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JacobOC Everything reminded him of her. He knew he had to get over this and home was not the place to do it. So, he ran away and it seems like a stranger and her family will be the ones who can heal him. JacobOC ECLIPSE SPOILERS Book One of the Imprints of Life series. FINAL CHAPTER HAS BEEN POSTED! AU


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9. Chapter 9

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It was one of the toughest things he had ever gone through, watching her, sitting next to her at dinner, driving into town to drop the two younger girls off. He could not get to close, it would only cause trouble if something happened and her parents found out. Ben and Emily liked him well enough, but he doubted they would like the strange runaway being in any sort of relationship (outside the standard friendship) with their daughter. As a result Jacob was in a complete fit of frustration.

Samara was to. Really, how many girls had a muscled, tall, and all around hot werewolf willing to do anything for you? Not many, and the smart ones would take advantage of it. She couldn't for the exact same reasons as Jacob. They had decided after another late night chat that it was the way it had to be. No exceptions. They didn't have any future plans other then Samara had to finish up her Senior year next year before they decided anything. That and Jacob had to make things right back home.

The last was Quil and Embry's idea. They had voiced it when they had first met Samara officially, two days after the revelation. Samara had been adamant on meeting the two boys by the time she woke up that morning.

"They're your family Jacob...they're my family now too. I want to meet them."

He had relented of course and had snuck her out of the house that night to meet them. Quil and Embry had been thrilled and the grins on their face threatened to tear them in half.

"Finally, we get to meet you," Quil muttered, gently patting her head.

Samara blinked in surprise and Quil laughed. "Sorry, my imprint likes me to pat her head. Makes her laugh."

Her eyes bugged out. "What did you imprint...a dog?"

Quil looked mildly offended. "Of course not!" He paused."She's a toddler." He cleared his throat. "So, what do the parents say?"

"They don't know," Jacob told him, drawing a shivering Samara closer to his side.

"Why would we tell them?"

"Considering you'll be spending the rest of your lives together, you'd think they'd want to know who the father of their grandchildren is," Embry said from his place on a tree stump.

"I'm not pregnant!"

"I never said that. Why is there a chance you are? Am I getting a niece or nephew?"

Jacob growled low in his throat causing Embry to hold up his hands in surrender. "I'm just kidding. You know I did the same thing to Jared's girl."

"Yeah, and you nearly made her cry."

Quil rolled his eyes at Samara. "Don't worry he's not always this immature. Only most of the time."

"Don't tell her that," Embry snapped.

"I think I was able to...infer that."

"Dude, she uses big words."

"Infer is not a big word Embry." Quil shook his head good naturedly at his friend.

Jacob sighed. "We should get going. Her parents wouldn't be to happy if they knew she was out here. They're afraid of bears."

Quil and Embry suddenly became solemn. "We're sorry about your brother, Sammy."

Samara smiled softly at him. "Thank you. Christmas won't be the same with out my brother."

"I could imagine," Quil replied, looking at Jacob from underneath his hair. "We're heading back to the Rez tonight. There hasn't been any sign of the blood sucker for a few days. It's probably moved on."

Jacob did not look at them as he nodded.

"Hey," Embry shrugged. "At least he has a proper excuse now."

Jacob did not answer as she turned and led Samara away. The girl turned around and waved to them before moving closer to her mate and resting her head on his shoulder.

"They're right you know. You should go back home."

"I'm not ready. Besides, I need to stay here and make sure nothing happens."

Samara stopped and moved so she was in front of him. She reached up and cupped his cheek so he could not turn his head away. "You can't run forever, Jake. Nor can you keep the inevitable from happening. We will be separated at some point for any length of time."

He wrapped his hand around her wrist and moved her hand from his facing. Placing a small kiss on the palm he replied. "I know," another kiss on her forehead, "just let me stay like this a little while longer." Finally he kissed her lips. Once again he felt the thrill of her trusting him. That something so small and delicate would melt into him and allow him to support her. Her long fingers were running through his hair again and his mind began to fog slightly. It wasn't until he put his hand up her sweater and felt the warm skin of her back that his mind cleared. He gently pulled away. "We should go in now."

Samara nodded with a disappointed look on her face. It was now Christmas Eve and Jacob had not kissed or even touched her since. He felt like he was going crazy, a drug addict on withdrawal or something like that. He was having a hard time keeping the proper distance from her, especially when she looked at him with a smile.

"You know you two should stop being so obvious," Sally said as Jacob and Samara helped her decorate cookies. Ben and Emily had gone upstairs to wrap some presents and Brittany was on the computer.

"What are you talking about Sally?" Samara asked, not even looking up from the sugar cookie angel she was working on.

"You and Jacob keep making eyes at each other."

"That can't be possible," the teenager protested.

"Sure it is. You two are soul mates."

Jacob, who had decided to cookie would be put to better use in his stomach instead of being decorated, choked. "Excuse me?!"

"Don't deny it. I heard you two talking the other night about it. I'm not stupid, I knew something was up with you."

"Sally-" Samara started.

"I'm not going to tell," she snapped back. "As long as Jake makes you happy of course."

Samara grinned at her before looking at Jacob. "He makes me very happy."

"Well there you go then." She topped a Christmas tree with a candy star. "That matter is settled."

"Mom and dad won't see it that way."

"They'll get over it."

The trio finished up the cookies and went into the living room to finish watching the Nightmare Before Christmas with Brittany. After the movie, Ben and Emily came down to wish everyone good night and put the presents under the tree. They all went to bed after that, though Samara snuck down to talk with Jacob. Looking back, he wasn't sure what they talked about, but it didn't matter. All he knew was he was getting to know her better and better. That's all that mattered.

Christmas day came and went. The highlight of the day was the presenting of the car Jacob had helped fix up for her. Samara had jumped up and down and hugged her father and then Jacob in thanks. That was the only physical contact he had with her all day.

Dinner was good though and so were the footsies under the table where Sally had to spill her water glass in order to keep them from getting caught. Jacob made a mental note to thank the girl later. After dinner the family hung out and Jacob went for a walk, hoping Quil and Embry might show up. They didn't. Jacob knew they were sitting in Sam and Emily's house, probably eating and making a mess. The whole pack was together tonight for their first Christmas really and Jacob was missing it. He sighed and looked up towards the house to see the lights had gone out. A dark shadow was walking towards him and he gladly received Samara into the warmth of his arms.

She stood with her back to his chest, starring into the woods with him.

"You miss them." It wasn't a question.

Jacob wrested his chin on the top of her head. "Yeah."

"You should go see them."

"Not yet."

"Don't wait to long...it could be to late."

Jacob just nodded.