Chapter 1: The Lesser of Two Evils
I thought that my involvement with these damned leeches would be over after the nonexistent battle with the Volturi over the half breed, but apparently I was wrong. We were two months removed from the damned event and one way or another, those parasites were determined to have me enter their house. I was having none of that, especially that short haired little demon. I didn't know what her problem was; she was always smiling at me like she had a secret or knew something about me. What could she possibly know about me? I sighed as I sat in my car in front of their house yet again waiting for Jacob. Once he came out I exited my car and joined him for a walk around the estate. Usually, he was start running off at the gums over some amazing thing that his half breed future lover had learned or done but this time he remained quiet for most of the walk. It was fine with me. I actually had a lot of stuff on my mind.
I had finally started putting my plan to leave Forks in action. I hated to do it leaving my mom and Seth so soon after dad's death but it was the only way I felt I could truly be free from the supernatural. If there was one thing I was sure of was that I wanted to be free. We had been walking for over an hour and still nothing was said between us. I was getting bored and was ready to leave. I had a meeting with one of the Admissions associate at the community college outside of town and I was kind of tired. "You called me just so I could take you for a walk? I'm pretty sure that your baby leech could come up with just as much sparkling conversation as I have for the past," I took the time to look at my watch, "hour and twenty three minutes." I sighed letting my frustration be known.
"Look, I need a favor and I was trying to think of a way to ask so that you'll actually say yes." He glanced at me and returned his focus to the grass.
"Well you might as well spit it out if you haven't thought of anything witty in the past hour you're not gonna think of it." I surmised I put my hands in the pockets of my jean shorts and Jacob held me in place by my shoulder.
"I need to spend more time with my father. He has been having trouble getting around and yesterday when I went home he had fallen in the living room and knocked himself unconscious." I could see the guilt in Jacob's eyes as he spoke. He should feel guilty spending all this time with his child bride was not healthy.
"Oh my God Jake, is he okay now?" I asked. "What do you need me to do?"
"I need you to stay here tonight and watch Nessie for me," he pleaded and I immediately started shaking my head.
"I'm sorry Jacob but hell no; no way I'm staying with the Cullens. Plus, aren't her parents supposed to be watching her? That's kind of their job."
"I don't mean for you to actually babysit her," he countered. "Actually, I need a buffer someone to be around her so that half leech freak boy won't bother her." He growled.
"Half leech freak boy? I can't say that I've seen one of those!" I laughed.
"Leah, I'm serious!" He whined.
"I know, so am I, what would one look like?" I continued my laughter; I calmed myself since I was the only one enjoying my comic stylings. "Sorry, I can't I don't hang out in leech caves. Why not ask Seth he likes hanging out with them?"
"I trust you more, and you're supposed to be my beta." He countered as he arched his eye brow at me.
"You can't use that every time you want me to do something!" I shoved him and he laughed a little.
"I could use an alpha call," he rebutted.
"But you wouldn't." I mentally dared him to pull something that dirty.
"Come on Leah, besides you know you really don't like being on the reservation anyway. Being here could be the lesser of two evils?" I snapped my neck to look at him and administer my pissed as hell glare. We both vowed never to use or even speak of the things we learned about each other in wolf form.
"Sorry, I'm sorry, but you left me no choice! Leah please?" He begged.
"Fine, I guess one night won't kill me." He hugged me and I stayed numb. Somehow I felt I had just made a huge mistake.
"Hello Leah!" The hyperactive little half leech greeted me. I had left and came back at about nine that night hoping that her parents had given her a bed time. Lucky for me the night that Jacob asked me to do this her parents had gone on a group date with Edward's siblings.
"My Jakey told me you were coming inside! I'm so happy!" I faked a smile, in reality I had hung with the little thing before and she wasn't so bad. Of course we were outside and I was tricked into it but she was kind of funny.
"Yeah, I'm here to hang out with you for a little while. Where's your babysitter anyway?" I looked around for the blonde male leech or maybe his wife to be in the area.
"Huh oh, grandfather is in his office, and grandmom is in the study. Here come play chess with me!" The board was already set and the girl seemed really excited I hated that I was about to disappoint her.
"I don't know how to play sorry." I said as I placed my Economics and Calculus books down on the coffee table and sat on the floor on the other side of the board. Just as I was going to ask the girl to teach me an unfamiliar voice entered the room.
"I know how to play, may I play with you, Renesmee?" I looked up to match the face with the voice. This must be who Jacob referred to ask half leech freak boy.
"Sure Nahuel," Nessie said dryly. I didn't know the girl could look any other way but happy. "That's if Leah, doesn't want me to teach her?" She looked at me pleadingly.
"Yeah, I wouldn't mind learning something new." I offered the kid a half smile and her eyes thanked me.
"I could assist you in teaching her," he lowered down to our level and sat beside me, "if you don't mind?" He looked at me and he had the most interesting colored eyes. They weren't like the other leeches, something about them seemed … warm.
"Nope, I personally don't care. I don't think the kid likes you very much though." Nessie looked shocked by my statement.
"I never said that!" She countered; I could tell she was one of those souls that didn't like to disappoint anyone. Both I and the other being in the room snickered at her behavior causing me to examine his eyes again. They weren't hazel … what the hell color was that?
"Well then, it's settled I will assist your friend here in giving you a challenging game and she'll learn something new!" He offered in a friendly tone. I didn't know exactly why Jacob was so pissed with the guy. He seemed nice enough, for as far as leeches go. More importantly his intentions seemed innocent enough.
We played, Nessie would place her piece down he would place his and then explain to me why it worked. After a while I thought I gotten the hang of it, when I really didn't.
"Check!" The little girl giggled taking my piece. Nahuel frowned at me. I guess he was like me, in the sense that he didn't like to lose.
"Sorry," I can't believe that I just apologized to a leech.
"The only way to learn is to make mistakes," he murmured, "that being said run your next move by me first." He smirked and I rolled my eyes. I hated answering to anyone. A couple moves later my "partner" smirked at the little girl on the other side of the table.
"Checkmate!" He tapped the clock and she hissed and then ran from the table and pouted.
"It's not fair! It was two against one!" She started to whimper. That was one characteristic I didn't like about her. The girl was spoiled rotten.
"Hey!" I raised my voice at her I was beginning to think I was the only one to ever have done it. "Sometimes you win in life and sometimes you lose. What makes us who we are is how we handle those situations. Are you going to cry every time something doesn't go your way?" I spoke sternly and her bottom lip stiffened.
"No," she hugged me and my every impulse told me to push her away. "I'm sorry I just thought that I'd win!"
"It's okay kid really!" I patted her back a couple of times. I noticed the other leech in the room watching us.
"Is there a problem Leah?" Esme seemed shocked. Not by my presence but by the half leech holding me.
"I don't think so. The girl's not familiar with losing that's all." I grumbled not really enjoying associating with a full breed.
"Aww, sweetheart you could always ask for a rematch." The lady leech cooed at the child in a motherly tone.
"Not right now," the girl whined, "I'm tired nana Esme. Can I sleep in your room?" The woman nodded and the skipped out of sight. I figured I'd received a get out of jail early card and was ready to pack up my things and jet.
"Have a good night Leah," Esme said half way up the stairs.
"Yeah, yeah," I murmured now with all my books in tow.
"Won't your mate be mad knowing that you left me all alone with Renesmee?" An arrogant voice taunted from the couch.
"How do you know . . .," I questioned.
"I have very good hearing," he smirked and stood up and approached me.
"She's practically asleep and you're a leechy eavesdropper!" I snapped.
"It was an accident I assure you, trust me I don't like the guy just as much as he doesn't like me," he countered, "he colors me as some kind of pervert. If I am then so is he. I'm not trying to do anything but get to know Renesmee. I feel she is lucky to have all the love and happiness she does." His eyes were so serious why I could let go of this dude's eyes.
"Dude, I don't care, why are you telling me this anyway?" I tried to turn toward the door and he placed his hand on my arm to stop me.
"I was hoping that you could reassure your mate of my intentions?" He arched his eyebrow at me.
"Why would I do anything for you?" I scoffed in disbelief.
"Because you care about him a lot and knowledge of my intentions will make him sleep easier at night." It was funny how this dude that he knew me.
"Please, I get what you're insinuating and it's not like that between Jake and me. He's a baby and I know better than to mess around with someone so much younger than me!" I said as I jerked away from him.
"Goodnight, half leech freak boy!" I said as I slammed the door on my way out. Yep, most definitely a huge mistake!