Part three of learning to love from Embry's point of view:
I held her hand as we walked towards the Cullens' house for dinner and I couldn't stop grinning. I had told Laruen about being a werewolf and she hadn't run away screaming. We ate dinner with the Cullens and a few other pack members. After I had eaten all of my dinner I took Lauren's hand in mine glad that I had finally imprinted.
Over the next couple of weeks were the best of my life. I spent every afternoon with Lauren once she got out of school. Some days we spent it will the Cullens while Renesmee and Lauren did their homework and other days Lauren would make dinner for me at her house.
"How was school?" I asked Lauren as I drove her to the Cullens' house.
"It was fine," she said quietly shrugging, "Boring, how was your day."
"Slow," I said.
"Slow?" she asked.
"It seemed forever till I got to see you," I said honestly.
"Oh," I said softly and out of the corner of my eye I could see her face turning bright red.
I smiled to myself and took her hand in mine. We pulled up the Cullens' and we got out of the car and walked to the door. Stepping inside I knew something was wrong instantly. It almost reminded me of the time when after Renesmee was born and we were under threat from the Volturi.
"What's wrong?" I asked looking around at the faces at the in the living room.
It was silent for a few moments, and I knew something was seriously wrong and it seemed that no one wanted to tell me about that. Eventually Carlisle stepped forward.
"Some of the Volturi are here," Carlisle said, "They have found out about…about Lauren and are interested in…talking to her."
My whole body went rigid and stopped. Lauren had always been afraid of something like this would happen. When she had shared these fears with me I had shrugged them off never thinking that they would be justified. A growl rippled through my chest.
"No," I said fiercely, "They can't talk with her."
"We will do everything we can to avoid that," Carlisle said, "And they have given us until tomorrow to make our choice about talking with them."
I clenched my fists as fear for Lauren hit me. I didn't want to lose her when I just found her. I turned out of the room, I was close to phasing and I needed to run. I didn't know how long I ran for before I went back to the Cullen home. I found Carlisle standing on the stairs looking out into the woods. I pulled my clothes on as I made my way to the house.
My eyes met his worried gaze.
"You know we will work this out," Carlisle said, "We are going to meet them in a clearing, Alice has seen them make their way into a nearby clearing late tomorrow night before the vision disappears. I'm sure it will be like the last time we met with them when they wanted to see Renesmee."
"Thanks Doc," I said quietly as I felt the tension leave me a little, "Is she still here?"
"I think she is helping Renesmee clean up the kitchen," he said smiling softly.
I walked into the house and towards the kitchen. She was there with Renesmee cleaning dishes much like the first night that we had met. So much has changed since that night I thought to myself. Lauren turned as if she could sense my presents there. We moved silently outside not speaking a word but we both knew we needed sometime to be alone together. Once outside I moved my arms around her needing to feel her in my arms.
Her head rested against my chest and I moved my arms up and down her back.
"Are you scared," she asked.
"Yes," I whispered.
"I'm afraid I'll never see you again," she said, "I'm so afraid that they will do something to you."
"What do you mean?"
"I was there when the Cullens were planning of what to do tomorrow when they will meet the Volturi," she saw, "I know you will be there when you meet them, what if they hurt you?"
"It's my job to fight them," I told her as I looked into her eyes to find tears there.
"If anything happens," she said the tears filling her eyes.
"I'm more worried about you," I murmured as I rapped my arms around her, "You are the most important part of my life now."
I held Lauren for a long time before we went back inside.
"I think it would be best if you stayed with the Cullens tonight," I said quietly.
"Will you be here still," she said, "Or do you have to take a shift tonight?"
"I do later," I said, "I'll wait till you are asleep though."
"Alright," she said quietly.
An hour later I held Lauren in my arms as we lay in bed as she tried to fall asleep. I was surprised that she had let me be in bed with her as we hadn't shown each other much physical affection other than hugs or holding hands.
"Will you be careful tonight?" she whispered.
"Of course," I said quietly, "do you doubt my skills?"
"No," she said and I could hear the smile in her voice, "Just I've heard so much about the Volturi and its…its made me worried."
"I know dear," I said, "please don't worry about me, I thought we talked about this already."
"We have," she said sighing, "Just can't help but worry. You are the best thing to happen to me too."
"Thank you," I said rubbing her back, "Get to sleep we have a busy day ahead of us."
I held her tightly as she clung to my chest. A couple of hours later I moved gently so I would not wake her and I made my way to cover my next shift.
Laurens' point of view:
Even though I was worried about the next day's events I slept well in Embry's arms. When I woke the next morning I missed the feel of his arms around me and I wished that he was still here. I was worried that our time was limited. I dressed and walked down stairs where Esme was making breakfast.
I sat at the table not wanting to eat before Embry and some of the other pack members came in for breakfast and for some rest before tonight's meeting. I sat in a chair and watched him sleep, I couldn't bear to be away from him especially since the day was slipping by too quickly. Before I knew it I had to wake Embry up to get ready. Tears filled my eyes as he held my hand as we stood outside while saying goodbye.
"I'll be back soon," he said quietly, "Some of the other imprints are here too."
I nodded not looking up at him.
"Lauren," he said gently and I didn't look up, "Lauren?"
I felt his fingers come under my chin and I forced my eyes to meet his.
"I don't want you to worry about me," he said, "I am doing my job, we are good at this and we have spent a lot of time getting reading for meetings just like this. Please don't worry about me."
"I'm sorry I can't," I said my tears falling, "I've spent so much time alone I just hate the thought of not having you, I can't go back to the time where I was living without you Embry I can't."
"I promise you won't have to," he said hugging me close.
I clung to him as my tears covered his chest.
"I have to go Lauren," he said quietly.
I nodded as he stepped away from my embrace. I watched as he turned and started running towards the forest. I didn't know how long I stood there watching the spot where he had gone.
"Lauren," I felt a soft hand on my shoulder, "Come inside I've made tea for us."
I nodded numbly before I fallowed Emily into the Cullen house. I sat at the table not listing to the other imprints talk as I kept my hands on my cup and stared into it. All went silent as we heard the howls from outside. Chills went through me as I looked at Emily and she confirmed my worst fears.
"Something has happened," she said standing and moving outside.
I followed her, my heart pounding out of my chest. I saw the pack moving carefully out of the forest carrying someone between them. My eyes scanned the faces of the walking but were unable to find where Embry was.
"Where is he," I whispered to Emily.
"Lauren I think…I think he's there," she said.
I took me a moment before I understood what she was saying, he was there but he was the one who was hurt, the one who was hurt because of my freakish ability. My heart dropped to my stomach.
"No," I said as they grew closer to us.
I stood unable to move as they carried him past us and into the house with Carlisle fallowing behind. I made my way to fallow him and for a moment I thought Emily would stop me but she understood that I needed to be with him. I stood in the corner of the room as Carlisle worked on him.
The ones from the Volturi had come to take me I had learned and didn't want to fight, but it seemed that one of their blood lust had been too much for them. They had tried to get past the Cullens and the pack and Embry, scared for me, had jumped to stop him but not before the vampire had crushed his left side.
I felt so grateful for Carlisle as he worked on Embry and that they had enough medication in the house for him not to feel any pain. It was hard to me to see him like that especially knowing that he had thrown himself into danger to keep me safe. Once Carlisle was finished with setting Embry's bones I sat in the chair next to his bed and gently held his right hand. Hours later he finally woke up.
"How do you feel?" I asked pushing his hair away from his face.
"A little sore," he confessed, "and tired."
"I don't blame you," I said, "Carlisle gave you a lot of drugs."
"You're alright," he said.
"Of course I am," I said.
"When I saw that vampire go after you," he said clenching his teeth, "I was so angry and afraid, I don't remember much after that."
"You fought him," I told him, "and you got crushed by him."
He was quiet as if he was trying to remember the fight.
"I'm glad you are alright," he said cupping my cheek.
"I love you Embry," I said amazed with my own boldness of my words.
"I love you too Lauren," he told me quietly.
The next week and a half were spent allowing Embry to heal. I was glad for his quick healing abilities and that he would not have months of pain that normal humans would have. School continued and I found myself growing more and more in love with Embry. I felt a little frustrated at the lack that he hadn't kissed me yet.
"I know that he is waiting for me to be ready," I told Renesmee at lunch time feeling glad that the other Cullens weren't there yet to overhear our conversation, "but I've waited a long time to meet someone, I think I'm ready now."
"I bet," she said, "maybe you can take the first move with him in this."
"Maybe," I told her, "just feels like he should make the first move."
"You'll be waiting for ever for that one then," she said, "Embry is just too much of a gentleman with you Lauren."
"I guess so," I said frowning at the thought.
"Just do it," she said, "or just talk to him about it, he'll give in to whatever you want. I've seen it work with Jacob tons of time."
Before I knew it school was out and I was walking towards Embry while he leaned against the hood of his car. A smile crossed his face as he spotted me.
"How was your day?" he asked hugging me.
"It was good," I told him, "I missed you though."
"Me too," he said.
I climbed into his car and we left the parking lot as he took my hand in his warm one.
"So what do you feel like doing tonight," he said.
"I think I'd like to make dinner for us," I told him, "at my place."
"No Cullens tonight?" he asked since we usually went to their house on Friday nights.
"Not tonight," I said, "we can go over there tomorrow, I'm sure they won't mind."
"Alright," he said as we made our way to my house.
Once at my house I made dinner as we talked quietly. We ate dinner and cleaned up together. Embry cleaned up as I leaned against the counter and watched him. I stepped close to him and put my arms around his waist.
"You alright love?" he asked turning in my arms.
"Yes," I said looking up into his eyes.
"Good," he said kissing my forehead.
He started to pull away but I wouldn't let him go.
"What is it?" he asked.
"Embry?" I whispered.
"Yes," he said.
"Kiss me," I whispered.
"Are you sure," he said.
"Yes," I told him, "I've been waiting a long time."
His eyes darkened as he leaned forward. I closed my eyes and I felt his lips press mine. They were warm and soft as I pressed back. He started kissing me and I back. We broke apart moments later breathing hard.
"Thank you," I said.
"You're welcome," he said.
He touched his forehead against mine and I tightened my arms around him.
"What made this come on," he asked.
"I've…I've been thinking about it since you got hurt," I told him.
"Oh," he said, "I've been thinking about something else."
"Oh?" I said.
"Will you marry me?" he asked.
"Yes," I said quietly as he hugged me tightly and buried his head in the crook of my neck.
"I love you," he said looking up at me.
"I love you too," I told him before our lips met again.
Months later I found myself sitting in a chair allowing Alice to do my makeup.
"I don't know how in the world I allowed you to talk me into doing my hair and makeup today is beyond me," I told her crossing my arms.
"You are just like Bella was on her wedding day," she told me, "I don't know what the big deal is and you only get married once."
"How many times have you and Jasper been married," I asked her.
"That's different," she said.
I rolled my eyes as I let Alice play dress up with me. An hour later my hair and makeup were finished before I was allowed to look into the mirror. I had to admit that I liked what Alice had done. My makeup looked natural and didn't look overwhelming. We grabbed my dress before Alice, Renesmee, and I drove to the small church where Embry and I would be married.
"I don't think I can do this," I told Renesmee who would be my maid of honor, "He isn't going to want to be with me, I am too closed off and I've been alone for too long."
"He's going to want to marry you," she said calmly, "He loves you."
"You're right," I said, "I know you're right."
"Just take calming breaths," Renesmee said.
I breathed in deeply as we waited for the ceremony to start.
From Embry's point of view:
I was finally getting married to my imprint. I was scared out of my wits as well.
"You know you'll be fine," Quil said, "You finally found a girl who is crazy for you."
I threw him a dark look before checking my watch again, only a few more minutes to go. The door opened to show Carlisle coming through.
"It's time boys," he said.
I took a deep breath before stepping out the door. I stood up at the front of the church as Quil stood with me as my best man. I swallowed hard as Lauren walked through the door and made her way down the aisle. She looked beautiful. She put her small hand in mine when she finally got to the altar.
I looked into her eyes as we said our vows, as we promised to always be there for each other and love one another. I kissed her gently once the preacher announced us man and wife. The reception went by quickly and before we knew it we were on our way to our honeymoon in Hawaii. I held her tightly as we sat on the plane together as she laid her head on my shoulder.
"Thank you," she said quietly.
"For what," I asked.
"For teaching me how to love," she said, "For letting me feel comfortable enough to open up to someone."
"You're welcome," I said kissing her.
She snuggled into my side as we made our way to the rest of our lives.
Tell me what you think. This is the last chapter but I am hoping to start on a sequel soon, so keep your eye out for that!