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An Ocean Away

Twins Ansel and Allegra live very different lives. Ansel lives in Forks, eagerly anticipating the day he will become a werewolf. Allegra lives in Volterra, loving the life of a Volturi guard member. The problem is, they have no idea they're related. Part four in the Twist of Fate series.

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13. Ansel: Rip Your Pretty Little Face Off

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Meanwhile, at the hospital...

“Me?” I asked. I figured playing dumb would be the best thing to do at that point.

She sighed heavily. “Cut the crap, Ansel. It was you. I saw you.”

I opened my mouth to deny it, but I realized I just couldn't. I didn't like lying to her. Even trying made me feel a little sick. “It was me,” I said, looking straight into her eyes. “But I swear to God, I didn't ever mean to hurt you.

The beeps on her heart monitor started to get faster. I squeezed her hand.

“What happened?” she asked, slightly breathless. “You were there and then you were a... a wolf!”

Her dad walked in a second later, the nurse right behind him. I stepped away from Athena and let Mr. Reynolds take my place. Athena's heart monitor still beeped quickly. Her breathing was labored.

“As you can see, she's awake now,” said her dad, hiding a grin. “I'm fairly certain that means you have to do... well, something.”

Sir, this is my job, and I think I know how to do it,” snapped the nurse.

Mr. Reynolds coughed to hide a laugh.

The nurse walked quickly to the machines. “Your heartbeat seems to have gotten a little fast.”

Athena didn't take her eyes off of me. She just nodded.

“Well,” quipped the nurse, “You can't have that happening right now.”

The nurse was there for another five minutes. She left after Athena's dad told her not to put Athena to sleep.

As soon as she walked out the door, he laughed. “If only she knew I was a doctor!” I wouldn't have been surprised if the nurse heard him through the door. His voice really was quite booming.

Athena let a little giggle escape. “Won't she be shocked to see you come to work next week?” Her giggle was short lived, though, and she frowned just a second later. She played with the edge of her blanket

Mr.... or, Dr. Reynolds sighed. Thena, you'll have to stay here overnight. I have to go back and watch Natalia... the sitter won't be there for much longer, and your mom's plane hasn't landed yet.”

Athena's younger sister, Natalia, was three-years-old. Her mom had some sort of job where she flew all over the world. It was mostly her dad raising them. Athena told me that she was okay with that, though. She liked taking care of her sister.

Athena nodded. “Go get her. She'll be anxious if you leave her there with the sitter for much longer.”

He kissed her on the forehead, and then left the room.

She turned her gaze to me as soon as the door closed. She didn't say anything, and I knew she wanted me to explain.

I frowned and then sat next to her on the bed, careful not to touch her torso. I didn't know what to tell her... I didn't even know what I was allowed to tell her. I knew that I had to keep our existence secret. And if I told her about my dad, I would most certainly have to tell her about my mom... it was going to get messy.

“Can you give me a sec?” I asked.

She nodded.

I pulled my cell phone out of my pocket and dialed my dad.

“You can tell her,” Jack said before even waiting for a greeting.

“Okay,” I replied. I snapped the phone shut, and looked back at her.

“Athena...” I started reluctantly.

“Don't sugar coat it, Ansel. Just tell me,” she said. However calm she sounded, her heart monitor seemed to disagree. It was beeping faster and faster by the moment. I was genuinely worried for her. I had already harmed her enough for one day.

“Don't sugar coat it? Well... I'm a werewolf,” I said, watching her face carefully for any sign of fear or anger.

She glared at me. “Don't joke around with me, Ansel. What happened back there?”

“I'm not joking!” I exclaimed. “It, well, it runs in the family, actually. I could call my dad again if you really desire any more proof.” I pulled my cell phone out of my pocket.

Her mouth fell open. “But...” she whispered.

“I know, Athena. Werewolves aren't supposed to exist. But I promise, I swear, I will never, ever hurt you again. Please believe me, Athena. I'm just like any other kid. I just happen to turn into a giant wolf when I'm angry,” I said, grabbing her hand.

She shook her head. “That's impossible.”

I frowned. “You said you didn't want me to sugar coat it, so I didn't. It's the truth. I just can't seem to lie to you.”

“But how?” she breathed.

“My family is... odd. My dad is a werewolf, and my grandpa is a werewolf. It has to do with something that happened a very long time ago. I'm not really sure of all of the details. I think being a werewolf, well, never mind,” I said, looking away from her.

“No!” she said loudly. It caught me off guard. “Tell me,” she said in a quieter voice. She squeezed my hand.

“My dad told me something while I was getting ready for our date. He said something about imprinting... I think I imprinted on you,” I admitted.

“Imprinted?” she asked.

“Well, I'm not entirely sure what it means. All I know is that when you walked into that English class, I just knew had to have you for my own. I knew that you were mine. I didn't care about anyone else at that point. I still don't. All of those ex-girlfriends are nothing to me. I need you to know that I... I can't have anyone else but you.”

For the first time since I had met her, she blushed.

“And I know that it's really, really hard to believe. I understand if you think I'm some kind of kook. Saying it out loud actually made me realize how crazy it sounds,” I said, looking down.

She sighed. “If you were lying, it would be the dumbest lie in the history of the lie. I just don't know what to think.”

“Yeah,” I chuckled.

“I mean, next thing you tell me will be that your mom is a vampire or something,” she laughed.

I pursed my lips. She guessed exactly right.

She read my expression and all the color drained from her face. “No,” she whispered. “You've got to be kidding me.”

“My dad's a werewolf, and my mom is a vampire,” I said. I gently took her face in my hand. “But I promise you, Athena, none of my family will ever hurt you. I was raised with them, so I should know,” I assured her.

She gulped. “Ansel, if you are lying to me I will not hesitate to rip your pretty little face off,” she warned.

I grinned. My Athena was back.