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Love Her

Summary:
SEQUEL TO PROTECT HER. Quil is Claire's, heart and soul. At last, she is old enough for him to pursue hers... but can she overcome the terror and demons of her past to find true love?


Notes:
I disclaim. This story is stolen from Ms. Meyer's beautiful universe. it is all hers, so please don't sue me. right. enjoy. oh, i reccomend you read Protect Her first. And review it. after every chapter. well, once at least. but seriously, read it or this will make no sense. and thanks to all the people who read, reviewed, and encouraged me on Protect Her. I couldn't have written it without the continuous support i found, and i hope this story will get a similar response.


6. Chapter 6

Rating 5/5   Word Count 642   Review this Chapter

Embry was there. “Hey, Quil.”

“Hi.”

We’d been friends a long time. There was no need to say it.

“I’ll be Alpha, Quil. I don’t really understand, because I haven’t imprinted, but I’ve seen it through your eyes. You can’t have a responsibility other than to her. I know Claire comes first.”

“Thanks.”

He started to leave, and then stopped. “I’m… I just… you know, it always sucked growing up being different. Everyone always assumed I wasn’t Quilete, and then you know my mom was never married and there was me… I just wanted to fit in. And with the pack, I did. It was like the brothers I never had. I mean, literally in one case at least, but it was like when I was friends with you and Jake, and then all the other guys. It was cool.”

“Yeah.”

“And now…”

“It’s over. And it’ll never be the same without Sam. Who do we go running to with every problem? Who tells us what to do and takes the blame and makes sure everything goes all right and fixes it when it doesn’t?”

“Sam. And Jacob’s always smiling and Jared’s always there, and they’re part of what makes us us, y’know.”

“I know.”

And now it’s over and we’ll never have it back.

“Well, I guess it’s time for us to grow up. We can’t be kids forever.”

“Yeah. You’re right.”

“I just don’t want to have to be in charge.”

“What if Claire never gets better? What if she’s afraid forever?”

“What if I never find the one and I’m stuck watching everyone else grow up and get old and imprint and I’m always alone, always on the outside?”

Together, we sighed. And then we put back on our big strong men masks and walked out to be grown-ups.

I stopped at the grocery store and bought flowers. Claire’s favorite color was white, so I bought two dozen white roses. Then I put them in her room. I can’t make her love me, but I can be nice and hope for the best, right?

Grown up. Look, dad, I’m a big kid now! I can hunt vampires without Sam’s help! I can smile without Jake there with a joke! I don’t need my brothers. I don’t need our brotherhood.

Who am I kidding?

Those of us who are left will still be a pack, but it won’t be the same pack.

We’ll have to forge a whole new bond without them.

Well, we’ll find a way.

If we can kill vampires, we can do this. Right?

Right.

But I know I’ll miss them like hell.

I waited for Claire, immersed in my thoughts.

Her arrival was silent. She shook as she entered, however.

“What’s wrong?” I asked, all thoughts of my pack fleeing immediately. That didn’t matter at all.

“I was at school, at my locker, and a… a boy came and… and touched my… my butt. I told him to stop and he did, but it scared me. Tina said it just meant he liked me but I don’t want him to…”

She was crying. I again repressed the urge to hug her, as I had so many times in these years. Must not, may not, don’t, don’t.

Instead, I comforted with words. “I’m sorry. Do you know his name?”

“Yeah. Will Uley.”

Sam’s nephew. The kid knew. Did he think that was funny? “Excuse me, Claire.”

And I ran from the room. I could not phase in front of her, but I could hardly help it. It was all I could do not to chase him down and rip him into pieces.