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Rebel Seeking Cause

Summary:
Who is Garrett, really? Learn how he became a vampire, how he was enlisted to witness for the Cullens, and how he and Kate fell in love. Banner by the ridiculously talented Iris Messenger


Notes:
This is my first Twilight fanfiction! I'm really excited to write it, please R&R! I fell in love with the character of Garrett, and with his and Kate's relationship. I wanted more about him, and figured I would get it, even if I had to write it myself.


7. Chapter 6- Experiences

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Kate Denali had, quite literally, rendered me breathless. That is to say, I was so mesmerized by her every movement or word, that I forgot to breathe unless I was responding to something she’d said. We spent hours talking. I’m a little ashamed to say that I used my interest in her vegetarianism (though it was genuine!) to keep her talking to me.

“So how long has it been since you last killed a human?” I asked. Her face became startled at the bluntness of my question, and I considered apologizing, but it changed to amusement quickly enough.

“I lost count after hundreds of years.” She replied nonchalantly, but I was a little taken aback. Clearly this was no passing venture.

Hundreds of years?”

“Wow” Brilliant conversationalist you are, Garrett.

“It becomes routine enough.” Kate laughed lightly.

“But what do you do when you catch the scent?” I was feeling slightly incredulous. How could this woman do it?

“Same thing you do when you’re in a situation where you can’t possibly hunt.” She replied with a shrug.

I thought back to the plane, how grueling and torturous it was sitting with all those humans. And that was a few short hours, though they certainly didn’t feel that way.

“I don’t see how you can do it.” I shook my head dismissively. No way in hell could I ever do that.

“Maybe I’ll have to show you.” Kate said mischievously.

“Woah, woah, woah. Hold on. What do you mean by that?” My eyes narrowed with suspicion.

“What I mean is, if you’re so interested, why don’t you go hunting with me tomorrow?”

“Fine. Should be easy enough if you’ve been doing it for hundreds of years.” The words were out of my mouth before I could even process what she said. At least I managed to come up with something the slightest bit clever.

“Ugh, you men think you can do anything.”Kate socked me lightly in the arm. “If that’s so easy, then how about you hunt only animals for two weeks?”

“Deal.” Again, I spoke the words before my mind could wrap around the meaning. It was at that moment that I realized I would do anything that this woman asked of me.

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I was on Kate’s heels as she sprinted toward the Southern Canadian woods, where we’d come out of respect for the Cullens’ territory. Kate had told me we could stay in their area, but I confessed I would feel more comfortable away from their home, in case we came across humans and I slipped. I was unsure of what to expect, to say the least. Animals had always smelled generally unappealing to me. I wondered if I’d be able to choke it down, while at the same time, knowing I’d force myself to. I just hoped that it wasn’t the most unpleasant thing I’d ever experienced. As if she’d read my mind, Kate turned towards me with a reassuring smile on her face. Man, I’d kill for that smile.

“It won’t be that bad, Garrett, I promise.”

I nodded, feigning a confident smile. “So what are we hunting for?”

“Grizzly bear, I think. Better to acclimate your widdwe pawate swowy.” Kate’s smile was a little on the mocking side.

“I think my “widdwe pawate” will be just fine, thanks.” Even as I said the words, I wasn’t so sure.

We ventured deeper and deeper into the forest and suddenly Kate turned sharply. Nano-seconds later, I caught the scent. It wasn’t awful, just not particularly appetizing. I watched as she easily took down a large one, teeth already sunken into its flesh. I followed her lead and took a flying leap towards the bear, biting its neck as it fell to the ground. My mouth was filled with hot, pulsing blood. It tasted, well, it tasted okay. It was like settling for fish sticks when you knew you could have lobster, but it was satisfying enough. It took a lot longer to fill up, though. I took down two more before I felt full.

Kate looked at me expectantly, wiping blood from her mouth with the back of her hand. Not eager to share my less than superb experience, while also not wanting to lie, I changed the subject.

“Messy eater, are we?”

“Admittedly so. So what did you think?”

“Well, I,” I avoided her gaze, hesitating. “It wasn’t awful. I didn’t particularly enjoy it. Not bad enough to make me forget the dare, though.” I gave her a cocky grin.

“I have a feeling it’d take a lot more than that to make you back down from a dare, Garrett.” Kate smirked, but sobered momentarily. “I wanted to say that I really admire the fact that you gave it a try, even though you were sure you wouldn’t like it. I like you much better than I thought I would.”

“When did you think you, uh, wouldn’t like me?” I asked, trying to keep my face from falling.

“When you turned around and ran away from our conversation without giving me any explanation.”

“Again, I’m really sorry about that, Kate. I feel awf-“ Kate waved her hand, cutting me off.

“Forget it. I understand.” She told me firmly, turning toward the way we came. “Shall we?”

I nodded and she took off. I ran after her, only too happy to follow.