I woke up very early. The sun was slowly waking up over Port Angeles. I smiled watching Hunter sleep so peacefully. I pulled on some running shorts, threw on a sports bra, and pulled my hair up in a ponytail. I grabbed up my sneakers and crept downstairs. Once I was ready I grabbed keys, and my iPod and ventured out. The streets were quiet, and shops were slowly waking up. People walking out to retrieve papers, going to coffee shops. Heading to work for early shifts. I basked in the peacefulness that I had before the area roared to life.
I returned home after a 5 mile run, to hear the shower running upstairs. I quietly peeled out of the clutches of my sweaty clothes, and entered the bathroom. Hunter was humming away, as I slid in the shower with him.
"Mmm hello gorgeous." A warm deep voice greeted me. I smiled pressing against him with my body. "You're quite warm, how was the run?"
I shrugged, "It was a run."
He leaned down kissing me, his hands on my hips, my arms looped around his neck. "Should have stayed in bed with me." He smirked pushing his hips against mine.
I was beyond awake, and my body was fully charged. I pretended to pout, "Well I'm sorry."
He smiled and leaned in kissing me again, his tongue slowly parting my lips. I welcomed him into my mouth. My heart was pounding, and the blood rushed through me like a roller coaster.
"Mmm Leah." He spoke softly pulling away, and kissing along my jaw down along my neck.
That shiver I always get, alerted him he had found the spot that he was looking for. My hands slid upward, and my fingers tangled in his hair. A low growl escaped him. He continued with this for a few minutes. "I have some time I can spare, if you do?"
I smirked, "Oh do you now?" I said questioning him playfully.
After some time, we were destined to get clean in a cold shower. The hot water had run cold. It was nice to spend time with my fiancé, in such an intimate way. We were getting ready for our days that were ahead of us. “So you’re working 11a-7pm today babe?” he asked pulling his shirt on.
“Yep. And of course it’s a nice day, and it will probably be busy.” I sighed.
Hunter looked at me, “What is it?”
I shook my head, “I hate this shift in all honesty. I do it because I can’t say no to someone when they need to switch.”
Hunter laughed, “That’s what I love about you. Always willing to help out others.” We finished getting ready and left.
It was quiet for the most part. I'd expected it to be busier. While there weren't a lot of patients, I busied myself until the end of my shift. It was 7:00pm and I was free. I walked out to my car,and was greeted by Seth. "Hi there. Everything ok?"
He shifted nervously on his feet, and shoved his hands in his shorts pockets. "I... Well see..."
I shifted my bag on shoulder, "Come home with me, and we'll talk there ok." I smiled at him. He was sweating, and looked pale. I felt his cheek, "Are you ok? Do we need to have you checked out."
He shook his head, "I just don't know how to tell mom. I'm also afraid of Hunter."
I looked at my brother, unsure what would cause him to be afraid of Hunter. I placed my hand on his shoulder, "Relax ok. Let's go to my place. You and I can talk alright. Hunter wouldn't kill you."
Seth swallowed hard, and climbed in my car. I tossed my bag in the backseat, and started the car, "It's going to be ok, no matter what." We headed back to my place.
Once we arrived, Seth sat quietly for a moment. "Come on in." I climbed out, and grabbed my bag and slid it on my shoulder.
"My beautiful fiancé." Hunter walked over to me, kissing me softly and took my bag.
"My brother is in the car. He thinks you're going to kill him. I have no idea what's going on."
Hunter looked over my shoulder, "Hey man, come in. Dinner is ready. Steak tips fresh off the grill, salad, and rice pilaf."
I pretended to drool. Seth's tall frame finally appeared outside of my car. He walked over his head hanging down. "Hey man what's up?" Hunter smiled at Seth.
"Nothing." Seth's reply was quiet, and he walked inside. Hunter and I exchanged a glance between one another, before following Seth.
We sat down at the kitchen table, and quietly chatted over dinner. I enjoyed a glass of wine, Seth finally relaxed, and it slipped out, "Chloe's pregnant."
I choked on my wine. Hunter looked at me, then towards Seth.
"Shit man, don't kill me please. We eloped, and got married. I wasn't going to stand her up. I'm not like that."
Hunter set his beer down, "Seth chill out. I'm not upset. So when did you find out?"
Seth mentally calculated, "Eighteen days ago to be exact. We eloped over the weekend to Seattle."
I was happy, but at the same time, a bit taken back.
"I've not told mom, or dad, uh Charlie."
I held my brothers hand, "For starters calm down. Second I'm assuming she's been to her doctor?" Seth nodded. "Good. She's on vitamins?" I asked.
Seth spoke, "Yes and following directions given to her?" Seth was on the verge of tears .
I stood up, and wrapped my arms around my brother.
"Hey it's going to be ok. Are we the first ones to know?" Hunter asked.
"Yeah." Seth had a broken tone to his voice.
"I want you to call her, and have her come here now please."
Seth stood up quietly, and left to make the phone call.
Hunter looked at me, "She's my cousin, but she's an adult. I wish they didn't feel rushed to marry."
I sighed, "My parents loved each other, but rushed into marriage because of me."
Hunter raised an eyebrow, "Wow I always thought, your parents were married a while before,"
I smiled, "Before I arrived? Nope."
Seth walked back in sitting down, "She's on her way. I told you both knew. Please don't be angry."
I looked at Seth, "Remember I had a scare when I was younger and with Sam? I'm one not to judge. I'm happy as long as you both are. I will help out however I can."
Hunter smiled, "I'm not upset. We'll see what we can do for winter work for you to earn some extra money."
Seth let out a sigh of relief, "School is going great. I will be out soon. I'm thinking of maybe moving to Forks, or Seattle. I'm not sure yet."
I smiled, "Well working in Seattle would keep you busy."
Hunter nodded, "Being a medic in the city would having you seeing everything."
Seth nodded, "I need to talk to Chloe, before anything is decided."
I asked softly, "Has mom made any plans with the house?"
Seth shook his head, "Nah but all of her clothes are at Charlie's place. She doesn't come back anymore. I'm there twice a week, otherwise I'm with Chloe. We were taking about maybe living there. Plenty of room for three of us." Seth gave a warm smile.
I returned the smile clearing dishes, and poured more wine.
So my mom no longer lived in our home. She'd truly moved on. She was happy and that's what mattered. I was still grieving for something. I guess I was grieving for the previous life that really never had a chance. Well two previous lives. If I were a cat i'd better watch out, I was only left with seven lives. I'd already used two lives by the age of twenty six. Do we ever truly stop grieving? I think sometimes we put it on a shelf in our internal closet. Then every so often we pull it out; look it over and then put it back. In they time we may shed a few tears, or the anger resurfaces. Once were done, the emotions recede again.
There was a soft knock on the door and Seth was on his feet greeting his wife. I slowly sipped my wine and Hunter had made a plate for Chloe and poured her a glass of milk. She walked in very timidly. She had the glow of pregnancy painted on her face. She looked so happy. Seth smiled, holding her around her waist.
"Hi Hun. How are you doing?" I smiled at her, and motioned to the chair. "Please sit, and eat." She looked at Seth, then sat down after he nodded.
"Chloe relax ok. We're not angry." Hunter spoke. She relaxed when Seth sat down.
"So I want a niece. Because I need to spoil the little one." I grinned, and Chloe let out a soft giggle.
"Seth wants a girl also. I will be happy with either one." She smiled, and started to eat.
"So how do I tell mom?" Seth asked.
"Be honest. That's all you can do."
Seth smiled and we continued to talk.
Chloe called her parents and told them over the phone. Sandra and George were ecstatic. They were ok with the kids eloping. They said marriage is special, and it's meant to be between the two who love one another. Guests were great if you wanted to include others, but don't feel pressured. Seth and Chloe said they'd have a family ceremony later. Uniting them as one. No exchanging of vows again. It was sweet. After they hung up, they decided to make the trek home. I leaned in the doorway watching them leave. Hunter smiled watching me. I slowly turned around to find him standing there; as I shut the door.
"You ok?" Hunter looked at me, trying to decipher my emotions. He strode over to me, pushing my hair behind my ear, "Just wish Harry were here to see this." Hunter held my face, and gently stroked my cheek with his thumb. "You wish it were you?" I shrugged. He hugged me tightly, “Baby one day, it will be us.” I nodded.
Seth,and Chloe headed upstairs to bed. They were going to spend the night, then make the drive home to La Push. I stayed up reading in the sunroom. Hunter sat down beside me. He gently squeezed my knee, and I looked up at him. He pulled my book out of my hands, setting it carefully on the table. He pulled my legs across his lap, and my back was now against the arm of the couch. He gently massaged my calves, “The wedding is a year away. We can try if you want. I don’t want you upset. We leave this in our creators hands.”
I smiled, “Are you sure? A kid means a big change to our life.”
Hunter nodded, “Yes I’m positive.” He pulled me into his lap, and cradled me until we fell asleep in one another’s arms.