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Pride of the Pack

Summary:
16 year old Alicia is having to move with her pack to Rainy City, a.k.a. Forks. With her mother playing matchmaker for her, her father critisizing her, Alicia's life is less than perfect. But can a certain werewolf see through her mask, and can Alicia eventually love him back? Thanks a load to Eternity's_Charm for the amazing banner!


Notes:
This story has no Cullen's, or Renesmee. Things are already way to complicateed in Alicia's life to throw in the Cullen's!


4. Chapter 4 Two things for certain

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I pulled myself together and started the shower, trying to breathe better. It didn’t matter that I had never met Jacob before; it was almost as if we had met before. That this was just our reunion, but I was afraid. What if he doesn’t like me like I like him? He probably thinks I am just some ugly girl and decided to take pity on me. There was no way a man as gorgeous as him could like someone like me.

With that thought I discarded my clothes and stepped into the shower. I didn’t even bother with shampoo; it would just make me late for the meeting. I hoped they would start without me. A song worked its way into my voice; I always sang it when something like what happened with my mother in the kitchen happened.

I follow the night

Can’t stand the light

When will I begin to live again?

I grabbed the bar of soap again and lathered it onto my skin, making sure to scrub extra hard to get all of the sweat from my run off. I then took extra care while washing my cheek.

One day I’ll fly away

Leave all this to yesterday

What more could your love do for me?

When will love be through with me?

Why live life from dream to dream?

And dread the day dreaming ends

I turned off the shower, wrapped a towel around my wet body. I went into my bedroom, not missing a beat in the song.

One day I’ll fly away

Leave all this to yesterday

Why live life from dream to dream?

And dread the day when dreaming ends

I hastily pulled on a pair of holed jeans and a baggy shirt. I swept back into the steamy bathroom and put some cover- up on my cheek. It was now pink and still stinging a little. I opted to leave my hair down, and let it dry naturally. I finished the last lines from the song, letting the words saturate into my skin.

One day I’ll fly away

Fly, fly away

I put on a pair of sweat socks for comfort and flew down the stairs. I landed on the last step with a thud. I peeked around the corner and was relieved to see the meeting was just about to start.

I skipped into the room and took a seat on a couch next to my Aunt Rachel. She turned to me, cupped my face and I saw the regret in her eyes.

“It’s okay,” I grimaced. “I’ll be fine,”

She looked unsure, but my father’s voice cut through the mumbles of the crowd like a knife.

“Thank you everyone for coming today, especially the Quileute pack.” He nodded to the tall one from last night, Sam. “Maybe you would all like to introduce each other?”

“Sure,” said Sam’s deep voice. “I am Sam; this is Embry, Jared, Quil, Seth, Paul and Jacob.” My heartbeat sped up at the mention of his name. “Our other pack member, Leah, is at the reservation. We have our elders, but most do not use their wolf form anymore. And you?”

“I am Gabe; this is Evelyn my wife, and our daughter Alicia.” I saw Jacob’s eyes dart over when he pointed at me. My father continued, “My sister Rachel and her husband Adam. This is Tina and Harvey, with their son Austin. Here is Kevin, his wife Lana and their son Tyler. Finally there is Phoebe and Ted, and their son Zac.” As he said each name he pointed to the person he was referring to. “Now Sam, why don’t you and I talk in private? There is an abundance of food for everyone to eat in the kitchen. Why doesn’t everyone socialize and enjoy themselves?”

“Okay, Gabe.” Sam said heading to the back room with my father.

I followed the crowd in to the kitchen grabbing a plate and filling it with sausage and some barbeque sauce. I added some potato salad, yum, and Lana’s famous brownies.

I grabbed a water bottle and decided to go out to the porch outside. I would be able to find solitude and peace out there.I quickly headed out of the kitchen, it was like feeding time in the zoo in there. I was making my way through the maze of people to the porch door when I someone tug on my damp hair.

“C’mon Alicia, baby, where are you going?” Zac said with a sick smile on his face. Tyler and Austin were behind him with their own pair of smiles on their faces.

“Yeah Alicia, darlin’, eat with us.” Tyler announced pulling me to a couch with them.

“Why don’t we join you?” said a voice that was like music to my ears. Jacob.

He was accompanied with Embry, Jared, Quil, Paul and Seth. They all smiled at me, but then glared at Z.A.T.

“Uh, sure, okay. You can eat with us.” uttered Austin. He was obviously taken back by their tall demeanor and size.

We all took a seat in the living room. Z.A.T. sat on the couches with some of the boys, while I and the others sat on the floor.

I found myself sitting next to Jacob; I snuck a peek at him through my disheveled hair and found he was staring at me. I smiled shyly.

“So,” asked Seth, “how do you like Forks?”

“It’s great!” replied Austin.

“What’s so great about it?” I contradicted. “We live in the armpit of America; I think it’s pretty wet.” I took a bit of sausage, besides from seeing the most handsome man I had ever seen, Forks was just peachy!

“Yeah,” snickered Embry. “You get used to the rain after a while.” I took a swig of water, how could anyone get used to this much water?

The boys started chatting and laughing. Jacob’s eyes never left mine for more than three minutes.

“I’m not really hungry anymore,” I murmured. I got up and left the room. I got to the kitchen, sighed and threw my paper plate away. I sat at the kitchen table and rested my head, I was sore and tired from running this morning.

“This is some real good sausage,” said a voice I melted upon hearing. I glanced through my hair and saw Jacob smiling at me, the air conditioning blowing his long hair around his head like a shampoo model. He was breathtaking, I couldn’t help it; I blushed.

“Yeah, well um, my Uncle Adam is good at grilling, so… yeah.” I couldn’t help it again, I can’t believe it, I am stammering! Seriously, what is this boy doing to me, why can’t I actually say anything logical when he is around?

I let my eyes drift down to the rough wood of the table; maybe if I ignored him, he would go away. Then I could actually be able to think straight.

“You mind if I sit with you?” he asked in that incredibly wonderful voice of his. I looked up to his face. He was looking at me like a lost puppy would to a stranger with a hotdog, I mean really? Who can resist the puppy dog eyes?

“Uh, okay, sure. You can sit with me.” I feebly answered. Oh, God. Why couldn’t I talk straight?Jacob smiled again, and walked over with his Shaq-size portion of sausage and potato salad.

“Oh wow! Someone likes to eat.” Great, I just told an incredibly hot gut I think he eats a lot. Ugghh, what were with all the blonde-moments I am having with this guy?

Jacob didn’t seem affected by my brain fart though. In fact, he laughed.

I laughed too; it was as contagious as strep throat. “You have a great laugh.” He said.

“That’s what I’m told,” I laughed again.

“So, Alicia, how old are you?” Jacob said while staring intently at me again.

“Well, I’m 16, what about you, Jacob?”

“I’m 16 too, but Jacob has always seemed a little too formal for me. Call me Jake.”Things were flowing easy; it was easy to talk to Jake. I found out he had a dad and two sisters, liked to work n cars, and lived on the reservation: La Push.

The kitchen door opened and Jared looked through. “Hey man, it’s getting late. We should leave.” I looked at the clock, it was 3 o’clock, I had spent an hour talking to Jake.

“Yeah, okay. Give me one more minute, okay?” Jared left and Jake turned to me again.

“Alicia?” I nodded. “Do you think that maybe you would, uh, want to, um, goat a day whip me?” I laughed at the silliness of the last part.

Jacob’s eyes fell and he looked crushed.“Jake, what did you say on the last part? I could barely hear you. Did you say ‘goat a day whip me?’ because if you did, I have no idea what that means.” I tried to suppress my laughter but it wasn’t working. I ended up erupting with laughter, Jacob started to chuckle.

“What I said was: Alicia, do you think that you would maybe want to go on a date with me?

OH. MY. GOD. Jacob wanted to go on a date with me. Now let me tell you, I have read my fair share of Seventeen so I know that in a situation like this a girl needs to keep her cool, maybe tell the guy that she is busy, or possibly-

“Yes!” I blurted out. Could I seem anymore desperate, I mentally scolded myself, but instead, Jake grinned like pirate who had just found his treasure.

“That, that’s great, Well, I’ll pick you up on Sunday, at 4:00; we’ll go to the movies or something. I got to go, so I’ll see you on Sunday!” He got up and left.

As soon as the door shut, I jumped up from my chair and did my happy dance. I moved across to the window to see Jake leave ad wave ‘bye’.

Instead, I saw him and Sam talking.“Sam,” he looked agitated. “You of all people should know e can’t help who we imprint on. C’mon, dude. It’s a date. Plus, I have a feeling even if I hadn’t imprinted on her, I would have fell in love with her anyway.” Jake started to look like a lawyer defending a client he strongly believed in; he was so into whatever they were talking about.

Sam looked around; I agilely ducked away from the window. “Let’s talk about this later,” he suggested as if he had sensed my presence.

They got in their truck, and sped off, or at least as fast as that ol’ piece of junk could go.

I turned around and rubbed my temples.

I knew two things for certain:

1)I was love with Jake

2) Jake was in love with me.

But what the heck was imprinting?