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Open Flame

I knew in that instant exactly how Sam felt when he saw Emily, exactly how Jacob felt when he saw Renesmee, exactly how Quil felt when he saw Claire. There were thoughts I had never known rushing through my head, from thoughts of a friendly nature, to thoughts of a passionate nature and everything in between. She drew me like an open flame drew a pyromaniac; and curiously, wonderfully, lovingly and lustfully, I had to follow her. I had to touch that open flame.open flame banner Seth Clearwater comes back from college for Leah's wedding, and the gang gets back together. But when his car breaks down on the side of the road, a very beautiful, engaged young woman comes to the rescue. Can Seth vy for the attentions of his imprint and successfully win her? Author's Note: This fanfiction will be complete once the twelfth chapter is added! Thank you everyone for your support and reviews!


1. One - Things You Wish Your Sister Didn't Tell You

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Things You Wish Your Sister Didn’t Tell You

I knew there was a reason that we all liked driving fast and could sense the police officers before they caught us.

I just didn’t know what it was.

I kept replaying Leah’s words in my head, “Oh, hey Seth?”

“Yeah?” I had answered.

“I’m getting married this weekend, wanna be my fiancé’s best man?”

What? I had thought frantically. What? “When did this happen?” I could hear myself demanding. “Leah, I haven’t seen you for a year and a half, and you tell me now that you’re getting married? I haven’t even met the guy!”

She scoffed over the phone. “Since when does my younger brother have to approve the man that I marry?”

I sighed. She had me there. “All right. You got a tux?”

“Yep. It’s all set up!” she exclaimed. There was a happiness in her voice that I hadn’t heard since she had been with Sam.

“Wait…is this…an imprint?”

It was like I could hear her rolling her eyes over the phone. “If it was an imprint, Seth, you would have known by now. All the members of the pack know when the others imprint on someone. I thought you knew that,” she questioned. I could see her interrogation face.

“Sorry,” I apologized. “I didn’t have anything planned this weekend, anyway. All the guys are out-“

“That’s great!” she beamed. “Well, I’ll see you in a few days? Can you believe it? Me? Married?” Leah hung up.

I sighed as I heard the beating heart of a policeman doing radar around the bend. I took my foot off the gas and let the engine let down off its typical speed of 120 mph. Why exactly did all these humans have a problem with speed? It was only natural to want to go fast, to have that adrenaline pounding through you.

But then again, my whole life since about the age of fourteen had been everything but natural.

It had been a long time since I’d been back to Forks. The summer before I started college at Evergreen State in Olympia, Emily and Sam had married. That was the last time we had all been together as a pack. I knew Sam was attempting to stop phasing for Emily’s sake, but he would be the first one to stop, so it would be the most difficult for him. Once the first one stopped, we could all make the choice a little easier.

Jacob could never make that choice, I knew. Quil would have to, Leah would have to now, along with the others of us who had recently imprinted.

I didn’t know. What was there to stop for? I still had years of schooling ahead of me: one more of pre-med, then to vet school, then interning…I had at least another four years to go, and going through them as a younger man made more sense. Besides, weren’t doctors who didn’t age becoming more in vogue by the moment?

Carlisle Cullen jumped into my head. I knew that the Cullens had left Forks when Reneesme looked about twelve and expressed a wish to attend middle school. They promised they would stay within the state so that we wouldn’t stop phasing altogether, but I did not know. We hadn’t heard from Jacob in years, at least I could say that. But as long as Jacob was invited to the wedding, the Cullens would follow. Or at least, Reneesme would follow, and Edward and Bella, too…

The exit for La Push came up more quickly than I had thought. I hastily hit the breaks as I exited the ramp. Even with Leah’s big day coming up, the place seemed deserted.

But then again, I guessed that any place would seem deserted after it had entertained a coven of seven/eight/eight and a half vampires and a pack of a dozen wolves for about a decade would seem like a ghost town without them.

It was suddenly strange to think that we were all growing up and moving on with our lives, when it seemed like only a week ago that I was sitting in the woods with Sam as he explained what I was becoming.

I had grown up a lot since those days. I think we all had, but Jake and me especially. Bella aged Jake, because he felt he had to grow up a little to appeal to her, when even in the end, the whole fight to prove himself had been worthless.

There was already a big black wolf in the shadows of the forest. I stopped the truck, threw my shirt and pants on the hood and phased. If there was anything I had learned about being a shape-shifter, it was that I held no reservations.

Welcome back, I heard him think clearly, half a smile on his furry face.

Hey you, I thought back. Are you waiting just for me?

He shook his head. Jacob’s coming. Quil’s meeting us here, too, and once Leah finishes the last minute preparations, she promised she’d meet us.

Jake’s coming?

Yeah. And he’s bringing…

Reneesme? Bella?

All of them. His thoughts were filled with exasperation, and I winced in response.

Even after all this time, Sam? I asked. I couldn’t understand his hostility toward the Cullens even after they left.

I just don’t want it to get messy.

It won’t, I replied earnestly.

Hey guys, came a new voice next to me.

Quil! I exclaimed How’s Claire?

Ten, he said, grinning. And she gets prettier every day.

She does, agreed Sam. She’s really cute. Emily adores her.

Of course. How are things with Emily?

Sam grinned. Great. There’s another Uley running around.

Woah? Seriously? Sam, a father? I couldn’t find the words.

Sam barked a laugh. I know. Weird. But it was inevitable. Em thinks she’s pregnant again.

Damn, Sam! exclaimed Quil. Keep it in your pants!

We all laughed at Quil.

Yeah, like you’ll be able to when Claire gets old enough.

Quil barked, too. Somehow, I think her Aunt may keep her in line.

What about you, Seth? asked Sam.

You guys know I haven’t imprinted, I sighed.

So? Any other love interests? asked Quil.

Nope, I scoffed.

Hey, you’re a Quileute man; the babes ought to be flocking to you! joked Quil.

Over my dead body, they will be.

Leah! I exclaimed.

Hey, brother!

I inadvertently nuzzled her. How are you?

Peachy, she sighed. Andy’s relatives aren’t here yet, which is rather aggravating. They can’t run as fast, or drive as fast, for that matter.

How annoying, teased Quil.

It’s great to see you happy, Leah, said Sam genially.

Thanks. Took me long enough, right? But hey, I’m honored you named your first born after me.

Woah, really Sam? I asked in shock. I didn’t know that Sam was the sentimental type.

I’m not. It was Emily’s idea.

She’s the most adorable two-year-old on the planet. Nothing like me.

We all laughed again. At least she seemed like the same Leah. So, when did you meet Andy, anyway?

Ugh, Seth! said Quil. You had to ask her that?

Hey, I’ll keep it short, she snapped somewhat angrily. I met him when I was down in San Francisco.

San Francisco? Jeez, you don’t tell me anything!

Sorry! Mom said not to bother you since you’re studying so hard. She snorted.

But what were you doing in San Francisco?

Quite honestly, I was looking into moving there. One of my girlfriends from Seattle moved last year and offered me a great job at her husband’s dental office, and Andy is her neighbor.

You’re moving to San Francisco? I whined.

She hit me playfully. Coming from the brother who lives like two hours away? Come on.

I sighed.

Why so silent, guys?

We all looked to the right and recognized Jacob’s wolf form right away, flanked on one side by Edward, the other by Bella. In his arms, he held a girl who only looked about two years younger than her parents, with bronze curls cascading down to her waist, big brown eyes and a stunningly gorgeous smile.


It was the first time all of us had even laid eyes on her since she was a baby, and a million thoughts raced through our heads at once. Was she really the same girl? Were those Bella’s eyes? How old was she in human years, and how old in vampire years?

Jacob Ephraim Black, voiced Sam above all our other thoughts. Long time no see.

Sam, he replied, grinning. I guess you all haven’t met Reneesme?

Not for about six years, I guesstimated, smiling.

She’s really something, Jake, said Quil.

Nessie was a little nervous when I asked her if she wanted to meet the pack, so, if she doesn’t talk…

“Don’t take offense,” finished Edward.

All of our heads snapped in his direction.

Are all of you here? asked Sam seriously.

“Yes,” replied Edward.

I don’t want any hostility between you guys – started Jake.

I’m not being hostile, growled Sam. Ever since you left, Jake, I have to make sure all our boundaries are covered.

“We won’t be here long,” promised Edward. “Just the wedding, and then we’re off.”

You invited them to my wedding? snarled Leah.

No! said Jacob defensively. I invited Nessie, since I can’t be without her. Edward wouldn’t let me go alone with her, and Bella wanted to see Charlie again, and Alice wanted to come with Bella, and Jasper follows Alice, so Carlisle had to come and make sure nobody messed up, and Esme loves family vacations.

So what about the other two? asked Quil.

“Rosalie and Emmett?” Edward asked. He rolled his eyes and looked to Bella.

“They’re on their honeymoon,” she answered, grinning.

Again,” chorused Edward, Bella, and Nessie together.

Jacob barked in a laugh. So, Leah, you never told me. When are you getting married?

Tomorrow afternoon, she sighed. There was a crazy-girly attitude in the way she thought those words.

All the other werewolves groaned.

“Well, congratulations, Leah,” said Edward.


People’s thoughts wandered, then; Sam’s on his daughter, Quil’s to-do-list, Jacob’s on his plans for tomorrow, Leah’s on…

Woah, Leah, I did not want to hear you think that! thought Quil loudly, shivering. That. Is. Gross.

What did I miss? I asked, confused.

C’mon, Leah, keep it PG-13. Actually, just keep it PG. said Sam.

Jake laughed rather loudly.

Leah snorted angrily. Sam, don’t get me started! God, the way you went on and on about your sex life with Emily –

I could hear Jacob laughing in reminiscence with Quil, cutting off Leah’s thoughts.

Sam growled. Shut up, Quil. At least I was getting laid, unlike you, still obsessed with a two-year-old.

That started it. Quil leapt for Sam angrily. What the hell is that? I could hear him snarl.

Hey, guys, call it quits, okay? said Jake, an order more than anything.

They broke apart somewhat regretfully.

Sorry, they thought at the same time.

Sure, sure.

I sighed. It seemed like nothing had changed at all.