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Family

By Mollie Renaud

Chapter 1: Leah PoV

I woke up in, as Seth calls it, one of my "moods". These "moods" make it slightly harder for me not to phase, but I was getting better. I hadn't phased in almost 3 months now. That was definitely a record for anyone in the current packs.

"Hey Leah, you up yet?" Seth shouted down the hall

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"If I wasn't I sure am now!" I yelled back.

"Sorry- I just wanted to let you know that I'm going over to the Cullen's to see Jake and Edward and the rest of them for a while, so I won't be home until late, ok?"

"Ok. I'll tell Mom when she gets back from Charlie's."

"Thanks" I heard the front door slam a few seconds later. As I walked down the hall, my thoughts strayed back to how good I was getting at controlling my temper now. Even Sam wasn't at this point yet. I wondered if Jacob had been right when he said that my "female stuff" would pick back up when I stopped phasing for a longer period of time. If it hadn't by now, I was pretty sure it never would. I sighed. What was wrong with me? Did I do something to deserve this? To never be able to have kids; to imprint, or at least just fall in love? I didn't know, couldn't think of anything. I continued along this line of thought as I ate my breakfast, a huge bowl of Cheerios. Much better than deer any day.

I walked out of the house right as Mom pulled up. She parked the car and got out. She walked halfway over to me before stopping and said "Leah, can you come inside for a minute? I need to talk to you." We walked inside, and sat at the kitchen table. She looked really nervous.

"What's wrong Mom? Is everything ok?" I asked anxiously.

"Everything is fine Leah, nothing's wrong. Where's Seth?"

I wasn't convinced. She still looked nervous. "He went over to the Cullen's for a while- said he wouldn't be back until late. Why? What's going on Mom?"

"Leah, honey, relax, this is important."

"Mom can you just tell me already- I'm going to be late for Meditation and Yoga." Meditation and Relaxation was one of the few classed I was taking this semester at Peninsula Community College. I didn't have too many other classes right now, since I was just concentrating on controlling my temper better. After I mastered that I could move on to academics.

"Leah, Charlie asked me to marry him." She blurted out suddenly.

Whoa. Totally did not see that one coming. I mean, I knew something was happening between Charlie and my mom, you'd have to be blind not to see that, but really, marriage!? It was a little soon for that didn't they think? I opened my mouth to respond, but nothing came out. I closed it again. What could I say to that? I like Charlie, I like him a lot, but I didn't know if I like him that much. But I did want Mom to be happy.

"Leah?" Mom asked. She looked worried again. "Are you ok? I mean, I can always tell him I changed my mind if you're not ok with it , I'd-"

"Mom." I cut her off. Surely she didn't think I was that selfish, that I would want her to call off her wedding just because I didn't like the guy. Which I actually did like him. "It's ok, it's fine, it just shocked me, that's all. You told him yes right?" It might be a little strained for a while, but if Charlie Swan made my mom happy, then I could live with it.

"Yes, I said yes, but I'm sure he'd understand-"

"Mom, really, it's fine with me and I'm sure Seth will be happy too. As long as you're happy, that's what matters." Wow, had I really just said that?

"Leah…" She trailed off, tears welling up in her eyes. She walked over and hugged me. It was the first time we'd had a real mother/daughter moment in a long time.

"So you'll have to show me the ring later, ok? I've got to go before I'm late for Meditation."

"Ok honey, I'll see you later. I love you."

"Bye Mom, I love you too."

I jogged out of the house, mindlessly pulling my bag over my shoulder, and grabbing my keys from the hook by the door. After I was about halfway there my thoughts started to become coherent again. I really was happy for my mom and Charlie. I like Charlie Swan a lot, it was his daughter I wasn't so fond of. At least, that was how I used to feel. I wasn't sure how I felt about her now though. In the past few months, I had gotten to know her a lot better, seeing as Jake was over there all the time now seeing Renesmee. But I still couldn't get past the fact that she had given up her life, her humanity, for an eternity as a vampire, a cold-hearted rock. But aside from that, she was a relatively nice person so I guess I would just have to get over my old issues with her and try to get along if we were going to be 'sisters' in a few months. With that thought in my head, I walked into Meditation and Yoga 1.