I woke up the next morning and amazingly, it was sunny out. I got up and threw on some clothes and threw on my sneakers and headed out to go for a run, in human form. I was was enjoying my run when someone came up beside me.
“Hello.” Jacob was there.
“Hi. Where’d you come from.”
He smiled, “I was just in the woods poking around. Care if I join you?”
I shook my head, “No that’s fine. I’m not going far. I just needed to clear my head a little.”
He kept up the pace with me, “Well I will come with you to clear your head. So ready to put up with a hungry wolf pack and your cousin?”
I shrugged as we were running, “I don’t know. I just tend to block them all out.” We finished up the run and, were back at my house and standing outside in the driveway. “Listen Jake, I want to apologize about the other night. I didn’t mean to call you Sam. It’s just,”
Jake put a hand on my shoulder, “Relax you don’t need to explain it’s ok. I’m going to go home and take a shower and I will see you in about an hour.” he smiled and jogged off down the road.
I headed inside and grabbed my towels and took a shower. I got back to my room and got dressed. I put on a pair of ripped jeans, a white fitted t-shirt and grabbed my pink sweat shirt. I put on my sneakers and gave my hair a quick brush.
My mom was in the kitchen and had made up a bunch of food.
“Wow you’ve been busy I see.” I said looking at everything.
“Oh hi sweetie. Do you think I made enough. Those boys eat a lot.” she smiled.
“I think there is plenty here.”
There was a knock on the door,
“Come in.” my mom called.
“You know you could have just invited in a serial killer.” I told her.
She looked at me, “Be serious Leah.” she smiled.
“I was serious mom. Seattle isn’t far from here.” I pretended to act scared and, she gave me a stern look. Emily and Sam walked in holding food.
“Hi Sue, Leah.” Emily smiled as best as she could.
Sam shut the door behind them and nodded at us.
I let out a loud groan, “Pardon me I think I need to go find something to do.” I left the kitchen and went into my room and shut the door. I yanked my journal out from underneath my pillow and I flipped to a blank page and started writing.
Why today? Why tonight do we have to patrol together. I hate being linked to Sam’s thoughts. Right now he’s in my house with Emily. I wish my dad were here. It’s not fair. He should be here laughing with us. Charlie and Billy would be laughing with him. I keep thinking he’s off fishing or had to run some errands. I wonder if the wound will ever heal. I don’t think I can handle losing anything else in my life. Then again my life is lost. I think it was sucked into some black hole never to return. I was just thrown into this one and have to make do with it.
As I was writing Sam and Emily were in the kitchen talking to my mom.
“So what’s been going on around here?” Emily asked putting together a salad.
“Well Leah decided last night to get in my face.”
They both turned and looked at my mom,
“Your kidding me!” Emily’s eyes went wide.
“No she and Seth went to Port Angeles. When they got home I was rather upset with Leah for taking off with him. They left a note but she never asked if it was ok.”
Sam looked at Emily then my mom. “Then what happened?” Emily was curious and leaned against the counter listening.
“I said, I don’t feel comfortable with my young daughter and son out late. She snapped saying, “It’s 8:15pm. It’s not midnight. I left a damn note and we got home safe. Get off my case.” I was a bit taken back by that. I said to her, “You will not speak to me like that. I’m your mother.” and her response was, “What’s your point?”. I couldn’t believe her, that’s when she got in my face. Seth pulled her back. She took off out the front door and slammed it behind her.”
Sam stood there and closed his eyes. “Sue I’m so sorry.”
Emily walked over and hugged my mom.
“Don’t worry about it. I felt bad Charlie and Billy were here and saw the whole thing. Charlie asked if she was in trouble and Seth said, “No, not now. Something happened before. I’m not saying anything. I promised her.” We asked him, “What do you mean, not now?” and his response was, “It’s nothing. If Leah wants you to know she’d tell you.”
Sam stood up a little straighter at that moment and cleared his throat. My mom looked at him, “Are you ok Sam?” she smiled.
He nodded, “Yeah just a tickle in my throat.”
Emily went back to finishing up the salad and setting it on the table.
“This is a lot to take on right now. It’s only several weeks since she phased. It’s a scary thing to go through. You almost lose your identity. You don’t know who you are anymore.”
Sam looked at my mom. “I don’t find it ok that she got in your face. That was uncalled for.”
My mom just smiled at Sam, “Thank you. She’s apologized. I just don’t understand why she was so impulsive.” my mom spoke softly washing her hands, and then drying them off.
There was knock on my door. “Who is it?” I asked.
The soft warm voice that I used to love answered, “It’s me. May I come in?”
I closed my eyes and took a deep breath, “Come in.” I shut my journal leaving it on the desk and turned around in my chair. The radio was on and, “Somewhere Only We Know by Keane” came on.
Sam walked in and shut the door behind him. “May I?” he motioned towards the bed.
“Go ahead.” I said.
He sat down on the edge and looked at me, “So what’s going on?”
I looked at him and rolled my eyes. “I apologized ok. I know I blew up at my mom.” Sam sat there listening. “I left a note she just pissed me off and,” I stopped there. That’s when his eyes met mine.
“I’m not here to reprimand you. I’m your alpha but I’m not your parent. I wanted to know if you were ok?”
I looked at him. I was a bit taken back. “I read my journal entry from back then. It all replayed like it was happening all over again.”
Sam just looked at me, “I’m sorry Leah.”
I just stayed quiet. I started to talk and my voice cracked, a lump was in my throat and the tears were there, “My life, our lives were pretty normal back then. What the hell happened? We were in love and, we had plans for our future.I just don’t understand. We were perfect for each other. Dammit Sam I still love you” I couldn’t believe I let it come out.
He looked at me, “I still love you.” I felt safe just for the moment.
“I understand Emily is the one, and your in love with her.” I looked at him.
He gave a faint smile, “I quite often wonder what would have happened between us if you were, pregnant.” I looked down and sighed softly. “Well I should get back out there and help them set up. There will always be a part of me that loves you Leah.” Sam got up and left my room an shut the door behind him.
I shoved my journal in between my mattress and box spring and fixed the blankets. I laid down for a bit and just did some thinking. I heard people arriving and decided I wasn’t ready to make my appearance just yet. I had a lot going on in my head. I was keeping a secret from my mom. I just told my Sam I still loved him, and now Seth knew what was going on. I finally rolled off my bed and walked out. Jared, Paul, Jacob, Seth, Embry and Quil were shovelling food into their mouths.
“Weah! How are wou doing?” I laughed at Jared trying to talk.
I think there were at least 2 hotdogs including buns, mustard and ketchup, plus some potato salad in his mouth.
“I’m good.” I replied and he smiled and somehow managed to take a sip of his soda. Paul just nodded there wasn’t enough room for him to open his mouth. Jacob looked up and smiled and I smiled back. I grabbed a hotdog to eat.
“That’s all your having.” Jacob was beside me.
“Uh, yeah. I’m not super hungry.” I said quickly finishing my food.
“So my dad told me about what happened. You were the topic on the short ride home.” he grinned.
I wanted to die of embarrassment at this point. “Was it bad?” I asked.
“No they just said they were concerned because of what Seth had mentioned. Charlie thought he might have to take you outside, believe it or not.”
I shook my head, “It’s not like I was going to attack her. I was angry.”
Jacob finished his burger, “I know that but they had never seen you act like that before.”
I took our plates and put them in the sink. The pack chatted amongst the others and laughed. Billy and Charlie ended up resorting to the television and put on something sports related. The boys all headed out. Sam, Emily and I helped clean up.
It was time to go patrol. “Mom I’ll be back later. I love you. Bye Billy, Charlie.” I headed out the door.
Sam kissed Emily carefully, “I will see you later. I love you.”
She returned the kiss and watched him as he left.
“Did Leah just leave with Sam. She wasn’t screaming or yelling.” Charlie raised an eyebrow.
“They needed to talk.” Emily smiled and sat down at the table with my mom and spoke softly.
“Well that was rather nice. You ready to patrol.” Sam smiled as we took off into the woods and separated from each other.
I went behind a tree and slipped out of my clothes and started running and felt the tremble and phased. Sam walked over to where he left me and nodded. We started running together. Paul and Jared met up with Sam and I. Embry, Quil and Jacob were together.
Sam thought to Jacob, “Where are you three currently?” The only thing we heard was,
“She’s been here recently. Maybe fifteen minutes ago. Let’s follow it.” Jacob was thinking to Quil and Embry.
“Jacob wait for me and the others.” Sam thought.
We took off running along the treaty line following the scent. You could tell it was fresh. The scent just burned your nose. The stench was of leech lingered. We then lost the scent. It stopped abruptly. She was smart and crossed the treaty line onto the Cullen territory.
“Spread out along the treaty line.” Sam spoke.
We kept running South hoping to catch her. We could hear them running and caught there scent. We had gone too far south. Jared, Paul, Sam and I watched as the Cullen’s chased her up the line heading north. We tried to catch up on our side. Then she was on our land. She was our’s for the taking. Just as we got close she danced back on to their side of the line.
“Dammit. She’s too quick.” Sam thought.
Between the four of us we could have ripped her apart. Then the big leech with the dark hair kept going after her. He was ahead of the others when he lunged at the red head. Just as he lunged at her she danced across the treaty line and was back on our land. He almost hit Paul and that’s when it got bad,
“You’re dead.” that’s all Paul thought.
The leech was on our land. Before we knew it he was back with the others on his side. Paul was snarling,
Then the blonde female got very upset and let out a hiss and glared at Paul.
“Paul calm down now.” Sam’s voice was loud and stern.
The tension was heavy in the air.
The blond male who was the leader spoke to Sam, “I’m sorry that happened. Please accept my apologies. Emmett did not mean to cross the line. Rosalie is very protective of him.”
Then the other blond male walked up next to the one speaking and everything seemed to become calm quickly. We kept our eyes on the cold ones.
Sam thought, “That one there has a power and it can’t be fought. It’s not worth trying to fight it.”
Once Sam and the leader finished talking and the calmness disappeared. The leeches gave us the lead. We kept running at full speed until we hit the cliffs north of the Makah reservation. We watched as she jumped off the cliff hitting the water and disappearing underneath the waves. The big leech and the one who calmed us asked for permission to come over the line to follow her.
Sam shook his head, “NO.”
We stayed in the area for a while hoping she’d come back. She didn’t return. The Cullen’s took off into the woods. We headed back to the woods ourselves. We patrolled all through the night until the sky started to lighten up.
“I don’t think she’ll be back for a while. We need to go home and get some rest. We’ll meet up here later on this evening. Be here by sunset.” Sam thought to us.
We took off in our different directions. I took off to where I left my clothes and phased back and was dressed in seconds. I walked home enjoying the quiet of the early morning. I sneaked in the house as quietly as possible. I laid down on the couch and fell asleep.
My mom woke up and came out and covered me up.
“Wow she never falls asleep on the couch. What happened?” Seth asked my mom.
“I don’t know. I know there was a patrol last night. I woke up and found her sound asleep on the couch.” They headed into the kitchen. “So what did you and Leah do when you went to Port Angeles on Friday?” my mom smiled pouring herself a cup of coffee.
“Nothing really we talked and walked around looking at a few of the shops. Then came home.” Seth was sitting down with a bowl of cereal.
“I’m glad you two had fun. I’m sorry about what happened when you got home. I worry about you two being there. Your not that far from Seattle.”
Seth took another bite, “The newspaper head line read, “DEATH TOLL INCREASES. 3 MORE FOUND DEAD IN SEATTLE.”
My mom shook her head, “This is why I worry. Seattle is about 3 maybe four hours from here. I know it seem’s like it’s not that close but, I just don’t like the idea ok.” Seth nodded. They finished up breakfast and got ready for the day ahead.
I woke up later that evening stretching. “Oh man I fell asleep on the couch.” I groaned.
Seth was on the floor in-front of the couch. “Mom she’s alive.” he laughed.
“Hi sweetie how’d you sleep?” my mom was in the kitchen starting dinner.
“I’m not sure. Ok I guess.” I said sitting up.
“What happened last night?” Seth asked.
“Where to start. Jacob, Quil and Embry caught a fresh trail that the red head left. They went after it. Sam wanted them to wait. Well she kept crossing back and forth between the treaty line. She danced along the line crossing back and forth between Cullen territory and Quileute. If it weren’t for the big vampire coming over the line and getting into it with Paul we would have had her.”
My mom poked her head out of the kitchen, “What happened to Paul? Is he ok?”
Great now she was worried. “The big vampire with dark hair lunged at the red head and she jumped over the treaty line, well he followed her without realizing. Well Paul got defensive and, well it was a huge misunderstanding. Anyways their leader and Sam talked and cleared everything up. We went after her again but she ran along the cliffs heading towards the Makah reservation. Then she jumped off the cliff and took off into the water.”
Seth sat there spoon frozen in mid-air my mom just listened. “Well as long as nobody got hurt.” my mom forced a smile. “We’re all fine.” I got up and headed to the table. We sat down and had dinner. Dinner was quiet.
The phone rang and I ran to get it.
Jacobs voice was on the other end. “Leah can I talk to you?”
I took the phone into my room, “Hey what’s up?”
His voice sounded different, “I’ve tried calling her house all day and she’s not home. Charlie promised to have her call when she gets in. I hate not knowing what’s going on.”
With my free hand I rubbed my eyes I was exhausted, “Jake relax ok. She’ll call when she get’s in. Charlie wouldn’t lie to you.”
His voice was pained. “I will talk to you later. I’ve gotta do something. Bye.”
The phone went dead. I brought the phone back out to the living room.
“Who was on the phone?” my mom asked.
“Jacob. Just wanted to say hi.” I smiled.
Seth knew there was more to the story than I was letting on.
“Well that was nice of him. He’s such a sweet kid.”
I just nodded.
“I’m going to call it an early night. I will see you in the morning.”
I hugged my mom, “Night Seth.”
My mom smiled, “Night sweetie.”
I just barely made it to my bed before passing out.