Chapter 1 - Coming Home

American Airline's flight 1346 landed in Seattle Washington. "Attention Ladies and Gentlemen, we are now in Seattle Washington, Those who are continuing on to Juno Alaska, we will be taking off in 45 minutes and those of you whose journey ends here American Airlines would like to thank you for choose our airwaves." said the flight attendant.

A 5'9" raven haired girl with dark honey colored skin, let her copper colored eyes look over the rim of her sunglasses at her surroundings...Did Washington ever change? Nope. Still the same dreary over cast rainy place it had always been. Erica Uley had been away from La Push Washington for 10 years...She'd been with her grandmother in London, Paris and then Italy. She was learning about her family's existence and job in life. Erica was no ordinary 16 year old...She was part of the Quileute Indian Tribe. They were actually the descendant of werewolves...Not actually werewolves, but shape-shifters assuming a wolf form...Not just any werewolves either...They heal quickly, have enhanced physical speed and strength, and can communicate telepathically with each other while in their wolf forms...And also hunted the Cold Ones...Also known as Vampires. It was the only thing they were allowed to kill.

The males of the wolf pack were marked with special tattoos on their right bi-cepts...the females were marked with the same tattoo but it was around their right wrists to give the appearance of bracelets. As Erica walked along the tarmac into the airport terminal she was excited to be seeing her brother...She'd missed Sam something crazy and heard he was engaged to be married to a beautiful woman named Emily Young. Sam's fiancée is the second cousin to Leah and Seth Clearwater who are also part of the Quileute tribe so shape shifting into a wolf didn't seem to scare her away easily. Sam and Leah were high school sweethearts, but while he was dating Leah, Sam imprinted on Emily when she visited and began pursuing her.

Imprinting was an involuntary process in which a werewolf finds their soul mate. Once the Imprint happens the gravitational pull to his soul mate is 50,000 times stronger and cannot be ignored. The male then has the only urge to protect their mate at all costs. They are linked physically, mentally and spiritually. Some time the males can imprint on a female as young as 2 years of age but it wouldn't involve romantic feelings, the male will be whatever the female needs him to be at each point in her life, whether it be a brother, friend, protector, or lover.

Emily has copper skin, raven black hair, and three long disfiguring scars running down the right side of her face and down her arms as the result of Sam phasing into a wolf too close to her. The left side of her face is extremely beautiful, as she was before the scars. Despite Sam phasing into a wolf and striking her, Emily seems to bear no resentment towards Sam or any other members of the pack. Sam had called Erica one night after the incident and poured his heart out. Erica told him to stay calm and if Emily really understood she'd forgive him, but he would have to be aware of where she was at all times and keep his anger in check.

After Erica got her bags from baggage claim she walked towards the front of the airport and saw a lady holding a sign that said 'Erica Uley'. Erica walked up and said, "I'm Erica...You must be Emily." Emily smiled and said, "Yea...Sam was a little busy." Erica said, "I figured as much...He's been working with the new pack huh?" Emily said, "Yea...They seem to be coming along pretty good too...If he could just get a couple of them to control their anger." Erica said, "Yea...When I started running with a pack in London...Anger seems to be the one emotion they can't keep out of the job...It's finally good to meet you...Sam would talk about you every week he would call me." Erica embraced the woman who was engaged to her older brother.

Emily welcomed the hug and said, "Sam said you were nice...and I know he's been missing you for a while now." Erica laughed and said, "I knew he was...He was calling me more often since he knew I was coming back for Harry Clearwater's funeral." The girls got in Sam's truck and Emily drove them back to the reservation on La Push.