Betas: Tayjay & Jusobele


CH.15 Showdown at the OK Corral

Seth's Pov

Bella called to let me know she was on her way back. Charlie had made it clear. He did not want us together. I guessed he wanted someone on his side. I hated that Bella's relationship with her parents was suffering because of me.

I heard Bella pull up and went outside to meet her. Seeing her made my heart break. She looked tired, worn out, like the weight of the world hung heavy on her shoulders. I opened the car door for her, and pulled her into my chest just holding her close. "Baby, are you ok? Tell me what to do," I begged.

"I'm much better now," she told me, hugging me tighter.

We stood there holding each other for a few minutes, the scent from her salty tears hanging in the air around us. I grabbed Bella's bag, and headed inside. We were met with the worried eyes of Leah and my parents.

"Seth, are you going to be ok?" Leah asked, too low for anyone else to hear. I gave her a quick nod, letting her know I was in control.

"Honey, it will be okay," my mom reassured Bella, walking over to give her a hug. She looked at me first to make sure I was not going to snap at her. I gave my mom a nod and stepped away from the two of them. I watched as my mom folded Bella into her arms.

I sat down at the table with Leah and dad. Both of them gave me sympathetic looks and dad patted my shoulder. Mom walked Bella to the table. I pulled her into my lap, needing her close. I buried my head in her hair, inhaling her scent. My wolf was behaving, but just barely.

"We have something we want to talk to the two of you about," dad said, looking at Bella and me. "We know it's becoming harder for the two of you to be apart. Once Bella has been marked, according to the tribe you will be married. We've been working on the basement apartment. It's yours if you want it," he finished.

"You're letting me move in?" Bella asked.

"Yes, sweetheart, if you want to," mom told her.

"I don't have to say goodbye to Seth anymore?'' Bella asked, a sob breaking through her chest.

I knew Bella didn't like leaving me, but I never knew it had been so hard on her. She jumped up, hugging both my mom and dad and thanking them.

"Thank you," I told my parents sincerely.

We all walked downstairs. We passed the laundry area and came to a door. I hadn't been in the apartment in years. I couldn't even remember what it looked like.

"We will all share the washer and dryer but everything else is separate," dad said. He opened the door, and I was shocked as hell. It was an actual apartment. We walked into what was the living area. It already had a couch and a loveseat. Beyond that was a small kitchen area. Nothing big, but good enough for what we would need. Past the kitchen/living area was the bathroom, and just beyond that was a door leading into the bedroom. The bedroom had a king size bed and two dressers. There was even a tiny second bedroom.

"Mom, dad, thank you so much," I said, looking around and feeling grateful to my parents.

My mom squeezed my hand and told me, "You can of course paint it whatever you want, and there are still many things you need to furnish it. We need to have the wiring completed before you move in. It should be only a week. Bella you can stay upstairs until then,"

"I... uh... Thank you so much," Bella said, hugging both my parents again with tears rolling down her cheeks.

"We'll leave you two," dad said, walking out with mom and Leah close behind him.

Bella's Pov

I could not believe Seth's parents were letting me move in, and that we had our own space. I just stood staring at what was to be our home. "Wow!"

"Yeah." Seth said. "I never have to let you go." He kissed me before asking, "When do you want to move your stuff in?"

"Well we're going to be in Port Angeles tomorrow, how about on the way back?"

"Tomorrow sounds perfect."

We walked upstairs and sat down with his parents.

"We can make a list of things the two of you will need, and start shopping around. It might be good to just get the immediate things and wait to see what you really need once you're all moved in," Sue told us.

"Sounds like a plan," Seth said, squeezing my hand. We spent the rest of the evening watching movies with the family, and then headed to bed. I loved sleeping wrapped in Seth's arms. I woke up to him placing kisses all over my face.

"This is better than an alarm clock," I teased.

"Mmm. You look beautiful when you wake up," Seth murmured in my ear. He started kissing my neck, moving to hover over me. I wrapped my legs around his waist, and fisted my hands in his hair as he moved from my neck back to my mouth. I could feel his hardness resting on my center, and good god I wanted his birthday to hurry up and get here.

"OH NO YOU DON'T!" Leah yelled, walking in.

"It's tattoo and moving day! Get up and out of bed." She was laughing as she plopped down on the bed, ignoring Seth's scowl. "Come on Bella, let's get you ready," she sang, pulling me out of bed.

"I am so installing a lock on the basement door," Seth mumbled. Thirty minutes later the three of us were piled into Leah's car and headed to get tattoos.

"Does your mom know you're doing this?" I asked.

"Yep, she signed the consent in case they I.D. me," Seth said, putting his hand on my thigh and rubbing circles.

"Tattoos aren't as forbidden for us Natives as they are for you pale faces," Leah laughed.

Seth was making me crazy. His hand kept creeping further up my thigh, and he knew exactly what he was doing.

"Seth…" I whisper yelled.

"Yeah, baby?'' he asked, trying to look innocent.

"We're here, finally," Leah said jumping out of the car.

"You are terrible," I said, sliding my hand down his hardened length before jumping out of the car. Seth had me pinned to side of the car in 0.5 seconds and kissed me hungrily.

"Seth…" I moaned.

"You two get in here!" Leah called, holding the door open. She smirked as I walked in.

Three hours later and a lot of pain on my part, we walked out tattooed.

"Let me see," I sang to Leah.

She pulled her shirt up to show us her back, where she had a beautiful butterfly in the center of her shoulder blades. I then showed them my tattoo. In beautiful script I had Seth's name and Que- Quowle, written to form the outline of a heart.

"Whoa do you know what that means?" Leah asked.

"I do," I smiled. Seth was staring at my hip, and I knew the look in his eyes.

"Ok, let's see yours little brother," Leah said. Seth pulled his shirt off which distracted me immediately.

"Focus Bella," Leah laughed.

There on his chest was my name and under it was a bunch of numbers. "What do the numbers mean?" Leah asked.

"It's the longitude and latitude of the exact spot I was standing when I imprinted on Bella. The same spot I was in when I knew I had fallen in love with her," he said, looking at me.

"Damn! Alright that earns you three minutes before I haul you in the car," Leah said, getting in the car.

Seth stepped to me, pulling my face close to his and looking me in the eyes. "I love you! You are my always and forever," he told me, kissing my lips. We got in the car, and headed to Forks.

Pulling into the driveway, I was relieved to see Charlie's cruiser gone. I knew my mom was probably inside, though. I walked inside with Seth and Leah close behind me, my hand clasped with Seth's. I saw my mother sitting at the kitchen table.

"Bella," she said, looking at Seth, then Leah. They were both carrying several flattened packing boxes.

"Mom, this is Seth and Leah," I introduced her.

"Seth Clearwater?''

"Yes mam," he said.

"Bella, can I talk to you for a minute?" my mom asked.

"Baby, Leah and I will get started. Everything but the furniture, right?" Seth asked.

"Yeah."

Seth leaned in, kissing my temple. "Yell if you need me." He squeezed my hand, then let go to follow Leah upstairs.

Rene's Pov

Bella walked in with two people obviously from La Push. When she introduced them as Leah and Seth, I about choked. Seth was supposed to be 15, and this guy looked like a full-grown man. "Bella, can I talk to you for a minute?"

"Baby, Leah and I will get started. Everything but the furniture right?" this man asked Bella. It was not until then I noticed the boxes. I watched as he kissed her temple and whispered something too low for me to hear in her ear, before walking upstairs.

"Bella, what are you doing with boxes?" I asked afraid of the answer.

"I'm moving out," she stated.

"Bella, I don't think that's a good idea," I tried to reason with her.

"Why not? Dad refuses to listen to me. You flew up here taking his side without so much as talking to me first," she said.

"Honey, we're just concerned about you," I told her.

"Yes, well usually when people are concerned they ask questions to find out if their concerns are warranted," she said, looking at me. "Seth makes me happy. I thought Dad would see that and lay off, but he won't stop demanding that I end the relationship long enough to look, and you didn't even bother."

"Babe, there are some boxes marked Phoenix, do they go too?" Seth asked, walking downstairs.

"Yes,'' she said, looking at him with nothing but adoration. I heard my cell phone ringing. Knowing it was probably Phil. I excused myself and walked into the living room. I quickly told Phil I would call him back and walked back to the kitchen. I stopped when I saw both Seth and Bella. He had her wrapped in his arms, whispering in her ear. I watched as he kissed her eyes and her cheeks, and then left a sweet kiss on her lips before pulling away. I had to admit this did not look like a 15 yr. old guy trying to score. Seth went back upstairs leaving Bella and I in the kitchen.

"Charlie is going to have a heart attack when he finds out you are moving in with Seth," I told her.

"I need to help upstairs," Bella said, walking up the stairs and leaving me in the kitchen.

An hour later, the three of them came downstairs, all carrying a box. Three more trips and they were finished. "Bella, I would really like to spend some time with you. Maybe you and Seth could have lunch with me tomorrow?" I asked her.

"Yeah, that would be nice. Tell Dad I'll call him."

I gave her a hug and watched as she drove off. I sat at the table thinking of how in the world I was going to tell Charlie that Bella moved in with her boyfriend.

Charlie's Pov

I pulled into the drive. Seeing Bella's truck reminded me of the awful fight we had. Walking inside, I saw Rene sitting at the kitchen table much like she was this morning when I left for work.

"Renee is Bella home?" I asked.

"No, she came by earlier but left again," she told me. I could tell by the way Rene was holding herself, that something was wrong.

"Renee, what's going on?" I asked her.

"Bella said something today that I think we should talk about," she said. "Charlie, she says she's happy with Seth and that maybe if you or I had looked we would see that, but that the only thing you've done is demand she break up with him. I only flew here to do the same. Maybe we should talk to her first before attacking her relationship."

"Do you agree with her? Are you taking her side?" I asked.

"No, I'm taking the side that keeps Bella from getting hurt. But Charlie, have you stopped to talk to her about Seth? I know I didn't," Rene said.

"When will she be home?" I asked, and watched as Rene fidgeted in her seat.

"She won't. She came here long enough to pack. Then she left."

"What do you mean pack?" I yelled.

"Charlie she moved out," Renee told me.

"What the hell do you mean she moved out?"

"I mean she packed her stuff and moved out," Renee repeated. I jumped up, and headed to the door.

"Charlie you need to calm down. If you go down there like this you will say or do something you will regret and Bella will never talk to you again," Renee said. She was trying to prevent me from leaving.

"I have to do something. She is not moving in with him."

"You don't really get to decide, she is 18," Renee reminded me.

"She is my daughter and I will not allow this!"

"Charlie, go take a shower, calm down and we will both drive to La Push and talk to her," Renee pleaded. I decided to listen to her. I went upstairs, took a shower, changed and walked back downstairs.

"Ready?" I asked.

"Yes, but Charlie talk to her. Don't yell," Renee warned me as we walked outside to my cruiser.

Seth's Pov

Unpacking Bella's things at my house felt unbelievable. I would never again have to watch her leave me. I could see her in the morning and sleep with her wrapped in my arms at night. I was a happy wolf. With the last of her things put away, I grabbed her around the waist and pulled her into my body, kissing her deeply. I guided her to our sofa and pulled her down in my lap, never letting my lips leave hers.

"I love you so much!" I told her, finally breaking our kiss.

"I love you too. We have a bonfire to get ready for. You have to go back to school Monday." Bella reminded me.

"Uhg don't remind me," I said, shaking my head. I watched as Bella got up and walked to our bedroom. She grabbed her swimsuit and that skirt that hung low on her waist with the t-shirt that showed off her stomach. She started undressing, never taking her eyes off mine. When she was down to just her tiny panties and bra, I thought I would combust.

"You have no idea how sexy you are," I told her. I watched as she unclasped her bra, her tits bouncing slightly as they were freed from the fabric holding them in place. It took everything I had not to pounce on her. Then she hooked her fingers in the waist of those tiny panties and started sliding them down her legs, bending over to pick them up when she was completely naked.

"You are trying to kill me, aren't you?" I asked.

"Nope!" She said popping the 'P'. Bella put her bikini bottoms on, tying the strings on the side. My name inked on her skin showed through. Fuck that's hot! I stepped towards her, dropping to my knees and licking her tattoo. Fuck me, I could smell her and she smelled so goddamn good.

"Just want to make sure it heals." I smirked.

"Mmm can you help me with my top?" she asked, turning so I could tie the strings.

"I'd rather be taking it off instead of helping you put it on," I told her, kissing her neck.

"Later. Your turn to change," she said, sitting down on the bed. I walked over to the dresser, grabbed my board shorts and pulled my shirt off.

"You know I haven't had the chance to see your tattoo up close," Bella said. She crooked her finger and motioned for me to come to her. As soon as I was standing in front of her, she raked her nails down my chest and kissed my tattoo. Then she licked it, and pulled my nipple into her mouth, biting down.

"Fuck baby, I have to put my clothes on or I'm taking yours off," I told her. I finished getting dressed, as Bella slipped her skirt and t-shirt on. We walked upstairs to find most of the pack waiting in the living room.

"So we hear you two are going to shack up," Embry said, wagging his brow at Bella.

"Yep," she said, laughing. She already seemed to be lighter, as if she did not have so much weighing her down. I loved seeing her so free. I pulled her onto my back as we all walked to the beach. The guys got the bonfire going as the girls spread out the blankets and unpacked the food Emily brought.

"Baby, you want a hotdog or hamburger?" I asked Bella.

"Hot dog."

I made our plates, and sat down beside Bella to eat. When we were finished, I pulled her up against me. "Swim or dance?" I asked.

"Swim." She pulled her skirt and t-shirt off and took off towards the water. I easily caught up with her, grabbed her around the waist and pulled her legs around mine, as I walked us into the water.

Once we were chest deep, I started kissing her neck. The salty taste from the ocean mixed with her sweet strawberry flavor. I guided us behind the cliff face so no one could see us. It was the same place we went to the last time we were in the water, the time that lead to me tasting her for the first time. Just thinking of that day made me hard. Bella moved her hands down my chest and untied my shorts. She wrapped her hand around my cock and started stroking me.

"Fuck baby," I moaned. I snaked my hand inside her bottoms, and let my thumb draw circles around her clit as I crashed my mouth to hers. Pulling my mouth from hers, I kissed my way to her ear.

"When... kiss... We ... nibble… Get home… I'm … kiss… going to… kiss…and … nibble... lick… every… kiss ... inch ... nibble... of your body," I told her then pulled her lobe into my mouth.

Bella traced my lips with her tongue. She sucked my tongue into her mouth and rolled her tongue around mine as she sucked on it and then lightly nibbled it. "That's what I'm going to do to you," she told me.

"FUCK!"

She pulled her hand away from me, tied my shorts back up, and looked at me. "There are only three places you should cum. On me, in me, or down my throat. Right now we can't do any of them, so we'll have to wait till later." She licked her lips. Holy shit, I could cum just from hearing her talk like that.

"When you talk dirty, you make me so fucking hard," I told her.

"I'll have to remember that," she said, smirking. We made our way back to the bonfire. Bella had pulled her skirt on, forgoing her t-shirt. I loved watching the fire dance across her creamy skin.

"Dance with me," I whispered in her ear.

Leah's Pov

I watched as Seth pulled Bella up to dance with him. Watching the two of them was truly fascinating. They loved each other in a way I was not sure even the other imprints understood. They were friends and equals. I really did think that even without the imprint they would have found each other. I was glad fate gave them to each other, and there was no doubt they were going to burn the house down when they finally had sex. The last thought made me laugh.

Seth had her completely wrapped in his arms, whispering in her ear too low for me to hear. Whatever it was had Bella smiling.

"They're cute huh?" Jake said, walking up to me.

"Yeah, they are. How are you doing with all this? I know no one ever talks about it, but are you ok?" I asked.

"Yeah I am. I mean it's no secret, I wanted to imprint on her, but you can't really be mad about something that fate decided. Besides, you can't deny they are perfect together, even more than others." He whispered the last part.

"I was just thinking the same thing," I told him.

"I'm over my crush. Don't get me wrong she's still hot, but Seth can only deal with one stupid wolf at a time and Quil is more than stupid. That boy has serious imprint envy," Jake said laughing.

"Seth's going to end up killing him," I said, shaking my head.

"He broke his nose yesterday," Jake confided.

"No way!" I laughed.

"Oh yeah, he did, probably would have done more if Embry hadn't pulled him off of the idiot," Jake told me.

"Go little brother," I said.

"Oh shit!" Jake said. His eyes were trained on the parking lot. Walking towards us, looking like he wanted to murder someone was Charlie Swan. I quickly looked over at Seth and Bella, to see they were locked in a heated kiss. Fuck!

"Isabella Marie Swan!" Charlie yelled, walking towards us. I could see Bella's mom Rene trying to calm Charlie down, but it wasn't working. I looked back over at Seth and Bella. He was slightly in front of Bella in a protective stance. His face was hard and I knew shit was going to hit the fan.

The entire pack looked up and all of them had their hackles up. Bella was an imprint, a pack member. All of us considered her family. We protected our family. Charlie had no idea what he was walking into. Dad and Billy were trying to get to him before the situation had a chance to get out of control.

"Isabella, I want to speak to you NOW." Charlie yelled looking at her and Seth. I heard Bella tell Seth it was ok, as she placed her hand on his back to calm him.

"Baby, I'm ok. I'm just going to go talk to my dad," she told him. Seth did not make a move to stop her, but he sure as hell looked wound up. I watched as Sam, Paul and Jake made their way towards Seth, to step in if need be. Bella had just made it to Charlie and Rene when Charlie started yelling.

"You are not moving out, I forbid it!" Charlie yelled.

"Dad, I am 18. I have the right to make my own choices even if you don't like them," Bella told him calmly.

"Maybe we should go home to talk about this," Renee said.

"I don't need to talk about it. I already made the decision, and I'm happy with it," Bella said, looking at her mother.

"What happens when you get pregnant? Do you really think he will stay with you?" Charlie asked her, glaring at Seth.

"Damn it! How many times do I have to tell you I am not having sex? Let me be clear. I am not having sex with Seth! In fact I have never had sex with anyone. I... am… a… virgin!" Bella said through clenched teeth.

I could hear Seth's low growls. He knew his mate was upset and his wolf was pissed. Looking around it looked like all the wolves were pissed. This was their pack sister and she was upset. None of us were taking it well.

"Dad, I've tried talking to you, but you don't want to listen. I'm not going to break up with Seth, I love him," Bella told Charlie.

"Do you think he is capable of loving you back? He is a child!" Charlie told her.

"I don't think. I know Seth loves me," she told him, her face softening at the mention of Seth loving her.

"Didn't you think Edward loved you too? Maybe, you are not the best judge of character Bella. Am I going to have to watch you fall apart every time someone breaks up with you, because I can't do that," Charlie said. You could hear gasps all through our gathered group.

"Charlie!" Renee admonished.

"Bella, I didn't mean it like that," Charlie tried telling her, but I could already smell the salty tears.

I heard Seth growl and looked over in time to see Sam, Paul and Jake haul his vibrating form into the woods.

"I guess you would see me as weak, considering how I reacted when Edward left me," Bella said, her voice cracking.

"Bella, I didn't mean…" Charlie started.

"I'm not as weak as you think. It wasn't Edward simply breaking up with me that made me lose my mind. It was everything leading up to that and what he said to me that night," Bella told him. "I loved his family and I thought they loved me. Brothers and sisters just like I always wanted," Bella started telling him with a strangled laugh. "I didn't realize at first how they manipulated me. I thought it was their way of showing me they cared about me…."

I looked around seeing everyone listening closely. Only Seth had ever heard what really happened.

"It started simple. Edward telling me I looked nice in blue and Alice buying me blue shirts and sweaters. Alice making me feel guilty until I agreed to go on shopping trips with her, even though I hate shopping. She would tell me how she only wanted to spend time with me, and how if I really cared about her I would go. I would instantly feel awful for being such a bad friend. Then it was her picking out all my clothes because she only wanted me to look my best. She was beautiful and I was plain, so I let her.

"Then my music was not the right kind of music, so I found myself listening to whatever Edward deemed worthy. Suddenly my friends were not the right kind of friends so I stopped spending time with them, only spending my time with Edward and his family. Everything had become about him, and his family. Only I didn't realize it.

"Then one day he asked me to go for a walk with him, so I did. I wouldn't dare tell him no, afraid that he would realize I wasn't good enough to be with him. I didn't even question the fact that he was walking us into the woods. I just went along with it, like I did everything," she continued in a quite voice.

Looking around I could see tears in all the women's eyes, and anger in the men's. I could hear the un-phased wolves' chests rumbling. I could hear Seth growling in the woods. I knew he was raging.

"He walked us down the trail, then stopped and told me he was leaving. He said his family had already left. When I asked why they left without saying goodbye, he told me it was because they didn't like me. They were finished with their game and decided I was not a fun toy anymore.

"Edward told me that Alice had said that no matter how hard she worked on me I would never be pretty enough to be a part of their family. All those shopping trips wasted, all the designer clothes she bought for me, and still I wasn't pretty enough.

"Edward explained how Rose always thought I was too plain, and Emmett said I was too weak to be his sister. Jasper said I wasn't smart enough to be a member of the Cullen's. Esme wanted someone better for her son, and Carlisle was tired of patching me up from my incessant clumsiness.

"Then he told me how I had been a distraction for him while they passed their time in Forks. That I could never hold his attention but that it had been a lot of fun making me turn myself inside out trying to please them. He told me, that I should consider myself lucky that they bothered with such a plain girl like me," Bella told Charlie, tears sliding down her face.

Charlie and Renee looked horror stricken as well as both my mom and dad.

"It wasn't being broken up with, I could have handled that. It was the fact that when they left I didn't know how to function on my own, because I had let them make my every decision, from what I was wearing to what I listened to on the radio. The worst part was I did not know I had given them complete power over my life until they disappeared from it, leaving me to question my own sanity. Wondering how weak a person I had to be to let it happen and not even know it was happening. I guess Jasper had been right, I wasn't very smart," Bella explained.

It wasn't until Emily handed me a tissue that I realized I was crying. "It took me almost a year to understand what they did to me. Then I met Seth. I love him, and he loves me, not for who he can make me into but for who I already am. Leah is the sister I never had. His friends welcomed me, becoming my friends, my brothers and sisters," she said, and then let a sob escape her chest.

Jake ran out of the woods. "We can't hold him back anymore, the order won't hold because of the imprint," he told my dad.

"Bella, honey, can you walk to the edge of the woods? Seth is waiting for you," my dad told her. Bella started walking towards the woods, as Charlie took a step towards her.

"Charlie, you need to stop and sit down," Billy told him, authority ringing in his voice.

"I... I need to fix this with Bella." His voice matched his face, broken.

"I agree. But right now, there is a 6'4 - 225 pound wolf that wants to rip your throat out for hurting his mate," Billy told him. Well damn, I guessed Charlie and Renee were about to learn the legends.

"Wolf? Mate? What the hell are you talking about?" Charlie asked. Renee just looked pained, probably thinking over everything Bella had said.

"Sit down and listen," my dad told him.

"When Seth walks out with Bella, do not look at him," Sam advised Charlie. His voice was strained as he tried to control his own temper. Each of the wolves found a seat near the fire. Kim and Emily joined Sam and Jared. Everyone purposely avoided looking anywhere other than the fire, so as not to antagonize Seth.

I watched out of the corner of my eye as Seth walked out with Bella in his arms. She was still crying and his jaw was clenched tight. It was moments like this that I remembered my little brother was actually a wolf with a mate. Once Seth had left with Bella, Charlie and Renee looked to my dad, and Billy.

"Can someone tell me what the hell is going on?" Charlie asked.

"Charlie, I know you have heard some of our tribe's legends. Correct?" Dad asked him.

"Yes, about being descended from wolves. Are you trying to tell me you're wolves?" Charlie asked.

"No, we are telling you that everyone you see here, excluding me, Sue and Billy and including Seth are shape shifters," dad told him.

"What do you mean shape shifters?" Renee asked.

"Any volunteers?" Billy asked.

"Oh, I'll do it," Quil stood up, grinning.

We watched as Quil stepped away from the fire and pulled his shorts off, his bare ass facing us.

"Nice ass," Renee muttered under her breath, not knowing all of us could hear.

"Thanks!" Quil yelled, laughing. Renee looked up, questions in her eyes.

"Uh, we have super hearing," I told her.

"Oh."

"Ready?" Quil asked, phasing into his wolf.

"Holy shit!" Charlie stuttered.

"Oh my god," Renee said.

Quil phased back and sat back down around the fire with the rest of us. Billy and dad went over the legends for Charlie and Renee. "So Seth is a wolf, and Bella is his mate?" Charlie asked.

"Yes."

"What exactly does that mean?" Renee asked.

"Bella, is Seth's imprint. It means that they were chosen by fate for each other, a perfect match. Body, soul, spirit, and heart. Perfect for each other. I think I speak for everyone here when I say even without the imprint we believe they would have found each other, they are that well matched," mom told Renee with a smile.

"Imprint, what does it mean? You make it sound infallible," Charlie said.

"When a wolf finds his imprint everything else holding him to earth ceases to exist. His family, his pack, his friends, nothing else matters except his imprint. She is his center, his gravity, his entire world. A wolf will do anything to keep his imprint safe and happy. He will never lie to her, cheat on her, or leave her. She is it for him," Sam explained.

"This wolf thing, is that why Seth looks older and acts older?" Renee asked.

"Yes, when the boys phase they go through a growth spurt obviously. But it makes them full-grown men, including maturity. Seth is fully grown except the number of birthdays he's had," Mom told her.

"And Bella knows he's a wolf?" Charlie asked.

"Yes. Part of the imprint doesn't allow him to keep things from her, but I don't think he would have anyway. They tell each other everything. Until tonight he's the only one that knew what Cullen said,"

Sam told him.

"Bella being an imprint means she is a part of the pack. She is loved as family. You're lucky none of us took a bite out of you when you made her cry." Sam's voice was full of threat when he addressed Charlie.

"Why do you turn into wolves?" Charlie asked. We all looked around at one another knowing this next part was not going to go over so well.

"Charlie, before we tell you, we need you to promise to stay calm. Seth already wants to rip you apart, so yelling at Bella again would be suicide," Billy told him.

"Okay," Charlie said, uneasily.

"Members of our tribe who carry the gene phase into their wolf when a threat is nearby. The only threat is the 'Cold Ones'. The Cullen's were cold ones," Billy told him bluntly.

"Cold ones?"

"Vampires," Dad clarified. We watched as Charlie's face showed disbelief, recognition, and then rage.

"Did Bella know?" he demanded.

"She didn't know in the beginning, but she did end up finding out," Embry offered up. I knew he had been the only one brave enough to ask her about the Cullen's.

"She went through all that by herself?" Renee asked, putting the pieces together and sobbing quietly.

"Yes, Bella isn't weak. She's stronger than any one of us sitting here," Sam said.

"That's why she was so … catatonic when he left. He was a goddamn vampire," Charlie said, rage rolling off him.

"Yes. Leeches have pheromones that they use to entice their prey. We think he used it on Bella. We don't want to tell her that, because everything she felt was real," Sam told him.

"Phoenix?" Charlie said, understanding lacing his voice.

"Yes."

"Did Cullen do that?" he asked.

"No," I told him.

"Renee, are you okay?" my mom asked Rene who had gone silent.

"I just don't know how she survived all this. Then Charlie and I gave her problems about Seth. How is she going to ever forgive us?" Rene said through tears.

"She will because she's Bella, but you need to talk to her about everything," Mom said, smiling at the thought of her soon to be daughter in law.

"Is there anything else we should know?" Charlie asked.

"Just keep an open mind," dad advised him.

"More open than werewolves and vampires. Is Bigfoot about to join our party?" Charlie asked.

"Bella told you the truth. She and Seth have not had sex. They've been waiting for him to officially turn the age of consent," dad started.

"Not that I'm not happy to hear that, but if they both knew this was a lifelong thing why did they wait?" Charlie asked.

"Bella didn't want to disrespect mom or you, Charlie. Mom, Bella said it must have been hard to find out your son had a mate so they wanted to wait until he was legal. And Charlie, you're a cop. She would never do anything to break the law like that, even though technically Seth is not 15," I told him.

"Damn!" most of the pack muttered, having never known the real reason they decided to wait.

"Shit. I have a lot to make up for," Charlie said, shaking his head.

"There's more Charlie," Dad said.

"I figured," Charlie sighed.

"Wolves do something called 'marking'. It's where they uh… bite their mate, marking her with their own scent. It is a way to show other wolves she is claimed. We believe Seth will mark Bella when he uh... claims her. Once Bella is marked, she will be seen as Seth's wife in the eyes of the Elders and the pack," dad told him, blushing slightly.

"So my daughter will essentially be married to a wolf in roughly two weeks," Charlie stated. "Will they be considered married outside of this group?"

"No, but I wouldn't be surprised if that comes up soon," dad told him.

"She's really not going to move back is she?" Charlie asked.

"No, Seth and Bella are in actual physical pain when they are separated. Them deciding to wait until his birthday has made it much harder for them to be apart," dad informed Charlie.

"It was never about me not liking Seth. Hell, he's my godson. I was just terrified Bella would be hurt again. I couldn't stand the thought of watching her lose herself again," Charlie said, his voice broken.

"I know that old friend," dad reassured him.

"If I had known any of this… Hell, maybe if I had just listened. I just couldn't see past trying to keep Bella's heart safe," Charlie said.

"She will forgive you, and Seth will want to kill you less when she does," dad said, laughing.

"Now as you can imagine, this is a secret. You can't tell anyone, not even your husband Renee," Billy told them severely.

"I understand," Renee and Charlie both said.

"Renee, do you have any questions?" mom asked her.

"I'm looking around at the guys and wondering how in the hell Bella stuck to her decision to wait with her very own personal russet demi- god," Renee said seriously making us all to crack up.

"The better question is how Seth hasn't died from blue balls. Your daughter is an inventive torturer. She could be like a CIA operative in charge of cruel and unusual punishment," Quil said, again making us laugh.

"As much as I'm going to regret asking, what are you talking about?" Charlie asked almost looking nauseous.

"As wolves we have a few unique qualities. We have super senses like sight, sound, and smell. We heal exceptionally fast, and we run a body temperature of 108.9. Bella finds it hysterical to see how fast things melt on Seth," Sam told Charlie and Renee, fighting his own laughter. The rest of us were not even trying to hide the fact that we were laughing.

"Melt?" Renee asked.

"Let's see how to put this in a delicate way. Nope cannot do it, sorry Charlie. Bella likes to see how fast things will melt on Seth's chest. Gummy bears, skittles, Hershey kisses, ice cream, caramel. You get the point," I told her. To all of our surprise Charlie burst out laughing.

"You mean to tell me, Bella melts chocolate on him and he hasn't pushed her to forget the pact to wait?" Charlie asked still laughing.

"Yep," I told him.

"Well the kid just earned my respect." Charlie said.

"She calls him her hot plate," Kim added, laughing.

"No, as of last week with the melted caramel fiasco she started calling him her fondue pot," I told everyone. We were all cracking up. We didn't hear Seth and Bella walking towards us.

"You're still here?" Bella asked, peeking out from behind Seth who was still in a protective stance.

"Yes, and we would very much like to talk to you and Seth, if that's ok?" Charlie asked.

"Yeah," Bella said, holding onto Seth.

We watched as Seth, Bella, Renee and Charlie walked down the beach until the rest of us could not hear them.

Charlie's Pov

My mind was reeling, I was sure I would need something hard to drink to get through the rest of this night. My daughter was engaged, to a man/boy who shifts into a wolf to fight vampires. I noticed Seth kept Bella just slightly behind his own body, so as to protect her from anything that might jump out at her. Unfortunately, that included me. We had been walking down the beach for a while when Seth told us that we were out of earshot.

I watched as Seth sat down in the sand, pulling Bella into his lap and wrapping his arms around her.

"Bella, Seth I want to apologize. I was wrong to have tried to break you up. I want you to know Seth it wasn't you. I was just so scared Bella would get hurt and I couldn't stand not doing anything to stop it," I told them.

"Dad, I know you were scared but what hurt the most is you wouldn't even talk to me about it. You only made demands," Bella told me.

I watched as Seth began to rub her arms in comfort. I wasn't even sure he was aware he was doing it. Watching with my own eyes how they interacted was amazing. I truly wished I had just taken the time to talk to the two of them. Five minutes watching them and you saw the difference. I was a fool.

"You're right," I agreed. "I hope we can start over."

"Okay, but I'm not moving back," she said.

"I know and I understand." I looked at her and then at Seth.

"So what color wolf are you?" Renee asked Seth. Bella and Seth both just looked at us.

"Billy and your dad had to tell us. I guess they figured I should know why you wanted to kill me," I told Seth, laughing nervously.

"He's sandy brown," Bella said, and I could see the love oozing off her.

Five minutes of talking to my daughter or once glance at the two of them, and all this turmoil could have been prevented, I thought watching the two of them. "Alright then, I think I deserve a drink," I told them standing up. "Bells, I know this doesn't fix everything but I'd like to try to get close again."

"Me too, Dad," she said, giving me a hug.

"So I want to know what melts the fastest. Chocolate or ice-cream?" Renee laughed at Seth and Bella's horror stricken faces.

"QUIL!" they both said at the same time.

"I'll take your dad to find a drink. You can talk to your mom." Seth grinned at Bella, placing a kiss on her lips before he came up beside me. We had walked a few feet from them when I decided to say something.

"So you're going to be my son in law in a couple of weeks," I said.

"Uh yeah, but only the Elders and the pack will know."

"You don't sound happy about that?" I asked, wanting to know where his head was.

"I hate knowing that only a few people will recognize Bella as my wife. I want her to have my name. I love her and I don't like the idea of it being secretive." This man who until a couple of hours ago I thought to be a boy, was full of surprises.

We didn't say much as we continued walking. All of a sudden Seth started cracking up. "What's so funny?"

"Uh... Bella's mom is asking some rather uh… embarrassing questions," he told me.

"I can only imagine. Renee does have a verbal filter." We had finally made our way back to the bonfire. Everyone was looking at us and giving us small smiles.

"I could use a drink," I told Billy.

"We thought so. Sam went and got some good stuff."

Bella and Renee made their way back to the bonfire. Seth immediately went to her, pulling her to him. He walked her over to where a few of the others were dancing. Harry and Sue made their way over to Renee and I.

"They are in their own little world aren't they?' Renee asked, watching our daughter dance with Seth.

"Yes, all the time," Sue said, smiling. "They're good together."