Jeremy looked up as the door to his dorm room opened. He was taken back as he saw the girl at the door. “You must be helping Charlie move in.” he questioned looking her over.
She smiled and entered the room completely. “You must be Jeremy, I’m assuming they haven’t told you yet?”
Jeremy stiffened. “Yeah, I’m Jeremy, and told me what?”
The girl set her bags down on her side of the room. “There is no Charlie Swan, I’m Isabella Swan, Charlie’s daughter. There was a glitch in the rooming offices, and they put me in the system as a guy. There are no other room openings, so we’re sort of stuck with each other. I hope that won’t be a problem.”
Jeremy smiled, “I guess not. Do you need help bringing in your stuff?”
Bella shook her head, “No, I’m good, I have a bag boy for that.” Bella teased as she saw Jasper in the hallway.
“I’m hurt that you only see me as an object. Seeing as I was the one that drove you up here and brought in the large number of books you obviously don’t need.” A voice said entering the room. He looked to Jeremy and back to Bella. “I’m Jasper, a friend of Bella’s.”
Jeremy smiled, “I’m Jeremy, Bella’s new roommate.”
“And great, introductions are done. I’m good Jay, you have a long drive ahead of you. I’ll call you once I’m settled in.” Bella said approaching him and giving him a hug. “Thank you”.
“Anything for you darling.” Jasper responded. “Say the word and I’ll be back in Seattle.”
“I’ll be fine, Jay.” Bella responded. “Did you bring up my cello?”
“Yeah, it’s in the cart. With all your other things.” Jasper kissed Bella’s head. “Be safe, darling.”
“Usually always am.” Bella responded with a soft smile. “Call you later, Jay.”
Jasper nodded, “Goodbye, Jeremy.”
Jeremy nodded feeling slightly awkward in Jasper’s presence. It was as if something was wrong with the blonde-haired man.
Bella smiled, “Jaspers moving to Texas today, and my hometown is about an hour or so from here, so he dropped me off on his way.”
“So, he’s your boyfriend?” Jeremy questioned curiously, as they both seemed to be close.
Bella laughed, “No, Jasper has been like a brother to me since we met. I should let you know, I play the cello, so if the music bothers you, I can find some other place to play.”
Jeremy shook his head, “It doesn’t bother me, I think it’s pretty cool. Do you want some help unpacking?”
Bella smiled, “Thanks, but I don’t want to bother you. It looks like you still have a lot to unpack yourself. I would like to get to know my new roommate, so in about an hour do you want to take a break and go get something to eat?”
Jeremy grinned, “Yeah that sounds good.”
Jeremy finished his burger and looked to Bella. “So, you’ve already been to Seattle before? Is that how you knew about this burger place?”
Bella nodded, “Yeah, my hometown is less than two hours from here. I came up every once and a while and found this place with my dad. He was your stereotypical cop who liked burgers and donuts.”
“Was?” Jeremy questioned quietly.
Bella nodded, “He died on the job about a year ago, it was a robbery gone wrong.”
“I’m sorry, I know how hard it is to lose a parent. I lost my mom and my dad in a car accident, I know it can be tough to get through that.” Jeremy responded.
Bella smiled, “It was, but at some point you have to learn to keep going. What are you studying here at UW?”
“English major, I thought I could be a writer one day or a teacher.” Jeremy responded. “You?”
“History major, I like the idea of being a historian.” Bella responded with a smile. “I’m also studying in their music program, I got a scholarship here.”
Jeremy smiled, “So how did you get mixed up as your dad?”
Bella shrugged, “No idea, all they said was that there was a glitch in the system. I spent about two hours arguing over that little glitch, in the end they compensated you and me with free lunch in the cafeteria for the remainder of the year.”
Jeremy laughed, “At least now we don’t have to worry about food for the rest of the year. And I promise, I’m not a serial killer. I’m that awkward kid who draws in his sketchbook and moved here to escape the small town he grew up in.”
Bella laughed, “I think we’ll get along. I’m the awkward girl who plays cello, reads and moved here because she has grown too used to the gloomy weather to move anywhere else.”
“That’s why you carry that umbrella with you?” Jeremy said looking to the umbrella that was leaning against Bella’s chair.
Bella smiled, “Yeah, trust me you’re going to need one too. You never really know when it’s going to be raining in Seattle. And most of the time when the weather man says it’s going to be sunny, he’s wrong.”
Jeremy smirked, “Mind stopping by the nearest store with me, so I can buy an umbrella?”
Bella smiled, “I have a spare, you’re welcome to it.”
Bella prepared herself as she sat ready to play her instrument. She took in a deep breath before she began to play, she needed to practice and because Jeremy was sitting at his desk with his headphones on it seemed like a perfect time to get some practice in.
Jeremy turned his head as he saw movement out of the corner of his eye. He took off his headphones and heard Bella playing. He turned back to his homework, but found he enjoyed the sound of Bella’s music far more than he did the sound of his own choice of music.
“Sorry, did I bother you?” Bella said stopping once she realized Jeremy had removed his headphones.
Jeremy turned back around to face her, “No, I liked it, that’s why I took my headphones off. You’re great, Bella. You should play more often in here, I don’t know why you go down to the music hall when you should just be doing it here.”
Bella smiled, “I don’t want you to get annoyed with me on our first week of school.”
Jeremy rolled his eyes, “You’re being ridiculous. Play in here, I like to hear you. On a different note, care to help me with my math homework?”
Bella set down her cello, “Jeremy, it’s the first week, you can’t be having this much trouble already.”
Jeremy rolled his eyes, “Yeah, says the math nerd. You could do this blindfolded, I can’t.”
Bella pulled up her desk chair next to him. “Math nerd or not, I think you’re just not reading the book or you’re not paying attention in class.”
Jeremy smiled, “I like to read, just not anything that has to do about math. I’m an English major, not a math major. I thought I had learned everything I needed to know about math in high school.”
Bella rolled her eyes, “You’re using the wrong formula. That’s all your doing wrong, had you read the chapter you would’ve known that.”
Jeremy smirked, “What is the point of reading when my lovely roommate is part genius.”
Bella smiled, “I’m going to head down to the gym, I’ll be back in a couple hours. I want to give you some time to really study.”
“You’re going to be the reason I flunk out, Bella.” Jeremy responded with a smirk.
“Bullshit.” Bella responded grabbing her gym bag and her umbrella. “You’re going to be the reason you flunk out. Read the chapter, Jer.”
Jeremy smiled, “Sure, Bella.”
Jeremy smiled over at Bella as she was playing her cello. This time, they were outside, because it wasn’t raining and Bella needed practice performing in front of others.
“You’re doing great.” Jeremy said leaning against a tree and watching Bella. At her smile, he grinned, moving to Seattle was one of the better decisions he’s ever made. A month and not one vampire in sight, no werewolves, no witches, just humans and the rare creep. Not to mention Bella was a great upside to campus life.
Bella was a wonderful creature of her own right. She was one of the nicest people he had ever met, she was smart, and she could keep up with him. Not to mention that she was human, and that was great with the world he had left behind. Jeremy looked over as the girl in his thoughts stopped playing, “Something wrong, Bella?”
“It’s going to rain, we have to get inside.” Bella said placing her cello in its case quickly. She reached for her umbrella and opened it just as the rain began to pour. “Come on, let’s go get some hot chocolate.”
“I really want some donuts too.” Jeremy said as he reached over and grabbed Bella’s cello case for her.
“That bakery next to the library?” Bella questioned as they walked.
Jeremy nodded, “Yup, that sounds awesome.”
Jeremy took in a deep breath as it was finally time. “Hey, Bella, you want to go to the movies?”
Bella turned to him setting down her book. “Sure. Any movie in particular?”
“Whatever you want to watch.” Jeremy responded. “You do know I’m asking you on a date, right?”
Bella smiled, “Yeah, I guessed.” She stood. “Give me 30 minutes to shower and change?”
Jeremy smirked, “Sure thing, I’m going to go see the list of what’s playing.”
“I want a horror movie!” Bella shouted after him as he went to exit.
“Got it!” Jeremy responded a wide smile on his face, that was easier than he thought it would be.
When he returned to their dorm Bella was placing on her shoes, she looked up at him, and he was dumb struck. Bella was in dress and tights. Her hair was pinned away from her face, and there was little makeup on her. “I was gone for less than 15 minutes.” Jeremy said in amazement.
Bella smiled and stood up. “I’m not one to take long to get ready. You ready to go?”
“Give me a moment to allow my brain to catch up with the rest of me.” Jeremy responded with a smile. “You look amazing, as always. I found the perfect movie for us and have our tickets ready.”
Bella grabbed her umbrella and with a smile she followed Jeremy out of their dorm. She couldn’t help the small blush that stained her cheeks as he took her hand in his and they walked to the movies. This was certainly something that she would tell Jasper about later, because it felt like years since she had been this happy.
Bella held onto Jeremy’s hand tightly as they walked back to the dorm together. Her umbrella in her other hand, “I liked it.” She said with a smile as they walked.
Jeremy rolled his eyes, “It was cheesy. The effects were horrible.”
“You’re simply picky, Jer.” Bella said with a grin, she rested her head on his shoulder as they walked. They both however tensed at the figure that appeared in front of them. Jeremy turned to the empty alleyway, he needed Bella to run because his entire being told him that this was a very dangerous creature.
“You need to run, Bella.” Jeremy said pushing Bella behind him as he took a step forward.
Bella didn’t answer, she reached for her umbrella pressing a small hidden button on it. “Jer.” She said moving to stand beside him.
“Pleasure seeing you again, Isabella.” Riley said stepping forward. “I’ll spare the boy if you simply come freely.”
Bella pulled on the handle off the umbrella causing her hidden sword to appear. “Jer, you need to go.”
“Alley.” Jeremy said pushing Bella in, “People are going to see.”
Bella looked as Jeremy reached for a knife in his boot. “That won’t work on him, Jer. Trust me on this, you need to go.”
Jeremy shook his head. “Not leaving you with a vampire.”
Bella sighed, she wanted to respond, but she knew Riley had gotten fed up with waiting. Bella swung her sword just as he approached, successfully cutting off his arm.
Riley hissed, and his eyes glowed red and venom began to flow out of his mouth. “I’m going to destroy you.”
Bella smirked, “Not today.” She ran for him and again swung her sword, she saw Jeremy already lighting the stray pieces on fire. Bella fought, but even without two arms Riley was strong. He threw her on the floor, and she lost her sword. Just as Riley was about to launch himself at Bella, Jeremy approached with the sword in hand. With all his force he swung the sword, sufficiently cutting off Riley’s head.
Jeremy turned to Bella and extended his hand to her. “Okay?”
Bella nodded, “Yeah, he just got me off guard. Thank you.”
Jeremy smiled, and handed the sword back. “I believe this is yours.”
Bella took the sword, “Thanks.”
“Want to help me finish disposing of this thing?” Jeremy questioned as he grabbed the head and took it over to the metal trash bin he was using to burn all the parts.
Bella nodded, “Yeah, just light a match on him, he’ll turn to smoke in seconds. It doesn’t take long for their bodies to disappear.”
Jeremy nodded, “Makes it all the easier.”
Bella watched him curiously. “You should be freaking out, not taking control.”
Jeremy turned to her and smiled. “I should be saying the same over you.” He watched the body disappear and the fire burn out. He turned back to Bella and took her hand. “Come on, we should get back to the dorms.”
As they walked out of the alley, Bella grabbed her sword casing and snapped it back on. “I can explain.”
Jeremy smiled, “So I can, but we can do it from the comfort of our dorm and not out in the cold.”
Bella nodded, “Okay.”
Bella smiled as Jeremy wrapped his arms around her and kissed her. “Merry Christmas.” Jeremy said pulling away from the kiss.
Bella smiled, “Merry Christmas, Jer.” She smiled as he moved to hover above her. “Christmas present time?”
Jeremy grinned, “Just one moment.” He leaned back down and kissed her. Bella returned the kiss, she supposed the best way to start off the holiday was to have morning sex.
Bella shrugged on Jeremy’s discarded t-shirt and sat up to watch him pull a box out of his closet. “You didn’t really get me a gift, did you?”
Jeremy smirked, “I got you a remarkable gift.”
Bella stood and grabbed the box she had wrapped for Jeremy. “I got you a great gift as well.”
Jeremy smiled and the two of them exchanged gifts, they sat together on Bella’s bed. Sitting across each other they both rested their present on their laps. Bella smiled, “I want you to go first.”
Jeremy smiled and nodded. “okay, but only because I really want to see what’s in here.”
Bella watched as he ripped open the wrapping paper and the box in one swift movement. He pulled out the leather bound sketch book and looked at it in awe. “How did you know I wanted this?”
Bella smiled, “You always look at it when we walk pass the store, so I got it for you. Look back inside the box!”
Jeremy smiled and saw the pencils he wanted were tucked in there as well. “Thank you, Bells. This is an amazing gift. One of the best I’ve had in years.” He set his gifts down in the box and set the box aside as he leaned over and lightly kissed Bella. “Open your gift now.”
Bella smiled and opened her gift, she slowly opened the box. Her smile widened as she saw the small note.
Check In My Closet.
Bella laughed, “Do I have to?”
Jeremy nodded and stood off the bed, he took Bella’s hand and pulled her to stand. “Come on, I promise you’re going to love it.”
Bella smiled, “I’m wondering why you wasted so much wrapping paper on a note.”
“To psyche you out so you wouldn’t guess what I got you.” Jeremy said placing Bella in front of the closet. “Go ahead, open it.”
Bella opened the closet, “I should’ve given you a hamper.” Bella said with a grin. She turned to Jeremy. “Where exactly should I look?”
Jeremy titled Bella’s head upwards, “There.”
Bella’s mouth fell open as she saw the white case. “Jeremy…”
Jeremy reached for it and slowly brought it down. “It’s the one you wanted, with the electric lock, and the back padding and straps so it’s easy to carry around campus.”
Bella looked it over, “Jeremy, this must’ve been expensive.”
Jeremy smiled, “Not really, I got an awesome deal. The guy at the music store thinks you’re an amazing player, and I’m charming.”
Bella laughed, she turned around and wrapped her arms around Jeremy hugging him tightly. “Thank you!”
Jeremy grinned and hugged her tightly. “I’m glad you like it, Bells.”
“I love it.” Bella responded as she looked over the case and then back to Jeremy. “This is the best, Jer.”
Bella grinned as Jeremy wrapped his arms around her and pulled her close to his chest. “It’s snowing.” Bella said with a laugh. “And you’re walking like a little old lady, speed it up.”
Jeremy grinned and slowed down. “I want to play in the snow.”
“We’re going to get frost bite out here in this weather.” Bella responded with a smile. “Come on, I’m cold, Jer, and it’s New Year’s Eve. Let’s get back inside and order in food.”
Jeremy smirked, “Okay, you head back to the dorms, and I’ll go to the convenient store across the street and grab us some really bad movies we can watch.”
Bella rolled her eyes, “That’s what they have Netflix for.”
Jeremy smirked, “We get bad wi-fi signal already, this storm is going to make it worse.”
“Fine but be quick. I’m going to order pizza, that good with you?” Bella said as she watched Jeremy begin to walk away.
“Sounds good.” Jeremy said with a boyish grin. “I’ll get some horror movies for us to watch.”
“Perfect, that always gets me in the holiday spirit!” Bella responded as she turned and walked back to the dorms. As she neared their room she paused as there were two women outside of the door.
“Excuse me, can I help you?” Bella asked as she approached, she paused as she recognized them both. Jeremy’s sister and his ex-girlfriend. “Jeremy isn’t here, he’s out buying some things.”
“Who are you?” Elena questioned eyeing the girl.
“I’m Jeremy’s roommate, and his girlfriend.” Bella said with a slight blush. “I’ve seen your pictures a few times, so I know who you are.” She moved pass them and opened the door to their dorm. “I suppose you can come in.”
Bella grabbed her phone as she sat on a bench outside the dorm to call Jasper, Elena and Bonnie had been here two days and her nerves were high. She didn’t know what to do, they both hated her and when Jeremy wasn’t around, they both let her know it.
“Hey, Jay.” Bella said as she heard him answer. “Have a moment to talk?”
“Anytime for you, darling. Everything going well?” Jasper questioned. “You sound a little tired.”
“I am.” Bella responded with a sigh. “How’s Texas?”
“Too sunny. I’m going to Canada soon.” Jasper responded. “Want to talk about what’s on your mind?”
Bella went to respond but had to throw the phone down on the ground as a blood shattering pain echoed through her brain. She fell to the floor and clutched at her brain to get the pain to stop. She turned her head and saw Bonnie standing near the door of the dormitories. Bella closed her eyes and with all her strength she pushed Bonnie back. Unfortunately, the dark haired girl fell against the wall knocking herself unconscious. She looked up as she saw both Elena and Jeremy running her way.
“BELLA!” Jeremy yelled at her his eyes burning with anger. “What the hell did you do?”
Bella blinked rapidly. “I didn’t…”
“You pushed her for no reason!” Jeremy replied as he kneeled down and helped Elena try to wake Bonnie up. “What the hell has gotten into you?”
“Jer, she was using her magic on me!” Bella argued as she tried to clutch her head as it was still throbbing.
“Bonnie would never do that, you lying bitch!” Elena shouted just as Bonnie was waking up.
Jeremy stood and looked at Bella, he knew she was telling the truth. “Go lie down in the room, I’ll deal with this, I promise.”
Bella nodded she closed her eyes for a moment as Jeremy kissed her head. She left with her head still spiraling and her thoughts whirling. She couldn’t keep a straight head, everything seemed so blurry to her. It was just as she was about to reach the door that she remembered her phone was still on the ground outside and Jasper was sure to be worried. Heading back with one had on the wall to keep her steady Bella went to grab her phone. As she reached the door she paused as she could hear talking.
“I love you, Jeremy.” Bonnie whispered. “And I know you love me too.”
Bella took a step closer and closed her eyes.
“You’re right, I do love you.” Jeremy said quietly.
Bella stepped outside, “I’m uh…”
“Bella I…” Jeremy shook his head, “I don’t know.”
“It was a truth spell, Jeremy.” Bonnie said standing up straight. “You just said what you really felt.”
Jeremy shook his head, “No, that’s not possible. I don’t…”
Bonnie stepped forward and kissed Jeremy, making tears swell in Bella’s eyes. She reached down and grabbed her phone, because Jeremy wasn’t pushing Bonnie away. He was reciprocating the kiss.
Bella turned back into the dorms and ran, she didn’t head to her dorm, instead she headed to the girl’s bathroom and locked herself inside. Her heart breaking, and the world crashing down around her.
She had felt real love with Jeremy, and now she was feeling real heartbreak. Bella dialed Jasper’s number and instantly there was a pick up. “Jay. I’m sorry to bother you, but can you come to Seattle. Please. I need you.”
Jasper took in a deep breath. “I’ll be there in a few hours, I’m already on my way.”
“Thanks, Jay.” Bella said quietly before hanging up the phone and breaking into sobs. Bella flinched back at the knock on the door.
“BELLS!” Jeremy shouted. “Bells, I know you’re in there. Please open the door. Please.”
Bella stood. “No.” She said pressing her head against the door. “Maybe she was telling the truth and you do feel something for her still. Jer, you kissed her back, you didn’t push her away. Look, there’s still two weeks before the end of the semester break, maybe you should go back to Mystic Falls, see how you feel.”
“Bells.” Jeremy whispered. “Don’t do this.”
“No, its for the best. We both deserve to know if it’s true.” Bella responded knowing already she wouldn’t be here waiting for him. “Go, your flight leaves soon.”
“I don’t want to go.” Jeremy responded in a whisper. “I want to be here with you.”
“You told her you loved her.” Bella responded through the door tears streaming down her face. “I can’t. I can’t do it, please go. Please.” Bella let out a sob as she heard his footsteps retreating. She supposed all good things did have to come to an end.
I’m sorry I’m leaving without saying goodbye. Hopefully this note will be enough. I don’t know what to believe, all I know is what I saw and what I heard. You said you loved her, and you kissed her, you kissed her in front of me. I don’t know if I’m overreacting, all I know is that in the pit of my stomach I know it’s never going to be the same between us. Maybe we were just better off friends, and possibly that’s all we’ll ever be anymore. I don’t know what else to say, other than goodbye.
Seattle’s a big place, and so is this campus. We probably won’t see each other anymore, and maybe that’s for the best.
Bella taped the note to his desk knowing he’d see it as soon as he got back. She looked around the dorm for the final time. Her side was empty, as if no one ever lived there. His side was left untouched.
“You ready to go, Bells?” Jasper questioned leaning against the doorway. “The truck is packed up and ready.”
Bella nodded, “Yeah, I’m good Jay.” She stepped out and watched him close the door behind him. “By the way, how is this apartment you got me?”
“Apartment?” Jasper questioned with a smirk. “I got you a house, so you can play your cello without being disturbed.”
Bella sighed, “I should’ve known. You vampires tend to always go above and beyond what is needed.”
“I just want you to be happy, darling.” Jasper responded as he opened the door for Bella. “And I know you wouldn’t be happy in an apartment building where you would receive noise complaints every five minutes.”
Bella smiled, “I suppose your right, but it’s not really big, is it?”
“No, it’s not too big.” Jasper responded he opened the car door for her. “Now get in, I want to get there before it starts to snow again.”
Bella nodded, “You still heading to Canada after this?”
Jasper nodded, “Unless you want me to stay.”
Bella shook her head, “No, Jay. I think you should go and enjoy the gloomy weather over there too.”
“Everything is going to end up okay.” Jasper said with a smile. “It all always ends out okay.”
Bella turned to him and smile. “Don’t be optimistic when I’m being pessimistic. Its annoying me.”
Jasper laughed, “Alright, darling.”
Jeremy stepped into his dorm room and his heart fell instantly as he saw how empty it was. He threw his bag down on his bed and just sighed. He hated his sister, he hated Bonnie, he hated all of them. They always had to get involved and ruin everything. Bonnie had used a spell on him, but it wasn’t a truth spell, he would say and do just about anything she wanted him to do. He had finally been able to break free of it completely when they had arrived at Mystic Falls.
But it was too late, Bonnie had done what she wanted, she had separated him from Bella. Jeremy looked over to see the note on his desk. He cautiously picked it up and read over it. It was certainly clear that Bella would not believe him, he had hurt her and there was no going back from that.
He laid the note down and looked up at the ceiling. Maybe Bella was right, maybe they were better off as friends. Jeremy reached for his phone and tried to dial Bella’s number but there was no answer, he didn’t expect anything else.
Turning on his side he stared at Bella’s side of the room. What would he do now?
Bella walked to her next class, humming alongside the music in her headphones as she took each step. Her hands were twitching at her sides as she mentally played her instrument. She gasped out as she almost fell over a patch of ice but was lucky enough someone had caught her. “Thank you.”
“Any time, Bells.” Jeremy said steading her. He nervously ran his hands through his hair. “It’s good to see you again, it’s been a few weeks.”
Bella nodded, “I’m glad to see you,”
“Look, about Bonnie she…” Jeremy began but was quickly cut off by Bella.
“Yeah, I know. Your sister called half a dozen times, she told me the truth over the phone.” Bella said as she placed her hands inside her jacket pockets. “I forgave you already, but the damage had been done. You know?”
Jeremy nodded, “Yeah, I know. In that note you left, you said we could still be friends. Is that still an offer, because I miss you. I miss my best friend.”
Bella smiled weakly. “I missed you too, Jer. Don’t you think it’ll be weird to be friends?”
Jeremy shrugged, “It doesn’t have to be. We were friends before we started dating, we could still be friends again.”
“Okay.” Bella said she looked to her watch. “I have to get to class, but do you want to grab dinner at Maribelle’s later. I’ve been craving one of their burgers for days now.”
Jeremy grinned, “Yeah, I’d love to. I’ll meet you there at 4?”
Bella nodded, “That’s perfect, my class ends at that time.” She smiled at Jeremy’s grin, her heart fluttering at the sight of his smile. “I’ll see you there, Jer.”
Jeremy nodded and watched her leave, he had hope. He had hope with some time and some work they would be together again. Because he knew in the pit of his stomach that they were just meant to be together. He watched her leave, the cello case he had gotten her a bright dot of where she was, and a hint that she still thought of him.
Bella smiled as she and Jeremy picked up Chinese food to eat and where headed to her home to do some studying for their midterms. “Hey, do we need energy drinks for this?” She questioned with a smile.
Jeremy grinned, “Yes, I have a biology exam to study for.”
Bella grabbed some energy drinks and quickly paid for them. “I have a paper to write, so the energy drinks are probably for the best.”
“Ha! I see I’m not the only one that was putting stuff off until the end.” Jeremy responded with a wide smirk.
“I just took too many classes this semester.” Bella said with a smile and a shrug of her shoulders. “I have a lot of assignments, but not enough time to do all of them.”
Jeremy smiled and the two of them began to walk to Bella’s home. “So, Jasper really bought you a home instead of an apartment?”
Bella nodded, “Yeah, he thought it would be easier to play my cello in my own home than in an apartment complex. It’s really big, I had to get a security system to make myself feel better about being there alone.”
“And the neighbors?” Jeremy questioned curiously as they walked.
“They’re okay.” Bella said with a shrug. “They’re older couples, so that’s always a bonus. They’re not noisy or annoying.”
“That’s a lie, all older couples are noisy.” Jeremy responded with a wide smile. “I bet they go through your trash when you aren’t home.
Bella laughed, “Oh that sounds awful. Don’t say stuff like that, Jer. Now I feel like I have to keep my trash locked in the garage.”
“That’ s a good idea, you don’t want them going through all your things. I bet as soon as they see you coming near they run off like rats.” Jeremy said enjoying Bella’s laughter as they spoke. If being Bella’s friend was the only way to be close to her, then he’d be the greatest friend in the world. He would just never give up on hoping they could be more than just friends.
Bella blinked, as she heard her name being called. “Jer?” She called out in confusion as she pulled the covers over her and held them tighter to her body.
“Got your text.” Jeremy said coming up the stairs. “And I stopped by the pharmacy, picked up your prescription, and got you some other things the pharmacist recommended.”
Bella looked at him in confusion. “I messaged you?”
Jeremy nodded, “You don’t remember?”
Bella shook her head, “I don’t remember anything other than coming home from the doctor’s and falling asleep.”
Jeremy stepped closer and placed his hand on Bella’s forehead. “Yeah, you have a fever.” He reached into the bag he had and pulled out some medicine. “Here, take one of these and drink some water. I’m going to go downstairs and see if I can make you a tea.”
Bella took the medicine he gave her and laid her head back down. It only took seconds before she fell back asleep.
Jeremy entered the room and smiled, “Yeah, I figured you’d be asleep before I got back.” He leaned over and felt her forehead again. “Only you would get sick so close to Finals week.”
He looked around her room and pulled the rocking chair she had in the corner up beside the bed. He pulled the book she had on her nightstand and sat back in the chair. He would stay at her bedside for as long as she needed.
Jeremy went downstairs in hour later and looked through Bella’s cabinets and he was fortunate enough to find a can of noodle soup. He figured if he followed the instructions it would come out okay, at the very least Bella’s fever would prevent her from knowing if the soup was good or not.
Jeremy peeked at the soup, “Good enough.” He whispered, he poured the soup into a bowl and grabbed Bella a new water bottle. He slowly carried up the soup, he was careful not to drop any and cause a mess.
As he walked in he set the soup down on the table by her bed. He put his hand on her forehead, she still had a fever, but it was a bit better than before. He gently woke her up. “Bells.” He whispered. “Bells, you have to wake up. It’s almost 5 in the afternoon, you need to take more medicine and eat something.”
“I don’t want to.” Bella grumbled turning in her covers to face Jeremy.
Jeremy smiled, “Come on, I made you some soup.”
Bella sat up with a small smile. “You made it?”
“I’m not saying it’s the best, but I’m hoping it’ll be good enough to eat.” Jeremy responded with a smile.
Bella smiled and took the soup, she carefully took her first bite and smield as it tasted good. “Thanks, Jer. This is great.”
Jeremy grinned, “I’m happy you like it. Finish it up, take your medicine and get some more sleep.”
Bella smiled, “Yes, sir.”
Bella blinked her eyes open and turned her head to see Jeremy sitting sleeping in her rocking chair. Everything that occurred before was coming back to her. “Jer.” Bella said sitting up in her bed. “Jeremy.” She said a little louder finally catching his attention.
“You’re awake, Bells.” Jeremy said rubbing his eyes. “Do you want some water? A tea?”
Bella smiled, “I’m good, Jer. Can I ask you for something, Jer?”
Jeremy nodded, “Yeah, you know I’d do anything for you, Bells.”
Bella smiled, “Can you lay down with me?” She lifted the covers to make a point. “Please.”
Jeremy smiled, he kicked off his shoes and crawled into the bed with her. He smiled widely as she rested her head on his shoulder, her leg hanging over his and her arm around his waist. “Get some sleep, Bells. You still have a bit of a fever.”
Bella smiled, “Night, Jer.”
Jeremy woke up once the light coming through the crack of the curtain hit his eyes. He turned in the bed and felt the body of the small girl beside him. He felt her small breaths against his neck, he smiled and wrapped his arms around her holding her tighter. He closed his eyes and enjoyed the feeling of having her back in his arms.
There wasn’t a need for any words to be said between them, because he knew in the pit of his stomach that things had changed between them.