This story is dedicated in the memory of my mother 7/28/1951 - 09/13/2010. She encouraged me to pursue my dreams. She was the first one to read this story. I write in her memory.
My life was like, any other teenage girls life, well at least I thought so. I just assumed the media had us girls all figured out. They seemed to hit the marker with me. What I saw on television was fairly close to how I lived.
A young girl who came from a small town nobody ever heard of. I was a freshman at the Quileute Tribal School. I had long black hair with copper skin and beautiful brown eyes. Okay I'm stretching it now. I was a typical teenage girl - I was interested in boys but what girl didn't take notice of boys?
I had imagined what my wedding dress would look like, I had my entire wedding planned out. I had my famous crushes that I fantasized about. I listened to the Top 40 songs on the radio. I had my teen girl magazine with all the gossip. I enjoyed shopping, and fashion. I looked forward to my proms. I already had dresses picked out for those in my mind. I day dreamed about my date for prom. I had a plan already established. What young girl doesn't plan their future this way?
So onto giving you some insight on my family. I come from a very loving home. I have two amazing parents and a little brother. Seth is younger than me, by a few years. I would always joke about him being a pain in the butt. Honestly though Seth and I have a great relationship. We're extremely close, and I don't think anything can change that. So now some background on my parents - Harry, and Sue Clearwater. They were the parents who ALWAYS, offer to listen to your problems. It was a nice gesture, but I also need my privacy. They couldn't fix everything for me, if there was a problem, sometimes I just had to deal with it. My mom was always in the kitchen when she was home it seemed, offering to make you something to eat if you were hungry. When she wasn't in there, she was a nurse at the local hospital. Her younger brother - Lucas was laid back and easy going. He was a carpenter. My mom says I look a lot like him. My dad worked with his older brother. My Uncle Michael owned a garage in Forks, which was the next town over. My dad had worked with him since he was a teenager. I loved my dad, he was so easy going and had a great sense of humor. I can't remember a day when he wasn't smiling. I was extremely close with my family. My Aunt Elizabeth, who was my dad's younger sister, was a jewellery maker. She made such pretty necklaces, rings and earrings. She would sell her jewellery to shops all around Washington. My cousin Emily and I WERE like sisters, utterly inseparable.
Now I grew up on the Quileute Reservation, in a small town called - La Push. Everyone knew everyone, which was somewhat obnoxious. Secrets were hard to keep, especially with your family around all the time. Everyone knew everything about everyone. The good thing was, we were a tight knit community. I loved living here, and couldn't imagine growing up anywhere else.
The ocean was right across the street from our house. I would spend hours at a time down there. On many occasions, either my dad, or brother had to come get me when dinner was ready. I had a tendency to lose track of time while I was down there, listening to the waves or simply watching the world turn.
So I know you're wondering - "Does she have a boyfriend?" Well yes I do but firstly I need to give you some background on him, my - Sam Uley. You see Sam grew up with his mother Allison. His dad, Joshua Uley took off when he was young. Allison raised Sam by herself. He didn't have it very easy not having a male role model. He was a year ahead of me in school. Sam and I were the same age too. We'd known each other our whole lives.
Now getting back to what I was saying. He was at the top of my list, for reasons why I loved La Push. We attended school together. I always had a crush on him. He'd catch me staring at him and chuckle. I would turn red out of embarrassment. We would talk from time to time in passing. We never really hung out. Once we entered high school, that's when our relationship changed. Sam was a sophomore, I was a freshman. We constantly bumped into each other at school, I was too shy to say anything. He'd just smile and say, "Hi Lee-Lee." Those just made me blush even more. My friends would laugh, "Oh Leah's crushing on Sam Uley." He'd hear them of course, because they'd say it extra loud in roder that Sam heard them, he would turn and grin.
Well one day after school, I was spending my time sitting down at First Beach after school. It was like any other typical afternoon for me. The ocean was calmly speaking to me. The seagulls squawked as they flew overhead. I had the entire beach to myself, well that was until someone sat down beside me in the sand.
"May I join you?" He asked with his warm, deep, mesmerizing voice.
"Uh, yeah." I stuttered.
Sam chuckled and smiled at me. I was lost for words.
"So what are you up to this afternoon?" He asked smiling.
"Nothing." My voice squeaked. Sam laughed, as I blushed under my copper skin. The wind started to gently blow my hair. Before I could fix it, he gently pushed my hair back behind my ear, whispering into it,
"You're beautiful Leah Clearwater." He sat back up, and smiled at me. I didn't say a word. I was trying to control the butterflies that were flying wildly within me. We continued to sit on the beach. He just looked at me smiling. There was a connection right away. I could feel the electricity between us. It was amazing.
"Do you always spend your afternoons here at the beach?" Sam asked.
He raised an eyebrow "Rainy days as well?"
I smiled, "That's what they make umbrellas for." I kept looking at Sam and was lost in his beautiful brown eyes.
Sam cleared his throat softly. "So do you any plans for tomorrow afternoon?" He asked trying not to grin.
I quickly looked at the ocean bashfully. I didn't have an answer. Well I did have an answer actually. How could I tell this cute guy, "Yes my plan is to spend another afternoon with you here?" I must have left my body momentarily, daydreaming because he was looking at me
"Well?" he asked again smiling.
I bit down on my lip. "No. I will probably come down here for a while. Then head home and do any homework I may have." I replied.
Once again he smiled. "Do you mind if I join you tomorrow?"
I blushed once again, a deep red. "NO! I mean wait." I was jumbling my words.
He chuckled, "So no you don't mind. Alright sounds like a date."
I smiled, "Sounds good."
He smiled. We continued to sit quietly, and talk for some time, until the sun sank further down the horizon.
"Well I should probably be heading home. My mom will want me home for dinner soon." I said slowly getting to my feet.
"May I walk you home?" Sam asked smiling softly.
I nodded smiling, "Of course. I would love the company." I knew we didn't have far to walk, but it allowed me a few more minutes with him.
As we started walking, he took my hand in his. I peeked up at him under my lashes, and he just smiled.
We stand outside my front door, "Here we are." Sam announced.
I was disappointed we were already at my house.
"So should I meet up with you tomorrow, say at 3:00pm on the beach?" He asked with a smile that made me melt.
"Sounds good." I squeaked. Sam laughed. Before I turned to go inside Sam took my face into his strong hands, and ever so gently placed a kiss on my lips.
"Goodnight Leah." He said smiling, and then turned and started walking down the street.
I had to catch my breath. I couldn't believe it. Sam Uley just kissed me. My heart was pounding. I had a smile from ear to ear. I turned, and walked inside.
I walked in, poking my head into the kitchen. My mom was making dinner. "Hi sweetie, how was your day?" She asked.
I was about to burst from excitement.
She turned to look at me. "Leah what is it? You're glowing." She was curious. "Mom I spent the afternoon with Sam, Sam Uley. We hung out at the beach." I grinned.
My mom stood there listening. "So I take it you had a good time?" she asked curiously.
I just smiled even wider. "He is so sweet mom. I can't explain how I felt when I was with him. My heart was racing, he is so gentle and sweet." I was gushing.
"It sounds like someone has a crush. Maybe even a first love interest." My mom smiled hugging me.
I giggled, "He kissed me just now. MOM! He kissed me. I can't believe it."
She laughed, "I'm happy for you. Now go wash up, dinner will be ready soon." She gave me a smile and turned back to the stove. I headed for my room and I flopped on the bed. I laid there thinking of Sam.
The next day I went down to the beach and sat there for a while. The only noise I could hear were the waves crashing against the shore.
"Well hello." A deep voice said. Sam sat down beside me. "Have you been here long?" He smiled.
"I've only been here about an hour. It's been peaceful. I have no complaints." I smiled back.
"Well I am glad to hear that." Sam said. "So is there anything on the agenda for us today?" He questioned.
"I hadn't planned anything why?"
He smiled at me. "I was just curious." He gently put his arm around me and pulled me against his chest, wrapping his arms around me. I felt so safe at that moment. He gently kissed the top of my head. "Leah, I hope you don't feel like, well I'm moving too fast. We can slow things down."
I look up at him, "Sam we've grown up together. You're not a stranger. Honestly, I've had a crush on you for quite some time."
Smiling Sam replies, "I know about your crush. You can't hide it very well. I think it's cute when you blush."
I smiled, "Well I'm glad you're okay with us. I really do like you."
He kissed me on the cheek. We sat, and talked about what we wanted in the future.
"So what do you want Leah. What are you hopes, and dreams?" Sam looked longingly at me.
I thought about it for a moment, "I would like to attend college. I'm interested in becoming a nurse like my mom. One day to get married, have children, grandchildren. Be with my soul mate until the day we have to part ways."
Sam smiled, "Soul mate huh. I would love to have children, and get married as well. I'm not sure about school. I enjoy working with my hands. Maybe construction? I'm not really sure."
We continued to talk, and the hours passed much too quickly for me. The sun started to set.
"Well beautiful, it's that time of day again. I'm sorry." Sam helps me up and we walk slowly back to my house. "Sotomorrow, our new meeting place?" Sam grinned.
"That sounds good to me." I smiled softly at him.
He gently kissed me on the forehead. "Goodnight Lee-Lee, and sleep well." Sam smiled, turned and left.
I walked inside and flopped on the couch.
"Oh Sam." Seth said proceeding with overly dramatized kisses. He was killing himself laughing.
"Oh be quiet brat. Move over your taking up the whole couch." I said jokingly shoving Seth.
"Seth Kai Clearwater, stop picking on your sister." My mom said from the kitchen.
"Do I have too?" Seth pouted.
I just sat there glowing. I'd had two great days in a row. I knew at this moment we were in love. Sam made my heart skip a beat. Seeing him brought a smile to my face that nobody could erase. Being with him let me forget about any problems I may have. He was my soul-mate. His touch was so gentle. Sam was perfect in so many ways. I know every girl says that about, "THEIR MAN" but there was something about him. I couldn't quite put my finger on it. Sam was my world.
He and I were always together. Every afternoon, rain or shine we met at the beach. I would wait with an umbrella, on the days it rained. If we couldn't sit on the beach, we'd find somewhere dry to go. Slowly days became months. They seemed to pass by like seconds. We were approaching two years. There was not a single thing we didn't know about one another. We could finish each other's sentences. We knew favorite foods, music, colors, movies and books.
As I sat there I could see myself spending my life with Sam. He was my soul mate. Sam would be graduating soon. He would work, and save up for us. I would start college in September, after graduating. One day we were lying on the sand at the beach.
"What are you thinking about Leah?" He asked rolling onto his side to look at me. He propped himself up with his arm giving me that smile that made me melt.
I turned my gaze towards him. "I'm not quite sure. There are multiple things." I replied.
"Well for someone who isn't sure what they are thinking about, you seem to be pretty quiet. From my experience when someone is that quiet they are usually thinking about something important." Sam smiled.
"I don't know. I guess I'm thinking about how lucky I am to have you." I smiled and kissed him gently on the lips.
He ran his fingers through my hair, "Anything else?" he asked.
"Well one day I can see us getting married and having children."
He looked at me, "I like that idea." The waves crashed against the shore in the background. He held me so gently, "Leah Clearwater, I promise to always be there for you in every way possible. I love you." I could hear my heart racing.
"I promise the same to you Sam Uley." I kissed him lightly on the lips.
The sun had almost set when he walked me home. We stopped at my front door.
"Well my love it's time for me to go home once again. Until tomorrow, sleep well and sweet dreams - I love you." He leaned down, and gently placed a kiss on my forehead.
"Goodnight Sam. I love you too." I kissed his soft cheek, and smiled.
He slowly let go of my hands, and turned to walk down the street. I stood there watching him until Sam was no longer visible. I just leaned against the front door. Then I heard my dad's truck pull up.
"I see I have a welcoming committee this evening. Thanks Leah." My dad smiled.
"Hi there how was your day?" I gave him a huge hug as he approached.
"It's great now that I am home with my family. So is there a reason you are standing out here?" He asked.
"Oh, um...Sam just dropped me off. It's nothing big." I smiled.
"I see." He replied. "Oh young love. Your mom and I used to be like you and Sam." He chuckled, and I blushed.
"I'm going inside now." I quickly ducked in the house.
That night after dinner, I went into my room to lie down on my bed. I just finished my homework, and put it away in my backpack. The phone rang, and I leaned over answering it, "Hello." I waited to see who was on the other end.
"Hey sis how are you doing? How is the boyfriend doing?"
I smiled flopping back on my bed, "Oh Emily he's wonderful. We talked about marriage, and kids. He's the one Emily I know it."
She laughed, "Wow, so have you picked out a date yet?"
I thought for a moment, "No. We're not engaged. We have discussed everything we want."
She chuckled, "Well I'm happy, as long as you're happy. Get some sleep. I will see you soon. I hung up, and fell asleep thinking about my future with Sam.