My Sister, My Echo
Written by AndiCullen104
Pairings: Bella/Jacob, Bella/Seth, Bella/Embry, Bella/Quil, Leah/Sam, Leah/Jared, Leah/Paul, Leah/Aaron (OC Wolf)
Rated M for several reasons.
Full Summary: September 13th was the day of birth shared between two girls who were both destined to be important members of the pack. Only two years separates them but they were born on the same day, same hour and down to the same second when they opened their eyes to the world around them. One Quileute and the other a pale face. Sisters by spirit not by blood. Together they will be mates of the strongest pack known since the days of Taha Aki. The boys are protective of their own, have strong mating urges, and will have to learn to become one with their wolf. They all have had their share of troubles before phasing, but they will need to grow up and be the warriors that fate has destined them to be.
Big thanks to my Beta Khyharah for beta-ing this story for me!
Ages of Characters
Sam, Leah – 20
Paul – 19
Aaron, Jared, Bella – 18
Embry, Jacob, Quil – 17
Seth – 15
I was sitting on the porch of the home that was given to me by the Elders, the home of the Quileute wolves. This house has been lived in by the packs generations before us. It was pretty big and I really didn't understand why we would need it. I felt close to my two pack members, Jared and Paul, but not enough to want to live with them for the rest of my life. My wolf had no problem living with them, in fact he preferred to have his fellow wolves with him, but the man in me wanted a little independence. So far only Paul shared the house with me. Jared still lived at home with his family.
The elders weren't quite sure why the house was so important, however they all but demanded that I move in here. There was a woman who had taken care of the house her whole life and she had stated it was her family's duty to manage the house until the Quileute wolves came back. She left as soon as I moved in.
I took a sip of my beer as I looked at the darkening sky. The wind was cool as it brushed against my skin and stirred the leaves on the driveway. Tonight it was peaceful and I relished in the feeling. The Cullens had left the area for good and this was my celebration. Right now there were bonfires going on as the kids of La Push also celebrated the good news of their leaving even if they truly didn't realize how good it was that they were gone. They would take any excuse to have a party.
The calming spell I was under was abruptly broken when Jared came running out of the woods with a look of panic on his face. I was already on my feet before I had even thought about getting up.
"What's going on, Jared?" I asked a concern frown appearing on my face.
"Swan girl is missing," he paused. "Chief Swan has a search party going for her, and I was just at Billy's on Jake watch when he told me to tell you."
"Damn it! I knew she'd be trouble. Let's go and find her if she hasn't left with the bloodsuckers. For their sake I hoped they didn't break the treaty." I said as I moved into the woods that surrounded the property. Once under the cover of the trees, Jared and I went our separate ways to phase. I let the familiar fire ripple down my spine as my body convulsed before exploding it my ebony wolf. I tilted my muzzle to the sky and let out a low howl to call Paul to me.
What the fuck? I was just about to get laid, man. Paul grumbled as soon as he phased in. In the background I could hear the sounds of the party going on at the beach.
We've got bigger problems than you missing out on fucking some random girl. I snapped at him for the blatant disrespect he was showing towards me, his Alpha. Jared and I started running to Forks while Paul was trying to catch up to us.
Bella Swan is missing, and the Cullens just so happened to leave today so if that's not a coincidence that I don't what is. Jared explained.
I don't give a damn about the stupid Leech Lover. She got herself into this mess she can get herself out of it. Paul said as he finally came into our view.
She is human so she is still under our protection. I stated leaving no room for argument. Paul continued to mumble as we split up to go in different directions of the forest surrounding Forks to find Bella.
I put my nose to the ground drawing in deep breaths to find any fresh trails that would give away the girl's location. When I got closer to her house I all but gagged on the stench of leech, it was so heavy that I could practically see it in the air. I sorted through the many scents until I got the human one that smelled of freesia and berries. I followed it out deeper into the forest and I wondered what the hell she was doing all the way out here.
The vampire smell went a different way than her trail and I couldn't help but try to think why she would follow him. She was a human, did she really hope to be able to track this damn bloodsucker? I moved quicker as it had started to rain and after a while I almost stepped on her. I hadn't expected her to be on the ground in a fetal position. She looked so tiny and utterly fragile.
Found her guys. Meet me back at her house. I commanded my pack before moving behind a tree to phase. Once I was on two legs I untied my shorts from around my ankle and pulled them on before moving back to the girl. I looked down upon her and for some odd reason my wolf felt fiercely protective of her as if she were part of our pack. I shook my head to clear it, but the feeling would not leave me.
"Bella?" I called her name but received no response. She was mumbling under her breath that "he's gone." I shrugged my shoulders and lifted her up into my arms. She was so small and again my wolf felt this huge need to take care of her. Sister was the one thought being repeated in our mind. I had no clue what the hell that was supposed to mean but he gave me no further help. I hunched my shoulders over her so that she wasn't getting completely soaked.
I was almost to her house when Paul and Jared met up with me. Paul opened hid mouth to no doubt insult the girl, but paused and cocked his head to the side in a lupine manner. Jared looked curiously at Bella and I realized that they must be feeling what I was.
"Tell me I'm not the only one who feels that." Jared said as he took a small step forward and sniffed her.
"Like the need to protect her, that she is important." I said as I gazed at the practically comatose girl in my arms.
"Yeah that." Jared nodded.
"Whatever she's still a fucking leech lover," Paul stated but without as much heat that he normally had in his voice.
"Let's go, we'll discuss it later." I continued to make my way out of the woods with Jared and Paul at my flanks.
Music blasted from the speakers of my car as I drove towards La Push, my home. I had tried the whole college thing for a while, but I just needed some time off. I shook my head to clear my thoughts and turned the music up louder as if to drown out my own thoughts. You are not going to think about it Leah Clearwater I reminded myself.
"I am a strong, independent woman." I say out loud needing to reassure myself of. My therapist said if I say these things as often as I can that I would start to believe them.
"I'm happy and safe; nothing can stop me." I nodded, but inside I feel like I'm never going to truly believe those words no matter how many times I repeat them. When I take the turn towards my childhood home, the pressure that has built in my chest releases just a little. I sighed in relief and hoped that things will be better. I mean I can't possibly have anything more horrible happen to me, right? Fate has got to give me a break from this crap. Maybe if I did more good than good things will happen to me... oh when did I become so philosophical?
I parked the car in the driveway and sat there for a moment staring at the two story house that I had lived in all my life. There were still some lights on and I knew they were waiting for me. A smile crossed my face as I thought of the cake my Mom has surely made since I hadn't come home for my birthday. I was looking forward to seeing them. Because of everything that happened to me, I hadn't seen them since I left. Not once did I come home. I would regret that for the rest of my life. They didn't know what happened and if I had it my way they would never know.
I'm so ashamed.
No. Don't think about it.
I closed my eyes and envisioned taking the dark emotions that were storming inside me and putting them into a box. I never thought that would help me and it doesn't really make them go away but it makes them easier to deal with. After focusing on the image I felt more relaxed. I rolled my shoulders and cracked my neck before stepping out of the car. Popping the trunk, I grabbed my lone suitcase; a friend of mine was going to ship the rest of my things for me. Slowly I made my way up the driveway and up the front stoop before grabbing the house key from under the frog on the front step and unlocked the door.
"Hey! She's here!" Seth yelled as he got up from his seat in the living room after pausing his video game. He wrapped his arms around me and spun me causing me to laugh. It felt so good to be home that I felt a tear slip down my cheek. Oh how I had missed this! I wiped my face and shook my head at Seth when he went to ask me what was wrong.
I promised myself, no more tears.
I gave Seth a watery smile and looked him over. Man did this boy grow up! He was taller than me and bulkier than I remembered.
"Wow Seth, don't you know steroids are bad for you?" I joked shoving his shoulder.
"Funny Lee, you're just jealous you don't have guns like me." He said doing a pose.
"Whatever dork," I moved past him when I saw Dad coming down the stairs and gave him a long overdue hug. I inhaled his scent that reminded me of home and I closed my eyes as I just let myself be held by my Dad.
"Good to see you, baby girl." He said, pressing a kiss to my forehead.
"Come on guys, Mom's got cake!" Seth yelled over his shoulder as he made his way into the kitchen. Dad and I followed him and a huge smile spread across my face as I saw my Mom lighting candles on a very delicious home baked cake.
"Happy Birthday, baby." She said with excitement dancing in her dark eyes.
In that moment I knew that I had made the right decision on moving back home.
A/N- So I know that this was a slow chapter, but I promise there is a lot more to come. I have four chapters already written out for MS, ME so if you review I may post them faster... ;)