The Stories of Leah Clearwater

Leah Clearwater of the Quileute reservation. The daughter of Harry, and Sue Clearwater. Older sister of Seth Clearwater. She has the average life of any other teenage girl. So what happens when her boyfriend Sam Uley, abruptly dumps her, and hides the truth from her. What happens when a new family's arrival town, sparks something inside of her; nobody ever knew possible? Well this is The Twilight Saga, from Leah Clearwaters point of view. This is The Stories of Leah Clearwater.

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10. Chapter 10 - The arrangements

I didn’t sleep well that night. I tossed and turned. I woke up early and rolled out of bed and went to the kitchen. I looked at my dad’s chair and my heart sunk at that moment. There was a knot growing in my stomach. It didn’t seem real. I started to feel nauseated. I just sat there quietly and put my head on the table and closed my eyes. A groggy eyed Seth stumbled into the kitchen.

“Hey Leah. How are you doing?” He rubbed his eyes.

I shrugged. “I’m ok.”

Seth smiled a little trying to make me feel better. “Can I make you something to eat?” Seth asked looking in the fridge.

“I’m not hungry. Thanks anyways.” I said.

Seth grabbed some waffles from the freezer and popped them in the toaster. He poured a cup of coffee and added some cream.

“Here at least have some coffee.” He set it down on the table in front of me. “Drink up.”

I smiled. “Thanks.” I took a sip from the cup. Yesterday flashed back into my head. I just saw my dad drinking his coffee.

“Your thinking about him.” Seth looked at me.

I nodded just a little. His waffles popped up and he grabbed the butter and syrup and put it on. He took his plate and sat down at the table.

There was a knock on the front door.

“I’ll get it.” My mom’s voice had come out of nowhere.

“Sue, how are you?” Charlie’s voice came from the front door.

“I’m ok. Please come in.”

Charlie stepped in and shut the door behind him. They came into the kitchen. “Good morning.” My mom smiled and poured two cups of coffee.

She handed one to Charlie and kept one for herself.

“Thank you Sue.” Charlie smiled.

He and my mom sat down at the table with us. My mom sat in my dad’s seat. Seth finished eating and put his dish in the sink.

“I’m going to go take a shower.” He headed into the bathroom.

“So today we’re heading down to the funeral home and church. We need to make arrangements for tomorrow.” My mom said.

“That’s fine. So is it just you and I?” Charlie asked.

My mom looked at me. “Leah are you coming with us?”

I looked up from my coffee. “Yeah if it’s ok with you.” I smiled at her.

She smiled back. “That’s fine.”

I heard the shower shut off and Seth went into his room. I got up form the table and headed for the bathroom to take a quick shower. Before I got in I knocked on Seth’s door. “Hey Seth, are you coming with us?” I waited.

“No I’m going to stay here.”

I was in and out of the shower and dressed within seconds or so it felt. I just put my hair up in a ponytail. I popped back into the kitchen. “I’m ready.”

Charlie smiled.

“Ok let’s go.” My mom said putting the coffee cups in the sink.

I headed outside and I stopped dead in my tracks. I was at the spot. I could hear the thud and it all started replaying in my head. I could hear my voice in my head haunting me. “You didn’t save him. Why didn’t you try?” I stood there frozen in place.

A hand was on my shoulder. “Leah. Are you ok?” My mom asked.

“Uh...yeah.” I walked towards her car. I climbed in the backseat. Charlie and my mom climbed in and the car started and we were on our way. I just watched the spot as we drove off until it was gone.

The ride was quiet from my end. Charlie and my mom joked a little.

“You know, all Harry had to say was he didn’t want to go shopping.” My mom laughed to ease the tensions.

Charlie shook his head laughing. “That’s funny Sue.”

We had pulled into the parking lot for the funeral home. I was the first one out of the car. My mom and Charlie got out and walked on either side of me. The door to the funeral home opened and an older man appeared. “Hello.” He smiled and held the door for us then disappeared.

We walked inside and I looked around.

“Sue I’m so sorry.”

This shorter round woman with jet black hair took my mom’s hands and held them. Her hair was pulled back into this beautiful french braid. Not a hair was out of place. She was wearing a dark purple dress with long sleeves and black nylons and flat black shoes.

She brought us into a small room and I took in the surroundings. There were two chairs on either side. On the table was a bouquet of flowers, a phone, boxes of tissues and a small business card holder. Then against a set of windows was an antique love seat and two more chairs on the opposite of the room. My mom and the woman sat down in the chair on one side of the table my mom on the other. Charlie and I sat on the loveseat. The woman introduced herself to Charlie and I. “Hello I’m Sharon. I’m the funeral director here. I’m so sorry we had to meet like this.” She shook her hands and sat down. I clenched my teeth together and I think Charlie heard it because he turned and looked at me. I tried to smile.

He smiled back and whispered. “It will be ok.”

She picked up a file and started writing. She spoke, “Now I have Harry’s information here from the hospital.” The woman read it all off to my mom making sure it was all correct.

“Yep everything is correct Sharon.”

My mom’s hair was pulled back in a ponytail today. Her beautiful black silky hair that she always wore down was up. I looked and noticed she was wearing dream catcher earrings. They were small with three feathers and a small piece of turquoise in the middle of the dream catcher. They sat there and talked about the service and what would happen. I sat there playing with a loose thread I found on my shirt. I eventually zoned out as they spoke. I couldn’t believe this was really happening. Charlie lightly nudged me and smiled. I smiled back.

Before I knew it the woman was saying, “Ok Sue. We will see you tomorrow. Again I am so sorry for your loss. Harry was a great man.” She smiled at my mom.

Charlie stood up and I followed. I headed outside and leaned against my mom’s car. Charlie came outside.

“How are you doing kiddo?” He asked leaning beside me.

“Yeah I’m fine. I just want to go home and take a nap. It’s been a long day so far.”

Charlie sighed. “I agree.”

My mom walked out and over to us. She hugged me. That’s when I heard it. There was a slight sob in her breathing. Charlie joined in on the hug and embraced the both of us at the same time.

“We’re going to get through this. It’s going to be rough but we’ll do it.” Mom said, trying hard not to sob.

The knot in my stomach crept back up. My mom wiped underneath her eyes where the tears were starting.

“Ok now we can go home and rest a little bit.” My mom said and climbed in the drivers seat.

Charlie and I both climbed in and we were on our way.

The whole ride home I just sat there imaging my dad. I was trying so desperately to preserve his voice in my head. The way his aftershave smelled. It was so hard. Then my dad’s favorite song came on the radio. My mom turned up the radio. “Harry loved this song. Maybe it’s his sign letting us know he’s ok.” She smiled and kept driving.

Charlie smiled and I just listened as the song started. My mom sang along.

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder

You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger

May you never take one single breath for granted

God forbid love ever leave you empty-handed

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean

Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens

Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance

I hope you dance

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance

Never settle for the path of least resistance

Living might mean taking chances but they're worth taking

Lovin' might be a mistake but it's worth making

Don't let some hell-bent heart leave you bitter

When you come close to selling out reconsider

Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance

(Time is a wheel in constant motion always)

I hope you dance

(Rolling us along)

I hope you dance

(Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder)

I hope you dance

(Where those years have gone)

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean

Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens

Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

Dance

I hope you dance

(Dance)

I hope you dance

(Time is a wheel in constant motion always)

I hope you dance

(Rolling us along)

I hope you dance

(Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder)

I hope you dance

(Where those years have gone)

Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder

(Dance)

Where those years have gone

(Dance)

When the song finished my mom smiled and was a little teary eyed. “Wow.” That’s all she said.

I looked up and we were home. I was the first out of the car and inside. I went straight to my room and laid down and dozed off.

“Charlie I can’t thank you enough.” My mom spoke as she got out of the car.

“Sue your like family to me.” He smiled.

“Let me make you some lunch and we can relax for a little bit.” She pulled the elastic out of her hair letting the pony tail fall. Her gorgeous silk black hair fell down to the middle of her back. She and I had the same length of hair and color.

As I slept I started to dream. I dreamed I was walking through he woods when I saw my dad. “DAD! Your alive.” I ran up to him and hugged him.

“Leah. Sweetheart are you ok? My dad asked.

I started to cry.

He wiped away my tears. “Leah don’t cry.”

I just held onto him. “Dad I thought you were gone. I saw you laying on the ground.”

We walked back towards our house. I could see my mom, Seth and myself all huddled around my dad who was laying on the ground. There was a little girl there also. Her hair was long and black and pulled back into a ponytail. She was scared. I felt horrible because she was crying. She called out, “Daddy. Daddy. Daddy, please wake up.” I could hear my mom all over again.

“Harry please. You can’t leave me and the kids.”

The little girl clung to Seth’s side. I watched as he put his head down. The ambulance pulled up and put my dad on a stretcher. He was put into the back and the ambulance left. The little girl was left there all alone. I turned and looked at my dad. His face was expressionless. He stood there quietly not moving. I fell onto my knees and started crying.

My dad knelt down beside me. “Leah, I love you, your mother and Seth. I need to go it’s my time.” He smiled softly at me. He kissed the top of my head and walked back into the woods.

I tried to run after him. I couldn't’ seem to get my feet to move. Then out of nowhere he little girl was right infront of me. “You made my daddy go away. Why?” She kept asking.

I started to cry. “Sweetie I didn’t mean to. I am so sorry.”

The little girl became upset. “It’s your fault you made him go away. Your a bad lady.” She was gone.

I startled awake and screamed. “DAD!”

My mom and Charlie came running in.

“Leah are you ok?” My mom sat down on the bed and hugged me.

“I...I..had a dream. He said it was his time to go. Mom it wasn’t. Then there was this little girl.” I just stopped and let my head fall back against the pillow.

“Shh Leah it was only a dream.” I looked over at my clock and it read 8:38pm.

“You’ve been asleep for a while. See if you can get back to bed.” My mom gently touched my cheek.

“Ok.” I tried to smile and fall back asleep. She and Charlie walked out.

“I should be getting home. Bella is probably wondering where I am. I will see you in the morning.” Charlie hugged my mom.

“Thank you Charlie. I will expect you around 8:00am.”

He nodded. “Yes ma'am. Call me if you need anything.” He left.

My mom sighed and curled up in my dad’s chair and finally broke down. “Harry I miss you so much. You should be sitting here in this chair.” That was the first night I heard my mom break down. She cried herself to sleep.

Note:

The song is I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack

The song was written by Mark Summers.

 

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