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Summary:
Jake/ Samara Jake and Samara are together again for the first time in years and everything will be alright now. They deserve it, right? When strange visitors come to Forks, Billy Black and Charlie Swan are put in the hospital. Now, Samara's past is brought to the light and the secrets Jacob knew she always hid are darker then he could have ever imagined. Lies, betrayals and the return of old friends and enemies, turn Forks Washington and the surrounding area into a battle ground, where the fate of all the immortals will be decided. This is the sequel to Watermark Book two of the Imprints of Life series Final Chapter posted.


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12. There is Always Time

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Samara was hugging both of her sisters tightly as Jacob went to go get their luggage. Sally was laughing a little.

"I missed you guys so much," Samara whispered.

Brittany nodded in agreement and Sally kept her grip around her older sister's waist. "We brought it."

"Shh. Good," Samara whispered.

"So," Jacob asked coming up with the luggage. "We have a long drive back. Do you guys need anything to eat before we go?"

They shook her head. "We ate on the plane," Sally explained. "The host was really nice and gave us tons of peanuts." She pulled a package out of her pocket. "I saved some for you. And there's enough for the rest of the...family."

Jacob laughed and took them from her. "Thanks."

The drive was dampened a little with questions about the condition of the two men. Brittany was saying how she wished she had paid a little more attention when Samara had explained the whole witch thing to her years ago.

"I didn't care," she shrugged. "As far as I could tell, it would never affect me. Stupid thing to think really."

"It should not have," Samara murmured.

They arrived at Jacob's lonely house an hour or two after sundown. Sally and Brittany where escorted to Jake's sisters' old room where they put there stuff. Sally kept a firm hold on her backpack.

As Samara helped the two girls unpack she heard the sound of the backdoor opening and the voices of Paul, Leah and Seth. She had not seen any of them since she told Jake what she was. She had been afraid, and a little busy.

Sally had finished and was looking up at her sister. "Who is that?"

"Friends. You want to meet them?"

"Are they wolves?" Brittany asked, closing the dress drawer loaned to her.

Samara nodded. "Let's go then!" Sally said excitedly, grabbing her sister's hand and pulling her out the door. Brittany followed.

***

Seth was standing next to his older sister feeling a little ill at ease. Paul was glaring daggers at Jacob and was arguing with him about his decision to let the two young girls and the leeches help with getting rid of these witches. Seth knew Paul would soon be dead when he mentioned that keeping Samara around was part of the problem.

The argument was interrupted with thumps on the stairs and the first of the guests came into view. It was older one, Brittany he thought her name was. She had an amused expression her face, which faded when Paul sent her a glare. Jacob had been standing near the doorway and Brittany moved behind him with a gulp.

Jacob glared at him.

Next came the younger dragging Samara, who he noticed was looking happier then he had seen her in a long time. He turned his eyes to look at the short girl and nearly fell off his feet when all the breath left his body. He could not help but stare at her. She was very small, delicate even, with long light brown hair and big green eyes. She was looking at him and Paul and Leah with curiosity, no fear even in the fire of Paul's look. He knew then that no witch, vampire, yeti or anything would ever, ever, hurt this girl. Not while he was around.

"Seth?" his thoughts were broken by Samara's voice. "You already met Sally over the phone. Remember?"

Seth swallowed. "I remember." His voiced sounded strange to his ear. "It's, um, nice to meet you in person."

Sally smiled, shyly at him and nodded.

"And here I thought you'd be asking him tons of questions," Samara said with a shake of her head.

Jacob was looking at him strangely and he met his alpha's eyes. Jacob winked.

"Seth's a nice guy, Sal, you don't need to be afraid."

She was afraid of him? The thought made him feel sad and his shoulders slumped slightly.

"Oh, I-I'm not afraid. It's just...never mind. How's the Frisbee team going?"

Seth grinned widely at her. "Awesome."

"Great." She mirrored his grin. "Um, I brought you all some peanuts from the plane." She pulled three rumpled packages out of her pocket and handed one to Paul.

He starred at her, but she had moved over to Seth. "Jake told me Leah was allergic to peanuts, so you can have hers." She handed him the last two packages with an apologetic smile towards Leah who seemed to have lost what ever it was that kept her jaw from staying put.

Seth looked like he had been given the world and Jacob's mouth was twitching. Samara looked up at him with a frown, before looking at Seth, her sister and back at Jacob. Her jaw dropped open and Jacob wrapped his arm around her waist, pulling her towards him and hiding his chuckles in her hair.

"Get a room, you two," Leah and Brittany scoffed at the same time.

Jacob raised his head and said with a perfectly straight face. "You should show Sally the beach tomorrow, Seth."

Sally's eyes lit up. "Can we? I've never been to a West Coast beach before."

How could he say no?

"Do we have time?" Samara asked.

Jacob looked down at her. "There is always time, Samara."

She opened her mouth, before closing it and nodding.

"It's settled," Seth said. "I'll come and get you tomorrow."

"Kay," she grinned again.

He almost fell down.

"We should get going," Paul finally said, shaking his head in amazement. "This just keeps getting better and better."

Once they left, Sally had a thoughtful expression on her face. "That was weird."

"What?" Brittany asked.

"It felt like my stomach dropped through the floor and was replaced by my heart."

Brittany rolled her eyes. "It's called a crush."

"No it's not," Samara said softly.

"Sure it is. And with good reasons. He's hot. He's my age right?"

"Don't try it," Jake warned. "He's completely taken."

"Oh." She sounded disappointed. "We're not here to deal with crushes anyway." She sounded testy again.

"We'll deal with it tomorrow. I think we should all get some sleep."

The girls agreed.

A half and hour later, Samara snuck into Billy's room where Jacob was staying. She climbed into bed next to him, and slid under the blankets. He kissed her hair and they lay in silence.

"Jake," she finally said. "Did what I think happen, happen?"

"Yes."

"I thought you said it was rare and Sally is my sister."

"Maybe it depends on the blood. Emily and Claire are related after all."

"That's true." She turned over to look at him. "She'll be okay, right?"

Jacob smiled. "Seth has a lot less baggage then I do. She'll be happy. Think of this, no witch or vampire will hurt her unless it really has a death wish."

Samara laughed. "That's true."

Jacob kissed her again. "Be happy for your sister."

"Will he tell her?"

"I don't know."

The next morning, after Seth came and got Sally, Samara was on the phone with Alice Cullen. In her hand was a book wrapped in paper. "I have it. When should we meet?"

"Tonight, would be the best. Bella and Edward are out hunting."

"Sure. I'll see you then."

"Great. So, everything worked out?"

"Yeah. Sally's at the beach with Seth."

"Seth? Seth? Oh, he's one of the little ones, right?"

"Yeah."

"Aw, that's cute. Taking care of your baby sister like that."

Samara snorted. "It will be far from cute once she's legal. Believe me. I have to go."

"Um, okay, but what's that supposed to mean?"

"That I have to hang up. Bye Alice."

Sally returned at noon, looking very dazed. She starred at her sister wordlessly for a minute before bursting into tears.

Samara moved over and wrapped her in a hug and thinking of the dozens of ways she could kill Seth Clearwater.

"It's just so...awesome!" Sally sobbed.

The older girl softened and sighed in relief.