're gonna go over to Charlie's house tonight for the game." Juliet didn't really like watching the baseball games. She mostly like playing with Bella.
Billy wheeled himself out onto the porch. He nodded at Sam. "How are you doing?"
Sam shrugged. "Okay. You're going to the Swan's house tonight?"
Jacob stood up with Juliet in his arms. "I'm gonna change before we leave, Dad." He carried his niece into the house and playfully dropped her onto the couch. "Stay."
Juliet puffed her cheeks out at him. "I'm not a dog!" To spite her uncle, she followed him to his room. She giggled as she watched him try to pick out clothes. "You like Bella." She sang.
Jacob glared over his shoulder. "Quiet you."
Juliet grinned and hopped up onto Jacob's bed. She started jumping up and down. "It's okay, Uncle Jacob. I won't tell anyone."
Jacob groaned. "Don't you have some dolls to play with?"
"I hate dolls." She pouted as she stopped bouncing on the bed. "Uncle Jacob, why doesn't Grandpa Billy like Ethan?"
Jacob shrugged. "I don't know, Julie." Jacob looked over his shoulder. "You wanna get out so I can change?"
Juliet climbed off the bed and skipped out of Jacob's room. "You're in love with Bella." She quickly ran down the hallway as Jacob began shouting angrily at her. She stopped when she heard Sam and Billy talking in the kitchen.
"Why are you letting her play with him?" Sam's voice whispered.
"It happened so fast, I didn't have time to think." Billy defended. "I don't like it anymore than you do."
"What if he attacked her?" Sam hissed. "He's still a newborn isn't he?"
"Are you talking about Ethan?" Juliet asked as she walked into the kitchen.
Billy and Sam were both startled by her sudden appearance. Billy smiled warily at his granddaughter. "How long were you listening, Juliet."
"Not long." Juliet answered. "Why would Ethan attack me?"
Sam knelt down and ruffled her hair. "It's nothing for you to worry about." He straightened up. "I've gotta go. See you later, Juliet."
Before Juliet could ask Billy what was wrong, he wheeled himself outside. She followed him to the car and the two waited in silence for Jacob to come out. Juliet sat in the back and listened to Jacob argue with Billy about why Sam had been there. For some reason unknown to Juliet, Jacob wasn't friends with Sam anymore. Her eyes lit up when she saw a silver Volvo sitting in the Swan's driveway while Billy's face became angry.
Juliet hopped out of the car and ran up to the door, ringing the doorbell repeatedly until Charlie answered the door. She grinned at him. "Hello, Charlie."
Charlie smiled. "Hello there, Juliet. Are you going to watch the game with us tonight?"
"No. I wanna play with Bella." Juliet answered
"I'm afraid that won't be possible." Charlie said sadly. "She's doing her homework with Edward right now." He grinned at the sad look on Juliet's face. "There's someone else here who you can play with."
Juliet tilted her head to the side as Charlie ushered her into the house. She squealed when she saw her friend sitting in the living room. She ran to the unsuspecting boy and hugged him. "Ethan!"
Ethan seemed startled by the sudden hug attack and squeezed his eyes shut. After a few seconds, he opened his ochre eyes and smiled softly at Juliet. "Hi, Juliet. What are you doing here?" He gently pushed her away from him.
Juliet grinned. "Grandpa Billy and Uncle Jacob are gonna watch the game with Charlie. What are you doing here?"
"Edward's helping Bella with her homework." He answered.
Bella walked down the stairs with Edward behind her. She smiled when Juliet ran over and hugged her. "How are you, Juliet?"
Juliet grinned up at her. "Good." She peeked around Bella's legs at Edward. She approached him cautiously before she smiled at him. "Hi, Edward."
Edward nodded to her without takings his eyes off of Billy. "Ethan, I think we should leave."
"Nonsense." Charlie piped up before Billy could say anything. "Stay and watch the game with us. Bella can keep an eye on Juliet and Ethan."
Ethan walked over to stand beside Juliet. He looked pleadingly up at Edward. "Please, Edward?"
Bella gave Edward a harsh glare. "Let the two play together. It's not like it will kill you." She giggled at the glare Edward sent her. She smiled down at the two kids. "Why don't we go outside and play?"
Juliet grabbed Ethan's hand and tugged him outside into the front yard. "What'd you wanna play, Ethan?"
Ethan shrugged. "I don't know."
Bella came out a few seconds later with sidewalk chalk. "I bought this the other day for you two. You can draw on the driveway but don't go into the street."
Juliet took the bucket from Bella and went over to the driveway with Ethan following close behind her. She plopped down and handed Ethan a piece of red chalk. "Let's play tic-tac-toe."
Ethan nodded and sat beside Juliet. The two played tic-tac-toe for a while until they got bored and just started doodling pictures. Juliet smiled when Bella came over and started drawing with them.
Bella smiled at the two children. She saw nothing wrong with letting the two play together. "Would you two like to play together every Friday?"
Juliet and Ethan's eyes widened. Juliet was the first to answer "Yes!" while Ethan nodded his head.
Bella grinned. "Then I'll talk to Edward and Billy and convince them to bring you two over so they can all watch baseball and you two can play together."
Ethan smiled at Bella. "Thanks, Bella."
A few minutes later, Billy and Jacob emerged from the house. Bella walked over to Billy and talked to him for a few minutes while Ethan and Juliet finished their pictures. She managed to convince both Edward and Billy to allow the two children to see each other.
"Juliet," Billy said as he wheeled over to her. "it's time to go home."
Juliet pouted but got up. She hugged Ethan when he stood up. "I'll see you next Friday!"
Ethan nodded stiffly and carefully returned the hug.
Juliet hopped into the car and waved out her window at Ethan. As the car started driving away, Juliet began singing softly. "Jacob loves Bella. Jacob loves Bella."
"I do not!"