Author's note: This is a Twilight fic set after Eclipse and before the epilogue (when Jake leaves) and Breaking Dawn. This won't have anything to do with the Cullen's, so Jake will be somewhat happy. Co-written by Jeaniverre.

UPDATE! - This chapter has been rewritten. Please feel free to reread it :D

Disclaimer: We own nothing but Alex and Lissa. No, really.

"Are you even listening?"

It took me a minute to register that she was talking. "Wait, what?"

"That guy is staring at you!" my best girlfriend whispered, poking my cheek until my face turned. He was staring.

"Who, Alex?" I asked, covering my face with my hand casually; there was something about the way he looked at me.

"Is that his name?" she raised her eyebrow. "But, yo- oh! He's coming over here!" she cried, hitting my arm repeatedly.

"Could you refrain from being a girl for one second, Sarah?" I rolled my eyes. I never was one for the girly nonsense, preferring to hang out with the guys.

"Excuse me?" came a low voice from behind me.

I briefly closed my eyes then turned to look at his face. "Yes?" I smiled.

"Do you mind if I sit here?" he asked, nodding to the empty seat next to me.

"Ah- no," I replied uneasily, scooting over a little; he sat surprisingly close. I could feel his unnatural body heat from where he sat, but hey, the La Push boys ran hot these days.

He opened his mouth to say something else, but someone interrupted it him. "Hey, Alex! Oh, hey, Lissa."

"Seth," I grinned, putting a lock of hair behind my ear. I always liked Seth, but never enough to actually date him. It was more brotherly love: our parents had known each other for ages. "How's your mom?" I asked, putting my hands in my lap.

"She's good- um, Alex? The Embry sent me to get you," he grimaced, and gestured toward the other werewolves. Without Seth and Alex, Embry Call was there with Jacob Black and Quil Ateara, all stuffing their faces. Alex got up with a huff and returned to his table.

"So," he smiled, sitting down, sort of flirtatious like.

"Oh, Seth," I smiled, flirting back. "You're so funny."

"I try." He raised an eyebrow teasingly. "What's up with you sitting with Alex all of a sudden?"

"I don't know," I shrugged. "He just came up and over here, out of the blue."

His eyes widened and he twisted his head to glance over at the other boys. "Hey, I'll talk to you later Liss. Tell the fam I said hi."

"You too," I replied, confused.

"It is so weird how you can just talk to those boys," Sarah said abruptly.

"Why would I not be able to?" I asked, tilting my head at her.

"They're so hot." she smiled, staring at them dreamily. "Especially that Seth guy."

I laughed loudly, and a couple heads turned and glared. "Seriously? Seth?"

"What? Is he weird?"

"It's just- I've known him forever and... never mind. He is cute, I guess," I smirked, looking at him out of the corner of my eye, hoping he heard that, and that they were all giving him grief.

"More like adorable," she giggled.

"And would you stop staring? You're creeping me out." I shivered, glancing at them. They were all grinning at me. Crap. What'd I do?

Seth burst out laughing and Alex glared at him.

"What?" I whispered under my breath.

Seth looked at me and shrugged, winking at Alex, who cast his gaze away and turned red.

"Dirty little secret?" I asked even quieter. The smile on Seth's face grew into a smirk and he stood and walked into the hallway.

When my last teacher let us out, I stopped by Jacob's car and waited. Embry and Alex got there before him. Alex stopped in his tracks, and his eyebrows drew together.

I stopped looking at him as Jake walked up next to me. "Let's take a walk."

"Nice try." I folded my arms.

"You're really going to make me do this the hard way?" he asked disbelievingly. I growled.

He sighed and threw me over his shoulder. "Jake!" I screeched, fiercely pounding my fists on his back.

"Damn, woman! Have you gotten stronger?"

"I sure hope so." I tried to kick him and missed.

He put me down once he got to my car and smirked at me.

"Asshole," I grumbled.

He laughed and shoved his hands in his pockets. "How was class?"

"Again: nice try. I need to talk to-"

"You can't go over there." He grabbed my wrist nervously when I tried to stalk away.

"Why not?" I asked, setting my books on the top of the car and crossing my arms.

"Because it's really icy and I don't want-" he stammered.

"You would never pass up a moment of watching me fall. What's really going on?" He didn't have to lie. I knew everything about werewolves now. There wasn't anything to hide. "You can trust me." I lowered my voice.

"Sorry, Liss. Sam's orders." It hurt him to say it.

"Yeah, yeah." I slumped my shoulders. "I know."

"If I could tell you, you know I would."

"I know, Jake," I said sadly. "That's what kills me."

"Sorry," he apologized.

I nodded and put my books in the passenger's seat of the car. "'S okay. I'll talk to you on Monday."

"Actually, Seth's mom is frying fish tonight if you want to come over; I'm sure she wouldn't mind," he offered.

"That sounds great. I'll call you." I said, climbing through the door.

"See you." He started walking away.

"Bye, Jake." I got out of the parking lot and drove quietly as the vehicle would allow. What would be so bad that even Jake couldn't tell me? I understood that once Sam gave an order, it couldn't be broken, but Jake told me everything.

"Mom, I'm home!" I called, setting my crap down.

She poked her head out of the kitchen and continued with the dishes. "Hi, honey."

"Mrs. Clearwater's having a fish fry, can I hang out over there?"

"Who's going?" she grunted, scrubbing a plate.

"All the guys probably, and Leah," I shrugged.

"You don't know?" she asked disapprovingly.

"Jake invited me before I left school; I didn't have to time to ask questions." I rolled my eyes, starting to help her.

"Oh, Jake invited you?" she beamed, looking at me.

"Mom, I told you: Jake is just a friend," I snapped, scowling.

"But he's so cute, Lissa, and I think he likes you." She smiled even bigger.

Yep, sure. "Whatever you say, mom." The phone interrupted our chat. "I'll get it." I put it on speaker and continued with the dishes. "Hello?"

"Hey, Liss," Jake's voice said smoothly.

"Hey, Jake, my mom said I can go," I said cheerfully.

"Cool. Hey, do you want me to pick you up?" he asked, clearing his throat.

"That'd be fantastic; I don't have enough gas, and I won't get paid for another week." I admitted.

"Okay, well I'll grab you around five. You can get ready in that time, right?"

I laughed. "Oh, geez- I'm not that bad."

His husky laugh made the phone vibrate. "See you Liss."

"Bye, Jake." When I hung up, my mother had a big smile on her face. "No!" I growled, stalking out.

At four-thirty, I thought I was going to die. "Mom, please! I'm not going on a date! It's just Jake for heaven's sake!" I shouted at her; she'd been trying to persuade me to dress up for the occasion.

"Honey, you two have potential. You should see the way he looks at you," she simpered, looking at my reflection in the mirror.

I sighed and got up. There was no way I could convince her without telling her the secret. Sorry, mom. I can't date Jake because he's a werewolf and he's going to imprint someday. That would be an interesting conversation. I glanced at the clock: four forty-five.

She left the room when the phone rang. There was a sudden tapping sound on my window that made me jump. I hurried over and opened it, swallowing hard as Alex hopped into my room. "Alex?" I asked while turning my head to make sure my mom was still on the phone.

"I know this is short notice-" he began.

"What the hell are you doing here?" I asked, shutting the door and locking it.

"I wanted to ask you something," he said plainly.

"Well you can't just show up at my window!" I snapped, pointing to it.

"I'm sorry I-"

"Why couldn't you ask me at Seth's?" I glowered at him.

"I'm not going." he said flatly.

"Well, why not?"

"Sam won't let me," he explained.

I swallowed. Something was definitely wrong here. "Why is Sam being so retarded?"

"How much do you know about us?" he probed.

"Everything," I answered.

He was taken aback, but he kept talking. "In the lunchroom today, I saw you for the first time as a werewolf."

"I'm not a werewolf, Alex," I answered, thinking that he might have hit his head on the window frame.

"No, I saw you for the first time since I became a werewolf," he said exasperatedly.

"Congratulations! Welcome to the pack," I sardonically replied.

He growled. "This isn't funny, Liss; I saw you through wolf eyes for the first time. See what I'm getting at?"

"You imprinted on me?" I guessed, half joking.

He took a step closer to me. "I'm sorry."

My eyebrows shot up. "No. No, I understand. You can't help it." I looked into his eyes, hoping that they were light and joking. But, no: they were laced with concern because the gods hate me.

"You don't have to do anything. I won't be like Sam and Quil. You don't have to like me." He held my eyes.

"You would do that?"

"I care about you, remember? I wouldn't want you to do something you don't want to." He narrowed his eyes.

"I don't know… It would be nice to get to know you." I tried to rearrange my features into something less devastated-looking.

He looked down and grabbed my hand in his shaky grip. "I'd like that. You know, if you don't mind."

I continued looking at his eyes. They were brown in color, but there was something deeper that swirled in them. "So why did Sam want to keep this a secret?"

He let his eye lids fall and sighed. "He thinks, since I'm new, that I won't be able to control myself."

"Yeah, because you look unstable," I whispered sarcastically.


"Why did you decide to tell me?" I queried.

"I couldn't stand you not knowing. It may not seem like it, but I hate lying," he smirked.

"And you went around alpha orders? You're a rebel," I countered.

He laughed and kept looking in my eyes, moving closer.

"Do you mind if I invite you to the dinner tonight?" I asked him.

He looked confused. "But Sam said-"

"I'm inviting you. Sam will understand that you can't say no." I laughed at myself. "Then, they'll freak out because I asked you. Don't you think it's good?"

"Can't believe I didn't come up with it myself," he said with a barking guffaw.

"Jake will be here any minute, and before he smells-" his lips were suddenly on mine.

He was kissing me so forcefully that he was pushing me backward. I collided with the wall behind me, and he pulled away. "I'm sorry," he whispered, whipping around.

I was too shocked to speak. I just watched him crawl out the window as the doorbell rang.

"Lissa! Jake's here!" my mom called.

I composed myself and went to greet Jake.