Title: Legendary Travesty
Pairing: Leah/Esme, established Bella/Alice (Bellice)
Summary: AU Leah imprints in Eclipse. We follow her as she deals with the consequences that this extraordinary event causes. This story take place about a month before the beginning of Eclipse and will be a femslash pairing. If you don't like it then don't read it. Thanks!
Spoilers: Let's say everything up until Eclipse is fair game, but I'm twisting a lot of facts and timelines to suit my story.
Archive: Sure if you really want it. Lol, it would be a surprise to me, just ask my permission first. (It's nice when people ask)
Disclaimer: Did Bella and Alice hook up in New Moon? No? Well I guess that means Twilight isn't mine. Twilight belongs to Stephanie Meyer. Any and all other brand names belong to their respective owners. I do not make any money on this story. Please don't sue; I only have a box of Easy Mac as collateral. BTW Easy Mac is the property of Kraft. :P
Author's Note: I don't have a clue where this idea came from. I was actually focusing on going to sleep and this plus five other prompts popped into my head and played around in my skull until I wrote them down and attempted to give them a fair shot at being written. Now here we are.
Author's Note #2: I am aware that some of the events don't exactly travel the exact same timeline of the book and/or movie. Please know that it is entirely on purpose to fit the story. So please no comments about, 'how it didn't happen that way' because I'm sure I've messed up the timeline by simply having one of the pairing(s) Bella and Alice, lol.
Big thanks to faithlessfate for being an awesome beta! All careless mistakes I claim as my own.
Special thanks to Bablefisk for being my first beta!
Chapter 3: Control
It had been about four days since Leah had slept, and she'd taken to avoiding her mother at all costs. The young woman had even gone so far as to use her bedroom window to enter and exit the house. A bit of fortune had found her as she discovered that her mother was going to be gone all day taking care of her sick sister and Leah would have jumped for joy if she had the energy.
A couple of knocks sounded on Leah's door, before it opened, Seth sticking his head into the room. He saw his sister where she always seemed to be these days, gazing out her bedroom window. Seth almost didn't want to disturb her. She appeared her calmest when her eyes were concentrated on the forest. "Sam called a meeting for the pack this afternoon," he informed her quietly.
"Oh goody," Leah responded with false cheer but didn't stop staring out her window.
Seth eyes bore into his sister's back and said, "If you don't feel up to it. I'll handle Sam."
"He didn't request me to be there did he? He just demanded it?" Leah turned from the window to face her brother.
Seth shifted nervously before he answered, "Define request."
Leah sighed and faced the window once again. "Don't worry. I'll go, Seth. I'm not going to put you in that ass's line of fire."
An hour later, Seth and Leah were on their way to Emily's house, the older sibling's weight resting almost entirely on her younger brother's shoulders. Leah hated that she had to rely on him to make it such a short distance. Once they were close enough to their cousin's house, Leah shrugged out of Seth's hold. She gritted her teeth and walked through the gate to Emily's backyard with a huge amount of effort. She refused to be weak in front of the pack. She felt someone brush past her and she struggled to stay upright.
"Leah, you look like shit," Jared said, as he made his way over to the table that held the food and drinks.
Leah ground her teeth together in annoyance but ignored him. "Can we start?" she addressed Sam in her bitchiest voice as she settled onto one of the chairs as far away from the rest of the group as she could manage. She'd rather be gnawing her own leg off than be present at this joke of a meeting. She knew the status report of the patrols: they'd found jack shit so far and probably wouldn't for awhile.
Sam barely even spared her a glance, "Not until Jacob decides to grace us with his presence." Emily walked into the backyard, sitting herself in Sam's lap. He kissed her possessively and hugged her close to his chest.
Leah's stomach rolled in anger and annoyance. She was definitely in no mood to watch the love-birds moon over each other right in front of her. It just wasn't fair. Seth heard the whisper of his sister's thoughts headed for dangerous territory and quickly walked over to her. He handed her a small plate of food.
"Try to eat something, Lee." Seth rested the plate on the chair between them and leaned close to whisper in her ear, "Focus."
She nodded to her brother and took a bite out of one of the sandwiches. It tasted bland and uncomfortable in her mouth. She had a flash of raw venison in her mind and her stomach twisted. She paused and breathed deeply waiting for the nausea to pass. Seth handed her a water bottle. She took small sips, hoping to settle her stomach. She went to bite the sandwich again when she heard something across the yard.
"…and maybe if she weren't such a harpy bitch someone would fuck her and she could get over Sam finally," Paul said out the side of his mouth. Seconds later Jared's and Embry's laughter and high fives were heard.
Leah placed the sandwich back on the plate. She pulled out of Seth's restraining hand and walked deliberately across the yard, stopping directly in front of Paul, "What did you say?" she asked with a saccharine smile on her face.
"Maybe if you weren't such a harpy bitch someone would fuck you and you could get over Sam finally," Paul stated loudly and condescendingly. He paused after each word as if she was particularly hard of hearing.
Leah nodded. "That's what I thought you said," she replied and launched herself at Paul. She landed a swift punch to his nose with all her strength. She smiled at the crunch of bones and Paul's grunt of pain. She raised her blood stained fist again but it was caught by Sam.
"Alright, Leah that's it! You're on probation," Sam barked. "We won't be needing you on patrols so go home and get whatever this is out of your system."
Leah walked into Sam's personal space, glaring daggers. "Yea, that's right, Sam, take his side over mine," she spat, "It's always about the boys in this fucking pack." Leah punctuated her statement with a forceful finger into Sam's shoulder.
He clenched his jaw, looking down his nose at her as his eyes matched her intensity, "Go home, Leah, before you cross a line you do not want to cross."
Leah stepped even closer, her nose almost brushing Sam's as her eyes narrowed to slits. They were engaged in the staring contest for several seconds. All of a sudden, Leah's face was engulfed by a wicked smile and she moved away from Sam. She turned, taking a few steps before glancing at Sam once again, the smile never leaving her face. Leah resumed walking and started laughing a loud, satisfied laugh that continued to echo off the trees even as she was no longer visible past the tree line.
"What the fuck is wrong with her?" Paul asked Sam. He sounded nasally due to his swollen nose.
Seth had watched the entire scene in shock and knew something major was going on with his sister. He had already tried talking to her but she brushed off his concerns with a really lame excuse. Seth needed someone to snap her out of this before it got even more out of hand. Or before Sam figured out what was going on before he did. He glanced at the Alpha's calculating eyes staring in the direction his sister had disappeared. Fishing his cell phone out his pocket, he hit the speed dial for a familiar number.
"I need a favor," Seth said the instant he was greeted by the person on the other line.
Leah sat with her knees drawn to her chest on the bluff over looking the ocean. She stared into the distance. The cool, salty scent did not bring the tranquility it once had. Leah just sighed; her head fell forward onto her knees as she listened to the slosh of the water on the rocks below. She sat in that spot, unmoving lost in her own thoughts.
"I never thought I'd see the day that you were brooding," a voice said behind her gently.
Leah lifted her head, "Go away," she rasped. She licked her dry lips and pulled her knees closer to her chest.
Jake looked at Leah. This was the first time in a week he finally got a good look at her. She was worse than Seth previously thought. Leah wasn't giving off false pretenses about her well being here and she looked terrible. Her hair hung limp and stringy around her face, her skin was pale and her eyes held dark circles. Jake settled down next to Leah, "No. I don't think I'll go away. It's nice and peaceful up here and you look like you need someone to talk to."
Leah snorted as she turned, her glazed eyes glaring at him, "You're going to counsel me? You? The boy who pines after that clumsy leech lover?" She threw back her head with a bark of humorless laughter that turned into a groan. Her stomach clenched and gurgled in hunger. "I think you've got enough problems of your own," she said through gritted teeth.
"Leah, when was the last time you ate something?" Jake questioned, hearing the loud rumble coming from her abdomen. He took an even closer look at her and saw how her frame had become smaller. She'd obviously been starving herself.
Leah didn't answer. The truth was she had long since given up eating. She took a few bites here and there for show but couldn't keep anything down except water and the occasional juice. Even the one bite of sandwich from earlier had been expelled from her system. The last time she had really gotten a solid craving for something it was venison. Fresh venison. She suppressed a shudder at the memory of perverse pleasure she got in the thick slabs of bloody meat sliding down her throat. Her stomach made its presence known again and Leah's head lolled to the side, her eyes fluttering.
Jake reached over. He seized the girl's head between both of his hands and shook lightly. "Leah?"
Her eyes opened slightly as she mumbled, "I blame them…and Bella Swan if they didn't come back….wouldn't be a murdering wolf bitch…I'm soo s-sorry daddy," Leah rambled, a tear sliding down her cheek. She lifted a hand, stroking Jake's face tenderly before the hand fell back to her side, "tired…s-so...tired…wouldn't have imprinted…wouldn't be a freaky abomination…" she trailed off in a whisper.
Jacob's eyes widened at the word 'imprint.' He mentally vowed to talk to Leah when she was feeling more like herself now that he had an answer to her odd behavior. There were stories of what happened when wolves ignored their imprinting. It was highly dangerous business for everyone involved. He was going to end this now, "Leah, let's go get you checked out." He pulled the girl to her feet with no resistance, "You know Dr. Cullen is a great doctor for a lee-"
"No!" Leah pushed Jake away and stumbled to the trees. He followed her. Leah collapsed beside a moss covered rock. She pulled her body into a fetal position. "No," she whimpered.
"You can't continue like this. Leah. You're killing yourself." Jake reached down and picked Leah up, one hand cradling her head, the other underneath her knees. He scowled when he felt how light she had become.
The female wolf glanced up with unfocused eyes and blinked, "Wha…Jake?" she squirmed a little in his arms.
"Yeah," he said simply.
"When did you get here?" she asked, her words slurred.
Jake walked faster through the trees, his pace changed to a jog, "Just a few minutes ago."
"Jake…put me down," Leah whined, weakly pushing against his chest.
He ignored her request and sprinted to the top of the cliff. He tightened his grip on Leah and jumped. Once he felt the rush of the icy water on his skin, he released Leah. Jake swam to the surface and waited.
He watched the placid water with dread. Just as he began to kick himself for the rash decision, a small ripple in the water captured his attention. He watched as Leah broke the surface of the water, gasping and coughing.
Jake smiled in relief. "So you don't want to die," he called out to the struggling girl with a chuckle.
Leah's eyes snapped to him with laser like aim. "I'm going to kill you, you asshole!" she swam straight for Jake with fury in her eyes. Jake spun and swam for the shore, laughing all the way.
Jake shouldered some of Leah's weight as he navigated her through the forest and back home. They'd walked for ten minutes with only the crunching of the leaves beneath their feet, bird calls, and rustling of the trees in the wind to fill up the silence between them.
He glanced at Leah and spoke, "I'm not going to apologize for leaving you in that water, Leah. It doesn't matter how much you vow to kill me." He lifted his right shoulder, nudging her. "It needed to be done and you know you want to talk to someone. Now tell me what's wrong?"
She just glared at him, but said nothing. She realized that Jake may be the only person who really sort of understood what she was going through. "I can't yet Jake. I can't even really admit it to myself," She revealed with a sigh.
Jake stopped at a large boulder and eased both of them down to sit against it. "Well, you were pretty out of if when I found you and you mumbled something about an imprint," he told her.
Leah looked away, avoiding his eyes. She watched as a squirrel scampered up a tree in the distance. Her eyes glanced at him briefly before once again directing her gaze on the ground beneath her feet, the silence heavy on their shoulders.
"My father has a couple of old tribe journals that talk about the hazards of ignoring an imprint, which you are obviously doing." He looked intently at Leah, who was determined to focus on the grass below. "Both the wolf and the imprint will die if you continue like this."
"Even if the imprinting is unusual?" Leah questioned weakly as she made eye contact with Jake.
The boy's eyebrows furrowed in thought for a minute, "Unusual how? Wait. Did you imprint on a girl?" Jake looked surprised, "Leah, are you ga-"
"No! It's not like that. I mean its…I…" Leah muttered under her breath and squeezed her eyes shut.
"Did you..? Leah, you imprinted on a Cullen?" His voice raised in a squeaky, high pitch. Leah would have laughed if it happened in any other situation. Jake's own cackle brought Leah's eyes snapping open.
Hot anger spread through her body, "This is why I didn't want to tell anyone. I'm already a big fucking joke. Why not add this to my freak list?" Leah shakily stood, using the rock to hold herself up as she prepared to stomp away. A heavy hand grasped her shoulder and she pulled away violently, pitching herself forward.
Jake grabbed her by the back of her shirt and tugged her back into balance. She turned toward him, throwing a sloppy punch. He easily grabbed her hand. Angry, she tried to slap him and he caught her other hand and held her tight. She struggled against his hold.
"Leah. Leah! Calm down, I wasn't laughing at you." He gradually let got of her hands, satisfied when she didn't try to hit him again, "I was thinking of the look on Sam's face when he finds out."
Leah held onto Jake's shoulders as she lowered herself back to the ground, breathing heavily from the bit of exertion. "Yeah, well you're going to have to deal with your imagination because Sam isn't finding out a thing."
Jacob looked at her, "How have you been keeping it hidden all this time anyway?"
"I've been using a mental wall to keep the pack out of my mind and when I feel it waning I just focus on the usual Sam and Emily hating material. Most of the time I just sing songs in my head," Leah replied.
"Sam has got to be suspicious," Jake said, looking thoughtful.
Leah nodded, "He is but he didn't really care about my barrier until I started going crazy. Sometimes I swear it's like he thinks I'm plotting for his spot as Alpha or something," she said with a roll of her eyes.
"The man likes being in power," Jake agreed. He fidgeted beside her, his eyes darting between her and the twigs he nervously picked on the ground.
Leah noticed the movement and sighed, "Just ask, Jake."
"Who uh," He scratched the back of his neck. "Who did you imprint on?"
"I don't want to tell you. You're just going to make a joke out of it," Leah said with a small huff.
"I wouldn't do that." At the look Leah gave him, he amended his statement, "Okay, maybe I would make a few jokes. But I'm really curious. Who is it?" Jake asked.
"It is a girl." Leah confirmed in a whisper.
"I'm not judging you." He already had a guess as to who her imprint would be. "Did she have long blonde hair or spiky black hair?"
Leah shook her head, "Neither. It was loosely curled caramel brown hair," she said wistfully.
"Caramel brown hair? Are you sure she was a Cul…" Jake whistled in amazement, "Wow, Leah you really don't do anything ordinary, do you? Esme is Carlisle's wife and adoptive mother to the rest," he told her.
"I know, Jake!" Leah growled. "I smelled his rancid scent mixing with hers. You think its fun for me to climb in and out of my window so my mom doesn't confront me about not eating or why I look like I haven't slept in weeks? Do you think I like living on caffeine and water so I don't pass out like someone with narcolepsy during the day or seeing Sam so damn happy with Emily and I'm not even allowed to interact with Esme?"
"Hey, I'm sorry. I didn't mean to upset you," Jake said, edging away from the fuming Leah.
"No," Leah sighed, "It's me. I'm just tired, hungry, and I can't stand being away from her anymore."
"You could just try and see her," Jake suggested.
"Oh yeah, that first date will be the one to end all first dates. I go into Forks weak and alone, with flowers and candy, professing my undying love for her and her behemoth of a son and husband storm outside to rip me to shreds," Leah replied. Her voice dripped with sarcasm, "Just take me home, Jake," she said tiredly.
"Alright grave robber," Jake teased her, laughing at the small swat to his arm he got in return. "Home it is." He helped Leah to her feet and once again they started the trek to the reservation. The two never noticed the pair of dangerously glinting eyes watching their departure.
It was nearly dusk by the time Jacob and Leah made it back to the Clearwater residence. Words could barely describe how elated Leah was when she discovered her mother still was not home. She didn't feel like answering any questions. As filthy as she felt, she couldn't summon the energy to take a shower and asking Jake to help her was out of the question. She resigned to take a long, hot bath first thing in the morning.
After Jake deposited Leah on her bed, he stepped back into the doorway while Seth tucked his sister into bed.
"Shouldn't you be on patrol?" Leah asked her brother.
"Sam canceled patrol for tonight," Seth responded and fluffed Leah's pillow gently. Leah grumpily accepted the attention. She felt her eyes getting heavy and motioned for Jake to come back into the room. She grabbed his wrist and tugged him down to her level.
As soon as he was close enough she whispered, "Now you know my secret, Jake." She fixed him with a gaze filled with deadly intent, "If any bit of this information is broadcasted over the pack link, I'll cut you and trust me when I say it will be something you'll miss." She eyed his crotch purposely.
Jacob paled a little and held his hands up in surrender. "No problem, Leah. I'll guard this with my life until you finally come clean."
"Thank you," she said. Leah struggled to stay awake, "Why did you do all of this, Jake? I'm not exactly your favorite person."
Jake nodded to Seth, catching him in a rough, one-armed hug, "Your brother knew you needed someone to talk to and he made me promise to do what I could to snap you out of this."
Leah had her first genuine smile in days, "Yeah, my brother has his moments of genius," she mumbled before succumbing to sleep.
"LEAH!" Sam's voice bellowed in her head, cutting through her sleep like a knife.
"What the lovely fuck, Sam!?" Leah sniped back. She truly hated hearing Sam's voice in her head and she was already on edge from lack of sleep and lack of Es- She shook her head, ridding herself of the thoughts. Now was not the time. "I was put on probation and you cancelled patrol. What could you possibly want?" she demanded mentally.
Leah's brow was scrunched up trying to listen in on the other pack member's thoughts but they were angry and jumbled. She couldn't distinguish one boy from the other.
"I want you out of La Push," Sam said calmly.
"What the hell are you talking about?"
"Don't try and play dumb Lee-Lee."
Leah could just imagine his smug face sneering at her through the pack link. The pack's thoughts were getting louder and more frantic and she could smell them getting closer to her house. She felt the hairs on the back of her neck stand on end and desperately tried to erect her mental barrier but every time she thought it was in place, Sam would just plow through it.
Seth came running through the door of his sister's room. "What's going on Lee?" he asked with concern. He felt the pack's thirst for blood and was fighting the pull he felt to target his big sister.
"Why don't you tell him Leah?" Sam screamed from outside. "Tell him what a disgusting disgrace you are."
"Lee?" Seth questioned his sister thoroughly confused.
Leah dropped her head, clenching the blankets in her hands as a tear rolled down her cheek. She felt in her heart that if she didn't tell Sam surely would and this was news that really should come from her. "I imprinted," she whispered brokenly.
"Lee, that's great!" he said, coming forward to hug her in congratulations.
"O-on a vampire, Seth," she clarified as her memory played with her imprinting without her permission. She never got a chance to see Seth's reaction because another voice was added to the fray.
"Sam!" Jake's enraged voice rang out into the night from below Leah's window.
Leah got up from her bed and stormed up to the cracked window. She slammed it open with a snarl. "Jake, I trusted you!" she cried, willing the tears welling up in her eyes to disappear. She would not give the boys the satisfaction of seeing her cry.
"I didn't tell him I swear," Jake said, glaring at his Alpha with barely contained anger. He shook in his spot, trying not to phase because he knew that would be a challenge he was still not yet ready to accept but if it came down to it he would take his birthright.
The pack suddenly became privy to Sam's thoughts and saw how he followed Jake and Leah overhearing the latter's confession.
"You fucking bastard!" Leah growled, jumping out of her window with murderous intent. Cold fury crashed through her body as she landed on the ground uneasily. She felt a small change happening deep within her giving her courage. Her eyes flashed dangerously.
Sam could have sworn he saw Leah's eyes glow briefly for just a second and chalked it up to a simple glint in the moonlight. "You dare to face me?" he asked with a scoff. "To challenge me is to challenge the pack and by extension our heritage," he announced to the wolves standing around him. Their answering growls seemed to be one of agreement. He turned to Leah. "Challenge accepted." He smiled unkindly, showing all his teeth.
Leah jumped forward, phasing midair and landed on Sam's body. An immediate wave of exhaustion entered her entire being and she tumbled to the ground.
"Lee, no!" Seth yelled after his sister, running down the stairs and out the door only to have a human Paul and Jared hold his arms. "Let me go! Lee!" He fought back against them with all his strength. He knew his sister was in no shape to fight Sam and it would surely resort in her death.
"She has to learn her place, Seth," Jared said simply as he held the younger boy's arms tighter.
At those callous words Seth phased, knocking them away and charged Sam. He was thrown back by Embry barreling into his side.
"I'm sorry Seth," the wolf said solemnly. The thin grey and black wolf looked away shamefully as Paul and Jared pinned Seth.
Sam phased, knocking Leah easily away from him. He began to charge her when a large russet colored wolf jumped in front of him.
"Sam, stop this now!" Jake pleaded. "There's no reason for this anger. Leah can't control her imprint anymore than the rest of us can."
"I'm doing what's best for the tribe. No one interfere," Sam demanded in his alpha voice. All of the wolves around him whimpered in submission as his will slicked across their fur like a second skin. He watched in satisfaction as Jake bowed his head and moved out of the way.
Leah fought against Sam's command feeling herself weaken even further. She had to try. She had to win this. Who knows what would happen if she lost? What could happen to her imprint?
Sam felt her determination and bared his teeth.
Leah nearly roared and lumbered awkwardly towards him. She faked a frontal attack, bowing to snap his legs merely grazing his front paw.
"You'll have to do better than that," he taunted and knocked her to the ground biting and scratching at her squirming limbs.
Leah managed a well placed kick to his face and righted herself, not without difficulty. Jake and Seth watched helplessly from the sidelines, wishing beyond hope they could break the alpha command to save Leah. This was a battle she could not win. Seth struggled once more as Jared and Paul sank their fangs deep into his coat with more force than necessary.
At Seth's pained whimper Leah felt dread. She berated herself mentally for pulling her little brother into this mess.
As Jake watched Sam force Leah to the ground yet again, he felt a rush of adrenaline hit his body. His mind was clear and he felt more powerful and attuned to his senses than ever before. His body bulked with muscle and lengthened, bringing his wolf form to nearly eight and a half feet.
Sam snickered inside her head. "After I punish Seth for his insolence I'll find a way to rid us of those golden eyed leeches once and for all," he growled, grinding his teeth against the scruff of her neck, tearing at the tender flesh there.
"We do not threaten another's imprint!" Jake screamed, rising up on his hind legs and coming down on Sam's face with his claws. He caught the black wolf in the eye, drawing blood and turned to the grey wolf lying on the ground. He nudged her roughly. "Leah, run!"
"But, Seth," she argued, glancing at her brother who had escaped during Paul and Jared's confusion. He was struggling to subdue the larger wolves. She rose on shaky legs.
"I'll take care of him. Just go! Find Esme," Jake said forcefully, turning to face the recovered Sam who made a jump for Leah. "This ends now!" he growled viciously, biting Sam by the tail and dragging him back.
Leah trotted tiredly through the forest. She wished she wasn't so exhausted that she could at least come up with some kind of barrier for her mind; being privy to the thoughts of the pack made her more and more frightened for her brother and Jake. They were only two wolves fighting a pack of five. Every time she heard Seth's panicked thoughts she nearly turned around, but Jake would always urge her forward with a stern growl to 'Find Esme.'
She had to get off La Push. It was the only way she'd be relatively safe. She panted and staggered a few more feet, tripping over a fallen branch. The grey fur melted away as she lifted herself onto her hands and knees, dirt clinging to the front of her sweat-drenched body. Crawling across the treaty line, she nearly passed out with elation.
There was a large tree ahead that she was now determined to get to. She had no plan beyond that. As she sat with her back against the tree, she wondered if she would last the night with her wound bleeding so heavily. She felt the blood from the wound at the base of her neck trickling down her back causing her skin to stick to the bark of the tree.
Leah wished she could see her imprint just one more time before she died.
Leah's head drooped forward, her eyes slipped closed and a small, pained grimace claimed her lips. She'd never truly heard the vampire talk but she knew with a sound so extraordinarily lovely it could only be one person.
"Esme," she croaked brokenly just before she succumbed to the darkness.
-End of Chapter Three-
In the next chapter, we'll travel back in time a little ways to see how the imprint is affecting Esme.
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