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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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7. Near Death

Rating 4/5   Word Count 1525   Review this Chapter

Samara did not have to go looking for Devin, he found her. She was outside the store when he came up behind her and tapped her on the shoulder. She jumped and turned around, ready for anything. Her eyes flashed with spots of red.

"Hey, no need to get bitchy."

The red of her magic faded and she starred hard at him. "Why are you here?"

"Your mother sent me."

"Can't she leave me alone?"

"Hell, no."

"Can you stop with the cursing?"

He gave her a smirk.

Devin was a handsome young man of twenty three. His hair was short and black and his eyes were a stunning ice blue. He was pale and very tall. He was Mark's replacement, creepy considering he was only a few years older then she and her dead brother's age. Basically, Diane was old enough to be his mother.

"Look, she just needs your help."

"No, she wants me to give her my powers."

Devin opened his mouth to protest.

"Don't deny it. Once I fulfill what she wants she will suffer no rival. She'll figure out a way to get them and that she can do by force."

"If that's the truth why doesn't she just take them now and find your aunt and her little group?"

"You can't do a locating spell if you have malicious intent. She does not want to risk opening the Other World with a sacrifice for such a minor spell. They might not accept it and take her instead for her impertinence."

"I never did understand that Other World shit."

"It's where the magic comes from. There are certain rules. In order to break them and use the darker magic, you must appeal to the Dark Ones by making a sacrifice. It's risky because they might not accept it and it gets harder and harder to use Pure Magic because your soul is soiled with innocent blood."

"Fascinating. Really, but I have to do my job and lets get this over with before your boyfriend kills my little distraction."

Samara's eye widened. "What have you done?"

"A spell your mother gave me. Much like the one she released on your family only weaker. Hopefully, for you anyway, that boy of yours won't notice that they are very similar. He's not as strong as the other one anyway. He'll be way easier to kill."

"I'm not helping her, Devin. I told her that. Now let me be so I can live my life or I will make you sorry."

Devin laughed. "You won't really attack me. You swore never to use your magic again and you won't break that promise to yourself. You sealed it and only if I were a real threat could you use it. Though you did come close, this worries me a little."

"Go to hell!"

"I thought you don't like cursing."

Samara pursed her lips. "Leave."

"I don't think so. Mentioning of curses, your mother gave me dozens. You would not like to see your new family hurt would you?"

"You can't hurt Jake," Samara protested. "Or any of the other pack and there's no way they'll let you near the others."

"I wouldn't be so hasty with your decision. You can't protect people as well out here and your precious wolves are not all powerful."

"Just leave me alone," she said quietly.

Devin shrugged. "I'll keep in touch." And then he walked away.

Samara stood by her car for the longest time before going into the drugstore. She really had forgotten a toothbrush and shampoo. She figured she could leave it at Jake's house when she went back so she had less to pack.

It was eight o'clock when she got back to Jacob's house. He was sitting in the living room, reading a text book he had just purchased, as classes were starting on Monday.

"Hey," he said looking up. "Got everything you needed."

"Yeah. How about you?"

"Sam wasn't kidding. There was a vampire. He attacked Paul and paid for it."

"Glad the world is safe again." She paused. " D-do you know where it came from?"

"Nah. It was probably passing through. We would have left it alone, had it not attacked."

"Oh. Where's Billy?"

"He and Charlie went fishing again. It's the first lapse in rain we have had all week. They decided to take advantage of it."

She sat down next to him on the couch. "When are they due back?"

Jacob glanced at the clock on the TV. "A couple hours ago." He looked grim and Samara's stomach clenched in panic.

Please no.

"I sent Leah and Embry to look for them fifteen minutes ago. It could be my father's chair broke and they're having trouble getting back."

"Yes, yes, of course."

"JACOB!!!"

Samara jumped at the sound of Embry's voice as the young man came crashing through the front door talking so rapidly she almost did not understand what he was saying."

"They're in the hospital. We found them and Leah and I took them to the hospital. Jake they look bad."

Paul was behind him with Quil and fourteen year old Brady.

Jacob was on his feet in an instant. "What happened?"

"We don't know. They were passed out and...burned. Not badly, but scorched. It looks like something branded them or something."

"With what?" Samara asked with horror.

"It's a wheel of some sort. That's all I got before we called 911 from Billy's phone."

A wheel...it was a curse, but without the details she did not know which one. Her cell phone interrupted her thoughts. She quickly pulled it out while Jacob frantically questioned Embry. The name on the Caller ID surprised her and she flipped it open.

"Alice? Oh, Jasper."

The talking had stopped and they were all starring at her. She put it on speaker.

"What's happened? Alice is hyperventilating and told me to call you."

"How is that possible she can't breath?"

"You're missing the point, what happened?"

"It doesn't involve you, leech," Jacob growled.

"It involves Bella's father," a different voice, one she had never heard before came through the phone.

"Edward," Embry mouthed when she looked questioningly up at him.

"Bella chose to give him up when she chose to marry you!" He kicked the table, breaking it, before stomping out the door.

"Jacob! Argh! I am so sorry. He's worried that's all."

"No, he was right," a soft female voice said.

"Bella I presume. Man it's a regular reunion over the phone." She muttered the last sentence with a roll of her eyes.

"I'll say. How'd they get your number?" Embry shook his head.

Samara ignored him. "Alright, Bella. Leah and Embry found them unconscious. They were on a fishing trip. We don't know anything. We were on the way to the hospital when Jasper called."

She heard a gasp and then Edward's voice soothing who she presumed was Bella.

"D-did you see what happened, Alice?"

"No. It was a lot like the last one with you. Remember? I couldn't pin point anything. What did you do, Samara, that these same people keep hurting your family?"

Samara closed her eyes and took a deep breath, not bothering to answer the question. What could she say? "I'll call you when I find anything out. I'll even try to get you guys safe passage so Bella can visit him. If it's safe of course."

"Like hell you will!"

"Shut up, Paul. Everything will be alright. I'm sure of it."

Another male voice came from the phone. "If it's anything out of the ordinary, as Alice's vision suggests, then I will be more then happy to take a look."

"Not a word Paul. Thank you doctor. I hope it won't come to something bad. I should get to the hospital now."

"Keep me updated on my dad, please."

"Of course. Goodbye."

"We can't let them come here," Paul roared as she exited the house to her car. "They broke the treaty."

"He's her father, Paul."

"Jake's right, she gave him up when she made her choice."

Samara rounded on him. "Not so mythical creatures should not come between a father and a daughter. It's not right, Paul."

"But-"

"Make yourself useful and go tell the others what's going on. You too, Brady."

The younger boy nodded and jogged off towards Sam's house. Paul shot her a glare and followed behind him.

"You know, you're acting strangely," Embry said.

"I can relate to Bella. Having to give up her family in order to be with the one she loves. That and I'm worried about Billy and Charlie. Billy's like my second dad."

"It will be okay. You said so remember." He gave her a crooked grin and Samara realized he really trusted her on that.

"Yeah. Yeah I said that, didn't I?" I hope I'm right. Please let this be the only warning. I don't think I can take much more of this. She started the engine of her car and drove into town.