“I’m so sorry. I can’t apologize enough. I was busy reading,” I was lost. I just felt this connection to him. I just looked at him. The wall that was around my heart, crumbled as he stood before me. I felt the goosebumps rise all over my body. My mouth went dry. It was like electricity flew through the both of us. It felt like he was lightning, and I’d been struck by him.
He laughed, “Yeah, I noticed. It must have been, very interesting.”
I smiled, “Folklore. I love reading up on it. Never get’s old.”
He smiled, “That’s cool. I love reading about local legends.”
I smiled, “I grew up on legends. We actually had a huge campfire, not too long ago. My friends dad, told us all these cool stories.” I had sparked his interest,
“I wish I was there to hear them.” There was a quiet moment, while we both smiled at each other. “So are you from around here,”
I giggled, “Leah. No I’m from La Push.”
He perked up even more, “Quileute?” I nodded. “Those are some awesome legends.”
I bit my lip.
He kept watching me. “So, Leah. Do you have a last name?”
I chuckled, “Yes. Clearwater. Leah Clearwater.”
He smiled, “Well Leah Clearwater, I’m Hunter Emerson. It’s a pleasure to meet you.”
I blushed again. He smirked a little trying to hide it. Great I had this guy laughing at me.
“So what brought you up here?” he asked cocking his head to the side a little, raising an eyebrow.
“Clothes shopping. Had to buy some scrub pants, and shirts. Checking out where I’m going to school.”
He nodded, “Nice, nice. Peninsula College I assume.”
I nodded eagerly, “Accelerated program for nursing.”
He smiled once again, “I’m in my sophomore year for Education. English teacher.”
I smiled, “That’s great.”
We walked up to the register together quietly.
I set the book down, “This also please.”
The girl smiled and slipped it into the bags. She rung everything up, “Your total is 43.43.”
I pulled out my wallet and paid for my stuff.
Hunter set his book down on the counter, “It’s a really good book. I love it.” The title said, The Polar Express.
“It looks like a good read.”
He smiled, “It’s a children’s book, but it’s,” he searched for the right word, “magical.” I looked at him. “You’ll have to read it sometime, Leah.”
I smiled grabbing my bag, “Sounds good.”
Hunter smiled and paid for the book, and took his bag. “Well while you’re here, I can show you where the school is. Then maybe I can show you, this quiet little restaurant. It’d be my treat.” There was his grin again.
“Let me put my bags in my truck.”
He took my bags from me, “Alright. I’m a gentlemen and the least I could do is carry your bags.”
I smiled, “Go ahead if you must.” We walked to my truck. I unlocked the passengers doors opening it for him. He put all the bags inside. I locked my truck back up.
“So we still on for that dinner?” He smiled.
“Sure let’s go.”
We walked along chatting. He pointed out the school and some cool little shops. “Here is the restaurant.” Il ristorante dell'amore was written in script on the outside of the building. Hunter grabbed the door opening it for me. I stepped in and looked around. It was so cute and cozy. It was lit softly with candles on every table. There were a few people in there. The music played softly in the background. The walls had exposed brick. I loved it. The hostess smiled grabbing two menus, and showed us to our seats. We were seated at a small table for two, set in the corner. She handed us our menu’s and left us to decide. I looked over the menu quietly. I decided I would like the Chicken Fettucini Alfredo with Broccoli.
The waitress came over and smiled, “Hello my name is Antoinette. I’ll be your waitress. What can I start you off with, for drinks?”
I looked at the her, “Hunter.”
The waitress and Hunter both looked at me smirking.
“No. I mean,” I covered my face embarrassed.
“Sorry I’m not a drink.” he smirked. “How about two Cokes?” he asked smiling at me.
I nodded in response, too embarrassed to speak.
“Alright I will be right back with your drinks.” Antoinette said and turned to get our drinks.
“So are you recovered now?” Hunter asked smiling.
“Yeah. I was trying to be polite and let you order first.”
He laughed, “Ladies always go first.”
I smiled back. I closed the menu after giving it one final look over.
Antoinette was back with our drinks. “Are we ready to order?”
I smiled, “I will have the Chicken Fettucini Alfredo with Broccoli.”
She smiled and wrote it down, taking my menu. “And you sir?” She smiled asking Hunter.
“I think I will have the same thing she is having.” He smiled at me, then the waitress and handed his menu back.
“Alright thank you.” She left us to be alone.
“So, do I get to know more about you?” He smiled again at me. I smirked half pouting. That smile was like the sun. I was like the butter, sitting in the sun. I just melted under it.
He pretended to think, “Family. Any kids. Pets? You never know what secrets you may have.”
I laughed and thought, Secrets? No. Well I do turn into a giant wolf. Vampires are real. I just smiled once again, “I have a younger brother. Seth. He’s almost 14. His birthday is in about two months. My mom is called Sue. She’s a nurse at the Forks hospital.”
He nodded acknowledging me. “So what about Dad? If you don’t mind me asking.”
I felt the lump in my throat return. “He died. Actually six months ago. He had a heart attack.” I had to cover my mouth, my eyes quickly wandered the room. The tears fell before I could stop them.
“Leah I’m so sorry.” Hunter reached across the table and wiped the tears off my cheeks.
“Hunter I’m so sorry. I feel so stupid. Here I am crying in front of you. We just met.”
He took my hand in his, “Leah, it’s not stupid. He was your dad. He meant a lot to you. You were super close. I can tell.” He looked at me with such love and concern in his eyes. I felt safe.
He just continued to smile, and held my hands. It was now my turn to ask questions, “So what about your family?”
He didn’t hesitate to answer, “Only child. My mom had trouble getting pregnant. I had tons of friends and cousins. My parents are both gone sadly. My dad died in a car accident when I was 14. He was a fisherman. Fell asleep at the wheel one night because he was exhausted. He hit an on coming car. Killed the other driver and himself instantly. My mom died two days after I graduated high school. She had cancer. She at least saw me graduate, that’s what mattered.” He smiled.
The waitress came over with our plates, “Here you go.”
Hunter, and I both looked up at her. She carefully set down each of our plates in front of us. “The waitress goofed up our orders.” He switched our plates, “There much better.”
I laughed because, we’d ordered the same thing. He had an excellent sense of humor.
“There’s that laugh I love.” he smiled at me.
I blushed, and started eating. The food was amazing.
He grabbed a piece of fettucini, “Open your mouth and hold onto one end ok.”
I did as he asked. Well he put the other piece in his mouth. We both ate until our lips met. His soft lips against mine were amazing. He slowly pulled away, and sat back down, “Always wanted to do that. I’ve never had a special girl, to try it with. Well you can’t do it alone.”
I laughed and continued eating.
We finished our dinner, when the waitress returned, “Desert?”
Hunter looked at me, and I shook my head. “Check is all we need please.” he smiled and she set down the bill. He looked at it nonchalantly and left some cash on the table. He walked over and reached out for my hand. I stood up and took his and left
Once we were outside he wrapped and an arm around my waist, “So I was thinking we could share an ice cream? If that’s ok with you?”
I smiled and wrapped my arm around his waist. “That sounds lovely. You know this is sounding like a date.”
He smiled, “I wouldn’t call it a date. Those are usually planned. I would call this,” he smiled and stopped looking at me. “the day I met the girl I will one day marry.”
I blushed a deep red. “You seem quite sure of that.” I replied. “We’ve only just met.” I couldn’t fight the smile that spread across my face.
“Haven’t you heard of love at first sight.”
I laughed, “Alright you got me there.” He kissed me gently and we started walking again.
We were at the ice cream shop and looked over the menu, “Any idea what you would like?”
I looked over the menu, “I think I want a small dish of black raspberry.”
Hunter stepped up to the counter, “How about a medium dish and we can share?”
I nodded, “Alright.”
He ordered the ice cream and I waited to the side. “I’ve got the goods.” Hunter smirked carrying the ice cream.
I laughed as we walked back to my truck. I opened the back so we could sit on the bed. “Nice truck. Your dad’s?” he asked.
I nodded, “How could you tell?”
He laughed hopping up on the back, “The way you light up when you see it.”
I smiled carefully climbing up beside him. He had some ice cream on the spoon and fed it to me. It was so romantic. We chatted a little about the weather. What to do around Port Angeles. He hopped down off the bed to throw out the dish that held the ice cream. I scooted carefully to the edge. Just as I was about to climb down, two hands were around my waist. I was carefully set down on the ground. “Thank you.” I smiled.
“My pleasure.” he shut the back of my truck. “So do you have a curfew Ms. Clearwater?”
I laughed, “What time is it?”
He looked at his phone, “6:15pm.” I couldn’t believe it. I thought it would be later. “So a curfew?” he asked once again, pushing a stray hair behind my ear. I shook my head. He smiled, “So I’m going to go out on a limb and guess, you thought it was later. Well, when you lose track of time, it means your enjoying yourself. You forget about all your worries. I did lost track of time as well. I’m enjoying your company, immensely.” That made me feel great.
He looked into my eyes. His soft blue eyes looking back into mine. I wrapped my arms around his neck. I wanted to stay in this moment forever. He leaned down to kiss me and I met his lips with mine. He pulled away and kissed the top of my head, then looked at me, “So would you mind if I took us somewhere? We can go in your truck.”
I handed him the keys, “Really?” I nodded, “You know this area better than I do.”
He smiled and walked around opening my door and I climbed in. He shut it behind me and climbed into the drivers side. “I want to show you a place I love to go.”
We drove for about ten minutes, when we arrived at a parking lot. We parked and were out of the truck, walking down a nice path.
“I love this place.”
He sat beside me. We held hands. "I spend a lot of time here. It just helps me relax and think. I also talk to my mom here. When she died, I spread her ashes in the ocean. She wanted to travel so badly. She did a lot of traveling on the computer. Google Street View really allowed her to escape. My dream was to send her to Paris."
I could see how much he missed her. It made me realize how much I missed my dad. "I have a spot back in La Push like this. I go there when I need to think. When I'm lonely and missing my dad."
Hunter smiled, "Well maybe you'll have to show me this place. It sounds nice."
I smiled, "I will. I promise." Our eyes met as we smiled, " I've not been this happy in a long time. I feel different with you. It's like you complete me."
Hunter gently held my hand, "I feel the same way also." He pulled me close, wrapping an arm around be. I rested my head against his chest. The sun was setting and I was cuddling with the sweetest man in the world. Fear set in. What if he left. We were perfect. He was the missing piece. I tried to keep tears back but they fell. A small sniffle alerted Hunter.
He moved and took my face in his hands, "What's wrong? Please talk to me."
I took a deep breath. "Back when I was in high school. I was going steady. Like three years steady with my boyfriend. Well he left me. He disappeared for three weeks. Well he came back and now is engaged to my cousin. Since it happened, I've hated him. He's wished I'd just disappear. Facing your ex-girlfriend at family functions isn't that easy. I've been nasty to him and my cousin."
Hunter looked at me, "You've had every right to be angry and hurt. I promise I will never do that. I'm glad you've opened up to me." I smiled.
"So I guess I should tell you a little more about me. Hmm... Well I love all the legends around this area. I've read all kinds of things. I am fascinated with shape-shifters, vampires, witches. All that stuff really intrigues me. I also love the story of the Banshee. She let’s out a piercing cry. Only one person hears it. The person who hears it, has been forewarned of their upcoming death.”
I chuckled, “I remember hearing that story as a kid. I told Seth about it. One night he heard a wolf howl and screeched. Oh man. I got in so much trouble for that.”
Hunter and I laughed, “Wow. You really do pick on him. You seem to have a great relationship with your family. I would love that. I would love to have a family, one with you.”
I smiled wide, color flushed to my cheeks. We sat quietly until the sun had set.
“Well I hate for this night to end. I want you need to get home safely. So how about we exchange numbers. Tomorrow I can drive down and you can show me your beach.” he smiled and just gently lifted my hand kissing it.
I smiled, “Alright sounds like a plan.” I gave him my cell phone and home number.
“Alright. I will call you in a little bit?”
I nodded, “Would eleven o’clock be ok. I know I will be home by then for sure.”
He shook his head. "Not a problem.”
We exchanged a deep passionate kiss. This kiss erupted a fire that surged through my veins. My heart raced and it wouldn’t be slowed down. He held me tightly. I had my arms around his neck. There was no space in between our bodies. He slowly pulled away, kissing my forehead gently. My hands slid down meeting his, “Get home safely. I love you.”
We walked back to my truck. He waved me off and I began the drive home.
The ride home was quiet. It was a bit lonely. There was this ache all over my body. It felt like there was a weight on my chest. I felt tears stream down my cheeks. My thoughts were swarming. What if he didn’t call. What if I never saw him again. I finally pulled into the driveway. My mom’s car wasn’t there, neither was Charlie’s. I noticed no lights were on either. I sighed. I was hoping if someone might be home. That way, I might be able to get my mind off worrying. Then again, how could I explain about this guy I just met. This guy who was mine. The guy I was meant to be with forever. Would they worry. Think it was something like Sam, and I had. That was different. That was young love. This was my true soul mate. I grabbed my bags. Then I realized, Hunter had forgotten his. I grabbed his bag as well. I walked inside and flipped on a light. I locked the front door and brought my bags to my room. I grabbed my journal and headed back into the living room. I curled and opened to a blank page and started an entry.
September 15th, 2006
Where do I begin??? These past three days have been good and crazy. Jacob phased in front of Charlie. Well Charlie now knows about us. Then I received a letter from Carlisle. Well He’ll pay for all my schooling. I’m all enrolled. He took care of everything. I know it seems crazy. I dislike them but, Carlisle is genuine. Tonight was amazing. I met someone. A very special someone. We went out to dinner. Shared an ice cream. Sat on the beach. It was so nice.
I stopped writing when my cell rang. “Hello.” I answered.
“Hey there cutie. Glad to see you made it home safely.”
I smiled wide, “Let me call you on my home phone. Nobody’s home so I can talk.”
He quickly replied, “Alright babe.” He hung up.
I called him back. “Well that was fast. Miss me?” He asked chuckling.
“Yes I do. You lighten my mood. By the way, you left your book in my truck.”
I could tell he was smiling.
“Well now. I guess I will have to come get it. Tomorrow ok?”
I was beaming, “Tomorrow would be perfect. I can give you my address now.” I heard movement,
“Alright, I’ve got a pen, and paper.” I told him the address. “Alright. I would like to spend another day with you. You need to get some sleep. I will see you tomorrow. Buenos noches mi amor.” He hung up. I placed the phone up and returned to writing.
Well he just called me. Oh I’m being so vague on everything. Well as I said, Carlisle is paying for my schooling. I actually felt bad how I treated Carlisle and Esme. I still am reluctant to trust the others. Anyways today was absolutely amazing. I went shopping in Port Angeles. Well I bumped into this guy named Hunter Emerson. He’s so sweet. He took he out for dinner. He reenacted the spaghetti scene from, Lady and the Tramp. We kissed. It was so romantic. Then we held hands. He’s my imprint. I’m not sure how to tell him. I didn’t believe you could feel that connection to the one. It’s amazing. Well time for me to turn in. Good night.
I got up and shut off the light, and headed into my room. I put my journal away and climbed into bed. I fell asleep with such ease that night. I had several dreams. One was of Hunter and I eloping. Crazy I know. It was perfect timing for us. Then I dreamt of seeing myself with kids. My alarm pulled me out of my sleepy daze. I felt around shutting it off.
“Hey Jacob’s already here. He started on the truck. Oh, and some guy named, Hunter called. He said he’ll be here at 11:30.” Seth left and went back out to Jake.
I pulled my face out of the pillow groaning. The alarm read 8:45am. I threw off the covers and took my time getting ready. I rummaged through the clothes I just bought. I pulled out, a simple brown sleeveless, knee length dress. I decided on a pair or earrings, and then slid my sandals on. I ran my fingers through my hair one last time.
I stopped in the kitchen grabbing an apple, then walked outside. Jacob, along with Seth, were under the hood of the truck. I could hear them talking. I heard metal clinking.
“Well all the fluids are topped up. I need to do an oil change. If you want to learn, I’ll show you. I assume you’ll get this next.”
Seth laughed, “You’re probably right. But hey it’s a mode of transportation.”
Jacob agreed. I walked over leaning against the hood of Jake’s Rabbit. Jacob pulled his head out, “Whoa. You look nice.”
I laughed, “Good morning to you as well. Thanks for doing this for me.”
Seth pulled his head out also. “Wow sis. You clean up nicely.”
I shook my head chuckling. The boys went back to working on the car. I headed back inside the house. I sat quietly waiting on the couch. I picked up the bag with Hunter’s book. Carefully I read it. I could see why he loved it. I just looked around the living room. I looked at the pictures on the walls. I was just trying to stay calm. The excitement coursed through my veins like a race track. I had goosebumps and a huge smile.
A little while later, the sound of a car pulling into the driveway, had me on my feet. I was outside in a flash.
Hunter was just climbing out of his car. I walked over to him smiling.
“Hello there beautiful.” He smiled wrapping his arms around my waist. He kissed me so gently. It felt like electricity coursed through our lips. This connection was amazing. “So did you miss me?” He smirked, and I nodded sheepishly. “So I’m your’s all weekend, if you’d like. I have no other plans.”
This made my heart swell. “Well I could drive up your way tomorrow if you’d like.”
He pretended to think about, “Hmm, how about we hang down here tomorrow. We can check out the amazing forests.” I liked this idea of his, except for the vampires, and the wolves. I didn’t think they’d be out during the day. So we’d be ok until about dusk. He spotted Jake, and Seth watching us, “You know we have a small audience.”
I quickly whipped around and blushed. “Oh yeah. Hunter this is Jacob. He’s a family friend. This is Seth, the famous little brother.”
Hunter extended his hand, shaking both of theirs. “I’m Hunter Emerson. I’m from Port Angeles.”
Jake nodded grinning, I”m also Leah’s amazing mechanic.”
Hunter laughed, “Good to know. I may borrow you, if I need help.”
Seth introduced himself, “I”m Leah’s angel of a brother. I’m also her conscious.”
I shook my head. “You two stay out of trouble. I’m going out for the day. See you later.”
Hunter walked me around to the passengers side and opened my door for me. “So I was thinking we’d check out Forks. If that’s ok with you.”
I smiled, “That’s fine with me. We can grab lunch, walk around a little bit. Check out some shops.”
He shut my door and walked around climbing in the drivers side. Once we were on the road, he offered his hand for me to hold. I smiled enjoying the moment.
“So are you nervous about starting monday?” He smiled.
I nodded, “Yeah. I’ve gotta pick up my books when I get there.”
He grinned, “Well I will have them all together. I work there part time. I can show you around to your classes.”
I was so glad I had someone to help me around the campus. “Your a life saver.”
He smiled, “I could let you get lost.”
I chuckled and relaxed.
It was pleasant riding in the car with him. He opened the windows, and the moon roof.
"So, you're into Eco Friendly cars?"
Hunter laughed, "Yeah. But it's such an awesome car."
I smiled, "I wish I didn't have that huge truck that I have to drive. I try to recycle and clean up trash whenever I see it."
He smiled, "Now see there. You're contributing by helping in other ways. We can't always help what kind of car we have."
I smiled, "Well once I save up some money. I plan to give the truck to Seth. He'll need something soon."
We just pulled into downtown Forks. He the parked in front of Charlie's favorite diner.
"This place any good?" he asked opening his door.
"Yeah, my mom's boyfriend comes here all the time." That sold him on it. He climbed out and walked around opening my door, offering me his hand to help me out. "Thank you." I smiled.
"Anything for my lady." he gave me that grin.
We walked inside and found a booth.
Rosie was working once again. "Hello kids. Today's special is, Tuna Melt with homemade Creamy Tomato Soup."
I smiled, "I think I'll have the special. May I have a Coke with my lunch."
Rosie smiled, "Sure. Anything for the Chief's daughter." Hunter's head snapped up looking directly at me. Rosie looked at him, "Do you need a minute hun?" she smiled showing her white teeth, which seemed extremely bright, compared to her deep red lipstick.
"Uh, no ma'am. I will have the special as well. May I have an ice tea."
Rosie smiled taking the menu's, "Sure thing kids. Give me about ten minutes." she turned and walked behind the counter.
Hunter looked at me, "Chief's daughter? I'm just a little curious but is there something I should know?"
I chuckled, "Charlie Swan, he's the chief of police here in Forks. Well he and my mom are dating. Things are moving quickl, but are turnng serious. Well Charlie is like a dad. He see's Seth and I as his own."
Hunter breathed a sigh of relief, "Oh, ok. So he doesn't have any kids?"
The devil on my left shoulder stabbed me with it's pitch fork. "He has a daughter, Bella Sw...Cullen. Sorry. She just got married a little over a month ago. I guess Charlie and Bella's mom married really young. It didn't work out, so they divorced."
Hunter just rested his arms on the table listening. "Cool. So how old is your, "step-sister?"
I shook my head, "Not any relation to me. My mom hasn't re-married. Seth would like to think of her as one. She and I don't quite see, eye to eye." I shrugged.
"That kind of stinks."
I smiled faintly, "She and Jacob used to be super close. Then once she got married, that changed."
Before he could ask anymore questions, Rosie returned with our drinks, plates and bowls. She placed the silver wear on the table. It was carefully wrapped up in napkins. She reached into her apron pocket and pulled out two straws. "You kids holler if you need anything." she returned to behind the counter and let us be.
"So it seems as though, there's tension between you and Bella."
I couldn't tell him the whole truth. I could tell him some. "There's a lot behind it. I blame her for a lot. I know I shouldn't but I do. She hurt Jacob, really bad. He's happy now, but still. She's just selfish. She stomped on his heart, dragged it behind her, then left it in the rain. I see her like Sam. I think that's why I dislike her so much. There's other things as well. She has everything now." I had told him some of the truth.
But he was on to me. "Leah, is there something you're not telling me. I won't judge you. Just talk to me. I won't run away." he slid his hand across to mine, gently he rubbed my knuckles.
I took a deep breath, "I want to give you two very important things to me. I can only give you one of those. I gave Sam two of them, my heart and well," my eyes fixed on the table.
Hunter got up and gently sat beside me. His warm arm wrapped around me. "I understand. I'm so sorry."
I just laid my head against his chest, "That's not all of it." I looked up at him, "I had a pregnancy scare. Well I wasn't. But he disappeared for three weeks. Then when he came back he was different. That's when we broke up."
Hunter hugged me gently, "Leah I'm so glad you were honest. I'm sorry that happened. I'm not like Sam, nor would I ever be. Things happen in life we can't understand. It may be too soon to say this but, I love you. There's something about you. We fit so perfectly. I can't quite put my finger on it. The way you look at me. You seem so comfortable."
I was comfortable. I didn't want this day to end. We quietly finished eating our lunch.
"Leah that was delicious. So what should we do next?"
I smiled, "There are some shops around. There is a book store if you'd like to check it out. Forks is kind of small. There's the beach but,"
I watched Hunter's eyes light up. "Really? That sounds like so much fun. I have a pair of shorts with me I could wear. We could stop so you could change. I want to check out the shop first, if that's alright?"
I smiled, "Let's go then." He left some money on the table, and offered me his hand. I took it quietly smiling and walked out with him.
He held my hand as we walked, "I could see myself living here. It's quiet, and nice."
I smiled, "I grew up here. So if I want any privacy, I don't say a word ."
He laughed, "Yeah. I could see how that might be a problem."
I smiled and saw a small jewellery shop. "I think I want to check this place out real quick."
Hunter smiled opening the door for me. I stepped in and walked over to the jewellery counter. I found this really pretty pair of tear drop turquoise earrings. I decided to buy them, along with a turquoise ring. I paid for my stuff and looked around at the clothing section. Hunter came up behind me, wrapping his arms around my waist, "Are you all set?"
I smiled, "Yes I am. Shall we go to the beach now?"
He smiled, "Sounds perfect." he took my hand once again and thanked the shop worker.
We walked along back to his car. He unlocked the doors, and opened my door for me. I climbed in and he shut the door. I was so comfortable. I truly had found love. I had imprinted. He climbed in and we were on our way to La Push. I leaned against Hunters shoulder. He moved his arm carefully wrapping it around my shoulder. We rode along quietly while the music played softly in the background. We pulled into my driveway and he parked. I hopped out and, grabbed my bag before he could open my door. I was walking around to his side.
"Hey not fair. A gentlemen opens the door."
I laughed, "I was faster."
He climbed out and grabbed his shorts out of the backseat. We walked inside to find Seth sprawled out on the couch. We walked passed him. I showed Hunter to the bathroom.
"I will be out in a minute." he smiled and kissed me on the cheek.
I went to my room and shut the door. I rummaged through my drawers and pulled out my bikini. I quietly slipped out of my clothes and carefully hung my dress back up. I grabbed a two towels, and pulled on a pair of shorts. I slipped only flip flops and walked out to the living room. Seth looked up at me, "Jake said your truck is all set. Mom called, family dinner here tonight. She'd like you to come. Charlie will be here, along with Billy."
I nodded, "Alright. I'm going swimming with Hunter."
Hunter came up behind me quietly, "Ready?"
I smiled and said bye to Seth. We headed outside. Hunter was wearing a pair of Khaki colored cargo shorts. He wasn't wearing a shirt. He had a very nice body. He kept in shape. We walked quietly to the beach. I laid down my towel, and kicked off my flip flops.
I stood closing my eyes, enjoying what little bit of summer was left here. Hunter came behind me wrapping his arms around my waist.
He gently rested his chin on my shoulder. "I can see why you like it down here. This is absolutely beautiful."
I smiled I didn't want him to let go. I gently placed my hands on top of his, "Don't let go, please."
He kissed me gently on my shoulder, "I won't ever let go."
We stood there for a little bit just watching he waves. We just enjoyed each others company. "Babe lets go swimming." He slowly released me from his arms. He took my hand and we headed into the water.
We swam out a ways, and gently rode on the waves. He swam over to me smiling. I swam over to him. I wrapped my arms around his neck, kissing him with such passion. His fingers were untwined in my hair. The kisses seemed to last forever. He slowly pulled away, and held my face in his hands, "I love you so much. You've made this day so far, amazing. Yesterday as well. I'm glad I've met you."
My heart slowly melted. We splashed around in the water for a while. We finally headed back to the shore. We laid down on our towels. He reached over and held my hands. "So what are your hopes, and dreams for the future?" Hunter asked.
"Well I plan on graduating and becoming a registered nurse. I would like to get married and have a house. I would love to have children but,"
That's when Hunter propped himself up on his elbow, "But? You can talk to me. Please be honest."
The pleading look in his eyes killed me. "Well, they think I had an early menopause. But if I can relax, I may be able to, well start cycles. There's no promise." I gave a half hearted smile.
He held my hand in a firm, loving grip. "If your meant to have children you will, in some way. Trust me in that." I looked at him, trying to keep the tears back. "I will support you no matter what. If it turns out were friends, lovers, in a relationship, or of we get marred. I will always support your decisions." I wanted to pinch myself. I couldn't really have this guy, all to myself. He just looked into my eyes. I had found true love. I had not imprinted, but I found my soul mate.
We laid there for a little bit chatting. "So are we going to graduate in the same class? I know with my accelerated course, I will be done in three years."
Hunter thought about it, "It may be very possible. That would be amazing. If we started our new lives together like that."
I smiled, "So will you be working while going to school as well?"
He nodded, "Yeah. School book store. Plus after school program for kids. Tutoring here and there."
I smiled, "Busy schedule huh. In going to be working three or four shifts, at the hospital in Forks. They're only four hour shifts. It gives me some experience. A little money in my pocket. It looks good on my resume. I'm not sure where I will work after I graduate, maybe Port Angeles, maybe Forks. I just don't want a quiet job."
Hunter nodded, " I hope to teach in Port Angeles. It's where I grew up. It's home for me."
I smiled, "I understand that." I sat up stretching looking at the sky. "We should head back and get showered. My mom wants a family dinner. That includes you. I'd like you to meet them. We seem to be hitting it off." I stood up grabbing my towel, shaking it off.
Hunter grabbed his towel, "That we do." We held hands walking back to the house. My mom still wasn't home yet. It was only 4:00pm.
"Hunter shower first. I will take one after you."
He smiled, "Will do ma'am." he pretended to salute me and I laughed.
My mom called and I grabbed the phone, "Hello."
My mom's happy voice was on the other end. "I need you to preheat the oven to 375. I will be there in about 30 minutes. We're having lasagna. Charlie is coming with me. See you soon." she hung up.
I called out to Seth asking him to turn on the oven, which he did. Hunter poked his head in my room, "Showers all yours babe." he smiled and went out to living room with Seth.
I showered, and was dressed, when my mom pulled in the driveway.
I smiled when I walked out seeing Hunter. He and Seth were talking and, laughing.
"She's crazy. Watch out. When she doesn't have enough sleep, she's mean."
I made a face at Seth.
Hunter just laughed, "I like this kid. Where'd you find him?"
I smirked, "My mom went to the pet store. They were all out of puppies, so she brought him home instead."
Both of them burst out laughing, "She's got a sense of humor." Hunter commented.
Seth nodded, "Sadly yeah. Usually at my expense though."
I had to smile at that. Then I heard the front door open.
Hunter stood by my side holding my hand. My palms were sweating. For some reason I felt like, I was confessing to a murder.
"Leah, Seth. We're here." She and Charlie walked in shutting the door.
"Geez Leah it's only mom and, Charlie. He's not carrying his gun. Hunter will be fine."
Hunter laughed, "Hello Mrs. Clearwater and Chief Swan. I'm Hunter Emerson. I've been accompanying Leah, these past two days. I must say she's a lovely young woman."
Charlie along with my mom both smiled. I was teetering between nervous and letting out a nervous burst of idiot laughter. "Well Hunter nice to meet you. Glad she's found a nice friend." Charlie sat down beside Seth.
My mom smiled, "It's a pleasure to meet you. I do hope you're staying for dinner?"
He nodded, "Yes ma'am. Would you like some help? I love to cook."
She smiled, "I'd love that. The lasagna just needs to be put in the oven. I need to cut up stuff for the salad. I need to wash the veggies as well."
Hunter smiled, "Put me to work." The two of them walked out into kitchen.
I grabbed everything and set the table. I sat down in the living room on the love seat, and Charlie smiled at me. His attention was back on the television.
After the salad was all set Hunter sat beside me, pulling me close to him, "Hey beautiful."
I smiled. My mom sat down beside Charlie. "So Hunter told me you both hit it off. I'm so glad you've made a friend at school."
I blushed, and she smiled. I closed my eyes curling up against Hunter. He held me a little tighter. Seth's sniffing seemed so loud in my head, "Dinners ready. Let's go.
Thirty seconds later the timer on the oven went off.
"That kid always knows when foods done." Charlie remarked.
We got up and headed out to the table. Hunter helped my mom serve dinner. Charlie whispered to me, "I like this guy. Be smart to keep him around."
I smiled, "Thanks Charlie."
Dinner was served, and Hunter took a seat beside me. There was the typical dinner chatter. Hunter was asked about what year he was in college, what was his major, family and all that fun stuff. My mom almost seemed excited I'd met him. Seth smiled and gave me a thumbs up. It felt great. Dinner ended quietly. Once again Hunter helped my mom. Then I realized he doesn't have someone to do this with. I smiled knowing he was happy. Desert was coffee with, brownies and vanilla ice cream. We all laughed and talked. I excused myself to freshen up. Hunter and my mom spoke, "I've not seen Leah this happy in a long time. She's gone through a lot. You make her smile. She deserves to be happy."
Hunter smiled, "She's an amazing girl. I know we just met, but she is like the missing piece to my puzzle. I can't wait to spend more time with her."
My mom smiled.
"Just take good care of her. She's like a daughter to me." Charlie smiled.
"I sure will. She mean’s the world to me."
I came back out and he smiled up at me, “Hello beautiful.”
I smiled, “Come with me please.”
He smiled taking my hand.
I led him outside, “I thought we could watch the sunset. It’s really pretty.”
He smiled and took my hand, “Well that’s good, because I want to talk with you.”
My heart started racing. It worried me when anyone said, they want to talk to me. It’s like a horrible feeling. It can be something great, someone’s going to tell you. But as a kid, I always thought the worst. We walked along and sat down in the sand. He sat behind me, and pulled me back. His arms wrapped around my chest, cradling me.
“You’re warm huh.” He chuckled.
My thoughts started racing. He noticed my warmth. He’s never mentioned anything about it before. Oh great. How would I explain this. I took a deep breath in and slowly let it out.
“Are you ok?” He leaned to the side a little, looking at me.
He hugged me carefully. “Don’t ever be sorry. I want you to talk to me. Be comfortable. So tell me what’s going on. I can tell something’s bothering you now.”
I swallowed and spoke softly, “I get nervous when anyone says, they’ve gotta talk to me. It’s like this automatic knot forms in my stomach. Then there’s a lump in my throat. I start trying to think of what I did.”
Hunter laughed, “You’re not in any trouble. I wanted to give you something.” I felt him slide something cool into my hand. “You’ve truly have won my heart. I wanted to give you something, that represented it.”
I looked at this beautiful carved, wooden heart necklace. It want hanging form a piece of suede. I smiled, “Hunter I love it.”
He hugged me again, “Good I’m glad. So the question is, will you be my girlfriend. I know we’ve only known each other for about two days,”
I turned and cut him off by gently kissing his lips. “I want to be with you. I love you. Hunter you make me feel whole again.”
He smiled, “You do the same to me as well.”
I leaned back against him. We watched the waves quietly. Tonight was perfect. I must have dozed off in his arms.
He gently roused me, “Babe. It’s getting a little cool out here. You’re tired. I want to get you home.”
I yawned, “Sorry. What time is it?” The sky was dark.
“It’s 10:30pm. I didn’t want to move so I let you rest.”
I smiled and slowly got to my feet. “So are you driving home?” I looked at him as he was standing up, taking my hands once again.
“I’m going to spend the night at the motel in town. The Quileute Oceanside Resort. I was thinking I’d check out tomorrow night. Class on monday of course.”
I smiled, “You’ll be right down the street.”
He laughed, “Yes. I always bring extra clothes. So I’m all set for tomorrow. Maybe you can come get me. I will call you once I’m checked in.” He smiled and walked me back to the house. He wrapped his hands around my waist. I wrapped my arms around His neck. We shared the most intimate kiss.
He slowly pulled away, and smiled at me, "I will call you in a little bit. I love you Leah."
I smiled back, "I love you Hunter." I turned and walked inside.
Charlie, and my mom were sitting at the table drinking coffee, and playing cards. "Hi hun. Did Hunter drive home?."
I shook my head, "He's just staying down the street. He's going to drive home tomorrow. I'm going to my room. I'll see you later."
She smiled, "Tomorrow Charlie's going to the Cullen's. I'm going to go with him. You'll be on your own."
I shrugged, "Have fun with that." I headed for my room and shut the door. I changed into pjs and laid down on my bed. The phone rang once when I answered it, "Hello."
His warm comforting voice was on the other end, "I'm all checked in. I want you to get some sleep. I will see you tomorrow. I love you, sweet dreams."
I smiled, "I love you to babe. Goodnight." I hung up, and fell asleep quickly.
There was a knock on the front door.
Seth answered the door, "Hey man. What's up?" Seth gave Hunter a high five.
"Leah?" Hunter asked stepping in shutting the door.
"She's still asleep. My mom made a huge breakfast if you'd like some. She and, Charlie already left."
Hunter strolled into the kitchen and made himself a plate. "Anywhere fun?"
Seth laughed, "They went to see Charlie's daughter and granddaughter."
Hunter was a bit puzzled, "Wow. He has a granddaughter. I knew she was married."
Seth grinned like a dope, "Yeah they got married back in August. Then a kid came in the picture." Hunter raised an eyebrow. "It's a long story." Seth laughed.
Hunter nodded, "Sounds like it." he laughed.
"I'm heading out myself. Make yourself at home." Seth headed out.
I slowly came around stretching. I smelled food and headed for the kitchen. Hunter was sitting at the table, reading the newspaper.
"How long have you been there?" I asked grabbing my plate of food.
"A little while. Seth just took off. I guess Charlie and your mom went to see his granddaughter." I nodded sitting beside him. "So I was wondering, if maybe you'd like to grab lunch out. Then maybe come back here, and watch a movie. I saw you have one of my favorites."
I smiled eating. He got up grabbing, Ferris Buellers Day Off. I nodded swallowing my food. "Love that movie."
He smiled, "Good. So what I we got lunch out and bring it back here? Sound like a plan?"
I nodded, "Sounds great."
He touched my hand and looked at me, "Babe are you alright? Your skin feels like its on fire."
Great he picked up on it. Now this poor guy is really concerned about me. How do I explain to him, what's really going on?
I pushed my plate away,"We need to talk. Really talk."
Hunter moved as close to me as possible, not letting go of my hands. "Ok, let's talk please baby. You've got me really worried."
I took a deep breath in and let it out. "Remember when we met, you talked about, er, shape-shifters. You said you really loved Folklore. What if it wasn't all Folklore?"
Hunter looked at me as he mulled it over, "What are you saying, like shape-shifters are real? That'd be interesting."
I took another deep breathe, "Well in the Quileute heritage, those so called legends, well they’re real.”
Hunter looked at me trying to fight back a smirk, “Babe. That’s folklore. They’re supposedly true stories that are passed down over the years.”
I sighed and looked at him, “Hunter I’m not kidding. I turn into a giant wolf. So does Seth. There are others on the reservation as well. Jacob is one as well. I’m his pack. He’s my alpha.”
Hunter looked at me up and down, “Leah, I love you but I’m having trouble believing this.”
I sighed, “If I show you and you run away, I’ll understand. But if you choose to stay we need to talk.”
He looked at me, “What else do we need to talk about?” he smiled rubbing my hands with his thumbs.
I took a deep breath. I went pale. I felt myself start to shake nervously, Hunter was really concerned, “Leah breathe please. You’re really worrying me. I held his hands trying to breath. That's when it all went black.
I was out cold. Seth came back, "Hey I need help." Hunter called out.
Seth walked out to find Hunter on the floor beside me. "What happened? You're lucky I came back. I forgot my wallet."
Hunter spoke nervously, "We were talking about shape-shifters. She said that, you, her and others turn into wolves. I said I didn't believe it. She said she'd show me. Then she said she had to tell me something else. She went pale and got shaky and well."
Seth nodded, "Well that could be a variety of things. Let's get something to cool her off with."
Seth grabbed and ice pack and wrapped it in a towel slipping it under my neck. Then he grabbed a towel soaking it in water and put it on my forehead. "I can call my mom. She could be here in like 30 minutes maybe less."
Hunter was really worried, "Help me move her to her bed. I know basic first aid."
Seth nodded and Hunter picked me up. They put the washcloth back on my face, and the ice pack on the back of my neck, once I was laying on my bed.
About 20 minutes passed since everything happened. I slowly came around. Someone was holding my hand, and gently touching my cheek. "Hey beautiful. Gave me quite a scare there. Your brother helped me get you to your bed. Are you feeling better?"
I looked around slowly nodding, "Yeah. I'm sorry." I went to sit up.
Hunter was stopping me, "Relax. I'm not going anywhere. So you needed to talk to me. Well I'm not leaving so lets talk."
I nodded breathing slowly, "I told you about Sam leaving me. Well he imprinted on my cousin. See once you phase, well turn wolf. when you find your mate, you imprint. It's like knowing they're the right one for you. Well she was the one for him obviously. I took it so badly. I held a grudge. The other pack members have imprinted. There are only four out of ten that haven't. I'm one of those six. I imprinted on you."
He leaned down kissing me deeply, then slowly pulled away. He held my hand, "For me I just felt a connection to you. I'm glad we found each other. I'm glad your being honest with me. I think we should hang around the house. Let's take it easy. We can watch a movie, or tv. I want to know more."
I smiled, and he slowly helped me sit up.
We curled up on the couch and flipped on the tv.
"I love this show." It was Law & Order: SVU.
"I do too. They usually show it all day. I think I've seen every episode."
He held me closely, "Well we can watch it all day."
I smiled, "So I need to tell you a few more things."
Hunter smiled, "I'm all ears."
I took a deep breath, "Well when I phased. I stopped having menstrual cycles. As long as I phase, I don't have periods. I age at a much slower rate. I may be able to have a menstrual cycle. I'd have to stop phasing for a long tome. I'm not sure if I could have kids."
He laced his fingers with mine, "Their are various ways to have children. As long as I'm with you, that's all that matters."
We spent the rest of the day together quietly. The clock read 7:30pm.
Hunter kissed the top of my head, "Babe, I need to head home. I will text you when I get in."
I walked with him, out to his car. He held me for a few minutes, "I love you. Thank you for being honest with me. I will see you tomorrow."
We kissed then he climbed in his car, and took off down the road. I went back inside.