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She walked right up to the stranger and put her hand on his shoulder. He looked down at her and gave her a piercing look that she felt all the way to her bones before crushing his lips to hers.


2. Something New I Didn't Know 5 Minutes Ago

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Something New I Didn’t Know Five Minutes Ago

She lost something she didn’t even know she had to begin with. She took a few deep breaths to calm herself and to become composed.

“What the hell was that?”

They stared at each other, and once again she felt the heat pool. Just as she was leaning in for another kiss, she heard a very pronounced, and loud cough.

“Even though I can tell you’re having fun, I think we should get to the bottom of this.” With Quil’s comment, Leah snapped back to her senses. She was Alpha! She needed to be finding out who this guy was, and what his deal was, not planning how long it would take to get to the nearest bed, or nearest piece of ground not occupied. She stamped away and crossed her arms over her chest.

“I’m Leah, Alpha of the Quileute pack. We cover all ground this side of the Rockies. Who are you and what are you doing here?” she asked demandingly. He looked surprised at the sudden change in her attitude. He immediately became defensive and drew himself up to his impressive 6’7’’ height.

“I’m Alex, and I have no clue what you’re talking about,” he said harshly. Leah was confused for a moment before trying an interrogative tactic.

“What pack are you with?” she asked, loosening her tone slightly.

“I’m not with a pack,” he admitted sheepishly. Embry, Quil, and Leah all looked at each other with raised eyebrows, but they couldn’t smell a lie on him.

“How did you become a werewolf?” she asked, careful not to look in his eyes, but in the end she couldn’t resist the pull. The brilliant green eyes stared at her mournfully. Feeling the sudden desire to make him better she wanted to tear apart whatever had hurt him, and at the same time fulfill his every need. Instinctively, she went to him and enveloped him in a hug. At first he tensed up, but as she stood there whispering sweet nothings in his ear, she tried to soothe him. Eventually she felt him start to loosen up. After a while she heard another cough. She stepped away and again felt that strange sense of loss, but she shrugged it off.

“How did you become a werewolf?” she asked again gently, her voice low. Behind her she could hear Quil and Embry sniggering, but she ignored it.

“This is going to take awhile. Is there somewhere we can go to talk?” he replied, his eyes lowered.

“Let’s go to Jacob’s house. I think the whole pack should hear this. After all, we didn’t even know that there were others out there.” Leah turned to the other two, both of whom were staring with their jaws open. “ Embry, Quil, did you have something to say?” she asked icily. Both shook their heads. “Good, then close your fly trap and do your job. Round everyone up. I’ll go with Alex and give Jake some time to prepare,” she told them. Then, taking hold of Alex’s hand, she watched Embry and Quil run off into the woods. She started down the deer path leading Alex away. After a while of walking slowly along the path, Alex stopped her and grasped her shoulder.

“What happened back there? With us?” He looked so much like a confused puppy that she had to giggle.

“What?” he demanded, automatically smoothing his hair.

“It’s just that you looked so much like a little puppy dog right then, I couldn’t help but laugh.” She laughed at him.

“All the ladies tell me I’m such a… dog,” Alex replied cheekily, waggling his eyebrows. She laughed outright and hit him lightly on the arm. He growled playfully and hit her back. They both giggled and then she grew sober as she remember his original question.

“As for your first question, I don’t know for certain, but I have a strong suspicion. I think I’ll be able to answer that better later- at home,” she told him speculatively.

He stared hard at her before shrugging and picking up her hand. They walked back to Jacob’s house in silence.

She led the way, walking up to the small white and green house Jacob shared with his wife and imprint Melissa. She raised her hand to knock, but before her fist touched the wood, Jacob threw open the door. She let her hand drop and waited for him to say something.

“I smelled the foreign scent.” He wrinkled his nose. “Quite strong. Looks like you might have some competition Leah,” he said, grinning while Alex blushed and Leah glared. “Come on in. Quil’s already here with Paul, Brady, and Collin. We’re just waiting on Embry to come with Sam, Jared and Seth.” At her questioning look he continued, “I know you’re Alpha now, since both Sam and I are gone, but I thought it would be best if Sam were here. He’s the best at keeping everyone calm and rational.” She just nodded, it did make sense. Picking up Alex’s hand, she led him through the foyer and into the kitchen. Everyone was waiting in silence, staring at them, and she felt Alex’s hand squeeze her own. She glanced behind her and smiled at the worried expression on his face.

“Don’t worry, I won’t let them hurt my poor little puppy,” she said solemnly, watching a small smile form.

“I’m not worried,” he stated, and Leah snorted. He looked at her bemused before continuing. “I’m scared stiff.” Even though he whispered, Quil, who had the best ears, heard and barked a laugh and replied.

“We wouldn’t dare try anything. Even if one of us could take you down, our own little Leah here would be on them so fast it would make your head and tail do circles around each other. Nobody messes with Leah.”

“Or her friends,” she whispered to Alex, who gave her a bright smile this time that about made her heart melt, distinctly different from his earlier smile. Right when she was leaning in for another kiss, unaware of the rest of the pack staring at her, Embry burst through the door. She groaned and thought,

What’s up with this? I hate interruptions. Growling under her breath she stepped away and looked at Embry and the others.

“Alright everyone, take a seat.” Alex went to sit in the back, but Leah stared at him until she rolled her eyes and patted the seat next to her. Front and center. He sighed, but took the seat.

“Pack, this is Alex. I’m sure we’ll listen to what he has to say… without interrupting,” she said coolly, looking each person in the eye until they dropped their heads.

“Alex, why don’t you just start from the beginning, and I’ll ask questions as needed?” she asked, placing her hands over his. Sam, she noted, followed this movement with his eyebrows raised.

“I was living up in British Columbia, close to Alaska. Working at a local high school as coach part-time, going to school the other part of the time. Since I could only work part- time, the administration decided to hire another coach, making him head of the Athletics Department. It was fine with me since I didn’t really have time for coaching anymore. The only thing I requested before being demoted was to be able to help with hiring, which they readily agreed to. As soon as the first candidate walked through the door, I knew we wouldn’t have to find anyone else. Emmett Cullen,” Everyone in the room flinched.

“What, did you guys… you knew him, didn’t you?” he demanded. Leah raised her eyebrow at him.

“How about you finish your story, and then we’ll tell you ours?” she asked, rather rhetorically. He raised his eyebrows right back at her, but continued his story nonetheless.

“Anyways, so this guy Emmett Cullen was exactly what we were looking for. Obviously extremely athletic, he was nice, but authoritative. We knew he was right, so we hired him on the spot. At first we didn’t see too much of each other, but once football season started, we saw each other everyday after school, coaching. At first it was nothing, just getting annoyed at the smallest things. Then I started to brood. After that, Emmett, I noticed, was treating me differently, trying to never stand next to me if he could help it. That’s what set me off. I got so mad one day that I tried to lay him out. That didn’t work, instead of busting his face, I broke my thumb, and it infuriated me. I was going for another swing when Emmett got a look on his face, as though he finally figured something out. Then he ran away, fast. Almost as though he were flying fast. After that I got ill, really sick. I went home and lay in my bed, curled up in a ball. I could tell I had a temperature, but I couldn’t get up. The more I thought about being sick, the madder I became. I got this idea into my head that it was all Emmett’s fault. Somehow I got the energy to storm out of my house. I made it to the woods before I got so angry I just… gave in to my instincts. They told me to run, to go and tear Emmett’s throat out. So that’s what I did. I was running, on two feet, when I felt sudden pain, and a loud ripping sound. Suddenly I was on four feet, running faster than any other animal I knew of. I was running towards this awful smell. It was sickeningly sweet, when I caught my reflection in a puddle of water. I was a monster. The shock of it shook me out of my rage and I… I think the word you all use is phase? Well I phased out of it, and sat staring at myself. I walked home, naked, not caring who saw. I felt guilty that I didn’t get a hold of whatever was making that smell, but I was too confused and tired to figure it out. The next day I skipped school, and I didn’t go in to coach later. The day after that, my dad came over. He said the school called him when I didn’t go in for class. I just lost it. I phased again and attacked my dad. I had him against the floor in a matter of seconds, when I smelled that sick smell again. Just then, something came flying at me from across the room and tackled me off my dad. I was on the ground, staring straight into Emmett Cullen’s eyes. I lunged for his throat, but he got away. He led me outside, into a small storage shed. When I followed him in, he darted out and shut the door, saying he wouldn’t let me out until I calmed down and phased back. It took me 3 days to phase back-” He stopped when Sam broke in.

“Wait a second. It only took you three days to phase back and you were by yourself?” At Alex’s hesitant nod, Sam let out a low long whistle. Seeing Alex’s questioning look, Sam explained.

“It took me two weeks,” And that was all he said. After a moment of silence, Alex continued.

“After I had calmed down enough to phase back, the door unlocked and Emmett was there. Once again I smelled that horrible smell, but I figured out it was coming from Emmett. I barely controlled myself from attacking him, but I did. Once he saw I wasn’t going to attack him, more people stepped out. Another guy handed me some clothes and waited till I had put them on to introduce us. The guy who had handed me the clothes was Edward, then there was Jasper, Alice, Rosalie, Esme, and Carlisle. I still felt like attacking them, but I was calmed down, not by my own doing, however. They took me to their house where they explained about them being vampires. They also explained that I was a werewolf. They said I transformed based on my emotions, and that what had happened was because of them. Then another… creature came down the stairs and into the kitchen. Her name was Bella.” If he thought the reaction to the name Cullen was bad, it was nothing compared to the name Bella. Everyone stiffened, and then looked at Jake. He sat at the table, shaking, obviously trying to control himself. After realizing he needed to leave, Jake got up and left the table. His wife Melissa got up as well, following him out the door. There was a brief moment of awkward silence until Alex spoke up.

“What was that about?” More awkward silence followed this question until Leah took matters into her own hands. She was Alpha after all, now she needed to start acting like it.

“Jacob and Bella were really close four years ago. He still blames himself for letting her die. He thinks he should’ve done something more to prevent it,” she explained while the rest of the pack looked at their feet, or the table, or twiddled their fingers.


“Will you finish your story? It’s very… enlightening,” Leah reminded him.

“Oh yes. Where was I? Oh yeah, then Bella came downstairs and told me about another werewolf pack. She told me how to find it and then they told me to leave, and to stay away from humans. They also said that they would look after my dad, and explain everything to him at the right time. So I left and followed Bella’s directions on how to get here. So… yeah… that’s pretty much everything,” he finished lamely. Leah got up and stretched. She could feel Alex’s eyes on her, burning her skin. She ignored it as best she could. She had a job to do first.

“No, not quite everything. We now know the why of you phasing. We just don’t know the how.” Here she paused, obviously thinking of what she should ask next, “Was your father Quileute?” she asked suddenly.

“No, he was Caucasian,” he answered, puzzled.

“What about your mother?”

“I-I don’t know. I look Native American, but I don’t know what tribe she was from, just that she was Indian. She died when I was little.” Instead of saying sorry and pausing, as was proper, Leah plowed ahead.

“Grandparents? Great grandparents? Aunts? Uncles?”

“I don’t know, I just lived with my dad. What’s with the third degree about my family,” he asked defensively. Immediately Leah backed down.

“Sorry, I just get carried away sometimes. The only thing is that we thought only members of the Quileute tribe transformed. We speculated about other tribes, but it was all just theory,” she told him frankly.

“Well, I didn’t know girls could be werewolves either,” he shot back. Instead of raising to the bait, she just grinned.

“Neither did we,” she said. At that he smiled as well.

“I’ve got a ton of questions guys. As much as I hate to admit it, I need help.” With that he bombarded them with questions, and they did their best to answer them. They explained what phasing was, how it was done, how to control it. They explained about the vampires and the smell. They explained about ‘the rules’ and what it meant to be a pack member. They were just getting ready to explain imprinting when Jacob rushed through the door.

“Leeches, on the south border. A pair of them. We’ll need everyone.” Instantly everyone rushed outside.

“Alex, I need you to stay here,” Leah commanded.

“Why? I want to come too. I want to help,” Alex demanded.

“I don’t know if I can trust you!” Immediately Alex’s eyes widened in hurt, and then narrowed in rebellion.

“You can’t trust me?” his voice wavered dangerously.

“Alex, that’s not what… Look, I don’t have time for this. As Alpha I command you stay here at the house.” Satisfied he would stay, she began to run off, when he caught her around her arm.

“You can’t order me around, highness. You’re not my Alpha, you’re my mate!” he yelled at her, and then stepped back, shocked at what he said. She was shocked too, but she knew it to be true. She really didn’t have time for this.

“We’ll talk about this later. If you want to come fine, but if you get hurt, I’m killing you.” With that she stripped in record time and phased, not waiting to see if he followed. When the pack caught up to the vampires, it was easy to see they were both newborns. That was bad, really bad.

Leah surveyed the situation before barking out commands.

Jared, Paul, take the right side of the left one. Quietly go over. Jacob, I want you and Quil on the left side of the left one. Collin, Brady, Seth you take the right side of the right one. Alex and I will take the left. I want everyone to alternate between going for the throat and the legs. Understand?

Leah, we have a problem.

What is it Jacob?

I can’t hear Alex.