AN: So this is it guys. It's been over three years and almost thirty chapters, but it's finally finished! I'm sad to see the end of this, and I don't want to say goodbye to you guys yet, but it's also kind of a relief to have it done (and I'm sure it's the same for you too!)
You guys have been great. I couldn't have asked for better readers and reviewers, you've been nothing but amazing and supportive despite my terrible updating. I just want to thank you all for being so wonderful, I love you all!
I just want you to know that I do have at least a few one-shots planned for the future in this 'verse, but they mightn't be up for a while. I'm working on a new fic at the moment, but I'm going to wait 'til it's finished until I start posting this time! It's based on the Harry Potter books, and it's another unusual pairing, so if you're interested then keep an eye out for it :)
Thanks again guys!
Disclaimer: It's been three years, I think it's time to accept the truth :/
Seth pulled into the driveway and rested his head on the steering wheel, breathing deeply and trying to talk himself into getting out of the car and knocking on the door.
It was only the thought of Alec sitting back at the Cullen's house, and how quietly disappointed he'd be if Seth didn't at least try this. Thinking of Alec, and the fact that no matter what happened today Seth would be able to go home to his amazing imprint, gave him the courage he needed and he quickly got out of the car and strode to the front door, knocking quickly before he could talk himself out of it.
He'd only been waiting for a few seconds when the door swung open to show a woman whose small smile completely dropped from her face when she saw who was on the other side.
"Hey Leah," Seth whispered, a sad smile on his face as he finally realised just how much he'd missed his big sister.
For a moment he thought she wasn't going to move at all, but then she suddenly let out a sob and called "Mum!", and threw herself into Seth's arms.
Seth buried his face in Leah's hair as she sobbed into his shoulder, inhaling the familiar scents of home and family.
Seth looked up when he heard running from inside the house, and heard his mother beginning to ask Leah what was wrong, only to freeze completely when she saw who was standing on her doorstep.
Sue covered her mouth with her hands and shook her head.
"It's me Mum."
Sue copied her daughter almost exactly when she sobbed and threw herself into the family hug.
Seth didn't know how long they stood there, all of them crying and clutching the others' closer. All he knew was that, by the time they finally made their way inside, he was completely exhausted from crying, but happier than he had been in a while. Being with his family filled a hole in his chest he hadn't even realised was there until he had his mother and sister in his arms again. Through everything that had happened in the last three and a half years, and despite the bad terms they had parted on, Seth had never forgotten just how much he loved his family.
Seth had barely sat down when Leah and his mother were on him.
"Seth, we're so sorry-"
"We should have listened to you-"
"We were so worried-"
Seth couldn't take it anymore, "Guys, stop!"
They both fell silent, but he could tell it was reluctant.
"I understand that you're sorry," he began. "And yes, you both hurt me a lot when you made a decision about Alec without even talking to me about it first. I was so upset for so long, but I've had some time to think about it now and I know you both thought you were doing what was best for me."
At this point his mother looked like she was going to interrupt, but he cut her off.
"I do understand, but I need to make one thing very clear. The first time was a mistake, but I have been with Alec for over three years now, and I have no intention of separating from him- ever. I am here today to reconnect with you because you are my family and I love you, but before we get into anything else, I need you to understand that Alec comes first and he always will, and if you can't accept that then I'm sorry, but I won't be able to stay."
Seth's speech left the room silence and his mother in tears.
"I am so sorry Seth," she sobbed. "I thought I was doing the right thing, but I know now that all I did was hurt us all."
Aaaaaand now Seth felt like crap. He crossed the room to sit beside his mother, "It's not that Mum, I know you had good intentions. I just wish you could have trusted me. Alec is such an amazing person, and he'd never do anything to hurt me."
"He sounds pretty perfect," interrupted Leah from where she was standing and smirking across the room.
Seth smiled and looked at both of them, "He is. Would you like to meet him?"
They both froze at the offer, and Seth could see the wariness in their eyes, especially his Mother; but she took a deep breath and Seth could see her eyes narrow in resolve.
"We'd love to."
That night, lying in bed with Alec, Seth couldn't remember ever having been happier. Alec's old-fashioned charm, genuine kindness and absolute love for Seth had won his mother over immediately. Leah had taken a little longer to warm up to him, but after she'd given Alec a sufficiently horrifying speech that involved threats of castration, disembowelment and eventual decapitation, among other things, if he ever hurt Seth, they got along pretty well.
Seth rolled over and buried his face in Alec's chest. "I love you so much Alec," he mumbled into his imprint's chest.
Alec smiled and buried his hand in Seth's hair, gently massaging his scalp until Seth was practically purring into his skin.
"I love you too Seth, and I really enjoyed meeting your family today, they're lovely people."
"Yes they are, and they loved you too."
"As they should, I am quite wonderful, any family would be happy for their son to be in a relationship with me."
Seth snorted against Alec's skin, "Man, I have been such a bad influence on you!"
Alec's eyes turned serious as he gently grasped Seth's chin and raised his head until he was looking into his imprint's eyes.
"Never Seth," he said earnestly. "You are the best thing that has ever happened to me, and nothing you could ever do could be bad for me in any way."
Seth surged up and pressed his lips to Alec's firmly, pressing his whole body against his imprint in an attempt to get as close to him as possible.
"I love you more and more every day," he whispered as he drew back for breath.
"As I love you, my beautiful mate."
Seth leaned in to kiss Alec again, so happy in the knowledge that he finally had his imprint, his pack and his family in his life at the same time.
It may not have been a smooth road, and there were some events that he'd rather forget, but if Seth could go back in time he wouldn't change a second of it. He was the happiest he'd ever been, and while he was sure the peace and quiet wouldn't last long, he was comforted by the fact that, whatever happened, he would deal with it with Alec by his side- From now until the end of time.