Chapter 9


Leah was surprisingly easy to track down. I found her several miles away, looking at her reflection in the river.

"You know, we need to get you turned back to human," I said casually as I approached her.

She turned her head and looked at me, she growled lightly at me, and I sighed. "Feel free to attack, you won't hurt me and it'll probably help you relieve some stress, especially since I can't even understand what you want to say at the..."

Apparently, Leah needed no further prompting, as she soon pounced on me.

I grunted as I threw her off of me, being as careful as I could not to hurt her. I was virtually indestructible when I went hulk after-all. Soon, she was on me again, biting and clawing as I hit her back, albeit much gentler that I could have, just enough so that this fight wouldn't be her unleashing anger on me just because she could.

I had to give it to Leah though, she was fast. But, as I ripped her from my back and flipped her over my shoulder and onto the ground, I figured that a half-hour was enough. Pining her by her throat I asked, well, actually I growled, "Still angry?"

Leah sighed heavily, no doubt exhausted from our fight, but shook her head.

I let her up, and noticed how hard she was panting. "You need to calm down more. From what's been explained to me, your anger controls your change. You need to think calming thoughts, and focus on being human, to change back. Try taking some deep breaths, I find those rather effective most of the time."

It took several minutes, well closer to an hour, for Leah to change back. When she did, she said, "Thanks, Bella."

I sighed. Her voice was filled with pain and as my friend, I felt awful for being part of the cause for that hurt. I smiled lightly, "No problem. For what it's worth, I'm sorry to. I wasn't expecting this when I suggested they tell you. They told me that only sons that carried the gene could change."

Her eyes widened. "Seth...?"

I shrugged. "I don't know if he'll change or not."

Leah looked at me, tears in her eyes. "And what about you?"

I grimaced. "I actually had no intention of telling you about...this," I said, gesturing to my still hulked out body. "In fact, I didn't have any intention of telling anyone, unless I got married. But circumstances being what they are, a lot of people seem to be finding out about me." I smiled sheepishly, before trying to lighten the mood. "You realize your naked, right?"

Leah snorted, before collapsing onto her butt. "Honestly, I don't care," she admitted. Looking at me she said, "Dad...he had a heart attack because of me, didn't he?"

I sighed and sat down next to her, though I still towered over her. "I can't say," I admitted. "A lot happened this morning. And, maybe it was the shock of you changing, maybe it was seeing you and Jared fight, maybe it was me changing. Hell, it could have simply been bad timing and he would have had the heart attack if it was a perfectly normal day. But don't blame yourself. If anything happens to him, blame me," I said softly.

She looked up at me. "What?"

"If I hadn't insisted they tell you why Sam and you broke up, this morning wouldn't have happened," I explained.

Leah shook her head. "I can't blame you, you were trying to help me."

"Then don't blame yourself."

She sighed. "No promises."

"I'm not asking for any." I stood up and held out my hand to help her up. "Do you think you can control your change yet? We should head back and get you some clothes before finding out how your father's doing."

"You said getting angry triggers the change, I should be able to change easily then," she tried to joke, but I could tell her heart wasn't in it. "But I don't think changing back to human will be so easy," she admitted.

"Then I'll carry you," I said, as I picked her up bridal style.

"Hey!" she protested, more in surprise then anything.

"In this form, I'm faster than you, at least for the moment. I'm pretty sure as a wolf, your a lot faster than I am," I said, before jumping off of the ground.

Several jumps latter, we were back at the Clearwaters.


Billy POV

The waiting was killing me.

When Sam called last night, to tell me that they had, not only informed Bella about the Pack, but informed Charlie, discovered Bella's own secret, and planned on telling Leah, I hadn't expected this.

The first thing I did when Sam called to tell me that Sue had rushed Harry to the hospital was wake up Jake so he could drive us to the hospital. While he dressed, I had called Charlie.

Now we were in the Forks waiting room, waiting for word on my old friends condition. Charlie was next to Sue, along with Emily, as they tried to reassure her. Jake was sitting with a stunned Seth. Paul and Quil Sr. were sitting silently, though Kim was next to Paul, trying to keep the most emotional of the wolves calm.

And Jared kept looking at the hospital door. No doubt he was waiting for Bella to show up, assuming she calmed Leah down.

I wasn't sure what exactly happened this morning, though Sam had tried explaining it to me, he admitted that once he noticed Harry clutch his chest, he had basically ignored everything else as he helped Sue get him to the car. Though from what he had told me, I feared what would happen if Harry didn't make it.

Leah would never believe it wasn't her change that killed her father if that happened. It wouldn't matter that it wasn't true, Harry didn't exactly have a healthy lifestyle and if hadn't been this it would have been something else, Leah would blame herself. I wasn't sure Jared would ever forgive Leah for hurting Bella, but I was thankful that, if anyone got hurt, it was someone who could heal.

It didn't help that Fork's hospital reeked of vampire, keeping the wolves tense

I was also concerned. If Leah could change into a wolf, what about my daughters? We had assumed that only our sons carried the gene, now there was proof that our daughters did too.

I honestly didn't know what to do now. I didn't know if I should call Rebecca and Rachel or leave them in the dark as I had Jacob. On the other hand, Leah had been angry ever since Sam left her, so maybe that had played a part.

Everything was so messed up.

I was drawn from my thoughts when I noticed Bella and Leah walk in. Leah was wearing a t-shirt and jeans, while Bella appeared to be wearing nothing but a sports bra and tight shorts that ended just above her knees. Jared stood up, and was about to approach them, but Bella glared at him as the two girls walked by, right towards me.

"How is he?" Bella asked, standing behind and rubbing Leah's arms to keep her calm. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed all the pack was, no doubt in case Leah lost it.

I shrugged. "We haven't heard anything yet."

She opened her mouth, no doubt to answer another question, but stopped, as Dr. Gerandy walked in and towards Sue. Everyone was instantly on their feet, except me, and moved closer to hear the news.

"Sue," Gerandy said slowly.

"How is he?" she asked.

The doctor smiled softly. "He's alive."

the relief that washed over everyone was palpable in the air. I noticed Leah close her eyes and mumble under her breath, no doubt thanking God that her father was still alive.

"We're going to keep him for a few days," Gerandy continued. "But he should be fine. He's in a room, and you can see him in a few minutes, but there are some things that need to be discussed."



I stayed at the Clearwaters after we left the hospital. It was an arrangement everyone except Jared could agree with.

He was still upset over her injuring me earlier, but frankly I could care less. I told him that, until he got his head out of his ass, that imprint or not, I didn't want to see him.

Maybe it was a bit harsh, but Leah needed me. She needed to be around someone that could her change back if she got to emotional and phased, or even stop her if worse came to worse and her now even greater temper caused her to attack someone. And despite now knowing why Sam and Emily were together, she was still too angry at them for it, which meant that Sam wasn't the best choice to watch her. Neither was Paul since his temper was the worst of the pack. And Jared was out for obvious reasons.

Which left me as the best choice. Not only did I feel somewhat responsible for her change, but I considered her a friend.

I cooked dinner, since I figured Sue could use a break after the events of today. As I set it on the table, she smiled softly at me. "Thank you," she said softly, "for everything."

"You shouldn't thank me," I told her. "It was my fault. If I hadn't insisted that Sam and Emily tell Leah..."

Sue cut me off. "You did the right thing," she assured me. "I never agreed with Harry about not telling Leah. It hurt to see my daughter hurting and not do anything to help her. But at the same time, I couldn't fault Sam and Emily, and believe me, I tried." she sighed. "If this helps Leah heal, even a little bit, it'll be worth it."

She smiled. "Why don't you let me finish setting the table and go get Leah and Seth."



Walking into the hospital for my shift, I hesitated momentarily when the smell of wet dog hit my nose. It was strong, and I instantly recognized it, and wondered what had happened.

But then I found out that one of the Quileute tribal elders had suffered a heart attack and been admitted, and I wondered if they would come and visit him.

All I knew when I walked in to check on my first patient was that I needed to call a family meeting. It seemed that, despite are initial assumptions upon our return to Forks, the wolves were back in La Push


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