The week had passed too quickly. Between school and work, I was living off of coffee. I had just pulled into the driveway. Charlie was over parked behind my mom’s car. I shut off my truck, and let my head fall back. I was so tired at this point. I just wanted to rest my eyes for a few minutes. Instead of resting I dozed off. Charlie’s cruiser sat in the driveway behind my mom’s car. I was startled awake by Charlie knocking on my window. I sat up and rubbed my eyes.
He opened the door. “Hey kid. You alright?”
I yawned and covered my mouth. I reached over grabbing my backpack. “I’m just really tired. I’m supposed to work 7pm until 11pm tonight.”
Charlie nodded, “Well it’s 5:30 p.m now.”
My eyes went wide, “You’re kidding. I pulled in my watch said, 4:45 p.m.”
Charlie chuckled, “Well your mom thought she heard your truck. When you didn’t come in, I came to check.”
I climbed out sliding my backpack over my shoulder and shut the door. We both walked inside.
My mom looked up, “How long have you been home?”
I yawned again, “Since 4:45 p.m. I fell asleep in the truck. I need to eat something quickly. Maybe do a little homework then head out.”
My mom nodded, “There’s a sandwich in the fridge for you.”
I smiled and grabbed it and then went to my room.
I sat down, devouring the sandwich in seconds and got to work on my homework. I had to leave no later than 6:00 p.m to get to work on time. It took me (without any traffic or bad weather conditions) 40 minutes to get to work. The house phone rang and I didn’t even pay attention to it.
“Leah phone.” I reached over and picked up. My mom hung up.
“Hey beautiful. So tomorrow what time should I come?”
I yawned again, “Oh excuse me. How about 11am? If that’s not too early.”
Hunter smiled, “Sounds good. Are you alright?”
I sighed and leaned back in my chair, “Yeah. I’m tired. I dozed off in my truck in the driveway. It was off thankfully. I was out cold for about 45 minutes until Charlie woke me up.”
Hunter spoke softly, “Can you call out? You’re exhausted.”
I sighed, “It’s only a four hour shift. I have the whole weekend off. I don’t have to work again until Tuesday.”
Hunter listened, “Well then do I have you for the whole weekend again?”
I laughed, “Of course you do. I may just need a nap.”
He laughed, “That’s fine. We can take a nap together.”
I smiled, “Well Mr. Emerson, I need to finish this paper then get ready for work. I will call you tonight when I get home. I should be home by midnight.”
Hunter smiled, “Alright sounds good. Be safe. I love you.”
I blushed, “I love you too. Talk later.” I hung up. I went back to my homework. I just finished one assignment. I rolled my eyes. It was 5:50 p.m. I quickly changed, grabbed my keys and backpack and took off out the door.
"Wow, not even a good bye.” Charlie commented.
“Yeah. It’s bothering me a little. She’s so tired. She’s busting her butt at school. She’s up until all hours doing homework. Then she’s working 3 days a week. I know they’re short shifts but it’s a lot on her. She leaves here by 5:00 a.m and doesn’t get home until almost 5:00pm. Her first class is 7am.”
Charlie gently rubbed my mom’s shoulder holding her, “Well she’s a big girl Sue. She has to decide what’s right for her. Maybe Hunter will say something to her. Maybe he’ll notice it also.”
My mom nodded, “I just thought the job would be ok with her. I didn’t expect her to be so busy. I feel like I’m partially to blame. I didn’t tell her she had to work. I just thought she might like the experience.”
Charlie sighed, “Listen don’t blame yourself at all. Talk to her calmly. Express your concerns. Maybe she can cut it down to one evening shift. Only work four hours. It still gives her a little money.”
My mom nodded gently laying her head on Charlie’s shoulder.
I pulled into the hospital parking lot at 6:45 p.m It was just starting to rain. Great, people drive stupidly and that’s when accidents happen. I walked in and put my bag in my locker. Tonight I was in the emergency room. I worked where ever I was needed. I signed in and was put to work. It was quiet right now. I went through and stocked all the rooms. Everything was all set. I sat down and worked on some charts. I organized some paperwork that needed to be taken care of. I ran a few things to the lab. It was quiet.
The night ticked by it was finally time to head home. I signed out and grabbed my bag and was out the door. I ran to my truck, I looked like I’d just taken a shower because of the rain. I started my truck and was on my way home. The visibility was horrible. I took my time. As I drove along the music played softly in the background. I didn’t pay much attention to it. The rain kept pouring down. I just prayed to get home safely. I was coming around one of the curves on highway 101 on my way back home. Out of nowhere this car comes flying around and just missed hitting me head on. I was able to swerve and went off on the side. They kept going. A bunch of kids screwing around with an out of state plate. I sat there for a few minutes trying to collect myself. My watch was reading 11:45 p.m already. The rain had slowed my drive home considerably. I slowly pulled back onto the road and made it home safely. I grabbed my bag and quickly got inside. Charlie and my mom were already in bed. Seth was in his room listening to music. I locked the front door and went to my room. I shut my door and flipped on my bedside light. I changed out of my damp clothing into a pair of comfy sweatpants and a baggy t-shirt.
I crawled onto my bed. The clock was reading 12:30 a.m. I grabbed the phone and dialed Hunter’s number. A very alarmed Hunter answered, “Hello, Leah!”
I yawned, “Yeah babe it’s me. I’m home. I’m sorry I’m later than I expected.”
He let out a sigh of relief, “I was worried about you. It’s pouring with rain here. I tried your cell but it was off.”
I cringed, “Yeah. I was coming around a corner and this idiot,' deep breath, "came around way too fast. I quickly moved and was on the shoulder of the road. I’m safe. It was a bunch of kids.”
Hunters voice tensed up, “You’re safe though right? They didn’t make contact?”
I blew out a sigh of relief, “No contact. Just scared the hell out of me.”
The sigh of relief was loud on his end, “Alright babe. Listen get some sleep. I will be down there sometime in the morning. I love you, and sweet dreams.”
I smiled, “Love you too.” I hung up. I turned off my light and fell into a deep sleep.
My mom woke up the next morning and made breakfast. Hunter had already shown up.
He gently knocked on the door then walked inside, “Hello? Anyone home?”
My mom smiled and called out, “Kitchen Hunter.”
He walked in smiling, “Hello Sue. Smell’s delicious.”
She smiled, “Saturday morning breakfast is my speciality.”
He laughed, “Everyone asleep?”
My mom shook her head, “Charlie’s getting dressed, Seth headed to the store to get some juice.”
Hunter chuckled, “That explains why the trucks not here.”
She nodded, “I let him drive just on the reservation.”
Hunter grabbed plates, silverware, and glasses, quietly setting the table.
“Thank you hun.”
Seth was just walking inside,
“Juice boy is back.” They both laughed, “Thank you Seth. Just set it on the table.”
Hunter looked up and nodded, “What’s up kid?”
Seth shrugged, “Not much. I’m starving.” Seth patted his stomach.
Charlie walked out, kissing my mom on the cheek, “Morning.” She smiled, “Breakfast is ready boys.”
Everyone took their seats. My mom served breakfast then took her seat. Charlie picked up the paper, and looked over the front page.
“So what time did Leah get in last night?” my mom asked.
Hunter spoke up, “It was about 12:30 a.m. I guess she was run off the road. Some kids whipped around a corner last night. She’s safe. It just scared her. She was yawning a lot. I know it’s only the first week of school but she’s exhausted. I know we’ve only known each other for a week but she’s the one I’m meant to be with. I’m concerned. She’s working and doubled up on her courses.”
My mom nodded, “I had mentioned the same thing to Charlie. Maybe you can talk to her. I know she’s earning money. Maybe she could work a few hours on campus. I’m not asking her to pay for anything here.”
Hunter nodded, “Well let’s see what she’ll say.” He smiled and ate his breakfast.
I finally came to and could hear soft laughter in the living room. I stretched and got up and made my way out.
Hunter saw me and smiled, “Hey there sleeping beauty.” I smiled and walked over to him, sitting on his lap. “I wondered if you were ever going to wake up.” He laughed softly and kissed my forehead.
“I’m sorry I was so tired. What time is it anyways?”
My mom looked at her watch, “1:45 p.m. Hunter has been here since this morning. We didn’t want to wake you.”
I yawned quickly covering my mouth, “Well you should have.”
Hunter gently pushed my hair behind my ear. “Well we need to talk. It’s nothing bad. So no panicking on me. I spoke with your mom. We think you’ve taken on a lot. Within this past week, you’re already exhausted. As the weeks go on, the courses will get tougher. There will be more work. I know you just started your job but I, well we think you should quit. Focus on school. If your concerned about paying for stuff, working a few hours on campus. You could tutor or do something.”
I sighed, “I feel like I’m giving up.”
Hunter gently hugged me, “Leah it’s not giving up. It’s keeping yourself healthy. If you’re concerned about gas money for the truck. I can drive you a couple of days a week. That’s not a problem. I don’t want to see you getting hurt.”
I looked at my mom, “Are you ok if I quit? Do I need to talk to someone, or will you?”
My mom smiled softly, “I can talk to who’s ever in charge. I will explain, since it was my idea to get you the job.”
I smiled, “Alright. No more working.”
Hunter smiled, “What if we did Monday, Wednesday Friday?”
I looked at him, “That’s a lot. What if we do, Monday and Friday? If your ok with it pick me up Friday morning. I’d go to class. We can stay down here somehow, or...”
Hunter smiled, “You could stay at my place as well. I do have a spare room.”
I smiled, "Well you could drop me off Monday evening. Would that work? I could drive Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It’s one day you’ll have to get up super early to get me.”
Hunter smiled, “I’m up early. I could pick you up by 5:00 a.m. Maybe we could grab breakfast on Friday morning? Your class starts at what time, 8:00 a.m?”
I nodded, “Yeah it’s my late day.”
Hunter grinned, “Sounds perfect.”
My mom smiled, “Well if Hunter comes down here to stay, well I can make up the couch.”
He smiled, “Thank you Sue. I appreciate your hospitality.”
Charlie sat quietly paying attention to the afternoon game on the television.
“So we now have a schedule.” Hunter smiled. This will be good for both of us. “Now you need to eat missy. Let’s get you some lunch.” He gently set me on my feet and walked to the kitchen.
I looked at my mom and nonchalantly nodded towards the bedrooms. She looked at me and nodded. I quietly walked into my room. She smiled kissing Charlie on the cheek, “Be right back.”
Charlie mumbled something unintelligible. She slipped into my room shutting the door behind her. She joined me on my bed, “Is everything alright?”
I smiled wide, “I wanted to tell you. I had a feeling you might know. I imprinted on Hunter. I’ve told him I imprinted. I explained about my body temperature, and the whole phasing thing. He’s ok with it. He knew about the legends.”
My mom was a bit taken back, “Wow. I knew something serious was going on. I didn’t realize that you’d imprinted. I’m happy for you. I’m a bit shocked he didn’t freak out.”
I laughed, “Well I didn’t tell him anything else regarding the Cullen's.”
She nodded, “Probably best not to right now.”
I grinned and there was a light knock on the door, “Leah, lunch is ready. I made you a tuna fish sandwich.”
I smiled and got up opening the door. “Everything alright? Am I in trouble?” Hunter joked handing me the sandwich.
“No come in.” I took the plate and sat down on my bed. Hunter sat at my desk. “Leah filled me in on the two of you. I’m happy for both of you.”
I quickly ate my sandwich. I was starving.
“Well glad to know I make a good sandwich.” Hunter grinned.
“Mom he’s ok with the whole, children thing.”
She smiled, “You’re a great guy. I’m glad she’s happy. I’m glad you’re both happy.” I will let you two have some time alone.” She hugged me gently and patted Hunter on the shoulder and let us be. I set the plate on my desk. Hunter joined me on the bed.
“I’m glad your mom is so easy going. I’m being honest about you having the spare room. I don’t want you feeling uncomfortable. I’m not rushing this. I’m not pressuring you.”
I smiled slowly moving closer to him, gently kissing him on the lips. His arms came around and pulled me close. “I love you.” he whispered softly against my lips.
“I love you too.”
He pulled away and just looking into my eyes. “So I thought a lazy day was in order. I will help you with your homework. We can do what ever you would like.”
I smiled, “How about we watch a movie. I’ve got a tv and a dvd player. Well I’d love to show you one of my favorite movies. I love book as well. My mom used to read it me when I was little.”
Hunter smiled, “I’d love too. So what is it?”
I blushed softly, “The Phantom of the Opera.”
He nodded, “By Gaston Leroux. Amazing story. I remember reading that in high school.”
I slid off the bed and popped it in the dvd player and grabbed the remotes and curled up with him. “This bed is so small. I’m sorry about that.”
Hunter grinned, “Just means I’ll have to hold you. Conserve space.”
I smiled and kissed him on the cheek.
“Ms. Clearwater. If you keep that up, I may just blush. What would the others say?”
I laughed, “Oh dear I don’t know.”
The movie started up and we enjoyed it quietly. I sang along quietly. I was in heaven.
My mom had called out for dinner. We joined the others and ate.
“So are you kids staying here tonight or are you heading up to Port Angeles?”
Hunter looked at me, “That’s up to Leah. I always have extra clothes just in case I get stuck some where. We live in Washington after all.”
Charlie nodded, “I like this kid. He thinks ahead. Leah keep him.”
I chuckled, “I intend too.” I looked at my mom and smiled. I turned and looked at Hunter, “I would love to head to your place tonight. That way you don’t have to sleep on the couch. We can do something up your way tomorrow. I will be home Monday evening.”
My mom smiled, “Alright. Finish up dinner. I don’t want you driving up there too late.”
I smiled and finished eating. “I’m going to take a shower quickly, then pack some clothes, and grab my bag for school.” Hunter smiled and kissed the back of my hand. I was gone.
They finished up while I quickly got ready. Seth cleared the table loading up the dishwasher. Hunter waited in the living room. I came out with a duffle bag, and my backpack. “Alright I’m all set.”
Hunter smiled and grabbed my bags. “I will carry those for you. Thank you again for dinner Sue.”
She hugged both of us, “Be careful. Call me when you get in. I love you kids.”
I teared up a little, “Love you too mom.”
Charlie stood up, “Well be careful like she said.”
I hugged Charlie, “You too. See you later.”
We headed out the door. I walked to the car and climbed in. Hunter put my bags in the trunk. He walked around and climbed in the drivers side. “Let’s go babe.” He started the car and we were on our way to his house.
I curled up in the passengers seat. I just looked at Hunter smiling. Then slowly I felt my eyes close. The ride was so nice. It was raining still. That didn’t matter. I was with the man I loved. “You can sleep if you want. I will wake you up when we get there.”
I smiled, “My eyes just are sore. I didn’t want to tell my mom that working was becoming too much. I’m going to stick to my course load. I will push through.”
Hunter gently held my hand, “If it becomes to much go the extra year baby.”
I sighed, “I just need to relax. I think not working now, I can do better. I appreciate you being so willing to drive me.”
He smiled, “Anything for my lady.” I smiled softly. We pulled up to the house. It was nothing big. It had charm, personality, warmth. There was a detached garage which had black doors. The garage matched the color of the house, it was a nice green. The porch was nicely lit. There were adirondack chairs that sat together. Oh it looked so inviting.
Hunter came around and opened my door and helped me out. He grabbed my bags and unlocked the front door. I stepped in and it was so cozy.
“This is home.” He shut the door behind me locking it.
“This is beautiful. Wow.”
He set my bags by the bottom of the stairs and took my hand. "I’ll show you around."
Every room was amazing. It just held so much love.
“This is a Craftsman Bungalow. It was built in 1923. Everything is original wood wise. My parents had the electrical, plumbing and stuff re-done. I just had new insulation put in, along with the windows done back in June. The whole energy efficient thing."
I couldn’t stop smiling. “Hunter it’s beautiful.”
He smiled, “I will show you to the spare room.”
I looked at him, “Actually could I sleep in your bed.”
He nodded, “Of course. I can take the spare room.”
I blushed, “I was hoping maybe, we could share your room. I know nothing would happen. I’ve wanted to badly to spend a night with you. When we’re away from each other, it’s really hard.”
He smiled and kissed me softly on the cheek, “Well my lady. This way to OUR room.” We walked upstairs.
His bedroom was to the right of the top of the stairs. From the bedroom window you could see the ocean. It was beautiful. The sound of the waves crashing against the rocks was so peaceful. I walked over to the window and looked out.
Hunter set my bags down wrapping his arms around me. He gently rested his chin on my shoulder, “It’s so nice sleeping with the windows open. You wake up to the waves, and fall asleep to them.” I smiled and just kept looking out the window. The sound of the ocean was peaceful. Hunter wrapped his arms around my waist, and gently rested his chin on my shoulder. “I can stay like this forever you know.” A soft smile spread across my face. “Your also the only girl, besides my mom, that’s been in my room.”
I turned and looked at him, “Well I wish I could say the same to you.” My smile faded slowly.
He picked my chin up looking into my eyes, “Listen you were honest with me. I don’t care. So don’t worry please.”
I took a deep breath nodding. To the left there was a closet. Two windows faced the ocean. Another window was to my right, it looked out on tall pine tree’s.
I slowly took in the beauty of the room. The walls were an off white, creme color. The floors were original, beautiful hardwood. There was a rug on either side of the bed. A rocking chair was tucked in the corner. On either side of the bed were nightstands with matching Tiffany lamps. The whole house had this charm to it. I just fell in love it. Above the bed were four picture frames. The first one had Hunter’s Parents when they were married. The second was a family photo. The third was Hunter, with his mom on his graduation day. The last one was empty. I looked at it puzzled.
“I’m saving that one for a special picture. When we do get married one day, we can put our wedding picture in there.”
I teared up a little and wrapped my arms around his neck.
He hugged me back chuckling, “Glad to know how you feel about that. He kissed me softly and whispered in my ear, “Get changed into your pajama’s. I’m going to lock up downstairs.” He let go and walked downstairs.
I was glowing. I had only dreamt of finding someone. But he was real. The way he held me. The way he kissed me. I pulled out a navy tank top, and a pair of blue plaid pj’s bottoms. I changed quickly, putting the clothes I had worn up, back in my bag. I retrieved my toothbrush and toothpaste and set off for the bathroom. It was right across from the top of the stairs. The house was so cozy. It was filled with love and warmth. I quickly brushed my teeth and returned to the bedroom. I pulled the covers back and climbed into the huge four poster. It was so comfortable. I imagined this must be what it feels like to lay on a cloud. It felt like I was floating. Hunter came back in wearing just a pair of grey pajama bottoms. He looked so good. I started to blush a deep red. Hunter let his head fall backwards as he laughed. “I think you like what you see.”
He came over, and climbed under the blankets with me. I cuddled up with him. I felt so safe in his arms. He kissed the top of my head. “Let’s get some sleep. I know you’re exhausted. We have all day tomorrow to spend time together.” I smiled and fell asleep in Hunters arms.
I woke up the next morning. There was a gentle breeze, which carried the smell of sea salt air. I loved it. I rolled over and noticed Hunters side was empty. I tried to fall back asleep but was unsuccessful. I heard the door shut downstairs. The smell of freshly made bagels wafted its way upstairs. I climbed out of bed and made my way downstairs. Music was softly playing. I leaned quietly in the doorway of the kitchen. On the table were bagels, already cut in half. There was cream chees, butter, and jelly's on the table. Two plates were set across from each other. Two glasses of orange juice sat beside each plate. I could smell freshly brewed coffee. Hunter had just placed the coffee mugs on the table. He looked, and smelled amazing. He was wearing a light blue long sleeve flannel shirt. It hung open. Underneath is was a fitted white t-shirt which contoured to him perfectly. He was wearing light blue jeans, and a pair of hiking boots. He turned around spotting me.
"Did I wake you?" Hunter walked over to me, wrapping his arms around my waist.
I shook my head, "No I woke up on my own."
He smiled and kissed me softly, "Come eat. I went to the bakery. I grabbed an assortment of bagels for us." He pulled out my chair for me, and I took a seat. He sat down across from me. The music flowed softly in the background as we chatted.
I finished eating and sat back relaxing. I wanted to ask Hunter a question but hesitation took over.
He noticed it, "What's up?" he set down his coffee cup, looking at me. I almost felt like I was intruding on his privacy. He kept looking at me waiting, "Cat got your tongue?"
I took a deep breath, and relaxed a little. "I feel out of place asking this. I feel like it's none of my business. I was curious how you can afford to live here, go to school, and work part-time after classes."
Hunter laughed, "First I have a full scholarship to school. Covers books and every course, for every year I attend. Electricity and heat. Well because most is energy efficient, I save a lot there. My dads boat, I rent it out seasonally for fishing trips. It's not cheap using the boat. I make money back to keep it running. It's safe, and up to date. Plus my parents left me an inheritance. I've also have money put away. You're not being nosey. You're my girlfriend. You've every right to know."
I smiled at him, "Thank you. I guess it wasn't that bad."
He laughed, "Don't be afraid to ask questions." He got up walking over kissing me. He took our dishes putting them in the dishwasher, then refilled my coffee.
"So I was thinking we could go out today, if you'd like. Totally up to you."
I smiled, "I need to do some homework tonight."
Hunter grinned, "Well Nurse Leah, I can be your patient." I laughed and, so did he. "There's a farmers market downtown. They have some other vendors down there also."
I smiled at him, "Well if you'd like to go, we can go."
He smiled wide, "You'll love it. Trust me."
I smiled and finished my coffee. "I just need to get dressed, then we can go."
Hunter practically jumped out of his seat, "Go get ready. I'll grab the shopping bags."
I smiled and hurried upstairs and got dressed. I pulled on a pair of jeans and a lavender shirt. I slipped on my sneakers, and quickly brushed my teeth. I grabbed my purse and was greeted at the bottom of the stairs to a soft kiss. "Let's go my lady." We linked arms and headed out to his car.
We walked around to the different tents. The smells were overwhelming. The fresh scents were delicious. If Seth were here, he might have died from drowning. He would have drooled that much. We made our way through grabbing things from different stands. Then Hunter picked up fresh made bread. It was still slightly warm.
I looked at him, “Fresh is the best.” I smiled and smelled it through the wrapper. Finally we finished up. There was so much food in the bags.
"Who's gong to eat all this?" I asked looking at them, as we put them in the trunk.
Hunter smiled, "We will actually. I'm planning on making a homemade vegetable soup when we get back. Then we can freeze it. I can send you home with some. I love to cook."
I grinned and kissed him, "Sounds good to me." We were on our way home.
Once we got back, I sat quietly in the living room. I had my books spread out and, worked quietly on my homework. Hunter worked quietly in the kitchen. Music played softly in the background, and he hummed along. I caught myself yawning but the day was fun. I let my head fall back against the couch, and dozed off quietly. I woke up and looked around. My books were all stacked up neatly. I had a blanket draped over me. I stretched and stifled a yawn.
Hunter sat down beside me, "Hello sleeping beauty. There's soup on the stove, if you're hungry."
I leaned over and kissed him. "Let's go eat then. I'm a hungry wolf." I winked at him and headed out to the kitchen. He'd already set the table. I poured soup into both of the bowls and set them on the table. Hunter walked out with a blanket around him.
He made it look like a cape with a hood, "Excuse me Miss Wolf, have you seen my grandmother?" I started laughing, and he did as well.
We ate quietly and cleaned up. He scooped me up in his arms. "So I was thinking we can watch a movie. It's your choice."
I looked at his DVD rack. "You have Auntie Mame?!"
He chuckled and set me down, "Yep. That has to be one of my favorites."
How was I this lucky? Then he was my imprint. He was my soul mate. He was mine. He popped in the movie and pulled me onto the couch with him. I smiled curling up with him. We recited lines, laughed and enjoyed each others company. Once the movie ended he kissed the top of my head. I looked up and smiled.
"Head up, and get ready for bed babe. I will take care of the fire, and lock up."
I stretched and made my way upstairs. I changed, and crawled into bed. I hadn't realized how tired I was. I fell asleep before Hunter joined me.
I woke up, curled up against him. His arms wrapped around me. His bare chest against my back. He whispered softly in my ear, "Morning beautiful. Sleep well?"
I smiled and spoke softly, "Very much so, and yourself."
He gently squeezed me, "Of course I had you to hold." We laid there quietly as the ocean sang quietly outside the windows. The soft glow of the sun, warmed the room.
"Are you hungry?" He asked.
I shrugged, "A little. Maybe cereal."
We got ready, and had breakfast and took off for school. Hunter was parked in his usual spot. I looked around quietly. Hunter was on my side and holding the door open for me.
He looked around as well, “Are you looking for something?”
I shook my head meeting his eyes, “I had this strange feeling like I was being watched.” I moved out of the way so he could shut the door.
Hunter pulled me close to him, putting an arm around my waist. “Well I will walk with you to your classes.”
I smiled, “Don’t worry about it hun. Probably just my imagination playing with me.”
He smiled, but I could tell it still bothered him. “Well let’s meet up at lunch. I will see you in a little bit.” He kissed me and took off for his class.
The morning dragged on. It seemed like my classes would never end. I headed to the cafeteria and found a table. I pulled out my text book, and quietly read. I wanted to get a head start on my homework.
I hadn’t realized Hunter was there, until he slid a sandwich in front of me. “Hey there. How’s outer space?”
I closed my text book looking up. “Sorry my day has just been dragging on.” I unwrapped the my sandwich and quietly started eating. Our lunch was very quiet. Hunter kept his gaze on me. I could tell I was worrying him. We finished lunch and head back to our classes. He had to stay after to tutor. I hung out in the cafe and waited for him. That feeling creeped up on me again. I looked around. I couldn’t find anyone actually looking at me.
Hunter sat down across from me, pushing a coffee over towards me. “Hey babe. Ready to get going?”
I nodded and smiled. I scooped up my stuff, and walked with him to the car. Before I got in I kissed him, wrapping my arms around his waist. “You seem to be a little better.”
I nodded, “Just a weird day. Maybe it’s just typical monday.”
He chuckled, “Maybe it is. Let’s get you home.”
The drive home was quick yet quiet. He pulled into the driveway and looked at me, smiling gently. I smiled turning to look at him.
“I think you’ll get into the swing of things. Mondays are still tough for me to adjust too.”
I laughed, “Just a matter of time.”
He nodded, “I hate to do this but I need to get home. I will call you when I’m done with my homework. I promise.”
I smiled and kissed him softly, “I love you. Drive safe.”
He kissed me back, “I always do.” I smiled softly and climbed out and headed inside. I heard the car driving down the road.
Before I set my bag down, my mom called out, “Dinner in thirty minutes.”
I mumbled a, “Ok.” going back to my homework. The news played softly in the living room. My brain still felt super focused. The time had passed, and I was so deep into my work.
My mom tapped me on the shoulder, “I called you several times. I didn’t get a response. Seth is already at the table. You alright?”
I pushed away from my desk, standing up, “Yeah just working on homework. Got wrapped up in it. Let’s go eat.”
She smiled and we headed to the table.
Seth’s big goofy grin greeted us, “About time. I was going to start eating without you.”
My mom shook her head and started eating, as did I.
“So The Cullen’s asked how your classes are going.”
I looked at Seth, “Carlisle and Esme asked correct?”
Seth laughed, “Yes they were the one’s that asked. You’re so particular.”
I smiled, “Yes I am. Let them know it’s going good. I’m staying busy. I’ll be doing some work on campus to earn a little money.”
My mom smiled, “I’m glad you found a part-time job on campus.” I nodded, and had finished eating.
Seth was all to eager to fill me in on, the vampire child. “So Nessie is growing fast. It’s insane. Bella is adjusting to the immortal life well. She’s not had any accidents.” He was gushing like a teen girl.
My mom glanced in my direction.
“Well good for Bella. Too bad we all can’t adjust to major life changes so easily. It must be wonderful to be perfect and a Cullen.” I got up and left the table.
“Leah please calm down. He didn’t mean it like that.”
I turned around and looked at my mom, “Just know that, if you ever marry Charlie, she’s your step daughter. She’s Seth’s step-sister. She’ll never be anything to me.” With that I went to my room, and shut the door locking it.
I sat at my desk and put on music. I went right back to my homework. I mulled through it as the anger was growing inside of me. I could hear Seth and my mom talking.
“I thought Hunter had calmed her down. Guess I was wrong.” My mom sighed, and it was clear she felt defeated.
Seth stood up hugging her, “Don’t worry mom. She may never get over Bella and everything that’s happened. Even though everyone else has moved on she maybe stuck. Leah really went through a lot. I saw inside her head. I feel so bad for her. She was the first to be hurt by Imprinting. She’s the first female wolf. She’s really got the crappy end of the deal.”
My mom looked at Seth, “For such a young man, you’re very wise. Does Leah talk to you?”
He shook his head, “Nope but she’s like a book, easily readable.”
My mom gently caressed Seth’s cheek. “ I have two of the most amazing children. I don’t know what I’d do without you.”
Seth helped clean up after dinner.
I finished up my homework. I couldn’t see straight anymore. I closed my books and shoved them back in my bag. I shut off the light, climbing onto my bed. I didn’t bother changing into pj’s. I just laid in the dark. The wind started to pick up outside. The windows rattled softly The dull ache that was caused, from being away from Hunter lingered. Tonight it was worse then usual. I heard several howls in the distance. I was pretty sure it was a routine, perimeter patrol. Jacob hadn’t called on me. I assumed it was Sam’s pack. I tried to stay awake, and wait for Hunters call, but nothing came. I finally gave into the sleep, I so desperately needed.