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17 June 2008 @ 10:03 pm
Fic - What Wolf Men Want  
Title: What Wolves Men Want
Fandom: Twilight
Characters: Bella/Jacob
Word Count: 320
Summary: Jacob and Bella go on a camp out.
Author's Note: This is written for jenw118 for the Moment in time meme. Her request was: Twilight – Bella and Jacob camping together as a new couple.


The woods were quiet, dark and beautiful. The shadows creep around the edges of the campsite and leap in demonic patterns in time with the flickering fire.

I’m not afraid, though. A year ago, I would have been nervous, at the very least; even in the company of Edward, I might have stuck firmly to the tent side of the fire.

Something about being out here with Jacob, though, made it different. Even though I know Jacob is miles away in wolf form, I feel safe and confident to stand at the very edge of the firelight, peering into the darkness.

My wolf, he’s taught me a lot about living these last few years – first how to live without Edward, then how to live on my own when I left Edward because he didn’t understand how I couldn’t live without Jacob in my life. How to be confident by myself and believe in myself.

I heard a rustling, a panting, from somewhere near me, but I didn’t scamper back, just peered in that direction evenly. The panting changed to quiet, almost unheard breathing, and a moment later Jacob walked out of the brush clad only in jeans that clung to his hips.

I smiled. I’ve loved him for years, but only recently had we finally started dating formally. It’s a heady thing, dating your best friend – different than with Edward, though. My head was still firmly on straight.

“All safe and secure on the permimeter?” I asked, slipping my arms around him and tilting my head up.

He pressed a kiss to my lips, and it’s hot in so many ways. “All safe,” he agreed. “Now I want to make smores.”

I laughed. Typical – werewolf wanted food. I shook my head and turned toward the tent to fetch the food, and squealed when he took the opportunity to squeeze my bum.

Food and woman, then. Who was I to argue?
 
 
 
Jenniferjenw118 on June 18th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)
Yay! This made me grin. Thank you for writing it. I love that this Bella is way more confident and self assured.

I'm looking forward to the next Twilight book, but I'm feeling afraid I might want to slam both her and Edward against a wall. Multiple times.
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on June 18th, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed it. I think part of what annoys me about Bella is that she isn't self sufficient emotionally.

I'm the same. It's bad, but mostly I just want to find out if Jacob ends up happy with someone, because Edward annoys me and Bella needs to be smacked most of the time.
Somigliana: Twilight Jacob I'd imprint thatsomigliana on June 18th, 2008 05:39 am (UTC)
Grins. That was fabulous. Giggle. And wonderfully light-hearted.
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on June 18th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you, luv! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
babsbybend: potionsbabsbybend on June 18th, 2008 06:19 am (UTC)
I'm in the Bella/Jacob camp, as her future vision with him was so rich in relationships (with adventures!), while with Edward, it was just the two of them, in an Anne of Green Gables type of world, sitting on a porch swing.
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on June 18th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
I love Jacob. I'd take him for my own. I think he has a lot to offer Bella in many ways. He always encouraged her to do things for herself, even when he wanted her to be with him.

I think she was a better person around Jacob. With Edward, it's all more self centered.

I'm glad you liked this :D
Bambu: Twilight Jake is a Wolfbambu345 on June 18th, 2008 08:47 am (UTC)
Absolutely charming! Jacob has always been there for her ... always.
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on June 18th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you! He really has, and on top of that, he's encouraged her to be independent, even when he wants her with him.

I would totally love Jacob forever.

Thanks for reading :D
Bambu: Twilight Jacob Blackbambu345 on June 18th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
::nods::

I've begun to liken the comparison of Edward and Jacob to courtly love vs. earthly love. Truthfully, while courtly love is a beautiful fantasy, earthly love is something you can come home to at night.

I would definitely love Jacob forever.
It's better to fly and it's better to die: running wolfgelsey on June 18th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, interesting comparison. I think I agree with you on that one. Edward's love always seems more self-centered and selfish, whereas Jacob's is more selfless and open.

I dunno, maybe I'm just reading into it. But if I were her, I would have chosen Jacob, I think.

Loving that icon, btw.
Bambu: Twilight Jacob in Leatherbambu345 on June 18th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
One of the reasons I loved Daintress' fanfiction (aside from the fact that she's a very good writer,) is that Bella gets both ... very plausibly. And it works in a very satisfying way.

I think Edward is so much older and he knows that if Bella chooses to turn she will regret not having participated in certain things. I quite like that part of him ... wanting her not to lose out because she loves him. But at the same time, I think it comes across as far more manipulative and possessive than anything more noble. One of the downsides to having a single narrative perspective and a character who is missing for most of the second book. We never get to see Edward's suffering. It's one of the biggest mistakes in the series, to my mind.

What happens is that we see Jacob's steadfast frienship, love, and support. He wants Bella to make her own choices, even if, in the third book, he pushes his own advantage (I don't really want him to be completely selfless after all.) What's so wrong about his wanting Bella to remain alive?

I'm glad you liked the Jacob icon. I made two with Steven Strait (who remains my idea of Jacob.)
It's better to fly and it's better to die: Lupin werewolfgelsey on June 18th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
Oh yes. Both is always best :D If one can pull it off, which she did, if I recall correctly.

Yes. I agree. The nobility is all well and good, but in the end, he never seems to take what she truly wants into account. It's all excused away by his nobility and matyr-complex.

That is true -- we never get to see his. And that is a mistake.

Yes, Jacob does try to push his own agenda -- but he's pretty much blatantly honest about it. He might manipulate, but it's full and out in the open, which I personally would appreciate. I like that he wants her to live. He might be using his own agenda, yes, but it doesn't feel underhanded.

Oh yes, that one too is nice. <3 I need a good Jacob icon or two.
Bambu: Twilight Bella Swannbambu345 on June 18th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
So I'm reading your comment and bobbing my head ... it's like my neck's suddenly become a spring.

I quite like your wolf icons. They serve a dual purpose, generic animalia and then specific Twilight.
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on June 18th, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you. That last one was actually an HP one I got ages ago. I love wolves anyway :D Twilight just gives me an excuse to use them hehehe.

I'm glad someone agrees with me. I was surrounded by die-hard Edward fans the other day. And I can't properly argue my case when one of them hasn't read the last 1.5 books *rolls eyes*
Bambu: Twilight Edward Cullenbambu345 on June 18th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
And I can't properly argue my case when one of them hasn't read the last 1.5 books

Well, no, you can't argue the case very well at that point. Jacob is pretty much a boy in the first book, so it's a bit odd, and then he's just a friend ... but later on, as he evolves into an alpha male, he becomes far more believable as a potential mate for Bella.

I actually liked Edward in the third book -- especially toward the end, but I like his family better.

Is it true Stephanie Meyer has put together a distaff version of 'Twilight' so she can tell Edward's side of the story?
It's better to fly and it's better to die: bookstore shiny antsgelsey on June 18th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah. And she's anti-spoilers, lol.

He was all right. I dunno. I just run hot I suppose *snerk* Something about completely cold just goes "okay, not that then" ;)

His family is teh awesome. I totally agree there.

Yes. I think it's supposed to be out sometime this year, or next. I'm not sure which.
Bambu: Reading Bookstorebambu345 on June 18th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
::snickers:: If this person hasn't read the last half of the three books, then how can she argue for Edward. She hasn't read the story. I can understand the preference, but the discussion can't really take place.

See, I like the fur! When he transforms so she can stay warm next to his fur, it's incredibly endearing.

You know, when the three of them are together at the end, I thought for a wild moment, Meyer was going to resolve the issues by making it a triad, but then I decided I've been reading too much fanfiction! ::snickers::

One of the things I do like about SM is her willingness to 'fix' her mistakes. To acknowledge them and desire to create a more complete picture of the story. Although I worry that it'll be something of an Edward apologia.
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on June 18th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
LOL. I know. And I'm sitting here going, sigh, look at the fangirls. They're nice people, but sometimes people just don't allow themselves to look objectively at things. Like, I admit Edward and Bella will be the outcome, and though I'm pro Jacob, I admit that I don't necessarily want him with her.

Oh yes. I loved that.

HEHEHEHE! That would have been PERFECT. <3 lol. Have you read The Host?

True, true. She is admittedly Edward's biggest fan, so... yeah.

The thing that gets me about Edward was his wllingness to kill himself when he thought she was dead. On one hand, I understand it -- I've been terribly down and depressed before, and yes, admittedly, I've contemplated things before. But matyr or no, it's still suicide, and suicide is the ultimate selfishness. So ultimately, though he was grieving, he was selfish and suicidal as well.

So yes. I'm not sure I'm making sense, so forgive the rambling.
Bambu: Twilight Edward Cullenbambu345 on June 18th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
Edward is, in many ways, the prototypical hero with a single flaw. The fantasy of having a suitor with a single-minded intensity where focused on you, with your health and your happiness being of paramount importance is incredibly powerful, in my opinion. In this case, Edward has no reason to do anything other than survive for Bella's every breath.

And yet, there are too many reasons that he doesn't quite work, and part of that, I suspect, is because the story is set in the year 2000+. Women are less inclined to let their men 'take care of them,' even if it's wonderful to know that your safety is important to your parther. Women of the millennium are competent, intelligent and looking for equal relationships ... that isn't what Edward can bring to the table; and his reluctance to allow her to turn , while understandable, also works against the character because it smacks of protectionism, and that's a bit offensive.

Jacob is a true man of the age, and he encourages Bella to be exactly what she wants to be rather than to mold her into something else.

I didn't have any problems with Edward's suicide actually. He was a vampire and most of his 'family' have faced that situation, and I would imagine more than one of them had flirted with the idea. However, it doesn't quite work because we don't really care if he steps into the noonday sun or not. Bella cares, but one wonders why.
It's better to fly and it's better to die: disputes between mythical creaturesgelsey on June 18th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
True. I guess that's why I find it bothersome -- it really is a time thing. In his time, that would have been wonderful, but these days, women want to be independent.

(Well, most of us. I like a little chivalry but I like my private time and space A LOT. This makes me wonder if I'll ever have a regular relationship.)

Hmm, true. Vampires are so timeless that it is an eventuality. Of course, for a suicide technique it does smack a little of .. oh, cowardice isn't quite the right word. I understand it takes a lot to kill a vampire, but I'm sure he could have found a method that he could do on his own and didn't involve the Voltari tearing him to pieces.

You're right. She doesn't give it the emotional impact for the reader like she could have. I think it could have been reworked a little and made better.
Bambubambu345 on June 20th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
Courtesy is a welcome thing, even occasional courtliness (one of the first things I noticed about my husband was that he held doors for me -- something that no longer happens, sadly enough, but I suspect 25 years of living together does that to anyone.) But equality in the relationship is an even more compelling ideal.

::nods::

The lack of emotional attachment is definitely a weakness, and one easy enough to see the author recognizes.



redvelvetcanopy: Vampire New Moonredvelvetcanopy on June 18th, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
OMG! Your icon!

ROTFL-naughtily.
Bambu: Twilight Jacob in Leatherbambu345 on June 18th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
::grins unrepentantly::

I found it ages ago when somigliana used it. It's just too funny and I can't resist using it.
redvelvetcanopy: Vampire Twilight Edwardredvelvetcanopy on June 18th, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)
Very cute! I do think she keeps her head better with Jacob than Edward; on that I'll agree with you.
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on June 18th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

I think Jacob is better for many reasons, but I also think he deserves better.

I'm better than her, right ;) Haha.

I just want my personal blanket.
redvelvetcanopy: Moonredvelvetcanopy on June 18th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
Personal blanket, yup, that would be the trick on the cold night. MMM!