From Quil's perspective, as their children go through the tumultuous adolescence that nearly destroyed him and Claire, a decision must be made. But it doesn't rest in his hands. Part of the For Her series.
well, here 'tis. read the prequels first, plz.
5. Chapter 5
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“Oh, good,” I said.
“That’s a relief. I was starting to… Oh, crap. I wasn’t supposed to tell you that, was I?” I sighed. These stupid rules. They’d never been a huge problem before, since my whole family had known the legends and Sam had agreed to let me tell Claire’s parents. I sucked at keeping secrets. “Nevermind.”
“You’re hiding something from me. Something big.”
“Yeah.” There’s no way to get around it now. He’s not exactly going to believe anything but that. “And I have been your whole life.”
“It has to do with Leah and me, and you and Mom, and Sam and Emily and Paul and Embry and Jared and Kim and Collin and Brady and Seth and Jake and Alia, but not my sisters, or Little Leah or Jake and Alia’s kids.”
“Right.” Wow, he’s straight on with the entire list. The pack and the imprints, 100% accuracy. Pretty dang impressive.
“It makes you age funny. It changes your body heat. It tends to make you freakishly devoted to your spouse.”
“Wha…” Really wasn’t expecting him to get that one. Has he noticed something similar with Leah?
She’s going to be royally pissed when she finds out. After all, she’s kind of supposed to break it to him herself. Well, you snooze you lose.
“Don’t really get… Alia and Emily and Mom, all the other girls involved, don’t have the body heat. They also don’t do the freaky staring thing you do when you think no one’s noticing you ogling Mom.”
I whistled innocently. I had no idea what he was talking about, of course.
“Leah feels like she’s on fire, and when… when she looks… I’m not trying to be vain here, but when she looks at me…”
I smiled. “I know.”
“I know, kid. I’m not allowed to tell you, but I’ve been in on it all along.”
“Well, who is allowed to tell me? Embry? Sam? They’re in charge, right?”
“I’m impressed. But no. The only one allowed to tell you is Leah.”
“You’re my dad, though!”
“Would you want to be on Leah’s bad side? No. If you want the real story, go to her.”
He stared out the window, blankly, hands twitching on the wheel. Finally, he said, “Dad, I’m not sure if I can do that.”
“What do you mean?”
“I’m… I… I don’t think I could stand it. I know Leah loves me, but… what if it isn’t… the same way I love her? I know I’m just sixteen, but I think I want to spend the rest of my life with her. And I’m… scared. If she… if it…”
I guess I’m afraid… that this will change everything somehow? That you’ll not love me someday.
Claire’s voice from all those years ago echoed in my head. Arguably the best day of my life, when she told me she loved me for the first time. And expressed that ridiculous insecurity. I smiled. “Don’t worry.”
“Do you… Does she…”
“Not allowed to tell you. But I can promise you this. There is nothing in the world that would make Leah turn away from you. She’ll always love you.”