Cadyna has overcome vampires and battled beasts. She has fought for her place and now she's comfortable something else will uproot her. She has a secret. A secret she is protecting at all costs from everyone, especially the two boys in her life. Undying love of a vampire or the undeniable imprint of a werewolf? Part five of the Cross-Breed series. Yes, you should read the others first.
This takes place about a month or two after Only one will survive.
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"I'm...hungry!" okay, I chickened out of telling them.
"Is that it?" scoffed Rosalie. I shifted my weight, uneasy. Edward was looking at me suspiciously, trying to read my mind. I started singing Barbie Girl very loudly in my mind. He winced. I knew he despised that song. Alice was hopping up and down, knowing what I was going to say.
"Alice, just tell me!" said Edward "Please stop singing that dreadful song!"
"No!" she said, happily.
"I'll tell you!" I shrieked. Everyone looked at me, expectantly.
"Guys...I'm...pregnant" there reactions were instantaneous. Esme, Bella, Nessie and Rosalie were clapping. Emmett was grinning. Alice was practically bouncing off the walls from excitement. Jasper and Edward had fallen off the sofa in shock.
"You're WHAT?" Jasper yelled, getting up.
"I'm pregnant. About a month gone"
"Who's the father? I'm going to rip him to pieces!" this was the tricky part.
"Well...the thing is...I don't...actually...know?" everyone looked at me, dumbfounded.
"How many guys have you slept with?" asked Rosalie.
"Two, but they both fit into the right time"
"I'll kill them both," swore Jasper.
"Jazz...calm down. It's part of life. She is about 76 or something," said Alice, trying to reassure her husband. He took a deep unneeded breath in.
"So, who are the possible fathers?"
"Umm...Embry?" that wasn't much of a big surprise, most people knew about the imprint now.
"And who else?" asked Edward.
"You're seeing Alec?" everyone chorused.
"No. it was one night. I went to break up with him and I don't know what happened"
"It's only been a month you said. It's not too late," said jasper. I grasped what he meant quickly.
"I'm not giving it up! It's part of me"
"But you're not ready for a child"
"I have a loving, supportive family who will help me. Or at least the women half will. And what about it's father?"
"You have no idea how the fathers will react! You don't know anything about that! They could abandon you or only stay if you get rid of it," argued Edward. Bella shot him a hard glare.
"I'm with Cady on this one. It's her child and she can do what she wants with it. And if either of you try to get rid of it by force, I'll stop you. Just like Rose did for me!"
"I agree. And also, there's one thing we're missing" said Rosalie.
"What?" asked Jasper, morosely.
"Whoever the father is, that baby is at least a third vampire"
"Oh god. She's right! It'll be at least a third shape shifter too!" said Alice.
"Well, that's another reason to get rid of it. You remember how Nessie was! Bella almost died! She only survived by being turned. We can't turn you a second time!" said Jasper. Bella glared at him.
"But I was due to be turned anyway, all me keeping Nessie did was give me a beautiful baby girl as well as immortality"
"We could have a vote," said Emmett.
"Even if the majority said get rid of it, that wouldn't stop me" said Bella "it's Cadyna's baby, she should choose and she has chosen"
"Okay, how about this. We don't make any decisions until we've told the boys. See what happens"
"They're coming right now," I said, suddenly.
"Can't you see what will happen?" asked Esme.
"I can't, because of Embry being a werewolf and Cadyna's can't because her visions find her. She can't find them," said Alice.
"Ha! You are such a sore loser!" said Embry as the pair burst in the room.
"Hey, why all the long faces?" asked Alec.
"Yeah, did someone die?" joked Embry. Every head turned to me, expectantly. I opened my mouth but no words came out.
"Boys...I have some news and it's not going to be easy to hear"
"Oh my God! You're not sick are you? Your not going to die are you? Some rare kind of cross-breed disease?" asked Embry, panicking. He tried to feel if I had a fever but I batted him off.
"I'm half-dead already Embry. I can't die. No, it's something else...I'm...pregnant" both sets of eyes widened simultaneously.
"I'm going to be a dad!" said Embry, running over and hugging me. Alec shook off his stunned look and it was replaced by pure fury.
"Hey, what makes you think that you're the father? Just because you've got a wolf imprint? Duh, you have to sleep with someone the have a child and the only person she's slept with is me! Right Cadyna?" I felt afraid of what I had to say.
"That's the problem. I slept with both of you in the right area of time. And since this baby's at least a third vampire, it won't be possible to find out its parenthood" I waited for their reaction.
"Say something...?" I whispered.
"I can't believe you Cadyna! You slept with him!" exploded Alec "Well, you can take your bastard child and live happily with the mutt. I'm out of here. I'd be surprised if even he wanted you now that he knows what you are. A slut!" his eyes looked half-crazy and he leapt at me. I couldn't move, just stood there, frozen. I closed my eyes for a second and felt myself being propelled to the floor. Something was on me, all right but it wasn't the something I expected.
It wasn't hard and smooth with skin that sparkled. No, it was soft, furry, and BIG. Had Embry phased to protect me, even after what I'd done to him? No. he was still standing by the door, looking hurt. I sat up. Demon was crouching protectively in front of me, snarling at Alec. Alec made a move to attack him but I
jumped to Demon's side.
"Don't you dare hurt him Alec!" I snarled.
"I'm out of here. I have better things to do then care for a child that isn't mine" he stalked out of the room. Demon glanced at me and I patted his head reassuringly. His hackles went down and he smiled a dog smile.
"Isn't that the dog that's been digging up my vegetables?" Esme asked, eyebrow raised.
"Yes. Can I keep him?" I asked.
"Sure. Why not? But any digging in my flower beds and he's dog food" I turned to Embry. He looked so hurt, so ashamed.
"Oh Embry. You must hate me now. I'm so sorry!"
"Cadyna, you're my imprint. I could never hate you and I'll support any decisions you make about...it"
"I want to keep it," I said. He nodded but I could see the hurt and betrayal in his eyes.