Months continued to pass and life went on. I started going back down to the beach. I just watched the ocean as it changed. When each wave came to shore, it was different. It would never be the same again. That's how my life was. My family had changed, and life would never be the same again. I got back into my routine of sitting there until sunset. Like usual someone would come and get me for dinner.
"Hey sis, dinner's ready." Seth would come and get me.
As we were walking it seemed like he was growing fast. "You're tall." I commented.
He looked at me and chuckled. "What? I'm only 5'9."
I shook my head, "Exactly your 14 and 5'9. Are mom and dad giving you growth hormones secretly?" I asked laughing.
"Well you're not short yourself Leah." He did have a point, I was 5'10. I felt really out of place in school being so tall.
"Anyways it's probably a growth spurt." Seth finished talking as we approached the house.
"Charlie's here?" I noticed the cruiser.
Seth nodded. "Yeah, and so is Billy." I thought that was strange for a week night but shrugged it off.
Once we got inside there on the couch were my dad, with Charlie, and Billy was in his wheelchair.
"She's home can we eat now?" Seth yelled to my mom.
Charlie shook his head with a smirk. "If I didn't know better I would think your starving that kid Harry." Charlie looked at Seth smirking.
"We do feed him. We're just not sure where he puts it all." My dad laughed.
"He's a growing boy. They eat a lot." Billy chimed in.
"How was your day Leah?" My dad asked smiling at me.
"It was actually really nice. The sunset was beautiful." I smiled at my dad.
"I'm glad to hear it. You deserve to have a nice day." My dad continued to smile.
I headed into the kitchen to help my mom. "Hello. Do you need any help with dinner?" I asked to be polite.
"Actually could you please set the table?" My mom asked bustling around the kitchen grabbing dishes from cabinets.
"Sure." I pulled out the dishes along with the silverware and glasses and got to work.
"Dinners ready." My mom called out the living room as she sat down at the table with me.
Seth appeared with the others and we all managed to fit.
"So how's it been having Bella home Charlie?" My dad said.
Charlie blushed a little from embarrassment. "Thanks Harry."
My dad laughed. "Anytime Charlie just let me know when and I will be there."
Charlie laughed nervously. "Bella is good. She'll finish out high school here."
I just listened quietly and smiled.
"Oh Charlie I am so happy for you." My mom smiled with delight.
"Yeah her mom is going on the road with Bella's step-father. She decided to come live with me." Everyone smiled.
"I'm glad you'll have someone to keep you company and cook for you finally." Billy nudged Charlie.
"Be quiet I can cook, sort of." Charlie smirked. We finished up dinner and I sneaked off to my room.
Time passed and before I knew it we were celebrating the holidays. Charlie came over for Thanksgiving and Christmas. His daughter Bella didn't come.
"How is she doing?" My mom asked.
"She's still a walking zombie. She'll give one word answers here and there. It's like the life has been sucked out of her when they left, when HE left." Charlie sighed.
You could see he was angry, nervous, and worn out. I listened quietly. Who was this mysterious "HE" Charlie spoke of.
"I'm sorry Charlie. I wish there was something we could do." My dad felt bad and you could tell.
I had put my parents through the same thing. Love is a tricky thing. It sends you through a lot of emotions, and thoughts. I remember fondly how I felt when everything had happened between Sam and me.
Spring had come and Charlie seemed happy again. "Well Bella seems to have some life in her again. She's been hanging out with Jacob a lot." He smiled while talking to my parents.
"We're glad to hear that Charlie. Jacob is a good kid. Billy raised him right." My dad smiled.
"Hey can I ask you something Harry?" Charlie asked.
My dad nodded. "Yeah anything you want."
Charlie cleared his throat. "This may sound crazy but we've received some phone calls into the station. People claim to have seen what they think are bears rather close to town. One person said it looked like a huge wolf. Have you had any problem here on the reservation?"
My dad looked a little startled. "Huge wolves, or bears on the reservation? No we haven't seen anything around here. When you say "huge wolves", how big are we talking?" My dad shifted a bit in his seat.
Charlie smirked. "One person claimed that the wolf was at least 6 feet tall on all fours."
My dad started to sweat a little and adjusted his hat and laughed nervously. "Wow nope. If I had seen something like that I think I would have remembered it."
Charlie laughed. "Ok thought I should just run it pass you. All kidding aside we've had a couple of reports of missing hikers. If you do notice something let me know. I need to be going now. I will call you later." Charlie smiled, and left.
Before I knew it my dad was on the phone with Billy.
He was speaking softly. "Hello Billy. It's Harry. Charlie was just over and he's received some phone calls down at the station. People have claimed to see giant bears or huge wolves. Plus some hikers have gone missing!" My dad stopped talking and was listening. "We have to let Sam know so he can let the others know."
I sat in my room listening. What did they have to let Sam know and who were these "Others"? Things were starting to get weird.
"I'm going to get going. I will swing by later. Bye Billy." My dad hung up the phone. "Sue I'm going to go lay down. I am a little tired." My dad walked down the hallway and went into my parent's room and shut the door. I heard the TV turn on softly in their room and the door shut.
I laid there and wondered what was going on in the tight knit community of Forks and La Push, Washington. I sat there dreaming up all these crazy scenarios. My first one that there was some crazed killer on the loose and they were dressing up as animals so they wouldn't get caught. I laughed a little. Wow I was really losing it. I turned on the radio and sat there listening to music while flipping through a magazine. I started wondering, was it really possible Emily was attacked by a bear and Sam had nothing to do with it. I tried to remember the phone call my dad had with Billy, "We have to let Sam know so he let the others know." Then I wondered and shook my head. It couldn't be possible. Emily was attacked by a bear. Why would a wolf attack Emily? I tried to focus on the magazine and was able to forget about what I was thinking.
A few days passed and my dad was rather quiet. He wasn't going out as much. He had been spending quite a bit of time around the house.
"Harry you ready to go shopping?" My mom asked.
"Yeah let's go Sue." He pulled himself off the couch and his face flushed with red underneath his dark skin.
"Are you ok? You don't look so good?" My mom placed a hand on his shoulder.
"I'm fine Sue, I'm just tired. It happens when you get old." He smiled trying to get my mom to stop worrying.
"Ok if you say so." She grabbed her purse and headed out the door. She wasn't buying it. She was worried about him.
I tried to not let it bother me. I decided to see what Seth thought. I got up and knocked on his door. "Hey, can I talk to you?"
Seth opened the door and sat back down at his desk. "What's up?"
I took a seat on his bed. "Have you noticed Dad acting weird? He's constantly resting and isn't as happy as he used to be." I said.
"He's been tired but that's about it Leah." Seth shrugged.
"Mom is worried about him. " I mentioned. "If he wasn't feeling good he'd tell us."
Seth said turning back to work on his homework. "I guess you're right." I got up off the bed and left shutting the door behind me.
School was quiet and I had headed home.
My mom smiled as I walked in, "Ah perfect timing. We're going to Billy's for dinner tonight. All of us."
I stayed quiet and nodded, and walked to my room. I made sure I finished my homework before we had to go.
"Leah, and Seth let's go."
I groaned and walked out to the living room. We headed over to Billy's house. I asked if I could use the phone, once we got there. Billy gave me the ok. I quickly called Juliette. I didn't want to be here. I was dragged along. While talking I noticed, Jacob had shown up with a girl who was looking at me. I assumed she must have been, Bella. Jacob was practically drooling over her. She was your average looking high school girl. When it was time to eat, I passed and continued to talk on the phone.
My mom came over to me and whispered, "Why don't you talk to Bella. She's your age. She may want some friends."
I snarled at my mom, "No thank you. She can have Jacob. I don't want a zombie for a friend. Anyways, I'm quite fine without friends. I have Amanda, and Juliette. Now if you don't mind, you're interrupting my conversaiton."
My mom was furious, "You're in deep trouble with me. We'll speak when we get home. "
I flipped my hair, "Yeah whatever you say."
She snapped her head in my directon, "You're on thin ice. If I were you, I would watch that mouth." She stormed off leaving me to my phone call.
When it was time to leave, I couldn't wait, and took off back home.
The days passed and I started to not feel well. My body ached. I didn't have energy to do anything. The ache seemed to get worse as the day went on. I thought maybe I was coming down with the flu. I was easily aggravated. The smallest of things would get me snapping at everyone. I remember Seth asked me if he could watch something on TV.
"Leah can I have the TV for an hour."
I stood up and threw the remote on the couch. "Watch whatever you want I don't care." I stormed off to my room and slammed the door.
My dad seemed to still not be feeling well and was in bed resting. I grabbed my book and headed down to the beach and spent some time down there. I needed a disguise. I sat there on a large piece of drift wood trying to ease the pain throughout my body.
The sky was changing because the day was ending.
My dad came and got me. "Hi Hun, have you been out here all day?" My dad asked smiling. He didn't have his usual glow.
I shook my head no. "I came down in the afternoon just so I could watch the sunset."
My dad smiled and I stood up grabbing my book. As we walked back to the house my dad said, "You're awfully quiet. Are you ok?"
I shrugged. "I don't feel so hot. I think I may be coming down with something. My body aches."
My dad put his arm around my shoulder and we walked home quietly enjoying each other's company.
We got back to the house and sat down to eat dinner.
"So how was school today Seth?" My mom asked.
"Same old, same old." Seth laughed.
I pushed the food around on my plate.
My mom's soft hand touched mine. "Are you ok? You haven't touched your dinner." My mom smiled softly.
"I'm not feeling good. Can I go lay down?" I asked pushing myself away from the table.
"Yes. I will come in, and check on you in a little bit." My mom pulled her hand back.
I quietly slid off my chair and laid down in my room. I curled up under my blanket and dozed off.
Meanwhile my parents sat at the table.
"Harry I'm worried about her. She didn't touch her dinner. She felt warmer than usual like she may have a fever. Plus she was a bit pale." My mom sighed.
"Leah did mention she thought she may be coming down with something." Seth finished eating and cleared the table putting the dishes in the sink and went to the living room.
"Sue if she isn't better in a few days we'll take her to get checked out."
My dad smiled at my mom.
Later that night I woke up, and I was freezing. My clock read 11:43pm, and the house was quiet. I got up out of bed, and made my way to the kitchen to get a drink. I grabbed a bottle of water from the fridge, sitting down at the table. I opened the bottle taking a large sip. It felt so good because I was so thirsty. I then could hear someone else up and walking around. My dad appeared in the kitchen.
"Hey what are you doing up?" He asked walking over to the cabinet grabbing some antacid. He took a few popping them in his mouth.
"I'm freezing and I wanted something to drink." I was shivering a little and he noticed.
My dad walked over to me and put his hand on my forehead. "Leah, you're burning up. Let me take your temperature." He left and retrieved the thermometer from the bathroom.
"You know the drill." He said to me smiling.
I took it putting it under my tongue. He stood there and kept a hand on my shoulder. I sat there closing my eyes. The thermometer went off.
My dad took it reading the display. "You've got a fever for sure. It's 101.7. Let's get you something to take it down and get you into bed."
I stood up grabbing my water and went to my room, and laid down.
My dad followed behind me and covered me up and kissed me on the forehead. "Get some sleep and I will check on you in a bit. I love you."
I smiled a little. "I love you too dad."
I had fallen asleep, feeling crummy and woke up feeling crummy. I knew I didn't want to spend all day in bed. I stretched and headed to the bathroom and took a hot shower in hopes I would warm up. After I was done I walked out into the kitchen looking to make something to eat. I still didn't have my appetite. I went and grabbed my jacket and decided to go for a walk. I took off and it was still early because the sun was just starting to break through. I walked through the woods quietly. I felt at peace out here. It just seemed like this was where I belonged. I felt so protective of the woods. As I was walking I tripped and fell and hit my knee on a rock. "Dammit." I yelled out and a flock or bird suddenly flew over head. I thought that was strange. I hadn't yelled that loud. I was angry because I tore my jeans in the process. "Great now I have to get a new pair of jeans." I was talking to myself as I walked farther into the woods and was still brewing from falling earlier.
I felt like death had taken over my body. My body was aching so badly now. I couldn't take it anymore. "Why me? What did I do to feel like crap? This life just sucks sometimes." I was snarling as I walked. Then out of nowhere I had this feeling like I wasn't alone. I looked around, "Hello. Is someone there? Sam if that's you it's not funny."
I started to walk back towards the house and kept looking over my shoulder. Then all of the sudden out of nowhere a blur of fire blew past me and slammed into me. I fell onto the ground unable to move. I laid there stunned for a moment then got up. I was so angry.
I got to my feet not feeling well. My whole body felt extremely off. I was scared because I'd never felt anything like this before. I quietly made my way back to the house, and walked inside. I didn't say anything; I just laid down on my bed, curling up into a ball. My mom's car pulled up outside. Moments later there was a light knock on my door.
My mom poked her head in. "How are you feeling?"
I shrugged trying to stay calm. "I'm ok."
My mom eyed me carefully. "Leah you're still rather pale?"
I quickly shook my head.
She smiled. "Ok. I want to get check your temperature again. I will be right back."
She left to get the thermometer. Before I knew it she was back and sitting on the edge of my bed.
"Here you go." She handed it to me. I laid there waiting for the thing to beep and finally it did. My mom sighed, "Your still running a fever you're at 101.7. I thought dad gave you something for it."
I nodded. "He did and I felt better for a little bit."
My mom took the thermometer. "Well it may have come down for a little bit but its sure back. I want you to stay laying down ok. I need to start dinner." She smiled and kissed me lightly on the cheek. I knew she wanted to see how warm my skin was. My grandmother had taught her that trick.
My body was still aching. I laid there in my bed trying to figure out, what was going on. I felt like someone had hit me with a car. I kept feeling my eyes get heavy. I heard my dad's truck pull up outside and the front door open.
"Sue I'm home. How's the patient?" He walked out into the kitchen and kissed my mom on the cheek.
"She's still running a fever of 101.7. If it's still there tomorrow she's going to the hospital."
My dad nodded. "Is she in her room?" My mom nodded and I could hear my dad walk down the hallway.
He came in, and sat on the edge of my bed, "How you feeling?"
I shrugged and sat up a little."I'm ok I guess. My body is still so sore." I rubbed my stomach gently.
My dad looked at me carefully. "Your mom told me you're still running a fever." He leaned over feeling my forehead and nodded slightly.
I looked at him, "Well I sort of..." I paused for a moment.
"You did what Leah?" My dad looked at me.
"I sort of went out for a walk earlier today, while mom went out for a little bit."
My dad's eyes went wide. "You're sick why did you do that?" The disappointment along with concern started to show on his face.
"I needed some fresh air. Please just listen to me. I was in the woods and something that looked like fire flew past me and knocked me to the ground."
My dad sat up and rubbed his chest a little and was starting to sweat.
"Are you ok Dad?"
He nodded. "I'm fine Leah continue."
I took a deep breath and continued. "I felt this weird feeling surge through my body. My heart started to race, and I felt shaky. I quickly came home, and laid back down."
My dad just looked at me then leaned over and hugged me and whispered. "I love you sweetie." He then quietly got up and left the room and went into my parent's room.
A little while later I heard, "Dinners ready." My mom called out setting out the last of the food.
I sat down at the table.
"So how was everyone's day?" My dad asked trying to make conversation.
"Ok I guess." Seth said.
I shrugged. "Same I guess. Just still blah."
My mom felt my forehead. "You're still really warm. After dinner I want you to go back to bed."
I nodded and took a few small bites of my dinner. My dad sat there and rubbed his chest a little and was sweating.
"Harry is everything ok?" My mom stopped eating and looked at him.
"Yeah I have some heartburn." He finished eating and went to bed and so did I. Seth stayed and helped my mom.
"I'm worried about your father." My mom started washing the dishes.
"He said it was just heartburn." Seth responded.
My mom smiled. "I guess you're right."
Seth winked. "I always am. I'm the good child." He laughed and my mom hugged him.
I fell asleep shortly after laying back down. My mom slipped into bed with my dad and watched him sleep, and a smile came across her face.