Jacob just told Jael that he loved her in Chapter 20, which went about as well as you might expect...if you're a cynic. But I think that's what has to happen. I think Jacob needs to tell her how he feels and get slapped down but that plants a seed. Especially once she sees that it's not the bond and it's not puppy love (or calf love as I put it in the story), she knows how he feels. So that lets her try to figure out how she feels.
But all that is in the future, right now, Jacob and Jael as saying good bye to Balt. Now this is the last scene with Jacob and a father figure, a lot of stuff is going on and I'm trying to pick my words to begin...and I smell it. Fresh chocolate chip cookies. I know, I should have ignored but I went downstairs and totally lost the moment. By the time I got back to the Throne of Writing (tm), the moment was gone. Balt is literally hanging there with his mouth open, waiting for me to fill it with words. Another test failed.
Ah well, at least I know where to pick up. Now I just have to decide what's important for Balt to tell him. And, of course, if Jacob is going to listen to him or not.