Epilogue: Why Baptisms Are Worse Than Wolf Weddings
One Year Later
"Becks," I called out. "Can you help me with my tie?"
"Sure, let me see," Rebecca said, coming up to me in our living room to straighten my tie with one hand while holding our 3-month-old daughter with her other.
Magdalen Sarah had entered the world weighing a healthy 7 lbs 2 oz. Everything in the pregnancy had gone smoothly and both mother and daughter had made it through fine. I had taken one look at my Maggie, and she instantly became daddy's little girl. While Luke looked like his mother, our daughter was an interesting blend of both of us. She had Rebecca's wide eyes, and my hair coloring along with a feminine version of my jaw and mouth.
"You look really good," Rebecca told me, before looking at Maggie. "Doesn't daddy look handsome?"
Maggie cooed before blowing bubbles of spit at me. Rebecca laughed and kissed the side of her head before handing her to me.
"Can you take her while I finish getting ready?" Rebecca asked.
"Sure," I replied, grabbing our daughter and giving Rebecca a light kiss on the lips at the same time.
Rebecca's heart sped up slightly causing me to smile in return. With another quick kiss, she headed upstairs to get dressed. Today was Maggie's baptism. A lot of my pack brothers were going to be there so it also felt like a family reunion. Leah and her family were even coming to town. I wasn't worried about any of the pack imprinting on my daughter as everyone had already met her.
I sat down in a rocking chair and stared at my daughter. She looked at me for a moment, before yawning and closing her eyes. How life had changed for all of us in the past year.
I had transferred to the clinic in Forks so that I could be closer to the Rez. Rebecca and I now owed a nice house not that far from Billy's home. My life was everything I had ever hoped it would be. I only wish the same fortune could have been showered on the rest of my wolf brothers.
The past year hadn't been an easy one for the Quileute pack. We had been through the very best in our history…and the very worst. New imprints were forged; other imprints were rejected. We welcomed new births. And we greeted death. It had been a hell of a year. Just thinking about everything made me bring Maggie closer to me, grateful for what I had. We weren't the same pack that we had once been. We were damaged, but we weren't defeated.
"Dad, can you fix this for me?" Luke came up to me and handed me a toy that kept falling apart.
"Tell you what," I said as I looked at the toy. "Why don't we take it down to Quil's shop tomorrow and see if he can solder it back together?"
"Okay," Luke said, kissing Maggie on the head.
"You need to get changed," I told him, eyeing the Spiderman pajamas he was still wearing.
"Sure, sure," Luke said, smiling impishly at me before heading up the stairs.
I shook my head with a grin on my face. My heart still leapt every time Luke called me "Dad." It hadn't happened overnight. For awhile he switched between calling me by my given name and calling me his father. It had been a bumpy transition, but Luke eventually adjusted.
He still kept in touch with Ian. They were close and I didn't try to interfere with that. But Luke was now a Call. We legally had his named changed a few months ago with Ian's blessing. It helped solidify our family.
I brought Maggie's sleeping form close to my face and nuzzled her cheek. She smelled like baby powder and her natural scent of peonies. I was staring at her, completely enraptured, when the phone rang next to me. I quickly answered it before it could wake Maggie up.
"Hello," I said in a quiet voice.
"Embry, this is Sue," Sue Clearwater-Swan stated in a strained voice. "I know you have Maggie's baptism today, but I was wondering if I could stop by for a moment."
"Uh…yeah, sure," I replied, feeling anxious for some unknown reason.
"Okay, I'll be over in about 10 minutes," Sue responded before ending the call.
I stared at my phone for a minute before hanging it up and carrying Maggie upstairs. I placed her carefully in her crib before heading into my bedroom and entering the master bathroom where Rebecca was doing her hair.
"Sue Clearwater just called," I told her. "She's coming over."
"Did she say why?" Rebecca asked as she finished pinning her hair in place. I could feel the disapproval coming off my imprint in waves. She had tried talking to both Sue and myself on more than one occasion about telling my siblings the truth, but Sue had refused and I hadn't pressed it.
"No," I said before walking over and wrapping my arms around her from behind. I sniffed her neck, breathing in her lavender and vanilla scent, before running my lips down her pulse line.
"You look really beautiful," I whispered against her skin as Rebecca threw her head to the side, giving me better access to her sensitive flesh.
"We don't have time for this," Rebecca murmured even as her breath hitched.
I was just about to move my hand to her breast when I heard a knock on the door.
"I'll get it," Luke yelled. I heard several voices, Sue's, along with Seth and Leah's.
"All the Clearwaters are here," I told Rebecca. She turned and gave me a brief kiss of encouragement before grabbing my hand and dragging me back downstairs.
"Hey," I said, briefly patting Seth on the back before giving Leah a hug. I hadn't seen her in years. "Leah, you remember Becks, right?"
"Yeah," Leah replied, shaking Rebecca's hand. "Nice to see you again."
"You too, Embry told me you have three kids now."
"Yes," Leah beamed, running over to her purse to pull out a picture of three beautiful children. She began to point to each child in turn. "That's my oldest Lilly, our middle son Harry, and our youngest Julian, though we call him Lian."
"They're beautiful," Rebecca told her and it was true. Leah had married some guy she met in college. He had made her happier than anyone ever thought it was possible for her to be.
"Thanks," Leah replied, looking at the picture proudly before putting it away and looking at her mother. "Okay Mom, what did you want to talk to us all about?"
Sue sat stiffly in one of our living room chairs. Leah went and sat opposite her on the loveseat. Rebecca and I sat down on the couch. She grabbed my hand reassuringly and looked at Luke.
"Luke sweetie, why don't you go upstairs for awhile and play, okay?"
Luke looked at me. I nodded my head, and with a shrug he headed upstairs. Once we heard his bedroom door shut, Sue folded her hands in her lap and looked at Seth, who standing near the stairs with his arms crossed.
"Seth, why don't you share with Embry and Rebecca your news," Sue said, looking pale.
"I don't know why you're making such a big deal about this," Seth muttered, unfolding his arms so he could rub his neck agitatedly. He looked at me and with a sheepish smile, said, "I asked Hayley to marry me."
"Jared's daughter?" I said, somewhat surprised. "Isn't she a little young?"
"No, she turned 18 months ago. We've been dating for over a year now," Seth admitted before looking at his mom in annoyance. "I love her, Mom. Why can't you just be happy for us?"
"Because you could imprint," Sue said passionately.
"We've been over this," Seth said with an eye roll. "Clearwaters don't imprint. I mean, I've been a wolf for years and I've never imprinted. Leah's never imprinted either. It just doesn't happen for our family. And I don't know why we have to have this conversation in front of Rebecca and Embry anyway."
"That's something I wanted to talk to you about," Sue said, her voice cracking under the emotion.
"Sue," I said lowly, though Leah and Seth could both clearly hear me. "You don't have to do this."
"I appreciate that Embry," Sue said, looking at me with a tired smile. "But it's time. Way past, in fact."
"Would someone please explain what the hell is going on?" Leah said, unnaturally still as she eyed my face suspiciously. Seth just looked from me to his sister to his mother in confusion.
"You're wrong Seth," Sue said in a tear-laced voice. "Clearwaters can imprint."
"What are you talking about?" Seth questioned.
"Shortly after Leah was born, your father and I had some problems. We had just started the store and things weren't going very well. In fact, we were fighting all the time. I had finally had enough and I left your father."
Leah shook her head, "Please tell me this isn't going where I think it is."
"Your father had an affair with Embry's mother," Sue said as tears flowed freely down her cheeks. "Embry's your brother."
"No," Leah said, getting up from her chair to begin pacing. "Dad wouldn't do that."
"Did he love her?" Seth whispered.
With a look of apology at me, Sue shook her head. "No, he loved me. The affair was pretty much over before it even began."
"Why didn't you tell us?" Leah snapped.
"I didn't find out until after your father died," Sue said. "And then…I just didn't know how to tell you."
"Oh my God," Leah suddenly moaned. "I used to give the pack so much shit about who Embry's father could be and the whole friggin time it was my own dad. Did you know?"
This question was directed at me.
"Quil Sr. told me right before he died," I told her.
"You've known for over a year and you didn't think to tell us," Leah hissed.
"He was trying to protect your feelings," Rebecca remarked, immediately defending me.
"Protect us?" Leah said angrily. "What a bunch of bullshit. We had a right to know."
I stiffened at Leah's tone. She could say and do whatever she wanted to me, but she would not insult my wife. I opened my mouth to tell her just that when Sue spoke up.
"Don't blame this on Embry or Rebecca, Leah," Sue interceded. "Rebecca's been trying to get me to tell you since she and Embry were married. They both respected me enough to let the decision be mine though."
"This doesn't change anything," Seth suddenly spoke up. We all looked at him in confusion. Seth had been so quiet I had actually forgotten he was there. "I'm still going to marry Hayley."
"But what if you imprint?" Sue whispered.
"It's not going to happen," Seth replied firmly. "And I'm not going to waste my life on a what if. I--"
There was a knock on the door and we all froze. Seth being closest to the door went over and answered it.
"Hi, is Embry here?" A female voice asked. Kayla Marie? What was my sister doing here? She was supposed to meet me at the church with my mom and step-dad.
"I'm here," I called out, greeting her with a smile appearing on my face. No matter what the mood, Kayla always brought a wave a positive energy with her wherever she went.
"Hey," Kayla replied, running into the room.
I wrapped my arms around her and gave her a bear hug, lifting her off her feet. She was so petite it was like lifting a piece of paper. I wondered if Maggie would inherit her body structure. As soon as I released her, she hugged Rebecca.
Rebecca and Kayla Marie loved each other. Anytime Becks and I went to Seattle, the girls would always spend a day together, shopping and bonding. For the most part my mom joined them. While my mother had been reserved with my ex-girlfriend Amy, she adored Rebecca.
"What are you doing here?" I asked.
My sister looked around for the first time and noticed the tension in the room.
"I didn't mean to interrupt anything," she said. "I was hoping I could get in an hour with my niece and nephew before we went to the church. You know, seeing as Maggie's going to be my goddaughter and everything."
She smiled brightly and looked around again.
"Oh," I said, suddenly remembering my manners and looking at Sue hesitantly. I didn't know how any of the Clearwaters would react to having my mother's daughter in the same room, especially after the recent reveal. "This is my sister Kayla Marie. These are the Clearwaters, Leah and Seth, and their mother Sue Swan."
"Nice to meet you," Kayla said politely.
Sue smiled stiffly and Leah huffed. Seth was silent. In fact, he was unnaturally quiet. I looked over at him with a frown. I knew that he was shocked by what he'd learned, but Seth had never been rude before. I froze as I really paid attention to his face. He was looking at my sister with a dazed expression.
Leah noticed at the same time. She said a few choice words in Quileute. Sue covered her face in her hands and started to weep. Rebecca looked at me with a frown. I couldn't say anything, but my eyes were wide. Kayla was looking more and more uncomfortable, though I saw her peeking at Seth a few times.
"Maggie and Luke are upstairs," Rebecca said, coming to the rescue. "Why don't I show you up to their rooms? Did you find the house okay, by the way? I know you haven't been to La Push before."
"Um yeah, it was easy," Kayla Marie responded.
"Oh good," Rebecca said, her voice unnaturally high. "Well, let's go say hello to the kids."
She grabbed Kayla's hand and all but shoved her up the stairs. For a moment I thought Seth was going to follow them, but Leah's voice quickly stopped him.
"You imprinted on your brother's sister? What the fuck is wrong with you?"
"Leah," Sue said in a warning tone. "They aren't related and watch the language."
"It's creepy," Leah muttered.
"They have two separate sets of parents. There's no blood between them." I defended Seth, even though I was feeling slightly disturbed myself.
"No blood relation except for you," Leah countered.
"I…I…" was all Seth got out. He turned and had taken a couple of steps towards the stairs leading to his imprint when Leah walked over to him and whacked him upside the head.
"Haven't you forgotten a little something? You know, like the fact that you're engaged?"
"Oh…" Seth said, before he started shaking badly. He looked at me apologetically before stating, "I need to leave."
He was out the door and heading towards the woods before he could speak another word. Seconds later, the mournful sound of howling broke the silent air. Leah stood there for a few minutes with her hands curled into fists before she looked at me.
"I'm sorry," Leah said. "Today has been a little overwhelming. I'm not going to be able to attend the baptism."
Without another glance at me, she headed out the door. I looked at Sue and sat down tiredly.
"So that went well," I joked lamely.
"I'm sorry Embry," Sue said, reaching over and patting my leg. "But I know my children. They'll eventually seek you out and welcome you as their brother. Seth will do it because that's his nature. And Leah will do it because family is important to her. She'll want her children to know their uncle. Give them time though."
I nodded. Sue got up and headed out the door. Rebecca came down moments later and sat down next to me, wrapping her arm around my waist.
"Did Seth imprint on Kayla Marie?" She asked.
"Yeah," I replied, turning her head towards me so I could lightly kiss her lips.
"What's he going to do?" Rebecca wondered.
"He'll end things with Hayley," I told her simply. "It'll be too hard for him to be away from Kayla now."
"Poor Hayley," Rebecca sympathized.
"Yeah," I agreed. "Hayley's a good kid. I hate to think what this will do to her, but you have to look at it this way. She wasn't meant to be with Seth. She deserves to find her own soul mate. You know, the one I'm really worried about is Jared. He'll probably want Seth's head on a platter."
Rebecca sighed. "Why does imprinting have to be so difficult?"
"The end results are worth all the pain, don't you think?" I asked, a little hurt.
Rebecca smiled and moved so that she was sitting on my lap. "Yes Embry, you were definitely worth it."
I brought her to me and began to kiss her more firmly. Things were about to get out of control when I heard a delicate cough.
"Boy, are you lucky that I love this kid enough to change her poopy diaper…you know, seeing as her parents are too busy making out that they neglect their parental duties," Kayla joked.
I looked over and saw her holding my daughter who was gurgling happily against her aunt's neck. Kayla sat down in the rocking chair and set it in motion, making faces at Maggie who smiled toothlessly in return.
"How's school going?" I asked. My sister was training to be a physical therapist.
"Good," Kayla replied enthusiastically. "In fact, my boyfriend and I are going to be moving into together for winter semester so we can save some money."
Rebecca and I exchanged nervous looks.
"I didn't know you had a boyfriend," I said.
"Aaron and I dated a couple of years ago but broke up. We stayed in contact and decided to give it another chance a few months ago."
"Well, that's…uh…nice," Rebecca said weakly.
My eyes narrowed as I automatically went into "overly protective" brother mode. I was about to say something, but Rebecca looked at me and shook her head. Sighing, I changed the subject and got caught up with my sister. Kayla and her boyfriend were going to have to be Seth's problem. The poor guy was going to have more to deal with than he knew.
"We should get going," Rebecca finally said.
We all piled into the car and headed over to the church for Maggie's baptism. Rebecca had asked Paul and Rachel to be Luke's godparents, so this time we'd asked Jacob and Kayla Marie.
I greeted people as they arrived, showing off my children while holding Maggie close to my chest. I was surprised when the Uleys arrived considering everything that had recently happened to their family. Of course, one was missing. There were also some close friends of ours that didn't make it. I wasn't really surprised. It really had been one hell of a year.
"Embry," I heard a voice call out.
I turned to see Will Samson heading towards me. Will was one of the wolves who had changed around the "Volturi Visit" era. He had phased within weeks of Azra and Ryan. Will's life hadn't been easy. He'd had a tough childhood and then made the mistake of falling in love with Leah shortly after he phased the first time. Will had disappeared to Hollywood and became a successful talent agent shortly after Leah had rejected him at Jacob's wedding. I eyed him carefully now.
His hair was longer than the last time I saw him. It was hanging past his shoulders. I noticed that his face looked tired and strained. I glanced down and saw a little boy nestled against his chest. The kid had to be about a year old. He looked a little like Will with the same chin and eyebrows, but his skin was lighter and he had bright blue eyes.
"Will, it's good to see you," I said, reaching out to shake his hand. "It's been years. I didn't think you ever came to La Push anymore."
"I had a change in priorities recently," Will said, glancing at the boy who was looking at me curiously.
"Who's this?" I asked.
"This is my son Kyran, well, Ky for short," Will replied, the strained expression becoming more pronounced.
"I didn't know you had a kid," I murmured.
"I didn't either until a few months ago," Will admitted in a quiet voice as Ky looked around. "My ex-girlfriend showed up and said she wanted to concentrate on her career and didn't want to be a mother anymore. That was how I found out I was a dad."
"What's her career?" I said in a disgusted tone.
"What else in L.A.? She wants to be an actress so she's currently working in some seedy bar. I decided I didn't want to raise my son in Hollywood, so we're moving back here."
"Don't you represent Jared's daughter, Hanna?" I asked curiously. Hanna, Devlin Wakeh's imprint, was on her way to becoming a world famous pianist.
"Yeah," Will said with a shrug. "I'm still going to. She's going to be my first customer at the agency I'm opening in Port Angeles."
"That's great Will," I said, happy that a fellow brother would be around. I'd always liked Will. And I could certainly sympathize with Will's son. He reminded me of myself in some ways, being rejected by a parent.
Maggie stirred against my chest and opened her eyes, looking at the newcomers for the first time.
"Pwetty," Kyran said, looking at my daughter in sheer reverence.
I chuckled in response. "What do you think Will? Do we have a future imprint couple on our hands?"
I meant it as a joke. When Will didn't respond, I looked at him and then swore silently. I knew that expression. I had seen it only a couple of hours before on Seth's face. Will had just imprinted on my 3-month-old daughter. Why the hell couldn't wolves ever get together without mass imprinting breaking out?
Rebecca came up to me and told me we needed to get in place. As we walked towards where the baptism would take place, I whispered what had happened to Rebecca. Her eyes widened as she grabbed our daughter protectively. Rebecca understood that there were no impure intentions when wolves imprinted on children. It didn't mean she liked it though.
The wolves who were in attendance either looked at Will in fascination or laughed at my predicament. The stupid fuckers. While I fully supported imprinting, I didn't want my daughter to experience it…not yet anyway. Not until she was older and could date…like when she turned 40.
Once the ceremony was finished, we went to the community center for lunch. Will's son kept waddling over to Rebecca and our daughter, trying to get Maggie's attention. Will didn't look at Maggie once, though I knew he was aware of where she was at all times. I almost felt bad for the guy. It had to be awkward. It was a well known secret that he'd slept with Leah once. Now he had imprinted on her niece. His face became even more pinched as the party got into full swing. I sat down next to Jake in disgust. He gave me a look that said, eh, what can you do?
Neither of my Clearwater siblings showed up, which caused Hayley Becknell to become upset, and her father Jared to look pissed. Apparently Seth hadn't tracked down his fiancée yet to let her know the news of his imprint. Kayla Marie sat down next to me and chatted amicably with my friends. My mother and step-father also sat down at our table. My mom hadn't been back to the Rez in years. It was a little disconcerting to see her here now. I looked over as Sue Clearwater walked into the room with her husband, Charlie Swan. She stiffened when she saw my mom, but nodded politely at me before heading to the opposite side of the room. I began counting the minutes until it was time for us to go. I just wanted to get my family away from the craziness of the day.
Finally, we headed for home. It was a blessedly quiet night. Rebecca made Luke's favorite meal of hotdogs for dinner. After we ate, we cuddled on the couch to watch a movie. Rebecca pulled a large blanket over Maggie, Luke, and herself. Although it had been a year since my last phase, my body hadn't returned to a regular temperature yet. It would take awhile still.
After the movie was done, Luke got ready for bed. I read him a story while Rebecca gave Maggie a bottle. Rebecca and I finally climbed into our own bed after our kids were safely sleeping in theirs. We kissed tiredly, before I wrapped my arms around her. We both fell into an exhausted sleep. I felt like I had just closed my eyes when I heard a baby cry in the distance.
"I'll get her," I told Rebecca, kissing her shoulder. I didn't even think she was awake to hear me.
I made my way to my daughter's room and walked over to her crib. Her face was red in her anger, her little legs kicking furiously.
"What's got you so upset, Maggie?" I asked. I quickly picked her up and carried her to the changing table. Once a fresh diaper was on, Maggie quieted down slightly, but still whimpered. I couldn't help but wonder if she was missing Will.
I took her down to the living room and put on my "Beatles Greatest Hits" CD. The song, "Baby, It's You," started to play moments later. I held Maggie to me and rocked back and forth to the music, humming with the words. Maggie's eyes began to close and she soon fell asleep.
She really was our miracle child. I had been so terrified of Rebecca giving birth. But she had been determined to give me the experience I had missed out on with Luke. I knew she'd always feel guilty about me missing out on so much of our son's life, though I constantly reassured her that all that mattered to me was having my family now. But I was thankful that Rebecca hadn't backed down and insisted on having Maggie.
Of course, Rebecca got her tubes tied immediately after she gave birth. Our first two times having sex, Rebecca had gotten pregnant, so at least we wouldn't be taking that risk again. I looked down at Maggie who was now snoring lightly.
Every day I felt a new appreciation for the fact that I'd imprinted. Whenever I thought back on my life and all the pain I had gone through, I realized how blessed I was, even when I thought my life was a curse. If I hadn't imprinted on Rebecca, I would still be working in the garage with Quil. I would have settled and never have felt complete.
I felt whole now. Imprinting made me focus on what I really wanted. Now, I had a career I loved, children I adored, and a wife who gave me more love and fulfillment than I felt I ever deserved. I became what I am today because of Rebecca.
Looking down, I kissed my Maggie on her head before turning off the CD player. I carefully carried her upstairs and put her back in her crib. I went into Luke's room.
His comforter was hanging half off him as he laid spread eagle across his bed, his hand hanging over the side. I adjusted the blanket so that it covered his body, before running my hand gently over the top of his hair. I bent down and kissed Luke lightly on the head before leaving his room as quietly as I could.
I walked into my room and lay back down on my bed. Rebecca was facing away from me, but soon rolled over and wrapped her arm around my waist.
"Is she asleep?" She asked tiredly.
"Yeah…go back to sleep," I told her, kissing her head while running my hand soothingly up and down her arm.
Rebecca's breathing slowed and I knew she had fallen back asleep. I cuddled her even closer and thought again about how lucky I was to have Rebecca in my life. A few years ago, I never thought we'd reach this point in our lives.
Now, I could shower her with all the love I'd had inside of me for 14 years. Even longer, if you counted all the years I had worshipped her from afar before I imprinted. She was mine and I was hers.
At one time, I had felt like an outsider, completely unworthy of love. Now, I had everything I'd ever wanted. And it was all because of the woman in my arms.
What was once forbidden to me was now mine to cherish forever.
To learn more about Embry's relationship with his Clearwater siblings, as well as Will's relationship with Leah, check out my story, "Absent Imprint (Leah's Story)."
Now, I'd like to take a moment to thank all of you for the support you showed me for this story. I never thought it would do as well as Early Imprint, let alone better. And wow, 2000 reviews! I can't believe it! As I mentioned in my forum, this story was my biggest challenge to write because it had to fit the timeframe of Early Imprint, (which is why there were so many gaps throughout the years). Another challenge was how to make this story interesting when a majority of you read EI and knew half of what happened to Embry. For example, you knew he ended up leaving La Push and moving out east, and that happened halfway through this story. Still, I hope Forbidden had some surprises for you.
I want to send out special shout-outs to Rose T and Dazzled~By~Jake who helped me make this the cleanest story I've ever written, grammatically speaking. And a special thanks to Dazz who not only helped me with this story, but also beta'd Absent Imprint, all the while writing her own fantastic stories.
Also, I want to thank everyone who took a moment to read and comment on my original story, "Watching Over Me." I was really nervous to throw my original work out there, and I can't thank you enough for the feedback. I know some of you were worried about people stealing my ideas and characters. Let me reassure you, I've pre-registered the story for copyright which means it's protected by law against theft.
To switch gears a bit, if you would like to see Rebecca's wedding dress and ring, go to my profile page and click on my photobucket account link, and then look in the "Story Extras" folder. I've also posted Emily and Claire's rings and dresses in there as well.
Regarding my Imprint Saga…as promised my next story is about Nate, Meena, Gabe, Gracie, and Ryan. Be on the lookout for "Stormy Imprint (Second Generation)." Thanks to everyone who took a moment to vote for the new name in my poll. That title won by an overwhelming margin. The first chapter should be up in a week or so. If you're interested in reading it, you might want to put me on your "Author Alert" so you know when it's up. The story banner is also on photobucket.
The first two chapters will take place during Quil's wedding. I needed to go back to show you what happened during and after the wedding from the kids' POVs as it sets up the dynamics for the rest of the story. And then the story is going to jump ahead two years to when the Blacks move back to La Push.
The following questions will be answered in the kids' story:
1) What's up with the Amber/Collin connection?
2) What's the deal with Azra?
3) Will Ryan ever return to La Push?
4) Who else will get imprinted on?
5) And if you've been following Leah's story, you already know that there is another female wolf. You'll find out who it is in this story.
Now…a sneak peek of "Stormy Imprint"...
"Meena, Ness, this is Nate Uley," Quil said. "Nate, meet Meena and Ness Black."
"Mrs. Black." I nodded politely in Renesmee's direction before turning to officially meet Meena. In a tone I didn't recognize, I said softly, "Meena."
"Please call me Ness." Renesmee insisted. I nodded, but didn't take my eyes off her daughter, even as I felt Jacob's glare. Meena stared back at me and the rest of the world disappeared.
"Would you like to dance?" I asked.
I suddenly became nervous. What if she said no? How would I survive it? I relaxed though as Meena smiled shyly and placed her hand in mine. It was incredible, the feel of her skin against mine. It was like the world had been spinning crazily out of control and the moment we made contact, everything made sense again. I couldn't look away as we finally made it to the dance floor. I pulled her to me, resting my hands on her waist. I knew in that moment that nothing in my life would ever be the same again, and it didn't even matter as long as I had Meena by my side.
"So…uh…what do you think of La Push?" I asked, holding my breath unconsciously as I waited for her answer. If she didn't like it, I didn't know what I was going to do. I couldn't leave my pack.
"I love it here," Meena responded, her lips forming into a soft smile. My eyes were instantly drawn to her full lips. I badly wanted to taste them with my own.
She continued, "My family has always been fond of this area."
"Oh right…the Cullens," I said, forcing myself to concentrate.
"You say their name like it's a bad thing," Meena replied with a slight frown.
"Do I?" I asked. Shit! "I'm sorry, I didn't realize. I don't remember the Cullens, but my dad always had nice things to say about Dr. Cullen."
"Great-Grandpa." Meena smiled again. "Who's your dad?"
"Sam…Sam Uley," I responded, staring at her mouth again.
"Oh…" Meena said and this time it was my turn to stare into her eyes with a frown, but the moment she returned my look, I forgot what we were even talking about. I felt a sudden shove and I was forced away from Meena.
"Stay the hell away from my sister," someone yelled right before I felt a hard fist make contact with my face.
All right, that's it! *sniff* Forbidden is done. I'll be posting a picture of Embry's family on my photobucket account in a couple of days if you want to see them.
As this is the last of Embry's story, I'd really love to hear from all of you, ghostreaders included, so please review!