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At last after a year I updated. I hope you enjoy this new chapter.
"Everybody's got a dark side
Do you love me?
Can you love mine?
Nobody's a picture perfect
But we're worth it
You know that we're worth it
Will you love me?
Even with my dark side?"
Stella is living with us now. Since the incident with the Connecticut/ Maine hunters she doesn't trust herself around her own brother. They both moved in but we had to make arrangements. Stella and I would be sharing a room in the cottage and Jay moved into dad's old room in the main house. This would only be temporary until Stella felt secure. But there was a part of me that didn't want that. I loved having Stella around, I never had siblings and having her and Jay around was like having them.
Since the incident Stella has gone back to her former diet, human food only. I don't know how she does it, I really can't. Human food is just plain disgusting, it tastes bland and boring. Blood is deliciously warm, rich, irony goodness. Because of her diet, grandma Esme bought food for keeps for the first time in seven years.
In class the next day, Mrs. Bradley was lecturing us on mermaids. I thought it was funny how people would say I'm a hybrid but not a mermaid. One would never say a half human, half fish is a hybrid, everyone would say, that's a mermaid. While Mrs. Bradley talked about old sailors spotting mermaids in the ancient times Stell and I had one of our barely audible conversations.
"Ness, I have to tell you something," she said.
"What is it?" I asked.
"Remember the night I disappeared?"
"Yeah, you said you don't remember much of it."
"Well I remember a part of it," I nodded for her to keep going. "When I went hunting I found someone. I found Joaquim."
"Who is that?"
"My other brother," she admitted.
Suddenly, the bell rang at the same time I screamed, "WHAT?!" Everyone in class looked at us before rushing to the cafeteria. Nessie pulled me across campus to the parking lot. We got inside her car and her mouth started running. "You have brother that's not Jay? After everything you still have secrets? What else are you hiding from me?"
"Ness, I'm telling you now give me a break. I'll tell you everything you want to know," she said. "But first I have to you about Joaquim. I beat him up, almost left him dead in the forest. He's the hybrid the wolves found."
I gasped at the news. I took off my glove and showed her my confusion. "I was mad at him. He told me who my dad was, it made me mad. I didn't want to know but he still shoved it in my face. Don't ask who he is because I won't say." I asked about her family. "In total I have four other brothers and sisters. Joaquim is the eldest and a great tracker. Adrina and Alessandro are twins but they're as different as water and oil, but they both fight really well. Dante, he is the sweetest thing in the world, but don't let him fool you, that's his gift, he makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Adrina, Dante and I escaped; Joaquim and Alessandro stayed.
"Can I borrow your car?" she asked.
"I need to talk to Seth," she answered.
"Fine," I handed her the keys and got out of the car. She moved to the other side.
"I'll be back to pick you and Jay up," she said and left the school.
I knocked on the Clearwater's front door. Sue answered the door, "Hi Stella."
"Hi Mrs. Clearwater, is Seth here I have to talk to him," I said.
"Sorry honey, he's not here right now."
"Where is he?" I asked desperately to get to him.
"He's at Sam's place," she said.
"Thank you so much," I said and left to the Uley house. I promised Seth no more secrets and I intended on doing that. I had to tell him so I drove 50 miles above the speed limit in a rush to get to Sam's house. When I finally got there I rushed out of the car and slammed the door open only to have hybrid scent hit me like a wall.
Sam, Jacob, Seth, Leah and Paul were surrounding someone in the middle. Joaquim came out from the middle, "There's my baby sis."
"Crap," I muttered to myself. "Leave me alone."
"So you know him?" Jake asked.
"Before anything is said I came her looking for Seth to tell him about Joaquim," I pointed towards him. "I have four other brothers and sisters."
"Don't you mean we?" Joaquim said teasingly.
"Shut it. He's the only one who's followed me. The other night when you guys found him nearly dead, it was I who left him like that."
"You forgot to tell them who your daddy is," my brother reminded me. I crouched and pounced on him scratching his clothes. We rolled out the back door. I kicked he dodged, I punched I cracked his jaw, he punched he missed, he dodged and ran into the woods. I looked back and saw the wolves looking at me and I thought, I messed up big time.
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