The weeks passed, and Halloween was here. My mom had to hide the Halloween candy for trick or treaters from Seth. She had to replace her stock twice already. Charlie was over more often than before. He would go on and on about Renesemee. We were over the Cullen’s more frequently now. My mom usually accompanied Charlie. He was slowly adjusting to the world of “weird”. Jacob was always with the Cullen’s as well. He was still alpha to our pack. Or because it was no longer the three of us. Embry and Quil had joined us as well. I was promoted to second in command. I was frequenting the Cullen’s as well. It wasn’t my first choice but Jacob wasn’t leaving unless, it was an absolute emergency. I noticed school was appearing to take a back seat as well.
Evening was approaching fast. I’d been home for about an hour from school.
“Leah, I made lasagna. When you’re ready to eat, help yourself hun. I’m going to Charlie’s for a bit. Please be safe.”
I rolled my eyes, “Sure. Dinner. Safe. Pass out candy. I think I can handle it.”
She smiled, “Alright. I’ll be home around midnight. Love you.” She kissed the top of my head and was out he door.
I had the house to myself. Seth had already taken off with his friends. Trick or treating was something he never missed. I curled up on the couch and dove into my homework.
The night passed with kids ringing the bell. I finally was out of candy by about 8:30pm. I grabbed the remote flipping on the tv. There were the typical scary movies on. I stopped on Dracula with Bella Lugosi. I laughed at the cheesiness of the movie. I thought out loud,” If vampires really looked like that. Maybe people would be smart and stay away.” Seth had just walked in as I finished my thought.
“Leah, you’ve gotta give it to The Cullen’s. They blend in pretty well. They’re not making people into meals, like traditional vampires do.”
I looked at him raising an eyebrow, “How are we to know, they don’t secretly kill a human for a holiday meal?”
Seth shook his head, “For one their eyes would change color. Second you need to get out more often.” He flopped down beside me on the couch. The thunk as his pillowcase hit the coffee table, made me jump. “I hit the mother load this year.”
I looked at the bulging pillow case, “You’ll be trick or treating until you’re 30.”
Seth laughed, “Most likely.”
The weeks continued to pass after Halloween. School was consuming most of my time. I worked a couple of days a week on campus. Three hours shifts weren't too to bad. If it was quiet, I did some studying. Luckily after classes on Friday, I stayed in Port Angeles until Monday. Commuting between La Push, and Port Angeles took a total of three hours Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. One way was an hour an half drive. It seemed like a lot, but I couldn’t give up on my education. I wanted to be a nurse. It was in my blood to help people. Sunday’s you could find Hunter and I hunched around the kitchen table, studying and doing homework. We balanced each other perfectly. Finally my crazy life, had some sense of normality.
Back in La Push things had changed. There were changes amongst the packs for sure. Sam, and Jacob had come to an understanding. There was no longer any animosity. Quil and Embry had joined Jacob’s pack. I was now Jacob’s beta. I checked in with Jacob constantly. The only problem with it was, he was always at the Cullen's. I still was not comfortable going there. I knew he was there because of Renesmee. It just made everything so much more difficult. Seth had no issue’s with them. They were like his best friends. Now Charlie was over there a lot as well. Every time he went there, my mom tagged along. She stayed quiet the whole time. She never left his side.
One evening when we were home alone I asked her, “Why do you go there if it bothers you so much?”
She smiled at me gently, “Charlie has been thrown into this supernatural realm. Renesmee does things that he can’t quite wrap his head around. You're there for the one’s you love, no matter the circumstances.”
I mulled it over realizing she had truly found happiness again and it was with Charlie.
I had finished up at work and closed up shop. I decided to head to Hunters house.I climbed out and felt a chill in the air. Typically as a wolf this wouldn’t have been noticed. I looked around before I headed inside. I’d be home for a little bit by myself until he came home. I decided to occupy myself with homework and worked quietly. The door opened as the clock read 7:30pm. He set his bag down, and hung up his jacket, then walked into the kitchen.
“Hey baby. Sorry I was so late today. Someone called out sick. I was thinking instead of cooking, we could order in, or go out. It’s up to you. There is an amazing sub shop down the street a ways.”
I closed my book, “Let’s go out then. I’m really in the mood for a steak and cheese with some french fries.”
Hunter laughed, “Well my hungry wolf. If you’re ready let’s go.” He smiled opening the door for me and we left.
We came home after dinner. I took off my hoodie hanging it up. I sat down on the couch, kicking my shoes off. Hunter joined me wrapping his arms around me, pulling me close to him. “I had a great time this evening. That was delicious. So how was class today?”
I shrugged, “It was class. Lots of notes. Tons of studying ahead.”
Hunter smiled and looked down at me. “I really am so glad I met you. I admire you. You’re everything I ever wanted in someone.” He kissed the top of my head.
“Well that’s why I think I imprinted on you hun.”
He laughed, “Oh my wolf girl. I do love you more than you’ll ever know.” I smiled and felt the butterflies in my stomach come to life.
The weekend passed, and it was back to school for us. Monday was like usual for me. Hunter, and I met up at lunch time. He had brought lunch for both of us. Turkey and cheese on whole wheat with mayo. He slid one across the table to me. I was unwrapping the sandwich, when our eyes met. “I have something I wanted to ask you, but I wasn’t sure how to ask.”
I looked at him raising an eyebrow, “Uh ok.” I set the sandwich down.
“So I wasn’t sure how to approach the question. I didn’t want to offend you at all.” I felt a little on edge of what he might ask. “What do you guys do for Thanksgiving? Do you celebrate it?”
I laughed out loud, causing others around us to look at me. Poor Hunter was turning red. “That was the question. Well we don’t do much. We have a small dinner or did. Usually afterwards sat around watching football. This year my mom was going to Charlie’s for the holiday. They were having a small gathering there."
Hunter nodded, “Oh ok. I wasn’t sure because of the whole thing in Plymouth.”
I nodded, “They use the day to remember their ancestors.”
Hunter smiled, “Well how would you feel about spending the holiday with my family, and I? It will be aunts, uncles, cousins, and a few kids.”
I smiled, “That sounds really nice. I would love to.”
He smiled appearing to have relaxed, “I can’t wait. It will be our first Thanksgiving together.”
I smiled, “The first of many to come.”
He leaned across and kissed me. We finished up lunch, and head off to our classes.
I finished with class and went to the coffee shop. I found a chair by the window and made myself comfortable. I quietly drank my coffee while reading over my notes and my text book. I was all caught up on my homework. All my assignments were turned in. I was just getting some studying done for upcoming exams. I wanted to be prepared. While the afternoon passed and turned to evening, that feeling of being watched came over me. I glimpsed around the coffee shop but no eyes were aimed in my direction. I looked out the window and found the same, nothing. People walked by going to where ever their destinations may be. I decided I wasn’t going to tell Hunter. I didn’t want him worrying because my mind played tricks on me. I went back to reading, and curled up in my chair, losing track of time.
Hunter walked in and squatted beside me gently putting his hand on top of my hand. “You ok?”
I looked around, and then looked at him. “Huh?”
He asked again, “Are you ok?”
I closed my book, and he set it on the table in front of me.
“Uh yeah. I just was wrapped up in reading.”
He knew I was lying to him. He eyed me, “You seem off. Let’s head home ok.” I looked at him confused. “You’re staying with me. We talked about driving back to La Push tomorrow. We were going to stay there for the night and come back up Wednesday morning,or afternoon. We’re supposed to go grocery shopping tonight.”
I just looked at him blankly for a few seconds before responding, “Yeah right. Sorry totally slipped my mind.” He put my book in my bag, and I picked it up. I slipped on my jacket, and we left.
We were finally home after grocery shopping and had put everything away. We had dinner, and put the dishes away after washing them. Hunter pulled me over to him gently. He looked into my eyes like he was trying to find the words on a blank page. I just looked back at him. “Talk to me. You’ve been acting strange. I’m worried. You didn’t touch your dinner. I’m not sure what happened.” Hunter carefully touched my forehead, letting his hand slide down my cheek, turning my face side to side examining me.
“I had that feeling of being watched again.”
Hunter tensed up, “Why didn’t you tell me earlier. This bothers me that you feel like that.”
I sighed softly, "I shouldn't have told you. I knew you were going to get upset. It's just a feeling. Nobody is there."
Hunter rubbed the back of his neck, "Just promise you'll stay safe. I can't lose you."
I nodded, "I will. You won't lose me."
He forced a smile. I could tell he was still worried. His eyes were tight, holding back the anger, and worry. The knot in my stomach was growing as I could feel his eyes on me. “Let’s get some rest.” We headed up to bed, falling asleep early.
We’d gone down to La Push, and visited. Nothing new was going on. Everything remained the same. After visiting we headed back to Hunters house and started preparing for tomorrows dinner. We had everything all prepped. It took us about three hours. Everything was neatly stacked in the refrigerator. We had already set the dining room table for everyone. We'd all fit comfortably. Hunter stood beside me, wrapping an arm around my waist. "Thank you for all the help. We did a great job."
I smiled at him, "We make a great team." Hunter kissed me gently on the cheek. He was still guarded, which wasn’t like him. He kept a close eye on me.
We headed to the back room where the fireplace was. It was a cozy room. It had two couches out there. There was a huge braided rug that sat in the middle of the floor. He had a small book case out here. There was a floor lamp tucked in the corner. Just through the trees, I could make out moonlight on the water. He pulled me down onto the couch with him. "I only imagined having someone so special."
I smiled curling up next to him. He slowly stroked my hair, my eyes fell heavy. He grabbed a remote turning on the radio softly. Some instrumental music played, as I dozed off.
I came around finally. I was laying curled up in Hunters arms. He'd carried me upstairs tucking me into bed. It was 7:30am when I quietly snuck out of bed. I went downstairs and started preheating the oven. I went back upstairs and headed for the bathroom. The house was quiet. I could hear the ocean in the distance, even with the windows closed. I turned in the hot water and undressed. The shower felt so good. There a light knock on the door. I smiled, "Morning. I preheated the oven."
I received a hug through the shower curtain. "Thank you. You were so quiet getting up. I'll let you finish up. I'm going to hop in after you." He left me to finish.
I turned off the water and grabbed my towel wrapping it around me. I brushed my teeth and went to the bedroom to get dressed. I could smell fresh coffee brewing downstairs. I pulled on a pair of jeans, my sweater, and boots. Hunter came back up and kissed me. "You look so good right now."
I laughed, "Why thank you. Go get ready." I brushed my hair and went downstairs.
Waiting on the kitchen counter was a blueberry muffin, and a cup of coffee. Beside it was a small piece of paper. It read,
"Every day you're in my life I smile. You always have a smile when you're around me. You make me laugh. You make me feel complete. I couldn't ask for a better person to share my life with. Happy Thanksgiving. I love you."
I smiled running my fingers over the paper. I had an amazing man to spend my life with. Today I was going to meet his family. I was on the edge of excitement and nervousness. I leaned against the counter, and ate my muffin quietly.
Hunter walked into the kitchen just as I took a sip of my coffee. "Nice and clean. Now time to work."
I set down my coffee. He looked at me with a smirk, "What has you smiling?" I walked over to him, and hugged him,
"Thank you so much. I love you more than you know. You make me so happy." Hunter kissed the top of my head. "You found the note. I'm glad."
We were almost done cooking, when the doorbell rang and voices started flooding the house. "It smells delicious." Hunter walked out leaving me to tend to the food.
I had emptied the stuffing into the bowl when Hunter walked in with an older woman and man. Voices still lingered in the hallway by the front door.
"Leah, this is my Aunt Sandra and Uncle George. This is my lovely lady, Leah Clearwater."
I blushed as a smile spread across my face.
"It's so nice to meet you sweetie." Sandra hugged me tight. I couldn't do anything except hug her back.
"Let the girl breath." George chuckled. She let go of me, keeping me at arms length examining me.
"Such a beautiful young lady you are. Tall I may add. You take great care of yourself." I looked at Hunter quickly, then back at his aunt. "Thanks."
George gave me a firm handshake. "It's a pleasure to meet you."
I smiled, "You as well."
Hunter walked up behind me, wrapping his arms around my waist. "It smells delicious babe."
I smiled. His aunt bustled around the kitchen while we stood there for a minute. His uncle found his way to the television and put on a football game.
"Mom how long until dinner. I'm starving. This voice rung out, from a young girl who was shorter than me by a few inches. She had rich brown eyes. Soft brown hair which fell down her back, in soft curls. She wore little to no makeup.
"Chloe manners. We're guests."
She piped up, "Its Hunters house. We're family. He knows who I am." Just then she saw me. "Oh I'm sorry. I was only kidding."
Hunter laughed softly, "Don't worry. Leah has a brother just like you."
I nodded agreeing. Chloe lit up. “So you're Leah. The girl he's going to marry."
I laughed. She was a human replica of the Pixie vampire. "We'll one day, we’ll be married." I corrected.
Chloe smiled at me, "I can't wait. You'll fit in perfectly." She smiled once more at me, before disappearing into the living room.
There was a roar of voices coming from the living room.
"Chloe is 16." Hunter told me.
Sandra cut in, "There's also Holly. She's 21 and graduated college this spring. She went for business management. She's coming on her own. I think her boyfriend Adam is coming as well."
Hunter drained the vegetables putting them in separate bowls, "That's fine. We have plenty of food." he smiled moving around the small kitchen. I started taking food out to the dining room, placing it down carefully.
As I finished setting down the last bowl, the door swung open. Two small children came running in, "I can eat more than you." A young boys voice called out.
"No you can't Caleb"
Sandra started laughing, "Sounds like Eric, Michelle and the kids arrived."
A woman's voice called out, "Caleb and Kiara, stop right now."
Hunter smiled walking out with the bowls. "Sandra was my moms sister." I nodded.
The two kids heard Hunters voice and tackled him, "Hunter!" They both hugged him grinning from ear to ear. "Hey you two. I can eat more than both of you." They laughed. "Kids this is Leah. This is,"
I smiled, "Let me guess, Caleb, and Kiara."
This beautiful blonde haired woman walked in, "You're correct. Sorry about them bickering."
I laughed, "No worries. Siblings bicker. I'm Leah."
The blonde smiled shaking my hand, "I'm Michelle Emerson. Well Eric's wife.” I smiled shaking her hand, then went back to finishing up.
The rest of the family had shown up. Introductions were made quickly. The table was set, and we all sat down enjoying a nice meal. We talked generally amongst one another. I sat quietly listening, while I ate. We finished dinner and were relaxing before desert. Patricia, her fiancé Henry, and Jonathan helped clear the table and load the dishwasher. Aunt Sandra, and Aunt Leslie put away the left over food. Henry, and Jonathan started bringing out all the deserts. Aunt Leslie had brought out the coffee, and cream. Aunt Sandra carried out the cups, spoons, forks, and sugar. Patricia carried out dishes, along with napkins. Once they sat down, everyone dug in. The kids were practically on top of the table grabbing for their favorites.
Uncle George smiled, “So Leah tell us a little about yourself.”
I smiled softly, “Where to start?” I chuckled, and everyone else did. “I’m from La Push, Washington. I was born and raised there. I’m Quileute. I’m studying nursing. I don’t know what else to tell.” I shrugged a little embarrassed.
Alex took over, making me feel less embarrassed. “I will introduce my family to make like a little easier.” HIs smile was so warm. “I’m Todd’s brother. Hunter’s dad obviously” He laughed. “You know Leslie. We’ve been married 27 years. You’ve met our daughters, Patricia. She’s 25 and is a first grade teacher. She’s engaged to Henry who’s a firefighter. Then there’s Sonya who’s 23. She’s the district manager for Starbucks.”
I nodded, “Wow.”
Sonya smiled, “Well I worked there while going to school. I jumped on the promotion once I graduated.”
I nodded, “That’s pretty impressive.”
Sandra laughed, “Guess it’s my turn to introduce everyone formally.” Eric is 28, Jonathan is 22, and Chloe is 16. Michelle, and Eric have been married 7 years. Caleb is 6, and Kiara is 5. George, and I have been married 30 years. Clara was the older sister.” Sandra’s smile, showed how much she loved her sister.
Hunter smiled and nodded. “She was an amazing lady.”
Chloe sat there grinning like a cheshire cat. I couldn’t help but chuckle softly. Chloe was all to anxious for details about Hunter, and I. She was such a sucker for romance it appeared. “Ok I need to know. How’d you both meet? Don’t leave out any details.”
Everyone laughed at her. “Well get your notepad read for the article.” Hunter smirked, and she stuck her tongue out at him. “We met in a bookstore, here in Port Angeles. She bumped into me.”
Chloe chimed in, “Love at first sight.”
Hunter and I both looked at each other and laughed. “Yeah I guess you could say that.” Hunter smiled. “We seemed to bond over legends. After the bookstore we had dinner together. Well now we’re together.”
Chloe started to bounce up and down in her seat, “So you’ve found the one. Now when are you going to pop the question?”
Aunt Sandra quickly got after Chloe. “Give them a break. They’ve only been together a few months.”
Hunter smiled, “When the time is right, I will. Don’t worry.” He held my hand squeezing it gently.
The day was coming to an end, the sun had set. People were starting to yawn. It had been such a great day. It was full of laughter, and happy memories, and love. Aunt Sandra, Uncle George, and their family were going to spend a few days with us. The others lived close enough, it was easy to head home. Everyone said their goodbyes. Quietly everyone scattered to their sleeping quarters, leaving Hunter and, I to ourselves. We sat watching the fire slowly dwindle.
“This was an amazing Thanksgiving.”
I smiled, “Well I spent it with an amazing family.”
He smiled carefully pulling my face to his. Slowly he placed a gentle kiss on my lips. I returned the kiss wrapping my arms around his neck. Once the fire was out, we headed to bed.
The next days passed with ease. The rest of the family headed home Sunday morning. Hunter and I had the house back to ourselves again. We cleaned, stripped beds, and brought it back to pre-holiday festivities. We smiled once we were done, and fell onto the couch.
"So do we go out?" Hunter asked smiling.
"We can go out. Maybe go to a few shops. Do a little shopping."
Hunter seemed all to eager. "Lets go then. The laundry will be done when. We get back. We can watch a movie. Have some dinner."
I smiled and kissed him softly, "It sounds perfect."
He smiled running his fingers gently trough my hair. Goosebumps rose all over my skin. I gently bit my bottom lip. I tried desperately to calm down my racing heart.
Hunter picked up on it. "Time to go." He stood up grabbing my had, pulling me to my feet.
We had parked and were walking along. I'd noticed a small shop which caught my interest.
Hunter smiled kissing my cheek, "Go look around. I saw a shop back a little ways I want to check out."
I smiled kissing him back. "Let's meet up at the coffee shop."
Hunter smiled, "See you then." I said and slipped inside the shop. Hunter left me on my own. I poked around looking at different things. I wasn't quite sure what Hunter would want for Christmas. I ended up finding two beautiful leather bracelets. One was a dark brown. The other was black. I paid for the bracelets, and slipped them in my pocket. I headed for the coffee shop.
Hunter came up behind me before I walked inside. "Mmm so sweet smelling." He whispered against my neck.
"Why thank you." I turned around facing him. "So want to walk around some more?"
Hunter shrugged, "Thats your choice."
I smiled, "Well I don't see much else I want to look at."
Hunter pulled out his car keys, "Let's head back to the house. We can relax for a bit."
Smiling I nodded, "Sounds like a good plan."
As night fall came, I made sure everything was ready for the next day. Hunter worked quietly on some notes. I watched tv for a while. I curled up making myself comfortable. Slowly I dozed off to the warmth of the fire. I dreamed I was walking around on campus. There was someone following me. Every time I would turn around nobody would be there, but I could feel their eyes on me.
Hunter gently shook me, "Hey babe. Leah wake up."
I startled awake looking around.
Hunter put his hand on my shoulder, "You're ok. You were having a dream. Breath ok."
It took me a few minutes to catch my breath.
“You were stirring a lot. I watched you for about ten minutes before I woke you.” He looked at me, his eyes squinted with concern.
"It was just a bad dream. I'm ok. I'm heading to bed." I kissed him and went to bed.
I woke up the next morning and it was still dark outside. The alarm clock read 5:45am. The alarm wouldn't go off for another hour. I crept out of bed and got ready for the day. I made some breakfast and ate alone. I washed up my dishes and put them away. Once I was done, I sat in the living room and watched the morning news.
Hunter woke up, and got ready then came down. "Morning Early Bird. Why didn't you wake me?" He smiled leaning over the back of the couch.
"Because you were peaceful. I couldn't fall back asleep."
Hunter nodded, and headed into the kitchen having breakfast. I continued to watch tv, until Hunter came back out. "So are you heading back to La Push after classes?"
I nodded, "I should check in. I hate having to check in, but that's part of being a pack member."
Hunter smiled, "Responsibility. One of the hard things in life." he smirked. Before I knew it, we had to leave.
The weeks were flying by. I’d finished my assignments, and exams. It was winter break from classes. Hunter, and I continued to work. I drove each day to work. I was spending the weekends at Hunters house as usual. He'd mentioned it was my house as well. I had clothes there, and toiletries but that was it. I had the day off from work. Jacob had asked Seth, and I to swing by the Cullen's. He wanted to be brought up on what was going on in La Push. There wasn't much to tell him. Seth, and I watched from the trees as, Bella, Jacob, and Renesmee took off for a hunt.
It was kind of odd being back here in wolf form. I usually checked in while human. I chose to speak outside if I needed to. Seth sat happily on his haunches. I was surprised he wasn't chasing his tail out of pure excitement. He's a sweet kid, but boredom does do some strange things to him. He looked at me and gave me a wolfy grin at my thought. I let my thoughts go back to drifting. I thought about home. School. Work. Seth mentally snored.
"Wow boring. Come on Leah. I'm going to fall asleep here."
I twitched my tail ignoring his remark. Quickly the joking was over. Jacobs thoughts were alarmed. It only took a matter of seconds before we were following Carlisle, and Edward.
We stood listening. Bella explained where she'd seen the vampire. She explained that this vampire had growled. It set Edwards anger off quickly. Carlisle explained she was grieving and he'd look for her. Edward quickly insisted he'd go along. There was no speaking after this. A silent conversation went on between the two of them, before they took off. Jacob was eager to get, Renesmee back to the house. He didn't want her getting hurt. We followed behind them as we ran back.
Bella went inside with Renesmee. Jacob stayed outside for a few moments, and looked at both of us.
"So what do we do now?" Seth was curious.
"Let's wait and see if they caught up to her."
I sighed and rolled my eyes.
"Oh excuse me Leah. Do you have somewhere more important to be?"
I huffed, "Back in La Push. Not playing guard wolf, once again."
Jacob growled at me, "I'm still YOUR alpha."
I quickly cut off his thoughts. "It's your imprint you want safe. She means nothing to me. Seth will help you. He loves her, and the rest of them like family. Why don't you all go inside. Maybe you can bake cookies."
Jacob growled at me. Bella watched from the window, while holding Renesmee. I knew other eyes were on us.
Seth whined softly, "Ugh Leah. Chill out. We're a pack."
I looked at him. "No you're both leech lovers. I on the other hand am not. I can't believe mom allows this. I'm leaving."
Jacob growled and with that, Bella quickly moved away from the windows. "Shut up Leah. Your brother has been a good to everyone. How can you be so cold."
I shrugged, "Guess the leeches skin temperature wears off on my heart, now doesn't it." I took off into the woods leaving the two of them standing there speechless.
Once I was safely back in La Push, by my house, I phased back. I slipped back into my clothes and emerged. I headed inside to find my mom folding laundry in the living room.
"Hi honey. How is everything?"
I shrugged and sat down bedside her.
She set down the pants she was folding. "Talk to me. What happened?"
I looked at her, "Did Seth call you?"
She sighed softly, "Actually Jacob told me. I understand why you're upset."
I crossed my arms, "It seems like nothing else matters to him, or Seth. I didn't forget my responsibilities. I don't see why they're all vampire friendly now."
My mom listened, then spoke softly, "Leah we know why. Jacob imprinted. Well Seth see's the good in everyone. He's very easy going. I understand why you're not. I don't blame you. Jacob is your alpha."
I quickly cut in, "I don't care if he's a prince in some foreign country. He needs to learn respect."
My mom took a moment, "You as well Hun. Your so quick to snap. I understand you." I tightened my arms. "Relax and watch some tv. Don't stew over it alright. You're home now. Try and relax."
I nodded, "I think I'm going to try and get some rest." I quietly left her with the laundry and went to my room.
A few days had passed. I had fallen asleep with such ease. I was quickly awakened when Jacob had showed up at our house.
He had shaken me awake. "Get up now. I will explain."
He quickly woke up Seth as well. We hurried and met up with the other pack. Sam stood there. The rest of us created a circle, stemming from each of their sides.
"What's going on Jacob." Sam's voice was stern. He was clearly concerned.
"Carlisle told me Alice had a vision, and it wasn't good. The head of all vampires are coming here. They're ready to fight. Not just any fight but, to the death." Everyone tensed up. "I don't have any other information at the moment. They're coming for her."
Jacob's eyes showed the pain. They were coming for, Renesmee.
Sam nodded, "We'll fight to keep her safe Jacob."
I had realized, we'd fight to the death. That's what a family does. They protect their loved ones.
Our pack had returned to the giant white house sometime before midnight. We stayed outside quietly watching, and waiting for anything. I noticed that the pixie vampire, and her mate were not in the house. I'd assumed they'd gone off for some alone time. Jacob, and Carlisle had sat quietly talking about immortal children. I half listened. It was scary to think what they were capable of. Renesmee wasn't like them. I could see why she could be confused as one, at first sight. Finally Jacob phased back to his wolf form, and slept on the floor. Soft whines, and whimpers filled the night air. It was Seth who had trouble sleeping. I felt bad. I had to keep my thoughts clear. I couldn't sleep. Out of no where the big vampire with dark hair cussed. It startled everyone. Jacob was on his feet growling. That caused all of us to follow suit.
Bella yelled at Jacob telling him to, "Stay with Renesmee." As she, and the rest of her family blurred through the front door, past all of us.
Jacob had phased back, and held onto Renesmee. They were quiet at the moment. There was curiosity amongst us wolves. Where had the vampires taken off to in such a rush. We waited patiently keeping an eye on the house, and surrounding areas. Before we knew it the vampires were back. Carlisle had moved quietly, but quickly around the house like the others. He set down a globe in the living room.
"What's going on?" Jacob asked. Carlisle sighed softly,
"Alice, and Jasper have chosen to leave us. They asked Sam for permission to cross your land, to gain access to the ocean."
Jacob tensed up. Renesmee looked between the two of them.
"So what's happening now?" Jacob continued.
"We'll she left a note with him, to pass onto us. She's told us to gather friends. Esme, and myself will look for old friends. Rosalie, and Emmett will go on their own search. Then we'll return once we can."
I stayed quiet listening to everything. So they needed witnesses. I started to wonder what would happen if they couldn't gather these vampires.
Bella, and Edward returned and tension seemed to fill the air, like a fog. I heard Edward speaking with Carlisle. He, and Bella would stay back. They had visitors coming in the morning to see this special child. Renesmee was asking Jacob questions, in her own way. He was quietly answering them. The rest said their goodbyes, and took off into the woods on their search. wI was left thinking. I forgot others could hear me. What would happen to us. What would happen to Hunter, and I? What would happen to the wolves who had mates? It was decided we'd fight to the death if we had to. I kind of felt angry. Who decided for me that I wanted to fight. Who decided I wanted to die. I hadn't signed up for being a fighter. I understood that we were to protect, but to what extreme. Why couldn't they just run away. I let the conversation that went in inside the house, just become a dull buzz.
I saw Bella walk over to the window. She just stated off. No emotion was on her face. She just kept looking. Renesmee quickly jumped up in her mothers arms. They spoke quietly amongst each other. I just watched quietly as they interacted with one another. I wanted to hold my child. Embrace their warm body. Enjoy their scent. Tell them how much I love them. I would never get that. A soft whine escaped through my muzzle. I took off into the woods.
The rest of the day passed. Night fall came, and Jacob had gone to fill in Sam, about the new quests arriving. He returned and crashed in the ground. The rest of us did the same. It was before day break when Jacob left us. He'd phased back to human, but not before telling us to stay close, but invisible. We hid within the woods near the main house. The time seemed to drag. The new vampires had arrived. They quietly showed Renesmee. There was quite a shock. We remained still. There was nothing for us to do. I heard the question, "What is the werewolves' part in this?"
I waited, like the others to see what Jacobs response would be. All I heard was, "We will stop them." So I might lose everything. I just found my imprint. Just found some peace. Some happiness. Here it may be all swept away. My anger, and jealousy were obvious. The others stayed quiet. Seth scratched at the ground hearing my thoughts.
After some time, Jacob came out to talk to us. "Listen, I know we're a pack. I think it would be better, if you guys ran with Sam. It's just to keep our lands safe. We can't let anything happen to the humans. It's our job to protect them. Go back to La Push. Just do as Sam says, unless I say otherwise."
My hackles stood up. Jacob gave me a pleading look, "Leah I'm sorry. Please you have to understand."
I turned and ran towards La Push. The others nodded, and left heading back to La Push. I headed straight home, phasing back and went right inside.
The calendar read December 13th. Work 7am - 3pm. So mom was at work, and I was home alone. I grabbed towels and headed for the bathroom, and locked the door. I turned on the hot water, letting the bathroom fog up with steam. I slipped out of my clothes and climbed in the shower. I stood there just trying I collect my thoughts. There was so much going on now. I just felt the tears start streaming down my cheeks. My mom could lose everything. Both of her children could be killed. All she'd have is Charlie. I decided to wash up, and get out. I went to my room and got dressed.
The next two days passed quickly. it was finally Friday. Hunter had come down for the weekend. He could tell something was on my mind. I wasn't willing to talk. He didn't push the issue. He just stayed close to me. He'd rub my back. He offered to get me something to drink, or eat. I politely declined. He, and my mom exchanged concerned nods. How were the others so calm about this. Our lives could end. Was their pride that powerful, it over ruled their brains. Sam, and Emily were over visiting.
I got up to get my sweatshirt from my room. I just wanted something to curl up in.
Sam followed me. "Hey I was hoping we could talk."
I looked at him, "About?"
Sam stepped in and spoke softy, "Not fighting Jacob, or myself. I know being under my command, even temporarily is hard. I know it's not ideal having to run with us. Thank you for not being so angry about it."
I nodded, "What's the point of getting angry. Not like it's going to solve anything. Anyways, I don't want to talk about this right now. I want to spend what time I may have left with Hunter."
Sam looked at the floor, then his eyes met mine, "Leah we're created to fight. It's our job to protect the humans from vampires."
I looked at him clenching my jaw, "She's not human. None of them are."
Sam sighed pinching the bridge of his nose, "Leah she's his imprint. We protect our brothers, and sisters. Please don't do this."
I shook my head, "I'm not doing anything. I'm coming to the reality that, I've been sentenced to death." I walked past him, and sat back down with Hunter.
"Everything ok?" Hunter asked.
I curled up beside him. "Yeah I'm ok." I laid my head against Hunters chest.
Emily smiled softly, and looked up as Sam came back out. My mom smiled walking out joining us. She must have been able to sense the tension in the air.
She smiled, "How about we go out for lunch?"
Emily smiled, "Sounds like a great idea." Sam nodded smiling.
I remained quiet. My mom came over and took my hand, "Come with me." I did as she said.
We went to her bedroom, and sat on the bed. The door was closed. She held my hands in hers, looking at me. "I know there's a lot going on right now. I know you've not said anything to Hunter. Your lips have to be sealed. So what's going on?"
I sighed, "Make it look like I had an accident. That way it would give him closure. He would eventually be able to move on."
My mom just pulled me into her arms and hugged me tightly. Emily knocked on the door, and slipped in quietly. "Hey girls. Lets get some fresh air. We need to tell Hunter something." My mom nodded,
"We'll say depressed. Holidays without your dad. It's really hitting you."
I nodded. We walked back out. Sam, and Hunter smiled, "Lets go eat."
Sam headed out the door. Emily smiled, linking arms with me and pulled me outside.
"Is she ok Sue?" Hunter asked once I was outside.
"Yeah. She's having a really hard time not having her dad around."
Hunter nodded, " She didn't tell me because, she was afraid of upsetting me. I miss my mom still. There are days that's it's hard. Leah fills that emptiness."
My mom smiled hearing that.
Hunter headed back home Sunday evening. We weren't going to see each other Christmas Day. We decided to we'd exchange gifts on Christmas Eve. Once we'd exchanged gifts, he was heading to Seattle to spend Christmas with Aunt Sandra, and Uncle George, and the cousins. Then on Christmas Day, after visiting there, he'd visit with Aunt Leslie, and Uncle Alex, and those cousins.
The week was uneventful. We stayed busy, running the perimeter. Sam was busy with new wolves phasing for the first time. It was just hard being back here, running patrols with Sam's pack. I'd left for a reason. I kept my thoughts quiet, and protected the land like I was supposed to.
Paul remarked mentally, "Leah's not killed any of us. The world must be coming to an end."
Quil remarked, "Why do you feel like causing problems. Just let her be."
I ignored Paul's jab. We finished our patrol up and went back home.
It was finally Friday, and I was Port Angeles bound. I'd not seen Hunter all week. I made sure I had his presents with me. It was a long ride up. I finally got to the house and parked. He wasn't home. I grabbed the presents, and let myself in. I set the presents on the coffee table, and laid down on the couch. I yawned and closed my eyes. The drive up, plus patrols had made me very tired. I fell asleep with ease. Hunter had come home and was quiet. He sat on the love seat, watching the television quietly. I came around in the early evening. The sun had set. There was a soft glow from a light. I stretched looking around.
Hunter smiled, "Tired huh."
I yawned once more, "Yeah. Been busy in La Push."
Hunter smiles, "Pizza is in the kitchen. It was delivered about ten minutes ago."
I got up, and headed to the kitchen, and ate dinner with him.
Sunday came all to fast. Hunter just smiled holding a small box. It was about the same size as the box I held. "Here you go. It's not fancy, but you'll understand." His smile was so perfect.
I took the box, and handed him the box I held. He smiled, "Open yours first please." I carefully slipped the turquoise ribbon off the box. I opened it to find a beautiful, silver infinity bracelet.
"It's a promise that I will love you for infinity. No matter what happens, I will always be there for you."
I smiled tearing up. It was beautiful. The sentiment behind it was so touching. He smiled and gently wiped away my tears. He then proceeded to open his box. He pulled out the two bracelets.
"They're braided. Several pieces making it one. Like us. I thought you could wear one on each wrist. It shows that I will always walk beside you, and support you. Doesn't matter what side I'm on."
Hunter smiled, "You have such a way with words." He leaned over kissing me gently.
I wore my bracelet, as he did both of his. We sat quietly together for sometime, just enjoying one another's company. It was close to 11:00pm when we decided it was time for him to get on the road. We walked out together, after he'd locked up the house.
"Get home safely. Call my cell when you get in."
I smiled, "I promise." We were on our separate ways.
I pulled in just before 1:00am. I climbed out and walked inside. My mom was asleep on the couch curled up. She had been watching It's A Wonderful Life. I quietly covered her up. The tree sat by the window all lit up. Hanging on the tree was my parents first ornament. It was of two doves holding a ribbon, with the year they started going out. I smiled thinking of my dad. I remembered all the good times we had together. I pulled out the photo album that sat on the bookcase. I curled up in his chair beside the tree and started looking at photos. There was a photo of him holding me on his lap, and he was laughing. His head thrown back, and I was smiling. I pulled out my phone texting Hunter letting him know I was home safely. I set it on the arm of the chair, and went back to looking at photos. Soon it was hard to keep my eyes open. I gave into the sleep, and was out.
I came around the next morning.
My mom was quietly sitting on the couch. "Glad you made it home safely. Thank you for covering me up."
Seth came out and plopped down beside my mom. "Merry Christmas."
I smiled, "Same to you as well."
My mom handed us each an envelope. "It's not that I couldn't go shopping, I wasn't sure what to get you."
I smiled, "Don't worry about it." I didn't open the envelope.
Seth was too eager, "Cool 25.00 dollars. Thanks mom" he hugged. "So we're heading over to Charlie's for Christmas. The whole gang is going to be there."
I nodded and got up getting showered, and dressed.
The day passed quietly. The whole entire wolf pack was crammed into Charlie's tiny house. Gifts were exchanged. I kept quiet not thinking about anything in particular. I just watched quietly. Everyone was happy, content. Nobody seemed to be thinking about what was about to happen. I watched quietly. I was missing Hunter so much. I focused on thinking about the ocean. I didn't need anyone in my thoughts today. Not ever. Being in a pack you didn't have much choice. Evening had come, and I couldn't pretend anymore. So after a long day, I finally headed home. I laid down in bed and gave into sleep. I was exhausted.
I had been up for a while. I was sitting at my desk starting to write in my journal.
December 27, 2006
What do I write. I've neglected journal entries. My life has become so busy. School had taken over, along with Hunter. Now things have changed. Death is looming near. This battle is coming. I'm not ready. Nobody is ever ready to deal with their own demise. I won't finish school. I won't ever get married. It's so much to process.
I shut my journal and put it away. I couldn't write anymore. The knot just grew in my stomach. Sadly I knew my days were coming to an end.