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I'm only human...

I'm only human

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Anastasia raised her hand and knocked on the door, her head hung low as tears stung her eyes. The door opened and a gasp followed the feeling of arms being wrapped around her frame. "I'm so sorry, Rowen." She mumbled into her brother's chest. 

A chocked sob escaped his lips and he ran his hands through her hair. "I thought - I thought I'd lost you forever, never do that again!" He scolded trying to sound furious, though his voice cracks betrayed him.

"I won't, I'm here to stay." She mumbled as she pulled back. Rowen nodded and pulled the brunette inside the shared house. He grabbed her hand and pulled her into the living room. Ana took a seat and stared at their coffee table in confusion. "What is the crossbow for?" She asked as she wiped away any evidence of her breakdown.

"Uh -- hunting?" Rowen said though it sounded more like a question. Ana didn't believe him but shook the thought off anyway. "Okay." The two laughed but it soon died down at the sound of a knocking at the door.

"I'll get it." Rowen said before jogging over to the front door. Ana's eyes intently stared at the crossbow in front of her. Not only was there a crossbow, but three arrow's along side it. The arrows were get black but had one unique touch, they all had one word engraved into them - strength.

"Let me see her!" A voice growled from the door. Ana furrowed her eyebrows together as she listened in on the conversation. "Not now." Rowen warned as he eyed the stranger up and down.  "Tough, I'm going in anyway." He hissed as he shoved Rowen out of the way and stormed into the living room.

Ana stood up as tears brimmed her eyes. "I'm so sorry, Paul." Paul nodded and pulled her into a warm embrace. "It's okay, Anastasia. I forgive you." Ana let tears slip from out of her eyes and let them stroll down her cheeks. "I'm just happy you're okay."

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Anastasia stared into the mirror, her face showing a single emotion - worry. She was worried Jasper wouldn't want her anymore. She was worried that even though Rowen and Paul said they forgave her, they hated her. She was worried about everything. The brunette smoothed down the pastel pink prom dress and added another layer of pink lipstick.

She took in a deep breath and opened her bedroom door, with every step she took the more afraid she became. Like whenever worry consumed her, a wave of calmness surrounds her as if it is defending her very being. 

Jasper, she thought as she let a smile fall on to her face. As Ana got onto the last step, a hand grasped her own. "Might I say you look absolutely ravishing." Jasper spoke as he placed a kiss on the back of her hand. "And that is how much contact you two are aloud." Rowen groaned as he stared Jasper down.

Jasper let out a low chuckle as he opened the door for the brunette. "I'll meet you outside, I need to speak to Rowen." Jasper nodded understandingly and strolled out of the door and up to his car. 

"You look beautiful, Ana." Rowen smiled as he spoke. Moments like these were what Ana cherished most. She loved after how no matter what had happened, everything would be back to normal the next day. Yet Ana didn't know, nothing in her life would ever be normal after that year.

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Jasper linked arms with the brunette as they strolled inside, pausing to take a picture. The blonde's arm slithered around her waist and he let a small smile fall onto his face. Ana looked up and grinned at the blonde, then the snap of a picture was heard. The two walked inside as the lights shone bright against their pale complexions. 

"Eric really did go all out on this, didn't he?" Ana laughed to herself. Jasper let a small chuckle fall from his lips and the two continued. "Bella!" Ana cried as she spotted her best friend, who was now stuck in a cast. 

"Ana, hey." She mumbled as she was pulled into a hug. Edward and Jasper conversed whilst the two brunettes talked, mostly about the dates that they had strung along. Around half an hour had passed before the two couples decided to go outside to where the slower music had started playing.

Anastasia wrapped her arms around Jasper's neck as they started dancing. "I have a question." Ana asked after a few minutes had passed. "Go ahead." Jasper mumbled as he spun her around. The brunette sighed and licked her lips before answering. 

"Say we're together for, I don't know, four - five years. Would you ever-" Jasper raised his eyebrow. "Turn you?" Ana hesitated before nodding slowly, Jasper sighed and spun her around again. 

"No." The blonde finally answered. Anastasia nodded and continued dancing. The brunette had no idea why she asked that, she'd never be able to handle letting go of the people she cared about. "Can I at least ask why?" She pushed. 

Jasper stared at her blankly before answering. "It's excruciatingly painful. I would never want you to go through that, and I want you to have all the things human's can do. I want you to have a family and watch your kids grow up and have their kids."

Jasper paused for a moment before continuing. "And you will get that, but not with me." Anastasia pulled away from him and glared up at the blonde. "So, you just expect me to move on after you leave for another town?! I won't ever be able to do that!" She exclaimed as tears started to form in her eyes.

"Can you not just grasp the fact that I can't let go because I love you! There, I said it, okay? I love you, Jasper Whitlock!" Ana yelled as she balled her hands into fists by her sides. Jasper hesitated before taking one large step towards the brunette. He placed his hands on either side of her cheeks and kissed her. 

"I love you too, Anastasia Kendrick. Forever and always."

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