A month passed without incident, I didn't speak to my cousin or Sam anymore. School was hard for me. I would just walk through the halls like a zombie. A girl made a remark about my breakup with Sam, at that moment I lost it, my hand reached for her throat. There was a huge fight in the middle of class, and I was kicked out. My mom came down, and had to speak with the principal.
"I don't know what possessed you to argue with her. You let her get under your skin. Leah you're always so easy going. I'm willing to listen if you want to talk."
I just looked out the window as we drove home. My mom sighed and pulled into the driveway. Charlie and my dad were outside chatting,
"Hi Leah." Charlie said smiling.
"Whatever." I walked right passed him, slamming the front door.
"Geez Leah, you gonna break the house?"
I scowled at Seth, "Why don't you shut up, and leave me alone. All of you leave me alone."
I went into my room, slamming the door shut locking it behind me. Mom got out of the car, and walked over to where the guys were standing,
"Charlie I'm sorry." My dad apologized.
"What happened?" My mom asked slipping her purse strap over her shoulder.
"I said hi to her. She wasn't friendly. It's okay." He shrugged not being phased by it.
Dad sighed, "Charlie it's not ok,' looking at mom, 'She said whatever to him when he said hi."
My mom pursed her lips, "Well I just had to pick her up from the principal's office. She was kicked out of class, for having an argument with a classmate." She was flustered.
Seth walked outside zipping up his jacket.
"Where are you going?" My dad asked.
"I'm going to Colin's house for a little bit. Leah just bit my head off, and told me to shut up."
Everyone looked at Seth.
"I'm sick and tired of this Harry. This is inexcusable." My mom was furious with me now.
"I know she's eighteen, but she lives under our roof, and I say we ground her." My mom nodded agreeing with my dad.
I felt as if everyone was against me, tying me down, making the rules for me, I'd had enough.
After Charlie went home, my parents called me out to the living room. I walked out to find them sitting on the couch.
"Sit down now. We're not asking you, we're telling you too." My dad spoke with a stern voice.
This was out of character for him. I knew I was in trouble at this point.
"What is going on with you? I heard you were kicked out of class. Your mother received a phone call from the principal. You were extremely rude to Charlie, and you told Seth to shut up."
I looked at him, "I've had a really bad day, and I don't feel like talking."
My dad turned red in the face, "Nobody asked you to speak. It seems as though when you do, nothing productive comes out of your mouth. So your mother and I have talked. We don't care how old you are, you're under our roof, our rules. You're grounded until further notice."
I shrugged, and let out a smug laugh, "That's going to do a whole lot of good. I don't have anywhere to go. I have nobody to see. I have nobody to talk to. I don't care if you take away the phone, or tv. So what's your punishment exactly?"
My mom was irate, "GO TO YOUR ROOM RIGHT NOW! I don't want you eating dinner with us. You can eat in your room. I'm so disgusted with your behavior."
I just looked at them, then got up and went back to my room.
"What do we do now?" My mom asked. My dad just shook his head. Truth was there was nothing they could do.
Word got around that Sam, and Emily were officially engaged now. They were working on a date. They were so in love. Everyone else was happy for them including Seth. Sam would come up behind Emily and wrap his arms around her waist.
"Hello beautiful. Do you have a man?" He would smirk.
Emily would smile and place her small hands on Sam's arms. She would make sure he would not let go. "Why yes I do sir. Honestly I don't think he would appreciate another man flirting with me." She laughed.
Sam couldn't resist laughing. "I love you Emily." He would carefully place a delicate kiss on her soft lips. She blushed under her russet skin and returned the kiss.
As time passed I moved on with my life. Charlie's daughter Bella had come to live with him. I think he was hopeful she and I could be friends. I wasn't in any shape to be a friend, nor did I want any. Emily and Sam would come and visit. My mom was happy to see them again. They couldn't help being in love. I could help myself by staying hidden away. I still didn't forgive them. I had no idea about imprinting and the Quilete tribe members being shape shifters. I still tried to understand why our relationship had ended. I kept winding up empty handed. I couldn't understand what had happened. We were perfect together. He abruptly stopped calling and cut all communication for several weeks to me. Then all of the sudden acted like nothing happened. At the cookout dropped my hand, and started for Emily. It was such strange behavior. I just wondered what happened. I had to realize I was never going to find out. I needed to stop blaming myself. It's easier to say that then it is to believe it.
The months and life continued without me paying attention. I was on auto pilot. School was going great, in the aspect of, I had A's, and some B's. After graduation, my plan was to work for a year, and then attend college the year after. I just wanted to save some money, and get out on my own. While I planned all this, a fire started to burn inside of me. I was outraged still. I used to take off, and get lost in the woods for hours. I would eventually end up back on the beach. My dad would come and get me and bring me back home for dinner. I didn't care about eating I had no appetite. I only wanted to sleep. Sleeping let me escape the reality he was gone forever. Now if I could only sleep forever then I wouldn't have to feel again.
My life was starting to get a little better. I wasn't letting things get me down any more. I was having fun doing stuff with my family again. Amanda, Juliette, and I were hanging out again. I was interacting like a human being again. Seth and I were back to picking on each other. It was fun. One afternoon, I had finished eating my lunch. "Hey mom I'm going to head out for walk. I should be back in an hour or so." I yelled out to her from my room.
"Ok Leah. I need you back no later than 3:00pm. You're going to have to go shopping with your dad." She yelled out from the kitchen.
"Ok." I yelled back as I headed out the door.
I got to the beach and took in the air. It was so refreshing to feel alive again. I was content until he showed up.
I recognized that voice. It was Sam's. I turned around to see him standing there. "Do you sneak up on people or something? What do you want?" I was annoyed instantaneously. I never heard him come up behind me.
"I was just wondering how you were doing?" He asked.
"I was doing great until I saw you." I snarled.
"What's your issue Leah? I was just trying to be friendly but your being a total..." He stopped himself.
I was livid."How dare you? You have no right to ask me how I'm doing or my family. I am not being a total anything. You're a jerk." I could feel my blood pumping through my veins. My jaw became tight.
"I'm the jerk. Who punched me in the face? Who didn't let me explain myself because she's a know it all." Sam snapped at me.
"Excuse me. I punched you because you deserved it. You dumped me for my god damn cousin. I would do it again if you gave me the chance. I get a letter in the mail about you, and her. Now you're both engaged. What'd you knock her up?" I yelled at him.
His eyes widened and I could see him getting angry. "I am so glad I'm engaged to Emily and not you. You're crazy." He yelled at me.
I lost my temper and slapped him across the face.
"WHAT THE HELL LEAH?" He grabbed my arm.
Spitting in his face, "You deserved it. Emily got what she deserved from the bear. I'd love to meet him." I yanked my arm away and stormed off.
I was able to compose myself as I walked back to the house and met up with my dad who just pulled up. "Hey dad," I ran up and gave him a huge hug.
"Um...Hi," He smiled.
"Mom said we need to go do some grocery shopping so she's sending you and me." I smiled wide.
"Ok. Let me find out what she wants us to get and we'll be on our way." My dad headed inside and I hopped in his truck. While I sat there waiting I thought about the confrontation I'd just had with Sam.
"Alright let's go." My dad was in the truck and before I knew it we were on the road. "So how was your day?" He asked trying to make conversation.
"It was good actually. I went for a nice walk and enjoyed myself." I smiled. I knew that was a lie but my dad didn't.
Meanwhile Sam headed back to his house. Emily was inside cooking when she heard the door slam.
"Sam, is that you?" She called out.
"I swear to god your cousin is insane. She slapped me across the face."
Emily shut off the stove and walked over to Sam examining his cheek. "It is a little red. Why would she slap you? What happened?' Emily asked sitting down on the sofa.
"I asked her how she was doing. She said, "I was great until I saw you." Emily I was trying to be friendly with her."
Emily sighed, "Sam she's still hurt about everything that happened. You have to be patient."
Sam grumbled. "I said I was glad I was engaged to you and not her. I called her crazy."
Emily shook her head. "Sam she's still my cousin and family you need to try and respect her."
Sam cut her off. "Emily she punched me before when we first broke up. I grabbed her arm,"
Emily's went wide. "YOU DID WHAT SAM? You didn't hurt her did you?"
Sam looked around. "You're joking right. She hits me and you're worried about me hurting her. "He was yelling and then his body startled to tremble.
"Sam what's going on? You can't phase in the house. Please just calm down. I don't want anyone getting hurt." Sam left the house quickly and phased outside.
Emily sighed, and called over to our house.
"Hello" my mom answered the phone.
"Hi Sue its Emily. I was hoping we could talk."
My mom sat down on the couch, "Of course Hun. Is everything ok?" my mom was worried. Emily's sigh alerted my mom,
"Not exactly. I'm not sure how to approach this."
My mom shifted in her seat, "Ok. Well start where ever you feel comfortable."
Emily took a deep breath, "I'm not trying to get my sister into trouble. Well Leah. I still consider her my sister, and I know she doesn't reciprocate the feeling. She got into it with Sam I heard. I'm not quite sure what happened. I'm not blaming her, and I'm not blaming him. I guess he asked how she was doing, and she wasn't too happy to see him. They exchanged words, and she slapped him across the face. I'm not angry. I know she's still hurt. I wanted to make sure she was ok."
My mom was quiet for a moment, "She's out with Harry grocery shopping." My mom sighed, "I will talk to her when I she gets home."
Emily panicked, "Oh please don't be angry with her. I was just asking to see if maybe she spoke to you. I'm honestly more concerned about her, then Sam. He's a big boy, and can handle himself. He should have stayed clear."
My mom smiled softly, "Thank you Emily. I won't be angry with her. I will talk to her. I will see what happened, and I will get back to you."
Emily smiled as best as she could, "Alright sounds good. Talk to you later." She hung up.
My dad and I returned home about two hours later with the groceries, and headed inside. My mom was on the couch. She looked up at me. That look I knew all too well. It's the look of, "We're going to talk. You're not getting away that easily. My dad and I stopped and set the groceries down in the kitchen then quickly came back out to the living room. The look on my mother's face scared me.
My dad walked over to her. "Sue what's wrong?"
She smiled at him, "Nothing truly. Leah let's go for a walk please." She stood up, and walked over to me guiding me out the front door. We walked quietly down the road. She waited until we were out of earshot of the house. "Emily called me just so you know. She wasn't so worried about Sam, as she was you." I looked at my mom. "She said to me, she's not trying to get her sister into trouble."
I looked at my mom, "That's not going to soften my feelings towards her, or him. I'm still hurt, crushed, and dead on the inside. I won't apologize for anything I said, or what I did."
My mom looked at me nodding, "I had a feeling you would say that. I will keep this between us. I'm not angry, but a bit disappointed you hit Sam," I was about to object to this before my mom put a finger to my lips. "But I understand why you did it. Let's go home, you can relax and do whatever you would like." She let her hand fall, and looked at me.
"I'm sorry." was all I said. She nodded, and we returned home.