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Near Her

Summary:
The latest installment in the For Her series, sequel to Protect Her, Love Her, Hold Her, Keep Her, From Her, With Her, and Beside Her. Quil and Claire have finally triumphed. Despite the obstacles littering thier way, they are at last happy. What happens when the darkest secret of their past comes back and threatens to seperate them forever?


Notes:
I disclaim. Y'all should read the sequels first.


6. Chapter 6

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“Do you, Samuel Uley, swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?”

“I so swear,” Sam pronounced, using his most terrifying Alpha voice. The tiny bailiff shivered in his shoes, and I restrained a chuckle.

Sam sat on the witness stand as the trial commenced.

“Tell us about your relationship with Quil Ateara,” the prosecution began.

I could hear Paul’s thoughts as though we were both wolves. They make it sound like you’re gay lovers.

I rolled my eyes, and Paul smirked and wrote that exact thought on his legal notepad.

Idiot.

“When I was eighteen and Quil was sixteen, I decided to organize some of the slightly younger teens on the reservation. Kind of… a tribal pride thing. Keep the kids out of trouble. It was Emily’s idea—my wife now, my fiancée then. Quil’s friends, Embry and Jake, hung out with us. Quil’s grandpa was a tribal elder, and it was natural that he’d want to join too. We had a real good time, looking out for people, volunteering at schools,” killing vampires, “that sort of thing. Quil’s like a brother to me, all the guys are.”

“How would you describe Quil?”

“He’s a great guy. Good sense of humor, nice, friendly, gentle, and completely devoted to his family.”

“Who is his family?”

“He’s married to Emily’s niece, Claire. They have a son, also named Quil. They’re his whole life. He worships Claire. You can’t be in the same room as them and not know it.”

“Do you remember where Quil was the day of Jonathon Denson’s murder?”

Paul stood, “Objection! Leading!”

“Sustained,” the judge called, sounding incredibly bored. “Rephrase.”

“Death.”

“Quil had gone to see Claire. Her parents were divorced, and she was living with her father… Em and I were worrying about her. Claire was supposed to come visit her mother, but her dad never brought her for the visits. Quil went because I was busy and he’d babysat Claire some when she was little.” And because I loved her with all my heart. “He remained there the entire day and came back at the end, with Claire.”

“Did he tell you what he did?”

“He spoke with Jack Denson. Jack admitted he’d abused Claire. There was a bruise on her face, all along her cheek, and when Quil went to his house to confront him, Jack said he’d sexually abused her as well. Quil wouldn’t leave her there, not that little girl everyone loved so much, and so he brought her to me and Emily.”

“Do you believe Quil would kill someone to protect Claire?”

I would kill anyone.

“Objection!”

“Dismissed. Witness will answer the question.”

Sam sighed and looked at me. He was asking my permission to tell the truth, and I nodded just a little. “I do. He’d do anything for her. But I do not believe he would have killed her father. Not out of anger. The man I know would… if he wanted to get revenge, he would make sure it was the right thing for Claire. He would never kill someone out of anger. He’s a very level-headed guy, and… he isn’t the kind of person who would ever hurt someone. He’s a good man. He’s my friend. But I saw what happened to Claire, and I wanted to kill Jack. And I didn’t im—I wasn’t there when he found her.”

“Describe Quil and Claire’s relationship…”

I listened to the story of our lives, edited for the sake of the courtroom.

Paul cross-examined Sam, neatly avoiding any references to werewolves, and Jake, Leah, and Embry all took turns attesting to my good character.

“I call Quil Ateara to the stand,” the prosecutor said, and I stood.